So the McCain wants to play the name game. Yes, let’s. Sarah Palin is much more intimately connected to the Alaska Independence party than Obama ever was to the weather underground. This fringe party is centered around an effort to have Alaska succeed from the US. The party’s founder Joe Vogler holds some pretty extremist views as evidenced when he said, “I’m an Alaskan not an American. I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions,” and “The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government, and I won’t be buried under their damn flag.” Though she is not a member of the party, her husband Todd is. She has attended party meetings and welcomed members to the 2008 convention where she told them that “I share your party’s vision” and to “keep up the good work.”

The former head of the party, Mark Chryson, considers her to be a close friend and had direct access to Palin when she was mayor and even governor with the ability to arrive unanounced at her office and recieve an audience. The list goes on.

If I were a part of the McCain campaign I’d be careful how they use Obama’s tenuous relation with Ayers.

Palin has no clue what she’ll be doing as VP. Can you imagine her showing up on her first day and being told, “Surprise, you’re the president of the senate!” Don’t they teach this stuff in middle school? Maybe Alaska has their own standards, instead of teaching reading, writing and arithmetic they teach hockey, shooting, and oil drilling.
Well, my man Castro is stepping down. It is a sad day for socialists around the globe. For decades Fidel has shown us that socialized medicine works, and that while capitalism may be the best way to make money, the free market is definitely not the best way to ensure the welfare of all citizens. If you’re wondering why the US even bothered shunning Cuba after we won the cold war, just think about how much of a threat they were to us. Not militaristically, but idiologically. They proved that socialism works, so naturally we had to villify them to scare people away from their belief system. Quite succesfully, I might add. Socialism is now a bad word, and when applied to healthcare it is political suicide. Hopefully this will bring us out of our isolationist bubble, but who knows.
Listening to Talk of the Nation this morning made me want to bury my head in a hole. The topic was the republican primaries coming up and the party’s general state of diasarray and incoherence. They had a few repub. commentators on and were asking for registered republicans to call in and say who they were voting for and why. I’m fine with it so far, but when the calls started coming in I puked a little in my mouth.

There was absolutely no one voting for a candidate based on policies. It was all personal perceptions of the candidates as people, as in “Do I want this person to be my friend?” Typical responses were, “I just don’t trust him,” “He’ll do anything to get people to vote for him,” (duh) “I like that he was a war hero,” “He’s nicer to democrats than he is to republicans,” “There’s just something about him,” and the list goes depressingly on……..

To be fair this is not a republican phenomenon. It may actually be worse on the democratic side given the sex and race of the two candidates left. A few days ago Neil Conan squeezed out of a caller the fact that he didn’t care about policies, that he just couldn’t vote for a black man.

People, you are not voting on who will be your next best friend. It’s likely most americans will never see the president in person, let alone go bowling with them and sit up drinking coffee and chatting about life until the wee hours of the morning. It doesn’t matter how you “feel” about them. Look at their policies and decide if you agree with them and vote accordingly. The way they run the country while in office will have a much more lasting effect than the personal impression they leave. They are all essentially the same on the surface with minor variances. The facade they present is severely manufactured by handlers anyway. If you vote based on that you are being duped. Policies, people, policies.

I guess it’s Hillary time.

Earlier today, I suspended my campaign for the Democratic nomination for the presidency. I made this announcement from where our journey began just over 12 months ago: New Orleans.

I began my presidential campaign in New Orleans to remind the country that all of us — as citizens and as a government — have a moral responsibility to each other, and what we do together matters.

Now, it’s time for me to step aside so that history can blaze its path. We do not know who will take the final steps to the White House — but what we do know is that our Democratic Party will make history.

And, along the way, all of you who have been involved in this campaign and this movement for change and this cause, I am asking you to continue speaking out for those who have no voice, just as Elizabeth and I will continue to do. We need you.

Do not turn away from the great struggles before us. Do not give up on the causes that we have fought for. Do not walk away from what’s possible, because it’s time for all of us — all of us together — to make the two Americas one. We need you.

I hope you will take a few moments to listen to the video clip of my speech in New Orleans earlier this afternoon or to read it below.

In the meantime, Elizabeth and my family join me in thanking all of you for your support and for working so hard on my behalf. We are truly blessed to have such friends.

Thank you.

-John Edwards

Well no on screamed their way into obscurity, no one called themselves, “the comeback kid” and no one dropped any strategically placed f-bombs, but the caucus was still eventful. We came one step closer to having the first African-American president. Only took a little over a hundred years, and who says the US isn’t liberal?
While this is a nice gesture, I’m more worried about actual policies and the candidates’ abilities to govern. Obama seems to be lacking in an actual voting record by which he can be judged. And while Hillary can be charged with not taking any strong stances on this campaign, at least she has a substantial voting log that can be examined. Obama is like a bean sprout salad when all you want is a juicy T-bone.

Edwards, with an impressive second, is still underrated and underreported. Unfortunately in today’s climate a great number of American voters pay more attention to appearances than policies and as Elizabeth Edwards says, “He can’t make himself black and he can’t make himself a woman.” I think Edwards would make an excellent president. That said, I also think Hillary would make an excellent president, and if Edwards doesn’t pick up steam I’ll be throwing in with her when his campaign is on its death bed.

Obama just doesn’t do anything for me. Sure people want change and all that, but don’t pick up the first thing that comes along without checking it out first. This is exactly how lonely sailors end up with the clap and tranny hookers.

After watch Michael Moore’s new documentary about the delapidated US healthcare system Lauren Turner, a Health Account Planner at Google, wrote on the Google corporate blog that the movie was one sided. I don’t doubt that it was. I also don’t doubt that facts are presented and the viewer is free to do with those facts what they may. In Lauren Turner’s case it turned out to be hawking advertising for Google: “Whether the healthcare industry wants to rebut charges in Mr. Moore’s movie, or whether Mr. Moore wants to challenge the healthcare industry, advertising is a very democratic and effective way to participate in a public dialogue,” she wrote.

I beg to differ. If anything of what we were taught in civics classes is true, then paid advertising is probably the worst, most unbalanced way to enter into a public dialogue. It limits access to dialogue to those with large purses. It completely shuts out the great majority of involved parties, the one’s that actually NEED to be heard, but have no access to the forum. There is nothing more traditionally un-American and un-democratic than stiffling the voices of many for the sake of a priveledged few. Then again, given the current state of affairs, there is nothing more modernly American and democratic (US-style) than having a public discourse about public matters, paid for with private money.

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