Open Thread

The Clown Car

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - John Cole)

In other news, Mississippi state Representative Gene Alday (R) said he opposes increasing funding for education because education benefits black people but black people just sit around collecting welfare checks.

Alday swears he isn't racist.

Meanwhile, Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson will headline the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) next weekend where he will receive a "first amendment award" for, I don't know, talking about gay sex and lazy black people. The award is donated by Citizens United.

And finally, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's reckless economic policies are making matters very difficult for those who are responsible for holding elections.

“We have one group of 20-year-old machines, the others are about 17 years old,” [Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler] said. “They’re so old that replacement parts aren’t even unavailable when they break. I can’t even get something as simple as laptops that we send out to the election registrars in our 64 parishes. Those are 5 to 6 years old and we’re starting to have some problems.”

He added that even relatively cheap solutions are off the table for now. “It’s $600,000 [to replace those laptops] which is not a lot of money in a $25 billion budget,” he said. “But in these times, it’s impossible to get that, so we’ll have to work through it. Of course, if all fails, we could go to a paper ballot.”

Who needs elections anyway?