- He is desperate
- He is willing to gamble--big time
- He is worried about the political implications of his age
- He's not worried about the actuarial implications of the age issue
- He is worried about his conservative base
- At the end of the day, McCain is still McCain
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Palin, like McCain is tied deeply into the oil industry, both in $$$, and her husbands profession. What a shock. He picks a "drill, drill, drill" candidate, who favors drilling pretty much anywhere you can, and this is prudent as a short term gap, but won't solve our energy problems alone. Now if we libs can only tie her to the sorry corrupt state of Alaskan politics, well, we will all be sittin' pretty. How McCain ever picked her over a quality candidate like Mitt Romney is beyond me......
"With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for presidency of the United States. Let me express my thanks to the historic slate of candidates who accompanied me on this journey, and especially the one who traveled the farthest -- a champion for working Americans and an inspiration to my daughters and yours -- Hillary Rodham Clinton. To President Bill Clinton, who made last night the case for change as only he can make it...."
"We meet at one of those defining moments -- a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more.Tonight, more Americans are out of work and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can't afford to drive, credit card bills you can't afford to pay, and tuition that's beyond your reach.These challenges are not all of government's making. But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush. America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this."Tonight, I say to the people of America, to Democrats and Republicans and independents across this great land -- enough! This moment -- this election -- is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive. Because next week, in Minnesota, the same party that brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this country for a third. And we are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look just like the last eight. On November 4, we must stand up and say: "Eight is enough."
"I believe in the promise of America....what is that promise? It's a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have the obligation to treat each other with dignity and respect.
It's a promise that says the market should reward drive and innovation and generate growth, but that businesses should live up to their responsibilities to create American jobs, to look out for American workers, and play by the rules of the road.
Ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves -- protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and science and technology.
Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who's willing to work.
That's the promise of America -- the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother's keeper; I am my sister's keeper.
That's the promise we need to keep. That's the change we need right now. So let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am president."
They claim that our insistence on something larger, something firmer and more honest in our public life is just a Trojan Horse for higher taxes and the abandonment of traditional values. And that's to be expected. Because if you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.You make a big election about small things. And you know what -- it's worked before. Because it feeds into the cynicism we all have about government. When Washington doesn't work, all its promises seem empty. If your hopes have been dashed again and again, then it's best to stop hoping, and settle for what you already know.I get it. I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office. I don't fit the typical pedigree, and I haven't spent my career in the halls of Washington. But I stand before you tonight because all across America something is stirring. What the naysayers don't understand is that this election has never been about me. It's about you. It's about you."
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Not that I would want it any other way, but am I the only one who finds it ironic that John Edwards has been barred from giving a speech at the convention for having an affair and lying about it, and Bill Clinton is exhalted as the greatest President of this century? Both parties do have a twisted sense of morality sometimes.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
THE LIGHTS ARE ON BUT YOU'RE NOT HOME
YOUR MIND IS NOT YOUR OWN
YOU SEE THE SIGNS, BUT YOU CAN'T READ
YOU'RE RUNNING AT A DIFFERENT SPEED
YOUR HEART BEATS AT DOUBLE TIME
ANOTHER KISS AND YOU'LL BE MIND
ONE TRACK MIND
YOU CAN'T BE SAVED
ANOTHER YOUNG LOVE IS ALL YOU CRAVE
AND IF THE SUN LEFT YOU
YOU DON'T MIND
IT FEELS BLUE
OH YOU LIKE
TO THINK THAT YOU'RE IMMUNE TO THE STUFF OH YEAH
Sunday, August 24, 2008
He has a penchant for leaving no thoughts unspoken
He is forth in longevity of a Senate, and a government that is broken
Takes Obama farther away from his core message of change and hope
He voted for the war
He voted against (only one of four) against the 1998 Iran Missiles Proliferation Sanctions Act
His son is a major lobbyist
He is not exceptionally adept at pulling in Hispanic, or minority votes. In fact, his comments lead most people to believe he is a bigot. He once called Obama himself the first mainstream, clean, articulate African American to run for President. He has been quoted and recorded) as saying that you cannot go into a Dunkin Donuts or 7-11 without a slight Indian accent. And the death blow? He has often referred to his home state of Delaware as a "slave state." His exact quote was "Delaware was a slave state that fought beside the north. That's because we couldn't figure out how to get to the south...there were a couple of states in the way."
He will not help you carry a single state on his name alone.
Most intelligent people can't possibly conceive him being President...or did you see the voting in Iowa, just before he dropped out?
"A lot of these young people are not married or in relationships so we want to make sure they have the information and tools to protect themselves if they have sexual encounters." In Beijing, the condoms are placed into brochures about HIV, available at the medical centre at the village.
In 2002, around 100,000 condoms were handed out during the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City against the backdrop of protests by religious groups. While they ran out of 70,000 condoms during the Sydney Games - 20,000 more had to be brought in - Athens doubled the number. Matthew Syed, a former english table tennis player explained it best: "I played my first Games in Barcelona in 1992 and got laid more often in those two and a half weeks than in the rest of my life up to that point . . . Barcelona was, for many of us Olympic virgins, as much about sex as it was about sport."
Needless to say, the official closing ceremony will mark the beginning of the official athlete party season, as the athletes seek to work off their pent up energy (and with the knowledge that they will not be required to be urine tested), and may seek to consummate any new acquaintances they may have developed over the two+ week Olympic season. While many will settle for a quiet departure from a grueling competition, we must remember that these are primarily young, attractive, and yes- spoiled, rich competitors who may wish to cap off their Olympics in style. And besides, four years is a long way away, more than enough time to forget one last encounter. If you think about it (and I obviously have), it actually makes perfect sense. They all have hot bodies, they have adrenaline pumping through their veins, and they are thrown together in the Olympic village so many of them take on the mindset of what happens at the Olympics, stays at the Olympics! In the 1988 Games in Seoul, there were so many used condoms found on the roofs of the British team's residences that the British Olympic Association banned outdoor sex. Since people didn't obey, organizers in Beijing thought it would be more effective to simply pass out thousands of free condoms to the athletes.So, all hail the Olympians, with officially sanctioned condoms at the ready.......let the champagne flow, and let them say their farewells in style. One can only imagine the exploits of our American athletes, as our "redeem team" evolves into the "everyone I have seen" team. Party on.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Now, there is an American champion. Iowa corn fed, she is 57 inches of charisma, and 95 pounds of smile. Losing the gold multiple times despite owning the sport for the past two years, when interviewed, she was nothing but classy. Praised the winners and showed pride in the silver medals she unfortunately won (despite a scoring system so incredibly stupid, and an organized effort to reward style points for dance, and limit the scoring on power and tumbling tricks, which hurt Johnson tremendously). I don't want to say the scoring was incredibly biased towards the host country, but in totalling out the scores this year, the judges actually used abacuses. But, Shawn? She continued to smile, she kept her head up and she finally persevered, definitely All American traits to be sure. For me, this is the true winner of the Olympic games, an athelete who exemplified the true spirit of the Olympics. Despite adversity, no one greeted and congratulated her fellow competitors more, or more genuinely than her. No wonder when Wheaties decided on their Olympics box super star, they called on Shawn Johnson.
Friday, August 22, 2008
And he will give you the occasional George Bush quotation..."The Middle East is hopeful. There's hope there." And this:“One thing is clear: These weapons must be must be dislodged from Saddam, or Saddam must be dislodged from power.” Voted for the war....YUMMY.
But my all time classic: “And I think Hillary Clinton is able to be elected president of the United States.” “Let's just be smart this time. I'm looking for smart.”
And of course, there is this......"I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."....."You know he’s a very smart guy. I can’t speak for me. But I know for me that it was a learning experience. I worked very hard. I’m sure he’s working very hard too. I’ve watched seven presidents, and I’ve watched presidents who have come to office who haven’t thought through some of the areas that theyt’ve never worked in, for example foreign policy. I watched several presidents come in and they’re smart as the devil and they get here and unless you already know when you get here exactly what your foreign policy is, it’s awful hard to hit the ground running and not to make serious mistakes the first couple of years. I’m not saying that senator Obama is where I was [when elected to the senate at age 29]. I was younger than he was when he got to the Senate. But I do think, I acknowledge that experience is not the issue, it’s whether your experience has been good or bad. Somebody with 34 years of bad experience isn’t perfectly qualified to be president,
someone with 34 years of good experience that makes a big difference. So, again,
I know it’s kind of difficult to master, it’s kind of difficult to feel sure-footed in a lot of areas that you haven’t spent a long of time dealing with."
Monday, August 18, 2008
Really, couldn't they be wearing leotards, or sweats and appeal to the masses for all the right reasons, instead of the reasons tormenting whoever blogs under "Stolen Lunch Money?" And do they really have to wear so much makeup? OK the girls from China and the Slavic countries need all they can put on, with a texture sprayer if necessary. But, women's gymnastics is a wholesome sport that doesn't need the glitz and glamour.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
"The Matthew 25 Network is a community of Christians – Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal, and Evangelical – inspired by the Gospel mandate to put our faith into action to care for our neighbor, especially the most vulnerable. The election of our public officials, and the politics they stand for, are a reflection of our core values. We believe that those elected to public office carry an important trust, as their decisions have a profound impact on our nation and our world. We believe that people of faith should actively participate in the political process as an important avenue for social change. We are called by our faith to engage in the world as it is, while we seek after and hope for God’s Kingdom. Therefore, while no elected official will be without flaw, we come together as individuals to support candidates for public office who share the values of the Matthew 25 Network: promoting life with dignity, caring for the least of these, strengthening and supporting families, stewardship of God’s Creation, working for peace and justice at home and abroad, and promoting the common good. "
Notice anything missing amongst their mission statement and "core values." Although they speak about helping the most vulnerable, caring for the least of these, and promoting life with dignity, they doing not talk about the core issue of abortion, and the rights of the unknown. Is it possible for a religious group to overlook a candidate who does not oppose abortion and have amongst his/her platform a pro-life stand?
I suppose they sum this up with the disclaimer, "while no elected official will be without flaw." Being a pro-choice liberal, I would love to think this is a religious movement to escape the notion that they cannot ever vote for a pro-choice candidate, the one issue that separates them from the bonds of the Republican party, and the dysfunctional leadership they offer. I personally believe it is time for a pro-life liberal to come forward. Obama has made whispers about having serious misgivings over the issue, however he is intelligent to know that coming forward with a pro-life stand would be a death blow to any political aspirations he may have with the Democratic party, and its electorate.
Having said that, I must be nervous about an organisation who states....the values of the Matthew 25 Network: promoting life with dignity, caring for the least of these, strengthening and supporting families, stewardship of God’s Creation....and turning around and endorsing a pro-choice liberal. While conservatives may think they are settling for a candidate, personally I think they are TIRED of settling, on the wrong candidates who happen to stand on their side on one issue alone, as crucial as that one issue is to any religious belief and mores.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
MASSIVE SPECTACLE OF OLYMPICS MARRED ONLY BY THE MASSIVE SPECTACLE OF THE TWO MOST DANGEROUS MEN IN THE WORLD
Saturday, August 9, 2008
“A lot of people held out until the convention, kept their delegates, and often waged platform or rules or credential fights,” the New York Democrat said at the event, held to help her retire debt from her primary campaign. “I have made it very clear that I’m supporting Sen. Obama, and that we’re working cooperatively on a lot of different matters.”
Friday, August 8, 2008
I was and am ashamed of my conduct and choices, and I had hoped that it would never become public. With my family, I took responsibility for my actions in 2006 and today I take full responsibility publicly. But that misconduct took place for a short period in 2006. It ended then. I am and have been willing to take any test necessary to establish the fact that I am not the father of any baby, and I am truly hopeful that a test will be done so this fact can be definitively established. I only know that the apparent father has said publicly that he is the father of the baby. I also have not been engaged in any activity of any description that requested, agreed to or supported payments of any kind to the woman or to the apparent father of the baby.
It is inadequate to say to the people who believed in me that I am sorry, as it is inadequate to say to the people who love me that I am sorry. In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic. If you want to beat me up -- feel free. You cannot beat me up more than I have already beaten up myself. I have been stripped bare and will now work with everything I have to help my family and others who need my help. I have given a complete interview (set to air on ABC on a Friday night, opposite the opening ceremony of the China Olympics) on this matter and having done so, will have nothing more to say.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I am a illiterate that has to rely on my wife for all of the assistance I can get." -after being asked whether us uses a Mac or a PC (Watch video clip)