Like many Kossacks, I have opted to allow the advertisements to come through so that Daily Kos can enjoy the ad revenue. I recognize that Markos or his representatives don't have much choice as to what ads come through, but as a native of North Carolinia, I was particularly interested in one banner ad that keeps popping up. It's prompting us to "Stand With Richard Burr; Help Stop Reid and Pelosi"!
"The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in." George Orwell, 1984
A spate of recent diaries have decried the fighting in the threads and made a welcome call for all to follow basic standards of decency and civility when posting comments at The Big Orange. Open and cordial debate is stimulating and healthy, but more and more frequently disagreements about one issue or another have turned to name-calling and personal attacks. I hate people who do that! Ahem, pardon me, I'm getting a bit carried away.
Anyway, I think we'd all be happier and better informed if everyone could stick to substantive comments and criticisms, and leave observations about other commenters' parentage and propensity to fornicate with various barnyard denizens by the wayside. But what about our darker side? What about the release of pent up anger and frustration, what about venting and fuming and ranting and being a Grade-A-Butthole? Sometimes, we need to blow off some steam, or just, as the kids say these days, "act the fool". Well, that's what this diary is for! Join me below the fold, if you so choose!
Great news for those of us interested in everyone being treated equally under the law! According to a story in USA Today Online, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has filed a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, claiming it is unconstitutional.
According to the story:
Coakley argues that regulating marital status has traditionally been left to the states. She also says the federal law treats married heterosexual couples and married same-sex couples differently on Medicaid benefits and burial in veterans' cemeteries.
I've been as critical as the next guy about our Congress, particularly the Senate. It seems that they can't work together to get anything meaningful accomplished at all. Now, they're bending over backwards to give the GOP all the ammunition they need to get back in the game.
Here at Daily Kos, we all know that something needs to be done to address the current crisis relating to the lack of decent affordable health care. Our political leaders are waffling, when they seem to have any understanding whatsoever of the problems faced by middle-class and working class Americans. Anyone with even a cursory understanding of how health care is provided here and in other countries recognizes that our "system" of health care is bloated, inefficient, ridiculously expensive, fails to insure that people get care when they need it, and is more concerned with profit than the needs of the public. At this critical moment, those leaders of ours who seem to understand the need for at least a viable public alternative to private insurance need our support. There is one clear way for us to make our voices heard; below I suggest a drastic way to catch the attention of policy makers, and the reasons why I think this might become necessary.
Well, the final nail has been driven into the GOP's hopes to take the vacant Governor's seat here in North Carolina. The Sherrif of Maybury, North Carolina cultural icon Andy Griffith, has endorsed the Democratic candidate for Governor, Beverly Perdue.
We live in a very red neighborhood in North Carolina that we just moved into this summer. As campaign season intesified, I couldn't help but notice all the old "W" stickers on my neighbors' cars, and the McCain/Palin signs are ubiquitous. In fact, there was only one other house on our street besides ours that had any Obama yards signs up... until ours was vandalized by one of the neighbors. What surprised me, and may surprise you, was the response of our other neighbors.
I am a registered Democrat who lives in North Carolina. I have a habit of never answering my phone, I let the caller leave a message on my machine (unless it's my mom, my wife or one of my kids, that is). On Sunday, I received a nice call from Hillary Clinton. Well, a recorded message, anyway. She was quite polite, and let me know that she wanted my vote!
Barack Obama has scheduled a special press conference for noon today, at which he will announce that he is no longer going to seek the Democratic party nomination for President. Rather than continue the divisive process of primary campaigning, he has decided to step back from his quest for the White House. Instead, he will pledge to support the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Many valiant electrons have been sacrificed trying to convince us to get behind one of the 3 remaining viable candidates for our party's nomination for the 2008 presidential race (sorry Mr. Gravel). But how to choose among such worthy alternatives? Who deserves the task of cleaning out the Augean Stables that Bush has made of our once shining nation? Emotions are running higher than GWB at a Yale frat party around here, and it's time we apply cool reason and logic to solve this conundrum. Venture below the fold, where I apply my butterknife-sharp tools of reason to help you decide!
Hardees makes a really great burger. Since 2005, when they began to use only Angus beef, I have supported Hardees with all my fast-food dollars. Especially when they came out with that one on the sourdough bread, mmmm! However, I have determined lately that there is no way that Hardees will surpass McDonalds or Burger King to become the pre-eminent fast food franchise in the US. Thus, instead of wasting my money at Hardees, I will be switching to Burger King, a franchise that has a chance to knock McDonalds from the top spot.
This diary is intended to remind you trusted users to be careful before you use your troll rating, or perhaps to garner further troll-points and many tasty recipes if I'm way off the mark. Either way, enjoy!
I am a regular (frankly, obsessive) reader of the fine stories and diaries on Daily Kos. I comment regularly, often posting snarky one-liners downthread when people are beginning to turn to the humorous aspects of a subject. However, I have yet to achieve the status of a "Trusted User"; my diary contributions have been limited due to the fact that you all always pick the good ideas before I can think of them; actually, that's why I come here. Anyway, imagine my surprise and shame this evening upon checking whether or not anyone noticed any of my comments to find that I am... a Troll.
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