Archive for Saturday, April 14, 2012

Democratic caucuses this year no repeat of 2008

Meetings still provide opportunity to talk about issues

At A Democratic Party caucus at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School on Saturday, Claudean McKellips, area middle school teacher, voices concerns on education funding as why she’d like to be a delegate to attend the Congressional District Convention next month

At A Democratic Party caucus at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School on Saturday, Claudean McKellips, area middle school teacher, voices concerns on education funding as why she’d like to be a delegate to attend the Congressional District Convention next month

April 14, 2012


Long lines, parking issues and overflow sites were components of the 2008 Democratic caucuses, but that wasn’t the case this year. Fewer than a hundred people showed up to the Democratic caucuses for Senate and Congressional Districts 2 and 3, held Saturday at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School.

“The difficulty that you have any time there is a sitting president and there’s no opposition to him whatsoever is … draw(ing) up enthusiasm,” said Tony Brown, a delegate for Congressional District 2 and Senate District 3. “The last caucus we had … 1,200 people showed up. People were standing out in the rain to get into the caucus. That was an amazing night. We weren’t going to be able to replicate that, obviously.”

At Saturday’s caucuses, Kansas Democrats selected delegates who had pledged to vote for President Barack Obama at the Democratic District Convention. Because of the scant turnout, many people present automatically became delegates. In some cases, there weren’t enough participants to provide alternates, in case delegates are unable to attend the District Convention on May 5.

No one challenged Obama.

“Clearly there was only one candidate, so you get to hang out and get to know your neighbors,” said Lawrence caucus chairwoman Tess Banion. “It’s fun because people got to talk about issues, and they got to hear from our elected officials.”

State Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, made a speech to his district, urging listeners to become more active.

“Make no mistake, if we lose our moderate coalition in the Senate, we are not going to recognize the state of Kansas a couple years from now,” he said. “I need you to make calls, go door to door … you can be a yard-sign captain, be sure my yard signs are staying the yard, and people aren’t ripping them up. … I’m making a plea for your help.”

Brown said now that things are taking shape, with Mitt Romney the predicted Republican presidential nominee, more Democrats will begin to rally for votes.

“A lot of Democrats nationwide have been sitting back watching the Republican primaries and that battle… now that it looks like that’s coming to a close, I think you’re going to see a whole lot more concerted effort on the Democratic side. … Now we start gearing up for President Obama’s run.”


Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month ago

The wagon of love breaks under the burden of life.

Fossick 6 years, 1 month ago

I'm impressed by the diversity in the photo.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 1 month ago

Ten women and three men. That's the Democratic party today. And may I remind you, women make up 52% of the population. The attacks on women perpetrated by the GOP in the last few years, and especially this year, have awakened a sleeping giant. It may just cause a juggernaut the GOP didn't see coming.

jhawkinsf 6 years, 1 month ago

Diversity? Looks very "white" to me. No African-Americans, no Asians, no Latinos. There doesn't appear to be much youth in the crowd.
But what of diversity of thought, something a picture obviously can't show. It's my opinion that as one becomes more and more involved in party politics, the less independent thinking actually goes on. Towing the party line is what devout members of the party do. It's part of the game both political parties play. When the parties give up gamesmanship, when they disavow party loyalty above what's good for country, then they will achieve diversity as Americans of all walks of life will flock to them. Right now, neither party comes close.

Fossick 6 years, 1 month ago

Word. That said, at least so long as the party lines, unthinking as they are, are different, they give the voters a choice. There's nothing more pitiful than a voter "choosing" between two candidates who are functionally identical. Why "moderate" is considered a virtue is something I have never understood.

Steve Stucky 6 years, 1 month ago

Check that again. Ten women (one yacking, 9 nodding), 3 men (1 is asleep, 1 has the deer in the headlights look, and a single union member playing iphone games.) Yes, it is the d-party.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 1 month ago

Education funding? Then why shop Wal-Mart? The Wal-Mart family are supporters of Brownback and are quite active against public schools not only at the state level but also in Washington D.C.

A report from Wisconsin on the state of affairs in that Tea Party Republican-controlled state:

The Republican governor and legislator are cutting spending on public schools by $800 million, but increasing the amount sent to private schools by $17 million.

And, for that, these private schools can thank Alice Walton and her family.

Walton, the multi-billionaire heiress to father Sam Walton's Walmart empire, was the largest individual contributor to successful state legislative candidates in the 2009-10 election cycle that brought Republicans to power in Wisconsin, according to data from MapLight, a nonpartisan organization that tracks the relationship between money and politics.

Walton gave a total of $16,100 to these candidates, according to data. In fact, six of the top 15 individual contributors to last fall's successful state legislative candidates were Walton family members, including Alice's brother and sister-in-law Jim and Lynne Walton, sister-in-law Christy Walton, and niece Carrie Penner and her husband, Greg Penner.

Collectively, they gave at least $103,450 to Wisconsin candidates since mid-2008, state records show.

This is only the tip of the Walton iceberg, however. Walton money drives a lobby group working for vouchers and charter schools in Wisconsin. It also contributes millions to a "vast and interconnected array" of organizations working on the same goals. The Walton Family Foundation has devoted $157 million to pushing "school choice" — which generally means anything but conventional public schools, particularly those represented by teacher unions.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 1 month ago

“The difficulty that you have any time there is a sitting president and there’s no opposition to him whatsoever is … draw(ing) up enthusiasm,” said Tony Brown, a delegate for Congressional District 2 and Senate District 3."

What he should have said was, “The difficulty that you have any time there is a failed presidency with a failed president for whom there’s no longer an enthusiastic base of support is … draw(ing) up enthusiasm."

Great turnout, Dems. This only confirms that Obamanomics hasn't worked anywhere, including in the People's Republic of Lawrence.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

What would a "successful" presidency have looked like, cato? Would a McCain/Palin administration have accomplished that? Will the plutocrat Romney supply that for us?

Fossick 6 years, 1 month ago

Neither McCain nor Romney offers a substantially different vision from Obama. A McCain/Palin Administration wold have given us two Democrat parties, just as GWB's first term did. The election of Romney will do to the GOP what GWB's second term did. If the GOP really wants to hold the offices they now inhabit, they will pray for Mr. Obama's continued good health and fortune.

All this howling about "extremism" on both sides is merely meant to cover up the fact that both parties are progressive*, centrist parties that believe in doing whatever it takes to keep their institutional power intact. The less distinction on the issues, the more personal the campaign.

  • in the original sense

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

Root, root, root for your team. The refs are blind.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 1 month ago

Don't know about the refs being blind, but anyone who would vote for Obama again certainly is.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 1 month ago

So many manufacturing jobs have been exported overseas, principally to China, that the down-table skills associated with high-technology are in chronic short supply. This is why it isn’t feasible for companies like Apple to repatriate production even if they wanted to. American workers in 2012 couldn’t do what Chinese workers do routinely – and I don’t just mean work long hours for little pay. Not only would they have to be taught new skills and procedures; in many cases they would have to go back to school.

Meanwhile, at the top end, America’s multi-millionaires are fast turning into multi-billionaires. Luce quotes the fact that the Walton family, owners of Walmart, have as much money as the bottom 150 million Americans. In parts of the country, servicing the needs of the rich, for a pittance, has become the principal activity of the poor.

Politicians exist to improve and protect society and build on its wealth. America’s politicians, Republicans in particular, seem to have forgotten why they were elected. All Republicans do these days is block legislation aimed at reform while promoting the interests of the wealthy, themselves included. Just last week, they refused to reduce the substantial tax breaks given to the oil and gas industry, despite the fact that these bloated corporations strike gold every time they strike oil and plainly need no help from anyone, least of all hard-pressed US taxpayers.

Why do House members and Senators do it? They didn’t used to. In part it is because the Right is hopelessly in thrall to the mantra that less tax means stronger corporations, and stronger corporations mean more jobs. But it is also because almost every single Republican member of Congress is bankrolled by Big Oil. For every one million oil dollars that go to Democrats, three million are assigned to the other side of the aisle.

It was my fellow countryman Louis MacNeice who wrote: “The glass is falling hour by hour, the glass will fall forever, but if you break the bloody glass, you won't hold up the weather.” That doesn’t mean giving up. A start has to be made. It isn’t good enough to claim that America is the greatest country in the world and always will be. That’s the way the British felt on January 1, 1901, and we know how that turned out. The time to wake up is now.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 1 month ago

Save Our Schools: March and National Call to Action

Jeb Bush and Michelle Rhee take a beating from PAA in Florida Parents Across America(PAA) hails defeat of Florida’s Parent Trigger bill:

A victory of parents over forces that would privatize and profit from our public schools

Public education and true parent empowerment were the winners after a “Parent Trigger” law died on the floor of the Florida State Senate on March 9, said Rita Solnet, a Florida parent activist and a founding member of the national organization Parents Across America, who worked with other parent groups from the state to defeat the bill. Solnet hailed the outcome as a triumph of parents over the forces that would privatize and profit from our public schools.

The Parent Trigger was first conceived by an organization called Parent Revolution, founded by a charter operator and funded by the Gates, Broad and Walton Family Foundations (the latter of Wal-Mart fame).

The law squeaked through the California legislature in early 2010 but has had led to no school turnarounds. Instead, it has ignited chaos and controversy in the two communities where petition campaigns have been tried.

In Compton, the effort collapsed amid allegations of fraud on both sides. In Adelanto, parents were asked to sign two different petitions, though only one, calling for charter conversion, was submitted to the authorities (LA Times, 2/19/12).

Matthew Herbert 6 years, 1 month ago

I like the guy clearly playing on his phone (bottom left) while the lady speaks. Nothing says respect and party support like that!

gchawk 6 years, 1 month ago

Good one. I was thinking: "I'll put a spell one you".

Steve Stucky 6 years, 1 month ago

Like I just like love touching my girl friend. You know, like this.

Steve Stucky 6 years, 1 month ago

Girl in white, "I think she should dye her roots blonde".

Fossick 6 years, 1 month ago

Someone's been eating my porridge," growled the Papa bear.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

The only thing clear is your willingness to imagine whatever necessary in order to justify a disparaging remark.

Armstrong 6 years, 1 month ago

By the looks of the picture I would estimate the "crowd" at fewer than 20, including the press.Could those possibly be the faithful and prolific liberal posters on this award winning site?

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 1 month ago

In 2000 and 2004, there was such disillusionment with the failed policies of the GOP candidate for president that the Kansas GOP didn't even hold a caucus.

That only confirms that the Bush policies didn't work anywhere, even in deep red Kansas.

Godot 6 years, 1 month ago

A modest suggestion for the Democrat re-election effort. They should embrace their dearth of new ideas, yet be refeshingly honest about their intentions.

Obama's re-election battle cry should be, "We ARE the TEE Party! A vote for the TEE Party is a vote for yourself!"

If course, the acronym stands for "Tax Everyone Else."

Armstrong 6 years, 1 month ago

Is the guy in the middle of the front row sleeping ??

Steve Stucky 6 years, 1 month ago

What the article REALLY said: Twenty three stringy haired birkenstock shuffling democrats packed the auditorium. After much hand wringing and face rubbing, the caucus goers, with wadded hankies in hand, unamimously agreed to re-elect the president and to give peace a chance.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 1 month ago

"In March 2011, Parents Across America released a position paper opposing “parent trigger” laws, based on the damaging impact of the California law. PAA members in California have closely followed the Parent Trigger saga there, and when the Florida legislation was first announced earlier this year, Solnet shared t heir concerns with other parent leaders, legislators and education officials in the state.

California passed the nation's first parent trigger law in 2010. Since then, similar bills have been introduced in many states around the country, with language written by the American Legislative Exchange Council, (ALEC), an organization that promotes a right-wing agenda.

But despite the misleading accounts of representatives from the Astroturf organization Parent Revolution, flown in from California to testify before the Florida legislature, the law has never been used successfully in that state or anywhere else."

PAA ( Parents Across America)

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

The real story is it's a Republican state that Obama has no real chance of winning, even after a primary season in which Republicans strived mightily to nominate anybody but Romney. They are now stuck with him, and everyone knows that barring some disastrous scenario between now and November, he stands little chance of beating Obama.

While lots of Democrats are dissatisfied with Obama's all-too-often Republican-lite track record (Obamacare, treatment of the criminals on Wall Street, handling of the wars being prime exhibits) our badly flawed political system means that the only option (Romney) would be significantly worse for everyone except the 1%.

Kathy Theis-Getto 6 years, 1 month ago

Hey Alex - why do you allow this poster to repeatedly post hateful, racist-tinged language? Cut it out FHNC - try intelligent civil discourse for a change.

Armstrong 6 years, 1 month ago

Problem is F H N C has nothing racist or hateful in the post. Keep trying the censorship angle, works almost as good as the I'm a victim card

Kathy Theis-Getto 6 years, 1 month ago

Hey ya'll keep up the flagrant tergiversation - makes you look smart when there is an obvious frontal lobe defect. Poor fellas!!

Kathy Theis-Getto 6 years, 1 month ago

I prefer a re-write: The BornAgain Americans of today are out in full force to promote trumped up charges against progressive groups they are calling hate groups and un-American. BAA and his friends are the very same people who can’t say enough hateful things about the Obamas, all women, all people of color. Many are admitted racists and fear-mongers There is nothing fair about what they want. Their goal is to silence progressive voices.

There, that's better!

I would be remiss if I did not share a tidbit from church this morning since you brought up socialism and communism.

Acts 4:32-35 New King James Version (NKJV)

Sharing in All Things

32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.
33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. 34 Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.

Peace :-)

Armstrong 6 years, 1 month ago

Lawrence O' Donnell MSNBC, now that's comedy

cardnation 6 years, 1 month ago

Valkyrie, do you suppose there were as many people in biblicle times that sat around and waited for (and expected) the handouts to come without working for anything? I believe the last word in that scripture says the most, "need" not "want"...respectfully, of course.

Kathy Theis-Getto 6 years, 1 month ago

Cardnation: I have no idea and don't think it is conducive for us to compare. I think our current welfare system is as skewed as are the religious "leaders" who collect tithes for God's work and take their portion to live a luxurious life. Alas, while the Bible may a valuable cultural artifact which may teach us all something about ourselves, it is still a compilation of folklore which make scary bedtime stories.

Kathy Theis-Getto 6 years, 1 month ago

I quoted Acts for you because you profess to be a christian and I think you need a reminder of God's words regarding the "menials" and how christians are expected, no required, to treat others.

I chose that analogy because cardnation asked a question about welfare in biblical times. You assume I was talking about evangelical, TV ministers. I was not - I include in that any church leader who lives a richer life than those in his parish.

My dear BAA, where in my commentary did I bash you or your religion? I may have a different belief than Nothing to fear - we are just different.

I am interested in learning more about this traditional America you speak of. Demystify it for me, please.

Kathy Theis-Getto 6 years, 1 month ago

There you go again, with the ineffectual insult to my reading comprehension. How silly of you.

You said: "Why the persistant attack on religion?" and " Is this part of the far left attack to destroy traditional America or do you really fear us that much?"

Whatever did you mean by "us"? Did you mean traditional Americans, or did you mean the christian religion? Either way, I have no fear. It appears to me fear is what you want me to feel. Can you tell me why? It is obvious that YOUDO the HOODOO. Explain to me what your traditional America looks like.

Fossick 6 years, 1 month ago

"Republicans strived mightily to nominate anybody but Romney" No, they didn't. Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line. No Republican had to vote for Romney, and yet millions upon millions did, more than for any other candidate. Romney is the candidate the average Republican wants - he's tall, speaks well, and has very Republican hair. Plus he came in second last time. The GOP's nomination process is like the Yankees batting order, but without cleats.

Don't be so sure he has little chance of beating Obama. If the muddled middle decides they've had enough of $4 gas prices*, Romney will be the man. But it's going to be epic when all the Republicans fall in line behind Medicare Part Z - which will combine the worst aspects of Bushian Medicre policy, ObamaCare, RomneyCare, and the TSA. After all, like Bush, Romney will need a domestic policy victory early in his term. And nothing says domestic policy like a big, new law that organizes the little people's lives on their behalf.

  • of course it's a non-sequitir; since politicians generally do not keep their promises once elected, most voting is a non-sequitir.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

More people voted for anybody-but-Romney than voted for Romney. It remains to be seen if enough of them, and more importantly, white male independents and Democrats choose to vote for him-- let's be honest, the Republican Party has become largely a party of white males.

But yes, it's possible that Romney could beat Obama. But he and the Republicans have so much baggage, especially with women and pretty much all non-whites, that it'll take a major (manufactured or otherwise) disaster of some sort to keep him from being re-elected.

Not that I voted for him last time, or will do so this time. Kinda pointless in Kansas even if I were happy with all of the policies he implemented over the last three years.

pizzapete 6 years, 1 month ago

Because the Repbulicans don't have any new ideas. Besides reducing taxes for the wealthiest Americans and further restricting basic civil rights, what does the Repulican party have to offer to get me to vote for them? Oh yeah, Obama wants everyone to go to college, how elitist.

cardnation 6 years, 1 month ago

What good is college when there's no job to go to afterward? and I'm just wondering...where did the American flag go that the president used to stand in front of during press conferences?

pizzapete 6 years, 1 month ago

Like I was saying the Republican party have no new ideas and the ones they're sticking with got us into the economic crisis we are just now beginning to recover from.

The flag thing is a non-issue for me. Unless you think it's some kind of conspiracy to get us to believe affordable education and health care are good things. I'll take affordable health care and education over flag waving any day.

cardnation 6 years, 1 month ago

"we are just now beginning to recover from" $4.00 gas? NO jobs? AFFORDABLE education? Pizza Pete please remember, when you stick your head in the SAND the other end will take the PUNISHMENT one way or the other! I'm not asking for FLAG WAVING, just a representation, visible during a press conference that MILLIONS of people are watching! remember: Men and Women have and still are DYING for HIM and THAT FLAG!

cardnation 6 years, 1 month ago

Can't accomplish affordable healthcare and education with an American Flag in the picture??

Richard Heckler 6 years, 1 month ago

ALEC Private Schools

Corporate Education Reformers Plot Next Steps at Secretive Meeting

ALEC Education "Academy" Launches on Island Resort by Dustin Beilke

Today, hundreds of state legislators from across the nation will head out to an "island" resort on the coast of Florida to a unique "education academy" sponsored by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). There will be no students or teachers. Instead, legislators, representatives from right-wing think tanks and for-profit education corporations will meet behind closed doors to channel their inner Milton Friedman and promote the radical transformation of the American education system into a private, for-profit enterprise.

What is ALEC Scoring on Its Education "Report Card?" Little is known about the agenda of the ALEC education meeting taking place at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island. The meeting is not open to the public and recently even the press has been kicked out of meetings and barred from attendance. So to understand the ALEC agenda with regard to education, it is important to examine ALEC's education "scorecard."

Imagine getting a report card from your teacher and finding out that you were graded not on how well you understood the course material or scored on the tests and assignments, but rather on to what extent you agreed with your teacher's strange public policy positions. That is the best way to understand the American Legislative Exchange Council's 17th Report Card on American Education released last week.

The report card's authors are Matthew Lardner, formerly of the Goldwater Institute, and Dan Lips, currently of the Goldwater Institute and formerly of the Heritage Foundation. They give every state's public schools an overall grade based on how they rate in 14 categories. Homeschooling, alternative teacher certification, charter schools, private school choice, and virtual learning make up 7 of the 14 categories. Of the other seven categories, two rate the states' academic standards and the other five have mostly to do with the way states retain "effective" teachers and fire "ineffective" ones.

ALEC's education bills encompass more than 20 years of effort to privatize public education through an ever-expanding....

ThePilgrim 6 years, 1 month ago

And, unfortunately, Obama will win.

Obama's presidency is a failure. Yet It is absolutely mind boggling that the GOP had nobody in the primaries that could beat him. Romney maybe, but no one is thrilled about him. The previous poster's analogy of Romney being "next in the batting order" is shockingly true. And we have seen it every four years since Reagan shored up his support by giving GHWB the VP slot. Or maybe it is politics' love of kingly succession ("I deserve it"), and our stupidity to continue enslaving ourselves to a king.

Obama shouldn't win, yet he almost certainly will.

Armstrong 6 years, 1 month ago

Not based on the above picture in this article.

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 1 month ago

That picture represents 14 more people than showed up to caucus for W in 2004.

W still won.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 1 month ago

Good point, Capt. When there is no opponent in a primary, I suspect the excitement is somewhat dulled.

Fossick 6 years, 1 month ago

"Obama has instituted the whole repertoire of policies traditionally associated with financial repression in bankrupt Third World countries"

Rubbish. I as an American can still own gold and silver, can hold and trade in other currencies, and can still save money pre-tax and earn money post tax. My mining stocks are in less danger of having their assets stolen in the US than in nearly everywhere else in the world. My natural gas and oil trusts are in no danger of being nationalized. Can we say the same for Venezuela (to pick one example)?

Do not confuse government greed with financial repression. While they have a few similar means, they are not remotely the same in the end.

Fossick 6 years, 1 month ago

Yes, I read Sovereign Society as well. "But not all" is a bit of weasel-wording on their part, as the vast majority of "no longer millionaires" are victims of the same market downswing that gave them the millions on the upswing. Leverage is a female dog on the downside.

America had financial repression in 1933 when the President simply signed an order demanding that Americas turning their gold to the government with a threat of 10 years in the clink if they disobeyed. When Obama does the same for gold and guns, we'll have repression. Until then, we're stuck with hysteria, I guess.

Armstrong 6 years, 1 month ago

Argument almost works except. Brownback fixed the mess Sebelius left. In the same time Obama has done what to our defecit ??? Kool-Aide for your words

Armstrong 6 years, 1 month ago

And less surprised the left still supports a total failure

Armstrong 6 years, 1 month ago

Been down that road too many times. You figure it out or vote for Obama like the guy asleep in the front row.

Mike Ford 6 years, 1 month ago

I was there. I caucaused. We don't do lock step nonsense like some of the truth denying arguement baiting genuises on here who've twisted reality as Obama haters since January 2009. As I just left yahoo news and saw some of the honest haters who use plainly use racist and homophobic terms to describe Democrats like some of the people on here who hide just beyond the tos rules to say basically the same nonsense you know who you are and you know what you're saying and I have the courage to call you out for what you support and say even as you go coward and try to reverse the statements on the people calling you out. One example is the school funding nonsense where curlytop is going to step aside and let taxpayers and schools duke it out while the true hope is vouchers and theocratic educations in violation of the separation of church and state. I remember a character named Corkins trying to push vouchers on the BOE and Derek Schmidt laughing at him when his ideas where introduced. Now that Schmidt changed his tune and follow the brownback piper I wonder if he remembers assailing the creationism nonsense. As a child of a deceased teacher who had ten years and a master's degree and was let go by the Emporia school district because they didn't want to pay her what she was let go when the LOB failed... I wonder if these tricked people are going to be happy stuck with a higher tax bill or dumber kids due to brownback policies. Kansas..,,, as dumb as it wants to be....

Fossick 6 years, 1 month ago

FHNC: "James Dale Davidson is an economist and author of several financial books..."

Davidson and Rees-Mogg's books (esp. Sovereign Individual) are some of the most insightful books available, especially in regards to the impact of technology on work and income. They are absolutely correct in arguing that as techology disburses, nations will see larger top-to-bottom income spreads and smaller nation-to-nation spreads. I've worn out my copies of all three.

But that is exactly whey it's so foolish to charge those changes to Obama's account. There is nothing he can do about the fact that (as D&R-M note) one can buy a very good life in Budapest or Quezon City for relatively little money. These changes, they argue, are bigger than governments. Therefore they are much, much bigger than Obama's father.

Fossick 6 years, 1 month ago

What does one do? Learn another skill, save money for when your parents have to move in with you, teach your kids to save and sail and shoot, help a neighbor, plant a garden. The world's political changes are driven by technology, not the magical thinking of the innumerate majority of voters. The fact that almost no government in the world can balance its budget is of far more consequence than whether one can get an abortion at 20 weeks or 40 or whether the government funds one more TV station in a world of 500. Oh, yes, change is coming: squared, cubed, and loaded with gee juice as Heinlein might have said. It's not change your 50% are going to like in the least.

Homework assignment: The Sovereign Individual, chapter 9 (Nationalism, Reaction, and the New Luddites), first half and the last 5 pages. There is no more that "politics" can do today to change its fate than what "religion" could do in the 15th century to change its own. Still, understanding is better than laying blame.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month ago

The real story is how merrill is throwing everything in his copy/paste book against the wall to see if anything is going to stick.

Armstrong 6 years, 1 month ago

Dense and clever at the same time. How's that workin for ya observant ?

Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month ago

This post pre removed for using a vulgar sexual term to describe a disappointed progressive.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month ago

FWIW, your Coop avatar is kinda groovy.

Mike Ford 6 years, 1 month ago

merrill pastes because what you ignore snap is that obvious and you do the o reilly I'm going to ignore reality and flip my nonsense on you schtick... how conservative of you....

Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month ago

tuschie... how ... predictable ... of ... you ... (from a source)

Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month ago

There are people who seriously intend to vote for another 4 years of empty promises and the policies of Bush Lite?

pizzapete 6 years, 1 month ago

It's too bad we can't go back to the good old days where women, blacks, and other minorities were not allowed to vote. Just be sure to have your guns and fallout shelter well stocked, it'll put your mind more at ease.

gudpoynt 6 years, 1 month ago

So the voting discretion of 13-14% of of the population that is very progressive, 90% of blacks, 60-70% of latinos, and +50% of women is to you a "nightmare"?

Got it. Wow, you could seriously be the biggest jerk on the planet.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 1 month ago

gudpoynt : Don't call N.B. names. She's just scared. This will pass.

Mike Ford 6 years, 1 month ago

the day a bigotted southerner votes for a moderate positionless company gutting healthcare promoting soulless Ted Danson lookalike is the day when......I don't even think a pig will fly on that day. You call people liberaltines because you listen to call people kooks because you listen to rush....I love when ragging unapologetic simpletons call me a liberal as a slur. Thanks for the admission of my intelligence... now what are you???? you can call people kooks all day long but your cellophane skin shows through when you get comments removed citing your genetic relations to the banjo player in the way I hear banjos...better start paddling....

MyName 6 years, 1 month ago

That's funny, I don't remember there being this many Romney haters on the article about the GOP caucuses in Kansas? Could it be because no one actually cares about the most bland candidate to run for the President since Walter Mondale, or maybe even Gerald Ford (when he actually had to run for office).

It's just funny seeing all of you guys laser-ing in so much on Obama that you forget that the GOP couldn't even come up with a decent ticket this year.

pace 6 years, 1 month ago

President Obama will win reelection. What we need to concentrate on is giving Congress and Senate people who will work to solutions. That will be the hard row. Koch and like have their hate and lie ads already playing in most states.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month ago

When is the current resident of 1600 Penn Ave, who claims to want a transparent regime, going to release his college transcripts? What ... is ... he .... hiding ? (from a source)

Mike Ford 6 years, 1 month ago

at least he went to school and wrote law journal papers......maybe we need to be a grizzly bear mama who allegedly went to Idaho and allegedly worked in journalism. maybe all of that college journalism experience helped with katie couric right????? where's your leg to stand on????? sorry I kicked it over.

Fossick 6 years, 1 month ago

What I don't understand is why those who claim to be the most 'liberal' and 'progressive' and 'tolerant' are the most likely to use inferred homosexuality as an insult. Do you seriously intend to insult the Conservatives / Republicans by calling them gay?

Good grief, seventh grade called: they want their homemade book covers back.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 1 month ago

Perhaps, and I'll buy a ban on Huff if we can also have one on Fox "news." The video is widely avalable; I just snagged the first source.

pace 6 years, 1 month ago

President Obama will win reelection. What we need to concentrate on is giving Congress and Senate people who will work to solutions.

Our Kansas Senators just blocked fair rates to be applied to billionaires and have advocated for higher taxes for the middle class. Koch pockets need to be replaced.

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