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Wed Sep 29, 2010 at 08:35 PM PDT

Time for our Fosbury Flop

by SeattleDanny

Fox News thinks (or at least claims) that the Republicans have a good shot at retaking the Senate in 2010.
But Obama has actually started campaigning, now. Like he said, he does know a little bit about campaigning.
It reminds me, though, of Obama's presidential campaign. My father complained often "Why isn't he responding to [X blatant lie]": my explanation was that his campaign was like a high jumper. When executing the move called the Fosbury Flop, the only part of the jumper that's that high is what's actually over the bar, the rest is lower.
In the same way, now that we're into the home stretch, now we begin our sprint: Obama may yet bring us home. In 2008, the teabaggers were enthusiastic in the summer, which accomplished nothing but exhausted them.

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Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 01:00 PM PDT

A request for author Stephen King

by SeattleDanny

In October 2006, I remember getting an email (through MoveOn, I think) from the author Stephen King. It read (I'm paraphrasing here, I don't remember the exact language):

As America's most popular horror author, I know scary. And let me tell you: President Bush and the Republicans are scary.

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Mon Apr 12, 2010 at 07:38 AM PDT

Olympia Snowe for SCOTUS

by SeattleDanny

Obama is renowned for his playing 11-dimensional chess. I predict a good move would be to nominate Olympia Snowe for Supreme Court.

She's not nearly as liberal as I'd like, but if the nominee is not a Republican, the nomination will be held up by the Party of No.

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It has been often reported that 13 attorneys general have signed on to the suit arguing that health care is unconstitutional.

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From a news report on Yahoo (here, if you're curious):

Sparking O'Reilly's ire was an episode of "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" that aired earlier in the week, in which a crazed anti-immigration activist set out to murder the children of illegal immigrants.

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It's kind of a matter of definition, whether WW2 actually did end the Great Depression: things were a lot better in 1938 than in 1932. But certainly things weren't as great in 1938 as they had been in 1928. And for that matter, things weren't as great in 1945 as they had been in 1928.

These questions notwithstanding, it is a popular claim that WW2 ended the Great Depression. For this diary, we will go with that.

It seems to be canon that WW2 ended the Great Depression, but it's never explained WHY, as if it's obvious that dead enemies translates universally to greater GDP.

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Fri May 01, 2009 at 03:23 PM PDT

Conservative Party of America

by SeattleDanny

It's refreshing that Specter is now free from Limbaugh's tyranny, and many conservatives have invited Snowe and Collins to leave as well. It would be great for Democrats to have a 62-seat majority in the Senate.

What is happening to the Republican Party, though, is not great: in the last year they have trumpeted leader after leader, only to be roundly mocked by an American populace who still holds them accountable for enabling the Bush regime's abuses (or worse). And the Republicans, in addition to being the Party of No, has been the Party of No Independent Thought. They've been that for years.

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Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 09:11 AM PDT

Make them LONG for ACORN

by SeattleDanny

A favorite ogre of RedState and some other conservatives is ACORN. One of the main things ACORN and political volunteers do is hand out county voter registration forms.

This is tremendously inefficient: volunteers often approach people who are already registered, and many people are approached more than once. So I propose to make ACORN's voter registration moot, and they'll likely stop doing it.

In 2010, federal agents will try to visit every household, to count people. Like everything that Obama does, FOX news will spin the census as "exxcessive government involvement in people's lives": the fact that this has happened every ten years since 1800 will not deter them, I expect. In addition to counting, I propose that the census folks hand out voter registration forms.

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A large factor in Specter's decision to leave the GOP was that 200,000 Pennsylvania Republicans had switched to be Democrats. Many diarists have argued that Rick Santorum is very out of touch with Pennsylvania voters, and that Pat Toomey would beat him in PA's closed primary. I don't doubt either thing.

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Washington is divided demographically, politically, and economically by the Cascade mountains. The east side, by Idaho, is much more politically conservative, agricultural, and sparesly populated. The west side, dominated by Seattle, is more politically liberal, industrial and white-collar, and more populated. Of Washington's eight members of Congress, six represent western Washington. All but one of the western Washington representatives are Democrats. Both of eastern Washington's reps are Republicans.

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Many news outlets reported that on 4/1/2009 (today), the world would be crippled by a virus known as Conflicker, which would infect host computers and prevent the computer from updating, among other malfeasance. Dailykos was one of the news outlets that promoted this scare.

A front-page story at BBC is titled "Worm attack chaos fails to strike". To quote the article briefly:

Those monitoring the progress of the worm as 1 April dawned around the globe said there was no evidence it was doing anything other than modifying itself to be harder to exterminate.

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Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 05:18 PM PST

Cured homosexual?

by SeattleDanny

There will likely be other blog posts about this, but our favorite former homosexual, who was fired from New Life Church for using drugs and patronizing a male prostitute, has now patronized ANOTHER male prostitute, who has now been paid hush money to keep the media away from the story.

The full story is on CNN.

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