Friday, December 23

Ohio Macht Frei

Guten tag, Bürger. Wo gehen Sie? Tun einen Verbrechen? Erscheinen mich Ihren Ausweiskarte. Schneller! Sie konnten ein Verbrecher sein! Sie müssen festgehalten sein!

Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer in Ohio, indeed.

Thursday, December 22

Some advice from 42

Perhaps it's some odd fluke of the universe that former President Clinton's Presidental number is the Answer to the Universe. But never the less, what he said in his recent joint interview with 41 in Time's People of the Year issue are worth repeating:

Americans like politics; they like debate. They like us to air our differences, because they know we have got to have an honest debate to come to a good answer. But then they also think that debate ought to have limits to it. And I think they believe that for more than 20 years, we've gotten into thinking that people we have disagreements with are people we have to despise or demonize. They think that in turn it has had a boomerang effect on our country. It's kept us from solving a lot of problems and doing a lot of things we could have done otherwise. So I think people see George (Bush) and me, and they say "This is the way our country ought to work."
The article is fantastic. Go and read it/ buy it/ steal it from a friend and read it. Here's what I think:

I don't like moderates. I don't agree with the idea that moving to some arbitrary 'center' is the best idea, politcally. However, what I do like about centrists like Clinton is their attitude about politeness and courtesy in politics. I have nothing but contempt for conservativism. As for conservatives, I realise and understand that they are people, too. They care for their families and have their jobs. For the life of me, I can't villify them (except for the worst of them; but come on.). So what I like about the blogsphere is its ability to remove the personal aspects of politics and leave the raw, immaterial, pure politik exposed.

It's part of the reason that I don't blog under my real name (as if many of you didn't know it already): I don't want my person to be my ideas. I talk politics, yeah. But I also rock climb, drink (liberally), hang with my friends, date women, and so many things that do not matter, politically.

We could all take a lesson from the companionship of 41 and 42. What I take from their friendship is that, as fun as it is, politics is not everything. There is something so very awesome about a good, calm debate with someone that just can't be done when you see your opponent as satan himself. We are all human, after all.

Guess who's getting famous?

Me, baby. From Red State Rebels (Which isn't too shabby itself):

Via the excellent Northwest Progressive Institute's portal, I've just found Thoughts from Idaho, apparently written by a frat man from the U of I in Moscow. Get past the occasionally salty language [V: I love that part] there to read why King George II ought to keep his throne - even after the Democrats take back Congress next year - and how, if the next presidential election were held today, Democrats would rout Republicans in the EC 424-114, with only 13 states going GOP. (Yeah, Idaho's one of 'em - but Montana isn't.)

*Starts dancing* So when do I get my check?

What's that? I do this because I like to, not for the money? What about the GoogleAds at the top? Not getting any money from those, right...
Well shit, at least I'm spreading the good word. (I'd love some new clothes from Express, though)

Wednesday, December 21

Interest Check: Drinking Liberally

Since I'm pretty sure most the people reading this blog are in the Palouse region, is there much of a want to start a Drinking Liberally club? I'd love to, but I don't want to drink away my sorrows alone... (I know one person posted about it...)

On George II's throne, and why he should keep it

I think that King George the Second should keep his office. There, I said it. And yes, I know it's my problem that those pigs were flying around today. Let me tell you why:

First of all, I completely disagree with the throne he's been building for himself. I mean come on, he is using "just a piece of paper" to justify his actions.
If you've been living in a box for the last week, here's what you need to know: The president has authorized spying on American citizens in the United States without court approval. He can get that approval, retroactively up to 72 hours after the fact even. And why didn't they get that retroactive approval? They were too lazy.

This is a horrible abuse of power that would make Stalin coo in approval. Bush seems to have said "fuck it" one night-- what with low approval numbers and a self- destructing party-- and is now living as he was raised to: A spoiled brat who get's his way. He's a cowboy sheriff in his head: He's going to do what he wants to keep the peace, "an' no one ain't gonna tell him otherwise."

Now, why do I think this is a good thing? Because think of this: There is a growing call for the President's impeachment. There's a hell of a lot more here than a hummer in the office, and indeed it might be the best way to go, given his actions. However, I think some reactionaries are not looking far enough ahead.

Think wwaaayyy back to government class in high school. Remember the chain of command? Guess who moves into the oval office if George II leaves: That's right, Vice President Cheney. As bad as W is, Cheney is almost unarguably the brains of that Administration. He's also much more sinister and political than W. I don't want him as the President. (Think Cheney can be kicked out too? That moves in the Senate Pro- Tempor, Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska. The infamous Senator behind the Bridge to Nowhere and the ANWR drilling schticks. This guy is absolutely horrible-- as opposed just plain horrible that is typical of the Republican Congress)

I've been rambling, so here's my point: King George (and the rest of the Republicans, for that matter) is making it very easy for the Democrats to take Congress. The Republicans, drunk with power, have been making payments to their rotten constituents (Think the Shiavo debacle, the CAFTA supposed free trade agreement, and the Bankruptcy "Reform" bill). These, and many, many others have alienated the moderates and fired up the Democratic base. Barring Jesus coming around and saying he's a republican (not likely), or the democrats dropping the ball, Congress is going to be in the right hands for the first time in 6 congressional sessions (12 years).

Past 2006, we need to keep King George II around as well. By removing him, we remove the cancerous growth that he represents; bringing the Republicans out of their culture of corruption (at least in the eyes of the average voter). Besides, with a Democratic Congress, King George II can't do much of anything, spending his last years in the lovely category of lame- duckness. We still want him around for 2008 and the eventual takeover of the Executive branch. It will be harder for the Democratic Party with a relatively clean republican party to fight against.