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Power of the Church: Rule and Ruin Lives


So the Mormon church poured tons of money into passing Prop 8 in California. Turns out the Catholic church issued orders to parish priests: instruct your parishioners to vote yes on 8. One didn't. Read below the fold...

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Following Tragedy and Action: War Vet Freezes to Death in Home, Dems Hold Hearings

For once, I don't actually mean this title to be all that snarky. The man is dead, nothing can change that now. Hearings can be a first step to prevent future, similar deaths. The point I'd make is that there's something deeply wrong with allowing power companies to shut off people's homes in the dead of winter. Read below the fold...

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Dodd and Larson Get an Earful on Healthcare

Via Mark Pazniokas of the Hartford Courant, 675 angry and frustrated people showed up to this healthcare forum at Goodwin College:

On the first day of a listening tour on health care, an issue pivotal to the new Congress and his own re-election, U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd got an earful Friday.

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Stupid, Cowardly, Incompetent or Lying? or: Being a Democrat isn't Really So Hard

So my job is the push the new administration "from the left," if my blogging can said to have a constructive purpose. It's always fun to read more popular bloggers when they get snarky and angry in the way I'm prone to be most of the time, as I review the proposals and behaviors of the new administration. No one here is shocked by the already numerous "disappointments" from the administration, but I do wonder how long the majority in this country is going to keep giving Obama high approval ratings. Read below the fold...

Life's a blank at the NRCC


Again, just saying.

NOTE Via Avedon. Read below the fold...

If you were really paranoid and cynical...

... you might think CK was never serious about running in the first place. I mean, she sure didn't act like she was.

Gawd, kittens chickens suck. Why don't we tase them?

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Then again, hope but verify. Read below the fold...

So, if the banks can "claw back" bonuses, why can't we? After all, we own the banks!


About 79 percent of Wall Street employees responding to an online poll this month said they received a bonus for 2008, more than the 66 percent who expected to get a reward in October, according to eFinancialCareers.Com.

Always nice to see expectations exceeded. Mine sure have been. Read below the fold...

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H.R. 676 Featured In February's Harper's Magazine

A Rep. John Conyers press release:

H.R. 676 is featured in February Issue of Harper’s Magazine

For Immediate Release
Contact: Karen Morgan

Luke Mitchell of Harper’s Magazine Mentions H.R. 676 in February Issue

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Gawd, DC, get over yourself


D.C. Snow Could Be Significant
First major snow of season threatens D.C. area commutes, could deliver one to four inches.

One to four inches!! Mercy!

Although I do remember taking 3 hours to get from Crystal City to Alexandria by Metrobus because there was ice on the roads... Read below the fold...


+10 for Obama, giving his first TV interview to an Arab* network. As always, hope but verify, so we'll wait for a transcript, but the optics are very, very good.

NOTE * Saudi-owned, Dubai-based Al-Arabiya.

NOTE I mean, we wouldn't want this to be a "head fake" the wrong way, would we? Read below the fold...

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Citigroup gets some SERIOUS frequent flyer miles.


All industries are equal, but some industries are more equal than others:

WASHINGTON – Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan is beside himself over a report that Citigroup is buying a $50-million corporate jet considering that when the heads of Detroit’s automakers came to Washington in private jets to ask for aid they got blasted for it.

The federal government, after all, is into Citigroup for $50 billion under its package to rescue financial firms. Eventually — thanks to President George W. Bush — General Motors and Chrysler got a line on $17.4 billion, but only after agreeing to give up their corporate jets. (Chrysler didn’t own one, but now doesn’t even charter or lease one.)

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Congressman Conyers to Rove: It's not me, it's you.

They say that elephants never forget; well, it seems that donkeys don't either:

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) subpoenaed former White House senior adviser Karl Rove, a sign that Democrats are not letting go of investigations the Bush administration stonewalled.

The subpoena requires Rove to testify regarding his role in the Bush administration’s politicization of the Justice Department, including the firings of nine U.S. attorneys and the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.

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War Hawk Says What? Bebe's Back.

It seems that the war-mongering, right-winger Bebe Netanyahu, yes, that Bebe Netanyahu, Israel's former prime minister, is leading in the polls, meaning he has much more than a passing shot at getting back the seat:

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Hawkish former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the clear favourite to become Israel's next premier after February 10 elections, according to an opinion poll published on Monday.

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