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Living Liberally Blog

Blogging Liberally: John McCain and a lolcat walk into a bar...

1. Only ten??

2. Here is how Bush intends on ruining any chance your progeny had for a bright future.

3. You know that ridiculous lolcat craze that you pretend to not enjoy? Well now there's a versionwe can all get on board with!

4. Speculation is out on whether the common theme of Obama's VP day at the convention and Wes Clark's slogan has anything to do with Obama's imminent announcement of his running mate.

5. The reason we will never get rid of the courts as well as why bad boys have such an appeal, every once in awhile they finally come through for you.

6. After this its safe to say no one knows what they're talking about anymore, or ever did.

Blogging Liberally: Olympic Edition


1. This weekend, fighting picked up between Russian and Georgia. So far, there appear to be over two thousand casualties. The US has begun airlifting troops out of Iraq and back home to assist in the conflict, a move that Prime Minister Putin has condemned. Both candidates have called for an end to the fighting. Though Cheney and McCain seem to want to punish Russia for their actions.

2. The Iraqi government payroll is sustaining their economy even though the private sector hasn't really developed. Could this be a good idea for the West Bank and Gaza?

3. Tropic Thunder, the new war comedy featuring actor Robert Downey Jr. in blackface, is drawing criticism, but not from who you'd think.

4. Be the first to know when Barack Obama picks his VP.

5. Cenk Uygur asks how John McCain's affair is different from John Edwards.

6. Oh, by the way, John Edwards admitted to his affair. The National Enquirer was right. Sam Stein has it all.

7. Maliki demands that the US establish a timelone for withdrawal.

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Nice comprehensive discussion of the tone of the race. Really good music.

Best Non-Required Watch of the Day

MC Rove

Many thanks to for making a Top Ten 10 Videos of Politicians Dancing webpage.


Coolest thing I've heard all day, courtesy of Jill Tubman:

Meanwhile, a day after Beijing revoked a visa for Darfur activist and former Olympian Joey Cheek, the U.S. Olympic team selected a Sudanese refugee to be the American delegation’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremonies, a move that will further highlight China’s role in the war-scarred region.

This kind of cultural/political exercise is important. Yesterday, Justin talked about athlete turned activist Joey Cheek, whose visa was revoked by China yesterday after he organized a and organization called Team Darfur to get olympians to talk about the atrocities that are going on in Darfur, atrocities that China, through its oil money, has implicitly supported.

Now the US, our Country whose core values are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, is standing up to defend those rights of people abroad...well at least they are symbolically.

Problem is that because of the quagmire in Iraq and the US's loss of many strategic military allies, we just don't have the manpower to take serious action in Sudan. This is especially problematic because, as Jill points out, Sudan has much closer ties to Osama Bin Laden than Iraq ever did.

That's why it is important that under our next President, we can take more than symbolic action. We need leaders who will engage other countries to stop genocide (like Wesley Clark did in the 90's) and forge a US foreign policy that responds to real threats to national security, instead of imaginary ones.

Screening Liberally Watch of the Day

The truth behind the decreased violence in Iraq. Twenty miles of concrete have turned Baghdad into "A City of Walls"

Daily Digest: Hug a Conservative.

1) The 2008 Election: Who would you rather Hug?

2)Tom Daschle says McCain ads are doing damage. Democrats want Obama to put on the boxing gloves.

3)GOP protesting because no one will come to their off-shore drilling party.

4)The secrets of the Chinese Olympic Rain Dance.

5) "Ringin' Wet & Wild Women's Wrestling" and a McCain speech! I have tickets to both!

6)Prizes for Politics, McCain will give you a hug if you post on his blog.

7) McCain to tell Ohio DHL workers, "Sorry I lost your jobs".

8)Organic regulations hurt local farms and aren't protecting us anyway.

Anti-Conservation Conservatives & Anti-Rights Right-Wingers

Obama offers a comprehensive energy plan,
& accurately notes keeping tires pumped
saves more than offshore drilling will produce.
The reaction: Conservatives mock conservation.

The Bush team ordered a forged letter
to mislead America into invading Iraq,
deceiving Congress, distorting the press....
In short, Republicans subverted the Republic.

And in a military trial at Guantanamo
secret evidence & closed proceedings
are supposedly the road to justice.
Because the Right-wing opposes Rights.

Anti-conservation conservatives...
anti-rights right-wingers...
anti-Republic Republicans...

At least these lunatics are consistent.

Take a deep breath & enjoy a deep swig
and share deep debate or (light libations)
at your local progressive social club.

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The Facts on Energy

Our friends at MoveOn just released a brand new video pointing out some facts very relevant to the current energy debate.

New Reading Liberally Resources- And Continually Impressive RL Leaders

Never underestimate the help and guidance that can be gained from the obscure corners of your virtual netroots universe! Take, for example, an email that I recently received from John Karls, a Reading Liberally chapter leader from Salt Lake City.

As a Reading Liberally summer intern, I was contacting our existing chapter leaders in search of tips and advice to pass on to future RL enthusiasts. Among the few replies, one stood out so much in terms of the passion it exuded as well as the effort it must have commanded that it effectively restored my faith in the power of the email outreach.

The email was epic: a 4-browser-screen-long chronicle of John Karls' various triumphs and frustrations in his attempt to wrangle new readers for the Salt Lake City chapter. Snippets of wisdom to be extracted from the whole: That nearby universities, political organizations and community groups were surprisingly poor sources for progressive readers, that the majority of the current active members were recruited directly in person, and that to create any successful organization requires "a long, hard slog by someone... willing to spend a lot of time in a 'labor of love'!!!"

Leaders such as Mr. Karls who are willing to put such attention into any political organization should certainly be commended. And in case you don't happen to have a similarly effort-loving progressive at the ready, hopefully you will be inspired to become one! If you need help, never forget to contact others in your network! In the meantime, consult Living Liberally's newly completed resources for running a Reading Liberally Chapter-- made possible only with the combined input and time of our chapter heads.