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As Sarah Palin once infamously said:

How's that hopey changey stuff workin' out for ya?
Well, Madame Quitter, quite well, thanks.

In September 2008, before Barack Obama was even elected, I was laid off from my job due to a contracting economy in freefall.  The stimulus had yet to kick in, and we were bleeding jobs all across the United States at an alarming rate.

I was able to get by over the next few months with EDD (unemployment insurance) benefits, as well as selling some possessions.  I had to move out of my reasonably expensive (but not hugely so) apartment downtown and move in with a friend temporarily, after which I had to rent a room in a house out in the sticks (a nice neighborhood in the suburbs, but, from my perspective, in the sticks, far away from the vibrant urban center where I had enjoyed living for five years).

In May 2009, I was fortunate enough and qualified enough, to get another job in the same profession with a decent wage.  It even had somewhat decent health insurance as part of it.  I still have that job today, and have had uninterrupted health coverage since then.

So, yes, I personally have done well.  My story is not nearly universal, but neither is it unique.  The stock market has climbed back to historic highs under Barack Obama's stewardship, so many members of the 1% (and some below them in income, who have pensions that invest in stocks) have made out remarkably well.  Unemployment has gone down to some extent.  In certain states, like Ohio, it has dropped to 6%, a level near that prior to The Great Recession.  Is it any wonder that Obama's approval rating has jumped up in Ohio based polls?

If this election is all about The Economy, Stupid, as the Romney campaign has contended for so long, there are many, many people who simply will not agree with the narrative that they have suffered under Barack Obama's adminstration.  There are certainly some who will agree with that contention, and rightfully so, in their particular cases.  But those people are not sufficient in number to win an election.

Beyond the simple selfish considerations of economic matters, there are plenty of accomplishments that a person could point to as hallmarks of the first Obama term.  Repeal of DADT, Lilly Ledbetter, ACA, and others.  This list may not be as extensive as some had expected, or, appropriately, hoped.  But looked at on its own terms, and compared to other Presidential adminstrations' lists of accomplishments, it IS damned impressive.

He promised hope and change.

He delivered change.  No doubt about that.  And me, I surely do have hope.  I can't possibly feel any other way about a second term.

Always satisfying when a marketing slogan turns out to be right on the money.  


Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 01:02 PM PDT

The Cake Is Baked

by ScottMercer

Don't stop now.  Get in there and fight.  Call them out.  Hold them to account.  Support our side.  Talk up our candidates.  Volunteer.  Get out the vote.  Remain outraged.  Point out all of Romney's stupid moves.  Praise Obama's many accomplishments as President (not just his likability as a person, which almost everyone will admit is higher than Romney's).

But this thing is over.

Doyle Mc Manus, in today's Los Angeles Times:

In an ABC News/Washington Post poll released this week, for example, only 2% of voters said they couldn't predict how they would vote on Election Day.  That's right: 2%.
In many polls, Obama's lead is much higher than that, as well as being outside the margin of error.  There are almost no "persuadables" in this election cycle.  If the Romney campaign is counting on those people to move mountains for him, those folks are going to be waiting for a while.

Mitt Romney's epic fail today on this Libya tragedy is only going to hasten the process.  Even his side is bailing on him like rats leaving a sinking ship, with only the deadendiest of deadenders like Palin and Gingrich having his back.

You could say today is the day that Mitt Romney lost, but honestly I think it's been an ongoing process for some time now.  Today's Smirkfest was just the proverbial straw the broke the camel's back.

Get your forks out.  And stick a fork in Mitt Romney, he's done.

(NOTE: Waiting patiently for the winger bawling in mock outrage that "some lefty on the Daily Kos actually suggested that Mitt Romney be stabbed with a fork!  The degenerates!  Typical of them!"  Um, no, that's just a saying.  Like, Mitt Romney is toast.)  

And he is.  Already.  And almost two months to election day, with no debates even performed yet.  Get the popcorn ready.


Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:33 PM PDT

Vote Chair in 2012!

by ScottMercer

Okay, this is just for fun, now...


Thu May 05, 2011 at 01:02 PM PDT

A Picture That Says It All

by ScottMercer

Credit where it's due...created by my friend Bill Spring.


Tue Apr 19, 2011 at 05:45 PM PDT

Movie Going Public Shrugged

by ScottMercer

Yes, Objectivists, the movie adaptation of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged, Part One" opened in 299 theaters/movie screens this weekend.  That is a decent number of screens for an independent production.  So how did the film do?  Let's just say that people were not lined up around the block.

The movie grossed a little over one million dollars.  Seeing as the film's budget was reported to be $10 million, with about the same amount going towards advertising and marketing, the film has almost officially tanked, but, the producers may still make a piddling profit when all is said and done, including home video sales, television showings, and the like.

Here is an entertainment industry slanted article going into much more detail:


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Fri Jan 07, 2011 at 10:42 AM PST

Blogger Schools "Journalists"

by ScottMercer

I was under the impression that common practice required mainstream providers of journalistic products to hire providers of such products (known to some as "journalists") to have some type of training in said field.

Apparently, opinion is divided on that subject.

Here's Jarrett Walker, transit blogger, to provide in-depth instruction to those who seemingly have no clue about how journalism should function.

Specifically, instruction to those journalists who insist on giving equal weight and credibility to people who are emotional, expressing opinions, or just flat-out lying, to those who are expressing objective fact.

The subject here is transit, and specifically pro-transit officials or private advocates versus the emotional reactions of local government officials, property owners and or NIMBYs to potential transit installations.

However, this session of desparately needed instruction relates equally well to Birthers, Tenthers, constitutional originalists, Libertarians, and other fringe kooks in the political arena.  It's a good read.  Enjoy.


Are Libertarians just naive?  Or are they ignorant?  Or, are they a bunch of hypocrites who don't practice what they preach?  Or, maybe there's a bit of all three things going on there.  Let's find out.  In order to do so, I am proposing a little social experiment.  It should be educational, fun, and maybe even a little mischievous.

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