Tuesday, December 30, 2008


I do not promise that my answer will be truthful if you ask me a personal question, but it will be funny or snarky or something mildly amusing. I can not promise that my advice will be fool proof if you ask me about your love life.
But ask me ANYTHING and if you like my answer donate a few bucks.

Area's of expertise:
life insurance, medicare suppliments and annuities
raising sons with character
raising cats with a smart ass attitude
dog training
Erly childhood education
Elementary Ed
Bad educational policy (IMO)
Classical Russian Composers (there are more than two...really)
Popular verbal ticks that have destroyed the language in recent years
Stupid actor lingo
who sucks the worst in the media
What happened in florida in 2000
how the democratic party let us and Al down in 2000
the FOB great balloon war
How Move-on got it's start and how that relates to FOB
What FOB is/was
What do you call a musician who breaks up with his girlfriend? (okay that is a personal favorite joke right now and I will tell you why..dammit)

anything else I have forgotten I am an expert on or chose to pretend I am an expert on or will cover up my ignorance by being a wise ass on.....


An old blog I used to know

Here is the link to another blog I used to update and have not since april. It's about my other life in the theater and music.


Some day I will write new content for it, I have been singing a lot, but not today. Today like most other days this month my stomach is in a knot and if I could just get a truck to come and haul away all of my old life, I would get in my car and leave the state and start over somewhere with jobs. I would miss friends and church and the groups I sing with but this need to escape is so strong I am affraid it will manifest itself one way or the other.
But I am 52 and starting over where I have no contacts and no support system.... I do not know if I have the strength for it. The last time I made a big move I was in my 30s and had two teenage sons, child support and a reason to have to get up every day. Now I just feel beaten down. I do not want to face anyone or talk to anyone in real life. I am just busy screaming in my head and trying to get through the day without screaming out loud.

I will be writing about surviving in Obamanation

I have a new focus. I will now be writing about politics, the awful media and what it is like to try and survive as a real person in the present times.
No one, by the way, is giving me a senate seat, so I am underemployed, uninsured and hoping against hope that I can find a way to survive both. I am not alone.
It seems to me that there are some things PresObama needs to do which may not be bi-partisan, but will help save the nation and those of us on the edge (and believe me, if you are NOT on the edge, you may be closer than you think) and one of those things is universal healthcare and that means MANDATES. It won't work if we are not all forced to buy in. That's right, you get in and pay when you are young and healthy and that helps insure other older people. Then when you are an older person young people will pay and help support you. It's how our Social Security system works and it is how our economy works and kidz, really, you don't know it yet but we are all in this together.

Right now I am suffering the results of the bad economy. I sell insurance (yes I am one of those evil people), I am new at it and I really enjoy the job, however people are paralized, afraid to spend another dollar even when they can see how it will improve their long term safety. Lots of rich people got through the depression with Annuities, but people are afraid to move their money and continue to watch it disapear in the stock market instead.
I had a few major charge backs because people who have lost their jobs have had to drop life insurance and even medicare suppliments. They are in a downwards spiral and while some of them are making bad decisions about where to save money, others have no choice.
I talked to a guy yesterday who had 200k a year ago and is down to 50k. It is his and his wife's whole nest egg other than their house. Yes they are much better off than some other seniors, but knowing that some stock broker sat and moved their money around and charged them to do it while they slowly lost everything they had...well it just makes me crazy.
I shouldn't take it to heart, but I do.

Today, my sister who is younger than me told me that a weird orphan desease she has is back and has caused more erruptions under her skin. She is at the very top of her stress level. We are tied together financially and her stress and my stress together is hurting our relationship. In my family we do not fight, but lately we have been and it is because of money. I am guessing we are far from the only people who are finding that twenty years of peaceful relationship is being damaged by the economy..... and the elite in government go "tsk tsk...we are going to fix this, vote for me"... and they never fix a thing.

Dear Barack, bandaids will not work now. You are great at making sure you get that next election under your belt, but now you have to govern. Good luck, many of us are clinging, but not to our guns and religion. We are clinging to the roof over our heads and food on the table.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Wow, Obama and the DNC screw up again!

There has been a rumor going around that Hillary released her delegates in a conference call. This is untrue. Following is the statement of one of her delegates. I would just like to say before I past it here that I am so disgusted. This morning I got an email from someone, some PAC (I thought Obama was against PACS) which my name was obviously sold to by the DNC or Obama campaign. They insulted my intelligence by sending me information about McCain's record on choice. I wanted to email back saying no shit Sherlock.
Why do people think women who may vote for McCain are automatically ignorant rather than that they may be making a fully informed and strategic choice born from disgust at being thrown under the bus?

Dean Howard Dean, you for YEARS have been my 2nd favorite democrat right after Al Gore. You have lost me. Your ham handed approach to this primary is an insult to the majority of democrats who voted for Hillary. You have said you hope there will not be a role call vote. Why the hell wouldn't there be a roll call vote? There is ALWAYS and effing role call vote and delegates vote for their candidate on the first call and then change their votes after a call for unity. This is in the ROOLZ. And this is an historic event for Hillary, just as much as it is for Obama. WTF are you thinking?

Anyway here is Mary Boerger's email as posted at No-Quarter:

I was on that conference call and there was nothing in Hillary’s comments to indicate that she was releasing her delegates and urging them to vote for Obama on the first vote in Denver. In fact what Harold Ikes said was that the campaign would like to keep Hillary’s delegates together so that she can more effectively fight for issues like universal health care to make sure it is included in the party platform.

This seems like deliberate misinformation. (Sound familiar!)

One of the super delegates who was in London in fact complained about the strong arm pressure from the Obama campaign to immediately (last Friday before Hillary’s speech) switch their vote to Obama.

So to me the strategy is clear. The Obama folks want to try and prevent us from nominating Hillary at the convention and voting for her at the convention. We need to STOP this. Historically losing candidates always have their names put into nomination, give a great speech and then there is a roll call vote. The presumptive nominee gets the majority and then there may be a call to make it unanimous.

We need to make sure that people are aware of this procedure. Once again the Obama people are trying to change the rule of the game, pretending that they were always the rules in order to push Hillary aside. We must keep them from succeeding.

To me this is the most important thing that we can do right now. We need to attack Howard Dean for saying that he hopes there isn’t a role call vote at the convention.

This pressure, heavy handed tactics and “shot gun” marriage effort must end. This is the fight that we need to continue!

Mary Boergers

Now I would like to add that I have spent my whole life from about the age of 12 dedicated to the rights of women, African Americans and the LGBT community. Before any of those groups try to use the SCOTUS to scare me in to jumping on the unity pony, I should say that if they were so damned worried about the court they would have supported Hillary. Some people don't even know who their champions are. I am 51 and I am not gay. The court makes very little difference in my life now. Let these young women and others fight for their rights without the help of people like me and Hillary Clinton and maybe they will have a deeper understanding fo what middle aged white women have been doing in their names for 40 years.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Everybody's favorite DINO

This is a diary that appeared at mydd. The author has given permission to use it in it's entirety.


Jim Cooper, Obama's healthcare spokesperson's hit piece on Clinton was on the rec list on DailyKos. More info about Jim Cooper, Member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats.
  1. Banning partial-birth aborting - YES
  2. Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage - YES
  3. Patriot Act Permanent - YES
  4. Constituonally deine marriage as one man, one woman - YES
  5. Prohib product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers - YES
  6. Prohibiting suing gunmakers and sellers for gun misuse - YES
  7. Build a fence along the Mexican Border - YES
  8. FISA Amnesty - YES
  9. Ban Gun Registration and trigger lock law in DC - YES
  10. Continue intelligence gathering without civing oversight - YES
Cooper is in the pocket of Insurance & Drug Companies. More about this at the end of the diary.

Progressive Punch ranked him in their bottom 9% of progressive candidates even though his district is a blue leaning district.

Mike Lux on Jim Cooper - link here.

Cooper, a leader of conservative Dems on the health care issue, instead of working with us, came out early and said universality was unimportant, and came out with a bill that did almost nothing in terms of covering the uninsured. He quickly became the leading spokesman on the Dem side for the insurance industry position, and undercut us at every possible opportunity, basically ending any hopes we had for a unified Democratic Party position. I was never so delighted to see a Democrat lose as when he went down in the 1994 GOP tide.

Unfortunately, he came back, like a bad penny.
It is such a huge mistake for Obama to use a guy like this to defend their position on health care. The signal it sends to reporters, organizations, and activists like myself who know something about the old health care battles is that Obama truly doesn't care about comprehensive health care reform or universal coverage, and that the health care package you would propose if President would be a conservative, pro-insurance industry bill. The campaign ought to be trying to reassure folks who care about this issue, and using a guy like Cooper does just the opposite.

Cooper about Murtha

"Congress has no business micromanaging a war, cutting off funding or even conditioning those funds," said Rep. Jim Cooper (Tenn.), a leading Democratic moderate, who called Murtha's whole effort "clumsy."

Cooper's email to Kossack jnhobbs

I voted against the House version of the FISA bill last Friday because I do not think we can risk our national security any longer. The House version accepted nearly all of the provisions contained in its Senate counterpart. It does not achieve more than the Senate version, but is instead the product of a partisan political contest.
The House version may not use the words "retroactive immunity" for telecom companies, but it does let these companies off the hook. Likewise, it will also not bring the Bush administration's wiretapping activities of the last six years out into the open. Anything the administration provides may only be reviewed in closed, secret court proceedings

Kossack McJoan about Cooper.

Could he sound more like Joe Lieberman in whining about partisanship? But at least Joe didn't just lie about what the bill does.
Jim Cooper is defending his bad vote by lying to his constituents. Don't let him get away with it.
UPDATED : From architek's comments below. NYT 1994 article about Jim Cooper.
It has also become a pocketbook issue for Mr. Cooper, and whatever the fate of his health plan, he is already a winner. In less than a year, the mild-mannered Democrat from the most rural House district in Tennessee has become the toast of health care providers and insurance companies, which have channeled tens of thousands of dollars of contributions to his campaign for a Senate seat. Mr. Cooper is only one of the many politicians benefiting from the fund-raising frenzy set off by the national dialogue over health care. Since drug companies, hospitals, insurers and doctors have so much at stake in the legislation that may emerge from the Congress, many are investing all they can in lawmakers whose proposals would be most favorable to them -- or the least damaging. They are showering millions of dollars in donations to members of Congress with prominent roles in the debate, like Mr. Cooper, whose plan is the alternative to President Clinton's proposal most often preferred by business because it neither requires employers to provide coverage nor limits insurance premiums.
This is similiar to why BlackAgendaReport feels Obama is Wall Street's Candidate - link here
Despite Barack Obama's claim that his campaign represents a mass "movement" of "average folks," the initial core of his support was largely comprised of rich denizens of Wall Street. Why would the super wealthy want a percieved "black populist" to become the nation's chief executive officer? The "Obama bubble" was nurtured by Wall Street in order to have a friend in the White House when the captains of capital are made to face the legal consequences for deliberately creating current and past economic "bubbles." Wall Street desperately needs a president who will "sweep all the corruption and losses, would-be indictments, perp walks and prosecutions under the rug and get on with an unprecedented taxpayer bailout of Wall Street." Who better to sell this "agenda to the millions of duped mortgage holders and foreclosed homeowners in minority communities across America than our first, beloved, black president of hope and change?"

X-Posted at Dkos

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Fight Stuff

"NOTABLE in the Indiana and North Carolina primary results and in many recent polls are signs of a change in the gender weather: white men are warming to Hillary Clinton -- at least enough to vote for her. It's no small shift. These men have historically been her fiercest antagonists. Their conversion may point less to a new kind of male voter than to a new kind of female vote-getter.

Pundits have been quick to attribute the erosion in Barack Obama's white male support to a newfound racism. What they have failed to consider is the degree to which white male voters witnessing Senator Clinton's metamorphosis are being forced to rethink precepts they've long held about women in American politics."

Yes, IT has never made sense to say that men who previously supported Obama are now racist. That is not what is happening, she is winning them over and he is losing them. My opinion is that once white males got to know Obama they liked him less. Once they got to know Clinton better they liked her better. According to an old friend of mine "she is the toughest person in the race" and "has the "best poker face and we need a poker player right now". When I read this article I thought of him.

"For years, the prevailing theory has been that white men are often uneasy with female politicians because they can't abide strong women. But if that's so, why haven't they deserted Senator Clinton? More particularly, why haven't they deserted her as she has become ever more pugnacious in her campaign?

Maybe the white male electorate just can't abide strong women whom they suspect of being of a certain sort. To adopt a particularly lamentable white male construct, the sports metaphor, political strength comes in two varieties: the power of the umpire, who controls the game by application of the rules but who never gets hit; and the power of the participant, who has no rules except to hit hard, not complain, bounce back and endeavor to prevail in the end.

For virtually all of American political history, the strong female contestant has been cast not as the player but the rules keeper, the purse-lipped killjoy who passes strait-laced judgment on feral boy fun. (snip)

The specter of the prissy hall monitor is, in part, the legacy of the great female reformers of Victorian America. In fact, these women were the opposite of fainting flowers. Susan B. Anthony barely flinched in the face of epithets, hurled eggs and death threats. Carry A. Nation swung an ax. Yet they were regarded by men as the regulators outside the game.


Certainly through the many early primaries, Hillary Clinton was often defined by these old standards, and judged harshly. She was forever the entitled chaperone. But that was then. As Thelma, the housewife turned renegade, says to her friend in "Thelma & Louise" as the two women flee the law through the American West, "Something's crossed over in me."

Senator Clinton might well say the same. In the final stretch of the primary season, she seems to have stepped across an unstated gender divide, transforming herself from referee to contender.

What's more, she seems to have taken to her new role with a Thelma-like relish. We are witnessing a female competitor delighting in the undomesticated fray. Her new no-holds-barred pugnacity and gleeful perseverance have revamped her image in the eyes of begrudging white male voters, who previously saw her as the sanctioning "sivilizer," a political Aunt Polly whose goody-goody directives made them want to head for the hills.

It's the unforeseen precedent of an unprecedented candidacy: our first major female presidential candidate isn't doing what men always accuse women of doing. She's not summoning the rules committee over every infraction. (Her attempt to rewrite the rules for Michigan and Florida are less a timeout than rough play.) Not once has she demanded that the umpire stop the fight. Indeed, she's asking for more unregulated action, proposing a debate with no press-corps intermediaries."

I disagree that she is trying to rewrite the rules, she is actually asking the DNC to follow their rules which allow the votes to be counted if the state party does the most they can to fix the situation which they have.

"If anyone has been guarding the rules this election, it's been the press, which has been primly thumbing the pages of Queensberry and scolding her for being "ruthless" and "nasty," a "brawler" who fights "dirty."

But while the commentators have been tut-tutting, Senator Clinton has been converting white males, assuring them that she's come into their tavern not to smash the bottles, but to join the brawl.

Deep in the American grain, particularly in the grain of white male working-class voters, that is the more trusted archetype. Whether Senator Clinton's pugilism has elevated the current race for the nomination is debatable. But the strategy has certainly remade the political world for future female politicians, who may now cast off the assumption that when the going gets tough, the tough girl will resort to unilateral rectitude." (snip)

Susan Faludi is the author of "Backlash," "Stiffed" and "The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America."

linc here

To me, Obama trying to declare victory makes him look both like a bully and at the seem time very weak. But then that is the same thing isn't it?

He has refused to debate because he knows he doesn't do well against Clinton and he is trying to pretend that only pledged delegates count in the end and that he will have enough to win (he will not). He just keeps looking more and more like a prissy weasel. I think he needed to fire some campaign staff weeks ago when he started losing. He needs to stop looking by turns petulant and triumphant. It is a really bad strategy and if he should prevail at the convention it is not going to put him in good stead for the GE.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Read on the blogs

Here is what The Ghost of Dr. Violet Socks at "Reclusive Leftist" has to say:

Imagine this scenario:

The shoe is on the other foot, and Obama, not Hillary, is the punching bag of the media — a media that is blatantly and unapologetically racist. And I do mean blatant. Jokes every night on the cable news shows about Obama’s hair and his fondness for fried chicken. Pundits laughing about what a problem uppity Negroes are.

Across the country, racists openly ridicule Obama and his candidacy. In mainstream stores there are gag gifts playing on racist themes: maybe a (water)Melon Baller with Obama’s head on the handle, maybe a Barack Obama Shoeshine Set — you get the picture. 501c groups invoke the most grotesque racist slurs with their advertising; T-shirts say “Quit Running for President and Shine My Shoes!” Anybody who protests is branded a fool and a spoilsport.

Online, Hillary’s supporters constantly refer to Obama and his supporters as n—–s and c— -s and all the other epithets I refuse to type out. Blogger Boyz blog about those stupid lazy Negroes who are still wallowing in memories of the Civil Rights era, too dumb to get with the program and vote for Hillary.

And the lies: Obama is constantly lied about, belittled, demeaned. His record is distorted, his character impugned. Every day the pundits and the Blogger Boyz urge him to drop out of the race, to remember his place, to give up his seat to the white woman. All in the interest of “party unity.”

And nary a word of reproach from Hillary herself. No denunciation at all of the relentless racism. In fact, she actually cracks a few racist remarks herself, albeit subtle ones. She jokes and nods with the media about “letting” Obama run as long as he wants to. And when she makes speeches about American values, she talks a lot about women’s rights but never mentions civil rights. She’s strikingly silent on the subject. Even when she delivers a major address on the importance of rooting out bigotry, she neglects to mention racism at all.

Just to make the analogy even more apt, let’s further imagine that some key civil rights issue is on the table — say, voting rights. For forty years the Democrats have been on the side of the angels with that one, but Hillary goes out of her way to say how much she admires and respects those Republicans who don’t think African-Americans should have the right to vote. She says judges with a record of opposing voting rights are good candidates for the nation’s benches — even the Supreme Court.

And the Democratic Party goes along with all this, pushing Hillary as the nominee, ignoring the anger of African-American voters, smugly assuming that they’ll “come back to the fold” by November. After all, say the pundits and the Blogger Boyz, where else are they going to go? The Republicans are even worse.

If you’re an adult American with even half a lick of sense, you know damn well that there is no way black folks would stand for that crap. There is no way any self-respecting African-Americans in this day and age would take that from the Democrats. It’s inconceivable that anybody would expect them to.

Because dig it: if the Democrats carried on like that, they wouldn’t be any better than the Republicans. And they sure as hell wouldn’t deserve the African-American vote.

Why should it be any different with women?

If Barack Obama and his supporters become the new Democratic party, then the Democratic party will no longer be the party of women’s rights. There will still be women in the party, naturally, but basic respect for women as citizens will be a dead letter. It will be the party of John Roberts and anti-choicers and the most virulent outbreak of public misogyny I’ve ever seen. All the sexism of this campaign will be rewarded instead of repudiated.

And that Democratic party will not deserve my vote.

This priceless video was found at the Confluence in a diary called "The Buzzing boyz are sometimes Girlz:

Good God, we have spawned our very own Ann Coulter.

What has me most concerned is that I feel Obama is not ready for adulthood much less the Presidency. My party is about to go over a cliff because of people like Donna Brazile who thinks accusations of racism where no racism exists are a valid campaign tactic. Somehow Howard Dean has allowed himself to be shut down and his leadership has not been in evidence at all.

It was Donna who decided that gay people should not be included in the party unity umbrella and Howard went along. It was Donna who decided that SC had to be one of the first primaries to give African Americans a say in the nomination. And now we are going to discount the votes of millions of people in two other states to satisfy her need to control the primary schedule and help Obama.

Is Dean out of his mind? He sees what is happening and he is doing nothing about it. Here is the problem: Activists behind Hillary are not the only people or even the main people who will not vote for Obama. The people the party has to worry about are the people who are swing voters and have no problem voting for republicans. They did it in the last two elections and when Reagan ran. They will vote for McCain rather than Obama and his elitist "creative class" coalition.
Donna has said working class whites are no longer needed. Well I fear she is going to see how an election goes without them.

ps...There seems to be another attempt by Obama and his bots, including the media like Anderson Cooper, to paint Hillary Clinton as racist. To which I reply:


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

No Barack, you are wrong

Your win in NC is not a victory over the politics of division. It is a testament and monument TO the politics of division. You won in NC because way back in February you painted the Clintons as racists and African Americans in SC voted for you in huge numbers. Since then, African Americans have voted for you in a near monolithic block.

Say hello to president McCain because all of the people in the middle who are swing voters are going to vote for the adult in the race, that leaves you out.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Great Day IN Scranton PA

I live near Scranton in a small town just north of the city. Two days ago I was there all day, canvassing and calling and meeting new friends from all over the country.

We canvassed west side, that is where Hillary's father is buried just a few yards from my father in law and his father and mother and my ex-mother in law's parents Honeybee and Pop.

We had all positive responses except for one Naderite and a lot of people not home. In fact one man who was a republican said he was counting on us to get her nominated because he was going to vote for her in November. He said "we need a woman in office".

I talked to a lot of great people on the phone and it was all over a great day.

But yesterday was even better. Join me on the other side and let me tell you how great it was.

Yesterday we knocked on just about 5000 doors just in Scranton. We sent out three shifts of canvassers.

I didn't get there until about 3. I drove to Steamtown Mall and used their underground parking. From there it is a three block walk to get to the old Ritz theater building where the campaign has two store front office spaces. In the front is the main office, phones etc... In the office farther back in the hall is where the walk packets are organized.

Today Obama will be in town and we will be sending some supports there to his event just to let them know this is still Hillary Country.

So I got to the office and immediately the guy at the desk asked me to man the reception desk so that he could pee. I was happy to do so and more or less got stuck there for the rest of the day. That was cool though because that gave him a chance to make calls and another guy to do canvassing. And I got to talk to everyone who came in and ask them how their day went.

It was great, everyone had such a positive experience. Everyone said the people they talked to were friendly and solidly behind Hillary.

There were a few bad experiences with visibility. There are always a few cars of young men who drive by and scream "she's a b*tch" or something similarly brilliant. I always tell people to brush that sort of thing off whether it is in person or on the phone. If you have done a lot of political organizing you know that there are people who will be rude and miserable. But when it is a sexist insult, well imagine if someone yelled out the window at some Obama supporters some sort of racist slur. It's painful when it gets so personal and so bigoted. Still you have to laugh it off and realize that hundreds of people drove past and saw your signs and they honked or they were happy to see you out there.

Politics are hard, I could tell you some stories about working for Rendell that would turn your stomach. You wouldn't believe how many people came in to my office and screamed at me that I was an abortionist....lol. For people who are new to it, they take some of this very personally. So take a few extra minutes to thank the people who are out there on the streets and making calls.

We had people from New Hampshire about 15 people who are staying through tuesday, MA, CT, NJ, NY, VA, DC, MD, Long Island... Maine. We have 14 people from TX (and several staff members) just in our office alone.

I met a woman from New Paltz NY which is where my sister lives. The woman also grew up in the next school district to where I went to school (decades ago) in upstate NY.. and we both love Opera...weird. = )

Late in the afternoon 4 African American women showed up and they went out canvassing and came back and made calls until almost 9. the cam in from NY. I was dying to ask them why Hillary and not Obama. But that is not the sort of thing you can ask without seeming like you are treating someone as a sociological oddity. But I was very glad to see them there. It broke a little of the sense of division I have been feeling.

There were a LOT of people from NH. I think after their surprise victory they were energized for Hillary in a way other states were not. One woman was telling me how down they all were on primary day in NH and how they went around trying to remain upbeat while door knocking. Then they went to the victory party afterward and while watching CNN they noticed she was up 3 percent. They kept sneaking looks at the TV to see when the numbers would switch. She said they were telling each other, "well some big Obama district will get counted and his numbers will go up". But all night it didn't happen and at the point CNN called NH for Hillary she said lots of people were crying and they were all hugging friends and strangers, so so happy that they had pulled it off.

I remember that night and how the spinners for Obama (calling themselves pundits and pretending to be neutral) were on TV saying that it might have been the "Bradley effect", basically accusing the people of NH of racism and ignoring the fact that so many thousands of new women voters went to the polls and voted for the first time. That was unfair and disrespectful of the people of NH, so many of whom went to the polls and voted for Obama.

So many of the out of town people will be here to celebrate with us on Tuesday if we win. One woman from CT said she was there to pay penance for her state. It will be great for her to be here if Hillary wins. I am excited for her, she was so disappointed when CT went for Obama.

I will go back in the morning and I will make more calls and do more canvassing. On Tuesday Hillary may win PA despite Obama's massive commercial buy and negative adds. She doesn't have to win big after being outspent 3 to 1 over the last month and the constant bombardment by the ridiculous and sexist press, accusing her of attacks and pretending Obama is above it all when clearly he is not. No she just has to win and she may very well. I am hoping for about 8 points.

OH, and I did not run in to NewHampster. I am starting to think he is a myth. I am going to start making up Paul Bunyan type tales about him if I don't meet him today.

Friday, April 18, 2008

A few days to go

It's primary time in PA. This is the first time in a long time that our vote has counted and I plan to make good use of tuesday. I will be voting for Hillary as will most people in PA. The out of state folks have shown up and things are cooking.
I talked to a woman at the Scranton office. She is here from TX and she told me she was spit at by some of the Obama folks. I think they most be from out of state too because I can not believe that the good people of PA, even Obamakidz are spitting on Clinton supporters.

Here is a video of Obama giving Clinton the finger. Nice, and he wants to be president?

Welcome to PA, NewHampster, Ulsterdem and friends. Let's get a drink later.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Dear Senator Obama:

There are many reasons I am not voting for you. None of them is included in the patronizing elitist snob list that you have to your friends in San Francisco.

First of all I think Hillary Clinton is smarter, nicer, harder working, more experienced, more charactered and all around a much better candidate with better policy positions.

Secondly, damn right I am voting for her because she is a woman. She is an extraordinary woman and she also happens to be one of the best candidates we have had in a long long time. We need her in office because she is the person best capable of fixing the bush mess. One day you may be as smart and hardworking as Hillary, but you aren't yet.

Thirdly, you have accused people of racism way too many times. The Clinton's are not racists and neither are the people in PA who you think give a damn about the color of your skin. Stop demeaning people, everyone who doesn't love you is a low rent rube and bigot.

I hear your dog-whistle sexism loud and clear. Why Annie Oakley? And of course there is the blatant sexism such as calling all of Senator Clinton's experience overseas "tea with foreign dignitaries". You could never demean her that way if she were a man, you would not get away with it.

You are mean spirited. Why is your instinct always to make fun of and insult your political opponents? Why do you spend so much time in your appearances mocking Clinton and/or McCain? It's ugly. Criticize them on policy but stop mocking them and their supporters.

And then you are always selling yourself as some sort of savior. There is a reason people are referring to you as Obamamessiah these days. Your wife has said our souls are broken and we need you to fix us. But I do not want to vote for a Preacher in Chief.

BTW, the democratic party didn't have a problem with religion before you came along, we were not "hermetically sealed off from the faith community", as you stated, and we will not have an issue long after you have gone. We just happen to think that religion is a private matter, one which our elected leaders should respect and leave along. Sadly you do neither. I think you have a lot of nerve being condescending about other people's beliefs. You have a plank to take out of your eye first Senator.