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Wednesday 16 April 2008

Who's Elitist Again?

on 16 Apr : 11:24  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Our old and dear friend, W J Clinton said that young people are naive.

"I think there is a big reason there's an age difference in a lot of these polls," he said. "Because once you've reached a certain age, you won't sit there and listen to somebody tell you there's really no difference between what happened in the Bush years and the Clinton years; that there's not much difference in how small-town Pennsylvania fared when I was president, and in this decade."

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Is it me or does Bill seem to be trying to undermine Hillary? Could that even be possible?

You know, earlier this week they made a big deal out of him trying to explain away Hillary's lies about that trip to Bosnia and now he's saying that young voters are naive because they want to believe that America can be a better place where people vote FOR something instead of against someone.

Is that naive? I don't think so. Is it idealistic? Absolutely yes. We must not forget that idealism got some Americans the right to vote. It got some Americans their freedom. It got all of us our freedom. Idealism got Americans to the moon.

Idealism has gotten a bad rap. Let's bring it back.

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Tuesday 15 April 2008

History Lesson

on 15 Apr : 12:47  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Today is the day that the RMS Titanic ran into an iceberg. You\'ll have to wait till after midnight to commemorate it sinking.

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Monday 14 April 2008

Rep Geoff Davis of KY Calls Barack Obama "Boy"

on 14 Apr : 18:45  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Total Claaaaassssss...(sarcasm)

Bonus Quote of the Day
"I'm going to tell you something: That boy's finger does not need to be on the button."

-- Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY), quoted by NBC News, about Sen. Barack Obama. He later issued an apology to Obama, essentially saying he misspoke.

Neo-con Comes To Hillary's Assist

on 14 Apr : 14:24  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
No Hillary supporter bats an eye.

William Kristol is about the biggest lying sack on this earth. He tries to come off as a "journalist" or "writer" but he is nothing more than a propagandist out to influence minds in favor of the neo-conservative ideology, insanity and empirical plans for world domination.

There is little doubt in my mind that the Clintons (and their DLC co-horts) are in league with the neo-cons. Kristol only cements my theory even more by spouting the same nonsense as Hillary and her ilk.

...He’s disdainful of small-town America — one might say, of bourgeois America. He’s usually good at disguising this. But in San Francisco the mask slipped. And it’s not so easy to get elected by a citizenry you patronize.

And what are the grounds for his supercilious disdain? If he were a war hero, if he had a career of remarkable civic achievement or public service — then he could perhaps be excused an unattractive but in a sense understandable hauteur. But what has Barack Obama accomplished that entitles him to look down on his fellow Americans?

And Hillary thinks that Gore and Kerry "lost" because they were "seen as elitist". WTF? Um, last i heard GORE WON. And Kerry WAS AN ELITIST PIECE OF CRAP.

That Hillary Clinton and William Kristol are daring to call Barack Obama (who I understand is monetarily worth about 2% what the Clintons and McCain are worth) is an outstanding bit of hubris and insanity.

They're really starting to piss me off.

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The "Elitist" Kerfuffle

on 14 Apr : 11:12  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
"They" were trying to make a big deal out of it in their desperation to install the Insider Elitist in this election and I wasn't even going to dignify it with a response but FireDogLake made such an amazing point, I decided to link to it.

Check it out.

For those too elite and lazy to click on the link:

Look it's bizarre that the two candidates whose net worth far and away screams "elite" are calling the guy worth about 2% of the value of their estates the "elitist". Not to mention, since when has a Yale alum been able to call a Harvard grad an elitist and get away with it? Of course, I'm just a graduate of a state university so what the hell do I know?

But if "elitism" is bad, along with all the other things that Chris Matthews and his ilk think frame as being bad, such as calling Democrats being effete or in the alternative a masculine (depending on gender), then let us get down to the reality of the situation and proclaim it clearly.

The greatest President this nation has had since Lincoln was all of these things.

Of little note, if any, on Saturday, while Barack Obama was being called "elitist" was the the 63rd anniversary of the death of the biggest "elitist" ever to be President while simultaneously being the greatest political friend the blue collar voters of this country ever had, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

He presided over the nation's greatest economic crisis and the world's most horrific war. Both successfully...spectacularly successfully. He was hardly perfect, he was the ultimate "momma's boy"; he was mocked as a "dandy" and "effeminate" until he was struck with polio at 39; he wasn't exactly faithful to his marital vows; he had a tendency to grossly exaggerate; he valued loyalty in aides so highly he often inadvertently either worked them to death, or kept them in place when they should have been outright fired, if not tried; and allowed the internment of ethnic Japanese when he knew better. He spoke like the Harvard swell he was. His wife was strong-willed and called too masculine. Oh, and not only couldn't he bowl...he couldn't walk.

Yet somehow he joined the exclusive ranks of Washington and Lincoln.

All of this, despite the fact his Presidential Museum is a modest place that didn't shake down hundreds of millions from contributors.

Imagine that?

Admittedly, I have no idea how he came down on the coffee versus orange juice.

Hat Tip to LeftWingCracker
Wednesday 09 April 2008

Can I Call It Or What?

on 09 Apr : 20:50  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
ABC NEWS reported that Bush and his gang of crazies signed off torture and the like personally. Included in this gang of whackjobs were none other than Colin Powell and then Attorney General John Ashcroft who appeared to have real reservations.


Citing sources, ABC said Ashcroft agreed with the policy decision to allow aggressive interrogation tactics and advised that they were legal but was troubled by the discussions.

Ashcroft argued that senior White House advisers should not be involved in the grim details of interrogations, sources were cited as saying.

ABC cited a top official as saying that Ashcroft asked aloud after one meeting: "Why are we talking about this in the White House? History will not judge this kindly."

Crazy, huh?

Tuesday 08 April 2008

Give Me Something To Break

on 08 Apr : 08:34  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
So, I've been a little on edge for the last few days and after last night's disappointment, I'm looking to be completely and totally outraged about.

This'll do.

If I had heard this last night after the game was finished, I might have driven to Illinois.

From Crooks and Liar:

Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) interrupted atheist activist Rob Sherman during his testimony Wednesday afternoon before the House State Government Administration Committee in Springfield and told him, “What you have to spew and spread is extremely dangerous . . . it’s dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists!

“This is the Land of Lincoln where people believe in God,” Davis said. “Get out of that seat . . . You have no right to be here! We believe in something. You believe in destroying! You believe in destroying what this state was built upon.”

Apparently it’s still open season on some views of God.

Outside of Change of Subject, where I posted a transcript and the audio, Davis’ repellent, un-American outburst received no attention whatsoever. (h/t Michael)

What is it like 2008 now? And there are still people in government so damned stupid as to attempt to relegate atheists to second-class citizenship? Jesus, Mary and Josephus.

I fired off a too-very-polite email to this moron this morning. Much more polite than the likes of this theocratic McCarthy wannabe deserves.

And, OF COURSE, she's a freaking moron democrat.

Lastly, if you want to listen to it, here's the audio of the meeting. GBA, y'all!!!
Monday 07 April 2008

Watershed Moment

on 07 Apr : 12:02  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Former Attorney General John Ashcroft was really an enabler of the Bush/Cheney regime and I've never really felt anything but disdain for him.

That was substantially lessened when I read the account of his hospital room invasion by Bush henchmen Alberto Gonzales and Andrew Card (check the Wiki account of that attempted treason). He resisted it in a truly weakened state. It appears to be a moment of true heroism on his part.

Instances of outright public displays of disdain for the Bush/Cheney regime have become nearly commonplace though lacking the true raging intensity and outrage with which I feel they should be infused. While I think the displays should be on the order of angry mobs with torches and pitchforks, they have mostly been different levels of booing and polite disagreement.

They should never be pitied and should ever be held in contempt by the American public but I watched the video below this morning and I couldn't help feeling sorry for John Ashcroft.

From Crooks and Liars:

That guy is hurting. I can tell from his face, once "Osama" comes out of his mouth, he knows he's made a huge error that, from what I can tell, he truly regrets.

It's so easy for us to paint these people as inhuman. Their actions over the last eight years have, at times, been monstrous and devoid of simple, decent respect for life. They made their choices for whatever nefarious or retarded reasons and most of them will live with them and sleep soundly. Others, like Mr. Ashcroft perhaps, will not sleep so soundly.

His humanity may not let him.
Friday 04 April 2008

Senator Barack Obama Gives MLK Memorial Speech

on 04 Apr : 14:27  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
shama1n.jpgGet your hanky out and feel good about this guy becoming the nominee and eventually President Barack Obama.

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"Dr. King once said that the arc of the moral universe is long, but that it bends toward justice. But what he also knew was that it doesn’t bend on its own. It bends because each of us puts our hands on that arc and bends it in the direction of justice.

So on this day – of all days – let’s each do our part to bend that arc.

Let’s bend that arc toward justice.

Let’s bend that arc toward opportunity.

Let’s bend that arc toward prosperity for all.

And if we can do that and march together – as one nation, and one people – then we won’t just be keeping faith with what Dr. King lived and died for, we’ll be making real the words of Amos that he invoked so often, and "let justice roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream."

Full Speech after the jump...

Thursday 03 April 2008

When You Have Ten Minutes...

on 03 Apr : 16:02  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
When you have ten minutes you never want to have back, go HERE and see how absolutely out of their freaking minds Hillary's supporters have gone.

Personally, I was stunned. They have basically become right-wing, fear-mongering reality-haters. Sad, really.

Oh yeah, Benjamin got some drums.

on 03 Apr : 08:40  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
smilingdrummer.jpgHe seems to enjoy them.

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From DKos: The Hillary POV

on 03 Apr : 08:32  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
Wednesday 02 April 2008

Howard Dean Follows The Rules

on 02 Apr : 18:59  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
529_barack__dnc_part_2.jpgClinton supporters and liars don't like that.

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Howard Dean has shown exceptional leadership in the DNC. The rules were agreed upon by EVERYONE. Hillary Clinton and her supporters now want to CHANGE the rules of the game to allow her to gain some perception of advantage.

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Aren't we, as Americans, so very tired of this ilk? This Rovian playbook kind of looking at winning. This kind of politics where reverence for rules and reality are simply defenstrated if they stand between the politician and their purpose is of no use to me.

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Hillary and her ilk have gone into full-fledged furious maneuver mode. Going negative at every chance. Whoever is not with them (Governor Bill Richardson) is against them.

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If the Clintions had any shred of dignity or honor left, they would be quietly arranging photo ops where Hillary embraces Barack Obama warmly and announces her intention to appear anywhere at any time to extol his virtues.

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Sadly, they are instead secretly swiftboating the primary process and claiming piety towards said process while hoping against hope they can make it to the convention with some sad semblance of momentum so they can then strongarm insiders and supplant the sad will of people.
Saturday 29 March 2008

Calling A Spade A Spade

on 29 Mar : 12:04  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
So, believe or don't, Peggy Noonan, of all people, hits the nail on the head explaining the problem with Hillary Clinton.

On Wednesday a group of Mrs. Clinton's top donors sent a letter to the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, warning her in language that they no doubt thought subtle but that reflected a kind of incompetent menace, that her statements on the presidential campaign may result in less money for Democratic candidates for the House. Ms. Pelosi had said that in her view the superdelegates should support the presidential candidate who wins the most pledged delegates in state contests. The letter urged her to "clarify" her position, which is "clearly untenable" and "runs counter" to the superdelegates' right to make "an informed, individual decision" about "who would be the party's strongest nominee." The signers, noting their past and huge financial support, suggested that Ms. Pelosi "reflect" on her comments and amend them to reflect "a more open view."

Barack Obama's campaign called it inappropriate and said Mrs. Clinton should "reject the insinuation." But why would she? All she has now is bluster. Her supporters put their threat in a letter, not in a private meeting. By threatening Ms. Pelosi publicly, they robbed her of room to maneuver. She has to defy them or back down. She has always struck me as rather grittier than her chic suits, high heels and unhidden enthusiasm may suggest. We'll see.

What, really, is Mrs. Clinton doing? She is having the worst case of cognitive dissonance in the history of modern politics. She cannot come up with a credible, realistic path to the nomination. She can't trace the line from "this moment's difficulties" to "my triumphant end." But she cannot admit to herself that she can lose. Because Clintons don't lose. She can't figure out how to win, and she can't accept the idea of not winning. She cannot accept that this nobody from nowhere could have beaten her, quietly and silently, every day. (She cannot accept that she still doesn't know how he did it!)

She is concussed. But she is a scrapper, a fighter, and she's doing what she knows how to do: scrap and fight. Only harder. So that she ups the ante every day. She helped Ireland achieve peace. She tried to stop Nafta. She's been a leader for 35 years. She landed in Bosnia under siege and bravely dodged bullets. It was as if she'd watched the movie "Wag the Dog," with its fake footage of a terrified refugee woman running frantically from mortar fire, and found it not a cautionary tale about manipulation and politics, but an inspiration.

Seriously, it's time.
Wednesday 26 March 2008

Falling In Love With Your Candidate

on 26 Mar : 19:43  Posted by Brassmask  Category: Misc  
magnolia_203_203x152.jpgMy intention was to ignore this election since from the beginning it seemed that Hillary had been anointed and I was seriously just going to either not vote (which kind of sickened me at the thought a little) or write in someone's name whom I felt was deserving of my vote.

None of the candidates tickled my fancy. Sadly, Dennis Kucinich is a great guy but a terrible candidate. I thought Senator Barack Obama was a great guy and, as I described him a couple of years ago here, "sagely" but I really didn't think he had that good of a shot.

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Originally, I thought that Obama was some erstwhile support and that he would eventually do the opposite of what has happened. My prognostication said that he would probably wind up being the candidate for "black folks" and then he would be undermined by something like the Reverend Wright kerfuffle.

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To my delight, Americans discovered Obama and turned me into a believer. When the primary rolled around here in TN, I voted Obama back then simply as a vote against Hillary. I wish he had given that race speech back a long time ago so that I could have voted FOR him at that time.

Fast forward some weeks and here we are with the primaries still going on and no clear winner of the nomination...yet.

For me, the situation stands clear and basically a done deal. Obama has this tied up. Leading in "pledged delegates", states won and, in my opinion, popular vote, the Senator from Illinois is moving towards having the most gravitas at the Democratic Convention in Denver, Colorado.

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Having said that, there is one place that Obama must go through to get to Denver: Washington, DC. While actually won DC's actual primary back in early February, there is the real issue of the so-called "super delegates" who largely hole up in our nation's capitol.

And that is Hillary's only chance. Her only hope of winning the nomination is to finish out the bothersome primaries, trying to win officially then, failing that, move on to arm-twisting, cajoling, deal-making and threatening all those "super delegates" into ignoring all the other categories of wins that Obama has racked up and handing the whole thing over to her because she's Hillary Clinton.

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It is widely held opinion and fact that Hillary Clinton cannot win by the numbers. Conversely, there is no way for Obama to lock down the 2,024 delegates needed by winning primaries in which he is polling ahead.

Hillary can only win by doing what Americans have again and again said that they do not want candidates to do: sling mud, slime Obama, as one anonymous insider said, "...break Obama's back." She must tear down her opponent because she cannot be any better or improve her station by her own power so she must lower her opponent's station to then possibly eke out a win by some strategy or other.

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Can anyone with any real honesty say that they know that Obama has not utilized some strategy or other? No, of course not. Anyone who does has drunk the Obama Kool-Aid. But anyone who has been watching the race cannot say that Obama has been running a negative campaign or tried to tear down Hillary Clinton.

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Has he rebutted her assertions or questioned her experience or pointed out stances that are viewed as negative by a lot of voters such as NAFTA? Of course, and in my book, that is totally fair game and Hillary has responded fairly in sunlit situations like the debates but it just feels to me that there has been a lot of snark from her side and only some from Obama's.

Maybe I've taken some sips of the Kool-Aid but when Obama's friend called Hillary Clinton a "monster", I didn't really get all flustered over that because, even though she's a mother and a senator, I know what I know and I happen to know that Hillary is a cutthroat, strategy-loving, do-anything-to-win manipulator. And that's a kind of "monster" in my estimation.

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But when Geraldine Ferraro said that Obama was winning because he's black, that sounded derogatory, insulting and, yes, racist but worst of all, it sounded planned. Calling Hillary a monster is sort of general and not directed anything but her actions. The Ferraro comment really kicked off the whole "making the race about race" season.

And that's no good. At best, its just bad form. At worst, it's Rovian in nature. If the Obama campaigner had called Hillary a manipulative bitch, that would have been bad form and would have possibly kicked off the "making the race about gender" season but that didn't happen.

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What's worse, and more to the point of the post, is that there are signs that the end is coming and Hillary's campaign will soon die. The political fear and desperation are everywhere.

Hillary has jumped on the Obama/Reverend Wright story with both feet hoping it will drag him down again since he is rebounding. She actually had the nerve to say, "We don't have a choice when it comes to our relatives. We have a choice when it comes to our pastors and the church we attend." Now, on the face, that seems like a valid point but when you think about it, which family member do we know of with whom she had issue? Well, obviously, her husband Bill caused her some grief in the past and, yes, he is a relative but he's her husband and she COULD choose him. So, she's falling flat there, in my opinion.

Worse than that, she's now fallen to attacking the rules of the game. Here's more of that true Rovian type of scheming and strategizing. She wants to re-write the reality. Pledged delegates are now not elected to enact the will of the people but are, in fact, supposed to do whatever the hell they want to do. This is, in fact, a lie.


The last time a major candidate lobbied pledged delegates to switch sides was at the 1980 convention, when Ted Kennedy's campaign tried to recruit delegates who arrived at the convention supporting eventual nominee Jimmy Carter.

After that battle, the Democratic Party altered a provision that required pledged delegates to support the candidate they had arrived at the convention to back.

Clinton advisers have cited the altered rule, which dates to 1982 and says only that pledged delegates "shall in all good conscience reflect the sentiments of those who elected them."

The same year, The Democratic Party created a new category of delegate -- the so-called "superdelegates" -- party leaders and elected officials who are free to support any candidate they wish, regardless of vote totals in their home states.

Some states require their delegates to support the candidate they are pledged to but most do not.

Worst of all, Clinton supporters, good and decent people all, have taken to simply running down Obama with lies and bitter hyperbole:

From the wonderful TN Guerilla Women:

Despite the best efforts of some elitist Obama bloggers and their militant followers who are apparently out to crush all dissent, most Democrats in the nation continue to prefer Hillary to Obama.

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Like I said earlier, I had been pretty much sitting the primaries out but after Obama's speech the other day, I jumped through all my links and ran across this absolute craziness on their site. I was literally stunned at the unfiltered vitriol and Bizarro-world views of Clinton supporters (the QUEEN of elitists) regarding Obama.

As far as I can see, Obama has simply sat back and responded as necessary while playing by the rules. If Hillary's supporters see something else, I can't imagine where they're getting their info from. They act like Obama is personally blocking the inclusion of the Florida and Michigan delegates when as far as I can see, he really doesn't have to since the RULES state they can't move their primaries and Chairman Dean of the DNC warned them (I'm sure repeatedly) that if they did move their primary, their delegates would not be sat at the convention.

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I don't see how Obama enters into that discussion other than to let everyone know that his campaign has followed the DNC's rules. If Hillary needs those delegates to win, then she should have convinced them back in the day to not move their primaries up.

What is happening at TN Guerilla Women is not unheard of. I'm sure back in 2004, I was certainly seen in the same light that I am looking at the TNGW. This is what happens when you see the candidate you lived for and fell in love with over many weeks, months even years starts losing and even worse, becomes human. Lord knows, I've lived through it.

After years of seeing Bush and his cult get away with murder, some Democrats, I'm sure longed for the Clintons (the Dem versions of Superman and Wonder Woman) to flex their political muscles and machines to move heaven and earth and take power back by any means necessary. What they are learning is the Clintons only put that muscle and machine into action when it behooves them and their desire for power.

I'm glad that Obama is going to be the nominee; I just wish everyone could let their love go.

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