February 2008 Archives

Friday Stolen Code Blogging

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Bark Bark Woof Woof

Friday Blogaround
Here's the Leap Day edition of the weekly round up around the Liberal Coalition.

- A Blog Around The Clock: what exactly is a science blog?
- archy: coyotes on the Pill?
- Bark Bark Woof Woof: a legacy.
- Bloggg: cultural value.
- Collective Sigh: andante endorses...
- Dohiyi Mir: NTodd remembers a friend.
- Echidne Of The Snakes: Matt Drudge and Prince Harry.
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog: lessons from Black History Month.
- Iddybud Journal: wind energy
- Left Is Right: driving in L.A.
- Musing's musings: coming to terms.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web: Elayne does the blogaround.
- Rook's Rant: Matt Drudge and Hillary Clinton. (Wow, Matt gets around.)
- rubber hose stakes his claim with this candidate.
- Scrutiny Hooligans out West.
- SoonerThought: Pelosi wants to prosecute.
- Speedkill: a brilliant dilemma.
- Steve Bates, The Yellow Doggerel Democrat: Shiver me timbers, it's Sing Like a Health Care Pirate Day.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation: no shirts.
- The Invisible Library: portait of an atheist.
- WTF Is It Now?? Is John McCain eligible to be president?
- ...You Are A Tree: Diebold leaks the news.
Happy Leap Day. Notable events on this day include Hattie McDaniel becoming the first African-American to win an Oscar for her role in Gone With the Wind in 1940.

Leap Day Trivia Question: There is a very popular theatre piece wherein the date of February 29 plays a crucial point in the plot. Name the piece. (No peeking.)

Damn Liberals Are Like Sand!

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My God! They end up everywhere.

 

Hat Tip Ellroon for this video of Neal Gladstone; Liberal.

William F. Buckley Jr. Dies at 82

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Star Tribune

Once again, I will not speak ill of the dead.

The Drudge Report And Clinton

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By way of Buzz Flash:

International Harold Tribune

WASHINGTON: As Senator Barack Obama prepared to give a major speech on Iraq one morning a few weeks ago, a flashing-red siren alert went up on the Drudge Report Web site. It read, "Queen of the Quarter: Hillary Crushes Obama in Surprise Fund-Raising Surge," and, "$27 Million, Sources Tell Drudge Report."

Within minutes, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's fund-raising success was injected via Drudge into the day's political news on the Internet and cable television. It did not halt coverage of Obama's speech or his criticism of her vote to authorize the war in 2002, but along the front lines of the campaign - the hourly, intensely fought effort to capture the news cycle or deny ownership of it to the other side - it was a telling assault.

Clinton's aides declined to discuss how the Drudge Report got access to her latest fund-raising figures nearly 20 minutes before the official announcement went to supporters. But it was a prime example of a development that has surprised much of the political world: Clinton is learning to play nice with the Drudge Report and the powerful, elusive and conservative-leaning man behind it.

That man, Matt Drudge, came to national prominence a decade ago as a nemesis of the Clintons who used the Web to peddle, gleefully, the latest news and rumor generated by the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

That people in Clinton's campaign orbit would tip off the Drudge Report to its fund-raising numbers is in part a reflection of her pragmatic approach to dealing with potential enemies like Newt Gingrich or Rupert Murdoch.

Sorry, Hillary. Sleeping with the enemy just lost you my support. The Mighty Wurlitzer has been the major cause of our political woes in this country. Willing to supplant true democracy with corporate fascism, it has manage to destroy in a few short years what Russia failed to due in over a half a century.

You have done nothing this election but desperately sink lower and lower into the very pond scum you had so successfully stayed above during the eight years of your husband's presidency. Indeed, your desperation set in shortly after your early losses to Obama. Maybe, just maybe, in the end it is Obama's willingness to stay out of the once wholly owned Republican Right Wing Noise Machine that has won over the electorate of this country.

People are tired of the same old partisan politics that have been a standard since your husband's presidency. They are looking for a change. And Obama appears to be embracing that change. It is not so much he will coddle up to the remnants of the Republican party and it's wheezing, aged Wurlitzer, as it is he will avoid the political gamesmanship so long a staple of Washington partisanship, something this article suggests you fail to grasp.

That being said, should a small miracle happen, and you still come out the Democratic nominee, you will have my support. I still see you qualified for the presidency above any Republican or Independent currently in the running. Unless, of course, Gore decides to run as an Independent. Then it is "See Ya!"

New York Times

The inflation has many causes, from rising global demand for commodities to the monetary constraints of currencies pegged to the weakening American dollar. But one cause is the skyrocketing price of oil itself, which has quadrupled since 2002. It is helping push many ordinary people toward poverty even as it stimulates a new surge of economic growth in the gulf.[highlighted by Rook]
What, so ordinary people are not usually poor? Seriously, what idiot wrote this incredibly stupid sentence? So ordinary people are not normally poor. Ordinary people are middle class or upper class. So, I guess that makes poor people not ordinary. Maybe they are just lucky ducks.

If ever there was an example of a Freudian slip, this is it.

Arrogance, thy name is New York Times.

Congratulations TPM!

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New York Times

Of the many landmarks along a journalist's career, two are among those that stand out: winning an award and making the government back down. Last week, Joshua Micah Marshall achieved both.

On Tuesday, it was announced that he had won a George Polk Award for legal reporting for coverage of the firing of eight United States attorneys, critics charged under political circumstances. The "tenacious investigative reporting sparked interest by the traditional news media and led to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales," the citation read.

Also last week, the Justice Department put him back on its mailing list for reporters with credentials after removing him last year.

Mr. Marshall does not belong to any traditional news organization. Instead, he is creating his own. His Web site, Talking Points Memo (www.talkingpointsmemo.com), is the first Internet-only news operation to receive the Polk (though in 2003, an award for Internet reporting was given to the Center for Public Integrity), and certainly one of the most influential political blogs in the country.

I remember when Josh was simply a lone blogger. Way to go Josh! Congratulations on establishing an on line News Media Company. So, is a Pulitzer on the way?

McClatchy

BAGHDAD -- At least 40 Shiite pilgrims were killed and 60 injured in a suicide bombing south of Baghdad Sunday in what was once known as the Sunni triangle of death.

The bombing in Iskandariyah came as hundreds of thousands of Shiites took to the streets to walk the 50 miles to the holy city of Karbala for Arbaeen. The ceremony on Thursday commemorates the anniversary of the 40th day following the martyrdom of Hussein, the grandson of the prophet Mohammed, a venerated figure in Shiite Islam.

As pilgrims stopped for water and food at a tent set up to serve them along their journey, a suicide bomber walked into the crowd and detonated, killing and wounding many of the pilgrims, said Muthanna Ahmed, spokesman for the police in Babil province. He expected the death toll to rise.

Explain to me again how the I&O* of Iraq has improved Iraqi lives? If we meant to give them the same standard of living and the same level of security as we are blessed to have,,,,,,, well, I guess that means we must have the same number of killings by suicide bombers at Christmas mass, or Easter mass, unless mass is canceled due to strain on the electrical grid causing a shutdown.

Seriously, BushCo™, screwed the pooch when it comes to Iraq. Other than to fatten the pockets of Halliburton and company, this has been a monumental failure.

* Invasion & Occupation

By way of MNPublius:
Molnau sold farm near road she pushed

Molnau, as chairwoman of the powerful House Transportation Finance Committee, guided the bill to passage. But she did not disclose Hwy. 212's proximity to the land she owned in Chaska or that she was negotiating to sell the property to a national housing developer, state and local records show.

The transportation bill provided for rapid construction of what Molnau called "mega-projects." One that fit the bill's criteria was Hwy. 212, which would run less than a mile from her farm.

"If you're interested in highways, like Hwy. 14, Hwy. 23, 52, 53, 169, 371, Hwy. 60, Hwy. 212, or Hwy. 94 in Greater Minnesota, this is a good bill for you," she told the Minnesota House on March 21, 2000.

Eight days after the bill was signed by then-Gov. Jesse Ventura, Molnau and her husband, Steve, sold their 40 acres to the developer, Pulte Homes of Minnesota, for $3.3 million -- six times its estimated market value, records show. [highlighted by Rook]
Looks like the Minnesota GOP is a carbon copy of the National GOP; corrupt to its very core. Though, just to be fair, it looks like sex was left out of this scandal. Damn, just won't sell nationally.


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The Definition of Reality

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Dialogic

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."
So, can you argue with that?
Raúl Castro Named Cuba's New President - New York Times
HAVANA --The Cuban National Assembly voted Raúl Castro as its new president on Sunday, the first time the country has had a new leader since his brother Fidel seized power in 1959.
Old boss, same as the new boss.

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Ex-News Anchor Found Dead

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Suicide or murder? If it's suicide, it'll be old news soon. If it's murder, we've got ourselves another pretty white thing for national obsession.

Ex-news anchor found dead - Crime & courts- msnbc.com

ROYAL OAK, Mich. - A former TV news anchor in Michigan who was accused of embezzling from a man she dated and advised financially has been found dead in her home.

Police tell The Detroit News that a relative found Suzanne Wangler unresponsive Saturday afternoon in her home in suburban Royal Oak. Detective Dan Swiatkowski isn't confirming how she died but says an autopsy is planned.


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Egomaniac Runs For Presidency Again

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I see I am not the only one who thinks His running is a waste of time and effort:
All Spin Zone » Ralph Nader Running Again
It’s hard for me to believe that Nader can’t seem to stuff his ego in his back pocket, and make a quiet exit out the side door. He lost his positive legacy on November 7th, 2000. He lost my respect (and that of many others who supported his true life calling of consumer activism). Personal note to Ralph: yes, sir, I do blame you.
Would you please just go retire! They did not ruin Social Security for you, Ralphy.

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Template Help

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Two things I want help with, both involving the RSS template. One, I'd like to insert some ads into my RSS feed. May not actually amount to any additional revenue, and I've none now with this blog, but any extra won't hurt. Two, I would like to know if there is a way to add RSS hits to a counter?

Excellent Award

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Bryan over at Why Now? tagged me with the latest Blogger's Tag meme "The Excellent Award." So, as a reward of being tagged Excellent I am to pick ten blogs I believe are deserving of the title Excellent.

The think* is, I am a perfectionist. I can't just pick ten blogs and bullet them in a post. Oh no. I have to take the time to write a witty, profound description of the blog, with much snark and wise ass humor. It other words, I'll be at it all of today, and quite possible into tomorrow.

However, I did not wish to leave Bryan in the dark over my intentions. I am grateful for the tag, and will endeavor to live up to his expectations.

On a side note, I am having serious Bill and Ted flashbacks.

* A misprint that I decided to leave in because it somehow makes sense. Don't ask me how, it just does.

Ralphy Considering Another Run.

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CNN Political Ticker: Nader considering another White House run

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ralph Nader could be poised for another third party presidential campaign.

The consumer advocate will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. Nader launched his 2004 presidential run on the show.

A spokesman for Nader did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Kevin Zeese, who was Nader's spokesman during the 2004 presidential race, but is no longer working for him, said Friday that Nader has been actively talking to "lots of people on all sorts of levels" about the possibility of making another run.

Zeese said he could only guess what Nader might do, but added:

"Obviously, I don't think ("Meet the Press" host) Tim Russert would have him on for no reason."

Great, just what we need, another egomaniacal campaign from brain damaged Ralph. He does not stand a chance. Nor does he gain any political capital. John Edwards gained political capital from his run. He will have some leverage at the Democratic Convention. What power will Ralph wield? None. This is a waste of his time, and ours.

Stay home Ralphy boy. Your time in the light was never about running for office.


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Talk About Cognitive Dissidence.

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From U Are A Tree: I think trippy is way to mild a term for this:

Friday Stolen Code Blogging

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Bark Bark Woof Woof

Friday Blogaround
A short work week -- for some -- but a lot of news. Here's the weekly take from the LC:

- A Blog Around The Clock: how to raise children without religious indoctrination.
- A Rational Animal: how long will Mark Penn be Hillary Clinton's adviser.
- archy: what obsolete skills do you still have?
- Bark Bark Woof Woof: it's only a theory.
- Bloggg: one reason not to shop on E-bay.
- Collective Sigh: andante is on a chemo "vacation."
- Dohiyi Mir: NTodd caught the eclipse.
- Echidne Of The Snakes: Hey, you white Europeans! Start screwing!
- First Draft: Freeper freakage.
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog: Stamp out Sean Campbell.
- Iddybud Journal enlightens us as to the situation in Kosovo.
- Left Is Right: this 'n' that and other news.
- Lefty Side of the Dial: why I don't have an iPhone.
- Musing's musings: trying to return to normal at NIU.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web: If Stephen Sondheim lived in Mayberry...
- Rook's Rant: 19%?
- rubber hose: straight talk on Pakistan?
- Scrutiny Hooligans: what to do while watching a debate.
- SoonerThought: what would you do with $2 million?
- Speedkill: amazing medical breakthroughs.
- Steve Bates, The Yellow Doggerel Democrat: Whodathunkit? The New York Times stands up for free speech on-line.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation: faint hope.
- The Invisible Library: racist bingo.
- WTF Is It Now?? Look who hired an illegal immigrant.
- ...You Are A Tree: what if the Beatles had recorded Stairway to Heaven?
A busy weekend coming up, including the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance.
Oh, and I've decided to be the Blogging Robin Hood and give to other well deserving blogs. Yes, that's right, I am trying with fancy eloquence to simply say it is cross posted at the Liberal Coalition web site.

The Daily Brew

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The Daily Brew
February 21, 2008

Suppose, hypothetically, that sometime in the middle of next summer there is a major terrorist attack in the United States. Not on the scale of September 11, but somewhat larger in scale than the attacks in London and Barcelona. Suppose, for example, that on Friday, the Fourth of July, 2008, explosives simultaneously destroy ten subway trains packed with people on their way to the firework shows in New York City and Washington DC, killing 800 people, and injuring 1200 more. What would be the political fallout?

We all know what would happen. It would take perhaps three seconds before the Republican megaphone on AM radio and Fox News blamed the Democrats. The Republicans would immediately point to the Democrat's failure to renew FISA this past week as the reason the attacks were not stopped. The Democrats would then pee in their pants and form a circular firing squad, simultaneously blaming each other for not giving Bush the unfettered power to declare who should live and who should die, and debating whether the fall elections should just be delayed, or canceled entirely. Assuming that the ballot somehow went forward, John McCain would be elected president and the Republicans would re-take both houses of Congress.

The simple, undeniable truth is that the Republicans now have a tremendous amount to gain if America is attacked, and even more to lose if we are not. So put on your tinfoil hats with me and ask yourself if Cheney would let it happen.

I realize that among respectable progressives one is not allowed to even hint that the Republicans are capable of such evil. There is no more certain way to poop in the punchbowl of the comments section any of my favorite blogs than to suggest that you don't buy the official explanation of September 11. Virtually all of the self appointed consignetti of the left-wing commentariat will either ban you outright or mock you for even bringing the topic up. Despite how much we have in common on virtually every other political issue, I have to admit that I regard these people as idiots.

How much evidence do we need to see that the main difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans aren't shy about using violence, including violence against Americans, as a means to an end?  What do the Republicans have to do to prove they are capable of doing damn near anything to further their power?

The head of the Klu Klux Klan has been quoted as publicly predicting that Barrack Obama will be assassinated. No one believes for a minute that if he is elected President, some racist Republican won't try. The anthrax spores that were mailed to then majority leader Tom Daschle were created in a US government facility, yet no one has ever been charged with the crime. Osama bin Laden is blamed for killing three thousand American citizens. At six foot four, he is the most recognized man in the Arab world. He is also disabled, as he is in need of periodic kidney dialysis. Despite that, he has never been caught. The Bush administration deliberately lied to the American public to start an illegal war of choice that has killed thousands of American servicemen, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. They tortured people, some to death, in detention centers in Iraq and Cuba. They paid your tax dollars to hire private corporate mercenary armies to operate outside of the jurisdiction of any sovereign power, while knowing that male employees of these mercenary armies were raping female American citizens who worked for them, with no consequences whatsoever.

Call me a conspiracy nut, but given this track record I don't think it is unreasonable to suggest that the Republicans are capable of doing whatever is necessary to stay in power. Quite the contrary, I would suggest that anyone who thinks they would not is hopelessly naive.
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50,000!

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At 7:38 AM someone from Dayton, Ohio, clicking through The All Spin Zone was my 50,000 visitor! That it took over 5 years to get to this lowly number is somewhat embarrassing, what with some sites getting 50,000 hits in a minute. Still, it's cool to have finally reached 50,000.

The National Economy

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American Research Group, Inc.

Among all Americans, 19% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 77% disapprove. When it comes to Bush's handling of the economy, 14% approve and 79% disapprove.
Worse. President. Ever.

Hat Tip : justadood at Agonist

T. Rex Quits Personal Blogging

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Ancient Blog Shuts Down — Why Now?

After a decade Kenneth Quinnell is shutting down T. Rex’s Guide to Life to concentrate on his group blog, the Florida Progressive Coalition.
Damn, lost another member of The Liberal Coalition.

Musharraf Accepts Defeat

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Musharraf's Party Accepts Defeat - New York Times

LAHORE, Pakistan -- Pakistan appeared to be heading for a transition to an elected civilian government Tuesday after President Pervez Musharraf told visiting United States senators that he accepted the resounding defeat of his party in elections, and would work with a new Parliament.
You mean his efforts at rigging the election in Pakistan didn't pan out? I am shocked, Shocked! I tell you. How could such a despicable situation befall a gallant ally in the GLOBAL WAR AGAINST TERROR?

Poor, poor President Bush. First the Protect America Act lapses, now Musharraf loses the election. He stands alone, does our quacker of a president.

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Castro Resigns

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Castro resigns as president, state-run paper reports - CNN.com
HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) -- Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president of Cuba and commander-in-chief of Cuba's military Tuesday, according to a letter published in the state-run newspaper, Granma.
Well, son of a bitch! I guess being a communist dictator can lead to a long life, ending in retirement. I wonder if technical colleges will be developing courses for budding communist dictators.

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Friday Stolen Code Blogging

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Bark Bark Woof Woof

Friday Blogaround
A Valentines Day hangover, just in time for the Presidents Day holiday...here's the week as seen by the Liberal Coalition.

- A Blog Around The Clock: blogging can be dangerous at work.
- A Rational Animal: lest we forget.
- archy: weapons in space.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof: the excluders.
- Bloggg: What worries Moi about an Obama presidency.
- Collective Sigh: paying for health.
- Dohiyi Mir: going fast.
- Echidne Of The Snakes: what a "smaller government" will get you.
- Iddybud Journal: swing state math.
- Left Is Right on selling out.
- Lefty Side of the Dial: Chris goes iPhone.
- Musing's musings: Michael reports that he's okay at NIU. I'm sure he will have more to report later on.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web: Elayne is getting back into the swing of things.
- Rook's Rant: why vote?
- rubber hose: why not single payer health care?
- Scrutiny Hooligans: telecom snooping.
- SoonerThought: lessons learned from a disaster.
- Speedkill: the state of things.
- Steve Bates, The Yellow Doggerel Democrat: Bolten & Miers in contempt.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation: close Gitmo.
- T. Rex's Guide to Life: fun stuff.
- The Invisible Library: happy birthday Charles Darwin.
- WTF Is It Now?? - just leave.
- ...You Are A Tree: life lessons on IVF.
There's a big all-British car show in Boca Raton this weekend.
Sorry, all the time I spent on installing reCaptcha, I forgot about stealing from Mustang Bobby. My bad.

Test Post

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I've installed reCaptcha to my blog, in hopes of improving the ease of commenting while eliminating spam. Leave a comment hoping for the best!

Update: Got it! So, now there is no need to register or authenticate. Hope this makes commenting more enjoyable.

Senate Votes to Ban Waterboarding

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Chicago Tribune

WASHINGTON - Congress on Wednesday moved to prohibit the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods on terror suspects, despite President Bush's threat to veto any measure that limits the agency's interrogation techniques.

The prohibition was contained in a bill authorizing intelligence activities for the current year, which the Senate approved on a 51-45 vote. It would restrict the CIA to the 19 interrogation techniques outlined in the Army field manual. That manual prohibits waterboarding, a method that makes an interrogation subject feel he is drowning.
Now, the question is; will McCain speak out against the veto? Or will he remain quiet, thus signifying his desire of placating the BushCo™ base?

Deep Thought For Today

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To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.

Deep Thought For Today

"Hitler killed only one person in his lifetime: himself. All the other atrocities that are attributed to him were carried out by people who were only following orders" Mark A. Goldman

Barrier-Free Blogging

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Commercial Appeal

Memphis blogger Thaddeus Matthews is nobody's idea of an objective reporter. But local authorities should follow the same set of rules in dealing with bloggers as they would follow with established media.

Like him or not, Matthews is among a growing cadre of Internet savvy communicators who are using the Internet to democratize journalism. When he obtained and gave his readers a draft statement from the suspect in the murder of police officer Edward Vidulich, he was using a common journalistic tool. Snatching that tool from the hands of journalists of any stripe ultimately damages the public's ability to hold the government accountable.

Offered without comment.

Work Readiness Avoidance

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Honestly, I should be in the shower right now. But the whole Democratic party primary season is starting to get to me. All the angst, anger, pettiness, and general, all around nastiness is pissing me off. Seriously people, think about it, who really cares in the end which of the two get the nomination? Hillary and Barak are both more palatable than any Republican currently running for office.

That doesn't mean I am saying your vote does not count, or that the Primary season is not helpful. Obviously your vote counts, and the primary season is very helpful. Right now the Democratic party is forming it's platform. That is the other, less talked about aspect of the primary season. The various groups and institutions within the Democratic machine hash out their differences and come to a consensus on issues, not just candidates.

In the end, it is not so much what issues the candidates themselves believe in, so much as they are competent and capable of running the government. Or, because they are following BushCo™, repair the government. In the end, the will of the people will force it's desire on who ever is the head of the government. Unless, of course, the person is incompetent, as we're currently experiencing.
Star Tribune

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq - Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday endorsed, for the first time, the idea of pausing the drawdown of U.S. forces from Iraq this summer.

"A brief period of consolidation and evaluation probably does make sense," Gates told reporters after meeting with Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq. Petraeus has indicated in recent weeks that he wants a "period of evaluation" this summer to assess the impact on Iraq security of reducing the U.S. military presence from 20 brigades to 15 brigades.

In other words, you bastards lied to us about the surge, its purpose, the goals, and its actual success. Had the surge produced positive change, made the political, ethnic and religious conditions more favorable for peaceful coexistence, would there even need to be a discussion of "consolidation and evaluation?" Of course not. We could bring our service personnel home without any type of waiting and evaluating. There would be clear, observable facts on the ground even as I type this post. But that is not the case, is it?

11 Killed in Baghdad

5 US soldier killed

Arming Iraq's Future Gangs

Iraqi Women Struggle

The wingnuts can scream all they want about schools being painted, etc., etc., etc. But in the end, there is still too much conflict, death, and destruction in Iraq to claim any kind of success.

Once Again, I Get Mail!

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The Daily Brew 
February 10, 2008

As I was watching the returns come in from Maine, where Senator Obama won his forth straight contest since Super Tuesday, I was getting irritated by the fact that the corporate news continues to include the so-called Super Delegates in the reported delegate totals. As we know, the Super Delegates can change their minds, and there is good reason to suspect they might. Many senior party members are already cautioning the Super Delegates that they should think twice before changing the results, should they eventually show a decisive preference among the voters.

Reporting the Super Delegates as though their votes were cast in stone has the effect of showing Senator Clinton as "leading" the race, when in fact, Senator Obama has actually won more delegates in the state contests. This is just one of the myriad of small ways the corporate press use to try to control the outcome of our political process.

Since it is clear that the media is using the Super Delegates to skew the race, I was curious to see how much effect the Super Delegates are having in undermining the voters from their own states. So I did a quick check to see how many of the Super Delegates were committed to a candidate that lost in their home states.

What I learned is that there are 42 Super Delegates committed to Senator Clinton from states Senator Obama won, and there are 32 Super Delegates committed to Senator Obama from states Senator Clinton won. This discrepancy accounts for more than a third of the 27 delegate "lead" that CNN is reporting for Senator Clinton.

Here, for your edification, are the names of those Super Delegates:

Just for kicks, I thought

Super Delegates Committed to Senator Clinton from States Senator Obama
Won:
(42 total so far)

DNC Patti Higgins (AK)
DNC Joe Reed (AL)
Rep. Diane DeGette (CO)
DNC Manny Rodriguez (CO)
DNC Maria Handley (CO)
DNC Ramona Martinez (CO)
DNC Ellen Camhi (CT)
Gov. Ruth Ann Minner (DE)
DNC Rhett Ruggerio (DE)
DNC Karen Valentine (DE)
Rep. David Scott (GA)
Rep. John Lewis (GA)
Michael Thurmond (GA)
Carole Dabbs (GA)
Lonnie Plott (GA)
DNC John Rednour (IL)
Rep. Leonard Boswell (IA)
DNC Sandy Opstvedt (IA)
DNC Sarah Swisher (IA)
DNC Mike Gronstal (IA)
DNC Teresa Krusor (KS)
Gov. John Baldacci (ME)
DNC Ken Curtis (ME)
VP Walter Mondale (MN)
DNC Jackie Stevenson (MN)
DNC Rick Stafford (MN)
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (MO)
Fmr. Rep. Dick Gephardt (MO)
DNC Doug Brooks (MO)
DNC Sandy Querry (MO)
DNC Don Fowler (SC)
DNC Marva Smalls (SC)
DNC Hon. Karen Hale (UT)
DNC Helen Langan (UT)
Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA)
Sen. Patty Murray (WA)
Rep. Jay Inslee (WA)
Former Speaker Tom Foley (WA)
DNC Ron Sims (WA)
Rep. Norm Dicks (WA)

Super Delegates Committed to Senator Obama from States Senator Clinton
Won:
(32 total so far)

Gov. Janet Napolitano (AZ)
Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ)
Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA)
Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA)
Rep. Barbara Lee (CA)
Rep. Adam Schiff (CA)
Rep. George Miller (CA)
Rep Zoe Lofgren (CA)
Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA)
DNC Hon. Eric Garcetti (CA)
DNC Norma Torres (CA)
Rep. Robert Wexler (FL)
DNC Allan Katz (FL)
Gov. Deval Patrick (MA)
Sen. John Kerry (MA)
Sen. Ted Kennedy (MA)
Rep. William Delahunt (MA)
Rep. Michael Capuano (MA)
DNC Alan Solomont (MA)
Rep. John Conyers (MI)
Rep. Steve Rothman (NJ)
DNC Steven Horsford (NV)
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH)
Rep. Paul Hodes (NH)
DNC Hon. Martha Fuller Clark (NH)
Fmr DNC Chair Fred Harris (NM)
DNC Kitti Asbury - (OK)
Rep. Jim Cooper (TN)
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Wrong Point People

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Everyone is so focused on Chelsea in this controversy that they are missing the point: Hillary Clinton is being portrayed as so morally reprehensible that she would stoop to whoring her own daughter. Again, this in not about Chelsea, this is about Hillary. Remember this?

story.gifCalling Hillary a whore is in keeping with the misogynistic chorus that produced this disgusting piece of political agitprop.
So, did David Shuster deserve to be suspended? Hell Yes!

Ann Coulter = Ignorant wench

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the things in my head go 'round and 'round

Ignorant wench.

No Namaste here. I don't want my spirit soiled by association.
It struck me as funny.

Friday Stolen Code Blogging

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Friday Blogaround
First, a big thanks to Pen-Elayne for keeping her blogroll off BlogRolling so I could use her site as the source for this week's Liberal Coalition blogaround.

So, better late than never...
- A Blog Around The Clock: Darwin thanks the lowly worm.
- archy on James Dobson's hissy-fit.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof on the theory of stupid design.
- Bloggg: where are the Republicans on autism?
- Collective Sigh: more Medicare woes.
- Dohiyi Mir: fast NTodd.
- Echidne Of The Snakes: read this and this.
- Left Is Right: Bush administration says no to mental health benefits for veterans.
- Lefty Side of the Dial has three questions each day this week.
- Liberty Street has moved. Please update your blogroll...if it's working.
- Musing's musings compares the two.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web on life during wartime.
- Rook's Rant wraps up SuperDuperTuesday.
- rubber hose says goodbye to Mitt.
- Scrutiny Hooligans: help the Super Tuesday tornado victims.
- SoonerThought: Warren Buffett on bank woes: "poetic justice."
- Speedkill on harassing Andy Rooney.
- Steve Bates, The Yellow Doggerel Democrat on making his choice for the primary.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation on Rush on McCain not hating liberals enough.
- T. Rex's Guide to Life: a flag lapel pin should not be the deciding factor.
- The Invisible Library: Keith tells why he supports Obama.
- WTF Is It Now?? - Constabulary notes.
- ...You Are A Tree on greeting cards for unusual events.
If you're in South Florida this weekend, there's a car show on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables this Sunday, February 10, from 10 to 4. I'll be there.

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I hate Blogrolling.com too. Always unreliable. But it's free, and the only link manager service around with no intrusive requirements.

The Morning After

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It was a bad 80's movie. Now it's all about the aftermath of Super Tuesday.

The Washington Post. Obama, McCain, Clinton!

The New York Times. Obama, McCain, Clinton!

The Star Tribune. Obama, McCain, Clinton!

CNN. Obama, McCain, Clinton!

MSNBC. Obama, McCain, Clinton!

The AP. Obama, McCain, Clinton!

Follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road. But do yourself a favor and don't pull a Jane Fonda and puke in Jeff Bridge's lap.

Isn't it sad how I've mangled together two movie references. Only here, at Rook's Rant, can such a display of pathetic writing greet you this early in the morning.

Shakopee Valley News

Zyprexa, as well as the other atypical antipsychotics, are being prescribed for children, even though this is an unapproved, off-label use. Eli Lilly has been charged in allegedly pushing the drug for children in more than one state.
Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, WRONG!

This is nothing more than lazy parents and teachers looking for the easier, softer way to deal with children.

Children are naturally hyper. Children are naturally loud. Children have a tendency to be mean and cruel to each other. Name calling, anger, temper; it is all par for the course with children. They become overwhelmed with their own growing energy. They have short attention spans. They do not need medication.

An ADHD diagnosis should not be made by a primary physician at the local clinic. Nor a child put on any type of antipsychotics, or any mood-altering chemicals, unless they have been thoroughly evaluated by competent, trained and experienced psychiatrists.

All any child really needs is patience, tolerance, and love; with firm, consistent, and continuous boundaries (which requires constant effort by parents to think about more than themselves) that will teach them proper social behavior. And finally, parental realization that they will not see instantaneous results.

I swear, some days it seems our society is one big addict; always wanting what it wants when it wants it and wanting it Right-God-Damn-Now!

Blog Roll

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Whew! That took quite a bit of time. But, it is done. I know have several blog rolls back on the site. Of course, The Liberal Coalition is prominently displayed at the very top left of the site; most fitting, I think. Down farther in the left side you will find a Minnesota Media roll. All Minnesota blogs all the time. On the right, down a bit you will find The Big Roll. It ought be on the left as well, but due to my nature of maintaining some type of visual balance, it is on the right. I know it ain't blog shui, but it will suffice.

Blogroll Amnesty?!?!?!

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96775850_52e37156f1_o.jpgWell, skippy, that great coinage blogger has a post up about Blogroll Amnesty. I have to admit, I've been without a blogroll myself for quite some time. Well, today I've done something about that. I have re-instituted a Blogrolling.com account and am now in the process of populating those rolls with links.

It will take a while. Once apon a time I had over 500 links. Many of them were dead enders, others were long dormant. It was a hassle to weed them out. I had been in the process of dealing with the hassle when I was forced to abandon my rolls completely after updating to MT 4.

You see, I had switched from Blogrolling.com to a MT Plugin called MTBlogRoll. I then unthinkingly deleted all my rolls from Blogrolling.com, after having exported/imported all the rolls. When MT 4 rolled along, it turned out MTBlogRoll was not compatible. Then I lost my data base for MTBlogRoll. So, I lost all my rolls. Hence, the rebuilding process.

So, I am asking for Amnesty while I rebuild my links.

Friday Chess Blogging

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Friday Stolen Code Blogging

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Friday Blogaround
SuperAmazing Tuesday is coming up. So is the weekly visit to the Liberal Coalition.

- A Blog Around The Clock: A Holocaust survivor tells her story.
- archy: A strange flight.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof on Michael Gerson defending the compassion of George W. Bush.
- Bloggg: go shopping in Holland.
- Collective Sigh: send wishes of good health and good spirits to Andante.
- Dohiyi Mir: NTodd gets published.
- Echidne Of The Snakes parses MoDo.
- Left Is Right: an observation on the candidates.
- Lefty Side of the Dial: Lefty makes his choice.
- Liberty Street on honesty.
- Musing's musings: now what?
- Pen-Elayne on the Web slowly recovers and dreams of travel with her own ticket.
- Rook's Rant: Wha...? a green Wall Street Journal blog?
- rubber hose: what counts.
- Scrutiny Hooligans on the threat of blogging.
- SoonerThought: primaries suck.
- Speedkill: Happy birthday, Thomas Paine.
- Steve Bates, The Yellow Doggerel Democrat: remembering Molly Ivins.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation: Rush gets out the vote.
- T. Rex's Guide to Life: the Florida primary wrap.
- The Invisible Library: could a recession be a good thing?
- WTF Is It Now?? Nancy Reagan endorses McCain; wingnuts go nuts.
- ...You Are A Tree offers winter color.
I also hear there's a football game on Sunday. Who's your pick for the game?
Football? What the hell is football? Isn't that soccer or something?

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