Friday, August 29, 2008

We're all stupid, right?

The biggest weapon the Repugnicants have used against Barack Obama is that he isn't experienced enough to be president. After a term in the U.S. Senate and 3 terms in the illinois Senate.

So John McSame picks the brand new fresh out of the box governor of Alaska. She has NO experience in national politics. None. Nada. Two years ago she was an small-town Alaska city council person.

Experience? Guess that doesn't matter if you're a Repugnicant.

What's that say about the Repugnicants and McSame? That they believe the electorate is stupid enough to believe she's qualified when Barak isn't? (Well, the electorate WAS stupid enough to elect the current W-imbecile. Twice. So I guess they figure...)

All her job is during the campaign is to try and pick up a few women's votes. Cynical? Certainly. A gamble. Definitely.

Wonder if she knows where Washington DC is?

Finally, I'd have to say the Repugnicants have given up with their only objection to Obama: That he's not qualified/experienced enough. Now all the have left is all the one they've been afraid to say out loud all along ... HE'S BLACK.

And so it goes.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Looking in

Didn't realize how frustrating it would turn out being a D in a R conclave. Especially being a D when 64 percent (or more) of the voters are R.

To put it in perspective, yesterday was election day in SWFlorida. Of course I voted.

Not one single person I voted for was elected. Not one of the races was close.

Rs won. Incumbents won. Nothing changes. Around here, nothing ever changes. Change is a bad thing if you're as old as most of the voters around here. So: No change, thankyouverymuch.

Which means:
-- The Collier County School Board will remain in the hands of the corrupt cadre, threatening accreditation of every school in the district. The foxes are still running the hen house. The education of every student in Collier County is in jeopardy. But it appears that's OK with Collier County voters.

-- A Collier County Deputy will be the new sheriff. And that means four more years of corruption. Four more years of harassment, of profiling, of good-ol-boy networking and damned little actual policing. But it appears that's OK with Collier County voters.

-- Incumbents won on the Collier County Board. Which means four more years of kowtowing to developers and realtors and ignoring the people. But it appears that's OK with Collier County voters.

Frustrating. Discouraging.

And so it goes.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Conventional wisdom

I'm doing my best to avoid paying much attention to the Democratic Convention. I'll probably do the same for the republicants.
I can't help but wonder just exactly what purpose a convention serves in 2008.

Back when I was a YoungGuy, the conventions actually has a purpose. The candidate was actually nominated at the convention. Oftimes I recall it was a close race, a fight. The favorite coming in didn't always win. Sometimes there was a surprise.

I recall it was the convention that selected the vice-presidential candidate. Although his say had some sway, it was not the presidential candidate who picked his VP. (Maybe it was but we just didn't know/realize it)

There was always a long, drawn-out and sometimes bitter debate on the party platform.

No more.

Who do you suppose is gonna be the Presidential candidate?
Who's gonna be the VP candidate?

The party platform? It's whatever the candidate says it is. (In actuality, it's what the candidate's handlers say it is. We can just hope the candidate reads it).

So, is the purpose to rally support for the candidate? It probably will among those political junkies at the convention. The rest of us? We pretty much ignore it.

But you know who is NOT ignoring it? The opposition party. They're scanning every word, every gesture, every nuance.

To find whatever they can to twist into a negative talking point. Into political mud. Something to use to get snarky, mean and underhanded.

So, I ask again, who is this convention for?

And why are the Democrats mining the political mud for the republicants?

Let them find their own dirt. They're good at it.

And so it goes.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Fay

Never seen a hurricane before.

Never much thought I wanted to.

That's about to change in the next 12 hours or so.

Can't say I'm much looking forward to it.

Except in kind of a perverse curiosity type of way.

We're hunkered down and waiting.

And so it goes.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Runnin' on stupid

How about a candidate who can't get anything right?

The Repugnicants' favorite septuagenarian John McSame, it now turns out, has stolen a song from Jackson Browne that he hoped to use to diss Obama. Who's dissin who?

Guess McSame figured no one would notice a little copyrite infringement as long as it was for his little slimy cause.

Guess again:
Jackson Browne doesn't want John McCain running on anything fueled by his lyrics. The singer-songwriter sued McCain and the Ohio and national Republican committees in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Thursday, accusing them of using his song "Running on Empty" without his permission.

The lawsuit claims the song's use was an infringement of his copyright and will lead people to conclude he endorses McCain. The suit says Browne is a lifelong liberal who is as well-known for his music as for being "an advocate for social and environmental justice."

The advertisement mocks Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's contention that if U.S. drivers got regular tuneups and drove on properly inflated tires, they could save the same amount of oil that would be gained by offshore drilling. According to the suit, "Running on Empty" plays in the background of the ad criticizing the remarks.

The campaign's lie in response?
McCain spokesman Brian Rogers disavowed the ad, saying it wasn't a product of the Republican presidential candidate's campaign.
And if you believe that, then let's continue:
The suit notes that other musicians, including ABBA and John Cougar Mellencamp, have asked McCain to stop using their work.
Theft is theft, McSame. Even you are required to obey the law. As shocking as that may sound.

Or, to put it another way, no law is safe in the hands of the McSame campaign. Think it would be any different if we allowed his slimy footprints in the Oval Office?

The current occupant seems to think laws don't apply to him. Why would McSame think any different.

And so it goes.

Friday, August 8, 2008