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In special pre-Memorial Day recognition of the idiots and @$$holes in Congress, I'm front-paging any inspired rants on any topic. I should be around most of the day, so do pile on.








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FDA stops imports of Chinese toothpaste

Does the madness never end?

FDA stops imports of Chinese toothpaste

And nary a word about which brands - are they Chinese brands sold in ethnic markets or are they the brands that you can still buy for a dollar?

Was this article supposed to reassure me? It didn't.

Do these kinds of stories make you want to show your pearly whites? Or do they make you want to bite someone?

They make me want to blow sh*t up.

I totally see why some people go "postal" and fly into unrelenting rage.

So when are they going to stop

WallyWorld exporting American jobs in exchange for cheap crap made by 12-year-olds?

Strike that... better question: When will Americans wake up and stop buying Chinese junk in exchange for their own well-being and better interests? I remember the TV ads: "Look forrrrr, the union laaaabllllllllllllllllle". When did we begin to believe that it was okay to piss away our own jobs in favor of stuff we don't really want or need, but the price is cheap.

Oy!! Wie es veyt mir! Now, I'm goin' again...

"The most unamerican thing you can say is 'You can't say that'" - G. Keillor

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

vote vets loses my support.

Wes Clark, never a fan of John Edwards has taken a deliberate swipe at him and his campaign. John Edwards, who has asked people to be patriotic about something more than war, has asked people to step up and show their view of patriotism - Support the Troops, End the War.

Wes Clark has chosen to attack this idea directly, saying in an email to supporters:

As a progressive troops' organization, we're also asking that people not protest at Memorial Day events. We have 364 other days to argue policy and politics, but this day belongs to the fallen and their memories.

I hope that we don't have ugly protests on Memorial day, but I could understand why we would, I can understand the families of those who have fallen in Iraq raising hell. I can understand those who don't want next year's memorial day to include another 500 "fallen" due to the travesty that is Iraq. Wes Clark, you are pathetic. You have the same capitulation strategy that we saw exposed in the Senate and House this week.

Don't tell us how to stand up for our country. Don't tell us that this day belongs to the fallen and their memories, it also belongs to those who WILL fall and the families that will be left behind.

Again, I'm not looking for America to have 1960s-esque burning flags and such this memorial day weekend. That, to me, isn't what this Memorial Day protest is about. It is about doing the same things you always do, and showing that in YOUR mind, the best way to Support the Troops is to end the occupation in Iraq. You might think, as I do, that many of these soldiers should be redeployed to Afghanistan. You might think they all need to come home and stay out of the middle East. But, all of rational America believes that the war needs to end, NOW.

Wes Clark, Vote Vets, you've lost my support.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I guess

Wes Clark is one of the many who believe that its patriotic to kill troops.

Fuck him. Fuck the DCCC. Fuck all of them.

Thank God. Thank FUCKING GOD that we have people like Brad Miller and David Price and Bernie Sanders and John Edwards and Chris Dodd. If it wasnt for people like them I would be on my way to DC with a pitchfork ready to throw the bums out.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

edit- I apologize for the language to any with sensitive ears out there. But my neighbor's brother was just killed because of this crazy stupid lie of a war. A guy not much older than I am was killed. Dead. Forever. And for what? So that George Bush could call me a traitor? We had a chance to bring his fellow men and women home, and we gave up. We gave George Bush a blank check to kill as many of our troops as he wants.

"Keep the Faith"

And let's not leave out

F*CK the DLC for being complicit with the neoKKKons. T'row all da bums out.

And BTW, WTF is up with the server and all these "connection reset" messages?

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

CALLING LANCE STRONG ARM . . .

Don't know . . . things have been slower than molasses today.

I never gave them money anyway

Clark is a military man through and through When I talked to him in 04, he told me a bunch of military stories that made my eyeballs roll out of my head. I guess he thought we had a common bond since I went to a military academy.

Anyway, I don't begrudge the military guys the sanctity of Memorial Day. But Clark didn't need to counter Edwards' call to protest. That's bullshit.

Each of us gets to do it the way we want and Clark should know that.

As a Veteran -

I'll celebrate any way I choose, thank you very much.

Strike one.

Care to bunt next time?

gotta love

a desk like that one.

:::lcloud pushes papers off of her keyboard again:::::

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The Den
It's your democracy; use it.

two types of desks like that.

the kind where he instantly can reach for a pile and pull out that report on climate change from the 2003 Kyoto meeting. Or, the kind where twenty minutes later he says "Well, I k now there's a laptop around here somewhere..."

I have the former.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I do too, Robert

it infuriates my orderly husband. I can find things faster than he can. My entire office looks like Gore's desk...well...not anymore. I had to clean it for the danged RE agent. I did know where everything was, though.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I know where everything is on mine, too

or I did until the one stack fell over. :(

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The Den
It's your democracy; use it.

I always felt

a clean desk was a sign of someone with too much free time.

A clean desk

is the devil's workspace.

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The Den
It's your democracy; use it.

Y'all make me smile



Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Did anyone see Michael Moore on Bill Maher last night?

It was his first interview in 2 years and it was so good to see him. His movie Sicko about the healthcare crisis is gathering great reviews. Opens June 29th. He said it was being praised by people on the left and the right.

yup

even the conservative editorial board of the Wall Street Journal has praised it.

Im looking forward to it.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

I keep gettin logged off.

Is it just me?

Lovex7

Yep

That's what I am using.

Lovex7

Every Time I Edit

or go to read a PM.

"You have 13 persistent log ins" Okay. Let's shoot for 20.

The last bug but I'll bug Lance next week. ;)

but come to think of it, it does that to me in FF, too.

Scary stuff

Profiles of the two nutcases running to lead the NC Greedy Old Party. Linda Daves and Marcusssssss Kindley.

Yuck.

Zoinks!

Way to get my eyebrows to shoot to my hairline, A!

If I were a Republican, I would not be reassured.

Where's #2?

wow

that is some hilarious stuff.
"Who is your political hero?" One says Helms the other says Reagan. I guess racism, deficits and homelessness are good things.

I believe America was founded as a Christian Nation and should remain one.

Ok, well I believe you need to read a history book.

We have officials being elected to office just because of districts having been drawn to support one political party over another. In fair districts, Republicans historically come out on top.

You cant gerrymander counties. Republicans control 35 of 100 sheriffs and just over 30 of 100 county commission boards. They have only 19 of 50 state senate seats. By "historically" he must have meant "in my dreams late at night"

In 2006 approximately 30,000 more voters turned out to vote for GOP house candidates than for Democrat house candidates. We still lost seats due to the gerrymandering and the political climate of the 2006 election cycle.

Im all out of kleenex, so you are gonna have to wipe those tears off yourself.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

Kind of makes you feel proud to be a Democrat

We may not have our acts together on many fronts, but at least we're not delusional theocrats.

Do you know how many unopposed Republicans there were

vs. unopposed Democrats in State House races? I know my Republican state house rep went unopposed.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

It will take some

looking, but by percentage i am sure our incumbents had more opponents. I will have to look though.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

in 2006

There were 63 House Districts and 22 Senate Districts with no challenger.

32 House Democrats were unchallenged. 12 Senate Democrats were unchallenged.
31 House Republicans were unchallenged. 10 Senate Republicans were unchallenged.

So my initial guess that a higher percentage of Republicans were unchallenged was correct.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

well, more importantly, there were more republican candidates

so stat is complete BS. Cause, after Rhodes, everyone voted for Thom in the general.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

the 30,000

refers to US house candidates. And I think it is only true if you ignore GK Butterfield's votes, since they didnt challenge him.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

A, do you now what Marcus means by this?

The North Carolina Republican Party has excelled at working with the Republican National Committee in getting out the vote for Republican Presidential candidates. They have also raised a lot of money for the RNC that has left North Carolina to assist in contests elsewhere. North Carolina is known as a donor state in RNC circles.

To build on that capability, we must convince the RNC that we have to win down ticket races in North Carolina first and the Presidential race will take care of itself. If we elected Republican majorities to all 100 county commissions, I will guarantee that the Republican candidate for President will win North Carolina.

Marcus is a blowhard and an idiot

to my knowledge . . . and I've never read anything he's said that makes sense.

But to offer my interpretation, I'd say he's whining that the powerful RNC money-grabbing machine is sucking more dollars out of scared Republican voters in North Carolina than it's pouring back into Congressional campaigns. He thinks that the Art Pope model of buying state house offices will attract the undying loyalty (and dollars) of RNC decision makers.

If we elected Republican majorities to all 100 county commissions, I will guarantee that the Republican candidate for President will win North Carolina.

If a bullfrog had wings, it wouldn't bump its ass every time it hopped, either.

This is the kind of bullshit Kinkley (sick) is known for. If we elected Republican majorities to all 100 counties, the earth would stop spinning on its axis. Orange County will NEVER elect a Republican majority, which means Chairman Marcusssss is on safe ground with his inane prediction.

Yeah, I can tell he's a blowhard

but it's that connection he drew between putting in commissioners and gettting the Republican into the oval office that's got me perplexed.

Is he suggesting that people's votes don't mean anything and somehow commissioners have the power, not the people?

i think the idea

is that local candidates drive turnout more than anything else.

And in some ways it actually makes a lot of sense. Even though Democrats made gains in 04, reelected Easley etc, we still got our butts kicked on the presidential level. I think he is saying that Republicans will win this states presidential election no matter what, so they need to focus on local elections instead.

The fun part is that he might be very wrong. In the first quarter of 2008 John Edwards raised more in North Carolina than all other Presidential candidates combined. He raised 1.4 million. Only Obama and McCain raised more than 100,000

So things could be pretty different in 2008.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

You Know I'm Going to Show that

to my friends who are Republican, don't you?

Yes, I do have them. I find they come in two varieties; (R) and (-R).

I call them (R)egular and (-)Not Right.

More science

From the WaPo

The results were showing that when the volunteers placed the interests of others before their own, the generosity activated a primitive part of the brain that usually lights up in response to food or sex. Altruism, the experiment suggested, was not a superior moral faculty that suppresses basic selfish urges but rather was basic to the brain, hard-wired and pleasurable.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

You talking to me? LOL.

I didn't know that but it doesn't surprise me. That's good info.

its really cool

effectively the idea is that empathy, morality, placing society above self are all central to society.

Its one of the most concrete arguments against Locke that isnt just philosophy vs philosophy. Its pretty cool.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

Oh, oh -

Psychopaths often feel no empathy or remorse. Without that awareness, people relying exclusively on reasoning seem to find it harder to sort their way through moral thickets. Does that mean they should be held to different standards of accountability?

I would say, no. This is why. The brain can be trained. It is trained. You might figure out how to multiply, but if no one insisted you learn your times tables, would you? I don't think so.

Think of babies. They can't be tested for this of course (or is it 'of course'?)

'Deciding' to be altruistic and continuing to decide would theoretically lead to a positive feedback loop that reinforces the decision.

I'd watch out for the 'slippery slope' arguments from attorneys who might use it to persuade judges whose background isn't in science.

I'm forwarding this to a friend who is a neurobiologist. Let's see if he's heard of this research. He's working with marine animals at the moment but he keeps current in the journals.

the really cool

experiment it mentioned was with rats.

They hooked something up so that every time one rat ate, the other got an electric shock. Eventually the first rat stopped eating.

Things like that just throw Locke's theories out the window.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

Town Hall Meeting on Impeachment

just to remind you all:

A Public Discussion About Impeachment

7:30 pm

Charlotte Energy Solutions
337 Baldwin Ave
Charlotte, NC 28204

Join us in Charlotte, NC for a public discussion about the impeachment of President George Bush & Vice President Dick Cheney. We invited Rep. Mel Watt, a member of the House Judiciary Committee to partcipate, but he will be out of the country. We have invited a member of his staff to attend in his place.

The purpose of the Town Hall Meeting is to give the public a chance to voice & discuss their feelings & thoughts on impeachment.

The discussion will be moderated by:
Ahmad Daniels, Executive Director, Creative-Interchange
& Vietnam-era Marine War Resister appearing in film "Sir, No Sir".

Guest speakers & participants include:

Cindy Sheehan, co-founder, Gold Star Families For Peace
David Swanson, co-founder, AfterDowningStreet.org
Debra Sweet, National Coordinator, World Can't Wait
Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Pres., Hip Hop Caucus
Al McSurely, civil rights attorney & Grassroots Impeachment Movement
Lauren Guy McAlpin, World Can't Wait - Greensboro

& Troops Out Now Coalition; CODEPINK; Action Center For Justice, democrats.com, PDAmerica.org, impeach07.org & others to be announced.

Donate: Help us cover the costs of travel & lodging for speakers, flyers, posters & organizing to make June 1 a success.
click here for donation info

Info: Action Center For Justice
704.492.8527 or OperationImpeachment@yahoo.com
www.CharlotteAction.org

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Talked to Mel about it a little over a week ago

specifically, about impeaching Alberto Gonzales, or at least threatening it to force him to resign. I wasn't asserting a position, just asking a question. He didn't seem to believe it had a point. But he is very intent on getting to the bottom of everything.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks