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?

Friday, March 14, 2008

Doug Stanhope Alleges He Did Coke With Nick Lowry & Bubby Brister

While on the Opie & Anthony Show this morning, Doug Stanhope recounted a tale of doing cocaine back stage with Nick Lowry and Bubby Brister. He, also, alleged that Jim Norton was present but didn't partake (as he had gone sober long before). The shows hosts made sure to clarify that they weren't taking a position on the comment and that it didn't represent the show. They, also, jokingly offered the accused players equal time to deny the allegations.

On repeats of the show in the afternoon and evening, the names of the alleged players were bleeped out due to apparent slander concerns.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Minimum Wage: Only for the ignorant masses...

Before anyone thinks to skewer me for that title, I'm just speaking of how Republicans seem to see it.

To them, the minimum wage is for the ignorant masses. If you're working a job making that, then you're not that bright and not that skilled. Heck, you likely don't vote. But many who do vote want that wage increased, so they play and pander to that segment of voters during election time and do a piss poor job acting like they want the wage to increase.

They say that raising the minimum wage would increase unemployment and inflation. 12 states that have a minimum wage higher than the federal wage are proof positive that the Republicans are full of hot air on those accusations.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Olbermann Is A Big Fat Hypocrite

I've been a big fan of Keith Olbermann. I watch the show regularly, TiVo-ing it to avoid missing it. Many nights, you'll find me at my computer that is just around the corner from the TV, listening to his reporting of the days events. We share the same viewpoint on many topics, so I trust his show to catch some of the inconsistencies from elected officials that I'd be most interested in hearing about.

But he can often be a bit of a hypocrite when it comes to political correctness and free speech. He was off base when it came to Don Imus, especially given his appearing to be a fan of Howard Stern during his coverage of his transition to Sirius Satellite Radio. He is, also, off base here. Wildly so. More so than he has been in the past.

He condemned David Shuster's comments about the Clintons pimping out Chelsea to help their chances at getting the Democrat nomination. He chooses to ignore the context and its current place in the American vernacular to score points with the Clintons, again. To brown nose. To be, ironically, pimped out for PR by his MSNBC bosses, since the statement wasn't made on his show and he was under no obligation to offer an apology.

Why is he a hypocrite, though? Because he's used the phrase himself on his own show. He said that George Bush was pimping out General David Petraeus with the Iraq report some months ago. The gender may be switched, but the contextual use of the word is the same. Yet, he calls Shuster's comment "indefensible"?

Have you no backbone, sir? Will you be doing a Special Comment calling yourself out for owing America an apology? Glad to see how quickly you turn on your colleagues when the heat is on.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Much Ado About Nothing

Really, people?

Is David Shuster a bit of a smarmy ass at times? Sure.
Was he actually trying to imply that Chelsea Clinton is turning tricks? No.

He's pointing out there being something weird about the way the Clintons are handling their daughter to further their campaign. They generally won't let her be interviewed. They tried to shelter her early and often before Hillary's run. Now, they have her calling super-delegates at their express behest, but won't grant requests for interviews to the media.

There is something off about that. There is something weird about it. There is, certainly, some manner of using going on there...and even, possibly, creating an artificial demand for her by trying to control who can and can't hear her speak.

And the idea that MSNBC is in the hip pocket of the Obama campaign? Ridiculous. Months ago, Olbermann practically fellated Bill Clinton on a regular basis and was a Hillary apologist any time something popped up. I'd say the first time he started being objective when it came to her campaign was when he was the only on-air personality there to point to the fact that she didn't skip a beat after crying in New Hampshire to launching into an attack on Obama. He alluded to it appearing to be calculated, while no one else working on their primary coverage seemed to even acknowledge the possibility.

The Clinton campaign thinks that any reporting of their work that doesn't read directly off the script they provide to the media is biased and out to get them.