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The front page article at Alternet.org is titled "Would We Be Better Off If John McCain Were President?". Written by someone named Fred Branfman. So, naively, I clicked on it, thinking it would be an "onionesque" send-up of a McCain/Palin presidency. Maybe an "alternate history" piece, as if Harry Turtledove wanted to go topical.

But...no. It's serious. And, in writing it, Fred Banfman at Alternet.org (a site that is dry-humping that shark) produces the worst political article of the century.

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For the last several years, CurrentTV has been available via basic cable on Channel 192 for Verizon subscribers in MA.  On Thursday, Verizon quietly dropped the channel. [EDIT: dropped from basic cable, but still available on premium channels]

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Worried that the U.S. will default on its debt because the Republicans will not vote for an increase? Don't bother. They won't do it, because they know that the resulting narrative is PARTY DEATH for a decade or more.

Read on to see why.

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Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 12:09 PM PST

The Death of a Sport

by Mohner

Today three time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, the biggest star in the world of professional bicycle racing, was cleared of doping charges by his home country's Cycling Federation. You are witnessing the death of a sport.

More below the pinstriping.

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Sun Feb 13, 2011 at 04:24 PM PST

My EYES! The goggles do NOTHING!

by Mohner

I'm not feeling the new design here. My expert review below the fail.

Er...fold.

:-)

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Mitch McConnell, with great fanfare, introduced a GOP website, AmericaSpeakingOut.com, to solicit ideas from "real" Americans on how to lead this country back to prosperity, or gun ownership, or whatever.

Users who sign up to the site can post ideas, comment on those ideas, and vote up or down on each idea or message.  Think Digg.com, for the GOP.

I don't think the result is exactly what the GOP had in mind...

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The new law targeting illegal immigrants isn't RACIAL in nature.  Oh no!  It's simply designed to locate, arrest, detain, & fine those people who cannot show that they are in this country legally.  Well, what a noble concept.

So, let's make sure the law is applied equally.  Since that's apparently the intent, right?  Right?

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I get a lot of Democratic Party and OFA fundraising emails.  They're fairly prosaic boilerplate about needing funds to support the President's agenda, etc.  You've seen them.

Then I received one from James Carville.  More like this please!

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Sun Mar 21, 2010 at 04:55 PM PDT

38 AG's to Sue Healthcare? Er...NO

by Mohner

...Or how a right-wing talking point mutates over three days.

If you look on Twitter, you'll see a lot of references in conservative circles to an interesting, and troubling, "fact".  That there are 38 State Attorneys General who will sue to overturn the Healthcare Reform Law.  Boy, that seems like a lot.  Oh noes!

More below.

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Tue Mar 09, 2010 at 10:48 PM PST

I must have missed the retraction

by Mohner

In a March 9, 2010, appearance on 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann', Markos Moulitsas suggested that Dennis Kucinich should face a primary challenge if he votes against the Senate healthcare bill now up for consideration in the House of Representatives.

But three months ago, Markos was all about killing the Senate healthcare bill.  Did I miss the retraction?

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In the new, March edition of Boston Magazine, Paul Kix dissects the final few weeks of the disastrous Martha Coakley campaign that gift-wrapped the Massachusetts Senate seat for Republican Scott Brown.  

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Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 09:48 PM PST

Jim Bunning voted NO on Pay-As-You-Go

by Mohner

In case there's anyone left who still had a doubt that the GOP is the "Party of No", Jim Bunning puts you straight -- it's all about the obstruction. Bunning voted NO on the Pay-as-you-Go bill.

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