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Thanks to myiq2xu ay the Confluence for introducing this fantastic blog whose author highlighted this Calvin and Hobbes that finally explained to me the economic crisis

This quote hasn’t been heard lately – as MLK’s dream has been turned upside down in politics this election.

Obama’s media kept this event little publicized – I found it in a comment at the Confluence

ATLANTA, Jan. 18 (UPI) — Hillary Clinton is a champion of social and racial justice, say the organizers of the King Center’s “Salute to Greatness” dinner in Atlanta.

The dinner was one of several weekend events in Atlanta marking Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday, which commemorates the civil rights activist assassinated in 1968..“

Wow! This is great. Maybe she wasn’t all that racist after all.

Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has prepared a detailed memo listing various instances in which it perceived Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign to have deliberately played the race card in the Democratic primary.

Someone once compared this election with The Wizard of Oz – watched backwards:

it becomes the story of how we gave out our heart, got dumber and more scared and everything becomes black and white

And, since it’s Martin Luther King’s birthday, here’s my favorite quote of his:

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

Happy MLK Day!

Whenever you will have in your hands the most consequential choice of your life – expect to be told: they are the same.

I have seen this device championed by the media for Nader in 2000 when people had to chose between Al Gore and W. I don’t think I need to make the case for the difference between a man of vision and qualification and a bumbling potz beholden to all interests that wanted war and deregulation.

But we do know that all the luminaries who now hail Obama, instead of supporting Gore were pushing for Nader, who was hyped by the media and pollsters, financed by the GOP and who was attacking Gore only.

And, no, Nader didn’t determine the outcome of the election – theft did. But the fog and the indifference that he created provided cover for the thieves.

So useful was he, that the media and pollsters were hyping him up in 2004 as well, although he wasn’t even on the ballot in all states, while candidates that were competition to Bush were, but nobody mentioned them.

The “same” techique ws used by the media shilling for Bush and the GOP when big schandals were rocking the system. Enron, Abramoff were suddenly made bipartisan.

The other important election we had was in the primaries of 2008: it was between a candidate who believed in the democratic principles had experience and vision and another figurehead of the same interests as W. So, naturally the media and those who wanted to take this choice from us, rolled the “they are the same” argument.

I was reminded of it when, on a forum someone came out of the blue and started repeating it ad nauseam. Many of us responded with a comprehensive list of differences:

Blackwater, ending the war, universal healthcare, NCLB, deregulation, divesting the illegal unitary executive, protecting the homeowners, women, GLBT, FISA – but the person kept coming back with the same words. When confronted, poster said to be informed by Newsweek and Rush.

And that’s when it hit me: whenever the media uses the words “no difference” look carefully. There is an important choice in your hands.

Unfortunately, the way things are, this device will be needed less and less.

But now, for a twist


Not Your Sweetie