Archive for October, 2008

Breaking news: The KKK does not support Obama.

October 16, 2008

In Oklahoma, the Klu Klux Klan passed out an anti-Obama flyer with people’s newspapers. Video here.

From what can be seen in the video, the flyers say that the Klu Klux Klan does not endorse Barack Obama for president.

Really??? Whoever would have guessed that the KKK is not endorsing a black candidate?

Also, in the video they mention that they’re considering filing hate crime charges. For passing out a flyer???
Yes, they’re the KKK, yes, they’re evil and it’s horrible that they still even exist. But passing out flyers is not a hate crime.


October 16, 2008

The Supreme Court refused to hear Troy Davis’s death penalty appeal. From SCOTUSblog:

In appealing to the Supreme Court, Davis’ lawyers urged the Court to issue a definitive ruling — something it had only assumed previously — that the Eighth Amendment creates a right of an innocnet person not to be executed.

Does that really not go without saying? Why doesn’t the court have the guts to say it?
Whenever I discuss the death penalty with people who are for it, they always say that there are so many appeals an innocent person would never be convicted.
Because clearly the real world works like that.

Joe the Plumber

October 15, 2008

Joe the Plumber was mentioned, by both candidates, 26 times (2 more times than McCain said “My friends” in the last debate).
The funny thing is, I used to know a plumber named Joe who actually called himself “Joe the plumber.” He was psychotic and abusive.
I don’t think it’s the same guy, since the “Joe the plumber” they were talking about is from Ohio and probably doesn’t even describe himself as Joe the plumber. Still, it was weird.
Besides for that, tonight’s debate was the most interesting of the three. Did McCain really say that while he would nominate judges for the Supreme Court based on qualifications, anyone who agreed with Roe v. Wade wouldn’t be qualified? Wtf? And that people in the military shouldn’t have to go through any more education or have to get a credential to become teachers? Because learning to kill people clearly makes you qualified to teah children. Not that soldier’s can’t be good teachers, but there’s no reason they shouldn’t have to get the smae credentials as anyone else. Especially since there’s not exactly a shortage of teachers right now, huge amounts of teachers are getting laid off or loosing their classes.
About McCain’s position on torture- he was against it a long time ago, then he was for it- is he currently against it? Obama congratulated him on his position, but I thought his position was that waterboarding was okay? Hopefully he changed his mind?
And also- Sarah Palin’s son isn’t autistic, he has Down’s Syndrome- there’s a pretty huge difference there.
I loved Obama’s response to that though- that if McCain is saying Sarah Palin will help special needs children, that won’t happen with a budget freeze. Not that it’s likely Sarah Palin would do anything for children with special needs anyway, or anyone else- I completely hate her, but I’ll go into that when I’m less tired. (My main issues with her are that she kills wolves, wants to kill polar bears, is completely anti-choice, made women who were raped pay for their own rape-kits, wanted to ban books…

History repeats itself.

October 9, 2008

In this article Tuesday,  an attorney for the Uighurs who are being held in Guantanamo said, “I’ve never heard anyone argue our relations with other nations are a basis for holding someone.” But really, that was the government’s argument for holding the slaves in the Amistad case.
And now, as in that case, the courts are blocking their release. As Emi McLean, a CCR attorney said, “Seventeen men were told yesterday that they were going to be released after nearly seven years of wrongful detention. Now, they have to be told that their detention will continue to be indefinite.”

McCain is an idiot

October 7, 2008

McCain said “My friends” 24 times during the debate. We are not his friends!

Every statistic he used was “95%”. There is no way he’s not making that up.

“Nuclear power. Senator Obama says that it has to be safe or disposable or something like that.” Wtf? Um, does McCain not think nuclear power should be safe? Or just not know what he’s talking about whatsoever?

That one.”

He practically gave the audience lapdances.

And completely talked down to them. His tone of voice was condescending, he said that they probably never heard of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before… Does he really think the way to get people to vote for him is to treat them like idiots?


Speaking of people doing the wrong thing to get people to vote for McCain, a few weeks ago I went with Peace Club to see Amnesty International’s model Gitmo cell in Santa Monica. Nearby was an Obama/Biden booth and a McCain/Palin booth. We talked to the people in the Obama/Biden booth and one of my friends bought a button, and then we went over to argue with the people at the McCain/Palin booth. The first guy we talked to was an ex-military guy who didn’t think McCain was conservative enough. We talked to him about Guantanamo and he agreed that innocent people shouldn’t be held and people should be given trials, and agreed to read an article in the Amnesty International magazine.

Then I started to talk to this other guy, and we started arguing about Iraq, and I don’t remember exactly what we said but it ended with him waving his finger in my face yelling, “We did not put the Taliban in power! We did not put the Taliban in power! We did not put the Taliban in power! We did not put the Taliban in power!”

“Uh, I have to go now,” I finally mumbled, and turned away from him. Unfortunately, my friends were deep in conversation with someone else, so to get away from the guy Iwandered around to the other side of the booth where some random people who’d been passing by were watching someone talk to another guy from the McCain/Palin booth.

“Say I’m an undecided voter,” he told the guy from the McCain/Palin booth. “What’s one reason I should vote for McCain?”

“We don’t want your vote! We don’t need your vote!” the guy screamed.

Uh, yeah. If you’re at a booth for a political candidate, you’re probably there to try to convince people to vote for your candidate. And that is not how to do it.