Monday, September 29, 2008

Don't Faint...

Thank you, North Carolina!!

A new Public Policy Polling survey in North Carolina finds Sen. Barack Obama has taken the lead over Sen. John McCain for the first time, 47% to 45%.

Key finding: "Over the last year there's been a strong relationship between the number of North Carolinians listing the economy as their biggest concern, and Obama's standing in the polls. In January when just 39% of voters said it was their biggest issue John McCain led by 14 points. In August with it up to 48% Obama trailed by just three. Last week with 58% listing it number one the race was tied, and now with the number up to a record 64% Obama has taken a small lead. He is up 55-38 among respondents citing the economy as their main concern."

Also not helping McCain: A dramatic decline in approval of running mate Sarah Palin.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Watch Out! Putin's Rearing his Head

Comedy Writes Itself

The writers at SNL don't really have to do much anymore except watch the news. The below video is either hilarious or scary. You make the call:

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Cannot Wait until the VP Debate

I love the expression on Katie Couric's face. And, of course, I adore Jack Cafferty's response.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Phil

Although our neighbor, Phil, was a funeral director by profession, he never seemed "the type." We never saw him in a suit, or in a somber pose in the 25-plus years we lived across the street from him. He had strawberry blonde hair, a jaunty walk, and could often be found, in good weather, taking the sun on the side deck with his wife, Debbie.

Yesterday, we heard Phil died. He was 65 and apparently died fairly soon after finding out he had advanced stomach cancer. It knocked me for a loop because he, like our other neighbors, are fixtures in our lives. Not that we're particularly close to one another, but we lived in each other's presence for a long time. We know each other's rituals. I looked forward to seeing Phil trim his dogwood tree in the spring, and seeing he and Debbie entertain their children (and grandchildren) at cookouts in the summer.

We probably only spoke to one another a handful of times - and the fact that he and Debbie were very private made us appreciate them all the more. Of course, we'd run into each other during major snowstorms when everyone was shoveling, or the time a tree branch knocked down the electrical wires and none of us could get down the street. In recent years, I could see that they bought a plasma TV and they were big Red Sox fans - we shared that, as well.

Now, I look across the street and see a lone light in that room with the TV. I wonder about Debbie and how she's doing. We wanted to send a card, or some flowers, but -- unbelievably -- we don't know their last name.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Priceless

Imagine a Thoughtful and Intelligent President...

Here's Barack's thinking on how we deal with the looming economic crisis. Easy to understand, too.



Although I fully understand we need to offer no blank check, etc., my favorite line is that NO CEOs PROFIT FROM THE BAILOUT. EVER.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Joe and Hillary on Women's Issues

Are you a woman? Do you have a daughter? If so, you'll be interested in this 30-minute webcast with Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. They discuss the impact Grandpa will have on the Supreme Court, equal pay for equal work, violence against women, and more.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

In Case You've Been Sleeping for the Past 20+ Years



Do you still think the GOP has your best economic interests at heart???

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The GOoPers Are Killing Me

Could we just cut the crap? The GOP is making a mockery out of the USA, the office of President of the United States and the electorate. Just stop already.

I had once thought John McCain had a few decent bones in his body and that he was far less dangerous than the Chimp. But his campaign over the last couple of days has shown what a despicable liar he is and what a morally bankrupt campaign he is running.

Andrew Sullivan says it better than I ever could. I'm disgusted with the GOP and anyone who would vote for them.

This is a sorry state of affairs.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Keeping Their Eyes on the Ball

I like where the Obama camp seems to be going. Rather than be distracted by a truly shiny object in the person of Governor Palin, the campaign appears to be refocusing on McCain. And, to reinforce that message, Senator Clinton will be going to Florida on Monday to talk about the economy - the non-topic of the RNC.

Go Hillary!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Let Them Eat....Bling?

Yes, the McCain's understand all of us. They understand what it's like to struggle with the mortgage. They understand what it's like to pay the credit card bill. They feel our pain when it comes to buying groceries, filling the gas tank and saving for our childrens' educations.

That's why it was easy for them to determine their budget for Cindy's outfit at the convention the other night. They managed to scrape together the change found in their sofa cushions and got a dress, jewelry and shoes for ....



$300,000.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

This is Freakin' Hilarious!

Two GOP operatives are heard saying what they REALLY think about Sarah Palin.



You can get the transcript here.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Putting Yourself Before Your Family

News broke today that the daughter of presumptive VP nominee Sarah Palin is pregnant and planning to marry her 17-year-old boyfriend. She's apparently five months along, and we assume that her parents knew about this prior to accepting the appointment as Grandpa McCain's running mate.

If this is indeed the case, and knowing that the national media was going to focus on your daughter's personal life intensely as part of the campaign, why would you put her through this? It stumps me.

The only thing I can think is that Governor Palin cares more about her career than her family. Family values? Hmmmmmmmm?

And, by the way, imagine if Joe Biden's teenaged unmarried daughter was preggers? He'd be crucified.