Proposition 8 is Jim Crow for homosexuals, plain and simple. The Proposition is funded by out of state money from a deranged religious cult. Californians should not be further restricting their fellow Californian citizens the right to marry whomever they choose.
If you vote yes on Proposition 8, you are a bigot.
When examining the chart it's important to note that although most of the candidates seem quite different, in substance they occupy a relatively restricted area within the universal political spectrum. Democracies with a system of proportional representation give expression to a wider range of political views. While Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader are depicted on the extreme left in an American context, they would simply be mainstream social democrats within the wider political landscape of Europe. Similarly, Obama is popularly perceived as a leftist in the United States while elsewhere in the west his record is that of a moderate conservative. For example, in the case of the death penalty he is not an uncompromising abolitionist, while mainstream conservatives in all other western democracies are deeply opposed to capital punishment. The Democratic party's presidential candidate also reneged on his commitment to oppose the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He sided with the ultra conservative bloc in the Supreme Court against the Washington DC handgun ban and for capital punishment in child rape cases. He supports President Bush's faith-based initiatives and is reported in Fortune to have said that NAFTA isn't so bad. Despite all this, some angry emailers tell us that Obama is a dangerous socialist who belongs on the extreme left of our chart. In an apparently close race, genuine leftists McKinney and Nader may attract sufficient votes from Obama to deliver McCain to the Oval Office.
There is no question that McCain suffered hideously in North Vietnam. His ejection over a lake in downtown Hanoi broke his knee and both his arms. During his capture, he was bayoneted in the ankle and the groin, and had his shoulder smashed by a rifle butt. His tormentors dragged McCain's broken body to a cell and seemed content to let him expire from his injuries. For the next two years, there were few days that he was not in agony.
But the subsequent tale of McCain's mistreatment — and the transformation it is alleged to have produced — are both deeply flawed. The Code of Conduct that governed POWs was incredibly rigid; few soldiers lived up to its dictate that they "give no information . . . which might be harmful to my comrades." Under the code, POWs are bound to give only their name, rank, date of birth and service number — and to make no "statements disloyal to my country."
Soon after McCain hit the ground in Hanoi, the code went out the window. "I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital," he later admitted pleading with his captors. McCain now insists the offer was a bluff, designed to fool the enemy into giving him medical treatment. In fact, his wounds were attended to only after the North Vietnamese discovered that his father was a Navy admiral. What has never been disclosed is the manner in which they found out: McCain told them. According to Dramesi, one of the few POWs who remained silent under years of torture, McCain tried to justify his behavior while they were still prisoners. "I had to tell them," he insisted to Dramesi, "or I would have died in bed."
Watched KLM "City of Lima", a B74, touch down on 24L and pull right up in front of me. God damn, that's a big bird! Picture to come now:
( City of Lima )
Upgraded to first on Virgin America. $50USD. Probably a bit of a splurge for a 1h40m flight, but why not, I make the big bux.
Going down to Hell A to hang out with fuali for his birthday. Will try to get him to swing Dem this election, and work on his parents back in Ohio. Or will just get drunk for two days straight. Probably the latter.
Update: I'll keep it brief for now since I'm posting from my work LX. Flight delayed 3 hours. SFO ground crew for VX are morons. Free drinks, flirted with stewardess.
Upshot, despite delay I highly recommend first class.
Leaving about 90 minutes late. Fuck you, Ike.
Edit: Delayed another 25 minutes, stuck on the skirt. Double fuck-you, Ike.
Reading NANOG on my cow.org shell account in mutt at 6:30AM or so, when the list started going apeshit with talk about some plane hitting the trade center. My first thought was "small plane", like someone's turboprop or a Cesna. But something about the chaos and misinformation on NANOG made me turn on the TV, like this was bigger than an accident or a network outage.
Ironically, the #5ESS in the basement of one of the buildings stayed up for a day or two after the buildings collapsed. Score one for Lucent.
Later in the day, many misadventures of me and Larry, my roommate at the time: trying to give blood only to be turned away; not having enough money in the ATM to take out $20, and talking the bodega clerk into giving us a liter of Jim Beam (he was probably scared shitless having brown skin); watching the news in a stunned murmur with 200 other people crammed into the Kilowatt. Jon Stewart freaking out. Not crying until I went to bed, but sobbing for a good ten minutes straight, uncontrollably, shaking -- after being totally emotionless all day -- after finally getting a hold of my mother in Cleveland.
All in all, a pretty rough day. Took the rest of the week off, developed an affinity for plane spotting.
[NOTE: After receiving lots of very positive feedback to my "One-pager?" post last night and some suggested changes, I've rewritten it a bit and reformatted it. If you want a one-page Word doc that you can print and distribute in your campaign work, email me and I will send it to you. Feel free to remove my name if you wish. Also, I've posted it on my blog at http://my.barackobama.com/
by Wade Hudson <wadehudson@
Given his temperament, track record, and life-long commitment to public service, the American people can trust that if elected President Barack Obama will run the Executive Office effectively, with the common good foremost in his mind. He will also use the “bully pulpit” of the Presidency to rally ordinary people to counter the power of the special interests and their lobbyists. He will continue to inspire us to care for each other and work together to improve ourselves and the larger community.
We know this because of how he has run his campaign.
- This long, arduous effort has tested him severely and through it all, he has demonstrated that he can manage a large operation with great skill and grace.
- He has responded to moments of pressure calmly and intelligently.
- He brings people together and forges consensus.
- He inspires and holds people accountable without being harsh.
- He makes decisions thoughtfully, after taking time to listen to others and reflect on what they have to say.
- His first decision after winning the nomination, selecting Joe Biden as his running mate, illustrates his judgment.
- He knows how to lead, without being authoritarian.
- He’s willing to compromise when it’s necessary to make progress, while consistently holding to his core principles.
- He’s able to cooperate with others, including other countries, while maintaining an essential strength.
- He recognizes the need to limit the arbitrary, top-down power of the President.
- His campaign has been based on building the largest, grassroots organization in the history of U.S. elections, thereby empowering citizens.
John McCain, on the other hand, ran a chaotic campaign until he brought in a protégé of Karl Rove to tighten the ship.
- Rove and his people know how to run nasty political campaigns, but as demonstrated by the George Bush Administration, they don’t know how to manage the federal government.
- Moreover, McCain has shown that his explosive temper makes him ill suited to be President.
- A fellow Republican, Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who has known him for more than three decades, said, “The thought of McCain being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.” (“GOP Senators Reassess Views About McCain: His Old Foes Still Wary Of His Pugnacious Style,” Paul Kane, Washington Post, February 4, 2008, A01.)
- McCain has admitted that he often makes decisions rashly and suffers the consequences later.
- His selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate, made in only a few days at most without proper investigation or public discussion beforehand, demonstrates his tendency to make decisions secretly and unilaterally.
- His early cheerleading for the occupation of Iraq, even before President Bush had talked about it publicly, reveals an inclination to rely excessively on unilateral military action.
- Once in office, McCain would surely continue the Bush pattern of centralizing more power in the hands of the President, inevitably leading to more abuse and the violation of fundamental liberties and human rights.
- McCain’s campaign is resorting to the same old, divisive, slash-and-burn tactics that the Republicans have used for years.
The choice is clear.
So.. clearly the way to win over Bill O'Reilly is to flatter him. Obama does this deftly, and Colbert does it with panache while still managing to lampoon him.