A little disappointed...

Colbert did not have the entire Decemberists, just the incredibly talented guitarist.

Framton was quite the surprise...

Well, here is the coolest Decemberists song, split in three:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

A View from the Den...

Well, I received my email from the Mark Green campaign today.

The headline said:

From the desk of Mark Green

How's the view form the den, Mark?

Watch Colbert Tonight...

He will be doing a 'shred off' against the Decemberists!


On Pinochet

Remember the words of perhaps my favorite political thinker, Joe Strummer:

As every cell in Chile will tell
The cries of the tortured men
Remember Allende, and the days before,
Before the army came
Please remember Victor Jara,
In the Santiago Stadium,
Es verdad - those Washington Bullets again

The whole song is here.

John Nichols Sells Out Progressive Ideals, Calls for Petri to Join Dems

This kind of chaffes my hide.

I enjoy Nichols' writing for the most part, but I have seen him speak several times where he says that the Democratic Party is not pure enough, that we are the lesser evil and need to become more Progressive...

Yet, his new solution is to have Petri, who stands firmly against collective bargaining and overtime, for the PATRIOT Act, voted for all of Bush's tax cuts, called Medicare Part D the 'greatest domestic legislative accomplishment of 2003' and stands firmly with Bush on the war; join the Democratic Party.

Petri can go ahead and join the Greens with Mr. Nichols.


Newsweek CW Wraps Up 2006 For Bush in a Sentance...

Last year's CW said, "Nowhere to go but up." Once again, he confounded expectations.

John Gard is Trying Somethng Different in Retirement...

"I've had opportunities to go other places, but I really want to live in northeastern Wisconsin," he said.

2 Quick Lunch Hits

Eric Boehlert on the various conservative bloggers pushing more and more war:

the 101st Fighting Keyboardists

Here is a must read: American whistleblowers are subjected to torture conditions and detention in Iraq.

Former U.S. Detainee in Iraq Recalls Torment

American guards arrived at the man’s cell periodically over the next several days, shackled his hands and feet, blindfolded him and took him to a padded room for interrogation, the detainee said. After an hour or two, he was returned to his cell, fatigued but unable to sleep.

The fluorescent lights in his cell were never turned off, he said. At most hours, heavy metal or country music blared in the corridor. He said he was rousted at random times without explanation and made to stand in his cell. Even lying down, he said, he was kept from covering his face to block out the light, noise and cold. And when he was released after 97 days he was exhausted, depressed and scared.