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Monthly Archive: August 2008

Aug 31 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. How soon he forgets: When asked to judge the Bush administration this morning during an interview with Fox News’s Chris Wallace, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said “history will judge that” but then immediately began making an attempt to distance himself from President Bush. One area of “disagreement” McCain cited …

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Aug 31 2008

Sunday Sensational Science

Tangled Banks Ravenna Park, Seattle, WA “It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent …

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Aug 31 2008

The Most Dangerous Politician Ever

No, it’s not McCain. Or Palin. ‘Tis Obama, and he’s dangerous because of a speech. Obama’s acceptance speech Thursday night was indeed phenomenal, but I hadn’t thought of it as dangerous until I read Kevin Drum’s take: Tonight Obama made a start on a campaign that’s based not just on talking points (though there will …

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Aug 30 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. Yes, Happy Hour’s late today. I’ve had to wade through ten metric tons of Sara Palin bullshit to get to the actual news. I’d hoped the shine would’ve worn off by now, but no such luck. She’s a fucking disaster. She’s a cynical political ploy. She’s a shiny object …

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Aug 30 2008

Carnival of the Elitist Bastards IV

The fourth sailing of the HMS Elitist Bastard is now underway with the incomparable Captain Blake Stacey at the helm. I’m not going to give away what he’s done. Just go. Read. Admire!

Aug 30 2008

Ames Takes Down Palin

I don’t know how he does it. Full-time job, beautifully-written and reasoned blog, and now: attack ads. This is exactly the kind of ad I’ve been hoping the Dems will run: a sledgehammer to the nads using nothing but the truth. And a good dose of snark. Ames and his girlfriend Andrea put the professionals …

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Aug 30 2008

POW Week Concludes

My darlings, you’ve stuck with me through a solid week of harping on Johnny “Don’t Blame Me – I was a POW!” McCain’s fuckery. By now, we should all be heartily sick of his bleating. Of course, t’ain’t hardly over – there’s a long election season ahead, and plenty of opportunities for Johnny to pull …

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Aug 30 2008

“Into the Valley of Death Rode the” 600th Post

I’ll take “Excuses to Yammer about Tennyson” for $1000, Alex. Alfred, Lord Tennyson was one of my favorite poets growing up. I got introduced to him, no shit, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Pioneers on the American prairie read England’s Poet Laureate. How awesome is that? Until I branched out and really got addicted to ancient …

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Aug 29 2008

May My Books Burn

I’m usually mightily offended when ignorant fuckwits burn books. The world has lost countless irreplacable manuscripts because some rabid religious freaks got it into their heads that either some or all books are intolerably wicked and must suffer the same fate as witches, heretics, and scientists. It makes me sick when I think of Christians …

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Aug 29 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. God to Republicons: “You kids get the hell off my lawn!” The Washington Post is reporting this morning that the Republicans are considering delaying the start of their convention because of Tropical Storm Gustav, which is expected to become a hurricane before making landfall on Tuesday. The White House …

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