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Welp. That's it, folks. After damn near- holy nuts- six years, I've got to say goodbye to the Big Orange. Some of you may recognize me as one of the few admitted conservatives that lurk hereabouts. Those of you who do recognize that know the reason I do is because I've found, generally, I can get a better look at the issues with less bias than some mainstream news media sites- and certainly more intellectual honesty, the pursuit of which got me permabanned from RedState and their ilk.

So I've made it a point to stop by at least once a day every day for the last six years. But now in the wake of the turmoil and commentary over the now-discredited story published by Rolling Stone on the "rape culture" at UVA has made me feel disgusted, naive, and- ultimately- feel the need to pack it in here.

If you want to skip out here, I guess we can both share in the infamous words of Curly Bill- well, bye. Otherwise, feel free to hear me out.

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Crossposted at The Motley Moose

I might not like Michelle Bachmann- as a Republican, I'm aghast that someone like her could get elected... repeatedly. Aghast, but not surprised. I'm waiting for the day when there's a moderate (or at least sane) member of the Republican party I can stand behind without seeing them debase themselves by constantly groveling and prostrating themselves to the lowest-effing-common denominator in my party. Lord only knows when that will be.

But as much as I dislike her, her antics, the constant attention she gets, and generally what she stands for, I have to give her credit on one hot button issue- abortion.

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Some of you may know me as one of the DailyKos' few "token Republicans"- or, more accurately, a former Republican; an honest-to-God fiscal conservative, with socially liberal/libertarian views. Sadly, the DailyKos is more receptive to people like me than almost any of the blogs that purport to ascribe to my political leanings. But that's all for another today- this is a bit more serious.

My congressman, Rep. Tom Perriello, has been the focus of an enormous brunt of the Republican Party's attack apparatus, since he had the audacity to unseat longtime asshole Virgil Goode from his supposedly "safe" Congressional seat by a margin of 800 votes. I know some of you have had issues with him- like his voting for the Stupak amendment, for example, which I supported but I know many of you don't- but he's a good guy. He works for his constituents. He really cares, which is rare in this day and age from any politician.

Well, news just came down that propane tanks were sabotaged at his brother's house.

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Originally posted at The Motley Moose

Back in the pioneer days of the Internet- the veritable "boom times", when men were real men, women were real women, and the Internet was called the "Information Superhighway"- a drunk man misspelled a four-letter expletive and, on a whim, decided to register it as a domain name. No particular reason why- not that a drunk needs a reason for doing crazy things, of course. Indeed, for the first two years of it's existence, this site's sole purpose was to display a picture of a squirrel with giant testicles?

Who would have imagined that a mere ten years later, that site would become one of the Internet's few runaway entrepreneurial success stories- and an important part of the 2008 Presidential elections?

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Sat Jul 11, 2009 at 07:35 AM PDT

Republicans Boycott Google

by Moo Means Hello

Originally posted at centrist blog The Motley Moose

When I heard that Republicans were planning to use New Haven firefighter Frank Ricci as another posterchild (in the vein of Joe the Plumber) to use against Sonia Sotomayor in her Congressional confirmation hearings, I thought to myself "Self... I bet they won't bother to look into his history, which the 'mainstream MSM' media will undoubtedly uncover."

Lo and behold...

Slate has an excellent article up on this issue; it turns out our friend Frank is well-versed on the workings of the American legal system, having filed about several other lawsuits on a variety of discrimination charges against several different municipalities' fire departments.

So it begins. Another everyman dare oppose Obama and his minions only to be attacked on every level possible as viciously as imaginable.

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Crossposted at The Motley Moose

Folks, I don't think it's any news that the Obama Administration's push for socialist-communist-fascist health care is a direct threat to our nation, and our way of life.

For those of you unaware of the implications of socialist, let me illustrate it to you:

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Originally posted at centrist blog The Motley Moose

TalkingPointsMemo points out an (unsurprisingly) ridiculous claim from the April 7th "Morning Joe" show on MSNBC. President Obama, despite being a self made millionaire several times over (the sort of thing I thought Republicans admired) has, apparently, never earned a "paycheck" in his life.

SCARBOROUGH: Think about this: We have a president who has never received a paycheck. ... This guy — think about it — he’s running Detroit, he’s running Wall Street, he’s gonna run other sectors of our economy. Andrew, he’s never received a check from a profit-making business in his entire life. Not one check. ... Think about the radicalism of that!

Watch it below:

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Originally posted at centrist-blog The Motley Moose

For all the hell we give Republicans for being the party working actively against the "common" man, I think now is as good a time as any to remind ourselves that taking advantage of poor people is definitely a bi-partisan past time here in the United States.

Payday loans, for those of you unfamiliar with the practice, are small, very short-term loans with extremely high interest rates (sometimes in the range of 400-800%) that are effectively advances on a borrower's next paycheck. They're typically obtained when a borrower goes to a check-cashing outlet or an online equivalent, pays a fee, and then writes a postdated check, or signs over the title to a vehicle, that the company agrees not to cash or take a lien against until the customer's payday.

Thank God we've got Congressmen willing to stand up for working Americans against these sorts of shenanigans, right?

... right?

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Thu Apr 02, 2009 at 09:51 AM PDT

Obama's drug czar is screwed.

by Moo Means Hello

Originally posted at centrist blog The Motley Moose

As I was perusing the news this morning, I noticed an article from the AP on the confirmation hearings for former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske, Obama's presumptive Drug Czar- and something he said chilled my blood to the bone.

(Kerlikowske) said that as national drug czar, he would take a balanced, science-based approach to the job.

A thoughtful, balanced approach to drug policy with an emphasis on treatment over incarceration?

Dear God... this man is screwed.

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Found at centrist blog The Motley Moose

I proudly voted for President Obama, but I must admit, there are times I question whether or not this was appropriate. A case in point comes this morning, as I was perusing the news wire, and came across this report from New York Magazine:

New presidents are allotted $100,000 to overhaul the White House residence and the Oval Office... But the First Couple isn’t spending that money. They "are not using public funds or accepting donations of goods for redecorating their private quarters," says Camille Johnston, director of communications for the First Lady. Nor is the couple, who reported $4.2 million in household income in 2007 tax returns, using money from the White House Historical Association, a privately funded foundation that paid for a $74,000 set of china shortly before Laura Bush left town.

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Originally posted at centrist blog The Motley Moose.

Sometimes, the headlines write themselves.

Gov. Sarah Palin owes more than a half million dollars to an Anchorage law firm that has defended her against ethics complaints, and she may create a legal fund to pay the bill, she said Friday.

Poor Sarah. Being targeted by a "partisan witch hunt" during the Troopergate scandal has set her back a cool half a mil, it seems. Sadly, it seems that capitalism is alive and well at all the most inconvenient times, doesn't it? Gosh, Sarah, shouldn't you just buck up to your "personal responsibility", and knock off this socialism garbage, what with getting other people to pay your legal bills?

Of course, there's a really good reason for all this- right?

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Crossposted at centrist blog The Motley Moose

Reading the New York Times this morning, I came across an article on the the crisis facing Massachusetts' universal health care programs. If you remember, in 2006, then-Governor Mitt Romney and the Democratic-legislature of Massachusetts enacted a state-wide mandate requiring almost every state resident to obtain health insurance. To accomplish this, Massachusetts provides subsidized health care for residents earning up to 100% of the Federal Poverty Level, and partially subsidized health care those earning up to 300% of the poverty level.

Of course, when it came to footing the bill, both Governor Romney and the Democratic-controlled legislature basically shrugged their shoulders and said, "Eh. Let the next bath of politicos worry about it." This, of course, is ridiculous behavior, no matter your political affiliation. And, of course, that day of reckoning has arrived already, some three short years later.

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