February 2, 2008
Political activist / Media correspondent Snoop Dogg, oh wait, I mean Blunt Smoker/Rapper/#1 Pimp Snoop Dogg is torn up about who to vote for. Or at least thats the implication between CNN political ticker headline Snoop Dogg torn between Obama, Clinton. Now I have no problem with this article, I mean people are always curious what candidates celebrities support. And with the rockstar like craze Obama has been using to help people look past his weak credentials and even weaker plans, it is refreshing to see a celebrity not just jump on the wagon. Many celebrities with little to no political knowledge have jumped behind Obama helping to raise money and awareness. Some how there is this implication if you don’t support Obama over Clinton you are some racist who hates change.
What I thought was funny is that the article is the top story on the CNN ticker, which is a blog I frequent several times a day. If I were Snoop I would write a rap about the two candidates and switch between the verses who I was supporting. Add in his characteristically smooth hooks and he now has new hit that every station will jump to play throughout the primary season.
October 12, 2007
Al Gore, the former Vice President, and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have won the Nobel Peace Prize.
In a statement, Gore said he was “deeply honored,” adding that “the climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity.”
The former vice president said he would donate his half of the $1.5 million prize to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a U.S. organization he founded that aims to persuade people to cut emissions and reduce global warming.
Most of us remember Gore as the stiff counter part to the charming Bill Clinton. He ran against George Bush and won the popular vote, but lost the electoral college. Many people think the election was stolen from him (because of some voter issues in Florida). I think many of the votes he got were people voting for him just to vote along their party lines and/or because he was associated with Bill Clinton. He didn’t really stand out for anything himself. He had a note worthy lack of passion about anything.
After the election he decided to dedicate himself to a cause he championed his whole career, global warming. All of a sudden he appeared alive, passionate, and like a true leader. It begs the question where was this Al Gore during the 2000 election? Maybe there would be no war, no dead soliders, no giant deficit, and no debate over whether innocent children deserve health care. Maybe scientiests could do live saving research and unlock the potential of stem cells. Maybe the world would be a better place. The one thing we know would be different, our president would actually care about global warming.
As to him running for president. I don’t think he will or that he should. At this point that would make him a liar. I also think running against Hillary Clinton would create a chasm in the party. Can you say Vice President??? (Just an idea)
September 24, 2007
I thought my dream magazine cover had materialized when I first saw:
What could be more perfect? Clinton, who is widely regarded as one of the most intelligent females of her generation, is the cover of the Advocate. Two possibilities, one she is announcing she is a lesbian, which would be pretty much the coolest ever, since the new face of lesbianism would be a brilliant successful woman, rather than a shaved head lumber jack. Or she has decided to embrace gay marriage completely rather than civil unions. Either way I was down.
But then I read the article. While she has a track record of respecting the gay and lesbian community and she is still my choice for the primary, she just reiterated her typical stances on all the relevant issues. But the article points out the obvious question. Why do the gays love her? The article states: “Just why are we so in love with Hillary? Her husband signed the vile “don’t ask, don’t tell” law and the nefarious Defense of Marriage Act, she refuses to endorse same-sex marriage even though everyone suspects she privately supports it, and on other issues important to us she can sound a little soulless.”
For me, it is just she is the only candidate that I honestly believe sees no difference between gay and straight people. For political reasons she cannot endorse gay marriage, and if that would make her an unviable candidate I wouldn’t want her to. But she has courted the gay vote since long before it was the norm for democrats, she opposes her husband’s don’t ask don’t tell, and she is the most visibly comfortable with gay issues. Most of the candidates say the right thing but look queasy when asked about gay issues. I don’t Clinton is even the most liberal candidate; it is probably related to being the only female candidate. In general women seem to be more tolerant. Maybe she understands discrimination better than your average rich white man.
She might have a run for her money, many gays are jumping on the Obama bandwagon. I think this election will change history in any event. But we’ll see.
September 15, 2007
John Edwards ran an effective two minute response the president’s speech the other night. Check it out:
September 13, 2007
This is the whats up with the top three for each party:
Edwards: Edwards has bought two minutes of air time on MSNBC, scheduled to air after Bush’s 15-minute televised speech from the White House at 9 p.m. tonight. He is going to offer a rebuttal to Bush’s warmongering. Edwards is also stepping up the tech savvy portion of the campaign by launching individual websites for the first four primary states.
Clinton: Clinton is being widely criticized for calling General Petraeus’s credibility into question. While she avoided any personal attacks on par with Moveon.org and denounced their actions, she herself questioned the independence of the general’s statements.
Obama: Obama called out Bush on his Iran intentions. “George Bush and Dick Cheney must hear loud and clear from the American people and the Congress: You do not have our support, and you do not have our authorization, to launch another war.”
Romney: Romney is losing traction with Thomspon in the race. He also had some egg on his face after one of his advisers was linked to an anti-Thompson webpage.
Thomspon:Major stories this week are his surge of popularity and a website about him. Although Thompson only recently announced his candidacy, it most major polls he has basically caught up to Giuliani. His other big story was a website, phoneyfred.org, launched a personal attack and then the site turned out to have links to the Romney campaign. Romney denied involvement, and the site was pulled.
Giuliani: Giuliana spent the week pushing the obvious. He is the only Republican candidate that can really campaign in every state. He feels he has a chance in states that Republicans don’t even normally waste time in (California, New York, Oregon, Massachusetts)