Prop A Passes

6 04 2010

…By more than a 5-to-3 margin in St. Louis County.  Its passage means that City residents will also pay a higher sales tax rate, as its transit tax, passed several years ago, was contingent on County voters passing a tax.

If the local TV news is any indication, then none of this new money will be used to build new MetroLink lines.  All it will accomplish is to restore previous service cuts.  It’s just as well anyway — MetroLink, especially the debacle that was the Shrewsbury line that opened way late and way over budget, thanks to affirmative action, is the reason Metro/Bi-State is in the financial hole that it’s in, such that it had to ask us for a bailout.

Frankly, it’s amazing that the no side got even 37% of the vote.  I don’t remember seeing or hearing one anti-A media buy on local TV or radio.  The anti-A forces must have been outspent a thousand to one.  The antis were on some of the local talk shows, but even KFTK’s personalities were divided — Dana Loesch was against, while Jamie Allman was for.

UPDATE 4/9: P-D does the township breakdown of the vote.  A’s best twps were Normandy and Norwood, both in near North County, both heavily black, with over 84% Yes.  A’s worst twp was Oakville, in South County, with 60% No.


All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front…

6 04 2010

WSJ:  War on Interns – Making it illegal to work for free.

Well, not entirely free — If you’re the wrong kind of intern working for the wrong kind of boss, you’ll be the one putting out.

P-D:  Area fertilizer firm settles with EPA

I’m glad this shit is over with.

UK Telegraph:  Scientists find new species of lizard with double penis

That makes threesomes a hell of a lot easier.

Tuesday’s Stuff

6 04 2010

(1)  Bad choice of words on the part of the AP to describe the Cards’ win in the season opener at Cincy:

On only his second swing of the season, Albert Pujols(notes)  knocked one over the wall. A few innings later, he did it again.

The National League’s MVP each of the last two seasons is off to another invaluable start, this time with Mark McGwire providing the pointers.

“Pointers” from Mark McGwire.  LOL.

(2)  And you wonder why I call him Karl Roverrated.

In spite of that, I’m not buying the contention of this article that Roverrated’s incompetence on the Iraq issue led to the election of Barack Obama.  It was the economy, stupid.

BTW, I always thought that Saddam Hussein had WMDs (i.e. real ones), transferred them somewhere diplomatically sensitive before the invasion (he had plenty of time to do so, considering that we debated invasion for 14 FRICKIN’ MONTHS before the fact), but the truth of the matter was too much of a tar baby — the WH, I thought, wanted to take the rap for lying and/or CIA gross negligence than actually tell the truth on where Saddam Hussein sent his WMDs.  As it turns out, he dumped them on Syria, which, AFAICT, isn’t the world’s most shocking fact.  So it wasn’t a WH strategery, it was Roverated’s short-sightedness.

(3)  Deval Patrick’s success in 2006 in both winning his party’s primary and the general election, both times against the odds, foreshadowed his good buddy Barack Obama doing the same two years later.  Now, Patrick seems ready be bounced out this November, which also might portend for his good buddy in 2012.

(4)  Leonard Little leaving St. Louis?  Better late than never, I suppose.  But not late enough for the Gutweilers.

(5)  My, how times have changed — libs hated the IRS between 1969 and 1974, but love it now.

(6)  In spite of requiem masses given to the pursuit a few years ago, ham radio is growing.  Among the theories given for its surprising resurgence is that since ham radio is most often talked about in emergencies, and people seem to be preparing for bad times (hint: all the guns, ammo and gold being sold), that people are getting ham licenses because they think they can be future heroes; that people want a more thrilling and challenging way to communicate (i.e. anyone can send an e-mail to someone else in Slovakia, but it’s quite a thrill when 20 meters gets wide open to central Europe); that Morse Code is no longer a requirement to get a license to work most HF bands (though I don’t think dropping Morse Code was such a good idea — Unless you got all your fancy kilobuck Icom rigs contained in a Faraday cage, it’ll be nothing more than a heavy kilobuck doorstop when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lops an EMP bomb over Kansas.  Morse code transmitters/CW equipment can be easy to build in a pinch, and transmitting in CW requires less power to get your message out.)

Game On

6 04 2010

Britain votes one month from today.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown dissolved Parliament and called for the May 6 election date yesterday.  This means that the campaign which may or may not result in the UK getting a new head of state begins today.  Also beginning today is the campaign which may or may not result in the US getting a new head of state.

CW still has the Tories flipping enough seats to make David Cameron the next Prime Minister, but in recent weeks, another credible scenario have arisen such that the Tories gain seats, but not enough to make a majority, whereas the Liberal Democrats can win enough seats to be the kingmaker.  The reason the Tories may not be the clear winner is because of Cameron’s Stupid Party-style lassitude, racial and otherwise.

A neutral observer thinks that the BNP could get 12% of the total vote, based on frustration with the three major parties and their failure to address the concerns of native born working and middle class whites.  How that would translate into actual seats, I have no clue.  However, I can ill imagine a scenario where a party gets 12% of the vote and not outright win at least one of the 650 constituencies in the House of Commons.


6 04 2010

Get him and 99 of his buddies together, and you can buy a loaf of bread.

Don’t laugh, ugly American.  This is the only foreign currency that the Yankeebuck is gaining on.

Ironically, I first saw this on one of the Twitter neocons whose feeds I follow.  He tried to make it an issue about government spending.  Perhaps he’s too dense to realize that in this case, it’s not government spending, it’s racial incompetence.  But to talk racial sense into a good neocon is like trying to talk racial sense into a brick wall.