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Like W, but with ambition

 Rolling Stone just put on an article on Sen McCain, which is as damning and devastating as most any piece of journalism I can recall. St. John is revealed as a short-tempered, misogynistic narcissist who differs from Dubya primarily on the basis of his ambition. Oh yeah, Dubya is apparently a better pilot.

Most of all the piece completely deconstructs the ubiquitous Maverick Myth that McCain has deployed around himself like armor. There is nothing there at all. He has backtracked and and sold out every one of his vaunted principals, flip-flopped on virtually every issue on which he has claimed to be resolute -- campaign finance, kowtowing to secial interests, his position on the war, and on and on. Even on torture, an issue that carries street cred for him, he cravenly helped broker a deal with the White House that effectively annuls the Geneva Conventions.

McCain is a liar and a fraud. Worse, he's a dangerous and aggressive ideologue with twin Napoleon and Daddy complexes. You think Dubya has been a disaster? McCain would the same or worse -- only smarter and more belligerent.

-A

 

Jumped In With Both Feet

Well, I sat in the hot seat last weekend, Saturday, September 27, as I hosted my first music show; filling in for Deena...thanks to Brooke, my partner in crime that night, I wouldn't have gotten through that first hour without you...thanks again.  I'm hoping I can develop another voice by jumping in where I can while attempting to carve out a show that has an impact or at least some meaning.  Either in a talk show, interview style format with Bread and Roses, which airs Friday at 6pm or discovering messages in the music that can be called out and left for the listeners to ponder...planting the seed...food for thought. 

NEWS FROM THE BOARD- LAST YEAR'S ELECTION 2008

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News from the Board

Our Annual Membership Meeting took place on Sunday September 28th at Liberty Hall. We had a lively meeting of members and volunteers with great discussion on the goings on at our station. Ice cream sundaes were enjoyed and of course the results of the election were announced.

Congratulations to new Board Members: Backy Chiao, Joe Azavedo, Genevieve Matthews,   Erin Brand, Eric Robinson, Anthony Petchel and Scott Forrester. They will be joining Jamilah Bourdon, Ivonne Rivera, Mark Allyn, Jay Theimeyer, and Judy Arielle Fiestal to form the 12 member KBOO Board of Directors. In addition both bylaws were passed by the membership.

Here is the breakdown on the election:

KBOO Annual Membership Meeting

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TAKE NOTE- THERE ARE NOW ONLY 8 CANDIDATES RUNNING  FOR THE BOARD POSITIONS-

JENNY WEINSTEIN HAS WITHDRAWN HER CANDIDACY.

KBOO ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
SUNDAY SEPT. 28TH AT 2PM
LIBERTY HALL

Dirty Burly Bitch Show - Dirty Queer benefit for Bitch Magazine

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Dirty Queer is October 10th, but before that, join the lovely and talented sahara dunes, of Burly Girl Productions, and the dirty queer crew in throwing a benefit for

lipstick is a petroleum product

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For the Old Mole September 15, 2008

I’m here to confess that I have been as mesmerized as anyone by the Republican nominee for vice president.

In the words of Fafblog,

there's a brand new political superstar on the scene and she's tough as nails and the media won't leave her alone and she's a rough-and-tumble Alaskan hockey mom and why are they asking all these questions and she is the pure reincarnation of the invincible Anglo-Saxon frontier earth mother and stop picking on her!

Choose Your Rhetoric: Power or Compassion?

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Power versus Compassion in Presidential Campaign Rhetoric

    If the Presidential campaign were a football game, it’s beginning to look like the Republicans have the ball and the Democrats are playing defense.  The Republicans attack, and the Democrats answer.  The aggressor controls the game,  which makes the Democrats look like losers.  Why does this happen?  I don’t think it’s just because Republicans are meaner than the Democrats. 

Close enough to steal

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 As has been made abundantly clear, the Republicans only need to keep the election close enough to steal.

"Also today, critics accused Van Hollen - a Republican serving as the state co-chair of John McCain's presidential campaign - of filing the suit for partisan gain and trying to purge legitimate voters from poll lists.


Van Hollen sued the state Government Accountability Board Wednesday, saying it must crosscheck voter names with driver's license records for voters who registered to vote or changed their addresses on or after Jan. 1, 2006."

New voter registration and turnout exploded during the primary campaign, and new voters broke overwhelmingly Democratic and pro-Obama. The Republicans know that the inevitable new voter turnout in November will also break overwhelming in Obama's direction. So what do they do? They go right back to the playbook and decide to start challenging voters' legitimacy. It's the only way they can win.

Van Hollen, Wisconsin's Attorney General, is demanding that crosschecks be made on the identities of voters who have moved since 2006. Which demographic moves the most often? Young people -- who, oh yeah, overwhelmingly support Obama.

Let's just keep track, shall we? This isn't the last time we'll see the GOP attempt to disenfranchise large numbers of voters.

-A

Pigs, lipstick, lies

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A couple of things have happened of late that led me to believe that the once-proud institution of American journalism might shake itself free of its calcified stupor and cover this presidential campaign in a manner befitting a free society. But then the Pig-n-Lipstick Pageant broke out and it's back to breathless junior high whispering for the chattering classes.

Does anyone really believe that Barack Obama would be so stupid as to characterize Sarah Palin as a pig? C'mon. Any truthful review of Obama's comments shows that he was referring to a McCain policy and not his running mate. This is Al Gore sighing, this is John Kerry on a windsurfing board. Another useless diversion from what's actually being said, what's actually at stake.

And it's a shame, cuz one of the recent happenings that has led me to believe that American journalism might be -- might be -- on the way back from wandering in the He-Said-She-Said wilderness is the growing willingess of reporters from major news organizations to call the McCain/Palin campaign out on Gov. Palin's false claim that she opposed the "Bridge to Nowhere."

See, it's important for reporters to not simply be stenographers. It's not enough to report one side's claim, and the other side's response. A good reporter has to determine which party's story falls closest to measurable, objective reality. It's not enought to report, "Republicans today claimed that 2+2=5. Some Democrats disagreed."

A good reporter might conclude that observable reality -- including things like counting, centuries of tradition, and the application of heretofore accepted mathematical theories and practices -- supports the fact that 2+2 does in fact equal 4, and thus, the Democratic position is the correct one.

And pointing out a falsehood and calling it as much is not bias, it's not the "liberal media," it's good journalism.

Even better is the Obama campaign calling out McCain for lying:

"I don't care what they say about me, but I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and swift-boat politics. Enough is enough."

Lies. It's important to say the word. Lies are different than omissions, weasel words, or mistakes. Lying is a deliberate, conscious act.

John Kerry never came out in 2004 and said that Dubya was a liar -- about the war, about wiretapping, about torture, ad nauseam. In fact, he went out of his way during a debate to say he wasn't using that term. And he lost.

Obama is saying it. I hope he doesn't stop now.

And I hope the Pig-n-Lipstick Parade is over in time to talk about real life.

-A

New McCain ad: Obama is a big scary black man who wants to teach your children about sex

 New McCain ad: Obama is a big scary black man who wants to teach your children about sex

Not really sure what to say about this one. It certainly plumbs hitherto unfounded depths of sleaze.

I don't know the particulars of the law in question. I'm looking into it.

-A

UPDATE: The Obama camp responds:

"It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited  political attack against a father of two young girls – a position that his friend Mitt Romney also holds.  Last week, John McCain told Time magazine he couldn’t define what honor was.  Now we know why."

LATE UPDATE: The law in question was from Obama's time in the Illinois Legislature. The kindergarten sex-ed referenced by the McCain ad amounts to teaching the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching.

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