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Here are some things that may tickle your fancy or frost your crockies:

  • Guess who’s going to be voting by absentee ballot this year? It looks like thes Sequoia e-voting machine that I use in every election may not be quite as infallible as once thought but the company that makes them doesn’t want NJ to take a peek inside –because it would violate a license agreement? Since when is possible for a private company to override my right to vote? Why can’t we go back to filling in little circles with number 2 pencils? Everyone knows how to do that.
  • Obama wasn’t the only one to stick his foot in it. It turns out that Kerry is also trying to guilt “typical white people” into voting for Obama. I thought MLK told us it was the “content of our character” that counted, not the “color of our skin”. And whatever happened to not judging a book by its cover? *sigh* We’re going to have to relive the civil rights era all over again, aren’t we?
  • From Corrente, we learn that Al Franken has a cool, short and sweet elevator speech. I really like this one. It has a lot of the same elements as my credo. Take a look and tell us what you think:

    “There’s a new progressive majority that’s emerging in this country…. We know what we want. We want universal healthcare, we want an economy that works for everybody, we want a green economy that creates jobs, we want a world-class education for all our kids, and we want to restore our standing in the world, and that means getting out of Iraq.”

  • A little off topic, but not really when you think about it: What happens when you want so desperately to believe something that it alienates family members for generations and only the critical examination of the facts by a total stranger reveals the truth? Listen to The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar from This American Life and think about how we deceive ourselves and how emotion gets in the way of rationally solving a mystery. Also, Ira Glass had a hysterical piece a while back about how bad or annoying things keep coming back and how he wishes they would just go away. His example of something that gets on his nerves? John Kerry. Too funny.

34 Responses

  1. Oy. Just… oy. Anybody else remember why we went for Howard Dean instead of Kerry? Anyone? 🙂

  2. I think Obama would do well to distance himself from John Kerry. Hanging with that disappointment who refused to fight back in 2004 can’t be good for his candidacy. Sure didn’t help him in Massachusetts.

    By the why, I am a first time poster here and I am very glad to find a place where I don’t have to think Hillary is a cross between Hitler & Mao to consider myself a progressive Democrat.


  3. Kerry, Kerry, Kerry…. the ketchup is good though.

    Marco: you mean she is not?

  4. Hi Marco. We have a real nice place here thanks to riverdaughter and a bunch of other good decent people.

  5. Not to my knowledge, Upstate. Although, I read at Huffpo that she has three numbers burned into her scalp and bathes in goat’s blood.

    Obama, on the other hand, can heal the world with a turn of the phrase and farts rainbows.

  6. It’s good to be here, Tusconlynn. I’ve had to abandon Kos, Americablog, Huffpo, Buzzflash and a couple other daily haunts. I couldn’t stand all the “hope” and “change” hurled at me for not supporting Obama for President. It was really…sweet, we’ll say.

  7. Slightly OT, but out of curiosity, who supported Dean for DNC chair when they had that election? I was a big supporter of Donnie Fowler back then, even though I was against most of my college peers at the time (just like I am today by supporting Hillary). I lobbied the various groups I was affiliated with and some DNC members in opposition to Dean and in favor of Fowler.

    As Homer Simpson would say, don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos.

  8. I think I’m ready to lead the country because I had the right judgment back then. Still have many years before I can run for pres, though.

  9. Marco, on March 20th, 2008 at 4:18 pm Said:
    It’s good to be here, Tusconlynn. I’ve had to abandon Kos, Americablog, Huffpo, Buzzflash and a couple other daily haunts. I couldn’t stand all the “hope” and “change” hurled at me for not supporting Obama for President. It was really…sweet, we’ll say.

    Hey marco…have you been to http://www.taylormarsh.com also?

    riverdaughter and taylormarsh are my two new favs..I’ve abandoned/asked to have my accounts deleted at HuffPo and Dkos

  10. Vote for Hillary at the CNN poll.


    Larry King will read the results with Obama as the guest tonight. Sure would be sweet to have him read off a win for Hillary.

  11. riverdaughter, you should do a post…analyst, whatever on what the liberal blogosphere will resembled AFTER the election…

    Is this a permanent rift? core dems, vs. bush-like progressives?

    I think I’ll push the idea on Taylor’s site also.


  12. Josh , Hi glad you are here .. listen I would like to do that also at kos & huf -air – “ask to have my accounts deleted ” how do I do that ?

  13. Soren Dayton, who works in McCain’s political department, has been suspended from the campaign, a McCain spokesperson, Jill Hazelbaker, confimed to me. The move by McCain’s aide could create controversy for the McCain camp, because the video itself is thoroughly reprehensible — it interweaves footage of Obama explaining why he won’t wear the American flag pin, Wright saying “God damn America,” Malcolm X, and Obama’s wife saying that his candidacy has made her proud of America for the “first time.”
    That McCain’s campaign aide spread this runs directly counter to what McCain himself has said about the Wright controversy. He suggested in a recent interview that Obama shouldn’t be held liable for his pastor’s views, and a top aide to McCain, Charlie Black, also recently suggested that McCain didn’t believe in trafficking in such stuff.

  14. I’m having fat fingers lately..sorry!

    I meant “analysis”, and “resemble” no, D.

  15. Marco: Other Hillary-friendly web sites include Taylor Marsh and No Quarter. MyDD has a lot of Obama supporters but the Hillary supporters dominate the rec list.

  16. Briana, on March 20th, 2008 at 4:58 pm Said:
    Josh , Hi glad you are here .. listen I would like to do that also at kos & huf -air – “ask to have my accounts deleted ” how do I do that ?

    Hi Briana..well, ultimately I just hit the “contact us” link, and requested my accounts canceled.

    I REFUSE to even revisit the site to see if it was done.

  17. Briana and Josh: As a recovering Kossack and longterm survivor of Markos’s mad, mad realm, I can tell you that dKos is like the Hotel California: You can check out but you can never leave. They won’t cancel your account even if you request it.

  18. thank YOU .. I just didn’t have a clue as to how . I’m not sure I will be able to go back to do it now that I’m even thinking about it.

    I have been there usually as a ref. from here and I was there at Alegre’s last post and then the Hillary party night .. that’s it . Not one click is o.k. with me forevah !

  19. Obama’s fortunes appear to be sagging in North Carolina, the state his camp views as a firewall for it following the Pennsylvania primary on April 22. A survey just out from Public Policy Polling shows the lead Obama had enjoyed over Clinton there has basically vanished: The new numbers put him up by one percentage point, 44% to 43%. (For a listing of all the polling that’s been done in North Carolina, which holds its primary May 6: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/nc/north_carolina_democratic_primary-275.html#polls)

  20. This video is actually funny.

    John Kerry is such a doofus. I just remember that he was actually a C-student at Yale. How can anybody be this stooopid!

    I can’t stop laughing.

  21. I’m watching MSNBC’s, new Gregory show, they are talking about a radio interview Obama just gave, where he said about his grandmother is “just a typical white person”…

    Yikes….this is a snowball…….I can’t believe this guy is self destructing this way. Although I have very negative feelings about all the Obama bots on places like DK, I do almost feel sorry for Obama watching him go down like this.

    Don’t worry folks, I said almost. ; )


  22. Lou Dobbs is going to talk about the “typical white person”
    thing on his show today. Glad to see it somewhere on tv
    even if it is blowhard Dobbs. I bet all this O stuff is really
    getting old Lou’s dander up. Wonder who his guests will

  23. Omigod-President Al Gore. That sends a tingle up MY leg!

  24. The Franklin & Marshall poll written about by the Daily News, conducted over several days in mid-March, gave Clinton a 16-point-lead over Obama. More dauntingly for his camp, a survey by Public Policy Polling, conducted on Saturday and Sunday, put Clinton up by an eye-popping 26 points! The pollsters, in a release, note: “Clinton is aided in large part by a 46-point margin over Obama with female voters, 66-20.” Yes, that’s certainly a helpful stat for her.

  25. Why oh why do I hate myself so much?

    I just finished reading something on nytimes.com and for no good reason, I clicked on a link taking me to to TPM and Greg Sargent greeting with this:

    One of the big stories of the day is this one reporting that Hillary advisers say they’ve been using Jeremiah Wright to convince uncommitted super-delegates that Obama has an electability problem.

    But at least one of Hillary’s advisers didn’t use that pitch when he tried to woo one uncommitted super-del this weekend:

    “I got a call from Bill Clinton on Sunday,” said Ivan Holmes, the chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. “He just said that he was trying to round up the super-delegates and the uncommitteds to give them some momentum. He said it was going to go down to the wire, and that it would sure be great if they could list some more super-delegates, that ‘if we would just get two or three of you to move it would sure help, momentum-wise.'”…

    Holmes said Clinton had not mentioned Jeremiah Wright to him, and described the former President’s pitch as low-key.

    Of course, if there’s any Hillary adviser who would need to be extraordinarily careful to avoid mentioning Wright, it’s Bill, given his profile.

    Relatedly, we’re on the lookout for stories in local papers around the country about super-delegates getting the Wright-makes-Obama-unelectable pitch from Hillary advisers. If you see anything, please send it along.

    How long is it going to be until “progressives” have completely turned Rev. Wright into a Hillary Clinton creation and problem?

  26. As for sequoia voting machines, I’m not sure that was the right material to construct them from.

  27. MaBlue,

    I’ve already read Obamanite suspicions regarding the Clinton camp posting the video on youtube a few times since the story broke. I am sure they’ll continue even though McCan’t suspended an aide today for pushing the video, if not for posting it.

    But why take that into account when you can play “Blame Clinton” like, I dunno, Republicans have been doing since Bill first took office?

    i really do like Barack Obama. I voted for him in 2004 to be my Senator. His online supporters for his prez run? Not so much.

    Talkleft has an interesting link to Juan Cole, btw.

  28. In my wanderings I saw a really interesting comment about the MI/FL delegates. I just get lost – so I can’t give proper attibution to the person or site (please forgive me)

    The comment had to do with the DNC rulz being SO important to obama in MI/FL… meanwhile the superdelegate rulz should be changed to be more aligned with the “will of the people”. The point being that it doesn’t line up. If you are for the “will of the people” you count the votes OR if you are for the rulz – the superdelegates can do what they want and decide the nomination how they see fit – but not both.

    I figure the superdelegates will include MI/FL in the smoke-filled back room. I just didn’t notice the inconsistency with obama and I didn’t see spelled out so clearly anywhere else, so I thought I’d share here.

  29. MaBlue: no matter what it will always be Clinton’s fault. Obamaphiles are into tin foil hats, when it comes to their leader being attacked (fairly or not).

    Talking of attacks and GE. Someone at TL wrote this

    “drag out Wright and it hurts Obama
    drag out Monica and it helps Hillary.”

    I have to agree. Bringing up stained dresses will not help Reps. this time.

  30. jjmtacoma: the rulz are: whatever helps Obama.

  31. Thanks for the links to No Quarter and MyDD. I was getting to feel alone out there. Just me and Bartcop.

  32. Do you think anyone else notices the obama rules? I checked out the DNC site and wasn’t super impressed with comments there.

  33. What a doofus!! As if radical Islam would be impressed by a black man!!
    I could understand it if he said that his upringing in Indonesia and family experience with being among Muslims…. but to just say it’s because he’s black??

    To say this AFTER the Ferraro flap and Obama’s reference to his grandmother…by the way, he tells a Philadelphia talk show host that she was “a typical white person” who would be afraid of seeing a black man she didn’t know…

    Holy crap…it just gets worse and worse!!

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