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So this afternoon, this site got me all excited to rev up my engines and do something to get out the D vote.  You all read the diaries, just like me.  But then my machine (she's a dud) got stuck in the mud in the electoral swamps of Jersey.  And I realized why midterm elections are tough on incumbents, and why gerrymandering are lethal to democracy.  Here's what happened.  

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Thu Apr 01, 2010 at 10:39 AM PDT

Where Evil Comes From

by Jersey Jon

So Glenn Miller, senate candidate from the show-me state, is a very bad person.  And he's not just bad in the way that Larry Craig said that Bill Clinton was a "naughty, dirty boy" (that Larry Craig clip always cracks me up).   He's really bad.  Kudos to oblios arrow for bringing this to our attention.

But very bad people who are silly are not that dangerous.  What makes them dangerous is the support they get in the form of silence and equivocation from people and institutions who should not be silent and should not equivocate.  Here's the story.  

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Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 05:49 AM PDT

Don't Taze my Tip Jar, Bro

by Jersey Jon

There was a bit of a kerfuffle here over the last two days, and it all started with Cenk Uygur's diary comparing the celebrations over HCR's passage in the House to Bush's appearance on the aircraft carrier under the "Mission Accomplished" banner.  Apparently, a bunch of folks HR'ed Cenk's tip jar.  This strikes me as not only wrong, but inconsistent with much of what DKos is about.  Here's why.

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So I was lucky enough to flip to CSPAN just as Boehner the Orange got his minute and a half.  And he started with some marginally confrontational words about being ashamed of ourselves (I do often feel ashamed of myself), but his heart just didn't seem to be in it.  That changed.  His face darkened, which I didn't think was possible.  He became a man possessed.  Now I'm no Boehner fan, but he seems like a pretty calm guy, at least in public, with a sonorous voice.  And I'm wondering, "why's this dude so pissed off now?"

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Apparently, Jerome Corsi, smearer of all things decent, including Obama, has been detained in Kenya by immigration authorities there.  I bet Obama could get him out with one phone call.

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Secretary Paulson and George Bush have just made a HUGE bet with your money by taking over Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.  It may work.  But it depends heavily on the faith and credit that the world bestows on our economy and our currency.  But if it doesn't, hold onto your kischkas.

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Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 06:43 AM PDT

I'm sorry, but Sarah Palin is a nut

by Jersey Jon

Admit it folks.  We, are fascinated by her; we are enthralled with this woman.  And this is true across the entire American political spectrum, from those of us on the left, to the far right wingnuts, and covering the so called mainstream middle.  There's a thirst for information driving us all to wikipedia, to the website for the chamber of commerce for Wasilla, google maps, and the church of God.  Would we have done this for Mittens, Holy Joe, or even Pawlenty?  I think not.  Why not?  Because she's an unknown, a tabula rasa, and we need to fill the data vacuum?  That's what I thought at first.  Then I thought that it's because she's pretty.  But it wasn't until I watched that video of her, the Governor, addressing her church in Wasilla, and it hit me:  She's WEIRD... as in, Life with the Hogans or Kardashians or Osbornes reality show weird.  Please, go to huffpost and watch the whole video, including the intro of the pastor, and tell me that this woman doesn't creep you out.  Analysis below....  

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Sun Aug 31, 2008 at 11:39 AM PDT

Whoa, did she say CREATIONISM???

by Jersey Jon

If I'm hearing right, then Sarah Palin has reached a level of public extremism unprecedented in national mainstream politics and government.  According to sources, Palin says that creationism should be "discussed" in schools along with evolution.  She didn't say that she supports intelligent design being taught along side evolution; she said "creationism".  Can this possibly be true?

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The absence of Morning Joe brings the presence of morning bliss?  Or, a call to feminists to help me understand why Mika drives me nuts.

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Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 06:14 AM PDT

Guess What? I got polled!

by Jersey Jon

And it was by no less than the Quinnipiac organization!  Here's what it feels like to be influential. And here are 7 important metafacts of polling.  Take a gander, and see if you still have any faith in polls.

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