Wednesday, November 29, 2006


A federal agency is set to recommend significant changes to specifications for electronic-voting machines next week, has learned.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is recommending that the 2007 version of the Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines (VVSG) decertify direct record electronic (DRE) machines.

According to an NIST paper to be discussed at a meeting of election regulators at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md., on Dec. 4 and 5, DRE vote totals cannot be audited because the machines are not software independent.

In other words, there is no means of verifying vote tallies other than by relying on the software that tabulated the results to begin with.

The machines currently in use are "more vulnerable to undetected programming errors or malicious code," according to the paper.

The NIST paper also noted that, "potentially, a single programmer could 'rig' a major election."

Will this be the straw to break the camel's back? Let's hope so.

So this explains the Jack Kelly's of the world

Are George W. Bush lovers certifiable?
November 23, 2006
By Andy Bromage

A collective “I told you so” will ripple through the world of Bush-bashers once news of Christopher Lohse’s study gets out.

Lohse, a social work master’s student at Southern Connecticut State University, says he has proven what many progressives have probably suspected for years: a direct link between mental illness and support for President Bush.

Lohse says his study is no joke. The thesis draws on a survey of 69 psychiatric outpatients in three Connecticut locations during the 2004 presidential election. Lohse’s study, backed by SCSU Psychology professor Jaak Rakfeldt and statistician Misty Ginacola, found a correlation between the severity of a person’s psychosis and their preferences for president: The more psychotic the voter, the more likely they were to vote for Bush.

But before you go thinking all your conservative friends are psychotic, listen to Lohse’s explanation.

“Our study shows that psychotic patients prefer an authoritative leader,” Lohse says. “If your world is very mixed up, there’s something very comforting about someone telling you, ‘This is how it’s going to be.’” - Link

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Ben Sargent

Monday, November 27, 2006

Jack Kelly - please go away

With the morbid curiosity of one who slows down to catch a glimpse of an auto accident I can't help every now and then, to read a Jack Kelly column. The latest is titled "Beware Iraq's neighbors." He hasn't changed a bit, I guess he missed the election or hasn't read the latest polls. From his column, here's a little bit of his neocon smut:

We are at war with Islamic extremism,
which is by no means restricted by the borders of Iraq. Many in the Democratic Party think we can quit the war in Iraq at little cost to ourselves, as we did in Vietnam 30 years ago. But this is a war that will follow us home.

Our enemies hate us because we are not like them, and they will go on trying to kill us unless we become like them, whether we are in Iraq or not. They cannot be appeased. We can destroy them, or let ourselves be destroyed by them. There are no other choices.

Yak, yak, yak ....same old talking points.

Let me just ask, Jack aren't you tired of being wrong and/or stupid? There's a history here. Let's take a walk down memory lane, and read some of your past brilliance.
Many in my generation get misty-eyed when JFK is mentioned. Bush could be for Generations X and Y what Kennedy was for us. - How Bush could be Generations X and Y's Kennedy ... and guarantee a GOP victory in the midterm elections, Jan. 21, 2002

But the key to victory is a regime change in Iraq. If that occurs, it is likely that other terror-supporting nations can be induced to mend their ways without resort to military force.
If Saddam Hussein were replaced by a quasi-democratic, sort of pro-Western government, then Iran would be flanked on either side by relatively free countries. This could bring about a regime change from within. - Don't rule out a quick victory --- even if prez says otherwise, Feb. 25, 2002

Should we fight Saddam Hussein now? Or should we wait until after he attacks us with nuclear weapons and kills millions of Americans? This is, astoundingly, an agonizing question for many liberals. - Saddam's American friends, April 8, 2002

Sen. Tom Daschle D-S.D., and Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., are a lot like Yasser Arafat. They launch terror attacks from ambush. When their attacks go awry, they deny ever having intended to do anyone harm. - Political terrorists, May 23, 2002

There is one other way in which war might be averted. It is the way preferred by the French, the Russians, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and many American liberals, and it would have tragic consequences for the United States. This is that Saddam will again successfully play the game of rope a dope with weapons inspectors that he has played for lo these many years, with the compliance of UN weenies who would just as soon see no evil. War would be delayed past the season for campaigning. The international coalition against Iraq would fizzle. Support for military action against Iraq in America would decline.

A number of conservative commentators have warned of this possibility, and it can't be ruled out. But I think the odds on it happening are infinitesimally small. Pundits Left and Right continue to underestimate the will and the wisdom of George W. Bush. - Why war with Iraq can be averted, Nov. 25, 2002

The French and the Germans consider themselves morally and intellectually superior to Americans generally, and to our "cowboy" president in particular. But they exceed us only in their arrogance, cowardice, and short-sighted greed. - The "Axis of Weasels," Feb. 3, 2003

But viewed in historical perspective, things in Iraq are pretty good, and getting better. The insurgents are a tiny — and dwindling — minority. Most of the country is at peace. Nobody is starving. Signs of reviving economic activity are everywhere. In no country in the Arab world are Americans as popular as they are in Iraq. - Blackout on progress in Iraq? 9/24/2003

The people who predicted that Afghanistan and the assault on Baghdad would be a "quagmires" are now telling you the insurgency in Iraq is growing. - Prez needs to adapt Nixon's Vietnamization program to Iraq, Jan. 17, 2005

The likely elevation of Howard (the Scream) Dean to the chair of the Democratic National Committee indicates many Democrats think they haven't been rude and confrontational and extreme enough.

But if Democrats obstruct just for the sake of obstruction — if the Loyal Opposition becomes the disloyal and distasteful opposition — the Democrats likely will be the Opposition for a long, long time to come. - Are the Democrats trying to lose the black vote? Jan. 31, 2005

It will be some months before the news media recognize it, and a few months more before they acknowledge it, but the war in Iraq is all but won. The situation is roughly analogous to the battle of Iwo Jima, which took place 60 years ago this month. It took 35 days before the island was declared secure, but the outcome was clear after day five, with the capture of Mt. Suribachi. - Jack Kelly: All but won, February 27, 2005

Jack Kelly:
I would say that it’s going very well and really a little better than we could have expected under the circumstances. From what I understand the amount of progress that we have made in just a bit over two years is astounding with all things considered. - The Jack Kelly Interview, 6/6/2005

Aren't you even a little bit embarrassed? How about an apology for your contribution to this mess we're stuck in.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

looks like there is someone who's going to miss man-on-dog after all

Leaked Drug Company Memo: Santorum Loss "Creates A Big Hole We Will Need To Fill"..."We Now Have Fewer Allies In The Senate"...

Let the tears flow...

Blood Money

UPDATE 2-Carlyle group plans $5.5 bln bid for Taiwan's ASE

By Sinead Carew and Sheena Lee

NEW YORK/TAIPEI, Nov 24 (Reuters) - A private equity consortium led by The Carlyle Group [CYL.UL] is planning to make a $5.5 billion bid for the world's biggest microchip packaging firm, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) (2311.TW: Quote, Profile, Research) (ASX.N: Quote, Profile, Research), the companies said on Friday.

Gee....I wonder where the Carlyle Group got all that cash. Looks like the Iraq war has filled their coffers quite nicely (from William Rivers Pitt):

The Carlyle Group achieved national attention in the early days of the Iraq occupation, especially after Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" exposed the firm's umbilical ties to the Bush family and the House of Saud. For the uninitiated, Carlyle is a privately-owned equity firm organized and run by former members of the Reagan and Bush Sr. administrations.

Currently, Carlyle manages more than $44 billion in 42 different investment funds, which is an interesting fact in and of itself: Carlyle could lay claim to only a meager $12 billion in funds in December of 2001. Thanks to their ownership of United Defense Industries, a major military contractor that sells a whole galaxy of weapons systems to the Pentagon, Carlyle's profits skyrocketed after the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Some notable present and former employees of Carlyle include former president George H.W. Bush, who resigned in 2003; James Baker III, Bush Sr.'s secretary of state and king fixer; and George W. Bush, who served on Carlyle's board of directors until his run for the Texas governorship. One notable former client of Carlyle was the Saudi BinLaden Group, which sold its investment back to the firm a month after the September 11 attacks. Until the October 2001 sellout, Osama bin Laden himself had a financial interest in the same firm that employed the two presidents Bush.

It's time to outlaw war profiteering, Alica at Hooterville has a good post up on this subject:

As in World War II, we need to take a stand - make war profiteering illegal. President Roosevelt said, "I don't want to see a single war millionaire created in the United States as a result of this world disaster". Harry Truman referred to war profiteering as 'treason'. And in 1953, at the height of the Cold War, President Dwight Eisenhower, a real war hero, said, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."

Want to stop un-necessary war? Don't allow corporations to make a profit from the blood of our soldiers. And especially corporations controlled by former presidents and politicians.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

the Pentagon's proposed new Iraq war strategys explained by the General

Happy Thanksgiving

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Public financing of elections - the time is now

From Just 6$:

Congress would only have to spend $6 per citizen per year to publicly fund each and every election for the House, the Senate and the White House. When you consider that "pork barrel" projects cost every one of us more than $200 last year alone, it’s no contest.

Think of it. With public funding, wealthy special interests and their hired lobbyists would no longer have a commanding influence over our politics and government. Instead of begging for campaign donations, candidates would spend their time communicating with voters. Once elected, our leaders would be free to focus on our nation's challenges rather than having to worry about financing their next campaign. And there's no doubt that more of our most able leaders would run for federal office when the ability to finance a campaign isn't such a daunting obstacle.

Americans for Campaign Reform is building a nonpartisan grassroots movement of citizens who support voluntary public funding and want Congress to act now. We can make this happen. Public funding is already working in Arizona and Maine, and was just passed by the Connecticut legislature.

As citizens we can complain about the corrosive influence of our election finance system, or we can do something about it. With your help, we can mobilize citizens across the country and put pressure on Congress to enact real reform.

ACR Honorary Chairs,

Bill Bradley
Former Senator
(D) New Jersey Bob Kerrey
Former Senator
(D) Nebraska Warren Rudman
Former Senator
(R) New Hampshire Alan Simpson
Former Senator
(R) Wyoming

Monday, November 20, 2006

how ironic would it be........

......if Syria and Iran save Iraq?

Bloodshed piles pressure on Iraqi PM, Bush

no reason

Barney's spreading lies about the Democrats.
Fox's Barnes: It's "a theological issue" for Democrats "to raise taxes even though there's no reason except vindictiveness against the well-to-do for doing it"

No reason? no reason? somebody needs to STFU! What about the trillions and trillions of dollars of debt you Republican idiots have piled onto our children. Is there a more worthless pundit on TV than Fred Barnes?

gesture of respect

Iraq war memorial sets tempers ablaze / Creators say display is a gesture of respect
The sign on Louise Clark's Lafayette property calling attention to the U.S. troops killed in Iraq has provoked heated reactions. Chronicle photo by David Paul Morris

the people have spoken

Sign up Come on
This one's nothing like Vietnam
Except for the bullets
Except for the bombs
Except for the youth that's gone
- Michael Franti

Someone tell the Pentagon there are not three choices, going forward in Iraq. There's only one.

Someone tell St. McCain.......more troops will just get more people killed.

Somebody tell Obama the time to start leaving Iraq is now, not 4 to 6 months from now. He doesn't get it.

Nancy Pelosi gets it. Even with all harassment she's taken from the media, since the election, she refuses to be distracted. From her own lips: ('er keyboard)

This morning, I visited our brave men and women at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center. It is a place of prayers, of honor, of respect, and reflection. And I left there more committed than ever to bringing the war to an end.

I told my colleagues yesterday that the biggest ethical issue facing our country for the past three and a half years is the war in Iraq.
This unnecessary pre-emptive war has come at great cost. Nearly 2,900 of our brave troops have lost their lives and more than 21,000 more have suffered lasting wounds. Since the war began, Congress has appropriated more than $350 billion, and the United States has suffered devastating damage to our reputation in the eyes of the world.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

the troop blamer wants to be el-presidente

Sorry but we don't need a president that blames the troops for their CIC's fuck ups.

From the October 28 edition of NBC's Today:

GIULIANI: The president was cautious. The president was prudent. The president did what a commander in chief should do. And no matter how much you try to blame it on the president, the actual responsibility for it really would be for the troops that were there. Did they search carefully enough? Didn't they search carefully enough?

In fact, the troops who stopped at the Al Qaqaa facility on their way to Baghdad on April 10, 2003, did not have orders to search it; nor were they even informed that the site was sensitive. According to an October 27 New York Times article, Col. Joseph Anderson, the commander of those troops -- the 2nd Brigade of the Army's 101st Airborne Division -- "said he did not learn until this week that the site, Al Qaqaa, was considered sensitive, or that international inspectors had visited it before the war began in 2003 to inspect explosives that they had tagged during a decade of monitoring."

Monday, November 13, 2006

Why We Fight!

Hey GOP, "Let me introduce you to my leetle frends."

h/t ConyersBlog

Sunday, November 12, 2006

I Know I'm Not Alone music video

New members of the Senate - a reason for hope

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'- Dylan

Holding up combat boots worn by his son serving in Iraq, Democrat Jim Webb announces his victory in Virginia's Senate race.

"It's time for a change in Washington. We need new priorities and real leaders who will put the interests of the many ahead of the interests of the few."

"We proved a progressive campaign that fights for the middle-class can win in Ohio."

"Yesterday, we heard the voices of Missourians, and they have said, we want change.
They have said, we want accountability, we want an independent voice willing to stand up to anyone to fight for Missouri's families, we want to restore the American dream for everyone."

"I believe in taking a new path of hope where we roll up our sleeves and go to work together to create the jobs of the future, tackle the problem of unaffordable health care, and reduce the deficit."

"Winston Churchill said that politicians work for the next election, and that statesmen work for the next generation. I will do my best to work for the next generation of Montanans, and to get this country moving forward again for the benefit of Montana’s working families."

Bernie regards terrorism as a very serious threat to the United States and the world community, but believes strongly that we can combat it without undermining the basic constitutional rights which make us a free country.

So much for the new theme that "conservative democrats" won the election. We could only be so lucky as to get an influx of new Senators this "conservative" every election.

A few words of famous advice:
Just get up off the ground, that's all I ask. Get up there with that lady that's up on top of this Capitol dome, that lady that stands for liberty. Take a look at this country through her eyes if you really want to see something. And you won't just see scenery; you'll see the whole parade of what Man's carved out for himself, after centuries of fighting. Fighting for something better than just jungle law, fighting so's he can stand on his own two feet, free and decent, like he was created, no matter what his race, color, or creed. That's what you'd see. There's no place out there for graft, or greed, or lies, or compromise with human liberties. And, uh, if that's what the grownups have done with this world that was given to them, then we'd better get those boys' camps started fast and see what the kids can do. And it's not too late, because this country is bigger than the Taylors, or you, or me, or anything else. Great principles don't get lost once they come to light. They're right here; you just have to see them again!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Message to Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid

Now that the Republicans have been throughly trashed (must've miscalculated the e-vote count) the talking heads and the administration want "bipartisanship"..........

If I hear "bipartisanship" one more time, I think I'm going to choke someone.

"However they put it, the Democrat approach in Iraq comes down to this: The terrorists win and America loses," Bush told a raucous crowd of about 5,000 GOP partisans packed in an arena at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, one of his stops Monday. "That's what's at stake in this election. The Democrat goal is to get out of Iraq. The Republican goal is to win in Iraq."

MILWAUKEE - Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that Democratic leaders aren't doing enough to fight terrorism and said Americans must "reject any strategy of resignation and defeatism in the face of determined enemies."

Speaking of Democrats, Boehner told reporters, "I wonder if they're more interested in protecting the terrorists than protecting the American people.

"The House Democrat Leader does not understand that our fight for freedom does not just happen on the battlefield but also on the floor of the House of Representatives. It should come as no surprise that the Democrats in the House put their liberal agenda ahead of the security of America." - Denny Hastert

Democrats Would Let Terrorists Free - RNC headline

In an interview with North Dakota radio host Scott Hennen, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld said that “it would be logical” that terrorist groups are ramping up violence in Iraq and elsewhere to give liberals a boost in November’s election.

Early voters in the heart of the heated race to succeed former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay were greeted Wednesday with red and white signs that read: "Want more illegals? Vote Democrat" and "Encourage Terrorists. Vote Democrat."

Bush listed several key anti-terrorism measures opposed by Democrats, noting that when it came to eavesdropping on suspected terrorists, detaining them or trying them, members of that party "just say no."

Democrats "must think it's OK to respond after we're attacked. I believe we've got to do everything to prevent the attacks in the first place," Mr. Bush told 5,000 cheering supporters packed into a regional park building in this small town 60 miles north of Denver.

BECK: And the Republican -- Democratic Party has not seemed to me to give anything to vote for. They've had a lot to vote against. Are they repeating the same tactics that they have done for the last couple of elections?

SNOW: Yeah, I mean, you know, I guess you could call them the party of hecklers this year. Yeah, it's interesting, because here you've got key issues. You've got the war in Iraq and the larger war on terror, and every time the president proposes something, they say, "No, we don't want to do that. We don't want to pay for the war. We don't want the Patriot Act. We don't want the terrorist surveillance. We don't want military commissions. But, by golly, we can do it better."

Here's your fucking "bipartisanship"........

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Melissa Hart - so gracious in defeat.......NOT

Hart says she believes she lost because of Altmire’s negative ad campaign.

“I was not going to play the games. Unfortunately I think that took a toll. In retrospect, I had everyone in Washington, D.C., significant number of my colleagues, call me and say you need to cut his legs off, was the term they used,” Hart said. “And you know what, you don’t need to cut his legs off. He clearly did that his entire campaign, he’s new at this, I that hope he doesn’t do it the next time.”

WA, WA, WA ....she can't just congradulate her opponent and move on, she has to play the victim card. Typical Republican.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Dear Ricky,

Don't let the door hit ya' where the good lord split ya'.


Sunday, November 05, 2006

Great Post

Is Hart using last minute Rovian campaign tactics?

TORCH SONG. The battle for the 4th Congressional District seat between Republican incumbent Melissa Hart and Democrat challenger Jason Altmire certainly got heated last week.

Fire tends to do that.

Hart campaign manager Luke Myslinski contacted his counterpart on the Altmire campaign, Christina Stacey, expressing concern that Altmire supporters "may wind up hurting someone or destroying somebody's property."

He noted that a large Hart campaign sign at a prominent intersection was set on fire last weekend. "I trust you can agree that arson is an unacceptable campaign tactic," Myslinski wrote.

He also noted that Hart's signs are being defaced with preprinted stickers attempting to libel her.

Republican Chuck Schrankel of Ross said he and his neighbors were concerned -- "I've got a Melissa Hart sign in my front yard. Is someone going to firebomb it?" -- but not intimidated.

"I'll sit out there with a shotgun if I have to," he said.

Thankfully, he will have to do that only until Tuesday.

Sounds like a Rovian ratfuck to me....who remembers this?
In October of 1986, Rove was working for Republican Bill Clements in his race against then-Gov. Mark White. A few days before the candidates were to debate, Rove discovered a listening device that had been planted behind a needlepoint picture of an elephant hanging on his wall. The FBI investigated. Accusations and counteraccusations were made. But no charges were ever brought, and the matter slowly dissipated, amid general speculation that Rove had planted the bug himself.
After all Melissa Hart was a college Republican.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Freedom - better quality

h/t Josh Marshall

Taylor Marsh describes the significance of the military rejecting Rumsfeld

Bush and the Republican Congress have ignored pleas from retired generals for years. Now, in an unprecedented act, the Military Times Media Group is demanding Rumsfeld step down. It is unprecedented. They are offering this editorial on the eve of the election for one reason only. Our military establishment wants a change, is demanding that it happen now. Things are dire in Iraq, and the people currently in charge are not up to the task at hand. It is a rebuke of the most serious sort.

Underlying the editorial below is something else, an awakening. After years of refusing, Republicans have illustrated they cannot do the job. Bush is not capable of doing what any competent commander in chief would do. The U.S. military establishment is asking for the people to step in, regardless of their pronouncements to the contrary. Nothing could be any plainer, because it comes after Bush's stubborn stance that Rummy will stay until the end of his presidency.

Enough. Vote for change. The U.S. military has led the way.

Now if he would only take Cheney and Bush with him.

Friday, November 03, 2006

State of Shock

"In their zeal to promote the idea Saddam Hussein in fact did have (WMD), congressional proponents of the war ... have put up documents on the internet that could give terrorists and states hostile to the United States the very instructions they need to build nuclear, chemical or biological weapons," he said.

"If Democrats had done that there would be mobs carrying torches in the streets tonight. The Democrats would be accused of treason and there would be calls for resignation," Cirincione told reporters Friday.

My God, these fucking idiots are dangerous.

Keith Obermann's special commentary from 11/1 (his best yet)

Part 1

Part 2

are their any words to describe this putrid, piece of shit, named Rick Santorum?

He's pulled out all the stops and is proving what a fucking redneck asshole he is, here's his latest ad (saw it at

He's so popular around these parts that some of the good people at made him some very nice campaign posters.
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See ya Ricky, it's been fun and please take your wingnut, college republican buddy, Melissa with you.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Woolcott's take on the latest Republican/Christofascist gay scandal

I wonder if the toothy founder of the New Life Church and president of the National Association of Evangelicals, the mesmerizing Ted Haggard, fell under the spell of trade, the pagan rhythm of tea bagging beating like a tom tom on his brow. I wonder, not because I'm prurient, but because the mysterious currents of human nature fascinate me so. And because it confirms my suspicion that all Republican men are privately, passionately, exceedingly gay. According to this exciting morsel, Haggard took part in weekly conference calls with President Bush--"he and the president like to joke that the only thing they disagree on is what truck to drive."

'What truck to drive'--I wonder if that is some kind of cryptic butch gay Western lingo. It's a shame Will & Grace is no longer on the air to provide enlightenment on such matters, leaving us to forage on our own.
If they're all gay why are they always gay bashing?
Let's Impeach The President

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Coolest 8 Year Old In The World Talks About O'Reilly

saw this at downwithtyranny, enjoy

KO in 2009

Holy shit, Obermann was on fire tonight, can't wait to post the video.

There is tonight no political division in this country that he and his party will not exploit, nor have not exploited; no anxiety that he and his party will not inflame.

There is no line this president has not crossed — nor will not cross — to keep one political party in power.

He has spread any and every fear among us in a desperate effort to avoid that which he most fears — some check, some balance against what has become not an imperial, but a unilateral presidency.

And now it is evident that it no longer matters to him whether that effort to avoid the judgment of the people is subtle and nuanced or laughably transparent.
Getting Out the Base (GOP Style)

The General Rules

good news today in Pennsyltucky

Keystone poll bodes ill for GOP

Democrat Bob Casey has opened up a 15-point lead over Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum -- more than double the lead the challenger held in September -- according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/WTAE-TV Keystone poll released today.

Casey leads Santorum 53 percent to 38 percent, with 9 percent undecided, according to the telephone poll of 626 registered voters conducted over five days ending Sunday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

A Keystone poll conducted in late September showed Casey, the state treasurer from Scranton, with a 7-point lead over Santorum, of Penn Hills, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate.

"(Santorum) is falling further behind as voters seem to be rejecting his shift in course toward focus almost exclusively on the war on terror," said Keystone Poll director G. Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster County.

The closer to Nov. 7th it gets, the more people are rejecting Republican nonsense.