Sens. Craig and Vitter team up to co-sponsor Marriage Protection Amendment.
Larry Craig and David Vitter — “two United States Senators implicated in extramarital sexual activity” — have named themselves as co-sponsors of S.J. Res. 43, the Marriage Protection Amendment. If passed, the bill would amend the Constitution to declare that marriage “shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman.”
Friday, June 27, 2008
"I didn't bring it into the courts. Mr Gore brought it into the courts." - Scalia, on Bush vs. Gore
Any judge who says that should be removed for incompetence. The name of the case is "Bush vs. Gore." Which means that BUSH brought it to the courts. The Plaintiff's name is always first.
Full case name: "George W. Bush and Richard Cheney, Petitioners v. Albert Gore, Jr., et al."
Scalia doesn't KNOW that?
Is anyone in the press going to call him on it?
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Efforts to rename sewage plant after Bush
A group activists wants to rename one of San Francisco's wastewater treatment facilities the "George W. Bush Sewage Plant."
Members of the Presidential Memorial Commission tell the San Francisco Chronicle that they've already collected 8,500 signatures on a petition to put the proposal before voters this November. If it passes, the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant would be renamed when the new president takes office in January.
"It's a very simple yes or no question, and there's no real fiscal impact- just the cost of relettering the sign in front of the plant," organizer Brian McConnell tells the Chronicle. "This is the way the democratic process is supposed to work, even though it's a silly idea in some people's eyes."
As The New York Times notes in its story about the initiative, this is "an honor that Bush is unlikely to embrace."
There's only one problem with naming a Sewage Treatment Plant after George W. Bush:
Sewage Treatment Plants are useful.
Monday, June 23, 2008
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a Chinese Muslim held by the U.S. military was improperly labeled an "enemy combatant" by the Pentagon.
The decision throws into serious doubt the underlying reasons for keeping Hazaifa Parhat in custody for more than six years.
Six years, and FINALLY this poor bastard is allowed to say, "You made a mistake - I'm not a terrorist."
He wasn't ALLOWED to do that before. Not in George Bush's America. In Bush's America, an accused man is not allowed to defend himself.
And, according to the court, he's NOT a terrorist. They fucked up. Like they have done again and again and again. They fucked up, and ruined an innocent man's life.
Who is going to give this man six years of his life back?
And why the HELL are we expected the trust the Bush Administration to make these decisions accurately when they have been WRONG about EVERYTHING ELSE?
"My friends, I will have an energy policy that will we be talking about which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East that will...that will then prevent us...that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East."
Friday, June 20, 2008
Obama made ABSOLUTELY the right decision - the one that would give him the most money to campaign with - and that's what has them all reaching for the smelling salts. The Democrat is actually playing to win, and that's not allowed.
As a fine example of the double standard, here's from back in February. You probably don't remember it; it wasn't big news.
Feb. 23, 2008
Sen. John McCain is facing criticism from the government's top campaign finance regulator over his handling of an application for public financing last fall.
Early in the primary season, the Arizona Republican's campaign was almost broke and struggling to raise the type of money his competitors were. He applied for federal matching funds from the Federal Election Commission in order to continue with his campaign.
Now that McCain is the Republican front-runner and raising more money than he would be allowed to use if he took the public funds, he intends to use private donations to continue financing his campaign.
On Thursday, FEC chairman David Mason sent McCain a letter arguing that the candidate might be required to use the public funding until he answers questions about the loan he used to kickstart his campaign.
In his letter, Mason said McCain needs to assure the commission that he did not use the promise of public money to help secure a $4 million line of credit he obtained in November.
In a statement to reporters on Friday, a McCain spokeswoman said that since the campaign never received any money from the federal government, it was free to opt out of the matching funds.
The senator himself, well-known for his campaign-finance reform efforts, expressed no concern about the letter.
The FEC determined that McCain was entitled to at least $5.8 million. However, McCain did not obtain the money, and he notified the FEC earlier this month that he would bypass the system, freeing him from its spending limits.
Opting out of the federal funds would be crucially important to McCain's success, allowing him to spend however much he wants.
But now John McCain is shocked - SHOCKED - that Obama is opting out of the system.
And the press - which buried the above story on page 33, if they mentioned it at all - is now VERY troubled by the same damned thing.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Barack Obama seems to get that:
The other side likes to use 9/11 as a political bludgeon. Well, let’s talk about 9/11.
The people who were responsible for murdering 3,000 Americans on 9/11 have not been brought to justice. They are Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda and their sponsors – the Taliban. They were in Afghanistan. And yet George Bush and John McCain decided in 2002 that we should take our eye off of Afghanistan so that we could invade and occupy a country that had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11. The case for war in Iraq was so thin that George Bush and John McCain had to hype the threat of Saddam Hussein, and make false promises that we’d be greeted as liberators. They misled the American people, and took us into a misguided war.
Here are the results of their policy. Osama bin Laden and his top leadership – the people who murdered 3000 Americans – have a safe-haven in northwest Pakistan, where they operate with such freedom of action that they can still put out hate-filled audiotapes to the outside world. That’s the result of the Bush-McCain approach to the war on terrorism.
The Obama campaign and the DNC struck back at Giuliani for criticizing Obama for pointing out the handling of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing trial as an example of how to deal with terrorists in American courts.
“Democrats are not going to be lectured to on security by the mayor who failed to learn the lessons of the 1993 attacks, refused to prepare his own city’s first responders for the next attack, urged President Bush to put his corrupt crony in charge of our homeland security, and was too busy lobbying for his foreign clients to join the Iraq Study Group,” DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney said. “Rudy Giuliani, can echo the McCain campaign’s false and misleading attacks, but he can’t change the fact that John McCain is promising four more years of President Bush’s flawed and failed policies on everything from energy security and the economy to the war in Iraq.”
But...but...he's America's mayor! He's Rudy 9/11! You aren't supposed to tell the truth about him! You aren't supposed to rip his phony act into little pieces. That's not allowed!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The TINIEST portion of the money we are PISSING AWAY in Iraq - the TINIEST portion of the money that is going to enrich Dick Cheney's bloated, fattened, gluttonous, greedy buddies - could have prevented this.
But nope - that wouldn't make Bush's friends richer, so they DON'T CARE.
Levees from around the world
They now want to charge bloggers for excerpting AP articles.
The pricing scale for excerpting AP content begins at $12.50 for 5-25 words and goes as high as $100 for 251 words and up. Nonprofit organizations and educational institutions enjoy a discounted rate.
"Hello. How do you do?"
There is, of course, no doubt that this will last fro an even shorter time than when the New York Times blocked access to Maureen Down and Paul Krugman, and for the same reason - the sudden realization that "Shit! Nobody is reading us." Everybody on the planet will just quote Reuters, and nobody will read AP articles anymore.
I guess I'll quote Reuters instead of AP, too. It IS tempting, though, to just quote AP anytime I damned well please, but marqueed top and bottom with "The Associated Press Sucks."
That would be juvenile, though, wouldn't it?
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
FLINT, Mich. - Former Vice President Al Gore, a highly respected figure in the U.S. Democratic party, was set on Monday to appear at a Detroit rally with presidential candidate Barack Obama, where he will pledge to do all he can to help Obama win the White House.
“Over the past 18 months, Barack Obama has united a movement. He knows change does not come from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or Capitol Hill. It begins when people stand up and take action,” Gore said in a letter to his supporters, asking them to help him raise money for Obama.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
"The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times." = Judge Kennedy
What bothers me is that this even needs to be SAID. How the hell did we get so screwed up as a nation that the idea above actually had to go to the SUPREME COURT? And MIGHT have been voted down - it was actually CLOSE.
This USED to be elementary school civics. I mean, they've been holding people for SIX YEARS. And not charging them with anything. You can't hold people indefinitely and refuse to say what for. Holy crap. What were other four thinking? That the Almighty Government can just anything they damned well please?
I like this, too:
"The White House had no immediate comment on the ruling. White House press secretary Dana Perino, traveling with President Bush in Rome, said the administration was reviewing the opinion."
He's "reviewing the opinion"? For what? Does he think that he has the final say over it?
He probably DOES think that.
Gee, maybe it was actually STOLEN, and they looked the other way. Ya think?
This is insanely frustrating. The criminality is right there, everybody knows it's right there, and the only people in a position to do something about it do nothing.
BBC uncovers lost Iraq billions
A BBC investigation estimates that around $23bn (£11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or just not properly accounted for in Iraq.
The BBC's Panorama programme has used US and Iraqi government sources to research how much some private contractors have profited from the conflict and rebuilding.
A US gagging order is preventing discussion of the allegations.
The order applies to 70 court cases against some of the top US companies.
While President George W Bush remains in the White House, it is unlikely the gagging orders will be lifted.
To date, no major US contractor faces trial for fraud or mismanagement in Iraq.
Henry Waxman, who chairs the House committee on oversight and government reform, said: "The money that's gone into waste, fraud and abuse under these contracts is just so outrageous, it's egregious.
"It may well turn out to be the largest war profiteering in history."
In the run-up to the invasion, one of the most senior officials in charge of procurement in the Pentagon objected to a contract potentially worth $7bn that was given to Halliburton, a Texan company which used to be run by Dick Cheney before he became vice-president.
Unusually only Halliburton got to bid - and won.
So there's Waxman, calling it "egregious." Ok - so whatcha gonna do about it? Act indignant?
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
With his historical legacy clearly in sight, after tens of thousands of American soldiers, Afghans and Iraqis and others - sometimes whole, innocent families - have been killed or maimed for life in different aspects of his aimless "war on terror," George W. Bush has told interviewers at the British daily, the Times, that he "regrets" the "bitter divisions" his war-making policies have caused and that he is "troubled about how his country [has] been misunderstood." He told the newspaper's reporters: "I think that, in retrospect, I could have used a different tone, a different rhetoric."
The paper notes that Bush "admitted to the Times that his gun-slinging rhetoric made the world believe that he was a 'guy really anxious for war' in Iraq. He said that his aim now was to leave his successor a legacy of international diplomacy for tackling Iran. Phrases such as 'bring them on' or 'dead or alive' he said, 'indicated to people that I was, you know, not a man of peace.'
You're NOT a man of peace, OBVIOUSLY, you clueless jerk. You ARE really anxious for war. You did everything POSSIBLE to make sure you got to start one, REMEMBER? Including bullshitting like there was no tomorrow about what your own intelligence people said, REMEMBER?
Minutes before the speech [announcing the start of the Iraq war], an internal television monitor showed the president pumping his fist. "Feels good," he said.
Man of peace not anxious for war, my ass.
And notice how he presents the quote: "dead or alive." That's it. Just "dead or alive."
No, Georgie, what you said was, "OSAMA BIN LADEN, dead or alive." Why didn't you mention the first part, Georgie? Hmmmmmmmmmmm?
Monday, June 09, 2008
Rep. Kucinich introduces Bush impeachment resolution
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a former Democratic presidential contender, said Monday he wants the House to consider a resolution to impeach President Bush.
I KNOW it won't go anywhere, but sometimes you the right thing to do is just speak the truth and get it out there.
Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, whose scathing memoir about his time in the Bush administration sent waves through Washington D.C., has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, a senior committee official told The Huffington Post.
If you listen closely, you can hear the dulcet sounds of shredding paper, sweat dripping, fingers pointing and knives entering backs.
They're temporarily removing the tomatoes.
That's right - the tomatoes.
Of all the things that they finally took health steps over.
No problem feeding you a cow that's taken about 6 pounds of drugs per day since birth.
No problem grounding up and breading some mystery meat and calling it "fish."
No problem with frying potatoes in a three-day-old pot of fat.
But they worry about the tomatoes.
Lawyer: U.S. Destroyed Gitmo Torture Notes
Charges Arise In Case Against Canadian Man Detained When He Was 15
(AP) The Pentagon urged interrogators at Guantanamo Bay to destroy handwritten notes in case they were called to testify about potentially harsh treatment of detainees, a military defense lawyer said Sunday.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
The question is: can this story FINALLY get legs so that American citizens are informed of what sort of filthy chicanery started this filthy war?
Here's Keith Olbermann and Richard Clarke, transcript courtesy of Liberal Oasis:
OLBERMANN: I use the word lie. The [Senate] report does not use the word lie. Are there lies?
CLARKE: There certainly are and this is a big report. What it says is statements by the president were not substantiated by intelligence. And then it stays statements by the president were contradicted by available intelligence. In other words, they made things up. And they made them up and gave them to Colin Powell and others who believed them.
I think Colin Powell did not know he was lying, but he was. He was given intelligence that people in the intelligence community at the time knew were not true. This is not a case of 20/20 hindsight. This is a case of what was available then.
The National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq and weapons of mass destruction was read by seven senators before they voted to go to war. And one was the chairman of the intelligence committee, Bob Graham, who read it and went to the floor of the Senate and said, I read it. I'm chairman of the Intelligence Committee. It's not persuasive. There's not a good case here for this war.
So people had the opportunity at the time, if they were reading the intelligence that was available to them. And to say that this is only something that we could have known years later, it's just not true.
OLBERMANN: We knew about Senator Graham's doubts. We already knew about the dissident intel agencies, the doubts about the aluminum tubes were instantaneous, the doubts about the clandestine meetings in Germany that never happened. What are we to make now, in the light of the political realities of today, of Senator McCain's undiminished enthusiasm for and defense of war, and specifically this remarkable claim that every intel assessment of the time was screaming WMD?
CLARKE: Senator McCain's statements are contradicted by the facts too, the facts in a Senate report, the facts that Republican senators voted for. He is a big proponent of the war but he is also now justifying the intelligence claims of the president, which now we have the evidence, we have the proof, four years too late, that those statements were flat-out wrong. And these weren't close calls. They made things up.
“Before taking the country to war, this Administration owed it to the American people to give them a 100 percent accurate picture of the threat we faced. Unfortunately, our Committee has concluded that the Administration made significant claims that were not supported by the intelligence. In making the case for war, the Administration repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when in reality it was unsubstantiated, contradicted, or even non-existent. As a result, the American people were led to believe that the threat from Iraq was much greater than actually existed.” - Jay Rockefeller, commenting on the Phase II report on Pre-War Intelligence
Here's the actual report.
When asked about this, Dana Perino said (ready?):
"PERINO: That dissent amongst experts within the intelligence community at some level did not reach the president."
Wow. The President of the United States was out of the loop.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
It appears the housing slump is deepening, as home foreclosures and late payments continue to set records.
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's first-quarter report, more than 1 million homes across the country were in foreclosure as of March 31.
Of course, according to the Republicans, this does NOT indicate that there is anything wrong with the economy. Everything is just GREAT. It HAS to be, because...well, because their ideology says it MUST be.
It's like a religion without a god. Or a religion where God is The Market. Mammon himself.
And that is the basic problem with Republican economics: their ideas don't work, and they can't change those ideas, because it is a religion.
Their Republican Religion says that the Market is A PANACEA.
Their Republican Religion says that Government solutions are ALWAYS BAD.
REALITY, of course, says that sometimes one is the best tool, sometimes the other.
But the Republican Party has now taken an ideological economic position that is AS EXTREME AS IT IS POSSIBLE TO BE.
And of COURSE that doesn't work. No more than Communism - which is the equal and opposite error - works.
And they can't change.
The Democrats on the other hand - for all their faults - at least recognize the idea of BALANCE in economics, and are therefore able to ADJUST WHAT THEY DO to deal with pragmatic reality.
Which is why Republicans policies turn everything FUBAR. The economy, foreign policy, everything.
This will mean that the news media will compare and contrast the two speeches.
This means that Obama may well have overshadowed McCain's speech before he's even given it.
And I doubt that that was an accident.
"Every gut instinct Bush had was wildly off the mark and hideously damaging to all concerned. It seems that if you trust your gut without ever feeding your gut any facts or news or contrary opinions, if you keep your gut on a steady diet of grandiosity, ignorance, sycophants, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, those snap decisions can be ruinous." - Maureen Dowd
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
If she isn't the pick for Veep (Obama may not offer it; if he does, she may not want it), wouldn't she make a GREAT Senate Majority Leader?
UPDATE: In my email, from Senator Clinton's campaign:
On Saturday, I will hold an event in Washington D.C. to thank everyone who has supported my campaign. Over the course of the last 16 months, I have been privileged and touched to witness the incredible dedication and sacrifice of so many people working for our campaign. Every minute you put into helping us win, every dollar you gave to keep up the fight meant more to me than I can ever possibly tell you.
On Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy. This has been a long and hard-fought campaign, but as I have always said, my differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans.
I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party's nominee, and I intend to deliver on that promise.
When I decided to run for president, I knew exactly why I was getting into this race: to work hard every day for the millions of Americans who need a voice in the White House.
I made you -- and everyone who supported me -- a promise: to stand up for our shared values and to never back down. I'm going to keep that promise today, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life.
I will be speaking on Saturday about how together we can rally the party behind Senator Obama. The stakes are too high and the task before us too important to do otherwise.
I know as I continue my lifelong work for a stronger America and a better world, I will turn to you for the support, the strength, and the commitment that you have shown me in the past 16 months. And I will always keep faith with the issues and causes that are important to you.
In the past few days, you have shown that support once again with hundreds of thousands of messages to the campaign, and again, I am touched by your thoughtfulness and kindness.
I can never possibly express my gratitude, so let me say simply, thank you.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
"Atrios: "It'll make you look like the cottage cheese in a lime jello salad. Always a good look for an older gentlemen... The aesthetics of McCain's speech, just mercifully completed before a slightly energized crowd of literally dozens, was awesome in how dreadful it was. No matter what Harold Ford thinks, who was somehow thoroughly moved by lime-jello McCain."
Here is a rather hysterical and brutal exceprting of the "Worst. Speech. Evar."
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Remarks as prepared:
Tonight, after fifty-four hard-fought contests, our primary season has finally come to an end.
Sixteen months have passed since we first stood together on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Thousands of miles have been traveled. Millions of voices have been heard. And because of what you said - because you decided that change must come to Washington; because you believed that this year must be different than all the rest; because you chose to listen not to your doubts or your fears but to your greatest hopes and highest aspirations, tonight we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another - a journey that will bring a new and better day to America. Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.
I want to thank every American who stood with us over the course of this campaign - through the good days and the bad; from the snows of Cedar Rapids to the sunshine of Sioux Falls. And tonight I also want to thank the men and woman who took this journey with me as fellow candidates for President.
At this defining moment for our nation, we should be proud that our party put forth one of the most talented, qualified field of individuals ever to run for this office. I have not just competed with them as rivals, I have learned from them as friends, as public servants, and as patriots who love America and are willing to work tirelessly to make this country better. They are leaders of this party, and leaders that America will turn to for years to come.
That is particularly true for the candidate who has traveled further on this journey than anyone else. Senator Hillary Clinton has made history in this campaign not just because she's a woman who has done what no woman has done before, but because she's a leader who inspires millions of Americans with her strength, her courage, and her commitment to the causes that brought us here tonight.
We've certainly had our differences over the last sixteen months. But as someone who's shared a stage with her many times, I can tell you that what gets Hillary Clinton up in the morning - even in the face of tough odds - is exactly what sent her and Bill Clinton to sign up for their first campaign in Texas all those years ago; what sent her to work at the Children's Defense Fund and made her fight for health care as First Lady; what led her to the United States Senate and fueled her barrier-breaking campaign for the presidency - an unyielding desire to improve the lives of ordinary Americans, no matter how difficult the fight may be. And you can rest assured that when we finally win the battle for universal health care in this country, she will be central to that victory. When we transform our energy policy and lift our children out of poverty, it will be because she worked to help make it happen. Our party and our country are better off because of her, and I am a better candidate for having had the honor to compete with Hillary Rodham Clinton.
There are those who say that this primary has somehow left us weaker and more divided. Well I say that because of this primary, there are millions of Americans who have cast their ballot for the very first time. There are Independents and Republicans who understand that this election isn't just about the party in charge of Washington, it's about the need to change Washington. There are young people, and African-Americans, and Latinos, and women of all ages who have voted in numbers that have broken records and inspired a nation.
All of you chose to support a candidate you believe in deeply. But at the end of the day, we aren't the reason you came out and waited in lines that stretched block after block to make your voice heard. You didn't do that because of me or Senator Clinton or anyone else. You did it because you know in your hearts that at this moment - a moment that will define a generation - we cannot afford to keep doing what we've been doing. We owe our children a better future. We owe our country a better future. And for all those who dream of that future tonight, I say - let us begin the work together. Let us unite in common effort to chart a new course for America.
In just a few short months, the Republican Party will arrive in St. Paul with a very different agenda. They will come here to nominate John McCain, a man who has served this country heroically. I honor that service, and I respect his many accomplishments, even if he chooses to deny mine. My differences with him are not personal; they are with the policies he has proposed in this campaign.
Because while John McCain can legitimately tout moments of independence from his party in the past, such independence has not been the hallmark of his presidential campaign.
It's not change when John McCain decided to stand with George Bush ninety-five percent of the time, as he did in the Senate last year.
It's not change when he offers four more years of Bush economic policies that have failed to create well-paying jobs, or insure our workers, or help Americans afford the skyrocketing cost of college - policies that have lowered the real incomes of the average American family, widened the gap between Wall Street and Main Street, and left our children with a mountain of debt.
And it's not change when he promises to continue a policy in Iraq that asks everything of our brave men and women in uniform and nothing of Iraqi politicians - a policy where all we look for are reasons to stay in Iraq, while we spend billions of dollars a month on a war that isn't making the American people any safer.
So I'll say this - there are many words to describe John McCain's attempt to pass off his embrace of George Bush's policies as bipartisan and new. But change is not one of them.
Change is a foreign policy that doesn't begin and end with a war that should've never been authorized and never been waged. I won't stand here and pretend that there are many good options left in Iraq, but what's not an option is leaving our troops in that country for the next hundred years - especially at a time when our military is overstretched, our nation is isolated, and nearly every other threat to America is being ignored.
We must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in - but start leaving we must. It's time for Iraqis to take responsibility for their future. It's time to rebuild our military and give our veterans the care they need and the benefits they deserve when they come home. It's time to refocus our efforts on al Qaeda's leadership and Afghanistan, and rally the world against the common threats of the 21st century - terrorism and nuclear weapons; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease. That's what change is.
Change is realizing that meeting today's threats requires not just our firepower, but the power of our diplomacy - tough, direct diplomacy where the President of the United States isn't afraid to let any petty dictator know where America stands and what we stand for. We must once again have the courage and conviction to lead the free world. That is the legacy of Roosevelt, and Truman, and Kennedy. That's what the American people want. That's what change is.
Change is building an economy that rewards not just wealth, but the work and workers who created it. It's understanding that the struggles facing working families can't be solved by spending billions of dollars on more tax breaks for big corporations and wealthy CEOs, but by giving a the middle-class a tax break, and investing in our crumbling infrastructure, and transforming how we use energy, and improving our schools, and renewing our commitment to science and innovation. It's understanding that fiscal responsibility and shared prosperity can go hand-in-hand, as they did when Bill Clinton was President.
John McCain has spent a lot of time talking about trips to Iraq in the last few weeks, but maybe if he spent some time taking trips to the cities and towns that have been hardest hit by this economy - cities in Michigan, and Ohio, and right here in Minnesota - he'd understand the kind of change that people are looking for.
Maybe if he went to Iowa and met the student who works the night shift after a full day of class and still can't pay the medical bills for a sister who's ill, he'd understand that she can't afford four more years of a health care plan that only takes care of the healthy and wealthy. She needs us to pass health care plan that guarantees insurance to every American who wants it and brings down premiums for every family who needs it. That's the change we need.
Maybe if he went to Pennsylvania and met the man who lost his job but can't even afford the gas to drive around and look for a new one, he'd understand that we can't afford four more years of our addiction to oil from dictators. That man needs us to pass an energy policy that works with automakers to raise fuel standards, and makes corporations pay for their pollution, and oil companies invest their record profits in a clean energy future - an energy policy that will create millions of new jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced. That's the change we need.
And maybe if he spent some time in the schools of South Carolina or St. Paul or where he spoke tonight in New Orleans, he'd understand that we can't afford to leave the money behind for No Child Left Behind; that we owe it to our children to invest in early childhood education; to recruit an army of new teachers and give them better pay and more support; to finally decide that in this global economy, the chance to get a college education should not be a privilege for the wealthy few, but the birthright of every American. That's the change we need in America. That's why I'm running for President.
The other side will come here in September and offer a very different set of policies and positions, and that is a debate I look forward to. It is a debate the American people deserve. But what you don't deserve is another election that's governed by fear, and innuendo, and division. What you won't hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon - that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge, but enemies to demonize. Because we may call ourselves Democrats and Republicans, but we are Americans first. We are always Americans first.
Despite what the good Senator from Arizona said tonight, I have seen people of differing views and opinions find common cause many times during my two decades in public life, and I have brought many together myself. I've walked arm-in-arm with community leaders on the South Side of Chicago and watched tensions fade as black, white, and Latino fought together for good jobs and good schools. I've sat across the table from law enforcement and civil rights advocates to reform a criminal justice system that sent thirteen innocent people to death row. And I've worked with friends in the other party to provide more children with health insurance and more working families with a tax break; to curb the spread of nuclear weapons and ensure that the American people know where their tax dollars are being spent; and to reduce the influence of lobbyists who have all too often set the agenda in Washington.
In our country, I have found that this cooperation happens not because we agree on everything, but because behind all the labels and false divisions and categories that define us; beyond all the petty bickering and point-scoring in Washington, Americans are a decent, generous, compassionate people, united by common challenges and common hopes. And every so often, there are moments which call on that fundamental goodness to make this country great again.
So it was for that band of patriots who declared in a Philadelphia hall the formation of a more perfect union; and for all those who gave on the fields of Gettysburg and Antietam their last full measure of devotion to save that same union.
So it was for the Greatest Generation that conquered fear itself, and liberated a continent from tyranny, and made this country home to untold opportunity and prosperity.
So it was for the workers who stood out on the picket lines; the women who shattered glass ceilings; the children who braved a Selma bridge for freedom's cause.
So it has been for every generation that faced down the greatest challenges and the most improbable odds to leave their children a world that's better, and kinder, and more just.
And so it must be for us.
America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.
The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment - this was the time - when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals. Thank you, God Bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.
2) Is there a way that I can get paid an insane amount of money for being a completely empty-headed moron?
Brooks thinks Obama wouldn't seem to "fit in naturally" at an Applebee's salad bar -- maybe because Applebee's doesn't have them
Summary: On MSNBC, David Brooks asserted that "less educated" and "downscale" people "look at [Sen. Barack] Obama, and they don't see anything," adding: "And so, Obama's problem is he doesn't seem like the kind of guy who could go into an Applebee's salad bar, and people think he fits in naturally there." Applebee's officials have confirmed to Media Matters that its restaurants do not have salad bars.
And I just want to point out that - in addition to the total embarrassment detailed above, this is ANOTHER example of the fact that our pundit class has become TOTAL SHIT.
"Is he the kind of guy who could go into Applebee's"?
Honestly - can it GET any more vacuous and imbecilic than THAT?
Applebee's - holy crap.
Monday, June 02, 2008
John McCain apparently doesn't get that.
Barack Obama does.
The Obama campaign has two questions for McCain: 1) how will his foreign policy be different from George Bush’s, and 2) if it is not different, why should anyone expect better results than Bush has achieved?