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Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 10:00 PM PST

Calvin Trillin on Bush and Putin

by kaleidescope

For me this  pretty much summed it up.  Where was John McCain when this was happening?

Bush and Putin talk together,
To each other's charms succumb.
Bush thinks Putin can be trusted.
Putin thinks that Bush is dumb.

Bush and Putin end their meeting,
Smile until their mouths are numb.
Bush thinks Putin can be trusted.
Putin thinks that Bush is dumb.

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It has taken until today for China to react officially to the Russia's sending of troops into the Crimea.  I was curious what China's position would be, since it jealously defends its territorial integrity, including its ultimate authority over Taiwan, which the U.S. recognizes to be part of China, but which the U.S. has periodically indicated it would use military force to defend in the event China attacked (this internationally recognized part of Chinese territory).  

Today, People's Daily , the official newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party, ran several articles outlining the Chinese foreign ministry's official views.

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This is going to be a very short diary.  Long-time right wing pundit, lifetime recipient of wingnut welfare (going back to his days at the Dartmouth Review) Dinesh D'Souza has been indicted in New York for campaign finance fraud.

D'Souza is accused of giving other people money to contribute to a U.S. Senate candidate (which violates the 1971 Campaign Finance Statute) and then lying about in on campaign finance disclosure forms.

The judge for his case is Richard Berman, a Clinton appointee.

The Republican shoes keep dropping.  Oh, happy day.

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Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 06:35 AM PST

Here's to the Republicans

by kaleidescope

They never give up and they fight hard no matter what the odds.  What happened in Virginia's governor's race is a good example.  The polls had McAuliffe an average of more than seven points ahead.  All the talk among the chattering classes (including those here) was how pathetic and hopeless Cuccinelli's campaign.  Rush Limpbaugh was even spinning Cuccinelli's loss before the election.

But neither Cuccinellli, nor his conservative Republican backers gave up.

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Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 06:26 PM PST

Grayson Wins in FL?

by kaleidescope

Just saw on the screen that MSNBC projects Alan Grayson as winning back his house seat.  If so, that's great news and a harbinger

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The F.B.I. has served a search warrant on a top aide to Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker.  The aide is Cynthia Archer, who had been one of Walker's top aides while he was Milwaukee County Executive.  Ms. Archer moved to Madison with Walker and has recently left her top job with the Department of Administration for "personal reasons."  She was already appointed to another state job paying top dollar, but hadn't started it yet.

I didn't want to be the one to put this diary up.  mandolinoment posted a one line dairy with  link to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article.  We couldn't get that diarist to put enough meat on the post to get it recommended so that people would see it.

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I was wondering when or whether this might happen.  I guess one of the benefits of being retired from electoral politics is that it gives you a little independence. I a show of resolve that he never demonstrated when he was actually, you know, in office, Al Gore came out swinging at Obama over both the Tar Sands pipeline and backing off on the EPA's proposed new rules on ozone.  Kind of nice coming from the man George Bush Sr. always referred to as "Ozone."

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Usually it is the great bobswern who brings us news from the pages of Naked Capitalism.  But I don't see one of his posts up today, so I thought I would bring today's readers one of the best pieces I have seen on the continuing debate about Obama and those surprised or disappointed in him.

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Tue Mar 08, 2011 at 11:20 AM PST

Walker Favors Gun Control

by kaleidescope

The list of items banned from the Wisconsin Capitol building is somewhat astounding.  Easels?  Crockpots?  Massage Chairs?  Vuvuzelas.  Easy to understand how things like that would be threatening to Scott Walker and his Republican sidekicks.  But Guns?  Yes.  Wisconsonians are forbidden from carrying their beloved deer rifles when visiting the Governor and/or their legislators.

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Jerry and Meg met again this week at a women's conference.  Matt Lauer moderated it.  Brown punked Whitman in brilliant fashion. He made her look really bad.  And that's fun to watch. But the video is very instructive about Brown as a politician and it is the clearest demonstration I've seen in memory of a super talented politician at work.  Those in the community who aspire to be successful candidates would do well to watch and take notes:

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Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 11:02 AM PDT

Jerry Brown's Great New Ad

by kaleidescope

It's been gratifying to see that Jerry Brown is pulling away from Meg Whitman in the race for California's governor. Most people seem to focus on what Whitman has done wrong -- her troubles with her maid, massive self-funding turning people off.  

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Former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson announced today that he will not be running against incumbent senator Russ Feingold.  Thompson's announcement appears to put Feingold's seat in "safe-for-the-Democrats territory.

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