My Interview with Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas is a giant in the world of journalism, and one of the few of that class to stand up to Bush. She agreed to grant me an interview, and has plenty to say about Bush, blogs, the war, and journalism. It was inspirational for me to speak with a real American icon and heroine. Original at Corrente, where she may make time to leave some comments.

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Back to School: A College Admission Primer

Crossposted at my blog, Corrente.

Worried about your kid's chances of getting into the right school? Wondering about what she should be doing in high school? Come on below the fold, and listen to the musings of a ten year vet in the admissions biz, at top ten USNews ranked schools. It's not as impossible or difficult to get into selective schools as you may think, there are just a few tricks and guidlines you need to keep in mind. Bush may have had legacy status to carry him along in life, but if you don't, here's how you can overcome that. Education is political in today's America, and if we want our side to be in charge in the future, it's important we give our kids every opportunity to be in the leadership ranks. That starts in school.

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5 Lessons From Lamont's Victory

Crossposted at my blog, Corrente.

Last night sure was heady. Now that the champaign is wearing off, what have we learned? As always, there's sex and invective in my post this morning, so c'mon down and take a look. Lamont was a victory for everyone, but also a sign that we're in the Big Leagues now for real. That means more work, fresh thinking, and candy bars for Crowley.  And shrimp.

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The Party of the Fabulous

Crossposted at Corrente.

One of the Democrats' biggest strengths is that we're the party of, in no particular order: good sex, kinky sex, sex outside of the onerous bonds of marriage, pot, booty shakin funk, hard drinking, good food from France, puppets, baby animals, religious rituals that happen at night with your shoes off, gay sex, and perhaps most importantly, the belief that people shouldn't have to work 75 hours a week for no pay in an environment with all the benefits of slavery. We also like to have sex.

I think one of the reasons why there's such a push on the Right, in the media, and from the DLC types to denigrate and belittle the blogosphere is because they are afraid that once more people realize how much fun we're having out here...

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Strategy for Everyone

Crossposted at Corrente

Just having a little fun with Ruy and his gang at The Democratic Strategist. Feel free to come by and add some snark, or some critique, or some disgust, or some support. This is exactly why I blog; we have so much more fun than the Dead Tree people.

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On Being More than Just Playmates

Crossposted a Corrente.

I'd really welcome fine tuning of this piece; it's not directed at any particular person(s) so much as practice for me, as I try to convince people of the urgency of the day and of why we should rethink our time management. A snippet:

Again, I'm not calling for everyone to suddenly stop reporting that O'Reilly lies, that Limbaugh is a barely reconstructed fascist, or that Ann Coulter has a penis. It's amusing (at times) and provides a useful counterpoint to the other information and narratives we discuss in the blogosphere. But to think that the ~30% of this country that still, yet, and even so supports the Administration are going to stop doing so is foolish, and perhaps even a waste of our limited resources at a critical time in our electoral cycle. It is beyond important for us to show some unity, and embrace the reality of what we are up against. A key recognition: fascists, by definition, cannot change. They can only be removed from power.

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Rebels and Friends

Crossposted at Corrente.

I was at this panel at Kosvegas. It was brutal. There's nothing uglier to me than progressives who can't get along, and it's totally true, people were shouting and I worried for a moment there would be blows.

There are two issues that trouble me. The first is that I agree with Mudcat's assertion that it's ethically and morally incorrect to just pack up and ditch progressives and liberals in the South. I have many liberal Southern friends, and I can't want for them to be condemned for life in some kind of modern Gilead. I really respected Dean for pointing out that poor black lesbians like me have more in common with NASCAR dads than they do with elites like Bush. But it's hard work to make that argument stick, and I not familiar enough with Southern culture and regional politics to say how it should be done.

The second issue is one of resources. Plain and simple, the Democrats have less with which they must do more. The fact that the Republicans basically control most of the media means the Democrats are not just fighting right wing campaigns, but also an +8 year history of pro-Republican propaganda in the form of "news" permeating all aspects of our media. I hear it's even worse in the South, in the sense that the Republican party hardly has to spend any of that slush money to get local papers to support Bush and his policies. So the idea of that the Democrats are just wasting their money on ads in the South resonates with me.

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Taking a Stand

Probably I'm way too late to this particular party, but I've thought about it all day, and I'm going to join the chorus speaking out against bloggers taking telco money.
Hopefully the crew here won't kick me off for this my first MyDD diary.

Crossposted at Corrente.

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