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Yep. Yr take on the Lopes tackle/thespian routine is exactly the way it looked to me (prior to hearing, here, that CP got a broken leg). What a jerk.
it's funny. I wondered, as I watched Bornstein getting torched time and again, and watched the pitiful hole his presence so obviously created in the defense...I wondered whether the apologists could possibly mount a defense once again about how serviceable this overmatched loser is, and how naive it is to point out that that bornstein fellow just isnt passable at this level. clearly, the 'leave jonny bornstein aloooooone' crowd remains alive and well. Bunch of dummies.
Good stuff. Grampy Dan the Holy Man's trying to play like he's a poor ol' Andy Griffith figure getting picked on by a sleazy politician....when the truth is nothing could get a person slimier than three decades of Tallahassee's dirty back room deals.
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I'm pretty drastically underwhelmed by Sink. He'd have my attention, and if he makes a progressive case, he have my vote.
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I'm pretty drastically underwhelmed by Sink. He'd have my attention, and if he makes a progressive case, he have my vote.
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How'boutcha, Bud Chiles? How can you not hate a political party of a state w/ 18 or so million souls being unable to do any better than Meek and Sink? A child of parochial political privilege (who seems to be in this race as some resume building exercise more than as a real candidate), and a robotic technocrat/career corporate bankster, complete with her own lame, nepotistic bona fides. The best thing this state's politics has going for it is an active and progressive voter referenda culture, (and, just to go the 'full-Quixote,' a hope that through the ballot initiative, and on the heels of Fair Districts and Amendment 4's successes, we could push 'instant runoff' or some similar third party electoral reform?). Meh. Like I said, How'boutcha Bud Chiles?
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Can't help but notice on GovTracker that Senator Sessions has chosen not to cosponsor the Grayson/Paul 'audit the Fed' bill in it's upper-house version. Shill.
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Mike Thomas 'has teardrops' today, as my daughter would put it. The great one weeps to think civil liberties might be claimed as a figleaf-rationale for fellow-taxpaying, 'enquiring-minded' sociopaths to exercise their god-given 'Merkan right to jerk off to Sea World footage of the unfortunate trainer who recently died. This unlucky gambler, Dawn Brancheau, got her ticket punched when the park's 12,000 lb. 'pet' bull whale apparently mistook her for--or just vengefully used her as--a ragdoll. I agree with Thomas, but would hasten to register a 'fuck you too, buddy' caveat, at the same time. Freedom-of-info as deathporn is tacky... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 10, 2010 at doorworker's blog
Mike Thomas today in the Sentinel, in a piece on the why Charlie Christ should run, Joe Lieberman-style, as an independent, since everybody hates him in his own (lunatic-captured) party: "People are getting sick of the two-party system. They hate the failure of Democrats and Republicans to work together..." Standard-issue, data-free Mike Thomas blabber. Leave completely aside the fallacy here suggesting that popular frustration with politics is focused on PROCESS (failure of partisans "to work together") moreso than RESULTS (failure per se). There's a critical, related question MT passes on altogether, and it's this: Are the at-large voters' grasp of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2010 at doorworker's blog
Here's hoping the attack dogs can pull something out, because the blue team candidate sure can't. They should, and I suspect would, be hitting McFlanders across the christopath jaw with his neck-deep banking ties and water-carrying. But they can't, because some idiots in the party figured a former corporate bank exec would be a really neat choice to run for gubernatorial candidate. In the midst of a bank-driven economic/social catastrophe.
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Orlando Sentinel: "The Republican Governors Association has put together a 15-second ad blasting Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Alex Sink as a job-killer, harking back to her days as Florida’s top executive for Bank of America when the company was shedding thousands of jobs here..." Wondering since the very start, which brain trust of Democratic insiders figured a millionaire banking executive would be a nifty candidate to run….amidst the smoldering wreckage of a global banking crisis. I wouldn't vote for McCollum if you paid me, but that's because I know what's what, that this woman was a garden variety, 'profits-uber-alles' technocrat, while... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2010 at doorworker's blog
@Long Knives - Here's hoping yr right, brother. You gotta wonder if all this isn't too 'inside baseball' for Joe/Jane low-information-voter, though. I worry that a much more easily packaged message might be "Alex Sink, Corporate Banker". That would be a perverse way for things to play out, but I do think it's toweringly stupid for the party to have run a candidate, in THIS election cycle, with that for a resume. The GOP aren't the only ones who need to take a long look at who's pulling the levers behind the party curtain. For my money, this kind of thing is what gets at the root of the problem, in both parties' cases: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTxsCKCF3Rk
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Looks like a sleep-deprived "dark period" going on all over Rubio's face here. Get that man a cup of coffee!
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No kidding, Turtle. Politifact is a useful and innovative resource, but anyone who reads it quickly finds that the devil's in the details and sometimes the Politifact "scoring" can mislead. Never read one that was more hinky than this one. Second-worst, not not completely dead last, depending on what the meaning of "Southeast" is. Or isn't. Or something. Anyway, Scharockman's typed in three asterisks so apparently that means something.
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In the course of his usual wanking, today including some mancruching on the thuggish charms of Bill O'Reilly, Mike Thomas makes the ridiculous comment that “Progressives should be dismayed that their most eloquent and sensible spokesman is a comedian…” Come again? - Alexa.com is a site that ranks website traffic…as such, it offers a good rough measure of who ACTUAL progressives turn to, at least for their online political content (dailyshow: 1662nd most visited site overall in the US; Huffington Post is #36). So, looking at the specifically politics-oriented rankings, at #2 we find the excellent Glenn Greenwald as the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2010 at doorworker's blog
It takes a very very rare kind of brilliance to pick a career banker to run for Governor, as the economy craters, overwhelmingly as a consequence of the "vampire squid" venality of...bankers. Struck me that way when first I heard of the Sink candidacy, and it's an impression that only deepens with time. In the Orlando Sentinel yesterday a GOP flack was quoted trying to draw an equivalence btw Grayson and the Coakley woman in MA. Alan Grayson stands to retain his seat precisely because he is so UNlike Coakley: in the primary, he ran against the Dem poohbahs' middling pick for the district 8 seat. And won. It's Florida progressives, not the teabagger wingnuts, who by all rights should be making third party noises.
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Holy mackerel, does Buchanan need to have a cup of STFU. Absurd to read THIS joker spouting off about 'arrogance' and chang[ing] the way we do business" and the importance of "includ[ing] the...people". Never forget this guy came into his office by way of ballot rigging and reactionary judges. How very 'Dubya-esque'. To believe his election was legit, you have to swallow as plausible that more folks cast votes for a local hospital board than for the congressional race.
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Ol' Bill Young: yet another GOP gummint-hater...who's spent his whole life drawing paychecks from the gummint. Young's website bio doesn't even mention what it was he "did" for a living before tucking into his 50 years in political office (wiki says it was the Natl Guard...more gummint paychecks). "Gummint can't run everything," but C. Dubya sure has had a long, cozy ride in it's 'smothering embrace'.
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@ splat -- I think yr dead right, as far as confused anti-democrats (small-d) walking among us...and I think the even more pitiful card-check polling #'s highlight it even more. The rejection of the sort of "workplace democracy" that the US middle class -- and unionism itself -- desperately needs a big infusion of, that rejection shows a real lack of interest and lack of faith in taking responsibility for ones community at the citizen level. Real shame. FWIW, I think you can see folks on the right waking up to and owning their anti-democratic POV. you hear it in this "we're a republic, not a democracy" routine, just as you see it in the national out-of-power GOP essentially having closed up shop as a policymaking entity. And a Tea Party base playing w/ their dimwit counter-revolutionism. In the midst of major crisis (not a little of their making), the GOP "Goes Galt". If they can't be in charge, they're not playing, and so the Dems are killers and communists, and gummint shutdown takes the place of politics, and their voodoo economics that crashed the economy is the same medicine that'll make us well just you wait and see tax cuts uber alles Reagan Hallelujah Amen.
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"Thank a lobbyist"? Suuuure. 'Cause lobbyists are just ordinary 'Merkins, who organize letter-writing campaigns. Of course they are. That's all, say, Barney Bishop does for the AIF. Scribbles letters.
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Just 'cause i've come this excellent proposal, and still have this window open: http://robertreich.blogspot.com/2009/11/open-letter-to-harry-reid.html An Open Letter to Harry Reid on Controlling Health Care Costs [aka, "Shills Like Boyd Are Relevant Only So Long as the Crisis-Embroiled Leadership Pretends They Are"] "Dear Senator, I know you're in a tough spot. It would be bad enough if you only had to get Ben Nelson, Evan Bayh, Mary Landrieu, and Blanche Lincoln on board, but anyone who has to kiss Joe Lieberman's derriere deserves a congressional medal of honor. But Harry, you really need to take on future health-care costs. The House bill fails to do this. The public option in the House bill is open only to people without employer-provided health insurance. That will be too small a number to have bargaining clout to get good deals from drug companies and medical providers. And it will mainly attract people who have more expensive medical needs, which is why the Congressional Budget Office decided it would cost more than it would save. You also know a public insurance option that's open to everyone would cut future health costs dramatically by imposing real competition on private for-profit insurance plans. That's why the private insurers hate the idea. Even if states were allowed to opt out of this robust public option, the big states would almost certainly opt in, giving it the scale needed to negotiate great deals from drug companies and medical providers. This would put pressure on any state that opted out because their citizens would soon discover they're paying far more. In addition to the House's weak public option, the deals the White House and Max Baucus made with the drug companies and the AMA will force Americans to pay even more. If, on the other hand, Medicare were allowed to negotiate lower drug prices, biotech drugs weren't granted a twelve-years monopoly, and doctors had to accept Medicare reimbursements in line with legislation enacted years ago, Americans would save billions. You know all this but you're also trying to get 60 votes in order get any bill to the floor. You have my sympathies, but unless you get these reforms into the final Senate bill you're not really helping most Americans afford future health care. So what do you do? First, try for the "reconciliation" process, which requires only 51 votes. Every one of the reforms I mention above would fit under the Byrd rule. If that doesn't work, wrap these reforms together -- a public option open to everyone (allow states to opt out of this if they dare), Medicare-negotiated drug benefits, no 12-year monopoly for new drugs, and a major squeeze on Medicare reimbursements for doctors -- and have CBO score the savings. I guarantee you, the number will be large. Then you should dare anyone, Democrat or Republican, to vote against saving Americans so much money in years ahead. How is Ben Nelson going to face voters in Nebraska who would have to pay, say, 20 percent more for health care in the future if Nelson refuses to go along? If neither of these tactics work, then take whatever bill you must to the Senate floor. But then introduce this reform package as the very first amendment to the bill. Call it the "Ted Kennedy Amendment for Helping Middle Class Families Afford Health Care," and whip the hell out of the Democrats. Get the President to help you. Surely Joe Biden will. If you can't get 51 votes out of Dems for this, publish the list of Dems who vote against it, strip them of their committee chairs or sub-chairs, and make sure the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee gives them zilch when they're up for re-election. Nobody promised you this would be easy, Harry. But, hell, why are you there, anyway? Your responsibility isn't just to pass whatever will muster 60 votes and that the President and Dems can later call "health care reform." It's to do the right thing by the American people and bring down future health-care costs. Don't cave in to Lieberman or Nelson or the drug companies or the private insurers or the AMA or anyone else. Lead the charge. All best."
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Boyd says he insists on: "patient choice, increased access; deficit neutrality; and that responsible healthcare reform must reduce the rising cost of healthcare services"? Barring a secret fifth insistance on putting his thumb down on the scales in favor of the private insurers, it sounds like this Rep from the Redneck Riviera is clearly a SINGLE PAYER supporter. http://pnhp.org/blog/2009/11/13/a-conservative-republican-sees-the-light/ It's more than safe to assume the secret fifth criterion applies.
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Primarying Nelson would be a good thing...dude is waaaaaaay too comfy in his incumbency. Let's keep it straight: The teabaggers are nuts for the POLICIES they prefer, not for the power plays they're executing against their party establishments.
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Atwater: "The citizens of Florida deserve a thoughtful and deliberative conversation free of rancor...and the Senate intends to provide a structure for that conversation," before jumping into drilling with both feet, come what may.
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Funny to see the poopy-pantsers outraged over the Hitler bit...perfect advertisemsnts for pop culture cluelessness. I've actually searched YT in vain for the original version of this scene, but I never get beyond the infinite number of overdubbed spoofs. Of course what can one expect from people who know what they know because, year on year, they religiously watch O'Loofah, and Beck, and listen to Savage and Limbo.
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