The IHT talks about why there can be no jokes made about a black man running for president. (One thing I wonder is if it’s all well and good, why are political cartoonists the only ones who noticed that Dubya and Obama both share really big ears. It’s why I always type about the president…because he can hear for miles and miles.)
It doesn’t hurt that people are always looking for ways to slight people while everyone else is looking for a way to feel slighted (see the black hole incident).
The Atlanta Journal Constitution has a great little editorial on Obama’s regrets. Things like saying people that don’t live on a coast are stupid for liking God and guns, or that every soldier that died in Iraq wasted his life, or that buying land from a felon was ok.
The editorial does wonder what Obama might regret after four years as president. Even though I don’t support him as president, somehow I get the feeling *I* might regret a vote for McCain.
69-28, the Senate voted to make it easier for the government to spy on us.
Why kind of world do we live in when only 28 people have the fortitude to stand up and say, “NO! Spying on Americans is wrong!”
Feingold voted no, but what happened to his filibuster? Specter has been highly critical of the bill, but voted for it anyway. Obama: he says “yes” to spying on Americans!
Senator Chris Bond of Missouri takes the cake: “This is the balance we need to protect our civil liberties without handcuffing our terror-fighters.” Where are the protections? I think we’ve learned that the current president has opened the door to just ignoring anything in the Constitution he finds inconvenient. Will the next president be any different? One’s an egomaniac; the other a warmonger.
So, the political die has been cast. I vote that all members of government submit to 24/7 surveillance. It’s the only way to make sure they remain safe, and that we remain safe from them. We can ask some of the officials from Communist Berlin to help us set up the program.
This vote honestly scares me more than anything that’s happened in my lifetime. How about we arrest and jail all the people that voted for this in Guantanamo until we can figure out just how to deal with them?
I wonder if I am a typical white person…does that term mean that I fit the m.o. from stuffwhitepeoplelike.com?
Obama keeps doing thing that would make many people question their support of him. Most recently is his option to be satisfied with a bill that modifies FISA and that instructs courts to find in favor of telecom companies that broke the law with their wiretapping.
We’re lucky to have senators like Russ Feingold and Chris Dodd willing to walk the line and try to hold out for our civil liberties.
The only presidential candidate to step up and calling Democrats and Republicans out on their capitulation to Washington’s quest for more power. That is, of course, Libertarian candidate Bob Barr.
As an American living abroad while serving my country as a United States Peace Corps volunteer, I applaud Feingold, Dodd and Barr for standing up to the people who want my phone calls tapped, recorded, collated, etc. My conversations with my family are private. If they want to listen, they can ask a judge, as prescribed by the Constitution and current laws.
Mostly I just don’t understand why Obama is ok with this. If this is his new vision for America, you can count me with Barr.