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Intentionally or not the Occupy Wall Street (#OWS) movement has enacted a classic guerrilla strategy in a scenario of asymmetric warfare.  By avoiding naming a leader or articulating clear demands, #OWS has denied the coordinated right wing a hard target to attack and demonize.  In classics terms, it has avoided giving its opponents 'tall poppies' ithat can be easily decapitated.  #OWS has been successful by depriving the right of a whipping boy and a straw man.  More below the break.

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x-posted from uncommon reaction.

You can't make this stuff up ...


I'm not getting in the middle of this, but lots of people seem to think he is.

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X-posted from Uncommon Reaction

The Huffington Post recently ran an article arguing that antidepressants don't work for treating depression.  Although the article quickly disintegrated into the usual West coast platitudes about how eating enough B12 and omega-3 fatty acids (presumably while taking your daily teaspoon of local bee honey to combat your allergies) will solve all your problems, it still piqued my curiosity.  


Count yourself if you read this.

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Mon Feb 01, 2010 at 06:42 AM PST

The Taylor Swift Massacre

by dbratl

Does it matter that a mainstream cheese-factory like the Grammy Awards so obviously blew it in awarding Album of the Year to Taylor Swift? I think it clearly does as it reflects our society’s increasing fetish for settling on the safety of possible options even if that choice is the worst of the possible options. We may not agree on which out of Beyonce Knowles, The Black Eyed, Peas, Lady GaGa, or The Dave Mathews Band is the best choice, but surely we should all be able to agree that Taylor Swift was the worst.


Which act should have won Album of the Year?

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Tue Dec 01, 2009 at 06:22 PM PST

Atlanta Mayor Thread

by dbratl

Republican Mary Norwood leading by small Margin with South largely not reporting yet.

My counts have Norwood winning about 86% of the Northern precincts with Reed taking 81% of the South.  Turnout in South and North will be key as is the share of the vote Reed can get in Midtown, VaHi, Inman Park, L5p, etc.

Will this be the first race where a Democrat loses because of their lackluster support of gay rights?  Will gays be the deciding margin?  

Discuss amongst yourselves, this should be a nail biter.

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Hi, I received a strange phone call yesterday while I was work.  The caller ID showed the name and number blocked (000-000-0000).  Anyway, the message said something close to:

"Hello I am calling for dbratl [except they used my real name].  We saw your posts on the Daily Kos Blog and we would like to have a word with you.  Please call us back."

Of course they didn't leave a phone number making that last part difficult.  The part that someone id'd me and used directory assistance to call doesn't worry me too much.  I mean, what are you going to do? It's not hard to find me.  If you spent two minutes right now you could "identify" me.  I have no problem with that and would change my user name to my real name if I could keep my UID along with it.  

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2 months and 14 days after the 40th anniversary of the historic Stonewall riots in NYC some Atlanta residents were describing a Stonewall like raid that occurred last night in the heart of downtown Atlanta.  As now reported by three Atlanta Gay or Progressive papers and confirmed by the Atlanta Police Department, the Atlanta Police raided the Bar at approximately 11:30 pm last night.

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Mon Aug 17, 2009 at 02:37 PM PDT

How about a phase in or a trigger?

by dbratl

I am as miserable as the rest of you about the impending death of the public option, but I am also trying to be cognizant of the facts and the reality and looking to save what we can.  I have a lot of trust and faith in Nate Silver's analyses (both for Baseball and politics) and his take is simply that we don't have the votes (Read below or better yet read the whole thing yourself).  

This is excruciating and I hate confronting this, yet we may just have to face the facts that it is also reality.  What then can we salvage out of this?  What is our rallying cry? I would suggest that what remains is to insist on a trigger.

What is a trigger? Simply put, it is a provision or set of provisions that would create the public option in the future if certain milestones were not met.  Co-ops with a public trigger were the initial compromise option before we on the left rejected it as being under-ambitious.

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That sound you hear is celebratory fireworks all across Atlanta.

CDC Director Julie Gerberding’s controversial tenure will end Jan. 20 — after Barack Obama is sworn in as president, employees of the Atlanta-based agency were informed in an email sent late Friday evening.

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Gerberding’s six years leading one of the nation’s most trusted institutions were marked by numerous controversies, from allegations that she allowed politics to interfere with science to concerns that her strategic decisions incapacitated the agency’s ability to respond in a public health crisis.

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Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 09:48 AM PST

Nancy Pelosi = My Hero

by dbratl

Otherwise known as Shepard Fairey, why don't you make a poster out of this?

Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday that she wants to see the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy repealed "as early as possible."

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"Put me down as clearly as you possibly can as one who wants to have those tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans repealed," she said.

A little business to take care of first though . . .    

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Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 09:55 AM PDT

Georgia: A run-off possibility and more

by dbratl

Larry Sabato today makes an excellent point about the Georgia Senate race and the national fight for 60 seats . . .

And we hate to bring this up, but Georgia has a requirement that the winner receive 50% plus one. The contest between Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) and Jim Martin (D) includes a Libertarian candidate receiving up to 8 percent of the vote in polls. If neither Chambliss nor Martin can cross the 50% threshold, there will be a run-off election between them on Dec. 2nd. Could the battle for the 60th Democratic Senate seat extend the length of the eternal Campaign '08?

So is this a realistic outcome?  What are our real chances here, and how do we win? Let's look at the polls . . .

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Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 11:42 AM PDT

Saxby's at it again

by dbratl

[Update 2:57 pm] I know a lot of people are tapped out and don't have any more money to give.  You can get in touch with the volunteer coordinator of the Martin campaign at:

They can get you set up to make calls on Jim's behalf.

Original Post: In the dark hours of the worst election season of my life, 2002, Saxby Chambliss ran what has gone down in history as one of the most odious political advertisements in modern history, comparing Decorated War Hero and Triple Amputee Max Cleland to Osama Bin Laden.  He even morphed Cleland's face into Bin Laden's.

Well, now Saxby is at it again.  Terrified as his public approval falls and his opponent Jim Martin nears overtaking him in the polls, Saxby has again gone to the only tool he has - Hateful smears that know no bounds of decency.

Take a look:


Can I give Just $5 to make sure Saxby Chambliss gets the electoral defeat he deserves?

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