Politics: November 2007 Archives

Post-Debate Spin Room

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Quick can through the spin room. You can see people holding up signs for candidates (and others). The platform off to the right was where CNN Live broadcasted from. Rep. Peter King was on before me.


Pre-Debate Press Room

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Quick walk through the press room.

Pre-Debate Protestors

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Protestors against Republicans, Bush, war, homelessness, etc.

More Pre-Debate

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View of the hall, interview with Keith Kerr, and a Chuck Norris sighting.

Pre-Debate Stuff

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Interviews and footage before the debate. Video by roblimo.

Gay General Not a Hillary Plant

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My wife told me that someone on TV was saying that he was being told Brigadier General Keith Kerr was a plant from the Hillary campaign.

So, I asked him. He said no.


Debate Venue Tour

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Tour of the venue for tonights debate.

Tour of CNN Tour Bus

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It's long, but mostly interesting.

In the Hotel

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Just chillin'.

Headed to the Debate

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I hate travelling.

Anderson Cooper Doing a 360

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Yes, AC, it WAS good video.

A couple of weeks ago I got an e-mail from Steve Grove, who works on the News & Politics section on YouTube. He's the face of "Citizen Tube."

I had submitted some questions to the GOP candidates for the upcoming YouTube/CNN/GOP debate, and he liked them, and also liked some of the songs I'd put up on my YouTube channel. Out of the blue, he asked me about writing a song about the GOP candidates and the debate. That night I jotted down some lyrics and had a tune in my head, and the next night I recorded it.

Well, he liked it, and said he'd feature it on YouTube. Then he invited me to actually come to the debate, and do videos from there. I said yes, so YouTube is flying me out to St. Petersburg, Florida, for the debate.

I'll be posting junk on my YouTube page.

I also set up a playlist for the videos I'm making related to the debate.

I don't know if I will be on TV. But regardless, the debate will be on CNN at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific, on Wednesday, November 28, and the aftermath will be posted on YouTube. slashdot.org

More Stupidity on Impeachment

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I was just looking over some of Dennis Kucinich's stuff on impeachment.

I've never seen a rational article on impeachment against Bush or Cheney. And that has not changed.

Here's some of what Kucinich accuses Cheney of:

purposely manipulating intelligence to fabricate a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction in order to justify an attack on Iraq

No evidence.

deceiving Congress about an alleged relationship between Iraq and al-Qaida

No evidence.

threatening aggression against the Republic of Iran, absent any real threat to the United States

That never happened. No aggression was ever threatened against Iran.

This article in the Seattle P-I adds more ideas:

illegal war, in violation of both international treaty and the Constitution;

It was in violation of neither. And further, Congress gave Bush the authority to do it. Congress impeaching the President for exercising authority granted by the Congress is inexcusably stupid.

widespread domestic wiretapping in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a felony. Bush already has admitted to this;

This is a dispute over whether FISA constitutionally limited the authority of the President, and can only properly be adjudicated by the Supreme Court. To impeach on these grounds would be a serious violation of separation of powers.

condoning torture in violation of federal laws and international treaties;

No evidence.

rescinding habeas corpus, the cornerstone of Western law since the Magna Carta;

That never happened, in fact. Only statutory habeas corpus was rescinded, and only for alien unlawful enemy combatants. It's absolute idiocy to say that a plain old law that granted rights cannot be rescinded.

And besides, Congress did this, not the President!

obstruction of justice regarding U.S. attorney firings;

No evidence.

subversion of the Constitution

No evidence.

abuse of signing statements

As they have no legal force, and are not mentioned by the Constitution, this would be a stupid thing to impeach over. That's like saying you should impeach the President for watching baseball.

and rescinding habeas corpus.

You already said that.

She goes on:

It's astounding that our representatives to Congress carry on with business as usual knowing that Americans lack habeas corpus and a working code of law.

It's astounding to me that the P-I would publish a column by someone claiming that any American lacks any habeas corpus (including stautory habeas corpus). slashdot.org

You Forgot Ron Paul!

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Many people accused me of leaving Ron Paul out of my "GOP Debate Song" (which has over 325K views this week ... yeesh!).

Except, I didn't leave him out. He was in there just like all the rest. You can even see his picture in the second version of the video that I did.

This, along with other similar experience of Ron Paul fans complaining about Paul being excluded (sometimes with merit, sometimes without) led me to write "You Forgot Ron Paul."

You may also wish to check out the outtakes from the Ron Paul Song recording session. slashdot.org

GOP Debate Song

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I've put up two versions of a relatively untitled song I wrote and recorded last weekend. The first is the original live version, and the second puts other video images to the same music.

The first video is now up on the front page of YouTube as the top "featured video."

Enjoy! slashdot.org

PWP012 Dodd and Obama at the Debate

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Politics with Pudge Episode 12, wherein I call Chris Dodd and Barack Obama on some things they said in the CNN debate a couple of nights ago.


PWP011 My Problems

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Politics with Pudge 11. I pick a fight with Obama and Huckabee.



PWP010 Meaningless Things

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Politics with Pudge Episode 10.


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From This Week last week:

MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: You also said that you would continue the missile defense system that President Bush is hoping to put in Czechoslovakia. This week, president --

SEN. MCCAIN: And Poland.

MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: Sure, Poland. This week, President Putin said that will be like the Cuban Missile Crisis all over again.

Why, oh why, do They always forget Poland? slashdot.org
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