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It's time for elected Democrats to wake up & begin standing up for clear, progressive principles. When Howard Dean was running the DNC, Democrats won back both houses, the base was engaged, his brilliant 50 state strategy paved the way to help Barack Obama to win the White House.
Now, we're seeing nothing but election losses, failed strategies, failed messaging, right wing pandering, corrupted legislation & a demoralized base.  
ENOUGH! It's time to put Howard Dean back in.
He knows how to win and what we're up against!

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Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 11:17 PM PST

Rand Paul's PR Sham

by astronautagogo

So you'd have to have lived under a rock this week to have not heard all about Rand Paul's epic filibuster and his campaign to protect you from Obama dispatching drones to blow you up while having a frappachino at your neighborhood Starbucks.
His PR stunt was such a success that folks like Jon Stewart & John Cusack bought into it's narrative. The problem is, it was fabricated, hyperbolic horse shit. Rand launched a faux populist campaign based on something that never existed. Yesterday PolitiFact found Rand's statement that "The president is advocating a drone strike program in America." to be completely FALSE.
READ FOR YOURSELVES: http://www.politifact.com/...

Brennan had offered a similar explanation in response to lawmakers’ questions before his February hearing.

A senator had asked, "Could the administration carry out drone strikes inside the United States?"

Brennan’s reply: "This administration has not carried out drone strikes inside the United States and has no intention of doing so."

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I saw possibly the most ridiculous counter argument for background checks on firearms yet while watching a local news station this evening. I had to rewind it and watch it a few times to makes sure I heard correctly. During a press conference held by the spokesman for an organization called, the "Wisconsin Pro Gun Movement" (an NRA affiliate group) this man goes on to explain how background checks are a bad idea for Wisconsin because hunters won't be able to leave their guns in someone else's hands while "nature calls."
The downward spiral of nonsensical, non sequitur, desperate idiocy of the NRA has reached total hilarity.
Anyway, see for yourselves as I've uploaded the footage below. Enjoy!

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Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 11:37 PM PST

Al Jazeera buys Current TV

by astronautagogo

Just in from The Washington Post:

 

LOS ANGELES — Al-Jazeera, the Pan-Arab news channel that struggled to win space on American cable television, has acquired Current TV, boosting its reach in the U.S. nearly ninefold to about 40 million homes. With a focus on U.S. news, it plans to rebrand the left-leaning news network that cofounder Al Gore couldn’t make relevant.

The former vice president confirmed the sale Wednesday, saying in a statement that Al-Jazeera shares Current TV’s mission “to give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the stories that no one else is telling. But there may be a culture clash at the network. Dave Marash, a former “Nightline” reporter who worked for Al-Jazeera in Washington, said he left the network in 2008 in part because he sensed an anti-American bias there.”

It's no secret that Al Jeezera has been looking for some opportunity to extend it's influence and brand into the the US. Thoughts?

Here's the link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

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I saw this picture in my newsfeed today, and I thought it pretty much summed up what these two campaigns are about.

Actions speak louder than words.


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You can find where to volunteer for Barack Obama's campaign here.

You can follow me on twitter here.  

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Anyone need a silver lining, I mean like a real silver lining?? Well, I got a big one to share with you....Wisconsin Democrats have taken control of the state senate!
Yes it's true, while we were licking our wounds from being outspent 10 to 1, John Lehman (D-Racine) narrowly defeated rethug incumbent Van Wanggaard!

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Sorry for the short diary as I'm on my way out the door to my nephew's championship baseball game but, I had to blast this out quick.
HufPo has a nice little ditty up about various Green Bay Packers who've been speaking out urging voters to vote out Scott Walker.

 

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The latest PPP poll just released tonight shows Tom Barrett closing the gap on Scott Walker. Now that we're nearing Tuesday, it's just what the right wing feared....this thing is down to the wire, it's neck & neck folks! It's anybody's race, make no mistake about it.

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So the Barrett campaign just released a new video yesterday titled, "Behind the Recall: The Rise and Fall of Scott Walker"
It's very clever, entertaining, humorous and most importantly devastating to Scott Walker.
It's roughly a five minute documentary, stylized in the fashion of VH1's infamous "Behind The Music" template.

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I didn't see this anywhere else on Daily Kos, if I missed it let me know and I'll gladly remove my entry.
This just in from Chris Bowers to Wisconsin Kossaks:

Steven, last week, tens of thousands of activists like you appealed to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to start sending financial resources to help win the Wisconsin recall elections. Your appeals were successful, as the DNC just sent a fundraising email supporting the recalls to millions of their members.

Their help could not come at a better time. A new internal poll from the Tom Barrett campaign shows him pulling to within just 3 points of Scott Walker, and actually leading among independents. That means that if we can get the Democratic base in Wisconsin to turn out, then we will recall Scott Walker on June 5.

Looks like all those calls, emails, blog entries, comments have started to pay off...the pressure we've been putting on the DNC is working.

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Last night, The Daily Show spent a good amount of time of the show covering OWS.
No mention however, of an 84 year old woman who was drenched in pepper spray. Or, the peaceful protestors in the food tents that got beat, tear gassed and arrested in the wee hours. Nor did they discuss the Bloomberg/NYPD media blackout of the clearing of Zuccotti Park. Or,   as one NY Times reporter experienced upon informing a police officer that they were press, "not tonight."
Nope, none of those things were covered or discussed. What was covered? A startlingly smug hit piece featuring Samantha Bee on OWS at the expense of a few young people. The piece comes off cruel, baiting & desperate for a narrative. Really stretching for divisive hypocrisies that aren't really there. Aka, suggesting that one man's aversion to sharing his iPad with complete strangers while he suggests that there should be government programs to create more access to internet technologies is somehow hypocritical??
What's next, chalk boards and non sequiturs?
The Daily Show's recent sentiments on OWS is so surprisingly close to Glenn Beck & Fox New's narratives that TDS is now prominently featured on Glenn Beck's website.
Anyway, if you haven't seen last night's piece yet...just check it for yourselves.
                       

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Occupy Wall Street Divided
www.thedailyshow.com


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I just watched some REALLY disturbing footage out of Occupy Wall Street that went down apparently from 10/5...the posted footage is labeled as being from tonight, so the edits have been made accordingly. Bully cops recklessly beating the shit out of passive protestors half their size. The nightsticks are out in full effect now... Following this horrendous display, the protestors inspiringly respond by chanting loudly and clearly, "WE-ARE-THE 99%!"
MAKE IT VIRAL.

Astronautagogo here, reporting to you very sick & uninsured.
Exactly the age and situation teapublicans wished would just die.
If I get better, you bet your ass i'll be back out the fighting against the plutocracy with all my will & might....harder than ever before.
DON'T STOP THE FIGHT! For you, for me, for the future, for your fellow man. That is all..

UPDATE: I've just been informed that this footage may have been from 10/5. If this is true, my humble apologies. I just came across the video on FB and it was titled from 10/13. I did not post this footage to YouTube. Either way, alot of people obviously haven't seen this footage. It shouldn't matter if it was on 10/5 or 10/13, it's still just as horrific and needs to be seen by as many folks as possible.
For those of you troll rating me for this mistake, gee way to pick your battles...please consider, this is new intense footage of the event that hasn't been seen by hardly anyone. Peace.

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