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This is going to be fairly short, because honestly this article has messed me up. However, I don't see it being mentioned on here, and feel like the story warrants wider attention.

Dear fellow Kossians, the next time someone poo-poos the War on Women, or asks why they should think its important, show them this article. This article describes what happens when the decisions regarding a woman's health are left in the hands of morons with Bronze Age attitudes about the women themselves.

Symphysiotomy survivors gather to recount stories of torture

The first word in that link goes to the Wikipedia entry for "Symphysiotomy." The rest of it goes to the article. Excerpt below the squiggle.

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Wed May 25, 2011 at 06:38 PM PDT

Westboro says, "GOD H8S MISSOURI!"

by Praxxus

Thus sayeth the bottom banner on what I assume is one of the newer flyers from the odious Westboro Baptist Church.

Yes, that's right. Never ones to pass up a chance to show their rears to the world, Topeka's Finest are planning on showing up in Joplin, MO on Sunday to try and get some camera time when President Obama and Governor Nixon come to town.

Check in below the fold if you've got the stomach for it.

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Here in the red desert of Indiana, we have Republican incumbent Randy Truitt vs. promising young Democrat Paul Roales running for State Representative in District 26.  District 26 covers parts of West Lafayette, including Purdue University, and outlying areas in Tippecanoe County.

We also have "Independent" coughcoughTeabaggercoughcough Jim Hass running as a write-in candidate.


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This is not a diary of any great substance.  I will work on one of those later, as I have had a VERY politically intense week hanging out in Twitter's equivalent of Mos Eisley.

But for now, if you will indulge me a bit:  One of the fine folks I follow on Twitter is "USLib."  Very decent lady.  New Jersey resident.  Loathes being stuck with Christie as governor.  This morning @USLib proposed a new slogan for the TeaBaggers, after last night's "head stomping" incident.  Since I have to have something below the fold, you'll need to check there for the new flag design, incorporating USLib's slogan.

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Yesterday PPP sent out a teaser saying that new polls show Obama doing better in Indiana than in Florida.  There was some hope that meant Obama was +5 in IN, +3 in FL.

Well, they have released the Indiana poll, and Obama is not up by five.  However, "doing better in Indiana" still leaves room for a Florida lead, too!

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Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 09:51 AM PDT

The Return of Barney Smith

by Praxxus

I'm sure most of you remember the man from Indiana that spoke as one of the "everyday Americans" during the Democratic National Convention.  His name was Barney Smith, and he got up there and told a mostly bland, sometimes wincing recollection of how the RCA plant in his hometown --where he had worked for 31 years-- had left the country, and left his particularly local economy decimated.

I was just sitting there thinking, as a Hoosier, "Oy!  This is who they got to represent Indiana?" when Mr. Smith brought down the house with his line, "It's time we had a President who puts Barney Smith before Smith Barney!"

I remember hanging out on here, and everyone loved the line.  Short.  Sweet.  Memorable.  Perfect embodiment of Obama's Wall Street vs Main Street arguments.  Everyone agreed, it needed to be an ad!

Well, guess what?

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Wed Oct 01, 2008 at 07:40 PM PDT

Hey Sarah Palin (updated with lyrics)

by Praxxus

I apologize in advance to the Diary Purists, because this is going to be a bit lacking in substance.  However, Mrs. Praxxus stumbled across a YouTube video tonight that really does need to be shared.  It's a cover of the Plain White T's song, "Hey There Delilah" called "Hey Sarah Palin."

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Wed Sep 24, 2008 at 08:19 PM PDT

Okay. I finally did it, dammit.

by Praxxus

I am not a very social person.  Never have been.  It's not that I don't like people, I'm not anti-social.  I'm asocial.  Not a party person.  Not a going out person.  Not much of a phone person.

But I come here, day in and day out and read all your damn stories about your damn volunteer work for the damn Obama campaign.  Then I see that damn Obama on the TeeVee, talkin' hope and change and . . . well, sense.  Then I see that damn McCain, talking out of both sides of his mouth and just about any other orifice that will make noise.  And that damn Palin, with her scary damn beliefs and politics of personal damn destruction.

Then I look at my damn kids, and think about what's at stake for them.


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Look, I know that it's hard to believe a story about hypocrisy from the McCain campaign.  Well, maybe it's hard to believe they haven't already run the Hypocrisy Well bone dry, and are now scraping out bits of bedrock when they keep dipping into it, but it's true!  

Yesterday McCain declared war (*snicker*) on the New York Times for outing Rick Davis's ties.  I guess this morning it will be Time magazine's turn.  Or maybe it will be the gang over at AMERICABlog, because they seem to be the ones that have noted this little tidbit from a September 12 article about McCain selecting William Timmons to head his (*shudder*) transition team:

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Thu Sep 18, 2008 at 08:51 AM PDT

I helped my neighbor yesterday

by Praxxus

First off, forgive me that this is not about McCain, Palin, Obama, or Biden.  Heck, it's not even about politics at all.  It's just something that has been on my mind since it happened, and I wanted to write it out to see if I could start thinking about something else.  Like work, f'rinstance.

What the hell am I talking about?

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Sun Sep 14, 2008 at 05:15 PM PDT

Cousin John, Where Did You Go?

by Praxxus

With a big ol' hearty tip o' the hat to Blah3

The title of this diary is taken directly from an op-ed piece in yesterday's St. Petersburg Times.  It was written by Adam Vaulx Boles of Tallahassee.  Who the heck is Adam Vaulx Boles?  He is the grandson of Huetta Vaulx Boles, who is the sister of Katherine Vaulx McCain.  Katherine Vaulx McCain would be the wife of John Sidney McCain I, John "W" McCain's grandfather.

Please join me below the fold to see what John "W" McCain's second cousin has to say . . .

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Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 01:50 PM PDT

The race is about RACE, dammit!

by Praxxus

Two articles have come out yesterday and today, one at the Washington Post and one put out by Reuters, that are dealing with the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll about the presidential race.  Given that the articles themselves are almost all about race, race, and more race, maybe that should read "president's race," instead.

Come now below the fold!  I've got headlines!  I've got summaries!  I've got the one thing Americans are more concerned about, but that the media barely mentions! C'mon, how can you pass up that teaser?

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