Jimmy Carter almost Endorses Obama

Jimmy Carter, who I consider our last great President, but I know other here are not such huge fans.  Carter never got along with the Clintons too well.  Anyway he said in Nigeria yesterday:

"We are very interested in the primaries. Don't forget that Obama won in my state of Georgia. My town which is home to 625 people is for Obama, my children and their spouses are pro- Obama.
My grandchildren are also pro- Obama. As a Super Delegate, I would not disclose who I am rooting for but I leave you to make that guess.  

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Hillary's Kobyashi Maru

The 60's. Those were the days. Classic Trek. Kubrick's 2001. Armstrong actually walking on lunar soil, thanks to a liberal political figure committing his nation to the goal of landing a man on the moon and returning safely by the end of the decade.

Naturally, blood had to be spilled along the way. Change never comes easy. Or without cost.

As a kid growing up in white suburbia, I was drawn to anything sci-fi related, especially if it had anything to do with the future or space travel. It wasn't long before I was also drawn to like-minded people, who believed in multi-cultural societies that all got along working for the benefit of each other.

I didn't know it back then, but already I was a dyed-in-the-wool liberal to the core. We didn't have the internet to communicate with kindred souls, nor were the terms "liberal" and "conservative" tossed around to define which side one stood on. The divisions in those days were much starker, as in "black " and "white" as well as "young" and "old".

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What's Happening In East Timor & Why It Matters

The Nobel prize-winning president of East Timor, Jose Ramos-Horta, is in critical condition, breathing on a ventilator.  Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao survived an attempted coup against him and Ramos-Horta. Ramos-Horta was shot in the back of the head and the stomach...  Now Gusmao has declared a 48 hour state of emergency.

Rebel leader Major Alfredo Reinado and another insurgent are dead.

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A View From The Trenches

Over thirty years ago, before I was about to vote for the first time, I picked up a book written by a true American original, Harlan Ellison. The book was titled PAINGOD AND OTHER DELUSIONS, and Harlan had written an introduction that included the following passage:

Understand something: I am not a humanitarian. I distrust selfless philanthropists and doers of good deeds. When you discover the black natives of Lamborene hated Schweitzer, you begin to suspect noble individuals have some secret need to be loved, to look good in others' eyes, to succor themselves or dissipate their guilts with benevolent gestures. Rather than the sanctimonious bullshit of politicians about "the good people of the fair state" I would joyously vote for any candidate who had the courage to stand up and say, "Look, I'm going to steal from you. I'm going to line my pockets and those of my friends, but I'm not going to steal too much. But in the deal I'll give you better roads, safer schools, better education and a happier condition of life. I'm not going to do it out of compassion or dedication to the good people of this fair state; I'm going to do it because if I do these things, you'll elect me again and I can steal a little bit more." That joker has my vote, no arguments.

Harlan then went on to explain how he was snookered by both Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern when they ran for the President.

I considered Harlan's words when I voted for the first time, casting my ballot for Jimmy Carter, fully believing his promises to change the tone of Washington. Considering he was supposed to lead us out of the darkness that was the Watergate era, that was a tall order, but still a lot of people clung to the hope that he would deliver as promised.

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Jimmy Carter 'Titillated' by Obama

Former President Jimmy Carter isn't going to make a formal endorsment in this election, but it's clear where his heart lies.

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