Archive for November, 2009

Senate Health Care Reform Debate Starts Today

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The debate on the health care reform deal starts today in the U.S. Senate at 3 p.m. There is still one major sticking point in the negotiations: the fate of the public option. Don’t worry though, Compromisin’ Carper is on the case: There is one idea that supporters hope could rally the centrists: Call it […]

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Monday Open Thread

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It’s Cyber Monday today, supposedly the biggest online shopping day. I suppose you’re all back at work ready to go? Well, it’s also open thread time and it’s time to tell us your thoughts. First, congratulations to Chelsea Clinton on her engagement: Chelsea Clinton is engaged to her longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky, a spokesman for […]

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Republicans Have Big Ones Too — Bills That Is

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Remember the lie about the Health Care legislation was longer than War and Peace? Turns out that out of the top 10 longest bills, half of them have been written by Republicans reports Open Congress. But long bills are written by both Democrats and Republicans. The second longest bill to appear in Congress over the […]

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Hal Turner, FBI Informant

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[Warning – this post contains some offensive language. — UI] Hal Turner is a rightwing radio host known for his extremist, far right views. He has a small, hard-core following among white supremacists and neo-Nazis. Hal Turner was named one the “40 To Watch” by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2003: Just when some […]

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Another Republican Presidential Contender Bites The Dust

Filed in National by on November 29, 2009 34 Comments

This time it’s Mike Huckabee, and it’s not a sex scandal. It’s a clemency scandal (another one). The man accused in the execution of 4 police officers in Washington state was granted clemency by Mike Huckabee. You may have heard that four police officers were murdered in what under different circumstances would look like a […]

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100 Greatest Quotes from The Wire

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I loved this show and saw it almost entirely in DVD or via bittorrent. In fact, this show is how I even found out about bittorrent. In any event, this was a brilliantly written show, with alot of memorable and true characters — with an extra special bonus throughout the seasons if you knew anything at all about Baltimore politics or law enforcement.

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Professional Cheaters

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For every game, there’s a cheater. Read the interesting story of the Philadelphia Inquirer Sudoku tournament and the “Sudokubomber” Eugene Varshavsky. On October 24, the paper hosted this year’s Sudoku National Championship, where a theretofore unknown solver going by the name of Eugene Varshavsky blazed his way to the top. He earned entry into a […]

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Comment Rescue — Vote for PPP to Poll DE-Sen Race!

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This is from xstryker in the Weekend Open Thread. Go vote to field a poll for Delaware and encourage your friends to do the same!

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“Too Much Work”

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I really am weary of Sarah Palin, and am having trouble not thinking about Lindsay Lohan every time her name is mentioned, but what happened this weekend so encapsulates what this woman stands for.  She didn’t finish the 5k run as promoted on her twitter account – She didn’t finish the race, opting to leave […]

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State/Walgreen’s Feud Delaying H1N1 Shots?

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8-Ball sez: Signs point to ‘Yes’. First, in the spirit of full disclosure allow me to stipulate that I’ve ‘got a dog in this fight’ as I’m close to someone who works for Walgreen’s. Although said someone worked for Happy Harry’s for 20 years and greatly admires Alan Levin as well. Now, follow me on […]

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Sunday Papers: The UK Iraq War Inquiry

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We haven’t done this for awhile, but this effort by the British to take a hard look at how they came to be involved in the Iraq War doesn’t seem to have gotten much press stateside. So far, I’ve seen one NYT article (this post written on 11/28, tho) and heard some NPR reports.

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Weekend Open Thread

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Here’s an open thread for you while we all recover from our post-Thanksgiving family, food and/or alcohol hangovers. What’s on your mind? Do you remember when we talked about the hypothesis that the Higgs Boson was sabotaging the Large Hadron Collider. The sub-atomic saboteurs have decided to rest for a while because last week the […]

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Top 5 Republican Lies for 2009

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Even though the year isn’t over, TPM catalogs the Top 5 ways that the GOP stepped into the national conversation with lies, distortions, bad faith and plain made up data.

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