Deciders

August 17, 2008

Back in the Saddle Again

Fresh off his Hawaian vaca, Barack Obama was back at Saddleback Church Saturday night, this time to answer questions posed by Pastor Rick Warren. John McCain then aswered the same questions. Evidently he was in a closed room and unable to hear Obama’s answers.
Rick Warren did a fine job questioning the candidates. The network moderators should take note. None of this summers “debates” has provided voters with as much relevant information as tonight’s event. Good stuff.
I thought McSame handled himself fairly well. He seemed confortable with the format. He provided viewers with somewhat clear presentation of his flawed policy proposals. The most important question was handled in very different fashion by each candidate. Here is the transcript from each (Obama in blue, McBush in red)…
 
   Q: OKAY WE’VE GOT ONE LAST TIME — I’VE GOT A BUNCH MORE ABOUT LET ME ASK YOU ONE IN EVIL. DOES EVIL EXIST AND IF IT DOES DO WE IGNORE IT, DO WE NEGOTIATE WITH IT, DO WE CONTAIN IT OR DO WE DEFEAT IT?
   A: EVIL DOES EXIST. I MEAN, WE SEE EVIL ALL THE TIME. WE SEE EVIL IN DARFUR. WE SEE EVIL SADLY ON THE STREETS OF OUR CITIES. WE SEE EVIL IN PARENTS WHO HAVE VICIOUSLY ABUSED THEIR CHILDREN AND I THINK IT HAS TO BE CONFRONTED. IT HAS TO BE CONFRONTED SQUARELY AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I STRONGLY BELIEVE IS THAT, YOU KNOW, WE ARE NOT GOING TO, AS INDIVIDUALS, BE ABLE TO ERASE EVIL FROM THE WORLD. THAT IS GOD’S TASK. BUT WE CAN BE SOLDERS IN THAT PROCESS AND WE CAN CONFRONT IT WHEN WE SEE IT. NOW, THE ONE THINK THAT I THINK IS VERY IMPORTANT IS FOR US TO HAVE SOME HUMILITY IN HOW WE APPROACH THE ISSUE OF CON FRONTING EVIL, BUT YOU KNOW A LOT OF EVIL HAS BEEN PERPETRATED BASED ON THE CLAIM THAT WE WERE TRYING TO CONFRONT EVIL.
  Q: IN THE NAME OF GOOD?
  A: INTO THE NAME OF GOOD. AND I THINK ONE THING THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT IS HAVING SOME HUMILITY IN RECOGNIZING THAT, YOU KNOW, JUST BECAUSE WE THINK OUR INTENTIONS ARE GOOD DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN THAT WE’RE GOING TO BE DOING GOOD.    
 

   Q: HOW ABOUT THE ISSUE OF EVIL? I ASKED THIS OF YOUR RIVAL IN THE PREVIOUS THING. DOES EVIL EXIST AND IF SO, SHOULD WE IGNORE IT, NEGOTIATE WITH IT, CONTAIN IT OR DEFEAT IT?

  A: DEFEAT IT. COUPLE POINTS, ONE, IF I’M PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, MY FRIENDS, IF I HAVE TO FOLLOW HIM TO THE GATES OF HELL, I WILL GET OSAMA BIN LADEN AND BRING HIM TO JUSTICE. I WILL DO THAT AND I KNOW HOW TO DO THAT. I WILL GET THAT DONE. NO ONE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO TAKE THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN — INNOCENT AMERICAN LIVES. OF COURSE EVIL MUST BE DEFEATED. MY FRIENDS, WE ARE FACING THE TRANSCENDENT CHALLENGE OF THE 21-CENTURY, RADICAL ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS. NOT LONG AGO IN BAGHDAD, AL-QAEDA TOOK TWO YOUNG WOMEN WHO WERE MENTALLY DISABLED AND PUT SUICIDE VESTS ON THEM, SENT THEM INTO A MARKETPLACE AND BY REMOTE CONTROL, DETINATED THOSE SUICIDE VESTS. IF THAT ISN’T EVIL, YOU HAVE TO TELL ME WHAT IS AND WE’RE GOING TO DEFEAT THIS EVIL AND THE CENTRAL BATTLE GROUND ACCORDING TO DAVID PETRAEUS AND OSAMA BIN LADEN IS THE BATTLES — IS BAGHDAD, MOSUL AND IRAQ AND WE ARE WINNING AND WE ARE SUCCEEDING AND OUR TROOPS WILL COME HOME WITH HONOR AND VICTORY AND NOT IN DEFEAT AND THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENING. WE HAVE — AND WE FACE THIS THREAT THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. IT’S NOT JUST IN IRAQ. IT’S NOT JUST IN AFGHANISTAN. OUR INTELLIGENCE PEOPLE TELL US AL-QAEDA CONTINUES TO TRY TO ESTABLISH CELLS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MY FRIENDS, WE MUST FACE THIS CHALLENGE. WE CAN FACE THIS CHALLENGE AND WE MUST TOTALLY DEFEAT IT AND WE’RE IN A LONG STRUGGLE, BUT WHEN I’M AROUND THE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE SERVING THIS NATION IN UNIFORM, I HAVE NO DOUBT, NONE.

 
The contrast in the candidates’ logic is crystal clear. Barack Obama recognizes that America must confront evil to succeed. We must confront evil by understanding its roots, message, spread, goals, and tactics. An honest assessment must be presented to the American people. We can then decide as a nation how we wish to deal with “evil” and evildoers.
John McSame couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a page from the Bush playbook when answering the question. He immediately proclaimed that America must defeat evil to succeed. This represents the tired, unsuccessful logic of the neoconservatives. In their view, there is no need for examination of terrorism and other forms of evil. Their philosophy ignores this necessary analysis and jumps straight to the part that lines the pockets of their defense industry chums. We must hunt down and kill or capture every terrorist on the face of the earth, they say. Many of us realize that this is simply not possible. We must focus our efforts on those individuals and entities which pose a threat to America. And the case for military action and government funding for such actions needs to be presented to Americans in a straightforward manner. Only then can we as a nation begin a successful campaign against evil. Barack gets it, McCain clearly does not.
 

August 6, 2008

Chairwoman Mao says Barack is A Gay Drug User

\"And to my friends in the right wing blogosphere I urge you to continue to spread our baseless propaganda. But do not, under any circumstances, allow debate or counterpoints. This would surely bring an end to our Great Society.\"

I was banned from my first blog the other day. At issue was a comment I attempted to add regarding a post about an Obama rumor. The baseless rumor alleges drug fueled gay sex between Barack Obama and an ex- con. The blog owner had no problem posting this hilarious clip about the rumor…

But shortly after I countered with a comment about a rumor I’d heard, I was banned. Here’s what I said…

“You’re above vid is perhaps the funniest thing I’ve seen in months, and that’s saying something considering that I watch FauxNews everyday. So this is what yer gonna push when it gets down to biz this cycle, eh? B-Rock the druggie homo…that’s all you gots? I would have gone for something a little more subtle and a lot more believable. But hey, why not shoot for the stars????

Well, I’ve heard that there is quality “evidence” obtained from a meth addict in northern California that Dick Cheney and Rummie are cowgirls. In a Brokeback Mountain sense. This tranny meth junkie has assured me that everything he/she tells me is true. It all went down in the Hillbilles Camp at Bohemian Grove. What a wild night.

We gotta get these two pirates before Congress, don’t you think?”

Here’s the full thread on Mao’s psychoblog…

My problem with Mao isn’t so much that she is pushing this ridiculous rumor- it is at the very least humorous. What bothers me is that while she has no prob posting garbage like this, she censors any debate on it. She claims that Obama should answer the charge. I disagree. Should every politician be forced to dispute claims of drug use and gay sex made by a convicted criminal? I think not.

I find it funny that the party of Larry Craig is talking gay sex this election cycle. Do they really want to go there? I mean they put so much effort into discrimination against homosexuals but now they make videos about alleged sex acts performed by a man on Barack Obama? Sounds more like a Mark Foley fantasy than an actual occurrence to this writer.

And one last thing. Mao- your definition of the word blasphemous is incomplete. It also means [characterized by profanity or cursing; “foul-mouthed and blasphemous”; “blue language”; “profane words”]. Nice try but you lose. Again. Small wonder you banned me. You ain’t on my level anyway. Hack.

August 3, 2008

DRILL IT DRY

KEEP ON DRILLIN

KEEP ON DRILLIN

The Sunday morning shows will be giving more than enough attention to the “drilling issue”, I suspect. It’s all over the w(r)ong wing wackosphere and that is usually a precursor to any concerted campaign effort. Unfortunately, what’s on the mind of the far right still holds weight with GOP strategists. Too much weight. If one were to look at the facts and scientific estimates, he or she would see that this drilling “issue” isn’t an issue at all, simply another bizarre fear button for the GOP to push. (Much like the social security “crisis”). The projected benefits including lower gas prices and less reliance on foreign oil are minimal. We are ignoring the inevitable. Like a drunk buying that “last bottle”, we are denying the urgency of the problem and hurting ourselves in the process. We will see no immediate impact- no “benefit” will be gained until 2017. Shouldn’t we be less reliant on ALL oil by then?

The “drill it dry” mentality has swept across Repukesville. It’s all they talk about. Their arguments question why anyone might be skeptical about this oil boom that’ll lead us to the promised land. It’s as if they believe that we are on the verge of some major discoveries, when all reputable estimates say that we’re not. I mean, it’s great that these people have such an optimistic outlook and can do spirit. But when you look at some of what these folks believe in, it can get downright scary. Much of the gang still believes global warming is a “hoax”. You can count them in for more exploration. Some also believe that the end of the world is near. It’ll be the showdown of Arabia, they tell me. I guess these people figure that since our days are numbered, screw the environment. They’re on board. My favorites of the gang are on the biddness end of it, though. They’re in for the cold hard cash and they craft the propaganda campaign that the gen pub (r)epukes are fed. “Scientific” data touting the bonanza to come once those drills hit the ground. More “scientists” doubting global warming. And Joe republican voter buys it. And somehow Obama seems to as well. Craziness.

Paul Krugman with the scoop… 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/01/opinion/01krugman.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

July 20, 2008

Beech Outdoor Advertising-Purveyors of Fear

ADVERTISE WITH US- THE MORE DISTASTEFUL, THE BETTER!

ADVERTISE WITH US- THE MORE DISTASTEFUL, THE BETTER!

Fellow Pennsylvanian Right Wing Whiz Kid (www.rightwingwizkid.blogspot.com) has suggested a boycott of the billboard company responsible for the “Please Don’t vote for A Democrat” disgrace. Beech Outdoor Advertising (http://beechoutdoor.com/about_us.html) owns the rights to the board purchased by fear monger Mike Meehan of St. Cloud, FL. Though the whiz kid and I are both First Amendment proponents, this does not mean that our collective right to free speech prohibits a little citizen justice causing economic harm to Beech. I call on all businesses in the central Florida area to cease any current and avoid any future business deals with Beech Outdoor Advertising. I also encourage any outraged readers to contact Beech and voice your displeasure.

Sales Manager:  Tricia Royal
291 Circle Drive    Maitland FL 32751
(407) 645-2210     FAX (407) 647-3205

I suspect that First Amendment rights aren’t of utmost importance to Beech Outdoor Advertising. To put my hunch to the test, I’ll be contacting Beech Monday to inquire about purchasing a billboard which highlights the rim job I got from Michelle Malkin one magical evening not long ago. While my proposed billboard would surely offend some, I see it as no more offensive than the tragic image of the towers burning next to a threat about voting Democrat. And Beech Outdoor Advertising is publicly defending that billboard… http://www.wftv.com/news/16879991/detail.html

Now that al-Maliki wants us out, What is the Republican Party’s position on troop withdrawal?

"Now you listen to me, Al (Maliki). I'm the Decider and I decide what's best for you, for me, for all."

"Now you listen to me, Al (Maliki). I'm the Decider and I decide what's best for you, for me, for all."

 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/maliki_obama

Should we stay or should we go? Since it appears that the Iraqis are “standing up”, isn’t it time for us to “stand down”? Oh no, my mistake. That was LAST election’s RNC talking point. I’ll wager that the republican party line on the Sunday morning talk shows goes a little something like this…”So much has changed since the stand up/stand down mantra was introduced. The Iraqis don’t realize the danger they’re in. Only Bush/Cheney/McCain can protect them. If we withdraw from Iraq and Obama is elected (gasp!), our children will be raised in an Arabic-speaking U.S.A and Israel will be wiped off the map”.

The repubber fear machine will be full throttle in no time now- guaranteed.

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