• comment on a post NJ Legislature Halts Executions over 8 years ago
    "One execution of an innocent person is one too much...However, I'd be the first to admit those aren't the most politically viable reasons on which to base a moratorium."

    I've wavered on the death penalty all my life, but proof that innocent people have been executed would absolutely turn me into an opponent.
    The expense of it doesn't affect me at all.  It's only expensive because we need to assure the accused that he/she has gotten a thorough hearing in court.
    But I don't want innocent blood on my hands.

  • on a comment on Lost in Translation over 8 years ago
    I think it takes loudmouths to spread the word.  The Christian right has plenty, so I'm not the least bit ashamed to be a progressive loudmouth.

    I do daily summaries of hot blog issues and send them to all my friends and family members.  A couple of years ago a cousin said that he deleted most of my e-mails without reading them.  My reaction was to remove him from my mailing list.  The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that if he found my messages annoying, then stopping the messages was giving him just what he wanted.
    I added him back to the mailing list and told him that I wouldn't play a part in his remaining wilfully ignorant.  I think it's worked-- he's substantially less a Republican than he was back then.

    Nice blog by the way, Jan.  Very visually appealing.

  • comment on a post Lost in Translation over 8 years ago
    I'm not saying some sort of PR "institution" is a bad idea, but, back in the day, when someone wrote a really shitty article about Dr. Dean we not only heard about it, but we were given the e-mail address or phone number of the person who wrote the article.
    These days you see a really shitty article and only occasionally does the blog give the critical contact information.  Over at dailykos you might have a message string of 300 responses, but unless a couple of dozen of those people actually sent their opinion to the source of the shitty article, it's just wanking.
  • on a comment on Afternoon Elections Thread over 8 years ago
    My guess is that he was going to link to the story of a potential Gutierrez candidacy:
    http://www.suntimes.com/output/elect/cst-nws-sweet12.html

    But this is who Daley should really be afraid of:
    http://www.suntimes.com/output/elect/cst-nws-jesse03.html

  • on a comment on Afternoon Elections Thread over 8 years ago
    Thanks for the tip!  Just checked it out and I like the vibe.  I'll add it to my watchlist.
  • comment on a post Afternoon Elections Thread over 8 years ago
    Rod can totally ignore both of his primary challengers.
    Eisendrath has nothing to run on, other than family money.  He's not an elected official, so he has no built-in constituency.  He's positioning himself as more progressive than the governor, but Chicago's north lakefront (where most of Illinois' progressives live) still dislikes Eisendrath for his early 90s challenge to Congressman Sid Yates.  I think Eisendrath took about 20%.
    My guess is that he's running because a couple of total dicks -- Daley and Mell-- are trying to make Blago's life hell.
    Funny thing is, Blago will probably still be in office in 2008.  Daley won't be.
  • on a comment on Open Thread over 8 years ago
    and Sirtis should have gotten one for the Two Towers.
  • on a comment on Open Thread over 8 years ago
    Cool.  That's another movie I want to see this season.  And Syriana.
    Peter Jackson is incredible.  It'll be interesting to see whether he or Lee takes home the Oscar.
  • comment on a post Open Thread over 8 years ago
    A bit off topic for a political blog, but I had the privelege of seeing Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain last night and it ripped my heart out.
    It is haunting me and affecting me every second.
    Though the story, itself, is believable and deeply involving, it's Ang Lee and Heath Ledger that make the movie trancendental.
    Ledger's performance tore me apart.  Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams were outstanding too.  They all brought these intriguing characters to life for me.
    Ang Lee is the finest director of our time.  As in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, several moments of astounding emotional gravitas are directed so subtly and gently that they echo in your soul.  Lee's ability to crush your heart with a feather puts him in an entirely different league.
    Don't write Brokeback Mountain off as "the gay cowboy movie."  It is about love.  And it is devastating.
  • OK.  I was wondering if it was that or a better GOTV operation on behalf of the Dems.
  • This was meant to apply specifically to New Jersey.
  • comment on a post NJ-Sen: Republicans Gain A Competitive Challenge over 8 years ago
    Time and again I've seen polls showing the Republican candidate just a few points behind the Democrat, but on election day the spread is at least five points wider.
  • comment on a post OH-02: A Primary Challenge for Mean Jean? over 8 years ago
    Hackett won't be back for it.  Who would be other potential Democratic candidates in that race?
  • In my eyes, Spitzer is the anti-Lieberman, but that quote is a bit bothersome.
    But that was then.  A lot of opinions on Iraq have changed since 2003.
    In hindsight, Howard was clearly right on Iraq, but back then I didn't even realize it.  I supported Dean despite his position on Iraq.  I assumed that the administration would never take us to war on flimsy evidence and that they knew more than they were able to tell us.  In a sense, they did.  Unfortunately what they knew contradicted what they were telling us.
  • Well, no, actually Howard Dean is, but I appreciate them both for their sense of fairness and devotion to accountability.  I think that anyone interested in investor and consumer protections should be eternally grateful for what Eliot Spitzer has done.
    I hope this story of Schumer backing Suozzi is inaccurate, but I sent the following e-mail to the Senator anyway:

    I would like to ask that you, as a senator who supports accountability and transparency in banking, recognize the accomplishments and endorse the approach of Eliot Spitzer.
    Mr. Spitzer, almost single-handedly, eliminated the common practice of securities firms both rating and selling offerings.  It was the ultimate insider trading and absolutely corrupt.
    Having worked in investment banking, I was very much relieved by Mr. Spitzer's spotlight on this, and many other, abuses of the investment process.
    I would hope that you would continue this investigative approach in the Senate and support Mr. Spitzer's efforts in New York.

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