Saturday, June 7, 2008

Taylor Marsh regains her senses

Nicely said Taylor
Clinton was stunning today. 111% behind the nominee. I've never been prouder to be a Democrat.

But some of the commenters at her site just arent paying attention.

Holy shit there are some delusional people out there.

The stupid is thick there .. but hopefully it will get thinner as the days go on

Friday, June 6, 2008

Tom Delay on Obama

Hard to express the level of insanity that is required to take this seriously ...
"And if McCain does not define him as what he is — hey, I have said publicly, and I will again, that unless he proves me wrong, he is a Marxist," DeLay said.

of course .. to take it seriously you also have to forget this part ...
The radio host agreed with DeLay, who is facing money laundering charges,

Seriously though, why does DeLay get any airtime anywhere except on his local prison radio station?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Jon Swift Nails it

So glad that he is back ...
We don't need to take a risk on a President who could make things even worse than they already are. We need a President like McCain who, when the telephone rings at 3:00 in the afternoon, waking him up from his nap, would be ready to answer it and solve whatever crisis needed to be solved. Unlike the inexperienced Obama, McCain was born the day before yesterday and he's forgotten more than Obama knows. He's seen a lot of slick-talking con men in his day, promising to make things better before they slipped out of town absconding with his money and he knows that the only change you can really believe in is hardly any change at all. That's the kind of change America deserves. Why fix something that isn't broke? America may be getting on in years and may not be as quick on its feet as it used to be but let's not trade it in for a brand-new America when the old one works just fine.

Now, Jon Swift is a satirical writer but he has neatly encapsulated why McCain is in trouble. America does need to change. The last 7 years have been a disaster for the country in many ways both at home and abroad and just about everyone recognizes that. I think that it is entirely possible that McCain ends up in November with 40% of the vote once reasonable people realize that he isn't for any real type of change and once Bob Barr siphons off 5-6% of the hardcore libertarian/anti-government vote.

Clinton's Speech

Not bad at all ... she didn't concede though... sigh

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

McCain's Speech

Mind bogglingly terrible speech.

What fucking genius in his campaign thought it was a good idea to have him talk tonight.

best Blog Comment of the night

From the carpetbagger report comes this bit of wisdom
36. On June 3rd, 2008 at 2:22 pm, majun said:
I always find it strange that the Republicans are always trying to slam the Democrats as being the out-of-touch party, fielding candidates that don’t relate to the common man. So, who have they run? An ex-movie star, who obviously could do a creditable job of pretending to be a common man. The son of an investment banker/US Senator who went from the elite ivy halls of the east coast to Texas, where he proceeded to build a fortune off the sweat of his own brow and his family’s extensive connections, and the prep-school/ivy legacy son of that son of an investment banker/US Senator, who himself was the son of POTUS. These are real regular guys…all of them.

Somehow, with the exception of Bubba, all the Democrats were painted as some sort of elitists with only a hazy idea of what common people are like. Not only couldn’t Papa Bush make that one fly against Bubba, but his little sock buying expedition wrote finis to his residency in the WH.

I don’t know how the Republicans are going to make the son and grandson of admirals and third generation service academy graduate seem the more common of the candidates, but that seems to be exactly what they are aiming for. In Obama’s case, a bi-racial child, essentially raised by a single parent and shipped off to relatives, who worked hard to get an education, I think they are going to have a hard time. Their argument boils down to an argument that being smart is somehow not “regular”.

I suppose that Obama can start developing a taste for pork rinds and declare that if he is elected to the presidency the WH won’t serve arugula or any other elitist vegetables. Maybe that will make A holes like Brooks happy.

Dumbest Blog Comment of the night

It is a close race because the is a lot of stupid out there tonight but this one caught my eye
John McCain is refreshingly a TERRIBLE speaker. I like that. No slick packaging. He has a moderate and impressive record to look at. If Hillary is the nominee I am sure she will win because she, too, has an impressive record. With Obama - not so much!
OHvoter | 06.03.2008 - 9:22 pm | #

David Brooks is a fuckwit

I just don't have the words to describe how stupid this is ...
DAVID BROOKS, “NEW YORK TIMES”: Obama‘s problem is he doesn‘t seem like a guy who can go into an Applebee‘s salad bar and people think he fits in naturally there. He has to change to be more like that Applebee‘s guy and as he‘s done that he‘s become much more transactional. Much more, I‘m going to deliver this and this and this to you on policy.

I‘ve been speaking to Obama campaign people in the last few days. I think they are a little too complacent about the fall election. I think they don‘t quite realize they‘re going to have to do a few big changes to get his identity more in tune with independent voters who right now see Barack Obama as Jeremiah Wright‘s guy and sort of a question mark. An attractive question mark.

Another fucking Republican concern troll ...

I don't want the President to be a guy that eats at Applebee's because .. Applebee's sucks.
I don't want the President to be a guy that I want to have a beer with

I want the President to be the smartest and most competent person possible. Haven't we seen over the last 7 years where that stupid fucking "regular guy as president" bullshit gets us?

Sorry for not really having a point with this but it is just so fucking stupid a bit of narrative that it has me sputtering.

And .. just for the amusement value .... Applebee's doesn't have a salad bar ....

fuck fuck fuck fuck how stupid is this election campaign going to be?

Obama's Speech

Via DailyKos, and shamelessly cut and pasted because I just can't bring myself to edit it down ...
Ladies and Gentlemen, your Democratic Party Nominee and the next President of the United States of America ..

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama

Tues., June 3, 2008 19:02:11 ET

Tonight, after fifty-four hard-fought contests, our primary season has finally come to an end.

Sixteen months have passed since we first stood together on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Thousands of miles have been traveled. Millions of voices have been heard. And because of what you said -- because you decided that change must come to Washington; because you believed that this year must be different than all the rest; because you chose to listen not to your doubts or your fears but to your greatest hopes and highest aspirations, tonight we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another -- a journey that will bring a new and better day to America. Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.

I want to thank every American who stood with us over the course of this campaign -- through the good days and the bad; from the snows of Cedar Rapids to the sunshine of Sioux Falls. And tonight I also want to thank the men and woman who took this journey with me as fellow candidates for President.

At this defining moment for our nation, we should be proud that our party put forth one of the most talented, qualified field of individuals ever to run for this office. I have not just competed with them as rivals, I have learned from them as friends, as public servants, and as patriots who love America and are willing to work tirelessly to make this country better. They are leaders of this party, and leaders that America will turn to for years to come.

That is particularly true for the candidate who has traveled further on this journey than anyone else. Senator Hillary Clinton has made history in this campaign not just because she's a woman who has done what no woman has done before, but because she's a leader who inspires millions of Americans with her strength, her courage, and her commitment to the causes that brought us here tonight.

We've certainly had our differences over the last sixteen months. But as someone who's shared a stage with her many times, I can tell you that what gets Hillary Clinton up in the morning -- even in the face of tough odds -- is exactly what sent her and Bill Clinton to sign up for their first campaign in Texas all those years ago; what sent her to work at the Children's Defense Fund and made her fight for health care as First Lady; what led her to the United States Senate and fueled her barrier-breaking campaign for the presidency -- an unyielding desire to improve the lives of ordinary Americans, no matter how difficult the fight may be. And you can rest assured that when we finally win the battle for universal health care in this country, she will be central to that victory. When we transform our energy policy and lift our children out of poverty, it will be because she worked to help make it happen. Our party and our country are better off because of her, and I am a better candidate for having had the honor to compete with Hillary Rodham Clinton.

There are those who say that this primary has somehow left us weaker and more divided. Well I say that because of this primary, there are millions of Americans who have cast their ballot for the very first time. There are Independents and Republicans who understand that this election isn't just about the party in charge of Washington, it's about the need to change Washington.Ê There are young people, and African-Americans, and Latinos, and women of all ages who have voted in numbers that have broken records and inspired a nation.

All of you chose to support a candidate you believe in deeply. But at the end of the day, we aren't the reason you came out and waited in lines that stretched block after block to make your voice heard. You didn't do that because of me or Senator Clinton or anyone else. You did it because you know in your hearts that at this moment -- a moment that will define a generation -- we cannot afford to keep doing what we've been doing. We owe our children a better future. We owe our country a better future. And for all those who dream of that future tonight, I say -- let us begin the work together. Let us unite in common effort to chart a new course for America.

In just a few short months, the Republican Party will arrive in St. Paul with a very different agenda. They will come here to nominate John McCain, a man who has served this country heroically. I honor that service, and I respect his many accomplishments, even if he chooses to deny mine. My differences with him are not personal; they are with the policies he has proposed in this campaign.

Because while John McCain can legitimately tout moments of independence from his party in the past, such independence has not been the hallmark of his presidential campaign.

It's not change when John McCain decided to stand with George Bush ninety-five percent of the time, as he did in the Senate last year.

It's not change when he offers four more years of Bush economic policies that have failed to create well-paying jobs, or insure our workers, or help Americans afford the skyrocketing cost of college -- policies that have lowered the real incomes of the average American family, widened the gap between Wall Street and Main Street, and left our children with a mountain of debt.

And it's not change when he promises to continue a policy in Iraq that asks everything of our brave men and women in uniform and nothing of Iraqi politicians -- a policy where all we look for are reasons to stay in Iraq, while we spend billions of dollars a month on a war that isn't making the American people any safer.

So I'll say this -- there are many words to describe John McCain's attempt to pass off his embrace of George Bush's policies as bipartisan and new. But change is not one of them.

Change is a foreign policy that doesn't begin and end with a war that should've never been authorized and never been waged. I won't stand here and pretend that there are many good options left in Iraq, but what's not an option is leaving our troops in that country for the next hundred years -- especially at a time when our military is overstretched, our nation is isolated, and nearly every other threat to America is being ignored.

We must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in - but start leaving we must. It's time for Iraqis to take responsibility for their future. It's time to rebuild our military and give our veterans the care they need and the benefits they deserve when they come home. It's time to refocus our efforts on al Qaeda's leadership and Afghanistan, and rally the world against the common threats of the 21st century -- terrorism and nuclear weapons; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease. That's what change is.

Change is realizing that meeting today's threats requires not just our firepower, but the power of our diplomacy -- tough, direct diplomacy where the President of the United States isn't afraid to let any petty dictator know where America stands and what we stand for. We must once again have the courage and conviction to lead the free world. That is the legacy of Roosevelt, and Truman, and Kennedy. That's what the American people want. That's what change is.

Change is building an economy that rewards not just wealth, but the work and workers who created it. It's understanding that the struggles facing working families can't be solved by spending billions of dollars on more tax breaks for big corporations and wealthy CEOs, but by giving a the middle-class a tax break, and investing in our crumbling infrastructure, and transforming how we use energy, and improving our schools, and renewing our commitment to science and innovation. It's understanding that fiscal responsibility and shared prosperity can go hand-in-hand, as they did when Bill Clinton was President.

John McCain has spent a lot of time talking about trips to Iraq in the last few weeks, but maybe if he spent some time taking trips to the cities and towns that have been hardest hit by this economy -- cities in Michigan, and Ohio, and right here in Minnesota -- he'd understand the kind of change that people are looking for.

Maybe if he went to Iowa and met the student who works the night shift after a full day of class and still can't pay the medical bills for a sister who's ill, he'd understand that she can't afford four more years of a health care plan that only takes care of the healthy and wealthy. She needs us to pass health care plan that guarantees insurance to every American who wants it and brings down premiums for every family who needs it. That's the change we need.

Maybe if he went to Pennsylvania and met the man who lost his job but can't even afford the gas to drive around and look for a new one, he'd understand that we can't afford four more years of our addiction to oil from dictators. That man needs us to pass an energy policy that works with automakers to raise fuel standards, and makes corporations pay for their pollution, and oil companies invest their record profits in a clean energy future -- an energy policy that will create millions of new jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced. That's the change we need.

And maybe if he spent some time in the schools of South Carolina or St. Paul or where he spoke tonight in New Orleans, he'd understand that we can't afford to leave the money behind for No Child Left Behind; that we owe it to our children to invest in early childhood education; to recruit an army of new teachers and give them better pay and more support; to finally decide that in this global economy, the chance to get a college education should not be a privilege for the wealthy few, but the birthright of every American. That's the change we need in America. That's why I'm running for President.

The other side will come here in September and offer a very different set of policies and positions, and that is a debate I look forward to. It is a debate the American people deserve. But what you don't deserve is another election that's governed by fear, and innuendo, and division. What you won't hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon -- that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge, but enemies to demonize. Because we may call ourselves Democrats and Republicans, but we are Americans first. We are always Americans first.

Despite what the good Senator from Arizona said tonight, I have seen people of differing views and opinions find common cause many times during my two decades in public life, and I have brought many together myself. I've walked arm-in-arm with community leaders on the South Side of Chicago and watched tensions fade as black, white, and Latino fought together for good jobs and good schools. I've sat across the table from law enforcement and civil rights advocates to reform a criminal justice system that sent thirteen innocent people to death row. And I've worked with friends in the other party to provide more children with health insurance and more working families with a tax break; to curb the spread of nuclear weapons and ensure that the American people know where their tax dollars are being spent; and to reduce the influence of lobbyists who have all too often set the agenda in Washington.

In our country, I have found that this cooperation happens not because we agree on everything, but because behind all the labels and false divisions and categories that define us; beyond all the petty bickering and point-scoring in Washington, Americans are a decent, generous, compassionate people, united by common challenges and common hopes. And every so often, there are moments which call on that fundamental goodness to make this country great again.

So it was for that band of patriots who declared in a Philadelphia hall the formation of a more perfect union; and for all those who gave on the fields of Gettysburg and Antietam their last full measure of devotion to save that same union.

So it was for the Greatest Generation that conquered fear itself, and liberated a continent from tyranny, and made this country home to untold opportunity and prosperity.

So it was for the workers who stood out on the picket lines; the women who shattered glass ceilings; the children who braved a Selma bridge for freedom's cause.

So it has been for every generation that faced down the greatest challenges and the most improbable odds to leave their children a world that's better, and kinder, and more just.

And so it must be for us.

America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.

The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment -- this was the time -- when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals. Thank you, God Bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.

One More Danko Jones

Forget My Name ... Live in Sweden .. Go listen to the new stuff ..

and no .. i didnt realize i had already posted this song but hey .. is a great song

Danko Jones and Motorhead

Because .. well .. why the fuck not!

Go listen to the new stuff

Why Would Obama Be The Best President Ever


Why Would McCain Be The Best President Ever


Why Does Hillary Suck


Why Would Hillary Be The Best President Ever


Why Does McCain Suck


Why Does Obama Suck


Monday, June 2, 2008

Mahna Mahna

Just because...

Molly Ivors on primary stupidity

Molly Ivors, over at Whiskeyfire, has a nice piece talking about the current primary season.
I began this primary season as an Edwards supporter, and for me, class is still one of the key issues in this campaign. For better or worse, the only reason HRC is still in the running is because (belatedly, perhaps calculatedly) she has seized the fallen banner of populism and is waving it for all it's worth. The economy is in freefall, and people who used to think they made a decent living are now finding themselves shopping at Aldi's with everybody else. Populism is more important than anything, even the war, at this point. Edwards has endorsed Obama, a decision I respect but find curious, given Obama's generally more centrist domestic program, but the amount of sneering at actual, you know, poor people among Obama supporters, at least in the left blogosphere, is disturbing. I recognize the distinction between the candidate and the virulence of some supporters, but plenty of otherwise sensible people become genuinely unmoored when talking about my senator, and it saddens me.

This is a very good point and I hope that all of us that think it is important to elect a Democratic President in 2008 will remember that neither of our candidates is actually evil and most of the people that supported them are neither brainwashed cultists nor crazed harpies.

Keep your eyes on the ball people, because it is still possible to fuck this up.

On Dissent and Dissembling

Christy Hardin Smith had this to say at FireDogLake.
Dissent isn't disloyal. But keeping lies and manipulation of the public to yourself -- when you know that other people's lives hang in the balance? That sure as hell is as disloyal as they come.
And I have nothing to add.


I love the look of relief on this kid's face when he realizes that he doesn't have to spell numbnut on national TV

Ted Kennedy Surgery Today

Via Atrios comes this news
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy will undergo surgery Monday morning at Duke University Medical Center as part of his treatment for brain cancer, a spokesman confirmed.
The surgery, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., is expected to last about five or six hours.
"Over the past several days, Vicki and I, along with my outstanding team of doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, have consulted with experts from around the country and have decided that the best course of action for my brain tumor is targeted surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation," Kennedy said in a statement.

Hopefully this is a good thing.

What Happened

In the process of downloading Scott McClellan's book from Audible. I am interested to hear, in his own words since he narrated it, his take on his role in this clusterfuck of an administration.

Lapel Pins and Media stupidity

Offered without comment except to say that IOKIYAR seems to be in full effect.

[accidently posted to my other blog a month ago .. duh]

Sad Anniversary

One year ago today Steve Gilliard died.

I only knew him from his writing but being reminded that he is gone makes me cry. Yeah, he was that good.

Go visit the folks at Group News Blog and remember(or learn for the first time) why he was a unique voice.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Stupid Password tricks

Not mentioning any names (cough typepad cough) but if i forget my password what the fuck is the chance that i am going to remember my "password recovery phrase"

Young McCain Ad

Over at his place, Morris Tsai has a good point about this bizarre Mccain banner ad I have been seeing around lately.
Anyways, this banner showed up on my site. I'm not sure what the point of this banner ad is except to highlight how old John McCain really looks these days. Can this young handsome fellow really be John McCain? The John McCain of today can be described at best as "seasoned".

So, if you want young and vibrant, you're either going to have to get a time machine or vote for Obama.

I have to agree, I just cannot imagine what they are thinking.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb on bankers ...

via Naked Capitalism comes this nifty interview with Nassim Nicholas Taleb

For me, the best quote is this
Last May, Taleb published The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. It said, among many other things, that most economists, and almost all bankers, are subhuman and very, very dangerous. They live in a fantasy world in which the future can be controlled by sophisticated mathematical models and elaborate risk-management systems. Bankers and economists scorned and raged at Taleb. He didn’t understand, they said. A few months later, the full global implications of the sub-prime-driven credit crunch became clear. The world banking system still teeters on the edge of meltdown. Taleb had been vindicated. “It was my greatest vindication. But to me that wasn’t a black swan; it was a white swan. I knew it would happen and I said so. It was a black swan to Ben Bernanke [the chairman of the Federal Reserve]. I wouldn’t use him to drive my car. These guys are dangerous. They’re not qualified in their own field.”

I keep meaning to read The Black Swan but since I am not reading nearly enough these days .. I just ordered it on audible. I can hardly wait for it to download!

What Thers Said...

Thers is usually at whiskeyfire but had this today at FireDogLake
I don't know where anyone ever got the idea that the Internet should be a place for the reasonable exchange of ideas between people of differing political beliefs, but such an idea is in my experience misguided at best and at worst actively dangerous. "Civility" is not a virtue in itself, but a mechanism, a way of facilitating discourse: when someone is determined to say any fucking shit they want as a way of getting whatever they want and to loudly insist that they are in the right just because the other side is mean and vulgar when they point out, accurately, that they are little more than a vicious gang of crazy-assed lying motherfuckers... well, fuck civility. Truth is a higher virtue by several orders of magnitude.

To which I say .... fucking A!