Wednesday, August 24, 2011

East Coast Earthquake: Here come the crazies

So yesterday just around 2:00pm EST, there was an earthquake in the DC area. It was a record quake for the region and even the Washington Monument took a hit. Some even say they felt the aftershocks here in Georgia, but I sure didn't notice anything here in Rockdale.

After I heard the news, I immediately thought about how some would say this was a sign of the Apocolypse or a warning for those evil DC politicians. Well it didn't take long:

Land of the free. Home of the brave. smh, - RJ4US

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Rallies and Pareto's Principle

Attended the Hope and Unity Rally yesterday. It was a nice gathering of people I already know. Monday morning, traffic was thick, dates were switched... tons of excuses why more didn't show up. At the end of the day, Democrats just aren't fed up enough. Maybe that's not a fair assessment. Perhaps many just don't believe attending a rally will make a difference. Perhaps they don't believe Democrats can make a difference in this sea of GOP foolishness. Huge "shut the city down" rallies/marches are impressive and affirming. However, remember Pareto's Principle also applies in political activism. 80% of the results will likely be delivered by 20% of the membership. I was glad to stand with some of that 20% yesterday - RJ4US

Sunday, August 14, 2011

And then there were... oh who cares? Pawlenty is out.

After finishing poorly in the Iowa straw poll, Gov. Tim Pawlenty calls it a wrap on his Presidential bid.

I'm not sure what the right-wingers saw in him, but hearing his name always made me think of Polenta. Polenta is a cornmeal based mush and I think it's an appropriate dish for Gov. Pawlenty. Polenta can be jazzed up with spices, meats and veggies but in the end there's not much going on with it. I mean when you get right down to it. Polenta is just... well it's just mush. - RJ4US

Thursday, August 11, 2011

First look at redistricting maps tomorrow

After months of supposedly seeking public input, the GOP will release their proposed redistricting maps tomorrow. Well it's about time especially since the special session at the Capitol opens next Monday! Doesn't sound like the GOP wanted a whole lot of public scrutiny. There's already talk of packing and disenfranchisement of minority groups. Apparently the GOP drawn maps are also trying to knock off the few remaining non-Black Democrats in GA as well. Looks like a long road ahead to getting these maps approved and we still don't know what foolishness has been wrought on the Congressional map. - RJ4US

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Can the activists tools of the 50's still serve us today?

I often like to visit the King Center, pay my respects to Dr. King, sit by the reflecting pool and... reflect. I wonder how it must have been for Dr. King to be a catalyst for societal change against such great odds. Could that 50's activism really work today? Oh sure, we still march, protest and demonstrate, but it's almost like the shock value of mobilizing large groups is gone. The media does a quick story on it and society yawns. That's the US story, but we have seen and are still seeing in places like the Middle East that people power can force change. What about economic boycotts? We just don't have that "we're all in this together" attitude to pull one off effectively. And let's face it with the economy in such turmoil, do we really have the stomach to shut down any business/industry sector right now? I'm just thinking out loud here, but different times usually require different tools or at least modification of the old ones. We've got technology and communication tools that Dr. King couldn't have imagined. Let's figure out how to apply them to and solve the growing wealth and education gap in America. - RJ4US