Deciders

September 13, 2008

Good Reads

 

Dr. Kathleen Reardon on Palin, planes and pilots…

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathleen-reardon/is-it-sexist-to-want-the_b_126021.html

 

And Dr. Paul Krugman on McBush’s Blizzard of Lies…

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/12/opinion/12krugman.html?em

September 10, 2008

Lipstick on Pigs

The McBush campaign is upset that Barack Obama used the line “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig” in a speech today. Of course, Sarah Palin was first to bring the subject of lipstick into the campaign with her corny joke in her RNC speech last week. And John McSame himself used the same line about lipstick and pigs when criticizing Hillary Clinton’s healthcare proposals last year. What’s so “offensive” about pigs and lipstick?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080910/ap_on_el_pr/obama_lipstick_4;_ylt=Ah67YCqTrE4xP5PImzuVfoVh24cA

August 30, 2008

Sarah Smile

 

Early 80s soft core porn star? No!- (r)epuke VP nominee

Early 80s soft core porn star? No!- (r)epuke VP nominee

McBush has chosen his running mate. It’ll be Sarah Palin. Sarah has been governor of Alaska since 2006 and before that she served two terms as both Wasilla, Alaska (pop. 9000) city councilwoman and mayor of that thriving metropolis. Sarah’s other accomplishments include being named runner up of the 1984 Miss Alaska contest and marrying one of the few (r)epuke union members left in America. And I thought Brownie’s resume was impressive!

The pick clearly shows the level of desperation that has overtaken the McSame campaign. His pathetic staff has decided that the best way to charm Hillary voters is to name a pro-“life”, pro-gun, pro-war (almost) beauty queen. Didn’t they even bother to check out what Hillary Clinton stands for? I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again- any Hillary voter who casts a ballot for McCain/Palin should immediately switch his or her registration to (r). This pick is such a joke.

August 23, 2008

BIDEN- WHO WANTS SOME?

"I hope it's Romney. He's such a tool."

 Just got the text (after having known for hours). It’ll be Joe Biden for VP. The pick represents a giant FU in the face of the McSame ticket. This is a Senator with some swagger. You want an attack dog instead of say John Edwards or Joe Lieberman? You got one. Bring the noise, republican party. It’s a shame that there will only be one VP debate.

August 21, 2008

Barack is an “elitist”?

Who could forget this place?

Who could forget this place?

Apparently John McCain isn’t quite sure just how many houses he and his beer heiress wife Cindy own. After months of attempting to paint Barack Obama as an “elitist” for knowing the definition of “arugula”, the (r)epuke presidential nominee needs to “check with his staff” to answer a simple question about the number of properties he owns. I swear, I couldn’t make this shit up if I tried.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080821/ap_on_el_pr/mccain_houses;_ylt=AhXKHKqq3CCs263zMtrTexRsnwcF

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 13, 2008

Say Hello to McCain’s Little Friend

Ralph Reed

Ralph Reed

Ralph Reed, former head of the Christian Coalition, will host an exclusive event in downtown Atlanta on Monday to raise some cold hard cash for John McSame. This is a big money fundraiser, so the candidate himself will attend. Ralph’s list of accomplishments include swindling big money from an Indian tribe for his buddy Jack Abramoff, getting arrested for trespass inside an abortion clinic, lobbying for Enron in a deal brokered by Karl Rove, and (last but certainly not least) orchestrating attacks on candidate McSame in the 2000 (r)epuke presidential primary. The attacks on McCain included allegations that he conspired with his Viet Cong captors. Why would McSame now embrace this angry little man with a checkered past? Because John McCain is no “maverick” these days, and he’ll do/say/forgive anyone or anything just to get elected. It’s sad to see the once principled McCain sell himself out to the crowd responsible for destroying America.

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 31, 2008

Are these boots made for walkin’?

Salvatore Ferragamo Pregiato Moccasin $520

Salvatore Ferragamo Pregiato Moccasin $520

 

The McSame campaign has released a new ad. They have titled it “Celebrity” and images of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears attempt to link Obama to the “Hollywood elite”. The message being pushed here is that Barack Obama is some type of “celebrity candidate”- just another pampered celebrity living the good life, unaware of the realities of the world.  This in contrast to John McCain, who, having been part of the political system for so long, is a seasoned leader- more in touch with the needs and hopes of ordinary Americans. Here is the ad…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHXYsw_ZDXg

I have long admired Senator McCain’s brave and selfless service to America. To this day, I consider him an American hero. For a long time, I believed that he was “above the fray” of the typical campaign back and forth of inaccuracies, distortions, and dishonest associations. He was a “maverick” after all, willing to buck his party whenever he felt they were on the wrong side of an issue. As time has passed however, I am realizing that John McCain the politician is more like the republican status quo than he portrays himself. He isn’t such a “maverick” after all. His campaign is the same old (r)epuke song and dance- “we are like you, they are not”.  Pushing McCain as the guy more like you, not that “celebrity” Obama.

That’s why I was surpised today when I read that McSame was wearing a pair of shoes this week that retail @ Neiman Marcus for $520. I mean, I have a good number of shoes myself. (Athletic, dress, casual, golf, sandal), but none of them retailed for $520. It wasn’t long ago that some friends mocked me for wearing those old New Balance 1700s that sold for two bills. “Ordinary” Americans don’t wear five hundred dollar shoes most of the time. Seems to me that John McSame is likely just as much of a “celebrity” and “high life” politician as any I’ve ever seen.

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/isabel-wilkinson/a-week-in-john-mccains-sh_b_115692.htmlohn

 Elitist liberals? These clowns are just as “elitist” as anyone else.

July 27, 2008

Adolf & Hussein- What’s in a Name?

Joe Coors

Joe Coors

Adolph Herman Joseph Coors II was born in 1917 in Golden, Colorado. Grandson of Coors Brewing Company founder Adolph Herman Joseph Coors Sr., “Joe” as he was known, went on to run the family business as CEO from 1982-1987. His other accomplishments included serving as regent of the University of Colorado, where he opposed the existence of minority student organizations like the Black Student Union and UMAS (United Mexican American Students). Joe was a member of the racist John Birch Society, as were many Coors family members. He was known to distribute JBS propaganda during his tenure as university regent. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Heritage Foundation, an organization whose past activities include a campaign waged in conjunction with the Ku Klux Klan to ban books in a school district written by African American authors. Coors gave large sums of money to his friend Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority Group. But perhaps his most significant “accomplishment” was his time in U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s kitchen cabinet. This group of billionaire and millionaire businessmen was directly involved in the Iran-Contra scandal, as records prove that large sums of their monies were used to fund the Contras in Nicaragua. Late in his life, Joe Coors left his wife of fifty years and married his mistress. He passed away in 2003 at the age of 85 after a battle with lymphatic cancer.

Barack Hussein Obama II was born in 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The son of a black Kenyan father and a white Kansan mother, he went on to graduate from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was selected editor of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. He left Harvard to move to Chicago, Illinois, where he practiced law as a civil rights attorney, worked as a community organizer in the South Side, and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. He was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996 and the United States Senate in 2004. His legislative accomplishments include co-sponsorship of an immigration bill with Senator John McCain of Arizona in 2005, introduction of the Iraq War De-Escalation act in 2007, and the introduction of a bill making criminal various fraudulent and dirty federal campaign tactics. In February 2007, Obama announced his candidacy for President of the United States.

Similarities in Coors’ and Obama’s achievements are difficult to ascertain.  However, they do share a common bond in another area. Each man shares a first or middle name with an infamous dictator and American wartime adversary. But young Adolf likely never had to overcome suspicion and prejudice matching the intensity of the hate Obama has faced.  While his name was never a hindrance for Coors to further amass his family fortune and directly influence U.S. foreign policy, Obama’s middle name has become the basis for a hateful, xenophobic campaign waged by the w(R)ong wing of the republic party. Time and time again, they seek to use his name to imply that he is somehow anti-American. While this notion is obviously ridiculous, its momentum and reach is picking up steam.

So the next time some fool mentions the fact that Barack Obama’s middle name is Hussein, please do not hesitate to tell him/her the story of Adolph Herman Joseph Coors II. What’s in a name? Absolutely nothing.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

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