Odds 'n Ends

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010
How weird: I just came to this blog for the first time in quite a while and discovered that April 21 was the date of both the first entry (21 April 2003) and the last one (21 April 2009) -- last before this one, I mean.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

This Blog:

As is no doubt obvious, I rarely come here anymore. I post links via Facebook instead.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Health Care:

"We face one of the most important decisions in our Nation's history--how to address the insolvency of our health care system that threatens to decimate our country's budget, stability, and overall wellbeing." -- Rep. John D. Dingell


Tuesday, January 06, 2009


"Bush failed because in the end it was all about him." -- Frank Rich


(I rarely post anything here anymore. I'm using Facebook most of the time for sharing links.)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Home Depot:

I hate to think about the huge amount of money I've spent supporting Democrat-haters the past few years! No more.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Michael Moore on the Auto Industry:

Larry King interviews Michael Moore, whose father worked for GM for thirty-five years:


Friday, November 07, 2008

"The Fourth Republic":

"The election of Barack Obama to the presidency may signal more than the end of an era of Republican presidential dominance and conservative ideology. It may mark the beginning of a Fourth Republic of the United States." -- Michael Lind


Thursday, November 06, 2008


"[Obama] won because at a very dangerous moment in the life of a still young country, more people than have ever spoken before came together to try to save it. And that was a victory all its own." -- Nancy Gibbs


Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Happy Days Are Here Again:


Saturday, November 01, 2008


The poet has given permission to quote the poem but has asked that her name be removed:


Sometimes things don't go, after all,

from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel

faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don’t fail,

sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

A people sometimes will step back from war;

elect an honest man; decide they care

enough, that they can't leave some stranger poor.

Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes our best efforts do not go

amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.

The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow

that seemed hard frozen: may it happen for you.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sarah Palin and Science:

"On Nov. 4, anyone who cares for the Constitution has a clear duty to repudiate this wickedness and stupidity." -- Christopher Hitchens


Monday, October 20, 2008

Keillor on Palin:

"Anybody who got whacked last week and still thinks McCain-Palin is going to lead us out of the swamp and not into a war with Iran is beyond persuasion in the English language. They'll need to lose their homes and be out on the street in a cold hard rain before they connect the dots." -- Garrison Keillor


Sunday, October 19, 2008

McCain and ACORN:

On ACORN and voter registration:



The Supreme Court:

Tom Head on the presidential election and the Supreme Court:


Sunday, October 12, 2008

A First-Time Democrat:

William F. Buckley's son to vote for Obama -- his first time ever to vote for a Democrat:


Saturday, October 11, 2008

McCain's Insurance Plan:

"If you think that 'The Market' —whatever market— always works for the best, you'll love John McCain's version of health insurance reform. It uses the tax code to shove you toward individual policies (more 'choice!') and away from comprehensive, employersupported plans." -- Jane Bryant Quinn



Voter Caging:

"Given the track record of the GOP in Florida in 2000 there is no reason to give McCain and the Republicans the benefit of the doubt this time around."



Palin and Power:

"Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, the chief investigator of an Alaska legislative panel concluded Friday." -- AP


Thursday, October 09, 2008


"'I’m just enraged that McCain calls himself a maverick,' said Terrellita Maverick, 82, a San Antonio native who proudly carries the name of a family that has been known for its progressive politics since the 1600s, when an early ancestor in Boston got into trouble with the law over his agitation for the rights of indentured servants." -- John Schwartz


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Pictures from Alaska:

Women against Palin: