From the daily archives: Thursday, November 19, 2009

Let me start by giving Cafe Press credit for actually responding to my email complaints. Also for temporarily suspending the sale of the wingnut merchandise that promotes the death of President Barack Obama.

But based on the email response (see below) that I received from Cafe Press, it sounds like they are not going to permanently block the sale of these inappropriate designs. And they will soon, if not already, be back on sale at Cafe Press.

Here’s a copy of the email I received from the Cafe press folks. They make a good case, but not good enough […]

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RIP Stefanie Spielman

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Stefanie Spielman, wife of former OSU and NFL great Chris Spielman, died today of breast cancer at just 42. Her advocacy for more than a decade has raised more than $6.5 million for breast cancer research.

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China Cheats and We Lose Jobs

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I had to skip my second night with the Palin book to attend (and work at) a town hall meeting in Baltimore about U.S. manufacturing policy, or rather, the need for a U.S. manufacturing policy.

I’ve been working on this issue for a while but I finally understood more about why U.S. manufacturing has declined so significantly. I always understood that China was part of the problem, but I just assumed it was because they were winning in the market place: they could make and sell products more cheaply than we could. I thought this was only because they paid […]

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Yes, that is a serious headline. Wingnuts apparently believe by an overwhelming margin that Obama actually stole the election.

Among Republicans, however, only 27% say Obama actually won the race, with 52% — an outright majority — saying that ACORN stole it, and 21% are undecided. Among McCain voters, the breakdown is 31%-49%-20%. By comparison, independents weigh in at 72%-18%-10%, and Democrats are 86%-9%-4%.

And, unlike the controversy over the 2000 election, there’s actually no evidence whatsoever to support this belief.

Astonishingly, this position is actually more popular on the right than the Birther conspiracy, despite the fact that […]

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Modern has been all over this state budget issue. Today it escalated to a call for the Governor to exercise his executive powers to force a special session by proclamation in order to keep Republican Senators from bailing on the state to go home for the holidays to their families while leaving the rest of the state in limbo over the budget shortfall. (see here and here)

I invite those who think the Governor should exercise such power to comment below. I would like to especially extend a hand to those on the right who have criticized Governor […]

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From the Columbus Dispatch (Strickland: Don’t leave town):

?I think it would be unseemly for the legislature to leave this town with this matter unresolved,? he said. ?I understand next week is a holiday period of time. I certainly think this is important enough that all of us should be willing to work as long as we need to work to get it done.”

?I think it?s more important than personal travel, I think it?s more important than any individual member of the governor?s staff, the governor or the legislature,” Strickland said. “There?s no reason why this cannot […]

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More Palin Greatness from someecards

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Must be Palin week. She coming to town or something?

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Photo: New Palin Book Fiction?

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Walked by books in a local Meijer and found this:

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The Columbus Dispatch reports what Harris’ Plan B really was:

Unable to find enough votes, Senate Republicans are going home until December without plugging the $851 million state-budget shortfall.

“I assure you, we have a plan, and it’s a good plan. But it takes bipartisan support.”

In other words, there never was a “Plan B” that Harris thought he could get passed with little or no Democratic support.  Harris was clearly trying to intimidate the Senate Democrats by inferring that if the Democrats didn’t swallow the conservative ideological sweetners to the bill (which included, among other things, […]

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The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Sounds official, right? Most whack front groups do. Mother Jones does a great job of exposing these fools for what they are:

Yet despite the lab coats and the official-sounding name, the docs of the AAPS are hardly part of mainstream medical society. Think Glenn Beck with an MD. The group (which did not return calls for comment for this story) has been around since 1943. Some of its former leaders were John Birchers, and its political philosophy comes straight out of Ayn Rand. Its general counsel is Andrew Schlafly, son of […]

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The PalinPalooza continues, indeed accelerates.? For a woman who incessantly mocked the “celebrity” of Barack Obama, Sarah Palin is making Barack look like an amateur.? The Republican Party, and all their organs of manipulation, play right along.

They’re all in.? Good.? Because nothing is more certain in today’s media environment than the cycle of build up, destroy.? The higher they rise, the harder they fall. The very same people today blowing smoke up Palin’s spandex clad sphincter will tomorrow shove a red hot poker up it.? That’s bankable.

But with Palin, the inevitable crash will be far worse than it […]

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