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    Mike ”Hunter” Lazzaro

    Mike ”Hunter” Lazzaro

    As a Daily Kos contributing editor, Michael Lazzaro —a.k.a. ”Hunter”—has gained a reputation for passionate, explorative, and offbeat progressive writing. His wide-ranging essays and editorials are alternately probing and combative, provide stirring defenses of progressive and liberal ideals, and frequently explore the underlying dynamics of the progressive and liberal online communities themselves.

    An Internet consultant who currently makes his home in rural Northern California with his wife, child, and a varying assortment of animals, Michael helped design and build some of the very first e-commerce sites on the emerging World Wide Web.
    Number of posts: 5
    Email address: email

    By Mike ”Hunter” Lazzaro:


      Reaction Roundup :

      Jim DeMint leaves the Senate, and everybody’s happy about that

      DeMint press conference (file photo)

      The reactions on this one are almost unanimous: Nearly everyone is damn glad to see Republican Jim DeMint (head bitter crank among bitter old cranks, kingmaker of his own asylum, biggest cracked pot in the tea party) leave the Senate for his turn in the lands of sweet, sweet wingnut welfare. The tea partiers love it because they figure DeMint will help Heritage break away from any past remnants of thinky-in-their-tanky and race headlong toward peak wingnut

      Satire

      When men were free

      When men were free

      “Tell us a story, Grandpa Santorum,” several of the children said together. It was cold, and from the front of the concrete bunker, there was a low whistle as the wind pushed through the gaps around the old wooden door. “Tell us a story again, from the before-times.”

      Grandpa Santorum smiled a grizzled smile. The children knew he loved to tell stories; the old man knew they liked hearing them. “Oh, I don’t know,” he answered. “There are so many stories from those times. But I think I’ve already told you every story worth telling. I’m not sure how many more stories there are.”

      The children protested loudly. “Tell us what it was like!” said a small girl in a flower-print dress. “Tell us about the freedoms!” a bony young man exclaimed.

      Body Politics

      Bishops ‘helped sway’ Komen to anti-Planned Parenthood policy

      bishops

      Oh for the love of Voldemort. Reuters:

      Internal Komen documents reviewed by Reuters reveal the complicated relationship between the Komen Foundation and the Catholic church, which simultaneously contributes to the breast cancer charity and receives grants from it. In recent years, Komen has allocated at least $17.6 million of the donations it receives to U.S. Catholic universities, hospitals and charities.Church opposition reached dramatic new proportions in 2011, when the 11 bishops who represent Ohio’s 2.6 million Catholics announced a statewide policy banning church and parochial school donations to Komen.

      Such pressure helped sway Komen’s leadership to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, according to current and former Komen officials.

      Stop it. Just be quiet already. Is there no eff-up that the bishops of my previous church aren’t intimately involved with?

      God Spells

      Tracking President Rick Santorum’s first 100 days

      Tracking President Rick Santorum's first 100 days

      Apparently Rick Santorum is going to be countering Mitt Romney’s rip-roaring bout of nothingness with a speech of his own. The topic will ostensibly be what a President Santorum would do during his first 100 days in office, which sounds like the plot of any number of bad movies, all of which end with somebody or multiple somebodies getting nuked … Rick Santorum’s first 100 days? One shudders to imagine. So let’s imagine!

      Southern Crackpots

      Florida Tea Party locked in pointless battle with CAIR

      Crackpot Brand, Geniune 100% Amerlcan Tea

      This one is a bit hard to summarize, but the short version: The Florida Tea Party would like you to know it is very, very tolerant, it’s just that the Muslims are using Sharia against them and hate the First Amendment and stuff. That’s why they invited the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to their upcoming convention. It’s also why they apparently near-simultaneously demanded a hotel cancel a CAIR event, an action that was meant as retribution for CAIR supposedly helping to get far-right blogger Pamela Geller, whose blog exists primarily to smear Muslims and whose name came up rather frequently in relation to the recent domestic terror incident in Norway, disinvited from another hotel a while back, all because CAIR hates us for our freedomz:

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