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    We are not as divided as our MSM suggests

    It is interesting to note the MSM insists on slicing and dicing us into racial groups. While our constitution says everyone is equal, it seems the boomer generation's reporting keeps pushing the racial/gender meme. I don't mean they are degrading...

    Question: Your Thoughts on Cultural Change in the US?

    What do you see as the biggest cultural change(s) in the US over the past 15-20 years that might have a substantial impact on our politics going forward?If you know of an interesting article on this topic please feel free...
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    Georgia Young Republicans say talk radio divisive

    Yesterday Georgia's Young Republicans passed a formal resolution denouncing leading right-wing talking heads for spreading disunity in the ranks.  Maybe some sanity is returning to the country.  One can only hop. Therefore, be it resolved, this 5th Day of February,...

    Iraq and the Election: What Am I Missing?

    Ok.  We have a presidential election year.  We have what has been a deeply unpopular war going on in Iraq.  We have money going out from the Bush Administration to people who in different circumstances might be referred to as--take your pick--thugs,...
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    I'm Goin Sailing

    This messed up joint has lost something in the translation. Maybe let it settle in and come back a month or two to see if things have worked themselves out. ~OGD~...

    An Edwards Supporter's Reaction as He Bows Out

    (would screw up the open thread Andrew set up on account of length, so I post here instead) I wondered all along if deep down he really wanted the nomination, given Elizabeth's health issues, or was in more to try...
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    Between Soapboxes

    An open thread to which I invite you to share what you are reading, thinking, viewing but don't feel like writing a dissertation about.  ...

    Florida Angst

    A friend of mine, active in Democratic politics in the Tampa area, is royally PO'd about Florida not having a say in who the Democratic nominee is. A Hillary supporter, he is blaming Howard Dean for what is another file...

    Letter from MLK III to Senator John Edwards

    Completely overlooked in all the hoopla over the Clinton-Obama spat in the South Carolina debate, was this letter to Sen. Edwards from the slain civil rights leader's son, written on the day set aside to honor his father's memory:Dear Senator...
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    QUERY: Who was the genius behind Fred Thompson's kamikaze run? McCain?

    His mission accomplished, the man who, famously, "campaigned as if he really didn't want to be president" (hint: he didn't), gratefully returns to private life. Assuming (as we may without excessive cynicism) that the sole purpose of his run was...

    CNN's undemocratic polling

    This morning, I downloaded the pdf of the January 12 CNN poll results that's available at TPM Election Central (you can download the pdf yourself here) and I was astounded - CNN has excluded John Edwards from their polling! Edwards...

    Campaign Non-Discussables

    Is it a) legitimate b) advisable to factor into one's decision on how to vote in the presidential primaries any of the following: Edwards Elizabeth's long-term prognosis. Is it legitimate to have qualms about voting for John Edwards based on...
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    Crypto-evangelical code?!?

    WTF?  is an uncharacteristically shrill post by Josh over at TPM.WTF, indeed.If Huckabee communicating in the traditional idioms and current themes from his culture is crypto-evangelical code, is Yiddish cryto-Judaic code?  Meshuge.And enough already with the deliberately derogatory dog-whistle analogy.  How would you...

    Ron Paul on "soft fascism" on MTP

    I had not really understood the appeal of Ron Paul, who has been generating huge amounts in donations over the last months, until I watched the Meet the Press interview this morning, and heard him speak about the "soft fascism"...
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    Mandates: a Rube Goldberg solution

     There is a growing consensus that our healthcare system is broken.  That is wrong.  There is no system.  System implies some sort of order.  What we have is healthcare chaos.  Mandates will expand the chaos and do nothing to improve...
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    Middle aged men rejuvenated by steroids and growth hormone; Can I please have some?

    As the shitstorm swirls around yesterday's Boys of Summer, now the goats of Fall, may we not pause a moment in wonder at the miracles of chemistry? Just because teenage boys (already suffering from testosterone poisoning...) ought not bump their...

    Lions for Lambs and Sicko

    Redford's Lions for Lambs did not get favorable reviews in the DC area (we're back from our stay abroad). The knocks on it were that it was almost all talk--which seems to be presumptively boring to some of our ADD-afflicted...

    Text of 1960 Speech by JFK at the Houston Ministers Conference

    I happened to check C-Span to see if there were any political things on TV this afternoon, and discovered they were running a couple of segments about religion in politics. The first was some video of a focus group session...
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    FORTNEY RACE HEATS UP; SCHUMER, FEINSTEIN STELLAR IN SENATE SET-TO

    Profoundly betraying principle and party, the hands that held the dagger have struck it into the back of the constitution. Only someone extorted by the most exquisite blackmail could be so base as these two. (Help me, Jesus, Dianne is...
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    Mukasey replied, “I don’t know what is involved in the technique.”

    Mukasey appears to be the only person over the age of 5 in the entire country who doesn't know what waterboarding is. As we reflect on the astonishing sequel to that preposterous assertion, viz: an additional several days to come...
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    NOMINATIONS FOR THE FIRST ANNUAL "FORTNEY " AWARD

    The Tony Montana Institute for Progressive Conflict Resolution ("No women, no kids") announces the first annual *Fortney, and solicits nominations from the public. The award goes to that figure in public life who most clearly, by his inexplicably craven consumption...
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    The strikes were in retaliation for a rebel ambush ...

    Turkey Shells Kurd Rebels in Iraq http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Turkey-Iraq.html?hp This day was always coming, ever since the end of Gulf War I when the no-fly zone was declared. Perhaps the Turks, knowing they would someday need unimpeded access to their border with...
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    Hard Times

    Like canaries in a coalmine, the poor and near poor suffer the worst effects of an ailing economy. From Associated Press last night: Living paycheck to paycheck gets harder - Yahoo! News “Across the nation, Americans are increasingly unable to...
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    Disappearing demographic

    Expressed concerns over the future of Social Security by young people(1) and conservative concerns of being overwhelmed by immigrants, legal or otherwise(2) had me pondering what the future will be like for my grandchildren so I went looking for demographics.The disappearance...

    Walt and Mearshimer (The Israel Lobby) on C-Span2 BookTV - repeats October 14

    Authors Stephen Walt and John Mearshimer speak about their book, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, on C-Span2 BookTV. It was an excellent presentation; the authors anticipated and thoroughly addressed many of the questions that have been raised by...

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