Bill Clinton & Jennifer Granholm Rally Video

(I posted this at dKos last Friday. But if you haven't seen this here, I thought I would share. It's a pretty rad video.)

Last Tuesday President Clinton was in Taylor Michigan to campaign for Jennifer Granholm's reelection -- up on YouTube now there's a 7-minute highlight reel, which is worth seeing. Very high quality.

Yes, you know that Bill Clinton is a magnetic public speaker, but he's really, really on in this one. Well worth a few minutes out of your day. Maybe someday our President will speak proper English once again. A man can dream.

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VA Affairs Apologies for Accusing a Nurse of 'Sedition'

Awhile back, a nurse was accused of 'sedition' for writing a public letter criticizing the government for its handling of Katrina and Iraq.  Today, she received an apology.

An Albuquerque Veterans Affairs nurse has received a bit of the vindication she sought for wrongly being accused of sedition: An admission from a top official that the agency was wrong, plus a private apology from her boss.

The admission, which was made public this week by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, comes in a letter dated March 14 from Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson to U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

It regards a letter to the editor written by psychiatric nurse Laura Berg that was published in September in the Alibi, an alternative newspaper in Albuquerque.

In the letter, Berg criticized the federal government on several issues, including its actions in Iraq and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"I am furious with the tragically misplaced priorities and criminal negligence of this government," she wrote.

Berg identified herself as a VA nurse in the letter.

Within weeks of her letter's publication, Berg said Mel Hooker, Veterans Affairs Medical Center human resources chief, and other staff confiscated her work computer and later told her she was being investigated for possible sedition.

Nicholson's letter, however, states Berg's "letter to the newspaper did not amount to sedition."

Nicholson's letter was in response to one sent to him by Bingaman. The Silver City Democrat, in his Feb. 7 letter to Nicholson, wrote that "instituting investigation in these types of cases raises a very real possibility of chilling legitimate political speech."

It's kind of hilarious that the apology says that her actions do not amount to sedition, but hey, an apology's an apology.  And kudos to Senator Bingaman for standing up with normal people getting crushed by petty tyrants.  It's not as grandiose as matters of war and peace, but it is these 'little' fights and where we decide to draw the line that make up the tissue of our society.  This time, fear and intimidation lost.

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A Fantasy of Authenticity, or Why Judge Judy Is Smarter Than the DNC Is

That the Democrats are somewhat lacking in the Reagan-esque power of passionate and convincing speech-making is certainly not breaking news. However, it seems more and more these days that the Democrats are becoming even less articulate...for a perfect example, look no further than Joe Biden's embarrassingly nebulous pontifications during the Alito hearings. Undoubtedly, the power of potent speech-making has helped earn support throughout history for statesmen who were lacking otherwise in other areas, such as Mr. Reagan, whose often unrealistically grandiose political ideas were more Hollywood than Washington. Democrats, however, can take some heart in having politicos of the ilk of Russ Feingold and Bill Clinton around...unfortunately, though, these straight-shooters often seem to be lost amidst a jungle of John Kerry-s...

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