Making a prediction: It will be Hillary in 2016 by a landslide. It will not be close, the country is not tied. There isn't one republican that they could field who's ass she would not kick with impunity.
No way this country is electing another Bush, so forget that asshole. Rand Paul is an out and out joke, a literal parody. He thinks he's reaching out to everyone, and everyone he is trying to court knows what a dangerous moron he is.
Christy? Seriously, the dude is a joke, he's got one foot in the penetentiery and everyone knows it but him.
I don't mind if you thank me for my service. My service was more than three decades ago. And while I never saw active combat, I still managed to leave a part of my body behind. Field maneuvers can sometimes be dangerous. And in my case, a field accident left me permanently disabled. A corrupt veterans administration has consistently been trying to cheat me out of my disability ever since. It's a battle that I am still fighting today.
In an apparent response to Westboro Baptist Church's stated intent to picket the funerals in Newtown, CT. Hactivist group Anonymous has posted what has to be one of the most daring internet assault plans in recent history. They aren't just taking down the WBC's websites, they've actually posted personal contact information on their members. Data includes address, phone numbers, email addresses, etc. They didn't stop there either, they've also gone after twitter feeds and posted a Whitehouse petition requesting revocation of the WBC's tax exempt status.
Additionally their warning this time is not only stark but surprisingly aggressive. I've been watching Anonymous for some time, but this is the first time I've ever seen them make such an explicit and comprehensive threat. This time they are not merely threatening to take down websites, this time they state:
We will render you obsolete. We will destroy you. We are coming.
It's already starting. My Facebook is already loaded with supposed do gooders screaming for mental health legislation as a fix for gun violence. Don't fall for it! These self righteous purveyors of Frank Luntz tested wisdom are nothing but a smokescreen for gun rights preservationists.
In fact it appears to be a concerted effort, coming from all corners. Look, I live in Aurora. One of my neighbors was shot twice (and survived thankfully) in the Theater shootings. Today I received not one, not two, but three unsolicited calls from my daughters school assuring me that all is well and security is tight and on high alert.
The point being, we are very tightly attuned to this issue here. But even here I'm seeing the telltale signs of this obvious stealth campaign most likely initiated by the NRA. Follow me below the orange squiggle for a briefing on what to look for.
This diary will be short and sweet. Basically NASA scientists have apparently discovered something very significant in their most recent test results on Mars. They aren't saying what it is, but they are saying that if it holds up it will be "Earth shaking" in it's implications.
Since the test they were doing was one looking for organic molecules, there isn't much else one might logically conclude about what an "earth shaking" discovery could be other than life, either past or present. It may be several weeks before they have confirmed their results, but I think even this is a clue. They recently thought they had discovered organically generated methane but upon closer inspection it turned out to be methane contamination they brought from Earth. That just took a few days, so if they are being this careful, so much so that it could take "several weeks" to confirm, I for one can't imagine much else that would be both "earth shaking" and at the same time requiring weeks to confirm. It's speculation of course, but when you announce an earthshaking discovery and then keep people on ice for weeks at a time, you naturally invite speculation.
Read the article for yourselves
We've all seen the horror stories, voters turned away, polling places closing, massive lines and epic waits to cast votes. It's been going on all weekend and has extended through today. As voters are turned away today, many will have to return tomorrow to vote.
Now we all know that democrats overwhelmingly dominate early voting turnout, and that republicans typically do the same for election day turnout. But what happens when democrats are prevented from early voting? Obviously they will have to vote on Tuesday along with all those republicans, and there my friends is the rub. You see, those republicans who will show up in large numbers on election day, will have to contend with large numbers of disenfranchised democrats voting in line with them. They will be the ones going home unable to vote and discouraged. They will be in shock, mouths agape in doltish wonder when they see blocks long voting lines. We are talking a lot of overweight 50 somethings and older. People who just won't have the physical stamina to put up with a six hour wait.
As an overweight 50 something myself, I know firsthand how miserable a long line can be, and I'm not that far over 50 and not that overweight. But I am by enough to know what it will be like for thousands of voters in Florida tomorrow. Rick Scott may have just delivered us the state of Florida wrapped up in a bow, without even realizing it. Oh the irony!
Although we are political opponents, I come to you now not as an adversary but as a friend. One of the things that has made this country great is the balance inherent in its unique two party system. There are those who would argue that we would be better off in a parliamentary system with multiple parties and coalitions of various factions into a ruling entity, and who knows perhaps they are right, but for better or worse, our political system is set up as a two party one. And it is within this context that we must all operate.
To that end then, it’s necessary to acknowledge some harsh truths. Not the least of which is that when a political system is based on just two factions, it’s pretty important that both factions be sane and reasonable. We can disagree about what direction we would take the country, or by what methods. That’s really why we have two distinct parties. But our entire system of government falls right off the rails if either party becomes too extreme or worse, divorced from reality.
I have not written a diary here in over a year, maybe two, not since the onset of the Great Recession. In truth the recession has taken a great toll on me and my family from which we are only now beginning to recover.
I have simply not had the inclination to diary here in all this time as I have been pre-occupied by a life devastated and a family torn apart by recession. But in light of recent events, I feel it's not just appropriate, but somehow in a strange sort of way almost my duty to report from the beloved community where I live to the beloved online community where I daily interact with politically kindred spirits.
First let me tell you a little about Aurora below the orange squiggle.
As I write this I'm listening to a Rachel Maddow clip discussing the recent murder of a Census worker in Kentucky. The victim had the word FED carved into his chest and was found hanged in a tree. I grew up in the racially segregated south during the civil rights movement.
I remember going to the Maas Brothers soda fountain in Tampa and seeing black patrons turned away, and I remember the white only water fountains and bathrooms common at the time. I remember the stories my Mom told me about blacks having to ride in the back of the bus, (we never took the bus, but my parents wanted me to know how things worked).
Community organizing has been dealt a serious blow with the recent ACORN scandals and at this point, it can not ever recover. Congress took the extraordinary measure of publicly excoriating ACORN by cutting federal funding. That really is the last straw. It is sad, it is unfortunate, but it is reality.
ACORN might have survived the voter registration scandal last year, but this time it's different, regardless of whether the recent indy film makers who entrapped ACORN have lied about some of their information, the fact is that in at least one case and probably more than one, ACORN staff did get caught doing the wrong thing.
With a Senate minority now obstructing up-or-down floor votes... the time has certainly come for the Senate majority to seriously consider re-exercising the "nuclear option."
That was from the Center for Individual Freedom back in 2003. At that time it was whining over democratic filibusters of Bush judicial nominees.
In their smug attempt to justify their attitude they began their argument thus:
Enter the U.S. Constitution.
Nice start huh? But wait it gets better.
According to most historians, the US Civil war ended on April 9th, 1865 with the surrender of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia by General Robert E. Lee to the top ranking Union General Ulysses S Grant in the courthouse at Appomattox, Virginia. There were a few skirmishes that continued for a time, but essentially the major combat operations between the two factions came to a halt on that day and the remnants of the Confederate States of America as a political entity dissolved shortly thereafter.