My new favorite slogan, which should be made into a bumper sticker:
Politics is like driving.
To go backward, put it in R.
To go forward, put it in D.
(from a commenter on HuffingtonPost called DebbieinPhx)
On the APWU front, I have been trying to get Union muck-a-mucks to order APWU for Obama signs, posters, etc. for about a week and my requests are falling on deaf ears. I’ve talked to the VP and the Secretary/Treasurer, and both seem clueless that a major Presidential election is about a month-and-a-half from now, and many members of our local might want some “free” (paid for by The APWU’s PAC, to which I donate, so I’m actually paying for a part of it) Obama swag. The Treasurer is a friend, and normally is good about this stuff, but apparently there is a muy muy malo union meeting the day after tomorrow and all the officers are stressed out. Hopefully the storm will blow over by friday and they’ll be able to function again, otherwise I’m just going to ask the Treasurer for his password so I can order the stuff myself.
Here’s a pic of the Postal Workers for Obama Tee (which isn’t free, but is a bargain at $10 for a Union-made, American-made screen-printed tee):
APWU Offers Campaign Material In Support of Obama’s Candidacy
APWU Web News Article #79-08, Sept. 3, 2008
With enthusiasm for Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign for president running high among postal workers, the APWU is offering a wealth of material online to support his candidacy.
Locals and state organizations that wish to assist in Obama’s historic run for the White House can order posters, bumper stickers, and yard signs bearing the slogan Postal Workers Back Obama. Buttons with Obama’s likeness also are offered. These items will be sent to locals and state organizations free-of-charge, with the costs born by APWU COPA.
T-Shirts are available at $10 apiece.
In addition, flyers are available covering topics such as Obama’s position on the economy, healthcare, labor issues, and veterans’ concerns. Flyers also are available about John McCain’s positions on healthcare, trade, and workplace safety.
Bulk orders will be accepted from local presidents, secretary-treasurers, or legislative directors. (Bulk orders keep shipping and handling costs low, and help locals coordinate support for Sen. Obama’s campaign among their members.) To place an order, visit www.apwu.org/election2008/materials.htm.
Union members also are invited to review information about the union’s support for Sen. Obama, as well as in-depth information about the voting records of both candidates, at www.apwu.org/election2008/index.htm.
“I encourage union members to vote for Sen. Obama, the candidate for change,” said APWU President William Burrus. “I urge them to talk to their co-workers, families, and friends about the importance of this election. I hope the material we have developed will assist in that effort.”
Delegates to the union’s National Convention at the end of August voted unanimously to approve a resolution endorsing the Illinois senator’s bid for the nation’s highest office.
My favorite Palin story so far is from the cover of the New York Post (Wed, 9/3/08 Late City Final Edition). The headline, in giant type, reads:
SHINING KNIGHTS: GOP defends damsel in distress Palin; Chivalry isn’t dead!
The story was about John McCain and Fred Thompson “defending” Palin from the attacks of the liberal left press and the democratic party. Obviously the story was written before the “any attacks on Palin are sexist” meme was rolled out by the McCain and the conservative echo chamber, because it would be difficult to find a more sexist headline and story than the Post’s. According to them, Palin is a disneyesque Princess in need of a stud on a steed to save her. Good thing poor, frail Sarah has two strong, noble gallants like John “Maverick” McCain and “Grandpa” Fred Thompson to ride to her rescue.
What is truly despicable is that the GOP has seriously presented Gov. Palin is a candidate for the second highest elected office in the country while simultaneously denying the American public a chance to “vet” her–and savaging anyone who dares to try. It is only a good strategy if the press and the public let them get away with it.
Anybody who wants to know anything factual (ok, ok, with a few speculations thrown in–but clearly identified as such in the posts) about Gov. Sarah Palin, our could-be VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA come January 2009, should visit either mudflats or the Palin Report. Mudflats is an Alaskan and has photos and videos of the Palin rally and Palin protests from Tuesday, with commentary. Apparently the people of Alaska are adamant about letting us voters in the “lower 48” know that a lot of folks in Alaska DON’T THINK GOV. PALIN IS QUALIFIED TO BE THE GOVERNOR OF ALASKA, LET ALONE THE VP OF THE USA.
Great news America, you just bought the world’s largest insurance company for $85 billion!
From ABC news:
As another financial crisis loomed with the possible collapse of insurance giant American International Group (AIG), the Federal Reserve stepped in Tuesday evening to take control of the company by providing up to $85 billion in loans.
With taxpayer dollars now supporting the world’s largest insurance company, the government hopes that Wednesday morning, when the doors open for business at AIG offices around the world, it will be seem like business as usual.
With the recent dramatic changes on Wall Street, it is anything but.
With more than 74 million customers around the globe, AIG provides coverage for everything from cars to homes to businesses. And with more than $1 trillion in assets and more than 116,000 employees, AIG’s looming collapse pushed the nation’s central bank to take the dramatic step of bailing out the company, fearing its failure could have resulted in greater financial instability, higher borrowing costs, reduced household wealth and weaker national economic growth.
Of course, the down side to buying an insurance company with billions and billions in worthless paper is that they’ll sell us (the taxpayers) the worthless paper and keep their assets. This is the free market at its finest: Lie; cheat; steal; and when you get caught, blame everything on the government while simultaneously begging them to bail your worthless a** out.