Meg Whitman Booed At Women’s Conference

(Watch the video)

 

Meg Whitman showed a clear disconnect with California voters when refusing Jerry Brown’s offer of taking down all but the two positive ads from both candidates. People in this state are not looking for the best smear agent, we are looking for the person best qualified for the job as governor.

Another aspect to Whitman’s reaction to this proposal that I have not heard discussed is that of the huge sums of money she has spent on the political attack ads flooding the media–they have effectively committed her to the political strategy of negativity since she decided to make the majority of the ads negative instead of positive. Now that they spent millions trying to convince people the “other” is so awful it would be somewhat like throwing all that money away to suddenly switch stance to a “I’m the better choice” position.

If Whitman was a smart, pragmatic leader she would have taken up Brown on his offer to cut the TV ads down to the two positive ads from each. It appears she lacks the ability to think in terms other than dollar signs, or so it seems.

I find this sort of thing very typical of the conservative-Republican side of things. They never want to actually agree to being held to ethics and standing against the smear season tactics. When the chips are down and both sides are ready to deal on how negative things are getting, it always seems to be the right-winger who simply refuses to make it more civil. Perhaps because they understand that the Republican base seems to be fueled by negativity, scapegoating and fear mongering.

USAToday: ‘Embryonic Stem Cells Used On Patient For First Time’

 

USAToday.com:

 

For the first time, surgeons have injected a spinal cord injury patient with human embryonic stem cells in a federally approved experiment, a biomedical firm said Monday.

Food and Drug Administration officials approved the start of the privately funded safety trial in July, allowing a long-awaited test of the cells, which were grown from a single embryo to resemble forerunners to spinal cells.

The unnamed patient received the cells at the Shepherd Center, an Atlanta hospital specializing in brain, spine and related ailments.

 

Despite religious objection of some the benefits of embryonic stem cells are already being applied to better the lives of others. I see this as a victory over religious insanity and unthinking, arcane dogmas that serve no purpose in the modern world.

Obama’s Weekly Address & My Thoughts On Education

(Watch President Obama’s Weekly Address here.)

We might have our priorities all backwards in this country. Education is important, no doubt. But more and more the reality is looking like education doesn’t help anyone get a job. Job training and job skills seem more important than any amount of education. We all have heard the stories of Phds who can’t get work and college graduates in the same position.

The question is: does a degree equal a job?

More and more I’m seeing the answer is: no.

That’s not to say education is not important, but perhaps one can just educate themselves whenever they have time in their life and this rush to college when right out of high school might be just a waste of time in the American Economy.

Success seems more linked to job training and attaining job skills immediately. A resume builder looks more like a series of internships and/or a long, stable work history. Not a series of degrees lined up.

That’s just my impression of what is going on in this new economy.

HuffPo: ‘Lou Dobbs, Isabel Macdonald Clash Over Immigration’

America’s favorite bigot, Lou Dobbs, has been caught red-handed being exactly what he has built a career on being against.

Conservative hypocrisy never seems to know any bounds…

 

(Video of Dobbs vs. Macdonald.)

YouTube: ‘The Fuss About Homosexuality’

This is a truly awesome YouTube video.

This is exactly what it sounds like when anyone tries to talk me about religious codes of conduct and how they think religion makes sense in what it condemns.

Oh no, no. Almost every religion condemns almost everything between them all of them put together and the standards for selection are nearly random.

All this gay-bashing is just grown adults acting like children and using religion as the veil for their actions.

Rahm Is Going To Chicago

TheDailyBeast.com:

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who marked his last day in the Obama administration on Friday, officially announced his candidacy for the mayorship of Chicago on Sunday.

I am a big fan of this move to get the Rahminator away from the White House and into a more local political scene where I feel he is better suited.

I don’t have this stupid personal beef that some on both sides of the political spectrum have against Rahm, but I feel is the kind of politician who is better suited to the local affairs of a mayor’s office than he is to the much larger stage of Washington DC.

While it is doubtful the Obama administration will take any hard left turns with the departure of Rahm Emanuel, I still take this as some good news coming down from Capital Hill.

GOP Strategist Jack Burkman Gets Called On Racist Comments

Watch the video on MediaIte.com and see for yourself how the conservative movement just can’t help but interject racism into every single political position they espouse these days.

In talking about the Post Office there should be no reason to suddenly be having a discussion on race and ethnic background … but leave it to a GOP strategist to put hatred for non-whites into the mix of the discussion.

Sen. Al D’Amato stated my feelings to the entire right-wing to this singular sleazy strategist:

Shut up, I listened to your racist bullshit.”