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Like some 380,000 others, I'm a Green Bay Packers shareholder--hence, an "NFL Owner" of the only community-owned major professional sports franchise in the United States.  While I'll never see any profits from my investment, I do have three benefits:  (1) knowing that my investment keeps the Packers in Green Bay without significantly raising taxes on Brown County taxpayers; (2) this pretty green stock certificate on the wall of my office (much better than a Jay Cutler poster); and (3) the right to vote on the membership of the Packers' Board of Directors.

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I could just stare at it all day, while making the championship belt pose.

So a few weeks back, I got a form in the mail prompting me to visit the Packers' proxy website in advance of the July 24th shareholders meeting.  There, I can appoint a proxy to cast my shareholder's ballot in support of the new members of the Board of Directors.  Most people just check the box to rubber stamp the prospective members recommended by the current Board of Directors.  But I decided to make a statement with my ballot, and I hope others do too.

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Will you withhold your proxy votes for Walker contributors?

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In this week's bout of GOP faux-outrage, right-wing dipshits are decrying the fact that Pres. Obama is taking a bus ride in a bus made by Prevost, a Canadian manufacturer in Quebec.  In fact, according to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus,

We don't believe that it is any coincidence that the president is embarking on this sham jobs tour in his Canadian bus
Of course it's no coincidence--those socialist assholes in Canada are really ruining this country with their bus and maple syrup industries.

But it turns out prominent Republicans have been running around in similar buses made for hockey teams (no, not this one), including George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, and even Michele Bachmann.  Irony, anyone?

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Which country was your bus made in?

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Folks, I've just received a significant leak here.  A friend of mine in the President's speechwriting office just forwarded me the first draft of Obama's speech--written by the President himself--that was nixed and rewritten by her office.  And as you'll see, it was a hell of a lot more straightforward than what we got.

Good evening, fellow Americans and Kenyans.  

[smile]

Just kidding on that last part.

Look, I'm bending over backwards to get a damn deal done here.  But everytime I give an inch, these jagoffs want a foot.  When I give a foot, they want a yard.  And when I get to about two-and-a-half feet, they tell me to kiss their asses, they're going back to the metric system now.

I feel like Neville fuckin' Chamberlain here.

And I'm just goddamn sick of it.  I've been locked in a room, or on a phone call, with some of the most unpleasant sons-of-bitches for most of the last two weeks.  Let me explain how unpleasant these assnapkins can be:

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I like to think that I know highway construction contracting--I mean, I do get paid to know this stuff.  Specifically, I work for a firm that represents highway contractors in the Mid-Atlantic.

So it happens that when I saw the story about Gov. Palin's Road to Nowhere on Anderson Cooper 360 this evening, I muttered "bullshit" at the screen after a Palin aide claimed that the Road had to be built.  Why?  Well, unless prior Governor Frank Murkowski pulled a fast one and directed the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilites ("DOT&PF") to enter into a non-standard contract for the Gravina Island Highway, Governor Sarah Palin had the ability on her first day in office - December 4, 2006 - to immediately pull the plug on the Road to Nowhere, saving taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.  You know, like a real Maverick would do.

After the jump, I'll show you how her campaign's statement that she had no choice is a flat-out lie.

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Thu Dec 28, 2006 at 11:48 PM PST

Why New Orleans. [with pics]

by docciavelli

This morning a number of NOLA (and out-of-state, on-holiday) Kossacks attended John Edwards' announcement at a rehab home in New Orleans East.  The setting was poignant, and it drove home the Senator's message of why we need to fight a new War on Poverty.

But the press corps still wondered--Why New Orleans?

Here's why:

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Tom Schaller, in his infinite wisdom, has repeatedly counseled us to "whistle past Dixie," basing this advice on recent election returns and trends in the South.  His sagacity is once again noted by the Baltimore Sun in an article today titled "Advice for Democrats: Look Away."

Sitting here on vacation in NOLA, waiting to attend John Edwards' announcement tomorrow, I'm inclined to call this what it is--a red herring that will get us nowhere, and concede to the Republican Party an area which Democrats need to, at the very least, remain competitive in numerous House and Senate races.

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Should we keep fighting in the South?

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Following the leaking of a November 8 internal memo written by National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley yesterday suggesting "steps [Iraqi PM] Maliki could take," the Iraqi Prime Minister has sent a memo to Mr. Hadley which appears to be a markup of the same memo.  

I've just acquired a copy of this memo from a high-ranking administration source.  A portion of the text is below the fold:

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Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 02:33 AM PST

MD-EDay: LIVE BLOG!

by docciavelli

Okay kids, it's that day.  

It'll be a long day, so LET'S GET TO IT!

Use this thread for liveblogging if you're in Maryland following (hopefully volunteering for) E-Day.

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What function are you serving on E-Day?

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While digesting last night's revelation that North Korea detonated its first nuclear test, my thoughts immediately moved toward what the Bush administration's reaction would be.  After ruling out any actual military option (thanks not only to the ramifications of attacking a nuclear state, but also our Armed Forces being bogged-down in Iraq/Afghanistan), my thoughts turned to the same concerns the Bush administration would consider first--Political concerns.

In the wake of that realization, I can imagine only one angle the Bush Administration will take in order to maximise political gain from this crisis:  A renewed call to push for additional spending on a national missile defense system.

This is a gigantic mistake.

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When will Bush make his speech calling for more spending on ABMs?

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Wed Aug 16, 2006 at 07:14 PM PDT

British Deputy PM: "Bush is Crap."

by docciavelli

Well, this piqued my interest:

John Prescott has given vent to his private feelings about the Bush presidency, summing up George Bush's administration in a single word: crap.

Well, if only Democrats would have such balls.

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Best description of Bush:

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Something occurred to me in the wake of the coverage of the Qana bombing in southern Lebanon which killed 50+ civilians, the majority of which were children:  The treatment of the Lebanese civilian victims of Israeli airstrikes seems eerily familiar to the treatment of black Katrina survivors.

Just as the Right blamed stranded poor blacks in New Orleans for their own inability to evacuate, they've begun heaping the blame for civilian casualties in Lebanon on those who haven't been able to get out.  It's a great showing of "compassion" from conservatives if I've ever seen one.

A few thoughts on the ridiculousness of this "blame the victim" game:

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As many of you may know, wmtriallawyer and my wife are running for primary-elected 4-year terms on our local County Democratic Central Committee.  Last night, I once again witnessed the reasons they're running.  The committee spent more time grilling a state party staffer about why there are more non-Marylanders working on the coordinated campaign and how many helium tanks to order for the county fair than they spent discussing how to actually win elections.

Much like in other counties nationwide, our party seems to be slowly dying and there's one reason for it that sticks out like a sore thumb:  A complete and utter lack of active and effective leadership.

However, there is something we can do about it.  Here's a case-study...

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How effective is your local Democratic party?

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