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wFriday, August 29, 2003

Wow, a Presidential Candidate Blog post worth linking to. And on Bob Graham's blog, no less. So go read.

Just for the record: I am a Dean supporter, y'all know that. But I also like Kerry, Graham, Kucinich, Edwards, Sharpton, Gephardt, and even Lieberman. Anybody but Bush, right?

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Some Liberals have said some very stupid things recently. Not as stupid as Conservatives, but still stupid.

In case anyone's curious, I'm definately on the "We broke it, we bought it" side with Iraq. And I think the best way to fix the country is to establish a UN mandate and put the whole country under UN authority.

Saying "US out of Iraq!" is about as dumb as thinking we can finish this job alone...

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Cowboy Krugman: Fistfuls of Dollars

Yee Haw!

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Do Jobs Not Matter Anymore? (washingtonpost.com)
The lesson of the Depression was that if ordinary workers lacked jobs and adequate incomes, the economy would crash because too few people could afford to buy what businesses hoped to sell. This was demand-side economics and it laid heavy stress on spreading incomes and job opportunities broadly.

The supply-siders insisted that supply created its own demand. In plain English, this meant we should think less about labor and more about capital -- specifically, investors who created the means to produce the goods. If the New Dealers glorified the role of the worker, the supply-siders glorified the entrepreneur.
Make no mistake - the supply-siders are filfthy lying ratfuckers. Who the hell cares if the GDP goes up if we're still losing jobs?

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wThursday, August 28, 2003

I wrote a pretty long piece in my journal with my thoughts on Arnold.

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wWednesday, August 27, 2003

Ho-lee shiiiiit. Wierd. Creepy.

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This is the coolest thing I've seen in a week: http://www.nationmaster.com/

You can compare countries on almost any statistic you want!

And after a few minutes of doing this - I have discovered that in many ways, the US does indeed suck.

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In Wal-Mart's America (washingtonpost.com)
Just as Ford, GM and the UAW once drove up wages for workers who were nowhere near auto factories, so Wal-Mart drives down wages for workers who never set foot there. Controlling as it does so much of the low-end retail market, Wal-Mart has, with great success, pressured suppliers to cut their labor costs. No other American company has done as much to destroy what's left of the U.S. clothing and textile industry or been so loyal a friend to the dankest sweatshops of the developing world. And unless American unions can find the political leverage to block Wal-Mart's expansion into non-southern metropolitan areas, the company poses a huge threat to the million or so unionized clerks who work at the nation's major supermarket chains.
Walmart is eeeeeeeeeeeeevil.

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wTuesday, August 26, 2003

Matt, if you don't know about this, get off your butt. Everyone else, go read.

Btw, the link command is < a href= > and < /a > NOT [ url ] [ /url ]. The url command is only supported by certain chat boards, href is universal.

And always remember to close off your commands with the < / x >! Weston is really bad about that!

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Krugman: Dust and Deception

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wMonday, August 25, 2003


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I tried to post a commment, so it said something was down so that function wasn't avalible. Let me post it here instead....

On your Salon article, I do not have a subscription. But so what if they wrote it too? I'm trying to get to the point that before I had read that other report I was taken hook-line-and-sinker in that movie. I know he's biased, but that was almost 2 hours of lies. If I had know before hand I wouldn't be so offended, but it was pure deciet(Spelling?)

On the response Moore had he just attacked Salon and he best response he could come up with was to ask that they stop attacking him. I didn't see him really trying to defend his works.

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For Andy

Here is another one saying Moore got it wrong. (on Salon)

Moore replies to an article.

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wSunday, August 24, 2003

Never have I felt so deeply betrayed or lied to.

Everyone must read [URL=http://www.hardylaw.net/truth_about_bowling.html]this[/URL] if you have seen "Bowling for Columbine".

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wFriday, August 22, 2003

Behind the Failure (washingtonpost.com)
What's required? It's obvious we need more troops in Iraq. Since the administration played down the cost of the occupation before hostilities started, that may be hard to sell to the American people now. As we don't want to bear the whole burden of this enterprise ourselves, we desperately need much more help from allies. We'll soon learn how much crow the administration is willing to eat to make that happen.

And we need to spend a lot more money to put Iraqis to work, to fix Iraq's oil facilities and to repair its electric power system. Will the administration and its neoconservative allies ever admit that their big government policies abroad are inconsistent with their tax cuts for the rich at home?

Now that we have invaded Iraq, we cannot afford to let the place go to pieces. The administration can hold fast to its arrogance. Or it can acknowledge its mistakes and chart a new course.
Well, sure. Right, this would be the emerging center-left consensus (where I usually find myself in foreign affairs, being all Wilsonian and stuff). So the question remains - how stupid can this administration be?

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Krugman... with attitude! Conan the Deceiver

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wThursday, August 21, 2003

Update: Pandas still cute.

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Quote Of The Day
"I enjoy watching FOX NEWS and I think every country should have their own Al-Jazeera."
- Jon Stewart

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A Fair and Balanced Lawsuit

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wTuesday, August 19, 2003

What do you do if you're 57 and an ex-president? I'm not sure, but today is the Big Dog's birthday.

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Krugman on Energy: The Road to Ruin

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UN building in Baghdad Bombed.

I really have no idea how we get out of this mess. I've been saying for a while that we need to stick it out, get a UN mandate, international cooperation, blah, blah, blah - but I'm wondering if that's even possible (and if possible, even effective) at this stage of the game.

Let's face it: we don't even know who's responsible for these attacks, or how to stop them. And every time we crack down on the rebel scum, the more stormtroopers we lose.

I'm not ready yet (as some have suggested) to give up on Iraq. I do think there is a chance that these are just Ba'athist thugs, but I'm starting to doubt it.

Of course, Vietnam looked pretty winnable in 1966.

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wMonday, August 18, 2003

Shatner News
In fact, William Shatner calls the "Star Trek" outlook "somewhat dire."

When asked if he felt the film series was finished, Shatner replied, "I would say so, yes -- at least for the present.

"I think that Patrick (Stewart) doesn't want to do it anymore," he said. "The other cast of 'Star Trek' . . . they have run their race and have made many films -- good ones, I think -- so there's another phase, but we don't know what it is."

But all is not lost for devoted followers of the Federation.

The series still has its hardcore fan base, especially those at conventions. Trekkers are notoriously loyal to the series and to most anyone associated with the series, Shatner said.

"I find that the conventions are like a built-in audience and I treat them like stand-up comedy and work on new material," he said. "It's great fun and you can't fail because they love you."

And while he wouldn't discuss specifics, Shatner said he has an idea for a new "Star Trek" series.

"In fact, I'm trying to interest the powers -- and that has many levels to it -- for me to conceive another 'Star Trek' manifestation," he said. "It would be a concept for a series."

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Salon.com | Big lies:
"If your workplace is safe; if your children go to school rather than being forced into labor; if you are paid a living wage, including overtime; if you enjoy a 40-hour week and you are allowed to join a union to protect your rights -- you can thank liberals. If your food is not poisoned and your water is drinkable -- you can thank liberals. If your parents are eligible for Medicare and Social Security, so they can grow old in dignity without bankrupting your family -- you can thank liberals. If our rivers are getting cleaner and our air isn't black with pollution; if our wilderness is protected and our countryside is still green -- you can thank liberals. If people of all races can share the same public facilities; if everyone has the right to vote; if couples fall in love and marry regardless of race; if we have finally begun to transcend a segregated society -- you can thank liberals. Progressive innovations like those and so many others were achieved by long, difficult struggles against entrenched power. What defined conservatism, and conservatives, was their opposition to every one of those advances. The country we know and love today was built by those victories for liberalism -- with the support of the American people. "
Get a daypass, this one's worth it.

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wFriday, August 15, 2003

Howard Dean Holding Phone Fundraiser on Gephardt's Home Turf
" One of the leading Democratic candidates for President is making a foray into the heart of Gephardt Country.

Local supporters of the Howard Dean campaign will be at the Bevo Mill tonight for a phone-conference fundraiser with the former Vermont Governor on the line.

Is this a big deal?

'He's coming into Gephardt's turf, not physically, but by phone,' says St. Louis University Political Science Professor Ken Warren. 'That's somewhat embarassing for Gephardt.'

Warren says Gephardt is not doing as well as expected by now, and the political fact of life is he's lagging at number three in the Democratic pack behind Dean and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.
'Dean doesn't have any chance of winning Missouri,' Warren says. 'But still, he will be able to raise some money here.'"

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Friday Krugman: Twilight Zone Economics

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Rock Star

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Lou lost power yesterday, the dangers of living in Cleveland, I suppose.

"Well, it's been great talking to you, I think I'm going to go inside our air-conditioned house, maybe get a cold drink out of the fridge, microwave something, and watch a DVD."

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wThursday, August 14, 2003

Where is Raed ?

If you haven't been to check in on Salam for a while, you should. He's completely sold out.

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wWednesday, August 13, 2003

KSDK views are smart today. They realize that another rate cut probably won't help the economy.

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Open Range comes out this weekend. Kevin Costner + Horses = Quality.

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If you're intersted in the financing of the Bush CREEP effort, you might want to check out: http://www.whitehouseforsale.org/

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:36 AM
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Want to have some fun during the Republican Convention next year?

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wTuesday, August 12, 2003

Quote Of The Day
As people do better, they start voting like Republicans -- unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing.
-- Karl Rove, W.'s chief political strategist

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More Dead Soldiers...
Spc. Kristopher Haney, who serves with West in Germany, told The Seattle Times the family was informed that Longstreth died of a gunshot wound to the head. Investigators believe it was an accident and that no other soldiers were involved, Haney added.
Nice euphemisms there. But back here on earth we call a "non-combat related firearm head wound" a suicide.

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Article 1


For the purpose of this Protocol:

1. "Incendiary weapon" means any weapon or munition which is primarily
designed to set fire to objects or to cause burn injury to persons
through the action of flame, heat, or a combination thereof, produced by
a chemical reaction of a substance delivered on the target.
(a) Incendiary weapons can take the form of, for example, flame
throwers, fougasses, shells, rockets, grenades, mines, bombs and other
containers of incendiary substances.

(b) Incendiary weapons do not include:
(i) Munitions which may have incidental incendiary effects, such
as illuminants, tracers, smoke or signalling systems;

(ii) Munitions designed to combine penetration, blast or
fragmentation effects with an additional incendiary effect,
such as armour-piercing projectiles, fragmentation shells,
explosive bombs and similar combined-effects munitions in
which the incendiary effect is not specifically designed to
cause burn injury to persons, but to be used against military
objectives, such as armoured vehicles, aircraft and
installations or facilities.
2. "Concentration of civilians" means any concentration of civilians, be
it permanent or temporary, such as in inhabited parts of cities, or
inhabited towns or villages, or as in camps or columns of refugees or
evacuees, or groups of nomads.

3. "Military objective" means, so far as objects are concerned, any
object which by its nature, location, purpose or use makes an effective
contribution to military action and whose total or partial destruction
capture or neutralization, in the circumstances ruling at the time,
offers a definite military advantage.

4. "Civilian objects" are all objects which are not military objectives
as defined in paragraph 3.

5. "Feasible precautions" are those precautions which are practicable or
practically possible taking into account all circumstances ruling at the
time, including humanitarian and military considerations.

Article 2

Protection of civilians and civilian objects

1.It is prohibited in all circumstances to make the civilian population
as such, individual civilians or civilian objects the object of attack by
incendiary weapons.

2. It is prohibited in all circumstances to make any military objective
located within a concentration of civilians the object of attack by
air-delivered incendiary weapons.

3. It is further prohibited to make any military objective located within
a concentration of civilians the object of attack by means of incendiary
weapons other than air-delivered incendiary weapons, except when such
military objective is clearly separated from the concentration of
civilians and all feasible precautions are taken with a view to limiting
the incendiary effects to the military objective and to avoiding, and in
any event to minimizing, incidental loss of civilian life, injury to
civilians and damage to civilian objects.

4. It is prohibited to make forests or other kinds of plant cover the
object of attack by incendiary weapons except when such natural elements
are used to cover, conceal or camouflage combatants or other military
objectives, or are themselves military objectives.

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You know, I never signed an agreement saying I wouldn't go out into the street and start throwing grenades at Republicans. It must be all right then.

The Pentagon has admitted it, soldiers have testified to it, newspapers from London to Sydney have reported it - and I still get 0 hits when I search the New York Times and the Washington Post for our use of Napalm during the war. That crazy liberal media.

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Explaining George Bush

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Krugman Time: Thanks for the M.R.E.'s

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Men In Hats is back!

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wMonday, August 11, 2003

Nick once told me that the Republican party is limited to $2,000 a donation, and thus cannot be given the hundreds of thousands of dollars I claimed it was recieving from large corporations. While I hadn't been talking about election contrabutions and he was, this shows his argument to be poppycock, as heads of corporations manage to get around the rule and channel more funds into republican expense acocunts.

I'm not sure if that's even wrong, but it's something to think about. Finance reform?

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US Used Napalm in Iraq
American pilots dropped the controversial incendiary agent napalm on Iraqi troops during the advance on Baghdad. The attacks caused massive fireballs that obliterated several Iraqi positions.

The Pentagon denied using napalm at the time, but Marine pilots and their commanders have confirmed that they used an upgraded version of the weapon against dug-in positions. They said napalm, which has a distinctive smell, was used because of its psychological effect on an enemy.

A 1980 UN convention banned the use against civilian targets of napalm, a terrifying mixture of jet fuel and polystyrene that sticks to skin as it burns. The US, which did not sign the treaty, is one of the few countries that makes use of the weapon. It was employed notoriously against both civilian and military targets in the Vietnam war.

The upgraded weapon, which uses kerosene rather than petrol, was used in March and April, when dozens of napalm bombs were dropped near bridges over the Saddam Canal and the Tigris river, south of Baghdad.

"We napalmed both those [bridge] approaches," said Colonel James Alles, commander of Marine Air Group 11. "Unfortunately there were people there ... you could see them in the [cockpit] video. They were Iraqi soldiers. It's no great way to die. The generals love napalm. It has a big psychological effect."
I'm confident that Napalm was only used against legitimate Military Targets. My government would never lie to me about that.

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Thompson Interview

Recent - Exclusive - Gonzo

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Hey, Kerry got a blog.

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wFriday, August 08, 2003

Buy Me This

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Did you know Thomas Jefferson was the first President to reject the British Custom of wearing a powdered wig?

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I don't agree, but I'll post anyway.


(via Kos)

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Friday I'm in Krugman: Salt Of The Earth

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A former Intel software engineer admitted Wednesday that he and five other men were prepared to take up arms and die as martyrs if necessary to defend the former Taliban government in Afghanistan.

Maher "Mike" Hawash's surprise plea deal with federal prosecutors requires him to testify against his alleged co-conspirators in exchange for a seven- to 10-year prison sentence. Experts say Hawash's cooperation strengthens the government's case against the remaining six defendants.

Noticeably absent from Wednesday's hearing were the throngs of friends and supporters who publicly protested on Hawash's behalf at previous hearings.

Hawash pleaded guilty to one count: conspiring to contribute services to the Taliban. The charge relates to his participation in an October 2001 trip in which he and five other men flew from Portland to China in an unsuccessful attempt to reach the Afghan battlefield. A seventh defendant never left the country.
There's got to be more to this story...

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wThursday, August 07, 2003

Ahh, yes, that makes sense now.

Josh is way smarter than me.

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Gore Speech
If the 21st century is to be well started, we need a national agenda that is worked out in concert with the people, a healing agenda that is built on a true national consensus. Millions of Americans got the impression that George W. Bush wanted to be a "healer, not a divider", a president devoted first and foremost to "honor and integrity." Yet far from uniting the people, the president's ideologically narrow agenda has seriously divided America. His most partisan supporters have launched a kind of 'civil cold war' against those with whom they disagree.

And as for honor and integrity, let me say this: we know what that was all about, but hear me well, not as a candidate for any office, but as an American citizen who loves my country:

For eight years, the Clinton-Gore Administration gave this nation honest budget numbers; an economic plan with integrity that rescued the nation from debt and stagnation; honest advocacy for the environment; real compassion for the poor; a strengthening of our military -- as recently proven -- and a foreign policy whose purposes were elevated, candidly presented and courageously pursued, in the face of scorched-earth tactics by the opposition. That is also a form of honor and integrity, and not every administration in recent memory has displayed it.

So I would say to those who have found the issue of honor and integrity so useful as a political tool, that the people are also looking for these virtues in the execution of public policy on their behalf, and will judge whether they are present or absent.
Pretty much what I expected, it's a nice speech. Hopefully the wingnuts who keep claiming Gore or Hillary is going to jump back into the race will calm down now.

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wWednesday, August 06, 2003

Hmmm, Bush's re-elect number is at 36. That's really, really good for us. The rest of the poll doesn't matter so much, since most people don't even know who the Democrats are right now.

Pandas are still cute, by the way.

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Dean Meetup Tonight. Don't forget now.

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Three weeks after I buy Casablanca, they come out with a special edition. Grr.

So, who wants a regular Casablanca DVD from me?

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wTuesday, August 05, 2003

"Yes, I support gay marriages. I have this uncle Tom who's like, 'The thought of two men having sex makes me sick.' But I say, 'The thought of you and aunt Sally humping away makes me sick.'"

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Pandas are just so cute.

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Cato Institute Bites Bush

Sometimes conservatives do have principles. It's important to note that not all conservatives are Fascist goons.

Print that article out and give it to anyone who ever talks about "big-spending" Democrats ever again.

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Krugman for Tooseday - Everything Is Political

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Day of Prayer with Larry Flynt

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wMonday, August 04, 2003

Quote Of The Day
"We need to recognize a government that would deny a gay man a bridal registry is a fascist one."
- Margaret Cho

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For those of you who've never followed Presidential Campaigns before, you might be interested in reviewing the history at http://www.4president.org/.

I think Dean should be able to beat the "McGovern" meme pretty soon. Look out for "Tsongas" next!

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One more reason Bush can't have two terms - Powell's leaving after one, and Wolfowitz wants the job.

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Elect Bush 2004:
Cocaine, Champagne, Petroleum

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wSaturday, August 02, 2003

Against All Enemies...

...Foreign and Domestic.

Just read this, there isn't much for me to comment about. In case you're curious, here's a snip.

"In the current battle for the "soul" of America, the traditional
American conservative is nowhere to be found. At least not independently.
The battle now is between fascism and everyone else who are now
identified, in corporate-speak, as "liberals." The formerly proud Republican
Party has been annexed in full in a war against democracy, not by the
useful idiocy of George W. Bush, but by Sugarland's own toxic
exterminator, Tom Delay, who has publicly stated, "I am the government."

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wFriday, August 01, 2003

I was talking last night with Tim about just how bizzare and surreal the California recall is. I went on at some length that it ws the strangest election I'd ever seen. And it just keeps getting weirder...

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TOMPAINE.com - Stretching The Truth
Despite all the new laws, rules, lawsuits and headlines over the last year, earnings reports continue to overstate corporate income.
Boring topic, but when Bob Reich writes, I read.

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TOMPAINE.com - Stretching The Truth
Despite all the new laws, rules, lawsuits and headlines over the last year, earnings reports continue to overstate corporate income.
Boring topic, but when Bob Reich writes, I read.

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Shatner Update
Kellogg Canada next week will launch the All-Bran Two-Week Challenge, a national marketing effort featuring actor William Shatner.

The campaign is intended to encourage Canadians to take charge of their health by increasing their daily fiber intake with just a half cup per day of All-Bran Original.
I think I might make William Fucking Shatner a daily item.

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Friday Krugman: State of Decline

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