October 18, 2008 archive

McCain Is A Liar, So Buy My Cookies

Emily Anderson’s reality break…

Pay it forward

More Voter Fraud Discovered in DuPage County!

OMG! Who would have thought! Registering voters is fraud! Especially with an intent to deceive!

In late June, Downers Grove, IL had their Heritage Fest Days! Lots of food, games, rides, and booths! Including informational booths, designed to help out the good citizens of Downers Grove! Besides businesses with $5.00 off coupons, and $5.00 lemonade made with real lemons, there were political booths! The Democrats were there, the Libertarians, and, across from the Libertarians, were the ever helpful Republicans decked out with all their flags and signs!

Weekend News Digest

Weekend News Digest is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Muqtada al-Sadr urges rejection of US-Iraqi pact

By HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press Writer

36 mins ago

BAGHDAD – Anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged Iraq’s parliament to reject a pact that would extend U.S. presence in Iraq for three years as tens of thousands of his followers marched through Baghdad’s streets Saturday to reinforce that demand.

The large turnout points to trouble ahead for the U.S.-Iraqi security deal as Sunni and Shiite lawmakers weigh the political risks associated with the far-reaching agreement.

Waving Iraqi flags and green Shiite banners, protesters chanted slogans condemning the pact. The demonstration in the mostly Shiite eastern part of Baghdad was staged under tight security, with army soldiers and police manning checkpoints along the route.

“anti-American Cleric Al Sadr”, like “Joe the Plumber”

is none of the above.

By now we’ve all heard that McCain’s “Joe the Plumber”:

  • isn’t a licensed plumber
  • won’t pay more under Obama’s tax plan
  • his business doesn’t earn close to $250K/year
  • isn’t even named Joe

It reminded me of something, but I couldn’t put my finger on it till this morning when 30,000 demonstrated in Baghdad against the US occupation, with the encouragement of the man inevitably described in US media as “anti-American cleric Moqtada Al Sadr“.  So this might be the perfect time to point out that Al Sadr:

  • is not anti-American
  • is not a cleric
  • is strongly pro-democracy
  • led the unilateral cease fire that’s made Iraq more peaceful, saving American lives

In short, the only thing our press has been reporting correctly are his popularity and his name.

Pony Party: Dog Statues

I heard the local Humane Society had a display of unique dog statues at the mall for a fund raiser. So off I went. But  “the man” hassled me. This being the south it was done politely but the mall security insisted that I only take pictures in certain areas because that was the “pubic” part of the mall ( near a fountain ) and even though I assured him I would not include any store signs in the picture. I tried negotiating and he sighed and at some point walked away and I of course stretched the limit of our agreement which I know he expected I would do. Later I stopped at the customer service desk to ask about the rationale behind being able to only take certain pictures and she repeated the caveat about not including store front and their signs. She agreed to call a Manager who was in a meeting and I had enough of the mall and left.

I still am not sure how a middle aged woman taking pictures threatens mall security, the future of capitalism, the crucial “mall integrity” or might interfere with other customers right to shop. Don’t know. I might just go back one day and take some more and use the “play stupid” tactic.






Jocelyn’s House Saved From Mortgage Auction

Now she has the time to Grieve for her Son, Killed in Iraq only a short time ago, Her Reality!!

I was just sent the following:

The Last Gasp of Scoundrels

“Over The Top Anti-American”

“Are they pro-America or anti-America?”

Fuck You.

“In a free country, we punish men for the crimes they commit, but never for the opinions they have.”

Harry Truman on McCarthyism

“We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men.”

Edward R Murrow

I would ask the question that brought down McCarthyism in the 1950’s,

“Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

Joseph Welch

But the last eight years have proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that the Right Wing Republicans have answered that question time and again.

Fuck You.

YOU are anti-American, the very question you ask is anti-American, and America is about to throw you and your divisive, small minded, fascist, demagogue party of hate on to the shit pile of history where it belongs. Your tiny mind has no conception of what democracy and freedom means, and we will not be held hostage any longer by your ignorant, juvenile, hate mongering and fear. I don’t care how many flag pins you wear, you do NOT get to tell free people what to think.

“I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves … too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: ‘Our country, right or wrong!’ They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: ‘Our country-when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.'”

Senator CARL SCHURZ 1899

The Safest Investment Would Be In Nature’s ‘Capital’


We have all seen what happened when what our financial markets mistakenly thought was worth investing in turned out to be a chimera: “What investors thought was safe as houses has turned out to be nothing more than the property of the poor disguised in a silver wrapper, enabling bankers to pocket billions.”

The BBC’s Green Room this morning has a better idea: Why don’t we invest in “Natures Capital”? Since forests perform the function of a giant planetary utility…

A Minnesotans thoughts on Michelle Bachmann

Michelle Bachmann has turned into quite a hot topic here in the netroots after her disgraceful performance on Hardball that that you can watch for yourself here.

It’s hard to even begin on how horrifying that McCarthyesque, hateful interview was. But a lot of us Minnesotans have known about Michelle Bachmann and her hateful, extreme ways for years. Thankfully we’ve got a real shot at beating her this year, and you can help send her and her hateful brand of politics packing. Keep reading to find out how!

On the Road in John Murtha’s “Racist” Western PA

You might have heard that this week Rep. John Murtha talked about the racism in his Western Pennsylvania district and that it would likely cost Obama about 4 percentage points in the election.

As fate would have it, Sean Quinn is in Western PA this week with his On the Road series and files a very interesting report. Here’s how it starts:

So a canvasser goes to a woman’s door in Washington, Pennsylvania. Knocks. Woman answers. Knocker asks who she’s planning to vote for. She isn’t sure, has to ask her husband who she’s voting for. Husband is off in another room watching some game. Canvasser hears him yell back, “We’re votin’ for the n***er!”

Woman turns back to canvasser, and says brightly and matter of factly: “We’re voting for the n***er.”

In this economy, racism is officially a luxury. How is John McCain going to win if he can’t win those voters?

I will cry…

…the moment it is announced that Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America.

I will sing and dance and act the fool as the number of Democratic senators rises toward 60 (could we really, actually, possibly get to 60?) and I will pump my fist every single time a bell sings and another Democratic Representative gets his wings.

I will walk onto my front lawn and scream at the moon when Proposition 8 in California, a modern anti-misceganation law for gay men and women, goes down in complete and utter defeat.

I have hundreds upon hundreds of celebrations planned for that night, but…

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