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As most of society seems to be getting saner, are the loonies

growing more strident, more obscene, in their religious based demands?

North Carolina wants to pass some official religion. They have pending legislation to ban sharia law, while they are fully willing to accept the more crazy parts of christian law and punishment.

Kansas? Too much to list here.

Texas? Let's just say that Perry is the sane and smart one from that state's roll of pols.

Michigan? 3 days for abortion after conception? The mind boggles.

Actually, the list is growing day by day. Does anyone else detect a note of fear underlying the recent growth of crazy legislative ideas from the ultra-right?
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Wed Apr 3, 2013, 10:20 AM (23 replies)

How will YOU celebate the new infallible, inerrant prince of Rome?

I plan on attending the local Freedom from Religion Foundation meeting. That seems fitting enough.
There might be a little consumption of spirits, rather the blessing from spirits, involved.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Wed Mar 13, 2013, 04:59 PM (20 replies)

scanners for the Mac

I've had flat scanners (slow, cumbersome, did not translate into language well), and some all-in-one printers/faxes/scanners. For the last year, I have been trying to go paperless (and succeeding about 75% of the time) and realized that a dedicated scanner was a must, especially for large documents.

Fujitsu S1500 works great. Never had a problem talking to my mac. The very few jams I get were usually caused by a staple I missed. About 1 in 50 scans, it eats several sheets at a time, and always, the problem is one particular firm that sends all their stuff on really cheap, shiny, and slippery paper. If I bend and mutilate the pages a bit, I usually solve the problem. For everything else, even thick bond, no problems at all.

The Brother 9320 all in the family scanner also takes multiple pages. It scans just fine, but not as fast or as clearly as the Fujitsu.

Canon has a couple of nice models, but their portable does not compare to Fujistu's.
Actually, for portable scanning, I keep forgetting that the best machine is already in my hands - the iPad. Scanning with the iPad is easy, fast, and I can even email the results to my office computer.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Mon Mar 11, 2013, 12:03 PM (11 replies)

snow's are heavy, voter turn out is more voter tune out.

GOTV will be the only thing that matters. It also makes this election ripe for a surprise.

Experts have seen low mailed ballots, and even lower actual hoof on the ground turn out. They predict low teens, which would be one of the lowest turnouts in recent history.

Considering that some elections in the past had 110% turnouts, I guess this is evening things out.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Tue Feb 26, 2013, 04:53 PM (8 replies)

There were two winners today in the Senate Hearings:

Hilary Clinton
Susan Rice

Mrs. Clinton has earned even more kudos for managing to get McCain to wet his pants and embarrass himself.

Oh, by the way, Rand Paul is a complete and utter asshole.

Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Wed Jan 23, 2013, 11:13 AM (3 replies)

a book war hath begun

mi padre, who makes some Huns look like flaming liberals, and I exchange a bag of books at every meeting. I have to admit that I began it by including H L Mencken, and a collection of Robert Ingersoll, that so impressed me, that I was shocked that I had no chance to have read them before.

Dad, in his response, began including Brad Thor books, moved on to one O'Reilly POS, and now, some book from Glenn Beck. the Overton Window.

how can i respond in kind?
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:25 PM (15 replies)

iProcrastinate keeps wanting me to update its program, but I'm still waiting

I'll probably get to it sometime.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:18 AM (4 replies)

Does anyone else vomit when Luke Russert comes on?

I love me my Martin Bashir. But if he starts a program by interviewing an expert (ahem) Luke Russert, I just turn it off.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:04 PM (8 replies)

Armed guards in every school! Video surveillance of every corner!

Every email open to federal eyes!
Every website visited stored for future access!
OnStar spying on every conversation in your car!
Every cell talk and text recorded!

Only this way can we be safe!

Oh, and we all conceal carry, too.

Bull + Shit = this line of thinking.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:08 PM (17 replies)

The beginning of the end? Sandi Jackson (wife of Jesse Junior) under attack

She resides in Washington DC, in a stylish home she and her husband lived in before his resignation and possible prosecution.
On some occasions, she would travel back to Chicago, where she had another job, Alderman of the 7th Ward, a war torn, bloody, and dangerous part of the city.

In one week, 38 serious crimes, including many instances of armed robbery took place (Dec 4-Dec 11, 2012). It is understandable why Sandi would prefer to live in a posh mansion in DC, rather than toil in a virtual urban war zone.

There's a new group in town. "SackSandi" After she missed a critical budget meeting a vote, after numerous absences (she has the highest absentee rate in the Council), and after her constituents always find her "away" and "unavailable," it finally came out that Sandi missed 90% of her committee meetings in 2012. Many of these were BEFORE Junior's "health issues." The group is seeking to force her out (allowing her to live her life of luxury in DC) and to replace her with a local resident - a surprising request, given her many absences.

SackSandi is getting a lot of local attention, and a growing amount of support. While Junior was able to coast on his dad's coat tails, Sandi's election was based solely on her last name. Despite having a great job handed to her, she has been considered far more aloof (translation - better then the people she was elected to represent) and arrogant. Unfortunately for SackSandi and the people of the 7th ward, there is no removal process that applies to the city council. Hell, some aldercritters ran their re-election campaigns from prison - AND WON! Being indicted for mafia ties never stopped some former aldercritters from keeping their offices as long as they wanted.

What is interesting is that her appalling attendance record is finally making the news. People are getting tired of the open gang wars on the southside, especially in places in and around the 7th Ward. having an aldercritter who is constantly MIA doesn't help. Watch for the chorus to have her resign or to be removed to continue to grow.

Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Fri Dec 14, 2012, 11:36 AM (5 replies)
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