Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Stay tuned, because the list will be growing.
Monday, January 30, 2006
- The Filibuster. The Senate was flooded with calls during the filibuster, despite a complete lack of leadership from NARAL, PFAW, and the groups.
- Glenn Greenwald and the Dewine Amendment. Glenn Greenwald uncovered the fiasco of the Dewine amendment, which got major media coverage and substantially advanced the story on wiretapping. He is now blogging questions for the Judiciary Committee, here and here.
- Jane Hamsher and the Washington Post. Jane Hamsher led a campaign to force the Washington Post to correct itself on the Abramoff scandal, showcasing the lack of accountability of Washingtonpost.com.
- The MyDD poll. Chris Bowers led the first open source polling operation ever, funded and designed by you. This data revealed that there is no national consensus behind the Iraq war, the failure of the Homeland Security's persuasive authority, as well as partisan attitudes behind security concerns. (And there's more to come.)
- SOTU parody. James Adomian released a hilarious SOTU parody, which has been seen 160,000 times so far (44,000 times on our internal host, before we moved it too youtube).
- TV Blowhards. We've waged hard-hitting campaigns against Chris Matthews and Tim Russert, tarnishing their credentials as legitimate journalists and challenging the media establishment to examine the unaccountable pundits who grow fat off of spewing dishonest nonsense on TV. Russert has engaged in a smear campaign against Arianna Huffington after she revealed conflicts of interest on Meet the Press, and Matthews retracted his statements and spent a few days pretending he and Michael Moore were journalistic buddies.
- And now we're exploring action against Lieberman.
As reported in the Washington Post (registration required), a psychologist at Emory has done a fascinating study on the subject of prejudice and political self-identification. There's food for thought on both sides. For a summary that doesn't require WaPo registration, go here.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Steve Gilliard has written a perfect gem about bloggers fighting back against the media and the beltway. The approved script says we're slavering leftists destroying the party by calling for blood if anyone strays from party doctrine and scaring away all the "value voters" and "moderates." Plus we're really, really mean to the media.
Gilliard dismisses the Washington Post as paranoid and focuses his attention on the lefty-lunacy meme. He boils his answer down to two points:
- We are not demanding ideological purity. That's rightwing behavior. We support Democrats who fight, period.
- Quit giving in before you even start. Losing does not endear you to moderates. Compromise with reactionaries does not work.
Worth reading the whole thing. And, by the way, I cheer the senators from Massachusetts in their filibuster fight. I called and faxed both Snowe and Collins and asked them to abstain or vote no on cloture, and to vote no on Alito. Here's contact info if you would like to do the same.
Senator Olympia Snowe:
Senator Susan Collins:
Washington, 202-224-5344 (phone), 202-224-1946 (fax)
Bangor, 207-945-0432 (phone), 207-941-9525 (fax)
Presque Isle, 207-764-5124 (phone), 207-764-6420 (fax)
Biddeford, 207-282-4144 (phone), 207-284-2358 (fax)
Auburn, 207-786-2451 (phone), 207-782-1438 (fax)
Augusta, 207-622-8292 (phone), 207-622-7295 (fax)
Portland, 207-874-0883 (phone), 207-874-7631 (fax)
Washington, 202-224-2523 (phone), 202-224-2693 (fax)
Biddeford, 207-283-1101 (phone), 207-283-4054 (fax)
Portland, 207-780-3575 (phone), 207-828-0380 (fax)
Caribou, 207-493-7873 (phone), 207-493-7810 (fax)
Bangor, 207-945-0417 (phone), 207-990-4604 (fax)
Augusta, 207-622-8414 (phone), 207-622-5884 (fax)
Lewiston, 207-784-6969 (phone), 207-782-6475 (fax)
Saturday, January 28, 2006
"We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens' creme brulee." January 26, 2006O’Reilly:
"In this recurring nightmare of a presidency, we have a national debate about whether he 'did it,' even though all sentient people know he did. Otherwise there would be debates only about whether to impeach or assassinate." - High Crimes and Misdemeanors, 1998
"We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed too. Otherwise they will turn out to be outright traitors." - February 14, 2002
"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building." - August 26, 2002
"The only compelling argument yet in favor of friendly fire." - August 14, 2003, speaking of Al Gore and Gray Davis' status as Vietnam veterans
“I mean, but this is what they're saying. It is just - you just sit there, you go, ‘They'll never get it until they grab Michael Kinsley out of his little house and they cut his head off.’ And maybe when the blade sinks in, he'll go, ‘Perhaps O'Reilly was right.’ May 17, 2005Clear Channel radio host Glenn Beck:
“Hang on, let me just tell you what I'm thinking. I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out -- is this wrong? I stopped wearing my What Would Jesus -- band -- Do, and I've lost all sense of right and wrong now. I used to be able to say, ‘Yeah, I'd kill Michael Moore,’ and then I'd see the little band: What Would Jesus Do? And then I'd realize, ‘Oh, you wouldn't kill Michael Moore. Or at least you wouldn't choke him to death.’ And you know, well, I'm not sure.”I simply do not want to hear any hand-wringing from the media or anyone else about incivility on the left until this problem is addressed head on.
*STFU = Shut the fuck up.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Some background: Peter Daou, who managed Kerry’s internet campaign and publishes the much-read Daou Report (now behind the Salon subscription wall), has been studying the interaction and messaging power of netroots, traditional media, and the political establishment. In his earlier essays The Triangle: Limits of Blog Power and The (Broken) Triangle: Progressive Bloggers in the Wilderness, he observes that
the left messages in isolated pieces, while the right has linked its units into into a strong functioning triangle. (Here, have a graphic courtesy of Corrente.)
His point is that the media is not necessarily biased one way or the other - say what you will about reporters trending left and owners trending right - but that the right plays the media better than we do. Far better. So where the right has an “intricate interplay of Republican persuasion tactics, media story-telling, and 21st century information flow,” the left has bloggers talking hellish reality while Beltway Democratic strategy is still "two parts hackneyed sloganeering and one part befuddlement over the stifling of their message."
His latest installment, Matthews, Moore, Murtha, and the Media, is a must read.
Which reminds me - don't forget to call and politely ask them to veto Alito.:
Meanwhile, we salute those Georgetown students for their principled stand in support of the Fourth Amendment.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
O'Beirne is the woman who said, "I have long thought that if high-school boys had invited homely girls to the prom we might have been spared the feminist movement."
Saturday, January 21, 2006
[Emphasis mine.] Meanwhile, over at Kos, John Kerry is showing his own form of courage by posting his first two diaries and sticking around to read more than 1,700 comments. He's currently something of a hero there for having lashed back at Chris Matthews with uncharacteristic bluntness for his egregious attacks on Michael Moore. (Who has already retaliated on his own, thank you very much.)
Here's my favorite comment - others said it more politely, but Felagrunt really gets the message across:
There's something very satisfying about seeing posts like this and knowing that their target is reading them in real time, unmediated by handlers like Bob Shrum. For the record, many other comments were highly supportive, but nearly everyone had words of advice. The general themes were (1) filibuster Alito, (2) fight back and stop apologizing, (3) speak plainly, and (4) for God's sake be prepared for attacks on every Democratic candidate from every quarter.
Kerry will appear on This Week tomorrow morning - let's hope with our voices ringing in his ears.
Sunday, January 01, 2006
1. email – use webmail form.
2. fax – best method.
Washington, DC: (202) 224-19463. phone
Presque Isle: 764-6420
Washington, DC: (202) 224-53444. snailmail – not recommended because of scanning time.
Washington, DC toll-free from Maine (800) 432-1599
Presque Isle: 764-5124
Senator Olympia J. Snowe
United States Senate
154 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-0001
1. email - use webmail form.
2. fax – best method.
Washington, DC: (202) 224-26933. phone
Washington, DC: (202) 224-25234. snailmail - not recommended because of scanning delays.
Toll-free Capitol switchboard: 888-355-3588
Senator Susan M. Collins
United States Senate
461 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-0001