• jsprings commented on the diary post Tom Engelhardt, Can Edward Snowden Be Deterred? by Tom Engelhardt.

    2013-07-16 16:56:23View | Delete

    It might be more like 3 million with security clearances of some sort. How many aren’t already abusing easy access to information to check up on an ex-, or to cyber-stalk an attractive neighbor, or to find out what Warren Buffet or a CEO at a publicly-traded company is thinking? Hopefully there are more like [...]

  • Is Janet one of those self-loathing gays? I don’t claim to have gaydar and I’ve been mistaken many times before about people’s preferences, but she really strikes me as someone fighting her own demons. There has to be some reason that someone could argue (paraphrase): “…they are asking to be treated fairly, and we have to stop them!”

  • Washington State also had a referendum to uphold or cancel the marriage equality bill signed into law. It finally is being re-declared that the marriage equality side won. I wonder if it would have been so without the marijuana crossover from the young voters?

  • jsprings commented on the blog post A Better Debate Performance for Obama

    2012-10-17 08:05:19View | Delete

    The triumph of lesser-weaseldom!

  • Yes, the leaker must be punished! We must preserve the honor among thieves. I won’t be watching.

  • jsprings commented on the diary post Snoop Dogg, Cartoon Give Reasons to Vote for Obama by Lisa Derrick.

    2012-10-06 22:23:52View | Delete

    Wow, I was thinking that I was reading a email forward from some racist right-wing idiot, along the lines of the President with a bone in his nose. The list really read like a stereotypical redneck funnyman’s view of black thinking. I really don’t think that sort of ignorance needs to be repeated. And yes, [...]

  • jsprings commented on the diary post A Mitt Romney Presidency Could Mean a Hostile Takeover Of The Federal Courts by RHRealityCheck.

    2012-06-04 22:13:10View | Delete

    You’d think they’d give the do process job to Biden. After all, as an Article I/II hybrid, the Veep has built-in checks and balances between the branches. (On reflection, perhaps Joe is informed of the decisions. Just because it isn’t on C-SPAN doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. So we probably got accountability out the wazzoo. [...]

  • jsprings commented on the diary post Unwelcome Guests: Work Visa Programs Cheat Global Labor, Build Global Capital by Michelle Chen.

    2012-06-02 19:32:16View | Delete

    If global capital is celebrated as modernizing, it’s time for global labor, too. Not as it currently exists: a method of depressing wages in wealthier countries by pitting hog-tied group against hog-tied group. But by allowing freedom of movement for all world citizens, so that a family could vote with their feet. Of course, this [...]

  • jsprings commented on the blog post Congressional Floor Speeches Have Gotten “Dumber”

    2012-05-21 19:08:26View | Delete

    I don’t think we’ve lost the way because Congress is at 10.6, down from 11.5. “We’ve got to get back up to at least 10.9!” (Everyone knows the real reason for our descent is due to gays, girls and gun control.)

    There must be a better way to judge communication than vocabulary and sentence structure.

  • jsprings commented on the blog post Congressional Floor Speeches Have Gotten “Dumber”

    2012-05-21 18:14:04View | Delete

    Yes, I agree. By quoting and referring to pseudo-science we are giving it credibility. Now we have another irrelevant measurement of Congress, and another irrelevant wedge issue about how America has lost it’s way.

  • I agree that the 1% doesn’t care about this issue. They might use it for a wedge, but personally, overall they wouldn’t care deeply one way or another. In fact, one way sexual orientation is different than race is that you can’t avoid it by procreating with the “right” kind of individual. So ‘gay happens’ to families across the spectrum. The fact that it can’t be isolated means that socially there is less pressure to isolate sexual minorities. (Less, not none.)

    But the fact that some 1%s are gay or support gay people doesn’t negate the great thing Governor Gregoire is doing. She didn’t shoot anybody or do any kung fu. But let’s get rid of the “two sides” rule and leave it to Fox News. There are other concerns besides the 1%. She is no doubt hurting or at least changing many personal relationships and her relationship with her church. That is scary. I’m not nominating her for the Nobel Peace Prize but I do recognize an act of courage and a good thing when I see it, on occasion. Furthermore, there are a lot of good people in Eastern Washington, including some rednecks.

  • There’s a place for cynicism in politics. Actually this is one of the few places I don’t feel cynical. I doubt this is a politically motivated move on Gregoire’s part. I think it is statesmanship. We need more such statesmanship.

    I will miss Gregoire, no doubt, when we have Governor Inslee or Governor McKenna next year.

  • jsprings commented on the blog post TransCanada Announces Change to Route of Keystone XL Pipeline

    2011-11-16 07:19:26View | Delete

    That may mitigate some of the consumption in the US, but what about China and India? It seems their oil consumption is going way up. They both could benefit from hybrid and electric cars (China is selling electric scooters and banning motorcycles in some areas, but they replace bicycles as much as motorbikes). But is their any evidence that they are buying a significant percent of electrics or hybrids, or planning too?

  • jsprings commented on the blog post “Core Euro” – Currency Union Nears the End

    2011-11-09 18:04:05View | Delete

    I can’t get that REM song out of my mind: “It’s the end of the Euro, and I feel fine.” Well, fine is probably not the right word, but I couldn’t think of a word that rhymes that means “not fine.”

    This looming disaster could be the impetus of real sensible economic, financial, social policy, but more likely the brown shirts then the black shirts, then the red, white and blue shirts will use it as a reason to restore “order”.

  • jsprings commented on the blog post Aim Big

    2011-10-13 22:18:04View | Delete

    Hear hear. And really, if these guys are allowed to continue with the wars, environmental exploitation and destruction, will there be anything left for THEIR grandchildren? We have to save them from themselves. (Save the hoi polloi first, of course). I really can’t see a political solution anymore, without at least the possibility of a mass uprising and soiled silk underwear.

  • jsprings commented on the blog post Aim Big

    2011-10-13 22:11:02View | Delete

    Soylent Greed is Rich People! (and it’s really not that bad when you get used to it. Tender. Lots of marbling.)

  • The existence of racism, particularly racism aimed at black people, doesn’t excuse bad policy or inaction or bad action. Obama is a politician in the worst sense of the word. If SOME white liberals worried less about being labeled a racist for dropping support for such an obvious tool, perhaps his support would be even less. And if Americans of all colors would overcome the sense of guilt from abandoning the only black guy (so far) ever elected President, his support would drop a bit more. The rest of Obama’s supporters would be a combination of team cheerleaders and lesser evil nose-holders.

    I’m a white liberal who didn’t vote for him in the first place, so I’m not in that statistical pool. I was overseas and my ballot never arrived, but I was deciding between Nader and McKinney while waiting. I have to admit, though, when I actually watch his speeches, I want to believe.

  • jsprings commented on the blog post Obama Losing Support from His Base

    2011-08-31 15:04:06View | Delete

    I didn’t vote for O the first time and probably won’t be voting for any Democrats in the foreseeable future, at least in national races. However, by providing facts, such as Walker did today in his usual professional style, a couple of good things could happen:

    1 Lefty potential politicians could become more motivated to run for office, buoyed by the revelation(s) that voters are becoming more skeptical, especially from the left. We could get a dog-catcher elected here, a school board member there, and over there, who knows?

    2 Democrats in office may vote for bills or enforce laws that they recently would avoid, in order to try to appeal to disaffected former constituencies. They’ll still stab us in the back imho, but some real good could conceivably come to desperate people.

    3 Obama could declare martial law, and people would finally see his loyalties. Laissez les bontemps rouler!

  • jsprings commented on the diary post Progressives, Democrats, and Eternal Optimism by cassiodorus.

    2011-08-01 09:44:24View | Delete

    You took the words out of my fingers. Actually I was going to say we could primary AND run other party candidate(s). Keep all options and tactics at our disposal. A non-committed candidate, or rather a candidate committed to non-support of the winner (Obama) is a great idea. Bile will spew, but the Dems may [...]

  • jsprings commented on the blog post Bernie Sanders to Primary Obama? Don’t Make Me Laugh

    2011-07-31 12:42:06View | Delete

    I like a lot of the things Democrats have to say, but when they get backed into a corner, and the only way available is to act according to their rhetoric, they find a way to slip out and “sigh, unfortunately (if only there was another way!)” do the bidding of their financés. We can’t, as liberal progressives, get any more irrelevant than we are when we beg, cajole, petition, rant, plead with, CONTRIBUTE to, these ass-hats. We need to find a way to really hurt so-called progressives’ chances. Jane, as usual, is absolutely right. We may end up giving the right the government they had hoped for and maybe that’s our only chance of getting rid of that “government”.

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