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Thu Oct 26, 2006 at 11:48 AM PDT

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by Maryscott OConnor


Crossposted at MY LEFT WING as Question of the Day


I just spent over half an hour responding to an email from the Green candidate I met last weekend, Byron DeLear.

As I wrote, I found myself coming to an inescapable and nauseating realisation: I am a coward.

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Tue Oct 24, 2006 at 07:47 AM PDT

CA-28: Green versus Democrat

by Maryscott OConnor


Crossposted from MY LEFT WING

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and speaking at length with a candidate for congress last weekend. As it happens, he is challenging the incumbent in my district -- Howard Berman, a Democrat. His name is Byron DeLear, and he's running as a member of the Green Party, while pledging to vote with the Democrats in the House.

After much consideration and study of the issues, however, I have to say that, despite DeLear's charismatic persona and, admittedly, near-perfect stances on the issues about which I care the most, I will still be voting for Howard Berman this year.

Berman regrets voting for the IWR, but believes, while recognising the irony, that we cannot leave now without condemning Iraq to total annihilation.

I disagree STRONGLY with that conclusion, but frankly, despite his serious shortcomings in this and a few other areas, I have to say my earlier opinion of Howard Berman still stands: he votes the right way (MY way) more consistently than almost any other elected Democrat in Congress.


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Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 08:48 AM PDT

I'm Tired of That Shit

by Maryscott OConnor


Crossposted from MY LEFT WING

This part of one of yesterday's rebuttals (to my bad judgement in posting what I posted yesterday), written by The Blaz, stood out for me:



And son of a bitch, sometimes that means voting for a distasteful candidate from your party.

Except... and I might have pointed this out, except I didn't have the intestinal fortitude to stick around and fight it out... It's not sometimes. It's ALWAYS.

When is the last time the Democrats nominated a liberal candidate? Wasn't Carter. Hell, I'm not even sure about Mondale and Dukakis -- but if they WERE liberal, they sure as HELL were still distasteful as candidates.


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The title caught my eye, so I read this diary, Neo-Progressives, with interest -- especially the preamble:


...What is now apparent is that we have a whole lot of "neo-progressives," people who have no hesitancy in supporting mainstream Democrats in the name of defeating Republicans. Neo-progressives cannot resist the temptation to support the lesser-evil as a pragmatic strategy, justified in the name of saving the country from yet more years of Republican dominance...

What came to mind was a question...
What's so neo -- or, for that matter, progressive -- about that?

And an answer...


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Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 12:51 PM PDT

New Millennium Nigga

by Maryscott OConnor

Crossposted from MY LEFT WING


Art courtesy of dhonig, of Hypnocrites...


I won't read Bob Woodward anymore, no matter how hard he may hit Bush & Co. (and I'm not entirely convinced his latest, State of Denial, is as "hard-hitting" as some would have me believe. But I digress...)

I won't read Woodward because it's too little too motherfucking late, in my estimation. Bob Woodward is a skanky, pathetic, self-serving, self-obsessed, bizarrely vain attention whore utterly devoid of even a microscopic hint of morals, ethics, standards, principles or values.

But let's move on to the skanky fucksnot's latest literary offering, shall we? Just because I haven't read it and won't doesn't mean there isn't SOMEONE out there willing to sacrifice his peace of mind and undergo nausea and sleeplessness for the good of us all...


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Sun Oct 01, 2006 at 09:51 AM PDT

Walking on Broken Glass

by Maryscott OConnor


Crossposted from MY LEFT WING

Since I refuse to lose all hope in the souls of those legislators who just voted away our right to habeas corpus I must, instead, come to the conclusion I've already reached several times since this Congress first convened: They are stupid motherfuckers.

I come to this conclusion as I have many times before because only a stupid motherfucker would vote for the dissolution of the Bill of Rights when doing so also means -- you know, in addition to adopting a Brand New Fascism -- rendering his own job description null and void.

And make no mistake: whether or not these stupid motherfuckers actually KNOW what they have done, that IS what they have done. To vote away one of the RIGHTS in the BILL of RIGHTS is to take an IRREVOCABLE step toward dissolving the ENTIRE Bill of Rights-- whether explicitly or implicitly. It doesn't really matter whether the Reichstag actually burns in this scenario...

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Crossposted from MY LEFT WING

I'm scheduled to be a call-in guest on the right wing radio nutfest that is...

LINK to the John Gibson "Whackjobbery and Fuckwittage on Parade" Radio Programme...


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Wed Sep 20, 2006 at 01:54 PM PDT

The Abyss Looks Back

by Maryscott OConnor

Crossposted from MY LEFT WING






One of the more perplexing and deceptive aspects of being bi-polar is the "manic" part of what used to be (and, in my not so fucking humble opinion, still should be) called "manic-depression."

In other words, a manic-depressive is often unaware that she is experiencing a relapse in her "condition"...

(disease? Do I really have to call it a disease? Or even a "disorder?" Don't I have ENOUGH diseases and disorders, what with the alcoholism and fibromyalgia and obsessive-compulsive disorder and body-dysmorphic disorder... attention-deficit disorder and... and... Fuuuuck.)



... until the "manic" phase ends and she begins an often precipitous drop into the depressive phase.










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Sat Sep 09, 2006 at 05:19 PM PDT

Outrages du Jour

by Maryscott OConnor

Crossposted from MY LEFT WING

On any given day, at any given hour, I could easily regale you with a litany of issues, events and opinions that outraged me -- at any given moment, really...

Hard to narrow it down, but I'll rationalise this "Qualitative Queue" of the truly heinous and the truly frivolous and the possibly-esoteric-but-probably-just-lame, by opining that an unabridged recital of my grievances might take 17 days to read -- without clicking through to any of the links...


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Last summer, it must have been... I hosted the first of what would become many parties at my home in Sherman Oaks, California. Among the many guests were a vivacious woman named Kathi Gori (pictured above) and her partner, Alan Berger. Brilliant people, naturally -- excellent conversationalists, deeply concerned and active politically -- you know, BLOGGERS.

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Time passed and I never saw them at my parties again; seems they up and moved to northern California, the lucky ducks. Well, Alan called me a while back and told me Kathi was about to get into broadcasting again, and how would I like to help her kick off her inaugural podcast, give her a little fanfare introduction to my own modest audience?

Would I?! Hell, yeah!

I am very pleased and proud to introduce to you Ms. Kathi Gori, here interviewing the former White House Counsel to Richard M. Nixon and, more recently, vocal and nonpartisan critic of the Bush Administration (Worse Than Watergate) -- Mr. John Dean, in the inaugural podcast of...




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I've been spending more time with my family and much less online these past few days, so this may not news to anyone but me, but I read a long, in-depth article in today's Los Angeles Times and literally had to concentrate to keep from throwing up.

What made it all the more horrifying for me, on a personal level, was that the focal point of this report, the atrocities spotlighted in it, took place on the same day my father was killed in Vietnam. While he led his Alpha Company Marines against the brutal and futile siege at Khe Sanh, several members of the U.S. Army's B Company participated in a grotesque massacre of 19  and innocent civilians -- old men, young women, children and babies.

And, even irrespective of the infamous massacre at My Lai, this newly revealed atrocity was not an isolated incident. Not by a long shot.


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At the risk of being flayed alive for my blatant self-promoting, attention whoring ways, I thought I might give those of you who give a shit a heads up about my radio appearance this morning. (Hey, Mike Stark does it all the time -- I've often wondered why I get so much flak for doing the exact same thing -- is it because when HE goes on right wing radio, he's openly hostile? Or what? Meh -- talk about getting off topic...)

I'll let the producer, Emily Wilson, give you the info:


This is a live show, Your Call, a political affairs and culture show on KALW radio in San Francisco . . .  it airs from 10-11 am. The host is Mary Ambrose and Chris Nolan from "Spot On" will be in our studio...


UPDATE:

Speak of the devil (literally?): I'll be on the John "The War On Christmas" Gibson's Fox radio show tonight...

Topic #1: Israel. THAT should be interesting. Link to Streaming Audio 5:20 pacific, 8:20 eastern. Christ, I'm so fucking sick of myself right now I could puke.

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