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Streaming footage of the canvassing board

This is awesome. Truly amazing to listen to.

UPDATE: Observe how they handle the votes on these. It's really quite a remarkable example of how "motion-second-discussion-vote" can work as the mechanism of considering the actions of a board or voting organization. It moves the whole process into a realm of strictly business and dispassionate professionalism, rather than every position ("aye in favor" or "aye opposed") being reached at some great personal cost by the person taking it or a person feeling like they put something at grave risk by taking a position. It's very illuminating.

It's something that some of you out there know I'm very hyper about (yes, you) and this is a great example of how moving something for consideration and then deliberating on it can be done quickly and without fear of harm to the person placing it nor the persons taking a stance in favor or opposed. Ritchie moves these things, and then if they are rejected, he puts out a different motion. No harm no foul. You can conduct your business just like this, perhaps at a smaller scale during your business session (i.e. not considering 1600 pieces of business at your average meeting!)

My only tickytack concern is I can't hear the seconds all the time. I assume they must have either a house rule/suspension of the rules in place; that or whoever seconds those motions is doing so away from a mic.
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Go take a look at the map at the Strib. Do you see it? The cities, the suburbs, the out state areas? Seven words for Minnesota Republicans:

Before you die, you see the ring.
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I only know one person who goes by the moniker "bitwise" and so do you. So imagine my delight to see his name mentioned on the belle of the ball site-of-the-moment fivethirtyeight.com! His dailykos diary has been noticed by everybody's new best friend Nate Silver.

I mean, come on. Math, graphs, Minnesota? This is totally the same bitwise. Now we can say knew him when! (and by when I mean, "when we enjoyed playing puzzle games with him on the mean streets of the twin cities")
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"Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!" April, 1968

I'm... a ...
a terrorist
a foreigner


ghost written
tax raisin
job stealin
fist bumpin

community organizer
senator and
hope monger

law professor
a harvard grad

tall man
puppy owner
resident of Grant Park and



(original cast recording) )
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Subject says it all.

That's it.

There's no other detail needed, except I'll include a link (or two). But really. It just comes down to that simple fact:

Sarah. Palin. Doesn't. Understand. How. the First Amendment. Works.

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Last night's Daily show had some very good natured skewering of Obama "trying to become the president of television." And then right at the end of the segment two completely hilarious bits --muppets for one; and then a fake ad featuring McCain. In a season of great real and fake ads,behind the cut is one of my favorites: )

Also, this hilarious/scary article (scarelarious? scalarious?) yes, scalarious article about Obama X, and his Hypnotic Powers.
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blue glow

Oct. 29th, 2008 02:48 pm
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Obama homeYou been to the Obama website lately? I love that fucking site. It's so pretty, and it's got some amazing shit. I was able to download lists of people to call on the phone, and either print them or sit there in front of the computer and make calls to potential voters (Minnesota nice my fat white ass, you rude motherfuckers!) It's really an impressive website and the overall design aesthetic of Obama's print and online collateral is just astounding. It's the total package. They really have the whole thing nailed through and through, aesthetically.

McCain homeHow about John McCain's site? Holy shit! It's the same site! I blinked hard a few times and couldn't believe it! If you proceed to the main site you can see, the header is a direct reference to Obama's. It's really shocking to see how much the tone is being set by the Obama campaign in every aspect of this race and the impact he's having on the culture (it's still pretty bad out there but Bush has been talking to Iran, there's a timetable being negotiated in Iraq, and I hear they're even discussing whether Camp XRay needs to continue...)

Just to confirm how dramatic the impact of Obama's site is on McCain's, I went to the wayback machine.

McCain in January 2008
McCain in April 2007

For comparison, here's Obama in June of 2007 (quite different, more white in but the O is still there)

and here's Obama in September 2007 where they'd begun the move to the blue-glow background for their stage. I'm just trying to establish the timeline that clearly their campaign led the way in that particular look.

And obviously, it's not the same, but the advantage is manifestly Obama's, who is setting the tone first.
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So Hustler's made this porno "satire" called Who's Nailin Paylin, right? It stars Lisa Ann as a version of the Governor of Alaska. You can find the first tame minute or so preview of the video online. Here's my problem with it though:

Nailin Paylin

That gal doesn't much look like Sarah Palin, obviously. But I'm concerned that she does look a little like Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-MN. And that's just not good.

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Present day parallels with The Long Depression

"Mortgages were easier to obtain than before, and a building boom commenced. Land values seemed to climb and climb; borrowers ravenously assumed more and more credit, using unbuilt or half-built houses as collateral. The most marvelous spots for sightseers in [Vienna, Paris and Berlin] today are the magisterial buildings erected in the so-called founder period."

"International competitor who drastically undersold them (...) produce from farmers in the American Midwest."

"Europeans faced what they came to call the American Commercial Invasion. A new industrial superpower had arrived, one whose low costs threatened European trade and a European way of life."

"As continental banks tumbled, British banks held back their capital, unsure of which institutions were most involved in the mortgage crisis. The cost to borrow money from another bank — the interbank lending rate — reached impossibly high rates."

"Railroad companies tumbled first. They had crafted complex financial instruments that promised a fixed return, though few understood the underlying object that was guaranteed to investors in case of default. (Answer: nothing)."

"Carnegie and Rockefeller bought out their competitors at fire-sale prices. The Gilded Age in the United States, as far as industrial concentration was concerned, had begun."

"The terms "tramp" and "bum," both indirect references to former soldiers, became commonplace American terms. Relief rolls exploded in major cities"

"Many political analysts blamed the crisis on a combination of foreign banks and Jews. (...) [In Russia and Ukraine heartland] communities large and small had found a scapegoat: aliens in their own midst."

The Legacy

Sep. 25th, 2008 02:27 pm
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"Finding a vein on a failure junky." I have nothing to say about this except right now it just feels so chillingly true :


Sep. 25th, 2008 12:33 pm
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The Nation has an interesting article on Ahmadinejad lecturing at some peace movement people yesterday. I especially like it because there's a typo. I'm sure they'll pull the typo soon, but I'm pasting it here:
In his preliminary speech, Ahmadinejad adopted the role of gentle, lecturing professor. Dressed in a gray jacket and off-shite shirt with an open collar, wearing glasses and sporting his trademark, unshaven look, the Iranian president also drifted from professor-like to cleric-like.

Heh. "off-shite." heh heh. S & W are pretty close on the keyboard. But still, I can't wait until I see someone in an off-shite shirt for real sometime, so I can say it out loud. . .
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Since I am as old as John McCain nowdays, I fall asleep in my chair by 1015. So I missed Letterman. But here's is a wonderful clip of Letterman letting loose. Let's shred this fake politics b.s. once and for all. No law in the arena!

**Edit: Also run, don't walk, over to Glenn Greenwald on the subject of Sarah Palin's interviews with Katie Couric. Glenn's keyboard isn't a poison pen, it's tipped with acid and he's been on a run of very intense writing lately:
One of two things is absolutely clear at this point: she is either (a) completely ignorant about the most basic political issues -- a vacant, ill-informed, incurious know-nothing, or (b) aggressively concealing her actual beliefs about these matters because she's petrified of deviating from the simple-minded campaign talking points she's been fed and/or because her actual beliefs are so politically unpalatable, even when taking into account the right-wing extremism that is permitted, even rewarded, in our mainstream. I'm not really sure which is worse, but it doesn't really matter, because with 40 days left before the election, both options are heinous.
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If you support Hillary Clinton so hard, maybe you should listen to her when she says "Let's get Barack Obama elected President." Or when she says it again.

And again.

And again.

Support might, just might, include standing with the decisions of the person you support. Sometimes.

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"I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and swiftboat politics"

we must say "enough!"

If only

Sep. 10th, 2008 12:45 pm
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Obama said you can put lipstick on a pig and it's still a pig. Now the right thinks he called Sarah Palin a pig. She basically called herself a pitbull with lipstick. As they say "you opened the door, counselor."

Hey, listen, these metaphors are AWESOME.

You know, I wish he HAD called her a pig because that's how she behaves. Sarah Palin and John McCain ARE pigs: post-Bush neocon pigs. Put lipstick on em both, they are piggishly prepared to devour a nation. You can fight them, but you gotta get involved. Get on the ground. Get the vote out. Help, please help, democracy is drowning and the referees have been bought and paid for, the press is neutered, castrated, subservient or even actively engaged in suppressing real democracy. You can fight.
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That was my first thought. My second was I had to pass along what she sent me this morning:

“[M]aybe someone needs to remind Sarah Palin that Jesus Christ was a community organizer and Pontius Pilate was a governor.”

Tru dat.

Course it also might mean that they plan to crucify Obama. Dang.
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The internets are furiously busy forwarding some stuff and of course I've got the "fuck all this email bullshit" bug. So here's some more in that vein. You might have seen or know someone who forwarded the "Terry Anderson, Black LA Talk Radio host listed the following "Not Exactlys" regarding many of Obama's claims..." email. I love that email because it's so perniciously sleazy!

Some ammo for your rebuttals )
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This is just a short note to my friends. The number one—and I mean it seems like, it's the most used phrase by far—the most used post topic or sentence starter I have seen on my friends page today is some variation on "I'm not usually very political here but..."

Most of you know that I'm very political here. And this week has been me ratcheting it up till maybe you're sick. So I just wanted to say something to you people who are not usually very political.

They did this to you. They did it to all of us. We're all in this boat together, because they chewed up our civic life and shat it out over the last 40 years (not just eight, forty). Now is the time. We cannot survive as a people, possibly as a human race, unless you, reluctant though you may be, become engaged. Now is the time to be engaged. Now is the time to rage back. Now. I'm sorry, I'm sorry you're sick of it. I'm sorry I'm so angry. We are running out of time.

We are only dimly aware of the great foreboding that any day now the weather and the climate will reach their tipping point. Or that someone will decide to force a decisively terminal conflict among nations, using atomic weapons. Or that any day now the boot of oppression will finally be lowered.

But before those things happen, it is just as likely that this nation will enter an economic depression. Not a recession. Not a downturn. A real depression. If and when that happens, if we do not engage the principalities and powers that are present in our world now, when that happens we will be cast out into a clawing howling madness. If we, including you who are not "all that political" do not engage, no one will apologize. No one will create a works progress administration or a conservation corps. No one will medicate our children or heal our broken old parents. No one will build the bread lines this time. If we are not engaged, we will be devoured. By ourselves. Now is the time. Not a moment too soon.
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I see a lot of emails these days about how pernicious Barack Obama is. That's the main line of personal attack and I'm weary of it. So here's something you can stick in an email and send around to all your conservative so called friends. These friends of yours don't give a SHIT about this country. They don't care AT ALL. They have no regard for the truth even though they claim to. So give em a taste of the piles and piles of manure they've been forcefuckingfeeding us for almost forty years.

Yeah? YEAH?? Forward this to your so called friends. I'm so sick of the lies and disgusting shamelessness of people who are pampered and upheld by the oil elites, and who give money by the fistful to men who already have 95% of the wealth in this world, who lie and send young men and women to die to add a few percentage points to their bottom line. They can dish it out, and most of it is exaggerations or outright lies. Can they take it? Can they take the TRUTH? Let's find out...

feel free to copy and paste into emails next time you get one of those fucking junkpiles of lies. it'll make you feel dirty. in a <em>good</em> way. )
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From the guy who brought you "how to tell people they sound racist," this is an awesome defense of community organizers: Hater's ball.
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When I see the words Sarah Palin I keep transposing letters and I keep seeing Sarah Stalin. I'm not trying to, I just do.

This is the narrative: small town people are GOOD; we need not explain the implication.

When does the proposal start? We want Levi! We want Levi!

Or she's going to Washington to meet that lobbyist she paid to bring all that pork to Wasilla...
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photo by Charles Dharapak

This is Levi Johnston. This is John McCain. Levi John. John Levi. You ready to mary this gal Levi? Well, she's knocked up ain't she? God bless America.

Below is a fairly enduring image for me right now, that of Rage Against the Machine's two main forces standing and performing a capella in St. Paul.

Especially Tom Morello saying "I suspect some of the police may even be fans of RATM... and come from working class backgrounds... like we do and you do... and have more in common with this band and you people than with the people at the RNC...and one day very soon..."

And the shift to "some of those that burn crosses are the ones that hold office" was a grand lyrical stroke of insight.

right on!

Sep. 2nd, 2008 09:55 am
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I guess this week's theme is celebrating the Grand Old Phascists and the fun damage they're doing to our culture! Yay!

First up: Your tax dollars are paying the Department of Defense to train Nazis how to make bombs and be good soldiers! The last two Republican Secretaries of Defense don't give a shit!

As a result of my thesis research I speculated that Dominionists may be on the downswing. I might be wrong! A new extremely radical group of ...uh, fellow brothers in Christ?... are recruiting for an end time army. How scary are they? The main critics of Joel's Army are right wing evangelical Christians who think they're, you know, too spoooky. more

Plan B is hard to get. Tragicomically so!

Have a great convention!


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