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Friday 13 June 2008

Stunned

on 13 Jun : 18:00  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
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1950 - 2008


From Raw Story...

Famed political commentator and Meet the Press host Tim Russert died Friday afternoon after collapsing at the NBC news bureau.

Russert, who was an NBC News vice president and the network's Washington bureau chief, was 58 years old.

The cause of death appeared to be a sudden heart attack. He reportedly collapsed in NBC's Washington studio while recording voice overs for a segment on this Sunday's Meet the Press.

Longtime NBC anchor Tom Brokaw choked up as he delivered the news around 3:40 p.m. eastern time Friday.
Thursday 05 June 2008

Barack Obama Becoming My Personal Jesus

on 05 Jun : 18:00  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Joe Leiberman is one of my least favorite people in government. One my Dislike-O-Meter®, he rates somewhere rates about an 8 out of 10. (For comparison, Bush and Cheney redline my Dislike-O-Meter® and keep it there at 11.)

Lieberman was a really poor choice as a running mate for Gore in 2000 and I've always felt that choice was in the top three reasons why Gore lost the election (along with Florida being stolen, of course.) Leiberman is constantly undermining the Dems but he is still given deference like he is still a Dem. He's always going on FOX and moan-whining in that turtle voice of his that makes him sound like he's swallowing every word he utters.

And you can call me anti-Semite if you must but his support of Israel is borderline treasonous if you ask me. In my opinion, he's a neo-con through and through.

It has been my contention that all the deference he gets from the Dems since he lost his primary run to Ned Lamont (and then went on to beat Lamont) is BS and as easily knocked down as a house of cards.

Yesterday, the presumptive nominee (and rookie titular head) of the Democratic Party took matters in hand. LITERALLY.

From Political Wire...

Obama Takes Lieberman Aside

Roll Call reports that during a Senate vote today, Sen. Barack Obama "dragged" Sen. Joe Lieberman "by the hand to a far corner of the Senate chamber and engaged in what appeared to reporters in the gallery as an intense, three-minute conversation."

"While it was unclear what the two were discussing, the body language suggested that Obama was trying to convince Lieberman of something and his stance appeared slightly intimidating."

"Using forceful, but not angry, hand gestures, Obama literally backed up Lieberman against the wall, leaned in very close at times, and appeared to be trying to dominate the conversation, as the two talked over each other in a few instances."

"Still, Obama and Lieberman seemed to be trying to keep the back-and-forth congenial as they both patted each other on the back during and after the exchange. Afterwards, Obama smiled and pointed up at reporters peering over the edge of the press gallery for a better glimpse of their interaction."

I really hope this is the end of all the nonsense we've seen from the Dem Party ever since 2006. Maybe Obama will finally give the Dem Party a spine transplant.

Unbelievable

on 05 Jun : 18:00  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
It is time for Hillary to be taken by the hand and led to a corner for an "intimidating" discussion.

From Huffington Post...


News broke last night that Hillary Clinton would drop out of the race on Friday and throw her support behind Barack Obama in a rally on Saturday. The Politico points out that the Obama campaign heard about this major development not through the Clinton campaign, but rather, through the media.

But even when news reports circulated early Wednesday evening that Clinton would drop out of the race Friday, the initial reaction was muted.

"No comment," said an Obama aide.

The Clinton campaign had not yet made contact with the Obama campaign, another aide said outside an evening fundraiser in Manhattan.

Seriously, the fear of appearing sexist has just gotten out of control. If Hillary were a man, this stuff with her dragging her feet and being wishy washy on conceding would have been shut down 15 minutes after "he" stepped off the stage.

Her behavior is unconscionable and the Clintons should be made to pay a huge debt for forgiveness. There is no way to know her reasoning behind her incredibly disrespectful behavior. She thinks that no one will her ass on it but I, for one, would be willing to do it.
Wednesday 04 June 2008

Obama Win Salves Dean Loss

on 04 Jun : 18:00  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
crazy_dean.jpgI posted a version of this last night at DailyKos. This is an edited and enhanced version.


I'll leave work soon and go home and watch the returns with a wild amalgam of emotions about the whole event.

Sadness to see Hillary Clinton, who I once admired so much along with President Clinton become the epitome of the Strategic brand of politics that I have come to so despise over the last eight years. Sadness also, in seeing that someone that I admired once suffer ignominious defeat after having presumed to have the contest locked up.

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Joy, of course, to see Barack Obama, the candidate to whom I only really committed after seeing him (when faced with that Strategic brand turn its sights on him) come to epitomize the Substance brand of politics that we almost got with the Dean campaign four short years ago.

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But all of those emotions are really tied to my association with Howard Dean's campaign four years ago. Whenever I think of any of those situations and feel those emotions, they inevitably link all the way back to 2004.

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When I hear the Clinton supporters saying they'll vote for McCain or just not vote at all, I see my hand writing Dr. Dean's name on my presidential ballot in 2004.

When I see Obama take the stage tonight to declare himself the presumptive nominee and talk about going on to win in November, I also think back to how much I had anticipated that speech coming from Howard Dean's mouth but then only seeing the infamous Dean Scream over and over again.

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When I watched the Rules And Bylaws Meeting on Saturday, Governor Dean actually settled one of my left over wounds from 2004 when he told the story of how mad he was when he got that call from Al Gore in the middle of the night and I feel a weight lift off me. You see, over these years, I had always felt that, in a small way, he had sort of shown himself to be "just another politician" when he went and raise Kerry's hand in that campaign headquarters hallway.

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I had felt that he was never really as angry as I was about the whole undermining by the party's elitists. That Gore story told me he actually had been.

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Which leads to when I see Hillary losing tonight. Below the sadness at seeing a past hero fall from grace and suffer defeat, I have to admit to schadenfreude. For over these past years, I have always blamed the Clintons for Dean's fall.

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It has been my contention that they pulled strings from afar to throw stumbling blocks in front him. (I keep hearing her voice at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa and the tone in it insinuating to the crowd that held nearly 5 Deaniacs to all other candidate supporters' 1, that tone insinuating that she knew something all of us did not know.)

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When I see the map that shows the states won by Clinton and Obama, I feel pride in Chairman Dean's 50 State Strategy. I see Clinton having focused only on states that she felt she HAD to win and I hear her discounting many states by saying they "don't matter" and I see Obama lots and lots and lots of other states after having travelled to 48 out of 50.

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But most of all, I am starting to believe in Hope again. I purposefully remained guarded about the whole process till I heard Obama speak about the Reverend Wright situation. Rather than spin and twist and do what was the least damaging and hoping that everyone moved on to another scandal, he took the time to try and make people understand.

He took the time to attempt to unite.

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Just like another great leader I once supported.

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Friday 30 May 2008

Can I Play?

on 30 May : 18:00  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
All these bloggers are doing "Feelgood Friday" by posting videos.

Couple of songs that are on my IPod Shuffle these days.

Johnny Cash - Boy Named Sue


And from a totally different angle...

Tenacious D - Kyle Quit The Band

Harvey Korman: Dead at 81

on 30 May : 18:00  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Bizarre.

Harvey Korman was another in the vein of Sydney Pollack, people usually won't have the ability to open a movie or headline but you always hold in high esteem or at the very least enjoy their work.

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No one who grew up in the '70's can forget watching the Saturday night line up with All In The Family, Newhart and the Carol Burnett Show. On the last one, Burnett and the cast (including Korman, his erstwhile comedy partner Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence and sometimes Lyle Waggoner) would always have people screaming with laughter.

Korman would always let Conway make him crack during a skit and that was even funnier than the whole of the skit sometimes. Korman was excellent usually as a sort of short-tempered effete snob but could play just about anything.

As good as he was on the Burnett show, a lot of people will also remember him from several Mel Blanc movies including History of the World, High Anxiety (see delicious clip below) and specifically as the heavy, Hedy (that's Hed-LEY) Lamarr.

From High Anxiety..


Thursday 29 May 2008

Oz's Lion Trailer Now On YouTube

on 29 May : 09:14  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
For anyone who comes here who may not know, 5 years ago, I somehow managed to convince every single one of my closest friends to take two weeks of vacation in January and help me shoot a feature film on digital video.

It turned out pretty dang good for a first time effort but nothing ever really became of it. A few days ago, I happened across the trailer we cut for it and I posted it on YouTube for kicks.

If you have a minute or three, give it a watch.


The movie was a really big deal for me. It really was work. Everyone involved with it worked really hard and I really feel terrible that nothing ever happened with it. Festivals rejected it but we actually showed it once for the cast and crew and our friends and family. The reception was really good and everyone seemed at the very least, not ashamed for having worked on it which is the best part of it for me.

It was probably the most stressful job I ever had or took on but it was also the most exciting, joyous and fun. Even when I wanted to kill an actor or throw my Mac across the room.

The wife and I are slowly working on another script. The ideas are all there and pretty exciting. When we get this one done, it may not be a do-it-yourself-er. It may be a pitch to studios kind of script. I know that sounds kind of pie-in-the-sky but the story and the execution are really beautiful when hung together. We just have to get it down on paper.

We'll let you know when it happens.
Wednesday 28 May 2008

Markos Calls It So Well

on 28 May : 18:32  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  

From DailyKos...

People were freaking out over the RFK stuff, but really, the most infuriating part of this campaign is Clinton's lack of intellectual honesty. The shifting rationales. The constantly moving goal posts. The disrespect for rules and the intelligence of the public. It's rank dishonesty and purposefully flawed readings of history.

As I've said before, she's hooked up with Rove and is using his same exact tactics. She is epitomizing exactly everything that Obama supporters and all of America are wanting a change from.

Go read the whole post and feel better about supporting Obama.
Tuesday 27 May 2008

Sydney Pollack 1934 - 2008

on 27 May : 08:14  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
First let me totally rip off this post from WWTDD (who I greatly admire)...

One of the most talented and prolific men in Hollywood, Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack, died today, struck down by cancer. He was 73. As a director, his notable films include "The Firm", "Out of Africa", "Tootsie", "Absence of Malice", "Three Days of the Condor", and "The Way We Were". As an actor, his credits include memorable roles in "Michael Clayton", "Eyes Wide Shut", "The Player", and "A Civil Action". As a producer his films included "Michael Clayton", "Cold Mountain", "The Talented Mr. Ripley", "Sense and Sensibility", "Searching For Bobby Fisher", and "The Fabulous Baker Boys". The New York Times says...

Sydney Pollack, a Hollywood mainstay as director, producer and sometime actor whose star-laden were among the most successful of the 1970s and '80s, died on Monday at his home in Los Angeles.
Pollack's career defined an era in which big stars (Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Warren Beatty) and the filmmakers who knew how to wrangle them (Barry Levinson, Mike Nichols) retooled the Hollywood system. Savvy operators, they played studio against studio, staking their fortunes on pictures that served commerce without wholly abandoning art.
Hollywood honored Pollack in return. His movies received multiple Academy Award nominations, and as a director he won an Oscar for his work on the 1985 film "Out of Africa" as well as nominations for directing "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969) and "Tootsie" (1982).

WWTDD went to talk about how he's strangely bummed by Pollack's death and then cracked wise to soften the blow but that seems a little cheap to me.

This writer, too, feels a little bummed by Pollack's passing. It's not like when I list my favorite movies of all time any of his come up. I can't remember sitting all the way through either The Way We Were or Out of Africa but I do remember seeing him in many films as an actor and I think that (along with some weekend sleep deprivation) is resulting in this slight sense of loss.

I never dwelled on his performances but, thinking back now, I realize he always seemed very solid. He kind of anchored a scene in reality so that the star could shine. And that's a talent that some actors forget and more actors should hone.

Here now the scene I most remember him for though he was excellent in many others...

Friday 23 May 2008

For The Family Types

on 23 May : 10:04  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
rose_smell.jpgHere are some pics of the boy for the family types out there who don't get to see him enough. It's springtime and we're getting outside more. He actually comes to me and asks if we are going to mow the yard. He really likes "working on the lawn mower". I let him scrape and we put oil it in when it needs it. He has a curiosity about it which is very neat.

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Michelle took these as we worked and talked about dirt and grass...

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These amaryllis didn't come out this good last year. I thought they would just die but they did so well! They're drying up now. I have to find out what to do to them when the flowers go away.

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He likes to smell the flowers and he'll say, "Mmmmm, Daddy, that smells so good!" Basically, he's mimicking what M and I say about them but it's still funny to us. And so sweet.

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Wednesday 21 May 2008

It's A Brand New Day

on 21 May : 09:44  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. - Abraham Lincoln



Since his speech on racism back in March, my support of Senator Barack Obama has been full-throated. They threw garbage at the guy and he not only rose above it but he used it as an opportunity to engage the country in a discussion on how we do things in this country. His opponents, be they foreign or domestic (if you know what I mean) disseminated some old videos of Senator Obama's pastor and implied that somehow the views of Reverend Wright were somehow the views of Barack Obama.

A weaker man would have caved immediately. He would have denounced Reverend Wright as a demagogue, flushed him and smiled at the cameras. That would have been his undoing. He might have possibly wept, face in hands before bed that night but no one would have seen that and the public, through the eyes of the media would have branded him "just another politician". That would have brought him down to Hillary Clinton's level.

Hillary Clinton, though, is not "just another politician". She embodies just about the worst you can possibly think of to describe a politician: devious, ambitious, scheming, a twister of fact and perhaps worst of all, more than willing to divide an electorate in order to gain advantage.

Who can blame her? She's had to play some really hard ball. A woman in the world of politics, the original good ole boy system, she had to be better at the game they made her play. There is no doubt in my mind the other team set out to destroy her and President Clinton in the '90's. And if you have to live in a gladiator school, you're bound to turn out a gladiator. That's just the way it is.

Unfortunately for her, the electorate now how access to more of the inside workings of Washington because of the internet. A woman working in a senator's office can get online, sign up for a blog and tell her whole life's story of working, living and surviving in Washington. A kid who is propositioned by a pederast congressman can spread the truth with his Facebook page.

And any number of bloggers can pay attention to every meeting a politician has, every speech he gives and every bill he signs off on and an interested public can check into it readily. The bloggers can compare a speech given in Iowa to a speech given in California and expose a candidate's inconsistencies and that destroys credibility.

That is what happened to Hillary Clinton. Voters simply paid attention. When some smeared Obama and she tried to pile on, voters called her on it. When a campaign employee made racist comments, the voters shied away. Now, in the last days as Hillary's minions are desperately trying to paint her as a victim of sexism and sexist media coverage, hands across America are waving at tv screens as voters say, "Aaawww, come on!" because they can smell the desperation.

If Senator Clinton had been a victim of sexism and not a member of the Washington Establishment who idolize Strategy, she could have used it as the centerpiece of a speech about empowering women and she could have made lemons from lemonade. The only problem was not only was she who she was (and is) but there never was a sexist crisis for her mainly due to the absolute fact that she was never a victim of sexism.

Now, as this primary season comes to an end, Americans face a new challenge. Will they, like Neo in The Matrix, come to accept that what they have been told to believe is impossible for so many years by an elitist oligarchical Washington is, in fact, absolutely possible. Will they, now in the face of the coming general election start to believe?

Many people love to pop balloons. Lots of people will be coming out of the woodwork to say that Senator Barack Obama is no savior. Clearly, he isn't for no one man can do all things by himself. Those same nattering nabobs will then answer that the no one can save the world and that, in fact, the world cannot be saved.

It is my, dare I say it, Hope that the voters of the United States will hear these false assertions and on November 4, 2008, they will use their votes as a choir of voices shouting back, "Yes, we can!"
Monday 19 May 2008

Is Geraldine Ferraro Crazy?

on 19 May : 09:30  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Based on this new comment, I am afraid I would say this is a valid question.

Via PoliticalWire:

"I think Obama was terribly sexist."

-- Former Rep. Geraldine Ferraro (D-NY), quoted by the New York Times, suggesting she may not vote for Sen. Barack Obama.

What the....? Where? When?

If someone knows of one sexist comment that has come out of Obama's mouth, please tell me.

This "sexism" thing has been thrown around a lot at TN Guerilla Women. I understand their being upset. They lost. They wanted a woman as president. Hey, I wanted Howard Dean to win. He got undermined and lost. They can get a little revenge by writing in Hillary's name rather than vote for Obama. That's how I got back at Kerry.

But this sexism meme, is just pure Rovian tactics from the Clinton campaign. AGAIN.

The irony is that Obama (having NEVER, not once) brought up gender in his campaign (while suffering an onslaught of race cards being played) did, in fact, treat Hillary Clinton as a human being equal to him.

The truth of this campaign, regardless of Clintonistas who want to cry sexism, is that, at long last, Americans have paid attention. Having done that, the majority has finally rejected Strategy and are now willing to embrace Substance in the form of Senator Barack Obama.

Clinton tried to go by every insider/establishment rule of thumb and lost. She focused only on the states that she felt she had to win in November and rejected Howard Dean's 50 State Strategy to her chagrin.

She tried to conquer by dividing. She put blacks against whites. Ultra-libs within the Democratic Party against moderate libs with the party.

She tried to discredit Moveon.org which was created in her defense! She denigrated the blogosphere as a whole.

All while she was spinning and trying to cobble together some kind of win that involved bending, if not outright breaking the rules, Senator Barack Obama was honest, followed the rules and responded to the mud-slinging with dignity and echoed the voters' disdain for the mud-slingers.

Substance is winning over Strategy. Justice will be served to Howard Dean at long last.
Friday 09 May 2008

THIS Angry White Man

on 09 May : 12:13  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Yesterday, our old buddy, Mike Fleming wasted his opening monologue reading excerpts from this nutty editorial.

I was so outraged, I wasted a solid hour or so re-writing said nonsense to be more reflective of my viewpoint of the world.

If you have the time and inclination to wade through that garbage written by one Mr. Gary Hubbell (whoever he is). Then come back and read the rebuttal here.


THIS Angry White Man

There is one type of guy no one has recognized, and it is the type of guy
that will decide the election: THIS Angry White Man. THIS Angry White Man
comes from a from dirt-poor economic background and his risen to lower
middle class by his wits, hard work and his own choices. He represents all
geographic areas in America, from urban sophisticate to rural redneck,
deep South to mountain West, left Coast to Eastern Seaboard because he's
been a reader and plugged into the American Zeitgeist all his life.

One of his traits is that he isn’t looking for anything from anyone — just
the promise to be able to make his own way on a level playing field (even
though he knows full well that playing ground no more exists than FOX's
claim of being "fair and balanced"). He has been an independent
businessman but his business was destroyed when a WalMart moved into his
area and provided the same products at half the cost. He pays his share of
taxes and works hard just like everyone else in this country and doesn't
whine if he sees someone getting a deal that he isn't getting.

The victimhood syndrome buzzwords — “disenfranchised,” “marginalized” and
“voiceless” — do resonate with him because he's lived the last eight years
under the Bush Regime of Cultist Cronies who are prone to steal elections.

“Press ‘one’ for English” is a sign to him that America is finally
catching up to the rest of the industrialized countries on the planet that
have varied and diverse citizens who aren't too damned stupid to learn a
second language. Sometimes, he wishes that he didn't have to press one for
English and could conduct his business in Spanish rather than just
remembering a few phrases from high school and catching snatches of
conversational Spanish from his co-workers who have been to more countries
the he has or than George Bush had been to before he became "president".

He’s used to picking up the tab on occasion and doesn't pick it up every
time because nobody likes a showoff or a martyr who expects something
(like respect or adoration or subservience) in return for picking up the
stupid check at Ruth's Chris or Owen Brennan's. If he can afford it ,
he'll pay for the company Christmas party (everyone needs a drink at the
end of the year); but most times that party will be little more than a keg
and a party tray from Costco, because he's been working overtime to pay
for his dental insurance that is going to cover those three sets of braces
over the last few years. And he's been putting more into his 401K to pay
for those eventual three college educations or his firstborn daughter's
beautiful wedding. (God, she's already 22?)

He believes the Constitution is not always to be interpreted literally
because no document, no matter how much he respects and honors can
possibly be applied in exactly the same exact way to every single
situation in the human experience. Nor can he always view it as a
“living document” open to the whims and vagaries of a panel of judges like
Alito, Scalia and Roberts who have never worked an honest day in their
lives and believe that Bush has given them power to enforce their idea of
a god's will.

THIS Angry White Man has never owned firearms and has no inclination to
own one. He doesn't begrudge anyone else owning one (though he wishes
they didn't believe they have to own one to feel "safe) but he believes
that he’d be able to though not willing to pick up a gun to defend his
home and his country should there ever come a valid and honorable reason
for doing so. In his lifetime, there has been no reason for doing either.
EVER. He is willing to lay down his life to defend the freedom and
safety of others but NEVER to be party to an illegal invasion of a
sovereign nation for oil barons who would never have the guts to enter the
line of fire without a battalion circling them as they cower in the
floorboard of their overly-armored SUV that gets 20 miles to the gallon.

And the thought of killing someone is absolutely abhorrent to him because
that would make him feel like a failure as a human being; besides, who in
this world is qualified to judge who "deserves killing"?

THIS Angry White Man is not a metrosexual (though he does confess to an
affinity for nice suits, a solid massage and being clean), a
homosexual(though he knows and is related to lots of them and understands
that they helped him learned that one should never wear a black belt with
brown shoes) or a victim (he has no one but himself to blame for his
mistakes). Nobody like him drowned in Hurricane Katrina — but he
understand that there is so much poverty and ill health in this world that
some people (even a lot in a major metropolitan center like New Orleans)
may have gotten stuck or just flat may not have known it was going to be
as bad as it was. PLUS, this IS America and if we'll send our military
into countries whose citizens are more than willing to shoot at them,
SURELY, we can send some of them into a natural disaster to help our own
citizens, RIGHT?

THIS Angry White Man would have gotten his people together and got the
hell out, then went back in to rescue those too helpless and incapable of
helping themselves, often as a police officer, a National Guard soldier or
a volunteer firefighter.

My last name and religion don’t matter. His background is French but he
considers himself a Human Being, no better and of no more value than any
other Human Being on this planet. Just another organism doing what comes
natural.

He’s no man’s man, those guys are usually testosterone-laden neanderthals
who don't know they're idiots. He is the kind of guy who likes to play
poker, watch football, change his own oil and build things. He is not the
kind of guy who would hunt white-tailed deer (Jesus, we raise and kill
enough meat to feed the world. Why kill one deer?), call turkeys (Uh,
what the hell is that?), play golf (he'd rather play frisbee), spend a few
bucks at a strip club once in a blue moon (Why not just hand the crack
dealer the money and cut out the horrors of prostitution and addiction?).

He coaches baseball, soccer and football teams and doesn’t ask for a
penny. He’s the kind of guy who can put an addition on his house with a
couple of friends, dismantle an oil well, install a new battery in his
Prius, design a factory to produce solar panels and publish books on how
to install them.

He can build a wind farm so that you keep the lights on and never know
what it took to flip that light switch.

Women love him, but they know he’s a man, not a dishrag but he treats them
with honor, dignity and reverence. If they’re looking for someone to walk
all over they've been raised, they’ve got the wrong guy. He stands up
straight, opens doors for women and says “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am.”

He might be a Republican and he might be a Democrat; he might be a
Libertarian or a Green. He knows that his wife is more rational on some
matters while he is more rational on others, and they guide the family in
a rational manner as a team.

He’s not a racist, but he is annoyed and disappointed when people of
certain backgrounds exhibit behavior that typifies the worst stereotypes
of their class. He’s willing to give everybody a fair chance if they work
hard, play by the rules and meet him halfway.

Most important, THIS Angry White Man is pissed off. When his county
becomes flooded with robber barons who don’t pay taxes and his wages drop
like a stone, he gets righteously angry. When his job gets shipped
overseas because the CEO wants to buy another $6000 shower curtain and he
has to speak to some incomprehensible idiot in India for tech support, he
simmers.

When Al Sharpton comes on TV, leading some rally for reparations for
slavery or some such nonsense, he flips to another channel when he
remembers that The Daily Show is on. When a child gets charged with
carrying a concealed weapon for mistakenly bringing a penknife to school,
he takes note of who the local idiots are in education and law enforcement
who get on tv and never mention that parents are to blame for their
childrens' mistakes (especially the little, rich, white kids who think the
rules only apply to poor kids).

He also votes, and THIS Angry White Man loathes Hillary Clinton and George
Bush. Their voices reminds him of lots of other fascist who think the
electorate is too scared and stupid to reject their lies and collusion. He
recoils at the mere sight of them on television. Their very images
disgusts him, and he cannot fathom why anyone would want them as their
leader. It’s not that she is a woman or that he is a moron. It’s that that
they are who they are. It’s the big business, corporate oligarchical
groups they panders to, the “poor me” attitude that they represent when
someone tells them to go to hell, we're not taking it anymore and their
inability to give a straight answer to an honest question, his tax dollars
that they want to give to people who refuse to do anything for anyone but
themselves in the most vulgar, gilded age manner.

There are many millions of Angry White Men. Four million Angry White Men
are members of the MoveOn.org, and all of them will vote against Hillary
Clinton, just as the great majority of them voted for Barack Obama.

He hopes that she will NOT be the Democratic nominee for president in
2008, and he will make sure that she gets beaten like a drum if she dares
to attempt to steal the nomination through backroom deals and threats
because THIS Angry White Man sick to death of voting against something,
being divided from his fellow humans by political hack strategists; but
most of all, he is sick and tire of being lied to.
Wednesday 07 May 2008

The Primary Race

on 07 May : 09:15  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
We stayed up later than usual last night watching results from Indiana like it was the Final Four game all over again.

After the burning of our beloved Howard Dean four years ago, we are daring to hope again. When Obama gave his win speech last night, I was reminded what of the Philadelphia speech that had inspired me to root for the man, Barack Obama, rather than the candidate with the best shot at defeating Hillary Clinton.

It is heartening to see the country turning away from slash/burn politics, turning away from divide and conquer, turning away from Strategy.

Ironically, perusing the blogs and news this morning and hearing the indications that Hillary is nearly done, that he campaign will soon come to an end, a weird emotion swept me. Thinking of that end, I felt sympathy for her, for the Clintons. Deep down below the "take no prisoners" way of thinking, outside of my own paranoid (though not necessarily false) perceptions about the Clintons' loyalties and conspiracies and machinations, perhaps they actually did have the dream of getting Bill elected then using their possible popularity to one day make Hillary the first woman president.

If that is true, then I imagine for them to see that dream fading fast must cause them great despair. Hopefully, they will want to retain their legacy and cache and they will resign with dignity from this race. Sadly, I fear they will not.

Sadly, I imagine they will indeed try to limp into the convention on loans to the campaign where they will then try to strong-arm, cajole and strategize.

On the other hand, I have Hope. The fact that Obama won North Carolina so handily following the attempt by the media to kill him off politically by focusing on Reverend Jeremiah Wright for WAY longer than the public at large would ever care about indicates to me that many voters are where I have been for a long time now. They are sick of candidates who, failing with their own campaigns, stances and actions, turn to knocking down the other guy in order to even things up a bit.

As Clinton-supporting pundits were busily trying to spin Clinton out of her nosedive, as they sat on international television last night trying to inject outright LIES into the conversation like the idea that Obama blocked re-votes in Florida and Michigan, other commentators were snickering in the background. For it is the last refuge of strategy types facing outright defeat to want to change the rules and/or attack the process.

Clinton's only hope now is to change the number of delegates needed to win from 2025 to 2209 (reflecting the need for those FL and MI delegates) and somehow finagle a committee allowing all the delegates she got from those states (by breaking the party rules along with those states), then convincing the pledged delegates to throw away any hopes of being involved (politically anyway) in their state's future.

More slash and burn. More "take no prisoners". More nuclear options. No Hope. No Honor.

I hope that she actually has some honor and dignity left and acts appropriately and realizes that Americans are actually paying attention now and want to see some Substance.
Thursday 17 April 2008

Clinton: Desperate Candidate Vs Obama: Soon-to-be President

on 17 Apr : 12:22  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
When all else fails, go nuclear by using the enemies tactics.

From Raw Story:


ABC, Clinton play 9/11 card against Obama

Since Rudy Giuliani exited the presidential race earlier this year, there's been a pronounced decline in the number of 9/11 mentions on the campaign trail.

Hillary Clinton changed that last night -- with an assist from ABC's debate moderators. Clinton invoked the worst terror attack on US soil to continue criticisms of Barack Obama. Clinton mentioned 9/11 five times to criticize his former pastor, his encounters with a member of the Weather Underground and his openness to talking to rogue leaders. She even worked a 9/11 reference into a question about energy policy.

Invoking 9.11 to inspire fear or paint a candidate as an appeaser or weak. Jesus H Christ. Can she prove any more to me that she is in league with the neo-conservatives?

This is proof positive, in my eyes, that she knows she can't win and she knows that the only way to get people to think there is little to no difference between her and him. She must throws rocks at him till he's bloody and dirty and no one wants him to play in their reindeer games.

His preacher said bad things about America (didn't cheerleader for every atrocity America has ever committed no matter what). He sort of knows a guy who is an actual convicted "terrorist" (Bush was friends with the bin Laden family but there he is sleeping in our White House). And that "terrorist" guy wrote a letter that happened to have been published on 9.11 about terrorism.

Whoopdeedoo.

Another insanity about last night's debate is the fact that George Stephanopolous was involved. WTF?!

From Raw Story:
But it was the question about William Ayers, who led the radical leftist group in the 1960s and 70s that provoked perhaps the most fireworks last night. (The question was suggested to ABC moderator George Stephanopoulos by at least two right-wing radio hosts, Steve Malzberg and Sean Hannity before the debate.)

Stephanopoulos invoked what some might see as a shaky 9/11 premise in his question about Ayers, and Obama seemed caught off-guard calling it an example of the kind of distracting kind of politics he wanted to move beyond.

"And the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago when I was 8 years old," he said, "somehow reflects on me and my values, doesn't make much sense, George."

Luckily, as ever, Obama seemed presidential and not snippy.

And what did Hillary say about her smearing tactics?

Clinton justified her jab at Obama by explaining that it was certainly a play that the Republicans would make in the fall. Judging by the origin of the question, she's probably right.

"I think it is, again, an issue that people will be asking about," she said. "And I have no doubt -- I know Senator Obama's a good man and I respect him greatly but I think that this is an issue that certainly the Republicans will be raising."

So, what does it gain her? She's being a concern troll. She is saying, "McCain's going to be hitting Obama hard with this crap." So, how does that help her? She surely thinks that if she slings the mud, a small minority might get cold feet with Obama and turn to her in her hip-deep-mud pit.

It is my opinion that by slinging the mud, she is merely removing these arrows from the GOP quiver. Every time she mentions Ayers or Reverend Wright, Obama responds in a sagely, presidential manner. And he can play it like a jazz musician. His responses are simply, "you're playing a dirty game" but he can make that sound fiery angry staccato. He can play it with a military marching band backing him up. He can play it like a ballad with a slow-and-low bass.

However he does it, she loses and he comes out smelling of roses so that seems to imply to the conspiracy theorist in me that she knows what she's doing and perhaps the two campaigns are colluding to make Obama even stronger but come on, this is Hillary Clinton we're talking about. She's in it to win it and without the conspiracy theory, she's in desperation mode.

Yesterday, ran across some polls that DailyKos had posted.


Rasmussen (4/15 daily trackinh)

Favorable Unfavorable
McCain 53 45
Clinton 43 54
Obama 49 49


CBS/NYT (3/28-4/2)

Favorable Unfavorable
McCain 35 29
Clinton 38 39
Obama 43 24


NBC/WSJ (3/28-31)

Positive Negative
McCain 45 25
Clinton 37 48
Obama 49 32


Obama's got this thing. And every time Hillary slams him, her negatives go up. Now, if she's in it to win it. She can't. Her negatives will drive Dems away. And we'll all be voting AGAINST something AGAIN.

She should run all the way through July 1 and then she should fade away. She'll even be worthless as a VP, in my opinion.


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