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Published on July 3 2008

"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."

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Published on June 29 2008

ACT NOW: Panties for Peace Dear Lord. I have only one question, but.... No. I won't ask. Not gonna do it. No, no, NO.

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Published on June 9 2008

End of the World? House of Yahweh says so
It's the countdown to the end of the world -- again. Yisrayl Hawkins, head of the House of Yahweh religious sect in Abilene, said in a "20/20" segment that aired Friday, that a nuclear war will begin "soon, really soon." As in June 12. Thursday, for those who want to circle calendar dates or cancel appointments.
Well, hell. After all the time and $ I spent this week landscaping, busting concrete, planting various shrubberies, and spreading mulch. And now it's all gonna go up in a nuclear conflagration.
Hawkins, who has been speaking mostly to national media of late, including CNN's Nancy Grace, currently faces trial for bigamy charges for allegedly having more than 30 wives. His trial is set for Sept. 15 if his predicted nuclear holocaust doesn't come to pass.
I'm guessing nuclear war *would* be preferable than 30 ticked-off wives. Just sayin'.

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Published on June 6 2008

Clinton to End Bid and Endorse Obama - NYTimes.com As expected, Clinton is about to call it quits. I suppose if she waits until the weekend, nobody will notice?
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will endorse Senator Barack Obama on Saturday, bringing a close to her 17-month campaign for the White House, aides said. Her decision came after Democrats urged her on Wednesday to leave the race and allow the party to coalesce around Mr. Obama.
On the other hand, maybe she had to call up some of her supporters to explain the timeline, hence the delay.
“We pledged to support her to the end,” said Representative Charles B. Rangel, a New York Democrat who has been a patron of Mrs. Clinton since she first ran for the Senate. “Our problem is not being able to determine when the hell the end is.”
It's always good to have a coffee-snorting moment while reading the Times.

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Published on June 3 2008

Obama clinches historic victory over Clinton - Yahoo News
WASHINGTON AFP - Democrat Barack Obama plunged Wednesday into a five-month election battle with Republican John McCain after making history by becoming the first black presidential nominee of a major US party.

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Published on June 3 2008

The roar of hollow patriotism - St. Petersburg Times
Three-hundred thousand bikers spent Memorial Day weekend roaring around Washington in tribute to our war dead, and I stood on Constitution Avenue Sunday afternoon watching a river of them go by, waiting for a gap in the procession so I could cross over to the Mall and look at pictures. The street had been closed off for them and they motored on by, some flying the Stars and Stripes and the black MIA-POW flag, honking, revving their engines, an endless celebration of internal combustion.
Man, oh man.... go away for a few days and miss *all* the fun. Seems that over Memorial Day, Garrison Keillor had his peaceful visit to *our* Nation's Capitol disturbed by a bunch of noisy motorcycles driven by "fat men with ponytails". Celebration of internal combustion, indeed. What a dork. I was not one of the 300,000 noisy bikers Keillor saw, since I was exploring the country that many of those fat men on motorcycles, those "hollow patriots", were asked to fight for. Instead, on Memorial Day this year, *my* gang stopped at a small park just over the border into Maine, to rest and to pay a little tribute to this day. Sorry I'm late.

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Published on April 13 2008

Compare this to the sniping we're seeing on the other side, to the zero-sum games, to the oh-my-god-you-don't-like-Hillary-what's-wrong-with-you, to the Obama-as-Messiah. I'm not the biggest fan of John McCain's policies. But I think I could respect him. The great John McCain story you've probably forgotten.
On the way out of the parking lot, McCain recalled what it was like to be a nobody called upon by a somebody. As he did, his voice acquired the same warmth that colored Russell Feingold's speech when he described the first call from John McCain. "When you called Feingold … " I started to ask him. But before I could, he interrupted. "Yeah," he says, "I thought of Mo." And then, for maybe the third time that morning, McCain spoke of how it affected him when Udall took him in hand. It was a simple act of affection and admiration, and for that reason it meant all the more to McCain. It was one man saying to another, We disagree in politics but not in life. It was one man saying to another, party political differences cut only so deep. Having made that step, they found much to agree upon and many useful ways to work together. This is the reason McCain keeps coming to see Udall even after Udall has lost his last shred of political influence. The politics were never all that important.
H/T to one of my favorite writers on the innernets.

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Published on March 5 2008

Along with all of the wailing and gnashing of teeth over yesterday's tragedy... wasn't there a Presidential Primary somewhere yesterday? Not that you'd know it by listening/ watching news reports in our great Dairy State.....

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Published on March 3 2008

Stumping for Clinton, Steinem Says McCain's P.O.W. Cred Is Overrated
AUSTIN, Texas—Feminist icon Gloria Steinem took to the stump on Hillary Clinton’s behalf here last night and quickly proved that she has lost none of her taste for provocation. From the stage, the 73-year-old seemed to denigrate the importance of John McCain’s time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. In an interview with the Observer afterward, she suggested that Barack Obama benefits—and Clinton suffers—because Americans view racism more seriously than sexism. Steinem also told the crowd that one reason to back Clinton was because “she actually enjoys conflict.” And she claimed that if Clinton’s experience as First Lady were taken seriously in relation to her White House bid, people might “finally admit that, say, being a secretary is the best way to learn your boss’s job and take it over.”
I don't even know what to say. This is just so wrong on so many levels. Racism is suddenly in competition with sexism? WTF? Hmmmm, it's the ultimate question of identity politics-- which is worse, misogyny or racism? Am I supposed to pick a candidate based on who has the better "victim qualifications"? I keep thinking that I should choose based on who I believe has the better foreign and domestic policies, the person who I think can do the best job... and here we are, back at Victimhood 101. Second... "Hillary 'enjoys conflict' "??? Yeah, let's wave the hormonal fluctuation flag and talk about the female being the more dangerous of the species-- whether or not any of that is a factor, wouldn't it make much more sense to pick a candidate who knows how to pick and choose the conflicts worth fighting? Thirdly... this election isn't an episode from "9 to 5". While it's always nice to see the poor harassed secretary tie the boss up, it doesn't mean she has the qualifications to "run the company"!! Then again, we have the fact that Gloria considers Clinton the little secretary. Yeah, the law degree, the political experience doesn't mean diddly. In the end, she's just a "secretary". Jesus. But no, Gloria keeps going. Right downhill.
Steinem raised McCain’s Vietnam imprisonment as she sought to highlight an alleged gender-based media bias against Clinton. “Suppose John McCain had been Joan McCain and Joan McCain had got captured, shot down and been a POW for eight years. [The media would ask], ‘What did you do wrong to get captured? What terrible things did you do while you were there as a captive for eight years?’” Steinem said, to laughter from the audience. McCain was, in fact, a prisoner of war for around five-and-a-half years, during which time he was tortured repeatedly. Referring to his time in captivity, Steinem said with bewilderment, “I mean, hello? This is supposed to be a qualification to be president? I don’t think so.” Steinem’s broader argument was that the media and the political world are too admiring of militarism in all its guises.
My jaw just dropped. Especially reading that the audience "laughed". I can't say that being a POW and a torture survivor qualifies McCain to be President, any more than I can say being a survivor of a publicly humiliating infidelity qualifies Clinton, although I know which I personally would rather be. The thing that speaks volumes to me about McCain's POW experience, however, is his refusal to be released before his men. That, whether loyalty or duty or whatever the reason, is the difference. It's what qualifies him to be a leader. It sure isn't something for a *remarkably* well-preserved 73 year old to feign "bewilderment" over. Wouldn't it be ironic if Gloria Steinem, one of the pioneers of the Feminist movement, helped personally to sink the campaign of the first woman to run for the highest elected office in this country? Gotta give Clinton a little credit for showing some class in distancing herself from Steinem's idiocy, though:
UPDATE: The Clinton campaign sends over the following statement from Howard Wolfson: "Senator Clinton has repeatedly praised Senator McCain's courage and service to our country. These comments certainly do not represent her thinking in any way. Senator Clinton intends to have a respectful debate with Senator McCain on the issues."

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Published on February 29 2008

Works and Days: Everybody But You
I don’t know how many forgotten Americans there are out, but I have a feeling the answer may well determine the next election.
Read the whole thing. I hope our candidates do.

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