Presidential Election, 2008

These are links to favorite articles and videos:

Edith Hathaway predicts: an astrologer predicts that Obama will win. (1)-I discuss her track record (and, download the lecture she gave to a Santa Fe N M audience on 9 Aug '08). Here Edith (2)-updates her research to include the Economy and VP picks. And here she discusses the (3)-upcoming VP debate and then comments post debate on the same page. Edith, here discusses (4)-the forthcoming 2nd Presidential Debate plus post debate comments. And, (5)-the last (third) Presidential Debate pre and post debate comments, followed by (6)-post election thoughts (where Edith also addresses the doom and gloom predictions of some astrologers). (7)-early talk (Feb 2008) and predictions + updated to Nov 2008 + updated post inauguration comments (Jan 2009) including the various oath-of-office charts.

FiveThirtyEight.com, a wonderful site filled with great, clear, graphics regarding election results, polls, etc. Lots to comb through here.

Deepak Chopra blog: Obama and the Palin Effect: he reminds me to look at the big picture. This is such a soothing article to me.

Quote from Political Wire: "I need no on-the-job training. I wasn’t mayor for a short period of time. I wasn’t a governor for a short period of time.” John McCain explaining at an Oct. 2007 debate why Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney are not qualified to be president (ohhh, okay, I get it...John, you might check out Jon Stewart link below!).

Quote from Political Wire: "Fifty percent of small business income taxes are paid by small business." Sen. John McCain, during the third presidential debate.

Michael Kinsley: "Although I really should run this past Paul Krugman before going public, the evidence seems to suggest that as much as 100 percent of small business income taxes are paid by small business."

Jon Stewart: Sarah Palin Gender Card. Ahh, Jon Stewart! He helped me balance my equilibrium when I needed it badly. This is so funny and so true, everything is a matter of perspective. Listen to the lovely Karl Rove demonstrate a perfect definition of 'spin in action' . :)

Synchronized Presidential Debating, "Did watching the 2nd and 3rd debates give you a feeling of déjà vu? This montage of synced-up footage from all three presidential debates confirms our deep-seated belief that every debate was exactly the same." This was GREAT!!

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John W Dean (of Watergate fame): The Sarah Palin Selection: Why She Falls Short of Meeting the Implicit Constitutional Qualifications For Vice Presidents

John W Dean The Evidence Establishes, without Question, that Republican Rule Is Dangerous (I have read Mr Dean's books and have gained so much perspective from him, he refers a lot to his books here): Republicans rule, rather than govern, when they are in power by imposing their authoritarian conservative philosophy on everyone, as their answer for everything. This works for them because their interest is in power, and in what it can do for those who think as they do. Ruling, of course, must be distinguished from governing, which is a more nuanced process that entails give-and-take and the kind of compromises that are often necessary to find a consensus and solutions that will best serve the interests of all Americans.

John W Dean: Reflections on Historian Mary Hershberger's Piece on McCain's War Record, and a Q&A with the Author. Mary recognized, as a result of her research, that John McCain's account was deeply flawed. A few of her observations, particularly regarding the often-overlooked parts of McCain's record, were recently published by Truthdig.

New York Times: Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes (Palin so reminds me of Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bush). The NYT digs into her past, finding cold hard facts, not propaganda nor hearsay. Certainly enough to question, 'what on earth was Johnny Mc thinking?'.

A former POW who knows McCain says he is not fit to be president. He went to the Naval academy with McCain and was a POW in the same camp with McCain (but spent a longer time in the camp).

Voting in Rabbit Brush, Kentucky
Voting in Rabbit Brush Kentucky. There are some absolutely superb images of voting during this 2008 election presented in this slideshow at the Huffington Post. It shows the giant magnificent melting pot which is America!

Relationship Politics: Body Language Of The McCain Marriage, Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks discuss the body language of the McCain's. What is absolutely amazing is seeing the images of both presidential couples together after the last debate, a picture (slideshow) is worth a thousand words!

Bill Ayers speaks: "On the campaign trail, McCain immediately got on message. I became a prop, a cartoon character created to be pummeled.

When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin got hold of it, the attack went viral. At a now-famous Oct. 4 rally, she said Obama was “pallin’ around with terrorists.” (I pictured us sharing a milkshake with two straws.)"

Bill Ayers interview, the New Yorker, "Ayers said that he knew Obama only slightly: 'I think my relationship with Obama was probably like that of thousands of others in Chicago and, like millions and millions of others, I wished I knew him better.'” This article contains a current picture of Bill Ayers, certainly not looking like he was painted by the McCain campaign.

Suicide, Slavery, and Sarah, my friend Jack Fertig discusses suicide rates in various U.S. states:: "What stood out in this table is that the more do-in-yourself states toward the top of the table are pretty much “Red States” and guess where’s Numbah One? Our most suicidal population lives in Alaska! (Arizona ranks #11. On the other side of your presidential ballot, Illinois is #46 and Delaware ranks #34)."

When Atheists Attack, Sam Harris, Newsweek,"There is no question that if President McCain chokes on a spare rib and Palin becomes the first woman president, she and her supporters will believe that God, in all his majesty and wisdom, has brought it to pass."

Babies for Obama: It was thought that Barack's name would be difficult for people, however, babies love it. It is like 'mamma', dadda'...Obama. :) This video brings cheer...

The Palin Problem, John Meacham, Newsweek, "Elitism in this sense is not about educational or class credentials, not about where you went to school or whether you use "summer" as a verb. It is, rather, about the pursuit of excellence no matter where you started out in life. Jackson, Lincoln, Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Clinton were born to ordinary families, but they spent their lives doing extraordinary things, demonstrating an interest in, and a curiosity about, the world around them. This is much less evident in Palin's case."

What the Palin-Biden debate really told us Carl Bernstein writes "She appeared to lack any semblance of the requisite depth, knowledge, or sense of history we should expect in a president or vice president; then she sought to excuse it by saying, “I’ve only been at this for five weeks.”

Arianna Huffington, "I watched the vice presidential debate in a ballroom at the Four Seasons hotel in Aviara, just north of San Diego, along with a couple of hundred women attending Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit..."...."If the reaction of the Republican women in the room is any indication, it was not a very good night for Sarah Palin...." "Here's how Esther Dyson put it: "It's pretty clear that Biden spent decades getting ready for this debate, learning from experience; Palin spent a couple of weeks, learning from handlers and speech coaches."

Pitbull Palin Mauls McCain, Frank Rich, New York Times, "But there’s a steady unnerving undertone to Palin’s utterances, a consistent message of hubristic self-confidence and hyper-ambition. She wants to be president, she thinks she can be president, she thinks she will be president. And perhaps soon. She often sounds like someone who sees herself as half-a-heartbeat away from the presidency."

Bruce Springsteen and Sasha Obama meet
Bruce Springsteen meeting Sasha Obama in Cleveland Ohio, where Bruce joined Barack on stage during the last week of campaigning.

The Terrorist Barack Hussein Obama, Frank Rich, New York Times, "All’s fair in politics. John McCain and Sarah Palin have every right to bring up William Ayers, even if his connection to Obama is minor, even if Ayers’s Weather Underground history dates back to Obama’s childhood, even if establishment Republicans and Democrats alike have collaborated with the present-day Ayers in educational reform. But it’s not just the old Joe McCarthyesque guilt-by-association game, however spurious, that’s going on here. Don’t for an instant believe the many mindlessly “even-handed” journalists who keep saying that the McCain campaign’s use of Ayers is the moral or political equivalent of the Obama campaign’s hammering on Charles Keating.

What makes them different, and what has pumped up the Weimar-like rage at McCain-Palin rallies, is the violent escalation in rhetoric, especially (though not exclusively) by Palin. Obama “launched his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist.” He is “palling around with terrorists” (note the plural noun). Obama is “not a man who sees America the way you and I see America.” Wielding a wildly out-of-context Obama quote, Palin slurs him as an enemy of American troops."

Christopher Buckley, on why he left The National Review, the conservative magazine his father founded. "While I regret this development, I am not in mourning, for I no longer have any clear idea what, exactly, the modern conservative movement stands for. Eight years of “conservative” government has brought us a doubled national debt, ruinous expansion of entitlement programs, bridges to nowhere, poster boy Jack Abramoff and an ill-premised, ill-waged war conducted by politicians of breathtaking arrogance. As a sideshow, it brought us a truly obscene attempt at federal intervention in the Terry Schiavo case." 

Christopher Buckley, "The son of William F. Buckley has decided—shock!—to vote for a Democrat. "Let me be the latest conservative/libertarian/whatever to leap onto the Barack Obama bandwagon. It’s a good thing my dear old mum and pup are no longer alive. They’d cut off my allowance. Or would they? But let’s get that part out of the way. The only reason my vote would be of any interest to anyone is that my last name happens to be Buckley—a name I inherited. So in the event anyone notices or cares, the headline will be: “William F. Buckley’s Son Says He Is Pro-Obama.” I know, I know: It lacks the throw-weight of “Ron Reagan Jr. to Address Democratic Convention,” but it’ll have to do."

Obama for president, the Anchorage Daily News endorses Obama. "Yet despite Palin's formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time."

Obama as we knew him... man and boy, The Guardian, "Schoolfriends remember his love for comic books, basketball and teasing the girls. A former boss recalls him as a young man running a community project in Chicago. A fellow senator remembers being beaten by him at poker. Gifted student, quiet persuader, charismatic speaker, loyal friend... We speak to the people who knew Barack Obama best, revealing an intimate, often touching, portrait of a man on the brink of greatness." [This is a great article in that it also gives dates of his early years..although they are listed as years, not days.]

The Lies And Lies And Lies Of Sarah Palin, Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic, "Palin could not have asked her girls for permission to accept McCain's veep offer if she also says she accepted the offer unblinkingly and right away." "She did not sell that plane on eBay."

Conservatives discussing the McCain Campaign (a video), and they are not happy with McCain.

We Should Talk to Our Enemies, Nicholas Burns, Newsweek, retired diplomat under George W Bush, "In each of the three presidential debates, McCain belittled Obama as naive for arguing that America should be willing to negotiate with such adversaries. In the vice presidential debate, Sarah Palin went even further, accusing Obama of "bad judgment … that is dangerous," an ironic charge given her own very modest foreign-policy credentials.

Are McCain and Palin correct that America should stonewall its foes? I lived this issue for 27 years as a career diplomat, serving both Republican and Democratic administrations. Maybe that's why I've been struggling to find the real wisdom and logic in this Republican assault against Obama."

Judicial Partisanship Awards, Who are the real activists on the U.S. Supreme Court? Do Republican appointees differ from Democratic appointees? How much? Are federal judges political?

The Democratic primary in a minute. I love this clever and funny video and have watched it 'lots'.

Sarah Palin Naked, Michael Seitzman's (a blogger) opinion. He's crass (be warned!), but he gets his point across.

Swift Kids for Truth, a play on the Swift Boat ads..

When voting, if you choose 'straight ticket' and then vote for barack, your vote for him won't count, make your vote count!! http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/straightticket.asp

And for good measure, and to change the subject: Apollo Astronaut, Edgar Mitchell claims UFO Cover Up

Cartoon, Palin debate

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