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He's talking to us. It's so good to have a real President again.

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You can skip to the bottom for the headlines if you are ready to be pissed off. I didn't always think that Republicans were bad. In the 1990's, I listened to Rush Limbaugh and G. Gordon Liddy. I thought Clinton was a bad president. The main reason why I leaned towards the Republicans they were closer to the Libertarians. I held libertarian beliefs and read Ayn Rand. I even believed that Liberals were closet socialists and that big government was bad. I even voted for George W. Bush in 2000.

Here I am today a progressive and a registered Democrat. I voted for Obama in 2008. I'm not going to regale you with the details of my political transformation, but I will say the main reason I changed had more to do with my core philosophy of how I look at the world. Political belief is unscientific.

When a scientist observes the world and comes up with theories he tests it to see if his theory is sound. A good scientist knows when his theories have failed and moves on. He's always changing and revising his understanding of the world. And so I have applied that principle to my view on politics. I try to pick a system that works best for people. Right now, progressive politics, seems to be the most effective. That could change in the future. In fact, it must. I'm beginning to suspect our choice of politics may be tied to our personality type.

I didn't wake up one morning and decide that Republicans were evil and that Democrats were good. There are plenty of Democrats that I don't have much faith in, Reid and Pelosi, come to mind. I'm not a liberal. I am a progressive. The term is used interchangeably and confuses the issue. It's not a relabeling. I know I need to expand on that so you'll understand where I'm coming from and how I got here. On to the headlines.

To understand the bullshit shenanigans the Republicans are pulling on this stimulus bill I thought I'd give you two examples:

Bike Paths=Green Pork?

Katie Couric Disses Energy-Saving Weatherization As Embarrassing

That's right. Senator DeMint wants to ban any funding for bike routes and paths, and Senator Mitch McConnell wants to get rid of funding for weatherization. Both of these Senators want to prevent America from even baby steps to wean us off of dependence of fossil fuels, foreign and domestic.

So what are the benefits, As Obama said, it's a threefer. You put people to work building bike paths and weatherizing homes. You save money on your energy bills. You reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Actually you get a fourfer. You help the environment upon which we all depend.

The problems that face us as individuals, as a community, as a nation, and as the world are immense and daunting. The Republicans, and I sure a few Democrats, but mostly Republicans, cannot see any further than the next election and protecting the interests of corporations at the expense of everyone else. In their own bubble, with their own set of limited facts, they believe they are doing the right thing. I'm sure some of them do know better.

It would be far better to convince the Republicans that it is in their best interest, not to mention, the best interest of America, to do the right thing, to lead us towards a more sustainable way of living. But if they don't, then they must be voted out of office. Democrats aren't perfect. They too have some problems, but the progressives have an in and are working to dominate the party. Progressives aren't always Democrats. Teddy Roosevelt did a number of progressive things.

Next time I plan to have more links and less soapbox.

Oh, and one more thing, while I'm on my soapboax, the Republicans have been trying to get people to visualize how much money is being spent for "pork" by stacking it end to end. X billion dollars would reach from New Jersey to El Paso, or four times around the globe, or some other such bullshit visualization. It's a distraction. Think how many homes could be saved from foreclosure with that. How many families that would help. Think how many people could have health insurance coverage. A stack of money benefits no one. You can show a benefit by how it's spent. For example I could say the money spent on the Iraq war would stretch from here to the Moon or around the globe five times. I don't know how big a stack it is, nor do I care, but you get the idea. I could say that for the money we spent on the Iraq war would have paid for universal health care for every man woman and child in America. That has actual payoffs for America as a whole.

What payoff has invading Iraq given us? Certainly not cheaper oil. A devastated country, thousand and thousands dead, thousand of wounded vets. You say it's made the world a safer place. Has it? Dick Cheney was saying that we could expect a major terrorist attack on America because of Obama. That to me says Cheney's people didn't do a very good job of reducing terrorism in the world. At best, they merely contained it. And I don't think they really did that.
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Why it's almost time to tell Republicans to go **expletive deleted** themselves. I'm really getting tired of their **expletive deleted**. I'm really close to wishing that they and their supporters will be miserable for the next eight years. There have been a few things the Obama administration is doing that haven't pleased me, but I'm willing to give them time to sort things out.

Gregg Confirmation Flashpoint Emerges as GOPers Decry White House Census Move

GOP Leaders Continue Opposing Stimulus Bill

Cheney The 'Dick' hopes for a major terrorist attack on America.

Edging towards a depression (a very scary and depressing graph).

I know there are decent Republicans out there. I know there are honest conservatives out there. You guys need to take your party back. You need to get rid of these ass clowns and douche nozzles who are trying score political brownie points at the expense of the country. If you don't think Boehner and Graham and Coburn fall into that category, I pity you.

We are going to know how bad a shape the Bush/Cheney/Gramm cabal left the country in in a few months. The Obama administration is still doing damage assessment. Democrats had the last two years to put the slow down the destruction, but they didn't have the guts to do anything. I hope the price of winning the last election was worth and that it's not too late. We are heading for a depression. We just don't know how bad it's going to be yet. We have the leadership and the people to help us get through it, but it remains to be seen if they can convince the Republicans to stop their obstructionist crap.


Found another anger inducing headline.

What the centrists have wrought


Jan. 20th, 2009 09:56 pm
entp2007: (clm)
And so it begins.

This one's for you, President Obama.
entp2007: (mumra)
As the disastrous eight years of the Bush/Cheney mis-administration winds to a close, you can review the Bush Years in Onion Headlines via BoingBoing. It links to a much fuller list found on Theresa Nielsen Hayden's blog Making Light: The true history of the Bush years.

Here are some of my favorite headlines:

January 17, 2001: Bush: ‘Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over’.

March 17, 2004: Rumsfeld Hosts No-Holds-Barred Martial Arts Tournament At Remote Island Fortress.

September 14, 2005: Halliburton Gets Contract To Pry Gold Fillings From New Orleans Corpses’ Teeth.

July 2, 2008: Bush Tours America To Survey Damage Caused By His Disastrous Presidency.

January 13, 2009: Vice Presidential Handlers Lure Cheney Into Traveling Crate.

I laughed out loud when I read that last one. Yeah, the last eight years wasn't as bad as when Stalin collectivized the farms in the Soviet Union or as bad as the Spanish Civil War. At least not in the US. What happened in Iraq and Afghanistan was pretty bad. And though we may have hopefully good leadership for the next four to eight years, it won't be easy digging our selves out of the hole the Bush-Cheney cabal has put us in.

On the one hand I have to pinch myself, that we actually elected Obama. On the other hand I know we have a rough road ahead thanks to outgoing administration. Hopefully the last act we get to witness are Bush's pardons. They'll be the turd icing on the shit cake that was their administration.
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Tomorrow I go to two Thanksgiving dinners. I'm already 40 pounds over my ideal weight, though if I lost just 20 I'd be a lot better off. I'm right around 200 lbs. I was actually down to 160 in early 2004 and my weight has slowly crept up as I stopped exercising on a regular basis. Other than that I'm in good health though if I don't start taking off the pounds again I will have problems in the future.

Anyway, here is my favorite movie clip about Thanksgiving:

But if you really want to know what I'm thankful for this year check out these pics.
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Check them out. The ones I found most interesting were:

  • He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics

  • He has read every Harry Potter book

  • His favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • He hates the youth trend for trousers which sag beneath the backside

  • He repaid his student loan only four years ago after signing his book deal

  • He has said many of his friends in Indonesia were "street urchins"

Oh, and check out Rahm Emanuel facts. Unlike Chuck Norris facts. Rahm's are 100% true. Including:

After the 2006 midterm elections, Rahm Emanuel jumped on a table and said the Republican Party "can go fuck themselves"

I'm not quite ready to say that, but if they don't give Obama a chance and work with the Democrats in the first 90 days of his presidency, I'll be ready to say utter those words.
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Do I want to get off my political kick? Yes and no. I'd certainly like to move on to other things, but politics still dominates my thinking. I'd prefer to think about things like science fiction or bikini car washes. I am overjoyed that Obama has won and that Democrats have picked up a lot more seats, but I am under no illusion, that things will be tough.

The Democrats really didn't make that much progress when they took over Congress in 2006. They decided that their one victory on defeating FISA wasn't good enough, so they went and undefeated it. Obama voted for the new FISA bill. The old FISA was perfectly adequate. It's just that Bush didn't want to be bothered with following the rule of law. All those companies to be granted retroactive immunity could have gotten it in the first place, if Bush had been following the law. Again something he seems to be allergic to. And the absolute worst decision any Speaker of the House ever made was to take impeachment off the table. I'm not sure I could ever forgive Nancy Pelosi for that.

There were many things that the Democrats did that helped to enable the Bush administration and perhaps their reasoning was as simple as covering up their own complicity, or some tortured strategy for winning bigger in 2008. If it's the latter and those responsible for administrative malfeasance are held accountable and the major damage by this administration will be healed, then I can forgive that.

The Democrats need to govern well. They will have to keep the Republicans from being even more obstructionist than they are now. This means there will have be a reconciliation and a real reaching out to the Republicans. They should only compromise when the compromise achieves real progress. I fear the Republicans and their willing accomplices in the media (e.g.- Fox News, Limbaugh, Drudge) will be assholes. Winning the primary was hard for Obama, winning the election was harder, governing well will be the hardest. I think he's up to the challenge. Time will tell.

I live in the reddest of red states. No other state gave a higher percentage of the vote to McCain, 66%. We beat Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Louisiana, Alabama, and Alaska. Not only that for the first time in Oklahoma history has the Republicans gained control of both houses of the state legislature.

I though Oklahoma had finally joined the 20th century when it banned cockfighting in 2002 (Even though 30 out of 77 counties filed challenges to the ban. Thankfully the Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld it.) Apparently, not. I am deeply ashamed that my home state has decided to be so willfully ignorant in this election. It really should come as no surprise as we keep re-electing perhaps the most reviled Republican Senator remaining in office, Jim Inhofe.

I suppose it's a good thing that I'm moving to Tucson. Arizona is pretty red, but I've been told that Pima county is the most liberal county in Arizona. I've checked the election map and that seems to hold up.
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I am under no illusions that the next four years will be tough and that Bush & Cheney are still in office for another 75 days, but today is a day to celebrate. I found the perfect video to represent how the whole world feels.

Note to McCain supporters )
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Bush is still President and Obama is projected to be President-Elect. Bush can still do a lot of damage in the time remaining he has in office. Like say bankrupt the country so badly, that the next President will find it very difficult to clean up the mess this one has created.

But for tonight and the next day or two it's time to dance in the streets! Congratulations President Obama and to everyone who helped make this happen. This election was about us and that the promise of America is really for everyone.

Fist bumps for everyone!
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November 5th will be a day to remember. It'll be the day after the election and if we are very lucky we'll know who won the presidential election. I knew that the campaign would get uglier the closer it gets to the election. And it has. An actress who played Ann Coulter in a bit part in the movie W died after after a severe beating. Was the attack politically motivated? I don't know. It could have been a random coincidence. A woman faked an attack by an Obama supporter. She has confessed.

If Obama wins, Republicans will be crying voter fraud. If McCain wins, Democrats will be crying voter suppression. The difference is that voter fraud is done by individuals and voter suppression is an organized effort to prevent large numbers of voters from casting ballots, usually minorities. The voter fraud that the Republicans are crying about now is actually registration fraud, but they are being disingenuous about it. ACORN hires people to register voters. They are required to turn in all registration forms even if they are considered suspect.

Remember the attorney firing scandal? Well the Republicans made the same charges of "voter fraud" and when those attorneys appointed by George W. Bush couldn't or wouldn't find this alleged voter fraud, they were fired.

I will not be surprised to hear more reports of racially motivated attacks over the next nine days. I will not be surprised at conservative and "independent" pundits making claims that the Democrats have become unhinged.

There is nothing I can say to my friends and family who plan to vote for McCain, that will convince them Obama will be better for America. Some of them think he will be a disaster. They don't believe the last eight years have been disastrous with Bush & Cheney. There have been willing Democrats who have enabled them. Rightly or wrongly the only the only thing that can prove the Republicans in charge aren't totally evil is if Obama wins, is inaugurated and serves most of his first term as president.

Well, that didn't take long. AP is reporting that the: ATF disrupts skinhead plot to assassinate Obama (and 102 other people who just happened to be black). This is not the first foiled plot.
entp2007: (clm)
Friggin' awesome!

If you watch only one political ad this entire election season, watch this one.
entp2007: (clm)
Since I will be out of town on Nov 4. I requested an absentee ballot. I did receive my ballot, and I read those instructions carefully. As instructed, I had the affidavit notarized. I was a little alarmed that the instructions told me to use a No. 2 pencil. I did so. I put my marked ballots in the envelope marked BALLOTS, and put that envelope in the envelope bearing the Affidavit, and then I put that envelope inside the envelope marked Outer Envelope. After sealing it all up I walked over to the campus post office. It cost me 59 cents to mail.

I won't say how I voted, but if you've read my posts and comments, you can probably guess who I voted for for president. I will say this: when I saw Sarah Palin's name on the ballot it was only then that it really sunk in that she was the VP nominee for the Republicans. I had a similar but lesser reaction when I learned that Ahnold became the governator of California. Then I actually visited some friends in the Bay Area, and I realized looking around OMG he's the governor of this state. I knew intellectually what a disaster she'd be for the country when I learned enough about her, but seeing her name in black and white on the actual ballot I got a sinking feeling in my stomach.

This is an historic election and for many of us will be the most important vote we will ever cast. Regardless of who wins, we Americans have huge challenges ahead of us. With the right leadership we can take on those challenges. With the wrong leadership, we'll fail. Only you can decide what choice to make.

Yes We Can

Oct. 23rd, 2008 11:48 am
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I amazed every time I watch him. Obama really is a once in a generation politician. If anyone can get us through the troubling times ahead of us, he's the one. Yeah, that one.

Sure you could vote for a 72 year old war hero (and a four-time melanoma survivor) and a charming but divisive governatrix. And if you think she's capable of stepping in at a moments notice then I have a bridge to nowhere to sell you.

If Obama can beat Hillary and beat McCain and beat the Republicans, beating the terrorists will be a cake walk.

The next four years will not be easy. America is in for some very rough times and perhaps days darker than anything we've seen in the last eight years of this disastrous administration. There will be a difference. If we elect Obama, we'll have a president who we knows cares about all Americans not just the 'real' Americans. (former US Marine and SF author Elizabeth Moon has some thoughts on what a 'real' American is). We'll have a president to inspire us to be better than we are.


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