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Re: Open Thread

My new computer is almost up and running.  After I get it digitally where I want I'll add the holster to the side of the case.  Just sayin'...

by EdB 2007-04-21 03:18PM | 0 recs
Harold Ickes ...

I just read that he's working for HRC.  If he's only "volunteering" for her, as the story in The Politico says, what are the expecting after she wins(if she wins of course)?  Something smells fishy.

by Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle 2007-04-21 03:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Harold Ickes ...

Ickes has been a friend to the Clintons for decades; it isn't really surprising to me that he'd pull a Carville.

by Josh Koenig 2007-04-21 10:18PM | 0 recs
Repubs in Congress Still Following Marching Orders

Don't be fooled by the lack of Repub supporters for Gonzo, they just do as there told. I am not a big fan of conspiracy theories, but with this administration, the conspiracies have been proven to exist.

Does anyone really believe right winger Coburn, an ardent Bush man, is independently going to lead a charge to get Gonzo Gone, and bring everyone but Hatch with him (Cornyn? Yea Right). It is a head fake. Coburn said Gonzo should retire so we could get this "BEHIND US".

The White House, by using the Senate, and weasels like "Froggy" Putnam in the House, is playing it's same old game of fall of the fall guy=end of story (Scooter Libby, Lynndie England etc.), and the MSM will play along as usual, spouting Repub talking points ad nauseum, in between suicide shooter stories of course. It will begin as soon as Gonzo's Gone. Just Watch

by beemon 2007-04-21 03:35PM | 0 recs
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Bulls looked great. Loved Obama's MNF intro, can't wait to see him in a Luol Deng jersey.

by Benstrader 2007-04-21 03:48PM | 0 recs
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Looking forward to seeing David Sedaris in Portland tomorrow night.

by Portlandia 2007-04-21 04:15PM | 0 recs
I had a great senior skip day yesterday

I watched for the first time the combo of The Wizard of Oz without sound and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.

Trippiest fucking thing ever.

by Terryus 2007-04-21 05:25PM | 0 recs
Oz
It is pretty cool.  Pink Floyd denies doing it on purpose, but some of it is pretty damn good.  I love them singing "the lunatic is in the grass" as the scarecrow dances.
   
by hilltopper 2007-04-21 05:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Oz

Aren't you supposed to drop some acid as part of it all?  Isn't that what makes it so trippy?   ;-)

by Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle 2007-04-21 05:35PM | 0 recs
No Acid Required

My favorite time is when they start playing money. the ching-ching starts as the world of Oz comes into view (long seen as a symbol for capitalist America).

That, and in the beginning, when Dorothy's in Kansas and the mean old lady is arguing with her and her aunt and uncle; every time the with-lady turns abruptly from Dorothy to her aunt and uncle, the bommm hits perfectly.

I think if they admitted that it matched up, no one would find it so cool, but it's really really cool.

by msnook 2007-04-22 03:24AM | 0 recs
Re: No Acid Required

I love the part where the cowardly lion starts speaking to the guitar part in one of the songs.  And when Dorothy looks like she's about to die, the line from the song "Time" comes on, "closer to death."  There was a collective holy shit when that happened.

by Terryus 2007-04-22 07:31AM | 0 recs
Question for you
Why was this story deleted?
by hrh 2007-04-21 06:08PM | 0 recs
Justice Department Funding

I've been wondering if there's something Congress can do regarding Justice Department funding as a way of trying to minimize the damage the the Bushies can do while they try to run out the clock.

by justfrank 2007-04-21 06:33PM | 0 recs
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worst White House Correspondents Association dinner roast ever.

by murkiv 2007-04-21 06:47PM | 0 recs
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My work takes me outdoors all day...beautiful...but my lucky daughter got to have a playdate at the New England Folk Festival...and then tomorrow she's off to participate in a ceremony honoring 5 British soidiers buried in a MA cemetery who were killed near Concord in 1776 by the rebels...last week she had a bit part in the reinactment of Paul Revere's ride, again in full colonial costume.
Massachusetts is a pretty good place to raise a kid.
by johnalive 2007-04-21 07:09PM | 0 recs
maureen dowd
I am often entertained, and occasionally educated, by marueen dowd and her perpetually too-cute-by-way-more-than-half ny times column, but today she (OK, not for the first time) went way overboard.
She attacks john Edwards' haircut as an example of metrosexuality as if it's the most outlandish thing of all time. All of the things she compares it to (poppy asking for a "splash" of coffee, Kerry windsurfing, Clinton's ties?...) are similarly irrelevant and were blown out of proportion by a media that continually proves it cares more about haircuts and neckties than health care and equality. At the end of her piece she mentions hilary and mccain spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a month on appearance consultants, as if that's the same as spending too much on a haircut. She also praised her police dad for getting .50 haircuts decades ago as if that compares, and criticized Edwards daughter for having a website that recommended a salon that offers $100+ haircuts. I get $18 haircuts (I'm not ever on TV) but my impression was that a 100 dollar haircut was not at all out of the ordinary (for young professional women in NYC?) and I'd be interested in knowing what ms dowd spends on hers. She also backhandedly praises Mitten for being cheap, Mr. I-look-like-a-newscaster-and-I-flip-flop -on-every-issue-because-I-know-appearanc e-is-what-matters-to-the-talking-heads.
I'm not even really an Edwards supporter, but I just thought today's column was absurd in its empty pettiness and apparent bias against Edwards.
by jujube 2007-04-21 08:08PM | 0 recs
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I'm a little bothered by Matt Stoller's recent work on trade.  It just doesn't seem like he's going into it with an open mind.  (No offense, Matt)  Free trade is generally a good thing.  It doesn't solve all the world's problems, but it doesn't cause them either.  I still believe we need to find the best solutions to our problems, not the ideologically consistent solutions.  Sometimes that is going to involve free trade.  It doesn't mean that we can't work to mitigate the downsides of trade, but we shouldn't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

by Reece 2007-04-21 09:14PM | 0 recs
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It isn't Matt's job to be unbiased.

by jallen 2007-04-21 10:33PM | 0 recs
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I'm not saying that it is.  You can be biased and still be open to being convinced.  From what is being posted, it seems as though Matt is doing his research with the intent of finding out why NAFTA is the worst thing ever--not with the intent of finding out the pros and cons of NAFTA.

by Reece 2007-04-22 05:19AM | 0 recs
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So what are the pros of NAFTA? I was against it before it happened but was overwhelmed by how bad it turned out to be, particularly all those subsistence corn farmers in Mexico who lost their livelihoods.

by joyful alternative 2007-04-22 02:15PM | 0 recs
Working on graduating... and a campaign

This campaign I'm about to start working on is really exciting. I feel like the classes I've been taking in school, the lay of the political land in this district, and my time reading MyDD have made it possible for me to do some really cool things on this campaign that maybe haven't been tried before, or adapted to a real progressive campaign in a rural Virginian district.

So I'm spending all my time thinking about field techniques and technology, fitting our message into a linguistically cohesive structure, adapting our voter file, email program, and volunteer management software to the campaign's needs -- it's a hell of a lot of fun, but it's pretty distracting when my immediate priority for the next month is finishing up some really boring classes (and some really fun, but hard ones that I need all my attention on).

What's up with you?

by msnook 2007-04-21 11:29PM | 0 recs
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I just hate that so many people here support Edwards.  It's fucking awful.  This site is biased.

by Vox Populi 2007-04-22 12:57AM | 0 recs
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Yeah. This site is also really biased against Republicans and right wingers in general. It's not fair to them.

by clarkent 2007-04-22 04:03AM | 0 recs
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Laure Bush spends $700 on her haircuts...if anybody gives a shit.

But look out now!

Huff Post sez: The big guy is in!

Yup, Al Goooooooooooooooooore! is getting ready to hit the campaign trail.

His campaign slogan: 'Here's your chance to get the President you elected!'

Obama and Clinton last seen doing technicolor yawns into their toilets.

If true....this is gonna be real, real interesting.

Republicans?

Yer done.

by Pericles 2007-04-22 04:02AM | 0 recs
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I think huff-po is being overly optimistic, read the article they based the headline on. Really nothing's changed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jht ml?xml=/news/2007/04/22/wgore22.xml

It can be summed up in one sentence: Gore hasn't told people to stop campaigning for him ... to join the campaign, but he hasn't told them to keep going either.

I hope he commits but he needs to do it soon, or quit stringing people along. Until then, I'll keep pulling for the only candidate that doesn't try to triangulate on getting out of Iraq, ASAP and permanently.

by BeekerDynasty 2007-04-22 04:35AM | 0 recs
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I'm hoping someone will write a diary about John Edwards coming out for restricting advertising for prescription drugs.  Good call, John.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/healthne ws.php?newsid=66114
I'm working on something else right now.
by jallen 2007-04-22 04:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Open Thread

Couldn't agree more. A hugely important source of waste in American medicine, not only because of the advertising dollars spent by big pharma, but also because of the pressure, ill-advised patients apply to their physicians to prescribe expensive drugs when cheaper, better alternatives may be available, and sometimes for medical conditions that may not truly exist.

A guy who made his money suing good doctors with bad science couldn't be a worse proponent to work with providers on fixing the health care system, but I'll take anything at this point.

by BeekerDynasty 2007-04-22 05:24AM | 0 recs
cheap shot

I'm not an Edwards supporter but I will deny that he "made his money suing good doctors with bad science."

And today is Sunday, so I'm resisting taking a cheap shot at Richardson.

by joyful alternative 2007-04-22 02:20PM | 0 recs
Re: cheap shot

Please explain to the OB/GYN's who left NC why that's a cheap shot. It's a well known fact to almost every physician I've ever talked politics too. The bile they spill about Edwards makes the HRC haters look like pipsqueaks. His questionable judgment cost some good doctors in Edward's crosshairs their livelihoods ... based on junk science. Specifically, that early c-sections would prevent cerebral palsy. There is and was no hard science to back that claim up. Don't take my word for it, look it up yourself.

I happen to like most of what Edwards says and his hair is way better than Imus's (THAT was a cheap shot, so fire away) That said, he has an Achilles heel here that will kill a national campaign in a second ... especially if he is the "health care" candidate which is what he increasingly looks to be trying to do.

by BeekerDynasty 2007-04-23 09:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Open Thread

Since this is an open thread and folks are talking about everything, I am pleased to note Crablaw Maryland Weekly's Take Back the Blog! event on April 28, in favor of women's full citizenship on the Internet.  Contributions from women and men on the broad topics of women in progressive politics, online harassment, the recent AutoAdmit and Kathy Sierra online harassment and stalking reports, the use of female and male UserIDs, controversies involving so-called Blogger Codes of Conduct, feminism online and broadly related topics would be most welcome.  I am pleased to note that the response has been dramatically strong thus far, with interest shown from the U.K., New Zealand, India and Romania.

Many thanks.

by Bruce Godfrey 2007-04-22 11:01AM | 0 recs

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