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Rauner - buyers' remorse?

I have buddies in both municipal, court, and police & sheriffs' offices. Despite my warnings and gentle proddings, a surprising majority of them decided to vote against Gov. Quinn and allowed Bruce "Scott" Rauner to buy the governorship.

Those who I have seen since the state of the onion message have been uniformly depressed by their decisions, especially since they are the ones who will suffer the most.

The problem Rauner has is that both houses of government are against him on most major issues. The problem that the Democrats have is that a governor still has some powers that will create strife and trouble.

Wisconsin, our lovely neighbor to the north, has suffered another decline in average wages, now $800 less than Indiana, which is far lower than Illinois. Rauner's plan is to follow the Wankerstan approach and demolish labor as a political or lobbying force.

Then again, Quinn pretty much ran a campaign as though it was designed by the DNC. No specifics, no answers, just "I'm not as bad as the other guy."
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 02:52 PM (15 replies)

Gov. Kitzhaber just resigned.

Source: NYT

Not unexpected, but still too bad.

Read more: Link to source
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Fri Feb 13, 2015, 03:22 PM (15 replies)

When Lindsey Graham withdraws from the GOP POTUS race,

will anyone even notice?

Others destined for the trash bin probably are


Can we get Sarah to run? We need more nuttiness on their side.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Fri Feb 6, 2015, 07:14 PM (6 replies)

I just figured out Keystone!

The reason we need to import Canadian shale oil, skip 13 closer refineries, take it to Houston, refine it, pump it aboard an oil tanker, and ship it to Cuba is because they have no oil, and if we supply it, we can use those billions to pay for our rent to maintain our Guantamino military base, airstrips, and large military presence. And kick Mother Russia in the teeth again.

So, Keystone is an anti-Russian plot.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Wed Dec 17, 2014, 05:19 PM (2 replies)

time to ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign immediately.

I've heard the stories about how the Obama administration thoroughly dislikes and mistrusts her. I've seen how lame and irrational our approach to 2014 was. And I recall the days of Howard Dean, when we fought in 50 states, when we put up candidates in every single local district, and we had some simple, unified, and effective messages.

The successes of Dean have been tossed into the trash, and with it the election of 2014.

We need to reward success, punish failure, and fix what is broken. The DNC, the DCCC, and the DSCC are broken. Time to clean house, starting with the worst DNC leader I can ever recall us having.

We need to fix things, and I cannot think of a better way to start.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Wed Nov 5, 2014, 09:38 AM (12 replies)

Cook County asks for permission to start counting early

There are a very large number of absentee votes coming in. So many, that the voting counters claim that they would be unable to get a tally if they are forced to wait until the polls close. It is likely that they will be given permission to start counting now, so long as all of the results are kept quiet.

High turn out? Good for the governor, the senator, and most of those Ds running for the house.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Tue Oct 28, 2014, 03:26 PM (5 replies)

The real loser in the gov's race

Rauner & Quinn are still tied, and it really depends on whether Madigan wants Quinn to prevail. His army is enough to determine the election.

However, the real loser is the Suntimes. Given how bad and unreadable the Trib has become, down to a 3d grade ejukashun, the Suntimes still had some things going for it - the best sports section, four crosswords, sudoku and ken ken, and some pretty savvy political reporters.

After the Suntimes endorsed Rauner, then quashed a story about the dealings and wheelings of his company, while he was in charge, they lost all credibility. No wonder that their best state political reporter quit. McKinney was sharp, wrote well, and hard working. His own credibility is strong, the Suntimes had better look in a mirror.

Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Sat Oct 25, 2014, 09:45 AM (2 replies)

Durbin Oberwurst Debate

(Disclaimer- I know and like Dick Durbin. The only time I have found major fault with him was when he caved into pressure when he was complaining about torture committed by the CIA and US troops. If he had stood tall, perhaps some of the worst parts of the Cheney Bush Admin could have been reversed or slowed)

Dick is one smart, knowledgable, and professional person. Any state would be lucky to have him.

Oberwurst? I'll bet he doesn't even know how to milk a cow. Once he inherited his family fortune in milk and ice cream, I doubt that he even knew which end of the cow to milk.

Oberwurst came out fighting, but mostly he seemed to be trying to explain why he had no answer, while Durbin was directly answering tough questions, with well thought out explanations.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Thu Oct 23, 2014, 10:06 AM (14 replies)

4chan not at fault for Emma threats

According to the International Business Times:

A threat to leak nude photos of actress Emma Watson following her game-changing HeForShe gender equality speech at the United Nations in New York this week has been revealed to be a hoax. Rantic Marketing, the social media enterprise behind the buzzed-about website EmmaYouAreNext.com, which included a countdown clock for when nude images of the British film star were set to be released on 4chan, used the platform to promote an anti-4chan campaign.

At midnight Wednesday, instead of releasing the rumored forthcoming nudes of the 24-year-old “Harry Potter” star, the website redirected visitors to Rantic.com, where they were met with a message pledging to #SHUTDOWN4CHAN. “Spread the word!” reads the page’s welcome announcement. The hoax comes three weeks after the first round of female celebrities' hacked images were leaked on the site and Reddit’s “The Fappening” boards. “Join us as we shut down 4chan and prevent more private pictures from being leaked,” said Rantic. “None of these women deserve this, and together we can make a change.”

Rantic claims to have been hired by unidentified celebrity publicists to create the hoax in an effort to shut down the controversial image-sharing site following the recent nude photo scandals that have affected stars such as “The Hunger Games” actress Jennifer Lawrence, actress Gabrielle Union, Olympian McKayla Maroney and reality-TV star Kim Kardashian.

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While many of the criticisms here may be valid, if we go around calling 4chan terrorists, especially in view of the above, we end up looking like the ones we have criticized. http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025573731
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Thu Sep 25, 2014, 11:59 AM (41 replies)

Kudos to Gov. Nixon

You first allowed the locals handle the situation, which is almost always the right thing to do.
When they proved to be idiots in search of a village to shoot up, you made the right decisions.
Your choice of who would be in charge locally was inspired.
You dealt with a potentially deadly and explosive situation very smartly.

Some might criticize you for not moving fast enough, but seriously, what rational person would expect the police to start riots, shooting tear gas at media groups, arresting journalists or having a quasi military response that only made things worse?

Congrats, Mr. Nixon. You done did good. I suspect the people of Ferguson will thank you for it. As will all other rational thinkers.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Thu Aug 14, 2014, 11:36 PM (7 replies)
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