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This video finally explains in a soft and fuzzy kinda way the malicious reason Clinton is still running.

I never thought I would see a video of Michelle Obama with Metallica playing in the background. But, there it is. True Republican BS.

May 22, 2008 Posted by | Elections | , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

Pennsylvania In Review

Hillary 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hillary Clinton won the Pennsylvania primary by double digits. This confused second graders everywhere as the margin was 9.4% and when rounding to the nearest whole number you get 9%. I took the liberty of emailing the campaign a tutorial on how to round numbers and I hope they realize their mistake. Unless of course they purposely manipulate the information they disseminate without regard to standards and regulations. Like how Hillary says she has won more votes even though the votes from MI and FL she’s counting are votes she agreed not to count when the two states broke the rules and had their primary’s early and she refuses to acknowledge that her opponent wasn’t even on the ballot in MI. Or how she came under sniper fire in Bosnia.

Obama Vs. Hillary

She’s also making a big fuss about how Obama won’t debate her in NC. Seriously, if she were winning this thing she’d refuse too. People are tired of debates and frankly would like this thing to be over with. The people who are so adamant about her going on either have something to gain by her being the next Democratic nominee/president like a cabinet seat or an election (in the case of Republicans). If you think the dirt that the right is bringing up on Obama is bad, you should see what they’d be able to bring up on the Clintons. Take a peak here.

Bill

 

Bill was up to his same old shennanigans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Obama

  Obama wasn’t bothered too much as he’s setting up a joint fund raising committee with the Democratic National Committee. Do we know something Hillary doesn’t? Like how it’s impossible for her to get the nomination unless Obama says something like he hates white people or the DNC decides to use Clinton logic to determine who the next Democratic candidate for president is?

 Rush

 It remains to be seen whether Hillary Clinton thanks Rush Limbaugh for his part in keeping her presidential dreams alive, as nearly 15% of people voting in PA said they wouldn’t vote for her in November, a result of his “operation chaos” in which Republicans vote for her in the primary’s because they know, as well as any other person with half a brain knows,  that Obama has the best chance of winning.

Billary 

Because if we get Hillary in the Whitehouse, this is what we’d get. The man behind the woman behind the man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

John

Meanwhile, John McCain visited the “forgotten places,” which in Republican speak means anywhere African-Americans live. He voiced his displeasure with how Katrina was handled by Bush and said “never again” about 80 times even though his voting record on efforts to aid those affected by Katrina show he had no interest in it whatsoever and that he actively sought and accepted Bush’s endorsement.

April 26, 2008 Posted by | Elections | , , , | 1 Comment