Thursday, July 24, 2008

Now America will elect their President on November 4, 2008
u have a choice:

Gen Mc Cain, who wants a fight to the finish in IRAQ

he dont count the body bags

and u have Barrack Obama

who wants a political settlement

the Glory (?) of WAR

The United States presidential election of 2008, scheduled for Tuesday, November 4, 2008, will be the 56th consecutive quadrennial United States presidential election and will select the President of the United States and Vice President of the United States. The two major parties' candidates have not been officially chosen, but their presumptive nominees are John McCain, the senior United States Senator from Arizona, for the Republican Party and Barack Obama, the junior United States Senator from Illinois, for the Democratic Party. The 2008 election is particularly notable because it is the first time in US history that two sitting senators will run against each other for president[1] and because it will be the first time an African American will be a major party presidential nominee.



Anonymous said...

A hippie or hippy is a member of a specific subgroup of the counterculture that began in the United States during the early 1960s, spread to other countries, and declined in the mid-1970s. Hippies, along with the New Left and the American Civil Rights Movement, are considered the three dissenting groups of the American 1960s counterculture.

Originally, hippies were part of a youth movement composed mostly of white teenagers and young adults, between the ages of 15 and 25 years old, who inherited a tradition of cultural dissent from the Bohemians and the beatniks. Hippies rejected established institutions, criticized middle class values, opposed nuclear weapons (especially in the United Kingdom), opposed the Vietnam War (especially in the U.S.), embraced aspects of non-Judeo-Christian religions, championed sexual liberation, promoted the use of psychedelic drugs to expand one's consciousness, and created intentional communities.

Hippies opposed political and social orthodoxy, choosing a gentle and nondoctrinaire ideology that favored peace, love, and personal freedom, perhaps best epitomized by The Beatles' song, All You Need is Love.

They perceived the dominant culture as a corrupt, monolithic entity that exercised undue power over their lives, calling this culture "The Establishment", "Big Brother", or "The Man". Noting that they were "seekers of meaning and value," some described hippies as a new religious movement.

After 1965, the hippie ethos influenced the The Beatles and others in the United Kingdom and Europe, and they in turn influenced their American counterparts. By 1968, self-described hippies had become a significant minority, representing just under 0.2 percent of the U.S. population.

Hippie culture spread worldwide through a fusion of rock music, folk, blues, and psychedelic rock; it also found expression in literature, the dramatic arts, and the visual arts, including film, posters advertising rock concerts, and album covers. Eventually the hippie movement extended far beyond the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe, appearing in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, Brazil and many other countries.

In August 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Festival took place in Bethel, New York, which, for many, exemplified the best of hippie counterculture. Over 500,000 people arrived to hear the most notable musicians and bands of the era, among them Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, and Jimi Hendrix. Wavy Gravy's Hog Farm provided security and attended to practical needs, and the hippie ideals of love and human fellowship seemed to have gained real-world expression.

As did the Beats before them, most hippies used cannabis, which they considered pleasureful and benign. They enlarged their repertoire of recreational drugs to include hallucinogens such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline. On the East Coast of the United States, Harvard professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert advocated the use of psychotropic drugs for religious purposes. Regarding LSD, Leary said, "Expand your consciousness and find ecstasy and revelation within."

On the West Coast of the United States, Ken Kesey was an important figure in promoting the recreational use of psychotropic drugs, especially LSD, also known as "acid." By holding what he called "Acid Tests," and touring the country with his band of Merry Pranksters, Kesey became a magnet for media attention that drew many young people to the fledgling movement.

The Grateful Dead played some of their first shows at the Acid Tests, often as high on LSD as their audiences. Kesey and the Pranksters had a "vision of turning on the world."

Harder drugs, such as amphetamines and the opiates, were also used in hippie settings; however, these drugs were disdained, even among those who used them, because they were recognized as harmful and addictive. Heroin, for example, was banned from the Stonehenge Free Festival.

krystyna said...

Thank you Jim for this information.
Have a wonderful, blessing weekend!

Anonymous said...

Internet-Illiterate McCain: Americans Are Tired Of The Blogosphere

In an interview with NBC late-night host Conan O'Brien last night, McCain explained that he was hoping to conduct a series of town hall meeting with Obama to circumvent the scary media outlets that currently communicate the candidates' message to the American public: "Well, I had hoped so because Americans are tired of the sound bite, the back and forth, the cable monsters, the, you know, the continuous, and the blogosphere."

KillfileSenator, do you even know what the damn Blogosphere is? Americans aren't tired of it, it's pull media. You have to go out and freaking ask for it to access it.
25!#1 - Sun Jul 20, 2008 9:19 PM

i personaly think mccain is an idiot trying to get to the whitehoue based on his service in the airforce and his being a pow for 5 years.

eisenhower got his presidency based on his career as a soldier and was a washout as a stattesman but he at least had some sxperience dealing with a multi national force.

mccain has no experierance at all and will do what everhe is told by any bush cronies still in the senate and the rest of the convoluted system known jokingly as a goovernment

i personaly think mccain is an idiot trying to get to the whitehoue based on his service in the airforce
Navy. The Airforce knows better than to try to land on something that's moving.

Americans are not tired of the blogosphere.... it is the only form of media which we can still get the truth. No, we are tired of the establishment promoting two liberal candidates who sound the same on every issue, and then telling us that we have a choice in this presidential election.

0!#13 - Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:34 AM EDTBAjunkiepromoting two liberal candidates who sound the same on every issue
You're talking about Obama and Hillary right? Because McCain and Bush are on the far side from liberal, and McCain and Obama have polar opposite views on many things.
2!#13.1 - Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:58 AM EDTKillfileOther kind of liberal. Not American Liberal, but just plain old Liberal. As in neo-liberalism which isn't all that removed from Neo-Conservatism.

We Americans like to redefine whole swaths of political terminology to screw with the electorate and the world in general. It's a national pass-time, kind of like bombing countries with marginally effective air defense capabilities.
2!#13.2 - Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:47 AM EDTRaat ki RaaniThe guys a loser. It shows.
1!#14 - Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:37 AM EDTNunyerI'm not going to throw McCain totally under the bus, errr... the Straight Talk Express, for not being internet savvy. In that regard, he's probably an average 70-something. I really think he just chose his words poorly, but the gist of the message I agree with... I think he was trying to decry the endless sound bites and gotcha journalism that modern politics have become and he is pushing a message of more face-to-face "town hall" gatherings. Whether this is a good approach or not is up for debate, but I think his comments are being misconstrued if they are viewed as merely an attack on the "blogosphere".

While the "blogosphere" has done a lot to get out news stories that mainstream media falters with... it has it's own significant component of people that do nothing but play up the out-of-context sound bites and partisan baloney as well.
2!#15 - Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:40 AM EDTJason FordBest comment so far. This thread is a perfect example of what he is talking about. Taking what he said and twisting it to mean something else. The same thing is being done to Obama and people are properly decrying the practice.
2!#15.1 - Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:50 AM EDTEric AtienzaI'm not going to throw McCain totally under the bus, errr... the Straight Talk Express, for not being internet savvy. In that regard, he's probably an average 70-something.
I'd prefer, as a Presidential hopeful, he be more knowledgeable than the average 70-something. Ted "Series of Tubes" Stevens and his ilk prove that it beneficial to anyone using any kind of modern technology to have governmental officials that understand said technology.
2!#15.2 - Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:28 PM EDTNunyerHeh... can't argue with people like the "series of tubes guy" not being qualified to govern over technological policy. That said, I think there is an undeniable difference between that guy and McCain being guilty of making a generalization of the term "blogosphere".

Also, I consider being internet "savvy" as something different from at least being internet compentent. My grandfather is an 85 year old WW2 vet... and has been online for about five years. He can get around with the basic surfing, forwards on his joke emails he gets from his friends and has touched base with a number of WW2 veteran groups online. I don't like it's unreasonable to think that something similar would hold true of McCain... he can probably get around but by no means would claim to be "savvy".
2!#15.3 - Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:43 PM EDTKillfileIt's not being old that makes me worry about McCain... it's his being out of touch. Our own Old Fogey has a few years on McCain if I recall correctly, but I'd love to see him in our national government.
3!#15.4 - Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:09 PM EDTgreengalNunyer - What I find interesting about McSames complaints is that he is quite literally 'biting the hand that feeds him' He has, consistently, had positive coverage from those 'cable monsters' and 'sound bite' reporters and yaks it up with them on his campaign plane, the Straight Talk Express and on his gambling jaunts to play craps! They have rolled over and turned inside out to NOT question anything he says. They have painted him as this 'maverick', the war hero, the experienced leader.

Now because the MSM almost has to cover Obama on his middle east trip which McSame carped and carped on that Obama hadn't taken in 2 years, he's in a tiff! The fact that he is not even, remotely, tech savvy may irritate many on the blogosphere that is a little less susceptible to accept his statements without question; the 'town-meeting' where he can stack the audience with prescreened questions and supporters are a much more advantageous position for him and he is mad and striking out at everyone trying to get his way -

maybe if the MSM gets a little offended they might, actually, start to do the job of journalism instead of propaganda.

1!#15.5 - Mon Jul 21, 2008 2:39 PM EDTPartisan HackTranslate:

"I can't get people who think for themselves to take me seriously so I think that I'll stick with hand-picked invitees to fake town hall meetings so the few people who still believe in this garbage will make some noise for me."

2!#16 - Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:29 AM EDTJoulesBeef

OK I don't support mccain and attacked him on this very subject.
But we all know what he means.(even if he probably doesnt)
it isnt the newsvines.. or even the daily kos or the red states
it's the pure attack blogs that have nothing but misinformation.

like the 50 lie of obama or w/e
it's the people that take clips of mccain saying we will stay their 100 years and michelle saying she is finally proud without the rest of their words and playigjn them over and over again in a youtube video.

ANd bloggers can lie and it would be harder to respond to all their lies than a swift boat commerical.

true I'm not sure if america is tired of it..cause the mudslinging appears to work.

If mcain really knew blogs and the people ont he vine that tirelessly try to correct misinfo or publish long articles for his behalf and some without even being paid a dime ;p, I would hope he would then be more clear whom he is attacking.

1!#17 - Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:08 PM EDTMars313

America loves it. The dirtier the better. The more drama the better. Americans won't be happy until life is one big reality show.

2!#17.1 - Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:16 PM EDTMrMajek

More Bush/McCain policy and it is a reality show...prerecorded with video.

0!#17.2 - Mon Jul 21, 2008 2:25 PM EDTRosieBoo

I have to commend McCain for suggesting the town halls. Given Obama's slick ways, it wouldn't be McCain's best forum.

0!#18 - Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:53 PM EDTBAjunkie

What? The only reason McCain wants to do the town halls is because he can personally oversee who is invited to attend and load questions in his favor. So this makes Obama slick? Your reasoning escapes me.

In a truly fair town hall style debate, Obama would wipe the floor with McCain. McCain's policies are fundamentally flawed and his speaking ability is less than admirable.

2!#18.1 - Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:01 PM EDTnjbBA

junkie--agreed. I would love to see a joint town hall--and will bet any takers 5 bucks (only one please--and I will mail it --cash) that Obama would clean McCain's clock for a number of reasons.

1. The thousands of people there--or waiting to get in...(unless they schedule it in BFE, Montana--but still maybe)
2. No Way could the staff cherry pick questions from that many people--something is bound to go wrong.

3. Aside from the fact that Obama is best at his oratory in front of an entire city--McCain does not do well when confronted and would likely loose his temper. Ergo, like my mother would have said--show his ass.

Feel free to add to the list....
0!#18.2 - Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:04 AM EDTMacks

I can see it now "McCain tries to tackle Obama, And then Obama Helps him up". McCain is like a child when it comes to conduct. Of course Obama being in his face to any capacity will cause McCain to lose his temper. A more interesting bet. How long before McCain starts full out cussing.

0!#18.3 - Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:28 AM EDTAndimia

The irony is that many people are blogging about this. Muhahahaha!!

3!#19 - Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:07 PM EDTTedd Riggs

Maybe McCain get write them a letter and ask them to stop ?

2!#19.1 - Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:31 AM EDTbenjaminstraight

I think there will be a divide between people who chose to communicate through the internet filter and those who prefer face to face.

1!#20 - Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:12 AM EDTUnlikely Banter

There's real power in both modes of communication. If it's something that I want to share with many people slightly anonymously I use the web. If I want to really share something with somebody I'll still call them or better yet look them in the eye.

The one sad thing is that we can really get uncivil online in ways that we rarely would in face to face conversation. I guess the real challenge is respecting the value of another even if we don't see them face to face.

1!#20.1 - Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:24 PM EDTJustinPM

I'm actually more tired of the 24 hour news media than anything. All that time bickering over lapel pins and other retarded rhetoric that means jack squat instead of focusing on the issues. 24 hours of absolute drivel. And it used to be that I just believed that it was Fox, because that was the most in your face kind of mindless drivel.

Then I learned that the others are just a little bit more reserved, but drivel nonetheless. The blogosphere is more journalistic than the 24 hour news folks can manage these days.

1!#21 - Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:15 AM EDTRaat ki Raani

The blogosphere is more journalistic than the 24 hour news folks can manage these days
But it is getting more ...erm... Diggilicious. Hard to resist a bit every now and then. But not what a good doctor orders for your health and wellbeing as a regular feed.

1!#21.1 - Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:30 AM EDTJustinPM

There will always be an unsavory element in journalism, as people subscribe to different methods to produce a story. But it is easier to tune out on the Internet and there is a better platform for rebuttal.


Anonymous said...

US deficit zooming to half-trillion as Bush leaves By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer
5 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - The government's budget deficit will surge past a half-trillion dollars next year, according to gloomy new estimates, a record flood of red ink that promises to force the winner of the presidential race to dramatically alter his economic agenda.

The deficit will hit $482 billion in the 2009 budget year that will be inherited by Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain, the White House estimated Monday. That figure is sure to rise after adding the tens of billions of dollars in additional Iraq war funding it doesn't include, and the total could be higher yet if the economy fails to recover as the administration predicts.

The result: the biggest deficit ever in terms of dollars, though several were higher in the 1980s and early 1990s as a percentage of the overall economy.

Neither campaign is backing off campaign promises — McCain to cut taxes and Obama to expand health and education programs — in light of the bleaker new figures.

"We can't afford not to invest in some major initiatives such as health and energy and more tax cuts," said Obama economic adviser Jason Furman.

But Democrats controlling Congress suggest that may have to change once President Bush's successor takes office.

"Whoever becomes the next president will have a very, very sobering first week in office," said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D.

McCain promises to renew the full roster of Bush tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 and add many more for businesses and upper income people who pay the alternative minimum tax. The Bush tax cuts expire at the end of 2010 and renewing them would soon cost well over $200 billion a year. Eliminating the alternative minimum at the same time would cost almost as much.

Obama would repeal tax cuts on wealthier taxpayers and investors but would leave most of the Bush tax cuts in place while seeking additional cuts for senior citizens, the middle class and the working poor. And he also wants lots of new spending for health care, education and many other federal programs.

"There's a total disconnect between today's report and what we're hearing on the campaign trail," said Robert Bixby of the Concord Coalition budget watchdog group.

The deficit situation confronting the next president is reminiscent of that which Bill Clinton faced in 1993. Under Wall Street pressure, Clinton abandoned promises of tax cuts and pushed a tax-heavy deficit reduction plan through a Democratic Congress.

The administration said the deficit was being driven to an all-time high by the sagging economy and the stimulus payments being made to 130 million households in an effort to keep the country from falling into a deep recession. But the numbers could go even higher if the economy performs worse than the White House predicts.

The budget office predicts the economy will grow at a rate of 1.6 percent this year and will rebound to a 2.2 percent growth rate next year. That's a half point higher than predicted by the widely cited "blue chip" consensus of business economists. The administration also sees inflation averaging 3.8 percent this year, but easing to 2.3 percent next year — better than the 3 percent seen by the blue chip panel.

"The nation's economy has continued to expand and remains fundamentally resilient," said the budget office report.

A $482 billion deficit would easily surpass the record deficit of $413 billion set in 2004. The White House in February had forecast that next year's deficit would be $407 billion.

The deficit numbers for 2008 and 2009 represent about 3 percent of the size of the economy, which is the measure seen as most relevant by economists. By that measure, the 2008 and 2009 deficits would be smaller than the deficits of the 1980s and early 1990s that led Congress and earlier administrations to cobble together politically painful deficit-reduction packages.

Still, the new figures are so eye-popping in dollar terms that they may restrain the appetite of the next president to add to the deficit with expensive spending programs or new tax cuts. In fact, pressure may build to allow some tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 to expire as scheduled, with Congress also feeling pressure to curb spending growth.

The administration actually underestimates the deficit since it leaves out about $80 billion in war costs. In a break from tradition — and in violation of new mandates from Congress — the White House did not include its full estimate of war costs.

On a slightly brighter note, the deficit for the 2008 budget year ending Sept. 30 will actually drop from an earlier projection of $410 billion to $389 billion, the report said.

McCain used the new 2009 estimates to slam both the Bush White House for its "profligate spending" and Democratic rival Obama, who has declined to endorse the goal of McCain — and congressional Democrats — to balance the budget.

"I have an unmatched record in fighting wasteful earmarks and unnecessary spending in the U.S. Senate, and I have the determination and experience to do the same as president," McCain said in a statement. McCain again called for a full plate of multi-trillion dollar tax cuts, though campaign adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin said some modifications could be made to McCain's economic plan to try to reach balance.

Obama's campaign used the new numbers to assail McCain for embracing Bush's tax cuts. As for Obama's plans, campaign adviser Furman said the candidate would cut wasteful spending, close corporate loopholes and roll back the Bush tax cuts on upper brackets while still promising to make "health care affordable and putting a middle class tax cut in the pocket of 95 percent of workers and their families."

Monday's figures capped a remarkable deterioration in the United States' budgetary health under Bush's time in office.

He inherited a budget seen as producing endless huge surpluses after four straight years in positive territory. That stretch of surpluses represented a period when the country's finances had been bolstered by a 10-year period of uninterrupted economic growth, the longest expansion in U.S. history.

In his first year in office, helped by projections of continuing surpluses, Bush drove through a 10-year, $1.35 trillion package of tax cuts.

However, faulty estimates, a recession in March 2001 and government spending to fight the war on terrorism contributed to pushing the deficit to a record in dollar terms in 2004.

There had been progress since then, with a $161.5 billion deficit for 2007 representing the lowest amount of red ink since an imbalance of $159 billion in 2002.