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September 19, 2008
Talk Like A Crazy Man Day!

Okay, so McCain is saying Obama is an outsider without any national experience to qualify him to be president and, at the same time, Obama is a Washington insider who is responsible for the financial meltdown on Wall Street?

Do you ever wonder just how much (if any) mental dissonance the Right is experiencing, trying to believe all of McCain's ridiculous remarks?

(Do you ever wonder if the McCain campaign has just gone totally MAD?)

(Do you ever worry that even though his campaign has been exposed as a series of lies, half-truths, and ridiculous vagaries, an astonishing 50% of the voting population is still going to vote for him?)

Posted by AnneZook at 03:41 PM | Comments (6)
September 16, 2008
How Stupid

What's the good in sending a president?

That helicopter should have carried food and water. Those people need help, not platitudes.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:16 AM | Comments (3)
Browsing

Sometimes, as I go through the news, I bookmark stories and blog entries. Think About This, I tell myself. But, it's boring to think alone.

If you cast your mind 'way back to the Republican Convention--how long ago that seems now--you might remember reading about the police state of Minneapolis-St Paul.

I bitched about excessive police presence in Denver, but we had nothing compared to that. I mean, even the arrest of men threatening to kill Mr. Obama didn't get that kind of reaction. Even though they were armed and dangerously motivated by racism, they were dismissed as Mostly Harmless. Because meth is famous for producing a mellow high.

These would-be assassins won't be charged with planning first-degree murder.

I'm just saying. If four meth-heads had been found cradling an arsenal and threatening McCain? They'd never have seen the light of day again, except through bars.

Moving on, people who dismiss church and state apologies for past crimes? Are missing the point.

Why bother?" the scientist's great-great-grandson Andrew Darwin was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail newspaper. "When an apology is made after 200 years, it's not so much to right a wrong, but to make the person or organization making the apology feel better."

No, it's not. It's because people today are militant in defense of a 200 year-old incorrect position the church assumed. The church's announcement is a necessary step toward making people let go of outdated and incorrect beliefs. They aren't doing it for themselves. They aren't doing it for Darwin. They're doing it for his great-great-great grandchildren, and all the generations to come. (And, yes, a little bit for themselves. Because if churches and congregations refuse to admit to the truth of things demonstrably true, civilization will continue to polarize around these issues. (Removed: A short but heated rant around the idea of people who insist upon the existence of a 'god' but who also insist upon defining their deity with human limitations. You're welcome.)

Before we leave the neighborhood of good and evil, I see that McCain had no need of ParanoidPalin** as a running mate. He's got a firm grasp on morality. (For those disinclined to wade through the article, McCain thinks you create a "moral hazard" by bailing out major employers and players in the financial markets because doing so encourages risk-taking. To be honest, I couldn't decide which bit to rant about--McCain's assumption that a corporation has some kind of morality to hazard, or his blithe disregard of how the financial industry got to this point. So, I'm leaving it up to you.)

Moving on to money issues.

$407,000,000,000. Four hundred and seven billion makes a lot of digits. And a lot of deficit.

127,000,000,000. One hundred and twenty-seven billion. That was the projected budget surplus when Clinton left office.

$554,548,000,000. Five hundred fifty-four billion, five hundred forty eight million dollars. That's an estimate of what it's cost us, so far, to kill people in Iraq*.

The deficit plus Clinton's projected surplus--five hundred and thirty four billion. Which, not at all coincidentally, is just about what we've spent in Iraq so far. Give or take twenty billion.

And, speaking of record-breaking deficits:

Deficit up by $246 billion in a year. Federal agency cites 'substantial increase in spending' and 'halt' in tax revenue growth.

Those wacky Republicans. They've got the idea of "no tax revenue to support Big Government" down to a T, but they can't seem to get the hang of not spending money.

Poking around in bookmarks. That seems to be everything I had marked so far.

Oh! Last but certainly not least, this is why I had to wipe coffee off my monitor this morning.

Sarah Palin knows a little something about God’s will, knowing God quite well, from their work together on that natural-gas pipeline, and what God wills is: Country First. And not just any country! There was a slight error on our signage. Other countries, such as that one they have in France, reading our slogan, if they can even read real words, might be all, like, “Hey, bonjour, they are saying we can put our country, France, first!” Non, non, non, France! What we are saying is, you’d better put our country first, you merde-heads, or soon there will be so much lipstick on your pit bulls it will make your berets spin!

Put down your beverage and go read the entire thing.


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* Well, and enrich a lot of anonymous beneficiaries of the government's generosity in handing out large sums of cash with no receipt required. And enrich the people who sold their noisy neighbors, old girlfriend's new boyfriends, business rivals, and other "enemies" to the US government for cash payments.

** Note the photo of ShiftySarah (I love making up rude nicknames) on the article. If anyone was in doubt, this is proof positive that the media's love for her has waned. This is the first unflattering picture I've seen any media outlet publish of her--and it's an ugly one. Many publications and opinioneers*** are probably going to be following suit--exposing their shame and promising to reform.

(And, shouting the Obama campaign made me do it! isn't going to fool anyone. You fell for loud rhetoric over substance. You always do. Obama had nothing to do with it, beyond being a speaker who disappointed you by not needing to use volume to disguise lack of content.)

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*** It's a good word, no? Yes, I got it from "Mousketeers"**** and it seems appropriate to me. Because much of the time, the professional opinioneers strike me as being just about that serious about what they do.

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**** If you had to Google that? Never. Speak. To. Me. Again. I do not converse with infants.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:16 AM | Comments (6)
September 15, 2008
More Electoral Fun

June 11, I snagged this from CNN and posted it:

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September 6, just after both conventions.

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And now, a heartbeat later, it's all of September 15--9 days after the last map was posted.

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The only significant change is that 10 electoral votes that were "leaning" Left are now in the "toss-up" category, but McCain's post-convention "bounce" is gone (It must be true! I read it in the news!) so I'm waiting to see what another week or two will bring.

I'm not worried, in spite of the 2004 statistics. (No, it's probably not relevant. But it makes me laugh.)

Posted by AnneZook at 10:21 PM | Comments (2)
You Gotta Wonder

Just precisely what kind of wildly dangerous criminal is locked up in the Galveston County Jail?

Risking the murder of +/-1000 people strikes me as a pretty extreme step to take for 'security' but this is Bush/Cheney's Amerika. If we can slaughter tens of thousands in Iraq, I guess we can whack a thousand or so UsofA citizens here at home.

(Even as I type this, I'm acutely aware of how unjustified this comparison might appear. The Galveston officials didn't take us to war in Iraq, and I have no reason to believe that Bush/Cheney are involved in the incarceration of any of the +/-1000 people in the Galveston jail.

Nevertheless, these strike me as the same kind of inhuman acts. Treating people as things--I read somewhere, and I'd give a lot to remember where, that most of the "evil" in the world starts with treating people as things.

So. My blog--my irrational prejudices. The fact that the jail was not destroyed doesn't lessen the criminality of this act.)

Posted by AnneZook at 04:11 PM | Comments (0)
If You Get Bored?

Don't take the media's neglect sitting down. Biden has important things to say and he's saying them to audiences around the country, whether the national media chooses to report it or not. Find the text of his speeches and share it around.

Read The Economist on the financial crisis. And console yourself with the knowledge that this is a very Right-leaning publication, so no one can accuse you of learning the facts from a biased, anti-capitalist publication. (The DOW dropped 504 points today. I feel a little sick to my stomach, just thinking about it.)

Check out The Daily Muck for an insight into some dangers we face. I can't decide what worries me more--Big Brother surveillance with racist parameters, or the idea that nukes are degenerating all over the country.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:10 PM | Comments (0)
Fairly UNbalanced

The national broadcast "news" media? Is not the place to find even-handed, unbiased coverage on politics. 'm pretty sure no one reading this blog is unaware that I believe that.

See MediaMatters for a good article and some snazzy graphics showing that there's almost no way you can measure broadcast media coverage of the Democrats and the Republicans that doesn't wind up with the Right getting the lion's share of the coverage.

In the good news department, the "national media" seems to slowly but surely be becoming aware that Something Funny's Goin' On.

[Julie] Mason responded: "It's true. I hate to say it. It might be a new low for the news media this late in the game for us to become so distracted with something as trivial as this. And we're not talking about the issues. I wish we were more high-minded."*

I even read that RepublicanRedFOX is starting to choke on the outpouring of lies they've been relentlessly disseminating.

I mean--seriously. How bad has it gotten for us to find FOX not championing the Right mindlessly?


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P.S. Why are you sitting there, wishing you were a serious journalist (more "high-minded") instead of a bad Entertainment Tonight imitation\?

I wished I was thinner. I went on a diet. I wished I was a nonsmoker. I'm getting closer every day. I wished I was less of a procrastinator. With practice, I'm getting better at doing things now, instead of "whenever."

Just do it.


Posted by AnneZook at 12:47 PM | Comments (0)
Still Going Strong....

We continue our policy of invading nonaggressive countries with our latest maneuver - repeatedly invading an ally.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:38 AM | Comments (3)
It Boggle Ze Mind!

George Bush, a millionaire (thanks to a handful of his father's buddies who bailed him out of various disastrous financial experiments and let him in on money-making schemes instead), feels your pain as the country heads toward a total financial meltdown.

He'd like to help, but he needs all of the billions he can lay his hands on to protect Cheney & Friends' oil wars overseas.

"I know Americans are concerned about the adjustments that are taking place in our financial markets," said Bush, speaking at the White House Rose Garden. "We are working to reduce disruptions and minimize the impact on the [broader economy]."

For the record? Euphemisms like "adjustments" do not make you sound more like you actually understand what's going on.

And precisely how are you "working?" What is the government doing? Do you even know?

Bush didn't offer much detail

Nope.


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Okay, no, for George, it's not that stupid. It's just--I haven't made fun of him in such a long time!

Posted by AnneZook at 10:26 AM | Comments (0)
September 14, 2008
You don't know this

With apologies to E. J. Dionne, whose opinions I usually enjoy reading, I have to say that you're full of crap.

Few voters know that Obama would cut the taxes of the vast majority of Americans by far more than McCain would. Few know Obama would guarantee everyone access to health care or that McCain's health plan might endanger coverage many already have. Few know that Obama has a coherent program to create new jobs through public investment in roads, bridges, transit, and green technologies.

In short, few Americans know what (or whom) Obama is fighting for, because he isn't really telling them.

He tells them. He tells them in every speech he makes. It's your colleagues and coworkers on the "news" side of the page who are failing to report on the issues.

I've seen ample coverage of lipstick when I was looking for coverage of the problems in our educational system, the sub-prime lending market's meltdown, the high cost of health care, what we're going to do about the messes we've created in Iraq and Afghanistan, preventing offshore drilling, developing alternative energy sources, saving social security, etc.

< Educational Interlude >

Dear Media People:

You do not have to report on idiocies. I know you're afraid that the Right will scream that you're not covering them fairly if you don't, but you don't have to cover stupidity. Screaming doesn't actually hurt (except maybe your eardrums a little.) If one campaign doesn't say anything "newsworthy" on a particular day, then they don't get any coverage. Simple?

Or, if you're really scared -- go ahead and report the stupidity. First, report the substance of a speech Mr. Obama makes on fixing this country's health care system. Then, by way of "fairness" announce that McCain's campaign released a press statement expressing outrage over Obama's use of a common metaphor.

Report Obama's position on rebuilding this country's infrastructure, then report that the McCain campaign has issues a press release expressing outrage because the media won't react to Obama's insulting use of a common metaphor.

Report Obama's tax plan, and then report that the McCain campaign has issued three more press releases and two online videos screaming themselves hoarse that the media is ignoring Metaphor-gate.

Without showing any bias at all, by just showing where each campaign has its attention each day, you'll be "reporting the news." And the voters who don't have four hours a day to spend online, finding the real news that your newspaper/news program is not telling them? Will be able to tell for themselves which campaign has substance and which campaign has--nothing but a man desperately determined to gain office.

Sincerely,
AreYouStupid?

< End Education >

If Mr. Obama spent every, single day campaigning, 24 hours a day, speaking in front of live audiences, he would not have time to reach everyone in the country. That's what the national news media is for--to disseminate the news to people who have no other way of receiving it. If you feel his message is not getting out, kindly point your accusing finger at the correct culprits. Tell your colleagues to leave the lipstick behind and do a little real reporting.

Saying that he has to use "crisp" language to "force" the media to cover his positions on the issues is just ridiculous. No one can "force" the media to do anything but their (right-leaning) corporate owners. And blaming Mr. Obama's language for being insufficiently "crisp" is the same as saying you're not interested in any policies that can't be delivered as a punch sound-bite or encapsulated in a headline.

I sweartogod, if the media doesn't stop acting like the voting population has an IQ of 50 and the attention span of a butterfly, I'm going to scream. You'd think that, at the very least, the appearance of 10,000+ political blogs online would have convinced someone that ordinary people are quite capable of understanding complex issues. And that they care.


Posted by AnneZook at 09:16 AM | Comments (0)
Huh

Bush and Cheney - even crazier than I thought.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:02 AM | Comments (0)