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For the Obama apologists November 6, 2009

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You know I keep hearing people say how he’s got the war, the economy, health care, etc. on his plate as being the reason he can’t be a ‘fierce advocate’ for gay people.

Part of being a leader is being able to delegate the work to be done. So far President Obama seems to be doing that well.

He also has time to throw Halloween parties for the children of military families. Yet he doesn’t have the time to speak against a hateful proposition in California, or in Maine?

So tell me, why doesn’t the President take five minutes out of his day to say “Voting to repeal civil rights is wrong.” or “Yes on 1 is hateful and disgraceful.”?

Fierce advocate my ass. We’ll take the crumbs he offers like a hate crimes bill, but when it comes to true equality we give him a pass.

On the one hand I’m glad that Obama is President and McCain isn’t. And I don’t regret having dumped a few hundred bucks into the campaign either. But I do wish Obama would show more leadership characteristics. Hells Bells, even Jimmy Carter got roped into telling people not to vote for the Briggs Initiative in CA back in the 1970’s.

Here’s my theory. If you’re going to be a leader and not a politician it means you don’t necessarily get a second term. So you make the first term worthwhile. What astounds me more is that Obama and the Democratic party seem to be on the same page of lack of leadership. This has become evident in the health care reform debate.

There shouldn’t be any debate as to discussion. There should be debate that has the long term goal of fixing a broken medical system.

But instead we’ll see our elected representatives sell us out with health care cooperatives, in essence saying we’ll be even more at the whims of the marketplace.

And as far as gay rights, yes we may now be included in hate crimes statutes, and we may get an ENDA bill but again it’s a half step. ENDA isn’t what we want we want EHCNDA (Employment, Housing and Creidt Non Discrimation) for the entire spectrum of the LGBT community.

We have a golden opportunity with a super-majority in congress and a Democratic President. Civil rights should be easy to push through.

Most of all we want our civil rights, all of them not just some of them.

I find it odd that you have military commanders saying the military is ready to get rid of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell. So where’s the political will to do away with DADT and DOMA?

It seems as thought we’ve elected cowards.

So step up President Obama and do the right thing.

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NY Times analysis of the Stimulus Battle February 16, 2009

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This is priceless. I’ve pretty much been saying that Obama is offering the olive branch to Republicans because he knows they’re going to burn the branch instead of compromise to maybe appear a bit more enlightened to the country.

One quote from the Op-Ed is this:

This quote from the 8th paragraph pretty much jibes with what I’ve been talking about lately.

Having checked the box on attempted bipartisanship, Obama can now move in for the kill.

I’m lead to recall this image, of the Eagle clutching in one set of talons an olive branch, and in the other a cluster of arrows.

U.S. Eagle

U.S. Eagle

Now that the Republicans have sent back the olive branch as a burning bush, they’re about to suffer the flaming arrows of defeat.

Here’s the last paragraph of the article. It gives me great hope.

Republicans will also be judged by the voters. If they want to obstruct and filibuster while the economy is in free fall, the president should call their bluff and let them go at it. In the first four years after F.D.R. took over from Hoover, the already decimated ranks of Republicans in Congress fell from 36 to 16 in the Senate and from 117 to 88 in the House. The G.O.P. is so insistent that the New Deal was a mirage it may well have convinced itself that its own sorry record back then didn’t happen either.

Do I see a pattern repeating? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Republicans think that by blocking Obama’s initiatives they’ll make themselves out to be the party of sanity and reason.

The reality of it is that by using such obstructionist tactics they’ll demonstrate to the people of this country that the Republican party really is out of touch with reality.

Even at the state levels the Republicans are really pissing people off. I know that here in RI Governor Don Caricieri (R) isn’t the most popular guy. I can pretty much guarantee his successor won’t be a Republican though I have to be honest I’m not much impressed by the candidates I know of on the Democratic side.

And I estimate that it will take anywhere from ten to thirty years for the Republican party to get back on track. That’s about how long it took for the party to be hijacked by the lunatic fringe. It’ll take about that long for it to emerge. I realize my range is a bit broad so I’ll say 15 years. That’s a mighty long time in the political wilderness. Enough time to replace almost the entire Supreme Court.

And in other news, that Republican darling Ken Starr is now promising Obama that he’ll have opposition to Supreme Court nominations because of Obama opposing Bush nominees.

Honestly it’s like watching kids on a playground when it comes to the Republican party.

Here we can watch Senator Lindsey Graham go into minor hysterics against Barbara Boxers opinion of his method as theatrical.

Yep, the wingnut brigage is still in control of the Republican party. Good luck with all that.

Oh Happy Day November 5, 2008

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This is an historic event, the first time the United States has elected an African-American President.

I imagine that if the Rev. Dr. King were alive today he would be very pleased by this, as am I. I’m pleased for many more reasons though.

This is a total repudiation of the policies and laws from the Bush administration and I am absolutely ecstatic about it. My primary concern was the U.S. Supreme Court.

This is a court that gave us the profit motivated eminent domain in addition to handing the election to Bush & Co. way back in 2000. It’s also a court that has several members that are in their 80’s and ready to retire.

I’d much prefer to have a liberal and open minded judiciary than one that is controlled by neo-con ideologues like Scalia, Alito, Roberts et al. We’re stuck with them for at least 10 or more years but with a Democrat President and Democrats having absolute control in the congress I have no fear that we’ll see any such. I’d honestly like to see my Senator, former AG Sheldon Whitehouse nominated to the Supreme Court.

I haven’t seen anything on Prop 8 in California nor on the other mean spirited measures. I do know that both issues on the RI issue passed.

The first allows the state to take advantage of federal highway funds as well as paying for enhanced commuter rail service.

The other is a perennial ballot question an open space initiative. This takes land off the books for preservation and I wholeheartedly approve.

But congratulations to the Obama team. I’m so happy I didn’t waste the money I donated.

On another note I’m saddened that Californians now have the dubious distinction of being the first state to enshrine hatred and bigotry into their constitution. But there’s hope, apparently a civil lawsuit is in the works because Proposition 8 violates several other parts of the CA constitution.

Even my straight co-workers were disappointed by Prop 8 passing. Surprised the shit out of me.

Vote Smarter October 12, 2008

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These ads are great. They need to be picked up by the Obama campaign and it needs to go viral.

I think this is the election where the net will really show its power. McCain and his Luddite redneck crowd probably don’t even know what Google is.

Anyhow, I don’t have to say much since these videos say it all:

An Obama poll with a slant to it October 4, 2008

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I noticed this test for your compatibility with Obama’s plans from a OneNewsNow (They’re an AFA sponsored site) email. I get the emails because I think it’s always good to know what your enemies are up to.

For the most part I agree with the Obama plank. Where I diverge is in the areas of taxation, abortion and gun rights. But I notice the questions in those sections are quite literally loaded. There is one about abortion that really made me think.

Should a doctor save a fetus that survives an abortion procedure? If you know the procedures used I said sure, if you can but the likelyhood of that event happening with modern techniques is pretty much zero. And even if you did use heroic measures to save the fetus, the probability that the fetus would then survive for more than a certain period is remarkably decreased.

It isn’t worth it.

As far as the taxation, because I am an S-Chapter business owner I can actually say I don’t want to see the taxes go up on small business. Small business are the ones who can least afford the tax. Go after the big business and then we’re talking.

The gun questions were interesting too. One says Obama wants to increase the tax on ammunition over 500%. This is a bit misleading because they don’t elaborate on the current tax amount. Lets say the current tax is 5 cents per round, a 500% increase would boost it to 25 cents. So yes it’s 500% but it’s only a 20 cent increase.

And I’ll freely admit it. I’m a bit of a gun nut. Don’t get me wrong I don’t have 30 weapons but I have just enough and feel it is nobodies right to tell me how much is enough. Matter of fact I’m thinking of purchasing a Glock 34. It’s a 9mm but I also want to get a .45ACP. Not sure what vendor I’ll buy it from yet.

So the survey of course takes advantage of that fact. Even then I still agree with the Obama platform for about 90% of the items.

Take the test and post your thoughts in the comments. I’ll be interested to see where people land.

The whole Obama v. McCain thing August 6, 2008

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It’s getting into the ridiculous category now. McCain is just making a complete and utter ass of himself with his stupid attacks on Obama.

And I’m happy that Obama is firing it right back at McCain.

Interestingly I’ve read a number of screeds from people who say Obama is too serious. Damn it that is what I want in a president, someone who IS serious about the job before him/her. And someone who is more serious about helping people than lining the pockets of his donors, since McSame’s energy plan is to quote Obama “…an early Christmas for the oil and gas industry.” to the tune of $4 Billion, not a bad payoff for investing $20 Million in the McSame campaign.


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McCain hates Bloggers July 1, 2008

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Wow, I’m surprised I didn’t come upon this earlier. McSame doesn’t like bloggers because we talk about the things he doesn’t want people to know about.

You know, things like his failure to pay the taxes on one of his California homes. Perhaps its the fact that he hasn’t pumped gas into a car in at least a century. Or maybe that he’s too damned old and ornery to be President of the United States of America.

The polls seem to have a widening gap between Obama and McBush. Lets hope that translates to a Democratic victory in November of this year. But as I’ve said before, even if McBush/McSame does get in, I think he’s going to have a strong Democratic majority in congress that will pretty much make him a lame duck.

But I hope it doesn’t have to happen that way. One thing that does concern me is Obama’s support for faith based initiatives. If there’s one thing that really worries me about letting those of faith administer our safety net programs its that along with the help, there’s that push to convert. I’m pretty resistant to it but it isn’t just the push. It’s the fact that if you don’t believe in their version of a god, they won’t help you.

Funny, I don’t recall it saying that in the Bible. You know what I’m talking about here, it makes no religious distinction about who you should help.

Obama does seem to be tacking right a bit, but I think he’s doing that to make the transition to the Democratic party easier for the southern bigotry.

Dobson accuses Obama of not knowing his Bible June 24, 2008

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This is absurd! I dare say that Dobson and Company have never read the whole Bible either. For if one does so something becomes abundantly clear.

That something is that the Bible contradicts itself on many, many occasions. I was fortunate to have spent twelve years in Catholic schools because if anything it equipped me to do battle with these idiots.

If you recall some time ago I posted the Know Your Bible quiz an I scored 70% even though I haven’t looked at the book in 20+ years. I predicted that if you had the fundies take that quiz they’d all score less than 50% and while I’ve not been able to verify that hypothesis I’m pretty sure of it based on the rants from the like of Dobson.

I cannot wait for Team Obama to debunk Dobson. That’ll be fun.

An update, Obama and several others have now answered Dobson. Not only that, check out this web site, where they say Dobson Doesn’t Speak for Them.

There are things I’ve noticed about the religious nutcakes. The majority of them are older, uglier and non-fuckable. No wonder they want to control who fucks who, who can abort, or many other things. I guess they figure most of all if they can control women they might get laid every now and then.

Obama on Clinton's "Rocky" reference April 2, 2008

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Oh this is good. Of course there are comments that ask for more meat which they’ll get soon enough. It’s already obvious that Obama is a populist and a liberal and are we ever ready for that now.

He’s also the only candidate thus far who has reached to the grass roots and WE THE PEOPLE have funded the majority of his campaign. That is a very remarkable thing.

I also sense some party building going on whenever Obama speaks which is a good thing. The Democratic party has had years of defeats at the hands of the sleek Republican machine. But Howard Dean as DNC chair got out the vote and took the party back from people who are corporate whores. I count Hillary Clinton as one of those whores.

Hopefully the Democratic party will re-invent itself to become the party of the people once more. This is the first year I didn’t disaffiliate after I voted the Democrat primary. I finally see the party going in the right direction.

Anyhow, he is the Obama campaigns response to Hillary Clinton saying she’ll never quit, like Rocky Balboa who instead loses to a black oponent.

It is also fun to watch the Republican spin machine come to a screaming halt as people wake up and realize they’ve been had.

by Mike Dorning

PHILADELPHIA — Barack Obama mocked rival Hillary Clinton this morning for comparing herself to the movie character Rocky Balboa as he offered Pennsylvania labor leaders a speech laden with red-meat economic populism.

Rocky

Clinton has made the theme song from the 1976 movie “Rocky,” which was set in Philadelphia, a part of the soundtrack of her Pennsylvania primary campaign. When she appeared before the same Pennsylvania AFL-CIO state convention a day earlier, she invoked the fictional working-class boxing hero to explain her determination to continue her campaign, declaring that, like Rocky, “I never quit.”

“There’s been some talk about Rocky Balboa over the last couple days. And you know we all love Rocky,” Obama told the labor leaders.

“But we got to remember Rocky was a movie,” Obama continued. “And so is the idea that someone can fight for working people and at the same time, embrace the broken system Washington, where corporate lobbyists use their clout to shape laws to their liking.”

Obama pounded away at corporate excesses and Republican economic policies.

“We’re ready to play offense for organized labor,” Obama said. “It’s time we had a President who didn’t choke saying the word “union.” A President who knows it’s the Department of Labor and not the Department of Management.

“Over the last seven years,” he said, “we’ve had an administration that serves the interests of the wealthy and the well-connected, no matter what the cost to working families, and to our economy.”

As he has elsewhere during his bus tour through Pennsylvania, Obama attacked $19 million in bonuses given to the two top executives of Countrywide Financial, a subprime mortgage lender that issues many loans now in foreclosure. The executives negotiated a sale of the company with losses to investors but the new owner, Banc of America Corp., recently revealed bonuses to the same executives.

“The system is broken – and over the weekend, we got a reminder of just how badly it’s broken,” Obama said, describing the bonuses. “That is an outrage. That’s not the America we believe in. It’s time to take on the special interests and level the playing field so that our economy works for working Americans.”

Obama pitched an economic agenda that includes middle-class tax cuts, a plan for universal access to health care, and stricter labor, environmental and safety provisions in trade agreements.

And he linked presumptive Republican nominee to the economic policies of the Bush Administration.

“John McCain said a few weeks ago that ‘the issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should’ – and that’s clear since all he’s offering is more of the same Bush policies that have put the American Dream out of reach for so many Americans,” Obama said.

Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant blasted Obama’s address as ““yet another example (of) an old-style, shifty political maneuver colliding with the empty rhetoric of his stump speech.”

Obama hits it out of the park March 20, 2008

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There is a very nice write-up about Obama’s latest speech regarding racism in the Huffington Post. I have been an Arianna Huffington fan since her book “How to Overthrow the Government”. It’s a fairly progressive site that I keep track of via regular email updates.

Ok, now it gets ugly. Those of my readers that are Hillary Clinton supporters might want to close this window or stop reading now.

I do not support Hillary Clinton for President. I know her record and to me, I want someone in there that is deliberative, balanced, and has a demonstrated record of helping people vs. helping their own career. In that case Hillary Clinton is now employing what I term a scorched earth policy that I fear will destroy the Democratic party. This whole kerfuffle about Minister Wright is taken out of context, that much is clear. And it sounds much like a smear job done by the hatchet masters on the Clinton campaign.

Now it’s become clear that she was in on the formation of NAFTA. Sure, loot the last manufacturing jobs from the U.S. and for the most part ship them to Mexico where labor is cheap, labor laws non-existent, and it’s basically a third world shithole with pollution run amok and poverty like we’ve never seen, or at least not yet.

Then of course she was a Wal-Mart director during the time that unions were trying to break into Wal-Mart and she didn’t say shit about employment rights.

She’s a bought a paid for politician. And if she continues on this course she will essentially hand the presidency to John McCain who at 71 wouldn’t be the best choice. Friends and I think he’ll last maybe a year or two before he suffers some debilitating disease or just up and dies.

But I don’t want to see another Republican in the White House for the rest of my life. Put it this way, Bush makes even Nixon and Reagan look like saints. But then one has to remember, Bush had something none of his predecessors had, lock-step control of two branches of government. And John McCain would just be a continuation though with any luck people won’t be stupid enough to cede control to the Republicans again.

Time will tell. But right now I’m starting to get a little sickof the sniping in the Democratic party. To Hillary Clinton I say step down NOW! I don’t want you as my president. And to Howard Dean and Barack Obama I say keep on, and win this thing in November.