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Sunday, October 17, 2004  

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October 17, 2004

Drinking Liberally [*]
Far be it for me to commend or recommend the taking of libations, but allow me to direct your attention to a new grassroots movement, Drinking Liberally. (Their tag line: "Promoting democracy one pint at a time.") It turns out that among the 16 local groundswells there's a Philadelphia "chapter" that meets each Tuesday at Ten Stone, located at 21st and South Streets. I'll see you there this week.

Coalition of the Uninterested
Gee whiz, you need a scorecard to keep track of the countries dropping out of the so-called coalition of the willing.

Using John Edwards
It's about time they let Sen. John Edwards loose on the Bush-Cheney crowd. We need more of this.

Being James Baker
It can't be easy being James A. Baker III. So mired in sleaze for so long, and yet, in some circles, so admired. Be sure to read "James Baker's Double Life," by Naomi Klein in the latest issue of The Nation. (In the same issue, but available online only to Nation subscribers: "Rocking the Cuban Vote," by Roberto Lovato.)

Tracking Endorsements
Editor & Publisher magazine is doing a great job tracking newspaper endorsements in the presidential race. See E&P's latest installment: "Kerry Picks up 28 Papers, Owns Huge Lead," by Greg Mitchell.

Eyes on the Buckeyes
I've said it before, I'll say it again: Keep an eye on Ohio.

Defiant Americans
We have been told, repeatedly, that the morale of American troops in Iraq is "excellent," "never better," and so forth. How, then, to explain this? If you're not worried, you should be.

There are ways to express your outrage at Sinclair Broadcasting's abuse of its hold over the airwaves. Visit and SinclairWatch.

Third World Conditions
Ever get that creepy "Third-World democracy" feeling? I do.

Good Question
It's too early to think it, but, really, just think it.

[* Note: Additional items may be posted to “Political Notes” after initial publication but only on the day of publication, excluding post-publication addenda. Such items, when posted, are designated by an asterisk.]

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