June 30, 2006

Thank you, God! Now I can die happy!

Rita Cosby, the raspy-voiced minion of Satan who caused MSNBC viewers to scramble franticly for their remotes at the end of "Countdown" has been cancelled. Her show, which devoted itself to the lurid details about missing young white women, will be replaced with sixty minutes of dead air.

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Gee, Obama, way to beat us over the head

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThe People's Republic of Seabrook has a great post up about Senator Barack Obama's admonishment of his fellow Democrats over faith. E.J. Dionne also as an op/ed up about his comments that I'm posting in full in the SuperSize.

As a Methodist I'm one of these people of faith that Obama asks Democrats to reach out to. However, make no mistake about how I feel on the issue of Separation of Church and State for while I'm a Christian, I am an avid supporter of the secular nature of Government. While I have no problem with the 1950's addition of 'under God' to the Pledge of Allegiance, I do have a huge problem with my tax dollars going to fund a religious school (like Falwell's Liberty University).

Government combined with religion has historically had disasterous consequences which is the reason that the First Amendment was written to protect government and religion FROM one another. Both can be extraordinarily corrupting. Ask any Evangelical if they would be happy with Catholicism as the official religion of the United States. I'd be willing to bet they'd become instant converts to the correct interpretation of the First Amendment.

Still, while it's important to let 'people of faith' know that there are Democrats who believe, we shouldn't compromise to their views and interpretations. Here's a quote from Jack Cluth's post over at PRoS

I would agree with Obama that Democrats need to reach out to the Evangelical community, but let’s not be stupid about it. Let’s not compromise our principles and our beliefs in the basic humanity of ALL Americans in a cheap, transparent effort to woo a few more votes come November. Our greatest strength is that we’re NOT Conservative Republicans. We believe that the spectrum of human belief and morality is a wide and varied thing. That doesn’t make people who think and live differently by definition bad or wrong. It just makes them different…and those differences have always helped to make this great country what it is today.

Couldn't agree more.

Obama's Eloquent Faith

By E. J. Dionne Jr.
Friday, June 30, 2006; A27

Many Democrats discovered God in the 2004 exit polls.

Specifically, they looked at the importance of religious voters to President Bush's majority and decided: We need some of those folks. Off Democrats went to their Bibles, finding every verse they could -- there are many -- describing the imperative to help the poor, battle injustice and set the oppressed free.

Now, human beings often find God in unexpected places, so why shouldn't the exit polls be this era's answer to the burning bush? And a lot of Democrats insist, fairly, that they were people of faith long before the results of 2004 were tabulated.

Yet there is often a terrible awkwardness among Democratic politicians when their talk turns to God, partly because they also know how important secular voters are to their coalition. When it comes to God, it's hard to triangulate.

So, when a religious Democrat speaks seriously about the relationship of faith to politics, the understandable temptation is to see him as counting not his blessings but his votes. Thus did the Associated Press headline its early stories about Barack Obama's speech to religious progressives on Wednesday: "Obama: Democrats Must Court Evangelicals."

Well, yes, Obama, the senator from Illinois who causes all kinds of Democrats to swoon, did indeed criticize "liberals who dismiss religion in the public square as inherently irrational or intolerant." But a purely electoral reading of Obama's speech to the Call to Renewal conference here misses the point of what may be the most important pronouncement by a Democrat on faith and politics since John F. Kennedy's Houston speech in 1960 declaring his independence from the Vatican. (You can decide on Obama's speech yourself: The text can be found at http://www.obama.senate.gov/speech .)

Here's what stands out. First, Obama offers the first faith testimony I have heard from any politician that speaks honestly about the uncertainties of belief. "Faith doesn't mean that you don't have doubts," Obama declared. "You need to come to church in the first place precisely because you are first of this world, not apart from it."

In an interview yesterday, Obama didn't back away. "By definition, faith admits doubt," he said. "Otherwise, it isn't faith. . . . If we don't sometimes feel hopeless, then we're really insulating ourselves from the world around us."

On the matter of church-state separation, Obama doesn't propose some contrived balancing act but embraces religion's need for independence from government. In a direct challenge to "conservative leaders," he argued that "they need to understand the critical role that the separation of church and state has played in preserving not only our democracy, but the robustness of our religious practice."

"Folks tend to forget," he continued, "that during our founding, it wasn't the atheists or the civil libertarians who were the most effective champions of the First Amendment," but "persecuted minorities" such as Baptists "who didn't want the established churches to impose their views."

Like most liberals who are religious, Obama finds a powerful demand for social justice embedded in the great faith traditions. He took a swipe at those who would repeal the estate tax, saying this entailed "a trillion dollars being taken out of social programs to go to a handful of folks who don't need and weren't even asking for it."

But he insisted that social improvement also requires individual transformation. When a gang member "shoots indiscriminately into a crowd . . . there's a hole in that young man's heart -- a hole that the government alone cannot fix." Contraception can reduce teen pregnancy rates, but so can "faith and guidance" which "help fortify a young woman's sense of self, a young man's sense of responsibility and a sense of reverence that all young people should have for the act of sexual intimacy."

And if you think this sounds preachy, Obama has an answer: "Our fear of getting 'preachy' may also lead us to discount the role that values and culture play in some of our most urgent social problems."

Obama's talk will inevitably be read as a road map for Democrats struggling to speak authentically to people of faith. It's certainly that, but it would be better read as a suggestion that both parties begin to think differently about the power of faith.

"No matter how religious they may or may not be," Obama said, "people are tired of seeing faith used as a tool of attack. They don't want faith used to belittle or to divide. They're tired of hearing folks deliver more screed than sermon."

I think I hear some rousing "Amens!" out there -- from Republicans no less than from Democrats.

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Hairdo votes against Net Neutrality

Thanks alot, Bitchface. $13,250 is what Hairdo has received from the telco's and their lobby over the last year or so. $13,250.

Some might say Kay's a cheap date. I have to admit she's quite the value for the hard working corporation looking for a vote that will allow them to screw over ordinary Americans and ruin entrepeneurs. Indeed, she's the Wal-Mart of Senators, always selling for less.

Hairdo, we're not done with you. Not by a long shot. You better think long and hard about how you want to cast your vote if this comes up on the floor. In fact, save us all a lot of trouble and just DeLay yourself. We're done with you in Texas. You can move into a comfortable retirement in Virginia. I don't think you'll be able to emotionally handle Barabara Radnofsky kicking your ass.

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Not so much with the trickle down...

Bonddad, whose children I would love to have (if I, you know, had a uterus), has an excellent post up over at BOR thoroughly refuting trickle down economics.

Trickle-down economics “is the view that to benefit the wealthy is to benefit the middle classes and even the poor. Essentially, high taxes prevent upper-income taxpayers from spending and investing. By freeing them from high tax rates, their expenditures will have a “trickle-down” effect that will benefit lower income earners. However, Republican economic policies have demonstrated trickle-down economics offer no revolutionary effect. Instead, the resulting wage, investment and job growth is on par or below levels associated with an economy that uses higher-marginal tax rates on upper-income earners.
First, note that this argument assumes the top income earners have a disproportionate amount of national wealth. Why else is it necessary to free this trapped money? In short, trickle down confirms the wealthy have a disproportionate amount of assets.

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June 29, 2006

Kinky is LAME, not liberal

I know what the polls say about about Mr. Gimmick candidate, Dick Friedman. Sorry, y'all, not drinking the Kool-Aid on this one. I think his music is a joke and is writing is mediocre at best. AND NO, GODAMN IT, I'm not saying you're an idiot for voting for him because you're not. Or you may be, but voting for Kinky has little to do with it.

Nor are you throwing away your vote. Look, I know Bell is a geeky candidate but he comes by it honestly (I think it's a Houston thing?Muse, can you help me out here?) and I'm the first person who'll say this is his race to win or lose, not Grandma's and certainly not the Grinch's. My only request is for you to actually look at what Dick and Bell have to offer. Don't make a decision based on perception, make it based on reality. Kinky's going to be worse for Texas than Ventura was for Minnessota (are they even a state anymore?).

I bring this up because there is a site up called Kinky Is Awesome on blogspot. The top article is Kinky Ain't No Liberal (sic). I'm reprinting the whole thing in the SS because it's ridiculous to compare Bell to any of the other candidates who are functionally all Republicans. Sure, Kinky's dressed up in his Independent bullshit but I can assure you, he's not Independent.

Whatever you do, and I say this because I can sense it coming on like a cold, let's have a discussion in the comments, not hurl accusations and bullshit at one another. I've never had to delete comments on this blog and I don't intend to start. That being said, I'm tired of some of the holier than thou shit that get's posted. If you've got something to say, say it and try to have enough respect for everyone who'll be reading it.

They already get enough of my profanity.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Kinky Ain't No Liberal!
We've had some great comments here lately. Here's my thought from one discussion where we have been debating whether Kinky is a "liberal." I think the debate rises from the fact that Kinky often jokes that he's in favor of gay marriage because gays should be as miserable as the rest of us, but you have to take those joking comments in light of the fact that Kinky didn't vote against the amendment to the Texas Constitution which banned gay marriage. Anyway, here's my thoughts:

Let's be careful about how we use that word "liberal" here in Texas. I think you'd do Kinky less harm among Texas voters if you called Kinky a pedophile than if you called him a liberal. Texas is at least 60% Republican and if Kinky is going to win, he's going to have to do it with Republican votes (not by snipping off the pot-smoking fringe of the less-than-40%-of-voters Democratic Party because even if Kinky gets 33% of the Democrats -- which is unlikely -- that'd only get him about 13% of the vote).

Here is why I believe it is quite inaccurate to call Kinky a "liberal."

Watch this video clip. It is hilarious, it is true, and it is politically incorrect as hell. Liberal politicians are too politically correct to admit the truth that "negro is a charming word." Whatever Kinky is, he's NOT a liberal.

Next, read up on Kinky's get-tough illegal alien plan and his 5 Mexican generals plan. Kinky's common sense border security plan is the straight up "minuteman" approach, not Perry's namby-pamby "let's set up cameras" approach. Make no mistake, Kinky is the only candidate brave enough to say we need armed military generals on our southern border. This is not a liberal plan.

Now consider Kinky's party affiliation. Kinky has run for office in the past as a Republican and he voted for Bush/Cheney in 2004.

Here is an excerpt from Kinky's interview with Ruminator magazine confirms that he supported Bush's Middle East foreign policy:

Question: So does this idea of the honorable cowboy have anything to do with why you threw your support behind President Bush in this last election? You did, didn’t you?
Kinky: Yes. I did in this last election, but I didn’t vote for him the first time.
Question: Who did you vote for in 2000?
Kinky: I voted for Gore then. I was conflicted. . .but I was not for Bush that time. Since then, though, we’ve become friends. And that’s what’s changed things.
Question: So it’s your friendship with him that’s changed your mind about having him as president more than his specific political positions?
Kinky: Well, actually, I agree with most of his political positions overseas, his foreign policy. On domestic issues, I’m more in line with the Democrats. I basically think he played a poor hand well after September 11. What he’s been doing in the Near East and in the Middle East, he’s handling that well, I think.

Now maybe you are like me and you were worried that Kinky showed liberal tendencies by voting for a tree-hugger like Al Gore. Well, rest assured that Kinky was mistaken when he said that. Kinky's public voting records confirm he didn't vote for Al Gore in 2000 because Kinky didn't waste his vote on any candidate from 1994 to 2004 when he voted for Bush/Cheney.

Maybe you think Kinky's a liberal because he's a Jew. Rest assured, Kinky's views on religion are well to the right of Perry's. Kinky wants to take time during the school day for prayers in schools, and he wants to post the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms.

In summary, Kinky is NO LIBERAL! In fact, Kinky charts WELL TO THE RIGHT of Perry on the issues that matter most to Texas voters.

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Wonder if the attorney accepts Amex?

PinkDome had a post up yesterday about the political consultant in the Valley who was convicted of molestation. Or something strangely like molestation. Then today I get this from Aerialist

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Remember the Miami 7?

I posted about this last week when the news came out and apparently I'm not the only one who thinks this is about the most ridiculous terrorist investigation and arrest the US has made since they took down that guy they claimed was 'al Qaida leadership' and who turned out to be nothing more than bin Laden's driver.

Follow this link to a video of the Daily Show broadcast where they have some fun with AG Gonzales' press conference on the subject.

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Fomer CIA Director Woolsey in Austin tonight

Austin Energy (through their involvement with Plug-In Partners) is sponsoring former CIA Director Woolsey, of Set America Free, who'll be speaking about Energy and National Security. Should be a great event.

Austin Energy @ 7:00 (721 Barton Springs Rd.). I think I'm going and possibly Neumann's Machine. The Woman Who Shall Remain Nameless Because She's A Freak will likely be there as well.

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Jeb Bush is all about the double stuff

In a move that has even die hard fundamentalists baffled, Florida Governor Jeb Bush (who IS getting fat. Not chunky, FAT) gave tax exempt status on par with a museum to a theme park. Disney? No. Universal? Not so much. Six Flags? Hardly.

It was the Holy Land Experience, a live-action biblical 'museum' in Orlando, developed by a nonprofit Christian ministry. If it's a 'museum', why on Earth would they be taxed? Oh, that's right... they were originally owned by a nonprofit. Who owns them now? Good question. Maybe another nonprofit that pays it's employees extremely well. At $30 a head they'd have to paid pretty well.

Orange County Property Appraiser Bill Donegan wanted the park to pay almost $1 million in back taxes since 2001, when it opened. Donegan refused to give it full tax exemption because he questioned the purpose of the museum.

"I think Holy Land itself is religious, but I'm not convinced that it serves a religious purpose like a church. I guess we're going to have to find out the definition of a church. When you charge $30 for admission, is that a church?" Bill Donegan told the Associated Press.

You just know Robertson and Falwell have to be salivating over this. I give them a month or two before they settle on a location in FL in which to build theme parks.

This whole thing just makes me wonder... IS NOTHING SACRED TO THESE PEOPLE? I MEAN FUCK ALL IF THEY WON'T PUT THE FACE OF CHRIST ON ANYTHING AND TRY TO SELL IT. I guess James 4:4 just kind of got lost on them, no?

To learn more about the Holy Land Experience, including where you can get ice cream cones while walking the path Jesus took to his crucifixiton (AKA, The Way of Suffering ), check out this excellent site.

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Judge not

Lest ye be judged

Awkward Moments Abound in Penis Pump Trial

Serving on the jury in an indecent-exposure trial unfolding in this conservative Oklahoma town has been a giggle-inducing experience.

Former Judge Donald D. Thompson, a veteran of 23 years on the bench, is on trial on charges he used a penis pump on himself in the courtroom while sitting in judgment of others.

The white-handled sexual device sits before the jury box for hours at a time. Occasionally an attorney picks it up and squeezes the handle, demonstrating the "sh-sh" sound of air rushing through the contraption's plastic tubing.

The jurors sometimes exchange awkward looks and break into nervous laughter when the testimony takes a lurid turn.

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Nanotechnology and the Environment

The DMN had a great article in the Business section recently regarding Nanotechnology, it's growing impact on the economy and possible environmental effects. As one might expect, the author cast it as innovators vs. luddites to some extent. However, it was a decent enough article and I'm posting the entire thing in the extended entry.

Nano is often touted as the future of manufacturing, a panacea for everything ranging from waste (toxic and otherwise) to the exotic materials that will allow us to build cars and planes that are extremely light, very fuel efficient and incredibly strong. There is no one who seriously doubts that nano is going to be extremely important, however the problem is that few of the developers whose current income depends on selling product, seem to know or care how their work might effect the environment. The most recent historical comparable would be working with nuclear materials before we understood the effects on human physiology of radiation exposure.

Clearly it's important and it's extremely unfortunate that the Administration has placed more emphasis on short term economic gain than long term sustainable growth with environmental protection.

As nanotech business grows, so does debate

Unknowns are cause for fear among environmentalists and others

June 19, 2006

By Victor Godinez / The Dallas Morning News

The nanotechnology industry used to be almost as tiny as its products.
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Eye on nanotechnology

But now that it's on the verge of hitting the big time, some environmental groups want to slow down or even shut down the industry altogether.

The health and environmental side effects of nanotechnology are still largely unknown, they say, and not enough government regulations are in place to tell companies and consumers what's safe.

But local nanotech firms and industry backers, who want to see Texas in general and the Dallas-Fort Worth area in particular become a center for nanocompanies, say too much regulation could backfire.

They argue that although further research into the health and environmental effects of nanotechnology makes sense, squeezing the industry too tightly could send it skittering to less restrictive countries.

“We are certainly paying attention to the debates and hopeful that we don't go overboard with such restrictions that it shuts down the business before it even gets off the ground,” said Jim Von Ehr, founder, chairman and chief executive officer at Richardson-based nanotech firm Zyvex Corp.

The company has grown from $150,000 in revenue in 2001 to $10.3 million last year.

According to market research firm Lux Research, $32 billion worth of goods sold in 2005 included some type of nanotechnology, and that number is expected to climb to $2.6 trillion by 2014.

Many people are working to make sure the Dallas-Fort Worth area is where the place nanotech gets off the ground.
What is nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology is the science of working with machines and materials at the molecular level.

Generally, the size scale for something to be considered nanotech is between 1 and 100 nanometers. A nanometer is 1-billionth of meter. For comparison, a human hair is about 80,000 nanometers thick.

The value of nanotechnology is that materials built on that tiny scale often have different physical properties than their larger counterparts. For example, a lump of carbon isn't particularly tough. But when you link together individual carbon atoms in a particular way, the result is a material that is stronger and lighter than steel.

The concern from environmental groups is that those different physical properties could hurt your health or the environment if nanoparticles are inhaled or released into the water supply.

Zyvex is the best-known nanotech company in the region.

The Nanotechnology Focus Group at the Metroplex Technology Business Council in Richardson is hoping to stir up more firms like Zyvex, and the region will get a big boost this fall from a major nanotech conference in Dallas.

On the research side, scientists at the University of Texas at Dallas have done pioneering work on a material known as carbon nanotubes.

“There is a strong movement statewide for D-FW and the rest of Texas to become an epicenter for nanotech worldwide,” said Dave Hofman, one of the founders of the Nanotechnology Focus Group and an attorney with Haynes and Boone LLP.

Assuming, that is, nanotech doesn't get smothered in its crib.

Backers of the technology foresee a time when nano-size assemblers work like an army of microscopic ants, collecting piles of molecules and rearranging them into nearly any conceivable final product.

Other nanomachines will be swimming through your bloodstream, clearing clogged arteries and battling diseases.

Carbon debating

Right now, though, nanotech firms such as Zyvex are focused on developing simple nanotech materials, rather than assemblers or robots. Zyvex's carbon nanotubes are used, among other applications, by a sporting goods company to make lighter, stronger baseball bats.

But the tiny tubes and other nano materials are the subject of growing debate. Is it safe to breathe in carbon nanotubes, for example?

“If you happen to be a lab rat, and you get very, very large doses of nanotubes injected into your lungs, that's not good,” Mr. Von Ehr said.

But there are medical benefits to nanotechnology as well.

Mr. Von Ehr said, for instance, that human nerves grow well on carbon nanotubes, which could help people with damaged nervous systems regain functionality.

Fears and a fake

There are other concerns about nanotechnology.

Christine Peterson, founder of the Foresight Nanotech Institute and vice president of public policy at the think tank, said some firms are using potentially dangerous nanomaterials in consumer products just to appear cutting edge.

“I think it's a legitimate issue,” she said. “Cosmetics are not well-regulated, compared to food and drugs. They can put pretty much whatever they want in cosmetics, which is a little scary.”

Ms. Peterson said she knew of one cosmetics firm using what are known as buckyballs — basically the same material as a carbon nanotube but shaped into a hollow sphere rather than a tube — in face cream.

“They were asked, 'Why did you do this?,' and they said, 'It's a strong antioxidant,'” Ms. Peterson said. “Just because something is a strong chemical, that doesn't mean you put it in a face cream. They weren't thinking.”

“We may very well end up with some of these particles being treated as toxic waste because they're so strong,” she added.

But some nanotechnology fears are being inflamed by phony scenarios, industry backers and researchers say.

The most prominent example is a glass sealant in Germany called Magic Nano that caused breathing problems in several customers.

The environmental organization ETC Group used the occasion to repeat its call for a complete moratorium on nanotechnology product research and a recall of all products containing nanotech particles.

Although Magic Nano was ultimately found not to contain any nanotech particles, the group has not changed its position on a research moratorium and product recall.

Other environmental organizations are taking a less strict stance and trying to develop a compromise position that researchers and corporations will agree with.

One such group is Environmental Defense, which wants to see the government spend more money on researching the potential health and environmental effects of nanotech.

Creating guidelines

Scott Walsh, project manager at Environmental Defense, said that until the government gets more active in nanotech regulation, the group would like to see the companies themselves adopt some kind of voluntary guidelines.

Environmental Defense has been working with DuPont to come up with such a set of guidelines.

Mr. Walsh said most of the nanotech firms he talks to are willing to address these issues.

“It does seem like a lot of companies, broadly speaking, are trying to be proactive,” he said. “That's a good sign. They're definitely engaging on this.”

Dr. Wade Adams, director of the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice University in Houston, was at UTD recently to deliver a speech about applications for nanotechnology in the energy industry.

Afterward, he addressed some of the health and environmental concerns, saying that researchers and corporate executives are acting responsibly.

“The last thing you want is another asbestos,” he said. “No one is saying 'Trust me.' ”

Ms. Peterson at the Foresight Nanotech Institute said nanotech companies would benefit if the federal government were to certify the safety of nanotech products.

“What industry wants is a safe harbor, and they don't have that right now,” she said. “So what they really want is the government to step up and fund more research.”

But Dr. Adams cautioned that overly intrusive regulation could have unintended consequences.

“The industry is going to press on, and research is going to continue,” he said, but firms uncomfortable with the regulatory environment in the U.S. will migrate to Asia or other regions.

That's a possibility that weighs on Mr. Von Ehr at Zyvex. He doesn't want to relocate his company but has considered the issue.

“I'd rather do it here,” he said. “I kind of alternate between being depressed at things and excited that it's still a great opportunity.”
Online at: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/ptech/generalstories2/061806ccdrPTECHnano.a0a4e036.html

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June 28, 2006

Redistricting effects

So what's the fallout? At the very least CD 23 and CD 25 have to be redrawn. Collaterally, CD 21, 28 and 10 may be affected. As for what effect this will have on the balance of power in Texas, it's likely that 25 will become more Travis County centric, making it by default more Democratic. It's possible 10 may be redrawn with less of Katy and more of Travis County, giving an advantage to Democrats. Since most of the affected districts are in South or Central Texas, it's very likely the composition of the Texas delegation will change back to a D majority as soon as the map is redrawn.

The good news from today is that Henry Bonilla will be facing a tough challenge in a very short time. He'll get beat and even if he tries to jump to statewide in 2010, he's going to fail. In case it wasn't obvious, we very much dislike Henry Bonilla.

The bad news? Political gerrymandering can be done at anytime! If you're currently in a blue state, make sure your legislators remember that next January.

So when is the map change going to occur? That's the $64,000 question. It's very unlikely that it will be this year though there are rumors of another Special Session. Phillip Martin over at BOR has this about the mechanism...

The three-judge panel will have the responsibility of deciding what to do with the redistricting map. The first decision is when they redraw the map for -- this election cycle, or the next. The second decision, then, is whether they will redraw the map themselves, and accept three maps from both Democrats and Republicans, OR whether they kick it back to the Texas Legislature for them to redraw the lines during the 80th Regular Session starting in January.

So, until something more definitive comes out, I'm putting this issue to rest (at least here) unless someone else wants to rehash it. But I think they're all drunk and passed out right now.

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Democrats stop lame Republican attempt to restrict free speech

All but three Republicans in the Senate (Senator Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, Senator Robert Bennett of Utah, and Senate m ajority whip Mitch McConnell of Kentucky) voted to restrict free speech by proposing an alteration to the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. The measure, which would have allowed burning of the Holy Bible and while at the same time restricting all kinds of currently protected speech, narrowly failed.

Even some Democrats voted for the bill because of threats from Republicans in Congress and the White House including Karl Rove, a well known advocate for the restriction of free speech.

(Republican)Senator Orrin Hatch, the measure's chief sponsor, said those who voted against the amendment could be punished at the polls.

Senator Cornyn, always looking for new ways to restrict the rights of honest, hard working Americans, voted FOR the bill. Please do whatever you can to help Democratic Candidate for Senate Barbara Ann Radnofsky.

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Krispy Kreme. Because Shipley tastes like ass

(FD:I own stock in Krispy Kreme. However, that doesn't make me love their doughnuts. I bought the stock because of the tasty doughnuts. That, and it was insanely cheap...but mostly because their doughnuts ROCK!)

Bonddad over at BOR has something interesting up about Shipley's. Apparently, they operate in near prison conditions. So, other than making crapy doughnuts, they also treat their employees like poop. On the bottom their shoes.

Houston-based chain Shipley Do-nuts is accused in one lawsuit of abusing employees in prison-like working conditions and in another of retaliating against an employee who filed a discrimination complaint.

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Dude! You're getting a Dell!

That's hot!
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NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The Dell laptop computer seen bursting into flames in photographs on the Internet was being examined as part of the company's probe of the incident, Dell Inc. said Tuesday.

"We have captured the notebook and have begun investigating the event," Dell spokeswoman Anne Camden said, confirming the computer was made by Dell but declining to specify the model. No one was hurt in the incident, she said.

The report of an exploding laptop at a conference in Osaka, Japan, accompanied by digital photos, was first published on technology industry news Web site The Inquirer last week.

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R's find another way to shut down schools...

...by making it difficult for district's to bus students.

Amid rising fuel costs, the Hays Consolidated Independent School District increased its fuel budget 70 percent last year and has changed schools' daily schedules to make better use of bus routes. Taylor schools exceeded last year's spending on fuel with four months left in the current budget year. And over the next year, officials in Pflugerville are going to study whether they should change or stop any of their routes.

One MORE thing the R's left out of school finance. Everyone knew Perry's funding plan didn't go far enough but it was supported because it was the best that could come out of the recent special.

Lawmakers also approved a plan to increase education spending about $1.7 billion this year, but they said much of that money must go for specific purposes, such as teacher pay raises and incentives and high school improvements.

"It's a mistaken idea to think that we fully funded education with what was passed," said Ken McCraw, executive director of the Texas Association of Community Schools, which represents districts with only one high school each. "We supported the bill that passed because we felt like it was the best alternative available. But we knew it was underfunded."


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Bush and Malkin : Why do the leakers hate our country?

The SF Chronicle has a good story up. My favorite qoute...

"The disclosure of this program is disgraceful," he said.

"For people to leak that program and for a newspaper to publish it does great harm to the United States of America," Bush said, jabbing his finger for emphasis. He said the disclosure of the program "makes it harder to win this war on terror."

And, what story about athe press doing it's job would be complete without a mindless comment from Shelly Malkin

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingDammit. These people don't know when to stop. The anonymous leak-addicted NYTimes tag team of Eric Lichtblau and James Risen is at it again. Their front-page, splashy piece posted on the web tonight



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Redistricting decision and Hammering on the roof

My housemate hired someone to reroof the house. At 8:00 this morning. So, real work is out of the question. I'm blogging instread, which qualifies as 'real work' only if I'm drunk.

And missing a hand.

SCOTUS has decided that some of the congressional redistricting done in 2004 violated Federal law. One boundary has to be redrawn so this does little to help us out. As for the assertion that you can only redistrict once a decade, the Court shit all over it.

On a different issue, the court ruled that state legislators may draw new maps as often as they like — not just once a decade as Texas Democrats claimed. That means Democratic and Republican state lawmakers can push through new maps anytime there is a power shift at a state capital.

The Constitution says states must adjust their congressional district lines every 10 years to account for population shifts. In Texas the boundaries were redrawn twice after the 2000 census, first by a court, then by state lawmakers in a second round promoted by DeLay after Republicans took control.

That was acceptable, the justices said.

"We reject the statewide challenge to Texas redistricting as an unconstitutional political gerrymander," Kennedy wrote.

Now, to all of you who didn't see this coming, this is reality. There is no other appeal. We know the stakes. Let's get to work and give ourselves the ability to redistrict every Republican out of existence in 2007.

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Texas Democrats need your help

Got this today and wanted to remind everyone... PLEASE MAKE THESE FOLKS MAPCHANGERS! We've heard that Bell and Radnofsky are in the top five which is why they're last in the voting order.

Dear Fellow Texans,

Many of you have received emails or seen blog posts asking for votes for the Texan slate of candidates in the Mark Warner Mapchanger contest.

Thanks to the Texas Unity ticket, Chris Bell and Barbara Radnofsky have gotten into the Top 5, and appear poised to bring $5,000 to both of their campaigns. It appears they are secure to remain in the top five!

John Courage (TX-21) is sitting RIGHT OUTSIDE of the Top 5. We have an opportunity to bring another $5,000 to Texas if we can get him into that 5th slot. We also want to ensure that Chris and Barbara stay where they are. If John gets into the Top 5, we will have a unique "Texas Triple Crown" with not only having three candidates in the Top 5 of THIS contest, but it will make John Courage the Democracy for America Grassroots All-Star, the Feingold Progressive Patriot, and a Warner Mapchanger.

NOTE: This is instant runoff voting. If you don't put these candidates in this order, you can actually push John further down the list instead of into the top five. We are very confident from the rumors we've heard that Bell and Radnofsky are secure in the top five and that John is just below the bar.

The ideal ballot would be in this order (it only takes a second to vote) to show the country that Texas is more purple than it is red:

1st Vote: John Courage TX-21
2nd Vote: Ted Ankrum TX-10
3rd Vote: Mary Beth Harrell TX-31
4th Vote: Chris Bell TX-GOV
5th Vote: Barbara Radnofsky TX-SEN

Please take a minute out of your day and vote THIS all-Texan ballot by clicking here:

http://www.forwardtogetherpac.com/mapchangers

and let the rest of the country know that Democrats are alive and well in Texas!

Time is of the essence. Thank you for your help and support.

Democratically yours,
Glen Maxey

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Dan Dodd endorsed by Wes Clark

I love it when Texas Congressional candidate's get some attention from the national politicos.

"Dan Dodd has proven himself as the kind of leader Texas deserves to have in Washington, DC. From West Point through active duty in the Air Force and on into private life, Dan Dodd has earned the faith and support of every Texan who believes we can and must do better to help the American people face the many challenges we face both at home and abroad. That is why I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Dan Dodd and fully endorse his campaign for Congress"

This is great news of Dan who's fighting to take the CD 3 seat from Sam Johnson. Good luck, Dan and CONGRATULATIONS!


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June 27, 2006

Tolls, bad politics and Sal Costello

Rawhide at Pinkdome pointed out some articles in the AusChron about some of the fabulous new toll roads being built. While I feel like we got the shit end of the stick here in Austin when it comes to infrastructure, I am happy that the 45 Tollway will be operational within 6 months. Why? I hate sitting in traffic and I wanted the problem solved now, not 2020. That's not to say I wouldn't mind the toll concession being seriously rewritten if we retake the Lege this year. However, I'm not going to pull a nutty and go all Sal Costello on everyone's ass if they don't do it.

The two articles in the Chron are both over toll roads here in Travis County. The funniest thing about them is that they only mention Sal Costello ONCE. You have to know Sal. He's the spokesdemon for the Texas Toll Party who tried to unseat Mike Krusee during the R primary (they failed) and get rid of Austin Mayor Will Wynn (they failed) as well as Austin City Councilman Brewster McCracken (they failed... seeing a pattern?). Sal Costello is probably the reason the TTP and their parent PAC, People for Efficient Transportation (PET PAC - charming, no?) can't get any traction. Just take a look at the blog Sal runs. Entertaining, I know. This is the same place where Sal posted all manner of nasty crap about Karen Sonleitner, Travis County Pct. 2 Commissioner. Sal spent a lot of the PAC's money to get rid of Karen in a very ugly way including accusing her of sleeping with everyone involved in CAMPO.

His next target? Mark Strama. Sure, he'll probably fail but in the meantime he'll be just as nasty and childish as possible so give Mark some help when you can.

See what we're dealing with up here? Costello's devious, he's nasty and the only saving grace is that he's not nearly as smart as Karl Rove.

So why even mention the articles from the Chronicle (or this rather excellent piece written by State Representative Eddie Rodrgiuez who is beloved by everyone at Team McBlogger (we love you, Eddie! Call us!)? Because they represent a shift in strategy for those in western Travis County who are interested to finding solutions other than elevated toll lanes (side note... Rep. Rodriguez is rightly pissed that the eastern Travis County is beaing the brunt of toll roads...). These people would normally fall into Costello's orbit, but they're instead setting up their own groups and working with others to bring about a better solution to Austin's traffic nightmare WITHOUT THREATENING AN ELECTORAL REVOLT OR ENGAGING IN THE KIND OF CHARACTER ASSASSINATION THAT WOULD MAKE A SOAP OPERA WRITER BLUSH.

Check them out here and here. Now, if only they could get some similar groups going in eastern TC... ideas?


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TX Governor's Poll - Analysis

K-T over at BOR has the poll up and the cross tabs. The three little pigs are all holding close together which isn't new. Chris Bell is beginning now to consistently edge out C4N3P (about time!) and the only suprise is Kinky's continued strength... but hey, it's only June.

Perry, as we expected (we sooo rock because we're smart 'n shit), is starting to decline. I have a bet going with a certain someone at a consultant shop here in town that Perry won't break 32 in the general. I think I might win it. The only thing that worries me is that Perry might still win even with that.

(ed note: check out the link behind Bell's name to throw him a few bucks ahead of the cutoff on Friday!)

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Paulson Confirmation : Trent Lott just can't help being creepy

I'm watching the Paulson confirmation hearings (PLEASE! NO MORE CHARTS, DEMOCRATS!) and they've allowed Mississippi Senator Trent Lott to speak, always a dumb idea.

TL: I'd like to thank you for taking on this job and I promise we won't hold being a cradle robber against you since it's obvious that's what you did since you've been married so long to the same woman and she seems too young and I want to congratulate you on your good judgement.

I wrote this from memory but that's was almost verbatim. He couldn't just say "I'd like to thank you for taking ont hsi responsibility and congratulate you on your marriage of 35 years to your wife, ______"?

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My Coke Rewards...

So, I'm sitting here and can't sleep at 4 am looking at my newly emptied bottle of Coke on the table. (Of course, I'm not going to think about the fact that it might be why I'm still up, but whatever, fuck that I say.) On the wrapper next to where I can learn that I've just consumed 22% of my daily carbohydrates and 3% of my sodium, there is some new slogan thing telling me to go to mycokerewards.com.

So I got to thinking, 'cause there ain't nuttin' else to do, how in the hell is this coke rewarding me? I mean, maybe if it were a drug THEN we'd be getting somewhere.

What would you do with coke rewards? (Or cock rewards because god knows that's what I typed first every time I tried pecking the keyboard for that damned word in this entry.)

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...And already Rove's strategy is falling apart

This article from Bloomberg.com went up last week, not long after I wrote this regarding the Republican strategy for this year's elections. When Bloomberg columnists are taking you task, you got problems especially if you're a Republican.

Before the congressional Republicans insult those looking for a course correction in Iraq, they should read the latest book in the growing body of literature on the Iraqi war, ``The One Percent Doctrine,'' by Ron Suskind, author of an earlier book in which Bush's first Treasury secretary, Paul O'Neill, said the administration was set on invading Iraq long before it stumbled onto the idea of yoking Saddam Hussein to 9/11.

Suskind starts by rewinding to that moment, when if attention had been paid, 9/11 might have been stopped. The opening anecdote puts a lie -- yet again -- to the oft-repeated claim that no one could have imagined al-Qaeda launching an attack domestically.

Yep, you know she's heading to Crawford, August 2001. She goes there and tears the R's apart for a few more paragraphs in the SuperSize.


So When Will President Bush `Cut and Run'?: Margaret Carlson

June 22 (Bloomberg) -- As the Iraq war is being hotly debated in Congress, it's easy to know the players without a scorecard. The Republicans are the ones chest-thumping about supporting the troops, their commander-in-chief and staying the course. Democrats not totally in favor of staying the course are the feckless creatures who only want to ``cut and run.''

If you name the terms of the debate, you have it nearly won. Stay the course is generally positive -- conjuring up steadfastness, loyalty, being tough when the going gets that way. Forget that it is frequently the wrong advice, even for some troubled marriages.

``Cut and run'' denotes cowardice and has most often been used to describe a soldier leaving a comrade to die on the battlefield. A despicable charge has been rendered merely deplorable by mindless repetition from note cards by members of Congress and talk-show hosts. It doesn't define the casting about for a solution to a mess that defies one.

The debate isn't pretty, but at least there is one. Both sides cite the two soldiers whose dismembered bodies were just recovered. Those opposed to the current course say it's another reason to reduce our presence there. Republicans say it shows we have to root out every last terrorist and that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was right to call the Geneva Conventions ``quaint.''

Al-Qaeda Standards

How dare the Red Cross worry over the dinner menus for enemy combatants or who's getting to read the Koran when the other side is a bunch of barbarians?

The idea of holding America to the standards of al-Qaeda is ludicrous. If I were the parent of one of those soldiers, I'd want to rip off the head of al-Zarqawi's successor, who is said to have ordered the massacre, or failing that, some terrorist closer at hand. But if I'm the U.S. government, I do no such thing. It's why we're a nation of laws and not of men.

Before the congressional Republicans insult those looking for a course correction in Iraq, they should read the latest book in the growing body of literature on the Iraqi war, ``The One Percent Doctrine,'' by Ron Suskind, author of an earlier book in which Bush's first Treasury secretary, Paul O'Neill, said the administration was set on invading Iraq long before it stumbled onto the idea of yoking Saddam Hussein to 9/11.

Suskind starts by rewinding to that moment, when if attention had been paid, 9/11 might have been stopped. The opening anecdote puts a lie -- yet again -- to the oft-repeated claim that no one could have imagined al-Qaeda launching an attack domestically.

Bush Is Briefed

A CIA analyst told Suskind of flying to Crawford, Texas, during Bush's month-long vacation to brief him personally on the Aug. 6, 2001, memo titled ``Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S,'' a memo prepared when there had been increasing intelligence traffic about an impending terrorist attack. After listening, Bush dismissed the staffer, saying, ``All right. You've covered your ass, now.''

When you hate government, everyone in it is an ass-covering, dreck-producing bureaucrat. Bush returned to his mountain bike. No one pushed the urgency of tracking al-Qaeda traffic. Tapes of operatives discussing a possible 9/11 attack sat in the in-box of the National Security Agency, untranslated until after the attack.

The book reveals that Democratic critics aren't alone in having their patriotism challenged. Those in the administration who put forward competing information ``prompted accusations of disloyalty'' and were quickly exiled after being told that the president preferred to follow his gut.

Bush's Gut

Bush's gut told him many things the intelligence community couldn't verify or contradicted -- that Saddam had tried to buy yellowcake uranium, that aluminum tubes purchased were of the sort used to process it and, according to Suskind, that the captured terrorist Abu Zubaydah represented a huge catch as ``one of the top operatives'' of al-Qaeda.

Suskind shows that American intelligence knew all along that Zubaydah was a mentally ill, low-grade cog privy to nothing. Nonetheless, having hyped his capture, Bush pressured then-CIA Director George Tenet to conform his gut to the president's.

``I said he (Zubaydah) was important. You're not going to let me lose face on this, are you?'' Bush asked, according to Suskind. Tenet, obsequiously grateful to have kept his job, replied, ``No sir, Mr. President,'' an echo of his earlier purported promise to deliver a ``slam-dunk'' case for the war.

`Last Throes' Cheney

Under White House and Justice Department direction, a mentally disturbed man was water-boarded, sleep-deprived, starved and beaten until he finally revealed plots to destroy shopping centers, banks, the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. The U.S. then would ``leap into action, screaming at every word he uttered.''

Even those who believe drowning is too good for Zubaydah might regret millions of dollars wasted protecting the country from fantastic, groundless threats.

But not Cheney, whose ``one percent doctrine'' says that if a terrorist threat is high-impact enough, it justifies responding as if it were definitely going to happen. Hello, Iraq. Although Cheney believes his doctrine has foiled many attacks, Suskind reports for the first time on one -- a cyanide-gas attack on the New York subway in 2003 -- not foiled but abandoned by al-Qaeda for reasons unknown.

On Monday, the vice president stood by his prediction that the insurgency was in its last throes, made in May 2005, qualifying it with ``I don't think anybody anticipated the level of violence that we've encountered.'' That's no one except everyone not on the White House payroll and some at the State Department who were.

Bush's qualifier to stay the course -- ``we will stand down when the Iraqis stand up'' -- is a nostrum better suited to a needlepoint pillow than war councils. It does lend Bush total flexibility. When will the Iraqis be ready? When the president pronounces them so. And then he will cut and run.

(Margaret Carlson, author of ``Anyone Can Grow Up: How George Bush and I Made It to the White House'' and former White House correspondent for Time magazine, is a Bloomberg News columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.)

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June 26, 2006

Maxey to join Chris Bell campaign

It wouldn't be on the internets if it wasn't true.

This is good news, although we still reserve the right to make snide remarks about Chris Bell's guidance counselor personality

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How To Talk Dirty To A Naderite

Oooh, you've been a BAD third party...You've been very very naughty not working within the two party system, haven't you?... I think you need a spanking for all the bad naughty things you caused to happen in Florida back in 2000....Know what I'm going to do? I'm going to PUNISH you....that's right. I'm going to keep your candidate off the state ballot....uh huh...you know you like it when I make you run as a write-in candidate....oh yeah....take that...squeal like a libertarian!.....

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So I guess R consultants work on product placement in the off years?

The LA Times (full text in the SS) recently ran an article on the excellent data collection skillz the R's have developed in the form of their Voter Vault. Apparently, they can target you from miles away and thousands of feet in the air, tie you to some random issue and barrage you with crap about voting for Republicans.

The results in the 50th Congressional District did not merely illustrate the potential inadequacy of the Democratic strategy for the November elections; they foreshadowed a much bigger and more startling story line: That even in the face of Republican scandals, sour approval ratings, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and growing public rejection of President Bush's policies in Iraq, the Republican Party still holds the lead in the art and science of obtaining power — and keeping it.

We're also pretty sure they are responsible for those obnoxious penis enlargement emails as well. And the penny stock tips.

Why they couldn't apply this same amazing technology to the hunt for Osama remains a mystery (what gives, yo?). I mean if they can identify an African-American mom in Ohio who's pro-life and plays golf, Osama should be a piece of cake. Right?

The GOP knows you don't like anchovies
Unpopular Republicans still own the art of politicking.
By Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger, who cover national politics for The Times. Their book is "One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century."
June 25, 2006

FOUR DAYS before this month's special election in San Diego County to replace imprisoned former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, Republican strategists back in Washington were worried. In addition to voter discontent with GOP leadership and the looming shadow of scandal dominating the campaign, Democrats appeared to enjoy yet another advantage: More absentee ballots were being submitted by Democratic voters than by Republicans.

The advantage did not last long. Jolted to life, the GOP machinery revved into high gear as activists poured into the district. They scoured the party's computer database for sympathetic voters who had requested absentee ballots but had not yet submitted them, knocked on their doors and called them on the phone. Suddenly, thousands of additional votes had been secured, and by election day, the GOP had turned around a costly deficit — with 10,000 more Republicans than Democrats voting absentee.


That final flurry of absentees, along with other forms of voter targeting, contributed to a surprising GOP victory that cut through the heart of the Democrats' broader 2006 election strategy. Rather than using Cunningham's criminal role in a lobbying scandal to turn the special election into a preview of how they could translate a "culture of corruption" into a national revolution in November, Democrats watched in disappointment as a Republican lobbyist won the race — and as the Democratic candidate performed barely better than presidential nominee John Kerry had in that same district two years before.

The results in the 50th Congressional District did not merely illustrate the potential inadequacy of the Democratic strategy for the November elections; they foreshadowed a much bigger and more startling story line: That even in the face of Republican scandals, sour approval ratings, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and growing public rejection of President Bush's policies in Iraq, the Republican Party still holds the lead in the art and science of obtaining power — and keeping it.

The fact is that over two or three decades, the GOP has painstakingly built up a series of structural advantages that make the party increasingly difficult to beat. And in the last five years, it has strengthened its hold under President Bush and his political guru, Karl Rove.

Democrats need a net gain of 15 seats in the House and six in the Senate to take power. And Republicans may well suffer some setbacks. But if the GOP retains control of Congress despite such a gloomy political climate — or even if it keeps control of just one chamber and narrowly loses the other — party leaders can rightfully argue that their long-term goal of constructing a lasting political majority remains viable.

The Republican fortress has many underpinnings, such as gerrymandered congressional districts that favor the GOP, an intellectual infrastructure that churns ideas through conservative think tanks and media, an ever-stronger political and policy-based alliance with corporate America, and the most sophisticated vote-tracking technology around.

Some of the GOP advantages are recent developments, such as the database called Voter Vault, which was used to precision in the San Diego County special election. The program allows ground-level party activists to track voters by personal hobbies, professional interests, geography — even by their favorite brands of toothpaste and soda and which gym they belong to.

Both parties can identify voters by precinct, address, party affiliation and, often, their views on hot-button issues. Democrats also use marketing data, but Voter Vault includes far more information culled from marketing sources — including retailers, magazine subscription services, even auto dealers — giving Republicans a high-tech edge in the kind of grass-roots politics that has long been the touchstone of Democratic activists.

As a result, Republicans have moved well ahead of Democrats nationally in their ability to find previously unaffiliated voters or even wavering Democrats and to target them with specially tailored messages. Voter Vault, although it is a closely guarded GOP trade secret, is nevertheless easily accessible to on-the-ground campaign workers and operatives should they need to mobilize votes in a hurry.

One suburban African American woman in Ohio, for example, told us that though she tends to vote Democratic, she was deluged in 2004 with calls, e-mail messages and other forms of communication by Republicans who somehow knew that she was a mother with children in private schools, an active church attendee, an abortion opponent and a golfer.

The database was honed and expanded after the 2000 election recount, when strategists such as Rove and Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman vowed that they would never again permit Democrats to outperform the GOP in a national campaign. Mehlman, who worked in Bush's first term as White House political director, used the months following the recount to study the Democrats' get-out-the-vote efforts. "It was like they had all the planes and the bombers, and we had horses," Mehlman said, referring to the Democrats' once-superior ability to harness labor union activists and other liberal groups to reach voters and get them to the polls.

The new-and-improved GOP database helped Republicans begin to peel away select pieces of the old Democratic base, such as politically conservative and pro-Israel Jews, as well as socially conservative blacks, Latinos and blue-collar workers. In Cleveland, Republicans in 2004 compiled a list of Russian-speaking Jewish immigrants who they knew backed Bush's stance against Islamic terrorism, then organized a rally entirely in Russian on the Sunday before the election.

Bush and other Republicans have also sought support from highly influential African American pastors, who are gaining power in swaying votes. The courtship of the pastors has come in part through a special office in the White House devoted to funneling government money to church-based social service organizations — a program that has drawn enthusiastic support from black churches that have, in turn, provided GOP candidates entree into terrain long dominated by Democrats.

Although Bush's national performance among blacks did not increase by much between 2000 and 2004, there were significant increases in key areas. In Ohio, a 7-percentage-point rise among black voters for Bush created the cushion he needed to carry that pivotal state and secure reelection.

Perhaps more than any other administration, the White House of George W. Bush has mastered the art of mixing politics and policy and keeping track of how federal government decisions can affect even obscure local elections. Rove, with a broad portfolio and extraordinary influence, introduced a new political doctrine, effectively putting the federal bureaucracy and the bully pulpit of the White House in the service of GOP political ends.

All administrations are political, of course. But never before has the White House inserted electoral priorities into Cabinet agencies with such regularity and deliberation. Before the 2002 midterm elections, for instance, Rove or Mehlman visited with the managers of many federal agencies to share polling information and discuss how policy decisions might affect key races.

In 2002, Rove told Interior Department officials of the importance of helping farmers in Oregon whose political support was crucial to Gordon Smith, a vulnerable Republican senator. Within months, perhaps because of Rove's exhortations, the agency did just that, supporting the diversion of water from the environmentally important Klamath River for the sake of irrigating farmland. Thousands of salmon eventually died in the newly shallow waters. But the senator secured his reelection.

Other pieces of the plan preceded Bush and Rove. The legendary political genius Lee Atwater masterminded a long-term campaign to redraw congressional district lines, which has given Republicans a long-term edge in House elections that is difficult to reverse.

Some Democrats unwittingly lent a helping hand to this strategy. Incumbent Democratic members of Congress, along with African American and Latino politicians at the local level, put their party at risk by cooperating in the early 1990s with Republican efforts to redraw the boundaries of electoral districts across the country. Individual Democrats and black and Latino politicians benefited by winning elections, but the overall result was a stronger Republican grip on legislative seats at all levels. With Democratic voters packed into urban minority districts, adjacent suburban and exurban districts sent more white conservatives to Washington.

These changes, along with gerrymandering by both parties on the state level, were so pervasive that they left only about two dozen of the 435 seats in the House competitive in any typical election.

This year's elections are only one test of the Republicans' long-term plan to transform American politics. Unless Democrats eliminate these structural and strategic deficits, the GOP will continue to govern what has become, in effect, a one-party country.

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How to talk to a dirty Naderite

Have I ever mentioned I hate Nader?

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Warren Buffett is a Great Man

I love Warren Buffet. He does not believe in dynastic wealth. He believes in an egalitarian meritocracy. As he said in the press conference, "Your place in society should not be determined from the womb you came from."

Way to go Warren.

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This just in...

Jury Recommends Death Sentence for Barber

That must have been one shitty haircut!

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Rhett Smith announces presidential bid, name change

No, it's not a joke. 2004 CD 21 Democratic Candidate Rhett Smith, who shocked folks earlier this year by switching parties and running against Grinch for the Republican gubernatorial spot, has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination for President. We assume of the United States though a move from the US to another country would not be a suprise and Rhett is definitely all about suprises.

Please notice at the top of his site that his name has changed as well. Smith shall now be known as Rhett Smith Conservative.

Democrats expressed dissapointment over the loss. "Who'd we lose? What was his name?", TDP Chair Ritz Richie said. Travis County Democratic Party Chair Chris Elliot just laughed when told the news and walked briskly past a group of reporters eagerly awaiting his reaction. Over the loss of Rhett Smith Conservative, nee Smith.

(FD- I actually volunteered with Smith's campaign in 2004 but that was because he was a Democrat and I drew the short straw. )

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Vespa going public?

Oh, goodie!

From the AP via the SF Chronicle

Vespa Maker Piaggia Goes Public - By COLLEEN BARRY, AP Business Writer Wednesday, June 21, 2006

(06-21) 12:02 PDT MILAN, Italy (AP) --

Nothing on wheels more personifies Italian style than the Vespa scooter, whose carefree spirit was immortalized by Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck circling Rome's piazzas in the 1953 film "Roman Holiday."

The Vespa's familiar curved frame has a found a place in design museums and in the hearts of Europeans, who first hopped aboard simply to get around after World War II and who still cling dearly to its handlebars as they zip through clogged streets.

Now, as the Italian icon turns 60, the company that makes the Vespa is about to go public.

The move is a sign of Piaggio & C SpA's return to health after being rescued from the verge of collapse by Roberto Colaninno, the former Telecom Italia chief executive whose holding company Immsi SpA bought Piaggio in 2003 and brought the company to record sales in two years.

"The IPO is the conclusion of the rescue started at the end of 2003, and the result of agreements signed at the moment of the decision to save the company," Colaninno told reporters Tuesday after presenting the company's portfolio to potential investors. "We have a strong young boy who is now ready to walk on his own."

Europe's largest scooter-maker by revenue, Piaggio is selling a 31 percent stake raising between 274 million euros and 348 million euros ($346 million and $440 million) during an initial public offering that ends July 5. Shares are priced in a range of 2.30 euros to 3 euros ($2.90 to $3.79), valuing the company at between 886.8 million euros and 1.16 billion euros ($1.12 billion and $1.46 billion).

Uhm... yeah, I'd rather have the shares than the scooter. Granted, they may not be that profitable but it's not bad for a European manufacturer. Further, NEVER underestimate how sucessful a company can be with a premium signature product. Think Apple with the iPod...

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Don't get Stapled moves to a new home

K-T over at BOR has promoted a post by the very fine people at Don't Get Stapled who are proud to announce that they have moved from Blogspot to their own domain at Don'tGetStapled.com . At their new home they are continuing their excellent work showing Texans exactly what kind of a shallow politico the R's have put up as a candidate for Ag Commissioner against Hank Gilbert.

Todd was pretty pathetic as a State Senator which may explain why people in Palestine (a city in his Senate district),even on the Republican side, are ready to cook this sad, sad turkey.

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See what I'm saying? PATHETIC. I hate fake cowboys.

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Pot Belly

From WTF.com

OMAHA, Neb.
Police in Omaha, Neb., report finding a man's pot stash hidden in a roll of stomach fat.
Officers said they stopped the 5 foot 8 inch , 250-pound man because his car was blocking traffic.
According to authorities, when an officer smelled marijuana in the car, he searched the man and found a baggie of the illegal weed.
The man was ticketed on suspicion of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana and obstructing traffic.

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June 25, 2006

China and Africa - A relationship in the making

Bloomberg.com has a great piece up by William Pesek Jr. on the impact of China's budding relationships across the African continent (full text int he SuperSize). Africa, rich in natural resources and a labor market just waiting for an opportunity, is increasing looking to the East for development partners.

As Pesek points out, there are obvious problems with the relationship especially given China's rather pragmatic attitude towards it's foreign partners (hear no evil, see no evil). However, there are some tremendous opportunities for Africa to go on the fast track to a better economic future.

William Pesek Jr. is a columnist for Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.

China May Be Africa's Savior or Its Curse: William Pesek Jr.

June 23 (Bloomberg) -- More than being scooped on a story, journalists hate being wrong. Examining where we erred and why can be an invaluable learning experience.

My reports from Africa six years ago are a case in point. After spending some time in Cape Verde, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania in 2000, I wrote that Africa was about to boom. Leaders seemed to be getting serious about reducing debt and corruption and increased trade with the U.S. promised to boost living standards. For the most part, I was wrong.

After decades of false starts and shattered promises, African economies being left behind may have finally found a way out of despair. It's not international aid or debt relief. It's China.

In fact, it's not just China that holds the potential to boost Africa, but India, too. ``China and India shouldn't be viewed as competitors or clients, but as contributors to Africa's development,'' Jakaya Kikwete, president of Tanzania, said earlier this month.

China and India offer models for globalizing economies as a means of reducing poverty. While both still have far to go, their journeys could offer a roadmap for African nations struggling to get on investors' radar screens. More importantly, demand for resources from Asia's No. 2 and No. 4 economies could be quite a boon for Africa.

``The hunger of China and India for commodities is an opportunity for Africa to create significant wealth and global champions in that sector,'' James Goodnight, chief executive officer of U.S. software company SAS Institute Inc. and co- chairman of the World Economic Forum African Summit, told the Xinhua news agency this month.

Blessing or Curse?

Of course, a sudden windfall could do the opposite: make Africa even more complacent.

``The risk is that African countries that are currently benefiting from the demand will not invest current profits in long-term priorities -- education, health care and infrastructure,'' Goodnight said.

The global commodity boom could lead to a dynamic akin to the ``oil curse'' that lulls nations rich in energy, gold, diamonds or other underground treasures. With so much money rushing in, there's little incentive to create industries to employ the masses. Once the resources are depleted, Africans could be worse off. Cheap Chinese goods may hurt some African companies, too.

China pursues a policy of non-interference with nations' domestic affairs. That see-no-evil-hear-no-evil approach could come at a cost if corruption worsens.

Risks Abound

Another risk is that Africa becomes vulnerable -- if not addicted -- to Asian business cycles. The specter of developing economies relying almost solely on other developing ones for growth may not sit well with investors.

Even so, rising commodities demand offers Africa a rare opportunity to repair government coffers, reduce debt and improve education, health care, roads, bridges and power systems. It's a chance to expand manufacturing and services and make African economies more competitive.

Thanks partly to Asia, African nations on average are experiencing their fastest growth in 30 years. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development predicts that African growth will average 5.8 percent this year.

Generalizing Africa's experience is always dicey. In a way, the continent is still trying to get out from under Bob Geldof's shadow.

Opportunities, Too

In 1984, Geldof's Band Aid project produced an album to raise money for famine relief, anchored by the title song ``Do They Know It's Christmas?,'' which left the impression that Africa is a place where ``nothing ever grows; no rain or rivers flow.'' Africa, it's important to note, has its success stories, including Botswana and Ghana.

Looking ahead, economies with rich oil reserves -- including Angola, Sudan and the Republic of Congo -- have a great advantage. Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Nigeria also are increasing energy exports to Asia.

``China will remain hungry for commodities over the coming 15 years,'' said Tamara Trinh, Frankfurt-based economist at Deutsche Bank Research. That's why Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is on a seven-nation African tour just two months after President Hu Jintao visited Nigeria, Morocco and Kenya.

Asians will be buying more and more iron ore from South Africa, manganese from Ghana, cotton from Benin, Mali and Burkina Faso, coffee from Kenya and Malawi, copper from Zambia, diamonds from Botswana, fish and shrimp from Namibia, gold and platinum from Tanzania and Zimbabwe, cocoa and gas from Ivory Coast, tea from Uganda, sugar from Mauritius and chemicals from Senegal.

Latin America's Turn

Asia's rise also will boost a number of Latin American economies, Trinh said. China and India may buy increasing amounts of iron ore from Brazil, copper from Chile and Peru, soybeans from Argentina and Paraguay, meat from Uruguay, foodstuff for animals from Peru, oil and gas from Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela and nickel from the Dominican Republic.

Africa is benefiting from Chinese investment, too. Chinese companies are bidding aggressively for projects to build hydroelectric dams and pipelines, pave roads, upgrade ports and lay railroad tracks. The upgrades will spread the benefits of growth.

Asia's rise won't ensure a vibrant future for Africa; it's had way too many false dawns for that. Yet Asia is offering the continent a rare opportunity to add steam to its economies. It's a chance for Africa to get things right this time.

(William Pesek Jr. is a columnist for Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.)


To contact the writer of this column:
William Pesek Jr. in Tokyo at wpesek@bloomberg.net or

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Waking up to MLWTTKK

I have my alarm set to radio and got a real treat this AM. My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult spinning into The Verve. I think the alarm is set to 94.7 so if you're out there Mr./Mrs. 94.7 DJ, I got it!

YOU ROCK! More TKK!

Update: Sorry, should have known it wasn't 94.7. It was actually 101X which has apparently made some big improvements.

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House passes The Paris Hilton Tax Cut Act

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting I'm fucking pumped! The R House managed to push through a big tax cut for American heir's who have already announced their intention to start a formal aristocracy.

"Frankly, the idea that we're 'all Americans' is just so... ordinary and base" Aristocracy spokeswoman Paris Hilton said. "We actually are better than you. I mean, it's so obvious that God loves us more. Why else would He have made us the winners of the genetic lottery? You can still work for us, though!"

Karl-Thomas over at BOR has a great piece up featuring an excellent speech from Congressman Lloyd Doggett.

For the wealthiest few, Republicans don't just aim to eliminate the misnamed "death tax," they want the death of all taxes.

They have got some exit strategy, not for our troops sacrificing their all and facing death in Iraq, just an exit strategy for billionaires for the tax burden they should share to support our Nation.

For whom do they spell relief today?

Minimum wage. Won't raise it.

Gas prices? Won't cut them.

Drug prices? Won't lower them.

Veteran's health care. Can't cover it.

Student loans, Medicaid, Medicare. Cut, cut, cut.

This is truly the "Cut and Run" Congress -- cutting relief for most Americans, while running up a huge deficit to finance more billionaire tax breaks.

K-T has the video loaded and you should watch it... it's a great speech. The one thing about this that really irritates me is that The Estate Tax was originally misnamed (not to mention the R framing of 'The Death Tax'). This is a tax on inheritence. When someone dies, THEY'RE DEAD. They don't pay taxes anymore than they breathe, eat and drive (with the exception of Senator Cornyn). This is a tax that really affects only the children. Think about it this way, you're father dies and leaves you $20 Mn. What have you done for that money, other than go to dinner's and try to be a good kid? Nothing. It's found money, like the lottery... and we tax that, don't we?

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June 24, 2006

The ever obsequious Seton Motley and his love for Perry

Have you, like me, been wondering what retards think about Governor Grinch (if you've seen him lately, you know what I'm saying)? Well, you are sooo in luck. Pink Dome and Political Asylum both posted stories thursday about Seton Motley's newest misadventure in prose. Here's a sample

And none too soon; the post-September 11, 2001, fiscal dearth descended upon Austin, and the legislators convened in 2003 facing a $10 billion budgetary shortfall.

Undaunted, and without complaint or pretext, Governor Perry pressed ahead and eliminated in toto the deficit, with nary a dime in taxes raised or incepted. He instead did what conservatives wish every level of government would do when facing issues concerning their coin.

What bit of magic did Perry and the Lege perform to 'eliminate the deficit'? Oh, you remember... they cut the shit out of Children's Health Insurance and froze up funds in state agencies across the board. To this day, TX DoT may never recover which is why most, if not all, new arterial projects are toll roads. To Seton, who was put out of his long time bartending position at District Bar and Grill when it closed, that makes Grinch a fucking hero. So much of a hero that Seton, in paragraph after cocksucking paragraph, gives Rick the kind of head he hasn't received since the former TX SoS became an ambassador.

Yes, it'll piss you off but you gotta read it (Supersize for full text) for no other reason than to see just how far someone will go to debase themselves for a man that more than 60% of Texans want to get rid of in November.

Special Report
Simply Conservative
By Seton Motley
Published 6/21/2006 12:07:25 AM

What was on January 20, 2001, less than exemplary news for the greater conservative nation was a change for the better in Lone Star State governance, as Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry rose via the process of orderly succession to succeed the newly minted President George W. Bush in the Texas executive mansion. What began by default procedural ascension has become one of the most consistently conservative tenures in recent American political history.

Arriving in Austin alongside the new Governor was a Texas Senate controlled by Republicans for the first time since Reconstruction. But, saddled with a wayward lieutenant governor in David Dewhurst, whose actions then and now indicate he wishes to be some sort of political hybrid of Arlen Specter and John McCain, and a still-Donkey dominated House, the 2001 legislative session was less than stellar in conservative execution.

Move forward to the Day at the Races in 2002, and the Texas Republican faithful removed the last hurdle to serious, fundamental change, making the House too an Elephantary voting ground.

And none too soon; the post-September 11, 2001, fiscal dearth descended upon Austin, and the legislators convened in 2003 facing a $10 billion budgetary shortfall.

Undaunted, and without complaint or pretext, Governor Perry pressed ahead and eliminated in toto the deficit, with nary a dime in taxes raised or incepted. He instead did what conservatives wish every level of government would do when facing issues concerning their coin.

He zeroed out the entire budget, and made each department and every individual seeking funding justify every dollar spent the previous period, and thereby re-validate their fiscal renewal, if not their very existence.

Gone was the practice of status quo budgeting, where the automatic assumption is every previous dollar was spent wisely and well (we will pause whilst you laugh uproariously...; we now continue) and that everyone and everything governmental will need at the very least that much, plus a bump for population growth and inflation, the next go-'round. By so doing, Governor Perry eliminated many duplicitous programs and copious amounts of wasted coin in the myriad levels of Dante's Lone Star bureaucratic hell.

Also dissipating into the legislative ether was the deficit that had once loomed so large over Austin's city limits. After Governor Perry's four month frugal charge up Texas' Capitol Hill, the budget stood definitively in balance (and today is flush with an $8.6 billion surplus).


CONTAINED WITHIN THIS CONSERVATIVE monetary accomplishment were many of the little steps that are always necessary to make the Grand March to fiscal sanity.

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was one of the governmental "entitlements" most bloated by the late 1990s' period of pronounced governmental inebriation. Stuck with the hangover from a party to which he was not invited, Governor Perry implemented simple reforms that drastically reduced the amount of rampant fraud and abuse at play in the plan.

He also oversaw the beginnings of the privatization of delivery of many social services, which not only made it easier for those availing themselves of Other People's money to do so, it also substantially reduced the amount of money those Other People were forced to provide therefore (including another dramatic reduction in programmatic swindle, to the tune of $1.5 billion thus far).

Through it all, the Governor has maintained a tremendous pro-business clime, earning him Site Selection Magazine's Governor's Cup the last two years running as the man presiding over the most productive (in jobs and growth) and business tax-and-regulatory friendly state in the land.

Texas was also faced with a medical crisis (okay, two medical crises, one other than the waves of illegal aliens invading emergency rooms statewide by way of the Rio Grande). Too many lottery lawsuits against physicians had found jackpot pay dirt, and far too many practitioners had thusly left to ply their wares elsewhere.

So Governor Perry delivered Proposition 12, which limited (only) the punitive damages awarded in these sweepstake suits. Three years later, the number of doctors engaged in Texas medicine has increased sharply, and the costs incurred therefore have dropped precipitously. Oh, and one is far less likely to die awaiting treatment.

He followed that up with reform of the windfall insanity that is the asbestos tort claims process, ensconcing the heretofore non-existent requirement that one actually be ill as a result of asbestos before filing an asbestos assertion. He put in place a legislative blockade on lawsuits against the fast food industry for having the temerity to serve people the fare they order.

He also established eminent domain abuse protections, which prevent the government from condemning one's home so that a more levy lucrative Four Seasons Hotel might be built in its place.


BUT GOVERNOR PERRY'S EFFECTIVENESS extends far beyond the merely fiscal. He has signed a parental consent for minors' abortion law, as well as overseen the overwhelming (78 percent in favor) ratification of a constitutional amendment protecting actual marriage.

Texas remains a law and order state, and the Governor has steadfastly continued the utilization of the death penalty, as well as signed several pieces of aggressive protective legislation regarding sexual predators.

Governor Perry's defense of his constituents against the invasionary forces from south of the border has been unwavering, and increasingly stringent as it became ever more obvious that his Texas predecessor has no interest in attending to this portion of his new job.

The Governor implemented Operations Rio Grande and Linebacker, which (amongst many other brim assistances) mobilized the Texas Rangers (the ones with guns, not bats and balls), state troopers, and additional other law enforcement personnel and equipment to back the play of the Border Patrol, and provide added protection for the citizens being robbed and run over, and often much worse, by the hordes from Central and South America (and points Middle East).

Governor Perry also rode to the rescue of the dynamically inept duo, Ray Nagin and Kathleen Blanco, providing a place for 300,000+ Louisianans to go (and remain still) after their elected officials' bumbling of the post-Hurricane Katrina flooding, and then deftly handled the horrific impact of Hurricane Rita on his own state.


THERE ARE MANY MORE THINGS of lower profile, but no less conservative in nature, that have been put into place by Governor Perry. There are also some things on which he has faltered, falling far short of the conservative ideal. (Just passed in special session is a large, broad and incoherent business tax to offset much needed and Texas Supreme Court mandated property tax reduction.)

Much assistance has been provided by the conservative legislators in the House and (to a lesser degree) the Senate, of which Governor Perry is appreciatively aware. And, of course, the Texas press corps roundly loathes the Governor for being conservative, effective, and handsome all at the same time, about which he simply does not care.

It is this apathy toward liberal disdain for his policies and person that may be the defining of what are innumerable conservative characteristics infixed in the man. Governor Perry, critics be damned, has taken the Lone Star State a long way further than did his predecessor, as well as just about anyone else in charge anywhere else in the United States.

And now that, for good or ill, the tax shift is behind him, conservatives throughout the country should watch closely the Governor and his state for the multitude of Starboard laws sure to follow his almost assured reelection come November, as Texas once again becomes the nation's conservative petri dish, with Scientist Perry leading the legislative laboratory.


Seton Motley, the proprietor of NewsoftheDay.org, is a writer and political/policy operative in Washington, D.C. He spent the last ten years in Texas. Should you like, or dislike, he may be reached here.

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Could it be... SATAN???

It's nice to know that other states have their own chock full o' nuts republican candidates.

Congressional Hopeful Blames Troubles On The Devil

SALT LAKE CITY Republican congressional hopeful John Jacob believes the devil is impeding his efforts to unseat five-term Representative Chris Cannon.

Jacob says that since he decided to run for Congress, Satan has disrupted his business deals, preventing him from putting as much money into the race as he had hoped.

Jacob said during a Wednesday immigration event that the devil was working against him, then reiterated his belief yesterday in a meeting with The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board.

He says there's been a lot of adversity, and there's no question he has had experiences that believes are due to an outside force..

If he thinks Satan is formidible, wait till Jake the Flake comes up against that outside force called VOTERS.

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Re-Announcing the official Lamar Smith head Urinal Insert

(y'all, keep in mind this is the same guy who closed the minor loophole that allowed people who'd worked both as Teachers and wage earners to draw both SS and TRS. Yeah, THAT Lamar Smith)

We here at McBlogger are all the time looking for that perfect thing that says, "Gee. I really like you" or "Sorry I got drunk and puked all over your new floor". Usually we just send booze with a note scribbled on the receipt. We're large like that.

We're also looking for things that really show our feelings for some of our beloved electeds, specifically the Republicans who've made life such a treat for poor kids and the elderly over the last six years. The easiest way would be to pay them back in kind. We thought about cutting back on their benefits, but that's just mean (have you seen what a State Rep makes? Cuting that is like kicking a puppy). We thought (read:drank) long and hard and then McSleaze had it! They've been pissing on us for years; Let's piss on them!

So, we offer you the first in a long line of Urinal Inserts, the Lamar Smith head Urinal Insert.

Lamar's a great fella, truly a pal to his constituents. Unless he's cutting their Social Security or making it easier for companies to weasel out of their pension obligations. At that point, he's dropped trou and with peepee in hand is hosing them. The average constituent has no way to level the playing field and give Lamar the golden shower he so richly deserves (seriously, when he started apologizing for DeLay it was only a matter of time until I did something like this).

Until now!

SmithUrinal Insert.jpg


Ideas for placement? Just one so far (I did mention we were drinking last night, right?) and here it is

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Just a note of warning... if you're printing this on an inkjet make sure you use a color fast ink. Please try to use stock that will survive more than one patron. Other than that, print them out and enjoy! Bonus points if I see and include one of your placements in an installment of SSSSS.

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Dregs : TDP Training and Tina shoots her mouth off

  • TDP is rolling out training in July. Looks like a good deal. Check it out here. Obviously, you're going to want to check the TDP Training in Austin.

    Here's what's on tap

    Campaign Management for Campaign Staff- If you are currently working on a campaign or are interested in becoming staff on a campaign within two years, then join this track. You will learn the fundamentals of political campaign management such as fundraising, field organizing, media relations, volunteer coordination, get-out-the-vote, targeting, candidate relations, and campaign technology.
    Campaign Organizing for Local & County Party Leaders - This track is designed to give you and your election team the modern management fundamentals necessary to be successful at the grassroots level. Topics will include: voter contact programs; budgeting; planning; recruitment; volunteer coordinating; event fundraising; earned media; and creating a local party plan. You will learn the basic skills that are essential to putting your candidate or local committee in the best position to win.
    How to be a Better Candidate - The candidate track prepares participants for a run at elected office. Participants will have the opportunity to be mentored by elected officials and some of the top political professionals in the country.
  • Musing's has a great piece up about what's going on in CD22. It would seem that TGOP Chair'woman' (seriously, is 'she' or is 'she' a 'she' like Jennifer Gale?) has been talkin' smack about TDP TRO on their selection of a candidate to replace disgraced former Representative Tom 'Bugsy' DeLay.
  • Have a goodun!

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    June 23, 2006

    You've got to be kidding me...

    This is just pathetic...

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting These are terrorists. al Qaida? Oh, you wish Albert Gonzales. This motley crew was planning, with the aid of an FBI plant, the bombing of the Sears Tower in Chicago (Chicago is still there? I thought they tore it down to build Orange County, CA). Yeah. Right. Would like to have seen that from these guys.

    Apparently, the whole thing revolves around an out of work guy, down on his luck, who decided to 'form an Army' and 'wage jihad in the US'.

    Narseal Batiste, considered the recruiter of the group, according to the document, tried to reach out to al Qaeda by contacting someone who was an FBI operative posing as a member of the terrorist network. Batiste allegedly told the informant that he was organizing an Islamic army to wage a jihad in the United States.

    All this is alleged by the same FBI agent who posed as an al Qaida operative. His name? John Pistole... just REEKS of arabic, no? Exactly the person you'd go to if you were looking for al Qaida. What did the 'terrorists' ask for?

    The indictment says Batiste gave the informant a list of equipment he needed, including "boots, uniforms, machine guns, radios and vehicles" as well as bullet-proof vests and $50,000 in cash.

    Machine guns, boots, and uniforms to blow up a 110 story building that's withstood winds off Lake Michigan for more than 30 years? Oh, and 50k... yeah. Now it all makes sense, especially when you combine it with what a man interviewed by CNN (who was part of the group but not arrested) said. They were a group (Sea of David) looking to clean up their neighborhood. Most of them were not working. According to 'Brother Corey' they're Christians... not terrorists.

    So, let me connect the dots. A group needing money acted like they were interested in getting into bed with al Qaida for 50k. Oh, and some boots.

    That hasn't stopped the talking heads and Administration officials from bleating on about home grown terrorists. Gonzales and FBI Director Mueller are playing some serious ball with the press.

    Also at the conference, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales described the men as examples of "homegrown terrorists" who "may prove to be as dangerous as groups like al Qaeda" and who have come "to view their home country as the enemy."

    Can't you just imagine the testimony in front of Congress on why they need open ended wiretapping to protect us from groups like this one in Miami?

    FBI Director Robert Mueller warned about homegrown terrorists Friday during a speech in Cleveland, Ohio, that was scheduled before Thursday's arrests of the six suspects in Miami and another earlier in Atlanta, Georgia.

    No shit, way to pick up on that, Mueller... thought you had forgotten about folks like Ted Kaczynski and those two nuts who bombed Murrah in OKC in 1995. OF COURSE WE HAVE MALCONTENTS HERE. I'm sure these guys weren't real happy with the way things were going in the country as a whole or their personal lives specifically. It doesn't mean they had the intent, technical ability, let alone the wherewithal, to commit a terrorist act.

    This has all the earmarks of an election year put up job.

    Rove: Al, we need something terrorist related in the US. What do you have?
    AG Gonzales: Dude! There's nothing that we know of right now.
    Rove: Come on. There has to be something.
    AG Gonzales: Well, there is a group guys in FL but all they ask for is money. We think they're trying to lead the informant on.
    Rove: That'll have to do. Getting close to the midterms and I need something. When can you arrest them?
    AG Gonzales: How's Friday for you?
    Rove: Perfect, just make sure it's early in the day and make sure you leak it to the media.
    AG Gonzales: Of course.

    Can't you just imagine a conversation like this?

    I'll cut to the chase and fill you in on what's going to happen. These guys are going to get acquitted (seriously, read the CNN article linked at the top... all the evidence appears to be conversations between Pistole and Batiste who probably would have said his mother was involved for 50k...find me on the right day of the month and I'll give up the Mayor for 50 bucks and a pack of Marlboro's). You'll forget all about them but the damage will already be done as you might just be scared enough to believe that the guy next door is a terrorist.

    What a load of shit. Gonazales is the worst excuse for an AG since Meese.

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    Energy and Transportation Policy : A proposal

    In the early 80's a group of American technology companies looked to the future and decided the best thing they could do to ensure their own futures was to form a consortium for research and development in which they could could pool their resources and knowledge to stay ahead of foreign competitors. They named the endeavor Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporataion, MCC for short. The State of Texas, looking to diversify it's economy in the face of fluctuating oil prices, wanted MCC so a Democratic Legislature passed and then a Democratic Governor signed laws that gave MCC land and set up a partnership with the University of Texas.

    The result? UT has a world class information technology infrastructure and is one of the leading electrical engineering schools in the world. Austin, even after a recession, still has a vibrant technology economy, as does Dallas with the Telecom Corridor. What we need now is that same kind of foresight, but not in technology. We need an MCC for transportation and energy.

    America and the world face a real problem... the end of cheap, portable energy. Note I'm not writing about the end of oil because that's just stupid. We will NEVER pump the last bit of crude from the ground. For one, fossil fuels ARE a replenishing resource, they just happen to be created over thousands, sometimes millions of years. The second reason we'll never extract the last drop of oil is that it will simply be too expensive. By the time you get to that point, oil would be at $100,000/barrel in 2006 dollars. At that level, it's probably cheaper to power your car off some kind of nuclear power source.

    We are at the bare beginning of the end of cheap oil. It will likely take 10-15 years for real shortage problems to develop (at current growth levels) which would cause far more dramatic price movements than we've yet seen. Think $70 a barrel is ok? Try $350/bbl. It's going to happen and there's no way to drill ourselves out of the hole. As just about eveyone who has really looked this can see, we need a real long term solution that can meet out growing need for energy at a cheap price. That's why I'm proposing something that could do the trick.

    Think about gasoline for a second. Other than the repulsive smell, what IS it? I don't mean a product refined from oil. I mean what DOES it do for us? It's an energy 'source' simplistically, not unlike a battery. A battery (storage medium) can be charged with electricity (energy) that can deliver it's stored electricity (energy) at a measured rate over time. Isn't that EXACTLY what gas is? The engine in your car is really nothing more than the positive and negative terminals on a battery... it's good for only one thing, discharging energy from gasoline and using that energy to move you and your car.

    The easiest thing for us to do in a short time (over the next 5-10 years) is more fully develop biofuel feedstocks (soy, corn, even President Bush's much loved switchgrass), possibly genetically engineering them to be more fully refinable into fuel. The hardest thing is to invest resources into high conductivity electrical transmission, hyper-efficient discharge (motor) equipment, and high density storage.

    There is no reason why someone shouldn't be able to charge a full size car in less than 8 minutes (the average time spent each time we stop at the gas pump) that can go more than 500 miles until it's next charge AND will drive like a car with an internal combustion engine.

    So, what's the solution? How do we get from here to there? It's simple but it requires the kind of vision I've yet to see from any of the candidates for Governor (except, on occasion, Bell). Make no mistake, this could be a huge issue and I hope Bell will focus on it.

    The key is to involve industry and government. Sounds simple, right? It is. Many companies are interested in this from GE to Austin Energy. It won't be hard to get them to underwrite the project, in cooperation with the State of Texas, as it will give them new markets and drive their future profitability. The State could mandate production facilities in Texas which would increase employment here. It's the right thing to do for the economy, for the environment, for our children.

    We also need to think seriously about our transportation infrastructure which has not kept up with development and is beginning to be a drag on the economy. Toward this end we need a cooperative between the State and conctractors, consultants and materials companies to determine the best way to meet our ever growing transportation needs. Electric cars meet a definite need as personal transportation is going to continue to be the primary way Texans get from one place to another. However, with some of the technology that comes from that project, cheap high speed rail can be developed as can smart freeways.

    Now's the time for bold ideas. Tomorrow will be too late. While this is hardly bold, it's definitely necessary.

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    The Republican Strategy and why it's going to fail

    Two pieces caught my eye today, one from Newsweek (via Carl Whitmarsh) and the other from the New York Times both on the Rovian strategy of embracing Iraq since it is commonly perceived to be the Republican's achilles heal.

    Let me be the first to say, Karl's lost his touch. Cut and run is parodied so widely now that it's become more a punchline than a rallying cry. Any Republican dumb enough to say it just points out how wrong their policies regarding Iraq have been. Then there's the talking point about flip flops. To wit

    Moments after learning he had escaped indictment in the CIA leak investigation case, Rove told New Hampshire Republicans that Democratic critics of the war like John Kerry and John Murtha “give the green light to go to war, but when it gets tough, they fall back on that party’s old platform of cutting and running. They may be with you for the first few bullets, but they won’t be there for the last tough battles.”

    Oh, Karl... you sooo don't want to go there. They, just like most of the Congress, gave the greenlight based on intelligence created by the Administration. Note, I wrote CREATED, not uncovered. We now know, widely in fact, that the Vice-President and President drove the decision to invade. Iraq was forced on the US through a concerted effort to lie and manipulate, culminating in the oft cited warning of 'mushroom clouds over New York'.

    Rove's used this strategy before and it's usually worked out for him because of lock step Republicans adhering to talking points and weak Democrats too timid to fight back with all weapons at their disposal. That time has passed. Democrats, even the absurd John Kerry, have found their backbones and are geared up for the fight.

    And that's just Iraq. Let's not forget the economy STILL isn't better, employment is still weak, infrastructure is STILL deteriorating and Republican's continue to cut taxes on the rich while driving the country ever closer to the brink of financial collapse. Believe me, people are noticing how little you get at the pump for a dollar and they are sure as hell feeling the pain from higher interest rates cause by the failed policies of the Republicans.

    Ladies and Gentleman... barring any massive screwups on the part of the Democrats (and yeah, they are capable of some), you are watching the end of the modern Republican party. The real question is whether or not it will survive intact and rebuild.

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    Announcing the official Lamar Smith head Urinal Insert

    We here at McBlogger are all the time looking for that perfect thing that says, "Gee. I really like you" or "Sorry I got drunk and puked all over your new floor". Usually we just send booze with a note scribbled on the receipt. We're large like that.

    We're also looking for things that really show our feelings for some of our beloved electeds, specifically the Republicans who've made life such a treat for poor kids and the elderly over the last six years. The easiest way would be to pay them back in kind. We thought about cutting back on their benefits, but that's just mean (have you seen what a State Rep makes? Cuting that is like kicking a puppy). We thought (read:drank) long and hard and then McSleaze had it! They've been pissing on us for years; Let's piss on them!

    So, we offer you the first in a long line of Urinal Inserts, the Lamar Smith head Urinal Insert.

    Lamar's a great fella, truly a pal to his constituents. Unless he's cutting their Social Security or making it easier for companies to weasel out of their pension obligations. At that point, he's dropped trou and with peepee in hand is hosing them. The average constituent has no way to level the playing field and give Lamar the golden shower he so richly deserves (seriously, when he started apologizing for DeLay it was only a matter of time until I did something like this).

    Until now!

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    Ideas for placement? Just one so far (I did mention we were drinking last night, right?) and here it is

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    Just a note of warning... if you're printing this on an inkjet make sure you use a color fast ink. Please try to use stock that will survive more than one patron. Other than that, print them out and enjoy! Bonus points if I see and include one of your placements in an installment of SSSSS.


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    You know, I love the Lone Star Project, but...

    ... I have to ask: Is writing memoranda like this

    MEMO
    To: Interested Parties
    From: Matt Angle, Lone Star Project Director
    Date: June 22, 2006
    Contact Information: (202) 547-7610 - Fax (202) 547-8258
    On the web at http://www.lonestarproject.net/

    Re: Texas Redistricting and US Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court did not issue its opinion on Texas redistricting today. The next most likely days for a decision are Monday, June 26 and Thursday, June 29. The Lone Star Project will continue to monitor the case closely and keep you informed.


    REALLY the best use of Matt Angle's considerable talents?

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    Net Neutrality in the Senate and on our minds

    The debate moved to the Senate today and it looks like it will carryover to manana. From ZDNet

    WASHINGTON--The first day of the Senate Commerce Committee's debate on a massive communications bill ended without any votes related to the divisive concept of Net neutrality.

    But Senate Democrats and a lone Republican on Thursday pledged again to codify the antidiscrimination mandates sought by Internet companies and consumer groups, while Republicans cautioned that tinkering with the existing language could cause the entire 159-page proposal to collapse.

    Tim Berners-Lee weighed in on his blog. You might remember the Berners-Lee as the guy who actually invented the web.

    In a post on his blog titled Net Neutrality: This is serious, Berners-Lee explained his worry that, without net neutrality, legislation-free use of the internet by millions in the US could come to an end.

    "When I invented the web, I didn't have to ask anyone's permission. Now, hundreds of millions of people are using it freely. I am worried that this is going end in the USA", Berners-Lee wrote.

    Sean-Paul of The Agonist has been keeping a close eye on this for months. Today he posted information about KBH v. BAR on Net Neutrality.

    Many of you probably know I am no fan of Kay Bailey, one of my Senators from Texas. (But if it were her vs. Cornyn, hell, I'd vote for her without a second thought--but I digress.) Here's the deal: Kay Bailey has the chance to get net neutrality right. She literally has the opportunity to save the internet or give it away to special interests.

    She's also running for re-election. And her opponent, Barbara-Ann Radnofsky is on the right, er correct, side of the issue.

    So, yesterday on of the Save The Internet Coalition members sent out Barbara-Ann's and Kay Bailey's phone numbers, so their members could voice their concern over this critical issue. Of course, the people who called Senator Hutchison got her office and left a message with a staff member. On the other hand, those that called Radnofsky actually talked to her, as the email had accidentally included her personal cell number (oops). But Radnofsky was ecstatic about it. She took over 200 calls from people concerned about net neutrality and how the telco cartel was fighting this in Congress.

    Would Kay Bailey do the same thing? More importantly, will she do the right thing?

    Call her office in Austin 512-236-8656 or D.C.202-224-5922; 202-224-0776 (FAX): urge her to save the internet and support the Snowe-Dorgan Internet Freedom Preservation proposal.

    Take action: Call Congress: 888-355-3588, it"s free Write Congress, Blog it or add the logo to your site, and make it your MySpace best friend!

    Yes this is important and you should be making that call to KBH.

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    June 22, 2006

    Todd Staples, the Trans Texas Toll Road Douche

    (again with the full disclosure... does anyone really care? I'm working (unpaid) on Hank Gilbert's campaign)

    Don't Get Stapled
    has done a tremendous job pointing out how much The Palestine Douche is really the Trans Texas Corridor Douche.

    Oh, yeah... The Palestine Douche LOVES him some toll roads, especially if they cause people to lose their land.

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    Dept. Of Shocking Developments announces Strayhorn, some schmuck named Richard, make ballot

    In what has to be most anticipated (by the retarded)event of the day, C4N3P and Dick Friedman make the ballot. Everyone knew it was going to happen. At long last it's official and with that SoS Williams can now return to his formaldehyde tank. When asked for comment the candidates said:

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    It's about goddam time. I was afraid I'd have to put my foot up Roger's ass.





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    I'm on the ballot? Is that good? Allright. Say, did I tell ya the one about the messican and the black kid?

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    AADT selects Jennifer Kim, AJ Durrani for new SDEC seats

    In a letter to newly baked and packaged TDP Chairman Nabisco (I kid!), the Asian American Democrats of Texas announced that they have selected Austin's own Jennifer Kim and some guy from Katy (Joking! His name is AJ Durrani) to represent the Asian American community on the SDEC. The seats Kim and Durrani will fill were created only recenlty at the state convention and were LONG overdue!

    I have to admit I've warmed up a little to Kim since her tacky campaign last year against Margot Clarke (the gay bashing from surrogates was the best!). Since taking office she's been receptive and engaged on a variety of issues and has been an asset to the citizens of Austin. It's safe to say she's earned the respect of many people who voted for Margot last year.

    Congratulations Councilwoman Kim (and the other guy, too...)!


    Mr. Boyd L. Richie, Chair, Texas Democratic Party 707 Rio Grande Street Austin, Texas 78701 send by mail, fax, and email Dear Chairman Richie : Pursuant to the amendment to the Rules of the Texas Democratic Party approved at the Texas State Democratic Convention on June 10, 2006 allocating two add-on SDEC seats to the Asian American community through the Asian American Democrats of Texas (AADT), please be advised that the two members of AADT that were approved by the Officers of AADT as their SDEC representatives on June 19, 2006 are as follows: Female AADT SDEC Representative : Hon. Jennifer Kim (Appointed by AADT President) P. O. Box 1088, Austin, Texas 78767 Phone: (512) 974-2255 Email: jennifer.kim@ci.austin.tx.us Male AADT SDEC Representative: AJ Durrani (Elected Vice President of AADT) 1818 Parklake Village Dr. Katy, TX 77450 Phone: 713-702-2377 Email: ajdurrani@aol.com We would appreciate your forwarding this information to the appropriate Texas Democratic Party officials. Thank you for your attention to this matter. We look forward to working with you. Mini Timmaraju President Asian American Democrats of Texas 909 Texas Ave. Suite 1218 Houston, Texas 77002 Phone: (713) 247-9600 Email : mini@outreachdevelopment.com

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    Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?

    Breaking from Unconfirmed Sources

    Washington, DC (Rotters) - After being rebuffed by the press yesterday for disclosing a two-month old report on the Army's continued destruction of deteriorated pre-1991 munitions containing evidence of mustard gas and sarin, Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum accompanied by Connecticut Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman, as a sign of bipartisan support, produced one of the actual recovered canisters at a follow up press conference this morning. Santorum and Lieberman went on to reiterate that this was clearly evidence of the existence of weapons of mass destruction prior to the invasion of Iraq, therefore justifying the Bush administration's actions.

    "We have also clearly been able to discern that there was indeed a French connection involved in Saddam Hussein's WMD development program after all." stated Santorum. "We must support the president and our troops on the ground until their original mission is fulfilled and all of Iraq is free from the threat of mustard gas and saffron.":
    "There is a story circulating that these canisters are largely empty or that the contents are no longer potent and long since expired," stated Senator Lieberman. "This is a dangerous assumption to be making. As you can see, on this particular canister, it is clearly marked that the contents will remain potent through 2008."

    "We have further evidence," continued Santorum," that the insurgency in Iraq has been clandestinely hording stockpiles in refrigerated devices throughout the country, perhaps waiting for the right moment to spring a lethal trap. Our independent investigators have also concluded that this particular type of mustard as it deteriorates actually produces a far more noxious compound than the original."

    The White House refused comment on Santorum and Lieberman's presentation, stating only that it relished the support from the two. White House sources stated that the president may have something to say on the issue after his return from Europe later today, but for now they were merely playing catsup on the story.

    Critics immediately blasted Santorum and accused him of hot dogging for the press. Liberal blogs across the Internet seized upon Lieberman's support for the story and began referring to him as "Joe Condimentum" in anger and frustration.

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    Around Central Texas and recap of KAB : Women Candidates

  • The Texas State Employees Union/CWA are preparing action days on the first Monday of every month through election day. The effort is in place to help out Democrats in HD 47, 48 and 50 (specifically, Bolton, Howard and Strama). Contact Steve and Vicki Bradley at 323-2199 or vickiCbradley_at_aol_com.
  • Keep Austin Blue, of which I am a proud Driver, had their monthly meetup last night. Female Candidates Night was an opportunity to showcase the outstanding women who've stepped up to run for office in Central Texas. The first speaker was the always excellent Mary Beth Harrell who's running in CD 31. Newly elected Representative Donna Howard and soon to be elected Rep. Valinda Bolton also stopped by (more on that race later). We also got an earful from Marquis (dude! You didn't give me your last name) who was speaking for Barbara Radnofsky and Representative Mark Strama who, even though clearly not a woman, got up to say a few words about his incredible Campaign Academy. Rep. Strama does this every cycle and it's a fantastic opportunity for high school and college kids to learn the ins and outs of a grass roots campaign. The also have a rather good blog up.
  • You're invited to a fundraiser for CD 10 candidate Ted Ankrum! The event is being held at the home of Jan Soifer and Patrick O'Connell (5408 Hurlock, Austin) from 5:30-7:30 this Friday (also known as tomorrow). Ted is running against our very own Congressman Mike McCaul (R-Clear Channel Communications) who is best known for voting against the interests of those he serves (you know, us). Some of his recent work includes voting against Net Neutrality and voting for additional tax cuts on the rich. Please stop by the fundraiser, drop Ted a few bucks (there's no minimum contribution) and help put McCaul out of a job where his loser ass belongs.
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    MapChangers... for the 4 or 5 people who haven't heard

    Just on the off chance there are a few of you out there who NEVER get candidate email AND get all your news from McBlogger (so very, very sad) I'm posting the thing about the Mark Warner's MapChanger's. Right now, you can vote a straight Texas ticket and help out some very worthy folks (yes, even Chris Bell who we tease rather endlessly. You know, because he's dull).

    So, go forth, add your name to Warner's list and raise some money for some great Texans who really need it!

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    9/11 changed everything

    If we've learned nothing else from TV, we've learned that you can't have a bomb without a flashing red light to warn when it's armed.

    PLYMOUTH, Ind. --A red light from a beer ad that a bartender suspected was a bomb when he saw it blinking on a wall forced 35 people to be evacuated from a resort hotel.

    The guests were allowed back in their rooms less than an hour later after a Marshall County sheriff's officer determined the light was part of a Pabst Blue Ribbon ad suction-cupped to the window of the Sam Snead restaurant in the resort.

    The bartender called authorities about the suspicious flashing light at 12:30 a.m. Monday, and the guests were evacuated about six minutes later, said Doug Leedke, general manager of Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, 25 miles south of South Bend.

    Jon Van Vactor, a detective lieutenant with the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, said the authorities determined about a half-hour later that the bomb squad was not needed.

    To tell the truth, given a choice between Pabst Blue Ribbon and being blown up, I would opt for death.

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    Bonilla and Texas Republicans crap all over the VRA

    The Chron has an article up explaining how Texas Republicans were instrumental in holding up the renewal of the Voting Rights Act. Central Texas' own Rep. Henry Bonilla and His Cocksucking Highness, the Dark Prince of Tyler (and one of the biggest retards we can think of*) Rep. Louie Gohmert led the way. Bonilla with mindnumbingly stupid rhetoric like

    "It would be dumb to discriminate," said Rep. Henry Bonilla, R-San Antonio. "That is the last thing anyone is trying to do."

    Oh, Henry. Must you always be a douche? Of course it's dumb to discriminate... IT'S ALWAYS BEEN DUMB TO DISCRIMINATE BUT THAT'S NEVER STOPPED ANYONE FROM DOING IT.

    Short Bus Louie proposed the amendment that would have required all states, even ones without a history of discriminatory voting practices, to obtain preclearance from the Justice Department before making changes to voting standards, practices or procedures (think redistricting and Mary Denny's Poll Tax ID's ). Texas Republicans don't think it's fair, given our history, that we're singled out. Fucking crybaby bitches.

    Of course Bonilla and The Retard weren't the only Republicans who couldn't wait to put foot-in-mouth in front of a Chron reporter. There was also John Carter of Round Rock who contributed

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    "I don't think we have racial bias in Texas anymore" and "I simply believe you should be able to read, write and speak English to be a voter in the United States" and 'We just want to make sure the right people are able to vote'

    What prompted the second qoute? Someone clued Carter in to the fact that the VRA requires ballots in English and Spanish if more than 5% of the population has limited proficiency in English. Yeah, even lilly-white Round Rock qualifies.

    The best was saved for last... why did Texas Republicans choose to do this?

    The actions of Texas Republicans are unlikely to cause them problems at the polls, said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University.

    "Republicans in Texas recognize that they get elected on Anglo votes, a few Hispanic votes, and almost no black votes," he said.

    Hand to God, I didn't make that last one up. Thank you Cal, for clearly stating what we've known for a long time. The GOP doesn't give a shit about minorities.


    *YES, Retard. Calling him stupid is an insult to stupid people. I seriously think he is RETARDED.

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    June 21, 2006

    What's up bitches?




    What's up everybody? Grimace here. I would like to thank The Mayor and McBlogger for allowing me to vent my fat purple face here at McBlogger.

    For the Asshole of the Month of June 2006, visit the extended entry.

    Asshole of the Month---June 2006

    And the inaugural Asshole of the Month is...

    Molly Beth Malcolm!

    What is up with the constant red dress? Molly Beth barely beat out the runner up, John Behrman, due to her fantastic proclamation:

    "Moderates control this party," a jubilant Molly Beth Malcolm, a former party chairwoman from Texarkana, declared after the vote. [Dallas Morning News]

    This was following the takeover of the Progressive Populist Caucus at the State Convention, after which said takeover thanks to John Behrman, Molly Beth and gaggle immediately departed when it was time to talk about progressive issues, ironically enough, verified voting, after a roll call vote was denied after calls from the actual membership. Grimace knows this is somewhat old news, but worth the Asshole of the Month Award. Maybe it should have been John Behrman.

    All Grimace can really say is what the fuck.

    John Behrman was last seen walking around aimlessly searching for his new found moderate pals, but they were nowhere to be found.

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    Britney and Angelina : Celebrity interviews are the suck

    McBlogger said that I should comment on the Britney Spears interview last week. I was hesitant. However, when I heard that Angelina Jolie was going to grant an interview to Anderson Cooper I changed my mind. I thought I would watch that, and then post some thoughts. Like killing two birds with one stone. Or a combo platter of poop. Little did I know.

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    Oh baby girl. When asked about Kevin's relationship with Shar Jackson and kids she pleads ignorance. For two months. She chose the 'Oops, my bad' defense. If I was mislead in such a manner, I would probably be pissed. However, in the world of Britney, treatment like that inspires wedding proposals. Yes. In case you did not know, she proposed to him. I know this because I was one of the jackasses that watched 'Chaotic' on UPN. Oh yeah. I am admitting it. It was like a car crash. You curse everyone for rubber-necking, but when you get up there you can't help but take a peek. You know that it will be horrible. You just have to have a look anyway. It was really disgusting when Britney would talk about what a great fuck that rat faced dolt was. I can't write anymore about it. It is too taumatizing to remember.

    Moving on to appearance, I was trying to focus my attention on Britney, but I couldn't help but be drawn to the wayward false eyelash on her right eye. Did her make up artist not notice that? How could they not? And, oh fuck, the outfit. This woman has millions and that is the best she can do? A flimsy top and denim skirt. I could not believe the ample display of her rack. Her stylist should be shot on sight for these sins and that horrible hair. For lack of a better phrase, I am going to use a line that my best friend's mother used to say. Her hair was so stringy that it looked like goats had been sucking on it.

    It was still entertaining. In fact, I was so engrossed that I was startled when my dog started barking her adorable princess head off. A guy was at the front door. It was a solicitor hawking carpet cleaner. Damn fool! Don't go around asking people if they have a spot on their carpet that you can get out in a jiffy. This just in from the Department of Buy A Fucking Clue: Don't hawk shit at 8:39 at night. Oh, and especially not during a shitty celebrity interview!

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    I was super pumped for the Angelina interview. I was so sure it was going to be rockin' like Dokken. Anderson Cooper. Awwww. That adorable little scamp. However, it was not the interview I thought it would be. It was a infomercial for the United Nations. Which was good. I am not saying that it wasn't worth viewing. However, it was like getting a salad when you were expecting a steak. She was great. It was as though she possessed the empathic kindness of Audrey Hepburn, and the views on family of Josephine Baker. Needless to say it was very different from Ms. Spears, but definitely not as funny.

    Is it just me or are celeb's really retarded?

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    The Budget, Taxes and the Economy

    BondDad over at BOR has been doing an excellent job dissecting and explaining economic issues. Seriously, if you want to be able to make your mortgage payments and maybe be able to afford gas, you need to pay attention here. Ostensibly because it effects your life, but the real reason I want y'all to get interested in this is that DEMOCRATS ARE BETTER ON ECONOMIC ISSUES THAN REPUBLICANS. And for those of you thinking people have forgotten about their wallets, the economy WAS an issue in 2004... D's just did a bad job with it.

    Seriously, Kerry did a piss poor job of explaining where he stood on economic issues and he fell victim to the same R bullshit that's been pumped out like sewage from a backed up septic tank since Reagan ran in 1980. Don't buy into that crap that 2004 was an 'unusual year' in which voter's opted for values over their wallets. Kerry just did a bad job of selling them on what should be a Democratic strength for the next 20 years.

    The first article BD put up was related to the positive benefits of a balanced budget. I agree with his overall conclusion even if we differ on the impact of effects of massive deficit spending. I for one think that while there is a definite crowding effect from massive government debt sales, it's probably not as pronounced as would be expected. Still it IS there. The biggest points are that operational deficits (like the ones we're running now) are bad because they do make capital more expensive (hand in hand with higher interest rates) , limit the capacity of the economy to grow and make it extremely difficult to handle major disasters like hurricanes.

    Think of it this way... deficits are good when we get something from them. For example, rather than spending $100Bn/year in Iraq, we could have been spending that on mass transit and infrastructure throughout the US. Think of what that would have done for the productive capacity of US citizens, entrepenuers and business.


    While our interest rates have not gone up as much as one might expect due to Repubublican deficits, there are a number of factors. For one, most of our global competitors do have rates inline or lower than ours because they are not currently as fiscally irresponsible as the US. Another common justification for why US rates have remained relatively low despite our profligate spending on credit is the idea of a global savings glut.

    The Right Wing Noise Machine will attempt to rebut this argument with Bernanke's "global savings glut" theory. Bernanke's theory is wrong. As the IMF pointed out in chart 2 of this presentation, the "global savings glut" is in fact a 30 year low in Asian investment. When Asian investment picks-up, the global savings glut theory will diminish as well. In other words, low US low-term interest rates for the 2004-2005 period were the result of a historically low investment rate and should be considered an anomaly.

    The second article BD recently posted was an analysis of noise being made about higher than expected tax receipts. The number one thing here is not that supply side economics works (they don't). It's that when you start with already low expectations, it's pretty easy to exceed them. While tax receipts are higher on a year over year basis, they are not higher when compared to pre Bush tax cut numbers and growth in the economy has been much lower than expected.

    I bring both these articles up because they dovetail very nicely... the R message is full o half truths, lies, damned lies and statistics that fall apart on close inspection. Their ability to sell the public on their specious claims of economic prowess rest solely on the lack of an effective Democratic counter argument. If we're to stop the US from sliding into third world status, we must have a strong, effective message. It's absolutely critical.

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    Pro-choice forces wake up

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    Yes, they're asking for money and some help. So, if you have a second stop by their site and help them out.

    Seriously, I don't want to hear it... I know NO ONE CARES ABOUT SOUTH DAKOTA. However, that's where the battle is this year and it's time to step up and gut punch the assholes who can't get enough of telling other people how to live.

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    Coulter or Hitler: Can you tell them apart?

    Hint: Ann's a little taller.

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    Why does Cornyn hate our troops?

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Our favorite zombie, Texas' own Senator John Cornyn has voted against our troops in Iraq... by voting to allow amnesty for Iraqi's who kill US troops.

    When asked to comment on why he'd do something like this Senator Cornyn responded

    "These troops are probably never going to vote for me anyway"

    Cornyn further elaborated on what effect this might have on voters in his home state of Texas

    "You honestly think any of them will hear about it? Shit, even if they do I'll just get their preacher's to tell them it's all a liberal plot. Karl (Rove) will help me out."

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    June 20, 2006

    What one stupid old man can do

    I watched Frontline on PBS tonight. The Dark Side is the name of the episode and if you have a chance you should check it out. It's mostly a rehash of the missteps and mistakes made by the Bush Administration going into the WoT and the Iraqi Invasion. The second most interesting thing about it is just how deeply involved Cheney was in everything, from the doctoring and creation of questionable intelligence to the formulation of illconsidered policy.

    The most interesting thing about it? Just how stunningly stupid Dick Cheney really is. Everyone's harped on it for years... how the ridiculous, short-sighted, limp dicked (we've heard stories) little troll was deeply involved in every fuckup the Administation calls 'success'. However, the producers of this episode did an amazing job (at least to me) of really showing someone so intensely myopic he had problems seeing anything that wasn't immediately before his eyes. Even then, if it didn't agree with his worldview, he'd fight you tooth and nail on whether or not it was correct.

    Never before or since have the American people been served to incapably. I thought I'd seen enough about this subject and then something comes along to reignite the anger over just what a waste of space we have a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

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    Hot Reality Presser

    Hold the presses- the hottest talk of Texas rolled into town today! In case you missed it, here's a refresher.

    The final press conference of the Strayhorn Reality Tour will take place in Austin on Tuesday, June 20, at the AFL-CIO building downtown. At 10:45 am, Chris will go before the capital press corps to review the mistakes Carole Strayhorn has made as state comptroller that have cost Texans jobs, money, and public services.

    The Austin presser will wrap up a very successful press campaign that has spread the message of Strayhorn’s disservice and inability to keep her story straight throughout the state.

    strayhornwrap.jpgThe Strayhorn Reality Tour. Now that should get your jingles jangling (if you have any)! The only question this "Austin presser" leaves in my mind is whether to post a picture of flip-flops or something being wrapped up. Well, Flip-Flops are *very* John Kerry so...

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    I'm sooo sick of Verified Voting

    Seriously, if we're ever at a bar and you introduce me to someone who can speak in excrutiating detail about verified voting, I'll kill you. With a swizzel stick shoved strategically in your eye.

    Can I just stipulate to the fact that the 2004 election was stolen in Ohio and numerous other places nationwide? Can I preemptively agree with you that racism was a factor in polling machine placements at voting locations? If I agree to that and whatever else you'd like to throw in, can we then move on?

    Election Fraud is nothing new, to democracy or the United States (Landslide Lyndon in 1948 ring any bells?). The point is that the victory was believable because there was NOT huge groundswell of Democratic support. Anyone can steal a vote that everyone thinks will be close. If Kerry had gone on the offensive in August, 2004 he'd be in the White House right now because there just wouldn't have been any way to shift the necessary number of votes.

    Go ahead and file lawsuits but PLEASE don't run make this the cornerstone of the Democratic Party's message in 2006 and 2008. It won't resonate and will probably hurt.

    What we need, even more than verified voting, are some progressive candidates who can speak like populists. Granted there are a few, but we need more. Until then, people will be able to steal the elections from us and there's really very little we can do, unless we have someone finally admit to altering votes.

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    Dunnam and Burnam beat the drums on school finance

    Representatives Dunnam and Burnam both wrote excellent op/ed pieces on school finance.

    I'm posting Dunnam's in the SuperSize since it's on the Amarillo Globe News site and they require a login. Dicks.

    Unlike the governor, I believe that, sadly, the latest special session achieved little beyond getting us out of court temporarily. Unlike the governor, I'm not running TV commercials that make false claims in order to sell a lemon to the people of Texas. Unlike the governor, I don't define success as just doing something - I define it as doing the right thing.

    Instead of investing meaningful resources in Texas public schools, Perry pushed a plan through the Legislature that raises taxes on tens of thousands of small businesses and consumers, and uses that money to cut taxes mainly for the insurance, real estate, oil and gas, and finance industries.

    It's a big tax swap that mainly benefits Perry's biggest contributors - nothing more.

    Burnam, also on point, wrote this in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    The Star-Telegram Editorial Board seems to have lowered its standards for what it considers "good work" from the Legislature. Merely succeeding in passing legislation does not mean we succeeded in passing good legislation that works in the interest of the people.

    The board's kind treatment of the Republican leadership is the equivalent of "social promotion" in schools. If a student simply shows up and puts in minimum effort, he or she gets passed on to the next grade, regardless of merit. There is little merit in the legislation produced last month in Austin.

    Great job, y'all! If other D's would start talking the same way we will start winning elections. Thank you both for speaking up and letting it be widely known that the special was far from the shining moment the R's keep whining about.

    WACO - How do you define success?

    Is it enough that the Legislature passed bills that will keep public schools open for one more year? Or should the Legislature have taken the opportunity to craft a truly long-term solution for our broken public school finance system?

    Since the end of the last special session of the Texas Legislature, Gov. Rick Perry and several other Republican politicians have in one way or another claimed success.

    For example, Perry is now running TV commercials claiming that the average Texas homeowner will receive a $2,000 cut on his or her property taxes.

    But anyone even remotely familiar with our state's property tax system knows that this claim is utterly ridiculous.

    Unlike the governor, I believe that, sadly, the latest special session achieved little beyond getting us out of court temporarily. Unlike the governor, I'm not running TV commercials that make false claims in order to sell a lemon to the people of Texas. Unlike the governor, I don't define success as just doing something - I define it as doing the right thing.

    Instead of investing meaningful resources in Texas public schools, Perry pushed a plan through the Legislature that raises taxes on tens of thousands of small businesses and consumers, and uses that money to cut taxes mainly for the insurance, real estate, oil and gas, and finance industries.

    It's a big tax swap that mainly benefits Perry's biggest contributors - nothing more.

    Perry pushed, and the Republicans in charge of the Legislature passed, three tax bills that will increase taxes on over 50,000 small businesses, increase the cigarette and chewing tobacco tax, and raise higher taxes on used car sales. Interestingly, the cigar tax was not raised - I guess the fat cats did not like that one.

    Perry raised these taxes under the false pretense that they would use the money to create a long-term, stable source of funds to improve Texas public schools.

    But what Perry really did was pass another bill to dedicate all of the new taxes so they can never be used on public education in the future. That's right - not one penny of Perry's new taxes can ever be used for improving our children's classrooms, hiring teachers or buying up-to-date textbooks.

    The property tax cut? If homeowners are lucky, their 11-percent property tax cut this year will be barely enough to offset appraisal creep (10 percent in Waco this year), and the $.04 tax increase that Perry has forced on local school districts (if they want any new money to pay for things like higher electric and gasoline bills).

    And even if taxpayers receive a real tax cut, that tax relief likely won't last for long. Both the nonpartisan Legislative Budget Board and the Texas comptroller say that the governor's legislation creates at least a $25 billion budget deficit over the next five years.

    Because Perry's policies are fiscally unbalanced, the January 2007 Legislature will be forced to either cut billions from the state budget (probably from health care, higher education funding and our public schools), raise taxes again, adopt casino gambling, undo the property tax cut, or all of the above.

    So what did our schools receive?

    Texas schools were given back one-third of the funds that were cut from them in 2003. In 2003, $4.3 billion was cut, and only $1.4 billion of that was restored this year. Three steps back and one step forward leaves our schools two steps behind. And while any teacher pay raise is good, after the new raise, Texas teachers will be paid less in today's dollars than they were when my son started kindergarten (he will enter seventh grade this year.

    Lastly, changes in Robin Hood mean that while McLennan County schools might get $56 per child extra when they raise local tax rates, Highland Park will get $376 per student. So much for equity.

    As Perry struts around this summer campaigning for governor, he'll be saying, "Mission Accomplished!"

    But I don't think so. This is the governor's re-election bid to benefit his biggest donors: big business and the people who live in very wealthy areas.

    Despite all Perry's ads, a long-term solution for Texas' school finance system is no closer than it was three years ago.

    Gov. Perry got something done; unfortunately, he did not get the right thing done.

    How do you define success? Doing something or doing the right thing?

    Rep. Jim Dunnam, D-Waco, was elected to the Texas House in 1996 and has served as the House Democratic leader since 2003.

    http://www.amarillo.com/stories/061906/opi_4851618.shtml

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    TDP charging for the voter file? What's next... asking if we want fries?

    Annatopia has more here.

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    Kinky and Grandma update... it's only June and already I hate them.

    Irredeemably bad writer Dick Freidman and One Old Bitch C4N3P are supposedly going to get certified for the ballot on Wesdnesday or something. Whatev.

    This would all be so much more amusing if Bell weren't so lame. Granted, Grandma and Senor Talentless are far more ridiculous but they are also polling better than Bell who apparently intends to stick with this New Mainstream horseshit until two days after the election when someone finally tells him he lost.

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    Doggett bitchslaps the chickenhawks

    Speaking in opposition to authorizing President Bush's Iraq invasion, I said during House debate on Oct. 9, 2002: "The house-to-house urban warfare that would likely result from a land invasion would endanger our soldiers, detract from our ongoing war on terrorism, and expose our families to terrorism for years to come."

    With that, Rep. Lloyd Doggett begins a well written, thoughtful op/ed piece on the jackass resolution put forth by the Republicans last week. Seriously, I'm posting the entire thing in the supersize simply because he does an excellent job without doing the one thing I would have been sorely tempted to do... yell, at the top of his lungs, I TOLD YOU SO.

    Instead of "staying the course," we need to chart a smarter course. It is not weakness or retreat to recognize this administration offers only an endless "spend and bleed" policy. A better approach is to unequivocally renounce permanent military bases and any claim to Iraq's oil. Instead of talking about more "regime change," we must involve even those governments we despise in a regional peace process. And because the presence of our troops in Iraq is fueling the insurgency, we need the type of strategic redeployment urged by my colleague Jack Murtha, D-Pa., and President Reagan's assistant secretary of defense, Lawrence Korb. Meanwhile, with a resurgent Taliban, we need to refocus our resources on Afghanistan and complete the mission from which this administration should never have been distracted.

    Message to Republicans... Iraq hasn't a fucking thing to do with the War on Terror. The sooner y'all get that, the sooner we'll start to win the WoT and get our collective asses out of Iraq.

    Doggett: We need to chart a smarter course


    Lloyd Doggett, U.S. REPRESENTATIVE

    Sunday, June 18, 2006

    Speaking in opposition to authorizing President Bush's Iraq invasion, I said during House debate on Oct. 9, 2002: "The house-to-house urban warfare that would likely result from a land invasion would endanger our soldiers, detract from our ongoing war on terrorism, and expose our families to terrorism for years to come."

    Despite the overwhelming vote of House Democrats against this tragic war, radical ideologues bent facts, distorted intelligence and perpetrated lies designed to mislead the American people into believing that a third-rate thug had a hand in the 9/11 tragedy and was soon to unleash a mushroom cloud over our homeland. In fact, this war was launched without an imminent threat to our families; it endangers our families more every day and is creating new generations of terrorists.

    Ignoring both our long-standing allies and professional military advice about the number of troops and the type of equipment needed, those who rushed to war expected to be greeted with roses and quick victory. But with too few troops to guard Iraqi weapons caches, terrorists had their pick of tools of death.

    And now more than 2,500 Americans lie dead, ripped from their families — with about another 20,000 seriously injured. Each day, American taxpayers are forced to spend $229 million in Iraq; total appropriations are approaching half a trillion dollars. We pay again every time we fill up at the gas pump. Squandering the international goodwill our country enjoyed after 9/11, the president has significantly weakened our standing around the world that is so vital to our security.

    Avoiding a true debate about our choices in Iraq, the House again last week considered a resolution combining thanks to our service members for their sacrifice, which I support, with language insisting the president is pursuing the right course in Iraq, which I do not support. Democrats were denied any opportunity to alter or amend the resolution.

    Americans are increasingly realizing there is a better way to honor our troops than by sending off more of them to be killed. Would that there were even a little of the courage our troops have displayed on the battlefield here in Washington from those who refuse to challenge this administration's arrogant, myth-based policies, and who choose instead to cut and run from their responsibilities.

    One retired general after another has publicly indicted this administration's misjudgment and mismanagement after privately offered advice was rejected. Last week, a survey of more than 100 of America's top foreign policy experts from across the ideological spectrum showed that an amazing 87 percent said the war in Iraq is having a negative impact on protecting the Americans people.

    Instead of "staying the course," we need to chart a smarter course. It is not weakness or retreat to recognize this administration offers only an endless "spend and bleed" policy. A better approach is to unequivocally renounce permanent military bases and any claim to Iraq's oil. Instead of talking about more "regime change," we must involve even those governments we despise in a regional peace process. And because the presence of our troops in Iraq is fueling the insurgency, we need the type of strategic redeployment urged by my colleague Jack Murtha, D-Pa., and President Reagan's assistant secretary of defense, Lawrence Korb. Meanwhile, with a resurgent Taliban, we need to refocus our resources on Afghanistan and complete the mission from which this administration should never have been distracted.

    I return to my words of Oct. 9, 2002: "True security means working together with nations, large and small. We must be wise enough to rely on America's other strengths to rid the world of Iraq's danger, rather than unilaterally imposing our will by force that will only unite our enemies while dividing our natural allies." This remains the proper course.

    Neither paper resolutions nor more arrogance will defeat terrorism. More of our neighbors are questioning this war. The American people have not become weak-willed. It is the administration that remains stubbornly wrongheaded. We must continue to work together to alter its deadly pursuit of a desert mirage.

    Doggett, who has represented Austin or parts of Austin since 1995, led the Democratic whip effort in 2002 to oppose the resolution authorizing the invasion of Iraq.

    http://www.statesman.com/opinion/content/editorial/stories/06/18doggett_edit.html

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    Lazy mother and obviously desperate daughter sue MySpace

    Y'all know I think MySpace is lame so I'll not dip back into that well. However, the only thing lamer than MySpace are lazy parents who blame MySpace for their daughter hooking up with a perv. Sorry, Mrs. Lamerson, you don't police your kid's activities online then there is a very good chance they are going to get hit on by some kind of freak.

    "MySpace is more concerned about making money than protecting children online," said Adam Loewy, who is representing the girl and her mother in the lawsuit against MySpace, parent company News Corp. and Pete Solis, the 19-year-old accused of sexually assaulting the girl.

    No, MySpace doesn't give a fuck about your kid. Frankly, neither do I mostly because fat chicks who are into MySpace and macrame are pretty gross. They are only providing a service, namely that of webspace for dorks. Sounds to me like your daughter was a perfect fit.

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    Jesse's Song

    I'm going to be out of pocket for a bit tomorrow... I'm going to the dentist to have my teeth sharpened. So, posts may be a little lite. To amuse you, I offer this...

    Oh, come on! Everyone loves Saved by the Bell.

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    June 19, 2006

    Ask A... READER'S CHOICE!

    Last night, Team McBlogger (read The Mayor and myself) met for drinks and little informal discussion on possible topics for some of our regular features. You know, the 'regular' features that we post occasionally but because we've done more than one we think of them as 'regular' even though they are as infrequent as a man who has just eaten a pound of really sharp cheddar (we've heard stories ... some of you are SICK).

    Of course, like most of our editorial meetings, things quickly turned south when Gardner Selby showed up and started acting like he was part of the team. I guess he was hoping we wouldn't notice given our inebriated state. However, McSleaze did notice and I really hope he is able to get that shoe cleaned (it was pretty gross when it came out of Selby's ass). So, we're SOL as far as potential interviewees (sacrificial lambs) for our Ask A... feature. Y'all have any ideas? Check out previous installments of Ask A... to see where we've been. Obviously, a kitten that escaped from Bill Frist is out, as is another interview with Lee Raymond.

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    ICBMs---Mankind's favorite penis substitute

    Some guys are happy driving hybrids, others demand Hummers. And then there those who will be satisfied with nothing less than the capability of raining down fiery death on those who displease them.

    There's a lot of speculation, but so far as I know no real evidence that the size of the toy varies in inverse proportion to the owner's own masculinity. Still, one does wonder what subtle signal North Korean Whackoissimmo Kim Jung-Il is sending to the world with his missile program called the No-dong

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    I'm back, kids... for now, at least

    My wireless network still isn't working to I plugged into the modem directly. Yes, I actually have cat 5 running to my computer for the first time in more than 3 years. Laugh it up.

    I'm still installing software so while I'll be posting it'll be light. I also have to figure out what jammed up my wireless. Still, I just wanted to let you all know that I have a working compter again!

    And for all of you who were so kind and sent emails, flowers and candy... my thanks. ALL OF YOU OTHER CHILDREN CAN ROT IN HELL.

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    June 18, 2006

    The very definition of disappointment

    An intriguing message on my Tivo today: "Click to control your universe". Turns out it's just a promo for a movie. Starring Adam Sandler. If I actually exercised any control over the universe, there would be no Adam Sandler movies.

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    June 17, 2006

    Is that product placement in your pocket, or do you just want to watch the match?

    There's something going on called the World Cup, which apparently is something like our World Series except (1) it actually includes the whole world and (2) doesn't involve baseball, so it is inherently meaningless. However, the Anheuser Busch company has put a lot of cash on the bar to make Budweiser the official beer of the event, much to the dismay of fans who prefer brews that don't so closely resemble horse piss.

    Football's governing body has explained why up to 1,000 Dutch fans watched a World Cup tie wearing no trousers.

    Around 1,000 fans arrived for the Ivory Coast tie in their traditional bright orange trousers - but bearing the logo and name of a Dutch brewery.

    To protect the rights of the official beer they were denied entry, so the male fans promptly removed the trousers and watched the game in underpants.

    Fifa said an attempt at an "ambush" publicity campaign was not allowed.

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    June 16, 2006

    Making history

    Forbes.com has this listed as part of it's "Today in History" feed for June 17:

    In 1856, in Philadelphia, the Republican Party opened its first convention.

    In 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.
    ...

    "Five years ago: Texas Gov. Rick Perry vetoed a bill to ban the execution of mentally retarded death row inmates, saying the state already had numerous safeguards in place to protect them. "

    We execute the mentally retarded. Apparently we elect the morally retarded.

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    Bell Sure is a Map Changer

    Chris BellChris Bell wants you to call him a Map Changer. He'd *really* like Mark Warner's PAC to call him one too. He may have e-mailed you twice about making him a Map Changer. He's also blogged about wanting to be a Map Changer.

    Well, spamburgler doesn't need any more convincing that Chris Bell is a Map Changer. We're convinced.

    edgeworld.JPGAll it took was these new poll numbers, the second to show Chris Bell, you know, the *Democratic Party Nominee* behind a Republican, an Independent who used to be a Republican, and an Independent who used to be a Republican who used to be a Democrat. Someone should alert that Libertarian candidate- Bell's coming after him next in the race for last place!

    You're my Map Changer Chris Bell because you've made the world flat again, and now you're headed right off the edge of it.

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    Heh, hehe, heh, cool, heh, heh, heh

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    The Pentagon has something going on in Afghanistan called Operation Mountain Thrust.

    The Democrats rolled out a new platform called New Direction For America.

    Doesn't anybody say these things out loud a few times before they press "Publish"?

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    You may have noticed...

    ... I've not been posting much. Did you think I'd taken that long anticipated trip to The Betty? If so, you're an idiot. Seriously, you're fucking stupid.

    Sure, I've been posting but it's not really me. The Mayor is working posts for me that I type out (no shit) on the pitiful excuse for a keyboard that the people at BlackBerry were nice enough to provide on their eponymous handheld torture device.

    The real question is Why am I using that? Thanks for asking.

    Some pimply faced former math nerd with a penchant for mayhem decided to release into the world a very nasty little virus. So nasty in fact that the crew at Computer Geeks are stumped. You just know you're about to write a fucking massive check when they start a sentence with "Well, this is something new...". Splendid, no?

    I now have a computer courtesy of the nice people at Conn's. However, the fucker refuses to connect to my network. So, for now I'm working on my housemates computer and muddling through. Hand to God, if I ever find the programmer responsible I'm going to run him over with my car.

    Then set the corpse on fire.

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    Just read this story, dammit!

    How can you resist this headline?

    Man in Fatal Crash Had Wife's Severed Head

    And I thought Idaho was all potatoes and militia compounds.

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 08:59 AM

    TrashOscars : The MTV Movie Awards

    I don't know if anybody watched the MTV movie awards recently. I, of course, did. Shit like that is appointment TV for me.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingJamie Fox was such a ham. Ever since he won that damn Oscar he carries on like a horses ass. Why can't he shut up and present the award. Someone needs to explain to him that the MTV Movie Awards were not his moment. In fact, after this little performance, he gets no more moments because he's jumped the fucking shark.


    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI love that they gave one of those hideous awards to Christian Bale. I liked that movie. He did seem to take it very seriously. He was very impressed with the honor. Oh well, it was sweet. Stupid, but sweet. Like a retarded puppy wagging it's tale for piece of spoiled food.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingWhen I heard Jessica Alba was going to host I knew the show would suck. However, I tuned in with my expectations low. The DaVinci skit was horrible! Turns out I should have set my expectations far lower. They should really put Andy Dick out to pasture. Does anyone find him amusing in the least? Anyway, That was bad but it got worse. Seriously,the skit on 'King Kong' made me want to put my head in the oven. Let me try to be nice. Dearest Jessica, it is very fortunate for you that you are so good looking. Really.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI AM glad that Brad and Angelina won best fight. I have to admit that I like them as a couple. Is she a kook? Probably. Anyway, they are more interesting than Brad and Jen. They were so fucking boring. They were the white bread of Hollywood couples. Anyway, I like Jen with Vince Vaughn. In my opinion, it is a better trade anyway.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThe big moment was best kiss. You just knew 'Brokeback Mountain' was going to win and they did. Whatev. Big deal.

    When Famke Janssen and Rebecca Romijn came out I knew they would threaten to strip and/or kiss. Am I physic? Hell no. I just watch this shit every year. It happens at the video awards too. Some model turned actress or some baby prostitute starlet will tease the crowd in order to get applause. I am so tired of this stupid self serving ploy that I could vomit into a glass and drink it. Get a new gimmick.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI was pleased that Alba beat Jessica Simpson in the 'sexiest performance' category. I thought she was a lock. As a former 'Newlyweds' fan, I am not too pleased with Jessica. They were so good together. Her stupidity is just not as amusing without Nick's blank stare back at her. Anyone who has the first season DVD will agree with me. Not that I own it or anything. I just can't get over the divorce. I think Nick's probably a decent guy, even though I would rather listen to howling cats than his album.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingChristina Aguilera. I don't know what to think about her new song, but I am glad she stopped dressing like a cheap slut. Now she looks like a really expensive whore. At least she has talent. Take that Britney!

    Will Ferrel was there to promote his new movie. If his award presentation was anything to go by, it will totally blow. There is no way I am going to see it. And I went to see 'Poseidon'. Needless to say, I am not a hard sell.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThe show presented an honorary award to Spike Lee commemorating 'Do The Right Thing'. Ah, Spike. Still angry after all these years. Why so mad? You are so tiny, spry, and cute!

    They also presented an award to Jim Carry. Does anyone know the reason for the girls dressed like angels? I don't get it. Is it an homage to the film, 'Bruce Almighty'? Whatev. One more 'Fun with Dick and Jane' and you'll be the box office poison we all knew you'd eventually be.

    The big winner of the night was 'Wedding Crashers'. I really liked that movie and was pleased when they won Best On Screen Team. Even if Owen Wilson's nose kinda looks like a penis.

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    Hank makes Todd Staples his bitch

    (In the interests of full disclosure, I'm working for Hank Gilbert's campaign-McB)

    The newest blog on the scene here in Texas is Hank Gilbert's. Hank, for those of you who've been living under a rock or are retards, is the Democratic candidate for Agriculture Commissioner. If you haven't met him yet but hear of an event he'll be attending, go down and see the man... you won't regret it.

    The site is a great complement to the very good website that the campaign runs. Don't Get Stapled is perfect for those of you looking for a snarky take on the race and especially on Todd Staples, a former appraiser who probably wasn't too good at his job and is even more of a disaster as an elected official.

    The Trans-Texas Corridor will tear many small Texas towns and family farms apart and, as a result, is opposed by many rural Texans.

    However, this didn't stop Todd Staples from co-sponsoring the bill that created the Corridor. Todd Staples claims to represent rural Texans but he sells them out everytime he is asked to.

    Hank Gilbert, like many Texan farmers and ranchers, opposes the Trans-Texas Corridor and has from the beginning. He didn't do it because the fat cat supporters wanted him to, Hank opposed the Corridor because it was the right thing to do.

    I personally don't want an Ag Commissioner in a pair of tassled loafers (we've heard they are Todd's fave). If you're like me and want someone who actually knows something about Agriculture to serve, get behind Hank!

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    June 15, 2006

    Leininger in Texas Monthly... a few things the interviewer forgot

    OK, so I've finally had time to read the article in Texas Monthly about James Leininger (AKA Jefe de Voucher; Mr. Medicare/Medicaid Hospital Bed; Shitheel) and have a few points I'd like to ask the interviewer to cover in the follow up (provided the Dark Prince of San Antonio will allow it)

    1) What happens to the kids of parents who can't afford to make up the difference between the vouchers and tuition? Is this the highest realization of the free market applied to education; that, much like a Mercedes Benz, not everyone can afford an education?

    2) If pouring more money in schools isn't the solution, how do you explain the performance of WELL funded private schools vs. poorly funded public schools? Further, how do you explain the fact that Edgewood's scores and performance got MUCH better when the resources weren't being spread over as many students?

    This isn't about anything other than laziness and a willingness on the part of the some rich folks like Leininger to get out of paying their fair share to support a system that has enabled them (at least in Leininger's case) to make HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

    What's worse are the Edgewood parents who've bankrupted themselves paying half tuition. The ultimate fault is theirs because instead of DEMANDING more money for schools and electing people who would do just that, they kissed Leininger's ring and bought the private school bullshit hook, line and sinker.

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    Sore Loserman

    Senator Lieberman, obviously very worried about the challenge posed by Ned Lamont, is now threatening to leave the Democratic Party.

    Ned Lamont started running radio ads across Connecticut today asking Senator Lieberman to support the winner of the August 8th primary, just as Ned already has. If Senator Lieberman abandons the party, he will certainly divide Democrats and could not only potentially cost us the Senate seat, but governor's race and top-tier House races.

    Listen to the ad and add your name to the letter asking Senator Lieberman to remain a Democrat and support the primary winner on August 8th.

    Pardon me while I take a moment and say I FUCKING HATE JOE LIEBERMAN! In fact, let's have a 'new names for Lieberman' Contest in the comments. First prize is drinks with the Mayor and I (your treat. I kid!) And I'll kick things off with SENATOR SUCK.

    (Note: The Mayor is having to post stuff for me since my computer is being fixed by the nice folks at Computer Geeks. Make sure your Anti-Virus sw is up to date, boys and girls!)

    And Mayor MacSleaze adds:

    Even more revolting is the news that Chuck Schumer, head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, says the DSCC might support an independent race by Joementum against the actual choice of Connecticut Democrats.

    What the fuck, Chuck?

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    The new Texas GOP Vice-Chair

    Emails from the Texas GOP have to be one of the funnier things in my life. Since I left the Republican Party many years ago the natural progression into utter madness has been humorous as hell. What hasn't been so funny is the TDP's rather rapid slide into irrelevancy. Come on, guys... we should sooo be winning elections against these nuts.

    In this week's issue of the Right Side (like I could make that up), we're introduced to Dr. Robin Armstrong. Some highlights and the full text in the supersize (I soooo dare you to read it).

    Dr. Armstrong, seen here with RPT Chair Tina Benkiser, has an impressive bio.

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Because Jesus served and called on His followers to serve, Dr. Armstrong has traveled on two missionary journeys to Africa and has served in Nicaragua as a missionary as well. Dr. Armstrong has also worked in inner city and youth ministry at his church because he believes that this ministry service truly provides solutions to people’s needs.

    Inner city? Is that what we're calling Plano these days?

    A conservative Republican with a passion for serving the people, Dr. Robin Armstrong is a servant leader in the purest sense of the word. Dr. Armstrong has been a strong and effective leader in Republican Party politics, in his medical profession, in his church, and in his community for the past fifteen years.

    Because Jesus served and called on His followers to serve, Dr. Armstrong has traveled on two missionary journeys to Africa and has served in Nicaragua as a missionary as well. Dr. Armstrong has also worked in inner city and youth ministry at his church because he believes that this ministry service truly provides solutions to people’s needs.
    Dr. Armstrong has served in the grassroots of the Republican Party of Texas as a city chair, an election judge, a precinct chair, a poll watcher, a convention delegate, a Senatorial District Convention Chairman, and most recently as the State Republican Executive Committeeman for Senate District 11, which covers parts of Galveston, Harris and Brazoria Counties. He was elected Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas in June 2006.

    As an indication of his strong work ethic and his commitment to service, in addition to his leadership role with the Republican Party of Texas, Dr. Armstrong currently serves as the President of the Galveston County Medical Society.

    Born in Texas City and raised next door in La Marque, Texas, the thirty seven year old physician has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and a Medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. After completing his residency in Internal Medicine, Dr. Armstrong now serves on the staff at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City where he was born, just down the street from his boyhood home. Dr. Armstrong was a wide receiver on the La Marque Cougars high school football team that played in the 5A state championship in 1987; he also ran the 800 meters and the two-mile relay in track and field.

    Raised in a political household, Dr. Armstrong’s father Robert was a long time La Marque ISD School Board Trustee. Dr. Armstrong is a born again Christian who accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior while a sophomore at Texas A & M. Dr. Armstrong also became a Republican that year because his strong pro-life beliefs would not allow him to abide the Democratic party’s immoral position on abortion.

    Dr. Armstrong is involved in politics because he loves this country that has given him opportunity after opportunity. He sees our nation drifting away from the values that made her great. It is his desire to do everything within his power to promote and defend our conservative principles all throughout our land.

    Dr. Armstrong agrees with Chairman Benkiser that the Republican Party of Texas must expand our conservative base to maintain our Party’s success in the future. It is not enough to preach to the choir; we must continue to grow by reaching out to people of faith, professional groups, and minorities who have been abandoned by liberalism; he is committed to working with Chairman Benkiser to win the cultural war and secure our Republican majority far into the future.

    Dr. Armstrong has been married to his wife Martha for eight years; Martha is also a medical doctor and the Armstrong’s have two sons: Daniel and Gabriel.

    The Armstrong’s are active in the Abundant Life Christian Center in La Marque, where Dr. Armstrong is a Men’s Bible Study Group Leader. Dr. Armstrong is also a member of the Galveston Pachyderm Club, the Texas Eagle Forum, and an associate member of the following Republican Women’s Clubs: Clear Creek, Sandpiper, Galveston, and Midland County.

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    There's Something Happening Here

    What it is ain't exactly clear
    - Buffalo Springfield

    There was an Elvis Impersonator in the first row on my flight from Austin to Las Vegas, but I don't know - maybe that’s a federal regulation now. There also was an octet of bimbettes sitting to my left who spent the trip kneeling on their seats and squealing as they tried on one another’s jewelry.

    But since it was a Southwest nonstop, I knew I would soon be shut of these annoying clowns when I get to Yearly Kos.

    I was half right.

    The bimbettes were swallowed up by the throng of humanity that churns through every public space in Vegas at the rate of 100,000 new people a day, but Elvis (or “an” Elvis - who could tell?) showed up again at Mark Warner’s over-the-top-in-every-sense extravaganza for bloggers that marked the midpoint of the Yearly Kos convention.

    I’ve been to enough state and national political conventions of both parties that I went in with way low expectations, but damn if this wasn’t the most intense, exciting and downright thrilling political convention experience I’ve had (okay, I missed Chicago in ‘68).

    Being in Vegas had nothing to do with it. YearlyKos was “in” Las Vegas - for the cheap rooms and central location - but not “of” Las Vegas. In the whole three-and-a-half days of events I dropped not one quarter in a slot machine, saw no shows, drank only in animated groups of Kossacks and got barely six hours of sleep a night.

    And jeez was it fun. Where else on this planet could a non-connected blog reader shoot the breeze with Joe Wilson, laugh at Tom Tomorrow, cheer a rousing speech by Howard Dean, stick a strawberry into a flowing fountain of liquid chocolate at Mark Warner’s party, hear Mudcat Saunders shouting “bullshit” and be awed by the agile minds behind goofy internet names like “emptywheel” and “skippy the bush kangaroo?”

    Wilson GolfShirt
    --Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, in civvies, with Bluetooth phone

    For those who haven't heard about it, YearlyKos was a volunteer-invented and organized convention to “unite the netroots” by gathering nearly a thousand of the real people behind the login names that populate blogs and sites like DailyKos, MyDD, Firedoglake, My Left Wing, Eschaton, Media Matters, Pharyngula, Americablog, Crooks and Liars and dozens more.

    Jane Hamsher Firedoglake
    --Jane Hamsher of the blog Firedoglake

    As pure convention this amateur-created gathering was better run than most professional meetings. Sessions almost always started and ended on time. But as participatory political theater, it was without parallel.

    A thousand in attendance, eager to meet the actual people behind the screennames they admired, share their thoughts and passions and learn from one another. Because so many people blog anonymously, the place was full of bloggers who had earned celebrity by the force of their ideas, but were unknown by their real names. So introductions in the caucus groups that formed the first day were like some Alice-in-Wonderland version of an AA meeting: "Hi, my name is (mumble) and I blog as bonddad," said a guy who looked like a successful stockbroker. "Yay, bonddad," we cried, as the room erupted in applause. Most of the blog heroes were all there - "pachacutec" , "ReddHedd," "Hunter," "emptywheel," and even "oilfieldguy," a trucker who carries pictures of unusual loads he's hauled, saved on his cell phone.

    Even the lurkers had plenty to contribute: I heard enough insight and sharp analysis from fellow blog nobodies to have gotten new hope about the state of our nation. The best part is that these were regular people, with jobs and families and different points of view, but united in a common desire to take their country back from the bastards who stole it.

    Main Convention Hall
    --Audience in the main convention hall

    More than 150 reporters and familiar names from the major mainstream media across the country and across the Atlantic came to try to figure out what was going on and heard repeatedly they were a big part of the problem. Some were miffed and fled to the media room. Maureen Dowd (MoDo) was there and was mobbed by bloggers wanting a picture with her. Administration whore Byron York - he of the flowing locks - showed up and got hammered repeatedly from the dais. I’ve got to say he took it with good grace, worked pretty hard for his pay, and took his revenge later in the National Review Online. “Wonkette” - Ana Marie Cox, ex-blogger and new Time writer - drew the special ire of the beauteous Jane Hamsher from Firedoglake who gutted “Wankette” unmercifully in post-Kos blogging. Too many of the press seemed to have their hatchets out for the bloggers and coasted through the sessions secure in their Beltway complacency, but a few, like Ron Brownstein of the LATimes, actually worked their asses off and interviewed everybody who would hold still, trying to figure out what it meant. As if we might know.

    in fact, no one really knew. We were figuring it out as we went along. Or not. Buffalo Springfield kept running in my head: “There’s something happening here...what it is ain’t exactly clear.” I went to Vegas because of the same impulse that made me drive up to Crawford in the first days that a woman named Cindy Sheehan was camping out by the roadside. It just seemed like something I oughta see for myself. This time I brought a camera, though, but I kept forgetting to take pictures, because I got so engrossed in what was going on.

    More than 120 experts and authors - from Dave “Mudcat” Saunders to George Lakoff to Ralph Neas, Michael Schiavo, Robert Greenwald, Joe Trippi, Glenn Greenwald and Murray Waas - were there for panel discussions, as were major and minor deities of the progressive blogosphere - Ambassador Joe Wilson, former CIA guy Larry Johnson, cartoonist Tom Tomorrow, David Sirota, Sam Seder, science blogger Stephen Darksyde, Peter Daou, Dan Froomkin, John Aravosis of Americablog, and Howard Dean, to name just a handful. And of course Kos - Markos Moulitsas, the diminutive 34-year-old Army vet who created the phenomenon of Daily Kos four years ago that lent its name to the convention. They were not only there, they were readily accessible to participants and threw themselves into the packed program of roundtables, workshops and panels with intelligence and enthusiasm.

    Brother Kos
    --Kos as a more cheerful version of Big Brother on the big convention-hall screen


    We watched a premiere of “The Big Buy,” trained to take on right-wing talk radio, learned organizing and framing skills, and discussed ethics, immigration, religion, feminism, labor, science, law, journalism and economics and more, much of it under the eye/ear of C-Span and AirAmerica Radio. My delight at all I got to do and learn was only tempered by all I had missed. And with six sessions going on simultaneously, there was much to miss.

    Net-savvy politicans like Warner came to pay court. The former Virginia goverrnor spent big bucks on bloggers like the bazillionaire he is and his early acceptance on an invitation to YearlyKos won him a spot to address the full convention at lunch. (I don’t think that was a quid pro quo - with Kos-bred bloggers among his senior staff advisors, he “got” the importance of the meetup earlier than others). Hillary Clinton was invited but claimed other commitments.

    Wes Clark actively participated in the convention’s science panel, mingled extensively, (before heading to Fort Worth and the TDP Convention) and threw a wine-and-beer meet-and-greet for attendees. Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico was there for a breakfast and Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, and Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada. Barbara Boxer made a passionate and well-received address before stumbling (in bloggers’ eyes) with her endorsement of senate colleague Joe Lieberman.

    I heard somewhere that the average (median?) age of the thousand or so who paid their own way to come to YK was around 40, and that seemed about right. These were not just computer-savvy kids who had discovered politics (there were plenty of them, though) but longtime liberals who had turned to computers as a lifeline to connect them with like-minded others.

    I went to a Southern networking group and the value of that blessed internet connection was quickly obvious. Person after person talked about being the only confessed liberal in their towns and of the overwhelming conservative nature of the South, and being saved from political isolation by the Net.

    One blogger/reader introduced himself as being “from Houston, Texas, the Belly of the Beast.” People clucked sympathetically. I confessed that I had it pretty easy by comparison: I was from Austin, Texas “The Pierced Navel of the Belly of the Beast.”

    I’m still processing all that I heard and everything that happened, so let me fall back on a few vignettes out of hundreds:

    - There were endless examples of the sheer pleasure the convention-goers seemed to take just from being around so many people they liked and admired. Even our heroes had their heroes. “Tom Tomorrow”, (who is a hero of mine for his brilliant cartoon strip “This Modern World”) got all aw-shucks-shy when I told him I was sitting near Joe Wilson and saw that Wilson was laughing his ass off during “Tom’s” reading of his Plamegate cartoons. "I met him," "Tom" told me with a kind of awe, "and I was shaking his hand, thinking, 'This is Joe Wilson and I am a worm.'"

    Tom Tomorrow
    --Tom Tomorrow reads from his cartoons

    - Bearded little framing guru George Lakoff telling a circle of bloggers that Republicans mean something very different from progressives when they say the word “Freedom” and we need to keep that in mind. In fact he’s written a book about it, which he wryly calls “the longest book ever written about a single word.”

    - Tempers flaring and insults flying when Tom Schaller rattled off statistics showing how Dems could win without the South, a presentation called “Whistling Past Dixie” that brought Dave “Mudcat” Saunders up bellowing like an angry grizzly. Schaller had some persuasive data and demographics, but he might as well have been criticizing Saunder's mother.

    - People for the American Way President Ralph Neas explaining in a roundtable that even if we can win the Congress AND the Presidency, we are still way screwed for a couple of generations by the Right’s success in packing the Federal judiciary with idealoons. Progressives, he declared, are now the political conservatives, trying to hold onto the Constitution and the hard-won rights of the last 70 years. Republicans, contrariwise, are the new radicals.

    - The audience hissing Tom DeLay like a vaudeville villain and cheering Austin DA Ronnie Earle during the free screening of “The Big Buy,” particularly when Earle declared that “being called unethical by Tom DeLay is like being called ugly by a frog.” Wish Earle could have been there, if only to hear how many people from across the country think he’s a hero.

    - That incredible damn Warner party. A few said it was not at all atypical of big-time marketing events and a good use of the $50,000 - $100,000 he spent but I think they were in the minority. One gal was just livid at it all. “This is what we’re supposed to be fighting AGAINST,” she declared to anyone who would listen. “This is no different than golf trips to Scotland. This is not what we are!” I’ve got to admit that many of us who went wound up feeling a little guilty about the lavishness of it all - even as we wallowed in it.

    InsanityRide
    --"Insanity" ride hangs off the tower and spins you face-down, horizontally over the Strip. Yikes.

    Warner rented an entire floor of a Space-Needle-looking tower called the Stratosphere to hold his blogger party 1,146 feet above the Vegas Strip. Gave us free passes to the freakin’ insane thrill rides that hang off the top of that enormous tower. Not one live impersonator band, but TWO - Blues Brothers AND Elvis.

    Faux Blues Brothers
    --Faux Blues Brothers performing at Warner's Party as HOT liberals dance

    Besides the flowing liquid chocolate fountain into which you could dip strawberries and marshmallows, there were ice sculptures into which vodka was poured to create a chilled martini. A platoon of servers dished up everything from sushi and coconut shrimp to standing roast. And the next day, handsome black silk-screened t-shirts with the YearlyKos logo conflated with a stylishly noble rendition of Warner’s mug were draped over all of our chairs in the main convention hall.

    Warner Party
    --Mark Warner chatting up bloggers at the bash he threw for them

    Wes Clark offered free booze at his party at the Hard Rock Casino, too, but it was limited to wine and beer. No impersonators, but lots of talk. Pretty informal - the athletic Clark jumped up on a spindly bar stool and balanced there for 20 minues of extemporaneous talk so that people could see and hear him. I flashed a vision of Segway-stumbler W trying the same thing and meeting a gory end.

    Balanced Clark
    --Wes Clark's "balanced" talk

    If the bloggers were a co-ed, Warner was the guy with the Patek Phillippe who shows up in his Porsche to take you to the best restaurant in town. Clark was the guy who wants to buy you a beer and go somewhere and talk. Both of them turned our heads, and there was much debate about who would respect us more in the morning.

    If they had things to tell us, there was a message we had for them, too, and for all the other leaders and wannabes who came to Vegas to meet us: If you want us to fight for you, we expect you to stand up and fight for us. Do that, and we’ve got your back.

    That may sound arrogant, and more than a little presumptious, but the explosion of readership of the blogs already is rattling the bars, if not yet Crashing the Gates that Kos has set his sights on. The pols and the press were smart enought to sense it and show up to sniff around. I'm not sure they got what they wanted... but I think we did.

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    Nice toupe, Asshat

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting It seems that Central Texas' own Congressman Lamar "TommyDeLay's Bitch" Smith was in town today. Talking about oil production with a bunch of lobbyists while snorting coke off hookers's tits.

    Or maybe he was here to talk about solar power. I don't know honestly know which is more believable.

    Nah, it's gotta be about oil. A guy who scores at the bottom of the Seirra Club, The League of Conservation Voters, The Texas Environmental Watch Alliance ratings couldn't possibly be talking about renewable energy.

    (Kudos to Team Courage for a job well done!)

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    June 14, 2006

    Defiant Pride march in Poland

    So the President of Poland says don't march and what do Polish gays do? They MARCH. As it turns out, the opposition was mostly retarded and light. Why?

    Right-wing anti-gay groups in Poland had threatened to stage other protests, but called them off, citing the World Cup as reason for staying away.

    How fucking pathetic. You don't even hate the gays enough to miss the World Cup? I think we've found an anti-gay movement even more lame than The Nutters' Phelps.

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    June 13, 2006

    Snarky Bell Video

    I got this from 'someone' at the State Convention. While I think Chris means well, the 'New Mainstream' is just as lame now as it was a year ago.

    Now, before y'all get pissed at me, keep in mind that Texas Democrats are NOT a homogenous bunch. Some of them are even considering a vote FOR Rick Perry (not me, Goddamn it. I'm voting straight ticket D) . That should tell you something...not that they're stupid (they are) but that they are uninspired by our standard bearer. I've seen Chris give good speeches and terrible speeches. Most of the good ones have been recent. But there is an attitude emanating from him and his campaign that we should just automatically fall into lock step (with the usual reaction being 'FUCK YOU', natch) and it isn't going to happen.

    Chris is an intelligent guy, I've seen it. But this campaign is losing steam by the day and I'm fucking tired of it. I'm voting for Chris anyway but the time has come for him to take the gloves off against Perry, Kinky and Grandma. Do something wild and talk like a Texan. A little profanity wouldn't hurt, either.

    Get off the TAKS shit that everyone is sick to death of and pick up something really important, like immigration or infrastructure. Talk about what you'd like to do to make the economy better in Texas with a massive roads program that will keep our economy moving. Be passionate and inspire passion in others.

    I knew a ton of people in the Travis County coordinated campaign in 2004. I know that most, if not all, of them are coming back for this year. We're going to kick ass here and deliver a gut punch to Republican's in Central Texas. These people are passionate about winning and they're just looking for a reason to get passionate about Chris Bell.

    If only Chris Bell would give them one.

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    My First Convention...and the INCIDENT

    Well, I've survived my first Democratic State Convention. It was verrrry innnterrestink. Let me just say, I love hanging out with Democrats. We're an earnest bunch. We care. It really is all for the children.

    I met some great people yet only managed to have one drink with the Keep Austin Blue people, which is a crying shame. My fave caucus was the Pro-Choice meeting, Chris Bell stopped by to let the totally packed house know that he was actually for considering women competent stewards of their own uterii. Nice of him. The other stand out speaker at the lady party was a woman running for county comissioner. She performed a slam poem. That's right a slam poem. I gave her a 9.2 and an "E" for EFFORT. I left when the old guys started to talk about population control and headed over to the Pro-Life booth. What? A Pro-Life booth at the Democratic Convention, surely you're joking? ...No, it's true. I guess we'll let anyone in. I wanted to know what they were actually doing to prevent abortions. What their initiatives were regarding reproductive health care. Well, as it turns out, they didn't really have any. According to the very nice woman in the plum sweater set, "We don't get involved prior to cenception." She also felt like many Democrats were "close minded" when it came to Pro-Lifers. I suggested that it was actually her organization that was a little light in the open heart and mind department. I walked off and cried.

    After I had lunch with some party operatives that I'm not entirely impressed with professionally, but I do genuinely like, I headed over to my district caucus. What's better than a Texas Democrat? ...A Travis County Democrat of course. We had a great time, and by far the best speaker was Diane Henson. When is that woman running for gov? She was the most inspired speaker of the weekend. AND...with the help of a lot of wonderful people, I managed to get elected to the Resolutions Committee. Ruth Epstein (my worthy opponent) and I buried the hatchet, although I think she would have preferred to have buried it in my head, but hey, them's the breaks. Ruth let us know that she was on the Board of the ACLU. I let the assembled know that while I wasn't on the Board, I have had drinks with the Board of the ACLU....and that my friends is an important distinction.

    Which brings me to the INCIDENT. As soon as the election was over, a very nice woman in a tropical print blouse asked me where I was staying, in case the Resolutions needed to get a hold of me. I responded, "That's a funny story." You see the first night of the convention I got thrown out of my hotel room at the Cares-A-Lot Inn because the manager smelled pot in the vacinity of my room. So, at 2:30am on Thursday night, the very caring people at the Cares-A-Lot tossed me out on my ample butt. It didn't help that I had a bagful of both salty and sweet snacks in tow. I guess there's no other explanation for bean dip and powdered doughnuts. They also charged me 269.00 for the pleasure of keeping my luggage there for 6 hours. I spent the rest of the weekend scrambling for a place to stay, and let's just say that Bank of America got an earful from me as soon as I got back to Austin. Am I disputing the charge...YES I AM. You see, I'm fairly sure there would have been no INCIDENT had I not complained, upon my arrival , that the hotel wasn't nearly as nice looking (or smelling) as it had appeared on their shabby, little web site. I suggested that I might not actually stay with Cares-A-Lot for the duration of the convention because it simply wasn't worth the price of admission. At that point, my guess is that they were looking for a reason to get rid of me as well as make a little money. So, when 4:20 rolled around, the pointy-headed manager took special notice. PS...I also mentioned that I was attending the Democratic Convention. The woman at the desk said, "Oh. Well. Whatever." Methinks I got Swift Boated!!!

    I guess it wouldn't be a Democratic Convention if someone didn't get popped with the not so medicinal herb!

    OMG.

    OK...this has to be the first of a two part series. I have to jump into the shower and then head on over to some donor meeting for the National Poetry Slam. I was directed to dress nice and keep it clean. Believe it or not folks, I attempt to do that every day!

    More later. Coming up... The lamest floor vote ever. Who elected that legislator to run the Resolutions Meeting. And finally, how to avoid being shanked by a biker chick.

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    There are planes and then there are really shitty planes

    My company loves meetings. Whether it's a conference call or a face to face, they love to get us all together. Unfortunately, they're also cheap ass bastards which is why I flew out last Tuesday morning AT 6. In the morning. I had no idea that even EXISTED as a time to start your day. Certainly a time to go to sleep, but fly? Oh. Hell. No.

    Still, I did manage to make the plane (even though I was still on Ed Blustein at 5:15). Actually, I'm being charitable by calling it a plane. You know how people deride ATA and Southwest as the Greyhound of the skies? This was worse. America Worst, evidently in a race to the bottom with Mongolian Airways, has decided to start flying what I can only describe as the Ford Festiva of airplanes, the Canadair Regional Jet.
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    Two seats on either side of an aisle that's really only a path. My seat was next to the aisle. The rowmate was already there, a fellow overflowing the seat, sweating, who smelled faintly of Jim Beam. Fatty McFatterson didn't think we needed the armrest down as it would have disturbed his gelatinous belly (in honesty, I'm not svelte by any stretch of the imagination. However, I CAN fit in an airplane seat).

    As I resigned myself to sitting next to the incredible slob, my buddy for the next two hours and twenty minutes, the screaming began. The source was a child... not a baby, a four or at the most five year old girl with a set up lungs a diva would envy. She wasn't happy about the early flight either and I was sharing her displeasure with the entire cabin. I did mention it was 6:00 in the morning, right?

    As we got to altitude, I opened my book and read. If you haven't read David Sedaris (or even if you have) you should REALLY grab a copy of Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. It was probably the only thing that kept my mouth shut when my rowmate decided to readjust his position and plant is ample ass squarely in contact with my hip.

    Needless to say, I NEEDED A BLOODY MARY WHEN I GOT THE AIRPORT. Oh, and a cigarette. Thank GOD for Sky Harbor and their lax smoking policy. Just a suggestion, if you find yourself connecting through Phoenix stop by the Fox Sports Bar in Terminal A. All I'm saying.

    Next 40 hours are mostly a blur. Meetings. A Cocktail party. A good time at a bar in Newport Beach. A lovely night's sleep at the Radison Seventies Porno in Newport Beach (seriously... you gotta see this place. The lobby looks the way you'd think John Holmes' pad would look). More meetings. A trip to the airport and almost losing my Blackberry (thanks SNA Airport Cops!) board the plane and come back to Phoenix where I board (after a ninety minute delay)... come on, you had to see it coming... ANOTHER FUCKING CANADAIR REGIONAL JET 900.

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    Who do you have to sleep with to get a credit around here?

    Headline in this morning's Slag:

    Matt Damon, Wife Have Baby Named Isabella

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 07:38 AM

    If you're gay, Mike and Susan Dell don't like you so much

    The Statesman has a great piece up about how Dell plays to all customers. Of course, as only the Statesman can do they miss the real story. While Dell Computer was sponsoring a float in Austin's Pride Parade (Dell people : Thanks for the swag!), Michael Dell was sponsoring the Republican Convention in San Antonio.

    The convention program included a page thanking the biggest underwriters for the convention, topped by four members in the "President's Club" who each gave $50,000: AT&T, Argonaut Group Inc., Trident Insurance Services and Susan and Michael Dell.

    While the company is embracing diversity, the founder is shitting all over it. Thanks, Mikey!

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    June 12, 2006

    Oh my Gawd!

    Can this possibly be true? Can a former SDEC member, who was administered a firm boot in the ass by his district's caucus, actually be trying to slink his way back onto the party's governing body dressed in treehugger drag?

    It seems that as part of the wheeling and dealing that went on Fort Worth over the past few days an agreement was reached to add four seats to the SDEC, two of which will be allocated to environmentalists and two to Asian-Americans. Who chooses the SDEC members for constituency groups? Usually they're named by the appropriate caucus in the party, which in this case might mean Texas Environmental Democrats. Of course, in these days of universal brouhaha, who knows what promises have already been made? For all we know, one of those seats could end up going to Lamar Smith, who was in town today to announce his heart-warming conversion to the wonders of solar energy.

    And that, boys and girls, is what happens when you don't pound the stake all the way through the heart.

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    So this is what happens to the FCA dorks?

    When I was in high school there were quite a few members of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I think I may have even been at one time... if so it was either because I was fucked up on something OR just playing along. In fact, I remember SEVERAL FCA members who were just playing along.

    I also remember the dorks who took it seriously. Now I know what happens to them if they choose sports as a career... they end up playing minor league ball in Round Rock and witnessing. In the parking lot.

    An hour before the Round Rock Express takes the field, hundreds of people gather outside Dell Diamond to hear from star outfielder Luke Scott. A hot sun bears down, but Scott appears cool and polished in crisp white baseball pants and a blue practice jersey.

    "I'm here today because I'm not ashamed," Scott begins, his voice a faint contrast to his muscular frame. The crowd presses closer to hear him. He briefly recounts a past marked by drinking and partying before stating with force, "I gave my life to God on June 9, 2001."

    Damn Eileen! He plays baseball. The merest suggestion of sex will pull him in. Seriously, no need to fall over yourself trying to flatter him in print especially as it's entirely likely he doesn't read your paper (the Round Rock paper has more pictures and the comics are WAY better).

    Don't get me wrong... I grew up in Texas and listening to some jackass who can't keep his faith to himself is just one of those things. I hope they understand that my foot up their ass is just my way of 'witnessing'. Apparently, some folks agree with me...

    Indeed, some fans simply don't want to be preached to and say that churches, not ballparks, are the appropriate venue for religious expression.

    "It's really more annoying than anything else," said Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheists Inc. "It's just becoming obnoxious."

    I'm not an atheist and I think it's obnoxious. Of course, I'm a Methodist which is defined by most evangelicals as 'demon', 'Hell's kindling' or 'abortion doctor'.

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting What else do they do during the pregame WitnessFest? I don't know but the picture gives me a damn good idea. See the guitar?




    That's right. Dirty Fucking Leftover Hippies. You just KNOW they're going to have a singalong when he's done preaching.

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    Insurance carriers place moratorium on Florida as Alberto approaches

    A 72 hour moratorium is now in effect for new insurance policies in Florida as a result of the rapidly approaching tropical storm Alberto. The moratorium affects most new insurance policies in Florida which will cause problems for people looking to buy everything from a car to a beachside condo.

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    Have I ever mentioned how happy I am not to live on the coast?

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    Seriously, I thought he was dead

    While the Mayor and I were waiting for people on Thursday evening, we had some drinks in my room. As we watched MSNBC we were treated to an interview with Tim Russert.

    McB: I thought Tim Russert was dead.
    McSleaze: No, only his credibility.

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    Thank you, Fort Worth and nice meeting y'all

    I had a great time at the convention. Probably too good as I'll be spending most of tomorrow in detox. I have to admit that I had a pretty poor opinion of Fort Worth going into this, based on a lack of knowledge... I'd just never been out there. I grew up about an hour from central Dallas and had a ton of friends and relatives who lived in the city. There were some simple rules for where we went

  • West of Stemmons (the 35E Freeway) was Fort Worth and we didn't go there

  • North of LBJ (the 635 Freeway)was Oklahoma and we didn't go there
  • In short, I came by my ignorance thanks to an inbred disdain for anything outside of the world I knew. However, I LOVED downtown Fort Worth. Your bars were very nice and well staffed. Your Corner Bakery made some really delicious things. Thank y'all for having us and for being so friendly! Two suggestions... ALWAYS have Talisker in your bar and for the love of GOD put a 7-11 downtown.

    While at the convention I got to meet a ton of DU peeps and bloggers and can say (pretty much unequivocally) y'all ROCK*! MUSE! Where are my pictures?!?!?!

    I promised a recap so here goes. We left the convention around 6:30 and started drinking (did you honestly expect me to stick around for resolutions?). Then on to dinner at Kalamata and drinks at the Pour House (again) where we DIDN'T get thrown out by the cops. Seriously, that wasn't us this time. As for what happened during the impromptu Drunks Caucus... if you weren't there you just don't need to know.

    And no, I did NOT hook up. Plenty of opportunity (was it just me or were the delegates this year WAY better looking than 2004?) but I was honestly having too much fun. Plus, while I love Shaz to death... screwing someone with her in the room was just not doing ANYTHING for me.

    The Chair race redefined lame. Much has been promised by Chairman Richie and I for one hope he can deliver. As for the single issue voters... homophobe and homophile alike, shut the fuck up. It's like voting for or against someone simply because of skin color. Or how much scotch they drink.

    Thank you all for a splendid time and when you're in Austin, LET US KNOW!

    *with the possible exception of the ever graceless Greg Wythe. Dude, do you always have to be such a fucking dick?

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    June 11, 2006

    Convention Video

    Mike just loaded this on the server so I'm posting it. Not sure of the provenance so if anyone wants to bitch about credit, the line starts on the right.

    TDP CONV
    Check out the video here.

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    More on the AT&T layoffs

    (Sorry about the delay in posting today... I'll get a recap up of last night as soon as possible along with the first batch of pictures. For now, all I'll tell you is that LFT and DU peeps are FUN to drink with)

    Bradley Bowen at the North Texas Liberal has some pictures up and additional details on the story.

    Mike Littleton, the Southern Area Director of the CWA, said that the group was protesting the announced layoffs from AT&T. "We don't feel it's right that employees are laid off while in the meantime, the company is doing well." Over 200 people in the immediate Ft. Worth area will lose their jobs with the communications giant. Mr. Littleton pointed out that with only about 2,000 Ft. Worth area citizens actually working, 200 out of work is a big proportion. He said that most of the layoffs would affect telephone operators.

    Anyone want to make a bet about how many of those jobs will go to nice facility in Bangalore?

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    June 10, 2006

    YA BASTA! Richie wins, but we won't give up!

    Second ballot is done. Urbina-Jones asked his supporters to vote for change and apparently they just kinda decided to ignore him (yeah, Bruce Barrick, I'm talking about you). So, Richie wins. I don't have the offical totals yet and probably won't post them even when they're available... seriously, in a day or two who will give a shit?

    The informal count in the TC bullpen was 52-48. So, while it may be a loss, there are a lot of people in this state who WANT CHANGE. Hopefully, Boyd will look at that and make the TDP what we all hope it can be... and he CAN count on us for any help he needs. We all know that Travis County is 'different' but if there's anything we can do to help, believe me we'll do it. After all, our Democratic Senator and Representatives will need some assistance in the next session.

    When Glen got up to concede, K-T leaned over to me and said "At least we're getting Glen back in Austin for the coordinated campaign".

    Now, I think I'm going to proxy and bail, if I can. I want food. And drinks. Lots of drinks. Congratulations, Chairman Richie!

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    First Ballot's Done - I'm ready for lunch

    By the way, would like to give a big shout out to Tarrant County and the TDP... the convention, from my perspective, seems be going along well. Yes, there have been little sleights to the delegation from TC including our lame placement. Come on, guys... WE ALWAYS GO TO THIS SHIT! Give us some more space and quit pulling shit on our SDEC members.

    Maxey dominated in SD14 (as expected) and I've heard that SD 7 is in the Maxey column as well, though not by quite as wide a margin.

    Will post again when it's all over... for now, I'll just leave you with LA BASTA (and to the lame chick who made fun of us yelling it, it means ENOUGH)!

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    Here, and Loafing, in Fort Worth

    Harry Balczak here, your erstwhile legal correspondent, with an inaugural post. Reporting live from the convention in typical H. Balczak fashion: half-assed, half-witted, and 2 days later than everyone else. Which reminds me, a quick nod to the Hilton, the Worthington, Chili's, Flying Saucer, Billy Miner's and the Pour House for their respective contributions to my wit's diminution. and now, here's the rundown on how ol' Balczak's been hangin' :

    3 hours on 35 ends at the Worthington parking lot. Bataan death march. get to lobby. neither kingsize nor nonsmoking room available as reserved. deal w/ that later and press on to convention center. almost accidentally demoted from delegate to alternate. SD14 caucus features Elliott Naishtat's observational comedy, Kirk Watson wistfully recounts convention fistfights of yesteryear, Eddie R riffs in stream-of-consciousness prose. Committee positions up for election and the Vievestress snags a spot on resolutions in what appeared to be an impromptu bid w/ mucho bravado [hey G- what's the ACLU board's beverage of choice, eh?]. Another guy tries impromptu bid for platform committee, citing "draft me" campaign initiated by "the voices." yadda yadda, judicial candidates make a pitch, Maxey gives us a bit of the old Knut Rockne, fiery applause, etc. Enter the Graham Cracker. pitter patter golf clap. pretty much all to cover there.

    after that, it's all a blur. rancid foot odor not stopping. not even in shower. grapefruit cocktail not distracting me from profuse foot sweat. splitting headache ensues. coffee takes it up a notch. more grapefruit/vodka/whatever makes the splitting headache feel sharper, but w/ a dreamlike quality. wander around. what's back at the convention center? walk back. OH GOD!! BLOOD!! GORE!!! VIOLENCE !!! MAYHEM!!! THOUSANDS ONLOOKING AND CHEERING THE SLAUGHTER!!!! GOD MAKE THEM STOP, THEY'LL KILL EACH OTHER!!!! IT'S TEARING US ALL APART!!! THIS IS NOT UNITY BUT DIVISION!!!! STOP THE MADNESS!! END THE FIGHTING!!! continue walking past boxing match in town square on to convention center. tiptoe in so as not to disturb the delegation. step in just in time to hear Chairman Nabisco introduce our statewide slate and everyone does the Hands Across America Victory thing and we all proceed out the door. i think the sincerity of my clapping fooled everybody.

    on to the debauchery. well, that's another chapter maybe. hell, i'm less than 24 hours behind at this point and it's just not my style to be prompt. until later, this is H. Balczak, hanging around.

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    It's Saturday. I'm still in Fort Worth. Is something going on today?

    I'm here with my Somoan attorney and we've just had what could charitably be called a lite breakfast (but more accurately, a liquid breakfast... though there was tomato juice). Let's just say last night was a little rough. I had dinner with the folks from TC and then rolled over to the bloggers caucus which was enormously successful. So sucessful that I had to get the hell out of there as there were too many people. Of course, there was also no real booze so I HAD to bail.

    I ran into Hank Gilbert at the entrance and told him he had a warm reception awaiting him upstairs. Honestly, I think if he'd waited a little longer before going into the caucus people would have torn the place apart.

    I missed Bell's party but heard from an old friend (Marguerite Jones of Texas Environmental Democrats) that it was great. Good job, Team Bell!

    I went on to meet with some other disgruntled PPC members at Billy Miners where you serve yourself. We talked and though no firm plans have been made, I think there will be some changes soon. Or maybe there won't. Also at BM's we talked with a union rep from one of the airlines. I'll be posting more about that when I get back to Austin.

    After, we walked over to The Pour House to hook up with the El Paso folks (YOU GUYS ROCK!) but heard from some people they'd moved on. At that point I looked at my watch only to discover that time had gotten away from me and it was very late. So, we finished up the night there until the cops made us leave (no shit, FTW city cops are a fucking drag). Velma regaled us with stories on why you sooo shouldn't use the word pussies. I did get clearance from her to use the word 'cunts', but only in reference to Republicans.

    On my way in, Harry and I talked with a few of the members of Team Maxey who have been working their ASSES off. If the level of ccommittment to a candidate by UNPAID staff says anything about a candidate, Maxey should be the guy.

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    June 09, 2006

    TDP Convention Update - WOW! I'm actually having fun without drinks!

    Just came back from the SD 14 caucus meeting. We got to hear from the candidates in the race for the 3rd Court of Appeals and they all rock! It's likely Travis County will decide that race and if the energy in the caucus is any indication, things look GREAT!

    Valinda Bolton, candidate for HD 47 spoke and did a tremendous job (as did VaLinda Hathcox who's running for Land Commissioner). Bolton is running for the last R seat in the Lege from Travis County and we're all pulling for her.

    The real event of the meeting was the State Chair race. Maxey came by, gave a rousing speech and rec'd a standing ovation which is somewhat understandable given that many of us in Travis County have worked with Glen and know he's the best person to head TDP. Richie also stopped by and the crowd was respectful... what did you expect us to do, stone him? Seriously, Boyd's a good guy... just not what the party needs right now.

    Just heard from McSleaze... Mike Wilson won SDEC in SD 25! Congratulations MIKE!! Off meet General Clark. I'm still for Feingold but I like General Clark a lot as well.

    One last shout out to someone who has the ability to post, but doesn't... our Slam Poet Laureate Genevieve Van Cleave who will be on resolutions from SD 14.

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    PPC endorses Richie, members walk out

    Lot's of 'new' members at the PPC Caucus. By new I mean they were new to the caucus but for the most part they were old. No, not walking frame old but definitely a little long in the tooth. Any suprise that they'd all be voting for Boyd Richie?

    That's right boys and girls, the PROGRESSIVE POPULIST CAUCUS, a misnomer if ever there was one, voted to endorse Boyd Richie. Yours truly and the Mayor tried to kill the motion in concert with Sonia Santana (who fucking ROCKS!) but it failed. There were motions to table the endorsement that mysteriously failed. Then there was a motion to adjourn but the dickhead at the lectern was hell bent on continuing the meeting. Meanwhile, most of the Richie-ites abandoned the meeting as soon as the fix was in AND WALKED OUT.

    What was so important that we could ignore Robert's Rules and rush to the next item on the Agenda? VERIFIED VOTING. The irony was lost on no one.

    When the PPC decides to endorse a candidate who's neither progressive, nor populist you have to know something's up. The rumors are everywhere that Boyd has promised things he can't possibly deliver and like the good little lemmings they are, they're falling for it. Hook, line and sinker.


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    CWA Layoffs - AT&T Fucks up in Fort Worth

    Talk about bad idea jeans... AT&T sent out a 'surplus announcement' which means (here in Fort Worth) that they have 235 people they are about to layoff. Bitches. Of course, they choose to do this AS the Democratic State Convention is going on. Across the street. How's that for smart?

    CWA Local 6201 has set up a picket line which several Democrats were marching on, including Sandra Ramos and David Van Os. It's pretty obvious from talking to one union member that AT&T plans to outsource jobs to contractors here AND OVERSEAS.

    Guila Jackson, a member of the CWA Local 6201 said that the worst part has been dealing with HR at AT&T which outsourced health care to Sedgewick CMS. Apparently, they are denying a number of claims that were covered under the CWA contracts with AT&T. The methods are entirely familiar... denial after denial, always for a different reason AND then change the forms frequently so no one knows what's going on.

    Jackson went on to tell of one worker, a veteran of Iraq, whose claim was denied for an unspecified reason.

    Please crosspost on this as what AT&T does here they're probably planning to do across the State.

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    At the TDP Convo : We don't DO ice cream socials

    McSleaze and I drove up (yes, DROVE. After my recent trip to SoCal which I will be posting more about later the last thing I wanted to do was shove myself into a Canadair Regional Jet 900, the Ford Festiva of airplanes) with some folks yesterday and so far I have to say I'm digging on Downtown Fort Worth. Not so much the rest of the city, but definitely the bars.

    There is one piece of sad news relayed by some friends from Austin we ran into last night at dinner... Tarrant County is DRY. WTF?!?!??

    Ran into PDiddie and Muse last night at Mi Cocina where I was trying to drink my weight in delicious margaritas with a Grand Marnier float. Karl-Thomas from BOR was there for two seconds, looking all kinds of tore up. He said something about working for Glen Maxey but I got distracted by the too cute waiter bringing me another drink.

    Shaz is bitching about wanting a cigarette and the Mayor is about to kill me for hogging the computer. More later on the gossip... and the whores. However, I will tell you this... WE'RE FUCKING DEMOCRATS. No late night ice cream socials for us, unlike Attorney General Greg Abbot and his crew of lames.

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    June 08, 2006

    Has anyone seen the Austin American Statesman's balls?

    Yet again, The A-AS makes a mistake by running an editorial trashing the candidate, this time TDP Chair candidate Glen Maxey. You can read it here but I wouldn't recommend it if you've heard the traditional 'Texas isn't Travis County' conventional wisdom bullshit (it's not, by the way... Travis IS a little further along than most counties in Texas in Democrats regaining lost ground). However, that fact can be attributed in large part to Maxey's hard work and it's exactly what we need in the TDP Chair.

    They also spend an inordinate amount of time on some recent Maxey setbacks and none on his victories (one of which was fought against a candidate I supported). They mention the Gay Marriage Amendment passed last November without even bothering to point out NONE of the statewide political consultants wanted the job. Glen was the one who stepped up and fought while the rest of the consultants just sat around moping.

    I think Boyd Richie is a nice guy. However, I also think he's a large part of the problem with this party that places a premium on the overt 'look and feel' (the surface level detail, if you will) and not nearly enough on the nuts and bolts that really make you a force. The straight, grandfatherly white man who'll make the folks up in Plano comfortable with a Democrat. Of course, if Plano is comfortable it's voting Republican. The Democrat can take the consolation prize. The only way that's going to change is the grassroots, 'roll up your sleeves and organize' kind of work at which Glen excells.

    Glen's goal is to let the candidates and elected's; activists and volunteers be the voices of the TDP. I think that's a great idea. I certainly hope that the delegates in Fort Worth this weekend will be smart enough to ignore the voice of the A-AS.

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    The Paris Hilton Tax Cut Act has failed

    The Estate Tax, long the bane of poor Republicans who labor under the delusion that they will one day be rich, has survived. The Senate rejected a bill to eliminate it entirely. Now they'll move simply to make it irrelevant and/or chip away at it. Biden will be too busy looking at himself in the mirror and Hillary will be too busy fucking an intern to do anything, so the Republicans will likely succeed.

    I want to see a death match between Hillary and Frist. I would pay for it with my potential lottery winnings from tomorrow night. Seriously, I know my numbers are about to hit.

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    O'Reilly's looks finally match is rhetoric

    Pink Dome has a great post up featuring a video of Bill O'Reilly that simply must be watched!

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    June 07, 2006

    Price of oil $30 too high? Yeah. Sucks to be us, no?

    We've been talking about it for a while. Apparently, so has the oil industry team at Banc of America Securities.

    James Wicklund, an analyst at BofA Securities appeared on CNBC and said

    There is about $30 added to the price of oil that's directly the result of international tensions and hyperactive trading.

    Granted, I don't think he ascribes nearly as much importance to currency fluctuations as he should and the impact on the dollar that deficits are clearly having. Still, it's nice to have someone in the markets thinking rationally.

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    June 06, 2006

    A dime is just a dime. A Reagan dime is just a piece of metal

    I LOVE these guys!

    The Washington Monetary Authority, a private company that makes coins for collectors (read:dummies) has decided to start making Reagan Dimes.
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    Who'll buy them? Conservative nutters have been clamoring for Reagan to replace FDR for years. This not only shuts them up for a while, it also has the wonderful added benefit of syphoning money from them. A foolish Republican and his or her money are so quickly parted.

    Anyone want to start a 'coin company' to make 'Bush/Cheney' commemorative coins?

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    June 05, 2006

    Australia's not so much for religious extremism

    I often get nutter email from my father, usually something regarding Hillary Clinton being a lesbian or some kind of a cold calculating bitch who orchestrated the murders of JFK AND Jimmy Hoffa. Usually a quick trip to snopes.com is enough to disprove whatever the email is about and then I graciously chastise my father for not fact checking his forwards.

    The one I got on Friday WAS actually true. It featured a number of qoutes from Australian elected officials talking about an absolute intolerance for religious extremism. The intended target was the very small and unfortunately vocal minority of Australian Muslims who really want Sharia law in Australia.

    Treasurer Peter Costello, seen as heir apparent to Howard, hinted that some radical clerics could be asked to leave the country if they did not accept that Australia was a secular state and its laws were made by parliament. "If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you," he said on national television. "I'd be saying to clerics who are teaching that there are two laws governing people in Australia, one the Australian law and another the Islamic law, that is false.

    I was a little shocked as I realized this is one of the few times when my father and I will EVER be able to make common cause on an issue. Neither of us like religious extremists and he thinks as highly of Pat Robertson as he does of the Iranian Ayatollah.

    What's lacking here is a Democrat willing to get up and SAY THIS. We ARE a secular society, a fact which sometimes gets lost in the shuffle for those Democrats out there who are so eager to embrace religion. This shouldn't just apply to extremist Muslims... it has to be made perfectly clear to dominionists and Christianista's as well that the US is a secular Republic. Don't like it? Go.somewhere.else.

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    ANOTHER Richie endorsement email

    I think this brings the total to 2,908,945,236 emails from the Richie campaign about how great he is and that we should support him for party chair. Whatev.

    Mother Egan's Irish Pub, an Austin landmark made famous by the Sunday Group Of Drunks (Sunday G.O.D.), has announced that it's rather mediocre Split Pea Soup has endorsed Boyd Richie in the TDP Chair race.
    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting "Boyd is an old friend and I think he is the best person to lead the Democratic Party in Texas."

    The soup was then promptly eaten by a number of patrons, including Bess Anne Moseby, 56, of Austin who said it was 'OK, but not as good as the tortilla soup'. No immediate comment was available from Tortilla Soup but that didn't stop speculation that a Maxey or Urbina-Jones endorsement was imminent given the historic animosity between Tortilla Soup and Split Pea Soup.

    I've had both and can tell you with no equivocation that Tortilla Soup is much better.

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    One Day In The Life Of Ivan Moronovitch

    In which the herd gets just a little bit thinner...

    Lioness in zoo kills man who invoked God

    KIEV (Reuters) - A man shouting that God would keep him safe was mauled to death by a lioness in Kiev zoo after he crept into the animal's enclosure, a zoo official said on Monday.

    "The man shouted 'God will save me, if he exists', lowered himself by a rope into the enclosure, took his shoes off and went up to the lions," the official said.

    "A lioness went straight for him, knocked him down and severed his carotid artery."

    Sorry about that, Ivan. I guess you hadn't heard that God has better things to do than saving your sorry ass.

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    GOP Convo in SA

    Sorry about the delay, Y'all! I'm just getting back to town from an investigation of the TX GOP Convo in SA. Oh my God... was that ever the suck! Never have I seen so many people with unused bibles... it was like they'd just been to that stupid bible store in the maul. I started mainlining scotch just to get back on an even keel when I passed through the 1604. I'm still in recovery but should be back up to saturation soon.

    Unfortunately, I will NOT be posting a full synopsis of the R convo... I've blanked most of it out. The only tidbit that remains is a conversation I had with an R women from Mesquite when I snuck outside to smoke a cig.

    R from Mesquite:So, are you having a good time at the convention?
    Me: (rolls eyes) Not to so much. It's a little duller than I imagined it would be.
    R from Mesquite:What makes you say that?
    Me: Well, the lack of whores and free bar tabs. I mean this IS supposed to be a political party, isn't it? I know y'all act like a bunch of tetotaling baptists publicly but you shouldn't have to keep up the act at your convention.
    R from Mesquite: (all haughty) well, I think you're at the wrong convention.
    Me: I was thinking the same thing. Oh, and sweets... you shouldn't try to turn a body bag into a dress. It's tacky.

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    Nasty bible-thumping assclown Reaganites. NEVER AGAIN. In 2008, McSleaze has to go to this.



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    Texas GOP names God chair

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    Outgoing Texas Republican Party Chair Tinky Binky hailed her successor, God Almighty, as the deity most qualified to lead the party and the state through the coming forty years of tribulations leading to the End of Days. Earlier, delegates to the San Antonio convention approved a platform supporting a number of conservative hot-button issues, including a return to the Gold Standard, withdrawl from the United Nations, and the reintroduction of chattel slavery for the wicked. Also, anyone proposing a state income tax will be slain, even unto the seventh generation, and Texans would be allowed to hunt illegal aliens for sport.

    Previously, God's political leanings were a matter of speculation, but He revealed to American-Statesman reporter Gardner Selby that His Son's middle name is "Hoover".

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    June 04, 2006

    Grassroots support rolls in for Boyd Richie

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    The Richie camp hailed the endorsement of a roll of astroturf, proclaiming it showed widespread grassroots support for the interim chair's sixteen-point inaction plan to make the Texas Democratic Party a strong second place contender.

    Healthy astroturf is just what this party needs. After the installation is complete in about a week, I'll be able to pretty much forget about it... except when I want to walk all over it.

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    June 03, 2006

    Republicans switching sides?

    As a reformed Republican (please... save the shitty jokes unless you're buying me drinks) I can say clearly that today's Republican Party is NOT THE ONE I SUPPORTED. Yes, I was never a bible thumper (we tossed them out of the Methodist Church... no drinking losers!) and though I've always wanted a small government, I don't want to drown it in a bathtub. In fact, I LONG for 70's style regulation again because corporate power, left unchecked, will KILL people. Hyperbole? Not so much. Corporations today DON'T GIVE A CRAP ABOUT CONSUMERS, because you'll buy their shit anyway. Today it's not about the long term, it's the short term baby and we're all getting the shaft. That's got to change.

    I often tell people that they shouldn't lose faith because of an election loss. If my mind was changed, clearly others can be as well. Now we're starting to see it. I got this from a friend of mine in Kansas City today.

    "Our leaders continue to bring this state together to make progress—and today Governor Sebelius has brought another great leader into our party. I am proud to tell you that Governor Kathleen Sebelius has chosen Mark Parkinson as the future Lieutenant Governor for Kansas. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting As many of you know, Mark Parkinson served as chair of the Kansas Republican Party from 1999 to 2003.

    During the last three years, Mark has recognized that Kansas Democrats and Governor Sebelius are leading the way to bring our state together.

    Here's the KDP website with more details.

    This is the kind of thing I think we'll start seeing in Texas very soon. For one thing, the Harris County Republicans are all in a tiff and their little Convention down in SA is flying like a lead balloon. More and more voters are going to start to switch and then you have the stuff that creates landslides and voter mandates.

    See y'all next weekend in Fort Worth! Oh, and by the way... would someone let Tina know she's NOT welcome to switch sides?!

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    Thank Hank!

    BOR has a journal up on the front page by Hank Gilbert who's running or Texas Agriculture Commissioner. His post is great but even better are the comments! Read it here...

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    When bat'leths are outlawed, only only outlaws will have bat'leths

    Unlike the United States, where the Second Amendment guarentees the citizenry's right to keep and bear arms, the subjects of the British Crown still enjoy no such freedom. A recent example of the sort of redcoated tyranny our forefathers rebelled against was provided when British cops seized what they termed

    "A particularly nasty weapon which could easily take someone’s head off.”

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    The weapon in question was a bat'leth, favorite edged weapon of the Klingon Empire, which has been engaged in a bitter rivalry with the Court of St. James since the War of the Roses.

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    June 02, 2006

    A very delusional Shelly Malkin thinks SHE'S the doughnut queen.

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting It's been a while since visited Shelly's site. Honestly, I've had more than enough shreiking from the TDP Chair's race. I kid, I kid. No seriously, Shelly's been rather lame lately, bitching and moaning about immigration, sending those stupid bricks to Congress (Shelly thinks it's a brill idea. She also thought that about that outfit she wore on Maher's show. And her haircut), immigrants not speaking english (those damn Taiwanese immigrants! Forcing us to speak Taiwanese!), and of course some poor Democratic elected in NY who said something stupid.

    I was going to drop by her site as soon as I could up the liquor level in my blood. Before I could even pour the first drink, McSleaze emailed me this from the Rude Pundit and so I went ahead and checked it out a little early. I'm glad I did because the bitch has gone hog wild in nutter land. She thinks that SHE is the Doughnut Queen and everyone knows the only person who can claim that is McBlogger's own Krispy_Kreme.

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    She's also, because of her deranged fixation on immigrants, loving all over Dunkin' Donuts which is just fucking sick because everyone knows that Dunkin' Donuts are gross and taste like ass. Do your part and send Shelly a message that her stance on immigration is as misguided as her taste in doughnuts. Go buy some Krispy Kreme's today.


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    Tortilla and a Fluffernutter sandwich endorse Richie

    Delegates to the Texas Democratic Party's Convention were amazed to discover that candidate and current Chair Boyd Richie has even more endorsements to announce, in addition to the 1,890,798,203 endorsements he's already secured and announced via email to TDP Convention Delegates.

  • A Fluffernutter sandwich made it's announcement around 12:30 CST.

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    Boyd is an old friend and I think he is the best person to lead the Democratic Party in Texas.


  • In a huge blow to the Maxey and Urbina-Jones campaigns (both of whom heavily worked the endorsement), A Face-o-Jesus Tortilla decided to endorse Richie Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

    Boyd Richie is an old friend and is the best candidate to lead the Texas Democratic Party.




  • Of course, this follows a day filled with other endorsement news and some controversy as Casual Soapbox led with the story that a turtle has declined to endorse in the race. Burnt Orange Report also posted up some endorsements for Glen Maxey unusual in that they were apparently people, not inanimate objects and animals which the Richie campaign has been heavily soliciting for endorsements. Fictional, cartoon people but people nonetheless.

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    June 01, 2006

    Rip 'n' read time!

    I love headlines!

    Bush Admin. Wants to Cut Meth Use 15 Pct

    Good. Baby steps, George. Baby steps.

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    et tu, Frasier?

    For actors and actresses interested in politics, it's a little tough to one up lib powerhouses like Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Matt Damon in the quest for attention. Especially if you're a D lister like Ron Silver or Kelsey Grammer. Silver decided to go about it by becoming the lead apologist for President Bush and Republican failure. Silver I can get... I mean some of HIS best work was starring opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme. But Kelsey Grammer?

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    "When mistakes are made [as they surely will be in war], they must be addressed, corrected and condemned without equivocation. Successes, however, must also be acknowledged, and brought to light with the same fervor. I believe that George Bush has taken a valiant stance in a dangerous time for this country."-NYDN






    Seriously, Kelsey? Mistakes corrected? We're obviously not thinking of the same war. OR THE SAME PRESIDENT. He doesn't acknowledge mistakes, let alone correct them.

    What has led you to this? Granted, I never watched you on Frasier because I thought it was lame. It was that goddamn dog and David Hyde Pierce, though. Not you. I always liked you. Well, kinda. I at least liked you more than Raymond. What has led you to turn your back on reality and side with the darkness? What is it?

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    Oh. Yeah. Forgot about that. Nice work there, sport-o. I guess now I can understand your sudden need for attention. You've been forced into a corner and the only work you can get is the sequel of a sequel of a movie based on a comic book. In which you play a mutant. A blue, hairy, mutant. No wonder you're all about drawing attention to yourself. A MoTW on ABC Family must be looking pret-ty good right about now, no?


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    Smarmy? Oh yeah, that's Perry all over

    Pink Dome has a great piece up about how obsequious the press is to Rick Perry. A while back PD asked readers for comments about a good name for Perry, other than the overused 'goodhair'. 'Smarmy' was the one he went with and until today I hadn't thought much about it. Sad to say, I actually do have an early memory regarding this word.

    When I was 7, my Mother told me she didn't like one of my childhood friends. She referred to him as smarmy and I asked what that meant. She responded, as only moms can, by defining the word in reference to a character from a TV show. At the time I was watching Leave it to Beaver in the mornings (ahhhh, childhood summers and Channel 11!) so Mother said "It's like when someone acts like Eddie Haskell."

    Normally Mother's disapproval of one of my friends would have guaranteed an invite to sleep over ASAP. In this case, she had this kid pegged. I started calling him Eddie that afternoon. It took three days to make him cry and he finally stopped playing with us. I think he's now a Florida Republican, but I'm not sure.

    I present two definitions of the word. One visual, the other from some shitty Mickeysoft dictionary that came with the software I purloined.

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    smarm·y

    smarm·y (smär?me) adjective
    smarm·i·er, smarm·i·est

    1. Hypocritically, complacently, or effusively earnest; unctuous. See synonyms at unctuous.
    2. Sleek.

    Excerpted from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition Copyright © 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Electronic version licensed from Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products N.V., further reproduction and distribution restricted in accordance with the Copyright Law of the United States. All rights reserved.



    That's our Rick. Smarmy like a motherfucker.

    Sorry about the trip back to elementary... it was a fond memory of the first time I ever agreed with my Mother about anything.

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    Blogs we love

    As you may have noticed we have no bloglist posted. Why? Ineptitude. Seriously, I don't want to figure out how to do it. I also don't want to spend the time because I'm (once more, but with feeling this time) L-A-Z-Y! Some could blame it on my alcohol consumption at which point said person would have a tragic accident. Don't believe me? When was the last time Aerialist posted?

    Word to the wise: Don't fuck with me or comment on my drinking. There's a lot of cement being poured in Central Texas. Lots of places for someone with a loud mouth to disappear.

    Musings

    Casual Soapbox

    Burnt Orange Report

    In The Pink Texas

    Pink Dome

    Capitol Annex

    Brains and Eggs

    There are more, but this is the list for now. I'm sure McSleaze will be adding some as well. As soon as he finds his pants.

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    Adorable Kitten Endorses Richie

    Princess Stephanie, a small adorable kitten, has announced her endorsement of Boyd Richie for TDP Chair.

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    I've known Boyd Richie for years and he is, in my opinion, the best person to lead Texas Democrats to victory.



    When asked what would constitute victory to a cat, Princess Stephanie replied "chicken livers", then scampered away in her adorable way. Of the 219,286 endorsement announcements sent out just today by the Richie campaign, the biggest was the announcement of Verissa, a best in breed angora bunny. In a statement oddly similar to the one that came from Princess Stephanie, Verissa said

    “Boyd’s an old friend and I think he’s the best candidate to lead the Democratic Party in Texas.”

    There was also an endorsement from Stan Merriman off the Progressive Populist Caucus, but he's neither fluffy nor adorable so we're not posting a picture of him.

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    Bar has other meanings?

    My experience with Texas justice today has left me with a few questions. What the hell DOES 'bar' mean to lawyers, other than the one at which you drink? Harry, you want to chime in here? Maybe shed some light on the nefarious workings of legal system?

    Another question... why do they not take breaks more often? I walked into the courtroom needing to pee but decided against it since I was pushing 20 minutes late. Surely, I thought to myself, they'll have a bathroom or a smoke break at some point. I could not have been more wrong. They made us sit. And sit. And sit. Asking enough questions for me to not only deduce the nature of the case, but develop an opinion as to whether or not the guy was guilty. The prosecuting attorney's were cute as hell but couldn't have been more than a year or two out of law school. I called them bookends because they seriously looked the same. Very similar dark suits, both white and both had very straight blond hair parted in the middle. I think they were both named Kristen (one spelled it Krystin, though).

    The defense attorney I'll say nothing about other than a bit of advice... if you gain weight, get new clothes. All I'm saying.

    As for the smoking, you bitches don't let us smoke in courthouses anymore and some of us NEED A FUCKING CIGARETTE. Yeah, I usually don't smoke during the day but today was special... it was end of month and to top it off I HAD TO DRIVE DOWNTOWN TO SIT IN A SELECTION POOL. Yay me!

    At the end of it all, I wasn't selected. It was probably the first time in my life I was happy NOT to be picked for something.

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