3200, as presently written


that would be a no


this pisses me off *


* title and link from trifecta

to those circulating petitions

please return them to me no later than saturday the 31st by mail or sunday the 1st by person, will be needing to deliver them to springfield the following monday

thanks in advance


a battle of wits with an unarmed man *

* title and link from http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/scarce/alan-grayson-v-paul-broun


one of the most in-depth, cogent articles on afghanistan in recent memory


via digby, of course


just a reminder, it's 2009 [updated][again]



my wife and i would have had to go to elsewhere to get married if we lived in his fine parrish


on a somewhat related topic

from http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/10/a-fathers-son.html

what's so hard to understand of the concept of two consenting adults getting married ??

[too, also]



when will people realize that guantanamo is a ticking time bomb


and we need to put it out

there's two schools of thought [updated]

1. campaign contributions follow votes
2. votes follow campaign contributions

not saying what class this is from*, but here's the test results:

data from http://www.opensecrets.org/races/indus.php?id=IL08&cycle=2010

the only issue i have is her voting record and the general issue of legalized bribery no publicly financed elections

for comparison, here's a graphical representation of the election results from 2002-2008, by precinct, blue if 50+1 for the democrat, red if 50+1 went for the republican

my contention is that we could be better represented

*cF, ceF, ceFs, ceFta, ceFtasm

[update] the 1st picture above is with new data from same linked source, below is the original as posted on 10/10/2009, special trade contractors and misc business have been replaced by electric utilities and retail sales in the list; also adjusted formatting of pictures



all out now





some quotes from the third link

Acquiescence in Executive war, [Fulbright] wrote, comes from the belief that the government possesses secret information that gives it special insight in determining policy. Not only was this questionable, but major policy decisions turn "not upon available facts but upon judgment," with which policy-makers are no better endowed than the intelligent citizen. Congress and citizens can judge "whether the massive deployment and destruction of their men and wealth seem to serve the overall interests as a nation."


Here's some news: you aren't a kid any longer. And Mommy and Daddy, and the intelligence agencies (with extraordinarily rare exceptions, and even they don't matter in the end), don't have "special, secret knowledge" that you can't access. You're an adult, and you can make these judgments as well as anyone else. If you are conscientious and honest, you can make far better judgments. So be an adult, and do it.

If any of you reading this feels insulted by my formulation, you might ask yourself why that is. I've stated facts; if the facts insult you, the error is not mine. I now state the issue in this form because, as attested to by the many essays I've written on these subjects, I've been making certain of these arguments for years. But the wall of resistance to these simple truths erected and diligently maintained by most people is massive and seemingly impregnable. If I anger a few people enough, perhaps they'll begin to question the lies they've unquestioningly accepted for so long.

do not believe, for one second what you are told, even from me
look it up, find out for yourself, make up your own mind