“America’s” Townhall? Surely you jest

The Democrats are sponsoring “America’s Townhall” during their convention. They’re inviting questions. Not dialogue, mind you, only questions. Only one little problem. They sort of limit what you can talk about.  From their website:

Submissions may be video or text. Submissions must not: (i) include trademarks, logos, or copyrighted material not owned by entrant or used without permission (such as company names, music, photographs, works of art, or images published on or in websites, television, movies, or other media);
(ii) use individuals’ names, in whole or in part (including the entrant’s last name) without permission;
(iii) contain profanity, pornographic, or sexual content, content promoting alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms, or weapons, hateful content of any kind (including racism, sexism, etc.), content that promotes violence or harm to another living creature, or any other offensive, obscene, or inappropriate content;
(iv) defame, misrepresent, or contain disparaging remarks about other people or companies, including, but not limited to 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee, Inc. (“DNCC”), Democratic Party, Democratic National Committee, and their affiliated organizations;
(v) contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, photographs, or other identifying elements of any person, living, or dead without permission.

Let’s see. Prohibited are:

  • Images published on websites. But if you have a youtube video of yourself asking a question, submit that. It defies their rule.
  • Individuals’ names. So you have to ask your question anonymously if there’s a chance anyone else in the English-speaking world has your name.
  • Profanity. Guess that lets out Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Jesse Jackson.
  • Sexual content. Guess that lets out Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, or any discussion of whether sex played a part in the primary races.
  • Food. Can’t talk about eating broccoli (oh, that’s Republican anyway), because that’s harm to a living thing.
  • Disparaging comments about the Democrats. Apparently, though they don’t say so, about Republicans either, but I’ll have to read transcripts before I’ll believe that one.
  • Tobacco, or firearms, or drugs, or pornography. Yep, those are all in the same category, all right.

Sounds like they want a lot of videos of people asking in what key one sings Kumbaya. I like how they lump all these “evil” things together (tobacco and firearms, for example). Guess they won’t take a question on their views of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, eh?

In other words, they’re controlling people’s questions so they can control the answers. And they want to control a COUNTRY for at least four years.

Congressional elections are going to be critical for the next couple of decades. We’ll have to counter what the Democrats are doing and are prepared to do.

For the record, the Republicans aren’t MUCH better. More on that later.

On Olympics and the press – redux

This in today on fox news in an article on the 8th gold: “Sullivan tried to chase down Lezak and appeared to be gaining as they came to the wall, but Lezak finished in 3 minutes, 29.34 seconds — Phelps’ seventh world record in his personal Great Haul of China.”

Yes, I know.  This is like looking for insult.  But combined with my penchant for logic and consistency and grammar ….   I always though the majority of news reporters took college English classes.

This team is incredible.  They fight hard for each other, and they don’t see these relays as four legs, but as one race.  That is Olympics sportsmanship.

Now if only the press understood they are NOT part of the athletic team.  Their job is to report the facts.

Published in: on August 17, 2008 at 9:35 am  Leave a Comment  

Politicians get more slick by the minute, eh?

Yesterday I went to the Balloon Rally at VMI – hot air balloons, bluegrass, and fireworks.

In the crafts/charities/info booths were both the Democratic and Republican parties.  After I managed to see about a gazillion Democrat buttons and balloons, I thought there needed to be some balance, so I was going to go get a McCain button (yeah, I know, but he is my anti-socialism vote).

The buttons were “Free with a $1 Donation“.

How like a political party.

But it got me wondering – is this part of how each party is claiming to be “of the people” – small donations seem to be the status symbol this election cycle, and each $1 donation counts.

Slicker than owl snot, I say.

Didn’t get a button, either.

Published in: on July 5, 2008 at 3:46 pm  Comments (3)  

Change; talk, not fight; a new world, or something like that

Pretty sure all the gun-loving bloggers on the planet will have picked up on this one, but I couldn’t resist.
Seems to me he’s just admitted to being an “okay for me but not for you” legislator. Shall we call him Rosie?

Barack Obama is warning supporters that the general election fight between him and John McCain may get ugly, but the Illinois senator is vowing not to back down. “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said at a fundraiser in Philadelphia Friday, according to pool reports.

This blog questions his use of a 20-year-old movie when he claims to represent change.

I wonder how his willingness to shoot can be reconciled with his record on guns.

Time will tell.

Published in: on June 16, 2008 at 5:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Guess I didn’t have the right “comment”

On Faux Fox news’ site, one can find this – Hillary’s “poor me, the glass ceiling got me” speech.

Comments are open.  I commented on Saturday.
But my comment basically said “Not a glass ceiling; you’re simply not the one who should be president.”

Since it wasn’t boo-hoo enough, it didn’t get printed.  Only those that praise her royal highness, I guess, will get through moderation.

Published in: on June 9, 2008 at 7:01 pm  Comments (1)  

Every time I think I’ve heard it all

something like this comes along.

Jim Piculas said he made a toothpick disappear and reappear in front of students at the Rushe Middle School in Land ‘O Lakes, Fla., Local6.com reported. He said he later got a call from the supervisor of teachers, saying he had been accused of wizardry.

What’s next?  Magicians banned from clubs?  No more magic trick ads at the back of comic books?  Block sites like this?

And oh, by the way, is wizardry against some statute in Florida?

Give me a break, please.  I can handle only so much inanity each day.

Published in: on May 8, 2008 at 4:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Something about a woman with a winnebago?????

Oh, wait, that was Gore.

This is Clinton, making up stories about hard-time-Charley.

This is getting really old.

Published in: on April 5, 2008 at 6:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Lessons in Civics

We of the “over-something” generation talk about the younger folks having a sense of entitlement, how things are “owed” to them; we rail about responsibility.

Then someone from our generation shows us where it came from.

Howard Dean has decided not to hold Florida Democrats responsible for their decisions.  I’m pretty sure Michigan will be next.   The Florida democratic party had to know when they flouted the national committee and held their primary “too soon” that it wouldn’t matter.  The national party stripped them of their delegates, but now “every vote must count.”  How about “every vote must count” when the voters had a choice – had all the candidates on the ballot.

Why is it only now, in hindsight, that every vote must count?  Why is it that every vote didn’t need to count when the party had a presumptive nominee and made its decision?  Why is it Florida and Michigan weren’t needed in February, but they are now?

Do-overs.  Well, that wouldn’t work.  Every vote must count unless it costs us too much to count ’em.

Well, okay, we didn’t really mean you couldn’t send delegates.  Never mind that your people didn’t have a real choice.  Never mind that we said one thing and did another.What the

Oh, wait.  It’s politics.

What the hell was I thinking?  I should have known better.

Published in: on April 2, 2008 at 8:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

A knockoff of her mother?

Chelsea Clinton’s comeback was rude and dismissive.  The question wasn’t about the scandal, it was about whether Hillary’s reaction was indicative of her ability to deal with adversity.  Maybe those who pimp Chelsea at campaign events should give her the full briefing, and not just how to deal with favorable comments.

But it’s no wonder the questioner got snapped at.  Look who Chelsea had to emulate.  A woman who straight-faced implied she had lied only ONCE in twelve years.  Oh, wait, it wasn’t a lie… it was a “rare error“.

Published in: on March 26, 2008 at 10:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hillary’s Bosnia Sniper

Apparently an old photoshop job, but this is the best I’ve seen to date!

Bob Parks got it right this time.

Published in: on March 26, 2008 at 9:56 pm  Comments (1)