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Friday 12 October 2007

Al Gore Shares Win In Nobel Peace Prize

on 12 Oct : 08:06  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
GD Brilliant. I hope it means what people have been whispering it might mean.

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Via RawStory

The Nobel Peace Prize committee on Friday turned its sights on the battle against climate change by giving the 2007 award to former US vice president Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Gore has reinvented himself as a climate warrior since failing in his bid to become US president in 2000. The IPCC is a UN body of about 3,000 experts which cautiously stepped up pressure on governments by pointing to the human role in steadily mounting global temperatures.
Tuesday 25 September 2007

Rep Marsha Blackburn Gets Slapped Around on National TV

on 25 Sep : 08:49  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Crooks and Liars has the video of MSNBC substitute host David Shuster totally cutting Blackburn off at the knees.

How many times have you read in the last week or so about this dustup over the ad that called Gen. Petreaus General Betrayus and thought "This is the most important thing to talk about right now? I don't think so!"

Well, Shuster has a low threshold for horseshit and he takes Blackburn to the woodshed over it. Poor her. Who doesn't like her so much that they advised her to take this interview on?

Thinking about this situation, it is indicative of the incompetency and vacuous nature of this "administration". In fact, what they are is an insult to the word "administration" even in quotation marks. What they are is somewhere between the words cabal and shadow play.

They try to outsource all the dirty work to maintain plausible denial. If said dirty work fails, then that outsourcer, in this case Blackburn, is simply out there on their own. That outsourcer's problem is their own. They sell the outsourcer on the grand plan, Iraq/War on Terra, and then jazz them up on defending this tiny little front or creating this concocted distraction, in this care the horror of the Moveon ad.

They assume that the press believes everything they say and generally plays along and those who don't are seen as kooks. Shuster used to play along but it seems that he has had enough of playing along or is out to make a name for himself when the pendulum swings back to the other member of the cabal tag team (yeah, that would be Hillary Clinton if you haven't heard).

So, Shuster comes out swinging and bloodies Blackburn's nose right after the bell. Blackburn backs up with that goofy grin fighters get after being hit. (It's involuntary, you know.) She then gets her dander up but Shuster takes her feeble punches then knocks her out.

The aforementioned They now have no problems because everything is theater to them. As long as they continue to have a force in Iraq protecting their oil, it's all cool.
Saturday 15 September 2007

Official Endorsement: Mary Wilder

on 15 Sep : 15:09  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  

Memphis Politicos Miss Point

on 15 Sep : 14:53  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
The most popular Democratic blog in Memphis is without a doubt LeftWingCracker. The guy is an outstanding person and knows his stuff; however, with his endorsement of Carol Chumney he has taken some heat. I, myself, have let him know that I'm not sold on Chumney and she is running an "ABB"campaign the likes of which John Kerry ran in 2004.

This ABB type campaign is fine if people are so enraged that they will march to the polls to de-elect the current officeholder and install a different officeholder. If the election were being held in the same atmosphere as was in effect last year during Thaddeus Matthews' rise to prominence when he was collecting signatures then she might have a real chance. At that time, Herenton was really in the dumper and I'm sure was laying plans for possible mobs stampeding his office.

That was some time ago and Herenton was given some breathing room while others were sent to jail thereby sucking up all the camera time on the local news. He re-grouped and came out all about shakin' off the hatahs and going populist and ignoring the other "candidates" by not showing up to debates.

When I see local politicos arguing about who is the better candidate, I liken it to teenage boys arguing about which of the guys is going to win the next Bum Fight. Sure, there are points to be made about which is less drunk, which is less blind, which has all his toes but, in the end, they're arguing about bums.

Herenton is worthless, we all know that. He's corrupt. He's brash. He's an egomaniac. His only concern is power and being the center of attention. Most everyone would agree he shouldn't be mayor.

Herman Morris, in my estimation, is something of a tool. Meaning, I think he is Herenton's buddy and he's acting as a means to Herenton's ends. He comes off very nice and sometimes passionate but I honestly don't think that anyone is really taking him seriously. Jim Maynard rattled off several groups that have endorsed him but I find it difficult to believe all those groups think he has any real chance.

I have seen many Morris stickers on cars. It could be that a lot of his supporters live near me and I'm seeing the same cars over and over, but then again, maybe they are different cars. I've had some discussion with the wife about whether or not signs, stickers and the like have any effect on political races. I think that they COULD have some effect if someone sees a lot of them and then gets on the bandwagon after investigating the candidate. If people are ABB, then they may think if they throw their support behind this guy who already has some support then a groundswell could come along but i don't see that happening with Morris.

Then there's Chumney. I wish that Carol was everything that everyone wants her to be. She gives off this spitfire image. Cracking down on this, holding these accountable and so forth. That ad at Cracker's site seems positive but none of this quenches the real thirst that all Memphians have. The politics of this race are too much what the race is about.

Memphians thirst for a leader who is going to make positive changes to our lives by improving Memphis for everyone. Memphians are looking for a candidate that will promise to investigate Herenton and every deal done by the city during his "administration". Not just a candidate who will bandaid our cuts or promise to polish our city a little better than Herenton.

More police on the streets will no more stop crime than more body collectors in the dark ages would have stopped the black plague. We've got to raise teacher wages to attract the best teachers in the nation here to teach, not "inner city kids" but Our Kids, Memphis' children. We've got to start jobs programs in this city that put people to work. We've got to turn the corporations that come here to be near the FedEx hub into Memphians. Make them Memphis businesses that pay their fair share in Memphis, not because it gets them advertising but because its the right thing to do.

Government's job is to address the needs of everyone. Is Carol Chumney thinking like that? I don't know. All I can get is that she wants to put more cops on the street.
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