Archive for October 31st, 2008

Starcraft 2: No release date in sight.

Oct 31, 2008 in Uncategorized

I’m not usually into video games but Starcraft really put the zap on me. It is by far the greatest RTS game of all time. In fact, I think that it completely destroyed my sophomore year at Iowa State. I’ve been anxiously awaiting a release date but today I stumbled across more bad news.

-mg

Another case study in rightwinger madness.

Oct 31, 2008 in Barack Obama, Clueless Conservatives, Politics

Gotta admire their work ethic, but drowning people in misinformation is merely a technique, and if you can make a scrap of sense out of this fevered opus on Atlas Shrugged, you need to go to a psychiatrist. As far as I can tell, it boils down to a constructed timeline based on requests of Barack Obama’s mother’s school records that leads us to:

…how was Ann having Barack in Honolulu in Aug 1961 AND enrolled at the U of Washington the same month?

Call me nuts, but I’m pretty sure they had airplanes back then.

BTW, the rightwing genius answer is, “Malcolm X might be Barack Obama’s daddy.”

Take your pick.

-jb

Vote for Rob Hubler in the 5th District.

Oct 31, 2008 in Uncategorized

With all of the media attention so focused on the presidential race it’s easy to forget that Iowans have a chance to send radical ideologue Steve King packing by electing Rob Hubler. The race has been featured on DailyKos several times.

Steve King is an embarrassment to Iowa and on Tuesday the fifth district has a chance to find real representation in Rob Hubler.

-mg

Look! Journalism! Real journalism!

Oct 31, 2008 in Clueless Conservatives

Shepard Smith refuses to don the tin foil hat and instead confronts liar propagandist Joe Wurzelbacher:

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eSJuWgZGYo]

-mg

Sarah Palin: Confidence built upon ignorance.

Oct 31, 2008 in Clueless Conservatives, Sarah Palin

Oh, I know, apparently she’s not actually stupid, she just doesn’t know anything, including how to make sense. Via Balloon Juice:

Palin told WMAL-AM that her criticism of Obama’s associations, like those with 1960s radical Bill Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, should not be considered negative attacks. Rather, for reporters or columnists to suggest that it is going negative may constitute an attack that threatens a candidate’s free speech rights under the Constitution, Palin said.
“If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations,” Palin told host Chris Plante, “then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.”

This is the champion of today’s GOP. She would like to say negative things without being afraid that the media will call them negative, of course, but turning that into a First Amendment issue? Is there anything she picked up from the Constitution besides the 2nd amendment?

-jb

P.S. I will concede, however, that she could just be lying with extreme cynicism…

Activist judges!!

Oct 31, 2008 in Uncategorized

TPM has a semi-comprehensive list of failed GOP efforts to suppress votes in key swing states around the country. Some local happenings:

In Indiana, for instance, a Superior Court judge declined to support a GOP bid to shut down early voting centers in Democratic-leaning cities in Lake County, and the state Supreme Court chose not to immediately intervene.

In Wisconsin, a suit brought by Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen — which he later admitted had been requested by the Republican Party — seeking to force the state election board to re-confirm all newly registered voters was thrown out by a county court.

The list goes on. What this means is that the wingers will be dusting off that old 90’s chestnut about “activist judges” forcing their will upon the honest and decent people of America. The line was most recently trotted out to describe U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones who ruled that so called “intelligent design” could not be taught in public schools. He had to be protected by federal marshals after he issued the decision. So did Judge James Whittemore when he refused to intervene to prevent the removal of Terry Schiavo’s feeding tube. I’d like to think that those days are behind us but with the modern GOP backed into a corner they’re bound to try anything and everything.

-mg

Principles vs. Posturing

Oct 31, 2008 in Uncategorized

Let’s get down to brass tacks here. If you actually care about creating a culture of life, your candidate is Barack Obama. Of course, many present and former Catholics who deplore abortion are incapable of looking past the gore-porn of dismembered fetuses, dumpsters full of body parts, etc., and actually asking themselves “what do I care about more? the letter of the law, or the work of God?”

Because the fact is, abortion will remain legal forever. Strictures will be placed on it at the state level many times, and these strictures will be overturned every time. There are many reasons for this; the dirty little secret of the right wing is that their highest-ups would sooner die than criminalize abortion, because it would cost them a precious wedge issue. They bait-and-switch their base on this issue election after election, and it’s been working like a charm for thirty years. Any voting Republican who actually believes his party intends to take the measures necessary to reverse Roe v. Wade is tragically self-deluded. They need your donations. Your righteous indignation fills their reelection coffers.

This being the case, the committed opponent of abortion must again ask himself the question posed above. Would we like to see a world with fewer abortions in it? “Fewer” is our only option; “none” isn’t on the table. If you have the courage of your convictions and not just the intoxicating ether of your indignation, then you must then look at how best to accomplish this. It isn’t by voting in candidates who will lie to you outright about how they actually feel about the issue – like Senator McCain, a pro-choice Republican all his life until he thought he needed the votes of the evangelical base. If you actually care, you choose the effective path, not the self-righteous one. Because “there is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10), and of those who place their righteousness above the ends they purport to seek, Christ said: “Truly I say to you, they have their reward” (Matthew 6:5) – by which, reader, He means “their self-righteousness is its own, and its only, reward.”

It’s popular among many neo-conservatives to deride the social aspect of Christ’s ministry – to minimize His love of the poor and his compassion for the suffering. But let them all note the following. Christ didn’t do anything through the Sanhedrin except throw their own words back at them. He did not attempt to overturn unjust laws. He took his case to the sick and the downtrodden, and they recognized in Him their hope and their salvation. If His cause is yours, your candidate is the one whose presidency will reduce the perceived need for abortion by those who are faced with the decision. That candidate is Barack Obama. The Republicans will never, so long as you live, give up the bone they have to throw you on this question. Remove the log from your eyes, the better to help your neighbor get the splinter out of his, for Christ’s sake.

-TT

Just a friendly reminder…

Oct 31, 2008 in Clueless Conservatives, Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin is a socialist. She only calls Obama one because she doesn’t know what the word means.

“And Alaska we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs.”

Personally I think it’s the best thing about her record. Too bad she turned out to be an idiot liar who makes Bush II look like he has gravitas.

-jb