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California GOP Officially Dead

California GOP Officially Dead
At one time in its history, The Golden State was a red state. It is the state from which the tax revolt, popularized by Governor and then President Ronald Reagan, was launched in the United States. Recently, however, the Republican Party in California has been slowly dying.

As reported by The Sacramento Business Journal, Republican registration in the state has dropped seven points over the last decade. This new data from the Public Policy Institute of California shows that 43.9 percent of the registered population are Democrats, but Republican registration has declined to 28.9 percent. In addition, independent voters are more likely to lean Democratic. Four out of 10 independents lean Democratic, versus three out of 10 who lean Republican.

It is now virtually impossible for a Republican to hold statewide office positions such as Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Senator.

One could argue that the California GOP was officially dead since last years election, when the Democrats gained a super majority in both houses, and a Democratic governor and lieutenant governor. Pure Democratic legislation can now be passed in the state with no attention paid to the Republican representatives.

California has a reputation as a bellweather state, and where it goes, so goes the nation.

Once can only hope that a suitable and subtle ceremony can be arranged.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Oct 3, 2013, 12:11 PM (53 replies)

Republican/Libertarian/TeaParty/Conservatives just achieved their wet dream

of putting most of the government workers out of a job and shrinking government to bathtub size. They have left the individual states as the only fully functioning governments. (tenth amendment orgasm) They passed a bill to pay the military, and though it doesn't fund other military enterprises (wargasm) that seems to be one thing they could agree on.

So riddle me this?

What is their incentive to turning the government back on?
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Oct 1, 2013, 02:03 PM (33 replies)

The United States is Now a Failed State.

This may be temporary. Republicans may come to their senses and sing Kumbaya....

Shit, what the hell am I saying.

Will the last elected representative to leave the House please turn out the lights.

Ethiopia, move your ass over. We want a chunk of the Couch.


The above was a statement of my utter disgust.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Oct 1, 2013, 12:25 AM (10 replies)

VA: Extended shutdown could stop disability pay

VA: Extended shutdown could stop disability pay
The Veterans Affairs Department warned Saturday that an extended government shutdown could result in a cutoff of veterans’ benefits checks by the end of October.

In a sharp change from what the VA was saying days earlier, officials said a prolonged shutdown would hurt the 3.4 million veterans receiving disability compensation, plus survivors and veterans expecting GI Bill living stipends.

“The administration strongly believes that a lapse in appropriations should not occur,” the VA said in a statement. “There is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations, and the administration is willing to work with Congress to enact a short-term continuing resolution to fund critical Government operations and allow Congress the time to complete the full year 2014 appropriations.”

“In the event of a prolonged shutdown, VA will continue to review and update its plan in conjunction with the applicable legal requirements and circumstances,” the statement says.

I will be sorely tempted to plant my boot in the ass of the next Republican Conservative TeaParty fuckwad that says "Thank you for your service."
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Oct 1, 2013, 12:08 AM (1 replies)

Bernanke to Republicans: Stop Being the Stupid Party

Bernanke to Republicans: Stop Being the Stupid Party
Congressional Republicans have been critical of the Fed's loose monetary policies for quite some time. Today, the Fed announced that monetary policy would stay loose for the foreseeable future, and Fed chair Ben Bernanke explained that part of the reason for this is....

The austerity crusade of congressional Republicans. The Fed's official statement noted bluntly that "fiscal policy is restraining economic growth," and Bernanke expanded on that in his press conference later in the day:

Federal fiscal policy continues to be an important restraint on growth and a source of
downside risk...and upcoming fiscal debates may involve additional risks to financial markets and to the broader economy. In light of these uncertainties, the Committee decided to await more evidence that the recovery’s progress will be sustained before adjusting the pace of asset purchases.


Good advice, but I don't think its possible.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Sep 18, 2013, 10:25 PM (0 replies)

If it's Yellen, Wall Street gets the Fed chief it wanted, not expected

If it's Yellen, Wall Street gets the Fed chief it wanted, not expected
Wall Street looks set to get who it wants as Federal Reserve chairman, but definitely not who it expected.


The CNBC September Fed Survey, conducted Thursday and Friday, found Wall Street participants by a 2-to-1 margin believed President Barack Obama would nominate former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers to be the next Fed Chairman.

But by about a 5-to-1 margin, they wanted current Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen to accede to the top post over Summers.



In a surprise announcement on Sunday, Summers, the presumed frontrunner, told President Obama he no longer wanted to be considered for the job. Summers, who was strongly opposed by some Democrats on the left, cited the high political price the president might have to pay for the nomination to succeed.

After watching the calls here from the my fellow lefties, it is hard to believe this article. Is she the bane of Wall Street or the person they really wanted all along?

Just a weird story.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Sep 16, 2013, 04:28 PM (6 replies)

President Jimmy Carter and the War Power Act.

If it only had four letters, The War Powers Act of 1973 might well be considered one. Since it was initiated to limit the Powers of the President to unilaterally go to war (Vetoed by Nixon. Congress overrode that Veto and made it a law) it has been used successfully and ignored successfully by every President to take the country into War/Conflict/Hostilities. Jimmy Carter both used and ignored the Act when he was in office.
Iran Hostage Rescue Attempt: Is Consultation Always Necessary and Possible?
After an unsuccessful attempt on April 24, 1980, to rescue American hostages being held in Iran, President Carter submitted a report to Congress to meet the requirements of the War Powers Resolution, but he did not consult in advance. The Administration took the position that consultation was not required because the mission was a rescue attempt, not an act of force or aggression against Iran. In addition, the Administration contended that consultation was not possible or required because the mission depended upon total surprise.

Some Members of Congress complained about the lack of consultation, especially because legislative-executive meetings had been going on since the Iranian crisis had begun the previous year. Just before the rescue attempt, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had sent a letter to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance requesting formal consultations under the War Powers Resolution. Moreover, shortly before the rescue attempt, the President outlined plans for a rescue attempt to Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd but did not say it had begun. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Frank Church stressed as guidelines for the future: (1) consultation required giving Congress an opportunity to participate in the decision making process, not just informing Congress that an operation was underway; and (2) the judgment could not be made unilaterally but should be made by the President and Congress. (23)

War Powers: a Selected Bibliography
War Powers Act of 1973

President Carter, himself, did not consult with Congress until after the point. Took a little flack for it. His reason was "consultation was not required because the mission was a rescue attempt, not an act of force or aggression against Iran." However, considering that inserting a military force in a foreign country without that counties approval is an act of war. Even if successful, it could not have been done without some loss of life necessary to subdue the hostage takers.

At first glance, this seems to be the norm. Presidents take us into a limited conflict and only afterward actually let Congress know. This was followed by complaining in Congress who then promptly forget the whole thing.

I am glad President Obama has sought Congressional authority. However, we should not be fooled into thinking this changes the dynamic. Presidents, even those as revered as an elder statesman such as President Carter, ignore it unless Congress actually demands its role. It is time the Congress takes up the War Powers and fashions a better vehicle that isn't so easy to ignore when its convenient.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Sun Sep 1, 2013, 11:18 AM (3 replies)

Syria: Drop medicines, not bombs

THE horrors of the Iran-Iraq war, in which tens of thousands were killed by chemical weapons, leave no doubt of the danger Syrians face from further atrocities like last week's in Damascus.

Now that the line has almost certainly been crossed, further attacks seem likely. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is thought to be holding stockpiles of the nerve agent sarin, and clearly there is willingness (from whichever side) to use it.

If, as also seems likely, the West decides to intervene, what action should it take? It is highly improbable that the threat can be reduced by bombing the stockpiles (see "Wind and rockets key clues in Syrian chemical puzzle" and "Iraq offers grim lessons for Syrian gas survivors"). Giving people the means to protect themselves is much better.

Iranian toxicologists who studied the victims of the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s found that administering antidotes to nerve agents – mainly atropine and pralidoxime injected into muscle – in the hours and days after a sarin attack can save lives and reduce the chances of chronic symptoms in survivors. Even cheap alternatives such as sodium bicarbonate and magnesium sulphate can help.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21929321.500-syria-drop-medicines-not-bombs.html#.Uh6Uj6nn-Ah

After all the arguing and fighting, I see something that I support. I do hope that someone who reads this has the ear of the President, the Department of Defense, or someone in power. Whether you believe we should support strikes or stay out of the situation, delivering supplies that will save people's lives should be acceptable.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Aug 28, 2013, 08:27 PM (8 replies)

Syria: Drop medicines, not bombs

Source: New Scientist

THE horrors of the Iran-Iraq war, in which tens of thousands were killed by chemical weapons, leave no doubt of the danger Syrians face from further atrocities like last week's in Damascus.

Now that the line has almost certainly been crossed, further attacks seem likely. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is thought to be holding stockpiles of the nerve agent sarin, and clearly there is willingness (from whichever side) to use it.

If, as also seems likely, the West decides to intervene, what action should it take? It is highly improbable that the threat can be reduced by bombing the stockpiles (see "Wind and rockets key clues in Syrian chemical puzzle" and "Iraq offers grim lessons for Syrian gas survivors"). Giving people the means to protect themselves is much better.

Iranian toxicologists who studied the victims of the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s found that administering antidotes to nerve agents – mainly atropine and pralidoxime injected into muscle – in the hours and days after a sarin attack can save lives and reduce the chances of chronic symptoms in survivors. Even cheap alternatives such as sodium bicarbonate and magnesium sulphate can help.


Read more: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21929321.500-syria-drop-medicines-not-bombs.html#.Uh5di6nn-Ag



After all the arguing and fighting, I see something that I support. I do hope that someone who reads this has the ear of the President, the Department of Defense, or someone in power. Whether you believe we should support strikes or stay out of the situation, delivering supplies that will save peoples lives should be acceptable.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Aug 28, 2013, 04:35 PM (6 replies)

King David-Era Palace Found in Israel, Archaeologists Say

King David-Era Palace Found in Israel, Archaeologists Say


Archaeologists say they've uncovered two royal buildings from Israel's biblical past, including a palace suspected to have belonged to King David.

The findings at Khirbet Qeiyafa — a fortified hilltop city about 19 miles (30 kilometers) southwest of Jerusalem — indicate that David, who defeated Goliath in the Bible, ruled a kingdom with a great political organization, the excavators say.

"This is unequivocal evidence of a kingdom's existence, which knew to establish administrative centers at strategic points," read a statement from archaeologists Yossi Garfinkel of the Hebrew University and Saar Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).


There is a distinct political implication in this discovery. There has been considerable speculation among archeologists that the Kingdom of David did not exist, that it was mythical. This discovery has cause developers to stop the development of a housing complex while awaiting for the site to be declared a national park, probably like Masada, another site of important national interest.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Jul 22, 2013, 05:56 PM (1 replies)
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