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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Among the other brilliant decisions made in history...
posted by Tom

Howard Dean Considering Bid To Chair Democratic Party
November 08, 2004
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Former presidential candidate Howard Dean is considering a bid to become chairman of the national Democratic Party.

Steve Grossman, himself a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Dean had told him he was thinking about it.

Dean was traveling today in New York and unavailable for comment. His spokeswoman, Laura Gross, said ``it was far too early to be speculating on that.'' The 240 members of the Democratic National Convention will elect a new chair early next year. Several names are already being mentioned, including former Clinton aide Harold Ickes; Donna Brazile, who ran Al Gore's presidential campaign, and Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack.

Dean has been outspoken since the beginning of his presidential bid in saying that the Democratic Party must establish a separate and unique identity from Republicans.

The next chairman will replace Terry McAuliffe, whose term is ending.


May, 1876 - Lt. General George Armstrong Custer, flamboyant Civil War hero and commander of the 7th Calvary, is seriously considering a showdown with Chief Sitting Bull's Sioux sometime this summer, probably in the Black Hills, a source close to the general has revealed. "Worried?" the source said incredulously when asked if the men were apprehensive about facing such a formidible foe. "What the hell for? It ain't like we're fightin a real army," the source said.

April, 1865 - President and Mrs. Lincoln are seriously considering a visit to Ford's Theater this week to see the highly acclaimed production of Our American Cousin. A family friend said the President had told him he was thinking about it. "It's been awhile since the President and his wife have had a night out," the friend said.

April, 1912 - Captain Edward Smith, White Star Line's most seasoned officer, is seriously considering taking command of the company's newest, largest, and most luxurious liner Titanic for it's maiden voyage from South Hampton to New York. "It's a terrific opporuntiy," a spokesman for White Star Line said. "He will be retiring soon, and what better way to conclude a distinguished career than on this mighty and unsinkable ship ..."

July 1811 - The Emperor Napoleon is seriously considering an invasion of Russia at some point in 1811 or 1812, according to palace sources. The Emperor could not immedately be reached for comment, but a source close to the Empress Josephine tells Le Grande Bouche that she overheard the Emperor tell his wife he can't wait to "kick some Russky a--".

March, 44 - Julius Caesar, fresh from his victories over Crassus and Pompey and adored by the citizens of Rome, is seriously considering accepting the offer to become supreme ruler over all the empire and will discuss his options when the Senate reconvenes this week. According to Marc Antony, friend and confidant of the proconsul, "Caesar's been looking forward to seeing his old pals Brutus and Cassius and getting their take on this whole emperor thing. He's always respected their input." Marc Antony also offered that Caesar has always been open to their criticism, as well. "They can be quite cutting," he said, "but Caesar can handle it."

posted by Tom | 11/09/2004 11:55:00 AM
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Blogger leftyjones said...

Tom. Why are you living in the shadow of this Adeimantus?
Why do you not demand proper billing and secure your place up in lights at the top of the page?
I think it's an outrage and it's probable that you are being discriminated against for having such an American sounding name.
Fight the power Tom. Fight the power.

1:35 PM, November 09, 2004  
Blogger Tom said...


My billing is fine. I'm very fortunate to have the opportunity adeimantus has afforded me to post here. He's very picky about blog mates.

3:02 PM, November 09, 2004  
Blogger leftyjones said...

I've always seen you as a tough talking- switchblade tongue kinda guy....
You seem to be showing an awful lot of reverence to your bloglord.
I do have a suggestion could change your profile name to Aristophenes or if you want to stick to characters from The 'bout Polemarchus or Thrasymachus. This will help provide name continuity AND increase your level of prominence while still showing Adeimantus his due deference.

Now, I realize you may be thinking that you don't recall asking this jackass for his two cents worth.
You would be right.
You didn't.
But hey, after having my party reaffirm last week that they can screw up an election that should have been about as difficult as stealing candy from a baby....well,instead of being bitter I figured maybe I could just be annoying and help keep your side grounded.
You know...a kind've "reach across the aisle" and slap you just to knock that smug "I won everything" look off your faces.
It's the smiles that keep me going....

9:31 AM, November 10, 2004  
Blogger Tom said...


You're taking the River Drive instead of the Expressway to get to St. Joe's. Nothing wrong with that, but you shouldn't assume everyone else is in the mood for a longer ride. (Being a Philadelphian, you should appreciate that analogy.)

Anyway, when I'm a guest, I show respect to a host who's invitation reflects his respect for me.

I can understand your confusion. Such commonplaces as courtesy come with maturity.

As far as the name goes, I appreciate the suggestions and will give them careful thought. Personally, though, if I want a Greek name, I'll probably go with Achilles, or Odysseus. Or maybe Zeus.

Oh, and on behalf of Adeimantus, lostingotham and myself, thanks for checking in.

11:38 AM, November 10, 2004  
Blogger leftyjones said...

I must say I appreciated your Philadelphia references! Well done. I do feel that the remainder of the posting was as pointed in what it didn't say as it was in what it did.
And you, my acquaintance, are quite wrong when implying that I do not have the maturity present to display courteousness as a rule. Quite wrong, indeed.

While I admire the respect and love you men have for each other, I do now see that I have broached a sensitive area and I do not want be responsible for even throwing the smallest of wrenches into your relationship with each other.

I wish you great success in your guesthosting role and as you, Adeimantus and lostingotham find your way through the world.

In the meantime, you still owe me some Tequila at Dirty Franks.

1:52 PM, November 10, 2004  
Blogger Tom said...


Oh, right. I owe you a drink for not using "Plucky Tom". Sorry, I forgot. Pick a Saturday (if convenient) as I'm only in the area on weekends anymore. It can be anytime after 2:00 p.m. Ask Ala if she'd like to imbibe a few.

Maybe after a couple of tequilas you can explain what the hell your obsession is with who hosts whom at what blog.

I am curious about one thing, though:

Has it occurred to you and the other lefties that your depression over the shellacking of Kerry and the democrats last week can be directly attributable to your pre-election fantasy that defeating Bush would be like "taking candy from a baby"? You guys have been "misunderestimating" him for years now. You did it in 2000, then again in 2002, when you were all certain the midterm congressional election and the statewide election in Florida were going to avenge the "theft" of 2000.

This year, one could almost see the saliva dripping from your mouths as you predicted Bush's defeat with every cockamamie sour grapes book published by a bitter Administration has-been, with the release of Michael Moore's schlockumentary, which was debunked quicker than you can say "limo liberal", with the hilarious mainstream media overreaction to the "abuse" of Iraqi prisoners, with the nomination of your Vietnam "war hero, with Dan Rather's use of forged documents, not to mention with every piece of "good" news out of Iraq - meaning, every American death, every hostage beheaded, every Iraqi citizen killed by a car bomb ...

Well, look at the bright side. You may be standing around with your thumbs up your asses, wondering what went wrong in 2004, but there is hope: Dean may chair the DNC and Hillary will run in 2008.

3:09 PM, November 10, 2004  
Blogger Riss said...

Can you please ask that they take care of Michael Moore too? I loathe that guy.

11:58 PM, November 29, 2004  
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