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I still don't remember why I liked or collected these things. I guess that's the power of marketing and peer pressure on an innocent youth. Amazing how easy it was to convince millions of kids that they needed to collect tiny cardboard circles and throw things at them. HOURS OF FUN.
|The third and final of the Presidential debates (Obama Vs. McCain, 2008)|
Well sadly, if you've been paying attention for the past 2 years, you heard almost nothing new. They've gone over their policy positions ad nauseum, so hearing what they actually talked about rarely tells you much more about the candidates than you already knew.
Really the most interesting thing about the debates is how they present their ideas and react to each other in a high pressure situation. McCain grimacing, rolling his eyes and gritting his teeth says a lot when juxtaposed to Obama remaining cool and smiling occasionally.
And in terms of laying out their ideas Obama was much more clear and concise. If you didn't know who Joe the Plumber was McCain didn't tell you who he was very well. He seemed more like a generic "Joe Six-Pack" metaphor, despite him making 250,000 a year, which compared to a lot of us is "rich". If you didn't know who ACORN was, or why they "threaten the very fabric of our democracy", you probably still don't. Though you do know what McCain thinks about the "health" of mothers.
|Highlights from the McCain/Batman debate|
Wow, is the Penguin actually advising the McCain campaign right now? That's almost word for word.
Every 10 year old watching this in the 60s could recognize the Penguin was being a total douche with those talking points, and yet McCain is able to convince a large chunk of the Red Base with these exact tactics. No wonder Smarter Than a 5th Grader is so popular.
|Palin lectures imaginary protesters|
And lets also thank the firefighters who save houses so we can live and protest. And the policemen who stop people from attacking protesters. And everyone for paying taxes that support the government which allows us to protest. And lets hope they thank the founding fathers for giving us the right to protest. Or a million other things that let us protest if we didn't feel the need to incessantly remind our supporters how pro-military we are.
|Barack Obama: Too Much Pie For One Guy|
Paraphrasing: He asked the diner owner if he thought he was better off after 8 years of Bush. The diner owner said no. Obama asked him to give him a chance this year. The diner owner, life long Republican, said he might just do that.
Pie is the change we were waiting for.
|Lamb Chop After Dark|
I'd do her.
|wedding ring disaster|
|Tom Brokaw Cannot Read His Teleprompter|
The reason Tom Brokaw was such a stickler for the rules is they were bad rules designed to create a safe debate for the two candidates. The two campaigns created the rules without Brokaw being allowed in the decision making. He was clearly bitter and it showed in him constantly reminding them "Your campaigns worked very hard on these rules."
The candidates decided they didn't want the discussion period or follow up questions because they wanted to just give speeches, not debate each other. Obviously the candidates realized throughout the debate the safe route wasn't what they wanted and I'm glad Brokaw did give them some leeway. Hopefully they'll open up the rules for the last debate and maybe actually debate each other, instead of stump on stage together.
|Bob Staake's Process|
Man loves him some ellipse marquees. Yeah, no thanks, I'll stick to my Wacom and brush tools. Also, someone needs to teach this man how to use a bezier curve.
|Crazy Man to McCain: Please Fight the Socialists|
That's really disappointing to hear. Even for Fox News. I mean come on now.
|Crazy Man to McCain: Please Fight the Socialists|
I wonder why McCain seemed so uncomfortable in the Townhall Debate? He did so well in this Townhall, and with questions like that I'm damn impressed.
|The McCain Palin mob|
Ok Frank, how bout this:
"Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, a McCain campaign co-chairman, edged up to an explicitly racial attack on Barack Obama on Thursday, describing the Illinois Senator as a "guy of the street" before raising his youthful drug use."
They over the edge now?
|More McCain-Palin mob|
Country First! Well...the half that we don't want to die or move to Russia. When I say country I just mean... you know, dirt and trees and stuff.
|Obama on ABC News.|
Campaign Bus Breakfast Nook. Excuse me, Terrorist Bomb Delivery Vehicle Breakfast Nook.
|The McCain Palin mob|
We need to have a debate between Obama and McCain supporters. That would tell you a lot more about the candidates than any of the debates so far.
|McCain calls audience: 'My fellow prisoners'|
There's plenty of time for harping on legitimate issues and making fun of him for being old and fucking up.
|Palin Misquotes Albright: 'Place In Hell Reserved For Women Who Don't Support Other Women'|
So is she saying "If you're a woman and you don't vote for me you can go to hell. And they don't have Rape kits in hell."?
That's when we'll know the US has truly lost its place in history.
|Obama called a 'terrorist' at McCain rally.|
McCain Campaign memo 3/11/2008:
"Throughout his life John McCain has held himself to the highest standards and he will continue to run a respectful campaign based on the issues. We expect that all supporters, surrogates and staff will hold themselves to similarly high standards when they are representing the campaign."
He made it all the way to 72 before he abandoned his highest standards. He was so close.
|Keith Olbermann on Palin's Obama/Ayers connection.|
The Washington Post reports on a similar moment at a Palin rally today:
"Now it turns out, one of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers," Palin said.
"Boooo!" said the crowd.
"And, according to the New York Times, he was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, 'launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol,'" she continued.
"Boooo!" the crowd repeated.
"Kill him!" proposed one man in the audience.
Worse, Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her "less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media." At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down, boy."
She doesn't have to outwardly say that he's a terrorist or that he's a scary black/Muslim man, she knows her supporters ("the base") can connect the dots. They are. And I'm afraid what the final picture is gonna look like as she and McCain keep adding dots and their supporters continue to connect them, and connect them to the chain emails and the hate spewed on talk radio. We may not have gotten the convention riots of 68 but we may get at least one repeat of 68 if Obama gets elected. If he even lives that long.