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I miss you President Bartlett

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Dowd has a conversation between Obama and Bartlett, written by the master himself.


Some Palin secrecy stuffs

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From a NYtimes article about Palin's Bush-like secrecy/loyalty preference:

Interviews show that Ms. Palin runs an administration that puts a premium on loyalty and secrecy. The governor and her top officials sometimes use personal e-mail accounts for state business; dozens of e-mail messages obtained by The New York Times show that her staff members studied whether that could allow them to circumvent subpoenas seeking public records.

Rick Steiner, a University of Alaska professor, sought the e-mail messages of state scientists who had examined the effect of global warming on polar bears. (Ms. Palin said the scientists had found no ill effects, and she has sued the federal government to block the listing of the bears as endangered.) An administration official told Mr. Steiner that his request would cost $468,784 to process.

When Mr. Steiner finally obtained the e-mail messages — through a federal records request — he discovered that state scientists had in fact agreed that the bears were in danger, records show.

NUTS! Sounds like someone we want in charge! Oh wait, that's who we already have in charge. If you have time you should read this whole article, paints a scarier picture than you might already have in your head of a Sarah Palin administration. As if it wasn't scary enough already eh?

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Funny Friedman

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From today's Friedman op-ed:

Who cares how much steel John McCain has in his gut when the steel that today holds up our bridges, railroads, nuclear reactors and other infrastructure is rusting? McCain talks about how he would build dozens of nuclear power plants. Oh, really? They go for $10 billion a pop. Where is the money going to come from? From lowering taxes? From banning abortions? From borrowing more from China? From having Sarah Palin “reform” Washington — as if she has any more clue how to do that than the first 100 names in the D.C. phonebook?

emphasis mine. Funny.

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New Male Birth Control

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Kind of a crazy thing at that, it's something that could be turned on and off literally at the flick of a switch. How strange is that eh? Via Yahoo EcoGeek.


My girlfriend is on Salon’s Broadsheet today

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I started reading Broadsheet on salon randomly after clicking on the wrong link looking for Glenn Greenwald one day and I like it. I had to mention it today because my honest to goodness real life girlfriend in real life (irl) has a little interview thing on it today. I haven't gotten to hear it yet because I'm at work and my options here are limited and crappy, but I'm sure she's wonderful as always. GO CHECK HER OUT!

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and now for something completely different…

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5 points to Amandagon(and of course Glenn Greenwald)

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Very insightful paragraph! I'm not sure if it's from Glenn Greenwald's book more or from Amanda Marcotte, but either way, 5 points to Amandagon! This paragraph is from the middle of her review of Glenn Greenwald's new book Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics

Where do women fit into all this? Well, that’s an interesting question that Greenwald tackles in his section on how conservatives tout themselves as big family men with happy housewives, as opposed to those decadent liberals with our liberated women and sexifying ways. He then carefully details hows these “family men” are all too often wife-traders who alienate their own children (current nominee of the Republican party John McCain went years without his children from his first marriage speaking to him, they were so angry about the way he dumped his first wife to get a prettier, younger, richer model that fit his political aspirations more), adulterers, johns, and even closeted homosexuals. Greenwald notes that the Republicans coddled their own who stomp all over the women and children in their lives, but are willing to cut the strings on the outed gays, but to my mind this demonstrates a consistency that will always resonate with the anxious masculinity voters. Basically, the more adulteries and trophy wives, the more the gun humpers are going to think of these politicians as “family values” sorts, because “family values” is a code word for “male dominance”, or really, the patriarchy, because as the oppression of gay men shows, only certain kinds of men get to dominate. That John McCain talks about family values after trading his old wife for a younger, richer model is hypocrisy, true, but it’s also probably just going to make the sexists like him more. Still, they are wild hypocrites—after all, the official argument for the patriarchy is that it serves women’s interests to be second class, because we get male protection. The behavior of prominent conservatives shows how much a lie that really is.


New Lying AG, Same as Old Lying AG

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Glenn Greenwald explains why new rationales being presented by the attorney general for warrantless wiretapping and telecom immunity are plainly lies.

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I couldn't figure out why Pharyngula was so good natured about being kicked out of an event based on no legal reasoning. Then I got to the end. So funny.


Twisted Baloons Fashion

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Balloon Fashion!