The Rude Pundit rips Kentucky’s Democrat for Senate

I just had to see if anything was pissing of the Rude Pundit recently (the language, as usual is NSFW):

Look, you can cavil all you want about Kentucky Democratic Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes’s refusal to answer whether or not she voted for Barack Obama. You can sit there all self-satisfied and pat yourself on the fuckin’ back that you support the sanctity of the secret ballot and that, really, it’s not all that important that she answer. You can pretend all you want that Grimes is correct to stand on principle or that, if she said that she voted for Obama, it would be used in attack ads endlessly by that unrepentant, smug cuntface, Mitch McConnell. You know that it’s far, far more important that McConnell refuses to say if he thinks climate change is human-caused or that Kynect, Kentucky’s Obamacare exchange, would be harmed if you got rid of Obamacare, something the governor of Kentucky ripped McConnell for. That’s shit that affects the daily lives of Kentuckians, not what Grimes did in a voting booth.
But you know in your heart of hearts that what you’re really thinking is “Oh, fuck, Grimes, just fucking answer the motherfucking question.” Because, see, you know what else makes a good ad? Grimes hemming and hawing about her vote, looking like she just got caught drinking milk out of the gallon jug. And you know that that’s what’s gonna get the headline after a debate because the media isn’t allowed to say that climate change is real and that you’re a goddamn moron or a lying sack of shit if you say otherwise.
Nice to know I’m not the only one waiting for this Democrat to act like a Democrat.
By the way, the headline on this Rude Pundit piece is:

The exception is Wendy Davis in Texas, who’s being criticized for fighting back. But Wendy is right, and Alison is wrong. At least Wendy acts like a Democrat should act.

Election Day, a month early

earlyvoting720Since I’m not going to be in the state I’m registered to vote in on Election Day (the first Tuesday in November), I went to the local county offices yesterday and filled out an early ballot.

Early voting is allowed in Kentucky beginning in late September and goes through Election Day if you provide clerks your identification and tell them where you’re going to be on Election Day.

The Kentucky ballot was pretty long, a couple of inches longer than the size of a legal sheet of paper with candidates to select on both sides. The first side consisted of the major elections, most of which had party affiliations, while the reverse side was made up of a non-partisan slate of candidates, mostly for judicial appointments.

On the side with the partisan races, there’s a slot that allows you to just vote a straight party line, so you don’t have to go through the dozens of names and select each candidates. But I was feeling surly and was driven to go to each name and mark my choice, a visceral response because each time it was an affirmation where I could say; “I have a choice, and I’m specifically voting against you because you stand for a venal, racist, sexist, murderous, greedy, fear-mongering bunch of bastards.”

So I ended up voting the party line.

The non-partisan side of the ballot was more difficult. Personally, I believe that if you’re running for office, you are partisan, so you should list your party affiliation so I know whether to vote for you or not. So, I’m guessing that somewhere along the way, I cast a vote for a venal, racist, sexist, murderous, greedy, fear-mongering bastard.

Or something like that.

Anyway, people who say they don’t vote because “politicians are all the same” or “it doesn’t make any difference” are worse than the people I voted against. It does matter. Decades ago, people were deprived of the right to vote because of their color. A century ago, women were deprived of the right to vote because of their gender. When this country was founded, people were deprived of the right to vote because they didn’t own property. Anyone who advocates the concept of constitutional originalism is specifically longs for a system that deprived a vast majority of the population of their voice in the governing of their country. Or putting it another way, they promote a government that is controlled by old, rich white guys.

So get out there and vote. If you’re not going to be in the place you’re registered to vote in on Election Day, get out their and vote early. If you don’t know where to go for an early vote, click here and find your state.

Is Ebola out of control?

The first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States was reported today in Texas. Time to pay attention (Via Vox).

And yes, it did not come in through Central American refugee children as your friends at Fox News were fear mongering a few weeks ago. It came from Africa, where it always has been.

If it’s in America that means it’s in other places we don’t know about yet. But for now, here’s your world Ebola map.

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There she is, so where’s her scholarship?

A couple of years ago, I had a post on the Miss America pageant, where I was sort of perturbed about the amount of money the pageant said it awarded to the winner.

I’m sure there are lovely prizes, but here’s what gets me. There’s a scholarship involved, and according to news reports, Miss America’s scholarship prize is  $50,000. I know that $50,000 is a lot of money, but as the parent of a child in college, I also know that $50,000 isn’t going to cover costs over the four years it takes to graduate.

It seems like a minor complaint, but let’s break it down in terms of how the real world works.

If your kid is going to a state school and you’re a resident of the state, you probably pay $15,000 a year. That’s considered cheap for a college education, and a Miss America scholarship won’t carry you through graduation. If you’re going to a state school as an out-of-state resident, the cost will run you about $25,000 a year, so being Miss America gets you through your sophomore year. If you go to a private school, you’re talking $40,000 a year, so maybe you make it through freshman year and part of one semester. And if you go to an Ivy, you’re talking in excess of $50,000 a year, so maybe you make it through freshman year, and after that, you’re on your own.

About a week ago, John Oliver took a look at the Miss America pageant, and he’s sort of perturbed about the amount of money the pageant said it awarded overall:

I made my calculations on the back of an envelope. He called the IRS. That was impressive.

And he’s right about Donald Trump.

Republican outreach: Offensive as usual

This is happening in Wisconsin:

I wonder what the GOP’s vice presidential candidate for 2008 is doing?

This is why we should never listen to John McCain again, because he thought this woman was qualified to be president of the United States if he died in office (Via Talking Points Memo):

Sarah Palin’s camp has finally weighed in on the Alaska birthday party brawl that put the former Republican vice presidential nominee and her family back in the national spotlight this past week.

The website Real Clear Politics spoke to what it described as a “source close to the Palin family” who offered the Palins’ side of the physical, bloody altercation that took place on Sept. 6 at a house in Anchorage. The article said the source’s description “diverge[d] significantly” from what had been reported elsewhere, but the anonymous portrayal essentially confirmed the broad outlines of the fight, including that Sarah Palin herself was present and was shouting as it all went down.

On Friday, TPM published a detailed account of the brawl based on reports from several news outlets as well as our own reporting. Two named eyewitnesses reported seeing the former Alaska governor at the party, including one who said he saw Palin’s husband Todd, son Track, and daughter Bristol were involved in multiple melees with other party guests that night. One anonymous source said Sarah Palin was “nearly crawling on top of people” while screaming and shouting profanities.

Stay tuned for the next episode of “Real Housewives of Wasilla.”