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Harold Ford Explains It All

By Jesse Taylor
Friday, July 18, 2008 19:07 EDT

Watching the Markos/Harold Ford panel right now.

I can only dream of one day sitting in a chair like Harold Ford does. This man owns casual seating.

I always find that the truest measure of a politician’s skill is how they handle a potentially hostile crowd. Harold Ford does it by saying “with all due respect” a bunch.

Bush, OSHA, and chopped body parts at poultry plants

By pams

Ain’t that America. A news segment from Bill Moyers’ Journal on PBS this past week exposed how poultry workers in the Carolinas are losing their body parts. And, how Bush’s administration had a hand in it. The segment was based on what reporters from the Charlotte Observer found after launching a year-long investigation into the safety records at one of the top ten poultry corporations in the nation: House of Raeford Farms. In a 6-part…



By Amanda Marcotte

So we’re sitting here watching Markos debating Harold Ford (who is in fact even more a slick politician creep than you’d think), which is exciting enough, but I’m sitting here with the Rude Pundit, who just informed me of something amazing. And by amazing, I mean “makes you feel superior…


It’s Not The Islam, It’s The Believing In Allah

By Jesse Taylor

Colonel Bud Day, who you may remember from being a Swift Boater and absolutely nothing else ever, decides to talk about the war on terror: The Muslims have said either we kneel or they’re going to kill us… I don’t intend to kneel and I don’t advocate to anybody that…



By Jesse Taylor

The Weekly Standard: Barack Obama delivered a speech in West Lafeyette, IN on Wednesday and once again mangled some well known historical facts: Throughout our history, America’s confronted constantly evolving danger, from the oppression of an empire, to the lawlessness of the frontier, from the bomb that fell on Pearl…


A Testimony To The Netroots

By Jesse Taylor

Our panel having gone smashingly well, I of course immediately headed to Commentary magazine to see if we’d shaken the very core of political discourse. Mission accomplished. Or: they are there for window dressing to provide the patina of national security expertise when, in fact, the major foreign policy objectives…


Lesbian appeals faith-based firing from job at publicly-funded Baptist home

By pams

Barack Obama still has to answer serious questions about his plan to institute a Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The idea of federal funds being given to FBOs for secular programs to service at-risk populations is one that pre-dates Bush’s politicized iteration. However, any plan, given the state of…


Inverse proportion

By auguste

I’m sitting in what Jesse affectionately terms the “Fuck” panel, and if I’m not mistaken, Lee Papa (aka Rude Pundit) is the only one on the panel who hasn’t sworn – and this is a panel that includes Kevin Drum. Update: That didn’t last much longer. Atrios says (extreme paraphrase)…


Representing at Netroots Nation

By pams

I’ve been lax reporting from Netroots Nation. Yesterday I attended the the Black Caucus, where I finally met our esteemed Pandagon wordsmith Jesse Taylor. He’s so tall that I look like a hobbit. We traded tips on perfecting our Muslim/Marxist/Terrorist/Negro Overlord Fist Bump.…


You Just Can’t Give Black People Nice Shit

By Jesse Taylor

They just go throw it away on field staff and campaign operations. And chicken. The Weekly Standard discusses Obama’s wacky, out of control spending that’s left him with only $72 million for fire hydrant parties and the inevitable purchase of mandatory prayer mats for fall rallies. The weirdest part about…