Saturday, July 31, 2004

I'm George W. Bush, and I approve this ad

This four minute comedy sketch isn't very 56k friendly, but I'd say it's worth it even if you don't have cable. Of course W would never speak without consulting advisors first, but Ferrell is amazing with his impression, starting with SNL.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

New commenting features

Haloscan is now taking over my commenting. So trolls, now you have no excuse to not leave at least some sort of alias... you'll be asked for one upon commenting. Also, every comment ever posted on this site has been deleted due to the switch, so we're all starting off with a clean slate. How about real discussion this time?

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Nader is an egomaniac

Florida (27 electorate votes): Kerry 48%, Bush 49%, Nader 1%
Arkansas (6 electorate votes): Kerry 45%, Bush 47%, Nader 2%
Maine (4 electorate votes): Kerry 46%, Bush 45%, Nader 5%
Ohio (20 electorate votes): Kerry 47%, Bush 48%, Nader 1%
Minnesota (10 electorate votes): Kerry 47%, Bush 47%, Nader 2%

I could go on and on with about 10 more states, but I'd have a massive aneurysm. Nader does not take votes away from Republicans. The truth is, the Democrats do have their shortcomings. They've bowed to the wishes of Republicans too much, and though they're developing a backbone these days, I can understand why some people would want to go with a candidate who's less likely to accept corporate donations and be subject to corruption. On the other hand, it's undeniable that a massive political turnaround involving Nader, or any third party, becoming a major contender in the next four months is pretty damn slim. You'd be a fool to say that Nader isn't taking away from the Democratic party. Watching his debate with Howard Dean, I realized just how much of an egomaniac this guy is. Intelligent people should be banding together against a common enemy, the Bush administration; not fighting amongst themselves for votes. There is a time and a place for voting third party, and most likely it will be 2008. Until then, let's try and focus, okay?

Are you a progressive having moral qualms about voting for John Kerry? Here.

Willie check-up

I apologize to JFK and to the readership of the blog for not updating more often, but I'm in kind of a rough spot here.  I'm down in North Carolina visiting my father for the first time in several years, and I've decided that getting to know one of my biological parents is slightly more important than blogging right now.  However, rest assured, I do have some topics I've been sitting on for a while now, and I'll get to posting them when I have more than a few minutes to get it online. 

Besides, what the hell do you need me for?  WHY AREN'T YOU WATCHING THE CONVENTION?!??!  Lazy bums.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

George W. Hoover

On the left, a Hooverville; the right, a homeless man

Though this is somewhat old news, it will always be pertinent, and I think is a good indication of what GWB is really all about.

From CNN:
"PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) -- President Bush declined an invitation to speak at the NAACP's annual convention, the group said. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People expects more than 8,000 people to attend the convention, which opens on Saturday. Democratic challenger John Kerry accepted an invitation to speak next Thursday on the final day of the convention, the NAACP said. Bush spoke at the 2000 NAACP convention in Baltimore when he was running for president. NAACP spokesman John White said Wednesday that Bush has declined invitations in each year of his presidency -- becoming the first president since Herbert Hoover not to attend an NAACP convention. The NAACP received a letter from the White House three weeks ago declining the invitation because of scheduling conflicts and thanking them for understanding. The letter was signed by presidential scheduler Melissa Bennett. White House spokesman Jim Morrell said Wednesday that the president has spoken about "equal opportunity and equal rights for all Americans" in many public places."

If this is anything like 2000, then Bush doesn't need the black vote. All he needs is the Dixie South, where house slaves have it so good these days, and maybe a couple swing states. What if those swing states have a large percentage of blacks? I don't know, let's ask Florida. Still, whether he works for the black community or not (most likely not), it's still a pretty big slap on the face to spend four years saying "maybe next year". I liked the little allusion to Herbert Hoover... I can't think of a better president to compare him to. While the economy was coming crashing down, Hoover "stayed the course" (sound familiar?) and as a result, was ousted from office. Hoovervilles, or slums bitterly named after the inept preznit, were all over the place. Hrmph. He must have inherited all that bad economy from a big spending Democratic administration. The major difference between Hoover and Bush? Bush has much better P.R. and photo ops. Maybe Kerry will be our FDR.