January 2008

I’m just procrastinting now on the packing.  (And I love being there, I just don’t enjoy getting there anymore, for the record.)

Anyway, here is another beauty:

“Mukasey (Ed.  That’s our Attorney General, as in He At The Top Of Laws) refuses to address waterboarding.”

If only there was a way to get him to cough up an opinion…

I still love my country, but I’ve also lost one big pile of respect for it.  I thought we were above this stuff.  It seems to me that is how I was brought up.  I guess blame lies on those crappy public schools I attended.  I grew up thinking torture was for tinhorn dictators and commie’s and the Otherwise Less Wise. 

Silly me.

I speak of course of Hillary and Obama’s alleged meeting at the SOU.

This is the stupidest fucking thing I’ve ever seen Media Man do, and that is saying a whole lot.  I’m sure Matthews covered it diligently.

Imagine being photographed every minute of every day.  Hell, imagine being photographed as often as YOU, Average Joe/Joe-ette has been photographed.  No embarrassing or easily misrepresented photos in your history?  I scoff at the notion.  For God’s sake, bad or easily misrepresented photographs are a part of the cultural fabric of anyone I’ve EVER known.  And, hmmm…yes, that’s right, all of them, every single one, is NOT famous and photographed all the time!

Surely a greater blogger than I has taken this on, and while I’m in the midst of my standard pre-trip packing nightmare of wondering what I’m going to forget, I just had to stop by and offer up a comment on this absolutely useless waste of zillions of dollars of media time.  *sigh*  I suppose it sells, but anyone who doesn’t keep that in mind, above all, is a moron.

Update:  Well, after a good 3 minutes looking around, I found a satisfying response.  But what do you know!  It was just a comment on a major magazine blog.  From cm:

Gee…it’s good to know that the media is focusing on the issues that Americans care most about, like the economy, healthcare, Iraq, … oh, I forgot, the public cares more about the “snub.”

There are soldiers dying in Iraq, which Hillary Clinton shares partial responsibility for, and the media focuses on the “snub.” Many people lack adequate healthcare, but hey, who cares, there’s the “snub.” Many people are losing their homes, but hey, who cares…I’m sure these people would rather fixate on the “snub” whether they have a home or not.

I do not care whether the snub was real or coincidence. Does it really matter? If it was real, then fine…Obama’s human too, and Hillary and Bill have been taking some pretty mean shots at him, including trying to marginalize him on racial terms.

When the media plays this stuff up, they lose the right to complain about any lack of seriousness or results in our political system. They lose the right to complain that Americans do not fully understand the issues, vote on only superficial reasons, or that the candidates themselves are lacking in election after election. They lose the right to complain that candidates use petty and demeaning tactics.

Notice also how Hillary is using this to try to divide people once again. Now that’s a big story: the fact that Hillary is a singularly divisive figure in American politics, and hence is crippled in her ability to accomplish meaningful change if she were elected.”

Hillary explained very concisely in her response to this “news” my hesitancy to vote for her, since she couldn’t seem to laugh it off, snub or no snub.  Stupid, old, crass, bad politics, and just plain small-minded.

I think McCain and Huck (the perfect running mate for our next war President) can win easily.  You’ve got 5-10% of the population who wouldn’t vote for a woman or a black man right off the top, you’ve got stupid voters all over the place in both parties, you’ve got fear and all its political usefulness, you’ve got…well, stupid people mostly from the South and all-whitey rural areas everywhere, even in large urban populations.

The only ticket that has a real good chance against McCain/Huck is both Hillary and Barack in either order, and my own take is they’re both too self-involved and personally comfortable to care.

We deserve what we get.  Remember these words when you consider the economy of 2008-09.

I’m all alone out here, thus posting will be minimal while I play a little golf and get a little Super Bowl ambience with some very old pals in Phoenix.

Read the blogroll.  Smart people everywhere on the blogroll, and you can smarten yourself by reading the diversity of opinion. 

I’ll enjoy the break from the madness, and hope you enjoy the weekend, too.

John O

Thanks to John Cole for this gem.

Though I disagree quite a bit with John’s (and to whatever extent Tim’s) conclusion, that the Dems lack of campaigning in the state of FL made this voter vulnerable to TV ads.  Sorry, I blame the voter, and I blame any voters who get their voting preferences from 30-60 second campaign commercials.  This particular unnamed voter, sadly, almost apocalyptic-ally, represents 10’s of millions of like no-minded souls.

An informed electorate, indeed.

I dig this guy.

The CATO Institute is famously and now allegedly libertarian, so I’m naturally disposed to their opinions.  Here, someone way smarter than I am catches something I only caught because I read blogs, though in my defense, a careful read may have drawn me to the same conclusion.  It wouldn’t have mattered though, when it came to expressing it:  IOZ does it right.  I would’ve said, “authoritarianism is as authoritarianism writes,” or something equally (or more) inane.

People who describe themselves as libertarian ought to laugh at this shit.

IOZ consistently argues with some bloggers I really, really like.  I think the main difference between him and me is that I feel stuck with the system I have, in which case I have to vote for the Dem nightmare this time, just in hopes the scales of sanity will become more balanced. 

But from a pure “purity” point of view, IOZ has it right.  It’s just that we’re a couple of man-made and natural disasters and other population-reducing calamities from getting people to vote this way.  It won’t happen in my time.

History seems to tell me that people need to have “change” rammed down their collective throats, and I’m talking fundamental change, not the Dem-GOP kind that simply transfers corporate/well-funded interests back and forth, all the time sucking The Man’s Huge Dick, while leaving the rest of us behind.

1.  Signs of drinking, like slurring, giggling mostly to Himself, inappropriate ad-libs, etc.

2.  A complete breakdown on national TV.  I’ve known rich frat boys party-boys since I was 20 or so (a LONG time ago) and I can tell you they just hate being disliked.  They’ll never admit it, but the good-timin’ rich frat boy just loves him some love.  It’s remote, surely, but possible, that he’ll crack.  And THAT, my few readers, is good TV. 

3.  Further ruining of the GOP brand.  I’m sort of assuming he’ll accomplish this.  Even the lesser among us have gifts.

4.  Ratings, and post-speech spin.  Will anyone watch, and will the Corporate Media fawn?  No, and yes.  But good blog-fodder, in any case.

I doubt I will be able to hang in there awake.  I don’t really care what the President has to say on anything substantive, and the politics of King George the Lesser are dead and gone amongst anyone with any vestigial objectivity

Mostly, I just want him to be over.  I’m sure we could do worse (Rudy), but it sure is hard to imagine the current political leader who could achieve more damage to our country.  Even McCain could turn out to be relatively sane, which is when considered carefully sort of sad and embarrassing for all of us.

Update:  I consider it sort of emblematic and symbolic and shit that I fell asleep during the first 5 minutes of our Genius In Chief’s last command performance.  From my reading, I didn’t miss much. 

Thanks to the plugged in, kind, decent, smart, and generous Susan at Suburban Guerilla.

This about sums it up.

Adding that I just LOVE Elizabeth, for her intelligence, courage, and straight-talk, which makes McCain’s look like a carnival barker in comparison.

I know, big yawner and what a surprise and all.  We’re all so used to this now it isn’t even politically helpful.

Still, this had to hurt ol’ hypocrite-of-the-day Norm.  Thanks to…The Agitator?  (I think.)

Great speech.  I’ve long argued that part of the job description of President is to be able to inspire.

I’m still an Edwards guy, but I’ll be happy to vote for any of them in the general.

It was a good night.  The turnout results are getting absolutely giddyfying.

I’ve a feeling we won’t be hearing too much racist dog-whistling in the states to come.

I’m glad Edwards got his 15%, because I trust him as a power-broker.

I loved the 18-29 whitey-block that voted overwhelmingly for Obama.  There is no doubt in mind that a significant percentage of these youngsters (who don’t think of teh gay, either, as the death of society and life as we know it) cast their votes at least partially as an “FU” to good ol’ Mom and Dad.  That’s what youngsters do.  I just hope most of them pay enough attention to vote in the general.  Just, as many threw an FU at their parents in SC, as will quite a few will nationwide, so will many of them be too pre-occupied by some dick or trim, or too hung-over, or didn’t remember it was election day to vote in November.

SC was built for Obama.  He had to win there.

Is Bill Clinton going to spend the rest of this campaign giving back to Hillary his years of infidelity?  If so, he’d better tone it down and start thinking about the general.  Hillary has a big role to play, win or lose.

A Hillary-Obama ticket, or even Obama-Hillary ticket, simply would not lose.  In the latter scenario, Barack and Hillary could have a ton of fun joking and being normal about the powers declared by VP Cheney.  The object is to win.  This is a concept that would help them win.

Politics is sort of easy, when viewed realistically and with both poor and rich perspectives.

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