Here's a current example of how special interests have corrupted the CA initiative process for the past 20 years. It is just a fantasy to have a public discussion on the actual merits of a proposition.
"The 5 rules on how to kill a consumer-friendly initiative
California's initiative process can shine a bright light on how money and influence work their magic in American politics.
Arkansas annually battles Mississippi for the number one spot in the race to be the poorest state in the union. It also has a very high stupidity quotient approaching that of Mississippi as well. So if you're Tom Cotton, GOP Koch lapdog candidate for the senate, you blast Obama incessantly in your speeches and debates. It's the path to victory amongst the racist ignorant electorate.
Ferguson, MO is in the suburbs of St. Louis, MO. I was born in St. Louis and spent some of my childhood in the city. I remember the 3rd district police department, of south St. Louis, had a reputation of violence, corruption and all around criminal behavior; however, I don’t remember 3rd district police shooting unarmed suspects, back during my childhood in the early to mid-80’s. I’m sure it happen, but the frequency and open justification of state violence is a more recent national development within the last 30 years.
From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation news service:
The vaccine, which was developed by scientists at the Public Health Agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, will be tested on 20 healthy volunteers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Md.
The clinical trials at Walter Reed were announced by Canada's Minister of Health.
The Canadian Parliament is certifiably Teabag-free.
He couldn't hold his breath any longer? Treading water with one hand while you hold your nose with the other is only a trick for the young? Maybe he needed a booster shot of gamma globulin? I think it's a domino like gay marriage. Ted Cruz ought to be out soon like Waldo, if a microphone is on hand.
"Media Cry Foul as Obama Attacks Freedom of the Press", October 12, 14 Jessica Desvarieux
I saw an interesting statement on my wanderings on the internet....a suggestion that if private schools were made illegal, the power elite utilizing them would fix the failing educational system.
I tend to agree.
Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"
If no one's ever read Himmler's Pozen speech to the SS justifying the mass murder of the Jews as noble... it's a perfect example of a key defect in the human mind. The road to hell is paved with True Believers. From http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/HimmlerPosen.html
I start this thread with some reservations... because I expect to find some unplesant attacks when I come back from vacation. (Maybe I'll cheat and peak in... even if the boss will kill me.)
I sometimes suspect that much of what we think... and that goes for partisans and True Believers of all stripes, goes unexamined for various reasons... and we absorb many beliefs through osmosis from fellow travelers.
Digging through boxes of old books on politics I found my copy of Report From Iron Mountain on the Possibility and Desirability of Peace.
The book came out in 1967, purportedly written by think tank, a group of 15 men whose names remain secret... and so was the report to be. From Wikipedia...
I've excerpted some highlights.
"Americans for Prosperity builds political machine
It's a strategy playing out in New England diners, Midwest truck stops and West Coast cafes: conservative organizers train and send out thousands of volunteers holding an iPad and an interest in helping fellow activists shift America's politics to the right.
Soldiers smuggle immigrants: Fort Hood soldiers smuggling aliens across border?
If I were to pose the question, which federal agencies are involved with housing assistance, i wonder how many people would or could answer the question. In addition to HUD, there are also U.S.D.A. Rural Development and the Internal Revenue Service, which gives tax credits to a limited number of landlords who own multi-family buildings where the income of the residents is inquired about and limited to people within a cetain range.