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|Adieu to Mad Men, and the perfect non ending.
So I know I'm a bit behind here, but just watched the finale of Mad Men, after being a devoted fan through all its seasons. Some seasons were better than others, some episodes were better than ...
|Partisanism---now a divide greater than racism.
For those who missed it, I found a part of today's APR particularly interesting and wanted to call extra attention to it. Up until the mid-1980s, the typical American held the view that partisans ...
|One mother of a gay son and her very angry diary.
So I won't tarry in getting to the point. If I have to listen to one more supposed liberal or progressive or Democrat here tell me on this board that our efforts on social issues are unimportant and ...
|The American Civil War, 2015.
There is no Godwin's Law for evoking the Civil War in a discussion of politics. To most Americans, the Civil War was a seminal event in this country, one accompanied by the prerequisite amount of ...
|Why the H is Joe Biden beneath consideration as a Democratic candidate for the presidency?
Ok, let me say to begin with, I get it and I don't get it. Such is life. It is paradoxical. I understand that Biden has much to lose in terms of his own dignity and life long earned status in ...
|Why TV is the new "Big Screen."
So for those so disposed, lets take a break from politics and look at the zeitgeist of the current culture when it comes to entertainment, and to narrow it down a bit more, let's talk movies vs. TV.
|Thoughts on this quiet New Year's Day---what do you want from your next year?
Seems New Year's resolutions are always doomed for failure. Something about the demarkation between an old and new year temporarily infuses us with a sense of power, and we have these wild ideas ...
|The amazing Sony hack, and how it may rob us of the most simple things.
There has been relatively little written on this site, regarding the gargantuan Sony Hack. Perhaps there is little sympathy here for the outing of Hollywood executives' ridiculous and arrogant lack ...
|Bless the protestors, and give thanks for them.
When or whether I agree with them or disagree with them, bless them. This country will always need them. Bless those who get off their fannies on a cold winter’s day, bundle up and venture into ...
|The aftermath of loss and our sense of entitlement.
In a country that considers itself endlessly exceptional, and has throughout its history, it really shouldn’t shock anyone that this sense of entitlement can bleed through your pores without you ...
|I'm SO disappointed in the democratic message for the mid terms!
Yep, me and Rachel Maddow. That message is weak, hollow, and worst of all, dismissive of everything a democratic voice should stand for. We have endless democratic reps running AWAY from the ...
|Howard Fineman's no good terrible AND sexist essay on Allison Grimes.
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. It should be too early on a Monday to have ones hackles so aroused, but leave it to the often arrogant Howard Fineman to get the job done. In an essay in the ...
|Oh, the insanity! Another school shooting going on.
Another school shooting going on in Oregon. Active shooter still in school, no news of injuries or fatalities. School is in lockdown. Country is in lock down too, when it comes to sensible gun ...
|I'm so angry with Chris Mathews I could...
well I don't know what. Can't find the words. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we all know Tweety swings more than a weather vane on a windy day. He is utterly confounding in his ability to get it so right on ...
|Nate Silver gives the GOP the edge in mid terms. UPDATE.
I must begin with a hat tip to the stupendously obvious click machine that is the Fluff Po. Just when I think they can't get any more craven with their headlines, along comes this one: "Nate Silver ...
|TV has NEVER been better---witness the finale of True Detective.
Ok, so I begin this diary with a big hat tip to the Kossack that turned me on to True Detective. Wish I could remember the handle, the name, the commenter that told me to tune into True Detective, ...
|One of the best clicks you'll experience in a while to come.
This will be my shortest diary ever, as I wouldn't dream of mucking up a thing of such beauty by trying to add more words to what is already so perfect. If you missed the four minutes Lawrence O'...
|Wisconsin---these are the people running your state.
Open letter to the people of Wisconsin. What happened to you? How did you go from Robert La Follette to this: Among the racist jokes and emails found in recently released documents connected to ...
|Arizona's embarrassment and Thom Hartmann's brilliant point today.
I never get over Thom Hartmann's way of sorting things out. It just speaks to me. And like his constant guest Bernie Sanders, he does it without hysteria, without EVER being a blow hole, and always ...
|House of Cards newbie---observation.
Tonight my husband and I watched our first episode of House of Cards, well behind those who were plugged in long before us. Have heard about it forever of course, but just didn't get our hands on it ...
|A tale of two governors: so similar and so different.
Seeing Christi and Walker juxtaposed in national scandalerama mode, I find myself marveling at how much alike they are, and yet as different as the two states they lead. Since both have been ...
|Thom Hartmann asks---Was today the end to an open internet?
I was kind of surprised to see no diary or FP article on this, but I may very well have missed it. Today the DC circuit court, one step under the SCOTUS, opened the way for companies to charge for ...
|Between Duck Dynasty and a new poll that puts the GOP 4 points up, I'm SO DISCOURAGED.
So we know that Cracker Barrel and A&E did some soul searching, at least a couple of days worth, and decided that it's A OK to support homophobia and racism. If only Martin Bashir and the left had ...
|I cheer the fight in our party! Let the media run with it, at least they'll mention the left.
You know, I feel like the left has had a case of being a good brownie, for oh, say about 30 years. Somewhere after Jimmy Carter was vilified as the ultimate liberal incompetent and now, liberals ...
|Obama launches another attack on Christmas.
Yesterday the president and Democrats moved their war on Christmas to outrageous new heights. Their attack was sly like a FOX. They conspired to make it look like Christmas happens every year on TV ...
|Joan Walsh and I agree. I tried to say what she said, and it didn't go too well. Still, trying again
So I wrote this diary 2 days ago: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/22/1249784/-Questioning-democrats-and-progressives-wailing-about-computer-glitches-Underline-questioning Many, but far from ...
|Questioning democrats and progressives wailing about computer glitches. Underline, questioning.
Let me just start by saying, I understand the frustration. But let us understand, that frustration stems from a deep need for better insurance options. I and many on this site need them. And, ...
|So now this chapter is over, and the president remained firm. Very firm.
Don't try to tell me that it isn't over yet, because I'll just tell you that's IT'S NEVER OVER, and that moving the goal posts is perhaps easier than simply taking a break, a deep breath, and ...
|Wow, it's been hours, and still no diary on Obama and the Democrats not caving. Again.
Yeah, I was really surprised to not see any diary on Obama's latest "NO." So I thought I'd just put it on the diary record. He said no to the GOP's crappy deal today. And he's been saying no for ...
|Obamacare and the self employed. Things to think about.
I have spent the last week, with my neighbor, researching this thing. We have had coffee and cocktails over this thing. We have called each other with each new nugget of info we have learned. Which ...
|Obama DID NOT CAVE, the Democrats DID NOT cave.
Just a very quick diary to say THEY DID NOT CAVE. The president did not cave, the Democrats did not cave. And I will note, that there were several here who feared they would. In fact, I will mention ...
|Hope is not a word that should be retired. No matter how discouraged we get.
Oh my. It's been an intense week, not just in politics, but in my own life too. Makes me think of a book I read a long time ago. "The Road Less Traveled" by Scott Peck. I don't know, maybe it's ...
|This October Americans are going to learn the truth about Obamacare...and the right knows it. Update
I have spent some hours on line researching what Obamacare will mean for me and mine. My husband and I are both self employed, and for our family we pay almost $1600 a month presently---slightly ...
|She was so young, so humiliated and so desperate.
It was just another day, and another pull up to a red light off the freeway. And these days none of us who live in a city of any size are shocked to see folks standing at the dump out of these exits ...
|Saw "The butler" last night, and it refreshed me and reminded me.
So. Sure there was A LOT of Hollywood type stuff in "The Butler." And sure, there were parts made more facile than what was. And sure, one could poop and poke and pick at this movie. But for me, ...
|Anthony Weiner and Lawrence O'donnell.
If I were to vote tomorrow, as many New Yorkers will be, I would not vote for Anthony Weiner. Still, I grieve a small bit for his fall, as I do believe he once had a strong progressive voice. And, I ...
|Wish me luck. I'm going to attempt to say what's positive about the DK these days.
So. It's been a looooooooooong hot summer here. The cat on the hot tin roof is dancing a jig with all the complexities of all the issues hitting its paws like the cinders of fireworks. From NSA ...
|The NSA, Greenwald, Snowden, etc, with update and an epilogue.
Wow. What a rodeo it's been. For weeks and weeks. Dueling diaries, HR extravaganzas, accusations of roving gangs, and predictions this site is going to hell in a hand basket. I can honestly say ...
|So what the freak do we want to do about it all?
I was describing this community to a friend the other day, and in part, I said “holy moly, the NSA revelations have blown the top off this site.” And I’ve been here for 5 years, so I don’t ...
|So back at y'all, one more time---what do you think of a Dkos "Got ID? initiative?
This has been laid out in an excellent diary by Kombema here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/06/27/1218572/-GOTV-gt-GOT-ID-A-New-Civil-Rights-post-VRA-Rallying-Point-Against-the-New-Jim-Crow ...
|Beware Texas Democrats. Wisconsin was there once too.
So I am overjoyed about what happened in Texas, not the least because it was so unexpected, and so....freaking great. I loved every minute of it, and can't tell you how happy I am to have a new ...
|A Tale of Two states. MN vs. WI. And yes Virginia, there is a difference between the two parties.
This diary is an extension of a comment I wrote today in Kos’s Diary on the chances of taking the house in 2014. I realized I had more to say, and more to research at that moment, than could fit ...
|Wisconsin and Rachel Maddow. Yes, she's still the best thing going.
Tonight Rachel covered the case of Joshua Inglett, an enterprising guy who was on his way to being part of the board of regents of the UW, and then stopped by Scott Walker. He was stopped because he ...
|My son can now get married in his home state. I am overjoyed.
This had just been the best, most gorgeous day in Minnesota. And you know what? It was cloudy and rainy here all day, right up till the 3:00 vote on gay marriage rights. Then the skies cleared in ...
|Obama has been amazing on gun control, deserves 5 stars, probably won't get them here. With update.
Of course, I have to begin this diary with the obligatory statement that I'm not happy with all of Obama's policies, particularly his using the chained CPI as a bargaining chip. If I don't at least ...
|Why I fear Chris Hayes will out wonk himself
So I watched Chris Hayes' launch tonight. He was as good as he was on the weekends. A great progressive voice. Smart, full of facts, and able to make any story seem like the most important, ...
|Escape from politics. "TV has never been better." Rachel Maddow. Let's discuss.
This is one of those diaries you might come to because you want a little levity. That's all I have to sell here, but I think it's a good thing to let our hearts be light now and then. The other ...
|Why am I hearing MSNBC tout the new Gallup poll?
Grrrrrrrrrrr. What does it freaking take for Gallup to lose its credibility? What does it take for a supposedly liberal news channel to stop breathlessly reporting Gallup's results? Today it's the ...
|What are your small joys in life? And why you need them if you're a political activist.
With all the talk about TTFNs I can't help but think how we all need to be reminded that life has always been hard, much harder for many who came before us. The world is both an ugly and beautiful ...
|The things we do very well here at the Daily Kos
There has been all kinds of talk about where we fail ourselves here lately. Lot's of talk about those who have left this site because we did not do well enough. Fears that we are losing it as a ...
|A business woman's question for AIG. Are you freaking out of your minds?
No fucking wonder AIG needed to be bailed out. Oh. My. God. The incompetence. Now I can't speak about all the fancy financial maneuvering AIG did to land itself in the pit of destitution that ...
|Gotta do what you gotta do, but I'm staying.
I understand the discouraged and disappointed people here who went from the high of our election battle to too many low and petty post election discussions. When someone says they need to leave, or ...
|If this site had the spirit and know how of Bernie Sanders, nothing could stop us.
So yeah, I might qualify as the president of the Bernie Sanders fan club, but I know I'd have stiff competition. And yeah, if a political hero is possible, mine is Mr. Sanders. And you know, it's ...
|AGEISM: The broadest bigotry in America today. With update.
I want this conversation to be about ageism. I don't hear that conversation going on anywhere of note today, and I don't hear it going on here at the Dkos. And it's UBER important because it ...
|In 2008 we elected a smart president, but in 2012 we elected a MUCH SMARTER president.
There were so many reasons to vote for Barack Obama on this last Nov. 6. But for me, one, if not THE MOST PERSUASIVE reason, was that if you put a truly smart man up against it, you're likely to ...
|What the freak ever happened to the common wisdom that you don't mix business with politics?!?!?!?!
I'm telling you, I'm so gob smacked, see me as slapped upside the side of some wall like a flattened out bugs bunny cartoon. I've been around quite awhile, been a business woman most of that time. ...
|A half million, so far, say no to Donald Trump in Macy's ads. Join us. With update.
Look, I know this isn't the most important thing on everyone's mind, and yes, there are bigger battles to fight. But sometimes there's something very easy to do that makes a small difference. And to ...
|Candidate Barack Obama has given his last rally.
I know there will be more than one diary about this. But so be it, because I need to write my own diary on this. I'm not going to waste any words about where the president and I have disagreed in ...
|I SO want this election to be over, and yet...I know I will miss these days on this site.
Yeah, there's just so many more days we can take of this. And no one in their right mind wants it to go on and on. And since I consider myself in my right mind, I too want it to end. And I want it ...
|I don't expect to see another democratic candidate like Barack Obama in my lifetime.
Oh my. I watched clips of the president today, his voice scarred by overuse, his crisp white sleeves rolled up, grabbing the podium in a way that hoped to launch his spirit of YES, STILL, hope. ...
|Poll sweaters, grab a towel and dab, NBC numbers.
My shortest diary ever. NBC Poll in Iowa, Obama, 51-43%. Wisconsin and Colorado Obama 50 to 45%. Haven't dug into the numbers, just had to share. Wind under our wings, no matter what Gallop says.
|Obama needs to let Big Bird return to Sesame Street---we're verging on diminishing returns here.
1. Today Sesame Street requested the Obama campaign take down the current Big Bird ad. And they were right to do so. They are a non partisan, non political entity, and for very good reasons, they ...
|My dad's funeral, the "Big Bird debate", and Frank Sinatra.
We said good bye to my beloved father last weekend. My brother and I eulogized him. That was a tough spot of writing and delivering, but a labor of love. One must choose one's words carefully out ...
|Ready, fire, aim!
This is going to be the shortest diary I've ever written. I'm sure that somewhere and on many places on this site in the last day, that I have missed, have called out President Obama's brilliant ...
|Romney's rallies put lie to the narrative that today's radical GOP will soon die out.
My husband and I have recently been engaging in a little game where every time we see a Romney rally clip, we watch the audience for the demographics and put it on a chart. Out of 12 clips since we ...
|Wiki-wicked? Just 2 days ago DKos was listed as a FAR LEFT BLOG.
A couple of days ago I googled Daily Kos on a computer that was not mine---where I have it on my desktop---and happened to notice the Wikipedia entry right under the site info. I decided to click ...
|Romney the "wimp," vs. "Hit the road, Barack."
Niall Ferguson's article made me see red, as it did many a progressive, and some embarrassed journalists fighting for credibility for their profession, against the hacks who outnumber them. This is ...
|Perspective is everthing, I learn once again.
I have been out of dodge, out of commission, for several days. I have been sitting at the bed side of my dying father. He is not ready to give up yet, so it promises to be a longer road to that ...
|Many are missing the elephant in the room, which is that Romney's tax returns ARE probably legal.
And that's the whole point. Many here seem to want Romney's tax returns to reveal him as some sort of Al Capone. And hell, they just might, who knows. But my God, it's going to take some real ...
|Let politics go for a sec, give into the summer heat, sigh, let go, and grab a REALLY GOOD BOOK.
So I've been up north for the last days. No computer. No TV. No cell phone, left mine uncharged. Instead, I spent my recent days reading in a hammock, or at the end of a pier, or in a screened in ...
|Idea for the DK: Adopt a senator campaign.
This is something I've been thinking about for awhile. Like many here, I'm keenly aware of our vulnerability in the senate. While the presidential campaign tends to suck all the air out of the room,
|Short and sweet. How to extradite yourself from the sux/ rox war, in very few words.
I promised you very few words, and I'm going to pay off on that. Look, there are people here who do not support Obama, or feel quite comfortable saying they will vote for him, but no more. They ...
|Here's the head line I take away from the recall loss: Ground war loses to air war.
Now that I've had time to lick my wounds, I'm very interested in what is to be learned by the loss of the recall in Wisconsin. And there's no one lesson, but many. This diary: http://www.dailykos....
|Pushing back against "the recall was a mistake!" meme
Today on the Daily Beast, Andrew Sullivan wrote an article on why the recall was a mistake. And he's hardly alone. There's others in the media, and here, who are now lecturing Wisconsin democrats ...
|Should Obama come to Wisconsin to help Barrett?
This is going to be a short diary, as I'm more interested in hearing what y'all think then talking about what I think. Particularly interested in opinions from those on the ground in Wisconsin. ...
|Just ONE question for democratic evangelical blacks and whites.
I've had about all I can endure of "Godliness" in the last few weeks. I could so rant on, but I really want to focus. So I'll do it with, as my title promised, ONE QUESTION, for ALL, black, white, ...
|Give it up Mr. President, come out for gay civil rights. Do it now!
I am unabashedly, even with my own list of gripes, a great admirer of President Barack Obama. I'm one here who IS NOT voting against Mitt Romney, I'm going to vote FOR President Obama, even if he ...
|Why I read the "hiddens" and why you should too.
I've been here about four years, and for most of that time, I never clicked on hiddens, didn't even see it there as an option. Too busy learning my way around the rest of this site, with its ...
|A whole diary about pundits! Your faves, the lames, the tear your hair out shames, with poll.
You love ‘em. You hate ‘em. You swear ‘em off. You fall off the wagon. One night they’re saying something so true, something that so needs to be said, and the next night you want to ...
|I'm scared as I begin to see how Romney IS going to make his etch a sketch work. Talk me down.
I'm so gob-smacked tonight, I can hardly write this. I'm so frustrated and angry. I shouldn't be surprised, yet somehow, I am. I've come to realize that all our assurances to each other that ...
|My democratic friends don't want to hear about politics.
Yep. That's the truth of it. I've got so many GREAT friends, democrats to a one, not because I choose that way, but because it's a values thing, and so, my greatest friends always end up to be ...
|Chris Mathews put my tit in a wringer tonight.
Sorry for the graphic head line. But it is how I felt watching Mathews tonight, who concluded his program with the ultimato concern troll essay. I watched it jaw agape, as today's polls have never ...
|The OWS movement dominates the rec list and why I’m exhilarated and VERY concerned.
Remember the old days? They were only weeks ago---when this site was all about the Obama sux/rox thing until it all imploded in a purge. Now, you can hardly find an Obama sux or rox comment, let ...
|In protest of cherry picking comparisons of Obama to FDR
Let me say from the get go, I think FDR was a great president. I have let that sentence stand alone, to underline my bird’s eye view, the luxury of looking back. The luxury of looking at a ...
|WTF is the progressive plan under President Romney?
This is my first ever diary, after a couple years on this site. I'm moved to the courage to write this diary because I am scared by what's happening here. I am scared that our own unforgiving ...
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