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Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 03:51 PM PDT

The silly things people do.

by jbalazs

Evening all.

When I was twelve years old, I had a crush on a guy who was a few years older than me. I truly was smitten. I was obsessed. I was twelve.

It was 1982. Coppertone QT just hit the shelves. Remember that stuff? The fake tan that turned your skin orange and turned your cuticles and hand creases brown if you didn't wash it off well enough?

Continued below... Keep reading, I do have a point. A point related to one of the big right wing stories of the day...

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I'll say it again: I love this man!

Not only does he respond with class, but he does it on their turf! Apparently the interview with Michael Smerconish (Philadelphia) will air tomorrow.

Obama on Ayers: 'I assumed that he had been rehabilitated'

UPDATE: I should note (having learned this from commenters below) that while Smerconish IS a conservative, his show is not of the wing nut variety like Limbaugh and Hannity. Also, he seems generally supportive of Obama. But given that he is a conservative, I am leaving my title as is.

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Joe Biden says what needs to be said:

"You know, the idea here that somehow these guys are, once again, injecting fear and loathing into this campaign I think is mildly dangerous," Biden added. "I mean, here you have out there these kinds of, you know, incitements out there — a guy introducing Barack using his middle name as if it's some epitaph or something. This is over the top."

On ABC’s "Good Morning America" the Democratic vice presidential candidate said that since Palin announced that the "heels are on, the gloves are off" she has crossed the line at her rallies and is encouraging supporters who Biden believes are going "overboard."

"I think it goes way too far," Biden said. "Look, this really is a case where when you don't have anything to talk about, attack. And it gets really over the edge."

"I mean, some of the stuff she's saying about Barack Obama and the stuff that people are yelling from the crowd, if she hears it, she should be at least saying, whoa, whoa, whoa; that's overboard. I mean, you know, this is — this is volatile stuff. And it's — I just — I felt we were kind of beyond this place that it seems to be going."

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Tue Oct 07, 2008 at 11:47 AM PDT

Rough day... Get a quick pick me up!

by jbalazs

Afternoon all.

I'm sensing it's a rough day for many. Concern and fear over the economic situation. Anger and outrage over the incitement of violence by McCain/Palin. Apprehension and hope over tonight's debate. Excitement and encouragement over the latest poll numbers.

If you combine all of those emotions, it's pretty darn exhausting.

Well, do yourself a favour and click the link below. It will make you smile and, if you're lucky, you may even exhale a little bit.


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This is going to be a short diary, but I've just had an epiphany and I think it's diary worthy. I just explained it to my husband and his response was, "Aha! Makes sense!"

First off, the strategists in Obama's campaign deserve every penny they make, they are phenominal. They have made an informed gamble and I suspect it will pay off. They are betting on the fact that Palin will fall flat on her face tonight based on all of their research combined with current events and interviews.

It's like a tennis match. She will lose on unforced errors and Biden just has to focus on playing a solid game.

To see why I have come to this clear realization, follow me below...

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I realize this probably isn't news or perhaps it's old news. However, it is news to me. I watched the first part of Greta van Susterin's interview with "the first dude", Todd Palin, and in the interview he says that on a Saturday about three weeks ago (August 23, 2008) while he was working on the Slope, Sarah called him about the news. He said (transcript and emphasis mine):

"There were inquiries from certain people about some of our background... Didn't know if she was on a shortlist or if this was all for show..."

So he returned home to be with the kids so that she could "go outside for that day".

This was in response to Greta's question:

"Take me back to when you first heard there was a possibility that Senator McCain wanted to talk to you..."

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Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 09:25 AM PDT


by jbalazs

From Wikipedia:

A copycat (also copy-cat or copy cat) is a person (or animal, or computer program) that mimics or repeats the behavior of another. The expression may derive from kittens that learned by imitating the behaviors of their mothers. It has been in use since at least 1896, in Sarah Orne Jewett's "The Country of the Pointed Firs". The term is often derogatory, suggesting a lack of originality.

My friends, this is exactly what the McCain campaign has become.

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As I'm sure is the case with many of you, I am anxiously awaiting the debates. Not just the three Presidential debates, but clearly I am anxious about the Vice Presidential debate, particularly given Palin's less than stellar interview with ABC last night.

So, I decided to go and find out when these debates were going to be held so I could be sure to be home. I read through the news release from November 2007 and was extremely encouraged to see one of the changes that was made to the format, a change that could significantly impact the VP debate, a change that in hindsight (given the Palin pick) may have the McCain camp scrambling to have it rescinded.

In case you hadn't read it in full, here is the link and I will discuss the change I am talking about below the fold...

Commission on Presidential Debates Announces Sites, Dates, Formats and Candidate Selection Criteria for 2008 General Election

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August 22, 2008

Juneau, Alaska. - Alsaskan Governor Sarah Palin, the Republican Presidential Nominee, has made what critics say is a wise and safe choice for her running mate. After a long, hard fought primary battle of being up against seasoned, nationally recognized Republicans such as Mitt Romney and Rudy Guiliani, Gov. Palin toughed it out and her reform message resonated with the majority of Republicans across the country. While she had to deal constantly with the issue of sexism both from within her own party and the media, she managed to convince voters that we are now in a "post-gender" world.


Who is at the top of the Republican ticket again?

93%40 votes
6%3 votes

| 43 votes | Vote | Results

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Unfortunately, I did watch the Palin speech last night.

What I found the most interesting was when McCain came out to greet her at the end. He looked really uncomfortable, I thought. When he hugged her (both times), she kept her body as far away from him as possible and looked, to my mind anyway, disgusted by him.

As also noted by Marc Ambinder's twitter:

On-stage McCain/Palin encounter awkwardly staged, I thought. McCain doesn't look comfortable. about 17 hours ago


So what is Sarah Palin thinking when McCain is hugging her?

22%24 votes
9%10 votes
46%50 votes
17%19 votes
4%5 votes

| 108 votes | Vote | Results

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The Obama Campaign doesn't cease to amaze me. Rather than let the Republicans "own" the moral values issues, he's taking it right to them.

He has sent the first salvo and it's a wonderful thing to behold.

Obama ad slams McCain on abortion rights

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Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 08:53 AM PDT

The "Rush" Pick

by jbalazs

This will be a very short diary.

I have one thing to say: Rush Limbaugh picked the Republican Vice Presidential nominee.

Rush Limbaugh started the push for Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, right down to designing a logo for a McCain-Palin ticket.

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