Thursday, September 18, 2008

Guess the email password


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Conservatives for Obama

Former editor of the National Review endorses Obama.

I know of a few friends who for various reasons, although none so eloquently put as Mr. Allison's, that have jumped ship on the Republican Party during this election and are now firmly in Obama's camp. I think deep down some conservatives are starting to realize that the Republican party is not conservative at all.

But today it is so-called conservatives who are cemented to political programs when they clearly don’t work. The Bush tax cuts—a solution for which there was no real problem and which he refused to end even when the nation went to war—led to huge deficit spending and a $3 trillion growth in the federal debt. Facing this, John McCain pumps his “conservative” credentials by proposing even bigger tax cuts. Meanwhile, a movement that once fought for limited government has presided over the greatest growth of government in our history. That is not conservatism; it is profligacy using conservatism as a mask.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

McCain is anti democracy

THIS JUST IN! John McCain campaign is attempting to prevent people from voting. This is just more of the same crap the GOP has been doing for decades. From the MJS:

McCain mailing draws complaints

The Wisconsin board that oversees elections is fielding complaints that Republican presidential nominee John McCain's campaign is sending out a mailing that includes an application for an absentee ballot - but in some cases the address is wrong.

Democrat Beverly Jambois of Middleton got one of the fliers addressed to her husband Robert, a lawyer for the state Transportation Department. They're registered to vote in Middleton, but the absentee ballot application was addressed to the Madison city clerk's office.

"They're trying to knock me off the rolls," she said. "I can't tell you how upsetting it is to me. This is how you win elections? By disenfranchising other voters?"

Kyle Richmond, a spokesman for the Government Accountability Board, said there have been 10 complaints in the past two days from those who got the McCain flier. The board's staff is investigating, he said.

Absentee ballots may only be used in the locality where the person is registered to vote, he said.

Mark Jefferson, executive director of the state Republican Party, denied there was any intent to prevent people from voting. The wrong absentee ballot applications were the result of incorrect information in databases used for the mailing, he said.

"You do the best with the lists you have, and no list is perfect," Jefferson said. "There is certainly no type of suppression effort going on."

He said the mailing was directed to hundreds of thousands of voters.

Local clerks now are processing absentee voting applications. The absentee ballots aren't sent until about four weeks before the election.

John McCain is a Liar

The lies just never stop. The McCain camp is banking on the notion that Americans stay misinformed and that his lies go unchallenged. Thankfully, the press is standing up and calling bullshit. Hopefully, people realize that lies in the context of running a campaign is an indicator of how McCain will govern. We should all be scared shitless. Here are some highlights.

1) He routinely lies about Obama's tax cut proposal. Obama's plan calls for tax cuts for everyone except those making over 250k a year. FALSE!

2) He claimed that Obama's "lipstick on a pig" comment was directed at his running mate. FALSE!

3) He approves a disgusting ad claiming Obama wants to teach "comprehensive sex-ed" to kindergartners. FALSE!

4) The McCain camp pants are on fire when they say that his VP nominee was against earmarks for "the bridge to nowhere." False! She was for it before she was against it.

Seriously, as Paul Krugman points out, these lies are so bad and so poorly cloaked that anyone can debunk them by doing a few minutes worth of research on the internet.

It's time to start questioning the integrity of a candidate that would engage in serial fibbing to gain the upper hand in the election. I don't care if he was a POW for 100 years, a man who demonstrates such a lack of integrity should not be president.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Oh boy!


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

McCain loves pedophiles

McCain recycles an old smear on Obama with a creepy and despicable attack ad. Of course, the legislation in question was aimed to protect kids from pedophiles. Not something John McCain can get behind.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Empty Pant Suit?

Politics are dominating my thinking right now, so politics are going to dominate this blog. It's amusing to me to watch the republicans try and tote Sarah Palin out on stage as someone who has the experience to be VP and potentially president at the same time as criticizing Obama on the experience issue. The irony is delic(ious)!

We've all heard the "Alaska is close to Russia" bit and the "she's commander of the Alaska National Guard" line as support for the idea that she has foreign policy experience and that she can lead troops into battle. I'm amazed that so many people have repeated this utterly ridiculous statement.

It's going to be interesting to see how the 'get-to-know Sarah Palin' story unfolds. The McCain camp is obviously shielding her from any scrutiny by not allowing any 1 on 1 interviews. You'd expect that she would be on the Sunday morning shows this week. She was not. There is one interview lined up with Charlie Gibson. It'll be interesting to see the kinds of questions he'll be allowed to ask and how she answers them. You can draw your own conclusions about why McCain is protecting her from the media, but it seems to me it is being done because they fear she's not prepared to answer questions that will be asked of her. She's already demonstrated ignorance regarding economic policy when she said Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had "gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers" during a campaign rally in Colorado. This is obviously going to be a key economic issue for the next administration as it appears the government is going to have bail out these lenders. The fact that she didn't know they were privately owned companies should scare the bejeebus out of people. Eventually she's going to have to pay the piper, answer tough questions on the Sunday morning shows, and prove she has a clue. Let's sit back and watch.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Hockey Mom's, PhD's, and Change

So, this whole political narrative about Sarah Palin being a tough "Hockey Mom" is such a fucking joke. I played hockey for 14 of the first 18 years of my life and as a whole the mom's were just like any other group of women. Many were like my mother who worked a full-time job, and some were stay at home mothers. Some were well off, others had less money. Some were religious, others less so. Some talked too much, others said too little. The same sort of description applies to hockey dad's as well. And for the life of me, I cannot think of one thing about watching their kids slap around a piece of vulcanized rubber that somehow makes them especially qualified to be President of United States. But, I guess you rely on these sort of sugar-coated stories and gimmicks when you are unable to run on the issues. You nominate a VP who, by any reasonable account, does not have the experience to act as President compared to any other of the candidates he was considering. For fuck's sake, she thinks oil pipelines and the war in Iraq are heaven sent. What kind of bat-shit crazy is this? Do people actually believe this crap?

It was equally hilarious to see the Republicans try to convince people that they are the party people should trust to "fix Washington." Somehow, I don't think that line will resonate very well when they have been in charge for pretty much all of the last 8 years. And while McCain said the word "change" about 50 times last night, he failed to into any specifics about what needs to be changed or who fucked it up.

Amidst all these political happenings, I managed to defend my dissertation this week am now officially Dr. Bossman.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Double Speak

Probably the best thing I've seen in quite some time.