Showing posts with label 2008 Elections. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2008 Elections. Show all posts

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Obama makes a bad choice with Warren

I understand why Barack Obama choose Rick Warren to give the invocation at the presidential inauguration. Back during the early days of the election, Warren and Obama hooked when Obama was given an opportunity to speak directly to a large wealthy evangelical audience. Obama's paying his political tab.

But Warren is simply a housebroken version of Dobson. Bligbi says it best.

He’s Dobson with a softer voice. He’s anti-woman, he’s anti-gay and yes, he’s anti-atheist. The man’s probably never met a minority group he doesn’t think deserves to be dominated by white straight protestant men like himself.

Lease we forget. Rick Warren openly endorsed California’s Proposition 8. If you judge a man by what he does, Rick Warren has lost his credibility as a moderate voice in evangelical politics. Once you lose it… it does not come back.

It’s time to sober up. Obama is not likely to champion gay marriage. His words and actions show this clearly. I’m not sure that was ever in his plan.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dick Cavett digs Sarah

Well, not really. 

May I confess that upon first seeing her, I liked her looks? With the sound off, she presents a not uncomely frontal appearance.

But now, as the Brits say, Ill be glad to see the back of her.

Cavett wrote this wonderful little snippet on his New York Times blog in a witty post titled, The Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla. Go ahead, give it a read. You know you want too.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I did my duty

barack-obama-bw I was the 26th person to vote in my district. When I arrived there were 11 people in line. We use electronic ballots that produce paper ballots. The process takes about three minutes. Voting using the machines is a little confusing. You must press a bunch of buttons in the right sequence. A few of the older people needed help. The volunteers were helpful. It was a good experience.

It was a tough call for me. I am a libertarian. I normally waste my vote. I choose to make my vote count this year. I voted for Obama, and against fundie backed propositions 4 and 8.

Do your duty. Go vote.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Praying about tomorrow

No on Proposition 8

Image by mojoey via Flickr

I am a magnet for Christians (at least it feels that way). Today, I was approached by a women in a gas station Mini Market out in Ventura County. She was wearing a "Vote for Prop 8" yellow sweatshirt. She asked me if I was praying about tomorrow. I told her no. She persisted with a request to vote for Prop 8. I again said no. She gave me this big toothy smile and said, "God has a plan for America." I could tell she wanted to talk, but I was in no mood for her empty headed banter. I walked toward the door. As I stepped through the door, I spoke over my shoulder, "I'm betting you will be real disappointed in God's plan by tomorrow night. You might want to start working on your rationalization."

I sure hope I'm right.

On another note: I found my picture used without credit on this article.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

How to Use Twitter to Report Voting Problems

twitter vote report

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I'm always looking for good ways to use Twitter. I think tracking voting problems with Twitter is a fantastic idea. They even have have the process linked to Google Maps. I wonder what else Twitter can be used for?

When millions of Americans go to the polls on Tuesday, there are bound to be problems. A grass-roots, non-partisan initiative to call them out via the Internet has been launched; it utilizes Twitter, the popular microblogging service.

The Twitter Vote Report is urging those with Twitter accounts to report voting issues by adding #votereport to a Twitter update. The resulting tweets flow to the site's home page, and will also be plotted on a Google map

Source: How to Use Twitter to Report Voting Problems & Conditions

I'll be watching for action come Tuesday because Buena Park is such a hot bed of voter fraud.

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Nutball Alert: Elizabeth Dole

I just do not understand Elizabeth Dole. Is she completely blind to the diversity of our country? As atheists, are we not allowed a voice in politics? I sincerely hope she looses.

Kay Hagan needs our support. You can donate here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A little GOP inspired racism

Gleaned from the morning news...

From San Bernardino, the local equivalent of Central Ohio, GOP Women's Group Decides Obama Should Be on Foodstamps, Along with Fried Chicken and Watermelon. After reading the article, I had to ask, "When is a letter of resignation appropriate?" Diane Fedele, I hereby call for your resignation.

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Al-Jazeera pointed a camera and a microphone at people who were attending a Sarah Palin rally in Central Ohio. The resulting footage should win and award for exposing racism. Take this quote from an old lady "Obama and his wife, I’m concerned that they could be anti-white. That he might hide that.

I don't know what to say. I am so ashamed. These people are idiots. But... I find it hard to trust Al-Jazeera to tell the truth, so watch it with your BS detector set to full power. You can watch the whole video at Prose Before Hos or at YouTube.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

More racism in the presidential campaign

As the campaign nears the end, McCain supports are starting to show their racist predilections. it can be as subtle as shouting "off with his head" - OK, shouting "off with his head" is not exactly subtle, but compared to some of the things we've see recently, it's small potato's.

Digg and Reddit are full of the Obama Monkey story. I've watched the YouTube video of a nutball supporter wave his Obama Monkey in open racial contempt for Barack Obama. I've watched follow-up footage of the same jackass trying to hide his stupidity. I am sure some who read this will point out this is a single data point, except it's not. There is ample video evidence showing supporters saying all sorts of stupid nasty things.

Racism has no place in politics. These people are trying to roll back the clock. It is simply wrong.

The truth is... I like my monkeys on cupcakes. Racism has no foothold in my life.

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Well this pisses me off

A billboard in Missouri makes me ashamed to be an American - and proud at the same tiem.

Ashamed - racism is alive and well. I don't understand it. It pisses me off beyond words. I want to tear the damn thing down. But I won't...

Proud - we have the freedom to speak our minds here, even if the words flow from the minds of a cretins.

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My god is bigger than yours

A pastor opened a campaign event with an odd prayer. He wants god to grant McCain a big win.
God Bless

Before McCain spoke, a Christian pastor offered a prayer that seemed to ask for divine intervention on his behalf. "There are millions of people around this world praying to their God -- whether it's Hindu, Buddha, Allah -- that [McCain's] opponent wins for a variety of reasons," Pastor Arnold Conrad said. "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.

Source: John McCain and Sarah Palin try new tactics - Los Angeles Times

I am reminded of the immortal words of the Talking Heads.

I got a girlfriend thats better than that
She has the smoke in her eyes
Shes moving up, going right through my house
Shes ginna give me surprise

The only surprise will be if McCain wins.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Palin Abused Authority

Corrupt Hack

Image by almanac via Flickr

I'm sure the Republicans will spin this as an unwarranted attack meant to discredit her in the eyes of the electorate. For me, this adds weight to Palin being just another petty politician who uses her position to bully and intimidate others into implementing her personal agenda. That makes her a hack, not a maverick. It also establishes a pattern. If you get on her wrong side, be it a librarian standing up against censorship, or her sister's former husband, she will get you. Can somebody tell me why is she on the Republican ticket?

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

It gets weirder for Palin

As Governor, Sarah Palin recorded a video message opening the 2008 Alaskan Independence Party's convention. I think it's odd that she would do anything to support an organization whose stated goal is to withdraw from the union. I can't see her rationale. She claims it's to promote political completion within Alaska. Still, it's odd. But it gets worse.

The Alaskan Independence Party was sponsored by Iran. Or at least Iran was to sponsor a talk by its founder at the UN. Palin and her husband were not associated with AIP at the time, they joined soon after. You can read more at Boing Boing.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The Palin/Miers connection

Vjack goes after Sarah Palin in an outstanding post today:

When McCain initially chose Palin, most of the outrage came from women who had supported Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary. They found McCain's pick insulting because it communicated that they would be appeased by a female candidate, regardless of her qualifications. "Surely he could have found a far more qualified woman!"Vjack, Atheist Revolution: Sarah Palin is John McCain's Harriet Miers, Oct 2008

You should read the whole article. I did.


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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Sarah Palin continues to lie

Sarah Palin continues to confound me. She spreads rumors and lies - and people believe her. I don't get it. In this case she is spreading a rumor that Barack Obama has a significant association with a domestic terrorist. It is complete BS.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin

Image via Wikipedia

While it is known that Obama and Ayers live in the same Chicago neighborhood, served on a charity board together and had a fleeting political connection, there is no evidence that they ever palled around. And it's simply wrong to suggest that they were associated while Ayers was committing terrorist acts.


Source: Palin accuses Obama of 'palling around with terrorists,' cites association with '60s radical

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Friday, October 03, 2008

Sarah Palin's performance

I listened to the vice-presidential debate on my two and a half hour commute across Los Angeles last night. I listened half expecting Sarah Palin to break down in tears and run off the stage. I've got to be honest here, instead of a breakdown, I think she did well. 

Without getting into an issues debate, I would like to get the perspective of my fellow Atheist bloggers. How well do you think Sarah Palin performed last night?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The view from Alaska

Sarah Palin spoke with Katie Couric on September 25.  I watched. It blew my mind. How can anyone vote for her? My problem is simple. She lies. How can anyone trust a person who lies about their experience for office? I don't mean the simple lies, like saying "I'm qualified for office". Obama says this all the time. when he does, a little voice in my head says "No you are not".  I don't think there are many people qualified for the job of President. Certainly none of the current candidates qualify.

Sarah Palin says "I'm qualified for office", but then goes on to say, "because of my foreign policy experience". The first statement is a small lie which I can overlook, the second statement is a big lie. I cannot overlook it. Her position is built on layer after layer of lies.  Take this exchange.

COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We -- we do -- it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where -- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is -- from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to -- to our state.

It all sounds good, except for that nobody knows anything about a Russian trade mission on Palin's watch. The last trade mission with Russia was in 1997. And those Russian flyovers, if they happened, the US Military would have handled the response. Palin would not have even been consulted.

She claims you can stand on an island in the Bering Straight and look across to a neighboring island in Russia. In reality, Little Diomede Island sits 2.4 miles from Big Diomede island. They are two rocks in the middle of the Bering Straight with almost nothing of value between them. If Sarah Palin had ever stood on Little Diomede island and looked across to it's Russian neighbor she would have seen nothing but rocks, water, and ice.  You can look for yourself here.

What could she possibly learn from looking at Russia from Little Diomede? Nothing! Of course, I give her too much credit, because she has never set foot on Little Diomede.

There is no Russian Consulate in Alaska. The nearest one is in Seattle. The is no Russian Trade Mission in Alaska, the nearest one is located in San Francisco. I'm not even sure if she can fly from Alaska direct to any city in Russia. I looked but could not find anything. In short, Palin is lying. She has no connection to Russia at all.

If she lies about something as dumb as this. What will she do on important issues? How can we trust her? The answer is that she is not worthy of our trust. How sad is that?

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Palin "Energetically Wrong"

Getting the facts right is something I expect from political candidates, especially when the facts come from newcomer Sarah Palin. She's been quoted in her stump speeches as saying that Alaska produces 20% of America's energy. McCain has repeated the same assertion. It sounds wrong to me, it turns out that it's complete bullshit.

Palin claims Alaska "produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy." That's not true.
Alaska did produce 14 percent of all the oil from U.S. wells last year, but that's a far cry from all the "energy" produced in the U.S.

Alaska's share of domestic energy production was 3.5 percent, according to the official figures kept by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

And if by "supply" Palin meant all the energy consumed in the U.S., and not just produced here, then Alaska's production accounted for only 2.4 percent.

Don't you just love Factcheck.org?

Is this a lie or just a campaign exaggeration? Is it ok to lie in a campaign? I don't think so. The 20% oil lie is closely tied to the assertion that Sarah Palin is an "America's best energy expert". The link is tenuous at  best. There are better ways to tell the story. Palin  has some energy experience. However,  saying Palin negotiated a favorable contract for Alaska is a far cry from her being America's best energy expert. That's just a bold faced lie.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Them are fighting words

I'm already tired of the hyperbole. It is only going to get worse. This time it's John McCain calling Sarah Palin the most popular governor in America. I'd go with newsworthy, but most popular seem a stretch.

Popular - regarded with great favor, approval, or affection especially by the general public;

Are we forgetting California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger? Come on now, who would you rather meet, Arnold or Sarah?

Monday, September 08, 2008

A dose of common sense

Pastor Patrick Shaffer of Chicago's City of Faith Christian Church spoke a few words of common sense which I want to recognize.

The Palin candidacy for Vice President has brought to the forefront a myriad of issues for all Americans to consider: gender, equality, and now parenting and responsible discourse on teen sex. It may be ironic that the conservatives are grappling with theses issues, especially since data has consistently shown that the abstinence-only approach is wishful thinking.

Abstinence only sex education is a theocratic approach to a social problem. It does not work. Anybody who has the courage to stand up and proclaim the truth is OK in my book. Good for you Pastor Patrick Shaffer.

And for the record... I teach my children abstinence as the best approach avoiding teen pregnancy and STDs. I then move on to birth control, condoms, sexual maturity, and sexual responsibility. It is the responsible thing to do.

What bothers me is that conservatives and Christians who push abstinence only education as the only answer to teen pregnancy are actually addressing teen sex instead. It follows that an ineffective focus results in more teen pregnancies, which in turn results in more abortions, adoptions, and teen mothers. Why don't they see this?

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Examining Sarah Palin #4

Sarah Palin has no foreign policy experience

My first thought upon hearing Sarah Palin was tapped for the vice-presidental slot was that McCain had made a big mistake. He was running on an experience based platform, and it was working. Choosing Sarah Palin as a running mate invalidates this strategy. Palin has little experience related to the office she seeks, and what experience she has will damage McCain's chances... because her experience is meaningless, trivial, even laughable.

Republican talking heads started to manage the message soon after the convention. I heard that Palin's experience as the commander of Alaska's National Guard qualified as foreign policy experience. The rational was that if Alaskan troops were in Iraq, and Palin was their commander, then her command of the troops is foreign policy experience. Of course, once the Alaska National Guard deploys overseas, they fall under the command of the Pentagon. Governors has no say of their troops abroad. At most, the coordinate care packages. Where is Palin's foreign policy experience? 

I looked up the definition for foreign policy to be sure. It is defined as policies of the federal government directed to matters beyond US borders, especially relations with other countries.

Palin has never been part of the federal government, nor has she participated in treaty negotiations, nor has she been a diplomat, or official emissary of the United States. She has no foreign policy experience whatsoever. The cake is a lie.

CNN's Campbell Brown talks about Palin's experience with McCain's media point man Tucker Bounds. In the video, Bounds does his best to paint Palin's non-existent foreign policy experience in a positive light. He fails and looks like an idiot in the process.

Hat tip: Donklephant