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Every 2/2 of every year, there is all this talk about THE groundhog seeing HIS shadow. I've always had some issues with that. Consider these:

  1. First of all, who made it THE groundhog. Aren't there lots of groundhogs?

  2. And, what if the groundhog sees its shadow on the farm just next to a farm where the groundhog is a late riser and by then it's all cloudy? You mean to tell me that these two farms are going to have totally different weather for the next six weeks?

  3. HE? come on. It's the 21st century beginning the seventh year now. Are you telling me all the girl groundhogs are barefoot and taking care of the young'ns down below? They never ever come out to go shopping for cosmetics or pick up some formula? And how the heck does one get it to hold still long enough to get its little legs apart to tell? If you're not sure how one might do that, see #4 and #5 below for some suggestions involving gunpowder.

(hang on, the Cheney part is coming next)
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This is a moving account of the execution of Stanley "Tookie" Williams and a study on the enigma of observation. On the 12/13 Democracy Now! a series of reporters give their perspectives on the execution of Tookie Williams. I'm listening to it now as I write.

One reporter talks about the executioners. Another about the vicitm. Yet another talks about supporters of Stanley Williams and family members of the victim of his alleged crime. I hope people can find a peaceful way to protest, but I fear that California will burn for this.

Another must-see brought to you by Amy and the DemocracyNow team. Amy has Laryngitis. I worry about her health. She broadcast continually throughout the downing of the twin towers and the burning aftermath. Much of the time she had a bad cough. Truly a warrior of truth.

Thanks Amy, Goodbye Tookie, may we find peace in your passing.

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There really ought to be a way to order from abroad. Yeah, sure, I could ask my parents to send it to me. But they'd probably confiscate it like they did with my Rufus Wainwright CD (can you say "Gay Messiah"?) AND I'd like to save the wasted postage. I'd be glad to pay extra, but the form here:

https://www.workingforchange.com/Order/index.cfm?OrderFormID=4&mktcode=crashingthegate

does not have any fields for those of us who live abroad, unless you are in APO or FPO. Never heard of those countries. I must be from the USA.

Hello! It is so blue out here, you'd think it was Canada! Let us buy the book and cut out the middle parents! Update: Working Assets says they are working on getting the website able to accept foreign orders! See below...

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Will you buy Crashing the Gate?

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No, it wasn't the blogs. As guilty as they are of oh so many sins. It was greed. Good old fashioned greed.

There has just been so much news lately that the fact that Conrad Black might be headed for prison has gone fairly unnoticed.  Even though he has recently been one of the richest and most powerful newspaper owners in the world. And not only that, being a Canadian, he has been doing it all from right next door.

You thought Patrick Fitzgerald had his hands full with Scooter? Well, that's not all he's been doing. Seems, Black and some cronies did some serious lying to bilk investors of millions. And when the lying was discovered, did some more lying. So, if you happen to be a mogul of some sort, may I offer you some advice?

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The drug "benefit" that was pushed through by Bush a while ago will finally come to your town in a couple of days.

Want to know what it will be like? Can you say, "post war plans in Iraq?" How about "Katrina"? But, Iraq is well, over there. So, who cares, right? Except for the 280 million Americans who are footing the bill. And Katrina? Who cares, right? Unless you live on the gulf coast, or used to.

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I had the privilege of delivering my absentee Ohio ballot to the Osaka consulate yesterday.

Of course I voted yes on 2, 3, 4, 5. When you apply for an absentee ballot, your address gets passed on to whoever wants it and so I got a mailing from an astroturf group that said vote NO on all of these issues. They worded it in such a way that if I were to believe them I would have voted NO on every freaking issue. If someone is interested I'll find the flyer and type it up here. But another look at the ballot and it was clear for most of them that this was wrong. Commentaries by Ohio PIRG and moveon and Dailykos users made it clear that yes was the way.

So, here's what happened when I talked to my parents...

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A brother of a friend was at the die-in with Cindy Sheehan yesterday. Here are his words, unsolicited and without his permission.

Interesting to note is there were PAID counterprotesters and some personal notes about Cindy and other parents who have lost children.

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Thu Oct 27, 2005 at 07:23 AM PDT

Code Words...for what?

by PoPEar

What are Miers and Bush hiding? Is there any precedent for a supreme court nominee withdrawing or failing due to the need to protect confidentiality with a standing president?

So, who were the following sentiments expressed for:

"It would not be in the interests of the US to reveal details of her work within the White House, she added."  (from http://news.bbc.co.uk/...)

What ARE they hiding? There is a clear pattern starting with Cheney when he refused to release notes from a meeting with the energy industry where energy policy was written. We are the royal presidency and we need not reveal squat to the confused masses.

Something stinks in Denmark. Good thing she withdrew.

At some point 43 will want to be seen as more than the dimwit druggie (nothing personal against dimwit druggies unless they are also liars) and this might turn out for the best.

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Wed Sep 28, 2005 at 08:43 AM PDT

Osaka Democrats

by PoPEar

Tonight in Osaka we had a fundraiser for Katrina victims (taking up slack for Bush's sorry ass). Not because we like his fuzzy buns, but because we freaking care.

Funny that here in Osaka JAPAN, a ragtag group of beer drinkers and a friendly bar owner from LA are needed to make up part of the difference between health and hell for former residents of NOLA.

This is compassionate conservatism: the government (we the people) only pays for foreign fiascos and no-bid contracts for Haliburton. All else gets paid for by random individuals from the four corners of the earth.

Cajun food, drinks, music provided by a Detroit rapper named max, a guitarist from western Australia and a drummer from Oregon. All here in the middle of Japan, land of mad max and blade runner.

Here's to a bluer 2006 and an end to the reign of bloody red. Bottom's up... and god save NOLA.

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