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Someone's started a new blog: Things younger than John McCain.

Some of the entries:
- Spam
- the polio vaccine
- Mount Rushmore
- Israel
- Alaska and Hawaii
- the Slinky
- Dick Cheney
- Ronald Reagan, when he was elected (our oldest president)
- The Golden Gate Bridge

(The "age card"? Maybe. Then again, McCain's claiming Obama's "too young". Also, McCain has said himself "I am older than dirt.")
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Are you tired of the corporate owned media (which is about as far from "liberal" as it's possible to get and still be on the same continent) - even CNN - deciding that there are only two Dems in the race - Clinton and Obama - ignoring the other candidates, and particularly the guy (Edwards) who's still running a close third after a whole 2 (yes, two) percent of the population has made their primary decision?

(And this after CNN's own poll a few weeks back that showed Edwards beating all of the Rep candidates in head to head matchups by far wider margins that either Clinton or Obama! They paid so much attention to that, that in their newest poll released over the weekend, they only included Clinton and Obama on the Dem side.)

On one evening news show I saw last night, they talked about Clinton, Obama, McCain, Huckabee, Romney, Thompson, and 9u/11iani campaigning in S. Carolina. There was even a mention of Ron Paul - but not a single mention of Edwards.

FYI, the current delegate count after Iowa and New Hampshire looks like this:
Obama - 25
Clinton - 24

Edwards - 19

Kucinich - 0

Romney - 21

Huckabee - 14
McCain - 12
Thompson - 8
Paul - 4
Hunter - 1
Giullani - 1

So it seems the only way for Edwards to get the attention of corporate media despite being a front-running candidate is to either (as someone said on DailyKos): 1. drive around in a convertible with Britney's kids in his lap and a missing white girl in his trunk, or 2. raise a ton of money in one day.

Yeah. The money's easier, and way less hassle. So:

I'm already hearing from some Obama and Clinton supporters that they will probably throw in a couple-five bucks to help, just as a way of sticking it to the corporate media for being such complete assholes all the way 'round.

Gods know, their candidates have been on the receiving side of a lot of trash talking from the media - especially Clinton at the hands of that arrogant prick Chris Mathews. Oh, and btw, the media will only tell you about how lovely Michelle Obama is - they always forget to mention that she's a Harvard-educated lawyer in her own right. (Can't possibly think where I get the impression that strong, intelligent women scare the everlovin' shit out of 'em...)
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But I'm an Edwards girl.

Experience and the willingness to fight for what's right rather than continuing to roll over for the right wing make all the difference.

88% Barack Obama
87% John Edwards
87% Chris Dodd
86% Joe Biden
85% Dennis Kucinich
85% Mike Gravel
82% Hillary Clinton
74% Bill Richardson
38% Rudy Giuliani
28% John McCain
22% Mike Huckabee
21% Ron Paul
20% Mitt Romney
19% Tom Tancredo
12% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz


Feb. 1st, 2007 11:52 am
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Aqua Teen Hunger Force terrorizes Boston! Oh, wait... more like Boston Mayor Terrorizes Boston over ATHF.

It's not an oversight, when you have a long history of purposely using the wrong words.
Bush plans to speak to the House Democratic Caucus at its conference this weekend in Virginia.

On the president's schedule, that event is referred to as the "House Democrat Conference."

Bush gets dissed at a diner - guess people aren't as impressed wth him as he thinks they should be.
But on Tuesday, the surprise was on Bush. In town to deliver remarks on the economy, the president walked into the diner, where he was greeted with what can only be described as a sedate reception. No one rushed to shake his hand. There were no audible gasps or yelps of excitement that usually accompany visits like this. ... In Peoria this week, many patrons found their pancakes more interesting. Except for the click of news cameras and the clang of a dish from the kitchen, the quiet was deafening.

"Sorry to interrupt you," Bush said to a group of women, who were sitting in a booth with their young kids. "How’s the service?" As Bush signed a few autographs and shook hands, a man sitting at the counter lit a cigarette and asked for more coffee. Another woman, eyeing Bush and his entourage, sighed heavily and went back to her paper. She was reading the obituaries. "Sorry to interrupt your breakfast," a White House aide told her. "No problem," she huffed, in a not-so-friendly way. "Life goes on, I guess."
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U. S. Attorneys Forced to Resign - UNPRECEDENTED
What's the White House Doing to Prosecutors? Feinstein Speaks out on U.S. Atty Firings

Among the U.S. Attorneys forced or "encouraged" to resign in the last 2-3 months (emphasis in the quotes is mine):
  • Arizona - 12/19/06 - Paul K. Charlton

  • Little Rock (Ark.) - 12/15/06 - Bud Cummins (more)
    Senator Feinstein:
    "Now the most well-known case involves a U. S. Attorney in Arkansas. Senators Pryor and Lincoln have raised significant concerns about how Bud Cummins was asked to resign, and in his place the administration appointed their top lawyer in charge of political opposition research, Tim Griffin."

  • San Diego - 1/12/07 - Carole Lam (heading up the Randy "Duke" Cunningham investigation)
    Senator Feinstein:
    "Now to my knowledge, there are no allegations of misconduct having to do with Carol Lam. She is a distinguished former judge. Rather, the only explanation I've seen are concerns that were expressed about prioritizing public corruption cases over smuggling and gun cases."

  • San Francisco - 1/16/07 - Kevin V. Ryan

  • Nevada - 1/15/07 - Daniel Bogden

  • New Mexico - 12/19/06 - David Igleslias

  • Seattle - 12/15/06 - John McKay

As one poster on Daily Kos sums it up:
What it gains the White House
is the ability to use the power of the US attorney's office, and the Department of Justice, to investigate any possible lead - no matter how insubstantial - that affects a Democratic candidate.

The Republican Party is trying to defend 22 senate seats in 2008, compared to our 12. ...

So what tools do they have? Force out the US attorney in Nevada and install a political hack so that they can go after Harry Reid ... Undermine investigations of the whole massive California GOP congressional delegation - Jerry Lewis, Duncan Hunter, Cunningham, etc. Hence you have to get rid of the apolitical US Attnys in San Diego and San Francisco. [Asheris: Or you need someone new to start some bogus investigations into Pelosi, Feinstein, etc.]

Hillary? Well, you had better put the RNC head of opposition research in charge of the US Attorney's office in Little Rock.

What we are seeing, without exaggeration and without hyperbole, is a sustained effort to use the infrastructure of the Department of Justice for deliberate political ends.

It's nothing new. Tom deLay did it when he used the feds to track Democratic state senators in Texas. Gonzales is doing it now by bombing the House Ethics Committee with meaningless FOIAs in order to gum up their investigations.
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Heavens. Me, a liberal? Why, I never would have guessed.

apologies for any sarcasm that may have dripped on you during the reading of this post.

political meme )
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Insight On the News reported yesterday (emphasis mine):
The White House has been twisting arms to ensure that no Republican member votes against President Bush in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation of the administration's unauthorized wiretapping.

Congressional sources said Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove has threatened to blacklist any Republican who votes against the president. The sources said the blacklist would mean a halt in any White House political or financial support of senators running for re-election in November.

"It's hardball all the way," a senior GOP congressional aide said.

The sources said the administration has been alarmed over the damage that could result from the Senate hearings, which began on Monday, Feb. 6. They said the defection of even a handful of Republican committee members could result in a determination that the president violated the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Such a determination could lead to impeachment proceedings.

Over the last few weeks, Mr. Rove has been calling in virtually every Republican on the Senate committee as well as the leadership in Congress. The sources said Mr. Rove's message has been that a vote against Mr. Bush would destroy GOP prospects in congressional elections.


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