On One Hand

August 31, 2008

John McCain is Impulsive

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If John McCain picked someone he met just once to be his vice president, how long would he think about starting a war in, say, Iran?

Can we just have a president who knows how to think before he makes a decision? Being president is a serious job OK.

Can Barack Obama pleeease make a commercial asking this question?

This VP pick has really incensed me. John McCain seems more like George W. Bush to me than he ever has before.

Obama vs. Palin on Experience

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Republicans are defending John McCain’s absurd and audacious VP pick in Sarah Palin, 1.7 year governor of Alaska, by arguing that Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, is less experienced than she.

John McCain, who will be the oldest first-term president at age 72, said that his first concern in choosing a vice president would be to find someone “qualified to step in as president,” which is how he fulfills his campiagn theme of putting his “country first.”

But is Sarah Palin really comparable to Barack Obama on experience?

When it comes to “experience,” life before politics matters too. You don’t count years spent in office as the only markers of experience necessary to run for president, otherwise the Constitution wouldn’t make age – and not previous office – one of the requirements. After all, John McCain repeatedly uses his time spent as a POW in Vietnam as make-up for everything he’s done wrong since then – out-of-office experience is perfectly relevant to him. Business and community leaders have used non-government background as qualifications for political office, using private careers as launching bids for a public campaign.

Thus it is not only enough to compare Barack Obama’s time spent in state or federal goverment (12 years in the Illinois legislature and U.S. senate) to Palin’s time spent in state government (1.7 years).

You can also count Barack Obama’s magna cum laude degree from Harvard and his tenure as president of the Harvard Law Review, the most prestigeous university law journal in the country, as indication of his mental fortitude and capabilities.

Sarah Palin graduated with a BA from the University of Idaho, which requires a 2.7 high school GPA to get in. I work as a political canvasser for a labor union and I am more educated than Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska.

You can count Barack Obama’s 12 years teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School as experience and knowledge in the structure and function of the U.S. government. (Sarah Palin said she doesn’t know what a U.S. vice president does as recently as one month ago.)

You can count Barack Obama’s experience on the board of directors of six Chicago philanthropic organizations organized to protect civil liberties or decrease urban poverty between 1993 and 2000 as signs of his management capabilities.

Barack Obama spent nearly as much time running a quarter-billion dollar primary campaign – the most effecient and well-run political campaign in history – as Palin did as governor of Alaska.

You can count Barack Obama’s public voice in the debate leading up to the Iraq war in 2003, during which Barack Obama was a strong and informed voice with a clear and sharp grasp of the complicated ethnic politics of the Middle East. He was thinking about foreign policy and making correct predictions about the length and difficulty of a war in Iraq even when the President of the United States along with John McCain were wrongly insisting it would be a 100-day sweep and Americans would be greeted as liberators.

Is Barack Obama as qualified to be president as, say, Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton? This spring that was up for debate, with John McCain and the Republicans suggesting that Obama was not as good as his Democratic rivals. 18-million Democratic primary voters made the call after Obama’s spectacularly-organized primary campaign convinced them that the answer was YES, in light of all things, he shows promise of being every bit as capable as the other candidates.

But is Barack Obama weak on experience compared to Sarah Palin, 1/3 term governor of a state with a population to warrant ONE U.S. congressional district? (California has 53 districts, Illinois has 26.)

Barack Obama and Sarah Palin aren’t even in the same league. Shooting guns and eating mooseburgers might make Palin a compelling personality to balance McCain’s dullness, but they don’t fulfill John McCain’s first principle of going with experience over personality.

Barack Obama never insisted that number of years in office is all that counts – that was John McCain’s line. So much for that, now that he’s decided that the least-experienced governor in the United States should be the one in line to fill that role.

So what about “Country first?” McCain took an impulsive gamble on an inexperienced candidate in hopes that a game-scrambler would help his strugling bid, regardless of the scary implications. Is John McCain a “straight-talker” or a “maverick?” Not with a pander to ex-Hillary supporters like that one, HELLO GAS TAX HOLIDAY.

Shame on John McCain.

August 30, 2008

Karl Rove on Obama’s VP Selection

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Karl Rove predicting Obama’s VP Pick would be a bad choice:

“I think [Obama’s] going to make an intensely political choice, not a governing choice,” Rove said. “He’s going to view this through the prism of a candidate, not through the prism of president; that is to say, he’s going to pick somebody that he thinks will on the margin help him in a state like Indiana or Missouri or Virginia. He’s not going to be thinking big and broad about the responsibilities of president.”

Rove singled out Virginia governor Tim Kaine, also a Face The Nation guest, as an example of such a pick.

“With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he’s been a governor for three years, he’s been able but undistinguished,” Rove said. “I don’t think people could really name a big, important thing that he’s done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America.”

Feminists Against Sarah Palin – Electing Women on the Back of Patriarchy

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“The pick of Palin is dripping with transparent condescension, the notion that the enthusiasm behind Hillary was simply the result of her being a woman, that it had nothing to do with what she actually stood for, and in that sense it’s equally sexist. Palin is essentially a hard right ideologue, and therefore nothing like Hillary as far as substance is concerned. It’s not very different from running Alan Keyes against Barack Obama in 2004. The conservative media reaction has already engaged in paternalistic language, with FOX News reporting on television that “McCain broke the glass ceiling,” implying in fact, that the pick had nothing to do with Palin or her qualifications, but merely her gender. It’s fitting that the party positing affirmative action as a program that picks people exclusively based on race or gender rather than qualification should do something similar given an opportunity for political advancement. While Obama is promising change through policy, not simply through the circumstances of his birth, the McCain campaign thinks his appeal is simply visual and demographic, and therefore something they can exploit.”


“When I saw that John McCain had picked Sarah Palin as his running mate this morning, I was on the elliptical trainer, and my rage propelled me to the most furious workout I’ve had in a while.

It’s always exciting to see women enter the political fray at higher levels. But a lot of feminists out there, are appalled by the cynicism and condescension inherent in this choice. It’s as though the McCain camp believes our irrational she-hormones will lead us, like sheep, to pull the lever for any candidate who looks like us–even if she has a strong record, as Palin does, of standing against women’s interests.”


“I’ve gotta say that as a feminist and former Hillary-supporter, I had a big twinge of jealousy to have the Republicans be the ones to represent both sides of humanity on their ticket. But I was quick to remind myself that Palin is the portrait of right wing hackery. It is yet another way John McCain is completely out of touch, in not realizing women aren’t manipulated so easily.”


“Sarah Palin is the inexperienced woman Sen. John McCain has chosen as his running mate, hoping that she will attract the vital female vote. It’s the worst kind of affirmative action, choosing a person he barely knows, who is completely unprepared to assume any national office. It’s like nominating Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court. It’s all about ideology and not about competence.

To put it bluntly, Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton. Nor does she have the vision and brilliance of Barack Obama. This is an incredible insult to most American women. Just how stupid does he think we are?”

Why Sarah Palin is Awesome

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Sarah Palin is young and fresh – that is, younger than two of John McCain’s kids.

Sarah Palin won’t have any problem being ready at 3a.m. – she’ll be awake with the 4-month-old baby.

Sarah Palin won second place in the Miss Alaska pageant – yeah, feminists love beauty pageants.

Sarah Palin once said she doesn’t know what a vice president does, but she’s come around on that in the last few years months weeks – she made the statement in July.

Sarah Palin supports teaching Creationism in schools and doesn’t beleive in global warming.

Sarah Palin supports an unconditional constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and opposed same-sex benefits for partners of state employees of Alaska, but she says she’s not anti-gay because she has “some gay friends.”

Sarah Palin only met John McCain one time. The second time they met he said Ibarelyknowyoubut hellllpppppmeeeeeee.

Sarah Palin endorsed Pat Buchannan for president in 2000, as a council member of a town of 6,000. Uh…

Time elapsed before realizing that Sarah Palin is not awesome: 16.45 seconds.

August 29, 2008

Sarah Palin

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So apparently McCain thinks ex-Clinton supporters (who critiqued Obama for his lack of experience) won’t feel patronized and tokenized by a VP selection who pales in comparison to Hillary Clinton’s political experience, who was a mayor of a town of 6,000 before becoming elected governor of a state of 750,000 voters just two years ago.

And apparently they’re supposed to overlook the fact that the former beauty queen is an anti-abortion social conservative who has never made womens’ rights an issue.

Senator Obama’s newness to politics was said to have been a gamble, but it was a gamble that 36 million Democrats voted on in the highest-turnout primary in American history. Would Sarah Palin have stood a chance in a Republican Primary?

I’ve got a great idea for the next VP to anyone running in 2012: my mom. Why? She’s thoughtful, nice, and a “true American.” She teaches speech therapy which means she cares. Why wouldn’t she be on anyone’s shortlist?

John McCain dumped his former wife after returning from Vietnam as a POW to find she had been disfigured in a car accident. Like Sarah Palin, his first wife had been a beauty queen, but was attractive no longer and not worth Mr. McCain’s time – only months after the divorce was finalized, John married an attractive wealthy woman half his age, now known as Cindy McCain (the Regan family cut ties with John McCain because they didn’t like John dating Cindy before the divorce was final). This won’t be the first time John McCain overlooked someone for a pretty young thaang. But the real shock would be if he hopes to gain feminist credentials by picking a pro-life woman who doesn’t support womens’ issues, who tokenizes women as a whole.

If Alan Keyes has failed to appeal to African-Americans as a whole (because, guess what, black people care more about the issues a leader supports than the color of his or her skin), why would we expect swing-voting women to fall for this one?

August 26, 2008

Evangelicals Should be Careful What They Wish For

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A Christian fundamentalist group is asking God to shower torrential rain to ruin Barack Obama’s outdoor acceptance speech in Denver this Thursday. Stuart Shepard, of Colorado Springs based Focus on the Family, is publicly praying that the rain start exactly two minutes before the speech starts and be intense enough to disrupt it with an “urban-and-small-stream flood-advisory,” he said in a video on YouTube.

But the official forecast for Denver expects Thursday to be the clearest day of the week, with less than ten percent cloud cover and a pleasant 75-degree air temperature at the time of the speech.

If they’re asking God to reveal his plan for America via weather, their answer is that the divine apparently wants Barack Obama to win the election. Especially if you consider what’s brewing in the Caribbean Sea: steadily growing Tropical Storm Gustav.

Gustav is currently expected to hit Louisiana as a category 3+ hurricane on the first day of the Republican convention next Monday.

The last thing Republicans need is for a hurricane to pound New Orleans during their convention, stealing news coverage and reminding Americans of Hurricane Katrina (which also made landfall as a category 3 storm), the disaster that marked the beginning of the end of the Bush Administration. But lets be decent human beings and hope that neither the torrential rain nor Gustav make a serious impact, and hope especially that the hurricane won’t cause loss of life and limb on the still-recovering Gulf Coast.

Praying for something so specific as rain starting two minutes before a speech is destined to cause a loss-of-faith among some believers when God fails to make good on the deal. Mind you they’re not just asking for a rainy or foggy day – which might actually happen the real world – they’re asking for something so precise as to provide bona fide proof of God’s hand in it. It’s easy to pray for vague things and get excited when they happen to come true, but asking for something so specific reeks of Putting Thy Lord to the Test. Let’s see here, I think I’m going to pray for a pink flower to emerge from thin air and fall into my open hands as proof of God’s existence and validation of my religious and political views. If I honestly beleive it will happen just-because-I-asked, what am I going to do when it, obviously, doesn’t happen?

And if you really have such precise control over God’s hand, why not pray for something like an end to poverty, or a cure for AIDS or cancer?

Here’s another blogger’s take on Shepards video: http://breaktheterror.wordpress.com/2008/08/13/would-it-be-so-wrong/

August 16, 2008

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August 9, 2008

Professional Soccer Players Don’t Vote

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Today when I was regestering voters outside a Wal-Mart in Stapleton, I approached three tall, extremely attractive, athletic-looking guys wearing red and white soccer jerseys asking if they’d register to vote.

They said they can’t vote because they’re from Canada, but asked me who I worked for and if I was doing well.

“Yeah, I’m doing pretty well, I have about 20 forms today so far; average is like 2 per hour and I’ve been getting 3 or 4,” I said.

They were still curious so I told them I work for the SEIU, a labor union that is trying to boost voter turnout in the neighborhood. They asked if the job was temoporary and what I was going to do after the election was over, if I was going to be screwed and unemployed, and I explained that I had just graduated from college and hadn’t started a career yet, so I figured I might as well get involved in the election season.

“You guys into soccer?” I asked, pointing at their clothing.

They said they play professionally, and just finished a game against the Colorado Rapids. (I checked the Rapids game schedule later and figured out they play for Toronto FC.)

I told them my parents live by the park where the Rapids used to practice when I was a kid.

“Oh yeah, that big blue house,” one of then joked. He was the one with the British-sounding accent (Could have been Australian or New Zealand). Another guy sounded like he could be American and the third had a French or French Canadian accent.

They asked me who I was supporting, I pointed at where my shirt says “SEIU for Obama,” and they said right on and nodded.

I talked to them for another ten or fifteen minutes about my job, because they kept asking a lot of questions. They asked if anyone ever tells me to fuck off and I said “not in those words,” in the mean time interupting the conversation to ask people passing by if they’re registered to vote. They sat on the ground outside the Wal-Mart until a white van with Marriot on the side pulled up and took them away.

“How many of these people who say they’re registered do you think are already registered,” was one question. I don’t remember who asked what. I explained the organizational strategy of targeting neither loyal voters nor apethetic voters, but instead the narrow range of those who sometimes vote but need that extra nudge – if someone is a total dick, I don’t need to push that person because he or she probably wouldn’t vote even if I convinced him or her to register. I said we do follow-up with all our registered voters to make sure they get out and vote, and that statistically those people who will vote if if you make it easier for them tend to support Obama.

What I think is hilarious about the whole thing is that they were professional atheletes, and I talked more about my job than theirs – and they were totally into that. It didn’t even occur to me to ask about what they do, since I know so little about soccer.

So I got on Wikipedia and looked at pictures and figured out that one of them was Greg Sutton, the goalkeeper, who had the American-sounding accent but who is actually Canadian, another one was probably Jarrod Smith, and another one was, I think, Jim Brennan. The only one I am really, really sure of is Greg Sutton.

August 8, 2008

Go World!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 8:32 pm

I was watching the olympic opening ceremony.

Then I realized that looks like when the ballet is on PBS, only the sattelite feed is scratchier.

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