Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Palin Doesn't Get That We're In Economic Trouble

I just watched CNN's Drew Griffin's interview with Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and I've got to briefly share that she doesn't get the economic problem we're in.

On the matter of the Bailout plan and our financial problems, Palin fears that it would be used as a reason to "spend" and to have "big government" and that the "private sector" would be forgotten.


Memo to Governor Palin: it was the private sector that created the problem we're in.


The Stanford Roundtable - What Makes A Great Leader?

YouTube featured this video that's over 90 minutes long, but worth every minute of it. It's of a speaker conversation held at Stanford University's Maples Pavilion called "The Stanford Roundtable" and featured Historian David Kennedy, professor emeritus, Kavita Ramdas, CEO Global Fund for Women, U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles, Stanford President John Hennessy, Associate Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Carly Fiorina, former head of HP, and Jeff Raikes, CEO of the Gates Foundation.

Inspite of the fact that Florina represents the McCain / Palin campaign and Anthony Kennedy is a conservative Supreme Court Justice, the event was not partisan.  It was essentially about what great leaders are and what we need as a leader in the next President of The United States.

Sen. Hillary Clinton Introduces Al Franken For Senator - Minnesota

The full speech of Senator Hillary Clinton introducing Al Franken. who's running for Senator in Minnesota, isn't online yet, but it should be -- Franken and Clinton gave great speeches.

Franken's taking on Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and is ahead in a poll Rassumsen conducted on October 9th, 43 percent to 37 percent. A more recent poll by the Minn Times Star Tribune has him at 3 points, 39 percent to 36 percent.

None of this has reduced the sense of humor of Franken. At today's rally, after a rousing speech by Senator Clinton, Franken took the podium and said "When we decided to run for Senate, Franni (his wife) and I, I said, "And Franni, I'm going to be the Senator," then turned to Clinton with a wry smile.

It was pretty funny to me, though I'm not sure Clinton got the full "yuk" out of it.

Oh well.

Ross Mirikarimi - SF Supervisor - "Yes On H"; San Francisco

At a party fundraiser for San Francisco "Yes On H", I sat down with San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirikarimi to talk about SF Proposition H and how it will benefit San Francisco.

Sarah Palin Tackled By Terry Tate - Literally

This is undoubtedly hard to watch, at least for me. Then again, I just discovered "Terry Take" more myself today. In this video he tackles -- I mean tackles -- Sarah Palin just as she's being interviewed by CBS News' Katie Couric.

Take says he's an "equal opportunity hitter" -- the best office linebacker ever.

Terry Tate has a Painful Message for Sarah Palin

Wow. Well, I gotta admit it's a bit too harsh, but it's one of those train wrecks you can't help watching. But that's no way to treat a lady.

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Pat's Rodney Harrison Has Season-Ending Injury

The veteran New England Patriots safety has been diagnosed with a torn quadriceps muscle in his right leg and will not play again this season, his 15th in the NFL.

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Running back investigated for spitting drink in woman's face

Chiefs running back Larry Johnson is being investigated for spitting a drink in a woman's face at a nightclub during the Chiefs' bye week.

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Niners Fire Nolan

The San Francisco 49ers fired coach Mike Nolan on Monday.

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Aaron Peskin - SF Supervisor Says "Yes On H"; Explains Why

Zennie's CNN Question For Senator John McCain On Urban Policy

I don't know if it will be used on the Situation Room, but I'd like to know if McCain really has a National Urban Policy. He's said nothing about cities at all.

Joe Biden In Colorado Live Stream Of Speech NOW

Thanks to The Uptake for this feed.

Prop H in SF Gets Van Jones Support - Yes on H

As part of our effort to promote clean energy for San Francisco, I am very proud to report that Van Jones, the author of "The Green Collar Economy" has endorsed Prop H for clean energy.

Black support of Prop 8: Leonce Gaiter weighs in

Leonce Gaiter in HuffPo on black support of Prop 8:

According to a SurveyUSA poll, 58% of black voters support Proposition 8, which would enshrine irrational fear and rank bigotry into the California Constitution in order to deny gays the right to marry. Black support is 10% higher than support of any other ethnic group. This is ironic, considering that in striking down the law
banning same sex marriage, the California Supreme Court cited the landmark 1967
civil rights case Loving vs. Virginia that struck down the prohibition of interracial marriage.

A majority of California's voting African-Americans seem blind to that irony, however. They see no kinship to their own past as a reviled minority whose sexual touch toward a single white man or woman would sully the entire "race" of American whites--just as legally sanctioning the sexual touch of same sex partners would so sully heterosexuals' unions that they will... what? Seek immediate divorce? Abandon their children to the streets? Suffer mass orgasmic dysfunction?

58% of the black voting population sees no irony in accepting a "separate but equal" status for gays despite the fact that the Supreme Court freed us from just such subjugation with Brown vs. Board of Education; without it we would still be classifiable as second class citizens.

We see no slippery slope in enshrining hatred and bigotry against a specific group into our ruling document--our California Constitution. If we can enshrine the second-class citizenship of gays with respect to marriage, why not the second-class citizenship of blacks with respect to education, or Hispanics with respect to citizenship itself? Someone will always hate you with equal vociferousness to your hate for someone else. It's simply a matter of convincing enough to do so--as has been done in convincing 58% of blacks to support the same kind of irrational hatred that kept us in figurative shackles for most of the last century.

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Armstrong Williams jumps on the bandwagon

Joining Rush Limbaugh, Pat Buchanan, George Will and other neanderthals on that "Powell-endorsed-because-he-and-Obama-are-both-black" bandwagon is, perhaps, an unlikely candidate: conservative commentator Armstrong Williams. From his piece on The Hill's blog:

But as much as I admire and respect him, Powell made the wrong choice yesterday.
Unless he’s changed his party affiliation, Gen. Powell is still a Republican,
and Sen. Obama is as liberal as they come. Just ask yourself this: If there were
a white liberal Democrat running for president against McCain, would Gen. Powell’s decision been any different? Would his announcement on "Meet the Press" been any less prominent?
The point is it’s easy to get caught up in the potential significance of this election, and I think that’s what happened with
Gen. Powell. (emphasis mine)

I'd think that Mr. Williams would know better. By the by, in a video on his website (Oct 20 video commentary), Mr. Conservative Williams says he still hasn't decided whether he will vote for McCain or Obama. I'd think that with his criticism of Powell, he didn't leave himself much room.