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McSame's Last Stand

What did everyone think of last night's debate? A lot of CNN analysts were saying right after the debate that they thought McSame gave a good performance and Obama was weak. Polls seem to be showing that Obama won handily. But there were some obvious factual errors from both sides too, as there tends to be in these things. Your thoughts?
So, against my better judgment, we gave Paulson the check for $700 billion dollars and a little extra pork for our congress-critters to take home as a consolation prize to their districts for holding out just a little. Besides the obvious continuation of the market mess, there is another story developing which worries me a great deal.

Henry Paulson, former CEO of Goldman Sachs has picked his former Executive Investment Banker and now Under Secretary Neel Kashkari as the purse holder. This is hardly unexpected in terms of how our government and corporate banking sectors have worked for years. But I was hoping that our congress would enforce some oversight and prevent this blatant cronyism where in the Goldman Sachs boys get to play free for all with OUR money.

I've called my congress-critters, all three, but I doubt even with two of them voting against the bill, that they'll hold Paulson's feet to the fire and make him find someone both competent (I question Kashkari's competency), and not quit so obviously biased towards one organization. I suggest calling your congress-critters and asking them why Paulson is allowed to just appoint someone without their oversight and approval.

One article concerning this event is here, while another from the WSJ is found here

Some cross posting may follow.

Community Business

Back at the end of August, I mentioned that I would be pruning the membership list to rid us of abandoned journals, spam, and so forth. Slowly, over the last month, I've gotten through the entire membership list. Now, I didn't delete anyone who has just been quiet--I realize that some people like to lurk and that's fine. What I deleted were the journals that were obviously spam or hadn't been updated at all in two or three years, etc.

I took care as best I could to not remove anyone where there was a chance they might still be here. If I somehow managed to delete anyone by mistake--oops, sorry about that! Join again if you'd like and I'll approve you.

To answer a question I've gotten, this is likely a one-time thing because I noticed there was an excess of spam and abandoned journals. There's not going to be any posting/commenting requirements to be in the community or anything like that.

However, membership requests ARE moderated and I do not intend to be letting a lot of conservatives and/or Republicans join. While I value all points of view and enjoy a good debate as much as anyone, I don't want this community to end up full of right-wing trolls who dominate the discussion, as seems to have happened in liberal.

Also...still working on the community info page, which I expect to be a work in progress. What I'm largely working on now is adding new links. So...if anyone has a suggestion for a link they'd like to see on the info page, please let me know. Blogs, reference sites, etc. I'm especially interested in the little nooks and crannies of the web that are not as obvious and well-known as, say, DailyKos. For example, one reference I've used a lot lately is the election site FiveThirtyEight.com.

Perhaps a list of links to the websites of progressive/Democratic candidates for office would be useful?

Anyone interested in co-moderating the community, let me know that too.

And welcome to those who have just joined us recently: mindrtist, lena_allen, georgprime, esotericaxxx, and probably a couple others I've missed.

I may be the maintainer, but this community belongs to all of you. Ideas, suggestions, information, requests...let me know, either with a comment or a post or an email.

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Enjoy the rest of your week!

How much is $700 billion?

The short answer: a lot. The long answer: depends on how you look at it.

Whatever your viewpoint, here's how $700 billion - the figure inked in the initial dead-in-the-water government bailout bill for Wall Street - compares to other vast sums.

NASA in fiscal year 2009 will launch several missions into space and pay for hundreds of people to operate a host of space telescopes and even remote robots on Mars and run a PR and media department that puts most large corporations to shame. The agency's budget: $17.6 billion, or 2.5 percent of the bailout sum.

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This past Friday, newspapers in Ohio distributed copies of the Clarion Fund's inflammatory DVD, Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West. Of course, I'm sure that the fact that these DVD's are being distributed in swing states only weeks before the election are simply a coincidence...right.

In any case, the result was that some unknown terrorists sprayed a "chemical irritant" into a mosque full of children in Dayton during a Ramadan prayer service. The article from the Dayton paper seems to downplay the incident, but there's some more extensive coverage over at Daily Kos.

So this is the result of the constant Republican fear-mongering and bigotry we've seen no end to over the past seven years: children attacked with chemical weapons on American soil. It is appalling just how little sense of morality these people truly have. These are innocent children being attacked. But it's not as if the Republicans give a damn, because, hey, there's an election to win and they have to stay in power.

What I want to know is how you McCain and Palin supporters out there--and I know there's quite a few of you reading this--can possibly consider being supportive of a party that's so morally bankrupt that they have no qualms with inflaming the American people against minorities to the point where people are attacking children with chemical weapons. And all to win an election. Power. Greed. To hell with children, to hell with people's lives. I guess this is Republican "family values" for you.

You know what? I hope that when they catch these bastards, the authorities will throw the full weight of our "post-9/11" terrorism laws at them and charge them at the very least with use of a weapon of mass destruction. Come to think of it, maybe we should hold some anti-abortion protesters as enemy combatants too, but that's a topic for another post. If we're going to be tough on terrorists, then let's at least be consistent about it when dealing with the right-wing's own terrorists.

(cross-posted to my personal journal, theleftunited, and ljdemocrats)

Jim Lehrer meme

So you think it's easy to participate in a presidential debate? Below are Jim Lehrer's leading questions for Friday night's debate between Obama and McCain. Copy and paste the questions into an entry on your own journal. Then pretend that you are standing on the stage in place of the candidate you support and give your own answers. In other words, if you're an Obama supporter, you'll be answering as if you are debating McCain and vice versa (if you support another candidate, feel free to debate both of them). And remember that the country is watching--you have to appeal to a broad range of potential voters, not just a few of your own ideologues.

Post a link to the entry with your answers in the comments (I'd love to see what some of you come up with).

(thanks to rpeate for the idea)

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(cross-posted to theleftunited and ljdemocrats)

Palin's Email Hacked

Hackers got into at least one of Governor Palin's Yahoo email accounts, which seems to confirm that she's had a practice of using non-governmental accounts to conduct Alaska state business. Hackers have leaked several of the emails over the Internet.

To add another twist to this story, there have been rumors that Governor Palin is a hacker herself.

I don't know about anyone else, but this definitely reassures me about her ability to handle access to sensitive and classified information if she were to become Vice President.

A New Kind of Politician

She governed Wasilla, and later Alaska, by putting loyal political cronies into government jobs, making loyalty more important than competence.

In asking that the investigation into the firing of Alaska's public safety commissioner be put into the hands of a board that was appointed by the governor, she shows a breathtaking ignorance of the concept of "conflict of interest" while basically investigating herself.

She took Wasilla from having no debt to having over $22 million in debt.

She supports choice for the privileged and family decisions made by government decree for everyone else.

She displays quite an astounding degree of paranoia, seeming to believe that sinister dark forces controlled by nameless liberal elites are lurking everywhere trying to destroy her and her family.

She believes that Iraq is a holy war. She apparently is conceited enough to believe that her privileged family is doing God's work.

Yes, Sarah Palin is a new kind of politician, all right...

...George W. Bush with breasts.

(cross-posted to ljdemocrats)


Meaning of 'High Crimes and Misdemeanors' by Jon Roland, Constitution Society

I post this because in the end this is what matters. This is an assertion of the definition of high Crimes and Misdemeanors. Most of it is concerned with one basic thing: Lying. When you take office for the President of the United States of America, you make a simple statement. Not long, not very fancy, but unequivocal. In doing so you're agreeing to do that which the Constitution demands of you, and to be forthright with the people for whom you are doing it. You are under oath.

Lets throw everything out for a second. All the hype about Obama. All the drooling over Palin. The War record of McCain, and Biden's foreign experience. Let us toss out everything about them right now that we think we know that makes them "qualified". Why? Because in the end only one thing really matters... Will you tell us the truth? Will you abide by your oath, uphold it dutifully and faithfully to the best of your ability.

This is a matter of character, regardless of political persuasion. This is a matter on which we, the voters, must ask: Who has been honest with us? Who is aspiring to keep this oath now? Proving that they are in fact worthy of taking the real oath in 4 months.

All politicians lie. All people lie. It's a fact of humanity. But some do it more than others, and some try and justify it to both themselves and others as being necessary. I ask you now to consider something with me, who in recent weeks has been lying the most? Who has gone against that very core principle of what we are asking them to do in representing us? No records, just the truth.

Being wrong isn't a crime. Committing an error can be grievous, but usually it can be rectified. But lying is deliberate and intentional. In so many words it sums up dishonesty, immorality, unethical, and improper behavior of someone who seeks jobs of prestige. We have laws that will put most of us, including the president, in jail for failing this sacred trust. So why aren't we picking the person who has been the most honest with us?

I don't mean honest in the sense that we feel empathy. I mean honest in the sense of real, verifiable truths. I charge you now to do your fact checking, on all the candidates, and find out who has spent the better part of the last two weeks lying. The media, bless their crooked wayward little souls, have even noticed it for a change. Maybe you should start reminding people of this.

To be president, neither left or right, neither liberal nor conservative, but Honesty to the American People.

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

(Cross posted from my private journal.)

Welcome to New Members.

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to the community to kleios_kiss, tracyraz, xforge, and voicetrack.

Please feel free to post away and throw out ideas for discussion. You might want to check the community guidelines on the user info page if you haven't already.

I hope you enjoy our little community of "community organizers" who aren't small-town church-going Alaskan hockey moms. Oh and most of us like to read books instead of banning them, go figure. Oh well, we might not be the "real Americans" that Alaskan Republicans are, but we do what we can.

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