Thursday, June 26, 2008
Nader - the longtime consumer advocate told the Rocky Mountain News that Obama is trying to "talk white" and to appeal to "white guilt."
Said Nader, "There's only one thing different about Barack Obama when it comes to being a Democratic presidential candidate. He's half African-American."
Demonstrating a remarkable lack of self-awareness, he blathered on. "Whether that will make any difference, I don't know. I haven't heard him have a strong crackdown on economic exploitation in the ghettos. Payday loans, predatory lending, asbestos, lead. What's keeping him from doing that? Is it because he wants to talk white?"
In one fell swoop, Nader lost the black vote, the white vote, the KKK vote, and the conservative vote - none of which make up his constituency.
Unabated by his own remarks, Nader added: "I mean, first of all, the number one thing that a black American politician aspiring to the presidency should be [doing] is to candidly describe the plight of the poor, especially in the inner cities and the rural areas. . . . Haven't heard a thing. As a presidential candidate for the democratic party, Obama is obligated to talk exclusively to black issues."
"He wants to show that he is not . . . another politically threatening African-American politician," Nader said, sneeringly. "We need a politically threatening African-American politician!"
Now, on a roll, Nader continued, frothing at the mouth. "He wants to appeal to white guilt. You appeal to white guilt not by coming on as, 'black is beautiful, black is powerful.' Basically he's coming on as someone who is not going to threaten the white power structure, whether it's corporate or whether it's simply oligarchic. And they love it. Whites just eat it up. Just like they ate up Eminem!"
Asked at a news conference in Chicago yesterday about Nader's comments, Obama said he has been addressing the issues that Nader raised.
"Ralph's trying to get attention," Obama added. "He's become a perennial political candidate - and a very bad one at that. It's a shame, because if you look at his legacy in terms of consumer protections, it's an extraordinary one."
Obama paused, the continued.
"Perhaps I should say this in a way in which Mr. Nader would approve. Home boy got game. Whitey ain't g'wan brin' down da black man no mo'."
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008
In a speech in Santa Barbara, Calif., McCain vowed to "put the purchasing power of the United States government on the side of green technology" by buying fuel-efficient vehicles for its civilian fleet of cars and trucks and by retrofitting federal office space - a move that will have little no impact on global warming, but would demonstrate to voters that he can "think small."
The pledge comes months after Sen. Barrack Obama outlined a more detailed and ambitious proposal on the subject, virtually ensuring that the next administration will take significant steps to lower the government's output of energy and pollution - again, with little or no effect on the American consumer.
Obama, who first set his targets last October, has promised that he would make all new federal buildings 40 percent more efficient than current ones within five years, and carbon-neutral by 2025. He has also pledged to increase efficiency of existing federal buildings by 25 percent within five years and to ensure that the government derives 30 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2020 -- none of which McCain has promised to do.
Of course, a champion in environmental issues, President Bush has already instituted energy-efficiency measures for the White House and the government. In January 2007, the president issued an executive order calling on the government to "increase purchase of alternative fuel, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles when commercially available." To date, those commercially available vehicles have not been purchased.
He and the First Lady, Laura Bush, have also made changes in the White House, replacing all incandescent bulbs in hallways with compact fluorescent lights, installing low-consumption toilets in many places and putting in energy-efficient cooling units - similar to former President Jimmy Carter.
Question: Where were you guys in 1976?
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008
McCain has said he supports equal pay for women - and presidential candidates - but had said the measure would lead to more lawsuits. "Consider that blow to our economy, at a time when we are trying to drive down wages, should women of all stripes - blondes, brunettes, redheads - demand equal pay. This country will see an explosion of lawsuits of volcanic proportions! When I was a POW in Vietnam, we were not tortured equally. I was tortured more than most of the POWs because the Vietnamese knew I was their worst enemy. Like torture, life's not divided equally."
Obama praised Clinton as a trailblazer, saying the nation has come closer to one where women have equal opportunities "because of the extraordinary woman who I shared a stage with so many times throughout this campaign — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton." Asked to clarify the causal relation between standing on a stage with a powerful and wealthy woman and advancement toward equal pay for all women, Obama walked away.
Monday, June 23, 2008
The motorist only came to a halt after the policeman on the roof fired eight rounds from his pistol, police in the Khabarovsk region, on Russia's Pacific coast, said in a statement. "You know," said the officer, "in all the confusion, I couldn't remember if I had fired seven or eight rounds, but being as I had a Russian pistol, one of the least powerful handguns in the world, and could not blow his head clean off, I had to ask myself, 'Do I feel lucky, punk?'"
The driver was unhurt and is in jail awaiting charges, while the traffic policemen only sustained a graze to his right arm. He was disqualified from the anual Bruce Willis awards held every five years in Russia.
A woman who says she was hurt by her thong panties when a metal clip flew off and hit her in the eye has sued Victoria's Secret, saying in a TV interview on Thursday that the injury caused her "excruciating pain." She did not specify if the pain had been caused by the metal clip or the thong panties themselves.
Macrida Patterson, a 52-year-old Los Angeles traffic officer, told NBC's "Today" show that she suffered cuts to her cornea from the small piece of metal that had been used to secure a rhinestone heart onto the blue thong.
"I was putting on my underwear from Victoria's Secret and the metal popped in my eye. It happened really quickly. I was in excruciating pain. I screamed. That's what happened," Patterson told NBC. When asked if she was putting on her underwear over head, she stated she had no comment.
Patterson's lawyer Jason Buccat, who also appeared on the "Today" show, said the metal staple causes "severe damage" to her cornea that required a topical steroid - the kind used in most grade schools to treat minor abrasions. In this case, however, since Ms. Patterson was a full grown adult who should know how to put on underwear whether from Victoria's Secret or Wal-Mart, and since she is a LA traffic officer, and since she claimed "excruciating pain" as opposed to a "boo boo," Victoria's Secret has taken this matter very seriously.
A spokeswoman for Victoria's Secret, which is operated by Limited Brands Inc, could not immediately be reached for comment, though was heard to say behind a closed door, "I'll just be a minute!"
And, finally, without precedent...
Friday, June 20, 2008
Norman, who began selling the shirts in late April, has said they are not meant to be racist. He said he thinks the Illinois senator and the character "look so much alike." He added, "And besides, this is Georgia. Where's are reparations for that Sherman dude torching Atlanta? Huh? Ya see?"
"I don't like people picking on my daddy, cause he's my daddy," she said. "He might come across as a dumb redneck to a lot of people, but the man is brilliant. Besides, he's not only my daddy, he's my uncle and my brother!"
The Lawsons are fighting back with equally brilliant logic and political conviction. "It's OK for there to be hundreds of thousands of Google sites containing references to our current president's resemblance to a chimpanzee," the statement said. "However, it's not OK to make that same association regarding our possible next president."
These "Google sites" are still being sought. To date, no one has been able to find these "Google sites." However, Google has noted an uptick in domain sales recently. Some of the more popular domains include obamaisamonkey.com,
Amid the hoopla, Sen. John McCain was heard to say, "I really don't know what all the fuss is about. He's black. He's a monkey. Am I missing something?"
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The bronze syringe bulb, which weighs 800 pounds and is held by three angels, was unveiled at the Mashuk-Akva Term spa.
"There is no kitsch or obscenity, it is a successful work of art," Alexander Kharchenko told The Associated Press. "An enema is almost a symbol of our region."
Kharchenko, 50, said the monument cost $42,000 and was installed in a square in front of his spa on Wednesday. A banner declaring: "Let's beat constipation and sloppiness with enemas" — an allusion to a line from "The Twelve Chairs," a famous Soviet film comedy — was posted on one of the spa's walls.
"This device is eternal, it will never change," she told the AP. "We could promote this brand, turn it into a franchise with souvenirs and awards for medical doctors."
Dozens of monuments dedicated to characters from tall tales and popular jokes have been erected in post-Soviet Russia.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
"With gasoline now over $4 a gallon, tomorrow he, our Commander-in-Chief, and the next former president of the United States of America, will explicitly call on Congress to also pass legislation lifting the congressional ban on safe, environmentally friendly offshore oil drilling."
Republicans have called for ending a ban on safe, environmentally friendly offshore drilling in place since 1981, but Democrats have repeatedly rebuffed such attempts, citing unfriendly environmental concerns.
McCain joined in the hoopla, calling for safe, environmentally friendly offshore drilling, supporting the next former President of the United States of America in hopes of being the next former Republican nomination for President of the United States of America.
McCain supports ending the ban on safe, environmentally friendly offshore oil exploration and Democratic candidate Barack Obama opposes it.
Speaking in one of the largest cities in the oil rich state of Texas, Houston, McCain called for lifting the federal moratorium on safe, environmentally friendly offshore exploration and production as part of a plan help big oil in their time of need as gas prices, beyond any oil company's control, keep climbing.
The Arizona senator also has proposed temporarily lifting a tax on gasoline over the summer to give consumer a break from soaring fuel prices but has forgotten that such legislation would not pass until after the summer.
Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said lifting the safe, environmentally friendly offshore drilling ban would have little immediate impact on the energy problem since, in a nutshell, there is no bad on drilling for oil in safe, environmentally friendly locations.
"The Energy Information Administration - an administration no one has ever heard of before - says that even if we open the coasts to oil drilling, that won't have a significant impact on prices until 2030. By then, McCain will be dead," Jim Manley said in an e-mail. It was clear from the email that Mr. Manley still uses Eudora.
Some experts say Bush could override congressional objections through an executive order -as he has done many many times, but Perino said: "The soon-to-be ex-president is not taking any executive action tomorrow -so chill."
Bush has visited Saudi Arabia twice this year and sought help in dealing with record-high oil prices that threaten the U.S. economy. Sources close to Saudi Arabia and OPEC have hinted that perhaps the United States should consume less oil or tap its oil reserve or build more fuel efficient vehicles or develop alternative energy sources. They also noted that the United States does not receive most of its oil from the Middle East as many expert dumb asses believe, but rather from Canada.
Bush was not expected to voice support specifically for any of several bills drafted in Congress to lift the ban on safe, environmentally friendly offshore oil drilling, but rather will call on Congress to pass legislation to accomplish that goal, a senior administration official said on condition of anonymity due to his soon to be release book, "President Bush and Oil: An Addiction or An Obsession?"
Bush and Republican lawmakers have also been pressing for opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration and safe, environmentally friendly drilling, which Democrats oppose on the grounds that they are Democrats.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said last week that opening the wildlife refuge in Alaska would reduce U.S. gasoline prices by one penny per gallon, and she and other Democrats blame Bush's [Cheney's/ Exxon's] energy policies for the rise in gasoline prices.
Bush has blamed Democrats, who control Congress, for blocking efforts to increase domestic oil production - comparing them to the former Democratic Congress, under the disguise of Republicans, that held a Congressional majority throughout most of his presidency.
"The president believes Congress shouldn't waste any more time since he has already wasted seven years," Perino said.The Yeetle Box
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Neculai Ivascu, 57, who ran the village for almost two decades, died from liver disease just after voting began -- but still won the election by a margin of 23 votes.
A local official said the authorities decided to keep the poll open in case Ivascu's opponent, Gheorghe Dobrescu, won, avoiding the need for a re-run. But he did not win. In his concession speech, Dobrescu stated, "The people have spoken. I will support that rotting corpse over there to ensure the integrity of democracy."
"I know he died, but I don't want change," a pro-Ivascu villager told Romanian television. "I believe democracy has spoken."
In the end, election authorities gave the post to the runner-up, but some villagers and Ivascu's party, the powerful opposition Social Democrat Party (PSD), have called for a new vote. Party officials believe he should have won by an even wider margin. "At least 30 votes," declared one party official."
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As a bonus, on Friday, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan is scheduled to testify to the House Judiciary Committee - to reiterate to Congress what they already know.
McClelland, who is a born again CYA agent operating under the cover of former White House press secretary, is expected to talk about White House higher-ups directing him to publicly deny that Cheney's chief of staff and White House political adviser Karl Rove, whose grandfather worked for the Nazi party, played any role in leaking the CIA employment of Plame, who is married to Bush administration war critic Joseph Wilson.
Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, and Rove, whose grandfather worked for the Nazi party, were among the leakers of the CIA identity of Wilson's wife - aka Valeria Plame. Both have since left the White House. One of them was convicted of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI, but had his sentence commuted by President Bush in a rare show of "compassionate conservatism."
In publicly released grand jury testimony, Libby acknowledges having told the FBI early in the Plame probe that "it's possible" he spoke to Cheney, who once shot a man in the face, about whether to share information with the press about Wilson's wife. "But only possible. It's also possible," he added, "that everything I have said here came to me in a dream."
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., has been trying to get FBI interviews of Bush and Cheney, who once shot a man in the face, since last year - demonstrating the power of the Congressional subpoena when matched against a Super Villain like Cheney, who once shot a man in the face.
Waxman renewed the request June 3 and Mukasey says the department is considering a response. Considering. They said "considering."
Monday's subpoena also seeks other documents related to the Plame probe, the committee said in announcing the action. Congressional insiders believe Ms. Plame holds photographs of her without sunglasses - a critical piece to this complex, yet simple, puzzle.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Under Hewlett-Packard's severance agreement, Carly Fiorina received US $21 million in cash, which was 2.5 times her base annual salary. On March 8, 2006, two large institutional investors filed suit against Hewlett-Packard for violating its own severance cap when it doled out a multimillion-dollar payment to Fiorina as part of her termination agreement.]
Congressional Democrats pounced on the vice president's remarks and were backed up by independent energy experts, who called the assertion hyperbole at best and a falsehood at worst.
Cheney's office said in a statement to The Associated Press that the vice president, who once shot a man in the face, had, erroneously erred. Unlike those times when he purposely erred.
But talk of China drilling in waters within 50 miles to 60 miles of Key West has been a common theme among Republicans - and could be a major talking point for Fox News and John McCain, both of whom support institutional propaganda.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
They discovered that the nail was driven deep into Chandler's head. After considering several options, including doing nothing at all, they called an ambulance. Chandler was rushed to a hospital.
An aide closer to the campaign noted on the condition of anonymity that McCain has shown a fondness for Booble, and, as a result, is vetting Bob Goldstein, who is self-defined as "Pornographer, author, champion of the first amendment, and very dirty old man, he's our own little weapon of mass destruction. Put Al in office, if only to see Dick Cheney crap his pants."
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Obama City in Japan has embraced the Democratic candidate for the U.S. presidency, and tourism is on the increase, especially from American visitors.
Some of the merchandise on sales includes "Obama" t-shirts and "Obama" bean cakes, while a Barack Obama statue has recently been unveiled.
Not to be outdone, John McCain noted his support among Japanese sumo wrestlers as well.
Said McCain, "The sumo wrestler represents the kind of strength I embody. They are to wrestling what I am to American politics."
Senator Clinton, whose opinion is completely irrelevant weight is as well.
"Sumo wrestling is restricted to only men. I will do everything in my power to break down this barrier using every ounce of foreign policy credentials. I am uniquely suited to bring sumo wrestling to women all over the world."
Thursday, June 05, 2008
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Tuesday, June 03, 2008
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But others did not.
Cheney's comment was denounced by both Democrats and Republicans.
"This is exactly the type of stereotyping that we don't need from our elected officials," said Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. "It's disrespectful, and it's certainly not funny. ... As a proud state, I can say we are disappointed. Doesn't he know that we're like family in West Virginia?"
Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., blasted Cheney, saying that for a vice president to openly display "such contempt and astounding ignorance toward his own countrymen and their genetics" was an insult to all Americans.
"Now that he or the administration he represents no longer needs their vote, Mr. Cheney apparently feels that he is now free to mock and belittle the people of West Virginia," Byrd said. "Well, I have 39 children in West Virginia, and 62 grandchildren, and 179 cousins, and 456 uncles who don't think it's funny at all."
Cheney spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride said later Monday. "The vice president apologizes to the people of West Virginia for the inappropriate remark on the off chance he might be related to many of them."
In a question-and-answer session after giving a speech at the National Press Club, Cheney said also joked that he wouldn't object to a family reunion with Obama, but said he didn't think the candidate would be up for one — "at least not before November."
Lighten up, folks. He's leaving.
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Monday, June 02, 2008
That said, here is the bottom line from my perspective:
Hillary Clinton has run an entitlement campaign that focuses exclusively on her winning the nomination and subjagating all other matters to her winning the nomination - including the health of the Democratic party, the ability for the Democratic party to plan for its own convention in a timely and orderly fashion, and the Clinton brand itself.
Clinton is a fighter. But she is not a fighter for unity, progressive politics, nor even her constituents. She is using the emotions of a fabricated "fight" - fighting the great oppression of women across this great land we call the United States of America. Her very candidacy contradicts this stance. No. She is fighting for her own political career at any expense.
To whit, Michigan. We do not really know how many people voted for any other candidate but Clinton. We know this because there were no other candidates on the ballot, Harold Ickes' stance aside that "Uncommitted" is a candidate.
We do not know how many people walked into that voting booth, and, wanting a democrat, but seeing no other name, defaulted to Clinton. That is, it is possible that many voters went to the voting booth to vote for Obama or Edwards or Biden, et al, but, upon seeing ONE choice (one real choice - let's get serious), they voted, not for Senator Clinton, but for the Democratic nominee listed on the ballot.
We do not know as well, how many people would have voted for someone other than Clinton had they been allowed to campaign in Michigan - a state very similar to Wisconsin.
And there's the issue of the write-in votes that were not counted. Not 4 people. 30,000.
Now, as to Florida. Obama's concession of 19 delegates was the single most magnanimous act by a potential presidential candidate I have ever seen. And it outmaneuvered Clinton. We know how much she hates that.
But, again, no. Not good enough for Senator Clinton. She wants it all! (Someone said that at the RBL meeting.)
There lies her problem. She wants so much to have it all, she will take it all away from a man who has acheived something unheard of in recent political history: A black man born of a racially-mixed marriage, raised by a single, white woman who was a first-term Senator had the gaul to challenge the Clinton brand, the Clinton talking points, the Clinton legacy. This is the better story for the USA and the world. This is what boils Clinton's blood.
Not by sense of entitlement but by organization, message, and fundraising has Obama acheived the unthinkable - knocking out a Clinton, back by a former president known for his fundraising abilities. Yet, Obama raised more money.
He knocked out Clinton on message because her message is as simple as this: "Vote for me. Just vote for me." This message morphed into something far more insidious: "I'm a woman. I'm a former First Lady. I moved to New York and served in the State Senate there just to position myself for this moment. Vote for me. My husband was a president. Vote for me. I dodged sniper fire in Bosnia. Vote for me. I helped bring peace to Ireland. Vote for me. I am not above insinuting my opponent is racist. Vote for me. "
She calls this being a "fighter."
Those of you who support Clinton must understand she really has not demonstrated a concern for you nor for the Democratic party nor greater good of the country. She has used you to vote for her. That's old politics.
Obama is not perfect. He says so. Soon, we will have a sanctioned Democratic nominee. Most likely Obama. The idea that Clinton would by her silence sanction her supporters to cast a protest vote against a legitimate candidate in favor of John McCain (Lord!) is unforgiveable. She is writing her political obituary as we speak.
Here are the facts:
Obama has more delegates (super and otherwise). Obama has more of the popular vote, assuming we apply the mathematical principles we teach in grade schools. This equals a win.
Clinton did not dodge sniper fire. Nor did she assume a significant role in the Ireland. Nor did she advocate human rights for women in China. She said she did.
And that's the strength of her argument: repetition to the point where you almost want to let her be the nominee because you just want her to shutup. But, then, consider this: of the two, why is it more acceptable for Obama to take the higher road, to concede and to concede, more so than the standard we expect from Clinton.
It is a truth. We do not hold Clinton and Obama to the same standards of conduct. We wring our hands over something someone in his church said, but haven't peeked into Clinton's church. We find scandal and fault in the words of others just because Obama sat in the same damned room as them.
This is the media's fault. Stop it.
But, if you don't like it, and you favor arguments swirling around much similar to what the definiton of "is" is, then you have deluded yourself...again.
I supported Bill Clinton. I did not think he committed impeachable offenses. But I did think he committed a divorce-able offense. But Hillary stood by her man. Why? For the good of the country? What rare woman thought more highly or First Lady Clinton at that time?
The Clinton's time has past. Obama represents the future of American politics and can align this country with a face more representative to the world.
How can I be so certain of my support and passion for Obama as president?
Well, Wade Jones, a Belmont, N.C., man sold a sweet potato on eBay Wednesday that he says resembles Democratic U.S. presidential contender Barack Obama. He sold it for $8.49. Wade Jones described it as a "Sweet Potato that looks like future Prez Barack Obama." More significant than the fact that Mr. Jones sold the potato is the fact that people bid on it, thus elevating Obama to the status enjoyed by Mother Theresa and the Virgin Mary and Jesus.
Top that, Hillary!
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