The pictures, not the people (From Change.gov):
Why would you choose to put two pictures side by side that are almost complete opposite angles? And they’re showing just about the exact same moment. Why not choose the best one? Silly Obama-Biden staffers…
Ruben Navarrette Jr., a columnist and editorial board member for the San Diego Union-Tribune, wrote a commentary this morning for CNN.com. In it he attacks liberals for attacking Joe The Plumber and Sarah Palin, all the while avoiding the real issues of whether Palin is even qualified to be vice president.
What was Joe thinking: that we live in a democracy where everyday Americans who pay the salaries of elected officials can dare question their policies? That just isn’t done.
To prove it, the elites who run the Democratic Party — along with their surrogates in the media and organized labor — went after the plumber.
We now know that Samuel Joe Wurzelbacher owes back taxes, doesn’t have a plumbing license (he told the Associated Press he doesn’t need one because he works for someone else’s company), and may not be registered to vote.
Commenting on a CNN.com story, one condescending reader wrote that Joe the Plumber should pipe down and “get back in my bathroom and unclog the toilet.”
First off, Ruben, don’t be an assclown. The Democrats are supposed to take heat for digging up the fact that Mr. Wurzelbacher is a great example of why our country is in the toilet? It was either show that he is a liar and a criminal (owing back taxes is in fact a crime), or let him speak unopposed even though he has no qualifications whatsoever. Right. And one other thing, Ruby (can I call you Ruby?), you lose all credibility when you start quoting comments on online articles. Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel.
McCain oversold it when he said Palin was the most qualified vice presidential candidate in recent history. Better than Dick Cheney? Could she be worse?
Oversold? That’s the understatement of the year. She is not only not the most qualified vice presidential candidate in recent history, she is by a wide margin the least. Dick Cheney, for all his faults (such as looking out for his own interests and continually fucking over the American people), was an extremely qualified candidate. He was the Secretary of Defense during H.W.’s presidency, and was the CEO of Haliburton. A country is nothing but a giant company in a different field, and his resume made him easily qualified for the job. Palin, on the other hand, is a governor. Of a tiny state far removed from the lower 48. She is the lowest common denominator when it comes to politics, and those need to be left behind.
I could go on and on about this article, but I think I’m going to stop. Ruben, Palin, and all the people they represent disgust me. Quit being so goddamn selfish and look out the window; if you don’t think your fellow American needs help, then you need to go to a different country. We don’t want you here.
As any of my friends will tell you, I’m pretty opinionated. And I have a strong opinion regarding this upcoming election, but I wasn’t going to say anything about it until the parties had chosen their candidates.
That is, until I saw this.
By way of Wil Harris’ first blog post in months, I found that video and sat through the entire thing. For someone with as short of an attention span as me, that says a lot.
I may have just given away who I’m rooting for in the election, but I don’t care. It’s not often that a campaign propaganda video gives you chills, so I think it’s worth it.
And you know what? If you don’t agree with my views, that’s fine. But don’t tell me, go tell your ballot. My generation has been notorious for their apathy, so the most important thing you can do is get out there and vote.
Alright, faithful readers (all 5 of you), I’ve decided to narrow down the scope of this blog and have each day represent a specific topic to talk about. I’m open to any and all suggestions (although, keep them broad; as in “Books” rather than “The Collected Works of Charles Dickens”). This is to not only make it easier to blog (as I’ll have a more defined path for each day), it will also make it more interesting for the reader (so you know that at least once a week I’m blogging about Topic X that you are a fan of). So here are the few ideas I’ve thought of; please leave any others you may have in the comments!
- Movies/Television (this could be two separate days as well)
- Tech Topics
- Books (this might be more of a monthly topic, as I don’t read as much as my high school English teacher probably wishes I did)
And so is anyone who votes for him (from CNN):
Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee refused to retract a statement he made in 1992 calling for the isolation of AIDS patients.
Responding to an Associated Press questionnaire, Huckabee said steps should be taken to “isolate the carriers of this plague” during his failed run for a U.S. Senate seat from Arkansas 15 years ago.
He said he probably would not make the same statement today because of what is known about how HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is transmitted.
“I had simply made the point — and I still believe this today — that in the late ’80s and early ’90s, when we didn’t know as much as we do now about AIDS, we were acting more out of political correctness than we were about the normal public health protocols that we would have acted,” Huckabee told Fox News on Sunday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded in 1985 that AIDS was not transmitted by casual contact. But Huckabee said at the time, “there were other concerns being voiced by public health officials.”
Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.
The interference, which The Associated Press confirmed through nationwide tests, is the most drastic example yet of data discrimination by a U.S. Internet service provider. It involves company computers masquerading as those of its users.
Watch this and read the accompanying story.
Apparently, rent-a-cops think that asking too many questions at an open forum for Senator Kerry is worthy of “Disturbing the Peace”.
And yes, I realize they are not rent-a-cops. We have a University precinct here at UW containing full fledged police offers as well; but until you get a real post (read: not at a college) you are still a glorified security guard, and have the mindset of such.
UPDATE: Apparently the kid may not have had the most educational of interests when going to the podium. According to reports from CNN, the student was known for being a prankster, and was simply trying to gain attention.
Regardless, I think the officers stepped over the line in handling him. Not giving him a chance to walk out on his own, and using the ultimatum that if he did not stop moving he would be tased, are not how I would expect them to protect and serve.