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Journal Journal: Repeal, repeal, repeal says the GOP 40

I'm pretty sure I predicted this months (if not longer) ago, but now some Trump supporters are working hard to build momentum for repealing the 19th amendment . They don't seem terribly concerned about the fact that they would have pretty well zero chance of pulling it off between now and election day, and any effort to do it after would be even more futile. I might be over-generalizing here but I doubt the 20 women in the senate or the 84 in the house would be enthusiastic about repealing their own right to vote, even if it prevented Hillary from becoming the first female president.

Journal Journal: The Latest DrudgeDot Let-Down 2

Slashdot was energizing their base over a supposed anti-Clinton wikileaks dump to hit today and the truth ended up being there is no big dump for today (note that even foxnews said "October Surprise fails" in regards to this). Slashdot readers may be able to take solace, though, in that apparently fox news is rescheduling this year's election to maximize opportunity to bring in revenue:

information regarding the presidential election "every week for the next 10 weeks."

Which if my calendar is correct puts us at the week of December 13th.

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Journal Journal: What the? Where am I? 5

I don't know if someone accidentally nuked the mod-ban list or what, but I checked the front page today and I see I have moderator points.

A whole five of them, but moderator points no less.

I can say that based on my own comments indeed I have been commenting somewhat less often on here, so that may have made a difference. I guess if the front page here was more tech and less conservative FUD I would be likely to comment more often again...

Journal Journal: DrudgeDot Rides Again 26

We had some solid reality-stomping conservative nuttery on the front page here just yesterday, yet it only pulled in 590 comments (as of my writing this JE). I'm surprised there wasn't more circle-jerk action going on over that. While Trump doesn't exactly have hte slashdot base whipped up in a frenzy the way that had core fascists like Ron Paul routinely would, there is no doubt that the majority of slashdot commenters will happily parade to the polls to vote for Trump.

Reading through the comments, one commenter pointed out a pretty significant reason to doubt the survey entirely:

"The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a politically conservative non-profit association founded in 1943 to "fight socialized medicine and to fight the government takeover of medicine"

Which matches The wikipedia entry on the same group that orchestrated this "survey"


Journal Journal: The Kevlar Kandidate Launches His 2020 Kampaign

This didn't take long. While technically this is a campaign stop for Mike Pence's suicide tour, the more experienced Kevlar Kandidate knows an opportunity when he sees it.

The only thing Pence got right in this stop is that Drumpf won't be there. The Kevlar Kandidate however knows this is a can't-lose situation for himself; if he manages to deliver Wisconsin to Drumpf (who will still lose the national election) he will get credit for pulling off a successful voter-suppression effort. If Drumpf doesn't win, Kevlar can say it was because the anti-Drumpf movement in his state was too strong. Either way he keeps his own brand in front of the TV cameras a little longer before he takes up residence in Iowa in December.
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Journal Journal: Post-Brexit Blues 5

Not that having a spinal column was ever a regular feature of your average politician, but the absolute cluelessness of major UK political figures in the last couple of days is stunning. As far as I can tell, only Nicola Sturgeon has managed to avoid dumping large amounts of shit on herself.

Personally, I lay a lot of the blame at Tony Blair's feet. If he'd hadn't been such a mendacious prick, most of the current crop of British pols wouldn't even exist today.


Journal Journal: That's quite a news collection, there 6

The most recent Benghazi "investigation" released its conclusions today. Of course, its conclusions are no different from the 7 other investigations from the government, or the large number of non-governmental investigations into the same matter. What is more interesting is where the spin machines are already going with the announcement:

There was also a response from the democrats that got a little attention as well:

I'm still waiting for someone to post a new "smoking gun" to the front page of slashdot in response to all of this. I'd be surprised if there isn't a breitbart or newsmax link on this on the slashdot front page by mid-afternoon.


Journal Journal: Fear one for the Gipper! 105

Last week when some of the House Democrats momentarily grew some things that were vaguely spine-like, I posed the question of what Speaker Paul Ryan was fearing. After all, in spite of the Democrats attempt to get a vote on the House floor, the GOP had a slam dunk on the matter as the bills had absolutely no chance whatsoever of passing.

It occurred to me some time later that I was not asking the correct question - or was not seeing the situation for what it was. I overlooked the fact that for some time now, the GOP thrives on fear itself, no matter how irrational. After all, many republicans for some time have gone out of their way to remind us of how very scary the middle name of our POTUS is.

Naturally, while they had no reason to fear these bills that were being called for voting, they had a need to stir up fear.

The only question that remains is will they be able to pull off an October surprise that stirs up enough fear to swing the election their way. As usual, the incompetence of the Democrats certainly is helping the case of the GOP, as the weakest possible candidate has the Democratic nomination locked in. The GOP just has to make sure they don't accidentally trigger a surprise before the end of July or they will find themselves running against a much stronger candidate.
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Journal Journal: Today in the news 3

Milquetoast Liberals being hammered for their pussification by the same asshats who shat their pants on 9/11.

If the US didn't exist, you'd have to invent her.

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Journal Journal: Who is on the side of democracy here? 38

There has been plenty of discussion on the Democrat's sit-in on capital hill, and the GOP response. The first interesting question here though is who is actually on the side of democracy here. The Democrats are not delusional enough to think that these bills actually have a snowball's chance in hell of passing in the house; the republicans will vote together and defeat all of them. Hence the Democrats are asking for a vote so that it can be shown that it was voted on. The GOP is dead set on denying that vote from occurring.

Which leads to the second question - what is Paul Ryan afraid of? He knows these bills won't pass. He can use their failure to pass as another chance to label the Democrats as "out of touch"; he really doesn't have a losing hand here.
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Journal Journal: I can never get libertarians to answer this question... 7

Why is a gold (or other precious material) standard so important for currency; especially considering nobody uses it today?

I've heard a lot of libertarians on slashdot touting the rationale for a return to the gold (or any other commodity) standard for backing currency. I'll admit they have some sense to it, though I'm far from being fully on board. Earlier this week in the discussion on the libertarian endorsement for POTUS it came up again. It came up in a reasonable comment, so I wrote a reply asking for more information.

In particular one of the big challenges I see with it is that no economically important country today uses a gold (or similar) standard for their currency. Even the British Pound Sterling is no longer pegged on a pound (or any other unit of weight) of anything. Now, you can go for the parental argument of "all your friends jumping off a bridge" at this point, which would not be fully invalid. However the matter remains that if it is so terribly unstable to do this then it would reason that we should have had a worldwide economic collapse by now. Similarly if you use a precious metal like gold as the basis of currency - particularly one like gold that is also used in industry - you end up with an ever-decreasing supply of currency. This doesn't bode well on a planet with an ever-increasing population.
The Almighty Buck

Journal Journal: Sports Authority to Close All Remaining Stores

A while ago they filed for chapter 11. Now they're calling it quits entirely . To abuse Freddy Mercury, another one bites the dust...

This really makes me wish Galyan's would have found a way to say no to being acquired by Dick's. I really haven't been happy with the outcome of that. With Sports Authority going away in my area all we will have left is Dick's.
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Journal Journal: Inevitability 9

The base's grateful anointing of Trump in the last few weeks has been hilarious. I won't deny that, unlike pretty much anyone else, he really knows how to hit those sweet rhetorical spots, but this idea that he's the right man for the right job at the right time is grade-A bullshit.

Trump is going to be the Republican nominee not because he's awesome, but because everybody else failed hard. For starters, the perennial no-hoper contingent was the biggest ever this cycle with Jindal, Pataki, Graham, Fiorina, Gilmore, Huckabee, Carson, Paul, Christie and Perry. That's ten fucking useless candidates, there only to boost their speaking fees and maybe snag a cushy cabinet slot. I'll grant that, statistically, they probably had little to no effect on vote totals, but they certainly added to the circus atmosphere. In any other year, Trump would have been an early casualty, but with these idiots, as they slowly got ground out of the process, he got to hang on and look a little better by comparison.

Then you've got the big hitters, every single one of which failed miserably. We should be watching either Scott Walker or Ted Cruz laying into Hillary right now, but Walker proved to be such an embarrassment of a candidate that he made Rick Perry's 2012 run look good. Cruz, darling of the base, the most conservative politician on the Hill, apparently couldn't get his hands on that software upgrade that makes you behave like an actual human being.

And there's Jeb and Marco, different generations of beloved establishment candidates who apparently took all their campaigning cues from Scott Walker. I never thought the establishment candidates had as much of a chance this year as most did, but one of them at least should have ended up in the final two, not flame out spectacularly.

Let me put it this way: If a minor league ballplayer comes to Yankee stadium and homers all night, that's a big fucking deal. If, instead, he spanks the shit out of a little league team, we call a guy like that a douchebag, not a winner.

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