commented on The Clinton Campaign Is Courting the Christian Left, Which Hasn't Really Existed Since Reagan
The cynical back-stabbing of Jimmy Carter by Falwell, Graham and Robertson at the behest of Reagan's cronies is one of the more disgusting episodes of US electoral politics. Carter is by almost any measure the most Christian man to be POTUS in the 20th century. Reagan only visited a church for photo ops, and his "denomination" doesn't really exist in America. (Where is the Dutch Reformed church in your town?)
The Fundamentalist movement was co-opted by such quixotic dreams of ending abortion and restoring mandatory school prayer, goals that are by their nature oppressive. When bible-humpers talk about "religious freedom", they really mean "freedom to oppress". Of course, you really couldn't expect that crowd to act honestly, as their entire worldview is based on a childish belief in magic. There is always a magic explanation that makes them right every time.
commented on Why Is There a Surveillance Tower Outside CenturyLink Stadium?
Even though there is a door on this thing, it really doesn't look like it's designed for someone to sit inside with a rifle. That would be pretty silly. It's just a giant sensor array, kind of like a ground level AWACS. They are most likely using it for facial recognition in large crowds and other monitoring. Given the large crowds expected in the area, this seems rather practical and should give people a greater sense of security.
commented on Primary Ballots Are Due Tomorrow and Turnout Is Depressing as Hell so Far
@10 Going to assume that you meant county councils instead of county legislatures, because one is a thing and the other sounds like a nightmare.
I will also add to the "voter fatigue" argument. When you have ballots every 3 months, they become much easier to ignore, especially if it's only for a school levy and you don't have kids. I vote in each one mostly to be sure the GOP doesn't try to challenge my registration.
commented on Washington State Fines Volkswagen $176 Million Over False Emissions Reporting
This is Phase 4 of the VW pain in America. They've worked out Phase 1, buying off the Feds. They are also having to buy off their dealers (Phase 2) and the individual owners (Phase 3). The states have their own regulations, which is going to make Phase 4 really painful when California comes after them.
Then they get to deal with Phase 5, the holdouts. The environmental lawyers from Santa Monica who bought these cars specifically to bolster their green credentials and in turn had their reputations tainted. They are going to want their grandstanding day in court, and VW has already admitted guilt.
Too bad Congress is so dysfunctional right now, or VW could have spent about $1billion on immunity legislation instead. Odd the Germans didn't think of the NRA solution.