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I now have to skip my favorite gas station thanks to Fox News

My favorite gas station has been running Fox News on its pump TV screen. I won't be getting gas there or shopping in the store.

I am not sure what the few businesses that still run Fox News on their public-facing devices are thinking. Showing Fox News isn't going to get them any customers, and it will definitely cost them a lot. I don't go to the gas station to have my intelligence insulted, and the befuddled, benighted Fox News demographic mix doesn't go there for entertainment.

We all just want gas, not pet-food-grade propaganda or a political fix.

Republicanism and its drug war are the root causes of the cop killings.

Sure, the guy who killed the cops was subhuman scum. Sure, Michael Brown would be alive today if he hadn't apparently committed a completely terrible and felonious assault on a cop. Of course.

But those are the kinds of things that happen when you have naive and mean Republicanism behind social policy. George W. Bush and Sarah Palin are Republicanism. Michele Bachmann is Republicanism. It is just a dumb, bad, mean -ism.

Republicanism creates conflict because of its primitive, brain-dead, "hit bad thing with stick" approach to everything. If all Republicans were voted out of every office, the drug war would end. Cops wouldn't be at odds with their communities any more. They wouldn't be handing out lifelong drug "scarlet letters" to poor people caught up in a drug black market. Cops would be just protectors. We wouldn't have all of this crap in our lives if every single Republican were voted out of every single office.

Bush/Obama comparative approval poll.

Which of the statements best fits your presidential performance approval opinion?

Ferguson is just a symptom.

Everybody has their favorite symptom to blame. It's the cops, the "black culture," the racists, the prosecutor, the grand jury, Darren Wilson, Michael Brown himself... But it's really all and none of the above.

The biggest part of the actual disease that we can easily do something about is the Drug War. It needs to turn into something besides a war. The sooner the better.

The Drug War pits the cops against the poor, the hedonistic, and the sick. It's an actual war, because cops are not social workers. Thanks to the Drug War, we have invaded ourselves and are engaging in an insurgency against ourselves. All sides take lives; all sides take damage.

This isn't about equivalency. It's about root causes, vicious cycles, and an antiquated, incompetent system that creates errors.

If there had been no Drug War, Michael Brown might have been a good cop. If you're laughing and not crying, think again.

War on women didn't work. Distancing from Obama didn't work.

Both of those were mistakes. Republicans limit women's freedom and reduce the range of their achievable aspirations, but it's not "war." Can't we think of some other way to say it? Like "Republicans are a pain in the ass to women." Something like that.

Trying to distance from Obama was by far the worst thing, though. First, it's impossible. The Republicans can find photos, check voting records, etc., to show a Dem is connected to Obama. Also, even if those aren't there, the Republicans will just lie.

Second, by backing away from Obama, Dems only confirmed the ridiculously wrong idea that Obama was someone who needed to be backed away from.

We were up against the dumbest, craziest bunch of Republicans to come along in generations. We let the party of George W. Bush put down the vastly superior Barack Obama, and we even helped them.

We folded with a full boat against a pair of twos. Not even a pair of twos. Let's not do that again. Dems, you realize Republicans are going to try it again in 2016, right? You get another bite at the apple. Take a big bite next time, because Republicans have nothing.

The good thing is that we get to hear the Republican ideas now. Well, we hope we do. Obama's already set the stage for handing Republicans the microphone and letting them sing. Cats in heat are covering their ears. Chuck Barris stands at the ready.

I'll be voting tomorrow, but really, Dems win either way.

I always vote, and tomorrow will be no different. There is an outside chance that the triumphalism of the Republicans will lead to a rapid reversal. The political team who brought the world President George W. Bush and almost brought us Vice President Sarah Palin is exactly the type to spike the ball on the three yard line, then trip over it into the end zone.

So a Republican failure to take the Senate would be both funny and good for the country.

On the other hand, if the Dems lose the Senate we could have some real fireworks for a change. The House Republicans won't be able to avoid a real fight with Obama any more. To date, the evil Jerry Lewises of the Republican House have been able to pose as fighters. "Let me at him. Let me at him. If only the Senate weren't stopping us, we'd be all over that bum, Obama..."

So now, the Senate will no longer be in the way, and Obama is probably going to treat evil Jerry Lewis to a view of the ceiling. Remember what happened at the House Republican Caucus retreat a while back? Like that.

Then also, in politics, there is nothing better than letting the crazy have a mic. Think of all the good Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin have done Democrats. You've heard that you should never argue with a fool, and that's usually true. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't let them have the mic. If the Senate goes into Republican hands, the yahoos in that party are going to be stamping the floor for action, and the nutsos are going to come out of the woodwork.

I'm very, very optimistic, regardless of how the election goes tomorrow.

Actually, it's probably the happy people skipping voting.

There are no Republican-generated economic catastrophes or unnecessary wars to oppose this election cycle. Also, Republicans and the disgruntled left have successfully demonized government and the Democrats respectively. It's just the usual psychological/propaganda mess without the obvious, bone-jarring screw-ups that drive themselves like a nail through the fog whenever Republicans have anything resembling power.

Think about it. If I'm doing OK and I don't care much about other people, I would probably just leave the polls to the disgruntled people and not vote. If some disgruntled working and middle class people want to take another couple of chugs from the Republican bottle in that paper bag, let them. You might feel sorry for their innocent families and friends; you might worry a little about climate change getting no action for a couple of years; the drug war might get a boost; students may pay a couple thousand more than they would have had to... But you can't lose sleep over it.

People get what they vote for (or fail to vote against), and you can't save people from themselves. We hit rock bottom under George W. Bush and his Republicans a few years ago. We bounced a bit. Under Democrats, we got health care, our jobs back, a diminished war on drugs, a victory in the war for marriage equality, recovered house and retirement savings values, no new wars, and on and on. But now we may be pretty much in the situation where some (very sadly) desperate people crave another nip of the Republican rotgut.

It's cynical, but a lot of the the happy people who "got theirs" under Democrats and Obama may just be a little fine with letting the Republicans pull up the ladder on other folks for a while. Hate to think it, but I think it's there. Most of it is just not feeling like doing anything you don't "have to do" when things are going Ok. And, like I say, the Republicans and disgruntled left have done a good job making voting and governing seem futile.

Would Republicans want to do things their way...

...even if they themselves knew and believed they were responsible for the Iraq War and Recession disasters of Republican George W. Bush? In other words, does it matter to Republicans whether they are fit to run the country, or do they want to run it regardless of whether or not they have the ability?

We aren't arguing over the TV remote control here. This is the government of the United States of America. We had Republicans nominating Sarah Palin for Vice President of the United States, so George W. Bush (and Dan Quayle before him) don't appear to be flukes. That's too many flukes; it's a pattern.

I take it as a fair assessment to say that George W. Bush truly damaged the country and Barack Obama improved it. Or, if we don't want to assign causality, the world and America got a lot worse during George W. Bush's presidency and got a lot better under Barack Obama's. Republicans should please feel free to dispute that assessment. That would be interesting.

Fox News = Lawrence Welk + Batman + Unification Church

The Batman is the TV series one.

You see it, right? The dress code and haircuts tell you Fox News is for a square audience. Then, people in childhood (both first and second) see it as serious news, while adults see it as parody. And the whole thing has a cult feel.

No offense intended to the wonderful Lawrence Welk Show or the hilarious Batman TV series, by the way. The goodness and brilliance of those shows is in a completely different universe from Fox News. The offense to the Unification Church is intentional.

Republican election rigging ensures future losses.

Regardless of the results in 2014, Dems should take some comfort in knowing they aren't the ones who cheat. That means that, in the end, we win. No one likes a cheater, and no worthy person wants to be a party to cheating. Deep down, Americans want to win, and that is good. But they want to win by being better, not by cheating.

Republicans justify cheating to themselves by telling themselves a desperate lie. Gerrymandering, rigging the vote through voter ID laws that lack safeguards for legitimate voters, reducing voting opportunities, etc., are ok "for now," they tell themselves, because the situation is desperate. Then they are psychologically forced to conjure up a false image of Obama and Democrats to cling to because without that self-delusion they would have to accept a simple, sad fact. They have become cheaters and they have no excuse.

In America cheaters are less than nothing. The Republicans have allowed themselves to become cheaters, and the ones at the top definitely know it. We don't know yet who will "win" in 2014, but we already know who is better. Dems have already won the category that matters most: character. That will translate into more and more votes in the future, because people who currently vote Republican out of habit (or who are followers by nature) won't like being in the "party with the fleas" forever.
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