Tuesday, October 21, 2008

sigh



Some people laugh at this woman. I think that's the wrong response.

I am very concerned when people are this blind to faith and it's 'ability' to fix all. Wouldn't God just fix things for her, being a Christian and all, anyway? Won't the power of prayer help her family, regardless of who's in office?

The bottom line is she's just a racist. Forget about her faith, forget about her devotion. You know, initially you'd think that her, and others like her, were harmless. But you'd be wrong. That they don't understand the separation of church and state is a fundamental right, and becoming more and more a problem.

Scenarios should be explained to these people. Imagine if senators and representatives were more faith based than anything else. It's too far reaching to really get into, but then just imagine all of the different sects of religion. Who would be right? Who would be prosecuted because of their beliefs? I'm not sure it would be possible for there to be more than one faith under this kind of rule. And we've all heard about how religion has made for some of the deadliest times in human history.

Is God really going to help America, only? And is he going to punish us if Obama gets elected?

This reminds me of those lunatics that said that the California lightning strikes that caused all of the fires were due to the fact of California lifting the ban on gay marriage. You can tie all of these types of people in with those who murder doctors who perform abortions. Bombers who strike clinics. Racists who tie black men with chains up to trucks and drag them for miles. All things that have happened in the last decade.

Just imagine what's going to happen to this country when the first crisis unfolds under an Obama presidency, and who these people are going to blame.

The ramifications of an Obama presidency, in the eyes of these types of individuals, brings to my mind some very nasty scenarios. I think that flipping from faith based to radical won't be too difficult, for some people, come November 5th, and I worry about this a great deal. All it takes is one idiot, who will set in motion events that will get many people killed.

I hope it doesn't come to that. I was going to say 'pray', but I don't think that's going to help.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann is one of those people who most Americans fear is in a position of power. She's completely out of touch with most Americans who don't use religion as a crutch, and is perfectly at home in her state of Minnesota.

Here, she goes on to say that Obama is anti-American. This is how far we've come. Forget the racism that's obviously rampant in this country, forget all the smear campaigns. Now we have a Congresswoman going so far as to accuse one of her peers of being anti-American.

Make sure you watch both videos.

I've mentioned Bachmann before on this site. I think, for me, the creepiest part about her is she doesn't blink. And when she does blink, I think that's her brain pressing the rewind button so she can repeat what's been programmed into her.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

back

Hi all.

Back from a little hiatus. So much to talk about. I won't get into the debates, or into the SNL Palin/Fey thingies. You've probably heard about it all and talked about it all ad nauseum.

So, let's see what I have for you today.

Oh, hey, let's talk about Joe the Plumber. Is this guy a douche, or what? It is impossible to get away from the internet, when you get thrust into the spotlight as this guy has. First, he was complaining about purchasing a busin... wait, watch the clip.



So, from this clip you'd have to believe that he's either close to making $250,000 a year... or he is.

Well, he's not. And now, word is, he's not even a licensed plumber.

If you saw last night's debate, you'll remember the two dozen or so 'Joe the Plumber' references. Well, the news is, now, that this guy's just a moron, and anything of substance that he tried to say has gone down the toilet.

DOWN THE TOILET!

Ahhh... that was funny.

It's very difficult to look at this situation, and this man, in a different light than the one I'm living under at the moment. At the most, in my life, I've made, in one year's salary, about one quarter of $250,000. That's the most I've ever made, in one year. And I have a marketable skill which should, in a better economy, be making me at least $90k. I've been looking for work now, steady, full time graphic design work, for over 1 year. I have sent out over 300 resumes in that time. Way over, in fact. I have three different head hunters working for me. And the fact is that there just isn't enough around.

The other fact is, there are more graphic designers and web designers in NYC than there are lawyers. I recently got an email from a company that has taken almost one month to go through the resumes they received for a part-time designer position. And I'm one of 12 people who fit the bill. We'll see how that goes.

But my problem with Joe is that, when the video first came out, he was concerned with paying an additional 3% in taxes on what would amount to $20,000 dollars. I say $20k because he initially said his business would be making about $270k or so.

So, from 36% to 39%, he's concerned about paying about $600 additional on that $20,000.

Well. First off, the majority of the people in this country don't even take home $600 a week! Secondly, he wouldn't get taxed any different for the $250k. Third... he's living in OHIO! He's not living in NYC, or LA, or some other city where the cost of living is so high that it would affect him thus... and I have news for you, I'm in NYC, and that $600 would not affect me one single bit. If I was making $250k a year, I would consider myself rich. Not to mention my girlfriend could lose her job and we'd still be ok, AND I could help my mom and sister out with the family business.

See, all of this is pre-information on Joe. Now we find out he's not making even remotely that much money, he was just bragging and talking out of his ass. Then we find out he's not even a licensed plumber. And then we find that the plumbers union is pissed at him... I mean, jesus christ. Can anyone make this stuff up? It's a joke!

Forget this guy. He's a blip, and it backfired severely, except for middle America, where they obviously don't know or care about the internet. Like these people that Al-Jazeera interviewed:



Or these people in Ohio:



Jesus, Ohio. What the hell happened to you?

Sometimes it's great to be an American. And sometimes it's embarrassing.

For those of you who are still paying ridiculous prices for gas, well guess what? Oil is down to $70 a barrel.. PLEASE, contact your local government officials and tell them that enough is enough.

Links are on the left. No excuse not to use them.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Jack Cafferty tells it straight



Here's the Palin interview with Couric. I'm not sure if this is the first part of two, or both parts... but it's eye opening.

more videos and articles

Republican Thaddeus McCotter talks about the bailout.



An article on Palin about how she accepted $25,000 in gifts as Alaskan Governor.

A continuing article on Palin, about her returning donations from 'tainted' politicians.

Here's an article on McCain's aide, Rick Davis. McCain had mentioned that Davis had no connection with Freddie Mac for the past several years, even though he'd been receiving $15,000 a month since the end of 2005. It's a NY Times online article, you might have to sign up (takes less than a minute).

Oh, here's a fun article from Forbes, about how a treasury rep said that the $700 billion number actually has no basis in data, they just wanted to choose a really large number.

Anyone else think that these companies should just roll over and die, just like any other company? This seems to be just another situation where the Bush Administration has decided to use fear to get what they want, more money for their friends. I'm sure that the ramifications of these companies going under will shake the economy some, but this looks like a blank check scenario, and the losers are going to be the taxpayers, again. I guess something that costs more than the war in Iraq is worth fighting, whatever side of the aisle you're on.

People going to die? Yeah, whatever.

$700 billion? We have to talk about this!

Not to mention the fact that over the last 8 years there have been countless programs that the government has calculatedly decided were not worth it (like insuring poor children), because we just didn't have the money.

Not to mention, now, that McCain has cancelled the debate scheduled for this evening*, because he thinks we should be concentrating on the economy (he also cancelled his appearance on Letterman, check out the video below)... seems to me that the longer this goes on, the more Republicans are to blame, the more it's hurting McCain. Dave makes a good point about how Palin should be pushing the campaign through, instead of hiding from reporters, as she has been.



Have to wait and see what unfolds.

* Edit - McCain has decided to debate Obama tonight.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

some articles and videos

Last leg of my trip, I'm in San Francisco. Figured I would put some stuff down, get it off my screen here (it's how I save articles... instead of bookmarking each one, I leave a hundred windows open, and it sure does get crowded!)

First article is on one of the largest political gathering/protests in Alaska. Against Sarah Palin.

If you haven't been on Reddit, you're missing out on some amazing news articles. Here's a great page that I saw, where the poster found that some fact checking on Palin had been removed from the ABC news website, without any explanation, and so the google cached page (along with the text) can be found here.

Here's a letter from Anne Kilkenny, about Sarah Palin, and her experience as a citizen of Wasilla, AK.

Here's a great article on how Republicans are trying to prevent people who've lost their homes in Michigan from voting.

Here are some great videos on different perspectives on... lots of things.





McCain gets interviewed in Maine and can't really answer any direct questions...



Oh, and to round out this entry, here's a list of the 20 most corrupt members of congress.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Palin, articles, videos and more

Ok, so, last post I said I was going to go a bit more in depth on Palin. I am vacationing in Napa right now, so I won't be around to really go in depth on her, but here's something.

Here's an article on the whole 'troopergate' scandal (jesus, I hate those 'gate' words). It details about the lawsuit pending, the pressure on firings, who is culpable, what the trooper did, and so on and so forth.

After reading the article, I say we move away from TrooperGate. Who gives a shit.

Here is Fact Check.org's page on debunking some rumors on Palin.

More later.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

if ever there was a video

that was the definition of the joke of politics... this is the one.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Awesome video

Saw this on reddit.

Two MSNCB commentators talking during the break:

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

so much to talk about

First off, I'd like to say that someone mentioned the possibility of the Palin 'scandal' of her trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired was a bunch of bullshit. It's by someone I respect, so I'm going to spend some time next post trying to get to the bottom of it, and some more Palin stuff.

That is, unless she's not given the ticket at the RNC.

First, some news about that.

Seems her speech for Tuesday night was cancelled, without any explanation.

Not a good sign.

Also, a quick article on Palin's almost being recalled as a Mayor, for firing city employees who were not fully backing her efforts to govern.

Moving on.

Fucked up shit at the RNC, including a number of reporters being treated very poorly, with violence, pepper spray, and aggravated arrests.

The St. Paul police were given $50 million dollars for added security for the RNC. Seems they decided to go the old 'no tolerance' route this year, and basically said 'screw everyone who gets even remotely out of line, or looks at your weird.'

More than 280 people were arrest, and some were charged with felonies, including being charged with 'conspiracy to riot.'

And, of course, no post would be complete without some awesome videos.

Here's a video of an officer at the RNC dragging a guy he's arresting and... well, I won't spoil it for you.



http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-73510

Here's a great video that, at the end of the day, made McCain cancel his appearance on Larry King, saying CNN went 'over the line'.



James Carville eats babies for breakfast.



Now, at first I was like... is this woman (Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota) on crack? Look at her eyes! All of this 'anti woman' bullshit was really striking me as crazy, until I did, well, let's say twenty seconds of research on her, and found this wonderful tidbit. This is a direct quote said to OneNewsNow (warning, I am not responsible if you click on that link. You will go blind, unlike masturbating, and will also lose IQ points due to the blatant disregard of logic and reason):

"[Pelosi] is committed to her global warming fanaticism to the point where she has said that she's just trying to save the planet. We all know that someone did that over 2,000 years ago, they saved the planet -- we didn't need Nancy Pelosi to do that."

So, ummm, let me get this straight.

Sure, sure, go ahead.

Thank you. So, what she's saying is that Jesus saved the planet 2,000 years ago, and we no longer need his help?

Basically, yeah.

That's... well, that's just awesome!

I know! I've been so worried.

Me too. So, back then, they had global warming?

No, dude.

No? Were they running out of oil back then?

They didn't have cars back then, dude.

Really? How'd they get around?

They walked. And had, like, horses. And the wheel. And fire.

How about coal mining? Natural gas? Strip mining? Pollution? Toxic waste? Nuclear weapons? Oil spills? Chemical explosions? And all other kinds of shit I can't think of?

No, man. They had, like, hammers, maybe.

Wow. Did they have almost 7 billion people alive back then to help suck all our resources?

No, more like 20 million.

20 million.

Yeah. Lot of mouths to feed back then.

Lot of... what?

Nothing.

Well. Then he didn't save shit, did he.

I guess not.

Ok! Back to the videos.

Anyone who thinks that because someone sold a plane on ebay, it makes them qualified for the most powerful position on the planet should have their brain shoveled out and have it replaced with spam.



And, finally, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Palin as VP.

Steny Hoyer.

What a great name! That's not even a porn star name, that's like "just got out of prison and earned that name, cause he killed two guys named Steny and Hoyer."

That's it for now, kiddies.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Wow. Just... wow.

Well, McCain is either the stupidest smart person, or the smartest dumb person... or however it is that goes.

Usually you know this person, but I think it works here.

First off, if you haven't already heard, he has chosen the Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, as his running mate.

Sarah Palin, who has been in office, in total, one year, as a politician in a almost any capacity.

Sarah Palin, who is governor of a state that is younger than her running mate.

Sarah Palin, who allegedly, after getting into office, tried to get a state police trooper in good standing fired because he was his sister's ex-husband.

Sarah Palin, who has absolutely no experience and, by being chosen, in one fell swoop, completely destroyed the McCain camps ability to stand on the one platform they had.

Obama's 'inexperience' to become President of the United States.

What the fuck.

Ok, here goes.

Here's a video from FOX News, who continues to pay reporters, commentators and investigators, even though they spew things like this.



Here's a great video of McCain's choice putting down the job of Vice President one month before being chosen, because she has no idea what the VP does.



Here's the entire article.

It is impossible to listen to what she is saying and not hear the chalk board screeching of inexperience.

Truly unbelievable.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

an open letter to the Denver Mayor and City Council

And anyone else who'd like to read it. I mailed this off to them this evening, after reading about an incident at the DNC.

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Mr. Mayor, and the Denver City Council,

I wanted to write to express my disappointment in the city of this year's Democratic National Convention.

Being a realist, I understand that, wherever there are protests, there will always be police involvement. Officers who do their jobs. Officers who are concerned about the safety and well being of the people they are sworn to protect.

And officers who are only interested in maintaining their definition of order.

As a realist, I also know there are officers who enjoy inflicting pain, as well. Officers who feel superior to ordinary citizens. And officers who believe that their badge gives them a wide threshold for violent behavior that will not result in a loss of their job.

It's individuals like this who get the '10-paid day' vacations of suspension, as a way of appeasing the local government that some action has been taken. It's a band-aid, unfortunately, and in this day and age, those bad apples have no place in what is quickly becoming a police state, rather than a free country.

I've decided to give you a record of numerous instances of some of your officers doing more than protecting and serving. I think it's important that someone share these with you (if they haven't done so already), and demand that more than the norm is done to make sure these officers don't think they can get away with violent behavior against protestors.

It would be easy for me to sight police brutality cases outside of protesting situations, but let's stick to the topic at hand.

Here is an article that details officers surrounding groups of protestors and shooting them with pepper spray, hitting them with batons and also with paint-ball like weapons.

Here's an article on Alicia Forrest, along with the youtube clip, on her getting pushed to the ground by a police officer, and then subsequently arrested for 'interfering with an arrest' which basically means, she pissed off an officer.



Here's an article and video about an ABC news investigator/producer that was, in the end, choked, cuffed, arrested and physically threatened by one of your city's police officers.

Here's a fantastic article about the ACLU that details how Denver's police have violated people's rights in their arresting procedures.

And this is just the surface. I'm sure if you went to youtube, you'd find dozens upon dozens of videos of commentaries and on-the-scene footage of Denver's police doing some pretty terrible things.

Of course, they also don't show the police officers who are just doing their job. That's not news worthy.

As I said, I am a realist, and I know it's not them all. But those officers who went out of their way to cause pain, to arrest people, trumping up charges so that it was 'legal', those officers who weren't concerned with people's safety, as much as they were concerned with having a good story to tell about how they busted some heads... You have got to do something about them.

I do not live in Denver. I was unable to afford the trip to the DNC this year, unfortunately. But had I been there, it's quite possible that I could have been one of those people who were hurt, arrested, or both. And that thought frightens me, because the idea of protesting, especially in this country, is, the majority of the time, a peaceful process, filled with passion and vehemence for corporations and politicians who are not the police.

I'm sorry this had to happen. I'm a Democrat, and I was happy to see the convention in Denver. But everything I've seen and read makes me think that the Denver Police Department decided to either not brief its officers on making sure that safety was the main concern, or these officers didn't care to listen to their superiors.

In this day and age, when every single protestor has a device that can record video, for these officers to just forgo rules of conduct outside on the streets of Denver and act only for themselves, well, that's more than a shame.

That's criminal.

John Painz

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

articles #4

Few things today...

A 'plot' to kill Obama was foiled. The Secret Service said that the threat wasn't creditable.

I found this quite interesting. The man in question was stopped by police after driving erratically. He had some meth on him and a high powered rifle.

From what I gathered, the only place they could have shot the man was from on top of a McDonalds roof, and only during the hours of 11:00am and 11:30am, just after they stop serving breakfast (they're very strict at that McDonalds) and just before the big lunch rush.

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Hey, moving on. Some Joe Biden info.

Article #1, this one against Joe Biden.

Article #2, this one about Biden's Amtrak fantasies stories.

Haven't made up my mind about the guy.

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Videos! Hey, what fun.

First we have a terrible interviewer calling Pelosi out on her double standard of minimum wage, and her use of non-payed interns.



In my opinion, interns have been around since god knows how long. People understand what they're going to receive as an intern. Either experience for a future job, or school credit.

I doubt there is a political office in this country, let alone at any large corporation or practice, without an intern of some kind. I'm sure most are paid lower than their counterparts with experience. But the majority are volunteers or inexperienced workers who are looking for a future wedge.

Whew.

I made it through that entire thing without one Clinton joke.

Here's John McCain offering people $50 an hour to pick lettuce.



Here's Kucinich placing blame for 9/11 and the failure of the government before, during and after Katrina on the Bush Administration.



Here we have Clinton supporters for McCain, with a huge amount of subterfuge when it comes to their sources of information.



And finally, Kucinich's speech during the DNC.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bush Admin tries to solidify McCain presidency

with bullshit.

Completely reminds me of this part in Eddie Izzard's Dress to Kill:

But in America, it was different.

They said, "This is where our God has brought us to. We can practice our religion, raise a family.

"There's nobody here.

"Excuse me.

"Nobody here. Yes, a land empty of human existence.

"Who the fuck are these guys?

"What's all this, please?

"No, we don't want any of your food, thank you very much.

"Just put some clothes on."

Meanwhile, that winter...

"Excuse me, do you have any food?

"I love all this, lovely idea."

(Laughs nervously)

"I'm sorry we were a bit brusque when we first arrived. We didn't realize you owned the entire country. But you have no system
of ownership? Mm. lnteresting. That'll be useful later. Food, thank you very much. There's more of us coming but we'll keep our promises."

So the government lied to the Native Americans for many years.

Then President Clinton lied about a lover and everyone was surprised.

A little naive, I feel.


Sure, under a Republican Administration, we'll be out in 2011.

Hey, look over there at that big gorilla climbing that big building.

Fox news, VP, hookers and more

We'll start with FOX news.



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Biden.

People are polarized about his being chosen. I'm not impressed.

Here's an article on his past exploits that amount to "Ummm... there was no one better?"

Someone, somewhere, had mentioned that Biden was the appeasement choice for the Clinton's, due to his age. Meaning, that he would be too old in 2012 or 2016 to run against Hillary. Sigh.

The mediocre of politics. Not eve the 'joke' of politics, which could have been a funny little whatever.

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Here's a fun article on Senator David Vitter from Louisiana who was caught in the DC Madam scandal.

The man who committed a "very serious sin."

Is this any way to talk about having sex? While you're married? Using tax payers money?

Now he wants to use campaign funds to offset the cost of his legal fees, and 3 of his compatriots in Louisiana don't have a problem with that. And one of them is a woman.

Unreal.

Here's the About Dave page on his government web site. I guess if Hillary could get over a blowjob, Dave's wife Wendy, who he's had four kids with and lectures at St. Francis Xavier Church with, could get over him fucking hookers.

I suppose God will see them through this.

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Here's a video mishmash from Olbermann on... well, a few things.



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And, finally, I prostate myself to you all...

Oh, I kill me.

... with this.

Next, boils and pus.

Friday, August 22, 2008

articles #3

More stuff for you kiddies, to see how our politicians, reporters and the general public are either making asses of themselves, using the veneer to hide their true selves, or being just a plain nuisance.

First up, we have in our comical section, an op-ed piece by Maureen Dowd that is pretty much an insult to everyone who reads it.

So, read it here!

Sigh. People give this woman too much credit, too much money, and too much space in a paper that used to stand for something.

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Here's something. While corporate America deals with budding technology, firewalls, anti-spam stuff, and more things that I really don't care about... blech... The White House, with all of the resources of the free world at their disposal, has seemingly lost 225 days of email.

It's frightening how convenient this is, and how Americans are probably like "Well, Jebus, that's the kind of thing that happens to me on AOL."

Sorry. No. You don't lose email on AOL.

I have my own server, and I have never once lost an email. And I am not the US Government.

So, fuck them. This bullshit Administration has got to end.

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Here's an...

Wait, wait. Ok. The next few articles are going to be on the stupidity of McCain. I seriously can't help it. There is way too much material out there against the guy, to ignore.

Article 1 on how McCain wanted to go to war before Bush did.

Article 2 deals with McCain pissing off the entire state of Colorado. Well done.

Here's a phenomenal video of McCain agreeing that if we don't re-enact the draft, we'll never catch Osama Bin Laden.



And finally, Article 3, that gives details on torture during the Vietnam war that do not match the Bush Administrations definitions of torture during the Iraq War.

Fun stuff.

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Finally, two things on Obama.

First, here's a page where he called his 2,000,000 donor. Pretty neat.

Second, an early video of Obama, worth watching.

Anyone have any factual anti-Obama stuff out there? It's not for lack of trying, but I'm not going to post Coulter and Limbaugh crap every time they say something anti-Democrat. It's just recycled bullshit.

J

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

articles #3

Moving, have all these windows open on articles, so I'll do this quick.

First is Ann Coulter sticking her foot in her mouth, chewing off her foot, spitting the toes on the floor, looking at them, shrugging, then eating them cause she's got nothing better to do than attack... Canada?



And then this...



She's fucking stupid. It's amazing though. We live in this free country where people who say the most outlandishing things, where a handful (only a handful) of people agree with her, and she gets notoriety.

Nancy Allen. Is she just the dumbest thing on television, or what? I have to post this because just the look on Amy Smart's face says it all.



Here's an article from the Phoenix New Times on McCain. A very interesting read.

And if you haven't been living under a rock, there is news that a top CIA official has confessed that there is a forged letter connecting Iraq to 9/11, so the Bush Administration could make their friends money and kill American soldiers and Iraqi and American civilians.

When I say 'living under a rock', this is assuming you get your news from online, and not the mainstream media, who not only didn't report on this, but also did not report on the 100,000 signatures that Congressman Kucinich gave to Pelosi.

Three more things.

One. David Duke, ex-Louisiana House of Representatives member and former leader of the KKK, believes that if Obama is elected, there will be a surge of membership for white supremacist groups.

This opinion is quite shocking, really*.

Two. Ohio is suing Diebold for losing votes in 11 of the 44 counties.

And finally, author Orson Scott Card, who wrote, most notably Ender's Game, has stated that equality for gays is the end of democracy in America.

See you in a few days!

*This opinion is not shocking. It was pretty predictable, actually.

Friday, August 8, 2008

anti-Bush, anti-war website

I was reading this article at After Downing Street on an Anti-War website, and how the administrator has been threatened numerous times by armed individuals who do or do not work for the government.

Check out Information Clearing House.

I hope that Tom Feeley doesn't give in to these people.

No one in this administration (if they are responsible) can convince any educated person that what they're doing is for the best interest of the country.

When you do something like that, when you put yourself out there and are anti-Government, I really think you have to take into consideration (at least with this Administration) that not only is there going to be trouble, but that you can't back down, at all.

I feel terrible for Mr. Freeley's wife and child, and grandchildren. It's an awful situation he's in. And it's a lot to ask, to not have him give up. But it's what these kinds of people want. To scare and intimidate people. To whitewash this whole situation the US is in.

Tom Freeley is now bigger than that.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Problem with Maryland SWAT team

I read an article on this many weeks ago, but I was perusing CNN (don't ask) and saw it, so I figured I'd link to it.

I'm not sure how many of you (christ, I think I'm only speaking Crotchety these days) are movie fans, but if you ever watch any cop dramas, you'll be able to recall plenty of plot lines where agencies did not share information with local police, and ended up doing something stupid/bad/wrong/deadly.

I don't have enough fingers (I have twelve*) to count how many movies have this plot line. There are that many.

More than twelve.

So I find it ridiculous when I see these kinds of stories, and how even now, today, police agencies are still this stubborn.

A simple phone call would have cleared up this entire situation. But the Prince Charles police department decided the bust was more important than courtesy.

These officers who go in after the door comes off its hinges are more interested in shooting then they are in justice. At least, that's the way it seems.

You'd have to have that kind of mentality to take that kind of job, I would suspect.

I hope that the Mayor will be able to take this as far as it will suit him to get over this situation. I think the last sentence ties up the entire article very succinctly.

* I do not have twelve fingers.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

witness the breakdown



So sad.

Here's an article on Obama's talking about inflating tires, and how conservatives and the right are making fun of it.

One.

And a video...



I wonder if a group of people went from red state to red state and showed them the facts... if they would still vote republican this year.

I really wanted The Joke to be an agenda free site. But every time I go and try to find a stupid thing that Obama has done, I keep finding these little gems. I'll keep plugging away. Thanks for visiting.

J

Sunday, August 3, 2008

two posts, one day

Sorry, but I had to show you people these.



This second video was commented on at The Jed Report.



McCain and company seem to be scraping the barrel...

so much to talk about

I don't even know where to begin.

Ok, let's start with the last article I read, about the Department of Homeland Security. In this article you'll read about a document that found its way onto the internet in early July, about how the DHS has, and has had for some time, the authority to take your laptop, ipod, iphone, flash drive, and any other computer hardware you have, whilst entering the country.

And hold said items indefinitely.

I hope to have a post, at some point, where I discuss the United States becoming more and more like a police state. The truth is, it's already here. Simmering.

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The only black reporter at a McCain news conference was kicked out, along with a white woman who questioned the Secret Service (you know how hard it is to not write SS?).

I love the back peddling of the McCain camp on this one.

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Here's an interesting video on the limits of Executive Power, by Vincent Bugliosi, who recently wrote the book: The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder.



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Here's an interesting article that was posted online at the Wall Street Journal about how it's possible Obama is too skinny to be President.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL?

I know, I know. For a second, I completely forgot that it's a Rupert Murdoch rag.

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Walmart (AKA the fall of modern civilization) has briefed its US managers on the perils of a democratic president.

It seems that Walmart does not want its workers to unionize.

This might be because they hire workers who are illegal and get paid minimum wage or less, if that's possible.

But, of course, they're not telling anyone how to vote.

"Psst. You know, McCain doesn't support that bill."

"Yeah, I know, but I'm a Democrat, and I hate the -"

"Do you like pudding?"

"I, umm..."

(laughs) "Everyone likes pudding, right?"

"Sure, I guess..."

"Well, imagine with me, if you will, a world where pudding costs more than what, you know, what we sell it for."

"Yeah..."

"Or Cheesy Poofs."

"Oh, I like those."

"You see? Today, we enjoy what we have. Tomorrow?" (shakes head) "I worry about tomorrow."

"There won't be Cheesy Poofs tomorrow?"

(whisper) "Not if you vote Democrat."

I was there, I heard it all.*

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Here's another gem from the Wall Street Journal that states that... no, seriously, just go read it. I don't want to spoil it for you.

Here's a nice take on the article.

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Kucinich is moving forward with the impeachment of George Bush. He's got a video out there on Make Your Call.org, a site dedicated to ending the war, impeaching the president and Dick Cheney, restoring the Bill of Rights, and making sure that when Obama is in the White House, that pudding and Cheesy Poofs will still be affordable.

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Finally, Obama opposes reparations for slavery.

I refuse to get involved in this topic, but it's news.



*I was not there, I heard nothing.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Early McCain video and anthrax



Linking Iraq to the anthrax attacks and deaths from 2001/2002.

This ties in to the suicide of Bruce E. Ivins.

I wonder if he did do it.

This story, the one on Ivins, reminds me of Arlington Road. I'm not sure why.

I find it interesting that no proof of Ivins involvement is in the article. Only speculation. It would be very interesting if they close this "Amerithrax" (eyeroll) case, without divulging any evidence that Ivins was, in fact, the perpetrator.

I find it interesting that it took the FBI 7 years to make this connection. It took 6 years to clear Steven Hatfill... it's an election year.

Doesn't add up to me. I'll reserve further judgement when more details are released.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

filling the hole

Sorry folks, been on semi-vacation. The flights were awful, the food was amazing, I won $400 playing 3-card poker (yeah, that's right Crotchety!) and... well.

Anyway.

Let's see where we're at this week. That, you know, is almost over.

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Here's a press release from Rick Davies, Campaign Manager for the McCain camp.

It seems to me that this is all McCain has left, going negative from here on out, because he can't compete with the issues.

I can't say if it's a strange tactic because, like others have said, no one's done a negative campaign against an opponent this early out... at least not since...

No, can't think of anything funny.

Someone finish that sentence off for me.

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Nancy Pelosi (fail) was on the view last week, and discussed why Impeachment is still off the table. It's funny. Does she read the news? Does she... talk to other people?

It doesn't get any better than this:

“If Somebody Had a Crime that the President Had Committed, That Would Be a Different Story.”

Ah, America.

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You won't even BELIEVE the lengths people will go to...

Sorry, I just found that really funny.

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Another viral campaign against McCain



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A House panel voted to cite Karl Rove in contempt this week. You know, after he left the country, came back, went to a baseball game...

So far, twice, people have attempted to perform citizens arrests on Rove. Once, at the University of Iowa, he was almost arrested by two students. The second was in Iowa, as well, where Rove was at a fundraiser.

Oh, and Nancy Pelosi, again, in the news, says a contempt citation is possible on Rove...

Wow. Really?

This woman is amazing.

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Finally, a terrible story about a Private in Iraq who's teeth were knocked loose, nose broken, her hands burned, lye (or acid) poured in her vagina, oh, and a bullet hole in her head... from an M-16.

The army is calling it a suicide.

Have a great Friday.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

articles #2

Republicans are still trying to tell their constituents that drilling for oil will lessen our troubles at the pump. Why are they still spouting this ridiculous crap?

And why do we have to be reminded that it won't work by a rich oil man?

You know, there's two why T. Boone would be letting us know this information.

One. He's bored out of his mind, and tired of the lies.

Two.

You know, there's only one reasons why...

Check out one of his ads.



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McCain and his constant screw ups.

I already mentioned ABC's mess up the other day (previous story, scroll down you lazy bastards!)

There was another mess up this week, about McCain suggesting there was an Iraq / Pakistan border.



I've heard a couple of things lately. He's senile. He's too old to be President. The RNC is going to nominate someone else instead of McCain, because anyone else will look 100% better.

Frankly, we have a President in office that can't answer a question without having an internal seizure. This, of course, is my all time favorite Bush video.



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ACLU article that they have memos from the CIA authorizing torture.

What a week.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

first FOX, now CBS

Say it ain't so!.

What a commentary on our times.

And it's not like they didn't know what they were doing... such a shame.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Corruption between CNN and J&J

Article.

Second article.

Floss Rings.

Just bought 4, one for each family member.

Wrote Sean Dix, got a nice letter back:

Dear John,

Thank for your kind words believe me they are much appreciated. Sales at this moment believe it or not are the least of my concerns as without justice the marketplace will remain as corrupt as it was when this began.

I grew up in this country believing in all the stories of all the inventions that made people famous, wealthy or both never dreaming that i would one day have such a chance. I had accepted my role as a piece worker in a factory and was happy until this idea gave me reason to expand my horizons.

If anyone were to tell me when I started this venture over a decade ago that I would one day be written up on a website that deals with news the mainstream media wouldn't touch and had cited a few highpoints from my own story I would have laughed and thought the person telling me this was slightly paranoid if not really nuts.

It would have frightened me but living through it made me realize that if we don't stand up to big companies like J&J, and CNN they just get bolder in their rapacious ways and if they are willing to do this over a flossing device God only knows what they have in store for all of us.

So although you may think sales are on my mind I assure you your letter meant more. Thank you. This fight is far from over and it isn't just mine. It belongs to you and everyone who will ever come after me that has an idea that could and should find a home in the marketplace without being crushed maliciously in broad daylight. Thanks again, its people like you that keep me going.

Sincerely,
Sean Dix
www.FlossRings.com

Oh boy...

Article.

Unreal.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

articles

First, I'd like to present you all with a case that you might not have heard about.

Here's an article on a Mexican man who is set to be killed in Houston on August 5th.

I found out about this topic on reddit. The link takes you to the articles comment page.

Here, you will see one of the reasons why the United States continues to say FU to the UN. Because our citizens and politicians alike are more interested in their personal beliefs rather than the rule of law.

What would happen if you or a member of your family committed a crime outside of the United States, and was told they couldn't contact the US consulate for legal help?

My comments, btw, are the 'stilesjp' comments. After my back and forth with 'locutus', well, I figured he was too stupid, or was baiting me, or has schizophrenia, after his last comment. Such a shame. On such an important topic, to not even be able to debate it as an adult.

The fact is, I'm on the fence about the death penalty, especially when talking about the state of Texas, who has killed more inmates than any other state.

On top of that, Project Innocence has had more sentences overturned in Texas than any other state. Death row sentences, and others.

And the funny thing is, no one who is requesting the review is saying that he's innocent.

Anyone have anything to say on this matter?

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In the EYEROLL edition here (brand new, I just thought of that), we have an article from the Washington Post about the Bush Administrations brush off towards Guantanamo detainees, going back as far as 2002.

Isn't it amazing that everyone who actually does some research outside of the American mainstream media already knew (or at least assumed) this was taking place?

Didn't the US bar the Red Cross from having contact with detainees since 2003?

Here's an article written in January of 2007, that has Bush being quoted as saying:

"I'd like to end Guantanamo; I'd like it to be over with," the president said. "One of the things we will do is we'll send people back to their home countries."

I won't even comment on the ineffectualness of the Democrats because, frankly, they're useless.

Here's an article (transcript, kind of long) about detainees in both Iraq and Guantanamo being tortured, who were freed after YEARS of incarceration.

I don't think it's necessary to bring up Abu Ghraib.

Frankly, if people need to read this book to know the US's policy on detainees... they should go and put their heads back in, well... pick your orifice.

Sigh.

I won't even get into quoting Shakespeare today.

Oh, fine, but not the line you think I'm going to quote.

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

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Final article, which is just... I mean, come on.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Phil Gramm, gone

Good riddance.

While I believe that he was only hurting the McCain campaign, any rich guy callous enough to say "We have sort of become a nation of whiners... You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline," has not been paying attention to the problems of this country.

On top of all this, the guy, according to wikipedia produced two soft core porn flicks.

Gramm also produced two soft-core motion pictures: Truck Stop Women in 1974 and White House Madness in 1975.

Fun.

Edit: Another article on Gramm that details his dealings in the past that have lead this country into a tailspin.

Jesse Jackson and Fox's editing techniques

Well, by now you've heard about the controversy surrounding Jesse Jackson discussing cutting off Obama's testicles, balls, nuts, huevos, etc.

But just in case you haven't!

First, for your viewing pleasure, Fox's initial take on the issue:



Now, Fox's Bill "WE'LL DO IT LIVE!" O'Reilly's take on some complaints Fox got about not showing the whole tape, and leaving out Jesse Jackson's use of the N-Word (sigh).



And finally, O'Reilly gets schooled on why he should have shown the entire clip.



How O'Reilly and crew didn't believe that the N-Word coming out of the mouth of Jesse Jackson, who has gone out of his way to criticize the likes of Imus and Michael Richards, was NOT news...

Well, I suppose that's a testament to the brains behind Fox.

Guess who stopped a plot against Bush...

Sigh...

It's like observing a control group of 10 year olds, and knowing exactly what's going to happen next.

If Israel attacks Iran...

I just read this NY Times Op Ed article.

Is it just me, or in this day and age are we so bad at attacking and destroying, we have to HOPE things go well?

There is so much in this article that bothers me. It's as though possible outcomes were written on index cards, stapled to a wall and darts were thrown at them, then jumbled up into this.

I'll break it down for you.

Options:

Israel can wait until they are nuclear ready and see what happens... see if the US diplomat has any luck.

Israel can attack now.

... isn't that it?

"It is in the interest of neither Iran nor the United States (nor, for that matter, the rest of the world) that Iran be savaged by a nuclear strike, or that both Israel and Iran suffer such a fate. We know what would ensue: a traumatic destabilization of the Middle East with resounding political and military consequences around the globe, serious injury to the West’s oil supply and radioactive pollution of the earth’s atmosphere and water."

Hold on a second.

It is not in Iran's best interests to get bombed by nuclear... bombs?

This guy is a fucking genius.

Now, I don't know about the rest of you, but from my days as a journalist*, you write down things in order of importance.

Fuck the oil. Sorry, but going back to the first sentence, I doubt that the rest of the world gives a shit about whether or not it's in the best interest of THE UNITED STATES if Iran gets nuked or not. I seriously don't think that the people of Europe are saying "God, if they bomb Iran, what's going to happen to the United States?!?"

While I don't know enough about Al Gore's 10 year program, I think it's pretty clear that, regardless of any ADDITIONAL war/conflict/police action in the region, we should be reducing our dependence on foreign oil already.

The oil in the region should be the least of our concerns, where nuclear war is a factor.

The resounding military consequences would be justified. If someone bombed us because we were doing something that someone didn't like, I'm sure we would react, as much in kind as possible, and we would get their families, their friends, their cats and dogs.

I won't even get into the political consequences because, obviously, if it got to that point, all of the politics would have failed, and the people responsible would be denounced (gosh, that's such a bullshit word) all over the world.

A global denouncement. Who gives a shit.

Radioactive pollution. Hmmm... yeah. Is that really a concern? I mean, it's all the way at the bottom there. It's almost like it's a given, you know, cause they used nuclear weapons.

Forget about future generations born with a third eye, or skinless children walking around, breathing through holes in their fingers.

SAVE THE OIL!

So, to sum up (and I'll let you read the article yourself, because my heart stopped for a second, I grabbed a chocolate bar and said "Fuck exercising if these assholes are going to use nukes.")...

Since we gave Israel the AMBER light, we're accessories to yet another destruction. And the world has to sit back and wait while Israel goes and does their business. And we all have to hold our breath and HOPE, for christ sake, that they do it right.

Either that or hope the US diplomat does the right thing.

I'm going to go buy some more candy bars, some milk shakes, ice cream, brownies... you know, just in case.

* I have never been a journalist.

The New Yorker cover, explained

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Pelosi, contraception and google

First off, I'm not sure if you knew this, but since 2005 (I believe), when you typed in 'failure' or 'miserable failure' and clicked "i'm feeling lucky", you would be directed to a page on George W. Bush.

This was explained as a bunch of people getting together and linking 'miserable failure' to this site.

They linked miserable failure.

Miserable failure.

Moving on.

Today, Nancy Pelosi has gone out of her way to call President Bush a failure.

This coming from the woman who, since 2004, has blocked impeachment proceedings against Bush. In 2006 she told Democrats that impeachment was 'off the table'.

Someone on reddit pointed out that this was amazing timing on her part, as Bush was opening our shores to domestic drilling (not sure I'm for this) and sending over a diplomat to Iran. It's an interesting point.

She's the first woman, the first Californian and the first Italian-American (eyeroll) to ever be named Speaker of the House. She's the highest ranking woman in the history of the United States.

Now, maybe it's just me, but isn't this a pot / kettle situation? Has this woman, with the force of a Democratically controlled Congress, done anything right while being in office? Sure, she helped raise minimum wage. Her 100 hours program seemed audacious, but in the end accomplished little. It seems to me that the Democrats are scared of losing control of the House, so they take the safe route to the middle. And this woman has been leading them. She's known as a 'liberal', but most see her much more conservative.

Her words, at her acceptance of House Speaker:

"The election of 2006 was a call to change — not merely to change the control of Congress, but for a new direction for our country. Nowhere were the American people more clear about the need for a new direction than in Iraq. The American people rejected an open-ended obligation to a war without end."

So much has changed...

I won't even get into FISA. It's so not worth it.

I read that article and I just sat down, hard, clicked my teeth, missed my tongue by mere centimeters and thought "Do these people think we're all that stupid? How is it even remotely possible that a woman who was supposed to be a kind of beacon, and who became the opposite, can sit there and call Bush "a total failure"?"

This isn't a circus any more. It's an episode of The Twilight Zone. No. No. It's an episode of The Outer Limits, written by Richard Matheson.

WAIT! He wrote for both, so take your pick.

If you've got half an hour, you know, cause we all sit at retail stores on Fridays and do nothing, or have insomnia, or take speed to make sure that the bugs don't catch us... check out this Wolf Blitzer interview of Pelosi, with a whole bunch of I-Reporters sending in their video questions. I haven't watched it, but it seems to be where the whole 'failure' thing came from. I'll give it a view tomorrow.







And one last thing to make you put palm to forehead and wonder why our fate is in the hands of... get ready...

A miserable failure.

The Bush Administration sent out a memo that defines some contraception methods as abortions and will be cutting off funding of hospitals and states who try to provide such.

Sigh.

One last side note:

From wikipedia, I found that Cindy Sheehan has vowed that unless Pelosi moves to impeach Bush, she's going to run as an independent in 2008. Wow, I didn't know that... Cindy is one tough lady. I'd say, since the Democratically controlled congress has done SHIT since 2006, she has a chance.

Bush Impeachment moving forward...



Goes to the Judiciary committee next. Let's see if it'll just die there.

If it goes any further, that will pretty much be the nail in McCain's coffin.

I wonder if there will ever be any war crimes brought upon members of the Bush administration by the World Court. It's funny that he purchased 100,000 acres in Paraguay.

Kucinich is really becoming a one man army. I wonder if Obama has the balls to pick him as the VP.

Anyone have any thoughts as to who Obama might pick?

Think the impeachment should move forward? Do you think that this kind of thing will prevent the next guy from doing something equally as stupid as Bush has? Or do you think it's just a show of force, too late to really prevent anything?

Former Republican Ohio Rep Jim Trakus says that it's a stunt.

I love his comments about 'I wonder how much this is costing tax payers.'

Leave it to Fox to find some ex-representative moron to comment on something, try to come off as an authority on said something, and then bring up tax payers money.

It's not, you know, like Republicans aren't wasting... what is it? Almost $600 billion of our tax money?

I can see how one could compare the two. You know. Pretty easily.

Sigh. Is Ohio... yep, it is...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Planned Parenthood vs McCain

Anyone else worried?

So, out of the blue, the United States decides to send a diplomat to Iran, to discuss their nuclear program.

Bloggers and every day people who have been following politics a lot longer than I have are very worried about another 'terrorist strike' inside of the United States, before, during, or after the DNC in August, in Denver.

Now, I'm not up for conspiracy theories and the such. What people believe is what they believe. I, for one, have always had it in the back of my mind that the 9/11 attack was circumspect. But that's just me. There are too many things that make the entire issue gray, on both sides.

But I find this situation interesting. First, Bush goes and gives an 'amber' light to Israel, to start gearing up to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities... and now he's sending a diplomat?

Maybe I read and write too much speculative fiction, but doesn't this whole situation smell like a plan?

I can just see the meeting on this.

"We're going to flip-flop, cause everyone's doing it, and send over a guy who we really don't need in the long run. And while he's over there, he's gonna get 'killed' by rebels, or whatever. This will shut up all the Iran no-war-nay-sayers, and get us McCain in the White House in November."

I'm generalizing, but it's not completely out of the realm of thought, right?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Indie blogger predicts better than pros

Awesome story.

Been working my tail off these days. Hard to get over here, but I'm constantly reading articles, and I try to post the good ones here. Hope you're all well, although I really think I'm only talking to Crotchety ;)

John

Saturday, July 12, 2008

MSNBC talks about war crimes

McCain video #2

Dealing with his voting record for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.



This came from an Alternet article about 10 McCain mistakes this past week.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

as if...

... we didn't know it... Bush is a fucking asshole.

It's amazing. I mean, there wasn't really any proof that he knew he was the worst of the worst... now we know that he knows it, and he doesn't give a shit.

Michelle Obama said "for the first time in my adult life (time) I'm really proud of my country."

There hasn't been much to be proud of in this country since 2002. We try to do all of these things. Try to make things better. We fight for the things we feel are right. And this guy comes in and wipes the slate clean.

Not the entire slate... I know. And certainly not enough of the slate to get me to stop doing what I have to, to let my congressmen and senators know how I feel... but jesus christ. That people stand behind him, that people voted for him, twice... it's quite frightening.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Obama and abortion issues, part 2, and bloggers...

This has been brought up again, after Obama talked to a Christian magazine about 3rd term abortions. I found out about it on reddit, on Feministe.com.

I went to the original source article mentioned on Feministe, Shakespeare's Sister. This is a very important issue to a lot of people, but some of the comments are really reactionary. Go check it out.

On the lighter side, McCain hates bloggers.

Friday, July 4, 2008

4th of July

Some people took out a half page ad in the NY times.

You can read up on this article here.

I think our founding fathers would be proud.

Columbian hostage situation

By now I'm sure that you've heard about the brilliant tactical situation in Columbia that brought home 5 hostages?

Well, now it's being reported that the US government, in conjuncture with Columbian officials, paid the members of FARC millions of dollars to release them.

So, I guess that the Bush Administration has brought us an awful economy, the deaths of thousands of US soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and that we now negotiate with terrorists.

Fantastic.

In lieu of this information, I figure that another anti-Bush demonstration is in order.



That the man is still able to get an audience after all these years, and all of the lies, is completely and totally astounding. It seems that people just cannot learn a lesson in this country.

Completely embarrassing that he was able to pull applause out of this crowd. Only in Virginia. Which happens to be a part of:

Saturday, June 28, 2008

voters, part 1

I'm gonna start a new column, with some articles on people who are so misinformed, these must be wet dreams for Republicans and right wingers.

Check out this article, and be sure to watch the video. I don't think it's possible for someone to have their head in the sand more than this woman.

And the truth is, I hope that she actually takes the time to find out the truth. Because I think she's a poster child for a very dangerous group of people in this country.

This isn't a 'she has to vote my way' kind of thing. I don't care who she votes for. But be INFORMED, for god sake.

This is a large (and growing) population who believe everything they hear, based on prejudices and lies. All of these people were suckered into voting for Bush, and they're being lied to and spun to believe ridiculous things, and spreading the lies and hatred in their communities.

The frightening thing is that their minds are so closed, that they've convinced themselves they're right.

Go watch the video and then visit the Concerned Women for America website, who have turned a pro-choice situation into Obama being for infanticied.

This situation has to do with Obama's nixing of the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act.

One of the people who was at a hearing for the House Judiciary Subcommittee on this issue was registered nurse Jill L. Stanek, who was named one of the top 30 pro-life causers in the nation. She's become a celebrity, so it's pretty clear to see an agenda here amongst pro-lifers.

You can read her transcript here, in the comments section of this crazy blog, if you'd like.

For another view on the entire issue, Alternet has a very interesting and eye opening article on the entire debate happening almost strictly online.

I don't see this as a make-or-break issue this year, especially being pro-choice and having read this Alternet article.

There are bigger issues than this.

Friday, June 27, 2008

letter to Obama

I just read an article on the whole FISA bill and a lawsuit with AT&T, and it prompted me to write to Senator Obama, I figured I'd post it here.

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Senator, I just wanted to voice my opinion on the FISA bill.

It being an election year, Bush and the Republicans are using this opportunity to push you and other democrats into a corner, and it's working. There is a kow-towing here that is almost unprecedented. The Democrats, who can be accused of moving more centered, who ended up backing the war... aren't Democrats supposed to be the civil minded politicians? Forget the past. We have to. It's a new election. The end of a terrible era.

The Republicans have spun the FISA bill so that being against it means being for the terrorists, or some such nonsense. Being against it means that you're not concerned with keeping America safe, blah blah. It's very upsetting to me, not to mention any rational person in the US (basically half of us) that politicians feel they can use scare tactics and pressure to pass a bill that is not only setting up America to become a police state, but also denying us civil liberties that are locked into the Constitution.

You know, we've come to a peak where the average citizen has had enough. Not a breaking point, but a peak, where this years election is going to bring out a huge population of voters who are sick of the Bush regime. The problem is, having a stance of 'better than Bush/McCain' is not sufficient to bolster confidence in our next president, nor next years daunting task of fixing the economy. Frankly, it'll be you. Unless you or your wife ends up saying something monumentally stupid, you pretty much have this election sewn up. But right now you stand for compromise.

Do we compromise civil liberties now? Do we compromise the privacy of US citizens to get votes? Is that the kind of America we are now? Wouldn't it be better to come out against the FISA bill, regardless of your 'ties' to AT&T, and show a strong front for Democracy? Isn't this kind of compromise just perpetuating an America run by corporations and fueled by the greed of President Bush?

When it comes to the lives of the 300 million people who live here, doesn't it seem fair to say that with each compromise, the face of America is changing for the worse? The world has lost so much respect for us. We've just had 8 years of compromise and scare tactics. 8 years of the worst President on record. 8 years of being forced to take it from someone who doesn't care one iota about American citizens.

The Constitution is important. The ideas, the beliefs, the words that were said to us all by politicians we voted into office, they are important. I won't give examples, but this year has been a nightmare for voters who put some Democrats into office.

We're all hoping that in five months, the person who gets voted into office is going to follow the Constitution. He's going to listen to the people. He's going to continue to have new, wonderful, positive ideas. And he's going to cherish the beliefs that make this a great nation.

You know McCain isn't going to provide that. You know we've been without that kind of honor for a while now. You know how important it all is.

Compromise has its place. It does. But not when you compromise on something illegal.

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Feel like contacting the senator yourself? Go here.