Sunday, May 15, 2005

Texas GOP Platform pt. 2

Second part of who knows how many is now up! Get it here. Included in the update is the whole "Limiting the Expanse of Government Power" section.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Texas GOP 2004 Party Platform Analysis

I was browsing through DKos recently and caught the new (2004-new, anyway) Texas GOP Party Platform.

They have focus-grouped some things into euphemisms, but the new one has all the same craziness as the old one--and new stuff added on!

I was then inspired to write some analysis of it for your enjoyment. Enjoy! I'll be updating on here as i update on that page. Here's a taste:

Welcome! In this document i will attempt to examine the Texas Republican Party's 2004 Party Platform. Since the document is about 28 pages of rambling with a bunch of bland platitudes mixed in with some utter madness it'll take me a while to get through the whole thing, but i intend to do just that. New sections will be updated as i examine them myself. I have a handful of goals with this and let me go over a couple of them:

  • I want to unravel the code-words to explain how when they say "pro-family" they mean anti-gay, just as one example.
  • I want to examine what the Republican party really wants
  • I want to examine how and why what they want is often not reflected in reality at all--ie, how they seem to believe tax cuts reduce the size of government when in fact tax cuts do quite the oposite.

For those who pay attention, the Texas GOP platform usually contains a wealth of interesting information--the sort of information that we, as a nation, ought to be aware of and probably also debating. I, it should either be obvious or become obvious soon, hold the view that a great deal of this stuff ought to also be rebuked and treated carefully. However: very few people, outside of certain political circles, even consider this stuff. The once-important party platform has been essentially reduced to a stage to throw meat to the extreme elements within the party. Furthermore, it can be elightening to an outsider to read since they seem to be counting on the relaive unimportance of such platforms and so they speak fairly freely.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Okay, moment's over!

Yesterday i held my comments out of respect for the moment. Not today:

US plans to build gas(?) chamber in Camp Delta.

Inevitable parallels to Nazi Germany, as hinted at yesterday, can be drawn here: _______________

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Yom Hashoah*

Yom Hashoah is the day on which we remember the holocaust.

I will refrain from political commentary, even though i think it is appropriate. Today is not about commentary.

Never Forget

(Be careful with that link, it includes photographs taken of concentration camps.)

(*: Actually that was yesterday, i'm lazy and only getting around to it now. Sorry.)

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Beg-A-Thon

One of the people who has been important in pushing for voting reform needs surgery.

Because of his work in the voting area he currently lacks health insurance and therefore is not able to afford the surgery on his own.

So with that in mind, your donations can help a man who has worked to fix our electoral system get treated for cancer.