Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Pluto travels into Capricorn November 28, 2008 and stays there for 16 years. I have been reading alot about this transition and while I agree with some of the basic ideas:
* "Pluto's reach will extend beyond governments, however. Capricorn also rules the elderly and end of life issues, and Pluto's passage through Capricorn could transform the way we view the entire process of death and dying, including the disposal of the body after death."
* "The recession, the major shifts in corporate power, modern slavery - all coming as the inevitable result of Pluto entering Capricorn."
* "The exporting of jobs overseas in the Pluto in Sagittarius era has empowered Asia, and there may be little the outdated institutions of Europe and America can do about this. Pluto in Capricorn will initiate a painful transformation of Western business structures. Business will move east, and power concentrated in an international elite who owe allegiance to no one nation."
I think the fundamental failure to truly understand "Capricorn" energy in turn skews the understanding what is about to happen. I'm a Capricorn, a New Year's Baby, and I gravitate towards other Caps. I worked as a registrar in an emergency room and always made it a point to talk to other Capricorns as I registered them. None of them EVER fit the mold. None of them were ever the stuffy, rigid, gloomy, "conservative" types you read about. Capricorns are as individual as their circumstances. What I do find though is we tend to dress well, protect our loved ones, find misery in poverty and have a raunchy sense of humor.
But that's about it.
Sagittarian (sp?) Pluto bought alot of hot air posing as depth (the punditry), overlooking the minute but essential details for a "big" picture (the Patriot Act destroying the fundamentals of American freedom as a blanket tool for combating domestic terrorism) and sexual experimentation as normative (all the "gone wilds", stimulating lesbianism and "hot girl on girl action" became the norm for every buddy pic, where french kissing was once a biggie "first base", teens are now having group and anal sex as a matter of course) and globalization. We were transformed by this and no longer the same. But Capricorn learns from Sag's failings and there is a rebirth.
I think we are going to see an end to all the political BS in this era. Capricorns do so good in politics because we owe no allegiance to the prevailing way of doing things and we're above all, innovators. Barry Goldwater, Karl Rove, Nixon, Rush Limbaugh are all Capricorns who innovated the way their party does business. Those men are Right Wing Republicans but the determination to exersize their free will showed the Capricorn spirit more than the repressive hypocritical nonsense they preach. Rush Limbaugh blathers on for hours everyday about the Democrats' lack of integrity and family values- while high on Oxycontin. Karl Rove helped institute the biggest invasions of privacy and the destruction of the concept of anonymity through his work in the Bush Administration but lived himself as a regular person, in an unremarkable house in the cut somewhere. When he was targeted by some kind of crazy immigration group, they went right to his house and banged on his windows. One of the most hated people in America and he had no gates, no security around his property, probably because he didn't want those people in his business. I would be very surprised if Karl Rove walks around with a security team, even now.
We're going to see the death of many religions and philosophies too, as they don't produce results and call for a blind faith that Capricorn energy doesn't support. The Laws of Attraction and the Secret and all of that nonsense will go the way of the mood ring as hard work and practical efforts in search of tangible results make a return. Capricorns are superstitious and spiritual in our own way but we find that way looking at what works for us. Religions and philosophies that don't work won't survive this era.
We're going to see the end of the police state too, as Capricorn is very private and will not stand for the intrusion. Some disagree with me on this. They cite the relation between Pluto (investigative and probing) and Saturn (government and institutions) and say that will foster the gov't doing more probing and investigation. However, when I look at how during George Bush's time in office, we weren't even able to ascertain if he'd served during Vietnam for all the spin, all the secrecy surrounding election fraud in both elections; the gov't using private industry to compile citizens' information while sealing public records and declaring state property their own, a la Guiliani; media complicity in intrusion after violation after assault after assault on the Constitution, I can't help but contrast it to now and the dissection of the candidates lives and corporate & governmental scandals in the New Media. People are in a different place now.
We're going to see a return of Mom and Pop and other "family" businesses. The coming finacial contraction will impact BIG business hard because there will be a return to cash (for privacy and frugality - you don't spend cash the way you charge and Saturn will put an end to Jupiter's sprees) and people will make smaller purchases and expect them to last. Cheap, flashy things and the people who supply them are going to lose and lose big.
Speaking of family, we are going to see a return to the Father as the head of household. That's controversial, I know. We're going to see the return of clans and nepotism as the way of doing business. And the resurgence of dynasties.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Disappointed that her party was unable to whip up an October Surprise while Obama was off the campaign trail visiting his sick grandma, College Republican Ashley Todd decided to take matters into her own hands. She made up a story, sensationalized by Matt Drudge, about being attacked by a huge black man who punched her in the face, took the $60 bucks she had in her hand and then followed her back to her car where, upon seeing her "I Heart John McCain" (and Crack Cocaine!) bumper sticker, said black beast pulled his dick out and beat her unconscious with it and then carved a B for "Black Power", "Barack Obama", "by any means necessary", "Booyah!", or possibly "Bitch, if you tell on me...", on her face.
The jokes write themselves.
Here's the fatty being hauled off to jail:
But - before it was "exposed" as a hoax, the story on Drudgereport had both McCain and Palin calling this chick to tell her to stand strong, they were One (in their hatred of the poor, women and paying taxes back into the society that enriched them) with her and they'd make sure that Black Bastard didn't have the last laugh by using her story to rally their base by stoking racial hatred until election day. Or something to that effect.
The real question here though is what is it about being a College Republican that makes a motherfucker so evil and filled with hate?
It's getting ugly out there
A McCain staffer was assaulted last night in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Police are investigating a report by a campaign staffer for John McCain that she was mugged and the letter B was cut into her face following a robbery in Bloomfield last night.
Police say the 20-year-old woman, who is from Texas, reported that the attack occurred after she withdrew money from an ATM at Liberty Avenue and Pearl Street.
She said a man armed with a knife demanded her money. She gave it to him and began walking toward her car, which has McCain stickers.
Although the robber had moved away from her, he became agitated when he saw her car, punched her in the back of the head, pushed her to the ground and carved a B into her face, she reported.
Police said the woman declined medical treatment at the scene.
UPDATE: A McCain aide says that both the McCain and Palin have called the family of the victim.
As an aside, Scott McClellan, aka "Evil George Costanza" came out and backed Obama. I don't know if he did it for laughs or to try and take a jab at Bush or if he was hoping to discredit Obama with his endorsement but WTF?
McCain Communications Director Gave Reporters Incendiary Version Of "Carved B" Story Before Facts Were Known
John McCain's Pennsylvania communications director told reporters in the state an incendiary version of the hoax story about the attack on a McCain volunteer well before the facts of the case were known or established -- and even told reporters outright that the "B" carved into the victim's cheek stood for "Barack," according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions.
John Verrilli, the news director for KDKA in Pittsburgh, told TPM Election Central that McCain's Pennsylvania campaign communications director gave one of his reporters a detailed version of the attack that included a claim that the alleged attacker said, "You're with the McCain campaign? I'm going to teach you a lesson."
Verrilli also told TPM that the McCain spokesperson had claimed that the "B" stood for Barack. According to Verrilli, the spokesperson also told KDKA that Sarah Palin had called the victim of the alleged attack, who has since admitted the story was a hoax.
The KDKA reporter had called McCain's campaign office for details after seeing the story -- sans details -- teased on Drudge.
The McCain spokesperson's claims -- which came in the midst of extraordinary and heated conversations late yesterday between the McCain campaign, local TV stations, and the Obama camp, as the early version of the story rocketed around the political world -- is significant because it reveals a McCain official pushing a version of the story that was far more explosive than the available or confirmed facts permitted at the time.
The claims to KDKA from the McCain campaign were included in an early story that ran late yesterday on KDKA's Web site. The paragraphs containing these assertions were quickly removed from the story after the Obama campaign privately complained that KDKA was letting the McCain campaign spin a racially-charged version of the story before the facts had been established, according to two sources familiar with the discussions.
The story with the removed grafs is still right here. We preserved the three missing grafs from yesterday:
A source familiar with what happened yesterday confirmed that the unnamed spokesperson was communications director Peter Feldman. Feldman was also quoted yesterday making virtually identical assertions on the Web site of another local TV station, WPXI. But those quotes, which we also preserved here, are also no longer available on WPXI's site, for reasons that are unclear.
This is problematic because the McCain campaign doesn't want to have been perceived as pushing an incendiary story that not only turned out to be a hoax but which police officials said today risked blowing up into a "national incident" and has local police preparing to file charges against the hoaxster.
There's no evidence that anyone from McCain national headquarters put out a version of events like this.
After the story appeared on KDKA's site and this and other pieces in the local press started flying around the political world, an Obama spokesperson in the state angrily insisted to KDKA that it was irresponsible for the station to air the McCain spokesperson's incendiary version of events before the facts were fully known, according to two sources familiar with the discussions.
After that, KDKA went back to McCain's Pennsylvania spokesperson, Feldman, and asked if he stood by the story as he'd earlier told it, but he started backing off the story, a source familiar with the talks says. That prompted KDKA to remove the grafs.Feldman couldn't immediately be reached, and a McCain HQ spokesperson declined to comment.
Moral of this story: Where in bleeping hell is Karl Rove when ya' need him the most?
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
's practice of traveling with her daughters. It's a great way to let them see the world, to familiarize them with their government and to bond. I also love traveling and being with my daughters and if I were in her position, I would have done the same.
Not to mention, who is cuter than Piper Palin? I absolutely looove that little girl. She's such a little lady and the hairlick at the convention was the sweetest thing ever. If she grows up and is a smart, accomplished woman with a solid platform, I'll vote for her for President in a heartbeat.
So Sarah and I have (conditionally) reached a truce.
She gets to endear herself to me by genuinely being close to her daughters and allegedly having her Moon in Capricorn (like my sun) and I get to write something very nice about her for having something truly in common with me. We're both winners!
Now, she needs to not try to justify charging the state for her kids to accompany her, cut the state a check, and never do anything like that again.
Update: The RNC gave Sarah Palin $150,000 to get jiggy for the White House run and people feel like that's inappropriate in some way. I have to ask those nitpicking assholes: What was she supposed to do, wear her own clothes?
AP: Palin Children Traveled On State Funds
Governor Charged Alaska $21,012 For Kids' Travel
In some other cases, she has charged the state for hotel rooms for the girls. Several other organizers said the children merely accompanied their mother and did not participate. The trips enabled Palin, whose main state office is in the capital of Juneau, to spend more time with her children. Alaska law does not specifically address expenses for a governor's children. The law allows for payment of expenses for anyone conducting official state business. As governor, Palin justified having the state pay for the travel of her daughters - Bristol, 17; Willow, 14; and Piper, 7 -- by noting on travel forms that the girls had been invited to attend or participate in events on the governor's schedule.
But some organizers of these events said they were surprised when the Palin children showed up uninvited, or said they agreed to a request by the governor to allow the children to attend. "She said any event she can take her kids to is an event she tries to attend," said Jennifer McCarthy, who helped organize the June 2007 Family Day Celebration picnic in Ketchikan that Piper attended with her parents. State Finance Director Kim Garnero told The Associated Press she has not reviewed the Palins' travel expense forms, so she could not say whether the daughters' travel with their mother would meet the definition of official business. On Aug. 6, three weeks before Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain chose Palin his running mate, and after Alaska reporters asked for the records, Palin ordered changes to previously filed expense reports for her daughters' travel. In the amended reports, Palin added phrases such as "First Family attending" and "First Family invited" to explain the girls' attendance.
"The governor said, 'I want the purpose and the reason for this travel to be clear,"' said Linda Perez, state director of administrative services. When Palin released her family's tax records as part of her vice presidential campaign, some tax experts questioned why she did not report the children's state travel reimbursements as income. The Palins released a review by a Washington attorney who said state law allows the children's travel expenses to be reimbursed and not taxed when they conduct official state business.
Taylor Griffin, a McCain-Palin campaign spokesman, said Palin followed state policy allowing governors to charge for their children's travel. He said the governor's office has invitations requesting the family to attend some events, but he said he did not have them to provide. In October 2007, Palin brought daughter Bristol along on a trip to New York for a women's leadership conference. Plane tickets from Anchorage to La Guardia Airport for $1,385.11 were billed to the state, records show, and mother and daughter shared a room for four nights at the $707.29-per-night Essex House hotel, which overlooks Central Park. The event's organizers said Palin asked if she could bring her daughter. Alexis Gelber, who organized Newsweek's Third Annual Women & Leadership Conference, said she does not know how Bristol ended up attending. Gelber said invitees usually attend alone, but some ask if they can bring a relative or friend.
Griffin, the campaign spokesman, said he believes someone with the event personally sent an e-mail to Bristol inviting her, but he did not have it to provide. Records show Palin also met with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Goldman Sachs representatives and visited the New York Stock Exchange. In January, the governor, Willow and Piper showed up at the Alaska Symphony of Seafood Buffet, an Anchorage gala to announce winners of an earlier seafood competition. "She was just there," said James Browning, executive director of Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, which runs the event. Griffin said the governor's office received an invitation that was not specifically addressed to anyone. When Palin amended her children's expense reports, she listed a role for the two girls at the function -- "to draw two separate raffle tickets." In the original travel form, Palin listed a number of events that her children attended and said they were there "in official capacity helping." She did not identify any specific roles for the girls.
In July, the governor charged the state $2,741.26 to take Bristol and Piper to Philadelphia for a meeting of the National Governors Association. The girls had their own room for five nights at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel for $215.46 a night, expense records show. Expense forms describe the girls' official purpose as "NGA Governor's Youth Programs and family activities." But those programs were activities designed to keep children busy, a service provided by the NGA to accommodate governors and their families, NGA spokeswoman Jodi Omear said. In addition to the commercial flights, the children have traveled dozens of times with Palin on a state plane. For these flights, the total cost of operating the plane, at $971 an hour, was about $55,000, according to state flight logs. The cost of operating the state plane does not increase when the children join their mother.
The organizer of an American Heart Association luncheon on Feb. 15 in Fairbanks said Palin asked to bring daughter Piper to the event, and the organizer said she was surprised when Palin showed up with daughters Willow and Bristol as well. The three Palin daughters shared a room separate from their mother at the Princess Lodge in Fairbanks for two nights, at a cost to the state of $129 per night. The luncheon took place before Palin's husband, Todd, finished fourth in the 2,000-mile Iron Dog snowmobile race, also in Fairbanks. The family greeted him at the finish line. When Palin showed up at the luncheon with not just Piper but also Willow and Bristol, organizers had to scramble to make room at the main table, said Janet Bartels, who set up the event. "When it's the governor, you just make it happen," she said. The state is already reviewing nearly $17,000 in per diem payments to Palin for more than 300 nights she slept at her own home, 40 miles from her satellite office in Anchorage.
Tony Knowles, a Democratic former governor of Alaska who lost to Palin in a 2006 bid to reclaim the job, said he never charged the state for his three children's commercial flights or claimed their travel as official state business. Knowles, who was governor from 1994 to 2002, is the only other recent Alaska governor who had school-age children while in office. "There was no valid reason for the children to be along on state business," said Knowles, a supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. "I cannot recall any instance during my eight years as governor where it would have been appropriate to claim they performed state business."
Knowles said he brought his children to one NGA event while in office but didn't charge the state for their trip. In February 2007, the three girls flew from Juneau to Anchorage on Alaska Airlines. Palin charged the state for the $519.30 round-trip ticket for each girl, and noted on the expense form that the daughters accompanied her to "open the start of the Iron Dog race." The children and their mother then watched as Todd Palin and other racers started the competition, which Todd won that year. Palin later had the relevant expense forms changed to describe the girls' business as "First Family official starter for the start of the Iron Dog race." The Palins began charging the state for commercial flights after the governor kept a 2006 campaign promise to sell a jet bought by her predecessor. Palin put the jet up for sale on eBay, a move she later trumpeted in her star-making speech at the Republican National Convention, and it was ultimately sold by the state at a loss. That left only one high-performance aircraft deemed safe enough for her to use -- a 1980 twin-engine King Air assigned to the public safety agency but, according to flight logs, out of service for maintenance and repairs about a third of the time Palin has been governor.
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Saturday, October 18, 2008
Obama's a Hypnotist, John McCain Did Very Well in the Debate, Sarah Palin Inspires People and Other Things You MUST Believe
But alas! Not so fast.
The bailout was signed into law a week later. Sucks to be us because we're each on the hook, every man, woman and American child for about $8,000 now, with no guarantees of ever seeing that money again.
Moving on, McCain and Obama debated two more times. Actually, debate is not really the word. Obama was tasked with presenting: presenting his tax plan, presenting explanations for his relationships with various people, presenting his credentials for having the audacity to be running for president. McCain was there for a performance:
"Ultimately, it seems unlikely that McCain cut into Obama's lead through this performance. And Obama may have taken another small step towards making Americans comfortable with the prospect of his presidency."
Charlie Black on McCain's Performance
Global Media: McCain Put On His Best Performance, But Obama Still Wins The Debate
McCain's performance mixed in crucial debate
I don't know why it was a performance for McCain or why the bar has been set at that point but Obama won the debates- all of them.
Probably because he's a hypnotist. Dead serious. I'm linking the article because I got it from rense.com which is a weird 9/11 truth, Bush conspiracy theories, but still republican website. with a big following. I read the article and all I could think was "not so much". The reason people are voting for Obama is because he's a fresh face and comes across as a thinker as a opposed to a brash, warmongering idiot like Bush- Bush the republican from McCain's party who he's side by side with on 90% of the issues and who electing McCain president would be like giving a third term.
People are voting for Obama because McCain does not look healthy and Palin as president would be like not having a president. At all. Speaking of her, the hype has died down a little bit and the media even is recognizing that they really wigged the fuck out trying to pretend she won the debate with Biden. Her core constituency, fat white women who wished they looked like her, are still firmly in her corner but after bombing every speaking engagement and the fake folksy "you betcha doggonit" crock o' doodoo, and inciting rednecks and racists at her rallies to where people were like they are endangering Obama's life, she's done. She is going to appear on SNL tonight- as herself.