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A funny thing happened on the way to my Sarah Palin Schadenfreude-fest
I watched the clip of Sarah Palin in Iowa, and I sloped off to the internets to read everything I could to more fully enjoy wallowing in her embarrassment. One of the first columns I read was ...
plumbobb 02/07/2015 62 17 - -
I like Elizabeth Warren
I just read jamess' (jamess's) diary, and watched her speech. There's something about the woman. She's passionate, she is real, she is articulate. She explaings things really well, even relatively ...
plumbobb 01/03/2015 126 26 1 -
Here is what I don't understand about the Supreme Court
...taking up the question about whether Obamacare enrollees in the Federal exchange should be given subsidies. Nobody, *nobody* ever envisioned that states would refuse to set up exchanges when the ...
plumbobb 11/12/2014 3 1 - -
I really love President Obama, but why doesn't he say...
"Please get out and vote. Please get out and vote for Democrats. We need government now. When we are facing threats like Ebola, and global warming, and new threats in the middle east, we need a ...
plumbobb 10/15/2014 5 8 - -
It's time to re-brand "government" -- take back the Right
It's time to reframe Reagan's famous scornful line: "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help" Let's make this one feel good again. The government isn't them, it's us. The framers of the ...
plumbobb 10/13/2014 12 9 - -
A modest proposal
1. Donate surplus military armaments not only to our police, but to other providers of public service (city governments, schools) 2. Facilitate the sale of these surplus military armaments to public ...
plumbobb 09/12/2014 9 2 - -
This is not a joke. "Female-named hurricanes kill more than male-named hurricanes...
...because people do not respect them, study finds." I usually do not write diaries that merely link to articles written by other people in the media (well, I usually do not write diaries ever). ...
plumbobb 06/03/2014 25 4 - -
Using the "sunk cost fallacy" to motivate turnout in the 2014 midterms
People are not very good at realizing that "sunk costs," i.e. investments they have already made should be disregarded when they are deciding whether to make future investments. This is a pervasive ...
plumbobb 04/30/2014 11 3 - -
Lessons from preparing taxes for normal people
The tax code is fucked. And entrenched interests have the deck stacked so hard and in so many devious ways about normal folks, that the only way out is a rant. A couple who work in a supermarket (...
plumbobb 02/19/2014 8 18 - -
What corporations get for cheap & what they should give back
Corporations benefit from a great deal of things funded by all taxpayers. They include: -- taxpayer subsidized education of all young people, from k-12th grade. Not only does this education allow ...
plumbobb 12/10/2013 11 6 - -
Suggestions for Democratic-sponsered legislation?
Why don't Democrats identify a few universally hated elements of modern life, and introduce legislation that will eliminate or mitigate them? Here are a few examples: Calls from "Rachel" at card ...
plumbobb 11/14/2013 5 1 - -
Email to my Representative, ACA
My wife and I are in our mid-50's. We are in great health, but because of normal, age-related problems we are both not insurable on the individual market. Additionally, one of our adult children, ...
plumbobb 10/03/2013 5 7 - -
What a great way to talk about going to war
Seriously, here we are talking about who is suffering, what is our plan, what happens if it escalates, what happens if we kill innocents. We're all talking about it. Democracy....ahhhhh A ...
plumbobb 09/06/2013 10 4 - -
Jump off the cliff
I'm a jumper, here's why. 1. I think that the only thing the GOP wants is: a. Low capital gains tax rates b. Low dividend rates c. No estate taxes d. Low corporate tax rates e. eliminating ...
plumbobb 11/07/2012 6 2 - -
Call from Romney campaign: Sandy is "distracting" the nation from the campaign, give us money
Here is the number: 703-278-2343 There is not a lot of detail on the number to be found on the fearless internets, for example whether it is a call from the actual Romney campaign or from Americans ...
plumbobb 10/31/2012 23 30 - -
Mr. Romney & Dr. Hyde
I know, I know, it's the wrong formulation, it should be "Dr beat BEAT & MISTer Hyde". But I think it's a good framing mechanism for Romney's ability to say one thing one moment, and the opposite ...
plumbobb 10/07/2012 4 - - 43
Romney mouthpiece insults 51% of populace (women)
On the Diane Rehm show, just now, Bay Buchanan nails Romney's appeal to the womenfolks. Her quote, as well as I can remember it verbatim, explaining why it is that women are more likely to vote for ...
plumbobb 09/24/2012 14 7 - 169
Unpaid Internships
I am an architect. I have an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in my field. They are not degrees from any-old-university (they are, in fact, from oh-my-gawd-you-went-where-why-aren't-you-on-
plumbobb 09/17/2012 201 285 3 1333
Person corporate-hood
We're missing the delicious nugget at the heart of the debate between corporations and people. Here is the nugget: Corporations have it way, way better than people. People should aspire to become ...
plumbobb 09/12/2012 7 5 - 50
I DIDN'T BUILD THAT
...I stayed home and raised the child who grew up to be the man, who built that [visual...Ann Romney] I DIDN'T BUILD THAT ...I worked at the hospital in the neonatal facility, taking care of the ...
plumbobb 09/03/2012 1 10 - 47
What stupid insurance company is going to sell health insurance to 65-year olds?
I don't care how much of a voucher they get. I don't care how much they have to supplement that voucher with their own money. They're not going to be able to get insurance. Why doesn't anybody ...
plumbobb 09/02/2012 189 420 9 1775
Other categories of people besides job creators and unemployed po' brown people
Self made entrepreneurs are all very well and good. But you know what? Not everybody wants to be an entrepreneur. It's scary. And if you have a family and your family depends on you bringing home ...
plumbobb 08/31/2012 4 - - 27
Romney's interesting denial of Reid's charge
Harry Reid's infamous charge, according to the Huffington Post: "According a Bain investor, Reid charged, Romney didn't pay any taxes for 10 years." “The word's out that he [Romney] hasn't paid ...
plumbobb 08/08/2012 43 50 1 404
Short Diary; a call from a "brazen campaign"
It's been a rough couple of weeks here in perpendicular-to-the-surface-of-the-earth-land. I didn't even feel like jousting with the most recent bozos to call me up from the Romney campaign, but I ...
plumbobb 08/07/2012 3 8 - 62
3 a.m. phone call
Idea for an ad: Same beginning as the Hillary Clinton ad: Announcer: "It's 3 am, and your children are safe and asleep" picture of suburban house, sleeping children Announcer: "something's ...
plumbobb 07/16/2012 13 10 - 140
Sign a petition for the Supreme Court! Against Obamacare!
...another day, another telemarketer call. This one was interesting. I almost didn't take it, because I'm busy today, but I'm a crank, so I did. It started out fairly unusually "...please sign your ...
plumbobb 06/12/2012 9 18 - 133
Dear BarackObama.com: I don't give a flying fig about Clooney
I hope you have a deeper strategy than offering people a chance to have "dinner with Barack" and/or "meet George Clooney." I really, really do. We are in serious trouble here in this country. We ...
plumbobb 04/30/2012 87 5 - 351
Obama slogan suggestions -- updated with poll
I like: "We're all in this together" I think it plays nicely with the no-red-America-no-blue-America speeches that were so moving. I also think that it acknowledges that there have been hard times,
plumbobb 04/20/2012 32 1 - 138
Romney/Obama
Mitt Romney: born, 1947. Shortly after Romney is born, his dad becomes managing director of the Automobile Manufacturer's Association. Romney's family (via his dad) is also "LDS [Mormon] royalty". ...
plumbobb 04/12/2012 21 15 1 116
Romney superpac call -- hilarity ensues!
So, somehow I've gotten on the conservative sucker list. Previous diaries have detailed calls from Mike Huckabee, which were somewhat more depressing than this one tonight. It's important to ...
plumbobb 04/11/2012 48 180 1 1430
Unicorns, baby, unicorns!
Apologies for the very short diary, but I just thought of a fabulous idea after reading Adam Davidson's article in the NYTimes magazine from today about gas prices. Brilliant article, as always, by ...
plumbobb 04/01/2012 7 1 - 51
Mike Huckabee just called again
I'm much crabbier than I was the last time he called -- this is the *third* scam telemarketing call I've gotten today, and my back hurts, and I keep thinking it might be my mom, who is sick, so each ...
plumbobb 03/12/2012 13 11 - 106
GOP Telemarketers are in the 99%
So, I just got a call from the District of Columbia, shown on my Caller ID as being from 202-629-9767. I suspected it was a robo-call, but I took it, because it was either that or read more of my ...
plumbobb 03/02/2012 12 20 - 129
Abortion is good
Abortion empowers women. Abortion allows women to pick the time at which they choose to have children. Abortion allows women to pick the partner who will co-parent the children they have. Abortion ...
plumbobb 02/23/2012 35 16 - 157
I'm giving up on my profession
...which is sad, because I'm good at it, and I have a Master's degree in it, and getting licensure was truly a bitch. But I'm 52 years old, I don't want to be self-employed (liability, and also I ...
plumbobb 02/07/2012 36 40 - 349
Dear OFA
Stop sending me god damn daily emails titled "frustrated" and asking me to donate $5 for dinner with Obama. Stop with the whining and nagging. Ask me to do something real. Organize a protest at my ...
plumbobb 09/16/2011 33 7 - 146
Senator Cornyn's staff strangely defensive
OK, so my senator and my representative are both awful. This is Texas. Still, periodically I send them emails and/or call their offices, because, I guess, I believe in some level in representative ...
plumbobb 08/25/2011 21 22 - 215
How Republican plans screw the military and the wealthy
Two teabagger imperatives, not raising the debt limit, & giving retired seniors vouchers to pay for individual insurance on the private insurance market constitute a devastating attack by ...
plumbobb 05/17/2011 11 3 - 80
You're welcome, Bank of America
So, Bank of America got 45 billion dollars in the bailout. Even spiffier, they've been borrowing money from the Fed for, well, nothing, and then buying Treasuries and garnering 3.5% ...
plumbobb 05/15/2011 13 6 - 116
Poor stupid women
Poor women. They are so stupid, each one who gets an abortion without realizing that what they have in their uteri is a comma of flesh that, with some imagination, can be made to be thought of as ...
plumbobb 05/09/2011 17 20 2 178
Words we wish would be used more often
There are some words that it's just a pleasure to read/and or articulate. Here is one: "galoot" defined at dictionary reference.com as an "awkward, eccentric, or foolish person" Of course, it's ...
plumbobb 01/24/2011 145 18 1 52
Some Random Thoughts on Colonial America
About the US constitution: Why don't Democrats, in response to insane Tea Bagger constitutional originalists, say: Hey, you know what? The constitution was a great founding document. ...
plumbobb 11/30/2010 6 1 - 56
A graduated estate tax?
This will be a short diary. I have been thinking about the estate tax after filling out my interactive NY Times budget, and choosing "1 million" (the lowest option available) as the floor for ...
plumbobb 11/16/2010 13 4 - 46
I attended a town hall with my Republican Representative
Who is, needless to say, a frothing idiot. He was frothing on about how horrible the deficit is, and how we need to slash spending. It occurred to me that what we need isn't Paul Krugman making well-...
plumbobb 07/22/2010 78 17 - 40
Bart Stupak doesn't care if 8000 babies die each year
Not fetuses, babies, actual born babies, that their moms want and have decided they're ready to have, and want to love and care for, the 12.5% of babies that are born premature in the US, which has ...
plumbobb 03/05/2010 45 13 1 31
texas tribune survey: texans are well informed (not)
Some mornings, I wake up, and although it's been more than fifteen years I've been living here, I have a start of fear, shame, and loathing, as I think "ohmigawd, I moved to Texas". It's the kind of ...
plumbobb 02/18/2010 27 7 - 12
OFA visit with Christian Scientist Lamar Smith (R-TX), district 21
So, OFA asked me to visit my State Representative, and communicate to him/her my support for Obama's health reform initiative, and share my personal story with his staff. Well, the office happens to ...
plumbobb 08/19/2009 25 4 - 34
My rescission
I'm 49, not obese, in relatively good health. I'm a self-employed professional. I've had continuous health coverage my whole life. I passionately believe in insuring against potential catastrophic ...
plumbobb 08/18/2009 52 23 - 42
LGBT marriage, Michael Jackson & my dead dad
My dad died almost exactly a year ago. He and my mom had been married for more than 50 years. They had three children, and during the course of their long marriage, as a result of luck and thrift, ...
plumbobb 07/24/2009 22 17 - 286
The most exciting thing about the confluence of
the internet and politics is the extent to which a $5 contribution by me, here in texas, can make a huge ripple in the public discourse. I can contribut to Michelle Bachman's opponent, or I can ...
plumbobb 07/23/2009 3 - - 3
Other Accomplishments of the George W. Bush Administration
Like most Americans, I get my news from the Daily Show. And so I was interested to learn that the whitehouse had posted "100 Things Americans Might Not Know About the Bush Administration Record" ...
plumbobb 01/13/2009 7 6 - -
Todd Palin 10/8/08 Subpeona Response link
Please tell me if this is already diaried; I couldn't find it. The language is hilarious. I love the cow moose parts. Also, how Todd Palin just "happens" to be in the same area as his ex-brother-...
plumbobb 10/09/2008 19 4 - 4
SECRET McCain plans for September - October Leaked
We have obtained a super-secret memo from The Maverick Bunker (TM) outlining John McCain's upcoming campaign strategies. As we know, McCain was finally able successfully to seize the attention of ...
plumbobb 09/24/2008 11 5 1 -
All Palin! (not really) REALLY: the alpha and the omega
Roberts supreme court supreme court supreme court supreme court bork supreme court SANDRA DAY O'CONNER supreme court supreme ...
plumbobb 09/07/2008 4 - - -
OK, this diary is in response to "narcissism" above
I feel strongly enough about that diary to expand a comment I wrote into a diary. I have been reading DKos for about three years. I like the community, and got a user ID about six months ago the ...
plumbobb 09/06/2008 183 56 - 23
Community Organizers
Here are some community organizations: Christian Coalition Focus on the Family Family Research Council It could be argued that the Anbar Awakening (which has been just as important as the ...
plumbobb 09/04/2008 3 1 - 1
Dear NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, NPR, etc.
Hi! This is a Daily Kos poster! My name is Plumbobb! Nobody knows who I really am, though! Nobody knows if I'm actually a liberal left-winger, or a devious conservative right-winger *pretending* to ...
plumbobb 09/03/2008 25 28 - 1
This is Feminists For Life actual contraception position:
Time Magazine on John McCain's VP pick: She [Palin] is Christian and pro-life, but also a supporter of birth control: she's a member of Feminists For Life (FFL), an anti-abortion, pro-...
plumbobb 09/02/2008 38 9 - 1
Love, motherhood, and politics
I was driving my son and his friend to a debating practice yesterday, and I said "what do you boys think about Palin as McCain's running mate?" One boy said "she was governor of Alaska ... oh, and ...
plumbobb 08/31/2008 4 2 - 2
How stupid do the Republicans think women are?
Do Republicans really think that women can't tell the difference between Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin? Do Republicans really, honestly think that when it comes to voting, women's thought ...
plumbobb 08/29/2008 18 4 - 1
What's wrong with money?
I think Obama's main problem in this race is his "spin deficit". I fail to understand why he and his spokespeople are not making the argument that a person who can raise enough money to outspend his ...
plumbobb 04/23/2008 - - - 4
On the Ground in Austin, Texas
I live about 10 minutes from downtown Austin. In the past three days, I've had one live Obama volunteer come to my door. I've had two live people call me and urge me to vote for Obama. I've had zero ...
plumbobb 03/04/2008 11 9 - 1
Open letter to "new earth" creationist Paul Abramson
Here is a question I have about intelligent design that I didn't see answered on the FAQ of your website http://www.creationism.org/ I am an architect, and I have some experience with designing ...
plumbobb 02/16/2008 30 18 1 19
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