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|Yes, the Republican Party sucks. Let's move on.
This piece has been building in my head for a while, and is probably bound to draw some criticism. That's fine, as it is intended to be thought-provoking rather than a demand for conformity. We ...
|Does Your Columnist get an F in School Reform?
Hmm. Who put that sticker there? I’ve been teaching history and civics in a public high school for the last 21 years. I have come to expect that the public at large will fundamentally ...
|Exploring My Newfound Contempt for Education Reformers
OK, so my contempt isn't really new. In fact, I've held them in contempt for virtually all of my two decades in the classroom. But I am nearly as contemptuous of the dialogue about so-called ...
|No One Talks About These Education Reforms (with poll)
First of all, I teach in a building that is condemned. I'm amazed each morning when I show up and see that it hasn't burned down overnight. The roof leaks, there are electrical hazards and shorts, ...
|No, President Bush, Katrina PHOTO was not your mistake
President Bush has emerged from the pre-election shadows to give his first post-Presidency interview to Matt Lauer, including details of his upcoming book about his time in the Oval Office. In it,
|Poor Justice Alito, the Potted Plant (with poll)
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, still stinging from Obama's public criticism during last year's State of the Union Address, will ...
|Take Heart Democrats, and Get to Work! (with poll)
The now long-running media meme of a coming landslide for Republicans a la 1994 is hard to ignore. Not because it's accurate or even well thought out, but because the media so loves doom and gloom ...
|Jay Clough (WA-04) needs your help
As we bask in the glow of our big health care win this past week, my thoughts start to turn towards the 2010 Midterm elections, and my political life here in the 4th District of Washington State. ...
|Let's Give Sarah Palin a Thanksgiving Present
To add to that warm, overstuffed feeling I had on Thanksgiving, as the culinary carnage lay strewn around us on the table, was the knowledge that mere miles away from us was Sarah Palin,
|The Fightin' 4th District (WA): Taking on Doc Hastings (with poll)
As I've diaried and commented about before, I live in the 4th District in Washington State. It's a red district, in fact it's the reddest in the whole state. That being said, it consistently votes ...
|Let's Moneybomb Against Doc Hastings (WA-04)
A few days ago, Jay Clough, a 33-year old former Marine, announced his candidacy to replace Rep. Richard "Doc" Hastings as Congressman for the 4th District in Washington State. Doc has been easily ...
|Sen. Lamar Alexander's Naked Hypocrisy
Ya gotta love how the GOP is always looking out for our President. Always ready with a dose of healthy construcitve criticism or friendly advice. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R - TN) exemplified this ...
|OMG! 2 million people showed up to my protest!
You should have been there, it was incredible! Here I was, standing in my backyard in rural central Washington State, protesting President Obama's flagrant disrespect for Congressman Joe Wilson, ...
|No Tea Baggers, THIS is a protest
So the 9/12 disciples of Glenn Beck have descended on Washington DC, in colonial garb, carrying pseudo-witty signs about fiscal responsibility, as though they invented the concept, and as if they ...
|Not proud or ashamed, but I do have some food for thought
I was reading the two different diaries on the rec list (I'm a rec list junkie, I admit it) this morning about people who are sometimes proud, sometimes ashamed and sometimes both when it comes to ...
|The Letter I Just Sent President Obama (with poll)
A health care reform bill with no public option will have been gutted of any chance at actually reforming the system. The best that can possibly remain would be temporary concessions by industries ...
|(Updated) Rep. Doc Hastings' Latest Slimy Maneuver (Action requested)
Many of you may not know Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), even though he's been in the House of Representatives since 1992. That's because, in seventeen years in the House, the most prestigious thing he ...
|Our Nightmare with Privatized Health Care - YESTERDAY
As the health care reform debate heats up in the country, we keep hearing the same mantra from so-called conservatives and industry leaders alike: "Government-run" health care would lead us to long ...
|Letter Against the Socialism Meme
The sheep are screaming socialism. Seems I can't swing a dead cat by the tail without hitting some freak of politics whining in public about how Obama has, in six months, apparently turned us into ...
|Calling all Kossacks: How to be Heard on Single Payer Health Care (and thank you Darcy Burner!)
Darcy Burner is absolutely right. The left too commonly eats its own young in policy debates, and it's counterproductive. We need to focus our energies on convincing members of Congress and the ...
|Limbaugh now supports Sotomayor? (w/Poll)
Yes, the blowhard of blowhards, the drug addled gasbag that is Rush Limbaugh, after calling Sonia Sotomayor a racist for days, after shamelessly seeking to profit and capitalize politically with yet ...
|ENOUGH with the filibuster threats!
I have to say, the way in which Republicans toss around the word "filibuster", you'd think they had much more representation in Congress than they do. Seems like every other hour you have some ...
|Defeat Terror: Donate to Planned Parenthood
During the Obama campaign, whenever the Hillary or Republican campaigns resorted to smears and distortions, we responded with our pocketbooks. It was stunningly effective, and Obama's campaign ...
|GOP Talking Heads are Right: Obama Now Faces Reality
Flip-flopping on military tribunals? Reversing himself on the release of torture photos? Backtracking on the 18 month timeline to get us out of Iraq? It's not that easy is it Barack? I bet you ...
|America Needs to be Rhetorically Slapped
Ten years ago I would never have dreamed we would be in a national debate about whether torture is justifiable. It still strikes me as odd and strange how calmly we discuss this subject in ...
|RedState Nationalism vs. Kossack Smackdown
Once again, so-called conservatives Just Don't Get It. Having long ago appointed themselves guardians of the Sacred Definition and Practice of Patriotism in the United States, it would appear ...
|Netroots = Democracy at its Best
I've been chuckling lately at my TV screen and my newspaper as I hear and read the way pundits, elected officials and editorialists use the word "netroots" like they use the word "assholes". I ...
|Prop 8 and the Bus of Inevitable Progress
I was slamming a troll diary on this topic a few moments ago, something I shouldn't do, but it's therapy for me, and it led me to write this diary. For the record, I am a straight man living in a ...
|WARNING: This is a Rant
Warning: This is a rant. Should not be taken internally by anyone on the right side of the spectrum. May cause uncontrollable giggling or sudden outbursts of “Hell yeah!” ...
|An incredible letter I just received
Shabnam was a former high school student of mine. She was born in America, her parents in Iran. She is a practicing Shia Muslim, has traveled extensively, and sent me the following letter this ...
|Caught in the Act: Voting Blue in a Red Zone
It's been a long 20 months, as you all know. And this last week? Excruciatingly slow. Even harder was waiting until today to cast my vote for Barack Obama, but we always go over our votes with a ...
|Wasting a McCain Worker's Time
I just happen to be a liberal who has been known, from time to time, to work undercover behind enemy lines. Thirty years of living in a red, red district has trained me well in just how to do so. ...
|Family Research Council Blackmails NRCC
Don't know if you'd call this breaking, but I didn't see any diaries on it yet. That paragon of conservative "family values", the Family Research Council, has urged its members to stop donating ...
|Red State: Daily Kos is "internet cesspool" LOL
According to a recent post on RedState.com regarding the netroots' massive donor response to the Michelle Bachmann fiasco, Daily Kos is an "internet cesspool". Read on: Like Joe the ...
|The GOP's Armageddon Strategy
I just couldn't figure it out. This was not the Republican machine of 2000 and 2004, the one that organized a fundraising juggernaut, convinced Americans the only thing standing between us and ...
|Gov. Gregoire in WA needs our support (Updated)
I just finished watching the third debate between these two candidates. I was at the second one in Yakima a week and a half ago. And while I am very confident in Obama's chances to win this ...
|Last Chance Voter Registration Drive at U of Washington
I've voted blue my entire adult life, but I have to confess, it was George W. Bush who really turned me into a Democratic activist. In 2004, I spent the day before the voter registration deadline ...
|Barack's Youngest Fan Makes Ad
OK. I know Barack Obama has been blowing McCain away among the youth demographic in America, hell, I even diaried about it. But the truth is that I had no idea how universal this support was. ...
|Barack Rocks the Youth Vote (with poll)
I teach high school civics and history to 11th and 12th graders in central Washington State. For those of you who aren't familiar with Washington politics east of the Cascade Mountains, that's the ...
|McCain/Palin Energize the Base -- OUR Base
It's true, John McCain and Sarah Palin, through their wonderfully canned speeches full of vitriol, division and red meat for the evangelical fringe, have successfully energized the base ..... of the ...
|Let's mess with Bill-O
Every once in a while, I turn the TV to Fox News and Bill O'Reilly, not for information, obviously, but to see how long I can stand it before I am a) yelling at the TV b) cursing c) changing the ...
|Hey Obama supporters! TRANQUILO!!! (Relax!!)
If there's one thing I'm getting sick of in punditworld, blogworld and diaryworld, it's the persistent panic reflex us Dems seem to have. Someone yells at us on the playground and we scatter like ...
|A Progressive Present for Obama, August 4th
During the 2004 election, some buddies and I dreamed up "The $25 Army", a grassroots movement to generate donations to progressive candidates as well as renew dialogue about our party's platform. ...
|Hate Nation: Right Wing Radio and its Poisonous Price
Most conservatives will tell you that they abhor the tragic violence in Tennessee, and that they condemn it. But they also will most likely deny that any of their actions or beliefs could possibly ...
|Traveling, Hungry and Broke
I looked a little rough, coming from deep in the Cascade Mountains only an hour before. My boots were caked with mud and I had a three-day growth of beard. My sweatpants were stained to the knee, ...
|Why Obama Wins Big and Dems get Supermajority
As much as the media narrative screams "close race" and tries to make us believe that there is some sort of rallying of the republican faithful taking place around Grandpa John -- it's all bullshit, ...
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