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Earmarks are for projects that voters actually want. That is why they are denigrated by the VRWC and their pet intellectuals in stinkthink tanks, along with their flunkies in the celebrity press corps. Read more about Earmarks

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C and E Christians, Know the code!


I want to talk to my fellow Christians. In the meantime, atheists and others are invited to enjoy this musical interlude.

Are you a C and E Christian? As in you go to church on Christmas and Easter? Or would if you had a church to go to? Attracted to the gospel of Jesus Christ, but put off by the very unchristian conduct of so many clergy? If you are Protestant, you just need to know the code. Read more about C and E Christians, Know the code!

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There is no and never was a public option

Health Care Reform Reminder: Dems Could Still Pass Public Option Through Reconciliation

There is no public option.
There never was a public option.
The public option is an advertising slogan devised by Celinda Lake to divert progressive energy from the single payer movement. Kipp Sullivan documented this in a 5 part series.

You cannot pass legislation that has not been proposed. Read more about There is no and never was a public option

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Technical Support Request

I managed to break the pin to my power supply in my Mac iBook. I have a new power supply, but cannot plug it in because the pin from the previous plug is stuck in the receptor.

Is there a DC based Mac tech support person who could offer a pro-bono repair? I am experiencing extreme cash flow problems.

I am also experiencing problems with paypal, so I need technical support rather than cash. Read more about Technical Support Request

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The 2011 elections

Next year the entire state legislatures of Virginia, New Jersey, and Kentucky will be up for election. Also, there will be municipal elections across the country.

If you are thinking of running for office as a Green or any other emergent party, local office is the way to go. At the local level personal and volunteer energy can often make up for a lack of funds. A modest direct mail combined with an narrowly targeted online advertising will be all the formal advertising you need. TV and radio usually do not play a role in municipal politics. Read more about The 2011 elections

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Special project

I just joined a special project. I can't say anything about it except that it involves wages. Yayyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The bad news is that in my judgment it would be inappropriate for me to blog, even pseudonymously. So while I will be lurking, I won't be posting, at least for the next few months.

In the mean time I leave you with this last video: Read more about Special project

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How to wake up Versailles



One hopes something will wake up our elite policymakers. Maybe a stock market crash would do it. But their track record has not been very impressive, though as we all know, nobody could have predicted...

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Age discrimination

The Impolitic

I'm so desperate for a job I applied yesterday to be a server in a ribs joint for 2 nights a week. The good news is it was a very short application. The bad news is before I left the woman who took it, asked for my birthday. She made it pretty clear that I'm too old for the job. That's not even legal of course, but who's going to sue over a two night job?

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David Dayen defends the list here:

Read some of the avatars of liberal opinion, particularly those online writers in the DC corridor, and the same names always crop up. Everybody links to each other’s posts.

And that of course is the problem. Group think, little Versailles, the Petite Trianon if you will.

Ezra Klein explains starting and folding the list: Read more about Journolist

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A good idea

Michael Wiik

Thinking the government should hire the #unemployed to create #metadata . That would help us all, no? #jobs #dataentry

Atrios' idea of hiring the unemployed to repair water mains and bridges is also a good idea.

There is so much work to be done, and so many eager to do it, it is a massive indictment on our political system that we can't get it done. Read more about A good idea

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When to sign an online petition

If you agree with the petition and it is linked from Suburban Guerrrilla, you should definitely sign that petition. Read more about When to sign an online petition

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More war

Reports: IAF Landed at Saudi Base, US Troops near Iran Border

The Israeli Air Force recently unloaded military equipment at a Saudi Arabia base, a semi-official Iranian news agency claimed Wednesday, while a large American force has massed in Azerbaijan, which is on the northwest border of Iran.

Because the military is not over strained as it is. Read more about More war

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How to destroy the Democratic party for real

Would Blue Dog Democrats try to oust Pelosi as speaker?

Freshman Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick won't discuss a conversation he had with Idaho GOP colleague Mike Simpson about the role Minnick might play in removing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Simpson says he told Minnick that members of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition of Democrats will hold the balance of power if Democrats retain control in the November election and could deny Pelosi re-election in January 2011.


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