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Tuesday 18 March 2008

President Barack Obama

on 18 Mar : 11:17  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
From what I can see, he's nailed it.

Looked presidential and appealed to the good in all of us. Full text of his speech...

As such, Reverend Wright’s comments were not only wrong but divisive, divisive at a time when we need unity; racially charged at a time when we need to come together to solve a set of monumental problems – two wars, a terrorist threat, a falling economy, a chronic health care crisis and potentially devastating climate change; problems that are neither black or white or Latino or Asian, but rather problems that confront us all.

I hope he wins.

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Clintons Divide to Conquer

on 18 Mar : 08:46  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
I'm a sours grapes kind of "hold-a-grudge" kind of voter. Like the GOP-elephant, I never forget. At least once in a while, just to keep me convinced that sometimes, in politics, there can be opportunities for falling in love and truly believing in your candidate, I listen to an old mp3 that is made up of parts of Howard Dean's speech at the California State Democratic Convention a lifetime ago (politically speaking) and his Great American Restoration announcement speech from a month later. Reading the transcripts doesn't really do justice to the mp3 I listen because its set to some up-tempo music and is really all the moving parts.

One of passages follows:

Today, our nation is in crisis. At home, this crisis manifests itself in this President's destruction of the idea of community. This President pushes forward an agenda and policies which divide us. He advocates economic polices which beggar the middle class and raise property taxes so that income taxes may be cut for those who ran Enron.

He divides us by race by using the word quota, which appeals to the worst in us by instilling fear that people of color might take our jobs or our places in the nation's best universities. He divides us by gender by attacking a woman's right to make her own health care decisions. And even by attacking young women's right to have the same athletic opportunities that young men do. He divides us by sexual orientation by supporting senators who have slandered gay Americans, and he appeals once again to the worst instincts within us, instead of that which is good in all Americans.

That, of course, is all about "president" George W Bush and was then and still so very true. When I think on it at the age of 42, I can't remember any time prior to 2000 that I felt like I couldn't, shouldn't or just plain didn't want to talk about the problems with our country because it would lead, not to an eye-opening discussion with some sort of agreement at the end, but to a heated argument that could lead to a potential loss of a friend or escalated conflict.

Now, those same policies and tactics are being furthered by someone who, five or six years ago, I never would have believed if I heard a rumor to that effect. Bill and Hillary Clinton, in their desperation to gain power through any means necessary have stooped to dividing to conquer.

I leafed through the morning publication (as Mike Fleming refers to it) today. On the back page of the A section was a small article about Bill Clinton and his whining to ABC's Good Morning America. The story's not on the Commercial Appeal site but here's a link to an article that covers the basics.

Now, it is not in my nature to immediately jump to calling someone a racist. All too often, especially in this community, the cries of racism are used to gain advantage or to wipe away valid concerns that minorities don't want to address or even worse point out their failings that they don't want to change. By no means am I saying that racism doesn't exist or that sometimes the pointed out failings aren't false but liberals/Democrats some how have gotten their image set as such that they are beyond racists comments and that they are the only ones allegedly qualified to point out racism in any of its myriad forms.

So, in a world of Rovian tactics like "dog-whistle politics", "swift-boating" and assassination by innuendo, how can I with my distrust of the Clintons and tin-foil-hatty view of nearly all politics, look at the words in these articles and see anything but the clandestine use of buzz-word innuendo to slander their opponent?

Case in point:

Clinton said he had gotten a "bum rap"... calling the notion that he had unfairly criticized Obama in South Carolina as "a total myth and a mugging."

Now, of course, he said a lot of other stuff but with the Clintons being the out and out gods of "message" and "strategy" (after their good buddy, Rove, of course) how can I, in good faith look at those two bold-ed words and not think that they wanted to use those specific words in reference to Barack Obama who happens to be a black man?

You may ask, "what could be the point of that?" or "what does that do for them?" Easy enough to answer, it is assumed that Obama will receive the predominance of the black vote despite what the Clintons thought way back prior to South Carolina. While that assumption could be painted as somewhat racist in and of itself, information points to more African-Americans going for Obama. So, it stands to reason, that the Clintons must now get as much of the white vote as possible. This is the desperation that sets in as losers realize they are losing.

The Clintons, from every indication, will stop at nearly nothing to make sure that Hillary is the nominee from what I can tell. Like Bush saying that the sacrifice of life in Iraq would be for nothing if we didn't achieve "victory", the Clintons now are looking over their shoulders at the path of destruction paved with lies, lives and limelight are the idea of having done all that and only have gotten Bill his eight years in the top spot is spurring them on to more stupendous ugliness.

Needing to shave off some of Obama's support means evening his negative up with her's by targeting people who don't like already don't like Hillary. They must make those people so disenchanted with Obama that they would be put in the position of holding their noses for either one. And so, they must paint Obama, not as the man he is (a person who has transcended his race and standing in life) but as the negatives some associate with people whose skin happens to be black.

It is no secret that a lot of white people over a certain age see rap music as something to be avoided and a detriment to all forms of society. Fraught with "bad language" and usually about killing cops, rap has pretty much earned that negative image in the past but now is considered nearly mainstream but don't try telling my dad that.

Admittedly, it could possibly be seen as stretch to say that was Bill Clinton's intention when he said he got a bum rap, but I really feel it was his intention because he didn't just say that. In the same interview, he used the word "mugging". Come on. Who are they kidding with this crap?

This is the kind of BS Bush and his gang of cronies pull constantly. I submit that a Hillary administration will be nothing more than a continuation of the politics of division. The point of being president is to try and improve the world to betterment of all. To the Bushes and the Clintons, by appearances, the point is to further personal agendas no matter who gets in the way.

To them, it seems to me, they have changed the system to support a pseudo-form of fascism. A facism not furthered and protected by soldiers with guns but protected and furthered by the slanderous article, the threat of exposure and loss of comfort.

For once, can we say not "no" but "hell no!" to the politics of strategy and conquest by division and say "yes" to politics of potential, hope and a world where a man is judged by the content of his character?
Sunday 16 March 2008

Wacky Weather Benjamin Pics

on 16 Mar : 18:08  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
admirale.jpgWe've had some craziness with the weather lately. Rain, hail, tornadoes, freaking SNOW...

Here's shots of some of that as an excuse to show more Benjamin pics.

A couple of nights ago a storm rolled through and as it moved in I snapped this of the front edge of the storm over the neighbor's house.

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That snow came in last Friday and it was gone by Sunday pretty much. Looked great across the backyard. I love snow. Wish we got it more here.

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Of course, the boy really loved it. (Till he realized that being in it got you really, really cold.)

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And here's a silly one I forgot to post last time...

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silly monkey...

What a kid...

on 16 Mar : 16:31  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
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