Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Now THIS is what I call scary

Boomerang's airing Voltron reruns. VOLTRON, people. Someone else besides me actually remembers these cartoons? Can they start airing Battle of the Planets instead? I loved that show.

Life. Don't talk to me about life

I've been packing for the big move. This has involved dragging lots of boxes back to la casa and selling off a couple of bookcases. I've been way too busy to follow the "big" Pennsylvania primary. Mostly, I consider myself fortunate to live in one of those states that voted in the big Super Tuesday primary.

La Hill's win was to be expected tonight. Bit this is one of those win-the-battle-lose-the-war moments. From the LA Times:

Even with the Pennsylvania win, Clinton still trails by nearly every measure: the popular vote, the number of states won, the delegates captured so far in primaries and caucuses. Obama also has narrowed Clinton's once-formidable lead in superdelegates to roughly two dozen.

Clinton faces "an uphill climb," said political scientist Quin Monson of Brigham Young University, because she must urge superdelegates to support her even though Obama remains ahead by those key measures.

"The best money is still that this just forestalls her exit from the race and draws out the nomination fight longer," Monson said.

Indiana and North Carolina are still to come, and Obama seems to be a lock to win the NC primary.

So far, La Hill won with 54 percent to Obama's 46 percent. Which still doesn't sound that hot.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Dethklok, Gibson, and Stephanopolous, linked!

I'm watching Metalocalypse, where a fictional thrash metal band called Dethklok has assorted misadventures. In the episode I'm watching right now, the band members try their hand at standup comedy. Metal bands are usually not known for humor. You can guess how the episode pans out.

Meanwhile, Wednesday's fiasco is destined to be remembered as Election 2008's answer to My Mother the Car.

Shoddy! Tawdry! A Televised Train Wreck! (Courtesy of Frank Rich--man is he on FIRE!)

How Much Did You Loathe ABC's Debate Coverage?

Debate Sours ABC Viewers

Broadcast Failure: The ABC Debate

Please, let this be the moment when the TV punditocracy jumped the shark. And here's a hint to whatever yahoo's moderating the next debate: We're still in Iraq. And it's still Situation FUBAR, with a fundie cleric threatening civil war.

A new rule for the 2008 elections

If you voted for Bush/Cheney in 2000 and 2004, you automatically forfeit the right to claim that "character counts" when choosing a candidate.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Hillary isn't going to like this

Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich has joined Bill Richardson in endorsing Barack Obama. Reich not only likes Obama's policies better, but he also was turned off by La Hill's attack ads.

Reich, now an economics professor at the University of California at Berkeley, told New York Magazine he saw new ads the Clinton campaign aired in Pennsylvania "and I was appalled, frankly. I thought it represented the nadir of mean-spirited, negative politics. And also of the politics of distraction, of gotcha politics. It's the worst of all worlds."

"I've come to the point, after seeing those ads, where I can't, in good conscience, not say out loud what I believe about who should be president," he told the magazine. "Those ads are nothing but Republicanism. They're lending legitimacy to a Republican message that's wrong to begin with, and they harken back to the past twenty years of demagoguery on guns and religion. It's old politics at its worst -- and old Republican politics, not even old Democratic politics. It's just so deeply cynical."

One word: OUCH!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Memo to future debate moderators and other Beltway morons

Here is a list of other things voters don't care about:

Reverend Wright and whether or not he loves America
Flag pins (or lack thereof)
Which senator is more patriotic (They're all serving in elected office. You think they'd bother to run of they really hate America?)
Whether or not Obama knows a former '60s radical and/or served with him on a charitable board
Whether or not Obama's dad is/was a Muslim
Whether or not Obama himself is/was a Muslim
Whether or not Obama's neighbor's co-worker's friend was a Black Panther
Whether or not Obama has ever bumped into a member of the Nation of Islam
Whether or not Obama ever shook hands with Suge Knight or any other gangsta rap impresario

Really, voters don't care about those '60s radicals, mouthy preachers, and scary black people you like to talk about. They really are nowhere near as scary as the current administration or the batshit crazy neocon/theofascist cabal that's mishandled this country for the past seven years. If you're trying to frighten people away or detract from stuff that, like, matters, you really are not doing a very good job of it.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I repeat--NOBODY CARES about "Bittergate"

Even Pennsylvanians don't care. Case in point: The Pittsburgh Post Gazette endorses Obama.

And I quote:

Nor is he any sort of elitist. As he said yesterday in effectively refuting this ridiculous charge in a meeting with Post-Gazette editors, "my life's work has been to get everybody a fair shake."

UPDATE: Bruce Springsteen has also endorsed Obama.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Earth to press: NOBODY CARES about "Bittergate"

Dan Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has endorsed Obama.

In addition to offering vocal support for the candidate, Rooney also penned a letter to his fellow Pennsylvanians making a case for Obama. "True sports fans know that you support your team even when they are the underdogs," Rooney wrote. "Barack Obama is an underdog here but it is with great pride that I join his team."

Meanwhile, voters in western PA don't care about Obama's remarks.

Yes, some Democrats in Pennsylvania's Rust Belt communities were upset by Barack Obama's suggestion that voters there "cling to guns or religion" because of bitterness about their economic lot. But many more seem to think it was no big deal — and if there's a problem, it's with the political slapfest that has followed....

"It's so difficult to watch every word," said Mary Ellen Matunis, a Clinton backer from Shenandoah.

"I was not offended," she said. "Poor choice of words, but I think it was just misspoken."

The only people losing sleep over this remark are the professional pundit class. As the Nation puts it:

The endless coverage of Barack Obama's comments about small-town America is a great example of the type of manufactured scandal that gives political journalism a bad name.

It's obvious why the Clinton campaign and the McCain campaign want to keep this faux scandal alive. It's disturbing to see so many in the media swallow the spin.

Few have wrestled with the actual substance of what Obama said. But after three days of carefully calibrated outrage, voices in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are stepping forward to defend Obama's alleged gaffe.

And now for a music blog

Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger, and the Trinity performing Aretha's "Save Me."

Awwww, poor Gonzo. (NOT!)

He's not just unemployed, he's unemployable.

He has, through friends, put out inquiries, they said, and has not found any takers. What makes Mr. Gonzales’s case extraordinary is that former attorneys general, the government’s chief lawyer, are typically highly sought.

Which is why he has to subject himself to the humiliation of going on expensive speaking engagements at universities where people protest him. Sheesh. Won't the Hoover American Heritage Enterprise Institute Foundation Think Tank whatever just give this guy a job? If they could take Paul Wolfowitz, why not Gonzo?

Okay, maybe the media really IS liberal...

From Firedoglake:

Memo to whomever at NBC is responsible for booking Mary Matalin on "Meet The Press": for the love of God, please keep it up. Seriously.

Is there a more out-of-touch, unlikeable, or condescending advocate for the Republican Party out there?

In addition to out of touch, unlikeable, and condescending, let's add another adjective to describe Ms. Matalin: Pork stupid. We're talking Britney Spears levels of stupid, which is probably the only reason that Bushco would have her. What, you think smart people would last more than two minutes in the presence of Le Decider without laughing in his face?

Remember the Coulter Cash raised by the Edwards campaign? Perhaps it's time for a new one. Call it "Matalin Moolah." If anyone's a better avatar for the pod people GOP, it's Ms. Matalin.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Yay me.

...my taxes are done and mailed in. Boy do I feel patriotic.

Pennsylvania newspapers endorse...

...the Dem candidate who isn't Hillary Clinton. This is an Allentown, paper, people. ALLENTOWN. The subject of that tedious Billy Joel song.

Meanwhile, over in Scranton, Obama gets another endorsement.

In a sense, Mr. Obama’s clear lead in the national race itself is proof of a changing party and a changing electorate. A generation ago, it would have been inconceivable for two history-making candidates — either the first African-American or first woman to be a major-party presidential nominee — to be locked in a nomination battle this late in the game. Party leaders simply would not have allowed it, and Mr. Obama would have had to “wait his turn.”

Mr. Obama decided not to wait his turn, however, and neither have Democratic voters. Democratic registration and voter turnout have soared in most of the states where he has been in play, including in Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Clinton has dismissed much of what Mr. Obama has had to say as “just words.” But they are words that millions find inspirational. Therefore, they are words that can be translated into action.

On policy matters, there are more similarities than differences between the candidates. The real difference lies in their likely ability to build the consensus needed to realize their vision. The advantage, in that regard, clearly lies with Mr. Obama.

That fizzling sound you hear is another failed attempt at a smear campaign. Have fun, kids.

In other news, water is wet and the sky is blue

Let's revisit what Obama said, shall we?

You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

The recent flapadoodle over Obama's statement echoes manufactured outrages of years past. Like when Howard Dean said the GOP was "pretty much a white Christian party." Or when Barbara Boxer pointed out to Condi that neither had a personal stake in the Iraq war as neither had relatives serving in Iraq. In neither case did the brief flare of controversy translate into stunning election losses for the party.

Now, McCain and La Hill are spitting nails over Obama's truth-telling. Yes, Senators McCain and La Hill! It's true! Rural voters have been screwed economically and have lost their jobs. They're bitter and have a good right to be. Only in Wackyland--a.ka. the Beltway media and cocktail circuit--is it "elitist" to say that water is wet.

Le Sweetie still says that Obama stepped in it. I say, "Pffffffft!" This is just another floundering attempt at an old, tired frame traditionally used to attack liberals, and La Hill's sounding more and more like a fracking Republican each time she trots out the "E" word. The "E" word being "elitist."

Nobody's really fooled, ya know.

Oh come on, Hillary! All politicians anywhere around the world are elitist. Once they enter that political world and start receiving salaries higher than a CEO of a major company, have drivers, maids and office staff at their beck and call, and fly around the world first class, they are no longer ‘one of us’. Hillary Clinton is as much, if not more, of an elitist than anyone else in US politics. Why? Because her husband is a former President and she is a former First Lady, which assures them the best of everything, plus round the clock security till they die!

This is not about elistism, this is about honesty. Obama chose a bad combination of words, pure and simple. All those who wish to blow this recent incident out of proportion, are simply doing what Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld did during the last election campaign, and that is keep everybody scared. Obama is being painted as the big bad scary black man who doesn’t like white middle America. All turn to Hillary. She’ll look after you.

I actually don't have a problem with what Obama said. And I'm a transplanted small towner. No, I suspect the real reason that Obama caused such a shit storm is that, well, he's figured out a dirty little electoral secret that probably makes certain establishment types uncomfortable.

Anyhow, we have a former First Lady and a scion of a military family who married a beer heiress, and they're both attacking a biracial kid raised by a single mom. This is important to keep in mind.

Monday, April 07, 2008

The press isn't going to like this

Le Sweetie was watching ABC News. ABC News was interviewing troops in Iraq. This was after Dick Cheney gave an invigorating (ha ha) speech in support of the war.

Most of the soldiers want Obama or La Hill in the White House.

The John McCain Cheerleading Squad (aka the MSM) must be beside themselves.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Oh goody

Ms. Maddow says that La Hill's going to appear on Ellen. Say, MSNBC, if a lesbian can host a daytime talk show, why can't she host a political talk show?

Am I repeating myself here?

Please give Rachel Maddow a show!

Ms. Maddow is subbing for Olbermann tonight. Maybe they'll even let her nominate some Worst Persons in the World. Someone please explain why MSNBC hasn't given her a show yet. Is it because she's a lesbian and they're afraid of gay homosexual people on TV? Or do they think there should be one token liberal gadfly on TV? Really, the money they're paying Li'l Tucker could be used to hire some commentators with brains.

Crybaby conservative alert!

Shorter Patrick McHenry: "Waaaaaaaah! The mean soldiers won't let me go to the gym!"

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Okay, back to normalcy (such as it is)

I have been AWOL from blogging for the following reasons:

a. Work has been kerrrraaaaaa-zaaaaaaaay since one of my co-workers is leaving and a replacement has yet to be hired (this will change soon, of course).

b. Work has also been kerrrraaaaaa-zaaaaaaaay because I have three late projects in one month. Such is life; I'm not complaining. I am gainfully employed and thus I feel lucky. Late projects are just one of the complications of my line of work. Roll with the punches and all that.

c. I've been prepping to move in with Le Sweetie at the end of the month. I'll have a high speed internet connection and a faster commute. I'll also be living in Manhattan again--something I never imagined would happen. Some time this weekend, I'm going to buy a comforter. I've looked around my neighborhood and my office for places where I could buy a comforter for a reasonable price.

d. I've been at a loss for snarky comments ever since Huckabee and Yosemite Mitt left the race. There's nothing I could say about La Hill or McCain that hasn't been said before. Suffice it to say that I really am sick of La Hill's campaign and think McCain's campaign motto should be: "Same old shit, different administration." Those two are getting tiresome.

In positive news, I've been watching cartoons on the Discovery Kids channel and there are one or two clever shows there. What ever happened to "Class of 3000"? That's another Cartoon Network show that seems to have disappeared while the execrable "Ed, Edd, and Eddy" keeps going.

In other news, Michael Goodwin from the Daily News is on NY1, blabbering on Jeremiah Wright. Can we please let this matter die? Obama's already addressed this. Goodwin and his fellow bloviators need to give it a rest. Say, what about John McCain and that Hagee psycho he's been hanging out with. Eh, Michael? Or could it be the IOKIYAR principle at work?