The General US Politics Thread:

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75701 DeviantBraeburn18th Mar 2014 04:04:50 PM from Dysfunctional California
75702 KBSL18th Mar 2014 05:43:46 PM , Relationship Status: Forming Voltron
[up][up][up]Louisiana is like second in poverty only to Mississippi last time I checked, so how he really thinks he has the right to criticize anyone on exasperating it remarkable.
So the governor of a high poverty state shouldn't talk about poverty? It isn't like he impoverished Louisiana himself.
It's pretty hypocritical to criticize someone for a problem that you have even worse than they do. It's like criticizing someone for fire hazards in their house while your house is in the process of burning down; it doesn't matter if it's your fault, you should probably deal with your own shit before you start mouthing off to other people.

Not to mention that what Jindal was actually talking about is his school voucher program, which is pretty much complete bullshit. It's an attempt to privatize the education system, and undermine public schools by reducing their funding. Pretty standard right-wing tactics of crippling something with legislation, then pointing at its failures as reasoning to get rid of it entirely — nevermind the fact that it would have performed much better if they hadn't crippled it in the first place.
75705 Achaemenid19th Mar 2014 05:41:45 AM from Ruschestraße 103, Haus 1 , Relationship Status: Giving love a bad name
It's pretty hypocritical to criticize someone for a problem that you have even worse than they do.

Agreed, with the proviso that if you are actually fixing your problem and your target is not, then you aren't hypocritical.
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75706 KBSL19th Mar 2014 06:59:03 AM , Relationship Status: Forming Voltron
Yeah, besides, I didn't say he was the reason for all the problem, just that he hasn't really helped make it better, something he was criticizing someone else about.

So, basically what [up] said.
75707 DeviantBraeburn19th Mar 2014 02:43:35 PM from Dysfunctional California
Is it wrong that I think of Judge Dredd whenever the Justice Department is mentioned?
Direct all enquiries to Jamie B Good
75709 Fighteer19th Mar 2014 03:04:04 PM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Yes, it is wrong. They are not nearly that awesome. grin
75710 Pykrete19th Mar 2014 09:21:26 PM from Viridian Forest
They're less like Dredd and more like Fergie.
75711 RadicalTaoist20th Mar 2014 02:43:02 AM from the #GUniverse
scratching at .8, just hopin'
Radioactive dump site found in North Dakota town.

The latest NSA data vacuuming program will collect phone calls and store them for up to a month, allowing the NSA to search through past communications.

From the New York Times: Pentagon finds U.S. Navy Yard shootings could have been prevented. A key point:
The independent review called the overall security process at Pentagon installations outdated, with too much focus on keeping a secure perimeter against outside threats and not enough on examining the potential threats from people granted secret-level clearance to enter the installations. The review recommended that the Pentagon examine the number of people with security clearances and consider revoking at least 10 percent of them.

Mr. Hagel said the reviews found “troubling gaps” in the Defense Department’s “ability to detect, prevent and respond to instances where someone working for us — a government employee, member of our military, or a contractor — decides to inflict harm on this institution and its people.”

Also from the New York Times, Rand Paul compares surveillance under Obama administration to the FBI surveillance of MLK Jr. in an outreach speech to college students.

Texans go nuts on Facebook when a dust storm referred to by the Arabic word 'haboob' by a TV news channel report.

In your Charlie Pierce for today, Charlie aptly finds the problem with pundits, especially those threatened by data-driven commentators like Nate Silver. Charlie has commentary on the stories I've linked above, as well.
I wonder if in the same vein of changing “french fries" to “freedom fries,” these Arab haters will now call alcohol, “Texas juice” or rename algebra to, “that thing I failed in school.”

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75713 DeviantBraeburn20th Mar 2014 10:21:17 AM from Dysfunctional California
Unfortunately that's a logical fallacy. But it's not really important
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75715 Fighteer20th Mar 2014 11:35:39 AM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Compared to the ones being used to criticize him, it's trivial. What I do protest is the relatively weak defense of his actions. A better response would be, "Considering the utter joke that the Republican Party has become in America, any criticism they offer of my actions as President is comparable to the village idiot calling out a respected scientist for failing to tie his shoe."

edited 20th Mar '14 11:36:06 AM by Fighteer

75716 DeviantBraeburn20th Mar 2014 12:29:45 PM from Dysfunctional California
75717 DeMarquis20th Mar 2014 01:52:10 PM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
That's too bad, for awhile there it was looking hopeful.
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75718 Ogodei20th Mar 2014 01:53:54 PM from The front lines
Fuck you, Fascist sympathizers
I don't see why it would have slowed down, unless the Crimean thing is stopping Russia from doing it's part.
75719 LeGarcon20th Mar 2014 02:10:13 PM from Skadovsk , Relationship Status: Gay for Big Boss
Blowout soon fellow Stalker
Russia's said it'll mess with any sanctions imposed on Iran and it'll probably send them more parts for their program.
Oh really when?
Someone explain to me why people equate nuclear power plants with nuclear bombs, and if there really is a threat of Iran getting nukes. I'm real skeptical because of how Iraq was supposed to have had WM Ds ten years ago
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75721 Fighteer20th Mar 2014 02:19:13 PM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
I think we have more topical threads for that conversation. Suffice it to say that Iran is a known sponsor of terrorism and has repeatedly threatened to deploy weapons of mass destruction against Israel and other neighbors. It's a bully, and about the only way it can get any worse is if it has nukes to back up its threats.

75722 DeviantBraeburn20th Mar 2014 02:27:17 PM from Dysfunctional California
75723 Fighteer20th Mar 2014 02:28:34 PM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
The contempt for the poor among Republicans never ceases, does it?

edited 20th Mar '14 2:28:53 PM by Fighteer

75724 SeptimusHeap20th Mar 2014 02:29:45 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
I notice that nowhere in the article it's said that it violates federal law. Which makes it an act of unconvincing political theatre.
75725 Greenmantle20th Mar 2014 02:44:41 PM from Greater Wessex, Britannia , Relationship Status: Hiding
@ Xopher: Some forms of Nuclear plants can be used to enrich Uranium which is then used for Nuclear Weapons.
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