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The Gallery of Inept Child Outreach

Brought to you by your friends at the US government.

1) ReadyKids! (Department of Homeland Security)

2)  AMSville, brought to you by the US Department of Agriculture

More insanity, after the jump

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Infoporn: 2008 Prez Candidate Positions

Based on the Political Compass test. Pretty sweet — via Crooks and Liars.

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Jamaica 2.0, Part 2

Don’t you hate it when you post something about a phenomenon, and then the VERY NEXT DAY something totally explodes all over the scene that is really relevant to what you were writing about?

Check this headline I saw today: “PNP ‘pimps’ candidates for virtual friends“.

In addition to being endlessly hilarious, this article is also about an attempt from both of Jamaica’s major political parties to “reach out” to young people by, um, creating profiles for their candidates on social networking sites?

The whole article leaves you feeling kind of sorry for whoever is in charge of these campaigns. Clearly, they just wanted to throw technology at a problem and make it go away, but social networking profiles with no content and tiling heart backgrounds isn’t really going to make the youth of Jamaica stop thinking that politicians are total scumbags. It’s not even going to get them new supporters. Social networking has two sides: representing your current social network (in this case, supporters), and finding new people. Clearly, these pimped profiles are only useful for the first without additional content and strategies.

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The Gerrymandering Game

Sam recently brought this to my attention. Educational AND awesome. You get to play a dirty politician denying people their voting rights by redrawing district lines. What could be better???

The Redistricting Game

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Go Team Scott Jennings!

Just saw this one on TPMmuckraker — it’s Scott Jennings being grilled by Leahy on the U.S. Attorneys thing. The guy pulls executive privledge on answering a question about his job description.

This shit is B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

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Election Shenanigans

Not in the US, for once!

The Gleaner’s Jamaican Election Blog has a great collection of major oopsies by Jamaican politicians. My favorite:

“Gangsta fi Life!”
– PNP candidate for Northern Clarendon Horace Dalley got a little overexcited on a campaign platform with microphone in hand when he chose to imitate the refrain popularised by deejay Mavado. This might be viewed by some as a Freudian slip about the political system given recent violence and the widespread belief that both political are tainted by associations with gunmen.”

Given that the PNP’s major argument for why they should win is that change is bad and that the JLP’s most convincing defense is that they should be given a chance because, hey, what else can go wrong…maybe Jamaica should just roll FCC-style and just flip a coin or something.

Next post: favorite Jamaican music videos. Yeaaaah!

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Best of Byrd

God I love 400-year old vampire Southern senators — particularly Robert Byrd. I’m pretty sure he’s a Black Ops steam powered automaton that President Lincoln commissioned during the Civil War to fight the Confederacy or something.

I got reminded of him most recently, of course, because of the dogfighting controversy where he went nuts.

But there’s so much more awesome in Robert Byrd’s eternal lifespan. The Best of Byrd, after the jump.

UPDATE: It was brought to my attention that Byrd is also president pro tempore. Agreed: this is bodaciously awesome.

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