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April 22nd, 2009

10:26 am - Happy Birthday, Ginny
Today is Virginia Heinlein's birthday.  That's her, with her husband.  You may have heard of him. 

If the world was a fairer place, Mrs. Heinlein would be 93, today, and in good health.  A very nice woman.

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November 12th, 2008

09:18 am - Need a room for the Inaugural?
Craigslist ad:  (h/t getrich)

Room for Rent -- Inauguration Day/ObamaCon 2009 (map)

Reply to: hous-914613135@craigslist.org [?]
Date: 2008-11-11, 11:48AM EST

In a search of a room in DC so that you can spend Jan. 20 standing in the bitter winter cold with thousands of like-minded souls watching the historic transfer of power from one Harvard grad to another? Look no further.

Me: Heartless, greedy right-wing oppressive type looking to make a buck.

You: Obama's election was Christmas/your first kiss/May Day all wrapped into one. You dutifully wore his button -- which you have yet to remove -- contributed money to his campaign from your non-profit job and chanted "yes we can" as if it were the 11th commandment. A strange void now exists in your life and -- like an old hippie looking to recapture the spirit of Woodstock -- you are undertaking a pilgrammage to Washington for one last gulp of the Kool-Aid.
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08:56 am - Well, there's change for you
Obama's no-lobbyist commitments have, well, changed.

During the campaign: "I don't take a dime of their money, and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House."  Well, the first one was a fib, as even the HuffPo noted.  And the second statement is, well, no longer operative

No question:  that's change.  Is that the sort of thing his supporters hope for?

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November 11th, 2008

11:44 am - ODS Watch: All the Other Kids Are Doing It
Over at Windypundit, Mark's posted his first roundup of Obama Derangement Syndrome news.  A fair number of conservative/libertarian folks have.  Seems that some, well, nutcases have been pointing to evil symbolism in Michele Obama's dress, for example.

Okay, I'll play, too.  Some rightwing nutcases are talking about how some Obamamaniacs are already promoting a national holiday for The One.  Sheesh.  As though.

Oops.  Nevermind:

Plans are being made to promote a national holiday for Barack Obama, who will become the nation's 44th president when he takes the oath of office Jan. 20.

"Yes We Can" planning rallies will be at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the downtown McDonald's restaurant, 1100 Kansas Ave., until Jan. 13. The goals are to secure a national holiday in Obama's honor...
Let me try again.  Gotta put down this ODS stuff.  Now, this is rich -- this woman rants about how on January 20, Obama will "take power and begin to rule."  [My emphasis.]  Sheesh.  Don't these rightwing nutcases --

Ooops.  Nevermind. 

Not a rightwing nutcase.  Turns out to be Valerie Jarrett, co-chair of the Obamatransition team, and a leading Obamatron.

I'll get it, though.  I'm chasing down a nutty rightwing rumor that Obama accepted the Democratic nomination on a stage made up to look like some sort of Greek Temple O'Bama...

Vero possumus.

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10:03 am - Not to worry
Omri Ceren points to reassurances to the nutroots not to worry, that, when it comes to Israel, Rahm Emanuel is one of those tame House Jews; I guess, after the DNC's disgracing itself, it was important to hand out some scorecards; gotta be sure that the nutroots know that he's not part of the Jewish cabal that so bothers the Democrats, eh?

I don't make this stuff up, you know.  Or, for that matter, this.

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November 10th, 2008

08:20 am - Nothing to see, move along now . . .
. . . it's just a guy being arrested for wearing a McCain t-shirt.  I hope that kind of thing will change.

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November 6th, 2008

02:57 pm - Listening to Juan Williams . . .
. . . on MPR, this afternoon.  He was, understandably, still kind of moist about the Obama victory, which wasn't a surprise.  Me, I was thrilled to hear that Jack Markell was elected governor of Delaware, becoming the first Jewish governor there, and I only know a little less about Markell* than I think many Obama's supporters know about Obama's policies**. 

What got my attention, though, was his take on the lack of the "Bradley Effect," where he said something very much to the effect of how we now knew that white people wouldn't "sneak" into the voting booth and vote against a black candidate that they said that they'd vote for.

I thought that kind of got it backward.  I think the lack of the Bradley Effect shows that, by and large, white folks who are willing to vote against a black candidate -- or, at least, this black candidate -- or for a person of pallor running against a black candidate -- or, at least, this black candidate -- are willing to say that they are to an anonymous interviewer.

How far we've come.

* I think Markell is a guy; I'm sure he's a Democrat and Jewish, and lives in Delaware.

** "Are you more for Obama's policy because he's pro-life? Or because he thinks [we] should stay in Iraq and finish this war?"

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10:58 am - Something struck a nerve
I just clicked back on the
"I want my money today! It's my money. I want it right now!" yelled one former campaign worker

It looks like it struck a nerve: 
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I can see why. On the specifics, it's a sad thing. The folks who were working for ten bucks an hour were almost certainly people who needed the money; wealthy Obamamaniacs who pounded the pavement (and I'm sure that there were at least some of those) almost certainly would have done it for free, or less.

But I think I can see why it caught on.
"I worked nine hours a day for 4 days and got paid half of what I should have earned," said Randall Waldon.
With the tax hikes coming, I think that'll have a lot of resonance for a lot of folks.

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10:49 am - Make that "a Cornish Game Hen" in some pots.
Let's see . . . first we have the biggest post-election drop, well, ever; then we find out that McCain's campaign wasn't really so dishonorable, that Obama's supporters should lower their expectations, including those who want to get paid . . .

I hope nobody tells Peggy Joseph.

Or Andy Young.
 “Nothing would have more impact on the economy and the price of oil than his election as president,” Young said. “There would be a boost of 1,000 points on the stock market the first week after he’s elected. This would be better than a chicken in every pot.”

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November 5th, 2008

11:11 am - SSM defeated in CA
Which sucks

This is, err, not exactly my favorite election.  Even the few races that seem to have gone my way aren't a lot of fun. 

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