Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I love to vote...

I voted today. I've been voting since the 1972 Presidential Election. It always makes me feel good. I love to vote.

You have that sensation that everything is good and special in the world, that the universal balance is just perfect,
that there's no anxiety about your decision because you can't know the election results: just the happy, altruistic sensation of having done something positive.

Millions of people around the world wish they could vote. So do I. But I sure hope Mickey Mouse, Goofy Dog, and Yosemite Sam don't vote this year. That would piss me off. These guys never vote the same way I do.

No Voting = No Sniveling

It's official!

The Socialist Party of America's 2008 presidential nominee, Brian Moore, said on The Colbert Report tonight that Barack Obama is definitely not a socialist, anything but.

Whew. I'm glad that's over.

Now, if we can just get Rosy the Plumber to say Joe the Plumber is not a plumber. Imagine that. Sweet vindication!

No Voting = No Sniveling

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Are your eyes fatigued from keeping them glued to TV's campaign coverage?

Does your mouse finger ache from scrolling through the political blogs?

Are you up to your ears with Keith's pronouncements?

Do you want to projectile vomit at the sound of Sean's voice?

Have you stopped laughing when Rush speaks... about anything?

Do you feel bad for Ann since she can't support/vote for Hilary?

Are you just plain sick of Sarah's wardrobe malfunctions?

John's pander fests?

Barack's redistributisms?

Joe's malaprops?

Well, Mr. Joe Sixpack, you just might suffer from E.D... that's right...

...Electile Dysfunction!

The only cure for E.D. is to vote!

No Voting = No Sniveling

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sparty On!

Great game today!

State looked good and and UNM didn't.

I loved every minute of it, but Bob Ufer is on spin cycle (may he rest in peace).

Sparty hearty and sing along!

Hockey Mom haikus, part deux...

Wasilla's new rink
sounded like a good idea
but it's still going.

Saks Fifth Avenue
and Neiman Marcus make her
look good but not John.

Uncomfortable stuff...


At times, I just couldn't believe my ears.

I'm officially and entirely on the side of, "happy, excited, exuberant, and motivated."

"Uncomfortable stuff," indeed.

"A lie big enough..."

On NPR's Weekend Edition, this morning, a man from Colorado said,"If McCain loses this election, we're headed into Communism. Is that plain enough?"

Sadly, yes; it is plain enough. It's plain to see
that John and Sarah (et al.) have repeated the "Obama is a Socialist" lie often enough that some people, such as yourself, now believe it.

Wow. Great work, John and Sarah.

But why stop there, you two? There's still time to roll out something like, "Obama is a space alien from an Islamic planet intent on taking over Earth, whose resulting Communist government will tax the rich and redistribute that money so everyone who wants one will be able to get Canadian-style health care and an abortion from Satan at the commune's clinic?"

Too bad, though. You really missed your chance. Oh well.

Look, I defend this Colorado man's right to his opinion, to
anyone's right to theirs, but how did he arrive at it?

For one possible answer, please consider the following quote: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” -Joseph Goebbels

Friday, October 24, 2008

R.I.P. Journalism...

I just heard Sean Hannity say tonight on Hannity and Combs that "journalism died in 2008."

According to the sage Mr. Hannity, this happened because the media (Sean-speak for the liberal media) is in the tank for Barack Obama and won't investigate his connection to Bill Ayers, even though Fox News investigated this very connection, spent a prime-time hour of their own air presenting its fair and balanced case, and
still no one cares.

Why? because... wait for it...
no one cares!

If journalism died, it did so a long time ago: at the precise moment Sean Hannity got a job as one.
We can only hope if journalism does die, it's his extremist, invective-filled form of it.

And from whose tank is he pointing his pen-filled finger, anyway? Keep talking, Sean: with every utterance, you help fund the Obama war chest.

Heavy is the crown...

New York City's Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has just managed to steal a possible third term.

Perhaps instead he should have just done something more subtle, like
this, so his constituents, NYC's voters, wouldn't have to feel so bad about getting bent over so blatantly by the Bloomster.

But I guess it's for their own good... right?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wearing thin...

"If we swipe enough free sh*t,
we just might pay for this fiasco."
- Roy McAvoy, "Tin Cup"

According to the Census Bureau, median earnings for women in 2007 were $35,102.

Meanwhile, the McCain Campaign, champions of the little guy and gal, just put Country First and spent approximately $150,000 to outfit Governor Sarah Palin in clothes from three of the most fashionable and expensive stores in the world.
My hunch is that few if any of the small towns of which the governor is so fond of speaking can boast of a single Saks, Neiman Marcus, or Bloomingdales.

The amount spent on her clothing is what a little more than four American women --- a hockey mom, a Wal-Mart mom, a small-town mom, and Josephine the Plumber --- would earn in a year, working full time.

A disconnect?

Ya think?

Maybe it's this simple: maybe someone in the McCain Campaign is feeling guilty about hoodwinking the governor into joining this tacky ticket by trying to make the whole ordeal worth her while, trying to compensate her for her time keeping their fiasco afloat.

Who's the socialist here?

Let me see if I have this correctly. Governor Sarah Palin is claiming that Barack Obama wants to take money from one segment of society and give it to another, to redistribue wealth. She says he's going to do this by taxing those making more than $250,000 a year and giving tax rebates to those who make substantially less. She calls this socialism, calls Obama a socialist.

But she has given virtually everyone in Alaska almost $3,300, and this money came from Alaska's oil savings account and the Alaska Permanent Fund. According to Alaska's Revenue Commissioner and Lt. Governor, Governor Palin's intent is to "redistribute wealth back to the people."

OK, here's where I'm missing something: why is it alright for her to redistribute wealth, but it's not alright for Obama to redistribute wealth? Why is she not calling
herself a socialist?

Oh, I know why. It's the same reason she can call herself...
  • a reformer, yet abuse power;
  • ethical, yet hire and appoint family, friends, and donors to positions in Alaskan government;
  • a Wal-Mart mom, yet shop at Needless Markup;
  • fiscally responsible, yet bill the state for her family's needless travel expenses and for her own per diem expenses while staying in her own house.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Style over substance...

Never could there be a better example of what it means to put style over substance.

Whoever is handling Governor Sarah Palin within the McCain Campaign should re-consider where they need to spend their money.

Would the McCain Campaign, and the governor, have been better served had whomever decided to spend around $150,000 on her wardrobe decided instead to spend a bit more time and money getting her square on things she needs to know, such as what the true role of the vice-president might be?

The answer is yes.

It's obvious someone chose to put style way over substance here, and
I really do feel sorry for this woman: she's being used as a crash-test dummy, a well-dressed one, but a CTD nevertheless.

Hey Democrats! Repeat after me...

I'd like to make a suggestion to all you Democrats as you lead up to the presidential election: for the next 13 days, just say "no comment" to every question you're asked. This suggestion applies to all you Democrats whose off-the-cuff commentary might have some effect on the electorate in their district and their state.

For example...
  • When you're asked, Senator Schumer, what you think Obama's chances are, just smile and say "no comment."
  • When you're asked, Senator Biden, if you think the Obama administration might be tested by an international crisis after it enters office, just smile and say "no comment."
  • When you're asked a question, Senator Kerry, that might cause you to attempt to make a joke about someone or something (i.e., to show just exactly how inept your sense of humor truly is), just smile and say "no comment."
  • When you're asked, Senator Frank, about the possibility of some new area of taxation, just smile and say "no comment."
  • When you're asked, Congressman Murtha, if your district might have been comprised of racists and rednecks, just smile and say "no comment."
  • And if any one of you is asked what color the sky is or how bat-sh*t crazy Ann Coulter is or what a complete thug Sean Hannity is or what state Washington D.C. is in or who's buried in Elvis's freaking grave... JUST SMILE AND SAY "NO COMMENT!"
Look, in order to pull this off, all you have to do is believe that anything you might have to say is nowhere near as important as this election, because guess what guys? IT ISN'T!!

The additional years of misery we'll all have to endure will in no way be compensated for by the fleeting satisfaction you'll enjoy from saying something only you think is important or clever or funny or witty or insightful.

Just remember... the conventional wisdom suggests that upon finding yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging, but the corollary to this is as follows: upon finding yourself not in a hole, the last thing to do is start digging.

So put those shovels away, guys.

We all enjoy, and should vigorously defend, our first amendment right to free speech, but for the next 13 days, just shut the hell up! PLEASE!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Getting all mavericky in 2006...

Regarding Senator McCain's recent embrace of (read "pander to") the anti-ACORN sentiment being whipped up by the right, all you need to know is this, which, at the time it was filmed, was a problem for John McCain: looks like history does repeat itself.

Of course you can change your mind about anything you wish, Senator; I just hope the value you received for your soul was commensurate to the loss.

ACORN has serious problems, but it's not going to win an election for you.

Friday, October 10, 2008

This should not have to be said, but...

...Barack Obama is not a messiah,

...Barack Obama is
not an Arab,

...Barack Obama is not a Muslim, and

... Barack Obama is not a terrorist.

With all due respect, Reverend Farrakhan, you just need to keep this inflammatory messiah commentary to yourself; being Arab is a matter of birth, just like being Irish or French or Greek, or being Pennsylvanian or Oregonian; choosing to be or being born Muslim is no different than choosing to be or being born Baptist or Catholic or Buddhist; and what a complete, albeit unfunny, crock of a joke the whole terrorist thing is.

All these claims are ludicrous, and, as such, no one should ever have to make the counter-claims.

But they're being made nevertheless, and John McCain's campaign should be ashamed of itself for allowing its part of this BS to continue as long as it has. Saying they don' t approve of said BS (and the covert email and Internet campaigns that promote it) is the same argument they're trying to make against Obama vis-a-vis Ayers. Obama clearly said he condemns Ayers' prior acts. Why, then, isn't it enough for Obama to condemn Ayers' acts, when it is enough for the McCain campaign to claim they don't approve of people using Obama's middle name as an epithet? This is a complete contradiction (a.k.a. hypocrisy).

People have a right to say whatever they want, but the listeners have a right to disagree with what's been said, and these claims and the arguments and propaganda that led to them are so ridiculous that they would be laughable if the reality of the situation behind them wasn't so sad (so scary), and that reality is this: apparently people are stupid enough and are hateful enough and are prejudiced enough to believe such utter nonsense.

What other conclusion can
be derived? What other inference can be drawn? And what an odd combination of accusations: a messiah and a terrorist?!? Yikes. Why not just move past the limits of reason and claim he's an ET? This claim couldn't be any more absurd.

Look, Peggy Noonan is right: political discourse just has to be raised above this gutter level of personal attacks, these specious questions about citizenship, about patriotism, about heritage. Moreover, John McCain just has to step up and make an effort to do this now, before it's too late. Such a simple act on John's part might cost him the election, but if he does this, if he comes clean about this, he just might be remembered for having done it instead of being remembered for the alternative, which I just can't see as anything but horrible.

This is not John McCain's fault, but... his continued silence is deafening.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Open letter to Alaska...

Dear Alaska,

Regarding your offer to share your governor as the Republican Party's candidate for vice-president, this was very nice of you: sharing is always a good thing. But we'll have to say thanks, but no thanks: we'd like to request you come get her and take her back to Alaska.

All she can seem to do is repeat the stale lines she's being told to say by her handlers and attack people who don't agree with her narrow point of view. While this might be perfect for Alaska, where the nights last six months allowing people to sleep through her monotonous and mean-spirited diatribes, it's not working down here in the contiguous 48 states where we have to be awake more.
Also, let's be honest: hearing Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren ask her the same questions over and over is getting sort of boring.

What's most important, though, is that you need to know she's been duped by the McCain campaign; they picked her as a patsy in a massive pander to a base that hates John McCain. Sure,
this base loves her by comparison to John, but she's not running for president, and after all, this same base voted for John's pal George W. Bush... twice... so consider the source.

Sadly, she's hitched her wagon to a falling star, to a guy who will take the Republican Party down with him and ruin it for compassionate conservatives everywhere if he continues to behave as he has, and no one wants that. Further, he'll ruin your governor's chances at a political future if she continues to go along with his erratic behavior: think about it, she won't have smart people, like those running McCain's campaign, telling her what to say.

If she gets out now she might have a shot at president in another four years, but if she stays, she might crash and burn with her running mate.

Also, you all just need to be practical about this: your governor needs to be back in Alaska in order to give The First Dude rides to the courthouse so he can respond to the subpoena that was issued in his name. Plus, let's face it head on: all America needs her in Alaska so she can keep an eye on Russia in case that jerk Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the US, so coming and getting her now would be good for everyone. After all, everyone knows that Republicans truly believe altruism is its own reward.

In closing, I'd like to thank you once again for allowing us to spend time with your governor. It's been a slice of heaven, but heaven can wait. Now please, come and get her.


A Whole Bunch of Americans

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Hockey Mom Haikus…

She can softly speak
but slips hatred
so smoothly
through smiling lipstick.

Repeating claims of

domestic terrorism

do not make them true.

John barks and won't bite

but the Alaskan Pitbull

will do this for him.

She speaks and they yell
"Lynch the terrorist!" "Kill Him!"
as she smiles throughout.

Hannity's shrill claims
of Ayers-Obama bond are
Sarah's new slapshots.

It's McCain's last gasp
but it's her dream of power
in four years from now.

Passive-aggression on the campaign trail...

John McCain, "the maverick," is, by his own admission...
  • not a winner of a Miss Congeniality contest,
  • resistant to the status quo,
  • against the flow,
  • stubborn,
  • churlish,
  • resistant to authority,
  • often irritable,
  • frequently argumentative, and
  • against the ideas of others.
Hmmm... I have a thought, my friends... maybe what's being passed off as maverick behavior is simply passive-aggressive behavior.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

John MacCain is his own worst enemy...

Watching tonight's debate, it finally dawned on me; I finally figured it out: John McCain just can't stay out of his own way.

The filter that most normal human beings have to prevent saying mean-spirited, hurtful things, doesn't work in John's brain. It's broken. John can't resist taking cheap shots and making snide remarks. He can't help but blurt out sarcasm and vitriol. What he calls "straight talk" is an excuse, a rationalization for this dysfunction.

John... as you say these things, as you refuse to pass up an opportunity to attack your opponent's character rather than attack your opponent's position,
you forget that you're being heard by millions of people who just might believe you're a bad-tempered jerk, who just might question the character of such an angry man, and who just might turn away from that man.

Do yourself a favor and put a muzzle on yourself, or at least edit yourself. Otherwise, you'll be a footnote in history instead of the hero you're trying to make yourself out to be and have been trying to make
everyone believe for the last eight years. You might have seemed this way eight years ago, John, but not now.

The karmic hole you're digging for yourself is already too deep to fill in.

Stop digging.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Pallin' with terrorists and ignorin' subpoenas...

In a recent speech Governor Sarah Palin said “Our opponent [Barack Obama] is someone who sees America it seems as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.”

This comment is absurd when you consider that Obama was 8 years old when Ayres and his real "pals" committed their obviously heinous acts, that Obama has denounced Bill Ayres' philosophies and previous behaviors, and that the board on which Obama and Ayres both served was a charity organization, which was in 1995, 13 years ago.

Meanwhile, the Governor's husband Todd Palin is actively ignoring a legal subpoena issued by Alaska's legislature.

In doing so, is The First Dude palling around with law breakers? I'll bet Governor "Pallin'"probably doesn't see it this way. Maybe she and Todd can get their witchdoctor to cast the demons out of the Alaskan legislature.

My hunch? That far-right-wingnut Sean Hannity poured poison in Governor Palin's ear about this "palling" thing during a recent "interview" that aired on "Hannity and Combs." No proof; just a hunch based on Hannity's having been on his Ayres diatribe for months, now.

Typical right-wing-Rovian tactics: ignore real issues, and attack character.

I really hope people see this hypocrisy for what it is before it's too late. (And it appears things might be heading in this direction.)

Friday, October 3, 2008

A very good idea...

A good friend sent this link to me, which is to an article that describes what appears to be a very good idea about how to address critical aspects of the mortgage issues we're facing: the decrease in house values and the increase in foreclosures.

Source: R. Glenn Hubbard and Chris Mayer, Wall Street Journal, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

You betcha I'm gonna hurl!

Gwen Ifill: Governor Palin, could you explain your view of the vice-presidency and how you will go about your role if elected?

Gov. Palin: In this great country of ours, John McCain is the only choice for lowerin' taxes and gettin' ridda the greed on Wall Street.

Gwen Ifill: Governor Palin, could you respond to the question I asked?

Gov. Palin: In this great country of ours, establishin' a strong energy policy 'n addin' jobs will be the only response we need. Drill baby drill!

Gwen Ifill: But how do energy policy and taxes have
anything to do with the vice presidency?

Gov. Palin: All you havta do is ask John McCain, because he's a maverick who'll shake up Washington and lead this great country of ours ta that shinin' city on a hill.

Gwen Ifill: God... you really are a poser, aren't you?

Gov. Palin: You can pose any question ya want, Gwen, but I'm speakin' directly to the American people who know I'm a hockey mom with lipstick. You betcha!

Gwen Ifill: No... I mean you're a puppet, a talking-points automaton, an empty pants suit.

Gov. Palin: With John McCain shakin' things up in Washington, we'll automate many o' the policies that're boggin' down this great country of ours, and puppet lovers everywhere will feel empowered because of our tax breaks. You betcha.

Gwen Ifill: You are absolutely useless.

Gov. Palin: John McCain has always been supportin' and fundin' useless programs in his almost three decades in the U.S. Senate, by golly.

Gwen Ifill: Shut up.

Senator Biden: Please... shut up.

Gov. Palin: You betcha Gwen. There ya go Joe. As a maverick myself, I'll work ta make the greedy Wall Street fat cats shut up when John McCain speaks for this great county of ours and we make that walk up the hill ta the shining city that's... on... the... um... hill, doggone it.

Gwen Ifill: Oh what's the use. Thank you, and good night.