Saturday, September 27, 2008

Get Off Your Ass And Vote

I could only stand to watch a few minutes of the debate because there's something about McCain that sums up what bothers me about the last few years. He has that stench of entitlement to him, that arrogance that comes from living a life where no matter what happened in the past, the present becomes this insulated cushion against the outside world. And I'm the outside world he wants to be isolated from.

And please stop with that war hero stuff. No true hero wants it used as a political or other means of manipulation. I was raised by a war hero. He, like McCain, was forever destroyed as a human being by his war experiences. He nearly killed me several times as I was growing up because his war experiences only taught him how to go off and not how to stop. He was never able to ever fit into the normal world again. He was too messed up, too destroyed by what he had to do to stay alive. He was about as fucked up a human being as there is in this world, but the one positive thing I can say about him is never in his life would he allow his war experiences, his medals, his wounds to be used in the political arena. He would have rightly felt that sullied what was left of his honor. That's something that really creeps me out about McCain, how he allows what little honor he has left to be used up and frittered away as if it was meaningless.

And another point. I knew the man who raised me was messed up. He knew he was messed up. Everyone he met knew he was messed up. No one in their right mind would ever want him making a decision for them. There wasn't enough left in him that wouldn't go off on its own and start some shit somewhere. He had this look in his eyes, that look people get when they've had all the proof they can stomach that human beings sometimes really suck at being human beings. I see that look in McCain's eyes, that disgust, that barely disguised hatred of human beings.

And the man who raised me had another trait I saw tonight, he couldn't look anyone in the eyes either. He looked at them sideways like McCain did to Obama. Never once did McCain look Obama in the eyes. It was that evasive I hate humanity glance that revealed how little compassion the man truly has for anyone. The only consolation is that he probably hates himself equally. If not, then he really should. At least the man who raised me made no secret that he hated people. He felt he had earned that right. And there was no one he respected enough to look in the eyes. He was an equal opportunity hater. "I hate everyone equally," he was fond of saying.

So when I saw McCain I saw  a man who was unfit for most of the things in life that require a level head, an ability to reason outside of emotion, and compassion for fellow human beings. These are qualities that make a leader and McCain didn't show anything that I perceived as leadership. He came off as mean, evasive, sloganistic, and part of a political machine that cares about nothing except the win.

For a few minutes I felt sorry for him and then I realized how frightening it was to feel that way about him because he truly does represent his party. It's not inconceivable to me that he would vote to bail out rich cronies who gambled and lost and then justify it as saving the country, and yet at the same time refuse to extend unemployment benefits and the means to save their homes for the very victims of those whose hands he would fill with unaccountable tax dollars from me and you. He's cruel that way just as his party is cruel that way. It's all a money game to them and people are shit.

But what I also saw in his eyes was a stark ruthless win at any cost mentality that is so much a part of the Rovian politics he embraces. He and his party are dangerous because they care nothing about people, about law, about the country, about the constitution. It's all about them, about winning, about rewarding each other with keys to the piggy banks filled with our hard earned dollars. I don't doubt they will do everything in their power to disrupt the voting process, to disenfranchise voters in districts that won't go as Republican as they demand. That's why this year it is more important than ever to register to vote NOW and then get out and vote. There's too much at stake to let the bad guys win again. It's time for good to triumph over evil or the world gets out of balance forever.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dog Ate McCain's Homework

John McCain wants to cancel the debate because of the economy. Well, yeah...if the questions focus on the aspects of the economy we should be focusing on, such as his campaign manager's firm getting paid by Freddie Mac, and economic "experts" being the ones who really should take the blame for their free market gambling game. But instead he's telling us the equivalent of the dog ate his homework.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

The Semantics of Welfare

For those of you who are a little bit confused now trying to wrap your brains around Bush and the Republican semantic exercise of differentiating between "welfare" and "bailout," here's a few examples to clear it up for you:

From the Independent comes an article about the Republican's version of welfare, i.e. bailout:

"Up to 10,000 staff at the New York office of the bankrupt investment bank Lehman Brothers will share a bonus pool set aside for them that is worth $2.5bn (£1.4bn), Barclays Bank, which is buying the business, confirmed last night." read more

And from the Progressive comes this version of those who are not worthy of the same safety net:

"Things can't get much worse than the House Republicans' welfare plan. In the "Personal Responsibility Act," the new House leaders declare that no one--no matter how desperate--is legally entitled to aid from the Government." read more

And then of course there's that overlying stench that has permeated anything coming from this administration for the last eight years: cronyism:

"What is important to note about the S&L scandal is that it was the largest theft in the history of the world and US tax payers are who was robbed.

The problems occurred in the Savings and Loan industry as they relate to theft because the industry was deregulated under the Reagan/Bush administration and restrictions were eased on the industry so much that abuse and misuse of funds became easy, rampant, and went unchecked." read more

And what do you know? Here's another Bush associated with the recent white collar thievery:

"Lehman Brothers(LEH Quote - Cramer on LEH - Stock Picks) has nabbed George H. Walker, the CEO of Goldman Sachs(GS Quote - Cramer on GS - Stock Picks) Hedge Fund Strategies, to be the global head of its $188 billion Investment Management Division, Lehman Brothers announced today.

Walker has already resigned from Goldman Sachs and could not be reached for comment. A spokesman at Goldman Sachs did not return a call.

Walker, who is President George W. Bush's second cousin, had joined the merger and acquisition group of Goldman Sachs in 1991 and became a partner in 1998. He soon grew to be one of the principal architects of Goldman Sachs' investment management strategy and was
overseeing a $70 billion group of alternative investments, including hedge funds of funds and private equity investments." read more

Get it now? They stole and stole and stole until there was nothing left to steal. So they stole from each other. And now we get to pay for it. Again.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Neocon Fascists sucking up some Corporate Welfare

"A philosophy or system of government that is marked by stringent social and economic control, a strong, centralized government usually headed by a dictator, and often a policy of belligerent nationalism." (From The American Heritage Dictionary)

Applying these principles to the government bailouts:

NPR's Adam Davidson writes:

"The Treasury Secretary can buy broadly defined assets, on any terms he wants, he can hire anyone he wants to do it and can appoint private sector companies as financial deputies of the US government. And he can write whatever regulation he thinks are needed."

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In an excellent diary from Daily Kos we learn who some of the Right-Wing Billionaires/Fascists are who are calling the shots this time around:

"Here are a few of the right-wing billionaires who have profited from gaming the global financial market and U.S. housing market, and are trying to get McCain elected. They are funding Newt Gingrich's "American Solutions for Winning the Future" (ASWF), the hard-right propaganda group behind the "Drill Here, Drill Now" campaign."

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If you have any doubts that Neocon=Neofascist, then do read one the early stories that laid it all out:

"WASHINGTON - An influential foreign-policy neo-conservative with long-standing ties to top hawks in the administration of President George W Bush has laid out what he calls ''a checklist of the work the world will demand of this president and his subordinates in a second term.''

The list, which begins with the destruction of Fallujah in Iraq and ends with the development of ''appropriate strategies'' for dealing with threats posed by China, Russia and ''the emergence of a number of aggressively anti-American regimes in Latin America,'' also calls for ''regime change'' in Iran and North Korea."

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In the next few days as these unethical and immoral losers begin their final push to get their moronic Bush replacements in the White House, it might be a good idea to do some reading on exactly what Fascism is:

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It might even be amusing to make a drinking game out of it every time you hear the following phrases:

*Islamic fascists, as in OTHER countries who want to try shove a theocratic state on its population.

*End Times. Bonus points if the words come out of Sarah Palin's mouth in an effort to get her followers to join her on the mountain to wait for the space ship.

*Free Market, as in free to loot it until nothing remains but an empty husk for the tax payers to bail out. Bonus points for any and all Bush relatives either employed by or running one of the bailed out entities who have ties to the old S&L Bailout.

*Anything praising the concept of Capitalism while carefully dancing around its new BFF, Corporate Welfare.

*Moonies...oh sorry, those ARE Neocon Fascists...but you get bonus points if you can find any Neocon, any Conservative, any Bush League moron who is not associated with the Reverend Moon, his disciples, or his church. read more

*Appeasement. Bonus points if a Neocon Fascist uses that term in relation to why someone who believes that Armageddon is inevitable should still have her finger on the Nuclear trigger. Hello, Sarah Palin? Do you still have your Y2K bunker stocked?

*Liberals, as in anyone who disagrees with them or dares to challenge their appalling lack of facts to back up their half-witted ideology. In ancient times, used to be several racist and ethnic slurs. Now combined into one handy catch-all phrase.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Voting with my brain not my vagina!

Yeah, sure the Republicans have seen the light of shrinking poll numbers and are grabbing onto any rope they can use to hang themselves with some more. But you have to give it to them. They've set aside their fascination with big plastic boobies and now are focusing on our vajayjays for votes. Here's my response to the perennial dickheads that make up the Republican Dinosaur Party:

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The Sudden Sexism Conversion

If it wasn't so ludicrous and hypocritical I'd be laughing my ass off at the Republicans' sudden awakening to the idea of women as something more than baby-making machines for Jesus. Instead I remember back to just a few weeks ago when they were still caught up in the throes of evil feminazi terrorists who wanted to lesbianize their virgin daughters. Now remind me folks, who was it who portrayed Hillary as some frigid ball busting devil-tongued beast just because she dared to be something more than Bill's long-suffering cookie baking sidekick? Who made horrible comments about Chelsea's appearance numerous times over the year? Who accused Hillary of pimping her daughter for politics with the same breath they gushed over Palin's pimping her entire family, including the infamous baby daddy at the Republican convention? And who in this newly awakened and suddenly reformed Republican party thought it was okay to refer to Michele Obama as Obama's baby mama? So excuse me you hypocritical assholes if I don't buy your sudden conversion to the side of truth and justice and equal rights for women. You're no more suddenly un-sexist just because you're running someone with a vagina for VP then I would be an un-atheist just by walking inside one of your hate-filled churches. So quit the fuck pandering to me because I ain't buying your crap.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Shame On John McCain

In the past I didn't agree with McCain but I perceived him as an honorable man who didn't stoop to the sort of gutter politics made famous by the Bush-Cheney-Rove win at any cost slime. But after seeing him accusing Obama of things so far beyond the truth, such as claiming he would inflict sex education on babies, spreading lies that he's some kind of radical Muslim after all the crap spread trying to tie him into the Christian pastor of his Christian church, and a whole long list of sleazier accusations that have nothing to do with issues facing this country, my respect for him has disappeared. He has sold his honor for political gain. Shame on him. Shame on those who allowed this to happen. And bigger shame on those who vote for him because it will make your honor a weak and false thing just like his has become.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Politicizing 9-11

It's too bad the Republicans and ABC had to exploit the tragedy of 9-11 by allowing Sarah Palin's political rant to take the place of news coverage. At least Obama's campaign treated the day with respect. But considering that from the moment this event happened, the Republicans have done nothing but exploit the tragedy for their own political agenda, then I'm not surprised. Disappointed once again. Sad for the families that had to see that. But so typical of the abusive exploitation synonymous with the political agenda of the Republican party. Shame on ABC and shame on Sarah Palin. I ask as has been asked before at the callous exploitation of human beings for political gain: where is your sense of decency?

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Why Isn't Sarah Palin Pregnant?

Sarah Palin is a member of Feminists for Life who share the view of extreme fetus-fanatics that birth control is a form of abortion.

"Today, pro-life groups in the U.S. are reclassifying the most common contraception methods, including the birth control pill, the patch, the IUD and the depo-shot, as “abortifacients,” claiming, with no scientific backing, that they cause abortions. On their website, Feminists for Life classifies emergency contraception as an abortion method. If this were true, Feminists for Life should also classify 40 percent of all birth control methods as abortion methods because they all have the same mode of action as emergency contraception. Feminists for Life's colleague, the American Life League, shares this view explaining, “We have been working to prove that prescription contraceptives have nothing to do with women's health and well-being but are recreational drugs that prevent fertilization and abort children.” Northern Kentucky Right to Life will only endorse candidates who believe the use of the standard birth control pill constitutes abortion. Most chillingly, Army of God, a pro-life organization that lists those who murder abortion providers as “heroes,” also classifies birth control as an abortion method. On the “Birth Control is Evil” section of their website they explain, quite threateningly, “Birth control is evil and a sin. Birth control is anti-baby and anti-child…Why would you stop your own child from being conceived or born? What kind of human being are you?”" read more

So, either Ms. Caribou Barbie is following the tenets of abstinence only that her daughter failed to heed, or she is using birth control. Which is it?

And for those who think it is nobody's business, then why is it okay for Palin and others who believe as she does that it's okay to legislate what goes on in the bedroom of homosexuals? If they get their heads out of other people's sex lives, then I will too. But as long as they continue to try and define what is normal sex and with whom, then it's only fair that questions about Ms. Moose's potential use of birth control pills, condoms, or other "unnatural" methods to avoid pregnancy is a question she needs to answer, especially if her beliefs lead to a ban on these methods should the unspeakable happen and she is put in a position to enforce her insane views.

So, come you ain't pregnant?

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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Caribou Barbie, the Stealth Dominionist

While everyone debates among themselves whether John McCain's choice of a snowbilly named Sarah Palin is proof that he's finally lost what was left of his mind, let's remember the party putting forth the nomination is known for its distractions to cover up disturbing facts. In Ms. Moose, they are covering up far more than the typical unethical criminal actions for which they've become so well known; they are taking one more step toward erasing completely the line separating church and state.

This is from a posting in August 29th's Daily Kos:

"There are quite a number of extremely troubling links between Sarah
Palin and neopentecostal dominionists--enough that, in truth, she may
be ultimately as much of a "dream candidate" for the dominionist
movement as Mike Huckabee was. Even worse, she's running in a manner
that has been frighteningly successful for dominionist groups since the
early 80's--specifically, as a "stealth candidate". read more

In case you want to read more about who the Dominionists are, here's a few links to get you started:

Wikipedia entry

"The Crusaders" from Rolling Stone

Replacing the Constitution with Theocracy

If someone can explain to me how this is different than the Taliban or other religious fanatics, I'd be very interested. In the meantime, if you ever needed a reason to vote against John McCain, preserving what's left of the US Constitution is a damned good one. When measured against the fanatical theocracy of the Bush regime, all of a sudden it makes sense why Bush perceived America's most precious document as a mere piece of paper. It was something in the way of achieving his most cherished dream: an American version of the religious extremism and fanaticism that he claims he's fighting the war on terror against. Maybe he needs to add his dominionist buddies to that list.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Only when it's someone else's bedroom

If the Republican party still had a few delusions left that it could draw anything to it but rightwing crackpots, it threw those to the hurricane strength winds driving their karma up the gulf when it started screaming about the "liberal media" going after Palin's daughter. read more

First of all, Ms. Palin of the multiple investigations into your sleazy life, when you make it your business what everyone does in the privacy of their bedrooms and try and cram your abstinence only crap down people's throats, your daughter's oopsie pregnancy is news because it points out the failures of that policy.

Second of all, it's only a "liberal media" because someone other than Fox News or Rush Limbaugh or anyone of your toadies is focusing on one of your own instead of Bill Clinton, John Edwards, or any other Democrat caught in a sex scandal. If you really want to get nasty, how about trying to explain why all the Republican scandals involve little boys and girls and the Democrats involve consenting adults. Really, the liberal media all over the world would like to hear you answer that question.

But I suppose you're too busy to answer that one as it takes a lot of time to peep inside the bedrooms of Gays and Lesbians, time that would be better spent teaching your daughter how to prevent an unwanted pregnancy rather than remembering how to keep her legs together and hollering for Jesus to help her resist those raging hormones.

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Sarah Palin, Snowbilly

Now that John McCain has chosen one of them genuine snowbilly governor types from that place that done froze over good, the least we can do is show our good-natured American giving spirit by raising some money for her daughter Bristol, her baby daddy Levi, and their soon to be precious bundle of red, white and blue abstinence prize pick of the litter. If you want Republican, they'll be sure to buy them a really nice trailer. There's even one of them concrete pads left from when Dubya had too much of that Jesus Juice and Laura made him sleep outside. In honor of a whole new generation of rich white trash coming on the political scene, I dedicate these designs:

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