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Sun Aug 26, 2007 at 06:17 PM PDT

Government by Control Fraud

by mbryan

Why are we still in Iraq? Why does the Bush Administration insist on keeping our troops in Iraq even as we make no progress? It seems so irrational when viewed through political logic. But what if politics and military strategy simply are not sufficient explanation for the Bush Administration's choices?

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Sun Apr 22, 2007 at 01:01 PM PDT

Better Know Your District

by mbryan

In honor of Stephen Colbert's 435 part series, Better Know a District, I thought that least I could do was to help my fellow citizens better understand my own district by starting a Squidoo lens bringing together information about the district and its Representative (in my case, it's Arizona's fighting 8th, represented by freshman Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D)).

Squidoo has the ability to form groups and when I couldn't find a group of congressional districts to join, I made one. I encourage Kosacks to take up the task of creating Squidoo lenses for your own districts today. Working together, we can finish all 435 districts in no time!

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In America, we tend to naively consider politicians to be pure embodiments of either good or bad forces. We seldom view their acts as the products of fallible humans. One bothersome side effect is our personal selective editing of the legacies of every President depending on our political allegiances.

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Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 03:05 AM PDT

Bush's Positive Legacy (Really!)

by mbryan

In America, we tend to naively consider politicians to be pure embodiments of either good or bad forces. We seldom view their acts as the products of fallible humans. One bothersome side effect is our personal selective editing of the legacies of every President depending on our political allegiances.

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Mon Feb 26, 2007 at 02:48 PM PST

Political Cowardice

by mbryan

I'm saddened to have to conclude that, following a good start in the 100 hours agenda, the Democratic Congress looks be failing due to a lack of political courage. The failure of our Democratic leadership is playing out along two intimately related axes: the Iraq war and impeachment of Bush and Cheney.

Our utter defeat on impeachment came as a self-inflicted wound when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid told the world that impeachment was "off the table". Their hope, perhaps, was to induce the GOP to play ball and advance significant policy gains which could be used to further extend a Democratic majority, and elect a Democratic President, in 2008. I might not go so far as to call such a hope naiveté or, worse, political appeasement, but it was certainly lying down with wolves while acting provocatively like a sheep.

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Do you support impeachment of Bush and Cheney?

89%44 votes
10%5 votes

| 49 votes | Vote | Results

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Sat Aug 19, 2006 at 03:15 AM PDT

Why can't we all just be Japanese?

by mbryan

Why can't we all be Japanese? A very interesting essay, though a bit discursive into unrelated theological matters, introduces a major new cross-cultural study of the correlations between belief in the divine, and violence and sexual behavior.

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How do you describe your beliefs?

21%13 votes
48%29 votes
21%13 votes
8%5 votes

| 60 votes | Vote | Results

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Fri Aug 18, 2006 at 01:30 PM PDT

The Ratfucking Has Begun

by mbryan

This Wednesday Democratic voters all over the Arizona's 8th Congressional district began to get some very odd 'polling' calls. If the resident identified as undecided, or a supporter of Democratic candidate Patty Weiss, they got 'questions' that strongly pushed negative 'would it make yoy more or less likely to support' statements about Weiss, her personal finances, her campaign contributions, and her family. And then to get strongly positive statements about her major rival for the nomination, Democrat Gabrielle Giffords. Local bloggers and activists soon realized that a fairly substantial push polling effort was underway.

This is what we've learned. Please use this diary to collect additional annectdotal and research information on this is GOP ratfucking campaign

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Can anyone explain to me just why Barrak Obama has contributed $2100 to Lieberman's primary campaign against Ned Lamont through his PAC HOPEFUND?
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Alex Rodriguez is a man on the move. It might well be that Alex has been preparing himself for the job he now seeks for nearly his whole life. (Alex says we have to draw our own conclusions on this matter.) For a relatively young man, he has built up an impressive array of experiences and credentials, both academic and practical.
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Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 11:53 PM PDT

Fuck 'Socialized' Medicine

by mbryan

There is little that is more nonsensical than the argument against universal healthcare coverage that goes, "We don't need socialized medicine in this country because..." As if the system of healthcare we currently have isn't 'socialized'. We have a 'socialized' medical system in this country already. It's just a crappy, peicemeal, unequal 'socialized' system.

The choice this county has to make is not between 'socialized' medicine and 'private' medicine (the only people who have private medical care in this country are the uninsured, and they would prefer almost anything else), but between efficient, lower-cost, equitable 'socialized' medicine and ever-more expensive, bloated, profiteering 'socialized' medcine that leaves millions of Americans out.

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Meet Congresswoman Mom.

It's not her chosen campaign slogan, but I think it sums up Francine Shacter's iconoclastic campaign for Congress in Arizona's 8th District pretty well. When asked, Francine chose as her (purely provisional) slogan, "I will listen to people and represent their views and bring back to them good ideas." Not so snappy.

A divorced Jewish woman, 77 years old, who raised four kids by herself in the 1960s and 70s (the result was nearly the Jewish trifecta - she got a lawyer and a doctor, but no Rabbi, just a scientist), Francine is a graduate with honors of the school of life (and of Goddard College in economics). She wants to use her life experiences to represent and work with and for the people of the 8th District.

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Link: G.O.P. Senators Say Accord is Set on Wiretapping

The proposed accord with the White House would seemingly avoid the issue of blatantly unconstitutional behavior by the Administration by retroactively creating a 45 day period in which the President could spy on Americans suspected of association with an unspecified list of terrorist organizations. A 7 member subcommittee (with 4 votes no doubt going to Senate GOP members) would oversee the program.

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Should Democrats Accept This Deal?

2%2 votes
62%61 votes
35%34 votes

| 97 votes | Vote | Results

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