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Vote and get a Krispy Kreme

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on October 30, 2008 by macmystery
Vote and get fat for free!

Vote and get fat for free!

It doesn’t matter who you vote for next Tuesday … Barack Obama or John McCain. Just doing so will get you a free doughnut from Krispy Kreme for sporting your “I voted” sticker.

I know at least one of our local Chick-fil-A stores is giving away a free chicken sandwich for the same thing, but I can’t find anything saying that it’s a franchise-wide promotion.

Know of any other election giveaways? Let me know.

Sunday night election smorgasbord

Posted in Odd, Politics, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2008 by macmystery
Sensing the campaign is sinking with 10 days before the election, the Republicans have replaced John McCain with what they hope is a superior candidate, a cardboard cutout of McCain.

Sensing the campaign is sinking with 10 days before the election, the Republicans have replaced John McCain with what they hope is a superior candidate, a cardboard cutout of McCain. When asked, the RNC responded, "Hey, it's worked with Keanu Reeves' acting career."

Since I don’t want to make 100 different posts, I figured I could bunch all of this in one big one.

First, if you buy the rhetoric from the right, it’s only natural that virtually every newspaper in the country would endorse Barack Obama and Joe Biden. That crafty, slimy, liberal mainstream media! (If there was a sarcasm font, I’d use it here)

Back to reality, it might interest most that far more papers in this country endorsed Bush than Al Gore. Oops. There goes that theory/right-wing talking point/pile of horse shit. In addition, I work at a paper that would endorse Mussolini over Jesus Christ if the Italian were a Republican and the messiah a Democrat.

But you’d think McCain and Palin might get a break from the biggest paper in Palin’s state, a Republican stronghold.

Nope.

The Anchorage Daily News endorsed Obama/Biden. Just for kicks, here’s a link to the Fox News blog reporting the endorsement. As if the story isn’t interesting enough, try reading the Fox News readers comments at the end of the blog post. If the comments seem remotely rational to you, please get help as soon as possible, for your safety and others.

Next, speaking of endorsements, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan, a President Bush ally-turned-enemy, endorsed Obama on D.L. Hughley’s new CNN show on Sunday night.

And sticking with endorsements, here’s one you don’t want: Al-Qaeda. More bad news for McCain. Here’s a news item and here’s a New York Times piece on why it makes sense. Take it with a grain of salt.

So Sarah Palin’s hairstylist is the highest paid person on the McCain campaign team, making twice as much as his foreign policy adviser? Haven’t they learned you get what you pay for?

Rush Limbaugh … what a piece of work … he first says that Obama really wasn’t in Hawaii visiting his ailing grandmother, but instead was on some secret mission to cover up birth certificate fraud, or something almost as absurd.

Then, in nearly the same breath, he criticizes Obama for not going to visit granny sooner. Well, Rush, if she wasn’t ill, why would he have needed to leave earlier? I wonder if Rush wears his brownshirt to bed at night, or only under his white sheet at Saturday night get togethers.

And last but not least, something fun.

Sarah Palin dropped the puck at another NHL game this week. This time in St. Louis. There were some boos, but nothing like in Philly, the armpit of classiness in America. (Not that, admittedly, I wouldn’t have booed.) For the most part, St. Louis fans were like they always are, polite and enthusiastic.

But maybe she ought to not go back to St. Louis for a while. Goalie Manny Legace caught his skate on the carpet laid on the ice for Palin and injured his ankle. He departed Friday’s game after surrendering two goals in the first period and didn’t return. The Blues fell to the L.A. Kings, 4-0.

Legrace didn’t play in Saturday’s game. The team doesn’t know how long he’ll be out.

Dr. Ralph Stanley endorses Obama

Posted in Music, Politics with tags , , on October 7, 2008 by macmystery

Legendary bluegrass artist Dr. Ralph Stanley has endorsed Barack Obama for president. I’m pretty sure I remember him being a John Edwards guy during the primaries, as well as in the 2004 primaries.

Anyway, here’s the clip, a one-minute radio spot being aired in Virginia:

Bruce does Philly

Posted in Music, Politics with tags , , , on October 5, 2008 by macmystery
Bruce played Saturday to a crowd estimated to be as large as 50,000 in Philadelphia.

Bruce played Saturday to a crowd estimated to be as large as 50,000 in Philadelphia.

Bruce Springsteen played a free acoustic gig in downtown Philadelphia Saturday as part of a voter registration drive for the Barack Obama campaign.

The crowds was estimated to be as large as 50,000. You can read the wire story here. Or you can check out Bruce’s official site.

The songs included: “Promised Land,” “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” “Thunder Road,” “No Surrender,” “Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street,” “The Rising” and Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.”

Here’s what Bruce had to say to the crowd.

“Hello Philly,

I am glad to be here today for this voter registration drive and for Barack Obama, the next President of the United States.

I’ve spent 35 years writing about America, its people, and the meaning of the American Promise. The Promise that was handed down to us, right here in this city from our founding fathers, with one instruction: Do your best to make these things real. Opportunity, equality, social and economic justice, a fair shake for all of our citizens, the American idea, as a positive influence, around the world for a more just and peaceful existence. These are the things that give our lives hope, shape, and meaning. They are the ties that bind us together and give us faith in our contract with one another.

I’ve spent most of my creative life measuring the distance between that American promise and American reality. For many Americans, who are today losing their jobs, their homes, seeing their retirement funds disappear, who have no healthcare, or who have been abandoned in our inner cities. The distance between that promise and that reality has never been greater or more painful.

I believe Senator Obama has taken the measure of that distance in his own life and in his work. I believe he understands, in his heart, the cost of that distance, in blood and suffering, in the lives of everyday Americans. I believe as president, he would work to restore that promise to so many of our fellow citizens who have justifiably lost faith in its meaning. After the disastrous administration of the past 8 years, we need someone to lead us in an American reclamation project. In my job, I travel the world, and occasionally play big stadiums, just like Senator Obama. I’ve continued to find, wherever I go, America remains a repository of people’s hopes, possibilities, and desires, and that despite the terrible erosion to our standing around the world, accomplished by our recent administration, we remain, for many, a house of dreams. One thousand George Bushes and one thousand Dick Cheneys will never be able to tear that house down.

They will, however, be leaving office, dropping the national tragedies of Katrina, Iraq, and our financial crisis in our laps. Our sacred house of dreams has been abused, looted, and left in a terrible state of disrepair. It needs care; it needs saving, it needs defending against those who would sell it down the river for power or a quick buck. It needs strong arms, hearts, and minds. It needs someone with Senator Obama’s understanding, temperateness, deliberativeness, maturity, compassion, toughness, and faith, to help us rebuild our house once again. But most importantly, it needs us. You and me. To build that house with the generosity that is at the heart of the American spirit. A house that is truer and big enough to contain the hopes and dreams of all of our fellow citizens. That is where our future lies. We will rise or fall as a people by our ability to accomplish this task. Now I don’t know about you, but I want that dream back, I want my America back, I want my country back.

So now is the time to stand with Barack Obama and Joe Biden, roll up our sleeves, and come on up for the rising.”

It’s official … BruceBowl 2009

Posted in Music, Sports with tags , , , on September 30, 2008 by macmystery

Well, unlike the whole Democratic National Convention finale  and Barack Obama speech story, these rumors have been confirmed: Bruce Springsteen will play halftime at the Super Bowl.

The NFL and NBC made the offical announcement on Sunday night. Just as an aside, my favorite headline for the story came from The Los Angeles Times: “Springsteen to play Super Bowl; No ‘Nipplegate’ expected.

The Chicago paper is already soliciting ideas about what the song selection shold be.

Random stuff

Posted in Odd, Politics with tags , , , on August 22, 2008 by macmystery
Some of John and Cindy McCain's property.

Some of John and Cindy McCain's property.

Man of the House

Quick, how many houses do you own? I’ll give you 10 seconds, think carefully.

Tick, tock, tick, tock …

If you answered, “My staff will have to get back to you,” you probably need to have some things checked.

You have got to be kidding me! John McCain is running for president, and he can’t answer that simple question.

“I think — I’ll have my staff get to you. It’s condominiums where — I’ll have them get to you.”

Once again, good to see the Republicans have chosen an “everyman” to carry their torch. And he’s accusing Obama of being an elitist?

Here’s what Obama had to say to an audience in Chester, Va.:

“I guess . . . if you don’t know how many houses you have, then it’s not surprising that you might think the economy was fundamentally strong. But if you’re like me, and you’ve got one house, or you are like the millions of people who are struggling right now to keep up with their mortgage so they don’t lose their home, you might have a different perspective.”

Before I go on my next job interview, I think I’ll review how many houses I own, just in case someone tries to trip me up.

Turn yourself in, … or don’t

Believe it or not, the U.S. actually had a program called Schedule Departure where illegal immigrants could voluntarily come forward and be deported.

I say had because, well, it had to be shut down.

Why, you say?

Well, believe it or not, it wasn’t because of the swarms of immigrants who couldn’t wait to have the U.S. government round them up, ban them from entering the country, even legally, for 10 years and then transport them to Mexico, where they’ll just have to spend an outrageous amount of money and risk their lives, simply to get back to where they were.

No, I guess the 8 … yes, 8, that’s right, 8 … the 8 people who volunteered in the program’s three-week trial period weren’t enough to give the INS the impression this might be a good idea.

It shouldn’t have taken three weeks and eight Mexicans to tell them that.

The big catch

The big catch

Bait-your-hook Barbie, in stores soon

Dad takes little girl fishing. Little girl has to go to bathroom. Dad holds little girl’s Barbie fishing rod while she’s gone. Dad catches state-record channel catfish using little girls left-behind Barbie rod.

Believe it … or not.