Sunday, August 31, 2008

Head Snapping, Neck Twisting

Democrat Taylor Marsh Broadcasts Live Talk Radio and Blogs Politics

"If Sarah Palin was a man being nominated for vice president she would be laughed out of politics and so would John McCai..." Whhhaaattt?

Playing The Gender Card

Fair is Fair! « The Confluence: "If you are a feminist, womanist, or a liberal/progressive who thinks women should cast their votes based solely or primarily on “woman’s issues” then you cannot rightfully criticize any woman who casts her vote in order to help a woman break the glass ceiling and become the first female Vice President.

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..."

O'King Comparison

Op-Ed Contributor - The Audacity of Hype - Op-Ed - "BY choosing the venue of a vast outdoor stadium as John Kennedy did for his “new frontier” acceptance, and by speaking on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” address, Barack Obama — whose claim to fame is an ability to move audiences with his words — deliberately invited comparison with two of the most memorable speeches of our recent history.

What a mistake..."

Read and decide.

Clinton Free At Last?

Analysis: Clinton does her part for Obama, party --

Palin Q&A

Excellent question and answer compilation. Palin on Death Penalty, Abortion, War in Iraq - TalkLeft: The Politics Of Crime

The Girl In The Other Office

Alegre's Corner: "John McCain has picked an unknown to run with him, a 44-year old mother of five with Alaskan sensibilities of the drill more for Alaska bent, and the women don't own our bodies, god owns our own bodies bent, which probably tells us all we'll ever find out about her.

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.)

Palin and Gay Rights

Howling Latina: Pro-Obama Site Slams Paley for Supporting Gay Rights: "Sarah Palin
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

On Leadership

A Distant Sound of Thunder : NO QUARTER: "...Leadership is comprised of many qualities: responsibility, courage, wisdom, experience, judgment, instinct, passion, vision, perseverance, loyalty… among others. But it is founded upon one quality only: sacrifice. All leaders understand this innately but most skew the interpretation to stand it on its ear, they think it must mean your sacrifice. These are always the bad leaders, the narcissists, the warmongers, the tinpot dictators, the power-mad politicians who will sacrifice anyone and everyone to gain their grail. They never seem to achieve it… and because of this fundamental misunderstanding, they never will.

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.

O'Convince Me

From Geraldine Ferraro and the NYT--- What Hillary Clinton's women want: "...Hillary has done her part. Now it's Obama's turn. Some of that third group at the convention were swayed by Hillary's speech. Some are still waiting for Obama to assure them about his experience and ability to handle the job. Some of them are waiting to hear if he really does understand them and their needs.

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

Palin Is The Choice

McCain Picks Palin - The Fix: "DENVER -- John McCain has selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate, according to the McCain campaign, a surprise pick sure to shake up the race and reinforce the idea of the Arizona senator as a reformer..."

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.'

New, Not Mitt, Veep

Palin VP? « McCain Dem/Clinton Republican

Roll Calling

Reclusive Leftist» feminism, politics, and random pedantry with your host, Dr. Violet Socks: "...Incredible. It wasn’t enough to have the usual fake roll-call vote; they had to interrupt it for a fake nomination-by-acclamation. And this after last night’s travesty of forcing the actual winner of the Democratic primaries — Hillary Clinton — to rally the party behind the crook who stole the nomination.

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...”"

The Real Deal

Sugar N Spice: "...They beg, accuse, harrass, inflame, whine and attempt to bully Hillary supporters, most of whom are true believers in actual democracy, into backing their Pinnochio of a candidate. Well, heed the message Obama supporters. The real 'movement' is here and it's getting stronger every day and it's not going anywhere. Less than five months to the 'big dance' now. Enough time to undo the damage that the lies by the DNC and various and sundry Obama thugs have caused?..."

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Uh-Oh, O

Obama and Domestic Terrorist Ayers Funneled Money to Jeremiah Wright Church and Arab American Action Network

For Billy Pilgrim

Commenter Billy Pilgrim caused me to spray coffee on my keyboard. I hope I can return the favor via commenter Jeremiah at No Quarter.

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

The Birth of a messiah - A manger set being flown in from Jeruselem will be digital enhanced with hay, a goat, and donkeys. Dean Pelosi and Brazille will be playing the part of the three wise men. Rezko who is being released for this special even only will play Mary and Ayers will play Joseph as Obama’s Political Godmother and Father. I gigantic “O” will appear at center stage from which a Unity Pony with Wings will leap forth at the climax of this set piece ridden by Emil Jones who will Yell out “I Made Me a President!”

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.


Comment of the Day

Kurtz’ Annenberg tribulations, MSNBC denies reality, ABC nearly in jail, WSJ convention impressions, Dems’ Denver doldrums, and Biden-bashing on redstateupdate : NO QUARTER: "Comment by Sal | 2008-08-28 11:55:02

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."

Terrorist Watch

Obama Muzzling the Media : NO QUARTER: "On the eve of his climactic convention speech, Obama’s camapign has turned its full energy to shutting down any media focus on his relationship with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. Obama’s ludicrous claim that Ayers was just some guy in the “neighborhood” is being exposed systematically for the lie it is. In fact, Ayers was a mentor and close associate for years and was instrumental in launching first his professional and then his political career. Obama has systematically covered up their links and lied about them.

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...."

The Day Democracy Died In Democrat

It's unanimous: Democrats nominate Obama by acclamation - San Jose Mercury News

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Ah, Ain't This America?

ABC News: ABC Reporter Arrested in Denver Taking Pictures of Senators, Big Donors: "DENVER--Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic Senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel.."

Not The Onion

The Weekly Standard

"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..."

Saying It Yet Again

The Bright Line : NO QUARTER

"...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

Puma Time

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"

Ethnic Slurs In Headlines

Jack Cafferty trolls for Obama, thinking he can win over those bitter, gun-clinging, Archie Bunkers by starting his column with and headlining ethic slurs. Oh, so clever, Mr. Cafferty. I got your Snuffy Smith right here [grabs package, shoots bird]. Commentary: Beverly "Hillary-billies" come to Denver -

Bill and The Fight

Anglachel's Journal: "...Bill Clinton always talks about the powerful interests that try to keep us down. This is a child of the South, a man whose perceptions and convictions were forged in the middle of the battle against segregation. He was then, as he remains today, on the right side of the battle. When he talks about powerful interests, he is talking about the political and economic elites who purposefully set the poor, working and lower middle classes against each other over race in order to maintain their privilege. When the Big Dog advocates unity, it is to fight the divisions that keep people poor, disempowerd and vulnerable. He's talking about political unity to craft the policiy that will create and defend institutions that make people's lives materially better. This is unity for the sake of power..."

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

Corruption Previews

Caucus fraud anyone? Excellent trailers. We Will Not Be Silenced

The Daily Flashback: MO Edition

Michelle - Hillary

The Biden Spam-Out

As I mentioned before, I think the text messaging idea was a major diss for the Veep selection, so I disagree about the brilliance of it all, but Copeland's post is very thorough and well worth a read. Following is his final conclusion:

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."

Words That Matter

About being "clean and articulate":

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 Boss Closing Show

TalkLeft: The Politics Of Crime: "My sources tell me that Bruce Springsteen will close the Democratic Convention with an acoustic performance after Sen. Barack Obama finishes speaking Thursday night at Invesco Field. The Washington Post speculated about this yesterday and the Las Vegas Review Journal reports it as fact.

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

The Power of Wrong Thinking


Medicare For All

Biden on health care | Corrente: "JOE BIDEN’S “REALITY” BASED HEALTHCARE

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."

Ubisoft Site Suckery


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.

Trib Dissing Dems

Obama -- "5 things Obama needs for his convention week to succeed... "

Gee, I thought it was the Democratic Party Convention, not the Obama Coronation Extravaganza. Foolish me. Puma.

McCain Uses Clinton

McCain Camp Accuses Obama of Passing Over Clinton for VP - America’s Election HQ

"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

Erotic Computing

Intel teases shape-shifting programmable matter | Tech News on ZDNet: "SAN FRANCISCO, CA--Mobile phones in future could be thumb-sized in pockets, and in practically an instant, be effortlessly transformed into PDA-sized devices to send e-mail.

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..."

Leaving Iraq

BBC NEWS | Middle East | US troops 'to quit Iraq by 2011': "US combat troops could leave Iraq by 2011 under the terms of a deal awaiting approval by Iraq's parliament and presidency, an Iraqi official has said..."

Really Bad Commentary

A beginning sample: "Obama's defeat would say that when handed a perfect opportunity to put the worst part of our history behind us, we chose not to." If can take it, here's more: Jacob Weisberg on Obama and Racism | Newsweek Politics: Campaign 2008 |

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."

Biden Past Tense

Simply Left Behind: The Non-Rapturist's Guide To The Galaxy

"... 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

O'Troubles Deduced

RealClearPolitics - Articles - The Mystery of Obama's Problems: "...Ask the typical Obama supporter why this should be so and you'll get a range of answers. Some just stare at the poll numbers the way my late basset hound would look at me when I tried to feed him a grape: with pure unblinking incomprehension. Others act like the guy who sits alone with his shopping bags at the public library, muttering about Fox News conspiracies and how Karl Rove-like aliens are doing terrible things with probes of proctological exactitude. Still others just shake their heads at the racism of anyone who could possibly have a problem with a very left-wing politician with almost no experience, who often sounds like his campaign slogan is: 'People of Earth! Stop Your Bickering. I Am From Harvard, And I'm Here To Help...'"

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.

Investment Watch

BBC NEWS | Business | Investors pulling out of Russia: "Russia has seen foreign reserves decline, a sign that the market is more nervous about investing in the region since the recent conflict in Georgia..."

Thursday, August 21, 2008

It's The Hillbillies Again

Since I are one, I can use the ethnic slur. WaPo: who needs Clinton’s primary voters anyway? « Not Your Sweetie

There Are Heroes

Those Who Did Not Go Crazy | Corrente: "I am slowly reading The Dark Side and so was especially struck by this from one of Andrew Sullivan’s readers: “If there’s any comfort to be found in Mayer’s account, or in any of the stories coming out about this administration’s overreach, it’s in the stories of those who didn’t go crazy.” We are going through an extraordinarily trying time for our nation’s ideals, and while I have focused almost exclusively on the authors of these trials there are some uplifting stories as well. Some individuals have been willing to resist the cruel and authoritarian “War on Terror” mindset when confronted (sometimes unexpectedly) by it, and they deserve our admiration. Here are some examples..."

The post reminds of the folks who resisted McCarthism and the House Un-American Activities Committee.

April Fool!


"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

Stop-Obama » How Racism Works in 2008: "...Making race an issue, in a society more Politically Correct than Stalinist Russia - is akin to mutilating Reality. Most Americans who go out of their way to censor themselves, and make an honest effort to think “positive” about the Black experience. Penalize them for this by talking down their effort, and you lose the election.

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..."

Snark and Facts

The Confluence: "Junk Meet Boot." Go read this post; it contains several gems such as, "Bashing a Republican for having money is like criticizing a cat for having fur. Has that line of attack ever worked?"

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Follwing The Money

Money Laundering Scandal? : NO QUARTER: "According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) financial disclosure reports filed by the campaign earlier this year, between February 25th and May 17th Obama paid $832,598 to Citizens Services, Inc. (CSI), one of the nearly seventy Not-for-Profit companies registered at the ACORN New Orleans headquarters on 1024 Elysian Fields Avenue . CSI now also shares an office with ACORN in Chicago at 209 W. Jackson St., home of the SEIU (Service Employees International Union)..."

NQ has quite a bit of detail on this. It does not look good.

Tricky Ted Tries

Judge won't move Sen. Stevens' case to Alaska | Politics | Reuters
"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..."

Polling Polls

McCain and Obama - a tale of five (well, four) polls |
"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:..."

Hillary Ace Ill

Stephanie Tubbs Jones and her family are in our thoughts and prayers « The Confluence

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

O Disses Wes

Obama to General Wesley Clark: Your Services Not Needed - The Washington Note

"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.

Frying Dowd

Democrat Taylor Marsh Broadcasts Live Talk Radio and Blogs Politics: "Stirring up trouble is what she’s all about. Think Ann Coulter without the bestsellers and the cable talking head slot on Fox, but with a splashy news outfit behind her to add legitimacy.

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

The Daily O

YouTube - obama pay grade

About That "Cone of Silence"

The Obama Messiah is a Whiner : NO QUARTER: "...These people are too dumb to be trusted even to walk thru the front door of the White House. Let’s just assume for the sake of argument that John McCain had every damn question in advance and a team of Hollywood writers working on his response. How does that explain Obama’s repeated stumbles? He disses the progressive stance on gay marriage. He waffles on the abortion question and decides its above “his paygrade” (man, is that the essence of no sh*t analysis or what?). He can’t come up with anything better than his grandma and his wife when asked about smart people to consult with in solving America’s problems. And he failed on this miserably because John McCain cheated?

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."

Scaife vs. Pickens

garychapelhill works up a fine post comparing the "progressive sins" of Clinton and Obama and the people they talk to. He concludes thusly:

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."

More On White People

Anglachel's Journal: "So Howard Dean called the Republican Party 'the white party'. Strategically speaking, this insult (he has said it before in other situations so it is neither a gaffe nor an accident) is beyond tone deaf and is sheer political idiocy. This moronic mouthing off plays into every standard stereotype of an arrogant Stevensonian elitist and adds fuel to the race-baiting fires already burning through the Democrats' support this year, thanks to Obama's smear-and-run campaign.

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

Dean Does A Dumb

YouTube - Howard Dean Calls GOP The "White Party"

Advice For Obama

Seeing Tougher Race, Allies Ask Obama to Make ‘Hope’ Specific - "...Or, in the blunter words of Gov. Phil Bredesen, Democrat of Tennessee: “Instead of giving big speeches at big stadiums, he needs to give straight-up 10-word answers to people at Wal-Mart about how he would improve their lives...”"

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.)

Clinton Votes Coming

Rep.: Half of House Dems may vote Hillary at DNC - Amie Parnes and Ben Smith -
"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

YouTube Flood

Like Howling Latina, it looks like YouTube has designated today as "video catch-up day" at Mad In The Middle.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Clinton, Bill


Don't Tread On Me, Obama

Clinton and Medicare


Warwick Castle - Medieval Catapult - Trebouchet

Doing Her Job


The Daily Flashback: Hit Song Edition

Abraham, Martin and John

CDS Showcased Again On Fox

Dick Morris is involved in writing this, umm, "article." - 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!..."

Cooking Crooks

...thoroughly, I hope.

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..."

Lying Liars Lying About Liars

Author sets sights on Obama with latest bestseller | International | Reuters: "NEW YORK (Reuters) - The author who put Democratic Sen. John Kerry on the defensive over his military record during his 2004 presidential run has turned his attention to 2008 White House hopeful Barack Obama with a new bestseller.

'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 Dissed

Is Holding Grudges Good Governing? | Corrente: "I know. I know. We don’t have the “context” and “its from Politico”, but if this is true, what do we have to look forward in an Obama presidency:

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.)..."

The Other Contender

Bigfoot Evidence To Be Unraveled

MCain Steering Left?

McCain: Ridge, abortion rights supporter, still in VP running - "WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican John McCain says he has not ruled out choosing Pennsylvania's popular former Gov. Tom Ridge as a running mate despite his support for abortion rights, a hot-button issue that could inflame some voters among the party's conservative base..."

With Obama showcasing antiabortion candidates, nominating Ridge might be a smart move and pull even more voters from the Democratic center.

O on O Gasbaggery - Obama Campaign Making Big Mistake - Bill O’Reilly | The O’Reilly Factor: "...The end game is this: If Barack Obama continues to hide himself from American voters, he encourages negative information against him. Now, he might win the election anyway, but the Obama campaign is making a major mistake by hiding their candidate..."

He has a point.

Katrina Shooting Charges Quashed

Asheville Citizen Times "Charges dropped in post-Katrina bridge shooting": "NEW ORLEANS – A judge threw out murder and attempted murder charges Wednesday against seven New Orleans police officers accused of gunning down two men on a bridge in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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

The Denver Gulag

Denver to House Mass Arrestees in Cages in Warehouse - TalkLeft: The Politics Of Crime
"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..."

Screwed Again

Nigeria eliminates U.S. men in soccer, 2-1 - Los Angeles Times: "...Those hopes had been severely dented in the third minute when U.S. defender Michael Orozco was ejected by Germany referee Wolfgang Starg for throwing an elbow into a Nigerian player's midriff. The foul occurred at midfield and came in retaliation to Orozco being held. It caused Nowak's side to play short-handed for 87 minutes plus stoppage time, which proved too great a wall to climb..."

So my love/hate relationship with soccer continues.

CDS Overdrive

The Clintons: Ouch! - First Read - "Maureen Dowd skewers Bill and Hillary in her column today. "Obama also allowed Hillary supporters to insert an absurd statement into the platform suggesting that media sexism spurred her loss and that ‘demeaning portrayals of women ... dampen the dreams of our daughters.’ This, even though postmortems, including the new raft of campaign memos leaked by Clintonistas to The Atlantic — another move that undercuts Obama — finger Hillary’s horrendous management skills”...”"

Consider all the sources here: MoDo, The Atlantic, MSNBC --- they have all drunk enough kool-aid to float the Titanic.


U.S. Driving Continues to Decrease - "U.S. driving slid for the eighth straight month in June, making the decline more pronounced that the drop that occurred during the 1970s oil shock.

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.)..."

Dem Leader Shot

Gunman Critically Wounds Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman -

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fear and Loathing

The Obama Doctrine : NO QUARTER: "On the day after Russia invaded Georgia, Barack Obama urged even-handed “restraint” on both sides without mentioning Russia by name or rebuking its aggression. Thus Obama proposed his “Rodney King Doctrine,” after the African-American taxi driver, beaten by Los Angeles policemen in 1991, who plaintively asked, “Can we all get along?” The acquittal of the police in 1992 triggered the LA riots.

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."

Diminshing The Veep

The Associated Press: Obama supporters to get VP announcement via text: "WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is close to choosing a running mate, and the first person to find out could be you.

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?

Justice Do-Overs

Illegally Rejected Justice Dept. Applicants May Get Another Look - "Job applicants who were rejected by the Justice Department because of improper political considerations will be urged to apply for open positions, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey told an audience yesterday.

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

O'Inner Circle

Obama’s Bin Laden Whopper : NO QUARTER: "Pretty awful, Obama’s face morphed into Osama bin Laden’s. Unfortunately, there’s a problem with Obama’s account. It never happened. At least it didn’t happen to him. It did happen to then Senator Max Cleland, Democrat of Georgia, Vietnam War hero, in a vicious TV commercial put on the air by his Republican opponent.

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:..."

Comment of the Day-- So Far II

Obama's No. 1 Media Problem, MarketWatch Media Columnist Jon Friedman Says Democrat Better Get Used To Probing, Critical Coverage - CBS News: "BarbCham on Obama’s problem


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?

The Media and Obama

Obama's No. 1 Media Problem, MarketWatch Media Columnist Jon Friedman Says Democrat Better Get Used To Probing, Critical Coverage - CBS News: "...Too often, Obama and his handlers have overreacted to what we've come to accept as frivolous, basically harmless 'coverage' by the celebrity-obsessed mainstream media.

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

Dismayed By Edwards | 08/10/2008 | Edwards' hometown dismayed by revelations of affair ... as are his many supporters, including me. Oh, well. I have been disappointed before.

Indy Voters

Washington Times - Independent voters: "Much of the mystery surrounding independent voters has been revealed and the discovery, through polls, media coverage and intense study of the last two presidential cycles, is that independent voters are not that different from partisan voters..."

Saturday, August 09, 2008


She got that right | Corrente


“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?”

Why, indeed?..."


Claims of Texas Darlin' and TechDude flim-flamming and conning on the BO fake birth certificate. Here: Cannonfire.

Constitutional Issues for Obama

Native American’s Against Obama Weblog: "The Case against Obama appears to be growing with each passing day. We all know there were some problems with his FAKE birth certificate that was posted on the web recently. However, I have to admit that at first I was not all that convinced that anything would come of it. But today in the Rocky Mountain News, it verified that Obama is and has been a citizen of Kenya and the United States since 1963..."


Get yours at this link: My score is below.

Barack is very disappointed with me!

I only scored 23 on the Obama Test


Op-Ed Columnist - Lord of the Memes - Op-Ed - "...If you can do this [buy an iPhone], becoming not only an early adopter, but an early discarder, you will realize greater status rewards than you ever imagined. Remember, cultural epochs come and go, but one-upsmanship is forever."

Friday, August 08, 2008


Well, I could go on forever about this hand gesture, but I really try to avoid profane and sexually oriented writing. No Quarter has a post about the gesture/symbol and the comment thread is, er, interesting.

Clintons Will Speak

The Early Word: Clintons at the Convention - The Caucus - Politics - New York Times Blog

"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

Reminding The "Leaders"

Tom Vilsack Doesn’t Get It. (Heh heh, I said Vilsack.) « The Confluence

"...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..."

Solar Power Breakthrough

May be too good to be true. Random: Solar Power Breakthrough

Obama Undermines His Base

Excellent, thought provoking article.

Magazine Preview - Post-Race - Is Obama the End of Black Politics? - "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...”

Cohen Ally?

Obama Weighs in on Tennessee House Race | The Trail | "With voters in Memphis going to the polls today in a primary contest, Sen. Barack Obama weighed in this afternoon on the nasty campaign that House candidate Nikki Tinker has waged to unseat Rep. Stephen I. Cohen as the Democratic nominee for Tennessee's ninth district.

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

Comment of the Day

Bob Herbert and Keith Olberman Don’t Know Dick : NO QUARTER: "Comment by marie3548 | 2008-08-06 17:43:38

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:

Subject: Celebration

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 ?

Would we?

Manuel Alvarez, JR.
posted by
Kathleen | 08.06.08 - 2:48 pm | #"

Not Getting The Code

Gergen claims that everyone from the South is privy to some secret code that we all use to communicate our racist ideas. Now I get the GOPer race code, but I don't get the Gergen code, and furthermore, issues with the Precious have nothing to do with race with 99% of his critics. Race is the issue for a huge majority of his supporters, however. Tennessee Guerilla Women: David Gergen's Code for 'Uppity' Bitches, Ballbreakers, & Bimbos (Video)

Clinton Wants Financial Abuse Stopped

Sen. Clinton in article in the WSJ says that No Crisis Is Immune From Exploitation Under Bush - "...While touting fiscal responsibility, President Bush and his administration have lined the pockets of political cronies like Halliburton and Blackwater. While calling for earmark reform, the president has allowed no-bid and questionable contracting throughout the federal government to dwarf earmark spending by a 10-to-1 ratio.

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?

Paris Makes Sense!

Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad from Paris Hilton, Chris Henchy, and Adam "Ghost Panther" McKay

See more Paris Hilton videos at Funny or Die

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Not A Puma Production

THE Veep Question

Howling Latina: Watch it Boyz...

"...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.


Obama: I'd guarantee $4 billion to retool auto industry | | Detroit Free Press: "...He called for $4 billion in guaranteed loans and tax credits to help U.S. automakers retool for more fuel-efficient cars and to develop batteries for plug-in hybrids that get up to 150 m.p.g. The new breed of automobiles would fetch a $7,000 federal tax credit for buyers.

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.


McCain Woos Bikers - The Caucus - Politics - New York Times Blog

Monday, August 04, 2008

Petrobucks For Both Candidates

Obama unveils energy plan, new attacks on McCain - "(CNN) -- Barack Obama's campaign released a television ad Monday that calls for a windfall profits tax and accuses John McCain of being in the pocket of big oil.

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..."

O'Lead In Poor Poll

Obama leads McCain among low-wage workers: poll | Politics | Reuters: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama holds a two-to-one lead over Republican John McCain among low-wage workers but many are uncommitted to either presidential candidate, to according to a new poll by The Washington Post, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University.

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..."

Manufactured Pumas

Hey, Chuck Todd, We are everywhere. Be afraid, be very afraid. « The Confluence: "So, I hear that Chuck Todd has been on Meet the Press this morning talking smack about us and saying that we were “manufactured in Manhattan”, as if the Clinton people put this together. LOL!

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.

Fishing Hole

Walters Reservoir near Waterville, NC and Newport, TN along I-40. You can't get there unless you're willing to rock climb.

Sunday, August 03, 2008


McCain Aims to Drive Home Obama ‘Celebrity’ Label - America’s Election HQ: "John McCain’s campaign is sticking with its argument that Barack Obama is an aloof celebrity, as aides privately acknowledge that previous efforts to label Obama as a flip-flopper have been nowhere near as effective.

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

Off Shore Flip-Flopping 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

The Daily Flashback: Negative Edition

Howling Latina: Kool Aiders Still Drinking the Kool Aid: "...But let's not kid ourselves, shall we?? With a wink and a nod from The Chosen One, the first people who started lodging muck and slime at ANYONE during the Democratic primaries were Obamazoids.

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.."


Okay consider the source. But this is funny. Power Line: Get This Man A Teleprompter!

Unblocked Blog

I've been in the Dead Zone for a while. Google said their robots decided this was a spam blog and blocked me. Hmmmm. Or did somebody finally get around to scraping the bottom of the Puma barrel and decide to lay a spam whacking on me. If the Obots are paying attention to me, they are really wasting resources. But do continue...