The Scientific Activist

Archives for November, 2006

With the election results almost completely finalized, it’s time to reflect on what they mean. Make no mistake about it, Tuesday demonstrated a true mandate for the Democrats. The Democrats achieved a majority in both the Senate and the House, picking up 6 seats and 29 seats, respectively. The Democrats did not lose any seats…

It’s official now. Republican candidate for the Virginia Senatorial seat, George Allen, has conceded the election, making Democrat Jim Webb the official winner. This means that the Democratic takeover of both the House and Senate is now complete and official. Although Allen would have been entitled to a recount, since the final results put him…

Updated Senate Results

(I think that I’m done updating this post for now, as the results show no indication of changing significantly. I’ll have more to say about the election tomorrow.) A Democratic majority in the Senate is all but certain, as Montana and Virginia both appear to have gone to the Democrats. This means that the Democrats…

It has just been announced that unpopular Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is “stepping down”. This is no doubt a positive step for the Bush Administration, the nation, and the world as a whole, but it comes as too little too late, as the disastrous Iraq war has already cost the lives of almost 3,000…

As I wake up this morning, I see that things have changed slightly, and I probably should have been even more optimistic last night. The Democrats and Republicans both have control of 49 seats each, and Democrats need to win the remaining two races in Virginia and Montana to gain control of the Senate. Although…

Democrats Take the House!

Some quick election updates: The Democrats take the House, and they stand to pick up a few extra seats in the process. The senate is still uncertain. If the Democrats win three out of four key races, they could still pull it out, but it isn’t looking too hopeful. Rick Santorum is history. Enough said.…

Politics, Wild West Style

Here’s some election news from back home in Texas–specifically, from the district where my mother lives, just south of Austin, Texas. From the Burnt Orange Report: This just in from Hays County. Former Republican [State] Rep. Rick Green who was taken down by Patrick Rose in 2002, apparently got a little upset over a Rose…

My Election Day Message

There is so much to say about the importance of today’s election, but not a great deal that hasn’t already been spelled out time and time again. Most importantly, if you haven’t already voted, go vote today! Hopefully you’ll have time to research the individual races and find out where the candidates stand on the…

Please, Please, No More Rick Perry

This won’t be news to anyone from Texas, but our governor, Republican Rick Perry, is a walking disaster. From The Dallas Morning News: SAN ANTONIO – Gov. Rick Perry, after a God and country sermon attended by dozens of political candidates Sunday, said that he agreed with the minister that non-Christians will be condemned to…

Another Reason to Vote Democratic

If George Bush is driving our nation down a one-way road to hell, it’s the Republican-controlled House and Senate that are enabling him to do this. On October 17th, Bush signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which had previously passed the Senate and House on the 28th and 29th of September, respectively.…