Clinton shows a glimmer of hope.

"Clinton Expects Superdelegates to Decide Next Week."

She's still touting the "COME ON SUPERDELEGATES! LET ME WIN!" mentality, but at least she's realized that yes, it is coming to an end, at this point, I'd say it almost seems she's simply trying to look like a fighter, and knows that her shot at the nomination is gone.

This is good, once this is finally resolved, and it's been accepted, as it sounds like she'll finally DO come next week when the superdelegates start weighing in, in big ways - we can finally get behind a single candidate (some of have been for a while now...) and start getting things together for November. Barack's numbers against McCain are looking better every day, and things are starting to fall in line as they should.

Mrs. Clinton, I'd thank you for your role in this nomination, but you gave up that honor when you started in with your kitchen sink style campaigning. So instead, I'll simply thank you for finally showing some reason.

Left-Wing Mailbag, "You Know What This Means" Edition

J-G Letters Page, 05/30/2008

There's a clever letter in there today. You might want to read it.


That scraping sound? That's the bottom of the barrel.

Hillary references Robert Kennedy Assassination as reason to press on.
"My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it,"
I... what? I can understand the historical significance, I can almost give her the benefit of the doubt here, say "Oh, what a horribly inappropriate analogy..." but then I think about who I'm talking about, and the tone she's taken in the campaign, and it's not hard to go from that point and use the thought process of "I'll get the nomination if he's assassinated."

And I hate that I think that, I hate that she's driven this contest to a point where I actually HAVE to consider that. When the process started, I remember standing in Burger King and talking with Damian, talking about who was going to get the nomination. I was hoping (Ha) for Obama, and he felt Hillary was more likely to get it - at that point we decided either way wasn't going to be so bad at all.

Now I look at what Senator Clinton has done, I look at the lengths she'll go to, to try and secure the nomination and I'm saddened. I'm absolutely shocked at the campaign shes ran, and with that fact in mind, is it any wonder that she says something like this, and our first thoughts aren't "she said the wrong thing" but, "She's trying to plant a seed" or "Is that really what she's hoping for?"

The fact is the way one news site worded it was true. "Hillary apologizes... ...to stay in the race." Or the fact that she's having to apologize on almost a weekly basis now, having to pull back some comment her, or her people have made in this contest.

At this point, I almost do wish she'd run third party, just because I frankly have trouble calling her a Democrat anymore.


The results of Tuesday's Primary, and Hillary's... Comments.

So the Oregon and Kentucky Primary came and went, the result came down about like expected, Hillary taking Kentucky 65% to 30% over Obama, with 3% uncommited.

In Oregon, Obama came away with the V, 59% over Hillary's 41%. Overall big numbers for both candidates. However as each day goes on, it becomes steadily appearant that Obama will be the nominee, as he is now within around 65 delegates of locking this up. Of course, Hillary continues to demand that Michigan and Florida be seated, with the count being as it is now, despite them breaking the rules.

I really can't understand how people in those states are rallying behind her as their 'voice' considering she was fine with the decision not to seat them, until she needed them to have a chance. That's opportunistic at best - and rather telling of her.

Speaking of Hillary, you all have a chance to see one of her newest verbal explosions?

Check it out.

As Sen. Hillary Clinton has raced toward the end of what appears to be a losing bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, she has voiced what her most fervent supports have been saying -- her campaign has been dissed and damaged by people "who are nothing but misogynists."

Now, I am not one to deny that I've seen Sexism leveled at Mrs. Clinton and her campaign. I frankly don't think it's been anywhere NEAR as damning as she's insinuating - however I'd give her the point... if she didn't follow up with this gem:

Clinton, the first woman to make a serious bid for a major party's presidential nomination, said she did not think that racism was a factor in her bruising battle with Sen. Barack Obama.

Wait. Wut.

I'm sorry, she's claiming racism hasn't been a factor in this election? WHAT?! I'm at a loss, a noticable LOSS. Perhaps Senator Clinton is simply... unfamiliar?

With things like this?

Of course that means she's a candidate who's willfully ignorant. Once again she shows us another reason she shouldn't be president.

Allow me to explain, Senator Clinton. It has NOTHING to do with your gender, at least for many of us, myself in that number, and EVERYTHING to do with how horribly you've mismanaged your campaign, you're 20 million in debt, you've resorted to Republican style fear attacks, and outright lies and deception.

Please, just stop already.

And Now For Something Completely Different...

Okay, this isn't political, and there's a reason for that - I'd like to just point this out because it's entertaining.

In regards to the first story, you've got to wonder what kinds of people would do something like this. It's amusing on a base level, yes, but overall it's just... kind of immature.

And as for the second, I have a real love/hate relationship with Japan. I hate them because they suck my wallet dry every month, they turn gibbering fangirls into gibbering pseudo-multilingual fangirls, and they have some SERIOUSLY screwed up societal structures, ideas, and concepts. Then they do something like this, and I can't stay mad at them.


Hate Preacher Hagee: "God Sent Hitler"

A lot of people are talking about how this "isn't that bad". After all, he's not saying Hitler was good, just that he fulfilled prophecy. That's just diseased, no matter what. It's sick.

Desperation sets in... again.

Fight still on, Clinton asserts in Florida
As Obama trekked through central Florida, Clinton was 200 miles to the south, at the epicenter of the bitter recount battle that ended the 2000 election, summoning memories of the Bush vs. Gore Supreme Court decision as she argued for full representation for delegate slates from Florida and Michigan at August's Democratic convention in Denver.

Florida voters "learned the hard way what happens when your votes aren't counted and the candidate with fewer votes is declared the winner," she told a crowd in Boca Raton in Palm Beach County, a key site in the recount fight between Al Gore and George W. Bush that ended with a Supreme Court decision halting the recount.

"The lesson of 2000 here in Florida is crystal-clear: If any votes aren't counted, the will of the people isn't realized and our democracy is diminished," Clinton said.
Uh-huh. Right. So Florida's situation now, where they voted despite knowing that the rules said it wouldn't matter and Clinton only cares because they mostly voted for her, is the same as the Right stealing Florida's cast-by-the-rules votes. Exactly the same.

Somebody's desperate, I see.


I'm Prepared

Well, with the California Supreme Court's decision overturning the ban on gay marriages, you can bet your bottom dollar that we're going to be inundated with letters in every newspaper across the country from so-called "moral" people, decrying how evil and wrong it is that gay people might get some of the rights afforded to non-gay people. We'll have to read, again and again, about how "evil" and "sinful" being gay is, and how it's "unnatural", and how they "recruit" young people, and how society is "decaying", all because one state decided illegal, hateful discrimination was a bad idea.
To the people who are going to write these venomous screeds, I ask: Which is more immoral, gay people being able to marry the ones they love, or illegal occupations of foreign countries? Which is more immoral, people being able to access the special rights already given to others, or the wholesale pawning of our rights for a facade of security? More to the point, which is more immoral, people being gay, or people being ostracized, preached to, told they're worthless, discriminated against, hated, beaten, raped, and murdered, all because they're gay?
You want to talk morality? Maybe you should examine yours first!


"Mr. President, the war isn't about you."

Keith Olbermann's Special Comment, 5/14/2008

I saw this earlier tonight just after work. It's a must-see.


There's That Flushing Sound Again!

Clinton makes case for wide appeal
"I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on," she said in an interview with USA TODAY. As evidence, Clinton cited an Associated Press article "that found how Sen. Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me."
BWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH-GLUK-GLUK-GLUK-GLUK-GLUK. Hear that, Hil? That's the sound of the last shreds of your dignity, your chances, and what little respect I had left for you, all being flushed away.

Notice how very proud she is that she's big with "hard working" "white" people. You know, because the two are related, right, Hil?

Her biggest demographics are old people, conservatives, and uneducated white people. I wonder why?


Well, then...

So Clinton won. Barely.

I figured she'd win by a lot more - my guess was about 10 percent. Not a "squeeker". Not about 2%.

Maybe this state isn't so far gone, even with the WOWO crowd dragging their knuckles all the way to the polls to tamper with democracy.

Too close to call

As I type this, the margin between Clinton and Obama here in Indiana is just too damn close to really call. The way it's looking, Obama just might win.

Time to hope.


What matters?

From Countdown with Keith Olbermann: "What matters most in the elections"

I'm wondering: if Hillary loses NC, will it suddenly "not matter"? If, by some amazing chance, she loses Indiana (with people like these in this godforsaken state, it's unlikely), will we "not matter"?

Hillary Clinton needs to just stop. She's pretty much unrecoverably behind, and each day she refuses to bow out gracefully is another day that John McSameasBush has to lie about everything he's going to continue fucking up. This, though? This is just plain sad. This is what we call "being a sore loser". This is what we call "being in denial".

This is what we call "being a lot like Bush".

The Torpor Torpedo strikes again.

From the Daily Dish via Torpor Indy: Reason #359 why lead must be a dietary staple of Hoosiers

Doctor, my head.

A reminder, again


Go vote!

I did!


It's Always Florida, Part 3,755

Magic trick costs teacher job
Substitute teacher Jim Piculas does a 30-second magic trick where a toothpick disappears then reappears.

But after performing it in front of a classroom at Rushe Middle School in Land 'O Lakes, Piculas said his job did a disappearing act of its own.

"I get a call the middle of the day from head of supervisor of substitute teachers. He says, 'Jim, we have a huge issue, you can't take any more assignments you need to come in right away,'" he said.

When Piculas went in, he learned his little magic trick cast a spell and went much farther than he'd hoped.

"I said, 'Well Pat, can you explain this to me?' 'You've been accused of wizardry,' [he said]. Wizardry?" he asked.

Tampa Bay's 10 talked to the assistant superintendent with the Pasco County School District who said it wasn't just the wizardry and that Picular had other performance issues, including "not following lesson plans" and allowing students to play on unapproved computers."

Piculas said he knew nothing about the accusations.

"That... I think was embellished after the fact to try to cover what initially what they were saying to me," he said.
I'm left wondering which fundie brat made this accusation. No sane person would make an accusation like that. And notice, of course, that they suddenly cover up their BURN THE WITCH cry with "Oh, we have a real reason, it's just that there's no proof of that". Nice ass covering.

Gee, I thought the Dark Ages ended centuries ago. Then again, this is from Flori-DUH, where those who were around for the Dark Ages go to die. I guess it shouldn't be that surprising.


RI AG: "GTA IV bad for kids, so get informed"

Via Game Politics: Rhode Island Attorney General Issues GTA IV Warning

What with the release of the new Grand Theft Auto game, I figured that there would be a flurry of chest-beating and fear-mongering. For the most part, I was right, but then there's this:

The attorney general of Rhode Island has warned parents about the mature content in Grand Theft Auto IV, according to Legal Newswire.

Of the best-selling, highly controversial game, A.G. Patrick Lynch (left), a Democrat, said:

As video games become more realistic and in many cases, more violent, parents must become more vigilant before buying them or letting their children use them.

Also, retailers and salespeople have a responsibility to better inform parents how violent these games actually are. Grand Theft Auto IV is obviously rated ‘M’ for a reason, and parents need to keep a game like this away from their kids.

In August, 2007, GamePolitics reported that Lynch had joined with the ESRB in an effort to educate parents about the video game industry’s content rating system.
It's surprising, and refreshing, to see a politician who isn't trying to shamelessly use this as a way to incite moral panic and score cheap points with scared-of-everything parents.

A reminder.

Remember to vote on Tuesday, if you're from hereabouts.