Archive for September, 2008
Posted by honestpoet on September 29, 2008
Here’s a sad article about a horrifying incident of anti-Islamic terrorism perpetrated by Americans right here on our soil, against women and children attending a prayer service at a mosque. I think it’s no coincidence that this occurred after the distribution of fear-mongering anti-Islamic DVDs in newspapers by a pro-McCain group. I agree with the author of the article:
John McCain has a moral obligation to publicly censure the Clarion Fund; to denounce the inflammatory, anti-Muslim message of Obsession; and to do everything in his power to stop any further campaign activities by his supporters that have the potential to incite violence
What I really don’t get is that those who most fear and hate Islam are Christians, presumably, right? Would the Christ of the gospels have gassed women and children? I think not.
Posted in Christianofascism, freedom, Islam, John McCain, Muslims, prayer, religion, terrorism | Tagged: 2008 Presidential election, Clarion Fund, Islam, John McCain, Obsession DVD | Leave a Comment »
Posted by honestpoet on September 26, 2008
Over at Huffington Post I just read this excellent article written by a married couple, Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks, who’ve been doing marriage counseling for years, about having an authentic couple, equal partners, in the White House, and the benefits that would have for all of us.
Elect Barack Obama. That way, we get the gift of seeing two people having an easeful friendship with each other. We get as a role model two people who communicate with each other as equals and stand beside each other as true partners. If we elect Barack Obama we are electing a new possibility in our relationship lives as a nation: respect, affection and authenticity. Michelle and Barack speak clearly and openly. You know she won’t bullshit you or embarrass you by playing the demure little wife. We’re ready to see that kind of relationship, and we hope you are, too. The question is: are we as a nation ready to end our national addiction to duplicity, phony adoration and Stepford wifedom in the White House? If not, we’re going to get what we deserve.
We have a chance now to make a real difference in the world. If we elect Barack Obama, we can all focus on the critical challenges that must be met now. Speaking personally, we feel a sense of warmth and pride when we think about the support and love the Obamas have for each other. We breathe easier when we see how they live their lives with balance, honesty and clarity. They’re the real deal. In November, let’s give ourselves this new mirror of our own value.
Contrast that with a man who once called his wife a cunt in public, who left his first wife after she was in a car accident that ruined her looks, who cynically chose an unqualified female as his running mate in a ploy to gain attention and some female votes, and who opposes legislation that would mandate equal pay for equal work.
Posted in Barack Obama, feminism, John McCain, marriage, misogyny, politics, power of love, sexism | Tagged: 2008 Presidential election, Barack Obama, Cindy McCain, John McCain, marriage, Michelle Obama, relationships | 2 Comments »
Posted by honestpoet on September 25, 2008
Here’s an excellent post from a blog I just discovered in a comment at MudFlats; the author, Chris Blask, had attended this talk down in Florida, and I’m afraid it won’t get enough national coverage, so I wanted to bring it whatever attention my little blog can.
The message from the speakers was clear: Senator McCain has been making dangerous decisions for our country for the past eight years and cannot be allowed to take us down the road the current administration has set us on.
Make sure you check out the video, too, of Mr. Clarke talking about Sen. Biden and his ability to step into the presidency if needed.
Posted in Barack Obama, Bush, Iraq, iraq war, John McCain, politics, terrorism | Tagged: 2008 Presidential election, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain, national security, Richard Clarke, Sarah Palin, Scott Gration, terrorism | 1 Comment »
Posted by honestpoet on September 25, 2008
A bunch of pastors are getting ready to break the law that prevents them (with their tax-exempt status) to get involved politically. One of them, a Southern Baptist (of COURSE) wants to talk about the unbiblical stances of Barack Obama. Here’s an article from the L.A. Times all about it. I say, go for it. Maybe when they have to pay their back taxes (I guess these folks don’t realize that you just don’t mess with the I.R.S….they were the guys that were able to bring down Al Capone, remember? death and taxes, baby, death and taxes), it’ll help pay for the bailout on Wall St.
Posted in anti-establishment clause, Barack Obama, Christianity, Christianofascism, IRS, politics, separation of church and state, the Bible | Tagged: 2008 Presidential election, bailout, Barack Obama, IRS, separation of church and state | Leave a Comment »
Posted by honestpoet on September 24, 2008
CNN Anchorwoman Campbell Brown makes an excellent case that McCain’s campaign is treating Sarah Palin in a sexist manner by shielding Gov. Palin from the press as if she were a “delicate flower.” It’s a riot, and fun to watch. You go, girl!
Posted in feminism, John McCain, the press | Tagged: 2008 Presidential election, Campbell Brown, CNN, Sarah Palin, sexism | 2 Comments »
Posted by honestpoet on September 23, 2008
Here’s a fabulous article from The New Republic about the anti-elite snobbery, written by someone from a small town who’s tired of hearing that Sarah Palin represents her. A must read for anyone who (like me) comes from a non-privileged background but doesn’t think that means we’ve got to agree with folk like the divine Ms. P.
Here’s a teaser:
Now I appreciate the effectiveness of insulting stereotyping as much as the next pundit, but I’m getting exceedingly tired of hearing about how much I scorn Sarah Palin because she is a hick chick from a hick state who didn’t go to Harvard. Please. I grew up in freaking Southeast Tennessee, in a smallish suburb of Chattanooga known as Hixson. (That’s right, pronounced hick-son.) I have spent more time at mudbogs, tractor pulls, county fairs, pig-roasts, dirt-bike races, and Wal-Marts than most of the anti-elite conservative whiners flapping their gums and wringing their hands over poor disrespected Sarah. I attended public high school, and the bulk of my classmates had Appalachian accents so thick they make Palin sound like a network anchor. The boys were hunters. The girls–myself included–had absolutely enormous hair. If any of my friends wasn’t a Christian, she had the good sense not to mention it to the rest of us, lest we try to save her soul at the countless revivals, church camps, and youth retreats we all attended. I was always smart but have never been an in-tel-lec-tu-al. (Shhhhh. Don’t tell my bosses.) And despite graduating second in my class, it never even occurred to me to apply to an Ivy League university. I went to college at Vanderbilt in Nashville–on scholarship, lest anyone assume that my family was upper-crusty.
Just like Ralph Peters, I KNOW Sarah Palin. Hell, in my younger days, I WAS Sarah Palin. (Well, minus being a crack shot.) The difference is I don’t fetishize my regular-gal roots and assume they make me special–much less qualified to run the country. And while I have indeed witnessed my fair share of cultural snobbery from some of my better-credentialed, coastal colleagues over the years, I’m not so defensive about where I come from that I feel the need to champion a wildly unqualified fellow hick whose politics I disagree with as a way to get back at everyone I know who has ever made a sniffy comment about big hair or small towns.
Posted in Christianofascism, feminism, fundamentalism, John McCain, politics, religion, separation of church and state, the Bible | Tagged: 2008 Presidential election, Sarah Palin, The New Republic | Leave a Comment »
Posted by honestpoet on September 17, 2008
I just saw this ad at TPM. I thought it excellent enough to share. I really feel that if Americans would actually listen to him instead of letting their preformed partisan ideas get in the way, they’d realize that this is the person who could help us get back on a path to a positive future for the whole country.
Posted in Barack Obama, Building a Better World, corruption, Iraq, iraq war, peace, politics | Tagged: 2008 Presidential election, Barack Obama, Building a Better World | 4 Comments »
Posted by honestpoet on September 16, 2008
Here’s an excellent bit from The Huffington Post about the difference between Obama and Oh Bomb ‘Em (I mean McCain) and their approach to foreign relations. Robert McElvaine asks the very good question, “Who’s the Christian?” The answer is clearly “Obama.” And he makes the point that those who’d bomb first, ask questions later should really be called “Constantinians”:
Emperor Constantine is usually said to have converted the Roman Empire to Christianity. What he actually did was convert Christianity to the Roman Empire. He gave Jesus the fourth century equivalent of a shot of anabolic steroids and transformed the Prince of Peace into the Prince of War and ally of the rich and the ruler.
Posted in Barack Obama, Christianity, Christianofascism, Constantinianism, John McCain, politics, Romans | Tagged: 2008 Presidential election, Barack Obama, Constantine, John McCain | 6 Comments »
Posted by honestpoet on September 16, 2008
If you’ve got employer-paid health-care coverage, McCain wants to tax those benefits, and it will mean less money in your paycheck. Check out this article in the NY Times. McCain is looking to dismantle the current system and turn it into more of a free market.
For starters, the McCain health plan would treat employer-paid health benefits as income that employees would have to pay taxes on.
“It means your employer is going to have to make an estimate on how much the employer is paying for health insurance on your behalf, and you are going to have to pay taxes on that money,” said Sherry Glied, an economist who chairs the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
It’s pretty frightening. Seems he thinks the unfettered market is working so well (excuse me?), he wants to apply these discredited economic ideas to the health-care market, and it’s the average worker who’s going to suffer if he’s allowed to do it.
Considering that McCain has admitted he doesn’t understand economics, I don’t get why he thinks he knows enough to tamper with our health care provider system. Oh, that’s right: he’s an arrogant prick.
Posted in health care, John McCain, politics | Tagged: 2008 Presidential election, health-care crisis, McCain | Leave a Comment »
Posted by honestpoet on September 11, 2008
In researching my response to a McCain-bot trying to drum up crap about Obama’s using the phrase “lipstick on a pig,” I found this great video at Slate where you can watch him use the phrase back in May, talking about Hillary Clinton. Check it out. Like I said in my previous post, McCain is a big fat liar. And a sexist, too. (And not so much because of the lipstick crap, but because he cheats on his wives and trades them in for younger models like they’re frickin’ cars.)
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: 2008 Presidential election, Hillary Clinton, lipstick on a pig, McCain | 1 Comment »