( Nov. 4th, 2008 10:43 pm)

It's over! It's OVER!!!!!!! The eight year of utter darkness and despair are OVER!

Raise a glass, folks! The long hard battle to oust these jokers has finally paid off. Now we actually have a chance to rebuild the country and clean up this mess.
( Aug. 28th, 2008 11:15 pm)
I've posted some pics on my Facebook account on the DNC. I'll be posting more here soon, but right now I'm too tired to do more than stare at the pretty colors on the screen. It's been a hell of a week in Denver and I haven't quite congealed yet from the intense heat and energy generated here.

Tonight was a spectacular way to end the convention with Obama's home run speech. It's hard to imagine McCain living up to that next week.

My only grip is that I didn't get tickets to see John Stewart at my alma mater where he's been broadcasting from ALL WEEK! The alumni folks at DU are going to get a nice letter from me explaining how the 50 letters I get from them a week asking for money are now all going into the trash since the school can't be bothered to send me an invite to something I'd actually like to go to. Not that I'm bitter. Colbert, I feel your pain tonight.

Tomorrow, it's off to the Taste of Colorado in Civic Center Park. Should be the perfect grace note to end the convention on this week. :)
DNCC Round Up

Here begins my official weekly coverage of the Democratic National Committee Convention in Denver. There's quite a bit to catch up on, but here’s the big news from the past few weeks.

Today’s secret DNCC word of the day is: sewer sucker. You’ll have to read on to discover why.

As you’ve probably heard by now, Obama has moved the site of his nomination acceptance speech from the small Pepsi Center to the much larger Invesco Field Mile High Stadium. When all is said and done, 76-80 thousand people will be able to attend. The tickets will only be available to Colorado residents as special thanks from Obama for putting up with him. Hey, thanks man! Mayor Hickenlooper (yeah, that’s his real name) has come out and put it bluntly – they have no idea how the tickets will be made available yet and your chances of getting any are small. But hey, those chances have dramatically increased from last weeks nil. Wish me luck, folks.

Naturally there has been some republican public out cry that this will bankrupt the state and the taxpayers will foot the bill. Apparently they missed the memo that the former Republican Governor, Bill Owens, already bankrupted the state. Hickenlooper’s been making the rounds and telling everyone to chill, as there will be no problem raising the money to pay for the bash. I’m thinking if he handles this like the Catholics we’ll have it paid off in no time flat; a bake sale here, a spaghetti dinner there and a shitload of Friday night bingo and we’ll be set before Thanksgiving!

In Whoooooa! WTF??!?? News: On June 18, Blackhawk helicopters were sited flying low around buildings in the downtown area. Some rattled witnesses took footage of the helicopters. The military, only explaining the matter after the fact, stated that it had nothing to do with DNC security. They said it was a precautionary measure in the event of an urban attack by terrorists. In the case of an emergency, they wanted to make sure they knew the layout of the city. Uh-huh. So did ya throw darts at a map and just fly into the city it happened to land on, buddy? Speculations range from it really being about DNC security to a more sinister plot to lock down the city in the event of stupidity taking control. Just about no one thinks it has anything to do with fighting global terrorism. Has this happened in any other major city yet? If so, drop me a line and let me know about it.

There’s an Algae Monster in the Water – No it’s not in China, it’s here in our very own city of Denver. They’re hauling out the sewer sucker today (yeah, that is its real name) to drudge the lake and get rid of the algae that’s threatening the aesthetic sensibilities of Democrats and protesters alike. I’ve noticed this in the pond near my condo too. Some say this is due to climate change, and I have to wonder if there’s a sewer sucker out there big enough to suck that little threat out of the world. Or at the very least, suck enough logic out of the world to make our fearless world leaders once again leave the G8 happy in that they’ve all agreed to disagree. Apparently there is.

From now until the convention, I’ll be toting my camera with me to snap pictures of the blessed event. This ought to get interesting...

"Desperate men do desperate things, and stupid men do stupid things. We are in for a desperately stupid summer." --Hunter S. Thompson on the 2004 Campaign
( Jul. 3rd, 2008 09:14 am)
I've been highly critical of Obama during this election season. And if I am it's because I don't believe he's really the change he's claiming to be and I find that disheartening. However, as we're edging toward the election, I do believe that McCain would be disastrous for the nation. We are teetering on an economic collapse. When it tips, and it will tip, we will need someone in office that can deal with the public outcry for help the way that Roosevelt did in the 1930s with the New Deal and economic reforms. Roosevelt had his problems, he isn't the saint of the Democratic party that some would think, but he did what was necessary during a time of desperation. I think Obama would do that. I do not believe that John "Economics is hard!" McCain would.

I've been researching the Great Depression over the last few weeks and noted how many similarities there are to today's economic crisis. It began with a credit crisis - somewhat like today, but not as domineered by insane troll logic. In the US and Canada is was exacerbated by a man-made disaster (the dust bowl). There was no oil crisis then to compound the problem, which makes you wonder how much worse it will be today with the credit/housing crisis, the Midwestern floods that wiped out a chunk of the grain crops, the fires in the West, $146 oil, and the war in Iraq and Afghanistan with threats on Iran next.

There were safety nets put in place after the depression to make sure it was never that bad again. Slowly over the past few decades those safety nets were whittled away. In 1999, Bill Clinton repealed the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 that forced a separation between commercial banking and investment banking. This was done for the protection of both the banks and the people so that one couldn't easily borrow money to invest (and of course the banks wouldn't have incentive to push it) - it's believed by many economists that this repeal set the course for the credit crisis we're seeing today.

I've said before that America is living an unsustainable life style of mass consumption and waste on a Visa/Master card. It simply cannot hold. At this point, I don't think it's a matter of good leadership saving us from the brink. It's too late for that. The Bush administration maxed out our savings and drove us as far into the ground as it could. Whoever takes over the helm will be conducting rescue operations. If we stay the course with McCain, we may have a chance to see that the center of the earth is a flaming ball of hell. With Obama, we may have the chance to keep our heads above the quicksand. Neither scenario is pretty, but one is survivable.
Forget about food and gas price hikes, the budget crunch is hitting out below the belt. From Newsweek:

Feeling the Pinch
Nevada's brothels hit hard times

We're talking a 45% hit to the Las Vegas brothel scene, my friends. So start growing those gardens and buying those hybrids now and use the money you save to help support those working men and women on the Vegas Strip. And also the pharmaceutical industry, which much surely be taking a hit in the designer VD drug department. This is what Reagan must have meant by trickle down economics.

Speaking of whoring...

In Obama news, today he announced that he would opt out of public financing. What this means is that he doesn't have to worry about the spending limits and restrictions that come with spending the money of the people. When McCain did this a few months ago, the Democratic party was all over McCain and trying to determine if he violated election laws. Apparently when nothing materialize, they decided that taking the public out of the election was a good thing.

Let the corporate bidding war begin!

I was reading a blogger the other day that suggested we put the candidates on eBay so at least we could see who the highest bidder is. I think it's a damn good idea.

It's another slap in the face from reality, but one I think we all need. For all the change Obama promises, never forget the man is a politician. Political change doesn't happen by electing someone into office that buys into the same ideals as their broken party. George Bush and his administration are not the only guilty ones in what has happened to this nation over the past 8 years. It takes a hell of a lot more people that are silent and unwilling to challenge the regime that allowed the Bush crew to get away with what they did and are still doing. A Democrat Congress really hasn't changed much.

I am not suggesting a vote for McCain, which would be akin to talking a sawed off shot gun and blowing one's head off at close range. No, I am not suggesting this route. I am also not suggesting a vote for Nader, who is becoming more and more the Lyndon LaRouche of our age minus the prison term. I'm sure I will march up to my certified non-tampered voting machine, stare at it a couple of minutes, mark off all the boxes I had preselected before going back to the one for President. I will stare at it a little longer and check to make sure the receipt ribbon is full. I'll probably wonder why I didn't look into the Green candidate a little more, and then I will select Obama. This is close to what happened in 2004 when I voted for Kerry. I will walk out of there and be glued to the TV set as the election results come in. I will be praying to God that McCain doesn't win and Obama beats the snot out of him.

For me an Obama win isn't a great victory for a great man. An Obama win is proof that there is a shift in the direction of the people. The people want change. The people are tired of not only Bush, but of the status quo. Whether Obama is a real representative of this or not remains to be seen, but the people obviously want it and that's an important statement to make.
I've been watching the media and their love of Obama the past few days and I'm a bit confused. I think I might have gotten caught up in the Obama wave had they not made a connection between him and Lincoln. He's not had a chance to do anything in office yet, where are we getting this Lincoln stuff from? Because Lincoln was a uniter not a divider and he sought to heal the union during a time of civil war?

But you see, that makes sense for Lincoln because - Hello - Civil War. The country is divided and blowing each other up. That's bad. Wanting to stop that is understandable.

Obama is in a different position. The country, though admittedly polarized, is not at war with itself. Why would you want to work with the people that are taking the country down the primrose path of destruction? How does that constitute change? Don't you want to go down a different path? The Democrates have been working together with the Republicans and compromising for the entirity of the Bush Presidency (either by accepting their lockout status or by backing down once they got the numbers) Has it worked? No. No it hasn't. The whole point of having more than one party, is that there are political differences that are addressed. Not seeing eye to eye and debating the issues is GOOD! Checks and balances, remember those?

The candidates are still afraid of losing votes by standing out. What I see with Obama is that he is gaining votes through voice inflection. He's charasmatic as all hell and sounds damn good. But what is he saying outside of "CHANGE! CHANGE! CHANGE!" which quite frankly is no different than shouting "9/11! 9/11! 9/11!" or "Experience! Experience! Experience!" Great. What change do you have in mind. I agree we need change. Can you please talk about it now?

Peteris sent me the two articles below, which I now pass along to you. In case you don't make it to the end of the first article, the chair was made in China...

Barack Obama - I'm sure we've seen him somewhere before
Armando Iannucci
Sunday January 13, 2008
(On Obama's rhetoric) But, rhythmically, it's quite alluring. It can make anything, even, for example, a simple chair, seem magnificent. Why vote for someone who says: 'See that chair. You can sit on it' when you can have someone like Obama say: 'This chair can take your weight. This chair can hold your buttocks, 15 inches in the air. This chair, this wooden chair, can support the ass of the white man or the crack of the black man, take the downward pressure of a Jewish girl's behind or the butt of a Buddhist adolescent, it can provide comfort for Muslim buns or Mormon backsides, the withered rump of an unemployed man in Nevada struggling to get his kids through high school and needful of a place to sit and think, the plump can of a single mum in Florida desperately struggling to make ends meet but who can no longer face standing, this chair, made from wood felled from the tallest redwood in Chicago, this chair, if only we believed in it, could sustain America's huddled arse.'

Tipsy on Bipartisanship
Obama, Bloomberg, and the press get drunk on compromise, cooperation, and civility.

By Jack Shafer




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