Down With The Establishment!

November 17, 2008

As my post-electoral traumatic stress disorder begins to fade, it’s time to re-group, re-think, and flashback to the 60’s.

If you’re bummed out ’cause there’s no bailout in your future and you want to let “The Man” know how you feel, here’s a 60’s era counter-culture style bumper sticker. Click image for CafePress.

Break Out The Tin-Foil

November 11, 2008

October 2002:

One winter night in 1965, eyewitnesses saw a fireball streak over North America, bank, turn and appear to crash in western Pennsylvania. Then swarms of military personnel combed the area and a tarp-covered flatbed truck rumbled out of the woods.

Now a former White House chief of staff and an international investigative journalist want to know what the Pentagon knows, calling on it to release classified files about that and other incidents involving unidentified flying objects, or UFOs.

“It is time for the government to declassify records that are more than 25 years old and to provide scientists with data that will assist in determining the real nature of this phenomenon,” ex-Clinton aide John Podesta said Tuesday. source

November, 2008:

As President-elect Obama prepares to govern, what are his priorities? We’ll find out from John Podesta, head of the Obama transition team. source

Vice-President Joe Biden is not a UFO believer, but seemed to forget the question half-way through his answer:

I’ve never met Dennis Kucinich and I don’t know Governor Richardson. No I don’t think there are UFOs. No I don’t think the government… What the hell are we talking about? This has gone downhill real quick.

And I thought Ron Paul was a tin-foil hatter. Oh well, stay tuned to the secret government frequency, Kenneth, ’cause the nuttiness ain’t hardly begun. Somehow, it’s all going to be George Bush’s fault…

Biden Booed In Philly

November 10, 2008

The American public, recently introduced to the image of President-Elect Obama holding a news conference in front of a lectern with the word “President” displayed in 300 point type, appear already disappointed in their decision:

The Giants and Eagles played in front of a special guest. Vice President-elect Joe Biden watched the game in a luxury suite with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. Biden was booed when he was showed [sic?] on the video screen. A/P source

Vice President-elect Biden must be blissfully unaware of the history of Philadelphia sports fans who have a well deserved reputation for nastiness. Heck, if Mother Theresa were still alive, they’d toss a snowball at her.

Office Of The President-Elect Ponders Fund Raising

November 9, 2008

The Office of the President-Elect

The Office of the President-Elect, drawing upon the hugely successful cyber-space based fund-raising program of the Obama campaign, has begun quietly circulating a draft document for immediate dissemination across the Internet. Faced with the daunting task of paying for any one of the mind-numbing and budget busting campaign promises of Universal Health Care, negative tax rates, and tax cuts for 95% of Americans, the Office of the President-Elect feels this progressive means of procuring the funds necessary for the Hope and Change that so many Americans voted for so often, under so many aliases, to secure on the many days prior to, and once again and again, on Election Day. The draft:


From: Mr Barack Hussein Obama. Address: 1600 pennsylvania avenue, washington, dc

Warm Greetings,

I am the above named person but now undergoing medical treatment now. I am married to Michelle who worked with University of Chicago Hospital in for seven years. We were married for sixteen years with two child.

I have subsequent come into possession of vast bullion treasury which the Bible is against. There is this US$100.5trillion and 350gigagrams of dust Gold,my husband has on deposited with a security company which I am the next of kin.

With my health condition,I am looking for a credible person to whom I will pass the right of next of kin Recently,my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next four years due to stress job problem.

Though what disturbs me most is my health.Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to church or better still a christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in.I want a church or individual to use this fund to churches, orphanages and widows propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is properly maintained.

The Bible made us to understand that Blessed is the hand that giveth.I took this decision because I don’t have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don’t want my husband’s hard fought for money to be misused by unbelievers and people who don,t have human sympathy.I don’t want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner,hence the reason for taking this bold decision.

I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going.I know that I am going to be in the bossom of the Lord.Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace.I don’t need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health,and because of the presence of my husband’s relatives around me always while they await to hear a word from me if they will know any secret regarding my husband trasure as they are aware that we have nobody to inherit it and that is why they don,t want to give me any support to live.

I don’t want them to know about this development.With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply,My husband personal attorney will contact you as i will not e able to communicate to as often as you might need.

I want you and the church to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd.My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian.Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth Please always be prayerful all through your life.Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for a church or christian individual for this same purpose.Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.

NB:reply back to this mail address given:

Hoping to hear from you. you are blessed in the name of the Lord.

Mr Barack Hussein Obama.

To the uninformed – this is a variation of the famous “Nigerian Scam” which, despite much publicity, still traps a few individuals – to this day:

SWEET HOME, Ore. — An Oregon woman who is out $400,000 after falling for a well-known Internet scam says she wasn’t a sucker or an easy mark.

Janella Spears of Sweet Home says she simply became curious when she received an e-mail promising her $20.5 million if she would only help out a long-lost relative identified as J.B. Spears with a little money up front.

Spears told KATU-TV about the scammers’ ability to identify her relative by name was persuasive.

“That’s what got me to believe it,” She said. “So, why wouldn’t you send over $100?”

Spears, who is a nursing administrator and CPR teacher, said she mortgaged the house and took a lien out on the family car, and ran through her husband’s retirement account.

“The retirement he was dreaming of — cruising and going around and seeing America — is pretty much gone for him right now,” she said.

She estimates it will take two years to clear the debt that accumulated in the more than two years she spent sending money to con artists. (Fox News)

Internet Report Card

November 9, 2008

An interesting question that is often asked is, “What is the effect of the Internet on the political process?” Post-election data seems to indicate that politically oriented blogs are becoming more popular among citizens and continually moving higher in ranking. (A lower number in ranking is better; ie yahoo, google, and youtube are numbers 1,2, and 3.)
Major blogs of both political persuasions had higher traffic in the last three months of the past election season, according to Alexa (a web traffic reporting service):



Daily Kos

Democratic Underground









Improvement in rank








Interesting that while both DailyKos and FreeRepublic gained rank, the FreeRepublic sites increase in rank was larger and they are closing the gap with Kos and in a virtual tie for position. Some smaller blogs on the right made dramatic improvements in rank:





Improvement in rank



And then there is Little Green Footballs, which is defined by Alexa as a “Weblog covering issues dear to both conservatives and US liberals” which lost rank:


Little Green Footballs



Improvement in rank


Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, who in late spring appeared to go on a personal crusade against fundamentalist Christians, intentionally alienating many of his readers (of many faiths) with a continual evolution vs. creationism battle, seems to have sent his readers fleeing.

I’ve got to wonder about the “US liberals” though. Does that mean United States liberals or “we liberals?”

Obama Speaks!

November 7, 2008
Office of the President Elect?

Office of the President Elect?

In a moment of unmitigated arrogance, President-elect Obama took a below the belt shot at the widow of President Ronald Reagan:

In terms of speaking to former presidents, I have spoken to all of them, uh, that are, uh, living … obviously, uh, President Clinton, uh … [laughter] … hey, I didn’t want to get into a Nancy Reagan, uh, thing about doin’ any seances…

Here’s the video:

If the presumptive President-elect knew anything of the Reagan’s he would understand the deep, abiding love between Mrs. Reagan and her late husband. After the attempted assassination of her husband, yes, she was concerned with his welfare and apparently did consult a psychic.

This was a cheap shot, and hopefully not be a sign of things to come. The stock market, which had been slowly climbing after the “Obama bounce” of nearly minus 800 points the past two days, dropped 200 points shortly after his remarks.

A quick check at reveals the following:,, are not available.

The interesting thing is, punching in the url re-directs to Google. Have those “do no damage” capitalists at Google already figured out that url would bring considerable traffic and decided to claim it themselves?


“President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan today to apologize for the careless and off handed remark he made during today’s press conference,” said transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter. “The President-elect expressed his admiration and affection for Mrs. Reagan that so many Americans share and they had a warm conversation.” source

As a follower of Chicago politics and politicians, I’d say “It’s on.” I’ve been magnanimous for two whole days while I watched the stock market tank even further and this presumptuous representative of  “THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT ELECT” held his first press conference. That’s about as “fur” as I can go. Any repeating of the non-nonsensical claim about former First Lady Nancy Reagan, even with a quick apology, makes me uneasy.

[President Obama] Yeah, uh… uh…I’m sorry about that…uh… nuke. I…uh… admire and have great affection for you guys.

[President Putin] That’s okay, I’m a mile underground. How about New York City, Washington, and Miami?

[President Obama] That…uh… seems…uh…fair. Go ahead. Tel Aviv…uh… too?

[President Putin] If you insist.

[President Obama] Of course. Uh…It’s great to have this…uh… warm conversation with you.

[President Putin] Of course it’s a warm conversation. Wait for about 10 minutes and 45 seconds. It’s going to get a lot warmer for you.

Sayonara Sarah

November 6, 2008

John McCain needs to go back to Arizona, announce his official switch to the Democratic Party and disappear from the political scene. The McCain camp threw Palin to the wolves when they encouraged the Couric interview. Were they that freakin’ clueless to think that the knives wouldn’t come out for that interview?

I hope everyone from the McCain camp stays the hell away from Campaign 2010 and 2012. They proved themselves to have a degree of ineptitude I thought was impossible, some standard of campaigning ethics that seemed almost quaint, and shot themselves in the foot with their ideas on fund raising. They got outspent something like 7 to 1 and while the race STILL was surprising tight (a FIVE state switch of 200,000 votes per state would have won it for McCain) I just don’t think they really, really wanted to win. McCain had no fire in the gut. They should have kept him hopped up on a six-pack a day of Red Bull the past three months to bring out the fighter in him.

After running this “holier than thou” campaign the fact that they let any slurs appear about Gov. Palin shows the doddering old fools in his campaign for what they are. I personally think the nation needs a President “asleep at the wheel” for the next couple of years while the assorted markets figure out what needs to be done, then do it. McCain taking four hour naps in the afternoon, only waking up to veto legislation, while Sarah Palin went around and cut ribbons, would be the perfect cure for this economy.

Instead we’re in for four years of “boom and bust” overreaction and over legislation and overspending while a bunch of kids, running around like headless chickens, attempt to reassure (with practiced arrogance) that they have a freakin’ clue as to what they’re doing.

Oh yeah, and all you BDS sufferers, it won’t be too long before you refer to the Bush years as the “good old days” as you sit in the dark and shiver in front of your blank computer screens, thankful for the 43rd economic stimulus check you just received that won’t cover even a portion of your $2000/month electric bill, thankful to Lord Obama that the CO2 level in the atmosphere dropped by 10 parts per million.

But Sarah Palin will be back in Alaska, catching fresh salmon, shooting a caribou or two, raising the fees on oil that gets sent to the lower 48, and laughing her ass off while she lays in her tanning bed. She’s gonna have the last laugh. You can bet the (no money-down, zero-points, sub-prime, zero-doc, adjustable rate mortgaged) house on it.

Them Ol’ Election Blues

November 6, 2008

Got them ol’ Election Blues? Pour a stiff one and settle down with a little Iowahawk. Just a little teaser ’cause he’s been known to get a whole lot more than a tad crusty when you crib his content:

Election Analysis: America Can Take Pride In This Historic, Inspirational Disaster

Although I have not always been the most outspoken advocate of President-Elect Barack Obama, today I would like to congratulate him and add my voice to the millions of fellow citizens who are celebrating his historic and frightening election victory. I don’t care whether you are a conservative or a liberal — when you saw this inspiring young African-American rise to our nation’s highest office I hope you felt the same sense of patriotic pride that I experienced, no matter how hard you were hyperventilating with deep existential dread.  more