October 27, 2008

"I Hope You Have a Good Time,"

My mother remarks, on the eve of my trek out to Nevada to assist with the McCain-Palin campaign. "I'm afraid I can't quite wish you . . . success."

"Understood," I respond. "Let's just say I'll try to have a good time, and I'll stay safe."

"There was a time . . . I might have considered voting for McCain."

"Oh, really?" I remark, trying to control my shock. RINO or no (and some call me a RINO—it's all in how we order our priority lists), the man does have that evil letter after his name.

"But then he appointed that . . . that woman," she concludes.

"So you're one of those people, then? The ones I thought didn't really exist? You were open to McCain, but were turned off by the Palin pick?"

"Oh, yes," she tells me. "I can't see how anyone who supported Hillary can possibly want that woman in the White House."

"There are plenty of them, though," I point out. "There's even a name for them—women, and some men, who were so disgusted at what they perceived to be sexism in the Obama campaign [see how delicately I phrased it?--ed.] that they are actively campaigning for McCain. I'm really curious as to why you dislike her so; we'll have to talk once I get back into town."

"Sure, Honey," she tells me. "And you have a good time."

I always have a good time knocking on doors to try to get people to the polls . . . But I pulled it off four years ago (me, just me—it was my efforts that made the difference), and it'll happen again this year.

After we hang up it occurs to me that my mother and I are our opposite numbers: she considered McCain a possibility until he brought "that unqualified woman" on board. I was going to drag myself to the polls and pull the lever for the good Senator until he tapped Palin to be his Veep.

Granted, I already knew Palin, since I'm a minor-league energy blogger, but the main difference as I see it is . . . the good old mainstream media. I get absolutely no data from them (though I do try to keep tabs on what they are doing, of course).

My mother gets information from nowhere else. And she doesn't even have cable TV—it's all broadcast news, all the time.

She enjoys, furthermore, no internet access, because every time I show her how to web-surf and check her mail she nods brightly, and then renews her phobia once I leave the house. Then she assures me a few months later that she's forgotten how to do either of those two things, and it is my fault that this has occurred. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Because of my media skepticism, she seems to regard me as the informational equivalent of Randy Weaver: cut off from reality. Suspicious. Seeing black helicopters buzzing around this Presidential campaign.

And I apparently ruined the career of that nice Dan Rather man, for no reason other than vague suspicions and partisan malice.

Of course, someone raised me to be an iconoclast. Someone mentioned that one ought to question authority every now and then. And it wasn't the Great Pumpkin, either.

Posted by Attila Girl at October 27, 2008 02:15 PM | TrackBack

Boy -- do I ever feel a kinship with you on this one. My elderly Mom is much the same way -- addicted to the MSM and terrified of computers.

Even so, she's so disgusted with this election-cycle that she's decided not to vote. This is mitigated by the fact that she lives in CA so there's no chance of her vote making a difference -- one way or the other.

Posted by: deMontjoie at October 27, 2008 04:06 PM

Vote no matter where you live, no matter what you have heard. It does make a difference. Early voting is running about even.

Posted by: Darrell at October 27, 2008 07:40 PM

What too many people don’t understand is that MSM is controlled by members of at least three groups (or organizations) that have a common goal of controlling the population of this place we call Earth and making us slaves to serve those who consider themselves the “Elitiists”. Investigate the Council on Foreign Relations, The Trilateral Commission, and the Bilderberg Group. They all have the goal of creating a One World Government, sometimes called the New World Order.

Posted by: Don at October 28, 2008 06:25 AM

But where do the Masons tie in? And why is everyone so hooked on good brickwork?

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 28, 2008 07:39 AM

It is not just your mother, Bush is so upset with MCcain he is ready to endorse Obama. Can anyone answer why so many republicans have endorsed Obama?

Posted by: Azmat Hussain at October 28, 2008 08:04 AM

Can anyone answer why so many republicans have endorsed Obama?

Because they want to be invited to all the good parties, or at least get fed the bread crumbs from their master's table?

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie at October 28, 2008 11:04 AM

I R A, that would be assuming he won already? Is that what you think? Or are you saying that win or lose Obama throws a better party? And that he is a Master party thrower.

Posted by: Azmat Hussain at October 28, 2008 11:47 AM

They are people of little Faith. And less intellect. Kind of like you, Azmat. Not everyone likes sucking from the cock of Socialism.

Posted by: Darrell at October 28, 2008 03:42 PM

Darrell! I think you're crossing a line, here. Can we dial back on the personal attacks just a bit--maybe withdraw that vulgarity?

Not all Socialists, after all, realize that they are Socialists. Some think of themselves as "welfare capitalists." In fact, I think I harbor a little smidgeon of welfare capitalism myself, inasmuch as I do agree that there should be some sort of safety net . . . like the old idea that a family might disgrace itself by going on "county relief."

The problem, of course, is that there is no longer a stigma attached thereto.

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 28, 2008 11:23 PM

But I have a song and everything!

You have to look beyond that wealth redistribution part--that's just the enlistment bonus, the part they think that those that consider themselves the 'have-nots' can't resist. Of course, your real share of all the accumulated wealth in the world would only be a few thousands dollars if it were all divvied up equally amongst the six billion people on Earth, if that, and obviously you would destroy all means to generate future wealth, at least on the same level. But I suggest that all really look at the whole package that Bill Ayers and friends have laid out in their assorted writings. It is about total, iron-fisted control of every aspect of your life. Including when that life begins and when it ends. These aren't the benevolent harmless socialists that just want to throw a few fish into hungry peoples' stomachs. These are the scary kind (big 'S') that should actually carry a printed warning on their foreheads.

Posted by: Darrell at October 29, 2008 11:31 AM

Darrell, we end up sharing our wealth anyway, look whatever I make aside from a just a little bit for clothing food and shelter the rest goes to someone else, charity, taxes, my family, friends, Atilla's drinks,gambling, price gouging oil companies, insurance etc. It does not stop me from generating more wealth. If anything I wish I had more to give away to you and everyone else (that is if you make less then me which I doubt). Now as far as the control issue is concerned, I think that nobody could control me even if they tried, you buy into the control of the government that is why you are scared of it. I believe that government would like to control, but it is beyond their power.
Please don't even dare to argue that I have a choice about where my money goes because I don't, it just goes.

I am sorry I upset you, please forgive me.

Posted by: Azmat Hussain at October 29, 2008 02:24 PM

If you share your toys, like your pal Obama said today, that is your choice, that is charity. And since Americans are the most generous people in the history of the world, privately and publicly, we don't need to be lectured by anyone on this point. But what if your toys are taken from you by the teacher in the room and given to the other kids? See the difference? Obama was again decrying the Bush tax cuts. Now if LMA had just put up the little graphic that I sent her over the weekend, we'd have a handy chart that shows the someone making $30,000 pays about $4500 in taxes in 2008 versus the $8400 that was paid during Clinton's last year, 1999. That doesn't sound like a rich SOB to me. And people making more than $150,000 hardly saw any decrease. Seems like Bush's tax cut didn't benefit the rich by any stretch of the imagination. So why is Obama lying? Why have the Democrats lied for the last eight years? Why hasn't the Press made monkeys of the liars?

And since you work public jobs, Azmat, you are not creating anything. You are feeding at the public trough. Those price gouging oil companies pay the going rate for world oil from the do-nothing countries that control the oil. After having found that oil, developed the oil fields, laid the pipeline to ports, developed the technology to refine it, and ship it to your local station. The price of oil went from the OPEC marker price of $28.50 in 2003 to more than $150/bbl in 2008. Pump prices went from roughly $2 to $5--and include higher taxes today. Doesn't sound like gouging to me. And it doesn't sound like OPEC defended their marker price like they are supposed to do in their charter. Now they are defending the $65 futures price instead of their $28.50 marker. Sounds like someone is a little confused. If they want to raise their marker price, just go ahead. And suffer the consequences.

You have only contributed once to LMA's drinks in all the years you have been visiting this site. It's a start, but it seems you have a long way to go in demonstrating that famous American charity. You are a lot like Joe Biden. And Al Gore and the rest of the pack that talks a big game but sadly doesn't open their own wallets quite often enough.

Posted by: Darrell at October 29, 2008 08:36 PM

Darrell; I don't know where you live or what you do but here in Indiana and Minnesota where I have lived for the last eight years I have seen my income taxes go up every year. My property taxes doubled last year from $2400 to $4800 the reason given was that the funds for local and state have been dried up due to federal cuts.
Notice that Bush is not showing up at McCain rallies, if he had done a good job for the economy certainly McCain could use his support instead of going to Larry King.
There is a saying in my language that manners and culture cannot be taught. But I disagree, I think it starts with acknowledgment, the fact that you are so bold and persuasive in your arguments and very articulate in your thoughts tells me that you have had good teachers. Last I checked my economics text, services like teachers, lawyers and doctors are part of the GDP, and National Income.
I can't compare to Clinton years because I did not live here, but judging by the crowds that he is drawing McCain is wishing he was in that camp.
And lastly Darrell, as far as contribution is concerned I am clear about what I do, I have students who have gone on to become engineers, lawyers, doctors and yes even oil company executives. You are correct in stating that my pay check comes from the public fund, but what services I provide cannot ever be measured in terms of the amount I receive.

Posted by: Azmat Hussain at October 30, 2008 07:18 AM

The locals always blame the Federal Gov't for their problems, even when the Federal payouts increase. In Chicago, where I live, property/local taxes are always increasing. They have been borrowing for years on all the pension accounts and now the chickens have come home to roost. That happens when you have all those brother-in-laws on the payroll and other people who merely have to swipe their ID cards at local fire stations to "punch in" in the morning, rather than have to bother to show up for work.

I do ask myself if I am better off in the last two years since the Democrats have assumed power, now having absolute control in the House and the Senate. The answer is, of course, hell no. Can't blame the people for not making the connection, though--you need a real Press for that.

I have a quiz for you, Azmat. Who said

"We are socialists, we are enemies of today's capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions."
Is it 1)Barack Obama? 2)Hillary Clinton? 3)Bill Ayers? 4)Nancy Pelosi or 5) Adolf Hiltler? Answer below.

5)Adolf Hitler. Only Hitler and Ayers admit who they really are, the rest use 'code words' like progressive, Democrat, liberal, etc. I'm sure Bill Ayers has said it too, but he didn't say it first and he identified himself as a 'small c' communist when doing so. You get partial credit with every answer because all support the statement.

Have a great day in Canada!

Posted by: Darrell at October 30, 2008 01:14 PM

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