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Obama, FISA, etc.

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 10, 2008 - 7:22pm

I, like other civil libertarian types, have been disappointed in Obama lately, but this


Obama Is About to Lose My Vote

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 1, 2008 - 8:37am

Obama commits to continuing Bush's shredding of the Establishment Clause. I am very upset. Will there be a president again in my lifetime who doesn't feel compelled to pander to organizations that discriminate against LBGT people, destroy American scientific research, and protect pedophiles? Let them raise their own damn money, and by their fruits we shall know them.


Pork Invaders

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 27, 2008 - 2:46pm

McCain develops a video game. I don't think I'll embed it on our website, though.


Food at the DNC

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 25, 2008 - 3:21pm

This is the most depressing thing I've read in a while: efforts to police the food served at the Democratic National Convention in Denver--no fried food, for example. I just don't get it--this yuppie authoritarianism.


Seen at the Texas Republican Convention

Submitted by Jim Brown on June 17, 2008 - 7:22pm

Button reading 'If Obama is President...will we still call it the White House?'

This button is on sale at the Republican State Convention courtesy of a group called Republican Market. The Austinist's Patrick Dentler points to this and asks whether mudslinging by political candidates is the least of our problems in the coming months:

"With this being the first presidential election since the ascension of YouTube and blog culture, many see the mudslinging and dirty work being done not by the candidates, but by surrogates [and] independent interest groups."


Heresthetics and the Primary Process

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 2, 2008 - 10:50am

"Publius" over at Obsidian Wings has three specific suggestions for reforming the presidential primary process for the Dems: 1. Establish a rotating regional system, 2. Eliminate caucuses (on the grounds that they discriminate against the elderly, those with small children, and those who work at night), and 3. Eliminate the superdelegates (originally set up to avoid McGovernish excesses).


DNC Closer to Compromise

Submitted by Jim Aune on May 31, 2008 - 12:08pm

According to Huffington Post here. Is this going to go all the way to the convention, folks? I've been avoiding my Hillary-supporting friends of late--any pro-Hillary readers want to weigh in here?


Kathy G. Makes the Case Against Webb for VP

Submitted by Jim Aune on May 28, 2008 - 12:34pm

I think Webb's pluses outweigh the minuses, but what do I know? Kathy G.'s argument here.


Obama at Wesleyan

Submitted by Jim Aune on May 27, 2008 - 11:16am

He just keeps getting better.

And the video:


"Hating Hillary"

Submitted by Jim Aune on May 21, 2008 - 2:18am

According to the exit polls, 20% of the voters in the Democratic primary in Kentucky admitted they would not vote for a black man. More disturbing than this, however, is Hillary Clinton's silence on the issue. As a reader puts it on Andrew Sullivan's blog tonight:

"When will Hillary ever speak out against how horrible, how evil it is to vote against a black man -- because he's a black man? Seriously. I saw the same exit polls tonight and started to feel sick. 20% in Kentucky had no problem telling a total stranger they proudly voted against a black man?