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BuyPartisan, literally!

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BuyPartisan app logothere's an app for thatEver want to buy something at a supermarket but start having nagging second thoughts about which political party your favorite brand name supports? Guess no more, there's an app for that: BuyPartisan.

BuyPartisan app

Via iTunes:

BuyPartisan works like a nutritional label for your political values. Simply use your phone to scan a product's barcode, or just search by individual company or product, and you can quickly see the political contributions of each company's CEO, Board of Directors, political action committees and employees. Simply put, BuyPartisan empowers.

Here is an image of what you'd see if you checked out Coca Cola:

BuyPartisan app examples

Via the Los Angeles Times:

BuyPartisan, a free smartphone application developed by former Capitol Hill staffer Matthew Colbert, gives users the chance to learn more about the political leanings of the makers of supermarket items. [...]

The process is simple: Users scan a bar code using their phone's camera, and within seconds data are displayed on the screen. A red and blue bar breaks down the percentage of Republican and Democratic support the manufacturer and its employees provided, while a green bar signifies "other." [...]

Still in the testing phase, the app has some glitches that occasionally misread the bar code or match to the wrong company. An Android version is in the works.

So why is this becoming a "thing"? Simple:

"In light of Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby … people have become much more attuned to a company's deeper impact," Colbert said, referring to those companies' corporate support for conservative causes.

Before that whole Hobby Lobby mess happened, it was about who the Koch brothers controlled and/or supported. And way before that... well, the list goes on. I remember, as a tiny kid, my mom refusing to by Welch products because she said they were affiliated with the John Birch Society. Even at that young age, I recall feeling scared of the BoogeyMan Birchers. But I sure missed my grape jelly.

the more things change the more they stay same

Now not only can you can become better informed, but you can vote with your wallet.

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Partisanship

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Partisanship is alive and well these days. Did I say "these days"? I meant to say "these years." Did I say "these years"? I meant to say "these decades." But ever since President Obama was sworn in-- literally-- the bitter divide has gotten bitterer and dividier. By the way, commentators, it's not "Congress" that's the problem, it's the GOP.

Lately on the Tee Vee Machine, Republican talking heads have been reveling in the president's sagging poll numbers, and have demanded-- demanded!-- that he stop blaming George Bush for the nation's problems. That's been part of their prebuttal for tomorrow's State of the Union address, because that's what they do. How typically unoriginal, flawed, and redundant.

Actually, BushCo is to blame for much of the country's woes, because we are still trying to recover from the Bush Recession. The one Bush's policies brought on. The one that lost us hundreds of thousands of jobs every month. The one that President Obama is pulling us out of.

And one of the main reasons we aren't recovering quickly enough is because the GOP doesn't want us to. They have obstructed just about anything that has even a faint whiff of Eau d'Obama. That way, when the economy remains weak, when immigration reform stalls, when income inequality persists, when the number of massacres at the point of a gun increases, when more children starve, when more Americans are denied the assistance they need to sign up for health care, they can point fingers at the person who they themselves obstructed. And many Americans are buying into their b.s.

Good plan, guys. Or should I say, white guys?

So what's President Obama's response? To soften the language he's going to use in the SOTU, per reports. Yes indeed, according to MSNBC, he will replace them fightin' words "income inequality" with them weaker words "equal opportunity for all," which, by the way, they say, is Republican language. Instead of coming out punching, the president will soften his approach. Because this is an election year. Heavy sigh.

How's that reaching out and trying to compromise with Republicans workin' for ya, Mr. President? The same way all that GOP "outreach" is working for them? Heavier sigh.

Meanwhile, on the Chris Christie front, if those on the right side of the aisle who sit on the big new joint investigative committee decide that they're underrepresented (there are 8 Democrats and 4 Republicans, which is proportional to their numbers in both state chambers), they may pull a fast one. They may very well swivel from their so-far "let's work together to get to the bottom of all this scandalous Christie mess" to gumming up the works and claiming that it's all one big partisan witch hunt by Dems who don't like big bad GOP Governor "Heartbroken." To hell with digging for truth, justice, and the American Way and finally challenging corruption in a state known for corruption.

All of this paints the usual "politicians are more interested in their own careers and their pursuit of special interest money and influence" than they are in protecting the people who voted for them, who provided them with their damned jobs. Finding out who decided (and why) to put lives in danger by closing off access to the busiest bridge in the world is less of a priority than playing politics. Uncovering the truth about whether Chris Christie denied Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer Sandy relief funds doesn't matter as much as playing the blame game.

So there you have it. Instead of coming together to find solutions to truly pressing issues, we the frustrated spectators pay tax money admission to watch two parties needlessly butt heads and self-destruct, crushing all of us in their idiotic wake.

Partisanship: America's Scripted Reality Show.

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Quickie- Partisan Divide Even In The Superbowl?

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Weird. I don't like football but if I had a preference I would probably say Ravens just because Baltimore would seem to me to benefit from a win more, and Baltimore feels like an underdog city compared to S.F.

(CNN) - Do you plan to watch the Superbowl with Democrats or Republicans?

A new poll found a partisan divide among fans of the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.

The survey from Clarus Research group found Republicans are partial to the 49ers, 43% to 26%, while Democrats leaned towards the Ravens 39% to 33%.

(snip)

Independents were truly divided: 29% said they would support San Francisco and 28% indicated they'd back Baltimore.

The poll also indicated a predictable regional division - those in the Northeast generally favored the Ravens and those in West were fans of San Francisco.

Overall, 35% of adults in the U.S preferred the 49ers and 31% backed the Ravens.

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