atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#2299: Somebody tell Rove to STFU

Karl Rove was the political advisor who helped George W. Bush win and retain the White House. This was a critical win for America, because the alternatives were Gore and Kerry, and a scant two years of Obama have already shown us what those guys would have been like, had they won.

But now Rove is on the wrong side of the debate.

Karl Rove worked for a country-club Republican. George Bush--while better than the alternative--is still Democrat Lite; and Karl Rove is too.

Karl Rove is part of the problem facing the GOP today.

The GOP lost control of Congress in 2006 in part because George W. Bush and Karl Rove and the GOP leadership were all trying to be Democrat Lite.

Instead of, you know, actually being Republicans or something.

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In that vein comes this other post from Michelle Malkin. Actually she's plugging a book, here, called Red State Uprising, that actually looks as if it might be a good read.

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Vox Day on the failings of police.
...West Point graduate and military vet Erik Scott was murdered in public while shopping at Costco with his girlfriend by three Las Vegas police officers. Without offering any provocation or protest, he was Tasered, then shot seven times, four times in the back as he lay on the ground dying. His crime? He was a Concealed Carry Weapons license holder and was legally carrying a gun that he never brandished or even attempted to draw.

This police execution was carried out in the full view of many eyewitnesses and was recorded by several of Costco's security cameras. Needless to say, the video footage as well as the hard drives were immediately confiscated by the police. The public has not been permitted access to any of it. The Las Vegas police are now claiming that the video footage, which only they have seen, is useless for the purposes of determining what happened. The lying blue line is in full throat, with the police captain telling transparent lies that are directly contradicted by witnesses and the dispatcher's audiotape.
Too many cops think that any citizen with a gun is automatically a criminal, because "why do you need a gun if you're not planning to commit a crime?"

Sadly, too many cops think that way: you're carrying a weapon; you must be about to commit a crime. You're refusing to allow me to enter your home and look around; you have something to hide. You're driving past a closed business after 11 PM; you must be up to no good.

The cops involved in this need to be fired and they need to be prosecuted for murder. But they probably won't be, because the police have confiscated all the evidence and you can expect it either to get lost or damaged beyond usability.

There really needs to be independent, civilian oversight of police--not just the city council or local governing body, but a commission which has the power to investigate misconduct, fire police officers, and recommend prosecution. One of the critical rules for this commission must be that no commissioner has ever been a police officer.

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Despite the fact that Carter was a disaster for the US, the news media thinks he was wonderful. Of course they do. There's that little "(D)" after his name.

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The MGC.

Yes, MG had another model after the "B". It was a 6-cylinder version of the B, essentially. Not many people outside of the LBC* community have heard of it.

These days you can cram a Fiero's 2.8 V6 into an MGB and get more power and torque than the MGC got from its straight 6. (Better yet, a 1995 Camaro 3.4, because it breathes better than the Fiero's engine does.) And the Fiero engine even weighs about the same as the B's four. And fuel injected, so you don't have to mess around with multiple shitty SU carbs.

*little british car

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I have to run a few errands today; and this week Mom has doc appointments. Sometime or other the damn grocery shopping's got to get done, too. And I've still got to install the wiper motor and see if I can get that working.

Not to mention, it must be said, the trailer hitch for the Jeep.

(Wait, is that a contradiction? "Not to mention, it must be said,"? Well, I don't really care. I routinely read worse.)

Since I haven't even had breakfast yet, I'd better get it in gear.

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