Monday, December 26, 2005
Friday, December 23, 2005
Four jobs you've had in your life: Actor, textbook editor, venture capitalist, grantwriter
Four movies you could watch over and over: The Third Man, Groundhog Day, The Big Sleep, Deal of the Century
Four places you've lived: Philadelphia, PA; Brighton, MA; Richmond, VA; Alna, ME
Four TV shows you love to watch: Uh….
Four places you've been on vacation: Brazil, Australia, the Isle of Man, Nova Scotia
Four websites you visit daily: Daily Kos, Americablog, Smirking Chimp, Digby
Four of your favorite foods: Garlic, olive oil, hot peppers, cheese
Four places you'd rather be: New York City, London, Sydney, San Francisco (Hmmm, they all seem really different from rural Maine….)
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Kellogg, Brown & Root
Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
But nobody beats ex-Marine John Murtha (D-PA) for clarity:
Scott McClellan bleats that Rep. Murtha has joined the Michael Moore wing of the Democratic party and surrendered to terrorists. Despicable.
It may sound like a little thing, but it's just another example of how a vote for a Republican, any Republican, is a vote for the Bush agenda. Period.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
He goes on to say that he knows Robertson and his family well from Virginia, that Robertson's father lost his U.S. Senate seat to Spong's first cousin - William Spong - in 1966, and that his ludicrous comments embarrass all who devote their lives to Christianity. They also raise an interesting question:
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
In the next breath he even says the V-word:
I haven't followel Hagel's voting record closely - I'm told he generally talks more independently than he votes - but it's great to have this said by other side. Maybe more of them will find their voices.
Collins (ME) T: (202) 224-2523 F: (202) 224-2693Read more about its significance here, and please pass the word.
Snowe (ME) T: (202) 224-5344 F: (202) 224-1946
Dewine (OH) T: (202) 224-2315 F: (202) 224-6519
McCain (AZ) T: (202) 224-2235 F: (202) 228-2862
Warner (VA) T: (202) 224-2023 F: (202) 224-6295
Hagel (NEB) T: (202) 224-4224 F: (202) 224-5213
Nelson (NEB) T: (202) 224-6551 F: (202) 228-0012
Conrad (ND) T: (202) 224-2043 F: (202) 224-7776
Landrieu (LA) T: (202)224-5824 F: (202) 224-9735
Lieberman (CT) T: (202) 224-4041 F: (202) 224-9750
Wyden (OR) T: (202) 224-5244 F: (202) 228-2717
Sunday, November 13, 2005
- When referring to Bush, always include the word "Republican" in close proximity to his name, as in "Bush and his Republican Culture of Corruption..."
- When referring to Congress, remember to remind readers that the Legislative Branch is Republican-controlled. For example: "Legislators in the Republican-controlled Congress today proposed legislation that would cut veteran benefits..."
- When writing about Bush or Republican leaders like Frist, always include the word "Republican" in association with them. For example, instead of "Majority Leader Bill Frist" use "Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist."
- When referring to the Republican Party, always start with the words "Republican Party" rather than "GOP." To the less politically aware, the lack of awareness that "GOP" is the Republican Party may be to the Republican's advantage.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Friday, November 11, 2005
Thursday, November 10, 2005
I think we're seeing the beginnings of an opposition party.
Our job for today: Call our senators and ask them to support the bill that Barack Obama introduced on election day - the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2005:
Read more of Senator Obama's comments here, and read see the GAO report on election irregularities here (warning: both PDF files).
Snowe: 622-8292, 622-7295 (fax)Thanks.
Collins: 622-8414, 622-8414 (fax)
Others: online directory
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
- Maine: "No on 1" won by 10 points, 55% to 45%. It wasn’t just southern Maine talking, either. We carried Bangor, Biddeford, and Lewiston – even small towns like Skowhegan. The measure was championed by a truly diverse coalition of business, labor, mainline Protestant churches, gay and straight people, and politicians on both sides of the aisle. A tremendous victory by Maine Won’t Discriminate.
- Virginia: Kaine won decisively 24 hours after Bush went to Richmond to pull for Kilgore. Best of all, he made huge incursions into the sacred GOP exurbs and suburbs (of Bobo Brooks fame) and set up his mentor Mark Warner for a run at the presidency.
- New Jersey: Winner Jon Corzine thanked voters "for rejecting the Bush-Rove tactics that are bad for democracy and that were stopped in their tracks tonight."
- California: Voters defeated every single one of Arnold's initiatives in his expensive and pointless special election, further damaging the Governator.
- Pennsylvania: The entire 8-person school board of Intelligent Design Republican wingnuts in Dover was tossed out and replaced by intelligent Democrats.
- New York: Dems won conservative Ulster County for the first time in 25 years, turning a 16-17 minority into a 21-12 majority in the county legislature. They also made huge gains in Long Island and looks like they also won control of Nassau and Suffolk counties for the first time in history.
- Arizona: Tucson turned Democratic after two Republicans were ousted from the city council.
- Minnesota: The turncoat Democratic mayor who supported Bush in 2004 was tossed out and replaced by a real Democrat in a 69% to 31% vote. He was the first incumbent tossed out in 30 years.
Big thanks to Maine Won't Discriminate.
There's a lot of good news coming in tonight. Time for a good night's sleep!
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Monday, November 07, 2005
To take my mind off things I'm posting this hilarious and true account of how one man is fighting the intelligent design crowd... by demanding equal time for the theory of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. If you haven't seen it yet, go read:
UPDATE: This just in! Even more paralyzing good fun can be had from this short video about Harlan McCraney, Presidential Speechalist. Warning: Do not drink liquids while viewing, or you will snort them through your nose.
And don't forget to vote!
Saturday, November 05, 2005
A corruption of RepublicansOnce you get started, it's hard to stop.
A swindle of lobbyists
A murder of mercenaries
A scream of Deaniacs
A weep of Liebermans
A bias of partisans
A crock of creationists
A vehemence of evangelicals
A bewilderment of dittoheads
A wash of investigations (and a whitewash of White House investigations)
A delusion of neocons
A spin of talking points
A squander of economists
A howl of fascists
A compliance of reporters
An agony of Democrats
Friday, November 04, 2005
UPDATE: 46% of born-agains agree! And if you like this line of thinking, visit ImpeachPac, which funds Democrats who support impeachment.
Thousands gather in Mar del Plata, Agentina, to protest Bush's visit to their country for the Summit of the Americas (AP photo).
Meanwhile, a member of Argentina's parliament named Alicia Castro took it upon herself to write Bush a personal letter and put the protesters' feelings into words.
Here's a portion (translated from the Spanish by the European Tribune):
Emphasis added by me, with glee.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
You know, she's right. They could have. In an alternate universe, that is, in which George W. Bush is still a failed businessman in Texas, Dr. Frist is still killing cats back in Tennessee, and Democrats represent the people of Maine in the United States Senate.
UPDATE: As usual, Fafblog puts it better:
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
leaked and was indicted
leaked and was indicted for leaking, not for perjury
an undercover CIA agent whose job status was classified
an undercover CIA agent posted in the US less than five years and meeting all other definitions of "covert" in the Intelligent Identities Protection Act
stay put until the investigation is done
stay put until the investigation AND any trial or other legal proceedings are done
From today's press gaggle (via Think Progress):
Meanwhile: As the White House gamely continues wanting to do their part to continue to cooperate, William F. Buckley announces that the leak is a deadly serious matter and Trent Lott hints that Rove should resign.
Okay, so it's 11 words (12 if you count the conjunction). He calls it the Liberty Platform. We could win on this.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
It's divided into three sections: (1) Change a few habits; (2) Maintain your stuff; and (3) Buy a few things. Very simple and well presented, with lots of research links. Some tips you will have heard before...
[ Are you listening, M---?] ...and some may be new:
It's not self-righteous or crunchy granola in tone, either, just helpful. Also has contact info for activist geeks. Highly recommended.
UPDATE: More Bush lawbreaking - this time on energy standards. Elliot Spitzer and a few NGOs are suing the Department of Energy in attempt to bring them to heel.
Monday, October 31, 2005
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Saturday, October 29, 2005
[Emphasis added.] This is the intro to a long letter to Sen. Edward Kennedy posted this evening on DailyKos by Todd Johnston. Mr. Johnston is nobody famous as far as I know. He's just a thoughtful working adult with no special access to any persons of power. He doesn't spell or punctuate especially well. And yet I know his letter will be carefully read by a Kennedy staffer. It will be certainly be brought to the senator's attention. Sen. Kennedy may even read the letter himself, and he will most definitely be involved in crafting a reply. He might even sit down and type it himself.
Why? Because Daily Kos is the largest political blog on earth. It averages 2 million page views per week and rising. Its audience is educated, affluent, overwhelmingly Democratic, and activist - 63% have donated money to political causes. According to a recent study, it outranks the top five GOP blogs combined. And if Mr. Johnson's letter reached the top of the Kos recommended list (which it did), then it will be read by all those activists along with every other legislator in DC on both sides of the aisle, all of the strategists and most of the media. You can bet Sen. Kennedy will pay attention.
Daily Kos got where it is through a combination of luck, timing, and smarts. Media windbags may have painted the site as hard left, excitable, dismissible... but those who visit on a regular basis understand that its population is diverse and generally thoughtful, with writers from the far corners of law, politics, business, academia, media, and even some of those continents way over there in Europe. The main thing Kos readers have in common is that they are SERIOUSLY pissed off. That doesn't mean they're foolish or naive.
I don't write much on that site. But it's the daily visits of people like me - asking questions, commenting, pushing up the stats, sending more people to the site, responding to calls for action, sending money - that have built the first stirrings of a left wing echo chamber. People are hearing us, and it is starting to make a difference.
Citizen Johnston puts some excellent questions to Sen. Kennedy about Iraq, intelligence, weapons, and the runup to the war. Imagine the senator reading this section knowing that a million people of influence are looking over his shoulder:
or this one:
The ending's pretty good, too:
Senator Kennedy is friend not foe, but friends need to be held accountable when it's a matter of importance. This is such a matter. And while he may not give us satisfactory answers, he will at least think about the questions. In my tiny way I helped make this possible. And that's why I bother.
Friday, October 28, 2005
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Even better, he notes an important difference between Monicagate and Treasongate (aside from their subject matter, purpose, the number of people killed by them, the intellect of the presidents involved, and every other single thing): the president's ability to listen.
Whereas Clinton called in tough-minded advisors and listened to them, this president "likes having his assed kissed." The Miers-Bush correspondence "belongs in the Brown Nosers Hall of Fame." The current staff - "a C team if ever there was one" - is loaded with "weak-kneed toadies," "suckups and sycophants," throne-sniffers, over-the-shoulder-lookers, and people who have stopped taking notes in meetings but continue to assure the Beloved Leader he's the victim of a partisan plot.
Best paragraph ever written about our titanic mediocrity in chief:
Hope he doesn't get it anytime soon.
Hat tip brandido.
Somewhere I heard rumors of an actual Bork nomination in the wind. Other tinfoilers are warning of Terra Alerts. Be prepared.
- The White House will be running a communications strategy, so beware of anything they say. In the past 24-hours, the President has given a series of speeches discussing every aspect of his presidency (e.g., business as usual). But they will go on the attack very soon.
- Listen for magic words. Expect the White House to try to control debate by repeating keywords over and over again. So far, they have been quiet. But the specter of 9/11 is never far off. Beware of White House spokesmen who try to discuss 9/11.
- Stay focused. The real issue tomorow is crimes committed by the White House to trick the American people into supporting a war. There is no other issue that comes close to this, tomorrow.
- Do not talk about whether we should stay or pull out of Iraq. That is an important topic, but it will be a distraction tomorrow. The issue is crimes committed against the American people by top officials at the White House.
- Read the White House website. This will help to understand what strategy they are launching.
- Use only the President's name. This crisis is about the President of the United States, the people he hired, the decisions he made and the methods he used. Do not get distracted by too much talk about the names of aides.
- Read a variety of news sources. Follow the story in a variety of media (e.g., print, TV, blogs) to get a full picture of what is going on. Don't become a CNN zombie.
- Talk to co-workers and friends about what's happening. It is important that all Americans follow what is happening. Spread the news. Be the media.
- Keep following the story. It is likely that the story will change several times before it is over.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
"People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day… No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in."Rosa Louise Parks, 1913-2005
Rest in Peace
(arrest photo via Boingboing.net)
Great way to rebuild community. (Hat tip Aravosis)
Monday, October 24, 2005
Was it... losing Osama Bin Laden, not finding WMD's, faking the connection between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein? ...Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, forged Niger documents, 51 ignored FAA warnings about Al Qaeda hijackings? ...school dropouts, intelligent design, fear of Avian flu, skyrocketing deficits, increased abortions, explosive government spending, ...even the tragic aftermath of Katrina? No. It was Harriet Miers.
I know these folks have been waiting biblical eons to claim their Total Victory of Righteous Dominion Over the Courts Forever, but still. All that fabled discipline, undone so fast? It's startling.
Mind you, I am not complaining. Listen:
Those are the words of Josh Trevino, a fiercely conservative and influential writer for the other side. He continues:
"The titanic mediocrity who leads our nation." Gaze at those words a moment and smile. Who cares what made them speak out, when they get to the heart of matter like this?
Hat tip to mcjoan and to this writer (link now broken).