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Monday, June 30, 2008

Daily Show Withdrawal

For those of us suffering through a week of reruns of the Daily Show and Colbert Report, I thought it my duty to post some of my favorite videos from recent shows. Tonight, Stewart's classic examination of the West Virginia voter.

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McCain Launches "Truth Squad" With Swift Boat Vet

From the Huffington Post: Sen. John McCain's campaign on Monday launched the McCain "Truth Squad" - a group of political and Vietnam contemporaries who would counter attacks on the Senator's military record.In hopes of nipping any criticism in the bud, the campaign brought on board a man quite familiar with how these types of attacks gain legs: Bud Day, a fellow POW who was part of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that worked so hard to defame Sen. John Kerry's own Vietnam record.

read more | digg story

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Video: Barack Obama Speech on Patriotism

It's not exactly fireworks, but it gets the job done.

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I F-ing Hate Digg

This is a post for geeky bloggers like me.

I was on digg.com the other day (if you don't know what it is you're missing an entire Internet world that is a part of everything from You Tube to the New York Times) and a gauntlet was thrown down. Stonecipher, one of my favorite diggers, challenged us all to write a post about what we "f-ing hated." He had written a great post entitled "I F-ing Hate Wal-Mart" that went straight to the top of digg. (It's a must read and confirms everything you ever suspected about Wal-Mart)(He is also one of the few people in this world other than myself and my husband who has actually been to Idaho Falls. But that's another story.)

So I submitted my version: I F-ing Hate Digg. Stonecipher was kind enough to post it on his site, The Stonecipher Report. It's a site you have to know about if you're going to know anything about what's going on this political season. So please go check it out! And now...

Here's part of my post "I F-ing Hate Digg":

Hello, my name is dpolitico (well, not really, but I must protect my identity)(especially from diggers)(you know, the ones that love to hate you?) I am addicted to Digg. In the same way a drug addict is filled with self-loathing every time he takes a hit, I find myself totally unable to stop myself from submitting, commenting, digging and/or burying stories.

It has consumed me.

Every day is the same. I write for my blog. I think, "That was the cleverest thing any person has ever said about that specific thing that I just wrote about! I must digg it!" And here is where my day goes off the rails.

You can check out the rest at The Stonecipher Report and please check out the rest of the site while you're there. It's well worth the time and you'll know a lot more than you did going in.
Here's the info again:

The Stonecipher Report
I F-ing Hate Wal-Mart
I F-ing Hate Digg


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Video: Barack Obama New Ad: "Dignity"

Pretty tame and not too interesting. Let's hope he can spice things up down the road.

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Bill Clinton Speaks to Obama, No One's Ass Gets Kissed

Bill Clinton has apparently not stooped to High School level and had a conversation with Obama that did not end with him "kissing" the former President's ass.

According to Ben Smith, the Obama camp put out the following press release today:

Senator Obama had a terrific conversation with President Clinton and is honored to have his support in this campaign. He has always believed that Bill Clinton is one of this nation’s great leaders and most brilliant minds, and looks forward to seeing him on the campaign trail and receiving his counsel in the months to come.
Bill Clinton, for his part, had these tepid, I mean, kind words of Obama:
President Clinton continues to be impressed by Senator Obama and the campaign he has run, and looks forward to campaigning for and with him in the months to come. The President believes that Senator Obama has been a great inspiration for millions of people around the country, and he knows that he will bring the change America needs as our next President.
I can't wait to see that rally and the fake insincere smile we've all come to expect from the former President along with that lip bite as he lies to you.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

U.S. Preparing for War with Iran

I can not even begin to imagine how on earth the President would be able to carry this out. Especially given the current climate in America, the anti-Iraq war sentiment and anger over rising oil costs. Now, a rather large expose in the New Yorker claims that Bush and Cheney have made it their mission to either achieve total disarmament of the only remaining Axis of Evil member, Iran, or have all out war with them. (With what resources??)

Anyway, some of the highlights from the article on CNN:

  • "President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have rejected findings from U.S. intelligence agencies that Iran has halted a clandestine effort to build a nuclear bomb..." Oh, yeah, sure. NOW they reject the findings of the CIA. What's the presentation going to be to the UN this time around? "And here is where we would've shown you slides that had false and misleading information, uh, but this time you'll just have our judgment with no intelligence behind it. Hey, wait a minute..."
  • The Bush administration has launched a "significant escalation" of covert operations in Iran, sending U.S. commandos to spy on the country's nuclear facilities and undermine the Islamic republic's government (this, I believe).
  • Congress has authorized up to $400 million to fund the secret campaign, which involves U.S. special operations troops and Iranian dissidents.
  • Israel, which is believed to have its own nuclear arsenal, conducted a military exercise in the eastern Mediterranean in early June involving dozens of warplanes and aerial tankers.
  • Iran's parliament speaker, Ali Larijani, warned other countries against moves that would "cost them heavily." In comments that appeared in the semi-official Mehr news agency Sunday, an Iranian general said his troops were digging more than 320,000 graves to bury troops from any invading force with "the respect they deserve."
  • The CIA, White House, etc. all deny everything.

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Bill Clinton: Barack Obama must 'kiss my ass'

Someone's still feeling a little bitter and mopey these days. His wife, whom he has rejected more times than I can count, was rejected by the voters for Obama. Now, Bill Clinton is acting like the one who was spurned.

According to the London Telegraph:

[T]he former president's rage is still so great that even loyal allies are shocked by his patronising attitude to Mr Obama, and believe that he risks damaging his own reputation by his intransigence.A senior Democrat who worked for Mr Clinton has revealed that he recently told friends Mr Obama could "kiss my ass" in return for his support.

It has long been known that Mr Clinton is angry at the way his own reputation was tarnished during the primary battle when several of his comments were interpreted as racist.

But his lingering fury has shocked his friends. The Democrat told the Telegraph: "He's been angry for a while. But everyone thought he would get over it. He hasn't. I've spoken to a couple of people who he's been in contact with and he is mad as hell.

"He's saying he's not going to reach out, that Obama has to come to him. One person told me that Bill said Obama would have to quote kiss my ass close quote, if he wants his support.

"You can't talk like that about Obama - he's the nominee of your party, not some house boy you can order around.

"Hillary's just getting on with it and so should Bill."

read more | digg story

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Video: Charles Barkley: Conservatives are Fake Christians



Charles Barkley says what we all wish we could say.

Every time I hear the word conservative it makes me sick to my stomach cause they're really just fake Christians, as I call them. That's all they are, but I'm going to vote Democratic no matter what.

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And you are...

Apparently David Spade was manning the reception desk at the Washing Sports Club the other day when Obama tried to get in for a quick treadmill session. He tried to "slip" past the receptionist without identifying himself or his Secret Service entourage. I kid you not, from CNN:

But the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee did not get far when he and his entourage of Secret Service agents tried to walk past the front desk without stopping, according to the gym's general manager, Gonzalo Perez-Tamayo.

"It's always a rush in the morning, everyone's trying to come in quickly," Perez-Tamayo said. "She asked him for his last name and he said 'Obama,' then she asked him for his first name."

"It was very funny, she then realized who he was and said, 'Oh I am so sorry!" Perez-Tamayo added.

For the record, Obama is a member at the Washington Sports Club gym network.

The Illinois senator did not appear frustrated by the inconvenience, Perez-Tamayo also said, but he probably realized he needs to get a gym card if he wants to avoid the mix up in the future.

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Best of the Colbert Green Screen Challenge







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Obama Campaign Strategy Video

You may recall a strategy video put out by John McCain's campaign earlier this year. Now the Obama campaign has released its own video staring Campaign Manager David Plouffe. As was the McCain video, it's a bit dry.

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New McCain Ad: "Energy Security - Putting Country First"



I really need to get over being impressed with the presentation of these John McCain ads. However, I wonder if people will miss the message and just see the pretty pictures.

His latest ad once again ties our energy crisis to National Security. He's figured out that the economy is the number one issue and the only way that he can look like a candidate that's better able to handle it than Barack Obama is to make it about our national security. That's clearly McCain's strength, and the ad tries to remind us of that by labeling his policy on energy, "Energy Security."

He ends with the tag line, "Putting Country First - McCain" I think that's an interesting and not altogether bad slogan, but one that doesn't translate to much more than a patriotic sentiment.

I have also noticed that most of the new ads for McCain don't have any sound from him. They even wait quite a few beats before having him intone, "I'm John McCain and I approved this message." I think they've figured out that their candidate will never be as slick or cool as Obama so they're trying to make up for it with their campaign ads.

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McCain Doesn't Show Up for Vote, Claims credit for Passing GI Bill he Opposed

From the carpetbaggerreport.com: What does McCain mean by 'we' in this context? “I’m happy to tell you that we probably agreed to an increase in educational benefits..." Claiming credit for a bill you opposed and didn't vote for is the ultimate form of credit claiming and McCain is just the person to go where every person with half a brain would know not to go.

read more | digg story

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McCain: Carter "Lousy" President

From the Department of People Living in Glass Houses: John McCain has gone after President Carter. Apparently, this is part of some bizarre plan they have to link Obama to a President whose administration was so long ago that no one under the age of 40 even remotely recalls and/or cares about unless they were a child like Alex P. Keaton.

From CNN:

John McCain directed his trademark straight talk toward a former president, flatly calling Jimmy Carter a "lousy" commander in chief. But in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun published Friday, McCain was decidedly more blunt than he has been in the past. McCain, who is a proponent of nuclear reprocessing, was asked why he thought Carter was against the process when he was president. "Yes, because Carter was a lousy president," McCain quipped. "This is the same guy who kissed Brezhnev." McCain's comments are in reference to the now famous moment when Carter and then Soviet Union leader Leonid Brezhnev kissed after signing the SALT II treaty in 1979. Both the agreement and the kiss were widely panned by Republicans.
This shows how old and out of touch McCain is with what's going on in the world.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Video: Obama Speaks at Unity Rally







You can see Hillary's speech HERE.

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Video: Hillary Speaks at Unity Rally







You can see Obama's speech HERE.

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Odd Couple on their Way to Unity Rally

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are appearing together at their rally in Unity, NH today. The happy couple waived good-bye to supporters as they boarded the plane this morning. According to CNN:

The former rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination left Washington together Friday morning for the flight to New Hampshire.

They shared a polite kiss on arrival and sat together on the plane.

Do you really have to kiss? Weird. CNN aired exclusive cell phone pictures and video from the private fundraiser last night where Clinton and Obama appeared together.



The rally in Unity will be carried live at 1pmET on CNN and MSNBC.

Update:

Hillary and Obama's speeches are HERE.

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Colbert Report: Congressman Robert Wexler Refuses Copycat Game



Colbert on Congressman Robert Wexler: My first guest from Florida says he's proud to be a liberal. That's what happens when you're out in the sun all day!

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Daily Show Video: North Korea's Downgraded Status



Stewart on decision to remove Iran from Axis of Evil: What's got two legs, a cabinet, and 207 days left to be President. It's Still President George W. Bush. And he remains as committed as ever to his "I don't talk to no terrorists" policy.

(showing bush in Israel saying you can't talk to terrorists)

When it comes to the war on terror Bush is no Neville Chamberlain no weak kneed panty waste English appeaser. He's Wilt Chamberlain dominating the paint, running the give and go, telling the terrorists "No, not in my house!" An then on the weekends he's Richard chamberlain, a simple priest torn between his lover for god and his love for a woman.

So when North Korea, the cute one in the Axis of Evil, tried to put one over on us by giving up the details of their nuclear program. You can imagine our still President stood strong.

(cut to Bush saying he's rescinding his designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terror)

Mr. President, you're going to take the word of a mad man? North Korea's no longer a part of the Axis of Evil? What the hell? There were three countries. Iraq is already out of the Axis, North Korea's out. What's left? A dot of evil? Fixed coordinate of perfidy? North Korea may not be evil. They're not off the hook. They're just being downgraded to a slightly less menacing category. I'm going to go with douchebag gaggle. So the Axis of Evil is no more, just another stupid phrase our President proffered that has gone by the wayside, but don't worry he's got plenty more.

Then Stewart shows the scariest clip, Obama using the same language as Bush when it comes to gas prices: "I'd love to just waive a magic wand...."

Stewart: Why is oil the only commodity that politicians feel like they need magic to resolve? We could lower the price of wheat if only I had the amulet of righteousness. Just because oil's controlled by a bunch of guys in white robes, doesn't make them magic!

(cut to Bush first saying we need to break our addiction to oil, then two years later saying we need to make more oil)

Stewart: So our new energy policy is "I have a cocaine addiction. I'm out of cocaine. Let's say we turn the kids' rooms into cocaineries."

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Gallup Poll: Americans Want Obama, not McCain

A new Gallup Poll says a majority of Americans prefer a candidate whose greatest strength is fixing the economy as opposed to one whose greatest strength is protecting America from terrorism.

56% prefer the "economy fixer" (as W would say) compared to 39% who want a terrorism expert. This favors Obama, obviously, as previous Gallup polls have indicated that Americans trust him over McCain to handle economic issues. According to an earlier poll:

Americans see Barack Obama as better able than John McCain to handle energy issues and the economy, the two most important election issues in the public's eyes, according to a recent Gallup survey. Six other issues were tested in the poll, with the two candidates positioned roughly evenly on Iraq, moral values, and illegal immigration, while Obama has an edge on healthcare and taxes. McCain's only advantage is on terrorism.
He's got the terrorism crowd down pat. He obviously has a lot of work to do in convincing voters he can handle all the other important issues. According to Gallup:
The McCain campaign faces the dilemma of positioning a candidate whose perceived strength, combating terrorism, is currently not in sync with Americans' most important priority, the economy. With the ripple effect of high gas prices taking a direct toll on many Americans' lives, the economy remains the more decisive factor in their vote, and in that respect, Obama currently has the advantage.
See, like I said, Americans prefer Obama.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Video: McCain Doesn't Work Weekends



From Politico.com:

Since effectively capturing the Republican nomination when Mitt Romney dropped out of the race on Feb. 7, John McCain has held just one public campaign event on a weekend.
Instead, after workweeks full of fundraisers, town hall meetings and interviews, McCain has been, in campaign parlance, “down” on nearly every Saturday or Sunday for 20 weeks, largely sequestered away from the news media.
He’s usually spending time with family, friends and campaign advisers at residences in Arlington, Va., and Phoenix or vacation homes near Sedona, Ariz., and San Diego.
That isn't to say McCain is kicking back and relaxing every weekend.
He’s hosted reporters and donors on separate occasions at his Arizona cabin, done a guest turn on "Saturday Night Live" and visited troops in both Iraq and at Walter Reed hospital.
Yet aside from an April rally on the steps of the courthouse in Prescott, Ariz., McCain has done little to capture media attention on weekends for nearly five months.

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Yahoo! Searches Yahoo! Finance for Yahoo! Answers About Yahoo! Buyout

From one of my favorite sites, Free-Ass. Press: YAHOO!LAND -- After turning down a $9 billion deal to sell to Microsoft last week, Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang continued his ridiculous junior high game of "I'm selling." "No, I'm not." "Yes, I am." "No, I'm not," until he and other Yahoo! executives finally concluded that they are immature, completely indecisive and needed some Yahoo! Answers.More after the jump.

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New McCain Ad: Barack Obama as Dr. No

I want to know who the ad wizards are that are designing John McCain's ads. I'm not joking. Seriously, while I entirely disagree with everything they say in the ads, those things are slick! Just check out this latest James Bond style offering couching Obama as "Dr. No."



Did they get the rights to that music? The rights to the use of that name? Where is this thing being played? The funny thing is, only Barack Obama is cool enough to be Dr. No. Who would John McCain be? Mr. White? Here's certainly no James Bond.

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Gas could fall to $2 if Congress acts, analysts say

From Marketwatch: The price of retail gasoline could fall by half, to around $2 a gallon, within 30 days of passage of a law to limit speculation in energy-futures markets, four energy analysts told Congress on Monday.

read more | digg story

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Daily Show Video: James Dobson's Baracknophobia



Meanwhile, the earth's overseer, God, has yet to weigh in on this upcoming election. Now we all remember his dramatic endorsement of George W Bush at the 2000 convention (shows Bush with burning bush) and his somewhat less dramatic endorsement four years later (smaller burning bush).

But John McCain's bona fides with the big man are right now in question. He's divorced, he's pro-stem cell research. He's a clone. And let's be honest, he's not as tough on the gays as Jesus would've hoped.

Meanwhile, BO although Muslim is also Christian. His speeches have the air of a revival meeting. Could God be a swing vote. It's the subject of tonight's Baracknophobia.

This is Focus on the Family president Dr. James Dobson seen here dressed as 1970. He's so concerned about Barack OBama making inroads among evangelicals he had to speak out. His qualifications to do so. (Dobson saying I'm not a reverend, I'm not a minister, I'm not a theologian, I'm not an evangelist) I'm just a hate-filled guy that got lucky. And he's clearly spent the last few months digging through Obama's Barackford files and this is the smoking gun he has found: a 2006 speech where Senator Barack Obama reflects on the drawbacks of theocracy.

(Cut to Obama saying: Which scripture should we go with? Leviticus which suggests slavery is okay and eating shellfish is an abomination?)

Oh. We can't do that. That would destroy the Bubba Gump Forced Labor Shrimp Company. You'll come for the shrimp. You'll stay because, it's forced labor, you'll have to stay. But the interesting thing here is you see what is going on. You see what Obama is doing here.

(Cut to Dobson saying: I think he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own world view, his own confused theology)

Absolutely! It's basic evangelical teaching! The Old Testament rules were superseded by the New Testament. Dipping back into Leviticus is a cheap trick. Only someone distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit their own world view and confused theology would do.

(Cut to Larry King asking Dobson about being anti-gay and Dobson saying that it's written in the scripture, in the book of Leviticus)

Oh, right, it's okay if you're talking about the homos. Still, I wouldn't mention to Leviticus to Larry King. I mean, he was there. Lot's wife was actually Larry's third wife. He married her post-pillar of salt. The truth is if you looked at the whole of Obama's speech it was actually kinda pro-evangelical.

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Daily Show Video: White House Blocks EPA E-Mail



Stewart: Our government doesn't operate necessarily in the exact manner that we learned about in high school civics. I got a little story tonight that may just rekindle your sense of wonder of just how truly fucked up it is. Be Patient, This Gets Amazing.

Finally last year the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA must regulate greenhouse gases because they are pollutants and not how the administration had argued the musky cologne that makes the atmosphere sexy. There was still hope. Maybe the EPA wouldn't come up with a plan, but they did and they e-mailed this plan to the White House. And here's where it gets amazing.

The White House avoided implementing the EPA's recommendations by informing the agency they would not open the e-mail. Amazing. The White House is treating America's Environmental Policy like a spam boner pill ad. How is that even possible? So I guess King George the Third's fatal mistake was unscrolling the Declaration of Independence. If I don't read it it didn't happen. I guess the EPA could've walked the plan over or perhaps in a more Bush friendly way, let's say, on a cake. Or they could've snuck it into something they know the President reads every day [the comics].

Here's the best part of the whole story. Not opening the e-mail worked. Rather than walk the hard copy over to the government the EPA rewrote the policy to Bush's liking.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Video: Olbermann's Lame Duck Laughs



Keith Olbermann with can't miss video at the end of Bush trying to get some guys to waive to him, plus he lambasts this lame comment from Bush to the President of the Philippines:

Madam President, it is a pleasure to welcome you back to the Oval Office. We have just had a very constructive dialogue. First, I want to tell you how proud I am to be the President of a nation that -- in which there's a lot of Philippine-Americans. They love America and they love their heritage. And I reminded the President that I am reminded of the great talent of the -- of our Philippine-Americans when I eat dinner at the White House. (Laughter.)

PRESIDENT ARROYO: Yes.

PRESIDENT BUSH: And the chef is a great person and a really good cook, by the way, Madam President.

PRESIDENT ARROYO: Thank you.

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Contest Crazy McCain Excludes Undecideds From Latest Prize


McCain is getting a little carried away with these contest ideas. First, he offered $300 million to someone to come up with a better electric car battery (and threw in a Clean Car Challenge). Now, you can win a ride on the Straight Talk Express.

The campaign says:

Some of my favorite memories of the campaign so far are of riding on the Straight Talk Express across this great country, enjoying unscripted, spirited conversation about the issues with members of the press and other passengers.

Our last "Ride the Bus" contest was such a success, we've decided to launch it again. As a token of my appreciation for your financial support, any donation you make between today and next Monday at midnight, will qualify you to win a seat aboard the Straight Talk Express. I hope you'll consider joining me by making a donation right away.

McCain just doesn't want spirited discussions with Obama or undecideds. According to the "official rules":
The Contest is limited to legal residents of the U.S., who are at least 18 years of age, and who support the presidential campaign of John McCain.
The other problem with this contest is that it's sold as: donate money, and you can win! However, you don't have to contribute to participate (that wouldn't be legal). According to the McCain website:
... Making a contribution will not improve your chances of winning.
If you want to enter and try and win a ride, without contributing, just send an email to ridethebus@JohnMcCain.com and include your name, address and phone number. You have until 11:59pm June 30th to enter. Good Luck!





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Daily Show Video: GOP Wins When Terror Attacks



Stewart on McCain adviser saying a new terrorist attack would help McCain get elected:

Last summer John McCain's campaign was over, caput! done a fork had been placed. But in December a total campaign resurrection. McCain rose like a Phoenix, rising from.. he's actually from the Phoenix area. So what happened?

(cut to story about Bhutto's assassination)

The Bhutto Bump, if you will. That's where someone gets killed and you benefit. It's like how I was elected prom king.

McCain once again finds himself lagging in the polls. You'd like to think that his campaign could count on another foreign leader going down, but it's not a sure bet. McCain adviser Charlie Black, you're a human being. What do you think could help? Charlie Black thinks a new attack on America would be "a big advantage to John McCain."

Why is it that a terror attack helps Republicans? That's quite simple. A terror attack, when added to an election, equals Republican. Now, why is that. First we have to solve for R. If you add the 7 1/2 years of Republican administation times the five years that we have been at war which has divided the nation, add in the government's incompetent response to the domestic disaster Katrina minus the equity in your home that's disappeared plus the price of oil squared over the boon that the Iraq War has been to terrorist recruiting times torture minus the resources we could've been using in Afghanistan plus the resources we could've been using to capture Bin Laden, carry the Cheney...

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Video: Nader Plays Race Card Against Obama

Ralph Nader says Obama is trying to "talk white" and appeal to "white guilt." Maybe this is Nader's way of making sure that people don't vote for him during the election thus ruining Obama's chances of beating McCain.

In video posted by The Rocky Mountain News Nader says Obama is deceiving people when it comes to lobbying. He says 5 out of 6 "industries" have give more money to Obama than McCain. Nader says only the Transportation Industry has given more money to McCain. Truckers for Mac! That apparently leaves the health industry, securities industry, defense industry and two others Nader doesn't name.

He then says:
"There's only one thing different about Barack Obama when it comes to being a Democratic presidential candidate. He's half African-American," Nader said. "Whether that will make any difference, I don't know. I haven't heard him have a strong crackdown on economic exploitation in the ghettos. Payday loans, predatory lending, asbestos, lead. What's keeping him from doing that? Is it because he wants to talk white? He doesn't want to appear like Jesse Jackson? We'll see all that play out in the next few months and if he gets elected afterwards."
How many times are people going to throw Jesse Jackson under the bus? First, Bill Clinton, now Ralph Nader.

h/t: Ben Smith

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

McCain Invokes Threat of Iran. Again.



John McCain wants every voter in America to know and fear the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He has repeatedly invoked his image in campaign ads, first putting Ahmadinejad's picture next to Obama's, now blaming Iran for high gas prices. This latest ad invokes the Iranian "threat" to America in order to scare Americans into thinking we need McCain as President. Either that, or he's saying we should all be really scared that gas prices are high because that means Iran is gaining control of our country. Either way, I think McCain is nuts. (I know, high-brow assessment) He's so afraid he's going to lose the election he's decided to scare Americans.

Update:

Just thinking about McCain's politics of fear. Can you imagine if FDR had stood up in front of Congress after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and droned on about how scared we should be and how terrifying the Axis Powers were? The whole idea of "nothing to fear but fear itself" and standing strong in front of an enemy is contrary to today's culture of fear mongering. There was plenty of that going around in the U.S. during World War II. However, it would be nice to see someone, for once, not use terrorism as a reason to vote for them. It doesn't seem to be possible for a Republican Presidential candidate to not run on the platform of the War on Terror.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

McCain Wants to Be Gerald Ford

I'd bet a John McCain Presidency would provide plenty of fodder for Saturday Nigh Live ala George W. Bush, Bush, Sr., and Gerald Ford. Of course, I'm not voting on who would be the funniest, but I do enjoy laughing at McCain. Here's a bit from CNN today:

John McCain hit the campaign trail Monday with two band-aids on the top of his head, leading a reporter to ask the Arizona senator why he was wearing them.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who has battled skin cancer in the past, said the band-aids were merely a result of hitting his head on the roof of a car.

“I was getting out of the car in Canada and I hit the roof a tiny bit, and the car was much smaller than the one I'm usually being ferried around in by the beloved Secret Service."

"It was a brush with a low hanging door," McCain also said.

I could say something like "Don't let the door hit you on your way out..." but that's too obvious.

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McCain Asks Americans to Foot $300 Million Contest Prize Bill

John McCain is now offering contests and give-aways as energy solutions. No, I'm not joking. He wants someone to design an electric car battery that will "leapfrog" the current electric car batteries. The grand prize for such a design? $300 million. No word who he thinks it is that's going to be supplying the prize money. No, wait, he does say who should pay for it. From CNN:
"[The prize would amount to] $1 for every man, woman and child in the U.S. -- a small price to pay for helping to break the back of our oil dependency," McCain said during a town hall-style meeting at California's Fresno State University.
Not only are taxpayers paying for it, he thinks small children should also pay a $1. Okay, so that's hyperbole. Still. It gets better. Not only is McCain offering this grand prize of $300 million, he's also starting a Clean Car Contest! That's right folks! Come on down! If you get in the voting booth and vote McCain you too can win a prize on the Price is Right If You Don't Mind Paying Later! More from CNN:
McCain also called Monday for a "Clean Car Challenge" for U.S. automakers, hoping to spur them to develop and sell vehicles with no carbon emissions. The challenge would allow $5,000 tax credits to buyers of such cars, making those vehicles more appealing to consumers and thus easier to sell.
So you get that dollar back in the form of a $5,000 tax break. What a prize! I only have to go out and buy a ridiculously overpriced hybrid that the car manufacturers are deliberately making less of so they can drive the price up! Somebody tell me why this man hasn't been given his own game show yet!

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Odd Couple Head to Unity, NH!

Update: Information about rally tickets and times is HERE.

It's where she got 107 votes and Obama got 107 votes. It's where she became the come-back gal and he lost after losing Iowa. It's where they both hope their collective supporters will just get over it. Well, I guess that's mostly Obama hoping that.

From Politico:

Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama announced today that they will hold a “Unite for Change” Rally this Friday in Unity, New Hampshire. Both candidates received exactly 107 votes in the western New Hampshire town in the primary.

I hope they invited all 214 people who voted for them to attend.

Photo courtesy: politico.com

Update

You can see video from the rally HERE.

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Senator Makes Racist Statement Disavowing Racism

There's a great piece on CNN today about the two campaigns preparing to deal with the racism that has already begun to emerge in the general election. Obama's campaign vows to fight hard against every attack. The McCain camp says it won't tolerate racism, but then Lindsey Graham throws out this not so race friendly statement:

"Every word will be twisted to make it about race," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, a McCain friend and adviser. When he and others confront Obama on issues such as national security and the economy, Graham said, it will have "nothing to do with him being an African-American."
In other words, "Why do blacks always gotta make everything about race?" Thanks, Senator. That gives me a great deal of confidence the McCain campaign will keep things race free.

This goes with Obama's statement from this weekend:
“We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run,” said the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. “They’re going to try to make you afraid. They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. ‘He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?’"
There he goes again. Making everything about race.

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Americans Ready for Black Prez, Not Old Prez

A pretty interesting poll from the Washington Post that finds two-thirds of whites say they'd be "entirely comfortable" with a black President. According to the Post that's more than double the amount that are "entirely comfortable" with someone heading into the Presidency for the first time at the age of 72.

If I were running Barack Obama's campaign I'd keep throwing him on stage with McCain as often as I could. Make those two stand side-by-side and you'll keep hammering home the age difference, the charisma difference, and the likeability difference. He comes across as a jolly old soul who can make fun of himself, but you get McCain flustered and he gets mad very easily. He's one of those people who loves to put you down but don't turn the tables on him. He can't take a joke. (Just ask his wife, Cindy).

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Hillary $22.5 Million Dollars in Debt

And I thought she dropped out of the race! Hillary ended last month with her campaign $22.5 million dollars in debt. According to the Washington Post:

Clinton's campaign was $22.5 million in debt at the end of May, $3 million more than a month earlier. More than half of the latest debt ($12.2 million) was owed to the candidate herself.

Clinton received $12.6 million in contributions in May, and she had $3.4 million cash on hand left for primary spending. She also had $23.3 million for the general election, money she cannot use to pay off her primary debt.

So she's got everything she needs to pay off the debt, but it's earmarked for the general election so she can't touch it. That's sad.

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Daily Show Video: The Procrastinator

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John McCain: "I do not support Roe v. Wade. It should be over-turned."

If you know any pro-choice voters thinking about supporting John McCain, please get this video in front of them. Video after the jump.

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Obama's New Presidential Seal

Trying it on for size?

Update:

Don't count the McCain folks as people who are getting a kick out of this. According to the Jed Report, the McCain camp is suggesting jail time for Obama citing 18 USC 713 (b), which states:

Whoever, except as authorized under regulations promulgated


by the President and published in the Federal Register, knowingly


manufactures, reproduces, sells, or purchases for resale, either


separately or appended to any article manufactured or sold, any


likeness of the seals of the President or Vice President, or any


substantial part thereof, except for manufacture or sale of the


article for the official use of the Government of the United


States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than


six months, or both.
I think there's an argument to be made here that as a member of the United States Senate Obama could certainly argue that it was for the official use of the Government of the United States. Or the McCain folks could lighten up and take it for what it is: a bad idea and a lame attempt at humor.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

McCain Catches Obama in Fundraising

Shocking everyone (especially Hillary), John McCain came within half a million dollars of raising the same amount of money that Obama did in May. In fact, Obama only brought in a measly near 22 million. From MSNBC:

The Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting raised $21.5 million last month. He had $31.5 million in the bank, up $10 million from the end of April.

Obama had his weakest fundraising month of the year. The Illinois senator's campaign raised $21.9 million in May. The disclosure came a day after the Democratic candidate's reversal on the question of whether he would take public financing for his presidential bid, a move which drew sharp criticism from McCain.

Obama's campaign said it had $43.1 million in the bank at the end of the month, with debts of about $304,000.
If you want to help Obama stay ahead in the game, you can click HERE to donate.

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Video: Obama Talks to Mayors, Says McCain No Friend to Cities



From CNN:

Sen. Barack Obama took his campaign to Miami, Florida, on Saturday with a message to the nation's mayors: I'll be your ally in Washington; Sen. John McCain will not.

Speaking to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee praised McCain's service to the country but chastised him for not "proposing a strategy for American cities" hit hard by tough economic times.

"Because while Sen. McCain is a true patriot ... he won't be that partner. His priorities are very different from yours and mine. ... He isn't proposing a strategy for America's cities. Instead, he's calling for nearly $2 trillion in tax breaks for big corporations and the wealthiest Americans."

Obama also hit hard on McCain's trip to Iowa this week to see firsthand the effects of devastating flooding.

"Both Sen. McCain and I have traveled recently to the areas that have been devastated by floods. And I know that Sen. McCain felt as strongly as I did feeling enormous sympathy for the victims of the recent flooding. ... And I'm sure they appreciated the sentiment, but they probably would have appreciated it even more if Sen. McCain hadn't opposed legislation to fund levees and flood control programs, which he considers pork."

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Saudis Think Gas Too Expensive

Yes, they're really worried over in Saudi Arabia that gas prices in America have gotten so high that people will actually start cutting back and economizing their fuel. How little they understand the American consumer. However, it's nice to know that cheaper prices may be on the way, but you don't get nothin' for free. From CNN:

Saudi Arabia this weekend will convene a special summit on oil prices that could lead to cheaper crude on the world market.

But a Saudi decision to produce more crude likely won't come without a demand: The Kingdom is expected to press the U.S. government to impose greater controls on oil trading and take steps to strengthen the dollar.

The Saudis are widely believed to be concerned that escalating oil prices - crude hovered around $134 a barrel Thursday, nearly double what it cost a year ago - will cause a permanent drop in demand as consumers get more efficient or, worse, the global economy slows.

One sign of the Saudi anxiety: The country's oil production decisions, usually left to its oil minister, appear to have been put back in the hands the Royal Family, according to Antoine Halff, deputy head of research at brokerage firm Newedge.

I guess Hillary was right. (Did I just say that?) I guess they are a cartel whose very whims on prices put us at their mercy. Let's hope the Royal Family steps in and pushes down those prices.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Odd Couple Hits the Campaign Trail

Obama says he and Hills will be campaigning together next week. According to the AP:

Obama's campaign said in a brief e-mail that said the two senators and former opponents will campaign together for the first time on Friday, June 27, and more details would be forthcoming.

They're also getting together the night before, on the 26th, to meet with Hillary's fundraisers. Obama's trying to smooth the ruffled feathers and squeeze some cash out of her supporters. Hillary looks like she's playing along and hoping to help. We'll see how long that lasts.

It reminds me of the movie the Odd Couple. My favorite line, and one which I could see Obama saying to Hillary is this one uttered by Oscar (Obama) to Felix:

I can't take it anymore, Felix, I'm cracking up. Everything you do irritates me. And when you're not here, the things I know you're gonna do when you come in irritate me. You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can't stand little notes on my pillow. "We're all out of cornflakes. F.U." Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Ungar!

Only I think in Hillary's case the F-U would mean something different.

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Americans: Military Good, Congress Bad

A new Gallup poll shows that 71% of Americans expressed confidence in the military while only 12% (yes, really, 12%) have confidence in Congress. According to Gallup, that's the lowest confidence rating in the 35 year history of the polling. More people expressed confidence in President Bush, even than in Congress. Here are all the things that people have more confidence in than Congress, from greatest to least:
  • The military
  • Small business
  • The police
  • Church
  • The medical system
  • Public schools
  • Supreme Court
  • Banks
  • The Presidency
  • Television News
  • Newspapers
  • Organized labor
  • The criminal justice system
  • Big business
  • HMO's
  • Congress
Yes, President Bush is ahead of the media, the justice system, big business, HMO's and Congress. The fact that people have more confidence in any of these than in Congress speaks volumes to how much Americans attribute the role of Congress in solving our problems. It's one thing to expect a President to set an agenda, but the reality is Congress has to carry it out or create their own agenda. The Democrats have done nothing but react to the President instead of acting on their own. There's only so much blame you can throw at him for the state of affairs when you control both houses of Congress and I think this poll shows the American people realize that.

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Colbert Report Video: Cookie Monster Defends Himself



Colbert: Cookies are no longer the number one snack for children under six. The throne has been seized by fruit with cookies in second ... Fruit is un-American. I will not eat any fruit unless it is in loop or pebble form.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Law School to Organize Bush War Crimes Trial

Crazy dean at UMass School of Law at Andover plans a conference to plan the prosecution of President Bush and other high administration officials for war crimes, advocates hanging anyone whose convicted. No, I'm not kidding. More after the jump.

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Video: Hardball Covers the First Lady Battle



Cindy McCain, I'm sure just totally on her own because that's how she's lived her life - just freely doing what she wants without the iron fist of McCain clamping down on her, has decided to continue to blast Michelle Obama for saying that "for the first time in [her] adult life she is REALLY proud of her country."

Let's get this straight - she did not say this was the first time she had ever been proud of her country. She said it was the first time she was REALLY proud of her country. That's a big difference to me. I also think it's presumptuous of a blonde, white, rich woman to question the experience of a black woman and what she's experienced in America. Nobody's bringing up Cindy's drug abuse, her almost being charged with a felony for stealing those drugs from her own non-profit organization and her husband's use of his influence to keep her out of trouble, and the use by John McCain of her private plane when funds were low at the campaign. (Okay, I guess I just did). The point is, I'd rather have someone who's now really proud of her country (like Michelle said she is) than someone whose always paid lip service to it, but lived a life that does not make you proud.

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McCain Mad at Obama, Forgets Own History

You can add outrage over opting out of public financing of campaigns to all the list of things on which McCain has flip-flopped. Barack Obama announced today that he was opting out of public financing for the general election. This sparked outrage from Senator John McCain, primarily because Obama had said he would pledge with McCain to take public financing. McCain said:
he would reevaluate whether he's staying in the system but would likely take the public money.

"This is a big deal, a big deal," McCain added. "He has completely reversed himself and gone back, not on his word to me, but the commitment he made to the American people."
The outrage might carry more weight, John, if you had always felt this way. However, the McCain of June 2008 is different than the McCain of, oh, say, March 2008, 1998, 1995, 2006, and 2007. He's flip-flopped on this issue so many times he looks like a fish out of water. Here now, the many positions of John McCain, from the Boston Globe:
In 1988, McCain spoke against public financing of campaigns, and wondered aloud during a floor debate on campaign finance reform how much taxpayer money was wasted on subsidizing losing presidential bids.
By that rational, Barack Obama has just saved taxpayers $80 million!! (Not to mention the fact that $80 million would be wasted on McCain's "losing presidential" bid.)

The article continues:
In 1995, McCain voted to eliminate the public financing system that gives matching funds to presidential campaigns. But by 2003, McCain, having won presidential approval the year before of his sweeping campaign finance reform bill, was supportive of the public matching funds system, and co-sponsored a bill to fix the program.

But in 2006 and 2007, McCain declined to cosponsor similar bills. Obama was an original cosponsor of the recent bill, and Clinton later added her name as one of seven cosponsors as of late January. The current version, which was introduced in December, has stalled in Congress with no hearings or votes scheduled.Brooke Buchanan, a McCain spokeswoman, said the Arizona senator "supports in general the concept of a matching fund financing system for the presidency, but believes the current system - in place since 1976 - is outdated and needs to be updated and reformed."
He is not, however helping Obama to pass the new legislation designed to fix the system. McCain, as always, wants to have it both ways. Nothing demonstrates this more than this item from the National Review in February of 2000, during the heated campaign against George W. Bush:
Bush Charge # 1: McCain favors public financing of political campaigns. The McCain campaign hotly disputes this, but the Bush campaign dredged up 5 votes by McCain for bills including public financing. McCain spokesman Howard Opinsky told the Associated Press, "This is the same old Washington Clintonian politics that voters have become so cynical about, trying to twist John McCain's 17-year record of reform and consistent opposition to public financing to Governor Bush's advantage." McCain's votes were all on procedural motions, he said, to keep debate on campaign-finance reform going. According to the Senate records, however, Opinsky is wrong: McCain was voting for bills, not motions. Whatever McCain's theoretical opposition to public financing, it stopped well short of making him actually vote against it. Moreover, McCain has just endorsed Ron Unz's campaign-finance initiative in California, which includes public financing.
I think the record is clear: Senator McCain has no consistent position on public financing of Presidential elections except to be consistently opportunistic to whatever mood he thinks his party is in.

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Video: Obama's First General Election Ad

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Obama Kicks McCain's Ass In Swing States Poll Shows

Huffington Post: Don't read too much into polls, but this is impressive. Doesn't look too good for Johnny.* Florida: Obama edges McCain 47 - 43 percent;* Ohio: Obama tops McCain 48 - 42 percent;* Pennsylvania: Obama leads McCain 52 - 40 percent.

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Video: Obama Opts Out of Public Financing



From the AP:

Obama officials said they decided to take that route because McCain is
already spending privately raised funds toward the general election campaign.
Obama has vastly outraised McCain, however, and would likely retain that
advantage if McCain accepts the public money.

The public finance system is paid for with the $3 contributions that taxpayers can make to the presidential fund in their tax returns.

"It's not an easy decision, and especially because I support a robust system of public financing of elections," Obama told supporters in a video message Thursday. "But the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken, and we face opponents who've become masters at gaming this broken system."

From the Video:

Obama: I'm asking you to try and do something that's never been done before: declare our independence from a broken system and run the type of campaign that reflects the grass-roots values that have already changed our politics and brought us this far. If we don't stand together, the system we have now, the system where special interests drown out the voices of the American people, will continue to erode our politics and prevent the possibility of real change. That's why we must act. The stakes are higher than ever, and people are counting on us ... This is our moment and our country is depending on us. So join me and declare your independence from this broken system and let's build the first general election campaign that's truly funded by the American people.

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Colbert Report Video: John McCain and the Iraq War



McCain's Transcendental Challenge

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Obama, McCain Sit Together at Russert's Funeral

From NBC 11:

Barack Obama, John McCain, congressional leaders, journalists and many other members of the Washington elite have been paying tribute to television journalist Tim Russert.

A private funeral Mass was held this morning at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Georgetown neighborhood of the nation's capital. Speakers broadcast the service to a crowd of about 100 on the tree-lined streets outside.

Obama and McCain sat next to each other, per a request by the Russert family.

h/t: JedReport

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Video: Michelle Obama on The View

Just a quick note: Red Lasso videos are notoriously finicky. It helps if you have Adobe Flash Player 9.









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Dream Team Fundraising

My problem with the term "Dream Team" as applied to Obama and Hillary is that it always makes me think of that Michael Keaton movie where the lunatics escape the asylum for a day on the town.

Anyway, Obama and Hills are apparently getting together to raise some money. According to Newsday:

The Barack and Hillary Reunion Tour has booked its first gig.

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama will appear side by side June 26 for the first time since the former first lady suspended her presidential bid, for a fundraiser where she'll try to persuade former donors to share the wealth with Obama.

The low-key duet at Washington's Mayflower Hotel comes after Clinton's June 7 withdrawal announcement.
For those of you who don't remember "The Dream Team" here's the trailer:

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Congrats, Paul! Another Jayhawk Gets A Championship!

I always knew those 1997 Jayhawks were meant to be National Champions. Paul Pierce and Scot Pollard have joined Jacque Vaughn and his championship with the Spurs by winning the NBA Championship tonight. (Maybe those National Champion Jayhawks inspired them) Whatever the reason, Paul Pierce and the Celtics are NBA Champions! They beat the Lakers tonight, 131 - 92. Rock Chalk Jayhawk, baby!! This was one of my favorite Paul Pierce half-time interviews tonight:



Pierce response to the question, "How did you guys have this much energy?" It's the NBA Finals, and we're at home. What you expect? We're trying to win a championship!

Then there was the dousing of Doc Rivers with Gatorade:



The celebration:



And the best silent "mother-fucking" ever:



Here's the MVP:

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Video: McCain on Jimmy Kimmel

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McCain on Kimmel, Michelle on the View

John McCain is scheduled to appear on Jimmy Kimmel live tonight before the NBA Playoff game. (Go Celtics!) Barack Obama appeared before last Sunday's game.

Also, Michelle Obama is scheduled to be a co-host tomorrow on The View.

Update:
Here's the LINK to McCain's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel.

Update 2:

Here's the LINK to Michelle's appearance on The View.

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Racist Obama Button at GOP TX Convention

The Dallas Morning News reports this button was being sold at a booth at the GOP Convention in Texas. They didn't just go after Obama, however. Hispanics and John McCain were also targets. According to the paper's blog:

At the Republican state convention, a booth hosted by Republicanmarket was selling a pin Saturday that says: If Obama is President will we still call it the White House.

There were other pins that weren't necessarily conveying the positive, inclusive, united front that has been portrayed during the convention. One said, "Press 1 for English. Press 2 for Deportation" and another, "I will hold my nose when I vote for McCain"

A search of the company's site reveals they also offer other racist pins, including this one:

According to Think Progress, the company also offers this Hillary pin:

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Clinton Camp: Appointment a Big "F You" from Obama

Apparently the folks over in Hillaryland are none too pleased about the hiring of ousted Clinton staffer Patti Solis Doyle as the new Chief of Staff for Obama's VP. According to the Kansas City Star:

Patti Solis Doyle was appointed to be the chief of staff to the vice presidential candidate yet to be named. Ms. Doyle, described by Congressional Quarterly as Clinton's "deposed and estranged campaign manager," was dumped by Clinton a few days after Clinton performed worse than expected on Super Tuesday in February.

An unnamed Clinton insider told Congressional Quarterly the Clinton camp's reading of the appointment of Solis: “Translated subtitles aren’t necessary,” the insider said. “There is no other way to interpret this other than ‘[Expletive] you.’”
I guess you can add Obama, if he wasn't already on it, to the Clintons' Enemies List.

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Utah announces "major dinosaur fossil discovery"


Governor Jon Huntsman made the announcement with the dinosaur in attendance. Said Huntsman, "Utah has once again discovered an aged old artifact."

An official with the Bureau of Land Management was on hand to provide details about the dinosaur, "The preservation of these dinosaurs is excellent," Scott Foss said.

More on the discovery...

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