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Hillary Clinton Supporters And The Tale Of The Three Candy Bars

So if you watch CNN or any other news network for that matter and have been paying attention to the Democratic Primaries in any way you’ve probably heard pundits report that alot of Hillary Clinton supporters are saying that they wouldn’t vote for Barack Obama if he were the nominee. So I wanted to come up with a way to explain to those people why they should just chillax for a minute and change their eagerly and overly resentful attitude. I doubt it will have much of an effect but perhaps will give pause.

So you’re in a group of people who combined have just the right amount of money to buy a candy bar and you’ve got a choice between three kinds. There’s the one you really like thats got all the good stuff in it you like. Then there’s the one thats kinda similar to your favorite, a few ingredients are different but the basic formula is still there. Then there’s the one you’re allergic to. You ate one a while back and you had a severe reaction to it. So you vote for the one you really like. But there’s a split decision in the majority of the group between your second favorite that has a few different ingredients and the one you really don’t like. Your favorite candy bar is no longer a choice and you’re foced to recast your vote for the two remaining. One of your friends whom you most recently got into a tiff with is on the side that wants your second favorite and is trying to convince the group to go for that one. They really don’t want that third candy bar. So out of spite you forget your allergic reaction and vote for your least favorite. The group that wanted the bad candy bar won it with your vote and you were stuck with a candy bar that makes you sick.     

So here’s the breakdown. Hillary Clinton is your favorite candy bar. Barack Obama is the candy bar that has a few different ingredients but has the same basic formula. Politically, the two are similar except on a few issues like Health Care and foreign relations. John McCain is the third candy bar that you had an allergic reaction to. The metaphorical allergies of which I speak are the policies of a Republican administration. The last eight years have been a true test of our nation and of its leaders and it appears our leaders have failed our nation. A John McCain candy bar (administration) would no doubt bring on the same allergic reaction you experienced in the past.

The tiff spoken of in this parable that you had with your friend was the Democratic Primary. Its been hard on all of us as Democratic voters to see the candidate we love to be spoken of badly. But thats no reason to go voting for the completely opposite thing that you know is bad when it comes to politics or candy bars.


May 21, 2008 Posted by | Elections | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Chris Matthews Schools Kevin James

Usually I can’t stand the sound of Chris Matthews’ voice. After about three minutes it begins to sound like nails on a chalkboard. But seeing what he did to conservative commentator Kevin James on Hardball tonight brought a smile to my face and I was able to deal with the chalkboard for the rest of the evening and I will no doubt be replaying the clip over and over.

It all started when Kevin James came on and began saying that Obama’s suggestion that he would engage in diplomatic discussions with Iran was comparable to what Neville Chamberlain did prior to WWII. I expected alot more out of Kevin James. I know a lot of conservatives who just walk around repeating what they hear on Fox News or their favorite conservative radio talk show. Apparently Kevin James is just as ignorant. When asked what it was Chamberlain did that would provoke such a comparison, he merely repeated over and over “he was an appeaser.” Matthews didn’t necessarily disagree that Chamberlain was an appeaser, but he put James to task so that we could better understand just how engaging in discussions with Iran was like giving Hitler half of Czechoslovakia. Apparently James had absolutely no idea what Chamberlain did, and thank goodness Matthews was intelligent enough to call him out on it. But the three people were referring to different dates and presidents when it came to the attack on the USS Cole one year before 9/11. Factually, it occurred under the last two months of the Clinton administration in October of 2000. But when Kevin James states that 9/11 was a result of inaction on the part of the Clinton administration, the USS Cole argument is weak. The effort in response to the USS Cole would have ultimately fallen in the hands of the Bush administration.

So what exactly does this word that everyone’s been throwing around, appeasement, mean? In the instance that Bush used it, I would prefer to use the first two definitions. They’re warm and fuzzy like “bring to a state of peace” and “relieve.” But the third definition is a nasty one; “to yield to the billigerent demands of a nation in a cinciliatory effort, at the expense of justice or other principles.” Definitely the definition Bush and James were using.

It’s interesting to see how conservative bloggers are defending James. Take a look around at some conservative blogs. When you watch the video, its hard not to feel sorry for anyone trying to defend Kevin James. Oh, and be careful when you search for Kevin James, the guy who played Doug on The King of Queens shares the same name, but probably not the same ideology.

May 15, 2008 Posted by | Elections | , , , , | Leave a comment

Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan tonight said that the only reason Barack Obama is close to clinching the nomination of the Democratic party is because he’s black. “If Barack Obama were not African-American, John Edwards would have defeated him. Geraldine Ferraro, while taking a lot of heat, was right in what she said. She spoke the truth.” What is it about Obama being black that people feel has been so key to his success? Is it the fact that he’s received a huge majority of the black vote? Because black people have been voting for white people for years and to say that they would have all gone to someone else is not realistic. And who is ANYONE ANYWHERE EVER to say what or who someone would be if  their races were reversed? We should put Black Like Me on Pat Buchanan’s “to read” list.

Buchanan also rambled about how the media coverage has been unfair to West Virginians, “you’re sitting here calling them poor and uneducated or half-educated…” In fact, in comparison to the rest of the country, WV is last in everything good (literacy rates) and first in everything bad (poverty). It’s funny that Buchanan demands the “truth” be spoken with something as unknowable as who or where Barack Obama would be if he were white, but when it comes to the facts of the state of WV, he demands a level of courtesy that Clinton refuses to extend to states she lost to Obama. I recall her campaign saying things along the lines of “those states that Obama won are small and don’t matter. We’re looking at the big states that matter in the general election.” Maybe they should have run their campaign like they were in a primary and not a general election like Obama did. Sure he won small states that aren’t huge players in the general election, but Clinton’s argument that she won states vital to the Democrats in November and she should be the nominee because she did good in those states is weak and has been weakening since Indiana and North Carolina. But we’re reminded of the same point made before; this is not the general election. More and more people are beginning to see through the parallels that Clinton is trying to draw between what happened in the primaries to what will happen in November.


May 14, 2008 Posted by | Elections | , , , , , | 1 Comment

John Edwards Endorses Obama

CNN is reporting that John Edwards is set to endorse Barack Obama. It will be interesting to hear the reaction from the Clinton campaign. Recall James Carville’s likening Bill Richardson’s endorsement of Obama to Judas’s betrayal of Jesus. There are no holidays in coming days that would allow for a convenient metaphor, but then again Edwards doesn’t have the history with the Clintons that Richardson did so betrayal is not the word. Perhaps the Clinton’s will say it just makes sense. Despite having been defeated by Clinton in W.V. by a huge margin, Obama still has more pledged and superdelegates. Oh, and she still thinks that MI should be seated the way the votes came in even though Obama wasn’t on the ballot. Has anyone told her that she still wouldn’t win even if they were seated the way the votes came in?

In Republican news 15% of Republicans in W.V. voted for someone other than John McCain even though he is the Republican nominee and none of the other candidates are campaigning and have all endorsed McCain (except Ron Paul). Personally, I think this is much more interesting than Edwards’ endorsement.

May 14, 2008 Posted by | Elections | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Windows XP SP3

I read about Microsoft’s Service Pack 3 in a few blogs and they say that you won’t not notice much difference in performance. But I wasn’t sure what kind of Service Pack I was running and if it might do me some good to get one so I went about downloading SP3. Here’s what happened.

After I completed a backup of my files I proceeded to complete the download and followed the command to restart. My computer successfully shut down and began to restart. A command prompt appeared telling me that Windows failed to start successfully and gave me instructions on how to choose between starting Windows normally or starting windows with the last known configuration that worked. After staring at the screen in confusion for the thirty seconds thats allowed to select a command my computer restarted again. “OK,” I thought “I’d better select one of the two commands.” So I started Windows normally and my computer restarted and came back to the command prompt telling me that Windows failed to start successfully. So I chose to start Windows with the last known configuration to work successfully. And my computer restarted again bringing me back to where I started. In shock and hoping my backup was completely successfull and staring at a half empty glass I allowed my computer to restart a few more times as I reviewed my options.

There were three safe mode options; safe mode, safe mode on network, and some other one I can’t remember. In haste and desperation I chose the first option, safe mode. Windows successfully opened with a larger pixel size and gave me the option to restore my system. I followed the prompts to restore from the date and time of the Windows XP SP3 update and after my computer shut down I crossed my fingers. Once my monitor adjusted I watched with my heart pounding in my chest as Windows finally opened as usual. No where in Microsoft’s tutorials do they say a system restore is necessary.

I defragmented my drive about two weeks ago but wanted to see how fragmented my C: drive became after the update. It took just about as long to defragment my drive as it did a couple weeks ago to defragment after a years worth of Word documents and music downloads. Now I hope to reap the rewards of a safer and faster system after having gone through such a traumatic experience involving unguided system restoration.  

Read a similar horror story at undisputedtruth.

May 7, 2008 Posted by | Technology | , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t Count Out The Female Vote In Indiana

According to CNN exit polls the Democratic vote by gender in Indiana was 56% female to 44% male. In a time when the white male vote is being debated, Hillary Clinton won Indiana by a narrow margin arguably due to the high female turnout that voted in her favor. The voting results for each candidate were mirrors in terms of gender with Clinton winning 51% of females and Obama winning 51% of males. More females voted than males and more females voted for Hillary Clinton.

Lest we forget there is still a Republican primary going on. Republican Indiana voters consistently threw more of their votes towards Ron Paul than Mitt Romney and at a time when people are worried about Democrats being bitter in November after a tough Primary Season and going Republican, signigicant portions of Republicans in every state have cast their votes towards candidates other than John McCain. Collectively, their votes don’t outmatch McCains overwhelming majority, but this should give more people pause when the fact is the Republican party already has their nominee and the other Republican candidates have already endorsed John McCain (except for maybe Ron Paul). Which way are those votes going to go come November?


May 6, 2008 Posted by | CNN, Elections | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My Spam Que

In my spam que today there was a comment that said “Not Spam” posted in my “Letter to Ahmadinejad” blog.

I like to think that this was an anonymous secret message sent to me due to a comment I left on a spammers website and a post I created afterwards entitled “My Spam Que.” Perhaps some basement dwelling geek with a slick as grease scheme to use WP as a means to test his deviant blog-content-stealing machine noticed my singular reply to his attack that apparently hit around 1500 people this past Thursday and hastily replied in the only socially acceptable way a spammer can communicate with humans; with more spam. Only he labelled it “Not Spam” so that I would know that even though his pings and posts warrant my Akismet’s activation, they are indeed not spam and are some other form of world wide web witchery.

Alas, I have not received a reply from my comment and I am unable to find the post he created with my writing. However, his site is still running and claiming to have posted other people’s stuff on Dec. 31st of 1969.

May 4, 2008 Posted by | My Spam Que | , | Leave a comment

Jimi Hendrix Sex Tape

fake jimiFrom the people who brought you Jenna Jameson and Tera Patrick, Vivid Video is proud to present to you the one and only Jimi Hendrix sex tape, to be released for sale on May 6th. From what I’ve seen in the trailer, it doesn’t look like Jimi Hendrix. But some people (mainly the one’s who stand to profit from its release) believe that the dude in the film really is him. They’ve got some expert opinions in Cynthia Plaster Caster who actually has a plaster cast of Hendrix’s penis which she compares to the penis in the film, and Pamela Des Barres another 60’s “top groupie” who claims to have slept with the star.


May 3, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

McCain and Clinton’s Summer Gas Tax Holiday

creepyAfter news was released that the proposed summer gas tax holiday would save consumers $28  in three months, McCain told a town-hall audience in Denver: “I want to give the American consumer a little bit of relief just for the summer. Maybe they’ll be able to buy an additional textbook for their children when they go back to school this fall.” That’s it? A Textbook? You’re putting up a fuss for something that’s going to allow me to buy a $28 textbook? That’s not even a tank of gas.

He also says that with the approval of a gas tax holiday that would likely remove $10 billion from roadway maintenance and upgrades “Americans will have a little extra something to put in their pocketbooks.” Who uses pocketbooks anymore? I don’t even know what a pocketbook is. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one. I know when I think of pocketbooks I think of my grandmothers change purse that she used to give me antique nickels out of. I don’t want nickels.

He also says that we should stop putting oil into the strategic petroleum reserves in order to alleviate prices. Good idea. Reduce the amount of oil we have in our “strategic” reserves. A “strategic” reserve that’s put in place to alleviate the devastation in the event of a national emergency should not be tapped to save people less than what their cell phone bill is each month especially under the current circumstances of high demand and low production. Cheaper gas, if it actually got cheaper, would increase demand for gas allowing drivers to consume it at a faster rate while production would remain the same (low) and as a result would raise prices shortly after the Holiday was over.  

Of the three candidates John McCain is the most out of touch. These statements as well as his other gaffes on Al-Qaeda in Iraq and his Freudian slip on how the war in Iraq was about oil, are telling of McCain’s sense of current events.  McCain said at a recently rally, where he announced his newest market based health insurance program, that millions of dollars can be saved with prevention. “Take a little time to eat better, make sure you walk for about 30 or so minutes a day and you won’t have to worry about these afflictions.” Seriously? If I eat better and walk for 30 minutes a day I don’t have to worry about cancer or diabetes or any other life threatening disease that would no doubt bankrupt me were I to require hospitalization?

At least Hillary Clinton is smart enough to never say anything that would even slightly reveal how little money the gas tax holiday would save people. She’s instead threatening oil companies with a “windfalls profit” tax, an expense that the slick oil companies are sure to incorporate into the cost of a gallon. But it looks good to the uneducated white folks for Hillary Clinton to be rattling the cages of oil companies. They’ve been eating up her antics as of late.

Obama’s already been through this. He ended up costing the state of Illinois several million dollars with his gas tax relief plan a few years ago and evidence shows it would be costly financially, strategically, and occupationally. For once, Clinton and McCain would have to cede to Obama’s experience on an issue. But don’t hold your breath waiting for them to let up.   


May 3, 2008 Posted by | Elections | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Ludacris Map

ho mapOne of the best uses of American collegiate intellect I’ve ever seen is the “Area Codes In Which Ludacris Claims To Have Hoes” map found over at Strange Maps. I believe ho’s is spelled with an apostrophe instead of an “e”. This map just goes to show that Nebraska ho’s are just as competitive as the southern ladies.


May 2, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment