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6:17 PM yesterday Fred Casely commented on Drunk of the Week.
Daniel is without question my all-time favorite name for a man, and the best parts of it are the "i" and the "e". Why would you leave them out?
May 13 Fred Casely commented on Savage Love.
Ophian @132 nice try — but word is Alexie's going to out me, so the jig is up. I admit that my previous post was a red herring, and that I am also Sandiai as well as both venomlashes.
May 13 Fred Casely commented on Savage Love.
Is anyone else who listened to this week's Lovecast wondering which four SLOG commenters are, as alleged by Sherman Alexie, all the same person?

If it turns out they're nocutename, vennominion, lolorhone and Ophian, I swear my head will explode.
May 8 Fred Casely commented on The ACLU and the Low Income Housing Institute Are Opposed to the Proposed Smoking Ban in Parks.
I'd be fine with dropping the ban on smoking if the penalty for throwing a butt on the ground could be summary execution.
May 8 Fred Casely commented on Republicans' Scheme Is Paving the Way for Four PACs to Spend Unlimited Dark Money on the Presidential Race.
Also, delightful Democratic FEC commissioner Ellen Weintraub was last night's guest on Rachel Maddow.

May 8 Fred Casely commented on Republicans' Scheme Is Paving the Way for Four PACs to Spend Unlimited Dark Money on the Presidential Race.
First, a couple of nits: "Staffers" are the underlings. The people who vote are commissioners. And, although readers can infer it from the context, it's odd that Ravel isn't identified as a Democrat anywhere in the post.

I've attended a few FEC meetings in the past year, and found it to be an incredibly dispiriting experience. Nothing of significance is ever accomplished, and the odds of that changing anytime soon are practically nonexistent.

Sure, you can blame the Republican commissioners for standing in the way of meaningful reform, but only Congress can change the structure of the commission. And they can't even manage to vote on commissioners to replace those whose terms have expired, so good luck getting them to do anything to change how the FEC operates.

The only hope at this point — short of a change in the ideological makeup of the Supreme Court — is to have a Democrat in the White House and enough of a majority in the Senate to push her/his appointments through. The rules only say that no more than half of the commissioners can be from any single party. So a Democratic president could, in theory, put up an independent or minor-party nominee for one of the current Republican seats.

Of course, it wouldn't hurt for the Democrats to hit this issue hard on the stump and in debates.
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May 1 Fred Casely commented on Alan Keyes: Legalizing Gay Marriage a "Just Cause for War".
He should run for the Republican nomination for president again. Or the Senate. Either way, fourth time's the charm, right?

Not to imply that he's a huge loser or anything.
Apr 28 Fred Casely commented on Anti-Gay State Rep Outed By Guy He Was Trying To Pick Up On Grindr.
If only Grindr had been around when I lived in North Dakota; I might have stayed.

Let's try that again:

Good thing Grindr wasn't around when I lived in North Dakota; I might have stayed.
Apr 26 Fred Casely commented on I, Anonymous.
I find it hard to believe that after five days and a couple of dozen comments, no one has yet pointed this out:

You fed your kid what they serve at the mall food court, and you were surprised he couldn't keep it down?
 

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