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Mon Dec 15, 2008 at 08:06 AM PST

If the Shoe Fits

by idiosynchronic

Originally posted at the author's home base of Low & Left Part Deux

How often is it that we not only get to tell someone what's on our mind and do the right thing?  Not to mention channel a little holiday giving?

We don't get to throw our shoes at the President.  It's illegal, both in terms of assault as well as god-knows what laws in the post 9/11 world.  As has been joked about the guy in Iraq, we'd be risking GitMo or an extended stay with "outsourced detention" in Syria.  And if you used foot powder that morning . . may God have mercy on your soul.

That doesn't mean we can't send him our shoes to make sure he gets the point.

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Wed Apr 04, 2007 at 10:51 AM PDT

A joke for all moving families

by idiosynchronic

A family where the husband is being transferred to another city puts their house up on the market.  The very next day, someone gives them a bid for the full price without even seeing the house.  The family is thrilled - their agent is thinking easy money.  Their agent then asks, "So are you willing to ship it to Nigeria?"

  • - -

That's for all of us whom are selling our houses, selling our extra junk on eBay, and moving in this spring season of transferral.

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Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 06:32 PM PST

One Hour With Bill Richardson

by idiosynchronic

Idiosynchronic and Richardson at close range, courtesy of the AP.




Last week was heelacious here in Iowa - I opted to take a day off Friday because of my Saturday midterm and the impending 2nd snowstorm.  By the afternoon, I was feeling antsy and my 2 year-old daughter was getting loud, so I headed for a local cybercafe that was popular - and ended up spending an hour listening to and slightly challenging New Mexico Governor and presidential candidate Bill Richardson.


Yes, in Iowa, we can and do get this sort of luck still in the presidential campaign.  As Bill noted though, it's getting harder when the campaign appearances of the front runners like Sens. Clinton and Obama draw several thousand people.  Kitchen table political work isn't dead quite yet, but this is probably one of our last visions of it.

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Wed Feb 28, 2007 at 06:59 AM PST

Hello, My Name is Ms. President

by idiosynchronic

Long reprinted post follows . .  I thought it good to repost here because of all the Hillary Clinton love we all share.  (Okay, so I'm snarking that.)  We may not love Sen. Clinton the way she wants us to, but I think it's just more important that we raise up women progressives we do love and cherish.  Encourage the women of your life between the ages of 7 and 35 to have the dream!

Subject: "2024" Casting Call

Eighteen-year-old Alexandra Desaulniers first got the idea that she would run for president almost a decade ago. In a letter to our President, Marie Wilson, Alexandra expressed her intention to seek a seat in the oval office, saying, "I went on a tour of the White House and saw paintings of all the Presidents, and I learned that there has never been a woman President. ...I think that I would make a great President."

The application requirements follow in the body.  Have fun and good luck!

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The online world has been buzzing about the relative ease that a Princeton professor and his students had in hacking into a Diebold E-Voting machine.  In case you've been on vacation of buried in work, here's the original  YouTube Video Announcement, a dKos link, and a later Brad Blog Diary.

So far the collective world outside the Internet has put up a collective shrug - in effect, asking what's the big deal?  So some brains got into this thing.  After all, if FOX News raises a stink, it can't be really that serious.  Media has reported it, but the story isn't developing, and so it's slowly slipping below the national attention span.  Time to get back to the All Terror All The Time election theme.

In one more attempt to try and get some traction, the blog Freedom to Tinker came up with a very astute illustration, and I've snagged some appropriate images.

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What the hell??

California, the state with the most electoral votes, is joining an interstate pact ("blue state suicide pact")to award ALL its electoral votes to whoever wins the popular vote. (The bill passed, the Guv may or may not sign it, and the pact itself only kicks in when states with enough electoral votes among them to conclude the election join.)

The bill is AB2948

This is one of those things I just find out about and wonder where the fuck has the media been?  And in today's enviornment, why are the political bloggers just finding out about it?

I'm not a state's rightist as we know the definition currently, but I do belive in state sovergnity and the general notion of republican governance by democratic rule.  If Cali votes completely different than the majority of popular votes across the entire nation, the popular winner still gets the Cali EV's?  What part of tyranny does this NOT satisfy?

Does someone else know about this?

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Crossposted at Low and Left - a gross exercise in assfoolery and general obnoxiousness

Apparently, weak forces are pushing for the Yearly Kos to move to Iowa next year . . .

Now that we've all had a good laugh, this is a little less far-fetched than you might think.  (but still very far-fetched.)  Reasons are behind the link.

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I got your fun new meme right here:

R - Roberts
A - Alito
T - Thomas
S - Scalia

Pass it on.  Win or lose the current fight over Alito's confirmation, it'll definately be handy now, and I pray it won't be handy in the future.

(Thanks to ann, posting to today at The Left Coaster)

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Remember last week when Des Moines Register columnist David Yepsen "Dean of Iowa's Political Reporting" said John Kerry would be a good nominee for 2008?

He's at it again.  It's times like this why I feel it's so obvious Yepsen is a hack.  I don't know if he sells papers, but he does put forth such stupidity that it's almost impossibile not to talk about him.  He's like the mini-me Iowa version of David Brooks or something . .

Column quotes and my harangue follow.

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Kelo is coming home to roost - in Des Moines, Iowa.

Crossposted to My Left Wing

City leaders say they will force a Des Moines business owner to sell two buildings in the burgeoning East Village area of downtown because he has failed to make upgrades to the property.

The move would be the city's first use of a U.S. Supreme Court-granted power to wrest control of private property and put it in the hands of developers as a way to boost the tax base.

Boost the tax base my ass.  This is a naked grab for under-developed property in an area with high growth potential.  This is exactly the abuse of the new interpetations of emminent domain that we predicted.

More in the extended entry

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Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 10:53 AM PDT

The slow agony of a flood

by idiosynchronic

The New Orleans Situation is Worsening

OMG.

I lived through the Great Midwestern Flood of 1993 in Des Moines. I know exactly what these people are going through. Your life isn't in immediate danger, but you're watching the world slowly consume your home and the life you've built as the water gets deeper.

And deeper.
And further up the street.
It moves when you're not looking.

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Fri Aug 26, 2005 at 08:54 AM PDT

Health Insurance & Moral Hazard

by idiosynchronic

I  first bow in Bill in Portland's general direction; Thanks, Bill.  
CHEERS to Malcolm Gladwell.  In yesterday's C&J poll, 83% think the government probably won't do anything about the impending health care crisis in America.  As if on cue, Gladwell---author of the great "Blink"---pens a column in the New Yorker that shows why you guys are absolutely, tragically correct.

But the article Bill cites is so much more than what he says.  More after the jump.

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