Friday, October 24, 2008

Duplicitous Primates Endorses Palin/McCain '08

After careful deliberation and sleepless nights; amidst two wars, a financial crisis and a war on gun ownership, I have finally decided to sway this election with the official duplicitous primates endorsement for Palin/McCain in 2008.

What tipped me was a 2a.m. epiphany by Misses Palin- "In a McCain-Palin administration, we will also fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act," Palin said in a speech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

And with that I'm sold. God will surely bless this country with abundance with such good wholesome Christians in the whitehouse.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

G.K. Chesterton

From Wikipedia:

As a political thinker, he cast aspersions on both Liberalism and Conservatism, saying, "The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected."

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Great Ad

What a simple and stunning point. 

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Post Debate Polls

Despite the absurd statements by lunatic spinners like Peggy Noonan that Sarah Palin "killed" or "did McCain a favor", today's polls show clear evidence otherwise. 2/3 of the opinion polling included in today's tracking numbers were taken after the debate and Obama has remained steady or possibly improved slightly with about a +7 average nationally. He still needs a double digit lead I think in order for us to be optimistic. The herd effect comes into play as watercooler office talk may provide Obama a slippery slope for societal acceptance as future president. Great news, talk of reverend Wright and William Ayers seems absurd at this point. Nobody cares. We had said that if they were still talking about this in October, Obama is screwed, but it gets no play outside of loony right wing radio land and Faux news. 

I recommend these articles highly by Glenn Greenwald at Salon. Some gems of common sense:

"What's happening in this country, and in this election, is rather simple and easy to see: (1) the country is in total shambles -- possibly far worse than what people even realize; (2) we have lived for the last eight years under virtually absolute GOP rule; (3) the public knows this; (4) the Republican President and his party are therefore intensely -- historically -- unpopular; and (5) the voting public doesn't want to continue living under the rule of the same faction and same political party that has driven the country into the ground. Having Sarah Palin drop her gerund endings and desperately trotting out the standard, tired GOP attack ads to depict Obama as a radical, fist-pumping, America-hating, unhinged socialist -- when everyone can see with their own eyes that he isn't -- won't change any of that."

"Ponder how stupid you must think Americans are to believe that you can blame the financial crisis on the 2004 statements of House Democrats about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac when that was a time when the GOP controlled all branches of the Government and nothing could have been more inconsequential than what Barney Frank or Maxine Waters, languishing in the minority in Tom DeLay's tyrannical House, said or did about anything."

Religulous Was Great! Naomi Wolf not so much

Last night for me was a very entertaining night in Seattle (other than the usual rain, traffic and parking issues). I was invited by a friend to attend a town hall lecture by Naomi Wolf about her book "The End of America". You can see the same lecture (at a different town hall) here. It started off well and was captivating. The lesbian couple in front of me was distractingly hot and the lesbians behind me were shoving their feet up my ass. The gay guy at the end of the aisle stroked my back as I walked by and said "I'll make room for yoouuu". The guy in front of me offered to be my dress coach if I paid him by the hour. 

Naomi proceeded to give the 10 classic steps that every would-be dictator puts in place on their way to power and compares it to the actions of the Bush administration. The parallels were in fact eerie in many cases. I was completely with her in seeing the very real possibility of a total American meltdown and collapse into tyranny. But not yet. Not immediately. Towards the end I began feeling like I was at a cult meeting. She began talking about how Bush had deployed troops within America and planned on subverting the election somehow. 

 Then when the audience started asking questions I realized they were mostly far-left wacko conspiracy theorists who literally thought the end was nigh, that somehow Bush would maintain power through force, that 9/11 was an inside job etcetera. I wanted to RUN out of the building. It was really creepy. I looked around at the audience and saw these glazed hypnotized looks. It was like being at an NRA meeting in Montana around of a bunch of guys saying "they're gonna take our guns away!!! We need to stop this immediate threat tonight! With violence if we have to!"

I can see chaos potentially happening if we do hit another great depression and collapse as a superpower. I can see tyranny coming to the fore just like it did in Germany and for precisely the same reasons- anger and nationalistic pride, wrapped up in a flag and carrying a cross, led by right wing talk radio fanatics. Maybe we'll blame the Mexicans for our downfall and start picking them off with sniper rifles, or planting mines along the border.

But not now. Not without total disaster. As bad as Iraq is, it's not Vietnam, it's not WWII (at least not to US, but it is to the millions of people we caused to relocate). Bush has a 26% approval rating. He has no backing. Even the military has funneled more campaign money to Obama. A coup is absurd, but Naomi kept using the word. You have a republican nominee pretending to  run *against* his own party and his own party's elected president, yet Naomi tries to hypnotize you into thinking Bush has captured central power. I wasn't hypnotizable. Once again, my views as a mostly liberal person are represented in an insulting way. If she would have simply stopped before going into her conspiracy theories I would have considered the lecture to be great. 

Happy to be out of there, we went to see Bill Maher's "Religulous". It was almost like an hour and a half orgasm. At a 10pm showing in liberal Seattle, you are bound to find a group of like minded people watching religulous on Friday night. Our near incessant laughter was exaggerated and increased by the laughter of those around us, just like in a comedy club. It was rapturous to be around people on the same page who actually "got" the joke, who laughed just as often and just as hard. The movie really did surpass my expectations, and has received great reviews. But I am sure it would not have been quite as funny had I merely rented the DVD. Maher says things Dawkins and Harris cannot say, and he does the cause proud. 

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Were They Watching the Same Debate?

I just finished watching the vice presidential debate. I was laughing throughout, believing that Palin was destroyed. Utterly. No contest. I was laughing thinking to myself, "there is no way anyone watching this could possibly take her seriously." She clearly looked distressed, and clearly had far less experience. Biden spoke from the heart and effortlessly revealed his knowledge.

Imagine my astonishment post debate, watching NBC where the opinions seem to be that Palin did McCain a favor....

WTF?  Were they watching the same debate?!?!?!

They said she "held her own".

This is precisely what many expected would happen. The bar had been lowered so low for Palin that anything short of a total train wreck would be perceived as a victory.

Sexism at it's finest.

If the same exact debate had happened with the same exact words uttered, only with Rudy Giuliani (or any other male) at the podium, it would have been considered a victory for Biden. 

Just the act of avoiding total humiliation was apparently a victorious outcome for someone a heartbeat away from the presidency. Wow.

The spinning erupted immediately, with the nutcase Geralidine Ferraro telling Tom Brokaw that Palin's pussy was the source of her desire to root for the opposite team. The press valiantly strove for equality, for story, for an excuse to belch more and more meaningless ink to garner more and more drama to create more and more ratings. Like a baseball stadium owner hoping for the revenue of a drawn out seven game world series, the press anointed Sarah Palin victorious- The winner for not literally hyperventilating on stage. The proud victor for not walking off in humiliation. The clear and obvious black hole of experience crowned the shining glory of down-home American simpletonry.

Of course, this is coming from someone who thought John McCain did pretty well, and Obama looked tired. Only to find out that Obama got a boost from the first debate. 

Once again, I have absolutely no idea what the American citizenry is thinking or how they perceive reality. I do know that the press is like a Japanese baseball team- purposely striving for a tie. 

Supplemental- Well, looks like more undecided voters had a positive view of the dem ticket after the debate in preliminary polls. Maybe my reaction was skewed by the hysterical people interviewed at NBC who did not represent the typical undecided voter.  46% Biden won  21% Palin far. That's what I would expect based on what I saw. In fact I thought that Biden (except for a few fatigued ramblings towards the end) may have done better against McCain than Obama did. But I cannot imagine any unbiased person not seeing through Palin's sheer bullshit. 

Brokaw, Peggy Noonan, Ferraro... what in the HELL are you people smoking??!?!?