Sunday, November 2, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Enchanted Republican Forest

Featuring McCain Girl, Don't Tax-Me Turtle, Single-Issue Eagle, and Homophobic Platypus.

Sunday, October 5, 2008


A good interview by Terry Gross with Thomas Friedman about "Geo-Greenism", including a comparison of Obama and McCain's energy/environmental plans. From NPR's Fresh Air a while back.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Lil' O'Reilly - Watch more free videos

The Story of Stuff

I like to post information on this blog that is presented in an entertaining, visual, and easy to understand way. This is from a very nicely done animated Flash presentation that actually looks a lot better in its original Flash form on it's website ( than it does here, but check it out; it describes the process by which stuff gets made in this country from the extraction of resources to production and distribution to consumption and disposal and suggests that there may be a better way.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Keith Olbermann: The Trademarking of 9/11

As promised, a Special Comment about our sad anniversary tomorrow.

Or, more correctly, what our sad anniversary tomorrow has been turned into by the presidential administration, and the current Republican candidates for President and Vice President.

This is supposed to be a day of remembrance. Remembrance of the attack, remembrance of the national unity which followed it.

Most important of all, remembrance of the dead.

But 9/11 has become a brand name. A Republican campaign slogan. Propaganda of the lowest form. 9/11 has become 9/11 with a trademark logo.

9/11 (TM) has sustained a president who long ago should have been dismissed, or impeached. It has kept him and his gang of financial and constitutional crooks in office without — literally — any visible means of support.

9/11 (TM) has made possible the greatest sleight-of-hand in our nation’s history.

The political party in office at the time of the attacks, at the local, state and national levels, the party which uniformly ignored the warnings and the presidential administration already through twenty percent of its first term and no longer wet behind the ears, have not only thus far escaped any blame for the malfeasance and criminal neglect that allowed the attacks to occur, but that presidency and that party, have managed to make it seem as if the other political party would be solely and irredeemably responsible for any similar catastrophe in the future.

Thus, Sen. McCain, were you able to accomplish a further inversion of reality at your party’s nominating convention last week.

There was the former Mayor of the City of New York, the one who took no counter-terrorism measure in his seven years in office between the first attack on the World Trade Center, and the second attack.

Nothing, except to insist, despite all advice and warning, that his Emergency Command Center be moved directly into the World Trade Center.

Yet there was this man, Sir, Rudolph Giuliani, quite succinctly dismissed as “A Noun, a Verb, and 9/11,” and repudiated even by Republican voters, transformed into the keynote speaker, Sen. McCain at your convention.

And his childish, squealing, braying, Tourette’s-like repetition of 9/11 (TM), was greeted not as conclusive evidence that he is consumed by massive guilt - hard-earned guilt, in fact but rather as some kind of political tour-de-force, an endorsement of your Vice Presidential nominee, a rookie governor , a facile and slick con artist.

The blind endorsing the bland, to a chorus of 9/11 (TM), 9/11 (TM), 9/11 (TM.)

Your ringing mindless cheer of “We’ve Kept You Safe Since Then.”While nobody asks “doesn’t then count?”

All of this, sadistically disrespecting the dead of New York, and Washington, and Shanksville. Endorsed, Sen. McCain. Exploited, Sen. McCain. Trademarked, Sen. McCain by you.

And yet of course the exact moment in which Sen. McCain’s Republicans showed the nation exactly how far they have fallen from the Better Angels of Mr. Lincoln’s Nature, came the next night.

The television networks were told that the Convention would pause, early in the evening, when children could still be watching, for a 9/11 Tribute, and they were encouraged to broadcast it.

What we got was not a tribute to the dead of 9/11, nor even a tribute to the responders, or the singularity of purpose we all felt. The Republicans gave us sociological pornography, a virtual snuff film.

Years ago, responsible television networks, to the applause of the nation, and the relief of its mental health authorities, voluntarily stopped showing the most graphic of the images of the World Trade Center, except with the strongest of warnings.

And yet, the Republicans, at their convention, having virtually seized control of the cable news operations, showed the worst of it.

This is all anyone with a conscience can show you of what the Republicans showed you. The actual collapse of the smoking towers.

A fleeting image of what might have been a victim leaping to his death from a thousand feet up. And something new. From this angle, ground-level, perfectly framed, images, of the fireball created when the second plane hit the second tower.

It was terrifying. After all its object was to terrify. Not to commemorate, not to call for unity, not to remember the dead. But to terrify.

To open again the horrible wounds, to brand the skin of this nation with the message — as hateful as the terrorists’ own, that you must vote Republican or this will happen again and you will die.

And just in case that was not enough, to also dishonestly and profanely conflate 9/11 with the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis, to stoke the flames of paranoia about another Middle Eastern Nation.

This was a 9/11 Tribute. Not to the dead, nor to the unity. But a tribute to how valuable 9/11 has been as a political tool for the Republican Party. 9/11... (TM.)

Sen. McCain, you had promised us a clean campaign. You could be Snow-White the rest of the way, Sir, yet that manipulative videotape from your convention should tar you always in the minds of decent Americans.

And still, as this seventh 9/11 (TM) approaches that, Sir, is not the worst of your contributions to the utter politicizing of a day that should be sacrosanct to all of us.

Hard to believe, but the Senator has done worse with 9/11 and the evil behind it.

We heard it last week in Minnesota, we’ve heard it off and on since January but Senator McCain said it most concisely in June.

“Look,” he said. “I know the area, I’ve been there, I know wars, I know how to win wars, and I know how to improve our capabilities so that we will capture Osama bin Laden — or put it this way, bring him to justice. We will do it. I know how to do it.”

Sen. McCain seems to be quite serious, that he and he alone, not the CIA, nor the U.S. Military, nor the current President can capture bin Laden.

Thus we must take him at his word, that this is no mere ludicrous campaign boast.

We must assume Sen. McCain truly believes he is capable of doing this, and has been capable of doing this, since last January. “We will capture Osama bin Laden… we will do it. I know how to do it.”

Well then, Senator, you’d better go and do it hadn’t you?

Because, Sir, if a man or woman in this nation, Democrat or Republican, had a clear and effective means of capturing or killing Osama bin Laden…

If that person had been advertising his claim, Senator for eight months.

But if that person not only refused to go to responsible authorities in government and advise them of this plan to catch bin Laden, but further announced he would not even begin to enact this secret plan to corral the world’s most hated man until the end of next January.

What would be your description of such an individual, Senator? Charlatan? Do-nothing? Opportunist? Sen. McCain, if you have, if you have had a means of capturing Osama bin Laden, and you do not immediately inform some responsible authority of the full scope of that plan, you are to some degree great or small aiding and abetting Osama bin Laden.

If you could assist in capturing him now, Sen. McCain, but you have chosen not to you, Sir, have helped Osama bin Laden stay free.

Free to inspire and supervise the terrorists. Free to plan or execute attacks here.

You, Sir, are blackmailing some portion of the American electorate into voting for your party, by promising to help in the capture of bin Laden only if you are made president!

I’d rather win an election than catch bin Laden! No more cynical calculation has ever been made in this nation’s history, Sir. If you lose the election, Senator, are you not going to tell the President-Elect?

Are you intending to keep this a secret until the next election and your party’s next nominee? Senator, as you and your Republicans shed your phony, crocodile, opportunistic tears tomorrow on 9/11 TM, in front of the utterly disingenuous banner “Country First,” the fact is, you have shown that it is John McCain first, and the country last.

The fact is, Sir, by holding out on your secret plan to catch bin Laden by searing those images into our collective wounded American psyche at your nomination last week, terrorists are not what you, John McCain, fight. Terrorists are what you, John McCain, use.

McCain's Third Party Competition

Yes, it's satire, but really, this actually isn't that far from the real world--this guy's not a heckova lot different from Fred Thompson or McCain. None of them fancy schmancy three-syllable words...straight talk!

From The Onion.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

In Honor of the RNC...

...a couple of songs by Randy Newman.

Interestingly, this first song "Political Science" was made into a little video (not this one) by a poster on YouTube. He apparently didn't understand the satiric intent of the song and presented the video as a screed AGAINST THE LEFT(!). Just goes to show you that in a country where absurd extremes are the norm, irony and satire are dead, and probably says something about the attitudes of a lot of nutcases on the right.

"Rednecks" don't just live in the South....

Friday, August 29, 2008

Barack Obama: "Enough!"

Barack Obama accepts the nomination for President at the Democratic National Convention.

"...the record's clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush ninety percent of the time. Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than ninety percent of the time? I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a ten percent chance on change."
-Barack Obama

Al Gore: "It's Time for a Change"

Al Gore talks about why your vote matters at the Democratic National Convention.

"Eight years ago, some said there was not much difference between the nominees of the two major parties and it didn’t really matter who became president. Our nation was enjoying peace and prosperity, and some assumed we would continue both, no matter the outcome. But here we all are in 2008, and I doubt anyone would argue now that election didn’t matter."
-Al Gore

Bill Clinton: "Barack Obama is Ready to be President"

Bill Clinton talks about Barack Obama's qualifications to be the next President at the Democratic National Convention.

"People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than the example of our power."
-Bill Clinton

Hillary Clinton: "No Way, No How, No McCain"

Hillary Clinton urges her supporters to get behind Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention.

"We don't have a moment to lose or a vote to spare. Nothing less than the fate of our nation and the future of our children hangs in the balance."
-Hillary Clinton

The Public vs. John McCain

Video by Cartright Dale.

A Comparison of the McCain and Obama Tax Plans

Income and Wealth Inequality in the US

Working people are working harder and longer, resulting in greater productivity and thus greater company profits. Yet workers incomes have been flatlined or declined for years, benefits are being taken away, and the cost of living is skyrocketing. Oftentimes these workers are getting laid off or having their jobs sent overseas. Meanwhile CEO compensation has gone through the roof exponentially over the years. Yet Republicans continue to give new tax cuts every year to these wealthiest Americans. This was one of the first things the Bush administration did once it got into power claiming it was necessary to "stimulate the economy". Seven years later we're still waiting for the trickle to come down.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont breaks it down here:

The Oreo Cookie Cartoon

Here's a little flash cartoon by True Majority about our country's spending priorities. Using Oreo cookies. It's a little dated. But you get the general idea.