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Thoughts on the presidential debate

September 26, 2008

Re-post of Bryan’s notes from the Presidential Debate over at Subliminal Gary

Presidential Debate – September 26, 2008

McCain’s tie is truly awful. Obama took the center of the ring immediately. Guess he’s going to take the initiative.

Q1: Where do you stand on the bailout plan?

Obama looks good. Speaking directly to the camera. Looks smooth and relaxed and prepared. Obama draws first blood by blaming the current crisis on Bush, supported by McCain.

McCain mentions Kennedy being in the hospital right off the bat. Interesting tactic. McCain appears to be looking at and speaking directly to the moderator, not the television audience. Not sure how that will play to the television audience. Obama is speaking directly to us, McCain does not appear to be doing so.

Q1a: Are you in favor of the plan, damnit?

Obama says we haven’t seen the language of the plan yet and goes on the attack again. Too aggressive? At least he is wearing his lapel pin!

McCain says he will vote for the plan but basically brushes off the question. Seems a bit blase about seeing the crisis coming.

Jim Lehrer is a bit of a dork. Is he trying to increase the drama or run a debate?

Q2: Are there fundamental differences between the two candidates in how they would solve the economic problem?

McCain says we have to curb government spending. Mentions earmarking specifically. Studying DNA of bears? WTF is he talking about? Attacks Obama for wanting 900+ million for something.

Obama responds that McCain wants 300 billion in tax cuts for wealthy and corporations. Obama’s tax plan gives release to 90+% of people.

McCain just doesn’t look good. He points at the moderator very mechanically when he makes points and often laughs nervously.

Q3: What will you give up to pay for the economic bailout?

Obama says we have to have energy independence through alternative energy. Have to fix health care system. Education (science and technology!). Rebuild infrastructure and broadband lines. Electricity grid.

McCain says we have to cut spending. See Q2, apparently. Eliminate ethanol subsidies. Return defense spending? What? Need fixed cost contracts.

Obama insults Bush and McCain laughs. A bipartisan moment!

McCain says spending freeze is the answer except for defense and veterans. Obama says that is overkill. Obama finally plays the Iraq card.

McCain mentions climate change. Huh.

McCain doesn’t seem to have any message other than cutting spending.

Orgy of spending! Obamamania!

Q4: Lessons of Iraq.

McCain: Can’t have a failed strategy. Now we’re winning. Huzzah!

Obama: Should we have gone into war in the first place? Nope. Obama opposed war from the beginning. Didn’t finish job in Afghanistan. We’ve made things worse. And spending 10 billion a month. While Iraq as surplus. Have to use military wisely.

McCain is condescending towards Obama after having mistakes pointed out. That won’t play well. But he’s left-handed. How about that?

Q5: Afghanistan: More troops? How many and when?

Obama: Yes and as soon as possible. Safe havens in Pakistan.

McCain: Won’t make mistake of…ever leaving the middle east?

Oh sweet jesus something is moving inside of McCain’s face!

It sounds like McCain is making a lot of factually incorrect statements and accusations towards Obama. Hopefully there will be some fact-checking in the post-debate.

How many times now has McCain said that Obama doesn’t understand something? 10?

Q6: Iran.

McCain says Iran is a threat to Israel and region if they get nukes. A second holocaust? McCain wants to replace UN with a new league that doesn’t include anyone who opposes us.

Obama says Iran was made more powerful by war in Iraq. Tougher sanctions. Need support of Russia.

Q7: Russia.

Obama: Entire approach needs to be reassessed. Work with Russia.

McCain: Obama doesn’t understand. Over and over again. McCain is going to get hammered for this, I gotta think.

Q8: Likelihood of another 9/11.

McCain: Much less than it was at 9/11. Long way to go.

Obama: Safer in some ways. Airport security. Securing targets. Long way to go. Need port security. Terrorism spreading. Regain international respect.

Tough to call a winner here. Obama is a much better speaker and debater, but McCain’s foreign policy experience is very strong. If people believe that the war in Iraq is destroying the country, Obama should be declared the winner.


Hilarious McCain/Palin Video!

September 17, 2008

LOL @ LisaNova – you funny, goofy, sexy bitch you!

Lisa’s latest spoof on McCain and Palin is hilarious! You should be able to enjoy this regardless of party affiliation.

A Puppet Regime in North Korea?

September 10, 2008

According to the New York Post and citing American Intelligence sources, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Il might have suffered a stroke several weeks ago. This is thought to explain why the enigmatic sixty-six year old dictator did not attend the 60th anniversary of North Korea on September 9. Kim Jong Il’s absence from such an event is highly unusual. After all, he has not missed an anniversary parade in Pyonyang for a long time now. But wait…

Is Kim Jong Il really gravely sick?

Not so fast says Japanese expert, Professor Shigemura. This North Korean relations expert purposes that Kim Jong Il actually died in 2003 and since then, North Korea has used his infamous body doubles to hide the death of the dictator from the world and keep the communist engine running! The use of body doubles is not uncommon for infamous dictators. Saddam Hussein had them as well. Both Kim Jong Il and Hussein have been known to have used them throughout the years to avoid assassination. Now if Kim Jong Il really is dead, this may be the first time that art really does imitate life.

Shigemura’s book, The True Character of Kim Jong-il, cites sources from inside North Korea and from the intelligence services of Japan and South Korea to explain this hypothesis.

Here are a few of the supporting arguments

  • North Korea’s policies have shifted dramatically in the past five years.
  • Studies of recent sightings of the Supreme Leader show that he has grown three inches since 2003.
  • A recording of Kim Jong’s voice during a 2004 meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi did not match earlier authenticated versions.

Of course this is truly sensationalistic reporting. But interesting nonetheless.

(L) Kim Jong double 2008 (R) King Jong IL in 2003

For more on this story, check out the links below.

  • Paxaless: Dead or Alive? The True Character of Kim Jong Il (click here)
  • Japanese Expert: North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Died in 2003 (click here)
  • NineMSN: Kim Jong Il dead since 2003: author (click here)

Bill Maher – “Obama is Smarter than You!”

September 9, 2008

Republicans, Stop Calling Obama Elitist

Because the real reason you don’t like him is that he’s smarter than you.

by Bill Maher

“New Rule: Republicans need to stop saying Barack Obama is an elitist, or looks down on rural people, and just admit you don’t like him because of something he can’t help, something that’s a result of the way he was born. Admit it, you’re not voting for him because he’s smarter than you.

In her acceptance speech, Gov. Sarah Palin accused Obama of using his run for the White House as a “journey of personal discovery” — this from the lady who just spent 10 minutes of her speech introducing her family — Track, Trig, Bristol, Piper — for a minute there I thought she was calling in an airstrike.

Karl Rove described Obama as “the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini, and making snide comments about everyone who passes by.” Unlike George Bush, who’s the guy at the country club who makes snide comments, and then passes out. Now this characterization, of course, was something Mr. Rove just completely pulled out of his bulbous, gelatinous ass, but remember this is America, a land where people believe anything they hear. One of McCain’s ads casts Obama as “the one,” implying he thinks he’s the Messiah. Good, maybe he can raise McCain from the dead.

It doesn’t matter to Karl Rove that his country club characterization is fictitious, it’s the role that Obama must play if the party of plutocrats is going to win over the little guy. Over and over at this convention we heard about the new put-upon victim in our society, the person in America, like Sarah Palin, who’s constantly mocked because they’re from a … small town! Governor Yup Yup’s got ’em all riled up about being disrespected.

Barack Obama can’t help it if he’s a magna cum laude Harvard grad and you’re a Wal-Mart shopper who resurfaces driveways with your brother-in-law. Americans are so narcissistic that our candidates have to be just like us. That’s why George Bush is president. And that’s where the McCain camp gets its campaign strategy: Paint Obama as cocky and arrogant and wait for America to vote him off, like the black guy in every reality show. A black president? Half of Pennsylvania isn’t ready for black quarterbacks. Forget Obama, they think Will Smith needs to be taken down a peg.

And finally: As for “country first,” you know who’s putting country first? I am, by supporting Obama, because a victory this fall for the McCain-Mooseburger ticket would make my job in the next four years very, very easy.”

© 2008

Bill Maher is the host of Real Time With Bill Maher on HBO.

Editors Note: FYI – All our reporting for the 2008 Presidential Election comes from a non-partisan stance. No loyalties here. Just some observations and humor for both sides.

10 Observations from VPILF’s Republican Convention Speech

September 3, 2008

  1. Sarah Palin really comes off well on television. Not a surprise but she really is HOT. As silly as it sounds, that’s going to come off really well for the Republican campaign. I bet her speech tonight won her some voters who were middle-of-the-road.
  2. Is she from Alaska? I know she is but she sounds so much like she’s from Wisconsin with her accent and tone. (notice how she says “Minnesota,”  “Day,” and other like words)
  3. Her speech is really targeting the middle-of-the-road voters. Lots of talk about attending PTA meetings, being a hockey mom, and having small-town values.
  4. Holy shit her daughter has HUGE nom noms… (irrelevant but a big observation)
  5. She claims to have shook things up in Alaska, reforming many programs and cutting unnecessary cost. Palin is painting herself as a maverick reformist willing to stray from the party line. That’s how she won the election for Governor. It should be the Republicans’ goal to use that persona to win the middle over.
  6. I never knew Palin was formerly a TV Sports Reporter. Interesting. Must mean she knows how to manipulate the male psyche.
  7. Clever Political Script – paint a beautiful woman that men can ogle for her looks and women can look to as a mentor because of family, life, work, and political experiences. Now that all are listening, have her promote John McCain relentlessly as the man that should be the President of the USA. Excellent marketing.
  8. Her speechwriters put some clever jokes in there, referencing eBay and her cooking.
  9. Nice jabs at Senator Obama, referencing his quotes on the record. She’s really trying to paint him as someone who will say anything to win the crowd over but not having any meat behind what he’s saying. Meanwhile, she’s depicting herself as a strong decision-maker who will do what it takes to get the job done.
  10. Drill, baby, Drill! Lay more pipelines, build more plants. Alternative Energy. No more dependence on Foreign Oil!  Uhm… that’s not the type of drilling we were thinking about.

"Sarah Palin for Vice President"

Major Ninja Prediction

If the Republican Party has Sarah Palin cry (not weakly but when talking about a passionate cause) before this election is over, they will have a SERIOUS chance to win the white house! Write it down. DNC says so.

Good speech. Now rewind the TIVO, turn on an 80’s porno soundtrack, and mute the television. LOL!

Editors Note: FYI – All our reporting for the 2008 Presidential Election comes from a centrist stance. No loyalties here. Just some observations and humor for both sides.