Donkey Punch

August 29, 2008

Please, Sir. Can I have some more?

Filed under: Barack Obama, John McCain, Politics — Tags: , — t4toby @ 9:52 am

I have been quiet about politics this week because I really had no desire to be part of the chattering going on about he DNC convention.  There are smarter and more eloquent people out there already on that assignment.  I did watch Obama’s speech last night, and let me tell you, he is a masterful speaker.  I do not believe he can deliver all the change he promises, but if he could work on that 10 year plan, I’d be satisfied.

The ship is sinking and people are flocking to a candidate that represents optimism.  I don’t blame them.  Few people are able to face up to the reality of our political system.  So if a candidate offers a little positivity in this world, the masses eat it up.  So what?

The Lesser of Two Evils is Still Evil.  That was my mantra in 2000 when I voted for Nader.  I still believe it, but just can’t get that worked up about it anymore.  The ship is sinking.  If I have to hear someone deliver my pre-death eulogy, at least they can make it sound pleasing to my ears.

So this morning I am resigned.  I don’t think any amount of voting for third parties, or crashing the gates, or taking to the streets with pitchforks is going to fix the gaping hole in the hull.  This shit is going down.  We can argue about whether the chaise lounge looks better by the cabana bar or next to the climbing wall, but we are about to take a bath in icy water.

Some might say I’m being cynical, or negative.  I think I’m just being realistic.  Whether Obama sweeps the election, or the Old Man steals it via Diebold, America is on the decline.  The corporations have a stranglehold on everything, and they do not intend to let go until the whole damn house of cards comes tumbling down.  So be it.  I have always longed to live in a simpler system, where neighbors take care of neighbors and interpersonal relations are what define us.

So kudos to Barack Obama.  He knows how to make corporate dominance and helplessness sexy again.  And as my body becomes numb and I sink below the icy waters to rest at the bottom of the Atlantic, I sure as hell would rather hear an eloquent voice than some old man shouting, “YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN!”

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August 19, 2008

John McCain may be a Veteran, but he was Not Tortured.

That’s right, folks. john McCain can shut his old, wrinkly claptrap about being tortured.

All the things done to McCain in Vietnam – stress positions, sleep deprivation, extreme temperatures, withholding medical attention, beatings – were legalized by the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

Andrew Sullivan via jpadgett:

No war crimes were committed against McCain. And the techniques used are, according to the president, tools to extract accurate information. And so the false confessions that McCain was forced to make were, according to the logic of the Bush administration, as accurate as the “intelligence” we have procured from “interrogating” terror suspects…the government of the United States now practices the very same techniques that the Communist government of North Vietnam once proudly used against American soldiers.


Not Torture

HEY, OLD MAN! QUIT YER BITCHIN’! I’m sure Ho Chi Minh determined that Enhanced Interogation Techniques were necessary to guard against the American threat, so who are you to complain?

Do you hear these guys complaining?:


Godwinned Again!

May 2, 2008

On Jumping the Shark (Now Updated with More Shark Jumpiness! X2!!)

Let’s talk economics.

The rules of supply and demand are pretty simple. Demand goes up, prices go up. Supply goes up, prices go down.

Conversely, if prices go down, demand tends to go up. If prices rise, demand falls.

Enter the John ‘YOU DAMN KIDS GET OFF OF MY LAWN!’ McCain. He and his team of brilliant advisers have come up with a great idea. Let’s have a holiday from the gas tax this summer. Sounds good, no? Not.

John McCain is proposing to eliminate the 18.9 cent federal gas tax as a way to ease the burden of rising gas prices on his friends, the regular Americans. But what does this mean?

If we lower the price of gas, demand will go up, which will in turn drive prices up. So we take $.20/gallon away from the Federal Treasury. More people feel inclined to drive this summer because gas is cheaper. The price rises to the cost with the tax, except now the oil companies are making the $.20/gallon instead of the Treasury. That is his brilliant plan.

So not only is it a bone headed idea, but it flies in the face of the fact that we need to be encouraging people to drive less, both to help stabilize the price of oil, but also because the last time I checked the consensus of the global scientific community is that we have a wee problem with carbon emissions.

So of course both Democratic nominees oppose this, because they are both smart people with wise economists on their side, right? Wrong.

Hill’s down. Granted, she wants to finance the cut with a windfall tax on the oil companies’ profits whereas McCain just wants to write Big Oil a blank check, but she’s still firmly in the Voodoo Economics Camp. When was the last time Shrub, Jr. let a bill go across his desk that cut into rich people’s profits? Never, that’s when. So her plan is both irresponsible and logistically impossible. So either she’s dense as old growth, or she’s trying to pander to the low information voters. Either way stinks.

This is not a responsible plan. This is not a plan a responsible leader would endorse. This is election year shenanigans at their most pitiful.

I’m calling it. Hillary has jumped the shark. Stick a fork in her, she’s done.

Update:

“I’m not going to put in my lot with economists,” Hillary told George Stephanopoulos this weekend, ““Elite opinion is always on the side of doing things that really disadvantages the vast majority of Americans.”

What other recent President doesn’t believe in the opinions of ‘experts’? I’m drawing a blank…

When will the Hillary model come out?

Updated Again:

Damn that shit is dumb.

March 25, 2008

Righteous Mea Culpa (updated)

Filed under: Jim Henley, John Cole, John McCain, Mea Culpa, Mike Huckabee — t4toby @ 12:21 pm

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John Cole over at Balloon Juice is a rare kind of bird. He is funny and intelligent, and was a dyed-in-the wool Republican until about a year ago.
Here is what he has to say about being a full throated supporter of the Iraq invasion and occupation:

I was wrong about EVERY. GOD. DAMNED. THING. It is amazing I could tie my shoes in 2001-2004. If you took all the wrongness I generated, put it together and compacted it and processed it, there would be enough concentrated stupid to fuel three hundred years of Weekly Standard journals.

That’s the way you own up to your own shortcomings. You don’t mince words, you don’t equivocate, you just admit that you are wrong. I don’t know of any other of the rabid supporters of George and Dick’s Excellent Invasion that have the balls to own up to the fact that they were wrong about this war all along.

Cole is nice enough to point us to Jim Henley over at Unqualified Offerings. Apparently, he was right all along.

Update:

Mike Huckabee shows more acumen than most over the Obama-Wright controversy:

About delivering a sermon:

Many times those were statements lifted out of the context of a larger sermon. Sermons, after all, are rarely written word for word by pastors like Reverend Wright, who are delivering them extemporaneously, and caught up in the emotion of the moment. There are things that sometimes get said, that if you put them on paper and looked at them in print, you’d say “Well, I didn’t mean to say it quite like that.

About being black and angry:

As easy as it is for those of us who are white, to look back and say “That’s a terrible statement!”…I grew up in a very segregated south. And I think that you have to cut some slack — and I’m gonna be probably the only Conservative in America who’s gonna say something like this, but I’m just tellin’ you — we’ve gotta cut some slack to people who grew up being called names, being told “you have to sit in the balcony when you go to the movie. You have to go to the back door to go into the restaurant. And you can’t sit out there with everyone else. There’s a separate waiting room in the doctor’s office. Here’s where you sit on the bus…” And you know what? Sometimes people do have a chip on their shoulder and resentment. And you have to just say, I probably would too. I probably would too. In fact, I may have had more of a chip on my shoulder had it been me.

Can we trade in one old, worn out McCain model for a slighty bananas Mike Huckabee? I’ll take overly religious over completely clueless almost every time. At least it sounds like Huckabee has a little bit of compassion in him. McCain? Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran…