Tuesday, September 30, 2008
John McCain shows up at the Couric-Palin interview to provide the subtext and protect the Barracuda pitbull with lipstick from "gotcha journalism". McCain jumps in and answers questions that are directed at Palin if he doesn't like the question that's being asked. This is total bullshit.
Sarah Palin AND John McCain definitely not ready to lead!
Monday, September 29, 2008
via: the onion
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Here's some advise from the WHO.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Not very presidential Daddy Warbucks!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Waxing on about the past in spite of a twitchy and half closed left eye McWarbucks pined on about all the wars and uprisings he'd been through and how he'd love to get even for losing the war in Vietnam.
McHoover also use the word surge at least 20 times to describe what a McFlipFlop presidency would look like. McCain ended the debate dramatically by saying "Obama you magnificent bastard, you read my book" before removing his $500 shoes and falling on his sword.
Via: The Backbone Campaign
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
"You might be interested and amused (but certainly not “intrigued”) to learn that, in Ancient Greek, the word “Palin” means, more or less, “backwards.” Not in the sense of slow or stupid, but, rather, in the sense of reversing direction. A “palindrome,” for instance, is something that “runs backwards” or, one might say, reverses itself."
via: The New Yorker Henrick Hertzberg
If nothing else has been revealed over the last week we have seen McCain's impulsive and erratic over the top behavior. One must seriously ask is this the type of President we need in a crisis filled world? A president who panics and goes from one extreme to the other or plays a hunch everytime he gets in trouble.
Haven't we had enough of that with Bush?
Furthermore, when John McCain made his first major decision on his running mate he selected the fringe wingnut Sarah Palin. It is becoming abundantly clear she is a totally unqualified for the position.
Although McCain thinks that there some political capitol in being in a crisis mode and trying to play the peacemaker between waring political parties or the fear card. It was Obama who reached out first this morning to McCain in an attempt to set aside party politics and agree on statement of broad principles to deal with the problems with the economy.
McCain probably saw this as a bad development because it showed that Obama would rise above politics with this move to reach out first bound to be interpreted as such, once the word got out to the press. McCain simply went postal with his response and call for suspension of the campaigning.
It clear no one needs no show champ John McCain in Washington DC to get the bailout bill pasted. Barney Frank Chairman of the House Banking committee was quoted as saying about the McCain grandstanding "It's the longest Hail Mary pass in the history of either football or Marys." Over in the Senate Harry Reid said the following about the McCain stunt, "We need leadership; not a campaign photo op."
Obama has clearly acted Presidential throughout this crisis while McCain has continued to play the political angles or just act dumb and uninformed and unable to pivot and think rationally. John McCain simply not qualified to lead!
It's not that I'm surprised by this. The Republicans and the right know that they have a lot to lose. An Obama presidency may mean that many of there leaders could eventually end up behind bars. Where, as many of us know, they really belong if there is such a thing as true justice in this country.
I don’t know about you but the last few days we seen the subtle beginning of what I think is the playing of the final cards in the McCain deck. Namely the race, wedge issue and return of Reverend Wright cards. The one thing about all this activity is that it always has a subtle tinge of race batting or overt racism in the story line. It’s the old Rovian road to victory. Smear them and confuse them. If you can’t beat them on the issues then anything is considered acceptable to obtain victory.
It's never done up front of course. Rove started out his career smearing Governor Ann Richards of Texas. Claiming back then she was a lesbian by passing out anonymous fliers at mega churches in Texas in the election that first gave us Governor George W. Bush.
More and more McCain third party and 527 groups are starting to appear on the web. Rush Limbaugh now claims that Obama is an Arab. The NRA starts a massive “Obama is going to take your guns away" campaign. These folks are scared and getting desperate and they are increasingly these days aiming their lies at their fellow racists, bigots and right wing nut jobs and the Christian right.
I expect the very worst directly from McCain or his shadowy backers in the run up to Election day and, I can only take action to fight back and hope and belief that this type of demagoguery and lies will be rejected by the American people.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
If this is true it means that some unnamed soldier will probably die so that John McCain had a better chance of being elected President in the eyes of these manipulative war criminals.
In a video tape released in late 2004, that many say was the straw that broke John Kerry’s back in the presidential election, Bin Laden talks at length about his goal to bankrupt the US by making war in Iraq and around the world.
Unfortunately, George Bush and his henchmen forged forward with their version of holy war in Iraq. Now it is becoming abundantly clear that Bin Laden’s plan is coming to fruition. Ask yourself, is Bin Laden winning so far and what does this say about John Mc Hoover’s plans to continue this foolish war. It's not just the housing bubble that is at the center of our economic problem it is also the 10 billion a month bill we pay for the foolish war in Iraq.
Here are the excerpts from that 2004 tape:
"We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah,"
"We, alongside the mujahedeen, bled Russia for 10 years until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat,"
al Qaeda has found it "easy for us to provoke and bait this administration."
"All that we have to do is to send two mujahedeen to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al Qaeda, in order to make generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic and political losses without their achieving anything of note other than some benefits for their private corporations,"
"Every dollar of al Qaeda defeated a million dollars, by the permission of Allah, besides the loss of a huge number of jobs," he said. "As for the economic deficit, it has reached record astronomical numbers estimated to total more than a trillion dollars.
"It is true that this shows that al Qaeda has gained, but on the other hand it shows that the Bush administration has also gained, something that anyone who looks at the size of the contracts acquired by the shady Bush administration-linked mega-corporations, like Halliburton and its kind, will be convinced.”
"And it all shows that the real loser is you, It is the American people and their economy."
"the darkness of black gold blurred his vision and insight, and he gave priority to private interests over the public interests of America.
"So the war went ahead, the death toll rose, the American economy bled, and Bush became embroiled in the swamps of Iraq that threaten his future"
Monday, September 22, 2008
A reader writes:
As an emergency physician, if I were taking care of a 72-year-old man with a history of melanoma who was having episodes of confusion I would be extremely concerned. High on my priority list would be to get a brain MRI to look for metastatic melanoma. When melanoma metastasizes it commonly goes to the brain. I do not think the American people should decide whether or not to vote for Senator McCain until he has had a brain MRI and we know the results.
Here's a quote from emedicine.com on melanoma:
"Melanoma has an increased incidence among other systemic cancers in terms of metastasizing to the brain. About 40-60% of patients with melanoma will have brain metastasis. Melanoma commonly metastasizes to the brain. Melanoma cells are closely related to CNS cells due to their embryonic origin and neural crest cells, and they share common antigens such as MAG-1 and MAG-2. After melanoma is detected in the brain, median survival is 3 months. These metastases are poorly responsive to all treatments."
via: Burnt Orange Report
Sunday, September 21, 2008
1. The government (i.e. taxpayers) gets an equity stake in every Wall Street financial company proportional to the amount of bad debt that company shoves onto the public. So when and if Wall Street shares rise, taxpayers are rewarded for accepting so much risk.
2. Wall Street executives and directors of Wall Street firms relinquish their current stock options and this year’s other forms of compensation, and agree to future compensation linked to a rolling five-year average of firm profitability. Why should taxpayers feather their already amply-feathered nests?
3. All Wall Street executives immediately cease making campaign contributions to any candidate for public office in this election cycle or next, all Wall Street PACs be closed, and Wall Street lobbyists curtail their activities unless specifically asked for information by policymakers. Why should taxpayers finance Wall Street’s outsized political power – especially when that power is being exercised to get favorable terms from taxpayers?
4. Wall Street firms agree to comply with new regulations over disclosure, capital requirements, conflicts of interest, and market manipulation. The regulations will emerge in ninety days from a bi-partisan working group, to be convened immediately. After all, inadequate regulation and lack of oversight got us into this mess.
5. Wall Street agrees to give bankruptcy judges the authority to modify the terms of primary mortgages, so homeowners have a fighting chance to keep their homes. Why should distressed homeowners lose their homes when Wall Streeters receive taxpayer money that helps them keep their fancy ones?
Wall Streeters may not like these conditions. Well, you should tell them that the public doesn’t like the idea of bailing out Wall Street. So if Wall Street doesn’t accept these conditions, it doesn’t get the blank check.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I think that a better way to address the problem would be to directly help homeowners who are facing financial crisis and foreclosure. It would probably cost much less and be a more direct way to address the problem instead of just bailing out the greedy super rich Republicans. Several experts familiar with the economy think in fact it would make Wall Street accept responsibility the old fashion way by going bankrupt with some help from the government to ease the effect on the rest of us.
One thing it says is that Bush legacy is now complete including 2 wars, 4161 dead soldiers in Iraq, hundred of thousands of dead civilians, American respect in the world at a all time low, financial chaos, economic breakdown, massive deficit, Afghanistan, torture, constitutional rights threatened and a broken and incompetent government bureaucracy.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Republicans bitch and whine about being regulated and no bailouts but then easily become corporate whores the moment Wall Street calls for help. But what about the homeowner and the working families facing more dire and personal financial collapse?
Some estimates say the bailout could cost as much as half a trillion. But no one really knows the total cost. Most of this money would apparently be used to buy up bad mortgages and bailout banks and other corporate entities that hold the debt. One problem with such a plan is no one really knows how much debt there is out there. So you could be on the hook as taxpayers for a undetermined amount of money into the foreseeable future. There goes the money for health care I guess. Maybe that's the real plan these sleaze bags have up their sleeves?
It’s important to remember that the last time such a scheme was used was in the 1980's in the form of the RTC used during the Savings and Loan crisis . The total cost was about $394 billion. The half a trillion estimated bailout amount of this crisis makes the S&L crisis pail in comparison. Two prominent economists contend that the Treasury Secretary Paulson plan is aimed at the wrong end of the problem. The massive debt relief should be given to homeowners not failing companies.
Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor, thinks that Wall Street companies should be allowed to go bankrupt under a form of special bankruptcy specially aimed at the current crisis. This would help keep taxpayer directly off the hook for those company's debts. He then proposes more financial help for actual people who are in trouble and facing foreclosure. Help in the form of unemployment insurance, health insurance and assurances that they will not lose their pension or savings due to a stock market meltdown. Finally Reich proposes a more comprehensive way for them to reorganize their mortgage debt with the help of the government.
Dr. Nouriel Roubini, the New York University economics professor who has been predicting the current financial crisis for some time has a more comprehensive proposal on how to handle the crisis. It is aimed more directly at helping homeowners in trouble rather then bailing out failing banks and insurance companies. It is more along the lines of the depression era Home Owners Loan Corporation (HOLC). During the Great Depression the Home Owners' Loan Corporation was create to buy mortgages from banks at a discount price, reduce further the face value of such mortgages and refinance distressed homeowners into new mortgages with lower face value and lower fixed rate mortgage rates.
This massive program allowed millions of households to avoid losing their homes and ending up in foreclosure. Basically Roubini believes that this type of program would not cost as much as the massive bail out idea aimed at Wall Street. Also it attacks the problem at the source before banks go bankrupt because they are holding debt. It does this by addressing the mortgage debt at the homeowner level rather then buying up a bank that has failed because it holds numerous bad mortgages.
Ultimately a comprehensive plan aimed at homeowners will relieve not only their personal mortgage crisis but reduce the bad debts being held by banks that has caused the crisis on Wall Street and made capital difficult to access.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
In a interview with a Florida Spanish Union Radio Network reporter John McCain apparently had a senior moment and became confused on just where Spain is located and who is the country's President. No wonder a Catalan friend of mine told me recently that 80% of the people in Spain are for Obama. Too bad they can't actually vote.
Hagel consistently opposes his party on major issues and has worked with Democrats on things like opposition to the war in Iraq. Hagel also accompanied Barack Obama on his recent world tour. Today it was reported that Hagel warned Secretary of State Rice in a February 2008 letter of potential problems with the Russians because of our approach to tensions in the Kosovo, Serbia and elsewhere in Europe. Thus showing some insight that's lacking from the likes of John "we are all Georgians" McCain the pretend maverick.
Isn't Hagel the real maverick?
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
This a new Spanish Language Obama ad titled Two Faces. It interesting in that it takes a punch at loudmouth Russ Limbaugh. It running in Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.
Here is the translation.
"They want us to forget the insults we've put up with, the intolerance," the television ad's announcer says in Spanish as a picture of Rush Limbaugh appears onscreen with quotes of him saying, "Mexicans are stupid and unqualified" and "Shut your mouth or get out."
"They made us feel marginalized in a country we love so much," the ad continues. "John McCain and his Republican friends have two faces. One that says lies just to get our vote and another, even worse, that continues the failed policies of George Bush that put special interests ahead of working families."
I'm sure this is happening to retirees funds all over the country both public and private. I'm a exception to the rule but, you probably know one of the biggest supporters of McCain is the over 50 demographic group. I think many of the white folks over 50 have a hangup about voting for a black man. Maybe the economic crisis will help them overcome their racism. So when will the over 50 crowd wake up and realize that we can't afford four more years of Republican economics?
Monday, September 15, 2008
"The bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, a prestigious Wall Street firm, will touch Florida's pension funds and the state-run insurer because both hold its securities.
The State Board of Administration holds $322 million in Lehman stock and bonds. The SBA manages the state's employee fund and more than two dozen other funds, including assets for the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund and the Florida Prepaid College Plan.
Dennis McKee, a spokesman for the SBA, said the agency has an $84 million unrealized loss on its holdings.
About two-thirds of the securities are held by the Florida Retirement System, which includes the pension funds for local counties such as Miami-Dade and Broward. The rest is spread out in the catastrophe fund and the Lawton Chiles Endowment Fund, which helps fund Medicare.
McGee said because the SBA is such a substantial investor in the financial markets, with more than $159 billion in funds under management, the agency has a relationship with most of the large Wall Street houses.
The agency said it was trying to quantify its relationship with Merrill Lynch and American International Group, a major insurance company that is seeking a $40 million capital injection from the Federal Reserve Bank to avoid being downgraded by the credit rating agencies."
Sunday, September 14, 2008
On September 11th Russian bombers were welcomed to Venezuela by presidente Hugo Chavez. This is part of the tit for tat nature of the new American Russian global relationship. But one must ask oneself, aren't the Russians just responding in kind to American sword rattling and bullying?
Chavez and Venezuela really aren't the point here.
As much as I dislike Chavez for his anti American rants, one must admit that he often hits pretty close to home with an zinger or his nasty rhetoric about American foreign policies effect on OTHER people in the world. For some unknown reason, to Americans, it hits home with millions of people around the world who see the United States as the real global troublemaker here.
But were would they get that idea?
For some time now Russian Prime Minister and actual leader Alexander Putin has opposed Bush's plan to deploy the space based missile defense shield aimed at Russia and often referred to as Star Wars. That in addition to the long standing Russian objection to the scrapping of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty after Bush became our fearless leader in 2001 have stirred up the Russian leadership.
Fast forward to now where John McCain's and Sarah Palin's recent saber rattling "today we are all Georgians" remarks about the Russian response to the Georgian military invasion of disputed territory within it realm of influence. A remark made by McCain to score quick political points during our presidential election season with clueless low information and insecure American voters. America is propably not going to start a war with Russia over Georgia. Add Condoleeza Rice and Bush's incompetent bullshit to the mix and we're well on our way to the further breakdown of relations between two of the most powerful nations on earth. It also seems to me that Alexander Putin is about twice as smart as McCain, Palin, Bush and Rice put together.
But lets get back to the real cause and effect. It's not rocket science to imaging just how difficult it will be to actually deploy a missile defense system that's trying to destroy incoming warheads traveling a high speeds. Not to mention the astronomical cost of such a program that would further bankrupted this country. One would think a better course of action would be to use diplomacy to promote peace and understanding between nations instead of building more tension escalating boondoggle weapons systems.
Think of it like this: It's okay for the US to unilaterally invade a country halfway around the world but not okay for Russia to invade a country it has had centuries of share history and relations with that's next door. What would we do if Cuba suddenly invaded Puerto Rico or Cuba tried to join something like the old Warsaw Pact?
What most people didn't get, because it has not been widely or correctly reported in the American press, was that Georgia actually provoked the action by invading the disputed territory of South Ossetia. Here a excerpt from an editorial in the Guardian:"First, History seems to indicate that Russia certainly has some legitimate reasons to claim influence over these disputed areas like "the majority of the 75,000 Ossetians are pro-Russian, and have long been angling to join North Ossetia, which is part of the Russian Federation. Second, many Ossetians have now got Russian citizenship and passports. This is a dispute that predates both the Georgian president, Mikhail Saakashvili, and the Putin era. Fourth, rushing to the aid of separatists was a precedent set by the west in Kosovo. Russia gave us fair warning of the consequences."
Also there is evidence that Georgian pro American leader Mikhail Saakashvili would rather internationalize this crisis by fanning the old East West cold war flames. Apparently there is some evidence that a McCain operative been egging him on. It certainly gives McCain a stage to play the look I'm the experience military guy we need in a dangerous world role.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Republican party organizations and operatives have apparently commenced to engage in the wide ranging Carl Rove tactic of attempting to suppress Democratic Party voters nationwide. It’s a tactic known as voter caging.
In the battleground State of Ohio and several other battleground states reports are surfacing of the Republican tactic to cage Democratic Party voters. In case your not aware of what exactly it is, it’s the practice of contacting registered Democrats usually through the mail with such things as dummy pre-election request for absentee ballots or other election related information. The mailers also contain a DO NOT FORWARD request for the post office if they should be, for any reason, undeliverable. Another variation of the tactic is to ask the voter to verify they are eligible to vote or not by checking a obscure box on the mailer should it actually be returned to it's Republican operative source. If the check box is overlooked or mark as ineligible the information is then used later to challenge the voter’s eligibility with local election officials.
There are several variations of the tactic using a mailer that's returned to the Republican Party source and then used to claim that a voter it was sent to is not properly registered because of an invalid address change or other trumped up reason that may be required in the voter's home state or county in order for them to be considered eligible voters.
I would think that the average voter isn't that aware of all the intricacies of remaining eligible to vote in their particular location. But they better get informed about it now and verify that they are eligible before the election because the Republicans apparently plan on challenging your right to vote if you've moved and not corrected your address or otherwise given them a reason to do so based on your local election laws.
As unbelievable as it seems, there are also reports that Republicans are mailing to lists of foreclosure victims knowing that they are not at the address the mailer is sent to because they lost their freaking homes. Once again when the mailer is returned to sender the undeliverable ballot is used to claim the voter is not properly registered. This is a double insult because the Republican economy is responsible for most of these middle class folks losing there homes in the first place. Kick them while they’re down should be McCain’s new slogan not Country First.
This is a effective tactic for the Republicans in battleground states because it can be used to reduce Democratic votes enough to change the outcome of the election in a close race. The tactic is not just effective with the top of the ticket but also helps in down ticket races. In the last gubernatorial election in 2004 in Washington State the eventual Democrat winner Chris Gregiore won by less then 1000 votes after Republicans had some success suppressing votes by challenging eligibility.
The bottom line is Republicans are not really interested in making sure everyone right to vote is protected. They are more interested in suppressing your votes on technicalities, especially if you’re a registered Democrat. Winning is everything with these especially sleazy Republican scumbags evidently, even if it means disenfranchising voters who would normally be consider eligible to vote.
Is this type of shit what our forefather fought and died to protect? I think not!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
If elected it's sure starting to sound like Sarah Palin will bring be her new rich white trash lifestyle to the White House apparently. Where she'll probably spend most of her time trying to pass laws that tell you what you can and cannot read.
All we'll need then is a double wide on the white house lawn and a couple of broken down big wheel trucks parked nearby. Maybe a snarling dog on a chain. That's if she got the time after making sure we're all ready for the end of the world. The end will be near if we finally elect this Jerry Springer show reject.
The ABC report below on her attempt to intimidate her hometown librarian into removing books from the library should be required viewing for all. Your next.
But, where the hell is Osama Day 2534? Happy 9/11 America.
Friday, September 05, 2008
"McCain's convention speech positioned him as John Rambo. The popularity of the Rambo: First Blood 2, historian Melani McAlister argued in her Epic Encounters, derived from the way it allowed its hero, a betrayed veteran, to fight the Vietnam War all over again and to win this time. McAlister suggests that the popularity in the United States of Israeli macho operations such as Entebbe derived from this same Rambo complex, a desire to compensate for the humiliating defeat of the United States by the Vietnamese and their Chinese and Russian allies.
McCain dwelled at length on his years as a prisoner of the Vietnamese and even adverted briefly to having been broken by torture. The rage and abasement of that moment when he signed a confession of war crimes and denounced the United States."
McCain has spoken of his breaking before, as in an October 12, 1997 60 Minutes interview that his critics sometimes misquote:
"Sen. McCAIN: I m--made serious, serious mistakes and did things wrong when I was in prison, OK?
WALLACE: What did you do wrong in prison?
Sen. McCAIN: I wrote a confession. I was guilty of war crimes against the Vietnamese people. I intentionally bombed women and children.
WALLACE: And you did it because you were being tortured...
Sen. McCAIN: I...
WALLACE: ...and you'd reached the end of the line.
Sen. McCAIN: Yes. But I should have gone further. I should have--I--I never believed that I would--that I would break, and I did."
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
The fact that Sarah Palin's daughter is having an out of wedlock baby is not the point. The point is that Palin whole-heatedly supports positions on teen pregnancy, abortion rights and sex education that may force your daughter into the same predicament of an unwanted pregnancy. Alaska is number 3 in the nation in teen pregnancy birth rates.
Studies have found that abstinence only educations is a not effective in stopping unwanted teen sexual activity and pregnancies. This could be your pregnant daughter if Palin is elected and allowed to influence future attempts to lower teen pregnancy rates through such things as sex education programs. The United States led the way amongst modern nations in it's lack of proper sex education for teens. No wonder we also lead most of the world in teen pregnancy and unhealthy approaches to human sexual activity.
Sarah Palin maybe Annie Oakley and a fine human being, even if she is obviously too inexperienced in foreign policy to be elected Vice President, but what Democrats and Independents need to focus on is that this woman is more dangerously to the right of even John McCain on many important family values issues that would effect how you and your children live in a so called modern society.
"If this place is gonna go, I want to go with it, 'cause if I lost it, it would kill me in a week anyway", Harry said while killing a bottle of Oly the last time he was seen. Known as a survivalist, outdoorsy man and free thinker when he was alive he championed much of the same political ideology of the now deposed Palin. His well known refusal to move off the rumbling volcano demonstrated the same staunch closed minded-ness and determination that Palin has demonstrated on such things as not giving a woman control over her own reproduction rights and not allowing sex education in the schools. Plus he was known to own lots of guns.
Q: Are you offended by the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?
PALIN: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.
The phrase was added in 1954.
Monday, September 01, 2008
Union power began to diminish over the years and by the 1970's with the growth of corporate power and influence and control of the government weakening worker protections and labor laws to such an extent that organizing began to suffer extensively.
This together with the enormous shift from an industrial and manufacturing society to a service white collar based economy hurt labor membership. White collar workers were easily frighten about potential conflict with their employer and most employers would not hesitate to use tactics to intimidated employees who may consider starting a union. Especially with government refusing to enforce the law that was meant to protect their organizing.
Organized labor's own internal corruption problems and inability to modernize it's out of date message also added to the problem of attracting new generations of members.
"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration." Abraham LincolnWashington State has always been among the states with the highest number of workers per capita who were members of unions. It was more unusual for a worker not to be in a union then to be unrepresent not that many years ago.