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List of 31 losers:

Melissa Bean, Illinois
Robert Marion Berry, Arkansas (Member of the New Democrat Coalition)
Sanford Bishop, Georgia (Member of the Blue Dog Coalition)
Dan Boren, Oklahoma
Leonard Boswell, Iowa (Member, Blue Dog Coalition)
Rick Boucher, Virginia
Dennis Cardoza, CA
Ben Chandler, Kentucky
Jim Costa, CA
Bud Cramer, Alabama
Henry Cuellar, Texas
Lincoln Davis, Tennessee
Chet Edwards, Texas
Bart Gordon, Tennessee
Ruben Hinojosa, Texas
Darlene Hooley, Oregon
Steve Israel, New York
William Jefferson, Louisiana (Co-Chair of the DCCC)
Rick Larsen, Washington
Jim Matheson, Utah
Carolyn McCarthy, New York (member of the NDC)
Mike McIntyre, North Carolina (member of the NDC)
Charlie Melancon, Louisiana
Collin Peterson, Minnesota (Member, Blue Dog Coalition)
Nick Joe Rahall, West Virginia (DLC Member)
Mike Ross, Arkansas (Member, New Democratic and Blue Dog Coalitions)
Dutch Ruppersberger, Maryland
John Salazar, Colorado (Kenís brother)
David Scott, Georgia (Member, Blue Dog Coalition)
Ike Skelton, Missouri
Albert Russell Wynn, Maryland

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Thursday, December 29, 2005
Question for the Media

When is an issue "controversial?"

When does an issue "divide the nation?"

When is it appropriate to describe a person by saying that some people love them and some people hate them?

I've never manged to see any pattern regarding what poll numbers justify such descriptions. I've seen 50-50 splits on issues described as "dividing the nation" and I've seen 75-25 splits described the same way.

Stop it.


Grimaldi and Steno Sue, October 18:

Ney and Abramoff, whom DeLay once described as "one of my closest and dearest friends," crossed paths as early as 1996. That year Ney took a trip to Montenegro sponsored by a foundation that had links to Abramoff, who was a lobbyist for Montenegro.

Grimaldi and Steno Sue, today:

DeLay, a Christian conservative, did not quite know what to make of Abramoff, who wore a beard and a yarmulke. They forged political ties, but the two men never became personally close, according to associates of both men.

What are even to make of this construction? It would be unthinkable that the good and honorable and wonderful conservative Christian DeLay could be friends with big Jewy Jew Abramoff?


Mark Weisbrot tells us about Venezuela. There are certainly reasons people should be less than enamored by Chavez, but the degree of American media bullshit peddling about what goes on in that country, especially about supposed media crackdowns, is amazing.

Lies and the Lying Liars

When will reporters learn that Republicans lie:

Media reports that U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay had convinced the state's highest court to hear his appeal were as widely circulated as they were, well, wrong.

Justices for the Texas Court Criminal Appeals agreed merely to consider hearing DeLay's money laundering case. They never said they would accept the case, said Edward Marty, the court's general counsel.

The erroneous media reports, which the San Antonio Express-News published in a wire story and displayed online, come from DeLay's spokesman, Kevin Madden, in an e-mail sent to reporters Tuesday evening, after courts had closed for the night.

"FYI-Breaking news out of Austin, TX," the e-mail stated. "The state Court of Criminal Appeals has agreed to hear Mr. DeLay's habeas motion that was filed at the end of last week. The court has set a one-week deadline for briefs to be filed by the parties involved. The court could essentially decide to end Ronnie Earle's prosecution after hearing this motion and the facts presented."

Madden said this afternoon that he made an error and never intended to "spin" the story.

"In an effort to be instantaneous, I wasn't precise.....My understanding (of the decision) was correct. The way I relayed it wasn't," he said.

Open Thread

So when do we destroy the thread already?

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Apparently this blog has 20048 posts, and only half were open threads.

Count Me in the 64%

I mean, yeah, I'm all for getting warrants for the surveilliance of "terrorism suspects." I'm just not for unnecessary illegal warrantless searches by our criminal president.

I'm also for rounding up and arresting all the people "who have a history of blowing up commuter trains, weddings, and churches" and I'm a bit puzzled why the Bush administration isn't doing so.

Open Thread

Life?s a thread and we all play a part.

Open Thread

Well, our old thread was just fine 'til you went and had it burned down.

Open Thread

I think this thread is mostly filler.

Open Thread

You know there are quite a few American threads that are highly underrated. This, unfortunately, is not one of them.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Blowing Up Weddings and Churches

Wow, you'd think the Bush administration would arrest some of these people.

Wonder why they don't.

Music Rec

Tbogg recommended this Matt Pond Pa CD awhile back and I thought I'd second it. Great stuff.

Making Stuff Up

It's all they've got, really. But, hey, they're just feeling the news at us, truthiness style:

WASHINGTON -- The television commercials are attention-grabbing: Newly found Iraqi documents show that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, including anthrax and mustard gas, and had "extensive ties" to al Qaeda. The discoveries are being covered up by those "willing to undermine support for the war on terrorism to selfishly advance their shameless political ambitions."

The hard-hitting spots are part of a recent public-relations barrage aimed at reversing a decline in public support for President Bush's handling of Iraq. But these advertisements aren't paid for by the Republican National Committee or other established White House allies. Instead, they are sponsored by Move America Forward, a media-savvy outside advocacy group that has become one of the loudest -- and most controversial -- voices in the Iraq debate.

They are indeed media-savvy. Chumps.

Open Thread

Threads aren't just cute like everybody supposes.

Chronic - What?

Just in case you haven't seen it yet, ITunes is handing out SNL's "Chronicles of Narnia" video for free.

Perhaps the coolest video since Sabotage.

(via Barry)

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