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I hope this is not a trend.  I started up the front page today and someone started shouting at me about "the ultimate Liverpool experience".  I had to scroll around on the page until I found the ad, and when I found it, there was no way to shut it off.

Video is bad enough -- bandwidth where I am is at a premium -- but shouting and thump-thump-thump music?  Really??


A friend of mine with whom I have had several gun control discussions recently (she is anti-gun control, for reasons having to do with her personal history) sent me a video titled "Obama to Top Brass: Will you fire on American Citizens?" warning that President Obama has a "litmus test" which he is applying to prepare the military to fire on American civilians.  She asked my opinion.

If anybody else runs across this, perhaps this takedown that I replied with will be useful.

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One of our favorite websites is in trouble.

This site holds fundraisers from its members periodically but the cupboard is bare.  There's a falloff in interest, in willingness to commit, in the ability to come together as a community there that our site, DailyKos, has sometimes sparked them to in the past.  I don't know what we can do for them.

Their quarterly fundraiser for this quarter is into its 56th day and they can't seem to manage that final 10%.  This one started October 1... and is still going on!

Woe unto Freeperville!

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This morning I was greeted with a spectacular display of information that I found at the same time beautiful, educational, and awe-inspiring.

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I direct your attention to this most arresting visual display:

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Fri May 18, 2012 at 07:08 AM PDT

Romney the Messiah

by ThatTallGuy

I recently ran across a teabagger complaining about all of the "Messiah" imagery associated with Obama, who challenged all comers to google "Obama messiah" images to prove his point.  (I did go look -- what I found was more than half of them were right-wing mockeries, so I guess I'm not concerned.)

Then today there's a "Free Romney Bumper Sticker" ad on the top of DK.  Odd, but I click anyway -- any time the Mittster offers to spend money on me for my vote I'll be sure to make him put out! -- and this is the image I find after filling out the form...

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Thu May 10, 2012 at 02:46 PM PDT

Standing Up for Mitt

by ThatTallGuy

I read something today that Mitt said that I believe.  Well, not outside of a reasonable doubt, but I'm willing to take his words at face value.

He said he doesn't remember being a bully.

I was bullied a lot in junior high and high school.  I remember it, very well, even though I'm passing into my late 40's.

I recently ran across somebody who was a leader of the "in" crowd in those days long ago, one whose taunts and insults, while not physically painful, contributed memorably to the miasma I lived in.  She was excited to reconnect with her high school classmates to relive those "Glory Days."  It seemed to come as a shock to her that I didn't have the same happy experience that she did, and when I enlightened her of my memories of school, she asked, in all sincerity, "Oh no!  I wasn't one of the ones who made your life hard, was I?"

Remembering happens on the receiving end.

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Thu Jan 27, 2011 at 05:16 AM PST

Ideology Trumps Maturity: Six Cents

by ThatTallGuy

There's a diary up on the front page that tells you everything you need to know about today's Republican Party:  the House voting to eliminate public funding for campaigns.  Leaving aside the actual significance of the vote, which Jed covers well, there's one other factor that he brushes past which is, I think, even more useful in illustrating how ideology affects the choices this GOP is making.


So they're

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"Put anything in my scope and I will shoot it."

Think of the meaning of this assertion:
"I have no personal input. I'll be completely controlled by you [the Republican leadership].  I will follow the orders of the leadership unquestioningly.  I will not apply personal morals, interests, or any other reservation to divert me from being your tool."

Has Congress become a military organization?  Because I can't think of any other endeavor (and not even that one, really, in the case of illegal orders) in which one is supposed to blindly obey.

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Sun Jan 10, 2010 at 04:28 PM PST

What They Hide

by ThatTallGuy

Through a chain of acquaintances irrelevant here I ended up assisting at a gun show yesterday in Manchester, NH.  Not my normal venue.  And of course not expected to be a bunch of Obama fans -- the local Republican Party had a booth and several others were selling bumper stickers.

But I didn't expect to see such blatant racism on display... as this:

Seen at a gun show

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The email:

Dear [TTG],

Thank you for contacting Men’s Wearhouse and bringing to our attention your concerns with the Glenn Beck program on Fox News. While we support free speech and do not make advertising decisions based on our own personal ideologies, after reviewing his recent incendiary comments we have decided to remove our advertising from his program. We hope that this decision will allow you to continue to patronize Men’s Wearhouse. I would encourage you to please share our decision with anyone else who may have expressed a similar concern.

Thank you again for contact Men’s Wearhouse.


Matt Stringer
vp marketing/creative services

P.S. Also note the Sargento Cheese and GEICO disapparances...

Update:  Top rec'd???  Must be a slow news night. :)  Thanks.  Could the person who generated(s) the list of Beck advertisers post a diary about who's up next?

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I spent a couple of hours yesterday going through all the written testimony submitted at the NH state senate hearing on HB436, on making the marriage laws in NH gender-neutral.  I wondered in particular whether I'd find any arguments against GM that I hadn't run across before.  I have to say that I did -- and not in a good way.

I also saw at least one reason I hadn't heard before in support of GM.  And I got some insights into the testimony process I probably wouldn't have any other way.  Check 'em all out below.



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New Hampshire legislators are currently considering House Bill 436, which would cause all marriage-related laws to become gender neutral, or in its own words:

Marriage is the legally recognized union of 2 people. Any person who otherwise meets the eligibility requirements of this chapter may marry any other eligible person regardless of gender.

The Senate is taking up the bill after the House passed it last month, by just seven votes (out of 400 legislators.)  (Yes, that's a lot -- NH's state government is the third largest democratic body in the world, after India's government and the US's -- but that's NH for you.  But I digress...)

And today the Senate held a public hearing for comment on the bill.  Having nothing better to do this morning, I went up and took a look...

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