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Victoria Wulsin in OH-02, running against Mean Jean Schmidt:

And Wulsin has her own version of the "Had Enough?" ditty by Howie Klein's Blue America PAC:

Recommended diaries at 9 pm, Thursday, Oct 19, 2006 :

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:18 PM PDT.

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  •  I was "swiftboated"! (9+ / 0-)

    That's right!

    My patriotism was questioned by a political hack in the editorial pages of the Providence Journal!

    Andre Araujo for Cranston School Committee, Andre For Schools

    by aaraujo on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:19:44 PM PDT

    •  Concern Troll Police (4+ / 0-)

      Concern Troll. Today I was labeled as such.  Now, if this were an isolated incident I would not be so bothered, but I have seen this term being applied increasingly more often - and that is really beginning to concern me.

      What exactly is a "concern troll", you might ask?  Well, as far as I can tell it is someone who decides to diary on a topic other than the all important goal (of which mind you, I think we are ALL in agreement) of having Democrats take over Congress in the November elections.

      Particularly "non-important" concerns at the moment seem to include:

      -impeachment

      -any criticism of Democratic strategy
      -discussion of what we can really expect from a Democratic takeover

      If you find any of the above, or other issues, too distracting to discuss between now and November 7th, please keep moving on.  You will have lost only the time involved in reading the diary/comment.  But please recognize that there are some of us who would like to talk about such topics at the moment, and that our doing so really does not put hopes of an (expected and hoped for) Democratic takeover of Congress at risk.

      “Let’s not talk about this until November 8th.”

      On November 8th, this sentiment could easily morph into “Let’s not talk about this until after the 2008 Presidential Election.”

      Another common response seems to be “go do something responsive/useful/effective.”  I find this type of condescension to be quite appalling.

      Is this really what our political discourse has come down to?

      •  my election is on Nov 7 (7+ / 0-)

        It will be too late by then.

        I can tell you first hand that tt actually really hurts your feelings when someone attacks your patriotism. It's is like attacking your faith.

        there is a blog thread concerning this on a local political Democratic website, RI Future

        Andre Araujo for Cranston School Committee, Andre For Schools

        by aaraujo on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:23:01 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  do not attack my faith or my patriotism......... (0+ / 0-)

          not ever, that is my own opinion. attack at will.

          "If you can't stand behind our troops, then, please, feel free to stand in front of them."

          by panicbean on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:13:14 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  People who resort to questioning (0+ / 0-)

          Someone else's patriotism simply because that person believes that the Pledge of Allegiance shouldn't be mandatory are seriously in need of education. Personally, I have more respect for someone who refuses to recite a Pledge (which, to my way of thinking, is an oath or vow) with which they disagree than someone who will recite the Pledge because it is "expected". The real patriot is the one who won't make an oath which they have no intention of keeping, not the one who does what is expected of him/her.

      •  freedom of speech as long as your speech fits (3+ / 0-)
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        jhwygirl, panicbean, Hypnosis 101

        their definition of what is right!

        oppps, we can't look for what is right cuz we are lefties!

        censors suck.

        period.

        rmm.

        http://www.liemail.com/BambooGrassroots.html

        by seabos84 on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:28:53 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Well, I read the diary. (0+ / 0-)

        It wasn't very good, mainly because it asked a bunch of rhetorical questions leaving your own point of view up to the reader, excepting a certain unwarranted pessimism about democrats even if they win the election permeating the piece.

        I don't think that a conclusion that you were making an anti-democratic concern post was so beyond the pale, considering its lack of focus and lack of any reason to vote for democrats while nominally being for democrats.

        So the attempt to repackage it in an open thread...without link, I might add....fails to appall.  

      •  Definition of "concern troll" seems to evolve (3+ / 0-)
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        John DE, Dianna, Hypnosis 101

        I thought it meant people who were too "concerned" about (1) language (2) being nice (3) following the FAQ suggestions slavishly ...etc. Apparently it can mean anything anybody wants it to mean...but I thought it was the ones who were too "concerned" who were the "concern trolls" ie., those who called you one were probably "concern trolls" themselves....

        Did they give you a donut, or just give you grief? If all they did was whine, best thing is to ignore them.

        "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

        by Alice in Florida on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:34:13 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  now often used to mean (4+ / 0-)

          Someone who writes something like "I'm a lifelong liberal, but I'm concerned that Bob Menendez was appointed.  He's so corrupt, it has to hurt us..."

          Many of these type of posters at bluejersey turned out to be posting from Republican Tom Kean's headquarters.  

          So the idea is not just paranoia.

        •  those are PC/grammar/net nazis you're describing (3+ / 0-)

          A concern troll is a very specific kind of false-flag troll whose modus operandi is to post as a seeming ally who is concerned that a currently (or potentially) effective strategy "goes too far", is unworthy of community values, will result in a backlash or other consequences.  The goal is to get you to abandon that strategy asap, supposedly for your own good.

          In other words, you land a telling blow against the GOP, by outing a pedophile or running a powerful ad, and the Freeper concern trolls arrive to advise you that this kind of fighting is mean and un-Democratic, and makes them ashamed to be a liberal.  It's a good indicator that you're drawing blood, and should keep doing exactly as you've been doing.  

          David Brooks is an excellent example of a institutional concern troll--see any column where he pretends to advise Dems on political strategy.

          Government sucks. Vote for us and we'll prove it. --Republican Party Platform

          by turbonium on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:49:38 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  Did you miss the fact that aaraujo is running (4+ / 0-)

        for office?

        How is the fact that he was swifboated 'non-important'?  

        Geez.  Talk about diary police!

        In loving memory of Sadie, my camping, hiking & swimming friend. August 9, 1995 - January 23, 2006. She was the very best.

        by jhwygirl on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:38:29 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  thank you! (4+ / 0-)

          I have been waiting all night for an open thread to post that and that got hijacked.

          It was too short for its own diary.

          But was beyond shocked by the venom in the attack.

          Andre Araujo for Cranston School Committee, Andre For Schools

          by aaraujo on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:45:08 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I seriously can't understand how anyone (2+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Susan1138, panicbean

            hit 'recommend' on Hypnosis 101's post above.  

            Seriously.  

            If someone could explain, I'd love to hear it.

            In loving memory of Sadie, my camping, hiking & swimming friend. August 9, 1995 - January 23, 2006. She was the very best.

            by jhwygirl on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:49:01 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

          •  Add research and make it a diary (0+ / 0-)

            Actually it probably would've been a better diary.  Include the link to the editorial in the Providence Journal and perhaps some background on the specific author if known.  I am having difficulty registering as a member so I apologize for not having a link to the actual editorial but I would've given you an "A" effort if it was included.  Keep it easy for us to do our independent research on your issue so we can build consensus if this is a serious problem our community should know about and respond to or a non-issue (or a hoax).

            That said, you should write a letter to the Editor and report back to us if it gets printed.  The letter should correct his lies/errors.  Only call him a lier if you have some evidence to support it. Post your letter here after it gets printed (or even if it doesn't).  And IF it doesn't get printed update us on that too.

            Good luck!

      •  I find YOUR condescion to be appalling! (6+ / 0-)

        This is a community site...you post what you want, I post what I want and it is left to the community to decide what to value.

        If its realy too hard for you to hold off talking about stuff the community disapproves of at this time, then if anyone should move on its you. For two and a half weeks.

        If you post something the community doesn't like thats YOUR problem not the communities.

        And yes 2 weeks + before a HUGELY important election this is what the political discourse has come down to.

        YELL LOUDER!!!! ........ Hey, what's NION?

        by buhdydharma on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:39:17 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Why did you get this reaction? (0+ / 0-)

        What were you talking about?

      •  I read the diary (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        rstnfld, oscarsmom

        And this excerpt seems expecially telling to me:

        Honestly folks, if the Democrats take over congress its will not be because of their strong unified message of change and a willingness to focus their attention on healthcare, education, etc.

        If the Democrats take over Congress, as I hope they do, it will be because it fell in their lap.

        Will they really began to stand against all that is wrong with the current U.S. government, foreign and domestic policy?

        Somehow, I have a feeling that they will continue to cave while saying that it is important for the nation to respect bipartisanship.

        First, while I agree that the GOP self-immolation we've witnessed over the past year and a half over Iraq, Dubai, Miers, Katrina, gas prices, NIE, Woodward, Foleygate, Abramoff, Coingate, etc., has certainly helped turn voters against it and for the Democratic party, probably more so than anything we've done, I don't entirely agree that this "fell in their lap".

        Our party has done an incredible job of recruiting some truly incredible candidates and supporting them with money and resources, building a 50-state infrastructure, raising a lot of money beyond the traditional big donor base, pounding the GOP on where they're weakest, presenting a unified front, and nationalizing the election while at the same time doing a great job locally. None of this might have won us back congress if the GOP hadn't self-destructed. But neither would we be in a position to retake congress if this hadn't happen as well.

        Furthermore, while I and just about everyone else here shares your concerns for how aggressive Dems would be in pursuing a progressive agenda and holding Bush and the GOP accountable for their vast misdeeds, I find that posting a diary that predicts that they WON'T do these things does verge on, if not concern trollism, then a just as if not even more pernicious and insidious brand of defeatism that does no one any good.

        As an analogy, I MIGHT have a heart attack tomorrow, but it's not something that I think about or dwell on. Instead, I try to focus on living as healthy a life as I can (which, to me, includes a Democratic congress and president).

        Similarly, Dems MIGHT screw up royally if they retake congress, but what's the point of predicting that and giving up in defeat before they've even retaken congress, instead of doing what you can to help them not only retake congress but then do the right things once they're back in control, and remaining as realistically optimistic as you can?

        Seriously, your worries are shared by everyone here, and you introduce nothing new to this site by not only reminding us of them, but then turning them into confident predictions. So I can see why some might question your sincerity. I won't go that far, but I will question your committment to helping us win.

        "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

        by kovie on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 08:05:09 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  this is what happened (8+ / 0-)

      a stated to a reporter that i really admired a particularly liberal on the school committee that refused to stand up for the "Pledge of Allegence" years ago.  He then sets off on an attack about Iraq and what not (the ProJo has yet to publish it on their website) and on me and my patriotism.

      Andre Araujo for Cranston School Committee, Andre For Schools

      by aaraujo on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:35:50 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Fight back. (0+ / 0-)
      •  If I fight back (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        panicbean

        it makes it a bigger issue and next you know the election will be about the "Pledge" - And yes, I believe that if a kid does not want to say the Pledge he has the right to.

        I don't care if that does cost me the election!

        If I just ignore it - people will forget by election day.

        We will see how far the other side rides this little "October surprise"

        Andre Araujo for Cranston School Committee, Andre For Schools

        by aaraujo on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:52:08 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Link? Did I miss it. (0+ / 0-)

      I have been looking for the link and do not see it.

      "If you can't stand behind our troops, then, please, feel free to stand in front of them."

      by panicbean on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:18:13 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Jerry Lews (R-CA) guts corruption investigations (6+ / 0-)

    See story at TMPmuckraker.com,

    I used to live in the United States of America. Now I live in a homeland.

    by homeland observer on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:19:51 PM PDT

    •  That is a huge story; and needs to be read. (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      homeland observer, John DE

      CA kossacks--what are the polls on his race?  

      •  CA-41 (0+ / 0-)

        It's considered a safe Republican seat, due to the extensive gerrymandering that has occurred in SoCal.  The Democratic candidate, Louie Contreras, has no previous political experience and has raised less than $5,000.

        I used to live in the United States of America. Now I live in a homeland.

        by homeland observer on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:19:39 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  CA-50 was supposed to be safe too (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          oscarsmom

          But check this out:

          A survey released Tuesday showed Democrat Francine Busby gaining ground against incumbent Brian Bilbray, R-Carlsbad, in next month's election for San Diego County's 50th Congressional District seat.

          The poll of 581 likely voters, conducted by Survey USA for 10News, had Busby with 46 percent of the vote to Bilbray's 49 percent. One percent of respondents were undecided, and 5 percent supported a third-party candidate.

          The margin of error was plus or minus 4.1 percent.

          I know we're not supposed to get too excited until after election day.  But things are lookin great right now!

  •  Not that's the kind of ad (5+ / 0-)

    I'm talkin about!

    Makes mean Jean look like a Schmidthead.

    Assassin: Its worse than you know. Malcolm: It usually is. 宁静

    by TalkieToaster on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:20:45 PM PDT

  •  Have you sent your $5 to Nancy Skinner MI-09 yet? (0+ / 0-)

    The contributions are rolling in! Have you sent your $5 yet?

    I believe that everyone should send at least $5 to Nancy Skinner in MI-09.

    I outline why in two diaries, one on Nancy as a candidate, and another that explains why the race is winnable.

    Yesterday Nancy liveblogged endorsing Energize America.

    Contribute at ActBlue!

  •  Now there is an ad (6+ / 0-)

    Bravo!

    "I said, 'wait a minute, Chester, you know I'm a peaceful man.'" Robbie Robertson -8.13, -4.56

    by NearlyNormal on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:21:27 PM PDT

  •  Who is the singer? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    sara seattle, smintheus

    It kind of sounds like Ambrosia Parsley. Anyone know?

    Don't get Amwayed.

    by Olds88 on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:23:03 PM PDT

  •  Thanks again to the wondeful H. Klein (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    smintheus

    I just can't get enough of Had Enough of Mary Bono?

    Thanks to dKos and Blue America, David Roth got the forum he deserves, and his campaign is pulling ahead.  I'd love to have a poll that shows this, for now, just trust my gut, Colbert-style.

    Are we still routinely torturing helpless prisoners, and if so, does it feel right that we as American citizens are not outraged by the practice? -Al Gore

    by soyinkafan on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:23:33 PM PDT

  •  Wulsin is as Impressive (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    roonie, smintheus

    As Jean "Cafeteria Lady" Schmidt is Scary..
    Fine ads!

    "Bush is in command. And when he heard that sectarian militias had killed hundreds of Iraqis, he called for an immediate invasion of Sectaria." - Bill Maher

    by Predictor on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:24:23 PM PDT

  •  what does this race look like? (0+ / 0-)

    can anyone tell me how polls look for this district and any trends?   I would love to see schmidt defeated; please tell me its looking good!!!

  •  Campaign song by the Squirrel Nut Zippers? (5+ / 0-)

    Now that's class! I thought the video (Had Enough?) had a little too much going on, but then maybe I'm just gettin' old. Love the song!

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:24:58 PM PDT

  •  EWM's homage to Mean Jean... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Ky DEM, jezlin

    Remember her attack on Murtha, thought that merited a little payback. (Who knew back then, the GOP payback would be hell come election time!)

    Schmidt calls Bush Coward after President Pardons Turkey

  •  Way to go (0+ / 0-)

    Let us throw all the GOP bums out

    Proud to be a Bleeding Heart Liberal

    by sara seattle on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:25:45 PM PDT

  •  Regarding the 'Screw CNN' (5+ / 0-)

    diary, thought I'd link this site because:

    Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualizations of information. Newsmap's objective takes that goal a step further and provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe.
    Newsmap does not pretend to replace the googlenews aggregator. Its objective is to simply demonstrate visually the relationships between data and the unseen patterns in news media. It is not thought to display an unbiased view of the news; on the contrary, it is thought to ironically accentuate the bias of it.

    Sounds complicated, but one look explains all.

  •  Iraqi PM Al-Maliki Kisses Al Sadr's Ass (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    John DE

    smirky has been on the red phone alot lately-- to Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Maliki. the topic: it's all slipping away in Iraq.

    Al-Maliki's call on Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and Muqtada al-Sadr came as the Shiite prime minister faces growing U.S. pressure to show more resolve in dealing with the daily carnage of sectarian bombings and attacks.

    what's wrong with this picture?

    why is the "prime minister" of Iraq calling on Sistani and al Sadr to get the situation under control? why is he not telling the heads of his so called army and police forces to GET the situation under control?

    for those who think partitioning Iraq is "impossible":

    Al-Sadr, like Sunni Arab politicians, had maintained that federalism could lead to the eventual breakup of Iraq.

    But on Wednesday he said the decision should be left to the Iraqi people to make.

    “Federalism, like anything else, is left up to the Iraqi people. If they approve it, then there should be no problem,” he said after meeting al-Maliki in Najaf.

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/...

    "Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice." Spinoza

    by Superpole on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:26:11 PM PDT

    •  We should have taken out al-Sadr... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Superpole

      when we said we were going to.  I remember General Sanchez saying that "our orders are to capture or kill" him.  We did neither when other Iraqis objected.  

      Now the guy responsible for Fallujah is part of the government and the head of the biggest militia, the Mahdi Army, trying to bring it down.

      Nice going Rummy and Boy George. Glad you didn't let politics get in the way of the war.

      •  Bingo! (0+ / 0-)

        great take.

        of course when failure is finally admitted 4-5 years down the road, the blame will invariably be put everywhere but where it belongs: square on the shoulders of the Pentagon, rumsfeld, bu$hco, etc.

        the first year of the occupation was totally botched. every single thing they did was wrong.

        one of the huge mistakes (which they already admit) was disbanding Hussein's army. as bad as they were, those were the guys providing the security for the country. they should have been brought into the fold, the bad apples fired or put on trial (to pacify the Sh'ia).

        now it's these very same guys who are fighting us tooth and nail.

        weak.

        "Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice." Spinoza

        by Superpole on Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 10:50:40 AM PDT

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  •  I've Had ENOUGH! Great Ad! (2+ / 0-)
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    annan, John Boy

    that ain't no inside the beltway pap.

    rmm.

    http://www.liemail.com/BambooGrassroots.html

    by seabos84 on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:26:36 PM PDT

  •  DailyKos Magazine Cover (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Phil S 33, RainyDay, jezlin, kath25

    kosmag

    Just did this quickly hoping it would inspire someone with the means to actually pull it off.

    Of course it could just be a pdf file that could be printed by anyone that would like to take a copy with them to the lake, coffee house, etc.

  •  wow (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Phil S 33, trashablanca, robokos, jezlin

    TPM Muckraker

    GOP Spending Chief Axes Investigative Staff
    By Justin Rood - October 19, 2006, 7:11 PM

    My goodness. As TPMm readers know well, House Appropriations chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) is under federal investigation for possible improprieties in how he oversaw Congress' spending of $900 billion annually. Yesterday, we reported that Lewis had dropped nearly $800,000 in legal fees to defend himself against the probe.

    This evening, Congressional Quarterly reports (sub. req.) that in a round of calls Monday evening, Lewis fired 60 investigators who had worked for his committee rooting out fraud, waste and abuse, effective immediately. As in, don't bother coming in on Tuesday.

    The investigators were contract workers, brought on to handle the extraordinary level of fraud investigations facing the panel. Sixteen permanent investigative staff are staying on, according to CQ. More:

       Lewis’ decision “has in fact stalled all of the investigations on the staff,” said one of the contractors, a former FBI agent, who asked not to be identified. “This eviscerates the investigatory function. There is little if any ability to do any oversight now.”

       . . .

       “In effect, no investigative function is going to be done,” said the contractor, who called the decision “misguided.”

       “This staff has saved billions and billions of dollars, we’ve turned up malfeasance and misfeasance,” the contractor said. “It’s results justify the expense of the staff. I have no idea why the chairman would do this.”

    Lewis' spokesman, John Scofield, told CQ that such complaints were "sour grapes," and assured the publication that "there is nothing sinister going on."

    Sounds like a great campaign bumpersticker.


    REPUBLICANS = NOTHING SINISTER GOING ON

    Contribute now to the DNC and work together to take back America!

    by shpilk on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:30:17 PM PDT

  •  Mean Jean (3+ / 0-)
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    velvetdays, jhwygirl, kath25

    That is the number one woman that I want gone from Congress. I watched her the day she called Murtha a coward and thought I would go through my TV set at her. She is the very denfinition of the C word.

    -8.63 -7.28 He was carrying a skateboard on his back, a red rose in his fist, and the war.

    by OneCrankyDom on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:30:49 PM PDT

    •  Awww come'on now. You don't likey Jean? (0+ / 0-)

      She has such a pretty smile.

      I had heard her called Mean Jean and then when I saw her little ditty about Murtha, I knew that she had been appropriately christened Mean.  What a frickin' face when she wants to look mean!

      Reminds me of Cloris Leachman in Young Frankenstein ... Frau Bleucher ..... (hear the horse neigh?).  

    •  I read about how bad Mean Jean was (0+ / 0-)

      and sent Wulsin a few bucks, without knowing anything about her other than that she was the opponent.

      I like this ad. I like it because clearly I was putting my money in the right place!

      Go Dr. Wulsin!

  •  AWESOME... (3+ / 0-)
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    velvetdays, annan, InsultComicDog

    Love them both. I really love the 2nd one. Clearly AMERICA has had enough, throw all of them OUT, including Mean Jean. BRAVO VICTORIA

    I am typing my fingers to the bone for Harry, his little hippie River, us, and America.

    by Chamonix on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:31:01 PM PDT

  •  loving Wulsin & yeah, had WAY more than enough... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    annan

    I'm loving Wulsin on her own! This one's a hoot too-
    dressed up as chickens challenging Evil Minnie Mouse... well, see for yourself! A very creative team there!

    :) heh

    I'm so glad to see these ads get some play here- I made the first comment on this one one month ago! (I'm "honeystung" @ youtube-) I've been playing it once a day at least since!

    These ads have such a magical Pied Piper quality, sidestep red/blue effectively & are maddeningly viral. They also call us back to another era.

  •  Who is that singing on the second ad .. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    annan

    is that Rickie Lee?
    Sounds like her.

    Both of those ads are great.

    I hope that they are getting airtime, lots of airtime.

    Contribute now to the DNC and work together to take back America!

    by shpilk on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:34:31 PM PDT

  •  Jim Esch takes it to Lee Terry (0+ / 0-)

    DMOmaha has the details.

  •  Dual accounts (0+ / 0-)

    What's the policy on this?  I created a username I plan to use to blog state races, and my real name will probably be used in those diaries in the future.  Could I still use this original username if ne'er the two shall meet (sockpuppeting)?  As in don't use both to comment in the same diary, respond to each other, rec each other, etc?

    I ask because with the new one, I hope to use it for any campaigns I get involved in for 2008 and will really, really have to watch what I say so as not to make a candidate look bad.  

    So, anyone know if this is doable?

  •  Interesting that she's using "Dr."... (0+ / 0-)

    ...not just using her medical profession in the ad itself, but on her official campaign logo/signs.

    Is this unusual? I can't think of too many other candidates who include Dr., Rev., or whatever other title in their official campaign literature, even if that's what they're doing for a living at the time.

  •  Predict06 Now Has Comments! (0+ / 0-)

    If someone at our site is making a prediction you disagree with, you can let them know!  Predict06.com, where you can make your predictions about what will happen in three weeks, is a growing brand new site where people from across the blogosphere are coming to share their predictions and offer reasons for them.

    Come join the community, and now comment on other people!

  •  Riverbend is back with a post on the Lancet study (0+ / 0-)

    There were a couple of diaries about this already, but I thought I'd let "the night crew" know.

    Riverbend   is back with a post about her take on the Lancet study.

    "Doing My Part to Piss Off the Religious Right" - A sign held by a 10-year old boy on 9-24-05

    by Timbuk3 on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:37:40 PM PDT

  •  I just saw Ned Lamont's... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    OLinda, John DE, Easterling, kath25

    commercial during the Mets game and I LOVED IT!  It was 90 seconds of kicking Lieberman's ass.  Nothing like using Joe's own words against him.

    "These guys are the biggest bunch of lying crooks I have ever seen."

    by NyLib05 on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:40:33 PM PDT

  •  Freep this poll, please (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    juliesie

    Boston.com asks who won tonight's debate between people-powered Deval Patrick and the odious, garbage-peddling Kerry Healey. Help tilt the field for Deval:

    http://www.boston.com/...

  •  This dairy about voter suppression and (0+ / 0-)

    republican dirty tricks fell off the list fairly quick.

    A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude --Pablo Neruda

    by justiceputnam on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:45:05 PM PDT

  •  videos (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    smintheus

    Well, could we have a rule that all videos are posted before 5PM Mountain time please???? lol. It is so frustrating. At work with DSL I can easily watch them, but then I come home and look what you've got! 2 new videos.

    You would be surprised how many videos I've watched though on dialup. I'll start loading it and go do something else for 30 or more minutes. Watch tv, have dinner, take a shower, or sometimes all 3.

    Say no to hate, bigotry, and the author of the Fed. Marriage Amendment, Marilyn Musgrave. Please donate to Angie Paccione.

    by OLinda on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:46:15 PM PDT

  •  Amazing (0+ / 0-)

    That is an amazing political ad.  It gets to the conservatives as well as liberals.  Whovever designed that ad... terrific job.!

  •  Check out KY 03!! (0+ / 0-)

    I'm amazed that this race is still below the DCCC's radar.  Yarmuth has just pulled ahead of the Wicked Witch of the Ohio, Anne Northup, Bush's own Louisville rubber-stamp.  He's the first challenger who's been ahead of her in the polls.

    And he's done it without a penny of assistance from the national or the state party.

    This guy's a real liberal.  If you can, help him out!

  •  I talked with my Mom tonight about politics. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    justiceputnam

    She said my two brothers, one retired gunny, one retired gunny - warrant officer - are indoctrinated Republicans. I agreed.

    Then she said

    'You know what Dewine is spewing?"

    She is an internet savvy 78 yr. old geriatric dial-up AOLer and knew it was BS. Ohio! Ohio! Ohio!

  •  God help Ohio (Shout out for Rick Siferd Campaign (0+ / 0-)

    I was just witness to a "debate" between Rick Siferd and Jim Jordon for Ohio's 4th (or is it 64th?).  Merciful God-I thought Blackwell was a nutjob/douchebag-it was like watching Atticus Finch take on Fred Flinstone's stupid 3rd cousin.  It was amazing Jim Jordon can walk upright.  I was torn between laughing myself silly or embarrassing my friends by pulling off my clog and beaning the jerk with it.  Please, please Kos community Ohio really is a beautiful state, we can't have these throwbacks giving W two more blissful years of hosing us all.  Just in case there was ever any doubt, Blackwell will stoop to ANYTHING at this point.  NO MORE W RUBBERSTAMPS IN OHIO-we don't deserve it-we won't survive it!

  •  Question: Wulsin "Had Enough" Ad (0+ / 0-)

    Is Wulsin actually using this? Or is it just something that was done "for fun"?

    I hope she's using it. But I noticed it doesn't have a "I'm Victoria Wulsin and I approve this message" tag.

  •  That "Had Enough" add is dynamite! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Phil S 33

    That could be used all over the country with just inserting different GOP incumbents in the footage.  We need to accentuate the negatives so we might as well make the adds memorable and entertaining.

  •  Judge Orders Cheney's Visitors Logs Open (2+ / 0-)
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    smintheus, panicbean

    from the AP

    If we don't have fairness and social justice as part of our platform, there is no real reason to be a Democrat. inclusiveheart

    by station wagon on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:58:55 PM PDT

  •  Great ad, the second one, let's make the same (0+ / 0-)

    with another text, against Rumsfeld and Bush.
    Love that ad.

    Power ought to serve as a check to power - Montesquieu, 1748

    by mimi on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:59:40 PM PDT

  •  WHAT A CATCH! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    John DE, Ky DEM

    Vote Endy Chavez

  •  WHAT A CATCH! (0+ / 0-)

    That was amazing.  Even this Yankees fan is impressed by the Mets

  •  Political Ad DVD (1+ / 0-)
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    jezlin

    With my new Mac, and a few programs via macupdate.com, I'm compiling a DVD of the best and worst political ads from this cycle. I'm looking for input from you all. Post a comment, with links to youtube if applicable, I'll add them. This is a media thing, so I'll take "good" republican ads as well (the media isn't biased, so why should I be ;)? ) After the election, I'll burn the DVD and (if you want one) we can have a keepsake from this memorable cycle.

    I've got a bunch from youtube, and some of what has been FP'd here, but I've got a lot of space on this DVD...

    "english, however, is a slow and fickle tongue" - bill bryson
    IRAQ is arabic for VIETNAM

    by teachenglish on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:05:52 PM PDT

  •  Wow (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Phil S 33

    I LOVE that second Wulsin ad, the "Throw Jean out" ditty. Clever, catchy, memorable. Just loved it.

    "It's the Supreme Court, Stupid!"

    by Kestrel on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:08:12 PM PDT

  •  Technical question? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jezlin

    Whenever I recommend a comment, it get's "hidden". I think this is really odd, because I've only recommended clearly good solid comments. This has been happening for a while. Anybody have a clue what's up?

  •  Is it just me, (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    panicbean, RainyDay, jezlin

    or do you old seasoned political junkies agree, we have some KICK ASS Dem candidates this year!!

    So many 'ordinary' exceptional people are running -- I love it. I am beginning to think that we the people might actually get represented.

    Go Dr. Wulsin!! Great, creative ads.

  •  Rachel Maddow Show - Free this week! Support AAR (1+ / 0-)
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    oscarsmom

    Hi all,

    I'm hosting the Rachel Maddow Show throughout the next week. It's a little known show from Air America that I think is very good.  The page with direct downloads (in MP3) is here:

    http://gfunkster.libsyn.com/

    You may subscribe with a podcatcher such as iTunes with the following URL:

    http://gfunkster.libsyn.com/...

    I'm hoping to get people interested in AAR, and I think this host is on our side and deserves a shot.

  •  My song in Neil Young's top 10! (1+ / 0-)
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    juliesie

    If you haven't had the chance I am encouraging all to give my song "The Soldier" a listen on Neil Young's website. I am on the Living With War charts at #9. I was at #6 a couple of weeks ago. This is the 4th consecutive week in the top 10. I am hoping I can reach near the top. I can with your help and all you have to do is listen here:

    http://www.neilyoung.com/...

    Click on my song in the 9th spot on the lefthand side. This website is a great thing for giving us lesser known artists a larger voice. The dissent is there and it is real.

    jeremy

    It could be the only purpose of your life is to serve as a warning to others.

    by eyewall on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:23:42 PM PDT

  •  This is a test. This is only a test. (0+ / 0-)

    Click to view The Ultimate Campaign Commercial

    While it is sometimes true that Christians don't lie, it is often true that liars pretend they are Christians.

    by Dan Hrkman on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:25:47 PM PDT

  •  LINE WAS PRICELESS (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Dan Hrkman

    its time for a government as good as the people it serves.

  •  I voted today (0+ / 0-)

    On OrangeClouds's recommendation, I voted early today in downtown Milwaukee.

    I wish I was in Bryan Kennedy's district.  He's facing noted wingnut Jim Sensenbrenner, but I'm in Gwen Moore's district. (She'll probably walk to victory.)

    Milwaukee also has a municipal referendum to withdraw troops from Iraq.

    broo-'dye-mo-NEE-uh | "who can please long / The Omnipotent?" - Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound"

    by Brudaimonia on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:43:49 PM PDT

  •  Add PBS to the list of big media outlets (0+ / 0-)

    misusing the word "Democrat" as a modifier or as part of a compound word. On the News Hour tonight, Margaret Warner used the term "Democrat-controlled" to refer to the number of seats controlled by Democrats in congress. She should have used "Democratic-controlled" instead. Not cool, Margaret. And this is PBS. See for yourselves:

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

    Intentional, accidental, or simply lazy and unknowing? I realize that this is hardly the most prominent issue during this election cycle, and that in many cases it probably is accidental or unknowing. But the GOP clearly does this to insult and demean Democrats and poke them in the side, in the hope of subtly reducing their stature in voters' minds. It's not quite "Macaca", of course, but the intention and mindset behind both are not all that different. Namely, to use, abuse and misuse language to denigrate, demean and wear down your enemy.

    And I'm simply amazed at how many people, including journalists and pundits--quite a few of them "legitimate"--do this, and how often they do it. Even some Democrats do it, so it's clearly not entirely intentional. But Bush does it all the time, as does just about every Republican politician, operative and pundit--and with obvious relish. I recall reading about this on one of the liberal blogs or publications some time ago, but can't recall which one.

    I urge people to watch out for this and call it out whenever you notice it, both in the media and in person, and, certainly, to try to not do this yourselves. Let's not shoot ourselves in the foot and help the GOP--even if, I'll admit, these are pretty low-caliber bullets. But every little bit counts, and it's all part of an overall effort to regain our credibility with the public as well as in our own minds, after years of Republican abuse and Democratic self-abuse.

    And, fwiw, here are some examples of correct and incorrect usage:

    Incorrect:

    Democrat-controlled seats
    Democrat candidate
    Democrat party
    Democrat agenda
    Democrat policies

    Correct:

    Democratic-controlled seats
    Democratic candidate
    Democratic party
    Democratic agenda
    Democratic policies

    And if you think that I'm making this up, here's what Kos has to say about this:

    Bush panders

    Along with the The Columbia Guide to Standard American English:

    Democrat (adj., n.), Democratic (adj.)

    The proper noun is the name of a member of a major American political party; the adjective Democratic is used in its official name, the Democratic party. Democrat as an adjective is still sometimes used by some twentieth-century Republicans as a campaign tool but was used with particular virulence by the late senator Joseph R. McCarthy of Wisconsin, a Republican who sought by repeatedly calling it the Democrat party to deny it any possible benefit of the suggestion that it might also be democratic. Other nations also have political parties with the words Democrat and Democratic in their names. The uncapitalized words democrat and democratic have to do with believers in and supporters of government based on majority rule, the principles of equal rights, and the representative procedures developed to permit these principles to operate. Capitalize only the proper noun and the adjective when it refers to the Democratic party.

    No surprise there, today's GOP invoking McCarthy to attack Democrats (and Democracy).

    To further reinforce this deliberate GOP practice of misusing and abusing language for political advantage, check out this thread over at Free Republic.

    And if there's still any doubt, note the web site of the Democratic Party.

    If anyone thinks that this warrants being turned into a diary, let me know and I'll do so, although with far more pressing topics being covered in the run up to the election, I doubt it would stand any chance of making it to the Rec list and I'd hate to risk crowding them out.

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

    by kovie on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:44:31 PM PDT

  •  From the NY Times... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Easterling

    But almost regardless of the outcome on Nov. 7, many conservatives express frustration that the party has lost its ideological focus. And after six years of nearly continuous control over the White House and both houses of Congress, conservatives are having a hard time finding anyone but themselves to blame.

    emphasis added.

    Nearly?

    Is the Times editor that much of a stickler for the three months or so (Oct - Jan 2001) that the repthugs didn't have control of just the WH?

    Their use of "nearly" is not nearly necessary--it adds nothing and confuses who exactly has been ruining this country for the past six years.

  •  Recommended reading (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Easterling

    I'm currently reading Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks.  I highly recommend this book!  From the planning stages of the war to early 2006, it presents the sweep of the whole Iraq misadventure and indicts its architects.  If Iraq is a textbook case of how not to run a war, Fiasco is the textbook.

    Some other good reading may be found in the current issue of Vanity Fair.  In "Rules of Engagement", William Langewiesche presents a soldier's-eye view of the Haditha killings.  This is a powerful and haunting article, especially when read concurrently with Fiasco.  For a little lighter, snarkier fare, try James Wolcott's "Red State Babylon".  For all their holier-than-thou posturing, red staters kick blue state ass at violent crime, divorce, illegitimacy, and incarceration!

    Our troops won the war. Bush lost the peace.

    by snazzzybird on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:58:09 PM PDT

  •  Why ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... does Victoria Wulsin hide the fact that she's a Democrat?  I couldn't find her party affiliation on her website.  I only surmise she is because of her endorsements.

    I believe there are some things worth dying for. I believe if you don't believe that then you're already dead.

    by SEALwife on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 08:08:48 PM PDT

  •  Freddie Mac CEO: 'safe' landing for housing (0+ / 0-)

    Here's a comment with dailyKos-exclusive video from last night that hit bonddad's great diary this morning just before it dropped off the rec list, so it may have been missed.

  •  Anybody Else Feel Left Out this Election Cycle? (0+ / 0-)

    With all the excitement associated with this year's election and the possibility of a change in the balance of power, I must lament that I'm feeling a bit left out.

    I'm in one of those boring "safe districts" where the incumbent is probably going to win re-election by a landslide.

    Kind of a bummer.

    Anybody else feeling left out?

  •  ''Worldview Quiz'': how scientific are you? (0+ / 0-)
  •  Top U.S. general kisses... er, says Rumsfeld is (0+ / 0-)

    ... "inspired by God" (AFP story via Yahoo.com)

    http://news.yahoo.com/...

  •  Newt Gingrich at Johns Hopkins on C-Span (0+ / 0-)

        Newt spoke in front of a crowd seeded with Yugen Rethuglican uber spawn. They cheered every delusion mouthed by this imitation of a human being. He is obviously ginning up his KIng Of The World campaign. What an over blown self important weasel this guy is.

    "I was overconfident, and in some ways, naive. I did not seek personal gain, but my actions did not reflect creditably on the House. ...I accept responsibility for this, and I deeply regret it."

    -- House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Dec. 21, 1996

    Just one month later, on Jan. 21, the full House voted 395-28 to approve the House ethics committee's punishment of a reprimand plus a $300,000 penalty. Though it allowed him to hold onto his powerful post, the outcome marked the first time a sitting speaker has been disciplined by the House.

     

    ource   -   http://www.cnn.com/...

  •  I like the jingle --Great idea (0+ / 0-)

    Dems should be using it more.  Because if it is a catchy tune people  will sing it and more people will hear it and assimilate it.

    Jingles are very contagious.

    For a Democratic Majority Congress: Take back the Congress for the People

    by timber on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 10:19:00 PM PDT

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