Monday, October 27, 2008

Stevens Convicted?

CNBC is reporting that Stevens was convicted on all counts. Haven't seen it elsewhere yet. Will update!

UPDATE

Here's Reuters

and WaPo

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Waaaassup?

The Budweiser cast from the old (90's) original Waaasup? commercial have shot an updated version for 2008! Priceless. video

Thursday, October 23, 2008

No on 8!

According to the LATimes this morning, the no voters on Prop 8 in CA (the anti-gay-marriage prop) still outnumber the no voters. But this is an important issue and I want to exhort every THINKING Californian to get out and vote this execrable piece of idiocy down.

If it weren't bad enough on the face of it that we're trying to amend the Constitution to LIMIT rights, this is the lovechild of a very strange marriage; the Catholic Church and the Mormon Church. The Catholics have decided that you molest kids and be reassigned, but if you want to marry your partner, you must be prevented absolutely. The Mormons are apparently worried that this will cut down the number of men available to marry multiple wives. I'm just saying......

Anyway, if you're from CA, and are considering not voting since there's no urgency at the Presidential level, shut the fuck up and get out and vote. Vote this puppy down while you're there, too.

I'll do a round up of our selection of godforsaken props before the election with my thoughts and recommendations for voting for/against.

UPDATE:

John @ Americablog has a post on this that's worth reading.

the conclusion:

I don't know much about the Mormon faith. I do know that, as a Christian myself, I find some of their beliefs a bit, well, different (such as the belief that Jesus and the devil were brothers). What I do know about Mormons are three things:

1. Donny and Marie.
2. The choir.
3. Their church really seems to hate gays, a lot.

Put aside the fact, for a moment, that a people who were persecuted, and run out of their homes, for being different really ought not be doing the same to another persecuted people. (And really put aside the fact that one of the reasons Mormons were persecuted was because of their beliefs on marriage.) If the Mormon Church is so concerned about being a part of the mainstream religious club, about being loved by other faiths across America, then why are they saddling up to one of the most reviled groups of bigots in America?

Hell of a well to win friends and influence people.


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Another One Bites the Dust

Former Bush Victim Scott McClellan has announced he's supporting Obama. Wow!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Powell Endorses Obama

Today on Press the Meat, Powell, as speculated, endorsed Obama. It was more than an endorsement, though, it was an evisceration of McCain's campaign and campaign rhetoric. It was very much a mirror of Reagan's 'the party left me' speech.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Better and Better

CBS/NYT poll: Obama leads McCain 53-39

And the internals show McCain's campaign of fear and mud-slingage has backfired, big time.

More anvils!

Truer Words Were Never Spoken

Joe @ Americablog:

21 days. Three weeks til we change the country and the world. And, we have to change the country and the world.

McCain won't bring change, which would be bad enough. But, what we've seen of McCain's "leadership" style is frightening. These are very, very dangerous times. Yet, the main character trait McCain would bring to the presidency is his erratic behavior. That's not what the country needs right now. What's really disturbing is that McCain and his campaign know they're being watched for just that kind of behavior. Instead of masking it, they keep reinforcing it. That's who McCain is and he can't hide it. What some people thought was "maverick" was actually "erratic." And, let's all admit (even those political reporters who worshiped McCain have to admit this), "Erratic" is not the first word one should think when describing a potential president, especially now.

So, 21 days. The GOP still has a lot of ugly fight in it. They're like cornered, rabid animals right now -- capable of anything. They must be crushed.

Get it started...


If you're not volunteering, get out and do so. If you're not contributing, give till it hurts (ActBlue functions as a funnel to a variety of campaigns and/or if your home campaigns are out of reach send some love to the No on Prop 8 folks, and help show the Mormons they can't legislate away other peoples' rights! No limits here, send all you want!!!!) Just don't sit passively by.

As James Carville said, and as Kos has been echoing for weeks, let's throw these drowning bastards some anvils. This is the election that can crush the Repugnazi-Neocon movement for a decade, if not a generation.

Congrats

Liberal NYT Columnist, economist and all-round good guy Paul Krugman has won the Nobel Prize for Economics (for work on international trade.)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

BAD News for McSame

The new WaPo/ABC poll is bad enough news on the surface for Johnny Get-Off-My-Lawn! But the internals are scarier than hell from the a Repug point of view. Josh has a good post about it with the following conclusion:

Late Update: Just a few more of the internals because they're pretty striking. On who's the stronger leader: Obama 54%, McCain 40%. Who better understands the economic problems people in this country are having: Obama 58%, McCain 28%. Given that McCain's entire campaign is based on his leadership credentials and that we're in the throes of an historic economic crisis, I don't know which of those two numbers are more devastating for McCain. But they're both awful bad.

Sweet Freakin' Jesus!!

The Shrub, in a complete absence of even minimal self-awareness, is telling friends (well, anyone who will listen, since his friends have all fled) that, with all the disasters that just happened on his watch, it's a good thing he was at the helm! Is it January yet?

No, It's Not!

Next time your conservative friend tells you that the financial crisis is due to bad loans to black or brown people, or even po' white trash, after you finish pummeling them into a coma, drop a copy of this article onto their broken, bleeding husk.

WASHINGTON — As the economy worsens and Election Day approaches, a conservative campaign that blames the global financial crisis on a government push to make housing more affordable to lower-class Americans has taken off on talk radio and e-mail.

Commentators say that's what triggered the stock market meltdown and the freeze on credit. They've specifically targeted the mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which the federal government seized on Sept. 6, contending that lending to poor and minority Americans caused Fannie's and Freddie's financial problems.

Federal housing data reveal that the charges aren't true, and that the private sector, not the government or government-backed companies, was behind the soaring subprime lending at the core of the crisis.

Subprime lending offered high-cost loans to the weakest borrowers during the housing boom that lasted from 2001 to 2007. Subprime lending was at its height vrom 2004 to 2006...

Thursday, October 09, 2008

TrooperGate Update

From TPM- the Alaska Supremes toss out Repug suit to block Troopergate report. Should be released tomorrow....

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Dowd-y

Maureen Dowd is pretty much a useless lump, but every once in a while, she's a lump of diamond rhetoric:

At Sarah Palin’s old church in Wasilla, they spoke in tongues. Maybe that’s where she picked it up.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Take Down

Rolling Stone (yes, Rolling Stone!) has a GREAT new article up, examining John McCain, his record, and his penchant for ummm misstating reality. READ IT!

McCain Record

This is a kewl site... thanks to Americablog for pointing it out.

http://www.johnmccainrecord.com/

Friday, October 03, 2008

Too Damned Funny

Sarah Palin's flowchart from last night:



I've seen it several places, but I stole it from America'sblog

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Reason to Support the Bailout?

Kevin, in his new digs at Mother Jones, has a good piece on the bailout, covering the 'selling of the bailout', but this is the money shot for me:

Bush's heart was never in this. He didn't want to sponsor a bailout and only signed on under extreme duress when Paulson and Bernanke convinced him we were facing a genuine emergency. (This is ironic, of course, since some of the opposition to the bill has compared the administration's "fearmongering" of the financial crisis to the runup of the Iraq war. This is 180 degrees backward. Bush has spent the last year desperately trying to ignore the financial crisis, not selling the country on a solution. If anything, distrust of Bush ought to convince you that maybe this bill is necessary after all.)

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