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Archive for April, 2009

Goodbye Norm

Posted by Greg on April 29, 2009

I’ve mentioned this before, but for the price of your morning cup of coffee, you can contribute to helping Norm Coleman go away, giving Minnesota the full representation in the US Senate it so desperately needs and deserves.

Help Norm Coleman Take a Hint

Help Norm Coleman Take a Hint

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Pathologically misinformed

Posted by Greg on April 29, 2009

Sometimes the stupid just burns.

And they wonder why they’re only 20% of the population these days.

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The company she keeps

Posted by Greg on April 27, 2009

From Minnesota’s most embarassing congresswoman, courtesy of Dump Michele Bachmann:

Bachmann doesn’t have time for reporters and constituents, but she has lots of time for an extremist bigot who wishes somebody would assasinate the President.

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They’re melting, they’re melting…

Posted by Greg on April 24, 2009

Bill Maher has a good piece in the LA Times on the GOP meltdown.

It’s been a week now, and I still don’t know what those “tea bag” protests were about. I saw signs protesting abortion, illegal immigrants, the bank bailout and that gay guy who’s going to win “American Idol.” But it wasn’t tax day that made them crazy; it was election day. Because that’s when Republicans became what they fear most: a minority.

The conservative base is absolutely apoplectic because, because … well, nobody knows. They’re mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it anymore. Even though they’re not quite sure what “it” is. But they know they’re fed up with “it,” and that “it” has got to stop.

Yep.  The party of  “not Obama.”

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The Republic of Teabaggerstan

Posted by Greg on April 23, 2009

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Leaving the reservation

Posted by Greg on April 22, 2009

Shepard Smith showing, again, why he’s among the few ethical people at Faux News.

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Court returns limits on police searches

Posted by Greg on April 22, 2009

In a ruling that’s something of a surprise, a 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court placed new limits on police searches, saying that police do not have carte blanche to search a person’s car without a warrant when arrested.

Details of the case are here, but what’s most surprising is the coalition that came together.  Stevens wrote for a majority that included Stevens, Ginsburg, Souter, Scalia and Thomas.

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Debunking the “revolt”

Posted by Greg on April 22, 2009

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Goodbye Norm

Posted by Greg on April 19, 2009

Help make Norm go away.  Dontate today!

Go Away Norm

Go Away Norm

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About the memos

Posted by Greg on April 19, 2009

A good follow up can be found at C&L.

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Impeach Bybee

Posted by Greg on April 19, 2009

Sign the petition here.

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Pots and kettles

Posted by Greg on April 17, 2009

Via Josh Marshall:

Conservatives are so incensed by warnings about the threat of right wing radicalism that they’re considering overthrowing the federal government.

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Why doing something matters

Posted by Greg on April 17, 2009

It is not acceptable to not prosecute.  Keith explains why.

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Whither the outrage

Posted by Greg on April 17, 2009

Great point at TMV – are the right things being protested? Where is the outrage on the right?

I can’t help but notice the radio silence from the Right on the release of the Bush OLC torture memos. Andrew Sullivan made the same point earlier today. The biggest voices on the right – Malkin, Instapundit, Drudge – have said absolutely nothing about the release of these stunning memos.

Why is this worth mentioning?

Because, just yesterday, these same figures on the Right touted a nationwide series of demonstrations against all sorts of supposed government oppression. In hundreds of demonstrations around the country, protesters waved placards proclaiming Obama a fascist, supporting individual liberty, and decrying the Federal government’s abridgment of Constitutional limitations.

And so, the very next day, we get explicit evidence that the Federal government DID, in fact, live out the fears of these protesters by shredding all legal proscriptions against torture. So, where is the outrage on the Right about this? I thought the protesters were angry at Obama AND Bush for “expanding the government.” Surely, there is no greater expansion of the government than the ability to disregard all Constitutional protections of detainees, and then to torture suspects – some of whom have been PROVEN to be completely innocent.

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A real tax issue

Posted by Greg on April 16, 2009

As early as Monday the US Congress may take up debate a new bill proposing standards and establishing a framework for internet sales to be taxed.

Read about it here.

And get your congressmen and senators on board in opposition to taxing internet sales.

If a little-known but influential alliance of state politicians, large retailers, and tax collectors have their way, the days of tax-free Internet shopping may be nearly over.

A bill expected to be introduced in the U.S. Congress as early as Monday would rewrite the ground rules for mail order and Internet sales by eliminating what its supporters view as a “loophole” that, in many cases, allows Americans to shop over the Internet without paying sales taxes.

Currently, Americans who shop over the Internet from out-of-state vendors aren’t always required to pay sales taxes at the time of purchase. Californians buying books from Amazon.com or cameras from Manhattan’s B&H Photo, for example, won’t pay sales taxes at checkout time that they would if shopping at a local mall.

“We will have the bill ready for introduction by next Monday,” said Neal Osten of the National Conference of State Legislatures. “We finalized the language and now we’re working out the remaining issues and adding some new provisions at the request of various stakeholders.”

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