Democrats Unite : Rachel Maddow’s Points to Ponder

Talking Heads Disagree with Rachel Maddow at MSNBC – We Don’t

“… at the very least, those stones may be very useful in a battle with the ideologues.”

Everyone saw the stats last night … everyone sees the talking heads drawing up battle plans for next barrage of info-tainment.  While the math is omnipresent, Maddow persisted that Clinton’s game is not over yet.  We think it’s wise to consider her position. There are 3 major points to consider:

  1. Clinton Campaign, significant personal debt to Clinton  – While 5 Million sounds like a drop in the bucket for Hillary – it truly isn’t.  Just start moving the decimal points to place that you feel comfortble with and tell us if you still don’t consider the amount worthy of protecting.  Any thoughts of this being inconsequential are simply ludicrous.  It is noteworthy that most Americans can’t conceive themselves earning that amount of money no less making decisions about that sum.  Nonetheless, its a real issue for Clinton for a number of reasons – not the least of which, is Hillary’s ability to raise money in NY for re-election to the Senate, should that door remain open.
  2. Dropping out to appease party powers is nice talk, but is it politically sound. There are still areas of the Country that haven’t voted yet – does the process now impose Super-delegates before the fact?? What would happen if Barack Obama lost to Hillary Clinton in remaining states – wouldn’t that be a tool for Republicans to further capitalize on divisions in the Democratic Party ??
  3. Should Clinton by forced to drop out further disenfranchising her supporters? We think deals have to be struck and politics at the precinct level needs to be considered. Hillary deciding and being forced by political rainmakers are to entirely different political constellations.  Campaign tactics aside, Hillary Clinton commands a significant political machine and while she has never been our preference, her significant position was crafted with many different stones, and at the very least, those stones may be very useful in a battle with the ideologues.

Battles Ahead with Sinister Forces – Complacency is Deadly

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“… into the darkness that the Bush Administration has tricked our Nation into believing is the “good life.”

Remember those ideologues that the Democratic Party is fighting are the ones that hijacked and transformed the Republican Party into a shameful ‘corporatism’ machine that would have impassioned Benito Mussolini to lie prostrate in majesty.  These are truly sinister forces that have gutted our Justice Department; infiltrated administrative departments that have been generally apolitical, into campaign adjuncts.  The State Department has been headed by a political appointee with no diplomatic experience, that further alienated the bulk of the professional diplomatic corps and forced them to chose sides or chose career change.

So while we’re tuning in our TV sets or talking up politics, keep in mind that this battle has just begun.  Let’s treat our embattled with respect and as quickly as we can – prove – that we have learned from history and put the party differences as secondary to our goal.  Secondary to our collective passion for “feel good.”  Secondary to any personal umbrage we may feel for any of the candidates.  We need to move forward with enough momentum to prevent any further backslide into the darkness that the Bush Administration has tricked our Nation into believing is the “good life.”

Maddow was Making a Plea for Propriety

Oringal Political Artwork Courtesy of Stephen Pitt.“… happy-meal of par-boiled platitudes …”

As we could see last night, Maddow was trying to explain the potential mindsets and considerations ahead for the Democratic contenders.  While no one on the set shared her perspective, we feel it was an important one.  We feel it was that of a critical thinker considering the options, alternatives and cause and effect of decisions from this point forward – without the benefit of a large screen display – but by using considerable vision and perception in understanding the sensitivities that motivate the political paradigm.

While she’s relative newcomer to the scene we think she offers a valuable distraction from the happy-meal of par-boiled platitudes and re-statement  that is delivered by the millionaire club of info-tainers (some former journalists.)  We’re very impressed.

(Original Political Artwork in this article are courtesy of Stephen Pitt – Light to Dark – Link Here)

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Political Round-up : Lowdown on the High Points

– 3 May 2008, The Almost Daily Binx, San Jose,CA; by Binx101

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“… he found the spotlight irresistible and commenced shooting at his feet …”

A group of supporters were still critical of Barack Obama for appearing on FOX News with Chris Wallace on Sunday.  However, it seems that Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the center of a controversy, has managed to steal the ultimate spot light and transform his life’s work into little more than potential recurring characters on future episodes of “South Park,” and possibly America’s newest icon for “insane”.

Reverend Wright, upon accepting Barbara Reynolds’ (a vociferous Clinton supporter) invitation to speak at the National Press Club performed what appeared to be ‘stand-up.’ While he may have thought this was an opportunity to clear his name … he found the spotlight irresistible and commenced shooting at his feet and dancing to avoid injury, thus providing the corporate media with another 60 minutes of material in which to document the Pastor committing professional suicide by becoming a statistic in the National register of  ‘WTF?’

Play It Again Sam …

“… Vieira felt compelled to offer each interrogative with a painful grimace …”

Michelle and Barack Obama also sat for an interview with Meredith Vieira on NBC’s today show.  While the Obamas’ performance was considerate and patient, it is the opinion of The Almost Daily Binx, that a Coffee Vending machine could have performed better than Vieira.   She articulated a script that didn’t account for the Obamas’ complete answers – thus rendering her follow up questions (which she didn’t have the professional chops to edit on the fly) sounding as though she wasn’t listening to the answers she had just been given.

As we understand that Nielsen Demographics insist that this was still well over the relevant IQ average of daytime television viewership – it would have been thoughtful to edit Vieira’s interview by eliminating the redundancy or completely less painful if they had just eliminated Vieira.  We’re still mystified as to why she felt compelled to offer each interrogative with a painful grimace.  Was she emoting the severity of her consternation with answering the same question over and over?

Hillary Chief Strategist at Casting Call

“… McAuliffe lost his mind … screaming thank you … to FOX News …”

Early voting in Indiana appears to be favoring Barack Obama over opponent Hillary McCain Clinton.  Obama is looking for victories in both Indiana and North Carolina in order to completely reverse the effects of McCain’s Clinton’s predicted win recently in Pennsylvania.  It was one day later that Terry McAuliffe lost his mind and began auditioning for FOX News as a paid analyst, presumably as soon as Clinton bows out of the race.  He was last seen screaming thank you to any cameras and microphones in range, to FOX News for their ‘fair and balanced’ coverage of McCain Clinton, Rush Limbaugh and the Republican’s hopeful for Democratic nominee.

The quid pro quo of the ramifications of  lying with dogs was never so apparent as has been the comfort with the McCain Clinton camp in making new allies in the Republican equivalent of the former Soviet Union’s News Agency / Propaganda Network.  Another small omen.

John McCain and Hillary McCain Clinton Sing a Duet

“… their lack of understanding the devastating ramifications of their proposals is merely a glimpse into the future …”

Both presumed Republican Presidential Candidate , and Democratic Nominee contender have again agreed to propose an essentially overt act of typical political distraction, by offering the Nation a small and limited suspension of the national gas surcharge.  This surcharge goes directly to the Department of Transportation super-fund which employs tens of thousands of Americans in pursuit of repairing Interstate routes and transportation infrastructure in all 50 United States.

We believe that that the ‘quick fix’ mentality of both McCain and McCain Clinton would inspire them to recommend a fix that would thrust untold numbers of Americans out of work in order to seem as though they were being assertive in larceny that they proclaim as energy policies.  The shallowness and the lack of depth in their recommendations and their lack of understanding the devastating ramifications of their proposals is merely a glimpse into the future, should either of these political porkers be successful in reaching Presidential office.

White House Gambling : A Terminal Legacy

– 9 April 08, The Almost Daily Binx, San Jose, CA; by Binx101

Averaging Down

“… limit the down-side risk, even if a security drops in value like stone…”

Anyone that has ever made a living in the equities markets understands the term – Averaging Down.  From a strictly pragmatic perspective, it makes sense on paper.  That is to say, if you have a holding in a stock, and the price goes down, your average price of ownership will be lower if you buy more at lower prices.  This may be a sound investment approach, however, it presupposes some very important details; simply stated, one must be confident that the security in long-term is in general good health, and will return to higher prices over a period of time that is suitable to the investor, fund or trust.

It gets a little more risky, when the money that one uses to ‘buy’ the security is in actuality, borrowed. However, the consummate professional will mitigate that risk by using an ‘options’ strategy (remember that word-options) as an insurance of sorts on the overall value.  That is to say, it is very possible to limit the down-side risk, even if a security drops in value like stone off a cliff.  Conversely, the upside is also limited when using these tools.   In the options markets these tools are referred to as straddles and spreads.

Brand Loyalty – Averaging Down America

“… a partnership of considerable criminal activity and fiduciary negligence…”

However, averaging-down, became a practice that assisted in the market crash of the late eighties and again in the ‘dot.com bubble bursting’ in 2000 that sired a Recession.  It was aided by an exuberant investing public; largely unsophisticated in the capital markets. and preyed upon by an industry that used Average-Down as a war cry to unload empty promises and essentially fleece the personal holdings of millions of people around the Globe.  What distinguished these times from any other times are the tremendous number of predatory investment firms that were unloading their falsely inflated holdings into the hands of individual investors.

Do you remember seeing scores of large investment firms folding during that time?   No you don’t.  But we’ll bet you remember thousands of stories of personal fortunes gone up in smoke; blamed on the ‘bubble’ – but it was not a bubble at all. It was a partnership of considerable criminal activity and fiduciary negligence by the stalwarts of the investment community, that was compounded by an ineffective Clinton Administration SEC in the late ’90’s; and, further compounded by the Bush re-fitting of the SEC by installing former industry professionals throughout American government that all had ties to the Casino.

The introduction of ‘interested’ parties has essentially circumvented the cornerstone Securities Acts following the Great Depression, that were put in place to prevent precisely what has happened in the sub-prime mortgage debacle.  The industry operatives actually created new products, not covered under the acts and placed them in Real-Estate Investment Trusts, Limited Partnerships and other Money Market transactions  are not particularly visible until there is a disaster in the market.  This is a highly abbreviated explanation but we sure you get the point.  Just think of all those ‘who-done-it’ movies’ where someone gets suspicious and checks the hospital bed only to find the patient is gone and carefully placed pillows and blankets have been fooling the guard.

The Money Machine – Transferring American Assets

” … lobbyists posing as a great deal of the Republican legislature.”

Just imagine now that the most successful harvesters of the dozen or so years preceding 2000 got together and picked our next President.  He would have to be fluent in English, but not competent in its use. He would need to be a desperate chronic failure in order that a groundswell of disgruntled Americans would see the personification of the American Dream.  That is to say, that even a sub-average guy, with bad manners and a tawdry past could be President. But … he would have to have an ostensible pedigree. Enter, Gov. George W. Bush in a cloud of dust that would soon be revealed as the power brokers of energy, banking and warfare.

Of course the great illusion, notwithstanding, our precious Nation has been in the hands of those that cut-their-teeth on fleecing the American people in the investment markets and energy markets, and now had unprecedented access to the machine that prints the money.  The only price to pay was to hoist an essentially empty suit and pose him as the American President.  Not unlike the movie ‘Dave,’ we actually have had no leadership other than a committee of investment bankers that are building a web of tunnels to the money machine before they appear to leave town, and their expanded roster of lobbyists posing as a great deal of the Republican legislature.

But maybe even worse, that have taken the hard earned money of the American taxpayer and converted it into personal wealth of no particular domain other than their own.  The converted assets have been cached in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other points that the bloodhounds would not be unable to track.

Caveat Emptor

“… as they camouflage the wreckage they will leave the next President …”

From our perspective the American public needs to be degaussed; that is to say, the polarity that was manufactured by the Casino at the White House needs to neutralized, in such a way that a dialog can actually occur and our lawmakers can once again become lawmakers instead of hawkers for the bus tours to the Casino.

The first step though is coming to a belief that we have all contributed in some way to permitting this incredible force of impostors and charlatans to fleece our Treasury, Invalidate our Military, spend and ruin American and Iraqi lives like demented Roman Gods and cause most of the world to view the US as a hegemonic and ruthless homestead of dangerous compulsive gamblers on one of the greatest losing streaks in modern history.  We must take some of the blame and petition our leaders, watch them closely, remain involved and take the reigns of a form of government in lieu of the Constitutional Principles that so many Americans have given their lives to preserve.

Americans are divided, largely because of steady diet of misdirection and misinformation.  The American Press, now a Corporate-For-Profit privatized source of information is very likely not to bite the hand that feeds it.  We consider the result that free enterprise has had on the press as tantamount to the Iron Curtain.

It will take a great amount of American spirit and personal reflection to get our friends and neighbors once again confident in our system.  The current race for the Democratic nomination and ultimately the race for president while healthy, is not always particularly helpful, inasmuch as the race has served to distract us from the current confounding acts of the Administration as they camouflage the wreckage they will leave the next President of the United States.

Next President : Holistic Leader, No Gambling the Public Trust

“… inspire repair to what has become the road lest traveled.”

We believe there is every possibility that the next American President will preside over the greatest period of reconstruction since FDR.  Our next President better very well speak of Hope and Public Service and be inspirational.  We Americans need to shed our selfishness and rampant consumerism; our insatiable appetites for ego stroking and status; and return to a time of values that are based in liberty, freedom and equality. Where we didn’t need labels and memberships designed to create a caste system of the ‘haves’ and ‘have-mores’ that have been convinced that one political party wants them to be prosperous and the other wants to take their wealth away.  That one political party has a brand on Patriotism and the other party is somehow un-American.

Let us face that the arguments between conservatives and liberals has been fabricated by third parties that are neither and have distracted the American conscience while they have looted the treasury.  At some point we accept we are in this together and the only way to avoid further disillusionment is to rise above the confines of our egos and false fact.  We have no need for idols, we need to elect a fine manager that can assemble, with particular scrutiny, a group of patriots to inspire repair to what has become the road lest traveled.

We believe that American People, need to start speaking for themselves and not be irrelevant quotes on the lips of politicians that have wrapped pork products in the dashed hopes and countless tax dollars of American patriots.  We need to see the draped coffins of our military dead so that the Americans face the full version of reality, not the edited version we’ve become accustomed.  And, we must care – care for our Nation not just the interior of our new car, or whether our neighbor is mowing his lawn at 7 AM.  We need to care about Americans health and welfare.  We need to care as much for living children as we do for unborn fetuses.  We need to focus on the many things we share – and break the habit of specious argument, exaggerated threats and unabashed lying that George W. Bush and his handlers have purposelly addicted the US electorate.

Doing good things for our neighbors, both foreign and domestic, is the balm that always healed America.

McCain – Republican Royalists Re-visited

The Loquacious Liaison League & Loyal Lobbyists

“We fear McCain is much more dangerous than more of the same.”

Clearly the U.S. Constitution provides for the lobbying of Congress, and to that point, the mjgramm.jpgprotection of  lobbying seems to have mystically transformed itself into protection of lobbyists. For instance, one of architects of the type of unbridled financial deregulation that has indisputably led to our national mortgage disgrace is former Senator Phil Gramm (R-Texas) Co-Chair of McCain’s presidential campaign. Read Politico here.

fiorina.jpgAdd to that mix, conferees such as Carly Fiorina, who last was scene riding the rails out of Silicon Valley with a boxcar full of dough after causing a revolution at HP that set the company back 10 years.  Not only did she manage to alienate the talent at acquired Compaq, Inc., she pleaded for patience with her branded value-added integrators while her henchman began violating non-compete agreements and offering the integrators customers cheaper deals if they did business directly with HP.

And just to add to the list of lobbyists that performed hawking acts for EADS (European hoover.jpgAeronautic and Defence Co.) and now strategically placed among the McCain election campaign.  (A recent article dicussing McCain’s role in the Pentagon’s choice of Airbus to displace US Based Boeing to build the next military tanker plane here) and we can see a seond coming of the Royalists that could spin FDR in his grave. John McCain, while not as lucid as Herbert Hoover, does share his lack of tact, as evidenced by his Gregorian chant speaking style which is compounded by his lackluster thinking style.  We fear McCain is much more dangerous than more of the same.

Ridiculous Comparisons – McCain and Clinton Share the Stage

“… claimed to misspeak, as opposed to being mistaken”

If you want to see the real John McCain – search the Internet for dialogues that can’t bemccainhat.jpg rehearsed and speeches that aren’t written by others – so that you can get a glimpse of the his lack of information, knowledge of history and feel for governance.  For instance, recently, although soft-balled by the corporate media, John McCain equated the occupation and invasion of Iraq with the continued US presence in Japan, Korea and Germany.

We were dumbstruck with the lack of critical challenge from the cowering corporate media in this barely conscious allegory, instead of the obvious comparison to Viet Nam.  A war that was not victorious, an occupation that remained bloody and a political battle that empowered the military industrial complex pricisely the way President Eisenhower warned in his farewell address.

hillwideeyed.jpgIt is also our opinion that the Democratic Party’s lack of unity and Hillary Clinton’s recent symbolic embrace of her friend John McCain’s leadership, was a dangerous and offensive slap in the face not to her intended victim, Barack Obama, but to the Democratic party at large.  It is the Clinton Campaign’s ‘anything goes’ / ‘kitchen sink’ styled attack that reveals a similar danger in Hillary Clinton’s leadership style.

Recent gaffes about Bosnia and mistakingly promoting that her landing party was under attack or taking sniper fire during a trip in the late 90’s was characterized as misspeaking.hillarybosnia.jpg We beg to differ.  Misspeaking is when one mispronounces someone’s name, or attributes the wrong person to a quote.  Both the person and the quote exist in fact.  Misremembering is something quite different and should be subject to every scrutiny on this matter and other matters where she has claimed to misspeak, as opposed to being mistaken. Mistaken is a mild way of characterizing a little girl and flowers as sniper fire.

No one has suggested that she has to have combat experience to be able to capably be our Nation’s civilian Command-in-Chief.  We do think this was an attempt to further her claims of being tested.  While we understand that her campaign thought the tag-line would be a good tool against Obama’s relative newness on the National political scene, it has yet to be substantiated.

John McCain: “… I Don’t Care What Anybody Says!”

25 Mar 08, San Jose, CA, The Almost Daily Binx, by Binx101

NEO CON Talking Points

” …lacks in statesmanship he compensates with a frightening loyalty …”

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… And my Democrat opponents who want to pull out of Iraq refuse to understand what’s being said and what’s happening _ and that is the central battleground is Iraq in this struggle against radical Islamic extremism,” said John McCain;  just as the US Death Toll in Iraq passed the 4,000 dead mark.

Indeed, John McCain is one tough talking hombre – and that is precisely what his supporters want to hear him say.  What he lacks in statesmanship he compensates with a225px-william_kristol.jpg frightening loyalty to a “Stay-the-Course” credo adopted by the Bush administration in the worst management of our Nation’s affairs in World History.  Just ask William Krystol, the Neo Con man about town, that has been very Right, but not correct on any political observation since he was dubbed “Dan Quayle’s Brain.”

Continuously pushing the Islamic extremist line in an effort to garner support from his ilk of American, John McCain further drives world opinion  as the antithesis of America’s former greatness.  He may be even less “statesman-like” than George W. Bush, if that’s at all possible.

We’re Succeeding in Iraq?

“… world peace … seeing the United States as a haven for mentally deranged leaders … dark ages.”

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This leaves little doubt that John McCain has taken the loyalty oath to the NEO CON empire.  Some of the American public desperate to prove that the U.S. invasion of  Iraq  was actually a response to the pleas of Iraqis to topple the dictator Saddam Hussein; this continuous eroding acid rain of misinformation has crept into the American understanding and pockets of U.S. citizens actually have adopted the propoganda in the same manner as McCain, in order to assuage the terrible guilt.

The kind of terrible guilt that drives unconscionable blindness to inhumane conditions that our Nation has actually produced in the Nation, dispossessing tens of thousands of otherwise peaceful Iraqi Jews, Christians and Muslims.  A haunting of the reality that the United States’ antagonistic meddling in the region has done little to aid a peace process since the end of World War II and much to keep the pot boiling.

Our first step towards world peace will be when the rest of the world stops seeing the United States as a haven for mentally deranged leaders with the potential of plunging the marionette.jpgbalance of the globe into the dark ages.

John McCain is just another stage character in the political puppet cast that Americans have been buying as legitimate leadership, instead of the political theatrical farce it has become.

The King of Iraq: “… Good to be back …”

-17 Mar 08, The Almost Daily Binx, San Jose, CA; by Binx1o1

The King’s New Clothes and Old Advisers

 “… Financial  Adviser – Haleeb Ehrton …”

austincheney1.jpgCompleting a meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, His Highness King Pin, father of modern Iraq, described delight in what he views as ‘phenomenal’ changes and ‘dramatic improvements in security.  Then, without assistance, he walked among the people while he quietly spoke in tongues to a higher power.   The King also conferred with his Chief Financial Adviser – Haleeb Ehrton and his Chief War Adviser  Balak Wutah.  “So, so very good to be back”  He was greeted by throngs of US Military who immediately covered him in Kevlar warming attire so he wouldn’t be chilled.

 

 Joined by Beltway Magi

“… and Prince Olderndirt …”

The King’s visit was preceded by a completely coincidental visit to the area of his threestooges1.jpg adopted sons, all Princes, otherwise known as the Beltway Magi. Prince Indy, Prince Hokey, and Prince Olderndirt have come home in order to buy photographs, or sell photographs or some type of opportunity having to do with photography.  Reports remain unclear.

King Pin says, “Heckuva Job”

“… he could hardly recognize the place …”

Security measures were elevated and current violence reduced ‘5 bombs-a-day’ to ‘0 bombs-a-day’ in the Green Zone in honor of the King’s visit and the super-surprise visit of the 71 year old Prince Olderndirt, looking over investments that he expects to be viable for the next 100 years. Hokey and Indie are visiting in order to buy rugs.

King Pin, also known in the West simply as – Dick – commended the contractors and military alike for their bravery and hard work.  Fox News reported him saying he could hardly recognize the place.  A sentiment most often expressed by native Iraqis on a regular basis.

John McCain: Owned by the NeoCon Empire

15 Mar 08, The Almost Daily Binx, San Jose, CA – by Binx101

McCain Town Hall Meeting – Set Ups

“… Strawman dialogue currently under development at NeoCon hate laboratories …”

The NeoCon extreme right is going to start with their own version of  the ‘Kitchen Sink’. mccain-passing-the-buck.jpg For example – John McCain’s meeting in Pennsylvania  – fears that al Qaeda or another extremist group might attempt spectacular attacks in Iraq to try to tilt the U.S. election against him.  This was in response to an obviously planted question in Springfield, PA, regarding whether or not McCain is concerned about foriegn extremists helping get Democrats elected in the US.  Yes… read it again …. that’s what we wrote.

American’s better get used to this type of new Strawman dialogue currently under development at NeoCon hate laboratories all over the US.  This is only the beginning.  We haven’t even gotten to the actual contest … this is just the warm-ups.

McCain – Unfit for Presidency

“A combat pilot and a descendant of a long line of distinguished Naval heroes notwithstanding, we think John McCain is demonstrably unfit to be President.”

John McCain vociferously contested US use of torture, but then, as if out of the blue, changed his tune and voted against the torture ban.  Why?

The answer isn’t complicated at all.  In fact, its very simple.  John McCain has written in his own memoir and has been endlessly quoted about his personal experience, having broken warningmccain.jpgunder torture.  But alas, he’s also been very clear in repeated statements that torture does not work.  Okay then, which is it?

Our vote is that McCain is Mad.  Not Mad as in angry, not Mad as in Mad Magazine … no were thinking of  Mad as  in the Tin Foil Hat denomination. He’s a man of extremes.  Black or White.  ON or OFF.  Hot or Cold. Angry or Smiling. And subject to change his mind at the drop of hat, but more likely at the drop of check or endorsement.

We should be very afraid of a McCain presidency.  If one thinks that George W. Bush was the perfect front man for NeoCon masters – he’s a total amateur next to this genuine war survivor – who has actually done the things that Bush imagines he’s done himself.  He’s been in command.  A combat pilot and a descendant of a long line of distinguished Naval heroes notwithstanding, we think John McCain is demonstrably unfit to be President.

He’s changed his opinions with reckless abandon.  Can you imagine anything more clearly representative of dementia than John McCain, a tortured prisonerjm.jpg of war,  reversing himself and embracing torture as a viable tool of Democracy.  We can’t.  Further, we think its the big tip-off that the man has gone totally mad.

We’re not fooled by set-up Town Hall questions or an enthusiastic group of Neanderthals that think that we should occupy Iraq for the next 100 years.  Sorry – thanks for your service – but with all due respect – take a seat.