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My usual disclaimer: I make no claim to original reporting here. I simply cut and paste items of progressive interest, with a drop of venomous sarcasm added from time to time.


Watch a tribute to our veterans here
One of my dreams crushed (at least for now) Russ Feingold decides NOT to seek presidency in 2008. More here.
Oversight. Remember that? The New York Times has a Sunday piece ostensibly about Democratic plans to restore the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, but the piece serves as a good overall roadmap for Democratic oversight priorities.
Say goodnight, Gracie. Was anyone besides me delighted to note that the last two Republican senators to concede were Burns and Allen?

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"And don't think you're off the hook, voters, you're the ones who made this bed.
Now you're the ones who are going to have to move over so a gay couple can sleep in it.
Tomorrow you're all going to wake up in a brave new world, a world where the Constitution
gets trampled by an army of terrorist clones, created in a stem-cell research lab run by
homosexual doctors who sterilize their instruments over burning American flags.
Where tax-and-spend Democrats take all your hard-earned money and use it to buy
electric cars for National Public Radio, and teach evolution to illegal immigrants.
Oh, and everybody's high! You know what, I've had it! You people don't deserve
a Republican majority. I quit." -- Stephen Colbert

Dear Everyone Who Thinks They Singled-Handedly Won the Last Election,

The DNC and Howard Dean couldn't have won this by themselves. They are not the source of all good in the world. Or all evil.

The DCCC and Rahm Emanuel couldn't have won this by themselves. They are not the source of all good in the world. Or all evil.

The DSCC and Chuck Schumer couldn't have won this by themselves. They are not the source of all good in the world. Or all evil.

The netroots and grassroots couldn't have won this by themselves. They are not the source of all good in the world. Or all evil.

The 527s and unions and allied organizations couldn't have won this by themselves. They are not the source of all good in the world. Or all evil.

The big dollar donors couldn't have won this by themselves. They are not the source of all good in the world. Or all evil.

They were all part of a glorious puzzle. And working together, even if not always harmoniously, led to great, great things.

Hugs and kisses.

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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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