Barack vs. the Volcano

– The Almost Daily Binx, San Jose CA, by Binx101
Don’t forget to check out Barack vs. The Volcano (Redux)

Mount Confuse-us

by doing so have avoided being obscured by the McCain volcano clouds of distorted facts

Not unlike a volcano, the McCain campaign is huffing and puffing and spewing noxious gases, quite often looking like billowy rain clouds. But make no mistake, this is acid and ash.  The warmth you experience is deadly to the middle class of America and smoke screens obscuring the newest version of a neo-con puppet desperate to hatch a single cogent remnant of straight-talk are deadly to everyone but a few oligarchs that flourish in the dark and confusion of acrimonious political theater.  Senator John McCain is the current poster-boy of the neo-con campaign of last resorts because he is comfortable as a long shot, has everything to gain, and nothing to lose.  Not unlike the current U.S. President, his history of public service in government is replete with hidden documents, a controversial past and a money trail of lobbyists and supporters that generate endless contradictions

Campaign finance reform is one of the topics of continuous misinformation that seems to confound much of the press.  A press that completely misses to report the time-line and context of the current public financing argument and is generally devoid of troublesome facts.  Facts that would lead any modestly capable citizen to comprehend that the currently gamed system would help only McCain and be suicide for the Obama campaign.  Since the campaign strategy is not a matter of governance, but a matter of exacting a system of winning tactics, we acknowledge that the Obama leadership has repeatedly forced the game on their own terms and by doing so have avoided being obscured by the McCain volcano clouds of distorted facts and disjointed reasoning.

The Leaning Power of FISA

but will he support criminal prosecution against members of the Bush Administration and Congress for knowingly subverting the US Constitution?

Telecom immunity privileges notwithstanding, the upcoming Senate vote on the FISA bill will clearly complicate the message of change.  In certain respect, the Congress was duped by the Bush Administration into becoming willing co-conspirators, they may need immunity as much as the telecoms and the Bush Administration.  The undeniable lure of accountability may have to be waylaid to avoid a mass hari-kiri among a large bi-partisan contingent of U.S. public officials.  The central argument being that there was wholesale displacement of human rights and someone should be accountable.  It seems that most US citizens would be pleased if the subversion were exposed, revealed clearly and corrected.  On the other hand, we are a litigious lot and whether or not the President promised the telecoms immunity because they were doing the people’s work – the act of making the promise and compromising the privacy of Americans seems much more important than setting the stage for corporate bloodshed.

On the other hand, if our Congress were actually interested in our Democratic Republic, they would make transparent what occurred, provide immunity to corporations that were pushed into service and force government officials that provided the smoke screen (possibly for personal gain) into the open and subject to the wrath of the American public.  Once again, the American public would also be able to exercise an appropriate use of commercial discretion and decide whether or not they were going to continue to do business with their carriers based on their own judgement.  Accountability should begin with the Bush Administration, not the telecommunications companies that have already been pressed into service by collecting revenue for the Federal government in the forms of line item charges that most Americans don’t even understand on their telephone and other communications provider’s bills.

The argument, however, was communicated to the American public through a timid and often incompetent and unwilling press as the American People v. Telecoms.  This isn’t the case.  It is the American People v. The Bush Administration and if Congress were interested in actually doing the right thing – they would encourage the telecommunications industry to provide evidence as to how the Bush Administration, principle supporters of John McCain, subverted the US Constitution in the practices they requested and guaranteed immunity.  McCain supports the immunity, but will he support criminal prosecution against members of the Bush Administration and Congress for knowingly subverting the US Constitution?

Facing Facts

and stand a considerably more naked battle in the commercial court of public opinion, once Americans learn – what-is-what.

It seems to us, that Barack Obama’s comments expressing his intended approval of the current FISA legislation, including the telecom immunity, will include provisions as we outlined above.  There appears to be a number of potential solutions that may not provide the public flogging of the telecoms, but rather directly address those in responsible positions in Government from encouraging the abrogation of rights, the abuse of office and other very high crimes, knowingly deflecting the US Constitution for political control and personal gain.

This approach though, will require a very mature electorate, forced to practice a balance of emotion and reason far beyond that with which the corporate media has been comfortable or finds profitable.  It will require, US Citizens to abandon sound bites for sound reason.  It will require our Constitutional guardians to quell their whetted appetites for court directed damages and accept rewards that may not include monetary gain for class action lawsuits and the associated commission, but rather a restoration of principle and propriety to the lawfulness of American practices at home and abroad.  It will also force the telecommunications companies to make amends to the very people they assisted in abusing, and stand a considerably more naked battle in the commercial court of public opinion, once Americans learn – what-is-what.


Obama – Not Biting on Town Halls

McCain – Not a Real Candidate

“… McCain’s uninspiring approach to public speaking, his inexplicable assortment of bewildering facial expressions …”

Although a most profound experiment in public theater, John McCain is no more a viable candidate for United States President than comedian Pat Paulsen was in his 1968, 1972, 1980, 1988, 1992, and 1996 Presidential runs.  While Paulsen’s dead-pan approach to the campaign, made for great comedy, John McCain’s candidacy of last resort rarely generates laughs, but excels in generating grimaces and glances askance.

The overall legitimacy of McCain’s run is rooted solely in his ability to generate financial interest in his presidency.  We feel very strongly that he offers many corporatists a solid investment and from this perspective – his lobbying capacity from the White House would represent an exponential leg up to privatization of the American Republic.  However, if one were to solely judge the next American president on his own words, John McCain’s attributions are confusing, contradictory and quite often conciliatory with those of George Bush.  While the upside is substantial, the downside to publicly visible support of John McCain by ‘the usual suspects’ might very well be punished by an American electorate withholding their commerce on principle.

Senator McCain represents the only candidate, other than Mike Huckabee, that was willing to shill for the party in an election year that is likely to severely punish the Republican brand.  This is further compounded by McCain’s uninspiring approach to public speaking, his inexplicable assortment of bewildering facial expressions and his most obvious lack of experience with reason and logic.

Attendance by Association – Few Debates Better than Many

“…John McCain has to pay his own way in organizing events and paying the piper for the observations of his patented “Straight Talk.”

Have you seen the attendance at McCain events, in which he is the only draw? It is clearly indicative that no one really cares what he says, nor is consistent from day to day.  Frankly speaking, Hillary Clinton made a tragic mistake during her campaign when she declared she had found her voice – six months into her campaign; but, John McCain has never declared his voice – and – the “Straight Talk” slogan has matured into a cue for witty repartee about flip-flopping

Barack Obama, has proven to be able to attract very large crowds of interested and engaged supporters. Even Hillary Clinton – perhaps the most widely known political woman in contemporary history – was not able to attract the numbers or investment that Obama has commanded from the masses.   John McCain, however, struggles to attract crowds, enthusiasm, and investment.

It is our opinion that Barack Obama’s presence will bring more attention to John McCain than John McCain, and this is the singular reason that McCain strategists filled his mouth with a challenge to engage in Town Hall meetings beginning in the double digits. McCain has everything to gain by the exposure that he otherwise, does not have the resources to garner.  With only five months left until we vote – McCain would actually be the beneficiary of riding Obama’s coattails in an environment and venue that is actually less likely to generate harsh press – in the spirit of fairly covering debate, that is to say.  Conversely, if the bulk of the press coverage leading to the election is comparative analysis of the candidates own vision as inspired by their own words in speeches – John McCain has to pay his own way in organizing events and paying the piper for the observations of his patented “Straight Talk.”

McCain – Republican Edsel – Wrong Man at Wrong Time

“… the match-up is the Republican’s Edsel.”

Not unlike the Ford Edsel, noted for being the largest business catastrophe of the 20th Century, John McCain represents a bewildering brand that diligently hoped he would be running against Hillary Clinton as opposed to Barack Obama.  With Clinton as his opponent, McCain would have been able to trawl for the anti-Clinton voters. The difference, of course, the Edsel had a chance of succeeding.

Ford’s research revealed that their Lincoln brand had slipped into competing with GM’s Oldsmobile, and the entire basis for the launch of Edsel was to assist in the company in diversifying its line and recreating the natural match-up of Lincoln competing with Cadillac.  But in doing so, they spent more attention to marketing channels than they did to product, and it’s identity continually changed in each of its three model years, to the extent, the name Edsel began to equate with a car that didn’t have a singular target customer because it’s concept kept changing.

We think the comparision to McCain speaks for itself.  Both Hillary and McCain exercised the same myopic judgment. Hillary’s though was in trying to captitalize in the odd lift she was getting from her eventual enemies.  Then they made the assumption that they would be competing against each other, while they mocked Obama in unison, as an insurance policy, defining themselves as collaborators, not opponents.  Nonetheless, the surviving competitive model is Obama and the match-up is the Republican’s Edsel.

Clinton Camp Talking with Hostage Negotiators

Delegates, We Don’t Need No Stink’n Delegates

Hillary lawyering machine … pariah status exceeding the radioactive half-life of plutonium.

The interesting thing about being drunk, whether it’s from alcohol or power, it is always trademarked with glimpses of ones true personality.  At least, that’s been my observation.  It is our opinion, the Clinton leadership is now holding the process hostage in a most predictable manner.  in doing so, they are trying to create one last distraction in which to threaten harm to Obama’s presumed victory, the single most effective tool of the Clinton campaign, which has further distinguished themselves with their penchant for negativity.

We offer that while this article is being written, the Hillary camp is threatening continuing all the way to the convention, hammering Obama, unless she’s offered the VP slot and right quick, in a deal that would further call into question the propriety of the Democratic Party.  We further contend that the Hillary lawyering machine is passing enough threats to almost guarantee pariah status exceeding the radioactive half-life of plutonium.

Reality Check – Prediction

… should he be caught on tape robbing a convenience store later this summer.

The screaming woman at the DNC Rules Committee Hearing, notwithstanding, there is a growing Democratic constituency that is beginning to embrace a Democratic future that is Clinton free.  For many it is an unprecedented change of heart, however the candidate is going to take the heat for the Ickes, McAuliffe’s, Wolfson’s and Penn’s, very ‘Bush White House’ inspired antics.  Even her most ardent supporters have confided in us that they are beginning to feel a bit abused.  While no one wants to see their hard earned campaign contributions go up in smoke, the Legacy of the Clinton campaign is less about inspiration and more about fiction.

After a day of teasing the public in a last ditch attempt to shake the trees and see if there is more support for her … the Clinton campaign will release the hostages and using language that will further be distinguished by its dis-clarity – put the Clinton campaign in neutral and set the parking brake.  This will include offering conciliatory but not irreversible endorsement of Obama, should he be caught on tape robbing a convenience store later this summer.

Obama Campaign : Harold Ickes KO’s Clinton

Don Fowler, a highly respected Democratic Party elder and vociferous Hillary supporter, concluded his day Saturday by stating he would abide to accept the decision of the committee even though the manner in which the Michigan and Florida delegates would be seated at the convention was not one that, he felt favored his candidate.  Earlier in the proceedings he defended the Clinton proposal which did not include compromise.  He concluded, however,  in a gracious and dignified manner, indicating the importance of party unity in electing a Democrat to the White House, and explaining why he voted in favor of the compromise.

In stark contrast, immediately following Fowler Harold Ickes calmly pelted the entire Delegate Committee with an insulting tone and the poor manners that has become synonymous with all things Clinton in the last few months.  An incredible display of hubris and ill-mannered discourse his rude display was not offered in the tone of contention that one might expect in circumstances of the current delegate debacle, but rather intoned with bitterness that one generally equates with losing equity investors in the great crash of 1929.

His ill tempered rebuke was not only evident in his words but also in the condescending hand gestures that trade-marked his tirade as he expressed contempt for the Democratic National Committee and their decision.  He concluded by intimating that party unity would not be had by the Committee’s decision despite the pledge of all participants to abide by the decision reached today.

He further, made personal references to a conversations with Don Fowler the evening before, suggesting the lack of wine during the days discussions may have encouraged the compromise.  It was cheap, insulting and a disgraceful final act for Ickes, further highlighted by his use of crude expressions in his final barrage. It is likely the last time that Ickes name will be relevant in Democratic politics.

He concluded by reminding the Committee that Mrs. Clinton had directed him to inform the Committee that she reserved the right to take her fight to the DNC Credentials Committee.

It is clear from the corporate news coverage, Internet news coverage and the blogosphere, that Harold Ickes performance today did more to push delegates to declare on behalf of Barack Obama than if he had been dignified in his demeanor and saved the pedantic lecture for the Clinton operators that continually interrupted the proceedings.

While it was understandable that there would be high spirited discussions and impassioned arguments to be heard from supporters of both Clinton and Obama, it was Harold Ickes that introduced a tone and timbre to the event that had the most aggressive Hillary supporters adopting a conciliatory posture at the events close, acknowledging that Obama will be the centerpiece of the Democratic Party engaging Republicans in November.