Saturday, September 06, 2008

Obama Blasts McCain's Promise Of Change

Barack Obama spoke before a crowd in Terre Haute Indiana this weekend. He took direct aim at McCain and his nomination acceptance speech when he pledged to tell the corporate lobbyists that change was coming to Washington. Watch it!

McCain Biography Video

Jon Stewart had this great clip on his show last night. If you missed it, hope you enjoy. Here's the sad thing. Though the video is not what ran at the RNC before McCain spoke, it is all true.

Palin Extramarital Affair Rumor Gets Serious!

As Sarah Palin disappears for a couple of weeks to be remade into some sort of Manchurian Candidate by the McCain-Rove troops, the rumors of her alleged extramarital affair are heating up. Now comes word that the man at the center of her dalliance has hired a legal team to seal his divorce records. Those records could show who was named as "correspondent" in the divorce, in other words who was sleeping with who that caused the ruckus.

Why would he seal those unless there was someone who would be in big trouble if they were made public. I suspect Sarah Palin's lawyers are already putting money in an account of his ex wife to assure her silence...just a guess.

Now even The Atlantic has picked up the story and it moves form the tabloids to the mainstream press. So how exactly did McCain vet Palin?

HRC & The Log Cabin Republicans

Contrary to the rumor being circulated, The Human Rights Campaign Fund has made no contribution to the Log Cabin Republicans. I suspect the rumor was started by someone in the LCR who wanted to give their ludicrous endorsement of John McCain for President some credibility.

Below is a statement on the nomination of Sarah Palin and John McCain by the HRC.

"John McCain claims to be a maverick who breaks with his party, but on matters of LGBT equality, he's shown that he's anything but. He actively campaigned for a constitutional amendment that would have banned marriage and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples in his home state of Arizona. He went so far as to appear in television commercials for that campaign, is now supporting an amendment to strip marriage equality from California couples and has said that he would vote for a federal marriage amendment if laws already banning marriage equality were to be struck down by federal courts. Sarah Palin has also supported bans on marriage and even domestic partner benefits in Alaska. The Republican Party, McCain and Palin's party, has declared in its platform that they want to pass the federal marriage amendment. Their party's platform also calls gay and lesbian Americans unfit for military service, supports policies that would allow faith-based organizations to deny us jobs and services using federal dollars, and attacks judges who acknowledge our equality under the law. The Human Rights Campaign endorses mavericks on both sides of the aisle- neither John McCain nor Sarah Palin is among them," said HRC President Joe Solmonese.

Friday, September 05, 2008

The Age Thing - A Personal Rant

I have never dyed my hair. That in itself is quite a bold statement from a gay man, but it’s true. I can add it to the list of other things to disguise the aging process that I have never done, like moisturizers, collagens, Botox and cosmetic surgery. Though it may be just cause for demanding that I turn in my Gay Card, I figure growing older is inevitable and trying to cover it up is really an undignified thing to do.

I remember a friend of mine telling me years before I got into the leather community, that I should start wearing leather because, “it looks good on you as you age.” That was good advice.

In a culture that values youth and beauty over almost anything else, the real anomaly is the image of the leather “daddy”. He is a person who is valued for not only his look, but his experience and wisdom. At least that is the story I keep telling myself.

So far on my life journey the only drawback from aging, other than the continual battle with gravity is a discrimination I find in the job market. In the field of communications and advertising, having grey hair is akin to having smallpox. For some reason marketers and agencies feel that only someone who is fresh out of college can connect with the mind of the youth market. It is as though advertisers feel that the youth of today are from another planet and only “their kind” can reach them, much less understand them.

The truth is that young people today are pretty much the same as they were in my generation. Oh they have new technology and different style clothes, but they are still motivated by the same thing I was at their age. In the business of advertising that boils down to two key ingredients, sex and acceptance. If those weren’t the key motivating factors ads wouldn’t feature claims that using (insert product here) would get you laid or get you friends.

So why the bias against anyone who is older? I don’t know, unless it’s because a more experienced and seasoned professional can see through the smokescreen of jargon and bull being spewed by management and that is threatening. For some, especially in marketing and advertising jargon is power. Like the fields of Medicine and Law, if you put things in everyday terms instead of using Latin, your clients and patients wouldn’t feel your services were worth so much money.

Would you be more willing to pay your doctor in order to get a prescription for “microdose acetylsalicylic acid administered prophylactically” that you would for a “half a baby aspirin taken each night”? The same holds true in advertising.

Which would you find more trustworthy, a report that details the “differentiated marketing to counteract intense segment rivalry” or one that states simple “there are already a glut of similar products being sold, so we need to get specific as to which groups we try to sell to.” Confusion is power and as I age I find I just don’t have time to veil my knowledge in jargon.

So, I guess my next marketing position will be to, “personalize the retail experience through initialized direct contact communication”. Of course this job, unlike any other I have had will take a specialized wardrobe. Something in a blue vest should do. Now, I just need to review the marketing narrative, just to make sure I can optimize my interface with target markets…”Hello, and welcome to Wal-Mart”.

McCain And The Green Screen

Last night's acceptance speech by John McCain took place in front of a picture of what looked like a mansion. Hardly the image I would have thought appropriate for a man who has recently been under scrutiny for having more houses than he can count.

The problem was that close ups of McCain put him in the "green screen" dilemma he faced previously. Green is not a good background color. It makes you look pale and sallow, something McCain already has a problem with. Additionally it gives lots of fodder to the YouTube generation who will undoubtedly take that footage and insert any number of pictures in the green area using digital technology.

Apparently what the campaign wanted was a photo of Walter Reed Medical Center behind him, but because of some pretty poor research they put a shot of Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, California in its place. Strange message and even stranger because that part of California is decidedly Democratic.

So as Sarah Palin retreats to Alaska to bone up on what a VP's job is, McCain will have to suffer through another "green screen challenge" and lots of ribbing for the obvious gaff.

McCain - Trust Me, I Can Change

Watching McCain's speech today,since I had better things to do last night, I am underwhelmed. He gives a nice narrative of his story, the old POW loves his country line, but other than that it's pretty hollow.

Here's the real McCain story. McCain started his military career at the botom of his class at the Naval Academy, his father, and Admiral got him a command position in the Navy. His flight instructors said he was one of the worst pilot they had ever trained, and he ended up failing gto act on a missile alert and got shot down over North Vietnam. He was held as a prisoner but ended up giving propaganda to the enemy. When he returned home he committed adultry and divorced his wife to marry a wealthy woman who opened the doors for his political career. He became embroiled in the Keating 5 banking scandal. Now he keeps switching his positions on everything from GI Bill funding to the approving the use of torture.

Not a pretty story, basically that of an opportunist who grabbed everything he could get and styled himself into whatever wold get him votes. Now at the advanced age of 72 he is trying tio reinvent himself, but he looks like a frail old grandfather next to his clueless running mate Sarah Palin.

I kept remembering his real story all the time I watched him spinning the McCain legend and I have to say he isn't convincing. He says he wants to change Washington, yet he has more years in Washington than his opponents. Why should we trust him now?

It would do everyone a service to remember where the word "mavrick" came from. It was the name of a rancher who refused to brand his cattle. He told folks it was because it was cruel to the animals, but the reality was he just wanted to round up any strays without brands and claim them as his. I guess McCain is a mavrick when you accept that definition!

Thursday, September 04, 2008


Sometimes I get these things through the mail and I just have to share!

Sarah Palin Extramarital Affair? National Enquirer Says Yes!

The National Enquirer is hardly a bastion of great journalism, however lately they have had the stories before anyone else. Their reporting of John Edwards affair scooped the other media outlets and went a long way toward giving them the "street cred" that "real" newspapers have.

Now they have come up with a bit of dirt that could be explosive. The Enquirer reports that Sarah Palin had an extramarital affair with her husband's business partner.

So far the McCain camp is trying to dismiss the charge and has threatened a lawsuit. The Enquirer is sticking by it's story. Here is a statement made to the Huffington Post regarding the issue.
"The National Enquirer's coverage of a vicious war within Sarah Palin's extended family includes several newsworthy revelations, including the resulting incredible charge of an affair plus details of family strife when the Governor's daughter revealed her pregnancy. Following our John Edwards' exclusives, our political reporting has obviously proven to be more detail-oriented than the McCain campaign's vetting process. Despite the McCain camp's attempts to control press coverage they find unfavorable, The Enquirer will continue to pursue news on both sides of the political spectrum."
They may be on to something real!

Palin - Extremist In A Nice Dress

Sarah Palin looks very nice, she and her husband make a picturesque pair, and from the talking points of the Republicans, you'd think she was about as mainstream America as you can get. Not true.

Sara Palin is an extremist of the worst kind. She seeks to impose government controls on our private lives. Her politics is that of division and is antithetical to the American spirit. She opposes abortion and would make it illegal even in cases of rape. America has already voiced its opinion on this issue and the majority of Americans want to maintain a choice for women.

Palin wants "intelligent design" taught in our schools. She is out of step with America on this as well. Most Americans want real science taught to our young people so they can compete in the global marketplace. Palin's thinly disguised "creationism" is just trying to ram a Biblical narrative down our children's throats. It's bad science and worse theology.

Palin wants to ignore global warming. Her beliefs run counter to all the scientific evidence and that is an extreme and dangerous viewpoint for a person in the position of making public policy.

Palin has been embraced by the extreme right-wing of the GOP for these and other reasons. She represents another four years of Bush and Cheney in her outlook on government and the erosion of the constitution. Se must be exposed as the extremist she is and for the far right-wing agenda she brings to the McCain ticket.

Palin is the pretty face the GOP wants to paint on it's extreme agenda. They insult the intelligence of all Americans when they put her on the ticket with McCain and it's time for America to look behind the pretty face to see the ugly ideals harbored inside.

Cindy McCain - Elitist!

Let's talk about elitist! Cindy McCain stepped out last night in an outfit valued at around $300,000. Not exactly the kind of wardrobe for the common woman from America's heartland.

Read the Vanity Fair article with the price tags on her couture.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Harvey Milk Bio-Pic Trailer

Texas Republican Platform - The Language Of Bigotry

I was going to write about the amazingly prejudiced 2008 Republican Party latform of the great state of Texas, but I simply cannot find the words. I will let the platform speak for itself. Here are three issues that will resonate with most of my readers.

Marriage Licenses - We support legislation that would make it a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for such.

Homosexuality – We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, refuse to recognize, or grant special privileges including, but not limited to: marriage between persons of the same sex (regardless of state of origin), custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.

Texas Sodomy Statutes - We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy.

Want more of this hate filled crap? Go to the GOP platform pdf.

In the meantime, please , please someone tell me why we have an organization called Log Cabin Republicans? Why not just call the group self hating sodomites for McCain?

Republican Pundits Call Palin Choice "Political Bulls#@t"

When Republican pundits throw up their hands and declare "it's over" you have to wonder what is going on behind closed doors in the GOP. After an interview on MSNBC Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy were caught on tape after the on-camera segment discussing the Palin nomination.

Noonan flatly says, "it's over", in referring to McCain's chances at the White House. She goes on to say the choice is "political bullshit" and Murphy calls the choice "cynical and gimmicky".

Watch it here from Huffington Post

Sarah Palin, Sexism And Reality - If She Were A Man, McCain Would Be A Laughingstock

OK, so the McCain camp is already starting to fling charges of sexism around whenever anyone says anything about his VP Sarah Palin. Let me ask you this , and answer it honestly if you can, If McCain had picked Bob Palin, Governor of Alaska, what would your reaction be?

To be honest, if Palin was a man, McCain would already be laughed out of the GOP. The former mayor of a podunk town and half-term governor in one of the least populous states in the union is about as lame a choice as you can imagine. What if he had picked John Hoeven as his running mate?

John who? Well he is the Republican governor of North Dakota. The sad thing is John Hoeven has a masters degree from Dartmouth and a real history of brining prosperity to his state. He is in his second term and though he has experience, I feel sure he would be ridiculed for lack of it and considered a pretty lame choice for VP.

So why use kid gloves on Palin? This woman has a batchelors degree from the University of Idaho and her credentials include TV anchor in the micro=market of Anchorage and her time as mayor with a staff of less than 50 people.

Come on folks, we are all being sexist when we fail to criticize her as a viable choice. The test is changing the sex and then evaluating her qualifications. She would never get the job if she wasn't a she. So enough of this crap. McCain is insulting the entire country with this chlice and the sooner someone stands up and speaks the truth the better.

Dr. Laura Slams Palin As VP Pick

I am stunned that for once I agree with Dr. Laura. On her blog she wrote a scathing analysis of the McCain Vice Presidential pick, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Laura Schlessinger, known for her right wing views and occasional intolerant rants on gays and lesbians, feels McCain's pick is wrong on many levels.

From her blog:

"I’m stunned - couldn’t the Republican Party find one competent female with adult children to run for Vice President with McCain? I realize his advisors probably didn’t want a “mature” woman, as the Democrats keep harping on his age. But really, what kind of role model is a woman whose fifth child was recently born with a serious issue, Down Syndrome, and then goes back to the job of Governor within days of the birth?"

Palin As Governor Vetos Money For Unwed Teenage Mothers

Here's another lesson in Family Values from Sarah Palin, McCain's pick for VP. As governor of Alaska, Palin line item vetoed funds for a program to help unwed teenage mothers during their first 18 months while they learn the basic skills needed to be a good parent. She cut funding from $5 million to $3.9 million with a stroke of a pen. She also cut the budget for the Fairbanks Community Food Bank in half, those funds would have bought upgrades to refrigeration equipment and computers for the social service organization.

Funny, those were not the kind of values my family raised me with.

ThinkProgress has more.

More Hillary Supporters Move To Obama

For those worried that Hillary supporters would defect to the GOP the Gallup Poll has an interesting statistic. Prior to the Democratic Convention 70% of Hillary supporters said they would support Obama as the candidate of the Democratic Party. After the convention that number rises to 81%!

Obama's support now hits the 50% mark a full 8 points over McCain as of September 2. It remains to be seen if there is a post GOP convention bump for McCain.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Chrome Lacks A Few Features I Like

So like a good geek, I downloaded Google's new browser, "Chrome" this morning. After installing it and making sure there were no surprises included, like a Google Desktop, which I don't want, I started it up.

First impression. It's simple looking, so much so that there isn't even a home page button. That d confused me, but hey, I'm over 50! Next I finally figured out how to set my home page, which is an i-Google page anyway. It loaded fast, not so fast that I was overwhelmed, I use Firefox now and it was not so much faster that I saw a plus.

Next I tried going to the NOAA Hurricane Center. I was checking on the progress of Gustav, which just brought rain to our area of Texas this afternoon. I tried to load the satellite image loop and got a blank screen with a puzzle piece. The caption said, no plug-in available. Well I know that site uses Java, and if Google won't run Java, hey it's not getting my vote.

Next I looked for the familliar Ad-Blocker that is the feature I love on Firefox. Not there! Now there may have been those feature somewhere hidden in the overly simplified controls, but I sure couldn't find it. OK that was strike two for me. Unlike baseball, I only give players two strikes. So I uninstalled Chrome and will await the relase version to reevaluate it at that time.

My opinion. Nice try, needs work. Sticking with Firefox.

McCain Gets Testy - Cancels Larry King Interview Because CNN Asks Real Questions

The McCain camp pulled out of an interview with Larry King because CNN reporter Campbell Brown posed a really good question about Sarah Palin to Tucker Bounds. Brown was doing her job as a reporter and actually asking a good question, "what command experience does Palin have as Governor of Alaska?" Apparently that is too much for the GOP.

GOP Focus Group Video - Sarah Palin Makes McCain Less Attractive

This is a focus group taped by Frank Luntz the slimy GOP pollster and even he can't put a good spin on McCain's rotten choice for VP.. The group are all republican voters and many are not going to support McCain because of the pick.

Watch it.

GOP Holds "Hookers & Blow" Party While Gustav Rages

Like Nero fiddling while Rome burns, the Republicans in Minneapolis dressed in the wildest party clothes and boogied at a party thrown by the National Rifle Association, Lockheed Martin and the American Trucking Association. The event, held at a downtown night club featured the band "Hookers & Blow" and was hosted by former Tom DeLay aide Glenn LeMunyon.

At a time when the GOP is trying to salvage it's image from the wreckage of hurricane Katrina and the Sarah Palin pick for VP, having a blow-out party seems a bit cavalier. But what else would you expect?

Palin Member Of Alaska Successionist Party

With a theme of "America First" the DNC is going to really have to spin to explain Sarah Palin's husband's membership in the Alaska Independence Party. The stated goals of the group is succession from the US and formation of their own sovereign state self sufficient on oil revenues. Palin even recorded a greeting for the convention of the Alaska Independence Party and the Daily Kos has it here.

Again and again the McCain campaign shows their lack of concern for our country and their pick for VP. I really believe there was no vetting at all. McCain is a gambler, and his pick of Palin was a crap shoot. McCain loves to shoot craps and this time he came up snake eyes!

McCain's Veracity & Judgment Called Into Question In NY Times Article

The McCain camp has big trouble. Today the New York Times wrote the article every other newspaper wanted to buts was afraid to print. McCains judgment seems to be sorely lacking in his pick of Sarah Palin. Most obvious is the complete lack of vetting of the candidate. From the mixed reports coming from the RNC she was vetted, but probably only on Google. Now GOP operatives and lawyers are swarming in her home town in Alaska trying to find the other skeletons in her closet.

Little details like Palin being a member of a fringe secessionist party in Alaska really point to the lack of information McCain had when he picked her. The Times article points out that McCain said the FBI investigated her in the vetting process, but the FBI does not normally do that for a VP candidate. According to the FBI in a statement in the article, "F.B.I. official said Monday the bureau did not vet potential candidates and had not known of her selection until it was made public."

So who do we believe? McCain or the FBI? Personally I trust the Feds more than a desperate candidate who is looking for a gimmick to win the election.

Monday, September 01, 2008

McCain's VP Has 17 Year Old Pregnant Unwed Daughter!

Lets talk about family values. Sarah Palin announced today that her 17 year old daughter is pregnant. She said in a stemet that she is proud of her daughter's decision to have the baby.

"We’re proud of Bristol's decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.”

What they miught not be so proud of is the fact that she is not married. There was an additional announcement about the man she "will marry", which is Alaskan for "shotgun wedding".

It is interesting that she is proud of her for not having an abortion. I have to wonder how proud she is of her for getting pregnant in the first place, but maybe she was schooled in abstenence only as a method of birth control? Worked pretty good didn't it?

This will be the first VP nominee with a teenage daughter who is an unwed mother. Gotta love those kinds of family values!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Gustav Sights On New Orleans

I am watching the Weather Channel as the report from New Orleans on the landfall of Gustav. From the other web cams that are still online, the city is a ghost town. Luckily 95% of the residents have left because it looks like a real disaster coming soon.

I have been tracking Gustav since it was just a depression and consistently the forecast has shown the Louisiana cast as the prime target are for landfall. I guess the local authorities have been watching carefully this time as well. Levees are still not to the heights the Army Corps of Engineers recommended and in some places the flood walls are still unfinished. If the storm hits where it is expected to the flooding will come from the opposite direction of Katrina, meaning areas of the city that were relatively unscathed during the last storm will be victim this time.

I pray that the city survives. New Orleans is one of my favorite cities and a big part of the soul of the country. Without the Crescent City the South will be a pale shadow of itself.

Rudy Giuliani Says Palin "Better Qualified" Than Obama?

It's funny to listen to Rudy Giuliani trying to spin the nomination of Sarah Palin into something good. On Face the Nation today he stated that Palin was better qualified to run the nation than Obama.

“You know why? She had to make decisions,” Giuliani told Face The Nation anchor Bob Schieffer. “All Senator Obama has had to do is talk. That's all he does.”

I guess Obama's years as a State Senator and US Senator just can;t stack up with Palin's critical experience as the Mayor of a town of 6000?

David Brooks of the New York Times said of Palin on the program, "“She has no experience, basically. People are going to be nervous about her. And what it says about John McCain [is], some people drive the aircraft carrier, they have a big team around them. Some people take off from the aircraft carrier, they're lone fliers. John McCain is a lone flier. This was a 'lone flier' choice, it was risky."