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2007 August 06 — Why Now?
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Too Far!

There has been some reporting about the political preferences of the minor child of a candidate. That child chooses not to be involved in the campaign and has given no interviews. It is totally out of bounds to pursue this. This is tabloid journalism at its worse. It makes no difference what party is involved or what office.

Private people are just that, and it is not the business of the media to force them into the public arena. If they indicate they want to be left alone by not appearing in public, they should be left alone. It is hard enough to have anything approaching a normal childhood when one or both of your parents is famous, and these kids don’t need press harassment.

August 6, 2007   6 Comments

Local Stuff

Rick Outzen of the local weekly, Independent News, has expanded the site to include more breaking news as well as the paper’s features.

In his blog he notes Fewer voters in Florida: “In 2005, the state legislature passed a bill requiring that in odd-numbered years, voter rolls be purged of people who have skipped two straight statewide elections.”

This is probably going to be a lot of people, especially progressives in the Panhandle. The problem is that a lot of races up here are won and lost in the Repub primary, and while everyone is supposed to be allowed to vote if the choice is down to two people, the local party runs a bogus write-in candidate for the general election to prevent it from happening. There are also too many incumbents who run unopposed. This means there are a lot of meaningless elections, especially on the odd years, making it easy to miss two in a row.

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August 6, 2007   4 Comments


If you read the Associated Press article, A Union For Bloggers?, understand that the quote from Susie Madrak are her words, but not necessarily in that order, or with that intent.

What Susie is looking for is a way of using the numbers of bloggers to try and get some help with specific issue, paramount among them, health insurance.

This would be more of a professional organization than a traditional labor union, because almost everyone is doing this on their own dime. If you limit to political/issue bloggers it is easier to find similarities that would benefit from cooperation, i.e. health care, media credentials, legal issues, etc. It would be possible to have an umbrella organization that would benefit from sheer numbers, as in the insurance quest, with subordinate units for interest areas. There really are economies of scale.

August 6, 2007   9 Comments

Because He Asked

PSoTD posted his concerns at Susie’s when he was blog-sitting, and when he got home he asked his blogroll to post about Joe LIEberman [Likud-CT] and his choice for President in 2008.

Since Benjamin Netanyahu can’t run for US President, LIEberman will announce support for the Republican candidate most likely to fulfill the goals of AIPAC. The one Repub he wouldn’t support would be Ron Paul, because Paul doesn’t want to start any new wars, and wants to get out of Iraq. He is probably hoping that Tancredo will catch fire, because TT is the wingnut most likely to trigger Armageddon.

Of course, LIEberman may just introduce a Constitutional amendment to make the Shrubbery President-for-Life, but will probably be forced to select among the GOP’s sorry cluster of rich old white guys, in the interest of bipartisanship.

August 6, 2007   1 Comment


People are wondering why there wasn’t more diversity at Yearly Kos?


You have to be able to afford transportation to Chicago, hotel rooms, restaurant meals, and $4.50 beers. You also have to have a job that provides vacation time. There is a notable lack of these things in liberal/progressive blogtopia, because there is no source of financing for these types of extravaganzas.

If they were going to spend money, why not New Orleans? It needs business more than Chicago. Why not check with a college or university? My first university, Colgate, rented out facilities to groups in the summer, and I’m sure many would love to do it. They do tend to have Internet connectivity these days.

YK was a meeting of people who could afford to go, not a representative sample of anything else.

August 6, 2007   5 Comments

On This Day

Things Happen:

  • 1538 – Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada.
  • 1777 – Revolutionary War: Battle of Oriskany.
  • 1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair.
  • 1909 – Alice Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip.
  • 1923 – Henry Sullivan swims the English Channel.
  • 1926 – Gertrude Ederle becomes first woman to swim across the English Channel.
  • 1945 – World War II: Hiroshima is devastated when an atomic bomb, “Little Boy”, is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 90,000 people were killed instantly.
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No Telco Amnesty

Scout at First Draft is apparently holding down the fort while people are in milling around in Chicago.

She notes two references on the White House site to a need to address the the liability issue for those who “are alleged to assisted” in the government’s invasion of privacy…er…efforts to protect the Homeland.

Let’s see if Congress can at least allow the wronged customers and stockholders of these corporations to get a little justice, even if no one else does.

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