Archive for topic “civics 101”

Quotable: Christine O’Donnell

Let me just clarify: you are telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the first amendment? That’s in the first amendment?Christine O’Donnell
Republican Senatorial Candidate from Delaware

This is too unbelievable to only see in print. You have to watch the video:

Chris Coons - Christine O'Donnell debate at Widener Law School

My hat is off to you, Chris Coons. For those that have never tried it, it is exceedingly difficult to debate a moron, particularly if you are trying to keep a straight face, not flail your arms about in frustration, or generally avoid the appearance of being mean to the idiot. Your composure in this moment is commendable, sir.

To the larger point here, is this really the best our society has to offer in the way of leadership? Is this “dangerous idiot” really the best conservative in the state of Delaware? If so, how fucking stupid are the citizens of Delaware? It is no wonder our corporations love to be regulated by the laws of that state.

We are doomed if we cannot find better, smarter individuals to run for office, from all across the political spectrum. Clearly, the existing gene pool of politics is polluted. This is not leadership. This isn’t even really a debate. This is the equivalent of taking a stern tone with a kindergartner, except this particular child-mind has a shot at becoming one of one hundred United States Senators. Flying Spaghetti Monster help us!

Via @mat

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This is why you learn Robert’s rules of order (and read the Constitution)

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) conducts himself as all of our representatives should in a Science and Technology markup meeting on the anti-ACORN legislation that is before Congress.

Every Democrat in the country has a political hardon for Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL). As I’ve watched Grayson make the rounds since his now famous “don’t get sick/die quickly” speech, I’ve quickly grown tired of his pro-Democrat spiel. The Dems are excited to see someone with a bona fide human spine walking around Congress. Not good enough! They are just as much to blame for our situation today. Hell, Obama is the one trying to stop the public option now! Neither party has any right to exhibit any public pride in anything they accomplish for, oh let’s say, twenty years. But it is ok for me to admit that Grayson is kicking ass in the halls of Congress, as is the case with the Defund ACORN Act.

Florida Representative Alan Grayson is spearheading calls for fraudulent military contractors to be defunded under the anti-ACORN legislation. He points to Halliburton’s misconduct and its “extreme and gross negligence…putting in showers in Iraq that end up electrocuting soldiers, and feeding them poisoned water.”

The federal funding ACORN has received over the past twenty years, Grayson says, “is roughly equal to what the taxpayer paid to Halliburton each day during the war in Iraq.”Jeremy Scahill
The Nation

Yes, hoisted by their own petard. The bill’s (H.R. 3571) GOP language is so broad,

that it applies to “any organization” that has been charged with breaking federal or state election laws, lobbying disclosure laws, campaign finance laws or filing fraudulent paperwork with any federal or state agency. It also applies to any of the employees, contractors or other folks affiliated with a group charged with any of those things.

In other words, the bill could plausibly defund the entire military-industrial complex. Whoops.Ryan Grim
Huffington Post

Be sure to check out the entire list of Federal contractors that have been found guilty of misconduct. At least a few of the 345 members of the House of Representatives that voted for this as a “motion to recommit” (the vote was 345-70) must surely be tugging at the pockets of those companies, begging for forgiveness. Whatever will they do?

No need to worry just yet, military-industrial-congressional complex! This is all assuming the bill survives constitutional scrutiny, which is a doubtful prospect. As the video above suggests, this seems to be a “bill of attainder” or legislative adjudication; basically, Congress is acting like a court and that is very unconstitutional.

Via The Brad Blog

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Why we need a single-payer system: the animated version

Animation: Andy Lubershane

'Why we need government-run universal socialized health insurance' or 'common sense'.

After the jump, a handy flow chart to understand how the proposed healthcare plan would impact you and your family… Read the rest of this entry »

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