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Granpa Munster
10-16-08, 6:03 pm
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 Reuters photo by Jim Bourg.

I will never vote for someone who puts “women’s health” in air quotes.  Bite me, old man.



McCain Lies -Article from Time
09-20-08, 11:12 am
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 Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2008

John McCain and the Lying Game By Joe Klein

Politics has always been lousy with blather and chicanery. But there are rules and traditions too. In the early weeks of the general-election campaign, a consensus has grown in the political community — a consensus that ranges from practitioners like Karl Rove to commentators like, well, me — that John McCain has allowed his campaign to slip the normal bounds of political propriety. The situation has gotten so intense that we in the media have slipped our normal rules as well. Usually when a candidate tells something less than the truth, we mince words. We use euphemisms like mendacity and inaccuracy … or, as the Associated Press put it, “McCain’s claims skirt facts.” But increasing numbers of otherwise sober observers, even such august institutions as the New York Times editorial board, are calling John McCain a liar. You might well ask, What has McCain done to deserve this? What unwritten rules did he break? Are his transgressions of degree or of kind? Continue reading



Brain to Mouth Filter
07-11-08, 10:14 pm
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 I think some of these people need a nice long vacation away from reporters and cameras.  The worst part is they are all old pros, they know better than to make stupid, arrogant remarks.

Jesse Jackson– Jackson made the comments to a guest before an interview on Sunday’s “Fox & Friends,” whispering that Obama was “talking down to black people” and that Jackson wanted to “cut his nuts off.”

Bush at the G8 Summit-The American leader, who has been condemned throughout his presidency for failing to tackle climate change, ended a private meeting with the words: “Goodbye from the world’s biggest polluter.”  He then punched the air while grinning widely, as the rest of those present including Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy looked on in shock.

Phil Gramm: You’ve heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession,” “We may have a recession; we haven’t had one yet.”  “We have sort of become a nation of whiners,” he said. “You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline” despite a major export boom that is the primary reason that growth continues in the economy, he said.



Abortion, Part 2
02-15-08, 1:07 am
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  At first I was going to write about abortion laws in the US.  If a political candidate will not protect abortion rights, I can not vote for that candidate.  I care about the deficit, civil liberties, and health care, but abortion rights is my only ‘deal-breaker’ issue.   I’ve joined pro-choice marches in Washington, DC twice, once with my mother, and once with Husband.  
I remember when Roe v Wade was announced, it didn’t really change anything unless you had lots of money and lived in a big city.  I remember female relatives talking about getting ‘shots’ from their doctors to ‘bring on their periods.’  I also have an old copy of ‘Our Bodies, Our Selves’ that had do it yourself abortion information in it.  
I’ve never had an abortion, but I strongly believe in a woman’s right to choose.  I know it’s a gut-wrenching decision.  I helped a woman get an abortion once.   The clinic was on lock-down because of protesters.  The women and men working at the clinic were very caring.  The experience stayed with me for about three years.  It was terrible, but it WAS THE RIGHT DECISION.   I don’t believe she aborted a baby, but I was cognizant it had the potential to be a baby.
Since this is an exchange student blog, I thought I’d write about abortion in another country.  I’ve had conversations with women in Chile, and they’ve reminded me of the bad old days here.  Women whisper of kindly doctors, women who know how to do abortions, trips to Disney with a secret stop at a clinic, or women who’ve lost their fertility due to botched abortions.  
A day later, and I still want to share my view.  Abortions should be safe, legal, and as rare as possible.  No one else gets to tell a woman what she can do with her own body.