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|The Supreme Court, DNA, and Rape
The Supreme Court was in the news today for deciding that it was constitutional to collect DNA via cheek swab from people under arrest. In 2009, Maryland collected cheek swab DNA from Alonzo King ...
|The Social Security Scam
This is a reworking and a reprint of an article I wrote in 2006, during our last round of battles regarding Social Security. It seems like a good time for some review. Here is exactly how the ...
|Reconciliation Bill Released (3/15) (Update/Explanation)
Apparently the reconciliation bill was just released... here it is: PDF - and the public option is in it. (retracted - see below...) What am I missing here? ...
|Howard Dean Did Not Call For The HCR Bill's Defeat
I'm seeing a weird meme that Dean has called for the bill to go down in defeat. It isn't true. Here's how the meme started. The Hill ...
|Asymmetrical Temper Tantrums
The latest example of asymmetrical temper tantrum is today's pilot who ...
So, it looks like the House is saying they are ready to go if the Senate will do reconciliation. But meanwhile the Senate doesn't look so interested in touching the bill again. Doesn't it seem ...
|State of The Tunesmith Brain
Well it's late at night and I shouldn't be writing since I have a medical appointment and a trip to the recording studio tomorrow morning, but... I'm frankly a bit distraught tonight, about what I ...
|Whither Health Care? A Poll [UPDATE] We Have Poll-Stuffers
This is just a quick one to take the temperature, because I don't really have a sense of how the community feels about this issue.
|Why The Mandate Is Necessary
It's worth reviewing some of the basics about the health insurance bill. There are basically two entirely different ways that the health care system currently hurts the sick and the poor. The first ...
|Health Care - A Promise And Challenge
Hi, I've written a few diaries on health care so far, some in an attempt to be helpful, and some in a perhaps ill-advised attempt to make a snarky point. I have looked at the data and the arguments ...
|Saying No now, for More later.
I think we have a big choice here. I mean, it's a key choice, and it's predictably dividing us. On the one hand, we can say yes now to something that is imperfect, and less progressive than we ...
|Health Care: What To Improve In Conference [UPDATE]
I'm going to attempt to describe a list of issues that we may be able to improve in conference. While there is a lot of press about how the House may "fold" given the Senate filibuster threats, I ...
|My Big Massive Bill Summary So Far
I guess I am done arguing my point in the comment threads. I'll just go on record here, and then hopefully be able to refer back to it triumphantly later. :-) The bill as it stands now changes ...
|Reconciliation Is Still Possible Without Starting Over
When we look at where the health care bill is, there are a lot of arguments of what we should have done instead, or should instead be doing. In my opinion, the most valid of these is reconciliation.
|Thank God For The Individual Mandates!
Well, we came this close to losing it all. But thank god for the individual mandates! It's the ONE THING left in this bill that makes this bill a net positive for progressives. Repeat, it is the ...
|Act Now!! MORE And BETTER DEMOCRATS!!!
Down in the dumps about our country? Bemused about Obama? Cantankerous about our Congress?? Call now, for MORE and BETTER DEMOCRATS!
|Setting Himself Up [Update: 538]
Just one diary of many here, I'm sure. I'm of about fourteen minds about the speech tonight. The number one thing that struck me is the sense that Obama is capitulating somehow. It's a vague ...
|Did we just lose?
Not hoping for this to hit the reclist, just am hit with some doubts now. Did we lose the battle on the public option? I'm going off of some of what Ezra Klein ...
|*Awesome* Cartoon Explains Public Plan
I found this video today, and it does an amazing job of explaining the public plan, and knocking down some of the sillier counter-arguments against it. It might be a bit remedial to some of the ...
|What I Wrote My Senators About the Clunky Clunkers Deal
It sounds good, but the popularity is starting to work against it. Here's a letter I just sent to my two Oregon Senators: I'm writing to express my frustration about the cash for ...
|The Hypocrisy Is Not The Point
This point has been made many times before, but it looks like it's time to underscore it again. While we may get a lot of self-satisfaction in pointing out the right wing's hypocrisy, it doesn't ...
|Bleah... This whole Sanford business...
Anyone else getting a sense they got played here? I don't mean by Sanford, the republicans, etc - I mean the bloggers. More than once this weekend I was mystified at how much press this was all ...
|A Simple Reminder About Social Security
Just a public service reminder: Over the long term, Social Security is supposed to be revenue neutral . In other words, pay out as much as it pays in . Due to ...
|The Bogeyman's Economy Prescription
There's a bogeyman in American political circles, but he's also brilliant - at least, more brilliant than most of us around here. Do you all remember that batty diary a couple of days ago about how ...
|ROLL CALL: Kinda. Who's your Secretary Of State?
Or rather, who's the person in your state that has power over voting machines, voting rolls, policies of voter records, etc? I could spend a bunch of time googling this but it's a lot harder than ...
|This IS The Failure Of Republicanism
There are all these confusing narratives out there: McCain is a "maverick" that stands against Wall Street because they apparently weren't deregulated enough Conservative ...
|Gallup Daily: Breaking The Code (UPDATED)
All right, I am probably opening myself up for abuse with this diary. "Too much time on your hands, tunesmith?" "Who cares about Gallup Daily, tunesmith?" "Numbers... HURT MY HEAD, tunesmith!" I ...
|On Clinton And Sexism
The endorsement finally happened today. From our perspective, and I'm aware that what I'm about to write will evoke winces in Hillary Clinton supporters, it was a "long time coming". It took ...
|(UPDATED) Top Ten Obama/Lieberman Conversation Transcripts
What do you think was said between Barack Obama and Joe Lieberman in their three-minute heated discussion today in the ...
|Clinton Underperformed Today
This will probably be my shortest diary to date, but I thought it was worth pointing out. Before the Puerto Rico primary, Hillary Clinton needed 79.24% of the remaining delegates (uncommitted + ...
|Today's Delegate Situation (Video/Graph)||tunesmith||05/24/2008||35||23||2||22|
|Cheney's Rational Energy Policy (Thought Experiment)
I'm not much of a student of history, but I've picked up on a few things. I know that during the Cold War, we were all freaked out about nuclear war. Not just the possibility of the Soviet Union ...
|Hillary and Barack, In An Underground Bunker
Once in a while it's fun to go on flights of fancy. We're in a period of time right now, right after the Pennsylvania Primary, where Obama's victory looks assured, and Hillary's looking rather ...
|Hillary's Was Never A Winning Strategy
Dear Traditional Media, What do you call a good strategy when it's achieved? You call it a victory. I think we're all in agreement there. But what do you call a bad strategy, successfully ...
|Recession Good News For Social Security?
This particular factlet dives into the minutiae of social security projection details a bit, but it is also a hugely overlooked detail that could entirely change the perceptions of the health of ...
|Yet Another Clinton Analysis
"What is Hillary Cling-on Doing?" go the anguished cries. Here are my thoughts. It's all too easy to ascribe ridiculous and irrational motivations to those we disagree with or don't understand. ...
|Obama's Missing 38 SuperDelegates
So I took a look at this table of unclaimed state super-delegates and brought out my spreadsheet. I ...
|Barack, I'm Trying To Like You
I've posted a few essays regarding my thinking of the three major candidates. The rough history is here - I liked it when ...
|MLK Listening List
Every year on MLK Day I listen to a piece by still-living classical composer Joseph Schwantner, called New Morning For The World "Daybreak of Freedom". It's a gorgeous piece of work. About ...
|HillaryTear Has Me Less Inclined To Support Edwards
And it's not because of vote totals. I'm sure you've all heard of Hillary tearing up. Now, on the off chance that you haven't actually SEEN this "tearing up", this "emotional moment" that everyone ...
|Barack: A Lesson For The Blogosphere (UPDATE)
Barack Obama won tonight, and I take it as a lesson for the blogosphere/netroots, because he staked his approach on something that the more partisan amongst us have scoffed at for a few years. He ...
|Edwards vs Obama - my history
It was primary season, 2004. Edwards was slightly intriguing to me but I was routinely caught between two impressions - thinking he was too smooth/suave, or thinking that his smoothness was ...
|Any Other Primary Fence-Sitters Here?
It's that time of year when any diary that argues strongly in favor of a particular candidate can feel a little suspect. Are they part of the campaign? Are they simply sharing their feelings about ...
|Who Do You Think Gore Would Endorse?
It's a simple question. Poll below. Note that this is not the same question as "Who is your favorite candidate in the primary?" Don't just automatically go for your favorite. Think about who you ...
|How We Might Be Enabling GOP Hypocrisy On Homosexuality
I came across the following line in an opinion column by Joan Walsh: Buchanan kept insisting ...
|Gore Understands Power
Imagine three cases: Gore runs for President. He is given candidate-level treatment by the press, akin to what happened in 2000. Gore issues a Shermanesque statement ruling out a presidential run.
|Defending Paris Hilton
(expanded from a comment). I was making snarky comments about Paris Hilton yesterday, as we are all wont to do. But then someone whom I respect made a couple of points and it turned me around. I ...
|Emperor Palpatine: A Lesson for Democrats
How did a squirmy little congressman from a backwater planet become the most powerful figure in the galaxy? He didn't do it by standing up to anyone, or by going toe-to-toe in a fair fight. Every ...
|Would You Be Tortured For Your Country?
I don't have much to say on this topic, but the question has been bothering me lately. All this talk about the GOP (and others) approving torture... it kind of raises the bar on what it means to be ...
Were you initially in favor of the military action in Afghanistan? Do you think the war powers that Congress granted to President Bush are appropriate powers for the *Office Of The Presidency* to ...
|WP: Dem Takeover "Emboldens" Liberal Base
Anyone else notice msnbc's front-page link to the Washington Post Article headlined "Dem Takeover Emboldens Liberal Base" ? Let's see...
|Obama, Consensus, and Lieberman
(a thought expanded from a comment) I think there's still a Nader virus going around among our progressive wing, that's taken too many years to burn out. Nader made idealism an enemy of pragmatism,
|Carville Doesn't Want Dean To Run For Prez||tunesmith||11/10/2006||34||5||-||-|
|Dealing With Rove's Frame||tunesmith||06/16/2006||18||5||-||3|
|Why I Am Reading Less Daily Kos||tunesmith||06/07/2006||86||9||-||8|
|Salon.com rebuts RFK's Rolling Stone "Fraud" Story||tunesmith||06/02/2006||302||75||5||12|
|Why They Didn't Laugh at Colbert||tunesmith||05/05/2006||24||15||1||14|
|The Perspective of Someone Who Visited Palestine||tunesmith||03/09/2006||81||11||-||-|
|Can A Democrat Say: "We Are Not At War"?||tunesmith||01/28/2006||19||13||1||3|
|Why I Believe In Emotion||tunesmith||11/16/2005||10||-||-||-|
|Washington Monument Bomb Threat - Gotta be F'in Kidding Me||tunesmith||10/07/2005||26||2||1||-|
|Iraq: The Withdrawal Plan||tunesmith||10/04/2005||14||2||-||-|
|[POLL] How representative do you want our government to be?||tunesmith||10/03/2005||5||1||-||-|
|Why I'm In Favor Of Impeachment||tunesmith||09/22/2005||9||4||-||7|
|The Community-OWNED Blog (kos vs dailykos) (POLL)||tunesmith||08/25/2005||23||2||-||8|
|Plame, Wilson, and Superman||tunesmith||08/05/2005||8||-||-||-|
|It's OK If You're A Republican||tunesmith||07/25/2005||8||13||-||-|
|POLL: Centrists vs. Wings: Who Would You Vote For?||tunesmith||07/22/2005||17||-||-||-|
|Why You Shouldn't Post At RedState||tunesmith||07/13/2005||33||4||-||-|
|Did You Support The Afghanistan War?||tunesmith||06/28/2005||37||4||-||-|
|A Defense For Understanding||tunesmith||06/23/2005||1||2||-||-|
|GoDaddy president retracts pro-torture blog posting||tunesmith||06/20/2005||20||17||-||20|
|Foreign Policy Quadrants for Kossians (with POLL)||tunesmith||06/17/2005||31||5||-||31|
|Did Kerry Have More Electoral Support in 2004? Did Fraud Change It?||tunesmith||06/03/2005||28||5||-||-|
|Elect Democratic Secretaries Of State||tunesmith||05/17/2005||4||4||-||-|
|Justice Stevens Praises Justice Thomas, and other weirdness||tunesmith||05/16/2005||4||-||-||-|
|Living Wage versus Earned Income Tax Credit||tunesmith||05/11/2005||10||5||-||-|
|How to FIX Social Security||tunesmith||05/03/2005||11||6||-||-|
|Bush's Social Security - unlacing the talking points||tunesmith||04/28/2005||37||69||-||9|
|The Teeny Tiny Social Security Deficit||tunesmith||04/21/2005||8||16||-||9|
|Enough With Enough With Religion, Fergodssake! Diaries, Fergodssake!||tunesmith||04/18/2005||27||7||-||-|
|Bankruptcy Bill Passage: Results and Data Points||tunesmith||04/14/2005||13||24||-||9|
|Prison, Spamming, and Liberal Morality (Rant)||tunesmith||04/08/2005||10||2||-||9|
|Politology Has New SocSec Graphing Tool||tunesmith||04/08/2005||7||11||-||11|
|Bankruptcy Bill: Week 0 Action Items! Last Chance!||tunesmith||04/04/2005||10||17||-||-|
|How To Support Electoral Reform||tunesmith||03/31/2005||7||4||-||1|
|M.G.M. v. Grokster||tunesmith||03/28/2005||7||8||-||-|
|Sequel: Is Tunesmith Leaving? (Responses)||tunesmith||03/24/2005||25||9||-||1|
|Is Tunesmith Leaving?||tunesmith||03/24/2005||218||81||-||2|
|Bankruptcy: Wednesday Action Items||tunesmith||03/16/2005||7||3||-||-|
|Bankruptcy Coalition: Monday Action Items - Read Reid's Statement!||tunesmith||03/14/2005||72||170||-||11|
|Blogosphere Bankruptcy Coalition: Friday/Weekend||tunesmith||03/11/2005||12||18||-||-|
|Blogosphere Bankruptcy Coalition: Friday Action Alert!!||tunesmith||03/10/2005||256||207||-||12|
|Blogosphere Coalition Against Bankruptcy Bill [UPDATE]||tunesmith||03/09/2005||127||169||-||9|
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