"An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted." - Arthur Miller

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Linkfest - America Votes

Hopefully this will be the last political heavy post for a while but who knows for sure. Other then the election there is links to an awesome Lego Legend of Zelda Hylian Shield, Iron Man 3 teaser trailer and cool time lapse of a space shuttle on the streets of LA.

Lego Legend of Zelda Hylian Shield
Hit the link for 7 images of this beautiful and detailed shield built by Remi. Makes you wish that Lego would get the license and release a version of their own. (via Brothers Brick)

Obama Re-Elected
Tuesday Barack Obama was re-elected as President of the United States. He won by a comfortable margin taking 5 out of 6 battleground states (Florida too close to call). He also won the popular vote by a fairly typical margin of around 51% to 49%. Basically it was a repeat of 2008. Despite what the pundits may say, really the DC status quo has been maintained. As a result the gridlock and difficulty in getting anything done will continue. The GOP retained the House and the Democrats still have the Senate by about the same margin so sadly the filibuster will continue to be used to death requiring 60 votes to get anything done.

Despite maintaining the status quo there are some bright spots. Elizabeth Warren easily defeated Scott Brown who claimed to be "independent" while consistently doing whatever his the GOP demanded. The Tea Party obsession abortion and restricting women rights cost the GOP two Senate seats they were supposed to win. Todd "legitimate rape" Akin was defeated by Claire McCaskill while Joe Donnelly beat Richard "God intended [rape] to happen" Mourdock. Two ballet measures also indicate that America just might be sick of the "war on drugs" that mostly involves going after the easy targets of marijuana users as Colorado and Washington legalized the drug for recreational use (like alcohol). Despite being legal at the state level, it does nothing to prevent enforcement at the federal level and Justice Department may fight it.

Meanwhile the anti-gay GOP goals are starting to backfire as Maryland and Maine passed measures to allow same-sex marriage. Washington and Minnesota have similiar measures but too close to call. These two (or four) states are the first to pass the laws by popular vote. In a related bit, Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin is now the nation's first openingly gay Senator. Over all its good news all around for Democrats considering how things looked just a few months ago. The icing on the cake would be crazy lady Michelle Bachmann losing her seat but it seems she is in a bullet proof district of equally nuts voters as that race is too close to call but she has consistently had the lead.

Why Romney Didn't Release Tax Records
While it came to late to matter, Bloomberg seems to have cracked the nut of Romney's tax records. Based on various sources, Romney used a Mormon charity as a tax shelter allowing him to pay near 0% tax rate from about 1996 to 2009. He stopped using the shelter for 2010 and 2011 taxes, the very records he released to the public where he payed an obscenely low 13% tax rate while running on a tax platform to reduce it even further for the rich while increasing it for the middle class and poor. Keep in mind there is nothing preventing him from submitting a a correction to those years to get the full refund to 0% tax rate that he has grown accustomed too. As a bonus, click here to read how Romney made his money destroying companies and jobs. America dodged a bullet and most don't even know it. Let us just hope Romney retires to obscurity like Bush did.

Iron Man 3 Teaser Trailer

Space Shuttle's Endeavour's Rode Trip Across LA
An interesting time lapse that shows the Endeavour making a 12 mile trip on the LA streets to the California Science Center. Along the way, it did its own unintended photo bomb.

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