Monday, April 20, 2009

The Torture Debate -- It's About Time

Obama leaving investigation and prosecution of Bush admin war crimes to Congress as to avoid directly drawing the ire of Republicans?

Wow, that seems shockingly like politics as usual and NOT the sort of change we were promised. And what should lead us to believe that the same Democrats in Congress that announced publicly that impeachment was off the table have the backbone to do something that their President with soaring approval numbers doesn't have the balls to do?

I long for a party with the overconfidence and arrogance of the Republicans coupled with most of the platform of the Democrats.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Open Letter to Obama RE: Campaign Finance

I'm sorely disappointed in your campaign. You didn't make a serious effort to negotiate with the Republican opponent regarding campaign finance. You just decided not to bother and frame it as being about the big, bad Republican machine.

Why not make more of an effort...a public that? You chose against public financing so you could take advantage of your major difference in campaign donations.

You put practicality over principles. That's not how reform is accomplished; that's how one gets corrupted by the system they swore they'd reform. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Open Letter To The Obama Campaign

(below is a copy of what I've just submitted to the Obama campaign via their webform)

I am disappointed that the campaign would heap praise upon Clinton as she finally bows out.
She didn't run a good campaign; she ran a campaign that was often nasty and played upon the misconceptions regarding Barack's faith and character.

Praising her as having run a great campaign despite some of the slimy tactics employed by her and her family is PLAYING THE POLITICAL GAME. The same game of politics that this campaign indicated it wouldn't play and the same game it has indicated it wants to abolish.

The more I think about it, I can't say for certain I'll be able to support a candidate who has started betraying their campaign promises before getting elected. I can tell you for certain, however, that if Clinton is put on the ticket, I'll be voting for Ralph Nader or abstaining from the vote altogether and will do my best to encourage others to do the same. While I'd still rather have a game-playing Obama in office rather than a McCain, I wouldn't be able to vote in good conscience for a candidate who would have, in that event, so clearly lied to their constituents.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I Swear To God...

Hillary needs to drop out. If she somehow manages to find her way on the ticket, I'm voting Nader.

She's been so fucking slimy and shameful in this campaign that I wouldn't touch a lever associated with her. If there's even a hint that Obama will put her in his cabinet, Nader gets my vote, still.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Ummm...Did Hillary Just Concede?

Anyone who watched Hillary's speech tonight in Indiana really saw two speeches.

One seemed to claim victory in Indiana when it is still too close to call and told the crowd that it was on to West Virginia and all the way to the White House.

When that faded, she began thanking everyone who had helped her campaign. Thanking her husband and daughter for all their work during the campaign. Reading between the lines, it really sounded like a concession speech. Heck, analysts have pointed out that Bill's disinterested behavior behind her seemed to suggest he sees that the end has come as well.

Dear God, I hope she's finally caught a clue and gets out so that the Democrats can seal this up and get Bush and his third term zombie as far away from the White House as possible. And I mean out. If she gets a VP spot, I'm voting Nader, dammit.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Much Ado About Nothing

I'm rooting for Obama. Let me get that across right now.

But isn't this whole passport thing a whole lot of drama for no good cause?

They accessed records of where he has BEEN, not where he is GOING. I don't see it as a great security risk. I don't see how this should be such a drastically bad thing when likely no attention would be given to your or me if our records were accessed for no good reason.

Reporters are saying that Obama should have received a direct call from Condi Rice about his records being accessed.


If they accessed the information, they had clearance to access it. If we have a problem with it, the problem should be that contractors were granted this sort of access to anyone and everyone across the country.

I had an ex that worked for PNC Mortgage back in the day. She walked out the door with photocopies of loan documents for one of Robert DeNiro's baby-mommas that he co-signed for. Hell, when the loan for Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance's home in the Los Angeles area came across my desk to purchase the loan for PNC Mortgage, I got a little starstruck (but never went so far as to carry documents home). Finding something like that leads you to occasionally punch in a famous person's name into the system to see if they are there. It's just curiosity.

That's likely what happened here.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Let's Start The Guessing Right Here

Did Keith Olbermann duck out of his own program in the middle of the show last night so he could avoid doing a WORST PERSON that would have highlighted Barack Obama's reverend? Or possibly Barack Obama?