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This magic number: 2214 Delegate Votes

Referring to a post by Big Tent Democrat last week, Kevin Drum asked this soulless question about the Florida and Michigan delegation issue:

But is there really a sizable pool of Democrats in either state who are both (a) so committed to the party that they care about stuff like this and (b) so uncommitted to the party that they’re willing to either stay home or vote for John McCain in November? Or is the argument that activists will be so pissed off that they’ll refuse to man phone banks and knock on doors, thus scuttling Clinton/Obama’s ground game? I’m not sure I get the logic here.

He probably doesn’t get it in the same way that his candidate doesn’t get it.  There’s nothing in it for them, they don’t see the big deal.  Case closed. 

It’s funny how often Kevin posts these empty-headed questions.  Reading them is like a window to nowhere.  He started a lively/vicious discussion, but never participated in the comments (BTD, however, posted several engertic comments defending his position).  Continue reading

The Peace Symbol is 50 Today

Time really flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it?

For 50 Years This Has Been the Symbol Of Peace. Far Out
By Paul Farhi
Friday, April 4, 2008

The peace symbol — three simple lines within a circle — turns 50 today. It’s had a colorful and often turbulent life, which is odd considering that it’s supposed to symbolize, you know, peace.

Unveiled at a British ban-the-bomb rally on April 4, 1958, the peace symbol’s peak of potency was in the 1960s, when it was the emblem of the anti-Vietnam War movement and all things groovily counterculture. (Said its late creator, British graphic designer Gerald Holtom: “I drew myself . . . a man in despair . . . put a circle around it to represent the world.”) The symbol has marched in service of many causes over the years: civil rights, women’s rights, environmentalism, gay rights, anti-apartheid, the nuclear-freeze movement and the latter-day antiwar crowd.

[Update] And on it’s 10th birthday, Martin Luther King was killed.