captpackrat: (I voted for Kodos!)
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Nebraska makes it very difficult to make an informed choice at the polls.  They provide no voter information pamphlet, no sample ballot, no information on propositions, nothing.  Heck, aside from the little confirmation card they send back after you register to vote, the state doesn't provide anything at all!  You're basically left to fend for yourself if you want to find information on candidates.  How are the masses, who barely understand how to use the Google, supposed to learn anything about who they're voting for except deceptive commercials?  (And I didn't see that many political ads this year.)

I managed to find a website that claimed to be nonpartisan, though the information clearly had a conservative bent to it (like asking pro-life attorneys their opinions about a judge, but not asking any pro-choice attorneys), and a lot of the candidates never bothered to respond.  In the end I wound up voting a mostly Democratic ticket, with a single Libertarian, since their candidates seemed to be more sane than the Republicans.  I left a lot of positions blank because I didn't know anything about the individuals and/or didn't care about the position (County Weed Board?  That's a thing?)

California does a great job at providing election information.  The state sends out an voters guide containing candidate statements, and more importantly, extremely thorough info on the propositions.  The guide book lists the text of the new law, a summary, an impartial analysis, and statements and rebuttals from the proponents and opponents.  They also provide a sample ballot that you can mark with your selections so that when you get to the polls, you can mark your ballot quickly and accurately.  If only more states provided this level of information, the nation as a whole would have much better government.
captpackrat: (God Hates Shrimp!)
Closing arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, a.k.a. the Prop 8 trial, were June 16th, though the judge has not indicated how long he will take to reach his decision.  From everything I've read, the defendant's position was extremely weak, offering just two (rather poor) witnesses to the plaintiff's 17.

Whatever the outcome, the case will almost certainly be brought before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and then likely to the United States Supreme Court.

If the plaintiffs in the case manage to win their appeals, it seems to me that this would establish a legal precedent, nationwide if it goes to the Supreme Court, or at least in the 9th Circuit (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Guam and the Northern Marianas), possibly overturning gay marriage statutes already on the books in other states.

Could the Mormons, in their zeal to pass Prop 8, have actually brought about the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide?
captpackrat: (Apophis 2008)

VP Debate

Oct. 2nd, 2008 08:48 pm
captpackrat: (Nuke)
Did she just say 'nukular'?

Epic Fail

Sep. 23rd, 2008 11:22 pm
captpackrat: (Fail - Bob Barker)

A demonstrator holds up a sign behind US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson(L) and Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke(R) as they address a hearing before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill. Bernanke and Paulson urged Congress to swiftly pass a 700-billion-dollar Wall Street bailout, warning the entire US economy was at risk.

(AFP/Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)

captpackrat: (I voted for Kodos!)
I keep seeing people posting pictures comparing McCain to Colonel Tigh and Palin to President Roslin from Battlestar Galactica, so I offer my own comparison:

So do we want to vote for a Cylon or a Goa'uld?
captpackrat: (Gas prices + bush)
Chart of the Day, a web site which has various financial charts, had an interesting one today. It's the Dow Jones Industrial Average compared to the price of gold. Although the Dow reached a record high in the summer of last year, in US Dollars, when you try to "buy the Dow" using gold, a totally different picture emerges.

When priced in gold, the Dow reached its apex in 2000 and has been sliding ever since.

2000... Let's see... that was the year Bush was elected! Coincidence?  I think not.

Even Reaganomics was better for the economy than Bushwhackonomics.
captpackrat: (Bush Miserable Failure)
Every time Bush says "terrerists" or "9/11", take a drink.

EDIT:  Damn, you'd need to shop at Costco to get enough booze for this game.
captpackrat: (I voted for Kodos!)
79% Mike Gravel
77% Bill Richardson
73% Dennis Kucinich
69% Chris Dodd
68% Barack Obama
68% John Edwards
66% Hillary Clinton
64% Joe Biden
45% Ron Paul
44% Rudy Giuliani
43% John McCain
40% Mike Huckabee
38% Mitt Romney
34% Tom Tancredo
32% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz
captpackrat: (I voted for Kodos!)
The US Postal Service managed to avoid getting me my absentee ballot in time, and I really didn't feel like driving 3000 miles round trip to California just to cast a ballot, so for the first time in 15 years, I haven't voted. I'm really rather annoyed about it.

There's a dead raccoon in the driveway. It's too far from the road to have been a traffic fatality (it's a good 1000 feet/325 meters to the road), and I don't see any marks or blood, so it probably wasn't killed by a hunter or another animal. It also doesn't look too old, though I'm really not all that familiar with Procyon geriatrics. That means it was probably sick, which will make removal all the more fun.

What are we supposed to do with a dead raccoon? Use a shovel and toss it in the garbage? Bury it? Burn it? Toss it in the woods for the scavengers? I know with dead birds, you're supposed to call animal control so they can test for West Nile and stuff; do they want dead coons for testing purposes?


NSFW Oct. 29th, 2006 04:01 am
captpackrat: (Bush Miserable Failure)
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Hurray for absentee ballots. My voting is done already. Too bad I still have to listen to political ads for the next couple weeks.
captpackrat: (Flag)
"What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army. These are not our reliance against a resumption of tyranny in our fair land. All of them may be turned against our liberties, without making us stronger or weaker for the struggle. Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, every where. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors."

-- Abraham Lincoln

"The policy decisions for a president in dealing with an avian flu outbreak are difficult. One example: If we had an outbreak somewhere in the United States, do we not then quarantine that part of the country? And how do you then enforce a quarantine? It's one thing to shut down your airplanes; it's another thing to prevent people from coming in to get exposed to the avian flu. And who is best able to affect a quarantine? One option is the use of a military that's able to plan and move."

-- George W. Bush


Jul. 6th, 2005 08:17 am
captpackrat: (Grrr)
The US government is censoring Google Maps/Google Earth.

Try looking up Washington DC. The Capitol building is nothing but a blur, and the White House has a plain, flat brown roof. Several other buildings are blurred out or have solid color roofs. There are other "omissions" that I've found, like the artificial oil pump islands in Long Beach Harbor. The labels are there (in Google Earth), but the islands are missing.

Oddly enough, the Pentagon is there in all its glory, without censorship. As is Cheyenne Mountain. I guess oil is more important than the military. But then again, we've known this for several years now....
captpackrat: (Bubbles)
2,594,000 US soldiers served in Vietnam. 211,512 total casualties, 8.1% of all who served. 153,303 (5.9%) were wounded, 58,209 (2.2%) were killed, with 47,424 (1.8%) deaths from enemy action. 81.5% of deaths were from combat, 72.5% of casualties survived.

1,789,000 US soldiers served in Korea. 139,858 total casualties, 7.8% of all who served 103,284 (5.8%) were wounded, 36,574 (2.0%) were killed, with 33,741 (1.9%) deaths from enemy action. 92.3% of deaths were from combat, 73.8% of casualties survived.

16,112,566 US soldiers served in WWII. 1,077,245 total casualties, 6.7% of all who served. 671,846 (4.2%) were wounded, 405,399 (2.5%) were killed, with 291,557 (1.8%) deaths from enemy action. 71.9% of deaths were from combat, 62.4% of casualties survived

Approximately 130,000 US soldiers have been deployed in Iraqi since Bush declared "victory". Since then, there have been 13,845 total casualties, or 10.7% of all who served. 12,319 (9.5%) have been wounded, 1,526 (1.2%) have been killed, with 1,161 (0.8%) deaths from enemy action. 76.1% of deaths are from combat, 89.0% of casualties survive.

So the actual death rate is lower, but the wounded rate is MUCH higher than the past 3 wars. The main reason the death rate is lower is probably because of improvements in medicine and patient transport, as evidenced by the 89% survival rate vs. 73% in Vietnam and 62% in WWII.
captpackrat: (Fruity)
Bush Wins Iraqi Election!
captpackrat: (Fruity)
Banned by many networks, the United Church of Christ commercial:
captpackrat: (Default)

Like a lot of you, I was disappointed and angry that Bush was reelected.  But I decided to do something about it!

I joined the ACLU.    With Bush as President, and a Republican controlled Congress, our Civil Rights are going to need all the protection they can get!

And while you're at it, why not join the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and help protect free speech?  I did!

captpackrat: (Plush)
According to "Exit polls showed that 22 percent of voters named "moral values" as the most important issue to them -- ranking it higher than the economy and the Iraq war."

Statistics shows us that 22.8% of the population has an IQ between 70 and 90.


This also shows that nearly 1/4 of the population thinks that preventing gay marriage is more important than the illegal invasion of sovereign nations and the murder of hundreds of thousands of her citizens.


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