From the daily archives: Wednesday, March 19, 2008

PlunderPool 2008: Last Call

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OK hoops fans. This is it. The final call for bracket entries. You must have your picks in by 11:55am tomorrow. The pool will be locked in after that time.

Enter a bracket here:

password: plunderpool

We have 6 players so far. Like to get at least 10 in. I’m tellin’ ya. There will be prizes! Don’t miss out.

I know Joe wanted some tips so here it goes for the non-bracketologists:

Pick all 1 and 2 seeds to advance. Pencil in North Carolina, Memphis, UCLA, Kansas, Tennessee, Texas, Georgetown, and Duke. I’d also probably pick […]

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Since John McCain has been in the Middle East he has twice tried to link Iran – a country of Shiites – with al Qaeda in Iraq – a Sunni terrorist group.

In case you’ve been asleep for the past few years: the Sunnis and Shiites don’t really like each other.

Anyway- DNC Communications Director Karen Finney quickly responded to McCain’s misstatements saying “Either John McCain is purposely playing politics with the facts on the ground or he doesn’t understand the threat facing Iraq and our brave troops.”

But I think there may be a third option that Karen […]

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Obama’s Jewish Problem?

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As I may have mentioned, I’m back in NYC this week. The conversation around the bar here all week, as you might expect, has pretty much focused on the recent sex scandals.

But tonight I got into a conversation with a local, 50-something, Jewish Democrat who is worried that Obama won’t be able to pick up the Jewish vote because of something his pastor may have implied about Israel mistreating the Palestinians or some such dreck.

My new friend recommended that Barack take a trip to Israel like McCain did this week and get his picture taken, wearing a yamaka, […]

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Last month Ted Strickland announced a plan to add Keno games to the Ohio Lottery to help keep education fully funded in the face of a big budget shortfall.

Today State Senator Ron Amstutz announced he was going to introduce legislation to block the lottery commission’s plan.

Ron claims that he is trying to align himself “with the little people” and, by “little people”, I assume he is not speaking solely of Ohio’s munchkin community- but instead to the working class folks who are most likely to spend their money on Keno.

Either way, I don’t believe him. The […]

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Manufacturing Consent

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I’m almost done reading Manufacturing Consent by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, and I have to say that 20 years after it’s publication, it still rings true. It is very easy to see how the “propaganda model” of mass media still has validity, and how it has impacted coverage of the 7 years of the Bush Administration and the Iraq War. The book – especially the coverage of the Vietnam War – really underlines how laughably silly the “liberal media” meme is.

I’m not going to provide a detailed book review, but if you have never read it, […]

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Five years into the disasterous war in Iraq – a war John McCain continues to support – it seems like a good time to take a look back on all that could have been.

According to Ohio’s taxpayers have lost $18.3 billion so far for the Iraq War.

That’s about $1600 for every one of Ohio’s 11.3 million residents! And if you want to complain that your taxes are too high- and they aren’t getting lower any time soon- then this ridiculously expensive war might be a good place to start aiming your blame.

Here’s a list […]

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Today after her speech on Iraq they played Tom Petty’s “American Girl”. Sounds good, right? Right until you get to this part:

God its so painful
Something thats so close
And still so far out of reach

Actually, it might be kind of appropriate. LOL.

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Bill Clinton: “Rural Hitman”

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LOL. What gives with this guy’s language lately?

Clinton dubbed himself as the “rural hitman” of his wife’s campaign, and said he enjoys taking his wife’s campaign to places like Lawrenceburg, a small blue-collar town just across the state line from Cincinnati.

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