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Today I saw an article in the Boston Globe about the emerging market for Right Wing children stories.  

You can read the article here.

I posted it to my Facebook account and decided to sponsor a contest to see who could come up with the best title for a conservative kid's book.

A few suggestions conservative kids books from my FB page:

"The Elf Union That Stole Christmas"
"Naughty Kids Deserve to Work in Sweatshops"
"How PETA Freed the Reindeer and You Got Socks"
A hip-hop conservative tale called "Hate The Player, Not the Game."
A new book from the series "Jimmy the 4th Grade Libertarian", titled "Smoking and Firearms Are My Choice".

My friend Maggie M. decided to post a poem she wrote about the GOP Christmas of 2010.  She is the winner (hands down) - at least of our limited FB version of this game.

So feel free to play along by posting the title of your own right wing children story in the comments section.

And follow me over the fold for Maggie's M's version of the "Twas The Night Before Christmas...."

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The Rachel Maddow for US Senate Faceboook page continues to grow at a steady pace.  The site has been up 13 days and as of this writing it has attracted over 2600 members.

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The move here in Massachusetts to get Rachel Maddow to consider a run against Scott Brown in 2012 has taken a new twist.  NECN did a story today about Brown's re-election bid that mentions the Facebook page that I blogged about here on Kos last night.  

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An old friend of mine from Western Massachusetts has started a Facebook group encouraging Rachel Maddow to think about running for US Senate against Scott Brown in 2012.

He started the group six days ago and there are now nearly 1300 members.  Nearly 400 members have joined in the last twenty four hours alone.

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Last night I made a prediction here on DailyKos that Martha Coakley would lose today because her campaign was such a cluster fuck.

You can read my original post here.

In spite of the fact that I voted for Coakley, and I am a 20 year Democratic campaign veteran, activist, contributor - I was resoundly attacked, called a troll, a Republican, blah blah blah.  That part I don't mind so much.  Well, maybe a little.

But actually what really pissed me off is that I got 20 HR's for presenting my fact based analysis about why Coakley was going to lose.  That's right: 20 HR's for speaking my opinion, which happened to be spot on.

Those of you gave me the donut last night?  Tomorrow morning you will be quoting my diary from yesterday when your friends at work ask you what happened to your candidate in Massachusetts tonight.  So you can make it up to me now by showing me some love here.  

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I hate to say this: Martha Coakley is going to lose tomorrow.  Badly.  And though Health Care will probably play some role in this, at the end of the day Coakley's loss will be entirely because of the absolutely horrendous campaign that she ran.  

The ineptness shown by Martha Coakley and her campaign staff are going to make her more unpopular than Mike Dukakis was after he lost the Presidential election in 1988.  And deservedly so.  

Among other things: Martha's campaign didn't even have locations to do phone banks until last Wednesday.  And they were still scrambling this weekend to put phones up.  

In short, this campaign has been a cluster-fuck of epic proportions.

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The same witness who said that a "sharp dressed man" assisted would-be bomber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab board Flight 253 without a passport also claimed that the FBI arrested a second potential bomber on the ground after bomb sniffing dogs alerted on a bag inside the terminal.  

Kurt Haskell, the attorney from Taylor, Michigan who witnessed the sharp dressed man along with his wife Lori, has posted his observations and comments on MLive.com.

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A number of diaries and comments on Kos today seem to be playing up the fact that HCR last night passed by 220 to 215 - a margin of one or two votes.

I think it is a mistake to assume that this close margin was anything but strategic move by the House leadership.  Could the vote margin have been higher?  Yes, it could have been, and it would have been nice if it were.

But why put some vulnerable Dems at risk unnecessarily?  Why not secure the 220 votes, and then release the other, more vulnerable members to vote against the measure?    

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Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 05:44 PM PDT

Visiting Gettysburg

by AdamSmithsInvisibleFinger

So my wife and I just returned from an amazing ten day road trip.  We started in NYC, spent a few days in DC and then headed up to Gettysburg for a two day visit.  

On the first full day we were there we hired a tour guide to drive our car and take us on a two hour tour of the battlefield.  It was incredible.

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Have you ever been to Gettysburg?

85%109 votes
5%7 votes
9%12 votes

| 128 votes | Vote | Results

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I wrote this post the other day after reading Jake Desantis' resignation letter in the NYT.  I've gotten some very positive responses from my colleagues and fellow educators - so I thought I would share it again here.  

Happy Friday, and pray for good economic news soon.

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One of today's big stories on the net was the open resignation letter from Jack Desantis (executive VP of AIG) to Ed Liddy, AIG's CEO.  

Follow me over the fold for my analysis and response.

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Pat Crowley over at Rhode Island's Future reports on yesterday's Progressive Media Summit which brought in a number of Senators, including Harry Reid.

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