- This Sunday, I will debate Harold Ford on Meet the Press for 15 minutes on the future of the Democratic Party. For now, it is set for the top of the hour.
- Gay people vote.
The study this spring by San Francisco-based Community Marketing Inc. found that an eye-popping 92.5% of gay men reported that they voted in the 2004 presidential race, and almost 84% said they cast ballots in the 2006 midterm election. Among lesbians, the results were almost as impressive; nearly 91% said they voted in 2004; for the midterm, the figure was 78%.
By comparsion, the Washington-based Committee for the Study of the American Electorate put the turnout for all Americans eligible to vote at about 61% in 2004 and roughly 40% in 2006.
- I don't think God will want to bless this United States anymore after this.
"The C.I.A.’s interrogation program is remarkable for its mechanistic aura. 'It’s one of the most sophisticated, refined programs of torture ever,' an outside expert familiar with the protocol said. 'At every stage, there was a rigid attention to detail. Procedure was adhered to almost to the letter. There was top-down quality control, and such a set routine that you get to the point where you know what each detainee is going to say, because you’ve heard it before. It was almost automated. People were utterly dehumanized. People fell apart. It was the intentional and systematic infliction of great suffering masquerading as a legal process. It is just chilling.'"
- One year ago, Ned Lamont booted Lieberman from the Democratic Party and ushered in a new Democratic Party aggressive in its efforts to end the war in Iraq. More here. And now, the good folks over at My Left Nutmeg want polling operations to ask the voters of Connecticut if they regret their votes today.
I suspect the answers would be very unflattering to ol' Joementum.
- The activist who asked Mitt Romney the question about his slacking, non-military-serving sons diaried the experience here.
- Thanks to pressure from both the left and right blogosphere, ABC and NBC will now join CNN in liberating presidential debate video for use on blogs, YouTube, etc. CBS, which hasn't hosted a debate yet, has not yet announced a policy. FOX, which hosted a GOP debate in October, continues to refuse, probably because even they know they're not a real news organization. [Kagro X]