Archive for September, 2008

September 29, 2008

IN DEFENSE OF MC CAIN

by MullOverThis

Folks need to stop fussing about Republican John McCain and his recent campaign decisions.  With all sparring aside, no one can really blame McCain for attempting to “suspend” his campaign in order to dodge last week’s presidential debate at Ol Miss.  McCain knows he does not have the presence to appear before the public against Obama.  While Obama poignantly referred to “John” over and over again, John kept talking to the moderator, and barely ever looked over at Obama.  John’s body language spoke volumes:  “I know you don’t think I should even be listening to you, junior senator.”  Senator McCain’s shut-down demeanor towards Obama didn’t move Obama at all.  Obama’s smug incredulous look wreaked of his superior arrogance bred out of intellectual superiority.

Although there was clearly no winner, per se, McCain and Obama did hold their own.  In other words, should most people just read the transcript, content-wise, no one prevailed against the other.  Voters just have to decide who will represent their best interests in leading this nation.  However, too  many people are moved by the “swagger” of Obama or the subtle I-know-so-much-more-than-Hussein-does by McCain’s  constant “see, what Obama does not understand is…” editorialization.  McCain was passionate about the foreign policy exchange and tried to convince the masses that we should relish his expertise as opposed to Obama’s in dealing with foreign affairs and nations.

My favorite part of the debate was when Obama, obviously tired of John McCain’s story-telling drama, made reference to his bracelet from a mother of an Iraq soldier. 

Obama ought not attempt to counter-lullaby the people.  That’s McCain’s card, which he pulled from the deck of tricks within the first 2 minutes of his speech.  The entire debate began in the context of Senator Ted Kennedy’s condition.  That was a genius move to show how compassionate McCain really is, unlike the reality of his image born through complete cuss-outs and intemperate behavior. 

The recent polls may show Obama had an edge in the debates, but these results really reflect the greater approval Obama has right now.  Most people know who they preferred before the first question was asked. As long as the favorite did not flop, the favorite won.  Now, McCain has to figure out what his next super-hero stunt will be to defray Obama’s lead and momentum on the campaign trail.  Each major crisis–from Galveston to the Lehman crash–warrants McCain’s country-first postponement, or suspension of regular campaign and party activities.  This approach would have been nice for Condi and President Bush to take when Katrina hit.  Condeleeza’s shoe shopping trip could have certainly been delayed, but who could care about New Orleans when in the heart of the NYC Fifth Avenue shoe mecca?  Clearly, McCain is a prioritizer who needs to focus, focus, focus while Obama is a multi-tasker. 

 

Friends, you will have to decide which leader has the sensitivity to muddle through near-chaos and STILL get the job done.  McCain’s debate performance has proven that he can campaign beyond the hook of his POW Vietnam experience and address the real issues, one by one.

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-poll29-2008sep29,0,57477.story

September 29, 2008

A Pleasant Blast From the Past

by MullOverThis

Recently, I was tickled pink to encounter the concept of six degrees of separation, also known as it’s a small world after all, during a recent trip to New York City.  Alexandra Ditrolio, a producer for a SIRIUS radio network show Blog Bunker on Channel 110, contacted me to be a guest.  Of course, I was delighted to take an afternoon and talk about Obama, Palin, McCain and the issues of the day. 

The show was scheduled on the day the Lehman Bros/Merrill/AIG news dropped, so of course anticipated that we would have minimal discussion regarding the economy and an appropriate response to thwart another Great Depression.  I saw a barage of news teams from around the world on the way to the radio show right outside of the Lehman building.  Visualizing the immediate news presence drove home the reality of how serious the entire financial market  hit was by Lehman’s pending bankruptcy.  

So, I get to the radio station and meet Alexandra who was most gracious.  I assured Alexandra that I was quite familiar with radio, albeit non-political commentary, so I was not nervous or the like.  As I walked into the Blog Bunker’s studio, I stared amazingly at the host, Joe Salzone’s face.  I kept thinking, “you know this face from somewhere.”  Immediately, Joe and I spent a few seconds on a blast from the past to my first days on radio, when we were both on different programs at a much smaller local station.  Needless to say, I could not get over the fact that some Mulloverthis blog posts would cause Joe and I to re-unite for a few seconds on a historic day. 

So, do Mulloverthis a favor and tune into Joe’s show.  Check out the link below for more information.

 

 

 

http://www.sirius.com/indietalk

September 16, 2008

LEHMAN BROTHERS, MERRILL, AND AIG

by MullOverThis

Lehman Brothers, one of the largest US investment banks, has filed for bankruptcy. 

http://www.cnbc.com/id/26708143?__source=SI_44423773_2864553976_1

http://www.cnbc.com/id/26717762?__source=SI_44790158_2864917666_1

AIG appears to be making some preventative efforts from seeing its corporate demise, although they issued a statement ensuring that AIG policy holders would have their policies honored.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=858289212

Merrill Lynch is has been acquired by Bank of America through a corporate buyout to save their “hide”. 

In a nutshell, Wall Street has seen better days.  Meanwhile McCain still speaks of a strong US economy, which may be necessary to avoid  chaotic impulsive consumer choices that could send the market into a greater frenzy. 

I hope Americans continue to observe the various Presidential nominee reactions, plans and efforts to respond to the major market trumps we are seeing take place in our national economy.  The economy is a crucial relevant issue, moreso than Palin allegedly using state funds to subsidize her moose shooting flight escapades.   Many Americans have already lost their homes due to foreclosures, and the credit crunch has crippled others from meeting everyday needs.

Hopefully, we will truly be a kinder, gentler nation.  This is a time when those that have, should give to those that don’t have.  Not just through charitable donations where overhead may conveniently absorb much of what is given, but also by helping those who we see each day around us who we know are suffering and may not qualify for systematic assistance.  Many single working people who have been unemployed, or cannot pay student loans often slip through the cracks.  Families who may have lost the income of a spouse through sickness, or layoffs, may be feeling the “crunch” right now. 

I firmly believe we reap what we sow.  Although many are suffering because of good choices gone wrong, fraud, or bad judgment, the end result is that many are suffering.  So now is a good time for people to be kinder and more helpful to their own family, friends, colleagues, and community through giving money, skills, time and prayers for those who need to endure these hard times.

September 13, 2008

The Sarah Palin Juice

by MullOverThis

 

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I must admit, I almost began to drink the Sarah Palin juice.  

After watching the interview that GOP VEEP Governor Sarah Palin had with Charlie Gibson of ABC News, I am really beginning to respect her.  Governor Palin has more guts than the pork barrels she has acquired for her Alaskan constituents.  She is rare and bold to sit on a chair in front of the entire world and answer the questions like a programmed android.  Here’s Governor Palin’s response to the Bush Doctrine question:

The fact that Palin is a Republican, or concerned American, might indicate that she should at least know what the incumbent President’s so-called fundamental reasoning and justification was in declaring war against Iraq in the first place.  With a GOP VEEP who believes energy is the “foundation” of foreign policy–and that she is an energy expert–our country is in for a delightful four years if McCain/Palin is inaugurated in January 2009.  Sometimes as one passes the threshold of danger, while on the continuum of threat to catastrophe, the next step is utter laughter to quell the realities of shock and impending harm because of ill-prepared leadership.  Rather than panic, we need to remain calm, cool and collected should Palin be POTUS before her time.  

Palin definitely has the makings of a great Presidential leader–one day.  With her confidence and audacity to declare her readiness without “blinking”, she already has the requisite choo choo train “yes, I can, I know I can” determination to get the job done.  If only that were enough. Palin needs to know what was broken in order to repair and bring reform to our government.  Touting generalizations about President Bush and our current administration’s mistakes is part of the battle.  To remedy and revive our country’s domestic concerns and international presence and respect, we need someone with knowledge of so much more than energy.

Nonetheless, Palin refused to appear frazzled.  She thrived and came back with circular jaron and rhetoric to emphasize her point.  If this is not one of most valuable tools that establishment politicians use, I don’t know what is.  A+ for pendantic calisthenics while refusing to answer the question, Palin.

September 11, 2008

Obama and Planned Parenthood

by MullOverThis

To those who don’t believe abortion has any real significance in this election, or to our “real” political issues, take a look at Obama, who is not aware of any Americans that are pro-abortion:

 

Now, if there are any men who realize that they are “helped” by Planned Parenthood, please post a comment with your experience.

September 11, 2008

MORE ON Philip BERG

by MullOverThis

For an analysis of Philip Berg’s claims against Obama, please check out the website below:

http://www.whatsyourevidence.com/.

Philip Berg is the attorney who filed suit against Barack Hussein Obama, the DNC, and Federal Election Commission challenging the authenticity of Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Hussein Obama’s requisite citizenship status for the US President.  The Herald Times reported, “In the past decade, Berg challenged the results of the 2000 presidential election, sued the Bush administration in 2004 for alleged complicity in the Sept. 11 attacks and filed a suit recently claiming that Sen. Barack Obama is not really a U.S. citizen.” 

Interesting.  Although many Americans were outraged by what many considered to be Al Gore’s ambush and  loss of a stolen presidency through fraudulent voting processes, we eventually settled for the Supreme Court decision and went with the flow.  We accepted the US Presidency of George Bush.  As our awareness of the alleged US involvement in the 9/11 attacks increased, many asked why weren’t there any challenges to this cover-up.  Some even demanded our incumbent President be impeached.  Berg was involved in filing suits to get answers and accountability.  Now that he dare to question Obama, critics have the nerve to say his actions should be dismissed and overlooked.  Obamamania should automatically prevail. Where is the allegiance to principle?  Do we dismiss it because we like this guy and it is too late? Where was this same remedy when the Gore/Bush countdown was a reality.  The Supreme Court settled it. 

On a day like today, when the calendar marks 9/11, for anyone who was cognizant during the terrorist attacks in 2001, we see how vulnerable we really are, in an instance of moment, when we are not prepared or aware.  Today, we know that intelligence reports were overlooked, discounted or simply tabled.  Today, we know that principle was compromised in many respects, not just because of mistakes or lapses in judgment.  To those who we look to uphold principles, we needed answers. 

Some things will never be fully disclosed in complete truth.  That is why we have the ability to seek justice.  Although Berg may not prevail in his case against Obama, he has the right to demand accountability when there are serious questions.  Principle and adherence to it, is what we need and expect.  Our expectation should not change when we might not like the outcome.  This is not an attack against a man because he is Black.  This is an attack against a man because this may be a literal loophole in his eligibility to satisfy the requirements to serve as POTUS.  Principle and adherence to the governing law should prevail, not our own political affinities or preferences.  The satisfaction of all constitutional requirements are not  just for pro-Hilary bloggers, but anyone who wants to know if a presidential candidate fits the bill according to the US Constitution.

See the Herald Times article on this lawsuit:

http://www.zwire.com/site/index.cfm?newsid=20109071&BRD=1672&PAG=461&dept_id=635536&rfi=8

Mulloverthis:  If I am against drunk driving and outraged by it when no one in my backyard is harmed, I should still maintain the same principle, when I am committed to being morally consistent, it my own son is a habitual drunk driver and murders someone.  My views about the ills of drunk drivers don’t change because my son is on the dartboard.  I may have compassion and help him as much as possible and can even hope for leniency.  However, if it doesn’t happen, then when I’m upset, my feelings shouldn’t be directed towards anyone who asserted their rights to receive justice. 

September 11, 2008

The Lipstick, Pig, Pit Bull and the Maverick Pen

by MullOverThis

The campaigns from both sides of this election are reaping what they have sown, and are operating with minute integrity.  Can Obama’s reference to Sarah Palin regarding putting lipstick on a pig be moderately deemed sexist and worthy of wasted time?   After all, Palin smugly declared there isn’t much difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull.  Well, let’s not try and be objective at all in sifting through the rubbish to find reason.  Let’s look at the subjectivity of this comment, and use McCain’s own words, referencing Hilary Clinton’s previous health care plan and reform efforts as a guide.

Now, that settles it.  With such an obvious standard, Repubs can’t possible think that their candidate should be able to make such a derogatory reference to Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton’s work, and a few months later cry sexism when Obama makes light of this same reference inferencing McCain/Palin’s creative categorization of their policies and prior performance records. These comments were not directed to the person of  Governor Sarah Palin as the inflammatory Republicans, who must fatten themselves on freshly squeezed hypocrisy juice in the mornings, have suggested.  Where was Swift when McCain slammed Hilary’s plan with the same crafty commentary? 

Swift needs to go sit down, or confess that she put her foot in her mouth.  Since she is about fairness,  Swift should fairly rebuke her own GOP Presidential candidate for using the exact same terminology that is now so sexist.   I’m not quite sure if Palin is the least bit offended, because after all, Governor Palin is the self-proclaimed pit bull. The difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is–Lipstick.  Lipstick +pit bull =hockey mom.  And she is the hockey mom.  Are we to believe that the Repub convention backdrop is what made this funny? Acceptable? Laughable? Laudable? At least Palin’s bark is the speechwriter’s bite, evidenced by  her gutsy record in maverick moves like her flip-flop stance in stopping the Bridge to Nowhere, after she allegedly supported it, and hired lobbyists to secure funding for it. 

So, if there must be apologies and sincere repentance, John McCain, the new-found maverick, needs to be first in line for starting the fight. (As an aside, I love it when people re-invent themselves.  It must be nice living in that type of world, where you go to bed Clark Kent and wake up Superman, because you need to get ahead in the polls, when there are no comic strips around.)   Then Governor Sarah Palin should be next for coming on the playground and denigrating herself to  a pit bull with lipstick.   Surely, the pig in lipstick isn’t markedly different than the pit bull in lipstick, or the moose that she shoots.  Maybe the problem is the lipstick.  Or, maybe the so-called misogyny comes into play because the pit bull doesn’t eat slop like the pig who is–and this is a gutbuster– really uglier than the pit bull.   Let’s get the looks thing straight because that is of utmost importance in this election.  The rock star quality is what folks are looking for.  I wonder how relevant and useful rockstar-ness will be, should we be faced with another terrorist attack.  Along with our safety plans, let’s make sure we have the IPODs charged up so we can be inspired with looks and charisma over competency to make effective decisions, and establish realistic policies. (Sarcasm, folks.)

Then Obama, in order of offense, needs to go last. He could use some female sensitivity training and “sweety” de-programming.  Then Palin, McCain, Obama and Biden should all exchange hugs, cry a little bit, use facial tissues (the kind with the lotion in each one) and kiss and act like  we have: a mortgage industry that needs to be reformed, a plummeting housing market due to record foreclosures of family homes, an economy under duress, to balance the budget,  a need for  new gas and natural energy resources, global warming concerns, a war to end, a brewing conflict between Russia and Georgia that does not need to become ANOTHER war for the United States, to address the increased HIV/AIDS infection and death rates within the US (particularly among African American women and men), to address the world AIDS crisis, a need for accessibility and coverage for health insurance for all Americans, to eradicate abortion, to address teenage pregnancy (sorry, it’s still not cute or an untouchable because Bristol Palin is effected) and the alarming increase of STD’s among the youth, to continue to make educational reforms including affordable college tuitions and alternate schooling within localized communities, to re-visit international trade agreements, and the list goes on and on.  Let’s keep those tissues out.  We all have much work to do in the turnaround that must come in the next election.

It’s time for the whimps to stop reading the teleprompters and sticking to the scripts because they really don’t want to reveal  how ill prepared they might actually be to become  POTUS.  Since both parties are now the agents of real change, at least as far as their publicity is concerned, they need to for the gusto.  Show us what you are made of.  Tackle the real issues.  And Governor Sarah, that doesn’t mean bark with some red lipstick on, hockey mom, or re-load your firearm in record time.  It means all the mavericks, pit bulls, and lipsticks, need to know and come up with concrete plans to make sure that this downhill roller coaster ride our country has been on for the last eight years will be over.  McCain/Palin or Obama/Biden,  it is time to get on a new ride, soaring to lead Americans to  a more proficient landscape with opportunities for better lives.

 

MULLOVERTHIS. The Maverick Pen is retired for now.

September 9, 2008

URGENT: CALLING ALL PUMAS AND PRO-HILARY VOTERS

by MullOverThis

Allegedly Philip J. Berg has filed a lawsuit challenging Barack Obama’s citizenship and eligibility to become the next President of the United States of America.    Mr. Berg claims that the case is NOT DISMISSED, and currently in the federal courts.  Visit the site below for a portion of the press release, case docket number/file name, court of competent jurisdiction, basis of the claim against NObama, and other supporting documentation.

This means that if NObama is disqualified in enough time, the DNC will meet with other Democratic leaders and institutions to determine who will be the Democratic Nominee.  Send the DNC a message that if this lawsuit is valid, and NObama hi-tails himself back to congress, there is no question to be determined.  The Hilary needs to be appointed.  Eighteen million Americans have already spoken.  We want Hilary. I’d love to see the Obamaniacs give Hilary and the Democratic Party the unity they require of Hilary supporters. 

The Hilary  will eat McCain and Palin for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

http://obamacrimes.com/index.php/component/content/article/1-main/1-philip-j-berg-esq-files-federal-lawsuit-requesting-obama-be-removed-as-a-candidate-as-he-does-not-meet-the-qualifications-for-president

 

UPDATE:  CHECK OUT THIS COMPLAINT SO YOU CAN BE INFORMED AS TO THE BASIS OF THIS CHALLENGE.  BARACK OBAMA AND HIS SUPPORTERS DO NOT SUPERCEDE THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.  IF THERE IS A REAL QUESTION, THEN IT NEEDS TO BE ANSWERED. 

http://www.obamacrimes.com/attachments/001_ObamaMemSupportTRO082108.pdf

September 8, 2008

GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN REPRESENTS A NEW KIND OF POLITICS

by MullOverThis

There’s a book getting ready to be published about Governor Sarah Palin.  With only two months left until Election Day 2008, how Governor Palin is handled in the media is imperative to the McCain/Palin success.  The GOP only has a few days left to try and convince Americans that a woman who can fully load a firearm in under two minutes is competent to make decisions regarding our nation. 

So then the Repub strategy for selling the McCain/Palin ticket is laudable.  Obviously Governor Palin must go to national politics school so she can brush up and at least have a grasp on the stump speech issues.  Accordingly, she has not given any non-celebrity news media interviews.  The only coverage we’ve seen so far, is of Barbie beauty queen Palin and  Mother-of-five Palin.  The delayed indulgence to conversations wtih political media outlets is not because the queen needs time to highlight her beauty marks.  The queen needs to appear to be more than a figurehead, or one who holds public office as a state Governor, but did not know what the job of the Vice President of the United States entailed.  The Repubs want the public’s first and lasting impression of Palin to be that she is just like any other young, fit, attractive mom reaching for the stars and actually touching them.  So, they inflate Redneck Barbie Palin who has the innate persona that breeds confidence, put some words in her mouth, and won’t release her to the public on the issues too soon.  Pre-mature speeches or impromptu questions and answers with Governor Palin would surely prove to be embarrassing. 

The platform for Palin must be a sure foundation of hype first, so that when she is ready to hold her own, we will be committed to seeing the everyday soccer mom succeed.  Well, we’ll have our opportunity soon.  ABC News has an interview with Palin forthcoming.  I just hope that we will be able to see Palin on her own two feet before Election Day.  Not just in televised debates, but one on one with the press and general population as McCain and Palin traverse the campaign trail.  That’s when we’ll know if Palin’s knowledge of guns transcends hunting use. 

 Moderator’s Note:  Governor Palin has endearingly espoused the use of the word “redneck” to describe her husband.  I hope this is a cultural use akin to “my nigga” in the black community, which is ultra highly sensitive, but understood to mean a close friend, not a dumb ignorant fool.  The last time I checked, “rednecks” weren’t people wanted to ever see since nooses still exist.

UPDATE:  CHARLIE GIBSON WILL BE REPRESENTING ABC IN THE HONOR OF INTERVIEWING THE FIRST REPUBLICAN FEMALE VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN.  HIS RATINGS WILL GO THROUGH THE ROOF.  The Mr. Rogers of the ABC neigborhood Charlie won’t be aggressive with Sarah, but at least we’ll get an introduction to what Governor Palin brings to the table.

 

September 8, 2008

UH SARAH, YOU PALE IN COMPARISON TO THE COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS YOU ROASTED

by MullOverThis

This is an incredible blog about community organizers. 

http://zacca.wordpress.com/2008/09/07/community-organizers/#comment-127

Finito.