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Ten days ago, I woke up unable to breathe normally after only a minimum of exertion, and knew things were not looking good.  I needed to stop and catch my breath for about ten minutes after taking only about ten steps, or so.  The night before, I was feeling fairly well, but nowhere near as bad as I was feeling last Friday morning.  After taking about an hour to go up one flight of steps, I surrendered to the inevitable and asked my wife to drop me off at the emergency room of the nearby hospital to get checked out.  What I thought was just a bad case of bronchitis turned out to be much nastier -- double pneumonia AND blood clots in the lungs.

Join me under the orange lung dropping to use my personal story as an illustration as to why I am supporting Democrats in this election.

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As is my usual when strolling onto the Great Orange Revue, I made my way to the Abbreviated Pundit and my eyes caught the little blurb by Larry J. Sabato and felt compelled to answer his unasked question about those who self-identify as Independent.

While the window dressing in his article preceeding the lede of it talks about all of the resources (fiscal and otherwise) which have gone into the campaigns for President this election cycle, the heart of his assertion is that the "Independent" vote can actually be sliced and diced further into the pigeon-holes that the national media and punditocracy love to use (and helps keep them employed).

I would appreciate it if you would jump over the curlicue below to review and comment on what I have to say on this subject.

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How do you self-identify, if "Independent" is not an option?

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The last two weeks, all I have heard about is how the Administration is going to make some cuts here and there in order to bring down the deficit a bit. I have also heard in the Lazy Media about how the Republicans will cut through all of the programs that their corporate masters their ultra-right wing constituency they feel needs to be cut in order to bring down the deficit.

However, why hasn't anyone in the Lazy Media or the Washingtonian Punditocracy spoken a word about the fact that the tax rate structure in place is the lowest it has ever been, courtesy of the Reagan Revolution, and tax revenues are the lowest ever, as well? Since we have already cut a lot of programs in the National Budget as low as they can humanely go, why is the talk of ratcheting up the tax rates on higher incomes non-existent?

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Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 06:25 AM PDT

Congratulations!

by wordene

Dear America: Congratulations!  You just bought a bill of goods!  So, what now are you going to do with it?  You tore yourself away from Rush on the Radio and Glenn on the Idiot-box long enough to tell the Democratic establishment that you don't like them being in charge... but you don't really know why, aside from members of the media to whom you listen told you to do so.

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Ladies and gentlemen, please reserve your flames and rotten tomatoes while I mention a scenario for which I have little stomach as well; all of the Joe Must Go rants around here have been rather well received and voice a revenge which definitely needs exacting.  I even find myself starting to sing along with those tunes as I read along.  However, as much as it pains me to state this, the careful song and dance Harry Reid is doing with Joe Lieberman right now has more to do with political practicalities then dishing out some righteous whoop-ass on Traitor Joe.  Follow me below the fold so I can flesh out the story that needs to be said.

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I am. Very much so.  Why, you ask, when nothing was really decided in the Democratic race to be the nominee?  My satisfaction is derived from the fact that all of the states who wanted to play kingmaker in this year's quadrennial spectacle now get to wait on the sidelines while the states later in the primary calendar get to have their say.  Follow me below the fold so that I may explain myself...

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When do you think that the official primary season should start?

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Too often, it is easy on this site, and others like it, to get wrapped up in the National politics and even International events.  Sometimes it is too easy to do so, probably because it is much more interesting.  However, there comes a time when, as "Tip" O'Neill is famous for saying,

All politics is local.

To that end, when a flyer came home in my son's paperwork, announcing that one of the members of the local school board had just announced his resignation, I decided that this was the time to get off the sidelines and start getting more involved.

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As if it wasn't hard enough, in 2006, to have to fight against the Lazy Media's stenographic efforts in promoting the neo-conservative talking points, progressive candidates also had to fight against the strong will of Rahm Emanuel.  The Democrats won in November 2006, in spite of, not because of the efforts of Mr. Emanuel.  His blueprint for "success" in the 2006 Congressional elections was to find DLC-friendly, "Republican-ish" candidates to field, giving us the present day dilemma of the Bush-Dog Democrats helping to seize defeat from the jaws of victory on the National Stage.  

Many of the candidates that Emanuel helped elect have joined with a group of self-styled conservative Blue Dog Democrats and have cast key votes with Republicans and stymied Democratic efforts to end the occupation of Iraq and the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program.

In an article just published at Truthout four races from this time period show a pattern of deviousness which was Mr. Emanuel's Modus Operandi.

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Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 06:44 PM PDT

WPA: Then and now?

by wordene

Due to losing a "fight" with my son over the TV station to be tuned in, I was forced to read the liveblogging of the AFL-CIO Democratic Presidential Forum/Debate this evening.  I was playing catch-up to the events going on when I decided to take up the challenge by Blue Waters Run Deep to compose a diary on the Works Progress Administration (WPA). I decided to use this as a chance to present a bit of history and to envision what it could look like if implemented in the near future.  Join me after the fold for more... thanks!

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Thu Jun 28, 2007 at 02:18 PM PDT

Score one for the "good" guys

by wordene

The AP is reporting that the Senate has put the onerous Immigration bill back in the dustbin where it belongs.

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In yet another version of "if only our pResident was actually Presidential, BBC News' Gordon Corera is reporting today that the current hostilities in the Middle East might have had a much different outcome had the Fake Cowboy From Crawford and his cronies done more than just issue rhetorical talking points.

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Thu May 31, 2007 at 05:34 PM PDT

Stop already with the WAR Frame!!!!!!!

by wordene

As long as everyone around here keeps calling the Illegal Insurrection in Iraq, or Me$$-O-Potamia (h/t Jon Stewart), a WAR, you keep selling the frame which makes Pres. Bush's arguments for him.  Did everybody forget about the PR stunt on the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN?  When Commander Codpiece vaulted from the passenger seat of a fighter plane and uttered the phrase, "Mission Accomplished," that should have been the time when Democrats started to advance the frame of bringing the troops home.

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