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Anne Applebaum:

Unintentionally, it sounds like a scene from the Monty Python movie...

Because of course all British people sound like Monty Python, no duh.
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Fri Feb 25, 2011 at 08:21 PM PST

Bleg: Books about labor history

by hann1bal

Maybe it's just the history major in me, but the recent happenings in Wisconsin have reminded me of some of the gaps in my knowledge. I'm not very firm on the history of organized labor in the U.S. I could probably name a few important figures, but it's definitely not one of the areas of my expertise.

So I figured, "Surely someone on Daily Kos could help me out with that!" What would you suggest I read to get a better feel for the history of labor? Or watch, or listen, for that matter. I'm not too picky, despite the title of this post.



Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) had an interesting take this weekend on America's first European settlers, who she said "had different cultures, different backgrounds, different traditions."
"How unique in all of the world, that one nation that was the resting point from people groups all across the world," she said. "It didn't matter the color of their skin, it didn't matter their language, it didn't matter their economic status."

Uh, Michele? About that last sentence? Yes it fucking did.


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Because no one should have to read Charles Krauthammer. No right-wing pundit, as far as I'm concerned, can match Chuckie K. for how mad he makes me, and how consistently awful his columns are.

I suppose it's a little late in the week to read Wednesday's column, but better late than never.

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Tue Jul 20, 2010 at 09:18 PM PDT

Georgia primaries: Results are in

by hann1bal

Well, we have the results from today's primaries in Georgia, and they are veddy veddy interesting. In the governor's race, we're headed for a runoff on the Republican side, while the newly anointed Democratic candidate came through in a landslide. Meanwhile, there are also results for two potentially vulnerable Democratic seats. And it's all right below the fold, here:


How much of a chance does Roy Barnes have in November?

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With the primaries fast approaching here in Georgia, the candidates in the various races have been blanketing the airwaves with ads, as one would expect.

Until relatively recently, the Republican side of the Governor's race was relatively civil. The ads going up were primarily positive ads talking about positions, and it was one such ad that caught my eye, from John Oxendine, our current Insurance Commissioner.

The specific ad is on YouTube, under the title "Oxendine's Contract With Georgia", with the line that piqued my interest at 0:17. Oxendine promises that he will "scrap the [state] income tax". He goes on to say that he'll fix our state's myriad transportation and water problems, all while downsizing state government. This, he concludes, will naturally lure unsuspecting businesses to Georgia, because the shittiest education system in the country is no bar to those eager companies.

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