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Monthly Archive: June 2008

Jun 27 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. Heh heh. Those Republicons, always living in a different reality from the rest of us: Karl Rove recently made a related observation, saying McCain “is one of the most private individuals to run for president in history,” and it’s “troubling” the extent to which McCain is reluctant to talk …

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Jun 27 2008

Et Tu, Brute?

I think most of us remember when Keith Olbermann hit one out of the park for law and civil liberty. He delivered a scorching Special Comment on the FISA fuckery, and for a moment, there was hope that a truly noxious bill would get annihilated by mainstream media scorn. Olbermann was one of the heroes. …

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Jun 27 2008

I Think I’m Running Out of Alcohol…

There’s an astounding number of new faces in this cantina. Hello and welcome! Whether you swung by from Pharyngula, Reddit, or Daily Kos, arrived by way of a blog that’s gotten wiped off of Sitemeter by the general stampede, or clicked in from a blogroll, pour yourself a drink and allow me to do my …

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Jun 27 2008

Help Congress Find Their Balls

Remember our vision: The American Freedom Campaign emailed me with three wonderful ways that vision can be achieved: On July 10, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to investigate the firings of nine U.S. Attorneys in 2006 and the questionable prosecution and imprisonment of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman. Karl Rove, a …

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Jun 26 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. Maybe it’s something in the water, but it seems most if not all Bush staffers have horrible memory problems. David Addington, Cheney’s former chief of staff, spent today forgetting things in front of the House Judiciary Committee: It seems like a straightforward enough question: “Do you feel that the …

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Jun 26 2008

Bashing Ann Barnett

Well, same-sex marriage has been legal in California for over a week now, and aside from a few histrionic fits from the frothing right, civilization hasn’t ended and marriage seems to be flourishing. Two of my friends are still planning to get hitched this October, in fact – what a surprise that California’s decision didn’t …

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Jun 25 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. Civil liberties and the rule of law just took another one up the ass today: The FISA Cloture vote just passed. The Senate will now consider the motion to proceed with the bill, then they’ll head to the bill itself (corrected procedural details, h/t and thanks to CBolt). Various …

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Jun 25 2008

What a Sick, Twisted Little Worldview They’ve Got

One of the greatest pleasures I take in being an atheist is not having to really dig for evidence that God’s pissed off and not slacking off in the smiting department. Fundamentalist Christians have this desperate – actually, pathological – need to believe that humanity’s nothing but worthless pieces of shit deserving of God’s wrath. …

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Jun 25 2008

“Shhh! Don’t Tell Anyone We’re Republicans…”

It’s a rare event when the political messages in my inbox make me laugh, but this one from the Washington State Democrats had me rolling: On Monday on FOX News Dino Rossi was caught trying to trick Washington’s voters. You may have heard that Rossi and 27 other Republican candidates in our state will not …

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Jun 24 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. For once, Happy Hour is truly happy. Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) released the following statement today in response to the announcement that the Senate this week will consider the compromise legislation that would reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA): This is a deeply flawed …

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