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Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 01:53 PM PDT

Yes, Barack, you made me proud.

by gossamer

A few weeks ago I wrote a response to your fundraising email, to the chagrin of some folks at DailyKOS, that I was not proud of the way you performed in the first debate.  I won't bother re-hashing the source of that disappointment.  Your performance at the correspondence dinner indicated you got it -- as usual.  You always have seemed to get it, at least from what I've seen.  Below the fold I'll explain why I'm proud of you, and why I hope all Democrats should be proud of you, enthusiastic about your second term, and get out the vote for you and all the down ballot races.

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Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 09:36 AM PDT

No, Barack, you didn't make me proud.

by gossamer

Barack, you did not make me proud.  You made me disappointed.  You were not prepared.  You were not informed.  You were not clear.  In a nutshell: you were weak.  

You failed to point Romney's substantial lies.  You failed to talk about your record of success.  You failed to talk about the success of the auto industry.  I never heard the phrase _ months of private-sector job growth.

You were not the president I voted for 4 years ago.  You've got my vote, but unless you do better you won't get my support.  So please, do better.

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Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 07:09 PM PST

I love to say "I TOLD YOU SO"

by gossamer

I wrote the following diary on October 31st, 2004.  

Here it is unedited in it's entirety.  I'm not claiming powers of prognostication.  I'm just REALLY happy I was right for a change.  I'm also posting it to give us all hope in the aftermath of proposition 8.  This animus won't last forever.

And in the interest of bi-partisanship, I still maintain I don't want to see an end to THE Republican party, but I'm glad we can see an end of THIS Republican party.

[Emphasis added today.]

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Mon Oct 20, 2008 at 03:01 PM PDT

Bookmark this video

by gossamer

Lot's of people have seen this video.  It's the one of McCain staffers and supporters running off anti-muslim "Americans" from a McCain-Palin rally.

Lots of people have talked about this video being fake, that we shouldn't trust it, that it's not real.

Fellow Kossacks, let me tell you when this video will become real...

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Thu Oct 09, 2008 at 08:08 AM PDT

Motorcycle Tour of Missouri for Obama

by gossamer

This weekend I'm taking a motorcycle tour of Missouri (mostly the southern "Miz-ür-ah" part of the state) and I'll be doing some campaigning for Obama.

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My 1976 BMW R60/6 has a big Obama magnet on the gas tank and an Obama/Biden sticker on the back.  I plan on leaving some leaflets at our stops and talking to people as we go through the state.

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"Why? What has He done wrong?" They shouted all the louder, "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!"

I grew up Catholic, went to 22 years of Catholic school.  I've been baptised, communionized and confirmized.

I'm not a practicing Catholic anymore.  But the lessons are not easily unlearned.  I'm also a student of history.  And all this talk of "terrorist!" "Kill him." and the like sounds much too scary to go without challenge.

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The failures of Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and Bear Stearns, the three biggest financial management firms in the US paints a picture of how organizations fail.  

Unfortunately, it also casts a reflection of our government for the past eight years.

But most importantly it offers us an opportunity to explain how the Obama administration will make government work again, prevent failures in the future and contrast against continued Republican orthodoxy.

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Wed Sep 10, 2008 at 07:16 PM PDT

politifact.com by the numbers

by gossamer

Today I sent out an email to friends and family detailing the lies and deception of Barrack Obama's record by the McCain campaign.  I received the usual responses.  Including one from my uncle with a link to politifact.com and a note "it's a two way street."

I replied to my uncle "thanks for the link.  It is a two way street, so let's take a look at both sides of that street."

Below the fold are the numbers:

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Around Kansas City we take our barbecue about as seriously, if not more seriously, as we do politics.  After decades of eating every barbecue place in town I have my favorites.  But I also have a pretty clear litmus test about how people outside of KC approach barbecue.  it goes like this

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My uncle, a former military service member (could not serve in Vietnam b/c his father passed away and they wouldn't let him go over) sent me an email where he very carefully outlined his reason for voting for John McCain.  His reason amounts to this: John McCain is better equipped to stop the spread of Muslim Extremists and better understands their threat.  (his email is quoted below my response).

My response to my uncle is below the fold and I humbly hope it may be of some benefit to others:

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When I start hearing people like Sara Palin and Rudy Giuliani use words like Community Organizer to laughter of tens of thousands of Repulicans I immediate wonder "wait, what's the joke?"

Then that part of my brain trained in language and visual art interrupts and says "hey, Gossamer, what CODE might they be speaking in."

What is it about this word "community organizer" that could make Republicans laugh out loud, could make some one think they have no responsibility?  The truth is pretty clear, "community organizer" is another of the Lutzesque code words, for Republicans, Community Organizer is the new "N-word."

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The entire Murphy/Noonan off-mic moment has perfectly played into the McCain campaign's Palin vs. the media campaign.  Intentional or not, the fact that this little moment, acted out so brilliantly by willing right-wing media types is spreading throughout the world plays perfectly into the hands of the McCain campaign

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