I know my loyal dozens miss me, but I’ve been completely floored by events professional, personal, and political.

So I’ve been trying to channel my blogging energy, such as it is, into grassroots persuasion. It hasn’t gone well.

Some great links to feed your need:

The great Heywood J on the conservative movement in general.

Atrios sees a good idea in action.

John Cole on the difference between socialism and capitalist nirvana.

Digby being Digby. Beware The Man.

Kos on the GOP’s ongoing fact-challenged based world view.

Kos again, on earmark reality.

Steve Benen and Greg Sargent ask a few questions of the leader of the GOP, Rush Limbaugh, thrice married, ex-drug addict, sex-trade Viagra-packing champion of the family values party. His ultimate answer isn’t very coherent. So I hope he’s still off the hillbilly heroin.

Matt Yglesias with a simple view of the stimulus proposal, and a nice post about how it all fits together, which any moron should be able to see.

Structural change, which I believe is sorely needed, doesn’t come easy. If things get bad enough, I expect violence and horror. That’s usually how big change comes. Thank FSM for living in the U.S., where at least our odds are a little better at avoiding it.

I firmly believe things are going to be horrid for at least two years, for all of us little people. So, I can accept that, on the condition I have a shiny new economy at the end of the tunnel. Supertrains, accessible health care even without a job, the world’s leading exporter of green energy technology, modernized schools, roads I don’t have to slalom past potholes a la your average world-class Alpine skier, bridges that don’t collapse on me, broadband everywhere I go, et al. I’ll take the pain for the gain.

I’m just not sure the Limbaugh party will let it happen.

Thanks to the good Dr. at Eschaton.

I’m getting a little put off by all this talk of “sacrifice,” “we’re all going to have to sacrifice,” and on and on.

Look, I’ll still volunteer a bit, donate to worthy causes, support local candidates with brains not in their asses, show up at work until they tell me I can’t anymore, pay my taxes, and engage the morons aggressively.

But until the multimillionaire Village Elders and their cocktail party friends, the Captains of Industry, and other Masters of the Universe cough up, I’m gonna bitch like hell about my fixed-income parents and any poor person in the country being expected to sacrifice jack shit. They’ve sacrificed enough, thank you very much.

Beware The Man. And when you get a chance, figure out a non-violent way to fuck Him painfully. (Probably best to focus on The Man’s Achilles’ Heel, the wallet.)

dday with another gem. This one on our excellent new monetary policy of free money. For banks. Because, you know, they’re hurting after our multibillion dollar taxpayer help.

Why are all the smart people out of power?

Great post. Yes, duh.

How does she do it? The woman is a brilliance-machine of liberal thought, and even more brilliant at Republicantardation.

Digby for Secretary of Democratic Sanity.

Update: But IOZ has it even more right than Digby, which is amazing in and of itself. IOZ gets the Big Picture, and to my mind is more in line with what I like to call, “reality.”

Lovely Thanksgiving weekend as always. No drama, lots of laughs, great food and company.

Still, as a “TV fan” of General Barry McCaffrey, and seeing this story rocket around the blogosphere (thanks to the fine reporting at the NY Times), I sure am reminded of why I say, “Beware The Man.”

Depressing stuff. Even President Eisenhower wasn’t prescient enough to figure the media would be complicit in the crap that President Eisenhower warned us about.

I mean, ever hear a politician on either side of the aisle talk seriously about cutting the military budget? Fear sells. And fear sells weapons.

Perhaps we ought to centralize the media a bit more. Christ. Some things just aren’t that hard to see.

As predictable as the sun rising in the east, the Villagers will accept McCain’s post-campaign bullshit and run with it.

dday says it wonderfully.

It will be horrific to watch, but that’s just plain and simple the world we live in. Zillionaire “news” people who love them some John McCain, at least personally.

It just won’t matter what a dick McCain has been trying to get elected. “It wasn’t his fault!,” the Villagers will declare mostly en masse.

And I will laugh and cry and hurl.