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Maybe this YouTube will serve as a lash and a spur to Leah, so that she'll reinstall her plugins...

OK, disappearing again. This hit diary inspired by Lord Eschaton.

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since i hit the button and turned away to do something and just heard the music without seeing the screen, I woulda thought that was an early Beatles that I had somehow managed to miss.

Sounds like a cross between "Please Please Me" and "All My Lovin'" or at least from that general period. Didn't realize who it was until they got to the "kids are all right' line.

(call the Home and reserve my room wouldja? I am clearly too old for this shit.)

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Ton Hayden's son Troy:

I wish, that for one moment, these baby boomers would turn off the arrogant noise in their searching heads and listen. Look and listen to the changing fabric of this country. In the midst of dark times an incredibly beautiful spirit is awakening. A spirit that we were told about by you, our parents. A spirit that so many fought for. It was a dream for you, an idea that you almost attained before it was violently taken away. That dream has matured, it has come full circle, it walks with your children. In fact, this is no longer a dream but an actual happening. I hope you see your self in this new spirit.

Caroline Kennedy today in her endosrsement of Obama "A President Like My Father":

I have spent the past five years working in the New York City public schools and have three teenage children of my own. There is a generation coming of age that is hopeful, hard-working, innovative and imaginative. But too many of them are also hopeless, defeated and disengaged. As parents, we have a responsibility to help our children to believe in themselves and in their power to shape their future. Senator Obama is inspiring my children, my parents’ grandchildren, with that sense of possibility.


I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans.

Yeah the kids are alright.

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Submitted by bringiton on

If you’re going to trot out the names of icons, markg8, please spell them correctly.

My interest in hearing the opinions of the children of people I respect is only just slightly less than my interest in seeing their vacation pictures or hearing about their thoughts on childrearing or restaurants – which is to say, not much.

Far more persuasive would be hearing Obama articulate his positions for himself, in his own words, without you or other people’s children speaking for him. Obama is an, ahem, articulate fellow; surely if he wanted to, he could be clear on:

Much of the American government has been occupied by criminals for the last seven years. What will Obama do to investigate, prosecute and punish them?

For 40 years there has been a steady effort to usurp the natural-born rights and liberties of American citizens. What will Obama do to stop these efforts and remove from the law all such attempts?

For the last 40 years the policy of government has been to shift wealth away from 99% of Americans and concentrate it in the hands of 1%. This economic disparity is a threat to the peace and tranquility of the nation; it is the stuff of revolution. What specific policies will Obama implement to reverse this economic inequality?

That’ll do for a start. Not being young any longer, perhaps I am overly cynical about the prospects associated with promises of “hope” for change without substantive, concrete plans to realize it; perhaps not.

Why would people who are supposedly angry about what’s been happening to our country be willing to settle for platitudes and vague promises? Why would anyone concerned with the welfare of the great mass of Americans be taken in by Obama’s DLC rhetoric rather than support someone like Edwards who at least has promised to stand up to the corporate fat-cat interests?

Spare me the stories of what somebody’s child is thinking. I don’t actually want to hear what anyone else thinks that Obama is thinking. The only thing I want to hear is what Obama himself is thinking, and I only want to hear it in his own words.

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You'll notice lmabert obove says "This hit diary inspired by Lord Eschaton."

What Duncan is referring to is the kids who once again turned out in droves to not only vote but organize and canvass for Obama in SC despite all the doubters.

So I thought I'd post something by those "kids" (I'm 52). But if you like here's something by Tom Hayden himself. Can't take the way he sings but I love to hear him talk.

I leave you with the bottom part. Read the whole thing. He says some nice things about Hillary and Edwards too.

"I have been devastated by too many tragedies and betrayals over the past 40 years to ever again deposit so much hope in any single individual, no matter how charismatic or brilliant. But today I see across the generational divide the spirit, excitement, energy and creativity of a new generation bidding to displace the old ways. Obama's moment is their moment, and I pray that they succeed without the sufferings and betrayals my generation went through. There really is no comparison between the Obama generation and those who would come to power with Hillary Clinton, and I suspect she knows it. The people she would take into her administration may have been reformers and idealists in their youth, but they seem to seek now a return to their establishment positions of power. They are the sorts of people young Hillary Clinton herself would have scorned at Wellesley. If history is any guide, the new "best and brightest" of the Obama generation will unleash a new cycle of activism, reform and fresh thinking before they follow pragmatism to its dead end.

Many ordinary Americans will take a transformative step down the long road to the Rainbow Covenant if Obama wins. For at least a brief moment, people around the world -- from the shantytowns to the sweatshops, even to the restless rich of the Sixties generation -- will look up from the treadmills of their shrunken lives to the possibilities of what life still might be. Environmental justice and global economic hope would dawn as possibilities.

Is Barack the one we have been waiting for? Or is it the other way around? Are we the people we have been waiting for? Barack Obama is giving voice and space to an awakening beyond his wildest expectations, a social force that may lead him far beyond his modest policy agend. Such movements in the past led the Kennedys and Franklin Roosevelt to achievements they never contemplated. [As Gandhi once said of India's liberation movement, "There go my people. I must follow them, for I am their leader."]

We are in a precious moment where caution must yield to courage. It is better to fail at the quest for greatness than to accept our planet's future as only a reliving of the past.

So I endorse the movement that Barack Obama has inspired and will support his candidacy in the inevitable storms ahead."

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Submitted by bringiton on

Not speaking for anyone other than myself but for the umpteenth time, no interest in what random people have to say - just Obama. No point in continuing to copy and paste big honking screeds of text unless they are Obama's words and directly responsive to the issues raised here.

Can't be any clearer than that. Don't give a damn about what anybody else has to say about what they "feel" about Obama; don't care. This is not a parade, no interest in just getting in line and marching along shouting Huzza! because other people think he's so cool.

Already read the books. Read the site. Read his speeches. Heard him speak. None of it adresses the questions asked by me and others at this site, and these are the questions that need answering. No more about hope and embracing and reaching and all that namby-pamby cuddly stuff; I'm not looking for a new BFF.

Just because Hayden's gone all soft and mushy in his old age is no reason to think everyone else is similarly afflicted. I want to hear about how Obama's going to fix what's wrong, nuts and bolts, and how he's tough and mean and nasty and hard-ass enough to get 'er done.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

say it like they say "damn" wherever you live in the world.

...i don't know why but that made me laugh out loud, BIO. although, i'm the last person to correct someone's spelling, even when they don't make a strong point. mah finners are too traitorous for that type of pride.

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So I can't answer for him. In answer to your first question I hope he'll nominate John Edwards for AG. Besides convicting the Republican criminals of the last 7 years he can go a long way toward rolling back
the usurpation of power of the last 40 years and Rove's politicization of government.

Obama will be in DC today for the Kennedy family endorsement and to stand by Dodd on the FISA bill. So will Hillary. Won't matter a bit unless we get Rockefeller or one of the other weak Dem senators to side with us.

If you want vast changes you have to elect a president with a huge mandate for change. Edwards can't win that mandate, and Hillary with her dirty tactics, race baiting, vote suppression isn't even trying to win one.

Submitted by lambert on

You don't get a mandate by being charismatic and asking for "change," because when push comes to shove, "change" is going to mean different things to different people. It's like claiming that the President of Kazachstan got a mandate because he 99% of the population voted Yes to his leadship in a referendum.

And I do applaud the Obama camp for leveraging Hillary Hatred into a narrative that converts normal campaigning into a Teh Evilist Candidate Evah More Than Nixon, and I do appreciate how endless repetition, trollish by you guys makes charges stick, and it's all just business, but sheesh, stop the whining, wouldja? In my book, encouraging Republicans to choose the Democratic nominee in a Democratic primary is about as dirty as you can get.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.