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Good news for Michiganders? This from Michael Moore's USA Today column:
But what's all this talk about New York being enemy territory? Nothing could be further from the truth. We New Yorkers love Republicans. We have a Republican mayor and governor, a death penalty and two nuclear plants within 30 miles of the city.[usat]
Now that he's stopped self-identifying as a Great Lakes State resident, does it mean that Flint will no longer be mined for scenes of urban decay and the Michigan Militia will lose its high-profile standing as the Midwest's gun nuts? Developing.

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Just when you think that the criticism of John Kerry's war record can't get any more disgusting,
Morton Blackwell, a prominent Virginia delegate, has been handing out the [purple] heart-covered bandages to delegates, who've worn them on their chins, cheeks, the backs of their hands and other places [cnn]
Because there's nothing funnier than getting injured while serving your country, especially when at war and engaging in enemy action. I guess that passing out pieces of shrapnel to lodge in their bodies wasn't as popular a way to make fun of the Democratic candidate.

[via eschaton]

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I think the thing about the RNC that I find so scary is that last night was billed as the parade out the (cultural) moderates for the old bait-and-switch. It turns out that even the moderates are happy to be war mongers who make wild unsubstantiated connections and ignore pretty well established facts.

For instance, read Giuliani's speech [txt] and try to pick out the most bizarre section. Mine is the unironic part about Bush's bravery at coming to NYC on 14 September.

update: see also, William Saletan's "What does 9/11 tell us about Bush? Nothing." [slate].

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