Archive for August, 2007

McCain so desperate, he qualifies for public funds.

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Damn shame McCain, I say with snark and zeal…from Politico:

John McCain on Tuesday became the first 2008 presidential candidate to be found eligible to receive taxpayer dollars for the primary election.

McCain’s application and qualification for the funds are likely to be interpreted by opponents as a sign of desperation, even though it does not lock him into the public financing system.

The Arizona senator has lagged behind the Republican front-runners in the polls and in fundraising. Participating in the public financing system would allow him to get an infusion of loans by borrowing against the promise of taxpayer dollars.

But the system is a trade-off, since it would also cap at about $50 million the amount of cash his campaign can spend during the primary – a limitation that would go into effect immediately.

More bad news for Johnny at the link above.

August 29, 2005

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

The day Katrina hit the coast. The day normal life ended on the gulf coast of our United States. The day BushCo fell down on the job and all hell began to break loose. The day BushCo’s biggest domestic fuck-up began. Need I say more? nah..

Obama is unveiling his plan for fixing the region today. All or most of the Democratic candidates for President will be streaming into NOLA to point their fickle fingers of fate at BushCo and how crappy a job he and his cadre are doing. The NYT has a writeup of Obama’s grandiose plan to fix the region and the agency’s that deal with this kind of catastrophy. A small wisp of it:

The Gulf Coast restoration, Mr. Obama said, has been weighed down by red tape that has kept billions of dollars from reaching Louisiana communities. As president, he said, he would streamline the bureaucracy, strengthen law enforcement to curb a rise in crime and immediately close the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet in order to restore wetlands to protect against storms.

Mr. Obama also said that he would seek to lessen the influence of politics in the Federal Emergency Management Agency by giving its director a fixed term, similar to the structure of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FEMA director would serve a six-year term, under Mr. Obama’s plan, and report directly to the president.

Doesn’t the head of FEMA report to the President now? He is also planning other big moves, ones that probably need to be made..such as opening a DEA office down there. My, that is all well and good, but I read recently the prisons are over-crowded already pal. Another snip of what he is planning to say:

“Let New Orleans be the place where we strengthen those bonds of trust, where a city rises up on a new foundation that can be broken by no storm,” Mr. Obama is planning to say Sunday, according to remarks provided by his aides. “Let New Orleans become the example of what America can do when we come together, not a symbol for what we couldn’t do.”

Man, he sure is good with the rhetoric isn’t he? But no where in the article do I see how he plans to pay for his great plans..Isn’t that just as important as what you plan to do? One should note that two years after the flood, only 40% of the FEMA money has reached the area. Just fixing that bullshit will go along way to fixing the region.

Tags: Katrina, NOLA, FEMA, Obama

DNC finds FL primary non-compliant

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

From Politico:

The Democratic Party has taken a swipe at the nation’s fourth biggest state, stripping Florida of all of its ‘08 delegates as punishment for jumping the gun with its primary, which is forcing other states to crowd Christmas in the quest to be first.

Under a vote taken moments ago by a powerful committee of the Democratic National Committee, if things don’t change, Florida’s primary on Jan. 29 will be a beauty context – the delegates won’t count toward the party’s presidential nomination.

Florida officials complained they were being “disenfranchised,” but the DNC strongly pushes back against that contention, since it has rules that Florida decided not to follow.

This is the party’s way of trying to stop the crazy domino effect of states moving their nominating contests earlier and earlier, which causes OTHER states to go earlier and earlier.

The DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee voted nearly unanimously that Florida’s plan is non-compliant with party rules, and gave the state 30 days to fix it. Otherwise, the state will lose 100 percent of its delegates.

For the rest click the link at the top.


Florida primary, DNC

Rudy hires a crop of racists for his campaign

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Well, well..isn’t this a bunch of bat guano my dear reader. Rudy has hired the fuckwits, aka the brains behind the Harold Ford smear commercial, to run his ad campaign.

Isn’t that friggin special? Oh yeah, for people like us that pay attention, its SO damn disgusting I almost threw up a little in my mouth when I read it a few minutes ago. From the AP writeup:

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani has a new team of media consultants with a strong record of electing GOP candidates, sometimes using controversial ads.

    The team is led by Heath Thompson and his Dallas-based firm, Scott Howell & Company. Thompson, as director of President Bush’s 2000 campaign in South Carolina, helped Bush to an 11-point victory in that state.

    Last year, a commercial made by Thompson’s firm for Tennessee’s U.S. Senate race was criticized for what the NAACP and others said were racial overtones.

That was THE most underhanded bullshit ad run during the entire campaign last year. And it worked! That fact alone should depress and sicken you. Harold was winning until the Rethugs pulled out their big guns. With Heath Thompson at the helm Rudy is guaranteed to wage an underhanded, no holds barred campaign.

Guess he’s desperate..its the move of a man that either thinks the voting public won’t know or give a damn..or he is desperate enough to win at any cost.

Sort of like George Bush did.

Tags: Heath Thompson, Giuliani, racist,

My President will be…

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

From Russ Feingold and the Progressive Patriots Fund comes this wonderful video. It seems during the YKos convention in Chicago a couple of weeks ago, PPF asked attendees to tell them one quality or attribute they wanted in their next President. Sadly, after watching the video I can testify that our current resident of the Oval Office has none of those great qualities in the video. The video reminds me of an old INXS video, the title of which escapes me.

Click the picture to view the video.

If you go to their site, they have a download of the placard used in the video. They want you to fill it out and then take a photo of youself holding it to use on their website. A noble venture indeed my dear reader! Russ Feingold is one of the very FEW elected rep’s that I still trust. Sadly, the list is getting smaller all the time…

Tags: Russ Feingold, Progressive Patriots Fund,