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Pachacutec did not, as is commonly believed, die in 1471. To escape the tragic sight of his successors screwing up the Inca Empire he’d built, he fled east into the Amazon rain forest, where he began chewing lots of funky roots to get higher than Hunter Thompson ever dared. Oddly, these roots gave him not only a killer buzz, but also prolonged his life beyond what any other mortal has known, excluding Novakula. Whatever his doubts of the utility of living long enough to see old friends pop up in museums as mummies, or witness the bizarrely compelling spectacle of Katherine Harris, he’s learned a thing or two along the way. For one thing, he’s learned the importance of not letting morons run a country, having watched the Inca Empire suffer many civil wars requiring the eventual ruler to gain support from the priests and the national military. He now works during fleeting sober moments to build a vibrant progressive movement sufficiently strong and sustainable to drive a pointed stake through the heart of American “conservatism” forever. He enjoys a gay marriage, classic jazz and roots for the New York Mets.
 
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About Me:
Pachacutec did not, as is commonly believed, die in 1471. To escape the tragic sight of his successors screwing up the Inca Empire he’d built, he fled east into the Amazon rain forest, where he began chewing lots of funky roots to get higher than Hunter Thompson ever dared. Oddly, these roots gave him not only a killer buzz, but also prolonged his life beyond what any other mortal has known, excluding Novakula. Whatever his doubts of the utility of living long enough to see old friends pop up in museums as mummies, or witness the bizarrely compelling spectacle of Katherine Harris, he’s learned a thing or two along the way. For one thing, he’s learned the importance of not letting morons run a country, having watched the Inca Empire suffer many civil wars requiring the eventual ruler to gain support from the priests and the national military. He now works during fleeting sober moments to build a vibrant progressive movement sufficiently strong and sustainable to drive a pointed stake through the heart of American “conservatism” forever. He enjoys a gay marriage, classic jazz and roots for the New York Mets.

Late Nite FDL: Burress for Senate? Nevermind!!

By: Wednesday December 31, 2008 8:00 pm

Happy New Year, from Emily Litella.

Obama Transition Reaffirms Commitment to Employee Free Choice Act

By: Wednesday December 3, 2008 8:00 am

Yesterday I wrote of my attempts to get the Obama team on the record to reaffirm its support for the Employee Free Choice Act after Rahm Emanuel demurred on the question when asked. Team Obama has now responded.

Will a President Obama Fight for the Employee Free Choice Act?

By: Tuesday December 2, 2008 8:01 am

After designated Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel declined to affirm the incoming administration’s commitment to the Employee Free Choice Act, representatives of the Obama transition team have so far declined to clarify or affirm the incoming administration’s commitment to the legislation.

Shuster Cites Hamsher on The Lieberman Cave In

By: Wednesday November 19, 2008 4:40 pm

David Shuster quoted this post by Jane on MSNBC tonight. Peter Slutsky, the liberal guest on the show, reacts to the quote. Peter, a good friend and a genuinely good guy, argues that if Obama made a mistake about Lieberman’s chairmanship, it will be Obama who pays the price.

I don’t think that’s right. Lieberman promised to investigate the katrina response when he ran for reelection and then refused to do so, to the pervasive harm of a lot of Katrina victims.

Ted Haggard Resurfaces, Flames Out

By: Thursday November 13, 2008 12:08 pm

I suspect Ted’s final reckoning with the “demons” he needs most wholly to embrace has not yet come, and I hope he survives that final flame out to emerge, bit by bit, a more whole and healthy man, intact. I note that, according to Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, in spite of the ballot initiatives November 4th, national tolerance for homosexuality has never been higher: 54% in a national survey endorse the statement, “Homosexuality is a way of life that should be accepted by society,” while only 38% endorse the statement, “Homosexuality is a way of life that should be discouraged by society.”

For Ted’s sake and the sake of hundreds of thousands like him, and their families, let’s hope he catches up with the trend soon, before he does end up killing himself, directly or indirectly.

Harry Reid Should No Longer Be Majority Leader

By: Wednesday November 5, 2008 3:30 pm

It makes absolutely no sense to have the steward of Obama’s agenda in the Senate be an occupant of a swing state, shaky, conservative Senate seat. Obama has asked Emanuel, a hard fighting partisan, to be his Chief of Staff. He may as well go ahead and give his blessing to Dick Durbin to become Majority Leader and make the Illinois posse complete.

ACORN: Legal Latino Voter, Illegally Targeted by the GOP, Speaks Out (VIDEO)

By: Wednesday October 29, 2008 7:48 am

Young Latino voter Francisco Martinez of New Mexico, targeted by Republicans to have his name removed from voter registration in New Mexico, declares, “I won’t be intimidated. In fact, I voted early, and my vote will count.”

ACORN Thanks Firedoglake and Its Other Allies (VIDEO)

By: Tuesday October 28, 2008 9:55 am

ACORN’s Chief Organizer Bertha Lewis thanks its allies and defenders, including Firedoglake. She also asks New York State residents to vote for Obama under the Working Families Party line, row E, to help support other community organizers.

Donna Edwards Explains Her Yes Vote on Bailout

By: Friday October 3, 2008 5:15 pm

I’m just going to post this so people can offer their reactions:

Why Does McCain Blink So Much?

By: Saturday September 27, 2008 9:00 am

Check out the video. It’s just a sample, we could have taken almost any footage. I mean, it was manic. I don’t know what the hell it was about, but it made it really, really hard for me to look at him. He was going way too fast to count. Does he do this all the time? Why do you think he blinks like he has butterfly wings for eyelids? Watch the video!

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