Kerry’s Non-Zero PAC Money

John Kerry makes a habit of bragging about his refusal to accept PAC money. In fact, so does his campaign website: Facts on John Kerry and Special Interests JOHN KERRY’S MONEY: NO ONE BUYS JOHN KERRY

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China DNS Server

Reporters Without Borders released a report Friday on Internet censorship in China, warning that this situation is getting worse: Reporters Without Borders today condemned the latest Chinese effort to gag the Internet by means of directives to portals that have discussion groups. As a result of the directives, many news groups have closed since 23 […]

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Andrew and David

I’m not one of those who regularly heap scorn on Andrew Sullivan for his various failings; I actually think he’s a good writer and an consistently entertaining blogger. But I can’t help noting that Andrew’s intellectual flexibility seems to continually bring him nothing but heartache. Let’s face it: the man has got a serious jones […]

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Bear Hygiene

This is not acceptable, even with St. Patricks Day approaching. I assure you all, I will be having words with the bear union about this shameful mistreatment of one of my fellow brothers. Will somebody please wash that bear!

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Where Animals Go To…

The National Zoo in Washington is facing troubled times, and the director has resigned: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Zoo’s director resigned on Wednesday, hours after an expert panel criticized the park’s handling of animals, including the deaths of two red pandas, a zebra and an elephant. “It’s time for me to move on […]

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Defending Marriage From… Marriage

My fundamental problem with “marriage” as an institution of the government is that in my ideal state (i.e., a truly secular one), marriage would be a religious concept, with the state only blessing “civil unions”. So essentially, if it were up to me, I’d rewrite all our laws to refer only to civil unions — […]

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Obey Slate Law!

Hmmm. Methinks those Slate characters are getting just a wee bit carried away. Note the pointer at the bottom of Richard Thompson Ford’s piece on the SF marriage scandals (emphasis mine): Related in Slate Read Dahlia Lithwick’s anaylsis of what exactly an attorney general can do to rein in an state official in conflict with […]

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Random Walk: The Musical

From the useless but amusing category, the first ten tracks that popped up after I loaded my entire MP3 collection and hit shuffle: Madonna – Music Moby – Barracuda U2 – The Three Sunrises Ace of Base – Don’t Turn Around Indigo Girls – Love’s Recovery U2 – In a Little While Orchestral Manoeuvers in […]

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Run Ralph, Run!

Okay, the more I think about Nader getting in the race, the more sense it actually makes to me. Yes, you read that right. The first thing to understand is that Nader deciding to be in the race today is a very different thing than Nader deciding to still be in the race in November. […]

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Nader and the Greens

Here’s an odd passage from Eric Boehlert’s Salon piece on Nader’s candidacy: Even some of Nader’s closest progressive allies have their doubts. “I love and appreciate him, but I definitely want to get Bush out of office, so I won’t vote for him, which would be a first for me,” says Medea Benjamin, the Green […]

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All Ralph, All the Time

Well, I’ll withhold my full thoughts on Ralph Nader jumping in the race until I can review his official announcement today, but we can at least start with his campaign website, which can be accurately summarized as lame. No weblog. No forums. No chat rooms. In fact, not a trace of interactivity or real dialogue […]

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Welcome Home, Chief

Please give a big welcome home to Chief Wiggles, and wish his father and family the best. And what better way to do both of those things than to chip in a bit to Operation Give?

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Lair on Liberation

Lair on link whoring: “NZ Bear went from being a highly observant and astute individual blogging to nothing more than an emcee for his link-engines, a mechanic enslaved by the prison of his own design. He broke free from it. I nearly shit myself with glee, but I made it to the bathroom in time.” […]

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The Reason that Dare Not Speak Its Name

And the #1 reason to hope Kerry does, in fact, become the Democratic nominee: To ensure that Mickey continues in his current agitatedly inspired state of frustrated indignation. You can just picture him gnawing on a pencil somewhere everytime Kerry takes a state or morbidly intones “Bring…it…on!” — or worse, does both simultaneously. I lack […]

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Jane on Old Babies

Hey, look, Jane and Mindles haven’t been posting much either, so that makes me feel slightly less inadequate. But Jane has a sage post on adoption that contained a nugget of wisdom that hadn’t occurred to me, and is well worth your time.

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Back to Basics

OK folks, a little announcement. I’ve decided to return to my roots, so to speak, and try to focus more of my blogging energies on, well, blogging. Writing. Thinking. Yammering away and sharing my allegedly creative energies with y’all through my own little corner of the blogosphere here at TTLB. The !Eco will stay, and […]

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Charge it!

NPR reports that the Michigan Democratic Party has found a new way to raise campaign funds: offering their own credit card: Michigan’s Democratic Party will ask caucus goers Saturday to apply for “affinity” credit cards as a way to raise campaign money. The party will receive $45 for each person who signs up for the […]

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Shades of Evil

Sasha Volokh has taken some heat for denying the uniqueness of the Holocaust as a morally evil event. Despite taking heavy fire from folks like Meryl, he’s sticking to his guns: Alas, I still don’t buy the moral uniqueness. To repeat my point from below: the Holocaust is evil because killing six million Jews is […]

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