Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sad Day for Whales

Once again the Four Justices of the Apocalypse rule on something completely beyond their comprehension.

The Supreme Court is lifting restrictions on the Navy's use of sonar in training exercises off the California coast, a defeat for environmental groups who say the sonar can harm whales.

[. . .] Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, which was joined by Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

The court did not deal with the merits of the claims put forward by the environmental groups. It said, rather, that federal courts abused their discretion by ordering the Navy to limit sonar use in some cases and to turn it off altogether in others.
So much myopia.
So little common sense.


Saturday, November 08, 2008

50 State Strategy Ending

According to Firdoglake, the demise of Howard Dean's successful 50 State Strategy is imminent.

the DNC organizers who implement the 50 state strategy are about to be let go. Apparently they will be laid off at the end of the month

[. . .] Of course, there's no better way to kill the program than to let the organizers go. With them will go all the experience, a lot of the contacts and most of the trust. And many of them won't be available to be rehired.
Lose the workers and the man who started everything and forget about the plan. It is history.
It is worth noting, however, that the 50 state strategy's biggest opponent, for years has been Rahm Emanuel.
Yep. Saw this one coming.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

More Mediocrity

The election ballots are all accounted for. The Daily Dolt for the Decades remains in IL-19. Thanks to Daniel Davis for trying to make a difference.

The 1970 Illinois Constitution (as bad as it is) remains.

On a positive note -- the child in the Oval Office will have to put away his toys and find other lives to destroy.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Election Day 2008

Election Day has come around to the American people once again, and once again, Rep. John Shimkus (IL-19) is no where to be found. Missing in action during an election cycle is his favorite behavior. Many should be so lucky to have his entitled status. On second thought, people should forget about him, start remembering all the ways he has failed them over the years, and consider using the power of the vote to fire him. Daniel Davis is absolutely the better choice for IL-19 and all of Illinois. Whatever happens with the presidential candidates, 50 percent of the country will be extremely disappointed and begin preparing for the 2012 election. In a representative government, the power is in congress.

This year's ballot also offers one additional extremely important decision: the 2008 Illinois Constitutional Convention Referendum (Con-Con). Every 20 years the question arises. In many ways, it is more important now than ever before: Since the current Illinois Constitution was passed about four decades ago, the state and many Illinois communities have declined. The state totters near bankruptcy; Illinois is compared with New Jersey as one of the most politically corrupt states in the nation; more than half the citizens polled before the last election didn't want either of the major parties' candidates for governor; political pandering is ubiquitous and major issues are ignored.

Central and So. Illinois would greatly benefit from changes to the 1970 Constitution. There has been little opposition outside of Chicago for a reason: Chicago pretty much runs Illinois. Whether it's political corruption, nazi-like police tactics, crime, corporate protectionism . . . Chicago picks the playlist we all dance to. It is the 51st State Wannabe for a reason!

November 04, 2008
13 hours
Beautiful weather

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