McGhosts and Ogoblins

by Rosemary and Walter Brasch There are a lot of scary things in this world, but one of the scariest is that Halloween and the Presidential election are only five days apart. It’s hard to miss the parallel between tricks-and-treats and the promises-and-panderings of politicians masquerading as the most caring, most vital, most sincere candidate. While standing behind their lapel flag buttons, they are quick to dress their opponents in something less patriotic. The Republican right wing wants to dress Barack Obama as a socialist terrorist, putting on him a large black beard, a kufi hat and abaya robe. Instead of handing out candy, these wing nuts have Obama handing out dollar bills, which he stole from hard-working conservative millionaires. … Continue reading

Ten Post Round-Up: Big News In Digestible Bits (Wednesday, October 29th)

Yay! I voted, yesterday. Now, I get to sit back for another week and try to tune out some of the political drama that continues on, unabated. We’ve got idiots plotting mass killing and assassination sprees. We’ve got morons creating hoaxes to scare people. We have people doing evil and disgusting things to get their point across. On top of that, we still have the idiotic blather to contend with in the media and on many a campaign trail. I’ll definitely be glad when it’s all over. Then it will be time to hold our breaths as we watch whatever fallout will occur once the results are in, in a week or so. Meanwhile, I’ll have the Ten Post Round-Up … Continue reading

McCain Campaign Sends Mixed Signals on Health Care

Barack Obama is seizing upon a gaffe by McCain adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, about the Republican candidates’ health care plan.  When the adviser was asked on CNN Money about young workers abdoning employment based health care.  “Why would they leave?” he said. “What they are getting from their employer is way better than what they could get with the credit.” The Democrats are mocking this comment as an “October Surprise” and Obama incorporated this into his stump speech in Virginia.  “This morning, we were offered a stunning bit of straight talk . . . from his top economic advisor, who actually said that the health insurance people currently get from their employer is, and I quote, ‘way better’ than the health care they’d be getting … Continue reading

An Unexpected Quote

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.   This is not a way of life at  all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.” –Dwight Eisenhower April 16,1953 This was called The Cross of Iron speech.

‘Socialist’, Soviet And Race-coded Speech: An Atmosphere of Violence and Hatred

Yesterday I posted a video appeal by the Barack Obama campaign asking those that could to take just one day, perhaps a vacation day or personal day, and work for the Obama campaign on election day. I thought it was an innovative nationwide request to an enormous mail list. The article was picked up by a right wing blog. The three comments that were left on the post are hatred personified. I have been honestly concerned about the split in this nation because of the ugliness of the lies, the racist coded speech and references to ‘socialist’. Last night I got my last personal taste of the invective. I was at my favorite restaurant last night with the usual crowd. … Continue reading

Ten Post Round-Up: Big News In Digestible Bits (Tuesday, October 28th)

So, check this out.  I did not accomplish much, yesterday, but I did post to the blog, so please cut me some slack if you see a few dust bunnies around.  Some things are more important than muddy footprints, I tell ya.  Heck, there must be some kind of medal or free happy meal for me posting the Ten Post Round-Up two days in a row (tap-tap-tap…is this thing on?). I just got what could turn out to be bad news, today, so I’m a little bummed.  But this YouTube from an up-and-coming news anchor has put a smile on my face, so I strongly encourage you to check him out: Great Kid’s News

Diva Id and Conk Her

The Swamp, the Chicago Tribune‘s Washington bureau blog, reports: A campaign official privately tells the paper: “She’s now positioning herself for her own future. Of course, this is bad for John. It looks like no one is in charge.” ABC News, among others, notes that, in an interview with CNN, one McCain adviser anonymously called Palin “a diva” who is “playing for her own future” political prospects. “”She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” the advisor told CNN. “She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. Also she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: divas trust only … Continue reading

Take The Day Off For Obama

Earlier today I received a very persuasive, innovative email from the Barack Obama Campaign. They are promoting a new concept with this video: “Take The Day Off For Barack Obama” From the Obama Campaign: “This election will be decided by what this grassroots movement can accomplish on Election Day. We have volunteer shifts to fill throughout the day — make calls, knock on doors, and make sure your fellow voters get to the polls. No previous experience is required. Sign up now to take the day off and make history on November 4th.” It’s the truth. Sign up here.