What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Linkee-poo doesn't want to leave her now, you know I believe and how

Jupiter must be stopped, could we do it? Yea, I knew that already. (Grokked from Dan)

So much for it being just about one phone. And that's just the feds, NYC has a drawer full of them.

Passive wifi. Hmmm, 1,000 times less energy required than bluetooth. Well, okay then. (Grokked from Dan)

Just a reminder, a failed experiment and disproved hypothesis can sometimes lead to better science than if the experiment succeeded in proving the hypothesis. Twelve examples of accidental findings during other research (also why you keep extensive notes).

Yet another whackaloon who thinks we should count Scalia's vote after he's dead. Okay, first of all, it's only Democrats who can vote from beyond the grave. At least that's what these same Republican's have been telling us. Two, just like elections have consequences, death has consequences. Usually much more so. Preliminary votes are just that, and it's a way to divide the work. Votes can change, and these are not final votes (after reading opinions). If your side is going to argue that the sitting President, who won two elections, who still is alive, shouldn't get to nominate a new justice, then Antonin Scalia is dead. He doesn't get to vote. Preliminary votes are not absentee ballots.

"Dangling access to these resources, Priebus thinks he can help steer Trump toward partywide policy goals and away from the inflammatory rhetoric that Republican officials see as divisive and dangerous, especially outside of the primary…" Uh, yea, Bob. Let us know how that works out for you. The Trumpster is the culmination of the RNC's flirtation with demagoguery to support their ideology. So, Mr. Priebus, what happens to your party's chances in the general election (and for the future) when Mr. Trump tells you to get onboard his wagon? Because he doesn't need you to win (in his mind and his negotiating strategy), but you most certainly need him to stem the losses. Unless you want schism. "After Mitt Romney’s stunning technology collapse on Election Day 2012…" yea, that's a nice fiction you all are telling yourselves there. Sure, Pres. Obama's ground game was way stronger, but it wasn't Mitt's technology failures that led to defeat. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

What Justice Scalia was doing at that Texas ranch. The International Order of St. Hubertus, a group of "elite hunters" who like to dress up as Templars, but in green, was meeting there. The names of the people in this story are just hilarious. "In 1695, Count Franz Anton von Sporck founded the society in Bohemia, which is in modern-day Czech Republic." Count Sporck! I mean, if I didn't know this group actually existed I would think the Onion was putting us on. But, seriously, this is the elite of our country, dressing up in robes and play-acting in a RenFaire fashion. And the International Order of St. Hubertus isn't the only such group. (Grokked from Saladin Ahmed)

More from the "They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind" (Hosea 8:7) GOP flail, from 2012, "After Obama Victory, Shrieking White-Hot Sphere Of Pure Rage Early GOP Front-Runner For 2016." When a satire site is more on target with their predictions, it's a world gone mad. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)

"'All we have to do is not screw this up,' the (Democratic leadership) aide said." The bonanza to the progressive cause that is Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's refusal to even meet with any potential SCOTUS nomination. The bad news, the Democrats have a long history of screwing up such opportunities. The good news, all that they need to do is fold in "this vote is also about nominating a new justice" into their get out the vote efforts. All you have to do is keep the process visible. Pres. Obama invites the senators to conference and the GOP refuses, publicize that. He sends up a nominee who calls on senators for private meetings and they refuse, publicize that. Constant reminders may leave potential voters weary. Don't fuck this up, DNC.

Dear Sen. Grassley, what you need to explain is that the job you think you're doing is being partisan. If you were doing a Senator's job, you'd get off your ass and help nominate a new justice. "'I’ve been a leader on the Judiciary Committee for the last five years, first as ranking member and now as chairman,' Grassley was quoted as saying. 'I think Congress has passed more than 320 judges and only disapproved two. So, if I wanted to obstruct, I could obstruct. But I think this proves we haven’t been doing that.'" So, just how many appointees have you not processed? Also, there are some who quibble with your verdict of just how many justices you have put through the process. "With the Senate controlled by a newly-elected Republican majority, 2015 turned out to be the single worst year for judicial confirmations in over half a century… Only 11 judges were confirmed, the fewest in a single year since 1960." roll on up for the price is down, come on in for the best in town…

Tweet of my heart: @UnreliableFeed "And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will only respond if interested in seeing more pages." - Nietzsche on publishing

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