Friday, October 31, 2008

First Amendment protects Palin from media criticism

So dumb it hurts, as Glenn Greenwald explains here. Next thing you know, she'll want to use her Second Amendment rights to protect herself against these attacks on her First Amendment rights...

Heads up to mainstream media outlets: stock up on body armor!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dole & Hagan put atheism on trial in North Carolina

Yes, it is desperate and ridiculous. But I'm not embarrassed for my state, my nation, or our mainstream political parties. I'm embarrassed by them! But not surprised.

I mean Obama hasn't sued anyone for slander yet, but he hasn't been very vocal in defending Muslims either. And now Hagan is "outraged" by this "personal slander" (libel actually) - a false statement that harms your reputation or standing in the community.

How sad. We are apparently so intolerant in this country that suggesting you are an atheist or Muslim is considered slander or libel. Are Jews and Catholics acceptable yet? What about Buddhists or Hindus?

To paraphrase Colin Powell: What if she is? Is there something wrong with being an atheist in this country?" The answer's "No, that's not America." Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old atheist American kid* believing that he or she could be President? This is not the way we should be doing it in America.

*Like Dawkins, I flinch when someone says "Muslim child" or "Christian child" so I'd certainly never refer to a seven-year-old as an "atheist kid" but that's a separate discussion....

UPDATE I. See here for some more opinions on this.

UPDATE II. Hagan's defamation and libel complaint is that this "maligns her character and reputation," "subjects her to contempt," and "injures her good name and reputation in the community." Despicable! Archie Bunker would be proud of them both!

UPDATE III. More discussion on this at Pharyngula's pox on them all.

UPDATE IV. Hagan staff responds privately to the Friendly Atheist.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Bombshell: John the Redistributor video uncovered

Dear John: if you keep talking, you can't stop making a fool out of yourself!

"That is what change means for Barack the Redistributor: It means taking your money and giving it to someone else."

- John McCain (today)

- John McCain (2000)

How STUPID do you think we are?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Andy, Opie & The Fonz for Obama...North Carolina too?

Will NC be Obamalina this year?

Will Ron Howard's call to action make a difference in the state?

See more Ron Howard videos at Funny or Die

Video hat tip: PZ.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Cynicism...about limited political choices in the US

This post is a response to Almost Diamonds, who takes issue with my "cynicism" in the comments to Greg Laden's giddy post about the endorsement of Obama by Colin Powell. Apparently I'm brainless for not seeing that there are "big differences between Obama and McCain--of policy, of personality, of integrity."

In response, I would humbly suggest that one must have a fairly narrow perspective on the issues in order to see "big differences" between the two "mainstream" candidates. Don't get me wrong. There are certainly differences, and those differences can have a real impact on people's lives over time. However, the differences are small and fall within a narrow right-wing, authoritarian political spectrum.

Case in point: Almost asks how it is "evil" to suggest that people should have access to affordable health care (emphasis mine). Note that the question cynically presupposes that health care is a commodity to be bought and sold instead of a basic human right that should be available to everyone regardless of their ability to pay for it. This is the same narrow political discussion that Obama and McCain have engaged in during this campaign. Talk about cynicism. Isn't it time to expand our political discourse?

Swat that...Almost.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Agent of change endorsed by Neocon's most effective weapon of mass deception

Sometimes life imitates satire. Today is one of those days. Obama is "beyond honored and deeply humbled" to receive the endorsement of Colin Powell - a man who knowingly deceived the world about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. This speaks volumes about how limited and cynical the differences are between Republicans and Democrats. War without justification? Yes we can!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Memo to McCain Nuts - change the subject to ACORN

Attention desperate John McCain supporters: Ayers didn't stick, so change the subject to ACORN. Don't talk about the economy, don't talk about Timmons...

John McCain: We need to know the full extent of your relationship with Saddam Hussein

Dear John,

As you said in your last debate with Obama, we need to know the full extent of any questionable relationships between the candidates and washed up terrorists (or those who support them). Therefore, will you please explain the full extent of your campaign's official ongoing relationship with a lobbyist for Saddam Hussien. No more non-denial denials please!

Regards,
An undecided voter

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Dear God, your reputation is at stake!

You're followers are making you look, well, judge for yourself...

From the invocation at a McCain rally in Davenport, Iowa yesterday:

"I would also add Lord, that  your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god—whether it's Hindu, Buddha, Allah—that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons.  And Lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation, because they’re going to think that their God is bigger than you, if that happens.  So I pray that you would step forward and honor your own name with all that happens between now and Election Day."

- Arnold Conrad, former pastor of Grace Evangelical Free Church in Davenport, Iowa

The McCain campaign responds:

"While we understand the important role that faith plays in informing the votes of Iowans, questions about the religious background of the candidates only serve to distract from the real questions in this race about Barack Obama's judgment, policies and readiness to lead as commander in chief.”

- McCain campaign spokesperson Wendy Riemann (CNN).

But talk about poor judgement and questionable associations, McCain's campaign rallies appear to be full of it lately! "Energizing the base" I suppose?

I'm Barack Obama, and I approved these mixed messages

"Erratic in a crisis. Out of touch on the economy."

- Barack Obama campaign ad to be released next week

"We need a steady hand in the White House. We need a president you can trust in times of crisis," instead of someone who is "lurching all over the place" and prone to "erratic behavior."

- Barack Obama on the stump this week

"I believe John McCain is a good man and a genuine American hero. And we honor his half-century of service to this nation."

-Barack Obama on the stump in February

Obama may ask McCain to spearhead a bipartisan overhaul of veteran's affairs.

- A Democratic strategist who talks regularly with Obama's senior advisors (The Telegraph - this week)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I'm John McCain, and I approved these mixed messages

"Barack Obama: Too risky for America."

- John McCain campaign ad released this week

"Our opponent ... is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country."

- Sarah Palin on the stump this week 

"I have to tell you, he is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States...I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments."

- John McCain on the stump this week

Will the real John McCain please stand up?