Lame. Lame. Lame. Lame. Lame.

Nice to see that the Lieberman braintrust has put together a comprehensive internets strategy:

Blog for Joe

One of the easiest ways for our supporters to help get our message out for Round Two of the campaign, and counteract the destructive distortions of our opponents, is to join Joe’s Online Truth Squad.

If you have the time, we would encourage you to blog on our behalf and get the facts out about Joe’s record and views. You might already have a blog, but if you don’t setting one up is a lot easier than you think. just fill out the form below and we’ll get you started. Or you can head to

Otherwise, you can do us a big favor just by monitoring the big political blogs that have been spreading lies and myths about Joe, and when you see something you know is wrong, post a comment to set the record straight.

Yes, you can start a blog. At blogger.

And you can leave comments on other blogs.

And you can look at porn and– Wait. No. No. That got nixed in commitee.

Somewhere in New Haven there is a internet consultant camped out by a bank tonight, waiting for the doors (more…)

Open thread – flying beasts

Yesterday in the early evening, Kate and I were watching the last ep of the Project Runway DVD, and from the sofa you can see the deck and backyard through the back door window. She happened to glance over that way and practically yelled:

K: Did you see that!
P: What?
K: There was a huge bird out there!
P: [I’m looking out at the deck and see a squirrel staggering around on the ledge; it jumps off.] I see the squirrel. What bird?
K: It was gigantic!
P: I didn’t see anything. What the hell was it?

Apparently some sort of flying beast (hawk, owl, vulture?), swooped down and tried to scoop up a bird or the squirrel. This is the first time we’ve had a winged predator flying around. I’ve been joking with her that she must have seen a pterodactyl on the hunt and that if we don’t watch out, it will scoop Chloe (the Bichon) away…

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I once saw a giant hawk swoop down off of a building, cross in front of my car and and snatch up a rabbit that I was driving by on a road. It was the weirdest thing. Apparently the folks in the First Union building were well aware of this hawk and its feeding territory.

Anyway, how random is this post? lololol.


Oh, if you scroll down, there are now links below the “Best of the Blend” section in the middle to interviews with Margaret Cho (audio and transcript) and Tab Hunter (audio only; Kate’s still working on the transcript). The Cho interview is a hard slog on audio, a bit disjointed (she seemed tired).

Late Nite FDL: A Booty Call to Dan Gerstein

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It’s a dreary, rainy night here at the FDL safe-house.  Ned the Fighting Koi is swimming happily in his bowl on the desk and all is quiet except for the sound of the rain on the roof.  Nights like this, sometimes, you know these satin sheets can feel so cold, and this big bed seems so empty and forlorn.

And tonight, I just feel sad.  Lonesome.  "Why, Rex, why?" you may ask, "You’ve got everything a 60ft. theropod could want.  You’re handsome, successful, well-respected in your field, and now you’ve even got your own press agent.  What’s to feel so blue about?"

Because, Gentle Readers, sadly, Dan Gerstein appears to have been forbidden to talk to reporters any more. From the New Haven Independent:

Asked to comment on the "anti-Democratic" charges against Lieberman, the campaign’s new press secretary, Tammy Sun, responded:

"Supporters of the Nedster may be focused on political gamesmanship and party politics, but Joe Lieberman is more concerned about what is best for the people of Connecticut. He believes they deserve better, which is why he’s running as an Independent Democrat on a message of unity and purpose."

What?!  New press secretary?  But what about Dan-O the Idiot Boy?!  But-!  But-!  We were having so much fun with Danny!  You can’t take him away from us now!  He was the best thing about the Lieberman campaign!

But sure enough, this "Tammy Sun" vixen makes a cameo at the end of the parade video that went up over at CT Bob’s place last night.  How dare they?  What on earth are they thinking?  Dan Gerstein is Ned Lamont’s biggest ally in the battle to unseat Rape Gurney Joe!  Oh, woe!  Why, God, WHYYYY?!

Who, I ask you, is going to phone up the major media outlets and go into hysterical tantrums?  Who else could be bothered to float such obvious and easily debunked lies?  Who else could possibly be so thin-skinned, humorless, and narcissistic that sending them out to do battle with the blogs is like sending a man into a lion cage wearing a suit made of pork-chops?

Dammit, Dan, come BACK!!  The Lamont campaign needs you!  And more importantly, I need you. 

And that’s why I am being forced to swallow my pride and make this Late Nite Booty Call. (more…)

Labor Day Postscript


The Labor Day holiday has passed — for those who still have paid holidays. The Census Department just report that says 23% of private-sector employees don’t get paid holidays, and only 48% of those in service sector do.

For most newspapers and pundits, Labor Day is all about falling real wages, the loss of health insurance and pensions, creeping Wal-Martization of our pay and benefits, the flailing labor movement and the role of labor in the upcoming elections. You can find articles about almost anything you want to know about: Labor history (here, here and here), the Republican war against unions, all the good things that unions are doing, problems for entry level workers and how changes in the economy give workers nothing to celebrate. and on and on. But what you’ll have a hard time finding are stories about actual workers and what they do at work and the life and death struggles that many endure every day.

There have been a few notable exceptions, however. Chicago Tribune writers Steve Franklin and Darnell Little published a two-part series on "Throwaway Workers," about the hazards faced by immigrant workers in America and how they are neglected even after they’ve been hurt.

The problem in numbers:

While non-Latino workplace fatalities dropped 16 percent between 1992 and 2005, Latino workers’ deaths jumped 72 percent during the same time. Last year the fatality rate for Latinos was 4.9 per 100,000 workers, a rate unmatched by any other group.

The real stories are worse: (more…)

Thank you….

…to Anthony in Philadelphia for the Gram Parsons – The Complete Reprise Sessions.

There is a bit of a Parson’s revival going on now with the release of this set as well as the release of the Gram Parsons – Fallen Angel DVD. It would be an understatement to say that he was an interesting character who wrote some some extraordinary songs before dying at the age of 26.

Here’s a clip of Emmylou Harris with this generations GP, Ryan Adams, doing “Return of the Grievous Angel

Watch the AFA take credit for this

Bill Ford out as Ford CEO. The press release from Don and Tim Wildmon should be out shortly, as they like to think their anti-gay bleating and emails were responsible for the automaker’s falling sales (as opposed to Honda and Toyota kicking Ford’s patootie).

Bill Ford, who struggled for five years to steer Ford Motor Co. toward financial stability, is stepping down as chief executive and is being replaced by Alan Mulally, a top executive from the airplane maker Boeing Co.

…Mulally, 61, was widely praised for being a key architect of the resurgence of Boeing’s commercial airplanes unit over the past couple of years. He was a top candidate for the Boeing CEO job last year but the company went outside instead to select aerospace veteran Jim McNerney, then the 3M Co. chief executive.

In announcing Mulally’s appointment to Ford employees, Bill Ford said in an e-mail that Ford’s turnaround effort “required the additional skills of an executive who has led a major manufacturing enterprise through such challenges before.”

Clueless Kean


Fifteen minutes before ABC convened a conference call about “The Path to 9/11,” I finally got an email answer to my request to be allowed on the group media call with 9/11 Commission Co-Chair, Thomas Kean. I’d only been requesting this reply since…Friday. Here’s what I got back from Jonathan Hogan:

Hi there, 

We won’t be able to provide specifics.  The conference call is for credentialed press members covering our industry.Smile

Yes, complete with smiley face.

Jonathan will probably be a little dismayed to know that, with help from some friends, I was able to get on that call, and I wasn’t even sneaky about it in the end. I should be right there in the records from the conference call moderator, as Jennifer Nix from Firedoglake. Of course, I was not allowed to ask any of the questions I’d prepared, but then again, it was only a 45-minute call, and with few exceptions, the call was all about the controversy over this ABC docudrama.


Now THIS Is a Scoop

David Corn has posted the scoop that should have been the first teaser from his and Isikoff’s Hubris–a post detailing Valerie Plame’s role in the CIA. It turns out Plame managed the group tasked with studying Iraq’s WMDs, the Joint Iraq Task Force.

Though Cheney was already looking toward war, the officers of theagency’s Joint Task Force on Iraq–part of the CounterproliferationDivision of the agency’s clandestine Directorate of Operations–werefrantically toiling away in the basement, mounting espionage operationsto gather information on the WMD programs Iraq might have. The JTFI wastrying to find evidence that would back up the White House’s assertionthat Iraq was a WMD danger. Its chief of operations was a careerundercover officer named Valerie Wilson.


In 1997 she returned to CIA headquarters and joined theCounterproliferation Division. (About this time, she moved in withJoseph Wilson; they later married.) She was eventually given a choice:North Korea or Iraq. She selected the latter. Come the spring of 2001,she was in the CPD’s modest Iraq branch. But that summer–before9/11–word came down from the brass: We’re ramping up on Iraq. Her unitwas expanded and renamed the Joint Task Force on Iraq. Within months of9/11, the JTFI grew to fifty or so employees. Valerie Wilson was placedin charge of its operations group.

Valerie Plame, Corn says, was in charge of the group that tried to develop assets who could tell them about Saddam’s WMD program.

Republicans White-Wash History — Again


People were making excellent use of the "Spotlight" project this morning to contact media outlets and express their concerns over the wingnut hit piece that ABC is about to relase, to quote Digby, without commercials as a "gift to the Repubican party" in an election year.

Mark Steckel, who runs the Spotlight Project, offers this advice for turning the heat up on your local ABC affiliate and asking them how they feel about airing this hogwash:

Re Spotlight – Some folks may want to contact local ABC affiliates. This can be done by.

1) Unchecking “Print”
2) checking “TV”
3) Check “Regional”
4) Enter a two-letter state code
5) press “Update”
6) select targets
7) press “Next”

And continue as normal.

If you want to see even more contacts you can all click “more>>” to see expanded options and then check “All”.

You can check out the Spotlight project by clicking here, or at the bottom of each post. Mark says that as of 12:30 pm PT there had been 476 original emails generated with it regarding this docuhoax.  That’s very excititing.