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22nd-Sep-2008 01:34 pm - Quick Thought
Does anyone else think it's SUPREMELY UNFAIR that the banks - who took advantage of people with shitty and/or no credit with these subprime mortgage loans - are getting to be completely bailed out by the government, to the tune of $700 billion to us taxpayers... while people who've had bad luck or get stuck with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debt totally don't get to declare bankruptcy anymore?

I mean, it just seems REALLY REALLY UNFAIR to me.

I don't like this bailout one bit. I mean, I guess they're saying it's necessary, or else we'll go into another great depression, but it still seems wrong. Maybe someone who actually understands financial markets could explain the whole thing to me.

ETA: Obama has some great ideas here.
Stevie Nicks - hat
For fans of the West Wing and those who love to hear inspirational speeches...

Aaron Sorkin just wrote Jed Bartlett and Obama in a scene for the New York Times. Generally we don't copy and paste entire articles here, but this one must be preserved for all to read:

September 21, 2008
Op-Ed Columnist
Seeking a President Who Gives Goose Bumps? So’s Obama.

Now that he’s finally fired up on the soup-line economy, Barack Obama knows he can’t fade out again. He was eager to talk privately to a Democratic ex-president who could offer more fatherly wisdom — not to mention a surreptitious smoke — and less fraternal rivalry. I called the “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin (yes, truly) to get a read-out of the meeting. This is what he wrote and sent me:

BARACK OBAMA knocks on the front door of a 300-year-old New Hampshire farmhouse while his Secret Service detail waits in the driveway. The door opens and OBAMA is standing face to face with former President JED BARTLET.

BARTLET Senator.

OBAMA Mr. President.

BARTLET You seem startled.

OBAMA I didn’t expect you to answer the door yourself.

BARTLET I didn’t expect you to be getting beat by John McCain and a Lancôme rep who thinks “The Flintstones” was based on a true story, so let’s call it even.

OBAMA Yes, sir.

BARTLET Come on in.

Continued...Collapse )
15th-Sep-2008 10:33 am - Oh, Awesome
This weekend there was a rally in Anchorage, Alaska of women asserting that Palin doesn't speak for them. It was by all accounts the largest political rally in Alaska history. See photos, video and accounts of the rally at Daily Kos. Here's my favorite pic:


In other news, this is kind of scary. But hey, the economy is doing GREAT according to Bush & McCain, right? ::eyeroll::
10th-Sep-2008 12:20 pm - Seriously?
This is seriously what the conservatives are getting all offended and huffy about?
NORFOLK, Va. - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Wednesday accused Republican John McCain's campaign of using "lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics" in claiming he used a sexist comment against vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Calling it "the latest made-up controversy by the John McCain campaign," Obama responded to the Republicans' charge that he was referring to Palin when he used the phrase "lipstick on a pig" at a campaign stop Tuesday.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't McCain use the "lipstick on a pig" comment directed towards Sen Clinton several times earlier this year? ETA: AmericaBlog has video of this.

Republicans are the whiniest little hypocrites, I swear to God.

spicklething has a really good post about this topic here.

Look, I did another meme!Collapse )
10th-Sep-2008 10:33 am - "Hold Your Heads Up"
Did everyone see this op-ed by Bob Herbert from Sunday? I actually talked about it in my school blog - our assignment was to choose an op-ed that interested us and analyze how the author used argument techniques. I really liked this one. Excerpt:
Liberals. Your food is safer because of them, and so are your children’s clothing and toys. Your workplace is safer. Your ability (or that of your children or grandchildren) to go to college is manifestly easier.

It would take volumes to adequately cover the enhancements to the quality of American lives and the greatness of American society that have been wrought by people whose politics were unabashedly liberal. It is a track record that deserves to be celebrated, not ridiculed or scorned.

Bob Herbert makes me proud to be a liberal.
9th-Sep-2008 09:07 pm - So, you may have heard...
Trex freaking out my dudes
That Wasilla under Mayor Palin charged rape victims for their own rape kits. Until 2000, when then-Governor Knowles signed a law saying they couldn't do that anymore.

While the Alaska State Troopers and most municipal police agencies have covered the cost of exams, which cost between $300 to $1,200 apiece, the Wasilla police department does charge the victims of sexual assault for the tests.

Wasilla Police Chief Charlie Fannon does not agree with the new legislation, saying the law will require the city and communities to come up with more funds to cover the costs of the forensic exams.

In the past weve charged the cost of exams to the victims insurance company when possible. I just dont want to see any more burden put on the taxpayer, Fannon said.

Fannon, of course, was who Sarah Palin appointed after she fired the previous police chief.

Others have pointed out a couple possible results of this vile policy: discouraging the reporting of rape in Wasilla, and thus perhaps creating "improvement" in crime rates. But there are two additional ramifications that I think are obvious that people seem to be missing. Read more...Collapse )
9th-Sep-2008 01:26 pm - Meme & Random Rant
soul_warden, who doesn't even read this blog, tagged me to do a "Random Things About Me" meme, and I decided to do a political version of it.

1. Post these rules.
2. Each tagged person must post 8 things about themselves on their journal.
3. At the end, you have to choose and tag 8 people.
4. No tag-backs.

I'm not gonna tag anyone; if you wanna do the meme feel free! (Link me to your post even, I'm curious.)

Eight random political facts about me: Read more...Collapse )

In other news, I suppose it makes me a raging anti-feminist that I fucking can't stand Sarah Palin, right? ::eyeroll:: Seriously, the conservatives are such WHINERS, I swear to God. If anyone even *dares* to criticize Palin, they're automatically against her beause she's a woman or because she has an assload of kids. (Sorry, that was probably disrespectful.) It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that she's completely inexperienced, and a total hypocrite, and wants to keep the status quo firmly in place, or a million other things that drive me crazy about her.

And I have to say, if Chelsea Clinton had gotten pregnant at 17, the conservative media vultures would have fucking CRUCIFIED her, I'm not even exaggerating in the slightest. They would have eviserated her, seriously. But because the Palin's are a republican family, they "get a pass", as Hannity and O'Reilly would say. It's so ridiculous.
3rd-Sep-2008 09:14 pm - Palin is absurd
b&w Run Lola Run
This is in addition the stuff we talked about Friday... Troopergate, hiring a known sexual harasser to replace the guy she fired, scrubbing her webpage, running up $20 million dollars in debt for her town when she was mayor, etc.

* Palin claims to be a fiscal conservative, but she hired a lobbyist to bring earmark money to Wasilla, and was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it. Even McCain previously criticized her earmarks in his "pork lists."

* An illegal mailer was sent on her behalf by a group that got money from Jack Abramoff, and she was Director of Ted Stevens' 527 group.

* She's opposed to abortion, even in cases of rape or incest or to protect the health of the woman. She's a member of Feminists for Life, which opposes contraception. But being "pro-life" didn't stop her from slashing funding for programs designed to help teen mothers.

* Palin appears to be a stealth Dominionist. If you're not familiar, they're pro-Armageddon. In the 2000 election, she supported known known Nazi-sympathizer Pat Buchanan.

* She fired Wasilla's police chief and tried to get books removed from Wasilla's library.

* She seems to think The Pledge of Allegiance has been around since the Founding Fathers. (Hint: No.)

* She is cosy with (and at least her husband was a former member of) the Alaskan Independence Party, which advocates a vote on Alaskan secession, and whose founder said he hated the U.S. government and was killed in a "plastic explosives sale gone bad".

* She's pro-drilling and mining, doesn't think global warming is manmade, and basically is against any animal being listed as endangered, and in favor of hunting all of them. While governor, she advocated on a Clean Water ballot measure in violation of the law.

* Even right-wingers are calling her a cynical choice.

And if anybody tries to sell you that "Palin is experienced" bullpucky, here's a year-by-year breakdown of what she and Obama were doing and when.
2nd-Sep-2008 03:51 pm - Hey there, police state, whassup?
b&w Run Lola Run
Some crazy shit has been going down over the weekend and yesterday in Minnesota. The police (and the FBI, and who knows who else) have been arresting protesters (and anyone else swept up) en masse; even more ominously, they've been targeting people there to document their excesses. Over the weekend, they conducted preemptive raids and seizures of cameras, computers, and cell phones.

How'd they know who to raid? Infiltration and informants, of course. Which is not to say they're being selective in their targets. They pepper-sprayed a woman holding a flower on the side of the road; they (indirectly?) pepper-sprayed Donna Brazile.

They're even arresting journalists. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! was arrested yesterday; Glenn Greenwald has video of both her arrest and an interview with her after her release.

I can't even keep up with all that's going on, but here are some good sources:

If you've got others, or want to highlight particular stories, link us up.

Republican National Convention/Police Crackdown Open Thread

Personally, I think Greenwald has it rightCollapse )

Which is why I pretty much had to post.
29th-Aug-2008 02:02 pm - Darn, I was hoping for Mitt.
b&w Run Lola Run
McCain picks Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate.

Young, female, blah blah blah... oh, wait!

Her electoral chances may be harmed by the fact that she was placed under investigation in Alaska by state lawmakers at the end of July.

She sacked a public safety commissioner and the allegation is that she sacked him because he had not fired a state trooper who is Ms Palin's former brother-in-law, and who is in a custody battle with her sister.

She says she has "nothing to hide" and is "cool" about the investigation.

*snort* Well, it's not like there's a Republican out there without a serious electoral liability. Romney's a Mormon, Crist's a closet case, Pawlenty's a... actually, I know nothing about Pawlenty. (And now I don't need to.) was governor in Minnesota when the bridge fell down... (Thanks, unusualmusic!)

ETA: valerie_z has found the best comment: "Her vagina won't save you, McCain."

ETA2: More on PalinCollapse )

ETA FURTHER: In the "point this out to every holdout Hillary supporter who might vote McCain" vein: Palin didn't support Clinton and "didn't like Clinton's 'whining.'". Oh, and Palin is a creationist. And apparently out to lunch in other ways.

ETA AGAIN: She's the gift that keeps on giving: Sarah Palin:

Palin, who portrays herself as a fiscal conservative, racked up nearly $20 million in long-term debt as mayor of the tiny town of Wasilla — that amounts to $3,000 per resident. She argues that the debt was needed to fund improvements.

She's also scrubbing things from her website -- a 2006 ad where Ted Stevens endorses her, and HER endorsement of Obama's energy policy.

28th-Aug-2008 11:01 pm - Yeah!
b&w Run Lola Run
As I said elsewhere: "HOME RUN.

"And not one of those inside-the-park ones either. There's a broken windshield and a car alarm going off in the parking lot."

What say you?

ETA: Full text of Obama's speech.

ETA2: Video of the speech. Bonus reaction: Pat Buchanan 'gushing'Collapse )
b&w Run Lola Run

It seems there may be a reason federal law-enforcement officials are not interested in pursuing serious charges against the white-supremacist tweakers who were caught this week in Denver: The man making the decision is a Republican operative. And when it came to a threat against John McCain by a black man, he had a completely different approach. ...

Let's see: Men with rifles, a caches of other guns and ammo, all talking about killing Obama ... they're not a "serious threat." But a man in jail sending baby powder, well, that's a "serious threat."

And Neiwart points out elsewhere that just because these guys had meth doesn't mean they couldn't have hurt a lot of people: Timothy McVeigh was a methhead.
27th-Aug-2008 10:40 am - Clinton's Speech Last Night
... brilliant, or FUCKING BRILLIANT? Discuss.

See the entire speech on CNN.com. Read the highlights on WaPo.

Money quote: "No way. No how. No McCain. Barack Obama is my candidate. And he must be our president."

I can't wait for Obama's speech tomorrow night.

ETA: FOX NEWS IS MASSIVE FAILBOAT AGAIN. I'm not surprised or anything, but still rather disgusted. Although, it looks kinda photoshopped.
b&w Run Lola Run
Can't say how much I'm gonna watch, but with Senator Kennedy supposed to speak tonight (TEDDY!), it's surely going to be at least background for most of the evening. Anybody up for an open thread?

I'm watching C-Span, will probably mostly stick to them and PBS, but feel free to snark on the blather of the various "personalities", too.

Democratic National Convention

Open Thread

ETA: Via FDL, Teddy's speechCollapse )

HOLY CRAP ETA: Would-be assassins arrested in Denver:

CBS4 has now learned at least four people are under arrest in connection with a possible plot to kill Barack Obama at his Thursday night acceptance speech in Denver. All are being held on either drug or weapons charges....

Sources told CBS4 police found two high-powered, scoped rifles in the car along with camouflage clothing, walkie-talkies, a bulletproof vest, a spotting scope, licenses in the names of other people and methamphetamine.

*breathes shakily* They caught them, it's ok, he's ok...*feels queasy*
24th-Aug-2008 11:27 am - Hey There
Haha, I just posted this to lunatunes by accident. Sorry about that. Anyways.

So Joe Biden is now Obama's running mate. I admit, I'm a little disappointed - I was really hoping Tim Kaine would've gotten the spot (I held little hope that Hillary would get it) because I know how competitive Virginia is this year. But I understand where Obama's coming from, and I think this is a good choice. Senator Biden brings lots of experience with him, especially foreign policy experience.

Here's some links, mostly related to Biden.

++ From NYT: In Obama's choice, a 'very personal decision'.

++ Obama' pick adds foreign experience to ticket:
In Mr. Biden, Mr. Obama selected a six-term senator from Delaware best known for his expertise on foreign affairs — Mr. Biden spent last weekend in Georgia as that nation engaged in a tense confrontation with Russia — but also for his skills at political combat. Mr. Obama passed over other candidates who might have brought him a state or reinforced the message of change that has been central to his candidacy.

At the rally outside the Old State Capitol where Mr. Obama announced his candidacy 19 months ago, he described Mr. Biden as a man ready to be president. And he offered a passionate and politically instructive introduction of Mr. Biden: the portrait of a running mate who filled in what many Democrats have described as the political shortcomings of Mr. Obama.

++ Obama, McCain camps spar over Democrats' VP pick.

++ Biden's memoir now a best-seller. Heh.

+++ For Senator, another comeback.

++ Joe Biden's just a regular guy.

++ From BBC: What VP choice says about Obama.

++ Obama's improbable path to the nomination.

++ Support for each candidate holds steady:
Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain are locked in a highly competitive race for the White House, with voters giving McCain a clear edge as a potential commander in chief but Obama a sizable advantage on economic issues, the subject of greatest concern to voters, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Heading into two critical weeks of the campaign -- the four-day Democratic National Convention is set to open here on Monday, followed by the Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities next week -- Obama maintains a narrow, six-point edge over McCain among registered voters. Among those most likely to vote, 49 percent back Obama and 45 percent back McCain.


There was also a great article in today's WaPo about Obama's upbringing in Hawaii, but I can't find a link to it right now.
23rd-Aug-2008 01:37 am - Obama has chosen his VP...
Stevie Nicks - hat
... and according to CNN and The New York Times, that running mate is Senator Joesph Biden of Delaware. As far as I know, the Obama camp has neither confirmed nor denied this claim. I guess we'll find out tomorrow if it's true.
12th-Aug-2008 11:40 am - Musings
I am sitting in Starbucks with my Barack Obama shirt on, and I've gotten two "nice shirt"s from my fellow coffee drinkers. That makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I signed up to receive a text message when Obama picks his VP. You can do by going to this link. It's got to be announced soon. The convention is in 2 weeks. (August 25-28.) I'm torn between wanting Hillary on the ticket, and wanting Tim Kaine - governor of my state, Virginia - to get the spot. If Kaine gets on the ticket, Virginia is a sure thing in the fall.

But then, I'm increasingly confident that Virginia will be blue in November either way. It's really exciting. Virginia hasn't gone for a Democratic candidate since LBJ in 1964, so we generally don't get a lot of attention when there's a presidential race. In 2004, I saw maybe 2 presidential ads, and they were both for Bush - and they aired on Fox News. (Yeah, I unfortunately watched Fox News for a couple minutes. I was doing research!) This year I've seen a metric fuckton of ads, for both McCain and Obama. Although lately I'm seeing a lot more McCain ads - the Obama team needs to get on that. But whatever, it's a really exciting time. For the first time in 40 years, Virginia is a swing state and we're getting treated like Florida or Ohio.

In other news, I'm reading a book called Debunked which takes on conspiracy theories and urban legends, such as that 9/11 was an inside job and that there's a "war on Christmas". It's really good. I wasn't expecting much, because Richard Roeper once pissed me off by saying the Dove ads with realistic, unretouched women were ugly or whatever, but he's actually a pretty solid liberal. And it's crazy the conspiracy theories that are out there, especially about 9/11. People are nuts.

ETA: LOL, fiscal conservative. SO TRUE.
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