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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Occupy Lexington's 1 year anniversary

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Samuel L. Jackson has a message for you about Obama

Thursday, September 20, 2012

So this is what a panicked party looks like going into October:

Because the conspiracy is just that big...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Bernie Sanders on Bill Moyers

Bernie Sanders on the Independent in Politics from on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Romney talks about investing in Chinese slave labor

What a great guy to invest in such a system!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Obama's "sugar rush" Romney's rout and it's only September

I'm no longer working in politics, but, here's a non-emotional numbers/ground game wrap up for you. 

Having worked in several losing campaigns I can tell you Obama has Romney on the ropes, no candidate swings wildly at another candidates clear strength (Obama leads on foreign policy) Jack Conway did the same thing going after Rand Paul in 2010 with that goofy Aqua Buddha ad, Romney's campaign is sweating and their position is only getting worse.

First of all, if you live in Kentucky view this race as something entirely out of your control (maybe except for donating money to the candidates). Kentucky is solidly red and will be one of the first states called for Romney come November. 

Kentuckians the swing states are all that count. Your vote in the presidential race is inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.

Romney is in panic mode at this point as should be expected. No Republican has won a Presidential race in 88 years without winning Ohio and even after saturating the state with ads and (until last month) retaining a good lead in fundraising, Romney can't even match even in the polls (and this was prior DNC).

Romney's abandoned Michigan as well as Pennsylvania because Obama's number there are solid as well. Both campaigns are diving into Wisconsin. This leaves a wider birth for Obama and a smaller one for Romney to hit the magic 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

You're seeing the mood sour in the Republican circle with the talking heads 2 months before the election (and that's a very bad sign).

Unless something on par with another financial crisis hits, or Obama is caught eating a baby 2012 is over and Obama will get a second term.

That being said, Kentuckians.  You need to vote your progressive candidates in on the local level.  They're going to matter just as much, if not more than your President and Congress.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A day to remember, but a day to think as well

Least we forget that far too many of us (including the person writing this) turned off thinking after 9/11.  Bin Laden is dead but did he completely lose?

We did exactly what he wanted, by invading Afghanistan and Iraq.  Bin Laden said the United States was an empire and he proved it when we went to war with Iraq, a country that never attacked the United States but was full of oil.

The Bush administration was the zenith of a neo-conservative movement that was led by blundering idiocy and arrogance. Starting wars of aggression padded with propaganda against a fearful American populous.

The writing was on the wall years before the 9/11 attacks, it took a special negligent administration not to stop them as a New York Times piece entitled The Deafness Before the Storm, via NYT:

That is, unless it was read in conjunction with the daily briefs preceding Aug. 6, the ones the Bush administration would not release. While those documents are still not public, I have read excerpts from many of them, along with other recently declassified records, and come to an inescapable conclusion: the administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed. In other words, the Aug. 6 document, for all of the controversy it provoked, is not nearly as shocking as the briefs that came before it.

The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that “a group presently in the United States” was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be “imminent,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible.

But some in the administration considered the warning to be just bluster. An intelligence official and a member of the Bush administration both told me in interviews that the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat. Intelligence officials, these sources said, protested that the idea of Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist, conspiring with Mr. Hussein, an Iraqi secularist, was ridiculous, but the neoconservatives’ suspicions were nevertheless carrying the day.

In response, the C.I.A. prepared an analysis that all but pleaded with the White House to accept that the danger from Bin Laden was real.--"  *REST IS HERE

PBS Frontline's piece, The Man Who Knew:

Watch The Man Who Knew on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Why I'm Voting Obama in 2012

Most of my close friends likely assume that my support for Obama was never in doubt.  After all, I worked my heart out for him in 2008, have sported his '08 campaign gear around town from time to time, and have had mostly good things to say about his presidency in public.  It has not, however, been a foregone conclusion.  I have privately flirted with third parties, I have made some sharp comments about his presidency from time to time, and have been active in non-electoral activism throughout his presidency.  I have serious issues with the guy: the failure to close Guantanamo Bay (yes, I know, Republican obstructionism, etc. etc.), I felt that for all of the good in it the Affordable Care Act was ultimately a giveaway to the health insurance industry, and I have seen him make woefully few attempts to rein in American imperialism abroad.

Nevertheless, I realize that we face an important election, and I cannot in good conscience allow Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to take the reins of power.  The following are the three primary reasons I will be voting for President Obama in November:

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Why women don't need birth control

When there's a great alternative! "Legitimate Rape!"