When it comes to poisoning people, right and left agree: US should focus on Monsanto not Syria

A week ago I saw an image circulating in Facebook by my conservative friends. Yes, I have some of those. In it Obama tells a school girl: “We are going to war in Syria because they poison children” and the school girl asks something like: “So why don’t you bomb Monsanto?” I modified the words here a bit because the conservative version is more offensive towards Obama and there is no need for that. We can criticize him without name calling. Unless he becomes Bush III, but so far I have not seen evidence of that.

Before the whole Syria chemical weapon dilemma started, I was seeing a lot of posts in Facebook condemning Monsanto and surprisingly, both conservatives and liberals “liked” those. Bill Maher's question in the image I posted is one of the more recent ones.

I am not one of those [...]

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NSA poll shows partisan shift: If my Prez does it, it’s okay!

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How come I am not surprised? As reported by the Pew Research center, back when Bush was doing the “illegal” surveillance of citizens, a lot more Democrats and Independents were worried about it, but Republicans were fine with it.

Now that Obama is doing the “legal” surveillance of citizens data, 23% fewer Republicans like it, but still about half of them support it, yet 27% more Democrats support the program.

The question is how many principled people do not change their stand depending on who is running the government? It is probably the same people who distrust those running the government, be it one side or the other. Or those who fear that "Big Brother is Watching You" is the new reality.

Well, I think it is here already, but I can't seem to get scared, just annoyed. A week ago I [...]

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What Nerd Jargon Teaches Us About Obama, Ducks and How to Pass Laws

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You may not know it, but among other things I am a computer programmer, and as it so happens, a few days ago I wanted to check for another way of saying “code refactoring” in nerd jargon and I found this funny blog entry that is two years old but relevant enough in both the programming field as well as politics.

As the nerd that I am, I found it utterly amusing. I also realized that some of the expressions apply to politics, some very obviously so.

The term “Barack Obama”  is used for

A project management account to which the most aspirational tickets – stuff you’d really like to do but will probably never get approval for – gets assigned.

Translation, if it even needs one: In software development projects, you submit “tickets” or “issues” which can be “bug reports” or “feature requests” [...]

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Young Republicans Becoming the Forecasters of Doom

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Unlike their old Republican counterparts, who forecast doom after every breath Obama takes, the young Republicans, as reported by an interesting NYT article, forecast the doom of the Republican party itself.

What is a young Republican to do? And what are they if not a misguided rarity in the party of old white men? The GOP is already obsolete. They just don't know it. That's how out of touch they are. Their appeal is only for the hate mongers like Limbaugh and the stupid like Perry and the nuts who think Obama is the Muslim born in Kenya. Reality is catching up with many of them and when all the veneer of civility has finally been eroded and that last Republican with a brain can see the emperor has no clothes, the GOP will be known as Zombieland!

While the NYT article [...]

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Obama’s reelection bringing Fox News down – SOTU Fox News rating down 47%

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Sure, overall State of the Union ratings from yesterday's address are down from last year, but we want to take a look at what is happening to Fox News.

Fox News ratings have been falling dramatically since Obama’s reelection as reported in Politico on Jan 30th. And yesterday, even though Faux News was the most watched cable news network in total viewers, that did not apply to younger viewers.

Compared to SOTU ratings from a year ago, Fox News was down 3% overall, 16% in the 25-54 age demographic, and 47% in the 18-49 demographic group with the biggest drop of all networks.

For Republicans, "47 percent" is the curse that keeps on giving.

It seems that Fox News remaining viewership consists of retirees and almost retirees, and while I know people over 54 who are super fit and [...]

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FB wall post: “Obama will hurt military families”

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Some of my FB friends (or acquaintances) are becoming more openly radical conservatives. They don't seem to mind how they come across as long as they can disseminate a lie that will paint Obama and the Democrats as evil destroyers of all that is dear in America.

This particular person is getting particularly rabid.

She writes:

Obama is about to cut spending to our military. This will hurt our military families and make the U.S. weak!

with the following photo:

I know of all the efforts by Obama, Michelle and the Dems to help improve services for our veterans. I know the defense spending cuts will mostly go to cutting wasteful spending for outdated military equipment, but my final response that I posted on her wall comes courtesy of wikipedia:

It is about time we [...]

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Why Republicans hate Chuck Hagel

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 As insinuated by the following cartoon and Slate’s Fred Kaplin, Republicans hate one of their own, Republican Chuck Hagel, because Obama nominated him. Because it means that Obama can claim bipartisanship in selecting his national-security team:

When will Republicans see the light?

 

Obama will not compromise

Tax cuts for the 98%

And why should he?

He just won an election. He won 332 vs 206 of the electoral votes. He got 51% vs 47% of the national votes. 4 million more votes than Romney. He fared much better than Bush who beat Kerry by 286 to 251 electoral votes in 2004, a much smaller margin, with 51% to 48% of the national vote, also a smaller margin, and Bush claimed to have a “mandate” in 2004. If Bush had a mandate, Obama sure as hell has one now.

How do Republicans think they are going to negotiate if they have nothing to leverage? All the posturing and talk by Boehner and McConnell? What for? To make SuperPAC donors happy? To make Fox News viewers happy?

The president’s plan on the table right now is to save the middle class tax cuts and [...]

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Romney’s foot-in-mouth disease persists: Obama won by offering “gifts”

Romney needs to sign up for Obamacare and find a good doctor that cures him of a severe case of foot-in-mouth disease. We have seen it before, but we hoped not to hear or see any of it ever again. It's too embarrassing after such an embarrassing loss and all the other embarrassing statements we have heard from him. In a call with top campaign donors on Wednesday afternoon, Romney said that Obama won by offering "gifts" to African-Americans, Hispanics and young voters.

Now even Republicans have had it with the guy. Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana slams Romney for 'gifts' comment about minorities and young voters.

“I absolutely reject that notion,” Jindal, who was a surrogate for Romney’s campaign, said at the Republican Governors Association conference in Las Vegas. “I think that's absolutely wrong.”

When asked about Romney’s remarks, Jindal said [...]

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How ORCA was defeated by Narwhal & Dreamcatcher

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Reported as early as Feb, 2012 in a Slate article titled “Obama’s White Whale”, project Narwhal, Obama’s top-secret campaign project until then, featuring high tech data integration and data mining techniques, promised to change the ways in which campaigns are fought and won.  

It started off as part of the 2008 campaign, when early on, during the first initial steps of the campaign in 2007, each Obama campaign department started creating their own data repositories for the election and voter data they collected. They realized, albeit too late for the 2008 elections, that they were collecting unprecedented volumes of political information, but had no way of studying the data together to yield the maximum benefit, which in this case meant, targeting voters in the most effective way and getting them to cast their vote. In 2008:

Even as the outside [...]

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