Obama’s Masses

Obama Mass

God forbid this is the trend but if it is, Senator McCain best be getting the GOP excited about voting FOR him. If masses like this is any indication of things to come, and the fundraising continues to trickle, we are in trouble.


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  1. Ann, just catching up, you know my prayers are with you.

  2. “Only trouble is that there are other folks who are wishing us harm, not sure a daisy in the gun barrel is going to do the trick.

    How about a little pragmatism and objectivity ? “

    Suggestion: stop agitating Iran, let them kill each other if they want; besides, it’s not like Ahmadinejad wields any real power, he’s just a loud jerk- he’s basically a pundit/press secretary.

    What exactly are you afraid of, do you feel personally threatened? Are they going to crash a plane into the local Jiffy Lube? Do you feel that Reagan would have better served his nation by invading Russia and decisively ending the Cold War? He sure did a lot of talking to our enemies.

    “Leave it to Josh to take the cowards way out and insult a man over the internet.

    Here’s my phone number let’s handle this like men

    520 255 4137

    Waiting on you”

    Nothing solves a problem quite like a manly brawl in the parking lot. I get the strange feeling that you were a marine.

    You sure mention manliness a lot and have proven you have no kind words for homosexuals. Would this have anything to do with your blind devotion to the party of excessive repressed homosexuality, or do you just have a wide stance?

  3. Enough already!

  4. Kralmajales says

    Hey Nightcrawler,

    You know you misunderstood me. What I was saying about John McCain was what I dont like about John McCain. My arguments to most you here, long ago, was that he was the most conservative man in the race before and I was more than suprised that so many here couldn’t see past that. Would I vote for him? NO WAY IN HELL.

    That should be an ENDORSEMENT for many of you as you all know my views pretty well (smile).

    Best to you all.

    I keep looking at that photo and I keep dreaming of a better America. That my students are inspired enough by Obama to work for him, to come out in large numbers, and to vote, is good enough for me.

  5. Wow Jimbo, excellent retort. I for one would love to meet you for a much anticipated rumble. Can I be the sharks and you be the jets?

    Get a life, seriously!
    Maybe you should replace those swing dancing classes with self-esteem classes. It’s obvious that you have issues….Oh, and don’t worry, they do serve merlot there.

    Otherwise you could join me at a certain boxing gym located off of Hwy 92. (You see I have self esteem issues too)

    Seriously Jimbo, if you can’t stand somebody calling you out on your idiotic comments, then you need to find a different hobby. Don’t expect to dish it and not receive some blowback….you know what I’m talking about, right Evan??

  6. Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble out there, but there’s a very good chance that many of the people in the crowd in Oregon were there for the opening act, the Decemberists.

    They are a very popular local band that was giving a free 45 minute concert before Obama’s speech.

    I’ll admit that Obama can pack them in, but there is likely a bit more to the story than his messianic ability to draw crowds and fire up the voters.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/robert-knight/2008/05/20/free-concert-popular-band-preceded-obama-s-big-rally

  7. Relax, everyone, and put more fun in your lives.

  8. You know what’s been real fun about this? Try to explain this as:

    1. OMGZ!1!, Obama iz teh anti-Christ!

    2. OMGZ!1!, libruls are sheep!

    And now, with much hiliarity:

    3. Everyone settle down! Obama didn’t draw this crowd! *The Decembrists* did!

    That’s like saying: “Everyone came to the Super Bowl to watch the Doritos Rock N’ Roll Half-Time Show!”

    And the fun continues with James A. Bretney’s view of citizenry (because really, why *haven’t* we looked at America through the prism of a Roman centurion?)*

    I couldn’t be more thrilled with this. This is going to be like the Dole ’96 all over again. And it’s only May.

    * – I guess that would make me a Vandal. Or better yet, a Goth!

  9. Klute,

    You are the best at drawing similarities between events that in fact are not at all alike.

    Obama vs. Super Bowl…not even a close one. Obama loses, fo’ sure.

    And have you ever heard the Decemberists? Maybe they are good???? According to college students I know in Oregon, crowds will go anywhere for a free concert by any band up there.

  10. Ann,

    Kinda my point (about the Decemberists). The first I’ve ever heard of them was when Stephen Colbert challenged them to guitar competition.

    Granted I don’t know much about the indie rock scene (I like darkwave and punk), but from what I know, the Decemberists aren’t normally filling stadiums or headlining Coachella.

    Not trying to be a pill here, but Obama *is* pulling in these crowds, and I’m sure everyone has their own reasons for going, but 75,000 for a political rally for a single pol has to be conceeded as impressive.

    I’m sure if McCain was pulling in these numbers, conservatives would be lauding the numbers, not trying to diminish them.

    And as for the Super Bowl – for me, Obama loses only if the Dolphins are playing.

  11. Conservative columnist David Brooks explains it all for you:

    In 1950, Dr. Seuss published a book called “If I Ran the Zoo.” It contained the sentence: “I’ll sail to Ka-Troo, and bring back an IT-KUTCH, a PREEP, and a PROO, a NERKLE, a NERD, and a SEERSUCKER, too!” According to the psychologist David Anderegg, that’s believed to be the first printed use of the word “nerd” in modern English.
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    The next year, Newsweek noticed that nerd was being used in Detroit as a substitute for “square.” But, as Ander-egg writes in his book, “Nerds,” the term didn’t really blossom onto mass consciousness until The Fonz used it in “Happy Days” in the mid- to late-1970s. And thus began what you might call the ascent of nerdism in modern America.

    At first, a nerd was a geek with better grades. The word described a high-school or college outcast who was persecuted by the jocks, preps, frat boys and sorority sisters. Nerds had their own heroes (Stan Lee of comic book fame), their own vocations (Dungeons & Dragons), their own religion (supplied by George Lucas and “Star Wars”) and their own skill sets (tech support). But even as “Revenge of the Nerds” was gracing the nation’s movie screens, a different version of nerd-dom was percolating through popular culture. Elvis Costello and The Talking Heads’s David Byrne popularized a cool geek style that’s led to Moby, Weezer, Vampire Weekend and even self-styled “nerdcore” rock and geeksta rappers.

    The future historians of the nerd ascendancy will likely note that the great empowerment phase began in the 1980s with the rise of Microsoft and the digital economy. Nerds began making large amounts of money and acquired economic credibility, the seedbed of social prestige. The information revolution produced a parade of highly confident nerd moguls — Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Larry Page and Sergey Brin and so on.

    Among adults, the words “geek” and “nerd” exchanged status positions. A nerd was still socially tainted, but geekdom acquired its own cool counterculture. A geek possessed a certain passion for specialized knowledge, but also a high degree of cultural awareness and poise that a nerd lacked.

    Geeks not only rebelled against jocks, but they distinguished themselves from alienated and self-pitying outsiders who wept with recognition when they read “Catcher in the Rye.” If Holden Caulfield was the sensitive loner from the age of nerd oppression, then Harry Potter was the magical leader in the age of geek empowerment.

    But the biggest change was not Silicon Valley itself. Rather, the new technology created a range of mental playgrounds where the new geeks could display their cultural capital. The jock can shine on the football field, but the geeks can display their supple sensibilities and well-modulated emotions on their Facebook pages, blogs, text messages and Twitter feeds. Now there are armies of designers, researchers, media mavens and other cultural producers with a talent for whimsical self-mockery, arcane social references and late-night analysis.

    They can visit eclectic sites like Kottke.org and Cool Hunting, experiment with fonts, admire Stewart Brand and Lawrence Lessig and join social-networking communities with ironical names. They’ve created a new definition of what it means to be cool, a definition that leaves out the talents of the jocks, the M.B.A.-types and the less educated. In “The Laws of Cool,” Alan Liu writes: “Cool is a feeling for information.” When someone has that dexterity, you know it.

    Tina Fey, who once was on the cover of Geek Monthly magazine, has emerged as a symbol of the geek who grows into a swan. There is now a cool geek fashion style, which can be found on shopping sites all over the Web (think Japanese sneakers and text-laden T-shirts). Schwinn now makes a retro-looking Sid/Nancy bicycle, which is sweet and clunky even though it has a faux-angry name. There are now millions of educated-class types guided by geek manners and status rules.

    The news that being a geek is cool has apparently not permeated either junior high schools or the Republican Party. George Bush plays an interesting role in the tale of nerd ascent. With his professed disdain for intellectual things, he’s energized and alienated the entire geek cohort, and with it most college-educated Americans under 30. Newly militant, geeks are more coherent and active than they might otherwise be.

    Barack Obama has become the Prince Caspian of the iPhone hordes. They honor him with videos and posters that combine aesthetic mastery with unabashed hero-worship. People in the 1950s used to earnestly debate the role of the intellectual in modern politics. But the Lionel Trilling authority-figure has been displaced by the mass class of blog-writing culture producers.

    So, in a relatively short period of time, the social structure has flipped. For as it is written, the last shall be first and the geek shall inherit the earth.

  12. P.S. – Get the new Death Cab for Cutie CD and you’ll understand.

  13. No, Klute, it’s true; only people who vote for iPhones want Obama. McCain is the real salt of the earth, because he’s certainly not some kind of rich white elitist like Barack who was fed via food stamps on a silver spoon in his mortgaged ivory tower in the Chicago housing projects.

    We should pack up and go home, let the real Americans elect McCain so he can support the hell out of the troops by patriotically privatizing their healthcare.

    I mean sure Bush’s approval ratings are in the toilet and everyone who isn’t a chickenhawk or a lunatic wants this war to end within their lifetimes, but you know who ELSE was unpopular during his time? That’s right.

    JESUS

  14. Barack never lived in the Chicago housing projects. His mom was from Kansas and he lived the majority of his childhood in Hawaii. From the historical accounts of his upbringing, particularly after his mother moved to Indonesia, he lived a fairly middle-class life with his grandparents where he attended a very exclusive and private prep high school.

    I would put McCain’s life and adversity against Barry Obama any day.

    Barry’s story of a mother who chooses men poorly and would rather live in another country to study the civilization than raise the son she gave life to, just doesn’t qualify as the poor black child from the ghetto raised by a white teen mother.

  15. And if everything we already know isn’t enough…this from today’s WSJ Political Diary:

    How High Can Tax Rates Go?

    Tax rates under a Barack Obama presidency are expected to rise to as high as 52.2% when combining the income-tax increase the candidate supports and his proposed elimination of the payroll tax cap. These would be the highest rates since the late 1970s, when the economy went haywire. “That’s a frightening proposition, especially when the rest of the world is cutting tax rates,” says Jim Carter, chief economist on the Senate Budget Committee’s minority staff.

    Now a new study by the Congressional Budget Office suggests that rates would have to go even higher if entitlement spending isn’t reined in. The report, which was requested by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, finds that the top rate of personal income tax would have to rise to 88% from 35% to pay all the nation’s bills. Even the lowest tax rate would have to more than double. This is the price we pay for running up unfunded liabilities in Medicare and Social Security.

    Faster economic growth would help ease the burden of these long-term costs, but if tax rates are raised, economic growth will slow. That’s the point of Mr. Ryan’s inquiry. If we don’t get serious about reforming health care programs and Social Security, Democrats will argue that only super-sized tax hikes will solve the problem.

    Ryan Ellis of the American Shareholders Association states the obvious when he says that income-tax rates of 88% are a surefire way to create a massive outflow of capital away from the U.S.

    — Stephen Moore

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