X-Tra Rant Taking Myself Way Too Seriously Since 1999


Link Dump: Politics

  • Two related links: Ahhhhh the Bush Economy. To paraphrase Mel Brooks "It's good to be the CEO."
  • The latest champion for those fed up with the direction our country has taken under arch-conservative George W. Bush: Lee Iacocca?
    "You might think I’m getting senile, that I’ve gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore. The President of the United States is given a free pass to ignore the Constitution, tap our phones, and lead us to war on a pack of lies. Congress responds to record deficits by passing a huge tax cut for the wealthy (thanks, but I don’t need it). The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we’re fiddling in Iraq, the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving pom-poms instead of asking hard questions. That’s not the promise of America my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I’ve had enough. How about you?"
    Color me both impressed and confused. A world where Lee Iacocca has become outraged with Republicans is a strange world indeed.
  • I've been meaning to post a full entry on the rediculous Indiana "In God We Trust" license plates but I never seem to get around to it. TDW has done it instead. And better than I would have, too. I'd love to go into the BMV and ask for an "In No God We Trust" or "In Allah We Trust" plate sometime just for the reaction.
  • All that scarrrrrry voter fraud that made the Indiana Voter ID law 'necessary'? Ummm yeah. Turns out there's not so much of it. Nationwide. We're talking since 2002, when they made it EASIER to get vote fraud convictions, a grand total of 86 convictions nationwide. Wow. It's a good thing we got that Voter ID law!!!
  • "Watermelon" Dan Burton has been outraised by his GOP primary opponent by nearly 3x in the first quarter of this year. I certainly don't know what sort of crazy challenger John McGoff is bringing, but it can't be as much crazy as ol' Watermelon Dan brings.
  • You know, I was waiting for the first post of this flavor about the horrible shootings at Virginia Tech today. I just didn't expect to see it said so soon that if only all those students had guns this wouldn't have happened. As CJ said in IM about this, "If every VT student were carrying guns, do you know how many fights would have turned into shootings over the last few years? How many drunken disagreements would have ended in fatalities? You don't? Then please come back to planet Earth from Unprovable Counterfactual Land and join the rest of us, mkay?" The Happy Pony Libertarian Land where everyone is armed to the teeth and responsible and happy and safe doesn't exist. Yes, I believe in the second amendment but I also think rampant guns all over the place aren't exactly making anything safer. There's this... I dunno... gray area between the black and white of "guns or no guns!" that actually exists. Even in the minds of *gasp* liberals!!!

A non-politics link dump will follow later.

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