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November 11, 2012

A Little Ray of Schadenfreude

Because we care, the Editorial Staff have not one, but several unseemly displays of schadenfreude teed up for you. First off, our More Evolved Brethren across the pond are shocked - shocked, we tell you! - to learn that their well intentioned tax on fatty foods backfired in all the deliciously predictable ways haters just like you foresaw:

The measure, introduced a little over a year ago, was believed to be the world's first so-called "fat tax".

Foods containing more than 2.3% saturated fat - including dairy produce, meat and processed foods - were subject to the surcharge.

But authorities said the tax had inflated food prices and put Danish jobs at risk.

The Danish tax ministry said it was also cancelling its plans to introduce a tax on sugar, the AFP news agency reports.

The ministry said one of the effects of the fat tax was that some Danes had begun crossing the border into Germany to stock up on food there.

Mein Gott im Himmel! Who could have guess this would happ.... err... never mind.

Second: where, O where have we heard this sort of thing before?

Do you want to know why the power is STILL off on Long Island, Davenport? Read this ...In it you will find reference to a report from 2006, SIX YEARS AGO, which found that Long Island Power Authority had not done the basic maintenance required to secure the power grid from weather damage. The maintenance they're talking about here is tree cutting mostly, and replacing bad power poles.

...every time they go to cut down a tree, some local Greenies get up a petition or a court order to make them stop. So they stop. So the trees break and knock down the power lines.

Evil, Gaia-raping corporate hegemonist b**tards and their Landscapes of Privilege. Who could have predicted something like this would happ....?

Finally, this story via the always informative Walter Olsen. On election day ignorant, confused Maryland Republicans (was that redundant?) were so overcome by their Pathological Fear and Hatred of a Black President that a fair number of the poor idjuts plumb forgot how very much we are supposed to Fear and Hate gay marriage. If only the Washington Post had been around to remind us of what we think:

On November 6 President Obama carried the state of Maryland by a more than comfortable 62-37 margin over Mitt Romney, while Question 6, the same-sex marriage law, was passing by a much narrower 52-48 edge. The Washington Post, reporting on AP's Election Day opinion survey, gave its story an accurate if unsurprising headline: "Exit polls: Maryland voters who backed Obama also favored same-sex marriage." Yes, Democratic voters did tend to favor the history-making same-sex marriage law, and Republicans did tend to oppose it. But that tends to conceal a more interesting story. The Maryland contest produced extensive "ticket-splitting" in both directions: even as same-sex marriage was being battled over in some solidly Democratic areas, it was winning surprise victories on Republican turf elsewhere.

Olsen points out that majority black PG county and the city of Baltimore went 87-90% for Obama, yet gay marriage garnered between 30 (Baltimore) and 39% (PG country) less support from these diehard Obama voters. Now if these good folks had been Romney voters, this shameless behavior would be proof positive that Republicans are bigoted homophobes. Luckily for the Washington Post, enlightened folks know that only white Republicans (including those who voted for Question 6) can be properly classified as bigoted homophobes. If 'tis a sin not to support gay marriage, the simple act of voting for Obama appears to wipe it clean out of the memory of our hometown paper. Quoth Olsen:

At the same time, though, a significant number of Marylanders were splitting their tickets the opposite way, voting for Romney (or, occasionally, for Libertarian Gary Johnson) and then approving Question 6. In fact county-level results reveal that across wide swaths of Republican territory in Maryland, same-sex marriage actually ran well ahead of Barack Obama and the Democratic ticket. That means there were many, many Romney voters who voted for the same-sex marriage law -- enough, in fact, that without them the measure would almost certainly have lost by a mile.

...Two major bulwarks of Republican strength in Maryland, Anne Arundel and Frederick Counties, went both for Romney and for same-sex marriage. The two counties have been home to some of the state's best- known anti-gay politicians, such as Del. Don Dwyer of Anne Arundel and former Sen. Alex Mooney of Frederick. Frederick County especially, where I live, is famed as a right-wing stronghold: this year, for example, it sided with conservative Republican Senate challenger Dan Bongino, even as Bongino was going down by a two-to-one margin to incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin statewide. And as it backed the Romney-Bongino ticket, Frederick County was breaking in favor of gay marriage 51-49.

Keep in mind that we're talking about Fredneck County, where impoverished black and brown cows paint their faces white and cower in fear of "violent rhetoric" emanating from the rabid packs of elderly, white Republicans who roam our hills and dales looking for trouble. The whole area is frighteningly white, we might say (were we fond of that sort of racially tinged invective). On the bright side, with all the narrative-challenging and unexpected consequences floating around this weekend, we're beginning to believe the next four years might be downright fun.

Posted by Cassandra at November 11, 2012 05:01 PM

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I saw Andrew Cuomo on TV complaining about the slow utility response and blaming on the utility's monopoly status. I am not making that up. He is just now figuring out that state-protected monopolies are not always the quickest to give excellent service. Can a dawning recognition about state agencies themselves be far behind?

Posted by: Texan99 at November 11, 2012 10:47 PM

Alas no! The actual suggestion will be to move Con-Ed from a state-protected monopoly to a full-fleged state agency.

Posted by: Grim at November 11, 2012 10:51 PM

You know, I was thinking the same thing as I heard the story! And then that faded in memory. But you are so right. The old pattern: screw it up, let the state rescue it.

Posted by: Texan99 at November 12, 2012 08:51 AM

Mayor of Noo Yawk city wants to sniff out high fat, salt and sugary foods for the homeless.

People are starving in America.

Posted by: PuffOnMeds at November 12, 2012 02:30 PM

Not for the last time.

Posted by: Grim at November 12, 2012 03:01 PM