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

October 18, 2008

Reason #108

Indulge me in worshipping the cuteness of my niece.

Seriously though…  If her insane adorability isn’t enough to convince you to vote for Obama, think about what kind of world our kids will be living in under a McCain-Palin administration.  I want this beautiful baby to have a clean environment.  I want her to have equal pay and reproductive justice.  I don’t want her to go off to fight some stupid war that never ends.  I want her to grow up in a country where we value freedom and civil liberties.

McCain-Palin are going to take us down a very dark road if they manage to win this thing, and I don’t want to have to explain to my kids that I let it happen.

September 23, 2008

Reason #105

Filed under: Out of Touch,Sellout,The Environment — btboondoggle @ 1:19 am

Let’s compare their carbon footprints…  Barack Obama = Gecko, John McCain = Tyrannosaurus Rex. It’s clear who’s committed to a sustainable environmental policy for America, and who needs to “Drill baby, drill” in order to fill their 11+ gas tanks!

Original post here.

September 12, 2008

Reason #99

Filed under: Animal Welfare,Palin,The Environment — 300reasons @ 4:45 pm

More to come soon on Sarah Palin’s environmental record.  For now:

September 11, 2008

Reason #98

Oh, how I love Katha Pollitt.

I love her questions for Sarah Palin even more. An excerpt:

§ Suppose your 14-year-old daughter Willow is brutally raped in her bedroom by an intruder. She becomes pregnant and wants an abortion. Could you tell the parents of America why you think your child and their children should be forced by law to have their rapists’ babies?

§ You say you don’t believe global warming is man-made. Could you tell us what scientists you’ve spoken with or read who have led you to that conclusion? What do you think the 2,500 scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are getting wrong?

§ If you didn’t try to fire Wasilla librarian Mary Ellen Baker over her refusal to consider censoring books, why did you try to fire her?

§ What is the European Union, and how does it function?

§ Forty-seven million Americans lack health insurance. John Goodman, who has advised McCain on healthcare, has proposed redefining them as covered because, he says, anyone can get care at an ER. Do you agree with him?

§ What is the function of the Federal Reserve?

§ McCain says cutting earmarks and waste will make up for revenues lost by making the tax cuts permanent. Experts say that won’t wash. Balancing the Bush tax cuts plus new ones proposed by McCain would most likely mean cutting Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. Which would you cut?

§ You’ve suggested that God approves of the Iraq War and the Alaska pipeline. How do you know?

If we could get just one journalist to ask Sarah Palin these questions in a context where she has to answer them. Just one.

Charlie Gibson? No?

Well, I suppose questions about mooseburgers are more important than questions about whether my teenage sister should be forced to have a child if, God forbid, she is raped. I don’t really care about that anyway. Lipstick!

By the way, in case anyone was wondering, the Violence Against Women Office? It’s part of the Department of Justice. Which is part of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. That means the President gets to make the appointments that determine what kind of work the VAWO does.

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say I think Sarah Palin’s views on sexual violence (she also made rape victims pay for their own rape kits when she was mayor) might just be relevant to her decisions about appointments.

Oh, nevermind. Lipstick!

September 10, 2008

Reason #97

As has been mentioned here before, McCain is really damn old. In fact, according to biostatprof:

Using the National Center for Health Statistics Life tables for 2004, I calculate there is a 14% chance that a 72 year old white male will die in the next 4 years.

There are also studies that show that POWs don’t live as long as other people, by the way.

Why does this matter?

Update: Oops! Wrong embed. This is the right one!

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 #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 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.

June 13, 2008

Reason #72

Filed under: Foreign Policy,NAFTA,The Economy,The Environment,Worker's Rights — 300reasons @ 1:48 am

Even after NAFTA has had devastating effects on workers in the US and elsewhere, McCain is pushing against Obama’s proposed changes to the agreement, which would increase environmental and labor protections. He’s also pushing for another trade deal, this time with Columbia.

An AP-Yahoo News poll conducted mostly in April found that most Americans have a negative view of trade agreements.

Of those polled, 64 percent said that increasing trade between the United States and other countries has hurt the economy, while just 22 percent said it has helped. Moreover, 54 percent opposed the federal government negotiating new agreements with other countries, as opposed to 43 percent who favored more agreements, though Republicans tended to be evenly split on the question.

McCain clearly recognizes the public antipathy, particularly in some Midwestern states where the economy is reeling. “They’re hurting there in Ohio,” he told fundraisers in New York earlier this week. “It’s been tough and it’s been hard.”

But McCain has been pushing expanded training and educational programs to help displaced workers prepare for new jobs. And he maintains that without free trade, American businesses would have even more difficulties.

So it’s been tough and hard, and McCain’s solution is to do exactly the same thing (and add a country, for good measure).

That’s not weird green fake smile like rigor mortis setting in change we can believe in.

June 5, 2008

Reason #59

Would you look at that?

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