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wTuesday, September 30, 2003

It's official. I'm going to Archon as Black Mage.

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Map to Mordor

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Clark's got a blog... Official Clark '04 Campaign Blog: Generally Speaking... and it sucks. Cute name, though.

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This is just disgusting: Full Metal Jacket
Suzanne Werfelman is a mother and a teacher who has been shopping for individual body armor. This is not in response to threats from her elementary-class students in Sciota, Pa.; it's a desperate attempt to protect her son in Iraq.

Like many other U.S. service members in Iraq, her son was given a Vietnam-era flak jacket that cannot stop the type of weapons used today. It appears that parents across the country are now purchasers of body armor because of the failure of the military to supply soldiers with modern vests.

Werfelman's son, Army Spc. Richard Murphy, is a military policeman in Iraq. He was also one of my law students last year before being sent off for a 20-month stint. Upon their arrival, members of Murphy's unit were shocked to learn that they would be given the old Vietnam-era vests rather than the modern Interceptor vest. (They were also given unarmored Humvees, which are vulnerable to even small-arms fire.) Military officials admit that the standard flak jacket could not reliably stop a bullet, including AK-47 ammunition, used in Iraq and the most common ammunition in the world.

Developed in the late 1990s, the Interceptor vest is made of layered sheets of Kevlar with pockets in front and back for ceramic plates to protect vital organs. These vests — one-third lighter than the old ones — have stopped machine-gun bullets, shrapnel and other ordnance.

They can mean the difference between living and dying, which was made all too clear to Sgt. Zachariah Byrd, a soldier with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, who was shot four times with AK-47 bullets (twice in the chest and twice in his arms) when his unit was ambushed. The vest protected his chest and he survived. Byrd had been issued a standard flak jacket and, if he had been wearing it during the attack, he'd probably be dead. However, at the beginning of the patrol, his buddy who was driving that night gave his Interceptor vest to Byrd — a passing kindness that saved Byrd's life.

Others don't have the Interceptor option — including some of the soldiers in Murphy's unit who are still wearing flak jackets. Congress has received reports of soldiers killed while wearing the old flak jackets. One from a mother related how three soldiers in her son's unit were killed while wearing the outmoded vests. The unit reportedly had only 30 modern vests for 120 men. Army Staff Sgt. Dave Harris wrote a letter to Stars and Stripes that related how his friend, Mike Quinn, was killed in Fallouja. Quinn's unit didn't have enough vests, so he gave his to a young soldier. The decision saved the young soldier's life, but resulted in Quinn's death when he was shot.
(via Brad DeLong)

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Wesley Clark: Rhodes scholar, four-star general, NATO commander, time-travel fanatic? :
During a whirlwind campaign swing Saturday through New Hampshire, Clark, the newest Democratic presidential candidate, gave supporters one of the first glimpses into his views on technology.

'We need a vision of how we're going to move humanity ahead, and then we need to harness science to do it,' Clark told a group of about 50 people in Newcastle attending a house party -- a tradition in New Hampshire presidential politics that enables well-connected voters to get an up-close look at candidates.

Then, the 58-year-old Arkansas native, who retired from the military three years ago, dropped something of a bombshell on the gathering.

'I still believe in e=mc², but I can't believe that in all of human history, we'll never ever be able to go beyond the speed of light to reach where we want to go,' said Clark. 'I happen to believe that mankind can do it.'

'I've argued with physicists about it, I've argued with best friends about it. I just have to believe it. It's my only faith-based initiative.' Clark's comment prompted laughter and applause from the gathering. "
Hmmm. Isn't this fellow interesting?

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:07 AM
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Paul's back: Who's Sordid Now?

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 9:41 AM
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The Plame affair continues - my favorite blogging is coming from Billmon, and JMM keeps coming up with new tidbits (he interviewed Ambassador Wilson a few weeks ago, and seems to be in contact with him now)...

That smell in the water is blood.

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wMonday, September 29, 2003

Candidates and Religion

I learned this weekend that Howard Dean switched from Episcopalianism to Congregationalism because his local Episcopal church opposed building a bike path around Lake Champlain. Easy enough to understand - I've heard Dean mention before that his faith is of a personal nature and not dependant upon sectarian doctrine. Heck, his wife's Jewish and they raised the kids Jewish.

More complex is Wes Clark's switch from Southern Baptist to Catholicism. I've read a few times that he switched during Vietnam (although no reason was given) and I've seen elsewhere that his wife is Catholic and he converted for her. Again, easy enough to understand, especially if he wasn't too engrossed in the theological differences between the two. But the differences are pretty stark, even for the casual theologian.

One of the fundamental differences between Protestantism and Catholicism is the latter's belief in the intercession of the Saints. When I was a child I'd pray to Jesus, or through my sister (who, dying before she could know sin, is technically a non-canonized Saint), or through the Apostle Matthew (the only literate Apostle, the nerd of the early disciples).

I'm reading Clark's book now, and gaining an appreciation of the fellow you don't see on TV. And Wes Clark prays through St. Michael.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 4:43 PM
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If you want to listen to Howard Dean on the telephone tonight, be over at my house around 6:30.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 3:12 PM
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This is kinda fun to watch - the Plame Affair is exploding in the left side of the blogosphere.

I don't have much to add, and wouldn't want to show excessive glee at finally catching these bastards at doing something. After all, there's still a very real danger that some CIA assets got burned because of this.

Full rundown from The Horse.

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wSunday, September 28, 2003

For Andy
'Course, the rest of you can read it too...

Wal-Mart: How to play 'Beat the Devil'

There's more then this, but my computer crashed last time I tried to update. Pain in the butt... Anyhow, just a little perspective. ^_^

posted by Weston at 10:47 PM
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wFriday, September 26, 2003

Okay guys, the overtime vote is on Oct. 1st. If you haven’t done anything yet, you need to do it quickly! Honor the people who died for the sake of unions and worker’s rights by demanding that the House follow suit with the Senate and stop Bush’s tyranny.

posted by Violet at 11:46 AM
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Quote Of The Day
"Don't get too personal, brother Howard."
-Al Sharpton, at yesterday's debate

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:36 AM
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High School Girl Starts Caucasian Club

I can't cut and paste on this comp for some reason, so you'll just have to check the article...

It's an amusing idea, and a club started as an interest group for European culture in the U.S, and those of European heritage seems different in many ways from the disturbing white-power psychos of the past. I don't see a problem with it, except that it's a bunch of majorities getting together. Naturally, one would expect an uproar... except that I don't know that that will happen either.

Personally, I think it's an isolate co-point (as opposed to ocunter-point) to the other clubs celebrating race or culture. It'll probably be ignored, though.

posted by Weston at 11:17 AM
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Report: Cheney still has financial interest in Halliburton:
"A congressional report concludes that, under federal ethics standards, Vice President Dick Cheney still has a financial interest in Halliburton, the energy services company he used to run. "
Well, duh.

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wThursday, September 25, 2003

Dixie Chicks: Still Hot

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Michael Moore.com : Michael Moore responds to the wacko attackos...

Is Andy around? Is he reading this?

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 2:34 PM
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Yesterday's code explained over on my livejournal.

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Dean declares war on "King George":
"Two hundred and two Septembers after the creation of our Bill of Rights, Attorney General John Ashcroft drafted a document that has eroded our Constitutional rights and broken down the mutual trust between the American people and their government -- and between Americans and each other -- by making suspects out of all of us.

That is not the act of a patriot.

A true Patriot Act is not born out of fear, but out of trust; it is not born out of division, but out of community; it is not born out of suspicion, but out of faith in each of us.

We need to remind this administration what a Patriot Act is.

A neighbor lends a hand to a friend in need -- that is a Patriot Act.

A mother struggles for her children's future -- that is a Patriot Act.

An immigrant becomes a member of our American family -- that is a Patriot Act.

Men and women risk life and limb on behalf of our country through our armed services -- that is a Patriot Act.

Americans come together as a community and as a country to declare their values, their rights, and their very independence. That is a Patriot Act, as it was in 1776 and as it is over two hundred years later, and as it will be, through our actions, over two hundred years from now... "
It's Salon, but I liked it enough to quote it.

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wWednesday, September 24, 2003

The Good Guys in Israel:
Twenty-seven reserve pilots in the Israeli Air Force presented a signed petition tonight saying that they would not take part in "illegal and immoral" strikes in Palestinian areas in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The airstrikes, aimed at Hamas militants, sometimes kill Palestinian civilians.

"We refuse to participate in air force attacks on civilian populations," said the letter, which was sent to the head of the air force, Maj. Gen. Dan Halutz. "We refuse to continue harming innocent civilians."
(via Billmon - click his link, because he's sexy.)

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 9:25 PM
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Divine justice comes forth.

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Kerry brings up rival's GOP votes:
"Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry warned Tuesday that retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark, whose entry into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination has reshaped the campaign, will have to answer for his past support of Republicans Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

Kerry, a Vietnam veteran who lost his claim as the only presidential candidate with real combat experience when Clark entered the field last week, drew a direct contrast between his own ''consistent'' record and that of the retired general who only recently decided he was a Democrat.

''I know that when he voted for Reagan and he voted for Nixon, I was fighting against both of them,'' Kerry said in an interview with The Herald amid a daylong fundraising trip to Miami.

''I think your life history is what you're offering people,'' added Kerry, who was placed on Nixon's infamous enemies list for his antiwar activism upon his return from Vietnam. ``My life history is I fought Reagan, fought Nixon, fought the war in Vietnam, fought their struggle against civil rights. I fought for civil rights, and I fought against their tax cuts for the wealthy.''"
Sure, Kerry voted for the war. But Clark voted for Nixon

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:15 AM
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The Onion
Church, State Joyfully Reunite After 230-Year Trial Separation

WASHINGTON, DC—Following a two-and-a-quarter-century-long trial separation, Church and State reunited in the U.S. Department of Justice press room Monday. "Even through all the bad times, I knew there had to be a way to get these two old friends back together," Attorney General John Ashcroft said. "With a little counseling and faith-based intervention, I knew Church and State would work it out. It was meant to be." Effective Oct. 15, prayer will be mandatory in public schools and congressional sessions will open with Holy Communion.

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The West's Favorite 'Democrat' (washingtonpost.com):
"Instead of bringing law and order to the nation, as Putin promised to do, he has brought Russian-style order without any law. High-profile investigations launched by the 'law enforcement' authorities are often either politically motivated or intended to redistribute the ownership of property in the interest of Kremlin favorites. According to the CEOs of several businesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the character of bribes has changed for the worse. 'Three years ago,' one of my longtime sources told me, 'an FSB [successor to the KGB] guy came and asked $500,000 for 'the right to live and work in the country,' as he put it then. Now they come and request a share of the business.' Several others confirmed the pattern. "
Three years ago, in a Republican debate:
"We know that he was an apparatchik. We know that he was a member of the KGB. We know that he came to power because of the military brutality and massacre that's been taking place in Russia today – I mean in Chechnya today. We know that he worked a deal with Yeltsin, so that Yeltsin would have immunity, and he would be assured of the presidency, rather than basically a contested – I'm very concerned about Mr. Putin. I'm afraid Mr. Putin might be one of those who wants to make the trains run on time."
- Sen. John McCain
Tolerating Putin's Evil Empire - Why Bush is ignoring the latest Russian crackdown. :
"Russia's role in the war on terrorism will be at the top of the agenda when U.S. President George W. Bush meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin later this week. Bush wants Russian troops in Iraq, help with North Korea, and cooperation with derailing Iran's nuclear aspirations. In return, he'll illustrate the harsh reality behind U.S. rhetoric about promoting democracy by largely ignoring the ways in which Putin has been undermining its foundations in Russia. "

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wTuesday, September 23, 2003

Here's the rough draft of the essay. Arg, matey.

posted by Violet at 7:30 PM
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Huh? I'm not 100% sure what is meant by this. Do they mean that members have to have a bank ID card? I already have one and I actually like it, it's one more way to stop identity theives(my bank is based out of a military complex). Or, does this mean background checks are going to be made for all new customers?

posted by Violet at 7:12 PM
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Goodness, this is silly (Of course, I'll be at one of the local House Parties).

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 12:47 PM
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How a regular guy gets homeless

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:40 AM
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Anti-Bush Moderates (washingtonpost.com):
"Ask a Democrat about 2002 and it won't take long before the name Max Cleland comes up. Cleland is the former Georgia senator who lost three limbs in Vietnam. Because he favored some union and civil service protections in the homeland security bill, Cleland was attacked in a vicious campaign ad showing pictures of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. Cleland lost, and Democrats are still furious over the treatment of this war hero and political moderate. This is personal, not ideological. "
Hey, E.J. gets it. Good for him.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:51 AM
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Quote Of The Day
"Tonight we congratulate television news for becoming us - mindless ratings whores.
-- Jon Stewart, at the Emmys

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:27 AM
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Dr. Krugman is still on his vacation/book tour, so no new column today. There are some interviews up at the unofficial site though, if you miss your Tuesday morning PK.

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wMonday, September 22, 2003

Help! I have to write an essay about any aspect of Descartes "Meditations" and I have a 3 non-internet source minimum(although 1 can be the textbook). I'm thinking of tearing down meditation 3(proof of god) but I'm not sure where to start. Please, someone help me ^^

posted by Violet at 3:44 PM
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FYI x2

It's been 735 days since Bush said he'd catch Osama bin Laden 'Dead or Alive.'

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 3:25 PM
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it costs $3.54/min to call the cook islands, and
$2.94/min to call diego garcia.

-senor A.
Diego is in Italy, and I have no idea why Lou's calling the Cook Islands, but he felt like telling me, so I'm telling you.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 9:09 AM
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wSaturday, September 20, 2003

Costello actually sent back a letter regarding overtime pay specificly. I'm so shocked I feel like framing it.

posted by Violet at 7:28 PM
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Well, my friend Tom just informed me that he's probably going to Iraq in January. Swell.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 2:14 AM
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wFriday, September 19, 2003

Well now, isn't this precious?

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The $10,000 Bill and Other Large Denominations

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 12:32 PM
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New Moore book: Dude, Where's My Country?

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Another Clark Piece:
"Indeed, after caustically comparing the actions of the Bush administration to what he described as the abuses of Richard M. Nixon, he said that he voted for Mr. Nixon in 1972. He also said he had voted for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984."



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Clark 'Probably' Would Have Backed War (washingtonpost.com):
"Retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark said today that he 'probably' would have voted for the congressional resolution last fall authorizing war, as he charged out into the presidential campaign field with vague plans to fix the economy and the situation in Iraq.

Clark said his views on the war resemble those of Democratic Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.) and John F. Kerry (Mass.), both of whom voted for the war but now question President Bush's stewardship of the Iraqi occupation. 'That having been said, I was against the war as it emerged because there was no reason to start it when we did. We could have waited,' Clark said during a 75-minute session with four reporters."
So, how do his views differ from Kerry, again? Other than Kerry has experience in Washington?

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All you get today is a Guardian profile of Krugman, as he is on vacation from the times: Profile: Paul Krugman
Still, there's an important sense in which his views remain essentially moderate: unlike the growing numbers of America-bashers in Europe, Krugman doesn't make the nebulous argument that there is something inherently objectionable about the US and its role in the world. He claims only that a fundamentally benign system has been taken over by a bunch of extremists - and so his alarming analysis leaves room for optimism, because they can be removed. "One of the Democratic candidates - who I'm not endorsing, because I'm not allowed to endorse - has as his slogan, 'I want my country back'," Krugman says, referring to the campaigning motto of Howard Dean. "I think that's about right."

Or, to quote a state department official who put it pungently to a reporter earlier this year, describing the dominance of the Pentagon hawks: "I just wake up in the morning and tell myself, 'There's been a military coup'. And then it all makes sense."
But if he could endorse someone...

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 9:34 AM
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wThursday, September 18, 2003

Why can't I find any good info about Helen Keller's later years? All I can find is stuff about her childhood and breif mentions about "She was also a socialist." Nothing about her working for suffrage, nothing about what she did as a socalist, nothing about her working for the unions. Is my only source that I'm going to be able to use for my speech "Lies My Teacher Told Me"?

Do any of you have any sources I can use?

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Quote Of The Day
"As for the political leaders themselves, President Bush and Tony Blair should be proud of their resolve in the face of so much doubt. And especially Mr Blair, who skillfully managed tough internal politics, an incredibly powerful and sometimes almost irrationally resolute ally, and concerns within Europe. Their opponents, those who questioned the necessity or wisdom of the operation, are temporarily silent, but probably unconvinced. And more tough questions remain to be answered. "

- Gen. Wesley Clark (ret.), April 10, 2003


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Mistakes of Vietnam repeated with Iraq:
"Unfortunately, the people who drove the engine to get into the war in Iraq never served in Vietnam. Not the president. Not the vice president. Not the secretary of defense. Not the deputy secretary of defense. Too bad. They could have learned some lessons"
If you only read one thing about the war we now face in Iraq - read this.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 2:27 PM
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Buy me this

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wWednesday, September 17, 2003

Make up your fucking mind.


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Clark's official campaign website: America For Clark. Remind you of anyone else's?

And I may as well point this out: Wesley Clark: The New Anti-War Candidate?
The possibility that former NATO supreme commander Wesley Clark might enter the race for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination has been the subject of furious speculation in the media. But while recent coverage of Clark often claims that he opposed the war with Iraq, the various opinions he has expressed on the issue suggest the media's "anti-war" label is inaccurate.

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wTuesday, September 16, 2003

Edwards announced, Feinstein endorsed Kerry, and Clark's said he's in. Fun.

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U.S. Forces Detain Westerners in Iraq:
ABU GHRAIB, Iraq - Six people claiming to be Americans and two who say they are British are in U.S. custody on suspicion of involvement in attacks on coalition forces, an American general said Tuesday. They would be the first Westerners reported held in the insurrection against the U.S.-led occupation.

Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, who is in charge of coalition detention centers in Iraq, said the alleged Americans and Britons were considered security detainees, meaning they were suspected of involvement in guerrilla attacks. She did not identify the purported Westerners but said they were being interrogated by military intelligence.
U.S. Constitution:
Clause 1: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

Clause 2: The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

Two things...

One: if Americans are travelling to Iraq to attack their countrymen... well, you hold POWs but you shoot traitors.

Two: Treason is the only crime detailed in the constitution, and there is little doubt to the meaning of the above clause. Why do I think the administration won't bother to follow it?

(Corruption of Blood and Forfeiture refer to inheritance and property, and don't apply here, in case you were curious.)

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 2:29 PM
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New Post to the White Book on Ian McKellen's site.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:44 AM
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More Rumblings... http://www.129bringthemhome.com/

Where's Clear Channel with those "Support Our Troops" rallies now?

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:27 AM
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Things that make you go hmm...

Soccer teams go on a revolutionary kick - Communists play anarchists in Berkeley

Sometimes California sounds fun. Sometimes it sounds scary. I'm not sure which this is.

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CalPundit: An Interview With Paul Krugman

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wMonday, September 15, 2003

Some GOP Bumper Sticker ideas for 2004(e-mailed to me):

Bush/Cheney '04: Four More Wars!
Bush/Cheney '04: Assimilate. Resistance is Futile
Bush/Cheney '04: Apocalypse Now!
Bush/Cheney '04: Because the truth just isn't good enough
Bush/Cheney '04: Compassionate Colonialism
Bush/Cheney '04: Deja-voodoo all over again!
Bush/Cheney '04: Get used to it!
Bush/Cheney '04: Leave no billionaire behind
Bush/Cheney '04: Lies and videotape but no sex!
Bush/Cheney '04: Or else.
Bush/Cheney '04: Over a billion Whoppers served.
Bush/Cheney '04: Putting the "con" in conservatism
Bush/Cheney '04: Thanks for not paying attention
Bush/Cheney '04: The economy's stupid!
Bush/Cheney '04: The last vote you'll ever have to cast.
Bush/Cheney '04: This time, elect us!
Bush/Cheney '04: We're Gooder!
Bush/Cheney: Asses of Evil
Don't think. Vote Bush!
George W. Bush: A brainwave away from the presidency
George W. Bush: It takes a village idiot
George W. Bush: The buck stops Over There
God Save the King!
Let them eat yellowcake! Vote Bush!
Peace & Prosperity Suck -- Big-Time
Vote Bush in '04: "I Has Incumbentory Advantitude"
Vote Bush in '04: "Because every vote counts -- for me!"
Vote Bush in '04: "Because I'm the President, that's why!"
Vote Bush in '04: Because dictatorship is easier
Vote for Bush & You Get Dick!
Who would Jesus Bomb?

posted by Violet at 4:55 PM
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Where's Waldo?

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Kerry Communications Director Resigns

John Kerry's communications director has resigned over differences in the direction of the Democrat's presidential campaign.

Chris Lehane's departure comes amid speculation of a wider shake-up in the Kerry campaign, which has been torn by internal fights and a lack of public support from the candidate.
I can't stand Chris Lehane, and I think Kerry's better off without him. But I'm real curious as to what's happenning in Kerry-land...

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Canadians are funny
The increasingly bitter tone of the Ontario campaign took a surreal turn Friday when a press release from the Tory election machine labelled Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty a pet-eating alien.
(stolen from Calpundit)

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Bonus Sunday Krugman: The Tax-Cut Con

In other news, I shook Howard Dean's hand this weekend and you didn't.

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wFriday, September 12, 2003

(stolen from uggabugga)

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More Krugman---

I know how much Matt loves this guy, and to be honest, I read all his stuff I find too. I'm not a big fan of economics - at least not as much as some people I know, but he knows what he's talking about, and he's sticking it to the man. I appreaciate that.

More to the point, I read this Buzzflash interview with him, and I understand the creeping dread he feels. So, you know, go ahead and read it.

posted by Weston at 12:26 PM
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Hey, cute: Dick Gephardt for President - George W. Bush: A Miserable Failure

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:07 AM
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Guess who? Exploiting the Atrocity

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wThursday, September 11, 2003

What the crap?

Missouri lawmakers overrode Gov. Bob Holden's vetos of a bill mandating a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, and have legalized concealed guns.

Not that I'm making an opinion either way about the issues, but man is that a wierd way to write a headline.

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Ooooooh, pleasuregasm! I'm not even going to bother talking about it, I'll just post what I got here!

Sept. 10, 2003

Working families win! President Bush's overtime pay
cuts suffered a major setback today when the U.S. Senate
voted to block the overtime pay takeaway. We won this
first step because the Senate Democrats and a handful
of Republicans stood up to President Bush. They acted
because they heard your voice. Your activism made a
big difference--people like you sent hundreds of thousands
of letters, faxes and e-mails and made tens of thousands
of phone calls over the past few months. This victory
is ONLY ONE STEP forward. More action is needed now.
You can act now or keep reading to learn more.

Now, the fight to block President Bush's overtime pay
cuts turns to the U.S. House of Representatives. Representatives
will be asked to vote on a similar measure--preventing
the Bush administration from taking away workers' hard-earned
overtime pay protections. Please take one minute right
now to send a fax to your representative, Representative
Jerry Costello, from
the AFL-CIO website.

After you send your fax please click on the link below
to spread the word to your friends, family and co-workers.

Also, these links may be of interest.

Overtime Pay News from the AFL-CIO

U.S. Senate Vote Tally by State from Sept. 10

Thanks for all you do.

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Happy Patriot Day

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wWednesday, September 10, 2003

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While surfing the net a while ago, I hit Salon again to see if anything new popped up. Something, it seems, has, and it'll probably seem like good news to everyone that was so bothered about it just a few days ago.

The Senate has blocked the overtime bill and that's a good thing in my opinion. I understand that a lot of people have a great deal invested in the overtime thing, and it wouldn't surprise me if at some point I did as well. The point is, even though I know (as I've read about it before) there's another side to the issue, it's nearly transparent. So much so, that my guess is that it's never even heard of on television, because if people found out via mass media, there might be another nasty outcry. By and large, the argument would never stand up.

If you're interested though, you can look for it yourself (I lost all the links) and post it, or ask, and I can go find some on my off time. Off time that I don't really have right now... I'm off to school.

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Quote Of The Day
"Dean, Dean, Dean, Dean, Dean..." - John Kerry

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:06 AM
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Well, it's been a little while since I've done anything but post snarky remarks to other people's well thought out ideas, but I've heard a lot about both the RIAA's actions against the 12 year old girl and the music amnesty thing they've got going. Both can be found on Salon, and my thoughts, as a whole, may be found on my journal. But while that's more musing on the improbability of the music industry scoring an ultimate, decisive victory, here I'm musing about the consequences of the following.

12-Girls Family Settles Lawsuit.

This, which shows the family settling for a mere 2,000 dollars as opposed to the 150,000+ lawsuit, is something you could look at, or you can take my word - doesn't change much. They took the amnesty, and had the parents and child read little flashcards out loud saying they did a bad, bad thing and will never do it again. What utter rubbish. I think that this is more to get the word out that filesharing is bad, and causes cancer, or something rather then what these people actually feel.
Of course, I'm not surprised people accept the amnesty, no matter how it may hurt actual court cases - the chance to settle such a rediculous lawsuit seems like a good deal - you only have to sell your soul. Seriously, though, it's a clever tactic, but in the end, the music industry won't be able to beat filesharers. It's part of the ethos of the net, and even if they take down every program, they can't take down every website that sports downloadable songs.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I doubt it. This is progress, of sorts, and progress always wins in the end.

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wTuesday, September 09, 2003

And my hope in human goodness falls another 20 points. I don't see how anyone could think humans are born generally good.

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Krugman... he's just so... mean... Other People's Sacrifice

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 9:52 AM
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Rivals Criticize Dean For Mideast Comment (washingtonpost.com):
"Howard Dean came under fire yesterday from two rivals for the Democratic nomination for saying the United States should not 'take sides' in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "
This is big. This is a shift from the historical position of the Democratic party and the country as a whole. It's also the correct moral position.

And in case nobody else noticed, Muslims now outnumber Jews in America.

We're fast approaching the day when the cries of the children of Palestine will matter to Uncle Sam as much as the cries of the children of Israel.

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wMonday, September 08, 2003

I haven't seen this on the blog, which angers me, because you're too caught up in picking apart rich people to pay attention to the working class. Get off your ass, go to this link, and contact your senators. That is, unless you want to work like a fucking slave.

That fucking asshole.

If you posted something about this before, I haven't seen it. Apologies if you have.

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Star-News Online:
"Anti-globalization protesters stripped out of their clothes and spelled out the words 'No WTO' with their naked bodies Monday, the first of several actions against the World Trade Organization meeting in this Caribbean resort."
Let's face it: The World needs more Nude Protests.

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wFriday, September 05, 2003

Hip Clock (requires Flash)

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Actor Johnny Depp Disavows Anti-American Quotes
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Denying any anti-American sentiment on his part, actor Johnny Depp (news) said on Thursday that quotes attributed to him as likening the United States to a "dumb puppy" were inaccurate and taken out of context.

"I am an American. I love my country and have great hopes for it," Depp said in a statement released by his Los Angeles-based publicist. "It is for this reason that I speak candidly and sometimes critically about it. I have benefited greatly from the freedom that exists in my country and for this I am eternally grateful."

Depp, currently starring in the swashbuckling film "Pirates of the Caribbean," issued the statement a day after the German news magazine Stern published an interview in which he ridiculed Washington's confrontation with France, where he lives, over the U.S. war in Iraq (news - web sites).

The magazine quoted the actor as saying "America is ... like a dumb puppy that has big teeth that can bite and hurt you, aggressive." He was further quoted as saying he wanted his children to "see America as ... a broken toy" that they should explore, get the feel of, then "get out."

Explaining his comments a day later, Depp he had been using a metaphor that was taken "radically out of context," adding, "There was no anti-American sentiment."

"What I was saying was that, compared to Europe, America is a very young country and we are still growing as a nation," he said. "My deepest apologies to those who were offended, affected, or hurt by this insanely twisted deformation of my words and intent."

His spokeswoman added that the Kentucky-born Depp, 40, lives in the south of France with his family because his wife, actress-singer Vanessa Paradis (news), is French.
In other news, William Shatner has recorded some radio comercials for Kellog's. I can't wait!

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:29 AM
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Google Search: answer to life, the universe, and everything

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:05 AM
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Friday Krugman: The China Syndrome

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wThursday, September 04, 2003

Bumpersticker Watch: If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will shoot their kids accidentally.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 10:10 AM
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Edwards has a blog now. Good for him.

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wWednesday, September 03, 2003

John Kerry makes it official.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 2:18 PM
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Deanlink me, baby.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 1:46 PM
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Clinton Revisted over at Body and Soul.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 11:58 AM
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Moore alters "Bowling" DVD in response to criticism

Here you go Andy. It's a present from me to you.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 9:24 AM
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Johnny Depp Says U.S. Is Like a Stupid Puppy :
"BERLIN (Reuters) - Hollywood star Johnny Depp said on Wednesday the United States was a stupid, aggressive puppy and he would not live there until the political climate changed.

The 40-year-old actor, who stars in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean,' told the German news magazine Stern he was happier staying in the south of France with his wife, the French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, and their two children.

'America is dumb, it's like a dumb puppy that has big teeth that can bite and hurt you, aggressive,' he said.

'My daughter is four, my boy is one. I'd like them to see America as a toy, a broken toy. Investigate it a little, check it out, get this feeling and then get out,' said the star of the off-beat films 'Edward Scissorhands' and 'Dead Man.'

Depp slammed George W. Bush's administration for its criticism of French opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

'I was ecstatic they re-named 'French Fries' as 'Freedom Fries'. Grown men and women in positions of power in the U.S. government showing themselves as idiots,' he told Stern."

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 8:54 AM
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Why Dean and Franken are so hot right now:
"And what is the temper of the Democratic Party base? They loathe Bush and everything he stands for -- he's become a lightning rod for dark and febrile passions in the same way Bill Clinton was (and is) for the GOP core. It's not just his harebrained ideological nostrums for how to reorder America and the world. They hate him and it's personal. They hate his frat-boy smirk, his phony fly-boy act, his cringe-inducing mangling of the language, his born-again sanctimony, even his Texas twang and his godforsaken, tumbleweed ranch where only someone as fence-post-dumb as W. would hole up in August. They hate him like their lives depended on it, lives that will certainly be unbearable if this bumbling extremist is reelected (or elected) in 2004. "
Every once in a while I remember why I subscribe to Salon. Go get a daypass.

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wTuesday, September 02, 2003

So George, how do you feel about your mom and dad?

The Guardian got a shrink to analyze Bush from afar. I wouldn't put too much stock in it, but it is delightfully full of snark and bitchiness.*

*Disclaimer: as I've often stated, I'm not sure if I believe in Psychology.

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 9:29 AM
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I read Al Franken's new book last week, so I've got a copy for the first person who asks to borrow it. Here's an excerpt (c/o Atrios):
"[M]ainly it was Coleman’s proxies who played it dirty," Al Franken writes. "The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) ran an ad called ‘Pork’ that hit the hypocrisy jackpot. It savaged Wellstone for voting ‘to spend thousands of dollars to control seaweed in Maui,’ claiming that he prioritized seaweed control over national defense. In fact, Wellstone did vote for S.1216, as did Strom Thurmond, Trent Lott and 84 other senators. That bill did appropriate the seaweed control spending—but it also provided $21 billion for veterans’ health care, $27 billion for veterans’ compensation and pensions, and block grants to assist New York City’s recovery from 9/11. The NRSC was chaired that year by Bill Frist, who later replaced Lott as Senate majority leader. Before the memorial, Frist spoke with the Wellstones’ older son, David, who later recounted the conversation to me.

"‘I’m sorry about your parents and your sister,’ Frist told David.

"‘Did you authorize the seaweed ad against my dad?’ David asked.

"‘Yes,’ said Frist.

"‘And did you vote for the seaweed bill?’

"There was a pause. They both knew that the answer was yes. Finally, Frist said, ‘It wasn’t personal.’

"‘My dad took it personal,’ David said. ‘Thanks for coming to my family’s memorial.’"
The book is honest, funny, and brutal to the right.

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I'll kiss your elephant
when you kiss my ass

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 9:02 AM
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Special Monday Morning Krugman: Another Friday Outrage

posted by Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 8:48 AM
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