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My 2014 Political Season Has Begun

by ultrageek

Off cycle election years are all about Get Out the Vote, and that starts about now.  Over the next few months, I will be analyzing the Congressional races in all 50 states.  But, for now, let's start on the Senate.

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Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM PDT

An Open Letter

by ultrageek

Dear Wealthy Americans Who Thought They Owned The Republican Party,

You know, I hate to say I told you so, especially when I know how much you're hurting, but I told you not to crawl in bed with crazy people and whisper anti-abortion nothings in their ears during foreplay.

These religious zealots are not the Dixie racists of the past whom you could get hard by talking about Blacks, gays, and Jews then let them be your foot soldiers while they ignored your billions in the stock market.

No. These are True Believers (tm), and when you get a True Believer hard, they're gonna fuck you.

I know you've seen this coming for a few years and bought some politicians on the left hoping you've shifted the political center far enough to the right that you can comfortably lay in their bed.

But you have a problem. The kids of the Koch father are not the same John Birch you knew in years past. And the kids of Sam Walmart are just plain crazy.

So, you're in the same boat with us. The boat you've handed over the helm to the crazy people.

If you can't fix your mistake, and quickly, you'll get to taste poverty. The good news is that you've given the bottom 98% 30 years of foreplay, and if you throw your lot in with us, we know how to make you happy.

Just ditch the crazies and become Americans again, and you can keep your fortunes.

Remember what I told you: you are creating a beast which will eventually devour you, too; and religious zealots have no need of money: just power.

Love,
 Ultrageek

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Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 12:56 PM PDT

Confessions of an Ultrageek

by ultrageek

Hi.  My name is ultrageek, and I'm a postaholic.

It has been 960 days since my last post.

960.

For those of you following me on Facebook, you know what's next.

(2^6)*3*5

Yes.

(2^6)*3*5

Except on Facebook, I raise to the power with double asterisks.  Formatting.  Feh.

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Hello, Fellow Chicagoans!

Well, today's the day.  The reign of King Richard II is coming to an end, and their is no heir apparent.  For the first time in 60+ years, there is no incumbent on the ballot, and it is up to We The People to decide on our next monarch.  But, who will it be?  Rahm?  Carol?  Miguel?  Gery?  I don't like Rahm, but, as near as I can tell, there's no sunlight whatsoever between any of the candidates on really any of the issues I care about.

This election may well come down to one single vote, and, who knows?, it could be mine... So, help a fellow Kossack decide.  Who's the most progressive of our potential new leaders?

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Here in Illinois, the Democrats in the State Legislature approved the Civil Unions act, which is great, because, now my wife and me can abandon our illegal lifestyle and be unionized.  Which is great news.  I mean, heck it would be nice to be married, since we got married 12 years ago, buuuuut..... HEY!  The Illinois Legislature did something EVEN BETTER!

It passed the Religious Freedom and Civil Unions Act, so that religious institutions can define for themselves what the word "marriage" means.  And, hey, I'm Jewish, and the Reform Synoguages of America recognizes that marriage is marriage, regardless of the genders of the people involved in them.

So, no longer does SOME OTHER RELIGION get to dictate to MY RELIGION that THEY MUST DISCRIMINATE just because the OTHER RELIGION is homophobic!

So, next year, God willing, I will get married, in my synoguage, to my wife.  What a nice Hannukah Gift!

Thank you, Democrats in Illinois!

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Equality...

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OK, we got our asses handed to us, and like every pundit, I'd like to call in my post-mortem.

Last night, the biggest loser, aside from the American people was... RAHM EMANUEL.  Yes, that's right.  The bastard who brought us the Blue Dogs in the first place lost them last night.  The primary indicator of whether a Democrat won or lost last night was whether he was a Blue Dog.  We lost some heros, sure, because they drew so much private money to defeat them, but you take out Grayson and Feingold and just knowing whether someone was a Blue Dog or not, your odds were pretty good that if you were a Blue Dog, you were gone, and if you weren't, you weren't.

So, to put this in perspective, Rahm, the guys you sold your soul to bring to the House, they're gone now.  Yes, Rahm, this one's for you.

JUMP!

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Which are you?

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Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 06:04 PM PDT

It's 8pm Chicago Time

by ultrageek

Steve's remarkable list of the 68 House seats within 2 points inspired me to call Phil Hare's Campaign Headquarters and get set up to do virtual phone banking.  There are lots of stories to tell, but the most important one is that it's 8pm here, and now, thanks to Steve's list, I'm going to pick a seat in the Mountain time zone and call them for an hour, and then the same in the Pacific time zone.

Look, Kossacks, there are 200,000 of us.  Let me repeat that: Two. Hundred. Thousand.  If each of us makes just 10 phone calls, that's TWO MILLION.  If everyone did the same thing that I've chosen to do, just tonight, we could generate THIRTY MILLION CALLS TONIGHT.  That's right, Kossacks!  We could call 10% of the people in America.  Just us.  And if that's not GOTV, I don't know WTF is!

So, pick your districts and make your phone calls.  It ain't over till it's over, and we can mobilize a virtual phone bank unlike anything anyone's ever seen!

Now, stop reading this diary and PICK UP THE PHONE!

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Will you Get On the Phones?

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Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 03:56 PM PDT

You're Scared? Good.

by ultrageek

You Should Be.

These Republicans are not like anything we've ever seen before.  They are blind to science and reason.  They want to shut down education so that the next generation of kids will be, too.  They want to shut down government because every penny that goes to help a starving person isn't lining the pockets of a billionaire.  And they've got infinite funding from people who want to keep it that way.

BUT.

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...there is only one way to send a message, and it's NOT not voting.

For the past 30 years or more, the Republican party and their confederates in the MSM have been talking about how voting is pointless, and that your vote doesn't matter, and all the parties are the same, and it just sucks all over.  They have been working to DRIVE DOWN PARTICIPATION in the electoral process for one very simple reason: there will always be more poor people in the world than rich people; especially if they keep making the rich richer and the poor poorer.  And destroying everything in between.

They use their dog whistles, their hate, their anger, their fear, to drive their voters to the polls, all the while telling everyone else to stay home.  

What else do they do?  

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Will YOU Vote?

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I've been thinking for awhile about a few things that might fix some problems that we, as a society, are facing.  Since 1980, the Republican Party has shifted the Overton Window so far to the Right that we have lost our compass on the Left.  They have bankrupted our economy, the world's economy; they have shredded our Constitution; they have raped our Natural Resources; they have ripped apart the fabric of Society itself, all so that a few hundred families could amass obscene wealth, and so that the rest of us will fight eachother to lick the breadcrumbs out from between their toes.  Unions, feh, who needs 'em?  I mean, if they aren't willing to work for 3 cents an hour, we'll find someone in Bangladesh to do it.  All the while, pitting us one against the other: based on skin color, accent, the shape of the eyes, whether we sit or stand to pee, whom we choose to spend our lives with, really, anything will do.  So long as they get to count their millions and we have strata that are so thin that lives change at every 10k of income.  Or less.  We are losing our Arts, our Sciences, our schools, our hospitals, our infrastructure, who cares?  

I care.

And here's what I would like to see.

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What do you think?

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She has courage.  She has guts.  She has a spine.  She has tenacity.  She has fortitude.  BUT, she does NOT have balls.  The inner feminist in me, long hidden in my workaday world, has been getting more and more irritated all day by the continual reference to Speaker Pelosi's non-existent testicles.

Let me be clear: ONE DOES NOT NEED TO BE MALE IN ORDER TO GET THINGS DONE IN WASHINGTON.

In fact, as was so recently displayed, the males in charge of this debate, from President Obama, to Leader Reid, to Chairman Bachus, to Chief of Staff Emanuel, were not able to deliver nearly so progressive a package as Speaker Pelosi, and many of them were either willing to cut bait, compromise, or just put a wimpy package together.

It took someone with a uterus to make this happen, to bring this home.

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Should there be more women in office?

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Fri Mar 19, 2010 at 03:03 PM PDT

Help the Flippers!

by ultrageek

In the next 72 hours, more and more hard decisions are going to be made by Dems torn between doing the right thing and facing incredibly tough reelections in hard districts where Republicans, and corporations, will throw everything thing they have at these heros.

We are 200,000 strong here, and WE CAN GET THEIR BACKS.

Contribute to the Flippers here!.  And, remember to tip your servers!

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