November 15, 2005

A ‘fiscal hurricane’ on the horizon
“To hear Walker, the nation’s top auditor, tell it, the United States can be likened to Rome before the fall of the empire.”

October 28, 2005

Rep. Cynthia McKinney Fined $33,000 by FEC
In the 2002, she collected over $100,000 in “excessive” contributions, most of it collected for the general election ... after she’d lost the primary! Reimbursement plus the fine means her 2006 campaign starts with 6 figures of debt.

October 07, 2005

Bush approval ratings fall to Nixonian levels
“Sixty-nine percent of Americans say things in the United States are pretty seriously off on the wrong track -- the highest number since CBS News started asking the question in 1983”

October 06, 2005

“Unqualified Crony in Charge of Pandemic Response”
Another well-connected lawyer put in a position critical to public safety and health.

October 05, 2005

George Will: Can This Nomination Be Justified?
“the president has forfeited his right to be trusted as a custodian of the Constitution.” Ouch. When someone this “right” says “her nomination is not a defensible exercise of presidential discretion to which senatorial deference is due,” you’ve got trouble.

October 01, 2005

Tone, Truth, and the Democratic Party
Senator Obama really really gets it. But one wonders if Dems will listen to one man fighting an obvious tide.

September 26, 2005

“We have lost control”
That’s what the French Finance Minister claims Alan Greenspan told him about the US budget, with this year’s deficit at $400 billion and growing.

September 20, 2005

Americans lack confidence in Bush in three critical areas
67 percent disapprove his handling of Iraq, and 63 percent disapprove his handling of the economy, and 57 percent disapprove is handling of Katrina relief. After his speech. But then, the White House claims they ignore polls.

September 13, 2005

Gretna Police Chief Arthur S. Lawson, Jr.
This is why any political type should buy the domain for their own name ... because if you don’t, somebody else will, and it won’t be pretty

August 16, 2005

War and Peace: Falling Through the Partisan Looking Glass
Stunning quotes from Republicans about committing our troops. Why aren’t they asking the same questions today?

August 12, 2005

Four Amendments and a Funeral
A quite entertaining tour of Congress with the help on an Independent Representative. Read how the sausage is made in the “grossly corrupt and absurd vortex of political dysfunction that is today’s U.S. Congress”

July 18, 2005

Michael Totten: Left, Right, and Center
Move from the left to the center, and your former peers will trash you
John Cole: Just Asking for Trouble
Move from the right to the center, and your former peers will trash you

July 14, 2005

“Big Teeth. Huge Ass. Surpisingly Reasonable.” I think I may be a frequent visitor at this site.

July 11, 2005

Independents Are Having Buyer’s Remorse
“They obviously have a strategy to change the electorate, and they’re willing to give up independents and moderates.” Finally, a commonality between the parties!

June 26, 2005

A Glide Path to Ruin
“More than two centuries of American government produced a cumulative national debt of $5.7 trillion when Mr. Bush was elected in 2000. And now that is expected to almost double by 2010, to $10.8 trillion.”
‘King of the Hill’ Democrats?
“This is only the second show that’s a comedy about the South -- this and ‘Andy Griffith’ -- that doesn’t make fun of Southerners.”

June 24, 2005

The NY Times Graphic: One Nation, Divisible
It’s as if someone took my rants about the chasm in the center, and converted them to graphic form (from this article)

May 25, 2005

“Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?”
Oh, my. I said if Congress went nuclear, their approval rating could drop below 30%. I had no idea ... they are already there (29%). Even the majority of Republicans disapprove

May 23, 2005

Plogress: Track Your Reps
Here’s the pages for mine; Chambliss, Isakson, and McKinney

May 20, 2005

Bipartisan Group Seeks Own Course On Nominees
“The participants are an eclectic group -- moderates, centrists, mavericks and institutionalists -- who have come together in the hope of preserving a working center in the Senate at a time when the political forces keep pulling politicians away from it.” I’d love to see a dozen centrists thwart both parties.
GOP’s current position mirrors Democrats’ spot in 1993
“Reverse the party labels and the circumstances are strikingly similar.”

May 19, 2005

Approval of Congress Erodes in Survey
“Disapproval of Congress’s performance is higher than it has been since 1994, the year voters swept Democrats out of power on Capitol Hill” ... and the current shenanigans will only make it worse

May 08, 2005

Drug Makers Reap Benefits of Tax Break
$75 billion in profits will get a taxable rate of about 5% instead of 35%. Why? It was part of the “American Jobs Creation Act,” yet these companies are cutting employees, and “the I.R.S. lacks the resources to challenge the companies effectively.” Over $20 Billion in tax revenue, more than has been spent on reconstruction in Iraq, down the tubes.

April 24, 2005

“Where is Rep. Cynthia McKinney?”
Some of her gay constituents are finding that when the election is over, McKinney silent and unreachable ... she’s become the Stealth Representative

April 21, 2005

She’s not just harsh looking, she’s a liar, too
Coulter’s column claimed “anti-conservative” District Attorney “allowed the liberal debate champions to walk,” when the charges were actually dropped because Coulter failed to appear in court

April 17, 2005

Cash on the Scarecrow, Pork on the Plow
Matt Welch outs John Mellencamp on family corn subsidies worth over $1.14 million

April 11, 2005

“Kerry Says Trickery Foiled Many Voters”
But, um, I thought he blamed his defeat on Bin Laden’s video. Whichever, it certainly wasn’t his fault. Maybe the rest of the world will cooperate with him better in 2008.

April 10, 2005

John Dean: Senate Republicans’ Bid to Destroy the Filibuster Option, And Push Through Ultraconservative Federal Judges
“the Democratic filibusters are merely employing tactics similar to those of Republicans used from 1995 to 2000 to kill some sixty-five Clinton judicial nominations”

April 07, 2005

The Tom DeLay Scandals - A score card
“the man known as ‘the hammer’ is turning into a nail”

April 01, 2005

“War Torn”
“In a jittery post-9/11 world, national security will overshadow every other issue in the public consciousness” ... and if Dems don’t get a handle on that, they’ll remain the minority party

March 10, 2005

Bumper sticker evokes road rage
Angry anti-Bush web designer goes after woman driving her children, because she had a Bush/Cheny sticker ... yes, that whole “more anger” theory is working real well
Bankruptcy Protest: A Coalition
“This is clearly an example where the interests of Congress are divorced from the interests of the public. This bill is about politicians and lobbyists, not the American public. So we should call them - a lot.”

March 09, 2005

“In peonage to Nosferatu”
Lots of links and a good summary (er, not because it includes me) of the bankruptcy bill before Congress, and how you, the sick, the elderly, and those who serve will be screwed by your elected representatives

March 05, 2005


February 25, 2005

Unrepentant Specter Is Finding Life Lonely in the Center
With each political shunning of a centrist, the gestation period of a third party grows shorter. Faster, please

February 15, 2005

Politicians, Clue Up
No matter how local you are, spend a few bucks to secure your name as a domain name, or else someone else will ... and then forward it somewhere appropriate

January 20, 2005

Protesting the Protesters
“Then he went down under a hail of black boots”

January 17, 2005

Not-So-Spontaneous Human Combustion
Chris Nolan on the Kos-Teachout Blowout: “This, my friends, is spin. It’s positioning. It’s politics. And it ain’t a coincidence.”

January 15, 2005

Brouhaha in the blogosphere
“Whoever decided to pay any of you is an idiot. Oh that’s right ... it was Joe Trippi.”

January 14, 2005

Dean Campaign Made Payments To Two Bloggers
“Mr. Zuniga said they were paid $3,000 a month for four months” (more from the source)

December 20, 2004

Why Artistic Freedom Matters
“Creativity flowers from the simmering embers of tyranny, book-bannings will not prevent the flow of ideas to his constituents, they will only fire the flames of rebellion and creation.”

December 15, 2004

We Go To War With The Defense Secretary We Have
“Actually, we have a pretty terrific Army. It’s performed a lot better in this war than the secretary of defense has.”

November 27, 2004

The Hijacking of the House
It’s in danger of becoming a parody of representative democracy

November 15, 2004


November 09, 2004

Two years ago this week
“the first official step toward a campaign the senator believes can be won largely in northern states with an aggressive defense of Democratic ideals”

November 08, 2004

Mah Goodness, how the Yankee’s do cuss when they’re angry
Go ahead, get it out of your system. Please. It can’t be healthy to keep that kind of crap inside.

November 06, 2004

Wall Street Journal: Political Bloggers Face Life After the Election
The party’s over, and so is the traffic and ad bucks. Boo Hoo.
The Backseat Philosopher: To My Fellow Democrats
“These are not responses, these are dismissals”
One reason Democrats lose is the excessive hyperbole of the hard left
If you think 11/2 was worse than 9/11, you’ve completely lost perspective

November 04, 2004

Insiders dish on campaign trail follies
I’m not sure how much of this to take as fact, but it sure sounds on target

October 31, 2004

Historical Budget Data: Revenues, Outlays, Surpluses, Deficits, and Debt Held by the Public, 1962 to 2003
The history of the federal budget deficit and the national debt, over four decades
“The Apparent Heir”: Ouch. Big hairy Ouch. I think Tom Friedman just bought himself an audit
If you didn’t notice during the debates, comparisons to his father push Dubya’s buttons

October 29, 2004

Four years ago today: “Bush maintains 7-point lead over Gore”
And you’re still paying attention to the polls?

October 25, 2004

For President: None of the Above
“The Detroit News will not lend its endorsement to a candidate who has made too many mistakes, nor to one who offers a governing philosophy that we reject”

October 23, 2004

Election Night Cheat Sheet
“We will probably know who the next President is sometime before 11PM - or not until December”
Al Qaeda Plot To Attack Around Elections? Nevermind, “No Direct Evidence”
‘one senior FBI counterterrorism official ... spoke on the condition of anonymity because authorities have been instructed not to talk publicly about the issue before the elections’

October 22, 2004

Triumph the Insult Comedy Dog takes poops on Spin Alley
This is as good as Jon Stewart on Crossfire. 15MB, but gut bustingly funny.

October 21, 2004

The Iran Problem Awaiting Bush or Kerry
“Resolving Iraq may be easy compared with the challenge of its neighbor’s nuclear program”
The Tampa Tribune refuses to endorse either candidate for President for the 2nd time in 52 years
Sounding a bit like me, they expend 3,000 words to say ‘It is an achingly difficult decision to not endorse a candidate in the presidential contest, and we do not reach this decision lightly’

October 20, 2004

The Mystery Pollster
“Demystifying the Science and Art of Political Polling”

October 09, 2004

Presidential candidates from Libertarian and Green Parties arrested outside debate
I guess you get press however you can, outside the two Big Tents
I shouldn’t laugh. But I nearly died. Even the banner ad is funny. How’d they do it overnight?

October 03, 2004

It’s not the Economy, it’s the Podium, stupid.
“it makes Bush look like a little kid at the dinner table, wimpy, submissive”

October 01, 2004

The best qualified guys for senior positions at the CIA are four House Republican aides? Later: One shoplifted at Langley
A personnel tipping point in the war between the CIA and the White House?

September 29, 2004

Advice on “How to Debate George Bush” from a man who lost to Bush in his home state
Isn’t this like getting tactical advice from one of Saddam’s tank commanders?

September 25, 2004

Republican Party says liberals plan to ban the Bible
I hear they’re banning the NRA and the AARP, and may kill some kittens, too.

September 13, 2004

“A unified theory of everything that explains why Democrats always get outfoxed”
“Republicans understand the world, and Democrats do not”

September 12, 2004

“Usually we don’t see any Nanny-Poos until at least mid-October”
“That’s not fair! How come Bush gets three hurricanes and we don’t get any?”

September 09, 2004

Don’t Leave Those Ballots Blank, Vote Obscure!
Thanks, Kevin, I’ll be filling in something ... just not sure what yet.

September 08, 2004

The Curse of Dick Cheney
More than a bit partisan in tone, but the history is interesting

September 04, 2004

Graphic showing the most prominent words used by speakers at the two conventions
I wish they’d added ‘we will’ to the list, but it’s still very interesting

August 31, 2004

Photo: When Nerds Protest The RNC.
Only 5% of viewers may get it, but that’s a darn funny protest sign

August 28, 2004

A video preview of coming election attractions: “Swift Vets, The Revenge”
“Former Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes on getting Bush into the Texas National Guard”

August 18, 2004

Pearl family tells politicians, don’t use Daniel Pearl as an electoral pawn
“We would like him to be remembered for what he was in his life”

August 13, 2004

Opinion Duel: A Joint Presentation of National Review and The New Republic
Current duel: ‘Has the Bush Administration fumbled Homeland security?’

August 12, 2004

The anatomy of a smear campaign
“The idea is to find some piece of personal information that is tawdry enough to raise doubts, repelling a candidate’s natural supporters”

August 11, 2004


July 27, 2004

Wireless Election Connection MoBlog
Take this site, add maybe eight years, and think about the future

July 26, 2004

Bush has ordered that resources be allocated to fighting marijuana instead of heroin and cocaine
Easier to claim ‘wins’ in public, and leaves the Big Money Drugs to continue financing terrorism. But By Gum Johnny won’t toke...

July 21, 2004

“Elect Catherine Davis US Congress GA 4th District”
Well, I reckon it’s time to look at my last remaining McKinney alternative

July 20, 2004

A Constitutional Amendment to ban flag burning? It must be election year!
Every two years this BS comes up, and they’re never serious, it’s a political ploy

July 19, 2004

The hatred that infests our Social Civil War splits a family
It’s getting to be like 1861, without the cannons. Brother against brother, mother against son.

July 18, 2004

The Washington Post looks at Herman Cain and the Georgia Senate race
”...a headlong sprint to the right, a contest to see who can wear the label: most conservative of all.”

July 05, 2004

Poll shows Cheney’s “favorable rating” is 22% overall, and only 48% among Republicans
Hey, if you don’t like Cheney, I think you know what you can go do with yourself...

June 25, 2004


June 21, 2004

Sgt. Stryker on Vice Presidential Command Authority
Essentially, he ain’t got none, yet Cheney issued orders on 9/11

June 20, 2004

“The crow tastes terrible.”
“despite his less than stellar qualities, I find myself in the position of probably voting for John Kerry in November”

May 31, 2004

Negative Advertising: 75% of Bush’s ads, 27% of Kerry’s
“I’m anticipating it’s going to be the most negative campaign ever”

May 29, 2004

Sometimes the sharks eat each other
“Conservative Allies Take Chalabi Case to the White House”

May 23, 2004

George W. Bush as Harry S. Truman
A very interesting look at where the Bush campaign stands today

May 10, 2004

“The Election Is Kerry’s To Lose”
John Zogby gives four reasons why ... but someone please hire that man an HTML editor
“John Kerry Must Go.”
“That Village Voice headline may be a tad dramatic, but stories about disaffected Democrats are spreading like wildfire through the media forest”

April 29, 2004

“The current state of interparty relations could be best described as The Hate.
“I sort of hate myself for hating you so much but I mostly hate you for making me feel this way”
Oh, My. Maybe John Kerry really is in trouble
When Andy Young is giving money to Bush, not Kerry, hell may have frozen over.

April 25, 2004

More of the Politics of Exclusion
Is this any way to build a coalition?

April 22, 2004

Does Kerry think democracy is “optional” for Iraq?
“Mr. Kerry now argues that there is a third option. But what would that be? ‘I can’t tell you what it’s going to be,’ he said to reporters covering his campaign.”
The Guardian takes a very British look at American Fundamentalists
“if the president fails to start a conflagration [in the Middle East], his core voters don’t get to sit at the right hand of God”

April 14, 2004

Daily Kos calls Colin Powell an Uncle Tom: “Yes suh! Yes suh! Right away suh!”
Ah, now there’s some First Class Preaching To The Choir; offensive to everyone except those already convinced. Very impressive advocacy!

April 10, 2004

The National Budget Simulation - what would you do?
My results: ‘You have cut the deficit by $175.18 billion. Your new deficit is $181.82 billion.’ Yikes!

April 09, 2004

Is she Cool, Calm Condoleezza, or Condi Lousy?
One session of testimony begets a thousand opinions

April 05, 2004


March 28, 2004

Cynthia McKinney sounds like she’s trying to run against George Bush for the Georgia 4th District seat
Not a peep about her actual opponent, Denise Majette, who mopped the floor with her two years ago

March 27, 2004

PDF: The First Timer’s Guide to Lobbying
From the most knowledgeable Greg Greene
The Statement is Now Inoperative
The Duel of Contradictory Statements Continues (snore)

March 26, 2004

9/11 Hearings Summarized in a Flow Chart
One can truly see the bipartisan nature of the commission in this chart
The traditional anonymity of “background briefings,” and how Richard Clarke lost his
“the Bush administration gave Fox News Channel permission to broadcast remarks from a background briefing by former Bush counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke that were originally made on the condition Clarke not be identified”

March 24, 2004

It’s a Circular Firing Squad of Flying Attack Monkeys!
”...the Bush administration attacks on the character ... of Richard Clarke remind one of the flying attack monkeys from ‘The Wizard of Oz.’”

March 17, 2004

US House tries to overturn two centuries of checks and balances, and gain the power to overrule the Supreme Court (more here)
Irony; pass a law to overturn the Supremes, and the Supremes will rightly rule it is an unconstitutional law

March 12, 2004


March 10, 2004

Republican Intra-Party Wrasslin’: David vs. Goliath
”...when they were going on about the White House and ruining my career, all I could think was, ‘I don’t have a career.’”


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