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Testing again, damnit

I’m really starting to hate WordPress.

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The CMCE Debate Continues

Debate appears to be lively on the other coast. The Tracy Press has an editorial peice arguing for AB 583, the Clean Money, Fair Elections legislation in CA. When will this same debate reach our state in full swing? MetroJustice is meeting with Jenn Wisneski of Citizen Action, NY next weekend, Saturday, March 11th to keep the momentum up.

Tracy Press, Tracy CA

Dan Walters misunderstands Assembly Bill 583, the Clean Money Act, and the system of publicly financed campaigns it would set up.First, because the clean money system is voluntary there actually are no Bill of Rights or free speech issues, as several courts have already held. . .

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More on Slaughter and Clean Money

Uh-oh. This doesn’t look like Louise Slaughter is really going for the CMCE thing. Her opinion, at least from the article, seems to be that people hold politicians in such low esteem that they would never support public financing of elections.

Of course, she’s a representative, and a good one. Perhaps if the right people have her ear, she’ll prick up. At the moment, her opinion seems a bit jaded, especially since many states are currently switching to the CMCE model and doing quite well from the initial reports. More thoughts on this over at Kevin Drum’s blog.

Let’s hope for the best from Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. It looks as though I might be playing some role in MJ’s interview with said Congresswoman, and hopefully will have something to bring back to the site.

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Thank Goodness We Invented Snowboarding. . .

Looking at the roster of Olympic medals won by the US, I am struck by the notion that entitles this post. The majority of gold medals won by the US team were in a sport that we invented in the first place.

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Another Dead-End Job. . .

The Democrat and Chronicle reports today that as many as 50 bodies in the Rochester have been harvested illegally for skin and bones. Of course, Rochester is in the news again, and once again it’s for some truly disgusting shit. According to Forbes.com, indictments are already being handed out to the New Jersey owners of the company.

And who was it that did the deed here in Rochester? Wouldn’t you know it? A guy from Honeoye: a guy by the name of Vickers. Kinda sounds a bit Dickensian, don’t you think? Or dare I say it, Poe-like.

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Pataki to Use BC Profits for Research

In a move which has angered state lawmakers and consumer advocacy groups, the NYT reports that Governor Pataki plans on using the monies from the Blue Cross dividend to fund a new biomedical research project instead of using it for the uninsured as was originally chartered. This is a thinly-veiled attempt by the Republican leadership to gut funding for the uninsured, masking it as an investment in the future.

I do not, of course, oppose a major push in NYS towards more biomedical research. Not at all. However, these monies need to be used for thier intended purpose.

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Hmm. . I’ve been Trackback’ed

Well, no one else is really going to care, but I did find it amusing that someone from Ohio.com which is the Akron Beacon Journal website linked to my article entitled “I’m OK, You’ve Been Shot.” Blogging is so much fun.

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Crackin’ the Whip

Porter Goss is having none of it.? Not in his FBI.

The Bush Administration is looking to crack down on people scrupulous enough to protect the American people’s civil liberties.? Damned nuisenses, they are.? Color me suspicious, but when things like this happen at jobs I’ve had in the past, they’ve tended to get colored by politics.? I wonder what they will be like in the Bush Administration?? Hmm. . .

Quail hunt, anyone?

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More Thoughts on the Olympics

So, I’m riffing here.

But the best moment of the Olympics thus far was seeing the American speed skater Cheeks pull the Russian up onto the Gold podium at the end of the national anthem.? That looked from where I saw it like a genuine act of a good competitor.? Another great moment was when the Russian men’s skater told an interviewer to wait until the long program was over before asking him to gush over how great he is.? It was remarkable not because he said it, but because he said it so dismissively, focused instead on the competition he’s in.? They always ask such assinine questions, anyway.

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I Hope Bode Loses

There, I said it.

It’s not that I have anything against Bode Miller personally, obviously. It’s just that I like seeing network television throw its money down the toilet on sports, then preach about athletes who bet on sports like *they’ve* got a problem. Hello? Investing millions of dollars worth of advertising into human-interest stories about a guy just as likely to fail as any of the others. . . That’s not betting?

I call it the Dannica Patrick/Al Capone’s Vault Effect, and it’s a good lesson for TV execs to learn, if ever they did. In fact, it’s just like political parties: soner or later, they all lose.

Oh, and by the way, some kid from France had the meanest bitch of a coach I have ever seen in the Olympics. Don’t remember his name, but his get-up kinda looked Goth in a sort of mid-nintees-made-for-TV-movie-made-in-Canada kind of way. He fell on his first jump, and this woman did nothing but swear from then on. Makes me glad I hated sports as a kid.

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Olympic Update: Throwin’ Down

This afternoon and evening was interspersed with various and sundry Winter Olympic viewing for me, and while watching, I discovered something which may seem incredibly obvious to anyone else but which I found fascinating. That was: in the Summer Olympics you can run, jump, throw, swim, shoot, or wrestle in a number of different fashions in order to achieve Olympic Gold; in the Winter Olympics, one way or another, all you’re doing is sliding around on ice.

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I don’t get Figureskating

OK, so there was a post on the Washington Monthly blog site about the confusing nature of the scoring, and of course it is indeed a mechanically complex thing. However, in the end, my fiancee and I watched all the skating tonight up to about 10:28pm and somehow the best couple ends up in third or fourth place. Something tells me the whole thing is just crap.

For one, the US pair did something that has never been done before. I don’t know what the hell that was, but it involved throwing the chick up in the air, and that’s just cool. However, that this had never been done before in the Olympics didn’t seem to factor into thier score at all, and it seems to me if you are going to allow something unheard of into a competition rather than codifying the acceptable jumps, then you encourage such behaviour and the points should follow.

Moreover, there were plenty of other male skaters throwing female skaters all over hell, and none of those seemed to have had anything to do with anything groundbreaking. My fiancee patiently attempted to explain that it all had to do with a half-turn or something. Shit. Only a half a turn? Maybe it’s not really worth any extra points, after all. It certainly doesn’t seem worth all the extra crap I’ve been hearing about for the last month.

In the end, the couple that I thought performed worst ended up being the number one slot. Ain’t that some shit?