I got an interesting email today from GOOOH (pronounced "Go"), an aspiring new political party whose full name is The "Get Out of our House" Party. The group claims that its party is non-partisan, and that they expect each Congressional district to elect a true Representative member - more liberal from San Francisco and more conservative from Colorado Springs.
Their major goal is to replace all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives with members of their group who can truthfully pass their candidate questionnaire. Here is an example of some of their questions - perhaps a good idea of what their platform will become:
Will you vote to amend the Constitution to exclude people with a law degree from serving in the House of Representatives?
Will you vote to exclude a plaintiff’s legal representative from receiving any portion of a punitive award and split the payment between the plaintiff and charity?
Will you vote to impose a penalty of life in prison, or death, for anyone convicted of selling drugs to a minor, excepting only to reduce the sentence to twenty years if information is provided that leads to the conviction of their supplier?
Will you vote to multiply by ten the prison sentence of those convicted of possessing drugs that are not willing to provide information that leads to the conviction of their supplier?
Will you vote to legalize marijuana?
Will you vote to privatize government initiatives, including at least one of the following: national parks, highways, mail, licensing or the airwaves?
Will you vote to limit the amount of foreign aid provided to any one country, in any year, to a maximum of 10,000 times the median income ($460 million), and to only allow a country to receive funds for a maximum of two years in any five year period, excepting those nations in a declared war with a foreign enemy or a genocidal situation?
Will you vote to limit foreign aid to ten or less countries in any year?
Will you vote to eliminate all government price and production controls, including abolishment of the minimum wage?
The group plans to have potential candidates complete the questionnaire and submit it along with a $100 contribution, and attend a "candidate selection session", where the process will begin.
"Politicians" and Lawyers are NOT invited to participate.
Based in Liberty Hill, TX, the group is currently incorporated in Texas as an LLC. The group's website says:
We are currently structured as an LLC while we prepare to implement the most effective legal structure (527, trust, corporation, non-profit, etc.) and determine how to best meet FEC requirements. We want participants and donors to have complete confidence in the system, and we commit that the operation will be fully transparent. We will post information on the final structure as soon as we can, and will address any concerns members may have in the forums.
Presumably the group would be required to form a federal PAC before raising or spending more than $5,000. It would be a shame to see the fledgling party get tangled up with F.E.C. problems before it can really get off the ground.
For what it's worth, I think it's noble to try to shake things up and get money and partisan politics pushed out in favor of public service and representative democracy. I personally think the best way that I can do that is to work from within the Democratic Party. The GOOOH questions seem to me to be a bit extreme. While I do favor reforms in the way that our Congress works, most of the specific proposals are just "out there".
Just for fun, I may take the quiz - as someone who was an exploratory candidate for Congress for all of a week before deciding it just wasn't right. Could be fun. What do you think?
My kids continually amaze me with the things they'll say sometimes. You wonder where they get some of it.
Anyhow, we were watching the evening news one night this week, and a report came on about Duane Chapman ("Dog", the Bounty Hunter) who recently lost his TV show after a recording of some racist remarks was published by the tabloids.
If you've ever watched the show and seen Dog's wife, she is - shall we say - rather LARGE CHESTED. I mean if there's such a thing as a triple-G bra, she'd probably bust it.
So when they showed her briefly on TV, my wife muttered something like "Daaaamn!" My oldest son, who is 9 years old saw it and said "Alriiiiight!" My wife turned to glare at him, and with the biggest grin on his face he said "I just want to suck 'em". I think both of our jaws dropped as he scampered out of the room but it was really hard for me not to laugh.
I told him he's not supposed to say that out loud, if that's what he's thinking.
Mike, did you read this bill at all? ENDA as the bill was called is meant to protect employees from discrimination based on the fact that they are gay or trans-sexual. As it is right now, an employer can fire someone who does a good job at work just because the employer finds out that the person happens to be gay. We're not talking about workplace behavior, such as the lewd things your Republican colleagues keep getting busted at.
I'd like someone to name me ONE JOB outside of religious work where being heterosexual is a BFOQ - Bona Fide Occupational Qualification. Adult film actor, perhaps? Is Burgess trying to protect that industry?
SEN. BIDEN: I would pledge to keep us safe. If you told me, Tim -- and this is not -- this is complicated stuff. We talk about this in isolation. The fact of the matter is the Iranians may get 2.6 kilograms of highly enriched uranium; the Pakistanis have hundreds, thousands of kilograms of highly enriched uranium.
If by attacking Iran to stop them from getting 2.6 kilograms of highly enriched uranium, the government in Pakistan falls, who has missiles already deployed, with nuclear weapons on them, that can already reach Israel, already reach India, then that's a bad bargain.
Presidents make wise decisions informed not by a vacuum in which they operate, by the situation they find themselves in the world. I will do all in my power to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, but I will never take my eye off the ball.
What is the greatest threat to the United States of America: 2.6 kilograms of highly enriched uranium in Tehran or an out of control Pakistan? It's not close.
Folks, pay attention to what's happening in Pakistan. We have an Islamic dictator barely in control of a government with nukes. It's not the time to play cowboy in the region.
This will be of little interest except to other bloggers, and perhaps regular victims.. er, readers of WhosPlayin.
October site statistics for WhosPlayin.com showed that by ALL metrics, October's web traffic surpassed all records: - Unique Visitors: 5,999 (previous record of 5,926 in June) - Number of Visits: 13,922 (previous record of 11,065 in Sept.) - Page Views: 85,143 (previous record 47,094 in Sept.) - Hits: 295,377 (previous record of 190,167 in June) - Bandwidth: 2.99 GB (previous record of 2.5 GB in June)
The factors I attribute this to are a small rise in regular readership that seems to grow month over month, as well as a lot of search engine traffic. It's really interesting to see the things that people search for.
One problem we've been having is an increase in comment spam. At its peak, I was getting upwards of 1000 comment spams per day. It's let up a bit lately since I banned a lot of IPs and have been pretty vigilant about not allowing it. I worry sometimes that I might have deleted a substantive comment or two. Further, the spam skews the traffic numbers a bit - mostly in total hits, pages, and bandwidth, not so much in number of visitors.
One thing that I find both amusing and frustrating is that my non-political posts get a lot more traffic than my political ramblings, which although not as fun to write, I've sort of considered more important.
For instance, we recently picked up a #1 Google ranking on a particular search term. I'm sure that the folks who make their livings selling the quackery that I attacked in my post are quite frustrated that this blog calls it a waste of money.
So, as I've mentioned before, this blog is something I do just for fun. You might even call it therapy, I suppose. I must have a creative outlet. I'd love to be able to make writing a job, but knowing myself as I do, I can't help but think that I'd get easily bored with it, and it would become a chore.
One thing I've noticed is that the more I write about the political crap that pisses me off, the more anger I carry around. I've been told that my best writing is on subjects where I can speak with some positivity. I'm going to work on that. I want to write more about science too. Specifically, I want to write more about how the lack of good science education in this country is putting us all in a tight spot and causing too many consumers to fall for junk science and scams.
Stay tuned, and thanks for making it a record-setting month for us. Don't be a stranger now, okay? I want to see some comments now and then. If you've registered and not received a login, please shoot me an email.
These have got to be the biggest rat turds I've ever seen! I stepped back with a good mixture of both fear and disgust at the sight of what appeared to be dozens of turds behind my bed when I pulled it out from the wall to clean behind it. As I stepped back, I was mentally preparing an escape route in case the maker of these turds should come scampering out. Simultaneously, I was subconciously locating the 12 gauge shotgun and ammunition just in case I had to dispatch what I expected would have been a Shetland-pony-sized rat that dropped these things.
I quickly abandoned the thought of grabbing my shotgun and decided instead to get a paper towel to scoop up the turds with. When I carefully knelt down to get them, keeping an eye out for the monster that left them, I realized that they weren't turds at all. Nope - raisins. Apparently one of the kids must have spilled a box behind my bed. I don't know how.
It's embarrassing to admit that my house is currently dirty enough that I would think for even a second that I could possibly have a rat living and crapping under my bed. I think I'm going to clean more often. In fact, that's what I should be doing right now. I'd better get back to it!
(Humbly submitted for your Pulitzer consideration)
Update: Jesus Carrillo decided to run for State Representative instead. We'll post more on that soon.
We received the following release this morning from Denton County resident, Jesus Carrillo, who is throwing his hat in the ring for the 2008 Texas Railroad Commissioner race.
My name is Jesus Carrillo and I am running for the position of Texas Railroad Commissioner in 2008. Therefore, I will file with the Texas Democratic Party as a candidate for office. I was born and raised in Corpus Christi Texas. I have worked in the petroleum and utility industry in Texas. I have a Technical Degree in Aviation Science from Hallmark Institute of Aeronautics, San Antonio Texas. I have been in the airline industry for 17 years as an FAA license Aviation Maintenance Technician and a Transport Workers Union of America member.
I am married and my wife is a nurse. I have three children, my son attends Texas Tech University and, my youngest daughter is in the Texas Army National Guard and attends college. My eldest daughter works for a brokerage firm in Houston Texas. I was a former Chairman for the Planning and Zone Board for the Town of Ponder, as well as Planning and Zoning Commissioner for the Town of Ponder.
I grew up, during my childhood years, across the street from refineries; I know what a gas explosion felt like when your house shook. Now, I live in the middle of the Barnett Shale gas drilling boom. I live with the noise and air pollution, with the noise all night as the trucks and the drilling rigs operate behind your home. I know what the communities are living with and their drinking water issues.
That is why I know that I am the person for the job of Railroad Commissioner. The time has come to make the change. It’s time for us to start caring about safety within our communities and work place. I’m the person for the job to make the change within the Texas Railroad Commission.
Jesus Carrillo for Texas Railroad Commissioner
Jesus Carrillo 322 Meadow Drive Ponder, Texas 76259 Cell: (contact the webmaster if you'd like this)