On both blocks, however, not a hair on my head was touched. That's for a very simple reason, one The Wire explains time and again: violence on drug corners is extremely bad for business. No one can sell anything when two crews are beefing. You have to bring in extra muscle, which is expensive. And the extra police presence makes the whole thing a genuine nuisence. The last thing especially any crew wants is to piss off a civilian resident more than absolutely necessary, since those are the people who, pushed too far, will raise hell at neighborhood, precinct and even city council meetings -- which is, again, bad for business. Letting civilians walk on by without harassment, by contrast, is a sound business plan.He further correctly points out that "no-mans land" is a far more dangerous place to be than the territory controlled by a drug lord.
"There are those in Columbus and elsewhere who argue that the biblical mandates to love your neighbor and to work for justice are meant only for individuals and have no application to the political sphere," Mr. Strickland said. "They dismiss the Democrats and those religious leaders who claim that our faith requires us to insist that governments and government leaders -- not just private citizens -- seek justice, love, mercy, and humbly work to help the least, the last and the lost in our society."Finally. A Dem who gets it and is able to say it.
"ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A dead woman won re-election to a school board in rural Alaska after her opponent lost a coin flip meant to break an electoral tie.
Katherine Dunton, who died of cancer on October 3, the day of the local election, was re-elected to the Aleutian Region School District board after her opponent, Dona Highstone, called "heads" on a coin toss that landed "tails," state and local officials said.
"This is the first that I have ever heard about, not only in our state but in any other," said Whitney Brewster, director of the Alaska Division of Elections.
The coin toss was held on Friday, in accordance with state law, to break the tie since both candidates had 19 votes.
The school district, which covers an island region stretching 600 miles and has jurisdiction over about 50 students, has not yet decided how to fill Dunton's seat.
The third and final act in the national tragedy that is the Bush administration may soon play itself out. The Okhrana reports increasing indications of "something big" happening between the election and Christmas. That could be the long-planned attack on Iran.------------
The Democrats taking either or both Houses of Congress, if it happens, will not make any difference. They would rather have the Republicans start and lose another war than prevent a national disaster. Politics comes first and the country second.
Many of the consequences of a war with Iran are easy to imagine. Oil would soar to at least $200 per barrel if we could get it. Gas shortages would bring back the gas lines of 1973 and 1979. Our European alliances would be stretched to the breaking point if not beyond it. Most people outside the Bushbubble can see all this coming.
What I fear no one forsees is a substantial danger that we could lose the army now deployed in Iraq. I have mentioned this in previous columns, but I want to go into it here in more detail because the scenario may soon go live.
Well before the second Iraq war started, I warned in a piece in The American Conservative that the structure of our position in Iraq could lead to that greatest of military disasters, encirclement. That is precisely the danger if we go to war with Iran.
I don't know if he is right but the possibility is frightening. Lind is the Director for the Center for Cultural Conservatism for the Free Congress Foundation, a right wing organization. This administration even scares the right wingers now.
If there is one, single, overriding reason why I despise Karl Rove and his masters, it's because of the way they expropriated 9/11 and the social solidarity it created and used them for the basest, sleaziest partisan ends.Sing it brother. It's thoroughly amazing that there is a single political reporter on this planet who would still believe that Bush is a "uniter".
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Core U.S. consumer prices rose by an expected 0.2 percent in September, but a year-on-year inflation index remained close to an 11-year high in a sign of persistent inflation risk, a government report showed on Monday.The overall inflation rate dropped due to the drop in energy. But remember, the Fed doesn't look at the real inflation rate, but rather the "core" rate.
Washington (AP) -- California congressman Duncan Hunter looks like he may be mulling a presidential run.It's a free country. I hope he runs. Having a total Republican nutbar on the agenda running up to 2008 would be wonderbar!!!!!
A party official says the San Diego-area Republican plans to announce Monday that he's considering a bid in 2008.
Hunter is the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee -- a position he would lose if Democrats take control of the House after the November 7th election.
Hunter spokesman Joe Kasper won't comment on the congressman's plans, except to say that he would be holding a press conference in San Diego Monday morning about plans for 2008.
Hunter's announcement comes as a surprise to leadership in the Republican Party in Washington.
He has not been discussed as one of the many candidates considering a presidential bid, among them Senator John McCain of Arizona and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
This year through September, only 28.5 percent of actively managed large-capitalization funds — which try to beat the market through stock selection — were able to outpace the S.& P. 500 index of large-cap stocks, according to a new study by S.& P. In the third quarter alone, it was even worse, with only one in five actively managed large-capitalization funds beating the index.
Fitzgerald's target in the witness box was Elizabeth F. Loftus, a professor of criminology and psychology at the University of California at Irvine. For more than an hour of the pretrial hearing, Loftus calmly explained to Judge Reggie B. Walton her three decades of expertise in human memory and witness testimony. Loftus asserted that, after copious scientific research, she has found that many potential jurors do not understand the limits of memory and that Libby should be allowed to call an expert to make that clear to them.Oh my. I will be following that trial with rapt attention. So will Joe Wilson and his wife .....
But when Fitzgerald got his chance to cross-examine Loftus about her findings, he had her stuttering to explain her own writings and backpedaling from her earlier assertions. Citing several of her publications, footnotes and the work of her peers, Fitzgerald got Loftus to acknowledge that the methodology she had used at times in her long academic career was not that scientific, that her conclusions about memory were conflicting, and that she had exaggerated a figure and a statement from her survey of D.C. jurors that favored the defense.
The New York Times leads with corporations and Bush administration officials lining up for an easing of some business regulations put in place post-Enron.Talk about measuring the drapes for their offices.
Certain details of the NYT's lead have been previously reported, but the story illustrates just how much steam efforts to lighten corporations' regulatory burdens have gained. Industry groups with close ties to the Bush administration have been working on proposals that would be put forward soon after the November elections. Why so soon after the new Congress takes office? Because, the Times says, it's "as far away as possible from the 2008 elections." The proposals may also, where possible, come in the form of rule changes instead of legislation to avoid that messy lawmaking process that has served our country so poorly.
The Sarbanes-Oxley law put in place after Enron's collapse is among the targets. Corporate-types have long argued that some of the requirements are too burdensome and costly. Treasury Secretary (and former Goldman Sachs chairman) Henry Paulson recently criticized aspects of Sarbanes-Oxley as well, saying they're too restrictive.
Baghdad is rife with the strangest rumours again chiefly as a result of the latest deployment of American troops around major Shi’ite districts in Baghdad, signaling a movement against Shi’ite militias. The rumours also seem to have penetrated the concrete barriers of the Green Zone where anxious Iraqi governmental officials are whispering about an impending American “coup,” and according to some well-connected Iraqis inside the Green Zone, several officials have made travel arrangements. This followed tensions over the last week between the U.S. and a defiant PM Maliki that were supposedly resolved yesterday with the joint Iraqi-American statement reaffirming U.S. support for the Iraqi government and the commitment of the Iraqi government to a timetable for disbanding militias. The heavy deployment of American troops along with elite Iraqi security forces that are not part of the Interior or the Defense ministries aggravated these fears.Wouldn't surprise me in the least. Al-Maliki is trying to save his butt, not just his job. To do so means to piss off Bush and his 140,000 supporters in the green zone. I think I'd have travel plans too.
Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Economic growth in the U.S. cooled to a 1.6 percent annual rate in July through September, the slowest since early 2003, as housing slumped and the trade deficit widened.Learning that you're not as wealthy as you thought is a very troubling experience for consumers, especially those who make shopping their hobby ... which includes most of the country. I don't think that this slowdown is enough to convince shoppers that they need to stay home and play with all those new gadgets they've purchased in the last few years. At least not yet, especially with speculators trying to pump up the stock market. So I think a softer landing is still possible. But the fundamentals underlying the economy absolutely stink, leading to a conclusion by some that the potential for growth without inflation is dramatically lowered. I also get a little nervous when someone wants us to know that Treasury Secretary Paulson has revived "the plunge team".
The government's first estimate of the quarter's gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced in the U.S., shows growth slowed from a 2.6 percent pace in April through June, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. A measure of inflation watched by the Fed eased.
Homebuilding declined by the most in 15 years, while the trade deficit widened as an acceleration in personal spending increased demand for foreign-made consumer goods. The fallout for the rest of the economy has been limited, economists said, and recent gains in corporate and consumer spending support the Federal Reserve's outlook for ``moderate'' growth.
The bodies of Karen and Bill Andrews, 61, were found last Thursday. The grim discovery was made by police officers alerted by neighbors who had noticed a pile of uncollected newspapers and went to the home to check on the couple.This is the second friends of mine who have died under similar type circumstances. Maybe it's a sign of our times, maybe we live too long, maybe medical science is able to keep our bodies functioning while discounting our souls. I don't know.
The papers dated back to Oct. 9. The suicide notes were dated Oct. 8.
"There was a note just inside the door that described the location of where the bodies were found," Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Paul Henry said. "The neighbor immediately was concerned and backed out of the house and called us."
(CBS) The White House denied Friday that Vice President Dick Cheney had endorsed "water boarding" – a technique many consider torture – when he said earlier this week that dunking terrorism suspects in water during interrogations was a "no-brainer."Naw. The V.P. was talking about giving terraist suspects a glass of water when they're thirsty! Or perhaps it was the bath they give terraists each night to keep them sparkling clean!
"You know as a matter of common sense that the vice president of the United States is not going to be talking about water boarding. Never would. Never does. Never will," White House press secretary Tony Snow said.
Everybody mentions that Exxon Mobil reported a third-quarter profit of $10.49 billion, which amounts to the company's second-largest quarterly profit.Poor babies.
As campaigns enter the final weeks, and prospects of a change of leadership in the House, and perhaps the Senate, increase, businesses have slightly, and quietly, increased their contributions to Democrats, report the WSJ and LAT. "All of the Democratic ranking members have seen an increase in attentiveness to their fundraising," a House Democratic aide tells the Times.It's time for publically funded campaigns. It will be difficult legislation to make it constitutional, but continuing to expect our politicians to "dial for dollars" as a means of survival is ridiculous. And if anyone thinks that special interests, including businesses, give money for ideological reasons I've got a piece of property in Nevada to sell them.
London Yank at The Daily Kos has been following military developments in the Persian Gulf closely -- maybe too closely, but I can hardly argue that his obsession is unreasonable, given the circumstances.Boy. It's just so hard to know. All the political analysts (except Eric Alterman and Mickey Kaus) are predicting a tidal wave blowing away the GOOPERs, unless of course there is some last minute major event.
He notes that yet another Marine strike group -- this one led by the USS Boxer (like the Iwo Jima, an amphibious assault ship) has arrived on the scene, bringing the number of task forces to four, including two carrier task forces. Even for the U.S. Navy, that's a heap o' firepower.
The supposed reason for gathering all this floating steel in one place is to conduct training exercises -- interdiction and blockade exercises with the tiny navies of the puppet oil sheikhdoms, and amphibious landing exercises off Goa with Indian special forces, and I'm not talking about Chief Crazy Horse's warriors here.
The interdiction exercises are scheduled to start Oct. 31. The amphibious assault exercises are already under way, according to the Indian press. (What that might signal about India's possible role in a possible war with Iran I haven't a clue.)
One thing is clear: These kind of "training" exercises could provide perfect cover for the final preparations and fleet movements needed to get ready for war. Or, they may be exactly what they're billed as -- exercises, perhaps designed to intimidate the Iranians, but not to attack them, at least not yet.
We'll know soon enough which explanation is correct.
Absent a convincing means to more aggressively lift stocks higher earlier, further deterioration in oil prices is finally acting as an incentive for buyers to keep the rally going. Crude oil is now down 2.0% at $60.15/bbl, losing ground in sympathy with a sell-off in natural gas futures.So, the relatively obscure and minor changes in oil prices are driving the market with $60 oil looking good?
WASHINGTON - The median price of a new home plunged in September by the largest amount in more than 35 years, even as the pace of sales rebounded for a second month.Here in Northern California prices are down nearly 8% over last year.
The Commerce Department reported that the median price for a new home sold in September was $217,100, a drop of 9.7 percent from September 2005. It was the lowest median price for a new home since September 2004 and the sharpest year-over-year decline since December 1970. The weakness in new home prices was even sharper than a 2.5 percent fall in the price of existing homes last month, which had been the biggest drop on record.
Bush's news conference came hours after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki said he would not accept any timelines imposed by the U.S. government and dismissed the plan as a "result of elections taking place right now that do not involve us."As another note on the subject, there's this from Juan Cole:
Wednesday's dramatic events in Iraq began with a US military raid into Sadr City, the vast Shiite slum full of followers of nationalist young cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The soldiers said that they were looking for a suspected death squad leader. The Americans were attacked by Mahdi Army militiamen, and they called in air support. US planes dropped bombs on this area full of civilians. Iraqi police and hospital officials reported that the fighting and bombing left 4 Iraqis dead and 18 wounded. Aljazeera is showing footage of a combination funeral/ anti-American demonstration in Sadr City.My guess is that Bush has set a timetable that is impossible. Let's face it, any timetable of Bush's type would be impossible in a hundred years. Al Maliki sees the writing on the wall .... the U.S. will be withdrawing.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki roundly condemned the US raid, of which he said he had had no foreknowledge, and he complained bitterly about the lack of coordination between the US and his office. Al-Maliki also, however, warned that armed militiamen in the streets would not be tolerated.
Al-Maliki also angrily rejected the timeline suggested by US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad for the performance of the Iraqi government with regard to reducing civil violence and addressing the militia problem. He said that no outside power could set a timeline for the sovereign Iraqi government.
Okay, so Election Central has just obtained a radio ad which you've got to hear: It actually has what sounds like tom-tom drums playing in the background every time the ad talks about Dem Harold Ford, Jr. The ad -- which says it was paid for by the campaign of GOP Senate candidate Bob Corker -- can be heard right here. When the ad mentions Corker, the music soars and no tom-toms are audible. Throughout the entire minute-long ad, you hear the rumble of tom-toms every time Ford is mentioned. This ad, keep in mind, quotes Bob Corker himself as having "approved" the message -- meaning it wasn't the work of the Republican National Committee, as in the case of the recent "bimbo" TV ad which drew charges of racism.Oh NO! The jungle bugga bugga's are a comin'!!!
The last time a librarian did something really stupid and reckless on drugs was when Laura married George.Bill Maher discussing a Florida school district's policy of drug testing librarians.
Evidently after the debate Lieberman walked up to Ned and said "You goddamn sonovabitch," and something to the effect of "how dare you run those direct mail pieces accusing me of voting for the energy bill in 2005 because of campaign contributions from the oil companies." Joe's losing it.I've got to admit that the comparisons do fit. How ironic that Boltin' Joe got his start as an anti-Vietnam war candidate.
The WP mentions a news conference held by the United Nations investigator on torture where he said some countries try to invalidate criticism of how they handle detainees by pointing out they are merely following the example set by the United States. "Today, many other governments are kind of saying, 'But why are you criticizing us; we are not doing something different than what the United States is doing,' " he said.Well?
"I stated when I saw the ad, I was commenting to you about it, that he was either off the medication or he was acting. He is an actor, after all."You can hear the quote here.
What you are seeing on the video is side effects of the medication. He has to take that medication to sit there and talk to you like that. ... He's not over-dramatizing. ... [Limbaugh] is revealing his ignorance of Parkinson's disease, because people with Parkinson's don't look like that at all when they're not taking their medication. They look stiff, and frozen, and don't move at all. ... People with Parkinson's, when they've had the disease for awhile, are in this bind, where if they don't take any medication, they can be stiff and hardly able to talk. And if they do take their medication, so they can talk, they get all of this movement, like what you see in the ad.
Small wonder then, that the policy "debate" has now crossed the line into complete fantasy -- like a long piece of dialogue pulled from Waiting for Godot. The realists have turned into surrealists. Baker now sounds almost as naive and deluded as Bush.Exactly.
As a veteran anti-establishmentarian -- no, let's be honest here, I despise the motherfuckers -- I should be enjoying the hell out of all this. And if it weren't for the hundreds of thousands who have died, and the many more who will die as this fiasco goes even further south, I'm sure I would be.
America will be humbled when we leave Iraq. Let's recognize this is the bitter pill we must swallow now. It ironically will improve our standing in much of the world as we admit that we need the world's help. It will force us to make a reality of our empty pledge to pursue non-military solutions to the challenge of terrorism.Yep. It's over. Accept it. Swallow that yucky medicine, absorb your loses and move on.
And what of the enemy? Muslim extremists and terrorists will celebrate our defeat, emboldened even more into believing that they can "win" their war, just as they once defeated the Soviet empire in Afghanistan. It is our punishment and the conundrum: They will celebrate, and they may even be momentarily strengthened. But by stepping off the treadmill, we will also remove so much of the inspiration and certainty that fuels our enemies.
The LAT also goes above the fold with a piece by Patrick J. McDonnell, who reported from Iraq for two years and then left for one. He returns to find that the chaos and violence he left a year ago looks like paradise compared to the hellish city he finds today. One of the most awfully telling details he shares: Shiite militias control major morgues and wait for Sunnis to come pick up slain relatives, and then they capture and kill them, too. And before McDonnell goes on patrol with a convoy, an Army commander performs an "unsettling ritual," anointing the Humvees with clear oil, "akin to last rites."Not really news. I include it because Iraq is taking on the bizarre sense and surreal atmosphere of the movie Apocalypse Now. The stories we all will hear from returning vets will get more and more strange as the meaninglessness of our involvement continues.
The WSJ notes that Majority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., sent an email to the media Tuesday explaining what Democrats will do if they capture the House: "plot to establish a Department of Peace, raise your taxes and minimize penalties for crack dealers." Although his information seems to be solid, obviously he missed some of the other major initiatives planned, such as furloughing Willie Horton again and buying new pink Cadillacs for the nation's welfare queens.
The LAT, which cites the WSJ's results, offers the best piece. The paper explains how Democrats have taken the fight for control of Congress deep into Republican territory. The Post heads to Kansas, where it finds nine former Republicans running for office as Democrats. The paper avoids embracing the argument it approaches: that the shift represents a significant trend among disenchanted GOP moderates.
The papers see some of this month's mayhem as temporary—USAT notes that Iraqis are observing Ramadan and "religious fervor is high."Yeah, because we all know how crazy and out-of-control those little brown people are. You know, they get all jacked up on Islamofascism and start firing AK-47's in the air (and at Amurkan soldiers apparently) over their pagan religious rituals. You know. Kinda like like ......
The Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today all lead with the mushrooming violence in Iraq, where 11 U.S. troops died Tuesday and a twelfth died Wednesday.I regularly watch the Newshour with Jim Lehrer. Every night they end the broadcast with pictures of the dead soldiers. Last night there were twenty four, one of which was a 57 year old staff sgt.
The latest deaths put October on track to be the third-deadliest month of the war. Digging into the details of the Iraq casualty reports reveals that the numbers are actually worse than they first appear. The two deadliest months of the war for U.S. forces were April 2004 (with 135 deaths) and November 2004 (with 137 deaths). Significantly, those months were marked by full-scale offensives in Falluja and Najaf. This month, the NYT notes, the "military has not conducted any major operations," and yet at the current rate, around 120 Americans will have died by November 1. In other words, day-to-day operations in Iraq are now nearly as deadly as open warfare was two years ago—and perhaps for those on the ground, there is little distinction.
The battle scenes, shot in the muted gray tones of memory, are brutal. The scenes back home that follow are not violent but every bit as bleak. The three flag-raisers are hurled into the public spotlight as canon fodder and used as propaganda tools to sell war bonds.The worm has certainly turned, hasn't it? From post 911 movies that glorified Amurika and killing brown people to questioning any war as a solution.
The war and their subsequent brush with celebrity marked the men for the rest of their lives. The crux of Eastwood's film is how wars, even "good" ones, create perpetual nightmares for the people who fight them.
"I think I'd just commit suicide."
-- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), quote by Radio Iowa, on what he would do if Democrats take control of the U.S. Senate.
Understanding how Big Oil came to this point, poised to take effective control of the bulk of the country's reserves while they remain, technically, in the hands of the Iraqi government - a government with all the trappings of sovereignty - is to grasp the sometimes intricate dance that is modern neocolonialism. The Iraq oil-grab is a classic case study.
It's clear that the U.S.-led invasion had little to do with national security or the events of September 11. Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill revealed that just 11 days after Bush's inauguration in early 2001, regime change in Iraq was "Topic A" among the administration's national security staff, and former Terrorism Tsar Richard Clarke told 60 minutes that the day after the attacks in New York and Washington occurred, "[Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld was saying that we needed to bomb Iraq." He added: "We all said … no, no. Al-Qaeda is in Afghanistan."
On March 7, 2003, two weeks before the U.S. attacked Iraq, the UN's chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix, told the UN Security Council that Saddam Hussein's cooperation with the inspections protocol had improved to the point where it was "active or even proactive," and that the inspectors would be able to certify that Iraq was free of prohibited weapons within a few months' time. That same day, IAEA head Mohammed ElBaradei reported that there was no evidence of a current nuclear program in Iraq and flatly refuted the administration's claim that the infamous aluminum tubes cited by Colin Powell in making his case for war before the Security Council were part of a reconstituted nuclear program.
But serious planning for the war had begun in February of 2002, as Bob Woodward revealed in his book, Plan of Attack. Planning for the future of Iraq's oil wealth had been under way for longer still.
This is a good page to bookmark and send to those you insist that we are in Iraq to fight for freedom (or whatever b.s. rhetoric they spew).
Last night on MSNBC, Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank told Keith Olbermann that “there are rumors now about a third [page scandal], this one involving a 16-year-old girl.”
The list is vast: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Japan, Lithuania, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan. These are the countries mentioned in op-eds and news articles following the North Korea test as having the potential to sell nuclear fuel, or those that could put together a nuclear weapon within months. The Washington Post published one such op-ed on Sunday, in which the author described a threat "more likely and more dangerous" of "a world in which countries have the capability to go nuclear on short notice."Switzerland?
"We are, at present, seeing an unraveling of the nonproliferation regime and the global nuclear order that we've taken for granted," former assistant secretary of defense and Harvard guru Graham Allison told the Los Angeles Times.
Add to the list of nations already in the nuclear energy business a second group of nations consider developing nuclear programs: Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Moldova, Namibia, Nigeria, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam and Yemen.
John Aravosis of Americablog notes this passage from Mark Leibovich 's story on Cheney in the New York Times yesterday:I shouldn't be shocked. I know we've returned to the 1950's (or earlier). But it's astounding how openly bigotted these guys are.
"He offers his standard homage to tax cuts, a warning about how terrorists are still trying desperately 'to cause mass death here in the United States' and a derisive cataloging of the various 'Dean Democrats,' congressmen including Charles B. Rangel of New York, Henry A. Waxman of California and Barney Frank of Massachusetts, whose influence would grow if the apocalypse came and Democrats took over Congress.
"The crowd boos.
"'Don't hold back,' Mr. Cheney urges."
Aravosis apparently doesn't think Cheney's choice of names was a coincidence. His headline for his blog post: "Dick Cheney: Did I tell you the one about the black guy, the Jew, and the fag?"
The acts of torture now made legal and wholesome include the burning of flesh, the breaking of bones, the placing of needles under fingernails, the tearing of limbs, the disfiguring of faces, and the infliction of general bodily injury that may or may not entail – the fine print of the law isn't clear, making it all the more nefarious, as fine print always is – the loss of a finger or a toe or a testicle.
This is horrific enough. Upon further investigation of the document, however, one discovers that the enemy is not just the faceless Islamic horde but the American people – unsurprising from a regime, abetted by its legislative branch, that already illegally wiretaps its citizens. According to the Torture Act, any American now can be declared an "unlawful combatant" to be arrested, held indefinitely without hearing or charge or trial, tortured without cease or until such time as hell freezes over.
The NYT fronts a dispatch from the school-lunch wars in Britain, where junk food sounds a lot junkier than in the U.S. Among the lunches popular with schoolkids there: a "chip butty," which the Times describes as a "French-fries-and-butter sandwich doused in vinegar."MMMMmmmmm good! I wonder if they'd consider deep-frying that for me!
Our records show that you have donated this year, but hundreds of thousands of Democrats haven't.Howard Dean has it. He really knows what it will take to make this country a democracy again. This is an ingenuous use of the internet to 1) connect fellow Democrats (tribalism), 2) to increase the donor base 3) raise money and 4) reduce the influence of big-money interests without resorting to Constitutionally difficult laws.
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So, why am I taking this little trip down memory lane of which most of you are all too well aware and need (sic) no reminding? Because we are very possibly going to win this election and you can very confidently place a large bet in Las Vegas that the cries to end the partisanship will be deafening. I have little doubt that the entire Washington press corps is gearing up for a full scale vapor-fest if the Democrats attempt to demand even the slightest bit of accountability for the past six years of corruption and failure. The Democrats have to accept that they will once again be fighting the entire political establishment.Digby nails my discomfort.
I'm a very lucky person with every allergy known to man but still happy to be enjoying a wonderful life living in the best place in the world!