Via Job’s Anger.
A city boy will never learn everything a country boy knows by instinct. A country boy will learn everything a city boy knows in six months.
The Miami Herald explores the smoke-filled emails of how Republicans gerrymandered Florida. A snippet:
The consultants established a database of lawmakers’ home addresses and overlayed them on some maps. In another case, they considered ways to pack black voters in a Miami-Dade district by creating a district with “some long tentacles to reach out and grab enough black population.”
Dick Polman discusses packaging and politics and Republican pearl-clutching about the political process is–gasp!–somehow political. A snippet:
Iraq. Rest my case. The war was sold to Americans as a quest to quash Saddam’s supposedly imminent use of his supposed mass weapons. The sales job began in September ’02, because, as Bush chief of staff Andrew Card explained, “From a marketing point of view, you don’t introduce new products in August.” That autumn, a cowed and deceived Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq. I doubt it would’ve passed if it had been truthfully titled the Authorization to Preemptively Invade and Occupy Iraq, for the Purpose of Long-Term Nation Building.
But let’s stick with health care, because Obamacare haters don’t seem to remember what happened in 2003, when Republicans expanded Medicare to include drug prescriptions for seniors. Same kind of gamesmanship.
I wish I could say that Cenk’s rant is over the top, but it’s not even close to the top.
Fox News decides that it now wants itself a piece of Czar.
Fox’s best friend is their listeners’ short attention span. And, of course, the racism.
John Romano questions the rationale the Florida Attorney-General’s rationale tenaciously defending Florida’s ban on gay marriage. His brief contains several points; here’s a bit on one of them. I selected this bit to except because it is typical of the behavior of culture warriors–they turn blind eyes to what those on their side do.
The final issue has to do with the Attorney General’s vigorous and vacuous arguments against gay marriage. Bondi has repeatedly stated that hers is not a personal crusade but rather her responsibility as the state’s top law enforcement official.
This argument would carry much greater weight if the Attorney General did not pick and choose which laws and constitutional amendments to aggressively enforce.
Republican Family Values are not “values.” They are tactics. Votes are the value.
If Republicans don’t think they can turn “values” into votes, they aren’t interested in “values.”
A victory for sanity. We shall see whether it holds.
In a decision with potential implications for Virginia’s congressional delegation, a three-judge panel ruled Tuesday that the lines of the state’s 3rd Congressional District were drawn in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
The panel allowed next month’s election to proceed under the existing district lines, but ordered the General Assembly to redraw them by April 1, in time for the next congressional election in 2016.
There’s a map of the district at the link. It has four or five non-contiguous parts, depending on whether you think being separated by a significant river means “non-contiguous.” One of my friends from TWUUG is in the district; he finds its existence thoroughly irritating.
The same folks who claim to eschew Big Government and who believe that there is no such thing as the public good now demand that Big Government protect them from ebola and ISIS for the public good.
Jim Wright reminisces about the Republican Contract on America. A snippet:
. . . then they made a big show of signing the Contract with America in front of the TV cameras, with John Boehner front and center – and why not? He was one of the guys who wrote it. Newt Gingrich usually gets credit, but back then John Boehner was the young Paul Ryan Whiz Kid who was going to change things, man, change America. If you wonder what Ryan will look like in 20 years, well, there you go – maybe a little less orange, but Boehner is Ryan all grown up, old and leathery and cynical.
As contracts go, it was pretty straight forward. Republicans pledged on their solemn honor to reduce the size of government and make the tiny remainder accountable to the people. Boy it sure sounded good, that Contract with America. Republicans were going to clean up corruption in Congress, reform tort law, and reduce the welfare rolls.
But it was a trick. For you see, they had no honor – solemn or otherwise.
Do read the rest.