Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Fundementals Of Bullshitting Voters Are Strong?

And the fundamentals of McCain's ignorance of the economy are strong.

via: BraveNewfilms

Rossi's Gregoire Budget Deficit Attack Ads Not Truthful According To Seattle Times

The Seattle Times reports that Dino Rossi ads attacking Gregoire for creating a state budget deficit are false and in error.

McCain Tells Fox He's Ready To Suspend Campaign And Reality Again

Risk taking daredevil John McCain told a couple of Fox News chowder heads he'd probably suspend his campaign again if he thought it necessary to "save" the country. I have a suggestion. Maybe McCain should suspend his campaign permanently to save the country from this type of counterproductive grandstanding.

What Could Be More Sexist Than Having McCain Chaperone Palin?

God let the woman speak for herself John.

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

Anti Bush Merchandice Market Also Ready To Collapse

The end of the Bush Presidency will mean an end to the massive market for anti-Bush merchandise.

via: the onion

Video Veterans For Obama

Just release Obama video veterans for Obama.

Anchorage Daily News Palin "Nothing To Hide" Video

This Anchorage Daily News Blog provides this interesting video showing Sarah Palin in her own words saying she has "absolutely nothing to hide" concerning the Troopergate scandal. That was, of course, before she was named by McCain as his VP pick.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

37 Days to Go And...

Bailouts, war, crisis and bullshit with 37 days to go in what seems to have been an eternity of electioneering. The question remains will enough American voters figure out that they have been getting totally screwed since they elected this gang of criminals who now run this country. Will they have enough guts to go for real change or are they completely and irrevocably to be considered brain dead?

Here's some advise from the WHO.

Nearly 60 Percent Of Americans Want Iraq Withdrawal Timetable

Hey John McCain you may want to stay in Iraq forever but the people apparently want a withdrawal according to a published survey. McCain's insistence on re-fighting and comparing the Vietnam War with the conflict in Iraq is a fundamental and wrongheaded mistake.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Video Captures McCain Saying "Horseshit" During Debate

Old Horse face McCain was caught on video saying "horseshit" under his breath in response to Obama when he calls John on not knowing Spain was a ally and member of NATO. Apparently old senior moment thought he was back in the barnyard with the good old boys not on national TV.

Not very presidential Daddy Warbucks!

The Other Old Blue Eyes

RIP Paul. Two of my favorite Newman movies were Hombre and Slapshot. Newman was completely unpretentious and politically active. He wasn't really one of the typical Hollywood crowd and certainly died, like few of us do, with his integrity intact.

Friday, September 26, 2008

A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall (Again)

From Wikipedia: Some have suggested that the refrain of the song refers to nuclear fallout, however Dylan disputes that this was a specific reference. In a radio interview with Studs Terkel in 1963, Dylan said, "No, it's not atomic rain, it's just a hard rain. It isn't the fallout rain. I mean some sort of end that's just gotta happen... In the last verse, when I say, 'the pellets of poison are flooding the waters', that means all the lies that people get told on their radios and in their newspapers."

McCain Proves He Hates America By Not Wearing Flag Pin And Loses The Debate Too

America hater John McCain forgot his flag pin and forfeited the 1st Presidential debate tonight because of it. Rambo John almost blew a aorta talking about the time he single-handedly was responsible for a moment of weakness which ended up with America becoming surrender monkeys and losing the war in Vietnam. Something he'd never let happen again. Apparently not realizing that most of the country except for the guys who where behind the swift boating of John Kerry don't really give a shit.

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.

John McCain Is A Confused Irrational Desparate Jerkoff

It certainly arguable whether Treasury Secretary Paulson's bailout idea is the proper medicine for the economic and market crisis. But doing nothing doesn't seem like a good option. If John McCain's antics this week lead to no deal on the bailout package and there's a resulting market meltdown then John McCain will own the disaster that follows.

Thanks Hank For The Bailout!

Although most people believe that some type of bailout is needed the progressive left is pushing for tight re-regulation and other safeguards to assure that main street rather then Wall Street is protected in the end.

Via: The Backbone Campaign

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Springsteen This Land Is Your Land

So sweet a younger Boss sings the Guthrie classic:

Sarah Backwards

Bridge to Nowhere's ville

"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

Drama McQueen

Oh my god suspend your freaking campaign. Mr. War hero has become a drama queen.

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!

Can You Say Palin McCain Must Release All His Medical Records

This man has had several serious bouts with cancer. Here is the newest video calling for more information on John McCain's health issues.

Get Ready for the Race Card Wedge Issues And Reverend Wright

The most disgusting and vile thing about John McCain is that in truth he is a closet racist and demagogue. There, I said it and I believe that you have no farther to look then the friends he keeps and the groups he tolerates to do his dirty work for him.

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.

Austan Goolsbee Obama Super Dooper Talking Head Strikes Again

Where has this guy been. He slays the McCain surrogates to shreds when he talks about the economy every time he steps to the plate.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

13 Billion In Aid May Have Been Funneled To al-Qaeda in Iraq

More incompetence and failure in Iraq. A former Iraqi corruption investigator told the Senate Democratic Policy Committee in Washington yesterday that al-Qaeda in Iraq may have gotten its hands on billions of dollars in American aid.

Will GI's Die Because Bush Is Playing Politics With Iraq Withdrawl Date To Benefit McCain?

I think this could be political dynamite. Think Progress posted a story claiming that the Bush administration pressured Iraq Prime Minister Maliki to move the date of withdrawal out so that it would benefit the presidential asperations of John McCain.

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.

Bin Laden's Thoughts On The US Economy

Has Bin Laden won? Somewhere, perhaps in a cave in the tribal area of Pakistan laughter can be heard. Although Bin Laden revealed his plan to bankrupt the American economy early on, no one in the Bush administration got it.

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

Scary Email About McCain's Health

This email was received over at America Blog. This is really scary given that dead end-timer Sarah Palin is only a heartbeat away. I don't think it be out of the question to demand McHoover get a brain MRI to verify his current state of health.

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."

Obama Economic Adviser Eats Republican Talking Points For Lunch

Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee on CNN's Late Edition

Chris Dodd To The Rescue With Proposed Legislation On Bailout

Christopher Dodd proposed legislation on bailout revealed...

McHoover Makes Another Gaffe On Deregulation

McHoover doesn't get it. One week the "the fundamentals of the economy are strong" now he says deregulation of the financial markets was "helpful" for the economy. I think we're going to see this in the next Obama commercial.

All Obama's Positions On The Economy In 4 Minutes

Here a video released by the Democratic Party with Barack Obama outlining all his proposals for the economic recovery. The great thing about it is that it's in the nature of being straight from the horse's mouth and gives a comprehensive laundry list of his positions.

via: Burnt Orange Report

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Obama Says Bailout No Blank Check Must Address Crisis Around Kitchen Tables

Today in North Carolina Barack Obama offered some details about what he thinks would be necessary for bailout of Wall Street to be fair to main street and the common folk.

Robert Reich Outlines Five Conditions He'd Require Before Bailout

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich thinks that Wall Street should be required to meet conditions in return for the massive government bailout. As we enter these uncharted waters the people who gave us this mess shouldn't be allowed to just walk away without consequences for their failures. The American people deserve stringent control over any bailout plan at the very least and a way to restore the money to the taxpayers. Here's Reich's proposal.

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

Healthcare Reform Threatened By Massive Federal Bailout

Is this been the real Republican strategy all along? Plans for a massive 1 trillion dollar federal bailout of Wall Street Banks and financial institutions will severely threaten any plans any future President may have for creating universal health insurance, reform of social security and other government program reforms for years to come.

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.

Do You Think Sarah Palin Is Qualified Vote In Bill Moyer Survey

PBS asks is Sarah Palin qualified? The right wing has been stuffing the ballot box. Sounds familiar. Vote here. Check out the NOW story while your there.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Bailout Home Owners Not Failing Corporations

There’s talk of the taxpayers being put on the hook in the form of a federal bailout for the massive debt brought about home mortgage crisis. Why are Republicans always willing to throw billions of taxpayer dollars at a failing bank or corporation but not a penny for main street America when we are in trouble?

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

The Rain In Spain Falls Mainly On McCain

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.

Chuck Hagel The Only Real Republican Maverick

News reports today quote Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel when asked about Sarah Palin experience to be President commenting "it would be a stretch".

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

Dos Caras Or Two Faces New Obama Spanish Language Ad

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."

Retirees Pension Funds Take Huge Hit

Am I on my way to Hooverville? I'm retired and living off my Washington State public employees retirement fund pension. I was happy to learn that yesterday the fund took a $130 million loss due to the Lehman failure. Plus my home mortgage is held my WAMU. Oh Shit!

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

Many Florida State Pension Funds Threatened By Lehman Bankruptcy

Could this swing the State of Florida to Obama perhaps?
Via: McClatchy

"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."

Video of Palin's Wacko Endtimes Religious Movement

Here's the video that YouTube censored. Palin's third wave movement sees the world basically under the influence of demons that believers are to do battle against. Many in the movement believe that people can become "little gods or god like" by fasting purification and prayer. Do we really want someone this out there religiously with her finger potentially on the nuclear trigger?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

McCain Should Be Required To Release His Medical Records

In lite of the fact that the totally inexperienced Sarah Palin is now going to be a heartbeat away from becoming President, should McCain die, shouldn't the issue of McCain's health be put back on the front burner? Let's see those records Johnny Boy!

The New Cold War and Cluelessness Of McCain Palin

"There our next door neighbors" perky Sarah Palin told Charlie Gipson in her recent interview responding to a question about her understanding and qualifications to deal with Russia, should she become president. She'd "perhaps" go to war in defense of Georgia should they become a member of NATO, " I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you're going to be expected to be called upon and help." The going to war part said in the tone of someone talking about baking a pie to take over to the neighbors.

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.

Alaska Women Rally Against Palin

Alaska Women Reject Palin with rally in downtown Anchorage via Mudflats blog.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Does Your Employer Think Providing Hand Sanitizer is Health Coverage

If so, then it maybe time for a union. Here's a video from the friendly folks who support the Employee Free Choice Act with some important information.

Republicans Begin Widespread Voter Caging Campaigns

You better wake up because now the fascist Republican Party is fucking with your right to vote! If there isn't a national outrage about this shit there certainly should be.

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

Talking Hypocritical Pigs Let's Look At Sarah Palin's Abuse Of Pork

John McCain and Sarah Palin like to tell everyone they are against congressional earmarks because supposedly they're a waste of the taxpayer money. One would think that such lies would be a outright hypocrisy given the fact that under Palin's watch as mayor of the town of Wasilla and Governor of the State Alaska she help lead the nation in eating from the government trough. This video from TPM makes that point all to well. Wake up America!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Is America Ready For Sarah Palin Book Banning New Rich White Trash

Sorry no more mister nice guy from me with this woman.

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.

7 Years of Bullshit

I remembered this photo of a sign someone put up about two years into Bush's "get them dead or alive" bullshit talking bravado. What the fuck is wrong with the people in this country that they would want to replace such a loser like Bush with a carbon copy John McCain now joined by a religious fanatic whose closer to 1850 in her thinking then anything to do with the future.

But, where the hell is Osama Day 2534? Happy 9/11 America.

Friday, September 05, 2008

In Speech McCain Casts Himself As Rambo

Informed Comment has a interesting take on the McCain speech and mind set. That McCain is trying to have a do over of the VietNam war. In this version America's military wins and McCain is vindicated.

"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."

End Timing Holy Roller Hockey Mom With Her Finger On The Trigger

Turn around is fair play when it comes to scaring the shit out of voters. This ad about John McCain's risky decision to place a inexperienced holy roller end times hockey mom a heart beat away uses some Republican playbook fear tactics to put his choice of Sarah Palin in perspective. It asked the question. What other impulsive and gimmicky national security decisions could McCain have up his sleeve if he is actually elected?

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Obama O'Reilly Show Interview Video

Can someone get Bill O'Reilly to stop interrupting the next President of the United States please. O'Reilly's big moment.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Fascist Tactics By Police At Republican National Convention

This is quite unbelievable. journalists had their cameras and computers confiscated after being stopped while walking on a city street in St Paul. The odd thing about it is that in the end no charges were filed and apparently their property was returned.

Has Palin's Stand On Sex Education Led To Alaska's High Rates Of Teen Pregnancy?

Cartoon: Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com

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.

Palin Dropped From Ticket To Be Replaced By Corpse Of Mount St Helens Harry Truman

In the wake of mounting evidence that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was not properly vetted and that she is becoming a continuing distraction, the McCain campaign announced today that she will be dropped from the ticket and replaced with the just located corpse of Mount St. Helens Volcano mountain man and independent thinker Harry Truman.

"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.

Sarah Palin Quote Of The Day

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

Lost Sarah Palin Video Surfaces

Actually it's comedian Sara Benincasa impression of the perky VP candidate Palin. Benincasa nails the voice mannerisms and makes you feel creepy at the thought that the real Palin is not so far from the fictional one she plays here who could become a heart beat away from filling in for Pops McCain should he not take his Geritol.

Seattle Once Upon A Time The Jewel Of The Labor Moment

The Northwest and Seattle once were a hotbed for the labor movement and the other radical organizations fighting for workers rights, better working conditions and power. Many middle and lower class workers were more then happy to join a union and as a member fight for better conditions. The general attitude about workers general struggle with business was looked at differently by most workers.

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 Lincoln
Washington 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.