Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Notes from all over

While waiting on election results, I'll post stuff I run into which may be of interest.

  • A Dem victory means end for Iraq: "Winning means forcing an end to the disastrous war in Iraq, and getting our heroes home." (JohnKerry.Com)
  • CNN Anchor to Pelosi, "Madame Speaker".
  • Mike Nifong (D) has defeated unaffiliated Lewis Cheek and Republican write-in Steve Monks in the race for district attorney in Durham County. (News Observer) Nifong was involved in prosecuting the Duke Lacrosse Team on charges of rape.

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Blogger ricpic said...

If the Dems win I guess we retreat and wait for the next attack.

11/07/2006 05:09:00 PM  
Blogger sam said...

Here's a different election result:

Ortega, who served as president from 1985-90, toned down his once-fiery rhetoric during the campaign, promising to support a regional free trade agreement with the U.S. and maintain good relations with Washington.

He says he has changed profoundly since he befriended Soviet leaders, expropriated land and fought Contra rebels in a war that left 30,000 dead and the economy in shambles.

President in Nicaragua

11/07/2006 05:33:00 PM  
Blogger sam said...

"I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me."

--General George S. Patton

11/07/2006 05:34:00 PM  
Blogger Woman Catholic said...

"Winning means forcing an end to the disastrous war in Iraq, and getting our heroes home." (JohnKerry.Com)

Or in Kerry's words, getting the poor dumb SOBs in Iraq unstuck. CNN projects a Democratic win in Rhode Island, beating incumbent Lincoln Chafee and replacing basically one Donk with another.

11/07/2006 06:52:00 PM  
Blogger Cedarford said...

Good bullets!

1. The Dems would make a big mistake in still claiming the "election was all about the imperative to cut and run" and recapture John Kerry's glory days and those of the Far Left. To the extent that swing voters and moderates went with Dems, they had 3 bigger issues, then Iraq, and not in the way Move.on/Murtha/Cindy Sheehan make it out to be.

A. The sense that Republicans have betrayed Reagan and all the traditional conservative values for clubby cronyism, reckless spending, arrogance of power in refusing to listen to concerns about immigration, de-industrialization. Bizarre kow-towing to religious right and big business constituencies that the broad public saw as harmful. Like in 1994, the people believe that a come-uppance is badly needed.
B. By formulating an economy and tax rebate scheme that benefited the wealthy instead of the lesser, lower 95% of Americans - the Republicans forgot that fatcats may dole out the bucks and enrich family members of powerful politicans with jobs - but the disregarded "little people" actually vote and elect them.
C. Creating dissonance by speaking as the Party of theocrats against a whole range of moral transgressions and for imposition of religious law on Right to Life matters while being the Party associated with gay predations, Abramoff, any vote has it's sale price.
D. With Iraq - 20% of the Americans are true cut n' runners and women who feel rather than tink and somehow believe that they can be perfectly safe as pacifists and avoid death of any "helpless children" in the Army. The real problem is the other 40% who are unhappy with Iraq are unhappy on grounds of incompetence. No post-war plans, troops never trained for any occupation tasks, only reliable conservative and neocon cronies invited in as civilian administrators - a series of distastrous early decisions - then a steady failure to communicate with the American public on what is being done other than being reactively forced to do things like "up-armoring". Then the perception of Bush incompetence hardening with the Schiavo, Katrina, Miers fiascos. Dems would make a big mistake if they confuse this vote with a mandate to lose the war in Iraq like they did Vietnam after Watergate.

2. CNN would be well to address Pelosi as Mrs. Speaker. It was handed to her. And any Republican partisan pushing the worry that she was 3rd from the Presidency would have done better to fix the stupid law that allows for a change in the entire Executive Branch to the defeated Party without a vote - back when the "Pelosi could destroy us as President!!", the new Chicken Littles, were still in power.

3. On a day when Nifong was elected came word that the accuser was not "traumatized so much she couldn't even talk a month after the gang rape", as Nifong claims - she was back doing tricks in the VIP room of the strip club she worked at 3 days after the "horrible events", said nothing to other dancers other than being assaulted and getting a lot of money from rich white boys, and was dancing for tips and doing "specials" for a solid week starting Monday March 17th - after her "weekend of trauma" (and 3 other "dates" that past Friday.

Nifong's election just proves the veracity of Louis B Mayer's famous cleaned-up quote on the wisdom of pumping lowbrow crap out as mass entertainment - "Nobody has ever gone broke underestimating the stupidity of the _______(American public)."

I've come to appreciate Mayer and the other Moguls estimation of the American people. We are better than he thinks, but a significant part of the ________(American public) are indeed rock-stupid, easily manipulated, and have no business voting.

11/07/2006 07:40:00 PM  
Blogger Woman Catholic said...

Cedarford wrote:

We are better than he thinks, but a significant part of the ________(American public) are indeed rock-stupid, easily manipulated, and have no business voting.

But who decides which classes of people to disenfranchise? There must be a Final Solution here somewhere.

11/07/2006 08:04:00 PM  
Blogger possumDieter said...

And I think it’s gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I’m a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone

And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And youll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you

11/07/2006 09:58:00 PM  

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