Emerson Speaks

I probably shouldn’t post this, but I have a temper too.
John Aravosis of Americablog, normally one of my favorite blogs, just posted an intemperate and unjustified slam at Rep. Cynthia McKinney, NOW, and the NAACP. The issue was McKinney’s recent altercation with the capitol police. Aravosis and several commenters went completely out of control, as did Neil Boortz. I don’t know enough about the specifics of the case to be sure what I think, but neither did Aravosis.
I’m not a regular there but I happened to be passing by. I was appalled and I suggested several times, reasonably temperately, that Aravosis delete his crappy post. I thought he was embarassing himself. So “the Emerson asshole” got banned.
Aravosis got a lot of more-or-less-unjustified criticism the other day, so I guess he’s a little testy, but his McKinney post was bullshit.
Perhaps we’ll all feel better in the morning.

Republican Calls Democratic Representative “Ghetto Slut”

More blatant (but typical) Republican racism. Media Matters – Boortz: Rep. McKinney “looks like a ghetto slut”

On the March 31 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio program, Neal Boortz said that Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) “looks like a ghetto slut.”
… Boortz said that McKinney’s “new hair-do” makes her look “like a ghetto slut,” like “an explosion at a Brillo pad factory,” like “Tina Turner peeing on an electric fence,” and like “a shih tzu.” McKinney is the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Georgia.

Pelosi Demands Ethics Investigations!!

Turn on C-SPAN now. Nancy Pelosi has introduced a “Privileged Resolution” requiring an ethics investigation of Members of Congress bribed by Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and the House is going nuts!
Update – Later – here is the resolution that Pelosi introduced. Demcorats voted FOR it, Republicans voted AGAINST it. No more of this “they’re all the same” stuff, please.

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Today’s Voting Machines Story

A few days ago I told you about voting machine companies refusing to sell to counties that threaten to test the machines. This would cause the counties to be in violation of federal requirements to get new voting equipment, lose federal funding, and ruin careers of county officials.
Now in Utah, Diebold is saying that local officials allowing independent testing of voting machines violates their warranty and “allowing unauthorized people access to the machines had violated their integrity.” They are demanding $40,000 to fly people in to “fix” the machines.

Diebold’s $40,000 estimate is exaggerated to frighten other clerks from questioning the machines’ integrity, Funk said. “What they are really saying is, ‘We don’t want anyone else to think of doing this.’ ”

The voting machine companies are now using threats and intiidation to keep people from testing whether these machines can be rigged.
The solution is to require that these machines print a paper ballot for the voter to check. Then the voter puts the ballot in a separate, guarded ballot box – just like now.

New CA Republican Sec. State Rejecting 43% Of ALL Voter Registrations!

After recently sneaking in Diebold voting machines — the kind that leave us with no way to know who really won the election — the new Republicn Secretary of State is engaged in a new scheme!
THE BRAD BLOG: “DEMOCRACY CRUMBLING: New Electronic Voter Registration Database Rejects 43% of New Los Angeles Voter Applications! 26% Rejected State-Wide in California!”

Athiests Can Marry!

Trust me, I’m an atheist,

We’re unorganized and don’t wear our beliefs on our sleeves. We’re not pushing for changes to marriage institutions. (We can already marry your daughters, even if you don’t want us to. Nyaah, nyaah.) Radical sects of us don’t go blowing things up. Other than having a suspicious amount of free time on Sundays, we fit right in.

It’s not right that they (we) can marry. The government has to do something about that.

The Cost of Energy Use

Suppose the price of energy reflected its cost? It seems that the way we all make money is to extract oil and avoid the cost of using it. Almost everything in our economy involves applying energy to something. The “profit” we live off of seems to come from passing along the costs to the future.
I’m talking about global warming mostly, the cost of putting CO2 into the air. Nuclear energy costs a lot but that cost is really just the expense of containing the radioactivity — we pay that cost today but we don’t really have to. Nuclear would be cheap if we didn’t pay for shielding and cooling towers and just released the radioactivity into the air, the way we currently release CO2 into the air.
Suppose there was a law that said for every part CO2 you put into the atmosphere, you have to take out 3 parts? The PRICE of a oil or coal would then reflect the COST of so may years of putting CO2 in the air… but the climate change problem would start getting better. Imagine purchasing big solar-panel-powered machines that extract carbon from CO2…
Discuss.