Archive: June, 2008
Some sad news tonight, at least for some folks out there: The American Suburb has passed away. It was only 61 years old. No one expected that it would die so young, but then no one ever sees it coming, do they? The cause of death was clogged arteries -- but mainly a horrible case of gas.
The New York Times broke the story before anyone else:
Since this is Bash Barack Obama Week here at Attytood, one more thing: He really should visit a mosque, sooner rather than later, and -- in a bit of nobody-asked-me advice from an old poly-sci major -- probably in Michigan, the swing state with the largest Islamic population.
But one thing that's weird about the converage, including the prominent story in today's New York Times, is how come nobody is calling for John McCain to visit a mosque during the campaign, especially since he was the candidate who told Beliefnet that America should have a Christian president?
Hensley & Co., one of the nation's major beer wholesalers, has brought the family of Cindy McCain wealth, prestige and influence in Phoenix, but it could also create conflicts for her husband, Sen. John McCain, if he is elected president in November.
I try to avoid the comic stylings of Don Imus, but his latest cryptic remarks about football bad boy Adam "Pacman" Jones seem to be the only thing on the teevee this morning, and -- that being the case -- there is something that jumps out about it.
On Monday, on his radio show that is heard God knows where now, the I-Man interrupted a sports report about Jones' latest arrest to ask what race the player is and when the answer came back African-American, he said "well, OK, there you go. Now we know." Pretty lame stuff, and now today comes the inevitable explanation:
It may not have felt that way when you were stuck in traffic on the way to work this morning, but Americans love trains. Maybe not everyone, but millions of us do. I notice it on the blogs, where you can see the conversation perks up when someone posts about commuter trains or light rail. And with $4 gas, you see it in the packed cars every rush hour, especially in cities with an entrenched rail network like Philly, and you even see places in Sunbelt Car Heaven like Houston scrambling to add light rail.
Given all that, why do so many of our politicians still hate trains. Including John McCain.
You've probably heard by now that Hillary ("Likeable Enough") Clinton is going to hit the campaign trail with her new BFF Barack Obama later this week. I had guessed that the first stop on this lovefest would be somewhere in Pa., possibly right here in Archie Bunkerland. In fact, Atlantic's Marc Ambinder even reported they were coming first to the Keystone State -- but it is not to be.
It doesn't work as well when you say it out loud:
Charlie Black, an adviser already in the spotlight for his past lobbying work, is quoted in the upcoming July 7 edition of Fortune magazine as saying such an attack "certainly would be a big advantage to him." Black said Monday he regretted the comment.
Is Barack Obama a Manchurian candidate after all? No, I don't mean closeted Muslim, or Muslim apostate, or whatever the Internets are calling him this week. I mean closeted Republican...or liberal apostate. The minute that Obama became the Dems' presumptive nominee, he traded his cloak of liberal-oriented change for the same thing that he saw John McCain wearing around town, a stylish pair of flip-flops.
Last week we talked about his convoluted back-tracking on campaign finance, but Friday's flip-flop on the U.S. Constitution -- and the right of the government and corporations to spy on you -- is a less inside baseball, and a lot more serious. To make a long story short, when Obama was wooing liberal Democratic primary voters, he promised to filibuster any bill that gave retroactive immunity to lawbreaking telecom companies. But now he won't -- he only says that he'll "work" to remove it from the final bill...kind of in the way that the Washington Nationals are going to "work" real hard between now and September to win the National League East.