Archive for January, 2008

Spy Satellite Crashing to Earth: But That Is All We Can Say

So apparently, not only has the military lost control of an incredibly expensive satellite that was paid for with my money, they also can’t say quite how toxic it is or where its going to land.

In the last few hours, they’ve admitted that its full of rocket-fuel (really, you think so?) and that they don’t want anyone to find it. They can’t say what else might be in it that’s toxic or explosive, and they can’t say whose village its going to flatten.

Chances are, they’ll try to blow it up. You know, use another expensive rocket that we paid for with our tax money to blow up the first expensive but broken rocket. Yeah. And there might be some debris. And maybe a toxic cloud raining on us.

We just can’t say.

Huckabee Defends Immigration Record – By Denying It

While campaigning in South Carolina, Huckabee has found a novel approach to defending his record of open-borders and encouraging immigration.  He’s denying it.  He says his record has been “misrepresented” so he’s trying to remove any doubt that he doesn’t support amnesty because he signed a “No amnesty” plan.

The video of Huckabee’s press conference and signing event is available at the FoxNews blogs.  It seems he’s trying to draw the fine line of being in favor of legal immigration while being hard on illegal immigration.  Will these subtle distinctions win over the nativist vote?

No other candidates have so far signed the pledge, so does that mean Huckabee is the border enforcer?

Are pledges more important than a candidates’ record?  After watching Hillary’s campaign, I know politicians have no shortage of promises and pledges…but are they worth anything?

2008 Primaries: The Election that Wouldn’t Die

OK, So Iowa has spoken and we all have to pick between Huckabee and Obama, right?
What? New Hampshire has their own opinion? There’s 48 OTHER states that have to vote, too?

Is it just me, or has this election been going on waaaaay too long, and still have no end in sight? We’ve had to deal with creationists, corporate-funded populsists, and more promises than could possibly fit on the national credit card. The research department is informing me that there’s actually ten more months of this nonsense before we find out who gets to ruin the country next.

Earlier in the election, there were some interesting characters. Two Hobbits, known as Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich, came out of fairy-tale land to tell us of the horrors of war. There was also a friendly troll looking character named Mike Gravel, but he thought he could call out NBC’s complicity in political corruption & war and still be invited to the campaign. Silly troll.

Now we have the serious candidates. There’s a Mormon who owns a major media outlet, a bass guitar-rocking Southern Baptist liberal, and a couple of charismatic Democrats who are calling for new corporate subsidies and taxes as a way of sticking it to those corporations who are getting too fat from corporate subsidies.

I’m not even kidding about that last part.

Pundits: Quit Being Enablers!

Quit rewarding politicians for bad behavior! Quit sensationalizing everything! Quit playing personality politics!

There are a million topics you can cover if you want ratings – politics is near the bottom of that barrel. If you want to talk about who is wearing what or who they were dancing with, I’ll buy you a one-way ticket to Hollywood. Bring a cheap camera and something to defend yourself with, because the celebrities won’t be so kind as the politicians are forced to be.

Candidates: You can’t play the victim. You seek the spotlight, and you seek control. When you legislate our personal activity, you’re opening your own up to scrutiny. Welcome to the stage.

Try to remember that the audience has the final say in if you’ll ever get to play act 2.

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