Happy Holidays!

Unless something very strange happens, I won't be posting until Sunday. Jerome might drop by with a post or two. Otherwise, use this as an open thread, and have a great holiday weekend.

Update, Jerome: Yea, I just got back from a 3 day media, cell, and internet self-imposed blackout! I will have a Christmas Edition of the DNC Chair CattleCall out Sat. afternoon, and am going to follow-up this weekend for a couple of other DNC Chair posts. If you have any questions relating to the DNC Chair race, post them here, and I'll try and address them in the posts.

Tags: Open Threads (all tags)



Happy Holiday!
And don't forget, if you drink and drive, stay away from sobriety check points.  (yes, they are already out in force in my area)
by ang6666 2004-12-23 01:45PM | 0 recs

Permanent  Defense and NPI report: Democrat Christine Gregoire has won Washington's race for governor by 130 votes, with King County's final hand-recount tally complete.

The county accepted 565 of the 732 additional ballots as having valid signatures -- 311 went for Gregoire and 191 for Rossi. The others either went for Ruth Bennett or didn't have a vote for governor or the person marked multiple candidates.

Election officials from Seattle's King County convened Thursday to begin counting 732 mistakenly discarded ballots that have widened Democrat Christine Gregoire's lead in Washington's incredibly tight race for governor.


by nwprogressive 2004-12-23 02:05PM | 0 recs
I can't believe we actually almost lost Washington's Governor's mansion. I hope we have all learned our lesson about cautious, try-not-to-lose campaigns.
by Bob Brigham 2004-12-23 03:34PM | 0 recs
I'm so happy about that.  My partner and I contributed $120 to the recount effort out of our fixed retirement incomes here in Idaho, and it paid off.  I think we need to keep right on voting with our money for the recounts and for election integrity legislation by contributing to movenments like votecobb.org (the green recount movement), blackboxvoting.org, swingstate project, etc. etc. It would be great if we all found a little money to support this movement as the new year begins.
by duncanidaho 2004-12-24 07:07AM | 0 recs
Wow, you're living in your own private Idaho?
You can't leave an unused pun like that just laying there like that. I couldn't pass that one up. That would be wrong.

I agree on the points you made, though.

by afs 2004-12-24 08:28AM | 0 recs
To quote an old bumper sticker...
Don't drink and drive.
You might hit a bump and spill your drink.

Happy Holidays :)

by afs 2004-12-23 03:01PM | 0 recs
Festivus Eve
Festivus Eve
Posted by James Wolcott

"In a holiday season when some of the leprechaun people are lamenting that not everyone accepts their cry of "Merry Christmas!" like a wet kiss, I am happy to report that here in Manhattan we're taking the savior's upcoming birthday in stride. After leaving the dermatologist's--I was relieved to discover I didn't have ringworm--I passed an adult video store in midtown which boasted a neon Christmas tree and menorah in the window, strategically flanking the latest exciting releases from San Fernando Valley. A Santa cap dangled from some sort of personal pleasuring device, a rather jaunty decorative touch, I thought. This is the sort of ecumenical spirit that ought to be encouraged in those fractious times...."

more at...

by afs 2004-12-23 03:25PM | 0 recs
Must be Wonkette Xmas...The stockings well-hung...
...by the chimney with care with lots of ass-fucking soon to be there...

"Senate Staffer Exhibits True Christmas Spirit, Takes Stuff

Roll Call reported on Friday that a Republican House staffer was arrested for allegedly attempting to steal a plasma television from the Financial Services hearing room. Said an eyewitness: "There was this guy standing there, and on a dolly there was something large wrapped in cardboard...He seemed a little surprised to see me."

Now an email is floating around the Hill gives a little more detail, and adds a coda:

    just found out this guy is NOT some lowpaid staff ass...he's the fucking republican chief economist on the small bidness committee!!!!

It's cute how Democrats get all Southern when they're angry...."


by afs 2004-12-23 03:37PM | 0 recs
Happy Holidays
I just wanted to wish all a Happy Holiday Season and a better New Year than one we just had!!!
by SRconbio 2004-12-23 07:33PM | 0 recs
Happy Holidays!!!
Best to you and your family ;]
by kitsae 2004-12-23 07:57PM | 0 recs
Drive safe
Those in areas hit heavy by the snow storms, PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY!

It took my dad and myself 4-5 hours to shovel our driveway.  I wasn't blogging at all until last night!

by kydem 2004-12-24 05:10AM | 0 recs
A letter sent to the National Review

Last year at this time I was chasing down mortarmen in Sadr City to the tune of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" piped over my tank's intercom. I wish to share with you my assessment which has remained fairly constant since about August of 2003, my third month in Baghdad. We had already reached a point where the good we were accomplishing was outweighed by the cost to ourselves. Sadddam was gone, we certified his disarmament. The rest was up to the Iraqis and more broadly the Arabs.

My feeling was that until they tried a Shiite theocracy they would always want to try it, hence we should just hand the government over to them and return in 20 years to pick-up the pieces. Nor should we recoil at such an outcome. We have nominal allies that more strictly adhere to Islamic law. We can live with the Saudis; we can live with the Morrocans, can we not?

Beyond the fact that democratizing Iraq was not the causus belli we sold to our allies and to our people, why would we think that Iraq after years of psychological maladaption to tyranny would within a few years of American military presence, become a functioning democracy than could have 1 + n elections? Kuwait, a country far richer, and thus we would think more apt to indulge in the luxury of democratic noise, has had American troops in it for over a decade. Are they a democracy?

It would be useful to consider the rural-urban political divide in America. Most "red" counties were rural. Most "blue" counties were urban. Now consider Iraq. We are hoping that the "blue" democrats will o'er awe the "red" midevalists. Why do we when they cannot in America? The grip of religion on the identity of the shiite majority was made armor-strong by its importance as a rallying point for resistance to Saddam's thuggery. Are they about to throw away their traditions because a very-radical foriegn government gently asks them to? How would the voters in Utah (70-30 for Bush) respond to a French army seeking to impose gay marriage upon them? I know you see my point.

My lament is that "conservatives" have broken loose from their moorings. Did not Edmund Burke inveigh against the attempt to push a people too far, too fast from their organic culture? Did not America suffer culturally from the backlash to Viet Nam, that we are only now beginning to undo? Why would a conservative risk repeating history over whether or not Iraqis prefer to live midevally (believe me, they do).

Please consider my words,
Merry Christmas,

by Paul Goodman 2004-12-24 07:29AM | 0 recs
season's greeting
hey jerome & chris - thanks for all your hard work this year.  i sincerely appreciate the time and effort you put into makking this a great bog.

you guys be safe - enjoy the holidays.  here's to a better year in 2005.

by annatopia 2004-12-24 09:54AM | 0 recs
mmmm coffee....
damn, i type like crap over that first cup of coffee...
by annatopia 2004-12-24 09:55AM | 0 recs
Happy holidays
For both you & Jerome, I add my wishes for a great holiday, and my gratitude for all you achieved online and off in 2004. Keep up the great works and all the liberal depravities I so enjoy!
by Kevin Hayden 2004-12-25 02:40AM | 0 recs


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