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Late Night: Into the Woods

The musical, Into the Woods, is all about what happens to those fairy tale characters after the “And they lived happily ever after”

It turns out, the fairy tales don’t live up to the final paragraph.  Real life intrudes.

We are all living beyond the end of the fairy tale.  Democrats are coming to terms with their party.  Maybe Mommy and Daddy *do* have sex after all.  Republicans are letting down their guard.  Maybe those liberals aren’t so bad after all.  They might even be *human*.

But it’s all so confusing.  Why wouldn’t it be?  The powers that be have spun us comfortable fairy tales that hide the harsh realities of life.  And now we are forced to confront that rude awakening. We feel helpless and alone.

We all struggle.  We all have to throw away our preconceived notions of what it means to be Democrat or Republican.  We have to grow up and find what it is like to be responsible, grown up, Americans.

You are not alone.

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Conflucians Say: Katiebird takes the Wheel

Join Katiebird tonight on Conflucians Say on PUMA United Radio.  Are you pondering what she’s pondering?  How does it feel to have to “decide” — is it hard?  Are you still thinking about the choices.  What is important to your decision?  Call in.  We don’t bite– hard.

That’s tonight at 10PM EST on PURrrr.

Insufferable candidate doesn’t get that we AREN’T voting for him

To further prove that Obama’s campaign is really in trouble, the Oborg collective purchased 1/2 hr. spots on NBC , CBS , Fox, Univision, BET , MSNBC and TV One.

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Barack Obama will focus on the economy and how his tax plans would help the middle class in a half-hour political infomercial Wednesday night.

The program, scheduled to run on television networks on the 79th anniversary of the stock-market crash of 1929, “will share the specifics of Obama’s plans to turn the economy around and get the country back on track,” campaign spokesman Bill Burton said Tuesday.

“We want to make sure every voter heading into the voting booth knows exactly what Barack Obama would do to bring about fundamental change as president,” he said.

Campaign aides declined Tuesday to answer questions about what images viewers will see when they tune in, whether the format will be live or taped and whether it will feature Obama alone or include additional voices such as business leaders or economic experts.

The program will air at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC , CBS , Fox, Univision, BET , MSNBC and TV One, and at various times in other time zones. Obama is scheduled to be speaking during that time at a rally in Florida .

Message to Bill Burton:  WE ALREADY KNOW EVERYTHING we need to know about Obama, and we’re not interested.

This is an act of desperation folks.  Not only does Obama have a Dish TV channel, now he’s going to be on major network and cable channels too, AT THE SAME TIME.  Maybe if the Obama campaign didn’t launch an attack against working class people like Joe the Plumber, maybe “undecided voters” would find his economy message more believable.  Maybe if the Chicago Machine Run DNC didn’t steal votes to win and won his candidacy fair & square, maybe more Democrats would be voting for Obama.  Maybe had Obama denounced the “war on women” his supporters and surrogates wage incessantly, maybe more of us would be willing to listen to what he has to say on Wednesday.

Yet despite the media HAKA, had Obama put this election in the bag as the “polls” say, they wouldn’t be going through all this trouble.    Personally, this scares the living heck out of me.  I plan to not watch it of course, it’s too “Big Brother” for my taste, but what will you do?  Will you watch for comedic purposes, wait till it comes out on Youtube or boycott the Oborg completely?

Here’s a message I’d like to blast out to the Oborg collective:

Leave us PUMAs alone & ¡que viva los PUMAs!

Corbett of WILK Scranton: McCain and Obama are Neck and Neck in PA

Steve Corbett, WILK

Steve Corbett, WILK

Despite what the Obamamedia wants us to believe, this election is going to be close.  According to today’s Gallup Daily Tracking Poll McCain has closed to within 2 points of Obama among likely voters (traditional model).  Rassmussen has McCain within 5 points.

Right now I’m listening to Corbett on WILK FM in Scranton, PA, right smack dab in the middle of Hillary Clinton territory.  Corbett says that anyone who thinks Obama is leading in PA by 10 points is delusional.  Both candidates are in PA right now, but Barack and Michelle are staying out of the Scranton area–I wonder why?  Maybe those Hillary-billies are just too bitter and clingy for them to deal with? Continue reading

PUMA Planning

Darragh Murphy said “We are the ones no one was expecting.”  Damn straight!  PUMA is something rare and unusual, a genuine grassroots movement.  I am proud to be a part of it, and proud of my sisters and brothers in the coalition. 

But regardless of who wins next week, PUMA has a lot of work to do in the months and years ahead of us.  Although we surprised a lot of people (including ourselves) when we came into existence halfway through the campaign, we no longer have the element of surprise on our side.  So where do we go from here? 

Don’t look at me for the answer, I don’t know.  I do have some ideas, but so do many of you, and this coalition belongs to all of us.  Here is my suggestion, just a modest proposal and not anything more:  Think about it.

Think about what you would like PUMA to be, what you think we should do and stand for.  And one more thing, think about what you are willing and able to do for PUMA.

We need to think about, talk about it, and then we need to do something about it.  If we are going to make a difference, we need to start now.  And as Pat Johnson said earlier, “Let’s stop looking at 2012.”

Tuesday: “An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere”

Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, feminist

Martin Luther King Jr. said that.  Liberal Democratic women do not seem to understand this statement.  Basically, it means that discrimination, disrespect, misogyny directed towards Sarah Palin is really discrimination, disrespect, misogyny towards all women.  It’s just delivered by proxy.

It shouldn’t matter what political party the woman belongs to.  You have every right to disagree wih her politics.  But it is morally wrong to cheer on the abuse that has been hurled at her, and let us be clear about this, abuse that has been specifically gender related.

She is assumed to be dumb because she is pretty.  The media has screamed and thrown a fit to get  interviews and then proceeded to edit, chop and take her words out of context to reinforce their predetermined narrative.  I’ve watched exactly one interview and have focussed afterwards on Sarah’s live appearances and debate performances.  Peeps, Sarah is not dumb.  She’s got incredible political intuition and she’s a quick study.  After 4 years as VP, she would be a formidable opponent to Hillary Clinton.  If liberal women were outraged by the media’s treatment of Hillary, they are being hypocritical in turning against Sarah.  The injustice is just as bad, if not worse.

When there is constant criticism of her experience, even though she has more practical executive experience than any other candidate, when her clothes are the topic of faux outrage, when she’s been described as “flaky” and “dumb” by fellow PUMAs, when she’s tackled by a linebacker, ridiculed by Katie Couric (I won’t even go there), parodied in a pornographic film called Nailin’ Palin’ and finally hung in effigy, the injustice has gone way beyond the pale.

We are all diminished by this treatment.  If the media and the Obama campaign can take out two of the most powerful women in America through sexist behavior, what’s to stop your workplace from doing the same to you simply because you were graced with two X chromosomes?  Who is going to stick up for YOU when you complain about the cat calls and the ridicule and rough treatment at the hands of men?  The Obama campaign with the help of the nation’s media has declared war on our gender and so far, no one has been held accountable.  When it happens to you, where will you find allies?

What is really disappointing is that Hillary Clinton herself has become restrained by her own party loyalty to support the perpetrator of the crimes against women this year.  Obama does nothing to condemn this behavior and benefits enormously from the outcome.  And Hillary says nothing.  This is the woman we admired for saying that “women’s rights are human rights”, who was a target of this unfair treatment and she ends up reinforcing it by going along to get along.  She sacrifices her moral authority on the treatment of women in order to protect what is left of her political career.  Of all the things I have witnessed this year, this has got to be the saddest.  It shows how effective the injustice has been and diminishes her role as a leader. I’m glad that her surrogate, Linda Bloodworth- Thomasson is speaking out in Sarah’s defense but I’d really like to hear Hillary condemn it, even if it embarrasses the party she represents and its nominee.

PUMAs, if you are still giving into consensus reality and telling your friends that you agree that Sarah is dumb because everyone else is saying it, stop and think about what you are doing.  Now is the time to tell your friends that their attitude is out of bounds and you don’t believe that Sarah got fair treatment from the media.  It is time to tell them to stop spreading the injustice because it will come back to haunt you.  Check out Team Sarah, a group started by Republican women to push back against the misogyny.  Or visit The New Agenda to see how you can advocate for women of all political persuasions.  We must do this ourselves.  No one else will do it for us.

When you stick up for Sarah, you stick up for yourself.  Let’s push this evil thing back into the bottle.

Monday Night Open Thread

 

Just 7 more days until the election.  World Series game 4 suspended due to rain – first game suspension ever.  What’s on your mind?