Unexpected Growth

TPM has just confirmed that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has ordered that absentee ballots for overseas military personnel be shipped out immediately without the name of any Democratic candidate on them. This is a seeming reversal from Kobach’s earlier stated plan to delay the issuance of those ballots until Democrats submitted a new nominee. If you’re new to the story, the previous Democratic nominee withdrew from the race as part of a pretty obvious but still unconfirmed Dem plan to clear the field for independent Greg Orman to take on incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS). Kobach, for his part, has been trying to thwart that plan. His political motives are about as thinly veiled as Dems’ were in getting their nominee out of the race in the first place. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/kobach-kansas-senate-overseas-military-ballots

We’re All Georgians Now … And We’re Living in Brooklyn

The joker Georgian President who inspired John McCain to tell us “We’re All Georgians Now” is now living as a hipster in Brooklyn. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/we-re-all-geogians-now-and-were-living-in-brooklyn

That Names Already Taken

We got a huge number of great reader emails in response to my post about “homeland security.” One of them came from TPM Reader BD … And why on earth was the agency not named the Department of National Security, which would have been the most natural formulation in the world and yet still serve to warm the hearts of the Cheney-Krauthammer claque of folks who like to think they’re more serious-minded, vigilant, rock-ribbed, etc. than the rest of us? http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/that-names-already-taken

Freak Flag Fly

North Carolina Republican House candidate open to war with Mexico over immigration and drugs, with lasers if necessary. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/freak-flag-fly

“Homeland” And Other Un-American Words and Ideas

A week ago I saw this piece in The Nation which picked up on a Chris Matthews rant about how defense and security of the “homeland” has become a commonplace phrase in the year’s since 9/11. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/homeland-defense-is-unamerican