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I wonder if Jon “the Groper” Favreau wrote this?

Charlie Pierce of the Boston Globe (who is known around town for drinking heavily and seldom bathing) writes:

Ever wonder who helps President-elect Barack Obama sound so uplifting, so eloquent? North Reading’s Jon Favreau, all of 27, tops the list.

So uplifting, so eloquent…

h/t to Hillbuzz for the video

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Senator Richard Lugar to Be Honorary Co-Chair of Inauguration

It’s 28 days and counting till Barack’s big day, and the hopey-changey-unityness is just so thrilling! Today President-elect Obama announced the lucky honorary co-chairs of his post-partisan, post democracy celebration. They will be with him when he is annnointed as Unitary Executive with almost complete control of the American Empire. And he has invited a Republican to play a role in this unprecedented, even earthshaking event. According to the Indianapolis Star

President-elect Barack Obama tapped Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., to serve as one of 15 honorary co-chairs of his inaugural committee.

The position carries no responsibilities, according to Lugar’s office.

That’s nice. I don’t know that Obama is planning for his position to carry any responsibilities either. I think he’s expecting Hillary to do most of the foreign policy work; and of course he’ll have plenty of advisers and aides from his Chicago gang to run domestic affairs. But maybe he’ll see his way clear to take charge of redecorating the White House Exercise room so he can keep his pecs inflated (See Huffpo, if you dare). Better do a little work on those skinny legs though, Obie! Continue reading

“No one does more” is the new “Who could have predicted”

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CWaltz makes teh funny!

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UPDATE:

This is a “Worst Cliche’ of the Year” Open Thread

It Just Keeps Getting Better and Better

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Remember the good old days when the nutroots declared that Holy Joe Lieberman was a heretic who had to be excommunicated from the Democratic party?  Today at FullyDerangedLunatics:

Joe Lieberman’s 2006 primary campaign manager, Sean Smith, who accused Ned Lamont of hacking their website the day of the Connecticut primary in 2006, has been selected to be the new Administration’s spokesperson at the Department of Homeland Security.

These days it seems the Obamanationals are drinking more Kool-aid but enjoying it less.

Tis the Season

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Tommorrow is Festivus.

Against the subjugation of women? Resist both infighting and selling out

Disagreements about how to end injustice, and specific injustices, are as old as injustice itself. Whether one is considering the injustices of colonialism, racist domination, oppression of women…in each and every one of these areas, those who can agree in broad general principle have often found themselves disagreeing over specifics, including some major ones. To make common cause does not magically bring about harmony.

When Gandhi fought to escape the injustices of British rule, he was opposed by people who resisted his ideas about throwing over caste distinctions. When Mandela picked up arms to fight apartheid, many withdrew their support from his movement. When King sought to expand his conception of civil rights to include equal access to economic opportunities, former and potential allies turned against him.

None of these examples of fights for justice  achieved perfect justice, no more than the Civil War achieved a perfect Union. But I do believe that the U.S. Civil War achieved a more perfect union. Likewise, I believe the India of today is a far more equitable place than the India of one hundred years ago, that the South Africa of today, like the U.S. of today, has achieved within the past fifty years enormous strides toward racial justice.

My own dream is that within my lifetime, I see the progress toward the good of justice for women that Gandhi, Mandela, and King got to see the toward the goods of justice they pursued in their lifetimes. They managed to see results in their pursuits even though each had to learn when to resist pressures from people who genuinely shared their vision and when to resist the lure of becoming subservient to those who offered only short term funding and enrichment rather than truly shared commitment.

Now, even as I write this, millions of men and women are freshly galvanized to make it a reality that all the world comes to see women’s rights as human rights, to see woman as just as much the paradigm representative of humanity as man, and therefore to see a woman’s rights as indistinguishable from any human’s rights. With all that energy comes passion and motivation. But with it comes too friction and infighting. With it too comes the willingness by some to give up the chance to speak truth to power in order, perhaps to gain power, but nevertheless at the sacrifice of a chance to speak without fear of offending. Continue reading