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Most fearmongers would be content to just sit back and give a winking condemnation to the actions of their followers who they've whipped into such a frenzy that some are actually throwing bricks, cutting propane lines to houses, mailing envelopes filled with white powder, and sending out death threats. But not the GOP. Instead, they've done all this and accused the Democrats of creating this atmosphere and "inspiring retaliation":

"By ratcheting up the rhetoric, some will only inflame these situations to dangerous levels," said House Republican Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia. "Enough is enough. It has to stop."

That takes some nerve.
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Between the weird caned audience and the overly earnest, head-nodding delivery of Virginia's governor, I half-expected Bob McDonnell to whip out a ShamWow or a Ronco Showtime Rotisserie to see if he could interest us in that while we check out the GOP's health care plan.
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Now to start off, I'm not talking about all people who declare their political allegiances on the back bumper of their car -- there are plenty who do who are perfectly reasonable motorists. Nor am I talking about all bad drivers since there are many of them who drive cars with no political bumper stickers. However, among those who do voice their political opinions via their cars and who are bad drivers, this is what I've noticed:

--Drive aggressively fast
--Speed up whenever I try to pass them on the highway
--Weave recklessly through traffic
--Knowingly run red lights and stop signs
--Cut me off on purpose, fully aware of what they are doing.

--Drive aggressively slow
--Sometimes take up two lanes at once making it impossible to get past them
--Drive ten miles under the speed limit in the passing lane and refuse to budge from it
--Stop at intersections where they don't have a stop sign to let the person go through who does have a stop sign
--Cut me off without realizing it because they're wandering vaguely about the road.

Has anyone else noticed these traits?
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No longer will we have to call this man the president of our country. Thank god.

He was good for a few laughs, though -- wasn't he?
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Being 38, I, like the rest of my generation, am a child of Watergate and what I mean by that, is that I've never known a time when I didn't distrust our presidents or our government. I've heard countless members of my parents' generation talk about how, before Nixon, that wasn't the case. It seems hard to believe.

I can be horribly optimistic at times, but, even in those times, there is still this sneaking cynicism that colors my view of the world. And the changing of presidents does nothing to diminish that. Today is different, though.

I have no idea how Barack Obama will do as our president. I have no idea if he will ever come even close to fulfilling the hopes, dreams and expectations of the people who, like me, voted for him. But all the same, there really is something different about today's inauguration. Watching the people in the audience, listening to the news commentators and seeing the our new president sworn in, there is this overriding feeling of change and hope and optimism that I really can't ever remember seeing before.

Like I said, Barack Obama may never be the president so many of us hope for but I just don't find myself thinking about that right now. It's hard to stay cynical when 147 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, 55 years after Brown v. Board of Education, and 44 years after the Voting Rights Act, you've seen a Black man finally sworn in as President of the United States.
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President-elect Barack Obama inducts Spider-Man into his terrorist fold, as the two bump fists, terrorist-style:

The image is set to appear in Amazing Spider-Man #583.

via [livejournal.com profile] pierogi_queen
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A sore loser.

Did I mention I plan to screw over Minnesotans by dragging this out as long as I possibly can thus ensuring the state only has one senator for at least the next six months if not longer? I do it because I care. Deeply. About not losing.
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Sonia Pitt, fired MnDOT director and recent recipient of a $90K a year job with Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration, has been once again fired.  According to the article, she was hired just two days after being dismissed by MnDOT.  Two weeks ago, after being on the job for two months, her new employer finally got around to doing a background check.  Based on the 25 page arbitrator's ruling which upheld her firing in May, the TSA decided perhaps they did want her working for them anymore.  In addition to her most recent firing, Pitt may also face criminal charges for taking an unauthorized state-paid trip and billing the state for over 94 hours of personal phone calls.  Yay for justice!
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Sonia Pitt was a  MnDOT executive in charge of emergency response.  Last August, when the 35W bridge collapsed in Minneapolis, she was on  an unauthorized state paid trip to Washington D.C.  When she heard about the collapse, though her job was to oversee emergency operations, she chose stay in D. C. for another 10 days before returning to Minnesota while search crews continued to look for the bodies of the 13 people who died in the collapse.  Later in the year, for these actions, she was fired.  Her termination letter states that "she engaged in activities that violated MnDOT's ethics code and was involved in 'activities that cannot withstand public scrutiny without embarrassment. ... do not safeguard the public trust in the integrity of MnDOT, and undermine public trust in the Department.'" (from the Minneapolis StarTribune)

Now, as a reward for this violation of the public's trust, she's been awarded a nice job at Homeland Security in the Transportation Safety Administration.

What is wrong with our society that we continue to reward assholes, incompetents, and the lazy with brand-new jobs doing the same thing they failed at so horribly?  If there were any justice in this world, Sonia Pitt would be flipping burgers at some fast food chain, asking customers, "you want fries with that," while bragging to any and all who would listen that she "used to be somebody."
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Obama is scheduled to deliver his acceptance speech on Thursday, Aug. 28, the fourth and final night of the convention. It coincides with the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.

--from an AP story about the convention.

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What the hell were those pinko tree-huggers thinking anyway?

Republicans block extra taxes on oil companies

Just a few excerpts:

The Democratic energy package would have imposed a tax on any "unreasonable" profits of the five largest U.S. oil companies and given the federal government more power to address oil market speculation that the bill's supporters argue has added to the crude oil price surge. .  .

The windfall profits bill would have imposed a 25 percent tax on profits over what would be determined "reasonable" when compared to profits several years ago. The oil companies could have avoided the tax if they invested the money in alternative energy projects or refinery expansion. It also would have rescinded oil company tax breaks — worth $17 billion over the next 10 years — with the revenue to be used for tax incentives to producers of wind, solar and other alternative energy sources as well as for energy conservation.
. .

Separately, Democrats also failed to get Republican support for a proposal to extend tax breaks for wind, solar and other alternative energy development, and for the promotion of energy efficiency and conservation. The tax breaks have either expired or are scheduled to end this year.

Way to go, GOP!  Way to stick it to the people!  You show them who's the boss a these here parts.  I mean, c'mon, trying to take away tax breaks from the needy rich and encourage alternative fuel sources?  What country do they think this is -- Denmark?

Big Oil -- I'm Lovin' It!
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--AP story

You want to know what's bad for business?  A recession.  And inflation.  And a weakening dollar.  And rising gas prices.  And a war that isn't ending.  And unemployment.  Did I forget anything?


May. 10th, 2008 07:09 pm
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Obama overtakes lead in superdelegates for first time

Obama is coming off a big win in North Carolina's Democratic primary Tuesday. Clinton narrowly won Indiana's primary the same day, but Obama did better than many expected.

Obama has added 21 superdelegates since and Clinton has had a net increase of two.

Now, maybe, this damn thing will finally start to wind down soon and we can begin focusing on the general election in November.
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Yesterday's Washington Post had a great column by E. J. Dionne, Jr. about the election and how what should be a big election (as in important) is being turned into a small election.  It really captured why I've been feeling so upset about how this election is turning but was unable to explain.

Here's the main gist:

The 2000 campaign was an excellent example of what happens when an election seems inconsequential. Shrewdly, George W. Bush knew that the country was, on the whole, satisfied with the results of Bill Clinton's presidency. Bush presented himself as being far more moderate than he actually was and even occasionally posed as the centrist inheritor of the positive aspects of Clinton's legacy.

This moved attention toward Al Gore's sighs in the first presidential debate and his alleged tendency to exaggerate.
He then talks about how the 2008 election seemed poised to be as big as the 1968 and 1980 elections until the whole Wright nonsense seeped in and turned it into an election about manufactured issues.  Later, he says this:
The smaller this election looks, the easier it will be for the Republicans to run campaigns such as those they orchestrated in 2000 and 1988, in which the particular flaws of candidates take on an exaggerated importance. The significance of the choice that the voters are making for the country's future recedes. Were Hillary Clinton to win the nomination, she, no less than Obama, would need this to be a big election. This is something Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton understood about the contests in which they prevailed.
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From Hillary "The only votes that count are the ones cast for me" Clinton:
"There is no such thing as a pledged delegate. . . . [Pledged delegates are a] misnomer. The whole point is for delegates, however they are chosen, to really ask themselves who would be the best president and who would be our best nominee against Senator McCain," Clinton said. "And I think that process goes all the way to the convention."
So why did we vote in a primary or a caucus, anyway.  Just for the hell of it?  My god, the Clintons just make me want to throw up.
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Clinton likens herself to 'Rocky'

If I remember right, the fight ended with Rocky and Apollo beat up, bruised, and bloodied with Apollo just barely outlasting Rocky and certainly in no shape to get into the ring for another fight.


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