Just throwing that out there as a name for whatever the heck it is that we are.
"Netroots" doesn't make it, since that implies that our bonds are technical.
"Fighting Dems" doesn't do it, because that's tactical.
I like "new model" because it implies, oh, that we've come up with a New New Deal.
She says the darndest things
Such happiness she brings
If only she could sing
I'd be in love
Always in a cocktail dress
What's beneath is anyone's guess
I really have to confess
I am in love Read below the fold...
Now I know why port security isn't happening. It's not just 'cause the port cities are blue, so Bush doesn't give a fuck--and the base wants them cleansed with the fire from heaven anyhow, 'cause that's where teh gay moved to get away from them--corporations like WalMart don't want it either. The New Yorker: Read below the fold...
Great story in the LA Times today. A grad student does a routine job of research, gets a tiny little mention in a major science publication. But--shock! Awe!--his results make the Big Wood industry look bad, so they try to suppress even that little bitty article. Bright fucking move guys--the story is now all over the place:
after his research appeared in the online version of the journal Science in January, the Oregon State University graduate student began to feel like a lightning rod. A federal agency briefly yanked funding for his project, irate politicians and timber interests e-mailed Donato's dean to complain, congressmen grilled him, and professors at his own university tried unsuccessfully to keep the paper from being published in the print edition of Science.
Why, fer chrissakes? What could this paper have shown that they were so desperate to suppress? And why right now? Yeah, you guessed it...
His principal finding â€” that post-fire logging hindered forest regrowth â€” was hardly revolutionary. But the study, with Donato as lead author, was published just as Congress was considering legislation to make it easier for timber companies to undertake salvage logging of dead trees after fires on federal land. That bill, backed by the Bush administration and recently passed by the House, is based on an underlying assumption that burned forests recover more quickly if they are logged and then replanted. Read below the fold...
[So much catchier than "net neutrality." Besides, Gleichschaltung is a word everybody should know.]
Of course, the Pravda on the Potomac has cable interests. And poor Lil Debbie and Jim "***" Brady got beat up pretty bad by bloggers... So you'd expect these guys to want the Internet to [cough] work like cable does. From today's editorial pages: Read below the fold...
I rather like that. I wonder if it will propagate?
Among "uncivil" people and peasants with pitchforks, that is.
Because, forgetting about trangressing the unwritten law for a moment, that the Bush administration is a tyranny as the Founders understood that word is nothing more nor less than the truth.
UPDATE Maybe it needs an umlaut: Der Dëcider. Readers? Read below the fold...
so there's this thing about Americans and politicians. they aren't just "leaders" and "legislators," they are also the transforming and formed figures know as "celebrities." and with that title comes many things. including entourages, sycophants, followers, critics, wannabes and admirers. politicians are like little traveling circuses with a certain kind of macabre bent. all the interesting people are on exhibit. Read below the fold...
No, not the hundreds of suicide attempts. It's worse than that. Constitutional crisis, anyone?
[T]he tribunals are under the scrutiny of the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to rule on their legitimacy by the end of the month.
Rear Adm. Harry Harris, the commander of the prison, has said the detention facility will remain in operation whatever the high court rules, as long as there is a need to prevent captives deemed to be hardened holy warriors from engaging U.S. forces on the battlefields of Iraq or Afghanistan.Read below the fold...
Constitutional crisis, anyone?
U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor was to hear the case brought by the ACLU against the National Security Agency.
Taylor said she would first hear arguments on the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment, despite the government's [sic] assertion that no court can consider the issues.Read below the fold...
That's my translations of this ridiculous just-after-the-first-midterms dog and Iraqi show El Decider is holding at Camp David:
Casey described a "great shift" in responsibility from U.S. forces to the Iraqis over the past year. He said more Iraqis are taking the lead in the fight, although that does not mean they can operate without support such as logistics [Halliburton], intelligence and medical evacuations.Read below the fold...
Via WaPo, Kos:
The media elite has failed us," Kos says. "The political elite has failed us. Both parties. Republicans failed us because they can't govern. Democrats failed us because they can't get elected.