Monday, March 31, 2008

Of Course

the Republicans are up to their eyeballs in picking our nominee; if one denies it, one is not paying attention.

All of it is completely legal:

The Republican role is not some irrelevant anecdote. The DNC is charged, under its rules, to determine whether the Democrats in a noncompliant state made a "good faith" effort to abide by the party's electoral calendar, and to impose the full weight of its available penalties, namely a 100 percent takedown of a state's delegation, only if Democratic leaders in that state misbehaved. So the fact that it was Republicans who fomented the move-up of primaries in both these states to dates out-of-line with the DNC calendar is at the heart of the matter.


More ratfucking if the media didn't do its job for the GOP and if the open primary and caucus system abuse didn't work.

More:

Florida's Republican governor, Charlie Crist, is, like Granholm, seen as a prime player behind the state's acceleration of the primary calendar. But Crist isn't half the Florida story; Marco Rubio, a Jeb Bush protégé who runs the nearly 2-to-1 Republican Florida House, drove that bill through the legislature like it was a tax cut limited by law to top GOP donors.

Indeed, the tracks under this train wreck trace back, in each case, to Republican maneuvers in state legislatures, political no- man's-lands for all who've blithely dismissed the disenfranchisement of the millions of registered Florida and Michigan Democrats.

Miscellaneous.

Some people should never be allowed to reproduce again.
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Tattered remains of money stolen by D.B. Cooper are up for sale.
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You Know, Obamamann,

if you and your network weren't shitting on Hillary Clinton so damned much in your lame attempt to put up a stalking horse for John McCain, maybe Ed Rendell wouldn't have said Fox News was far more fair and balanced than most mainstream media.

Which in fact is the truth. When they did their debates this season, their broadcasts were far better than the others.


I Thought This Cartoon was Good.

Interesting

the former senator for Pennsylvania, Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum, has this to say about Barack Obama:

American voters will choose between two candidates this election year.

One inspires hope for a brighter, better tomorrow. His rhetoric makes us feel we are, indeed, one nation indivisible - indivisible by ideology or religion, indivisible by race or creed. It is rhetoric of hope and change and possibility. It's inspiring. This candidate can make you just plain feel good to be American.

The other candidate, by contrast, is one of the Senate's fiercest partisans. This senator reflexively sides with the party's extreme wing. There's no record of working with the other side of the aisle. None. It's basically been my way or the highway, combined with a sanctimoniousness that breeds contempt among those on the other side of any issue.

Which of these two candidates should be our next president? The choice is clear, right?

Wrong, because they're both the same man - Barack Obama.


This is another thing to hang him with.

Still More Campaign Notes.

Obama's church is trying to engage in a coverup by "scrubbing" (removing) its website of incriminating information.

It's too little, too late, I'm afraid.
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Surprise! Obama's been caught in yet another lie.
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More Nonsense

about pressuring Clinton to withdraw from the campaign came from Meet the Press:

More Campaign Notes.

Mr. Campaign Finance Reform is looking for some fat cats to donate to his campaign.

Speaking of McCain, I am reading a book co-written by David Brock of Media Matters about McCain's relationship with the media. It is a book that needs to be written, for it is one of the most corrupt relationships imaginable.

In the end, the favorable coverage is a result of the virtually unlimited access McCain provides to reporters.
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The Booming Economy.

The California nurses' strike is indicative of the state of the health care system in this country.
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Thanks to the great economy, more people than ever are on food stamps.

Because of the increase in the numbers collecting food stamps, at least one paper wonders if this country is in another Great Depression.
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Campaign Notes.

About 2,500 packed the North Medford (Oregon) High School auditorium yesterday to hear former president Bill Clinton speak on a variety of issues.

Locals weighed in on his remarks.

I have to laugh at some of the comments following the articles. People are so stupid. Of course there were at least 2,500 people there.
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Earlier yesterday in San Jose, Bill Clinton told superdelegates to be patient.

I really hate the fact the primaries have been frontloaded. ALL of our candidates in BOTH parties should still be in the race, and clear into June if necessary.

Frontloading only puts pressure on candidates to raise obscene amounts of cash early, and candidates are NOT tested the way they should be. That's one of the reasons Obama, who never should have survived Iowa, got a foothold this year.

Not good.
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The Oregonian notes Clinton will be making more Oregon appearances today. Many people from out of the Rogue Valley heard him speak yesterday.
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Sunday, March 30, 2008












Here are more pictures I took of former president Bill Clinton when he spoke tonight at North Medford High School in Medford, Oregon.


Former President Bill Clinton came to Medford, Oregon, today to campaign on behalf of his wife Hillary. He spoke to a crowd of some 2,000 people, including yours truly and sister, both of which got close enough to him to get video, good pictures, handshakes from the former president (I got to shake hands with him twice this time), and receive autographs from two copies of his books.

The Mail Tribune of Medford will have more tomorrow about his visit. He spoke for over an hour, longer than my camcorder tape and battery held up. I got most of his remarks.

Jeremiah Wright

may want to keep a low profile if he wants his candidate to be president:

Out of a two-hour conversation with you about Barack’s spiritual journey
and my protesting to you that I had not shaped him nor formed him, that I
had not mentored him or made him the man he was, even though I would
love to take that credit, you did not print any of that. When I told
you, using one of your own Jewish stories from the Hebrew Bible as to
how God asked Moses, “What is that in your hand?,” that Barack was like
that when I met him. Barack had it “in his hand.” Barack had in his
grasp a uniqueness in terms of his spiritual development that one is
hard put to find in the 21st century, and you did not print that.


There's a hell of a lot more from where that came from.

Campaign Notes.

If some Democrats are worried about the fall elections, perhaps they shouldn't have encouraged the two weakest (and remaining) candidates to run in the first place.

There is nothing that can be done now. Besides, as long as Clinton is in the race, Obama can't win enough pledged delegates, either.
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The Texas situation has turned into a royal mess. Clinton won the popular vote, but Obama took the caucuses and therefore "won" more delegates.

Something is horribly screwed up with the primary system.
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It's Small Wonder

John Edwards has refused to endorse anybody and most likely will NOT endorse Obama in the primaries:

But now two months have passed since Edwards dropped out—tempus fugit!—and still no endorsement. Why? According to a Democratic strategist unaligned with any campaign but with knowledge of the situation gleaned from all three camps, the answer is simple: Obama blew it. Speaking to Edwards on the day he exited the race, Obama came across as glib and aloof. His response to Edwards’s imprecations that he make poverty a central part of his agenda was shallow, perfunctory, pat. Clinton, by contrast, engaged Edwards in a lengthy policy discussion. Her affect was solicitous and respectful. When Clinton met Edwards face-to-face in North Carolina ten days later, her approach continued to impress; she even made headway with Elizabeth. Whereas in his Edwards sit-down, Obama dug himself in deeper, getting into a fight with Elizabeth about health care, insisting that his plan is universal (a position she considers a crock), high-handedly criticizing Clinton’s plan (and by extension Edwards’s) for its insurance mandate.


Of course, the article is hardly pro-Clinton. I also don't believe Elizabeth Edwards hates Hillary Clinton's guts.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Jonathan Alter

floats that halfassed nonsense he was floating on Countdown about "sources" suggesting Hillary Clinton consider running for the New York governorship.

Alter has never been pro-Clinton. He's a typical Newsweek shill like Richard Wolffe and Howard Fineman; totally worthless as a political analyst.

Campaign Notes.

Hillary Clinton vows to stay in the race to the convention.
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Obama's been caught in yet another exaggeration.
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Miscellaneous.

Bullying isn't limited to the schoolyard..

I have been through that experience.
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I wouldn't be too quick to write off Republicans' chances in congressional races this year.

I wouldn't take my time about it, either.
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This is the Race,

but it isn't in English:







Curlin became Horse of the World today as he rolled to a 7 3/4-length victory in the $6 million Dubai World Cup.

He's pretty much done it all. It's probably about time for him to retire. ( AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Nonsense News.

Jerry Brown is bored with his attorney general job and is considering running for governor--again.

The guy is almost 70 years old.

The Sacramento Bee has more:

State Attorney General Jerry Brown waxed nostalgic about his former days as governor on Saturday and strongly suggested that he might run again - just as soon as he is done suing President Bush over global warming.

In a speech to more than 1,000 activists at a state Democratic Party convention, Brown, 69, hyped his current legal battle to uphold California's global warming fight and enforce tough auto emissions standards. "I've had to sue Bush about five times," he said, because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "is blocking the will of the people of California."

He stirred speculation of another gubernatorial run when he closed his speech by saying: "I don't do too much these days except sue people. But someday maybe I'll get around to doing more than that and hopefully you'll help."

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I

was out on the road today from Reno through Sacramento and on up to Oregon. I will be up here until Thursday or Friday.

There is not much to say. I haven't looked at any news yet.

Friday, March 28, 2008

More Campaign Stuff.

Bill Clinton will be in Medford, Oregon, on Sunday at Hedrick Middle School. Since I am going to be in town, I plan to attend.

It would be only the third time I have seen him in person. If possible, I will get him to sign my copy of his autobiography.

I have written about how fast he is about signing autographs.

If This

isn't the dumbest goddamned idea I ever heard, I don't know what is:



Jonathan Alter is such an asshole to push the nonsense of Clinton running for New York governor.

Jesus Christ. She can stay where she is in the Senate if she doesn't get the nomination. God, what assholes in the media. What the hell is the matter with delusionals like Alter?

C'mon Alter, name the names of these "concerned" people.

Obama cannot be the nominee or on the ticket in any way. THAT'S the bottom line.


You'd think Sam would be uncomfortable sleeping in this position.

Miscellaneous.

Thanks to a change in the state health insurance plan, a bunch of teachers will be retiring this year in Washoe County, and as it is the district can't give jobs away.

Quite honestly, who would do this job? Teachers have become little more than test prep professionals and glorified clerical workers.

NCLB has ruined teaching.
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Here is a Clip

of Obama's CYA interview on The View:




What a goddamned liar.

Speaking of Jeremiah Wright, a columnist examines his now infamous "God Damn America" speech, the entire speech and not just the YouTube excerpts.

Here is the audio of the famous sermon, complete and unedited:


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Campaign Notes.

Senator Leahy wants the Democrats to lose in the fall.

He and others calling for Clinton's head are really afraid of alienating the African American vote here. It really is fear driving these attempts by Democratic officials to kick Clinton out of the race. They don't care if they lose the GE by losing all 50 states and numerous races downticket; they don't want to make waves with the AA base.

The Common Ills blog goes after Leahy with both barrels. Leahy deserves every bit of condemnation.

Yes, Wright is fatal to Obama. Obama is toast, and whether Obama's ego makes him think he can overcome this, or whether he feels he is so far in over his head and so many people are pinning their hopes on him he feels he cannot back out are possible explanations as to why he isn't out of the race.
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Chris Dodd has also made a fool out of himself trying to force Clinton out.
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Not so fast, says Al Gore, who is one of the few who is making sense.

Hillary Clinton HAS to stay in the race to prevent an Obama nomination or the party is screwed to smithereens in the fall.
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Without Saying a Word

about the Democratic candidates since the ultimate one is unknown at this point, the McCain campaign has already decided to run on the patriotism issue:



This is why we have screwed up so badly in this campaign with the choice of candidates.

Campaign Notes.

The Mouth really needs to step down as DNC chair and shut up.
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Speaking of which, he was on Joe Scarborough's show:



The Republicans may screw up the country, but Democrats can't get their shit together.

And MANY will leave the party this cycle if Obama gets it. It won't do a bit of good if Obama gets the nomination and picks Bloomberg for his running mate. And picking somebody like that tells the entire story; nobody else reputable will touch him.

The Booming Economy.

The WSWS has a report on its homepage about the American Axle strike in Detroit.

Robert Parry

is throwing away what credibility he had by openingly shilling for Obama and trashing Hillary Clinton.

What makes him think that if Obama got the nomination, he would ever have a chance against John McCain?

Parry has really gotten dumb over this election cycle. And this all has to do with his claim Bill Clinton covered up for Bush I's and Reagan's wrongdoing.

Contrast this with Gene Lyons, who has a word or two to say about Rev. Wright and Obama's speech trying to excuse his pastor.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Just in Case

you missed it, I will post Obama's economic speech which is anything but economic in length:




As you can see, he clocks in at a little over 33 minutes.

If This

isn't the poorest excuse for covering your ass, I don't know what is:


White House hopeful Barack Obama suggests he would have left his Chicago church had his longtime pastor, whose fiery anti-American comments about U.S. foreign policy and race relations threatened Obama's campaign, not stepped down.
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"Had the reverend not retired, and had he not acknowledged that what he had said had deeply offended people and were inappropriate and mischaracterized what I believe is the greatness of this country, for all its flaws, then I wouldn't have felt comfortable staying at the church," Obama said Thursday during a taping of the ABC talk show, "The View." The interview will be broadcast Friday.


Translation: It was okay for him to stay in the church until Wright's comments threatened his candidacy.

You KNOW

Obama is in trouble when the media steps up the demand Hillary step down:




Ed Schultz joins in the pile on against Hillary Clinton. What a dope. At least Scarborough is trying to present the other side. Schultz can't even argue in favor of Obama staying in the race. If Clinton can't do win enough delegates, Obama can't, either.

It is SO transparent the media want Obama. He is toast. Rev. Wright pretty much ended Obama's quest. But both candidates are damaged for the fall campaign.

Is

Hillary Clinton going to fight to the finish because she believes she has a better shot against John McCain in November, or is she committing a scorched earth policy of denying the Audacity of Hype the nomination he so deserves?

Instead of you trying to figure it out for yourself, let Chris Matthews and his panel tell you what to think:




Naturally they shit all over Hillary Clinton.

I Can't

seem to go a day without a posting yet another high-blood pressure moment from Keith Obamamann, who continues to have a burr up his ass regarding Hillary Clinton:


So Is

the Thomas Beatie "pregnancy" true or is it a hoax:





It sounds real, and in any case, Beatie is going to make a ton of money off his (or actually her) notoriety. Which is funny since Beatie has only gone part-way in "his" gender transformation. He/she lives in Bend, Oregon.

I

will see how the weather goes about going up north either tomorrow or Saturday. If all else fails, I will buy a plane ticket to Portland for Tuesday's job fair.

I don't really gamble all that much, but recently I throw in $20 or $40 to see how well I do. If I do lousy, I simply quit. If I do well, I also walk away. The best machines without a doubt are the Wheel of Fortune $1 machines. Three weeks ago, as I wrote previously, I hit a total of $450 on a Wheel of Fortune quarter machine at the Eldorado and spending less than $25 of my own money. Two or three days ago, I went to the Silver Legacy, which is next to the Eldorado, and won $160 on the $1 machines spending only about $20 of my own money.

Today I ate lunch over at Toucan Charlie's at the Atlantis on South Virginia Street. Usually the Atlantis is tight as hell with its slot machines. I never do all that well there. I might win $20 or so. Once I won $80 there, but that's about as good as I ever did. After I ate, I went to the Megabucks machine, which has a progressive of over $19 million. I put $40 in it, but after I spent $24 and getting nothing, I figured to hell with it. I left that machine and went over to one of my beloved Wheel of Fortune $1 machines. I put my $16 dollar ticket in, spun the wheels, and the first thing that came up was the "spin" icon, which meant I got to spin the big wheel. I spun it, and wouldn't you know it, I hit $1,000! That's the most I have ever hit on the slot machines. I cashed that ticket out and played another $20, won a spin for $30, and ended up playing that money off. So I wound up with around $960 to the good.

I guess I won't badmouth that casino again.

If

Reverend Wright's comments don't sink Obama, Michelle might.

She has the smarts and is much smarter than her husband, but she has some serious problems with foot-in-mouth disease as well as having a paper trail which illustrate she has some "anger" issues:

Barack Obama, I argued, evinces a preternatural sangfroid, for he is in America but not of it, a Third World anthropologist profiling Americans. But his wife's anger at America will out, for it is a profound rage amplified by guilt.

Mrs Obama averred that she could not recall the contents of the thesis she composed in 1985, but that cannot be quite true, for it is a poignant cry from the heart. It explains her controversial outburst during the campaign to the effect that she felt proud of her country for the first time in her adult life in 2008, after "feeling so alone" in her "frustration" and "disappointment" at America.

Miscellaneous.

Industries which use animals in any kind of capacity, whether for food, entertainment, show, clothing, or anything else should realize that by making any deals with the animal rights groups, they are making deals with the devil.

Animal "rights" groups like PETA simply don't care about making nice. Any deals with industry is just a short-term strategy in their longterm goal of abolishing the domestication of all animals because of a nutty ideology.

Animal rights groups are NOT the same as animal welfare organizations or humane societies. Their agenda is TOTALLY different.
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Kory McFarren is in the hot seat again.
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Investigators have tracked down a computer possibly linked to the Craigslist hoax:

Jackson County sheriff's detectives contacted the computer's owner earlier this week. The person voluntarily handed over the computer to be examined by Jackson County sheriff's Detective Lt. Rich Fogarty.

"We have not named a suspect in this case," Fogarty said. "It is still too early in the investigation."

Fogarty said it could take more than a day to sift through the computer's hard drive for useful information.

In addition, the sheriff's office subpoenaed Craigslist to obtain the IP address of the user who posted the fake ads Saturday. Sheriff's officials are waiting for that information to arrive. Meanwhile, they are pursuing other leads.

Yes, the Primary

process should go as long as possible, even to the convention if necessary. Who knows what will happen or who will get the nomination.

After all, maybe neither of the two candidates will get it:


Media Follies.

The L.A. Times admits it screwed up on its story regarding the Tupac Shakur killing:

A Los Angeles Times story about a brutal 1994 attack on rap superstar Tupac Shakur was partially based on documents that appear to have been fabricated, the reporter and editor responsible for the story said Wednesday.

Reporter Chuck Philips and his supervisor, Deputy Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin, issued statements of apology Wednesday afternoon. The statements came after The Times took withering criticism for the Shakur article, which appeared on latimes.com last week and two days later in the paper's Calendar section.

The criticism came first from The Smoking Gun website, which said the newspaper had been the victim of a hoax, and then from subjects of the story, who said they had been defamed.


Undoubtedly there will be some lawsuits coming out of this.

Campaign Notes.

Senator Clinton (and possibly Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton), plans to make a Medford, Oregon, appearance during the week of April 6.
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Barack Obama spoke about the economy today.
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Rev. Wright didn't think much of Italians, either:

Wright's latest controversy comes from a eulogy he wrote for Asa Hilliard. The article appeared in a November/December 2007 edition of Trumpet, a magazine run by Wright's daughters. He was quoted as calling Italians "garlic noses" and saying Jesus' crucifixion was "a public lynching Italian-style."

The comments were written before Obama publicly denounced other controversial statements by Wright.

As Blogger

Taylor Marsh notes so well, Joe Scarborough made a lot of sense when he let Newsweek's Richard Wolffe, who, like the same magazine's Jonathan Alter and Howard Fineman, is an anti-Clinton hack, have it regarding the delegate count:





I do hand it Scarborough. He may be a Republican, a former representative, but he often makes more sense than many people in the Democratic Party talking about this campaign. His remarks are around 5:30 into the video.

The WHOLE POINT OF THE SUPERDELEGATE SYSTEM is to prevent a McGovern-like disaster for the Democratic Party. That doesn't mean Hillary Clinton would have this election in the bag, and most likely she has been badly damaged by the filth of the Obama campaign, but it does provide vetting of a candidate should there be something going on later on after the bulk of the voting that would hurt this candidate in the fall.

Obama's tainted beyond repair. But Clinton may not be the alternative, either. The superdelegates have a big decision on their hands.

Could

Joe Klein make sense for once in his life?

The problem with having Gore or Edwards or both on the ticket is that this would still alienate the Clinton/Obama factions, but it may get to the point where the party has no choice at all but to nominate somebody else.

Of course, I would ask the party hacks as to WHY IN THE WORLD they thought they could run the wife of a former president who is term limited and an inexperienced black pol given the risks involved in it. Did they honestly think that because of the 2006 elections, they had the 2008 presidential election so in the bag they could afford to run a pair of risky candidates? Did they really believe the GOP was hopelessly divided? Guess what? The GOP lined up behind McCain in VERY short order after he got the nomination. The GOP may be ruthless, it may be divided, but the party members aren't stupid.

We're screwed if either becomes the nominee, as much as I like and admire Hillary Clinton, but Clinton has been so damaged by the filthy campaign Obama has run, she just can't overcome it to beat McCain if she were to go up against him. At least it would be close, though, unlike Obama, who is so absurd as a candidate.

I don't think Gore has the stomach to go through another presidential campaign. The fraud of 2000 was just too much of a heartbreak. I think he's glad to be out of it.

Pick Edwards and Biden for the national ticket, and then the talk of a unity ticket might actually make sense.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

This

poll says it all.

What a damned mess Democrats got themselves into.

More Miscellaneous.

Jack the Jerk had to explain how it is he can run for Congress now when his lawyer pleaded for mercy while Jack was in the Big House because he was on death's door:

When asked about his health, Kevorkian said he had recovered fairly well from ailments he had behind bars. But he later said he is dealing with Hepatitis C, temporal arteritis and high-blood pressure.

Disability activists released a statement Monday criticizing Kevorkian, noting that his lawyer had filed appeals for Kevorkian's release in 2003, 2004 and 2005 claiming he had only a year to live.

"The voters deserve proof that Kevorkian will live long enough to serve out a congressional term," said Stephen Drake of Not Dead Yet, a disability rights group that opposes legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide.


I love the cynicism of Drake.



I thought this cloud was interesting. It reminded me a bit of a flying saucer.




One more tree picture.




And another limb.





Here is a closeup of a limb full of shoes. The shoes are mostly sneakers or running shoes.





There is a shoe tree north of Reno just as the the divided highway 395 becomes a two-lane road. As I was returning from my aborted trip to Oregon, I thought I'd take several pictures of it.

Evidently there are a number of these trees around the country, so this one isn't unique.

Olbermann

continues to fritter away his career by continuing to crap all over Hillary Clinton and her donors:





He always has the same hacks on his show to shit all over Clinton.

I want to know, Mr. Alter, just WHERE is Obama getting all of this outrageous amount of money?

Why doesn't anybody ask this? The Mouth had tons of money in 2004 from the little donors, but it's a drop in the bucket compared with what Obama is raising.

I smell GOP manipulation here.

The Way This Mess

of an election year is shaping up, it's going to be a free-for-all. First, Mike Gravel has decided to run as a libertarian since he is disgusted as well as I am.

And of course, there's Ralph:





And if the Audacity of Hype becomes the nominee, expect massive bleeding from the Democratic Party from it to either third-party candidates or to McCain.

Why, No Shit,

Chris. Of course McCain has had the media in his pocket, and that is the biggest reason why he is likely to be the next president.

Clinton or Obama or anybody else who may be the Democratic nominee will NEVER be able to get a fair shake from the media once the fall campaign starts:





When you've bought off the media in a corrupt relationship, as in unlimited access in return for favorable coverage, you have it made.

Does Anybody

want to argue NOW John Edwards wasn't forced out of the campaign?

Question: Do you still think the Democratic race can be resolved before the convention?


Reid: Easy.

Q: How is that?

Reid: It will be done.

Q: It just will?

Reid: Yep.

Q: Magically?

Reid: No, it will be done. I had a conversation with Governor Dean (Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean) today. Things are being done.


Let it play out, Harry, and maybe both of the remaining candidates will withdraw.

We are going to lose with either one; the only question is by how much with which candidate.

Personal Stuff.

I headed off to Oregon today. The weather is windy here in Reno, but little did I know the weather would be nasty up north. I got almost to Alturas, California, about 155 miles north of here, and then I turned around and came back. It was snowing like hell up in the mountains, and I decided to forget it.

I probably could have driven the distance okay, but I turned around and came back. My sinuses were acting up, too, probably because of the wind.

I will make another attempt in a couple days, paying close attention to road conditions.

Campaign Follies.

Once again, the junior senator from Illinois sure knows how to pick 'em.
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I have to laugh at the media trying to claim the Wright controversy didn't hurt Obama at all.

Sure, it didn't. Just wait if he gets the nomination.
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And if this isn't bad enough, columnist Nat Hentoff nails Obama's butt over his ignorant comments about the Schiavo case.

After all, all Congress did was grant Terri Schiavo the right to due process, just as in death penalty cases. The problem in a nutshell was the Florida probate judge, who absolutely refused to hear any arguments to the contrary once he bought into the late Dr. Ronald Cranford's nonsense Schiavo was "PVS." Cranford had an ax to grind, for he ALWAYS "diagnosed" people in such cases as "PVS." Once Judge Greer ruled the way he did, Terri's parents, the Schindlers, tried to appeal, but higher courts simply couldn't overturn a lower court ruling regarding "findings of fact." They could only overrule on procedural matters. Congress's action was to remedy this and basically have the case start over from scratch. In short, Greer screwed up, and he was too stubborn to change his mind and acknowledge he screwed up.

Why the court system failed so miserably in this case to protect the 14th amendment rights of somebody who was profoundly disabled is a mystery to me. But the media lied about the case from the get-go.

The O. Carter Snead article Hentoff mentions can be found here and can be uploaded for free.

I may have linked this piece in the past, I can't remember, but this guy has a great piece about autonomy and how Terri Schiavo's rights to autonomy were violated.
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Obituaries.

Actor Richard Widmark, 93, who seemed to be in every movie, has died of an undisclosed illness.

He fractured a vertebra last year, and that was the start of his troubles.

Widmark's first wife died ten years ago. He remarried to one of Henry Fonda's wives. He also has a daughter.
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Herb Peterson, inventor of the Egg McMuffin, has died at the age of 89.
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Campaign Notes.

Obama's running mate Jeremiah Wright has canceled some appearances.
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Miscellaneous.

A torn parachute is being examined to see if it belongs to the legendary D.B. Cooper.
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Now we get more propaganda about how terrible Medicare and Social Security are and how we need to privatize both.
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Oh, my God. That child is going to be so screwed up, it won't even be funny:

I am transgender, legally male, and legally married to Nancy. Unlike those in same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships, or civil unions, Nancy and I are afforded the more than 1,100 federal rights of marriage. Sterilization is not a requirement for sex reassignment, so I decided to have chest reconstruction and testosterone therapy but kept my reproductive rights. Wanting to have a biological child is neither a male nor female desire, but a human desire.

Ten years ago, when Nancy and I became a couple, the idea of us having a child was more dream than plan. I always wanted to have children. However, due to severe endometriosis 20 years ago, Nancy had to undergo a hysterectomy and is unable to carry a child. But after the success of our custom screen-printing business and a move from Hawaii to the Pacific Northwest two years ago, the timing finally seemed right. I stopped taking my bimonthly testosterone injections. It had been roughly eight years since I had my last menstrual cycle, so this wasn’t a decision that I took lightly. My body regulated itself after about four months, and I didn’t have to take any exogenous estrogen, progesterone, or fertility drugs to aid my pregnancy.



Not to mention the "man" or "woman" or whatever he/she is is missing a few screws in the head.

Actually this person who claims he's a man is a woman, whether he or she likes it or not. Assuming this story is true at all.

Well, the regular news media are picking it up.
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Given how much teenage girls are brainwashed to hate themselves, it's little wonder more than a few of them are undergoing the knife to have boob jobs so that they look better to guys.
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Is the L.A. Times in deep shit regarding its story on the Tupac Shakur murder?
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Obituaries.

Lazare Ponticelli, the last French foot-soldier of World War I, died on March 12 at the age of 110.

His age qualifies him for the supercentenarian list, those people who have lived to 110 or older. There are close to 1,000 confirmed (and disputed) cases, and many more that have not been verified.

And there are those who were once considered verified, such as Japan's Shigechiyo Izumi, who supposedly died at age 120 years of age in 1986, but the claim has since been discounted if not debunked by scholars (Guinness World Records still has him as the second-longest living person). It is believed he was born in 1880 instead of 1865 and was named after an older brother who died previously and hence the confusion over the year of his birth. He apparently died at the age of "only" 105 and not 120.

Coincidentally, I have been websurfing about supercentenarians, and it makes for interesting reading. Here is a list of them, from Jeanne Calment's 122 years down to the dozens who lived to or are currently 110 years old.

Indiana's Edna Parker, who I have mentioned on a blog post or two, is the current world record holder of living supercentenarians at over 114 years of age.

No doubt the increase in numbers has to do with improved medical care, but also there is little doubt there is an increase because of better recordkeeping such as birth certificates, baptismal records, census records, and better research into individual cases. Usually cases of people born before 1870 are discounted because of the lack of records proving their age (although there are a number of verified cases).

As of now, according to the Gerontology Research Group, which monitors supercentenarians, there are 77 supercentenarians worldwide, with 66 women and 11 men. This is the current list as of yesterday.

This footnote is interesting:

The total number Supercentenarians that we have cited above has been frequently been misconstrued in the news media as representing every single person in the world aged 110 and over. The actual estimated number of worldwide living Supercentenarians is more likely to be between [300 - 450] persons. For the USA, we predict something like [60 - 75] Supercentenarians. While the total number of validated cases cited above is only about ten percent of the suspected real-world total, it should also be noted that the bulk of the true Supecentenarians actually fall between [110 - 113] years old; hardly any ever survive to live past 115. {Our estimate of [300 - 450] persons is based on a survival percentage of centenarians-to-age-110 to be between [0.15 - 0.25] percent.}

It should be noted that a significant majority of worldwide claimants to be age 110-or-over have subsequently been proven to be false; these individuals and more often their family or friends have their own personal motives for claiming these persons and, we are sad to report, are occasionally disingenuous (not well-intentioned).

We believe that the increasing number of true cases that we have observed during the last 30 years are the result of at least two factors:
(1) the diligence of our own committee members throughout the world who deserve much of the credit; and
(2) far more persons are reaching 110 than ever before. That is, people who were dying at [105 - 109] are now reaching [110 - 113] years of age.
Please note that the SSA data show that both of these reasons are major factors, and that it would be incorrect to ascribe all of the increase to an actual increase in longevity or all of the increase due to better record-keeping. Coming in the next few months, an SSA Report, along with our own historical databases, will better show how much of the increase can be ascribed to each of these two factors.

Just When You Think

this administration couldn't get stupider, it does. Now some of these idiots want to privatize our roads, as if anything else couldn't be more moronic.

It's all about ideology, something that cannot be done.

Campaign Notes.

Chelsea Clinton let a questioner have it when he asked about the idiotic Lewinsky mess.
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It may be true, George that it would be easier for a black man to be elected president than a woman, but that does not mean Barack Obama is more electable than Hillary Clinton.

In fact, Obama would lose so badly to John McCain it would make McGovern's landslide loss to Nixon look like a landslide itself.

Obama can't win a single state against McCain. Clinton would do much better, although I doubt she could pull off a victory in the Electoral College.
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CBS wants a debate in the worst way, and that's probably the way it will get it.
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Gee, If There

aren't enough PVS patients or others considered good enough for organ donation, let's go after the organs of death row inmates.

The depravity of those who call themselves utilitarians knows no bounds.

Although

we all know Christopher Hitchens is often a drunken, Clinton-hating, atheistic mess, he does have several good points regarding Barack Obama:

You often hear it said, of some political or other opportunist, that he would sell his own grandmother if it would suit his interests. But you seldom, if ever, see this notorious transaction actually being performed, which is why I am slightly surprised that Obama got away with it so easily. (Yet why do I say I am surprised? He still gets away with absolutely everything.)

Looking for a moral equivalent to a professional demagogue who thinks that AIDS and drugs are the result of a conspiracy by the white man, Obama settled on an 85-year-old lady named Madelyn Dunham, who spent a good deal of her youth helping to raise him and who now lives alone and unwell in a condo in Honolulu. It would be interesting to know whether her charismatic grandson made her aware that he was about to touch her with his grace and make her famous in this way. By sheer good fortune, she, too, could be a part of it all and serve her turn in the great enhancement.


Obama's a crass opportunist. The GOP will also be looking at both of Obama's books for many of their talking points against him.

Carville Continues to

stand by the "Judas" remark regarding Bill Richardson's endorsement of Obama. After all, Richardson served in two positions in the Clinton presidency:


Miscellaneous.

I would like to know why Hollywood thinks it is so wonderful to glorify a pair of pimps , the wife now dead and the husband now a fugitive in South America, when there are so many other subjects out there?

I suppose though, it's nice to have a film crew in town and to see a couple of a major movie actors as a bonus.
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Craigslist will cooperate with southern Oregon police officials in tracking down the asshole who ran the bogus ad, causing a Jacksonville, Oregon, to lose most of his property.

"Misuse of Craigslist for illegal purposes is absolutely unacceptable to us, and we look forward to assisting law enforcement in their efforts to bring the perpetrator to justice," Buckmaster wrote in an e-mail to the Mail Tribune.

"Craigslist is an extremely unwise choice for committing crimes, since criminals inevitably leave an electronic trail to themselves that law enforcement officers can follow."

The Salisburys lost ladders, tools and other possessions worth thousands of dollars after two Craigslist ads claimed the owner of a home in the 7900 block of Sterling Creek Road outside Jacksonville was forced to leave the area suddenly and that his belongings, including a horse, were free for the taking, said Jackson County sheriff's officials.

Robert Salisbury, an independent contractor, learned of the hoax when a woman who was interested in claiming his horse phoned him to verify whether the ads were legitimate. He arrived at his property to find dozens of people rifling through his house and barn and driving off with his possessions.

"They literally trashed the barn," he said. "It looks like a tornado went through."

Though he tried to stop people from taking his things, several people waved a printout of the Craigslist ad at him and said they had a right, he said.


How in the hell do people think they have the right to pilfer somebody's property? First of all, who in the hell advertises something on the internet that things belonging to somebody else are free for the taking?

What kind of idiot believes this stuff?
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Monday, March 24, 2008

Obituaries.

AP has a list of some recent ones, with the death of longtime Beatle friend Neil Aspinall and murderer John List being the most prominent.

I already wrote about Arbella Perkins Ewings, 114.

List died of pneumonia. He managed to escape authorities for 17 years before being caught.

The whole grisly story can be read here.
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It's Time

for the media to trash Hillary Clinton for misspeaking about her Bosnia trip and supposedly being under sniper fire which didn't happen:





Keith Olbermann continues to shill for Obama, and he jumps into it supporting his shitbag candidate while attacking Clinton for every single thing:




Has Olbermann criticized Obama's "typical white person" comments about his grandmother, by the way?

And how about that embarrassing Easter message yesterday from Obama's church?


More Miscellaneous.

It's often a struggle when you are the world's tallest person.

Leonid Stadnik is 8 feet, 5 inches tall and is still growing.

The tallest person in medical history is still Robert Pershing Wadlow (1918-1940) of Alton, Illinois, at 8 feet, 11.1 inches.
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As the World Turns.

Another political career has now been shot to shit:

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and former chief of staff Christine Beatty were charged today with multiple counts of perjury, obstruction of justice, misconduct in office and conspiracy because of their conduct in last year’s police whistle-blower trial, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced.
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Kilpatrick is charged with eight felonies and Beatty with seven. They are: perjury, conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office.


Kilpatrick believes he will be exonerated:


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The Booming Economy.

For $150,000 a month, you can rent a home in Malibu.
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Miscellaneous.

I am sure Associated Press got hold of this local story of a baby being born on a lawn yesterday morning, which of course was Easter:

Reno natives Nick and Julia Smith had planned to take their 20-month old son, Adian, on an Easter egg hunt Sunday morning, but instead, Julia went into labor with their second child.

As they were leaving for the hospital and walking across the grass of the Silver Lake Apartments, Julia informed Nick it was too late and the baby was crowning.

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One-time SLA member Sara Jane Olson is going to challenge her return to prison for an additional year.

It appears she was released the other day because of a clerical error.
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An internet hoax cost a Jacksonville, Oregon, man much of what he had.

A few items have been returned. I hope those who took his property and didn't return it are charged with theft.
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Senators Brownback and Kennedy hope to curb eugenic abortions with a bill they have sponsored that would provide legal assurance to prospective parents of information that is complete and informed about disabilities such as Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, and other disabilities so that they don't feel they are pressured into getting abortions.

I don't have any objection to this. It is rather disturbing when prospective parents do opt for abortion because they are afraid of having kids with disabilities.

Down syndrome and even cystic fibrosis are not the death sentences they once were. Down syndrome children can live well into middle age, as opposed to just a couple of decades ago, when average life expectancy was only 25. It is not unheard of for CF children to live well into their twenties and thirties (average is 36.8 years in the U.S.) when in times past they rarely made it past their teens (fifty years ago, the average life expectancy for CF infants was only 6 months).
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Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches has been retired from racing. She will be bred to Giant's Causeway.
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It is possible Mia Beth Freeland, 18, got her just desserts, or else she was fleeing from an abusive situation.

It could go either way.
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There are ways for people to stay out of the grave while working graveyard shift.

I never could handle even swing shift when I did it years ago. It was just too much to handle, and I had trouble staying alert.
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Sunday, March 23, 2008

It Has Been

another boring day, but it was a nice day. Tragically, Easter is no longer a sacred holiday; there are a number of merchants besides the casinos, restaurants, and convenience stores, that are open.

When I was a kid, stores were closed on ALL holidays plus Sundays. Not true anymore. Only Thanksgiving and Christmas are exempt (except for convenience stores and restaurants).

Well, I discovered a celebrated banned documentary from the 1960s, Frederick Wiseman's Titicut Follies, is now available for private purchase directly from his film company for $34.95 plus shipping. Previously, only educational establishments were allowed to purchase it and for the kingly sum of something like $400. Wiseman had to fight the courts for years and years to get it even shown anywhere after its initial release in 1967. It was shown on PBS once, in 1992. A brief explanation about the film is here. It was just released to home video last December. However, according to Zipporah Films, it is available on DVD-R and not pressed copies as you'd get in the store. (You also have to sign an agreement that is legally binding in order to get the DVD.) That is not a good thing for durability. I have a suspicion, though, that once I see this film, which I am going to get, I will probably never watch it again, since the content is disturbing, to say the least.

A recent interview with Wiseman is here.

It'll be like a handful of movies I have encountered over the years that were good or even great, but they were so disturbing to see the first time I could never bring myself to watch them again.

We Know,

or should know, Barack Obama is no liberal and more of a moderate or even a conservative Democrat in many respects, but the mystery is why so many on the left of the Democratic Party support him.

Obama's fatal flaw is that he believes he can work across the aisle with a Republican Party that has long since been hijacked by right-wing ideologues. It still largely is, and they aren't the type that will compromise.

It's a totally screwed up situation, but Obama's attitude is naive in the extreme.

I Might as Well

post a couple of YouTubes of gospel great Mahalia Jackson, perhaps the best singer in popular music history, bar none:



That one was live in Chicago in 1963. The video is rather poor, but Jackson is in terrific form here.

Newport Jazz Festival, 1958. Must have been at night:





Here with Nat King Cole:


At This Rate,

it would appear the superdelegates will have to deal with the nomination issue.

It's going to be a mess, no question of it:

More Campaign Nonsense.

Why is it Barack started calling himself Barry and then decided to go back to Barack.

I bet without reading the article I can take a guess. It has to do with identity.

Obama is still struggling with it.

John Dean

hasn't drank/drunk the Kool-aid yet, but he's getting there.

It isn't Obama's intellect that's the problem; it's his lack of sense about anything political that's the problem.

I Found This

terrific video on YouTube featuring blues greats Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, T-Bone Walker, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGhee.

What a lineup!




It's from a DVD collection called The American Folk Blues Festival, which consists of several volumes of performances in the 1960s. Everybody who was anybody in the area of blues and was still alive at the time is on these collections. The Hendrix estate produced these videos.

I am getting these as well as the Pete Seeger Rainbow Quest DVDs.

Miscellaneous.

The oldest person in Texas, Arbella Perkins Ewing, 114, has died, nine days after she celebrated her birthday.

She was the second-oldest American and the third oldest in the entire world:

Although Mrs. Ewings lived alone for many years in their home on Bradshaw Street, eight generations of her family kept a watchful eye on her.

"We try to go by and keep her spirits up and encourage her and thank her for the life and legacy for the lifestyle she lived before us all," her great-great-great-grandnephew, Terrance Perkins, said at the time of her 112th birthday two years ago.

"She's a diamond to this family," he said. "She's a precious jewel that we have to cherish and try to keep polished."

Mrs. Ewings took pride in being able to care for herself and her home well after she turned 100.

"She was absolutely meticulous about everything: her home, her clothes, her yard," said Ken Smith, a longtime South Dallas neighbor. "Dirt just could not light anywhere near her. It wasn't allowed."

She was known for the gardenias she kept in her front yard, the juicy hamburgers she served up from the grill and her sense of humor. As members of the family passed away, she would simply shrug and say, "It was time," Mrs. Williams said.


She has a sister who is 103.
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On the other end of the spectrum, an infant born with a fatal genetic defect and died after a few days is remembered on this blog and in an report from the Virginian- Pilot.
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Campaign Notes.

Adopting the technique perfected by Oral Roberts and Rod Parsley, Obama told people in Medford, Oregon, yesterday if they put their faith in him, they will be blessed with abundant riches, and he said he had faith in them that they would vote for him.

He put extra focus on west Medford.

Obama also gave a brief interview.

On this Easter, talk in some of the pews in this country is more about the Audacity of Hype than about Jesus Christ.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Here is Another

blues guitarist who I have enjoyed for many, many years, Mississippi Fred McDowell, one of the masters of the bottleneck (slide) guitar:

Barack Obama is the Gift

that keeps on giving to the GOP. This article looks at yet another mentor to Obama:

Long before Barack Obama launched his campaign for the White House, when he was considering a run for the US Senate in 2003, he paid an intriguing visit to a former Chicago sewers inspector who had risen to become one of the most influential African-American politicians in Illinois.


A sewers inspector? How appropriate.

More:

Obama has often described Jones as a key political mentor whose patronage was crucial to his early success in a state long dominated by near-feudal party political machines. Jones, 71, describes himself as Obama’s “godfather” and once said: “He feels like a son to me.”


And:

For almost a year Jones has used his position as leader of the state senate to block anticorruption legislation passed unanimously by the state’s lower house. He has also become embroiled in ethical controversies concerning his wife’s job and his stepson’s business.

None of them is linked to Obama, but the Democratic contender can ill afford another scandal related to his former Chicago allies. Despite his electrifying speech on race last week, the opinion polls make worrying reading for the senator and his aides. Hillary Clinton appears to be regaining lost ground and John McCain, the Arizona senator who has sewn up the Republican nomination, has edged ahead of his warring rivals.


Barack Obama really knows how to pick 'em. The problem has less to do with whether or not Obama is corrupt himself but the fact he is tainted by having such poor judgment of who his friends, pastors, and mentors are.

On a somewhat related note, the passport files flap certainly turned out to be a bust.

Dogs of the Day.

video

And Now

for one of my all-time favorite musicians, the great Mississippi John Hurt. This was from Pete Seeger's television program in the mid-1960s. This couldn't have been too long before Hurt died in 1966.

Note his fingering technique, which had the effect of two guitars playing instead of just one. You hardly ever see this, and one has to have the dexterity to play like that:





More information about him can be found here.

Later on I am going to post this on the video bar.

Obama

took a stroll down Edwards Street in Medford, Oregon, before holding his town hall meeting this morning.

Instead of ignoring people who couldn't come inside to see him, he came out to greet people.

More Miscellaneous.

Reporter Toni Locy is afraid of what might happen to her profession. She has a court case regarding identifying sources.
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According to the San Francisco Chronicle, bicyclists were more at fault in accidents where they were either killed or seriously injured than were motorists.
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Before she struck gold writing children's pulp novels about wizards, JK Rowling had contemplated suicide.
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Campaign Notes II.

Smearing Bill Clinton as some kind of Joseph McCarthy does not do Obama any good, and retired General Tony McPeak should knock it off.

All this nonsense is doing is alienating even more Democrats from supporting Obama if he got the nomination.

McPeak had been a Republican or independent who supported John Kerry in 2004. I saw him in the fall when he appeared with Madeleine Albright in Reno.
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And it is bad shit for Obama no matter what. Defections from the party will happen en masse if he were to be the standardbearer in the fall.

Pennsylvania would be gone, and God knows how many other states that went blue last time will go red.
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Realizing he is going to be destroyed by Clinton in Pennsylvania, Obama is wanting to abuse the election process by encouraging Republicans and independents to ratfuck it for him.

Gee, Barack, which party do you belong to?

Speaking of Pennsylvania, there is a racial divide going on there.
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Campaign Notes.

Bill and Hillary Clinton could be showing up in southern Oregon in the next few weeks in anticipation of the Oregon primary.

Years ago, when the primary season was more stretched out, Oregon in general and southern Oregon in particular were major stops for presidential candidates.

It hasn't been the case since 1976, so this is good news.

Meanwhile, the city prepares for Barack Obama's visit to Medford this morning. He will have a town hall meeting in about an hour.

Miscellaneous.

I hope the local antique shops and malls aren't forced out of business.

Looking inside the different antique stores is something I enjoy a lot. I often buy things from them. EBay isn't the answer to everything.

Sometimes it's best to be able to see things in person before buying them.
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With this sinking economy, more Ohio families, as are families throughout the country, are struggling to make ends meet.
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Another sign of the times is the closing of the Albuquerque Tribune.
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Friday, March 21, 2008

Miscellaneous.

Not Dead Yet doesn't think much of Peter Singer's latest nonsense about professional judgment being more important than individual rights.

It's par for the course for this no-good.


From the "it takes all kinds" department is the auction of this Illinois-shaped corn flake which sold for $1,350 on eBay.

Monty Kerr of Texas bought it for his traveling museum.

For a comparison, here is a map of the state:


More and More Campaign Notes.

Like Silky Sullivan and Whirlaway, Obama tries to come back from far behind in PA and win the big race.

No matter, though. He will end up far up the track and up the crick without a paddle.
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Clarence Page though Obama's CYA speech of Tuesday was okay, but his wrongheaded support of Wright is still going to be a problem for him.
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Just In Case

there is a brokered convention, which seems more likely by the day, John Edwards is extremely unlikely to endorse either of the remaining candidates.

I wish Clinton could get it just so Obama wouldn't, but it appears neither is going to get it. The challenge for the Democratic Party is to try and please all sides, which would be to find another nominee and start all over.

I Probably

should note Obamamann's (as some people are now calling him) interview with Governor Bill Richardson, who today made a sillier mistake than his growing a mustache and beard:

Boy is This Guy

dead right--pun intended--when he compares the Democratic Party, version 2008, to the Donner Party of 1846.

I couldn't have said it better.

The Question I Have

for Keith Olbermann is when will he nominate himself for "Worst Person in the World"?

You know, his antics of last night and his trashing of Geraldine Ferraro?






He's become as worthless as tits on a boar.

John Edwards

made an appearance on the Jay Leno program last night. He refused to endorse anybody:


More Campaign Stuff.

An Ashland, Oregon, woman has an interesting connection with the Audacity of Hype:

Ashland resident Laurie Montero was just 5 years old in 1960 when her father helped in a controversial effort to bring about 250 students from Kenya to prominent universities in the United States.

One of the students in the African airlift effort, which began a year earlier, was presidential candidate Barack Obama's father, something she just discovered last week.

We have a link through our fathers," said the 53-year-old Obama supporter. "When I first found out, I started to cry."

The more she thought about the work her father did — he was a social activist working for civil rights on the East Coast — the stranger it seemed.

Almost 50 years later, the effort of her father's dream now seemed fulfilled in the candidacy of Obama.


Tickets are gone for tomorrow's town hall meeting in Medford.

More information is here.
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If Hillary Clinton has only a 10 percent chance of beating Obama, then Obama has a zero chance of being president.
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Campaign Notes.

Condi says she's sorry for snooping into Barack's passport file.

So much for Keith Olbermann trying to trash the Clintons over this.
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Bill Richardson SHOULD apologize for being such a fool.
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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Old Shill-O

is wringing his hands over the passport nonstory.

When do we get a "special comment" about Obama's pastor and Obama's calling his grandmother a "typical white person"?

I ain't holding my breath:




Olbermann spends 18 minutes on this shit. Little if anything on the real problems of Obama.

I suppose the Clintons had something to do with this.

Try as the Media Might,



Clinton did not have a 20-year relationship with Reverend Wright.

This is the same silliness as those photos showing the Clintons with Rezko.

Not gonna work, I'm afraid.

Blame the Republicans

for the mess in Florida, but if this mess results in a brokered convention, that would be a great outcome:


You've got to hand it to the Republicans in the Florida state legislature and governor's mansion. They have an evil cleverness that you've got to admire, however grudgingly. As soon as the national Democratic Party set a "no sooner than" date for primaries/caucuses other than Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, Florida's Republican-controlled legislature tacked onto a bill a date, January 29, for the Florida primary in violation of that rule. The bill, which had as its primary purpose the establishment of a ballot paper trail (a truly salutary purpose), passed with Democratic support, given that Democratic opposition was pointless in any event (Republicans hold overwhelming majorities in both houses of Florida's legislature), and defeat of the ballot paper trail bill might have doomed that badly needed reform for the foreseeable future.

At the same time, and on the same ballot, the Republicans decreed that a vote would be taken on a property tax "reform" constitutional amendment that the Democratic Party opposed. As with most Republican tax proposals, it provided a great windfall to the richest and least deserving parts of the population, owners of second homes, while giving regular homeowners virtually nothing (in most cases their property tax bills rose even despite falling ad valorem values of their homes), and by making their homestead caps "portable" and applicable to any home they might subsequently buy, it created a caste system providing current Florida property owners with a major advantage over all others when competing to purchase property -- a MUCH lower payment, all other things being equal. So, with the only hope of defeating this heinous "reform" (a false hope, as it turned out. It passed) being to hold the Democratic primary on the same day so as to attract Democrats to the polls, the Florida primary was held on January 29, in violation of party rules, in hopes that some accommodation could be reached.

Then came that ridiculous "pledge" letter that prevented candidates from campaigning here (contributing to the passage of that horrible amendment), the no-campaigning primary that was "won" by Hillary, and the subsequent squabbles over some way to salvage something from this fiasco, squabbles that continue with fruitless, nay, damaging effects on our prospects in November.

Various proposals have including seating the delegation as elected, seating the delegation as elected but giving the delegates only one-half of a vote, and holding a new primary, with the most heavily publicized proposal having that primary held by mail.

Seating the delegates as elected, of course, blatantly flouts the REASONABLE (aside from the four earlier states) rule about the allowable primary date. Because this rule was known beforehand and agreed to by all the candidates, this is patently unfair.

Giving the elected delegates half a vote is a weird compromise, although seemingly the called-for remedy. I dislike the idea that being robbed of half my vote is somehow more OK than being robbed of it completely, but that's perhaps because I voted in Florida in 2000 and am a little sensitive to the negation even of part of my vote. This now seems the likeliest resolution, and I hate it except that it might contribute to a brokered convention, which is in my opinion the best outcome we could have at this point.

I favored a new primary, but here again the Republicans have all the cleverness of the snake with the apple. They graciously agreed that we could hold such a contest, but refused to allow any state funds to be used for the purpose, even as far as verifying voters' signatures on mail-in ballots. While the state paid for the Republican primary, they refused to pay for anything but the invalid Democratic primary that has already been held, with the responsibility falling on the state or national party, reducing the war chests Democrats would have for the general election.

This is just so wrong. There was no campaigning in the first primary, no well-organized GOTV efforts, no campaign advertising or literature -- it simply did not provide a legitimate result. We knew it was invalid but we thought the national party wouldn't have the guts to enforce its rules. In other words, we thought we'd get away with it. We didn't.

In my opinion, we need to hold a new primary for several reasons, but the state, which forced us into this mess, ought to pay for it. That ain't happening, so it's a much closer call, but I still think a new primary would be best. We need our candidates to campaign here -- it is very important to engender enthusiasm for the battle with the Republicans to come. It is largely during the primary phase that issues are discussed in any detail. The Republicans are having a field day with the field all to themselves.

It's a close call because we need to weigh the beneficial effect that spending that money on traditional advertising during the general would bring versus the beneficial effect a primary campaign would have in winning hearts and minds here in the crucial state of Florida. I think that the balance very slightly favors the primary because, during the national campaign, we will be exposed to so much advertising anyway that the saturation point will be long passed, but during June we might actually win some supporters and energize a lot of others for November.

But it seems it isn't going to happen. This has been a bad mess from the git-go, and the Republicans did it to us with malice aforethought. One of my biggest complaints about Obama is that he seems to want to strike some sort of "unity" with these people. I don't. Indeed, if we get the upper hand, I want to beat them down with it and show the same degree of mercy they have shown us over the past eight years.

Remember, it was the Republicans who did this to us. It wasn't the Democrats in the legislature, it wasn't the Florida Democratic Party, it wasn't the National Democratic Party, it wasn't Howard Dean, and it wasn't any of our candidates. It was the Republicans, and we need to remember it until we find ourselves in position to punish them for it. And then we must punish them harshly.

More Barack.

From Drudge:

DIRTY TRICKS FEAR AFTER STATE DEPT. FIRES TWO FOR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO BARACK OBAMA'S PERSONAL PASSPORT FILE... MORE... WASHINGTON TIMES SET TO SPLASH THE DEVELOPMENT, NEWSROOM SOURCES TELL DRUDGE REPORT... MORE...


Time for a sympathy vote for Barack.

Utilitarian Extraordinaire

Peter Singer is at it again, this time he wants to knock off old people:


The interests of patients should come first, but when it is dubious that continued treatment is in a patient’s interest and there is no way to find out what the patients wants, or would have wanted, it is reasonable to consider other factors, including the views of the family and the cost to the community. Medicare costs for beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s disease were $91 billion in 2005, and are expected to increase to $160 billion by 2010. (For comparison, in 2005 the United States spent $27 billion on foreign aid.)


It's all about money or the convenience of others according to this shitbag.

You're Not Kidding

Obama blew it.

He was so gullible or naive or even arrogant to think he could pull what he's pulled and get away with it.

I Added

a favorite women blogger voting site to the sidebar. Nominations continue through tomorrow, and then they will narrow down the list.

I nominated myself. What the heck.

Obama

has got a political death wish:





His maternal grandmother, who helped RAISE him for cryin' out loud, is just a typical "white person."

The statement is 2:40 into the interview.

Blogger Taylor Marsh has commentary, basically saying it's time to stick a fork in Obama.

Actually, the fork was already stuck in him a long time ago.