Archive for April, 2009

I Guess My Hysteria About the Swine Flu Might Be Wrong

Yesterday, I posted a frentic post on a Yahoo Group that was stating that Elysium Arts and Music Festival was going to be cancelled because of the swine flu. Elysium Arts and Music is a three day arts and music festival held on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in mid-june.

Continue Reading April 30, 2009 at 9:40 pm Leave a comment

The GOP Self-Destructs

The dogfight in the Republican party has began over Arlen Specter. The Politico reports

Faced with a high-profile defection and the prospect of political irrelevance in the Senate, Republicans took off the gloves Wednesday for a ferocious game of finger-pointing.

Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch and George Voinovich blamed the Club for Growth for imposing a right-wing litmus test that chased Arlen Specter out of the Republican Party. The Club for Growth blamed Specter — first for helping to ruin the GOP and then for leaving it. A leading Republican strategist blamed the party for turning its back on moderates. Sen. Lindsey Graham sniped at Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. Specter’s pollster blamed the stimulus bill. Karl Rove blamed Specter himself.

And the National Republican Senatorial Committee set about trying to taint Specter among Pennsylvania Democrats by reminding them that he was once aligned with Republican President George W. Bush.

In the nasty game of Who Lost Specter, only Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell seemed to go unscathed — although his pain

will come as he tries to lead a caucus that is likely to be too small to stand in the way of anything the Democrats want to do.

Specter decided to switch parties after concluding that there was no way he could beat former Rep. Pat Toomey in next year’s Republican primary. That made the Club for Growth — the free-market group Toomey once led — a fat target for Republican ire Wednesday, and both Hatch and Voinovich took aim”

The further implosion of the Republican continues. The party has became a shell of when it was a real party in 1994. Now, I watching and waiting as other destroy itself.

April 30, 2009 at 7:48 pm Leave a comment

Alabama Cancels High School Sporting Events and It May Future Cancellations for Weekend Trips in Juine

AL.com reports that the swine flue has made it to Alabama. The people in Alabama are very serious about this swine flu outbreak.

Very serious. Like postponing all high school as reported by ESPN. This thing is really starting get to be quite serious. I do not think this will be another 1918 but it will be quite serious and quite a few deaths will result.

For some reason, I have this fear that several events that I have planned in June such an AA convention in Palm Springs and Elysium might be cancelled because of this pandemic. If Alabama is cancelling high school sporting events, than my fears could be true.

April 30, 2009 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

Microsoft Access

How long does it damn database to a sum a table?

April 29, 2009 at 9:44 pm Leave a comment

Bonehead Remarks By Another Republican

Politico reports

“North Carolina Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx  is questioning whether the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay University of Wyoming student, was a bias attack motivated by his sexual orientation. 
Shepard’s mother Judy was in the gallery at the time, according to a senior Democratic aide.
The socially conservative Foxx, arguing against a new Democratic hate crimes bill that includes new protections for gays and lesbians, described the description of Shepard’s murder as a anti-homosexual attack a “hoax” — and questioned whether prior bias crime legislation should have been named after him”

Do these people ever get it? Why do they resort to making statements based on faulty conclusions. This guy is fodder for Olbermann’s Worst Person in the World.
 

April 29, 2009 at 9:34 pm Leave a comment

Bonehead Remarks By Another Republican

orth Carolina Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx  is questioning whether the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay University of Wyoming student, was a bias attack motivated by his sexual orientation. 
Shepard’s mother Judy was in the gallery at the time, according to a senior Democratic aide.
The socially conservative Foxx, arguing against a new Democratic hate crimes bill that includes new protections for gays and lesbians, described the description of Shepard’s murder as a anti-homosexual attack a “hoax” — and questioned whether prior bias crime legislation should have been named after him.
 

April 29, 2009 at 9:33 pm Leave a comment

Arlen Specter

The Chicago Tribune reports

“Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania is switching parties and plans to seek reelection next year as a Democrat, in the meantime likely handing the Democrats a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
Specter’s switch could hand the Democrats a 60-seat advantage in theSenate, provided that Al Franken of Minnesota prevails in hiscourt-fight for a long-contested Senate election there. However,Specter said today that he will not become an “automatic” 60th vote toclose debates in the Senate”

Arlen Specter will be another Ben Nelson. Ben Nelson was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, and is now the leading conservative Democrat in the Senate.

Ben Nelson sets himself to be a powerbroker in the party. To get any major legislation passed, you need this guy and Specter’s approval but you can bypass the obstructionist GOP now.

I think him and Nelson can be a good check for the party without resorting going to the GOP who will want to tear any progressive measures out of the legislation. There will be little need to get any Republican support on future legislation.

April 28, 2009 at 6:47 pm Leave a comment

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