David Roberts, a writer for Grist, has succinctly encapsulates what has been and is wrong with our politics over the last thirty years. And to be clear, it is something that is wrong with our current brand of post-modern conservatives, and not something that is wrong with anyone else.
You must read them all….
Contrary to gun-nut dogma, “right-to-carry” laws don’t reduce crime. They increase it.
“The totality of the evidence based on educated judgments about the best statistical models suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with substantially higher rates” of aggravated assault, robbery, rape and murder, Donohue said in an interview with the Stanford Report. The evidence suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with an 8 percent increase in the incidence of aggravated assault, according to Donohue. He says this number is likely a floor, and that some statistical methods show an increase of 33 percent in aggravated assaults involving a firearm after the passage of right-to-carry laws.
Makes sense. Guns make the weak feel strong.
Via TPM: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) declared a state of emergency Monday, preempting a grand jury decision in the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown that is expected to be delivered any day. The order establishes that the St. Louis County police will be in charge of law enforcement in Ferguson in response to any […]
If you want to “debate” the “question” of man made climate change, this is not the web site you are looking for
Program Note: There is no serious “debate” about that facts of man made climate change. If you want to discuss that “question” you are either getting paid to do so, or are an idiot. Bottom line – Take it elsewhere.
Hey DNC and State Party Chairs: Look at our reality. We’ve got the Presidency for two more years; the Repugnant party has both houses and the Supreme Court. What’s more, they’ve got 68 out of 98 partisan state legislatures and 31 governorships. We, the party “of the people” came up just a bit short but your reaction seems just a bit muted given these dire circumstances.
Does anybody here remember the inception of Jobs For Delaware Graduates?
I do. Pete duPont created this repository for some of his less-qualified lackeys back in 1978. It was basically modeled after other Federal jobs programs, but with the bar set so low that it could claim success even when said success was dubious at best, and would never have been accepted under federal requirements:
It was designed in 1978 by five working groups in Delaware, drawn from business, educational, workforce, labor union, and community leadership. The purpose of the organization was to address simultaneously with Delaware’s unemployment rate and the dropout rate (?).
So, you’re saying to yourself, well, Steve, this is all well and good, but, so far your headline is false advertising.
Ladeez & Gentlemen, meet the new President of Jobs For Delaware Graduates…STATE SENATOR NICOLE POORE. major conflict: Didja know that this ostensibly ‘private non-profit’ gets about $1.4 million annually from the Grant-In-Aid bill? Taxpayer money appropriated by the same General Assembly to which Sen. Poore belongs? And now she’s drawing a salary from them. From the same $1.4 million?
Carper’s perplexing support for the Keystone Pipeline (because it will “clear the decks” and usher in an era of bipartisan peace and prosperity) is helping people understand what a D-bag Tom Carper is. Bill McKibben writing for Salon is the latest to call our Carper for his self-satisfied and vacuous praise of the climate agreement with China, and his outright assholery for saying that the climate deal with China is so awesome that it will “outweigh” the ecological catastrophe that is the Keystone pipeline.
I don’t have any great hope that the Democrats will be able to replace Carper, but his astonishingly tone-deaf and horrible representation of Delaware in the Senate is leading me to the belief that a non-Teabag Republican would be an upgrade. A non-Teabag Republican siding with the GOP on this would only be hurting the country. Tom Carper hurts the country by supporting the equivalent of 400 new coal burning power stations. But he is also doing long term and permanent damage to the Democratic Party.
It is the second Saturday after the country voted for baby Jesus, and lower taxes and so Republicans are already planning to flex their mandate and shut down the government. They say the shut down will be over the President’s claim that he is going to stop deporting so many browns. That’s the plan.
If the President trips them up by continuing to deport browns at the current rate, they’ll figure something out. Of course shutting down the government isn’t the first choice for the few remaining Republicans who still have a loose grip on reality. They’d prefer a lawsuit because threatening a lawsuit is pretty manly business that always gets results.
Tom Carper said that he’d vote with those same Republicans to overturn a Presidential veto because overriding a Presidential veto will usher in a golden age of peace and prosperity. It will also show the GOP once and for all that when Tom Carper says bipartisanship – BY GOD he means BIPARTI-FUCKING-SHIP.
Poor Chris Flood trying to make sense out of Schwartzkopf post election analysis.
“He said because of the race for county sheriff, the turnout in Sussex County was somewhat different than in Kent and New Castle counties.
Republicans pushed hard to get out the vote because they didn’t want to see Jeff Christopher re-elected, said Schwartzkopf, and as a result some people who wouldn’t have voted otherwise ended up voting straight down party lines.
Schwartzkopf said he doesn’t necessarily think the outcome of the races would have been any different, but the percentages would have been closer.
Republicans had a good day, he said. It’s like a sports competition, he added, and the GOP had a better outcome.”
Yep. Just like a sports competition. The kind of competitions where one team has motivated players, strategies, coaching and leadership and the other doesn’t. It was just like that.
Kansas, You need to just keep cutting services and lowering taxes for your wealthiest corporations and job creators. Things will get better. And if they don’t it only means that you haven’t waited long enough or prayed to Supply-Side Jesus hard enough.
Carper Supports Keystone Pipeline Veto Override Vote to Help Idiotic Landrieu Ploy – also BIPARTISANSHIP! Naturally
This is just the stupidest thing ever, and it is a great example of two things: 1) The Democrat Party is just horrible and 2) Tom Carper is absolutely an out and out fucker. Seriously, wait to you read his statement. It is a goddam doozy.
For years Republicans have held China’s resistance to a carbon reduction treaty as a reason to oppose President Obama’s efforts to address the climate crisis here. So, he cuts an amazing deal with China and what are Republicans doing? Opposing it. This is nothing short of treason.
We screwed up. But here is the good news – starting today we aren’t taking any money from banks or finical services industries. None. Nothing. We now realize that working to protect the profits of banks doesn’t serve the interest of the working class Americans who have always been the backbone of the party. So from now on, the DNC will turn away all money from banks so that we can get back to being the party that looks out for the little guy.
That will put us in a fundraising bind, so we will need to depend on people like you to help get the message out. You are the Democratic Party’s biggest asset. Thanks for considering a donation to help return the Democratic Party to its core values.
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