Category Archives: Election 2010

More of The People the U.S. has Just Elected

Like most laws, the Arizona law, SB1070, was written by some legislators and some other people with interest.  The ones interested this time want to build prisons in Arizona for women and childrenYou think I’m kidding, right? No.

Last year, two men showed up in Benson, Ariz., a small desert town 60 miles from the Mexico border, offering a deal.

Glenn Nichols, the Benson city manager, remembers the pitch.

“The gentleman that’s the main thrust of this thing has a huge turquoise ring on his finger,” Nichols said. “He’s a great big huge guy and I equated him to a car salesman.”

What he was selling was a prison for women and children who were illegal immigrants.

“They talk [about] how positive this was going to be for the community,” Nichols said, “the amount of money that we would realize from each prisoner on a daily rate.”

But Nichols wasn’t buying. He asked them how would they possibly keep a prison full for years — decades even — with illegal immigrants?

“They talked like they didn’t have any doubt they could fill it,” Nichols said.

That’s because prison companies like this one had a plan — a new business model to lock up illegal immigrants. And the plan became Arizona’s immigration law.

There is something very wrong with people hoping to make money off of putting children in prison.  There is something wrong with people making money off of putting anyone in prison.

This is all a part of the problems with “privatizing” activities that should be the responsibility of government.  With the profit incentive, they tend to perpetuate their existence.

So, if prisons are to be profitable, then they need a steady stream of prisoners.  That leads to changing laws to hike up the penalties for minor crimes.

If security firms like Blackwater are to make a profit, they need the U.S. to be engaged in decades long conflicts in other countries.  (You know that American citizens — especially the teabagger types — would never submit to what Blackwater has done to the Iraqi  or Afghan people, so Blackwater must profit from tax dollars through their actions in other countries.)

Yes, let’s privatize everything.

Businesses fail or get bought out by other companies.  We could let our government fail.  But wait, the one time, every time that our government got into a situation that a similarly run company failed, we would stop it from failing?  Or would the government be the one company that never failed.  Maybe like Ford?  Or AT&T?  Or Southwestern Bell?

Should our government be run like a business?

Who should make sure that you don’t get cheated?  You know that in business, if you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying.

Who should make sure that you don’t get hurt?  Let’s go back to the 1800′s and let everything go — Ebola here we come!

And while we are running our government like a business, let’s run the judicial branch like that as well.  Under-performing judges get fired.  Clarence Thomas would be first on the list.  And no more life time appointments.  Let the market decide who should be on the SCOTUS.  And why have anyone recuse themselves?  If the market supports them, they should be allowed to judge those cases.

And in the end, profit wins.  A few win.  The idea that somehow we all win is not in the cards in this scenario.  In business, someone must lose.  Everyone knows that.  In business, everything is a competition.  Competition means there are losers.

But in governing a country, we have to help the losers.  We have to.  For far too long this idea that business sense will work for government has crept in and it is a powerful thing to fight against.

It’s the essence of the exchange between then candidate Obama and that infamous Joe.  It’s also the essence of what that other Joe told me (though he was wrong, again): you lose.

It doesn’t afford for people who aren’t ambitious.  It doesn’t afford for people who are disabled.  It doesn’t afford for people who are different from the norm.

This way of governing is not what the Republicans have brought, nor what they believe in.  Quite the contrary.  As with the Arizona bill, the business model people want to get to all that tax money — whether it is through the prison system, defense, or education — they want that money.

That’s why the teabaggers will never win.  They want to de-criminalize pot.  Sorry, it’s too profitable to put people in prison.  They are isolationists, but the Blackwater types and defense contractors won’t let them cut off their government teat.  And lastly, Republicans, especially the Bush family, want to make money off of education, so the Department of Education won’t be abolished, as long as the Bush family is making money off of it.

This has been the most ridiculous election I have ever seen.  And the fact that the post-election analysis has neglected to look at the record amount of money spent — how could it be that all that money didn’t generate jobs?  How?  The same people who give the money get the money.  It’s a closed system.

I want to say we are screwed, but I still have hope.

 

 

This is the type of person who just got elected by the teabaggers

As I noted in my previous post, Joe PagLIARulo of KPRC is a liar — a bald-faced one at that, as you will see.  Here’s an email exchange I had with him this afternoon:

Me:  Just wanted to let you know that it might benefit you to know that you lied this morning and your listeners know it.  I called to ask you what proof you had that you influenced this or any election.  You said none.  That’s all I wanted to know and I said thank you.  You then decided to be the big smart man and call me names.  You went on to state and I quote:  “I never said I influenced any election.  You’re wrong.  You’re dead wrong.  . . Do I think that I affected change in the election?  No.”  But you did.  Go back and listen to your show.  At the 10.11″ mark, you state and I quote:  “I’ve got incredible ideas and my ideas, I believe my ideas affected positive gains in the last election.”  I’m betting since you can claim to be “too big” and “too smart”  to “attack on  a personal level” you will just let all this pass and hope that your audience was too stupid to catch it or has such short memories that they will forget.  AMIRITE?  Liar.
Sincerely,
Michelle

PagLIARulo replied:

you are dead wrong.. I don’t say things like “I have incredible ideas.”  You are clearly someone who has a hard time hearing and dealign (sic) in truth.

And again:

I have no idea with the 10.11 mark is.. you wanna give me a specific time?  This is silly, by the way — because I know what words come out of my mouth.

You are a hater.. and need to learn the meaning of the word context.

Me:  You said it to the second Chris who called.  It was after he suggested you should run for president.  You said you have “incredible ideas.”  Here’s the link — listen to it yourself. (I deleted the link from my reply — it’s the same one in the previous post.)  It’s at the 10 minute mark.  You can deny it but you said it and then you lied about it.
Sincerely,
Michelle

Pag LIARulo replies:

you are a hater.. and a liar and have wasted enough of my time.  Learn the word context.  Listen beyond your closed-mindedness.

I’ve taken the time to include an mp3 IN CONTEXT..

I clearly respond to his sarcasm with some of my own about ideas.. THEN — Michelle — I tell him I affected positive change in the election.  What positive change Michelle?  The positive change of a more educated electorate.  I go on to say.. there are many who are democrats like Chris who voted democrat on Tuesday.. but, because of my show they were better educated and prepared.  Do I think I influenced the election?  No.  Did I affect positive change?  You bet.  Listen to the mp3.  I look forward to your apology for being so dead wrong about the context of my comments.

You should be embarrassed.

He includes the link I have already sent him. in the above email.

Me:  Ten Minutes Eleven Seconds (I included the link again.)

Me:  Then later on you said to me that you DIDN’T say that you had affected positive change.  And you started your name calling.  I didn’t call you any names.  And you have started to it again here.  Try to be the big smart man you claim to be and stop lying and name calling.

Me:  I sent you the damn link first, Joe.

PagLIARulo replies:

you have lost.  I look forward to your apology.  Never said I didn’t affect positive change.  Your lame little question was “do you think you influenced the election?”  I said no.  Listen again.. learn about context.. I look forward to your apology.  In life, we sometimes win.. we sometimes lose.. you have lost this won miserably.

Thanks for hatin!

PagLIARulo, again:

watch your language..

awaiting your apology.. you really are making yourself look bad here.

nice try though

Me:  God you are dense.  I asked if you had any proof that you influenced the election and you said no.  You do know that a synonym for affect is influence, right?  They mean the same thing.  First you said that you had affected positive change and then when I called you on it you lied and said that you hadn’t said it.
That lie is on you not me.
Sincerely,
Michelle

Me:  I didn’t mean to offend your tender sensibilities, Joe.  I had no idea you were such a shrinking violet.  Man up.
Sincerely,
Michelle

PagLIARulo back again:

hahah.. can’t admit it huh?  The context of my conversation with Chris matters.. and so does the wording of your question to me.  I didn’t influence the election.. I affected positive change — and I explained that meant a better educated electorate.  Hahah.. English must be new for you.  Two very very different things indeed, Michelle.

Write back if you’re ready to apologize.  Otherwise, don’t expect a further response.  I’m wasting my time offering fact to someone as hard-headed as you obviously are.

Me:  Joe, again, influence and affect have the same meaning.  Look it up in a dictionary.  Sure context is important and you stated, “Do I think I affected change in the election?  No.”  And here you are in this email saying the same thing.  The two words have the same meaning.
You are as thick as a brick.
Sincerely,
Michelle

Ridiculous PagLIARulo:

you’re making me uncomfortable.  I’m married.. stop hitting on me.

I await your apology.

EWEWEWEWEWEWEWWWWWWW!1!11!!!!!!1!

Me:  “I affected positive change.”  “Do I think that I affected change in the election?  No.”
Which is it, Joe?
You are more of a flip-flopper that Mitt Romney.  At least more than a few hours had passed when Mitt flipped.
Sincerely,
Michelle

Creepy PagLIARulo reply:

you’re so cute.. say the words.. type em out.  “I’m sorry, talk show boy.”

you can do it!

you can do it!

<shudder>

Basically, that makes two lies I have caught the liar in and I’ve just gotten started!

So I was listening to Joe PagLIARulo this morning . . .

and while being dickish to one of his callers, he had this to say:

I am way more effective behind this microphone than I would be running for president and I don’t wanna be the president and I don’t wanna be the king like Obama does.  I’ve got incredible ideas and my ideas, I believe my ideas affected positive gains in the last election.

Joe_Pags_HR_2_11-4-10_1288883014_10030.mp3

Maybe one or two more callers went by and then PagLiarulo had a long discussion about personal attacks — particularly when one’s debate opponent has nothing.  He said:

Once they lose, once they’re against the wall, the only recourse they have is to attack on a personal level and you know what?  I’m too big for that.  I’m too smart for that and so are you.

So, I called and asked him what proof he had that he individually or any other  talk show host had on the election.  He said none.  I said thanks.  Then he immediately launched into personal attacks:

Are you going to hang up now Michelle?

Me:  So you’re just making this up.

So are you going to hang up now you big scardy (sic juvenile) cat?

He wants to know why I asked the question — well it’s because he made that claim (see above).

I never said I influenced any election.  You’re wrong.  You’re dead wrong.  . . Do I think that I affected change in the election?  No.

Joe PagLIARulo.  Still a liar.

Michael Berry’s Friends

One could argue that Michael Berry is a conservative.  Others could argue that he is a teabagger.  He plays both sides is what I would argue, but for this post, Michale Berry is a teabagger and these are his people.

First up, Joe Miller’s military guards at an elementary school ” arrest” a journalist.

Second, the infamous stomper.  I’m sure that Michale Berry got a boner when he saw that.  It’s the only explanation for why he didn’t talk about it.

And here is a fat man smash.  It’s uglier when you realize the man’s son is the one filming it.  They called the fat man in to weigh in.  Clown with a badge.

I’ll just put this up front: Michale Berry has never served his country.  As far as I can tell, he was and still is of enlistment age far as the military goes, but he prefers to sit on his ass and talk.

Pasty white Michale Berry also has a chip on his shoulder as far as minorities are concerned — just listen to him whine about not getting a dinky scholarship for college.  Had he served his country, that UH tuition would have been paid.

While Michale Berry talks tough, I doubt he could even rise to the violence seen in the above videos.

What does that make Michale Berry?

Chip on his shoulder WATB.

During Ike, he ate MREs in his studio.  He whined about Republicans not supporting him in his mayoral bid.  (which he lies about all the time)  He hates pregnant women.  He screams on the radio.  He lies on the radio.  He has never served his country, state, county or city.  Pasty white guy all the way — born of place and has never ever felt the need to give back — not even for the streets he drives on.

Mostly, Michale Berry wishes he was one of those guys in the videos above.

BUT HE JUST DOESN’T HAVE THE NADS.

Voted Today

Roberto and I walked over to one of the early voting places today and voted.  Our state rep was out there, as was her opponent.  R shook his hand, but I just said “nice to meet you” and moved on up to shake my current reps’ hand.

There was a line — at 1:00 p.m. on a Sunday.  Once we got up to the doorway, we saw the “poll watchers.”  One was a middle-aged white guy.  He had his little notepad and pen ready.  While we were there, one guy had to fill out a form.  The election judge was strict about what the guy could do and the “poll watcher” kept his mouth shut.

When I went in to vote, I saw another “poll watcher” sitting at the end of the voter booth line.  On the way out, I saw another person who could have been a “poll watcher.”   So, perhaps there were two or three people hanging out and looking for something wrong.

It should be obvious that I live in a minority majority area.  I wonder how voters in majority white districts would feel if the same were done in their voting precincts.  King Street Patriots would cry foul if a bunch of black and brown people did what those white people did.

While the Republicans have lots of signs, I don’t think it will make a difference.  I’m feeling pretty confident that Dems will prevail.

knock knock knock, twu, twu twu.

More Liars

I’ve run into this blogger before, I just can’t remember when.  But trust me, he is just another rumor-monger, and he links to the wingnutty chiropractor, Melissa Clouthier.  And looky here!  Who does she link to?  None other than our friends Kevin Whited and Cory Crow!

The official that they are smearing, El Franco Lee, a longtime trust official, had to set the record straight.  He didn’t yell at anyone.  You big babies.

As far as I can tell, the D.A’s office and other officials are acting on complaints quickly and making sure that everything moves smoothly.  I’m planning on voting early this weekend, but I am sorely tempted to wait until election day just to make sure none of these suburbanites come in and harass the nice people who work my precinct.

Teabaggers Behaving Badly

Here’s hoping the U.S. Justice Department and the Harris county D.A. have reigned in Jared Woodfill and the North Houston Teabaggers/Secessionists.  This silly blogger defended the woman and group behind the voter intimidation, so perhaps he defended them today?  Let’s see. . . Not really.

I’m not going to copy the email that Houston Votes got from the Teabaggers;  TPM has them here.  Lovely people, don’t you think?  Here’s another.

In all seriousness, the polls have to be watched.  And these newly branded poll watchers need to be watched as well.  It’s not surprising that they chose polling places in mostly minority neighborhoods to watch.  But don’t you dare call them racists.  It’s not surprising that they are harassing minority voters.  I’m sure they feel they have the right.

Everyone who is legally eligible should be able to vote without having some white guy on disability or out of work hanging over his or her shoulder.

The Early Voting Place in My Backyard was Hopping This Morning

I can only take that as a positive.  While there are a few (three) Republican placards in yards in my little hood — it looks like I wasn’t the only one who pulled out the signs from two years ago.  I’m going to try to round up a Bill White sign tomorrow (sorry kittens, the house will wait).

While I hate talking on the phone, I’m also going to look into phone banking for Bill White.  The stronger White is, the better off we are down ticket.  White did an interview with Joe PagLIARulo this morning and made him look like an ass.  White stated that he wasn’t a natural self-promoter and then Joe PagLIARulo self promoted.  It was funny — to me — and embarrassing to Joe PagLIARulo.  And when White told him he had to go, Joe PagLIARulo was left hanging.  Solid radio management on White’s part.

I think I will vote either Saturday or Sunday — I just have to walk over there.  It’s straight ticket Democrat and yes on all three props for me.

And if it means anything, the only winner Michale Berry supported in the primaries this year was Rick Perry.  Every other person he backed in this state and others, lost.

LOST.

Why vote with a loser?

 

Kendrick Meek

With all of the tea stuff surrounding the Senate race in FLA, I decided a while back to check out the Democrat in the race.  He’s straight up my alley politically.  Just watch this ad:

I donated a little to him last month and again tonight.  I read a report about the debate the candidates had today, and here’s the takeaway from it:

Moderator John Wilson introduced Meek, who is third in the polls, as a candidate fighting for second place and later asked him if he should drop out and support Crist to keep Rubio from winning. Meek responded forcefully.

“I’ve been in a tough spot before. I fought against Jeb Bush when he said the class size (amendment) was wrong. I fought against George W. Bush when he wanted to privatize Social Security,” Meek said. “I will not — believe this — I will not drop out of this race for any reason. I am nominated by the Democrats of the state of Florida. I am in this race to run to be the next United States senator. And no, I am not running for second.”

Damn straight.  There’s not much time left.  It’s all hands on deck at this point.  I keep remembering how nervous I was on election night in 2008 — oh, hell — I’m nervous every election night.  But sometimes, people come to their senses.  Here’s hoping FLA voters do.  And Texas voters, too.

Still Trying to Suppress Votes in Harris County

A few months ago, Leo Vasquez, outgoing GOP, County Tax Assessor and Collect — voter registrar, got on the local wingnut radio stations, KPRC and KTRH to whine about people turning in bad voter registration forms.  It appears that wing nut extraordinaire Catherine Engelbrecht (she’s a tenther, fake patriot etc.) and friends are more than a little worried about the November 2010 election and decided to start attacking Houston Votes — I guess since ACORN isn’t around to kick anymore.

I bring this up today because I noticed this item on memeorandum.  The title says it’s an AP story, but it’s not:  It’s just nonsense from Fox News.  (FYI:  memeorandum is a wingnut link aggregator)  The Fox story is even sloppy enough to include a random “voter” photo, which of course is of an African American, but wasn’t taken anywhere in Harris County, much less Texas — we don’t use those types of voting machines and never have in the 30 years that I have been voting.  Idiots.

Here’s more of the back story:

Paul Bettencourt had been the longtime Tax Assessor/collector and had for years been cleansing the voter roles and slow walking new registrations, like any good GOP vote-suppressor.  After winning in 2008 (and settling a lawsuit brought against him and his office), he decided to quit.  The GOP thought they would get a two-fer by appointing a Latino to the office, Leo Vasquez.  Well, poor old Leo got primaried earlier this spring and lost to Don Sumners, a self-proclaimed “tea bagger before teabagging was cool” who stated on an edition of Red, White and Blue:

I’ve been, not actively, but somewhat, involved on the East Side and knew a lot of the Hispanic I guess you would call King Makers or leaders from the East Side and I don’t have a problem with their agenda except for trying to get benefits that may not have been earned.

Then came along the old time GOP activists turn teabaggers, Catherine  Engelbrecht and friends.  The Texas Democratic Party has sued Leo Vasquez for once again sharing information with Engelbrecht and her friends while not sharing the same with the TDP.

It all stinks, but is not surprising.  Republicans want to reduce the voter pool in anyway they can — because it helps them win elections.  Just look at how much importance they give to dinky little races in Alaska and Delaware.

Hopefully, Diane Trautman will win and get the office straightened out.  It will take a lot of work after Bettencourt and Vasquez.