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Obama: hope, change and reality

I believe I recall Barack Obama quoting Otto Von Bismarck’s edict that “politics is the art of the possible,” and evidence of that optimism abounds everywhere I look in Denver today. The two words we seem to be hearing more than any others are “hope” and “change,” and we saw a wonderfully eloquent articulation of this enthusiasm last night in Wendy Redal’s post on starstruck idealism.

There’s no question (among rational people, anyway) that change is sorely needed, and after the last eight years hope is a precious and endangered commodity. Hope is the fuel of change, and sadly a lot of our traditional reserves are running dry.

I want to hope, and I’m being implored to hope, but really, should I? Continue reading Obama: hope, change and reality

TunesDay: Can music violate the Geneva Conventions (or the 8th Amendment)?

Yow. If you missed the story, US PsyOps personnel are using music as a torture tactic on captives in Iraq. How silly, you say? Torture someone with music? Well, check out the playlist.

  1. “Fuck Your God” – Deicide
  2. “Die MF Die” – Dope
  3. “Take Your Best Shot” – Dope
  4. “White America” – Eminem
  5. “Kim” – Eminem
  6. “Barney Theme Song” – Barney Continue reading TunesDay: Can music violate the Geneva Conventions (or the 8th Amendment)?

Is America ready for McChange?

It was one of this election season’s most surreal moments. Right about the time the other night that Barack Obama was clinching the Democratic nomination, a reanimated corpse Sen. John McCain took the podium in Kenner, Louisiana to regale an audience of literally several on the virtues of … change?

Continue reading Is America ready for McChange?

Mission accomplished, part deux (and part trois?)

What is it with George Bush and his halfwitted predilection for declaring victory before the fight is over?

Bush speech hails Iraq ‘victory’President George W Bush has delivered a speech to mark the fifth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq.

Speaking at the Pentagon, Mr Bush said “removing Saddam Hussein from power was the right decision”.

And he went on to say that the recent “surge” of US troops to Iraq has brought about “a major strategic victory in the broader war on terror”.

Mr. President, if they’re still shooting at you, you should be careful about declaring victory. Continue reading Mission accomplished, part deux (and part trois?)

Sen. Clinton’s special claim to military expertise

Sen. Hillary Clinton said something interesting in Youngstown yesterday.

“Both Senator Obama and I would make history,” the New York senator said. “But only one of us is ready on day one to be commander in chief, ready to manage our economy, and ready to defeat the Republicans. Only one of us has spent 35 years being a doer, a fighter and a champion for those who need a voice.”

Note the part I’ve italicized. It’s a point she repeated at least two or three times during the speech (see fuller text here), and it has been the source of some pointed debate among interested Dem-watchers this morning. Continue reading Sen. Clinton’s special claim to military expertise

More McCain on his new 100 Year War

Presumptive GOP nominee John McCain last night told reporters that:

“Anyone who worries about how long we’re in Iraq does not understand the military and does not understand war.”

Maybe. Maybe not. But my reply would be this: anyone who doesn’t worry about how long we’re in Iraq does not understand the American public.

As one of my old professors used to say, “this is a testable hypothesis.”

That test will be administered on November 4. Study hard.

S&R Poll results: major issues

The results of the latest S&R poll are in.

What issue will be foremost in your thoughts when you vote for a president in 2008?

1. Civil Liberties (28)
2. Economy and Class (26)
3. Iraq and Military Issues (20) Continue reading S&R Poll results: major issues