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Update:  Regarding the redistribution of your wealth…  Obama:  My Plan Will Spread the Wealth Around

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Oh I can feel the love…

McCain supporters march in Manhattan.

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Things to expect with an Obama victory.  Or even without it…  Michael Barone speaks regarding a liberal thugocracy.

“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors,” Barack Obama told a crowd in Elko, Nev. “I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.” Actually, Obama supporters are doing a lot more than getting into people’s faces. They seem determined to shut people up.

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These attempts to shut down political speech have become routine for liberals. Congressional Democrats sought to reimpose the “fairness doctrine” on broadcasters, which until it was repealed in the 1980s required equal time for different points of view. The motive was plain: to shut down the one conservative-leaning communications medium, talk radio. Liberal talk-show hosts have mostly failed to draw audiences, and many liberals can’t abide having citizens hear contrary views.

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Speaking of liberal open-mindedness, take a look at what the EU is doing.  Limiting MP3 players to 100dB.

[EU spokeswoman Helen Kearns] said regulators would look next year at lowering the EU legal limit of 100 decibels for MP3 players.

Apple was forced to pull its iPod player from store shelves in France and upgrade software on the device to limit sound to 100 decibels.

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Note:  I managed to make a statement that was caught by Allen and I want to put it up front – the kind of individual who I had in mind when writing this was the individual who suddenly decides they are the conscientious objector type only when faced with being called up.  Allen is very right to point out that there are examples of genuine and honorable conscientious objectors and it should be recognized.

Obama is dizzying himself running around doing contortions while chasing his tail.

Women should register for Selective Service. But he does not approve of a draft.  He’s been taking lessons from the Great Prevaricator, WJC.

“And I think that if women are registered for service — not necessarily in combat roles, and I don’t agree with the draft — I think it will help to send a message to my two daughters that they’ve got obligations to this great country as well as boys do.”

How’s about we take a peek at “Selective Service”?  We’ll humor Wikipedia and pretend like it is factually trustworthy… in this case it is.

The Selective Service System is the means by which the United States administers military conscription. It entails registering all males between the ages of 18 and 25 with the system for the purpose of having information available about potential soldiers in the event of war.

The description on the Selective Service website (government):

The legislation under which this agency operates is the Military Selective Service Act. Under this law, the mission of the Selective Service System is twofold: to deliver untrained manpower to the armed forces in time of emergency in accordance with requirements established by the Department of Defense, and to administer the alternative service program for conscientious objectors.  It is in these instances that my “ought to have the balls” statement should not and cannot apply – Thanks Allen – LK

Huh.  So, Selective Service registration essentially has two purposes – one, to gather information for a draft. The second is for conscientious objectors who wish to live here and partake of the freedoms in this country but are too lily-livered to ever follow through with doing their duty if it required actual fighting or service.  (Yeah, I feel pretty strongly about this – if your neighbor is man enough to go if/when he is drafted – and possibly die in doing so – you ought to have the balls to do it, too.  THAT is why I honor and respect veterans – draftees or voluntary servicemen.)

Obama goes to say:

But he did say women should be expected to register with the Selective Service, comparing the role of women to black soldiers and airmen who served during World War II, when the armed forces were still segregated.

“There was a time when African-Americans weren’t allowed to serve in combat,” Mr. Obama said. “And yet, when they did, not only did they perform brilliantly, but what also happened is they helped to change America, and they helped to underscore that we’re equal.

In no way is there a correlation between blacks and women in combat.  NONE.

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Seriously scary stuff… I was amenable to controlled bailouts if they made sense from a pragmatic standpoint.  The kind of logic that says “If the whole applecart is not only going to be upset but nuked, then it is worth doing.”   However, this sort of stuff scares me silly – as posted by Michelle Malkin:

Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.

It gets better according to Malkin:

On Sept. 15, Paulson was patting himself on the back for refusing to “put taxpayer money on the line” to rescue Lehman Brothers. On Sept. 16, just a day after drawing a line in the bailout sand, Paulson teamed up with the Fed’s Ben Bernanke to engineer the $85 billion federal bailout of AIG. And on Sept. 19, he was telling Americans that “hundreds of billions of dollars” — their dollars — were needed to “be big enough to make a real difference and get at the heart of the problem” and “stabilize the system.” This is on top of the estimated $200 billion in capital and credit lines committed by Paulson to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — capital that he had promised he wouldn’t be injecting into those two government-sponsored entities in August ( “We have no plans to insert money into either of those two institutions.”)

You need to go to the link to her site and read what she’s had to say about Paulson and the scary stuff going on here.  It almost makes the democrats look like pikers.  Oops.  He is a democrat.  She has FAR more to say than I’ll post here.

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I’m all for a good joke but this goes beyond humor into a vicious mean-spirited masquerade – joking about Palin’s husband and incest.  Keep it up Dems… lines can be crossed.

If anyone in Washington was surprised they should be removed for being naive suckers.  They should be anyway. Like North Korea had any intention of doing anything once they had aid and oil in their pocket.  Rule #1 – you don’t give someone a rock to throw at you.

This is a lot like a family declaring bankruptcy because of living on credit cards to fund all manner of hedonistic activities, and just as the papers are being signed they charge a two-week cruise.  Bonuses at Lehmen’s?

Last I checked, the man could only drive one at a time.  McCain and his Baker’s Dozen of Evil Terrorism-Sponsoring Machines.

Metrosexuality doesn’t pay.  It all comes down to this:  Are you going to be agressive enough to demand fair compensation?  Most women are just not going to beThere is your gender/wage gap. What a load of shite.

Double standard?  You mean “buy one, get one free” isn’t allowed with Palin? I wasn’t aware it was even an issue in conservative circles.

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Whoopi, in true visionary form (however peripheral) has managed to see right through McCain, the entire Republican Party, Conservatives, and a lot of us voters as well:

“Should I be worried about being a slave, about being returned to slavery because certain things happened in the Constitution that you had to change?”

Drat and double-drat.  We kept it double-triple-top-secret!  How could she have known?   How could she have known that my goal in life was to have my own Beaulah to peel me grapes?  (heavy sarcasm there, those of you with the racist/PC police)

Just like her “Bush” joke years ago, she persists in lapping up any hint that she might have been funny and fully expected applause and appreciation for her incisive wit.  Stick with Star Trek, Whoopsi.

What I want to know is why he even went onto the show of this den of hags.

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Now in Britain it is acceptable to destroy power plants if you think Globular Worming is real.  I can only assume that the Independent agrees with the Globular Worming is real crowd because the article was in the “Climate Change” section of their paper.

So, with this kind of fantastical International Precedent set, you can pretty much get away with whatever the hell you want if you believe in it.

I give this 4 bungholes out of five on the Ass-O-Meter.

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I might take a hit for this post but oh well.  In fact, I’ve been modifying this all day because I said what I did earlier in such a piss-poor way.  It’s like engrish is my fifth language or someting.

I’m going to hack at it again in a few seconds, and be patient, because what I’m trying to say is heavily nuanced even in my own brain.  I keep revisiting it to make sure I’m not being internally inconsistent.

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I was listening to NPR (Diane Rhem) this morning as I was coming in to work. (know thine enemy, I say)

A caller said that she thought that the dialogue should shift away from experience and focus more on world exposure.  Obama has lived in big cities and in other parts of the world.  Palin has lived in small towns and by the way did you know that she went to five different universities and hasn’t released her grades?

I have in the last week just done a flip-flop from my past behavior/approach/outlook.

Here’s the thing:  If all we can do is focus on Obama’s grandmother, Palin’s universities, where he/she lived, what kind of mother/father they are, etc.  then we have goddamned well missed the boat.

There’s also been focus on how old McCain is.  Focus on Palin being a mom.

Lets quote from the EEOC.GOV website, shall we?

… employment decisions based on stereotypes or assumptions about the abilities, traits, or performance of individuals of a certain sex, race, age, religion, or ethnic group, or individuals with disabilities; and

denying employment opportunities to a person because of marriage to, or association with, an individual of a particular race, religion, national origin, or an individual with a disability. Title VII also prohibits discrimination because of participation in schools or places of worship associated with a particular racial, ethnic, or religious group.

It gets mentioned again:

… the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), which protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older

And again:

Discriminatory practices under these laws also include:

employment decisions based on stereotypes or assumptions about the abilities, traits, or performance of individuals of a certain sex, race, age, religion, or ethnic group, or individuals with disabilities; and

People are making definitive and decisive arguments about these candidates based on criteria that are illegal for a company to consider in hiring/firing of an employee or potential candidate.  Federal law.  And we’ve been doing this for years.  I know it won’t stop and I know I will probably continue to do it even after this post (because it is fun).  But could we refocus a bit?

The office of president and/or vp are elected offices but they are essentially candidates for a job.  They get compensation for their job just like any of the 93.9% of us that are currently (as of today) employed in the United States.

I want to hear about their actual job-related qualifications, their actual voting record, and their policy platforms.  I want a resume, not a bio.  This is not to say you can’t be obnoxious if you damn well please (because, as I said, I plan to) but let’s not let news/reporters waste everybody’s time reporting feelings or suppositions as fact.  If reporters start putting in feelings or suppositions they should stop being “reporters” and become the next Michelle Malkin, where there’s a blend of facts and insight and critique that becomes more than the sum of the parts.  And, just as in aerospace:  Not everyone gets to be an astronaut.  Not everybody is going to be a Malkin or a Sowell or a Hannity.

Sure if Candidate X is a pedophile, a felon, drug abuser, or actively breaking a serious law – YES, those are things that one would take into account and those facts should be brought into light.

But is noting that Palin went to five universities and won’t release her records something that is even remotely germane to the topic at hand?  The topic is whether she’s qualified to be a vp.  Is it relevant to the job the number of kids you have?  What about what your wife wrote while in college (yes, I know, this is a major flip-flop for me)?  Does your wife’s racially-charged college paper belong in the arena of reporting facts relevant to the election?  Not really.

I guess I am just very very weary of the two year’s worth of MSM’s focus on specious and irrelevant arguments about stuff that is total bullshite in the context of ability to do a job as outlined by the Constitution.

There.  I hope I did that with more justice this time.

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News Flash

Drudge Report shows a McCain/Palin pairing for the election.  He could have done worse – much worse.  Let me rephrase that… he did good, about as good as it gets.  Weasel has some interesting factoids about her.

On another hand, here’s more proof that Obama is high.

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This is a PROBLEM???  When was the last time you really felt like taking a shot of alcohol via your eyeball?

DOCTORS yesterday warned against a new craze of taking alcohol through an eye socket.

Pubs and clubs are selling drinks to be taken through the eye because revellers believe they get them drunk quicker and stay in their system longer.

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I’ve whinged about this before, but I’m not the only one noticing that the blogosphere is silent as a morgue lately, right?  I figured 1-2 weeks, but this is… silent.

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Sorry, but if this is the new way to get votes… is it any wonder why people are so ill-informed at the voting precincts?  Look, if you’re really on top of topics and the facts and issues, you’re probably not going to register via an XBOX because you’d have already done it via other means.  Most (most, not all) XBOX players will not be of the mentality to be well-informed on the issues.  Sorry, it’s just true.  So why do I want to get people who don’t know what the **** they are doing out to vote?  I would only want that if they were pliable human putty.  How have we gotten here?  Me, I want people to have to prove that they know a certain minimum level about the topics before they are allowed near a booth.  Allowing an XBOX to be a mode of registration is just asking to move a step closer to this:

“Oh, but that is disenfranchisement!” they say.  HUH?  Is it too much to ask that people know what they are doing before casting votes?  This is serious stuff, and it isn’t about the hairdo, the boyish dimples, our feelings about change, the power-pantsuits… this is about the platform, the issues, and the candidate’s past voting record.

When was the last time you heard someone say “I can’t vote for that guy because I looked up his voting record and it both sucked and blew”?  When was the last time you could say that?

Remember, every time we lower the bar, we are setting the new default.  Fini.

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Sixteen hours of the last twenty-four.  Staring at a design.  Drinking coffee.  Staring at design.  Waiting for modeling program to catch up.  Grinding molars.  Drinking more coffee.  Go to the bathroom, realize I haven’t gotten out of my chair yet.  You know the drill.

Just got done 25 minutes ago.  No, I’m not done, but I’m done if you know what I mean.  Stick a fork in my ass and turn me over.  I’d drink but I don’t drink anymore.

Here’s what I see when I look at my desk:

My vision as of right now.

Yep.  Double vision.  What’s worse is there’s no apple on my desk.  Seriously though, that is an artist’s impression of what an apple could look like if it were indeed, sitting on my desk.

I suspect it is somehow linked to the blood from my sinuses, a raspy nasty cough, a truly bitchin’ headache, low-grade fever, and foul taste in my mouth.  If it’s still bothering me in a few weeks I’ll get it checked out.  Driving is a cinch – I just close one eye.   Financially I feel more secure – basically all I have to do is look at my money and it practically doubles.  Luckily I can touch type.

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Why do newspaper outlets even write obituaries in advance?

It’s pretty damn ghoulish, if you ask me.  Turns out it ends up being foolish too.

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Let’s talk about the kid’s new nickname: Lucky.

Disposable diaper breaks fall, saves child’s life

A disposable diaper has saved the life of an 18-month-old boy, breaking his fall from a third-floor apartment window, officials said Thursday.

Caua Felipe Massaneiro survived a 30-foot (10-meter) fall because his diaper snagged on a security spike embedded in the concrete wall around his apartment building in the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife.

The boy dangled from the spike for a moment, then “the diaper opened and the baby fell to the ground, but at a much slower speed,” a police officer said. “The diaper obviously lessened the impact of the fall and saved the baby’s life.”

“It was a miracle,” said the officer who declined to be identified because she was not authorized to speak to the press. “He could also have been killed by one of the spikes.”

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It’s already old news but the thing is, it hasn’t been reversed in a damned court yet!

As students get ready to start their classes, the teacher in a small Texas country school, packs a gun together with their lessons. The school is located near the border with Oklahoma and is believed to be the first school to allow weapons in the classroom.

According to the school’s officials, teachers with guns are the only way to protect the school, located 30 minutes from the closest police station.

“How do you stop the angry person without enough sense? It’s not going to take very long for it to be a total massacre,” said Superintendent David Thweatt of the Harrold Independent School District.

This is what I think teachers ought to be allowed to carry (keep one step ahead of the bad guys):

Yes, I know somebody is going to have to write to me and tell me all the reasons why it’s stupid to show that weapon.  Well… don’t.  If you want to have a discussion, I’d love it, but if you’re flexing your brain/ego, go do that with Mensa.

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McCain says he is modeled after Teddy Roosevelt.  I’m not writing this to make a point, or be exhaustively thorough, or anything like that.  I’m throwing stuff out there to see if anyone has any thoughts on the issue of McCain if he were to actually be the New Roosevelt.

A few things about Roosevelt:

Except universal health care and national health insurance, it sounds good so far, I guess.  Balanced conservation that doesn’t say 100% of the time “Man is Bad” isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

One thing… he wasn’t afraid to grow the size of the federal government in the Progressive name.  For better or for worse…

Roosevelt firmly believed: “The Government must in increasing degree supervise and regulate the workings of the railways engaged in interstate commerce.” Inaction was a danger, he argued: “Such increased supervision is the only alternative to an increase of the present evils on the one hand or a still more radical policy on the other.”[42]

His biggest success was passage of the Hepburn Act of 1906, the provisions of which were to be regulated by the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC). The most important provision of the Act gave the ICC the power to replace existing rates with “just-and-reasonable” maximum rates, with the ICC to define what was just and reasonable. Anti-rebate provisions were toughened, free passes were outlawed, and the penalties for violation were increased. Finally, the ICC gained the power to prescribe a uniform system of accounting, require standardized reports, and inspect railroad accounts. The Act made ICC orders binding; that is, the railroads had to either obey or contest the ICC orders in federal court. To speed the process, appeals from the district courts would go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ok, stopping bad guys’ business practices.  That sounds ok, doesn’t it?

In response to public clamor (and due to the uproar cause by Upton Sinclair’s book The Jungle), Roosevelt pushed Congress to pass the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, as well as the Meat Inspection Act of 1906. These laws provided for labeling of foods and drugs, inspection of livestock and mandated sanitary conditions at meatpacking plants. Congress replaced Roosevelt’s proposals with a version supported by the major meatpackers who worried about the overseas markets, and did not want small unsanitary plants undercutting their domestic market

Uh oh. Now we start to have our argument “how much regulation and how much big government is ok?”  See, creating all these big federal entities gets closer and closer to what the founding fathers wanted to avoid – a huge government that took over the rights of the states.  You can make all kinds of arguments and I’m not trying to here, I’m just pointing out the issues I wonder about sometimes.

Well, hell. I’m not really trying to make a case as to good or bad, but if you’re going to say you follow somebody’s model, people ought to ask themselves if they know enough about that model.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teddy_roosevelt

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Update #2:  A coworker sent me this.  I am really agitated and disturbed.  Creepy.

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UPDATE: The Salmonella Tomato Outbreak has been attributed by some to be caused by global warming.

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Quote for Today:

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.Oscar Wilde

Oooh, this is a good one…

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.Oscar Wilde

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Yes, it’s true! Now congressmen are seen to be openly engaging in tearful discussions on Oprah, hyperventilating at the mere mention of the words “per gallon”, and scarfing up enough valium to fell a horse.

Seems that the poor folks are getting uptight with Bush about oil.

Never mind that Bush can’t do much about OPEC that isn’t already being done, nevermind that congress tends to block his every attempt at increasing the supply, nevermind that other countries are hurting just as bad or more, nevermind that prices are artificially inflated due to speculation, nevermind that the weak dollar hurts our out-of-pocket cost, and nevermind that they won’t allow more refineries… he’s still a bastard. He must be, because we hate him. So sayeth the most cerebrally challenged congress members…

Yeah yeah yeah… whatever…

Senators Call on Bush to Take Action Against OPEC
Tuesday , June 17, 2008
WASHINGTON —
Eleven senators called on the Bush administration Tuesday to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization against eight members of the OPEC cartel, saying they are violating trade rules by colluding to hold down global oil supplies.

The senators, 10 Democrats and one independent, maintained “the very existence of OPEC” violates the GATT trade agreement that prohibits nations from setting quotas or imposing other restrictions on exports.

“The refusal of OPEC nations who are members of the WTO to play by these rules is inexcusable, and they must be held accountable,” said the senators in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab.

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What do you expect anyone to do? Bomb them for oil? Ooopsie.

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Wouldn’t you know it? I won’t be in Oregon until late July. Actually for a while there you could find this in Eugene out by Veneta w/o breaking a sweat.

Wow. Hemp g-string, huh? That’s gotta chafe something awful.

Oregon Woman Plans to Parade Topless On July 4
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
AP

ASHLAND, Ore. —

A woman seen frequently in Ashland riding topless on her bicycle says she plans to be in Ashland’s Fourth of July parade free and independent of all clothing but a hemp G-string. The Chamber of Commerce says that’s contrary to the rules for the family celebration. She says she’ll sue if she can’t parade as she wishes.

Jen Moss has been known as “The Naked Lady” since she moved to Ashland in May from Ojai, Calif., drawn by the town’s nudity laws. They specify only that people must cover their genitalia in a city park or the downtown commercial district, which means Moss need not cover her breasts.

The police in California, she says, harassed her when she rode her bicycle wearing a G-string and pasties.

Moss applied for an entry for the parade, which draws thousands each year.

The Ashland Chamber of Commerce learned of her coverage plans from an online posting. She promised to lead in-line skaters “wearing only a hemp G-string and blowing a conch shell.”

“We don’t feel that someone in the parade who is topless or nearly naked is appropriate for a family audience,” said parade chairman James Kidd.

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City Council member Eric Navickas said he’s on Moss’s side.

If she can’t be in the parade, Navickas said, it would be “an interesting commentary on our society that we’re willing to tolerate dead bodies through our aggressive foreign policy from the war, but not healthy, naked bodies.”

Moss told the Ashland Daily Tidings in an e-mail that if she can’t be nearly naked in the parade, she would “run around near naked protesting their unconstitutional(ism) and un-Americanism.” And she said, she would ask the American Civil Liberties Union

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I was afraid of this. Huckabee should have just set down and shut his mouth. If you can’t help in any way, at least don’t shoot one of the guys in the ass.

He says not to denigrate Obama. Ok, so now that you open this can of worms, you hamstring McCain by legitimizing ANY complaints towards McCain if he so much as frowns at Obama. It is enough of an issue already but don’t make the guy’s job a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” issue. OF COURSE you shouldn’t denigrate the man, he’s done well to get this far… but he ought to be as open to criticism as the next guy.

If McCain has a *legitimate* issue with something Obama says, which HAS to happen in a presidential election, what the hell is he supposed to do if he’s afraid of being labelled a “demonizer”?

Former US presidential contender Mike Huckabee urged his fellow Republicans on Wednesday not to denigrate Democrat Barack Obama, saying they should celebrate the historic moment of a black candidate.

“Republicans will make a fundamental if not fatal mistake if they seek to win the election by demonising Barack Obama,” Huckabee told a news conference on a visit to Tokyo.

The former Arkansas governor said that, having grown up in the segregated South, he never thought he would see an African-American win the nomination of a major party for the US presidency.

“I do not want to have anyone misrepresent or miss the opportunity to celebrate what I think is a landmark achievement, not just for Barack Obama, but for the United States of America,” he said.

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I AM SO *TORN*…

Ok, one hand, McCain is like eating broken glass, turpentine, and polonium.

But if he does win…

SUSAN SARANDON, who appeared in three films last year and won kudos for her TV movie “Bernard and Doris,” is still not a contented soul. She says if John McCain gets elected, she will move to Italy or Canada. She adds, “It’s a critical time, but I have faith in the American people.”
http://www.nypost.com/seven/05292008/gossip/liz/pollack_was_loved_112946.htm

Didn’t Alec Baldwin swear this same thing? Oh they are such teases.

Also, over at The Cowl we have another pledge to relocate. Good for Jackie Kramer! Waytogo! Don’t care what side of the fence you’re on, if you make statements like this, make good on it or go sit somewhere quietly.

This I predict: If McCain wins, you will see the exact same huge landslide you saw booking for the borders into Canada that you saw when Bush won. Two people, neither of which were pre-declared. If you’re going to open up your mouth with threats/promises, grow some guts and follow through. Although I suspect Canada isn’t excited about getting our malcontent floaters.

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