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acdeathsquad
Howdy all, Kentucky reporting in... Most of Kentucky is quite conservative but along the lines of "Don't take my guns away." Louisville has always leaned in favor of Democratic presidential candidates, mining towns tend to lean toward democratic candidates as well.
The governor of Kentucky is a democrat, but its a different breed of Democrat... Its a peculiar dynamic.

The personified form of the Democratic Party in Kentucky would resemble Hunter S Thompson (a Louisville native), while the Republicans in the Bluegrass most certainly, without a doubt embody Mitch McConnell (a Louisville native.)

What are the issues among Republicans and Democrats in your state?


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capthek

Great achievements in American socialism

A slide show of two dozen excellent things the federal government bought with your money.

By Mark Schone


Photo Courtesy the Library of Congress

View a slide show of the greatest achievements of American socialism.

Feb. 6, 2009 | Brave souls named Beck and Hannity and Limbaugh have raised the alarm: Socialism will soon be loosed upon the land. What is this "socialism" of which they -- and Malkin, McCain and Morris -- warn? Socialism is apparently what is created when a president you do not like spends money on things of which you do not approve.

Since the collapse of the economy and the election of Barack Obama, the American right has been engaged in a two-front ideological battle. Conservatives are fighting to prevent Democrats from spending America out of the current economic predicament, because it has long been a conservative article of faith that massive government investment in jobs and infrastructure does not work. But pressing that argument about the present also means looking backward, and trying to rewrite the history of the 1930s, when nearly everyone except conservative ideologues agrees that a huge Keynesian jolt to the economy did work.

Rather than publish another essay, though there have been some fine ones lately, about just what really happened during America's last episode of so-called socialism, we've opted to go to the visual record. As Marshall Auerback noted, in the process of modernizing the rural South and upgrading the infrastructure of America's largest cities, President Roosevelt's New Deal left behind a durable, physical and very visible legacy of schools and hospitals -- even aircraft carriers. (We'll leave discussion of Social Security and unemployment insurance for another time.) The following slide show gives a small sampling of the bricks-and-mortar achievements of red, white and blue "socialism."


Krugman defends Obama's stimulus plans
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capthek
Op-Ed Columnist
Bad Faith Economics
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/26/opinion/26krugman.html?partner=permalink&exprod=permalink
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Published: January 25, 2009

As the debate over President Obama’s economic stimulus plan gets under way, one thing is certain: many of the plan’s opponents aren’t arguing in good faith. Conservatives really, really don’t want to see a second New Deal, and they certainly don’t want to see government activism vindicated. So they are reaching for any stick they can find with which to beat proposals for increased government spending.

Some of these arguments are obvious cheap shots. John Boehner, the House minority leader, has already made headlines with one such shot: looking at an $825 billion plan to rebuild infrastructure, sustain essential services and more, he derided a minor provision that would expand Medicaid family-planning services — and called it a plan to “spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives.”

But the obvious cheap shots don’t pose as much danger to the Obama administration’s efforts to get a plan through as arguments and assertions that are equally fraudulent but can seem superficially plausible to those who don’t know their way around economic concepts and numbers. So as a public service, let me try to debunk some of the major antistimulus arguments that have already surfaced. Any time you hear someone reciting one of these arguments, write him or her off as a dishonest flack.
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One of the better Krugman letters, and it is to Obama
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What Obama Must Do
A Letter to the New President
By Paul Krugman
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/opinion/editorialsandoped/oped/columnists/paulkrugman/index.html
Dear Mr. President:

Like FDR three-quarters of a century ago, you're taking charge at a moment when all the old certainties have vanished, all the conventional wisdom been proved wrong. We're not living in a world you or anyone else expected to see. Many presidents have to deal with crises, but very few have been forced to deal from Day One with a crisis on the scale America now faces.

So, what should you do?
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OK guys, help me understand why conservatives hate Al Franken so much.
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It's not because he won this election:
http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason/2009/01/09/franken/
Because it was before that, and Franken is not the only guy to write books bashing the right. Why do people outside of Minnesota even care? Full disclosure, I think he is great! But nobody seems to agree with me : (


GOP sees Franken as top public enemy
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/17233;_ylt=AisO9kQ9upwawPSFt80gC6Jhr7sF

In this Nov. 4, 2008 file photo, Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken shakes AP – In this Nov. 4, 2008 file photo, Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken shakes hands with supporters …

With only a longshot court appeal standing in the way of Democrat Al Franken’s election to the Senate, Republicans are gritting their teeth and bracing for the arrival of a new senator whose every utterance will sound like nails on a chalkboard to them.

While Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) has filed suit to contest the results of a disputed recount process that turned his narrow lead into a 225-vote deficit, his likely defeat stands to turn Franken, the polarizing former “Saturday Night Live” writer, into the senator who launched a thousand direct mail fundraising appeals.

“I don’t know if we’ve ever had an opponent who is so disliked by Republicans as Al Franken,” said Minnesota Republican Party Chair Ron Carey, who cautioned that Coleman’s election challenge could still turn the results back his way. “It’s one thing to lose to an honorable opponent, but Al Franken is not considered an honorable opponent by Minnesota Republicans.”

Marty Seifert, the Republican leader in the Minnesota House of Representatives, said Franken’s long record of antagonizing conservatives would make it difficult for him to connect with voters who supported Coleman.

“It’s going to be hard for Franken to be very effective with any Republicans, in terms of having any credibility with us, just because he’s been so nasty in the past,” Seifert said. “He certainly has callous and very partisan behavior in the past that is beyond the pale.”

According to Carleton College political scientist Steven Schier, Franken’s record as a “flamboyant and aggressive partisan” would make him ripe for criticism back home.

“I think it’s impossible to overstate the hostility Minnesota Republicans feel toward Al Franken,” Schier said. “He will be a very useful fundraising tool.”
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(hmm, clears throat to do an impression) WHAAA, WHAAH!
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capthek
Aw, Poor Palin is such a victim. It was just how those interviews were spliced that made her appear to be an idiot! Yes, its sexism, oh, unless we are talking about Kennedy, then it was class, oh, unless we are talking about Obama, then it is sexism again, whatever works, right? Um, Kennedy is not going to get as much scrutiny anyway as she will not be SECOND IN COMMAND BEHIND THE PRESIDENT! How sexist is it to constantly play the victim? Article below:

Palin: Media goes easy on Kennedy
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/17217;_ylt=Ashh6kRsvt806o4YEmTPEVFhr7sF
Andy Barr Andy Barr – Thu Jan 8, 11:32 am ET
Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) believes Caroline Kennedy is getting softer press treatment in her pursuit of the New York Senate seat than Palin did as the GOP vice presidential nominee because of Kennedy’s social class.

“I’ve been interested to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled and if she will be handled with kid gloves or if she will be under such a microscope,” Palin told conservative filmmaker John Ziegler during an interview Monday for his upcoming documentary film, “How Obama Got Elected.” Excerpts from the interview were posted on YouTube Wednesday evening.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out and I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be.”

Palin said she remains subject to unfair press coverage of her and her family.

“Is it political? Is it sexism?” she asked. “What is it that drives someone to believe the worst and perpetuate the worst in terms of gossip and lies?”
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I like maps, what can we tell from maps?
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090107/ap_on_he_me/med_teen_births;_ylt=AmUMjlYkiaPGZZkLP1mn5vsDW7oF
Now compare this map to the democratic and republican votes from 2004 (I don' seem to have 2008 on me).

Then there is this fun map that is also from a previous election.

Do we see any correlations?

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synthetikterror
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Aaron Sorkin: Obama meets President Bartlet
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I don't know how many of you are "The West Wing" fans, but I absolutely love this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/21/opinion/21dowd-sorkin.html?_r=2&em&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Basically, what would happen if President Bartlet had a conversation with Senator Obama. It's amazing. I can not WAIT until we can say President Obama.

I think my favorite part is Bartlet's "monologue" on "GET ANGRIER" because it is so damn true.

Enjoy! :)

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acdeathsquad
Has anyone ever been to www.livejournal.com/community/republicans ?

The rules say its for republicans and REPUBLICANS ONLY. To me, this is a fine example how the Republicans might have lost the 08 campaign... Hear me out. I think a major problem with the 08 Republican campaign was its inability to recognize its faults. The Bush administration has long held the belief (since sept. 2001) 'you're either with us, or you're a terrorist'. It seems this kind of all-or-nothing attitude limits the administration in its ability to quell critics of its administration.

Similarly, the philosophy at the republicans journal is "we don't want to hear your criticism." Am I making sense?

And this:


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