Shut up.

“These are not scare tactics,” said Assemblywoman Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, who heads the Assembly Budget Committee. “This is real. This is not a drill.”

If that’s true, it’s the mess that has been made of this state by a Cultic Republican party and a Democratic Party that would rather consolidate its power through a few interest groups than actually do anything. Keeping the same broken system in place is the name of the game in California politics.

So don’t be surprised if the voters reject just about every prop in this sham election. Send us something with real reform, until then, no more band-aids.

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California: No, No, No, No, No, and No.

Propositions 1A-1F are shams.

They are all behind in the polls. The few people that are paying attention are paying attention because we’re being told to support these laws not because they are going to fix things long term, but because it’s the “best they could do.” We’re sick of it. It’s not going to work.

People recognize the government is broken in California. I think more and more people are coming to recognize that it’s the proposition/initiative system that has broken it. That’s why I almost always vote no on anything, but this time, it would just be enabling the Legislature’s repeated fuckups.

Just say no, no, no, no, no, and no.

This is a stickup: Health Care or Climate Change

According to TPM, some “centrist” Dems have told Pelosi it’s one or the other. She has to pick health care. It will get the economy going again and into a place where people more open. The thing about climate change is that the legislation that enables it is likely to be something that costs seats in Congress. That’s not a reason not to do it, but it’s a reason to do it second. Especially since I think doing it second will pass a stronger bill.

Our civilization is in fact in decline when we have to make these absurd choices, but we do.

Maine is gay.

Maine “legalizes” gay marriage without Courts. Just by legislature.

I’m really starting to wonder now if the California Supremes are going to sustain Prop 8. I’m not sure there’s a principled legal argument for doing so, but I’m not really sure that has ever stopped the California Supreme Court.

Specter Won't Support…

…much of the Democrats agenda, he revealed today. The last hope for this guy is that he votes no on things while sustaining cloture, otherwise, let’s go Sestak.

As Long as We Are Talking Identity Politcs with the New Justice

How about a Native American? Given the unique and unusual relationship that American Indians have with the Federal government as citizens of various derivations of quasi-separate nations, a Native could provide a valuable perspective to the SCOTUS’ ruminations.

I have no idea if there is an able Native justice out there, but since there will be an element of “just because” to this selection then you might as well go with a Local.

Also, I welcome the inevitable Conservatron hyperventilating and projectile vomit of fnords over whoever Obama selects. Please let them fool themselves into believing that a proxy fight over whatever wedge issues no one cares about anymore is their way out of the wilderness. This is just proof positive that there is no need to take them seriously for now.