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Pure class

Posted by Greg on May 31, 2008

Lanny Davis, Hillary surrogate, attacking a blogger.

Pure class these Clinton surrogates. ANd you should have seen the self-righetousness dripping from every word and facial expression Ickes produced inside. Well maybe you saw it on CSPAN as he questioned

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An idiot for McCain

Posted by Greg on May 31, 2008

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Abandoning the troops

Posted by Greg on May 31, 2008

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Day 234

Posted by Greg on May 31, 2008

This administration is doing everything we can to end the stalemate in an efficient way. We’re making the right decisions to bring the solution to an end.

DC, 2001

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The strength of an Obama ticket

Posted by Greg on May 30, 2008

Good piece from Daily Kos which shows the influence the top candidate can have on down ticket races, even in Red states.

Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 5/20-21. Likely voters. MoE 4% (No trend lines)

Lummis (R) 41
Trauner (D) 44

This is for the open at-large Wyoming seat Gary Trauner almost captured in 2006 (he came up 1,000 votes short).

I’ve also got presidential numbers:

McCain (R) 53
Obama (D) 40

This is a state Kerry lost 69-29. If Obama can keep it within 20 points, it makes Trauner’s job that much easier.

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A bridge in Brooklyn

Posted by Greg on May 30, 2008

A nifty bit at Improv Everywhere with cascading lights flashing down the Brooklyn Bridge a week before it’s 125th anniversary.  Go to the site and look at all the photos, the write up, etc.

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What grates about McClellan

Posted by Greg on May 30, 2008

It’s wonderful that McClellan is finally viewing the world from beyond the sphincter, but there’s something about the blatant opportunism of his current gig that grates at me.

ABC News reports:

“In an encounter last night in the lobby of a New York Hotel, former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan apologized for denouncing a former White House colleague, Richard Clarke, the former counterterrorism advisor, after Clarke wrote a book highly critical of the Bush administration in 2004.

Curious.  Hilzoy nails precisely what’s so grating about the whole thing.

I have mixed feelings about McClellan. As best I can tell, what changed his mind about the Bush administration was having Rove and Libby completely destroy his credibility (what there was of it) by lying to his face so that he could repeat their lies in public. That was, in fact, a terrible thing to do. But, as this encounter makes clear, it’s not as though McClellan didn’t know that people were having their good name savaged by the White House. It’s not even as though he had not willingly participated in that savaging. But he never seems to have thought that it could happen to him.

That’s a hard thing, and part of me sympathizes. But another part thinks: you should figure out what’s wrong with trashing someone and destroying his credibility when you do it to someone else. You shouldn’t have to wait until it happens to you.

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Posted by Greg on May 30, 2008

What on earth was KUTV thinking putting a poll like this out?

I mean, seriously, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out everyone in the world is going to be voting in it.  After all, I did.  LOL

Lots of people linked to it, but I expect Dan Savage was a major driver.

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Ladies and gentlemen, here are your targets for seduction

Posted by Greg on May 30, 2008

Does Forbes really have nothing better to do than this?

They’re young, fabulously wealthy and have blue blood coursing through their veins. Meet the “20 Hottest Young Royals” in the world, compiled by influential fortune tracker, Forbes magazine.

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Rest in peace Sandy Courage

Posted by Greg on May 30, 2008

Funny what gets remembered, isn’t it?

Over a decades-long career, Courage collaborated on dozens of movies and orchestrated some of the greatest musicals of the 1950s and 1960s, including “My Fair Lady,” “Hello, Dolly!” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Gigi,” “Porgy and Bess” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”

But his most famous work is undoubtedly the “Star Trek” theme, which he composed, arranged and conducted in a week in 1965.

“I have to confess to the world that I am not a science fiction fan,” Courage said in an interview for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s Archive of American Television in 2000. “Never have been. I think it’s just marvelous malarkey. … So you write some, you hope, marvelous malarkey music that goes with it.”

Courage said the tune, with its ringing fanfare, eerie soprano part and swooping orchestration, was inspired by an arrangement of the song “Beyond the Blue Horizon” he heard as a youngster.

“Little did I know when I wrote that first A-flat for the flute that it was going to go down in history, somehow,” Courage said. “It’s a very strange feeling.”

Courage said he also mouthed the “whooshing” sound heard as the starship Enterprise zooms through the opening credits of the TV show.

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McClellan vs. McCain

Posted by Greg on May 30, 2008

It doesn’t get much clearer than this:

John McCain is the last thing we need right now.

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Selective outrage

Posted by Greg on May 30, 2008

By now I’m sure most people have seen this idiocy:

It’s offensive, but I wish the usual suspects would be as pissed off by the race baiting as they are by the misogyny.

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Sirota on Colbert

Posted by Greg on May 30, 2008

David Sirota of Open Left appears on Colbert to promote his new book. He does well, but the best part was Colbert comparing him to Che Guevara – will college students wear his face while having no clue who he is or what he actually did? I was rolling on the floor last night at that one.

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Day 235

Posted by Greg on May 30, 2008

I’m gonna talk about the ideal world, Chris. I’ve read – I understand reality. If you’re asking me as the presdient, would I understand reality, I do.

Hardball, 2000

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The problem with GOP “economics”

Posted by Greg on May 29, 2008

Great piece at FDL.  Read it in full.

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