Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Barlow on Obama

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

From John Perry Barlow:

It’s the Stupidity, Egghead…

By now, it should be obvious to you that the same malignant sociopaths who just gutted the greatest economy the world has ever seen –  along with America’s moral authority, the dollar, the Bill of Rights, the Republican Party, Habeas Corpus, the Middle Class, the illusion of our military invincibility, and the very notion of the “truth,”- are seriously trying to extend their stranglehold on the Executive Branch for another 4 years. More amazing still, a majority of us may be dumb enough to let them!

In a way, this is not so surprising. By definition, half the population has below average intelligence. And, while I don’t share my mother’s belief that stupidity is a form of malice, I believe that Idiocracy, in a strange coalition with Plutocracy, is making a serious bid for permanent authority in America. As “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin said, “The people who want English to be the official language of the United States are uncomfortable with their leaders being fluent in it.”

Especially if those leaders are black. There are few things that trouble a down-trodden idiot more than the ascendence of someone he believes has been permanently relegated to a status inferior even to his own strictly on the basis of their skin color. And make no mistake, when people say that Obama is “just a lot of fancy rhetoric” or an “inexperienced elitist,” it is only because they are too cowardly to call him an uppity nigger.

Yeah, you heard me. I used that word, and I’ll use it again, because I believe that making “nigger” the dirtiest word in America has had the perverse effect of legitimizing the racism it stands for. For some time, many supposedly civilized Americans have recognized that, as long as they call black people African-Americans, they can treat them like niggers and no one, including themselves, will notice.

Unfortunately, they’re too dumb to realize that just about all of us are niggers now. Once we’ve anted up 700 billion dollars to replace what the plutocrats on Wall Street have plundered from our economy over the last 8 years, America probably will have a distribution of wealth that will make Mexico look like Sweden. And you and I will be as much members of the Underclass as what used to be called a welfare mother back when we had welfare.

I don’t know that Barack Obama is such a miracle worker that he can begin to fix the mess that Bush and his so-far unindicted co-conspirators have made of our formerly great republic. But he has shown the dignity, intelligence, optimism, and, yes, hope necessary to lead what’s left of America into a future where we’re not so contemptuous of education that we’d think a woman who believes that Alaska has a foreign policy is qualified to be president because she’s born-again and hot.

I know that Barack Obama knows how to pronounce the word “nuclear,” and I’m no longer willing to entrust control over these monstrosities to someone who can’t pronounce their name.

For this and many other reasons, I have extended my full support to Barack Obama and am inviting any of you who can make it to a

Party for Change!
Wednesday Night, October 1
New York City
PS 260 Penthouse and Rooftop
260 5th Avenue (@ 29th)
6 to 10 pm
Bungalow 8
515 West 27th Street (bet. 10th and 11th)
11 pm to 4 am

I will be joined by number of other performers and guests, including Jazz great Delmar Brown, who will be performing a song he wrote for Obama, and esteemed rocker Joe Hurley of Rogues March. One of my favorite DJ’s, Ben Ruhe will be spinning between speeches and live performances.

Nicholas Butterworth will be speaking on behalf of the group that he is organizing to head to Ohio at the end of the month.  Representatives from Obama for America will also be present to answer questions about what you can do to make a difference in these final, critical moments of the campaign.

Also on hand will be Ari Wallach, the producer of this Sarah Silverman video promoting The Great Schlep.

After the fundraiser, attendees will be invited to Manhattan’s Bungalow 8 for dancing and further celebration…special passes to be handed out at PS260. If you would like to donate or can only make it to the after party, please contact us at with your Brown Paper Tickets confirmation number.

Finally, we need to get a fairly accurate head count, so please

click here to purchase your ticket.

Limited tickets will be available at the door, but you must RSVP before the event at

Come, have fun in a fabulous location,
AND help make a difference in this election!

I know you’re probably not in New York, so please forward this invitation to friends who might be & appropriate lists.

If you have already donated $2300 to the campaign, please contact Jessica Mezzacappa at 516-314-5022.

Vote! Vote! Vote!

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Please visit this site for information on how to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and find your polling location. Three minutes to change the world!

Don’t let me hear any of that crap about how all politicians are the same, voting only encourages them, etc. That’s how we got into this mess.

New York Times editorial about McCain-Palin

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

It was bad enough that Ms. Palin’s performance in the first televised interviews she has done since she joined the Republican ticket was so visibly scripted and lacking in awareness.

What made it so much worse is the strategy for which the Republicans have made Ms. Palin the frontwoman: win the White House not on ideas, but by denigrating experience, judgment and qualifications.

The idea that Americans want leaders who have none of those things — who are so blindly certain of what Ms. Palin calls “the mission” that they won’t even pause for reflection — shows a contempt for voters and raises frightening questions about how Mr. McCain and Ms. Palin plan to run this country.

…. The interviews made clear why Americans should worry about Ms. Palin’s thin résumé and lack of experience. Consider her befuddlement when Mr. Gibson referred to President Bush’s “doctrine” and her remark about having insight into Russia because she can see it from her state.

But that is not what troubled us most about her remarks — and, remember, if they were scripted, that just means that they reflect Mr. McCain’s views all the more closely. Rather, it was the sense that thoughtfulness, knowledge and experience are handicaps for a president in a world populated by Al Qaeda terrorists, a rising China, epidemics of AIDS, poverty and fratricidal war in the developing world and deep economic distress at home.

Oakland Rocks for Change

Friday, September 12th, 2008

“Dig as deep as you can to get through the next 60 days.”

-Excerpt from Barack Obama to staff members

Music for Democracy would like to invite you to an exclusive pre-concert reception.

Oakland Rocks For Change is on Tuesday night, September 16th at the Malonga Casquelourd Center (formerly Alice Arts Center) at 7pm. Our performers include Hot Buttered Rum w/ Michael Kang of String Cheese Incident, Maria Muldaur, Tuck & Patti, Tommy Castro, Blame Sally, David Gans and comedian Marga Gomez as MC.

OAKLAND ROCKS FOR CHANGE is more than just a star-studded concert and a great way to spend an evening – it could actually influence the outcome of the election! Proceeds from this event will support upcoming GET OUT THE VOTE efforts in key battleground states taking place in these final days of the campaign. In this extremely close election, involving new Democrats through unique and innovative methods such as music concerts will make all the difference.

Our VIP COCKTAIL RECEPTION is from 5:30pm – 6:30pm preceding our main event. This will be an exclusive event to find out more about Music For Democracy and our work across the country and a great opportunity to meet the performers. 

VIP tickets are $1000 and include tickets for (2) for the cocktail reception with the performers, and front row seats for the concert.


We are thrilled to be auctioning off several items of note:

* A Guitar Signed by Beatles’ Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Sir George Martin
* A One-of-a-kind framed original photograph of Senator Obama coming directly by way of his personal photographer, David Katz
* Artwork donated by some of the East Bay’s best
* A Guitar Signed by all the nights’ performers

This is not an event to miss. The evening will not only be enjoyable, but all proceeds will go directly to Get Out the Youth Vote in key swing states like Ohio, Michigan, Nevada, and New Mexico.

To attend our VIP Cocktail Reception please email or call Margaret at: (415) 706-3177

We’re excited to see you there!

Obama event in Oakland 9/16

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Oakland Rocks for Change

Please come join us for this star-studded evening of Music for Change.

Oakland Rocks for Change is sponsored by Music for Democracy. Proceeds will be used to support Obama and other progressive candidates in tight races across the nation. The choice is clear, the stakes are high, THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland CA

Tickets and info at

Maria Muldaur and The Free Radicals
Hot Buttered Rum with Michael Kang of String Cheese Incident
John Densmore of The Doors with Hani Naser
Tuck and Patti
Tommy Castro
Blame Sally
MC Marga Gomez

Additional performers and special guests to be announced soon!

Ticket pricing:
Special Student Price: $25 w/student ID
Fans: $50 General admission-outer garden seating
Roadies: $100 donation priority seating
Groupies: $250 donation priority seating in first 10 rows
Rockstars: $1000 includes VIP cocktail reception with special guests, priority seating in first 10 rows

Event Schedule:
5:30-6:30 p.m., VIP cocktail reception with special guests (TBA)
6:00 p.m., Doors open for general admission
7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., concert

Our goal is to build awareness and support for Barack Obama in key swing states. Proceeds from this event will help Democrats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives take important seats in swing states from vulnerable Republicans.

What better way to make that happen than through an evening of great music?

Come out and show your support: Buy Tickets Now!

Music for Democracy is a grassroots political action committee devoted to promoting and facilitating musical events that raise public awareness of crucial issues, progressive candidates for federal office, and the importance of getting involved in the electoral process. Join Us:

McCain bio

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

More campaign stupidity

Friday, August 1st, 2008

The increasingly desperate, content-free right wing media are going to absurd lengths to make the electorate (who I pray are not nearly as stupid as the right owuld like to believe) believe Obama is Not One Of Us.

From the Wall Street Journal – a NEWS piece, fergawdsakes, not one of their reptilian op-eds:

….in a nation in which 66% of the voting-age population is overweight and 32% is obese, could Sen. Obama’s skinniness be a liability? Despite his visits to waffle houses, ice-cream parlors and greasy-spoon diners around the country, his slim physique just might have some Americans wondering whether he is truly like them.

The headline on this article is: “Too Fit to Be President?”

You can’t make this shit up, but they keep making shit up.

Hope, popularity, and politics

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Now, from across the aisle:

WHAT THE FUCK IS THE MATTER WITH THESE PEOPLE? Is John McCain running for student body president at a junior high school? This is from Talking Points Memo:

John McCain campaign manager Rick Davis: “Barack Obama has more fans across the world than Paris Hilton does.”

How is it a bad thing that Obama is popular?

The Republicans are trying their best to make a vice of the public’s affection for Barack Obama. After eight years of propping up President Codpiece, they now have this pathetic hypocrite John McCain carrying their banner. He has little but outright lies and character assassination to work with, and of course an appeal to the stupidest and most easily frightened sectors of the American public.

Please, please, PLEASE register to vote, pay attention to what’s going on in the country and the world, keep your shit detectors calibrated at all times, and VOTE. It is not hyperbole to state that the fate of the world depends on it.

Another R for Obama

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Larry Hunter in the New York Daily News:

I’m a lifelong Republican – a supply-side conservative. I worked in the Reagan White House. I was the chief economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for five years. In 1994, I helped write the Republican Contract with America. I served on Bob Dole’s presidential campaign team and was chief economist for Jack Kemp’s Empower America.

This November, I’m voting for Barack Obama.

When I first made this decision, many colleagues were shocked. How could I support a candidate with a domestic policy platform that’s antithetical to almost everything I believe in?

The answer is simple: Unjustified war and unconstitutional abridgment of individual rights vs. ill-conceived tax and economic policies – this is the difference between venial and mortal sins.

Taxes, economic policy and health care reform matter, of course. But how we extract ourselves from the bloody boondoggle in Iraq, how we avoid getting into a war with Iran and how we preserve our individual rights while dealing with real foreign threats – these are of greater importance.

John McCain would continue the Bush administration’s commitment to interventionism and constitutional overreach. Obama promises a humbler engagement with our allies, while promising retaliation against any enemy who dares attack us. That’s what conservatism used to mean – and it’s what George W. Bush promised as a candidate.

Quote of the day

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

From Doug Otto, in semi-private correspondence:

> The bottom line to me is that McCain = Bush

And that’s the cliff where we all stand, peering over the side. Unfortunately, many in this country still have their doubts about gravity.

“I’m Voting Republican!”

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Stupid blog post.

Friday, May 16th, 2008

What, only one?

Amazingly stupid post by one Emily Freifeld, on a washpost political blog called Channel ’08: The 2008 Election on Video. The hundreds of comments provide an interesting cross-section of the blog-posting polity…

Hillary has become a Republican

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

The results of the Indiana primary may have rendered it moot, but Hillary Clinton lost me for good when George Stephanopoulos asked her to name a single economist who thinks a “gas tax holiday” would work, and she replied: “I’m not going to put my lot in with economists.”

This country is in terrible, terrible condition on so many fronts after seven years of rule by an ideologue/numbskull who ignored reality and siphoned zillions of dollars to cronies and parasites. Clinton’s embrace of know-nothingdom is the final nail in the coffin of her credibility as a politician and as a citizen.

Obama’s victory in North Carolina yesterday was predicted; Indiana was supposed to be Clinton’s by some greater or lesser margin. She won Indiana, but not by much.

The Clinton spinmeisters have moved the goal posts so many times there isn’t any place to sink ’em in any more, but by pretty much any measure, the outcome of the Indiana primary should put the race to an end. Let’s hope she has the decency to quit now so we can get on with the business of preventing a third Bush term.

Relix article on Deadheads for Obama

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Rich Simon’s report on yesterday’s press conference and show.

I don’t know how “much sought-after” the Deadhead vote really is, but what the hey. I hope every Deadhead votes, regardless of who they vote for. Democracy works best when everybody participates.