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Sun Apr 05, 2015 at 06:51 PM PDT

A short diary on Bigots

by CitizenKane

So I have read with interest the pizza-nazi story, wherein the store owners sincerely believed they should not have to serve gays. And of course the florist, also believing, sincerely apparently, that they too should not have to serve the gay.

Of course the most disheartening thing about these stories is the windfalls that crowd sourcing has provided them with for being a$$hats.

My very short question is simply this: how is this different from the Greensboro Woolworth that didnt want blacks at the lunch counter?  Wouldnt you think logically that if one fought for one issue - the freedom to deny services, then one would fight for the other? Afterall, if I remember correctly, the religious argument at the time was that God had apparently separated the races and we liberals were encroaching on the beliefs of those that would help Him along in this effort.    

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Wed Apr 01, 2015 at 01:26 PM PDT

Conservative Happiness

by CitizenKane

Apologies if this has already been diaried.  I havent seen it and couldnt resist presenting a very short note on the subject of Conservatives vs. Liberals and life happiness.

As most of us at KOS know, there are a number of studies - Conservative brains vs. liberal brains seem to be of scientific interest lately - that show that conservatives are a significantly happier bunch than we liberals.  Now honestly, I ask you, how many of you really buy this?  Have you met a conservative?  I mean a dyed in the wool teabagger?  They are miserable about just about everything.  And truly it doesnt seem to matter who is in charge in DC, they hate them.  OK, maybe they hate Pres. Obama more, but they arent really happy with anyone.  So this whole "conservatives are happier" seems like a mis-timed April fools joke - appropriate for today.  

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Wed Oct 15, 2014 at 06:53 PM PDT

A complaint

by CitizenKane

About the most expensive race in the country.

OK - this is a rant and not really of the quality that many of the more thoughtful posts here might require.  But I live in NC and I used to like Youtube to catch up on my favorite shows in germany.

But here in NC this is very practically impossible now.  It started a few weeks ago.  Every video I clicked started with a Tillis attack ad.  The most common was "the VA is failing our veterans..."  I was curious and so did a random sampling of videos to find that a little over 90% of videos started with this ad (sample size was 100)  Same ad each time and paid for by a "concerned veterans group."  

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Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 04:33 PM PST

Buh Bye Filibuster - a screed

by CitizenKane

OK, This might be stating the obvious. And it strikes me as a bit odd that it even has to be pointed out to the morons in the media - but - what is all this hand wringing and expectations of repercussions with the filibuster's demise.  Even MSNBC gave it the ol' "its too bad it came to this - now one wonders what is next..." try. Or - and I love this one - "one worries about the ramifications."

To all these people - their writers and pundits, the politicos and commentators - Have you not been listening?  

In case you havent: ACA represents the "greatest existential threat to America" out there. And us Christmas stealing, gay lovin', marxist/nazi, athe-Muslims, have rammed it down the throats of the real America by using tricks of procedure that violated the constitution, God's plan on earth, and job creators.    

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Sun Nov 17, 2013 at 08:58 AM PST

US tech development fails

by CitizenKane

New technology in the U.S. is largely due to individuals in academic and some few government laboratories.  The over-arching scenario is a government grant is given to study some basic principle and this in turn leads to the discovery of something that seems to the inventor might be successful on the commercial market.  Sure, not all technology is born this way, but the large majority of it is. There are many examples of such technologies many, many of which are now getting quite old – they aren’t “new” technologies any longer.  As they age, they are usually off-shored to lower cost manufacturing sites, while new technology manufacturing has traditionally replaced it stateside. But this pipeline of new technologies to our “factories” in the U.S. is beginning to fail pretty badly.


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Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 02:01 PM PST

Guns in NC

by CitizenKane

Does anyone remember the 70’s?  I do.  Growing up in the South, I remember the first time I heard of someone in my town being shot and killed with a firearm.  In the 70’s and 80’s gun violence frightened people. It was a problem that NYC had, but not us in this sleepy little city in Forsyth County.  We were willing to consign this to other people and other places: not us.  It was safe here.

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Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 01:36 PM PDT

ObamaCare IS conservative

by CitizenKane

Hi Kossacks

It has been a little while since I have written.  And this little diary promises to be rather mundane.  But I wanted to add a small comment to the ongoing conversation regarding ObamaCare that is rarely pointed out.

While it is true from a purely moral perspective, that the ACA protects millions from not having access to health care, and therefore is the right thing to do, what is often missed is that it is the only thing we can do...

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Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 06:17 PM PST

My Southern Heritage

by CitizenKane

MOTHER died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure. who doesnt remember that opening line of Camus' "the Stranger?"  The distance of the statement, its coldness has been commented on through the years.  It has become somewhat emblematic of Americana today, though it was written by a French existentialist. Its loneliness, is really the loneliness of todays world. But things were not always thus...

Today I learned that my great aunt went into hospice care, not expected to live but a few days more.  Her body is just shutting down. OK, its a great aunt, and she is 97, the vast majority of people dont even know their great aunts except at the occasional family reunion if you participate in such things. And 97!?  She had a rich and full life - it may be time. Afterall, everyones time will come, and few of us will see such advanced age.

Yes, I know.  But, for a moment I would like to remember her life in the context of the Kos-verse. In the context of My Southern Heritage - without the confederate flag.

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Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 08:01 AM PDT

Obama just cant do the job

by CitizenKane

Do you remember back in the late 60's early 70's and a bit beyond when affirmative action came into play?  Now if you do remember you will also remember that there were some very important reasons these ideas were put into law that went beyond our obvious moral obligation to right past wrongs, and that had to do with the way we perceive the "job" someone else is doing.  

Here in the south there was a particularly focussed effort to paint this legislation as placing people of lesser skills and capabilities into positions of authority.  A sort of great society carpet bagger.  My parents, who were average middle class whites with a middle- middle class income, aspirations of owning a new car every few years and a ranch style home, vacation plans for the summer and weekends off, were still working at the time (they have since retired comfortably), came home each day and complained about this this black or that black, that got promoted when they shouldnt have, or got transferred to a nicer location when they shouldnt have.  This was our comfortable little life - sitting in judgement of others while listening to NASCAR on weekends and downing a Mt. Dew. Quite cozy really...

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I recently got an email from a friend discussing how a certain Democratic Senator has rather large investments in a solar panel manufacturer in Korea.  While there was no political point being made, I took it as political in the sense that so many out there have given up on technological leadership in the U.S.  "we dont make it here anymore..." and "we have already lost the solar industry" are the most common refrains out there among funders, investors, and scientists working the the U.S. solar research and development field.  It has become a given that China or Korea will manufacture all solar, most of the wind, and the geothermal equipment that is used worldwide.

While this may be the case, I would argue that it doest have to be.  Perhaps we have lost the faith in ourselves to see innovation around the corner.  Maybe we would just prefer to sit back and subcontract science engineering and innovation out to china or to india?  This election will have a lot to do with this "mood." Please follow me...

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Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 03:07 PM PDT

I have a different take on polls

by CitizenKane

As we have seen post debate #1: The Romney "bounce" seems to linger - though admittedly it is weakening.  Like many here, I have hand-wringed, and pondered aimlessly about how this could be.  Before the debates we all heard that polls matter very little in swaying voters.  We all heard that history is full of bad debate performances and it just didnt matter.  We heard that Mittens Zingers would be his undoing.  

Interestingly, even as Mittens handlers have walked back many of his debate flipflops in quite public view, the "bounce" seems to be holding on longer than it should.  Afterall, the media and pundits have continued to find errors in his debate claims, his own about faces have been astonishing, and his dishonesty seems to be well recognized (at least in several followup polls on honesty). So what gives?  Why are so many now ready to buy that slightly used Edsel that was driven only on sundays?

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Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 05:40 PM PDT

Faux Intelligentsia

by CitizenKane

In the defense of defensible numbers: "we have six studies that say Romney's tax plan will lead to economic growth...", "Obama is a communist.. just study it out...", "you can make statistics say anything you want..." , “Ryan is the thinker…”, “Ryan the Wunderkind of policy…”

"Intelligence" plays a sometime awkward role in today’s political debate. Many people appeal to it as though they have applied it. And this appeal is frequently ignored by the intelligent. I was discussing ObamaCare recently with an independent.  She had a friend with cancer who had said that under ObamaCare she would have lost her life.  Indeed, this friend pointed out that under any socialized medical delivery system, she would have died and only the great American System saved her life. I pointed out that statistically this should be challenged because there is no correlation between delivery modes of medicine in industrialized countries and middle class survival rates on cancer.  (Now comes the appeal) My independent friend then informs me "well you can make statistics say anything you want..."    

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