What did that guy say? Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on . . . won’t get fooled again!
Wise words. To be punked once is unfortunate, to be punked TWICE (in one week even!) shows a lack of judgment. That’s me right now. I’m both embarrassed and ashamed for assuming the veracity of a story that was both explosive and almost immediately questionable. I should know better.
I am sorry to all of my readers who HAVE been victims of violence in any form. Jumping on the bandwagon like I did, with little regard for the trauma it might revive in the minds and hearts of those who really HAVE BEEN HURT was very unkind and irresponsible and insensitive.
I am also sorry to every black man who has been hurt, shamed, and diminished by this unconscionable lie. To fabricate the story of an attack is an assault by a shameless person on the compassion and good faith of everyone. To make up a story like that using the most inflammatory and racist stereotypes in our cultural skeleton closet is beyond the pale. Big scary black man (with very dark skin, natch) attacks small, defenseless, young white woman. Ugh. Who cares about my personal experience, right? But for the record, I have never in ALL MY LIFE met this “big scary black dude” who everyone claims is all over the place. All the black men I’ve ever met have been friendly, funny, indifferent, compassionate, or sad. Maybe I need to get out more, but that’s my reality.
It almost makes me want to vote for Barack Obama. Seriously. If only to say that I will never defend the actions of Ashley Todd. She does not speak for me or for any decent person.
I’m not going to do it, because my beef with Obama goes way back. Way back before this week to the primaries, the caucuses, the lies, and the fraud.
But gosh darn you Ashley Todd, you just made my job a whole lot harder. Go take a very long walk off a very short pier.
But before you do, let me thank you for reminding me why I’ve always been wary of College Republicans. Another wise person has said, “If you’re not a Democrat when you’re young then you have no soul. And if you’re not a Republican when you grow up then you have no brain.”
Silly? yes. I feel just great about being a Democrat headed into middle age, BUT the first part of that statement is absolutely true. And Ashley Todd is Exhibit A.
One Last Parting Dose of Reality Before I Go Catch Up On Email
Barack Obama is NOT a socialist. I mean come on! A 36% top interest rate = Unfettered Capitalism but a 39% top interest rate = Godless Socialism? Context is everything. Also, why the hell would the employees of all the financial companies have donated more money to Barack Obama than they have to any other candidate in the history of corporate people buying elections if they thought he was a socialist? Why would the current chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, a former CEO of Goldman Freakin Sachs, have endorsed the guy if he believed he was a socialist?
Barack Obama is not a terrorist and he is not a Muslim. He is a shameless opportunist who saw that the path of least resistance for his ambitious rise to political power lay through the heart of Chicago. That meant Wright, Ayers, Rezko, Farrakhan, Jackson, and Daley. I find that path troubling. I believe he underestimates the pernicious and aggressive intent of fundamentalist Islam and WOULD make grave errors in his approach to the Middle East. However, that doesn’t make him a Muslim and it doesn’t make him a terrorist. It makes him a Typical Power Grabbing Politician.
Pumas, we are the good guys for a REASON. Because we don’t like cheaters, we don’t like fraud, and we hate misogyny. We stand for free and fair elections that reflect the will of the VOTERS. We fight for transparency, honesty, and integrity in our elected officials. We hold the media to a standard of decency, fairness, and investigative rigor.
This election will be over in 10 days. I’m thinking about the eleventh day. When we go to bed late on November 4th, I want to know that when I wake up on November 5th I know WHERE I am and I know WHO I am. No matter who wins.
We have a massive mountain to move, and our work begins in earnest on November 5th. The government is corrupt. The mainstream media is complicit. The corporations are a power unto themselves — sovereign, united, and extra-national.
But WE are legion and vast. WE are the people. And as long as we can communicate with each other and can depend on our leaders to be honest people of integrity we WILL prevail.
This round’s on me. Drink up. Tomorrow we go back into battle.
The big question haunting obama campaign headquarters these days is, “Is there enough kool aid in the world to keep our troops believing and fighting for us?” Winston Churchill famously said that “rum, sodomy, and the lash” were responsible for the success of the British Navy. There may not be any sodomy or corporal punishment on Obama’s Ship of Fools (oh pipe down about Larry Sinclair, ya swabbies!), but whoo-hee! that Kool Aide is some powerful juice!
It eats your brain and forces you to repeat the same phrases over and over again: Barack, Barack, Barack. O-Ba-Ma, O-Ba-Ma. Man! It’s weird. And what’s with all his supporters referring to him by his first name? It’s like they think he knows who they are. Snap out of it! Barack has no freaking clue who you are. He does not care! Wake up! It’s really kind of creepy.
The effects of this Demon Kool Aide also include an irresistable desire to attack women. It’s weird really. Drink enough of the red juice and Blam! Your latent bullying instincts suddenly take over your brain and your will. Five minutes before you were a mild-mannered cubicle jockey splitting your time between wondering how a schmuck like you was ever going to get a piece of the late stage hyper-capitalist ACTION and checking out free porn sites on the internet while playing WoW with all your online buddies, and then BOOM! You suddenly find yourself writing emails like this to people you don’t know:
You guys are a f*cking joke. You pretend to be Democrats, but you’re really Republicans. You’re not fooling anyone. Not really.
A real Dem, or real Independent who has a brain, would not want a man who’s supported Bush 90% of the time for these past 8 years, and been a cheerleader for the unnecessary war in Iraq. That would be McCain, in case your possible Alzheimer’s brain needed reminding.
So go ahead and vote for McCain. Let’s have at least another 5-10 years of war in Iraq, an unsupported war against the Taliban and Al Queda in Afghanistan, a f*cked up economy for another 4-8 years. Why not? You’re rich, you PUMAs, so you don’t care, you’re not hurting financially. No one who’s really hurting financially is supporting McCain.
Yeah, the economy has been entirely stagnant for the past 8 years. Let’s keep that up.
Too bad you people don’t have any brains. If you don’t live in the still-backwards South, where the education of the American citizens is STILL the lowest in the country, I’m sure they’d welcome you there.
Or you click from “Hot Teen Chicks Delivered Straight to Your Door” to this IBD/TIPP Poll showing that O-Ba-MA has lost his lead over McCain and the race is now statistically tied with fully 11% of respondents still undecided (in the primaries, undecideds broke for Clinton 4 to 1 and 5 to 1). Also this year pollers are experiencing an 80% hang-up rate. In normal years the hang-up rate is around 40%. And to really get you boys, um deflated, there is also the news that even though O-Ba-MA spent millions on ACORN and other efforts to increase voter registration this year, so far polls are showing that the number of new voters casting votes for the first time is the same as it always is, around 13%. Yikes. Now that’s pretty emasculating.
Kinda makes you want to do something like THIS. Or THIS.
Not us though. We Pumas have always been repulsed by campaign violence, cheating, and intimidation. We saw enough of it first hand in Nevada and Iowa and Texas during the primaries. We were hounded from enough political blogs and online sites to realize we REALLY don’t like it when violent, bullying, cheating elements take over a campaign. In fact, that’s EXACTLY why we started the Puma Movement in the first place.
To challege people like you.
Pumas, there are 11 days left. Don’t give up and don’t give in. Here’s a suggestion I received in email this morning for something anyone can do. Get involved. You’re an American citizen.
Act like one.
Video the Vote 2008
Video the Vote is a national initiative to protect voting rights by monitoring the electoral process. We organize citizen journalists—ordinary folks like you and me—to document election problems as they occur. And then we distribute their footage to the mainstream media and online to make sure the full story of Election Day gets told. Watch our 2006 highlights and join us as we Video the Vote this November. http://www.videothevote.org/
Another suggesion to contact your local/county campaign headquarters, and sign up to be a poll watcher! They may assign you to your own precinct or assign you to one that doesn’t already have a watcher. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!! WE MUST COVER ALL OF OUR PRECINCTS/DRISTRICTS!
The wonderful Betty Jean reminded me this morning of how bad the caucus fraud was in January and February. Here’s a long snippet from the Clinton campaign’s complaint to the Nevada state party chair.
“The Committee” refers to the Hillary for President campaign committee.
Don’t forget, Pumas. The Obama campaign really DID steal the caucuses. They really, really did suppress, intimidate, and flat-out CHEAT their way to “victory.” It’s much more difficult to pull off this sort of crap in a federal election. But they’ll do WHATEVER they can to try. Giving $195 MILLION dollars to the mainstream media helps quite a bit too, of course. Jennifer Brunner in Ohio is helping too. Looks like Ed Rendell is a pretty good guy — there is NO intimation of any funny business in Pennsylvania (other than the ACORN shenanigans in Philadelphia, which isn’t coming from the governor).
Go to Pennsylvania with Harriet this weekend. Bus leaves Penn Station at 9am and returns by 9pm, Saturday and Sunday.
The next 11 days are going to get uglier by the hour. People hate us. They are outraged that we are still resisting. We’re doing EXACTLY what we said we were going to do on June 7th (read it again HERE for motivation). We’re here. Still Democrats, still outraged, STILL NOT VOTING FOR OBAMA.
I’ve heard that the msm is claiming we don’t exist anymore. That the PUMAS have all either given up or decided to vote Obama. Ha!
Have I mentioned that the obama campaign has PAID OFF THE MEDIA TO THE TUNE OF $195MILLION DOLLARS?
Not a crime, and I’m not claiming it is (although I feel pretty darn confident that when the FEC investigations are complete, some time in 2010 or so, we’ll learn just how CORRUPTED the obama donation machine was.) But, the bottom line is it’s been Christmas every day for the mainstream media ever since obama came to town and the one universal charecteristic of gravy trains, whether on Wall Street or in the offices of ACORN, is that nobody wants them to stop.
So. Take a long walk off a short pier Mainstream Media. More people read this blog today than they did in June, July, or August. Our numbers are through the roof. And thousands more find us every week.
We’ve had four million visits in 4 and a half months. More than HALF of those visited AFTER the convention.
So. Dream on Mainstream Media. The Pumas are here, and we’re not going away. Not until we have our own media, our own candidates, and our Democratic Party back.
“The Committee wishes to bring to your attention information we have received evidencing a premeditated and predesigned plan by the Obama campaign to engage in systematic corruption of the Party’s caucus procedures. Compounding this blatant distortion of the caucus rules was an egregious effort by the Obama campaign to manipulate the voter registration process in its own favor, thereby disenfranchising countless voters. Finally, the Committee has received a vast number of reliable reports of voter suppression and intimidation by the Obama campaign or its allies.
The Committee had 30 phone lines on Saturday to receive calls in its Las Vegas offices. These lines rang continuously from early morning until well after the caucuses concluded with reports from people who were victimized and who observed irregularities. The phone lines were so over-whelmed that many callers resorted to calling individual Committee staff cell phones to report that they could not get through. The Committee also received many similar calls at its national headquarters.
The Committee is confident that any investigation into the conduct of the caucuses will be thorough, fair and in the interest of insuring that future Party caucuses will be as open and democratic as possible.
Systematic Corruption of the Party’s Caucus Procedures
The Committee received substantially similar reports of improprieties of such a number as to leave no conclusion but that the Obama campaign and its allies and supporters engaged in a planned effort to subvert the Party’s caucus procedures to its advantage. For example:
Preference cards were premarked for Obama.
Clinton supporters were denied preference cards on the basis that none were left, while Obama supporters at the same caucus sites were given preference cards.
Caucus chairs obviously supporting Obama:
Deliberately miscounted votes to favor Senator Obama.
Deliberately counted unregistered persons as Obama votes.
Deliberately counted young children as Obama votes.
Refused to accept preference cards from Clinton supporters who were at the caucus site by noon on the ground that the cards were not filled out fast enough.
Told Clinton supporters to leave prior to electing delegates.
Clinton supporters who arrived late were turned away from the caucus, while late Obama supporters were admitted to the caucus.
Manipulation of the Voter Registration Process
Numerous reports received by the Committee demonstrate a concerted effort on the part of the Obama campaign and its supporters to prevent eligible voters supporting a candidate other than Senator Obama from caucusing. The Obama supporters complained of were acting in positions of authority at the caucus sites. Some of these reports are as follows:
Obama supporters wrongly informed Clinton supporters that they were not allowed to participate in the caucus if their names were not on the voter rolls. However, Obama supporters whose names did not appear on the voter rolls were permitted to register at the caucus site.
Obama supporters falsely informed Clinton supporters that no registration forms were available for them to register to vote at the caucus site.
Obama supporters wrongly told Clinton supporters who were attempting to caucus at the wrong precinct that they could not caucus at that site, while simultaneously permitting Obama supporters at the wrong precinct to participate.
Obama supporters were allowed to move to the front of the registration and sign-in line.
Voter Suppression and Intimidation
The Committee received a substantial number of disturbing reports from voters that they had been subject to harassment, intimidation or efforts to prevent them from voting. Some of the most egregious of these complaints are described below:
Voters at at-large caucus sites were informed that those sites were for Obama supporters only.
Clinton supporters at at-large caucus sites were told that their managers would be watching them while they caucused.
Workers were informed that their supervisors kept lists of Clinton and Obama supporters, and were told that they could not caucus unless their name was on the list of Obama supporters.
Many Clinton supporters were threatened with employment termination or other discipline if they caucused for Senator Clinton.
Workers were required to sign a pledge card to support Obama if they wanted time off to participate in the caucus.
Workers at one casino were offered a lavish lunch and permitted to attend and register to vote only if they agree to support Obama.
The complaints summarized above represent only a small sample of the complaints received by the Committee. With respect to each of these complaints and many more, the Committee has the names and phone numbers of those reporting these incidents and the specific precinct numbers where the incidents occurred. Upon request the Committee will share these with the Party with appropriate safeguards to protect these individuals from reprisal. On the whole, these reports show a troubling effort by the Obama campaign and its allies and supporters to advance their own campaign at the expense of the right of all Nevada Democrats to participate in the democratic process in a free, fair and open manner.
“Sen. Obama, periodically when he is feeling down, launches attacks as a way of trying to boost his appeal. But I think these kinds of gamesmanship are not what the American people are looking for.” — D. Murphy, 10/22/08
So the multi-millionaire Barbie Boy wants to ridicule Sarah Palin for needing money to buy the clothes she MUST BUY to campaign for the White House. Nice. Barack Obama is a creep and a fraud, and if you are a Democrat who hasn’t figured this out yet, YOU ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION!
It never stops. Never, ever. If Sarah Palin had tried to campaign in the wardrobe she has hanging in her closet in Juno, you know, the Ann Taylor suits that cost $148.99 and the three or four pairs of $200 shoes, the 4 jackets, six scarves, five handbags, and one pair of snazzy but scuffed gen-yoo-ine snakeskin boots with which every professional woman with children tries to look good while making do, she would have been HOUNDED RELENTLESSLY and ridiculed as a shabby, amateur hick in every media outlet in the universe. Just ask Michelle Obama. A very stylish lady, in my opinion. But nothing protects her either. She is ridiculed and hounded for wearing belts that are too big, dresses with floral prints, and scary boots. She probably spends a LOT of money on her clothes. And why not? She’s a very wealthy woman. Cindy McCain has made getting dressed a full-time job since she was 7 or 8 years old. She looks great, perfect even. At all times. It’s a bit scary actually. And Hillary? Cleavage, kitten heels, and pantsuits. Enough said.
This is how it works, Folks. An impossible standard is raised and we are all expected to bankrupt ourselves to meet it — to spend a phenomenally STUPID amount of money on clothes and accessories, to hate the way we look in order to motivate ourselves to BUY MORE, and to feel shamed and ugly when we cannot or will not play the game.
The Palin’s combined income in 2007 was $170,000, with $25,000 going to taxes and $8,000 to charity. That means $11,500 a month net for a family of seven. Not bad. All the bills get paid on time, presents fill the room on Christmas morning, college gets saved for, Dad gets a snowmobile, and Mom can buy a reasonable amount of clothes every year to do her job. In 2006, their net monthly income for their family of six was $9,833. And it was less in the years prior to 2006. A nice, comfortable two-salary family in this day and age.
But NOT enough to dress like Cindy McCain, or Mika Brezhnev, or Andrea Mitchell, or Candy Crowley, or Michelle Obama.
Sarah Palin is an upper middle class WORKING CLASS person. No one so “poor” has run for national office in 150 years. When Bill Clinton ran he had been Governor for 8 years and Hillary had already made them wealthy (plus, der, he’s a guy and this is a DOUBLE standard we are talking about). Dan Quayle, Al Gore, John Kerry, both George Bushes, Dick Cheney, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter? Barbie Barack Obama and Joe Biden? All rich. Really rich. And male too, so it doesn’t even count. Nancy Pelosi? RICH. Even Geraldine Ferraro was rich. Hillary is rich.
There aren’t enough short piers in the world for this crew. Who do they go after? Always, always, always it’s the vulnerable.
The Ohio woman whose daughter died because the hospital wouldn’t take her
The working poor in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky
The retarded and the unlovely (Trigg Palin and Janet Huckabee)
Joe the Plumber and Tito Menendez
Women — always, unceasingly and relentlessly (Sarah, Cindy, Michelle, Bristol, Geraldine, Chelsea, Samantha, Melissa, Amanda, Randi, and, unforgivably, Hillary)
Let me repeat, Barack Obama is a creep and a fraud, and if you are a Democrat who hasn’t figured this out yet, YOU ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION!
There are 13 Days Left in this nightmare. What are you doing to stop the madness?
Go to Pennsylvania with Harriet. Mail flyers to Ohio and Florida. Join Paulie and Marilu in Ohio this weekend and next. Email the media and tell them that if they can devote an investigative budget of tens of thousands of dollars to snoop around Sarah Palin’s closets and Cindy McCain’s daughter’s Facebook account, maybe they could throw a few bucks toward finding Barack Obama’s birth cerificate, or his drug dealer, or his college transcript, or his ties to ACORN and Ayers.
The ACORN stories are getting bigger and more widespread. Hillbuzz whet everyone’s appetite this morning with visions of Patrick Fitzgerald riding in like Sir Lancelot to save the day (not holding my breath, but keeping a weather eye on THAT potentiality), and uppitywoman has more. If even HALF the allegations of rampant, ubiquitous fraud are valid, then as she says, “Somebody needs to shut down this scammed election process immediately and hold everything until ACORN and Barack Obama are investigated for conspiring to fix an election. This is a matter of National Security.”
Sol Stern will have none of it. In “The bomber as school reformer,” Stern writes:
“Calling Bill Ayers a school reformer is a bit like calling Joseph Stalin an agricultural reformer. (If you find the metaphor strained, consider that Walter Duranty, the infamous New York Times reporter covering the Soviet Union in the 1930s, did, in fact, depict Stalin as a great land reformer who created happy, productive collective farms.) For instance, at a November 2006 education forum in Caracas, Venezuela, with President Hugo Chávez at his side, Ayers proclaimed his support for “the profound educational reforms under way here in Venezuela under the leadership of President Chávez. We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution. . . . I look forward to seeing how you continue to overcome the failings of capitalist education as you seek to create something truly new and deeply humane.” Ayers concluded his speech by declaring that “Venezuela is poised to offer the world a new model of education—a humanizing and revolutionary model whose twin missions are enlightenment and liberation,” and then, as in days of old, raised his fist and chanted: “Viva Presidente Chávez! Viva la Revolucion Bolivariana! Hasta la Victoria Siempre!”
Stern reminds us that Ayers was a revolutionary driven by hatred of the United States when he was planting bombs in the 1970’s and he is a revolutionary driven by hatred of the United States now. The intervening years include the period of his alliance with his young Chicago friend Barack Obama. Stern drily observes: “For the first time in his life, Ayers seems to be observing Democratic Party discipline and won’t be talking until after November 4.”
(thanks to joenewhaven in comments)
The disturbing look on the young Bill Ayers’ unnervingly boyish (despite the MANLY MUSTACHE!) face reminded me of this other very young “radical.” Though there has always been something fiercely tragic and horrible in the look of terrified determination in McVeigh’s eyes and mouth. McVeigh comes through (to me at least) as a horribly misguided and WRONG “true believer.” Ayers looks like a sadistic psychopath straight out of central casting.
DAILY UPDATE 10/7/08
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THE WASHINGTON HILLBILLIES
Come and listen to my story bout a man named Dodd
refied his house but it seemed kinda odd
saved eighty grand but he said he didn`t know
law makers get a break cause they`re friends of Angelo
Mozillo that is , CountryWide , Bad loans
Well the first thing ya know Angelo is in some trouble
he say`s HEY DODD NOW THEY SAY I CAUSED A BUBBLE!
Dodd say`s fine I`ll just sponsor us a bill
tell em that they need it and I`ll sell it on the Hill
Well the moral of the story that you all should know
better vote em out if they`re friends of Angelo
or one day soon we`ll be shootin at our food
Bernankes got us lookin at two hundred dollar crude
Oil that is , black gold , OPEC tea
And now it`s time to say goodbye to you and all your kin
and Dodd would like to thank you all for kindly chippin in
you`re all invited back again to this localitee
to pay another trillion for their bogus LTV
Loan to value, that is
Kick your shoes off
Ya`ll come back now ya hear?!
Thanks to RP, our Hillary Delegate and loyal friend in San Diego!
SO Obama acted like a petulant baby last night. And the media claims he won? Sigh. The Reality Based Community gets smaller every day as self-selecting morons get more inculcated by the Obama Movement. The brilliant miq2xu has a good takedown HERE. Please share other links to debate reactions. My five dollar bet of the day is that when the polls start to show that the voters believe McCain won, the geniuses on TV will start agreeing without missing a beat or batting an eye.