Friday, August 29, 2008
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Wikipedia is getting a workout today over hockey mom (what the hell is a hockey mom anyway sounds good but that's about it) hottie Alaska Governor Sarah Phalin?
A hockey mom a heartbeat away? What the PUCK was Johnny Boy thinking?
This person is simply not qualified to be the
Vice President to the temperamental 71 year old cancer survivor McCain. She has absolutely no foreign policy experience and has only been Governor of Alaska since 2006. The former beauty queen like all good Republicans is under investigation.
This is a play by the McCain camp to get the Hillary dead enders vote and the Catholic crowd. She's attractive and probably a exceptional woman and mom but Vice President in this dangerous world? I think not.
It also completely eliminates the McCain's Obama lack of experience argument, which is pretty much all they had in the first place. This is a sign of desperation and a realizaton by McCain that he had to roll the dice because he knows he can't beat Obama's message of change.
It also changes the news narrative from the spectacular Obama acceptance speech to gerbil-wheel talking head anchors bumbling on about what it means to have a "hockey mom" a heartbeat away.
"He promises to lower taxes, and to balance the budget in four years, but he will not say where he would cut spending. In area after area, McCain has failed to say exactly, or even approximately, what he wants to happen. He will reform this and improve that, he insists, but he rarely says how. Perhaps to make up for his silence, on the issues where he feels he has a political advantage -- gas prices and offshore drilling, for instance -- he has brazenly substituted simple-minded populism for honest economics."
So How much will you get back under Obama proposed tax cut? Here a handy calculator from some folks at the Brookings Institute. You can also see how much more you pay if McCain gets elected.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Some quotes via Burnt Orange Report about THE SPEECH.
Kos: I'm living in mortal fear this speech will end. I want it to go on and on and on...
Georgia10: Gay marriage, guns, abortion, social security, and more. When you touch the third, fourth, fifth and six rails of American politics in your acceptance speech, that's gutsy. And brilliant.
BarbinMD: Grand slam doesn't even describe this speech.
brownsox: I have never seen Barack Obama give a better speech. I have never seen anyone give a better political speech.
Andrew Sullivan: I've said it before - months and months ago. I should say it again tonight. This is a remarkable man at a vital moment. America would be crazy to throw this opportunity away. America must not throw this opportunity away.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
But do you think the talking heads at CNN and the other TV networks even noticed. They were too busy talking about how the Democrats were making a mistake by not using the TV time to attack McCain. These so call experts are mainly concerned with what is in their own infotainment echo chamber of influence, soap opera and feeding their egos. It's always soap opera and talking points over any facts with these nitwits.
Barack Obama’s stump speech is articulate and folksy. It’s filled with statistics about how middle class income has dropped significantly under Bush and what we need to do and why we need to finally become energy independent. It shows Obama’s significant grasp of the domestic and foreign policy issues of the day. His style is friendly and colloquial and mimics a conversation one would have with a neighbor over the backyard fence.
But what the stump speech contains in facts and figures and personal charm it lacks in real anger and frustration about the current state that we find our nation. Most people are mad as hell and want someone to take to task those in power responsible for the criminal negligence, warmongering, misuse of the military and massive government incompetence on all levels of the last eight years.
Barack Obama is a nice guy and has prided his campaign on taking the highroad. He seldom wheels a big stick approach when dealing with McCain or Republican attacks. He apparently believes that the American people will give him credit for this in he end and this will, along with the usual reasons, help elect him President. But I have my serious doubts about that.
As Democrats we have to ask ourselves if we had enough of this weak and ineffective crap already in the Congress from the likes of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid. Both of them should be replaced when the next Congress opens for their lack of courage, passion and anger in dealing with the Bush and Republican agenda since gaining a slim majority in 2006. But that's another story.
I don’t know about you, but I’m mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore. This is the feeling in ones bones that Obama needs to possess and inject out on the campaign trial. No more playing Mister Nice Guy. I want Obama to be my champion and I want him to mirror my frustration and anger with what has happened to this country under Bush/Cheney and company for the last eight years. I believe that if Obama has a problem closing the deal with the American people it is because he comes across as a well-meaning overly polite egghead sometimes.
If you’ve noticed the use of anger, as a political tool, is something the Republicans have down pat. When attacked they always respond with indignation and anger to any attack. Yes, it is usually false indignation, but Democrats need to realize it works with Joe six pack voters out there. Playing the articulate intelligent wuss won’t work with independent working class voters, and Obama seems to be unable to relate to or translate into his speeches the real anger that we are all feeling.
There is a old labor movement story in the Northwest about a union lawyer named Vandeveer who had a working man come to him with a problem. Seems an unscrupulous sort had cheated the man of his money. Vandeveer ask the man what he like him to do. “Well frankly, if I had my way I like to punch the guy in the nose”, the man said. The story goes on to tell how Vandeveer immediately left his office when to the scoundrel's location and punch the man in the nose.
I think Obama needs to reflect our anger and comtempt with the current government as directly as Vandeveer did in his situation if he expects to win the presidency.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Then after starting his run for the white house he suddenly changed his tune because it became politically impossible to defend. He then began to claim that he alone was the first one to criticize the president's policies and those of Donald Rumsfeld. He now claims that he questioned the strategy all along. This video appears to prove it's all just more of a phony McCain bullshit narrative.
Flash, 70 days to the election. Wake up out there folks! Your country, as you know it is slowly slipping away. Put down the bottle of Vicadin or Valium and get your ass up off the IKEA sofa bed and pull your Liberal head out of your ass. This is a full body contact death cage match election, or worse.
In November of 2007 I was sitting in my kitchen on Vashon Island here in Washington State contemplating the state of our nation. It wasn’t good then and it's probably worse now. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan raged, economic crisis, energy crisis, mortgage crisis, unprecedented and widespread federal government corruption and incompetence, Iran, the Supreme Court one vote from overturning Rowe v Wade, the slow and methodical destruction of constitutional protections, Gitmo, torture, the environment, the economic destruction of the middle class and where the fuck is Osama Bin Laden anyway?
Enough, like many I'd had enough already.
I don't think I'm overly jingoistic or a flag waiver but I simply had enough. I love my country. I decided to do something about it and set out to volunteer with the Obama campaign here in Washington State and later in Texas, Oregon, and Montana and many other states if you count phone banks. I traveled thousands of miles over several months and spend thousands of dollars touting Obama.
As we all trudged through the primary it was a mental battle to keep the faith that we would reach the ultimate prize of winning the nomination for Obama. That mission has been partially (except for the actual nomination process) accomplished and except for a few dead ended Hillary supporters still out there, who's explanation for not supporting Obama vs McCain are beyond question pure delusion or explained by accepting the fact that they were shills for the Republican Party from the get go. The future of this country is more important then any of their personal hurt feelings.
Now just a few days before the national convention and the polls are tightening. If you believe the CNN and MSNBC gibberish it's because McCain's BS based personal attacks on Obama have worked. He's inexperienced or he's and elitist. I believe it's plain old racism to blame for the lack of progress. How these tactics work or in fact if they have worked is certainly open to question. But one should surely not be over confident that an Obama win in November is a done deal. Given the state of news reporting by the MSM it's a wonder we have any country at all. Where have these people been for the last two decades? The fact is Americans get little in the way of truth about ANYTHING these days because of the corporate control of and political influence over the modern press.
Who knows? If John McCain and his ilk are allowed to continue on the path that has brought us to the brink of a national meltdown we may not be able to settle this question peacefully at the ballot box in the future. It maybe necessary to fight for our rights and what we believe in a more fundamental and basic way with our hands.
So there’s an easy way and there’s a hard way. We can’t continue on the same cynical path we are on and see a repeat of the election of 2004, or we get ready to man the barricades later.
Where is your passion for your country Dear Liberals? What are you willing to do to make sure Barack Obama gets elected in November? Instead of listening to the brain dead nasal whinny voice of CNN’s Campbell Brown regurgitated the William Ayers connection to Obama story every night we should be in full attack mode. Pull out all the stops on McCain. This is a bear knuckle fight for the soul and the future, even perhaps the very existence of this country as we have known it. Nothing should be left on table including:
- The Keating Five
- McCain's basic disconnect with anything working class or middle class
- The phony media echo chamber POW mass war hero worship circus of bullshit
- The phony Cindy McCain Barbie Doll resume mentality
- His ties to lobbyists and influence peddlers
- The 8 houses
- Five million per year is not rich comment
- I don’t torture but I torture.
- His Senate attendance record
- His vote against the New GI Bill and his record of NOT supporting the troops
- His cheating on his first wife
- I was born with a silver spoon in your mouth because my Grandfather and Father were Naval admirals
- The womanizing party boy
- His age
- His anger management problem
- His mental fitness to have his hand on the button
- Because he was born in the canal zone is he really eligible to run for President?
- The truth of what his role or his staff's role was in Georgia and his subsequent saber rattling
- McCain as a warmonger and mindset ultimately involves the use of military force
- Reinstating the draft
General Clark was right. Getting shot down over Vietnam doesn't make you qualified to be President. I would think not getting shot down would probably be more desirable on one's resume. My bother and many other fine servicemen fought in Viet Nam, and were wounded or captured, but it doesn’t make them qualified to be the president of the United States. Not saying that my brother wouldn't make a good president because morally he's twice the man John McCain ever will be, but really now.
Liberals and the Obama Campaign need to learn to a certain degree to get down in the dirt with the low information voters and start to talk to them in the language of slash and burn politics that the Republican know they understand. If we’re not willing to do this we will probably lose the election. Liberals must stop the appearance or actual condesending behavior and morally superior attitude they often project on independant and low information voters. It's wrong and often separates their support for ideas that all of us share in common.
Don’t worry we’ll be able to live with ourselves in the morning. Because. if we win, we will have the power to transform the country instead of forever being on the outside looking in again with no power to change a thing.
Finally, we need to all vote the Democratic ticket and get at least 20 other people we know to vote who maybe won't otherwise. We need to remind ourselves that the mothers milk of politics is cash and make a contribution to the National and State Democratic Party and to the Obama and Gregoire in Washington campaigns. We need to become volunteers for our State and National candidates within our Legislative and Congressional districts.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Latest Poll Reveals 430 New Demographics That Will Decide Election
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
"WASHINGTON — President Bush Wednesday promised that U.S. naval forces would deliver humanitarian aid to war-torn Georgia before his administration had received approval from Turkey, which controls naval access to the Black Sea, or the Pentagon had planned a seaborne operation, U.S. officials said Thursday.
As of late Thursday, Ankara, a NATO ally, hadn't cleared any U.S. naval vessels to steam to Georgia through the Bosporus and the Dardanelles, the narrow straits that connect the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, the officials said. Under the 1936 Montreaux Convention, countries must notify Turkey before sending warships through the straits.
Pentagon officials told McClatchy that they were increasingly dubious that any U.S. Navy vessels would join the aid operation, in large part because the U.S.-based hospital ships likely to go, the USNS Comfort and the USNS Mercy, would take weeks to arrive.
"The president was writing checks to the Georgians without knowing what he had in the bank," said a senior administration official."
Obama as of late, in the spirit of inclusion, is allowing Clinton and her supporters to conduct a sort of sideshow at the Denver convention to get in touch with that group's inner child. This includes placing Clinton's name in nomination and lots of other post modern feminist activities and events where wearing and article of pink clothing will be probably be mandatory.
"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.
Besides the crashing egos and screeching factions working at cross purposes, Joshua Green writes in the magazine, Hillary’s “hesitancy and habit of avoiding hard choices exacted a price that eventually sank her chances at the presidency.”
It would have been better to put this language in the platform: “A woman who wildly mismanages and bankrupts a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar campaign operation, and then blames sexism in society, will dampen the dreams of our daughters". Mareen Dowd NYT
Hardball host David Shuster did a credible job of putting the two hardcore brain dead Clinton axe grinders feet to the fire. One of the questions he raised with PUMA founder Dara Murphy (who acting like she's high on qualudes and/or Obama somehow didn't respond to her let's flirt message over at Match.com) was that she had contributed money to the Republican Party and John McCain in the past.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The conservative Christian group Focus on the Family now apparently has had second thoughts after asking what would Jesus do in the same situation and has pulled this video from it's website. These dumb-shits ought to be ashamed of themselves. Focus on the family has not officially endorsed a candidate but the cult's leader James Dobson says he prefers John McCain.
By the way I'm praying that a bolt of lightning hits this dweeb directly in the balls.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
The gruesome photos above of the aftermath of the Russian invasion of the disputed territory controlled by Georgia and the rest of that nation speaks of the horror of war and civilians caught up in it. It's the type of photo you'd probably hardly ever see shown by American MSM. It too real for them and doesn't fit their all American fantasy based bullshit narrative.
How can Bush now demand that Russia not preemtively invade Georgia? The answer is he can’t. His moral authority meter is on zero. This plus the fact that Bush and company wouldn't know diplomacy if it hit them in the ass, paints a bleak picture for the people and democracy in Georgia and ending this war quickly.
Can't depend on the UN either because those folks are just a bunch of "for-ners" who are probably French or Commies and want to take American power away with their fancy international laws, courts and force Americans to make soccer the national sport.
These tiny houses are a project developed by Discovery Architectural Antiques who have a massive 130,000 square foot showroom filled with salvaged materials. Each house will be unique by virtue of the fact they are not mass produced, and created according to the reclaimed materials available at the time.
The new elements in the houses will, of course, be the electrics and plumbing to comply with modern building standards.
As if they were not eco-friendly enough, you can also opt for grey and black water recycling systems for water conservation and solar power systems for energy conversation.
You can go to their showroom and mix and match from the thousands of pieces they have available to create your own masterpiece, or send them a photo of a house you will like a miniature copy of.
Starting from just $32,000 for an 8’x16’ it has to be one of the best ways to recycle with style at an affordable price.No two Tiny Texas Houses will ever be exactly alike but instead, each will be a unique piece of House Art.
Via: Trend Hunters Magazine
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
First of all I love country music so it not that or that most of his macho tough guy persona, redneck and chauvinist music sucks. Or that he represents most of what's wrong with American men. It’s because Keith is a racist and apparent lynching advocate. It's funny that the red flags didn't go up at Ford earlier given the jingoistic white trailer trash crap that Keith is known to advocate.
Keith new hit record is entitled “Beer for My Horses”. Its lyrics are clearly racist and inflammatory to African Americans and others. Here a sample:
“Grand pappy told my pappy back in my day, son A man had to answer for the wicked that he'd done Take all the rope in Texas Find a tall oak tree, round up all of them bad boys Hang them high in the street For all the people to see”…..
Max Blumenthal of the Huffington Post has written extensively about Keith’s propensity to spew out his racism in his songs and in public, including recently on the Glen Beck show when he was asked about the success of Barack Obama.
"I think the black people would say he don't talk, act or carry himself as a black person. What does that even mean?" the audibly shocked Beck replied. "Well, I don't know what that means," Keith drawled, "but I think that that's what they would say. Even though the black society would pull for him I still think that they think in the back of their mind that the only reason he is in [the general election] is because he talks, acts and carries himself as a Caucasian."So what the hell is the main sponsor of this bigot Ford Trucks doing to stop this? Apparently nothing. Ford has a deal to underwrite Keith's current “Biggest and Baddest” concert mega tour. If you been around rednecks especially in the south you quickly understand why. During my recent visit to rural Texas I found that it didn’t matter if you lived on a compost pile, because more often than not there's a late model Ford pickup parked in the yard.
When the popular country trio the Dixie Chicks were critical of George Bush in 2003 because of the Iraq war it prompted Keith to branded them “Saddams’s Angels”. Keith helped fire the redneck and right wing backlash against the Chicks that cumulated in such things as CD burning parties, Chicks concert cancellations and blacklisting by the music industry throughout the South and elsewhere.
The feud still continues till this day, in spite of attempts to mend fences, based on the recent cancellation of a joint engagement by the Chicks and Keith that was scheduled to bring attention to global warming. Something I sure Keith's fan base is not that captivated with. The Dixie Chicks wrote a hit song about the ordeal "not willing to make nice".
I think it's time we tell the Ford Motor Company what we think about their sponsorship of this xenophobic and pro lynching bigot. I suggest you contact Ford and demand they rethink their sponsorship of Keith. I composed a letter your welcome to cut and paste into their contact us email template and forward under your name.
Dear Ford Motor Company:
I would like to bring to your attention that I will not be buying any Ford Motor Company products, including any Ford Trucks until you end your relationship with country singer Toby Keith.
Keith has demonstrated that he is a racist and a bigot by writing and performing songs like “Beer For My Horses” that appear to support public lynching. He also stated during a nationally syndicated radio program that Barack Obama success was only because “he talks, acts and carries himself as a Caucasian.” Adding, “I think the black people would say he don't talk, act or carry himself as a black person”.
If the Ford Motor Company stands for equality and against racism, race bating and public lynching it needs to stop supporting people who do. I hope you will take action to
end your business relationship with Mr. Keith as soon as possible.
Monday, August 04, 2008
In a revolutionary leap that could transform solar power from a marginal, boutique alternative into a mainstream energy source, MIT researchers have overcome a major barrier to large-scale solar power: storing energy for use when the sun doesn’t shine.
"Many are asking their personal shoppers and private-jet providers to seek the best deals rather than over-the-top extravagances." Meanwhile some retired grandma has to go hungry in order to pay her energy bill. This is such a total bullshit story. Come on Mr. Jewell there are people dying out here.