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Now That’s Just Nasty

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Is there anybody this Ho won’t schlep with? I don’t know about you, but when somebody has it in for my family, does everything in their considerable power to destroy everything we’ve worked to achieve, does it publically and does it dirty, I would NOT be pals. I would not forget, and I damn sure wouldn’t pander.

Of course, I’m not Hillary Clinton. The picture is priceless.
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That’s Richard Mellon Scaife! Yesterday! Jeebus, I need a shower after looking at that. For those with short memories, Scaife was THE MAN orchestrating the Clinton attacks. From Salon, 4/7/1998:

The man whom Time magazine, in its latest issue, calls “the ultimate patron” of the Clinton haters has been identified by Salon and the New York Observer as a key funder of the $2.4 million Arkansas Project, a four-year effort organized through the American Spectator magazine to discredit the president. Scaife foundation money, as Salon has reported, has also allegedly been used to pay key Whitewater witness David Hale and to help bankroll Paula Jones’ sexual harassment case against Clinton. — Salon

First Rush Limbaugh, then FOX, and now Scaife? This is the campaign of a progressive Democrat? Hanging and banging with the sleaze? Oh, HELL no. This is the act of an incredible selfishness; winning is more important that what is to be won. Electing Hillary means not only that NOTHING will change in terms of the corruption in high levels of American Government, but that Hillary sold the Dems to the Conservative movement to win.

They will own us.

You see, it’s not just that Scaife masterminded the Clinton attacks; he’s been the major player in the Conservative end game for more that forty years. FORTY.

In fact, Scaife’s part in the Clinton chronicles represents the second time that he has been a secretive major player in efforts to profoundly alter the course of politics and public policy in America. In the 1970s, his money fueled the “New Right” movement that sought to replace the perceived “liberal establishment” in Washington and the media with a new, conservative order. — Salon

Scaife became the primary founder of the “New Right”, bankrolling a big chunk of the Heritage Foundation and other conservative think tanks whose purpose was to sell the conservative platform to congress and voters.

Other Scaife-funded groups dedicated themselves to watch-dogging the media, training federal judges in conservative economics and litigating on behalf of causes such as opening up federal lands to oil and gas exploration. At the same time, Scaife gave generously to candidates who believed in these policies, a two-pronged strategy that proved triumphant in 1980 with the election of Ronald Reagan. – Salon

On Clinton bashing, Scaife’s name is attached to bankrolling the Vince Foster conspiracy theories, financing the Paula Jones publicity (everything from buying her lawyers to advising her), paying for investigations into Bill Clinton’s drug use, and giving a million plus to Pepperdine University to fund a new public policy school, and putting KEN STARR in as its dean. Yeah, I don’t think I’ll ever get clean either.

What on God’s green earth is Hillary doing with Scaife? According to the National Review:

…here is a photo from Hillary Clinton’s visit today to the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. In this picture, she is seen talking to none other than Richard Mellon Scaife, the owner of the paper and the man who once said that the death of Vincent Foster was the “Rosetta stone” of the Bill Clinton administration. (He also funded the so-called “Arkansas Project” at The American Spectator.) We’ve heard reports of a rapprochement between Scaife and the Clintons of late, and the Pennsylvania primary is fast approaching, but this is still a pretty striking picture. Byron York, The National Review

Hillary is willing to bend over for the conservative machine that has brought this country into a recession, reduced our dollar to toilet paper, gave us a debt load to China that compromises our world standing, stuck us in a five year illegal war, spies on the citizenry, strips the constitution, ignores laws passed by congress, castrates the judicial and legislative branches, manipulates the media through denial of access, blows off treaties on a whim, and lies, and lies and lies. She is sucking up to the people who crucified her family. Why would we think she would stand up for us?

Winning Pennsylvania is enough of a reason for Hillary. Is it enough for you?

It is not enough for me. I’m not willing to have my country sold down the river for ego. I don’t want a leader willing to do whatever it takes to win, including sleeping with their enemies. I crave principled leadership. Dean needs to end this now. This election is a crossroads. We either turn away from people like Scaife and Clinton, or we shred our democracy and the Democratic Party. We can’t have both, and no matter how convincing they lie about it, at the end of the day, it’s still bullshit

 Pick up your shovels, America.

In Other News, Snowballs Thrive in Hell

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

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God in Heaven, I found myself agreeing… with David Brooks. Pigs, aloft as far as the eye can see, are vying for airspace with monkeys recently launched from, er… I’ll spare you the details.

 David Freaking Brooks. I’ve read him in the Grey Lady, and watched David Brooks on Jim Lehrer’s News Hour for years. I’ve laughed at him, mocked him, and thrown balled up socks at his smarmy visage. I consider him a boot licker of first order. He inspires hope in me, as his positions are ususally holey and under-supported. If this was what progressives were up against, prevailing was the only option.

It would take a miracle for Brooks and me to align our stars. That, or a village.

Hillary, the village idiot, put together what my husband, lifelong Republican, could not. Brooks and I are joined at the hip, at least temporarily, because of the selfish, blindly self serving, machiavellian, ego-centric, destructive and defectively conceived Clinton campaign. Did I leave anything out? Not according to me and my new BFF Brooks:

Last week, an important Clinton adviser told Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen (also of Politico) that Clinton had no more than a 10 percent chance of getting the nomination. Now, she’s probably down to a 5 percent chance.

Five percent.

Let’s take a look at what she’s going to put her party through for the sake of that 5 percent chance: The Democratic Party is probably going to have to endure another three months of daily sniping. For another three months, we’ll have the Carvilles likening the Obamaites to Judas and former generals accusing Clintonites of McCarthyism. For three months, we’ll have the daily round of résumé padding and sulfurous conference calls. We’ll have campaign aides blurting “blue dress” and only-because-he’s-black references as they let slip their private contempt. — David Brooks

This crap is in full swing at this point, and the irony of me bashing Hill in this post is not lost on me. You won’t, however, ever hear me get into anything about Monica’s dress. That wasn’t her fault, and frankly, I felt sorry for her that her husband couldn’t keep his pants on while spotlit as President and embarrassed her publically. That said, I will get all down her case for having him give interviews during her campaign to Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. WTF? It’s a new low every day, with more to come.

For three more months (maybe more!) the campaign will proceed along in its Verdun-like pattern. There will be a steady rifle fire of character assassination from the underlings, interrupted by the occasional firestorm of artillery when the contest touches upon race, gender or patriotism. The policy debates between the two have been long exhausted, so the only way to get the public really engaged is by poking some raw national wound.

For the sake of that 5 percent, this will be the sourest spring. About a fifth of Clinton and Obama supporters now say they wouldn’t vote for the other candidate in the general election. Meanwhile, on the other side, voters get an unobstructed view of the Republican nominee. John McCain’s approval ratings have soared 11 points. He is now viewed positively by 67 percent of Americans. A month ago, McCain was losing to Obama among independents by double digits in a general election matchup. Now McCain has a lead among this group.

For three more months, Clinton is likely to hurt Obama even more against McCain, without hurting him against herself. And all this is happening so she can preserve that 5 percent chance.

When you step back and think about it, she is amazing. She possesses the audacity of hopelessness. — David Brooks

I choose hope over hopelessness. I choose clear thinking over Hail Mary passes. I choose leadership over vindictiveness. I choose love of country over love of self. I choose Obama.

Oh, and David, Baby. Call me! Mwah!

More FOX Noise, More FOX Lies

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

The thing is, what Wright said, was a QUOTE of what somebody else said. Who was that somebody? Um, a former ambassador under Reagan, white (if you care), and he said it on FOX. FOX knew that, and ran it, deliberately distorted. That was a choice to run a fabricated story folks, and that is not what journalism is. What that is, is slander.

Watch it for yourself, and drop all pretense that Aussie Murdoch has any thing else on his mind other than mind-fucking America. It’s not his country, what does he care?

The River Rafting Of Barack Obama

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

It was only a matter of time before backroom GOP operatives would capitalize on the controversy surrounding the incendiary comments of Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s pastor. A newly launched YouTube video appears to be the first swiftboating salvo in a campaign that is likely to see many more. The video demonstrates the growing impact of the internet as well as the expanding ability to distribute stealth attacks upon one’s opponent.

The video is listed on YouTube as being produced by a professional-sounding group called “NHaleMedia,” but there is no such entity.

Rather; the incendiary video — which also includes footage of Malcolm X, the U.S. Olympians who raised their hand in the black power salute and the song “Fight the Power” — is in part the amateur work of Lee Habeeb.

A former producer of “The Laura Ingraham Show,” Habeeb is the director of strategic content at Salem Radio Network, the conservative talk radio powerhouse that airs programs hosted by figures such as Bill Bennett and Hugh Hewitt.

Habeeb declined to reveal the identity of his co-producers, but did say that they are “conservatives who happen to be in the media world” and are not working for any campaign. One, he said, works in film and the other is involved in crafting ads.

I debated whether to include the video in this posting but I decided it was important for Democrats to see what they can expect as we approach the November election. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of these efforts backfire. This one is particularly offensive in its attempt to link Senator Obama with numerous negative images and stereotypes.

Those still wondering if the GOP would again use gays and gay marriage as their signature issue need not spend another moment contemplating the question. After watching the video, it should be abundantly clear that race will be the crown jewel in the GOP’s armada. Should Obama be the Democratic nominee, I expect the meme to mimic a GOP favorite used to assail gays…the militant homosexual agenda.

In Obama’s case, this effective meme will be modified to portray him as secretly promoting “the militant black agenda”…one that denigrates patriotism and seeks to install a Marxist inspired version of socialism. Take a moment to do a Google search with the term “Obama Socialist Marxist agenda”. If that doesn’t convince you, Google “Obama Marxist Posters” and you’ll note the efforts to connect Obama to Che Guevara.

It makes perfect sense for a party that has found fear to be a formidable tool in building its current coalition. Truth be told, it is so effective that many of those who vote GOP do so despite the fact that it is detrimental to their own self-interest. Race appears to be poised to replace (or augment) terrorism and gay marriage as the big bad bogeyman in 2008.

Yes, Senator McCain has suspended a staff member who was found to be distributing the video. Unfortunately, the GOP has refined the tactic of disseminating fear and falsehoods while maintaining the deniability of their candidates. The fact that 13 percent of Americans believe Obama to be a Muslim demonstrates the success of these unsubstantiated smears. One needn’t be a sophisticated statistician or an astute tactician to predict that the vast majority of this 13 percent won’t be voting for Senator Obama.

On that somber note, the video follows as does my own satirical graphic on “The River Rafting of Barack Obama”.

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Cross-posted at Thought Theater

Rejecting Racism: Stop Running The Fat Cat’s Rat Race

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Today’s speech on race by Senator Barack Obama was noteworthy. The media is abuzz with glowing proclamations. Some have said that the Obama speech was the most important speech on race in the forty years since the death of Martin Luther King.

While pondering the many positive observations, what struck me most was the fact that forty years have passed…but not the racial divide…regardless of the words Dr. King spoke then and despite the words Senator Obama uttered today. That left me wondering what was to be gained by stating the obvious to those who have never been intended to appreciate it or to those who aren’t interested in changing it.

Let me attempt an explanation by first asking a question. What is the concept of race? Is it really anything more than a human construct that allows us to identify and isolate others in a classic “we versus they” dynamic? The answer to my question is no. In so noting, the issue of race is a human invention used to either elevate one group or to denigrate another group. It is the means by which many of us can avoid our unique human ability…and the responsibility it brings…to employ informed observations and reasoned judgments.

Our capacity to discern color or country of origin has often been the justification for the wholesale condemnations that frequently precede the waging of wars. It serves as the mechanism by which we dehumanize our enemies and excuse our transgressions. Race has become the means by which we have circumvented our obligation to judge others by what lies within. Instead, it allows us to slay others for that which sits upon the surface.

Today, many of the pundits have argued that we avoid discussions of race because it is a difficult topic. I reject much of that argument. I contend we don’t address racism because its elimination requires us to grant our fellow humans a degree of fairness we aren’t willing to afford. In this world of limited resources, the concept of equality is apt to be perceived as the brake being applied to the unencumbered pursuit of more than one’s share of the spoils.

When pundits speak of forty years of seeming silence, they are simply exposing the swamp wherein still lurks a willingness to inflict more of the same on those who can be easily identified as different. What the passage of time has brought is the goal to do so through subtler methods and without speaking words that could subsequently serve as the evidence that we may still reject equal opportunity and equitable justice. All too often, it is far easier to assert that one’s child didn’t get into the school of his or her choice as a result of affirmative action than it is to admit our lengthy history of denying equal opportunities to the underprivileged. Perhaps we also seek to avoid an admission that the goal remains the same?

What most Americans don’t realize is that the powers that be have little interest in establishing an equitable order. This includes measures like the Bush tax cuts; but there is a better example that also allows me to focus on race. Simply look at the refusal of our government to enforce our existing immigration laws for the last two decades and you will begin to understand how the efforts to amass wealth have been transformed in the aftermath of the abolition of slavery. The current clamor to close our border isn’t a sudden admission of exploitation; it is a recognition that the unchecked increase in the number of Mexicans has the potential to skew the political power such that those who have more may not be able to maintain their unchallenged hold on the power that assures more.

Look, the greed of those who govern hasn’t suddenly subsided. They have simply recognized that in their rush to expand their enrichment, they may have forgotten to police the portal. Hence we now have the calls for a temporary guest worker program…the modern means by which the underclass can be employed without enslavement…and prevented from circumventing the all-important political status quo.

At the same time, the powers that be prefer that this easily identifiable underclass be pitted against those Americans who are known as the “have-nots”. The approach isn’t unfamiliar. When the slaves were freed, they were quickly portrayed and perceived as an economic threat to southerners struggling to make ends meet. The same strategy has been embraced with Mexican immigrants.

Both efforts have been relatively successful because the battle for fewer dollars was intensified by an increase in those competing to obtain them. Thus the animosities of austere Americans have been artfully aimed at those who are different (black or brown)…and not at those who look the same but hoard the lion’s share of the wealth.

In the end, race is the rail upon which the wizards of wealth have sought to separate one segment of society from another. When they succeed, they incite the insolence they intend.

Barack Obama deserves recognition for revisiting our racial rancor. However, unless and until each individual looks beyond the veil of vitriol that has been designed to divide us, we will forever overlook the power of the present to unite us. We’re engaged in the kind of race that can only be won when everyone refuses to participate. Our humanity needn’t be a hologram on the horizon. Healing must be achieved in the here and now.

Cross-posted at Thought Theater


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