Archive for May, 2008

Sane solution to Michigan/Florida reached.

May 31, 2008 in Uncategorized

Hillary Clinton, her only principle being victory at all costs, not satisfied.

Democratic Party leaders agreed Saturday to seat Michigan and Florida delegates with half-votes at this summer’s convention with a compromise that left Barack Obama on the verge of the nomination but riled Hillary Rodham Clinton backers who threatened to fight to the August convention.

“Hijacking four delegates is not a good way to start down the path of party unity,” said adviser Harold Ickes.

Clinton’s camp maintains she was entitled to four additional Michigan delegates.

That’s Harold Ickes, lying cocksucker. Party unity? Hillary is threatening to fight until August, and that slimy piece of shit Ickes is talking to us about party unity? Four delegates?

And wow, people tried complaining about Obama supporters, but Hillary’s people are going apewild certified batshit, turning straight into rightwing smear merchants to honor the Rovian sociopath that Hilliary has become.

…the rhetoric from the top has imparted its poison below, and the bitterest criticisms of Obama gain traction as they circulate through the virulently-pro-Hillary echo chamber. “Would you rather have a president who had an affair [Bill Clinton] or one who was a murderer [Obama]?” Jeannie, the Greensboro Democrat, asks a fellow in a floppy Tilley hat and Hillary buttons. “That’s a good point,” he replies.

Er, murderer?

Yeah, Hillary people, that’s it: fuck you if you’re still on board at this point. Fuck you if you’re still claiming this is about sexism, or democracy, or anything on this planet other than the fact that Hillary’s head has officially disappeared up her ass and she’s taking as many people with her into Imaginationland as she can. This has gone too far. There is no rhyme, no reason, nothing at all here except this: Hillary wants it all, and doesn’t care if she’s earned it; if she can’t have it all, then everybody else, including the Democratic party, can burn in hell. And she’ll do it while having her professional liars out there talking about party unity.

No more. No more threats. No more, “I’m gonna vote for John McCain!” No more irrational demanding of my respect when all you’ve done is cultivate my 100% justified ire. No more talking about sexism or democracy and pretending you’re “just sayin’,” you’re “not really doing it for Hillary,” because you didn’t bring it up by coincidence, and you’re enabling her anyway.

And no more trying to blame Barack Obama and taking out your anger on him either. He didn’t cheat Hillary, he didn’t rob her, he didn’t “take it away from a woman.” In reality, she tried to cheat him, and mostly failed, although it is highly unethical to change the rules of an election afterwards to suit yourself. No, what Barack Obama did was follow the rules, make his case, and win more elections, more voters, and, most importantly, more delegates.

Right now, Hillary has no chance of winning unless almost 100% of the remaining superdelegates go to her, spontaneously, despite her incredibly poor arguments. The point that seems to have gone missing lately is that she has already lost the race, and every single day prolonging this fight is another day working against a Democratic victory in November, against a repudiation of the Bush years. Hillary is working every day to vindicate the Bush years and all their stubborn reality-denying failures, and to destroy the middling legacy of the Clinton years. This is nothing more and nothing less than the quest for power and the submission to its corruption, for all meaning is splayed and twisted around it.

Of course, it almost went without saying: to every Democratic superdelegate sitting on your hands right now, you’ve enabled this too. The signals were clear after North Carolina, others like Byrd and Edwards piped up, and the door was wide open. So we, the people, have had to sit around and wait while you chickenshits dawdle and fritter away. We must listen to chatter of democracy while you elites hold us over the fire.

It is over and it is time to go after John McCain. Yes, I know the “higher path” is to ignore Hillary and just join Obama in slapping McCain around, but there is, as I’ve mentioned before, the question: when are Hillary, and (now we must include) her supporters, responsible for their own actions?

-jb

UPDATE: The sweet honey of my kindness will flow soon if this report more accurately reflects what’s going on inside the Clinton camp. Harold Ickes is still a lying cocksucker though.

Saturday Night Forever.

May 31, 2008 in Uncategorized

This is one out of many performances and performers that inspired me to become a dj:

[youtube:http://youtube.com/watch?v=39BEkgkCX-c]

DJ David’s performance at the 1991 DMC is as extraordinary now as it was back in ’91. Unfortunately, it is rumored that like other legendary turntable masters (such as DJ Craze and Q Bert), DJ David was disqualified from entering the DMC World DJ Championships after this performance because his extreme level of ability would intimidate and hinder the rise of future up-and-comers. Regardless, he, among others, inspired me to join the board of directors at the local college radio station, “acquire” a pair of Technics SL1200s (along with the most pitiful Radioshack mixer you’ve ever seen), and follow a four on the floor drumbeat into the future.

-mg

McGaffe bungles it again.

May 30, 2008 in Uncategorized

Is it me, or is McCain the gift that keeps giving? I mean, rightwingers are trying to pretend there’s significance to Obama getting the name of the concentration camp his uncle helped liberate wrong, but McCain continuously talks as if he knows less about what’s going on in Iraq than George W. Bush, which would put him in the company of about three other people on planet Earth.

-jb

Why demonization of illegal immigrants is always doomed to fail.

May 30, 2008 in Uncategorized

I strive to find equitable solutions to immigration issues that respect the law and the right of the US to control the flow of who enters the country while avoiding the racism of attacking those who come here while coming up with endless excuses to avoid prosecuting employers. That said, what a fucking mess.

Last weekend I watched two Mexican fellows hired by the property owners raze the neglected yard across the street and turn it from a dump into the beginning of something halfway pleasant to look at. Truth be told, I don’t know anything about it. I don’t know they were illegal, I don’t know what they were paid, I don’t know a damn thing for sure, except that the work was appreciated. But I wasn’t so dumb to believe it was the first time two Mexican dudes who didn’t speak English had cleaned up a yard for a few bucks less because they weren’t here legally.

I also felt divided about it. Should the property owner be punished? Fined, perhaps. The Mexicans are already here, and it seems like no harm to give them work in the meantime, but I’m in firm favor of limiting demand for illegal labor by cracking down on those who hire illegally. Workers will, like they came here, move to where the work is easier to get, or, frustrated by national collaboration, return to work on improving their own country so that others will find it easier to stay.

In fact, had I to choose between sanctioning employers and rounding up illegals to deport them, I’d take employer sanctions and let the market do the rest. A recent raid in Iowa illustrates that the human dimension of rounding up people like cattle is way, way too messy for our consciences to handle up close:

Responding with an outpouring of donated goods, money, time and caring, the volunteers are fueled by compassion, duty, and, increasingly, frustration and fury. They know too that immigrants have helped make Agriprocessors the nation’s largest kosher meat processor and, in turn, helped Postville prosper while many small Iowa towns struggle. “They’re being preyed upon,” says John Schlee, 71, a volunteer wearing overalls and a farm implement company cap. “They’re doing work that the American workers don’t want to do. They’re searching for a better life and now their families are being torn apart.”

Anti-immigrant sentiment and ethnic tensions are not unknown in this unusually diverse Iowa small town, whose residents include descendants of German and Norwegian Lutherans and Irish Catholics as well as more recent arrivals — Latin Americans, Ukrainians and Hasidic Jews drawn here by the plant. A few angry people have called the church, complaining about its care of “criminals.” But volunteers like Ardie Kuhse, 60, shrug this off. “Yes, they were illegal. But they were working. Is that a crime? They’re a part of our community,” says Kuhse, near tears as she recalls trying to calm children after the raid.

On the weekend before Memorial Day, St. Bridget’s social hall bustled with Hispanic families seeking financial and legal advice, including Sylvia Ruiz, 40, and Marta Veronica, 32, Guatemalans who wore electronic ankle bracelets. “We can’t work. We can’t provide for our kids. God bless the church,” says Veronica, speaking through a Spanish interpreter. She is looking after a daughter and two teen-age nephews, who were among several minors detained and later released. Cooking meals, making beds, unloading trucks and running errands, the volunteers include people from Postville, other Iowa communities and beyond — lawyers, religious leaders, staff from a nonprofit Latino aid center in Waterloo and students and faculty from Iowa colleges.

At one card table, a Cornell College student helped people locate family and friends. Above them hung an Iowa map pocked with post-it notes showing the locations of detention centers. Nearby, a Lutheran minister conferred with a Hasidic man who runs the local kosher grocery store. At another card table, two nuns filled out a raid “registration and care” form for two Hispanic men, assisted by two Luther College students acting as interpreters.

Given what we’ve been learning about these detention centers, it takes effort not to fear the worst. In line with my earlier thoughts about the Catholic church, I also appreciate that some members remember enough of the Gospels to be there feeding and sheltering these people instead of regarding them as cattle.

-jb

It looks like I’m going to hell.

May 30, 2008 in Uncategorized

Barack Obama is the anti-Christ…..apparently. My favorite post so far is titled Barack Obama is Left Handed: The Bible says that the Devil is Left Handed?:

“The Bible contains about 25 unfavorable references to the left hand. In the best known example, in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says: “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: And he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, ‘Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.’ … Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.'” (Matthew 25:31-34, 41)”
Left Handed

Hey…. I realize this passage is not specifically backing my argument,
and I realize lots of people and some presidents have been left handed….
If anyone knows anything specifically about what the Bible says about the antichrist feel free to leave a comment

Ha! I just realized that Ned Flanders is left-handed.

-mg

Concern trolls, get ready to wince.

May 30, 2008 in Christian Right

Truth is a bitch.

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Can’t help but tell it.

In other news, I’ve been finding some aspects of Catholicism to have an appeal, in the way it sometimes does to those of us that don’t take a single word of the Bible literally, but find a pleasant bit of mysticism in attending mass and engaging in other metaphorical efforts (though examples outside of the constraints of Christianity abound). The intersection of Catholicism and Buddhism is weak but not entirely something to sniff at, but I am especially hesitant to give those flapping yahoos (and the pedophile-enabling cynical dandy currently called the pope) in the Vatican an ounce of credence, at least until they actually get a bit more Christ-like and open their doors to homosexuals. I’ve learned a bit more, recently, on the sacrament of marriage, and I didn’t hear a single word that couldn’t have applied to a gay couple. Marriage is life-giving, and they have life to give and receive as well.

In that evolution was undoubtedly the course of “creation,” and that it has moved inexorably towards the development of humananity’s abstract capabilities, the divinity of our higher functions is self-evident, and our rightful mission is to see them used with all the honesty that those who worship the one called Christ believe he used to speak to us.

-jb

Get in mah belly…er, garage?

May 30, 2008 in Energy

If I weren’t getting married in February, I’d marry this car:

220 mpg

Hybrid Technologies is aiming for a 150- to 180-mi. range per charge from the all-electric model, while the lithium-ion-meets-gas hybrid needs to hit 220 mpg—minimum. And that’s not to mention performance. When we asked Cerven if Hybrid Technologies could hit ZR1-level horsepower equivalent numbers in the mid-600s, he laughed, vaguely adding that we were “way out of the ballpark—it’s gonna be wild.”

This is the way of the future, and a fine candidate for targeted subsidies. Get the ball rolling!

-jb

Is Rupert Murdoch talking America into a recession?!

May 30, 2008 in Clueless Conservatives, Economy, Uncategorized

Somebody who listens to more right-wing radio could probably fill me in on who exactly started the meme about the Librul Media ™ trying to convince Americans that the economy is in a recession when in fact it’s quite healthy. Take a quick glance around the winger Internets and you will find numerous posts devoted to exposing this latest sinister conspiracy. It goes like this; Librulz love people to suffer because it makes them more compelled to rely on Big Government (which is bad, btw, depending upon what state and federal programs you happen to be discussing) and since The MSM ™ is jam-packed with Marxist revolutionaries it is their sworn duty to get more and more of the citizenry inducted as active participants in the welfare state so as to better control them when John Kerry declares a state of emergency and hands the reigns of government over to the United Nations, etc. This is all horrendously stupid, of course, because you have to believe that media corporations are more interested in Leftist ideological agendas than they are making profits by way of advertising which, in the event of an economic downturn, is one of the first company budgets to get cut since marketing expenditures have no immediately quantifiable result.

So I have to wonder what the Librul Media ™ conspiracy theorists have to say about this Reuters article featuring Rupert Murdoch pondering the effects of a recession on the November elections.

-mg

PS – He predicts a Dem landslide.

Peak Oil Watch

May 29, 2008 in Peak Oil

The WSJ:

Oil Exporters Are Unable To Keep Up With Demand
Domestic Needs, Sluggish Investment Crimp Shipments
By NEIL KING JR. and SPENCER SWARTZ

The world’s top oil producers are proving unable to put more barrels on thirsty world markets despite sky-high prices, a shift that defies traditional market logic and looks set to continue.

Fresh data from the U.S. Department of Energy show the amount of petroleum products shipped by the world’s top oil exporters fell 2.5% last year, despite a 57% increase in prices, a trend that appears to be holding true this year as well.

There are several reasons behind the net-export decline. Soaring profits from high-price crude have fueled a boom in oil demand in Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East, leaving less oil for export. At the same time, aging fields and sluggish investments have caused exports to drop significantly in Mexico, Norway and, most recently, Russia. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries also cut production early last year and didn’t move to boost supplies again until last fall.

One prediction of Peak Oil theory is that oil-exporting nations will realize it is in their greater self-interest to keep and use their oil. Another is that output will plateau, and then decline.

This is our time to prepare.

-jb

What will the White House say!?!?!

May 28, 2008 in Journamalism

There’s no telling how they’ll react to Scott McClellan’s unsurprising addition to the tell-all canon! Will they fess up and admit they done wrong? Will George W. tearfully apologize? Will Karl Rove nod his head and say, “Scotty nailed us!” Will Dick Cheney tell us, “Scott didn’t fail us, we failed Scott!”

Oh, wait…I guess they’ll say the same shit they’ve said every other time somebody gets out and tries telling the world what was going on in that madhouse. I’d ask why don’t they try something new, like “Yeah it’s all true, what the fuck are you pussies gonna do about it!” (the honest approach), but the media dutifully laps it up and reports it with the same enthusiasm every time, so why bother?

“I fell far short of living up to the kind of public servant I wanted to be,” McClellan writes. He also blames the media whose questions he fielded, calling them “complicit enablers” in the White House campaign to manipulate public opinion toward the need for war.

Dana Perino may fake-mourn that this isn’t the Scotty they knew, but it’s the same old media, for sure, because they didn’t fall down laughing at the tired knowing bullshit flowing out of her mouth, the same way they always lapped up Scotty’s blatantly pathetic mutterings.

Oh, and Scotty? Yes, you were a piece of shit for going along with it then.

-jb

Now this is just too cute.

May 28, 2008 in Booze & or Drugs

sake The beautiful and talented Ellen Friis blessed me with a bottle of this a couple of weeks ago. It’s the Gekkeikan Sake Cap-Ace and it comes in a miniature 6.1 fluid ounce bottle specially designed for drunks on the go like me! The best part about it is that the white cap you see on the top doubles as a shot glass! Oh, those Japanese and their ingenious designs! It’s so compact and portable you could sneak it into work inside of your Hello Kitty backpack.

-mg

Blinking or winking?

May 28, 2008 in Uncategorized

This is a mistake. Somebody’s either reading too much of his own press or doesn’t actually believe some of the truer things said about the Clinton camp: that they will do anything to win; that they are always & only thinking about how to win; that any concession to them is perilous. Either there’s some super-D’s who’ve privately committed to our man from Chicago, and a decent handful of them at that, or our man from Chicago is blinking when he ought to be hardening his stare. The third possibility is that he’s actually as idealistic as some of his supporters believe, in which case, here’s hoping the McCain administration isn’t much worse than the Bush one has been.

-TT

Chomsky Missed the Memo

May 28, 2008 in Barack Obama, Chomsky, Uncategorized

Iowa Liberal has generally been a pretty Chomsky-friendly zone, but it seems that back in November our man just ran right off the rails. Get with the program, Noam! Haven’t you heard about the hope and what-not?

BOOKTALK.ORG: What’s your opinion of the candidates running in the Democratic Presidential primary?

CHOMSKY: Keeping to the viable candidates, I am not impressed. Take Barack Obama, for example. In this morning’s (Nov. 2) New York Times, a front-page story reports his foreign policy stance, based on an exclusive interview. It opens by reporting that if elected he would offer “a possible promise not to seek `regime change'” if Iran stopped “acting irresponsibly” in Iraq, stopped supporting “terrorist activities,” and cooperated with the US on “nuclear issues.” Not a promise, just a possible promise in reward for “good behavior.” The threat of force is, of course, a serious violation of the UN Charter, but that seems not to be a matter of concern. The idea that Iran is acting “acting irresponsibly” in Iraq can indeed be raised: on the assumption that We Own the World, so that if we invade and occupy another country, any interference with our actions is “irresponsible.” On terrorism, and on “nuclear issues,” I’ll refer to the comments in Interventions, which barely scratch the surface, but suffice to illustrate how astonishing his statements are, except, once again, on the assumption that We Own the World. The candidates differ somewhat on other issues. No space here to run through the details. Of all the viable candidates, the positions that Edwards has put forth seem to me the best, or maybe it would be more accurate to say “the least objectionable.”

-TT

Doing it for the children.

May 28, 2008 in Clueless Conservatives

In what is turning out to be a serious blow to the coffee and donut/covert jihadist movement, Michelle Malkin managed to get a Dunkin Donuts ad pulled because her readers decided that the scarf Rachel Ray was wearing looked too much like a keffiyeh.

We should all congratulate them on their vigilance. By guarding against the seditious acts of scheming Hollywood librul types like Rachel Ray they are making this nation a safer place. Victory!

-mg

Well, this one is going to piss somebody off.

May 28, 2008 in Uncategorized

How much sexism did Hillary Clinton face? It seems that in her final throes, there is some effort by Clinton surrogates to find some angle by which she can claim she was robbed, though for what purpose besides fanning her vanity we shall have to see. Any mathematical effort has been laughably craptastic; in reality, she loses every standard, most importantly the only one that actually counts towards the nomination, the delegate count. What’s left? As Joy Behar flatly puts it, “A man took it from a woman.” Never mind that we had a bunch of elections and followed the rules agreed to by all beforehand, and that she even loses if we count Michigan and Florida. Sexism as an issue is put front and center, and we must forget that in American history black men have always been several rungs below a white woman.

Let me say outright that the idea that sexism cost Hillary the election is complete horseshit of the dumbest variety. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t, that means that it was not the reason.

But for the sake of curiosity and intellectual honesty, I have wanted to see just how much sexism Hillary Clinton faced. Our good fellow, feminist Thomas Tallis, has been keen on this issue, so much so that he was set to support Hillary Clinton solely because she was a woman. While I do not recall him saying that sexism was the cause of Hillary’s loss, he has warned us that if we do not give it a fair reckoning comparable to the attention we have paid to the racism thrown Barack Obama’s way (again, a fair share of it from Hillary herself), there will be blood.

Thomas Tallis pointed us towards this link, featuring an overwhelming number of links to reports or moments of sexism compiled within a very dense and cleverly pithy paragraph, written by Erica Barnett. It also links to other avowedly angry feminists who have seen so much sexism in this race that they’re ready to not support Barack Obama and hand the reigns over to John McCain, who will appoint SC judges ready to paint targets on women’s heads for generations to come. While I cannot agree with such foolhardy threats, I cannot resist forever the urge to look and see. So I went through every link, and here are the lessons I believe we can learn from this exhaustive list: (more…)

Oh no, the booze is starting to wear off!

May 27, 2008 in Housing Bubble

Dire news in housing!

U.S. home prices dropped at the sharpest rate in two decades during the first quarter, a closely watched index showed Tuesday, a somber indication that the housing slump continues to deepen.

Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller said its national home price index fell 14.1 percent in the first quarter compared with a year earlier, the lowest since its inception in 1988. The quarterly index covers all nine U.S. Census divisions.

Dear me, can it get any worse? Wait, here’s the punchline:

Prices nationwide are at levels not seen since the third quarter of 2004, according to Maureen Maitland, a S&P vice president. However, the index is still up 60 percent versus 2000.

UP 60 PERCENT since 2000! So if prices merely dropped back to where they were before the nation went insane, adjusted for inflation, this would be interpreted as the apocalypse.

Sorry, folks, but if you want to keep drinking to avoid a hangover, you’re only making things tougher on yourself.

-jb

He Did It For the Lulz

May 27, 2008 in Uncategorized

Joe Lieberman: greatest IRL troll of all time?

-TT

Winning their hearts and minds.

May 27, 2008 in Uncategorized

Tales of mayhem:

-mg

Lost comments.

May 27, 2008 in Uncategorized

Noticed a few comments got tossed into the spam bucket…even one of Mike’s, amusingly enough. Not really sure why the science of blocking spam is so complicated, but if you don’t see your comments appear immediately after publishing them, they got caught and you must let us know, lest oblivion claim its due…

-jb

Memorial Day

May 26, 2008 in Uncategorized

Remembering that for our government, taking care of soldiers after putting them in harm’s way is always last priority.

Let nobody who has volunteered or been drafted to put their life on the line for our country ever be poor, ill-treated, or homeless again.

-jb

p.s. The link regarding poverty shows that in 1999, 5.6% of veterans lived in poverty. The first rightwinger that reads the link will crow that this is a lower rate than the general population, but I repeat my point: for veterans, that rate should be 0%. One veteran living in poverty is too much.

UPDATE: Sharon goes for it! Oh, my god, this has to make the baby Jesus cry. Please, I don’t want to address it because the stupid hurts my brain, but if there’s ONE person out there who doesn’t get why Sharon’s response is pathetically wrong…I’ll explain. Just read it, and think about her math for maybe four, five seconds…it’ll dawn on you:)

p.s.s. Anybody surprised though that rightwingers will instinctively justify negligent treatment of veterans?

3AM Somewhere Out Of Beaumont

May 26, 2008 in Interpol, Uncategorized

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Hardy-freakin’-har.

May 25, 2008 in Uncategorized

Caught this on Atrios:

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You heard correctly. That was Liz Trotta conflating Osama with Obama and then wishing them both dead.

-mg

Time to start throwing tomatoes at this vaudevillian shite.

May 24, 2008 in Clintonitis, Disappointing Dems, Election crap, Women

We sure would like to move on with the election to Obama smacking McCain around, but somebody keeps insisting it isn’t over yet…though we’ll be blamed and attacked for listening to her, the question must eventually be answered: When is Hillary Clinton responsible for her own actions?

Right now, instead of floating demands in the press and comparing herself to abolitionists and suffragists, she could be telling her supporters that she lost fair and square; that while there was a lot of sexism in the campaign, there was racism as well, and that sexism does not explain why a candidate with literally every institutional advantage over her opponent lost the nomination. She could be reaching out to the voters who supported her in places where Obama has had trouble, and urging them to vote for him. She could, in a word, be doing the right thing: trying to earn that respect she seems to want.

Instead, she’s throwing tantrums, making demands that she has no right to make, and threatening civil war.

I can’t imagine a better demonstration of why she should not be President or Vice President. Nor can I imagine a better demonstration of why some of us who are committed feminists are not happy with her as our standard-bearer. She lost. It happens. If she were an adult or a professional, she would deal with it. Apparently, she is neither.

Feminists should document and take note where Hillary Clinton was subjected to sexism, but this woman is not a victim. She lost on the merits and plenty of women know it too. To be judged on one’s merits rather than one’s sex…what more could one ask for? Hillary’s work for female equality has been done, and if she doesn’t exit quickly and reasonably and unite behind Obama, she risks doing more harm than good for the cause.

-jb

Sunshine kills the lies.

May 23, 2008 in Barack Obama

Barack Obama does it again. What does he do when misinformation starts piling up about him? Locks himself in a room with a bunch of doubters and doesn’t leave until they’ve searched him inside and out and been satisfied. This time he goes to the heart of the Jewish community in Florida.

The town hall meeting was unique in that it brought him face to face with several hundred Jewish voters, under klieg lights and before a bank of TV cameras. Some in the audience — older, gray and peppered with yarmulkes — came in skeptical.

“This is a tough community, right?” said Sandra Wexler, the mother of Robert Wexler, one of Obama’s most vocal Jewish backers. “They are senior citizens. It is a Jewish community. And they don’t like change.”

Obama’s campaign expected hard questions, but he was received warmly, earning a standing ovation when he asked the audience not to judge him based on the views of his supporters or acquaintances who have expressed anti-Israel views.

I appreciate how often Obama grabs the bull by the horns to solve a problem. Systematic misinformation campaigns by the unscrupulous are hard to combat without a fearless approach, but if you have the truth on your side, you have nothing to fear. Obama doesn’t always do this, but whenever he does he succeeds, and if he can keep doing stuff like this until November, it’s going to be a landslide.

-jb

p.s. Accordingly, if he keeps it up throughout his presidency, the country will benefit as well.

That Whole Florida Deal

May 23, 2008 in Disappointing Dems

In terms of popular sentiment, it’s a non-issue, as far as I’m concerned – and bear in mind here that I say this as a person who prefers Senator Clinton to Senator Obama (marginally; as a liberal, my feelings for Democrats are always going to be on a spectrum between disappointment and outright hatred, and any honest liberal ought to have similar feelings about a party that feels entitled to our votes despite constant failure to deliver on liberal legislation and policy). Obama’s momentum is genuine, and I think he’s the candidate the party, speaking broadly, wants. But in trainspotting ideological terms, the seating or non-seating of the Florida delegates is something worth thinking about.

Who moved up the Florida primaries: the voters of Florida? No. The Florida legislature did that; an overwhelming majority passed this bill. That the officials voting “aye” are elected officials is perhaps the only argument that can be made against seating the Florida delegates; if they are not seated, the Democratic party is saying to the Democratic voters of Florida: “Your leaders failed you, but you’ll pay the price for it with your vote – we’re taking it from you.”

It’s a dicey situation, for sure, since what was the DNC to do: admit that its authority comes only by consent? Holds its own “Florida primary,” perhaps by mail, offering to seat delegates based on the results of such an “election”? just cave in to the Florida legislature’s open contempt for the DNC’s explicit wishes? But one thing is certain: while Clinton supporters may have only victory in mind when they insist on the seating of the Florida and Michigan delegates, this in no way invalidates their argument, unless you’re so partisan that your opinion is “anything that helps the opposition is wrong.” (In which case, good luck with those politics: you’ll need it.) The voters of Florida aren’t to blame for the date of the primary; they didn’t set it. They just showed up at the polls. Poll-watching Obama supporters like to argue that, since Obama can probably win the general election without Florida or Michigan, it doesn’t matter if we piss off the people of the state of Florida, but opinions like that are repellent to the spirit of democracy; electoral votes are a way of expressing the will of the people, not bypassing it.

Or so the story goes, anyhow. Some of us have always thought the electoral college was kind of a fishy way of going about the whole business, but that is a topic for another day.

-TT

Prediction (for what it’s worth).

May 22, 2008 in Uncategorized

Commercial air travel will soon become a luxury affordable only by the wealthy.

-mg

More myths associated with refinery capacity and supply.

May 21, 2008 in Uncategorized

I guess Brian P reads from the same playbook as Yorkshire. They both insist on believing in fairy tale excuses that scapegoat librulz for all of their energy woes. To wit:

Second, we haven’t had any new refineries built in this country in decades. And with the many different blends of fuel required by the various states, there’s a bottleneck from the refineries to the gas stations. So demand is up, albeit it artificially. We have plenty of gas, we just can’t process it fast enough and get it to market fast enough.

Third, we haven’t tapped a lot of domestic oil that is out there. ANWR, for example, holds anywhere from 4.3 billion to 11.8 billion barrels of oil. We have numerous other sources that remain untapped for various enviromental and political reasons (that is, the enviromental nuts won’t let us tap into them lest we spook a few carribou or spoil their view of the ocean).

So the oil is out there but the librulz wont let us drill it (because only dirty fucking hippies own beachfront property, apparently) and even if we did they wouldn’t let us build the refineries to produce it. So what’s wrong with this scenario?

First off I think it needs to be noted that since 1975 the EPA has received only one permit request for a new refinery. This past March the EPA approved Arizona Clean Fuels’ application for an air permit for a proposed refinery in Arizona. In addition, oil companies are regularly applying for – and receiving – permits to modify and expand their existing refineries.

Secondly, a bottleneck would not cause any price increases in regular old crude oil. For your enjoyment, here’s a basic diagram of a bottleneck:

Raw Material —–> bottleneck —–> Finished Good

What happens with a bottleneck? If the process is running at full capacity, there is a fixed supply of finished goods, so the price of the Finished Good will rise rapidly with any increase in demand.

But what happens to the price of the raw material? Since the process is running at full capacity (a bottleneck), the demand is fixed, and any additional supply of raw material will cause the price of the raw material to drop.

For the oil industry, crude oil is the raw material, the potential bottleneck is the refining process and the finished good in this case is gasoline. If refining is at or near full capacity, any additional demand for gasoline would increase the price of the finished good (gasoline) but would not change the demand for crude oil (demand is fixed by the refining bottleneck).

Since demand for crude would be fixed with a bottleneck, any additional supply of crude would depress the price of the raw material (crude oil). Therefore the lack of refining capacity could only depress the price of crude and would not contribute to the rise in the price of gasonline – the opposite of what is being claimed. Adding more refining capacity would increase the demand for crude oil and could lead to higher crude oil prices, unless additional supply of crude is brought online.

As I’ve stated previous, ANWR is an old subject around here and I don’t think I need to keep repeating myself just because the GED crowd refuses to do their homework. Unless, of course, somebody wants to argue that OCS (impossible to get to on the cheap) and ANWR (a drop in the bucket) oil would actually bring the price of crude down. I always enjoy a good laugh.

As for the other two points BP was trying to make, shit, I dunno. Some bunk about commodity markets that proves he doesn’t know a goddamn thing about futures. I just thought I’d tackle two and three because they’re common myths that the mouth-breathing, online devoted like to promulgate so they can blame all of their grievances on evil librulz.

-mg

A celebratory note.

May 21, 2008 in Uncategorized

Because calling the race over at this point is indeed a slap in the face…

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…one intended to drive home a blessedly obvious reality. Namely, the nightmare is over, and it’s time to see our nation turn the page in November.

-jb

Eh, McCain can handle it.

May 21, 2008 in Old Man McCain

Having endured horrible torture for five years, John McCain’s perseverance is not to be questioned. And certainly in comparison, his recent troubles are nothing. Being hung from your wrists is nothing compared to being strung on a rack pulled between the GOP Bush Loyalist base and the other 70-80% of the country still sane…hell, you can throw him on a rack between the “maverick” and being slathered up to your gills in lobbyists who expect good returns on their investments.

“McCain’s self-righteous [expletive] has caught up with him. Now he’s got himself in a jam,” said another Republican lobbyist who asked to remain anonymous because he is a campaign volunteer. “He’s got to change the subject back to economic growth and taxation and the war on terror.”

And there’s this thought from another McCain supporter: “I find it a little offensive. It was good enough to get my $2,300 donation. If we’re not good enough, then send my check back. It pisses me off.”

Five years of torture! Six months til November has to sound like a piece of cake. Go go McCain!

-jb

Holy smokes, McCain needs Bush’s earpiece.

May 21, 2008 in Old Man McCain

Truth be told, the level of McCain’s ignorance about the Middle East has surprised me lately. I think we’ve learned that it takes more than a hard nose and a soft head to be effective at foreign policy, haven’t we?

McCain blunders on who’s in charge in Iran. It’s important because he claims Barack Obama wants to talk to Ahmadinejad, but Barack has only talked about Iran’s leaders. Top dawg in Iran is Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, which is fairly common knowledge among people who follow the Middle East. But then again, so is the difference between Shias and Sunnis.

On the bright side, his economic policies are almost universally seen as incoherent!

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-jb

Spin of the Year

May 21, 2008 in Uncategorized

So – I don’t suppose I need to link to any of the reports – a ton of people showed up for an Obama rally out in Portland the other day. Pictures of said event depict a sea of people. Evidently, portraying a popular candidate as actually popular, as in “able to draw a crowd,” is yet another example of the liberal MSM at work, as Hugh Hewitt and others inform us that the real draw was a free show by rock megastars the Decemberists.

It’s one thing to disagree with wingers on policy points and whatnot, but it’s just a super treat when they venture into territory about which they know less than nothing. As this 2005 sidebar from a USA Today story notes, the Decemberists aren’t really the Rolling Stones plus the Beatles times Led Zeppelin, despite what our right-leaning spin merchants seem to believe. In 2005, the Decemberists averaged 1,073 a night on a nearly sold-out tour. Let’s be incredibly generous and imagine that, in their hometown, a couple years’ more roadwork under their belts, the Decemberists can now draw five times that many. (They can’t, but we’re trying to give our winger friends the benefit of the doubt.) Now let’s further imagine that the evil lefty media is grossly overstating the rally attendance at 75,000; let’s head down conspiracy-theory lane with our pals and imagine that the overstatement is a partisan exaggeration of unprecedented proportions, and that the real attendance is closer to 50,000.

Now subtract the far-higher-than-their-actual-draw Decemberists figure from the far-lower-than-the-actual-attendance Obama figure and tell me what you got. If your answer was “one whole hell of a lot of people,” congratulations, my conservative friend! You are one step closer to not sounding completely out-of-it stupid with respect to popular culture.

-TT

Now this is just silly!

May 21, 2008 in Uncategorized

Via TPM, Terry McAuliffe loads the goalposts onto the back of the Chevy and heads out of town:

If I’m not mistaken Terrry McAuliffe just announced two new goalposts.

1. Hillary has gotten more votes and delegates since March 4th.

2. Hillary has gotten more votes in a nomination race than anyone in history. “Hillary Clinton has now received more votes than any candidate ever running for president in a primary.”

…Point one sounds like it’s probably true. What relevance it has I have no idea. Point two though is really the kicker. Even if you change the rules and fully seat Michaigan and Florida and count them for the popular vote totals and don’t count any portion of the Michigan “uncommitted” (which were understood a the to be for Obama) vote for Obama, Hillary is still behind in the popular vote total. The only way she moves ahead in popular vote is if you do all that and don’t count four of the caucus states.

Like I’ve said before, the bobble heads are so scared shitless of being accused of being “in the tank” for Obama that they wont ask the obvious question which is; wtf?! It’s both hilarious and tragic watching Blitzer nod along and feign interest at the “imagine if you will” hypothetical scenarios presented by Clinton staffers whenever another nail is pounded into their casket. The only realistically attainable goal for the Clinton camp right now is to make sure that Obama only has eight weeks to campaign against McCain. Mission accomplished, I guess.

-mg

Polygamy and gay marriage.

May 21, 2008 in teh gay

William Saletan writes in Slate about how the polygamy boogeyman may be looming the more gay marriage is legalized…then promptly undoes himself, skimming over the most relevant point:

In other words, polygamy now has the same legal status as homosexuality in most jurisdictions: Your second marriage won’t carry any legal weight, but it’ll be tolerated.

Uh, yes. You can claim you’re married to as many people as you want, but the state only recognizes one, and has no burden to recognize more. This isn’t really a change in anything at all. Bigamy laws generally only apply when you go to the courthouse and try to get a second civilly-recognized marriage. If the fight is really about the government hunting down polygamous couples who aren’t seeking government recognition, then yes, we’ve reached a truce. Observe the logic mirrored in practice:

In reality, most polygamist communities are authoritarian and push girls into marriage before they’re old enough. That’s why Texas raided a polygamist compound last month. But the raid has actually clarified the distinction between plural and underage marriage. “This is not about polygamy,” a Texas government spokesman tells the Dallas Morning News. “It is about child sexual abuse and our commitment to protect children.”

Furthermore, the raid—complete with bogus intelligence and an aftermath fiasco—is already doing for polygamy prosecution what the Iraq war has done for invasions: reminding us why it’s better to stay out.

The point is that polygamy will not truly be legalized. Civil polygamous marriage will not be brought into existence via arguments for gay marriage. Yes, you consider yourself married religiously, but gay couples already did that too without it making “gay marriage legal.” It exists outside of the law’s purveyance. Legal recognition of gay marriage does not lead to legal recognition of polygamous marriages.

Also, Saletan references incest as a potential problem, but drops brother-sister style incest like a hot potato, pontificating about first-cousin marriages (risk of genetic disease increases from 3-4% to 4-7%). Case in point? Rudy Giuliani. Um, so first-cousin marriage is already legal in several states, and the populace more or less is indifferent to the issue. So no, no logical connection is made to courts being forced to recognize men marrying their daughters.

Saletan blathers but in the end produces little more than some trivia, failing his thesis that Rick Santorum’s warning (“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery.”) was warranted. What are the odds, though, that an anti-gay activist would see in such an article exactly what they want? And how much did Saletan enable that by failing to admit that he couldn’t prove what he set out to argue?

-jb

Alright, alright, let’s do a video of the night.

May 20, 2008 in Uncategorized

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Catherine Wheel (eh…) and Tanya Donnelly (love!), “Judy Staring At The Sun.” Saw it performed live in Minneapolis. Ali, you were with me that night, no?

-jb

The only election that matters tonight is American Idol!

May 20, 2008 in Uncategorized

Well, Mike’s internet is out and I’m watching Idol with the future-missus while sampling wedding music and catching up on a dozen or so pieces I’ve wanted to read in the last day. Part of blogging is enjoying reading tons of other people’s writings, so enjoy Ali’s post tonight or join a comment thread, but things will be light tonight…then again we’ve never been about constant posting. The blogosphere is full of good commentary, and we try to refrain from being completely useless.

-jb

It couldn’t happen here….

May 20, 2008 in War Crimes, We'll post whatever we goddamned want to, Women

Every now and again I crawl under a rock, and then bore every one to tears with a Sermon on the Mount.
Here I go again….

One of my guilty pleasures in life is listening to Amy Goodman every morning on Pacifica. I need my daily dose
of realism.

Out of that, I have heard some horrific stories of torture:
One is of the youngest boy in Guantanamo, who was sent there when he was 15.
Omar Khadr
The sole survivor of a bombing raid in a village, and the soldiers had to justify murdering everyone in the village.
He being the only survivor and eye witness, they had to say that he threw a grenade at them and shot
first.

Another being in the many prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan, the eye witness accounts of young boys,
minors who are raped by the US soldiers, while in custody.

Then we wonder why there are so many young suicide bombers. Has to be the modern-day witchcraft, Islam.

Fine, those people aren’t humans anyways, those are just Arab dogs, or Muslim fanatics.

But now there are reports of Americans. Civilian contractors, nurses, doctors, Blackwater employees, and such,
who have been getting drugged by their coworkers/army personnel, and the like, and waking up to find
they have been raped and brutalized.

Story here…

As Morrissey said,

“…it’s so easy to hate….it takes guts to be gentle and kind…”

(I Know It’s Over, The Smiths)

It’s just as easy for me to dehumanize the perpertrators of these crimes against humanity.
It’s easy to hate the politicians and lawmakers, who even when hard evidence and testimony is brought in front of them
of these deplorable acts, take no actions against the perpetrators.

Now we get to the reason I’m posting all this.

I happened to catch my wife watching a disturbing movie the other day.
We didn’t know what we were in for, having watched Juno, we wanted to see another movie starring
Ellen Page. An American Crime
It’s a movie about a crime that happened in 1950’s Indiana. The good ‘ole heartland of the USA.
Where a young girl was locked in a basement, and beaten/tortured/starved to death. For over 3 gruelling months
she was systematically and increasingly, brutally tortured by the woman who was in charge of her, and by her children and
several children of the neighborhood. The movie is disturbing because the family was any normal blue-collared
American family of the 50’s, church going, school going. The children were all pre-pubescent, except for the oldest daughter.
The crimes were committed mostly by the woman caring for the girl, and by her young daughters. Except, for one young son,
and the daughter’s boyfriend. The neighborhood was your regular 1950’s American neighborhood.
They heard and saw strange things, but no one did a thing.

The movie and book, condemn the family and the surrounding society for this “crime against humanity”.

Both my wife and I, being parents of a young daughter, were extremely disturbed by this.
But I immediately told her, this is what our Armed Forces are doing to young Iraqi and Afghani children
on a massive scale and daily basis.

The soldiers and contractors who are being accused of horrible acts of torture, are no different than the
babysitter and her children. Coming from hard-working blue collar families, maybe even having families of their own.
Good honest, church going people. Their colleagues who don’t report them, even though they witness the horrors, are no different
than those Indiana neighbors of the 1950’s.

It’s easy to react and recoil, after watching this movie of a young American Girl being
tortured by a regular American family.
There are hundreds and thousands of Sandy Larkins lying in mass graves (after being brutally tortured) in Iraq and Afghanistan, and those who are still being similarly torture in Guantanamo, without a Jack Ketcham to write a novel about them….

-aa

Would you run a triathlon to help fight cancer?

May 19, 2008 in We'll post whatever we goddamned want to

No? Okay, sponsoring somebody who would is easier. Trust me, she’s good people:)

-jb

Right-winger 101

May 19, 2008 in Clueless Conservatives

Kevin James provides us with an accurate summation of the right-wing blogosphere:

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-mg

Pictures like this make Republicans weep.

May 18, 2008 in Barack Obama, Uncategorized

I’ve been involved in a fair amount of live music productions so I know that it’s easy to over-estimate crowd size but still, that’s a lot of people!

Obama in Portland.

You can check here for more jaw-dropping pics.

-mg

Flip-floppin’ McCain.

May 18, 2008 in Uncategorized

Does this guy even know where he’s at half of the time?

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-mg

The persistent folly of pitting race vs. gender.

May 18, 2008 in Election crap

Says headline on MSNBC.com:

If not now, when can a woman be president?
Women face letdown of seeing Clinton’s shot at presidency fall short…

For clarification, see headline from alternative universe where Clinton won the primary:

If not now, when can an African-American become president?
Blacks face letdown of seeing Obama’s shot at presidency fall short…

It’s very simple…it’s too bad that race and gender got pitted against each other, but it was incredible progress that a woman and a black man were the top contenders for the Democratic presidential nominee. Somebody had to lose, but that didn’t have to mean one was more or less important than the other. And hey, I still see no reason Hillary can’t run in 2016. Or any other woman, perhaps in 2012 if the Republicans dare to enter the 20th century sometime before the 22nd rolls around. The mold has already been broken, and despite Hillary coasting by on being Bill Clinton’s wife, she deserves the credit.

-jb

Sunday Morning Funny-or-Rush Limbaugh gets betrayed by the Internets.

May 18, 2008 in Clueless Conservatives

Limbaugh quotes from an essay about the causes of the Great Depression and proceeds to berate the writer as a Marxist fool:

The best story I’ve heard this week by far was told today over lunch. Apparently, a co-worker of mine named George listens to the Rush Limbaugh show in his car, and yesterday heard him discussing Barak Obama’s comments about similarities between the recent housing crisis and the lead-up to the Great Depression (link goes to transcript). I imagine the comments were referring to the obvious similarities between those who obtained ridiculous sub-prime loans and those in the 1920s who bought stock they couldn’t afford on margin. However, Limbaugh decided that Obama’s comments were the result of a crazy “liberal education” – and even remarks how “lucky” he is that he didn’t graduate from college, thus allowing him to escape the perils of actual knowledge.

To prove his point, Rush says he did some Google searches for “Great Depression” and then proceeds to attack each of the results as liberal propaganda. Because we all know that college professors teach straight off of Google results pages. So my friend is listening and hears something rather striking… the name of one of our mutual colleagues – Paul Alexander Gusmorino (”The Third!” – I love the way Limbaugh says that).

Limbaugh found among the top results an essay written by Paul, entitled “The Main Causes of the Great Depression,” (link goes to essay). He quotes Paul’s essay and refutes each of its claims, dissecting them as if they were part of a Harvard professor’s lecture on the subject. He doesn’t pull any punches either. “Mr. Gusmorino, you better check Karl Marx and see if you plagiarized him in putting this piece together.”

Click here for the punchline.

-mg

Summing up McCain’s plan for Iraq.

May 17, 2008 in Uncategorized

Passing along Matt Yglasias passing along this:

Commenter Goethian reviews McCain’s new Pony Plan for Iraq:

1. Get elected
2. ???
3. Victory!

Makes it easy to cram for questions, I guess.

-jb

Gotta love this:)

May 17, 2008 in Barack Obama, Election crap

Republicans are getting really nervous lately, for things are not as they have been ad nauseum.

Some analysts suggest that North Carolina and Virginia may even be within reach for the Democratic nominee, and they point to the surprising result in a Congressional special election in Mississippi this week as an indicator of things to come.

With the strong support of black voters, a conservative white Democrat, Travis W. Childers, scored an upset victory in that race, in a district held by Republicans since 1995. Kelvin Buck, a black state representative who helped the Childers campaign, said he saw a “level of enthusiasm and energy” that he had not seen before from black voters — significantly motivated, he said, by a recent Republican anti-Obama campaign.

Supposedly safe Republican elections are falling out of their hands. Bush is trying the usual horseshit and getting clobbered immediately back by Obama, which is fucking terrific news for Democrats in November. The more Obama is seen as running against Bush, the more clearly the lines are drawn for Americans. And John McCain is helplessly pinned, forced to come out defending Bush and making Obama’s case to America that he represents a continuation of Bush’s policies. The election is Obama’s if he can keep talking like this:

“What’s reckless is continuing the Bush-McCain foreign policy that has cost us thousands of lives and a trillion dollars in Iraq, strengthened Iran, enabled Hamas to take Gaza, took our eye off al Qaeda, failed to capture Osama bin Laden, failed to finish the job in Afghanistan, and left us less safe and less respected in the world. No amount of utterly predictable fear-mongering and tough talk can change the fact that John McCain is running to continue the most disastrous foreign policy in recent American history,” said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.

And, of course, once again McCain is caught doing something the GOP just hates to death, flip-flopping. He simply cannot hide that he did not think a few years ago the things he supposedly thinks today, and that he wants to have it both ways: George Bush’s boy for the base, and the straight-talkin’ maverick for the independents. In the end, he can make neither happy. He can’t escape the fact that a few years ago he thought Bush was dumb as a stump, and now he’s forced to get Bush’s back every time Obama fires off a few shots.

Obama just took down Bill and Hillary Clinton. After that dogfight, taking on Bush and McCain, people he has much sharper differences with and dramatically stronger arguments against, is a fight he’s apparently been eager to dive into.

“The debate we’re going to be having with John McCain is how do we understand the blend of military action to diplomatic action that we are going to undertake,” he said. “I constantly reject this notion that any hint of strategies involving diplomacy are somehow soft or indicate surrender or means that you are not going to crack down on terrorism. Those are the terms of debate that have led to blunder after blunder.”

Obama said he found that the military brass thinks the way he does: “The generals are light-years ahead of the civilians. They are trying to get the job done rather than look tough.”

I asked him if negotiating with a theocratic/ideological power like Iran is different from negotiating with a nation that’s primarily pursuing material interests. He acknowledged that “If your opponents are looking for your destruction it’s hard to sit across the table from them,” but, he continued: “There are rarely purely ideological movements out there. We can encourage actors to think in practical and not ideological terms. We can strengthen those elements that are making practical calculations.”

In this fight, Obama is able to float like a butterfly and sting like a Gatling gun. As he continues, virtually able to strike at will, I’m suspecting America will enjoy cheering him on greatly.

-jb

Civil rights victory in California

May 15, 2008 in teh gay

Sorry, gay haters, but courts do have this unfortunate tendency to protect individual rights rather than defend irrational prejudice

In a monumental victory for the gay rights movement, the California Supreme Court overturned a voter-approved ban on gay marriage Thursday in a ruling that would allow same-sex couples in the nation’s biggest state to tie the knot.

Domestic partnerships are not a good enough substitute for marriage, the justices ruled 4-3 in striking down the ban.

Outside the courthouse, gay marriage supporters cried and cheered as the news spread.

Jeanie Rizzo, one of the plaintiffs, called Pali Cooper, her partner of 19 years, and asked, “Pali, will you marry me?”

“This is a very historic day. This is just such freedom for us,” Rizzo said. “This is a message that says all of us are entitled to human dignity.”

Of course we are. In the most pleasant part of this news, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger vows to remain passive.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has twice vetoed legislation that would’ve granted marriage rights to same-sex couples, said in a news release that he respected the court’s decision and “will not support an amendment to the constitution that would overturn this state Supreme Court ruling.”

Earlier today I wrote that gay equality would never come at the hands of a Republican, but every day there are signs that Republicans are realizing they have to change the game or go extinct. The person who does something active to bring equality to America certainly won’t be representing what is known as today’s GOP, it is possible that an (R) might be sitting next to their name. I overlooked the more libertarian-oriented wing of the GOP. Schwarzenegger didn’t do anything to bring this about, but executives can accomplish a lot through passivity. It is to be commended.

-jb

Big surprise.

May 15, 2008 in Clueless Conservatives

The economic gurus over at Common Sense Political Thought have figured out the cause behind increasing fossil fuel prices. What do you think it is? If you guessed librulz you’d be correct! There’s so much wrong with this post that it’s difficult to know where to start.

I can’t wait until next winter when home heating oil will be $3.00++++ What will low income people do who heat with oil? Oh, the Dims will let the tin horn dictator Chavez show them up by offering cheap oil. So far it is known that there are proven oil fields of billions of barrel of oil within the USA. It’s just that the Dims and the watermelons would rather support Middle East and South American dictators than they want to represent the people. I wonder who the Dims really support? Us, or the Dictators? So far yesterday’s vote was for the dictators and the continued gouging of the public.

Where are these “billions of barrel of oil” here in the USA that I keep hearing about?

And watermelons? Is that an ad hominem?

-mg

Holy smokes, human trafficking in Iowa?

May 15, 2008 in Iowa, Local, Women

In our age of information and communication, so many can remain trapped and unable to cry out for help.

-jb

This is the truth.

May 14, 2008 in Clintonitis, Election crap

John Aravosis:

She makes me yell at the TV like she’s George Bush, and no one other than George Bush makes me yell at the TV – until now. I actually can’t stand her or her husband any more. I defended her. I defended her husband. And now I’m actually wondering if the Republicans weren’t right about them. That’s how bad she has damaged her reputation. People who actually liked you, who actually helped you, who actually defended you, LOATHE you now. Call me a Clinton-hater all you like, but people like me were the ones who had your back. And we never will again.

I will disagree with the last statement. I would again, perhaps. If Hillary Clinton were being attacked unfairly, I would defend her. But she is not being attacked unfairly. She is having the truth told to her, repeatedly.

It saddens me to think of her and Bill Clinton now, and what the future holds for them. I guess I was always neutral towards Hillary, admiring her at her best but never being particularly excited about her. But Bill, whoo boy. That one stings. I still remember the excitement I felt in 1992 when he ran against Bush I. I loved the man. I loved the way he ran the country, although I came to understand later that many of his policy decisions were heavily flawed and sacrificial of what made Democrats different from Republicans. But on the whole, it was good government that looked out for those trying to get ahead, balanced our books with long term prosperity in mind, and didn’t get us into an endless clusterfuck of a war. Bill’s intelligence was dazzling, and the nation was infused with a sense of well-being in no small part due to his skill behind the wheel. Flaws were there to be seen, no doubt, but in the end it was the first Presidency in my lifetime that I felt good about.

I don’t feel that anymore when I look at Bill today. Today he seems irrelevant and obsolete, a gas-station attendant trying to get everybody to remember when he was the Homecoming King who fucked the Prom Queen. And Hillary, who started out passionate and strong, has fulfilled her years-long mission of erasing the scars caused by her honesty and turning into the ultimate robo-candidate, a plastic automaton devoid of integrity, sensibility, or principle, existing only to pursue and accumulate power. While every once in awhile you sense her saying, “But it had to be done so I could get the things accomplished I cared about…” she revealed the damage done once she was cornered and saw defeat approaching. She had made the sacrifices necessary to be comfortable saying whatever it took to get elected, and so it became the path of least resistance.

I want to feel sympathy for Hillary and Bill now, as they look to the future and see their hopes die. I want to think of them possessed of their old humanity, and feel their frustration as they say to themselves, as I’ve often said to myself, “But I did my best…” But they sacrificed that humanity to attempt destroying a candidate who still possesses that quality.

Hillary voters, I do not know how you can continue maintaining any sense of idealism or affection for the Clintons after the past couple months. I do not know how you cannot see how she has offended the majority of Democrats and lost the race. I do not know how you can act indignant about perceived insults from Barack Obama when he has been as gracious and restrained as possible in dealing with her scorched earth campaigning. I do not know how you could let her Republican tactics turn you off on Barack so much that so many of you claim you’ll vote for McCain instead, although that is rather improbable. You people have not explained yourselves well.

But this is the time to put these things behind us. The Clintons can earn some respect back, depending on how they act over the next six months, although Hillary is clearly not ready to rehabilitate herself yet. But Barack Obama has done plenty enough to earn your respect and cooperation to put an end to the ways of George Bush and his adoring GOP. And, having defeated Hillary Clinton while polling consistently ahead of John McCain, he’s done more than enough to assuage your fears that he won’t get the job done. The time to fear and fret is over. If you make the decision to support the Democratic nominee all the way til November, it will happen. Hillary’s claims are self-fulfilling prophecies borne of no rhyme or reason. We must all put at the forefront the mission of getting a Democrat in the White House, so that we can pursue the vital work of remaining vigilant and staying on top of that Democrat to stick by us all until the last day of office.

-jb

Bueller? Bueller?

May 14, 2008 in Uncategorized

The GOP shites another special election in Mississippi even with the help of GOP celebrities:

Democrats picked up a northern Mississippi House seat in one of the most conservative-minded districts in the country Tuesday night — an upset that will reverberate darkly through a House Republican caucus already reeling from losses in special elections in Illinois and Louisiana. …

The results amount to a rebuke of the Republican strategy of trying nationalize the race by tying Childers to Sen. Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Obama held low approval ratings in the district, but the nearly $2 million that GOP groups poured into northern Mississippi failed to make the race a referendum on the national political landscape.

Republicans dispatched a lineup of heavy hitters in the campaign’s final week, including a pre-election stop Monday by Vice President Dick Cheney. President Bush, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and First Lady Laura Bush recorded automated calls urging voters to support Davis.

A GOP House leadership aide told Politico last week that “if we don’t win in Mississippi, I think you are going to see a lot of people running around here looking for windows to jump out of.”

Obviously the GOP continue to believe in their own bullshit. When confronted with declining approval numbers they point to Congressional statistics and insist that the discontent is across the board. If anything, favorability of Congress suffers because voters don’t think that the Democrats do enough to combat a rubberstamp Republican congress. Here’s another clip from the article:

The results amount to a rebuke of the Republican strategy of trying to nationalize the race by tying Childers to Sen. Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Obama held low approval ratings in the district, but the nearly $2 million that GOP groups poured into northern Mississippi failed to make the race a referendum on the national political landscape.

The race wasn’t a referendum on the national political landscape but rather one on what the GOP has steadily become, embodied by President George W. Bush. NRCC Chairman John Davis said today:

“We don’t need to abandon long-held principles, but we do need to understand our shortcomings and make appropriate adjustments,” Davis wrote. “It starts with the brand, and the brand is Bush. “

Davis has been sounding the alarm for months but the question is; is anyone listening? As long as radicals like Rush Limbaugh and the online devoted remain the mouth-pieces of the GOP the party will continue to suffer losses.

-mg

Just another reminder.

May 13, 2008 in Uncategorized

Hillary Clinton’s supposed last chance:

“Michigan and Florida are key to it,” Howard Wolfson, Clinton’s communications director, said Monday.

Counting Michigan and Florida is also cheating, violating an agreement Clinton herself signed onto, one immediately null and void in her mind as soon as she won those non-legitimate elections. Of course, had Obama won either or both, either or both would immediately resume illegitimacy in the eyes of the Clinton campaign.

Don’t think Hillary Clinton is sick for power yet? Politico does the math and says that at this point counting Michigan and Florida still make Obama the winner. Clinton team’s response?

The Clinton campaign rejected the premise of Politico’s analysis, dismissing it as “artificial metrics” that “might make for interesting cocktail party conversation” but would give Obama no legitimate claim on the nomination.

Wow, good thing all Democrats are against eight more years of up-is-down politics.

-jb