Saturday, January 19, 2008
More as it develops.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Take Ward 5 in Manchester, New Hampshire:
CLINTON 683 EDWARDS 255 OBAMA 404
CLINTON 619 EDWARDS 217 OBAMA 365
Diebold is over-counting votes in at least one ward and there is no clue as to who the extra votes went. Other Wards seem to be OK so far, but the count is still under way. BradBlog has more.
Additionally, many votes were not counted because voter used the "wrong kind of pen" to mark their ballots. Watch out in South Carolina! There they have paperless voting machines!
Stewart even says toward the end of the segment, “can we use any of this?” I suspect he is referring to the impossible task of trying to get Goldberg to admit what his agenda really is. He is remarkably adroit at staying on message even in the face of absolute proof that he is wrong. His equating Mussolini with progressivism is beyond ridiculous, it’s patently false and yet he defends it with a smile.
Stewart was faced with the problem of trying to explain how silly Goldberg sounded even while Goldberg denied his own premise. No wonder the interview went on 18 minutes!
The crux of all this is a glimpse of the lies and distortions we can expect to see in the coming year from the GOP and their toadies. We will see Obama painted as a Muslim, which he is not. Hillary painted as a shrew, which she is not and everyone else tainted as a “Liberal or Progressive” as though it is a dirty word. Stay tuned.
According to an article in the Washington Post written by the national security adviser to the Iraqui government, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, "it has been impossible to maintain a political consensus on many important issues." He goes on to say, "the current political framework is based on a pluralistic democratic vision that, while admirable, is entirely unsuited to resolving this three-way divide."
The gist of the article is a call for a Federalism rather than a pluralistic democracy, and the funny thing is, that is exactly what many critics in the US have always called for, a 3-state federal system that recognizes the ethnic divisions rather than ignores them. And for this we had to wait years?
Now comes the Mexico part. While working in Mexico, I often found that my suggestions were accepted gracefully and then ignored while the people I was advising struggled to find an alternative to my suggestion. In some cases they did reach "work-arounds" that were actually acceptable, but more often they struggled and finally came around to using the suggestion I gave.
As a consultant I was hired to make those suggestions, therefore I am not trying to assert any super intelligence in the matter, but my frustration was that there seemed to be an insistence to go-it-alone first. Ironically, after all the sturm und drang, they usually thanked me for my suggestion and lauded my work.
Now do you see the analogy? The Iraqi government has heard criticism and suggestions of a federalist solution from not only the US not other countries. After a lot of struggle, they finally come around to the same conclusion. Why didn’t they just consider taking the advice first? Who knows? That will be one of the great mysteries of the Middle East I suppose.
Of course the same thing could be said for our government and its insistence that a pluralistic democracy was the answer without taking into consideration the facts on the ground and the best advice of its experts. I guess there are just as many mysteries in the West as the East.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
"Well, I don’t think that’s a radical view to say we’re going to affirm marriage. I think the radical view is to say that we’re going to change the definition of marriage so that it can mean two men, two women, a man and three women, a man and a child, a man and animal."That’s about as clear as it gets, change marriage to allow same sex partners and it’s the same as allowing bestiality or pedophilia?
Huckabee who has masqueraded as a reasonable voice is now shown for what he is. He is a far right religious fundamentalist far out of step with mainstream America. His fringe views may play in parts of Iowa, but he would be a disaster in the White House.
He pulled out a telegram supposedly from the White House, then paused and said, "I have a telegram from the White House." Then he added, "They're going to have to change the name of that building if Obama's elected."
People attending the event said there were audible gasps from the audience which included city and state officials. That gasp shows hope to me. I have attended events where similar insensitive and racist or homophobic jokes are made from the microphone and most of the time they go with an uncomfortable chuckle. The fact they people were appalled by his remark tells me that we have matured a lot as a country.
Years ago, racist jokes were the norm but today they just don’t play, unless you are speaking in front of an audience of KKK members. What that says is our country just might be ready for an African American president, and it'’ about time.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
A former Fabius Township Board trustee, Siljander served in the state House of Representatives from 1977 to 1981. Siljander then served three terms in Congress until he was defeated by U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, in the Republican primary in 1986. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan appointed Siljander to serve as U.S. delegate to the United Nations for one year.
More as this develops.
If memory serves, wasn’t Rudy the guy to beat? Wasn’t he “America’s Mayor” and the almost preordained GOP nominee? Not so much apparently. I think the public is tired of his mantra of “9-11” and ready to move on. Now maybe so should he.
Rudy has spent around $40 million in his quest and he can’t do better? That should tell him something, but I know politicians egos are often much larger than their common sense. So, over the next few weeks we can expect to hear more “9-11” from Giuliani and watch him slowly slide into oblivion.
In a recent rant, Limbaugh starts using the term "spade". Buried in his text the term comes up several times, as well as "hoe" and personally I cannot believe it’s an accident. Limbaugh is terrified by the prospect of Barack Obama as president. As a racist, the thought of an African-American in power terrifies him and he knows it will energize his audience. Look at the transcript of a segment of his show.
"Obama is holding his own against both of them [Bill and Hillary Clinton], doing more than his share of the 'spadework,' maybe even gaining ground at the moment, using not only the spade, ladies and gentlemen. But when he finishes with the spade in the garden of corruption planted by the Clintons, he turns to the hoe. And so the spadework and his expertise, using a hoe. He's faring well."
I have to wonder how long it will take him to begin adding "niggardly" into his text?
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
So what is the root of all this mess? Well corporate greed and the need to make those projections look good for Wall Street. Who cares if we are loaning money to people who will have no chance of paying it back? If it makes the bottom line look good for this quarter I still get my bonus! I suspect that is the thinking of the executives who got Citigroup and the other lenders into trouble in the first place.
I wonder when common sense will finally begin to permeate the board room and the MBAs with their spins and schemes will be tossed out on their ear. Yea like that will ever happen!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Why the toned down affair? Well unless you are living under a rock, it was the latest success by the Writers Guild strike! The WGA successfully convinced their brothers and sisters in the Screen Actors Guild to agree to not cross their picket lines. Thus a glittering red carpet and searchlight affair looked more like an edition of "Access Hollywood".
On a positive note, the program ended on time!
Additionally the Directors Guild may be reaching an agreement with the producers regarding internet royalties and if they do, it could signal a possible solution for the WGA and the producers as well. We’ll see!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
According to Mainichi Daily News:
"The Oshu Municipal Government had sought permission from the Morioka branch of JR East to display the posters advertising Kokuseki Temple’s Somin Festival at stations, but JR East said the posters could not be displayed unless the images were changed.
"As sexual harassment becomes more of a problem, the standards for displaying posters in public spaces are becoming stricter," a representative of the Morioka branch of JR East explained. "It wasn’t just that it was out of line because there was nakedness; the pictures showed things that were particularly unpleasant for women, such as chest hair, and it was decided that showing them things they didn’t want to see was sexual harassment."
I just want to find out how to get there next year!
He will also be entitled to receive other benefits, including office space, secretarial support, use of the company's aircraft, financial consulting services and payment of annual country club dues as well as continued health care benefits for life!
Damn, when I had my own company and we lost money, I took home less money as well. Guess I didn’t go to the right school or belong to the right fraternity?