Sunday, December 14, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Paul Krugman

You know he's such a geek - and George Will should have to hold his pocket.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My Limited Belief in Democracy

I'll be honest, I believe in democracy only so much. The passing of Proposition 8 in California further challenges the limits of my trust of democracy. I cannot accept that human rights can be decided by popular vote. Your rights and mine are the exemption to a democratic vote, there should be no entity that can limit the rights of a human being. Because there are still plenty of people that don't like Jews and people with darker skin. What if they came to a majority?

The first law of my Utopia:

The rights of an individual can never be brought before the court of popular opinion.

Again, thank you Keith Olbermann for your heartfelt comments on this.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Jackass of the Week: The Mormon Church

I know I'm going to offend anyone who is Mormon with this one, but I'm right steaming pissed about the Church of Latter-day Saints' involvement with Proposition 8 in California. So let me be clear: To the Quorum of Twelve (Apostles not BSG) fuck all y'all. And you've already unintentionally damned yourselves to the moral ironies of history.

Why I'm so mad is that apparently the Mormon Church funded and coordinated the effort to get Prop 8 to pass. Actually up to 70% of the money donated was from the Mormon Church. Yes, it is true that many other religious organizations came out in favor of this measure, but none held such a coordinated effort to suppress an individual's rights.

Let us all remember that it was the Mormons that fled to Utah because they wanted to defy the marriage laws of the day. You know, they wanted to have plural marriages, still not as cool as swingers. And in the words of the John Stewart, "the suppressed have become the suppressors." Then again the Mormon Church is no stranger to this these are the same people that that those with dark skin had the mark of Cain.

But the moral of of the story? Don't mess with the gay and lesbian community. They are going to take this with a grain of salt. We're talking about what were previously legal marriages. People have worked hard to say that, to publicly and legally declare they love a person for life. So make some noise and sign this petition:
Mormons Stole Our Rights
Or donate:
Invalidate Prop 8!
Or be a real dick like me and challenge the Mormon Church's tax exempt status:
Section 501(c)(3) of US Code Title 26

Fact is, when a religious organization is willing to go that far to influence elections they are either a lobbying firm or a political action committee. And should be treated as such: tax the fuckers. I pray the ACLU takes up the cause, but if there is anyone with more lawyers than that ACLU it's probably the Mormon Church.

I don't want one person to tell me that marriage is between a man and a woman. Frankly, these people do not have a basic grasp of history. Marriage is as old as the Egyptian empire-so if you want to say it's religious fine, but then you have to recognize that damn crazy Egyptian paganism as a legitimate religion. Oh, also the paganism of the Celts, Romans, Vikings, Greeks so on and so forth. Marriage in actuality was a legal practice. Marriages were usually arranged and what was concerned was the woman's dowry. I'll stop boring you with the history. Fact is marriage is a legal term.

You may want to tell me that it is religious. Regardless you would be picking and choosing what parts of the Bible you want to follow. You also should not eat shellfish. Or play football. Sorry Bringham Young scrap that football program.

Yes, I feel I'm justifiably angry. I cannot watch people lose their rights and stand idly by. Fact is I'm not even gay, but I don't think that matters. The Mormon Church has a right to practice their religion, but not suppress the rights of others. I'll be honest I was happy and proud when the ACLU defended the people of Yearning for Zion compound. The rights of all must be defended.

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I was not a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

- Martin Niemöller

I Love Philly

We get a bad rap, but Philly is just awesome:

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Why This Picture is the Most Important of the Election

This was taken in St. Louis, Missouri on October 18th. In the foreground on the right, there is a small stage, occupied by the slender frame of Barrack Obama. In the distance is the St. Louis Courthouse, a remnant of days past. I say this, because it was in that very courthouse that the case of Dred Scott v. Sanford was tried. Where it was declared those of African descent could never be citizens of the United States.

Well, how far we have come.

And the Right...

And the Right was exercised tonight.

Yes we can... Yes we did.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Halloween

As I recall, liberals are supposedly unapproachable pompous pricks. And we believe that we are intellectually superior, blah, blah, and so forth. Hey at least we don't pull shit like this:

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Yeah.

This reminds me of a guy I once knew.

See more Thomas Haden Church videos at Funny or Die

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Survey Time

Okay all. Time to take a quick survey!

A research team from the Psychology Department at New York University, headed by Professor Yaacov Trope and supported by the National Science Foundation, is investigating the cognitive causes of voting behavior, political preferences, and candidate evaluations throughout the course of the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. This stage of the study focuses on the information people use to inform evaluations during the last few weeks before the election. They seek respondents of all political leanings from all over the country (and from the rest of the world) to complete a 15-minute questionnaire, the responses to which will be completely anonymous.

http://www.psychsurveys.org/brietruesdell/2008elections

Check it.

Wassup 2008

Hey remember those dumb Budweiser ads? The Wassup Guys are back.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Seriously, Don't Vote



Goddamn Jonah Hill is funny.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Poor Poor Palin



I know conservatives consider CNN pretty liberal, but I think they're pretty even sided. Regardless this is pretty damning.

Okay, She's Hot

Monday, September 22, 2008

The One Question Someone Needs to Ask John McCain

It is not quite hard to play "stump-the-candidate" as Sarah Palin called it, while being stumped. But McCain, and apparently all Republicans cannot grasp economics. I never want to hear the phrase free-market economy from the right ever again. Really, people who still believe in it should get a CAT scan and a full psychological evaluation. Without going further off into a tangent the question I want asked:

After we drill, drill, drill, and have barreled the between 20 to 60 billions barrels of oil... Then what? Let me clarify, let's say when all is said and done it cost ten dollars to produce one barrel of oil. Then it goes to the market. At which point China (being communist) could offer to buy it all for fifty dollars a barrel. Oil sell for what Wall Street says it will sell. If someone is willing to buy it for a hundred dollars that's what it's selling for. Saudi Arabia can produce a barrel of oil for something like three dollars. It still is selling high. Industries in the free market will attempt to manipulate said market to get the best bang for the buck. Usually with disastrous results - Mortgage crisis.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Random Thoughts Today

1. Todd Palin refused to testify after being served a subpoena. I thought the Palin administration was going to cooperate fully with the investigation, now they've change their tune because of "partisanship." Really? Republicans voted for this investigation as well. They're stalling until after election. They might not have anything to hide, but it sure as hell seems like it. Todd Palin is a fucking coward and so is Sarah, the last people I'd like in the White House.

It does bother me that she abused her executive power, but these grudges happen all the time in state and local governments. It just kill me that her husband was invited into the meetings with Walt Monegan. He's not a government official, therefore, he shouldn't be there, at all. Put his ass on the stand. Unfortunately, he can refuse for months without punishment. I forgot Republicans don't give a damn about the integrity of the legal system.

2. McCain doesn't know that Spain is in Europe, or in Nato, or one of out best allies, or very supportive of our "War on Terror." I'm sorry but he's a senile as Regan was in his last term.

3. McCain has a new ad:



He lies about raising taxes. I love the smug, "I've taken on tougher guys than this before." Sorry, I still see some Bush brown on your nose. Why do you want a liar and spineless man to be President?

4. Palin called it a Palin-McCain administration. I don't know why anyone is surprised. Her supporters secretly want her to be the President. That means someone has to get out of the way. They're hoping that old age starts to kick in.

5. A real Maverick.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Go Joe Go

A little older:



Two great lines: "What do you talk about when you have nothing to say? What do you talk about when you can't explain the last eight years of failure?"

Quoting: "'Give 'em Hell Harry.''I'm not going to give 'em Hell, I'll give them the truth and they'll think it's Hell.'"

And Today:

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Atomically Liberal Shop!

The Atomically Liberal Political Shop is open for business!

The Shop

Another Lazy Sunday

Again I'm lazy so here's a great article, by Michael Seitzman posted a few days ago and I just found it, go me.

Sarah Palin Naked

An interesting article by Alec MacGillis:

As Mayor...

I'm totally addicted to the Huffington Post. Thank you Adam McKay:

We're Gonna Frickin' Lose this Thing

Best Line: "Think this is some opinion being wryly posited to titillate other bloggers and inspire dialogue with Tucker Carlson or Gore Vidal? Fuck that. Four corporations own all the TV channels. All of them."

I agree with Karl Rove. WTF?

Interesting video on John McCain's health records at Brave New:

John McCain's Health

Tina Fey

Friday, September 12, 2008

Facts for Chuck Norris

Robert Bateman scores one in this great read:

"Facts for Chuck Norris"

Best line: "He is funny, of course, right up until the point when he claims to have done "two tours in Iraq." At that point he just pisses me off."

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

Part Four

Again, lazy, but I'm not doing part four because it's bullshit, pure and simple. I'm sick of it. But the Obama campaign is not feed up. Obama, while charming and nice, is not stepping up. This is a culture war and we as liberals and Democrats have to fight back. For once we cannot play defense it is time to play hardball. Obama needs to say Palin is a liar, because she is. Say she's a sham, a hack, a corrupt business-as-usual politician - because she is.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

An Analysis of Sarah Palin's Speech: Part Three

Part three rolling out.

1. I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history.

And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.

That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart.

Analysis

Wait! I thought you reformed big oil... private-sector... It's not done yet? Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

2. The stakes for our nation could not be higher.

Analysis

You're damn right they couldn't be. Which is why you are the wrong person for the job.

3. When a hurricane strikes in the Gulf of Mexico, this country should not be so dependent on imported oil that we are forced to draw from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Analysis

This just proves she's and idiot. Yes, oil is imported from New Orleans, but the major cause of disruption is the oil drilling facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. There's over 4,000 of them. Hurricanes wreck havoc on them. Those are not foreign oil sources, many are American.

4. And families cannot throw away more and more of their paychecks on gas and heating oil.

Analysis

Gas prices are coming down, because of something remarkable, people are driving less. Which they should be. Any energy plan (including Obama's) that doesn't start with energy waste reduction isn't and energy plan. Walk more, take the bus. Live closer to work. Besides gas and oil are contributing to global warming, which will only increase energy demand. Vicious cycle, break it now.

Most people don't realize that going green is not a question of how. Going to the moon was a question of how... The technology did not exist we invented it. Green technology is here. The question is when... When will it be put to good use? Not with Sarah Palin.

5. With Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucasus, and to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon, we cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.

To confront the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of world energy supplies ... or that terrorists might strike again at the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia ... or that Venezuela might shut off its oil deliveries ... we Americans need to produce more of our own oil and gas.

Analysis

Really do you need to do a little more saber rattling? We're not going to attack Russia over oil, well you might.

6. And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: we've got lots of both.

Analysis

Actually, we only have 3% of the world's oil under our feet, but one of the best wind corridors for natural wind energy. Plenty of desert space for solar power.

7. Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems - as if we all didn't know that already.

But the fact that drilling won't solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.

Analysis

No, you misheard us. It won't solve any of our problems, just make it worse.

8. Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we're going to lay more pipelines ... build more new-clear plants ... create jobs with clean coal ... and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources.

We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers. I've noticed a pattern with our opponent.

Maybe you have, too.

Analysis

Obama has promised more energy, with more American jobs. Except the energy is green and doesn't pander to the oil companies that have enslaved us.

9. We've all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers.

And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.

But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate.

Analysis

Flat out fucking lie. Obama authored a major bipartisan bill. And a list of bills he sponsored. Many passed and expired, but it is to be expected from a junior Senator. What are Palin's stunning legislative accomplishments? Wait she was an executive, never mind.

10. This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed ... when the roar of the crowd fades away ... when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot - what exactly is our opponent's plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger ... take more of your money ... give you more orders from Washington ... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it.

Analysis

I'm almost sick of talking about Iraq. There cannot be a victory, we are not fighting a clear enemy. Terrorists lurk in the shadows and underground. The are not a country that will surrender or admit defeat. We'll never kill them all.

Cloud of rhetoric? Wait, what is this called? When the roar of the crowd fades away when does this speech become about what to do rather than a hit job on Obama? If you want to talk about contrived showmanship you can blame the RNC as well.

Obama's been explicitly clear on what he wants to accomplish, so much that any supporter could talk about it in their sleep. Make government bigger? No, that's what Bush did. Cutting 95% of the people taxes is taking their money? Where you removing math books from the library?

Give more orders from Washington? You want to tell woman what to do with their own bodies. Reduce the strength of America? Listen, the military is strained to the limit. We don't have the strength we once had, Republicans made it weaker.

Obama doesn't want more energy? If you really can't follow a thirty second spot on his plan, you don't have the attention span we need for a president.

11. Victory in Iraq is finally in sight ... he wants to forfeit

Analysis

No, he wants to bring our troops home responsibly. As the Iraqi government has asked us to do. I though the plan was to turn their country over to them. Well they've asked for the keys, time to let them drive.

12. Terrorist states are seeking new-clear weapons without delay ... he wants to meet them without preconditions.

Analysis

It's called diplomacy, try it sometime.

13. Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... he's worried that someone won't read them their rights? Government is too big ... he wants to grow it.

Analysis

Sadly, Palin demonstrates her complete lack of understanding of the U.S. legal system. We're not reading them their rights. I'm not explaining the subtleties of it here. Actually, Republicans have been growing the government.

14. Congress spends too much ... he promises more.

Taxes are too high ... he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.

Analysis

No, he will let the tax cuts for the rich expire, because guess what? The gravy train is over. He wants to spend more on things like health care and eduction, not guns and wars.

Yeah, going to part four.

An Analysis of Sarah Palin's Speech - Part Two

Here's part two.

1. [Referring to people in small towns] I grew up with those people.

They are the ones who do some of the hardest work in America ... who grow our food, run our factories, and fight our wars.

They love their country, in good times and bad, and they're always proud of America. I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town.

Analysis

What... the... fuck? There are factories in big cities. People from cities enlist in the military. I like to think most Americans work pretty damn hard: whether they are in the city or country, blue-collar or white-collar. I also like to think we all love our country. You know the twin towers were located in New York City. I think New Yawkers love there country just as much as you do. Except for the fact you wanted to succeed from the country you love so much.

I lived most of my life in a small suburb of a big city. Not quite a small town, but roughly the same amount of residents as Wasilla, AK. The people in the cities and suburbs love their country as well. But some of us are not proud. How can anyone be proud of Bush and the GOP's corruption?

2. I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids' public education better.

Analysis

Try funding it. Whereas "No Child Left Behind" had the governing philosophy of well if we leave them all behind it really doesn't count.

3. When I ran for city council, I didn't need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too.

Analysis

I know most of my hometown too. Not all 8,000 residents but enough of them to get a good feel for the community. I'm sure you did this too. The U.S. has 300 million residents. Polling helps gauge "what the people want." Listening is not something you seem to do well.

4. Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.

And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves.

Analysis

No, we don't look down on it, we think you served your community honorably. But being the executive of a small town is not the same as President, executive of the country, leader of the free world.

5. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening.

We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.

Analysis

Well, by now you should have seen how I feel about community organizing. But I'd just like to point out that Jesus was community organizer. Pontius Pilate was a Prefect, that is a Roman Governor.

Oh, and Obama made a gaffe. I think we should be able to forgive him for it, you know like our religion dictates.

6. As for my running mate, you can be certain that wherever he goes, and whoever is listening, John McCain is the same man.

Analysis

Actually, he's changed a lot to secure this nomination, for the mere sake of political immediacy.

7. I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I've learned quickly, these past few days, that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.

Analysis

No, you are just unqualified. There's a difference between qualified and experience. Experience comes from years on the job, which neither of you have much of. Qualifications are recommendations and achievements done that show you can perform a task. Obama is a lawyer, an expert on constitutional law. Palin could not even figure out what the Vice President does, which is clearly outlined by the Twelfth Amendment.

8. But here's a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion - I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.

Analysis

A majority of us want us out of this war. And it seems like you mingled with enough right people to get a VP nomination. You know, because you weren't even on the short list.

And if you are not part of Washington, why did you have Matthew Scully write your speech. If you don't know who he is that's a George W.'s speechwriter.

9. Politics isn't just a game of clashing parties and competing interests.

Analysis

You're right, with Republicans it's a fucking war.

10. The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it.

Analysis

Like George W. Bush did? Because let's be honest you're giving us four more years of the same. Actually, you'll probably make it worse.

11. No one expects us to agree on everything.

But we are expected to govern with integrity, good will, clear convictions, and ... a servant's heart.

Analysis

Integrity? You're under investigation and took so many earmarks you make Ted Stevens look like a joke. A servant... Like a community organizer is a servant of the community.

12. I pledge to all Americans that I will carry myself in this spirit as vice president of the United States. This was the spirit that brought me to the governor's office, when I took on the old politics as usual in Juneau ... when I stood up to the special interests, the lobbyists, big oil companies, and the good-ol' boys network.

Sudden and relentless reform never sits well with entrenched interests and power brokers. That's why true reform is so hard to achieve.

But with the support of the citizens of Alaska, we shook things up.

Analysis

You love big oil. Your husband works for big oil. Spirit? Your spirit is tainted.

13. And in short order we put the government of our state back on the side of the people.

I came to office promising major ethics reform, to end the culture of self-dealing. And today, that ethics reform is the law.

While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for.

That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay.

Analysis

So what? You're going to sell Air Force One? I could think of a few ways to make it more effective. Give it to the National Guard. Convert it to fight forest fires.

14. I also drive myself to work.

And I thought we could muddle through without the governor's personal chef - although I've got to admit that sometimes my kids sure miss her. I came to office promising to control spending - by request if possible and by veto if necessary.

Senator McCain also promises to use the power of veto in defense of the public interest - and as a chief executive, I can assure you it works.

Analysis

It looks like you've abused your line-item veto to pass what you like and what you don't. Which, frankly is too much power for one person to have. Which is why it was taken away from the President. I'm glad you drive yourself to work and I'm sure you and your husband are fine cooks.

15. Our state budget is under control.

Analysis

You passed the largest budget in state history.

16. We have a surplus.

And I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending: nearly half a billion dollars in vetoes.

I suspended the state fuel tax, and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress.

I told the Congress "thanks, but no thanks," for that Bridge to Nowhere.

Analysis

You cut mostly local construction projects as I noted in my Jackass column. And you also kept the Federal money for that bridge. It was more of a, "thanks, I'll just take this and do what I want with it."

17. If our state wanted a bridge, we'd build it ourselves. When oil and gas prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, I sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged - directly to the people of Alaska.

And despite fierce opposition from oil company lobbyists, who kind of liked things the way they were, we broke their monopoly on power and resources.

As governor, I insisted on competition and basic fairness to end their control of our state and return it to the people.

Analysis

I like competition, but how about moving to green energy?

This might go to four parts... Part three is on its way.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Spot On

An Analysis of Sarah Palin's Speech - Part One

As promised, here is a thorough analysis of Governor Sarah Palin's speech delivered last night.

1. Mr. Chairman, delegates, and fellow citizens: I am honored to be considered for the nomination for Vice President of the United States...

I accept the call to help our nominee for president to serve and defend America.

I accept the challenge of a tough fight in this election... against confident opponents ... at a crucial hour for our country.

And I accept the privilege of serving with a man who has come through much harder missions ... and met far graver challenges ... and knows how tough fights are won - the next president of the United States, John S. McCain.

Analysis

Well, this is all good.

2. It was just a year ago when all the experts in Washington counted out our nominee because he refused to hedge his commitment to the security of the country he loves.

With their usual certitude, they told us that all was lost - there was no hope for this candidate who said that he would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war.

Analysis

Those same experts would be right, but McCain changed a lot of a opinions. The police action in Iraq has started to go better. And guess what? They've asked us to leave, on a time line, which was a Democrat demand. The forgotten military action, Afghanistan, has not gone as well, but guess who was right about that? Obama, when he said we should send two more combat brigades to Afghanistan.

3. But the pollsters and pundits overlooked just one thing when they wrote him off.

They overlooked the caliber of the man himself - the determination, resolve, and sheer guts of Senator John McCain. The voters knew better.

Analysis

He flip-flops fast enough to break John Kerry's neck.

4. And maybe that's because they realize there is a time for politics and a time for leadership ... a time to campaign and a time to put our country first.

Analysis

So this speech will bridge the gap between liberal and conservative in our country? No, this ends up being the same divisive politics Republicans are known for and I hope most people are sick of.

5. Our nominee for president is a true profile in courage, and people like that are hard to come by.

Analysis

I'll give you one - Barrack Obama's mother.

6. He's a man who wore the uniform of this country for 22 years, and refused to break faith with those troops in Iraq who have now brought victory within sight.

And as the mother of one of those troops, that is exactly the kind of man I want as commander in chief. I'm just one of many moms who'll say an extra prayer each night for our sons and daughters going into harm's way.

Our son Track is 19.

And one week from tomorrow - September 11th - he'll deploy to Iraq with the Army infantry in the service of his country.

My nephew Kasey also enlisted, and serves on a carrier in the Persian Gulf.

My family is proud of both of them and of all the fine men and women serving the country in uniform. Track is the eldest of our five children.

Analysis

Good, say a prayer for Beau Biden. It's ironic, that his service was only alluded to, never explicitly mentioned by himself or his father. You know why? Because they have something called humility.

7. In our family, it's two boys and three girls in between - my strong and kind-hearted daughters Bristol, Willow, and Piper.

And in April, my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. From the inside, no family ever seems typical.

That's how it is with us.

Our family has the same ups and downs as any other ... the same challenges and the same joys.

Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge.

Analysis

I will not attack this woman's family.

8. And children with special needs inspire a special love.

To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters.

I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.

Analysis

I call bullshit! She cut special education in her state by 62% in two years.

9. Todd is a story all by himself... She continues about her family. Again, a good story and I'm not even going there.

10. A writer observed: "We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty, sincerity, and dignity." I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Truman.

Analysis

You mean the Democrat Harry Truman? The one who helped found NATO? The UN? Used the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe? Desegregate the military? Helped established Israel? He did have unpopular ratings, but now is ranked as one of the top ten Presidents? Yeah, Democrat!

Okay, to be fair he did plenty I disagree with.

Part two coming soon.

First Thoughts: Sarah Palin Typical Republican

I've had a night wracked with nightmares of the McCain/Palin ticket actually taking the White House. I think it was brought on by her speech, which one writer, Michael Landauer, described as, "It was 10 percent a family history, 10 percent a homage to McCain and 80 percent a schoolyard attack on Obama." I think she knowingly has fired up her base, but unknowingly infuriated her opponent's. She asked a question of the difference between a bulldog and a hockey mom, which the answer was lipstick. Honestly, Palin is better looking than a bulldog.

Regardless, I found the speech to be typical of a Republican, lie your way through it and suck up. It was the same divisive rhetoric we hear again and again from the right. I will, for kicks, do a line by line of her speech in three parts. I want to highlight what I mean by lies and sucking up.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Jackasses of the Week: McCain Palin Ticket

Okay, I'm a complete asshole for this, but you already knew that. I know I should not go after Sarah Palin, in my usual ruthless manner, because she really seems like a nice woman. She has, along with John McCain, made herself an easy target. And I'm a lazy sniper.

I was watching the nomination announcement and my first reaction, along with 78.2%* of the country's reaction was what the fuck? The Governor of Alaska? Then the credentials just floored me. She has five kids, likes to hunt and fish, and is for oil drilling. I never understood how outdoors people want big oil to rape the land that they hunt on. Then again, they could be lazy like me. Less land = easier to kill more deer. But that's fucking IT? And you dare call Obama inexperienced? You can't say that when you've picked a former beauty queen/hockey mom from Alaska, that has roughly 500 days as Governor.

How do you pick someone that isn't even on your short list? Or that you've met once?! I guess McCain is using the G-W estimator on character. He lays out pictures on his floor, blindfolds himself and whichever one he pisses on gets it. John Roberts or Harriet Myers? Piss test.

Then, I read her "biography." She was a mayor of some little town in Alaska. This is honorable work and I do love a long shot like that becoming a governor. But her big accomplishment as mayor? Cutting property taxes, raising the sales tax, and building an indoor hockey rink. Apparently, it is really hard to freeze ice for hockey in Alaska.

Oh I almost forgot the little bit of controversy when she took the office of mayor. She fired the police chief. The chief later sued her saying he was fired for political reasons (he supported the "other guy"). The case was dismissed because, the judge ruled that Palin had the right under state law to fire city employees, even for political reasons. Really? I didn't know democracy worked like that.

Republicans are supposed to spend less money, yet she passed the largest budget in state history. Meanwhile, she used her veto power to make the second largest construction cuts in Alaska's history at $237 million. You know the famous "Bridge-to-fucking-nowhere?" She actually supported that, then canceled it, and then kept the federal money for it.

Apparently, she is looking to reduce greenhouse emissions in Alaska, but won't admit the problem is man-made. Yet, she wants oil and natural gas development in Alaska. She also sued Dirk Kempthorne because he tried to get polar bears declared as an endangered species. She was afraid that it would curb oil and natural gas development in the region.

I'm not even going to mention why she's under investigation. Sarah Palin, I'm sorry, but you are a Jackass and so is McCain for nominating you.

P.S. I love how you stole the "Country First" slogan, after Obama used it the previous night.

*Complete bullshit.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Jackass of the Week: Debra Bartoshevich

You might be wondering who the hell is Debra Bartoshevich? Well going against my better judgment, I will tell you. I shouldn't because she's about as insignificant as I am. She is a former Clinton delegate who is proudly voting for John McCain. As shown here:



Yes, I'm being lazy (obvious I haven't written for a month) and this is an easy target. In fact, I'm going to type this with my dick. So let's just go in chronological order.

1. "I'm a proud Hillary Clinton Democrat"

Well there's your first problem no? All of you need to get over the fact that you lost. It happens. 18 million? Come on did we run around yelling 54 million after Kerry lost? You look like assholes.

2. "I'm supporting a Republican, John McCain"

If it were Arlen Specter I would forgive you. Anyone else who ran for President? Fucking whack jobs. Noun-verb-9/11 Guiliani? Mr. Perfect-Megan's-Law Romney? Crazy-eye-Fuckabee? And who is the presumptive nominee you're supporting? McCain, who is crazier that a shit-house rat.

3. "I respect his maverick and independent streak"

A guy who votes along with Bush's failed policies 95% of the time is no maverick. That's just brown-nosing.

4. "... A lot of Democrats will vote McCain. It's okay really."

No, it's not. Period. This man might appoint three Supreme Court Justices. That is not okay. You know what else isn't? Being a sore loser. Oh, and claiming to be a Democrat.

McCain learned from the best. Swift boating works, these "Democrats-voting-McCain" are a clever plant by the Republican side. It's bullshit. Don't let them divide our party. Debra is just one of many Jackasses. For shits and giggles I might just run you all through the ringer.

A side note:


A longer version

Faux News... Again.

I love the portrayal of "Democrats."



Here's what wasn't shown on air:



Okay, these people are generally not Democrats. They are protesting the Democratic Convention. Many are greens and far left liberals. Doing yet another suicide campaign attempt. But Faux News proves yet again how dumb they are, so, it's funny.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I Never Thought I'd Say This...

I actually respect Paris Hilton for this:

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Stupid Russians

Yesterday, my boy, John McCain said: “I was concerned about a couple of steps that the Russian government took in the last several days. One was reducing the energy supplies to Czechoslovakia.” McCain, ever the sharp Maverick, was attempting to let the Russians know that this effort to go green was a load of shit. Russia was pretending to subjugate the Czechoslovakians to reduced energy in the unflinching Russian effort to go green. Everyone knows, Russia does not supply energy to Czechoslovakia.

Fucking Russians-what morons. Do they thing John McCain is stupid and cannot see through their political trickery? Well, McCain with his razor sharp intellect, showed he is the finest tuned bullshit detector in America and called the Russians out. This man is the Maverick! This man has the balls to stand up to Russia! This man has no fucking clue Czechoslovakia doesn't exist!

After a correction by his staff in a newletter, he said it again!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Interesting Post

Q has an interesting post over at his blog, The Quarreyman's Plastic Wings. Very thought-provoking and just gets you thinking about how violence subversively permeates American culture. I always enjoyed being told I was not a true American because I'd rather go to a jazz festival than a NFL game. Jazz is more "American" than football will ever be (I still like football). I know many criticize NASCAR, but "Cars" was a great movie.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Jackass of the Week: Pat Buchanan

I decided not to go for the obvious choice of Jesse Jackson. Why might you ask? Well, quite frankly, he's an asshole and you expect him to say stupid things. It's a different story when you can say a whole ton of stupid things and compile them into a book. That person is Pat Buchanan who wrote, "Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War." Yes, conservatives now believe that defeating Nazism was "unnecessary." Yes, I'm sure my grandfather, uncle, and the "greatest" generation will be glad to know everything they sacrificed was "unnecessary." Buchanan never had all his marbles, but now we know he's just another crazy fucking prick.

Buchanan argues several points in his book:

"* Britain in both years ought to have stayed out of quarrels on the European mainland.
* That Winston Churchill was the principal British warmonger on both occasions.
* The United States was needlessly dragged into war on both occasions (1914 & 1939).
* That the Holocaust of European Jewry was as much the consequence of an avoidable war as it was of Nazi racism."*

Just like Buchanan, I went to Catholic School all my life, and they actually taught something called history. Not, "I write books while doing LSD and looking at what I just did in the toilet." Regardless, it is easy to see how a conservative came to this conclusion (beyond the conservatives are usually fucking morons argument). The Second World War was a success for Democrats and re-cemented FDR as one of our greatest Presidents (Whipping The Great Depression was his first cementing). And they really don't want to admit Democrats have ever done anything right. Conservatives also like to consistently re-imagine history: 9-11 was God's wrath, Reagan was a good President, we were founded to be a Christian Nation. So why not rewrite The Second World War.

On Laura Ingraham (I listened again) today, Buchanan stated Hitler wanted "peace and friendship." He also wanted people to appreciate his art, which sucked. Also, the conditions of his friendship blew. Hitler wrote this on a napkin and had it passed around during one of those European power house mixers:

1. You have to wear a mustache (French are sold).
2. I take your land.
3. I lock up Jews.
4. When I take over Russia, I ass-rape Stalin and you have to bear witness (Brits out, French still in).
5. Mimes will be shot on sight (French out).

Buchanan is also against the war in Iraq, but for torture, so Gitmo is just swell. Buchanan finish this analogy for me: Gitmo : Iraq :: Auschwitz : ______. Yes, on Ingraham he mentioned that Hitler killed the Jews because he, "saw the end coming." But locking up all the Jews beforehand was doing the world a favor by Buchanan's standards. That's like a scene in a movie where the bad guy kills one of the good guys, because the other one wouldn't spill the beans. Yeah, it's the other good guy's fault, not the guy who pulled the trigger.

How about everything Hitler said in "Mein Kampf?" Oh, I suppose that was just him venting. You know what? I'd rather read "Mein Kampf" than this garbage Buchanan calls history. I just read the good parts from various articles. By good parts I mean actual historians making fun of parts of the book.

Buchanan also points out that Germany didn't have a war from 1871 to 1914. So they are not really that bad, because several other countries had wars during this time. 1871 was the end of the Franco-Prussian War, the one where Germany bullied France and stole two provinces. From 1871 to 1914 Germany spent time re-arming, building one helluva navy, and seizing colonies in Africa. Yeah, well they never declared war, they just took massive tracts of land, with force... Slaughtering people.

I wonder if Buchanan forgets Hitler's little "experiment" in Spain. The one where he supplied Franco's army in the Spanish Civil War to test out new weapons, for future campaigns. The campaigns of peace and friendship, with guns and goosestepping.

So the lessons we can surmise from Pat Buchanan's new book:

1. Fascists just want friends.
2. Okay to imprison and kill Jewish people.
3. Franco was cool.
4. Slaughtering liberals in Spain = awesome.
5. If you want to apply for Aryan membership see page 311.
6. Returning members see page 336.

I guess Hitler's Germany was a conservative wet dream. You have you average homicidal, war-mongering, maniac leader, sidelining opponents and pushing an ultra-right-wing agenda. Sounds like someone I know.

Buchanan, over the years has said many terrible things, too many to list here. I have two words for Mr. Buchanan. They are the words of his hero Gen. Douglas MacArthur in regards to military defeats, "too late." The same goes for political disasters.* On a side note, Pat's buddy Ron Paul has written his manifesto. Usually, when people write their manifestos it is time to start ignoring them.

When all is said and done, Mr. Pat Buchanan you, sir, are a Jackass.


* Christopher Hitchens, http://www.newsweek.com/id/141501/page/1

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Librarian Booted

I'm sure many of you have heard of the librarian who was removed from a McCain town hall event in Denver, Colorado. Now apparently, there was some bullshit rule about not having signs. Furthermore, the hall was rented by the McCain campaign so they can technically remove anyone they want. Yet, they billed the event, "open to the public." Oh and she still had not entered the event with the sign in question. None of the officers seemed ready to explain this rule the woman either. She was still outside the event technically on public ground. This is just typical of Republican campaigning.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Goddamn I Did It...

So, I listened to the Laura Ingraham Show today. Yes, I did, and she drives me nuts. I listen to her way more than is recommended for any sane human. I could take five minutes today... She really pissed me off about one minute into this five-minute adventure. She was attempting to belittle Rachel Maddow, who hosted Countdown last night. And by attempting I mean, like a kindergartner saying, "poop head." I, however, really think Maddow kicks ass. But what were Laura's big criticisms?

Well, for the part I listen to, Ingraham only had two:

1. Maddow smiles at inappropriate times
2. Found it ridiculous that Maddow was signed to Air America Radio for $500 million

Let me, with my limited (I mean that) insight, investigate these claims.

1. On her smile:

A. I know what you're thinking... Bill O'Reilly never smiles, except for when he's rubbing a falafel on a phone. Maybe not even then, it is merely me speculating.

B. Maddow has a pretty charming smile. Ingraham could try smiling once in a while, because charming is not something she does well.

C. Apparently, Ms. Ingraham found it too hard to follow an intellectually sound conversation and instead choose to pay attention to facial expressions.

2. The $500 million contract:

A. Actually, I could not find anything about Maddow being resigned to Air America for $500 million. I'm willing to bet it is true, I would still like the source.

B. If this is true, which let's just assume that it is, it is probably largely in stock options and futures.

C. Jealous Ms. Ingraham? This is what happens to people who are good at their job. You know: talking about a subject intelligently, backing up opinion with facts, researching a subject, not being a propaganda machine, etc. etc. People who suck at journalism work for Faux News.

D. Limbaugh only got $400 million.

I have a theory that Ingraham is just jealous of Keith Olbermann, who rumor has it, she dated. So, she is also jealous of the success of Countdown. Therefore, Maddow is part of that success so she goes down too.

All I want is for Laura Ingraham to answer me a few questions:

1. What do you rail on immigrants, mainly ones from Central American countries, and yet you adopt a young Guatemalan girl? What's wrong with American babies?

2. Where's the father in this happy family? I mean you believe in the "traditional" family right? Last time I checked that was a mother and a father (according to conservatives).

3. You're a single mother, so you can sympathize right? Oh wait, you choose to be a single mom, and you have a great deal of money, and you have a great private education... Laura word of advice: The kid won't get you laid. You still may qualify to be a MILF, but you would actually have to have sex.*

4. Why must you use your religion to prop up your political beliefs? We get it, you're a Roman Catholic. So am I, and I'm a card-carrying member of the ACLU.

In all, Laura Ingraham has had one great success of her career. She has broken, without a doubt, the glass ceiling of right-wing radio douchebaggery.

Σήμερα Σπαρτιάτης

*It's obvious you've never had good sex, otherwise you would not be so uptight.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Idealism Meets Pragmatism

Yesterday, Senator Obama, opted out of the Public Finance system of campaigning. I made the mistake of listening to conservative radio today. Of course, this was the topic of discussion. I have to admit the conservatives have a good point, but always under deeper investigation, those points fall by the wayside. Obama said he'd be willing to accept the public finance if his opponent did and he has backed out of that agreement. Let's be clear, he never promised. Another, point the right-wing media has brought up is that Obama has been dedicated to campaign finance reform and believes in, "a robust system of public financing of elections." So this strategic decision is, of course, hypocritical.

Except, not at all. The idea of public finance is to give both candidates even playing ground to get elected. John McCain has already began spending his private funds to push towards the general election. Those adds on TV are not public money. Actually, if you think about it McCain has been running a privately funded campaign since February. So Obama is merely trying to catch up. John McCain has "agreed" to public finance, but already he's seeming to sneak by it. In fact, John McCain, the Maverick of campaign finance, did not use public financing in the primary election.

Back to the "pledge." He did duck the question when asked. He agreed to use public finance if McCain would curtail the spending of the RNC to be comparable to the spending of the DNC. This, McCain would not do, because the RNC has a larger war chest and typically outspends the Democrats. In the 2004 election cycle the RNC had a war chest of $785 million compared to the $683 million the Democrats had. The Democrats will most likely be outspent by a hundred million dollars, if not more. And Mr. Maverick was all too willing to let this happen.

McCain also made a point that privately financed elections allow special interest groups to sway the elections. That is really a stretch coming from the McCain camp, with the fact they employ five times as many lobbyists as Obama does. Senator Obama has rejected money from special interest groups, while Senator McCain lets outside "527" groups do his attacking for him. At the end of the day, Obama did something, in a sense, conservative. He is not "taking" your money for his campaign. I'd think Republicans would be thrilled, they do not have to pay for his run to the White House. In all seriousness, Obama will be earning every penny from everyday people who truly support him.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

As if John McCain Needed Another Reason Not to Vote for Him

So, the McCain Girls have a new one, as if the first one wasn't bad enough. To be fair, I just want to say I'm all for making an ass of yourself. If you insist on doing it on YouTube, are actually serious about it, and then end up looking like an ass... Well get friends that will prevent you from doing this in the future.

Before we get started with my points of contempt watch the video. Warning: If you are contemplating suicide and DO NOT want to be talked out of it watch this.



Now to the points:

1. You obviously don't know how to weld. I do, quit faking it.
2. Can you sing? What key is this in?
3. No, I didn't realize you had a body double except for:
a. Different hair style
b. Different hair color
c. Ability to Dance
4. "Can cut you with his knife ... if you challenge his candidacy." You didn't just fucking say that.
5. Democrats thing he's weak? Yeah, it's called feeble minded.
6. Vietnam vet... Yeah, so was John Kerry and he was swift boated.
7. Quit the damn chicken walking. Don't try out for, "So You Think You Can Dance?" Here's a hint: you can't.
8. Again, what key is this in?
9. Try harmonizing, like you know, The Temptations?
10. Was the chick on the right even singing?
11. What was with RoboMcCain at the end? Was that the new T4 model? Darth Vader? I mean shit, the guy already talks like Dr. Evil no need to make him look worse.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

John McCain's Newest Add

I was just watching TV and John McCain's newest ad appeared. This is it:



"Only a fool or a fraud talks tough or romantically about war." Left me asking one question... George W. Bush?

Let me make my point quickly watch George Bush's speech on the opening of combat operations in Iraq.



And then what happened a few minutes before this.



To John McCain.

Dennis Kucinich... The Man

Today, Dennis Kucinich entered 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush. The Republicans mustered a measly three against President Clinton. Oh yeah, and President Andrew Johnson? Eleven. To put this in childish perspective, Bush fucked up as much as Clinton plus Johnson, times two, and then some. This will go to vote tomorrow, where it is predicted to die on the floor. Subsequently, never being heard from again.

So what?

You know how Democrats are routinely accused of being too chicken-shit to get anything done? Sometimes I agree. Not voting for and impeachment trial would be one of those times. Keith Olbermann suggested tonight that pursuing this line could potentially cost the Democrats Congress and the White House. I can imagine how this line of thought could arise. There is this idea that there are Republicans that like Obama and also are favorable to Bush. I'd like to know who is that thick? I mean still supporting Bush is one thing, but then supporting his polar opposite at the same time is another.

Now, admittedly Obama should steer clear of this endeavor. Absolutely, it could make our future President look petty. On the other hand I think it would give House Democrats resolution and courage to lead as an equal branch of government. Almost on principle the Democrats should vote for this. Everything Mr. Kucinich states are exactly the complaints we've all heard for years. Now, we can act on that.

Nothing would tarnish this administration more than an impeachment. Otherwise, this can pass into the history books which will be rethought and rewritten. Conservatives are funny that way. It is really hard to argue when they replace fact with fiction. Impeachment will make that fiction harder to create.

Thank you Dennis Kucinich for having the courage to stand up despite the consequences you may suffer.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

When a Country Yearned...

Today, forty years ago, Robert F. Kennedy was shot. He would die the following morning. This assassination has recently come back to our attention, with Mrs. Clinton bringing it up at an ill hour. Yet, we must remember the assassination Robert F. Kennedy, as Americans, not just liberals. When he was killed it seemed as if the soul of America had been bleed from it. This country on the very verge of hope, watched the dream shatter before their eyes.

I think so many remember his speech on April 4, 1968 announcing the assassination of Martin Luther King. He is attributed with single-handedly stopping a race riot in Indianapolis. The speech given there was simple and brief, yet, deeply moving. It was a heart-spoken honesty. He helped heal wounds and calmed what could have become a storm. Maybe, given the chance, he would have healed a nation. We can never know.



I think he summed up every liberal belief in his last line: "...and make gentle the life of this world."

I cannot be a biographer, but I can offer these snippets of what was once a man. But still his great spirit lives on. I think this day is of quiet remembrance of what once was and could be, but is not lost.

As Robert's Brother Ted Kennedy Eulogized:



"Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say, 'Why not?'" - George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Somebody Stop John McCain Before He Hurts Himself

I am watching John McCain address his supporters in Louisiana. I am literally sickened at his thought process. Just some points I would like to address:

He said that the government failed to help people in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. I noticed that he said government, not the Bush administration. But it was the failure of the Bush administration. One John McCain supported.

He mocked Obama and said he was not running for George W. Bush's third term. Really? Bullshit.

He talked of how he did not agree with the Bush administrations' mismanagement of the war. So why did he sit there and kiss Bush's ass? He said he was not able to stand up because it was too politically difficult. The last thing I want is a pussy for a President.

He said he was criticized by Democrats because of his "opposition" to the war. No he was criticized because he did not know his ass from his foot. And being a hypocrite.

He is trumping his "record." His record of hiring lobbyists to run his campaign.

Someone tell him to wipe that shit-eating arrogant grin off his face.

He is consistently attacking Obama without real provocation. This is the age old Republican strategy of throw shit on the wall and see what sticks. He's the same old shit-stained laundry.

McCain speaks of good economic policy. Here's one: end this trillion dollar waste of a war. Here's another: reverse the tax cuts to the wealthy. Why? Because never in American history have we ever cut taxes during a time of war. If we're really at war, quit half-assin' it.

I could go on but I want to end with one final point.

Phil Gramm is an "adviser" to John McCain. Gramm is in hot water over several issues because of his lobbyist activities. One of those things could be aiding terrorism by helping hide their money.

Oh yeah, if he's such a fucking maverick why did he have a 95% voting record with George W. Bush?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

John McCain: Worse than Bush?

Let us create a hypothetical situation: The President of the United States goes to a foreign country and attempts to kneecap members of an opposing U.S. party. Yes, to celebrate Israel's 60th anniversary our leader would give a completely irrelevant speech about how members of the Democratic party were of course Nazis. Now, speaking hypothetically, telling a group of people, who happen to be Jewish, that the second incarnation of Hitler is about to be elected would amount to... Fear mongering?

No, just being an asshole. Is George W. Bush so self absorbed that he really thought Israelites gave a shit about our elections? I mean when they are celebrating 60 years of struggling to be a nation? Well apparently, he was giving them the heads up so if the "Nazi" Democrats were elected Israel could do something about it. Like, attack us or something? This hypothetical was a reality that happened over a week ago. I still cannot make heads or tails of what point the President was getting at. It was like watching a thesis paper presentation, given by a fourth-grade special ed student on Israeli relations. Israel = Jewish... Jewish people don't like Hitler. I don't like Democrats. Democrats = Nazis. DONE!

Actually, my fiancé just informed me her third-grade special ed students are smarter than the President.

If President Bush can waltz into other countries and slander the Democratic party I don't see what is so wrong with pointing out the gross hypocrisy coming from the Republican nominee, John McCain. And I won't be committing libel, because the shit I will say is true. Actually, because I'm lazy I will let a nice little film by Robert Greenwald do it for me. If you do not know who Mr. Greenwald is, you better learn quickly. He makes excellent fact-based (really rare) documentaries. He wears the iron-heeled boot of ass-kicking truth.



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Sunday, May 18, 2008

A Comparison: Bush vs. bin Laden

I was just thinking the other day about Keith Olbermann's comments regarding Bush's "sacrifice." I realized how similar Mr. Bush and Osama bin Laden really are. So I figured I would provide a short comparison:

George W. Bush
  1. Religious? Yes.
  2. Thinks his mission is from a higher power? Yes.
  3. Listens to religious authority to make decisions? Yes.
  4. Misinterprets religious texts? Yes.
  5. Lead the killing of thousands of innocent people? Yes.
  6. Connected with the bin Laden family? Yes.
  7. Hates Saddam? Yes.
  8. Ego complex? Yes.
  9. Used 9-11 to bolster his career? Yes.
  10. Stupid? Yes.
  11. Revered by a blind few? Yes.
  12. Loathed by the majority? Yes.
Osama bin Laden
  1. Religious? Yes.
  2. Thinks his mission is from a higher power? Yes.
  3. Listens to religious authority to make decisions? Yes.
  4. Misinterprets religious texts? Yes.
  5. Lead the killing of thousands of innocent people? Yes.
  6. Connected with the bin Laden family? Yes.
  7. Hates Saddam? Yes.
  8. Ego complex? Yes.
  9. Used 9-11 to bolster his career? Yes.
  10. Stupid? No. DAMN!
  11. Revered by a blind few? Yes.
  12. Loathed by the majority? Yes.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Thank You Mr. Bush

Dear Mr. Bush,

You are an absolute disgrace to our country. Not just that you are a disgrace as an American, as a human. Words cannot express exactly how I feel.

So fuck you,
Crevan

P.S. Keith Olbermann can actually articulate his feelings and he does so much better than I could ever.

Monday, May 12, 2008

What West Virginia Means

It looks as if Hillary Clinton will take the state of West Virginia by a dominating margin, nothing short of a landslide. This will not give her the delegates necessary to beat Obama and will not improve her nothing-short-of-a-miracle chance. West Virginia is simply an excuse for Hillary Clinton to stay in the race. Mrs. Clinton and her supporters will make the argument that no Democrat has won the Presidency without West Virginia since 1916. Because those blue-collar types won't vote for a Muslim.

Score one more point for the right-wing spin machine. Somehow, someway, Democrats need to figure out how to spin things against their opponents in a convenient fashion. Not only do people think Barack Obama is a Muslim, but they are angry over comments his Christian preacher made. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.

Well, back to Hillary. The writing is practically on the wall something along the lines of, "You lost, Bitch." All she can successfully do now is continue to drive a stake between members of one party, make Obama spend more, and practically give the election to John McCain. Obama outspent Hillary in Pennsylvania in the hopes of ending her campaign. He failed, this means as we get towards Denver, he will have to spend more to keep fighting her. Which in turn means he will have less money to fight John McCain.

We need to realize that no matter who wins the nomination the right-wing attack dogs will go after them with everything they have. Our job is to fight back and, if need be, sling some shit of our own. Like how McCain left his wife for Cindy Lou Hensley and married into extraordinary wealth. Marrying into wealth... Was that not the exact criticism of John Kerry? Hopefully we do not see a "POWs for Truth" against McCain. Have some decency and honor.

Liberals and Democrats have this inane tendency to think they are more justified because they are more victimized. Hillary should win because, "We need a woman" or "She's got more experience." Whatever your reasoning, she has not won. It's over, it's time to forget being a President and remember to be a Democrat.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Fuck It

Fuck it, it's my attitude. Has been for the last few years now. I just can't stand up to the insurmountable amount of bullshit and ignorance. This is my little experiment. Will it fail? Of course it won't. Maybe. Okay, it will probably be a total failure. But does anyone really care? Surely not Bill O'Reilly or my personal hero Rush Limpdick... Limbaugh. I certainly care. I cared enough to do something crazy like join the ACLU. I haven't gotten it tattooed on my dick yet, but progress pending.

I'll give you a short biography oh who I am, where this coming from, and just how much I am going to offend you. I grew up with a limited mindset, truly conservative if you will. It was not my parents fault, it would be fun to blame them, but they are truly great human beings. If I ever turn out to be a decent human being they get all the credit. And my fiancé, but she can be a bitch. No. I truly believed that homosexuality was an abomination. I was "straight-edge" (i.e. pussy). Sex before marriage? Never. The whole line of conservative ideological belief was my own. Then somewhere along the way I got a clue and grew the fuck up.

I used to be moderate. Then I became a completely unapologetic liberal. I've been told I can be polarizing. I believe the definition of that word is, "you mean I'm right and don't want to admit it." It also mean I can be an asshole, or am one, depending on who you are. This I know. For your future sake, I apologize.

There are many reasons why, but mainly I'm just pissed off. I've grown and learned to hone that anger. At the end of the day, I think I'm most angered by the fact that "liberal" is a dirty word. I'm proud to be a liberal. I think more liberals need to be proud of their political philosophy and heritage, rather than shy away from the term. I seek a journey of definition and compelling reasons to turn sinistro. I hope through this journey however short, criticisms abound, my writing improves, and so do my political beliefs.

With a final thought, Eric Alterman writes in his new book Why We're Liberals, "As the party of 'militant liberalism' FDR declared, Democrats would deploy the U.S. government to 'protect its people against once considered inevitable, to solve problems once considered unsolvable.'" In short, Adidas stole the "Impossible is nothing" notion from liberals.

Sapere Aude!