Mon
Nov 13 2006
04:09 pm

Not good. But not a surprise either.

 

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Mon
Nov 13 2006
12:50 pm

Never mind my previous posts about the voting machine problems at Downtown West. After trying to sort through all the confusing media reports about the exact nature of the problem, I finally watched the WATE video. A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say. Some of the mystery is solved, but new questions are raised.

Read more after the jump...

Continued...

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Mon
Nov 13 2006
11:16 am

Hmm. Toast. Butter. Side.

What do all his addressees share in common? No, that's just reading into it. You're seeing things, Metulj. It's terrorist for you to even point that out. 

UPDATE: The guy is a regular at Free Republic (who I am sure are pulling his posts most quickly). Wow. Whodathunkit? 

 

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Mon
Nov 13 2006
10:29 am

Kinda off the political radar, but does it piss anyone else off how in the last 10 or so years we have gone straight into Christmas the day after Halloween? Merchants can't seem to wait until the 4th Friday of November anymore before cramming the Holiday season down our throat. I am not trying to be a Scrooge, I just don't like how Thanksgiving is being pushed aside because Christmas is better for the economy.

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Sun
Nov 12 2006
05:54 pm

JProf Jim Stovall, now at the UT School of Journalism, is quoted on the front page of the New York Times. It's not exactly about journalism though. It's related to his hobby.

As I was reading the first couple of paragraphs, I wondered if JProf knew about this guy getting sued by the University of Alabama for infringing on their trademark red and white uniforms in his sports paintings. Then in the the next paragraph was a quote from JProf. Cool. (And what a stupid lawsuit.)

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Sun
Nov 12 2006
11:02 am

The list of advertisers who are supposedly boycotting Air America.

I may have to switch to Apple...

Update: I just realized that I didn't have an Air America link over at WhitesCreek...People keep thinking it is off the air but that's wrong, so I added a link and hope you guys will, too!I listen to it on XM radio in the car and online here at Global Headquarters for WhitesCreek Journal.

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Sat
Nov 11 2006
09:27 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

As we feared, Arkansas is putting a whipping on the U.T. Volunteers.

In totally unrelated news, check tomorrow's Knoxville News Sentinel for the newest controversy at City Hall. Word on the street is that there is trouble brewing in the ranks of Knoxville's Community Development Division.

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Sat
Nov 11 2006
12:43 pm

Kurt Vonnegut, and Eleanor Roosevelt born this date...Also, Joe McCarthy called Harry Truman a liar...

Fascinating

update: I stand corrected on Jimi Hendrix...born on the 27th of Nov. So we still have time to get a party together.

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Sat
Nov 11 2006
10:38 am
By: WhitesCreek  shortURL

MSNBC is not exactly a bastion of Liberalism or a Democratic stronghold so this poll comes as a mild shock...You may have to vote to see the results so far but feel free.

 MSNBC poll on President Bush

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Media reports of the problems with the Hart InterCivic eSlate voting machine problem during early voting at the Downtown West location do not add up. The extraordinary intervention required to retrieve the 2600+ votes was heroic, but once the celebration and back-patting are over there are a number of questions that need to be answered.

UPDATE: Some mysteries solved/explained in newer thread. New ones emerge.

Read more after the jump...

Continued...

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Sat
Nov 11 2006
12:55 am

I miss Alistair Cooke's Letter From America.  This is almost as good, though.

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Morristown East will play Morristown West in the play offs Friday..im from the west side..GO TROJANS!!

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Fri
Nov 10 2006
03:43 pm

Breaking news.

From Time magazine:

A lawsuit in Germany will seek a criminal prosecution of the outgoing Defense Secretary and other U.S. officials for their alleged role in abuses at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo.

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Fri
Nov 10 2006
03:37 pm
By: Andy Axel  shortURL

This is the stupidity that R. Neal begged the Democrats not to perpetrate:

Some big name Democrats want to oust DNC Chairman Howard Dean, arguing that his stubborn commitment to the 50-state strategy and his stinginess with funds for House races cost the Democrats several pickup opportunities.

The candidate being floated to replace Dean? Harold Ford.

Says James Carville, one of the anti-Deaniacs, "Suppose Harold Ford became chairman of the DNC? How much more money do you think we could raise? Just think of the difference it could make in one day."

Not to mention the pernicious brand of re-branded "southern conservatism" that Digby said that the DC Democrats would do well to abandon.

To paraphrase Hunter S. Thompson, "James Carville is a gutless old ward-heeler who should be stuffed in a bottle and shipped out on the Japanese current." Now. Before irreversible damage gets done.

UPDATE: Weirder still?

After Mehlman?

Michael Steele, Maria Cino and Mary Matalin have been floated as replacements. Cino and Matalin are official floats; Steele is being pushed by some state party leaders.

The GOP's social conservative base may object to Matalin and Cino because both want to open the GOP tent to gay people; both have spoken at Log Cabin Republican conventions.

At the same time, both have significant political experience. Before joining the cabinet, Cino was a deputy chair of the RNC and prior to that, the pol. dir for Bush's '00 election. Matalin is a whip-smart veteran of every major national Republican campaign since the early Clinton era.

She's also the wife of the "chattering skull" who thinks that the successful DNC chair should be ousted.

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Fri
Nov 10 2006
12:32 pm

It's probably tough for a freshman U.S. Senator to hit the ground running. The intricacies and nuance of how the most exclusive deliberative body in the world works must be daunting to the uninitiated.

We suggest that Mr. Corker start here.

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Fri
Nov 10 2006
11:37 am

History of Veterans Day

(And tomorrow, too! Posted because the Veterans Day Parade was today.)

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Fri
Nov 10 2006
10:42 am

"His experience has prepared him well for this new assignment," the preznit tells us.

Indeed. Meet Robert M. Gates, Cheneybot.

More closeted skeletons via the Commie Pinko Network.

When the Bushies urge you to smell the flowers, always - always - look around for a coffin.

 

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Thu
Nov 9 2006
10:29 pm

Prominent blogger Digby is dishing a prescription for strong electoral medicine.

Much grist for the mill here:

[Tom Schaller] has also written a book called "Whistling Past Dixie" where he makes the case for a non southern strategy. It's a very interesting thesis that makes a basic point, which nobody wants to admit, but which is undoubtedly true: the conservative majority in the south is much more conservative than the rest of the country and the Democrats simply cannot win by trying to accomodate it. And by conservative, I'm not talking about what we used to think of as conservative, I'm talking about the special regional conservatism that's dominated the GOP since it gelled as a southern dominated party in the early 90's.

This election marks the end of the GOP behemoth for any number of reasons, corruption and incoherence not the least of them. But I think there is also a new awareness that southern conservatism, which leans heavily on cultural indicators and the religious right is not working for most people. The vast majority of gains for the Democrats in this election came from outside the south.

This is an incredibly thought-provoking post. Many of the commenters (no surprise) miss the point entirely. It is especially interesting in light of the candidacy and strategy of one Harold Ford, Jr.

I would offer that Digby has hit upon something important here. Southern conservatism and its self-centered agenda has been thrust into the national spotlight, and undeservedly so. He argues (convincingly, to my eye) that not only has that agenda been repudiated in this electoral cycle, but also that the Democratic Party has demonstrated conclusively that a majority can be held without the South. It's rough reading, but understanding its underpinnings is important stuff.

RTWT, as they say. I'm interested to see reactions to this.

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Thu
Nov 9 2006
09:21 pm

First, Alex at Forward with Ford has setup a new blog to continue the dialogue for change. It's called "Alexplosion", and what a great blog name that is!

Second, Chris Jackson at the outstanding Ford Report blog is signing off, but not before serving up an open thread for Harold Ford Jr. supporters in Tennessee to send Jr. a message of thanks and support for a job well done. I can assure you that all of the messages will be forwarded.

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