Thoughts from a Yellow Dog Democrat living in Olympia, in the great BLUE state of Washington

I am a liberal because it is the political philosophy of freedom and equality. And I am a progressive because it is the political path to a better future. And I am a Democrat because it is the political party that believes in freedom, equality and progress. -- Digby

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Terrorists are Obviously Winning

Yes, they are winning. They have successfully recruited Dunkin' Donuts and Rachael Ray -- you and I will be powerless against the subliminal messages Al Quida is placing in our media!!

We should just put the white flag up now!

Here's from the Boston Globe:

Does Dunkin’ Donuts really think its customers could mistake Rachael Ray for a terrorist sympathizer? The Canton-based company has abruptly canceled an ad in which the domestic diva wears a scarf that looks like a keffiyeh, a traditional headdress worn by Arab men.

Some observers, including ultra-conservative Fox News commentator Michelle Malkin, were so incensed by the ad that there was even talk of a Dunkin’ Donuts boycott.

‘‘The keffiyeh, for the clueless, is the traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad,’’ Malkin yowls in her syndicated column.

The company at first pooh-poohed the complaints, claiming the black-and-white wrap was not a keffiyeh. But the right-wing drumbeat on the blogosphere continued and by yesterday, Dunkin’ Donuts decided it’d be easier just to yank the ad.

Michelle Malkin is an idiot. She was the same idiot when she howled about the Pennsylvania monument to the 9-11 deaths because the observation deck looked crescent shaped to her. She says these outrageous things to get attention. I'm ashamed Dunkin' Donuts listened to her instead of laughing at her idiocy.

Next thing we'll have to ban Persian carpets, sandals, cell phones, sand, olives -- all things used by those hated "terrorists" -- what about clothes? Don't terrorists all wear clothes? ARGH!! Hurry STRIP or you'll be recruiting for the terrorists and they'll WIN!!

I suggest the better solution is to boycott Malkin and have a iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts.

What an idiot!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Lieberman and Harry Reid

Senator Reid said on Kieth Olbermann's Countdown show: “Senator Lieberman of Connecticut supports us on virtually everything except the war.” That struck me -- is that true?

So I went over to the Senate's web site and checked out most of the significant legislation our Senate has dealt with over the past 3 1/2 years. What I found surprized me. Harry is right -- a few notable exceptions:

Confirmed Gonzales
Class Action Fairness
Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act
Confirmation of Roberts
Webb amendment on minimum time hope for the service men /women between Iraq assignments
Protect America Act
Confirmed Murkasey

But they voted alike to confirm Alito, restrict abortions, trade agreement, Patriot Act, funding for the war, cut taxes, and lower SCHIP.

So maybe our problem isn't Lieberman -- maybe it's Harry.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Can Obama Win Pennsylvania?

Hillary and the talking heads would like you to think it's in doubt that Obama can win in Pennsylvania in the general election. I keep hearing that maybe 40% of Hillary's voters will either stay home or vote for McCain -- ooooh! Scary!

Let's work the numbers -- from the Commonwealth's website:

Democratic Primary

Candidate Votes Percent
1,260,937 54.6%
1,046,822 45.4%

Republican Primary

Candidate Votes Percent
89,581 11.3%
574,779 72.8%
125,604 15.9%

So OK -- I doubt that people who today support Huckabee & Paul will suddenly hold their noses and switch to McCain in the general -- but let's say 1/2 do -- and let's say all of those folks who said they'll either vote for McCain or stay home rather than vote for Obama all show up for McCain -- that theoretically would give McCain 997,606 votes or 49 thousand less than Obama got in the primary.

Remind me again -- why does the MSM keep talking about McCain / Obama like it's a real match up?