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19 Mar 16: I read an interesting piece today that is just another reminder of how screwed up our political process is. This item deals with early voting and how it disenfranchises voters. Example: early voting began in Arizona back when Marco Rubio was still in the race. Undoubtedly some number of Arizonans voted for him. But then after losing the Florida primary, Rubio dropped out, thus putting those Arizona votes into the wastebasket. But those voters don't get another shot at it. Moral of the story: early voting should be eliminated for primary elections.
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10 Mar 16: The Thought police are here! Attorney General Loretta Lynch told Congress that the Justice Department has had talks with the FBI about taking civil action against climate change deniers. She compares the oil companies with the tobacco industry, which we now know had lied for years about the addictive nature of nicotine. I don't think the comparison is at all valid. While Big Tobacco lied about the nicotine, that's a far cry from Big Oil lying about about climate change. The whole climate change scam is based on possibly faulty assumptions and projections about what "might" happen in the future. How can it possibly be a crime to disagree? Isn't it amazing how far liberals will go stifle dissent?!
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8 Mar 16: More nutzo college wackos: this time it's the Assembly for Power and Liberation, student activists who recently made demands of Western Washington University. They are demanding the creation of a new college dedicated to social justice activism, a student committee to police offensive speech, and culturally segregated living arrangements at the school. The new college would train students to become social justice warriors, whatever they are. They want an Office for Social Transformation for the purposes of monitoring “racist, anti-black, transphobic, cissexist, misogynistic, ableist, homophobic, Islamophobic, and otherwise oppressive behavior on campus.” (Why isn't Anti-Semitism included?). This office would be on the prowl ready to pounce on any faculty members who commit microagressions and fail to maintain proper safe spaces in their classrooms. As for "culturally segregated living arrangement" - isn't that what activists fought against for so many years in America? I guess they want Jim Crow to return.

It's often hard to decide who is more whacko - the student activists or the college adminstration. Take Bowdoin College in Maine which recently disciplined some students who hosted a party at which pictures were taken with guests wearing little plastic sombreros. A friend whose husband is a Bowdoin alumnus wondered how the college will handle St. Patrick's Day? Better not wear any green on the 17th!
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3 Mar 16: Although it's serious business, it's awfully hard not laugh out loud at the panic in the GOP establishment ranks over the success of Donald Trump. Today they're resurrecting loser Mitt Romney to lead the attack. What makes them all look so disingenuous is that last summer they came up with the loyalty pledge for all candidates to swear they would support whoever the nominee was and would not run as a third-party candidate - all designed to control Trump. Now that he is leading the field handsomely, many are saying they will not live up to their word and support the Donald. Why can't they stop and see that their attitude is exactly what the average person is so angry about? The GOP for too long has been the Rich Boys' Club which has only given lip service to diversity. Trump is bringing into the fold exactly the type of voters that the GOP needs - the working class. The establishment should embrace Trump for having the ability to attract new voters.

 

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