The 35-Percenters

I just wanted to mention a couple of videos that have been making the rounds recently, in case any of my loyal readers have missed them. One isn’t exactly new, it dates back to 1994, but it’s suddenly the subject of a recent surge of interest. The other is a recent creation, and is being circulated in slightly more quirky circles to which some readers here may not have had much exposure.

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Celebrity Endorsements?

Letterman and Kucinich

Maybe this story should be titled “Did He or Didn’t He?” And maybe it shouldn’t make a difference anyway. Our “news” media has become so obssessed with feeding us endless trivia about a few people that they declare “newsworthy” while ignoring real issues. And just because a person is a famous entertainer doesn’t make his political views any more valid than anyone else’s. But it still seems just a little strange that when somebody as well-known and popular as David Letterman endorses (or seems to endorse) a presidential candidate, it gets absolutely no mention from the media.

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So this is what winning feels like

For an old fart like me, I was out a little late for a school night. But this was a momentous occasion. It’s not often that I’m on the winning side of a political race. But tonight I helped a friend celebrate his victory in the Democratic primary for governor. It was an interesting race, with some unusual twists. It is often said that politics are the damnedest in Kentucky, and this race proved it. But now it’s full speed to November.

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President Pelosi?

Well, despite Speaker Pelosi’s insistence that impeachment is “off the table”, it’s finally on the table, thanks to courageous Congressman Dennis Kucinich. Recently, it has become increasingly obvious that the question of whether he was going to introduce Articles of Impeachment had become a question of when, not if. And that question was finally answered at a news conference. I suppose it’s no surprise that he timed his announcement to capture the excitement of the nationwide April 28 impeachment action. But there was one interesting surprise.

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Strange Bedfellows

With apologies to my distant readers, it’s time for another chapter of Kentucky politics. While the rest of the country is dithering about a Presidential election next year, we have a gubernatorial election this year. Maybe smaller stakes, but at least we know who our candidates are, unless some of them drop out or get indicted. As some readers know, I have a friend running in this election. Since politicians are taking advantage of web tools like Myspace to attract the younger voters (or those of us who pretend to be young), I thought Steve might have joined the trend. His campaign manager ran Barack Obama’s Senate campaign, so I assume he’s up on all the latest buzz.

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True Confessions?

Don Imus’ racist drivel seems to have pushed the British-Iranian boat brouhaha off the front pages before I got around to commenting on it. But in all the rhetoric and uncertainty, I think there’s one important aspect of that controversy that’s worthy of consideration. It will probably never be definitely proven whether or not the Brits had trespassed in Iran’s waters, so people will be free to believe whatever they choose. My own belief is that if they were where they weren’t supposed to be, it was probably accidental. But in all the uncertainty, one thing is certain.

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Just a brief note to gloat about Scooter Libby’s conviction. It’s ironic that some of the hard-core law-and-order Republicans are starting to talk about pardons. In fact, that jogged my memory a little, reminding me of something I wrote
here almost four years ago. Way back when this story was hardly getting any attention at all, I suggested a somewhat different outcome for the then-unknown villain. But in spite of all his “stay the course, no flip-flop” rhetoric, consistency has never been one of our president’s strong points.

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Quote of the Week

It’s not really a new idea; I’ve made similar comments previously. But I still want to give a big high five to my buddy Dennis for this quote:

It must be really tough for candidates for President to come before the American people, and claim that they were … tricked … deceived … misled … by GEORGE BUSH???

I used to have a video of Dennis saying that embedded in this page, but it slowed down the page load so much that I removed it. If you want to see the video, here it is.

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Does Fox TV Hate America?

Since I don’t watch TV, I guess maybe I’m too easily shocked when I find out what kinds of crap people are watching. A recent New Yorker article about Fox’s 24 raises some very frightening questions about the psyche of the large segment of our population that devours this garbage.

24, for those as uninformed as I was, is a show about a fictitious counterterrorism unit, in which the “good guys” frequently use torture on the “bad guys”. Apparently the idea that good guys don’t torture people is no longer in vogue. And of course, since this is TV, the good guys always win. Torture works. It’s a great way to extract information from a terrorist when you have a “ticking time bomb” scenario.

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Apologies to Dr. King

The first apology is for being a wimp and skipping the first part of my usual Martin Luther King Day routine. Monday morning brought a continuation of the rain that had been falling all weekend, and I just couldn’t get motivated to march through Lexington in the rain. I know that Dr. King and those who marched with him faced far greater adversities than a little bit of rain. If they had been so easily discouraged, our nation would be far worse off than it is today. But fortunately, thanks to Dr. King, and those who carried on his work after his death, the kind of protests and demands for change that he led are far less necessary, and recent marches are more a celebration of diversity and an acknowledgment of his accomplishments than an ongoing struggle for justice. And since the Lexington march usually draws a fairly good crowd, I didn’t think my absence would make much of a difference.

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