Monday, June 30, 2008

Internet Down Here

Doubt that I'll get much if anything up today. My connection has gone sour and Verizon says it will be tomorrow morning before anyone can make an appearance.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Comment of the Day

The Just Say No Deal Coalition Responds To Gov. Ed Rendell : NO QUARTER: "Comment by Karma | 2008-06-29 15:09:10

There was nothing that could be done to fight Bush, the fix was in. Americans accepted the ruling from the SC, they didn’t like it but they accepted it.

Then they vowed never again.

Then that spineless coward Kerry claimed he would fight if anything was wrong with the vote. He folded up in day and is the only one who could bring a suit.

So, when we see the Dems and the MSM pulling a fast one trying to install another person, like the Reps did.

YOU should be concerned, since it is the same media that sold you Dubya and the Iraq war, and is starting to sell this Iran thing in the same way.

Obama voted to continue funding Halliburton….and Halliburton is who sold Iran the centrifuges needed to enrich the uranium. The GAO has reported that we sold jet parts to planes that only Iran flies indicating another behind the scenes deal. And that the rhetoric is for the world stage. Much like the when the Iran/Contra scandal was going on..."


STOP PUMA - The Petition Site

They think we're working for the GOP. Where's my check?

Pretty Page

For a nice looking home page (Native Americans Against Obama) [Guys-- the apostrophe is incorrect in your title,] click here: Home.

Nader Oracle

Go here if you want to find out what Ralph Nader thinks about practically anything: Ralph Nader on the Issues.

Puma Posing

Will Bower with justsaynodeal on Fox with Molly Henneberg

Parts Is Parts

Media Matters - Monica Crowley forwarded smear that Obama has lied about his ethnicity: "Summary: On The Laura Ingraham Show, guest host Monica Crowley stated that 'according to this genealogy -- and again, because I haven't done the research, I can't verify this -- but according to this guy Kenneth Lamb, Barack Obama is not black African, he is Arab African.' Crowley continued: 'And yet, this guy is campaigning as black and painting anybody who dares to criticize him as a racist. I mean, that is -- it is the biggest con I think I've ever seen...'"

Saturday, June 28, 2008


Countrywide Owns Obama : NO QUARTER: "This is the kind of “new” politician Barack Obama represents–he has collected more money from Countrywide Financial in the last four years than any other member of Congress and, in exchange, sponsored legislation favorable to Countrywide. Got that?

Here’s the evidence:..." click.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Greenwald On KO Hypocrisy and O'FlipFlop

Glenn Greenwald - "...Olbermman then denies that he was justifying Obama's support for the FISA bill but then goes on to do exactly that:

Seriously, there is little in the polls to suggest McCain has anything to run with other than terror . . . . So why hand them a brick to hit him with -- Obama Voted Against FISA -- if voting Aye enhances his chances of getting himself his own Attorney General to prosecute FISA.

How can Olbermann accuse me of distorting his commentary and deny that he's rationalizing Obama's support for the bill and then write the above -- which does nothing but justify Obama's support for the bill? That's exactly the mentality I was criticizing yesterday -- that Obama should be excused for supporting this assault on core Constitutional liberties and the rule of law because doing so is necessary to avoid appearing Weak on Terrorism. That's the behavior which Obama has repeatedly vowed to reject, and it's that precise mentality that has to be extinguished, not perpetuated..."

New Political Party Forming

...otherwise known as the confluence of the Pumas and the Strange Bed Fellows (what wonderful cartoons and mascots those two would engender!)


Following a cogent discussion of Ross Perot, danps arrives at this conclusion:


Quoted from


The Democrats' Risky Strategy | Corrente

...What is real and very similar, though, is the restlessness of a good part of the electorate. Last week may have seen the start of a new alliance between civil libertarian-minded citizens on the right and the left with the creation of The Strange Bedfellows. It began largely in response to the FISA reform bill, and look at the events surrounding it: Steny Hoyer negotiated it behind closed doors, introduced it and less than 24 hours later engineered a vote (with the blessing of Nancy Pelosi), all in the face of outrage from the left. A site was created for contributions to oppose it and it raised six figures literally overnight. Democratic capitulation on the burgeoning surveillance state has created tension that seeks an outlet. The party’s continued rubber stamp of the President’s hugely unpopular Iraq policy is another source of tremendous frustration.


Democrats are playing a dangerous game. They apparently reason that Republicans will bear the brunt of dissatisfaction over Washington’s unpopular policies. That may well be true. The GOP faces a disaster this year because they gained control of all major parts of government and then engaged in an orgy of excess, alienating moderates and depressing their loyalists. Having achieved their electoral goal they spent all their credibility very quickly. Democrats seem to be in the process of a sellout of a different sort. They seized control of both houses of Congress but seem oblivious (or indifferent) to the public’s anger. Instead they seem to be playing a game of political jujitsu, using the overexertions of the right to give them leverage to flip them totally off the mat. It may be a brilliant tactical move but one with long term risks. First, urgent policy issues fester because no meaningful action can happen under such a strategy. That leads to the second problem, deep dissatisfaction with what comes to be seen as a lesser of two evils. By eschewing opposition the Democrats are creating a pool of thwarted activists. Such people are primed to create new realities or respond to the latest version of a quirky billionaire with homemade charts. I’ve written before about the Republicans’ implosion; the ground may be shifting underneath the Democrats as well.


PUMA Accounting

Go here: Hill, Yes! O., No! -, for a balanced report on the NoBo forces.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Energy Prize Sweepstakes

Simply Left Behind: The Non-Rapturist's Guide To The Galaxy: "I'm guessing the McCain campaign is eavesdropping on my blog..." Gee, I hope Carl's right and McCain (or somebody) is reading the blogs. I remember quite well when good old Actor212 proposed the (soon to become) "McCain Energy Prize." It was a good idea then; it's a good idea now. Obama complained about McCain's position on energy tax credits-- or something.

Prizes for scientific achievements are not new; modern food preservation came about thanks to Napoleon offering a prize to the first person who came up with a way to keep food from spoiling. (He was interested in troops in the field.) [No. You look it up. Use the Google!]

Olive Thievery

AFP: Great olive mystery baffles Australian growers: "SYDNEY (AFP) — The quiet community of boutique wineries, upmarket guesthouses and fine restaurants of Lovedale in Australia's Hunter Valley has been gripped by mysterious goings-on in its olive groves at night.

Around eight tonnes of olives disappeared without a trace from hundreds of trees on five properties in the popular tourist destination north of Sydney virtually overnight earlier this month, residents said Wednesday..."

Pro/Con Racial Voting

McCAIN DEM/CLINTON REPUBLICAN: A Very Wise Preson Wrote....: "...Face it: There are plenty of racist Americans who won't vote for Obama because he's black. We all know that..."

And there are millions more who are voting for Obama because he is black.

O'FISA Flip-Flopping

Quoted from


That Was Obama Then . . . - TalkLeft: The Politics Of Crime


That Was Obama Then . . .


By Big Tent Democrat,


Obama campaign during the primaries:

To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies.


This is Obama now:

My view on FISA has always been that the issue of the phone companies per se is not one that overrides the security interests of the American people."

Can you say "willing to say or do anything to win?" Or if you prefer, the "new" politics.


Speaking for me only

An Actual Race Card

here, at

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Not News Reminder

Liberal Rapture--'Obama's Control of the Media: "...Thoughtful people who watch or read 'news' in this country must come to terms with a simple fact sooner or later: There is no 'news' media in the United States. There is a 24 hour show that feeds on the blogs - then itself - in cycles that last 36-74 hours. Like Phil Spectors Wall of Sound the media creates a Wall of Chatter. The only exceptions here are local stories and natural disasters but even in those cases the story is quickly molded into an event that avoids solid information. The financial model for reality TV is applicable here. Reality TV is, of course, not reality at all. If the perfunctory patterns of our day to day lives were put on television - no one would watch. Solid information costs money to gather. Journalists have to be journalists, go places, ask discerning questions, demand answers. 100 monkeys typing could have reported with more depth on Obama during the past 6 months. Sound bites and people chatting about the sound bites is much cheaper. This environment is just as conducive to P.R. agents and fads as Entertainment Tonight. Obama has proven both George Orwell and Paddy Chayefsky right..."

Nader Takes A Shot

Nader: Obama trying to 'talk white' : DNC candidates - Barack Obama : The Rocky Mountain News: "Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader accused Sen. Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic Party nominee, of downplaying poverty issues, trying to 'talk white' and appealing to 'white guilt' during his run for the White House..."

Latest On O'Birth Certificate Hoo-Hah

Hawaiian Official Quoted, Birth Certificate Challenged [UPDATE] : NO QUARTER

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Water Car

...and not a steam car.

Petrol pricey? Japanese invent car that runs on water | Lifestyle | Reuters: "TOKYO (Reuters Life!) - Tired of petrol prices rising daily at the pump? A Japanese company has invented an electric-powered, and environmentally friendly, car that it says runs solely on water.

Genepax unveiled the car in the western city of Osaka on Thursday, saying that a liter (2.1 pints) of any kind of water -- rain, river or sea -- was all you needed to get the engine going for about an hour at a speed of 80 km (50 miles).

'The car will continue to run as long as you have a bottle of water to top up from time to time,' Genepax CEO Kiyoshi Hirasawa told local broadcaster TV Tokyo.

'It does not require you to build up an infrastructure to recharge your batteries, which is usually the case for most electric cars,' he added.

Once the water is poured into the tank at the back of the car, the a generator breaks it down and uses it to create electrical power, TV Tokyo said."

Keeping Your Word

Howling Latina: Hillary Keeps Pledge

"Hillary fulfilled a pledge made long, long ago to a young teen.

Tennessee Guerilla Woman reports that "Hillary Rodham Clinton kept [a] promise to her 'honorary niece' Aleatha Williams and spoke at her high school graduation at Pelham Preparatory Academy in the Bronx."

When Williams graduated from middle school, Hillary promised to attend her high school graduation. And we guess when Hillary makes a promise, she keeps it; you know, like that pesky wedding vow everyone accused her of upholding for political gain.

Hmmm, and what about FISA, Obama?? Sure hope it doesn't go the same way as your presidential public campaign financing promise. TGW has a short video of Hillary looking gorgeous, as usual."

Then Clinton went on to stomp puppies and strangle kitties...

Tonal Flaashback

Michelle Obama might not back Hillary

Monday, June 23, 2008

NoBo Reason #1

A Response to Salon’s Story on PUMA: The Most Important Reason Clinton Voters Will Not Support Senator Obama : NO QUARTER: "Salon magazine published an article today: “Will Clinton supporters vote for Obama?,” by Rebecca Traister. The story’s subtitle: “The attack of the PUMAs, or a dozen reasons why Clinton voters are still too angry to come home.”

Here is the main thing your article fails to take into account, and the main thing every single media outlet in this country likewise ignores: The number one reason we will not support Senator Obama for President is that he is not qualified for the job..."

The Eighth Word

Comedian George Carlin Dies in Los Angeles at 71 -

"George Carlin, 71, the much-honored American stand-up comedian whose long career was distinguished by pointed social commentary that placed him on the cultural cutting edge, died last night in Santa Monica, Calif..."

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Uh'O Training Video

How to talk to a NObama cultist pt.1

MoDo Spiked

Dowdy - TalkLeft: The Politics Of Crime--"Dowdy":

"...In this same edition of the New York Times, the Public Editor Clark Hoyt has some scathing criticism of her columns on Hillary Clinton:
Dowd’s columns about Clinton’s campaign were so loaded with language painting her as a 50-foot woman with a suffocating embrace, a conniving film noir dame and a victim dependent on her husband that they could easily have been listed in that Times article on sexism, right along with the comments of Chris Matthews, Mike Barnicle, Tucker Carlson or, for that matter, Kristol, who made the Hall of Shame for a comment on Fox News, not for his Times work..."

Rape Joke Rejected

Obama’s Rape Joke Hypocrisy : NO QUARTER: "Obama supporters have been playing up the so-called scandal of Claytie Williams, a fundraiser for McCain making a joke about rape 18 years ago. McCain has already canceled the fundraiser but the furor refuses to die down..."

Well, I missed it that the Williams joke was 18 years old; I thought it was like, last week or something. My bad.

NoBo VidE-O

Saturday, June 21, 2008

O'Supporters Threatening Again

O'Blogger Commentariat

Liberal Rapture-"Obama Begins His Jump Over The Shark":
"...Here is what it looks like when the Kool Aid begins to wear off and the Pods wake up:

From Huffy:

Deal breaker! I have given hundreds of dollars to the Obama campaign, but not a penny more. I can't even begin to express my contempt for his chicken "s" crap. The one thing that Barack Obama doesn't have is a track record. So his statement that he will take a close look at this later, when he is president, is way, way too little too late. If Barack Obama can't be counted on to stand up for what is a clear and unambiguous threat to out constitutional form of government, then I can only conclude that his "new politics" is little more than a hollow slogan. This blows!..."

Good round-up of comments from Places That Shall Not Be Named.

O'Healing - Heal now, candidate tells CBC: "Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) conciliatory tone turned sharp on Thursday when Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calif.) pressed him on how there needs to be healing in the Democratic Party.

“Look, Diane,” Obama said, according to a participant who attended the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) meeting. “John McCain, if he’s elected, is going to pick a Supreme Court that will roll back every gain women have made in the last 50 years.”

Seeming frustrated, Obama started talking more bluntly about why women should be supporting him over Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.), whatever their feelings about the divisive Democratic primary campaign..."

Obama goes on to present the phony Supreme Court argument as a great reason to support him. It's phony for two reasons: 1) the GOPers already have the votes (Kennedy will swing with them) overturn Roe v. Wade, but they're not going to toss one of their best base-rousing issues, and 2) the Dems will have the majority and can easily block an odious Supreme Court appointment. Oh, and he tells women to "get over it."

FISA O'Filibuster Promised

Obama's Promise To Filibuster Telecom Immunity - TalkLeft: The Politics Of Crime:

" Let's hold him to this October 2007 promise:
Senator Obama has serious concerns about many provisions in this bill, especially the provision on giving retroactive immunity to the telephone companies. He is hopeful that this bill can be improved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. But if the bill comes to the Senate floor in its current form, he would support a filibuster of it.

(Emphasis supplied.) If Obama does not filibuster telecom immunity, it proves his commitments can not be trusted. That he will say and do anything to win, even if he does not mean it. A test for Obama's credibility is at hand.

Speaking for me only."

Taylor Marsh on supporting the FISA compromise:

"...Way to go Democrats! You showed them, er... Way to stand up, um... No caving to fear-mongering from you #*@$! Spineless, the lot of them who caved on this just to make sure Republicans couldn't say they were "soft on terrorism."

As long as Republicans get to lead top Democrats, including our nominee, around by the nose on national security we will forever be taking a back seat to these Spy Now No Consequences Later Republicans. Pathetic in every sense of the word.

Now we wait for Senator Obama to "work" to remove the immunity so Democrats can "seek" accountability. And when he falls short of the votes what then? I suspect he'll suck it up like all the rest of these pantywaist "war on terror" toadies. Again, not that I expected anything different from him. But I bet his supporters are having a rude awakening of what they got from this guy right now. It's been quite a week for Senator Obama: walking away from public financing (good move, which I predicted from the start); now a cave in of all cave ins complete with a weasel word fog of monumental proportions.

Not much change so far. Keep hoping!"

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Goring Gore, Part 2

DNC Democrats Primary Reform Democratic Convention Howard Dean Nancy Pelosi Hillary Clinton Obama: "...And, about that JFK comparison. Do you (Gore) understand that JFK was more experienced than Obama? Do a fact check before you open your mouth and stick your ignorant foot in it. JFK spent a total of 13 years in the U.S. Congress, six in the House and seven in the Senate, before running for president. By trying to dumb down JFK so that Obama would look good in comparison AND to try to create a myth of JFK's alleged inexperience for Obama's benefit, insults informed voters everywhere. Do you actually think that you can get away with such Gore-phorisms? I guess you can decieve ignorant younger voters that way, but no chance with the older voters. Of course, that 'inexperience argument' didn't work against JFK, because, guess what, he wasn't inexperienced. Get it?..."

Quoting Katie

Hillary's Bloggers

"...Adding to her comments last night in Washington -- "that Sen. Clinton received some of the most unfair, hostile coverage I've ever seen" -- Katie Couric has filmed a Keith Olbermann-style special commentary (called ner "Notebook") slamming the media for its sexist coverage of Hillary Clinton and claiming that the sexist coverage hurt her chances at becoming the Democratic party nominee. The Notebook will air tonight on CBS affiliates and on CBS radio, and will live on

"One of the great lessons of [Hillary Clinton's] campaign is the continued and accepted role of sexism in American life, particularly in the media....It isn't just Hillary Clinton who needs to learn a lesson from this primary season -- it's all the people who crossed the line, and all the women and men who let them get away with it."
Couric's reference in the video to "mainstream pundits saying they instinctively cross their legs at the mention of her name" is specifically about Tucker Carlson, who often made such a claim while still on MSNBC during the campaign.

Last night, without naming names, Couric seemed to excoriate both MSNBC's Chris Matthews -- who has come under fire for sexist remarks against Hillary Clinton -- and NBC's Lee Cowan -- who reportedly said he found it "hard to stay objective" covering Obama -- saying, "That's your job...find another line of work." Matthews notoriously announced that he "felt [a] thrill going up [his] leg" while listening to Obama speak, and was forced to apologize for sexist remarks against Clinton in January..."

Well, I may have to start watching CBS. (Btw, the quote links back to a blog I don't hit anymore, hence the indirect reference.)

Lucky Choice?

“The Obama Method” -or- “How to win an election by not being on the ballot” « The Confluence "Barack Obama made one decision this election season that very well may have won him the presumptuous nomination. That decision was to remove his name from the ballot in Michigan. The irony of such a move is obvious now. By removing his name from the ballot, he managed to enhance his own chances of winning. When the UN or Jimmy Carter see this kind of maneuver in developing countries they call it what it is…rigging an election. The rest of us have another name for it, banana republic, and we’re not talking retail. But in most cases, the offender takes his or her name off of the ballot to avoid losing. In Obama’s case he managed to avoid losing and later was actually rewarded with votes he didn’t receive for doing so..."

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Democratic McCain Supporter

Harriet on Cavuto - Obama scrambles for women's votes

Who's The Idiot?

Why Democrats Vote, Part Deux « The Confluence

"...One of the most die-hard of these right-wing frames is that liberals “hate America.” Why in the world would conservatives think that, we liberals wonder? We love America. We love America so much that we want her to have the best government possible. Can’t these idiotic conservative buttheads understand the difference between hating America and hating America’s government and policies?

Well, maybe they can’t. And maybe…it’s partially our fault, because we do things like this.

You see, we liberals don’t choose our symbols wisely. If we are upset with the government, we should not burn a flag. The flag is not Democratic, Republican or Rosicrucian. It is simply a symbol of America itself. Why would we burn a symbol of America…if we don’t hate America?

Now, who is the idiot - the one that draws simple conclusions from symbolic acts, or the one that doesn’t understand what conclusions will be drawn from these very same acts?..."

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Barack Obama: The Undistinguished Gentleman [Karl]

New Clinton Group

The Denver Group: "...Our goals are:

An open convention.

Senator Clinton's name on the ballot

Speeches allowed by supporters of Senator Clinton on
behalf of her candidacy.

A roll call vote.

No coronation..."

Goring Gore

An Open Letter to Vice President Gore : NO QUARTER: "When so many of us begged you to run for office again this year, you jokingly stated you were a ‘recovering politician.’ Certainly, you have more than earned the right to walk away from what you consider to be a toxic environment. However, much as I appreciate your desire to remain neutral in this nominating contest, as you have sent me a fund raising letter on behalf of the DSCC, I feel I must now question your deafening silence in this most critical of primaries..."

Oil 2.0

Crooks and Liars » Petrol Bugs

"There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that scientists in Silicon Valley have bred genetically modified bacteria that consumes agricultural waste and secrete crude petroleum oil.

That’s the good news. The bad news is…

I’m not quite sure. What about this pulling research and development away from cleaner renewable energy sources just to make more of the old stuff? Well, except… instead of pumping out more carbon into the atmosphere, this “Oil 2.0” is not only renewable but also carbon negative – it emits less carbon than is sucked from the atmosphere by the raw materials from which it is made. Oh, and the raw materials? Not going to be corn (so no more tortilla riots in Mexico City) nor palm oil (no more deforestation in the Amazon) – it eats wheat straw from California and woodchips from the timber industry in the South..."

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Priests and Warriors

Interesting article classifying the various voting blocs. I agree with most of it-- except that part which says Clinton supporters like Toby Keith. Yeeeeeccch! Gimme that ole time Pink Floyd anyday! It's Not Race, It's Arugula

No Deal Coalition

There is a THERE there: Just Say No Deal! « The Confluence "Ladies and Gents, you’ve all been waiting for a call to action, something to do. You’ve got this resolve, this intestinal fortitude- your vote. What are you going to do with it?

There is an answer. We are now a member of a Rogue Coalition of PUMAs, NOBAMA websites, disaffected Clintonistas. The name of our coalition is Just Say No Deal.

Go. Join. Spread the word."

Tossing The Sexism Stone

Sexism? Who, us? - Paul Krugman - Op-Ed Columnist - New York Times Blog

"The 2008 campaign has been a very disillusioning experience for a lot of people. You can make a very good case that Barack Obama was the right person for the Democrats to nominate, and Hillary Clinton the wrong choice. But the way we got there was terrible. The raw sexism, in all too many cases coming from alleged progressives — see above — was part of it. So, too, was the inability of many alleged progressives to see that the news media created the narrative of Hillary Clinton as race-baiter in much the same way that, 8 years ago, they created the narrative of Al Gore as congenital liar — by assembling a montage of quotes taken out of context and willfully misinterpreted..."

Revisiting The Sins Of Some Fathers

Check out Sugar N Spice: White Folks in Bondage.

Below is the video from the site, but do visit; it is a very interesting blog.

Offlimits? Not So Much.

ABC News: Michelle Obama in for 'Very Ugly Stuff': "Like Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton before her, Michelle Obama is becoming the would-be first lady conservatives love to hate..."

Listen Up, DNC

Anglachel's Journal
"...One question that no one in the MSM or the “serious” blogosphere has tried to answer is why have so many hard-core Democrats, people in the party for decades, rallied so strongly to Hillary’s side, their support becoming stronger and more obdurate the more she was declared a failed candidate? In most political races, the perception of being a winner or a loser will usually sway the voters, emphasizing the upside – like Obama’s big bump after Iowa – or reinforcing the downside – like Edwards never recovering after losing in Iowa. Hillary’s support increased the more it was accepted by the media that she had already lost. Take this phenomenon seriously because it did happen. When else have we seen this pattern in the rank and file? When Bill was under impeachment. The regular Democrats evidently know when someone is being railroaded by the media and they push back.

The press did to her what it did to Al Gore in 2000, inventing faux scandals and alleging words and behaviors that never happened. The epistemological status of the “stories” spread in the news is exactly zero – they have no real, rational basis. It is interpretation based on flimsy (if any) evidence. It simply did not exist. The difference between the rightwing hunting of the president in the 90s and the wilding of Gore in 2000 is this time the allegedly opposition blogosphere and “left” media fell all over itself to lap up the sewage flowing out of the same sources that have been brutalizing the Democratic Party, the left, liberalism and, frankly, democracy, since Reagan’s ascendency in 1980. They have picked up the crap, eager gobbled it down, and have fully incorporated it into their perspectives, rhetorical methods, and standards of evidence.

The liberal opposition has disappeared, all too eager to do the Right’s work for it.

Why else is there no conception or acknowledgement that there is a crisis of legitimacy at the core of the Democratic Party right now?..."

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Relgion Raisin'

For the record, I don’t care if Obama was raised a Muslim « The Confluence: "The story being floated by the Israeli newspaper may or may not be true. It makes no difference to me. My opposition to Barack Obama is based on his and his campaign’s behavior during the campaign and the actions of the DNC in his favor. My opposition to Barack Obama is based on the fact that he can’t hold a candle to Hillary Clinton in terms of policy, experience, qualifications, strength, dedication and sheer guts in the face of overwhelming odds..."

Affiliation Equals Denial of Benefits

VetVoice:: VA Denies Vet's Disability Claim; Cites VoteVets Membership: "The VA rejected an Afghanistan veteran's disability claim for PTSD last month, citing his membership in as a reason for the denial.

Staff Sergeant Will King retired from the Army in late 2003, after serving in both the first Gulf War and the war in Afghanistan. As one of the first troops into the Afghan theater after 9/11, Will had been awarded a Bronze Star after participating in fierce fighting in the Shah-e-Kot Valley in March 2002. I know, because I was there with him..."

Friday, June 13, 2008

Daily Howler: Of Pundits and Teachers

Daily Howler: Quinn and Yglesias and Crowley and Giles spoke from a planet of chimps

On education policy: "...It’s the most familiar proposal in the annals of history: Hold the other guy accountable! In this case, the principle devolves to this: Blame the teachers well!

Blame the teachers (and the administrators) well! As we’ve explained in the past, it has been the foundational theory of upper-class “school reform” since we entered the Baltimore City Schools way back in 1969. From way-on-the-outside peering in, high-minded elites have always insisted that everything would turn out fine if those teachers would just start doing their jobs. At first, we were told the teachers weren’t doing their jobs because they were such slobbering racists. When these elites finally learned that many black kids were actually being taught by black teachers, we were then told they weren’t doing their jobs because they were so g*d-damned lazy. And basically, that’s the theory that obtains today among these lofty, high-minded reformers. We’ll just stamp our feet at the teachers, they say—we’ll just “insist” they “become more accountable!” Throw in high-minded statements about “standing up for the children” and you have a formula for more decades of fumbling improvement..."

Examples of poor punditry: "... The Clintons “weren't exactly refuting charges of Nixonian tactics there?” The Clintons weren’t quoted in the piece. In fact, here’s what Leibovich said about Hillary Clinton, based on things he says he was told by unnamed campaign officials: “Mrs. Clinton has a short list of people who disappointed her.” Wow! Her evil ways just never stop! But in the mind of a butt-kissing climber like Crowley, that sentence let him put “Enemies List” into a headline—a headline which said that Hillary Clinton had such a list—and it let him tut-tut-tut about what she “wasn’t exactly doing.” But then, many boot-licking boys like Crowley run to show that they will accept whatever narrative their clan may lay out for them. (Why on earth did Candidate Gore cite seven years as a journalist?) Yesterday, the term “Enemies List” had reached the top headline at The Huffington Post by noon. By the way: If you want to peruse the work of people who really can’t read a newspaper story, just scan the inaccurate, cosmically gullible statements by so many of Crowley’s commenters. Remember when we liberals used to claim that we were smarter than those dumb-*ss conservatives?..."

Russert Dead

NBCs Tim Russert Dies - The Caucus - Politics - New York Times Blog

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Impeachment Polls Americans Want Bush Impeached Far More Than They Ever Supported Clinton Impeachment

"When Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduced articles of impeachment against George W. Bush on Monday, he drew ridicule from Republicans, apathy from most Democrats, and silence from the mainstream media.

However, polls show that Americans want Bush impeached far more than they ever supported the impeachment of Bill Clinton in 1998.

In 1998, when the media was in a feeding frenzy over Clinton's impeachment, polls consistently showed that Americans opposed impeachment. Not only that, but Clinton's approval rating actually increased during the impeachment proceedings. For example, on Dec. 20, 1998, Clinton's approval rating climbed to 73 percent (a higher approval rating than Ronald Reagan ever enjoyed)..."

Fast Gas

McConnell Continues Assault on Obama Over ‘Gradual’ Gas Hike Statement - America’s Election HQ: "Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell launched day two of his attacks on Barack Obama on Thursday, calling out the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee for saying he was bothered by how fast gas prices have risen..."

Turning The Screw

Documentary Proof of RBC's "Stop Hillary" corruption | Corrente: "...A document included as an exhibit in the Nelson vs Dean Lawsuit that was filed in October 2007 in an attempt to force the DNC to seat the Florida delegation provides indisputable proof that the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee singled out Florida and Michigan for sanctions, and ignored violations of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina..."

No Bucks Here

Jobless benefit extension fails, but Dems to try again: "WASHINGTON -- An effort in the U.S. House to pass a bill extending unemployment benefits to jobless workers failed by three votes on Wednesday.

The bill -- the Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act -- extended 13 extra weeks of unemployment benefits to jobless workers, and 13 weeks on top of that for those in states, like Michigan, with a jobless rate of 6 percent or higher.

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak, said Democratic leaders will bring the bill up again today under a different rule that requires a simple majority vote..."

Comment of the Day

Barack Hoodwinks His Peeps on Iraq : NO QUARTER: "Comment by Susan1968 | 2008-06-11 22:42:18

I predicted this weeks ago after seeing how many of Obama’s big corporate supporters have big-money contracts in Iraq.

I called it: he will not remove the troops from Iraq.

Obama will keep our boys there to be like security guards for his buddies corporate interests.

My second prediction?

If president, Obama will lift the trade embargo with Iran.


Because G.E. is still doing business in Iran.

G.E. is one of Oabma’s biggest corporate fund-raising bundlers.

G.E. owns NBC and MSNBC.

And which cable news station has been the biggest Obama cheerleader?

It’s easy to connect the dots."

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Stormy Seas Country Wide

The Associated Press: Johnson resigns from Obama's veep vetting team: "WASHINGTON (AP) — A former CEO leading Barack Obama's search for a vice presidential candidate resigned abruptly Wednesday after questions about his home mortgage deals became a distraction for a candidate who argues he's not influenced by special interests.

Jim Johnson's resignation came a day after Obama defended Johnson and dismissed the Republican criticism of him.

'I am not vetting my V.P. search committee for their mortgages,' Obama said Tuesday.

He accepted Johnson's resignation on Wednesday, leaving the search at least temporarily in the hands of two other prominent Democratic attorneys who also had been scouting candidates — former Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder and Caroline Kennedy..."

Gnashing of DNC

Heidi Li's Potpourri: Possibly the most intense phone conversation I have ever had
"...And then they opened the call to questions.

This is when things got as intense as I have heard on almost any phone call I have participated on in my life, professional or personal.

Many commented that Senator Obama had not said a word to stop the abusive treatment she received during this campaign season. Much bigger fish than I who were on the call explained that neither they nor their "networks" would contribute a dime to the D.N.C. any time soon and nobody I heard was stepping up to raise money for Senator Obama. Speaker after speaker made it crystal clear that they and their contacts simply will not accept the current state of affairs regarding the D.N.C. and Senator Obama's treatment of Senator Clinton.

As always, Terry and Jonathan really listened. Terry McAuliffe himself said that he has never seen a major candidate treated so disgracefully - "like dirt" - by the media, and he is well aware that Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Obama did not raise a finger to object.

Terry encouraged those of us still willing to work to put a Democrat in the White House to work "with and through" Senator Clinton, to stick with her. He and Jonathan put no pressure on people not to work with PACs or even with McCain, but they made it clear that if one's priority is to empower Senator Clinton than anything one does for the general election should be done via events she will sponsor..."

Dear Puma PAC

... if you want my comment then fix it so I don't have to sign-up or log-in or whatever. Every time I've done that the next day my email is flooded with penis fixers, free degrees, and real estate offers. Or you can just pluck something from this blog and send it along to Dr. Dean. I am a very unhappy camper in the Democratic Fun Park; I've already taken my money elsewhere and unless somebody gives me a compelling reason, my vote will sit in my pocket.

1,000 Reasons Puma Democrats Are Protesting the 2008 Presidential Election — puma pac

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Let The Hedging Begin Worldwide: "Enlarge Image/Details

June 10 (Bloomberg) -- Barack Obama, seeking today to dispel John McCain's claim that his proposals would burden all types of taxpayers, said his proposed tax increases for wealthier Americans would depend on economic conditions..."

So if you're not gonna tax the rich, then why should I vote for you? Oh, you're going to cut taxes on whom?

Flopping On Drugs

Bob Barr Insists He's Seen the Light

"Libertarian candidate for President Bob Barr has written his first post at Huffington Post. He says he was wrong about the war on drugs. He now realizes it has been a failure..."

Here Come The Psych Majors

Gee, if you need a real dose of counselor-speak, apparently all you need do is seek out the nearest Obama bumper sticker. That's okay with me, but keep in mind, you don't know me, so you may not pretend to be my friend. I know people who get paid good bucks to do that. MyDD :: How to talk to non-supporters about Obama

Who's A Friend of Israel?

Lying Liars Lying, Part 2

Barack Obama Condones Coordinated Internet Harassment by his Thugs : NO QUARTER: "...Hillary Clinton never had a chance with the DNC. Nobody would have had a chance. The voters had no chance. The Plan was to put Howard Dean’s candidate, Barack Obama, in the candidate’s slot at all and any costs. Judging from what we have seen in the past year, this is not so hard to believe at all.

The idea here is to turn the internet into a constant Pro Obama “echo”. This includes going where people who do not support Obama are. It also included driving all Hillary supporters away from presumably “objective” sites until the sites become All Obama All The Time.

The most recent example of Obama-Planned onslaught was seen yesterday, when many established bloggers’ and message board users’ names and their links (including my own) were nearly simultaneously forged in messages on forums and blogs all over the net.

The messages, falsely bearing our names, stated that we have had a “change of heart” and now “support Barack Obama”..."churl

Uh, er. That wasn't me over there singing the praises of "our candidate." There's only one real "churl" and he's right here. And right now I'm voting for Mickey Mouse.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Sgt. Patty Speaks

The Battle May be Over...but the War Has just Begun!

(The YouTube comments on this video were especially nasty)

Lying Liars Lying

From Not getting hassled, not getting hustled « The Confluence

Not getting hassled, not gettinghustled


Posted on June 9, 2008 by hlr

(Opinions are my own)


Have you heard? It’s a new day in the Democratic Party. Here’s some people power for you:


the Democratic National Committee will uphold the same standard — we will not take a dime from Washington lobbyists,” said Obama.


“We are going to change how Washington works. They will not run our party. They will not run our White House. They will not drown out the views of the American people.”


Less than 24 hours later, the NYT cheekily disabuses us of this fairy tale with a report on fundraising for the convention:


Brochures being sent to potential corporate donors by the Denver host committee say that “as a sponsor” of the convention, corporate executives will have access to as many as 232 members of Congress, 51 senators and 28 governors in what is being marketed as a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. In addition, the more a company gives — with donations of as much as $1 million being sought — the more “V.I.P. access and other benefits” are offered, according to the brochures.


I hope you enjoyed that brief moment contemplating a federal government free of influence-peddling. Was it good for you?...


If it quacks like a duck...

Fix The Blame Now

Howling Latina: "After conceding the Democratic presidential primary race, Hillary had hardly taken a few breaths before Obamatrons and pundits started looking for someone to blame for a likely Obama loss in November.

Never mind that while Hillary was still in the race polls consistently showed Obama neck-to-neck with McCain in key swing states while Hillary was whipping McCain's butt.

The sting is set-up because if The Golden Child loses it couldn't possibly be his fault; it's gotta be Hillary's; or Bill Clinton's; or Chelsea; or Hillary's racist supporters..."

Jew Bashing?


"...We do not know if this a genuine post by a real Obama supporter or a dirty trick by some person or group who wanted to trade on the already established fact that Barack Obama has ties to the likes of Farrakhan, Barrow, Wright and other anti-Semites. If this was a legitimate post it raises the question: Why do anti-Semites find Obama attractive? And why did the Obama campaign allow this rabidly anti-Semitic information on its official website? Demonizing, exterminating and conquering Jews is not a message of change that wil resonate with most Americans come the fall..."

Beware of rfing. Only you can decide for yourself.

Sunday, June 08, 2008


New Bomber?

Secret Plan for 'Invisible Bombers': "The U.S. has invested more than GBP1bn in a 'black' programme to design a next-generation bomber with a radar stealth signature less than one-tenth that of a mosquito, according to military sources.

The Northrop Grumman corporation is understood to be building the demonstration prototype for a classified U.S. Air Force plan to field the first squadron of almost undetectable strike aircraft within a decade..."

But how many miles to the gallon does it get?

Ending The Sham

Will we see the end of the Electoral College?ccording to Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, the time has come.

"According to Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, the time has come.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) introduced a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College on Friday, less than a week after the Democrats settled on how to handle delegates from Florida at their national convention.

“It’s time for Congress to really give Americans the power of one-person, one-vote, instead of the political machinery selecting candidates and electing our president,” Nelson said in a release announcing the amendment.

Nelson had announced he would offer the legislation in an address to his state’s senate in March.

Seeing this proposal (not the first, by the way) come out of the state of Florida is no surprise. With the Sunshine State being the scene of the 2000 electoral debacle and, more recently, the botched Democratic primary race, feelings have long been running high about the relative merits of the “one person, one vote” concept vs. our antiquated electoral college system. But is it even possible?..."

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) introduced a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College on Friday, less than a week after the Democrats settled on how to handle delegates from Florida at their national convention.

“It’s time for Congress to really give Americans the power of one-person, one-vote, instead of the political machinery selecting candidates and electing our president,” Nelson said in a release announcing the amendment.

Nelson had announced he would offer the legislation in an address to his state’s senate in March.

Seeing this proposal (not the first, by the way) come out of the state of Florida is no surprise. With the Sunshine State being the scene of the 2000 electoral debacle and, more recently, the botched Democratic primary race, feelings have long been running high about the relative merits of the “one person, one vote” concept vs. our antiquated electoral college system. But is it even possible?

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Grammar Trolling

NO QUARTER: Grammatically and Politically Incorrect :
"There is one common grammatically incorrect mistake that drives me crazy! It is not the mixing up of “who” and “whom”. It is not the use of the word “irregardless”. It is not even the saying of “ain’t”. It’s the “less/fewer” blunder that makes me want to scream.

“Fewer” is used to describe things you can count (like chickens). “Less” is used to describe intangible things you can’t count (like time). The problem is that lots of people use the word “less” for both kinds of things.

There are at least three commercials (one is for a bladder medicine) that loudly and clearly and incorrectly use the word “less”. “You’ll have “less” bathroom problems with Urine-trouble”. Don’t they have copy editors, or do they just think “fewer” will sound awkward to most people so the heck with what is correct?

I once went to a teachers’ inservice where some guy came up from Boston and gave a talk about discipline. For two hours he said things like “less students respond to this kind of situation “ and “if we do this, less teachers will be needed to observe the students”. He must have used the word “less” in the wrong way a hundred times. I wanted to stand up and yell,”If you would make FEWER grammatical mistakes, your lecture would be LESS painful to hear...”

My number grammar gremlin is also the "less/fewer" error, and it pains me to no end to see it exposed at every express lane in America (I suppose). I even complained eye-to-eye, once upon a time, with the multimillionaire owner of a major Southeastern grocery chain. His response: rapid blinking. So, I presume we're doomed to forever see as we pay for our Beanie Weenies: "Ten items or less."

Words of Wisdom About Veepdom

They certainly are presumptuous aren’t they: « NO WE WON’T: "Our party wannabe puppetmasters over the democratic electorate of Hillary supporters think we want her to be his VP.

She doesn’t want him, and he doesn’t want her, so stop your damn manipulation.

We are not stupid, we will not vote for Obama, got it??

Most won’t vote for him even if he begged Hillary publicly to be on the ticket, so I suggest you try a new tactic, like counting the ******* votes.

This has moved way beyond Hillary and what you think she can “make” us do. John Conyers thinks all she has to do is tell us to support Obama, well John, you and many of your friends have entered altered reality.

Nothing Hillary tells us to do or begs us for will matter. We love her, we admire her, we know she’s the best person for the presidency, but this is not about Hillary, got it..."

Friday, June 06, 2008

On Being Shunned

"Anglachel's Journal

...First, this is Krugman from today:

Read the first paragraph of this, then read this, and you’ll have the essence of what happened in the Democratic primary campaign
A long and brutal game of "gotcha" at every turn, making every interview into a field strewn with landmines, pretending it is more important to catch a candidate in a verbal slip than to ask about their plans for governing. Most of all, the way in which an arrogant and right-leaning media decided that it would frame the way in which our candidates were presented. This interview was not just trying to trick Hillary into saying something that could be construed as her doubt about Obama's faith, it was also at the same time making his faith (which by definition cannot be known by anyone but the person) into a topic of discussion in the campaign. Go and read some of the comments to this blog post by Krugman. Think about the article by Stanley Fish on Hillary Hatred. Consider the ways in which misogyny is so casually mixed in with political hatred, and the level of fury that spills out across the page. Take seriously the effectiveness of the right to exploit deep fears and prejudices and their shameless zeal to call out the worst in everyone they touch..."


O's Gonna Whoop Congress

Quoted from


Crooks and Liars » Obama Warns Congress “Better Not Mess With Me” “I’ll Whoop ‘em”

Political Radar:


During the Question and Answer session, Obama met a 95-year-old African American man, whose daughter told Obama that he had waited his whole life for this moment.


The man wobbled slowly to the stage and presented Obama with a maple wood walking stick as a gift.


The presumptive democratic nominee, clearly feeling his oats, took the stick and said, “If members of Congress don’t pass my health care bill - I’ll whoop ‘em, I’ll whoop ‘em. That’s right, you better not mess with me, and I’ll have that stick.”


C&L has the video.

The Puma Party

The Confluence: "...Let us be clear what this is all about for those of you who wander in here looking for an argument. The problem is the party itself. 2008 was the year that the party abandoned its principles. It is no longer the party of FDR and shared responsibility. Now, it is the party of wannabe rich libertarian Democrats. It is the party of the Ariana Huffingtons who, dissatisfied with her own party, have decided to steal someone else’s. It isn’t the party that nearly elected Bobby Kennedy. It is the party that is about to write off Appalachia. Good riddance, poor working people! You’re on your own now. It isn’t the party that made social security sacred. It is the party that might very well start tinkering with it because the young and well off don’t understand the concept of shared responsibility and insurance. And speaking of insurance, well, don’t expect the health insurance crisis to get any better. That would have called for everyone to be covered and we won’t be going there with Obama..."

How Bad Off Are We?

WORLD Magazine | Today's News, Christian Views: "If Barack Obama wins in November and comes in with a sizeable congressional majority, we're likely to see, early in 2009, the most radical legislation since the New Deal. And so it's appropriate to revisit Franklin Roosevelt's first 100 days, which began with his March 4, 1933 inaugural. Seventy-five years ago this coming week FDR's big push climaxed with the National Industrial Recovery Act, officially known as the Act of June 16, 1933, which established the National Recovery Administration (NRA)..."

Climate Opportunity Eroding

Chemical & Engineering News: Latest News - Senate Stumbles On Climate Change: "As this week began, odds appeared good that the full Senate would finally debate climate change via S. 3036, the bill authored by Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and John Warner (R-Va.) and amended by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). By late in the week, however—after Republican and Democratic news conferences, demonstrations on Capitol Hill, and promises from many legislators—the chance of such talks seemed to be slipping away..."

Thursday, June 05, 2008


McCain Targets Frustrated Clinton Supporters, as Dems Strive for Unity - America\’s Election HQ: "...Presumptive GOP nominee John McCain and his supporters are encouraging Clinton loyalists to abandon their party this November in a bid to exploit their frustration and convince them McCain is their next best choice..."

Granting Wishes

Accused 9/11 mastermind asks judge to be executed - International Herald Tribune: "GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the reputed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, told a military judge at his arraignment Thursday that he welcomes the death penalty as a way to martyrdom and ridiculed the proceedings as an 'inquisition...'"

Brass Baked

Quoted from;_ylt=Ao4wBxpbhPFVSV99Zjzx4yes0NUE:

Gates ousts Air Force leaders in historic shake-up - Yahoo! News

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates ousted the Air Force's top military and civilian leaders Thursday, holding them to account in a historic Pentagon shake-up after embarrassing nuclear mix-ups.


Gates announced at a news conference that he had accepted the resignations of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne — a highly unusual double firing...


Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Rejected Again

Clinton Supporter Thrown Out of Rules Committee Meeting

Rezko Guilty

McBush McSpeaks On Serving

Quoted from


What John McCain Said : NO QUARTER

Andy sent this to me. I don’t have a link, but agree that it sums up what a lot of us think about Obama:


“I don’t seek the presidency on the presumption I’m blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save my country in its hour of need,” [John McCain] said. “I seek the office with the humility of a man who cannot forget my country saved me.”


Marsh Profiled a newspaper instead of an Obamabot. Democrat Taylor Marsh Broadcasts Live Talk Radio and Blogs Politics. Here is article link to Marsh in the WaPo.

Piling On

No Quarter was there first. HillBuzz: What's on the Michelle Obama Rant Tape?

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Ending? Beginning?

Click on the link to read the entire post. It summarizes nicely how I feel about this primary.

Simply Left Behind: The Non-Rapturist's Guide To The Galaxy: "...The Senate seats won, in particular, were won for the most part by running a close-to-pro-life ticket in states like Montana and Colorado. Hillary Clinton seemed a natural progression to nudge the country slightly to the left in her first term, then more in her re-election campaign.

Clearly, that was not going to sit well with the minority of Democrats who a) hate all things Clinton, and b) can't bear the thought of evolution. For these folks, a jackhammer is sufficient when a scalpel is needed.

There's the overwhelming need, I suppose, to try to establish some power base of about a twenty percent of the country, but at what cost to the nation as a whole? Is this any different than Ralph Nader throwing the 2000 election to George Bush? What is this basically suicidal need to run anyone who is bright and shiny and new, when governing demands someone who knows the ins and outs of governance?

No one is more adamant about the need for change in politics and governance in the country than I am, but I also remember the last time we tried replacing a tired, corrupt administration with a 'fresh face' who spoke well, and held a lot of promise, and was even one of the most intelligent men to ever sit in the White House..."

Neither Party Wants My Vote

Cheney Apologizes for W. Va. Incest Joke - The Sleuth: "Cheney Apologizes for W. Va. Incest Joke

UPDATE: Vice President Dick Cheney has apologized through his spokeswoman for making an offhand joke during a speech at the National Press Club Monday stereotyping West Virginia as a state prone to incest..."

Monday, June 02, 2008

On The NonExistent Tape

Desperate Obama Disinformation Over Michelle “Whitey” Video : NO QUARTER: "The Obama campaign is telling reporters from major news organizations that the videotape of Michelle Obama railing against “whitey” at a panel alongside Nation of Islam maximum leader Louis Farrakhan is nothing but a “scurrilous lie,” according to one of those reporters who called for an answer.

But at the same time the Obama campaign has disseminated either a doctored or concocted transcript of the supposedly nonexistent videotape. Major Obama donors went to the campaign demanding explanations after the posting of my story on No Quarter about the contents of the videotape confirmed to me by several reliable sources, all Republicans with access to knowledge but who do not know each other.

So the campaign created a would-be transcript of the video it says doesn’t exist. In the Obama campaign produced transcript Michelle says “why’d he” instead of “whitey.” Very clever. Then the campaign sent this transcript to key Obamaton bloggers to circulate. And the campaign sent it to the donors to prevent them from having a nervous breakdown..."


Democrat Taylor Marsh Broadcasts Live Talk Radio and Blogs Politics--'My mama taught me...'

"Just how much of a joke was the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting Saturday? One need look no further than this quote from Donna Brazile, which may well go down in infamy:

"My mama taught me... (dramatic pause)... to play by the rules and respect those rules. And my mother also taught me, and I'm sure your mother taught you... that when you decide change the rules... middle of the game, end of the game, that is referred to as cheatin'."

The rules, Donna?

Let's not forget that she already changed the rules in the middle of the game to strip Michigan of all its delegates (which was not called for), then on Saturday changed the rules at the end of the game to benefit the candidate of her choice (this time making up some crazy new rules to make it work).

First, I hope Donna realizes that by restoring any Michigan delegates at all, she violated her own definition of "cheatin'", though apparently when Clinton supporters appeal the rules it deserves righteous indignation and an invocation of her mother's wisdom. But the 69/59 Michigan delegate proposal that she voted for actually went beyond her definition of "cheatin'". In fact, I don't know what the word for it is...other than "unfathomable".

Here, the rule book was simply tossed out, some new rules were quickly scribbled down, and a dangerous precedent was set. The statement from Harold Ickes and Tina Flournoy said it best:

We strongly object to the Committee’s decision to undercut its own rules in seating Michigan’s delegates without reflecting the votes of the people of Michigan.

The Committee awarded to Senator Obama not only the delegates won by Uncommitted, but four of the delegates won by Senator Clinton. This decision violates the bedrock principles of our democracy and our Party.

When you change the rules...what's that called, again, Donna?..."

Clinton On The Race

2118 is the number needed.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

CNN Calls PR For HRC

CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time - Blogs from "(CNN) – CNN has projected that Hillary Clinton will win big in Puerto Rico. Why did she do so well there?

Two of the key reasons are her strong performance among those voters who favor statehood for Puerto Rico and her husband's popularity on the island.

According to CNN's exit polls, 60 percent of Puerto Ricans who participated in the primary favor statehood, and Clinton won 82 percent of those voters. Neither Clinton or Barack Obama have directly said they favor statehood for the island, but Clinton said earlier this week she thinks Puerto Ricans should be able to vote in the general election..."

Bruising For Clinton

Clinton Supporter Ejected From DNC Meeting Shows Bruises

Unloved, Once Again

riverdaughter reacts to a comment from one Meteor Daggers over at some orange looking blog:

The Confluence: "...Isn’t it delightful? I am actually quite encouraged by this. We have something they are positively desperate to get- OUR VOTES. They thought we would just blissfully acquiesce like we have every four years. We would just hand them over with a whip and say, “I clearly deserve to be beaten for withholding my initial support. Please accept my apologies. Leave marks this time so I never forget.”

Not this time. For the record, our opposition has nothing to do with race on our side. Race is the obsession of the DNC and the Obama supporters. No, this has everything to do with the party power players taking direction from a small core while offending the people they need to actually win: women, elderly, working class, hispanics, gays. What does Meteor Blades think we’ve been doing for the past eight years? Basking in our privileged status under oppressive Republican rule? Does he think we aren’t aware of the mess the GOP has made of the country?

We are all too aware. That is why we DON’T wantPublish Post Obama. And Meteor Blades offensive little attacks on us are not going to get us to hand over our votes for him Get it through your head, MB, we are NOT voting for him unless he is Hillary’s VP. If that makes you mad, tough $%#^. If you are so desperate for a Democrat in the White House, you still have a choice. We are not culpable for your choices and we are under no obligation to indulge your irresponsible fantasy. We will not reward bad behavior and poor decision making.

Our votes are not the property of the DNC or Meteor Blades. They are OURS. We give them to whomever we want. So, if you want our votes for a Democrat, I suggest you drop the “bite me” crap and start Kissing Our Asses."