Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
A friend of mine texted me recently, simply stating "This is the Best Pep Rally Ever". Michelle Obama and the Kids showed the Party and whoever else was watching that African American people and families are like, and have the same "values", as everybody else. The Obama kids are cute as a button and Mrs. Obama is not, as vanity fair joked, Angela Davis II. Senator Ted Kennedy left his hospital bed to tell us that it's time for hope. It's time for a new generation to take over. Then there was my favorite first day highlight. Rep. Dennis Kucinich was the first speech I saw that really hit the utter failures that have been in charge since 2001, Old School Populist Style!
And then... Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke. As anyone who reads my little rants knows, I have been no fan of the former candidate for the nomination, but this week she did what needed to be done. She fully thanked her supporters, talked of her historic (and it was) campaign, implored her supporters to join her in getting Barack Obama elected as President of the United States of America, and gave a solid "No way, No how, No mccain!" repudiation of mccain/bush policy. She challenged her supporters. "I want you to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me?... Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?" Well said Senator!
The next day brought out more Big Guns. First there was Senator, and Vietnam Veteran (that seems to be So important these days), John Kerry. Senator Kerry called the befuddled and angry one on the differences between senator mccain and candidate mccain. He argued that it was Obama's "judgement and character" that we could trust to "Keep America Safe", not johnny POW who has been wrong "again and again and again". The Democratic Party's Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden spoke about the American Dream. Senator Biden slammed "his friend" mccain's record and policy on taxes, energy, and foreign policy, sharing instances of when "john mccain was wrong. Barack Obama was right". But the biggest dog at the convention so far... the man that I've gone from defending, to being disgustingly disappointed in, to now remembering how it feels to have an intelligent, articulate, and charismatic Commander-in-Chief, President William Jefferson Clinton spoke on Wednesday night. And Damn was he good. His was the best case for Barack Obama as President of the United States that I have heard yet. Even conservative republican/obama supporter Andrew Sullivan liked it.
Tonight the Official Democratic Party Candidate for President of the United States, Senator Barack Obama will speak, after being introduced by Al Gore, to 75,000 people at Mile High Stadium. Reports say the speech will not be about economic issues and not a lot of "high rhetoric". Here's to Hoping Barack doesn't keep the rhetoric too low.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the DNC, though I suggest you check out the speeches for yourself:
He has a remarkable ability to inspire people, to raise our hopes and rally us to high purpose. He has the intelligence and curiosity every successful President needs. His policies on the economy, taxes, health care and energy are far superior to the Republican alternatives. He has shown a clear grasp of our foreign policy and national security challenges, and a firm commitment to repair our badly strained military. His family heritage and life experiences have given him a unique capacity to lead our increasingly diverse nation and to restore our leadership in an ever more interdependent world. The long, hard primary tested and strengthened him. And in his first presidential decision, the selection of a running mate, he hit it out of the park.
Most important, Barack Obama knows that America cannot be strong abroad unless we are strong at home. People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power.
President Bill Clinton
"There is a new wave of change all around us, and if we set our compass true, we will reach our destination -- not merely victory for our party, but renewal for our nation."
Senator Edward Kennedy
We need leaders once again who can tap into that special blend of American confidence and optimism that has enabled generations before us to meet our toughest challenges. Leaders who can help us show ourselves and the world that with our ingenuity, creativity, and innovative spirit, there are no limits to what is possible in America.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
"Wake up, America. This is not a call for you to take a new direction from right to left. This is call for you to go from down to up. Up with the rights of workers. Up with wages. Up with fair trade. Up with creating millions of good paying jobs, rebuilding our bridges, ports and water systems. Up with creating millions of sustainable energy jobs to lower the cost of energy, lower carbon emissions and protect the environment."
Representative Dennis Kucinich (Really a Must Watch!)
"Candidate McCain now supports the wartime tax cuts that Senator McCain once denounced as immoral. Candidate McCain criticizes Senator McCain’s own climate change bill. Candidate McCain says he would now vote against the immigration bill that Senator McCain wrote. Are you kidding? Talk about being for it before you’re against it...Let me tell you, before he ever debates Barack Obama, John McCain should finish the debate with himself."
Senator John Kerry
Senator John Kerry
Let me make this pledge to you right here and now. For every American who is trying to do the right thing, for all those people in government who are honoring their pledge to uphold the law and respect our Constitution, no longer will the eight most dreaded words in the English language be: "The vice president's office is on the phone."
Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden
Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Last night/early this morning my phone rang at 3:03 AM. I answered it. It was , telling me he had chosen Senator Joe Biden as Vice President to his President of the United States of America! I could not be happier! brings more than just his being Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, his service on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and his incredible knowledge of the world and it's leaders. He is also an aggressive "straight talker". He is not afraid to fight. His occasional gaffes are more problems with politically correct language. He doesn't make mistakes when it comes to the facts, like the other old white guy who's been a Senator for decades.
Senator Joe Biden!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Drug Addict limbaugh recently said that the media believes 'you can't criticize the little black man child'. You know what I say to that? There are a hell of a lot more people who think you can't criticize a "below par" navy pilot, who lost 5 of Our airplanes, and was born the year before the Star Spangled Banner was adopted as the National Anthem.
If "the media" spent the same time and focus on johnny the same they do on Candidate Barack Obama, maybe there would have been more coverage of his gaffes on foreign policy, gaffes on Iraq, ignorance on the economy, his memory loss when it comes to crises and conflicts of the past 20 years, guesses at what middle class is, the timing of his divorce (which was based on his first wife being disfigured in a car accident) and most recently on how many houses he and the uber-wealthy heiress he married own, not to mention what they are worth. How about more on that temper of his? Or all the lobbyists that are ON HIS PAYROLL (especially the one paid so handsomely by the country of Georgia)?
They could run a Time magazine cover story comparing the pro-campaign finance reform, partner of liberals like Russ Feingold and Ted Kennedy, "maverick" old "straight talker" of 1999 to the bought and sold, campaign finance rule breaking, rover advised, "I don't have to show that I'm different" from president junior, anything to win johnny same that's running now. Hell, they could even throw in the fact that the only reason he is the candidate at all is that the rest of the republican field were so incredibly weak and/or crazy. How about a piece asking if being a junior officer in the Navy is really presidential "experience". Speaking of the military background, how about we ask about how he got where he did by riding on his family name (remind you of anybody else), his not "disagreeing" with a draft, or how the once anti-torture former POW, went from against water boarding and "torture" in all it's forms to allowing it and what ever else the United States Military inflicts on it's prisoners. Here's a an question raised recently by Andrew Sullivan. Would bushco. consider the sleep deprivation, the withholding of medical treatment, stress positions, long-time standing, and beating mccain went through torture? So much for setting an example for the world. The older, dumber (894 out of 899 in his graduating class) third termer will now be shouting about Our "victory" in Iraq, now that the failure in chief that calls his shots is agreeing on a timetable to pull US forces out of Iraqi cities by Summer '09 and out of all Iraq by '11. I hope the newly focused media asks him what exactly it is that We've won. And when his answer includes 9/11, they say Iraq had nothing to do with it. And then when he counters with saddam, they say that was 5 years ago.
Ah the newly focused media, druggie rush and the rest of Them should be happy they're not focusing on the Iraq-9/11 forgery that came out of the Vice President's office or the Gilded Age-esque, still floundering, corporately socialist, economy.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Out of kindness to Senator Hillary Clinton, not to mention not wanting to pull a hot head johnny and replay her attacks, I didn't post Baracky-The Movie. You can search for it on YouTube yourselves, if you like.
If you know me, you know that this made me cheer and cry.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
I never liked Paris Hilton, until I saw her response to john "i have nothing new to add" the same's ridiculous ad where he compares Senator, and Candidate for President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to celebrities paris hilton and britney spears. Now, I know the "I used to be a 'maverick'" campaign will see eye to eye with the half of this they like and will want to make her their energy adviser (she's got to be better adviser than senator "we're a nation of whiners" graham was), but this is a surprisingly good response to mccain's jack ass of an ad.
I don't think offshore drilling is the answer, or even much of a band aid, to the energy problem we, in the United States, and we, of the world, face. But if it ends the bullshitification of the issue... Give FL, AK, LA, TX, and every other state that wants it, the right to have oil and dead fish wash up on their shores for not much more than drilling profits. If it breaks the goddamn political shenanigans and dead lock in what pretends to be the United States of America's Legislature, so be it. I say let states decide on offshore drilling (with tough federal environmental regulations). Of course, We already drill offshore, not to mention the fact that big oil is sitting on 68 million unused acres of Federal land it has already leased from Us. This "compromise" on the renewed call for additional offshore drilling should only be made as part of a Comprehensive energy package that must also include raising the Gas mileage on all Non industrial, commercial, and agricultural vehicles to 40 miles per gallon. It must close tax loopholes/corporate welfare for energy companies and use a windfall profit giveback from the Oil companies, who are profiting enormously from the current gas prices, to fund the hell out of wind, solar, bio-fuel and any other cheaper, cleaner energy source.
Maybe the extra bit of oil that comes out in 10 years won't even be needed. They may close down he pumps out of "cost effectiveness" before there's even a spill. The market could drive things in a direction that is better for Our health, environment and security. A compromise of this nature on energy is not my Ideal, but it would be nice to end all this Grandstanding/lying that drilling off shore will save us all and bring gas prices down to where they were before this oil man was appointed president. We need to get onto the real goal of getting off of a resource that not only pollutes but, WILL RUN OUT.
And one more thing, there are little everyday things that everyone can do to conserve oil, gas, energy, and money. Making sure your tire pressure is where it should be conserves gas and if everyone did it regularly, may actually have a real positive effect. Too bad ignorant asshole old men, with nothing better or positive to say, make fun of the little things that Average Americans can actually do right now. Not to worry, the man who wants to be the president in 2009 and can't even use a computer won't stop me from doing what I can. I'm unplugging my cell phone charger as we speak.
Friday, August 01, 2008
Words can make campaign coverage "spin", too. A quote, completely taken out of context, can be used by the media to discuss buzzwords like "presumptuous" or "arrogance". A quick word about "arrogance", well actually, there are a few... "Bring 'Em On" "You're either with us or you're against us" "mission accomplished" "God wants me to run for President". And was it "presumptuous" for "I don't have the temperment or the mental capacity (click that one!) to be president" johnny to tour Iraq and the "Middle East", or Columbia and Mexico, as a candidate for president? Or is it only presumptuous if the trip goes incredibly well? Elitist is another funny word. Referring to the actions of one social class towards another, it's usually based on income, which may be illustrated by a candidate's $520 loafers. Quite often in politics, though, it's based on intelligence. You know, if you use big words, and stuff like that, you're an "elitist". And speaking of the "elite", doesn't comparing multi-millionaire heiress paris hilton to multi-millionaire heiress cindy mccain make a hell of a lot more sense than comparing her to Barack Obama?
A word currently trying the nerves of the treasonous she-devil "turd blossom" is "contempt", specifically, Contempt of Congress. The House Judiciary committee voted to send Contempt of Congress charges against karl rove to the full House of Representatives for a vote. The charges stem from rover's refusal to testify before Congress about his involvement in the political hiring and firing (that's not allowed) at the "Justice" (There's a word that seems to have lost some power over the last eight years) Department and for his possible pressing of the investigation of Alabama's former governor based on his party affiliation.
Who knows why rover and miers and bolton and dick and junior have repeatedly refused to testify, under oath, and in public, even when a word like "contempt" is hanging over their heads. Maybe it's because they're afraid of another word... "Indictment". Indictment took another red "law maker" recently. A leader in the gop, an avid avenger for oil, and a "bridge to nowhere" enthusiast, senator ted stevens was indicted on corruption charges. Another fallen in disgrace. Don't worry though, ya old "series of tubes" chum, no one in Washington seems to care about words like "accountability" or "responsibility" any more, anyway. You can add "honor" and "integrity" to that list, as well.