"Murphy was an optimist!"
GW says Jeb should run in 2016 April 25, 2013 9:08 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
In an interview aired Wednesday with ABC News, the former president says his brother would be, in his words, a "marvelous candidate."
Hell no! The only bush I want to see in the White House better have tits.
Oh thank you Barbara! She doesn’t want Jeb to run.
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"There are other people out there that are very qualified and we’ve had enough Bushes," former first lady Barbara Bush told NBC’s "Today"
The 2012 election is upon us and it’s craaaazzzzy November 6, 2012 7:09 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
WARNING! Inappropriate joke here within. September 13, 2012 10:30 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Humor, Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
On the political scene, Sarah Palin posted on Facebook:
If [President Obama] doesn’t have a ‘big stick’ to carry, maybe it’s time for him to grow one.
She does know he’s a black man doesn’t she?add a comment
Depressing radio August 23, 2012 7:51 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
Heard something thoroughly depressing this morning. A group that has accurately predicted the past 8 presidential elections has Romney winning the electoral vote. Frankly, I cannot imagine a worse outcome for the United States.add a comment
Don’t ruin it for everybody August 14, 2012 10:21 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Local Politics, Politics, Touchy Subjects
Dear parents, rather than trying to force your ideals upon my children, please allow them to read the assigned reading and be challenged by the concepts and the language within the writing. These books, Feed and Robopocalypse, were chosen for a reason, not by random choice. If you do not want your child to read the book, let your child read the alternative reading but leave my child alone. I believe these high school students, these young adults, can handle it.add a comment
Clinton’s Internet Bubble Caused the Recession July 25, 2012 10:19 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
When did the cause of the recession switch from the housing bubble to the Internet bubble?add a comment
Out of Balance July 12, 2012 9:16 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Economy, Politics, Touchy Subjects
Out of Balance
A Harvard business prof and a behavioral economist recently asked more than 5,000 Americans how they thought wealth is distributed in the United States. Most thought that it’s more balanced than it actually is. Asked to choose their ideal distribution of wealth, 92% picked one that was even more equitable.
And for the REAL image, look on page 11 of Michael I. Norton and Dan Ariely’s report http://www.people.hbs.edu/mnorton/norton%20ariely%20in%20press.pdf (the online version is here: http://pps.sagepub.com/content/6/1/9)
What is this?
Today, a manipulated image of this data is spreading like wildfire through the Internetz particularly over Facebook. The source of the image can be found at MotherJones.com but has been altered to show a baby peeing on a man and a a kitten commenting that "tickle down" doesn’t work. The original image is within a PDF and JPG so I’ve decided to put it here in plain text. Rather than looking at Norton and Ariely’s findings (online version), I guessed at the numbers but they look pretty close to the actual image. It makes the point.add a comment
Happy Independence Day! July 4, 2012 11:17 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Holiday, Independence Day, Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
Today is July 4th. In the United States, this day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence which declared America’s independence from Great Britain. Today is supposed to be a patriotic holiday celebrating our country. People will celebrate by taking to the lakes for boating and swimming, and having cookouts and family gatherings.
As I ponder the meaning of this day, my thoughts drift to SOPA, ACTA, and CISPA, to AT&T and Comcast, to our youth who seem to be the most fearful generation, to our politicians who seem to have forgotten their role is to represent the people, and to the corporations who have usurped power from the people. Each of these threaten our liberties as we know them. September 11, 2001 terrorists attacked this country. Terrorism is a violent means to bring about change. We said we would not allow the terrorist to change us but they won. I have not known independence like I grew up with since September 11, 2001. Now, instead of being confident in our individual independence and freedoms allotted to the people, I feel we struggle each day to maintain those certain unalienable Rights referenced in the Declaration of Independence. And although I am at political odds with the Tea Party and the GOP, as I re-read the Declaration of Independence, I wonder if our government has not lost its way.
when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism
This brings to mind the Bush tax cuts, the corporate hold on Congress, and the one percenters. As the middle class is beat down, more power falls into few hands and we move more toward a Despotic nation. I feel my voice falls on deaf ears when I communicate with my elected officials. Wwhen your voice is not heard, and votes in legislation fall contrary to what the resounding public appear to favor, how can one feel the words of the Declaration of Independence reflect today’s society?
Today is a patriotic day. It is a day to be celebrated. It should also be a day of reflection. Re-read (or read for the first time), the Declaration of Independence. It won’t take long to read. Read it and reflect upon your life and your government. (And if you don’t want to do that, here are some pictures of women in American flag swimsuits.)add a comment
200+ page bill, 15 minutes to review, finally a politician speaks for his people May 31, 2012 6:49 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
This is what happens when you give someone a 200+ page legal document and 15 minutes to make a yes or no decision on that document. More of our representatives need to stand up like this. It would have been nice if the vacuous husks around him, aside for the one lady, had shown any sign that his message was being heard.add a comment
1984 – Like! March 29, 2012 3:08 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects
David Lovell’s Plan to Overthrown Tennessee March 29, 2012 9:44 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Local Politics, Politics, Regional Politics (SE), Touchy Subjects
Dick Cheney Gets Heart Transplant March 25, 2012 4:05 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
Surprisingly, a black heart was on the donor’s list.add a comment
Don’t ever be afraid to address your city council March 6, 2012 2:36 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Activism, Local Politics, Of Interest, Politics, Touchy Subjects
Have you ever stood before your city council? Have you ever expressed your ire with a law? Voiced your discontent with a resolution?
This is your First Amendment right demonstrated. Watch. Cringe. And follow James Inman‘s example.
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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
And so it ends December 19, 2011 5:55 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States, War, World Politics
Today is Bill of Rights Day December 15, 2011 10:58 amPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
Today is Bill of Rights Day
Today is Bill of Rights Day. To Americans, the Bill of Rights are key amendments to the U.S. Constitution, that protect our individual rights.
I find it without irony that the US Senate has passed a bill allowing the indefinite detention of US citizens and that the House of Representatives appears ready to pass the bill, and on this very day the House Judiciary Committee is ready to make a vote on SOPA which will dramatically alter the Internet and people’s rights on the Internet.
I like this quote:
It is a curious way to celebrate the 220th anniversary of the Bill of Rights.
- National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 on Thomas
- NDAA moving forward in Congress
- Stop Online Piracy Act
- Kill SOPA, save America’s Internet and American jobs: ACT NOW, bill goes to the House TOMORROW