Ignore this diary. It exists only to display a table that I couldn't get to display correctly in the Beyond Gerrymandering diary.
The redistricting process performed by Florida's heavily Republican legislature has been deemed unconstitutional. Considering the flagrant partisanship displayed by the legislature, and the state constitutional amendments which banned such behavior, it shouldn't be surprising, but the tortuous process of law means many people were breathing sighs of relief. I doubt they're doing that now.
The judge in this case, Terry Lewis, “ordered lawmakers to revise their congressional redistricting map” (Tampa Bay Times). The unacceptable maps drawn up by the legislature have now been revised. By the legislature. The results are predictable; very little change. And they might be accepted. Even if they're not, the Republicans will probably achieve their goal of deferring a just resolution until after the 2014 elections. They they'll work on eliminating state judges who disagree with their practices of election thievery.
Gerrymandering needs to die. That won't happen so long as the dance of the sugar daddies continues in the Republican state legislatures. I'll go further; I don't think it's possible to eliminate gerrymandering using the current approach. But there is another way.
A journal of my experience after I enrolled in a plan on Healthcare.gov. I wonder when the "liberal" media is going to start slamming the insurance companies for their bungled process. ("Please continue to hold")
First, let me say that, as far as I'm concerned, healthcare.gov is working. This diary describes a bit of how I got to this point.
I've spent a long time trying to enroll in a plan in my state, Florida. I think I've run into most of the problems people have brought up. The solution for most was to just keep trying, at different times of the day and night. However, there were two problems that left me stranded on the side of the road, for weeks. I have no excuse, as I spent almost three decades in IT, repeatedly looking for alternate ways to do things.
The solution to the first problem was repeatedly suggested, but I was trying to “follow the rules”. Like a fool. The second problem was even more easily solved, by ignoring the prescribed method.
I published a diary three days ago describing my experience in attempting to enroll in a health insurance plan. I'm sorry to say that, while I'm a little further along, I'm once again stuck. And I'm still curious to know how things are going for other people in the 36 states which refused to set up their own exchange.
This is pathetic. I'm beginning to give more credence to the complaints of the web site being really poor. Surely someone has successfully enrolled? I want to make it clear here that I'm in Florida (cringes), so I'm using the federally-run program.
I am puzzled by the announcement from the Florida Insurance Commissioner saying rates will jump - bigtime - under Obamacare. (I could provide other links, but it appears that all media outlets are just repeating the same story). There is a pretty good amount of detail, talking about business rates, individual rates, and insurance companies involved.
What I'm wondering is, why is the Florida Insurance Commissioner saying anything about the implementation of exchanges under the ACA? What does he have to do with it? Florida refused to set up a state exchange, so it defaults to the federal exchange.
Everyone knows that Obama will give a speech on Tuesday regarding climate change. Based on his history, the speech has the potential to be quite moving - for those who dote on his every word, while ignoring what he actually does. In the past, I have been greatly moved by his speeches, but now I am constantly struck by the chasm between his words and his actions. And I have avoided anything at all about what will be contained in this speech, because I expect nothing but disappointment.
I thought, what do I want in a climate change speech?
So I wrote my own speech. You are hereby forewarned.
I apologize if I'm restating the obvious, but I haven't seen this clearly stated. Republicans are working hard to corrupt democracy even further in this country. The three items I mention in the title are all part of a long-term campaign. Republicans have worked hard to flip state legislatures and governorships Republican, so as to facilitate the extreme gerrymandering that changes a 50-50 D-R voter mix into a 2/3s+ supermajority in both state legislatures and in Congressional delegations.
Billionaire bankers. DADT. Global warming. Torture. Spying on Americans. Debt, massive, overwhelming debt. Globalism. Big hair. Collapsing bridges. Education. Medicare. Social Security.
What was I talking about? Oh, yeah. Iraq and Afghanistan. Actually, grading Congress on them. I like to describe the workings of my brain as being like a frog, not a caterpillar. I don't progress steadily from one place to the next, I bounce around. Kind of like a Congressman. You'd think I'd have an easy time of it, deciding what I like in a Congresscritter. But I'm subject to attention whiplash. My technique for assessing members of Congress is to evaluate in multiple areas, and do an arithmetic compilation, vs trying to magically integrate my analysis of every possible issue into one simplified position. But today, I'll look at only one major area. Hence, today, Iraq and Afghanistan.
What follows is a description of my journey to determine how Congress is voting on war funding.
I've been noting brief comments in the news regarding additional Afghanistan funding, but when I delved further, none of the articles referred to the bill involved. After a few dead end searches, I looked for "supplemental appropriation" on the Thomas bill search. Knowing that voting took place on July 1 in the House (based on the various news pieces, none of which mentioned the bill number), I looked for the latest action on the bills that came up. Lookie here, HR 4899, the "Disaster Relief and Summer Jobs Act of 2010".
I include the word 'mitigation' in the title, because the term 'cleanup' is often being used to refer to what is done after the gusher has been smothered. I see no reason to wait. By the estimates of actual scientists, there's about 4 million gallons of crud going into the water every day. And we need to be doing something for an estimated two additional months.
I can't make the relief well drilling go any faster. I can't stop BP and the U.S. military from spraying a deluge of poison called "dispersant". I can't bring in a supertanker and slurp up oil off the surface. I can't manufacture an oil corral. And it seems to me that neither BP nor the federal and state governments are trying to actually clean up the oil out in the Gulf of Mexico. What can I do?
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