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    Comedy versus Rage: The Difference Between Left and Right

    The New York Times Bestselling Hardcover Nonfiction for October 22, 2010:

    1. Earth (the Book) by Jon Stewart
    2. Trickle Up Poverty: Stopping Obama's Attack on Our Borders, Economy, and Security by Michael Savage

    Jon Stewart is a left-leaning political satirist from Comedy Central. Michael Savage is a right-wing radio host who has trouble distinguishing comedy from communism. Analyzing one Stewart routine, Savage told radio listeners, "Not only is this idiotic and illogical, it is not funny. It is the product of inbreeding." For the record, while inbreeding can cause many congenital defects, it is not known to affect the sense of humor. The comment by Savage was actually one of his more temperate remarks. For instance, he was famously fired from MSNBC after sweetly telling a caller, "Oh, so you're one of those sodomites. You should only get AIDS and die, you pig."

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    Rally to Restore Sanity - NYC

    Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    The Village Lantern, 167 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and Sullivan), New York City

    For New Yorkers who can't get to Washington DC for Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity and Stephen Colbert's March to Keep Fear Alive, you can still show your solidarity for the cause at the Village Lantern in Manhattan, sponsored by dagblog.com.

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    Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity Schedule Leaked

    Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have been keeping the Rally to Restore Sanity schedule under wraps, but they had to reveal it to the Park Service in order to get a permit. And the Park Service revealed it to the world.

    From the Christian Science Monitor:

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    Rally to Restore Sanity - New York City Solidarity Party

    Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    The Village Lantern, 167 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and Sullivan)

    For New Yorkers who can't get to Washington DC for Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity and Stephen Colbert's March to Keep Fear Alive, you can still show your solidarity for the cause at the Village Lantern in Manhattan, sponsored by dagblog.com.

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    The Glenn Beck Generation

    November 8, 1994. It was a slaughter. In one night, Republicans seized 54 seats in the House and eight seats in the Senate, capturing Congress for the first time since 1954.

    The newcomers, many from the South, were predominantly white, male and angry. "You're going to have a difference in style," predicted an Atlanta-based Republican pollster. "With the Southern Republicans, you get a more aggressive, assertive conservatism. This is a conservatism that has been built on confronting Democrats and liberals, not accommodating them."

    Conservative leaders credited Rush Limbaugh, king of angry white men, with propelling the Republican revolution. "He was the standard by which we ran," said former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

    The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, invited Limbaugh to deliver the keynote at its orientation for new lawmakers. Limbaugh encouraged the newcomers to stay mean: "This is not the time to get moderate. This is not the time to start trying to be liked."

    Read the rest of the article at CNN.com

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    Genghis on the Radio

    Hello readers. At 4:30pm EST Michelangelo Signorile will interview me on Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 109 OutQ about my book, Blowing Smoke: Why the Right Keeps Serving Up Whack-Job Fantasies about the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Christmas, and Turn Junior into a Raging Homosexual.

    If you'd like to listen but don't subscribe to Sirius, you can get a free 7-day pass to listen online.

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    To Vote or Not to Vote, That Is the Question

    As this grim election stalks up to us--so close now, you can hear its claws click against the stone--the simmering rage and frustration on the left has become a hot frenzy, and my fellow bloggers are snarling and nipping at one another's heels.

    The question that divides us so bitterly is whether to support the Democratic party in its moment of desperation or to thrash it for its many failures.

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    Chilean Miner Rescue Inspires Copycat Operations

    As Chileans celebrated the sensational rescue of 33 trapped miners, other nations have looked on with envy at Chile's display of patriotic unity and national goodwill.

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    How Sharron Angle Raised $14 Million

    How did Nevada Senate candidate and Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle raise an impressive $14 million dollars in three months?

    Elementary, my dear Watson.

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    Republican Candidate Dresses Up as Nazi

    Shocker

    Incidentally, I posted the following video about a year ago (before the Daily Show's Nazi tourettes skit, which was far superior to my little creation of course).

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    BREAKING: A New Look for Dagblog

    Just two years after dagblog.com exploded into the blogosphere, the brash new political blog that has been rampaging across the interwebs and carving up politicians like a chainsaw through macaroni is finally getting a new look.

    Genghis, the technological visionary behind the blog, announced the redesign at a packed news conference in midtown Manhattan Thursday evening.

    "We call it Theme 281," he told the hushed audience. "It's sleek. It's chic. It's slippery when wet. It has a lot of gray, I mean a lot of gray."

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    I'm Not a Witch Either: Christine O'Donnell Is Not the Youest of the You

    I'm not a witch. I'm nothing you've heard. I'm you.

    -- Christine O'Donnell, Republican for Senate

    I'm not a witch either. Like Christine O'Donnell, I'm you. Indeed, I'm much more you than Ms. O'Donnell. I'm so you that if you weren't you, you would think that I was you. In fact, the only thing holding me back from actually being you is you, if you get my meaning.

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    Amazon Now Shipping Blowing Smoke

    Wednesday, 9/29/2010. According to sources, Amazon.com has begun shipping first copies of Blowing Smoke, the long-awaited political nonfiction book by Michael Wolraich, a.k.a. Genghis. While there are no confirmed cases of customers receiving the book, political analysts predict that it may reach homes and offices across America as early at October 1.

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    BREAKING: Early Draft of Republicans Pledge to America Released

    Who said that Republicans have no plan? They just released a bold 21-page manifesto called "Pledge to America" that promises extend the Bush tax cuts for the rich and repeal the Democrats' health care plan among other revolutionary initiatives that will transform the country back to exactly the way it was two years ago.

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    How to Publish Your Blog on Facebook

    Soon after we launched dagblog, I decided that I wanted to publish my writing on facebook to share it with my friends and family. That's not as easy as you might think. You can import your posts into Facebook notes using an RSS feed, but Facebook changes the formatting, and readers can't see the comments from the blog. Other methods I tried couldn't handle multi-author blogs and would publish every dagblog post without even indicating who wrote it.

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    Update on Importing TPM Cafe Posts to Dagblog

    Longtime readers may have noticed that dagblog is running a bit sluggish lately. The plodding performance is an unfortunate consequence of my having imported a massive stack of blog posts from Talking Points Memo Cafe. Actually, the problem is not the posts themselves but the comments hanging off of them. The 54,544 comments that have made their new home in our database are gumming up the works.

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    Mr. Stewart and Mr. Colbert Go to Washington: We Must Stop Them!

    I've just been informed that notorious funnyman Jon Stewart and his subversive sidekick Stephen Colbert are organizing a protest march in Washington DC on October 30th. The pretense of the protest is a parody of Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor demonstration last month, but we all know what this is really about. Stewart and Colbert planned this "protest" in order to proselytize a perverse and poisonous doctrine that they call comedy.

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    Import Your TPM Cafe Posts to dagblog

    Dear TPM Cafe refugees,

    TPM has generously created a feature to let you export your old Cafe posts along with all the comments. If you would like to migrate your posts to dagblog, please follow these steps:

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    What's the Matter with Delaware? What Christine O'Donnell's Victory Means for America's Future

    Almost one year ago, I wrote a post titled What's the Matter with New York? about the fierce battle between moderate Republican Dede Scozzafava and fringe conservative Doug Hoffman to represent New York's 23rd congressional district. Scozzafava dropped out of the race and endorsed the Democratic candidate, who prevailed in the election.

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