Look at this list. You will see Hillary Clinton's name on it. This vote killed and injured hundreds of thousands of people.The cost of this vote, when fully realized will be in the trillions.
It is ok for you to be pissed about this. Frankly I get angry when I see fawning fluffy articles about how awesome Joe Biden is, because he's on that list too.
I've gone on record on this site as stating that I will vote for Hillary Clinton if she gets the nomination because I'm a grown up and I understand that being a grown up means making choices between undesirable options. But let's be clear about one thing. Hillary Clinton did not just do "something bad", she enabled one of, if not the worst action in American foreign policy history. In my mind everyone on that list should be disqualified from the presidency. And that opinion is completely valid.
Ten years ago today Elliott Smith took his own life. He was an amazing songwriter and performer and touched a lot of people's lives with his music. I'm glad I finally got to see him perform a few years before he died. He is and will continue to be missed by many.
Here are a few of my favorites. What are yours?
A few days before the election Erick Erickson wrote a diary entry called "50,000 Feet Looking Down". Kossack pollwatcher wrote a dairy about it, as did a few others. It's basically a doom and gloom piece where he talks about how the election doesn't really matter and we'll do it again in a few years and blah blah blah.
But full week after reading Erick Son of Erick's piece it's still bothering me and I just have to get a few things off my chest. See, I believe the way Erick and many other people think about their religion is a big obstacle to making progress in the world today.
Didn't see a diary on this so here we go. I emailed Pacific Power the other day after reading jamie ahmad's diary Rush Advertisers in Portland, OR and let them know how disheartened and offended I was to see them on the list of local advertisers for Rush's show. Today I got this response:
I am the advertising manager at Pacific Power, and it is our general media
placement policy to stay out of programming that is either controversial or
extremely negative. However, you are correct, our recent media buy did include
his program -- which was an oversight on my part, not realizing the day part and
station we were purchasing included this program. We adjusted our media buy
earlier this week (March 5), as soon as we realized the error.
Again, I do appreciate your concerns and for contacting us.
Props to Pacific Power for doing the right thing.
Keep up the pressure on the local advertisers. Many of them have bought package deals and don't even know they are advertising on Rush.
I'm just loving these headlines
Jeffrey Feldman has done a couple of wonderful diaries about the Palin Phenomenon. You can and should read them here and here. They got me thinking about how our society has allowed the rise of someone like Palin, and what we can do to turn it around. Sarah Palin didn't happen in a vacuum, and I suspect that some of the reasons that her followers seem to love her are not as unreasonable as they seem.
Tomorrow at 5:00 pm I'll be going to The Mississippi Pizza Pub here in Portland Oregon to watch some live music. Portland has a great music scene and I often like to go out and see shows, but this time I'm going out to help and support someone who really needs it. Her name is Amy Maddux and the show is a benefit to help her with her cancer treatments.
I whole heartedly congratulate Barack Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. As is always the case with awards like this it is a shame that there can only be one given out as there are usually many deserving people and organizations. So I decided to write this diary as a shout out to some of the people that were being considered but did not receive the honor.
This list is by no means comprehensive and I am not an expert on any of the candidates, so if I got something wrong or there are corrections to be made please post them in the comments and I will update accordingly. That said join me over the jump for a look at the runners up.
About a week ago the Broomfield County Democrats passed a resolution that put pressure on Colorado elected officials to support the Public Option. My County's Democratic party is holding it's monthly meeting next week and I was thinking about going to it and advocating for them to issue a similar resolution. There's only one problem.
For people with incomes just above that level, insurance would be considered affordable if they could find a policy with premiums equal to no more than, say, 3 percent or 4 percent of their income. For people with incomes exceeding three times the poverty level ($66,150 for a family of four), insurance might be deemed unaffordable if the premiums were more than, say, 12.5 percent to 15 percent of their income.
If this really is the state of current negotiations over the heathcare bill then one thing is perfectly clear:
The Trigger is a 12.5-15% tax on the middle class
I was looking on HCAN's healthcare event locator tool thingy the other day and noticed that there was a candlelight vigil in Portland across from Senator Wyden's office last night. I've kind of decided to make a habit of photographing and writing diaries about events like these so I figured what the heck I'll go down and see what's up. I expected to see a small group of mainly retired people with a few candles and signs, but when I got there something unexpected happened.