"I am not worried, Harry," said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. "I am with you."
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Paul Newman is gone. Sad. I went to the Internet Movie Database and searched for his movies. Turns out I didn't see as many Newman movies as I thought I had. Maybe that's a good thing. I'll have the rest of my life to watch his movies and they will be new to me.
Beautiful blue eyes. The kind you get lost in. A screen presence that defied age. It's like you could see into the inside of him. So handsome in this picture.
150 million in charitable donations and counting. I'm gonna buy some Newman's Own Spaghetti Sauce next week. I don't know why I didn't buy it before.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Okay...I watched the debate. I saw pretty much what the polls showed. Obama held his own, McCain got in his war stories, and it was pretty much a tie. Both displayed some knowledge of foreign affairs, and both expressed very different ideas on how to proceed forward from here.
Grandpa McCain seemed so angry at times...and kept saying that he wasn't Mr. Congeniality back in Washington. Sure proved it to me! I felt more at ease listening to Obama when he spoke because he was very cogent, affable and stuck pretty close to the time frames given to him.He also didn't interrupt. He raised his hand a bit in a wave to the moderator. Dignified. McCain rattled on more and was rather mean at times. He looked kinda surly and kept addressing the moderator instead of Obama or the camera. It's like they forgot to tell him HE HAS TO CONNECT with people.
(read: HEY YOU KIDS GET OUTTA MY YARD!!!!)
HE wouldn't even look at Obama let alone engage him in the debate...what's up with THAT?
He IS a bit of an "odd duck" to quote McYapper.
Anyhow. Part one is done. Looking forward to Palin... who must memorize all her Cliff notes before next Thursday. If she is as bad as she was in the Couric Interview, it won't be pretty.
And who goofed up by forgetting GRANDPA'S FLAG PIN?
Friday, September 26, 2008
In case you haven't seen this.... it was a real toss up to me as to what was scarier. Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric or this African pastor praying over her in this strange voice to bring money to her campaign...and KEEP HER SAFE FROM WITCHCRAFT.
You can't make this up. I kept thinking this had to be a spoof video or something... but it is not.
It is an African "Pastor" praying over Sarah Palin at her church. See the video yourself. It is about a minute and a half into the dialogue.
If you didn't see the Katie Couric interview segments, you missed out. It is kinda like passing a car wreck... you HAVE to look. She is in SOOOO far over her head.
COURIC: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.
PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our– our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They’re in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia–
COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?
PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We– we do– it’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is– from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to– to our state.
OH MY..... PUTIN REARS HIS HEAD??????? Beam me up Scottie.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Hard to believe that two weeks ago all the right wingers cared about was making an issue out of "lipstick on a pig." Yet another distraction from the real issues. (Who can forget McCain's campaign advisor saying the election was no longer ABOUT issues?)
Obama is so genuine in this clip. Funny, animated, yet clearly showing a grasp of what is going on and why we need change in this country--- particularly at the end... in the last minute or so, when he talked about the economy. He certainly was not raving about how "fundamentally sound" it is,(snark),like McCain has repeated over and over again.
Have we learned nothing from 8 long years with Bush? Repeating something doesn't necessarily make it true.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
John and Cindy McCain: 13 cars
Barack and Michelle Obama: 1 car
What have we learned? Last time out we learned that multiple homes, being married to the Anheuser-Busch fortune, and having millions of dollars does not make John McCain elite.
Keep in mind that Cindy McCain's worth has been estimated at $100 million. All that beer has given McCain the fruits of wealthy lifestyle.... i.e. private jets, vacation homes, and those 13 cars -- even if the millions remain in her name--- but he is not elite. (Kept, maybe?)....
Spending 26 years in Washington government circles, didn't make him elite. Just ask him. He's not elite.... that other guy is. The one with one car, who came from modest means and managed to get a degree from Harvard.
Isn't all this silly?
What a week. Wall Street falling apart, the stock market in freefall...and an unheard of almost TRILLION dollar bailout...if all this is scary for the people who understand it, think of how scary it is for us folks who DON'T understand it and assume someone was paying attention at the top.
Too often we just go on with our lives letting someone else take the wheel, and we just watch the scenery go past. I could use this space to hurl blame at someone, but I'm not. I've heard enough talking heads on the Sunday Shows telling me that greed and deregulation are to blame. We can rail at the scam artists in the mortgage industry, or criticize the speculators, or the people lying about incomes to get homes that were far above their means, but what good will this all do now?
We are already on track to lose a million jobs in the country this year. And this financial crisis has the potential to make it worse. Hopefully the Treasury Secretary knows what the hell he's doing with this bailout. It's a crap shoot really. The muckety-mucks say this may work/might not....and temper their words with with a lot of mumbo jumbo.
-As a final thought...do you think President Bush has a secret calendar under his desk? You know, marking off the days till he can go back and clear brush at the ranch and forget these eight long years ever happened. . . .
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Leonard Cohen's song-featuring the movie McCabe and Mrs. Miller. There are actually three of his songs in the movie.
It's beautiful, really.
In June 2008, AFI revealed its "Ten top Ten"—the best ten films in ten "classic" American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. McCabe & Mrs. Miller was acknowledged as the eighth best film in the western genre.
One tip though: Watch it 'full screen' because the video itself seems dark. So if you click the little box on the right-bottom of the video screen to watch it full size it helps.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Treasury Secretary: CLAMPETT WITHDRAWAL TRIGGERS MARKET COLLAPSE. MR. DRYSDALE ON SUICIDE WATCH
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said yesterday that the collapse of financial markets worldwide occurred as a result of the withdrawal of the Clampett fortune from the Beverly Hills Commerce Bank in Beverly Hills, California.
The withdrawal sent shock waves throughout the global economy, sending Lehman Brothers into bankruptcy and triggering the sale of Merrill Lynch to Bank of America.
(Every once in a while, the Carbolic Smog Ball comes through with a good laugh. I sure need one. Click on their link for the full story.)
Feeling a bit nervous about Wall Street? Worried about your own finances? Your job?
There are you Republicans out there who won't watch this. And you will miss a rational person discussing our nation's problems, and pointing us toward solutions.
An open mind is all that is required here. There are no cheap shots, no distortions, no lies in the this video. Just a simple statement.
As for me, I feel we need to focus on the issues--- and discuss things in a more civil way and forget moosehunting and the hockey mom. To quote Kate Clinton... "Let L’Oreal come out with a new line of pig lipstick. I don’t care."
We need someone who can actually run this country.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I came across this today and just had to share it. It's easy to play. Just go to the site and click on the game board to make it bigger and print it out. All you do is watch your favorite news show
and "just get some tokens, watch the reporting, and mark off every scandal or horrifying policy position that gets mentioned!"
Heed the warning:
NOTE: One game of SARAH PALIN BINGO should take one hour on MSNBC, three hours on CNN, and up to a month or more on FOX News.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
It never ceases to amaze me how gullible people are. Or how quickly someone will sell out his own principles. John McCain's betting that Americans are basically shallow, stupid and lazy. Too lazy to go and find the truth themselves. I can only hope he is wrong.
I can't say all this any better than Tony Norman did this week, in his column, Where Have You Gone John McCain?:
Even if you're able to repeat your predecessor's trick of fooling enough of the voters to prevail in November, you'll spend the rest of your days in the hole you've fallen into, John McCain. Like Marlowe's Faustus or Robert Johnson selling his soul to become the greatest blues guitarist of his time, you've become a prisoner of the very devils you've employed.
Where is the honor in reciting lies for something as transient as political advantage? What are we as voters supposed to make of political ads that accuse Barack Obama of advocating sex education for kindergartners? Are we supposed to believe your campaign's repeated assertions that Sarah Palin opposed the "bridge to nowhere" along with the earmarks connected to it? More than a dozen news organizations have already demolished this myth.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I really didn't mean for this to be an everyday thing. But if the lies continue at this pace, my whole blog will be devoted to debunking them. What I can't understand is why she and McCain aren't being held more accountable. They just repeat them and repeat them........
Appearing on “The View” (Friday) Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) falsely claimed that Sarah Palin never requested earmarks as the governor of Alaska. “Not as governor she didn’t,” McCain told Barbara Walters after she noted Palin “took some earmarks”:
WALTERS: What is she going to reform specifically, senator?
MCCAIN: Well, first of all, earmark spending, which she vetoed a half a billion dollars worth in the state of Alaska.
WALTERS: She also took some earmarks there.
BEHAR: A lot.
MCCAIN: No, not as governor she didn’t, she vetoed…
WALTERS: As Mayor.
MCCAIN: Well, look, the fact is that she was a reform governor.
Continued from Thinkprogress.org
McCain’s claim that Palin never accepted earmarks as the governor of Alaska is divorced from reality. In fact, she actively sought them:
– Though Palin did reduce Alaska’s earmark requests, “in her two years in office, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation.”
– In March 2008, Palin wrote an op-ed in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, saying that her “role at the federal level is simply to submit the most well-conceived earmark requests we can” and that her reduction of requests was a response “to the changing circumstances in Congress.”
– In February 2008, Palin’s office sent Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) “a 70-page memo outlining almost $200 million worth of new funding requests for the state.”
– In her most recent earmark requests, “Palin requested millions of federal dollars for everything from improving recreational halibut fishing to studying the mating habits of crabs and the DNA of harbor seals.”
As ThinkProgress has noted, Palin has requested earmarks of the very type that McCain routinely mocks while on the campaign trail. As Walters pointed out, Palin was also a big fan of congressional pork as the Mayor of Wasilla, even hiring a lobbyist to help secure them.
Friday, September 12, 2008
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska, Sept. 11 -- Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would "defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans."
The idea that the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein helped al-Qaeda plan the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a view once promoted by Bush administration officials, has since been rejected even by the president himself. But it is widely agreed that militants allied with al-Qaeda have taken root in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
This woman appears to lie at every turn. So I've decided to do my part and shine light on these lies as I find them. The video tells the real story on the Bridge to Nowhere.. and the Jet (which she did NOT sell on EBAY). Oh...and that cook she supposedly fired...
Read more about the Bridge to Nowhere at the Wall Street Journal.
(snip)But Gov. Palin's claim comes with a serious caveat. She endorsed the multimillion dollar project during her gubernatorial race in 2006. And while she did take part in stopping the project after it became a national scandal, she did not return the federal money. She just allocated it elsewhere.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
-Despite Hagee's professed "Christian Zionist" beliefs and public support for the state of Israel, Hagee has made statements that some have interpreted as antisemitic, including blaming the Holocaust on Jews, stating that Adolf Hitler carried out a divine plan to lead Jews to form the modern state of Israel, blaming Jews for the death of Jesus, calling liberal Jews "poisoned" and "spiritually blind," and stating that the preemptive nuclear attack on Iran that he favors will lead to the deaths of most Jews in Israel.
In his book, Jerusalem Countdown: A Warning to the World, Hagee interprets the Bible to predict that Russia and the Islamic states will invade Israel and will be destroyed by God. This will cause the antichrist, the head of the European Union, to create a confrontation over Israel between China and the West. A final battle between East and West at Armageddon will then precipitate the Second Coming of Christ.
He said in 2006, "I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are -- were recipients of the judgment of God for that. The newspaper carried the story in our local area, that was not carried nationally, that there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came."
In 2007, Hagee stated that he does not believe in global warming, and he also said that he sees the Kyoto Protocol as a conspiracy aimed at manipulating the U.S. economy. Also, Hagee has condemned the Evangelical Climate Initiative, an initiative "signed by 86 evangelical leaders acknowledging the seriousness of global warming and pledging to press for legislation to limit carbon dioxide emissions."
Hagee calls literature such as J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter contemporary witchcraft.
Hagee is the President and CEO of John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts his national radio and television ministry carried in the United States on 160 TV stations, 50 radio stations and eight networks, including The Inspiration Network (INSP) and Trinity Broadcasting Network.
The ministries can be seen and heard weekly in 99 million homes.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
It struck me as ironic that on the same day as I'm watching this telethon, I read where the Bush administration pledged one billion dollars...(say it like Doctor Evil ...ONE...BILLION...DOLLARS..... to aid Georgia. (yeah... the one OVER THERE provoking Russia.) Why is my tax money bailing them out? I don't really understand how a billion dollars can be sent there...like writing a check...hey, a billion dollars is still a billion dollars. Why not a billion more for cancer research?
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Crooks and Liars --Link with more on this astute knowledge of VP nominee Sarah Palin:
GIBSON: Can you honestly say you feel confident having someone who hasn’t
traveled outside the United States until last year, dealing with an insurgent Russia, with an Iran with nuclear ambitions, with an unstable Pakistan, not to mention the war on terror?
MCCAIN: Sure. And one of the key elements of America’s national security requirements are energy. She understands the energy issues better than anybody I know in Washington, D.C., and she understands. Alaska is right next to Russia. She understands that.
You know what? I understand that, too....(snark) See, I looked it up and there it is right on the map. I'm starting to see that it really doesn't take much to become a VP nominee on the Republican ticket. Notice how he skirted over Iran and Pakistan. I guess Palin doesn't know as much about them since they are FAR AWAY.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support," the Palins said.