RNC - Putting The "Labor" Back Into Labor Day
A new promotional video for the Republican National Convention, which may begin on Labor Day, or not. Depends upon enthusiasm levels as well as acts of God:
A new promotional video for the Republican National Convention, which may begin on Labor Day, or not. Depends upon enthusiasm levels as well as acts of God:
In their first interview together as running mates, Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Joseph Biden discuss their roles and strategies for the upcoming presidential election:
Do you remember this guy? He asked his followers to pray hard for God to rain on Invesco Field during Barack Obama's speech there last week:
(Photo by Cathie Rowand of The Journal Gazette)
The New York Daily News reports that Faye Palin still hasn't decided which way she'll vote. The Gov's mother-inlaw told the News that she doesn't agree with Sarah on everything and that she enjoys hearing Barack Obama speak:
"I'm not sure what she brings to the ticket other than she's a woman and a conservative. Well, she's a better speaker than McCain," Faye Palin said with a laugh. "People will say she hasn't been on the national scene long enough. But I believe she's a quick study."
"I'm still leaning toward Obama. I think Sarah has been really good for our state, and it would be wonderful to see her in the White House, but she's on the ticket with McCain, and I can't vote for McCain," said Eileen Moe, 33, a second grade teacher at Iditarod Elementary, which Palin's kids attended.
"If it was her running for president, there'd be no question in my mind," Moe said. "The Republicans right now are about big business and big oil. I don't see Sarah as a staunch Republican in that way."
Not everyone is convinced her experience as mayor and governor are enough for a vice president who would be next in line to the presidency.
"I wouldn't say she's qualified," said Bill Gleason, 60, a contractor from nearby Big Lake. "I want someone with a little more experience. "
In an ad airing in Northeast Pennsylvania, Joe Biden tries to make Barack Obama more familiar to working-class voters. He compares Obama's childhood to his hardscrabble upbringing in Scranton, saying they both learned the same values. "So it's good to be coming home, and bringing home a friend," Biden concludes. The vice presidential nominee will visit Scranton on Monday. Watch:
General Motors has just issued a recall involving vehicles with a heated washer fluid system. A short circuit in the system could cause electrical features to malfunction, which could lead to an odor, smoke or potentially a fire. Crap! We own one of the affected vehicles. When I read about this early yesterday, I wasn't very concerned. I'd never seen any button for some fancy schmancy heated washer fluid system in ours. But, since it's my wife's vehicle, and she was out and about with a friend who picked her up, I decided to go check it out.
GM said it includes the 2008 Buick Enclave, 2006-2008 Buick Lucerne, 2006-2008 Cadillac DTS, 2007-2008 Cadillac Escalade, 2007-2008 Cadillac Escalade ESV, 2007-2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT, 2007-2008 Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, Tahoe and Suburban, 2007-2008 GMC Acadia, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL, 2006-2008 Hummer H2 and 2007-2008 Saturn Outlook.
GM spokeswoman Carolyn Markey said there have been nine reports of fires and three of them have been linked to the system. There have been no accidents or injuries connected to the defect, she said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation last February into 2007 Yukon and Tahoe vehicles over potential engine compartment fires. In June, the highway safety agency upgraded its investigation into about 2.7 million 2007-2008 GM trucks and SUVs and reported allegations of 41 engine fires.
Dealers will install a wire harness with an in-line fuse to fix the problem free of charge, GM said.
For more information, owners may contact Buick at (866) 608-8080, Cadillac at (800) 982-2339, Chevrolet at (800) 630-2438, Saturn at (800) 972-8876, GMC at (866) 996-9436 or Hummer at (800) 732-5493.
Obama describes why he selected Joe Biden for his running mate, and gives his first reaction to McCain's choice:
The Obama's and Bidens enjoy breakfast at the Yankee Kitchen Family Restaurant in Boardman,Ohio:
Barack Obama's Michigan-specific ad asks "In tough times, who’ll help Michigan’s auto industry?" -
The New Yorker seems to lay out that case:
Palin thought it was pretty neat that Barack Obama was edging ahead of John McCain in her usually solidly red state. After all, she said, Obama’s campaign was using the same sort of language that she had in her gubernatorial race.
“Something’s kind of changing here in Alaska, too, for being such a red state on the Presidential level. Obama’s doing just fine in polls up here, which is kind of wigging people out, because they’re saying, ‘This hasn’t happened for decades that in polls the D’ ”—the Democratic candidate—“ ‘is doing just fine.’ To me, that’s indicative, too. It’s the no-more-status-quo, it’s change.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer blasts McCain's VP pick, Sarah Palin, calling her "worse than Dan Quayle" with "almost no experience". Click to view:
Kossack James EB has made an interesting discovery:
One of the most memorable moments of the long primary season was Senator Joe Biden's quip that every statement made by Giuliani consisted of little more than "a noun, a verb, and 9/11." With devastating concision, Biden captured the hollow essence of Rudy's failed campaign.
It's become increasingly apparent that McCain is following the same sorry course, deflecting all criticism by referring to his years spent as a POW in Vietnam, rather than offering anything approaching a substantive rebuttal. This would be merely shameful, were it not for the fact that McCain insists (and the media reiterate) that he is reluctant to discuss this period of his life, or attempt to use it for political gain.
McCain is finally being called to account for this strategy of redirection--at least in some quarters--and it may very well be the case that the campaign is sufficiently worried about the backlash that it's taken measures to soften the blow. How else to account for the following:
This address takes one directly to McCain's campaign site! If the McCain campaign purchased this domain to prevent someone else doing so, that's one thing; but do they really want it linked directly to their website?
After John McCain used a Van Halen song during his introduction of Sarah Palin as his running mate yesterday, the band wants to make to make one thing clear -- they're not running with
Barack Obama and Joe Biden toured a Biodeisel Plant in Manoca, PA on Friday:
More people watched Barack Obama speak last night than watched the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing, the final "American Idol" or the Academy Awards this year. And that number doesn't include viewers who were tuned in on PBS or C-SPAN, whom Nielsen had no numbers on. It also nearly doubled the viewership of John Kerry's acceptance of the Democratic nomination in 2004.
A special Democracy Corps and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner survey of Hispanic voters in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada shows that Barack Obama holds a commanding lead among Latinos in the southwest. The Democratic nominee leads John McCain by 45 points and has a chance to perform better among Hispanic voters than any Democratic presidential candidate in recent history:
Okay, everybody's already chimed in on this, so here are some of the reactions:
"Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain's commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush's failed economic policies -- that's not the change we need, it's just more of the same." - Bill Burton (Obama Campaign Spokesman)
"The vice president is a heartbeat away from becoming president, so to choose someone with not one hour's worth of experience on national issues is a dangerous choice. If John McCain thought that choosing Sarah Palin would attract Hillary Clinton voters, he is badly mistaken.The only similarity between her and Hillary Clinton is that they are both women. On the issues, they could not be further apart." - Senator Barbara Boxer
"That’s right folks, the old guy went for the hot young thing. A May/December political pairing of historic significance. I’m sure he’s thinking, she’s from Alaska, she’s got to be in the pocket of Big Oil, we’ll get along fine. Or maybe he’s counting on her hottie librarian look to appeal to all those disaffected Clinton supporters. Either way she will be known henceforth as the Geraldine Ferraro of the GOP." - Frogette
"This is insulting and I feel pandered to. Clearly he wants to capture the voters Hillary earned...and he thinks a woman, any woman will do." - Deb Morrone
"In the long run, Palin may help McCain win Alaska’s paltry 3 electoral votes, but Romney could have helped in Colorado and Nevada and Tim Pawlenty could have helped in Minnesota. I have a gut feeling that McCain just drove the Straight Talk Express into a ditch. Congratulations to President Barack Obama!" - Robert Rouse
I’m sure the country will feel completely comfortable with Palin becoming president if something were to happen to McCain - especially considering 99% of the American people have never heard of her until today. I wonder if she’s related to Dan Quayle?" - Jeff Pruitt
"McCain has chosen Alaska’s brand new governor, Sarah Palin, as his V.P. pick. It’s an interesting choice, most likely seeking to poach disgruntled Clinton supporters from Obama. But, other than the fact that both Clinton and Palin have two X chromosomes, the similarities are few." - Doug Masson
"Thank God she's not from Indiana. We already served our term as a spawning ground for inexperienced third-tier veep candidates." - John Good
Via Greenberg Research:
Indiana resident Barney Smith tells the Democratic National Convention crowd why he abandoned the Republican Party - "We need a president who puts Barney Smith ahead of Smith Barney":
Barack Obama delivered everything he needed to in his 44 minute speech at Mile High Stadium tonight. He systematically addressed each and every issue that Republicans have attempted to attack him on, one by one, from the "celebrity" crap to the attempt to paint him as weak and unexperienced. Any doubts that the Democratic Party is at all fractured should now be completely cleared.
"We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don't tell me that Democrats won't defend this country.I will never hesitate to defend this nation."
"I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts. But I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons".
"Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush was right more than 90 percent of the time?"
"Change means a tax code that doesn't reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it. Unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America. I will eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow. I will cut taxes - cut taxes - for 95% of all working families. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle-class."
"For over two decades, John McCain's subscribed to that old, discredited Republican philosophy - give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is - you're on your own. Out of work? Tough luck. No health care? The market will fix it. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps - even if you don't have boots. You're on your own.Well it's time for them to own their failure. It's time for us to change America."
"As President, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I'll help our auto companies re-tool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America. I'll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. And I'll invest 150 billion dollars over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy - wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels; an investment that will lead to new industries and five million new jobs that pay well and can't ever be outsourced.And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as President: in ten years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East."
"Now, many of these plans will cost money, which is why I've laid out how I'll pay for every dime - by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens that don't help America grow. But I will also go through the federal budget, line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work and making the ones we do need work better and cost less - because we cannot meet twenty-first century challenges with a twentieth century bureaucracy."
As seen just before Barack's acceptance speech this evening:
Former Vice Pres. Al Gore calls electing John McCain 'recycling' the Bush-Cheney policies.Al Gore at the Democratic National Convention 200:
"McCain pays 100s for a pair shoes! BUT WE'LL PAY FOR HIS FLIP FLOPS" -
The Democratic National Convention's tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on the 40th anniversary of his "I Have a Dream" speech:
Rep. John Lewis remembers Martin Luther King's 'Dream' speech 45 years ago:
DNC Chairman Howard Dean tells fellow democrats why Barack Obama is their choice for President:
As reported in US Magazine:
"I'm not voting for McCain," says Kathleen Hensley. "I have a different political standpoint.
"I'm voting for Obama," the Phoenix resident says. "I think his proposals to improve the country are more positive and I'm not a big war believer."
"I wouldn't vote for John McCain if he was a Democrat," he told Us. "I would not vote at all before I'd vote for him. I question whether Cindy is someone I'd want to see in the White House as first lady."
This is the first "civil emergency" warning that I can recall seeing from the "Weatherbug" service. Apparently a major fiber optics line has been cut:
The secret behind John McCain's frequent word mix-ups is finally revealed:
Not only does John McCain have at least 10 properties he can't remember, but he also owns a parking lot in Phoenix Arizona worth between $1.4 and $2.4 million. That's over $1 million more than the average American home!
MobLogic makes the rounds in Denver to ask whether America is ready to elect a black President. Sounds like we are!
Joe Biden accepts his party's nomination for the veep spot with Obama. As an initial supporter of Joe in the primaries, I'm absolutely thrilled by his selection, and thoroughly enjoyed his acceptance speech this evening!
In all of the day's convention excitement, I forgot to proffer my thanks to all of you for helping me to surpass 100,000 unique visitors today! The event occurred at 9:14 this morning; a google search referral for an image that I posted last summer. Like many of you, I've experienced a lowered traffic level this spring; however, 2008 has still been a record year for Left in Aboite.
Bill Clinton made it clear tonight that he's firmly behind Barack Obama and made a clear contrast between Barack's presidency and the failed policies of the current one. He masterfully compared the attacks waged against him 16 years ago which so closely parallel the ones used against Obama; youth and inexperience. Two nights. Two Clintons. Two home runs. ONE united party!
Our own junior senator and veep runner-up, Evan Bayh, addresses the Democratic National Convention:
Bayh focused on John McCain's constant push for offshore drilling. He says "lets review the facts. White House analysts congressional analysts and the oil industry all agree that offshore drilling wont add one drop to our energy pool in 10 years." He then quoted T. Boone Pickens saying " we can't drill our way out of this crisis".
Reed says that even though know one quite knows whether offshore drilling will pollute the coastlines, he says "kindly old Doc McCain would like to sell it to ya anyway."
Hillary Clinton moved to suspend the roll call vote and nominate Barack Obama by acclamation. The motion was passed, and Nancy Pelosi formally extended the nomination to Obama. Obama accepted the nomination, becoming the first African-American to represent a major party for president:
Regarding Joe Biden:
“McCain knows Biden well. He knows how good he is as a knife fighter. He’ll take McCain apart,” said one Republican operative.
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I just finished watching Hillary Clinton's convention speech. I wasn't sure what to expect; I've always had a positive opinion of her, other than the behavior in the primaries, and hoped to see her inner Clinton tonight. I was not disappointed in the least.
Dennis Kucinich took to the podium today at the Democratic Convention and fired up the crowd with a rousing speech. Kucinich's enthusiasm reached a crescendo as he repeatedly exhorted the crowd with cries of "Wake Up America!"
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Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick, the state's most-watched weekly business television program, is conducting a poll this week on the issue of Sunday alcohol sales. The poll currently shows 67% of voters in favor of Sunday carry-out sales with 33% opposing.
Interesting piece from Apeman:
Encouraging new survey results from Democracy Corps and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner:
At a time of tightening national surveys, Barack Obama’s support among young people is stable and convincing (currently 57 – 29 percent Obama). This stability rests in part on the strong belief among young people that Barack Obama can change things in this country. In a remarkable set of questions, we asked young people to rate the importance of changing issues like the economy, Iraq and health care, and then asked how likely these issues will change if Obama is elected and how likely these issues will change if McCain is elected. Impressive majorities of young people defy the cynical stereotypes of this generation and predict major changes on the economy, on Iraq, on health care, on energy, even gas prices. The necessary antecedent for these changes is the election of Barack Obama. Young people do not believe John McCain can bring about change.
Dave Freeman, who co-authored "100 Things to Do Before You Die," a travel guide and ode to odd adventures that inspired readers and imitators, missed that goal after fatally hitting his head in a fall at home. He was 47.
The ad agency exec/adventurer had visited nearly half of the sites mentioned in the book which declared that "This life is a short journey. How can you make sure you fill it with the most fun and that you visit all the coolest places on earth before you pack those bags for the very last time?"
Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson, his wife, and two friends, survived a crash of his Cessna 206 floatplane in a wooded area near Bancroft, Ontario on Sunday. After the plane stalled, Robertson managed to set it straight down into the trees with its nose resting on the ground. The pilot and passengers had to get out through the windows but didn't even get scratch.
The Comedy Central show has erected a can’t-miss-it billboard off of I-494 that greets motorists leaving the MSP airport. Beneath a photo of the Daily Show crew is the salutation: “Welcome, rich white oligarchs.”
See? They DO agree on the center ground. . .(Holding up sign Wiley E. Coyote Style: "Help."):
I had a good friend named Mary Ellen who ran a blog called The Divine Democrat in the city of Chicago. Then the Democratic primaries began and Mary Ellen, an avid Hillary supporter, began to unabashedly slam Barack Obama in every possible way imaginable. Her attacks were not based in facts, and she seemed nearly mad in her determination to eliminate him from contention. While the rest of us came together after Barack clinched the nomination, her rage only grew larger. She disappeared and her blog went blank until recently when she reappeared.
MARY ELLEN: "I respect McCain's maverick and independent streak, and now he's the one with the experience and judgment."
JOHN GOOD: You mean that maverick and independent streak where he voted in agreement with George Bush 98% of the time over the last 6 years?"
MARY ELLEN: "A lot of Democrats will vote McCain. It's okay, really!"
JOHN GOOD: "No. It isn't. Good luck sleeping tonight, traitor!"
Michelle Obama gave the headlining speech tonight at the Democratic Convention, stating that trailblazers like Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden have helped Americans 'aim a little higher':
The latest political short from the makers of BLUE BALLED and the New York-based TruthThroughAction.org, an organization creating online films and videos that support the Democratic party, its candidates and issues:
To the tune of Sam Cooke's "Wonderful World," a vocalist sings of John McCain: "I'm not up on the economy ... don't know much about industry ... really can't explain the price of gas ... or what has happened to the middle class." At the end, the ad features no less than three pictures of McCain and President Bush together, with the lyrics "If I could be just like you ... what a wonderful world it would be." A narrator concludes, "Do we really want four more years of the same old tune?" Watch:
Welcome to Monday morning! I can say that so merrily as I am likely asleep as you are reading this - that's right, another vaycay week! I'll be spending the better part of my free time attempting to solve the crime pictured below. I think the poster on what remains of this wall is a solid lead but, since it IS Monday, YOU tell ME:
Obama's deputy economic policy director, Brian Deese, takes on another McCain attack ad. Director of economic policy, Jason Furman, makes a cameo:
Something to remember when you pull that lever in November. . .
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We spent the day with Jim and Callie's family at the Yogi Bear Campground in Fremont, Indiana on Saturday:
Senator Joe Biden on CNN's American Morning July 16, 2008:
Joe Biden delivers a solid foreign policy performance last fall in Philadelphia:
During debate last year on the binding Iraq-withdrawal bill that would require George W. Bush to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq within one year, Joe Biden rips Republicans for standing by Bush's horrible course (Right after Grampy McSame defended those policies).
I'm 17 in the photo below (May 1982):
Welcome once again to Friday Nite Retro - Where the points are meaningless and the answers are all made up! Wait. . .I think that was something else. . Anyhoo. . .take a break from "veepstakes" (It'll be tomorrow morning now!) and journey back in time with me once more to experience an artist you may have, for good or bad, forgotten all about! I was pleasantly surprised by several of the tunes that surfaced when I searched through the work of William Royce Scaggs, better known as "Boz".