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12 December 2005


The 12 days of Commenting

-Because I don't feel like writing December 12, 2005 "RADICAL" HILLARY CLINTON
THE BIGGEST JOKE in politics is the Republican desire to run against not at all “radical” Hillary Clinton in 2008. Hillary Clinton is a radical candidate the way wheat bread is radical for somebody who thinks lunch must be another sandwich and the supermarket is out of white bread. If there is mustard on her sandwich, it won’t be French dijon or anything with a bold flavor. Her allies call her cautious, which is another way of saying I will wait and see what works. Dan Balz in the WaPo has some “analysis” on her on the war
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Monday, December 12, 2005
Social Darwinism
Barak Obama says:
It's called the "Ownership society" in Washington. This isn't the first time this philosophy has appeared. It used to be called Social Darwinism....They have a philosophy they have implemented and that is doing exactly what it was designed to do. They basically don't believe in government. They have a different philosophy that says, "We're going to dismantle government"....Republicans running the federal government believe, "You are on your own to buy your own health care, to buy your own retirement security ... to buy your own roads and levees."
He's right, of course, but a few things need to be added: Social Darwinism was invented by a 19th-century English writer called Herbert Spencer. It was he, not Darwin, who coined the phrase "survival of the fittest." Spencer's basic idea was that economies and societies should mirror the recently discovered "laws of the jungle" of Darwinian evolution. It became very popular among the ruling classes of the time, because it told them that they were themselves the fittest -- after all, they were the ones on the top, and Spencer's theory told them that they deserved to be there. So, not only did they not have to care for the poor anymore, but it actually was seen as irresponsible and unnatural to do so. Charles Dickens's Scrooge was the archetypal Social Darwinist
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Monday, December 12, 2005
The War on Christmas
Sam Seder did a pretty good job on CNN today giving this issue the degree of respect it deseserves:
SEDER: Listen, as far as the war on Christmas goes, I feel like we should be waging a war on Christmas. I mean, I believe that Christmas, it's almost proven that Christmas has nuclear weapons, can be an imminent threat to this country, that they have operative ties with terrorists and I believe that we should sacrifice thousands of American lives in pursuit of this war on Christmas. And hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer money.
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Monday, December 12, 2005
Same Old Garbage
"Alleged" Dr. Frist: "Supreme Court justice nominees deserve an up-or-down vote, and it would be absolutely wrong to deny him that."How can this a-hole get on TV and say that with a straight face? Wasn't this talking point made obsolete by how the conservatives sunk Harriet Miers? Maybe he's too distracted by being the subject of two federal inquiries.
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- a fair up or down vote...after they've passed the litmus test. Anyways 12 squared is the goal for this post. Let the great 12 Days of Commenting begin!


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