Tuesday, September 30, 2008

So Much For the End of the World

The Dow went up 485 today on just the belief, the belief that Congress will do something. In other words: 293 more points and Monday never happened.

So why can't Congress just talk happy talk until they get a reasonable bill on the floor? It's becoming obvious now that the Giant Casino we call Wall Street is just basing things on expectations and speculation, as opposed to actual action.

Or maybe a better analogy is this: Wall Street is like a house full of crack addicts. When they thought that they weren't going to get their fix, they panicked. Now that they think they'll get a hit, they're swooning a bit.

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New Obama Ad Idea:

  1. You take the comments made by Gov. Palin in this interview where she says, "Oh no, it’s nothing negative at all. He’s got a lot of experience and just stating the fact there, that we’ve been hearing his speeches for all these years. So he’s got a tremendous amount of experience and, you know, I’m the new energy, the new face, the new ideas and he’s got the experience based on many many years in the Senate and voters are gonna have a choice there of what it is that they want in these next four years."
  2. You fade out, and fade in with a picture of Barack Obama and some text saying, "THANKS FOR THE ENDORSEMENT, GOVERNOR PALIN."
  3. You end with the obiligatory I'mBarackObamaandIapprovethismessage line.

UPDATE: Glad I wasn't the only one who noticed this.

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Bailout Fallout: Behind the Scenes

Elizabeth Edwards (like Michael Moore) links the crisis to health care; Newt Gingrich makes an ass of himself; some people fear that America is adopting a herd mentality.

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I May Have to Cancel My Facebook Account.


Accused of permitting unwarranted spying on citizens, torture, helping to blow a CIA agent's cover and firing non-political appointees for political reasons, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales left the White House shrouded in ignominy. Facebook just hired his former right-hand man, Ted Ullyot, as its general counsel. The privacy advocates who plagued Facebook during its Beacon controversy might not be pleased, but Washington insider and top Facebook flack Elliot Schrage is giddy.

(via) To quote Marty McFly: Are these guys deaf and stupid?

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Bailout Fallout: Conservatives Attack Each Other

Future Right-Wing Attack on Barack Obama in the Making.

Chicago has been labeled the country's most stressful city. I'm sure someone will find a way to link that to the Democratic nominee for President.

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Cowboy Player Mad at Something a Redskin Player Did, Even Though the Teammate of Cowboy Player Did Something Similar.

Wherein I Speak on the Bailouts...

So everyone's pissing in their pants because the House grew some balls (or some brains) and decided not to pass the Slightly-Altered-Paulson-Bailout-Plan. Because rent/mortgages are due and people need to be paid.

No kidding.

(Before I go on, let me say this: I think three times the charm here. The Bush Administration fooled the American People twice already (with The Patriot Act and then going to Iraq) using the "We Have to Act, and Act Now!" Excuse. And twice we've learned that all wasn't what it was supposed to be. Anyone remember when Social Security was in danger about two years ago? How'd that "crisis" end up?)

My opinion is this: don't pass any kind of bailout bill unless it can be assured that the CEO's don't get penalized in some way (they are, partially, the Keepers of Wall Street, afterall) and that the taxpayers can at least make back the money they're being asked to sacrifice for this.

Until a deal similar to this can pass, let Wall Street suffer. Why? Because anything less means that Wall Street will not have learned their lesson. They will just take our money and gamble it away again; it's that simple. (And to be quite honest, anyone who says, "We can't worry about who's to blame" loses credibility with me instantly. How can we resolve a problem if we don't know the whos and hows behind it?)

People want to use the Great Depression as an example, but I'll go back farther: the end of slavery in America. By freeing slaves our country began to amend a terrible wrong but we also, in effect, asked an entire region to suffer for generations. The South is just now recovering financially, (and trust me when I say that there's still resentment amongst those old enough to have experienced the fallout of that transition) but it did recover, and it became stronger because people in that region were finally forced to find a more moral way of thriving.

The difference between now and then is that during those times our economy was based primarily on agriculture; now it's primarily based on debt and speculation. Look at the examples people are using as reasons for supporting the bailout bill: "loans for buying a car," "loans for purchasing a house," and so forth. If we lived in a society where you paid for what you wanted up front (or at least in installments) as opposed to borrow, borrow, borrow, this financial crisis would be anything but.

What we are experiencing may well be a sign that the American Economy may have to evolve again. I mean, it's the 21st Century and the crux of our economy is dependent on a bunch of people in suits screaming in a crowed room. People are shouting that the "End is Near", and it's all because some banks couldn't collect on the risky loans they issued.

And the solution to this failed system is to pump more money into it, and hope that the architects of this fiasco have learned their lesson, and won't do it again? Please.

P.S.: Michael Moore speaks on this in a much better way than I did, and I get the feeling that we're on the same page.

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Recapping the Bailout Saga

  1. Secretary of Treasury Paulson tells America that the (Financial) sky is falling, and that he needs $700 billion to fix the problems, no questions asked.
  2. Congress and America responded with a frank, "WTF are you talking about?!?"
  3. The media tries to find out what people think, and they are met with a skeptical public.
  4. Democrats voice concerns over the Paulson proposal because there are no guarantees for "Main Street," aka, working Americans; Republicans voice concerns over government intervention of the "Free Market."
  5. John McCain, who admitted to having little experience in economics and has no seat on a committee related to the crisis, decides to suspend his presidential campaign in order to "resolve" the apparent gridlock.
  6. It is revealed (by people who work for Paulson) that not only was the $700 billion figure plucked out of thin air because it sounded like enough money, but the plan was in the works for months.
  7. The Senate (both Democrats and Republicans) and the House Democrats come close to a deal that's slightly alters from Paulson's original proposal; House Republicans are still hesitant.
  8. John McCain (after cancelling David Letterman to meet with Katie Couric) heads to D.C.
  9. President bush calls a meeting with Congressional leaders and presidential candidates.
  10. The Tentative Deal (#7) falls through, signs point to resistance from the House Republicans.
  11. McCain heads to the 9/26/08 Debate, confident that he participation helped steer Congress to a correct solution. His aides push the meme that McCain is the hero of the bailout resolution.
  12. President Bush goes on TV and begs Congress to pass the latest version of the bailout.
  13. On 9/29/08, McCain himself takes credit for the current bailout proposal.
  14. The bailout proposal vote fails in the House of Representatives.
  15. The media run special after special highlighting that average working Americans will suffer if the bill does not pass Congress, and soon.
  16. House Republicans publicly blame House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, despite her support of the bill and despite the fact that 60% of Democrats voted for the bill (as opposed to 33% of Republicans.
  17. President Bush goes on TV (again) and begs Congress to pass the bill.

Did I miss anything? Please let me know.

P.S.: Is it me, or is every crisis (Russia vs. Georgia, the Wall Street Bailout) being used as an opportunity for John McCain to look like a strong, decisive leader? It's one thing to make suggestions or even offer your services, but he's jumped in feet first on everything, and without thinking about the pros and cons (let alone about the specifics of the issue-at-hand).

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No Main Topic

  1. Exhibit A as to why people who adopt need to be thoroughly checked out.
  2. 100 people in India die due to a terrorist-inspired stampede.
  3. Marvel Studios are making power moves.
  4. Maybe the House of Representatives should have made their Monday bailout vote later in the day.
  5. Janet Jackson's in the hospital.


Monday, September 29, 2008

Around the Internets

I Can't Count All the Mistakes John McCain Made in Regards to Iraq...

Michael Moore on the Bailout

Preach it, my brother!

The problem is, nobody truly knows what this "collapse" is all about. Even Treasury Secretary Paulson admitted he doesn't know the exact amount that is needed (he just picked the $700 billion number out of his head!). The head of the congressional budget office said he can't figure it out nor can he explain it to anyone.

And yet, they are screeching about how the end is near! Panic! Recession! The Great Depression! Y2K! Bird flu! Killer bees! We must pass the bailout bill today!! The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

Falling for whom? NOTHING in this "bailout" package will lower the price of the gas you have to put in your car to get to work. NOTHING in this bill will protect you from losing your home. NOTHING in this bill will give you health insurance.
Health insurance? Mike, why are you bringing this up? What's this got to do with the Wall Street collapse?

It has everything to do with it. This so-called "collapse" was triggered by the massive defaulting and foreclosures going on with people's home mortgages. Do you know why so many Americans are losing their homes? To hear the Republicans describe it, it's because too many working class idiots were given mortgages that they really couldn't afford. Here's the truth: The number one cause of people declaring bankruptcy is because of medical bills. Let me state this simply: If we had had universal health coverage, this mortgage "crisis" may never have happened.


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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Congrats to Coach Zorn!

First 'Skins coach to win his first away game in Dallas in a long time (something even Gibbs couldn't do). And also the team is now 3-1.



Now I Have to Write a New Script

For the longest time, I've been advocating that Heather Locklear play "Emma Frost/The White Queen" in any future X-Men movie. But clearly, stories like this put a damper on my dream.

Regardless, I've been a fan or sorts of Locklear (I liked her run on "Spin City" in particular) so my thoughts and prayers are with her.


Can't Believe I Missed This One

I guess we know who the movers and shakers in Wal-Mart is supporting, don't we?

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is mobilizing its store managers and department supervisors around the country to warn that if Democrats win power in November, they'll likely change federal law to make it easier for workers to unionize companies -- including Wal-Mart.

In recent weeks, thousands of Wal-Mart store managers and department heads have been summoned to mandatory meetings at which the retailer stresses the downside for workers if stores were to be unionized.

According to about a dozen Wal-Mart employees who attended such meetings in seven states, Wal-Mart executives claim that employees at unionized stores would have to pay hefty union dues while getting nothing in return, and may have to go on strike without compensation. Also, unionization could mean fewer jobs as labor costs rise.


The Wal-Mart human-resources managers who run the meetings don't specifically tell attendees how to vote in November's election, but make it clear that voting for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama would be tantamount to inviting unions in, according to Wal-Mart employees who attended gatherings in Maryland, Missouri and other states.

"The meeting leader said, 'I am not telling you how to vote, but if the Democrats win, this bill will pass and you won't have a vote on whether you want a union,'" said a Wal-Mart customer-service supervisor from Missouri. "I am not a stupid person. They were telling me how to vote," she said.

"If anyone representing Wal-Mart gave the impression we were telling associates how to vote, they were wrong and acting without approval," said David Tovar, Wal-Mart spokesman. Mr. Tovar acknowledged that the meetings were taking place for store managers and supervisors nationwide.

Sounds like those stories back in the 2004 Elections where priests were telling their congregations not to vote for John Kerry, as if doing so would be a one-way ticket to Hell (I must have missed that revision to the Ten Commandments). Except in this case, Wal-Mart employees may lose their job instead of their soul.

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A Change of Heart

I like to be a rebel (as it were) sometimes, so despite what I've read before I'm gonna give "Eagle Eye" a chance. Once I'm feeling better enough to go to the movies, that is.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

My One Post-Debate Question:

If John McCain said that Barack Obama "didn't understand" at least seven times and Barack Obama said that he "agreed with John" McCain at least eight times, then what does that make John McCain?

I mean, you can't have it both ways. The GOP can't paint Obama as the naive guy without acknowledging that he agreed with McCain on some issues. They also can't say that because Obama agrees with him on some issues that he (McCain) should be is the better choice without acknowledging that he tried to paint Obama as a person who didn't understand the issues.

(h/t: Think Progress)

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Friday, September 26, 2008

1st Presidential Debate In a Nutshell:

Barack Obama: Here are the problems we face, here are my thoughts on the origins, and here are my ideas.

John McCain: Naive, immature Black. I'm older and been around the block more, and here's some stories and namedrops to prove it.

If you were looking for ideas, you're probably backing Obama right now. If you wanted warm fuzzy stories disguised as solutions, than you're probably feeling McCain. Honestly: I don't see how any on-the-fence voters (you guys still exist?) were able to make a decision based on what happened tonight.

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Pakistan to US: Back the Fuck Off.

I'm not kidding.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan sought to reassure Washington on Friday that it remained an ally in fighting terrorism, but it also warned the U.S. to stay out of Pakistani territory while hunting down militants along the volatile border with Afghanistan.

Emphasizing that it doesn't need American firepower, a Pakistani general said an offensive along the frontier has killed more than 1,000 militants and predicted the region would be "stabilized" within two months.

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OK, I'm Stumped.

I am watching "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" and for the second time this week, I see a commercial for CNN.

"Countdown" is on MSNBC.

So my question is this: How the blue hell is MSNBC letting the competition advertise on their own network? Are they that hard up for cash?

Or have I not been paying attention, and this is actually normal?

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Can You Spot The Klansmen?

Via ThinkProgress: the KKK plans on stopping by tonight's debates, but in their "everyday" attire.

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The GOP Just Lost the Hispanic Vote.

They can thank the National Review if they're curious about why, but Daily Kos' Hunter explains.

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Wanna Make $147,058.82/Hour?

Here's what you do:
  1. Have a decent history in management and being a CEO.
  2. Luck out like hell and become the CEO of the sixth largest S&L in American history.
  3. Show up to work for 17 days.*
  4. Have your company get bought out .
  5. Swim in your millions!
*Now, I'm assuming this is the standard 8-hour/day shift, which at 17 days would be about 136 hours to spread $20,000,000. And $20,000,000 divided by 136 hours is about $147,058.82. I'm also not counting the money that was offered for taking the job in the first place.
Others have put the actual figure at $28,000/hr, so if my math is off...well, then my math is off.

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Alberto Gonzales Ain't Covering For Bush Anymore!

Quote Of The Day

"The only thing that counts in the economic world today is the U.S. Congress."

-- investor Warren Buffett, on the bailout. Guess Washington doesn't need John McCain after all.

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Better Get Back to the "Transformers 2" Set

Reviews of Shia LaBeouf's new "Eagle Eye" movie don't look so good.

Now, if he can somehow manage to get into the next "Batman" movie as The Riddler or something, we'll forget this movie ever happened.

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Democracy Is No Longer Under Siege...

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  1. The LeBron-James-to-New-York rumors are starting to piss the Cavs' owner off. Tee-hee!
  2. What are the anti-stem cell people gonna do now?
  3. Arrest the cheerleader's dad, save the world.
  4. Awesome: "AT&T and Verizon, two of the largest U.S. internet service providers, pledged yesterday at a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee that they weren’t going to use targeted advertising tracking methods unless their clients specifically asked for them."
  5. Lucky for Palin, unlucky for everyone else.
  6. Letting them attack over there so we won't have to fight them over here.
  7. Allan Houston suspends his retirement in order to bailout the New York Knicks.
  8. McCain comes to D.C. and then talks of a bailout plan break down. Coincidence?
  9. To debate, or not to debate? That is the question.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Secret Tape: John McCain and Sarah Palin Strategize!

Well, not really. But if you replace "Batman" with "Barack Obama," I'm pretty sure this is how things went down.

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Someone Call The Fountain of Youth...

...because it's costing John McCain $5,583.43 to look young on TV.

Spending all that time looking pretty might have something to do with the fact that McCain has introduced zero banking bills in the 110th Congress. After all, staying pretty takes alot of time and money.

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Who The Hell Is Preparing Sarah Palin?

Whoever they are, they need to be fired.

If you are the VP candidate, and your campaign is running on reform (and there's a big different between "reform" and "change" here people) how the blue hell can you not be aware of at least, at least, three different instances where your running mate pushed or voted for reform? How does this happen?

The only way Joe Biden doesn't destroy Palin in their one debate is if they come out on stage separately. There is no way she could last in an actual, traditional debate format.

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Who Makes the Best Campaign Ads?

Does This Mean We Go To War (Again)?

This can't be good:

Pakistani troops fired at American reconnaissance helicopters patrolling the Afghan-Pakistan border Thursday, heightening tensions as the U.S. steps up cross-border operations in a region known as a haven for Taliban and al-Qaida militants.

Two American OH-58 reconnaissance helicopters, known as Kiowas, were on a routine afternoon patrol in the eastern province of Khost when they received small arms fire from a Pakistani border post, said Tech Sgt. Kevin Wallace, a U.S. military spokesman. There was no damage to aircraft or crew, officials said.

Pakistan, however, has a different take:

The Pakistani military disputed that assertion, saying its troops fired warning shots when the two helicopters crossed over the border — and that the U.S. helicopters fired back.

"When the helicopters passed over our border post and were well within Paskitani territory, own security forces fires anticipatory warning shots. On this, the helicopters returned fire and flew back," a Pakistani military statement said.

The Pakistani military said the matter was "being resolved" in consultations between the army and the NATO force in Afghanistan. A NATO statement said the militaries were "working together to resolve the matter."

Remember: we went to war against Iraq for less.

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Last Night President Bush Addressed the Nation on the Economy...

and not everyone was impressed:

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Doesn't "Suspending Your Campaign" Mean, Uh, Suspending your Campaign?

No Main Topic

  1. If you're sick right now, this is probably why.
  2. Text messaging while driving (DWT?) has been outlawed in California.
  3. South Africa gets a new interim president.
  4. Idiots harass a Sarah Palin look-alike...
  5. ...meanwhile, the real Sarah Palin has little-to-no idea what's going on in her own campaign.
  6. President Bush (once again) uses the fear card to reach people, this time on the economy.
  7. Debating politics while two wars are going on? Very possible. Debating politics while the economy is facing trouble? Can't be done.


My Reaction to McCain's "Campaign Suspension"

Remember back in 2004 when things in Iraq got dicey and Bush suspended his re-election so he could handle affairs in a more bi-partisan manner?

Yeah, well neither do I.

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Some Bloggy Reactions To McCain's "Campaign Suspension"

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Why Juan Dixon Matters

With all do respect to my fellow Bullets/Wizards fans, there is a reason to be happy about Juan Dixon coming back to the Wizards: he's a winner.

Don't get me wrong; Roger Mason has an impressive career and is a solid player. But he doesn't have Dixon's intensity and (more importantly) competitiveness. That's one characteristic the other Wizards can't replicate (aside from, of course, Gilbert Arenas). It's a characteristic that can win as many games as a good shooting percentage.

Jamison is the Common-Sense Guy. Butler is the Tough Guy. Stevenson is (now) "the Villain/Bad Boy." Haywood is the Redemption Song Guy. The team still needs "The Fighter." Even from the bench, Dixon can be that guy.

Welcome Back, Juan.

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Is Sarah Palin the GOP Version of "Nancy" From "The Craft?"

Bard from Sadly, No! found a gem on Gov. Palin's old church, which makes me wonder if the media will jump on this like they did Barack Obama (stop laughing).

Now while I understand how some variations of Christianity view witches as "pure evil," can someone tell me the difference between what happens around the 7-minute-mark in the above video and what happens in the 4-minute-mark of this video (specifically the character "Nancy")?

Both women are asking for/requesting divine, supernatural intervention. Both are asking for/requesting power. And both are asking for/requesting these things for selfish purposes.

I have no problem with people having faith, but the whole praying-for-God-to-give-you-and-only-you-supreme-power thing just rubs me the wrong way.

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No Main Topic

  1. ...and the World says, "What a shock, Captain Obvious."
  2. Making Greece fatter.
  3. America's economic problems seem to be helping Obama's candidacy, but it doesn't mean that he can just set back and watch people revolt.
  4. Anne Hathaway takes on a new, different role.
  5. I imagine that it's hard to restore your image when you've been accused of helping someone steal tax money.
  6. Who would have thought that someone would have made a joke from a Wu-Tang Clan album reality?


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Power Failure

Remember when political mofos actually feared Dick Cheney? Not hate (which almost 90% of people do anyway) but feared, as in, "don't piss that guy off because I want to see my kid graduate?"

Well them days may be ova:

The vice president traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to silence a chorus of GOP complaints about Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s $700 billion plan. But House Republicans who walked into a closed-door meeting with Cheney steaming over the plan walked out just as angry, and they described what happened in between as both “a bloodbath” and “an unmitigated disaster.”

Texas Rep. Joe Barton took the unusual step of telling reporters gathered outside the Cannon Caucus Room that he had confronted Cheney “respectfully” about his concerns — a level of dissent Republicans once considered heresy under the Bush administration.

Another lawmaker present — who spoke on the condition of anonymity — said that Cheney, White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten and economic policy adviser Keith Hennessey “were in worse shape when they left than when they came in.”

Cheney’s inability to turn around members of his own party said plenty about how congressional Republicans view the Bush White House these days — but maybe even more about their discomfort with a bailout plan many of them see as an attack on their free market principles.

Or maybe a little bit of both. The Bush Administration isn't that popular these days (the biggest evidence of this is the fact that John McCain is the GOP's nominee). And yes, this "economic solution" ranks right up there with Moves the Bush Administration Have Done That's Pissed Off Real Conservatives.

But if you think that means that the Era of Partisan Politics has ended, well...

Republican leaders are now hoping Democrats load the legislation with unrelated measures that would give them the political cover to oppose it, members and aides said. At the same time, party leaders are using back channels in the business community to gauge member support for a “clean” bill.

In other words: self-preservation is key, but party loyalty will always be the be around to muck things up.

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I Used to Get These All The Time...

...but I can't ever remember seeing one from the inside the United States. Weird.

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McCain's Having a Mental Breakdown.

50-State Strategy Revised

Not too long ago, an American politician had this interesting, but costly idea: that a political party should be competitive in every state, not just "battleground" ones.

The idea meant that a party shouldn't ignore a state because "it's a guarantee;" or neglect a state because "it's unwinnable." Every state received (if not equal) some attention.

Well, that idea seems to undergone a revision:

But now, as voter registration winds down in the next two weeks and the impact of John McCain's running mate Sarah Palin becomes clearer, the Obama campaign has apparently scaled back its outsized electoral ambitions. It is already shifting staff abandoning some states, and putting others on notice. If they once technically played in all 50, they're now down to 48 — you can cross Alaska and North Dakota off the list and two other states, Montana and Georgia, are on life support. The choice of Palin not only crushed Obama's hope of winning the Frontier State — the campaign has withdrawn most of its staff and ceased advertising there — it also had repercussions in North Dakota, another hockey-crazed northern state where snow mobile racing and moose burgers apparently resonate. The Obama campaign announced this week that they are redeploying their staff — estimated in some press reports to be more than 50 people.

"We always knew it would be an uphill battle, but because people across the country in Red States and Blue States are hungry for change, we built a grassroots movement we are proud of and an infrastructure that will help candidates up and down the ballot," says Amy Brundage, an Obama spokeswoman, of the decision to pull out. The news isn't entirely a surprise, as Obama cut advertising in North Dakota by 50% in recent weeks. And the moves come as Obama has been forced to mount more serious defenses of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin — states where it spent nearly $1.5 million in television advertisements last week.

Now just to make things clear, the Democrats have made strides over the years. And going by the Godfather of the 50-State Strategy, something like this was inevitable in what's become a year-long campaign:

"At the end of the day some states are going to matter more than others," says Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee. "If our registration efforts go very well in Georgia, Georgia will be in play. If they don't go well, they won't be in play. The map is getting bigger for us, not smaller."

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On Abortion

When The McCain Campaign (and FoxNews) began with its "Barack Obama is so pro-abortion, he wanted to kill infants!" smear, I knew for sure that John McCain doesn't care what he has to say, as long as it gets him votes.

As far as their attack, it's just the same old "We'll ban abortion" yelping we've heard since Reagan acted his way into office.

But consider this: the GOP has been running the White House for 20 of the last 28 years, and has ran the United States government for at least six of the last eight years and they've done nothing, NOTHING to ban abortion.

The GOP, as far as the Executive and Legislative Branches go, will never ban abortion. And the "why" is the same reason that President Bush hasn't caught bin Laden: it takes a red meat issue off of the table. For the GOP, accomplishment makes their voters lazy. The closest thing their base can hope for is that the Bushes and McCains get enough right-wing judges to do the dirty work for them. And if an ultra-conservative Supreme Court bent on overturning Roe v. Wade isn't a concern for you, then you probably already know who you're voting for.

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No Main Topic

  1. About this back-and-forth on the bailout: why aren't people calling this "amnesty for the rich?"
  2. Black Gold, Texas Tea...
  3. A school shooting in Finland.
  4. Take a look at who's up for a Rock And Roll HOF nod.


Monday, September 22, 2008

No Main Topic

  1. The FBI makes a move on the Palin hacked email case.
  2. Congressional Democratic Appeasement Watch is under way. And for those who think the Democrats can't possibly cave with "momentum" on their side, let me say "The Patriot Act" and "Retroactive Immunity for Telecoms."
  3. Did the Patriots really think that other teams would forget that they ran up the score at every opportunity last season?


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Don't Panic...Not Just Yet

As I've been do some web- and blogsurfing, I've been noticing that more and more liberal and Democratic-leaning people are worried about two things concerning Barack Obama:

  1. If Barack Obama becomes president, something terrible well happen (like, "he'll get shot," or, "racist white people will revolt").
  2. Republicans have given up on John McCain, and plan on piling on a shitload of problems (the economy, war, health care, etc) for an Obama Administration to deal with.

On the First Worry: with the possible exception of George Washington, every president has been the target of assassination. Some because they were hated publicly, others because they were the target of some very disturbed individuals. John McCain or Barack Obama would be no exception. Also, as much as some sociology and African-American professors want it to be, Obama's candidacy is not solely about the plight of black people. Racial tensions may still exist in this country, but the fact that Obama has made it this far speaks volumes. And besides, few people remember that back before the 2000 Elections, some of these same racists people are so worried about were practically begging Colin Powell to run on the GOP ticket (yes, mostly out of Clinton-hate, but there it is).

On Worry #2: This wouldn't be the first time a party that lost the White House left the country in shambles so the other party would look ineffectual. When Bill Clinton came in after the 1992 Elections, the GOP-controlled Congress had the nerve to tell him to balance the budget (where the hell were these guys during the Reagan and Bush 41 years?). Newt Gingrich rode into Washington with an army of neo-conservatives and the "Contract of America" (which was basically the result of Republicans surveying Americans about what they wanted from Government, then packaging those responses in a neo-conservative wrapper) with the promise of making Washington better; all America got was intense partisanship, impeachment, a wrecked economy and a health care system on it's way to Hell. Then, after 2006, the Democrats won back the (slim) majority and every word you hear from the Republicans is "The Dems aren't doing anything!" or "Look at their record! Look at their Approval Rating!" This from a party who used to shun polls (and still do when it's not in their favor).

So is Obama's run for the White House historic? Yes; and so was Nelson Mandela's. I don't remember South Africa dissolving into chaos after his election.

Is President Bush prepared to dump all of his problems on the next president? Most likely. But it's just as likely that he wants McCain in office because there's a good chance that an Obama/Biden Administration will investigate every sleazy, questionable thing that Bush has done over the last eight years. So if I were to compare "going to jail" to "making the Democrats look bad politically," I'd say that anything Bush is "leaving" to the next Administration is being done simply because he doesn't want it to further tarnish his own legacy.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Around the Internets

  1. It's Always Good For John McCain.
  2. Tainted Love.
  3. All this time after 9/11, what have we learned?
  4. Fred Kaplan on the Sarah Palin interview.
  5. Female celebs acting badly.
  6. Dialy Kos diarist ShadowSD breaks down what Obama supporters need to know.
  7. Clif from Sadly, No! discovers new Right-Wing Logic: if a Governor didn't personally gets earmarks on their own (but used the normal political channels to do so) than you cannot blame them for any earmarks their state received. Or as Clif puts it: "This is a very useful argument, both for six-year olds and for wingnut bloggers. For example, Bush didn’t invade Iran, the soldiers did. Cheney isn’t responsible for torturing people, the torturers are. McCain doesn’t “own” three thousand houses, his wife does. I didn’t hit my sister, Mommy, the stick I was holding did."
  8. Dave digs up a gem from (of all people) Walter Mondale.
  9. The ways that heterosexual men and women can be friends.


If You Want Something Done Right...

"A Concerned Citizen" says with some clips and good editing what Democrats seem to need millions of dollars to say:

It's a shame that the Democratic Party isn't this creative and direct on a regular basis. On the other hand, Barack Obama himself has said that "change doesn't come from Washington, it comes to Washington."

(H/t: sweetliberty from Daily Kos)

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Friday, September 19, 2008

I Definitely Agree With This One...

Holy Voter Suppression, Batman!

As I've learned (and get reminded of frequently) there are those out there who don't want certain people or alot of people to vote.

Paul Weyrich is one of those people:

Keep this in mind as the "No House, No Vote" Saga continues.

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Bitter Harvest


YAKOWLANG, Afghanistan — A pitiable harvest this year has left small farmers all over central and northern Afghanistan facing hunger, and aid officials are warning of an acute food shortage this winter for nine million Afghans, more than a quarter of the population.

The crisis has been generated by the harshest winter in memory, followed by a drought across much of the country, which come on top of the broader problems of deteriorating security, the accumulated pressure of returning refugees and the effects of rising world food prices.

The failure of the Afghan government and foreign donors to develop the country’s main economic sector, agriculture, has compounded the problems, the officials say. They warn that the food crisis could make an already bad security situation worse.

In the old days of Rome and even Final Fantasy, you could put a big dent in your opponent during wartime if you cut off their food supply. It's kind of hard to shoot an arrow or swing a sword if you're suffering from malnutrition.

Of course, the difference here (besides this being 2008 and not a video game) is that the people suffering are supposed to be our allies.

In case you can't see the down side to this, well:

Returning refugees are already converging on the cities because they cannot manage in the countryside, and they make easy recruits for the Taliban or other groups that want to create instability, said Ashmat Ghani, an opposition politician and tribal leader from Logar Province, south of Kabul, the nation’s capital.

“The lower part of society, when facing hunger, will not wait,” he said. “We could have riots.”

If 25% of a country is put out like this, riots would just be the beginning.

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Bush Talking Hurts McCain

Indeed. Because how else can the Neo-conservative Republican Agenda of robbery and bamboozlement go on if people link Bush's fuckups to McCain? Can't have that...

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Let Me Get This Straight...

The following text came from an email I received today:

I'm a little confused.? Let me see if I have this straight....

If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."

Grow up in Alaska eating "mooseburgers", a quintessential American

  • If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
  • Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.
  • Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
  • Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.
  • If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and experience.
  • If your total resume is: local weather lady,?4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.
  • If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.
  • If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.
  • If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
  • If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.
  • If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.
  • If you're husband is nicknamed 'First Dude',?with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

OK, it's much clearer now.

We all must get out and vote!!!!

I personally feeling this forward, especially the mooseburger one, because I can relate to that one! Lol

Let Me Get This Straight

Hillary Clinton backing Barack Obama = Big Deal for Mainstream Media.

Ron Paul not backing John McCain = Not Big Deal for Mainstream Media.

Even though Clinton's support for women are as crucial for Obama as the independents who back Paul are for John "Maverick" McCain.

Keep this in mind, America.

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"Swing Voters" Don't Exist...

...if they ever did in the first place. The belief that there's this large group of people who are such passionate believers in the right to vote yet haven't (for whatever reason) managed to wrap their brains around the issues they care about and/or which of the two major parties represent them is absurd.

Yet in this story about how Obama is suddenly "Mr. Negative Ad Guy," the Washington Post continues to shovel this crappy theory on the American People:

Seventy-seven percent of the Illinois Democrat's commercials were negative during the week after the Republican National Convention, compared with 56 percent of the spots run by McCain. Ken Goldstein, who directed the study by the Wisconsin Advertising Project, based at the University of Wisconsin, says the pattern was a reversal from earlier months, in which McCain's advertising was consistently more negative than Obama's.

"It suggests that the Sarah Palin pick and the newfound aggressiveness by McCain got into Obama's head a little bit," Goldstein said. "He was under great pressure to show some spine, be aggressive, fire back."

The study found Obama limiting his television buys to 17 states and McCain airing spots in 15. For all the talk of an expanded electoral map, both campaigns are concentrating resources in traditional battlegrounds, with slightly more than half the total spent on advertising going to Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

"Shockingly, this race is going to come down to swing voters in the same swing states that decided the last two elections," Goldstein said.

Ugh. Let me say this another way: if every person who votes is informed (either on the candidate or the issues) there wouldn't be a need to talk about "swing voters." I hear "swing voters" and I think "uninformed voters."

It's pretty simple, people: either you believe Barack Obama is the right choice for president, or you believe John McCain is the right choice. You either believe that a Republican President can make things better, or a Democratic one can. You believe the last eight years was a Big Slice of Heaven, or you think it was Hell on Earth.

There's no room to "swing" anymore. The other people running for president either don't have the resources, platform or history of working with a Government full of Democrats and Republicans to be taken seriously (sorry; it's the truth). And because we really only have a choice between a Republican and a Democrat, voters can't "swing." Until we have third in fourth parties that are not only making serious runs for the White House, but for Congress and local government, voters won't "swing."

So it's either the Democrat, the Republican, somebody who won't get enough votes to win, or stay home. Four choices. Now "swing" that.

(As far as people being "undecided;" well: what exactly are they waiting to hear? Are they not going to these guys websites? Calling the local campaign HQ? Asking anyone in touch questions? At this point, there may be a good reason they're "undecided.")

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Marine Praised By Bush Won't Get Medal of Honor

You can't make this stuff up:

SAN DIEGO - A Marine sergeant singled out by President Bush for throwing his body on a grenade to save his comrades in Iraq will receive the prestigious Navy Cross rather than the nation's highest military award, military officials said.

The family of Sgt. Rafael Peralta, who was posthumously nominated for the nation's highest military honor, told the North County Times of Escondido, Calif., they were disappointed he was not receiving the Medal of Honor.

"I don't understand why if the president has been talking about him," his mother, Rosa Peralta, told the newspaper, which was the first to report the bestowing of the Navy Cross.

Rosa Peralta said she was informed during a meeting with Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Richard Natonski that a committee could not agree on awarding the Medal of Honor to her son, who Marine Corps officials say was first wounded by friendly fire. She said the general mentioned the friendly fire aspect as part of her son's death during the discussion.

Marine Corps spokesman Mike Alvarez confirmed the meeting, saying only that it was a personal briefing between Natonski and Rosa Peralta to inform her that the secretary of the Navy would award the Navy Cross posthumously for extraordinary heroism.

The story goes on to talk about why Sgt. Peralta was -by Marine Corps standards- not qualified. It's a shame that Bush can't just give Sgt. Peralta something anyway, afterall he's rewarded others who have done less.

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If You Think Hillary Clinton Isn't Backing Barack Obama...

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  1. All the king's horses, and all the king's men...
  2. Other nations are watching the situation.
  3. This is how "The Grudge" started, right?



Wednesday, September 17, 2008

No Main Topic

  1. Abortion once again threatens to bamboozle the Catholic vote.
  2. John McCain's Blackberry problem.
  3. More proof that we're "winning" in Iraq.
  4. An attack on American soil.
  5. After a little primary stumble, John Kerry wins his primary.
  6. Call it pandering or not knowing what the fuck is going on. Take your pick.
  7. And the reason the above story is a story? Here.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The More Things "Change..."

Thanks to the Daily Show, we can see how John McCain's call for cleaning up Washington is different from George W. Bush's claim:

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Camp McCain Continues to Try to Distance Themselves From The Bush Administration

Some may see this claim by McCain spokeswoman Carly Fiorina and say that, "Well, if McCain can't run a corporation, how can he run the country?"

I read/hear Fiorina's comments and think back on how George W. Bush (and his ilk) made claims that he was an "MBA President" and that he'd run the country like a business (we should have moved for impeachment right then). Well, we now have financial proof of what Bush's MBA Presidency looks like, and the McCain Camp wants nothing of it.

In retrospect, McCain's lucky he didn't choose Mitt Romney (who was also making the "MBA President claim) as his VP.

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Good Thing John McCain Isn't In the U.S. Naval Academy Anymore...

...because (according to Perrspectives) McCain has violated their honor code many times over.


Can Sarah Palin See Pakistan From Her House?

Because we may need her "foreign policy expertise" in dealing with them as well as Russia:

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's military has ordered its forces to open fire if U.S. troops launch another air or ground raid across the Afghan border, an army spokesman said Tuesday.

The orders, which come in response to a highly unusual Sept. 3 ground attack by U.S. commandos, are certain to heighten tension between Washington and a key ally against terrorism.

Pakistan's civilian leaders have protested the raid but say the dispute should be resolved through diplomatic channels.

However, army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas told The Associated Press that after U.S. helicopters ferried troops into a militant stronghold in the South Waziristan tribal region, the military told field commanders to prevent any similar raids.

So that makes Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Russia, North Korea and now Pakistan as countries we've pissed off. Let me know when China, Canada and Mexico get added.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Quote Of The Day

My dad used to have an expression: "Don't tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value."

-- Sen. Joe Biden, in a speech given today in Michigan.

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Sarah Palin's Secret Vetting Tape

What the GOP didn't want you to see.

Now you know why McCain has to go with her everywhere, and why she gives the same exact same stump speech.

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Me Grimlock Scared!

Life imitates art; art imitates life: SNL alum Tina Fey parodies Gov. Sarah Palin, Gov. Sarah Palin admits that she once dressed like Tina Fey at a party.

I will now light myself on fire.

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It's a Different World Than Where You're Coming From

Senator John McCain on the state of today's American Economy:

Senator Barack Obama on the state of today's American Economy:

So you have one candidate who believes everything is hunky-dory, and that problems with the economy are fantasies like Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny and Rocky V. The other guy recognizes that there's a problem, details why he thinks its a problem than further details how it could be addressed.

And this, Ladies and Gentlemen, is why 99% of John McCain's campaign does not want to talk about issues.

UPDATE: House Finance Committee Chairman Barney Frank confirms John McCain's non-existent record on reforming the economy:

Barney Frank on McCain's financial reform record
by faizshakir

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If John McCain's Campaign Was Forced to Tell The Truth...

It would look alot like this:

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  1. An Italian woman was brought out of a coma, got married, then went back into her coma.
  2. The Colts avoid being 0-2; the Patriots manage to beat the Jets (again).
  3. Meanwhile, in Afghanistan...
  4. If this is a sign of our strong economy, than I'm Johnny Friggin' Depp.
  5. I think I know why it seems like (in his closing days) Bush is adopting Obama's policies: because when the overall Bush Doctrine (which is 99.97% Cheney/Rumsfeld, 0.02% Bush and 0.01% Obama) ultimately fails, the pundits (read FoxNews) will get to blame Obama.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Holy Macaroni!

Alan "I Love Supply-Side Economics" Greenspan says that John McCain's tax cuts could destroy the country. In an economic sense, that is.

Considering this is the guy who was basically Ronald Reagan's accountant, humbled Bill Clinton and endorsed George W. Bush's tax cuts, this is a big "wow."

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Around the Internets

  1. I hope advertisements doesn't come to this.
  2. One way Joe Biden can debate Sarah Palin.
  3. Don't mess with the Killdozer.
  4. John McCain's (fake) voicemail message to his future GOP VP pick.
  5. Speaking of McCain: you don't want to see him when he's angry.
  6. Hip-hop producer and (*shudder*) rapper Jermaine Dupri defends Barack Obama against (wait for it) Tavis Smiley and Cornel West (seriously?)
  7. Actor Matt Damon comments on Gov. Palin.
  8. Of course FoxSports ranks two Wizards as the most overpaid palyers in the NBA. Haters.
  9. This is how hurricanes get their names.


Friday, September 12, 2008

We Have Found the New Era Of Journalism...

On Gov. Palin's Answer to "The Bush Doctrine" Question

First off: go here for some background on the Bush Doctrine (or rather, its utter failure).

Ok, here's one opinion I think is pretty valid:

Each of us has areas we care about, and areas we don't. If we are interested in a topic, we follow its development over the years. And because we have followed its development, we're able to talk and think about it in a "rounded" way. We can say: Most people think X, but I really think Y. Or: most people used to think P, but now they think Q. Or: the point most people miss is Z. Or: the question I'd really like to hear answered is A.

Here's the most obvious example in daily life: Sports Talk radio. Mention a name or theme -- Brett Favre, the Patriots under Belichick, Lance Armstrong's comeback, Venus and Serena -- and anyone who cares about sports can have a very sophisticated discussion about the ins and outs and myth and realities and arguments and rebuttals.

People who don't like sports can't do that. It's not so much that they can't identify the names -- they've heard of Armstrong -- but they've never bothered to follow the flow of debate. I like sports -- and politics and tech and other topics -- so I like joining these debates. On a wide range of other topics -- fashion, antique furniture, the world of restaurants and fine dining, or (blush) opera -- I have not been interested enough to learn anything I can add to the discussion.

So I embarrass myself if I have to express a view. What Sarah Palin revealed is that she has not been interested enough in world affairs to become minimally conversant with the issues. Many people in our great land might have difficulty defining the "Bush Doctrine" exactly. But not to recognize the name, as obviously was the case for Palin, indicates not a failure of last-minute cramming but a lack of attention to any foreign-policy discussion whatsoever in the last seven years.

That's the "Why the Hell Is She on the Ticket?" critique.

My reaction was a little bit different. To me, it didn't seem that she wasn't familiar with the Bush Doctrine was as much as what the word "doctrine" meant.

Let's look at the relevant transcript, shall we?

GIBSON: We talk on the anniversary of 9/11. Why do you think those hijackers attacked? Why did they want to hurt us?

PALIN: You know, there is a very small percentage of Islamic believers who are extreme and they are violent and they do not believe in American ideals, and they attacked us and now we are at a point here seven years later, on the anniversary, in this post-9/11 world, where we're able to commit to never again. They see that the only option for them is to become a suicide bomber, to get caught up in this evil, in this terror. They need to be provided the hope that all Americans have instilled in us, because we're a democratic, we are a free, and we are a free-thinking society.

This is typical boilerplate RNC blah about how 9/11 changed everything and we need to stuff our brand of democracy down other people's throats because its our freedoms, not our policies, that the Middle East hates. Whatever. But when Gibson goes from the generic to the specific:

GIBSON: Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?

PALIN: In what respect, Charlie?

GIBSON: The Bush -- well, what do you -- what do you interpret it to be?

PALIN: His world view.

You could almost hear a soft, robotic voice go "ERROR! ERROR!" as Palin tried to explain what she interpreted "the Bush Doctrine" to be. Her response was rooted in the adjective (Bush) and not the noun (Doctrine). And she totally nodded her head during this exchange as if to say, "I'm right...right?"

GIBSON: No, the Bush doctrine, enunciated September 2002, before the Iraq war.

PALIN: I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is rid this world of Islamic extremism, terrorists who are hell bent on destroying our nation. There have been blunders along the way, though. There have been mistakes made. And with new leadership, and that's the beauty of American elections, of course, and democracy, is with new leadership comes opportunity to do things better.

Again, Palin's response is based on the adjective, not the noun. Her response here is about what she percieves Bush's mindset was; not about the policy he created. Which explains why she ended it with fluffy slogan-talk about "the beauty of American elections."

Ergo; Gibson has the uncomfortable task of spelling out for her what "the Bush Doctrine" is:

GIBSON: The Bush doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense, that we have the right to a preemptive strike against any other country that we think is going to attack us. Do you agree with that?

PALIN: I agree that a president's job, when they swear in their oath to uphold our Constitution, their top priority is to defend the United States of America.

I know that John McCain will do that and I, as his vice president, families we are blessed with that vote of the American people and are elected to serve and are sworn in on January 20, that will be our top priority is to defend the American people.

Now, even with the definition of the term presented to her, she defaults to generic statements about the president's job and being able to protect us.

Again: I don't think it was that she was ignorant of what the Bush Doctrine was as much as what the word "doctrine" meant. Nothing is her responses implied she had an opinion on policy.

Whether she agrees with it, disagrees with it, or favors pieces here and there I'm pretty sure she has an opinion on policies. And I doubt she was trying to dodge the question. She simply didn't understand what he was talking about.

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  1. Whoever "educated" Gov. Sarah Palin on foreign affairs needs to be fired. Now.
  2. A temporary truce in Zimbabwe.
  3. DMX moves to a different dog pound.
  4. Wow: "Immigrants account for a disturbingly high share of domestic violence deaths in Massachusetts, advocates say, raising fears that the nation's heated immigration debate is deterring abuse victims from seeking help."
  5. The Obama Campaign plans on turning up the heat.
  6. An all-white jury for the O.J. trial? He's toast.
  7. Cindy McCain plans on teaching others about drug addiction is she becomes first lady.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Connecting Politics to Everyday Life

It's a little known fact that if you want to vote in a particular state, you have to live there. But what happens if you do live in a state, but through "life" (aka, disastrous policies) you lose your home?

Well, if you live somewhere like the people of Macomb County Michigan, losing your house may cost you your vote.

The chairman of the Republican Party in Macomb County Michigan, a key swing county in a key swing state, is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election as part of the state GOP’s effort to challenge some voters on Election Day.

“We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren’t voting from those addresses,” party chairman James Carabelli told Michigan Messenger in a telephone interview earlier this week. He said the local party wanted to make sure that proper electoral procedures were followed.

State election rules allow parties to assign “election challengers” to polls to monitor the election. In addition to observing the poll workers, these volunteers can challenge the eligibility of any voter provided they “have a good reason to believe” that the person is not eligible to vote. One allowable reason is that the person is not a “true resident of the city or township.”

The Michigan Republicans’ planned use of foreclosure lists is apparently an attempt to challenge ineligible voters as not being “true residents.”

That "true residents" has an unsettling ring, like "true Americans." But fortunately people are paying attention:

One expert questioned the legality of the tactic.

“You can’t challenge people without a factual basis for doing so,” said J. Gerald Hebert, a former voting rights litigator for the U.S. Justice Department who now runs the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington D.C.-based public-interest law firm. “I don’t think a foreclosure notice is sufficient basis for a challenge, because people often remain in their homes after foreclosure begins and sometimes are able to negotiate and refinance.”

As for the practice of challenging the right to vote of foreclosed property owners, Hebert called it, “mean-spirited.”


Carabelli is not the only Republican Party official to suggest the targeting of foreclosed voters. In Ohio, Doug Preisse, director of elections in Franklin County (around the city of Columbus) and the chair of the local GOP, told The Columbus Dispatch that he has not ruled out challenging voters before the election due to foreclosure-related address issues. Hebert, the voting-rights lawyer, sees a connection between Priesse’s remarks and Carabelli’s plans.

“At a minimum what you are seeing is a fairly comprehensive effort by the Republican Party, a systematic broad-based effort to put up obstacles for people to vote,” he said. “Nobody is contending that these people are not legally registered to vote.

When you are comprehensively challenging people to vote,” Hebert went on, “your goals are two-fold: One is you are trying to knock people out from casting ballots; the other is to create a slowdown that will discourage others,” who see a long line and realize they can’t afford to stay and wait.

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On This 7th Year Anniversary, Let Us Remember...

...that "as many as 70,000 people may have developed post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the terrorist attacks."

I wonder how many of these people have proper healthcare? Oh wait, here we go:

The city offers free physical and mental health care to eligible people affected by the attacks.

And by "eligible" they must mean...well, who knows.

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The Media Is Complicit.

And by that I mean, the media was the slutty groupie to George W. Bush's rock band. They followed him everywhere he went and defended/justified everything his Administration did.

They are the primary reason the American People did not ask questions about 9/11, Iraq and any policy that originated from these two events.

Now they want to be "shocked" about the McCain's Campaigns lies, even though they are still carrying the water for them (because they just love Palin apparently).

They want to lament the "chaos" that would have come if Bill and Hillary Clinton had not backed Barack Obama 100%, yet yawned while McCain was practically pushing Bush off-stage last week.

People wonder why, in light of things like this, that so many still watch the new (let alone believe what they read/watch/hear). The answer is simple: they still believe the media is impartial and has the people's best interest.

The truth is that the media is little more than quasi-competing corporations, i.e., businesses. And anyone who's studied business or ran one can tell you that the goal of a business isn't to help people or even keep them informed; it's to make ungodly amounts of money. So when "respected" media outlets scrub articles, re-word the quotes of certain political figures, insist that every single story has two sides (hmm, don't remember journalists insisting on speaking to some terrorists after 9/11 to hear their side of things), and post misleading scrolls on the bottom of their programs, it shouldn't be a surprise as to why they do this.

I have yet to hear one network or newspaper say something to the effect of: "We made a colossal mistake in accepting the Bush Administration premise that Saddam Hussein's Iraq were primary players in the September 11th Attacks without doing proper research and fact-checking. We were wrong to cheerlead and celebrate the invasion of Iraq. We apologize."

I don't expect them to ever do this. Ever.

Not only have they made boatloads of money via viewership, but there's the moral implications of basically telling their audience to shut the hell up and obey. And that's the subtle transition of our media that has made Americans just as suspicious of reporters, journalists and pundits as they are of politicians. It's part of the reason blogs exist.

Personally, I don't care if a hardcore conservative, liberal or libertarian writes an article about how their views on life and take on society will help save the world. My problem has always been people like this who hide under a veil of supposed mainstreamism. If you are liberal, say so! If your conservative "family values" Senator is caught in a whorehouse, have the stones to admit it, don't try to spin or justify that person's actions.

We have some serious problems in this country, and a media that's obsessed with which group is in what camp or what name someone supposedly called someone else is not helping the discourse. If people want that kind of drama, they can watch TNT or some damn reality show. The news needs to be more about information and less about "infotainment."

But as long as news is a business, and not a public service, we're due for (way) more of the later.

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  1. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on current US strategy Afghanistan: We're still doing it wrong. I guess this is why the US will boost its Afghan force.
  2. For $8 billion, Switzerland would either have destroyed the universe, created a wormhole to another time and/or dimension or wasted alot of tax-payer money.
  3. Secret orders for private wars.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Lie Is a Lie Is a Lie

Obama accuses McCain campaign of 'lies', because it was one. That lipstick comment was obviously directed at John McCain policies, not Sarah Palin's looks.
But what I find more interesting is that the media decided to air quote "lies." As if saying otherwise would cause the universe to explode.
Not surprising; the reaction to many of the lies that have come from the Bush Administration has been called "deceptions," "misleading," inaccurate" or even "false."
But "lies?" I guess that's too strong a word. Too absolute.
Well, someone needs the to tell the media to get their spine back because lies have been told. And until the lies are addressed and the liars are called out, it will continue...and get worse.

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Quote Of The Day

I'll say it again, this was all a brilliant calculated strategy.

He HAD to know a lipstick comment would send the McCain campaign into an irate spiral of "sexist" blabbery.

He HAD to know the media would be wondering if he would apologize, and he HAD to know this would give him the opportunity to be the bigger man, criticize the media, AND talk about the real issues important to every American, regardless of party.

Abso-frickin-lutely awesome.

TPM's elonepb, referring to Barack Obama's response to the McCain campaign's fake outrage over his "lipstick on pig" comments (which, contrary to conservative belief, was a reference to McCain's policies and not Gov. Sarah Palin).

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  1. You would think with Rep. Charley Rangel being "chairman of the Congressional committee that writes the nation’s tax code" he would have no problems paying his own taxes. You would think.

  2. Did I mention that Sen. Obama has a plan for education? Well, let me repeat myself.

  3. Paris Hilton (the celebrity) on Paris Hilton (the movie about the celebrity).

  4. Finally acknowledging that the search for Osama bin Laden hasn't gone according to plan.

  5. OPEC can't help.


Tuesday, September 09, 2008

If Only Removal From Office Could Be This Easy in America.


BANGKOK, Thailand - Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej violated the constitution by hosting television cooking shows and must resign from office, a court ruled on Tuesday.

The ruling — which means Samak's Cabinet must also resign — comes amid a deepening political crisis for Thailand.

Judge Chat Chonlaworn told the Constitutional Court that Samak had "violated Article 267 of the constitution" and that "his position as prime minister has ended."

Say what you want about Thailand; they obey their constitution.

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