mouseferatu: (complicated)
Tim Wise's column: "Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black."

(It's more about the reactions than the TP itself, for the record.)

Absolutely worth a read--and more importantly, a thought.

Thanks to [ profile] kradical for the link.
mouseferatu: (bull)
Iowa republicans seek to exclude LGBT students from Safe Schools Law:

No matter what political party you belong to, or whether you lean right or left, this sort of deliberate persecution is inexcusable. I know some of you reading this are Republicans. You, especially, need to spread the word and speak out, that this is not what your party is supposed to represent.
mouseferatu: (awesome)
Admiral Mike Mullen, Joint Chiefs of Staff, for his support of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and allowing gays to serve openly in the US military.
mouseferatu: (bite my shiny metal ass)
Dear Every Democrat in Office, Anywhere, Ever: Please grow a fucking spine.

Sincerely and with absolutely no affection, me.
mouseferatu: (bull)
Republican, Democrat, or other; Liberal, Conservative, or other...

This is disgusting, and more than a little horrifying.

ETA: Okay, it's been brought to my attention that this story is several years old. For not catching that, I apologize. Mea culpa.

That said, especially in this day and age of warring "Red vs. Blue News Media," I think the ultimate point stands. And that is, why do we have laws governing truth in advertising, but not truth in news reporting?

Whether it's Fox or MSNBC, some level of oversight--or at least a statute that says, "Uh, hey, guys? Tell the truth"--wouldn't be a bad idea.
mouseferatu: (weirdos)
You know... If it weren't for so-called "activist judges," some states of the US might still enforce segregation (and they certainly would have much longer than they did). One of the entire points of our system of government, flawed as it is, is to protect small populations from the tyranny of the majority, and the judicial branch is a huge part of that. Go, Iowa. And go to Hell, Iowa Rep. Steve King.

Damn it...

Nov. 5th, 2008 05:57 am
mouseferatu: (bull)
I guess it was too much to hope that everything would go right tonight...

It looks, barring some sort of last-minute miracle, like Proposition Hate is going to pass in California.

Look, I'm quite capable of civil disagreement on any number of issues. I have good friends who voted for McCain, and who disagree with me on a lot of political, social, and even moral issues. And we can discuss those politely, or at least agree to disagree and still be friends.

But this? If you actually supported Prop 8, kindly get the hell off my journal, and stay away. I have no use for you at all.

I truly believe that we'll reach a day where this sort of bigotry is no longer legislated, where everyone is entitled to the same sort of recognized relationship that my wife and I share. It happened with interracial marriages and segregation, it'll happen with same-sex couples as well.

I'd just hoped it might begin to happen sooner, rather than later. California, you really let us down.


Nov. 3rd, 2008 04:25 pm
mouseferatu: (Obama)
Barack Obama's sick grandmother just died. :-(

I'd really, really hoped that she'd be able to hold on long enough to see (what I hope will be) a historic election tomorrow, with her grandson becoming the first Black President of the US.
mouseferatu: (Obama)
I have voted.

The rest of you should go do that.

That is all.
mouseferatu: (happy?)
So the House just voted down the bailout plan.

On the one hand, while the plan was a lot better than the one proposed last week, it still sucked.

On the other, something has to be done, and the notion that this is something the "free market should handle" is ludicrous, unless these people consider another depression a viable way to fix things.

So I don't know. I'm worried--very--but I'm conflicted.
mouseferatu: (happy?)

Now, I don't know much about the source. I don't know if this is legit. But if it is, the implications are staggering (to say nothing of blatantly illegal).
mouseferatu: (Gamerrr)
Gamers for Obama buttons!

(Bonus points, redeemable for nothing, to those who get the reference in the subject line.)
mouseferatu: (bull)
The complete text of the proposal for the bail-out plan can be found at the New York times, here.

However, you needn't necessarily read the whole thing. There are just two salient points I want to bring up. These are copied and pasted, without change except for emphasis:

Sec. 6. Maximum Amount of Authorized Purchases.

The Secretary’s authority to purchase mortgage-related assets under this Act shall be limited to $700,000,000,000 outstanding at any one time

That's a hell of a lot of money. Now, let's jump ahead to section 8.

Sec. 8. Review.

Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.

I want you to reread the section I've bolded. Then reread it again.

And then tell me if this is the government any of us meant to elect in the past few elections, no matter who you voted for.


Sep. 19th, 2008 01:55 pm
mouseferatu: (toony)
I seem to have moved even farther Left since the last time I took this. (Because we all know that Internet quizzes are the best way to measure your political and moral leanings.) ;-)

You are a

Social Liberal
(73% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(15% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test
mouseferatu: (awesome)
This John Stewart clip right here? This is a thing of unmitigated beauty.
mouseferatu: (yuck!)
So sayeth Rick Davis, McCain's campaign manager.

Yes, really.


Sep. 2nd, 2008 02:24 pm
mouseferatu: (bull)
Hey, guess what? Not only does the government not require testing for Mad Cow in beef cattle, it wants to prevent companies from voluntarily testing. And a federal appeals court just ruled that they can.

There is no way in which this is not royally fucked up.

ETA: In the interests of clarity, I need to admit that I'm so pissed about this, I misphrased something in the initial post, and thus implied something I didn't intend to imply. It's not that no testing is being done. The FDA does a certain amount of testing, based on statistical samplings. I'm not claiming that the meat isn't safe. My problem here is the notion that the government has the right to tell private businesses that they can't do voluntary, additional testing, because, oh noes, it might provide a marketplace advantage that would require other companies to do the same.

Fuck a whole lot of that. This is exactly the sort of thing the government should not be involved in. Set up minimum safety requirements, yes. Educate people on why those requirements are sufficient, yes. Tell people they can't exceed said safety requirements. Blow me.
mouseferatu: (bug)
...why the fact that Governor Palin is currently under investigation for ethics violations isn't the first detail mentioned in every article about her as McCain's VP pick? Not "has had problems in the past," but is currently, as we speak, being investigated.

It seems to me that that's the sort of thing that people really ought to be talking about...

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