Category Archives: Elections

Hoffman in deal for campaign memoir – Already finished with “Going Vague”

Unsuccessful New York Republican/Conservative Party congressional candidate Doug Hoffman signed a deal late Thursday to write a memoir of his campaign experience and rise to prominence. Observers say the book deal guarantees Hoffman will continue to be a visible figure in national Republican politics.

Hoffman turned in the manuscript for the book, “Going Vague,” this morning. It was co-written by former Texas congressman Dick Armey and will hit bookstores November 17.

“Going Vague” covers the final ten days in Hoffman’s campaign for the open congressional seat in New York’s 23rd District — what he had for breakfast, his reaction to a matinee screening of the Michael Jackson movie ‘This Is It,’ and what he had to do to win the endorsement of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Supporters are likely to savor Hoffman’s recollections of his masterful interview with the editorial board of the Watertown Daily Times, whom he succeeded in tricking into thinking he is a clueless hack with no knowledge of the issues.

In an advance preview of “Going Vague” for the New York Times Sunday Book Review, critic Janet Maslin calls the book “a fast-moving eighteen pages.”

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Mousavi disqualified over semi-nude photos

The streets of Tehran are clear of demonstrators this morning, as opponents of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad absorb Wednesday’s shocking news: opposition presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi has been disqualified after publication of semi-nude photos.

Iran’s ruling Guardian Council announced Mousavi’s disqualification mere hours after the photographs were published in the hard-line newspaper Iran. “Due to this troubling moral lapse, the Guardian Council has no choice but to rule Mir Hossein Mousavi ineligible and issues surrounding the legitimacy of last week’s election are moot,” read a statement issued by the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

A source in the Guardian Council said the provocative photographs were taken in the 1980s when Mousavi was prime minister, and modeled for a series of posters promoting import sales of TOW missiles. “The shirt was undone at the collar a morally borderline two buttons. In the offending series of photos, a third unfastened button can be seen clearly, revealing skin that is an abomination before God,” the source said.

Mousavi continues to be in seclusion and was unavailable for comment. However, Prof. Reza Frandle, a George Washington University historian familiar with Mousavi’s 1981-89 term as prime minister, speculated that Mousavi’s shirt may have been blown open by a breeze.

President Ahmadinejad took a break from measuring his office for new drapes to assure his country that the electoral crisis has passed.

“The people of Iran can put the election and its aftermath behind them and move forward. Move forward, now. Moving forward, confident that their president’s collar is fastened around his neck as tightly as a tourniqet,” Ahmadinejad said.

Nickelsville moves to 4th & James – Unused city land “perfect” for Seattle homeless camp

Nickelsville - Tent city finds a home
Nickelsville - Tent city finds a home

After years of being hustled from site to site in an almost endless game of musical chairs, Nickelsville, the Seattle encampment for the homeless, thinks it has finally found a long-term home.

The city of pink tents, named in honor of Mayor Greg Nickels, has relocated to downtown Seattle only a stone’s throw from the Columbia Center, the Rainier Club, and other prestigious addresses.

It is an overgrown parcel on the roof of unused municipal property. Nickelsville leader Ernie Frandle said a check of public records revealed it is called City Hall.

Standing in midtown Nickelsville this morning, Frandle called it a perfect site for homeless people.

“From our perspective, absolutely nothing is happening at City Hall, no activity at all. So we should be able to stay for a long time,” Frandle said, as reporters dodged tumbleweeds.

A resident who gave her name as Clara is happy with the new digs, saying, “from here we’ll be able to look down on people for a change.”

One floor down, Mayor Nickels said he is happy to host the camp until after the November election. “The camp won’t get in the way of anything I’m doing, since I get most of my work done over at Paul Allen’s office and the Downtown Seattle Association.”

However said the mayor, Nickelsville should find another location after he begins his third term.

“Because being homeless means having to stay on the move, right? A permanent address would kind of defeat the purpose,” Nickels said.

[Google Images: Seattle’s green city hall]

GOP rebrands Dems as “Democrat Hussein Oparty”

The Republican National Committee today approved a resolution renaming the Democratic Party the ‘Democrat Hussein Oparty.’ The unanimous vote occurred during a special GOP conference.

When the Republicans announced last week that they would vote on the name change, White House Press secretary Robert Gibbs tried to laugh off the change. “Given the challenges that they face, that’s exactly the way I would be using my time too,” he said, chuckling.

And Democratic chairman Tim Kaine commented that the Republican resolution is “childish.”

However, one Republican said the name change has a precedent. “Democrats used to be called the Democratic-Republicans. But they started becoming un-American in 1844, when they dropped the Republican,” said former House speaker Newt Gingrich.

Prominent Republican Rush Limbaugh agreed, the conservative radio host saying “My egghead friend Newt is correct, we are only saying the Democrats’ name should reflect its leader, the socialist Barack Hussein Obama.”

Republicans took the action over the objections of their chairman, Michael Steele. On Sunday Steele told Meet The Press host David Gregory, “I don’t think that that is an appropriate way to express our views on the issues of the day.”

Limbaugh convened the GOP conference by calling Michael Steele a fraidy cat, giving him a wedgie, and throwing him into a locker.

Limbaugh then called Gibbs “a little baby pablum puker,” wondering aloud if the Obama spokesman wears a bib. Limbaugh worked the delegates into a frenzy, leading them in singsonging, “Gibbs wears a bib, Gibbs wears a bib.”

Limbaugh also gave Governor Kaine the name Candy. “I know you are, but what am I?” Limbaugh responded.

The name Democrat Hussein Oparty went into effect almost immediately, with House minority John Boehner believed to be the first to employ it.

Characterizing as “gross” accusations by Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the CIA had misled her about the use of torture on terrorism suspects, Boehner took to the House floor to call her claim “typical of Democrat Husseins like Speaker Pelosi, a gross San Francisco socialist. Grossy Pelosi, that’s what she is.”

“Grossy Pelosi, Grossy Pelosi,” Boehner said.

In other news, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) was found today pantsed and hanging from a coathook in the Senate cloakroom. When asked to comment, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell merely stuck out his lower lip and shrugged.

Inaugural Observations – No Longer The Enemy

Say what you will about the Obama administration in these early days, it certainly is nice to once again have a friend in the Oval Office.

From suing California over power-plant emission’s rules; to ordering FERC to withhold critical data that would have helped California recoup billions stolen by energy-traders who gamed our electricity system; to reversing 30 years of stricter emission standards, Bu$hCo made it a personal mission to f*ck this state. And why? Because our 55 electoral votes were never in play. No amount of campaigning was going to swing a state, that hasn’t voted Republican since Bush’s father ran against Michael Dukakas, to the Republican column.

Hell, even as he was leaving office, Bush felt it necessary to deliver one final “F*CK YOU!” in the form of a rule that would have opened 10’s of thousands of square miles of California coast to offshore oil drilling. Never mind that Californians have been of one mind on this issue for decades. Never mind that the Obama administration would likely reverse the order. Never mind that the amount of oil we’re talking about is a proverbial ‘drop in the barrel’ of our energy dependence. That’s not relevant for a President that didn’t have a problem with turning the residents of his most populous state, a state with an economy bigger than most nations, into his personal nemesis.

GOP strips presidential vocabulary from bill – Boehner cries

The Obama administration suffered a setback today, when Congressional Republicans succeeded in stripping reauthorization for new Presidential vocabulary from a Fiscal Year 2009 Federal supplemental budget bill.

House Minority leader John Boehner of Ohio said the victory sets the tone for the GOP caucus agenda in the 111th Congress.

“President Obama’s extravagant wordiness is the wrong message to send in these times of belt-tightening,” said a visibly emotional Boehner.

“Republicans oppose the new administration’s uneconomical use of nouns, verbs and modifiers. When the American people voted for change, they didn’t mean a government that started wasting words like a drunken Shakespearean actor,” Boehner said.

“They want their president to be a man of few words. People were always saying to me that President Bush should talk less.”

Boehner - A lot of chopped onions went into legislative win.
Boehner - A lot of chopped onions went into that press statement.

“We know what the people want, and it’s small words, limited vocabulary, and vague and undetailed pronouncements,” he said. Overcome with tears, aides draped Boehner’s shoulders in a velvet cape, and helped him to the House cloak room to rest.

A snap poll conducted by pollster Stan Dardeviasian Research showed the GOP position on Obama’s vocabulary to be popular among the party’s largely monosyllabic base.

Word came almost immediately from the White House that President Obama accepted the loss of new vocabulary in the budget, and would not resubmit the proposal this year.

However, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters the president’s vocabulary would not be affected.

“There is a huge accumulated surplus of unused presidential vocabulary left over from the previous administration, enough to last decades,” Gibbs said.

Inaugural Observations – Not A Savior

I’ve heard a lot of my bloggy brethren lately saying that Bush’s departure is, “…the end of our long national nightmare.”

I only have one thing to say on this:  President Obama is not a savior and those people who think he is haven’t really experienced the ‘long national nightmare’ yet.  That will come in the next 8 years when Democrats prove unable (unwilling?) to undo much of the damage done during Bush’s presidency.

Obama has made a good start, but already his administration has demonstrated support for Bu$hCo’s “Wiretap any American anytime we want,” policy. Already congressional Democrats are bleating about how they need to reign in the presidency, something they never dared to utter when Bush was in office.

Bush was bad, but a continuation of the Democrats’ pathetic impotence, could well be worse.

Inaugural Observations – Generation Jones

I’ve been a boomer most of my life—born in 1964, often recognized as the last year of the boomer generation But now it seems that those of us born between 1954/55 and 1964 are being reclassified as ‘Generation Jones,’ a wedge between the Boomers and the X’ers, I suppose.

Question: When did it become important to break our little group away from the Boomers?
Answer: When someone discovered that our new president was born in 1961.

Notes from the transition – Diff’rent strokes on the economy

The election of Barack Obama means change is coming. But what kind of change? In this series we check in with individuals and communities across America, and ask them: What has already changed since November 4? What changes are you still looking forward to, and how are you getting ready?

Part 3 in a series

Was first Cylon to gain U.S. citizenship
Coleman was first Cylon to gain U.S. citizenship
(Washington, DC) Laurie Coleman says she and her husband Norm feel very lucky despite the economic downturn. The couple didn’t have anything invested in the stock market, she explains. Instead they rely on the goodwill of friends and friends of friends. “Checks just show up in the mailbox, we’re ever so grateful,” she said.
      At the moment Coleman’s attention is devoted to what she’ll get her husband for Christmas. But it’s a challenge — “It’s not like he really needs anything. He has people who give him suits, out of the blue.”
      One possibility is a Senate seat from Illinois, which she found out has just become available. “He already has one, but hey — you never know.”

Coleman as Obama - Whatchou talkin bout, John McCain?
Coleman as Obama - Whatchou talkin bout, John McCain?
(Los Angeles) Actor Gary Coleman, 39, says the inner creativity he feels is the greatest he has experienced since the release of his 1999 film, “Shafted.”
      “I owe it all to the sense of possibilities, of hope that Barack Obama’s election has imparted to the entire country,” said Coleman.
      “Starting the night of November 4, I began seeing hope on the faces of everyone I saw, of every race, creed, color, and representation. That hope, it was contagious,” he said. Coleman is with TGMD.
      Coleman is planning an audacious project that is a step up from his most recent work, a 2008 performance art piece called “Court Appearance in Payson, Utah.”
“I’m writing a screenplay called “BHO44,” it’s going to be the first biopic about our new president,” Coleman said.
      “I, of course, will play the title role. It’ll be a huge hit!” he said.

One thing team will never trade
One thing team will never trade, Coleman says
(Seattle) Otto “Clutch” Coleman is hoping the economy will rebound quickly under Barack Obama. Coleman, 72, is the oldest staff member of the Seattle Mariners baseball club, working as the transaction driver since the team’s founding in 1977.
      “When the team trades or releases a player, I’m the one who drives him to the nearest airport,” he says, claiming to have logged more than 2,900,000 miles behind the wheel of the Mariners’ 1976 Ford Econoline.
      Coleman’s proudest possessions are the autographs he gets from his major league passengers — “Mark Langston, Randy Johnson, Dave Ortiz, Jason Varitek, Alex Rodriguez, both Griffeys, Omar Vizquel, Tino Martinez, Derek Lowe, Mike Cameron, Freddy Garcia, Jamie Moyer, Gil Meche, Adam Jones, J.J. Putz, Raul Ibanez — if the Mariners got rid of them, I’ve got their signature.”
      He had been planning to retire after the 2009 season, but his 401k took a big hit in this year’s Wall Street financial crisis. “Hopefully Obama can fix the mess Bush caused, because I’d hate to sell my autograph book,” Coleman said.

Alaska’s Vote Looks Rigged…

Now that the general election is over, the fact that Alaska’s senatorial race between convicted felon Ted Stevens and Anchorage mayor Mark Begich, looks completely and utterly rigged is being ignored by the MSM. A quick check of Google News over the last week shows a paltry 600 articles and almost none from the major news outlets.

The Brad Blog, however, has been keeping tabs on this story like a dog chomping on its favorite bone. The crux of the issue is that, with pre-election polls showing a 6 to 10 point lead for Begich, Stevens managed to claim the lead in early election returns. But here’s the kicker: Turnout was down 11% from 2004. DOWN! Not up. Despite record turnout in the lower 48; despite record registrations of new Alaskan voters; despite Palin being on the Republican ticket; with 1000s of missing ballots turning up every day.  No f*cking way!  Somebody’s trying to rig the Alaska senate race in Stevens’ favor.

But a more interesting question is why? Who will gain from a fraudulent election? Not Stevens. It’s widely speculated that, if he wins, he’ll resign rather than face expulsion from the Senate. The GOP? If Alaska were a state where the governor could appoint a replacement, that would certainly be the case, but Alaska requires a special election within 60 to 90 days of the resignation. So…no guaranteed seat for the GOP. Palin? Perhaps, but only if she plans to run for the seat herself, and if she did…could she beat Begich?

The only clear winner from a stolen election is the MSM. They get to report on the dire consequences. They get to follow the circus that will ensue if Steven’s resigns. They will get to report on the, considerably less boring, situation in the Senate if the Democrats fail to secure a super-majority. And that last fact may be why a delay from a Steven’s win is so important. Time for the GOP to ensure that the Democrats don’t get that super-majority.

Good for the GOP.  Good for the MSM.