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June 30, 2008

Daily Trivia

Filed under: Politics — CPav @ 7:10 am
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I’ve got a bunch of posts coming this week, most political but at least one movie review, maybe more (depending on if I get to see Wanted this week), but I wanted to pass on the following while I’m thinking of it.

I’ve taken advantage of to create a daily trivia tournament. Nothing at stake but bragging rights, but it’s free and fun. Please join us and see how you do against the PavCo braintrust.

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The 300 Project: 9/11


June 16, 2008

Leaving Iraq May not be Up to Us

Filed under: Politics — CPav @ 11:11 pm
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Much has been made this campaign season, indeed the last couple, back to the midterms, about how long the US should keep forces in Iraq. From John McCain’s “Hundred Years” to the depiction of Obama as wanting to cut and run, it’s one of the true wedge points between the two candidates.

But the ultimate decision may not be up to either candidate. The current administration is attempting to negotiate a Status of Forces agreement with the Iraqi government, which would “provide a legal basis for the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq after the UN mandate expires at the end of the year.” (USA Today, 6/13)

Unfortunately (for the Bushies), the USA Today article linked above also points out that the two governments are at loggerheads over provisions in the agreement which the Iraqis feel impinges upon their sovereignty.

McClatchy reported that the Iraqis might actually ask the US to leave if an agreement can’t be reached by that time.
The 300 Project: 8/116

ONYD: John McCain and Judges

Filed under: Politics — CPav @ 10:51 pm
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John McCain can’t seem to keep his stances straight. First, he meets with former Hillary Clinton supporters and tells them he supported Bill Clinton’s Supreme Court nominees Ginsberg and Breyer, then turns around and tells a Virtual Town Hall that he wouldn’t have selected Ginsberg or Breyer.\

And, in that same town hall, designed to woo former Clintonistas, McCain spoke out against Roe v. Wade and abortion, and in support of conservative Supreme Court nominations.

Uh, Senator? To get their support, you’re supposed to tell them what they want to hear.

The Virtual Town Hall article also speaks to the differences between the McCain who earned a reputation as a maverick reformer in the 2000 campaign and today’s model, who kowtows to the Republican right, even when he’s trying to convert centrist Democrats.
The 300 Project: 7/115

The Republican Presidential Candidate?

Filed under: Politics — CPav @ 10:34 pm
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This could have gone with the previous post, but I found them interesting enough that I wanted to set them apart.

Evidently, there is a theory making the rounds, which is strangely believable, which says that John McCain will not be the Republican presidential candidate. It goes something like this:

The Republican Party realizes that McCain can’t beat Obama in November. They don’t like losing, and will do anything they can to avoid losing. Even history is against him. They will use the McCain candidacy to chip away at Obama, then, prior to the Republican Convention, McCain will withdraw from the race, probably for health purposes. This will lead to a wide-open convention, and a new candidate to energize the party with only two months to go to the election.

Steve Rosenbaum lays out the scenario, and Frank Dwyer contributes a somewhat compelling name for his replacement (at least if you’re a Republican).

Could be an interesting summer and fall.
The 300 Project: 6/114

The New Would-be President, Same as the Old Would-be President

Filed under: Politics — CPav @ 10:11 pm
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Anyone questioning whether or not John McCain represents a continuation of George W. Bush’s presidency, despite his claims of being a maverick and a reformer need only look at some of the recent pronouncements coming out of the Senator’s campaign:

  • According to the Threat Level blog, after a lawyer for the campaign said that McCain’s would favor stricter rules for telecom companies cooperating with the government’s warrantless wiretapping program and that the companies should apologize for breaking any laws as a condition of amnesty, another campaign spokesman then came out and said that the companies had nothing to apologize for and, in fact, McCain would rely on the same broad belief in the President’s unlimited powers as the Bush Administration currently claims.
  • The Carpetbagger Report runs down a list of things that McCain has been confused about. The McCain camp sees any suggestion that McCain doesn’t get something, or is confused about something, as a shot at his age. They don’t seem to get that it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t get things right because of his age, or because he was a poor student, or because he just doesn’t care. What really matters is that he doesn’t get them right.
  • John and Cindy McCain are evidently hit by the credit crunch just like the rest of us; The Huffington Post reports on an article in The Hill blog regarding the McCains’ debt. The fact that they owe more than many of us make over the course of multiple years, and that Mrs. McCain’s American Express card has a 0% balance and evidently doesn’t require her to pay it off is meaningless. They can, to paraphrase a prior President, feel our pain.
  • Like the current President, there appear to be some holes and discrepancies in Senator McCain’s much-lauded military record. Jeffrey Klein runs down many of them on HuffPo
  • Salon discusses the McCains’ method of manipulating the media to turn negative stories to their benefit. They use Cindy McCain’s admission of ongoing drug addiction — including stealing drugs from her own medical relief foundation — as the overriding example of the story.


The 300 Project: 5/113

Movie Review – The Incredible Hulk

Hi, gang. I’m back, and hope to put up a number of posts tonight to catch up on some of the things I’ve been archiving for the last week or so.

Up first is a review of the latest of the superhero movies for the summer, The Incredible Hulk. I’ve got to start off with something of a confession; I’ve never seen Ang Lee’s version of Hulk, starring Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, and Sam Shepard. I’ve never been a huge Hulk fan, except for a relatively brief time when the comics were being written by my then-favorite writer, Peter David, and the movie was so largely panned, I never got around to seeing it.

It doesn’t much matter, of course, as that effort covered the basics of the Hulk legend: Bruce Banner, a research scientist, is accidently exposed to massive levels of gamma radiation, transforming him into a seven-foot tall, rampaging monster when he gets too excited (usually in anger). The new movie covers this ground under the credits, in addition to his romance with fellow researcher Betty Ross, and the relentless pursuit of Banner’s alter-ego by Betty’s father, General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross.

This movie opens some time after the end of the first, with Banner living underground and doing scut work in a factory in South America. He’s living under cover, learning martial arts as a way of controlling his body to keep the Hulk at bay. When the Gen. Ross discovers his whereabouts, he sends in a specialized hit squad led by Emil Blonsky in to capture Banner. Upon his eventual return to the United States, Banner is reunited with Betty, and forced to fight not only Ross and his squad, but also a newer, bigger foe, known as the Abomination.

The cast of the movie is very good, with Edward Norton and Liv Tyler providing repressed emotion and soulful glances as Bruce and Betty. Norton in particular seems to withdraw into himself, portraying the effort of keeping his emotions and, with them, the Hulk, inside. William Hurt appears more imposing than he usually does, with a bull’s neck poking out from his military uniform and his chin jutting imperiously. Tim Roth, as Emil Blonsky, offers an alternate form of contained aggression. The special effects are good. The Hulk looks more realistic than what little bit I saw of him in clips of the earlier film, and the Abomination matches him for power. The story, such as it is, is basic, and doesn’t really advance the overall storyline in particular, other than providing Hulk with a worthy adversary.

All in all, it’s an okay summer movie. It wasn’t a waste of time or money, but it won’t be among my favorites (I hope) by the time Autumn rolls around.



The 300 Project: 4/112

June 1, 2008

Michigan and Florida, Re-Resolved

On Face the Nation just now, Senator Carl Levin from Michigan just claimed that both Clinton and Obama have indicated to Michigan that once either is officially the nominee, they’ll make sure that Michigan and Florida get full representation at the Democratic Convention.

Bob Schieffer has also called Mandy Grunwald on the Clinton campaign not counting caucus states, and changing the rules midstream, and spoke to Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell about the campaign endgame.

Video will be available on the Face the Nation website later today.
The 300 Project: 3/111

Harold Ickes, Meet the Press

Filed under: Politics — CPav @ 9:34 am
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Clinton campaign adviser Harold Ickes appeared this morning on Meet the Press, where Tim Russert finally asked the Clinton campaign how they can justify continually claiming that they’re leading in the popular vote. Ickes’ response repeatedly was “We’re using the AP numbers,” which evidently include the Michigan vote (where Clinton was on the ballot and Obama wasn’t), while not counting the caucus state votes, which Obama won handily.

Other than that, Ickes’ appearance was notable for his utter lack of answers to direct questions, further painting the Clinton campaign as arrogant and smug and willing to change the rules midstream, as long as it benefits their own interests.

The program will be rebroadcast at 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. (ET) on MSNBC. Video and transcripts will be available on the MTP website.
The 300 Project: 2/110

Questioning the Value of Candidates’ Boots on the Ground

Filed under: Politics — CPav @ 9:23 am
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CNN’s Michael Ware comments on the McCain claim that Obama is at a disadvantage because he’s only been to Iraq once in the video below. Ware also comments on whether or not politicians’ visits to Iraq actually give them an accurate view of exactly what’s going on.

The 300 Project: 1/109

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