Monday, August 25, 2008


We must admit that we believed it possible that the Obomacons were right and we were wrong about The One, his character and his judgment. Even David Gergen, noting BO’s fall in the polls, advised the obvious.

“If he were to surprise the country — and the press — by naming Hillary Clinton as his running mate, he could turn the race upside down. Making the announcement in Springfield this Saturday, drawing from Lincoln’s experience in assembling a “team of rivals” (the glorious book by Doris Kearns Goodwin), would be transformative. No one else would so galvanize the Democrats, bring a fighter to his side, and send a clear message that an Obama administration would bring experience to solving problems both at home and abroad. Has anyone looked what happened to jobs and wages under Bush vs. Clinton? The comparison is startling. And remember that a quarter of Hillary’s voters still haven’t “come home” to the Democratic column.”

Now we have no doubts. Despite our hope, that he would be honest, intelligent and confident enough to choose as his running mate the woman who, if the rules had been followed, would have won the Democratic Primary instead of him, he followed his own craven image.

Brotherhood prevailed to once again shut a woman out from what she had earned. “This is all about the old white guys staying in power. They needed a front man -- enter the neophyte, incompetent Obama -- this is a new kind of politics? This is change we can believe in?” - Oft repeated blog comment

For surely if you compare the nasty things Biden has said of BO in the debates and TV interviews to what Hillary was and still is, roundly criticized for, Biden’s were definitely racist, more critical of BO’s judgment and experience; and they are on video.

"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man." – Joe Biden

Biden saying in debate that Barack isn't ready to be president, Biden saying in interview that McCain would be a good President and he would support him or serve with him as VP if asked. v=RDVUPqoowf8

Biden also voted for and supported the Iraqi war. Oh, and he dropped out early after getting around 25000 votes.
Hillary won the popular vote: (ABC news)
Hillary: 17,785,009
Obama: 17,479,990
If the Rules Committee had not halved the votes in Florida and Michigan, Hillary would have netted 100 delegates from Florida and 73 from Michigan. If Obama had gotten none from Michigan (he took his name off the ballot to placate Iowa), and not given him delegates he had not earned, Hillary would have had 1725 delegates at the end of the primaries and Obama 1707. She would have won the pledged delegates.

“Thank you, Egalia for bringing up the Clarence Thomas hearings. I would highly recommend the book Strange Justice, written shortly after the hearings. Joe Biden was the ‘guy’ in charge of those hearings. He kept several other women witnesses sitting & waiting in a hotel room - women who would have testified to the same sort of behavior that Anita Hill - courageously - related to the committee. Those women were never questioned and Clarence Thomas was appointed to the Supreme Court. -- Connie Graham

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones “One true friend” Geeklove

Odd choices in Obama’s career by J. R. Dunn
Barack Obama will be defeated. Seriously and convincingly defeated. Not due to racism, not due to the forces of reaction, not even due to Karl Rove sending out mind rays over the national cable system. He will lose for one reason above all, one that has been overlooked in any analysis that I've yet seen. Barack Obama will lose because he is a flake.
I'm using the term in its generally accepted sense. A flake is not only a screwup, but someone who truly excels in making bizarre errors and creating incredibly convoluted disasters. A flake is a "fool with energy", as the Russian proverb puts it. ("A fool is a terrible thing to have around, but a fool with energy is a nightmare".)

Irony from Riverdaughter – concerning how women are expected to act:
“But most importantly, it is Hillary Clinton’s responsibility to put all of her policy experience, political expertise, energy and professionalism at Barack Obama’s disposal and allow all of her accomplishments to be relevant only in reference to him, in order to shore up his abysmally sinking poll numbers and save his ass in November. This is a task for which she is uniquely qualified since she would have been able to win the White House without much assistance at all. This makes her obligation to him even stronger since she has the mojo that he lacks. But it is her joy to become the plaster that holds his crumbling foundation in place. And when her task is finished, she will modestly step back in to the shadows while she privately beams with pride at her creation. It is what we all live for.
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Monday, August 18, 2008


Here's the thing.

BO's sinking in the polls as more voters are not liking what is coming out in books, and are being turned off by his hubris and flip-flops. Super delegates notice, start thinking they are backing a loser and turn to consider HILLary. They realize she is the most competent and experienced and would beat McCane.

BO needs to stop this so he "magnanimously" [him, really?] allows a roll call vote for her.

He has tipped off his pals in the media and knows what their reaction will be.

Right! They will go after Hillary with gusto. "Oh, she is taking the Convention away from Obama. For shame.

Cafferty [CNN] was apoplectic, all veins in his head popping. MSNBC - vemon in overdrive. FOX News getting it and laughing their asses off at the media knee jerk reaction.

ObamaDROIDS, as BO figured, step up their hate and nastiness vowing not to vote and/or wage riots if super delegates upset BO's coronation.

Super delegates shudder and think that it's too late. They fear the riots will prevent a Hillary win as the media and hyped up geek mobs will scare off voters.

So much for BO's great gesture. A move, planned like all his actions are - to make himself look good while his media and geeks sink their knives in, doing his dirty work.

Sure wish it were different. But it is confusing. After years of school, decades of media and eons of history, the Primary process seemed rather simple and good and patriotic. But now everything relating to freedom of expression and democracy has been turned on its head.

Grass roots peaceful protesters are vilified by a media that should just be reporting on their cause and actions. The evidence has piled up and seems indisputable – the Democratic nomination was stolen from Hillary Clinton.

Delegates and super delegates are coerced and threatened. If they do not allow themselves to be bought off, the DNC Pooh-Bahs withdraw all funding for their campaigns.

And looming large is the threat of violence against all who may support Clinton and especially toward Hillary Clinton herself. Mob action by the Net roots spewing hatred 24/7 over the Internet.

“After we’ve concluded appropriate homage and tribute to Hillary and women all over the world, who just want to be recognized for their contributions in a fair and evenhanded way, then can we drive a steak through the heart of this bitch?” – representative of comments by kossacks

“Looking back at the 2008 Primary season and the steady chanting of ‘When will that Stupid Bitch Quit’ we should have foreseen this summer’s efforts. We should have known that we’d have to work for a presence in Denver. But HOW could we have ever expected that Hillary’s pledged delegates would be threatened for wanting to stay true to their pledge?” - katiebird [confluence]
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Monday, August 11, 2008


"If there is no nomination process at the convention, this whole event is nothing short of an elaborate Coronation ceremony for the DNC’s very own Prince of Darkness, Barack Obama." -- from:

Despite the Olympics and the fantastic show put on by China, the hazy, lazy daze of vacation takes precedence for most of the principal players in the Denver soap opera. Hillary Clinton is the exception as she just keeps on trucking; keeping the heat on McCain and stumping for Obama.

The mean stream media and blogger boyz are fractious. They have not been able to really find out what is going on in Dem World but it hasn’t stopped them from guessing. Even the juicy sexcapades of John Edwards has failed to titillate their appetites.

Just to keep their claws sharp and in their never ending search for scabs to pick, most of the pundocracy have given us the same tired old crap about the past, present and future sins of the Clintons.

It makes them crazy that despite years of chewing on this family, it continues to be greatly loved and admired by most of the people, not only in this country but abroad.

Pundits and reporters are restive for the leg-tingling oratory of their Precious one who is away on a week’s vacation. They are eager for him turn around the trend building against him.

Here are two of his supporters telling you why you should vote for him.

The polls continue to show a decline in support for the Obama brand. Articles, such as the one excerpted below [between asterisks], that are critical of him are beginning to appear more often now.

***Although Henry V contains more famous lines, and as with most of Shakespeare's lines, these are often quoted out of context, sometimes when the speaker is not even aware she or he is alluding to Shakespeare, the line with which I began this post...
“I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart: but the saying is true ‘The empty vessel makes the greatest sound’”
...fits well with the context of Senator Obama's remark about himself being an imperfect vessel.***

The media can no longer present The Denver Group as a lunatic fringe as more and more delegates demand fairness at the Convention. Unless Hillary Clinton’s name is placed in nomination [not just on a symbolic roll call], Democracy will be declared dead on arrival at the Democratic Convention.

What flummoxes the msm the most is not knowing who will be the Dem’s pick for Veep. It is possible that the choice has already been made. But it might be delayed until the whole Convention decides who their Standard Bearer will be and demands that whichever one wins, the other must be her/his running mate.

What a kick in the head for the msm which insists that it, not the voters decide who the Dem candidate for president and veep will be. What a great thing it would be for Democracy if the DNC decides to act Democratically and allow all the delegates to cast their vote.

Neither Hillary nor Barack have enough votes to win so the Superdelegates will determine the winner – not the media - IF Democracy prevails and the DNC’s own rules are followed.

· Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr.
· Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent. Martin Luther King, Jr.
· Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.
· I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. Martin Luther King Jr.
· In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Martin Luther King Jr.
· Let no man pull you low enough to hate him. Martin Luther King Jr.
· A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. Mohandas Gandhi
· A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. Mohandas Gandhi
· All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take. Mohandas Gandhi
· An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Mohandas Gandhi
· An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind. Mohandas Gandhi
· First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Mohandas Gandhi
· Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress. Mohandas Gandhi
· I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. Mohandas Gandhi
· Action expresses priorities. Mohandas Gandhi
· Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth. Mohandas Gandhi
· Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort. Mohandas Gandhi
· Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mohandas Gandhi
· Truth never damages a cause that is just. Mohandas Gandhi
· Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela
· You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt
· Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't. Eleanor Roosevelt
· Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes. Eleanor Roosevelt
· Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do. Eleanor Roosevelt
· I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role. Eleanor Roosevelt
· The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it. Eleanor Roosevelt
· It is not more vacation we need - it is more vocation. Eleanor Roosevelt #
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Saturday, August 09, 2008


Barack is very disappointed with me!

I only scored 21 on the Obama Test

Monday, August 04, 2008


- thanks to Alegre

The spirit of Lolita rises to challenge of the politics of the Ring, as O-life imitates art and Tolkein and Nabokov are revisited.

One hears it everywhere. The warnings, the insults, the charges of racism and anti-Americanism and all because a few, who turned into a rapidly increasing flood, stood up and said, “NOBama”.

“You have no choice. Don’t you stupid women realize that McCain will take away all of your rights, the rights given you and protected by Democrats? OK, we know you are pissed because Hillary lost. Tough titties. Get over it. Come home to the Party and drink the kool-aid, safe and happy under the giant wings of the newest self-proclaimed Archangel – the leader of the whole world. You have nowhere else to go.”

Democratic Party maybe presumes too much - about women (by Robin Lakoff, professor of linguistics at UC Berkeley and author of "The Language War," "Talking Power" and "Language and Woman's Place")

“I am reminded of a particularly chilling passage in Vladimir Nabokov's novel "Lolita." Humbert Humbert, after raping the 12-year-old, is pondering why she has come back to his bed. "You see," Humbert tells the reader, "she had absolutely nowhere else to go."

“You traitors! If The Precious should lose it will be all your fault and the country will suffer for what you are doing with your PUMA, your Make Them Accountable, your Denver Group and all the rest.”

Wrong! You, the DNC and BO’s campaign chose to allow denigration of women in order to defeat Hillary. You chose to break your own rules, for example, favoring one candidate over another by taking votes from Hillary and giving them to BO. Using a willing media, you tried to force an empty package, decked out like a rock star with super powers and a mega-hubris down our throats.

Anglachel , in “Precious Little”, made the analogy to Tolkein’s, Lord of the Ring for the Literati. Below, C.K. brings it home for those of us who may not have grasped all the nuances.

“Obama is the Ring and we are the Fellowship of the Ring. It makes sense, once you understand that the ring was Evil and the purpose of the Fellowship was to destroy it, even though it was pretty, and tempting, and it's hard to actually destroy something that *might* be useful...

“There's a little poem inside that ring... ‘One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the Darkness bind them.’

“See why Obama makes a good “Ring” in this sense? Some people wanted to use that Ring for good and believed they could control it, but the Ring itself was uncontrollable, and turned every good impulse into Evil.

“The Fellowship (us) was a brave bunch of ordinary people who saw that
the Ring wasn't as good as everybody else thought... and they took very special measures to destroy it, because they recognized they could never control it, once its power was loose on the earth.”

Join Women Count and send a message to Ludacris' recording studio. Tell them: the women and girls of America are sick and tired of being called bitches.

Tiramisu = pick-me-up
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