25 Mar 2006

Repeat After Me: “I Fucked Up.”

      I should never have trusted the DLC  Last night in the comments section, surveying the smoldering wreckage that now is the life of Ben Domenech, a few of us indulged in a discussion of human nature, learning and the possibility of redemption.  I woke up this morning

24 Mar 2006

Reality Bites the Crusaders

       Onward Christian Soldier. . .  Freedom is on the march? Ehhh. . . not so much. Returning to a non-Domenech subject Christy brought up earlier, Tony Perkins, president of the theocratic Family Research Council, said some things on Hardball last night sure to make Unka Karl’s special muscles tighten. 

23 Mar 2006

Fear of a Brown America

        La negra tiene tumbao.  You’re going to be hearing a lot about immigration politics in the next week, and throughout this election year. You may think you are hearing about immigration policy, but you’re really hearing about immigration politics. Why? Here’s a clue from a new Pew Research poll

22 Mar 2006

Together, Can We Do Better?

A funny thing happened on the way to the blowout. Not many of us in the blogosphere were focused on the IL-06 primary last night.  I know I wasn’t. Chris bowers explains why: I travel to DC often these days (in fact, I am about to leave for DC now),

22 Mar 2006

Let’s Make a Movie!

I won’t enlist.  Recruit in Harlem. Dear Ben, You know, it’s not completely your fault.  They carefuly bred you to be a racist wingnut who doesn’t understand basic science and post-enlightenment thought.  Like that guy in The Silence of the Lambs who bred the moths.  They kept you home and

21 Mar 2006

Looks Like Someone Has a Rash

                "I don’t like Uncle Russ!"  Don’t look now, but Republicans are very worried about Russ and his censure motion. Let’s begin with Feingold’s trip back to Wisconsin’s rural communities for his listening sessions while on break. Seems he got extended applause after talking about his censure

18 Mar 2006

FDL Late Nite: The Silent Majority

“A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing.” — Muhammad Ali

According to the Pew Research Center for People and the Press, George W. Bush’s overall approval rating stands now at 33%.

09 Mar 2006

Late Nite FDL: What You Can Do. . . NOW

Last night I wrote about social movements and how they develop. That’s all well and good, but social movements don’t develop on their own. The part left out of last night’s discussion was how you can make our progressive movement successful over the long haul.

Social movements unfold through the power of social networks.

09 Mar 2006

Attention: Senate Democrats

The Senate is a funny place.

And I don’t mean “funny” as in boogers flying, laugh-your-ass-off funny.

Collegiality and all that. People who hate each other – and I mean HATE each other – refer each other as “My good friend. . .” or as “The Gentlelady from (fill in the state).” On the inside, they’re all roller derby eye scratchers, but on the outside, they satisfy Church Lady Brady’s Rules for Pleasant

08 Mar 2006

Late Nite FDL: The GOP Is An Organized Crime Racket

— “Fucking Abramoff! I think we’re fucked.”
— “Yeah. Gimme some fucking lube.”

Atrios alluded to this earlier: the whole Republican Party is an organized crime syndicate.

From Wikipedia (emphasis added):

Organized crime is crime carried out systematically by formal criminal organizations. The Organized Crime Control Act (U.S., 1970) defines organized crime as “The unlawful activities of …