“I Wanted To Get The Racist’s Point Of View”

by TKOEd • Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 • no responses - be the first

BIG Shout out to WARN for this:

“Dolls can’t move. You retarded?”

My favorite thing is how he keeps saying that white people are outnumbered. I guess a 2/3 majority just ain’t what it used to be. Where’s the hate for the Mexicans? Aka all Latinos. Very disappointing.

My President Is Black

by TKOEd • Friday, Jan 23, 2009 • 2 responses - join us

Via lot’s of fucking places:

Still WE Rise

by TKOEd • Wednesday, Nov 5, 2008 • no responses - be the first

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Maya Angelou

Morning In America

by TKOEd • Wednesday, Nov 5, 2008 • no responses - be the first

I think this is such a good post title for this moment that I have to steal it from a friend.

We Did It!

by TKOEd • Wednesday, Nov 5, 2008 • no responses - be the first

Yes We Can! Si Se Puede!

6 Days

by TKOEd • Wednesday, Oct 29, 2008 • no responses - be the first

The Art of War:

What happened to the vauted Republican attack machine?

by TKOEd • Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 • one response - join in

Remember all the crap we heard during the primaries about how Obama wasn’t vetted enough? The GOP attack machine was supposedly going to make mince meat out of him. What happened to that?

Yes a large part of this has to do with the fact Ayers & Wright came out during the primaries & not during the general. I think Ayers would have pretty much made no difference anyways but Wright depending on the timing would have done moderate to very serious damage to Barack’s candidacy.
I don’t think it would have knocked him out of the box but he would not have the commanding lead he holds currently in polls.

The thought process behind the GOP machine taking him down was not really based around specific attacks though. It was based on the thought that Obama was too naive, too untested to face down what was supposed to be relentless attacks. Obama of course has proved to be the coolest cat to come down the political road in a long, long time. Maybe ever in modern history. He taunted McCain into bringing up Ayers in the final debate & in the process through McCain off what was his best debate performance up to that point (that’s not saying much but still).

This might just be a function of the awful campaign McCain has run. The best they have done so far are the celebrity ads, which I always thought was pretty pathetic. They were also mightly helped along by a pathetic tradmed. The best line of attack I think they had was the experience meme but of course they threw that out the window with the Palin selection.

In a sense Obama is the new teflon don. Especially as it pertains to character attacks. The right keeps trying to paint him as the loony lefty but all people have to do is turn on the teevee & see for themselves. There is nothing about Barack that will strike you as self-evidently radical. Obama & his family are the exact opposite, self-evidently normal & American. They are the stereotypical American family, living the “American dream”. This is why a lot of McCain’s attacks have backfired on him. A lot of folks want to like Obama & have found reasons to.

You can argue if not for the economy these attacks would be more effective but you would be mostly wrong. One of Obama’s biggest gifts as a politician his abililty to swat aside attacks with ease, grace & a bit of mocking indignation. Ayers is the perfect example: “come on I was 8″.

We also have the stench of desparation that pervades every piece of the McCain camp ever since his campaign “suspension”. All your attacks become less & less effective the more desparate the public percieves you to be. So there are many things that contributed to the pathetic GOP attacks against Obama but the biggest problem was Obama himself. The man is unflappable, whip smart & knows how to make lemonade.

Once Upon A Time: McCain on Taxes

by TKOEd • Friday, Oct 24, 2008 • no responses - be the first

Shout out to Yglesias for this one:

McCain is an unbelievable hypocrite. He decided months ago the only thing that matter was winning the presidency. There many reasons not to vote for John S. McCain but one of the biggest has got to be that he will be beholden to the right wing base if he wins. He has already mortgaged his biggest strength, was his maverick persona, in an attempt to win. Why should we believe he will buck the base if they put him in power? Even if you believe McCain was really once a man of principle there is no sight of that man anymore. He’s run a dirty campaign, full of ugly smears & outright lies. He choice for veep is not only unqualified but from also a crazy Christian. A member of the agents of intolerance he once railed against.

This video gave me a feeling of sadness. I remember thinking back in 2000 things would be ok if McCain became president. The video above is the man I remember. A man not ideologically rigid, a man not willing to win at all costs and, most importantly to me, a man of common sense. I do not think I would have not have supported McCain against Obama even if he still seemed like that man in the video but I would have respect for him. I would not have the large fear him becoming president, as I do now.

“We’re votin’ for the nigger”

by TKOEd • Friday, Oct 24, 2008 • no responses - be the first

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’m a little late with this one but I wanted to touch on it a bit. The above anecdote was relayed to Sean Quinn of fivethirtyeight.com two separate times, once from straight from the horses mouth. To paraphrase Sean how is McCain going to win this election if people like this are not voting for him? If Obama is acceptable to bigots, you have to assume that he’s become okay with a large swath of voters. A new WaPo/ABC News polls proves it, with 56 percent of voters saying that Obama has the kind of experience it takes to be an effective president. Now that’s not a huge number but it’s his high for the year & 4 points higher than Bush’s numbers on the eve of the 2000 election. If you consider that it’s highly unlikely that Obama will get 56% of the actual vote than that number comes off a lot better.

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