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    Raw Story:

    "I came here for the vote of every American, and our Democratic Party threw us down the tubes," New Yorker Harriet Christian said after yesterday's meeting of the Democratic Party's Rules and Bylaws Committee.

    Senator Clinton is the "best nominee possible" for President, said Ms. Christian, "and the Democrats are throwing the election away. For what? An inadequate black male who would not have been running had it not been a white woman that was running for President! And I'm not going to shut my mouth anymore!"

    No, there's no racism here. Noooooo. (Why not simply "an inadequate candiate"?)

    No, there's no delusion here. (Take all the Michigan delegates -- Hillary Clinton still loses!) Nooooo.

    Why is Hillary entitled to the nomination? How is counting a one-candidate poll "democratic"?

    Maybe there really is some intolerance here for the uppity candidate -- the uppity "inadequate black male." (You fill in the epithet.)

    "And they think we won't turn and vote for McCain," Christian added. She closed: "Well, I've got news for all of you: McCain will be the next President of the United States!"

    Just lovely. Real class. You're leaving the party? Have fun with the Republicans. They share your values.

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    This is leadership.

    In our country, I have found that this cooperation happens not because we agree on everything, but because behind all the labels and false divisions and categories that define us; beyond all the petty bickering and point-scoring in Washington, Americans are a decent, generous, compassionate people, united by common challenges and common hopes. And every so often, there are moments which call on that fundamental goodness to make this country great again.

    So it was for that band of patriots who declared in a Philadelphia hall the formation of a more perfect union; and for all those who gave on the fields of Gettysburg and Antietam their last full measure of devotion to save that same union.

    So it was for the greatest generation that conquered fear itself, and liberated a continent from tyranny and made this country home to untold opportunity and prosperity.

    So it was for the workers who stood out on the picket lines; the women who shattered glass ceilings; the children who braved a Selma bridge for freedom's cause.

    So it has been for every generation that faced down the greatest challenges and the most improbable odds to leave their children a world that's better, and kinder, and more just.

    And so it must be for us.

    America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.

    And here on this night, the first time an African American -- or a non-white person of any kind -- has won the nomination of a major political party in America, he speaks not of this but of Hillary:

    At this defining moment for our nation, we should be proud that our party put forth one of the most talented, qualified field of individuals ever to run for this office. I have not just competed with them as rivals, I have learned from them as friends, as public servants, and as patriots who love America and are willing to work tirelessly to make this country better. They are leaders of this party, and leaders that America will turn to for years to come.

    That is particularly true for the candidate who has traveled further on this journey than anyone else. Senator Hillary Clinton has made history in this campaign not just because she's a woman who has done what no woman has done before, but because she's a leader who inspires millions of Americans with her strength, her courage, and her commitment to the causes that brought us here tonight.

    We've certainly had our differences over the last sixteen months. But as someone who's shared a stage with her many times, I can tell you that what gets Hillary Clinton up in the morning — even in the face of tough odds — is exactly what sent her and Bill Clinton to sign up for their first campaign in Texas all those years ago; what sent her to work at the Children's Defense Fund and made her fight for health care as first lady; what led her to the United States Senate and fueled her barrier-breaking campaign for the presidency — an unyielding desire to improve the lives of ordinary Americans, no matter how difficult the fight may be. And you can rest assured that when we finally win the battle for universal health care in this country, she will be central to that victory. When we transform our energy policy and lift our children out of poverty, it will be because she worked to help make it happen. Our party and our country are better off because of her, and I am a better candidate for having had the honor to compete with Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    A fabulous speech.

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    Instead, all the talk is about how Hillary's supporters are upset she did not win, how they're all going to go vote for McCain, how Obama is so mean because ... he won? I don't get it.

    Anyway, maybe it's time to talk about the disrespect directed at Barack Obama for attacking him and obsessing about Hillary Clinton on the night that the first African American wins the nomination of a major political party.

    This is history, people! Watch, listen, hear him, and see if you aren't moved.

    Note: He doesn't talk about himself much, and does not talk about this momentous occasion.

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    Ouch!

    ‘My marriage ended because John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25. You know that happens...it just does.’

    Her story is a harrowing one -- not because of John McCain -- he just didn't want to be there for it.

    [Hat tip to a Twittering blogdiva]

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    John McCain seemed quite pleased with himself when he said this:

    "In my experience, fact-finding missions usually work best the other way around: First, you assess the facts on the ground; then you present a new strategy."

    Of course, that's utter inanity. You don't let your opponents define your strategy, and you don't take orders from your subordinates.

    You might let circumstances change your tactics, but your strategy comes from your principles, your long-term goals, the big picture.

    President Bush has led us into this quagmire by much of the same reactionary kind of thinking. "Saddam Hussein is thumbing his nose at us!" he cried in the run-up to the war. As if we had no choice but to invade: Saddam's thumb made us do it!

    Reactionary "strategy" is a losing game that the Republicans can't seem to let go of.

    What do we want? That's the real question. What are our facts?

    1. We're shedding a whole lot of blood in Iraq.
    2. We're spending a ton of money there -- money we don't have.
    3. We're overextending our most precious military resource -- our soldiers and marines -- in unrealistic tours with reduced time back home.
    4. We're grinding down our military equipment to the point that it doesn't work anymore.
    5. We're pretty much unable to engage in any other major or minor conflict, or properly deal with Afghanistan, until we free ourselves from Iraq.
    6. Our economy is in shambles over the uncertainty in the region, and our exploding national debt.
    7. The government can't help much in the current credit crunch because it's spending all of its money in Iraq.
    8. We're killing a lot of Iraqi civilians.
    9. The Iraqi people don't want us there.
    10. The Iraqi government wants us to leave.
    11. We are not making headway against al-Qaeda, who attacked us from Afghanistan.
    12. We still don't know what the mission of this war really is. Are we supposed to just keep fighting until we find one?

    Get real, McCain. Strategy comes from the leadership, not from getting whipsawed by "facts on the ground."

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    The inflation watch has begun. Bernanke is warning us inflation is on its way.

    I remember in Econ 101, the idea of "dollar bombs" being dropped -- so that currency is doubled, and soon all price double as there are only so many goods to go around.

    So as airlines charge for bags and food prices rise and oil takes off in a hyperinflationary way, everything else will follow suit. This is the next big oil spill. Oil prices spilling over the economy and fouling everything.

    Everything oil touches won't turn to gold, but will go up in price. The more oil prices rise, the more everything else will rise and the less the speculators will make.

    Yet governments seem paralyzed to stop it, and there may be a few that think they can turn it to an advantage. In the end, whatever reserves they have in the form of the balance of payments will be washed away as the cost of things spike, and these balances erode.

    Maybe the current generation will laugh along in the old Saturday Night Live classic with Dan Akyroyd as "Jimmy Carter" who tells us "inflation is your friend." Who wouldn't want to smoke a $500 cigar, or wear a $7,500 suit, or living in a $10,000 apartment. "I know I would." It ends with "Carter" calling the Treasury Department to say, "Hello, this is Jimmy. Print me some more of them 20s."

    In the end, though, few of us will be laughing.

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    That's how many times richer John McCain is than Barack Obama. And yet McCain claims Obama is the one who's too rich and out of touch?

    John McCain's confusion continues. No wonder he doesn't even know how many homes he owns.

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    That's John McCain's new slogan. It makes me think of the savings and loan scandal and that Keating scandal.

    How unfortunate.

    And what of Sarah Palin, who's a big fan of forced pregnancy and has a bit of crap on her shoes. So much for the big corruption reformer.

    But here's the clincher: She's a staunch creationist, meaning that she doesn't believe in science.

    So she's all for:

    Government controlled reproduction.

    Government enforced religion.

    Government enforced personal agendas.

    How appealing.

    But wait, she's a woman! Oh, I'm supposed to vote for her because she's a woman! Oh, silly me!

    Update: Josh Orton has some thoughts on this slogan.

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    This is really just so stupid.

    "I was just thinking, this Gustav is proof that there is a God in heaven," the Oscar-winning director of "Fahrenheit 911" said. "To just have it planned at the same time, that it would actually be on its way to New Orleans for Day One of the Republican convention, up in the Twin Cities, at the top of the Mississippi River."

    That's right up there in mean-spirited sentiments with the utterances of Jerry Falwell and James Dobson, who has set a pretty "high" standard of horribleness.

    I don't care how partisan you are -- and I'm pretty damned partisan, mind you -- you don't sing praises of disasters that seem to play in the media game against your political opponents.

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    In the same vein as my earlier post, on the Huffington Post Dr. Judith Rich goes deeper, and asks us a question:

    Palin looks to me like the patriarchy in a skirt, a Helen of Troy. However, her skirts are not hiding the army that will deliver us from male dominance as much as to perpetuate it. She gets to do the dirty work of spouting vitriol while McCain gets to smile and make fake gestures about bi-partisanship. She's the court jester; calculated to distract us from noticing that the emperor himself, has no clothes. Palin hasn't triumphed over the good old boys. She's joined them. And now, she's being used to serve them by helping to create the illusion they actually care about what women care about. But be not fooled. This sorcerer's apprentice is no Hillary Clinton.

    Here's Sarah, "Miss Congeniality," the "pit bull in lipstick" jumping in line ahead of Hillary, the "Queen of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuits". In both women we see our collective shadow, but wearing different costumes. Hillary was undone by a lifetime of compromising her authentic idealism in order to play by the big boy's rules. If Sarah is Helen of Troy, Hillary is Joan of Arc. What got burned at the stake in Hillary is the truth of who she is; a true champion for human being that thought being tough was the only way to succeed. We knew she had mastery of the issues. What we wanted from Hillary was a glimpse of her heart. How sad for all of us she thought she had to wrap it in barbed wire. Hillary didn't get that she could be lovable, just as she is, even with her less than trim ankles and calves. We just wanted to see who she really is behind the costume.

    So which of these two women represents the future of all women? Will we cast our votes for the starstruck "Geeze, I can't believe this is really happening to me?" part of ourselves? Will we vote for the part of ourselves that yearns for a short cut to nirvana or our fifteen minutes of fame? Will we vote for "I'm getting to my goal no matter what the cost is to my life and my family or who I have to step on to get there" voice in us?

    Indeed.

    The "Change We Can Believe In" mantra of Obama's is really about the undoing of the old patriarchal system and the unfolding of a new paradigm, based on mutual respect and partnership. This is the true expression of the principles of the Sacred Feminine. How stunning to watch the way She works.

    Stunning indeed. And look at the right-wing patriarchs go after Obama. They obviously don't use the blatantly misogynistic attacks they used against Hillary (and some lefty boyos are using against Palin). But it's every bit as dark-hearted, every bit as hateful.

    It's nice that Sarah Palin can machine-gun a moose and abuse power like the big boys (albeit on a smaller scale -- Alaska is only so big, you know). But who's the candidate that truly challenges the system?