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Tomorrow is Veterans' Day. And while we could go on and on about how our armed forces have been kicking ass for over 226 years (in yer face, Cornwallis!), we'll leave it at a simple..."Thank You."
Republicans Blame Losses on Democrats Onion:
WASHINGTON, DC—Republican officials are blaming tonight's GOP losses on Democrats, who they claim have engaged in a wide variety of "aggressive, premeditated, anti-Republican campaigns" over the past six-to-18 months. "We have evidence of a well-organized, well-funded series of operations designed specifically to undermine our message, depict our past performance in a negative light, and drive Republicans out of office," said Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman, who accused an organization called the Democratic National Committee of spearheading the nationwide effort. "There are reports of television spots, print ads, even volunteers going door-to-door encouraging citizens to vote against us." Acknowledging that the "damage has already been done," Mehlman is seeking a promise from Democrats to never again engage in similar practices.

This is barely satire. I've seen wingnuts say stuff like this.

"Rummy can quit in the middle of a war with no repercussions, but the men and women
who are actually out there getting shot at can't. If they did, they'd be sent to a
military prison. I hope he never has a good night of sleep for the rest of his life."
-- Steve, as seen on

From The Dunn County Democrats Party

Here I am at the Dunn County Democrats party, live from the Stout Ale House. And appropriately enough, I am drinking a Guinness as I write this.

Mixed emotions - so far things are going pretty well nationally for the Democrats, but things are not looking as good as I'd hoped in some of the local races.  It's not looking at all good for the Marriage Amendment.  Those of you who've been following this on this site know how I feel about that.  I was hoping that things would go well, but many of the news organizations have already called it as a Yes vote.  

Calm Before The Storm

I just got back from making phone calls and standing on campus at UW-Stout (Menomonie) accosting students and trying to get them to vote.  The latter was an interesting experience.  Some of the students really knew what they were talking about.  Some of them didn't.  A LOT of them didn't realize they could actually vote in Menomonie, and some of them were very confused about how voting works.  


Greg Palast has been talking about this, and writing about this for years now. It's about bloody time someone noticed:



by Greg Palast

for The Guardian (UK), Comment
Monday November 6, 2006

Here’s how the 2006 mid-term election was stolen.

Note the past tense. And I’m not kidding.

And shoot me for saying this, but it won’t be stolen by jerking with the touch-screen machines (though they’ll do their nasty part). While progressives panic over the viral spread of suspect computer black boxes, the Karl Rove-bots have been tunneling into the vote vaults through entirely different means.

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Theme song for next 48 hours (thanks to the Beatles)
Have you seen the little piggies
Crawling in the dirt
And for all the little piggies
Life is getting worse
Always having dirt to play around in.

Have you seen the bigger piggies
In their starched white shirts
You will find the bigger piggies
You will find the bigger piggies
Stirring up the dirt
Always have clean shirts to play around in.

In their styes with all their backing
They don't care what goes on around
In their eyes there's something lacking
What they need's a damn good whacking.

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NYT - Bush Admin Put Dangerous Nuke Secrets On the Web!

Once Again, the current Republican administration is making us safe from terror - we can't wear our shoes in the airport, but putting up nuclear bomb secrets on the web - in Arabic yet - is helping to fight the terrorists?


NYT - Bush Admin Put Dangerous Nuke Secrets On the Web! - Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who said they hoped to “leverage the Internet” to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed ... [Democratic Underground]

NYT: Congress Tells Auditors In Iraq To Close Office

In yet another arrogant example of how the current congress thinks nobody is paying attention to what they're doing with our money:


NYT: Congress Tells Auditors In Iraq To Close Office - Investigations led by a Republican lawyer named Stuart W. Bowen Jr. in Iraq have sent American occupation officials to jail on bribery and conspiracy charges, exposed disastrously poor construction work by well-connected companies like Halliburton and Parsons, and discovered that the military did no... [Democratic Underground]

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The usual disclaimer: no original work here; just bits cut and pasted from the Net.


Two Years Ago today, 121,480,019 voters (give or take) went to the polls:

The dust had not yet settled on the most narrow election victory by an incumbent president in the history of the republic. Bush's edge was 2.5 percent, smaller even than Woodrow Wilson's pathetic 1916 victory margin of 3.2 percent. [It] really chapped my ass when Cheney claimed a "broad nationwide victory" and a "mandate" for Bush's "clear agenda."
---From Al Franken's The Truth (with jokes)


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Be thankful for independent courts (as long as they last) Judge rules in favor of the Denver Three (folks kicked out of Bush Social Security event for not being true believers).

"Scary" is right ... I saw a Daily Show montage this morning in which every Republican candidate shouted some version of the argument that Democrats would "raise taxes" and "lose the war" in Iraq. Bush said the same thing yesterday. I get pretty depressed by the state of the world when I see this kind of thing because of how stupid these people assume voters must be. Who started this war that we are now losing and will continue losing until we've finally admitted we lost? Who destroyed the fiscal balance they inherited from the Clinton administration and helped cause the single worst reversal of fiscal fortune in the country's history? And just how would a Democratic House or Senate "raise taxes" without Bush's signature on a bill? Does anyone think they are about to assume a "veto-proof" majority? In other words, the Republicans are running a campaign on what is, whatever you happen to believe politically, pure nonsense. And not only do they expect it to work, none of the smart-guy pundits think to call them on it. Sad, sad, sad, particularly when you think about how many hundreds of thousands of people must die in Iraq and elsewhere, for this idiocy.


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