One for the road

Bush was right, bitches!*

Just in case any of you start getting ideas that the past eight years maybe didn’t actually take place. Suck it up. They did. They sucked. We’re gonna be living through the consequences for a while.

Is this the point at which I embed a FREE MUMIA banner?

*Via Atrios.

In case anybody was wondering

I really really really really dislike this “there’s got to be religious stuff on an entirely (secular by definition) governmental event” stuff.

Maybe it’s the growing up in Mexico, a ridiculously catholic country, yet one where there is absolutely zero expectation (if there’s a bit of desire from some quarters) to keep hearing about god and have priests praying during a presidential ceremony.

I mean, it was controversial when Vicente Fox attended mass, entirely on his own, not as part of any state-sanctioned ceremony, before heading for the swearing in ceremony. And that was most deffinitely partly sending a message to the PAN (National action party, a “Christian Conservative” party) troops after decades of aggresively secular PRI rule.

There, I said it. And to quote a wise man, way ahead of his time:

Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

Just replace any mentions of lake ladies with bearded white dudes in the sky who tells people to do things and stuff.

One more victory for the bigots

First the very disheartening losses in gay rights.

Now I learn that it was also a sad night for vegetarian rights.

Now, I don’t mean to make fun of the results on Proposition 8 and related ones in other states. I am indeed pretty sad that this took place, and that we seem to be in a country where the lessons of the civil rights movement seem to be taken in a painfully narrow and non-extrapolating capacity that apply only to “discriminating because of your ethnicity is wrong, we get it” and no other meaningless way of division.

You gotta admit, that is a pretty funny screengrab right there.

This is really, really sad.

Ralph Nader: Self-absorbed, hack, useless moron. A fucking shame. And a fucking coward, check him call the Fox guy a “bully” for what? Asking him over and over if he really meant to say “Uncle Tom”? Acting pretty smug in that “oh lord, I’m getting the vapors, this is inappropriate for the childrens” way that people on the teevee seem to just have discovered as a way to discuss matters of race? Call it using loaded language or whatever, but don’t call it bullying when it’s not and then act all TV-tough (“You can cut me off if you want, but you will never take away OUR FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDOM!!!!!).

I’m really tired that people with otherwise good intentions and who hope to accomplish things that I think are very much worthwhile (read: End of two-party rule, a pure progressive/social-democrat party) rallying around this hack who does nothing but wait every four years to be asked to run for no good goddamned reason. He is just some recognizable name that people use to gain visibility for their cause, and he uses those groups to maintain his name recognition. He is not part of any grassroots political movement, and certainly not the leader.

A pretty fucking sad state of affairs for people allegedly in the left, who want to see a third party movement build up. Seriously guys, knock it the fuck off. Nader is a useless moron with an ego. You are doing it painfully wrong. At least it’s really really marginalized, but I just saw a positive review of a rally of his from before the elections in my school’s newspaper. Well-intentioned people are still getting sucked into this pointless, counterproductive, misguided stupidity. Dude’s like one of those Real World people after the season ends, begging to be put in front of every possible camera. And just as relevant.

Let me put it this way: This man still believes there would have been no meaningful differences between a Bush and Gore administrations. Now, you may think that Gore wouldn’t have been leftist/good/socialist/environmentalist/whatever enough, but to say things would be pretty much the same? Please.

So please people who want more progressive policies and options that go beyond two parties, knock it the fuck off and stop helping that self-aggrandizing useless retard.

P.S. I apologize for having back-to-back Fox News clips. The world has gone mad.

Fuck Yeah!

Brian Foley beats Caesar Trunzo and helps Dems take over the NY State Senate!


Go Long Island!

Socialism, bitches!




I had to wait behind two people to get into my perfectly functioning 1963-model voting booth (Now with lever action!) and cast my vote. It must have taken between seven and ten minutes from the instant I got out of my car, to when I pulled the lever. And half of it was spent walking.

Was it cuz I is black?

Then again, my votes don’t “matter” all that much, for the most part.

  • President: Obama is going to win NY in the general election. This has been a foregone conclusion since he graduated from Harvard Law School.
  • US Congress: Tim Bishop (NY-1) is going to easily win.
  • District Judges: There were four candidates. Running for four spots.
  • State Senate: Steven Englebright won’t have trouble winning.
  • State Assembly: John Flanagan will get at least 90% of the vote. He is a conservative, strongly anti-choice, competent Republican. I voted for him. Shut up. The Dems had a joke candidate who nobody knew was running, Dem party included. F that.
  • Town Council (?): This one I have no clue who’s going to win. I voted Working Families (I voted Working Families for every slot except State Assembly. Yay fusion voting!). There were about six candidates total, for I think three slots.
  • District Court Judge: No clue who’s going to win. I got a mailer from the Dem candidate, Stephen Ukeiley, he seemed alright.

The ratio of poll workers to people voting at Nassakeag Elementary School (my polling place) at around 9:00 AM must have been between around 2.5:1. I think the turnout is still going to be fairly significant in here (I hope), but a) Elections in NY are nowhere near as “hot” as in most states that have had early voting, b) I think the people per polling place ratio here in Long Island seems to be chosen this way. The voter lists didn’t seem too long.

I wish the rest of the nation had to go through the pain, suffering and humiliation I experienced (waiting all of two minutes in line, using a perfectly functioning voting machine, no “Good TV!” crazy lines) at the ballot.

Don’t forget to vote! Or your penis will fall off (amongst many more calamities).