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Man Who Believes God Speaks to Us Through "Duck Dynasty" Is About to Be Texas' Second-in-Command

Meet Dan Patrick, the next lieutenant governor of Texas.

As a Texas state senator, Dan Patrick has conducted himself in a manner consistent with the shock jock he once was. Patrick—who is now the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor—has railed against everything from separation of church and state to Mexican coyotes who supposedly speak Urdu. He's even advised his followers that God is speaking to them through Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson.

A former sportscaster who once defended a football player who'd thrown a reporter through a door (Patrick believed it wasn't the journalist's job to do "negative reporting"), Patrick became a conservative talk radio host in the early 1990s—Houston's answer to Rush Limbaugh. In 2006, he parlayed his radio fame into a state Senate seat—and kept the talk show going. In office, he proposed paying women $500 to turn over newborn babies to the state (to reduce abortions), led the charge against creeping liberalism in state textbooks, and pushed wave after wave of new abortion restrictions. For his efforts, Texas Monthly named Patrick one of the worst legislators of 2013.

With a victory on November 4, Patrick, who is leading Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the polls, would find himself next in line for the governor's mansion of the nation's second-largest state. (Rick Perry, the current Republican governor, was previously lieutenant governor.) But even if Patrick advances no further, he'd be in a position to shape public policy—Texas' lieutenant governor is sometimes called the "most powerful office in Texas" because of the influence it has on both the legislative and executive branches.


"Stupid People"

From The Hill, “RNC co-chair: Wisconsin voters not so ‘sharp’“:

… “It’s not going to be an easy election, it’s a close election,” said Sharon Day, the co-chairwoman, while speaking at a GOP field office in Waukesha, Wis., according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Like I said, much closer than I can even understand why.

“I don’t want to say anything about your Wisconsin voters but, some of them might not be as sharp as a knife,” she added.

Day was born in Texas, and has lived in Florida for decades. The chairman of the RNC, Reince Priebus, has long lived in Wisconsin


Who are these people?


Charles Pierce: Body Counts: This president's "Katrina": One. The last president's "Katrina": 1,833.

By Charles P. Pierce on October 21, 2014

At this point, having already sunk virtually all of its self-respect into the fathomless depths of the southern Indian Ocean, CNN has very little left to lose by turning its studio shows over entirely to trolling the news, and there's no more trolling troll than troll Don Lemon, the man who's been known to troll about a black hole, the one that swallowed up the Malaysian airliner. (Hey, Don was just sayin', y'know?) Last night, with what appeared to be a silken bowline around his neck, Don thought worthy of discussion the highly original trope of whether or not the death by Ebola of one person in this country could be said to be the president's "Katrina." This is, by my count, the president's 33rd "Katrina," although some counts vary. And, thought Don and his bosses, who better to discuss that than Michael Brown, the man who oversaw the last president's "Katrina moment," which, as it happens, actually involved Hurricane Katrina.

Let's be crude, shall we? Let's start with the body counts.

This president's "Katrina": One.

The last president's "Katrina": 1833.

Everybody just chill the fk out, OK?


Gov Christie "I gotta tell you the truth, I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage, I really am"

"I gotta tell you the truth, I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage, I really am," Christie said during an event at the Chamber of Commerce in Washington, according to a recording of his remarks by the liberal opposition research group American Bridge.

"I don't think there's a mother or father sitting around a kitchen table tonight in America who are saying, 'You know honey, if my son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, my God, all our dreams would be realized," he added. "Is that what parents aspire to for their children?"

The governor went on to say that parents aspire to an America where their children can make more money and achieve greater success, according to The Hill. He said those aspirations weren't about a "higher minimum wage."

Christie's comments come a week after fellow Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin said that he doesn't think the minimum wage "serves a purpose." Unlike Christie, Walker is up for re-election in November against Democrat Mary Burke, who supports raising the minimum age to $10.10 an hour.


New Election Ruling Allows Candidates To Remain Completely Anonymous Throughout Campaign

WASHINGTON—Explaining that the measure is intended to protect politicians’ right to free expression against undue scrutiny from the general population, a new ruling implemented this week by the Federal Election Commission allows candidates running for public office to remain completely anonymous throughout the campaign process. “Candidates should be able to make themselves heard without having their identities, personal associations, and records on the issues exposed in the public eye,” said agency spokesperson Wayne Branson, adding that the new policy means congressional hopefuls can avoid being personally challenged on their agendas by opting to withhold their names and likenesses from all campaign material, television commercials, FEC filings, and public appearances. “The fact that political candidates are no longer under any obligation to disclose who they are will ensure a freer, more open electoral process. It is our belief that elections should be about ideas and plans for the country, not about who is saying them, what that person looks like, what their background might be, if they’re qualified, or what motives they might have.” Branson confirmed that elected candidates would then have the option to remain anonymous for the duration of their term.


"We don't have the luxury to be scared of Ebola!"


Ahem, Africa Is A BIG Continent.

Africa is the world’s second largest continent. But it’s not unusual for Americans to classify it as a single entity, ignoring the many cultural, economic and geographic differences between its 47 countries. If three countries in Africa are going through an Ebola epidemic, the other 44 must be too, right?

These assumptions are not that different in tone from some of the other examples of how Ebola is motivating xenophobic sentiments in the U.S. For example, some people argue that closing off West Africa altogether is the right way to respond to the outbreak. Liberian immigrants in the U.S. are being refused service at restaurants and dropped from charity programs. Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros recently suggested that the people coming into the United States from Africa will seek medical care from witch doctors and practice Santeria.

This stems from a lack of understanding of Ebola, but it also points to some stereotypes about the African continent as a whole. Americans have a long history of dismissing Africa as a disease-ridden and primitive place.


one more time (I sent this one to FOX):
How Many Countries Can We Fit Into Africa?

Chuck Todd Feels ‘Physically Ill’ GOP Used His ‘Sloppy’ Grimes Remark in Ad

Speaking with Media Matters this week, Todd said that being used in a political campaign makes him “literally physically ill” with heartburn."


Pushed further on what he meant by the infamous line, Todd insisted he meant it from a voter perspective, but conceded: “You can accuse me of being sloppy, of putting the words in my mouth and I should have put the words in the — in how this will impact, impact voters and impact the race. And, you know, that’s where I was sloppy.”

He added: “I don’t take back the analysis. I mean, I think it’s — I think that — you know, I think it was — I think she had run — she’s been running a poor campaign. I don’t understand how she’s not made this about Mitch McConnell. Like, I’m still — for the life of me, I don’t get how this is not a referendum on him. Right?”

Todd later concluded: “I just hate being a part of a campaign.”

Smashing Pumpkins

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