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your tax dollars at work


via time: brent rinehart is running for reelection as a county commissioner in oklahoma county. that’s in oklahoma. oklahoma city, to be exact. why should you care? you shouldn’t, except that he’s distributing the funniest, most over-the-top campaign literature you can imagine. it’s a comic book he wrote himself. but richie rich or archie it […]

the perfect intersection of my obsessive interests


the obama countdown clock iphone application.

hot water for dehydrated babies


the banality, bad planning, and hilarity of john mccain’s speech on tuesday has been discussed to death. but i want to focus on one particular line that had kirk and me hooting with laughter. and of course there’s a long hilarious discussion on digg. hopefully by november this guy will, at a minimum, learn to […]

could it really be true?


could tomorrow be the day that hillary clinton withdraws from the race? i’m watching this closely. as one of her constituents, i’m looking to see how she gets out of the race, and how well and strongly and effectively she supports obama. she really needs to be graceful, and supportive, and needs to do her […]

time for hillary clinton to go


more accurately, it’s time for her to be made to go. these latest remarks, citing robert kennedy’s assassination as a reason to stay in the race, are beyond the pale. you can’t tell me this was just a slip. nothing the clintons do is without purpose. the superdelegates need to step up and end this […]

ellen and senator john mccain debate gay marriage


this is a must-watch video clip — ellen hands john mccain his head on a plate, logic-wise. here’s my favorite part: “Blacks and women did not have the right to vote. I mean, women just got the right to vote in 1920. Blacks didn’t have the right to vote until 1870. And it just feels […]

stupid stupid stimulus check boondoggle


kirk sent me an email that purported to give the schedule that the irs will follow when mailing out the stimulus checks this spring. did i say spring? i did. more on that later. so the email said that they would mail on a schedule according to the last two digits in your social security […]

i’m moving to oregon


…so i can vote for steve novick, who opens a beer with his hook hand in his campaign commercial. now there’s a politician i can get excited about. plus oregon has great weather, lots of organic vegetables, and is a great place as long as you don’t leave portland or eugene.

this and that catchup


it’s been a while, so here are a few short takes: » kirk was in the hospital overnight on wednesday for some tests. he’s had dizziness, general fatigue, and chest tightness for a few weeks now, and our doctor wanted to rule out the big stuff — heart problems, blood clots, lung problems, etc. thankfully […]

thank goodness


the media has gotten obama to denounce the last uppity black man in his life. now maybe they’ll be satisfied and move on to things of consequence. like, say, health care, the economy, the middle east, iraq, and iran.

obama “outraged” with wright’s comments


from the article: In his harshest criticism yet of his former minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama said he was “outraged” by Wright’s comments at the National Press Club Monday, and “saddened by the spectacle.” personally, i’m guessing that wright chose to fall on his sword to a degree — to get out there and […]

what’s going on in the white house?


from swampland, a blog at, via the washington post, comes a story about the decision to torture detainees: Nineteen of those documents were withheld from disclosure specifically because the Bush administration decided they are covered by a “presidential communications privilege,” according to the filings, made in federal court in Manhattan. Some were “authored or […]

comment of the day


from an obama/clinton story on talking points memo: “Blocking revotes in MI and Fla.” Lol! I just love this mindless talking point. Where did he acquire the power to stop the Michigan and Florida legislatures from passing laws and/or the state parties from submitting workable delegate selection plans to the DNC? Is this like a […]

classic wonkette snark


i love reading the attitude is a perfect antidote to boring and conventional political coverage here’s an excellent example of why.

obama’s new strategy?


i’ve wailed and moaned for obama to get tougher. it seems that he has. the last couple of news cycles have seen a steady ramp-up of stories about how hillary clinton outright lied “misspoke” about her trip to bosnia with sinbad and sheryl crow. a clinton obfuscating a prevarication? who knew? nice to note that […]

more obama miscues


last i checked, i was musing about obama getting control of his message. not sure it’s gotten any better. first we have the whole “rev. wright” business. an astute politician, or a worthy adviser to that politician, should have seen this coming a mile away. and should have worked in advance to negate the effect, […]

barack obama’s speech on race


from the speech: This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected. what a beautiful turn of phrase. isn’t that what our goal should be? a more perfect union? slam him all you want for being vapid. we need someone uplifting about now.

random thoughts on the upcoming depression


i’ve lived long enough now to have seen the economy rise and fall a few times. and i’ve seen relatively isolated crises averted. a mostly contained sector of the economy, as with the savings and loan crisis. or one large company, as with the long term capital management hedge fund collapse. but this latest business […]

spitzer: working out for the best?


so if spitzer resigns, as is expected, david a. paterson is next in line. seems like a good guy with a long record of accomplishment who might not otherwise have gotten a chance to show his chops in an arena like this. maybe this all works out for the best. here’s hoping that david paterson […]

oh hai, what’s up?


not much. i’m just transferring money via shell accounts so that i’ll have a credit balance with the madam that runs my hooker. what’s up with you?