Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Do Not Attempt to Apprehend This Woman. Call the Nearest Law Enforcement Agency. Considered Unarmed & Clueless.

Want to See My Popeye Imitation. How This?

Okay, okay --- you see, Bill misplaced my Polident this morning and the damn dentures are just a'kill'n me.

I told the hotel desk guy I wanted a room with a capital view, not a view of the capitol!


Tuesday, December 16, 2008


The best YouTube shot of this abysmal event follows:


What a fitting end to the most disgraceful presidency in U.S. history!

The man is an absolute DOG!


Sunday, December 14, 2008


I ain't making this up. George Bush had two size-10 shoes thrown at him today while appearing in Baghdad with Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi Prime Minister. The shoes were thrown by an irate journalist, Muntadar al-Zeidi, a correspondent for Al-Baghdadia television, an Iraqi-owned station based in Cairo, Egypt. Mr. al-Zeidi accompanied his display of physical prowess with the uttered phrase "dog" which in the Middle East (and anywhere else) is the ultimate insult.

Bush ducked both shoes as they whizzed past his head and landed with a thud against the wall behind him.

What a way to end one's presidency. I think it's time to back that U-Haul up to the White House and best be packing for that drive down to Dallas. Maybe if we're lucky, we might see that practice repeated here in the United States - the sooner the better!

It's not often that a sitting U.S. president flies half-way around the world to appear in public with another country's leader only to dodge flying projectiles (i.e., thrown shoes) while conducting a press conference. I can only say that Bush the Younger has completely outdone Bush the Elder in this regard. Remember the scene in the late '80's in Japan where Bush, Sr. upchucked on the Japanese prime minister. All things considered, I believe "W" managed to eke out a better faux pas than his pappy.

Of course, George still has a ways to go to outdo the current Mexican president, Felipe Calderon, who obtained his presidential confirmation by the Mexican Supreme Court under the most arduous of circumstances. On September 6, 2006 Calderon had to be hustled past thousands of riot police into the Supreme Court building through the back entrance and just as spiritedly hustled back out the same way - in order to receive his paper certification. Supporters of the narrowly defeated (and many say the victim of a stolen presidential election) Andrés Manuel López Obrador had barred the front entrance and vowed not to allow Calderon entry to be confirmed president.

For what it's worth we only have a little over 30 days left in the Bushwacked Presidency. God willing, we'll all wake up on January 20, 2009 and finally witness the restoration of sanity and reason as the guiding principles of this heretofore fascist-wracked Republic.

I wonder if by chance the shoes thrown at our fearless leader were Bruno Mali loafers (the same ones worn by O.J.). Or maybe dockers - after all the Bush compound in Kennebunkport probably has a lot of folks working on their yacht decks outfitted in the same shoe.

As Satchel Paige once said, "Don't look back, those size-10 shoes may be gaining on ya!"


Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Should we bail out the auto industry?

Right now they've scaled back the "loan" to a mere $15 billion, down from $34 billion.

As I left the house tonight I saw Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank on C-Span with news of a near-deal for financial assistance to the Big-3 (Chrysler, Ford & General Motors).

Whatever other concerns I might have about the idea of a loan workout for Detroit are more than offset by what will definitely happen without it. The untold job losses and the accompanying decrease in spending will dwarf anything we have yet seen.

And just to throw in a dose of cold-water reality - for those who are sitting on the fence over the prospect of any money directed towards the automobile industry:


The stark conclusions came as the World Bank’s chief economist predicted that the world faced “the worst recession since the Great Depression”.

And -

Justin Lin, the World Bank’s chief economist, said the current downturn was likely to see simultaneous recessions in most of the industrialised world, and that these recessions were likely to last longer than in the early 1980s, and the decline in growth would be more universal than in past episodes in recent decades.

Feel free to "chime-in" with your comments, a simple "yes" or "no" will do. I'm really interested to see what kind of an overall feeling exists towards the auto industry and whether folks consider this a defining moment in our nation's history.




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Wednesday, November 26, 2008


The following blog article can be found in - by "booman" - an erudite writer of national political affairs. I've "placed" it here for a very good read on the Israeli-Palestinian dilemma and as a way to understand its proper context and the accompanying way to resolve it.

It's a little over 15 paragraphs long, but well worth the read. Concisely written.


Understanding Obama
by BooMan
Wed Nov 26th, 2008 at 10:33:50 AM EST

Chris Bowers rightly criticizes the tendency of the punditocracy to contrast progressives with pragmatists, as if progressives are all wild-eyed idealists. A better contrast would be progressives vs. centrists or progressives vs. conservatives. There is nothing inherent in progressivism that makes it naively unrealistic. However, there is a strain of progressivism that can be fairly compared with neo-conservatism. It's hard to define, but the commonality comes from holding an ideology that is based both in strong principles and faulty or unrealistic assumptions.

For example, neo-conservatives believe that democratic forms of government are preferable to all other forms of government (an admirable assumption) and that the rise of anti-American terrorism is highly correlated with the highly repressive governments in the Middle East (an important insight). The problem comes from their proposed solution: coercive Democracy imposed by Westerners that causes more instability than flowering freedoms. There is a strain of progressivism that agrees in broad terms that the cause of terrorism is the lack of democracy and human rights in the Middle East, and which places much of the blame for that situation on U.S. foreign policies (the 1953 coup in Iran, our historic relationship with the Saudi and Egyptian regimes, and our overly one-sided relationship with Israel that denies the Palestinians self-determination). The problem with this is not the diagnosis so much as the proposed cures. Solutions that call for abandoning the region and removing all our military bases are indeed naively unrealistic. There are pragmatic solutions, but they require a slow, steady transformation.

I think we can all agree that our current relationship and posture in the Middle East is neither sustainable nor productive for either our people or the people of the region. One proposed solution is too pull everything out because the region is too complicated. Another proposed solution (the neo-conservative gambit) has failed. The pragmatic policy is somewhere in between. And there is a rather broad agreement about the parameters of such a policy that are shared by conservative realists like Brent Scowcroft and pragmatic progressives like Russ Feingold. That's the sweet spot, where we have foreign policy overlap between the two parties, and that is where Obama appears to be going in assembling his foreign policy team. To understand this, we have to unlearn some of the lessons of the past few years.

You may remember that President Bush's then chief of staff famously said that they rolled out their regime-change in Iraq campaign in September 2002 because 'you don't roll out a new product in August'. What you might not remember is that Brent Scowcroft wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on August 15, 2002 entitled Don't Attack Saddam: It would undermine our antiterror efforts. If you are honest, you'll admit that Scowcroft provided the exact kind of advice in that column that you want a president to hear.

Scowcroft had a lot of allies on the center-right and center-left, but their voices were muted or silent in the face of the neo-conservatives relentless campaign of fear (remember the color-coded terror charts?). The Scowcroft group can be broadly defined as the Realist School of foreign policy, and they are known for putting pragmatism over ideology and national self-interest over high-minded principles. That's obviously good and bad. The criticism of the Realist School is that they place too little priority on the value of democracy and human rights. Historically, they'd rather deal with a right-leaning dictator than a socialist democracy. They put stability first, provided that stability involves open markets for American corporations and military interests.

This indifference and, often, hypocrisy, of the Realist School has led to many of the problems we see in the Middle East today. It's a critique that is shared by both progressives and conservatives. Yet, there should be little doubt that there is much wisdom in the Realist School. The value of stability for human rights is often underestimated, and the stability provided by strong-armed dictators often masks the internal incohesiveness of the societies over which they preside. The overthrow of Saddam Hussein has brought all of this to light in rather stark terms, but we can also see similar problems in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. Elections do not, in themselves, guarantee an improvement in the human condition, especially if they are accompanied by a massive decrease in societal stability.

On the progressive side there is more realism about the limitations of democracy than on the neo-conservative side. Progressives are more convinced that it is foreign interference that causes resentment and a national security problem than any lack of human rights. Insofar as we are seen as assisting repressive regimes in their repression, we are the target of resentment and blowback. In the progressive critique, the best way to make ourselves safer is to cease meddling in the affairs of foreign countries and, in particular, to stop propping up regimes that deny their people basic human rights. For most progressives, this critique extends to the Israeli government in their policy towards the occupied Palestinian territories.

I would place myself in this latter school of thought, but with some caveats. If there is a glaring fault in progressive thinking about foreign policy, it is in its undervaluing of stability. It shares this fault with the neo-conservative school. Progressive cures tend towards the same kind of creative destruction seen in neo-conservative cures. Policies are proffered that are every bit as reckless as anything dreamed up by Paul Wolfowitz. It's a let-the-cards-fall-where-they-may mentality which is willing to upend all our foreign policy arrangements without much thought to what kinds of instability might ensue in the vacuum of power created as a result. This tendency is born more of frustration and disempowerment than any ideology, but it is problematic just the same.

You may have noticed the recent spike in high-seas piracy off the coast of Somalia. That is the kind of thing that can happen when the United States is either distracted or retreats from its role as the preeminent naval power in the world. It may be ultimately desirable for the United States to draw back and take less of a role in 'policing' the world, but the world still will require some policing. Responsible solutions involve more power and resource sharing, not creating a vacuum of power. This is especially true in the Middle East because of the global community's dependency and addiction to energy.

Which gets me back to Barack Obama. Obama has not called for an American retreat from the world stage or a radical upending of our foreign relations. He recognizes that our involvement in the Middle East creates problems and blowback, but his solution is cautious and designed to work over a period of time. After stabilizing the financial markets, his number one domestic policy is going to be a green-economy initiative to take some of the pressure off our dependency on Middle Eastern energy. That will give us a freer hand to take risks that might involve a period of regional instability. In the future we might feel secure enough to allow the Saudi regime, for example, to be swept away in a popular uprising. Right now, we'd be too concerned about disruptions in the oil supply to let that happen.

When it comes to Israel, listen to the advice that Scowcroft gave in his August 2002 opinion piece:

Possibly the most dire consequences would be the effect in the region. The shared view in the region is that Iraq is principally an obsession of the U.S. The obsession of the region, however, is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If we were seen to be turning our backs on that bitter conflict--which the region, rightly or wrongly, perceives to be clearly within our power to resolve--in order to go after Iraq, there would be an explosion of outrage against us. We would be seen as ignoring a key interest of the Muslim world in order to satisfy what is seen to be a narrow American interest.

That might sound like a progressive critique but it was anything but. The Realist School has long held, correctly, that the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the number one priority of American Middle Eastern policy. It's one reason why George Herbert Walker Bush's administration was so distrusted by many Israeli hard-liners.

So, what is Obama doing? By taking advice from Scowcroft, leaving Robert Gates (for now) in charge of the Pentagon, and by bringing in other Realists on to his team, he is co-opting the centrist Republicans. The Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, Richard Lugar, and likeminded thinkers like Chuck Hagel, are now de facto members of the Obama coalition. They are inside the tent, pissing out.

This dulls McCarthyite criticisms from the neo-conservatives and from the Israeli hard-liners as it gives the appearance (and much of the reality) of a bipartisan foreign policy consensus. But Obama did not stop there. He has disarmed the Israeli hard-liners by giving them a seat at the table, as well. Nowhere is this clearer than in his selection of vice-president and chief of staff. If he goes through with the selection of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, he will further disarm the hard-liners.

Now, there is a legitimate progressive critique that Obama is staffing up with a toxic combination of people that were either wrong about the invasion of Iraq or that were right, but for the wrong reasons. After all, the Realist School might have been clear-eyed on the ill-advisability of invading Iraq, but they are myopic about their own culpability in creating the problems we face in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world. What is needed is much more far-reaching change. That's true. But that change must be managed carefully, and it will come much easier if it is done with a broad coalition of support.

Barack Obama would be well-advised to find some idealistic progressives for his foreign policy team. He needs to hear their voices even if he doesn't take their advice. His strategy so far is finely honed to getting things done in the Washington/Establishment framework, but he needs allies as well as advice that runs counter to Establishment thinking. We need radical change, but we need to do it in a pragmatic way.


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Saturday, November 22, 2008


Yes, it's the anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination in Dallas, Texas - (November 22, 1963]. Click on the "highlighted" word to reveal the brief Zapruder film showing the Kennedy motorcade just moments before and at the very moment the President was shot.

One can only imagine how different the world would have been. Vietnam comes to mind. Nixon is another. Truly, this was the "shot" Heard Through The Ages!

Does anyone have any doubt about the difference one man can make (i.e., Nixon, Reagan, George W. Bush)? Thank God, John McCain came up short. 4 More Years! The world could not afford that. Funny, I believe that was precisely the "chant" during Nixon's re-election campaign - "Four More Years."

We've come a long, long way, baby!!!



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Yes, it's the anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination in Dallas, Texas - (November 22, 1963). The "highlighted" link will reveal the short Zapruder film taken of the event on that fateful day in November 1963.



Words just can't convey enough!!

Is this a Fellini film? Certainly not an Ingmar Bergman "introspective" classic.

Enjoy, and will that be dark meat or white? Sorry, we're a little low on the cranberry sauce.




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Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Well, it looks like the Dems will have Joe Lieberman to kick around for a little while longer after all. Today's vote by the Democratic senators resulted in allowing Joe Lieberman to maintain his post as chairman of both the Homeland Security Committee and a subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee. He did have to give up his position as head of the Environmental and Public Works Committee. Wow, was he really chastised today by his fellow Democratic senators. Not!

Lieberman is a bootlicker. It's not just his Republican stance on the Iraq War and his name calling of Barack Obama and other democrats who dare to call into question the Bush Administration's motives for empire building. Joe actually adores John McCain and while voting for "social issues" more in line with the Democrats he is way beyond independent on all other issues. He is a Republican in Democratic clothing.

The Democrats are like an abused wife who is just an enabler of her drunken, violence-prone husband. Senate Leader Harry Reid is the chief-enabler-in-charge. Someone should inform Mr. Reid that turning the other cheek carries with it a statute of limitations. Lieberman has gone far beyond his allotted limit on voting against the Democratic agenda. The very least Reid could have done is suspend Lieberman's chairmanship positions for a year or two until Joe "got religion".

Sooner or later, Mr. Lieberman will rear his ugly head up once more and stare down the Democratic leadership in the Senate while siding with the Republicans on some major piece of legislation. Is it really worth all of the aggravation to keep Lieberman in the Democratic fold or is it high time to cast him adrift and leave him to his own devices. He's going to continue to carry on as he has anyway, why not just make it official.



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Thursday, November 13, 2008


I'm sorry to break the news to you folks but no, Sarah Palin will not be the "Come-Back" kid. She has her core following within the Repugnant Apparatus but that is as far as it will go. Democrat Mark Begich, the popular two-term Mayor of Anchorage, is now leading Republican incumbent U.S. Senator Ted Stevens by over 800 votes in the recount for that office. Tens of thousands of ballots remained to be counted. I'm afraid our gal - Ms. Moose Lips - will have to remain as the governor of that state.

There's always television and radio for this gal. She does have a broadcast journalism degree and for a short time was a local sportscaster in Alaska. Check out the video. You decide - the next Tom Brokaw or Frank Gifford?

She can be the poster-girl for the Republicans and no doubt that will be the way back for the GOP over the next four years. But as far as actually climbing up the political ladder she has severely damaged her standing even within her own state among Republican and Independent voters and this writer does not envision a political comeback for the "Lady of the Northern Lights."

Just this morning at the Republican Governors' Conference in Miami, Florida - Palin was supposed to conduct her 1st live press conference. However, after some further maneuvering by her fellow Republican governors, she ended up appearing with them by her side. Apparently, Sarah is still not ready to "go it alone" in front of real, live press people in a national setting.

She can take her show on the road and tour the country like a traveling band. But as far as entrenching herself in the political process she won't make it past the governor's mansion in Alaska. I hear she makes a mean moose stew - that stinks to high heaven!



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Friday, November 7, 2008






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Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Oh, Happy Day!!!!

I don't want to say I told you so, but hey, I told you so!

McCain never had a chance and when he picked "Caribou Barbie" in September to be his running mate, well if it "looks like a duck, quacks like a duck" [just insert "ska_k" for "duck" and I think you'll get my drift].

McCain was bad but Palin was "beyond the pale". I was just amazed that it took the public some time to wake up to the real Sarah Palin.

And you know, of course, that Sarah Palin thinks that Africa is a "country" and not a "continent." Yes, she had the McCain aides absolutely terrified with her lack of cognitive abilities and a total lack of awareness of world events and international substance.

Make no mistake, the entire Republican machinery was going to use Palin and McCain to take this country back into full-throated Fascism. Joe McCarthy, move over, piker. Meet the "New Boss", much more diabolical than the "Old Boss"/Joe McCarthy.

To end on a lighter note, we won't have Sarah Palin to kick around anymore but I'm afraid Alaskans are not that fortunate.


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Saturday, October 11, 2008


Sarah Palin was found to have abused her powers of office as Governor of Alaska in her relentless quest to have Alaskan State Trooper Mike Wooten fired, so says the Alaskan Legislative Council's "Trooper Gate" report released just last night.

Mike Wooten was the former husband of Palin's sister. He was accused of a variety of things but was felt to be such a "danger" to the physical well-being of Palin's sister that both Todd Palin and even at times Sarah Palin intervened with former Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegahan to have Wooten removed from the State Trooper's ranks.

Well, the shit is now going to hit the fan and, of course, Palin can only lamely reply just look at the report, it will show I did nothing "ethically" wrong. I don't know what standard of ethics she uses but using your office to advance a personal agenda is tantamount to abuse of office however you define your system of ethics.

Perhaps now the Governor can slink off to the Alaskan Independent Party (a seccessionist group of right wing-nut jobs) and reinvent/reconstitute her political career from there. The founder, Joe Vogler has made no secret about not considering himself apart of America and has no desire to claim any ties to the lower-48 at all. This is the political base that Palin "sprung from".

Palin's political career was literally spawned by these kinds of folks: founder - Joe Vogler, a local John Birch Society activist known as "Black Helicopter" Steve Scholl and former AIP chairman Mark Chryson.

The story at by Max Blumenthal and David Neiwart offers an in-depth examination of the crucial role played in Palin's political career by two members of the secessionist Alaska Independence Party (AIP).

Blumenthal said that Palin used former AIP chairman Mark Chryson and a local John Birch Society activist known as "Black Helicopter" Steve Stoll "to advance her political career on a local and state level -- and she sought to reward them with plum political appointments."

In 1996, Chryson and Stoll helped Palin with her campaign of negative, character-based attacks on the incumbent mayor, and after Palin was elected she attempted to appoint Stoll to the seat she had formerly held on the Wasilla city council. That attempt, however, proved unsuccessful.

Palin started out being anything but a reformer. She has never changed her stripes. She was and remains an out-and-out rogue politician of the "evangelical - Armageddon" variety.



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Monday, October 6, 2008


I'll keep this short & sweet. The following video clip is being put out on behalf of the Obama campaign to show the role John McCain played back in 1987 during the savings & loan debacle that involved Lincoln Savings & Loan CEO - Charles Keating - the biggest financial donor to John McCain. John McCain was one of the infamous "Keating Five" as they were known. The video will bring you up to speed on the real John McCain. He ain't no maverick by any stretch!

Please take just a few moments to watch this video - it will be well worth your time.

First, however, I'll start off with a 30-second trailer of the full-length video.




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Thursday, October 2, 2008



Put out by Campaign Money Watch:

The spot focuses on Mr. McCain’s involvement in the Keating Five scandal, in which Mr. McCain, of Arizona, was accused of improperly exerting influence on regulators on behalf of Charles Keating, the high-flying financier and campaign contributor whose savings and loan collapse cost taxpayers $2 billion

John McCain is a dirty lying bastard and not even 20 years distance from this national scandal can change the fact that he is not a "Maverick" but rather a "Bastard."

He long ago shed his "POW" status for his "SOB" role in political life.

He's the best lying rat-bastard that MONEY CAN BUY!



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Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Here's a YouTube video clip showing Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel & Paul Simon on stage at the same time in New York in 1987.

Springsteen & Joel will be performing on October 16th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City for a Barack Obama benefit.

Not a very long video - just a few minutes. Turn up the volume! It's a "Kicker".


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Saturday, September 27, 2008


I don't know about you but after watching last night's presidential debate I could only conclude that John McCain is nothing but a "Grumpy Old Man". It doesn't matter how brilliant Barack can deliver a rebuttal to any one of McCain's half-truths or mere misstatements of fact, John McCain simply can't get out of that "Grampy McCain" mind set.

I could just picture McCain walking the back streets of Tucson, Arizona with that killing contraption seen in the movie "No Country For Old Men" - sneaking up on people and firing that "projectile" from his canister right at their forehead!

McCain's foreign policy is stuck in the 20th century and his economic policy [what little there is] is mired way back in the 19th. He is not well read or well versed in higher thought. He certainly does not give any indication that he is thoughtful or measured in his assessments of anything - foreign or domestic.

McCain is all about "Dogmatic Rectitude and Certitude." He HATES Obama as amply demonstrated by his outright dismissive tone towards the Democratic nominee's statements on policy. Time after time last night (6 or 7 times at least) McCain repeated his worn-out mantra - "my opponent simply does not understand.......".

This election is over. Obama was very polished and composed last night and was "on his toes" throughout with his crisp and forceful rebuttals back at McCain. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED for Barack Obama - Our Next Commander-In-Chief!!!

Monday, September 8, 2008


Barack Obama is now starting to "unload" on the gruesome-twosome of the Republican Ticket.

In Barack's own words: "I've got to admit, these folks are shameless," Obama told a rally here, displaying a passion and an intensity rarely seen from the Illinois senator.

More from Obama:

While other polls have Obama ahead in all-important battleground states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Colorado, his campaign has clearly decided it is time to take off the gloves against McCain and, in particular, Palin.

"You can't just make stuff up, you can't just reinvent yourself," he said earlier in Flint, Michigan, in response to Palin's boast that she had intervened to kill the federally funded bridge.

"The American people aren't stupid."

Well, Obama won't have to wait much longer for the McCain ticket to completely unravel. The following is from the Huffington Post blog of September 11, 2008 reporting on Sarah Palin's Thursday night television interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson - my, how prophetic!]:

Palin talks about invading Russia

"When Gibson said if under the NATO treaty, the United States would have to go to war if Russia again invaded Georgia, Palin responded: "Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you're going to be expected to be called upon and help."

It doesn't get any scarier.

She even paraphrases from Lincoln to explain what she meant by her comment that the Iraq War was a task from God. As Ms. Palin elaborates, Lincoln cautioned never to presume to know what God's will is.

I don't know. Sarah Palin and Lincoln in the same sentence. Yikes! I don't believe "Honest" Abe would take too kindly to being so misconstrued by the likes of Klondike Katie/Palin.

Stay tuned for more.

To Russia with love!

Sunday, August 31, 2008


Okay, okay - let's everyone repeat it: "Sarah Palin (aka "Joe" Stalin). Actually - the "a" is pronounced a long-A. But it would be fine, otherwise!

Well, let's listen to what Steven Colbert has to say on the newly selected GOP vice-presidential running mate to John McCain:

I just think I'll let Steven Colbert have the "last say" on all this. I can only add that she grew up and never left her hometown --- Wasilla, Alaska - about an hour north of Anchorage. And that: (1) Sarah Palin was Miss Wasilla High 1984; (2) Ms. Alaska Runner-Up (1984); (3) city council member of Wasilla; (4) mayor of Wasilla from 1996-2007; (5) then, Governor of Alaska since 2007. Wow!

By the way, her maiden name - for anyone interested - is "Heath".

Remember, Alaska has only about 215,000 registered voters - Ms. Palin got about 115,000 of those! Not exactly an overwhelming political endorsement to be a "heart-beat" away from the Highest Office in the Land!

You decide.

Welcome to John McCain's - "Twilight-Zone" - where experience (aka Obama) is inexperience and inexperience (aka Palin) is really - EXPERIENCE.


Saturday, August 23, 2008


God, the wait is finally over! And the winner is ...... JOE BIDEN, Democratic Senator from Delaware. Well, we now have a Democratic vice-presidential running mate for Barack Obama. And a good one at that. While there may be doubts about Biden's sometimes locquaciousness and tendency to embellish the facts a bit (his 1988 presidential run cut short by plageurism), still in all he has solid foreign policy credentials and is known to be his own man and speak his own mind. He doesn't waffle like the Mighty "Citizen" McCainster.

A short video of both men's remarks at Springfield, Illinois this afternoon follow:

The following is an excerpt from Biden's hometown paper - The Delaware Journal:

"This guy gets the big picture more intuitively and intellectually than anyone I've worked with," said the 36-year senator. "So hopeflly I can help fill in some of the blanks. Hopefully I can fill in some of the details."

"The one thing I'm convinced of is that Barack Obama is actually looking for somebody to be a partner in the sense that, someone who when the door's closed will give him his honest unvarnished opinion and who will the support the judgment he makes," he said. "I look a great relationship."

The McCain campaign immediately launched an attack ad within minutes of the news of the selection of Biden as the Democratic vice presidential running mate.

In the words of the McCain campaign:

"There has been no harsher critic of Barack Obama's lack of experience than Joe Biden," McCain campaign spokesman Ben Porritt said in a statement. "Biden has denounced Barack Obama's poor foreign policy judgment and has strongly argued in his own words what Americans are quickly realizing — that Barack Obama is not ready to be president."

That may be so, but as we all know Hillary Clinton has been saying that about Barack Obama all along and at a far more prodigious rate.

Obama and Biden will be off on a 5-state road tour of the midwest starting later on today with the intent of launching the Fall campaign off in a big way through the crucial swing-states of the upper midwest.

One thing that John McCain cannot afford to do is go overly-critical of Joe Biden because John McCain may very well pick Mitt Romney for his vice-presidential running mate and we know what Romney said about McCain during the primaries.

All in all the democrats look extremely well positioned for the Fall election and barring a collosal breakdown between now and November the White House should witness an incoming Democratic administration along with -hopefully - a veto-proof Senate to quickly undo the damage done by the worst presidential administration in U.S. history.

Bye, bye to the McCain "straight-talk" express and hello to the "just-in-time" presidency of Barack Obama.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


For John McCain, Iraq troop withdrawal "must be based on conditions on the ground". In that case we may very well be in Iraq for 100 years. If by conditions on the ground you mean can Iraqi society function as a full-fledged open society than we will be there for many decades to come. The violence is down but only because the walls have gone up all over Baghdad separating Sunni neighborhoods from Shiite areas.

There are no easy methods for extracting U.S. troops from Iraq but it has to be done and done soon. Obama's 16-month timetable is a very realistic and attainable goal. John McCain has no solutions but is only interested in protecting his flank and that of the president.

To quote McCain's disparaging observations on Barack Obama's Iraq stance:

"someone who has no military experience whatsoever."

"When you win wars, troops come home," McCain said. "He's been completely wrong on the issue. ... I have been steadfast in my position."

"We've succeeded. We're not succeeding, we've succeeded,".

And then McCain has the nerve to even bring up Afghanistan, a subject he has never seriously considered until now:

"I've always said it's long and tough and hard."

Such mendacity is simply too much. McCain has never given any serious consideration to the importance of Afghanistan. His entire presidential "crusade" has been all about Iraq. McCain sees no timeline when it comes to a U.S. troop withdrawal. He only sees a permanent presence and he dismisses Barack Obama as an impudent upstart who calls for a fixed timeline. Obama actually points out that Afghanistan, not Iraq, is the central battleground of the war on terror and that the American troop pull-out from Iraq should be completed by 2010.

McCain's entire reason for running for president has now been all but extinguished. This past weekend Obama met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki who virtually endorsed Obama's troop withdrawal plan. If that wasn't the death knell of the McCain campaign then it came very close.

John McCain is no maverick, if he really was he never would have promoted the "surge" strategy back in early 2007. He made his bed, now he must lie in it.

Saturday, June 21, 2008


A major step was taken backward - Constitutionally - on Friday when the U.S. House of Representatives voted 293-129 to pass an updated FISA bill. While nominally not granting immunity to telecom companies who participated in illegal surveillance of Americans after September 11, 2001, it literally amounts to that as final approval rests with U.S. District Courts.

All that is required of them is to "rubber stamp" approval if such surveillance was done under the President's express authorization as demonstrated by certification from the U.S. Attorney General. Nothing more is required. A judge is free to dismiss any lawsuit. In effect, "blanket immunity."

Madam Speaker Nancy Pelosi stayed away from this topic. Instead, she turned the reins over to House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer (Dem-MD). Hoyer was only too eager to reach a "compromise" with House Republicans.

To quote directly from Dan Robinson (Capitol Hill)- Voice of America --- 20 June 2008

"Among key points of the new law, electronic eavesdropping without court approval would be permitted in what are designated as emergencies, allowing the government to submit justifications within one week."

"It requires court permission and establishment of probable cause for surveillance of Americans overseas, and prohibits a process in which the communications of a U.S. citizen could be monitored without court approval by targeting a foreigner."

Court permission is the operative concept here. But as previously pointed out - that is a mere formality as all that is required for approval is for the U.S. Attorney General to provide mere certification of the Presidential authorization for such activity. Nothing more. No reasons, justifications or extenuating circumstances. Just plain and simple "Presidential Authorization." Basically, if the president says it must be done, then that is all the courts need to know to grant constitutional authority for such surveillance.

I don't know about you but I tend to value my right to privacy, in all "effects." Communications of a personal nature would fall under that category. Communications of American citizens to other parties should remain private unless expressly and definitively shown otherwise. Merely exercising the prerogative of the President to declare national necessity does not suffice and is but the first step toward the all-inclusive Big Brother World.

Nancy Pelosi should be booted out of office. She has thrown away any reason to continue in office as Speaker of the House of Representatives. It is total and complete capitulation in the face of a president with the highest disapproval ratings in modern U.S. history (71%) and a political star like Barack Obama well poised to occupy the White House in January 2009.

Why, Nancy, why?

Saturday, June 14, 2008


John McCain is not interested in WHEN, if ever, U.S. troops will leave Iraq. While being interviewed on the Today Show this past week McCain responded to a question of when U.S. troops would be leaving Iraq by replying that such a date was not important. Such complete and utter disregard for a time frame for U.S. troop withdrawal from a country we never should have invaded in the first place is shocking.

For McCain it is all about the casualties. Just keep that number down and everything is fine. Talk about a simpleton who hankers to be the next leader of the Free World. Maybe he should volunteer his trophy wife Cindy to don a uniform and join the boys overseas to ensure the continued stability of Iraq. Semper Fi, Cindy!

There is no justification for voting for a cretin like this Grampy/Gimpy McCain. His world view would put General George S. Patton to shame. 100-year wars. More wars after Iraq. Never-ending gasoline price increases. More killings, bombings, violence, ever-expanding U.S. hegemony, less and less benefits here at home for citizens, especially for returning U.S. GI's.

McCain the maverick is an idea that died a long time ago. He keeps trotting out his credentials as a Maverick Republican who challenges his party's position on major issues. The problem is he has completely reversed that course over the last four years in his relenteless quest for the White House.

It is his unqualified support for the Iraq War that will be McCain's undoing. He led the charge for implementing the Surge that was put in place in early 2007 and he likewise staunchly defended General David Petraeus and his efforts to carry out that strategy. What has been lost on the public up until now is the fact that the Surge itself did not quell the violence. That accomplishment stems more from the Iraqi Cleric Muqtadar Al Sadr's orders to his Mahdi Army to "stand-down" that he issued in the second half of last year.

With the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki publically renouncing the U.S. Status of Forces Agreement this week and Sadr simultaneously reissuing his call to arms against the U.S. invaders, the final straw to break the McCain Campaign's back will be well in place before Labor Day. McCain has already admitted he doesn't know much about or have an abiding interest in the U.S. economy. Now that the only presidential campaign prop he has left, i.e., the Surge in Iraq, is itself about to be kicked out from under him - McCain finds himself totally devoid of any serious presidential standing come this Fall.

There is something he could do to bolster his chances for the White House. Pick Ron Paul as his Vice-President. On the one hand, McCain could contine preaching his role as a maverick Republican while adopting virtually all of George Bush's positions. On the other hand, with Paul as his vice-presidential running mate, McCain could reap the beneficial "spill-over" effects of the Ron Paul Libertarian philosophy that would attract younger and a fair share of independent voters. McCain could then continue to shore up his Republican base and perhaps make a real run out of this thing.

Realistically, Barack Obama will not allow John McCain any room for maneuvering. Unlike John Kerry in 2004, Obama will go on the offensive and STAY THERE until Election Day. This is the difference in this election. Obama will "bomb-bomb-bomb, bomb-bomb" McCain.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

A "Fist-Bump" From The Obamas To McCain!!!

Well, John McCain will know what it's really like to "Face-The-Nation". Now that Senator Clinton has finally conceded the nomination to Barack Obama this morning at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., John McCain will spend the next 5 months on his heels, courtesy of that young upstart guy from Harvard, Barack Obama. John McCain is like the sound of one hand clapping. There is little substance there. Only a puffy face with locked jaws and stiff body movements peppered with "My Friends" while standing on stage.

It is this writer's view that John McCain might be better served if his staff trotted out Cindy McCain and had her read standard talking points from the teleprompter. Simply restrict McSame to his traveling road show across the country in front of smaller groups at smaller venues. Just do like Willie Nelson and take that "On The Road Again" approach all the way up until November.

There's simply no daylight of difference between Bush and McCain on any of the major issues as The McCainster has morphed from outright opposition to Bush before the 2004 Presidential election to virtual lock-step alignment. Cindy and her stilleto heels would be a much better antidote for the awkward predictament and inherent internal contradictions the McCain campaign now finds itself in. Not to mention the fact that his entire campaign is stocked with and run by LOBBYISTS.

His whole premise is Iraq and for that to have even the remotest of chances of succeeding he would be better off touring all of the municipalities across the country with populations of less than 50,000. He has virtually no chance of taking large urban areas - even in the Red States.

Finally, any consideration to have George W. Bush contribute to the Fall campaign would be most ill-advised. Were I running the McCain campaign I would use every ounce of effort to thwart any outward appearance of Bush appearing for or on behalf of John McCain. Bush would be better utilized simply doing stealth fund raising at a very low decibel and at very undisclosed locations.

Word to the Republicans: Don't be afraid, be VERY, VERY afraid of this Obama guy. He pivots off direct attacks better than anyone could have imagined and he does it like water running off a duck's back. Welcome to the Killing Season. McCain will end up as a trophy like deer antlers in your best friend's den.

Monday, March 24, 2008


Yes, leave it to Uncle "Dick" Cheney to ingratiate himself with the American people. When asked about the milestone of 4,000 troops dead as a result of the 5-year old Iraq War, Uncle Dickie could only reply - They Volunteered.

This, coming from a guy who had not one but 5, yes, count'em, 5 deferments during the Vietnam War. His answer to that one was to the effect - I had different priorities than going over to Vietnam. What a pile of puke and crap. This man should be pistol-whipped and then forced to work at a K-Mart checkout line for the rest of his putrid existence.

But I digress, from the real focus of this rant - "Junior." It seems Dubya had something more nobler to say say - about the loss of 4,000 U.S. soldiers in Iraq. In a burst of brain-addled jubilation, the erstwhile caretaker of the White House intoned:

"One day, people will look back at this moment in history and say, `Thank God there were courageous people willing to serve because they laid the foundation for peace for generations to come,'"

Now, back to Cheney - when confronted with the fact that two-thirds of the American people believed that the Iraq War was not worth fighting for all Cheney could reply back with was a "So?"

Where I come from, we'd call that guy a real DICK! Or, what a friggin' Arsehole!

Maybe now, we can lock these two guys together in a detention cell underneath the Capitol for the duration of this presidency. The justification: temporary incapacity. It just so happens that this state of "incapacity" might very well last until January 20, 2009.

Or just invoke the little-used but still-on-the-books Congressional tool - Civil Contempt:

Thus, the congressional alternative. Instead of referring a contempt citation to the U.S. attorney, a house of Congress can order the sergeant-at-arms to take recalcitrant witnesses into custody and have them held until they agree to cooperate -- i.e., an order of civil contempt. Technically, the witness could be imprisoned somewhere in the bowels of the Capitol, but historically the sergeant-at-arms has turned defendants over to the custody of the warden of the D.C. jail.

Cheney/Bush could be considered recalcitrant witnesses in my book.

Where's the Congressional Sergeant-of-Arms. It's time for the Democrats to send the man with the big boots over to the White House.

Like Nancy Sinatra belted out in her one-hit wonder, "These Boots Are Made For Walking".

Monday, March 17, 2008


The unhappy experience of Bear Stearns proves that it is a lack of confidence, not capital, that ultimately topples even the savviest financial institutions.

“Once you have a run on the bank you are in a death spiral and your assets become worthless,”......



There's been a run on her bank -(bank of candor and candidness) - for some time now and consequently she's been locked into an irreversible death spiral.

Her assets are absolutely worthless at this point.

The sad thing about it is that she won't even admit it to herself. That's some kind of leadership quality, huh?

It's obvious to anyone with even half of a brain.

What's even worse is that Hillary won't be getting any bailouts from the Fed!


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Military Hillary & Her Heavy Artillery - [aka Geraldine Ferraro]

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," so says former Democratic vice presidential running mate to Walter Mondale (1984)Geraldine Ferraro.

Irregardless of the context this statement was made in the fact that the issue of race was so directly injected into this campaign by a New York Democratic supporter of Hillary Clinton should convince anyone of the extraordinary lengths that Hillary will go to in order to secure this nomination. And the basis for that assessment? The utter silence from the Clinton camp. This statement has gone unchallenged and only obliquely remarked upon by her campaign and for all practical purposes this constitutes a blanket endorsement of its assertion.

This writer, in a previous post, made note of the untoward comments by Hillary Clinton toward Barack Obama but none were as dastardly as the above-referenced comment by an overzealous, uber Hillary supporter who also just happens to be a member of Hillary's finance committee. Some more reflection on the part of Ms. Ferraro would have been in order but, frankly, it pretty much sums up the whole thrust of Hillary's campaign. All's fair in love and war.

I've come to the conclusion that Hillary is looking at John McCain as a role model and she is fancying herself in a newer, more powerful role - that of a maverick. As a maverick she can shoot from the hip, change course to suit circumstances, backslide on positions, slam your opponent one minute and then turn right around and offer him a vice presidential slot on your ticket.

Hillary Clinton is nothing more than a whirling dervish. She's like a spinning top that is spinning out of control and is meandering in all directions at once. Lust for power will do that to a politician. And make no mistake, lust for power is what Hillary is all about. Any other explanation would only be blatant denial.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


Well, Hillary's at it again today! Now her pet peeve against Barack Obama is essentially that he "misrepresents" her health plan in the political pamphlets being distributed in Ohio on behalf of the Obama campaign. Something to do with "mandates", i.e., that poor people would face mandates to purchase health insurance even if they were not able to afford it.

"Senator Obama knows it is not true that my plan forces people to buy insurance even if they can't afford it," Ms. Clinton said. "It is blatantly false and yet he continues to spend millions of dollars perpetuating falsehoods. It is not hopeful. It is destructive, particularly for a Democrat to be discrediting universal health care."

As Obama spokesman Bill Burton responded: "Everything in those mailers is completely accurate, unlike the discredited attacks from Hillary Clinton's negative campaign that have been rejected in South Carolina, Wisconsin, and across America."

I think Hillary is destined to be the 21st Century's version of Scarlett O'Hara of GWTW renown. Her remark from last week's debate in which she summed up the entire Obama campaign with the retort: "Change you can Xerox" - could be a line directly out of the mouth of that bratty southern belle.

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!" [I guess that line is already taken? - GWTW] Or how about - "Much Ado About Nothing." [The Bard Himself]

And in last night's debate [February 26, 2008] she actually tried to attribute one of Obama's remarks on Pakistan as calling for a military assault on that country!

Me thinks the desperation runs deep in Camp Clintonia!

The Clinton's have shown they will not shrink from a full frontal assault on a political rival, even if it means denigrating that rival as a candidate. Hillary charges that Obama is pandering to the voters with his message of "hope". On February 24th Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., gave full vent to her urge to mock the Illinois Senator by taking dead aim at Obama's campaign theme of hope and the pivotal role it plays in his quest for the White House.

Not to be outdone, Hubby Bill chimed in this past January in a comment made in New Hampshire while campaigning for Hillary --- "Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen," Clinton had said in accusing Obama of distorting his stance on the war.

Barack Obama in turn has rightfully countered back by pointing out that some of his earlier remarks on the Iraq war were twisted out of context in a speech that Bill Clinton gave the night before the New Hampshire vote. In an excerpt from the January 11, 2008 TPM Blog Site - "Bill Clinton just appeared on Al Sharpton's radio show, and was asked about his statements in New Hampshire that the media was pushing a "fairy tale" about Obama's candidacy. Bill insisted that he did not mean Obama's candidacy itself was the fairy tale."

Clinton said that what he meant by the use of the term "fantasy" was the idea that Obama has always opposed the war. To Obama's credit he has said during the campaign that his hedge on this issue in the 2004 campaign was meant so as not to be detrimental to the Democratic standard bearers at the time, John Kerry and John Edwards. In any event, Obama was one of the first politicians beginning in 2002 to publically state his opposition to the Iraq War. No statement from him on this issue since that time could be construed so as to detract from his initial public opposition to the war.

Additionally, Obama takes Bill Clinton to task for remarks made by the former president which suggest that Obama thought only Republicans had any good ideas.

"Referring to a specific incident in which Clinton remarked on statements Obama made that Ronald Reagan had shifted the way America thought, Obama said, “President Clinton went in front of a large group, said that I had claimed that only Republicans had had any good ideas since 1980. And then he added, ‘I’m not making this up.’ He was making it up and completely mischaracterizing my statement.”

All of this back-and-forth, tit-for-tat obfuscates the real dynamic at work here. Barack Obama is a once-in-a-life-time politician who has come along at precisely the right moment in time in our nation's history to galvanize a thoroughly bedraggled voting public - rendered such as a result of nearly 8 years of despotic rule at the hands of a mad man, George W. "Call Me Crazy" Bush!

Mrs. Clinton is not the agent of change this nation needs now. We need not only a change in policy and course of direction but a change in the tone and tenor of political discourse. And most importantly, a change in the way we enlist allies toward our side to work for that change - allies from the Independent and Republican ranks. We need not just a "fighter" - but also - a "uniter." In short, we now have a candidate [Barack Obama] who is both a fighter for change as well as a uniter who can bring people outside of the Democratic Party on board to effect that change.


Monday, February 18, 2008


With today's Wisconsin primary Barack Obama appears poised to mount a ferocious climactic charge toward wrapping up the Democratic nomination. Admittedly, the Clinton campaign is still struggling to come to grips with the juxtaposition they find themselves in. In a few short months, they have seen their clear frontrunner status dissolved into what can only be politely characterised as a candidacy-in-decline.

The Clinton campaign have placed their hopes for renewal in the states of Texas and Ohio. Unfortunately, recent polling shows the Texas primary race to be a virtual dead heat. Ohio, although hard hit by the economic slowdown will nonetheless not prove to be the treasure trove of delegate votes Hillary Clinton so desperately needs. Just as in the case of Texas , Ohio's latino and white male voters, along with an increasing number of low-income voters are markedly shifting their allegiance to Barack Obama.

The polls indicate a 52%-40% Obama victory in Wisconsin at best and a 47%-43% win if Hillary shows greater strength. It is this writer's contention that Obama will win in a walk in Wisconsin and make substantial inroads on those sectors of the voting public previously considered to be the bedrock of Senator Clinton's support.

Just as Senator Eugene J. McCarthy of Minnesota unseated a sitting president and completely changed the political landscape in U.S. Politics in 1968 so too will Barack Obama "unseat" the established political orthodoxy and turn the political world in this country on its head.

As the opening line from the University of Wisconsin fight song goes ....."On Wisconsin!" .......

Monday, February 11, 2008


I think after this weekend it should be clear that the inevitability aura about Hillary Clinton has been demolished. If anything, it doesn't take a genius to figure out her candidacy is in a near death-spiral. The impregnable armada of the Hillary Campaign has been shot full of holes by the Obama phenomenon over the last week and nothing or no one can forestall the nomination of Barack Obama as the next Democratic presidential candidate.

Was Hillary's coronation ever really that inevitable. Only if you completely discounted an individual like Barack Obama. It's clear the Clinton campaign completely underestimated the significance of his appeal and the resonance his style of delivery and the tenor of his message has had on the American electorate. His continuing climb in the public estimation could have been long foreshadowed as early as January 2007 by the awesome eloquence of his demeanor and bearing on the public stage.

I'm not downplaying the magnificent accomplishments Hillary Clinton has managed over the years but accomplishments and length of tenure and hard won experience do not seem to figure into the equation at this juncture of the Nation's history. Presence - not experience - is paramount. Of the former, Obama has the overwhelming edge. Politics is about presence - more than anything else. Unfortunately, Hillary has polish but sorely lacks "presence" - certainly not the kind commanded by Mr. Obama.

If this comes as unpleasant news to Hillary supporters, I'm sorry. But the truth of the matter is that the time has come for someone like Barack Obama. While it is certainly true that we are long overdue for a woman president, we are even longer overdue for - not just a black president - but for a young, fearless unifying figure deeply rooted in this nation's history. Someone whose heritage is of the dispossessed and is in no way fearful of speaking out on their behalf. Barack Obama is not merely proposing policies and prescriptions but more importantly he is profoundly rearranging the tone and tenor of political discourse and thought in this still evolving country in a way that Hillary can only imagine.

My hats off to Hillary. But to every thing there is a season (Ecclesiaste) - to every season, there is a time. And in this season, it is the time of Barack Obama.

Saturday, January 19, 2008


In the midst of the furious presidential primaries now taking place shouldn't our energies as a nation be instead directed toward eradicating the stain of the horrifically unconstitutional misdeeds and misdemeanors perpetrated by the Bush-Cheney Administration.

As exciting as the primary horse races are, our focus should be directed toward removing a sitting vice president who has literally created a "5th Estate" - that remains outside of both the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch. Just call it the Dick Cheney Branch.

While the hour is late and the will is flagging, we need to proceed with all deliberate speed and do whatever small acts of citizenship we can carry out to see to it that this sitting vice president is held up to the bar of history for his vast conspiracy to commit massive crimes against the Constitution.

Congressman Robert Wexler (Dem.-Florida) has managed to call for impeachment hearings of Vice President Cheney. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Dem.-Ohio) has been successful in getting his H.R. 799 Dick Cheney impeachment resolution before the house but it was immediately referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Unfortunately it is still bottled up in that committee and the odds are it will continue to languish there unless more pressure is brought to bear by citizens such as yourself. It seems that not enough democrats on that committee feel exercised enough to bring it up for a vote.

Please take a minute or two and call the Congressional Switchboard in the coming week. The number is - (202) 224-3121. Do it for your country, do it for yourself. It is the Right Thing To Do!