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So, over the past day or so, this link has been making the rounds. It is a series of photographs of self described creationists who, in response to the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham over creationism, intelligent design, evolution, and science in general, thought it'd be amusing to make one of those, "We're real people and our words are important!" picture feeds where they all hold up pieces of paper with witty phrases on them. There were a lot of these going around when Occupy was at its height, and I guess they're still a thing.

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Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 01:38 PM PST

On Ballots and Bravado

by adennak

A recent essay over at Politico has attempted to make a case against early voting. It's essentialy nine paragraphs of C rate concern trolling that both completely misses the point of early voting and manages to make no concrete argument against it.

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Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 12:22 PM PST

The Pettiness of John McCain

by adennak

What follows is the story of Sergeant Coleman Bean, veteran of two tours in Iraq. Of Congressman Rush Holt, who sought to right a wrong in Sergeant Bean's name. And of course John McCain, who unleashes his spitefulness but manages to strike only wounded soldiers in his rage.

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Mon Jul 20, 2009 at 02:42 PM PDT

The Ghost Of New Deals Past

by adennak

The year was 2005, and George W. Bush had just won his first majority in a Presidential election ever. And with his 2% win over John Kerry, Bush strutted out in front of the media explaining that he now had political capital, and that he was damn sure going to spend it. Everyone with a capital R within ten city blocks of their name went on television to describe his 2% win as a mandate, Jeff Gannon jokes be damned.

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Tue Jun 16, 2009 at 02:10 PM PDT

Bring Me Your Tired, Your Poor. . .

by adennak

So, I’ve been listening to this health care debate forever now. It’s been a topic of personal involvement for me more or less since I joined the workforce because of how it has affected my life. I’m fortunate to have avoided any serious injury or illness since I was a young boy – and it’s probably a good thing because I generally haven’t been able to afford more than the more basic hospitalization coverage that my various employers have (or have not) offered me.

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Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 11:27 PM PST

I'm Sick

by adennak

I'm sick of being told that America is an inert nation - a desperate scrabble-clawed lunge, the clouding breath of men who realize that the trouncing they took two weeks ago makes naked the lie that we are a nation unwilling to progress. I'm sick of hearing that a President who wins the American people by nine million votes must be cautious, but a President who wins by three million - after losing by a handful - has a mandate. I'm sick of these feckless, shallow men in empty grey suits manifesting on my television to tell me how bloody relevant their perpetually wrong opinions are. I'm sick of being told that America is a nation of limitations. Of small-mindedness. Of petty, knuckle wringing, back stabbing never-ran leaders living in infinite disconnect with the people they have promised to serve.

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Tue Nov 04, 2008 at 01:53 PM PST

Laws, Not Men

by adennak

Every election cycle, there's one concern that I hear from most of the people that I talk to about their candidate choices. Specifically, that those choices suck because they seem so much alike. I heard it constantly in 2000 (if only we knew). And I heard it a lot in 2004, where I agreed with it much less myself. I haven't heard it very much now in 2008, which I take to be a good sign. People can see the distinctions between Obama and McCain - even those people that aren't sure which one they are voting for today.

But most of the distinctions that I hear from people are surface noise. Campaign preferences. Stylistic choices at best. Very few people get deeper into the differences than their stances on Iraq and how much of a tax break they'll be handing out. Maybe that's what motivates some people, and hell, those are issues that motivate me. But what I don't hear anything about is the most core difference between the Democratic and Republican offerings for President this year. And I reference them by the party as much as by the individual candidates because this difference has become pervasive across each party's platform.

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Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 01:36 AM PDT

Plumbing The Depths

by adennak

If there is one guy I never, ever want to hear about again (though we all know I will), it’s Joe The Freaking Plumber. There is no annoyance scale capable of scoring my hatred for the phrase "Joe The Plumber". It’s worth at least ten "My Friends"s, and perhaps as many as fifteen "You Betcha"s. Truly, it was the hokey, hackneyed lowlight of the entire debate. I certainly didn’t expect, going in, to hear Joe The Plumber’s name referenced more often than Ayers, more often than Sarah Palin. It just didn’t make sense.

And yet both Obama and McCain continued, relentlessly and unerringly, to treat Joe The Plumber as if he was not just a metric to judge their economic plans but the only applicable standard by which to gauge the economy. Suspiscions ablaze, I did a bit of digging into this Joe The Plumber guy and what I found, quite frankly, shocked me. . .

Down Jones Industrial Average via Joe The Plumber

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Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 01:39 AM PDT

Sarah Palin Debate Flow Chart

by adennak

I know some folks out there might have had trouble following the Vice Presidential debate. Particularly, trying to parse meaning from the things that Sarah Palin said. With that in mind, I have compiled a handy resource for your perusal. I hope to update this chart, both graphically and grammatically, when it is no longer ten to five in the morning. For for the mean time. . . enjoy!

Sarah Palin Debate Flow Chart.

UPDATE: Recent studies, conducted via my inbox over the past twenty-four hours, have concluded that many of you pine to own an amusing piece of merchandise featuring the Sarah Palin Debate Flow Chart.

Pine no more!

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Wed Sep 12, 2007 at 11:22 AM PDT

The Day That The Music Stopped

by adennak

The Day That The Music Stopped

I remember it like it was yesterday. I think I always will. It was my last year of college, and I was dividing my time, rather unevenly, between living at home and stamping around up in the woods of Annandale. It was a Tuesday - I don't know why I so clearly remember that fact, but it's always one of the first pure facts that comes to mind. I actually slept through the collisions. The first thing I remember is my mother's voice. "Aden, you have to wake up. Wake up. Something is happening. Someone is flying airplanes into the World Trade Center."

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