“You’ll never work in this blogosphere again!” – Signed, Firedoglake

Last week I posted a piece called “Why I will never post another word at My.Firedoglake.com“. It was posted here at my own blog as well as at Angry Black Lady Chronicles and at Daily Kos. The next day I got a nastygram from the editor of the My.FDL site (a public site like Daily Kos where anyone can post diaries.) As I reported in my follow-up piece (“Liberal rule #1: Thou shall not cross Jane Hamsher“), they were none too happy and basically threatened me with FDL retribution.

The chances of you becoming a paid front pager somewhere have dropped significantly … Jane will never forget and she will bad mouth you to the major blog owners if your name comes up.
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Pete Hoekstra is baaaa-aaaack!

After he lost his bid for the Republican nomination for Governor in Michigan in 2010, we didn’t hear a great deal from Pete Hoekstra until, in April of this year, he sent out a press release saying he was NOT going to run for Debbie Stabenow’s Senate seat.

After serious consideration and many discussions with friends and supporters, Diane and I have made the decision that I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in 2012. This was an extremely difficult decision for us to make as we saw strong points both for and against running. However, in our final analysis, we agreed that it was not in the best interest of our family at this time to enter the race.…
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Mitt Romney’s state PACs raise unlimited funds then funnel them back to the nat’l campaign

This week, the Alabama and New Hampshire Democratic parties filed a complaint (pdf) against the Romney campaign, claiming that he is using lax rules in various states to raise money and then funnel them back to his national campaign.

To make a long story short, Romney’s campaign is using these state PACs to accept contributions in excess of the federal limit, is using money supposedly raised for state elections to influence a federal election, and — even now that Romney is an official candidate, numerous media outlets have questioned the practice, and a complaint has been filed with the FEC — they are still doing it.
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Detroit News “humorist” thinks 11K Borders employees losing their jobs is hilarious

Yesterday, Borders Books announced that it was going out of business and liquidating its assets. This will put another roughly 11,000 people out of work including many right here in Michigan. It’s a huge loss both in terms of jobs and in terms of having a good bookseller around.

But P.D. Lesko at A2Politico points out, there is at least one person that thinks this is hilarious.

“Obama backs book bailout” was posted to the MichiganView.com at 11:47 p.m. Monday evening. Obama’s reason for backing the federal bailout, according to Payne, is simple:
President Barack Obama on Monday afternoon announced a $500 million federal bailout for Borders Group Inc., the Ann Arbor-based national superstore book chain, on fears that bankruptcy could destroy American reading and leave millions of children illiterate.
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MI GOP continues its war on teachers – Next target: pensions

Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger had a good day yesterday. His effort to stamp down the efforts of 26-year old Autumn Smith to force him to face his constituents in a recall vote got a shot in the arm from a willing judge in Calhoun County. Not only that, he got to enjoy his win on Autumn’s birthday.

A judge has extended an injunction meant to temporarily stop an effort to recall Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall.

Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge Conrad Sindt ruled today that an injunction in effect since June 22 would remain valid at least until an appeal in the recall process is settled.

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Presidential Eye Candy (with jazz!)

Thanks to my friend Rhoda who sent along this video she made of President Obama. When you have a dude this suave and sharp, you can easily do a seven minute video and never run out of great images. And this doesn’t even include much First Lady eye candy goodness. You could do an hour of her, so far as I’m concerned ; )

The jazz music is Ahmad Jamal.

Thanks, Rhoda.…

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Facebook sharing of Eclectablog links still disabled – I need your HELP! (Updated)

Somebody (*cough* firebaggers *cough*), somewhere for some reason (*cough* angry *cough*) has marked my blog entries as spam on Facebook. Now when you try to share an Eclectablog, you get this unwanted pop-up:

This message contains blocked content that has been previously flagged as abusive or spammy. Let us know if you think this an error.

So, kids, here’s where I need your help. Please share links from Eclectablog on your Facebook page. When you get the pop-up, click the “Let us know” link, and fill out the very short form. The more people that do this, the more quickly it will be resolved.…

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Liberal rule #1: Thou shall not cross Jane Hamsher

Cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles.

My ranty screed thing the other day about Jane Hamsher (“Why I will never post another word at My.Firedoglake.com”) brought out a series of quite interesting responses. The version at Daily Kos drew almost 1,000 comments and earned me five donuts in the Tip Jar. Apparently it’s okay to call the hundreds of thousands of Obama supporters who are the thin hopey line between the President RomneyPawlentyPaulPalinBachmannCainGingrichPerryMcCotterHuntsmanDuke and the White House the “stupidest motherfuckers in the world”. However, it is decidedly NOT okay to say, “Fuck you, Jane Hamsher”.

One commenter suggested that take my disgust with Hamsher to Redstate.com (I don’t get it either):

This is the most disgusting display of mindless hateful comments I have almost ever seen here.…
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