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Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM PDT

The Democratic Spam is Out of Hand

by jrooth

I had no idea I was so popular with the Democratic leadership. It's strange, because they never respond to me when I send them angry or urgent messages. But in the last six hours my mailbox has been flooded with 41 emails from various Democratic organizations and leaders:

Nancy Pelosi sent me five increasingly frantic messages informing me that the House is about to sue President Obama. The last one sobs that she's "pleading with" me. (Paul Begala is also pleading with me. I picture the two of them huddled together, plaintively wondering why I don't rush to their aid.) Joe Biden doesn't plead, but sent me four emails about the upcoming impeachment.

The DCCC informs me that I have inexplicably "missed" three emails from Democratic leaders. How they arrived at that low number I don't know - I've deleted at least two hundred unread over the past couple of weeks. One DCCC email harshly warned me that this is my "FINAL NOTICE!" Sadly it was not. Seven more followed from them in the next hour.

And of course one feature all these messages have in common is the handy list of options offered at the end for how much money I can give them.

I'm not usually one to be upset about spam. But when the spam from one organization makes up more than half the volume of mail in my inbox, things are getting out of hand.


Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 01:35 PM PDT

Ahmad FRIGGIN Chalabi? Seriously?

by jrooth

I was just catching up on reading Digby and ran across this piece of total fuckery:

Over the past two days the American ambassador, Robert S. Beecroft, along with Brett McGurk, the senior State Department official on Iraq and Iran, have met with Usama Nujaifi, the leader of the largest Sunni contingent, United For Reform, and with Ahmad Chalabi, one of the several potential Shiite candidates for prime minister, according to people close to each of those factions, as well as other political figures.


Convicted embezzler and con-man Ahmad Chalabi? The guy who spoon-fed Dick Cheney bogus intelligence supplied by Iran in the run-up to the Iraq war? That guy? We're talking to HIM about taking over as PM?

Fuck. Just shoot me now.


Holy crap!

If this is true it's arguably the most scandalous NSA story yet:

The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.
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I've never thought of myself as a stupid man, particularly when it comes to thinking about numbers and algorithms.  In fact at one time (admittedly nearly thirty years ago) I was good enough to be graduated summa cum laude with a degree in computer science and applied mathematics.  Which is why I find myself so bothered by the explanation and discussion of the so-called "chained CPI".

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Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 08:25 AM PST

We're not quite rid of Allen West yet.

by jrooth

On election night, Patrick Murphy defeated Rep. Allen West (R - BatshitCrazyville) by a margin of 160,328 votes to West’s 157,872 - 0.8%.  Florida law has no provision for recounts if the margin is above 0.5%, but West isn't letting that stop him.

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In an interview on CBS This Morning George Zimmerman's lawyer Hal Uhrig invoked "shaken baby syndrome" in his client's defense:

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Good morning Kossacks and welcome to the bright shiny new DK4! I'm sure it's going to take a lot of getting used to, even for those of us who spent a little time on the beta, but the good news is it looks like we made it through the wormhole alive.

This is just a short diary to introduce the ideas behind the Fitness Group and to invite y'all to participate if you're interested.

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The national Democratic Party is hell-bent on political suicide and there ain't one damn thing we can do about it.  

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Thu May 13, 2010 at 03:51 PM PDT

Elena Kagan and Executive Power

by jrooth

Some may recognize me as one of the more active commenters regarding the present nomination to the Supreme Court.  And if you do, you've probable noticed that my comments have generally been of disappointment, skepticism and concern about this nominee, particularly including concern about her ideas of executive power.

I'm not much of a diary-writer, more of a commenter, but I thought I would share something about how my thinking regarding this has evolved today and why it has done so.  (Hint:  it's not because of the accusations of poutrage, being opposed to any Obama nominee, idolizing Glenn Greenwald, being too lazy to read and think for myself, or any other such silliness I've had lobbed my way in the last couple of days.)

So if you're interested, follow below the fold.

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Sun Mar 21, 2010 at 07:07 PM PDT

Health Care Debate Runabout #16

by jrooth

Here is the next Runabout for the liveblog of the HCR debate.

Please do NOT rec this diary; please rec the Mothership by Adam Blomeke:

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It has to be said.  I am going to say it.  Why do so many kossacks think they can pull off the internet version of Bush and Putin - staring into the pixels posted by other kossacks and seeing into their souls?

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The Second Round of questions continues, to be followed by other witnesses.

DO NOT recommend this diary


PLEASE RECOMMEND the MOTHERSHIP diary located here.

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