Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Gloria Steinem Palin: Wrong Woman, Wrong Message
Gloria Steinem, The Los Angeles Times: "Here's the good news: Women have become so politically powerful that even the anti-feminist right wing - the folks with a headlock on the Republican Party - are trying to appease the gender gap with a first-ever female vice president. We owe this to women - and to many men too - who have picketed, gone on hunger strikes or confronted violence at the polls so women can vote. We owe it to Shirley Chisholm, who first took the 'white-male-only' sign off the White House, and to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who hung in there through ridicule and misogyny to win 18 million votes."
t r u t h o u t 09.05
John Nichols The Anti-Republican Republican
John Nichols, The Nation: "In the eighth year of Republican dominance of the executive branch of the federal government, after an extended period in which Republicans also controlled the legislative branch of the same federal government, the party's nominee for president told its convention, 'We need to change the way government does almost everything: from the way we protect our security to the way we compete in the world economy; from the way we respond to disasters to the way we fuel our transportation network; from the way we train our workers to the way we educate our children.' Never in recent American history has the candidate of a party seeking to maintain its hold on the presidency seen its candidate so aggressively dismiss the legacy of the incumbent commander-in-chief and his allies."
Robert Parry The Anti-Obama Hate-Fest
Robert Parry, Consortium News: "The Republican Party, which has defined modern-day negative politics, was back at it again, bashing Barack Obama and the news media in an ugly display that rivaled the old days of Nixon-Agnew - or George W. Bush's last convention where GOP operatives passed out 'Purple Heart Band-Aids' to mock John Kerry's war wounds. After a slow start because of Hurricane Gustav, the convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, has turned into an anti-Obama hate-fest with a nearly all-white gathering laughing at and mocking the nation's first African-American presidential nominee of a major party. However, beyond the pulsating contempt visible on the faces of the GOP delegates, many of the nasty attacks on Obama - as well as the effusive praise for the Republican ticket - were blatantly false, as if testing the depths of American gullibility and bigotry."
Did you see Barack Obama go on The O'Reilly Factor last night-right into the belly of the beast? While we didn't want Obama to appear on FOX initially, he wisely chose the same night John McCain delivered his RNC speech (the same night FOX received some of its highest ratings) to make an appearance. Talk about stealing the GOP's thunder!
Obama was no doubt trying to appeal to conservative voters, since 88% of FOX viewers voted Republican in 2004. But FOX won't let their conservative base go without a fight. That's why O'Reilly needled and interrupted Obama, trying to get him to simplify many of his answers-a far cry from the softballs O'Reilly lobbed at many prominent Republicans like Rudy Giuliani in the past. And that's why FOX has been attacking Obama with the same relentless smear tactics that they used against John Kerry four years ago. Watch them use the exact same attacks.
Watch the video and spread it to everyone you know.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
During her speech in St. Paul on Wednesday night, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin purported to speak for women, small town residents, and everyone who isn’t a member of the “Washington elite.” Sarah Palin is an intelligent, well spoken woman, but it must be made clear:
- We don’t want a country in which women who are raped are refused the right to choose abortion.
- We don’t want a country in which religious dogma is taught in public school science class.
- We don’t want a country where gay and lesbian citizens are discriminated against.
- We don’t want a country where books are banned from public libraries.
America is strongest when we are united, not divided. When our Constitutional liberties are respected. When our politicians rely on ideas and opinions instead of distortions and attacks.
The challenges we face are too big to be reduced to name-calling. Sarah Palin doesn’t speak for me.
In her acceptance speech last night at the Republican National Convention, Vice Presidential nominee and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said, "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a `community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities."
Nominally, her words were an assault on Barack Obama's early career as a community organizer on Chicago's south side. But the impact reaches farther than that and are a direct affront to the thousands who have dedicated their lives to making America great.
I just signed a petition to tell Governor Palin to apologize for her disparaging remarks about community organizers -- I hope you will too.
Please have a look and take action.
During her 2006 run for Governor, Palin was asked, "Will you support an effort to expand hate crimes laws?" Palin's response? "No, as I believe all heinous crime is based on hate."
"Do you support the Alaska Supreme Court's ruling that spousal benefits for state employees should be given to same-sex couples? Why or why not?" Palin: "No, I believe spousal benefits are reserved for married citizens as defined in our constitution."
And last, but not least, Palin was asked about her top three priorities as Governor, with regard to families. Palin's #2 priority? "Preserving the definition of 'marriage' as defined in our constitution."
Will Bunch Palin's Speech to Nowhere
Will Bunch, The Philadelphia Daily News: "Sarah Palin delivered a great speech tonight -- for her party, for John McCain, for herself, for what she set out to accomplish.... The pundits are fawning over it as I write this -- Tom Brokaw said she could not have been 'more winning and more engaging' -- and in a world that is dominated by horse race journalism I can understand why, because I agree that Palin's one-of-a-kind story has given her long shot running mate a decent chance now of pulling this one out at the finish line. It's a good metaphor, a horse race, because in the end it finishes right near where it started -- just as it will be for America if John McCain and Sarah Palin are sworn in on Jan. 20, 2009. Yes, it was a great speech politically, and a great night for her family, but an empty speech for America -- and for America's families. It was defined by its lowest moment, Palin's shameless lie about 'the Bridge to Nowhere.' This was a Speech to Nowhere."
Barack Obama continues to hold a significant lead over John McCain, 49% to 42%, in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking results, which reflect the impact of the initial events of the Republican convention through early Wednesday, but not Sarah Palin’s highly-anticipated speech Wednesday evening.
Account of Peggy Noonan and Former McCain Top Staffer Expressing Dismay at Selection of Palin for VP Reaches the New York Times. Normally This Sort of Story Gets Buried, But It Bubbled Up from the Net to the NYT on the Eve of Palin's "Acceptance Speech." "It's Over," Noonan Declares of the McCain Campaign.
Bill O'Reilly is the BuzzFlash Media Putz of the Week for September 4, 2008. Strange though, when we found out that 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears was pregnant, O'Reilly had a different take. "Now most teens are pinheads in some ways. But here the blame falls primarily on the parents of the girl, who obviously have little control over her or even over Britney Spears. Look at the way she behaves."
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
September 2, 2008
Barack Obama now wins the support of 50% of registered voters in general election preferences, his highest level to date. His 8-point margin over John McCain, with 42%, is one point shy of his widest lead, seen in late July.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
From the GOP's approved 2008 convention platform: "We consider discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion, creed, disability, or national origin to be immoral." Who's missing from that list? Oh, right, we are. The GOP says it right there: discrimination against gays IS NOT IMMORAL.
The all-volunteer force has been a success. We oppose reinstituting the draft, whether directly or through compulsory national service. We support the advancement of women in the military and their exemption from ground combat units. Military priorities and mission must determine personnel policies. Esprit and cohesion are necessary for military effectiveness and success on the battlefield. To protect our servicemen and women and ensure that America's Armed Forces remain the best in the world, we affirm the timelessness of those values, the benefits of traditional military culture, and the incompatibility of homosexuality with military service.On marriage equality:
Preserving Traditional Marriage
Because our children's future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it. In the absence of a national amendment, we support the right of the people of the various states to affirm traditional marriage through state initiatives.Republicans have been at the forefront of protecting traditional marriage laws, both in the states and in Congress. A Republican Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of states not to recognize same-sex "marriages" licensed in other states. Unbelievably, the Democratic Party has now pledged to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which would subject every state to the redefinition of marriage by a judge without ever allowing the people to vote on the matter. We also urge Congress to use its Article III, Section 2 power to prevent activist federal judges from imposing upon the rest of the nation the judicial activism in Massachusetts and California. We also encourage states to review their marriage and divorce laws in order to strengthen marriage. As the family is our basic unit of society, we oppose initiatives to erode parental rights.In their platform, the Democrats called for a repeal of DADT and DOMA. (Via - Pam's House Blend)
Monday, September 1, 2008
This morning, on ABC in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, Cindy McCain endorsed this very view..
Asked about Palin's national security experience, Cindy McCain could not come up with anything beyond the fact that, after all, her state is right next to Russia. "You know, the experience that she comes from is, what she has done in government -- and remember that Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia."
She added that Palin has "way more experience than...." but Stephanopoulos cut her off before she could say, for example, "Barack Obama" or maybe "others give her credit for."
Earlier in the interview, she said that Palin was "heavily experienced" in general, citing her going from the PTA to mayor to governor -- and having a son headed for Iraq. She actually said that she started her political career at the PTA "like everybody else."
Sunday, August 31, 2008
What a McCain Victory Would Mean
Tuesday 26 August 2008
by: Robert Parry, Consortium News
McCain has supported the Bush agenda. In judging the shape of a future John McCain presidency, there are already plenty of dots that are easy to connect. They reveal an image of a war-like Empire so full of hubris that it could take the world into a cascade of crises, while extinguishing what is left of the noble American Republic.
FOCUS Frank Rich: Obama Outwits the Bloviators
Frank Rich, The New York Times: "After a weeklong orgy of inane manufactured melodrama labeled 'convention coverage' on television, Barack Obama descended in classic deus ex machina fashion - yes, that's Greek too - to set the record straight. America is in too much trouble, he said, to indulge in 'a big election about small things.'"