Proposition 8 will be on the California ballot on November 4th. Polls show its currently a toss-up; half the people want to ban gay marriage and half do not.
I like to think that I “get” points of view that I disagree with. I understand why someone would be anti-abortion. I understand why people feel passionately about having their guns. I understand why people might want a military veteran in the White House and pre-emptive wars against potential threats. I disagree with these points of view, but I get where people that support these ideas are coming from.
I can’t, however, understand what people have against gay marriage. It’s such a no-brainer to me. I’m shocked that in such a liberal state like California that Proposition 8 might actually pass.
The RNC has a new mailer going out in swing states that has the word TERRORIST on the front, and opens to a large picture of Obama.
I wonder… if voting rights were limited to the people who have been effected by domestic terrorism, what would be the outcome? I doubt it would be close at all. But then again, as Jon Stewart pointed out the other night, Osama Bin Laden didn’t attack Real America.
I know that President-Elect Obama will be cordial on the evening of November 4th when Senator McCain calls to concede the election. But I hope that Obama congratulates McCaim for running the most negative Presidential Campain in history and then tells him to go fuck himself.
I just found this blog when looking up the reaction of the Palin SNL appearance. he is a RNC campaign volunteer, huge McCain-Palin supporter and an idiot.This shames me that there are Republicans as ignorant as this, here is his observation about Democrats from door to door campaigning:
”- Democrat males are less manly. They typically read travel magazines, decorating magazines, and The New York Times. They typically own a cat, and they often wear shorts. The volume of their voice is lower, and they feel uncomfortable about someone asking for their general political views.”
Oh and a few images he displays on his blog:
Tim — why does this surprise you? This is just one of many outcomes of the strategy of deception that your former party embraces to win elections. Did you hear the most recent attack? Apparently repealing Bush’s tax-cuts for $250k+ earners is Socialist. Wake up and smell the lies, my friend.
But on the bright side, we’re going to have a 1996 style democratic landslide on our hands in just over two weeks, and “real America" can refocus their hatred from Democrats to gays, abortionists, and those who think guns kill people.
P.S. I can’t wait to hear what the RNC is going to say about Colin Powell. I’m sure his endorsement was just a black thing. Those crazy black people, always endorsing each other and opposing unjust wars.
So a canvasser goes to a woman’s door in Washington, Pennsylvania. Knocks. Woman answers. Knocker asks who she’s planning to vote for. She isn’t sure, has to ask her husband who she’s voting for. Husband is off in another room watching some game. Canvasser hears him yell back, “We’re votin’ for the n***er!”
Woman turns back to canvasser, and says brightly and matter of factly: “We’re voting for the n***er.”
I don’t know who I’m voting for. I don’t even know if I will vote at all… I’m sure this makes me an idiot or an asshole in the eyes of many.
Yup, I think you’re an idiot.
Democrats and Republicans have opposite viewpoints on abortion, gay rights, gun control, the death penalty, sex education, immigration, affirmative action, and the role of religion in schools. It’s impossible to be moderate about these issues. You either think abortion should be a choice or is morally reprehensible. You either see gay rights as civil rights or a slippery slope.
Not only are these candidates’ viewpoints completely consistent with their parties, but their parties’ positions on these issues have been consistent for decades. In other words, you’ve probably had your whole life to make up your mind.
I think third-trimester abortions should be illegal, but I understand the precedent that this sets in terms of making abortion illegal in general, and that’s far worse, so I’m pro-choice. I’m able to make this decision because I’m not an idiot.
This isn’t a game of tag. You can’t get out of it by not playing. Whether you’re socialist, communist, or libertarian, you can align yourself more with one party than another. Or work to reform the system! There’s nothing I can tolerate less than someone dispassionate about politics defending their lack of passion. It’s not that we lack strong candidates. You lack strong beliefs.
The financial world is a mess, both in the United States and abroad. Its problems, moreover, have been leaking into the general economy, and the leaks are now turning into a gusher. In the near term, unemployment will rise, business activity will falter and headlines will continue to be scary.
So … I’ve been buying American stocks. This is my personal account I’m talking about, in which I previously owned nothing but United States government bonds. (This description leaves aside my Berkshire Hathaway holdings, which are all committed to philanthropy.) If prices keep looking attractive, my non-Berkshire net worth will soon be 100 percent in United States equities.
A simple rule dictates my buying: Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. And most certainly, fear is now widespread, gripping even seasoned investors. To be sure, investors are right to be wary of highly leveraged entities or businesses in weak competitive positions. But fears regarding the long-term prosperity of the nation’s many sound companies make no sense. These businesses will indeed suffer earnings hiccups, as they always have. But most major companies will be setting new profit records 5, 10 and 20 years from now.
Let me be clear on one point: I can’t predict the short-term movements of the stock market. I haven’t the faintest idea as to whether stocks will be higher or lower a month — or a year — from now. What is likely, however, is that the market will move higher, perhaps substantially so, well before either sentiment or the economy turns up. So if you wait for the robins, spring will be over.
A little history here: During the Depression, the Dow hit its low, 41, on July 8, 1932. Economic conditions, though, kept deteriorating until Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in March 1933. By that time, the market had already advanced 30 percent. Or think back to the early days of World War II, when things were going badly for the United States in Europe and the Pacific. The market hit bottom in April 1942, well before Allied fortunes turned. Again, in the early 1980s, the time to buy stocks was when inflation raged and the economy was in the tank. In short, bad news is an investor’s best friend. It lets you buy a slice of America’s future at a marked-down price.
Over the long term, the stock market news will be good. In the 20th century, the United States endured two world wars and other traumatic and expensive military conflicts; the Depression; a dozen or so recessions and financial panics; oil shocks; a flu epidemic; and the resignation of a disgraced president. Yet the Dow rose from 66 to 11,497.
You might think it would have been impossible for an investor to lose money during a century marked by such an extraordinary gain. But some investors did. The hapless ones bought stocks only when they felt comfort in doing so and then proceeded to sell when the headlines made them queasy.
Today people who hold cash equivalents feel comfortable. They shouldn’t. They have opted for a terrible long-term asset, one that pays virtually nothing and is certain to depreciate in value. Indeed, the policies that government will follow in its efforts to alleviate the current crisis will probably prove inflationary and therefore accelerate declines in the real value of cash accounts.
Equities will almost certainly outperform cash over the next decade, probably by a substantial degree. Those investors who cling now to cash are betting they can efficiently time their move away from it later. In waiting for the comfort of good news, they are ignoring Wayne Gretzky’s advice: “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.”
I don’t like to opine on the stock market, and again I emphasize that I have no idea what the market will do in the short term. Nevertheless, I’ll follow the lead of a restaurant that opened in an empty bank building and then advertised: “Put your mouth where your money was.” Today my money and my mouth both say equities.
Last week I doubled my weekly contribution to my ShareBuilder account (money I probably won’t touch for at least a decade using a cost-averaging strategy) and increased my IAC 401(k) contribution by 1% point (money I can’t touch until I’m retired).
“It would really be pimp if we could tether this!”—Petra, talking about her Verizon Blackberry which is getting free data service here in Cancun, while our room and my iPhone get nothing. Extra points for the tech lingo, Peps!
“We cannot expect one man to heal every wound, to solve every major crisis of policy. So much of the Presidency, as they say, is a matter of waking up in the morning and trying to drink from a fire hydrant. In the quiet of the Oval Office, the noise of immediate demands can be deafening. And yet Obama has precisely the temperament to shut out the noise when necessary and concentrate on the essential. The election of Obama—a man of mixed ethnicity, at once comfortable in the world and utterly representative of twenty-first-century America—would, at a stroke, reverse our country’s image abroad and refresh its spirit at home. His ascendance to the Presidency would be a symbolic culmination of the civil- and voting-rights acts of the nineteen-sixties and the century-long struggles for equality that preceded them. It could not help but say something encouraging, even exhilarating, about the country, about its dedication to tolerance and inclusiveness, about its fidelity, after all, to the values it proclaims in its textbooks. At a moment of economic calamity, international perplexity, political failure, and battered morale, America needs both uplift and realism, both change and steadiness. It needs a leader temperamentally, intellectually, and emotionally attuned to the complexities of our troubled globe. That leader’s name is Barack Obama.”—The Choice, The New Yorker
MODERATOR: Governor Palin, since you clearly get uncomfortable when you don’t have a scripted answer for a given question, instead choosing to talk about taxes and energy during completely unrelated discussions about mortgages and health care, perhaps you’d like to take a moment to act like a condescending kindergarten teacher on nitrous oxide and treat the American people like a classroom full of rowdy 8-year-olds that won’t eat their vegetables.
PALIN: Ah, bless your heart! Y’know, doggone it, you’re darn right. And I’ll betcha, it’s the ol’ scamps there givin’ a straight-up shout-out to the whoop-de-diddly skidoo, *wink*, gosh darn it, what the heck, Main Street moms and hootenannies, and don’cha know it folks, if elephants could fly, you could make a fortune sellin’ steel umbrellas!