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now this is cool!

next time someone tells you wer are the greatest (or worst) country on earth run it through this:

http://www.nationmaster.com/index.php
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:52 PM (6 replies)

The Problem with Apathy

There is probably no better recipe for a dictatorial oligarchy than a democracy in which virtually nobody participates. Off year local races are the worst. Our recent school board elections saw the highest turnout in thirty years, at just under ten percent of registered voters - which is just under half of all eligible voters. A higher percentage of Soviet citizens chose their leaders.

On the national level turnout is higher but still low enough to affect the results in not pretty ways. Take this recent CNN poll for example.

http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/cnn-poll-obama-lead-likely-registered-voters.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

While the race is a virtual dead heat among likely voters (a group defined by past participation in elections and answers to pollsters, among other factors), Obama enjoys a nearly ten point lead among registered voters.

“'Likely voters have traditionally been a more Republican group in past elections because they tend to turn out in higher numbers than Democrats, and 2012 looks like it is no exception. This explains why the margin between President Obama and Mitt Romney is smaller among likely voters,' says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland."

As both Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore have both pointed out over the years, most Americans actually hold pretty progressive views on issues. And both (rightly) point to the effect of big money on politics as a reason for politicians ignoring the people's will. But the fact is, the problem also lies with not enough of the people expressing that will at the ballot box.

Posted by arely staircase | Sat Aug 25, 2012, 08:52 PM (8 replies)

a bay area liberal and a fundamentalist southern christian have more in common

than that same fundie southern christian and a member of the taliban. they simply do. are there outliers and exceptions? sure. but on the whole, taken from a global perspective, the two americans are almost indistinguishable when compared to something as foreign and alien to the american experience as taliban style muslim fundie ism. even on the treatment of women and gays (hell probably especially in those areas) the christian fundie and the liberal are going to have closer views than the two fundies would.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Aug 25, 2012, 05:09 PM (14 replies)

romney will replace cuts to defense with cuts to food stamps (ryan spills the beans)

If Mitt Romney wins in November, he and a Republican Congress will fast track legislation early next year to replace across the board defense cuts with cuts to food stamps and other programs for needy Americans.

“In January our intention is that if we don’t fix it in the lame duck is to fix it retroactively once a new session of Congress takes place,” Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, told a crowd in North Carolina Thursday, “We have procedural way in the Senate to advance that legislation very quickly and get it to the next President of the United States who I believe is going to be Mitt Romney, to pass that into law and retroactively prevent that sequester from taking place in January.”

Ryan was referring to legislation House Republicans passed earlier this year to avert sequestration — the penalty Congress imposed on itself, on a bipartisan basis, for not reaching an agreement on more targeted legislation to reduce the deficit. Sequestration will cause deep, abrupt cuts to both defense and non-defense programs starting early next year, and for the next 10 years, unless Congress overturns it or replaces it with other savings.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/paul-ryan-mitt-romney-defense-sequestration.php
Posted by arely staircase | Thu Aug 23, 2012, 11:14 PM (20 replies)

Cops Strip Search Mom, "Forcibly" Pull Tampon Out of Her for Maybe Rolling Through Stop Sign

A passing cop pulled a u-turn, flashed the lights, and rolled up behind her. Tarantino claims that the cop immediately drew his weapon, pulled her from the car, and refused to explain why he pulled her over. Tarantino's two young children watched all of this unfold from inside her car.

The cop then placed Tarantino in the back of the squad car, where she allegedly sat for two hours. When backup arrived, Tarantino was strip searched on the side of the road, where passing motorists could see everything.

Then, in a gruesome twist, a female officer "forcibly removed" a tampon from Tarantino. Presumably, the cops were looking for drugs, but the lawsuit notes that a drug-sniffing dog was never called in, and cops never found any contraband or anything illegal.

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2012/08/cops_strip_search_mom_pull_tam.php
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Aug 19, 2012, 03:28 PM (22 replies)

the choices could not be more clear, the differences in the parties/candidates more stark

and it is not a choice between progressivism and conservatism. It is a choice between progressivism and radical reactionary randian social Darwinism. Once upon a time progressives proposed plans to eliminate social ills. Conservatives then expressed their desire to address these social ills and would then propose a watered down version of their own. Sometimes the conservative input might be be a good idea. A perfect example would be the earned income tax credit. Mainstream conservative European parties, for the most part, still operate this way.

But today's Republican politicians are of a different nature. They see any tax whatsoever as theft. The tea baggers would actually like to repeal the 14th amendment which would not only prevent American born children of immigrants from having citizenship but would actually empower the states to return to Jim Crow.

When William f. Buckley founded the modern Conservative movement and launched the national review, one of his first and most important battles was against the john birch society, knowing conservatism would never become a legit. political/intellectual movement if it was associated with crazy, conspiratorial racists.

Now those same people (or their ideological descendants) ARE the GOP.

We have to win.
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Aug 12, 2012, 03:12 PM (10 replies)

"Our campaign would be helped immensely...?"

He is screwed beyond help. The fact he is appealing to the Obama campaign and Democrats to do something and prefaces it with that speaks volumes about not only the political lethality of the Democratic attack but The completely naive and unearned sense of entitlement Romney has.
Posted by arely staircase | Fri Aug 10, 2012, 06:07 PM (0 replies)

Corporations are People but I'm Not a Business! Romney for President 2012

This political ad paid for by the truely clueless and ultimately doomed to defeat and humiliation.
Posted by arely staircase | Fri Aug 10, 2012, 05:53 PM (0 replies)

democrats should lay off the tax thing because its a rove plot so devious that

CNN poll shows Obama expands lead to 7 points, independents cool on Romney.

http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/cnn-poll-obama-expands-lead.php?m=1
Posted by arely staircase | Thu Aug 9, 2012, 11:44 PM (27 replies)

Sleeper cell trolls?

I have noticed a few instances of people with post counts of like 25 who post some pretty suspicious stuff then i look at their profile and the have had an account for years. they also have 40 percent chance of servinf on a jury - so that explains a lot too. maybe it is nothing but seems suspicious. i don't want to post who it is because im afraid to get in trouble for calling out another member in a forum.

on second thought, edited to say here is a prime example. i haven't had a post deleted since january or feb. so i can take the hit if i am out of line:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1014&pid=184329
Posted by arely staircase | Fri Aug 3, 2012, 12:47 PM (33 replies)
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