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Data request
Does anyone know where I can get my hands on a set of individual-level demographic and political preference data?  The NAES data won't be available until later this year.  The data don't have to be from 2004; 2000 will do just fine.
by KTinOhio 2005-02-18 12:20PM | 0 recs
Does anyone want to name Hannity's dog?
I think the possibilities are endless.  Here is my try.
by Garemko 2005-02-18 12:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Does anyone want to name Hannity's dog?
Colmes?  
by kevin22262 2005-02-18 03:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Colmes
Ha!  
by Garemko 2005-02-18 10:55PM | 0 recs
Biodiesel
I've been hearing a lot lately about Biodiesel. If you don't know what Biodiesel is, here's a brief description:

Biodiesel is the name of a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. It can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines with little or no modifications. Biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.

It's basically made up of vegetable oil.

So, I was wondering what everyone thinks about this stuff. Do you think it could possibly give petroleum a run for it's money, thus, lessening our dependancy on foreign oil? I mean, we're gonna run out of oil someday, right?

or do you think gas-electric hybrids are a more likely solution?

I know this isn't straight politics, but given our current president's association with the oil industry, I thought it might be an interesting discussion. besides, there are fairly obvious political points (the environment and foreign dependancy on oil).

for more info on Biodiesel, check out this website:

http://www.biodiesel.org

by ypsilanti 2005-02-18 12:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Biodiesel
  I think all are part of the overall solution to the energy problem.  Fuel cells are and will be a major player in the coming years.
by kevin22262 2005-02-18 03:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Biodiesel
I heard Willie Nelson was starting a Biodiesel company.
by Painter2004 2005-02-18 05:13PM | 0 recs
Willie and Biofuels
Willie is hoping to make diesel out of hemp. Hemp would be one of the best crops with which to create true wealth for the Family Farmer.

Think about it... hemp biomass per acre is very high (something like 10 tons per in 4-5 months) which is perfect for biodiesel production.

How much hemp under cultivation (acreage) would it take to alleviate our dependence on Big Oil?

by Diagoras 2005-02-18 05:24PM | 0 recs
Best biodiesel solution... biodiesel from algae
They can throw this specially designed algae in salty water in the desert and grow fuel. The research is mostly done. Once in production, it would cost about $2 a gallon

Here's the lead research site link...

http://www.unh.edu/p2/biodiesel/article_alge.html

by afs 2005-02-18 05:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Biodiesel
I bought a diesel truck in '03 and love it in large part because I can use biodiesel in it.

It assuages my considerable guilt for tooling around in a gigantic vehicle that I need for my bourgeois horseback riding hobby.

Here in Maine several schools heat their buildings with biodiesel. One that I know of, though for some reason it's not on their website, Chewonki.org, makes their own.

A vexing issue is that Maine's newly Californicated emissions controls recently made buying a new diesel car, as opposed to a truck, impossible. This is particularly irritating because the bulk of Maine's air pollution comes from other parts of the country.

Besides unharnessing us from petroleum and multiplying mileage,  biodiesel is less polluting than diesel. So, environmental policy that discourages people from buying vehicles that can use biodiesel makes little sense.

by leolabeth 2005-02-19 03:18AM | 0 recs
Thinking through the Gannon/Guckert thing
The recent news that G/G was in the White House before Talon News was formed is shocking.  He was provided with press credentials before he was even affiliated with a news organization.
It leads one to the conclusion that he was there for some purpose other than to disseminate propaganda and what could it be other than sex?  

As press secretary McClellan admitted, they knew him to be Jim Guckert. If there had been a background check they would have discovered that he was no journalist.  The only thing that makes sense to me is that he was spared the background check and provided a fake name and a fake job so he could keep boffing whomever it was he was boffing.

So, who was he boffing?  Clearly it was someone
powerful.  White House peons wouldn't have had access to the memos that G/G received.  Only someone high level would have known that Bush was going to announce the beginning of the Iraq War four hours before the President did so.  And only someone powerful could have gotten him the credentials and the level of access he had.

Now that we know that Talon News was formed after G/G was in the White House, it appears to me that it was formed to provide cover for G/G.  The founder, Eberle, was a Texan who had long been involved with Bush's campaigns and Talon was certainly not a serious news organization.  Who, other than a Texan, would have made these arrangements with Eberle?
High level, male, Texan.  Doesn't that pretty much narrow the boffee down to Karl Rove or President Bush?  I think one of them divulged the Plame information.

by ChgoSteve 2005-02-18 01:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Thinking through the Gannon/Guckert thing
I think you have it backwards. I think there is a good chance that he is either real friendly with Scott McClellan or someone else in the Adminstration who is gay.

But it seems, reading the stuff on dailyKos that Guckert was simply supposed to leak the Niger-uranium story. After a while though, he needed the additional cover of being a reporter. That this might have also engendered a subsequent affair with McClellan is very possible.

Just why Bush/Rove/???? arranged Guckert to be this operative with Eberle is unknown, but my guess is that what's really going is that if Judy Miller and Matt Cooper volunteer a source and crack...the investigation is over. Guckert disappears back into the shadows.

by risenmessiah 2005-02-18 09:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Thinking through the Gannon/Guckert thing
I don't think the link can be McClellan.  Guckert was in the White House before McClellan became press secretary.
by ChgoSteve 2005-02-19 08:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Thinking through the Gannon/Guckert thing
But not before McClellan was deputy press secretary which was quite a while ago. If he's deputy and seen a lot with Guckert then it's no big deal but after Fleischer resigned and Bush took his place...there would be more attention paid to who McClellan was hanging with and making Guckert a "journalist" with WH clearance was the perfect cover.
by risenmessiah 2005-02-19 10:57AM | 0 recs
Conservative Radio Producer Could Count on Gannon
Radio Producer Could Always Count on 'Gannon' for Tips

By Joe Strupp

Published: February 18, 2005

San Antonio radio producer Susan Farris could always count on James Guckert, a.k.a. former White House correspondent Jeff Gannon, to pitch an appearance on the shows she produces at conservative talk station KTSA.

He was not only anxious about pushing his story of the day, but seemed to always have some kind of inside knowledge about the White House, as well.

"I said, 'How do you have such great sources?' and he just laughed it off," she told E&P Friday. "Now we all know how."
.......

Guckert, she said, frequently passed on what he clearly thought was insider information, during his 12 appearances on KTSA during 2003 and 2004. She first heard from him the expression "shock and awe" to refer to the massive U.S. bombing attack at the start of the Iraq war, and he fingered Mary Mapes as the producer of the so-called "Rathergate" segment on "60 Minutes" before she had seen that mentioned elsewhere.

more...
http://tinyurl.com/5m9eh

by kevin22262 2005-02-18 02:49PM | 0 recs
Bush's backslide on Social Security
Bush's backslide

We thought we saw a sign of some White House backsliding on Social Security Wednesday, and now there's more evidence of retreat.

more....
http://tinyurl.com/6zdeg

  I would be very very careful about slacking off and thinking we have got this thing won.. because when we are relaxed and thinking good thoughts that is when they slap it to us!  Even when we think the neo-cons have backed off.. they have not!  We must ALWAYS .... I mean ALWAYS be on the look out for these creeps on all fronts and we MUST protect Social Security!  MUST!

  Kevin

by kevin22262 2005-02-18 03:30PM | 0 recs
Randi Rhodes
* Randi's recovery has started. Leave her a get-well message that could play LIVE on the air. Call 646-274-3681 and leave a message no longer than 20 seconds (your name, city, how you're listening (affiliate/web), and a message for Randi).

If you would like to send a get well gift to Randi:
send c/o "The Randi Rhodes Show"
3 Park Ave
40th floor
New York, NY 10016

by kevin22262 2005-02-18 03:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Randi Rhodes
  I forgot the link..  OOPS!

http://www.therandirhodesshow.com/randirhodes/index.php

by kevin22262 2005-02-18 03:42PM | 0 recs
Rival the Right on concern for the culture
We need to match the Right on the issue of concern for the culture. I'm a Democratic parent who wishes someone in our party (Tipper Gore?) would please start a group to rival the Right's Dove Foundation, MovieGuide.org, et al. and demonstrate that Democrats are just as concerned about the sex and violence saturating the culture and being targeted at our kids by the corporate media, and Fox, in particular.
by progblogger 2005-02-19 06:30AM | 0 recs
Re: Rival the Right on concern for the culture
The group you form should focus on the real cause of the attack on our wholsome culture, Capitalism. For example All the Major Hotel chains provide pornography to thier guests. Pornography is a major player it big business. Captilism is eating away at aspect of what we call civilization. Where is the outrage about our total diregard of the Holy commandment "To keep the Sabath Holy"? Hmmm
by eddieb 2005-02-19 07:41AM | 0 recs

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