A political analyst interviewed on The Daily Show late last week referred to the two major party candidates for Governor of Virginia as the worst candidates he’d ever seen, remarking that Virginia voters were being asked to choose between “cancer and a heart attack”. That summed it up perfectly, if you ask me.
So it was that this past Tuesday, Virginians chose former Donkeycratic Party honcho and Clinton money man Terry McAwful — uhh, MacAuliffe — over Tea Party loon Ken Cuccinelli to occupy the Governor’s mansion… not that it’d make any difference in the long run.
God, I hate democracy.
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Those of you of a certain age who worked in corporate or office environments will probably remember a certain piece of “office folk art” popular in most offices back during the dark days of MS-DOS: a big cartoon duck with a giant cartoon hammer about to deal a crushing death blow to a computer displaying the ancient MS-DOS post-crash message: “Hit any key to continue”.
This memory from my early working days came rushing back to me as I read the news of the ongoing saga of the FAIL parade that is healthcare.gov — the poor testing, the history of FAIL in the career of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the cronyism that figured in the choice of the firm to build the Web site. It’s comedy gold on a grand scale.
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A far healthier turnout than I’d expected was on hand on Capitol Hill today to mark the 12th anniversary of the Patriot Act with a protest against NSA abuse of citizens’ privacy under the Obama Administration.
A coalition of groups ranging from Code Pink and ThinkProgress to the Libertarian Party and FreedomWorks came together for an event that was “not about Left or Right, but about Right and Wrong”. Now, that’s bipartisanship.