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Voting Rights

Reading the wonderful decision from North Carolina, I was struck by how powerful a functioning court needs to be in a democracy. Four victories on voting rights over a couple of weeks. Little chance that they will appeal, especially given the type of smack-down they received, Would the Supremes will reverse any of those decisions? Not with a 4-4 tie.

So, we have a supreme court that is weakened by the GOP deliberately. And it has become toothless to support the tears, rents, attacks, and erosion of our rights and our constitution. Et tu, GOP.

I am wondering if this is some subconscious payback for Citizens United and Gore v. Bush. Maybe the appellate courts felt guilty about the harm caused by those decisions, and they decided (internally) to right the wrongs that have been and still will be committed by ALEC, the Kochs, and the Tea Baggers.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Fri Jul 29, 2016, 04:07 PM (2 replies)

Vermont passes

Betcha Bernie has something to say.

And I bet it will be great for us all.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Tue Jul 26, 2016, 06:44 PM (0 replies)

The convention last night has me depressed.


Because, frankly, I do not know how the campaign can top it. Every keynoter kicked ass. Every single one. How could anyone top it?

Comparing what we saw last night with the RNC's first night isn't like comparing apples and oranges. It is like comparing peaches and rotting entrails.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Tue Jul 26, 2016, 08:03 AM (24 replies)

Sanders: He combed his hair!

Wow, what a great line up, what a great set of speeches.

Michelle - wonderful
Elizabeth - you kicked ass
Cory - magnifico!

And now Bernie
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Mon Jul 25, 2016, 10:54 PM (5 replies)

Proof the convention is toxic and contagious

Here is today's Chicago Suntimes - Lynn Sweet


CLEVELAND – The Illinois Republican Party on Wednesday revoked the convention credentials of a Donald Trump delegate from Chicago “for publicly-made racist comments and threats of violence” on a Facebook posting.

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider told the Sun-Times the party, “has zero tolerance for racism of any kind and threats of violence against anyone.”

The executive committee of the Illinois GOP party made the decision regarding Fifth Congressional District delegate Lori Gayne after party officials said she confirmed to them she was the author of the offending post, made under a different name.

Gayne was elected a Trump delegate in the March Illinois Republican Primary from the North Side district.

Gayne told the Sun-Times on Wednesday she wrote the post, after a reporter from the newspaper raised the matter with her on Tuesday evening, while she was with the Illinois delegation on the convention floor.

What really surprised me was that they threw her ass out.

This does prove that the anger, hatred, and racism that are so obvious in Cleveland are having an impact on the convention attendees. They are feeling empowered to be even bigger assholes than they started off as. RUbbing elbows with so many other nuts has to do bad things to people's grasp on reality.

My only question is whether they will revert back to being mini-assholes when they go home, or whether their racism, hatred and anger will infect others back home.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Thu Jul 21, 2016, 02:30 PM (0 replies)

Solar storm hits satellites, disrupts com systems. Manafort blames Hillary.

12 die, 46 people go blind drinking home-made alcohol in India. 240 hospitalized. Chris Christie blames Hillary.

Boko Haram caused hundreds of starvation deaths among children they kidnapped. Scott Baio blames Hillary.

26 Chinese tourists die in Taiwan bus fire. Mike Pence tries to recall who he is supposed to blame.

Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Tue Jul 19, 2016, 11:56 AM (2 replies)

Trump on Melanoma's speech:

"It was a beautiful, beautiful speech. She's gonna make a beautiful First Lady, just beautiful. She's bright and smart, and beautiful. And frankly, all those who complain about her choice of words? It was an improvement on the original. She's making America Proud again! Just a great speech!"

"Wait til you hear Don Jr's speech tomorrow. I read his rough draft. Just fantastic. Brilliant. He will make a fantastic First Son. It starts, 'Fore Score and Seven Years ago.' It gets better after that. Imagine golf and imagine Don Jr. as Secretary of the Supreme Court and Legal Stuff."

"Tomorrow I will announce the rest of my cabinet. Ivanka will be Secretary of Trade and Design, because she has her mother's good taste. She will be just great in her job to Make America Rich again. Steve King - you remember him? He's that congressman from New Jersey and I can't wait to see what he does as Secretary of Immigration and Muslims. And there is a spot of Chris Christie. He will be Secretary of Libel and Slander, because the lazy, lazy media keeps getting things wrong. Very Wrong. It's disgusting. We need a Secretary who can fix those laws and Christie is just the guy to do it."
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Tue Jul 19, 2016, 05:57 AM (21 replies)

Mitch McConnell LOST the vote and Rince Prebus just ignored the Nays

He tried to have an oral vote on selecting McConnell as temporary chair. The Yeas were few, the Nays louder. Prebus was not having any part of it.

Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Mon Jul 18, 2016, 01:19 PM (2 replies)

The guiding principles of Donald Trump:



This is the tendency for the first items presented in a series to be remembered better or more easily, or for them to be more influential than those presented later in the series. If you hear a long list of words, it is more likely that you will remember the words you heard first (at the beginning of the list) than words that occurred in the middle. This is the primacy effect.

Read more: http://www.alleydog.com/glossary/definition.php?term=Primacy%20Effect#ixzz4EluFILza


This is the principle that the most recently presented items or experiences will most likely be remembered best. If you hear a long list of words, it is more likely that you will remember the words you heard last (at the end of the list) than words that occurred in the middle. This is the recency effect.

Read more: http://www.alleydog.com/glossary/definition.php?term=Recency%20Effect#ixzz4EluRGzNB


It was popular in the early days of computing, but applies even more today, when powerful computers can produce large amounts of erroneous information in a short time. The first use of the term has been dated to a November 10, 1957, syndicated newspaper article about US Army mathematicians and their work with early computers, in which an Army Specialist named William D. Mellin explained that computers cannot think for themselves, and that "sloppily programmed" inputs inevitably lead to incorrect outputs. The underlying principle was noted by the inventor of the first programmable computing device design:
On two occasions I have been asked, "Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?" ... I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
— Charles Babbage, Passages from the Life of a Philosopher


Imagine what this means for a Trump presidency.

Today, we have confirmation that Trump does not read. Much like Peter Sellers in Being There, he watches "the shows." That is how he gets all of his information. A serious student of policy, politics, or history he is not. He thinks not with his brain, but with his gut.

This means that the loudest, freshest, and first voice and opinion that he hears will be one that he follows a good deal of the time (primacy). It also means that the last person to get his attention and keep it long enough to get hat person's point across is also more likely to impact what Trump does.

Lastly, given his disdain for study, his lack of experience in politics and administration, his short hours of sleep (reportedly less than 4 hours a day), and his limited attention span, GIGO will clearly apply.

As Babbage pointed out, "I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question," we can be sure that the information that Trump received and comprehends will consist mainly of garbage. Regardless of how he processes that data, the only conclusion that is possible is that the output from Trump will also be garbage. Combined with the arrogance of a nut who believes he and only he is correct, and that his gut instinct is far better than any brainiac's analysis and rational thinking, this means that his presidency will be a disaster.

What is even more unfortunate is that this kind of base level approach appeals greatly to those who are uneducated, unread, hate thinking (and who think teaching "critical thinking" is a sin), and who never read, be it a book, a newspaper, or a magazine. His most common reaction to any slight, perceived or real, is to strike out . . . and there is where his real talent lies. He has an uncanny ability to find the weakness of his target and exploit it. That is the only reason that he decimated the GOP nominees with such dispatch and speed. He not only did not play by the rules, he threw the rule book away.

Interestingly, such tactics only work for him. Christie tried, and he paid the price. Rubio tried, and he now looks like a pathetic loser. Romney almost tried, but realized that he was out of his league.

In fact, of all the politicans who have faced up to him, only Elizabeth Warren has found the means to spoil his attack, and take full aim at him. Glad she is on our side.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Mon Jul 18, 2016, 11:01 AM (2 replies)

Mike Pence - the new Dan Quayle.

Here are a few of the doozies that escaped Danny boy's mouth.

If we do not succeed, then we run the risk of failure.

For NASA, space is still a high priority.

Republicans have been accused of abandoning the poor. It's the other
way around. They never vote for us.

Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child.

What a terrible thing to have lost one's mind. Or not to have a mind
at all. How true that is.

Here are some of Pence's:

"To date, embryonic stem cell research has not produced a single medical treatment, where ethical, adult stem cell research has produced some 67 medical miracles.
"Sadly, embryonic stem cell research is completely legal in this country and has been going on at universities and research facilities for years."

“I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican … in that order."

“I was tea party before it was cool.”

Dan, you have been replaced.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Fri Jul 15, 2016, 12:42 PM (8 replies)
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