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      One of the most amusing things about the 07/8 primary season was how often Obama praised Reagan and how few people took him seriously. Obama thought Reagan was great, and said so repeatedly. “He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it. I think they felt like, you know, […]
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What will you do?

He said what?

He said what?

Yesterday Katiebird discovered some PUMA bashing going on at The Left Coaster that specifically mentioned The Confluence, Riverdaughter and myself. While the specific PUMA-basher is some pissant no-list blogger/blogstalker, I was struck by this comment today by Lambert Strether:

If today were November 2012, I would not vote for this team. As far as the banking sector is concerned, this gang is no different than the knaves and dolts who came before. It is more of the same irresponsible, expensive and reckless policy that preceded them.

Oh really? I have some questions for Lambert.

What happened to party unity and voting for a Democrat no matter what? Do you plan to sit 2012 out and throw your vote away by not voting or voting for a no-hope third-party candidate? Would you consider voting strategically for a real Republican piece of shit instead of a ratfucker like Obama?

More importantly:

Will you turn a cold shoulder to authentic grassroots liberal groups like PUMA?

If you have questions about your friends and allies will you talk to them or lob grenades at them?

Will you accuse bona fide liberal Democrats of being racists?
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BTW:

Eriposte is back and I highly recommend you all visit The Left Coaster on a regular basis and read his/her posts. It would also be a good idea if you would defend our reputation (at TLC and elsewhere) by challenging the lies being told about us, including not only bogus accusations of racism but even bizarre allegations like that we are followers of Lyndon LaRouche.

Last year we retreated here to The Confluence to regroup and reorganize. Now it is time for us to begin reclaiming Left Blogistan,even if we have to do it one blog at a time.

“Saddle up! Let’s get back in the war!”

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UPDATE:

It seems that due to a fomatting error (by Lambert) I was mistaken in my quote. But taken in context he appears to endorse that point of view. If I am wrong then I invite him to clarify his position.

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Your Breakfast Read, Served By The Confluence (Abbr. Edition)

  • Fight Against Terrorism
  • Suspect in Custody in George Tiller Slaying

    A 51-year-old suspect, identified by sheriff’s deputies as Scott Roeder, was arrested three hours after the shooting in a Kansas City suburb about 170 miles from Wichita. Police said he would likely be charged today with one count of murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

    Abortion doctor has been a target before

    O’Reilly’s campaign against murdered doctor

    The Fox News star had compared Tiller to a Nazi, called him a “baby killer,” and warned of “Judgment Day”

    Bill O’Reilly’s Holy War Against George Tiller

    Bill O’Reilly has been harassing George Tiller, the Kansas abortion doctor murdered at the church where he served as a deacon earlier today, for some time now, both with incendiary rhetoric and by dispatching producers Jesse Watters and Porter Barry to ambush him, his lawyer, and the Governor of Kansas.

    A history of violence on the antiabortion fringe

    Bombings. Butyric acid attacks. Sniper shootings. Letters filled with fake anthrax. These are some of the tactics used over the years by antiabortion extremists.

    Right-wing hate reacts to murder of Dr. George Tiller.


  • Healthcare Battle
  • Early signs of Ted Kennedy-Max Baucus split?

    Ted Kennedy and Max Baucus – the Senate’s top Democratic negotiators on health care – declared repeatedly in recent months that they would be partners, not competitors, despite their ideological differences.

    But when a draft outline of a liberal Kennedy bill surfaced last week, it renewed speculation that friction between two of the most important players in health care would be inevitable.

    Hurdles remain in Obama’s push to revamp health care


  • Is Obama More Secretive Than Cheney?
  • Obama’s support for the new Graham-Lieberman secrecy law

    Obama wants Congress to change FOIA by retroactively narrowing its disclosure requirements, prevent a legal ruling by the courts, and vest himself with brand new secrecy powers under the law which, just as a factual matter, not even George Bush sought for himself.

    The White House is actively supporting a new bill jointly sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman — called The Detainee Photographic Records Protection Act of 2009that literally has no purpose other than to allow the government to suppress any “photograph taken between September 11, 2001 and January 22, 2009 relating to the treatment of individuals engaged, captured, or detained after September 11, 2001, by the Armed Forces of the United States in operations outside of the United States.” As long as the Defense Secretary certifies — with no review possible — that disclosure would “endanger” American citizens or our troops, then the photographs can be suppressed even if FOIA requires disclosure. The certification lasts 3 years and can be renewed indefinitely. The Senate passed the bill as an amendment last week.

    Thank God For Obama: Government is Now Transparent.


  • The Watchful Press
  • The Obama Infatuation

    The Obama infatuation is a great unreported story of our time. Has any recent president basked in so much favorable media coverage? Well, maybe John Kennedy for a moment, but no president since. On the whole, this is not healthy for America.
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    Obama has inspired a collective fawning. What started in the campaign (the chief victim was Hillary Clinton, not John McCain) has continued, as a study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism shows.


  • Hurricane Katrina: The Sequel
  • Many whites oppose reviving some areas of New Orleans

    Nearly four years after Hurricane Katrina, it is the worry that will not fade, complicating the rebuilding of New Orleans and defining and reflecting this fragile city’s racial divisions.


  • Economy Watch
  • GM to File for Bankruptcy Today After 77-Year Reign, $88 Billion in Losses

    General Motors Corp., the world’s largest automaker for 77 years, will file for bankruptcy today, and emerge with majority ownership by taxpayers and liabilities reduced by more than 50 percent, the U.S. government said.

    The “new GM” will get $30.1 billion in bankruptcy financing from the government, and the Treasury “does not anticipate providing any additional assistance” after that, the Obama administration said yesterday in a statement.

    “Is Larry Summers Taking Kickbacks From the Banks He’s Bailing Out?”

    Larry Summers appears to have a less than operational moral compass.

    Seeds of backlash ready to sprout from BAB

    Don’t sell the Lamborghini just yet.
    Barely four months after the world was calling for bankers to be burnt at the stake, it’s BAB.
    That means Bonuses Are Back and even banking veterans are astonished by the speed of their return given the level of recent public anger.


  • Mission Accomplished
  • US deaths in Iraq rose sharply in May

    Mysterious ‘chip’ is CIA’s latest weapon against al-Qaida targets hiding in Pakistan’s tribal belt


  • Real Hope
  • Promising Results in Stomach and Breast Cancer Drugs

    The breast cancer drug Herceptin may now have a role in treating stomach cancer as well, according to study results announced here on Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.


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