A Palin McCain Administration?

September 19, 2008 at 5:49 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Wow, she sure gets ahead of herself… ambitious much?

Man, I just gotta replay that great skit (warning, again, strong language ahead)

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Californians Strongly Against Proposition 8

September 18, 2008 at 11:04 pm | Posted in American politics | 9 Comments

down by 17 points are those in favor. I think it will end up with an even greater number against this proposition. The failure on the part of religions who have been against homosexual marriage is that for too long they only used vague warnings of threats to marriage, without actually talking sensibly about the problem really is, how it really does affect heterosexual marriage.

The thing is that we’ve had homosexual marriage in Massachusetts for four years now and the state hasn’t collapsed into the ocean. This may not actually mean that God won’t eventually punish the state of Massachusetts, or sometime later, the state of California. But what it does mean is that religions are failing to convince the public of the possible danger of this course because they have chosen to use hyperbolic language rather than present their more reasoned position. This may be due to the fact that they don’t have a reasoned position. Whether they do or not, most people in this nation have come to the conclusion that they don’t.

Not Enough Troops in Afghanistan

September 18, 2008 at 10:13 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

There’s more nuggets in the piece about Gates having to apologize for civilian deaths in Afghanistan.

Gates’ unusual apology followed a frank assessment from the top military commander in Afghanistan: There aren’t enough U.S. ground forces in Afghanistan, so the military is relying more heavily on air power. Air power runs a greater risk of civilian deaths in a country where insurgents do not wear uniforms and they intentionally mix with the general population.
Gen. David McKiernan, the commander of international forces in Afghanistan, had said earlier that the chronic shortage of U.S. troops in Afghanistan is forcing commanders to rely more on air combat. U.S. airstrikes that kill civilians have angered and embarrassed the U.S.-backed Afghan government, and Karzai has been bitterly critical of such attacks.

Why don’t we have enough troops in Afghanistan? Oh yeah…Iraq. What is that forcing us to do? To use air power. What does air power do? Increase civilian casualties. What does an increase in civilian casualties do to a counterinsurgency? Com’on you military folks, you ought to know the answer…

Corporate Socialism Saves The Day!

September 18, 2008 at 9:14 pm | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

The Dow jumped over 400 points upon news that the Federal Government was pumping taxpayer money into the private financial market. Woohoo. Banks loved it. They jumped for joy. Halleluiah, they exclaimed. They sure like it when the government helps them out, don’t they. It sure feels nice, doesn’t it, Wachovia? Merrill Lynch? AIG? Sure is nice to have a government safety net below you, isn’t it?

I wonder, if we were to have taken a poll, before all this crisis and governmental intervention occurred, just what would have the results been with the following question:

Should the government and regular taxpayers have to pay for a system that guarantees citizens of this country be provided with a way out during times of trouble?

I wonder what the results would have looked like from the executives at Lehman Brothers and AIG, or Fannie or Freddie.

In any case, I’m glad these bankers are now happy to have been saved by taxpayers. I doubt we will ever see them come out and thank taxpayers for their generosity. In fact, I believe they will continue parading around the philosophy of “small government,” of “non-governmental intrusion in private business.” I’m sure they will continue supporting candidates that will work to remove Social Security as it currently works. As long as taxpayers pay them in their times of need, they will continue parading against the needs of taxpayers.

“The One” – Sarah Palin, Evangelicals’ Messiah

September 18, 2008 at 8:14 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Good catch by Andrew Sullivan:

“Sarah is that standard God has raised up to stop the flood. She has the anointing … Back in the 1980s, I sensed that Israel’s little-known Benjamin Netanyahu was chosen by God for an important end-time role. I still believe that. I now have that same sense about Sarah Palin.”

What do Mormons think?

“Please Tax Me!”

September 18, 2008 at 5:31 am | Posted in American politics | 3 Comments

A commenter at CNN writes:

Republicans lowered my taxes, and will keep them low. But the value of my home has dropped 20%, my health insurance costs have doubled, gas costs $4 a gallon, and my investments are in the tank. Please, tax me.

Well said.

Mrs. Palin Goes to the United Nations

September 17, 2008 at 7:52 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

…to supposedly raise her foreign policy chops.

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will meet with foreign leaders next week at the United Nations, a move to boost her foreign-policy credentials, a Republican strategist said.

Republican candidate John McCain plans to introduce the Alaska governor to heads of state at the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, although specific names weren’t yet firmed up. “The meetings will give her some exposure and experience with foreign leaders,” the strategist said. “It’s a great idea.”

Heh, one has to wonder which foreign leader they will dupe into doing this…maybe John Kufuor, head of Ghana. She can wikipedia his file beforehand to ensure she gets the details just like she did in naming off Russia, Iran and Venezuela during her acceptance speech.

How National Republican Party Corrupted Alaska’s Republicans In A Matter of Mere Weeks

September 17, 2008 at 7:18 am | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

Does any of this sound familiar to you? A Republican attorney general refuses to honor a subpoena of a bipartisan commission to investigate possible abuses of power. In a matter of mere weeks, Republicans in Alaska caved to the corruptible influence of a national Republican party unhinged. What a sad state it is for the Republican party. They are a lost party.

Robert Gates Is Forced To Apologize For Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan

September 17, 2008 at 4:43 am | Posted in American politics | 9 Comments

I’m sure it must be grating. Let me give you some advice. Stop killing civilians.

Anyone Want to Privatize Social Security Now?

September 16, 2008 at 6:54 pm | Posted in American politics | 5 Comments

Ezra Klein makes a great point to tie the Republicans just THREE YEARS AGO trying to argue that Social Security money would be better placed in the stock market. Ha! I made a point of this a few posts ago, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average right now is about the same as it was EIGHT YEARS AGO.

Remember, also, if you had put your money in stocks in 1929, just before the crash, you would not have seen a positive return on your investment until the 1950s! That’s how long it took for the stock market to reach the highs of 1929.

The Fed Will Bail Out AIG

September 16, 2008 at 6:29 pm | Posted in American politics | 3 Comments

A real shame

The Fed caved. Any wonder why private banks didn’t want to fork over their own money? They knew Joe Taxpayer would eventually.

John McCain: “WE WILL NEVER PUT AMERICA IN THIS POSITION AGAIN”

September 16, 2008 at 5:25 pm | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments

Uh, does that mean that John McCain was part of the group that put America in that position in the first place?

John McCain Can’t Even Run A Major Corporation

September 16, 2008 at 5:14 pm | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment

Looks like Ms. Fiorina got off the propaganda track…

John McCain Invented the Blackberry!

September 16, 2008 at 10:15 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Take THAT Al Gore!

Bush v Clinton, Which Was Better For the Economy

September 16, 2008 at 6:52 am | Posted in American politics | 5 Comments

Kos raises a great point.

On January 20, 2001, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the bellwether of the health of major stocks, closed at about 10,864.

On September 15, 2008, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 10,917.

In seven and a half years, that is a gain of a grand total of 53 points, barely .5% increase.

On January 22, 1993, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at about 3256.

On January 20, 2001, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at about 10,864.

In eight years, that is a gain of 7608 points, or about 334% increase.

Who ran the country better? Who made sure not to mess with the economy? Which president left office with a balanced budget, in fact a surplus! Under which president did most Americans GAIN in their investments? Which president was actually better for business? How many major companies collapsed under Clinton versus how many major companies collapsed under Bush? Frankly it is not looking good for the Republicans.

McCain Says Bomb Iran, Former US Secretaries of State Say Talk to Iran

September 16, 2008 at 6:49 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

which I might add is the position of Barack Obama and not the position of John McCain.

John McCain Against Women and Equal Pay For Equal Work

September 16, 2008 at 6:35 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Great ad.

A Sign of Things To Come

September 15, 2008 at 8:01 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

McCain won’t let Sarah Palin talk to investigators because he thinks the investigation is “tainted.” Sound familiar? After the abuses by the Bush administration, is this really the direction America wants to go?

Obama: If You Believe John McCain, I’ve Got A Bridge To Sell You in Alaska

September 15, 2008 at 2:20 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Brilliant.

“But now suddenly, John McCain says he is about change, too. He even started using some of my lines. Suddenly he says he wants ‘to turn the page.’ He had an ad today that he started running that he and Gov. Palin would bring the change that we need. He had this in an advertisement. Sound familiar? Let me tell you something, instead of borrowing my lines he needs to borrow our ideas,” Obama said.

He followed up with a dig at lobbyists, saying “if you think those lobbyists are working day and night for John McCain just to put themselves out of business, well then I’ve got a bridge to sell you up in Alaska.”

Keep that up, Obama. Exactly like that.

Is Drilling For Oil the Most Important Thing Today?

September 15, 2008 at 10:03 am | Posted in American politics | 3 Comments

John McCain thinks so. Senator Whitehouse asks this question of some experts

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