Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
A point of note, however Obama will be in Sarasota tomorrow and I am hopeful I will be there too.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. “Can I interest you in the chicken?” she asks. “Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?”
To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked. - David Sedaris in the New Yorker -
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The American people today are angry and confused. They feel they have lost their grip on the reins of power in our democratic society. While crooked Wall Street executives walk away from failing companies with millions in golden parachutes, middle-class Americans are seeing their life's savings disappear and their dreams for their kids evaporate.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
see more photos by my cousin and the "official" story at the department of defense website. sift through the propaganda if you will.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Exit polls were used shortly after the 2004 election to prove the Republic of Ukraine President fixed the election. From pressure from the United States the sitting President was forced to resign. But, not in America. We sit by like sheep and believe what our leaders tell us. Why would someone who started a war based on lies then steal an election?
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
This is not new. This has been the way of the right in America - always. If you are liberal, you are a socialist, a communist, and now a terrorist. Love America, and as Michelle Bachmann said most people in this country are "wild about America." So that is it - any criticism for the states and we should leave or at the very least be investigated. If this election goes sour I am not sure this is the place for me. I am obviously considered anti-american because I am far to the left of Barack Obama.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Then, I see this report in eastern Ohio, not that far from where I write really. These are people that live in the same country I inhabit. We look like one another, but we live in different worlds and the "misconceptions" of Obama must scare him. It scares the hell out of me.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
This is so ludicrous on its face; do they actually believe this? We have people at McCain/Palin rallies screaming "kill him" "Obama bin Lyin" signs, Obama monkey dolls, surrogates in full police uniform calling him Barack Hussein Obama, Palin saying he pals around with terrorists and other supporters saying he is an Arab, an Arab terrorist. If this is not inciting violence, it is pretty close. I suppose it only incites until the violence happens, but the vitriol at these rallies are unnerving. Can these idiots not see this? Do they not see McCain's terrorist ads are responsible for this.
As to John Lewis, Keith mentions him in his brief special comment. Congressman Lewis not only remembers the 60's and the violence that occurs he was privy and up close and personal with it. He had his skull cracked open on the Petuluma bridge in the Selma march. He was beaten viciously by white supremacist cops during sit-ins of the freedom marchers. He was the President of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), an organization that helped change the world. This is a person who knows about violence and hate and can smell it when it starts to become rotten.
"We've got to have guidelines, and strict guidelines, that are enforced by the government. That's the government's job. Now, their idea of making law is 'We're allowed to tap your phone, we're allowed to enter your house without a search and seizure.' That's wrong."
He blames the strong nationalism that clenched the country after Sept. 11.
"When people are for the country right or wrong, America right or wrong, it's a lot like Germany. Nationalism is a bad thing. And when you have a mob mentality over a country, over a swastika, over the Führer, over the Iraq war, the outcome is not going to be good."
He said he played a show in Boston two days after Sept. 11 that "frightened" him.
"I write a lot of songs that could be interpreted as big patriotic songs, but in reality they're questioning the direction the country is going," he said. "After every song in Boston, 20,000 people were going, 'USA, USA.' I thought, man. I almost asked them to stop, stop doing that. I don't like it. I don't like hearing that chant."
He decided not to and kept on singing.
"I know why they were doing it," he said. "There's a part, a small part of me that understands that we all need to rally together after a tremendous disaster. As a matter of fact, it seems to me that that's the only time this country rallies together." I have had the same experience in Boston as I am sure many people have everywhere.
He has a new album coming out soon. "Life, Death, Love and Freedom." Remember this song:
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
"As one who was a victim of violence and hate during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign. What I am seeing today reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse.
"During another period, in the not too distant past, there was a governor of the state of Alabama named George Wallace who also became a presidential candidate. George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who only desired to exercise their constitutional rights. Because of this atmosphere of hate, four little girls were killed one Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama.
"As public figures with the power to influence and persuade, Sen. McCain and Governor Palin are playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all. They are playing a very dangerous game that disregards the value of the political process and cheapens our entire democracy. We can do better. The American people deserve better."
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Independent film and the U.S. These days, what with corporate a part of every phrase that comes out of anyone's mouth, it is refreshing to hear about a movie that is truly off that beaten-path. Ballast, set in the Mississippi delta, is just that. With a cast of non-actors, and some amazing camera work, this film reminds me of what movies can be if they have half a chance to be different. I just read about this, and hope to see it either on the Internet or down here in Brazil. Check it out in NYC if you can.
Friday, October 10, 2008
In Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health the Majority in a narrow 4-3 decision said: "Interpreting our state constitutional provisions in accordance with firmly established equal protection principles leads inevitably to the conclusion that gay persons are entitled to marry the otherwise qualified same sex partner of their choice... To decide otherwise would require us to apply one set of constitutional principles to gay persons and another to all others."
The opposition is not finished, however; in less than a month in the November election voters in Connecticut will be asked if a Constitutional Convention should be convened. This was also done in Massachusetts if I remember correctly and when cooler heads prevailed it failed miserably. I think it is over for the "man and a woman" arguments in Connecticut.
It is looking like Fall, 2008 is a time for enormous change. Let the frenzy begin.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Obama was cool and explanatory like a professor. Ordinarily that might bore Americans and it may have, but last night it came off as someone who can lead the nation in the midst of all these crises and that is precisely what he needs to do.
This was my favorite moment of the debate. McCain the hot head. I like it when Obama gets a little heated because he is usually calm, cool and collected.
Monday, October 6, 2008
This is the new strategy of the McCain Campaign. The polls are not favoring the McPalin ticket and they need something drastic to happen. So, go after Obama, make him look like a terrorist sympathizer with racial overtones galore. Though, the Obama campaign is mounting a counter offensive on McCain's Keating 5 scandal that rocked the nation almost 20 years ago. It is entirely relevant today.
Here is an excerpt of the lies being told about Obama and the truth about the lie.
LIE: "My view is that the community organizer was really a sham event. Bill Ayers was testing him."(Andy Martin, Hannity's America, October 5, 2008, "Obama and His Friends: History of Radicalism")
TRUTH: Bill Ayers had nothing to do with Obama's community organizing job. It's pure lunacy to imagine that Ayers was "testing" Obama.
LIE: Obama's "community organizing is a grand scheme perpetuated by none other than William Ayers."(Sean Hannity, Hannity's America, October 5, 2008, "Obama and His Friends: History of Radicalism")
TRUTH: Obama's community organizing was not a vast conspiracy for revolution devised by Bill Ayers. This one is pure lunacy.
LIE: "They live half a mile from William Ayers, the unrepentant terrorist" and "Just a half a mile from those homes is Louis Farrakhan."(Hannity's America, October 5, 2008, "Obama and His Friends: History of Radicalism")
TRUTH: It's true, of course, that Obama lives in this same neighborhood, as do tens of thousands of other people who presumably are also guilty by geographical association. The logic of this argument would be, if you live half a mile from a sex offender, then you agree with child molesters.
LIE: Obama and Ayers "appeared together at various public engagements...it would seem that they are more than just a little bit friendly."(Sean Hannity, Hannity's America, October 5, 2008, "Obama and His Friends: History of Radicalism")
TRUTH: Appearing on a speaking panel is not a sign of friendship. There is no evidence that Obama had any role in ever inviting Ayers to speak.
LIE: In 1995, Ayers and Dohrn "hosted a political coming out party for a young Barack Obama."(Sean Hannity, Hannity's America, October 5, 2008, "Obama and His Friends: History of Radicalism")
TRUTH: This was an event for Alice Palmer, not a "coming-out party" for Obama. Obama was invited by Palmer to the event.
See the rest of the list here.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle is named in the suit because he is one of 50 governors who issued proclamations calling for the prayer day. The foundation is based in Madison.
"Exhortations to pray in official Presidential proclamations do not constitute ceremonial deism solemnizing some other occasion," the Foundation asserts, but "constitute an end in itself intended to promote and endorse religion."
Friday, October 3, 2008
as we watch arrested development reruns, i can't help but re-obsess over michael cera.
with his new movie nick and nora's infinite playlist, cera aka george michael bluth ("i can see marinating a chicken in that ...") can do no wrong in my book. the new york times profiled him last weekend.
see him here in a clip of a fictional firing from knocked up.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
fall is here! time for the annual jersey city artists tour ... my personal favorite stop will be found object art at van vorst park to see the interaction of art and nature in deborah pohl's traffic cone #3: for the birds, see photo above.
note that for both days of the studio tour, the jersey city museum (gallery hours 12pm-5pm saturday and 12pm-8pm sunday) will offer free admission to all visitors.
fall is also the time to break out last year's gear (like i always do) or buy something new ... at rubee's closet ... run there this weekend for 15% off all sweaters and jackets!
This bill does not deal with the absurdity of having the fox guarding the hen house. Maybe I'm the only person in America who thinks so, but I have a hard time understanding why we are giving $700 billion to the Secretary of the Treasury, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs, who along with other financial institutions, actually got us into this problem. Now, maybe I'm the only person in America who thinks that's a little bit weird, but that is what I think.
This bill does not address the major economic crisis we face: growing unemployment, low wages, the need to create decent-paying jobs, rebuilding our infrastructure and moving us to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. - Senator Bernie Sanders (I) Vt.
Bernie Sanders, a true voice of the people.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Here is part of the PCP plan. Go here to see for yourself:
1) First and foremost Wall street is responsible. A proposal of a 0.25% on all stock trades and more exotic trades which would raise (not put the tax payer in debt) 150 billion dollars and takes the money from the speculators and traders on Wall Street.
2) The American people must be provided equity in the companies that it bails out.
3) Bankruptcy reform that was slammed through in 2005 that has put many Americans in serious jeopardy.
4) Safeguard consumer rights, provide tough independent oversight, and establish a transparent regulatory system that is updated for the 21st century.