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By jimgon (Sat Nov 14, 2009 at 08:21:03 AM EST) (all tags)
Not much going on in life, but still alive.

For the last twenty or so years I've carried a fortune cookie fortune with me.  It simply reads, "any day above ground is a good day."

At work the hardware guys say they can't get the hardware installed in my timeframe due to other priorities even though I've been trying to engage them for two months.  Now we're down to the wire and they have no choice, but to respond.  The development team is locked up on another priority and won't be free for at least a month, even though I needed developers last week.  The SOW with the company configuring our off the shelf software specifies a certain date of delivery.  This week I decided that there's no mitigation that can meet it.  Flag the project and shoot it up the ladder to the c-level on Monday.   At the beginning of this year my group of PMs were moved out of IT to the business area.  By fiat we IT PMs became business PMs.  Now we're in a position of defending the business interests against IT.  IT has responded by closing doors and hiring replacement PMs.  We are now becoming increasingly irrelevent. 

Commentary piece from the Boston Globe this week pointed out simply that Harry Reid is sans testicles.

Listing of the ten states in the most distressed financial position right now.  I'm glad to see California ranked up there since they railroaded Grey Davis years ago to install their saviour Arnold. 

Piece in Mother Jones about the Republican Party apparantly welcoming the Tea Baggers takeover of their party.  Paul Krugman also had something to say about the subject this week.  I think the Republican leadership believes it can control and manipulate these people.  I think they could until a black man was elected President.  I don't think they can control these people and if they bring them into the party in force the Republican Party will be relegated to the dustbin of history.  Even the Democrats were smart enough to not let the hardcore liberals take over when became a power in politics.  Can't say if I care if the Republican Party dies.  I hates them I do.  Even more so than the national Democratic Party which is run by a bunch of pussies.

There are too many houses in the United States.  Go figure supply and demand may be a consideration in the equation.

My final link of the week concerns the probability that the Congress will tear a hole in the Sarbannes-Oxley Act.  National politicians suck.
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Republicans and Tea Baggers by lm (4.00 / 1) #1 Sat Nov 14, 2009 at 09:01:21 AM EST
The GOP effectively did a wonderful job of effectively controlling the tea baggers up through the end of the Bush '43 administration. I suspect that this was mostly because a very large subset of the various Tea Bag factions intersect with the religious right. Consequently, the only ones going off the reservation were the Ron Paul supporters and the Constitution party members.

The Tea Partyists may be able to eventually take over the GOP. But I think it will be an uphill battle. I don't see much room for growth. I think for the most part, their numbers have effectively peaked and from here on out the best they can hope for is a plateau. Their best shot will come if `moderate' Republicans keep abandoning ship and all the replacement power brokers for the old guard that is dying off are of the Tea Bag persuasion.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
From my thinking by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Nov 14, 2009 at 09:41:51 AM EST
It's not that their numbers will continue to grow, but the courting of their philosophy and approach will drive out remaining moderates from the Republican Party.   Republican or Democrat, you can't accept the policies or approaches of the extremists and win elections.  The unafiliated are the ones that decide elections in the United States.  Moderates within a particular party are what swell the ranks.  They aren't particulary active, but they do vote and they typically vote for their chosen party.  Once they're alienated and become unafiliated they are more likely to vote for the opposition than they would be otherwise.  A party drives out the moderates at it's own expense. 

Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."
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actually by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #3 Sat Nov 14, 2009 at 09:45:20 AM EST
The tea party people are thinking of/writing about creating their own party - what with what happened with Hoffman in NY and now Palin and her book tour.
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB
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Well, there is that . . . by lm (2.00 / 0) #4 Sat Nov 14, 2009 at 11:04:48 AM EST
I'm sure some day they'll get the Reform Constitution Libertarian Tea Bag party off the ground one of these days.

I think one of the most interesting things that could happen is a alliance between the Tea Baggers and the Libertarians. There is already a good bit of overlap and several high profile defections from the GOP to the Libertarians. If there wasn't so much overlap, the two would make a formidable consortium of voters. Unfortunately for them, the issues on which they differ, neither side is willing to compromise on.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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alliance between the Tea Baggers and the Libertari by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #5 Sat Nov 14, 2009 at 01:06:26 PM EST
Not gonna happen. Tea baggers are religiously based and fiscally unconservative, libertarians the opposite.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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You do kind of have a point there by lm (2.00 / 0) #6 Sat Nov 14, 2009 at 03:03:35 PM EST
Tea Baggers like Ron Paul would probably never fit into the Libertarian party.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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