Tuesday, October 7, 2008
George Washington's Blog has a good post on how threatening martial law is no different than having it.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
This video is from Raw Story viaCNN.com, broadcast July 25, 2008.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
But its National Irony Day. Hooray! Did you buy your ham yet? Good...cause this one's as good as having an extra bowl of potato salad in the fridge.
Al Sharpton, who is supposed to be the champion of anti-discrimination and civil rights, decides its time to bash Anderson Cooper for being gay. Well, he never actually said it, but, come on....watch the clip and you'll know what I'm talking about.
Ah...... Got to love the religious nutjobs on both sides of the political spectrum. The irony is truly breathtaking these days. I love how Sharpton can get away with comments like that to someone on a supposed "news" channel. How is that fucking reporting the "news"? Telling them their going to hell? What the fuck is that shit. The discourse in this country has been hijacked by retards. Oh wait I forgot...right...National Irony Day.
Fuck it, let's have some cake.
And enjoy the clip of Sharpton, Tony Perkins (9 time recipient of the Christo-Facsist Endowment award), and everybody's favorite agreeable last minute fill in, Roland Martin:
Monday, June 23, 2008
Here is one of Carlin's sidetrack rants that, once again, showed us that he wasn't afraid to tell you exactly how it is.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Lets look back at some of the most memorable and important moments in the 2008 Ron Paul primary campaign.
Ron Paul's answer to a question about his ability to win the election, which was censored from re-broadcasts of the debate.
Ron Slams Rudy Guiliani's lack of knowledge of terrorism in the Fox South Carolina Debates
Ron Paul explains why the War on Drugs is racist and bad for minority groups in America.
Ron Paul Makes McCain look like an idiot on economics at the MSNBC Florida debates.
A Great CGI ad for Ron Paul.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
But with McMaverick as the Republican candidate for President, anything's possible. Maybe McCain will introduce Ron Paul as his VP...not because he is his running mate, but just because McCain forgot who else he chose, or got confused or something. He's just as likely to refer to Ron Paul as the President of Germany, or something.
Or maybe McCain't-Keep-My-Shit-Straight will confuse Ron Paul and Ron Jeremy the way he confuses Sunni and Shi'a:
Monday, June 9, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Thank god for third parties.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Former Republican Senator from Rhone Island, Lincoln Chafee, recently made some interesting comments on his opinion of President George W. Bush.
Former Republican Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee on Tuesday evening called George W. Bush the worst president in U.S. history and the occupation of Iraq the worst foreign tragedy in U.S. history. Chafee said Bush deserved to be impeached.
You should be able to listen to the audio on this site very soon.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Ron Paul’s loyal supporters helped him set campaign fundraising records and capture more delegates during his presidential run than some of his high-profile Republican rivals. They even managed to briefly shut down Nevada’s GOP convention earlier this month over a rules change controversy.
Now they’ve taken his latest book to the top of the Amazon.com bestseller list.
“The Revolution: A Manifesto”, released earlier this month, is currently No. 1 on the Web site’s list of top sellers, besting even Oprah’s latest Book Club selection.
“Despite a media blackout, this septuagenarian physician-turned-congressman sparked a movement that has attracted a legion of young, dedicated, enthusiastic supporters . . . a phenomenon that has amazed veteran political observers and made more than one political rival envious,” boasts the book’s product description, adding: “Candidates across America are already running as ‘Ron Paul Republicans.’”
Here is an interesting quote about the above mentioned GOP walkout at the Nevada GOP State Convention from the Reno Gazette Journal:
Paul spokesman Jeff Greenspan said the walkout was a first in his 21-year career in politics.
"I've seen factions walk out, I've never seen a party walk out," he said. "I've never even heard of that."
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
While some people pay attention to the alleged contest between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (and she won big), almost unnoticed is the Republican primary.
Many people think Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain has won the GOP nomination.
Actually, he has. A long time ago.
But Texas Rep. Ron Paul's revolutionaries continue to plug away. With 45% of Pennsylvania's 9,268 precincts reporting, Paul has captured 15% of the vote. He's easily beating former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has only 12%.
Two things will moderate joy in the Paul camp. One, Huckabee suspended his campaign and stopped campaigning weeks ago. Yet, he's still getting 12%. And second, McCain is capturing 73% of the GOP vote -- which was apparently reduced by some thousands of Republicans who changed their registration to vote Democratic for Clinton, as ordered by their leader, Rush Limbaugh, to promote further prolonged feuding among Democrats.
On the other hand, Paul will point out, McCain has already won the party's top ticket spot and yet is drawing only 3 out of 4 Republican ballots.
-- Andrew Malcolm
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
On another note, Butler Shaffer over at LRC wrote an interesting little bit today about April Fools Day, called "A National Holiday?".
I believe that general elections - particularly presidential and congressional ones - should be held on April 1st: All Fools Day. What more meaningful date on which to allow Boobus Americanus to indulge himself in the illusion that his opinions really matter?
From Raw Story:
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Former Senator and 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate Mike Gravel has announced he is leaving the democratic party and joining up with the fastest growing political party in America, The Libertarian Party.
"I'm joining the Libertarian Party because it is a party that combines a commitment to freedom and peace that can't be found in the two major parties that control the government and politics of America," says Gravel. "My libertarian views, as well as my strong stance against war, the military industrial complex and American imperialism, seem not to be tolerated by Democratic Party elites who are out of touch with the average American; elites that reject the empowerment of American citizens I offered to the Democratic Party at the beginning of this presidential campaign with the National Initiative for Democracy." -Mike Gravel
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Top investor Jim Rogers has publicly called for Federal Reserve chaiman Ben Bernanke to resign, blaming him for destroying the dollar and bailing out his friends on Wall Street at the cost of the American taxpayer, in the latest savage attack on the Fed amidst the latest round of economic turmoil.
"I think the Fed should be abolished, we'd all be better off without the Fed....in my view their day is done," said Rogers during an appearance on CNBC yesterday.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
In the House, Ron Paul recently spoke to his fellow congress members about the economic dangers we face. His speech focused more on how we need to change philosophy not accounting methods.
But the main point is the war and how much we are spending on our "empire" around the world. There's no way to start bringing down the deficit and saving the dollar without seriously looking at what we're spending on foreign military adventures.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Even the History Channel admits that the anthrax used in the attacks in the U.S. immediately following 9/11 came from our own defense department. The neo-cons do such a lazy job of disguising their false flag operations. I mean come on. The anthrax letters were sent to members of the "liberal" media and Democratic members of Congress. Hmmm.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Oh, no! She Di'unt! Oh yes, she de'ud! Oh, no! She Di'unt!
I just report 'em, folks.
Beware: This is only the beginning of the ridiculous behavior.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
The shadow of the Sept. 11 terror attacks is eclipsing press freedom and other constitutional safeguards in the United States, Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley said Thursday."What has become clear in the aftermath of 9/11 is how much expediency trumps safeguards," Curley said in remarks prepared for the annual dinner of the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation.
"Congress steps back from its constitutional role of executive oversight. Civilian oversight of the military wanes. A Justice Department interprets laws in ways that extend police powers. More drastically, prisons are established in places where government or military operatives circumvent due process or control trials," Curley said in accepting the foundation's First Amendment Leadership Award. "It's at moments like these when a free press matters most," he said. Curley was selected for his role in pushing for more openness in government and for emphasizing reporting on First Amendment issues. That includes efforts by the AP to establish the Sunshine in Government Initiative, a news media coalition that presses for strengthening Freedom of Information laws and for greater government openness.
Also receiving First Amendment honors from the foundation Thursday were CBS News correspondent Bob Schieffer and NBC Universal vice president Paula Madison. A special award also recognized former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Richard Wiley.
Friday, February 29, 2008
The interview, and the blog are pretty interesting. I think the fact that the blog takes a political stance (Links for Right Thinking People) distracts from the substance of the site: The Job. I was immediately put off. Besides that, I was pleasantly surprised. It is well written and thought out. I think people are want to believe "Cops Suck" or that "You want them on that wall... you NEED them on that wall" and not think about all the intense shit they deal with, the bureaucracy, the death, the mettle necessary to do what they do: the daily stare into the abyss that is our society without going crazy. Just like there are good and bad people, there are good and bad cops, and we tend to paint them with too broad a brush.
That said, a lot of the substance of the blog deals with departmental minutiae, and disgust with the new Superintendent (Jody Weis from the FBI, in case you live in a cave) trying to create a trust relationship with community leaders in high crime neighborhoods, namely "the reverends." There is a lot of talk about certain "demographics" who make up, according to SSC, the majority of perps, the disparaging of Weis' attempt at hiring more minorities and conducting sensitivity training... the list of grievances goes on. Fine. This is America, say and think what you like. However, how can you constantly say others don't look at a cop's lot from a cop's perspective, when you don't look at anything from the perspective of community leaders (or "reverends" or "fronts for gang activity"). Any hint at this double standard is met with "I put my life on the line every day".
Needless to say, policing a city the size of Chicago, with the breadth of issues this city faces is a daunting task. There are no easy or definitive fixes. But cops, like the "reverends" need to realize that they also don't have all the answers.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
From Lawyers, Guns, and Money:
Via Feminist Law Profs comes this interesting website/advertisement for "Outfoxed," a documentary about how Fox News is dragging down the entire television medium. The website "Fox News Porn" exposes how Fox News consistently relies on images of scantily clad and gyrating women to titillate its conservative audience (puns intended). All of the images on the faux site were actually broadcast on Fox News.
The segments (which you can view on Outfoxed's really well done (and provocative) site) Fox News Porn are particularly surprising (at least to me, since I never -- ever -- stop flipping the channels at Faux News) in light of O'Reilly's near-constant screeds about moral values and the decline of the American social fabric. Nice to know that Murdoch's empire is putting its money where its mouth is.
From The Chicago Tribune:
ROCK ISLAND, Ill.—Inside the stout federal courthouse of this
River town, the dirty secrets of Iraq war profiteering keep pouring out. Mississippi
Hundreds of pages of recently unsealed court records detail how kickbacks shaped the war's largest troop support contract months before the first wave of U.S. soldiers plunged their boots into Iraqi sand.
The graft continued well beyond the 2004 congressional hearings that first called attention to it. And the massive fraud endangered the health of American soldiers even as it lined contractors' pockets, records show.
Federal prosecutors in Rock Island have indicted four former supervisors from KBR, the giant defense firm that holds the contract, along with a decorated Army officer and five executives from KBR subcontractors based in the U.S. or the Middle East. Those defendants, along with two other KBR employees who have pleaded guilty in Virginia, account for a third of the 36 people indicted to date on Iraq war-contract crimes, Justice Department records show. (story continues here)
If you're cramming for a test, need a post-dinner pick me up or want a Paul McCartney CD between the hours of 5:30 and 8:30 tonight, you'll have to go somewhere other than Starbucks. Nearly all of the coffee chain's locations will be closed for a company-wide education and training session for employees. Dunkin' Donuts just happens to have a promotion running today and will be giving away free lattes. Our favorite quote in the Trib's story comes courtesy of Frances Allen, Dunkin' Donuts' brand marketing officer: "We never want any customers to ever be denied access to their specialty drinks." You tell 'em, Ms. Allen. Let's draft a constitutional amendment guaranteeing Frappuncino availability.
If you want a quality hot beverage this evening that you don't mind paying for, we recommend opting for Intelligentsia (the Millennium Park store is open till 8 and Broadway till 10). Talking Heads' frontman and all-around awesome guy David Byrne agrees with us. On a recent trip to Los Angeles he stopped by Intelligentsia's new Silverlake location and prounounced the coffees "incredible. This seems to be common knowledge — the place is filled with hipsters waiting patiently to order." Absolutely.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Here are a few excerpts.
Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of "an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs."
Beginning in 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States. The government has also contracted with several companies to build thousands of railcars, some reportedly equipped with shackles, ostensibly to transport detainees.
According to diplomat and author Peter Dale Scott, the KBR contract is part of a Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of "all removable aliens" and "potential terrorists."
Saturday, February 23, 2008
"The peace sign is 50 years old today. It was designed in 1958 by British artist Gerald Holtom, who combined the semaphore letters N and D, for nuclear disarmament".
Wow, 50 years and still nothin'. I say we come up with a new sign. Any ideas?
Friday, February 22, 2008
This just completely rules in so many ways, I don't know where to begin. Enjoy!
Ralph Nader will be appearing on Meet the Press this week (2/24), and rumor is he will announce his candidacy.
As much as I respect the guy, and will admit to the world that I voted for him in 2000*, it's time that Nader admitted to himself and his followers that his impact can be at it's greatest if he uses his considerable clout to build the Green Party's local organizations throughout the country. This year in Illinois, I could have actually filled out a Green Party ballot for the primary. In a state where the Democratic Machine has all but suffocated any other party organizations, this is no small feat.
* I do not believe that Nader lost the election for Al Gore. Nader had and has every right to run, and we have and had every right to vote for him. Al Gore lost the election by a) running a shitty campaign, b) moving to the Right to garner votes, c) bowing to the media pressure and basically giving up on the "intent of the voter" standard in Bush v. Gore before the Supreme Court thus stopping the Florida recount and handing the election to Bush.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Writes James Elliott: "I just saw the headlines on the Serbian 'storming' of the US Embassy in Belgrade. This was not done to the French Embassy, because the French did not bomb Serbia beginning on their highest holy day, Orthodox Easter, the way the US did under the enlightened 'genocide'-halting foreign policy of the Clinton/Albright administration, and we have the audacity to ask the UN to be incensed for us over this issue now! Blow back strikes again."Also, I just watched some highlights of the Clin-ton/O'Bomber debates on CNN . Imagine if the moderators would have asked a pertinent question about oh..I don't know...something that is happening right now....ummm...like maybe the fact that there are Serbians setting fire to our embassy right now in Belgrade over our Kosovo policy. Ok, Who wants to answer first?
Dennis the Menace is at it again, and I mean "menace" in a good way. The establishment can't wait to get rid of this guy. Probably why the corporate controlled DNC is making sure he has a primary challenger this year. Anyways, I love this guy. He's all truth and no bullshit. I've seen one YouTube video after another where 9/11 truth activists are hounding Kucinich to look into the discrepancies and lies in the official story. Well, Dennis has delivered again and again, and this time is no exception. The Ohio congressman just recently said that he will initiate an investigation of the pre-9/11 insider trading that has been exposed, dealing primarily with put options placed for both United and American Airlines.
I have a feeling that Dennis may be legitimately concerned about losing his congressional seat, so he is goin for broke. Cynthia McKinney, the former Congresswoman from Georgia has been pretty vocally supportive of those questioning the the official story. She was one of the only members of Congress who really took some of the administration and military officials to task by asking the important, and for those being questioned, uncomfortable questions about the government's response on that day. We all know what happened to her during the election of 2004. Let's hope Dennis doesn't get "McKinneyed". These are a few excerpts from Kucinich on this topic while being interviewed again on the Alex Jones Show.
"I've indicated a long-standing interest in gathering information and trying to get to the bottom of exactly what happened with respect to all the stock activity that took place preceding 9/11."
"From my own personal standpoint, I've had long-standing questions about why this volume, why those airlines, why that time, who made the buys, why did they buy them, who told them to make the buys, who was involved? There are questions there that need to be answered as part of an effort to get to the truth,"
"I think we need to talk to the people who were involved in making those transactions in order to try to figure out why they were made, for example, American Airlines and United Airlines stock."
Check out the shit the GOP is trying to pull over on all the impressionable sheeple out there:
Were it not so serious, this would be laughable. Unfortunately, dear reader, a lot of God and country loving Americans out there will take a look at this and say "Them turrorists are tryin' to take away ma 'Merican Gladiaters and neckid Lindsay Lohan pitchers?" and that will be it. No one will be able to convince them that they are victims of a cleverly targeted media terror campaign against their Constitutional rights.
Hey... can you get those Lindsay Lohan pics in the womb?
As The Arm said when I played this for him: "Holy fuck!"
And he's not easy to impress.
I was never that into The Who until I saw them totally destroy EVERYONE at The Rolling Stones' Rock n' Roll Circus. This live clip of "Won't Get Fooled Again" is 10 minutes long, but not a second is wasted, so pour a green martini and watch the whole thing. It is simply amazing.
Meet the new boss, motherfuckers.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
ooh..but there's more:
Finally coming to terms with the fact that he is retiring in less than a year, American Vice President Dick Cheney tries to find a hobby.
"I love ballooning. I can imagine doing this in retirement. You can really take in the scenery," quacked Cheney. "Everyone looks like little ants that you could easily destroy underfoot while their little screams fade out into deadly silence," continued the Vice President, obviously aroused. "I mean, it looks like even a medium piss would wash away entire homesteads. Imagine what a finally-getting-to-the-john-after-sitting-in-a-car-on-a-long-roadtrip piss would do to them. Jesus. That would be awesome."
Monday, February 18, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Around May of 1983, approximately 4 months before being shot down in KAL007, Congressman Larry McDonald takes on Pat Buchanan and Tom Braden on Crossfire as they badger him about his new role as Chairman of the John Birch Society. He easily handles them and answers questions concerning the Elite's Conspiracy for a One World Government.
Also, if you're having problems connecting this segment to our current situation, just substitute the word "Socialism" with "Neo-Conservatism" and also substitute "communism" with "terrorism". Then it will all make a whole lot more sense.
Here's Congressman Wexler's speech to Congress calling for impeachment hearings.Imagine if more of our government representatives actually gave a shit and asked the real questions like Wex. Apparently that's too much to ask for nowadays.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Political Genius Walking Among Us
A quote from Mark Penn that should go over extremely well:
"Could we possibly have a nominee who hasn't won any of the significant states -- outside of Illinois? That raises some serious questions about Sen. Obama.”
Well, I am certainly relieved I live in a significant state. Don’t really know what to say to those millions of other people who voted in the other 20+ states Obama won. I guess you’ll need to move to one of the 10 Hillary has won, if you’d like to be significant. This according to her chief campaign ass hat Mark Penn. Lovely.
I love this guy. He's all balls. You can really tell how uncomfortable and overly defensive Secretary Rice is in her answers. Take a look:
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Price and materialistic undertones are not the only reason we have consciously decided to not buy diamonds. I have felt that no matter what De Beers says (who doesn't trust De Beers?) that there is no such thing as a "conflict-free diamond". As it turns out, (and this does not happen often) my instincts are right. The Kimberly Process is not only ineffective, but basically unmonitored, and in reality creates another niche market for diamonds: the Whole Foods Diamond. The diamond it's OK to buy (and pay more for). Regardless of the conditions they were mined and produced in, diamonds, because of their appreciation and liquidity, are used as currency to fuel and fund conflicts around the globe. Diamonds are small and easy to transport and hide, retain their value better and are less traceable than currency, have more value per pound than currency, and are virtually impossible to destroy. Thus, they make the perfect medium for funding international war and terror.
I'm not trying to be holier than thou or preach at you. The fact is that I happened to be too poor to buy a rock when I got married, and have been lucky enough to get educated on their horrible impact since then. So do what you will this Valentine's Day. I can only choose for myself. But nothing says "I Love You" like driving your Hummer over to WalMart, crossing that picket line, and getting her some Chinese chocolates or Columbian roses spawned by slave labor. Don't forget the virgin paper greeting card with toxic glue on the envelope. I love you, baby.
Judging from Clinton’s complete lack of foresight (I'm inevitable) or plan B (pretty much everything that happened after Iowa) plus her arrogance (I'm inevitable again) and what now seems like a healthy form of denial (she doesn't even comment on her recent HUGE losses), I don’t think it’s her. In fact, this kind of sounds like our current train wreck of a president, doesn't it?
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
However, it is okay for a state to vote into law a measure that directly contradicts a Supreme Court verdict if it suits their political objectives.
People who know me (all 4 of you) know how skeptical I am about Obama-mania, Hill-arrhea, Democratic "inevitability", and how Hope, Love, and The Youth Vote conquers all. It sounds nice and feels self-satisfying, but it didn't work in 2004 even though like now we were targeted by campaigns, mobilized, angry, eager for change, and running against a total turd sandwich.
To further pump people up and tell themselves and each other how great and inevitable and young and hip they are, along comes DKos to discuss the Youth Vote, and pooh-pooh any skeptics such as myself that the Youth Vote may not turn out like it did in 1972, or, 1992, or 2004.
Meteor Blades may need to review his/her history here because, Democrats lost 2 out of 3 of those elections he claimed were so dominated by the Youth Voting tsunami.
Sorry to be a downer here, and even more sorry to use a sports analogy, but weren't the Patriots talking about how inevitable their ascendency was?
Monday, February 11, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Faux News continues to prove to be a hilarious caricature of themselves. Much like Rudy 9iu11ani's constant refrain of 9/11 9/11 9/11 made him a punchline, so has Faux News continued to reinforce and outperform every criticism of it's "Fair and Balanced" catchphrase.
And the thing is, I grudgingly respect Faux News for their balls and unwavering commitment to reporting the news as they want it to be, rather than how it is (as Colbert said, "Facts have a well-known liberal bias"). But it's the people who actually look to Faux for their information and opinions that are maligned in my view by these rank shenanigans. I have as much respect for those people as I do for a steaming loaf of shit floating in a vat of diarrhea.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
So with Romney out of the race, will Ann Coulter start campaigning for The Huckster to bring down McMaverick, or will she jump right on the back of the Clinton campaign and ride it all the way?
According to Raw Story, through reports from CNN and the AP, Mitt Romney will suspend his presidential campaign for the Republican nomination, effectively ceding the nomination to John McCain, according to reports by CNN and the Associated Press.
What's going on here? Is the GOP trying to do anything possible to make sure that its the Democrats who have a brokered convention and not the Republicans?
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Remember when Gore won the Presidency in 2000, but was denied the White House? He took to the political wilderness and grew a beard. It was taken as a sign by the Sean Hannities and Rush Limbaughs of the world as proof positive that he was unhinged.
Bill Richardson appeared on MSNBC tonight sporting a new goatee. Is he unhinged? Or is he just thinking outside the bun?
No. Not 'Crinch.' Change! The other 'C' word.
Today, Crinch Pin turns 3000 hits. I'm not sure if that's good or not, but it's sort of like your car turning 3000 miles. You get your first oil change and you're pretty sure you have many more miles to go, but knowing your luck you're going to drop the tranny before 4000 rolls around. It is what it is, so you'd better celebrate.
Coincidentally, it is also Fat Tuesday, and SUPER TUESDAY!!!! The day we Crinch Pinners have been awaiting with baited breath for at least a week. The election season is in full swing... and there is plenty of fodder for our ideological brawling. I wish you, dear reader, could see some of the emails. Anyhow, we four Crinchers will be watching the primary election results roll in, while we watch the beers roll down our throats at Schubas Tavern in Chicago. If anyone in snowy Chicago is reading this, please feel free to join us. We'll be upstairs, safely shrouded from the normal paying public's view. If you hear the sounds of shattering glass and splintering wood, you may want to decide how much you like your face. If you hear something that sounds like a bubble machine, you're probably safe.
All of this, and I'm still getting over my bad bad B.A.D. hangover. Apparently, I made a few to many links, and tried to take a blogroll in the hay with Brilliant at Breakfast and Blue Gal, both of whom denied my advances. Your loss ladies. We here at the Crinch Pin really took the tenants of B.A.D. to heart, and thus are equal opportunity linkers... B.A.D. to the bone. Ahem.
On the positive side we made some great new friends, including: bildungblog, Chuck for..., Drink Liberally in New Milford, Mike the Mad Biologist, Moue Magazine, The Impolitic, The Political Cat, and the infamous skippy the bush kangaroo.
I can't wait till next year's Blogroll Amnesty, but here at the Pin, it's B.A.D. every day! That's right! I don't give a fuck. Email me, and I'll add you to our roll.
Cheers, lads and lassies!
One of the issues Edwards championed was universal health care. He came out early with a bold plan that set the bar for the other candidates. Clinton's plan is nearly the same as Edwards's, while Obama's leaves a little something to be desired (as I've blogged about before). So, strictly in terms of healthcare policy, I'd prefer Clinton. But of course, in politics, policy is only a piece of the puzzle. And in thinking about this, I realized that healthcare is actually a good lens through which to view the broader issues at stake.
Obama's healthcare plan is essentially the same plan that the "liberal utopianist" Bill Bradley proposed in 2000 when he ran against Al Gore--the same plan for which he was pilloried by Al Gore for going too far. Of course, those were different times. And it is reassuring to realize that the healthcare plan being critiqued today as insufficiently progressive is the same plan that was too progressive eight years ago. That's progress!
But of course, the President doesn't make laws, the President executes laws. It Congress who writes the laws, so when it comes to healthcare, whether Clinton or Obama are president, their policy proposals are only proposals, and it is the law that comes out of congress that they'll have to decide to sign or veto. And this brings me to my larger point: what kind of congress are we likely to see if Clinton is the nominee, and what kind of congress might we see if Obama is the nominee?
We all know how polarizing Hillary Clinton is. And we all know how many enemies the Clinton's have. One thing that seems clear to me is that if Clinton is the Democratic nominee, she will unite a fractured republican party against her. She may win the Presidency, but it will be yet another close election, and it will cost the democrats scores of downticket seats as republicans, who's entrhusiasm has been lackluster in the primaries, will suck it up and go vote not only for the republican nominee (who will be McCain), but also for all the republicans running in theri district. I expect that if Clinton gets the nomination, Democratic gains in congress will be squelched. Further, I predict that she, like her husband, will lose democratic seats in congress in the 2010 midterm elections of her first term. If Hillary Clinton is working with a weak Democratic majority, or worse, a republicasn majority, we can be assured of several, more years of vitriol and acrimony with less than progressive outcomes.
And of course, if it's Clinton vs. McCain, the distinctions between them are minimal. And in a general, McCain will move to the left and Clinton will move to the right, further blurring the distinctions. I believe this scenario favors McCain as the anti-dynastic candidate.
What we know about Obama as a candidate is that he's energized the youth vote like no other candidate in my lifetime, which is a huge thing. These are people who might never have voted before, and Obama is bringing them into the Democratic tent, and most are likely to stay there. We also know Obama has appeal across party lines. Of course we remember Reagan Democrats, that bloc of voters who helped Ronnie into office in '80, and into a landslide in '84--effectively setting up the kind of republican party that would elect Bush in 88, and after losing the White House in 92, they would take back congress in 94...they would elect Bush in 2000, and take congress in 2002. Of course, many in the republican party viewed Reagan with suspicion. He had been, after all, an FDR Democrat. But it was his broad appeal that allowed him to build the party that has effectively set the agenda in this country for 26 of the last 28 years.
I believe that Obama can do the same thing for Democrats that Reagan did for Republicans. Obama at the top of the ticket agains McCain is a much clearer choice--youth vs. age, the party of change vs. party in power, a vote against the war vs. 100more years in Iraq. I believe Obama will have no trouble winning that matchup. And the wave of enthusiasm that would accompany Obama when compared to the suppressed republican turnout due to conservative suspicion of McCain will mean big gains for the downticket democratic races. With an Obama candidacy we can expect solid democratic majorities in Congress which will hold or grow in 2010 midterms, and the very real possibility that President Obama will be give a healthcare plan to sign into law that more closely resembles Edwards' plan than his own.
On foreign policy, Obama IS the best candidate. Clinton is a hawk. McCain is a hawk. Romney wants to double the size of Guantanamo. Only Obama has had the courage to say that we would engage the world like an adult, which is to say he'd use diplomacy rather than preemption. We know that much of the animosity the rest of the world feels towards the US is directed at our boastful neo-imperialism. Obama would soften that image with genuine global citizenship.
Obama is not the perfect progressive candidate in terms of domestic policy. I have many reservations about him on several issues. But I believe he is the candidate who will galvanize the Democratic Party and lay the foundation of a new progessive era and a better America.
Whgo else supports Obama?
Janet Napolitano, Governer of Arizona -- a state G.W. Bush won twice
Kathleen Sibelius , Governor of Kansas -- a state G.W. Bush won twice
Claire McCaskill, Junior Senator from Missouri -- a state G.W. Bush won twice
Hillary can win in the bluest of the blue, and so can Obama. But Obama can turn the purple states blue, and start turning some red states purple.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Whoa! Looks like Willie Nelson has come out against the official story of 9/11. Appearing today on the nationally syndicated radio show of Alex Jones, Willie Nelson had this to say:
"I saw those towers fall and I've seen an implosion in Las Vegas - there's too much similarities between the two, and I saw a building fall that didn't get hit by nothing,"
"How naive are we - what do they think we'll go for?"
"I saw one fall and it was just so symmetrical, I said wait a minute I just saw that last week at the casino in Las Vegas and you see these implosions all the time and the next one fell and I said hell there's another one - and they're trying to tell me that an airplane did it and I can't go along with that,"
An mp3 of the interview can be heard here on the Prison Planet website.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
As a child I always kept my library books for way too long. It could have been because I was a slow reader, or just a dunce, but that's not the point. The point is that Library Fine Amnesty Day was always my favorite day of the year. The weights were lifted and I felt like I could come out of the shadows beneath the card catalogue. Now that I no longer read (even street signs, mind you) I've been looking for a new Amnesty Day which will liven the spirits and bring people with something to share out into the light of day. Happy Blogroll Amnesty Day!
If you want to be on our blogroll, we want to be on yours... just email us, and don't forget to save us some matzo.
(B.A.D. banner courtesy of skippy)
Can anyone even imagine anything like this for Clinton?
Oh, and Moneymonk, whatever your reservations about Obama, it looks like the one endorsement that matters to you has come in. Now you have to do your part to give Scarlett Jo the Big O.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Jack Cafferty ran a report that took a strong stance against our "two party" system and included a clip of 9/11 truthers at about 0:30. I've written Mr. Cafferty before practically begging him to research the topic of 9/11 truth . He is a former NYC local news anchorman and has real street smarts. He's also one of the few commentators on the MSM that tells it (almost) like it is. I would bet my bottom dollar this guy questions the official story but is not allowed to tackle the subject on his program.
I do not trust CNN as far as I can throw my (rarely watched) HDTV. But Mr. Cafferty managed to include a smidgen of 9/11 truth without taking a swipe at truthers and without actually raising the topic of 9/11 truth (which is probably verboten at good 'ol CNN.) I think his inclusion of the 9/11 truthers at 0:30 was no accident. Even though it was only a few seconds, it was there and did not have to be.
Is this a sign of things to come? Is the MSM trying to figure a way out of their (almost) seven year lie? Or is this simply one newsman’s effort to sneak some truth out?
Friday, February 1, 2008
I dismissed finances and money matters for years as the worry of the bourgeois. I lived hand-to-mouth, I was trying to be an "artist" or some sort of Whitman-esqe or Keroac-ian model of life as art. Money (though Whitman had a bit of it) was evil; "The Man's way of controlling the masses." I wanted no part of it. To fret over finances was shallow, or worse materialistic, and to be materialistic in the scene that I ran in made you a pariah.
Now all that has changed. I've gleaned a lot since then by keeping my big mouth shut and observing our world as it is, not as I wished it could or would be. What I realized was that money can mean different things to different people. Having money doesn't mean that you have to live in a brownstone on Astor Street and wear a monocle. It also doesn't mean that you have to buy all kinds of junk that you don't need and point out at every opportunity that you could buy this or that if you wanted it, or boy, you really had a great year in the market. To me money means time. Time to work less. Time to spend with people I love doing things I enjoy. Time to volunteer, donate, and be genuinely generous. Time to do what I want. Money is no longer an oppressor or an instrument of violence wielded by the rich, but the only true liberator from these lives we lead. The only way we'll be able to quit the race and be truly on our own.
I say all of this because I feel funny thinking and talking about money as much as I now do. It feels contrary to my wiring, my punk rock roots, the "man as island" lifestyle I'd spent so long cultivating in every gesture and nuance. But the fact is that if you ignore money, it isn't going to leave you alone, like a bully might. It will slowly and quietly undermine you behind your back, until one day you look up and wish it were there for you, but it's not. Then you end up working every day until you die just to keep food in your belly, a roof over your head, and batteries in the pacemaker.
(Loud brainless applause follows)
"Go back to bed America, your government is in control" -Bill Hicks
Thursday, January 31, 2008
I still can't listen to those SDRE records without being transported back in time to when things seemed much more complicated, but were really a lot more simple. I couldn't find any really good SDRE clips on YouTube that you haven't already seen a million times, so this stripped down version of Jeremy Enigk's River to Sea will suffice.
Jesus. That fucking voice.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Here's a little sunshine on an otherwise depressing and war mongering Dictator festival that was these debates: This is Ron Paul immediately after the long winded "he said/she said" that Mitt and McCain took 10 minutes to debate.
So, it seems that after a lackluster showing in the first few primary contests behind Clinton and Obama, John Edwards will be dropping out of the race. It looks like he's waiting until he gets down to New Orleans to make his announcement. A move which would seem appropriate given that this was the city where he started it all by announcing his campaign for President again.
Edwards will definitely not be out of the picture in this Democratic primary race, though. He has the unique opportunity to play "kingmaker" by endorsing one of the two remaining candidates
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
In his concession speech, Rudy tries some snide humor, which really just belies his total bankruptcy of ideas...
"Thanks to Ron Paul too, he won every debate!"
As a matter of fact, Rudy, Ron Paul DID win every debate. Not only that, he beat you in Iowa, New Hampshire and bunch of other places, too. Oh, and he's still in the race, competing for delegates to bring to the convention. How many delegates will Rudy bring? ZERO.
I only wish Rudy's flame out was more embarrassing and pathetic than it was. What a total fucking waste of skin.
Also, it looks as though 9iu11ani is angling for the job of Attorney General in a McCain administrations, because word on the street is he;ll be dropping out by wednesday and endorsing McMaverick. Seeing as a McMaverick / Giuliani ticket would be the kiss of death for a republican party built on a fracturing base of values voters and movement conservatives, I can't imagine McMav would be dumb enough to pick 9iu11ani as VP, and that leaves AG.
Heckuva campaign, Rudy! Heckuva campaign.
Also, it looks as though Hillary Clinton is celebrating her win in Florida....a win that nets her exactly zero (0) delegates, which is also, coincidentally, the number of Florida delegates won by Barack Obama and John Edwards.