Friday, July 25, 2008

John Stewart's Observations about Obama and McCain

I love this video. It shows the real contrast between Obama's and McCain's German experiences yesterday.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Contrasting Images

While Obama was doing this:

McCain was talking in front of the Fudge Haus. Here is the video. I love the wind chimes that kick up during his responses to reporters. It is like a comedy sketch you might see on Saturday Night Live.

McBush Cartoons

Obama vs. McCain: Their German Audiences

Here is the a link that shows Barack in front of 200,000 Germans in Berlin, and McCain in front of the Fudge Haus (a German restaurant) in Columbus, Ohio.

Please, John McCain, do NOT shake up your staff or change the person who does your scheduling and media planning. Fudge Haus today. The cheese aisle at the grocery store yesterday. I cannot wait to see where you are tomorrow!

Image is Everything Part 2

Take your pick for the next President.

Image is Everything

A picture is worth a thousand words - ladies and gentlemen, I give you the next President of the United States - who looks more presidential?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Bears Camp

The Chicago Bears signed their top pick, offensive tackle Chris Williams.

The Bears have all their picks signed. Urlacher had his deal redone. Everyone is in except for Devin Hester. Hopefully, they will get a deal done pretty quickly. Hester needs to work on his receiving skills.

It's great the NFL is getting back into swing. I love it.

McCain's Blunders About the Surge

The guy is standing in front of cheese products at a grocery store and trying to explain that his incorrect timeline about the "Surge" that he laid out to Katie Couric on CBS the night before was in fact correct. It is nonsensical.

He claims that the Surge actually started before Bush announced there was a Surge that the American public did not actually know about and before the troops got there. He also claims that the purpose of the Surge was to protect a Sunni Sheik who was worried about being assassinated. The problem with this latter claim is that the Sheik in question was actually assassinated during the Surge.

What is wrong with this guy? I think he is losing it.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Send Karl Rove to Jail

Iraq Agrees with Obama

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki agrees with Obama's 16-month timetable.

Bush knows there will be a timetable for withdrawal, but he is trying to fool people with his "time horizon" and "aspirational goals" nonsense. We are leaving Iraq, but our soldiers are badly needed in Afghanistan because the job was never completed in the real war zone against the enemies who actually attacked us on 9/11.

McCain is a Real Piece of Work

Turns out that McCain is giving away information on Barack Obama's secret trip to Iraq. Obviously, details about Obama's trip need to be shielded from the public for security reasons. But, that didn't stop McCain from giving any would-be assassins or insurgents a heads-up while speaking at a campaign event.

At best you could say that he just made an honest, but serious mistake. At worst he wants Obama dead. Take your pick, but either way, McCain looks bad (one is obviously far worse).

Reagan Policy Advisor for Obama

What Bush has done to undermine the values of America are becoming better and better understood. Here is one well-respected Republican who recognizes that a vote for McCain is tantamount to endorsing and supporting the Bush/Cheney orthodoxy that has infected and largely destroyed the Republican Party.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Latest Electoral College Map

It is turning into a landslide. Barack is up 322-216, but the latest polls have him up in Montana and Missouri. It is single digits all over the place for McCain in states that should be easy wins for him - Georgia, North Dakota, Idaho, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alaska, and even Arizona.

It is shaping up to be a Republican wipeout.

I say Tomato - Bushie says toe-mah-toe

Iraq and Bushie are now talking about a "general time horizon" for troop withdrawals.

Sounds like a timetable to me. But of course, Bushie wants to change the language and meanings of words to cover himself. Just like the SURGE (i.e., troop escalation).

We are going to leave Iraq in substantial numbers over the next 2 years, no matter who the President is.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


That is how much Obama raised in June. Compare that to $22 million for McCain. The great part about Obama's money is it is coming from hundreds of thousands of small donors. The average donation was just $68. McCain gets all of his money from big money PACs and lobbyists who have hijacked this country.

Change is coming.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Bush Press Conference July 15, 2008

Bush really is an idiot. He doesn't think the government is bailing out Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. I am particularly amused by his argument that he doesn't have a "magic wand." This is the second time he has told us that.

Latest JibJab Video - Pretty Funny

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Because of outright incompetence and poor management decision to take on greater and greater amounts of risky mortgage debt, these two major institutions now find themselves in real risk of failure.

Bushie pushed for home ownership and his Treasury Department failed to provide adequate oversight. As a result, we have this whole mess. It comes on the heels of the IndyMac Bank failure and the Bear Stearns failure which are going to cost the American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars already.

The problem for all Americans with the latest crisis is that Freddie and Fannie hold nearly half of all mortgages in the U.S. In total, they hold $5 trillion in mortgage debt. If they collapse, the economy could meltdown far worse than anything we have seen in this country since the Great Depression.

It is clear that the Treasury Department and Fed have a growing sense of fear about what would happen. Even Bushie must recognize how bad things are. That is why Treasury Secretary Paulsen is talking bailout. The Treasury Department has extended a $300 billion line of credit to these firms. We as taxpayers are stuck with this bill to cover for the greedy and horribly bad management for these firms.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Kevin Jones Signs With The Bears

Great pickup for the Bears. They get a veteran player who is coming off of a major injury, but they didn't pay a lot for him. If it works out that will be great for both the Bears and Kevin Jones.

I like having a veteran guy in the rotation, but think it is still Forte's job to lose.

Dollar Collapse and Budweiser

Here is a 2 year chart that shows the dollar versus the euro. We have seen the euro strengthen against the dollar dramatically. The euro has gone costing 80 cents to about 60 cents. That means it costs more dollars to buy euros, or that euros can buy more dollars.

As a result of our debt accumulation and poor economic policies under Bushie, the dollar's collapse has made it cheaper for foreign corporations to buy up U.S. companies and assets. InBev could not have purchased Anheiser-Busch 5 years ago. Two years ago it would have cost them $70 billion instead of the $52 billion they are going to pay.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Faux (Fox) News' Trashing Michelle Obama

The "Real" John McCain

Interesting story about the way McCain dumped his first wife.

He sounds like a real winner.

It is clear he is not the moral leader he portrays himself to be. But it is funny how the media just overlooks this kind of stuff to allow him to create the image he has created for himself.

McCain's Love of Bushie-nomics

McCain admits to not understanding the U.S. economy. His top economic advisor, Phil Gramm, got in trouble last week for saying we are a nation of whiners and that the current economic woes are a mental recession. McCain thinks the Bush economy has been a solid one and wants to make Bush's tax cuts permanent - they have resulted in the largest deficits in American history and are directly responsible for the crash in the U.S. dollar.

Now, McCain wants to privatize Social Security. The guy is taking every bad economic idea from the incredibly unpopular President Bush and grabbing hold with both hands. The guy is nuts!

Bushie's Economic Disaster

All of Bushie's push for home ownership combined with the failure of housing and treasury regulators (in the Executive Branch) to properly regulate the mortgage industry led to billions of dollars in bad loans given to people who should never have gotten them.

The result is that record numbers of people are losing their homes in foreclosure and banks are failing.

IndyBank was seized by the federal government over the weekend - it is the second largest bank failure in U.S. history. On top of that, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are facing real questions about their solvency. These institutions back up almost half of all U.S. mortages.

Thanks to Bushie's regulatory failures and the Republican Congress' looking the other way and not providing adequate oversight, we are seeing a disaster of monumental proportions emerge. It is a slow moving train wreck that is still in the process of crashing.

Back in March, the Dow was at 12,000 and I predicted that it would fall to 10,800 by the end of the year. Today it is hovering around 11,000. The scary thing is that we still have not hit bottom. We may actually have the Dow fall below 10,000 this year.

Obama on Iraq

He has a good piece in the N.Y. Times today.

Tomorrow he is giving a speech in Washington. He just needs to keep illustrating the differences between him and McCain and the American people will support him.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Bud is now from Belgium

Anheuser-Busch is no longer an American firm. It has agreed to selling out to InBev. Looks like it's Miller Time!

If the dollar had not collapsed in recent years, this would never have happened. It won't be the first or last American firm that will be acquired by foreign entities.

New York landmark, the Chrysler Building, was bought out by Abu Dhabi last week.

Barack Obama in Dayton, OH

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Iraq Wants Timetable for U.S. Withdrawal

Not surprisingly, the Shia-dominated Iraqi government wants us out of Iraq. Iran does not want us on their border, and the Iraqi people want us out - so Iraq is now demanding a withdrawal timetable.

For folks who regularly read this blog, you know that I have believed this would happen irrespective of what we wanted. The fact is that we have replaced Saddam with a pro-Iranian Shia government that are beholden to religious clerics. That is what we have gotten for the American casualties and half trillion dollars in borrowed Chinese money that we have sunk into Iraq.

If we had just left or put in our timetables years ago, we wouldn't look like chumps who are being kicked out of the country. We could have declared victory and gone home, instead of being told we are no longer welcome. Just another blown decision by Bushie.