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|It's starting again. And they didn't wait till midnight tonight.
MSNBC just broke into the prison show. There's smoke or tear gas, armored vehicles advancing into the crowd, and cops in camouflage and riot gear. Lots of them. Can't tell what the hell is going on. ...
|What Does It Profit a Man?
"I'm telling you, he's gonna be one of the greats. I mean, look how amazing he is on the field! And he's not even 21 years old yet." "Oh, for God's sake, Terri, will you please just shut up? I'm ...
|"He likes everything to be controlled, and he doesn't like to be challenged."
John Heilman and Mika Brzezinski have just nailed it on Morning Joe. In describing how Romney seemd out of his element last night, they zeroed in on two of Romney's personal traits that proved ...
|What I Keep Not Hearing About Medicare
I keep not hearing it in the debates, and in the general discussions in the media (except for here, of course; Kossacks are brilliant). Occasionally, including last night, there is a passing ...
|Yes Mitt, Big Bird IS worth borrowing from China for.
Your party has been doing everything it can to destroy our public education system -- cutting funds, reducing the nurturing of the human mind to one number on a standardized test at the end of the ...
|Actually, the right answer is simple
I'm sitting here listening to a combination of hand-wringing by Dems and chops-licking by Rs as the pundits on MSNBC discuss how "difficult" and "complex" it is to answer the question of the day: ...
|Stunning Numbers Shine Spotlight on Obama Adminstration's Failure to Communicate
I heard a statistic a few minutes ago on MSNBC that blew me away -- and not in a good way. :: :: In early January 2008, I came out of the divorce-induced political hibernation I had been in for ...
|Mitt: THIS Is What An Acceptance Speech Should Sound Like
Just a quick note: C-Span is running past DNC acceptance speeches overnight. Just caught the last few minutes of Kennedy, and LBJ is starting now. Truman and Clinton are both scheduled for later, ...
|We Need to Keep Reminding Everyone About That Heartbeat Thing
Today, when asked about his abortion views, Paul Ryan responded, I'm proud of my record. Mitt Romney's going to be the President, and the Presdent sets policy. Uh, his policy is exceptions for rape,
|Spirits Need a Lift? Watch This Beautiful Ad.
I was watching the interviews on The Ed Show about today's unfathomable court decision about the PA Voter ID law, and getting more depressed by the minute. I frantically and furiously started ...
|You'll thank me for this later.
Chances are, if you have HBO, you have both an East Coast and a West Coast feed. You've already missed the East Coast feed, but you still have time to catch the West Coast feed. 10:00 pm Pacific ...
|You gotta watch this
It's been a strange day -- seeing and hearing so much evidence of what a horrible candidate Mitt Romney is, and listening to him label the President's calls for fairness as "attacks on fellow ...
|Is It Just Me???
Howard Fineman on Ed Show a few minutes ago, on what happens if Romney loses Michigan: I asked a couple . . . former Republican Senators: "Do you embrace Rick Santorum if Romney loses the next round?
|A suggestion to defeat the "No Message or Purpose" meme
Clearly the Occupy movement has the corporatist politicians running scared. Their problem is that, other than resorting to easily disprovable lies about how the protests are drug-infested orgies in ...
|There Will Come a Day . . .
I just watched, again, that clip of Rick Perry's answer to Brian Williams's question about the death penalty. In this case, I watched it in the context of Rachel's show, in which she added the side ...
|12 Words That Say It All
I'm in the process of watching my recording of Chris Hayes's new show. (Even for a hardened political media junkie like me, 4 AM Pacific Time is too early to get up on Saturday morning). Before I ...
|McDonnell (R-Delusional): Republican Prez Will Be More Bipartisan Than Obama
This will be a short and relatively substance-free diary. I just can't refrain from sharing. Just watched Andrea Mitchell interview Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. She started off asking him ...
|Bring It ON: Perry Calls on Obama to Establish Moratorium on All Business Regulations
This has happened sooner than I thought it would. Brand-new candidate Rick Perry has begun the task of demonstrating to the voting public the nature of the very clear choice available to them in the ...
|Let's Give Them Their Corporate Tax Cuts
That which we call a rose, quoth the Bard, by any other name would smell as sweet. Or, in the perhaps less elegant words of my childhood, there's more than one way to skin a cat. They want tax ...
|The Man Who Saved Civilization Is Running for Congress
I'm torn about this. On the one hand, we all know what Nader did in 2000, and the high price we have paid for it -- today more than ever. On the other hand, Ian Murphy's phone call to Scott Walker ...
|UPDATED w/Action Steps: Mythbusting about Union-busting
UPDATE: Now that this is getting a little more visibility, I decided to hijack my own diary to include some info on actions we can all take to help the Madison protesters. I did my duty with ...
|Watch TRMS. Send NorMAN Show to Teahadists.
The progressive media are on a roll today. One show I saw on TV and another that I heard on the radio were among the best progressive broadcasts I've ever been privileged to see or hear. And, good ...
|LOL! Lincoln, Packwood, and Civil Rights Foes Fled to Avoid Quorums
Hilarious article by Thomas Burton in the WSJ today - Skipping Town: Tried-and-True Tactical Trick . I ...
|Thank You, Scott Walker (yes, really)
I want to thank Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for his recent actions. Don't misunderstand me: I am as horrified as any of you, as horrified as any thinking and feeling person must be, at the ...
|UPDATED: If This Doesn't Send Chills Down Your Spine
then you're on the wrong freakin blog. It was a headline in one of those "daily briefing" kind of things I get in my email at work: News Corp. begins developing education-technology ...
|Head vs. Heart
My head knows that the worst thing about tonight is the Republican takeover of the House. But the raw numbers are taking a back seat in my emotional landscape to other results that I know aren't ...
|Oh, Cleta. How far you have fallen.
In the late 1970's, as a student at the University of Oklahoma, I briefly made the acquaintance of a young woman who was an OU graduate, had been elected to the Oklahoma state House of ...
|The GOTV Ad That Puts All Other GOTV Ads to Shame
There have been some good GOTV ads this year. There have even been some great GOTV ads. But never, I say NEVER, has there been another GOTV ad to match this one, by MoveOn.org. If you watched ...
|If Tom Tancredo and I agree, it's pretty clear it's time for action.
Am just watching a re-run on C-SPAN of the 9/25/10 Colorado governor's debate. Tom Tancredo is, not surprisingly, less articulate and making less sense than either the Dem or Republican candidate.
|Locked in Long-Term
There are two significant effects of elections that last long beyond the election terms themselves. One of them we tend to recognize and focus on a lot: The power of the POTUS to appoint Supreme ...
|Again, for the very first time.
I didn't really experience 9/11 the first time around. I was going through a family crisis at that time and spent Sept. 11, 2001 on the road, driving through the American west on the last leg of ...
|Seattle Teachers' Union Rolls Back Education "Reform" Tide
Wednesday afternoon the Seattle teachers' union (SEA) achieved a huge victory over the ...
|The Words I Never Thought I'd Write Here (UPDATED)
Today, I am grieving. I am grieving the loss of the dream that I carried from January, 2008 until just the past few weeks. Today is the first day I am willing to admit, to myself or anyone ...
|Obama Finally Says It: Republicans Not Acting in Good Faith
I just listened to a brief speech by the President about the small-business jobs bill currently stalled in the Senate. I guess what we've been hearing about him getting tougher on Republicans from ...
|Rick Sanchez: "How Far to the Right Do You Have to Go?" UPDATED x2
Rick Sanchez on CNN just reported that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been censured by the Republican Party of Greenville County, South Carolina. Yes, the same Lindsey Graham who recently brought up ...
|ACTION DIARY: "Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices . . . ."
Just saw an email from MoveOn about a very important step we can all take toward reclaiming our political voices from the forces of corporate power, wealth, and greed. If you haven't signed ...
|"America Cannot Self-Govern Unless It Has the Same Facts": Randi Rhodes Nails It
I just saw something Contessa Brewer called "pretty shocking," and I agree. The new Quinnipiac poll. On the question "Who do you trust to handle the economy?" the response was:
|It's Time for Harry the Boxer to Throw a Punch for Democracy
By now everyone has heard about Pot Reid complaining that Kettle Obama isn't forceful enough. I'm not going to get into which of them is more averse to confrontation, or why, or whether that's a ...
|I HATE It When I Agree With Morning Joe.
Can't stand the man. But once in a very great while, he says something I agree with, causing me to feel the need to shower. This morning, it happened again. I found myself agreeing with him as he ...
|Really, Rush? Never?
|Here's the Thing: Barack Obama Is Not Stupid.
And even if he is, David Plouffe isn't stupid. So when people say he is just repeating his mistakes on health care reform, I think there has to be more to the story than that. And while I ...
|Pat Buchanan: Victims of Violence Were Asking For It
Uncle Pat has been showing his true colors again, as well as his ignorance about the First Amendment. This time it was on Andrea Mitchell's show. The topic was the hecklers at the Palin/McCain ...
|Senator Dino Rossi?
So I was puttering around the house earlier this week (mid-winter break!), vaguely listening to MSNBC, when I heard someone say that according ...
|How Tough Are You?
I've only watched one Sarah Palin speech -- her acceptance speech at the Republican Convention. Occasionally during the campaign I caught short clips of of her throwing bloody red meat to her ...
|UPDATED: Good News for John McCain
Seems the past year has taken a toll not only on the President's popularity, but also on the popularity of the man who sold his soul in his effort to win the Presidency. John McCain's job ...
|Back to normal breathing.
OK, I know not everyone here is mollified. That is unfortunate, but unavoidable, and I don't care much about it. What HAS happened is that tonight the President of the United ...
|Remedies for What Ails Us: Suggestions?
I was curious about coverage of Citizens' United in the TradMed. Went to ABC News....
|Gallup Today: Obama 47-47
I am not in the camp that believes that once Obama's poll numbers reach this point or that point, it means everything is over for all Dems in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles. But I do believe ...
|It's Not About Health Care !!!!!
I've been so frustrated today, listening to everyone on MSNBC (even David Shuster, who usually appears to have a brain) go on and on about health care. Actually, they don't say anything, they just ...
|Harkin: "This Bill Is a Starter Home."
About 20 years ago, in the San Francisco Bay Area, my then-husband and I decided the time was right to try to buy a house. Real estate values were soaring 2-3% per month. We knew if we waited too ...
|And Now the Children Follow
I am a middle school teacher in an urban school district. My school is extremely diverse -- racially, academically, linguistically, socioeconomically, any other way you can think of. Like any ...
|How to Get 60 Votes for Cloture
Warning: Shocking ideas ahead that may offend many Democrats. Seems that our biggest battle in this whole health care war is not the vote on the bill itself, but the ...
|Why Joe Wilson Should NOT Be Censured
There are at least three reasons why we should just "look forward," not demand censure for Wilson, and in fact should never even mention his name again: 1. It's over, he apologized (or at least "...
|Just This Once: A Call to Parental Action
During the transition period, I wrote the only direct e-mail to Obama that I have ever written. Speaking as a teacher, I asked him to make his very first public act as president a speech to the ...
|thoughts on accidents of birth, upon the loss of a truly great man
T he first and maybe most important thing is, as I mentioned in a comment yesterday, listening to people talk about Teddy Kennedy this week has made me want to be a very much better ...
|Time to Take Sen. Coburn at His Word
A couple of days ago, in his town hall response to one of his constituents whose husband is suffering from traumatic head injury, Sen./Dr. Tom Coburn told us and showed us the Republican ...
|A wrench in the "Looking Forward" works
Watching Countdown a few minutes ago, I heard something that made my jaw drop. One of Keith's guests is lawyer and Daily Beast writer John Sifton, who has investigated the CIA torture. Sifton ...
|A Glimmer of Sunshine Through the Darkening Gloom, Courtesy of Thom Hartmann
I had the distinct pleasure last weekend of attending what I think is a one-of-a-kind event. The local (Seattle) progressive talk station, AM 1090, hosted a panel discussion with Thom Hartmann, Mike ...
|Alaska Says "Yes We Can" to Stimulus Funds; Overrides Ex-Gov's Veto
Heard on MSNBC this evening (I think on the Ed Show) that the Alaska legislature has overrideen Sarah Palin's veto of over $28 million in federal stimulus funds. AP is carrying the story, but a ...
|ACTION: Flyer to Print and Distribute at Town Halls
If you saw ShadowSD's Rec Listed diary a few days ago, you saw the great list he put together entitled "The Ten Health Care Talking Points EVERY DEM MUST REPEAT." He used it as a ...
|My Letter to Focus on the Family
I just sent an e-mail to Focus on the Family, expressing my deep appreciation for their video about town hall meetings. Whatever you may think of their religious beliefs or their political stance,
|I'm So ****** Tired of This Meme! (Updated)
Generic Republican Strategist on TV: "Well, David (or Contessa, or Joe, or Chris), the polls are very clear that the majority of the American people do not like Obama's health ...
|How Health Care Reform Will Help You, No Matter Who You Are
There's been a lot of discussion here in the past couple of days about "framing" the health care debate -- how the right wing has done a better job than we have for the past few weeks, how Pelosi's ...
|Life Imitating Art. Sappy Art.
Imagine it's 4 years ago. July 2005. Katrina hasn't happened yet, and our Mission in Iraq was "Accomplished" a couple years ago. You've barely had time to get used to being stuck with Dubya for four ...
|Expanding the Great Healthcare Schlep
First -- if you haven't read Upper West's diary "The Great Healthcare Schlep,"
|Gates-Gate: Time for Another Game-Changer, Mr. President
UPDATE: Right after I published this I saw that there was a WH briefing on, that the Pres called Crowley and expressed his regret for his part in the drama, and might invite both men to ...
|How to Make a Wingnut's Brain Explode -- Feingold's Challenge to Blair
Ah, that Russ Feingold. As noted by BarbinMD on the FP, he's up to his usual tricks again: ...
| Response to Stupid Right-Wing Talking Point on Health Care Plan
This will be a very short diary. It has exactly one purpose: to persuade you to go immediately to this excellent diary by badtux, ...
|The Medium and the Message
There are moments in history, rare but unmistakable, when the event and the medium come together to produce something the world has never seen before. Coming out of their WWII experience, ...
|The Biggest Lie
You watch the clips of Limbaugh foaming at the mouth about how the way to get ahead in the Obama administration is to hate Whitey, or you read Newtie's silly tweeting about how Sotomayor should be ...
|Legal Analysis 101: The Truth About Sotomayor's "Rulings"
I hear it from the right: ZOMG! She ruled against white firefighters who had earned a promotion and in favor of reverse racism!! I hear it from the left: ZOMG!
|Waterboarding: "I would have sold my children to escape."
I just read a really eye-opening blogpost. I got wind of it from a Digg commenter , who called ...
|Keith O - Now Is NOT the Time for Moderation!
What a thrill to see the story about Mancow on Hardball today! As I watched it, I thought, "Woo-hoo -- this really gives Keith's challenge to Hannity some teeth! Now Hannity will HAVE to go ...
|New "Drug Czar" Installed: Not Nirvana, But At Least a Step Up From the Grunge of the Past
One of the things I love about Seattle is that its populace is largely characterized by such terms as reasonable, agreeable, and tolerant. More than most places I've lived -- including both very red ...
|A Teacher Grades Obama's First 100
One of the great myths of American education is that traditional grades actually have a meaning. The reality that I've come to recognize in my teaching career is that grades can mean any, or all, ...
|Is the President Paving the Way for Single-Payer Health Care?
mka 193 had a diary on the Rec List for most of the day celebrating ...
A joke I've occasionally heard over the years, especially a week or so after Easter, is: "Q: What is the definition of eternity? A: Two people and a ham." Tonight I propose a new, grimmer ...
|Dear Keith, Rachel, and Chris
Dear Keith, Rachel, and Chris: I have a big favor to ask of the three of you. I know my request is probably a bit out of line with your journalistic ethics and integrity. But I'm making the ...
|Sen. Whitehouse Talks Me Down: OPR & the Investigative Process to the Rescue
I haven't jumped into the fray until now, but I have been increasingly despondent over the increasingly astonishing prounouncements emerging from the mouths of top administration officials, ...
|Why Is "Dixie" Becoming the Scariest Word in the English Language?
So many possible diary topics, so few allowable diaries. A few minutes ago I finished perusing the Opinion section of the Sunday paper, and found myself awash in potential diary topics: the death ...
|Texas Kossacks - Contact Your State Legislators!
Despite the (deserved) drubbing that NPR sometimes gets here for being too closely allied with reactionary causes, it does sometimes provide useful information not widely available through other ...
|"Wrapped in the Flag, Carrying a Cross"
Last night, for the umpteenth time, I noted (with great appreciation) Overnite's excellent sig line: "When fascism comes ...
|"We Are Now Closed."
I live in a suburb of Seattle. Since I started my current job three years ago, my evening commute (yes, just the evening one; due to traffic patterns I use different routes in the morning & evening) ...
|Republicans Take a Sledgehammer to Their Last Remaining Claim to Principle
I know I'm not the first person to comment on this today; both Vyan on this site, and Laurence O'Donnell on Countdown, have been ...
|What Would Jesus Spend?
By now you've probably seen or heard about this ad being run by conservatives saying that if you spent a million dollars a day since Jesus was born, you still wouldn't have spent as much as the cost ...
When Adam Smith wrote The Wealth of Nations , the world was a very different place than it is now. Yes, people pursued their own interests then, just as now; that was ...
|DIGG IT: Obama En Fuego in Speech to House Dems
OK, here are the YouTube embeds, Parts I and II, courtesy Al Rodgers. (Part II below the fold.) And here ...
|Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Hope Again . . . .
I don't usually do this. I'm not sure I've ever done it at all here on DKos. But I'm going to go there now: If you only read one thing this week/month/year, please, make ...
|A Justice Department that . . . PROTECTS consumers?
I love peanut butter. I mean, I really LOVE peanut butter. I like it in all its forms. I even look forward to my nightly Jenny Craig sort-of-peanut-butter-flavored nutritional bar, ...
|If You Have More Than Half a Century Under Your Belt . . .
. . . then this diary may not have anything new to say to you, although it may constitute a bittersweet walk along memory lane to the present day. But if you're much younger than that -- well, ...
H er first name is Pat. I don't know her last name; I tuned in just before she completed her introduction of President-Elect Obama at his Philadelphia whistle-stop. Her voice ...
|Consistency Not Always a Hobgoblin -- Newly Released 1996 Interview with Barack and Michelle
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He ...
|Just Kill Me Now - I Find Myself in Agreement with Pat Buchanan (and DiFi).
If reports are to be believed, Blagojevich is scum. No question about it, he is scum, who in no way deserves the honor of leading the state that gave us Lincoln and Obama. And if I had to bet on ...
|Re: Rick-A-Thon: Let Rick Warren Raise Money for LGBT Equality at Obama’s Inauguration
Only 23 comments? Just 43 recs? Are you kidding me??? About 22 hours ago, Chris Mason published the ...
|Strange Bedfellows: Trying to Reconcile Matters of the Heart and Intellect
My marriage was taken away from me too. In my case, the means by which I was deprived of that lifelong dream -- robbed of the companionship and trust and comfort of a long-term committed ...
|I Thought You Knew.
One of the very best TV villains of all time has to be Miles Drentell, the amoral advertising agency executive in thirtysomething . One of the show's many memorable moments ...
|What the New Day Will Look Like
Ronald Reagan claimed it in 1984, but it wasn't until November 5, 2008 that it really became true. It's morning again in America. Our country is prouder, and stronger, and better.
I love this community. I really do. I have learned so much in the almost-a-year that I've been hanging out here for several hours a day. But I gotta tell you, fellow Kossacks, I think a lot of ...
|Upon His Shoulders (PLUS: Brit Hume Drinks the Kool-Aid of Hope??)
As I'm watching President Obama talking (forget that "President-Elect" stuff; he is my President NOW), I am struck by how young, how happy, how relaxed he looks, in contrast to the past few weeks.
|Attention WA State Voters -- and the People Who Love Them
Just got this on school district e-mail from our school librarian. Please pass on to anyone you know in WA state who may not have mailed/submitted their ballot yet, so we ...
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