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wWednesday, April 30, 2003

Stuff that matters

And hasn't been reported widely.

Me: So, I got something for you to blog/bitch about.

On Women's Rights, Iran Becomes a 'Friend'
So, to figure out why our adversaries are sometimes allies, here is a good rule of thumb. They are members of the axis of evil when they endanger our geopolitical interests. But not when they endanger women's lives.
Violet: Janice Crouse must die.
Violet: ::twitch::
Violet: I'm gonna let you blog that one... I'm a bit lost in emotion.

Alright then. Go read it. Of course, the administration's policies don't exist in isolation. Do a google search, or something.

The Bush administration and the majority of elected Republican officials have a clear agenda. They want the United States to go back half a century to the perceived social values of the fifties. (Aside from the 91% tax rate that FDR put on the rich, of course.)

If these assholes were ever exposed by the national media, they'd be out of office in two seconds. But since the national media keeps quiet for the most part, it's up to use to spread the truth.

The Bush administration has allied with radical fundamentalist muslim states to push its abortion agenda. Now, you know I'm generally one of the most pro-life people you know... but the administration was willing to tolerate rape and violence against women to form an alliance against abortion. It's beyond the pale, but I doubt it upsets them very much. After all, once we live in the Right Wing Theocracy, women might need to be beaten so that they know their place here, too.

Of course, if you ever mention this, then you're obviously a radical "femi-nazi", you unamerican freaks.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:20 PM
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AlterNet: Patriot Raid
In pre-9/11 America, the legality of this would have been questionable. After all, the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution states: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized."

"You have no right to hold us," Asher insisted.

"Yes, we have every right," responded one of the agents. "You are being held under the Patriot Act following suspicion under an internal Homeland Security investigation."

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 2:10 PM
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Latest Iowa Poll

Moving on up, slowly but surely...

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 12:01 PM
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Whiz Bang Neatness

Electoral map applet care of Mike at an unofficial Edwards for President site.

It's an electoral map with the states altered in size to more accurately represent how many electoral votes they have. Now the blue part doesn't look so small if you replay the last election.

(For electoral vote counts, check the records, yo.)

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:41 AM
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Treasury: Unless Congress raises debt cap, U.S. might default
The Treasury Department says the United States could face the prospect of not being able to pay its bills in late May unless Congress raises the government's borrowing authority, now capped at $6.4 trillion.
Could we maybe, like, not have a tax cut?

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:27 AM
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Hey, they finally charged Mike Hawash. It looks pretty bogus to me, but at least he'll get his day in court.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:46 AM
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Dead Serious Democrats (washingtonpost.com)
The bold plan for near-universal health care offered last week by Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri sent echoes across the entire Democratic presidential field. Sens. John Kerry of Massachusetts and John Edwards of North Carolina, who were campaigning in New Hampshire over the weekend, were asked at voter forums if they could match it -- which, at this point, they cannot.
Broder's kind of a strange guy. He's not exactly partisan, but he's not exactly nonpartisan. He's more like the embodiment of the establishment's conventional wisdom. That said, he wrote a fairly simplistic analysis of the early primary campaign in today's commentary that you might enjoy.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:32 AM
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Oh shit

There go my savings... Missouri Plans to Tax Masturbation.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:11 AM
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wTuesday, April 29, 2003

'Good American' Revisionism
The facts are these: On May 4, 1970, Kent State University students rallied to protest President Nixon's decision to expand the Vietnam conflict into Cambodia. Poorly trained Ohio National Guard troops were called to the campus, where, after some mild skirmishing with the students, they fired without warning, killing four and wounding nine. Only one of the casualties had been harassing the Guard; another had been on her way to class when she was shot and killed. The revulsion of those who thought the war wrong crystallized around a photo, widely disseminated then and often reproduced even now, of a dying youngster and the teenaged girl who knelt over him screaming.
Soldiers get spit on, protesters get killed.

Just another article in our continuing discussion about the nature and history of dissent in the U.S. So read the whole thing.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 5:23 PM
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Military Malpractice - John Kerry's hypocritical attack on Howard Dean. By William Saletan
The political logic of Kerry's attack is obvious. Dean is the only candidate with momentum and excitement, and he's the only big threat to Kerry in New Hampshire. Discredit Dean, win New Hampshire, and nobody else has the gas to pass Kerry.

But does Kerry's attack make sense on the merits? Not unless he's willing to disqualify himself as well.
Chris Lehane can eat a dick.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 5:06 PM
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I found this pretty funny.
Remember when the US was cool? It wasn’t that long ago, think back.

We were the fun, rich, good-looking, popular country. We drove the coolest car and had the tasty girlfriend with the big tits and the pool. We hung out with all the other cool countries, but still said hi to Mexico in the hallways (even though he smelled like a spicy sweatsuit). We were the best athlete and played guitar in a shitty band. We would get drunk and prank Russia and do coke on the away bus. We would kick somebody’s ass if they fucked with our friends and we would lend money if our friends were fucked. We were a superhero in the history of the world.

Read More
(via TBOGG)

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 4:53 PM
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The man behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch just published an autobiography: The bird man of 'Sesame Street'. Bitching.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 3:26 PM
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It's a day of firsts. First I compliment Lieberman, now Bush gets the treatment.
President Bush is giving his $15 billion global AIDS initiative a shove on Capitol Hill as lawmakers haggle over what emphasis the program should place on sexual abstinence.

With the Iraq war all but over, Bush's speech Tuesday on combatting AIDS worldwide was part of his renewed focus on the "compassionate conservative" items on his agenda. Bush feels "an absolute moral calling ... to help those in need in Africa and the Caribbean who have been ravaged by this," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said.

While his staff is quietly working with lawmakers on the details, Bush planned to tell an audience in the Rose Garden that the House is off to a good start. Bush was calling for swift action from Congress.

The Hyde bill is great. Whatever minor cuts they're making to other programs, they are putting serious money into this thing. Not serious like 100 Billion Dollar War serious, but I try not to the enemy of the good for the perfect. Of course, the right-wing is pissed. You know, because they're stupid.

Conservatives are outraged over President Bush’s expected endorsement today of a House AIDS funding bill that they say is inconsistent with what he outlined as a top priority in his compassionate conservative agenda.

The bill, written by House International Relations Committee Chairman Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) and ranking member Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), is opposed by conservative groups and lawmakers because it does not prioritize abstinence and monogamy over the use of condoms. The legislation cleared committee earlier this month with unanimous Democratic support, but conservatives on the panel voted against it.

They were shocked by news late last week that the White House would endorse the Hyde-Lantos bill because they were lobbying intensely to change it.
I was watching Bush's speech and he actually mentioned promoting condom use in Africa. It was kinda trippy.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 2:00 PM
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For those of you living in a closet, X-Men 2 is coming out this weekend.

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Debate Update

Y'all know about the debate on Saturday, right? It starts 7:30 CST, and I'm making plans with Lou to watch it somewhere (drop a note if you want to watch it with us).

It'll be on C-Span, if you don't like us and want to watch it in the privacy of your own home.

But anyway, here's the fun part:
Moderator George Stephanopoulos says he will focus on areas of disagreement. They include the Iraq war, how the contenders would choose Supreme Court nominees and how they would cover 41 million uninsured Americans. The format, a round-table discussion followed by candidates questioning one another, is designed to promote interaction
Candidates questioning each other? Now that could get entertaining.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 12:58 PM
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U.S. Withdrawing Virtually All Forces From Saudi Arabia
PRINCE SULTAN AIRBASE, Saudi Arabia, April 29 --The United States said on Tuesday it was ending military operations in Saudi Arabia and removing virtually all of its forces from the kingdom by mutual agreement after the Iraq war.
What does this mean? One of the more entertaining conspiracy theories regarding the Iraq war was that we thought the Saudis were getting tired of us being there, and we needed a new military base in the region. Not that I'm saying I agree with that, but Iraq does seem to be more convenient for us, especially since we get to pick the government there.

And another thought - wasn't this what Bin Ladin wanted? Does that mean Al Qaeda will call off any planned terrorist attacks now? Too bad they don't have a press secretary to ask.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 12:36 PM
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And if you're not reading ABC's new feature: The Notepad... then you aren't sickeningly obsessed with the Democratic Primary Campaign like some of us.

First positive thing I've ever said about Lieberman: the guy sending his daily note for the notepad is hilarious.

Bookmark it, they update daily, and it's a lot shorter than reading the whole Note.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:54 AM
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The Coming Apocalypse

For them, not us. From Christianity Today:
If the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court overturns a ban on homosexual marriage, traditional family supporters predict that activists will use the ruling as a wedge to force the rest of the country to accept legalization of same-sex marriage. A decision is expected this summer.

In March the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments in Goodridge v. Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in which seven same-sex couples claim they have a fundamental, constitutional right to marry. Four of the couples are raising children.

The plaintiffs—eight women and six men—lost an opening round a year ago when Suffolk Superior Judge Thomas E. Connolly denied them a right to marriage licenses. The judge, citing the marriage laws and traditions of Massachusetts and the nation, said only the state legislature is empowered to make such profound changes. The couples appealed to the top Massachusetts court.

Matt Daniels is president of the Springfield, Virginia–based Alliance for Marriage, which supports traditional marriage. Daniels predicts that same-sex activists will prevail—if not in Massachusetts, then in similar cases pending in New Jersey or Indiana. "Once we lose, they will file suits in every state," Daniels said.
You're goddamn right. Imagine that, people who live together, love each other, and raise children together want to be able to get married. Unbelievable.

I don't actually think things will happen this way. The gay rights struggle is going to continue for many years to come, with marriage or civil unions in most of the Union by the ending of the decade, and with the Confederacy taking it's usual 50 years to catch up with the rest of us. But at least they're scared.

Riots in the streets, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:42 AM
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Big stories of the day: We're Firing on Iraqi Civilians, there are American Hostages in Nigeria, and Chewbacca Returns to Star Wars

And in a brief update to the Kerry/Dean rift, the unofficial blog has a suggestion. Write to Kerry and tell him "Say it to Dean's face, punk." Heh.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:30 AM
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Ahh, Tuesday. That means Krugman: Matters of Emphasis

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wMonday, April 28, 2003

This is Pretty Stupid

Sugar Industry Attacks World Health Organization

"The sugar industry in the US is threatening to bring the World Health Organisation to its knees by demanding that Congress end its funding unless the WHO scraps guidelines on healthy eating, due to be published on Wednesday.

The industry is furious at the guidelines, which say that sugar should account for no more than 10% of a healthy diet. It claims that the review by international experts which decided on the 10% limit is scientifically flawed, insisting that other evidence indicates that a quarter of our food and drink intake can safely consist of sugar."

Now, it's not like my soda consumption is a secret, but if this works, well, I won't do anything but fall into another morbid depression. I guess nothing'll change, huh?

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So, in the past 3 hours, 41 online news organizations have posted this AP story, which is based solely on a press release from Kerry's communications director twisting the good Doctor's words around.

The good people at the official blog weigh in: Chill, Chris Lehane, Chill. As do the people at the unofficial blog.

Of course, if Dean wasn't a serious candidate and a viable option for Commander in Chief, would he be spewing this shit? I don't hear them talking about Kucinich much.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 1:26 PM
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This, from 1998: The Ten Dumbest Members of Congress

Guess who tops the list?
"Santorum?" Sen. Bob Kerrey once commented. "Is that Latin for asshole?"

(via Digby)

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:51 AM
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Regime change playing cards.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:23 AM
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Now, since I don't use my computers for audio, I haven't heard this. But apparently some jokers put together a "What I Want To Know" dance mix based on Dean's stump speech. Let me know how it is.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:06 AM
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More Dean
I signed the civil unions bill because it was the right thing to do. Those of us who came of age during the civil rights movement have long understood that the strength of America lies in our commitment to equal rights under the law for everyone. Civil unions provide equal inheritance rights, equal hospital visitation rights, and equal insurance rights. Every legal right that I have as a married person, anybody in Vermont can have, including gays and lesbians. Today, Vermont is the only place in America where equal rights under the law means equal rights under the law for every citizen, not just for the people we like or the people we're comfortable with or the people who look like us.

President Bush's and Senator Santorum's remarks remind us that while laws may guarantee equal rights, laws alone do not create equality. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 guarantees equal rights for minorities in this country, but the law did not end racism and prejudice. The civil unions law guarantees equal rights for same-sex couples in Vermont, but the law did not end discrimination toward gays and lesbians.

Creating equality for all requires the personal responsibility of everyone. As Americans, we can no longer tolerate politics of division and still hope to achieve the promise of equality envisioned by our Founding Fathers. The dream of equal rights for all Americans will only be realized when all of us-whether in the corridors of power or in the hallways of our schools and offices-come together to create a community in which bigotry and hatred is cast out from the forum of public discourse. I believe equal rights can be achieved, but it will only be achieved when we have leaders in the highest offices of the land who stop pandering to bigots in exchange for a handful of votes.
Full Op-Ed

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wSunday, April 27, 2003

Petition for the removal of Senator Santorum: A Declaration of Equal Rights

On the official Howard Dean for President site.

It doesn't look like the campaign plans to give up on this. And for that matter, neither do I.

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George W. Bush Resume

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wSaturday, April 26, 2003

Geek Chic.  Offbeat and with a thumbful of calluses, this hipster/trekkie hybrid spends most of his time catching Simpsons reruns and sucking down raspberry Jell-O.  However, he's still hip
You're Geek Chic. Offbeat and with a thumbful of
calluses, you spend most of your time catching
Simpsons reruns and sucking down raspberry
Jell-O. However, you're still a hipster,
you've still got your own style, and you
probably dig the Velvet Underground's "Who
Loves the Sun?"

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wFriday, April 25, 2003

Good News
A federal court denied a request to shut down Internet song-swapping services Grokster and Morpheus on Friday, handing a stunning setback to the record labels and movie studios that have sought to curb unauthorized downloading of their works.

U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson said the two services should not be shut down because they cannot control what is traded over their systems. Like a videocassette recorder, the software in question could be used for legitimate purposes as well as illicit ones, he said.
You know, for those of us who believe in Fair Use and all that stuff...

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 6:59 PM
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Goodness, this is funny: Sex Advice From Sen. Santorum

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 3:08 PM
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Quote of The Day:
Is Bush taking lessons from Julius Caesar? Apparently so. When Caesar's short but bloody conquest of the Celtic tribes led to the founding of the Roman province of Gaul (modern France) in 52 B.C. he divided the country into three parts. Well-connected sources tell us that Bush plans to divide Iraq into three parts as well: Premium, regular and unleaded.
- Katrina vanden Heuvel
For those of you who aren't "In The Know" she's the editor of The Nation. You can see Jon Stewart's interview of her on the Daily Show here.

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Yeah, so this is evil.
Demonstrating a significant shift in America’s nuclear strategy, the Bush administration intends to produce – not just research – a thermonuclear bunker-busting bomb to destroy hardened, deeply buried targets, the Pentagon has acknowledged for the first time.

The weapon – known as the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator – would be a full-power hydrogen bomb that would throw up enormous clouds of radioactive dust while wreaking large-scale damage and death if used in an urban area. It would be thousands of times more powerful than the conventional “bunker busters” dropped on Baghdad in an attempt to kill former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 1:59 PM
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You know, now that I think about it, just go read the whole New York Times opinion page today. They've got an op-ed by Dan Savage over the Santorum thing too.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 1:48 PM
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Rich Guy Catfight
Ted Turner said on Thursday too few people owned too many media organizations and called rival media baron Rupert Murdoch a warmonger for what he said was Murdoch's promotion of the U.S. war in Iraq.

"He's a warmonger," Turner said in an evening speech to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco of Murdoch, whose News Corp. Ltd. owns the fast-growing Fox News Channel. "He promoted it."
What is wrong with this country when Ted Turner, of all people, is considered a liberal?

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 1:29 PM
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Tony Auth Cartoon

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I have a general rule about posting two stories from the same editorial page in one day, based on the theory that you'll probably read both if you're inclined to. But I think Kristof is deserving today. Besides, he used the phrase "Call me postmodern, but" and as the swinging hipster that I am, I love it!
A Woman's Place

The only time I saw Iraqi men entirely intimidated by the American-British forces was in Basra, when a cluster of men gaped, awestruck, around an example of the most astoundingly modern weapon in the Western arsenal.

Her name was Claire, and she had a machine gun in her arms and a flower in her helmet.

"I'm a bit of a novelty here," she said, laughing. The Iraqis flinched.

In the aftermath of the Iraq war it's time to re-examine the ban on women in American front-line forces.
You know, that silly equality thing and all...

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 12:50 PM
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The Low-Fidelity All-Star: he was born with the cool, and it's totally natural.  He runs the gamut from Hipster Supreme (only they can ingest as much coffee as he) to the geeky hipster%
You are the Low-Fidelity All-Star. You were born
with your cool, and it's totally natural. You
run the gamut from Hipster Supreme (only they
can ingest as much coffee as you) to the geeky
hipster (Mario Kart, anyone?).

What Kind of Hipster Are You?
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That's pretty cool. Yeah, not bad, huh?

posted by Weston at 12:32 PM
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Lords of the Rhymes

Come on, they've got them mad hobbit rapping skills. Anyhow, it's pretty funny. To me, anyway.The Lords of the Rhymes

Hobbiton, it’s on!!!

I’m Quickbeam with the masterplan
I’m Bombadil with the mic in my hand
We’re Lords of the Rhymes from a far off land
And We’ll Rock this joint with our hobbit band

Mirror, mirror on the wall
Who’s the greatest hobbit of them all
Bilbo, Bilbo Baggins he’s only 3 feet tall

Well my name is Gimli
I’m a fucking dwarf !
I been slaying mutherfuckers
from the south to the north
That ain’t Mirkwood I’m choppin with my battleaxe
I’m on an orc stampede like Shadowfax

Now all you Boffins and Bolgers, Bracegirdles and Proudfeet
I’m the skinny hobbit with all the fat beats
My name is Merry and I’m five feet tall
I used to fuck shit up at Brandybuck hall
My man Bilbo’s older than Gerontius Took
Yeah you can read about it in the big Red Book.

Quickbeam on the scene
All the elf girls scream
Like a tree, That’s me
I Like to keep it green.
It’s the chronic pipeweed that I’m smoking
When I get high I spin tales like Tolkien.

Well I’m a hobbit warrior short and stout
I got the fuckin beats that will turn you out.
I’ll light you up like Longbottom leaf.
cause the orcs smoke the shwag, but we got the kief.

I’m Quickbeam with the masterplan
I’m Bombadil with the mic in my hand
We’re Lords of the Rhymes from a far off land
And We’ll Rock this joint with our hobbit band.

Yo Beam, Yo Dil
It’s time to get ill !!!
We light up the mic like a Silmaril
Frodo’s on the lam with Pippin and Sam
But you can call him “Underhill.”

I named the nameless hills and dells
I drank from yet untasted wells
Goin’ mad off the hook just like a Numenorean
I got more rhymes than there’s leaves in Lothlorien.

Yo, I’m harder than a Mithril coat
A hundred is the number of the orcs I smote
I battled Helms Deep and I took Minas Tirith
If you don’t watch out, I’ll make your ass dissappeareth.

He’s Smeagol, not Deagol
He step up to the mic, he look regal
He’s mean, he’s green,
Gollum beat box like you never seen.

Go Gollum! Go Gollum! Go Gollum!

I’m Quickbeam with the masterplan
I’m Bombadil with the mic in my hand
We’re Lords of the Rhymes from a far off land
And We’ll Rock this joint with our hobbit band

My rhymes are hotter than the cracks of doom.
The orcs got bass, but we got boom.
Me and Dil be rockin rooms
From the Misty Mountains to the Gulf of Lhun.
I’m the King Ad Hoc!
I will be sire.
I was born Aragorn,
But you can call me Strider.

I’m Bombadil and I’ll gladly sing
I got the song for everything
I got the number for Old Man Willow
Bright blue my jacket is and my boots are yellow.

Elbereth Gilthoniel !
we still remember we who dwell.
On the this far land beneath the trees
Thy starlight on the Western seas.
A Elbereth Gilthoniel,
silivren penna míriel
o menel aglar elenath!
Na-chaered palan-díriel

Which means…

Elf booty got soul!
Elf girls like to rock’n’roll!

Elf booty got soul!
Elf girls like to rock’n’roll!

posted by Weston at 12:20 PM
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I didn't want to see Tom Brokaw give the president a blow job on live TV, so I didn't watch his interview with Bush. But I would like to point out the only relevant thing Bush said:
Q And what about the Iraqi information minister? (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: He's my man, he was great. (Laughter.) Somebody accused us of hiring him and putting him there. He was a classic.
Maybe he's considering Ari's replacement?

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:04 AM
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You know, always read Paul Krugman. He's always good. But sometimes, he's really good.
When a family without health insurance suffers illness, the results are often catastrophic — either serious conditions go untreated or the family faces financial ruin. Our inadequate insurance system is one important reason why America, the richest country in the world, has lower life expectancy and higher child mortality than most other advanced nations.

So why should tax cuts take priority over health care? I know the party line: tax cuts for high earners are the key to economic growth, and a rising tide lifts all boats. But there's not a shred of evidence supporting that claim. More than two decades after the supply-siders launched their tax-cut crusade, ordinary workers have yet to see a rising tide. The median real wage is only 7 percent higher now than it was in 1979, with all of that increase achieved after Bill Clinton raised taxes for the top bracket.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:51 AM
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wThursday, April 24, 2003

The Hipster Intellecticus: call himself what he will (beatnik, philosophy major, liberal arts student), he's still hip and he still digs on Kerouac.
You're the Hipster Intellecticus. Call yourself
what you will (beatnik, philosophy major,
liberal arts student), you're still hip and you
still dig Kerouac.

What Kind of Hipster Are You?
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"Hell is other people."

Yeah, I'm hip.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:46 PM
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"Maybe I was wrong, maybe there were no weapons"?!
A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Bush's remarks were based on information from at least one Iraqi scientist who has led coalition forces to materials used in the production of weapons of mass destruction and who has said some weapons were destroyed before the war, others perhaps afterward.

So what the hell did we go to war for?

posted by Violet at 6:37 PM
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A lesson in the history of family life

I’m going to sum-up a bit of “The Transformation of the Family” by Kenneth Keniston with my own thoughts strewn in.

In the past, family ties were important because the family on a whole served as an economic unit. Every member of the family helped to produce a product (or products), which would sustain the family. Education was unimportant, because the family would train children for a specific task, and thus children were economic units. If there was a divorce, labor units would be lost and poverty could follow, so even loveless marriages became tolerable due to sheer necessity to marry to survive.

Due to the industrial revolution, however, products have become easier to produce, and families began to weaken as economic units, and became less necessary to survive. However, the human need to procreate the species, as any species would do to prevent dying out, made families needed, and children became dependants as opposed to economic assets—a major change in the formation of family.

Another interesting note is that the industrial revolution is heavily responsible for our modern concepts of time—we need to know when to clock in and clock out to keep the factory going.

I went on further to theorize that the development of modern education being necessary and heath chare being necessary is a result of the industrial revolution. When the family no longer served as it’s own economic unit, and people began to become cogs of a far greater economic unit, it became vital to the system that all the cogs run fluently and efficiently to keep the production line going. Thus come the importance of college degrees—when a company can choose between a cog that runs slowly or isn’t as efficient or a cog that is fast, efficient and shiny, the shiny one will be chosen.

After the woman’s revolution, and women started to “put up with less and expect more” (Keniston), and jobs became open for women, the function of a family as it had been in the past crumbled completely. The woman no longer needs the man for financial support, and that was the last remaining function the family had, economically speaking.

So now, the economic function of the family is almost gone, aside from the procreation of a species and training of future cogs for the machine.

Of course, this discourse didn’t prevent people in my class from being complete idiots, as always. “My mother didn’t give birth to me just so I can be a cog in some system devoid of personality.” “First off, I didn’t say anything about personality, you being devoid of it is your own damn fault. Secondly, the reason your parents gave birth to you is to propel the species. You can’t deny that.”

Hehe, no one in logic likes me ^____^ If I didn’t rattle anyone’s cages in that class, I failed my job.

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A 'Voice for Inclusion'
Deconstructing Santorum is no easy matter. His logic is Euclidean, his analogies Limbaughian, and he has, I must add, a stern countenance that in no way bespeaks the resolute voice for inclusion he really is. But he does, I think, raise a profound question that he ought to answer himself: If you have the orientation of a moron, do you still have to talk like one?
Ahh, war's over, I can go back to liking Richard Cohen.

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Dean on Wolf Blitzer Reports
BLITZER: Let's move to another subject that you raised earlier today, you called on Republican Senator Santorum, Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania to step down because the comments he made about gays.

Tell our viewers precisely what your position is?

DEAN: The Republican party is dividing us by race or income or gender or religion, in this case sexual orientation. Gay people are people first and gay second. And most people's fears about gays is not understanding anything about gays. Gay people are people. There are gay people in Iraq now fighting for the United States of America, they deserve to be treated with the same respect that every other American deserves to be treated with. And I'm tired of having the right wing Republican party make hay by beating up on various minority groups so they can feed their right wing base.

BLITZER: Well, listen to how he responded, he basicly said if you have a problem with him, you have a problem with U.S. Supreme Court, listen to this.


SEN. RICK SANTORUM (R), PENNSYLVANIA: To suggest that my comments which are the law of the land and were the reason the Supreme Court decided in 1986 is somehow intolerant, I just would argue that it is not. It is simply a reflection of the law. Obviously, I can't represent everybody's viewpoint. I mean, there are a variety of different viewpoints in the room. My job is to respect everybody's viewpoint, and I do. I respect your point of view.


BLITZER: He was speaking directly to a gay person in the audience who complained about his comments. Go ahead, governor.

DEAN: I don't think this has to do with point of view. I think it has to do with basic respect. Until every single American is equal under the law in this country, then I don't think the country is as great as it could be. Just ask people, you know, almost everybody in America knows someone in someone's family who is gay. And all appeal for is a little bit respect and tolerance in understanding. When you come to know people they're people first and whatever category they might fit into later on.

I think Senator Santorum and the administration have done this country a disservice by, again, dividing us, whether it's by race, as the president did by using the word, quota, which wasn't true or whether it's by sexual orientation or gender or whatever it is, they've got to stop that. We have got to bring the country together as a community, and you don't get there by making intolerant comments that single out particular minorities.

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wWednesday, April 23, 2003

Christine Mains
With her five-year-old daughter Andrea on her lap, Christine Mains of Spanish Lake sits next to the road, about a football field away from the other protesters and that much closer to the plant. It is a tiny act of defiance, tolerated by police, who take no action when she refuses an officer's request to join the other demonstrators. "I refused to move and I stood my ground and I sat right there and I told him if he wanted to move me, he would have to move me physically," Mains later recalls. "I'm standing on my convictions and my First Amendment rights. I had a right to be there. I was on public property."

Suddenly the protesters head back toward the plant. The police follow along, making no attempt to stop the marchers until they try crossing McDonnell Boulevard to reach the entrance to Boeing administrative offices. The cops stop them on a narrow concrete median in the middle of the street.

"You have one of two choices: Go back across the street or be arrested," Jackson says. Most turn around and head toward a nearby parking lot where the cops say they can stay. But Mains remains on the median.

"You're blocking a street," Jackson warns. "You're also endangering the welfare of a child." Mains sits down, her arms around Andrea as a half-dozen officers move in. Patience on both sides has expired.

An officer snatches Andrea from her mother's arms and carries the child to a squad car. She's bawling, as is her mother. "No!" Mains screams. "She's five years old!" Mains goes limp as the cuffs go on, forcing officers to carry her to a patrol car while her daughter, tears streaming, is sped away. Mains will spend the next six hours in police custody. She goes home facing charges of failure to comply with a lawful order, resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of a child and peace disturbance. The cops, she says, originally tried citing her for blocking a street but changed the charge to peace disturbance because police had already closed the street in preparation for Bush's appearance.
She'll be there on Saturday.

Full Story

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More on the "let's objectify women" front.

The complaint against Suntra alleges he fondled the breasts and buttocks of the victims, claiming he was doing a breast examination, when the women had come to the office for back and neck pain.
This is the second time in three years a Madison County doctor has been charged with battery involving patients. A Bethalto doctor was convicted of those charges three years ago.

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Man, this is pretty messed up.

"The Islamic community has a cancer growing inside it, which hates Jews, hates freedom and hates Western society," Steel said, as reported by the Daily Trojan, the campus newspaper. "The disease of Islam must be rectified. It's kill or be killed."

Steel also managed to bash the peace movement and Democrats: "Because of the peace movement, we had the Holocaust," Steel said, according to the Trojan. "The Democratic Party is keeping the Ku Klux Klan alive, and if we'd listened to Southern Democrats who wanted peace in the Civil War, we'd still have slavery."

Ok, could someone talk some sense, or, you know, history, into this guy?

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I remember Violet, Brian, and I talking in the car on the way back from the war protest one day, when I explained the full measure of 'the revolution will not be televised' and why, logically this is true. Considering that the media is big business, and good pals with the government, saving a fortune with their tax breaks they help right back.

To be honest, it's disturbing what's going on right now. You've got senators arguing that we should legislate people's bedroom activities while our heads of state just nod and stay silent - a quiet ok to continue. You've got networks
pulling the plug on reasoned and reasonable debates because they don't want you to hear it. Dissent will not be allowed on television right now, better just clam up, right? But, that's what I'm talking about.

The internet is probably the greatest communication tool since moveable type, and I believe that this is the tool that will allow people to rise up against stuff like this and express how they really feel. Maybe I'm just optimistic, though.

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Quote of the Day:
The Republican Party: Come for the racism…stay for the homophobia™.
Of course, now I suppose I owe TBOGG royalties...

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Dean Hits Santorum Again
Yesterday, I called on President Bush and the Republican Party leadership to condemn Senator Rick Santorum for his deeply offensive remarks comparing homosexuality to bigamy, polygamy, incest and adultery. As additional reports have come to light, revealing a disturbing history of inflammatory, anti-gay rhetoric by Senator Santorum, the deafening silence of President Bush and his party has become inexcusable.

Sen. Santorum has refused to apologize for his repugnant remarks, calling his comments "a legitimate public policy discussion." Gay-bashing is not a legitimate public policy discussion; it is immoral. Rick Santorum's failure to recognize that attacking people because of who they are is morally wrong makes him unfit for a leadership position in the United States Senate. Today I call on Rick Santorum to resign from his post as Republican Conference Chairman.

Once again, I call on President Bush to repudiate Sen. Santorum's remarks. The President of the United States must represent all Americans, regardless of race, gender, class or sexual orientation. In a nation dedicated to equality under the law, everyone must be equal under the law. By refusing to stand up for gay Americans under attack by members of his own party's leadership, this President sends a message that intolerance and bigotry is acceptable. That is not acceptable.

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Robert Scheer: Did Bush Deceive Us in His Rush to War?

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Hey, lookie what I found on the Democratic National Committe site:

DNC Quiz

The Bush tax giveaway creates budget-busting record deficits while providing virtually no stimulus to the economy. Test your knowledge of the Bush tax scheme by taking our quiz.

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Fred Fielding, D.C. lawyer, named as Deep Throat

Now, as we know, I've thought it was Pat Buchanan for some time now.

The relevent passage regarding Fielding in John Dean's book is:
Woodward has eliminated Fred Fielding, my former deputy. I know this because Fred told me Woodward did so when he was being considered for appointment as White House counsel for President Reagan. He got the job, and -- unfortunately for those interested in Iran-Contra -- they had not hired Deep Throat.

And of course, the relevant passage responding to that in the news article is this from Prof. Gaines:
Fielding had access to FBI reports because of his close relationship to former White House special counsel John Dean. Dean spent time in prison for his own involvement in Watergate. Dean has written an e-book narrowing the list of Deep Throat's suspects to four former Nixon aides: speechwriter Raymond Price, special assistant to the president Pat Buchanan, administrative assistant Stephen Bull, and press secretary Ron Ziegler. Fielding has never made his list.

"Dean doesn't know Fielding had all of this information," Gaines said. "He knows Fielding and said it couldn't be him because he was always honest."

I want to know who Deep Throat is. Because he helped take down Nixon.





posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 2:52 PM
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The Boss
The Dixie Chicks have taken a big hit lately for exercising their basic right to express themselves. To me, they're terrific American artists expressing American values by using their American right to free speech. For them to be banished wholesale from radio stations, and even entire radio networks, for speaking out is un-American.

The pressure coming from the government and big business to enforce conformity of thought concerning the war and politics goes against everything that this country is about - namely freedom. Right now, we are supposedly fighting to create freedom in Iraq, at the same time that some are trying to intimidate and punish people for using that same freedom here at home.

I don't know what happens next, but I do want to add my voice to those who think that the Dixie Chicks are getting a raw deal, and an un-American one to boot. I send them my support.

Bruce Springsteen

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New Liberal Meme
I have no problem with Republicans; I have a problem with Republican acts... I have nothing, absolutely nothing, against anyone who's Republican. If that's their orientation, then I accept that, and I have no problem with someone who has other orientations. The question is, do you act upon those orientations? So it's not the person; it's the person's actions.

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Santorum's Stumble (washingtonpost.com)
"Rick Santorum, the Senate's third-ranked Republican who is under fire from gay-rights groups and Democrats, says he has 'no problem with homosexuality – I have a problem with homosexual acts.'"

Boy, that oughta make everyone feel better. Kind of like saying you have no problem with disabled folks, it's just those blasted wheelchairs.
You know, 30 years ago the Republicans realized that they couldn't win on economic issues (that whole wanting to fuck 80% of the population in favor of the rich) so they switched strategy to social issues - that whole "Culture War" thing. If we take enough of these guys down, the party will have to move into the 21st century.

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More From The Bigot
This is from the uneditted transcript of the interview he gave to the AP:
SANTORUM: In this case, what we're talking about, basically, is priests who were having sexual relations with post-pubescent men. We're not talking about priests with 3-year-olds, or 5-year-olds. We're talking about a basic homosexual relationship. Which, again, according to the world view sense is a a perfectly fine relationship as long as it's consensual between people. If you view the world that way, and you say that's fine, you would assume that you would see more of it.

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Have a Happy Earth Day? Unlike some of you, I was out with plants, working in a Nursery. How ironic. Anyways, this post is not (well, take it how you will) of a political nature. It's about the Blog Shirts. Now I heard some murmurs about this, so I went about 2 steps too far. I have a shop set up on cafe express, http://www.cafeshops.com/bellwood , but nothing is on there as of yet. For some reason I can't access the Blog's archives, so any quotes that were to be on the proposed shirts are not avalibel to me. Hopefully someone recorded them or can get to them. Personally I like "Vraiment, la Révolution est soutenue" for me, but that's just me. And besides, it's my lazy ass that's doing this. Slight problem though. All this stuff is plain and monochromatic. Most everything is white. The last few things on the lsit are black. Something I know I can do though is put images on these. I'm not quite sure how that works yet.

I would like feedback on if someone can handle making the images+quotes. I'm limited to 50 items I beleive. I'll put out the Blog Shirts first, then stuff just for the hell of it later on.

I'll try and get a list of what I can sell as of the moment.

Audio CD
Data CD
Military Bear
Baseball Jersey
White T-Shirt
Ash Grey T-Shirt
Golf Shirt
Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Jr. Baby Doll T-Shirt
Women's T-shirt
Tank Top
Women's Tank Top
Jr. Spaghetti Tank
Hooded Sweatshirt
Fleece Pullover
Boxer Shorts
Classic Thong
Night Shirt
Infant/Toddler T-Shirt
Infant Creeper
Toddler Button-Up Hoodie
Large Mug
Stainless Steel Travel Mug
Frosted Mug
Tile Coaster
Tile Box
Wall Clock
Teddy Bear
BBQ Apron
Flying Disc
Picture Frame
Baseball Cap
Black Cap
Ski Cap
Sticker (Oval)
Sticker (Rectangular)
Bumper Sticker
Wall Calendar
Calendar Print
Greeting Cards (Package of 6)
Postcards (Package of 8)
Mini Poster Print
Small Poster
Large Poster
License Plate Frame
Tote Bag
Messenger Bag
Unistrap Bag

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wTuesday, April 22, 2003

A Challenge

Any of you got the guts to read the 52 page transcript of the oral arguments in Lawrence v. Texas?

Come on troops, show you're serious about this whole Gay Rights thing.

Update: I just did it. Because I kick ass. If you're reading it, Justice Scalia is the bigot asking most of the questions of the plaintiff, and Justice Breyer is the one tearing the State apart.
Rosenthal (DA, Harris County, TX): Texas has the right to set moral standards and can set bright line moral standards for its people. And in the setting of those moral standards, I believe that they can say that certain kinds of activity can exist and certain kinds of activity cannot exist.

Justice Breyer: Could they say, for example, it is against the law at the dinner table to tell really serious lies to your family?

Rosenthal: Yes, they can make that a law, but there would be no rational basis for the law.

Breyer: Oh, really. It's very immoral. I mean, I know there's certainly - it's certainly immoral to tell very serious harmful lies to your own family under certain circumstances and around the dinner table, some of the worst things can happen.


But - the - the - so Texas could go right in there and any kind of morality that they think is just immoral or bad, cheating, perhaps. What about rudeness, serious rudeness, et cetera?
(Now sometimes the other Justices interject, particularly Scalia defending Texas, so keep that in mind if the questions seem to be contradicting each other occasionally.)

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Gay marriage: Will the SJC follow the law or cave in to politics? Seven same-sex couples have sued for the right to marry in Massachusetts. Their case is now before the state’s highest court, and the outcome could transform family law.

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First, Rick Santorum is a bigot:
"If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything," the Pennsylvania lawmaker said in a recent interview, fuming over a landmark gay rights case before the high court that pits a Texas sodomy law against equality and privacy rights.
The article finishes up with this:
He and his wife, Karen, have seven children including, as Santorum puts it, "the one in Heaven." Their fourth baby, Gabriel Michael, died in 1996, two hours after an emergency delivery in Karen Santorum's 20th week of pregnancy. The couple took Gabriel's body home to let their three other young children see and hold the baby before burying him, according to Karen Santorum's book of the ordeal, "Letters to Gabriel."
Am I alone in thinking that giving your kids a 20 week old dead fetus is kinda creepy?

And then, hey, Crazy Andy actually wrote something I liked:
But let's examine Santorum's quote in the best possible light, shall we? An optimistic interpretation would be that he is making a constitutional point about judicial restraint. That's fair enough. It's a perfectly debatable proposition whether there is a right to privacy in the Constitution, and it doesn't involve anyone's views of homosexuals, abortion or any other matter. But Santorum must also know that such a right to privacy is now settled constitutional doctrine: It underpins the right to abortion and even the right to practice contraception. If he wants to abolish it, he must surely hold out the possibility of the government once again policing some of the most intimate sexual and reproductive matters imaginable, regulated by nothing but majority opinion. Santorum's position is therefore that there should be no constitutional restraint on the power of government to regulate sexual morality -- even within your own bedroom. The only restraint -- especially against any sexual minorities -- would be mandated by majority decisions.
By the way...
Santorum is chairman of the GOP conference in the Senate, third in his party's leadership, behind Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee and Assistant Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
The White House did not immediately return a call seeking comment, and a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Frist declined comment.
Oh, and of course, Howard Dean has a response on his blog:
The silence with which President Bush and the Republican Party leadership have greeted Sen. Santorum’s remarks is deafening. It is the same silence that greeted Senator Lott’s offensive remarks in December. It is a silence that implicitly condones a policy of domestic divisiveness, a policy that seeks to divide Americans again and again on the basis of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation.

It is a policy that must end, and it is a policy that will end with a Dean Presidency. This Saturday, April 26th, marks the third anniversary of the signing of the Civil Unions bill in Vermont. I signed that bill because I believe no human being should be treated with less dignity than others simply because that person belongs to a different category or group. I also believe that, as Americans, it is our duty to speak up when others are treated wrongly—especially when others are treated wrongly by a member of the Senate leadership.

I urge all Americans, and members of both parties, to join me in condemning Sen. Santorum’s remarks. They are unacceptable, and silence is an unacceptable response. By standing up against such divisive rhetoric—whether one is gay, lesbian, or straight—we can begin to achieve the American ideal of equal rights for all people.

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Now I think online petitions are pretty silly, but this is a silly petition about a silly topic: Ben Affleck and J. Lo are trying to remake Casablanca.

Stop Them Before They Film Again

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Richard Cohen on Rupert Murdoch: A Media Empire's Injustices

This goes along with what I wrote in my note about Violet's essay yesterday - the cheap patriotism and attempt to stifle dissent in this country see to me to be coming from the bastards on the right in congress, Clear Channel, and the Murdoch empire.

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Earth Day

Howard Dean
As an outdoorsman, I have experienced the incredible power of the natural world. I am horrified by what the Bush Administration is doing to our land, our air, and our water. The United States must play a leading role in combating climate change and the ongoing loss of the world's diversity and natural heritage.

We need an energy policy, and President Bush has none-unless you consider drilling and destroying the Arctic Natural Wildlife Refuge an energy policy. We need to bring the public back into public lands, instead of making decisions with special interest groups behind closed doors... Read More
John Edwards
On Earth Day, our country needs real leadership on many critical issues: safeguarding the water our children drink, preserving our national parks and forests, and achieving energy independence while addressing dangerous climate changes are just a few. But on a day when thousands gather outside to celebrate conservation, it's disappointing to find the Bush administration working behind closed doors to weaken our clean air laws.

Anyone who has watched this president cut his own education plan by $1 billion this year alone and still call it "Leave No Child Behind" knows better than to trust a name like the "Clear Skies Initiative"... Read More
Dick Gephardt
Earth Day serves as a clear reminder that we need a new president in Washington who puts the environment first every day. President Bush said he cares about the environment. Yet he opposed the Kyoto global warming treaty, tried to drill for oil in our precious natural lands, undermined a partnership with the auto industry to develop more fuel-efficient cars and has set about dismantling federal clean air and water protections.

I've got news for the president, the vice president and the oil companies they used to run: there is no path to oil self-sufficiency. We can't drill our way there, no matter how many public lands we despoil... Read More
John Kerry
Dangers from the environment are creating a national environmental health crisis that needs to be addressed. No community - of any income or any race - should have their children endangered. And it is wrong when communities that don't have the economic or political power carry an unjust burden of pollution. For too long, poor and minority communities have been overlooked when it came to the environment. For too long, they've felt they didn't have the power to fight back. And for too long, polluters thought they could get away with breaking the law as long as it was in someone else's back yard. Read More
I just like to remind y'all, every once in a while, that while Dean might be the best, the rest of 'em are pretty much good guys too. But of course, while they all released statements about Earth Day, the Dean team created a really nifty flyer for us to pass out. You know, if you guys get bored this afternoon or something. (or maybe this Sunday, any takers?)

P.S. Yes, there are more candidates in the race than four. I linked to them all on the side, just for you. But I'm only paying attention to these guys.

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Krugman: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

You read these, right?

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Oh Dear

This is hilarious - Arcata's (that nice little town that has banned the Patriot Act) Newspaper has the police blotter on their site. These guys have got a great sense of humor. I want to move there. Here are a few selections:
Friday, March 21 5:40 p.m. As war broke out in Iraq, people gravitated downtown. "Plaza is packed," an officer informed HQ.

6:17 p.m. Following "multiple reports of protesters hitting vehicles with signs, food, jumping on cars parked at 9th/G," officers waded into the swirling energy on the Plaza. Cops hung out till homeland security improved.

6:48 p.m. Alcohol helped kindle moral outrage in inflaming one Plaza protester's passions, police believe.

6:56 p.m. Things got a little pushy-shovy between the lord of a Frederick Avenue manor and a room renter, but it was the landlord who called police from a neighbor's home. Prosecution and assistance was declined, but the tenant got 30 days notice.

9:06 p.m. A patient who left the emergency room against medical advice wasn't hard to spot. Naturally, he sported the mandatory dark pullover sweatshirt, accessorized by a sports bag and an IV tube attached to his arm. Found near the school next door, he returned to the hospital and agreed to stay for the duration of the drip.

10:51 p.m. In an incident cloaked in ambivalence, a person either suffering with or enjoying a state of "elevated behavior" was reported either screaming or yelling.

(c/o Tom Tomorrow)

Update: 2:53 - 3:16 p.m. Rumor has it some Arcatans may be suffering the hell of marijuana addiction.

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It's funny, the lines on what is and is not a war crime really depend on who wins the war. I scream "War Criminal" when Barry McCaffrey is on TV because there is clear evidence that he broke the Iraq ceasefire in '91 and killed a bunch of retreating troops. But he's a U.S. General, so he won't ever be tried. That's a clear war crime, though.

Is bulldozing a residential area in Palestine a war crime? Not really, it's more on par with the Holocaust or the Trail of Tears - abusing an oppressed minority within one's own state.

Was Churchill a criminal for ordering the bombing of Dresden?

But anyway, what do you think about us keeping kids locked up at Gitmo?

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:08 AM
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Revolution Is Not An AOL Keyword.

Andy Bell : Vraiment, la Révolution est soutenue. Truely, the Revolution is born.

Yes, brothers and sisters, this is a re-hash, a re-do, everything in the true spirit of what should be done. Posted on a blog, and hyperlinked across the net a thousandfold to meet and greet your eyes and play across your tounge when you zip off catchy inside-joke one-liners. You see, because the revolution will be all over the net, it is all over the net, and it is not televised like they told you it wouldn't be.

They, and I do mean They, in the most ominous of conspiracy voices, They do not want you to know that there are others that do not love them, and that they do not hold sway in the hearts of all men and women. It is hopeless, they will tell you, but never believe them. They are not afraid of you like they should be. They will not let the revolution be televised. Just wait until they try to steal the internet. They can't. Their walls will fall like loose stone, and we will own the net. Look at the tool we have. Stop using it to surf for porn, and start using it to talk to people. The revolution is not an AOL keyword.

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wMonday, April 21, 2003

How the Right was Right.

Yeah, take that, you loser liberal scum!

posted by Weston at 7:46 PM
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Go read my first draft. Critique. The last essay we did got only 1 review. Besides, you might like reading it. Or maybe not.
I like the intro more now. Post comments here, on the journal, or e-mail saiyukic@yahoo.com.
Update: found a formatting error and a sentence that was misplaced. Fixed it. 3:09 pm Monday.
Update 2: Yes, the essay sucks, it's not just the intro. The message is muddled and it's contrived. Stupid lack of vision or clarity. Stupid lack of message. Grr. It took me 3 hours to do this piece of crap. Isn't that sad?
Update 3: I revised it with the links Matt gave me(they were really good!), and I dodged some things I couldn't get sufficient refrences for. I think it's a bit better now. Same link.

posted by Violet at 2:58 PM
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Local Officials Rise Up to Defy The Patriot Act (washingtonpost.com) This little city (pop.: 16,000) has become the first in the nation to pass an ordinance that outlaws voluntary compliance with the Patriot Act.

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So Where Are They, Mr. Blair?
Not one illegal warhead. Not one drum of chemicals. Not one incriminating document. Not one shred of evidence that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction in more than a month of war and occupation.
Sorry, I have to link to the Brits because the American Press doesn't like to print this sort of thing.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 12:06 PM
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Judges Question Bid to Stop Cheney Suit

Hey, we might finally get some answers. Think they can stall until 2005?

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:27 AM
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In case you missed it, Phillip Robertson's reporting from Kurdistan is the best reporting that's been done about the war.

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Daily Show Does Bush
Stewart has a keen eye for Bush's hypocrisies. After Baghdad had fallen, he showed excerpts of Bush's television address to the Iraqi people. "You are a good and gifted people," the President intoned unctuously. "You deserve better than tyranny and corruption and torture chambers." Stewart, sticking out a cocked forefinger as if he were chucking a toddler under the chin, cooed in a high voice, "Yes you do, yes you do, you're a very good country, ga, ga, ga, goo goo."

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:33 AM
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For the meat-eaters here: Vermont Country Baked Ham Recipe

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wSunday, April 20, 2003

Stoners, Smart and Stupid.

It's a little interesting, even if Stoner Stupid sounds, well, stupid.

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wFriday, April 18, 2003

The Poetry of D.H. Rumsfeld - Recent works by the secretary of defense. Including:
The Unknown
As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don't know
We don't know.

—Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing

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You May Call Me A Liberal
I have two advantages in this race. One of which I share with Bob Graham. I'm a physician and I'm a former governor. We've heard a lot of great things and I would be very happy to support the nominee of my party and I intend to do that vigorously... because I expect it to be me. (laughter) But the advantage of a doctor is that I know what happens when people don't have health insurance and we put health insurance in our state for everybody under 18 and I know how to do that for the United States. The advantage of a governor is that we home-visit 91% of the kids in our state, we've reduced the child abuse rate by 43% and those kids are going to go to college instead of prison 10 years from now.

You know, I want to thank my liberal friend Marian Wright Edelman. People have often called me a liberal too and I appreciate it. Because if being liberal means balancing the budget, which no Republican president has done that in 34 years, then you may call me a liberal. If being liberal means figuring out a way to have health insurance for every single american and joining every other industrialized country on the face of the earth then you may call me a liberal. If being a liberal means investing in early education, which we have done, and subsidizing child care for working people, which we have done, and making sure that child abuse is down and college attendance is up then you may call me a liberal.

I am tired of living in a country that's divided by race. I am tired of living in a country that's divided by income. I am tired of living in a country that's divided by gender. I am tired of living in a country that is divided. I want to be a president that brings this country back together. Where we admit again that we are responsible for each other and to each other. Where it's not only important for my kids to have health insurance but for my neighbor's kids to have health insurance. Where it's not only important for my kids to go to good schools but for my neighbor's children to go to good schools.

If you want to help us... deanforamerica.com (laughter).

Thank you very much.

What we're gonna do, we're gonna give young people a reason to vote again in this country. Let's go to it.
- Dean's closing remarks at the Children's Defense Forum (you know, the ones the Prospect things should be on t-shirts?)

Obligatory link back to the Bully Pulpit, who transcribed it.

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Edwards Returns Law Firm's Donations (washingtonpost.com)
The presidential campaign of Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) announced yesterday it will return $10,000 to employees of a Little Rock law firm after a law clerk said she expected her boss to reimburse her for a $2,000 donation.
Squish. I am Jack's Complete Lack of Surprise.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:23 AM
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From the April 12th Saturday Night Live:
Announcer: Baghdad has only just fallen. And yet, already, candidates are throwing their hats in the ring to be the President of Iraq. But how many of them are only doing it simply because they have a lust for power? Just one.

Uday Hussein: Hi! I'm Uday Hussein! My father ruled Iraq for a long time! And he was a fantastic murderer in his day! But.. unfortunately.. he is probably dead by now. So.. it might be time for a change! It's true that my opponents say I am a violent lunatic! But what they don't tell you is that I know all the hot spots and discotheques! I've got tons of jewelry and cars, and I'm addicted to sex! Elect me! I'm like a fun-time playboy! I'm a club-hopping, jolly fun cat! Come on! Now.. I know what you're thinking: "Why elect the less competent son of a former president?" Well.. you guys did it!

Announcer: Uday Hussein. A name you can trust.
Hee Hee Hee

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:01 AM
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Oh, and Friday is Krugman day. Rejecting the World He's not as good as usual, but you know, he's still good.

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Spoils To the Victor (washingtonpost.com)
Which brings to mind the punch line of that old Lone Ranger and Tonto joke ("Well, Tonto, it looks like we're surrounded by Indians"): "What do you mean, 'we,' Kemosabe?" What am I to Halliburton? What is Halliburton to me? Misdirected national emotion is turning into a theme of the Bush II years. We're filled with righteous anger at Osama bin Laden, so we go and pummel Saddam Hussein. We're filled with gratitude toward the soldiers who fought this war and with self-satisfaction as the citizens who will pay for it, so we give a teary hug and a big wet kiss on the mouth to a company practically all of us have nothing to do with.
Oh this one is really good. Kinsley can be such a snideful prick sometimes. That's why we love him.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:52 AM
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CNN.com - Dean emerges as favorite of Hollywood donors
What do rock star Joan Jett, actor Michael Douglas and "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David have in common? They all gave to the presidential campaign of Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont who is now seeking the 2004 Democratic nomination.

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wThursday, April 17, 2003

Howard Dean Continues to Kick Ass

He just wrote a commentary piece for Common Dreams: Bush: It's Not Just His Doctrine That's Wrong

I'd quote some of it, like I normally do for these pieces - but you really need to read the whole thing.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 4:03 PM
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So a while back, I was all like "What the fuck is up with Serbia these days"? And nobody knew. Here's a partial answer from The Nation: Letter From Belgrade.

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Mideast Bullshit

Israel Violates more U.N. Rules:
Some 300 Palestinian minors have been rounded up by the Israeli army over the past year and are being held in crowded lockups, some of them without charges or trial, human rights monitors say.
Israel Wants us to Attack Syria
Coinciding with the Bush administration's tough talk about Syria, a senior Israeli official Monday exposed a smoking gun. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told the Tel Aviv newspaper Maariv: ''We have a long list of issues we are thinking of demanding of the Syrians, and it would be best done through the Americans.''

Syria Gets Smart
Syria has introduced a draft United Nations resolution to rid the Middle East of any nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Syria - the only Arab nation on the Security Council - urged the US to back the resolution which it said was intended to promote peace and stability in the Middle East.
The United States, of course, will veto this resolution, as Israel has Nukes. Can anyone give me a plausible reason for not adopting the resolution? I mean, it's not like our Zionist friends will lose their martial supremacy if they have to rely on conventional weapons. Who's in charge of our Foreign Policy? The American People, duly represented by their Congressional Representatives, or Ariel "War Criminal" Sharon?

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As I have long suspected, the Administration has no real goal of instituting Democracy in Iraq. But turning the country into a corporatist paradise is a different story.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 12:53 PM
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So, who goes reading through essays written on failed Gubernatorial Candidates websites? Me, of course. And while usually I spare you the policy ones, every one of you should read this one.

The Day I Became a Feminist
I have begun to notice small things. A recruiter for a large company calls to ask about a student who is being considered for a job. "Does she plan to have a family?" he inquires, innocently enough. "Is she really -- er -- serious about a career?" It is not the first time such a question has been put to me about a female student, but it is the first time I hear it clearly, for what it is.

A male colleague is critical of a young woman assistant professor: "She’s not assertive enough in the classroom," he confides. "She’s too anxious to please -- doesn’t know her own mind." Then, later, another colleague, about the same young woman: "She’s so whiny. I find her very abrasive." It is possible, of course, that she is both diffident and abrasive. But I can’t help wondering if these characterizations more accurately reflect how my two colleagues feel about women in general -- their mothers, wives, girlfriends -- than about this particular young woman.

At a board meeting of a small foundation on which I serve, the lone woman director tries to express doubts about a pending decision. At first, several loquacious men in the group won’t give her a chance to speak. When finally she begins to voice her concern, she is repeatedly interrupted. She perseveres and eventually states her objection. But her concern goes unaddressed in the remainder of the meeting, as if she had never raised it. It seems to me that this isn’t the first time she was ignored, but it is the first time I noticed.
It's by Bob Reich. Who, as you are undoubtedly aware, is a college professor, co-founder of The American Prospect magazine, was Clinton's Secretary of Labor, and had a failed run for Governor of Massachusetts in 2000. Oh, and he writes a lot of books too.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 12:13 PM
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You need proof Bush is a shmuck? Here's your proof.

posted by Violet at 10:14 AM
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Human Rights

Weston had never read this, have you?

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Contest: How many of these is the U.S. currently violating?

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wWednesday, April 16, 2003

Favorite Neo-Conservative:
Bill "Dan Quayle's Brain" Kristol
Richard "Prince of Darkness" Perle
Paul "Testosterone Man" Wolfowitz
Elliot "Convicted Criminal" Abrams
James "World War IV" Woolsey
Free polls from Pollhost.com

I know someone will bitch about this, so let me say it first: Donald "Let's Rumble" Rumsfeld is not technically a neo-conservative. He's old, he was never a lefty, and he's actually served in the military. Besides, if I included that mean old bastard, he'd run away with the poll.

And the Boondocks, while almost alway funny, is hilarious today - taking on pigfucker.

And can I just say that Bartcop's Shirley Manson picture is hotter than usual today?

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 5:04 PM
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This is hilarious: Jesus Shaves (Easter in French class)

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We're down to yellow now. Praise be unto Tom Ridge for his color system that informs me of my general risk to unspecified threats.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 2:18 PM
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FEC Filings

Analysis from ABC's The Note:
** Cool donors: Slimfast guru S. Daniel Abraham; Cheesecake Factory president Michael Berry; NYT'er Janet Maslin; actor George Gaynes, who played Commandant Lassard in the Police Academy movies; George Soros; cartoonist Garry Trudeau.

** Note to donor "Anonymous Anonymous" — uh … no. Ya can't do that.

** Dean has allocated the most money to South Carolina — more than $32,000. A staffer there, J. Patrick Anderson, gets biweekly checks.

** Dean appears to have lots and lots of small donors.
Click the link if you want to see what they said about the rest of the pack (it's about halfway down the page).

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 1:08 PM
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By the way, the light posting this morning can be attributed to me trying to convince people to give Dean money. Have you contributed for the House Party yet? Unless your name is Mike, you probably haven't.

So go do it, already.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 12:33 PM
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Neal Pollack's The Maelstrom
I'm glad to pay my taxes every year, and I wish President Bush would back off on his tax-cut crusade. Because if $550 billion comes out of the tax rolls, who in the world is going to bail out the airlines?
Neal really is a funny guy. You should read him more often.

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wTuesday, April 15, 2003

Hey! That there is our oil!

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Reagan Blasts Bush

I've got to say, the Reagan years, the Bush years, in a way, our leaders where almost the bad guy even when they were the good guys. I mean, we know what they did, and who knows what's gone unsaid.... but, I'd rather have these guys in office then have our child-leader Bush.

Reagan's son really lays into him, which is kind of interesting.

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Due to a few reasons, I'm not going to be posting on here for a while, if ever. No point in commenting either, as I don't think I'll be looking much at this blog either. See ya.

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Favorite Alternative names for the Iraq Invasion
Operation Iraqi Freedom (Orwell would be proud)
Operation Piss Off The Planet
Operation Big Swinging Manhood
Gulf War II: The Vengeance
Operation Inigo Montoya
Operation Deserter Storm
Free polls from Pollhost.com

Obviously, I found a new toy for the blog, and I like abusing it.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 3:59 PM
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Say it with me now: Eight Years of Unprecedented Peace and Prosperity.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 3:35 PM
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The U.S. vs. the U.K. - more on media coverage.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 3:32 PM
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Another perspective on the Children's Defence Forum last Wednday in this week's Time:
In fact, the only other significant event of the evening was a glance that passed between Senators John Kerry and John Edwards when Dean again appropriated the late Senator Paul Wellstone's line "I represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party." It was a withering glance, and Governor Dean might well be advised, Do not find yourself in a dark alley with either of these men. No doubt, the resentment toward Dean is a consequence of his banty-rooster self-regard, but it is also a result of Dean's success in these early joint appearances. The possibility of Dean's decapitation by either Kerry or Edwards in some future debate is one reason to stay tuned.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 3:25 PM
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The Price of Liberty (washingtonpost.com)
If you think government is useless, evil and unnecessary, ponder those pictures of looters in Iraq ransacking homes, hotels, even hospitals. Feel for that sobbing official of the National Museum of Antiquities, aghast at the destruction of irreplaceable historical artifacts by an angry mob.

The lesson the looters teach is basic, and it is usually ignored: The alternative to tyranny is not the abolition of government. Absent a government committed to the protection of rights, there are no rights. Without government, individuals have no way to vindicate their rights to property, to basic personal liberty, to life itself.
You know, sometimes E.J. says some smart things. I just wish he wasn't so much of a pansy about it. This column is just a smart, common sense reminder of very basic things that most people should know, but some conservatives don't seem to realize. There's nothing revolutionary in it, and I think most of us could agree with it. The problem is - E.J. Dionne is arguably the most "Liberal" member of the Washington Post's columnists. National debate in America has so stagnated that it's become a tug of war between the right and the center. We hear people talk about cutting taxes all the time. And we hear people talk about how it's dangerous to do that when we have a budget deficit. But where are the crazy red-eyed marxists screaming "Fuck the Rich! Tax the hell out of 'em!"?

Anyway, I don't mean to disparage E.J., I usually like his work (although he's no Paul Krugman), but seriously - is this as far as the left can go these days? What Liberal Media?

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 12:03 PM
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Some stuff on Parallel Universes.

Eternal Recurrence!

Scientific Determinism!

In an infinite universe where all things are possible, all things will happen, infinitely. Meaning there isn't just the possibility of a parallel Universe or a parallel Earth - but that there must by necessity be an infinite number of parallel universes containing parallel Suns and parallel Matts typing this same god damn sentence an infinite number of times in an infinite number of places, infinitely.

Groovy, huh?

Of course, the Universe could be finite.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:40 AM
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Hey, Ari and I is back from vacation, apparently:
Mokhiber: Lawrence Eagleburger, the Secretary of State under George Bush Sr, told the BBC yesterday: "If George Bush Jr. decided he was going to turn the troops loose on Syria and Iran - after that he would last in office for about 15 minutes. In fact if President Bush were to try that even now, I would think that he ought to be impeached. You can't get away with that sort of thing in this democracy." Can you get away with that sort of thing?

Ari Fleischer: I've answered that question previously up here.

(End of press conference. Ari refuses to take follow up and walks away.)
That's the latest, there are three new ones since the 10th.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:29 AM
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Krugman: Behind Our Backs

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wMonday, April 14, 2003

War Poll

What's the score here? What comes next?
The Bush administration will demonstrate its commitment to freedom and justice by giving the Iraqis their oil and creating a Democracy.
North Korea
Free polls from Pollhost.com

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 4:32 PM
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The American Prospect's cover story for May:The Most Dangerous President Ever. How and why George W. Bush undermines American security

And a companion article: All the President's Lies

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Bragging Writes
In this presidential election season, everything is happening faster. The primaries have been moved up, consultants hired sooner, and, because of the crowded field and mushrooming expense of running a campaign, fundraising has begun earlier. Consequently, the press is racing to handicap the candidates, subjecting them to the various litmus tests that once occurred much later in the cycle. Anything that can yield a clue is accorded instant significance. There have even been articles analyzing several of the candidates' wives (conventional wisdom so far: Hadassah Lieberman and Elizabeth Edwards are campaign assets; Teresa Heinz Kerry is a bit of a head case).

So it's no surprise that there's also early interest in candidates' answers to the question, "What's your favorite book?" This may seem an innocuous query, but it's actually one of the more treacherous a candidate can answer. In January, for instance, ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked Sen. John Edwards to name his favorite book. Edwards replied that it was I.F. Stone's The Trial of Socrates. On the surface, that seemed to hit just the right note. It's plausible that an ex-trial lawyer like Edwards would enjoy a book about the ultimate historical trial, and by choosing that particular title--a serious inquiry written for a popular audience--Edwards conveyed a sense of weightiness without appearing snobbish. But the choice also opened him up to criticism. Conservative commentator Bob Novak fumed on CNN's "Capital Gang": "That's incredible! Did Senator Edwards know that Izzy Stone was a lifelong Soviet apologist? Did he know of evidence that Stone received secret payments from the Kremlin?" Novak's rant illustrated how the slightest stumble on the book question can come back to hurt a candidate.
The article is interesting, but for ye of small attention span, here's the last paragraph:
But the prize for the most interesting favorite book has to go to former Vermont governor Howard Dean. His choice of Ken Kesey's novel Sometimes a Great Notion is surely the bravest. After all, in this poll-tested, consultant-driven age, how many other candidates would confess--much less volunteer--to reading the work of an acid-dropping '60s counterculture hero? Here's hoping that the choice boosts Dean's emerging image as the straight-talking honest candidate, and that this diminutive liberal Northeastern governor doesn't wind up like the last one.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 12:48 PM
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And if you haven't seen it yet: http://www.welovetheiraqiinformationminister.com

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posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:34 AM
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I just put up a link to Kos's Draft Clark website. Even though I hope it fails, it's still worth a read. (And yes, I want it to fail because I want Clark to run as Vice President.)

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wSunday, April 13, 2003

Check it, yo.

Sleep now, I must.

(for those of you who can't handle audio files, here's bit of the transcript.)

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:42 PM
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So, some more about the fascism I've mentioned.

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