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Thursday, August 21, 2008

That's Your 'Plan'?

Obama came to Martinsville ...

... talked to an adoring crowd about job creation how we should all hate the rich and loathe those big, evil corporations that Southwest Virginians would love to have back ...

... and left.

Let Me Translate. He Hasn't a Clue.

Martinsville audience sought answers on jobs from presidential candidate

What did they get instead?

"While Obama said he couldn't promise jobs will come back to Martinsville if he's elected, he did say he'd work to find a solution and keep the issue, and the residents, on his mind."

Key words being: He has no solution.

It's not too late to draft Hillary, fellas.

Get a Life

Has someone over at the Roanoke Times got a bug up his ass over the way that their Kid Wonderful has been beaten up of late by John McCain? How else to explain this:
Simpering nonsense

This is a sad excuse from New York Times columnist David Brooks for Sen. John McCain's execrable campaign attacks against Sen. Barack Obama: The television networks made him do it: "The man who hopes to inspire a new generation of Americans now attacks Obama daily. It is the only way he can get the networks to pay attention."

Pitiful.

I'll tell you what's pitiful. Anyone who finds the normal political give-and-take (the kind of campaigning that has gone on since the founding of our great republic) in any way to be ... execrable.

The word execrable, according to my handy dictionary, means "unequivocally detestable" or "deserving of a curse."

McCain deserves such disapprobation because he's effectively defining his opponent? Please. You tickle me.

"Execrable." Now that's pitiful.

The Bottom Line

There's no getting around this:
Buyer's remorse about Obama?
By Barry Casselman, writing in the Washington Times

[C]onsidering his experience, Mr. Obama would be the first "amateur" to reach the Oval Office. [C]ompared to every other major party candidate for president in the past 100 years, with the exception of 1940 Republican nominee Wendell Willkie, he has the slightest political background of any serious aspirant.

In spite of Bush "fatigue" and the clear advantage Democrats have in 2008, the nation's voters are holding back about Mr. Obama so far. The issue is not race; the issue is whether the nation is going to take a chance on an amateur president or whether it wants an experienced professional on the job in these very dangerous and uncertain times. (link)
In just a few short years this guy has gone from working to get some elderly woman's lights turned back on to ... leading the free world?

Somehow, I think the American people are smarter than that.

Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't

I watched the movie, "The Constant Gardener" on DVD the other night (well, about 90% of it; I got bored and shut it off). It is, as outlined in this review, about "a tenacious activist" who "fights for the rights of poor people" and who "finds out accidentally that a powerful pharmacist firm [is trying] to prove a medication among the Africans, that supposedly will carry collateral damages that will produce monetary big benefits for the company."

The "Big Pharma is using poor people for experimentation" plot that Hollywood is fond of.

My thought was - why don't you be as concerned about the fact that these Kenyans you love so much live in filth, wear rags, and have no food as you are about their "rights"?

Anyway, the movie was a bore. So I can't tell you if those evil pharmaceutical companies got their just due in the end or not. It's fair to say though, the poor people remain poor.

What prompted thoughts on this subject was a headline in this morning's paper:
Judge Orders Drug Maker to Provide Experimental Treatment to Terminally Ill Teenager
By Michael M. Grynbaum, The New York Times

A 16-year-old patient, terminally ill with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, should be allowed to use an experimental drug treatment despite objections from the drug’s developer, a federal judge in Newark ruled on Wednesday.

The case, which touches on major ethical issues, is being closely watched by the pharmaceutical industry.

It was not immediately clear what implications the ruling would have for other patients seeking access to clinical trials of experimental treatments. Drug developers tightly enforce parameters on who can participate in these trials, citing concerns about safety and the validity of the research. (link)
So, is it right or wrong for Big Pharma to experiment on young, innocent "victims" or not? I get so confused ...

Really? Tell It To Your Brother.

Barack Obama to the residents of Martinsville yesterday:

How many are worse off than you were since George Bush took office?

That describes the reality of our politics over the last eight years. And that's the reason I'm running for president of the United States of America, because I want to make sure that the next generation here in Martinsville, here in Henry County, here in Virginia, here in the United States of America has the jobs and the opportunity of the future.

That's what we're fighting for.

We need a policy to create jobs here in America, so not only do we need to change our tax incentives, but we've also got to invest ... (link)
Barack Obama to his brother: Don't bother me, man. You're cramping my style.
Barack Obama's 'lost' brother found in Kenya
By Nick Pisa, London Telegraph

The Italian edition of Vanity Fair said that it had found George Hussein Onyango Obama living in a hut in a ramshackle town of Huruma on the outskirts of Nairobi.

Mr Obama, 26, the youngest of the presidential candidate's half-brothers, spoke for the first time about his life, which could not be more different than that of the Democratic contender.

"No-one knows who I am," he told the magazine, before claiming: "I live here on less than a dollar a month." (link)

Can we expect Barack Obama to do for us what he's done for his own brother? I'm not sure we're that deserving.

In case you're interested, meet George Hussein Obama:

Actions speak louder than words, Barry. Your brother lives in abject squalor.

You're going to do what for the rest of us again?

Photo courtesy of Guy Calaf, Vanity Fair