Archive for October, 2008

Senator Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate Declared Authentic

October 31, 2008

On this day of trick or treating, parties and other interesting fun, a small, but fascinating tidbit was released in the press.  The Hawaii Department of Health’s Director announced that Illinois Senator Barack Obama’s certificate is real:

There have been numerous requests for Sen. Barack Hussein Obama’s official birth certificate. State law (Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §338-18) prohibits the release of a certified birth certificate to persons who do not have a tangible interest in the vital record,” DOH Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said.

“Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawai‘i, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawai‘i State Department of Health has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures. No state official, including Governor Linda Lingle, has ever instructed that this vital record be handled in a manner different from any other vital record in the possession of the State of Hawai‘i,” Fukino said.

With that stated, perhaps it is time for all the malarkey to stop. Mr. Obama was born in Hawaii and therefore is a natural citizen. The end.

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Happy Halloween!!!!

October 31, 2008

Just a little banner change for you ghouls, goblins, vampires, and monsters.  Enjoy!

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween.

The Political Megaphone Staff

On Sen. Obama’s Thirty-Minute Ad

October 30, 2008

Throughout the country around the hour of eight o’ clock, the Obama/Biden campaign released an ad featuring stories of everyday Americans, biographical tales, strong points regarding campaign points and live footage. It was emotional, succinct, and rather meticulously done. Even with all the kudos being handed out for such a well-made program, it served a purpose: it revealed that the McCain/Palin camp have no plans to get the country on its feet at all. When it comes to energizing folks, they can only stir up the bigoted, the scared and the witless.

You can call it an infomercial if you want, but Mr. Obama neatly and efficiently explained what he planned to do to help the people of the United States. What was even more beautiful about the program is that McCain’s name was not mentioned once. the Democratic nominee sold his plan to the American people. In fact his portrayal of the families who are struggling to make ends meet demonstrated that “hardworking” Americans were not relegated to one race. To put food on the table while living paycheck to paycheck is multicultural and multi-racial.  We all are affected by eight years of economic policies by the Bush Administration.

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When Messages Get Distorted

October 29, 2008

During Election 2008, the Republicans made a cottage industry out of screaming to the high heavens that Illinois Senator Barack Obama is a socialist. The funny thing is…that the GOP doesn’t even hit the mark concerning the meaning, nor the positions of the actual party.

What? Did you say America has a Socialist Party? Yes. Certainly one exists. Has the GOP even read its platform? Probably not. Here’s a glimpse of what they stand for:

THE SOCIALIST PARTY strives to establish a radical democracy that places people’s lives under their own control – a non-racist, classless, feminist socialist society… where working people own and control the means of production and distribution through democratically-controlled public agencies; where full employment is realized for everyone who wants to work; where workers have the right to form unions freely, and to strike and engage in other forms of job actions; and where the production of society is used for the benefit of all humanity, not for the private profit of a few. We believe socialism and democracy are one and indivisible. The working class is in a key and central position to fight back against the ruling capitalist class and its power. The working class is the major force worldwide that can lead the way to a socialist future – to a real radical democracy from below. The Socialist Party fights for progressive changes compatible with a socialist future. We support militant working class struggles and electoral action, independent of the capitalist controlled two-party system, to present socialist alternatives.

In fact, the Socialist Presidential Candidate, Brian Moore, was interviewed on the Colbert Report on Tuesday. According to Mr. Moore, socialism is the farthest thing from Sen. Obama’s ideological position. So that should put to rest all that taunting from the GOP, right?

[*sounds of chirping and crickets in the background*]

Well, until that happens, the full interview is on Comedy Central’s official Colbert Report site. Please scroll down to find the clip.

(h/t to and-justice-for-all)

Another Dose of Pro-Americanism

October 28, 2008

Just when you think that it couldn’t get worse, Jeffrey Feldman of the Huffington Post discusses the latest video of the Pennsylvania McCain/Palin crowds in his commentary. This clip, from Keystone Progress.org, has to be seen to be believed:

There can be nothing but repulsion and horror over what has transpired in the clip. The vitrol, the lack of empathy and the anger is jarring because it deconstructs the civility that is expected of the larger American society. Instead, what comes across the screen is a mob constructed on the foundation of fear. What are the logical ends of angry crowds stirred up into a frenzy by the McCain/Palin camp? Feldman has a clue:

Imagine what it would mean for the United States and the world if the mob politics of McCain’s campaign were to dominate the next 8 years. It would ruin this country–destroy it every level.

A victory for McCain delivered by an enraged campaign mob would shatter any and all possibility for deliberative democracy. Democratic government based on conversation would give way to rule by mobilizing panic. If victory comes at the hands of rage and panic, governing by the same is quick to follow.

I could only hope that somewhere down the road that the Repubicans would find a conscience and explain themselves for this behavior. However, conventional wisdom says they won’t.

Eliza Doolittle Run Amok, Part II

October 28, 2008

Have you popped your popcorn yet? GQ’s Robert Draper–who blogs the election for the magazine–reveals some more juicy tidbits regarding the McCain/Palin rift. This time planes aren’t even in the equation.

It involves Palin, alone on the Bus around the starting days of the Straight Talk Express:

Almost from the very beginning, the Palin pick created tension.
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I[Draper] remember seeing Tucker Eskew—an old Bush hand out of South Carolina who had never spent a day in McCain World until Nicolle Wallace recruited him to be Palin’s counselor—wandering around the premises, looking somewhat lost. He and Wallace took charge of schooling the Alaska governor on message discipline. Two days later at the GOP convention, an adviser watched them coach Palin on how to answer routine press questions and warned Steve Schmidt that she was being overly managed. Three weeks later, Wallace arranged for the interview with her former CBS colleague Katie Couric, which proved to be a disaster.

But there’s more:

I’ve heard from one well-placed source that McCain has snubbed her on one long bus ride aboard the Straight Talk Express, to the embarrassment of those sitting nearby. It has surely been implied to the governor that she should be eternally grateful to have been plucked from obscurity. And yet the high water mark of John McCain’s campaign for the presidency unquestionably began on September 3, when Palin gave her nomination speech—and ended precisely twelve days later, when McCain went off-script—I have that on the authority of the person who participated in the writing of said script—and told an audience that he still believed the fundamentals of the economy were strong.

Although Draper writes with a little pity on the part of Palin being thrust into the limelight, there are always two sides to every story. But by this account, the Straight Talk Express is missing more than a wheel.

As the GOP Turns….

October 28, 2008

Just when you thought that things couldn’t get more sordid with the Republicans, there is the rift between the Presidential nominee Arizona Senator John McCain and his running-mate Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin.  The plunging polls and the drop in popularity during the 2008 election have begun a contest of “He said-She said”–even down to what has been passed between the candidate’s planes.  I kid you not.

(Most people would bicker politely face-to-face.  But then again, when you’re in the midst of an entire entourage, I guess those on the periphery handle it instead of the principle characters….)

By the way the McCain aides tell the story (ripped from the pages of The Independent in the United Kingdom), it seems as if Eliza Doolittle has run amok after her latest elocution lessons:

In the past few days, the feuding has reached to the very top of the campaign, with the McCain camp accusing Sarah Palin, his own vice-presidential running mate, of acting like a “rogue” candidate, going her own way and defying the instructions of her boss’s top advisers. “She’s a diva,” one unidentified McCain aide told CNN. “She takes no advice from anyone … she does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else.”

So that’s what she is? A diva? To be frank, I believe that the McCain aides were probably being very diplomatic when it came to describing what Ms. Palin truly represents. But to be very sure, grab the popcorn. Ms. Sarah’s gone Ronin.

According to the same article, there are some in the McCain camp who truly believe that she might be the next leader of the party. With that delusion of grandeur the “pitbull” from Alaska decided to take the reins of the Hindenberg and prop herself up for the 2012 bid. Did it slip her mind that she has a little ethics problem? Not only that, she also forgot that a man she “palled around with” was just found guilty of seven counts of ethics violations. The violations amount to a felony charge.

But even Ms. Palin knows one thing from the days of beauty pageants: she’ll have to deal with a lot of other “contestants” who are just as ruthless and cold as herself in four years time.

Sound the alarms. The soap opera has just begun.

Eight Days

October 27, 2008

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.

–Thomas Paine, The Crisis (December 23, 1776).

I could never write anything as eloquent as what Thomas Paine stated above. However, the sense of urgency and the passion to change things in a midst of chaos and corruption rings clear above anything else. These eight days are going to be the hardest fought over the soul of the United States of America. Unlike any other time in this country’s long history, the American people have a role in deciding the future of all that is held dear. Like some in the MSM have professed, this is probably one of the most important elections the American citizenry has ever had. Why do these current times, as remarked by Paine, try our souls?

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Do You Support the Bush Policies Or Not, Mr. McCain?

October 27, 2008

It seems that even in an interview on Meet The Press, Arizona Senator John McCain can’t decide whether he supports the Bush administration or not.  However, this clip from The Daily Kos TV Channel has kindly edited together all of his public positions so that you might see for yourself the many times he has flip-flopped on this issue:

So much for the Straight Talk express.

What This Election Taught Me

October 26, 2008

For every Presidential election cycle, there is always something that brings you to new awareness about the state of American society. It is like a snapshot revealing the country’s state of mind. This moment in time gives a glimpse on how times are changing and how the national citizenry are feeling.  But what is the greatest lesson of all these realizations?  Having a basic knowledge of the Constitution? Nah. Never deride the research of a cause you have near and dear to your heart? No way.  Never say things that will be instantly mocked on a certain late night comedy show? Nope.

The single most important thing to be taken away from this election is courage.  Eight years of the Bush Administration has created an America embraced by fear and utter obedience.  We’ve been talked down to about displaying our intelligence.  We’ve also been scolded along with examples how not to engage in dissent. Above all else, it has been pounded into our heads as citizens that the ultimate authority is the government and what they say is gold despite the daily examples of corruption, arrogance and back-peddling when it all goes south. After being advised to wrap plastic and duct tape around the house all the while looking for terrorists under every bush, everyday citizens are finally coming out of their shell and gaining the gravitas to voice their outrage.

The folks who supported the Bush regime have called us every name in the book:  anti-American, unpatriotic, socialist, communist, and elitist.  They have also laughed at our sensitivity, kindness and compassion as things that are weak and sappy.  When we dared to speak out, they teased us and told us to “Get over it.”  And when we offered our ideas about the state of our country, they asked us, “Don’t you love America?”

But after eight long years, it is our turn to fight bravely and work steadfastly on the challenge of healing America from inside and out.  It is time to cast away the empty catch-phrases, loaded promises and horrible let-downs. Even when the world is going crazy around us, bravery lets us stay on the course for social change.

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