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On this 40th anniversary of the coup in Chile, I thought I'd repost a diary I wrote here back in 2006 about an encounter I'd had with Pinochet. It happened in 1988, when the dictator was trying to soften his image in the early stages of the Yes/No referendum campaign that would have allowed him to remain in power for another 10 years. Pinochet lost that vote in a stunning triumph for the opposition, and I like to think my story illustrates in a small way how the people prevailed over a regime that used every trick to try and turn the vote their way.

My camera back in those days was just a simple, non-zoom point and shoot, and the events described took place at night, so the quality isn't great. But there is Pinochet, 2nd person after the gap in the line, in the big military cap, looking towards me.

Anyway, the repost of my enounter with Pinochet is below the squiggle:
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Adam Kokesh, last seen here in this diary by Clytemnestra as organizer of the ill-conceived July 4th Open Carry March on Washington (or, as Clytemnestra called it, the What The Fuck Could Possibly Go Wrong Marching On Washington D.C. With Loaded Weapons" event) was arrested Saturday in Philadelphia at a rally for something which garners somewhat more approval here at DailyKos: marijuana legalization.

I want to leave aside any judgment on Kokesh: his brand of extreme libertarianism is bound to encompass some ideas that liberals will despise and some that they will applaud. So be it. What I find interesting to consider, however, is WHY Koresh was one of the few people singled out for arrest.

Join me below the fleur-de-kos for a bit of background on Philadelphia's monthly marijuana protests and the events leading up to today's arrests.

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In yet another round of "with friends like this, who needs enemies,' Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason had this to say about Mitt Romney:

“A lot of people see him as a moderate, not a conservative. You know what’s nice about him? He can be anything you want him to be. I don’t know why he hasn’t connected better, but we still have 35 days.
Ummm, Rob? A lot of people haven't connected with Romney for the exact reason you mentioned.

It's always refreshing to see that Republican officials see nothing wrong with coming right out and admitting that their candidate stands for nothing. True, Gleason is not as colorful a phrase-turner as Romney senior advisor Eric Fehrnstrom, who last March delivered his famous Etch-A-Sketch comment:

“I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch a Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.”
But give Gleason credit for adding fresh brushstrokes to the portrait of Romney as a man of no principles. Indeed, the interview in the link above with Gleason provided new fodder for a number of GOP failures. Take this bit:
And though having Romney surrogates such as son Tagg or wife Ann stump for the candidate is useful, Gleason said the campaign will have to see an opening before deciding to send Romney repeatedly.

“The wife is important, but look, we all know, we need him to come back,” he said. “We need him to decide to play here and we’re doing everything we can to make sure that happens.”

That's right. He said "the wife." Not Ann Romney. Not Ann. Not even Mitt Romney's wife. Just "the wife," which pretty much encapsulates Republican attitudes toward women.

Or how about this one:

Asked about a recent internal party poll that conflicts with most independent polls because it showed Romney within a point of Obama, Gleason launched into a fervent defense of the poll’s author, Jim Lee, president of Susquehanna Polling and Research in Harrisburg.

“We've been using him for 15 years,” Gleason said. “I pay him a lot of money and he’s not going to give me the wrong result.”

Yes, he was referring to the recent Susquehanna Research poll that showed Romney withing a point or two of Obama in Pennsylvania, despite every other poll showing Obama leading by a much wider margin. Yes, he was referring to the poll done for right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife's newspaper The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the poll done by the Pennsylvania GOP's favorite polling company.

So yes, the poll is contradicted by every other shred of evidence. The poll was commissioned by a right-wing billionaire. The poll was done by the GOP's own polling outfit. But we should believe it because the Pennsylvania GOP "pays him a lot of money."

Because in Republican minds, nothing speaks truth like money.


Silly I know, but from the very moment I heard that phrase "a quirk in the law" as the Romney campaign's response to the Boston Globe article exposing his lies about his tenure at Bain Capital, my mind started singing it in rhythm to the line "It was against the law" in the Paul Simon song Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard.

Even sillier, the alternative lyrics kept growing in my mind all day. Here are the results. I hope you get a least a small chuckle:

Poor Mitt Romney rolled outta bed and saw what was gettin’ attention
‘The Boston Globe!’ he began to shout, “has another damn investigation!”

'It’s just a quirk in the law
It’s just a quirk in the law
What the reporters saw
It’s just a quirk in the law'

Well Mitt looks down and spits on the ground
Every time the Bain story gains traction
'I don’t care if it’s true, I’m tellin’ you, I demand that they make a retraction'

'I’m on my way!
Don’t they know where I’m goin’?
I’m on my way!
I’m taking what’s mine and where I belong!
Hello White House and the levers of power
Seeing me and my Ann down in the Rose garden
Seeing me and my Ann down in the Rose Garden'

But every day there’s another takeaway
As the press lets the stories leak
Mitt Romney’s a liar, his pants are on fire
And it’s all on the cover of Newsweek

Well, he’s lost his way
He don’t know where he’s going
He’s lost his way
Too many lies that he just can’t square
Goodbye White House and the levers of power
No to Mitt and Ann down in the Rose Garden
No to Mitt and Ann down in the Rose Garden


Here's a blast from the past, from Daily Kos on January 28th, 2008:

Jonah Goldberg's faux Pultizer "nomination"

It seems back when conservative blatherer Goldberg's earlier book Liberal Fascism was published in 2008, he was trumpeting the fact that he'd been 'nominated' for a Pulitzer. In truth, his name had been 'submitted' to the Pulitzer committee, as are thousands of others each year. He was never among the few actually chosen as nominees to potentially win the award.

Four years later, he has a new book out, The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas, and he tries to pull the exact same trick. The dust jacket for his book proclaims that Goldberg has "twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.", he's still NEVER been nominated. Details below...

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Right-wing attack dog Regnery Publishing has announced plans to launch a children's imprint.

Regnery's stable of writers for its adult division includes such deep thinkers as Ann Coulter, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh's baby brother David. They are the publisher behind conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi's slanderous and thoroughly debunked Swiftboat attack on presidential candidate John Kerry, as well as Corsi's laughable Where's the Birth Certificate? attack on Barack Obama.

They have published books by William "abort every black baby and your crime rate would go down," Bennett and Patrick "Hitler was an individual of great courage" Buchanan. They've published National Rifle Association gun nut Wayne LaPierre and Watergate burglar G. Gordon Liddy.  They've published Michelle "In Defense of Internment" Malkin, J. D. "You could marry your horse" Hayworth and George "Macaca" Allen.

Now they're coming after the children. Is it too soon to get a restraining order? (More beyond the squiggle....)

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Fri Oct 07, 2011 at 09:39 AM PDT

Occupy Philly Day One Photoblog

by DebtorsPrison

Philadelphia joined the #OccupyWallStreet movement yesterday as #OccupyPhilly got underway.

Today's Philadelphia Inquirer pegged the crowd at around 700 in its opening hours, and although I have no gift for estimating crowds, I wouldn't argue with that. What was especially nice about this front page coverage by the Inquirer was its emphasis on the great age range of the protesters.

Join me below the fold for some of the photos I took yesterday.


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I thought it might be a good time to point out some curious edits to Andrew Breitbart's recent book 'Righteous Indignation.'

I happen to have one of the Advance Readers Copies shipped out to reviewers by the publisher months ago.  There were some very interesting changes made before the final version currently moldering on bookstore shelves was released.  It seems that Breitbart has a rather negative attitude towards Jews.  Indeed, he expresses the desire to go back in time and finish off the job Hitler started.

Yes, he really wrote that. Join me below the fold for details...

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The DKos Travel Board will be bringing you an occasional round-up of news from the intersection of travel, politics and environment. Here's our first installment!

In this week's edition:

  1. Tourism Brings Flu to Mountain Gorillas
  2. Unvaccinated Kids at Risk for Getting Measles Overseas
  3. Former Iron Curtain Border Becoming Ecological Green Belt
  4. Netherlands Sends Sea Lions to Alaska to Aid Repopulation
  5. Airlines Step Up Rhetoric Against EU Carbon Trading
  6. Scary Air travel Stories Put Focus on FAA Budget
  7. Americans Using Tax Refunds for Travel

Details below the fold

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Ah, ecotourism! Something to dream about: Adventuring in lush natural settings while conserving the environment and benefiting the locals...

Aaugh, ecotourism! Something to argue about: Flying halfway around the world in some polluting aircraft to add stress to fragile ecosystems and gawk at the locals...

There's truth in both arguments, but the sumptuously photographed book Authentic Ecolodges wants us to believe that you can have a comfortable and even pampered vacation in a fabulous wilderness location in places that are off the grid, locally owned, locally sourced and as environmentally low-impact as possible.

Will it make you dream of packing your bags? Join me below the fold…

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Certainly, the book biz is undergoing rapid changes these days, with publishers and book merchandisers grappling with the rise of e-books. Still, it’s hard to understand the thinking behind THIS:

Barnes & Noble has confirmed what it is calling "a small number of organizational changes this week" that the retailer said were "designed to better align our resources with our business." The changes appear to be mostly in the buying group. B&N wouldn’t confirm the number or names of people let go, but PW has learned that Bob Wietrak, the well-known v-p of merchandising, and Marcella Smith, director of small press and vendor relations, have left along with a number of buyers, including cookbook buyer Lee Stern. Reports say about 45 to 50 positions in the buying group were eliminated.

How's that again? The nation's largest bookstore chain feels that axing 50 experienced book buyers and publisher liaisons helps it better align to its business?


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Pennsylvania is home to some of the top races in the upcoming election cycle, including contests for Governor and Senator. This state is always a challenge for candidates, with its dual voter constituencies of the Democratic/liberal cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh at the southern corners, and the great swath of conservative Republican 'Pennsyltucky' in between.

Given the challenge of trying to balance these two constituencies, you might think Republican candidates would try to avoid the more outrageous proclamations of their teabagger compatriots around the country.

Yeah, you might think that, but you'd be wrong. Over the past couple days, we've had the GOP gubernatorial and Senate candidates insisting that people are refusing to take jobs because they'd rather be on unemployment, that keeping people from losing their homes is a bad idea, and that being in the military isn't real work. Details and links over the fold...

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