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At a McCain/Palin a group of young McCain supporters--both Muslim and Christians--confronted a group of bigots claiming Obama is muslim. Not because they care one way or the other, but because it's not wrong to be muslim (I wish Obama would say the same thing). A hat tip to those young Republicans who refuse to surrender their party to the insane. Freaking awesome.
Young people plan to appeal to Obama on abortion issue this weekend
An anti-choice youth group called Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust planned a July 13 protest at a Obama fundraiser. No word about whether they carried it out.
Conservatives help stall bullying bill
Social conservatives bully North Carolina lawmakers into stalling an anti-bullying law that includes sexual orientation as one of more than dozen reasons students might be bullied. Fortunately, students are never bullied because of their sexual orientation. Never.
Ideology 101 in 2008
Political thought in the United States can't just be divided into two camps — us vs. them, left vs. right, progressive vs. conservative — it's much more complicated than that. There are actually a variety of progressive viewpoints on the economy, foreign policy and values — and they often contradict one another.
I feel like someone is trying to give us a hint.
I'm finally back from Netroots Nation, which despite being a conference for bloggers is so packed that it's almost impossible to find time to write.
I had an amazing time. Highlights: going all fan boy when I met netroots success story Donna Edwards (who later showed up at one of the many parties over the event and stood on the bar to make some remarks), met some very nice folks from the Jeanne Shaheen campaign and other organizations, and was ecstactic over a very special surprise guest.
Also, some guy with funny ears sent in a message.
Live from Netroots Nation! The most redundantly covered event on the internets. Ever sense Neanderthal man scraped two opinions together to make a flame, he has dreamed of such a place. Two interesting things that have happened and I have learned.
1. You know that crazy guy who comments on the blogs you read? The one with the bad grammar? Yeah, he talks like that.
2. Wesley Clark and Howard Dean were the keynote speakers last night. Immediate Vice-President speculation/debate over who was better looking. Clark won after Dean tried to smile.
Howard Dean should never smile.
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This month's Right Wing Watch is dedicated dedicated to the Caped Crusader. Also, my mom.
[asset|aid=830|format=image|formatter=asset|title=franti_crowd.jpg|width=250|height=160|align=left|resizable=true]Now, I'm no festival goer like some of my friends, but sometimes life serves you a layer-cake of awesome so great that you have no choice except to pack up the tent, round up the friends, make a liquor run, hit the road.
I'm torn. I really am. I thought I could think about T.Boone Pickens as an unambiguous dick. Pickens, a life-long republican, put 3 million dollars into the verb-creating, candidate destroying Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. He then offered a 1 million dollar award to anyone who could disprove their claims. This happened. He changed his mind.