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Biden worked hard at the debate to match the authenticity of Sarah Palin.

He first mentioned his neighborhood

“Look, the people in my neighborhood, they get it. They get it. They know they’ve been getting the short end of the stick. So walk with me in my neighborhood..”

Turns out it would be a very long walk as he lives here

and I see very few neighbors around.

Now it turns out that the Delaware restaurant he mentioned in the debate is closed for years

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden apparently hasn’t been to the restaurant he mentioned in Thursday’s debate for quite a while.

The restaurant, Katie’s, closed years ago and is now a chicken wing takeout joint.

Republican bloggers are calling the claim Biden’s Restaurant to Nowhere, reference to the so-called Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says she fought against.

(and Biden voted for)

There is something about Palin that Biden will never match as Janice Turner noted

“the joy of Mrs Palin, what endears her to Middle America and fascinates every British woman I know, is her quality that cannot be bottled and sold: authenticity.”

. But then the debate ends, her great messy family spreads out on stage, and Mrs Palin tenderly passes her always-placid Down’s baby to her little girl. The sound is off, the scripted babble is over. It is a silent gesture, something compellingly real in a cooked-up world.

And that, Joe you can’t fake with your neighborhood and your restaurant.

Update

Late, but WSJ has an article about Biden’s more substantial confabulations

n the popular media wisdom, Sarah Palin is the neophyte who knows nothing about foreign policy while Joe Biden is the savvy diplomatic pro. Then what are we to make of Mr. Biden’s fantastic debate voyage last week when he made factual claims that would have got Mrs. Palin mocked from New York to Los Angeles?

and I’ll sample the obvious one

Then there’s the Senator’s astonishing claim that Mr. Obama “did not say he’d sit down with Ahmadinejad” without preconditions. Yet Mr. Biden himself criticized Mr. Obama on this point in 2007 at the National Press Club: “Would I make a blanket commitment to meet unconditionally with the leaders of each of those countries within the first year I was elected President? Absolutely, positively no.”

and ad that there were far more than described in here (clean coal, anyone?)

Update

More “neigborhood” stories

“John [McCain] continues to cling to the notion of this guy Joe the plumber,” Biden said on NBC’s “Today” show. “I don’t have any Joe the plumbers in my neighborhood that make $250,000 a year.”

“The Joe the plumbers in my neighborhood, the Joe the cops in my neighborhood, the Joe the grocery store owners in my neighborhood, they make, like 98 percent of the small businesses, less than $250,000 a year.”

Somehow, I doubt any of those people live next to his mansion…


It’s been a while since we thought about the Cult of Obama – but the creepy signs are bringing it back.

The Confluence has such an article up and an interesting discussion followed.

Bradmaysfilmaker wanted to find out

What I’m calling for is an IN-DEPTH look at what Obama provides his followers. And if it IS just a matter of being a cult leader (and I don’t think it is, frankly), then by what SPECIFIC mechanism do his followers call into their trance (read the book SNAPPING by Conway and Seigleman for a definitive look into that subject)?

It’s a combination of many years without a leader – a void – combined with the media pushing for a seemingly acceptable one for a change. People don’t look at the fact that the same people who sold them Bush are pushing now Obama. They just see that, on the very surface, Obama seems (or rather used to seem) better than Bush. And for the first time, their candidate is not ridiculed – like Clinton, Gore, Clark  – or Wellstone were, but praised. Even those endorsing him were allowed this year to look good. When was the last time Ted Kennedy  showed up in public without Chappaquiddick being brought up? Endorsing Obama provided him with such an unique opportunity. Everyone supporting other candidates was belittled and humiliated. Hillary supporters were low information, old, bitter and of course racist.

I don’t need to remind anyone  the names for Palin and her supporters – they are there now.

In other words, Obama supporters get something they never did: validation, praise, the smell of power.

They are being told on daily basis that they are better than the rest.

Reminds me of that social experiment called The Wave.

He decided to have a two week experiment in dictatorship. His idea was to explain fascism to his class through a game, nothing more. He never intended what resulted, where his class would be turned into a Fascist environment. Where students gave up their freedom for the prospect of being superior to their neighbors.

I watched a documentary with a version of this – a group of people is divided into blue eyes people/black eyes people”. Alternatively, one group is constantly validates, while the others belittled. Aggressive behavior from the “better people” always ensued.

I feel this applies even better – as it moves from one group to another – jus  as the games played with GOP candidates and now Democratic candidate – by the media. The group that was validated always became aggressive.

Ah, power.

That reminds me of those cult members (yeah, I have to use the cult example) in Japan a few years ago. the ones about to poison Tokyo’s subway system with toxic gas. They were young professionals, extremely educated and yet they believed that belonging to that cult will confer then superpowers (I believe flying  was mentioned).

I had the same puzzlement then as I do now: why would highly educated people believe such things?

I can only conclude tat the answer is contained in the question:

Superpowers. Empowerment. Vindication. Revenge.

Oh, and I need to add the guilt release argument as well. Loyalty check on a B0 forum some month ago:

“they were not real B0 supporters. They were only in it to get street creds for not being racist”

I suppose when one doesn’t know very well who you are, such creds bring one peace of mind.

NY Post has  this surprise from Palin

Don’t be, Sarah, see what he did to Anita Hill. Of course, going to the actual article we find that this was actually John McCain’s line
“Viva la Barracuda!” McCain said.
The Arizona senator joked that he “almost felt sorry for my old friend Joe Biden” after Palin poked holes in his record.
The other papers, not to happy about Obama’s bill
The Daily News even uses the old, non-Obama approved name

.News Daily, is using the Obama name, but not too happy either

….I wonder how this happiness will affect the  November vote?


Having renamed it,  pushed for it and now voted for it, he owns it.

And I am happy to see, at least someone in his blogosphere is awake

Obama Betrays the Middle Class: Votes for “Bail out the Rich Act”

I didn’t think it possible, but they actually call Obama on it

can’t think of any way to sugar coat this, I’m afraid. It’s a bad bill and it isn’t just that Barack Obama voted for it, it’s that everything I’m hearing from the Hill says that he’s been actively whipping it, not just in the Senate but in the House. Barack didn’t hold his nose and vote for this, he made it his bill as much as it is Paulson’s.

and somehow, they even realize  how Obama created his own excuse to jettison all his campaign promises,

With this bill go your chances of having, say, universal health care, or massive infrastructure development, or really getting the US of its dependence on foreign oil, or really rebuilding America’s school system—or whatever other big, expensive project you thought Obama was promising.

I guess Cannonfire is sure to not have to part with his $ 50 now!
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I had noted that a while ago, calling it the mother of all flip-flops

“Does that mean that I can do everything that I’ve called for in this campaign right away?” Obama said. “Probably not. I think we’re going to have to phase it in. And a lot of it’s going to depend on what our tax revenues look like.”

and they make it clear whose responsibility this is

it’s Barack Obama who turned to Nancy Pelosi and Reid and said “this bill must pass”. It’s Obama who is whipping votes and bending arms for this despite the fact that it is massively unpopular. This is Obama’s bill.

“Americans are being robbed, reverse Robin Hood style. Take money from ordinary folks, hand it directly to the rich. That’s Obama’s first real act as the presumptive President”

as what again?

“and as the Democratic party’s de-facto leader.”

I could ask “what party”? but I’d digress. I am glad to see signs of intelligent life in that universe.

Update

Obama delivers key votes for the House bill

On Friday, a number of the 32 Democratic representatives who switched their votes to support the legislation cited Obama’s appeal in explaining their decision.

Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky declared that he still “hates the bill,” but said he was convinced by a discussion with Obama to vote for it. He said the candidate had assured him that “he does not view [the bailout] as the end of road.”
of course we know the road ahead:
In reality, the handover of hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds to Wall Street will preclude the use of those funds to aid working people. If he is elected in November, the legislation that Obama has helped to pass will in large measure set the agenda for his administration. It will be one of harsh austerity, budget cuts and attacks on essential social services.



I have been musing lately about the  derangement syndromes in this election: Palin and Hillary – PDS and CDS. They have a few things in common:

they are both against women

they are both stirred by politicians (right now: Obama)

they are both propagated – in large measure – by women

Women fall for it.

As I have been wondering about the roots of such derangement, I may have gotten some clues recently while reading Sherilyn Ifill’s tirade against Palin

“From the first day, Palin presented herself as shooting a bear in the morning, field dressing it, cooking up the breakfast, diapering the babies, passing legislation in the afternoon, cleaning the house, satisfying her husband, etc., etc., etc. And it’s just not true,” she wrote in an e-mail interview. “It’s hard to be an average working mom, really hard. And when women who are privileged present as though they have it all together, it’s offensive to black women.”

She said, “black women are not easily confused by false claims to feminism. When women like Palin lay claims to ‘representing’ average women, I think that black women have a visceral reaction to it.”

There’s a racist component to it which I won’t consider here – unless in passing – as a further artificial division amongst women. So, I’ll just take from it the idea that women are offended by other women having it all.

The same source confirms it

“Hillary has the sympathy of women because of what she went through with Bill in front of the whole country.

This translates it: we may forgive you for having it all – if we are reassured by some public humiliation you are going through…And let’s face it, that one is hardly enough, see Michelle’s famous

“if you can’t take care of your house, you shouldn’t be in the White House”

And of course, in spite her disclaimer, Shelilyn Iffil hated Hillary too

“When she knocked back a shot and a beer in that bar in Pennsylvania, Mrs. Clinton ended any pretense of running as a feminist.” She compared it to Michael Dukakis in a tank, a failed “macho stunt.”

When I googled for a specific article I remember reading “Who Do Women hate Hillary” – i got 285,000+ hits so I’ll let the number make the argument for me.

The piece was – I think  “Why Women hate Hillary”

She seems above us, exempting herself from compromises women have to make every day, while, at the same time, leaving some of the basic tenets of feminism in the dust. We are sold out on both counts. In other words, she seems like patriarchy in sheep’s clothing.

Any woman, aspiring to break the glass ceiling is seen as “wanting to be above” the ones who don’t. The higher the position, the more some women will allow themselves to be manipulated by the men who say this is wrong…

They all bout in the NOT THAT WOMAN syndrome

Riverdaughter  said once about this political season that this is the Year of the Penis.

If women are so easily duped into undermining their own out of petty jealousy – every year in our future will continue to be a Penis year, and us as a majority will continue to be humiliated, insulted and kept down by the minority which knows how to get us at each others throats. (and by “minority” I mean MEN)

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What could be the biggest force for progress in the world is busy eating its own.

Unless we get smart and surprise them all.

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