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If this guy[Sen. McCain] gets into office, it'll be the begining of the end.  He'll steer this country directly into a nuclear war!
Ahhhh-h-h-h!!!  Turn Right!!!  No-No---TURN LEFT!!!



Maverick, indeed... 

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But y'know, those conservative Wall Streeters are probly just makin' up those quotes.     [Am I soundin' like Sarah Palin yet?] ---michealintp

Actually, you do.  You and Governor Palin have a lot in common:  You're both non-competitive.  By the way, are you writing your posts on company time or personal time?

Look, now it has  come down to this:

A once honorable man who was fighting to preserve democracy in America in the 1960s arrives to an epiphany that democracy actually means progress. 

Today, this same man intends to tear down the very foundation he fought to protect with:

Name calling...
Lies...
Exaggeration...
Distractions...
Subterfuge...
Pandering...

Everything he can muster to pursuade that nagging ideology that poisoned this great country since its inception.  He doesn't care about the issues...   He doesn't care about people.... He doesn't care about this country... It's all about him. He wants access to our military proclaiming himself to be a 'maverick'.

He's no maverick...   Did you know that the Maverick was once a Ford in the 'horse series' [Mustang, Pinto, Bronco...]  that was discontinued because of low interest? 

Now he's spreading rumours about Senator Obama 'pals around with terrorists?!?'  Well, how does the sayin' go:

One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.   Think about it...

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Black Panther / Re: JASON AARON. THE NEW WRITER FOR BLACK PANTHER!!!!!!!
« on: October 03, 2008, 08:45:50 am »
You are being draaawwwwnnn back to the floppies Battle...resistance is futile ( cue the Borg).Thaaaat's iiittt.Pick up the floppy,Battle...you are getting veerrrrryyy sleeeepyyy...


must...resist...high...comicbook...*gasp* prices...! Arrgghhh!!!

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Vox Populi / Re: McCain picks Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as running mate
« on: October 03, 2008, 08:21:51 am »
You're  right, Catch 22!  We should hold our candidates to a much higher standard than what we've seen in the last 8 years. Absolutely.


Say, did anyone catch this Freudian slip last night from the Governor:

Palin:  [on McCain] "He is the man who we need to leave! ... er... LEAD!"

Things that make you go, "Hmmm-m-m..."
 

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Vox Populi / Re: Other Presidential Candidates
« on: October 03, 2008, 08:01:26 am »
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true indeed..  abolish the electoral college.. ---HypeStyle

Yup.

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Vox Populi / Re: McCain picks Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as running mate
« on: October 03, 2008, 07:52:19 am »
I realize now that a Vice President position is merely an extention of thier respective presidential campaign.

During last night's Vice Presidential debate what I got out of this republican opponent was that Governor Palin simply reiterated Senator McCain's criticism of  Senator Obama being 'naive' about  diplomacy, that withdrawal means 'surrender' and continuing the war in Iraq is inevitable.
Oh yeah, mentioning reagan's name... Give her a minus 5 points!

Governor Palin has sort of this ol' school 'anchorwoman' quality; y'know reciting bad news with an attractive face (and figure) and a occasional frown.  We get enough of that with Condi Rice...
One wink is cool because it's a gesture of trust but multiple winks...?   Like Blue and Sargeant pointed out, it starts to read like something else. 
A word of caution: Do Not Ever Gesture Like This Inside A Professional Workspace With Female Co-Workers. You will get hit with a sexual harrassment charge with the likes you've never seen.

I think Senator Biden really wanted that famous 'Lloyd Bentsen vs Dan Quayle' moment from twenty years ago ("Senator, you're no John Kennedy.")  but instead went, "Aww-w-w, what the hell...I don't need to go there." I think he was spot-on when he needed to criticize the current administrations' 'acting' Vice President as being a 'dangerous man' who extended his role outside of the Executive Branch and meddling into the affairs of the  Legislative Branch.  Senator Obama reassured me that Biden was, indeed, a very good VP pick because he at the very least knows what his role is as Vice President, he knows Foreign Policy and he understands what's going in the Economy and how it effects the common citizen.

Does anyone really want to extend the traditional and temporary powers of a king, a prime minister and commander-in-chief to Governor Palin should her campaign's  predecessor decide to step down (for whatever reason)...?

Just remember what she stands for.

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Latest Flicks / Re: Spike Lee's upcoming WW2 film
« on: October 02, 2008, 07:51:39 am »
In the deep, dirty  south, I traveled 30+ miles into the city and none of the major theaters (I frequent) will show  Miracle at St. Anna.  When I asked if they have the new Spike Lee film, the young white girl just frowned and replied, "No."

I really wanted to see this movie. Disappointed, I hopped into my whip and jetted to Books-a-Million instead.

 


It's times like this when I miss New York where I can just walk a few blocks (in downtown B'klyn) to a movie theatre, see the latest Spike Lee Joint on the marquee and buy my ticket.  :(

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Comic Reviews and Spoilers / Re: Recommend Me a Comic(s)
« on: October 02, 2008, 07:24:55 am »
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I picked up the first two issues, then the last two escaped me. Didn't he release issues 3 and 4 as a graphic novel? ---Catch22

I honestly don't know because I haven't been inside a books-a-million in months (time & gas money).

I lucked out when I spotted the only copy sitting in the graphic novel section but do you know that when I purchased Black Panther #40, I looked at the receipt and it still indicates:

1 Nat Turner
1 Daredevil

As if I bought a different title other than Black Panther...? Draw your own conclusion.

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Comic Reviews and Spoilers / Re: Recommend Me a Comic(s)
« on: October 02, 2008, 07:03:20 am »
Just picked up Kyle Baker's Nat Turner published by Abrams. It's the comic book collected into one volume with a newly written preface by Mr. Baker.  The artwork is nothing less than outstanding.

I found this passage enlightening:

One thing that's always mystified me about slavery is this: If slaves were selected and bred for size and strength, slavemasters must very quickly have found themselves outnumbered  by thier bigger, stronger slave population. 

How does a weaker minority dominate a physically superior majority?

In my research I learned that this is accomplished by destroying the slaves's mind.  More effective than whips and guns was the simple act of outlawing the teaching of slaves to read or write.

Think I'm exaggerating?  Nat Turner broke the law, learned to read and write, and the rest is history.

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Black Panther / Re: JASON AARON. THE NEW WRITER FOR BLACK PANTHER!!!!!!!
« on: October 02, 2008, 06:36:13 am »
Just picked up Black Panther #40...I-I-I couldn't resist. The artwork was just too great!  :D

...and great narrative by Jason Aaron of each and every Wakandan fighting in Secret Invasion!

Yeah, yeah... I know I wrote that I'd never pick up another floppy but c'mon, $3.99 for a @#!&-ing  comicbook?!? 

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Michael Moore may be many things but an economist he ain't.

Paulson may be a soulless, imperious, technocrat, but at least he knows his job.

If the bailout will work (and all learned opinion thinks it will) do it. what are the other options? Will Michael Moore put all the guys who are going to get laid off as a result of companies being non-liquid to work?

Dude needs to shut up and let the grownups talk. 2/3 of this country are morans.

That the malletheads in the sticks are against the bill fills me with no confidence whatsoever.     



Of course Mr. Moore isn't an economist and because this issue is going through an act of congress, he is a concerned citizen.  Are you saying that anyone against this legislation is a 'mallethead'?


I did say "malletheads in the sticks". I just don't trust the judgement of our rural fellows is all.   



Which is why I prefer real talk over idioms.   Less chance for misunderstandings.

Are you aware that the 700 billion dollar handout demanded by the current 'acting' President was in addition to the increases he had already approved through the federal reserve at the same time?

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[again, re-posted with permission]

Racism as Reflex: Reflections on Conservative Scapegoating
By Tim Wise
September 28, 2008


Last night, I finally got a chance to hear Tim Wise in a telephone interview over the radio (National Public Radio).  He sounds about as sharp and articulate as he writes.  I was really impressed.

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General Discussion / Re: Do we read stuff just to get angry?
« on: September 30, 2008, 11:39:23 am »
However, when Mr. Eisner was an instructor at the School of Visual Arts, he apologized repeatedly to his students redeeming himself in the process of teaching social consciousness in sequential art.
I know Redjack has very strong feelings on it.

Hey, Wise! :)
Haven't heard from you in a while...How's it going?

What exactly were RedJack's feelings on Eisner's work?

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Michael Moore may be many things but an economist he ain't.

Paulson may be a soulless, imperious, technocrat, but at least he knows his job.

If the bailout will work (and all learned opinion thinks it will) do it. what are the other options? Will Michael Moore put all the guys who are going to get laid off as a result of companies being non-liquid to work?

Dude needs to shut up and let the grownups talk. 2/3 of this country are morans.

That the malletheads in the sticks are against the bill fills me with no confidence whatsoever.     


Of course Mr. Moore isn't an economist and because this issue is going through an act of congress, he is a concerned citizen.  Are you saying that anyone against this legislation is a 'mallethead'?

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This is the message that came after the voters contacted thier local congressman and the bill was voted down:


Friends,

Everyone said the bill would pass. The masters of the universe were already making celebratory dinner reservations at Manhattan's finest restaurants. Personal shoppers in Dallas and Atlanta were dispatched to do the early Christmas gifting. Mad Men of Chicago and Miami were popping corks and toasting each other long before the morning latte run.

But what they didn't know was that hundreds of thousands of Americans woke up yesterday morning and decided it was time for revolt. The politicians never saw it coming. Millions of phone calls and emails hit Congress so hard it was as if Marshall Dillon, Elliot Ness and Dog the Bounty Hunter had descended on D.C. to stop the looting and arrest the thieves.

The Corporate Crime of the Century was halted by a vote of 228 to 205. It was rare and historic; no one could remember a time when a bill supported by the president and the leadership of both parties went down in defeat. That just never happens.

A lot of people are wondering why the right wing of the Republican Party joined with the left wing of the Democratic Party in voting down the thievery. Forty percent of Democrats and two-thirds of Republicans voted against the bill.

Here's what happened:

The presidential race may still be close in the polls, but the Congressional races are pointing toward a landslide for the Democrats. Few dispute the prediction that the Republicans are in for a whoopin' on November 4th. Up to 30 Republican House seats could be lost in what would be a stunning repudiation of their agenda.

The Republican reps are so scared of losing their seats, when this "financial crisis" reared its head two weeks ago, they realized they had just been handed their one and only chance to separate themselves from Bush before the election, while doing something that would make them look like they were on the side of "the people."

Watching C-Span yesterday morning was one of the best comedy shows I'd seen in ages. There they were, one Republican after another who had backed the war and sunk the country into record debt, who had voted to kill every regulation that would have kept Wall Street in check -- there they were, now crying foul and standing up for the little guy! One after another, they stood at the microphone on the House floor and threw Bush under the bus, under the train (even though they had voted to kill off our nation's trains, too), heck, they would've thrown him under the rising waters of the Lower Ninth Ward if they could've conjured up another hurricane. You know how your dog acts when sprayed by a skunk? He howls and runs around trying to shake it off, rubbing and rolling himself on every piece of your carpet, trying to get rid of the stench. That's what it looked like on the Republican side of the aisle yesterday, and it was a sight to behold.

The 95 brave Dems who broke with Barney Frank and Chris Dodd were the real heroes, just like those few who stood up and voted against the war in October of 2002. Watch the remarks from yesterday of Reps. Marcy Kaptur, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Dennis Kucinich. They spoke the truth.

The Dems who voted for the giveaway did so mostly because they were scared by the threats of Wall Street, that if the rich didn't get their handout, the market would go nuts and then it's bye-bye stock-based pension and retirement funds.

And guess what? That's exactly what Wall Street did! The largest, single-day drop in the Dow in the history of the New York Stock exchange. The news anchors last night screamed it out: Americans just lost 1.2 trillion dollars in the stock market!! It's a financial Pearl Harbor! The sky is falling! Bird flu! Killer Bees!

Of course, sane people know that nobody "lost" anything yesterday, that stocks go up and down and this too shall pass because the rich will now buy low, hold, then sell off, then buy low again.

But for now, Wall Street and its propaganda arm (the networks and media it owns) will continue to try and scare the bejesus out of you. It will be harder to get a loan. Some people will lose their jobs. A weak nation of wimps won't last long under this torture. Or will we? Is this our line in the sand?

Here's my guess: The Democratic leadership in the House secretly hoped all along that this lousy bill would go down. With Bush's proposals shredded, the Dems knew they could then write their own bill that favors the average American, not the upper 10% who were hoping for another kegger of gold.

So the ball is in the Democrats' hands. The gun from Wall Street remains at their head. Before they make their next move, let me tell you what the media kept silent about while this bill was being debated:

1. The bailout bill had NO enforcement provisions for the so-called oversight group that was going to monitor Wall Street's spending of the $700 billion;

2. It had NO penalties, fines or imprisonment for any executive who might steal any of the people's money;

3. It did NOTHING to force banks and lenders to rewrite people's mortgages to avoid foreclosures -- this bill would not have stopped ONE foreclosure!;

4. It had NO teeth anywhere in the entire piece of legislation, using words like "suggested" when referring to the government being paid back for the bailout;

5. Over 200 economists wrote to Congress and said this bill might actually WORSEN the "financial crisis" and cause even MORE of a meltdown.

Put a fork in this slab of pork. It's over. Now it is time for our side to state very clearly the laws WE want passed. I will send you my proposals later today. We've bought ourselves less than 72 hours.



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There, y'see?   Democracy does work!

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