Saturday, January 21, 2017

Quote of the Day: President Trump Edition

"I did try and fuck her. She was married. I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn't get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she's now got the big phony tits and everything. She's totally changed her look. I've got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful – I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."

President Donald Trump

I hear people say that the Russian hacking, conflicts of interests, allegations of sexual assault, and the sheer stupidity of Trump don't matter because he is he will President. The fact that Trump is President is why those thing matter.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Neil Young and Bob Dylan - Helpless + Knockin' on Heaven's Door

Two of my favorite Neil Young and Bob Dylan songs.

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Tampa Food Not Bombs Will Not Be Prosecuted

This press release came from State Attorney Andrew Warren's office.

Tampa, FL – Andrew Warren, the newly-elected State Attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County, will not prosecute volunteers from Tampa Food Not Bombs who were arrested for trespassing for feeding the homeless earlier this year. On January 7, 2017, seven volunteers were arrested for trespass for distributing food to the homeless in Lykes Gaslight Square Park, a Tampa-owned park, without the required city permit. The seven volunteers were issued notices to appear in court before a judge, at which time the case was referred to the State Attorney’s Office for prosecution. The first volunteer’s appearance was scheduled for January 18, 2017. Today, the State Attorney’s Office filed a Notice of Nolle Prosequi for the first of the trespassing arrests, which serves as a dismissal of the case. The State Attorney’s Office will dismiss the cases for the remaining six defendants after those appearances are scheduled.

Regarding his decision not to prosecute, Warren said, “My mission is to make our community safer while promoting justice and fairness for everyone. Prosecuting people for charitable work does not further that mission and is an inefficient use of government resources. Furthermore, our goal is to view each case not as a person to be prosecuted but as a problem to be solved. That is why we have spoken with the Tampa Police Department, members of Tampa City Council, the Mayor’s office, and the attorney for Tampa Food Not Bombs in order to facilitate a resolution, and we commend them for working together to find a sensible solution. We will not prosecute the trespassing charges so long as the Tampa Food Not Bombs organization willingly participates in reaching a resolution to this matter and remains non-violent.”

Andrew Warren was sworn-in as the State Attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, serving Hillsborough County, on January 3, 2017, after being elected on November 8, 2016. He was previously a federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice in Tampa, FL, and Washington, DC, and earned multiple accolades from the Justice Department and federal law enforcement agencies for his prosecution of complex white collar crime, including the 2013 Attorney General Award for Trial Litigation. A native of Gainesville, FL, Mr. Warren graduated from Brandeis University as a double-major in economics and political science before earning his J.D. from Columbia University Law School.

This is a good decision. It does not help Tampa's reputation to prosecute a charity organization attempting to feed the homeless. Sadly, downtown Tampa is filled with homeless people. The City of Tampa needs to address the housing situation for the homeless. There are simply not enough shelter beds for the homeless.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Explaining a Nightmare

[This is a guest post from your fav estranged guest-blogger, tas.]

So. What happened? Though difficult, I'm going to avoid delving into emotions and report the numbers. Just the facts.

(tl;dr version - Younger voters stayed home, older voters didn't; more white and black voters went Republican, but black voter turnout was down; and popularity of a third party / protest vote exploded.)

In 2008, 129.1 million Americans voted. I estimate that, after all of the votes for 2016 have been counted, 134.9 million Americans voted. Trump's victory can't be explained by voters staying home since this is a record turn out, so you have to look at who voted and how.

The only data we have on who voted and how are the exit polls. After this election, I don't know how much we can trust the polls... But it's the only data we've got.

Comparing the exit polls from 2008 and 2016, here's what stands out:

- In 2008, 74% of voters were white and 55% of them voted Republican. But in 2016, 70% of voters were white and 58% of them voted Republican.

- In 2008, 13% of voters were black and only 4% of them voted Republican. But in 2016, 12% of voters were black and 8% of them voted Republican.

- In 2008, 29% of voters were ages 30-44 and 46% of them voted Republican. But in 2016, only 25% of voters were ages 30-44 and 42% of them voted Republican.

- In 2008, 37% of voters were ages 45-64 and 49% of them voted Republican. But in 2016, 40% of voters were ages 45-64 and 53% of them voted Republican.

Also, outside of the exit polls, these raw vote statistics must be mentioned:

- In 2008, 1,624,296 votes went for third party candidates. But in 2016, I estimate that 6.341,285 votes went for third party candidates.

What does this mean? From this point, it's impossible to be objective but I'll do my best to be constructive.

1) Hillary didn't connect with voters. I say this under the ironic cloud of her probably winning the popular vote, but younger voters didn't turn out. Of those aged 30-44 voters who came out, 8% voted for third parties.

It's tough to say how many of those votes were siphoned from Hillary, since Gary Johnson won the majority of them and he ran on a conservative platform.

2) Voter turnout among black communities was down. This is likely a result of the Voter Rights Act of 1965 being rescinded. Indeed, before Election Day, North Carolina GOP officials were bragging about suppressing early voting to keep turnout in black communities down.

There will be lots of accusations of racism, so it's important to note that this is not an accusation: it is empirical evidence of racism. Period.

3) Trump didn't do the best job of connecting with voters either. In 2008, with fewer total voters, Barack Obama won over 69 million votes. By contrast, in 2016 Trump will only get around 64 million votes despite higher voter turn out.

4) Young voters, aged 18-44, could have defeated Trump if they came out to vote. Hillary won more of their votes than Trump did, but the amount of the electorate they made up is down from 2008.

This doesn't answer any questions; probably raises a lot more inquiries. I just hope we have time to ponder those questions while facing down what is, essentially, the nightmare scenario of a Trump Presidency with a GOP controlled House and Senate.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Quote of the Day:Donald Trump Edition

"There’s never been anything like this, so go and register, make sure you get out and vote Nov. 28."

Donald Trump, at a rally in Panama City.

General election day is Tuesday, November 8. Trump's stupidity knows no bounds.

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Saturday, June 04, 2016

Quote of the Day: Muhammad Ali

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Quote of the Day: Hillary Clinton Edition

"That’s right. And I feel like my political beliefs are rooted in the conservatism that I was raised with. I don’t recognize this new brand of Republicanism that is afoot now, which I consider to be very reactionary, not conservative in many respects. I am very proud that I was a Goldwater girl."

Hillary Clinton, in a 1996 NRP interview.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Rick Scott Meets An Angry Constituient

A woman in a downtown Gainesville Starbucks unloads on Gov. Rick Scott for refusing to expand Medicaid. Scott makes a hasty retreat for the exit. Scott claims to the woman that he created a million jobs. Scott has yet to provide empirical evidence that his policies have created job.

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