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I'm pretty sure I'll be able to find enough material for this segment from now till November. Since Sarah Palin herself bleeds publicity I think it's time Joe Biden got some play. Here's the one for this week:
I have to ask McAngry, what are the fundamentals that he's talking about? Home ownership? Unemployment? Wage growth? Maybe it's how many houses he owns...
The removal of the woman in the video might be defensible, but I don't think so. Here's what I can tell you about the facility:
The Denver Performing Arts Complex is 4-square-block site owned and operated by the City and County of Denver that offers 11, 260 seats in 11 performance venues. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is the primary user of the theatres in the Complex, although several arts organizations, such as the Colorado Symphony, Opera Colorado and The Colorado Ballet also call the Complex home.
So this is a city-owned facility, but there is apparently an assortment of tenants who rent the facility for various uses. If it was rented by someone -- say the McCain campaign or one of his monied lobbyist friends -- and the event was a private campaign event, I can kind of (almost) understand the exclusion of a dramatically, horribly "offensive" (though true) sign like "McCain = Bush." But if this was truly a "town hall" event hosted even partly by the City of Denver (the owner of the building), then I've got a problem with excluding this woman and her sign.
Though the Bush Administration has been succesfull in neutering many of our constitutional rights, I want to think we still have the First Amendment.
It's a beautiful morning on the lake. I woke up crazy early this morning, made coffee (decaf) and had breakfast after starting a fire in the fireplace. The sun wasn't up yet and it was fairly dark outside, but the moon in the west cast a bright streak across the lake. Nobody else is up.
A while later, the sun still not yet popped up in the east, a loud commotion outside the sliding glass doors distracted me from my book. I turn around to look out the sliding glass door, but the mirrored reflection of the fire in the fireplace makes it impossible to see out. I get up, open the door, and before I step out onto the deck it becomes clear what the sound is. It's a huge flock of geese setting down on the lake. I watch them set down and then head back inside, closing the door behind me.
It's cold out there. Feels like Fall.
The photo, above, was taken a couple hours later, after the sun poked up over the east horizon. If you look closely, you can see that where the sun is hitting the lake, there's steam rising up off the water. At first I saw the steam only along the far shoreline to the west, but it's moving this way as the sun lifts itself off the horizon.
The deck is saturated from all the rain we got last night. It was cold on my toes as I watched the geese come in. The cold in my feet is the kind of cold that goes all the way to the middle of the bones. It's nice to have a fire in the fireplace this early, but we're low on wood. Hopefully it warms up a bit today.
I think I'll put the boat in the water so we can do some fishing. It might be that kind of morning.
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Long, you will recall, was a top-level executive insider at North Dakota's Workforce Safety and Insurance (WSI). When he blew the whistle on corrupt activities he personally witnessed at WSI, the corrupt officials he caught red handed retaliated against him and dismissed him from his job. The corrupt individuals who fired him remain at WSI and no meaningful investigation has been pursued by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem or by Governor John Hoeven. They brought in another good-ol-boy, Bruce Furness, to make like there's nothing wrong at WSI. Furness has expressly stated he will not investigate the corruption exposed by Long.
If you've seen Long give his stump speech or talked to him at your door, you know he has promised to take on North Dakota's corrupt politicians and insiders and will clean up WSI while also fighting for a better, more affordable healthcare system and, with his background in education, will fight for appropriate K-12 funding.
District 14 is one of North Dakota's huge gerrymandered districts, roughly 2 or 3 times larger than the state of Rhode Island -- stretching from Lincoln, avoiding all of Bismarck, going up pretty close to (but not including) Wilton and East. It includes McClusky, Goodrich, Hurdsfield, Harvey, Fessenden, Sykeston, Regan, Wing, Tuttle, Robinson, Pettibone, Tappen, Steele, Driscoll, Sterling and everything in between. It includes all of Kidder and Wells Counties, the southern 1/3 of Sheridan County and the eastern 3/4 of Burleigh County (all of Burleigh county minus districts 8, 30, 32, 35 and 47). Click here for a map.
Did you know... John McCain consistently votes against the Farm Bill?
Nebraska U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson said Friday [ ] that McCain opposed the 2008 farm bill, which had important subsidies for farmers.
And Nelson said the Republican presidential nominee "slept through the first generation of ethanol like he was Rip Van Winkle."
"He's had to dodge Iowa ... in 2000 and 2008 because of what he said about the ethanol program ... once called it highway robbery, saying it doesn't help the consumers," Nelson said.
Also on the call Friday was Jim Messina, campaign chief of staff for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
Messina said the campaign is opening two offices in North Dakota and has 18 in Montana. The campaign opened its first Nebraska office in Omaha this week.
McCain hasn't been shy about speaking against subsidizing ethanol. That stand helped make him so unpopular in Iowa that he skipped its leadoff presidential caucuses in 2000 and put much less emphasis on them in 2008 than many of his opponents.
Let me head off the right-wing corporo-fascists at the pass: Nobody is saying ethanol is the only answer or that it's the ultimate goal. (At least nobody I've talked to.) What most or all are saying is that something needs to be done to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil bought from George Bush and John McSame's friends in the Middle East. Is ethanol expensive? Sure. But alot of things are expensive. The Fannie Mae and Freddi Mac buyouts are expensive. The subprime mortgage industry bailout has been expensive. The billions in no-bid contracts for Haliburton, KBR and Blackwater have been expensive. Ask yourself this: Would you rather America's government be in bed (literally and figuratively) with oil industry giants or would you rather have America's government supporting family farmers while we pursue energy independence?