300 reasons I would vote for used gym socks if it would keep John McCain out of office

June 25, 2008

Reason #84

Filed under: The Environment — 300reasons @ 1:30 am

I came across this scary as all get-out article about global warming by Dr. James Hansen in the Huffington Post today. According to Dr. Hansen:

What is at stake? Warming so far, about two degrees Fahrenheit over land areas, seems almost innocuous, being less than day-to-day weather fluctuations. But more warming is already “in the pipeline,” delayed only by the great inertia of the world ocean. And climate is nearing dangerous tipping points. Elements of a “perfect storm,” a global cataclysm, are assembled.

Climate can reach points such that amplifying feedbacks spur large rapid changes. Arctic sea ice is a current example. Global warming initiated sea ice melt, exposing darker ocean that absorbs more sunlight, melting more ice. As a result, without any additional greenhouse gases, the Arctic soon will be ice-free in the summer.

More ominous tipping points loom. West Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets are vulnerable to even small additional warming. These two-mile-thick behemoths respond slowly at first, but if disintegration gets well under way, it will become unstoppable. Debate among scientists is only about how much sea level would rise by a given date. In my opinion, if emissions follow a business-as-usual scenario, sea level rise of at least two meters is likely within a century. Hundreds of millions of people would become refugees, and no stable shoreline would be reestablished in any time frame that humanity can conceive.

Animal and plant species are already being stressed by climate change. Species can migrate in response to movement of their climatic zone, but some species in polar and alpine regions will be pushed off the planet. As climate zones move farther and faster, climate change will become the primary cause of species extinction. The tipping point for life on the planet will occur when so many interdependent species are lost that ecosystems collapse.

Whatever McCain might say, he is entirely in the pocket of big oil companies, and his attempts to deal with global warming, if he even makes them, will almost certainly be less ambitious than what Obama will undertake. We simply can’t spare four years. We have already passed the point where disaster could have been averted. The only question now is how big that disaster will be. How many refugees will there be? How many species will become extinct? Those numbers will be much higher if we elect John McCain.


June 20, 2008

Reason #83

Filed under: Liar,Racist,War and Peace — 300reasons @ 2:02 am

This video is a bit slow-moving (classical music and text just seem to make a video drag, y’know?) but it makes its point well.

The end of the video, in which McCain admits that he changed his stance on the confederate flag “for ambition” is the most honest I’ve ever seen him. After following all things McCain for a couple of months and researching his past, he seems to me to be someone so driven by ambition and a need for recognition that he has completely lost his ethical bearings. I don’t know that he even has an actual agenda for the presidency, or any firmly held beliefs. He simply wants to be seen by others as powerful.

Reason #82

Filed under: Aboriginal Rights,Liar,The Environment — 300reasons @ 1:46 am

Pardon me, Mr. McCain. It seems your pants are on fire.

Say it with me now: “Straight talk my ass!”

Two days ago John McCain flip-flopped on his previous position against offshore drilling. Today, he is flipping on his previous opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

What’s the trouble with his new stance? Well, first of all, drilling pretty much always carries a risk of contaminating the surrounding environment. In the case of offshore drilling, there is a risk of an oil spill polluting the water. In ANWR, a spill would not only damage wildlife, but destroy the hunting grounds of Native American Indians, who rely on the area for basic sustenance.

Beyond the inherent risks to drilling, McCain’s stance ignores the overwhelming environmental and economic disaster we are about to face if we don’t get our act together and find alternative energy sources. This is very simple: we are going to run out of oil. If we don’t have another form of fuel available by the time the shortages get really bad, there will be (more) wars. This is what happens when there is not enough of a vital natural resource to go around. Basic knowledge of history tells us that. And then there is the problem of global warming, which really does have the capacity to end human life as we know it if we’re not careful. By focusing on extracting every last thimblefull of oil, McCain’s approach completely neglects the real problem, which is our need for alternative energy sources that don’t put carbon into the atmosphere.

Putting aside the basic ethical questions that arise when McCain flips on virtually every issue, his new stance is much worse than his previous stance, and makes his potential presidency a danger to the environment and aboriginal rights.

June 18, 2008

Why I would vote for my cat before I’d vote for John McCain

Filed under: Minimum Wage,Poverty,Things I'd Vote For Before John McCain — 300reasons @ 9:01 pm

My cat is totally cute. She does this awesome thing where she rolls on her back and bats at the air like a maniac. Adorable. Plus, she hasn’t voted against a minimum wage increase even once, let alone on five separate occasions.

Reason #81

Filed under: Reproductive Justice,Sexist,Women's Rights — 300reasons @ 4:58 pm

I have to say, it blows my mind that there are ANY former Clinton voters considering a vote for McCain. I know this group is a tiny minority, but I have a hard time understanding how anyone who really believed in Clinton’s platform could consider a vote for McCain. Likewise for those considering “protest” votes for third party candidates, which are, in effect, a vote for McCain, since they would normally have gone to a Democrat. I’m particularly baffled by former Clinton voters who claim that they want to vote for McCain to protest sexism… What? McCain is incredibly sexist, as is his platform. His presidency would result in disaster for millions of women. True, those women would probably not be white, middle-class women, who could afford a trip to another state for an abortion and wouldn’t be the ones getting bombed. But in my version of feminism, we care about all women.

Reason #80

Filed under: Sexist — 300reasons @ 3:07 am

This is a good one.

Note: This video is NOT work safe, and unless you want to explain to the nice lady at the grocery store why your three-year-old is singing the word “cunt” at the top of his lungs, you might want to wait ’til the kids leave the room.

June 17, 2008

Reason #79

Filed under: Gas Prices,The Environment,War and Peace — 300reasons @ 11:22 pm

This video does a great job of outlining McCain’s links to big oil, and his refusal to make energy companies use their profits to develop alternative energy. Of course, someone this dependent on money from the oil industry would be pretty unlikely to do anything to bring gas prices down, support alternative energy production, or address global warming in a meaningful way.

Reason #78

Filed under: Asshole — 300reasons @ 11:14 pm

Reason #77

Filed under: Uncategorized — 300reasons @ 3:02 am

I’ve changed my mind. I’m shutting down the blog and voting Republican.

June 14, 2008

Reason #76

Filed under: Sexist — 300reasons @ 11:51 pm

According to ABC News, John McCain has accepted more than $300,000 in donations from Clayton Williams—a former gubernatorial candidate in Texas who once said of rape, “As long as it’s inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”

McCain was also planning to hold a fundraiser with Williams, until ABC News found out about the event and questioned McCain’s campaign about it.

McCain has yet to denounce Williams or return the money.

Ugh. I have to go take a shower.

ht Kos

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