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Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 10:17 AM PST

A year ago this month...

by Geriw

It was a year ago this month, when my brother-in-law killed another person, and then himself.

He was an NRA member, and collected guns.   That was supposedly for 'hunting'.

He was in a red state, and had Obama hate stickers all over his car.

We would email each other all the time... things like political stats, and stuff on global warming.  Me on the liberal end, and him on the conservative end.

He was not religious... just political.

When the police did their investigation, they found a home with truckloads of ammunition, and several large gun safes, full of guns.

I never knew him to be mentally ill.

But he was an obsessive Fox viewer, Obama hater, and ammunition/gun hoarder.


I'm still shaking, as I don't even know what to make of the events that just happened.

I went in to get a highlight treatment this morning... which takes 2 hours... so I was there for a while.

The lady that always does my hair is from Vietnam, and speaks very broken English.  She's hard to understand.  Part of the reason I like going to her ( besides the fact that she is really good and relatively quick compared to other stylists ), is that I don't have to sit there and do small talk for 2 hours.  For me, sitting in a chair for 2 hours having someone do my hair is something I really need to get psyched up for anyway.

Personality wise, my stylist is very pleasant, but she's also not someone who would take charge in a situation.

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So why do women hate Repubs?

Because they think everything is the woman's fault.   We're 'Evil Eve'.  

So Patreaus really wasn't at fault for having an affair...  he's just a man.   But Paula Broadwell however...   she's the slut.

( Now I don't think to highly of Broadwell, but for a preacher to say that it's not Patreaus's fault that the affair happened because he's a man... P-LLLLLL-EASE!


The Christian Taliban!

Women are evil  ( but why won't they vote Repub?? There isn't a war on women. )



Looks like the Repubs still think it's best not to negotiate and to instead keep holding America hostage.  ( That worked so well for them last time ).

Looking at Redstate, I see a new column by Erick Erickson:

Can We Replace John Boehner With Paul Ryan?
John Boehner has been willing to throw his conference under the bus repeatedly. We know from the Bob Woodward book that he was willing to raise taxes. We know he cut a deal with Barack Obama without consulting the rest of his conference. We know it blew up in his face.
( So sounds like they were just as freaked about that Bob Woodward memo as we were).

Anyhow, he goes on to say:

House Republicans should think very carefully if the faux-tanned face of John Boehner is the face they want for their party in the next two years. They should consider Paul Ryan as their Speaker.
Nothing like losing bad, and then thinking that the way forward is to promote the fringe wing nuts.


I was just reading this kosacks diary  on changing the narrative that the right wing is making that we are all just people who want handouts.

Alphac2005 makes a huge point saying that:

As we all know, the right wing echo-chamber is going into overdrive, trying to figure out which excuse to make stick, and what they tend to say is their typical garbage. The deniers tote out Hurricane Sandy and the one that they are clearly latching onto is that President Obama has been re-elected because of a bunch of lazy people that want stuff from the government. Rove and company at Faux News are working on overdrive with this one and Democrats need to act.
Well... this just came out, and although I posted it in his comments, I felt it needed it's own headline.

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Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 08:18 AM PST

Marijuana Poll in Colorado vs Pres Poll

by Geriw

Just a short diary... and something that was printed in the Denver Post on Sunday.

We are of course a swing state.

But here's something I found very interesting.

We have on our ballot this year, Amendment 64, which would make it legal to possess  up to an ounce of marijuana for people over the age of 21 and allow for marijuana to be sold in special stores and regulated like alcohol.

So that's a major thing.

I would never have thought that this would have had legs.  (  Remember, we've got a huge Focus on the Family population here ).

So far...  in a poll ( but not necessarily of likely voters ), marijuana legalization leads 50 to 44 ( with 6% undecided ).


Yet, the presidential campaign poll was Obama 47% Romney 45%.

That really means ( unless I'm thinking about this wrong ), that Colorado has a ton of socially moderate Republicans.

Just interesting....


Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM PDT

Colorado Robo-calls

by Geriw

This is just a short diary to share what's happening on Robocalls here in Denver.

Our household has 1 registered Democrat ( me ), and 1 registered Republican ( who thankfully voted Obama in early voting ).

Because I work from home, I answer just about all the calls coming into our house.

In the last month, I have received just a handful of robocalls on the democrat side (probably 2).    On the Repub side however, we get at least 5 per day.   They are from all the Repub superpacs as well as Romney's own campaign.

Also, when I look at our neighborhood ( which is middle class ), it's full of Romney signs.   I've only seen about 3 Obama signs.

But, the lack of signs may just be due to the fact that the Obama campaign isn't going heavy on signs this year.  ( and people steel them anyhow. Last election I had to replace my Obama sign 3 times.  Funny how the Romney ones never get stolen.  ).


Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 06:44 AM PDT

Get women home in time to cook dinner

by Geriw

Thankfully Romney cares so much about women.

Last night Romney shared a personal woman story, which made the point that he really cared about women's issues.

“I recognized that if you're going to have women in the workforce that sometimes you need to be more flexible. My chief of staff, for instance, had two kids that were still in school. She said: ‘I can't be here until 7 or 8 o'clock at night. I need to be able to get home at 5 o'clock so I can be there for making dinner for my kids and being with them when they get home from school.’ So we said fine. Let's have a flexible schedule so you can have hours that work for you.”
Thank goodness that there are men like Romney who see that this is what the main issue for women is.   We just want to work a short day by getting off at 5.

This is a very short diary, as the title sort of says it all.

My husband who is a registered Republican is getting lots of telephone calls lately.  I usually answer the phone, so I have the pleasure of listening to all the garbage.  ( Luckily husband won't be voting for Mitt ).

Anyhow, I have to say I was surprised to receive a robocall from Huckabee, for the purpose of fundraising for Akin in Colorado of all places.

He never mentioned rape, but said that Akin said something which he should have worded differently, but that he was in a tight race and that they needed support to get the Republican majority in the senate.


So here's something totally hypocritical for you.  ( But then again... maybe it's not when it ultimately comes down to winning for Rove - forget integrity ).

Todd Akin famously says:

"If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
And Rove ... responds ( only because he thought it would hurt chances of winning that senate seat )
“We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”
Now, I just read an article at ThinkProgress that says that American Crossroades Super Pac raised over $9.4 million , and $1 Million came from a Clayton Williams.

Clayton Williams was the Texas GOP gubernatorial nominee who lost in 1990 because he made this remark:

At a cattle roundup on his Texas ranch, the oil and gas tycoon told ranch hands, campaign workers, and reporters that bad weather was like rape. “If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.” His double-digit lead in the polls evaporated and he lost the election.


Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 08:34 AM PDT

Good News for Cash Strapped States

by Geriw

As you know, people now shop Amazon for almost everything.   Heck, you can shop online, you get your product in 2 days, and you don't pay taxes.   ( Although technically your supposed to file a Use Tax, but no one ever does ).

The reason why you haven't been paying taxes with Amazon, is because there is a Supreme Court ruling from way back, that basically says that if the business does not have a presence in the state ( and this even deals with local cities and counties ), that the business does not have to collect sales tax for that state.

You've probably noticed ( depending on where you are of course ), that if you were to buy something online from say Office Depot, Walmart, Target, etc., that you still have to pay taxes on it.   This is because that although you purchased online, there is still a Walmart in your state.  Therefore, they will collect taxes.

So Amazon, as part of their past strategy, have tried to keep their presence in different states to a minimum, so that they could sell without charging taxes.

Well in today's paper , I see that Amazon is going to start expanding to brick and mortar:

From self-serve pickup stations in 7-Eleven stores to grocery-delivery trucks rolling through Seattle neighborhoods, Amazon is expanding its physical footprint to make shopping online quicker and easier — if no longer tax-free.
So this is great news for states, as it's the largest source of revenue for state governments.  

It's also great news for brick and mortar retailers.   I have to admit, I hate that manufactures are selling direct on Amazon, and cutting out all the businesses that used to wholesale, distribute and retail products.   At least now there will be healthier competition in the marketplace, that is not based on tax avoidance.


Kos posted this on Friday, but I'm surprised that it hasn't gone viral yet.  I'm posting this again because I think this is a campaign killer for Romney.   Obama should be making an ad quoting Romney on this.

When Fox news asked Romney why he didn't mention the troops in his speech, this is what Romney said:

When you give a speech you don't go through a laundry list, you talk about the things you think are important.

Kos also made this very good point:

Romney then goes on to claim that he talked about a "strong military," which was totally the same as thanking the troops for their service. Except that it's not. One of them speaks to the institution, the other speaks to the individuals who do the work of the institution. It's the same distinction as corporations and the people who work for them—a distinction that Romney famously fails to understand.
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