Monday, September 29, 2008
Holy smokes, there are good representatives in the House?
Looks like the bail out is going to work out great for those who have. When I screw up my finances, I'm the one who has hell to pay. When Wall Street Bankers screw up my finances, the government they own gives them even more of my money.
They're looting the treasury while they can.
The corporate shills on the neocon right want us to believe that this "Collapse" is caused by regular working people who took mortgages they couldn't afford -- as always, they blame the working poor instead of themselves. The number one reason for people declaring bankruptcy in this country, however, is their inability to pay medical bills.
I'm irritable that my tax dollars are going to help pay the plastic surgery bills for Wall Street brokers and bankers. How about you?
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Right right right they go.
Wis. pastor shares his plan to vote for McCain -- chicagotribune.com
Emrich told his congregation at New Life Church on Sunday that he supports McCain's anti-abortion platform. The 38-year-old pastor claims he's not endorsing either candidate but he did note that he has a sign on his lawn supporting McCain.So, let's see if I have this right: a 38 year old prophet in West Bend has worked out that God wants a Republican in the White House because the Republicans support a spun version of an Old Testament's commandment even though they ignore the updated version ("love your neighbor as yourself") by denying any support for children once they're born?
I wonder if they've also rewritten that whole section about Jesus throwing the money lenders out of the Temple? I suspect the neo-con Bibles must have a version where Christ invites them into the Temple, caters lunch, and then bails them out when they make bad loans.
If it keeps going like this, I won't be able to muster a lick of irony.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
No, I just couldn't come up with a more clever headline.
Have you seen John McCain's official page for Republican Women?
Um... it's Cindy's vacation pics. No, really. Have a look.
In Sen McCain's experience "women" means a powerful mother and a disabled first wife dumped to marry the hot 24 year old millionaire.
At least The Daily Show will have another month of jokes that write themselves.
Apparently the Republicans thought that taking McCain out of the public eye would help them. Now they'll have to remove Sarah too.
I can't even think of what to add to the following:
Heaven help us. Get out and vote.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Anyone else reeling under the genius of our free-market financiers? Yeah, we are too.
At root, the problem is that people believe economics is a science like physics rather than a science like tarot card reading.
Here's one observation:
The corporate financiers are wrong | from Salon
Friday, September 19, 2008
Yes yes... Sarah is carefully guarded by double-speak... just like Dan Quayle was.
If you're a conservative and you're selected for a job over more qualified candidates you're a 'game changer.'
Black teen pregnancies? A 'crisis' in Black America.
White teen pregnancies? A 'blessed event.'
If you grow up in Hawaii you're 'exotic.'
Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, you're the quintessential 'American story.'
Similarly, if you name your kid Barack you're 'unpatriotic.'
Name your kid Track, you're 'colorful.'
If you're a Democrat and you make a VP pick without fully vetting the individual, you're 'reckless.'
A Republican who doesn't fully vet is a 'maverick.'
If you spend 3 years as a community organizer growing your organization from a staff of 1 to 13 and your budget from $70,000 to $400,000, then become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new African American voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, then spend nearly 8 more years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, becoming chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, then spend nearly 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of nearly 13 million people, sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you are woefully inexperienced.
If you spend 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, then spend 20 months as the governor of a state with 650,000 people, you've got the most executive experience of anyone on either ticket, are the Commander in Chief of the Alaska military and are well qualified
to lead the nation should you be called upon to do so because your state is the closest state to Russia.
If you are a Democratic male candidate who is popular with millions of people, you are an 'arrogant celebrity.'
If you are a popular Republican female candidate, you are 'energizing the base.'
If you are a younger male candidate who thinks for himself and makes his own decisions you are 'presumptuous.'
If you are an older male candidate who makes last minute decisions you refuse to explain, you are a 'shoot from the hip' maverick.
If you are a candidate with a Harvard law degree you are 'an elitist' 'out of touch' with the real America.
If you are a legacy (dad and granddad were admirals) graduate of Annapolis, with multiple disciplinary infractions, you are a hero.
If you manage a multi-million dollar nationwide campaign, you are an 'empty suit.'
If you are a part-time mayor of a town of 7000 people, you are an 'experienced executive.'
If you go to a south-side Chicago church, your beliefs are 'extremist.'
If you believe in creationism and don't believe global warming is man-made, you are 'strongly principled.'
If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.
If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years with whom
you are raising 2 beautiful daughters you're 'risky.'
If you're a black single mother of 4 who waits for 22 hours after her water breaks to seek medical attention, you're an irresponsible parent, endangering the life of your unborn child.
But if you're a white married mother who waits 22 hours, you're spunky.
If you're a 13-year-old Chelsea Clinton, the right-wing press calls you 'First dog.'
If you're a 17-year old pregnant unwed daughter of a Republican, the right-wing press calls you 'beautiful' and 'courageous.'
If you kill an endangered species, you're an excellent hunter.
If you have an abortion you're not a Christian-- you're a murderer (forget about if it happened while being date raped).
If you teach abstinence only in sex education, you get teen parents.
If you teach responsible age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
You get the idea. Take it from here.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
From Wick Allison: A Conservative for Obama
At least if they were real conservatives we'd be able to argue about meaningful differences. As it is, we're left with trying to convince the neo-cons that there isn't a bogeyman under the bed.
I know that doesn't make any sense. It's late.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
... or worse, I suppose. Have a look at the Christian Science Monitor.
The Palin Doctrine
Sarah Palin may be excused for not knowing "the Bush doctrine." The term was thrown at her like a curve ball during an interview last week by ABC's Charles Gibson, whose own description was incomplete. But her assertion of a potential new "doctrine" – one she might bring to the White House – is far less pardonable.
She said during that interview that the United States "must do whatever it takes" to fight terrorism. This implies the same amoral existentialism that terrorists use. It goes against the very principles of Western civilization that the jihadists seek to destroy.
Maybe it's the doo is on too tight. Maybe it's her glasses. Maybe it's the use of moose slaughter as a primary metaphor for politics and diplomacy.
It just gets better and better.
McCain’s Son In New Keating Five Scandal?
John McCain’s son, Andrew McCain, was the former director of a bank that was closed by the federal government yesterday, according to reports.Who else remembers George W's brother Neal and the Silverado Savings and Loan bail out back in the 80's? Only me? Hm... well, this family has had a LOT of practice getting the government to subsidized its lifestyle and losses.
The FDIC closed the Silver State Bank of Nevada on Friday afternoon and is trying to arrange a takeover by Nevada State Bank of Las Vegas in time for Monday.
Monday, September 15, 2008
If you missed this bit on the porn addiction being peddled by the neocon right, well, time to wake up.
This is where we're headed unless....
Oh yeah, better and better.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Governor Palin's Reading List
Fascist writer Westbrook Pegler, an avowed racist who Sarah Palin approvingly quoted in her acceptance speech for the moral superiority of small town values, expressed his fervent hope about my father, Robert F. Kennedy, as he contemplated his own run for the presidency in 1965, that "some white patriot of the Southern tier will spatter his spoonful of brains in public premises before the snow flies."
It might be worth asking Governor Palin for a tally of the other favorites from her reading list.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Too good not to share.
From: Barack Obama and Joe Biden: The Change We Need | Olivia Wilkinson's Blog: lets get it straight!
I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....
* If you grow up in Hawaii , raised by your grandparents, you're 'exotic, different.'
* Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessential American story.
* If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
* Name your kids Willow , Trig and Track, you're a maverick.
* Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.
* If you spend 3 years as a community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.
* If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.
* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.
* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.
* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
* If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you're very responsible.
* If your wife is a Harvard graduate laywer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America 's
* If you're husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.
OK, much clearer now.
Well, it's clearer to me.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Lipstick on a Wing Nut
I'm a bit weirded out, and exhausted, by being called an "elitist" by people earning 100 times as much a year as I do and who have the levers of political power in their hands. How could I be considered elite when I have no power and sit comfortably near the median household income?
Yeah, I dunno either. We're living in a Twilight Zone episode.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Oh this just keeps getting better.
Sarah Palin Gender Card | The Daily Show | Comedy Central
What bothers me, however, is not that Karl Rove, and McCain's senior policy advisor, and even Sarah Palin herself have been caught in the kind of cynical hypocrisy that raises the bar, even by Bush Administration standards -- no.
What really bothers me is that we have to hear this from The Daily Show (which I love -- as do all right thinking Americans) instead of from the REAL NEWS. Have our broadcast journalists simply let go of the reins, tossed their typewriters into the Potomac, and holed up in the opium den of the Beltway party circuit?
Yeah, I don't know either. I have no idea where they've been since Cronkite retired.
And so it goes.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
In case you hadn't seen it:
Peggy Noonan, Mike Murphy Caught On Tape Disparaging Palin Choice: "Political Bullshit," "Gimmicky"
I have always deeply admired Peggy Noonan (who wrote speeches for Reagan) for her insight into the voting public so it was reassuring to hear her echo what seems like common sense.
Prediction: when The Big Lie comes under attack -- even from your own party -- you have to lie even BIGGER, so... this week, watch The Lie get bigger yet.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
I don't think we are -- but we'll have to see how this vote goes. We've been penny-wise and pound-foolish before -- and it's already cost us money by putting off maintenance and required repairs for later when it'll cost more.
Americans have been avoiding their civic responsibilities for the past 30 years under cover of "free market economics" -- which cashes out as an irrational belief that no harm can come to West Bend so long as people would rather spend $300 a year on new iPods for themselves, say, than on new schools for their kids.
It'd be nice to be wrong. We'll see.
JS Online: West Bend voters will decide on school building plans