Obama’s campaign money

No small bit was made of what seemed like gillions of dollars the Obama Presidential Campaign had raised and spent on staffing, advertising, etc., especially opting out of federal campaign financing and limits — all as if a Democrat had displaced the Republicans awash in money from their wealthy and large individual and business donors.  But according to Obama’s people, McCain/Palin and the national GOP had 20 million more than Obama/Biden and the Democratic National Committee as of October 15.  Just to set the record straight.

Think the Election went off without serious problems?

Think again.  Brad Blog reports a slew of them, including an Al Franken 12-point exit-poll win reduced to a virtual tie in “results” by suspicious voting machines … a probable 60-seat Democratic-caucus Senate imperiled by suspicious voting machines … a question of whether California’s anti-Gay referendum really passed … a question whether the good people of Alaska really intended to send a convicted felon back to the Senate … and a GOP threat to sue if any results diverge much from exit polls – talk about chutzpah!!!  Also material on Black Box Voting.org.  And I read somewhere an allegation of vote-machine hacking in Virginia.  And another from our Republican Irony Department: Alleged “voter fraud” by Pennsylvania’s fired fascist senator Rick Santorum, formerly a young GOP rising star.

Could I be as Irish as I am and not suspect that the powers behind the power have ‘allowed’ us a President Obama in order to fuel a roaring comeback in 2 or 4 years???  Have they shown as much real concern for the things they claim they’re concerned about, regarding Obama, as about their own power, cynicism, manipulativeness, enrichment (trillion-dollar-bailout, anybody?!), “liberties” (theirs not ours), impunity, corruption, etc.?

E-voting “malfunctions”?

When it happens repeatedly, is it a “malfunction,” or is it performing EXACTLY AS PROGRAMMED?!?!?!  The first law of computer programming: Garbage In, Garbage Out = GIGO.

Funny, I haven’t seen complaints of attempted votes for McSame being accidently recorded for Obama/Biden … just like in ’04!

Just because it seems to record a vote for Obama ONCE after many, many tries, does that guarantee that that vote will “stick,” or that it won’t happen to the next user, or a subsequent user, of that machine?  Modern science says a result must be repeatable … even computer science!  (Yes, I know it’s easy to forget computers are supposed to be actually scientific…!)

Virtual Poll Tax disenfranchises lower-class voters

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s nickname for overlong lines at polling places.  I seem to remember allegations that these were sometimes engineered in Ohio in ’04 by Republican Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell in Democratic precincts, by assigning them busted voting machines….

5 GOP dirty tricks to keep Dems from voting

Watch out for these and many others.  Ignore them, even!

McCain’s qualifications to be President

Those who have known him for up to half a century call him hot-headed and fear him having his finger on The Nuculer Button, including a fellow POW (you might have heard he was a Vietnam POW) and two GOP Senators.  He’s “abused everyone he’s dealt with,” according to another long colleague.  That same webpage quotes McCain himself saying he’s been conceited and embarrassed himself at times; while we appreciate the honesty, since we do know him, we have to wonder if it was ghost-written, and in any case, it offers no promise of an improvement in issues of war and peace, over the last 8 years.  Another Arizona politico says he holds grudges big time, even against (then-)relatively insignificant functionaries who cross him.  He even picks on women, threatens to hit them, reduces them to tears in public hearings, even relatives of fellow POW/MIAs.  But most disturbing to me is how, according to respected GOP Senate colleague Thad Cochran, he went into a foreign country and manhandled one of its officials in front of armed guards – totally out of control.  I’ll take the liberty not to name my source for this version of this well-known account because it could be prejudicial, but it’s certainly public and easily available:

In January of 2008, Republican Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi had this to say about McCain:

The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine.  He’s erratic.  He’s hotheaded.  He loses his temper and he worries me.

A chill down the spine?  You have to understand that Cochran is considered to be a soft-spoken southern gentleman and is not prone to hyperbole in the Senate.  When he made this comment, people knew he would not be saying it unless he meant it.

Cochran also told a reporter about the time he remembered being with McCain on a diplomatic mission to Nicaragua.  They were sitting at a table with the president of Nicaragua and suddenly McCain reached across the table, grabbed a government official by his collar and lifted him out of his chair:

I don’t know what he was telling him but I thought, good grief, everybody around here has got guns and we were there on a diplomatic mission.  I don’t know what had happened to provoke John but he obviously got mad at the guy and he just reached over there and snatched him.

{BTW, that president is once again President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, though now more pro-business.  I can’t determine when this incident is alleged to have taken place; presumably no later than 1990, when the Sandinistas fell from power, and McCain was 54.  Henry Hyde’s homewrecking affair, what he called his “youthful indiscretion,” ran from ages 41 to 45.  Was McCain’s assaulting a foreign official also a “youthful indiscretion”?!!  So much for his so-called foreign policy experience….}

…I wonder now what they are going to do to New Hampshire’s former Republican Senator Bob Smith to get him to retract this comment from April of 2008:

His [McCain’s] temper would place this country at risk in international affairs, and the world perhaps in danger.  In my mind, it should disqualify him.

Smith added:

I’ve witnessed a lot of his temper and outbursts.  For me, some of this stuff is relevant.  It raises questions about stability….  It’s more than just temper.  It’s this need of his to show you that he’s above you — a sneering, condescending attitude.

{Sounds like Cheney!  Yikes!}

He called Cindy a trollop and a c— in front of staffers and reporters.  Apparently he admits his tantrums go back to infancy; he never grew out them. 

Speaking of the current Mrs. McCain, her father, whose fortune she seems to have access to already, is said to have ties to Organized Crime, just like the Bushes, only more recently.  And it appears that either Cindy is ‘wearing the pants’ in that couple, or sheltering the vast majority of their wealth behind records she has sworn she will never let us see, for reasons at which we can only speculate.

By his own admission he doesn’t ‘do’ economics; poor timing, since we’re in a bad Recession just now!

McCain’s ties to extremists and other unsavory characters.  Jeremiah Wright is just a Black Liberation Theologian — if you were Black you might be pissed too; and Ayers is “a washed-up ex-terrorist.”  McCain’s buddies are present-tense, White, and powerful!

Which McCain are we voting for anyway, or which one will we get, the supposed maverick, or the Bushie hack?

He has an inordinate number of “senior moments,” raising questions about his lucidity, sanity, memory, good faith, etc.  I’ve read he’s shown 6 of the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease already.  And as reported here:

Gerontologists and retirement planners have learned that aging brains compensate for cognitive decline by relying on templates of familiar knowledge more than problem solving. That’s usually a good thing, but neuroscientists have also found that memory loss can lead people to substitute incorrect information. This phenomenon, called confabulation, rather than being random, often takes the form of untrue “facts” that make them feel better — giving them what scientists have called “the pleasantness of false beliefs.” So are McCain’s stumbles simply misstatements, or evidence of a mind filling in blanks with wish fulfillment? Well, we really have no idea. But neither does McCain: His aides told reporters in May that he has had no mental evaluations in the past eight years.

And according to a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder doctor also cited there (typos in original):

Sen McCain’s life history indicates that his brain is at greater than average risk of dysfunction and impairment in the following areas:

  • capacity to learn, recall, and reason with complex new information
  • judgement and impulse control
  • capacity to devote sustained attention.

Sen McCain – like all victims of trauma and torture – is entitled to absolute privacy regardiing his personal medical history. We as American citizens, however, are entitled to all possible information about the men and women who choose to ask act us to select them as president.

At the very least, Sen McCain’s history raises many questions about the presence of objectively determinable disruption in neuropsychiatric function. He and his camapign have been forthcoming with his medical records in the past; his brain history strongly suggests that obtaining and releasing the results of current neuropsychiatric testing, imaging studies (perhaps including functional MRI and or auditory evoked potential findings) and other relevant assessments would be required in order to conclude that Sen McCain would bring to the Oval Office a brain functioning sufficiently well to serve as the second President of the 21st Century.

He has a greater than 1 in 3 chance of being dead in two years as a result of having had Stage IIa melanoma, one of his four cancers, in combination with his age (72).  Sorry to say it, but a vote for McCain may be a vote for a President Sarah PalinReally “Not ready to lead,” to coin a phrase.  She even already thinks highly enough of herself to address someone on the phone she thinks is French President Nicolas Sarkozy as “Nico”?: How many fake hockey moms do you know on a nickname basis with a foreign head of state?!!  She’s not salt of the earth, she’s epsom salt: softening us up, and corrosive!  In any case, the Palin nomination was McCain’s first “Presidential” decision; not a good sign.  There are many better-qualified Republicans he could’ve selected, even with broader appeal, even connectable with the Religious Right like she is, but he didn’t.  Too bad for America, win or lose.  This ticket has already lowered the bar even further than W did, and that won’t be good for American politics or elections or governance.

Why would a good Catholic vote Democratic?

(Aside from the candidates’ personal qualifications to do their jobs, that is.)

Abortion shocks the well-formed conscience, especially when it’s not necessary to literally save the woman’s life.  Also, I never knowingly met a Gay person until I left the Catholic Church in the early ’90s.  And I’m a virgin, but I still feel a little weird about birth control, and sex ed in public schools.  And yes, I’m concerned about Islam’s progress in Europe and North America, when they don’t seem able to rein-in their radicals enough to prevent something as heinous as 9/11, the East Africa embassy bombings, the Cole bombing, 7/7, or Madrid.

Catholic radio is telling you to vote Republican for one, more, or all of the above reasons, or more, though they’re really not allowed to endorse candidates or parties.  Some or all U.S. Catholic Bishops are pronouncing abortion a transcendent issue.  Now, I’m a Catholic-trained ethicist.  I studied 5 years for the priesthood and religious life.  I attended 11 years of parochial school (Balto. Catechism questions and answers!), 4 of Catholic high school, 4 of Catholic college, and 2 of Catholic graduate school.  I don’t have a Ph.D., but I respectfully disagree with the idea of abortion as transcendent political issue.  Fr. Frank Pavone’s (of Priests for Life) logic that without “life” no other issue matters, is an emotional slogan, not a philosophical or theological or moral argument.  As such, it does a disservice to the Catholic tradition of moral theological reasoning.

I submit that the Global Warming Cataclysm and the restoration of (small-D) democratic, constitutional, law-respecting, internationally-cooperative government to the United States, are the two most important issues in this campaign, not only for Americans but literally the entire world, more than 6 billion people, exponentially more than are affected by the “conservative Catholic” issues.

Global Warming is expected to create at least a billion refugees by mid-century, and many will die of GW-related disease, hunger, thirst, war, and instability.  Some scientists believe it may transform much of the surface of the Earth, in bad ways.  And if my cumulative analysis is correct, by 2200 we will lose one-third to two-thirds of humanity because of the Global Warming Cataclysm and other parts of the coming “Perfect Storm”: Peak Oil, Third-World ‘dirty’ industrialization, the spread of unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles and asthma and allergies, and the (temporarily) declining planetary magnetic field with rising cancer rates from reduced solar shielding.  To be honest, neither major party is positively addressing these latter issues yet.  And the Republicans have been at the beck and call of Big Oil for 8 years — Bush and Cheney are oilmen, talk about the fox in charge of the henhouse — and have dropped the ball even on the Global Warming Cataclysm, whereas the Democrats say they’ll start trying to work to lessen and counteract its effects, the most compassionate, realistic plan available.

Linked to this is the restoration of respect for law and international aid and cooperation to the U.S. government.  What Washington does or fails to do – politically, economically, militarily, culturally – affects the entire world like no other single country.  We are today’s Rome, for good or for ill … the world’s sole hyperpower.

In the U.S. about a million abortions take place each year.  Even if each involves a father, mother, doctor, nurse, etc., that’s still a few million, against 6 billion plus, and tens of millions of lives if not more; plus, the Global Warming Cataclysm’s effects have been building since the dawn of industrialization in 1750, and will continue building even after we start doing something about them, so the longer we wait, the worse it will be, especially for the world’s weakest and poorest.

OTOH, what have the Republicans really done about abortion anyway, besides use it to raise funds and votes – “red meat for the base”?  There appears little to gain even on the abortion front by voting Republican, whereas Democrats for Life is gaining traction within their party by proposing to prevent most abortions performed in this country by working to remove their social causes: The 95-10 Initiative.

So I conclude that morally a Catholic should vote Democratic, and support Democrats for Life.

Not to mention the Democratic stands on all the other Catholic Social Teachings of the last century or more!

Nader ad

Yes, I heard a Ralph Nader presidential campaign ad on the radio in the middle of the night the other night.  First one I ever heard in all his years of running.  How deluded must he be to still be saying, after the last eight years, that there’s no difference between Republicans and Democrats in Washington???  What does Nader really stand for when all’s said and done?  Certainly not the environment or consumer protection, not workplace safety or civil rights, not even the automotive safety he cut his teeth on all those years ago, because all these have backslid since W. stole the 2000 election with Nader’s help.

Yup, yup, America’s done just swell under Bush/Nader these last 8 years!

Ralph, you belong with us liberal Democrats.  Please!

McCain on Obama’s 30-minute commercial

Getting caught-up here, but if McCain can’t even tell the truth about the timing of the World Series — it WAS NOT affected by Obama’s commercial, as any regular viewer of baseball on Fox TV could have told him  —  and if McCain can’t accept the “market forces” or “free enterprise” that allowed Obama to air it, McCain is clearly not ready for prime time … just Leno and Saturday Night Live, real “celebrity” that he is!!!  Apparently market forces and free enterprise are only for SOME Americans, not all of us: rich, White, Republican, conservative, corporatist, anti-constitutionalist, above-the-law, etc. etc. etc.

NONPARTISAN “ELECTION PROTECTION COALITION” NATIONAL HOTLINE

2006 e-voting election theft even bigger than 2004?!

Exit Poll plan

All networks’ “experts” locked up together all day Tuesday, no leaksI smell a coverup.  Collusion.  Probably in favor of the Republicans who sign their paychecks.  They sound more concerned about their own embarassment than about the shredding of the Constitution and of the Rule of Law.  But no, millions of us ‘just misunderstood, didn’t know’ in 2000 and ’04, we’re all just ‘too dumb.’  Well, we’re not too dumb to know when the wool is being pulled over our eyes; when formally published, supposedly complete exit poll data change before our eyes.

Why only one exit poll, anyway?  This is like the lazy science we’re also increasingly subjected to, where one experiment is considered proof of something new.  Every experiment should be duplicated before publication — isn’t that what they told us in elementary school? — and every poll should be too, preferably by someone else.

Increasingly in this country, voting becomes a ‘religious’ act: we do the right thing even if it might not have any effect in this space and time, simply because it’s right, even if McCain eerily predicts a ‘miraculous’ comeback, like W. swearing Jeb promised him Florida in ’00, and Mr. E-voting pledging to deliver him Ohio in ’04.

So get ready for every excuse in the book: imperfect election systems, imperfect voting devices, lost ballots, imperfect ballots, not enough voting devices, lying Whites, cheating Blacks and Hispanics and Democrats and liberals, massive last-minute shifts in opinion, Republican judges and Justices, elite losers’ “civil right to a presumption of victory,” imperfect vote-counting devices, illiterate Democrats, analysts’ stupidity, yada yada yada.

But do the right thing anyway.  Even if McCain and the Repugs steal it again, “God who sees in secret will reward you.”  And He will not let us suffer all the way until He returns again in Glory….  “‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.”

Maybe it’d be better if we had a warm-weather change of government, rather than in the dead of winter, November-January, when people are less apt to come out and protest a coup d’etat in Washington and most of the rest of the country….  Elections just before Memorial Day, Inauguration Columbus Day weekend perhaps, also leaving more time, enough time to make sure the election was done right?

For change, vote for the Same?!

Nobody’s really said it better than the comic strip Non Sequitur a month ago….

Bush interferes in Ohio voter case, flouts his own Supreme Court

Is this unprecedented?!!  Even the corrupt Supremes threw the case out unanimously, ie, even the Republican ones, yet the Bushies aren’t taking No for an answer.  Is this a case of “How many legions has the Supreme Court”?  Will they have to send over a unit of U.S. Marshals to inhibit the White House from abetting the theft of this election?  Take command of the Secret Service?  Do they have the stones?!

McCAIN/PALIN DON’T WANT INDEPENDENTS

The MSM keeps saying that the latest GOP talking point — to keep Democrats from controlling “every branch of government” *  — is an appeal to independent voters.  But that’s ridiculous, because the GOP was certainly OK with single-party control of ALL THREE BRANCHES 2000-2006!  (Not counting the Reagan, Bush I, and Clinton [sic] administrations, and fake Democrats in Congress all along!!)

No, this is really just more “red meat for the base.”  I think they’re afraid the “base” will stay home with all the polls pointing to a Democratic sweep of the Executive and Legislative Branches … so this is to make sure they come out even if McCain/Palin look like they’re losing, to try to keep Congress at least.  Independents certainly aren’t interested in single-party control of ALL THREE BRANCHES again!

Nevermind that it looks like the national Republican Party seems to be splintering, McCain’s campaign now professing doubt they’ll (re)take Congress, and Congressional candidates doubting they’ll retain the White House.  Watch for them to turn their daggers on each other/eat their young in these final days.

Speaking of talking points, how come the MSM keep playing the same tired McSame/Failin’ lies without contradicting them with objective research?  When the Nazis did this, it was the Big Lie Strategy — keep saying it till the people believe it.  “He said/she said” political coverage isn’t journalism, just PR!

(*–Last time I checked, the Supreme Court wasn’t up in this election, and was still firmly in Repug control … unless they think President Obama will try to pull an FDR and threaten to nominate extra Justices to the Court!  [There’s an idea…!])

And so the “glitches” begin.

…according to several stories I read on my phone while IBS’ing in a supermarket bathroom last night.  (On a related note, Donna Brazile tells it like it is!)

And the Repugs have so little confidence in their Indiana Jim Crow voter-i.d. law that they want to play judicial games now?  Disingenuous.  “Dishonorable.”

But PLEASE, don’t let them suppress your vote.  Go.  Vote.  Take or borrow a cell phone.  If they try to make trouble for you, go to http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/vpcreport and tell the Obama campaign about it IMMEDIATELY.  UPDATED Sun 2 November: And/Or call the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition — http://www.866ourvote.org/ — toll-free at 1-866-OUR-VOTE, and/or use their website to report “glitches.”  Call the number for you LOCAL Democratic Party in the phone book and tell them.  Call the local TV and radio news departments.  If you have a liberal radio talk show in your market, call them too.

I swear, the Democrats better not leave GOP shenanigans to the Greens and Libertarians THIS time!

“Social justice is a matter of life and death”

Speaking of Canada, some reports out up there and elsewhere suggest maybe we all need more than a little dose of “socialism.”  As someone else put it, “The rich get richer, and the poor get sick” … AND DIE EARLY!  Even in Toronto.  Although they haven’t had a true progressive federal government up there in decades….

It’s called The Common Good, people.  You ARE your brother’s keeper: Genesis 4:9Remember the Rich Man and Lazarus: Luke 16: 19-31.  And the Last Judgment: Matthew 25: 31-46.

New Exodus to Canada?! (satire)

A droll piece purporting to be from a Manitoba newspaperPLEASE!!!  VOTE FIRST, THEN  SPLIT!!!  I know it’ll be a month colder up there, but we can’t give up YET, and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!!!  Besides, I’m disabled, I’d never make it, even if I was an English major!!! 😉

Then again, if Palin’s gonna get away with hinting about Rep. “Uncle” Barney Frank as a pedophile*….  Race-baiting, pedo-baiting, Red Scare / McCarthyism (I don’t mean Jenny!), bigotry, woeful judgment, a hot temper and violence, questionable health, corporatocracy, potential PTSD, faked assaults — If we let them steal this one, it might be hard to get it back from them.  So much for your vaunted rights and freedoms, “inventory and investments”**….  😦

(*–Honestly, that’s right up there with Dick Armey’s “Barney Fag” — as if a guy named Dick Armey has any right to talk!)

(**–Yeah, that’s Joe the Plumber, “inventory and investments”!  TOTALLY OUT OF TOUCH AND OUT OF CONTROL!)

Undercounting Obama survey support?

So suggests this article.  But watch the GOP scream “voter fraud” if it happens!

Palin a young, inexperienced celebrity

So whose alleged inexperience to you fear more behind the big desk in the Oval Office: the United States Senator from Illinois, who’s lived abroad, served the community, taught law, and labored in the U.S. Senate?  Or the most recent mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, “a town with fewer people than the bleacher section at Wrigley Field”?!?!?!

McCain and Repugs scream theft?

They charge Democrats and our supporters are stealing the election, and sue us?  That’s rich, and a classic case of misdirection, like sleight-of-hand magicians, considering McCain and the Republicans are publicly in the process of trying to prevent millions of us Democrats, poor, people of color, students, Blue-Staters, city residents, etc., from voting — AND privately, most assuredly rigging the e-voting machines or e-counting machines for good measure.  These are all repeats from 2000 and 2004, and possibly ’02 and ’06 too.

Lately we’re hearing that racist voters might lie to pollsters about their willingness, or not, to vote for Obama, excusing a discrepancy between pre-election surveys and the reported results or exit polls.  Is the re-surfacing of talk about this “Bradley Effect” preparing us for another stealth coup d’etat?  Nevermind that there might not have even been a Bradley Effect!  Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley, a Black man, ran for Governor of California in 1982, and led going into Election Day, but lost, inspiring this Bradley Effect theory.  But some analysts I’ve read (I can’t locate where now) say that since both his lead and his defeat were within the polls’ margin of error, the Effect may be an illusion.  So beware allegations of an Obama Effect in coming weeks before and after Election Day!  It’ll be like in Ohio in ’04, when we were told that Republican voters intentionally lied to pollsters or refused to respond, producing the “glitch” that seemed to say W. carried that State’s election results, and the whole enchilada.  Was John Kerry Black?!?!?!

(Reminds me of the line in The Commitments about a Dublin, Ireland, soul band: “The Irish are the Blacks of Europe.  Dubliners are the Blacks of Ireland.  Northsiders are the Blacks of Dublin.  So say it loud: I’m Black and I’m proud!“)

Aboriginals making the difference in Canadian elections?

Could be.  It could be that close.

A vote for McCain is a vote for Palin

Haven’t we had enough trouble with hot interns in the White House?!!!

McCain dying?!

Sweet Bailouts!

Funny how they don’t hesitate to give 800 billion of our and our grandchildren’s money to big business, the rich, and “investors,” while they nickel-and-dime us poor people to death!  Just four questions:

  1. How can the taxpayers be bilked without a Congressional Appropriation?
  2. Is there an election coming up?!! 😉
  3. How much of this money will come back into Republican campaign coffers?!!!  (I’m put in mind of the Canadian Liberals’ Sponsorship Scandal, and the U.S.-Canada softwood lumber deal that created a slush fund for W. and Harper!)
  4. For that matter, do campaign contributions determine which corporations we bail out and which we leave to “market forces”?!!!

Just let any one of you try and get help from the government when you’re in real need, disabled, unemployed, tied-down at home with kids, even trying to get off drugs, etc etc.!  Sure, there are programs, but talk about humiliation!

BTW, can we really have a President at this time who admits he’s economically clueless?!!!  Thanks for the honesty, McCain, but C-ya!!!

MSNBC caves

They leave the field to the Fox/ABC/NBC Normal/CBS/CNN Conglomerate.  So much for the So-Called Liberal Media (SCLM)!  LOL!

Do we really know McCain?

McCain is touting America’s familiarity with him over Obama.  I guess it’s the devil you know over the devil you don’t know?!!  If that’s the best he has against the Democratic nominee, this’ll be a slam dunk!

But seriously, does the McCain America knows really exist?  The “maverick” buddy of the Religious Right and Bush/Cheney?  The “maverick” beloved of the MSM who votes mostly with the Hard Right?

Who’s zoomin’ who, Senator?  America is having the wool pulled over its eyes, I think.