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Yes, Err! We Have Conquered Their Puny Planet.

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Peter Boyle Passes By…

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Peter Boyle, died yesterday at 71 after battling multiple myeloma and heart disease.

“He’d made his breakthrough… in the title role of Joe, the 1970 film in which he starred as a bigoted hard-hat construction worker who wreaked a murderous vengeance upon that era’s hippies. Joe briefly stereotyped the prematurely-balding Boyle as a conservative icon, “It was a very strange experience,” Boyle once told The New York Times. “People coming up and saying, ‘That’s what they ought to do with all these hippies.’ I was in an identity crisis.” That’s because Joe’s opinions couldn’t have been further from Boyle’s own life and many of his acting choices, which tended to be leftist and countercultural. Let me just throw this fact out for a start: John Lennon was the best man at Boyle’s 1977 wedding to Laraine Alterman, one of the first prominent female rock-music writers. (They had two children.)”

Full article here.

Rush Limbaugh admits to “carrying the water” for Republicans

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At approximately 1:14 p.m. Central time today Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show…

“The way I feel is this: I feel liberated, and I’m going to tell you as plainly as I can why. I no longer am going to have to carry the water for people who I don’t think deserve having their water carried. Now, you might say, “Well, why have you been doing it?” Because the stakes are high! Even though the Republican Party let us down, to me they represent a far better future for my beliefs and therefore the country’s than the Democrat [sic] Party does and liberalism…

“I’m a radio guy! I understand what this program has become in America and I understand the leadership position it has. I was doing what I thought best, but at this point, people who don’t deserve to have their water carried, or have themselves explained as they would like to say things but somehow aren’t able to? I’m not under that kind of pressure.”

DailyKos… from which this story was pulled had this to say in response…

“To have Rush say that this thing went off the rails 4 years ago, and that he’s been covering for it all this time is kind of shameful. I wonder what else Rush really wanted to speak out about, but didn’t? Did he REALLY think Abu Ghraib was just a fraternity prank, or was he carrying water? Does he really think there’s a liberal media, or does he just need to make the whole thing up to keep Republicans in power? Hell, maybe he thinks Donovan McNabb is really a great quarterback! We’ll never know, because we can never be sure of when Rush is telling us what he REALLY thinks, or when he’s telling us what he thinks we need to hear. I’ve never really known a pundit that was willing to come right out and say “I’m full of shit.””


Post Midterms!

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Poll workers at the Garden Valley Neighborhood House in Cleveland gathered around an electronic voting machine to try to get it working, in one of many precincts nationwide with such problems.

So lets do the math kids…

Democrats take 28 seats in the House, gaining overwhelming control.

A democratic woman from San Francisco is the first female Speaker of the House in the history of our country.

Nancy Pelosi makes herstory

The Senate is still in play and could, very likely, go Democrat… giving the Dems control of both the House and Senate.

Tester, a Democrat who has just called himself the winner – literally as I’m writing this post – in the race against Senator Conrad Burns of Montana, prepares for an early morning television interview. This along with Virginia may go to recount. The Senate hangs in the balance.

South Dakota rejected a law that would have banned virtually all abortions.

Arizona became the first state to defeat an amendment to ban gay marriage. (A total of eight states voted on amendments to ban gay marriage: Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin approved them).

Missouri approved a measure backing stem cell research.

The corrupt and manipulative diva behind 2000 voting irregularities, Katherine Harris, has finally been handed her walking papers.

Santa Monica California has ostensibly legalized Marijuana, saying that it is now, “a least priority crime.”


Other great news for my worldview.

Minimum wage hikes passed in Arizona, Colorado. Missouri, Montana, Ohio and Nevada.

Voters in Arizona and South Dakota approved increases in tobacco taxes

However, proving that we are still a nation divided. On the right…

Michigan, voters took a swipe at affirmative action, deciding that race and gender should not be factors in deciding who gets into public universities or who gets hired for government work. Arizona made English the state’s official language. Nevada and Colorado voters rejected measures that would have legalized possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by anyone 21 and older. South Dakotans voted down a proposal that would have allowed marijuana use for some medical purposes.

So there you go, the scoreboard.

Last night was amazing. But I must also curtail my enthusiasm. I don’t believe democracy works when a single party is in control. What I like to see is this country, which is obviously very divided, fall into a balanced center where we all – leftist bastards, like my self, and right wing nuts – can feel at least some margin of representation. But Bush’s legacy is sealed. He is someone who uses the politics of division and sidesteps the substantive issues for the trendy rhetoric, obviously causing wild swings in the electorate. And last night his game was shown to be all played out.

So it goes.


Clinton blasts Fox host: ‘Nice little conservative hit job… You think you’re so clever’

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Fantastic response by Bill Clinton to Chris Wallace’s question about Clinton’s anti-terrorist strategy while in office. I tried to post the video here, but FOX news has made YOU TUBE take it down. I found it at this link.

Check it out soon, I don’t know how long it’s going to remain up.

Here’s fox news’ response: link.

Here’s video of Keith Olbermann’s Special Comment to Bush: “Are YOURS the actions of a true American?”

And here’s what the Chicago Tribune had to say.

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