IF NOT A THEN B ELSE IF my grandmother had wheels, she’d be a wagon.

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This is an essay grounded in simple reality, and intended for the perusal of those who are mentally and emotionally equipped to deal in such terms.

As to those who are not, it is my hope that you will herein acquire such tools.

But I’m not holding my breath.

The schoolin’ begins on the jump.

Let us begin with a truism.

Absent a cataclysmic event outside the realm of electoral politics, one or the other of these two men

will be the next President of the United States.

That is a fact. And facts are inconvenient things.

Another fact: participants here are free to speak as they please.

And this includes me.

Barack Obama’s recent statements on late term abortion were recently, although upheld by NARAL as consistent in their view with Roe v. Wade

In a statement, NARAL Pro-Choice said Obama’s magazine interview is consistent with Roe v. Wade.

“Sen. Obama has consistently said he supports the tenets set forth by Roe, and has made strong statements against President Bush’s Federal Abortion Ban, which does not have an exception to protect a woman’s health,” the organization’s statement said.

attacked by an essayist here, who chose to grace her essay with this picture, with which I will not sully this essay by removing your right to choose whether to view it or not.

they suddenly become aware that the messiah’s new clothes are wired… wired with surveillance wires, wired with coathangers.

Teah, right.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Republican presidential candidate John McCain, looking to improve his standing with the party’s conservative voters, said Sunday the court decision that legalized abortion should be overturned.

I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned,” the Arizona senator told about 800 people in South Carolina, one of the early voting states.

McCain also vowed that if elected, he would appoint judges who “strictly interpret the Constitution of the United States and do not legislate from the bench.”

Methinks the wrong person here is being whipped with the “coathanger” – never mind what I think of invoking that imagery.

(Corollary to Godwin’s Law #9,622: As the length of an online discussion of reproductive choice increases, the likelihood of a reference to a coathanger approaches 1.)

Another essay was recently posted here with the title, “Cynthia McKinney Deserves Your Support, Obama Does Not.”

To that assertion, ridiculous as it is on its face, let me respond with something as equally over the top silly:


And as to this person:

There’s your Y2K bug. And you were worried about your COMPUTER.


But enough bandwidth wasted on vanity candidates whose only appeal is to those who adhere to the concept, “The beatings will continue until morale improves.”

It is time to grow up and face reality.

This is not reality

any more than this is

This, however, IS reality:

As is this:

And this:

And this:

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approves your message.

Write this on your hand so you don’t forget it:

Two to three SCOTUS appointments in the next four years.

Two to three SCOTUS appointments in the next four years.

Two to three SCOTUS appointments in the next four years.

Two to three SCOTUS appointments in the next four years.

Two to three SCOTUS appointments in the next four years.

Two to three SCOTUS appointments in the next four years.

Two to three SCOTUS appointments in the next four years.

If you can’t be productive, at least don’t behave in a fashion destructive to my children.

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by: kestrel9000 @ Sat Jul 05, 2008 at 16:38:13 EDT

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The bloom is off the rose, to be sure. But the deal-breaker at this point, given the last seven years and seven months, and the looming prospect of four more years of Bush… hell, “live boy” would get a pass. It would take “dead girl.”

So natter all you want about a bill upon which HE HAS YET TO VOTE, or a shift in the faith based stuff to a “Faith and Neighborhoods Alliance” from a “fucking faith-based thing“, or a position on late term abortion which is cool with the nation’s leading pro-choice advocacy group, pictures of coathangers and bloody bathtubs notwithstanding.

Here is a chain email I recently received:

There are many things people do not know about BARACK OBAMA. It is

every American’s duty to read this message and pass it along to all of

their friends and loved ones.

Barack Obama wears a FLAG PIN at all times. Even in the shower.

Click here to find out more!

Barack Obama says the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE every time he sees an

American flag. He also ends every sentence by saying, “WITH LIBERTY

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.” Click here for video of Obama quietly mouthing

the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE in his sleep.

A tape exists of Michelle Obama saying the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE at a

conference on PATRIOTISM.

Every weekend, Barack and Michelle take their daughters HUNTING.

Barack Obama is a PATRIOTIC AMERICAN. He has one HAND over his HEART

at all times. He occasionally switches when one arm gets tired, which

is almost never because he is STRONG.

Barack Obama has the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE tattooed on his

stomach. It’s upside-down, so he can read it while doing sit-ups.

There’s only one artist on Barack Obama’s iPod: FRANCIS SCOTT KEY.

Barack Obama is a DEVOUT CHRISTIAN. His favorite book is the BIBLE,

which he has memorized. His name means HE WHO LOVES JESUS in the

ancient language of Aramaic. He is PROUD that Jesus was an American.

Barack Obama goes to church every morning. He goes to church every

afternoon. He goes to church every evening. He is IN CHURCH RIGHT NOW.

Barack Obama’s new airplane includes a conference room, a kitchen, and


Barack Obama’s skin is the color of AMERICAN SOIL.

Barack Obama buys AMERICAN STUFF. He owns a FORD, a BASEBALL TEAM, and



Barack Obama says that Americans cling to GUNS and RELIGION because

they are AWESOME.

Okay, okay, okay……sure. But I’ll take this over what John McCain offers:

more war, an ultrarightwing Supreme Court for the rest of our lives, an end to reproductive choice….and bottled hot water for dehydrated babies.

Choose wisely.


kestrel Hussein 9000


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  1. Ya smoke this shit so to escape from reality? Me, I don’t need this shit. I am reality. There’s the way it ought to be, and there’s the way it is.


    • brobin on July 6, 2008 at 17:44


    As I stated in another diary earlier this week,

    We need not complain about Barack Obama now. Please understand.

    We knew who Barack Obama was early in the game.

    We understood that Barack Obama was a DNC Democrat.

    We told everyone in loud voices that this is how it is.

    We gave him a chance to bloom and excel.

    We have watched him become what we knew he was.

    We need to make sure that a Democratic Congress is given a chance to grow in numbers and allowed to work with Barack Obama as President of The United States of America.

    We are progressives.  Barack Obama is a politician.  

    Perhaps his game plan will make sense once he is in office with a Democratic Majority in Congress.

    Perhaps he will do America right.

    Perhaps we should take that chance as opposed to Bush’s third term.

    I’m going to.

    For not only your childrens future, but for the future of all inhabitants of this world.

    Dude isn’t my cup of tea, and I’m not impressed, but I’m sure as hell going to work to get him elected.

    We have “LIVED” the alternative.

  2. The wife and I are arguing also.  While she is totally aware of my worldviews and does in fact agree she has those last remaining illusions of false hope.  Here is how it goes lately.

    She is voting McCain based mostly upon the continuation of the Bush incompetency factor plus the added senility.  I still insist on a Ron Paul write in as he is the only one to have raised the eyebrows of the Illuminati and the secret government.  The only question unresolved in my mind is when does the US break up into the five regions predicted and when does my family have to do the Wolverines type survivalist thing.

  3. … and take it as read that is was a comment in the essay linked to above, so a comment about the topic of this essay rather than a dispute with this essay:

    Get out of the oligopress mindset that …

    .. there is but one election taking place this year.

    That is convenient for them, but the convenience of the oligopress should not rule our thinking.

    This year, we need to be working to elect any progressive we can to state legislatures, Congress, and Senate. And there is not the slightest doubt in my mind that having Barrack Obama as their opponent in the White House is a far superior outcome to having John McCain as their opponent in the White House.

    Indeed, among those making dramatic pronouncements about the impossibility of voting for Obama, I have not seen a cogent argument that Senator Obama and the moderate wing of the Corporate party in control of the White House is as bad as having Senator McCain and the radical reactionary wing of the Corporate party in control of the White House …

    … just wails and lamentations that Senator Obama is not a full fledged member of the progressive populist minority among elected Democrats. But, we’ve known that for more than a year, so why the wailing now?

    And unless that argument can be made, what is the big deal? Your vote for President is not an expression of your political identity, its an effort to influence the environment within which progressives will have to fight. An Obama administration will be a better opponent for progressives to fight against than a McCain administration.


    Yeah, and re-reading it, it reads a bit cranky … I’m like that before the first pot of coffee in the morning. Even if I’m kinda happy that Team Columbia has the rider in Green in the tdf.

    Oh, and long live the Beauty Platform:

  4. to understand that there is no one person who can be every

    single thing we would want?  Hell we don’t even agree on what

    that thing is!  I want this, you want that, he wants some of

    this and some of that…. No one person will ever be the perfect choice!!  Ever!

    I’m another of those who state… he’s not my first choice,

    but he is the group choice.. and I’m willing to give him a

    chance to prove he’s worth it.  Because without him in the


  5. Obama & McCain.

    However, I don’t agree with your framing of the issue.  What happens when someone is disgusted with both of them ? Of course one is worse than the other (McCain); but what about all the ‘new’ voters that were energized by the Obama camp ? IMO, he’s in danger of having them sit at home because of his recent behavior.  So whose fault is it if they don’t vote for Obama or if they vote for some alternative (like Nader or McKinney)?

    I think he’s in danger of losing the people he roped in with his message of ‘hope’.  And that might cost him the election, because as we all know if it’s close enough to steal (1-5%), the Repug dirty tricks machine might just pull it out.

    The Obama folks are obviously hoping that their base will stay put and vote for him because of the alternative.  But what turns elections is whether or not your base shows up in numbers.

  6. shame that people on the left have developed such a low opinion of Ralph Nader.  He was hero of the left for decades.

    He gave us seat-belts, for chrissake.

  7. and American won’t be rebuilt in one election cycle–but the election of another republican president may well complete it’s destruction.

    For me it’s not a choice between the lesser of two evils, it’s the choice between two people, one who IMHO is more evil than good, and the other who is a fallible human being–one who has made some mistakes, and who will make more mistakes.  But I can’t name one person who hasn’t.  

    I’ve been disappointed about some of his latest statements, but again, I can’t think of one politician or President who hasn’t disappointed me on occasion.  I know it’s hard to accept, but a President doesn’t represent only Progressives.  And, to be entirely honest, Progressives don’t always agree on all political issues–we only have to look back at the recent Primary Wars to see how easy it is for people who agree on many Progressive issues to fight with each other.

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