McCain lies through his teeth in describing Barack’s respectful conversation with Joe of plumber fame. How can someone who might want to finish his criminal campaign with at least a shred of honor, keep on lying? The answer is simple. He has forgotten the difference between truth and falsehood. The MSM does not call him on it. And the gullible viewer does not connect the dots. Does anyone besides Keith Olbermann care about setting the record straight?
ALERT: Colorado Voter Interference by GOP Operative SOURCE
McCain wrongly suggests Obama has already written his inaugural. SOURCE
John McCain is grasping at straws and the New York Times has obliged by implying that Obama has written his inaugural address, a presumptuous thing indeed, and at complete odds with his stance of fighting until the last vote is in. The item in question is a broadside written by John Podesta when he was still supporting Hillary Clinton for the nomination. It has already been published. It represents no request from Barack Obama for a draft of an actual inaugural speech.
The New York Times yesterday ran an article by Peter Baker and Jackie Calmes that stated Barack Obama would not be writing his own inaugural speech. I must not have been paying attention when the information was made public that Barack Obama can’t form words into coherent sentences and paragraphs. The idea is patently asinine. Baker and Calmes join with commercial writer and wingnut clown Jack Cashill in claiming there’s no way a Havard Law Scool graduate and United States Senator can write. What a bunch of dumbasses.
Baker and Calmes at least have the confused notion that John Podesta has already written the inaugural speech. John Podesta is working on the transition team that will place Obama in the White House. He did in fact write a draft of an inaugural address, which appeared in the back of his book The Power of Progress. That speech was written by Podesta over a year ago, while he was still supporting Hillary Clinton. The claims of Calmes and Baker can at least be blamed on shoddy journalism.
I imagine Podesta will write a clarification to the Times.
Yesterday I carried on my little Gallup Daily commentary. Scroll down to see the widget. Just as predicted Barack ascended a point today to an exalted 51, expanding his lead by one. I still do not think McCain’s message has attacked a convincing coherence, largely because it is based on outright lies about Barack’s tax plan and commitments. This is good news and will probably maintain Barack’s present margin. If more hesitant Republicans declare for Barack, I would expect the margin to increase. With Barack back on the trail and aggressively calling McCain on his errors, I think he is holding even and countering any sympathy that McCain might get for having essentially failed to organize a coherent campaign.
A window on Barack’s Hawaii trip SOURCE + PHOTOS
McCain stokes fires of racism — academics say stop SOURCE
Obama holds a 7 point Ohio edge (PPP) SOURCE
Barack sends volunteers to Georgia SOURCE
Barack Obama’s Post-Wall Street Vision
Having read tons of analyses of what we are into, let me offer my own.
The reason the global economy is staggered is that the entire system — in which a massive portion of the populace manages to be paid for doing little or nothing productive — is coming to an end.
Corporate bureaucracy, whether governmental, philanthropic (non-profit) or business, is about to be transformed by necessity.
The sheer volume of allegedly educated souls who trained to make money and went into finance and related enterprises is being reduced. Wall Street minus 300,000. And so forth.
When Barack is in, there will be a similar trim in the government.
Churches and other “charitable” enterprises have been downsizing for decades — at least the mainline, which makes no claim to divine blessing for pursuits such as war and control of the body.
And because we are dislocating big time, we need to ask what will be put in its place?
The answer was first given to us by Hillary Clinton in her evocative phrase, It takes a village.
The masses of the downsized must reconstitute themselves as the entrepreneurial creators, designers, managers and developers of new human settlements, experimental, car free, schools within a half-mile, cyber-enabled, multiple use facilities for worship and other gatherings, economies of scale built in so they can be fully green, recycling and powered by wind and sun and the products that come from recycling on site.
The entire building that stems from automobile and highway culture will need to coexist with this world, as the once-pervasive horse once coexisted with cars, until the proven advantage of bringing green to scale is demonstrated.
We need contests, diversity, no one-size-fits-all, no big brother intimations.
All this is somewhere in Barack’s mind, a cocoon from which the new will begin to fly. It is somewhere in David Wilhelm’s mind. It is somewhere there. It is also out here.
Beyond the retro-monuments Halliburton and Enron, where gaming the system was the rule and failure did not matter because there was always the deep well of the government or those deluded people out there.
We are about to kiss goodby to the lumpen-manageriat.
We are also saying goodby to the global indecision to crassly emulate everything lethal and nasty in our culture.
In particular, to our addiction to oil and our willingness to sacrifice the entire planet to the highway and the private automobile and everything that that has come to mean and be.
If the oil-car-road economy was economically viable, we’d have won the world 100 times over.
But today’s crisis is telling us different. The $100 trillion fantasy upon which our economic ruination is built was the etherial product of cubicles filled with deluded Wall Street wannabes.
Cheney would like this dying world to win. That is what he planned in secret and what the Bush regime has tried to float.
But our newer world will run on no drama. On some common sense. On some attention to the insistent realities of righteousness and justice, values that have no place in the world of Bush, where democracy is trampled in a succession of impatient efforts to co-opt what belongs to God and squeeze it into compliance with the thoughts of small and deluded minds.
The freed player of the once high-riding Wall Street fantasy game will begin to see the utter idiocy of sprawl-culture that has transformed the environment into its depressing generic form no matter where you land, no matter what murky ocean you look into. He or she will no longer be riding from the same generic airport to the same predictable downtown or journeying to to a countryside whose options are to be a wasteland or maybe a theme park.
What has value? Democracy does. Tolerance does. Helpfulness does. The supreme value is to accept that one is not God and to also accept that one has within the spark of universal connectedness that leads to God. This is the grounding of community, of common dreams. These are fundamental values, trumping patriotism and honor and worship of phony strength and hapless violence.
We are in a crisis of humankind, a crisis of not knowing what to insist upon.
It is a situation worthy of Barack Obams.
And he is right.
It will take everyone experiencing a burst of freedom and responsibility. And beginning to forge a world where a measure of renewed trust enables the creation of more habitable and peacable neighborhoods.
Sic Transit Idiocy
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