Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
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.
John @ Americablog has a post on this that's worth reading.
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.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
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.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
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.
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
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
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.)