Speaking to the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council, Michele Obama sez:
"We are all only here because of those who marched and bled and died, from Selma to Stonewall, in the pursuit of a more perfect union. The world as it is should be one that rejects discrimination of all kinds."
This is how I feel about John McCain's health care plan. Here's why Elizabeth Edwards thinks it won't work. Relying on the market means that decisions are made according to costs. And you know who health insurers think cost too much? Women. Not only do they have babies ($$$!) but they also are more likely to seek preventive care.
Loads of folks have gotten sick from e-coli from maters. And remember the killer dog food issues? Yeah, it stinks when you have no control over the products you buy. Small government is a good idea in theory but sometimes in practice it means lead in your children's toys and peanut butter smeared with salmonella. And energy shortages. A lot of this has happened because of the atrophying of oversight agencies like the F.D.A. under the watch of the Rethugs.
"And I, unfortunately, have been to too many disasters as president."—discussing flooding in the Midwest, Washington, D.C., June 17, 2008
"There is some who say that perhaps freedom is not universal. Maybe it's only Western people that can self-govern. Maybe it's only, you know, white-guy Methodists who are capable of self-government. I reject that notion."—London, June 16, 2008
The Rocky Mountain News is running a contest for what pet you think Obama should get. Um, they forgot to put ME as an option. I know you all think I should be loyal to my home peeps but the White House has something my ma ape does not--a fully operational 24-hour kitchen. She sleeps sometimes and that really cuts into my midnight snacking.
Look, I don't have much faith in you naked apes. You've botched a lot of things but I never imagined that we would actually have to sit down and talk about why torture is problematic. But we do. So--naked apes--don't torture. Here's a comparison of candidate positions.
Same-sex marriage in California! Isn't this an awesome couple? Del Martin and Phyllis Lyons are in their 80s , have been together for over 50 years, and have been gay rights activists for decades. As Ruby would say, w00t for them!
Now we just sit back and wait for the finger-wagging to begin. Er, continue.
So Obama does not have a dog, a situation that will have to remedy itself once he gets into office because a good President needs a good dog at his side. And I read this, Obama sez: "as a condition for letting me run for President, my daughters Malia and Sasha extracted a promise from Michelle and I that they could get a dog after the election, win or lose. So they're heavily invested in this campaign, if only for it to be over so we can get our dog."
Let me be the first to volunteer! I think the White House needs a corgador. And look at those girls! They totally look like they'd give me copious belly rubs and order me up delicious snacks from the White House kitchen. Malia, Sasha--give me a call! I only have a few skeletons in my closet. Also I would like to bring about two dozen girlfriends and bromances with me:
During Presidential season we sometimes forget the Men (and ONE woman) in Black who make a lot of really important decisions--The Supremes!
I just wanted to mention the important decision made in the court today--Boumediene v. Bush-- that will give suspects in Guantanamo Bay access to civilian courts for appeal. This is important in extending the rule of law to peoples in American custody. When I am accused of doing something wrong I always have the right to plead my case in the Court of Ma Ape's Pushoverness using my finest Defense Attorney--Big Brown Eyes. I think this will go a long way toward limiting the power of the Executive Branch and will restore an important piece of democracy--habeas corpus. Here's what Obama had to say about the ruling. Obama sez: The fact is, this Administration's position is not tough on terrorism, and it undermines the very values that we are fighting to defend. Bringing these detainees to justice is too important for us to rely on a flawed system that has failed to convict anyone of a terrorist act since the 9-11 attacks, and compromised our core values.
I'd like to add, President Obama, that when there is an opening on the court, I've already got a whipsmart legal mind and--more importantly--I always wear my black robes:
In a more troubling note, my ma ape and I listen to This American Life while we work out (her on the treadmill, me in dreamland). That's not the troubling bit. This morning we listened to a show from a few weeks ago called The Prosecutor about the terror cell prosecution in Detroit that fell apart. It is more shocking than I could have imagined. And there are no good guys. You can listen to it here or get the podcast on iTunes. Here's some of the story. Also here.
On an additional note, wouldn't it be cool to have a ConstitutionalLaw scholar as President? Hmmmm...
As Gus reminded me, Representative Dennis Kucinich (part corgador) introduced articles of impeachment against the President this week. These ones involve lying into war. No cigars. You can read them on Kucinich's website here where you can also get information on why Cleveland is the capital of bowling, polka and kielbasa. Or you can watch a cartoon of it here. And by "it" I mean Kucinich reading the articles of impeachment, not the polka and kielbasa.
And because I can't watch this enough, Rep Kucinich empties his pockets on The Colbert Report:
I would very much like the war to end and this? Is terrifying, especially from a guy who is "confused" about the difference between Sunni and Shia. And Iran and Al Qaeda.
This article by Christopher Hayes in The Nation really made me think. Here's an article Obama wrote for Foreign Affairs. Here's Obama's foreign policy in his own words. Here's stuff about his main advisers.
Here's an Animal & Politics blog affiliated with the Humane Society. It describes Obama's support of animal welfare issues including bills he has sponsored or supported as an Illinois State Senator and as a U.S. Senator (shout out to the Cubbies & Da Bears!). And it has his answers to the Human Society's Questionnaire about where the candidates stand on welfare issues. The candidates who filled out the questionnaire were Obama, Bill Richardson, John Edwards, and Dennis Kucinich (my dude! He's approximately the same size as a corgador).
Obama sez: "As president, I'd continue to make sure that we treat animal cruelty like the serious crime it is and address its connection to broader patterns of violence."
My gal pal Sophie forwarded me this story from Der Spiegel! (That's German for something). Quite excitingly they have a "zeitgeist" section of their paper and they highlighted a German manufacturer who is making Barack Obama dolls! They look nothing like him but don't let that dissuade you that you need! one! now! Sophie noted they are limited editions so they will be Collector's Items (that will be what sways my gramps who collections anything you call a collector's item. Ask him about the Cornhusker Coca-Cola.) You know it's not really Obama because he's wearing a flag pin--ha! Alert Faux News!
My pal Gus shared this oldie but goodie post from when he was in Iowa and this wonderful story about his Uncle Ray who has since passed:
I know that Barack Obama is in Iowa this summer. My Uncle Ray was very excited about him before he died. He told Dad one day that if he was still alive when it is time to vote, he was gonna vote for that "Italian fella with the Democrats." And Dad was confused, he said "Rudy Guliani?" And Uncle Ray said, "No, NO, he is a Republican now anyway. You know, that Italian fella whose name ends in an A!" And he got pretty mad at dad when dad couldn't figure out who he was talking about. Finally muzzer came through the living room. She said "I think he means Barack Obama." Uncle Ray said, "Yeah, that's him. Good lookin fella, looks like Marie's relatives." And muzzer just rolled her eyes. And Dad had a coughing fit. And Aunt Marie said "TCH, RAYMOND!" Sometimes with Uncle Ray, you weren't quite sure whether he was pulling your leg or having a bout of dementia when he said things like that. Vote for the Italian fella! (My ma ape calls him our Irish future president O'Bama! Like me, you can project your own favorite breed onto him!). But, Gus, when he wins you might need to rethink your baseball allegiances:
What do you see in this picture? A totally cool and equal couple celebrating their joint achievement? Faux News wants to know if you see a terrorist plot! Because women making fists can lead to NO GOOD!
I send paw bumps out to all my buds! This is a dogocracy! BUMP!
ETA: OK, I thought it couldn't get any more stupid but Sadly, No has a roundup of wonderfully racist responses from Free Republic (a cesspool of right wingnuttery) to the dap. Apparently it is not terrorism but gang signs.
Dap on, buds! (I can't reach you from here with my short legs.)
I am fortunate to have a great health care plan--my ma ape's undying devotion and her plastic. But I know not all apes are so fortunate and they have to worry about paying their medical bills instead of getting better. Now Obama is teaming up with another naked ape I can tolerate--Elizabeth Edwards!--to talk about the health care. Single payer, baby! This sounds preferable to the Bush plan:
“The immediate goal is to make sure there are more people on private insurance plans. I mean, people have access to health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency room.”
Now--who do I talk to about some apes I'd like to get into a low cost spay and neuter program?
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one dog to raise his voice and get you goddamn naked apes to stop screwing things up. You deny us the vote because of the whole "no language" thing and yet the decisions you have been making for the last, oh, say, 10,000 years have led me to question your judgment. And thus, apes, I am lowering myself to support one of you. Alas, since dogs rarely reach 35 and thus are constitutionally barred from being President, I am throwing my weight behind one dude, Barack Obama. I will use this blog to tell you why, to share helpful and informative links, and, I hope to make this election just a little more entertaining.
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