Friday, October 3, 2003

NYT: Bush Cites Parts of Arms Report to Justify U.S. Action in Iraq
Excerpt: Bush Cites Parts of Arms Report to Justify U.S. Action in Iraq. What, did he pick every other word "There is no evidence of WMD in Iraq.....

Thursday, October 16, 2003

The New Stop-Dean Candidate: Howard Dean
Excerpt: In The New Stop-Dean Candidate - Howard Dean. By WilliamSaletan you can read all the "bad" things that Howard Dean has done. What the alleged centrists in the DNC say: Dean is too liberal What they mean: He scares the sh*t out of us and could actually get elected, and he's too centrist!. Some excerpts from the article: All year, Howard Dean has been...

Thursday, October 30, 2003

salon: Report links Iraq deals to Bush donations
Excerpt: Gee, how surprising is this: Report links Iraq deals to Bush donations: Companies awarded $8 billion in contracts to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan have been major campaign donors to President Bush, and their executives have had important political and military connections, according to a study released Thursday. The study of more than 70 U.S. companies and individual contractors turned up more than $500,000 in...

Tuesday, November 4, 2003

Welcome to the Soviet Union
Excerpt: So, CBS developed a mini-series on Ronald Reagan. Said series doesn't kow-tow to the Republican Party Line about the legacy of Reagan. In what to me is a remarkable cave-in, CBS allegedly will bow to the GOP and not show the mini-series, perhaps shunting it off to Showtime. I'm not commenting on whether Reagan was good or bad, I'm just stunned that we are...

Sunday, November 16, 2003

kos: The battle for the soul of the Democratic Party
Excerpt: Good article in the Daily Kos about the growing split between Dean supporters and the so-called mainstream Democratic party: The battle for the soul of the Democratic Party.: ...the hatred the establishment feels against Dean has nothing to do with ideology. Dean hasn't paid his dues with the establishment. Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi has made his name working the campaigns of insurgent (hence...

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

The Marketing of a President
Excerpt: The Marketing of a President: Zephyr Teachout sits at her computer in a dimly lit nook of the Dean for America headquarters in South Burlington, VT, and dreams of the real world. "I'm obsessed with offline,'' says the director of Internet organizing for the Howard Dean presidential campaign. Teachout is a key architect of one of the most effective marketing efforts in the history...

Monday, November 24, 2003

Mapping Votes by County
Excerpt: I thought this was pretty interesting: > Mapping Votes by County County maps and the 2003 California Statewide Special Election. Some of the work I'm doing for my current client involves trying to visualize various bits of electoral data on the cheap....

Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Standing on Ceremony
Excerpt: The Village Voice: Features: Standing on Ceremony by Erik Baard One couple met in a lower Manhattan lounge and another at a college campus in California. Others met through work, activist gatherings in Massachusetts, and even at a wedding performed at a McDonald's in Minneapolis. An artist/webbie and a technology professional, a marketer and a student, a folk-singing peace activist and a professor, a...

Monday, December 15, 2003

The Design Of Voting
Excerpt: Design Institute: project: The Design of Voting: One Year AfterAfter the November 2000 election, politicians, designers and public institutions began exploring the relationship between design and the election process in America. Never before has the entire election process received so much scrutiny and never before has the role of design as an agent of political change been so clearly defined. A number of voting...

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Machine Politics in the Blog Age?
Excerpt: Interesting article on the effect of networked communications to diminish the value of large organizations, and in turn the effects on politics and large political parties like the Democrats: Q: What will happen when a national political machine can fit on a laptop? A: See below ( in 1937, an economist named Ronald Coase realized something that helped explain the rise of modern corporations...

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Politically Significant Cluelessness
Excerpt: Pointer to both an article and a new (to me) blog:PressThink: Politically Significant Cluelessness....

Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Once you sign up, you can't leave
Excerpt: Army Stops Many Soldiers From Quitting ( According to their contracts, expectations and desires, all three soldiers should have been civilians by now. But Fontaine and Costas are currently serving in Iraq, and Eagle has just been deployed. On their Army paychecks, the expiration date of their military service is now listed sometime after 2030 -- the payroll computer's way of saying, "Who knows?"...

Wednesday, January 7, 2004

Unelectable, My Ass!
Excerpt: In AlterNet, Arianna Huffington writes: AlterNet: Unelectable, My Ass! Consider the source. The folks besmirching the good doctor's Election Day viability are the very people who have driven the Democratic Party into irrelevance; who spearheaded the party's resounding 2002 mid-term defeats; and who kinda, sorta, but not really disagreed with President Bush as he led us down the path of preemptive war with Iraq,...

Saturday, January 10, 2004

US Payroll Employment: Forecast vs Reported Reality

Monday, February 9, 2004

Job growth forecasts...
Excerpt: Calpundit writes: In particular, the White House is projecting that non-farm payrolls will rise from 130.1 million at the end of 2003 to an average of 132.7 million for 2004. To me (and to Reuters) that sounded like an increase of 2.6 million, but Brad notes that to get an average of 132.7 million jobs we need to end the year at about 135.3...

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Requiem for a dream: article on Dean's campaign
Excerpt: Requiem for a DreamInternet politics, release 1.0, still has some bugs in it. … The Internet didn't cause Dean's demise. Ultimately, the product wasn't saleable. Voters decided that other candidates spoke more directly to their concerns, or would be more electable in November....

Thursday, February 26, 2004

European Union to Impose Trade Sanctions on U.S
Excerpt: This can't be good: European Union to Impose Trade Sanctions on U.S. The European Union's trade commissioner told senior lawmakers on Thursday that the United States would face $4 billion in sanctions starting Monday because Congress had failed to eliminate overseas tax shelters for American exporters that were declared illegal by the World Trade Organization. [...] The pain will be felt primarily by American...

Thursday, April 1, 2004

Political Friendster
Excerpt: Political Friendster: Political Friendster is a parody of the social network Friendster. It allows a visualization of the connections between players in the political game....

Thursday, April 15, 2004

A letter from Terry Jones,MP to Mr. and Mrs. Blair
Excerpt: Terry Jones: Tony really must try harder: His essay on Iraq shows he has little grasp of his subject, world politics Dear Mr and Mrs Blair, I have just had to mark Tony's essay, Why We Must Never Abandon This Historic Struggle in Iraq, and I am extremely worried. Your son has been in the sixth form now for several years, studying world politics,...

Saturday, May 29, 2004

Excerpt: Flash based video game

Tuesday, June 8, 2004

The right to set aside law is inherent in the president
Excerpt: Quoting from Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall which in turn quotes from The Wall Street Journal: Pentagon Report Set Framework For Use of Torture To protect subordinates should they be charged with torture, the memo advised that Mr. Bush issue a presidential directive or other writing that could serve as evidence, since authority to set aside the laws is inherent in the...

Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Iraq has spiraled into a dark place, much worse than where it was a year ago during the war
Excerpt: Excerpted from Back to Iraq 3.0, Chris Allbritton writing about the announcement of the Iraqi interim government: No one knew who was in charge. The Iraqis, inexperienced at managing the logistics of the day, were overwhelmed. The CPA people just wanted to get the hell out of there. There were attacks throughout the day. The Iraqi Civil Defense Corps troops were merely window dressing,...

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

John Ashcroft is the worst attorney general in history.
Excerpt: John Ashcroft is the worst attorney general in history.: Perhaps most telling is the way Mr. Ashcroft responds to criticism of his performance. His first move is always to withhold the evidence. Then he tries to change the subject by making a dramatic announcement of a terrorist threat....

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

This won't hurt much
Excerpt: On the torture/abuse issue, Terry Jones writes: Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | This won't hurt much If your intention is to extract information, you cannot be accused of torture....

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Noonday in the Shade
Excerpt: Under John Ashcroft, the US Justice department and FBI have focussed on a narrow slice of possible even probable agents of terror, ignoring the very real threat posed by right wing extremists.

Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Illinois GOP can't find homegrown candidate, outsources US Senate race
Excerpt: Seems the Illinois Republican honchos can't find anyone upstate or downstate to take on <cite>Barack Obama</cite>, so they're considering outsourcing the task to <cite>Alan Keyes</cite> of Maryland.

Monday, August 9, 2004

Military service of politicians and a few bloggers
Excerpt: This <cite>Arizona Republic</cite> article covers the military service records of some prominent politicians (and a couple bloggers).

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Wow: Eminem's Mosh Music Video
Excerpt: Guerrilla News Network Eminem's Mosh Music Video...

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Fund-raising group milks vulnerable senior citizens
Excerpt: College Republicans pose as various other groups to bilk money from senior citizens.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Well, this explains a lot
Excerpt: Curious about how one appoints a new Vice President, I started digging around for a copy of the US Constitution, I came across However, what I wanted was the amendments, so I dropped off "Constitution.html" and got back the following page: (the actual error is more interesting, it's a 401 (Not Authorized) vs 404). Silly me, trolling around the US House web site...

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

The Urban Archipelago, It's the Cities, Stupid
Excerpt: Via Salon, The Urban Archipelago, It's the Cities, Stupid., by The Editors of The Stranger (11/11/04): It's time to state something that we've felt for a long time but have been too polite to say out loud: Liberals, progressives, and Democrats do not live in a country that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Canada to Mexico. We live on a chain...

Friday, January 28, 2005

Detailed analysis of Social Security Reform
Excerpt: Since the Bush adminstration has refused to show a plan for Social Security reform, Fafnir at Fafblog has written an excellent, scholarly dissection of the problem and the best solution available: SOCIAL SECURITY CRISIS!: The FAQ!....

Friday, February 11, 2005

The Bush Privatization Tax
Excerpt: Via The Decembrist: Senate Democrats Shine a Bright Light on Bush "Privatization Tax": With the new "privatization tax," the Republicans are going to give with one hand and take away with the other. Their plan will allow individuals to take money from the Social Security Trust Fund and put it into private accounts. But to recoup this money and lost interest for the Trust...

Thursday, June 2, 2005

Growing Problem for Military Recruiters: Parents
Excerpt: Have to wonder how many of these parents voted to reelect Bush in 2004: Growing Problem for Military Recruiters: Parents - New York Times: Two years into the war in Iraq, as the Army and Marines struggle to refill their ranks, parents have become boulders of opposition that recruiters cannot move. Military officials are clearly concerned. In an interview last month, Maj. Gen. Michael...

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Paul Hackett for OH-02
Excerpt: Paul Hackett is running in the special election for Ohio's 2nd Congressional District on the Democratic ticket. His opponent, Jean Schmidt was initially favored to win this traditional GOP seat, however her campaign is stumbling due to the continuing war in Iraq, allegations of corruption and wrongdoing in Ohio's GOP managed pension fund, and lately her own attacks on Hackett for serving in Iraq....

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Excerpt: The President is on vacation: It was a shameful thing to ask men to suffer and die, to persevere through god-awful afflictions and heartache, to endure the dehumanizing experiences that are unavoidable in combat, for a cause that the country wouldn't support over time and that our leaders so wrongly believed could be achieved at a smaller cost than our enemy was prepared to...

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

A perfect storm for George W. Bush
Excerpt: Bush's Perfect Storm: Imagine if a few weeks ago someone had polled all of the Bush critics in the country, and asked them to list the primary faults that they see in this administration. I suspect, give or take a few entries, the results would have looked something like this: Obsession with Iraq at the cost of all other national priorities Unwillingness to admit...

Monday, September 12, 2005

American Peace Activist Detained in Australia
Excerpt: This is American peace activist, Scott Parkin, has been detained in Australia as a threat to national security: Question over activist's deportation - National - The only reason people can come up with is that he has led or participated in a number of anti-war rallies in Sydney and Melbourne. Meanwhile, back in these parts, it's apparently legal to detain U.S. citizens...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 careful how you word that thing
Excerpt: Via Metafilter, a poorly written amendment to the Texas constitution, intended to outlaw same-sex marriage, may actually simply outlaw marriage altogether: Voters could end marriage for all?: he first sentence of an intended ban on same-sex marriage, drafted by state lawmakers last spring, defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The second sentence states: This state or a political subdivision of this...

Thursday, March 2, 2006

You must be a terrorist if you pay your debts...
Excerpt: Man and wife decide their credit card debt is too high and send in a one time payment to pay it off. Result? The payment is held pending review by the Department of Homeland Security: Pay too much and you could raise the alarm: They were told, as they moved up the managerial ladder at the call center, that the amount they had sent...

Thursday, September 7, 2006

Atlantic Yards Voter Guide
Excerpt: Atlantic Yards is the name of a massive development located at Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues in downtown Brooklyn, NY. Proposed as a way of "revitalizing" a run-down area, the project would be built over the LIRR's rail yard as well as require the condemnation by eminent domain of a number of homes, apartment buildings, and businesses. I oppose the current plan for Atlantic Yards,...

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Up is Down
Excerpt: I try to avoid politic posting here (though I've managed to make use of tags to make some points recently), but this is hard to pass up. Since Sunday, both Fox News and the Associated Press have labelled both Mark Foley and Denny Hastert as Democrats. Yes, when the going gets tough, the Speaker of the Republican majority House is suddenly a Democrat....

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Election 2006
Excerpt: Please vote. My personal preference would be that you vote for Democracts, but vote for whomever you believe best represents you. Locally I am voting a near straight Democratic ticket. Neither the Republicans nor Greens put up any viable candidates, and I don't believe in voting for someone just to send a message. The one non-Democratic vote I'll pull is for our local state...

Friday, November 10, 2006

Election 2006: Tote board
Excerpt: So, I was happy Tuesday night, and even happier Wednesday morning. People voted, they took an interest in the outcome of their local elections. Some of the candidates I supported won (8 out of 13), some lost (3) and two are still undecided (Burner in WA, Trauner in WY). While some hope that the GOP will somehow learn a "lesson" from the election, personally...

Saturday, December 30, 2006

My thoughts on the execution of Hussein
Excerpt: I have a bad feeling about this. Cartoon by LATUFF via Global Voices Online...

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Yassky Expected to Vote for Pedicab Bill
Excerpt: NYC about to make pedicabs all but impractical as a business unless people speak up.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Doing my bit part to help elect the next President…
Excerpt: I click on every John McCain ad I see....

Monday, August 4, 2008

Celebrities in Politics
Excerpt: Youtube video:

Saturday, November 1, 2008

I voted for that one…
Excerpt: I voted for Barack Obama for President and think you should do so as well.

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