I Voted—Now Get Off my Lawn!

J'ai Voté: NeuchâtelIn Switzerland, we’re always voting on something.  Under the system of direct democracy, federal legislation adopted by the parliament can be subjected to a popular veto in a referendum which can be required through only 50,000 signatures (around 1.2% of eligible voters).  Amendments to the federal constitution require a mandatory referendum.  With the signatures of 100,000 eligible voters (around 2.5% of the electorate), an initiative amending the federal constitution is placed before the parliament, which can either recommend or reject the initiative, with, in the latter case, the option of proposing an alternative (“counter-project”).  In any case, the issue is placed before the voters, who get to choose among the initiative amendment, the counter-project, or outright rejection of both.  In a referendum on vetoing a parliamentary act, a simple majority of the nationwide vote is required to reject the law, while for constitutional amendments a “double majority” consisting of a majority of the national popular vote and a majority of cantons based upon the popular vote within each canton is required.

A similar system exists at the two lower levels of government as well: canton and commune.  Each individual jurisdiction makes its own rules, but in general the threshold for a referendum or initiative is around 1% of the eligible electorate.  The population of the canton of Neuchâtel, where I live, is around 176,000, so subtracting off foreigners who are not permanent residents and children, it only takes around 1500 signatures to put an initiative or referendum on the ballot, and it isn’t that difficult to get that many signatures for just about anything.  I recall votes over the years on issues such as whether the bike lanes on the main street through Neuchâtel should be abolished and whether advertising shown before the feature in movie theatres should be banned.... [Read More]

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Attitude boots for Liz

Ms. ET, I saw an article.  It was a hostile profile of Sidney Powell, the lawyer who took over General Michael Flynn’s defense.  It included a detail intended to somehow illuminate context.

I don’t know why it made me think you would want to see it, but here goes.

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Hugh Hewitt: “I’m voting for Bernie Sanders…”

On “Meet the Press” yesterday, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt said he was voting for Bernie Sanders—in the Virginia Democrat presidential primary election on March 3rd, 2020.  Virginia has an open primary, where voters can vote in the primary of any party.  He went on to say he was not engaged in “calculated voting” but preferred an “authentic, traditional socialist” to “all the people who are just pretending to be”.

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Replacement for his royal highness….

Ya’ know, this has gone too far. Now he wants us to call him; “Your royal highness”! Impeachment is too good for him and if we let the democrats in this forum in charge of it, well you know how that goes, it will take forever.

I propose we just look for a replacement, and I have just the puppets in mind that will fill the bill nicely. They once stared on a segment of MTV and now they say they are ready to come out of retirement! Isn’t that great?... [Read More]

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TOTD 2020-1-15: Impeachment 3.0

America had the first impeachment after the civil war. Andrew Johnson was the answer to the only president who was impeached. This lasted till the 1970s. In my life time this is Impeachment 3.0. Here is the list.

  1. Nixon 1.0
  2. Clinton 2.0
  3. Trump 3.0

This impeachment is for the crime of winning in my opinion. Do you know how many millions of dollars were lost to the Clinton Foundation by that not having Hillary be the First Madame?

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Champion Barr

I have great hope for Attorney General William P. Barr. He has staked out a position and seems to be marshaling the needed forces to hold that position. He clearly must be making them sweat, because the Resistance attacks on him are getting longer and more unhinged. The latest example is a very long hit piece that is the main feature in the New Yorker.

This latest hatchet job is by David Rohde. I do not recommend that you read it. I will supply a link in a comment.

Instead, read the take-down by Mollie. She rips it to pieces, not by defending Barr, whose defense she leaves to others. No, Mollie goes to work on turf that she owns. Her counterattack on Barr’s behalf is based on journalistic malpractice.

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A Feminist View of Guns

Somehow, I don’t think this talk will be pro-gun.

Senior Lecturer Caroline Light, who is Director of Harvard’s Undergraduate Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, will give a historical view on visual depictions of armed femininity and discuss her writings on “America’s love affair with lethal self-defense.” Light refreshments will be served.... [Read More]

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TOTD 2020-1-10: Down to ONLY 13 DemCans

Marianne Williamson has left the race. The power of love was not enough against St. Pete, JoB, BernS, and the best Mann in the race. Who will be the next person to leave for a contributorship on cable? Nine have no chance in my opinion of the thirteen have a chance for the nomination. When will Cory, Amy, and Gabbi leave?

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