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What is the nature of hate?  Perhaps the question is simply more existential.  Why?
So with fear and trembling, I pen this diary in a search and struggle for understanding.

On election night, just before the polls closed in Georgia, an African American church was burned by arsonists.  

Shock.  Outrage.  Disgust.  Sadness. It is futile to attempt to describe the sinking feeling and the pit of my stomach deep naseau I feel.  Nevertheless, as outraged as I am, the better angels of our nature summon the courage to turn the other cheek.   I am sharing this account because the sunlight is a most potent disinfectant for this most pernicious evil.  And also because it is a tragic reminder of both the skeletons in our national (and regional) family closet  AND how far we have come (think of what we accomplished Tuesday).

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Dear Mary,

I am writing you this letter on the eve of the 2012 presidential election.  Your mother and I are most excited, as expectant first time parents, about your arrival into the world and the ways our lives (your mother's and mine) are soon to change in the most wonderful ways.  I cannot explain precisely what compels me to write this letter.  I can only imagine what the world will look like through your eyes 20 years from now when you cast your first general election vote for the next President of the United States in 2032.  There are some things that you will probably have a hard time fathoming.  For example, you will never know a United States that has only elected white men to the highest executive office in the land.  You will also never know a United States that has only had men preside as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.

But what I want to share with you tonight is what we fight for when we go to the polls tomorrow.


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Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 05:15 AM PDT

Firing Big Bird

by fdrrfk1974

Sometimes, despite the cacophony of horse-race punditry, a debate offers a fleeting glimpse into who a candidate really is in real life.  Last night provided such a glimpse with what we shall term the "Big Bird Moment."
The revelation of the Big Bird Moment is downright scary and is likely fresh salt in the wounds for victims of Bain's vulture capitalism.  You see, Mitt loves Big Bird; he just wants to eliminate the company that employs him.  It's business, not personal.  Don't you get it?  Mitt cares for all Americans, he just wants to eliminate the programs that help them....  Mitt cares about seniors; he just wants to change Medicare and Social Security (don't think that isn't coming to Sesame Street).  
But the insight from the Big Bird moment is even more frightening.  Because Mitt demonstrated that he understood that firing Big Bird also meant firing Jim Lehrer.  All of PBS.  You see, Mitt loves PBS; he just wants to take away the funding that makes it possible.  Mitt loves the PUBLIC Broadcast System; he just wants to PRIVATIZE it.  Kind of like Social Security and Medicare....

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Society of Professional Journalists Region 3 Blogger Michael Koretzky has been "asked" to take down a blog post about journalism on a journalism website by the President of the Society of Professional Journalists?  This is an absolute affront to all people who care about the First Amendment, journalism, corporate censorship and academic freedom.  Some quick background from Mr. Koretzky:

Earlier this week, the editors at the University of Georgia’s independent student newspaper walked off the job, claiming prior review and even censorship. I’m on the SPJ national board, and under our bureaucratic structure, I represent the “region” where The Red and Black is – the southeastern United States.

(That’s why this blog is called “Southern Drawl.” Get it?)

On Thursday, Ensslin emailed me (because it’s my region) and the vice president for campus chapter affairs: “I’d like your thoughts on this situation.”

I said I planned to send someone I trust to Athens, Ga., to investigate. I said I’d pay her expenses out of my own regional budget – I was kind of fishing for a reply of, “No no, we’ll cover that for you.” Alas, it never came. But Ensslin agreed it would be a good idea to “do some fact-finding on SPJ’s behalf.”

For more background on events in Athens, please refer to site of the intrepid student journalists at UGA and a great [ summary from the Student Press Law Center.
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Dear Keith,

Just wanted to take a second to say thank you for being a courageous voice and a great American for the past 8 years.  I wish that I could summon greater eloquence, but at the moment, I am too stunned and shocked to say more than thank you.

I know you will be unable to discuss the details of what transpired with MSNBC and that you might not have another show for a while.  But, rest assured, we will be here when you get back.

Eight o'clock weeknights won't be the same for me for a long time.  Thanks for sharing yourself with us.  We'll miss you and anxiously await your return.

Good night and good luck.


On March 1, 2010, Nathan Deal quit Congress.  Asked at the time whether his resignation had anything to do with the pending House ethics investigation, Deal replied, "That's absolutely not true."  Now, for the rest of the story.

On January 28, 2010, the bipartisan Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics "adopted the following report and findings and ordered them to be transmitted to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the United States House of
Representatives."  This report and findings in this matter were transmitted to the Committee on Standards of
Official Conduct on February 5, 2010.  By resigning from Congress, Deal conveniently cut off further investigation, including recommended subpoenas, and sanctions.    

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Ken Hodges contributed $300 to Saxby Chambliss (R) on August 16, 2000, and another  $500 to Saxby Chambliss on March 3, 2002, the only reported federal contributions for Ken Hodges to a candidate of any party for those election cycles.  He also more recently used his district attorney campaign account to donate another $250 to Saxby on August 19, 2007.

Anyone else interested in an explanation from Mr. Hodges, running against Democrat

Rob Teilhet to be Georgia's next Attorney General?  The floor is open...   Primary is Tuesday...

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Because power in Washington is about control of the legislative agenda.  A defeat of the bill, in whatever form, will result in loss of our agenda (the progressive agenda).  This is our issue.  It currently is and has been front and center on the legislative agenda.  Should we (all Democrats) choose to cannibalize this chance, we will all bear responsibility for the loss of the agenda.  Legislating is an ugly process.  So be it.  But from where I view it, at least we are fighting a battle where we have control of the agenda (the HCR issue).  I'll take that fight any day of the week over having to FIGHT FOR CONTROL OF THE AGENDA.

This post isn't directed at any group or any elected official.  It probably will slide down the list unnoticed and largely unread.  But we are all in the same foxhole ultimately.  Too many uninsured.  Too many underinsured.  Too many denied procedures.  Too many denied claims.  Too many precariously insured.

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Time for a Switch Pitch.  Time for members of Congress attacking "government health care" to put up or shut up.  I believe that it is time to take to the phones and the town halls and ask members of Congress to take specific action against government health care.  Enough with all the talk.  Time for these members to take action.  Starting immediately.

And that action is for individual members of Congress to switch health insurance coverage to private coverage from the public option of the Federal Employee Health Plan or any plan designed to cover members of Congress.  

The action alert is to call each member of Congress not presently on record in favor of health care reform including the public option.  And not one time.  Every day.  You want a debate.  Great.  Let's have it.


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While in France Jefferson cultivated his love of the fine wines of Europe and began a life-long habit of collecting wines -- and vines -- for America. Known throughout the States as a wine connoisseur, Jefferson advised presidents Washington, Adams, Madison, and Monroe on the best wines for executive functions. His cellar contained bottles from France, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Germany, and Italy, and he served wine after dinner daily in the belief that it was good for the health.

 The president, a wine connoissuer?

European wines no less!  The outrage!

And what's this?  Almost a vegetarian?

Also for health reasons, Jefferson ate meat only "as a condiment to the vegetables which constitute my principal diet." Many family members remarked on this habit, and though we cannot call Jefferson a vegetarian as defined today, for his time, he did eat an unusually small amount of meat, preferring the produce of his garden. The garden featured more than 250 varieties of herbs and vegetables, including those that others considered exotic or even possibly poisonous, such as the tomato.


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Sen. John Ensign said Wednesday that the Republican National Committee (RNC) has transferred $2 million earmarked for the Senate runoff in Georgia to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), which was $4 million in debt after Election Day.


If there is anyone out there who doubts that the gauntlet has been thrown down, doubt no more.  I am on the ground here in Georgia, so I want to relay first hand what is happening here.  The television ads and radio ads against Jim Martin are bombing the public airways.  Despicable ads to which we have unfortunately grown too accustomed here in Georgia.  Ads paid for by Rep. Sen. Committee, the RNC, the Chambliss campaign, and a host of outside groups who are frankly pouring gasoline on the everburning culture war embers.  Attack ads that rely on fear.  Ads that are attempting to paint our President-Elect, our Speaker of the House, and all things Democratic or progressive as just frankly dangerous.  They even have the word "Liberal" prominently plastered on one 30 second spot with the scary music and scary font.

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Sun Nov 16, 2008 at 07:02 AM PST

by fdrrfk1974

Alert Action Memo: E-mail

Who: You.  A concerned progressive who wants to help the Democratic effort in the Georgia runoff on December 2, 2008.

Why: Because you care about your country.

When: NOW.  Because there are only 16 days left until the runoff, and we need all hands on deck.

Details and background below the jump.

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