Saturday, April 05, 2008

Clinton donors push. Howard pushes back

This primary season certainly puts Howard Dean in a tough spot.

Clinton Donors Press Dean at Fifth Avenue Bundler Summit
More on Clinton Donors Versus Dean

From the second link:

Dean then responded, heatedly, that in his experience, those who sought the intervention of party leadership were motivated by their own particular agendas. And that was not the sort of leadership he intended to provide.
You tell 'em, Howard!

I recall during the 2004 primaries, Terry McAuliffe was not exactly an unbiased arbiter. Working, as Howard Dean has in his tenure as DNC chair, to make sure everyone is treated fairly, is certainly a thankless job. But, as Hillary Clinton's campaign chair, McAuliffe should consider himself damn lucky that the current DNC chair is making a genuine effort to remain neutral.

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Friday, April 04, 2008

When animals *don't* attack

As the article says, of course this scene could have gone horribly wrong, but happily it didn't. And I just couldn't pass up sharing this picture and story. Especially after reading about Glenn Beck's anti-polar bear rant.

Wildlife photographer Norbert Rosing was taking pictures of a team of huskies in Canada's frozen north when a polar bear gatecrashed the party.

Along with dog handler Brian Ladoon, Mr Rosing watched helplessly as the bear and one of the dogs approached each other.

They growled and bared their teeth. But then, instead of fighting, the enemies became firm friends.

First the bear gently nuzzled the husky's neck. The dog responded by rising on its hind legs to lick the bear's face.

The bear then rolled on its back to play as the husky looked on, somewhat bemused.
More here.

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Open Thread

humorous pictures

BTW, I've got a diary at Booman: Hillary: Pledged delegates are "misnomer"

Hillary, for her part, was on Leno last night, joking about sniper fire. This must be part of a "humor offensive" (she writes, fully appreciating the potential double-meaning of the phrase.) How very "Bush pretending to look for WMD" of her.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Jimmy Carter drops a hint

Via ThisDay Online

Carter, who is a Super Delegate from Georgia State, gave this hint at a media interaction after the Carter Center Awards for Guinea Worm Eradication in Abuja yesterday.

Carter, who was accompanied by his wife Rosalynn, did not profess a direct support for Obama but rather choose to make a veiled statement.
“We are very interested in the primaries. Don’t forget that Obama won in my state of Georgia. My town which is home to 625 people is for Obama, my children and their spouses are pro- Obama.

My grandchildren are also pro- Obama. As a Super Delegate, I would not disclose who I am rooting for but I leave you to make that guess," he said.

By the way, I've also added some articles to my Google shared items.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Wednesday thread

New thread, since it's not April Fool's Day any more and the site banner is back to normal.

A few links before I leave for work

Lifted--great animated short by Pixar

Flying Penguin Footage via the BBC (Okay, that one was left over from April Fool's)

And on a more serious note, check out Booman's post Learning about Trinity.


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Monday, March 31, 2008

Gore launches the "We" campaign

Via Progress Ohio

The We campaign is a nationwide effort to engage and mobilize the American people to come together and call for solutions to climate change.

The campaign is an unprecedented commercial‐scale, mainstream mobilization effort designed to bring public opinion past the tipping point and convince elected leaders to take bold action.

This three‐year effort will combine the best practices of successful commercial marketing and issueadvocacy efforts.

It supplements and supports the ongoing work of other organizations but is unique in its scale and breadth.

Oh, and Joseph at Plunderbund reminds us that today is Al Gore's 60th birthday.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Open Thread

funny dog pictures

Bear with me peeps. Here's the deal...I really wanted to put up the Fun With Captions post, but I also knew that there would be people who didn't want to look at The Decider's mug every time they loaded the page. So I decided to put up a new post right away. But I also anticipated people being confused about which thread people would be posting in, so I decided to make one comment thread to be shared by both the Open Thread and the Fun With Captions post. I'm sure I'm still managing to confuse someone, but this is the solution I've decided on.

Also, FYI, I start teaching again tomorrow, right after work, so I won't be available for any blog tinkering until well into the evening.

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Fun with captions

Okay, so I'm bored.

And I've been thinking that there must be some great captions for this picture, but I don't seem to be coming up with any myself

So here's what I *did* do--I made two versions, adding the talk and thought balloons.

Can you think of some good captions for either of these?

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