What else you got?

What the fuck has Obama done? More than I can remember. http://whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com/ has all the answers. Here are some of the things he has done.

Repealed Bush era restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/09/obama-administration-stem-cell-funding)
Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis (http://www.christopherreeve.org/site/c.ddJFKRNoFiG/b.4506337/apps/s/content.asp?ct=6866203)
Established Credit Card Bill of Rights, preventing credit card companies from imposing arbitrary rate increases on customers (http://politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/promise/33/establish-a-credit-card-bill-of-rights/)

And the list goes on. This list is in memory of all those Democrats who today end their civic service. Thanks for your votes, they cost you a seat.

[edit: WhatTheFuckHasObamaDoneSoFar is a partisan website. All claims are sketchy until proven worthy.]


Grave Days for Dems

How many house seats will the Dems lose tomorrow? Howard Fineman of the Huffington Post reports not 39 (still holding a majority), not 50-55 (relatively even with the Republicans) but 70 seats. 70! Fineman writes,

But within the last 12 hours I’ve spoken to two top Democratic consultants — very active on the battlefield this fall and with 60 years of on-the-ground experience between them — who told me some shocking news.

Separately, and privately, they each told me that they thought the Democrats could lose 70 seats on Tuesday. That would be a blowout of historic proportions.

Well, negative campaigning really is effective campaigning. The results of the election day tomorrow seem to have been premeditated by an overabundance of media slander from both parties. This slander employs logical fallacy as a starting point, an argumentative strategy which provides a truly depressing  outlook on the intelligence of the American public.

Today, citizens, if you vote, vote smart.

Cougar Tales

Gawker upset some people when they paid an anonymous source for a personal narrative of an almost one night stand with Christine O’Donell. The justification, published the next day, is a defense for their duty to take down the virginal image of the candidate. But when it goes against journalistic principles of transparency, the credibility if the O’Donell’s anonymous ‘victim’ folds.

I could tell when we first met that Christine was older than me. I was 25, and although I never asked her age, I’d have guessed she was in her early 30s. It was only recently that I found out her real age and learned she was in her late 30s when we hooked up. There’s a 14-year gap between us, but she looks good for her age. I don’t think I’d heard the word “cougar” yet at that point, but that’s probably what I’d call her.

This reads like a frat boy’s fish story (lie) after a failed Halloween barely spent with the landlord’s niece. Gawker, hold back, if her lie is as big as you say it is, it will show. You’re poisoning the waves.

Relaxation Brownies

As voters in California prepare to vote on Prop 19 this Tuesday, lovers/entrepreneurs of ganja elsewhere than the West Coast are approaching legalization a little differently. Terry Harris, of Cordova, TN, has just filed a registered trademark for the World’s First Relaxation Brownies.

Being a Tennessee resident myself, I first saw these brownies in a liquor store/head shop mash-up (we do things all at once down here). I’m not sure how far they’ve made it outside of TN, but in Nashville they cost $2.99 each and were just thrown about with other drug-related paraphernalia.

Here is how they were advertised:

You can visit bakedworld.com for more information. There are even opportunities to become a “distributor.” I wasn’t able to find an ingredient list, but expect a documented experiment to surface here soon.

Alvaro Uribe Vélez, persona non grata.

More trouble for Colombian ex-president Uribe. The trouble comes in the form of an award and consequential protests over the award.

He has been awarded the “La puerta del recuerdo” award, one of two international awards given by the Fundación Universitaria San Pablo CEU. More than 100 organizations signed a manifesto against this award and for Uribe to be tried in an international court for war crimes.

In Colombia, he’s still a hero to some.

El Tiempo reports:

Además piden que Uribe “responda ante la Corte Penal Internacional u otros tribunales o audiencias por todos los crímenes que ha cometido o consentido”, y alegan “los probados vínculos de Uribe Vélez con bandas de paramilitares y de narcotraficantes” y “la realización de numerosas estrategias y campañas de guerra sucia contra organizaciones sociales”, entre otras cosas.

They also ask that Uribe “respond to the International Penal Court and other tribunals or audiences for all the crimes that he has committed and allowed,” and allege “the proven ties that Uribe Vélez has with paramilitary and drug trafficking groups” and “the realization of numerous strategies and dirty war campaigns against social organizations,” among other things.

(original translation)

The Barney Shuffle

Massachusetts congressional candidate Sean Bielat has a very unfortunate last name. It sounds french and gay, and french people tend to be short and gay, so his name, by the powers of the transitive property, sounds short and gay and once more gay.

This is only unfortunate because for Bielat, not being allowed to serve in the military for being short, a.k.a. physically unqualified, is the same thing as not being allowed to serve for being gay, even if one is physically qualified.

Bielat ran this political ad against his openly gay opponent Barney Frank: (warning, hilarious)

Gawker reports:

Yeah, where are all the lil’ fellas handcuffing themselves to the White House gates in protest? They know they’re too damn short to go about warring; why can’t gay people realize they’re too damn attracted to members of the same sex? Hard to argue with Bielat’s logic, as presented.

Except that one group isn’t physically able to serve, while the other is. It’s not like “gay” means, say, you have zero arms and charcoal for eyes. You just like banging people of the same sex, in your free time


The Netflix of Democracy.

The Atlantic reports:

The site simplifies voting by mail. You go to their website, sign up, and they send you the proper forms with a properly addressed, stamped envelope. Then, when elections come up, they send you text and email reminders, so that you don’t forget to vote in the scads of local elections.

This would certainly make voting easier than before, but absolutely not as much fun as watching a movie. Can TurboVote stream political debates? Political ads? How else can they enhance my voting experience so it feels more like a consumption experience?


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