News Roundup for 5/1/09

Civil war re-enactors dressed as confederate soldiers
The Georgia Republican Party Steering Committee

-Headline of the day-
"Poll: One-Third Of Georgia Republicans Approve Of Secession."

A Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll found that about one-third of Georgia Republicans would be cool with seceding from the union. Seems to me they tried that once. It didn't work out well. There was this big war and Atlanta got all burned and it all got turned into a potboiler book that started the whole romance novel industry. Seriously, it was just a big mess.

Of course, the results all depended on how you asked the question. Asked, "Would you approve or disapprove of Georgia leaving the United States?" only 32% of Peach State GOPers approved.

But asked, "Do you think Georgia would be better off as an independent nation or as part of the United States of America?" 43% said that it'd be better of as an independent nation. So, barring secession, I guess that about 11% of Georgia Republicans hope we'll kick them out. Otherwise, the question is asking the same damned thing a different way. I question the effectiveness of Georgia schools.

Still, one thing we can take away from this is that Georgia Republicans join Texas Republicans in their blind hatred of America -- given the classic choice of "America; love it or leave it," a significant number choose "leave it." I'll bet they love them some terr'ists, too.

You know how the GOP grandstands on who is or isn't patriotic? They can just go ahead and knock that off now.

And I get to beat this "you hate America!" schtick into the ground now -- especially since it's clear that so many of you actually do. Payback's a bitch, ain't it Republicans? (Talking Points Memo)

-Cartoon time with Mike Fiore-
Hey kids, forget swine flu, catch Taliban Fever!

Taliban Fever
Click for animation

Scarier than your 401k! (MarkFiore.com)

-Speaking of secession-
You remember how Texas Gov. Rick Perry hates America so much that he, like half of Georgia Republicans, might just secede? Turns out that'd be a real bad deal for Texicans. According to the report, the state of Texas "has received federal disaster assistance more frequently than any other in the Union."

In terms of just FEMA money alone, Texas has received $3,449,142,397 since the beginning of Perry's first term in 2001. That's three-billion, 400-million dollars and change. If Texas had to scrape together all that on their own, they'd run out of Texican pesos or rubles or zlotys or whatever right quick and pronto. Then Perry would have to raise taxes on all the newly independent teabaggers by a stupid-huge amount.

Hell, they'd probably have to cut back to only three executions a week. (MoJo Blog)

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