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|"Underwhelming"? Cuomo -vs- Teachout results? Really?
This is what is wrong with the political pollyannas on DKos : Gov. Andrew Cuomo, battered by corruption allegations and harried by an energetic primary foe in law professor Zephyr Teachout, ...
|True Blood - An Appreciation
I know this is a totally inconsequential diary. The final episode of True Blood aired tonight on HBO. I've ridden through the ups and downs of the series, from the time it was really, really good (...
|When it's time to unsubscribe
One of my New Year's resolutions was to leave email lists (are you hearing me, DCCC?) that I no longer read or have time for. As I was going through my inbox and folders, I realized that there were ...
|Snap poll - Andy Reid
Is Andy Reid the most prominent choke artist and worst clock manager in NFL history?
|Saturday Night Music - Your 16th Birthday
And, another week passes. Not too long ago, I took to identifying myself as "retired-in-place". That sounds so fecking old. Probably not far from truth, though. Sometime back, I read a great ...
|Why This Vet Resigned from the American Legion - Oliver North
In the December 2013 issue of American Legion magazine (a publication for veterans who are members of the American Legion), the centerpiece of the issue was an interview with Oliver North . To be ...
|I met Jack Kennedy's challenge
Sometimes, I think that the only thing that got me through the 60's and early 70's, was the music . And an hallucinogenic or three. It was definitely a different world back then: a time that those ...
|Saturday Night Music - On Friday Morning - Moms Mabley & JFK
I'm a pretty stoic person. It takes a lot to move me. I've hurt others; others have hurt me. But I will never, ever forget coming home from school for lunch on November 22, 1963. I watched ...
|Saturday Night Music - The Shuffle
I'm late tonight. Most weeks, I have this diary queued up a day or two in advance, but it's been a busy week. NOT that I haven't been thinking about y'all - even on my transit to where I was ...
|Saturday Night Music - PunkacajunEDM
I've spent much of the preceding week trying to come up with a theme for my Saturday night shuffle. As I write this, it's Friday, and nothing is particularly moving me either emotionally or ...
|Saturday Night Music - Time
Time is a precious commodity. We're all born into this life with the clock ticking; every one of us has an expiration date. Unfortunately (or maybe, fortunately), none of us gets "best used by" ...
|NOT why I am a Dem. Why I'm human. And, OBTW, a Dem.
Last Tuesday, AlyoshaKaramazov posted a challenge : I call on all Kossacks to submit at least one diary in the next few weeks, speaking about what the ...
|Saturday Night Music - Spooky...
Music that's scary and foreboding has a long history in cinema, TV, and theater. Generally speaking, spooky music reinforces a theme, whether it's background for Janet Leigh's shower scene in ...
|Saturday Night Music - The Weird Stuff
When I think back on my own discography, there's a ton of truly strange and odd stuff that spans the timeline of my own music sphere. Earlier today, I was reminded of: Tune-age. That's what ...
|Saturday Night Music - The Theme Songs
Breaking Bad is done. Over. Cooked. But whatever the travails of Walt, Skyler, Jesse, Saul, and the rest of the crew, there is always the few bars that started the show. Was there something else ...
|AMERICA HELD HOSTAGE - Day 5 - Understanding A Rolex & why private industry is shutting down
It's been five days since a ridiculously small minority faction of the House Republican Party (led by Senator Ted Cruz) grabbed John Boehner by the gonads and took the U.S. government hostage. So ...
|AMERICA HELD HOSTAGE - Day 3.1 - Random Unexpected Impacts
One thing I've come to understand over the past 72+ hours is that people are inherently selfish. Oh, I knew that already. I've known that since I was a little child, despite being raised in a "...
|AMERICA HELD HOSTAGE - Day 4 - Unemployment Offices Slammed
[Each morning during the current government shutdown, I'll highlight a topic or issue that's indirectly (but substantially) impacted by GOP hostage taking.] With hundreds of thousands of Federal ...
|AMERICA HELD HOSTAGE - Day 3 - 19,000 Children Lose Headstart Due To Shutdown
So, you think the government shutdown is just impacting the PandaCam at the National Zoo? 19,000 children won't be attending Headstart funded-preschooling and day care today. If you listen to the ...
|AMERICA HELD HOSTAGE - Day 2
It occurred to me this morning that we're experiencing the 2nd act of a three act script. Screenwriting and story telling 101: A story consists of 3 acts - the beginning, middle, and end. In the ...
|AMERICA HELD HOSTAGE: Day 1
The night dragged on. House political leaders from both sides of the aisle weighed in as midnight approached, both trying to put their best spin on a bad situation. Wall Street will weigh in at 09:...
|Saturday Night Music - Alan Jackson Bluegrass - Really?
Personally, I lean more toward metal and classic hard rock. My iPod song shuffle is not so much dictated by my DNA as it is more skewed by my life experiences. But I unexpectedly ran into an ...
|Sat. Night Queen - Adam Channeling Freddie
No words after watching this footage from last night - other than - just watch, at full volume, if you're a fan of Queen. I never thought anyone could do Freddie as well as Freddie. I was wrong.
|Late night Saturday music
I had someone ask me about this the other day - I think while watching Dexter. They couldn't remember the intro (how could you not?), but I knew the chords right away. Unmistakeable. Ok, need to ...
|Sometimes doing the Right Things doesn't work out
OPOL : We have rules in society, and for the most part, generally speaking and at their most basic level, they are good ones: don't rob, steal, kill, set your neighbor's house on fire, etc. But not ...
|"All your informations are belong to us." A reposted action diary.
(Ed. note: In light of recent events, it seems an appropriate time to revisit personal online privacy strategies. This diary was originally published in March, 2012. ) What this diary does: ...
|The more I think about it, if I'm Evo Morales...
This is an act of war: LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria on Tuesday after France and Portugal refused to let it ...
|Serious about climate change? Be the change - job opportunity: Climate Project Coordinator
I received an email from The Democracy Center this morning informing me that they're hiring for a Climate Project Coordinator position , and I'm passing this along because I think there are many ...
|It was a good day
After completing my class course work, and then studying non-stop for many, many days, I passed my CompTIA Security+ computer certification test this afternoon. This is a pretty big deal for a ...
|The 2nd Amendment Altar at 24 Frames Per Second
I've been in a funk for awhile, but probably never more so than in the immediate aftermath of the events at Sandy Hook Elementary school. It's taken me nearly a month to write about my feelings. ...
|30 Days Has September
...April, June, and November. And when February's done, All the rest have 31.
|Last Chance: Pearl Clutching and Hand Wringing Poll
There's been a lot of hand wringing by progressives over President Obama's performance in the debate on Wed. night, as compared to that of Mitt Romney. As an exercise in political futility, it was ...
|Pearl Clutchers and Hand Wringers 1: Survey Sez...
There's been a lot of hand wringing by progressives over President Obama's performance in the debate last night, as compared to that of Mitt Romney. As an intellectual exercise, it was interesting ...
|Geeking Out: RomneyBot V72.1 DE, Build 100312 (Debate Edition)
RomneyBot V72.1 Willard Mitt Romney's team has been furiously prepping him with "zingers" and one liners in advance of the first Presidential Debate. This past ...
|Alright. This election is over. "What you hiding down below?"
It is over. When this video about Romney's tax returns receives nearly 3 million hits, it's over. I'm an old guy. But this is really, no-shit catchy. Probably been posted here before; I just ...
|Someone please educate me - how does election fundraising work?
We're six weeks out from the election, and Willard's getting his ass handed to him. He has six Saturdays left, and he spent one of them yesterday fundraising six million dollars in Beverly Hills, ...
W.M. Romney has lost another week in the presidential race. Pre-obituaries are already being written about him and his campaign, but most of the obits miss the point: Willard really is an asshole, ...
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|The Romney Video No One Is Talking About - Yet
So, yesterday, Willard M. Romney was in California, for two purposes: a speech at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce , and a private fundraiser in Orange County. I wonder if his reception at the ...
|Why am I still mesmerized by Bill Clinton?
President Obama's closing speech at the DNC last night was a great stump speech and review of his first four years. President Clinton's speech on Wednesday night was a lesson , wrapped in facts, ...
|DNC Day 2 Cable News Network Data - MSNBC Up 80% over 2008; Fox, CNN Continue to Bleed Viewers
I've been following cable news network numbers for both Dem and GOP conventions since my acquaintance at MSNBC started forwarding last week. The big news out of both conventions is that CNN's ...
|CNN, Fox Continue to Bleed Convention Viewers; MSNBC up 60%
If there's a news industry headline from the 1st night of the Democratic National Convention, it's this: MSNBC Rocks CNN & Fox . Rolandz's rec list diary has an excellent overview of the cable ...
|The Joy of Positivity
The contrast between the GOP convention debacle last week and the first night of the Democratic National Convention this week couldn't be more striking. The RNC was all about fear, anger, and ...
|GOP Convention - Devastating TV Numbers
The cable news network numbers are in for the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa - and the viewership numbers are simply devastating compared to 2008, especially for CNN. I won't reveal my source (who ...
|Romney's Nomination Vote to be Moved Forward Due to Isaac?
It looks like a combination of things, from Ann Romney's not-to-be-covered speech on Monday night, to potential Hurricane Isaac landfall near Tampa, is driving a bit of RNC convention rescheduling. ...
|Ryan on Rand, In His Own Words
Paul Ryan has been trying to distance himself from Ayn Rand. He can't. There's no daylight between Ms. Rand and Congressman Ryan's objectivist, individualistic "every man for himself" philosophy. ...
|Paul Ryan's Lying Achilles Heel: Ayn Rand
Conservative Christian leaders agree: Ayn Rand’s economic and moral philosophy of objectivism is completely antithetical to Christian values. But Paul Ryan sure likes him some objectivism and Ayn ...
|Mitt Romney Will End Medicare
As one diarist discovered , that's all you need to say. Mitt Romney will end Medicare. Mitt Romney will end Medicare. Funny how seniors seem to like their Medicare. But Mitt Romney will end ...
|Did James Carville Pick Paul Ryan as Mitten's Running Mate?
So, I woke up this morning to find that Paul Ryan's name was selected out of a hat and leaked to the legacy media in the middle of the night as Bishop Romney's running mate. On a weekend. The ...
|Tea Party Deadbeat Stiffs Adelson Nearly $1 Million
This is just too good not to diary, and hopefully puts a smile on your face as you head into the weekend. In early 2010, Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips had a great idea: "Let's put on ...
|Syriana 2012 - The corruption of the 1%
I watched the movie " Syriana " over the past weekend. When the film came out in 2005, it received mixed reviews, but was nominated for quite a few awards. George Clooney won the Oscar in 2006 for ...
|We're all scared - because this isn't a game
Been awhile since I've written here. A comment on another diary reminded me of something. This isn't a game of "he said, she said". Lives are at stake; the very fabric of America is at stake. It'...
|CNN's "America's Choice 2012 - brought to you by..."
...Exxon Mobil". Any questions? (I know that this is not a diary, and does not incorporate the length of text necessary to be a real diary. But I think that "brought to you by Exxon Mobil" tells ...
|Google Reads Your Email
Q: If Google actually reads / scans the content of your gmail.com account to determine what advertisements they're going to serve to you, who else is peeking at your correspondence? A: Just about ...
|An E-mail Blasted Zombie Lie to Veterans - My Response
I received a zombie lie chain email from a county veteran's rep a little while ago regarding an alleged ACLU suit against the Department of Defense to "to end prayer from the military completely". ...
|Ok, so, I want to go to Netroots Nation 2012 - can you help make that happen?
( Link to my DFA NN2012 Scholarship Page ) Hi there, fellow Kossack! You may or may not know me. I've been hanging around these parts for quite awhile - 7/7/2004, to be exact. Much has happened ...
|UPDATE: Wa. State GOP Senator: "Benefits cuts for thee, but not for me."
The cognitive dissonance is strong with this one : A Washington lawmaker has been drawing thousands of dollars in disability payments each year while leading efforts to eliminate benefits the state ...
|Action diary: "All your informations are belong to us."
What this diary does: Provides actionable steps that you can take to keep your online persona and real world identity as separate as possible, and why you would want to take these actions. What ...
|Netroots for the Troops - The Family Gram
FLASH TRAFFIC...RICHARD SENDS... It's been said that submariners are a crazy lot – as in, literally nuckin' futz. Perhaps that explains a lot about me. What else would possess anyone to ...
|Andrea Mitchell Gobsmacked - Foster Friess & the GOP "tell"
I got quite a kick out of watching this video, first posted by Jed on the front page . In all my years of being subjected to Andrea Mitchell Greenspan, I can honestly say that I've never seen her ...
|Wherein I Support Operation Hilarity (to a point)
Wow. I walk away from the keyboard for 18 hours, and all meta hell breaks loose. (Not that such a thing is all that unusual on DKos; I've been around long enough that I lived through the original ...
|Veterans Issues: Obama Continues to Lead With Veterans Job Corps Proposal
At 11:30 this morning, President Obama will unveil his jobs plan for military veterans, and it's quite robust. Veterans unemployment has hovering near or above 13% since the Great Recession started.
|What Blows Me Away About SC
It isn't that Newt beat rMoney - I think most polls (and most gut feelings of political junkies) over the past few days have been pointing to a Gingrich win in South Carolina. rMoney just can't ...
|Tone Deafness: Obama to Accept Dem Nomination at BofA Stadium
Picking a convention site is never an easy task, whether it's the Democratic Party or GOP or Netroots Nation. A lot of planning and presentations go into such decisions, and of course, there are no ...
|NYT Editorial: What the GOP Doesn't Wanna Talk About
Income inequality. Class warfare. ...That makes Mr. Romney and his party vulnerable, as he clearly knows. He said on Wednesday that issues of wealth distribution should be discussed ...
|Reagan, Romney, and Bain
I've bain thinking about this since I first viewed NewtPAC's scorched-earth video destruction of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital. Romney's brand of ...
|Rolling Stone's "12 Leaders Who Get Things Done" (Hint - Elizabeth Warren's on the list)
The January 19th issue of Rolling Stone names 12 leaders who get things done . There's ...
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|Your Friday Afternoon Break - What Song Was #1 on Your 16th Birthday?
Iowa is history for another four years (or, at least until inauguration day 2013, when the 2016 candidate bus fleets will start descending on Des Moines). It's been a long week. So long, that (...
|Unemployment Rate Skyrockets for Veterans
Paul Rieckhoff at IAVA posted the infographic below on Facebook today regarding the unemployment rate for military veterans. Top five states for veteran's unemployment:
|Who Killed Stanley Gibson? The military? The VA? The Las Vegas police?
The last thing that I want to do is harsh anyone's pre-Christmas mellow. I've been pondering this story since I first ran into it on Thursday, and was not even sure that I wanted to deal with it. ...
|UPDATE: Proof that the 1% loathes your occupying ass: Home Depot or Lowes? It doesn't matter.
Where's a home improvement toy nut supposed to shop this Christmas?? First, we have Lowes pulling their ads from a TV show that depicts American Muslims in a "Clint Huxtable" sort of fashion, and ...
|OEF / OIF Veterans Face Increasing VA Claim Delays
The number of open VA disability benefit and pension claims is approaching one million. Of that number, nearly two thirds (63 percent) have been backlogged for more than 125 days, according to ...
|Time's Person of the Year: "The Protester"||Richard Cranium||12/14/2011||98||90||3||474|
|Six Cows & The Predator Drone
Maybe the "black helicopter conspiracy nuts" were just ahead of their time. When local U.S. law enforcement agencies start time sharing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with the Department of ...
|Awesome Friday Time Killers
So, it's mid-afternoon on Friday. The weekend awaits. Will you veg on the couch, or finally acquiesce to your holiday Christmas procrastination guilt and grudgingly climb the ...
|Ashes to Kilowatts, Dust to Dust
The environmental impact of producing and consuming energy seems to be a constant source of debate, with global warming deniers chanting "drill, baby, drill", energy companies pushing desperate ...
|UPDATED: The Unemployment Study the 1% Will NOT Want You to See (w/poll)
The effects of the Bush recession wear on. In 2009, Rutgers University commissioned ...
|House burns, firefighters watch
Collapsing bridges. Third world roads. Police departments disbanded or severely cut back. Water, sewerage, and municipal maintenance privatized. Ambulance companies won't transport. This is ...
|OWS - Opposing Viewpoints in Video
It's been an interesting, frustrating, and joyous week for the Occupy movement. NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg has re-energized the movement, either intentionally or unintentionally. (I've become ...
|UPDATE: Shots fired into the White House? And media ties it to OccupyDC?
Either I've been asleep at the switch, or I totally missed this story, or both. On Friday evening, D.C. or Capitol Police (it's not clear in ...
|Sunday at the Movies - a review of "J. Edgar"||Richard Cranium||11/13/2011||11||14||-||142|
|Wilson Ramos rescued in Venezuela
I spent some time in Venezuela in 2005 and 2006. Baseball is religion there. That's why I was shocked earlier this week when it was reported that Wilson Ramos, a Venezuelan national and catcher ...
|Dear Senator Kerry - From a Vietnam Era Vet
Senator John Kerry 218 Russell Bldg. Second Floor Washington D.C. 20510 November 11, 2011 Dear Senator Kerry, I've spent the last three nights watching the History Channel's HD documentary on the ...
|Maddow: Herman Cain as Performance Art (Or: "The Punking of America"?)
Rachel Maddow says, "I can haz revelation?" She finally got it - and then put it all together in a rather lengthy segment - Herman Cain is punking everyone! From his Pokemon poetry reference ...
|Who served? An #OccupyWallStreet primer for veterans.
This is a quick hit-and-run diary being posted to provide info for any veteran involved in OWS, regardless of the location. As a U.S. military veteran, I'm very disturbed by the images from the ...
|In memory of Steve Gilliard, 1966 - 2007: FTFY
In the wake of the Detroit Tigers victory over the New York Yankees tonight to advance to the American League Championship Series against the Texas Rangers, I offer this from the ...
|OWS Manifesto: Makin' the Nut
I wrote the following diary in the immediate aftermath of Katrina, over six years ago. It occurred to me today that this is why Occupy[wherever] is so important. Perhaps our national stasis is ...
|"If you go home with someone and they don't have books..."
John Waters is...well...I've never known exactly what he is...but if I come back in a future life, I want to be John Waters. I love this. Sorry for anyone that I offend with the short diary. ...
|Welcome to AMERICAN SWEATSHOP
Welcome to " AMERICAN SWEATSHOP "... (1+ / 0-) ...a new reality series on TTC, The Tiffany Channel.
|Movie Sunday: Apollo 18
I came for the trailer. I stayed for the movie, even with a whole lot of "meh" reviews. What good movies have you seen recently? More below the flip.
|I can hear again, thanks to the VA
I've spent the last several years dealing with severe hearing loss. Operating large marine diesel engines, high pressure air compressors, and other noisy equipment in the U.S. Navy (sans ...
|You know it don't come easy...
This diary is a takeoff of davidseth's excellent diary, Rant!! The Jobs, Part II that ...
|I'm not sure I know the answers - or even the questions
This diary is a takeoff of davidseth's excellent diary, Rant!! The Jobs, Part II that is ...
|ATTN: U.S. Businesses
According to reports, you are sitting on $2.3 trillion dollars in cash. Just sitting on it. No captial investments, no job creation. Just sitting on the money. Guess what? The market delivered ...
|Dear Democratic Party Senator: Put Us Back to Work
Dear Senator, A pro forma accounting entry such as raising the debt ceiling has been allowed to morph into a politically absurd theatrical production. This kabuki is consuming ...
|Breaking: Luis Posada Carriles Aquitted of All Charges
From the wires: EL PASO, Texas—A Texas jury has found an elderly ex-CIA agent from Cuba not guilty of all 11 counts ...
|What the Fukushima? 2.0 - Big 2X Update w/photos (UPDATED 2X)
Over the past several days, it seems like there is a lot of misinformation and disinformation being floated regarding what's happening with the troubled nuclear Fukushima nuclear plants in Japan. ...
|What the Fukushima? Q&A
Over the past 48 hours or so, it seems like there is a lot of misinformation and disinformation being floated regarding what's happening with the troubled nuclear plants in Japan. I'll try to ...
|More Walker Power Plays - Spinning off UW-Madison?
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