Labels: Lyndon Johnson
A Democrat - without prefix, without suffix, without apology.
Hart Williams has a good one, and a passel of fun facts for history buffs...
...The Liberty cap was CENSORED from the statue [atop the Capitol dome in DC] in the 1850s because of Southern Antebellum Political Correctness. (Or, should I say, ‘Keerecktnis’?). That craven action needs to be rectified.I'm in.
...and if you don't? Hey, it's good for you. Today's random ten...
The Youngbloods - Hippie From Olema No. 5
Richard & Mimi Fariña - Hard-Loving Loser
Railroad Earth - The Good Life
Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London
Dwight Yoakum - Honky Tonk Man
Heather Myles - By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Brigitte DeMeyer - Roll 'Em Easy
Rodney Crowell - The Last Waltz
The Drifters - Save The Last Dance For Me
Willie Nelson - Funny How The Time Slips Away
How long will it be before people start treating Black Friday like an American version of Pamplona, where people dash into a Wal-Mart at 5am not to buy stuff, but solely for the thrill of surviving the stampede?My sole errand today was an emissions test for my pick'em up truck (passed on the first try this year), and the journey involved the briefest brush with mall traffic. Personally, I can't imagine what possesses people, but they seem to find the efforts of advertisers (and willing accomplices in news departments everywhere) to gin up a retail frenzy with planned shortages on the most attractive bargains compelling.
...I was never under the illusion that Barack Obama is Santa Claus and that The Plan was that he would make all our Progressive Dreams come true and give everybody a free scoop of Ben and Jerry’s in the process.Me neither.
...not the least of which is the Brilliant and Beautiful Bride of Upper Left's annual transformation into the Queen of Thanksgiving. Right now this house smells so good I'd be nibbling on the furniture if she didn't keep me distracted with bits of cheese and bacon and such.
"This isn’t about big government or small government. It’s about building a smarter government that focuses on what works."I confess to lingering resentment about Bill Clinton's notorious declaration that the era of "big government" had come to an end. That's absurd, of course, in the context of a nation of hundreds of millions, with a vast territorial reach and vital social, economic and security interests on every continent. Worse, it implies that there's some legitimacy to the "big government" boogeyman that the right wing uses as a blunt weapon against every worthwhile government program or regulation.
…how much I hate what they've done to my Army? Via VetVoice...
Army substance abuse counselors are swamped. Domestic violence among military families is a concern. Suicides are up. Entrance standards have been lowered considerably. And, as of a year ago, 58 percent of the West Point class of 2002 had already left the Army…It's broken.
…you should be listening to me. From Intercollegiate Studies Institute American Civic Literacy Test...
You answered 31 out of 33 correctly — 93.94 %Not perfect? Perhaps, but consider...
Seventy-one percent of Americans fail the test, with an overall average score of 49%.I'm not sure if I should be proud of myself or shamed by my countrymen.
Liberals score 49%; conservatives score 48%. Republicans score 52%; Democrats score 45%.
Fewer than half of all Americans can name all three branches of government, a minimal requirement for understanding America’s constitutional system.
…answers The Big Question…
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.): There is no American more capable or better able to serve our nation as Secretary of State than Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and I enthusiastically applaud the news that she has accepted an invitation to serve from President-elect Barack Obama...So, is Jim considered "center-right" these days?
...let the date pass without notice. It's hard to say anything about what it means that folks much younger than me would understand, though, and folks my age? Well, we know, don't we?
…it doesn't look like I'll get my pick at Treasury. I knew it was a long shot. I take some comfort, though, in Professor Reich's apparent comfort with, if not excitement over, the developing Obama economic team. "They are," he observes…
"...not visionaries but we don't need visionaries when the economic perils are clear and immediate. We need competence. Obama could not appoint a more competent group."Personally, I think competence sounds pretty damned exciting at this point.
...a random ten.
Jim's Big Ego - In A Bar
Rice, Rice, Hillman & Pedersen - Things We Said Today
Sam Cooke - Only Sixteen
George Jones - Skip A Rope
Kinky Friedman - Sold American
Nanci Griffith & Arlo Guthrie - Tecumseh Valley
Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Waiting For A Train
Linda Ronstadt - Love Is A Rose
Jackson Browne - Doctor My Eyes
Lovin' Spoonful - Lovin' You
“I know conceptually what we support, and I know that the Endangered Species Act is a tangled web that doesn’t actually help support any species, including our own.”See, I'da figured that Republican White House officials would be feeling very protective of endangered species right about now...
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino
Five years ago on Upper Left…
Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie was in town last week, pinning high hopes on the state of Washington according to The Stranger.Ah, the heady days of the 'permanent Republican majority.'
"Washington is a priority for Republicans in the 2004 elections, Gillespie said, describing the state as "ground zero" in the party's efforts to maintain control of the U.S. Senate, expand its governorships, and reelect President Bush in 2004."
WASHINGTON - More than three decades after he first appeared before the panel as a 27-year-old Vietnam veteran-turned-antiwar protester, Senator John F. Kerry will be named chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, giving him enormous influence over President-elect Barack Obama's foreign policy, according to congressional officials.Welcome all the way home, brother...
The long and short of my view is this: it's all true. Everything you are writing and/or thinking about the progressive blogosphere is correct, almost no matter what you are writing or thinking. There is one exception: if you are arguing that the progressive blogosphere is any one thing, holds any one position, or represents any singular group, then and only then are you wrong.Yep. Me too.
…for an epic post on the Lieberman matter, but tremayne has tied a neat bow around the whole business…
The Evolution of Blog OpinionI resemble those remarks.
Most 2007: Lieberman sucks but at least he votes with us sometimes.
Dec., 2007: I can’t believe he’s endorsing McCain. Loser.
July, 2008: If he speaks at the RNC then he’s OUT!
Sep.,2008: Traitor! I can’t stand the sight of his smirky little face.
Nov., 2008: He must lose his committee chairmanship.
Today: You guys are a bunch of babies for whining about Lieberman so much.
Some 691,000 children went hungry in America sometime in 2007, while close to one in eight Americans struggled to feed themselves adequately even before this year's sharp economic downtown, the Agriculture Department reported Monday.It's a disgrace, and it's dangerous. Food security is national security.
Reid, Lieberman, and Barack Obama have about fifty top priorities right now, and "mollifying The Left" just isn't one of them. Getting health care and foreign policy and tax-reform and economic stimulus legislation through the Senate is going to feel like giving birth to a baby grand...."Getting health care and foreign policy and tax-reform and economic stimulus legislation through the Senate" seems like an agenda tailor-made for mollifying anything fit to call itself "The Left."
…counting the idies.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Mark Begich, the Democratic Anchorage mayor, has defeated Sen. Ted Stevens in a closely contested, see-saw race for the United States Senate, according to Associated Press projections.Franken's going to an automatic recount, and we can still defeat Saxby Chambliss.
…you have to win where the people are. Doug Sutherland, on his belated concession to new Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark…
“At this juncture, the people of King County have spoken,” Sutherland said. “As a rule of thumb for Republicans, you do well in the rest of the state and do at least 40 percent in King County and you can win. It’s been that way for the last couple of decades and it’s just getting worse.”It's true he fell a hair short of 40% in King County, but he had problems elsewhere, too. Goldmark not only won where the people are, he did pretty well over in Jefferson County (where the trees are) up north and back home in Okanogan, where folks know him best and where Sutherland lost a county where Dino Rossi got over 60%.
The AFL-CIO is launching a major effort over the next three weeks to help Democrat Jim Martin best Sen. Saxby Chambliss in the GA Senate run-off. The group will drop a new mailer to 81K union voters and begin a "wide-scale" ground campaign.I'm sure that mailer will give many Georgians valuable information about Saxby Chambliss, but you can't get everything about Saxby Chambliss into one little brochure. Some people with questions about Saxby Chambliss will probably look for Saxby Chambliss information on the internet, perhaps by searching for Saxby Chambliss on the Google. Helping people curious about Saxby Chambliss get the best possible Saxby Chambliss search results is a patriotic obligation to our fellow citizens down south.
From Chris Bowers to desmoinesdem to me to you…
Today, President-elect Barack Obama announced the following key White House staff, Pete Rouse, Jim Messina and Mona Sutphen.…does this mean that Kenny Loggins is still in the mix for Secretary of Tunes?
Some welcome sanity from Seattle's U.S. Attorney Jeff Sullivan, via Lee…
“Today, I informed the Border Patrol that all future small possession cases may be referred to state or local law enforcement, but will not be pursued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office due to a lack of federal interest in the prosecution.”As long as "small possession" = at least the established medical marijuana limits, this is very good news.
Well, pretty different, anyway. Still ten songs, but this time rather than pulling them randomly off my hard drive, here's the ten most played on my Shuffle…
Nina Gordon - Straight Out Of ComptonYeah, I'm on a bit of a Mollie O'Brien jag. That's a good thing.
David Gans - Normal
Mollie O'Brien - No Ash Will Burn
The Gourds - Ziggy Stardust
John Wesley Harding - Like A Prayer
Mollie O'Brien - Brown Eyed Handsome Man
Taj Mahal - Johnny Too Bad
The Kingston Trio - Scotch And Soda
Kris Kristofferson - Me And Bobby McGee
The Lovin' Spoonful - Younger Generation
NBC's Mark Murray...
If Obama selects Hillary Clinton to be his Secretary of State, it would be an ironic pick -- given that Team Obama downplayed her foreign-policy credentials (especially as first lady) during the Democratic primary season.I mean, that's one of the things I thought Obama was right about from the beginning.
Stan Greenberg and Bob Borosage in The American Prospect...
...And that is all moderates are looking for. They aren't skeptical about the need for government. By large margins, they think regulation does more good than harm. They want investments made in education and training. They favor a concerted government-led drive for energy independence. They far prefer a health-care plan with a choice between their current insurance and a public plan like Medicare, rather than one that would give them a tax credit to negotiate with insurance companies on their own. Their concern is less that government will do too much and more that government will fail to do what it must and waste their money in the process.…"moderates" are liberal.
I know we're all a bit giddy with the election results, but some generally sensible folk around the left blogosphere really need to take some deep breaths. In the first of a few examples, Kevin Drum opines...
The public face of his economic policy, after all, was almost entirely based on tax cuts, a distinctly conservative notion.Kevin, do you really want to cede that ground? What in the world is illiberal about tax cuts as such? Wouldn't a tax cut that's part of a program to increase the progressivity of the tax code be, well, progressive?
The Pugs are in disarray, perhaps for a generation, but the Dems face the same fate, particularly if Pelosi and Reid dig in and become as obstructionist to Obama as the Dem congress was to Clinton in 1992.With all due respect to St. Bill, if Obama tosses over his health care proposals in favor of Clinton's
If we have chosen a new politics, which I believe we have, we abandoned virtually all of the old paradigm, at least for now. Race doesn’t matter, liberal vs. conservative doesn’t matter. Red state vs. blue state doesn’t matter. The electorate agreed overwhelmingly with Obama that we have no time for that...In America, race always matters. Liberal vs. conservative still matters. Red state vs. blue state never mattered.
"…an undertaking that necessitates a non-political and non-partisan approach…"Doc's point was made in a case against placing Tom Daschle in a key health care role because he's too tainted with the traditional wheeling and dealing of the other Washington. I haven't really assessed Daschle's fitness for the role, but being well acquainted with key legislators and knowing how to move legislation wouldn't be disqualifying factors in my book. Sorry, Doc, but any legislative project of this scale is inherently political, and if you think it won't be partisan, I refer you to the Republican platform. These are people who think the progressive income tax is Marxist. Non-partisan is a non-starter.
Reid has the power to remove Joe Lieberman's committee chair and/or kick him out of the Democratic caucus. Yes, Lieberman has to be put up to a vote before the full Democratic caucus. But if Reid were a real leader, he could get his way in a snap. No one is going to challenge their leader if he says that he absolutely wants Lieberman out. At least that's the way it works on the Republican side of the aisle. There, discipline matters. And it shows in how they vote.Yep, we do things different, alright. We use a democratic system that respects the will of the members, each elected by their constituents to the same office as the leader. Our leader is first among equals, the servant, for a time, of the members who elected him, just as under our Constitution the president is just a citizen, elevated for a time as first among his equals (that's us). Sometimes some of the members will disagree with the leader, sometimes most of them will. It's the inevitable result of the "big tent" approach to party building.
WASHINGTON - A senior Pentagon advisory group, in a series of bluntly worded briefings, is warning President-elect Barack Obama that the Defense Department's current budget is "not sustainable," and he must scale back or eliminate some of the military's most prized weapons programs.Heck, I can't imagine better news for the new President than a Pentagon that's on board with wiping out the budget bloat of hardware boondoggles.
…to a longtime pal o' Upper Left.
...Jesse Lee, a leading Web operative who handled Rahm Emanuel's DCCC internet outreach operation during the 2006 take-back of Congress, has been hired to do online communications. Obama's transition team confirms the hires.Might be that the greater congratulations should go to the Obama transition, which just got itself one of the best.
Georgia Republican Congressman Paul Broun, via The Rude One…
"God cannot and will not continue to bless a nation that murders over 3,000 innocent babies every day..."So, is he saying that his god will, umm, "damn" America for its sins? The path to national salvation seems to be a slippery slope indeed.
After the voting rights bill passed, presidential aide Bill Moyers found LBJ rather downcast. “Why?” Moyers asked. “Because, Bill,” the president replied, “I think we just delivered the South to the Republican Party for a long time to come.” It is true that Strom Thurmond, Newt Gingrich and the Southern Democrats who became Republicans indeed profited from the 1965 legislation.Yeah, yeah, the war and all. I was there - literally. You don't have to tell me.
Johnson was right, but only for a short run. Forty-odd years is not terribly long, given the eventual payoff in 2008.
Josh Hammond ponders proposals for an auto industry bailout…
Shouldn’t there be strings, no make that chains, attached to a bailout? Shouldn’t Congress, and Obama, insist on none of the money going to SUVs and that all cars and trucks meet higher fuel standards in five years? Shouldn’t there be an incentive clause to increase fuel efficiency in less than five years? Shouldn’t the money be spent on retooling and not on marketing?Since you asked, yes, at the very least.
Better question. Markos...
The Homeland Security committee was the committee with jurisdiction over the administration's handling of Katrina. Anyone remember Lieberman using it to hold the administration accountable for drowning an entire city?Shouldn't just being lousy at it be reason enough to lose the job?
…to all my brothers and sisters in arms who made it back.
Fridays are going to be different around here, I guess…
Nasa says its Phoenix lander on the surface of Mars has gone silent and is almost certainly dead.Phoenix produced some sensational images and landmark science.
Engineers have not heard from the craft since Sunday 2 November when it made a brief communication with Earth. Phoenix, which landed on the planet's northern plains in May, had been struggling in the increasing cold and dark of an advancing winter.
In 2008, there were seven direct elections of Secretaries of State who control oversight of statewide elections. Going into the elections, Democrats held four seats while Republicans held three. After Tuesday, Democrats hold six of the seven up for grabs.…and the bad (it's ugly.)
Only in Washington did the incumbent Republican hold his seat.Sorry about that, America. There's a stubborn streak of contrariness (adherents like to call it 'independence') in the upper leftian electorate that manifests itself in ticket splitting. For some reason, Secretary of State has traditionally been seen as a "safe" opportunity for an otherwise rational person to vote for a Republican.
Could happen. Should. And not just because he's a blogger...
So the crucial questions become (1) how much will the government have to spend to get the economy back on track? and (2) what sort of spending will have the biggest impact on jobs and incomes?For now, it's reassuring at least that these ideas are represented on President-elect Obama's economic transition team.
The answer to the first question is "a lot." Given the magnitude of the mess and the amount of underutilized capacity in the economy-- people who are or will soon be unemployed, those who are underemployed, factories shuttered, offices empty, trucks and containers idled -- government may have to spend $600 or $700 billion next year to reverse the downward cycle we're in.
The answer to the second question is mostly "infrastructure" -- repairing roads and bridges, levees and ports; investing in light rail, electrical grids, new sources of energy, more energy conservation. Even conservative economists like Harvard's Martin Feldstein are calling for government to stimulate the economy through infrastructure spending. Infrastructure projects like these pack a double-whammy: they create lots of jobs, and they make the economy work better in the future. (Important qualification: To do this correctly and avoid pork, the federal government will need to have a capital budget that lists infrastructure projects in order of priority of public need.)
Government should also spend on health care and child care. These expenditures are also double whammies: they, too, create lots of jobs, and they fulfill vital public needs.
We won some important battles Tuesday. A bunch of 'em. The war, however, drags on. Via Modern Science…
The Gov of Texas has just appointed a 6-person committee to revamp the state's K-12 science curriculum. One of these six individuals is a creationist. A second person on the committee is not just any ol' creationist, but the director of the US's biggest creationist organization: Stephen C. Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute. And the chair of the committee is Donald McLeroy, who has gone on record as saying that biology textbooks containing evolution are anti-Christian and anti-American.They're not going to just give up and go away because we won a national election.
Please. The WaPo, via Hilzoy...
Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.Good start, but only 200?
“The party in the Northeast is all but extinct; the party on the West Coast is all but extinct...there has to be a message and a vision that is compelling to people in order for them to come back and to give consideration to the Republican Party again.”Good luck with that.McCain campaign chief strategist Steve Schmidt
...deliberately, I'm still changing the tunes randomly.
Randy Newman - Louisiana 1927
Peter, Paul & Mary - Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Christine Lavin - Ain't Love Grand
Tom Paxton - Talkin' Vietnam Potluck Blues
Carl Perkins - Matchbox
The Lovin' Spoonful - You're A Big Boy Now
Jerry Jeff Walker - Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother
John Hammond, Jr. - Come On In My Kitchen
Coyote Run - Northwest Passage
Aztec Camera - Jump
It is likely at this point that Congressman Reichert has won re-election, and while we will certainly ensure that every valid vote is counted, we accept the decision of the voters.The classy gesture you'd expect from Burner, but she was robbed, plain and simple, by the conjunction of a front page smear in the Seattle Times and the likely criminal line of credit extended by Reichert's media buyers, allowing him to broadcast the smear in the closing days of the campaign.
...David Axelrod, another Chicago native who served as Obama’s chief strategist during his presidential campaign, will become a senior adviser in the Obama White House.Another good pick. There's some fretting about Emanuel having the President's ear on his pet policy issues, but they're close friends as well as political allies. He's going to have access in any event, as an in-house advisor or as a leader of the Democratic House caucus. It's not a question of the access he may have to Obama, but of the access he brings to Obama - access to both Emanuel's practical political acumen (he may, on occasion, want to do the wrong thing, but he knows how to get things done just the same. I'll trust Obama to set him to work on doing the right things.) and a network built up as a key player both in the White House and the Capitol Building.
Bolstered by a newly expanded majority, Harry Reid met with Joe Lieberman on Thursday to sketch out the conditions by which the Connecticut independent could continue to caucus with Senate Democrats. But Lieberman did not accept Reid's initial offers, leaving his future in the caucus uncertain, and potentially setting off a campaign to pressure the Democratic steering committee to decide Lieberman's fate.Reid's offer seems extraordinarily generous to me, but not completely unacceptable. If Joe Lieberman is going to spurn that generosity then the discussion should be closed. If he votes for the Democratic leadership when the new Congress organizes, then he should be permitted to attend general meetings of the caucus, with no appointments and with his seniority reset to zero on the day of that vote.
Reid offered Lieberman a deal to step down as chairman of the homeland security committee but take over the reins of another subcommittee, likely overseeing economic or small business issues officials said.
Stephen Suh offers his "policy prescription for a totally centrist Obama Administration…"
· Get the USA out of Iraq. This is the majority position in the country, the centrist view.Personally, I'm fine with "governing from the center" if it's done with the understanding that at the very heart of everything American lies the ideological and philosophical underpinnings of the framers of the Constitution, liberalism. The Constitution is nothing more than a blueprint for the governance of a liberal nation, which is why conservatives always make such a hash of it. Their essentially non- (if not anti-) American ideology is simply incompatible with the operation of our government as it is designed.
· Protect women's right to choose along with access to safe abortions and birth control in all areas of the country. The clear majority of Americans want abortion and birth control to be legal and accessible, which makes protecting these the most centrist position available.
· Establish a national system of healthcare. The majority of Americans are dissatisfied with our current system and want to see everyone in the country provided with access to care.
· Nothing is more quintessentially American, nothing more centrist than the idea that Americans, more than anyone else in the world, are free to chart their own course through life. No idea is embraced by more Americans of all political stripes than that we are a free nation. Therefore, the centrist position for Obama is to tear down the roadblocks to full equality for the LBGTQ community that religious extremists have been able to erect. Full marriage equality for all Americans is the centrist position, all others are extremist.
· Also central to the character of America is the idea that anyone, no matter the circumstances of their birth, can become wealthy, or famous, or powerful depending solely upon their desires and willingness to work hard. A corollary to this idea is that we have no aristocracy. This is not a nation set up to reward people simply for being born. Therefore, Obama should follow the eminently centrist path of reforming our tax code and corporate regulatory regime so that the children and friends of the rich and powerful are no longer rewarded for merely existing.
GOP Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave was unseated tonight by Democratic challenger Betsy Markey after another intense campaign that blasted voters with nasty attack ads.The only thing Musgrave was good for was spiking the progressive outrage meter with the hate that rolled so trippingly off her tongue. Good riddance.
Ousting 22-year veteran Rep. Chris Shays in Connecticut gave Democrats every House seat from New England. Their victory in an open seat on New York's Staten Island gave them control of all of New York City's delegation in Washington for the first time in 35 years.Another stake in the heart of the 'moderate Republican' myth.
Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Pa., who chairs a subcommittee with the most influence on the Pentagon's spending, who had a scare after calling his district south of Pittsburgh "racist," won easy re-election.He's not exactly the model of a progressive Democrat, but he's a critical ally to the Speaker when she needs to move the Blue Dogs in the right direction and he's been in the right place, if not always for the right reasons, on the war. Good to see he wasn't punished for honesty.
“Democrats won new majorities in the Delaware House, Ohio House, Wisconsin Assembly, New York Senate, and the Nevada Senate.”There's a census coming up, isn't there? This is a bigger deal than you might think.
Democrat Jeff Merkley has ousted Republican Gordon Smith from his U.S. Senate seat, The Oregonian projects.Good news from the lower upper left.
OLYMPIA _ Trailing by more than 100,000 votes – and well behind in several counties he easily won four years ago – Republican Dino Rossi has conceded the race for governor.Done. Chris is back. Whew.
…it was Tuesday in Iraq, too.
BaghdadThere's a lot of talk now about priorities for the new administration. It should be noted in that discussion that ending the occupation of Iraq isn't in competition with fixing the economy, it's part of fixing the economy.Three people from one family ( a police officer and his two sons) were injured by an adhesive bomb that was stuck to their car in the central Baghdad neighborhood of Karrada around 7:15 a.m.Kirkuk
A policeman was killed and three others were inured when gunmen opened fire on a police patrol in al Ghadeer neighborhood in east Baghdad around 7:30 a.m.
A member of the guards of the head of the property dispute committee was killed and seven people were injured (4 other guards and 3 civilians) by an adhesive bomb that was stuck to a four-wheel drive in the Karrada neighborhood in downtown Baghdad around 12 p.m.
Around 12 p.m. an adhesive bomb that was stuck to a civilian car detonated near Ibn al Haitham hospital in Karrada neighborhood in downtown Baghdad. No casualties reported. The car was damaged.
Around 12:15 p.m. a civilian was killed and five others were injured in al Sinaa Street in downtown Baghdad by an adhesive bomb that was stuck to a civilian car that belonged to a policeman.
Four civilians were inured and eight others were injured by a roadside bomb in al Qahira neighborhood in northeast Baghdad around 1 p.m.
Seven civilians were killed and 18 others were wounded by a bomb that was planted under a vendor's stand inside al Mashtal bus station in east Baghdad around 2 p.m.
Gunmen assassinated a Lieutenant Colonel working for the ministry of interior affairs inside his car on al Qanat Street in east Baghdad around 2:15 p.m.Around 11 a.m. a roadside bomb blew up near one of the offices of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's party in the Nasr area in downtown Kirkuk. No casualties were reported.NinevehA patrol of the Iraqi army found two unidentified bodies in al Sehaji area in west Mosul city. The bodies were shot in the head and the chest.SalahuddinIraqi police in Salahuddin province says that a civilian was killed and three others were injured when an American vehicle hit them while they were putting up an advertisement in Mkeshifah area; 15 miles south of Tikrit city. US military said that an accident occurred on Tuesday morning between a vehicle for the Coalition Forces and a civilian car carrying two Iraqi civilians in the Tikrit area. One Iraqi civilian died at the scene while the second died of his wounds when he was being treated.
Joe Biden this time.
Since Neal asked, and others might be interested, there will be election night festivities at the perfect tavern tonight. Election returns and seditious folk music will be prominently featured. As always on a Tuesday evening, any and all pickers of anything acoustic welcome.
...from Nixon to Bush. Sidney Blumenthal on the Republican legacy...
In economics, supply-side panaceas and deregulation created the worst crisis since the Great Depression, requiring a conservative Republican administration to part-nationalize banks, something unimaginable under any Democratic administration. In foreign policy, neoconservatism led to the morass in Iraq and Afghanistan while undermining the western alliance. In social policy, the evangelical right battered science, the separation of church and state, and the right to privacy. Finally, the conservative principle of limited government has become a watchword for incompetence, cronyism, corruption, hypocrisy, and contempt for the rule of law.It's not just time for a change, the change is just in time.
VP Dick Cheney today endorsed John McCain and Sarah Palin...That's it? At the eleventh hour they roll out the guy who's hated by even more people than the number of people who hate the president who is hated by more people than any other president in history.
Joan Osborne - Brokedown Palace
Utah Phillips - Larimer Street
The Andrews Sisters - Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar
The Zombies - Time Of The Season
The Bottoms Up Blues Gang - Key To The Highway
Nanci Griffith & John Prine - The Speed Of The Sound Of Lonliness
David Gans - Down To Seeds And Stems
Peter, Paul & Mary - Right Field
The Lovin' Spoonful - Younger Generation
Judy Collins - Someday Soon