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Pale Rider or Dark Horse?

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John McCain picked an outsider and an unknown for his running mate by selecting Sarah Palin. I don’t know much about her, but on face value, she hits two or three notes right off the bat (Pro-life, Pro-gun, Reformist), which doesn’t hurt her chances with folk like myself. That being said, she is running for just the VP spot, so how much does that matter? Also, I need to to know more about her before I can say this was a good or bad choice, so for now, I will abstain with commentary, but more will follow.

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August 30, 2008 at 8:12 am

The Conventional Script

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Update: Al Gore now compares Obama to Lincoln. Will the charade ever end? Who is next? Thomas Jefferson, Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus Christ? Comparing Obama to Lincoln is like comparing an MGB and a Rolls Royce. All you can say is that both are from England.  

Just a short note: The current democrat convention is so scripted, patronizing and false, I have to wonder how stupid is the human race. Right now, Obama is channeling JFK and MLK. Heck, he may think he’s the second coming of both men in one, and let me tell you, both had their issues, and some were the same issues. Obama makes his acceptance speech on the same day as Martin Luther King made the “I have a dream” speech. Also, he is making his acceptance speech in a stadium, just as JFK did, before 80,000 people. I have made analogies between Obama and JFK before, and now we have MLK. I believe Obama truly believes he can sneak this by the American people, by taking themes of past popular, honored, and respected people and weaving them into his own persona and existence. The problem is it shows no originality, and it shows a lack of character development. Who is the real Obama? I would posit even he doesn’t want to know. The other side of the coin is that both men were terribly flawed. Both were serial philanders, whose public lives were not consistent with their private ones. That is something Obama does have in common with them. So after all the pomp and circumstance, have the American people taken this fairy tale to heart, or have they seen through this charlatan for what he really is, an unoriginal, cardboard cutout with elitist and marxist beliefs. Tell me what you think.

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August 28, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Posting comments

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I put the message below on the comments form:

Comments are moderated. I ask that you use your real name and email address, as I want to verify that you are who you say you are. I am putting my name out there behind what I say, so should you. It’s the same if you call in to a radio show, they screen everyone.


I received a comment to my post Bona Fides, Beliefs, etc… and the person used anonymous. As much as I want to respond and refute their comments, I won’t because they won’t identify who they are. As I said above, my name is out there, saying whatever I have to say, and if you take the time to make an argument, and I appreciate that, you have to say who you are and I would like to verify that. I would do the same if asked. So, whoever posted that response I mentioned, you are welcome to submit it again with your name and email address.

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August 19, 2008 at 7:00 pm

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The Current State of Things

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Since my last couple posts, I have been asked to clarify some things, and I thought this would be a good time to have a current status assessment. Right now we pretty much have two candidates running for the office of president, Barack Obama and John McCain. For me, this election is just another election of choosing the lesser of the two evils, or really, choosing a candidate whose political, moral, spiritual and social beliefs differ in one way or another from my own. How important is it to have ones values line up with a candidate? I have never been a groupie and I am not the type of voter that puts superficial issues above others in choosing to support a candidate. For instance, when Rudy Giuliani ran in the primaries, I did not support him, even though he is a New Yorker and an Italian American. Those issues don’t do it for me. He is pro-choice, anti-gun, socially very liberal, and has enough skeletons in his closet to populate Arlington National Cemetery. Rudy is also a somewhat autocratic individual that likes to surround himself with yes men, and this proved out with the results. 

Now back to McCain and Obama. I could never support Obama because I differ with him on almost every issue. As far as I am concerned, he is a marxist in democrat clothing. McCain offers meat to chew on, but I can’t find substance of agreement with every bite. He says he’s pro-life, and pro-gun, which are two important issues, but he also believes in man caused global warming. Also, as a senator, he has sponsored legislation that creates more governmental control over people’s lives, something I am definitely against. In the political spectrum, he is a moderate republican that has too much in common with the opposition. Now some of you may say bipartisanism is a good thing and shouldn’t politicians work together on a common goal? From my standpoint, anything done by a committee dilutes the results and compromises people’s values. In the case of the congress, it seems like the republicans have compromised more than the democrats, but none the less, the results are such that the congress has a sub 10% approval rating. Basically, you are prostituting yourself to a process instead of standing up for what you believe in. I would also ask, if your world view is different, how can one have common goals? The common goals that are truly shared between democrats and republicans are that they want to be reelected and they preach the same fairy tale every election, and we fall for it. At this point, my observations are that it is like 1996 again. My question is, is this the best the republicans can come up with? I thought Bob Dole was an honorable man, but not the best by a long shot. All he served as was cannon fodder for the democrats. The press plays an important role in this. By all surveys, the press, meaning print, broadcast and internet journalists are around 90% liberal or left leaning. When you look back on the past year, the New York Times for instance bent over backwards to promote John McCain, who was perceived to be the weaker candidate compared to Romney or Huckabee. If it weren’t for the liberal press, John would not be where he is. So where does this leave us? It leaves us with two candidates whose candidacies were decided by the parties and the press by at least 50%, leaving us with poor choices indeed. No matter who gets elected, we have to face the possibility of  new cold war, illegal immigration, a fiscally unsound and irresponsible government, choices for the supreme court, energy, and the direction we will go as a nation in the 21st century. I find myself in  situation where I can’t hold my nose anymore when I vote. We need someone that has strong core beliefs, and doesn’t need polls to decide what to do. In that context, even if the person is somewhat inexperienced, they will have a sufficient moral compass to make proper decisions. Some of my right wing journalistic brethren have become quite the water boys for whomever the republican party puts up. Even though Rush Limbaugh swore he would never carry water agin after the 2006 elections, he still does so with loyal aplomb. It’s the same with Sean Hannity. I like loyal people, but even loyalty has its limits. Until we put our foot down, they will keep giving us the same lame candidates. So come November, in spite of my support of McCain at times, I probably won’t be voting for him. At least there’s bread and circus no matter who gets elected and honestly, for many of us, the day after the election, like The Who said, “meet the new boss, same as the old boss”. At least with Stymie, I’ll have more to write about. 
Now on to other explanations. I was asked about the “Stymie” reference to Barack Obama in my last post. I want to say it had nothing to do with race, but rather the character Stymie embodied, which was that of a con man. Enough said. As far as “The Swimmer” goes, you are on your own. 🙂
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August 19, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Vice President ?

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The word is out that Obama will announce his VP Tuesday morning. So far, Bayh, Biden, Clinton, Kaine, Kerry and Nunn have been tossed around as possibilities. I am surprised someone hasn’t thrown in The Swimmer from Massachusetts,  or the Vampiress herself, Bella Pelosi. I don’t think Kerry or Clinton would want to play second fiddle, the former having run and failed for the presidency and the latter still vying for it. Make no mistake, Hillary still wants it. In fact, it would be a good idea for Obama not to have her as a running mate considering the long list of dead bodies behind the Clintons.  Whoever it is, I hope they are more entertaining than Barack “Stymie” Obama. After the Rick Warren Show, Bernie Mac would be an improvement over the purpose driven cardboard cutout. 

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August 18, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Prophet Pelosi: The Messiah has come

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At a California fundraiser, Nancy Pelosi declared that Obama is “a leader that God has blessed us with at this time”, according to Politico.com. Pelosi, must be having delusions of being the second coming of John the Baptist, paving the way for the new Messiah. I don’t think Obama is what the Lord has in mind for the second coming. I am pretty sure Jesus was not pro-choice, although the liberation theologists, or what I like to call theo-socialists, would find a way to weave a pro-choice philosophy into the principles of Jesus Christ. That being said, Pelosi is more akin to Lev Davidovich Bronstein, AKA Leon Trotsky hailing the second coming of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, AKA Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. God or Jesus has nothing to do with Barack’s candidacy.


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August 18, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Obama on abortion: He wants it both ways

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During yesterday’s question and answer with the Reverend Rick Warren, Obama said “he’s pro-choice and supports Roe v. Wade, his goal is to reduce the number of abortions in America.” That’s like saying I am for drunk driving but I want to reduce the number of drunk driving deaths in America. But then again, this is the same candidate that said he favored abortion because if one of his daughters made a mistake, he wouldn’t want them punished with a baby. This man is wrong on this issue morally, politically, and spiritually. As for the Rev. Rick Warren, I don’t know the man, but he called both McCain and Obama his friends, and both patriots. I disagree with him in that regard. If Obama is a patriot, we could do with fewer of his type. 


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August 17, 2008 at 6:53 am