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2010 Midterm election, oh you silly people.

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I wanted to sum up my feelings about the result of last night’s election.  However it will take most of the day to coherently sort out the resigned disappointment from the despair at the outright apathy and/or stupidity of the voting majority of the American People.

Highlights so far:

Oklahoma passes Sharia Law ban. Because, you know, that wussy 1st Ammendment isn’t enough (or are we planning on repealing it, now Oklahoma doesn’t need it any more)

Californian’s vote to continue costly prohibition. Mainly because the voting base who would have voted to end it, stayed home.

However, while I can’t eloquently formulate my position at 5:16am. a poster at the highly underrated arstechnica.com forums pretty much nailed it for me.

Mikeyk said:

“Our country likes to cut off its nose to spite its face from time to time without thinking about the consequences. Thanks to not bothering to pay attention to reality, we are now going to give more tax cuts to the wealthy that they don’t need, and haven’t added a single job during the current recession, and was borrowed to pay for it, and will continue piling on to the federal debt. Now we also get to watch Mr. “No You Can’t” become Speaker of the House and the subpoena machine ramp up for a witch hunt against Obama, his administration, and other Democratic members of both Houses. As for those without a job and those that lost their Health Insurance, don’t worry, extended benefits will now get cut since your too lazy to look for a job (that doesn’t exist) and you’ll probably lose the cobra assistance that helped pay for you Health Insurance while looking for a new job (that still doesn’t exist).

And now that we’ve saved some money by cutting off UI payments and cobra costs, they can work on cutting some more costs, meaning more lost jobs and Health Insurance during the worst recession since the Great Depression. Welcome to the double dip. Welcome to more foreclosures, more bankruptcies, and more job losses in the name of cutting Federal spending, all those people will now stop paying into the tax pool and instead will drain more cash from the Government via their unemployment benefits. You asked for change because things didn’t move fast enough for you, and instead voted yourself into grid lock, congratulations on screwing your country up even more”

Thanks mikeyk for posting that, while I don’t think (and certainly hope ) things won’t get quite that bad, I sincerely hope you don’t mind me sharing what you so eloquently summed up.

Of course, if the democrats hadn’t squandered a supermajority, and did the right thing as opposed to what they thought might get them re-elected (hah!) the D base wouldn’t have been some horribly uninspired.

Oh well, I will take solace in the fact that Sharron Angle didn’t get elected, although Reid seriously needs to step down. I feel bad that Christine O’Donnell didn’t get in,  we’d have had comedy for 6 years. We have Rand Paul still, I enjoyed his acceptance speech – but I think he’s going to find he’s in over his head. Or, potentially, become a younger version of his dad, Ron. Which wouldn’t necessarily be all bad.

Oh well… way to go USA.

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November 3, 2010 at 5:28 am

On Glenn Beck and Net Neutrality

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Spent a lot of time reading through the Ars Technica piece on Glenn Beck and Net Neutrality

Huge amount of comments following it up, and two things are clear:

1) GB’s popularity/notoriety is still on the rise given a lot of the comments that come out in his support and kneejerk reactions to his stance.

2) A lot of people, including GB it seems, don’t understand what Net Neutrality is.

Now, one of the more reasonable Beckophiles did make a good point that what GB is afraid of , is that the goverment will go beyond the basic principle of NN and end up overstepping their reach – fair comment, .gov does that quite a bit.  I can only imagine that any legislation will be full of bloat and pork. However NN is such a singularly important concept, that we absolutely have to ensure that corporations don’t unfairly throttle down access to competitors or competitors of “friends”. Of course, legislation can’t ever be that easy – so .gov are bound to screw it up, like they did healthcare reform.

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May 18, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Been a long time since I rock and rolled…

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Not that I expect that to change any time soon, but boy have I been absent.

Not that I was deluged by a huge amount of viewers last year… but then again, no new content.

Since then, we’ve got a new president. I keep thinking Obama’s trying to do his bit, but the system is so rotten and corrupt that trying to do anything properly seems next to impossible, I guess.

Anyway, been a long time, and I really need to get back to the blogosphere.

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May 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm

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And they think Obama’s against free speech???

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In McCain’s open to the public townhall meeting, a 61 year-old woman was arrested cited for trespassing on orders from the McCain security detail for carrying a sign that read McCain=Bush.  Carol Kreck received a ticket and her court date is set for July 23.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/7/7/18337/07170/283/547890

Wow – watched the video, she was cited for “tresspassing” on City Property (that she pays taxes for) carrying a sign, non-violent, peaceful expression of opinion. …more

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July 8, 2008 at 10:35 am