Saturday, September 13, 2008

Personal Vendettas, Censorship, Cronyism, Secrecy And Lying - Sarah Palin's First Years As Governor..

Want more corporate cronyism? Want more censorship, secrets and lying? Then go ahead and vote for McCain/Palin.

A scathing article on the front page of the New York Times details Sarah Palins first years in office as governor. It is a tale of personal vendettas, hiring unqualified friends for high paying jobs and the kinds of secrecy and rewarding loyalty that would make George Bush blush.

Read it, it is important to know the real story of this woman and the real story of just what the McCain campaign means to America.

Values Voters Summit - Values Apparently Include Racism

At the premier conservative political gathering the Value Voters Summit whose speakers include Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have some questionable values if souvenir sales are any measure. An enterprising racist is hawking boxes of Obama Waffle Mix. The box features an image of Obama in a turban much like Aunt Jemima. The racist implications as well as the not-so-thinly veiled reference to Muslims were obvious to buyers who are attending the event sponsoired by the Family Research Council. Read more at AmericaBlog.com.

Palin's Son Joined Military To Avoid Jail Time?

This is still in the credible rumor stage, but it is showing up in a lot of places very fast.

Seems Sarah Palin's family has other interesting secrets. Her son Track, who she recently exploited for a photo-op joined the military not because of any patriotic duty, but to avoid prison time. According to reports, Track was arrested for vandalizing the brakes of a bus and joined the military to avoid jail time. Gotta love those GOP family values!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Time For Real Change - New Obama Video

McCain's Missing Flag Pin on 9/11

Funny how the GOP jumped all over Barack Obama for not wearing an American flag pin not so long ago, yet as both candidates laid flowers at the 9/11 site only Obama wore a flag pin. Guess John McCain couldn't be bothered to snap one on for the big photo-op. Thanks to Americablog.com for finding this snafu!

Now will the pundits be all over him like they were on Obama? Somehow I doubt it.

McCain Out Of Touch - (Video)

Finally somebody at the Obama campaign has decided to take off the gloves!

Does McCain Want To Protect Child Predators? (Video)

Your New Job - A Video!

Welcome to Texas, a "right to work" state. What that really means is right to be fired without cause. Watch this informative film about the realities of working without the benefits of collective bargaining.

Michael Douglas To Play Liberace In Upcoming Movie

Better stock up on makeup and hairspray would be my advice to the producers of an upcoming bio-pic on Liberace. The diamond encrusted pianist and entertainer is going to be played by Michael Douglas according to reports.

Growing up as a budding pianist and still latent gay man, I idolized Liberace for his flamboyance while playing and his signature style in classical music. My piano teacher would often have to remind me that there was no audience watching as I played for her, and she constantly told me to stop raising my hands so far from the keys. Damn I must have been dramatic!

The film will explore Liberace's personal life and rumors are that Matt Damon will play his alleged lover Scott Thornson. I can only imagine the scene with him and Douglas together! Get out the candelabras!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Palin Threatens War With Russia!

Nope it's not a joke headline, in an exclusive interview with ABC News Sarah Palin, McCain's VP pick said in an interview with Charlie Gibson, "And we've got to keep an eye on Russia. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable." She went on to say if Georgia was part of NATO we would have no choice but to go to war with Russia.

First of all Georgia is not part of NATO yet, and second threats of war without any thought of diplomacy even in a hypothetical instance is just plane crazy. And this woman is who the GOP wants a heartbeat from the presidency?

McCain Sounding Incoherent According To CBS News

John McCain's answers are getting so incoherent that even CBS News picked up on it. When asked about Sarah Palin's experience in Nationsl Security McCain answered with the following non-sequitur.
"Energy. She knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America. She's a governor of a state where 20% of America's energy supply comes from there. And we all know that energy is a critical and vital national security issue. We've got to stop sending $700 billion of American money to countries that don't like us very much. She's very well versed on that issue."And, uh, she also happens to represent, be governor of a state that's right next to Russia. She understands Russia."
Not one word about the real question. McCain seems more and more like a doddering old man, and I really have serious worries if he can even make it through the campaign.

Watch this video from WCSH Channel 6.

A Noun, A Verb & POW - New Video About McCain

State Fair of Texas Documentary Available Now

Meanwhile in an effort as shameless self-promotion, my documentary "The Big Fair, inside the State Fair of Texas" is available from National Film Network. It's a fun program and offers a behind the scenes look at the biggest state fair in the world. Order your copy now!

No really, order your copy now! It makes a great souvenir of the fair which starts in just a few weeks.

9/11 - 7 Years Later

My memory is still clear of that morning when the planes crashed into the World Trade Center, and though I was not there, I watched it on a television in a hotel restaurant with friends from New York City. Their shock as well as my own is something I will never forget either.

The terrorists that attacked us were sent by Osama Bin Ladin and his organization, Al Qaeda are now household words. Back in 2001, he was just a shadowy figure in most people's consciousness. Now his face is familiar to everyone in the world.

The Bush administration feigned surprise even though they had a clear warning from the CIA and their intelligence officials. Immediately the White House began looking for ways to blame Iraq and Saddam Hussein. To use the tragedy of the four hijackings as a way to justify a war that need not have happened is immoral. Furthermore, the White House's attempt to now rewrite history and redirect the blame to a suspect already in custody rather than Bin Ladin would be laughable if it weren't so cynical.

It is time we stand up and let the Bush administration and the entire Republican Party including it's candidate John McCain that this madness must stop. The truth is not just a collection of factoids as presented by the press, but a sweeping story of an opportunist administration and a predominately GOP legislature who enabled them to line the pockets of big oil and defense with billions using the tragedy of 9/11 as the excuse.

John McCain represents just another chapter of the Bush legacy and though he and his VP pick tell interesting stories, the real story is that they supported the misguided and unjust policies of George Bush. Furthermore, they are continuing the tradition of lying over and over again expecting the American public to accept their empty words as truth. We are not that gullible.

McCain and Bush are cut from the same cloth and to elect John McCain and install another duplicitous Republican administration expecting anything but another 4 years of Bush is insanity. It is time for another path, one that leads to an America that is once again respected in the world and one that encourages growth at home through support and empowerment. As Americans, we are an empathetic people who value justice and freedom but also recognize that government must provide protection and empowerment. The authoritarian style of George Bush and John McCain runs contrary to who we are as Americans and we must not allow it to continue.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bush Rewrites History of 9/11 - Now Osama Bin Laden Was Innocent!

The Bush administration is maintaining its relentless campaign to rewrite history. The figure sine they can't catch Osama Bin Laden, they will blame someone else for 9/11. Now, as amazing as it seems the White House is saying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was actually the mastermind and conveniently he is already in jail!

Again, the Karl Rove disinformation machine takes the American public for a bunch of idiots, and if anyone buys this crap, they will be right! Watch this clip of the press conference when Dana Perino makes this claim to an incredulous press corps.

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Drill Drill Drill? Interior Department Sex Scandal

Seems the folks over at the Interior Department believe that all work and no play is not the way to do business. According to an AP report the Government department responsible for handling billions of dollars in oil royalties got perks of sex and drugs from oil company employees.

The improprieties include rigging contracts, working part-time as private oil consultants, and having sexual relationships with and accepting golf and ski trips and dinners from oil company employees. Nice work if you can get it!

The sordid details were released in three reports Wednesday by the Department of Interior's inspector general. According to the report there was a "culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" by a small group of individuals "wholly lacking in acceptance of or adherence to government ethical standards."

The details of the report read like the script for "Animal House". For example, the reports said former head of the Denver Royalty-in-Kind office, Gregory W. Smith, used cocaine and had sex with subordinates. This in addition to the illicit relationships with big oil companies including Chevron and others.

Read more here.

Letterman Rants About Global Warming - Funny But True!

Maurice Sendak Comes Out

Maurice Sendak, beloved children's writer and artist whose book "Where the Wild Things Are" is considered the classic illustrated children's book has finally come out. At the age of 80, Mr. Sendak has suffered a nagging grief since the death of his longtime partner, Dr. Eugene Glynn. Now, he has finally gone public with his sexual orientation. He feared that doing so early in his career would make his work less marketable.

His latest book was begin about four years ago, right after Dr. Glynn became sick with lung cancer. The work helped to take his mind off the illness, but also was a product of his fear that he didn't have much time left.

Now as his 80th birthday approaches, he ponders the sell out o f tickets for the event at the 92nd Street Y in New York. In a new York Times interview he mused, “they must be coming to see the other people,” referring to the star studded list of attendees.

Happy birthday Mr. Sendak!

Obama Strikes Back At McCain Slurs

Barack Obama today addressed the gutter tactics being used by the McCain campaign to "swift boat" him. The following clip shows why he is right for America!

McCain Tries To Distance Himself From McCain/Bush Policies

CNN reported that people inside the McCain camp feel any discussion of Bush policy in Iraq, even the withdrawal of 8000 troops would be a "death knell" for McCain. So, McCain who has backed Bush on just about everything in Iraq is now cutting and running !

McCain Against Protecting Children From Pedophiles

Is that headline a lie? Nope. The latest McCain attack ad says that Obama wanted to have "sex education" for preschoolers before they could read. The reality was his bill would provide age appropriate education and for preschoolers that would be about protecting them from pedophiles and inappropriate touching.

McCain and his team got rightly criticized for the TV ad.

"It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited political attack against a father of two young girls - a position that his friend Mitt Romney also holds. Last week, John McCain told Time magazine he couldn't define what honor was. Now we know why," said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Neighborhood Fun! Man In Wheelchair Robs 7-11

You have to hand it to him, the guy in the wheelchair who rolled into the 7-11 just a few blocks from my place had guts. He came into the store around 2:00am wielding a baseball bat and a knife. No easy task when you are trying to roll your chair either! Then he demanded cash. The clerk fled, leaving the man to bash the cash register with the bat.

The register proved stronger than his Louisville Slugger and he gave up finally settling on 10 boxes of condoms and an energy drink. I figure those two items would go hand in hand.

Police arrived too late to apprehend the robber, who they suspect is homeless. The wheelchair may or may not have been a real necessity. Panhandlers often use them as props to solicit more money from sympathetic passersby.

Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home

An article in the Washington Post shows that alleged "Maverick" Sarah Palin corralled quite a bit of state money intended for her travels while staying at home. Governor Palin billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office. She got "per diems" intended for travel expenses when she was not traveling. In most folks books that looks like fraud!

I hope the press will ask her about this and other questionable practices when she finally gets interviewed.

Train Your Pet Fish?

OK, so I guess I had too much time on my hands or maybe I was just meant to find this. I have always known people who train animals. In my early career as a director of live shows, I worked in several amusement parks that had animal shows and I was well aware of how much you can teach an animal. I was not aware that fish could be trained as well!

Obama Campaign Need To Focus On Obama - Not Palin

Well Sarah Palin has had her 15 minutes of fame. Now it's tome to get back to the real issues. The Obama campaign needs to push their message out in front of the press, and it should be the message of his narrative, not that of the "Trojan Moose", Sarah Palin.

Palin is not the issue in this campaign, she is a symptom. She shows the McCain campaigns real agenda and its not a pretty one. McCain is far from the mavrick he protrays, he has become a Bush loyalist and his VP is an extreme right-wing radical, not a reformer.

Obama is a genuine progressive, with a story that mirrors the American story. He worked his way up through life, giving back to the community and doing his best to help make his community and our country a better place. Obama embodies the spirit our country was founded upon. He shows how work, determination and hope can lead to a better life for everyone.

It's time to refocus the campaign on Obama and his principals. It's time to see more crowds of people cheering "yes we can". It's time to get back on message and let the brief stardom of Sarah Palin fade as the scandals that surround her grow more visible.

Monday, September 08, 2008

McCain / Palin -The Naked Lie! Video

Proof Palin Lied About Opposing Pork Barrel Projects

Sometimes it is amazing how Republicans can completely ignore reality. For example Sarah Palin is claiming she was against the infamous "bridge to nowhere" earmark project. This is part of the egregious pork barrel projects supported by Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska.

Well here is the reality. Sarah Palin defending the project in a gubernatorial debate back in 2006.

Biden Rips The GOP With Good Reason

Joe Biden is one of the best politicians I have seen. Watch as he takes the GOP convention speeches apart and leaves the crow cheering!

T-Shirts Respond To Sarah Palin

In the wake of Sarah Palins comments about Barack Obama being "only a community organizer" comes the following T-Shirt. I can't wait to get mine!

Russell Brand Begs US To Vote For Obama

Russell Brand tore up the MTV Music Awards last night! He also tore up John McCain and George Bush. Watch it.