Sunday, August 31, 2008
If you have argued or agreed with the idea that there is nothing wrong with African Americans voting for for an African American candidate over a white candidate, even if the white candidate has a longer record of working to advance the interests of African Americans and advocates policies that are more beneficial to the African American community, then you are a hypocrite if you criticize a woman who votes for another woman based on gender, even if the male candidate advocates policies that a more beneficial to women..."
What a mistake..."
Read and decide.
There isn't much time before the election, but, one thing we can be fairly sure of is that she doesn't need to be vetted. It's highly unlikely that Sarah Palin is anything other than exactly what she says she is.
She's unlikely to have criminal connections, or have some lover stowed in the back room, caring for her love child. I'd venture to guess she owes no one financial favors, and so she won't have to pledge that she won't make good on any.
I doubt any rich guys have compromised her by seducing her with their connections and wealth. She can't have been planning all along to run for national office, but even so she probably didn't have to think much about keeping her background squeaky clean, or secret. She probably well knows that there is no such thing as a secret anyway.
Why? She's a girl..."
Interesting post, though a bit hard-core (all men are pigs,etc; think about Katherine Harris when reading.)
via the noxious LGF:
(GOV-Alaska-Republican), supports gay rights, says Anchorage Daily News.
Quote “Gov. Sarah Palin vetoed a bill Thursday that sought to block the state from giving public employee benefits such as health insurance to same-sex couples.”
Quote “”It is the Governor’s intention to work with the legislature and to give the people of Alaska an opportunity to express their wishes and intentions whether these benefits should continue,“ the statement from Palin’s administration said.”
Coghill said he’s interested in a new plan that would allow state employees to designate one person — maybe a same-sex partner, but also possibly a family member or roommate — who would be eligible for state-paid benefits. But the employee would have to pay to add that person to his or her benefits.“Sarah Palin’s veto gave gays the same rights as married couples in Alaska.
A vote for McCain/Palin is a vote for gay marriage."
I'm scratching my head; I'll probably be doing that a lot in the coming weeks.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
True leadership, is based on self-sacrifice, on the willing gift or, as the Greeks put it, “the sacrifice that goes, consenting”. In the elder days this was literal truth, in times of emergency, of war, of drought or famine, plague or pestilence; the king was called by the god to sacrifice himself for the people.
Oedipus, the King of Thebes sent to the Oracle at Delphi to ask Apollo what to do in a time of great drought and famine. He expected to be called to account for the city’s sins and, in a way, he was. The Oracle told him to “seek out the unclean thing”; he did, and found himself.
We do not demand that our leaders hurl themselves from high places any more nor immolate themselves in the sacred fire nor battle dragons in their lairs. The nightmares are different now: the mushroom cloud, the ravening packs of corporate wolves, the manic hordes of religious madmen (perhaps not so different after all) but the bedrock principle of self-sacrifice remains the defining characteristic of leadership..."
I would like to add that you cannot lead from the rear; the front is often a dangerous place. Leaders must have real, not imagined, courage.
They want to be sure that when Obama said so frequently in the primaries that 'Our time has come,' that it didn't mean their time had passed."
Friday, August 29, 2008
Apparently, Biden complained that Palin doesn't have the experience for the job (radio, no link); okay, pot meet kettle.
Update: found something similar here: ' (Obama) Spokesman Bill Burton:
“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency.
Barack Obama has just “dissed” all small-town voters.'
Possums on the scene in Denver are said to be wondering aloud why the convention doesn’t seem to be having an energizing effect on the country. Who in the hell do they think they’re kidding? Every sentient being in America knows that the Democratic Party is divided in half and that Hillary won the popular vote in the primaries. Tricking out the Pepsi Center to look like a Vegas lounge and having Nancy Pelosi lead the delegates in “kumbaya” is not fooling anyone. The only message the DNC is sending the country is, “We are complete and utter phonies...”"
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Grecian Temple Redux : NO QUARTER:
Associalist Press August 26, 2008
Obama Campaign Cancels Invesco Field
Moving entire production to Beijing’s Bird Nest Stadium.
15000 Chinese Performers have been called back to re-imagine the Olympic opening Ceremony as an homage to Obama’s amazing Life story. The Obama campaign is in full on marathon mode at the moment trying to get it all done.
Tenative Schedule of set pieces:
The Liberation of Auschwitz - complete with Bungee Jumping Paratroopers featuring Uncle Frank Parachuting in at the finale of the piece, 200,000 Goose-stepping Germans, and lots of skinny people.
The March on Selma - The Phillipines prisoners in their now famous orange Jumpsuits have been recruited to do their Thriller performance as they march around the stadium. Stand ins for Obama’s parents will do their portion of the march around the top of the stadium along the screens just like the torch lighting
Arrival of the One - Matrix directors the Wachowski Brothers and James Cameron will create an all new set piece using the latest digital effects to recreate the epic battle of Neo vs Agent Smith on the Titanic. Agent smith will be played by a pantsuit wearing middle aged bitter woman. Neo will be played by will smith.
the Speech - The stadium floor will fill with water prior to the beginning of the speec. Obama will rise atop a rock in the middle of the man made sea. then, More hopey dopey change you can believe in. At the moment of the speech when he says this is the moment the seas begin to slow their rize, a massive hydroelectric set peice will recreate the Charlton Heston parting of the red sea.
The Ascension - A massive pyro technic light show culminating in a series of seemingly suspended in thin air steps will appear as Obama climbs them to a platform high above the stadium floor where he will fit himself to a harness lowered from an unseen helicopter hovering high above. Then he will ascend into the clouds as Barbra Striesand and Donna Summer in a show of racial harmony sing “Enough is Enough”
anonymous Obama campaign official says they have contacted Michael Phelps to see if he would let Obama wear his 8 gold medals during his speech. So far Phelps has not responded to the request.
I just want to say to all the Hillary supporters around here that I am sorry. Watching that manipulated crapshoot that they labeled a roll call was one of the most pathetic political shams I’ve had to watch. As a diehard conservative, I’ve come to appreciate the hard work HRC’s done for my state, NY, and also the hard work she put into this campaign. I also saw how many supporters gave it their all for her campaign.
To see Arkansas and New Jersey, states that she won handidly cast all its votes for Zeus, was a travesty and something worse than what the RBC did with Florida and Michigan. I cannot imagine for the life of me how HRC voters at home in New Jersey can feel aobut having their vote cast for Zeus, a guy that quite a few have extremely harsh feelings about. I’m not certain who was the idiot that thought this would promote unity.
The woman and her supporters worked tremendously hard during a brutal 2 year campaign and to see it die out like that and not even acknowledged was particularly stomach turning to me. The lady deserved better."
Now Obama has unleashed his fury at Chicago’s biggest AM radio station owned by the Chicago Tribune for allowing a conservative writer and researcher Stanley Kurtz of the National Review to appear on a talk show to discuss his findings on the Ayers-Obama collaboratio...."
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
"The Temple of Obama
Reuters reports that "Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple."
To which a McCain adviser quipped: "Is this from the Onion?"
No, you really can't make this up..."
"...So why are we so angry?
We are angry because misogyny raged in the media like the California wild fires I could see from my porch, and the DNC and Obama campaign just let it burn. Only after damage was done did Howard Dean weakly acknowledge that the media was sexist. In the meantime, the Clintons, who have been working for civil rights since they were kids, were derided as racist. Silence from the DNC to this day on that one. Many of us (men and women) will be putting considerable focus on this matter as we move on after November.
We are angry because the DNC has acted in biased and manipulative ways that puts mega-doubt on the appropriateness of the term “Democratic” in the party name. Florida and Michigan are given full rights, but wait…it no longer matters. Caucus fraud was ignored, and for many the totally undemocratic nature of caucuses became clear for the first time. “One man [sic] one vote,” my ass.
Many of us feel that our party has left us. And after being loyal Democrats for many years, this makes us angry.
Again, this isn’t about Hillary. So, if things don’t turn out so well for Obama and the DNC in November, all they have to do is look in the mirror for the answer as to why."
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The following was lifted from The Confluence:
'...So while Obama supporters are talking out of both sides of their mouth, PUMA is actually building bridges. It was morning, and I was just coming from the campground office, and a man was standing next tp the PUMAmobile and looking at its banners. He turned to me and put out his hand as if to shake mine. As I went to shake his, I noticed he was handing me a $20 bill.
“I want to thank you so much for what you are doing”. he said, “Neither the Republican nor Democrat party are listening to the voters”. He said he saw what the party did to Clinton, and was wondering how many Democrats would get really pissed off. Here he is in his own words expressing his PUMAness.'
"One American, One Vote"
Actually being a former member of the poorer classes helps one see these problems. Something no one around Obama or the Precious himself has been able to do since, as far as I know, none of them actually passed through poverty.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Fourteen Reasons Why Biden Was a Stupid Choice : NO QUARTER: "...3. The use of text messaging was a brilliant idea. It helps build excitement, involves people in the campaign, and builds a voter base. That being said, it was poorly executed, and did more harm than good. Those folks who signed up for the alert were NOT the first people to know, as promised. The media scooped Obama, anyway. This was a let-down to all those who signed up. It sends a signal that Obama really can’t change things (the media is still in control).
The media figured it out because they knew to watch the Secret Service as a tip-off. They knew that the first person to know would not be the text-messengers but the Secret Service, and that the Secret Service would show up to Biden’s house before the announcement. Obama’s people didn’t know that. Obama thought he could out-fox the media, but didn’t know enough about how the media works its sources to do so. Once again, he is the rookie high school quarterback playing in the Super Bowl. He thinks he is clever by calling the “Statute of Liberty” play, but the play gets quickly shut down by a vastly more knowledgeable and experienced press corps (at least more experienced at these sorts of games). The end result is a dissed media, disappointed supporters, and a reinforced rookie image.
Sam Copeland’s Political Rule #29: You cannot make up a political deficit by hiring a surrogate. That only makes the political deficit more apparent."
Sugar N Spice: Tom Joyner Rolls Over on Biden Bigot Comments: "...After all that Tom Joyner has done to work to improve race relations and to shore up our resources and such, he just rolled right on over and told this woman that Biden's words didn't.matter.
With that declaration from Joyner, coupled with the way he allowed Tavis Smiley to be burned at the stake for having the gall to question Obama's motivations, I have officially lost all respect for Joyner and any other African-American who dares speaks that Biden's comments didn't matter. I remember how the TJMS crew was so upset about the Biden comment last year and now they are taking up for him. I'm disgusted. Totally disgusted and I'm glad to hear that there are other African-Americans who are upset about Obama's selection of Joe Biden as his running mate. Please keep thinking my people. The 'elite' among us seems to have lost their f*ng minds."
The LVRJ says Bon Jovi is in negotiations to be the warmup act for Obama..."
For once, I'd like to see what kind of crowd Precious could draw without rock and roll and beer.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
To make the plan less prone to attack from those who fear “socialized” medicine, Biden said, “I don’t want a whole new bureaucracy.”
This is why it is necessary to ALWAYS refer to it as Medicare for All. Because it would require no new bureaucracy to administer, we would just use the present Medicare system. It is Medicare, what we have now, the only difference is that it includes everyone."
Well, I just wasted an hour of my life. I was trying to buy an expansion for Settlers: Rise of An Empire but the site wouldn't let me add anything to my shopping basket. Then I thought, well, maybe I have be a member of the exclusive Ubisoft club to buy something in their store, so I tried to register for an account. There went another half hour-- every time I typed in the confirmation password an extra character appeared and since they are all asterisks, there's no way to spot the extra one. So, I give up, Ubisoft. What a squalid customer experience, and just to rub salt in my wounds, I couldn't find an email address where I could tell them about these issues. Consider this post my email to you.
"In a blistering new ad, John McCain’s campaign accused Barack Obama of passing over Hillary Clinton as his running mate because she pointed out his flaws during the Democratic primaries..."
Saturday, August 23, 2008
In the final keynote of the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) Thursday, Justin Rattner, Intel's chief technology officer, shed some light on work around programmable matter, as he teased the audience with what Intel believes would apply as technology in the next four decades.
The idea of programmable matter, he explained, revolves around tiny glass spheres with processing power and photovoltaic for generating electricity to run the tiny circuitry. These particles called catoms would move relative to one another via electrostatic.."
Gives new hope for people who lament "My computer can do everything except make coffee and give me..."
Slavery was bad, but I think the pillaging of North America by Europeans was worse. But, that's the past and far too many people dwell on it overmuch. Trying to guilt the voters is just about as bad as committing the actual act. Re: "lust in my heart."
"... Hm. An interesting, if obvious, choice of Vice Presidential running mate for Barack Obama is Joe Biden, Senator from Delaware. He brings experience, intelligence, and foreign affairs knowledge out the wazoo.
Along with a lot of baggage.
I think it's somewhat ironic that Biden was Obama's choice, because the one big flaw he has, running his mouth off, is what got Obama noticed nationally in the first place. Remember this juicy little tidbit?
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," Biden said. "I mean, that's a storybook, man."Funny how no one really played the race card there, but the second the Big Dog mentioned "fairy tales" in the same breath as "Obama campaign, eevn though he was talking about Obama claiming to be anitwar, "RACIST! RACIST CRACKER!" came rolling down the hills like flaming barrels of pitch!..."
Friday, August 22, 2008
I hear the variant of this quite a bit too-- "Well, that's not how we do it in Florida (insert your favorite retirement state here)." The implication, of course, is "You locals are dumb hicks and don't understand what's in your best interests. I'm here to save you from yourself." Every other time Obama opens his pie-hole something comes out that reminds me that I'm not as cultured, intelligent, or capable as he is. Nope. Not the kind of guy I want to have a beer with. Or have in the White House.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The post reminds of the folks who resisted McCarthism and the House Un-American Activities Committee.
"In the latest Reuters/Zogby poll, John McCain takes a five point lead over Barack Obama.
When asked about this development, Markos Moulitsas said: "Maybe this PUMA thing is hurting us. Maybe telling the Clinton voters to get out of the party wasn't such a good idea after all. Maybe we should apologize to them -- show a little humility -- instead of insulting them all the time."
(The previous paragraph is fictional. The first paragraph is not.)"
Ok. He got me. Did he get you? (If it had been real you would have seen my freezing Hell pix.)
The Victim Industrial Complex - en economy of scapegoat all your personal, cultural, and social failings to the color of your skin, isn’t popular in Real (not the Politically Correct one) America. Except for those who benefit from this Industry, the 95 % of America’s working hard to make our society just and equal, take offense at this industry which negates our efforts, our ideals, and our beliefs..."
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
NQ has quite a bit of detail on this. It does not look good.
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Indicted Republican Sen. Ted Stevens failed in a bid on Wednesday to move his corruption case to Alaska so he could have more time in his home state to campaign for re-election..."
"Hot off the wires, it’s the new George Washington Battleground poll . If you don’t like the results in that one, you can look at the new Zogby poll just released today. Want a different answer? How about today’s Gallup poll? If you want more there’s the LA Times/Bloomberg poll released yesterday. Or if you want to know who the greatest “boy band” is, that poll is out too.
Similarities of the polls
In four of the five polls, Barack Obama and John McCain are very close (neither fared well in the greatest boy band poll).
McCain seems to be trending up, while Obama has taken some hits. Here’s an excerpt from each poll:..."
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
"General Wesley Clark is not attending the Democratic National Convention. I was told by General Clark's personal office in Little Rock that he would not be attending.
Clark was informed by Barack Obama's people that there was no reason to come.
General Clark has been given no role of any kind at the convention.
Rubbing salt in the wound even more, the "theme" of Wednesday's Democratic convention agenda is "Securing America..."Quick, name everyone strong on defense on the O'Team. Yeah. Thought so.
But Maureen Dowd isn’t an unrepentant right winger. She simply whispers her poison pen politics, fed in part this season, no doubt, by the unhinged fringe. To appreciate Maureen Dowd when she gets into her dirt dishing rants, you have to understand that her blasts come from sources she simply channels into clever bursts that are meant to sound definitive..."
Monday, August 18, 2008
Good Lord!! If this is the best the Obama campaign can come up with they are going to take an ass whipping on par with what Richard Nixon handed George McGovern. Is it sexist to call Obama a whining b*tch? He better be careful about believing he’s the new Messiah. If he tries to walk on water he will sink in a heartbeat and be thrashing the water trying to grab a lifeline."
The Obama Rules Redux « The Confluence
"...It is quite a different thing, in my opinion, to sit down with someone who not only four years ago, very successfully, dragged John Kerry’s reputation as a war hero through the mud, essentially accusing him of lying about his wartime heroics, and being a turncoat when he opposed the war after returning home. At least Hillary was sitting down with someone who had dragged HER family’s name through the dirt. To me it showed graciousness beyond belief, a characteristic that would be tremendous asset as president. Pickens however shows no remorse for what he did to Kerry, and saddling this nation with four years of a criminal president, unending war, and the loss of some of our most cherished and sacred rights. Scaife seems like a pussycat in comparison.
So where is the outcry from Mr. Noah? Kos? Arianna? Obamamman? Kerry? *crickets* Well color me surprised. Once again all of these people, the so called Democratic Party, our corrupt and lying media, the “progressive” blogosphere, show the world what petty hypocrites they really are."
This is a different claim than if Dean had gone after the Republicans as the 'racist party' or even the 'anti-minorty party', which is what he probably thought he was doing. By making an insult out of a biological fact instead of a pattern of behavior, Dean has declared that he (and thus Democrats as such, being as how he is the DNC Chair) think that 'white' is a suspect and dangerous category of person. He did a crude inversion of racist claims about non-whites and it says a hell of a lot about the moral and ethical midden between Dean's ears..."
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I heard Nixon answer a question once upon a time about the "Cambodian incursion." He talked for nearly thirty minutes without interruption from the reporter, and at the end of his answer, the three of us sitting in the living room all said, "Whaaat?" Obama seems to do that every time he is asked a question. It's not an endearing quality. (This could be what I heard from Nixon-- it was a long time ago.)
"Rep. Loretta Sanchez says she’s happy for the chance to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Democratic National Convention — and she predicts that as many as half of the Democrats in the House could join her..."
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
FOXNews.com - The Clinton Convention - Opinion: "Hillary and Bill have hijacked the Denver convention, making it into a carbon copy of what it would have looked like had she won until the last possible moment. By the time Obama gets up to speak and put his stamp on the convention, Hillary will have had one prime time night all to herself. Bill will have pre-empted a second night. Hillary will have had all the nominating and seconding speeches she wants. And the roll call of the states would record, in graphic detail, how the voters of state after state rejected Obama's candidacy in the primaries. Only then, after three and a half days of all Clinton all the time will the convention then, finally, turn to its nominee and allow him to have an hour in the sun!..."
The Associated Press: Feds: Senator got favors, contractor got key ally: "Feds: Senator got favors, contractor got key ally
By MATT APUZZO – 41 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI agents spent years investigating Sen. Ted Stevens. They read his e-mails, searched his home and taped his phone conversations with his friends.
This week, the Justice Department offered its first public glimpse at what it uncovered: a direct line of communication from a corrupt Alaska oil contractor to one of the nation's most powerful senators. When VECO Corp. executives needed help securing business, winning grants or navigating the bureaucracy, they called Stevens.
And when Stevens needed a new generator for his house, a car for his daughter or a job for his son, prosecutors say he called VECO, the same company that oversaw an extensive renovation project on his home.
The Justice Department didn't bring charges against Stevens for any of that, but they want jurors to see the evidence. Stevens goes on trial next month, not for bribery but for concealing the renovation project and other gifts on Senate financial disclosure forms..."
'The Obama Nation' tops The New York Times bestseller list amid accusations that some of author Jerome Corsi's assertions are lies designed to damage Obama politically..."
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Rangel surrogates approached Obama staffers this week about the possibility of securing him a slot at the podium, making the case that it would showcase reconciliation between the nominee and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s African-American supporters.
But they were told that the 78-year-old congressman’s support for Clinton earned him a place at the end of the line behind Barack Obama’s loyalists — even if Rangel played a crucial part in prodding Clinton to abandon her presidential bid in June.
One of myriad problems with Bush was his surrounding of like minded people and purging of dissenters, even former allies (Paul O’Neil, US Attorneys, etc.). This is not a trait I want to have in a president.
I’ve been saying this since the Krugman purge, but Obama and/or his surrogates have displayed a petty vindictive behavior that I find scary. Rather than truly reaching out to Hillary supporters, they spare no chance to stick it to people who didn’t support him. (Which is why the idea of Obama controlling what progressive organizations get money is truly disturbing.)..."
With Obama showcasing antiabortion candidates, nominating Ridge might be a smart move and pull even more voters from the Democratic center.
He has a point.
In quashing the indictments, District Judge Raymond Bigelow agreed with defense arguments that prosecutors violated state law by divulging secret grand jury testimony to a police officer who was a witness in the case..."
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
"Welcome to Gitmo of the Rockies, or as Denver locals are calling it, Gitmo on the Platte (for the nearby Platte River.)
Denver's CBS4 News reporter Rick Salinger scores an exclusive on Denver's plans for arrested protesters in the event of mass arrests -- as proof, he and his camera people got inside and shot this video before being asked to leave.
The facility is a city owned warehouse.
Inside are dozens are metal cages. They are made out of chain link fence material and topped by rolls of barbed wire.
"This is a secured environment," Capt. Frank Gale of the Denver Sheriff's Department told CBS4. "We're concerned about how that's going to be utilized by people who will be potentially disruptive..."
So my love/hate relationship with soccer continues.
Consider all the sources here: MoDo, The Atlantic, MSNBC --- they have all drunk enough kool-aid to float the Titanic.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said Americans drove 12.2 billion miles less in June than a year earlier. With that, the decline since November is now 53.2 billion miles, topping the 49.3 billion decline three decades ago. Rural travel has fallen 4% since late last year, while urban driving is off just 1.2%. (See the Federal highway Administration data.)..."
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The Russians took the Obama Doctrine as another green light—not just for their attack but also for extending their power in the foreseeable future under a potential Obama administration."
In an e-mail to supporters, Obama's campaign manager said voters can sign up to receive an e-mail or a text message 'the moment' he makes his decision.
'No other campaign has done this before,' campaign manager David Plouffe said in the e-mail. 'You can be part of this important moment...'"
Veep has never been much of a job but at least when you got nominated, there was some fanfare and a press conference or two and you got to make a little speech. But not this time. What better way to further dim the faint light of the Vice-Presidential candle than to announce the selection via spam. Is Obama so afraid that his choice might shine a bit that he has to go to this extraordinary length to disrespect his own choice? Does this, in fact, mean that he is going to pick a woman and this is just his way of putting her in her place from the get-go?
Mukasey said the hiring system at Justice had broken down and that department leaders had failed to supervise the behavior 'of those who did wrong.' But the attorney general stopped short of agreeing to weed out lawyers and immigration judges who won their jobs based on faulty criteria..."
Monday, August 11, 2008
This particular smear was pioneered earlier in 2004 in the Democratic presidential primary campaign against Howard Dean. He was the first person to watch his face morphed into Bin Laden’s. Who would engage in such a nasty, underhanded dirty trick? Karl Rove? Nope. Guess again. The perpetrator of this smear tactic was none other than Robert Gibbs, who just happens to be Obama’s communications director. Read the Chicago Tribune report:..."
Let your lesbian attachment to Hillary go, please, for the sake of our country. Yeah, she’d have gotten my vote over the PTSD geezer ------ but now we’ve got Obama.
Just watch more Ellen, burn your bra in protest, whatever. But then lets’ make sure we get an actual human being in office, and not the fossilized remains of a turncoat POW who boasts about voting 90% of the time for Bush’s FIRE, READY AIM foreign policies.
Posted by psy_war at 08:18 AM : Aug 11, 2008"
Any Sino-Peruvians out there?
Two examples of him getting his back up: Obama made a federal case of the appearance by his daughters on 'Access Hollywood' and he was snippy with reporters when he was pressed about his unexpected email friendship with actress Scarlett Johansson.
Sure, these are minor events. But if he is going to be anal about the small stuff, it may get ugly if he loses his composure about something important.
Obama has staked his claim by offering American voters a fresh voice and a strong sense of optimism about the future. When he was on the way up, he was the favorite son of the media, who heaped almost unprecedented praise on him. Now that he has all but secured the Democratic nomination, Obama has shown little patience for standard media practices, which can range from silly to stupid..."
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
“We need to get rid of caucuses,” said Melissa Whitener, a waitress from Conneaut, Penn., who traveled to lobby the Democratic National Committee as it prepared its party platform.
“Caucuses are inherently unfair,” she said. “I work in a restaurant. I can’t take off a whole shift to go sit in a caucus. We need to all be on the same primary system. Why should 2,000 people in Iowa have the same say as 2 million in Pennsylvania?”
Friday, August 08, 2008
"Both Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton will have speaking roles at the Democratic National Convention later this month, but of course, they won’t be making the speeches they had once hoped to give.
News broke late on Thursday that Mr. Clinton had been offered a chance to address the convention on Aug. 27, before the speech of the vice presidential nominee, according to The Times’s Jeff Zeleny. That is the night after Mrs. Clinton is to deliver her speech at the gathering in Denver..."
Thursday, August 07, 2008
"...Hello, Democratic Leaders? YOUR CONSTITUENTS ARE TALKING TO YOU. Why aren’t you listening? What is wrong with you?
Our problems with Obama are based on the issues. We are not Republicans who go crazy because we are afraid Obama is not Christian enough to keep all the little zygotes from being murdered in their wombs. We don’t care if his middle name is “Hussein” and we don’t think he is a secret Muslim being brainwashed by Angela Lansbury to murder all the white people in their sleep. For Jeebus’ sake, WAKE UP! We don’t think Obama will be a good President because he is a liar, a total opportunist who will betray anyone and everyone in order to gain power and prestige. He has no beliefs. He has no principles. He loves himself more than should be humanly possible. And, he’s being financed by huge corporate interests who have no desire to rock their financial boats.
In short, he reminds us of George W. Bush..."
Magazine Preview - Post-Race - Is Obama the End of Black Politics? - NYTimes.com: "But maybe it wasn’t only what you didn’t know about Obama. What did he know about you? Obama was barely 2 years old when King gave his famous speech, 3 when Lewis was beaten about the head in Selma. He didn’t grow up in the segregated South as Bill Clinton had. Sharing those experiences wasn’t a prerequisite for gaining the acceptance of black leaders, necessarily, but that didn’t mean Obama, with his nice talk of transcending race and baby-boomer partisanship, could fully appreciate the sacrifices they made, either. “Every kid is always talking about what his parents have been through,” Rangel says, “and no kid has any clue what he’s talking about...”
Obama did not mention by name either Tinker or Cohen, but his intentions were clear. He is taking the African American Tinker to task for her campaign against a liberal, Jewish ally in Congress, Cohen.
'These incendiary and personal attacks have no place in our politics, and will do nothing to help the good people of Tennessee. It's time to turn the page on a politics driven by negativity and division so that we can come together to lift up our communities and our country,' Obama said in a statement..."
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Check this out ev1
Does this sound familiar
This will be considered off-topic — but it isn’t. I thought I’d share this letter which was sent to the Editor of the Times-Dispatch by a gentlemen who escaped Cuba in the 1960’s. His words come from the experience of believing in someone, without taking the time to know who they really are, and the consequences that followed:
From Richmond Times-Dispatch, Monday, July 7, 2008
Dear Editor, Times-Dispatch:
Each year I get to celebrate Independence Day twice. On June 30 I celebrate my independence day, and on July 4, I celebrate America ’s. This year is special, because it marks the 40th anniversary of my independence.
On June 30, 1968, I escaped Communist Cuba, and a few months later, I was in the United States to stay. That I happened to arrive in Richmond on Thanksgiving Day is just part of the story, but I digress.
I’ve thought a lot about the anniversary this year. The election-year rhetoric has made me think a lot about Cuba and what transpired there. In the late 1950s, most Cubans thought Cuba needed a change, so when a young leader came along, every Cuban was at least receptive.
When the young leader spoke eloquently and passionately and denounced the old system, the press fell in love with him. They never questioned who his friends were or what he really believed in. When he said he would help the farmers and the poor and bring free medical care and education to all, everyone followed. When he said he would bring justice and equality to all, everyone said, ‘Praise the Lord.’ And when the young leader said, ‘I will be for change and I’ ll bring you change,’ everone yelled, ‘Viva Fidel!’
But nobody asked about the change, so by the time the executioner’s guns went silent, the people’s guns had been taken away. By the time everyone was equal, they were equally poor, hungry, and oppressed. By the time everyone received their free education, it was worth nothing. By the time the press noticed, it was too late, because they were now working for him. By the time the change was finally implemented, Cuba had been knocked down a couple of notches to Third-World status. By the time the change was over, more than a million people had taken to boats, rafts, and inner tubes. You can call those who made it ashore anywhere else in the world the most fortunate Cubans. And now I’m back to the beginning of my story.
Luckily, we in America would never fall for a young leader who promised change without asking, what change? How will you carry it out? What will it cost America ?
Manuel Alvarez, JR.
Kathleen | 08.06.08 - 2:48 pm | #"
If we're going to get serious about putting our nation's fiscal house in order, let's talk about putting an end to billions in no-bid contract awards to unaccountable contractors. Let's talk about the number of lucrative contracts and bonuses being paid for duties never performed, promises never fulfilled, and contracts falsely described as complete. And let's talk about reforming the federal contracting system so that we can take on the real waste, fraud and abuse in our federal government.
I've proposed a comprehensive overhaul to root out corruption in no-bid contracts and other shady deals. Reforms must include the following:.."
Her proposals sound prudent to me, but I have little expertise in the area. What say ye, o'money men?
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
"...Don't wanna tip the howler's hand, but former Gov. Mario Cuomo zeroes in on the no-brainer with a great quote via Politico.
No matter who he picks,” said former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, “the question is going to be raised: Are you telling me that this person would be a better qualified vice president than Hillary Clinton?”And please don't dismiss what Cuomo says and group him with another race baiting Democrat; you know, that awful she-monster Geraldine Ferraro..."
Please, please. Don't ask Sen. Clinton to Veep for the Creep.
He predicted that 1 million plug-in hybrids -- such as the Chevrolet Volt set to debut in 2010 -- would be produced within six years. In March, Morgan Stanley estimated that U.S. plug-in hybrid sales would not top 1 million annually before 2020..."
That's nice, but how many times do the taxpayers have to bail-out the auto industry? Shouldn't our tax dollars be getting percentages of the companies? Yeah, I know they pay taxes, and I'm not really opposed to this idea, but we need to think clearly about which tax policies we want to chase. The nation is in the hole and we can't afford to give away billions overseas and billions at home.
I wonder what kind of subsidized health care we could create with a few billion.
Monday, August 04, 2008
The ad charges that major oil companies have donated $2 million to McCain's campaign and says that 'after one president in the pocket of big oil, we can't afford another.'
McCain surrogate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Monday blasted the ad as being 'dishonest.'
'That's really sad,' he said on CNN's 'American Morning.' 'I didn't know that Obama had stooped to dishonesty.' Video Watch Romney call Obama 'dishonest' »
Romney said it was dishonest because corporations cannot give contributions to candidates and because employees of oil companies have also donated to Obama..."
Obama's advantage is due largely to overwhelming support from African Americans and Hispanics, but even among white voters, the Illinois senator leads McCain 47 percent to 37 percent, The Washington Post reported in Monday editions.
The poll found that one in six white workers polled remains uncommitted to either candidate, the Post reported..."
The truth is much more frightening than that, Chuck. We did this all on our own and we are EVERYWHERE. Yes, Chuck, we are in your Whole Foods and Wegman’s. We drink lattes at the Starbucks on the corner. We take our kids to your summer camp. We swim on your beaches and pools. We send our children to Iraq. We are on the East coast, the West coast, Texas and North Carolina. We are a viral infection. We are spreading. It’s much worse than you think. Manhattan is not the headquarters. There *is* no headquarters. We are in every neighborhood and demographic group. We are like zombies who rise from the dead, who you can’t kill off. Trying to corner us on an island in NY is futile. It will be like playing Whack-a-Mole..."
That is funny. Sorry, dude. Never met any of ladies or laddies associated with Puma, never been anywhere near New York City (well, ok, Ft. Dix is sorta close) but I'm with them. So shoo fly. Shoo.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
The campaign’s ad this week comparing Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, though attracting criticism from Democrats, got heavy play on the Internet and in print and TV media..."
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Bloomberg.com: Politics: "Obama Open to Offshore Drilling as Part of Senate `Compromise'
By Kim Chipman
Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama said he's willing to support an expansion of offshore oil drilling that's part of an $84 billion Senate plan aimed at increasing domestic energy production.
Obama, who has opposed more drilling off the nation's coastlines, said that while he ``remains skeptical'' about the idea, he would compromise because the proposal offers a ``careful and responsible'' drilling agenda. It also calls for other measures to wean the country off its dependence on imported oil.
``What I don't want to do is for the best to be the enemy of the good,'' Obama, a senator from Illinois, said at a news conference today in Cape Canaveral, Florida. ``If we can come up with a general bipartisan compromise in which I have to accept some things I don't like, then that's something I'm open to...''"
Friday, August 01, 2008
Don't believe...? Here's a little trip down Unity Lane courtesy of Jesse Jackson, Jr., Jim Clyburn, and Obama's army of liars. And this little outing doesn't even include work from the blogger boyz and drones at MSNBC.."