Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Rush Limbaugh is a fucking idiot (and he’s not the only one)

Rush Limbaugh’s insistence that Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama was “totally about race” has to be one of the most overtly racist arguments I’ve heard in a long time. Pat Buchanan gets thrown in the racist category, too, along with all the other conservative gasbags making that claim.

Yeah, General Powell probably makes all his decisions based on race. I’m sure it’s what made him spend decades working in the Republican Party in the first place.

And hey assholes, what about the scads of white Republicans who have endorsed Obama? Perhaps they’re all secretly black? Daily Kos has a nice photographic essay on this point.

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What I loved most about Colin Powell’s endorsement was what he said about the “Obama is a Muslim” rumors:
I’m also troubled by, not what Sen. McCain says, but what members of the party say, and it is permitted to be said. Such things as: “Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.” Well, the correct answer is he is not a Muslim. He’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian.

But the really right answer is: What if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is: No, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim-American kid believing he or she can be President?
I hear this point surprisingly rarely. Kudos to Powell for making it so well.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Go read this.

Two weeks ago, an 82-year-old Texas woman named Helen wrote a post on her personal blog titled “Sarah Palin is a bitch ... there I said it.” Here's a taste:

“Look. I am going to say what everyone at CNN, CBS, ABC and NBC is thinking but is afraid to say. Governor Palin is a stupid, conniving bitch. And it’s not because she is a strong woman -- I like strong women… worship them… It’s actually the opposite. She is a weak, pathetic woman who thinks big hair, winking, baby talk and self deprecation is somehow becoming of a woman who wants to lead the free world. My god, where is Margaret Thatcher when you need her!”

She’s become a minor celebrity since -- her blog now has more than 320,000 hits. She has continued to post about the election, repeatedly calling “bullshit” on John McCain, referring to Sarah Palin as “Governor Good Hair from the North,” and emphasizing the absolute importance of this election. She’s a goddamn hoot.

Go check her out: margaretandhelen.wordpress.com

Thursday, October 16, 2008

God bless the toilet

A short break from all the politics to think about one of life's other burning matters.

Let's talk crap
Our frank interview about human waste may horrify you about how the world cleans itself down there.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Scary stuff

Fantastic op-ed piece by Frank Rich: The Terrorist Barack Hussein Obama

And this, from a Palin rally in Pennsylvania:

Monday, October 13, 2008

Pay no attention to reality

“Well, I’m very, very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoingany hint of any kind of unethical activity there. Very pleased to be cleared of any of that…. He did what any – I think — any rational person would do. So, again, nothing to apologize there with Todd’s actions and again very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing.”

— Sarah Palin

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Campaign 2008

I know I’ve been posting a lot about presidential politics lately, which I understand can get old. It’s unusual for me, too, to be thinking and watching and reading so much about politics, which I’ve always found to be depressing in its divisive sliminess.

This year, though, I’m feeling different. I’m fascinated by it all. I’m engaged. Even four years ago, when I felt very strongly about the presidential election, it didn’t engage me like this one has. Maybe I just hadn’t yet been sufficiently horrified by the Bush administration. Or maybe it’s because of the slate of candidates this year.

I didn’t really pick a favorite in the primaries. I thought Obama and Clinton were both fantastic candidates. It’s a shame, in fact, that they had to run against each other. Seeing candidates out front that you really believe in can make a huge difference.

Then there’s the opposition. I’m so sick of the sneering contempt of John McCain and the know-nothing arrogance of Sarah Palin. I used to have a little respect for McCain, back when he opposed his party on the Bush tax cuts and drilling and especially torture. Now he’s trying to have it both ways: toeing the party line and still claiming the “maverick” label.

But others have said it more eloquently than I can — that’s why I’ve been posting so many links. Please bear with me. My appetite for this stuff is insatiable, and I have to stop myself from linking to every thoughtful analysis and apt comparison I read. I’ll almost be sad when this election season is over.

The Mavericks beg to differ

Who You Callin' a Maverick?
The original mavericks, the Maverick family of Texas, apparently don't take too kindly to John McCain.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

More recommended reading

The Palins' un-American activities
Imagine if the Obamas had hooked up with a violently anti-American group in league with the government of Iran.

Bear facts about John McCain
Despite his lip service to science, the GOP candidate continues to ridicule a major study of America's grizzly bears.

Sarah Palin's museum of trite right-wing tactics: 1980-2008
The face that the McCain/Palin campaign is showing now has one significant benefit: it's a vivid reminder of who has left the country in the state it's in, the way they've done that, and why it is so urgent that, in four weeks, they not just be defeated, but crushed and rendered powerless for a long time.

Ladies' Man
The backslapping, bloviating hero of women's rights.

Rolling Stone on John McCain

Indeed, many leading Republicans who once admired McCain see his recent contortions to appease the GOP base as the undoing of a maverick. "John McCain's ambition overrode his basic character," says Rita Hauser, who served on the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 2001 to 2004. But the truth of the matter is that ambition is John McCain's basic character. Seen in the sweep of his seven-decade personal history, his pandering to the right is consistent with the only constant in his life: doing what's best for himself. To put the matter squarely: John McCain is his own special interest.

"John has made a pact with the devil," says Lincoln Chafee, the former GOP senator, who has been appalled at his one-time colleague's readiness to sacrifice principle for power. Chafee and McCain were the only Republicans to vote against the Bush tax cuts. They locked arms in opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And they worked together in the "Gang of 14," which blocked some of Bush's worst judges from the federal bench.

"On all three — sadly, sadly, sadly — McCain has flip-flopped," Chafee says. And forget all the "Country First" sloganeering, he adds. "McCain is putting himself first. He's putting himself first in blinking neon lights."

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