Thursday, December 11, 2008

Blog Interrupted...

Yup, that's right folks. 'Tis the season to be too busy to blog at the moment. Stay tuned for more in 2009...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A message to GM: Kill the Hummer, please!

I'm not going to pretend to know whether we should or should not bail-out GM.... All I know is that I hated seeing Hummers on the road and never thought GM should have been making them. Funny, I don't see as many Hummers around Redding these days. I wonder why? Perhaps it's the fact they get about 4 miles to the gallon?

As GM executives head to the Hill for a second day of bail-out discussions, I am left wondering whether GM should be "rewarded" for greed, hedonism and ineptitude? Should GM be rewarded for completely being unprepared for the rise in gasoline prices and increase demand for hybrid cars? My knee-jerk reaction is "no," GM should not be rewarded for greed and for keeping their heads buried in the sand.

But at the same time, I'd be an idiot to think that the the fall-out from NOT assisting GM would be anything that this country needs right now, either.

And if Congress does decide to bail-out GM, all I can say is that GM better not make any more Hummers, or I'll be really, really pissed off seeing my tax dollars going towards Hummers!!!

Thus, my quandary. I don't have the answers.... But I suggest these good reads instead:

1. GM, Driven to the Brink. New York Times article, Sunday, October 26, 2008.

2. The Automotive Bail-Out, Asking the Wrong Questions. A nice piece from Cafe de Mello, a fellow Redding blogger.

4. A Sea of Unwanted Imported, NYTimes, 11/19/08
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

An interesting read over yonder on Really Redding...

For those of you who may have missed this Really Redding article yesterday, I will re-post it here: "Record Searchlight abandons any hint of journalistic integrity."

I am not going to comment on either the original Record Searchlight article, or this article from Really Redding. Why? Well, because I don't read the Sunday Record Searchlight anymore, and I did not read the original article.

However, I am glad to see that Really Redding is fiercely opinionated, and willing to share his/her views with us about this issue. Right on! Thank you!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Speaking of family values...

I'm still trying to digest the fact that several members of my immediate family voted for McCain/Palin due to Sarah Palin's "pro-life" stance. This doesn't sit well with me, for a myriad of reasons. Here's a Newsweek article written by Jacob Weisberg entitled "What Happened to Family Values?" that summarizes my discomfort with the hypocrisy of throwing Palin on the McCain ticket because she is "pro-life." As Weisberg states, "Palin's pro-life extremism is as ethically flawed as it is politically damaging to the GOP." And I'll leave it at that for now, until my family members are sitting around the turkey on Thanksgiving. Please pass the cranberry sauce.... Thanks! ;-)

Great quote from Jacob Weisberg's article here:
"Forget the 'Juno' scenario—in the real world, few unwed mothers give up their babies for adoption. If you do not allow teenage girls who accidentally become pregnant to have abortions, you are demanding that they either raise their children as single mothers or that they marry in shotgun weddings. By the numbers, neither alternative is promising. Unmarried teenage moms seldom get much financial or emotional support from the fathers of their babies. They tend to drop out of high school, go on the dole and are prone to lives of poverty, frustration and disorder. Only 2 percent of them make it through college by the age of 30. The Bristol Palin option doesn't promote family happiness, stability or traditional structure, either. Of women under 18 who marry, whether because of pregnancy or not, nearly half divorce within 10 years, double the rate for those who wait until they're 25."

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Au revoir, Sarah Palin!

Apparently Sarah Palin and the Palin Bunch have returned home to govern/mis-manage Alaska...

The real question is what will Sarah Palin do now that she helped John McCain lose his last chance for the White House?

I'm thinking there will soon be a new reality t.v. series soon called "Palin Place."

Or maybe there will be a new cartoon for young girls called "Caribou Barbie," in which young girls are taught to enter beauty competitions at a young age and then spend years trying out different colleges. The cartoon would also promote teen sex, and promote teenagers having babies out of wedlock, and imposing wedlock upon teenagers once they give birth.

Or maybe Sarah Palin will be able to replace Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live and will keep doing impersonations of herself as Caribou Barbie. Let's face it, Sarah Palin is way more Hollywood than Washington, D.C....

Also, stay tuned for Sarah Palin's book about running for Vice President. She's still working on the title. Any suggestions? How about: "Golly gee, I was almost Vice President. Wow!" Or maybe "Only One Heartbeat Away."

Still can't get enough of Sarah Palin? Here's one more hilarious spoof on "
President Sarah Palin." Double-click on the items on the wall and on her desk, including the pictures on the wall, the lights on the wall, the college "degree" on the wall, the bridge to nowhere, her desk, the red phone, the photos behind her and the paper shredder. Also note the oil rigs outside her window, as well as the dinasaurs.... Too funny!!!

God Bless America, and thank God Sarah Palin did not make it near the White House... this time.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Al Franken and the Counting Recounters Who Count Them...

Just in case you're wondering, Al Franken's race for the Senate is too close to call in Minnesota, and Al Franken is now calling for a counting of the recounts who count and recount them....

In the mean time, read his books:

1. I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!: Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley (Dell Books, 1992) ISBN 0-440-50470-8

2. Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations (Delacorte Press, 1996) ISBN 0-385-31474-4

3. Why Not Me? (Delacorte Press, 1999) a parody-journal of the fictional “Franken campaign” for President ISBN 0-385-31809-X

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Signed, Sealed, Delivered... Hopefully!

I've got a serious CNN/Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash hangover today.... So I'm going to keep things simple, and just play you a song I heard on t.v. last night ;-) Here's Stevie Wonder's "Sign, Sealed, Delivered." Original version of the song here. One more version of the song here, which includes the after-party with Stevie Wonder himself.

But speaking of CNN, here's what Karl Rove/Bush's Brain has to say about Obama's pending electoral landslide victory...

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Remember to Write-In Philbert the Campoon!

I've filled out my absentee ballot, and yes, I wrote Philbert in for City Council with my waxy crayon of democracy. I was just going to throw that second vote away, anyway! Remember to vote often today and tomorrow!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin (Fey) address the Nation on QVC

Senator McCain appeared with Tina Fey on QVC last night (aka Saturday Night Live). If this isn't a total admission of defeat, I'm not sure what is... It appears to be over for Senator McCain. But luckily we can all order a Palin for President in 2012 t-shirt from QVC.

Get your Palin for President pins
here on

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Barack Obama Half-Hour Variety Show!

My cell phone was ringing off the hook last night. First the call from my friend in the midwest asking me if I'd seen the Barack Obama Half-Hour Variety Show yet. Of course, it was early, and I had not.

He said he was moved to tears, but still scared shitless McCain would sneak through on electoral votes. His main fear is that folks won't be able to vote for a "black guy." I kid you not. That's what he's worried about. And all I can say is that I don't understand this underlying rascism in America. And I hope and pray that a black man and his family become our first black family in the White House, and that we as a nation can move one giant leap forward towards becoming a nation of individuals defined by equality and merit, and away from a nation of individuals defined by skin color. And I'll leave it at that for now....

Then my Mom called from Texas. I won't go into the details of the conversation, other than she picked Obama out of the crowd two years ago and has held steady to her convictions ever since. Alas, she's a displaced Yankee in Texas, where one of her life-long southern belle friends "won't vote for that black guy." So there you have it. Maybe my friend from the midwest is right after all... We shall see what happens on Tuesday.

And finally, in answer to the late night message on my cell phone from the friend who appears to still be voting for
Palin/McCain, the answer is: "Yes, of course I was moved by the Barack Obama Half-Hour Variety Show, you idiot! How could I not be moved by that brilliant performance???" Snark! ;-p

And speaking of voting for John McCain, did you guys catch
McCain's Larry King interview last night when he stated that he is "uplifted" by Sarah Palin. Holy cow! Was that a freudian slip or what? Gees. Keep it clean, Mr. McCain! Please don't get all hot and bothered by Sarah Palin in front of millions of Americans!! Chrissake, take it easy on that Viagra!

Here's the full interview Larry King interview

Here's the real 1/2 Hour Obama infomorcial in which Barack Obama "talks like an angel whispering in our ears" [to quote Tina Fey].

Here's the Saturday Night Live version of the Obama Variety Show.

And here is John McCain talking like a "
garbage truck unloading at a landfill" on Larry King Live [another quote from Tina Fey].

And here is some brilliant "
Palin Poetry" from

And to quote Philbert, remember to Vote Early and Vote Often! Thanks!

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Get y'er Campaign 2008 Halloween Masks here!

I love Election Year Halloween!

Get y'er Campaign 2008 Halloween Masks here from the Chicago Tribune:

Want to frighten your neo-con friends?
Send chills down a liberal's spine?
Just in time for the scary season,
collect the exclusive 4-part Campaign 2008
Halloween Masks from
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1. Download the PDF below.
2. Print it out on a color printer.
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4. Terrify the Republican/Democrat/Green Party/Swing Voting constituent of your choice.

First up, Gov. Sarah Palin.
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Barack Obama paper mask

Joe Biden paper mask

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Assassination Attempt Thwarted by Red-Neck In-Breeding...

This just in from Reuters moments ago. It appears that a vague assasination attempt on Senator Obama's life in Tennessee was thwarted by red-neck in-breeding: "An official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said police found the men in the Jackson, Tennessee area with a number of guns, including a sawed-off shotgun, in their car."

"They wanted to go to a place where they could shoot as many non-Caucasian as they could," the official said, noting that the men first planned to rob a gun dealer. "They also had a plot to assassinate Sen. Obama."

Right. And I'm sure that they would have gotten really close to him with that sawed-off shotgun... What a bunch of hill billy's.
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Big Bad Barbie Doll...

I don't usually play music on this particular blog station. But I keep hearing this song by Berkley Hart called "Big Bad Barbie Doll" on Jefferson Pubic Radio's Open Air. I'm sure it has nothing to do with Caribou Barbie, and has everything to do with the fact that Berkley Hart will be coming to Redding on November 14th and performing at Bernie's Guitar. Right on! See you all at the show!

Don't forget to Vote Barbie for President!

Also included with Barbie for President doll:
Bible to thump
Downs Syndrome Baby prop to be passed around for the camera
Assortment of rifles
Polar Bear rug
Books to burn
AIP membership card
Payoffs from various special interest groups

Just pull the string and listen to her talk a lot but say nothing!

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Go ahead, make my day, Vote for McCain/Palin!

A friend of mine keeps reminding me that he's going to vote for McCain/Palin on November 4th. Of course, when he says that, I momentarily stop breathing and my mind goes blank. Speechless, I just give him a quizzical look wondering what in the world would prompt him to do that.... [Of course, now I'm beginning to suspect he is a closet Rush Limbaugh fanatic.]

Then, slowly, as the blood starts flowing again around my cerebral cortex, I remember that it really doesn't matter if he votes for McCain/Palin because Obama/Biden are going to "win" California on November 4th. It's a done deal. So, go ahead, vote for McCain/Palin my friend. Put da "Mavericks" in da House. What do I care? ;-)

But, more importantly, what I do care about is whether you're going to vote for Wally Herger. But I'll leave that debate for another day... Until then, please read Doni Greenberg's excellent column today on Food for Thought:
Wally’s all washed up and ready to go. And then vote for Jeff Morris, my friend. Thank you.