Saturday, August 30, 2008


Black on Palin's remarkable ignorance: "She'll be studying foreign policy at the feet of the master."

Cox says a dem operative emails, remarking that McCain does look a lot like Yoda.

Your Moment Of Zen


They are stupid things.

16 Years Of Hillary Hate Doesn't Simply Vanish


Updated WASHINGTON, Pa. – It was a repeat of a line that attracted a great deal of attention in her announcement speech, but when Gov. Sarah Palin praised the “determination and grace” of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton at a McCain campaign rally here Saturday the line was met with a few tepid claps and some boos.

It was just a blip in an otherwise enthusiastic rally, but it did show some of the complications Senator John McCain may face in trying to attract former Clinton supporters to his cause.

McCain's people are very good at playing into the media storyline of the day/week. Actually knowing what the voters want, as opposed to what the Villagers want, is a bit harder. Still it is a strategy that can work.

Fresh Thread


How Very Embarrassing

We all make mistakes, but how bad do your critical thinking skills have to be for you to actually buy into the possibility that Wasilla, AK, is larger than the state of Delaware.

And shame on me for, when I first posted this, thinking that Ramesh was using the correct spelling of "Wasilla."

Shady City Organizers

How some elite Villagers see the people.

We've noticed something about the hundreds of fabulous parties and events at this Democratic convention: They're hardly democratic. As we have rolled through downtown Denver, hopping from nightclub to amphitheater to swank bar, we've seen very few delegates. Surely we've missed some; not everyone was sporting a button or ribbon proudly declaring his or her state affiliation. But in all these guest-list-only fetes, we've noticed a common theme. They feel just like parties in Washington. Exclusive, self-conscious, and, let's be honest, tiring. And after taking the pulse of some of the party guests -- Dem political operatives all -- we found that they like it this way.

No one really wants to attend a party with the "prolies," one insider told us, referring to the delegates. A lot of them are city organizers and the kinds of folks he would prefer not to spend an evening with. "Shady" was the chosen adjective. He much preferred to run into friends from back home as he made the party circuit, and he was not disappointed. Other high-powered Dems concurred with this assessment, and one even offered that he had looked forward to Denver with the same relish as his annual retreats to Aspen and Miami. We pointed out that most of the convention delegates -- heck, most of the convention attendees, period -- aren't really in that jet set. He looked at us like we had just uttered the truest and most obvious statement of the week. When asked if he'd gone onto the convention floor while he was here, he replied, "Why would I do that?"

Humorless Liberal

The Ticket

I'd seen this picture around and it didn't occur to me that it was an actual McCain campaign production.

I'm not even sure what to say about it... I don't know. It just looks like something from a bad Hollywood sitcomish movie about a presidential campaign.

A Hotbed Of Jews For Buchanan

It's long amazed me that someone with Pat Buchanan's expressed views has managed to remain a pundit in good standing. Given that, it's a bit hard to imagine that any bobbleheads will wonder out loud if Sarah Palin's support of him will mean that McCain has a "Jewish problem." Probably, like everything else, it'll be good news for John McCain.


Permission Not Sought Or Granted

Copyright laws are for other people.

Stay Safe

Looks like those in Gustav's path should, if possible, get the hell out.

"Christian-Centered Philosophy"

Reading a bit more about the bank that the FDIC ate yesterday.

The Alpharetta-based bank, which opened its doors in 2000 with a Christian-centered philosophy, is the 10th U.S. bank to fail this year and the second Georgia institution to fail in the past 12 months.


Integrity’s employees regularly prayed before meetings or in branch lobbies with customers, while the bank gave 10 percent of its net income to charities.

“We felt if we prayed and obeyed God’s word and did what He asked, that He would help us be successful,” the bank’s founder, Steve Skow, told the Journal-Constitution in 2005.

And they were.

Centered around a Christian faith-based business model, Integrity Bank was a high-flying star of metro Atlanta's housing boom, but industry experts said Integrity quickly became the poster-child for lending and compensation excesses.


...Senior executive salaries, the bank’s compensation discussion and analysis section states, relied heavily on lenders and executives growing the total loan portfolio, with few incentives for credit quality.

CEO Steve Skow earned $1.8 million that year, while senior lender and executive vice president Doug Ballard earned $847,222. A typical community bank CEO, banking consultants said, earn roughly $300,000 per year.

Encouraged by their leader:

Steven Skow, ceo of faith-based Integrity Bank, has been encouraged by President Bush's emphasis on Christian values: "We're starting to see faith become popular, right up to our leader, the President of the U.S."

It's all God's Will:

"It's not me--it's the people and God's will that have made this thing successful."

Lovely discriminatory workplace practices.

Skow begins every business day praying with the top officers at his Integrity Bank.

People Like The Train

Aside from economic and practical considerations, I do get the sense that there's a new hipness to public transit in certain places which didn't really exist before.

Charlotte's light rail line has only been in operation for nine months but the ridership numbers are already approaching a remarkable milestone.

For the month of July the LYNX light rail line tallied a ridership count of 16-thousand-900. Transit Chief Keith Parker says if they see another 5-percent growth or so in the next couple months they will have reached their ridership projections... for the year 2025.

Things That Did Not Happen For $500

Inquirer's Trudy Rubin, July '07:

Military commanders say they believe there will be a sizable drawdown of U.S. troops in 2008, not just because of domestic political pressures but because the army is severely overextended. The numbers I heard vary, and a residual force would remain. Let me add that there are no concrete plans yet for such a withdrawal.

Media Matters

From Jamison Foser.

Labor Day Weekend Thread

Pretty quiet around here. Central Park's Conservatory Garden pretty empty yesterday. One wedding there. I like staying in the City during big holiday weekends.

Mrs. Atrios Succumbs To The Charms Of Gavin Newsom

Oh My

This'll be fun.

The July firing of Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan by Gov. Sarah Palin, who was announced as John McCain's running mate on Friday, has unearthed a stream of soap-opera-like details about Palin, her husband, her family and top state appointees. The controversy has also cut against Palin's reputation for holding an ethical line and standing up to colleagues in the Republican Party over matters of principle.

Monegan, 57, a respected former chief of the Anchorage Police Department, said in an interview with The Washington Post's James V. Grimaldi on Friday that the governor repeatedly brought up the topic of her ex-brother-in-law, Michael Wooten, after Monegan became the state's commissioner of public safety in December 2006. Palin's husband, Todd, met with Monegan and presented a dossier of information about Wooten, who was going through a bitter custody battle with Palin's sister, Molly. Monegan also said Sarah Palin sent him e-mails on the subject, but Monegan declined to disclose them, saying he planned to give them to a legislative investigator looking into the matter.


They really are stupid things.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Late Night


They Get Telegrams

Sadly my carrier pigeon didn't quite make it to McCain headquarters in time to sign up for his high tech telegram alert service.

The Tears of Holy Joe

I'm crying with him, actually.
ABC's Jan Crawford Greenburg reports: It wasn't until Sunday night that John McCain, after meeting with his four top advisers, finally decided he could not tap independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut to be his running mate. One adviser, tasked with taking the temperature of the conservative base, had strongly made the case to McCain that it would be a disaster for the party and that the base would revolt. McCain concluded he could not go that route. The next day, McCain studied the three men at the top of his shortlist: Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge. All had different strengths and negatives, but McCain was not satisfied. None of them had what McCain believed he needed to do -- and would have done -- with Lieberman.

Droopy Dog-Americans are pissed, and will form their own PUMA style group.

Lies and the Lying Liars

From the most trusted name in news.

And Another

Integrity Bank of Alpharetta Georgia has been eaten by the FDIC.

Epic Fail

One doesn't like to whine after experiencing such an awesome night, but man did the DNC organizers totally fuck up the Escape From Invesco last night. No signs, no lighting, no PA announcements, no clue, giant mob of people with no clear idea where or how to go, etc. Not a problem (if annoying) for a young healthy lad like myself, but there were plenty of people in that mob who were a bit less spry, to put it mildly.

From Someone Near Home

Anchorage Daily News reporter:
Washington, D.C.: Why don't reporters and legislators have a high opinion of the governor?Gregg Erickson: It is clear that she has not paid much attention to the nitty-gritty unglamorous work of government, of gaining consensus, and making difficult compromises. She seems to be of the view that politics shouild be all rather simple. That often appeals to the wider public, but frustrates those who see themselves as laboring in the less glamorous parts of the vineyard.


Arlington, Va.: Do you think Hillary supporters will vote for McCain now just because there's a woman on the ticket -- even though she's about as opposite as Hillary as a candidate could be?Gregg Erickson: As i replied to another question, the only way I can figure that it makes sense is that McCain believes his campaign is in big trouble, and hopes this very unconventional choice will give his candidacy much needed appeal women voters and those from the religous right who have been not quite comfortable with his credentials as a social conservative. Appealing to Hillary supporters by choosing someone opposed to any abortion, rights seems odd to me.

Worst Company In The World

That would be Super Shuttle, whose driver showed up late for our scheduled (and prepaid) pickup, asked the bellhop if there was anyone for pickup, with us standing there the bellhop pointed and said "yes, these two," and the driver said "No," and drove off with the bellhop screaming after him and flinging open his rear door.

Apparently within 2-5 days their "local representative" will get in touch regarding a possible refund.

Avoid Super Shuttle.

Ambinder Rules McCain's World

Marc Ambinder suggests Palin site be scrubbed. Website is then scrubbed.

But Speaking Of Palin

Her loving tribute to Clinton this morning is a wee bit undermined by this.

Once onstage, together with Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, Palin talked about what women expect from women leaders; how she took charge in Alaska during a political scandal that threatened to unseat the state's entire Republican power structure, and her feelings about Sen. Hillary Clinton. (She said she felt kind of bad she couldn't support a woman, but she didn't like Clinton's "whining.")


I'll admit a bit of a pause on Palin for two reasons: 1) Don't know much about her and 2) The selection of a woman by McCain requires some careful thought about potential criticisms which inadvertently wade into misogynist territory. Already we have questions asked about her which wouldn't be asked of a man by the media, and I want to avoid going anywhere near there myself.

That's a big number

38 Million:

Barack Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was seen by more than 38 million people.

Nielsen Media Research said more people watched Obama speak than watched the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing....

Also almost twice the number Kerry got in 2004. Number does not include PBS or C-Span. Nor does it include those who streamed it over the web.

Travel Day

So blogging will be intermittent.

Sarah Palin For President

Republican on MSNBC is arguing that Palin has much more experience than Joe Biden because all he did was run committees in the Senate.

By this logic Palin has much more experience than John McCain.

Feeling Bouncy



Couldn't have happened to nicer guys.

DENVER -- Though it was high in shock value, the Palin pick left bruised feelings among the short-list contenders who were not picked -- and infuriated some Republican officials who privately said McCain had gone out on a limb, unnecessarily, without laying the groundwork for such an unknown. Two senior Republican officials close to Mitt Romney and Tim
Pawlenty said they had both been rudely strung along and now "feel manipulated."

"They now know that they were used as decoys, well after McCain had decided not to pick them," one Republican involved in the process said.


This is not going well.

Obama Campaign Statement


"Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain's commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush's failed economic policies -- that's not the change we need, it's just more of the same," said Bill Burton, Obama Campaign Spokesman.


That's a lot of jobs.

Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Corp. is offering early-retirement incentives to about 9,000 U.S. salaried employees, or 28 percent of that workforce, people familiar with the plan said.

GM, the largest U.S. automaker, said July 15 it wanted to cut 20 percent of its salaried-worker costs in the U.S. and Canada by Nov. 1. The employees have 45 days to consider the proposal, said the people, who asked not to be named because the details haven't been made public.

Who Is That Again?

It's kind of funny watching teevee journalists basically admitting that they know nothing about this person. That'd be fine, except for all the time spent telling us about mittens-pawlenty-etc over the past several weeks. But one does wish that at moments like this they'd take 10 minutes or so to... learn about her before they start bloviating.

Beltway Think

Andrea Mitchell: "The campaign has just given up the experience argument."


Proof that all the very well connected journalists know absolutely nothing.

Open Thread

It is only a matter of time until the Pony Express announces to his subscribing supporters, who John McCain has chosen to run with on his eleventy-first birthday.


It's Palin.

Wanker of the Day

Charles Babington.


Just switched on MSNBC for some repeat coverage. It's pro-Obama, but still creepy.



Thursday, August 28, 2008


The speech was great, but true aficianados of the political process will also dig this.

Dance of the Flashbulbs


Obama Speech

In case you can't wait.

Many hours later, this place is still rockin.'


Obama Speech Preview

Fresh Thread


Speech Pre-Reviews

Udall boring.
Kaine boring.
Richardson better.

All might improve on actual delivery.

Appropriate Convention Music

The National's "Fake Empire" being played as a background in a campaign commercialish video.

Sadly they probably won't be able to run with the even more appropriate Mr. November.

Open Thread

Chat away.


Wee bit sunny here, so hard to see my laptop screen. Yonder Mountain String Band hitting the stage. Exciting!!

Here's my view:

Here's Matt Stoller and Justin Krebs.


Pictures in a bit.

Oh please, oh please...


If security sweeps are the giveaway, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may be on the brink of being selected as Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) vice presidential running mate.

According to sources with strong Michigan ties, the Secret Service has conducted a security sweep of the home of Romney’s sister. Romney was raised in Michigan, where his father served as governor.

Could be a trial balloon or an attempt to distract, but..

Big Dog


People are being instructed to go to the Field like... now.

Gonna be a long day. Not sure how much power/internet access I'll have.

Feeling Bouncy


Breaking The Important News

Harry Reid: big Chevy Chase fan.

Fresh Thread


Cable News Hell

It really is just a neverending parade of RNC talking points. Even Drudge behaves better these days.


The stop outside the Pepsi Center was shut down, but I believe it will be possible to take the SUPERTRAIN to Invesco Field this evening. Actually, I mean this afternoon as apparently we're supposed to arrive way early.

Problem Solved

The Republican approach to problem solving.

But the numbers are misleading, said John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a right-leaning Dallas-based think tank. Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain's health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)

"So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime," Mr. Goodman said. "The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.

"So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved."

...oops. I guess I should read my own blog. A little too much multitasking at the moment.

Thursday Is New Jobless Day

425K new lucky duckies. Still high.

Straight Talk Express

This Time interview is pretty funny.

Voila! Problem Solved

This sure seems like something that should get media attention.

John McCain's solution to those who have no health insurance...

John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a right-leaning Dallas-based think tank. Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain's health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)

"So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime," Mr. Goodman said. "The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.

"So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved."

And I thought John Goodman was acting in The Big Lebowski.

(note: may be different John Goodman)

"Furiously Working"

Please never use that phrase on television again.

Thank you.


Be excellent to each other.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fresh Thread

While Dad finds some more signs.

Sign Distribution Watch



Sign Distribution Watch

"Obama: Change We Need"

"McCain: More of the Same"

Addicted To Something

Uh, Amy? That was Beautiful Day.

More Thread

Biden time.


"The grand old party isn't grand anymore, just old."

Big Dog

Showed why he earned the name.

Chit Chat

Republican hissy fit start yet?


The competition for seats here is a bit vicious. The person in charge of policing our section is only half jokingly (maybe not at all) telling people they'd better be blogging constantly or they'll be booted. A wee bit hard to do since my battery is about to die. Bathroom breaks are a gamble.

Seats are completely filled, hallways are completely filled. It's a zoo.

Yak Yak Yak

Biden speak yet?


Don't have much battery, but I actually made it in and into a seat. Thanks to the DNC people for reserving a few for bloggers.

Place is already almost entirely full, and the line behind me was stupid long. My advice to anyone heading in now is to go find a nice bar with a big screen.

Even More Thread

Conventioning is hard work.

Fresh Thread

Not sure how much longer I'll have any connection today, haven't had power outlet access in awhile. I'll schedule a few open threads for this evening so people have a place to chat, and the keepers of the keys can feel free to post their magnum opus on biofuels if they wish.

...they just switched the teevee to CSPAN and I see that they're doing the roll call. Exciting!!


And now, a few words about healthcare.

Not Atrios

Zombie Lies

Even Begala can't kill them.

Lies and the Lying Liars

But McCain is an honorable man so this isn't possible. Obviously his campaign doesn't really speak for him, he doesn't speak for his campaign.

Oh, and...


Invesco Field

Frankly, my bet is that it was really just a practical consideration. The convention is just too crowded, and if they kept it in the Pepsi Center on Thursday they'd inevitably have to just shut the doors at some point and lock out a bunch of people who thought they'd be able to get inside.

Greek Revival

And there are these giant buildings all over this city, Washington DC, where many of these reporters live and work. I assume they've noticed a couple of them.

Fact Chuck

Whenever the silly season heats up, the supposed fact checking is often misleading.

Civil War

Certainly some novel views.

WASHINGTON — Congressional candidate Jack Davis, in a speech earlier this year, warned that increasing immigration from Mexico could lead to a new civil war between northern states and Mexican-influenced Southern states that may want to secede from the United States.

“In the latter part of this century or the next, Mexicans will be a majority in many of the states and could therefore take control of the state government using the democratic process,” Davis said in the speech. “They could then secede from the United States, and then we might have another civil war.”

A supporter of one of Davis’ rivals for the Democratic nomination in the 26th district, Jon Powers, posted the video to YouTube. The Powers campaign alerted The Buffalo News to the Davis video.

Can't Talk And Listen

Since I left the convention last night, seatless, I had opportunity to watch the 3 cable networks cover the convention. It was quite shocking just how little of the speeches they covered. Really what is the point of spending all of that money to send the "talent" to the convention so they can talk over the speeches when they could do that just as well from the studio.

It'd be nice if they at least read the speeches they didn't cover.


Ted Stevens wins his primary.

But Why?

I really just wonder when and why the war preznit decided that winning his glorious war meant staying there forever instead of declaring victory and going home. I guess it's not fun to get a new toy and then give it back.

More thread

You people won't shut up.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Night Thread

So.... if there some kind of gathering going on?

--Molly I.



Anyway, spent hour in security line only to find arena which is way too full. No seats anywhere.

Deep Thought

The Pepsi Center is not bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

Heavens to Murgatroyd!!

It's just a convention, after all.

It's Really All About Katie

And her friends. Or was that Rocket J. Squirrel?

When Meta Implodes On Itself

It really is getting quite silly.

With A Capital 'T'

My friends:

The health of U.S. banks is quickly deteriorating, and the government fund set up to protect depositors might not have enough money to insure everybody, analysts told


At the beginning of the year, 90 banks were on the FDIC watch list. There are now 117, FDIC chairwoman Sheila C. Bair announced at a press conference this afternoon. That is the highest number in five years, but some analysts expect the list to grow even more in coming months.

Farewell To Liddy?

Hard to imagine, but looks like she's in trouble.

Our Media

I've been informed that while Dan Rather is upstairs giving a harsh critique of our news media, Katie Couric is next door profiling Arianna Huffington's yoga room.

Nobody Needs To Be Here

Just continuing something I've mentioned before, it is really true that there really is no reason for even a small fraction of the press to be here, assuming the purpose of them being here is to inform the public about what's going on at the convention. Media members like to fret about convention coverage, as if the political parties force them all to come here against their will. Then they come here and write stories about how know news is being made here, as if they weren't aware of that fact before hand.

The best convention coverage would be CSPAN style for TV, and posting up the full text of speeches online and excerpts of them in print for newspapers. There's some place for contextualizing that journalists can do, but really not all that much and certainly not the invented narratives and expectations games.

So why are they are? Because it's the place to be.

If Michelle Obama Said She Hates America

That might cause some problems. If she doesn't say it, or something like it, then Fox News will be there to pretend she did.

The Good War

There is surprisingly (well, not really I guess) little discussion of just what we're doing in Afghanistan. We all agreed long ago that it was a good and just war and then stopped bothering to think about what the long term purpose is.

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The United Nations said Tuesday it has found "convincing evidence" that U.S. coalition troops and Afghan forces killed some 90 civilians, including 60 children, in airstrikes in western Afghanistan.

Katie's World

The idea that a room filled with people typing on computers makes for really good TV seems to persist. Katie Couric and her camera crew blocked my entrance to the Big Tent for awhile. There's a lot of stuff going on at this convention. Room filled with bloggers: pretty boring.

Can't Even Win His Own State

While that's an exaggeration, it is true that McCain's home state troubles aren't getting the kind of attention such things usually do. When a Democrat is involved anyway.


Apparently the media only likes it when former Democrats decide, with deep sadness, that they didn't leave the party, the party left them.


CNN is informing that Hillary Clinton has to do 15 things simultaneously with her speech, and wise Soledad finally remarked that some of these things may be contradictory.

Our discourse is so stupid.


Over there.
QARAH TAPPAH, Iraq (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of police recruits in northern Iraq on Tuesday killing 28 people, in an attack that showed that parts of Iraq have yet to see the security gains felt elsewhere.

What Digby Said

This has been another edition of What Digby Said.

Things Change

Back in 2004 the media were obsessed with the idea that if the Dems showed any negativity about Bush they'd be doooooooooooooooomed.

Now they're obsessed with the idea that the Dems aren't showing enough negativity.





Up from the dead thread.

Monday, August 25, 2008

More Thread

chat away.

Polling Fun

A friend writes that she got a telephone poll asking "my opinion, as a Jew, on the various policies on Israel (and the impact of those opinions now that I know them) on my judgment of the following people: Barack Obama. John McCain, Joe Biden, and Joe Lieberman."

Friend concludes, "someone is very interested in learning what effect Joe Lieberman's possible place on McCain's ticket might have on the Jewish vote for McCain."


Seat put behind podium for Kennedy.

...not using it.


Gonna be a creepy year.


While as I said I'm not much for liveblogging, since I presume this is happening during either commercial break or pundit chitchat time, when Biden's face shows up on the big screens people cheer a lot. And he looks really happy.

...adding, I'm not sure but I presume he's sitting with the Delaware delegates.

Small Or Popular?

This place is crowded. Is it just much more popular (and even moreso given the Northeast corridor advantage Boston would have had) or is the arena just smaller than it was in 2004. Nosebleed seats didn't really fill up until later in the week then. It's early in the night on Monday.

To the Google! What was then the Fleet Center but appears to have had a named change has a maximum 19,500 maximum capacity, though probably seats behind the stage were blocked off.

The Pepsi Center feels a bit smaller than the Boston arena, though given that the former has a basketball (not maximum) capacity of over 19,000 my impression is probably wrong.

So, yes, things are a bit crowded. The Thursday move to Invesco Field is wise, because given the various ways people engage in credentials shenanigans this place would have been bursting.


Finally made it in the hall. Not one for the liveblogging much, so I suggest you turn on one of your many fine* networks to watch.

*Fine not guaranteed.

County Fair

Relatively new Media Matters blog starring the mysterious J.F. and E.B.

Afternoon Pictures

I think this was the Phelps crew, but I didn't have a chance to verify that. The problem with any protest is that they very quickly shut down the free 16th Street Mall bus, which is a pretty important way for people to get around.

And Charlie Rangel, wandering down the street chatting with everyone.

Need New Bank?

Quite possibly.


...nevermind. my blog is too mighty.

Duro Not Culo

Apparently lyrics site had wrong lyrics for "gasolina," and the word is "duro" (hard) not "culo" (ass) as listed below.


No more foreign presence.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Prime Nuri al-Maliki said on Monday that an agreement had been reached in negotiations on a security pact with the United States to end any foreign military presence in Iraq by the end of 2011.

"There is an agreement actually reached, reached between the two parties on a fixed date which is the end of 2011 to end any foreign presence on Iraqi soil," Maliki said in a speech to tribal leaders in the Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.


It isn't that Cohen is lazy, it's that what he actually means is that Obama is personally unknown to him because Obama hasn't taken the time to invite Richard Cohen over for a private dinner.

Zombie Lies

Absolutely impossible to kill.

Daddy Yankee


ABC News' Bret Hovell Reports: While making an appearance on Monday at the high school alma mater of his wife Cindy, John McCain received the endorsement of Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee.

Daddy Yankee, whose real name is Ramon Ayala, is a Latin Grammy winner. He is known mostly for his song "Gasolina," which, according to several translations of the Spanish lyrics and interpretations of the Spanish slang, is not particularly family-friendly, and has absolutely nothing to do with energy independence.

And his other celebrity pals:

Meanwhile, the Web site Wilshire and Washington, published by Variety magazine, reported McCain will be paying a visit to some other celebrities when he travels to Los Angeles Monday for an appearance on "The Tonight Show."

McCain will attend a fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton, an event Angie Harmon, David Zucker, Jon Cryer, Craig T. Nelson, Jon Voight, Craig Haffner and Robert Duvall are expected to attend, the Web site said.

...Some quick translated lyrics from Gasolina:

turn up the mambo so my pussies turn on their engines
turn up the mambo so my pussies turn on their engines
turn up the mambo so my pussies turn on their engines
so they can get ready for what's coming to them (ass!)

...update: Apparently lyrics site had wrong lyrics for "gasolina," and the word is "duro" (hard) not "culo" (ass) as listed above.

It Shouldn't Be This Way

As Krugman notes, our politics shouldn't be this stupid. It's this stupid, in part, because voters respond to it. But it's also this stupid in part because our media spends most of their time on this stuff, which helps to convince voters that this is the stuff they're supposed to care about.

More Like This

Not bad.

Wrong Track

80%. Wow.


While here, I'll be doing some posts for the City Paper's blog.


Washington elites perceive the various aspects of politics as activities for insiders. The rest of us just get to watch some of it and, sadly, go to the polls every now and then. I think it's been a long time since Richard Cohen has seen his audience as the readers of the Washington Post. Instead he imagines he's participating in a conversation by and for elites.

All of that's fine, but it's the type of activity which is much better suited for, say, a blog than the limited real estate space of the Washington Post opinion pages. There are a lot of reasons for declining newspaper circulation, but one which doesn't get enough credit is the general contempt many newspapers seem to have for their readers.

Morning Thread II

Allow me to compliment the good Roger Aisles, for the snarkiest line of the year, it will never be topped:

The McCain campaign keeps emphasizing that McCain was a prisoner in Vietnam, as proof of his qualification for the Presidency.

Well, so was Gary Glitter, and I'm not voting for him either.

Morning Thread

It's the first day of school! Does everyone have their new notebooks and pens and underwear?

--Molly I.


Rock on.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Joke Line

Tweety Central


Toobin & Merritt

More thread

Jebus, you people won't stop yapping.

Evening Thread


Paying for Biden's Brain Aneurysms

Joe Biden, along with John McCain, receives pretty good health insurance from the government. This idiot is already paying for their health care.


Anyway, spent a lot of time wandering around today. I'll put up some pictures of protesters, the police in riot gear, and the unlikely duo of Jeffrey Toobin and Jeralyn Merritt.

DNC conventioning is pretty much like any other convention, only with a bit of extra Joe Klein. And protesters. People wandering around from event to event, bumping into people they know, chatting and looking for the fun.

Love Triangle Okay

Being gay, not so much.

I'm A Twit

Twitter actually seems to be a good place for "shorter than my even usual posts" coverage of the convention which consist of really exciting stuff like "just saw Adam Green of Move On." You can find me there if that sounds exciting to you. Maybe I'll stick a twitterbox somewhere on this page too.


Over there.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest at a dinner feast in western Baghdad's Abu Ghraib district, killing 21 people, said police colonel Dawood Suleiman in the nearby city of Fallujah.

Joe Klein Everywhere

I think he's stalking me. First at the party and just now outside the Pepsi Center.


You asked for a change of topic, I think, so here's This Week In Tyranny....

Not Atrios

This Is Excellent News For John McCain

It always is.



That's Appropriate

I think some people just have really broken brains.

Concern Trolling

Obama's too popular to be president.

Obama's choice of super awesome Biden proves he isn't ready to be president.

Please make it stop.

Sunday Bobbleheads

Mountain time edition.

•NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Guests: Caroline Kennedy, co-chair of Obama’s vice presidential search committee; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat.

•ABC’s “This Week,” Guests: David Axelrod, campaign adviser to Sen. Barack Obama; Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor.

•“Fox News Sunday,” Gov. Tim Kaine, Virginia Democrat; Gov. Bill Ritter, Colorado Democrat; Robert Gibbs, Obama campaign spokesman.

•CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Guests: Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas Democrat; Gov. Ed Rendell, Pennsylvania Democrat; Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Illinois Democrat.

•CNN’s “Late Edition,” Guests: Sen. Bob Casey, Pennsylvania Democrat; Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican; Sen. Evan Bayh, Indiana Democrat; Gov. Janet Napolitano, Arizona Democrat; Sen. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat; Rep. James Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat; Terry McAuliffe, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman; Anita Dunn, Obama campaign adviser.

Sunday Brunch

Dad must be sleeping in.


Glennzilla took a picture of Dangerstein and me, though it's so awful I won't put it up.