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Obama VP

For the Democratic Veepstakes, I’ve got 6 candidates to join Obama:

Wes Clark is a retired 4 star general, West Point valedictorian, and Rhodes scholar. He has a lifetime of leadership, experience on the global stage, and a respected military career. Clark supported the war in Afghanistan but not the war in Iraq – a requirement for an Obama VP.  Clark, in his words, is: “pro-affirmative action, pro-choice, pro-education, pro-health care.” 

One month into his very first command in Vietnam, Clark was shot 4 times with an AK-47 during an attak.  Despite his wounds, Clark continued directing his men to counterattack and defeated the Viet Cong force. 

Clark is 64 years old, Catholic, and a military guy who was injured in vietnam…he’s a great balance for Obama and counter-balance to McCain. Having a “Hillary” person on his campaign would likely help out the Obama cause.  Also in his favor is what he’s not…Clark has not spent the last 20 years working in Washington, but at the same time he is familiar/experienced with the Washington environment.   

Other info: Army Ranger; Silver Star; Bronze Star (2); Defense Distinguished Service Medal (4); Legion of Merit (3); Presidential Medal of Freedom; Oxford degree – Philosophy, Politics, & Economics; Master’s Degree – Military Science; Veteran of Vietnam War; NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe; Commander of 3 peacekeeping deployments in Kuwait; Commander of Operation Allied Force – Kosovo;

I think Obama/Clark is unstoppable.  If you’re not familiar with Clark, see this great video:


May 31, 2008 at 2:30 am 3 comments

Bill’s Excellent Advice

“If one candidate’s trying to scare you and the other one’s trying to get you to think, if one candidate’s appealing to your fears and the other one’s appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope.”
— Bill Clinton, 2004

“Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience. I will bring a lifetime of experience, and Senator Obama will bring a speech he gave in 2002.”
  — Hillary Clinton

“That’s what you say when you want to be John McCain’s Vice-Presidential choice.  That’s not what you say when you’re trying to become the Democratic nominee for president.”
  — Rachel Maddow, when asked about Hillary’s statement above


May 30, 2008 at 6:49 pm Leave a comment

McCain is awesome!

This is a LOT of awesome! 

McCain Video 2

McCain: “The neighborhoods are safe – we walk down the streets with no body armor on.”
Fact: McCain’s delegation was guarded by more than 100 American Soldiers, with 3 Blackhawk Helicopters, and 2 Apache Gunships overhead. (And McCain was wearing armor). 

McCain: “General Petraeus goes out there almost every day in an unarmed Humvee.”
Interviewer, the next day: I checked with General Petraeus’s people last night and they said he never goes out in anything less than an up-armored humvee. 

These are all McCain:
“Of course those tax cuts have to remain permanent”
“I voted against the tax cuts”
“I voted to extend them”
“I voted against the tax cuts” (this is a different interview than above).
“I’ve always been for the tax cuts”

McCain Video 1

“The success will be fairly easy.”

“I believe that we can win an overwhelming victory in a very short period of time.”

“I knew it was probably going to be long and hard and tough and those who voted for it and thought that somehow it was gonna be some kind of an easy task, then I’m sorry that they were mistaken. Maybe they didn’t know what they were voting for.”

“The Confederate flag is offensive in many, many ways, as we all know. It’s a symbol of racism and slavery.”
3 days later: “Personally, I see the flag as a symbol of heritage.”

Should gay marriage be allowed? (Chris Matthews)
“I think that gay marriage should be allowed.”
11 minutes later: “I do not believe that gay marriages should be legal.”
Are you against Civil Unions for gay couples? (Stephanopoulos)
“No, I am not.”

What a hypocrite…
Video 2

Video 1

May 29, 2008 at 12:25 am 1 comment

Fiscally Unsound, Part II

Bush budget shows record deficit, billions in tax cuts

  • Vowing to be a good steward of the public’s money, President Bush sent to Capitol Hill Monday a $2.2 trillion 2004 budget that calls for hundreds of billions in tax cuts and shows a record federal deficit of $304 billion
  • The proposed military spending increase is 4.2 percent, or a $15 billion boost to $380 billion. But the budget does not provide any funding for a potential war with Iraq, which has been estimated at $60 billion or higher.

White House Predicts 2004 Deficit Of $445 Billion — the Biggest Ever

Record ’05 Deficit Forecast

  • Additional war spending this year will push the federal deficit to a record for fiscal 2005.
  • Bush has pledged to cut the budget deficit in half by 2009.
  • “Having racked up three of the largest deficits in history, the Bush administration is years away from reducing the deficit by half, or by any appreciable amount,” said Rep. John M. Spratt Jr. (S.C.)
  • In a separate briefing, CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin said tax cuts and spending enacted by Congress last year will contribute $504 billion to the government’s overall forecast debt between 2005 and 2014.

Record US trade deficit in 2006

U.S. trade deficit declined in 2007 after setting records for five consecutive years.

  • The trade deficit with China continued to rise, jumping by 10.2 percent to $256.3 billion. That was the largest gap ever recorded with a single country, as Chinese imports surged despite a string of high-profile recalls of tainted products.
  • Even with the lower overall deficit, the imbalance is still nearly double what it was in 2001, the year Mr. Bush took office.

Bush Budget Could Shoot Government Spending to $3 Trillion

  • Bush’s submission is already absorbing [criticism] castigating him for inheriting a government in surplus and leaving Washington with a budget deficit that is likely to break the record set four years ago, once war bills and the cost of tax rebate checks are factored in.
  • “The next president is going to inherit a colossal mess because of the fiscal irresponsibility of this president,” Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., chairman of the Budget Committee said Saturday.,2933,327887,00.html
  • President Bush will present a budget tomorrow that would slow the growth of Medicare (in the face of retiring Baby Boomers) and cut or eliminate an array of domestic programs but still anticipates a flood of new red ink that will rival the record deficits of his first term, administration officials said.
  • The more than $3 trillion federal budget for 2009 that Bush will unveil is his final opportunity to shape the priorities of the government before leaving office a year from now.
  • The new budget underscores Bush’s inability to get control of spending over the course of his seven-year tenure.
  • Bush inherited a very large surplus, but his legacy from a fiscal point of view is having blown an opportunity to ameliorate the long-run budget deficits.


Part I:


May 28, 2008 at 6:29 pm 5 comments

Fiscally Unsound, Part I


  • The Consumer Confidence Index is the lowest since 1992 (Republican President).
  • The S&P/Case-Shiller national home price index fell 14.1 percent in the first quarter compared with a year earlier, the lowest since 1988 (Republican President).
  • Record declines in housing were recorded in 15 metro areas.
  • Prices declined in 19 of 20 metro areas tracked by the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home-price index.
  • The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight said home prices fell 3.1% in the first quarter, the largest drop since 1991 (Republican President) .
  • Food inflation is the highest since 1990 (Republican President) .
  • Diesel prices rose slightly Tuesday to a new record national average of $4.768 a gallon, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service.
  • “If present trends continue, we could be heading for the first annual drop in gasoline consumption in some 17 years (Republican President),” 
  • Crude sets new record above $135.



Sources, top to bottom: 

May 27, 2008 at 7:22 pm 2 comments

Diversity & Democrats

All in all – we do have 2 viable presidential candidates to illustrate that diversity is by and large accepted by the great majority of Democrats.  Turnout at elections has been record-setting.  So for the largest percentile, the Democratic voters appear to accept diversity.  The race for the highest office in the country is no longer limited only to white men.  Eventually, the conservatives will be dragged along with us – as they were with suffrage and desegregation. 


 In this discussion, the question is: Should Hillary discourage the votes of racists? 


May 21, 2008 at 9:56 pm 3 comments

TSA Checkpoints: Self-Segregated

From, an interesting new attempt at making checkpoints less of a hell:  

In an effort to ease traveler anxiety and maybe even improve airport security, the Transportation Security Administration is rolling out a new setup where fliers are asked to self-segregate into different screening lanes depending on their security prowess. There are lanes for “Expert Travelers,” who know the drill cold; “Casual Travelers,” who run the airport gauntlet infrequently; and people with small children or special needs who move slowly through screening.

The self-segregation is based on how ski slopes work. If you’re planning to go slow and you don’t want to be rushed by experts, you go down green slopes. If you’re an expert you can go down the green slope, but you’ll see kids and amateurs along the way and you’ll have to be patient. The black slopes are for experts who plan to move quickly. If you’re an amateur you can still go down the blacks, but you will be rushed and crowded by experts on the black slopes.


May 21, 2008 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment

FBI: Good Job!

A new report from the Justice Department was released today. 

Regarding torture: When Pasquale D’Amuro (A.D. Counterterrorism) found out that the CIA was implementing torture as approved “at the highest levels” – he pulled the FBI agents from the location.   According to the new report:

His exact words to Mueller (FBI Director) were ‘we don’t do that’ and that someday the FBI would be called to testify and he wanted to be able to say that the FBI did nto participate in this type of activity.” 

Mueller agreed with D’Amuro and issued what became a “bright line rule” barring FBI agents from participating in CIA and military interrogations involving such methods.

Highlights from this article are below:


May 21, 2008 at 1:47 am Leave a comment

28th Amendment: The Flag Pin
By Roland S. Martin, CNN:

     I’ve watched this debate reach the levels of absurdity this year because journalists and commentators have raised the question to Sen. Barack Obama, “Why don’t you wear a flag lapel pin?”
     I really got a kick out of that one during the ABC debate last month because not one person on stage — Sens. Hillary Clinton and Obama, along with moderators Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos — bothered to accessorize their attire with a flag lapel pin.
     Sen. John McCain has been traveling the globe as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, and this former Navy pilot often doesn’t wear a flag lapel pin.


Since it is clear that our nation is paralyzed and so not able to close our borders, feed the homeless, develop businesses in the inner cities and save people from having their homes taken by foreclosure due to ruthless mortgage companies, all because some folks don’t wear a flag lapel pin, we need to lead a national movement to demand that Congress and the states make requiring officeholders to wear a flag lapel pin the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

See, if it is so important, then take it all the way. Don’t make it optional. Don’t leave it up to someone to choose to wear a flag lapel pin. Let’s really show those politicians that nothing is more important to us than seeing them with the U.S. flag on our chest.

That’s what zealots do. They take something so simple, so personal, so voluntary, and absolutely lose their mind, trying to force someone else to do as them, and everyone else be damned.

Folks, the first year I ever cast a ballot for political office was in 1988. And in the last 20 years, whether it was mayoral, school board, city council, or a statewide, congressional or presidential campaign, the thought of what was on a politician’s lapel never entered into the equation as to whether they are worthy of office.


May 20, 2008 at 8:56 pm 3 comments

He is Beastin’ It!

What a beast75,000 showed up at a park to support Barack, with thousands more that couldn’t get in. This is just a 2-minute video showing the crowd.
(This is a “people” video, shows the size of the crowd.  It’s not a discussion on agendas/stances.  For political substance, see the previous post)  

May 20, 2008 at 8:10 pm Leave a comment

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