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This Is Way Cool

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The Republican candidate who was running for NY-23, Scozzafav, dropped out of the race today. All the way around; this is not a good sign for either the Republican party or the conservatives. While the Democratic party has often aired it's dirty laundry in public, and rarely hid infighting, in the end a consensus was build, and the party moved forward. But the Republicans are not infighting. What we are witnessing is disintegration.

The extremists have taken the title of conservatism and pushed out those who are truly conservative. In the process, they have divided the Republican party. The demands of lock-step unity the party pursued during the first 5 and a half years of the Bush presidency prevented the honest airing of policy differences and prevented compromise, creating a buildup of toxic animosity and vitriol.

This is a party that lost any ability to look within itself and see its mistakes and to accept the failures of their ideology. Instead, they cling harder to what they believed is the only way and now walk down a political blind alley. As such, they are not likely to adjust their stance to the prevailing political will of the people.

Instead of seeing politics as simple leadership, they have developed a mindset of their party as a way of life. And at this time in history, they see their way of life as needing to eradicate liberalism. Unfortunately, in their desire to destroy liberalism they have taken to destroying themselves.

Wrong Mutant Power

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Showed this to The GirlFriend™ who initially found it stupid. Eventually she was laughing so hard she had to hold her thighs together to keep from pissing herself.

Friday Stolen Code Blogging

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I do not have a lot of time. I am blogging from one of my Dunn Bros. Coffee shops. This one is in Hastings. But, I have to get to my job up in Fridley, which is still a 45 minute drive. So, I have to make today's stolen code blogging brief.

Friday Blogaround

Hallowe'en this weekend. Here's what spooked up the LC.
- A Blog Around The Clock interviews Daniel Brown, a self-described biologoholic.
- archy with some mammoth news.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof: There's no better sign that you're on the right track than when William Kristol says you're doomed.
- Bloggg: college tours...Delaware.
- Dohiyi Mir snarks the good news.
- Echidne Of The Snakes on women in the labor force.
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog: why the left must confront the Democrats.
- Iddybud Journal links to a scary anniversary 80 years later.
- Left Is Right: changing the world.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web: there's a law for that.
- Rook's Rant: Joe Who?
- rubber hose: heckle and jeckle.
- Scrutiny Hooligans: good luck, Gordon.
- Steve Bates, The Yellow Doggerel Democrat, on healthcare reform, sorta.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation: the truth doesn't matter to some.
- The Invisible Library: Jane Austen goes Martian.
- WTF Is It Now?? -- Lou Dobbs craziness.
Take two Snickers and call me on Thanksgiving.
That is all for today.

Irrelevant

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Joe Lieberman grandstanding. This is his effort at appearing relevant. He is not. Someday Joe is going to rudely be made aware of just how insignificant he is to the American people. The Democratic Party seems more sorry for him than anything, hence the continued allowance of caucusing with them. The Republican Party probably does not trust him, what with his turncoat actions these last 8 years. Of coures, had he simply switched from Democrat to Republican, he would have more trust, but he would not have the appearance of importance. As an Independent caucusing with the Democrats, he gets to make all sorts of threats in an effort to lay claim to being important.

Yes, he does, in the end, have some power. But the cost to his political future is probably more than he realizes. I suspect his state is not as red as he believes, and that a solid candidate will take him out easily. Indeed, I suspect most independents will probably not come to his defense at the next election. Further, most Republicans, those that are left, will be so rabidly anti everything not WASP that they will not be willing to vote for him.

It really is a shame that his ego is getting in the way of his duty as a Senator to do what is best for the country. Instead, his behavior paints a man who fails to recognizes his best political days are behind him; an also ran who did not quite make the grade. I am not so much angry at his power play as I pity his pathetic, last grasp at relevancy.

Yet, despite my pity, I have no recourse except to announce him as Jack Ass of the Day.

Forward Thinking?

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You know, considering trends were apparent like 30 years ago that minority plurality was increasing while "white" majority status was decreasing, you would think the GOP would have done some long-term planning about how to include them in their base. Obviously not.

Gruesome

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Eww! They eat their own.

Right-wing bloggers have recently attacked Newt Gingrich for endorsing Republican Dede Scozzafava over Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in the special election to fill Army Secretary John McHugh's (R-NY) vacated congressional seat. On her blog, Michelle Malkin said "no thanks" to the possibility of a Gingrich 2012 presidential run, noting that he is the "most prominent GOP endorser of [the] radical leftist NY-23 congressional candidate," while at RedState.com, Erick Erickson reportedly wrote -- before removing the post -- that Gingrich "stands athwart history and pees on the legacy of 1994."
I have to say, I take some small satisfaction in seeing Gingrich suffer the slings and arrows he inflicted on the Democrats and Clinton back in the 1990s.

The problem with monsters is that they turn on their masters.

Impatience

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It is the one character flaw that has dogged me my whole life. In many ways it is part of the addiction I have worked hard to overcome. Basically, I have always wanted what I wanted, when I wanted it, and I want it right damn now.

The battle for Health Care Reform has exposed this same underlying character flaw in the United States. While some cooler heads in congress have patiently, and diligently, worked the political currents of Washington, most of the nation outside the beltway have been screeching and howling about not having single payer universal health insurance as of last decade. One of the reasons I have done very little blogging about health care reform -- other than noting some articles --  is because I recognize this is a long-term change for the country. It is a battle of inches, not yards.

Anyway, after all the noise, hair-pulling, and general all-around shrilling is done, there will be a new direction for health care in this country. At this time, I have to accept I am without health care. I also will have to accept it may be possible I never receive the level of coverage I was accustomed to back 5 to 10 years ago. However, I do believe that future generations after me will eventually receive a level of coverage that I never experienced. I am okay with that.

Yes, the selfish part of me desires universal single payer coverage as of October 5th, 1961, but it is not going to happen. But at least I can rest easy in knowing a change is occurring. It is just that it is not occurring at the pace I selfishly desire.

Now, get the hell off my lawn.....

Err, scratch that. I live in an apartment.

In Pain

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I am in pain 24/7. I am not saying this to garner sympathy, or to make excuses. But it has been on my mind for a while to simply share this fact. Ever since I hurt myself rollerskating, I have been in constant pain. Some days are not as bad as other. I can even get in a stretch of 2 days without taking any Tylenol.

For a while I was using Ibuprofen, but when it wore off, it caused my joints and teeth to ache. At least with the Tylenol, I simply have a resumption of my back, legs, and heal/arch pain. When I was biking, and stretching out, I managed to keep it reduced to a simple irritation. But with the weather change, and the move, I have not been able to get out on my bike. So, I am experiencing an increase in my discomfort.

Thankfully, back in 1997, or so, I stumbled across the book "Wherever You Go There You Are." Great primer on Mindfulness Meditation, which helps me deal with the pain. I am still able to focus on other parts of life. Actually, it is more than that; it helps me to not get so worked up about the pain that I keep focusing on it to the exclusion of the rest of life.

Anyway, just wanted to share with you that little tidbit about my life. Now, go on about your business. Ignore me and my pain. Seriously, do not mind me, all crippled and gimpy. And get off of my lawn, you--you--you hooligans! Well, that is, if I had a lawn.

Insensitive pricks. </snark>

Friday Stolen Code Blogging

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Friday Blogaround

Here's the week from the LC:

- A Blog Around The Clock: one huge spider.
- archy: vile hyperbole.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof takes on Pat Buchanan.
- Bloggg: I wonder who Moi wants to win the Series.
- Dohiyi Mir: family news.
- Echidne Of The Snakes: reader appreciation day.
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog: mail call.
- ...I Am A Tree: band on the run.
- Left Is Right: Chamber of Commerce pwn'd.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web: There's a rep for that.
- Rook's Rant: limp Republicans.
- rubber hose at the movies.
- Scrutiny Hooligans: how to run for city council.
- Steve Bates: money talks.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation: getting humble.
- The Invisible Library reviews The Demolished Man.
- WTF Is It Now?? Hitler vs. the Balloon Boy.
On to the World Series...
Spiders!?!?!?! I hate spiders. Sigh. But I still have to leave the link. Thieves can not be choosers.

Oh, and on a related note; sorry, no Friday Cat Blogging. My camera's battery died earlier this week and I have yet to unearth it's charger from the myriad of boxes still sealed away after the move. Do you know how hard it is to find a place for all your belonging when you move from a 3 bedroom house with full basement to a 2 bedroom apartment?

Just What I Thought

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James Wolcott may not read my blog, but he must read my mind, because when I heard about Jake Tapper's doh act earlier this morning, my first thought was; he's working on a move to Fox. But, I was in a hurry..... errrr, well, actually, I just did not feel all that motivated to put my thoughts to words. Good thing, too, because James always does it better.

See kids, sometimes procrastination is a good thing.

Another Straw-Man Argument

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The Bush Legacy exports to England.

"We have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieve greater prosperity and opportunity for all," Brian Griffiths, who was a special adviser to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, said yesterday at a panel discussion at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The panel's discussion topic was, "What is the place of morality in the marketplace?"
Honest to FSM! We have to tolerate inequality? At what point do we get to stand up and call these people idiots? No on is suggesting that everyone have the exact same pay. However, I also know that the current system is unbalanced, giving the rich the upper hand to the detriment to the financial system as a whole.


Part E?

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Medicare Part E!?!?!?! Hell, sign me up!

Wimpy Republicans?

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I am not sure what to make of this study. I have to be honest, I kept looking for the Onion logo. Anyway:

DURHAM, N.C. -- Young men who voted for Republican John McCain or Libertarian candidate Robert Barr in the 2008 presidential election suffered an immediate drop in testosterone when the election results were announced, according to a study by researchers at Duke University and the University of Michigan.

In contrast, men who voted for the winner, Democrat Barack Obama, had stable testosterone levels immediately after the outcome.

Female study participants showed no significant change in their testosterone levels before and after the returns came in.

No wonder only 20% of the population now support the Republicans.

Hat Tip ASZ

Ouch!

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Oh man! 20%?!?!?! That has got to hurt.

State Rights

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You mean the Obama Administration is upholding the constitution?

Good Morning Blogstonia!

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Gee, I woke up with some energy this morning. My cold is slowly being overcome by my body's immune system, my back is not hurting so much, and it is beautiful outside. Probably the last bright day for a while. Anyway, I thought I would write a quick post. I have not yet gone through my morning read, just started reading Balloon Juice. That, of course, lead to a side link about Joan Holloway.

Anyway, I might have more to say later. Or I may not. It is, as always, dependent on the fickle finger of fate. And SFM only knows where that finger has been.

New Avatar

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I signed up for a service years ago called Gravatar. The original picture I used for an Avatar sucked, but I figured the service would not last long. Imagine my surprise when WordPress became associated with them recently. That called for a new Avatar.

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Unfortunately, it seems to be taking it's time filtering through the intertubes. The old Avatar is still showing up at Bryan's blog.

Welcome To Sunday

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Yesterday was a lazy day, where the most work I did was about 20 minutes of writing on a short story. One I haven't looked at for almost 5 months. Then I did some dictation to Dragon Naturally Speaking, but after an hour, my throat dried up. With my cold, that is not a good thing. Still, in the end it was a relaxing, do nothing day.

Today? I am going to head to my job in Red Wing. I have some paperwork that needs catching up. So, how is your day going?

The Weekly

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Because, you know, I can.

Friday Cat Blogging

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In this post there would be pictures of cats, but I have not yet found my USB cable for my camera. However, I have not given up hope. Stay tuned. Or run and hide. Your choice.

UPDATE:
If you didn't run and hide....., well it is too late. I found the USB cable.

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Friday Stolen Code Blogging

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Sigh.

I have been remiss oh these many months. But today I am going to make an effort at amends. Well, okay. Not amends. But I am going to make a renewed effort at resuming my felonious code stealing. So, without further ado;

Friday Blogaround

Can you believe we're already half-way through October? Here's what the LC has to report on.

- A Blog Around The Clock: Darwin on Facebook.
- archy: nasty and mean with a side of stupid.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof: In a world where Lindsey Graham is a liberal...
- Bloggg: Buy American for Hallowe'en.
- Dohiyi Mir: Further adventures in babyhood.
- Echidne Of The Snakes: Here we go again.
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog: 30 senators vote against rape victims.
- ...I Am A Tree: random searches.
- Iddybud Journal links to a moment with John Cleese.
- Left Is Right: bits and pieces.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web: Lego Zombies!
- Rook's Rant bows to Mr. Wolcott.
- rubber hose on how not to influence a renegade senator.
- Scrutiny Hooligans on those wacky Europeans and their healthcare.
- Speedkill: Ugh.
- Steve Bates explains his silence.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation on the Prize.
- WTF Is It Now?? - A conservative Brit takes on Glenn Beck.
How's the weather up there?
Oh, and the weather sucks up here. Overcast, rainy, cold. And to top it all off, I have had a cold for just over a week and a half. So, I am irritable and cranky. I suggest you all just behave yourselves while here at my blog.

Wait. Scratch that. I forgot who I am writing too. Carry on as always.

Ladies And Gentlemen!

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In the tradition of Laural and Hardy, Burns and Allen, Lewis and Martin, Abbott and Costello, Rowan and Martin, and Cheech and Chong, I introduce to you today Cheney and Kristol!

Of course, it begs the question; who plays the straight man?

The Power of Wolcott

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When Mr. Wolcott is writing as a critic, I find his use of $10 dollar words create an image of pretension and arrogance. Most likely this is a result of my issues filtering his content than any actual pretension or arrogance on his part. None-the-less, I ended up discontinuing his RSS feed because of that impression. That, and Vanity Fair screwed up their RSS feeds.

However, every once in a while, he writes a simple, elegant post that manages to force a different perspective on me.

Now, I have made no effort to apologies for Mr. Polanski's rape of a 13 year old girl back in the 1970s. I believe it was heinous, perverted, and disgusting. But my concern has been with re-raping this woman today. And to be honest, I still stand by that. No justice is achieved by dragging this sordid tale of depravity and perversion through the public sphere once again.

Yet, with James' simple post, he has managed to get me to see the whole hypocricy of Hollywood, which would come to Mr. Polanski's rescue and at the same time vilify a victim, such as Mackenzie Phillips.

Sicker Than Normal

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No fever. But my nose has enough snot to fill 5 dump trucks. And believe me when I say my nose is big enough for just such a feat. I am currently debating whether or not to call in sick. I work at a hospital, but in a building separate from the actual facility, so I would not be endangering any already sick patients.

Tylenol extra-strength has knocked down the muscle aches and stiffness. And without the Musinex, I would most definitely be unable to make it to work, the cold having settled deeply into my chest. No cough yet, thankfully. However, the scratch in my throat, though muted by the Tylenol, agitates enough to make itself evident. Mostly, I just do not have the energy.

Maybe a shower will help improve my energy.

And Sometimes I Get Lucky

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I stumbled into this mate by simple dumb luck.

Sacrifice!

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Giving up my Queen for Checkmate.

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Happy Anniversary To Me!

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That is right! Today is the 48th anniversary of my birth day. JFK was still alive, the Beatles were just getting famous, and Johnnie Carson was not yet hosting a show.

Wow!

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Lord, help us all. This is what drives the modern Republican party.



I thank MN Progressive Project for finding this little gem. Garish, crude, and painful. But still a gem.

But what I do not understand is how he thought it was okay to tape this whole situation. It just reinforces his whole clown act as that - an act.

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