Sunday, August 31, 2008

Around the Internets

  1. Let's just call them the "Ron Paul PUMAs."
  2. I doubt Ann Coulter will stop with the "B. Hussein" thing. Just ignore her, or go after her policies like Ms. Edwards did (I still remember Coulter squirming during that exchange).
  3. Mars hoax? Not really surprising, to be honest.
  4. The number of Republican women who got passed over for Gov. Palin will make some GOP members very angry.

And this ad is exactly the tone Sen. Obama needs to use in the wake of the McCain VP pick:



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I rarely do weekend version of this, but what the hey:

  1. Here's a shock: college students drink.
  2. While celebrating Congresswoman Tubbs, Democrats gather and rally.
  3. Gov. Plain gets love from Congressional Republicans but shudders from local Alaskans.
  4. This time New Orleans isn't waiting on President Bush or FEMA.
  5. The Terps win, but not big, which means they're in for some trouble (it was against Delaware, for Pete's sake).

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Quote Of The Day

Tina Fey will host SNL this season early, and often.


"Murderball," commenting on Gov. Palin's "shredding" of Kudlow.

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It Is To Laugh...

Honestly, John McCain's people convinced him to choose Palin over M. Jodi Rell? Really? Yikes.

UPDATE: Poorman reacts. More laughter to ensue.

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They Forgot To Add "Glomer"...

"You Haven't Beaten Me; You've Sacrificed Sure Footing For a Killing Stroke!"

So J-Mac choose Gov. Sarah Palin to run with him against the duo of Obama and Biden. A surprise, to be sure, but then there are some things to consider:
  1. It will be hard for John McCain to explain how Barack Obama is not qualified to be president when McCain has selected a person who has barely two years of executive experience to be his "What If" replacement. Especially considering that her state, while big in size, is not big in population.
  2. People who wanted Hillary Clinton to be president because they wanted Hillary to be president will not be persuaded by this choice to vote for McCain.
  3. People who wanted Hillary Clinton to be president because they supported her issues will not be persuaded by this choice to vote for McCain.
  4. Much like Joe Biden addresses/reveals Obama's lack of foreign policy experience, Palin addresses/reveals McCain's lack of youth.
  5. Unlike Obama choosing Biden, it's hard to say that McCain had much input in choosing Palin...this reeks of the result of bending to the will of social conservatives and Rush Limbaugh.
  6. Palin has the unenviable task of juggling the image of being a staunch, hard-nosed politician with being a caring, sympathetic woman. That's hard enough in the Democratic Party (just ask H. Clinton) let alone for the GOP, where their motto is practically, "Only Conservatives Need Apply."
  7. Just like there are people who won't vote for Obama because he is bi-racial, there are people who will not vote for a woman. More often than not, those types of people are the same. McCain may have effectively sacrificed some once-committed voters in order to grab the attention of some frustrated uncommitted voters (for example).
  8. Oh yeah, Palin is currently under investigation, so the whole "Cleaning Up Washington" meme (wait, I thought George W. Bush was supposed to do that?) can't really be used.
  9. If I haven't stressed this enough, let me say it straight: Sarah Palin is the anti-Hillary.

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Don't Believe Everyone In The Asociated Press...

...especially people like Charles Babington.

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I Am So Watching This


Maybe this time we'll see more of them together.

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  1. Vladimir Putin makes a serious and quasi-believable claim regarding the Georgia conflict.
  2. Who knew David Duchovny was a sex addict? Other than fans of "Red Shoe Diaries," that is.
  3. What the blue hell was Eric Michael Dyson thinking? It's those type of comments that pissed off Hillary Clinton supporters (not to mention women in general).
  4. In case you were living under a rock, Sen. Barack Obama gave a kick-ass acceptance speech last night.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

I Guess the Terrorists Won, Right?

Yay! Uh...wait; what?

The top Marine Corps general said yesterday that the U.S. military will hand over security responsibilities to Iraqi forces next week in Iraq's western province of Anbar, paving the way to reduce the 25,000-strong Marine contingent there and free up more Marines to go to Afghanistan.

The Marine Corps Commandant, Gen. James T. Conway, said Anbar no longer requires such a large number of Marines, who would be better employed fighting in Afghanistan, where he said the Taliban insurgency is "growing bolder."

"I do know that 25,000 Marines in a province, again, are probably in excess of the need, especially after Iraqi provincial control assumes responsibilities for security," Conway told a media roundtable at the Pentagon.


More over at Crooks & Liars.

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I'll Be Watching For Pure Unintentional Comedic Reasons.

Looks like the Republican Convention will showcase John McCain's true maverick-ness...oh wait, no it won't.

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Around the Internets


  1. Crooks & Liar's bluegal takes it to Joey Scarborough over bloggers.

  2. Oliver Willis has done a superb job showing us the insides of the Democratic Convention.

  3. Over at Pottersville, not everyone's convinced that the Democratic Convention has fully embraced liberalism...

  4. ...Of course, Gavin M. from Sadly, No! notes that on the other side of the spectrum, conservatives see the events of the convention as the beginning of the end.

  5. And just to break the monotony: things millionaires won't tell you.

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Mitt Romney as McCain' VP = Karl Rove's Influence

As Think Progress notes, Rove wasn't too happy that John McCain was considering his BFF Joe Lieberman and may have done something to derail that plan.

In the VP debate, Joe Biden will show Mitt Romney no mercy; can't say the same about Lieberman. But Rove could care less about debates.

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"Superman Is Not a Good Daddy."

Last Night's "Unsung?"

I agree with Josh Marshall, (no not the "impostor", the real one): it was John Kerry:


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  1. Floods in India leave millions homeless.
  2. Whither the New York Yankees?
  3. All About Russia (I don't think the "Bankrupt you via the Cold War" or the "Bully you With Threats of Attack" will work this time)
  4. This news may make the stem cell argument a moot point.
  5. Preparations are underway for Barack Obama's acceptance speech at Mile High Stadium.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Mitt Romney Is an Idiot

Here's some (more) proof.

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The Difference Between FoxNews and MSNBC

Keep in mind that both cable networks saw the same exact speech on Monday night:



Now you tell me, which cable network seemed like they came into this thing with a relative clean slate of expectations, and which one seemed like they where harboring some biases and prejudices beforehand?

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Remember: The Bush Doctrine is "Working!"

For example:

The Taliban bomber calmly parked a white fuel tanker near the prison gates of this city one evening in June, then jumped down from the cab and let out a laugh. Prison guards fired on the bomber as he ran off, but they missed, instead killing the son of a local shopkeeper, Muhammad Daoud, who watched the scene unfold from across the street.

Seconds later, the Taliban fired a rocket-propelled grenade into the tanker, setting off an explosion that killed the prison guards, destroyed nearby buildings, and opened a breach in the prison walls as wide as a highway. Nearly 900 prisoners escaped, 350 of them members of the Taliban, in one of the worst security lapses in Afghanistan in the six years since the United States intervention here.

The prison break, on June 13, was a spectacular propaganda coup for the Taliban not only in freeing their comrades and flaunting their strength, but also in exposing the catastrophic weakness of the Afghan government, its army and the police, as well as the international forces trying to secure Kandahar.

In the weeks since the prison break, security has further deteriorated in this southern Afghan city, once the de facto capital of the Taliban, that has become a renewed front line in the battle against the radical Islamist movement. The failure of the American-backed Afghan government to protect Kandahar has rippled across the rest of the country and complicated the task of NATO forces, which have suffered more deaths here this year than at any time since the 2001 invasion.

“We don’t have a system here, the government does not have a solution,” said Abdul Aleem, who fought the Taliban and helped to put some of its members in the prison. They are on the loose again, and he now faces death threats and sits in his garden with a Kalashnikov rifle on the chair beside him.


There's more.

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The DNC's Segregated Big Tent

Sad but true; because we can't have too much change, ya know?

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The Unsung of the 2008 Democratic National Convention

While I agree that people like Michele Obama, Ted Kennedy, and Hillary Clinton gave great speeches, I think the "Unsungs" (aka, people who didn't make it to prime time of mainstream media reviews) like (from Day One) Republican Rep. Jim Leach and (from Day Two) Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich deserve some praise as well.

Both have their qualms with the Bush Administration and the current state of the Republican Party, but deliver it in different ways. Undecided voters (they still exist?) and disenfranchised Republicans should take note of both.






The one thing I'll say that *shudder* "needs to be done" is for speakers to effectively switch between articulating the policy differences they have with the GOP and invoking the emotion and passion party members need during this rough campaign season. Once you hear the pundits alternate between saying Speaker X "didn't give alot of detail" and saying that speaker Y "didn't seem to have their heart in it" you know the Democrats are doing something right.

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  1. Hillary Clinton makes her case and leaves no doubt about her support for Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and the Democratic Party.
  2. For those looking for Convention Drama, here's a story about some real hijackers.
  3. Haiti vs. Gustav.
  4. I see Broadway accolades.
  5. N. Korea joins the Axis of Countries President Bush Has Pissed Off.
  6. People of faith aren't leaving the Democratic Party, but they're not staying silent either.
  7. If John McCain can't beat Madonna, how can he beat Obama? See, FoxNews? I can pose silly questions too!
  8. Ted Stevens is determined to keep his reign of corruption going.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Noun, a Verb, and POW

Yeah, I'm going there, because if John McCain's blue blanket (think Linus from The Peanuts) is going to be "I was a prisoner/I was held against my will" and he's going to use that every time he gets cornered (whether by Barack Obama or freakin' Jay Leno) then I'm invoking the Joe Biden Principle.

Every time he uses the POW argument, he becomes more like Rudy Giuliani.

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Fear of Success

Oliver Willis has gone over this, but I wanted to expand on the story about some Black people who believe that an Obama Administration would set African-Americans back.

Quite frankly, these guys remind me of the people on the Right who constantly push passing abortion laws. Just how did that go during the five or six years when Republicans were able to pass virtually anything they wanted? Nowhere. If abortion was a real issue and not a "read meat" one, President Bush would have signed something before the 2006 mid-term elections. It wasn't seriously considered because the GOP knew that if that was taken off the "checklist" it would be one less issue to use as a rallying cry (hence the insipid "Barack Obama wanted to kill newborns when he was in Illinois" meme).

In a similar fashion, there are Prominent Black People (they're typically the ones who are called on the talk shows to tell the Scared White People what "Black America" is thinking/saying/feeling) who believe that should Obama take the Oath of Office in January, that will spell the end of their TV and radio gigs...I mean, that will spell the end of passion that ignited during the Civil Rights Movement.

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Around the Internets

  1. Types of Office Gossips.
  2. Perrspectives takes a look at Joe Biden.
  3. Daveawayfromhome reminds us how out-dated the polling system is.
  4. This Oliver Willis post highlights why FoxNews was essentially banned by the Democrats during this election cycle.
  5. Michael Moore doesn't know quit. And that's a good thing.
  6. "In Other Words" Eric Boehlert: Hillary Clinton's appearance and speaking at the Democratic Convention should be enough to convince the media that she is behind Barack Obama and her so-called "supporters" who claim to be bitter are really wackos, but I keep forgetting that our modern-day journalists are lazy, story-desperate slugs who don't know or care about recent political history.
  7. Sorry Rush; we're not a conservative nation.

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  1. Ted Kennedy: inspirational.
  2. The Obama Family: unbelievable.
  3. Dick Cheney: absent.
  4. Democratic Party: fighting.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

John McCain's Campaign Is Being Run By "Team Rocket"


What else would explain to the "outrage" of being mocked by Madonna?


And excuse me, but didn't McCain run ads comparing Barack Obama to Paris Hilton/Britney Spears and than Moses?


And excuse me again, but this is supposed to be worse than when the Karl Rove-backed Bush 43 campaign went through the South claiming that McCain conceived a black baby out of wedlock (they were referring to his adopted daughter from Bangladesh)?

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  1. As if hanging with Tim Burton is macabre enough: this happens.
  2. People make fake pictures for fame, fun and profit? Oh, noes! Seriously, was this even an issue before the Average Joe had access to Photoshop?
  3. Barack Obama prepares to (re-)introduce himself to the American public...and everyone has an opinion on how he should do that.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Around the Internets

  1. 50 is the new...something.
  2. And you thought your pre-nup was crazy.
  3. The Right's Five Most Hilariously Boneheaded Anti-Obama Smears.
  4. Phillip Butler: Why I Will Not Vote for John McCain.
  5. The questions in Saddleback seemed to have leaned more to the religious side when it came to Barack Obama, whereas most of John McCain's questions were relatively religous-free.
  6. Even denim isn't immune to good fashion sense.
  7. John McCain doesn't want you to see this.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Some *Real* Joementum: Things About Joe Biden

A few things I found around the 'Nets concerning the newly chosen VP Joe Biden:
  1. Kos may not be exactly jumping for joy over the choice, but that doesn't mean that the rest of the Daily Kos community feels the same. In fact, one noted member has a video collection of key Biden moments.
  2. Howard Fineman calls Biden "the anti-Dick Cheney," and with good reason.
  3. A member of Democratic Underground has a great list of Biden facts.
  4. Oliver Willis reminds us that Biden had a role in keeping our Supreme Court (somewhat) clinically sane.

Now I've had my own comments on Biden recently and in the past, but I'll go over those later...

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The Drinking Game

Friday, August 22, 2008

Some Voters Must Have Been In A Coma...

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  1. John McCain's Housing Crisis grows...or does it?
  2. Miley Cyrus will celebrate her 16th birthday at Disneyland. Hope this doesn't end like Lindsay Lohan's romp.
  3. Call it, "Law & Order: Library's Unit."
  4. Remember: The Surge Was a Success!

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Barack Obama Has Picked His Running Mate...

...and that's the story: he's picked someone. Who? Don't know; we'll find out soon.

Although I personally think that choosing this guy would cause shock waves.

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Quote Of The Day




I will not stand by and watch the Obama camp try to claim McCain owns seven homes when he owns at least ten.


--Josh Marshall.



For some background, go here.

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The Senator Who Was Once A Democrat

He was one of the first Senators to denounce then-President Bill Clinton during the wake of the Monica Lewinsky Affair.

Al Gore chose him as a running mate for the 2000 Presidential election to match then-Governor George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Upon losing that contest, he went back to his job as US Senator from Connecticut. His moderate tone and demeanor was praised even in defeat.

Then America experienced the horror of 9/11/01, and this man seemed to change right in front of our eyes. Suddenly, the GOP, not his own party, was the group best equipped to combat terrorism. Suddenly, nation-building and pre-emptive strikes were necessary. Sure, many other Democrats had supported variations of these things, but as the occupation of Iraq and the constant shifting between winning in Afghanistan to Taliban resurgence to winning again took their toll a large number of those Democrats experienced a change of heart. It also didn't help to learn that American soldiers were abusing prisoners, or that WMD were not found in Iraq, or that Iraq had nothing resembling an alliance with al-Qaida (as the Bush Administration led us all to believe).

So while all were taking in new information and startling revelations, and then mentally cross-referencing them with our own beliefs and morals, Americans by the score became more and more aware that out of all the foreign policy initiatives pushed by this current White House, "invading Iraq" was one that seriously needed some reconsideration. As in, "It's time to leave."

However, this man -a Democrat who steadfastly stood by the Bush Doctrine- decided to stick to the GOP view of how to handle terrorism. This decision led to him losing his Senatorial Primary, forcing him to make a choice: count the loss as a lesson learned and try to win back his party's favor, or press on in another form. He decided to do the latter, and went on to win his seat as an Independent.

Now, with the Bush Doctrine proving to be a disaster (as least for poor and middle-class Americans) and its spokesperson nearing the end of his term another person has been chosen to carry on. This man, John McCain, is every bit as hawkish as Bush and presumably more temperamental. But nonetheless, he is a close personal friend of the Senator who was Once a Democrat.

That, more than the possibility of continuing the foreign policies of Bush and Cheney, is probably what's behind the decision to allow this Senator to speak at the GOP Convention in two weeks. It almost goes without saying that members of both parties have something of a "beef" with him.

His only political salvation is the current virtual stalemate in the Senate. An Obama victory or an increase in seats for Democrats would spell his official banishment. A McCain victory would force him to go all in with his buddy, and would definitely end his Senate career (to those who say, "So?" I say, "And if McCain is a one-termer like Bush 41, where does the Senator go? I'm almost certain he's given this some thought.") A GOP comeback in the Senate would put him in a similar situation, but it would be easier for him to run back to the Democratic Party and beg for forgiveness (needing the numbers in this scenario, Democrats are likely to accept him back).

Of course, odds are this stalemate isn't going to occur. As much as people hate Congress now, signs show some kind of increase in seats for the Democrats. The base of the Democratic Party (aka, liberals and progressives) are calling for the Senator's ouster. He's disappointed his constituents. The base of the GOP consider him (support of the Bush Doctrine aside) to be as liberal as a Kennedy.

Eight years ago he was in a wonderful situation (as far as political life goes): come January 2001 he was either going to be a Vice President on the road to running the White House or remain a Senator with clout and a shot to go for the big job himself in four years. Now? He's someone whose very name makes liberals and conservatives alike shudder.

So much for "the vital center."

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  1. People who don't want to bother to go to either Barack Obama's or John McCain's website and read their economic plans and learn more about them. It's not that they're stupid; they have just been ignored to the point of becoming apathetic to politics and now they expect a candidate to make them swoon.
  2. I don't know what's more amazing: that Chris Kattan married a model, that her name is "Sunshine," or that they are now separated after two months.
  3. FEMA tries to make everyone forget that "Katrina thing" by letting their phones get hacked.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Jerome Corsi, We Hardly Know Ye

Four years ago, maybe somebody like Corsi would have been able to get away with a smear book (in fact, it was Corsi and his Swift Boat buddies who attacked John Kerry). But things have thankfully changed:
  1. Eric Boehlert on Corsi's inability to let go of past tactics and his sensitivity to actual vetting.
  2. Boston Globe has story that shows why Corsi should not be trusted, and it has nothing to do with Barack Obama.

These are just two examples of what the press needs to do when someone comes out with a book that's determined to tear an individual down: vet them.

After all, it's that what FoxNews wanted for Scott McClellan when he wrote his book (which, compared to Corsi's was far from being a smear book)?

There's a saying, "Don't shoot the messenger." But I strongly believe that the "messenger" in that quote was traditionally thought to be neutral and/or impartial. Corsi is neither.

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There's Some Truth to Beer Goggles

Gee, maybe that's why people came up with the term. But then again, it was English scientists who felt compelled to confirm this, not American ones.

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One Of The Most Amazing Things About Congressional Republicans...

...is that they had a hissy-fit over moving towards a five-day work week yet now have no problem with holding these inane "energy policy protests."

Back then one of the jokers who was actually working like, well, regular Americans claimed that by working five days a week, the Democrats were keeping Congress away from their families...which automatically made them anti-family.

If that's the case, isn't using your vacation time to whine about not being allowed to drill for oil worse?

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  1. The Surge hasn't worked for the French.
  2. Something tells me that deep down Vanessa Hudgens isn't freaking out over stuff like this, considering that her career almost got derailed.
  3. Sure, we can put the Bush Legacy to technology; anyone have an old floppy disk? I know; they'll still be alot of space left over, but it's for a good cause.
  4. Meet the new World's Tallest Man, who was the old World's Tallest Man.
  5. Meanwhile, over in Afghanistan...
  6. So, if the incredible Hulk didn't have a wide face, he wouldn't be so mean?

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Don't Forget Poland...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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  1. "Your job's a joke/your broke/your love life's DOA."
  2. One in two Americans think we're still using Old Testament medicine. I wonder how the numbers would look with Universal Health care; I believe the reason more people are praying to God is because they've exhausted all other worldly options, not because God was their first choice (or because of their faith).
  3. Whether I win or lose the impeachment, the nation will lose." So said Richard Nixon...er, I mean ex-Pakistani President Musharraf.
  4. When you consider that China's the hosting country and they're trying to shed the "We're An Evil Communist Government" label, you can't really be surprised that they're leading in Olympic gold.
  5. Christina Applegate is gonna be OK.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

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  1. Thought so: The Bush Administration played the role of spectator as the Georgia/Russia tensions came to a head. Can't have WWIII if you're trying to squash beefs, right?
  2. Reconciling Mao.
  3. Bye-bye, Mushy.
  4. If this is what coaches get from winning Super Bowls, they can keep it.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Around the Internets

  1. Some reasons women cheat on men.
  2. Did Jennifer Love Hewitt slim down because she wanted to, or because of the (unwarrented) cracks she was getting from TMZ?
  3. Defeat-happy Democrats? Michael Moore is gonna save you some time.
  4. Yes; twin babies of different skin tones happens. It's called "genetics."
  5. Ernest Partridge from Democratic Underground warns Democrats and liberals that a big turnout is the only way Obama wins.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

More Olympic Drama

Forget what I said before: there more Olympic drama going on here than I ever remember before (no wonder NBC picked it up; they love controversy).

In addition to the stuff I've mentioned before: there's a question as to whether the Chinese gymnast meets the age requirement, and there's yet another photo of people from Spain making not-so-PC-gestures.

I thought this was about competition and the messing of different cultures and stuff. Go figure.

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Umm...Yeah

I pretty much agree with this movie review of "Tropic Thunder," even though I'd say it was funnier than the writer says. And for those who hate movie-inspired quotes, keep an ear out for "I'm a lead farmer, muthafucka!"

You've been warned.

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FYI

For those who are wondering (or care) JP isn't gone, he just moved. As soon as I have the time, I shall update the blogroll.

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Maybe It's Just Me...

Watch These Cats...

Making fun of the PUMA-people may be fun, but I'm sure Al Gore supporters in 2000 saw Ralph Nader people the same way (and how Bush 41 supporters saw Ross Perot).

Mock them if you must, but keep an eye on them.

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FoxNews Is At Again...

...smearing and lying about Barack Obama and then claiming to be an impartial news network. Riiiiight.

Good thing there a people willing and able to catch the lies and fight the smears:

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Georgia On My Mind

So now with all this saber-rattling and bed-wetting over Russia's attempt to handle their own problems, the question has essentially become, "Is Russia evil again?" like Russia was a vampire cursed with a soul and suddenly lost it or something.

Nevermind that President Bush was the catalyst that set off this series of unfortunate events. Or that John McCain is making power moves which, if done by Barack Obama, would have set off a fire storm from conservatives. Or that this mess gives the Bush Administration an excuse to push for their crappy missile defense system, something that:
  1. Is far from the implementation stage so it has no immediate benefits;
  2. Was proposed before 9-11 but was dropped when bin Laden became the new Big Bad; and
  3. Was proposed as a deterrent against Iran, but dropped because Iran doesn't have long-range missiles.

No, forget all of that. The Klingons...I mean, Russians are back! The Bear has awoken! Time to fight the commies!

Oh wait...the "commies" are hosting the Olympics right now. D'oh! (Don't tell the NBA guys, they're having a ball covering this thing)

But regardless, the focus has to be on Russia, who decided on their own to invade a sovereign nation in order to (as they claim) protect democracy (C'mon; that never works; John McCain said so).

Apparently America needs a new Cold War (too many people are dying from the hot one George W. Bush started) and wants to bring in a familiar face. Someone please tell me how an army that Bush himself once said would have to claim, "Not ready for duty, sir!" will be able to fight Russia, Iran, Afghanistan, and still keep the "peace" in Iraq? And without a draft?

Maybe there's another way: stop gassing up Georgia's head, make them sit down with Russia, and work this thing out diplomatically. What's that? "Oil my be involved?" Really? Oh; now I get it...

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If The "Do Not Call" List Hasn't Worked For You...

...blame John McCain; after all, he "invented" it.

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Democratic Party Power Struggle in D.C. Between the Old-School and The New

Very interesting story here on how some Obama supporters/volunteers are facing resistance from the establishment.

One the one side, no one said change was easy ("Crashing the Gate" anyone?). One the other: people should know their are/district/ward/county/state before they go running for office and shouting, "Change! Change! Change!"

Like most things in life, there's a happy medium somewhere. Hope the experience doesn't squash the youngster's dreams, though.

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Pixar Won't Be Making a Movie On This

Protesters (dressed like Peter Pan and Snow White) were arrested outside of Disneyland yesterday.

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You Know the Olympics Is Tense When...

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  1. In America, this story would have been a scene in a Farrelly Brothers movie.
  2. Sorry, Harry Potter fans: the "Half-Blood Prince" is being moved to a summer release.
  3. Guess we need another Rachel Leigh Cook drug commercial.
  4. A whole new (under)world.
  5. Christian Bale will not face assault charges.
  6. Evangelicals apparently aren't the hard-core Republicans they used to be.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Leadership

If this is true, then I'm prepared to take this back. Voting is the one power the people still have, and for Hillary Clinton, her superdelegate vote will double as a sign to her supporters.

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Jerome Corsi Is Not To Be Trusted

He goes up against a guy from Media Matters and tries to defend his Barack Obama smear book:




Funny how outlets like FoxNews painted former Press Secretary Scott McClellan as someone trying to make a buck selling books, yet treat Corsi as someone trying to inform the public.

UPDATE: Crooks & Liars has more.

UBER-UPDATE: Via Daily Kos, Camp Obama has a rebuttal for Mr. Corsi. I think that for any future shows, if the host can't say, "Have you seen Sen. Obama's response, Mr. Corsi?" than Corsi should be dragged away.

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Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to Spend More Time With His Family.

There's Always the WWE

OK:

Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian threw down his greco-roman bronze medal in protest on Thursday after his bid for Olympic gold was ended by a decision denounced by the Swedish coach as “politics.”

Abrahamian took the bronze from around his neck during the medal ceremony, stepped from the podium and dropped it in the middle of the wrestling mat then walked off.

“I don’t care about this medal. I wanted gold,” he said.

A bitter Abrahamian, silver medalist at Athens 2004 who had high hopes of top honors in the 84kg competition in Beijing, announced he was quitting the sport.

“This will be my last match. I wanted to take gold, so I consider this Olympics a failure,” he said.


Something tells me that if he had this type of intensity during his match, he may have gotten the Gold.

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  1. One more reason to keep an eye on the Cavs (but do they really think this will get them past Boston?)
  2. You'd never believe who was a part of the Office of Strategic Services.
  3. Cindy McCain takes the handshake meant for her husband, or something.
  4. R.I.P.: Cindy Allen.
  5. George W. Bush doesn't think Russia should be invading another country unprovoked.
  6. Another opportunity for Virginia Democrats.
  7. Good idea; this way Kerry doesn't have to worry about making off-the-cuff comments.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Joss Whedon Almost Did Batman

Not in a dirty way, perverts:

“Well, I actually did pitch a ‘Batman’ film when [Warner Bros. began developing "Batman Begins"], and it wasn’t what they did but the vibe was very similar,” said Whedon. “Mine was a bit less epic. It was more about the progression of him and it was more in Gotham City. He didn’t go to Tibet and meet cool people, but it was very similar in vibe [to Nolan's "Batman Begins"].”


I'm kinda torn on this. No doubt Whedon could pull off a dark Batman, but I get the feeling that he'd end of swimming in snark-infested waters. And do we really want the Joker to say, "Don't wig out?" or "I'm five-by-five?"

Besides, I like Christopher Nolan's more international take; it fit more with some background stories that had Bruce Wayne traveling around the world (and not just Gotham City) in order to find the right ways to combat crime.

I will say that I'd eagerly await a Whedon-scribed Wonder Woman movie...or even a sequel to "Superman Returns" (those guys could use some help apparently).

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TRAITOR!!!


Look at this...he's holding the flag the wrong way!
Does Bush really love America? Has he been lying to us all this time? Wasn't his grandfather a Nazi-sympathizer?
TRAITOR!!!
(If you thought the following rant was silly, then you probably could also care less that Barack Obama has been accused of not wearing a flag pin. Which makes you a rationale human being. Good on ya!)

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When There Is Too Much Beauty In Modeling...

...the "ugly" will inherit the earth.

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Pau Gasol Gets It (Kinda)

It may have taken some time, but the NBA player from Spain realises that his team made a non-funny gesture.

Let's put it this way: if the Olympics were in Spain, the Chinese basketball team did a photo op dressed like Flamenco dancers, I think Gasol and his teammates would "get it" even better.

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The Unabomber Is Upset

I guess I would be too, if my home was on display at a museum.

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Way To Go, IKEA!

Condolezza Rice: Secretary of State

Keep in mind that this woman's specialty is Russian affairs:

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, speaking after telephone consultations with big-power foreign ministers, said there has been progress in European mediation efforts on the Russia-Georgia conflict. Rice said Moscow must abide by its stated promise to halt military operations. VOA's David Gollust reports from the State Department.

Rice is welcoming the apparent progress in the French-led mediation effort with Russia and Georgia but says further steps to defuse the crisis depend on the warring parties making good on their stated intention to cease hostilities.

Rice, speaking at the White House after meeting President Bush, said she and fellow foreign ministers of the G7 Industrial powers had been given a telephone briefing from French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on the mission to Moscow by French President Nikolas Sarkozy."

They believe that they made have made some progress and we welcome that, we welcome the EU mediation," she said. "It is very important now that all parties cease-fire. The Georgians have agreed to the cease-fire. The Russians need to stop their military operations, as they apparently have said that they will. But those military operations really do now need to stop."Rice said a cease-fire would be followed by the withdrawal of forces from the zone of conflict, and efforts to resolve the long-running conflicts in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, but not, she made clear, by redrawing the current borders of Georgia.


That was yesterday. Today:

A column of Russian armor and troops moved deeper into Georgian territory on Wednesday in apparent violation of a new cease-fire agreement, according to Georgian officials and eyewitnesses who said the Russian equipment was moving toward the Georgian capital then turned north.

A Western news photographer counted approximately 100 tanks, personnel carriers and other vehicles traveling east from the central Georgian city of Gori toward Tbilisi. They were approximately 12 miles outside of town at the time, with Russian troops waving and appearing "jovial" as they passed, the photographer reported. It is approximately 50 miles between the two cities.

The deep foray into Georgian territory caused a flurry of confusion a day after Russia signed a French-backed peace plan meant to end Moscow's 5-day incursion into the tiny neighboring country.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, appearing on CNN, said the Russians were planning to encircle Tbilisi and "murder" Georgia's fledgling democracy. Georgia's deputy interior minister, however, said at roughly the same time that the Russians were not heading toward the capital.

"I'd like to calm everybody down," deputy minister Ekaterine Zguladze said from Tbilisi, the Reuters wire service reported. "The Russian military is not advancing toward the capital."


Sounds like Georgia is a little confused. Also sounds like Rice spoke prematurely.

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How Cool Is Angelina Jolie?

They replace Tom Cruise with her. As the title character. Tom Cruise is a guy. They're re-writing the movie for the change.

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Harry Potter Meets Batman

No; seriously.

Scientists say they are a step closer to developing materials that could render people and objects invisible.

Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that they were able to cloak three-dimensional objects using artificially engineered materials that redirect light around the objects. Previously, they only have been able to cloak very thin two-dimensional objects.

The findings, by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, led by Xiang Zhang, are to be released later this week in the journals Nature and Science.


I think I'll use my PlayStation 3/I-Phone money on this instead.

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Name A Pairing That You Think Would Never Happen

If you said Paris Hilton and Stan Lee, you win the cookie.

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Who the Hell is Ahsoka Tano?

One of seven burning questions regarding the new Star Wars movie.

Quick hands: who else thought that Episodes One-through-Three should have done this way? Anyone?

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  1. Dare I say this was one person Texas needed to have on Death Row?
  2. First the story of the "exaggerated" fireworks at the Olympics, now this? Seriously: was anything real in that opening ceremony? Are people really competing now?
  3. Let's call it "blame transference:" people have blamed the Clintons for so much crap that the Clintons, in turn, have taken to blaming others for their screwups.
  4. The 40-Year-Old...murderer? "I call Judd Apatow to the witness stand."
  5. Way cool: cops are using GPS devices to catch criminals.
  6. "The aggressor has been punished." Um, yeah; that'll teach 'em to be democratic.
  7. D.C. is setting up what looks to be an awesome bike rental program.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Hillary Clinton: Please Get Your House In Order

Your supporters demanding for a roll-call is one thing. This ad from the Denver Group comparing the upcoming Democratic Convention to the Boston Tea Party made me twitch, but I still decided to hold my tongue.

But Howard Wolfson talking out of his ass was the Third Strike for me. And with this third occurrence, I see a disturbing pattern.

I see a pattern of Hillary Clinton supporters willing to wreck havoc, willing to cripple the Democratic Party, just so you can sneak in and "save it." I see the worst example of True Believers, and a candidate who -despite claiming that she would be ready to lead from "Day One"- seems unable to control her most ardent supporters.

I hate to say this, but a true leader would not let any of these spectacles become news items. Ms. Clinton, you're lucky that the political news is about John Edwards' admission, Barack Obama's vacation and John McCain's latest ad (or whatever he's doing). Quite frankly, you shouldn't be news right now; you should be concentrating on healing and unifying your party.

I see the release of those disturbing memos as a sign that someone, somewhere, agrees with me (although I doubt I was use that tactic to get you to "refocus"). Coming off the heals of McCain ads labeling Obama as foreign, anything accusing your campaign of even thinking about painting Obama as someone who "lacks American roots" should effectively end your chances of being a VP pick.

Your surrogates, your supporters, your colleagues...they all seem to have a mind of their own except for one thing: they all think that you are still running for President of the United States.

If you can't tell them to collectively hold their horses until 2016, you may need to re-evaluate how exactly you plan on leading a country; because as of this week you can't even control your staff.

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  1. Michael Phelps is almost there.
  2. Marriage = healthy? Who knew?
  3. WWIII may have to wait.
  4. Musharraf is having a George Bush of a time with his fellow Pakistanis.
  5. James Bond writers couldn't make this woman up. Mostly because their women tend to be eye-candy, not terrorists.
  6. Running slows the aging process? Who knew?

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Monday, August 11, 2008

C.R.E.A.M.

It seems that one strategy in the "War on Terror" is to basically buy hearts and minds:

Army documents show that $48,000 was spent on 6,000 pairs of children's shoes; an additional $50,000 bought 625 sheep for people described in records as "starving poor locals" in a Baghdad neighborhood. Soldiers ordered $100,000 worth of dolls and $500,000 in action figures made to look like Iraqi Security Forces. About $14,250 was spent on "I Love Iraq" T-shirts. More than $75,000 sent a delegation to a women's and civil rights conference in Cairo. And $12,800 was spent for two pools to cool bears and tigers at Zawra Park Zoo in Baghdad.


"$" as in "tax-payer dollars." Some of this stuff isn't that bad, but when I see that someone actually thought an "I Love Iraq" T-Shirt would help spread democracy and goodwill, I flinch.

So to recap our adventure in Iraq:
  1. Using the military to effect change: fun for neoconservatives, but not much in long-term results.
  2. Using diplomacy: effective, but no fun for neoconservatives and can't be politically marketed.
  3. Using cash: Tried & True, can be laundered for other "special" projects.

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It's Fine For a Middle-School Book Report...

...but for a Presidential candidate to jack Wikipedia entries is just lazy. Not necessarily wrong, but lazy.

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Sarcoidosis Explained...

...thanks to theRoot.com's explainer Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs.

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  1. Jewell gets married. Sigh.
  2. This sounds like a decent program, so I hope and pray that these guys don't get "Ohio'd."
  3. R.I.P., Bernie Mac.
  4. Yao Ming's not exactly the Top dog in China (when compared to some American NBA players.
  5. The Klingons...er, the Russians are back.
  6. R.I.P., Issac Hayes.

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Saturday, August 09, 2008

Around the Internets

  1. What's the deal with Batman's voice?
  2. Childbirth isn't what TV makes it out to be.
  3. daveawayfromhome: I feel your pain.
  4. Croc-haters.
  5. Something every "fiscal conservative" should look at.
  6. Dating mistakes men and women make.
  7. America's fastest dying cities.

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Friday, August 08, 2008

Obama Goes on Mini-Vacation; Hillary Subs In

She'll get to do what she does best: attack the shit out of her opponents. And hopefully this will curb the stupid "Hillary will never, ever support Obama" meme.

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Yes, John Edwards Did Get Busy...

"...but the kid is not his son..." er, daughter.

Oh noes! the Democrats are done! How can they ever recover...what? He's not the Democratic candidate for President? Oh, OK then.

H/t: OW.

P.S. What is up with the Democratic VP candidates? You have Al Gore (the smartest, most qualified guy to ever lose a bid for president), Joe "Count Dooku" Lieberman, and now Edwards (who, if you believe John Kerry, wasn't exactly Captain Honesty). I don't want to jinx Obama's pick because of this, but Dem VPs seem to be like Hogwart's Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers.

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Quote Of The Day

They play defense at Redskins Park.


Homer McFanboy, commenting on the following question that theredskinsblog asked a visiting Eddie Jordan: “What’s the biggest difference between Coach Zorn’s practices here and your practices with the Wizards?”

Ouchie!

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  1. Sure the Olympics are here, but I just don't have the same excitement as in past ones. And it has nothing to do with the fact that it's being held in China (despite the way the country has been treating some people) or the "Redeem Team" or anything within the norm. I'm just not feeling it.
  2. Bin Laden's driver gets 5 & 1/2 years; I guess that's a victory, right?
  3. Texas' Fab Five get their own movie.
  4. McCain's silly, stupid, inaccurate ads were about the jokes, people! But don't make fun of his age, his flip-flopping, his wife pill-popping or his scandals because that's wrong.
  5. So that's why Hillary Clinton hasn't been so quick to defend Sen. Obama publicly.
  6. How could McCain talk about not having to raise taxes if Sec. Def. Robert Gates wants to do this?
  7. A bail-bondsmen-in-training threatens Obama (and President Bush), goes to jail.

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Just Call Him "John McSurge"

Because whether it's our military, our domestic police force or our economy, McCain's solution is to surge it to death.

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Name That Quote

These incendiary and personal attacks have no place in our politics, and will do nothing to help the good people of Tennessee. It’s time to turn the page on a politics driven by negativity and division so that we can come together to lift up our communities and our country.

-- Barack Obama, speaking on an attack ad made by Nikki Tinker which features pictures of Steve Cohen and the KKK. Wonder how the McCain/FoxNews crowd will spin this?

Wait; I don't have to wonder: FoxNews will probably say that Obama didn't denounce the ad, like when they said Obama never said the Pledge of Allegiance in response to a heckler (who was a press photographer, BTW).

UPDATE: The results of this contest are in, and Oliver Willis shares his thoughts.

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This Is the Blonde Who The McCain Camp Should Have Had In Their Ad...




If anything, she actually has a loose connection to Barack Obama. But of course, that wasn't the point of the ad.

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  1. US citizens working in the Middle East are getting the runaround when it comes to personnel problems.
  2. Finally: Osama Bin Laden's driver is behind bars; no more chauffeuring bad guys for him! Next is Bin Laden's barber.
  3. More bad news for uber-actor Morgan Freeman.
  4. Brett Farve still gets to where green...in New York.
  5. House Republicans are still bitching and moaning about not getting a chance to drill for oil.
  6. Watch your nuggets: only 40% of American adults have been tested for HIV.

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Kwame Goes to Jail?

Oh wait; wrong Kwame. Well, after the NBA season starts Detroit will realize that they should have switched.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

No Main Topic

  1. A crime so big the Bush Administration decided to indict people.
  2. For China, being an athlete and an activist doesn't mix.
  3. The simple reason Dick Cheney isn't getting an invite to the GOP Convention: Conservative Republicans like him, but they're the only ones.
  4. If Iraq isn't using their surplus money for rebuilding, what are they doing with it?

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Darn You, John McCain!

Your stupid "Is Obama Too Popular" Ad, which compared the Senator to Paris Hilton, prompted her to respond:

The worse thing isn't Hilton; it's that this is considered news by the mainstream media. Is it funny? Yes. Relevant? Probably. Viral? Most definitely.

But is it worthy of being covered by serious journalists? NO. This is for Talk Soup and TMZ, not The Today Show or Hardball.

Ye Gods.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

So...What's Going on In Iraq?

Via Dialy Kos diarist panicbean, not what we'd expect (if you believe the MSM) :

I find it very disconcerting that we are now building walls between Mexico and the United States of America. Who do these walls benefit? Who are they keeping out, and who are they keeping in?

We worked hard to tear down the wall between East and West Germany. The world celebrated when that wall came down.

Now we are building walls, again. One in the name of illegal immigration problem solving, and the other in the name of supposed peace. Both are lies.







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John McCain's Sneaky "Original Maverick" Ad

I'm beginning to believe that Sen. McCain is just stamping these ads without even watching them:



It's a shame that there's not a clip of John McCain contradicting his own ad about how well off Americans are...oh; wait a minute:




It's like fighting the Riddler, I swear.

UPDATE: Perrspectives has more.

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So Much For "Operation Chaos"

Long ago, when the 2008 Democratic Primary stretched out for so long that even hard-core politics-lovers where saying, "Enough already!," there was an odd, simultaneous occurrence: many registered Republican voters were either not voting their party, or not voting at all.

Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh saw this as a problematic story; it was going to hurt the myth that America was a conservative-minded country (at least Limbaugh's brand of conservatism). Also, it would further illuminate the dissatisfaction people have with President Bush, whether your talking personality, policies or production.

So Rush decided to do something that was both sneaky and simple: claim that those Republicans who were voting for Democrats (particularly in the 2008 Democratic Primary) were doing so because they wanted to make the process last as long as possible. The goal: discombobulate the Democrats while giving the "presumptive Republican nominee" a chance to get on his feet.

There were two interesting things about Limbaugh's theory. One, it was an outright lie. Two, when people who listened to Limbaugh decided to actually vote against their own desires, the whole "operation" backfired miserably.

What Limbaugh and other may not have known was that this occurrence was just a small sampling of what's to come. Check this NYT article:

Well before Senators Barack Obama and John McCain rose to the top of their parties, a partisan shift was under way at the local and state level. For more than three years starting in 2005, there has been a reduction in the number of voters who register with the Republican Party and a rise among voters who affiliate with Democrats and, almost as often, with no party at all.

While the implications of the changing landscape for Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain are far from clear, voting experts say the registration numbers may signal the beginning of a move away from Republicans that could affect local, state and national politics over several election cycles. Already, there has been a sharp reversal for Republicans in many statehouses and governors’ mansions.

In several states, including the traditional battlegrounds of Nevada and Iowa, Democrats have surprised their own party officials with significant gains in registration. In both of those states, there are now more registered Democrats than Republicans, a flip from 2004. No states have switched to the Republicans over the same period, according to data from 26 of the 29 states in which voters register by party. (Three of the states did not have complete data.)

In six states, including Iowa, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, the Democratic piece of the registration pie grew more than three percentage points, while the Republican share declined. In only three states — Kentucky, Louisiana and Oklahoma — did Republican registration rise while Democratic registration fell, but the Republican increase was less than a percentage point in Kentucky and Oklahoma. Louisiana was the only state to register a gain of more than one percentage point for Republicans as Democratic numbers declined.


I doubt Limbaugh has a two-word nickname or soundbite to explain this shift, so allow me to let Republican Dick Armey chime in:

Democrats have always had extremely broad multifaceted registration programs.


"Multifaceted registration programs," you say? Yeah, I can see how that could give someone an advantage. Better than demanding that you identify your political allegiance or buy a silly campaign prop.

So while one candidate is organizing and inspiring, the other one is complaining about the competition and trying to define himself:





I did say, "Trying to define himself."

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College Park Cat Discovered

For what it's worth, here's a video:



WTOP believes it to be a hybrid known as a Savannah cat.

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  1. Morgan Freeman was injured in an auto accident.
  2. Robert Novak's tumor leads to his retirement.
  3. What a surprise: the chief at Freddie Mac brushed away the signs that the company was heading into trouble. Of course he did; he knew that a GOP-controlled White House would help bail him out.
  4. Yao Ming apologizes to new teammate Ron Artest.
  5. John Gotti's been arrested again.
  6. Barack Obama's birthday bash in Boston brings in $5 million.
  7. Kwame Brown comes to save the Detroit Pistons. I hope he gets tons of playing time.

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Monday, August 04, 2008

John McCain Hints That Barack Obama is the Anti-Christ

I mean: draws big crowds, give awe-inspiring speeches, talks of peace...who else could it be? Jesus? Naw!





Can I say that the most twisted thing about this whole spectacle is that George W. Bush's base basically saw him as a chosen child of God? That the Rapture Right (religious conservatives who not only believe in the End of Days, but want to make it happen) were hoping against hope that Bush would cause WWIII so that we could all be properly judged?

Amazing that the same group who encouraged (or manipulated, depending on your POV) that philosophy is now behind ads like this one.

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  1. Will Republicans complaining about Congress going on break mention President Bush's "trip" to China? I'm thinking, "No."
  2. "Homeowners with good credit are falling behind on their payments in growing numbers, even as the problems with mortgages made to people with weak, or subprime, credit are showing their first, tentative signs of leveling off after two years of spiraling defaults."
  3. US Airways is charging people for water now. Yay Free Market!
  4. Dog adopts white tiger cubs.

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Today in: "Dumb-Ass Republican News"

D.A.R.N.: The McCain Camp's silly, outdated "Obama is like Paris Hilton" ad (seriously, how much money did they waste on that crap?) is pissing off a McCain donor. Who? Kathy Hilton, Paris' mom.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

I Think I'll Carpool From Now On

Oy vey.

Canadian police have not yet formally confirmed the victim's identity, but friends paid tribute on Facebook and in e-mails to Canadian media.

One told broadcaster CBC that Tim McLean, the presumed victim, was loved by many and called him a "ladies man".

Police have charged Vince Weiguang Li, 40, with second-degree murder.

Mr Li, of Edmonton, Alberta, appeared in court in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, on Friday.

He said nothing when the judge asked whether he was going to use a lawyer, merely nodding when asked whether he was exercising the right not to speak.

The judge said Mr Li should appear in court on Tuesday after he had had an opportunity to speak to a lawyer.

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It's the Stupid, Economy

Every election cycle the bobblehead pundits try to explain how things came to be. They sometimes cite seemingly common-sense things like our foreign policy/security concerns or the economy. Other times it's something that's unique to the campaign like gay rights, race or even a political party scandal.

I submit that regardless of these reasons, the crucial factor that determines who wins and who loses is how informed (or misinformed) the voters are on election day. When truthful, accurate information is missing, emotions tend to fill the gaps. And in this current political climate voters are more likely to vote along the lines of keeping themselves safe.

For example: Since the 2000 Election, the Republican Party has been able to control the narrative...especially as long as the danger was foreign. The Bush Administration has international access that no Democratic candidate could match. The POTUS can make quasi-political speeches in front of soldiers; candidates cannot. The recent legislation on FISA has insured that if the telecoms had been spying on Americans (whether in a roundabout way to get information on suspected terrorists or just for kicks) finding that out will take longer than most people are willing to wait.

These incidents and factors (along with others) have given the GOP an unbelievable gift: they could dictate the story of the War on Terror, regardless of what the independent-yet-owned-by corporations media reported. With this power, the current GOP (as well as the Bush Administration) crafted a simple yet potent message: if you want to live, America, vote Republican.

This worked wonderfully for Republicans in both the 2002 and 2004 elections. Or more to the point, the gap-filling did. Your average voter had little-to-no idea what was going on in Iraq (or any other Middle East nation, for that matter) during these elections. Their lack of information was filled in with emotion, and the emotion Republicans chose was fear.

Fear of terrorists. Fear of Muslims. Fear of people who looked Muslim. Fear of people who sympathized with Muslims. Fear of anyone who seemed to sympathized with Muslims. Fear of people who defended those who seemed to have sympathized with Muslims. And so on.

It had nothing about being "weak" or "strong." We're long past the days when the POTUS rode out with the troops to personally engage the enemy. It was about re-framing the imagine of a stubborn George W. Bush in order to make him look like a war hero, while simultaneously using misquotes and gaffes to make Al Gore and John Kerry look like wussies. If a voter was armed with the correct information, they would have known the true differences.

And now, for 2008, America is facing a similar scenario. To be frank, Barack Obama is a political clean slate; he simply hasn't been around Congress long enough for any label (whether warranted or not) to stick. Normally, that could be seen as an attribute; after all, if people don't know anything about you, you're free from having to constantly defend your image, right?

Not quite. So far, the McCain campaign (as well as the conservative radio and Fox News) had made it there business to define Barack Obama for the American people. Naturally, the descriptions they've chosen are less than positive: he's an empty suit; a classic "tax and spend" liberal; he has no executive experience; he has no military background; etc.

The only way the uniformed masses can get another opinion is to do things like visit his website. Problem is, by then the "gaps" have been filled; people who would even bother to look may assume that what they'll find will be lies.

John McCain, on the other hand, is a political celebrity. Whether you're talking about the POW, the member of the Keating Five, the 2000 GOP Primary "maverick" or the Surge-happy Bush ally, people know John McCain. He has a public story, and it's pretty extensive.

His biggest problem is owning his story, but here's where his senior status comes in handy. Mistakes can be blamed on McCain's age, or the fact that "he's been around so long" that it's easy to forget how much a carton of milk is, or how much it may take to fill up you gas tank, or which nation is which. In short, the dismissal is "Oh, you know John..."

So here we have a relatively unknown Democrat and fairly known Republican vying for the most coveted job in America. Normally that wouldn't be a big issue, but the variable even the media is loathe to point out is Obama is African-American. And he's African-American not in the "black person who uses the term to define their heritage as well as their current nationality" sense but in the "his father is from Kenya and his mother is from the United States" sense.

So think about it: if your party's current leader was still waging war on a nation from the Middle East, and your party has successfully convinced many voters that people in that region want to kill them, and you political opponent was a person of African decent who people don't really know and who also has a name that could be misconstrued as being Muslim, what route would you take in your campaign ads? Would you spend time talking about your own accomplishments, or would you make ads casting doubt about your opponent?

Would you have ads that contrast your opponent with the word "foreigner?" How about suggesting that his ability to draw crowds amounted to creating a cult following? Or ads asking that all too familiar question,"Is he ready...?"

This is not to say that Obama has no chance of winning or that McCain has nothing positive about him to run on. But its just way to easy to go for the emotions, to tug at the heart strings. Regardless of what anyone wants to believe, people will go with their hearts before their heads. Being informed is basically a check, a little person that says, "Hey! What's the problem? You know what the deal is!" The more informed a voter is, the more likely this check is occur.

On the flip-side, the less informed a person is, the more likely their emotion will dictate their logic. If someone is blaming Obama on high gas prices and voters don't know any better, then every time voters go to the pump and watch that counter zoom past $40.00, they're probably thinking, Why won't this jerk support off-shore drilling so I can fill my tank? It gets to the point where the truth isn't even relevant anymore; once you associate a person with the negative going on in your life, it's hard to dissociate yourself. It's like that old Homer Simpson quote: "Life is one crushing defeat after another until you just wish Flanders was dead."

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The Media's Unrealistically High Expectations for Democrats

Why, after attending BBQs with and being snubbed by John McCain, have the media bought into the meme that it's Barack Obama that the press is in love with, and (simultaneously) that Obama (and his camp) aren't press-friendly?

According to Boehlert, it's because of the media's expectations:

When Republican candidates turn on reporters, it's expected. When Democrats are accused of doing it, it's newsworthy. When Republican candidates schmooze the press, it shows their human touch. When Democrats schmooze, it reveals their dark side.


In other words: The media has bought into the Republican Brand (the GOP are tough and don't get a fair shake from the "Liberal" Media; Democrats are ever-pleasing yet sneaky).

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  1. Reigh Storrow Mills Boss makes a plea for her missing daughter.
  2. With people believing that Sen. Barack Obama has the black vote locked up (really?), I'm expecting to see/hear alot more stories about candidates courting/wooing/fighting for the Latino vote.
  3. Looks like the recession will come just in time for people to blame it on President Bush's replacement.
  4. I haven't seen this big cat yet, but apparently it's around College Park, MD.

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NBA: Houston's Going To Be a Problem

I completely slept on the Ron Artest trade. While the guys over at Bullets Forever don't see the big "To-Do," I think this puts the Rockets on a course to the Western Conference Finals.

It's like they've become the mirror image of the Boston Celtics. Let me break it down:
  1. Boston had an awesome offensive swingman (who could play decent D) , but never could get past some of the other powerhouses. Playing the role of Paul Pierce: Tracy McGrady.
  2. Boston traded for a big man who was effective offensively and a defensive nightmare, but Conventional Basketball Wisdom said he wasn't "franchise" enough to win a championship on his own. Playing the role of Kevin Garnett: Yao Ming.
  3. Boston acquired a third piece to split the opposing defense's attention away from their two stars. People wonder if this person's game would fit. Playing the role of Ray Allen: Ron Artest.

We even have a shaky coach who managed to rise above everyone's expectations. Seriously, if Doc Rivers can out-coach Phil Jackson with that Boston squad, imagine what Rick Adelman can do (and consider this: he's not dealing with the same egos he had to juggle in Portland).

Now, people may say, "What about Shane Battier? He's been reduced to a bench player!" Yeah, a bench player who's made his bench about 2x as good as half the NBA. Besides, when McGrady has one of his untimely back spasms that puts him out for a few days/weeks, Battier can move up with Artest and Yao and suddenly you have (arguably) the best starting defense in basketball.

Oh yeah: Steve Francis is still hanging around; I imagine he's got a few good games left in him. And did I even mention Dikembe Mutombo is still good for about 6 minutes/game?

I may have slept on this trade, but I'm not sleeping on the Rockets this year.

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Where Are They Now?

You'd be surprised to see what happened to some of our favorite (and not-so-favorite) stars of the late 70's, 80's and early 90's.

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