Thursday, July 31, 2008

Insanity Back at Taylor Marsh

Is Taylor running out of money?

Well-- she's obviously wooing the maniacs back to her site. They pay to read her bullshit.

Obama's supporters on the other hand don't like having to pay the bills of someone who welcomes birth certificate rumors to gain traction.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Stoopid ad



Is it stoopid because it is attacking my candidate? No, that alone isn't grounds for thinking it's pretty repugnant. It's ridiculous because it juxtaposes Britney and Paris with Obama. It's dumb because it implies that people like Obama too much. Perhaps, then, we should vote for McCain because we should always have a president that is milquetoast and universally disliked?

It's also pretty desperate. This ad reminds me of the Sam Graves ad, which attacks his opponent for having San Francisco values.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Advice

“When God was giving out brains…you thought he said trains…and you missed yours. Who gives a croc what you do, its your business fool.” — from Ben Johnson, member of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee, to Sherry, a Democratic voter from Michigan, July 7, 2008.

“Man, you have to chill. Try tennis!” — from Dwight Pelz, WA State Democratic Party Chair and Super Delegate, to a Democratic voter in Maryland in response to an email she sent requesting an open convention and roll call vote, on July 18, 2008.

“Get over it, loser. I am NOT a Hillary delegate.” from Amy Everhart, an Austin, Texas delegate pledged to Obama, to Thomas a Democratic voter, July 11, 2008.

--What happens when you try to bother important people with stupid bullshit

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Reactions of the Unhinged

tvlcrazy // July 24, 2008 at 1:07 pm
You have to remember that many Germans are there only out of curiosity, not because they support BO. He is a spectacle, and so people watch - just like a train wreck!


iamnotastepfordwife // July 24, 2008 at 1:37 pm
Is the speech really bad, or is it just because we hate him.? I hoping that it is really bad.


iamnotastepfordwife // July 24, 2008 at 1:40 pm

"true partnership and true progress requires constant work and sustained sacrafice"

++What the fuck? I’ve worked for 30 years, raised my family, worked my way through college…..Don’t tell me to sacrifice, you commie asshole.


ginaswo // July 24, 2008 at 1:51 pm

See the faux polls show 50+ believe Uhhbama will win
and only 20+ beliebe MAc wil win

this is the Secret

it is working , he is making ti so

everyone beelieve please

HILLARY IS POTUS

die Sprache im Berlin

I'm thorougly looking forward to Obama's speech in Germany (Geh Deutschland!). But apparently, it's not cool that Obama has so much appeal abroad, because we have to have a president that everyone else in the world hates. This is a great way to pick our presidents (see: George Bush)! It has obviously totally worked out so well for us.

International public opinion does matter. Heads of state all over the world have lost power in large part BECAUSE of their alliances with President Bush. Case in point: Australia, Great Britain, Spain, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in India barely squeaked by a vote of confidence a couple of days ago, being accused of being too close to the United States. Currently, in order to hold on to power, the popular thing to do is to take the position completely opposite to President Bush. Domestic pressure necessitates this.

Imagine having a president that people everywhere actually like. What would that mean for us? Heads of state could actually take positions that are in America's interest without having to incurr such massive political costs.

I, personally, would like to have a president that not everyone completely hated.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dear Jay-Z,

I've loved your music since I first discovered hip-hop in the third grade. I've bought every single one of your CD's since The Dynasty. I loved you so much, I used a Jay-Z folder to store my eighth grade math homework. Most importantly, I supported you throughout your feud with Nas. I know you two kissed and made up, but I must confess, there are still hard feelings there (especially after Ether), so I've been really slow to warm up to your former foe.

But now, Nas has this new song, "Sly Fox," which is a stunning and accurate characterization of Fox News. And he's even delivering a petition to Fox News with over 600,000 signatures, calling on Fox to stop spreading misinformation.
The idea that Nas is educating his devoted listeners about the media's hold on reality is really warming me up to him. In fact, I think I'm starting to like him better than you! I couldn't imagine myself saying that only a few years ago. Right now, he's doing a better job of being a role model and a leader to his community.

In the end, this is what Rap/hip-hop is all about. Rap/hip-hop has always had this great potential for influencing the younger generation, but it has been universally chastized because rappers have used their positions to glorify socially and morally irresponsible lifestyles (no, not the sex or partying, but the whole gangsta bullshit). I don't know how many times during the primaries older adults came up to me to tell me that they hope I don't listen to t3h rap music.

I know you're off cavorting with Beyonce, but come on! Show Nas up!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Sorry, Neocons



...I think your quest to bleed the United States of its treasury and soft power is indeed, nearly over. The McCain campaign is one step closer to its inevitable death.

I've been trying to digest the news from the last 36 hours, and I'm not quite sure what to make of the turn of events. Iraq and Afghanistan have regained their rightful importance in the news. Obama has had resoundingly successful meetings with commanders, heads of state, and most importantly, our troops. Our brave men and women obviously adore him (what, are they Muslim-loving terrorist-sympathizers, too?). Contrast this with Bush, who often seems as though he's doing our troops a huge favor by showing up whenever he goes. Obama definitely looks the part of Commander-in-Chief.

And, judging by the photos, foreign leaders appear happy to meet with Obama. After all, who would you rather negotiate with? Someone who comports himself in the most egotistical manner like Bush, complete with a swagger, or someone like Obama, who appears humble and deferential? It's clear that the Bush administration was always so ready for war because they never truly understood the art of diplomacy.

Okay, I'll stop drooling. But it feels so strange to see these pictures with Obama, talking to these foreign leaders, with the realization that they're probably not thinking "what a fucking idiot" when they're speaking to him.

Awful

I'm horrified. These people may be illegal, but they're still human beings.

Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama



Keep in mind that while Obama was overseas, meeting with our troops, commanders, and heads of state, McCain was attending a Yankees game.

There's no doubt in my mind that the McCain campaign is imploding. They don't quite know what to make of Senator Obama's trip to Afghanistan and Iraq, along with Nouri al-Maliki's apparent endorsement of Obama's plan for troop withdrawal.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Obama with our troops

I remember someone commenting at MSNBC that the greatest thing Obama could get out of the world tour is an image of the troops giving him a standing ovation.


It's going to be a little difficult for right-wing intelligence insulters to argue that Obama is a terrorist sympathizer for a while.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Now THIS is straight talk

"The McCain campaign should stop worrying about Barack Obama’s travel plans and start focusing on addressing the pressing challenges that the Bush-McCain foreign policy has made worse."

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Yelp Commenters: you are on notice!

Dwight:

Went here for the lunch buffet. Food was ok, but overpriced. Why one star? Because if you don't finish your food, they will not give you a box. I realize it's a buffet and they don't want people taking a bunch of food with them, but come on! At least have a tiny togo box ready for buffeters. It doesn't have to be big, but it's such a waste. When I asked the waiter what they were going to do with the leftover food, he said that they throw it away.So let me get this straight... Instead of supplying a small togo box, you would rather waste perfectly good food? Well, not in SF, we don't roll that way. In fact, SF is so hardcore against wasting food, it was here where people starting leaving their leftovers on top of garbage cans for the homeless....Leftover Love for the Needy.

I think I laughed for ten minutes after reading that. Seriously? You want restaurants with all-you-can-eat buffets to provide take-out boxes?

Errr...really?

July 17th,20088:51 am
If you want her off-limits then keep her off the campaign trail. She can’t be going on talk shows like The View, and giving campaign speaches then complaining that she should eb off-limits. If she can’t handle the heat then she and or her husband should not be in public office. Look at the things which were said of Hillary Clinton when she was the first lady — sweetie if you can’t handle a little criticism then you are in the wrong job.That was my biggest concern when the footage of Obama’s kids were all over the news — my thought was “how can Barack risk exposing his kids to the type of scrutiny his wife is getting, what kind of father is he” seems he at least learned that lesson. Compared to the things I have seen in the blogs regarding Cindy McCain I think that Michelle is getting off easy.
— Posted by RayV

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"Know Hope"

I've read Andrew Sullivan's blog off and on ever since I was 16, and read his columns from way back when he was at Time. I must have been 14 at the time, I believe. For the past two years, I'm someone that probably clicks "refresh" around 20 times a day.

I don't quite remember when it was that I discovered he wasn't a citizen of the United States. It may have been one night that I remember looking through his archived posts when I couldn't sleep. But I certainly do remember the shock I felt-- that not only was he not a citizen, but it was because of a disease.

I know I'm only one of his hundreds of thousands of regular readers, but I believe he has shaped my political views and helped me understand American political culture in ways I have yet to realize.

The HIV travel ban is now lifted, and this man that has taught me so much about my own country gets to become a fellow citizen.

Cheers!

You could eat somewhere cheaper...

I would just like to share this little encounter I had today.

I was walking and talking with a co-worker on our way to one of our favorite lunch desitinations. She is originally from a small town in Idaho, grew up as a Republican, and is now a self-professed liberal who isn't really engaged and rarely votes.

Randomly, she mentioned how as of late, certain restaurants have been adding surcharges to her bills, and that she finds the practice abhorrent. I mentioned to her that restaurants are trying to find a way to cope with a down-trodden economy in conjunction with rising minimum wage costs, and the rising cost of food staples, while also having to almost unilaterally bear the burden of Healthy San Francisco, the city's attempt to provide universal healthcare, which forces small business owners to pony up an extra $200,000-$400,000. She quickly replies, "well, I'm going through the same economic downturn, and businesses shouldn't pass the cost on to customers even if they aren't making a profit."

I mentioned how the citizens of San Francisco voted for the measure to provide universal healthcare, with the risk that the costs associated with such a policy could be passed on to the consumer. Nonetheless, she proceeded to blame the businesses, growing impatient with my claim that these surcharges are a result of bad public policy.

After all, businesses exist for the sole purpose of operating at a profit, or the whole enterprise wouldn't be worthwhile. Some businesses are better able to weather recessions and crappy public policy decisions than others (read: mom and pop stores).

And that's something to think about regarding universal healthcare. Would you mind paying more for your meals?

I would rather something be instituted on the federal level and put our existing tax dollars to better use.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Loserman misses being a Democrat

“I’ll miss it,” he said of not attending the Democratic convention, in Denver. “I feel badly about this turn of events.”

All together now: awww.

The SAT

Should we permanently stain the records of stressed out kids who engage in some funny business on the SAT? I don't think so, but this LA Times columnist does.

Imagine one silly proctor who erroneously concludes that a student is cheating. That kid, then, doesn't get to go to college.

But I completely love this comment on the subject:
You gotta love these so-called "ethicists" and "educators" who rain judgement down on teenagers for something they call "cheating." They never talk about the real cheating going on -- that is, the fact that high school kids are cheated out of a genuine education by the unreasonable demands of a multi-billion dollar standardized testing industry. Is it unethical to cheat a system that cheats you? That's the real question, but it never gets asked. People would rather villify stressed-out teenagers, who are everyone's favorite punching bag nowadays.

Submitted by: Matt
1:16 PM PDT, July 14, 2008

Coherent Ideology, Please?

News of the Freddie Mac and Fannie May bailouts is coming at a really bad time for the GOP. Last week, Phil Gramm talked about how we're a nation of whiners and that this recession is all in our heads, and now this fucking prick, Sean Hannity, is telling us to pick ourselves up by our bootstraps because we shouldn't expect the government to solve our problems.

There are millions of folks who are thinking that if the government can help some greedy motherfuckers who screwed their neighbors and made them homeless, why can't it help the average American?

I guess we should all shut up and say "thank you" because things aren't as bad as they could be.

The Cartoon

Sure, I thought it was pretty funny. But of course, I completely understand the outrage.

The reason why perhaps a lot of us find it funny is because we know it's not true. Michelle Obama isn't a militant African-American woman, but is an incredibly accomplished wife and mother who has experienced racism in the secluded corners of academia (*gasp!*). Barack Obama isn't a terrorist-sympathizer just because he may have spent four years of his young childhood in a predominantly Muslim country. We get it. Ha ha.

I understand that the cartoon intends to prove something along the lines of "you retards really think this is going to happen if Obama is president?" But some people really do feel that the cartoon is an accurate portrayal, and in that sense, the cartoon may give credence to these awful memes. It isn't going to change the minds of people who really think it's true.

But what it will do is allow right-wingers with less than good intentions to further emblazon that image in the minds of American voters. And if they ever get called out for their bullshit, they will only have to wave the cover of the New Yorker and mention how no one was upset when they did it and how we're all a bunch of hypocrites.

The outrage is completely warranted.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Here Here Democrats!!!



Today, our brave Democratic public servants voted alongside a lame-duck president and a losing Republican party to tear up the constitution.

And no, it's not Barack Obama's fault. If he would have publicly opposed it, and this bill passed despite Obama's efforts, he would look weak and ineffective. And I think it's clear that this Congress seemed hell bent on giving immunity to the telecoms, so it was going to pass whether Obama liked it or not.

The incredibly sad thing about FISA is that the proponents of the bill could not answer that fact that if the bill was so damn important to our national security, why would President Bush veto it and put our "national security" at risk if the bill didn't include immunity for the telecoms?

And that, my friends, is why lobbyists are so damaging to the political process. Tele-communication companies employ a powerful force of lobbyists that not only have a strangle hold on Washington, but state legislatures, too. They bankroll campaigns (yes, EVEN Democrats) and make our legislators vote against their constituents' interests.

On another note, the California Democratic Party is going to dish out $250,000 in attorneys fees to aid Don Perata, who is battling corruption charges. That's right: the CDP is throwing away a quarter of a mil on a corrupt, lame-duck legislator. In an election year. It's not as if CDP has an overflow of cash, either.

If we're going to keep at it like this, we might as well go home. We don't deserve to win.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Shining Example of a Deadender

DakiniKat:

Inevitability: Finding WPMs in Iraq and Obama as the DNC Nominee

Perhaps the meaning of inevitability should be couched in a post 9-11 definition. Inevitability now means “because the Press and the Political Elite make it so.” Some things are not inevitable due to underlying facts. We are no longer in a one person one vote world. It is time to tell the DNC to stop its War on Democracy.

STFU. Around this time, last year, Clinton had this thing in the bag. And while you prematurely held victory parties instead of helping your candidate, Barack Obama and his supporters went to work. Stop blaming your laziness on the DNC!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Reality Check

John Cole dumps cold water on the heads of the "We're winnin' the war on Terra!" crowd:

While it is true that violence rates are down in Iraq, it is worth remembering that on an almost daily basis, shitty, awful, terrible, horrible things are still happening in Iraq, years after we invaded, years after we pronounced mission accomplished, and almost a year and a half after the surge. Keep that in mind during the next round of blogger triumphalism about our impending victory in Iraq and how Obama wants to squander it.

The GOP's Strategy

The Republican Party is in a bit of a pickle. They support the continuation of a war the majority of the American people are tired of, and they also seem to have the corner of their collective eyes on Iran.

So how does the GOP convince the American people to vote for them anyhow?

Easy! By trying to dupe us into thinking their Iraq policy has been successful.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

GWB: High School Government Teacher?

"A totally crazy Saturday-morning thought: Wouldn't George W. Bush make an awesome high-school government teacher? Wouldn't it be something if his post-presidential life would up being that kind of post-service service? How's that for a model? Who needs Harvard visiting chairs and high-end lectures? How about Crawford High? (Or wherever?) Reach out and touch the young before they are jaded, or break them of the cynicism pop culture and possibly their parents have passed down to them. Whatever you think of President Bush, he's a likable guy in love with his country with some history and experience to share," - Kathryn-Jean Lopez, NRO.

Great idea-- let's introduce complex concepts of government and civic engagement from someone who seemingly never opened a history textbook and stole a couple of elections to boot!

It's interesting that she brings up the subject of high school government class, since it's something I've thought a lot about. I've had the opportunity to vote in 5 elections since I turned 18 (one special election, three primaries, and one general), and I've thought about what I wish I would have learned in Government class during each of these election cycles. I've come to the conclusion that Government class sucks, and no one really gives a shit.

Sure, it's important that we learn that there are 100 senators, 435 congressional representatives, and that there are 3 branches of government, and etc. But I believe it's problematic that what I learned in Government class had little to no relevance to the current political discourse.

The most important aspect of introducing American Government and Politics is to encourage the importance of civic participation, and create a nexus between government and the lives of the students. Is it too much to ask that students who complete the course have the ability to turn on the news and have some knowledge of what's going on? And a little introduction to state and local politics would have been helpful, too. It's gotten to the point where most students have a greater grasp of national political events than the goings on in their own backyards (ever wonder why local elites and machines are so prevalent?).

In short, I guess I attribute low voter turnout among youth because of their crappy Goverment classes.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Bush Administration's Strategy

Hoping and praying more shit like this happens.

HELP! I can't out-smart a 22 year old!

Mr. Unlimited is 22 years old. Would you talk to a 22 year old about politics in person?
JAYnLA
Homepage 07.04.2008 - 10:47 pm #

Stoopid.

Independence day

It's supposed to be a day to feel proud of our accomplishments and think about what it means to be an American. In reality, of course, the holiday provides an opportunity to kick it with friends and get wasted.

Hope you had a good one.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Conniption Fits Watch

Reading t3h internets for the past few days, the critcism of Obama is pretty disconcerting. Folks like Kos and Arianna Huffington are shitting bricks over Obama's position on FISA, Heller, faith-based initiatves, and capital punishment because they *gasp* reveal a more conservative side to Obama. Yes, I say reveal because he's always held these stated positions, but these issues never quite came up during the Democratic primary. His views have been consistent, and it sucks that these "political analysts" weren't able to recognize that. Read his books. Watch his speeches. He has especially talked about his stances on guns and religion a lot.

Obama has also consistently called the Democratic Party a big tent of ideas, and that he doesn't necessarily agree with every position. Everytime Obama has said this, Democrats waved it off and said "yeah, yeah, he has to say that..." or overlooked it in general. It's not Senator Obama's fault that people haven't been paying attention. If you wanted a nominee who accepted the party line for every vote, you should have gone for Kucinich.

For some reason, it feels as if Senator Obama is excited to reveal his more conservative views. It hasn't occured to me until this week, why so many Republicans like and respect him. When Obama talks about bipartisanship, he means it. You don't accrue a record of bringing people together if you are a puppet of MoveOn.

Obama was an attractive candidate because he has always been unapologetic about his positions, a trait that liberals often lack. So don't expect him to walk back and change his stances in order to mollify the likes of Kos and Ezra Klein.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I'm sure Tiger will be just fine


...Andrew Sullivan, fickle in his love for Obama.
Seriously, though. Sullivan has gone on and on about how the Bush administration has racked up the national debt, making the dollar worth little more than Monopoly money. How else does he suppose we pay for it? Until he has offered up some alternative, everything Sullivan says about taxes is nothing more than an obligatory knee-jerk to prove he's still conservative.
We get it, dear.

Conniption Fits

Kos:
And, of late, he's been doing a lot of unecessary stabbing, betraying his claims of being a new kind of politician. Not that I ever bought it, but Obama is now clearly not looking much different than every other Democratic politician who has ever turned his or her back on the base in order to prove centrist bona fides.


Say it with me now: Obama.Has.To.Win.The.General.Election.

Shocking: PUMA PAC Founder is a McCain Supporter

No shit.

Romanticizing the 90's

Diamond 07.01.2008 - 7:10 pm -You know what isn't traditional to Democratic Party values?

Winning. I know, it'll take a little time getting used to.
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On the contrary, I enjoyed it very much when Bill Clinton did it twice. Without selling out. Didn't take any getting used to at all.
vanessa2 07.01.2008 - 7:13 pm
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