McCain picks the governor of Alasks, Sarah Palin as his running mate.Â Â She is a 44 year-old mother of five, including an infant daughter with Downs syndrome, she is going to be very hard to attack and she will probably get a lot of the soccer mom vote.
As much as this pains me to say, McCain or more likely Karl Rove made a very good pick.
Obamas’ acceptance speech tonight was pretty amazing, does anyone think McCain can match Obama in terms of promise for theÂ future.Â McCain at best can promise more of the same, he does not have any fresh ideas.Â The best McCain can do is promise to do the same things as Bush only he will do them better.Â
My guess is that a majority of people will not vote for a man who plans to continue the Bush legacy, the problem for McCain is that a large number of Republicans wont vote for a man who admits that Bush and his conservative pals were a complete failure, as many conservatives still think that Bush was a good president.Â Â Â His only flaw was that he didn’t reduce taxes enough or that he didn’t cut enough government programs, or that he didn’t gut enough regulatory agencies.Â The things they don’t like about Bush are the the things thatÂ kept the US from completely imploding.Â Such is the conservative movement, conservatism has been a complete failure but they will always have an excuse for why conservatism failed, and it wont be conservatism failed because conservatism is a failure.Â
McCain is now the leader of a failed political movement, so how does he win an election when by any objective measure everything his movement stands for has been a complete failure?Â He trys to bring liberalism down to the level of conservatism.Â McCain will have to claim that none of Obamas’ policies willÂ work, because we already know hat conservative policies don’t work but maybe he can convince enough people that nothing can fix the problems of America or make the lives of most citizens better.Â So why not vote for the POW since either way it is going to suck.Â That is the conservative campaign and the conservative world view.Â Hopefully Americans willÂ choose a candidate who will strive to make things better, not one who tells Americans to stop whining.Â
I live in Denver and I had hoped to have a few interesting convention insights. Instead about all I have seen are large numbers of police officers almost everywhere and private security guards in most stores. I bought a new phone yesterday and the Verizon store had two guards brought in because of the convention. According to the guard at the store every Verizon location in Colorado has security gaurds for the convention. Someone is making a lot of money off of everyones fears.
Or “no way, no how, no McCain”.Â Hillary’s speech was really good.Â I might take back most of the bad things I said about her during the primary.
My dad is a grumpy old guy who was at best luke-warm towards Obama.Â Now my dad is almost giddy at the idea of voting for Obama/Biden in 08.
Grumpy boomers seem to need one of their own on the ticket.
The new Republican strategy is to drill, drill and drill some more.Â This is supposed to help the economy national security and probably health care.Â My question, is their any oil producing country that is nice to live in?Â This is not completely rhetorical, as far as I know most if not all countries that produce oil as their primary export are autocratic places that have very bad standards of living and our known for human rights abuses.Â Does the US really want to join Saudi Arabia and Iran as oil producing powers.
Conservatives say some dumb ass shit.Â Like “who cares about tire pressure”Â Most of us who drive check our tires occasionally and even change our oil.Â Not conservatives, they drive a car until it gets a flat or needs maintainence and then put it up on blocks in their front yard, where it becomes a home for rodents.Â
Conservatives are no better on most issues than they are on auto maintainence and Obama seems willing to call them out on it.Â Much like when Hillary and McCain said it was foolish to talk with our enemys, Obama had the courage to tell them they were wrong.Â Â Diplomacy works just like car maintainence, and it is about time someone is willing to tell the conservatives what the rest of us already know.
This guy’s case should be known by everyone in the country. Alabama is fucked up! He’s been proven innocent, released after 30+ years in prison, yet the state refuses to compensate him for getting it wrong. He escaped multiple times, so now the state is citing this as the reason why they’re not complying w/ a federal court order to make him whole.
(link) When Pardue was 16, his father killed his mother in Alabama. A year later he stole a car to impress a girlfriend. Pardue’s joyride happened on the night of a local serial killing. When he was arrested for the car theft, he was interrogated by Bill Travis, a detective known for his penchant to beat a correct answer out of suspects. A detective from a nearby county assisted in the interrogation. It lasted 72 hours. Pardue wasn’t allowed to call his grandmother and two attorneys were turned away. Finally, Travis told Pardue that if he confessed to the murders then he would probably be given a cell near his father so he could avenge his mother. Pardue’s trial lasted 2 hours. No fingerprints, blood-stained clothes or witnesses were ever produced. Several lawmen involved in the case eventually proved to be criminals themselves:
- Detective Travis, fired for brutality several months later;
- Detective Bobby Stewart, convicted for conspiracy to smuggle marijuana a few years later;
- Willis Holloway, Mobile County prosecutor, eventually incarcerated for extortion and bribery;
- James Hendrix, Baldwin County prosecutor, also served time for conspiracy to smuggle marijuana.
Pardue escaped three times during his 27 years in prison.
(Glenn Greenwald) The FBI’s lead suspect in the September, 2001 anthrax attacks — Bruce E. Ivins — died Tuesday night, apparently by suicide, just as the Justice Department was about to charge him with responsibility for the attacks. For the last 18 years, Ivins was a top anthrax researcher at the U.S. Government’s biological weapons research laboratories at Ft. Detrick, Maryland, where he was one of the most elite government anthrax scientists on the research team at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease (USAMRIID).