iVote Mobile 2008–Obama has a 42 Point Lead

August 21st, 2008 by Steve O

It’s really no secret that geeks lean heavily towards Obama but this is a pretty cool app that was just released for the iPhone. Download it now from the apps store for free and have fun.

With thousands of users downloading and using the iVote Mobile polling and social networking application on the first day of its release, Obama has a decisive lead over McCain.

Using the revolutionary location awareness system built into the iPhone, iVote Mobile is able to relate poll data and subsequent discussions to geographic location on a global, national, regional and local basis. When taking the entire world’s opinion into consideration, iVote users put Obama ahead by 42 points. And while Oklahoma users still have McCain with a slight majority, swing states such as Colorado and Florida remain very close.

Seriously, if you are into this stuff it is very cool. I’ll be voting on things at least once a day.

Uniquely American — Uniquely Bush/McCainisms

August 21st, 2008 by Steve O

Does she get any sleep? I wonder where that woman is today? I wonder if she has a home? I wonder if she’s happy with her choice of president? I wonder if she’s voting McCain?

We can all rest easy tonight knowing McCain has 7+ homes he can’t remember but deserves because he was a POW.

I wonder what will end up being McCain’s “let them eat cake” moment?

John McCain Cannot Remember How Many Houses he Owns

August 21st, 2008 by Steve O

The Obama camp helps him count to seven.

On a side note, every freedom loving liberal female should own a pair of these.

UPDATE: McCain’s camp defends his statement by making us remember he was a POW:

“The reality is they have some investment properties and stuff. It’s not as if he lives in ten houses. That’s just not the case,” Rogers said. “The reality is they have four that actually could be considered houses they could use.”

Those four include an apartment in Arlington, a ranch in Sedona, and two condos, in California and Phoenix, he said. The others include “some investment properties and things like that.”

He also added: “This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years — in prison,” referring to the prisoner of war camp that McCain was in during the Vietnam War.

Excellent. McCain has now come out with a comprehensive POW/Veteran plan.

Talk about smoke and mirrors…Jesus H. Christ give me a break!

August 21st, 2008 by Dusty

Courtesy of the BlackCommentator.com

The GOP, and by proxy, John McCain are pointing to the wealthiest county in all of the U.S. as a means to prove our economy is just fucking ducky and NAFTA works. David Sirota’s “Trade Report” for OurFuture.org has some simply friggin amazing stuff in it. From the linkage above:

The New York Times Magazine this week publishes an article by David Leonhardt attempting to explain Barack Obama’s fundamental economic ideology. To echo Philip Seymour Hoffman in Almost Famous, “it’s a think-piece about a mid-level band struggling with their own limitations in the harsh face of stardom.” And, indeed, many of its passages should make Wall Streeters wet themselves. Within the first nine paragraphs, for instance, Leonhardt bills Citigroup Chairman Bob Rubin the “center,” despite his deregulatory and pro-NAFTA policies lying far outside the center of American public opinion. That said, the article provides some interesting insights into what Obama will - and will not - do as president.

Another gem, The Roanoke Times has an article up that explores how Obama is stumping in one of the worst hit cities with regard to NAFTA in VA, and how the Rethugs are taunting him to come talk about the horrors of NAFTA in, of all places, Fairfax County.

I lived in Fairfax county. It IS the top rated city for rich folks, believe me. With it’s close proximity to DC, just over the river, Fairfax residents, for the most part, LOVE the shit out of NAFTA. Rethug Tommy Davis is retiring but lobbed out this tidbit with regard to Fairfax county and NAFTA:

“What would be courageous is to come to Fairfax County, where you have 362 foreign-owned companies and tens of thousands of employees with foreign-owned firms … and take the same stand up here,” said Davis, who is retiring from Congress. (emphasis mine)

The operative word there is ‘foreign-owned’. Not American-owned..fucking foreign. Evidently that irony escapes the Republicans..as Sirota notes:

Besides the tone deafness of holding up foreign-owned firms as proof of a solid domestic economy, Davis forgot to mention that according to Forbes magazine, Fairfax County has long been the wealthiest county in the United States - a place where the median (the median!) household income is over $100,000 a year. The county is home to many of the millionaire corporate lobbyists that have been instrumental in the passage of rigged trade deals. Davis citing Fairfax County today as proof that trade policies are working for the vast majority of the country would be like FDR citing the Rockefeller family during the Great Depression as proof that the economy was working for most Americans.

Love it, especially the last line. The next part is sure to jack some jaws. Obama is ass-kissing some of the worst of the worst on Wall Street, namely the same captains of industry that oppose changing NAFTA one iota. From Sirota again:

As reported last week, Obama’s campaign is quietly courting the same CEOs that oppose trade policy reform. While there are certainly huge differences on trade between Obama and McCain’s stated positions, the two campaigns are both being advised by top executives from UBS, one of the largest investment banks in the world. Indeed, the McCain campaign continues to solicit advice from UBS vice-chairman Phil Gramm, while the Obama campaign has long been shaped by Gramm’s UBS boss, Robert Wolf. That kind of Wall Street influence will likely make a fair trade agenda much more difficult in 2009.

Make it difficult? Hell, it will make change impossible dude. The final subject tackled by Sirota in his piece is the much-hated (by me anyway) DLC and their bullshit express:

Ripping a page straight out of George W. Bush’s playbook, the Democratic Leadership Council this week attempted to justify its corporate sponsors’ trade agenda by writing a Wall Street Journal op-ed insisting that NAFTA-style trade deals fight Islamic terrorism. Yes - you read that right, and the DLC wasn’t joking. They really want America to believe that passing trade deals that are unpopular both here and abroad is the way to stop Al Qaeda.

In fact, the BBC’s landmark 2008 poll undercuts the DLC’s fact-free rhetoric with hard data. The survey of international opinion shows widespread unease with the United States’ trade and globalization policies - and that unease is particularly acute in the Middle East, where the DLC claims that NAFTA-style policies will stop terrorism.

As I have said before and I will scream it again…the DLC is not our friend. Never has been and never will be people. To say NAFTA will stop terrorism is fucking outrageous and yes, George Bush-league material. One only needs to look at the economy in Mexico to see that NAFTA hasn’t done squat for the common man and woman there. Oh, but the drug cartels are flourishing.

Tags: David Sirota DLC,

Crossposted at Leftwing Nutjob.

Who watches the watchers?

August 21st, 2008 by Steve O

Here is a perfect response to all the freedom loving neocons out there that respond to our invasion of privacies with “if you did nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide” bullshit.

If you are a neocon or a closet neocon this is a must read. Our privacy is a God (if there is one) given right. If there is no God it’s a human right and no one, under threat of harm or otherwise, has a right to take it away from you.

McCain and Ralph Reed Connection

August 20th, 2008 by Papamoka

Does the name Jack Abramoff ring a bell to you? How about his buddy and business partner Ralph Reed of Georgia? If those names don’t seem familiar then let me tell you about them. These two guys worked as high power lobbyist with Republican members of the Congress and lavished them with gifts, trips, and anything they wanted to get legislation passed. When it came to the Senate investigation of Jack Abramoff, Ralph Reed, and the corruption they instilled in the Congress John McCain led the Senate in that investigation and did nothing when it came to the all powerful Ralph Reed. Hmmm, wonder why? Over at You Tube they have this possible answer…

Follow the money and you find where the candidate over on the right side of the aisle has his loyalties and John McCain is all about the money. When it comes to dirty money, McCain has only one response, how much have you got and when can I get my hands on it! McCain is dirty and the money trail from big oil to Ralph Reed proves it. Talking patriotism and what you want to hear can cost tons of cash and McCain would make a deal with the devil to get the money he needs to get the Oval Office.

Realistically, McCain is about as believable in his positions on many issues as an Exxon Executive is about cutting the cost of oil. Those thoughts just don’t mesh but McCain is taking in tons of cash from Exxon for toting the political line they want to hear. Now Ralph Reed is raising millions for the favors granted by the Senator and paying the debt off. Then again there is this other video from You Tube and McCain hypocrisy…

You be the judge.

Papamoka

Originally posted at Papamoka Straight Talk

President Bush: “Taiwan is Part of China!”

August 20th, 2008 by Tom Harper

George W. Bush interrupted his vacation in Crawford for a photo op in Orlando, FL at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. He told them: “The breakaway province of Taiwan is part of China! The United States of America will continue to support Mainland China.”

Oh wait — Georgia, not China. Doh! OK, let’s see now…the Chinese had better keep their grubby mitts off their breakaway region of Taiwan, or else! And the United States will help the Georgian government do whatever they need to do — whatever it takes! — to strangle South Ossetia and Abkhazia into submission. Fuck ‘em where they breathe! OK, I get it now.

Pat Buchanan brings up a scary thought. Yes, that Pat Buchanan, the racist xenophobe who wants to turn the clock back to the 1800s. When he’s right, he’s right. A broken clock is still right twice a day.

If Georgia had already been a member of NATO — as the Bush Administration was pushing for — when this civil war started, guess where the United States would be fighting right now, as we speak. Georgia’s NATO membership would have forced us to send American soldiers to Georgia, so they could fight against Russian soldiers.

Oh boy, war with Russia!!! No, that’s not an earthquake you feel. It’s the simultaneous orgasm of every rightwing mouthbreathing chickenhawk in the country.

Pat Buchanan says:

“If the Russia-Georgia war proves nothing else, it is the insanity of giving erratic hotheads in volatile nations the power to drag the United States into war… had George W. Bush prevailed and were Georgia in NATO, U.S. Marines could be fighting Russian troops over whose flag should fly over a province of 70,000 South Ossetians who prefer Russians to Georgians.”

Somebody, somewhere please put the brakes on that psycho in the White House.