Monday, January 28, 2008
Thought I would ask the Wood County Dems the same questions...here they are:
Will You watch the STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS?
YES. It is an event of historical importance.
YES. I'll watch it the same way I slow down and gawk at a traffic accident on the highway.
YES. It has more laughs per minute than anything else on TV (except Fox News)
NO. The Geneva Conventions state that Dubyababbling is torture.
Vote by leaving a comment.....
btw: I took the second option.
Friday, January 25, 2008
[Bush] came to believe that the picture depicted the circuit-riders who spread Methodism across the Alleghenies in the nineteenth century. In other words, the cowboy who looked like Bush was a missionary of his own denomination.
Only that is not the title, message, or meaning of the painting. The artist, W.H.D. Koerner, executed it to illustrate a Western short story entitled “The Slipper Tongue,” published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1916. The story is about a smooth-talking horse thief who is caught, and then escapes a lynch mob in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. The illustration depicts the thief fleeing his captors. In the magazine, the illustration bears the caption: “Had His Start Been Fifteen Minutes Longer He Would Not Have Been Caught.”
So Bush’s inspiring, prosyletizing Methodist is in fact a silver-tongued horse thief fleeing from a lynch mob. It seems a fitting marker for the Bush presidency.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Sheriff Tom Reichert!
Monday, January 21, 2008
I think I've been jaded badly by a movie I have seen twice now (-30 degree windchills promote a lot of movie watching, eh?) called Idiocracy. Here's a review of the movie on Wiki... but let me give just a short review of the plot...
Olbermann: What was that about?
Matthews: We were snookered.
Off Camera: What the?
Olbermann: Apparently the people that were asked to sacrifice were you and me…
And finally, in the "arena" of pop culture, we have this:
Monday, January 14, 2008
The warning about Iran was much tougher than Bush's admonition about spreading democracy in the Middle East, which had been billed as the central theme of his speech.
Friday, January 11, 2008
– In a “heated dispute over immigration-law overhaul” last year, McCain screamed at Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), “F— you!” He added, “This is chickens- - - stuff. … You’ve always been against this bill, and you’re just trying to derail it.” [5/19/07]
And a well-deserved dirge for UNITY 08!
,One of our principles at the outset of this audacious project was transparency and openness. Too often in our recent political history, what you see has not been what you get. For this reason, we are writing you today to lay out the current status of Unity08 and its possible paths
And so reluctantly, especially given the volatility of the present situation, we're forced to scale back, but not cease our operations, and suspend our ballot access project. Our website will become less interactive (it takes staff to answer hundreds of e-mails a day) and we can't in good faith make the $5 million commitment necessary to make a serious start on ballot access.
But we're not closing our doors. We believe it is important to see our case against the FEC through (both for Unity08 and any similar movement in the future) and be ready to gear up if (when) we win our case and political circumstances warrant later this spring. Unity is in the air right now, and Mayor Bloomberg seems poised to run on his own campaign (and the fact is that two independent candidacies wouldn't work) if the parties leave the sensible center open. But all this could change in a matter of weeks.
We still believe strongly that we have the right idea, but it just might (emphasize "might" because who knows what can happen in the next month) not be the right time. In the meantime, a sincere, profound thanks for your help, involvement and support so far and please keep pushing for the simple, but very powerful, idea that solutions to our nation's problems are going to take ideas and hard work from all Americans, and that a political system whose stock-in-trade is division may well be the biggest problem of all.Please know that you have already made a difference and are at the forefront of a movement that may yet save the country.Robert BinghamAngus KingPeter AckermanZach ClaytonLindsay Ullman
But as Whiskey Fire Buzzard says:
Anyway, There are two main problems with sponsoring a political movement premised on the idea that Partisanship is Bad.
1. It's stupid. There is not much of a constituency for the idea that you should get interested in politics because you're... disinterested. That is in fact crazy. No, we can't all just get along. That's why we have a political system in the first place. If everyone were freaking St Francis, we'd all have doves on our arms and squirrels on our heads, and that would be cool, if you're into squirrel poop in your eyes, but in reality, politics is about disagreement. Cheez.
2. It's dangerous. Politics should be personal. Personally, I want a stupid war to end, and I want better health care for my family. Duh. I want these ends achieved. That means I want a political fight, and I want to win it.
I love this stuff!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
A woman gazing at the screen was grimacing, saying it was bad. Three guys watched it over and over, drawn to the “humanized” Hillary. One reporter who covers security issues cringed. “We are at war,” he said. “Is this how she’ll talk to Kim Jong-il?”
Another reporter joked: “That crying really seemed genuine. I’ll bet she spent hours thinking about it beforehand.” He added dryly: “Crying doesn’t usually work in campaigns. Only in relationships.”
Bill Clinton was known for biting his lip, but here was Hillary doing the Muskie. Certainly it was impressive that she could choke up and stay on message.
Don’t let the “Comeback Gal” spin fool you. Despite the unexpectedly close finish in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton’s campaign remains in a tailspin. And the Clintons’ pre-Granite State primary finger-pointing has left an indelible mark. It’s the media’s fault. It’s sexism’s fault. It’s the vast right-wing conspiracy’s fault.
"The glee with which Matthews and other angry male pundits prematurely danced on Hillary's grave made me -- for one night only -- a Clinton supporter..."I have not been a Hillary Clinton supporter. But the torrent of ill-disguised hatred and resentment unleashed toward a briefly weakened Clinton this week shook that breezy naiveté right out of me... I can't believe I'm saying this, but had I been a New Hampshire voter on Tuesday, I would have pulled a lever for the former first lady with a song in my heart and a bird flipped at MSNBC's Chris Matthews, a man whose interest in bringing Clinton down hovers on the pathological, and whose drooling excitement at the prospect of her humiliation began to pulse from the television last week before most Iowa precincts had even begun to report results."Before any tallies were in, Matthews was observing, based on early projections, that if Clinton received the expected 30 percent, it would mean that seven of 10 Iowa voters did not like her, a mean little metric that he did not apply to the other candidates. "It's hard to call yourself the people's choice if two-thirds of the Democrats are voting against you!" he burbled. He was not alone in his glee."
But we all know that was too much to ask. So yesterday the story from the spittle-spewing Matthews pie-hole was that New Hampshire voters are either bigots or liars -- just like New York voters are sops for electing Clinton in the first place -- because in Matthews' world view they only did so because her husband cheated on her.
Love her or hate her....Hillary sure draws out the passion of Democrats and Republicans alike. I'm anxious to see how this turns out....
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
On edit...in case you're wondering what this is all about....here's the link to YOUTUBE segment showing Sean Hannity "bravely" facing supporters of Ron Paul over excluding Paul from the Republican debates.
from Atrios, the ever wise, Molly I. posts this:
...dedicated to Brave Sir Sean, had nearly fought the Dragon of Manchester, who had nearly stood up to the vicious Paulistas of Portsmouth and who had personally wet himself at the Battle of Dixville Notch...--Molly I.(photoshop courtesy of the divine and gifted watertiger)
In case you don't recognize "Sir Sean"....that's Sean Hannity
first, he publishes this picture
With the caption:
GOOD LUCK SENATORS EDWARDS, OBAMA AND CLINTON
Monday, January 07, 2008
The Clinton campaign needs to retool and they need to do it quickly. Dumping Penn would eject an enormous negative from her campaign. Penn is a notorious union buster who had the amorality and piss-poor judgment to go to work for Blackwater in the midst of her campaign, fer chrissakes. Did he tell her to vote for Kyl-Lieberman too? "No big deal?"
Sunday, January 06, 2008
among those things:
An incredible victory speech by Obama....I've heard it referred to by some of our locals as well as hosts and hostesses on NPR as "Kennedyesque". I watched part of it on Youtube and thought it was pretty good, but I still don't see what all the fuss was about.....
Which brings up another thing for us to be happy about. Obama seems to have captured the nation's imagination and there seems to be (as LoLo refers to it) and Obama "fever" going on at the moment. That means that there is some fire ....some enthusiasism in the Democratic Party and especially among the young which accounted for a goodly portion of Obama's support in Iowa.
And another thing to be happy about....Democrats out caucused the Republicans in Iowa at a rate of 2-1. There is much more enthusiasm among Democrats for their candidates than there is among Republicans for their candidates.
And yet, another thing to be happy about.....The total votes for all three leading Democratic candidates in Iowa were INDIVIDUALLY higher than the number of votes for the winning Republican....
And finally....HUCKABEE WON! His victory is driving the mainstream Republican party nuts....here's a few snippets of what his fellow Republicans are saying about him....
from NRO'S "The Corner":
Mike Huckabee's stunning victory in Thursday's Iowa caucuses does more
than change the GOP nomination race. With a platform explicitly grounded in
his Christian faith and a populist economic message, Mr. Huckabee offers the
Republican Party a new political narrative, light years removed from the
limited government principles governing the GOP in the Reagan and
post-Reagan era. This pro-faith, pro-government message may sound strange to
American ears — but it is a staple of conservative political parties on the
European continent. Mr. Huckabee, in other words, essentially gives
Republicans a choice: Does the GOP want to become a Christian Democratic
party? To answer that question, Republicans should look carefully at
Christian Democracy to see if it is a model worth emulating.
In other words....Republicans are doing a whole lot of soul-searching
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Huckabee revels in the class war. He’s Two-Buck Huck, and darn proud of it. He likes nothing better than playing the Hick from Hope. He and his wife lived in a trailer for a while, he points out. His son killed a dog one summer, “a mangy dog” at that, as Huckabee explained to the befuddled national press corps. He said he used to eat squirrels, cooking them up in his popcorn popper. Ewwwwhhh!
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
I thought this blog entry from The Washington Monthly was somehow terribly appropriate.
First read these snippets (or whole post if you'd like)
"About mid-way through the ad, during a litany of accusations against Mitt Romney, Huckabee criticizes his rival with this data point: "No executions."
Apparently, Huckabee -- you know, the evangelical, pro-life Republican -- is going after Romney for not having executed any Americans during his gubernatorial tenure.
I realize Republican politics are far more crass than norms should allow, but it's disconcerting to think "You didn't kill anyone" has suddenly become a criticism in conservative circles."
Ummmm...do you think that Huck really doesn't know that Massachusetts doesn't have a death penalty?
Guest editorialist Steve Benen (blog,bio) is just as amazed as I am that it has become so blatant for Republicans to criticize one another for not killing enough people....but if you think that just Huckabee reached the lowest a Republican candidate could go...well, think again.....
Steve points out on his blog that Romney, in a desperate race to justify the millions spent on his own campaign, reaches back to that old, Republican standby, the Lewinsky Scandal, to mine for more votes of the Republican Faithful.
“We’ll try and represent ourselves and our nation well also to our kids because I think, I think kids watch the White House and there have been failures in the past in the White House — if you go back to the Clinton years and recognize that — that I think had an enormous impact on the culture of our country,” Romney said. “And we’ll do our very best, our whole family will to — well, if we can’t be perfect, we’ll do our best to uphold and to be a good example for the kinds of values I think people expect from our leaders.”
Wow, that sure is dumb.
The Lewinsky scandal had an “enormous impact” undermining American culture? Seriously?
The silliness goes on and on and on..........in Iowa
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
I hope that everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. While I will continue to stand up for the values we share, the New Year brings with it increased opportunity to get our country moving in the right direction.
And while we must fight hard this year to take back the State Assembly, increase our seats in the State Senate, get veto-proof majorities in Congress, and elect a Democrat to the White House in November, there is an election in April that deserves our attention.
If last year’s volatile State Supreme Court race was any glimpse of things to come, outside special interests will do everything they can to unseat Justice Louis Butler.
Justice Butler is a highly regarded legal scholar who attended Lawrence University in Appleton and law school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the last 11 years, he has served with distinction as a faculty member of the National Judicial College, where he teaches criminal law to judges from across the country and around the world. Justice Butler has spent the last 15 years as a judge, building a record we can all be proud of as he’s worked to make our state stronger and safer.
There are so many important issues that the Wisconsin Supreme Court rules on every year, and the Justices that serve on the Court make decisions that can have a dramatic influence on our state for generations to come. We need leaders like Justice Butler to continue to bring his values, experience and independence to the highest court in Wisconsin.
I’m going to fight to keep him on the State Supreme Court and I hope you will join me. For more information, or to join our effort to support Justice Butler, please contact Butler Campaign Coordinator Peter Knudson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 755-2067.
With high hopes,