Archive for September, 2008

Postscript

September 30, 2008

Let me give you an update on four Republicans within my social circle.  I have previously said that a further erosion in our economy generally, along with a beating in one’s own pocketbook specifically, would cause these people to “turn”, to vote for Obama.  This is happening.

One person decided yesterday, after living through the 770 point drop of the Dow and the wicked scariness of having Sarah Plain on the ticket, to vote Democratic.   One down, three to go.  Another person, after being subject to yet an additiional margin call on his brokerage account, is in somewhat of a panic and resorts to dead silence when asked his thoughts on Palin.  A third individual was over at my house and, as he walked in, said that if the market has another day like yesterday, his vote is going to Obama.  A fourth individual on my block announced today that the planned renovations on her house have been canceled.

I do not enjoy this roller coaster ride of our economy.  I do not take pleasure in the financial losses of others.  But I DO detest stupidity and greed more than almost anything.  So I will keep asking these people:  had enough yet?

One down, three to go.  Are YOU asking YOUR friends, neighbors and acquaintances if they have had enough yet?

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Cut Bait

September 28, 2008

This “sense” has come over me. I am sure it is fiction but I will share it with you anyway.

I have this gnawing feeling that Sarah Palin will not participate in the VP debate on Thursday night. Possible scenarios for her cancellation could range from the huge impact final decision to withdraw from the Republican ticket to some lesser impact, more temporary band-aid, “emergency” at home.

I think, along with correspondent Campbell Brown, that it is precisely the McCain organization that has been the most sexist towards their VP choice. They used her to get the two week bounce in their polls, and since then, have sequestered her from the media and public scrutiny. At this point, they need to fish or cut bait regarding Palin. Obviously they really can not “fish” because Palin does not embody the knowledge, experience, nor the temperament to be VP, much less President. So cut bait seems to be the only alternative. I must say that Katie Couric certainly earned her salary last week. Her sit-down with Palin was a woman to woman interview. Thus, no charges of sexism could undermine the fact finding. Palin did not have the right stuff. In fact, she did not have ANY stuff.

Tina Fey’s parody (?) of Palin (SNL 9/28/08) would be even more hysterical if it wasn’t so pathetically true.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/27/tina-fey-as-sarah-palin-k_n_129956.html

So there you have my fantastic prediction. If the Republicans “fish”, they lose. So they must “cut bait”.

Switching topics and in a more serious vein, please read Deborah Solomon’s interview with Margaret Atwood on the topic of debt:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/28/magazine/28WWLN-Q4-t.html

Atwood’s take on debt in general is so relevant to our current debt crisis.

Finally, Frank Rich’s editorial in today’s New York Times is, as usual, spot on and impeccable:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/28/opinion/28rich.html?em

Can’t wait for Thursday night.

Taking Back America

September 27, 2008

Over the last eight years, Bush/Cheney and their Republican cohorts have stolen this country from us. Last night we got a piece of it back.

The first Presidential debate of 2008 showed an urgent need for a forward-looking, future-oriented America. Obama is our future, knows it and will win the fight to take back our country for the benefit of our own people. As part and parcel of this process, America will have a renaissance at home in areas of its economy, heath care benefits and ethics reform. Once we take care of ourselves here at home, out international viability will automatically regrow in stature. Strength on the home front is an absolute prerequisite to strength abroad.

As far as content went last night at the debate, both men did well. One’s opinion hinges on whether or nor not one is backward looking or forward looking. This “tie” is a win for Obama, because many people thought he would not be able to hold a candle to McCain’s foreign affairs experience. Obama did a whole lot more than just hold a candle; he wiped up the floor with McCain’s outdated vision of world events. And for the record, Henry Kissinger DID say that we should have a sit-down with Iran:

http://www.democracyarsenal.org/2008/09/iran.html

War is outmoded. War not only destroys globally, but also decimates the aggressor domestically. The time has come to use our brains, our reasoning capacities, to effect changes for peace. THAT is our future.  Barack Obama demonstrated last night the capacity to LEARN, to use his incredibly evolved intellect to soak up the facts and then apply them to affect change. McCain is of the old school. a student of the past. He refused to even look at Obama directly last night. McCain did not say Obama’s name once. An issue can not be solved by ignoring it, by making believe that it does not exist. That is isolationist, not peace-fostering. These actions are indicative of a philosophy of the past, not of the future.

As for the follow-up festivities to the debate, they too were representative of the old versus the new, the past versus the future. Biden was a participant in many post-debate interviews; Palin was nowhere to be found and yet, people still believe that she is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. In her stead, the Republicans offered up Guiliani, the hatchet man, reminiscent of Bob Dole when he ran for the Presidency (his antics didn’t get him very far either in that run). The past versus the future.

So good job, Obama.  Keep on studying, speaking and laying down the foundation for our future.  Your reasoning ability, coolness in the face of adversity and realistic conciliatory demeanor will lead the way .  You are a man of the future, not of the past.

The time has come to TAKE BACK AMERICA!

Wolf…..In Sheep’s Clothing

September 26, 2008

This is what we get for having a president who cried “Wolf” one time too many.

For starters, the emphasis of Bush and McCain to hurriedly come up with a bailout plan is questionable. Even putting that speed factor aside for the moment, who with any brain at all is going to rush into another debacle “speed plan” like the one Bush devised for our war with Iraq? Our entry into that war was based on lies, was accompanied by no occupation or exit strategy and continues to suck $10 billion a month from out tax coffers as Iraq sits on a $79 billion surplus.

Ever hear of the phrase “fools rush in?” So now our legislators are trying to take some time and actually think through and examine this bailout plan. Yes, Paulson basically has been running this country for two weeks. Yes, he is a smart man who has stepped up to the plate. However, he is a derivative of Wall Street, whose excess and greed is a major cause of our current woes. I don’t care if God himself came up with an economic plan; our legislators need to eye with scrutiny and prudence the content of that plan.

So haste in this process does not hold any water. Haste night be ONE determining factor. Regardless, no one, thank heavens, seems to be willing to give Bush carte blanch with the disaster of Iraq still unsolved and on the table. I am beginning to think that Bush’s cry for an immediate solution is really a plea to pass the package, any package, to stem further tanking of the stock market. Then his constituents, the “richies”, can preserve their pocketbooks and once again, vote Republican.

By the way, our novice Alaskan governor Sarah Palin has labeled Henry Kissinger, former head of the NSA, former Secretary of State and a living statesman, as NAIVE.

Back to my initial thoughts. McCain is repeating Bush’s fear-mongering, “cry wolf” behavior. Two days ago, he announced the suspension of his campaign so he could get back to Washington to make everything right again. Twenty two hours later, he finally showed up in D.C., only after he made an appearance with Katie Couric. All of his television ads went on as usual during this “suspension” and his surrogates did not take a holiday. He did show up yesterday afternoon at the White House and barely said a word on the proposed economic bailout. Such leadership.

In case I forgot to tell you, Sarah Palin thinks that Henry Kissinger is naive.

Now is exactly the time FOR partisanship. This is a huge opportunity for Obama to step in, concentrate on the issues and offer well-thought out solutions. In addition, please note that while McCain called for a suspension of the campaign (but not HIS), Obama phoned McCain and asked for a meeting between the two candidates to try to come up with some answers. Reconciliation. That’s my Obama.

Before I forget, did I mention that Sarah Palin believes Henry Kissinger to be naive in his foreign diplomacy?

http://huffingtonpost.com/ilan-goldenberg/palin-calls-kissinger-nai_b_129445.html?page=7&show_comment_id=16121947#comment_16121947


One other point is worth mentioning. Our current administration and the Republican Party believe that any program limiting the financial ceiling of salaries of people like them is socialism. However, when it effects the “little people”, Joe and Jane America, it is NOT socialism. Three days ago I was flipping between radio channels in my car. I came across Laura Ingraham’s program. She was appalled that many people wanted, as part of this bailout deal, to make CEO’s salaries and golden parachutes secondary (at best) to repaying the taxpayers what the bailout will cost them. She said this was socialism, not good old American capitalism.

Ms. Ingraham, is it good old American capitalism to reduce doctors’ fees because the government will not assume the responsibility of a national heathcare plan? Is it capitalism to have third party payors, the insurance companies, not only cap doctors’ fees while at the same time, pulling in huge corporate profits for themselves? Socialism by any other name is fine and dandy for physicians (oh, excuse me, “health care providers), but absolutely unthinkable for Wall Street hot shots. By the way, how come lawyers, plumbers, electricians, etc. are not subject to this capping of earnings? Could it be because there is no need for universal legal advice, toilet repair or electrical wiring? Could it be because there is NO CHANCE of government responsibility in these areas? Docking physicians’ pay is the government simply trying to avoid its own responsibility of providing health care coverage to all of its citizens.

Obama is correct when he says that as part of this bailout plan, the taxpayers MUST be considered as investors. And they must be investors who will have the highest of priorities of getting their money returned. Typical example of our greedy, self-indulging country: Washington Mutual, the largest savings and loan in the country, went belly-up today. Their executives will get their salaries, payouts, etc. The shareholders will get nothing. Their investment is a total loss.

I am very dubious when George Bush promises us that the taxpayers WILL be repaid for their part in this bailout. When the time for restitution arrives, I can almost guarantee that these funds will be needed and applied elsewhere. Taking Obama’s lead, this bailout plan needs to explicitly contain a provision specifying the order of payback. Taxpayers first, everyone else later. Plain and simple.

In closing, I must remind you that Sarah Palin considers Henry Kissinger to be naive. And John McCain picked Palin.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/26/report-mccain-aides-compl_n_129618.html


The Emperor’s New Clothes

September 25, 2008

McCain’s grandstanding, his desire to cancel the first debate so that attention can be paid to completing a bailout, is nothing more than emptiness. He thinks the most important issue in solving this financial crisis is speed. But his (and Bush’s as well) usual shoot-from-the-hip, ask questions (or not) later attitude is all wrong here and now. It is not SPEED we need now, but sober, careful scrutiny of the CONTENT. Content takes time and patience, a trait that McCain does not embody at all.

In addition, his #2 pick, Sarah Palin is such a duck out of water. Her interview with Katie Couric is so awkward. Palin has no specifics about McCain’s 26 years in the Senate. Nor does she have any knowledge of our current problems.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0908/Palin_and_Couric.html

It is downright painful to watch her. Can you imagine if McCain gets elected President, something happens to him, and Palin steps in the top spot? Then we have yet another crisis, and Palin is faced with some hard questions. In response, she tells the American public that she will get back to them. Wait —– there’s more. What if she combines this lack of knowledge with her previously stated importance of “not blinking?” Result: rash judgments making a perilous situation into a disaster. So there: mission accomplished. What a vacuum of judgment Mcain exhibited by selecting Palin. She was good for a two week jump in his numbers, but now —– nothingness. The emperor’s new clothes.

With Palin, there is truly NOTHING to her as far as abilities to be President go. As for McCain, he just makes every crisis about HIM. Both are empty shells in terms of leadership. Both are wearing the emperor’s new clothes. They are stark, butt naked.

Ditto

September 25, 2008

In The Washington Post today, Harold Meyerson is in agreement with Yo Mama:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/24/AR2008092403918.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Furthermore, Brent Staples of the New York Times wrote the following on 9/22/08:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/22/opinion/22observer.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=brent%20staples%209/22/08&st=cse&oref=slogin

I fear the only tactic McCain has left, the only bone left to throw out to the American people, is the race card.  McCain and his campaign manager Steve Schmidt, that Karl Rovian mastermind of evil, lies and desperation, will revert to this basest of all campaign ploys.  So sit tight.  The ugly reflection will be on them.

The Truth Emerges

September 25, 2008

Surprise!  Surprise!

That madcap manipulative maverick McCain has made his intentions clear: cancel this first Presidential debate, use the VP debate as a replacement for that Presidential one, and maybe, just maybe, he won’t have to reschedule the VP debate.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/24/mccain-camp-to-propose-postponing-vp-debate/

Is he a moron going for strictly theater, or has he lost even MORE brain cells?  McCain’s strategy is still to DISTRACT from the ISSUES.  ESPECIALLY at this time with the Wall Street fiasco, he knows that he can’t win on the issues.  Plus, he doesn’t KNOW anything about the issues.  Palin’s popularity is waning, and she certainly will not be able to help him out on the issues.  So it looks like he is selling the American electorate down the river.  Distract and divert.  Avoid the issues at all costs.  The dumbing down of America in five easy lessons.

This time, I think he overstepped even his dirty dealings.  The American public, and surely the media, will see right through his shenanigans.  He lost the election today.

If You Can’t Stand The Heat…….

September 24, 2008

Get the hell out of the kitchen!

What a coincidence: a national poll today showed Obama leading McCain by nine points. McCain faces that fact by calling for a suspension of the campaign and a postponement of the debates. No way old man!

What’s next? Canceling the election? This country is in a CRISIS OF LEADERSHIP. We have an age-old tradition of debates going back to Lincoln. Additionally, we always have held our elections despite wars, market crashes and economic depressions. This country has lived through a lot, but it has never canceled out democracy. Nor should we do that now.

Life isn’t always a bed of roses. Americans need to face up to the bad stuff. A problem can not be solved unless everyone admits that a problem exists. Please read Barbara Ehrenreich:

http://ehrenreich.blogs.com/barbaras_blog/2008/09/how-positive-thinking-wrecked-the-economy.html

Today McCain called for collapsing the campaign. He does not want the people to know how out of touch and dumb he is. Yet, by calling for the cancellation of the debates, he wants to keep the voters out of touch with their candidates. Once again, he is preying on the IGNORANCE of the American people. Let us NOT PERMIT him to do this.

McCain ceded the election today. He is a coward with a brazen yellow stripe running right down his back. Poor Johnny. His numbers don’t look good today so he’d rather cut and run. No way, no how. We WILL have those debates and we damn well WILL have the election on November 4th. Not one day late or a dollar short. Voting is the most basic right of all Americans. Nobody, especially a sore loser who is one year younger than God and losing strength in this race every day, is going to take my rights away.

This is indeed a crisis, a vacuum, of leadership. During the last eight years, my freedoms have been chipped away enough, all in the name of terrorism. And how does giving the executive branch of government unbridled power solve terrorism? It doesn’t, and it didn’t.  We need to throw out those bastards.  This reality finally hit McCain today and he ran away with his tail between his legs.  Such a maverick.

Leave my freedoms alone. Don’t you DARE take away my vote.

McCain is a quitter. I am not.

On With It

September 24, 2008

It was a lot of fun yesterday celebrating my 100th posting with you. Now we go back to work.

If you have never read any of the links I incorporate into my articles, you MUST read George Will in the Washington Post this morning:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/22/AR2008092202583.html?nav%3Dhcmodule&sub=AR

Mr. Will plainly and forcefully makes his case that McCain’s impulsive and eye-for-an-eye temperament is not at all conducive to a productive Presidency. Even acknowledging Obama’s lack of experience, Will says that possibility can be handled, dealt with. Not so a trigger temper like McCain’s. This is an important column which summarizes in a nutshell the main difference between the two candidates. Will’s thoughts are excellent fodder for you to throw back at those Republicans who think they are voting for some Republican fantasy from yesteryear. Please read the article and pass it along. I can not stress enough the degree of truth and ominous danger for our future incorporated into this column.

McCain’s overriding impulse, applied to all facets of American life, i.e. the military, the economy and social ills, is to CONQUER, fast and furiously, whether right or wrong, without much forethought or afterthought. Now we are told that our government needs to further borrow $700 billion to get us on the right financial track again. This is exactly the method of leadership that got us into the endless war with Iraq, that got us into the current bailout which includes a rush, without safeguards and accountability (other than the taxpayers ultimate responsibility in repayment) in place, and that got us into our nation building across the globe while what we really need is a nation REBUILDING here at home. McCain’s campaign strategies are the numero uno example of this “cut-’em-off-at-the-knees” philosophy. Yes, he wants to CONQUER; but what about afterwards, when he will need to GOVERN? That is the big DISCONNECT. If there was ever a time when we needed a leader who will NOT rule by anger, impulse and swift let’s-get-this-over-with” attitude, this is that time. If there was ever a time when we needed a leader who can put Humpty Dumpty back together again, this is the time. Impulse and hurriedness versus reconciliation and cooperation. McCain versus Obama. A mission is not accomplished just because an out of touch, ignorant leader says so. So George Will and Yo Mama are in complete agreement on the crux of the ineptitude of the McCain/Palin campaign and the dangerous depths of their possible administration.

Allow me to top off that stance with a bit of hope and humor:

There is HOPE… a HUGE Anti-Palin Rally in ALASKA!!!
PLEASE pass it on!
[The] Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was to be held outside on the lawn in front of the Loussac Library in midtown Anchorage.  Home made signs were encouraged, and the idea was to make a statement that Sarah Palin does not speak for all Alaska women, or men.  I had no idea what to expect.
The rally was organized by a small group of women, talking over coffee.  It made me wonder what other things have started with small groups of women talking over coffee.  It’s probably an impressive list.  These women hatched the plan, printed up flyers, posted them around town, and sent notices to local media outlets.  One of those media outlets was KBYR radio, home of Eddie Burke, a long-time uber-conservative Anchorage talk show host.  Turns out that Eddie Burke not only announced the rally, but called the people who planned to attend the rally “a bunch of socialist baby-killing maggots,” and read the home phone numbers of the organizers aloud over the air, urging listeners to call and tell them what they thought.  The women, of course, received some nasty, harassing and threatening messages.
I felt a bit apprehensive.  I’d been disappointed before by the turnout at other rallies.  Basically, in Anchorage, if you can get 25 people to show up at an event, it’s a success. So, I thought to myself, if we can actually get 100 people there that aren’t sent by Eddie Burke, we’ll be doing good. A real statement will have been made.  I confess, I still had a mental image of 15 demonstrators surrounded by hundreds of menacing “socialist baby-killing maggot” haters.
It’s a good thing I wasn’t tailgating when I saw the crowd in front of the library or I would have ended up in somebody’s trunk.  When I got there, about 20 minutes early, the line of sign wavers stretched the full length of the library grounds, along the edge of the road, 6 or 7 people deep!  I could hardly find a place to park.  I nabbed one of the last spots in the library lot, and as I got out of the car and started walking, people seemed to join in from every direction, carrying signs.

Never, have I seen anything like it in my 17 and a half years living in Anchorage. The organizers had someone walk the rally with a counter, and they clicked off well over 1400 people (not including the 90 counter-demonstrators).  This was the biggest political rally ever, in the history of the state. I was absolutely stunned.  The second most amazing thing is how many people honked and gave the thumbs up as they drove by.  And even those that didn’t honk looked wide-eyed and awe-struck at the huge crowd that was growing by the minute. This just doesn’t happen here.
Then, the infamous Eddie Burke showed up.  He tried to talk to the media, and was instantly surrounded by a group of 20 people who started shouting O-BA-MA so loud he couldn’t be heard. Then passing cars started honking in a rhythmic pattern of 3, like the Obama chant, while the crowd cheered, hooted and waved their signs high.

So, if you’ve been doing the math…  Yes.  The Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was significantly bigger than Palin’s rally that got all the national media coverage!  So take heart, sit back, and enjoy the photo gallery.  Feel free to spread the pictures around to anyone who needs to know that Sarah Palin most definitely does not speak for all Alaskans  nor the women. The citizens of Alaska, who know her best, have things to say.

Oh yes: the disasta’ in Alaska. McCain’s choice of Palin for VP is a primary example of his impulsive drive to conquer, but not to govern. His delusional decisions and very bad judgments, just to win the election, will not go away if and when he assumes the Presidency. In fact, they will fester and multiply and create even more dire consequences.

And finally, let me talk about a person who will never have the audacity to claim that her mission is accomplished; my daughter Maribel —– poet, songwriter and a work in constant progress. Below is a video of her latest creation. She took one of Tom Paxton’s songs, “Daily News”, and re-wrote the lyrics to reflect today’s conundrum:

Mother pride aside, this song hit me right in my gut. This is an outcry against all of that which we Americans are supposed to stand, set the ideals, and disseminate throughout the world: freedom, choice, decency and honesty. This is public activism shining through one individual, with the hope of reaching many more. Where has our activism been for the last 40 years? In Maribel’s short life of only 26 years, there hasn’t been a leader WORTHY of much positive activism. That is a sad statement.

I absolutely revel in the fact that Barack Obama has awakened the need to go out and fight for the existence of such ideals as laid out in our Constitution so long ago, to fight back against those who are trying to take away those rights. I am overcome with joy that the young people of Maribel’s generation FINALLY have a leader to respect, heed his teachings and join his battle. If for no other reason than for the benefit to our children and grandchildren (they don’t call me Yo Mama for nothing), this is a fight we MUST win.And I am thrilled that Maribel deems Obama worthy of her words.

On with it then. In Virginia, Obama has pulled ahead by three points in a poll of likely voters. In Florida, the race is a virtual tie. I do not want to overstate the current scenario as “big momentum”, so let me simply say things are beginning to coalesce. However, numbers can change on a moment’s notice.

On with it. YES WE CAN.

Here’s To The Next 100

September 22, 2008

This is my 100th posting and as I promised, look at the picture below for the actual Yo Mama reveal. I know I am little in stature but my mouth makes up for that. I painted those yard signs yesterday and they are now proudly and PROMINENTLY ensconced on my front lawn.  This posting is dedicated to my kids, Chuck and Maribel.  They have, and continue to, educate me far beyond any other sources.  My efforts during this election are primarily for them, for their hopes and desires, for their future.  No matter what I have taught them during their lives, it doesn’t compare to the lessons and the love they have taught me.

In this posting, I will go over many themes previously mentioned, including being a surrogate (an avenging meanie) for the Obama campaign. Also, I want to pay tribute to three journalists who have educated me, and hopefully many others. These heroes have taken a stand in the name of truth, despite criticism, and have played very key roles in this election.

First off, let me say that this election is eating away at me. Every morning when I wake up, I go directly to the news sites on my computer to make sure that Barack Obama is still with us on this earth. After breathing a sigh if relief that he is indeed here, my anger kicks in. So here I go again.

The three writers who have my highest regard are, in order of my value assigned to them: Frank Rich of The New York Times, Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic, and Keith Olbermann of MSNBC. All three of them have, through their editorials, made plain and obvious, backed up by specific facts, the deception, lies and bad judgment of the Republican Party, the current administration and the possible McCain/Palin administration. One commonality that runs through these journalists’ pieces is outrage, disbelief and finally outright anger. These “surrogates”, if you will, for the Obama campaign are extremely important. Obama has chosen, up until very lately, to remain civil no matter what the other side throws at him. Guess what? It is time for him to show some outrage at the blatant lies that McCain/Palin are putting out there. It’s just time.

For example, just last week in response to questions on the financial crisis, McCain said that our economy was sound; yesterday he said that this fiasco is the worst crisis since World War II. A few months ago he said that he knew very little about the economy; last night on “60 Minutes”, he said he knew plenty about the economy. McCain has continuously said that Obama does not have enough experience in to be President; now McCain says that the financial turmoil is Obama’s fault because of his “tenure” in Washington. Seems to me that McCain has had a much, much longer stint in Washington than Obama. At every turn during this campaign, McCain has pleaded a simple interest in bringing together both sides while at the same time ripping apart Obama and the Democratic Party as a whole. His tactics have been nothing short of vicious and deceptive, contradicting his “gee, shucks” attitude of let’s all get along. What a hoax.

Thus, enter my first hero, Frank Rich. His Sunday columns are intellectually impeccable and biting. Throw no lies at Mr. Rich; he calls a spade a spade. Look at his article from yesterday:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/21/opinion/21rich.html

Kudos to Rich for laying out the stark facts about McCain’s involvement in the Keating Five scandal. THIS is the type of truthful information that is greatly needed. Cindy and especially John McCain definitely were involved in wrong-doing during this time. It is factual, it is on paper, and the word must be disseminated. Frank Rich IS outraged by the lack of fight on the part of the Democrats, so thank you Mr. Rich for fighting the good fight.

My second hero of this campaign is Andrew Sullivan. He too has enriched my knowledge of the facts. It is amazing, if a person would just READ, how much one could learn from sources other than retail catalogues and People Magazine. Andrew Sullivan, known as a conservative writer, has completely reversed much of his political beliefs in response to this election season. And even though some of his previous tendencies still exist, I find him quite reasonable and down to earth. He made an appearance on the Bill Maher show this past Friday. Here are two clips:

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/09/the-palin-night.html

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/09/give-me-liberty.html

I agree with his opinion that religion DOES have a place with some people, as long as it is not the fanaticism that takes hold of too many American people. Religion has no sway in politics; it is a private affair. It is of the utmost importance that, at least in this country as laid out by the architects of our Constitution, religion have no place in our government. Once that line is clouded or as many would have it, embedded, in our governmental policies, we could very well end up like many other nations who are being ruled, and ripped apart, by fanatical sects like the Taliban and Al Qaeda. No difference. So thank you Mr. Sullivan for fighting the good fight.

My third hero during these harrowing months leading up to the election is Keith Olbermann. He has a more emotional, visceral response and presence to all of these shenanigans, much like Yo Mama’s general make-up and constitution. But my hat is off to Olbermann for taking that stand, for giving us the facts to educate ourselves and for getting outraged and angry. In his editorials (and keep in mind he has NEVER denied that they are editorials), his sharp mind, backed up by extensive research, comes in second place only to his heartfelt passion. Thank you Mr. Olbermann for fighting the good fight.

We all must continue to fight the good fight. Obama, imagine how exhausted he must be, must up the rhetoric and show some outrage. I demonstrated my outrage this weekend by painting those huge lawn signs, staking them into the ground and hoping that my Republican neighbors are a tinge outraged as well. They should be: these well-to-do white collar people are going to vote for McCain/Palin because they think the Republican credo of decades, i.e. government should spend less, levy less taxes and put more dollars in each individual’s pocket, still hold. NO WAY! The Reagan administration and the last eight years of Bush created record deficits from unmonitored, lavish and uncontrolled spending on the military. It was Bill Clinton, the DEMOCRAT, who actually balanced our budget by getting spending under control and instituting reasonable taxes. As for my neighbors, not only are they downright greedy, but also their information is erroneous. So my neighbors’ thoughts are not factual and simply because of their stupidity and refusal to learn the real facts, I hope my signs really rub them the wrong way.

Thank you once again for visiting this site. Only about seven weeks to go. I wonder if my fear and trepidation —– and ANGER —– will dissipate after Election Day. Or get worse. Let’s hope for the best but work our tails off and donate fat funds to Obama ro ensure we have a fighting chance at this election.

Thank you all for fighting the good fight.