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Posted by krkaufman in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Nov 02nd 2010, 06:52 AM


I'd really like to see Princess Also Too struggle through a question, given her recent comments on anonymous source attacks, asking her for her view of the anonymously funded campaign attack ads that have flooded the airwaves this election.

But what I'm REALLY looking forward to is when the Republican Big$ anonymous donors turn their guns on her. I am hoping, hoping, hoping that she is delusional enough to run for President, 'cause when the anonymous ads start attacking Palin, the Tea Party loons are gonna blow-up the Republican coalition. Yummy!
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Posted by krkaufman in Political Videos
Tue Nov 02nd 2010, 05:38 AM
... cigarettes aren't any less deadly after Phillip Morris changed their name to Altria;

... Blackwater is still a counterproductive, extralegal mercenary force, regardless of a name change to Xe;

... and stale old Republican policies of tax cuts and deregulation will be just as destructive when ushered in under the banner of the Tea Party.
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Posted by krkaufman in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Oct 28th 2010, 12:08 PM
Welcome to Tea Party Amerika.
  • (KY) Paul campaign thugs assaulting and stomping on an oppostion activist.
  • (AK) Miller campaign thugs illegally restraining a reporter.

  • (KY) Right wing extremist, Jim David Adkisson, murders 2 and wounds 6 at Unitarian Church, during a children's show, as a substitute for murdering the "liberals" he blamed for his sorry state in life. (all Democrats in the House and Senate, and the 100 people listed in Bernard Goldberg's book)
  • (ME) Right wing extremist and white supremacist, James Cummings, building radioactive dirty bomb killed by wife.
  • (MI) Right wing Hutaree militia planning attacks on police forces arrested.
  • (PA) Right wing extremist and white supremacist/survivalist, Richard Poplawski, murders 3 Pittsburgh police officers.
  • (CA) Right wing extremist and Glenn Beck fan, Byron Williams, arrested by police after highway gunfight, preventing his planned assault of Tides Foundation and the ACLU.

  • (*) Town halls around the country, in Summer 2009, shouted-down by Tea Party "activists"


And this list is just off the top of my head.
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Posted by krkaufman in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Apr 29th 2010, 03:29 AM
A boycott to protest a new law that may unfairly target innocent citizens... has resulted in the targeting of an innocent beverage!!

AriZona Tea Boycott: New York-Based Beverage Company Caught Up In Backlash Over Immigration Law

An initiative apparently started on the Internet asks people to boycott the AriZona Beverage Co. because of claims the law will unfairly target Hispanics.


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Posted by krkaufman in Political Videos
Sun Apr 18th 2010, 08:45 PM
I'd love to see someone do a rip-off of the Jeff Foxworthy "you might be a Red-neck" routine... but aimed at Teabaggers.

e.g. "You might be a Teabagger if ..."
  • You've ever yelled, "Keep your government hands off my Medicare!"

  • You consider yourself a "pro-torture Libertarian."

  • You find yourself chanting "Reduce the Deficit!" and "Starve the Beast!" at the same rally.

(note: all of the above have been witnessed, either in the media or personally)
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Posted by krkaufman in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Apr 01st 2010, 05:28 PM
One more from the irony file....

Regarding Pres. Obama's statement on signing the student loan reforms...

Remarks by the President and Dr. Jill Biden at Signing of Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act

"You see, for almost two decades, we’ve been trying to fix a sweetheart deal in federal law that essentially gave billions of dollars to banks to act as unnecessary middlemen in administering student loans. So those are billions of dollars that could have been spent helping more of our students attend and complete college; that could have been spent advancing the dreams of our children; that could have been spent easing the burden of tuition on middle-class families. Instead, that money was spent padding student lenders’ profits."


How is this statement not directly applicable to the health insurance side of the very legislation he was signing? Why did he then not just extend but EXPAND the role of unnecessary health insurance middlemen?

Here's hoping it's not "almost two decades" before we correct the mistake.
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Posted by krkaufman in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Apr 01st 2010, 05:24 PM
During the home stretch of the health care reform "debate," we were inundated with coverage of the infidelities of Tiger Woods and Jesse James, left wondering exactly how many instances of infidelity would finally trigger either man's spouse to finally say enough and end the relationship.

I've found it ironic that, at the same time, the Obama-led Democrats wouldn't give us this out, instead forcing us back into the arms of those who've been abusing us for decades. The health insurance reform legislation, continuing the analogy (for better or worse), is even going so far as effectively requiring us all to enter into abusive relationships.

We know they're going to cheat on us again, but we're being forced to suck it up and stick it out.
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Posted by krkaufman in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun Nov 02nd 2008, 02:13 PM
1) Iraq: Were such a need to arise, judged by the US President, that we needed the assistance of Canadian military troops on US soil (for whatever reason), how long would you trust this President and his administration while the foreign military forces maintained a presence in our country? If after 5+ years and they still hadn't left, and Canada's government was publicly dictating US policy, would you be united under the leadership of this President, or would you be working against him and for the expulsion of the foreign forces?

The US military presence must be removed from Iraq for any Iraqi government to have credibility with the people of Iraq.

2) Abortion: Mirroring your question, if 66% of Mississipians believe that slavery should be legal, the federal government should stay out of it? The "federal mandate" of which you speak is also referred to by some as Constitutional rights, which the federal government is mandated to uphold.

3) "Death tax": If you wish to present yourself as someone open to unity and compromise, then you need to start shelving some of the divisive, misleading, and disingenuous rhetoric purchased from Frank Luntz et al. If it were a "death tax", then everyone would pay it. If the movement were "pro-life" then they would, by necessity, be anti-war, anti-death penalty, pro-stem cell research, anti-poverty, etc.

The "estate tax" is a healthy tax, wisely instituted long ago in part to preclude an aristocracy of inheritance from effectively becoming American royalty.

4) Energy/market decide: If you haven't noticed, the free market has failed miserably to position the country for the needs of the future. This is the basic problem with the free market, it is reactive, not proactive. A problem as large as our energy independence is not going to elicit necessary funding without government mandates that lessen the risk to investors. "Free market" is another term that should discarded, along with "death tax", "pro-life", etc, as there is no such thing as a free market.

Brazil is almost entirely energy independent now, and not because the free market led the way to fueling their automobiles on ethanol. It was government regulation, government mandates, taxation, and prolonged commitment. Ironically, Brazil and the US were headed in the same direction at one time, until Ron Reagan nixed the energy independence initiatives of President Carter. (Ask yourself where we'd be as a country, today, if we'd continued down Carter's path towards energy independence.)

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Re: McCain/Obama points... I don't see the pro-McCain points as based on reality or on specific policies; they're just general fear-inducing talking points we've heard for years -- and note that none are really detailed specifics of why to vote FOR John McCain, as opposed to reasons to not vote for Obama. Your Obama points were somewhat more policy-based, but then we get a list of what you don't like about Obama without a similar list for McCain. Again, if you're looking for unity, this is an aggressive approach, rather than the conciliatory approach the Right *should* be offering, given the Right's ultimate and almost sole responsibility for our current situation.

Oh, as for Supreme Court justices, add "strict constructionist" and "judicial activist" to the list of talking points to retire. It's been documented that Scalia, Thomas et al, have been the MOST activist of Supreme Court justices, based on their records of overriding legislation -- putting aside the travesty that was Scalia's halting the vote-counting on December 9th, 2000 and the court decision on the following Tuesday.
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Posted by krkaufman in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Oct 28th 2008, 03:17 AM
... but it's been posted on DU, by sfam, and another version on Photobucket

fwiw, I modified sfam's version to better fit on our pumpkin, and to make the message more relevant for the home-stretch...
    home.comcast.net/~krkweb/du/VOTE_Obama.jpg


    home.comcast.net/~krkweb/du/VOTE_Obama2.jpg





edit: p.s. If you need to get the Obama patterns to some last-minute carving party lacking an Internet connection, I've zipped 'em all up (plus a few other campaign/political) stencils as a single zip file, at home.comcast.net/~krkweb/du/Obama_Pumpkin_Patterns.zip Of course, you'll need a laptop & printer (and the ability to open PDFs).
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Posted by krkaufman in Political Videos
Sun Oct 26th 2008, 02:31 AM
Compare the Obama interview vs the McCain interview

Contact WFTV, especially you Floridians, and let 'em know what you think...

p.s. NOTE McCain's slip in his video, at 00:50, where he begins to say "we're tampering with" ... "America's most precious right"

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Posted by krkaufman in Editorials & Other Articles
Sat Oct 25th 2008, 03:56 PM
... before criticizing Franken's position on the bailout:

So When Will Banks Give Loans?
By JOE NOCERA
Published: October 24, 2008

It is starting to appear as if one of Treasury’s key rationales for the recapitalization program — namely, that it will cause banks to start lending again — is a fig leaf, Treasury’s version of the weapons of mass destruction.

In fact, Treasury wants banks to acquire each other and is using its power to inject capital to force a new and wrenching round of bank consolidation. As Mark Landler reported in The New York Times earlier this week, “the government wants not only to stabilize the industry, but also to reshape it.” Now they tell us.

Indeed, Mr. Landler’s story noted that Treasury would even funnel some of the bailout money to help banks buy other banks. And, in an almost unnoticed move, it recently put in place a new tax break, worth billions to the banking industry, that has only one purpose: to encourage bank mergers. As a tax expert, Robert Willens, put it: “It couldn’t be clearer if they had taken out an ad.”

Friday delivered the first piece of evidence that this is, indeed, the plan. PNC announced that it was purchasing National City, an acquisition that will be greatly aided by the new tax break, which will allow it to immediately deduct any losses on National City’s books.

...

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel as if we’ve been sold a bill of goods.

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Posted by krkaufman in Political Videos
Sat Oct 25th 2008, 03:27 PM
... adding the following as the ending:
    (1) switch the final McCain "last 8 years haven't been so good" clip w/ one from his (?)recent campaign stump speech, interview, or debate(?) where he says "I'm not George Bush."

    (2) append the Bush "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice... can't get fooled agin" clip to the video, including a laughtrack w/ (derisive) laughter

    (3a) And, finally, append one of the various still images of McCain giving Bush some up-close love, a hug, etc. (Ken Burns effect optional)

    (3b) ... and do a voice overlay on the still image, along the lines of:
    • "Don't get fooled again."
    • "Someone's trying to fool you again", etc.

      (you might even want to have Bush's "fool me once, shame on me" line lightly echo in the back ground.)


I've been wanting to do this the last coupla days, but have been too busy. I'm very glad to see they've updated the previous mash-up, as this is a much improved version.

Afterthoughts...
- if video editing software and skills are there, might want to find a way to intermix McCain's "I've given Bush rimjobs throughout the last 8 years", "voted with Bush 90% of the time", and endorsement clips with his newfound protestations against Bush and the last 8 years.
- the music style doesn't seem to fit
- some sort of transition (narrator) needs to be inserted after the initial McCain "last 8 years" clip; maybe asking "who's to blame, Sen. McCain?", "who's supported Bush's policies of the last 8 years?), ...?
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Posted by krkaufman in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Oct 24th 2008, 10:38 PM
... and putting aside the fact that he appears, in the video, to be satisfied with Obama's interraction with him at the end, based on his nodding and body language... ... he's full of s**t.

Obama spent SIX MINUTES with the guy, detailing his tax plan's workings, fighting through an initial interruption. The fact that Wurzelbacher doesn't like Obama's answer, that he doesn't agree with Obama's approach, does not equate to Obama being evasive -- or in Joe's suspect wording, "tap dancing."

Show me *ANY* time that McCain has put himself out there like Obama did, spending that much time with any one voter, let alone one in opposition to his positions.

LA Times: Plumber Joe Wurzelbacher's entire video chat with Barack Obama

(excerpts)

... Joe Wurzelbacher ... He's the balded plumber in the tight Toledo T-shirt who engaged Barack Obama in a six-minute conversation Sunday about the freshman senator's small-business tax that would hit Joe's about-to-be-business harder. Obama patiently explained how Joe might end up paying more on what he made over $250,000 but that was to help the people who weren't making that much.

Since Joe just came up from that lower income area, he did not seem fully convinced.

Joe kept talking about being a foreman and chasing the American dream, but he didn't really get the higher tax part because it seemed to penalize his hard work the more successful he became.

The entire polite conversation between Obama and Wurzelbacher was caught on tape by ABC News. It is actually rather unusual for a presidential candidate, whose most precious commodity is each day's 1,440 minutes, to spend six of them on one possible voter, even with a network camera obviously rolling nearby.

Since American political protocol says a candidate shouldn't be the one to break off a conversation with a voter, usually one campaign aide is assigned the duty to politely end such chats after one or two minutes by interrupting with a "We really must be going, sir." But not this time.


What baffles me is... Where the hell is the praise for Obama for having spent that time talking to a voter so obviously opposed to his policy? And where's the outrage over McCain and Palin failing to make themselves more available to the press, let alone the public?
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Posted by krkaufman in Political Videos
Thu Oct 23rd 2008, 12:06 PM
In reference to Rachel's discussion w/ Bob Herbert on Wednesday night's show, Bob suggested that using Palin as "the attack dog" may have contributed to her high unfavorability ratings. This is likely true, though Palin's lack of preparedness (and qualifications) is also a factor.

The problem with using Palin as the attack dog is that she was the least known of the four candidates now in the race, so she didn't really have any foundation of credibility with the public, any standing, from which to make such an assault on Obama, whom much of the public has been getting to know for the last 2 years. Palin's negative, personal attacks against Obama may not have been successful this year, regardless, but her lack of standing became a multiplier in the blowback against her.

Similarly, Palin's lack of preparedness, lack of substantial qualifications, really, also acted as a multiplier against both Palin and the McCain ticket when the economic crisis emerged. The new, sassy candidate from up North might be a refreshing twist to enliven the campaign, but her shallowness, exposed in a series of TV interviews, became politically cancerous in the context of the economic crisis.

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Posted by krkaufman in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Oct 23rd 2008, 11:37 AM
One hour later and they're now at $348k & $340k, for Al and El. Franken's pulled-in $8,000 in the last hour.

Franken for Senate '08
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