Archive | September 2008

SuperSpade Quick Notes Summary for 2008-09-30

  • @sarahkatheryn CNN & CSPAN are doing a good job using Twitter at least. #
  • @sarahkatheryn Take online action offline by giving people scalable action steps where the word-of-mouth that happened online continues off. #

SuperSpade Quick Notes Summary for 2008-09-29

  • Barack scared me in the debate when he said: “I believe the Republican Guard of Iran is a terrorist organization.” http://is.gd/3drb #
  • Barack scared me in the debate when called Venezuela a “rogue state”. Have you ever heard him say that before? http://is.gd/3drb #
  • Barack scared me in the debate when he said the “threat of a nucler Iran to the US” threatened Israel (no mention of US). http://is.gd/3drb #
  • Dems scare me talking up war in Afghanistan/Pakistan as acceptable because “that’s who hit us on 9/11″. Weren’t most of the hijackers Saudi? #
  • Rtwt @betterpoints: BETTER Talking Point: The Bailout http://is.gd/3ihl #
  • @jgilliam good catch. I guess Fundies hate Godless markets. #
  • Why I think Obama lost the debate :-( http://tinyurl.com/54x9j4 #

The Republican quad-fecta

Today, the Democrats managed a quad-fecta (I just made that word up) by creating a space for Republicans to vote against the bail out which allowed them to simultaneously be,

  1. Anti-Bush and make it popular for Republicans to run against Bush economic policies
  2. Appear on the side of the people and seem more populist than Democrats
  3. Republicans can remain stalwarts of the free-market, less regulation ideology that got us in this mess in the first place
  4. Republicans can run against Wall St. which is something I would never see in my lifetime.

I don’t like this bill and the lack of protections for homeowners but if Pelosi felt that she had to do it, why didn’t she tell Bush that she wouldn’t put it up for vote until she secured a certain number of votes from Republicans? And why in the world is the media not hounding McCain for claiming that his presence helped seal the deal when we don’t have a deal!! That is not the type of leadership America needs. Make sure you get out and vote.

Stay up fam,

Brandon Q.

5 Reasons Why Barack Lost the 1st Debate

I co-hosted a Debate Party on Friday night that doubled as a Fundraiser for Barack Obama. The party was fun, the food was delicious, and the people I watched the debate with, including the Bus Chick & people from YES! Magazine and Reclaim the Media, couldn’t have been cooler.

What could have been better was my candidate’s performance. Here’s why this debate was a lost opportunity:

  1. Too much agreement
  2. Posturing on Pakistan & Afghanistan
  3. Nuclear Iran only posing a threat to Israel
  4. Iran’s army is a terrorist organization
  5. Venezuela is a rogue nation

(All the references I make here can be seen in the Debate Transcript, courtesy of the New York Times.)

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SuperSpade Quick Notes Summary for 2008-09-27

  • McCain is ENERGY ILLITERATE. As a lifelong Republican, I’m supporting Obama. – Matt Simmons, contributor, Cheney Energy Plan, in Fortune mag #

SuperSpade Quick Notes Summary for 2008-09-26

  • The Dems may actually suprise me and not fold on this #bailout garbage. If they hold, they can ride it all the way to November. #
  • @betterpoints Will either candidate successfully reframe the #bailout in terms of foreign policy/national security? #
  • @AroundHarlem My alternative bailout plan: restitution for slavery. Just a thought… https://twitter.com/superspade/statuses/934763576#
  • The Fortune with Paulson on the cover has a piece by Geoff Colvin http://is.gd/2LeG that resurrects the ‘mental rcession’ meme. Wow. #
  • The 29 Sep 2008 Fortune has a Special Advertising Section for Students in Free Enterprise that has a fancy AIG ad touting their “strength”.♠ #
  • @karsh WaMu buyout is done http://is.gd/3beF I officially want a new bank. Maybe we should all go the Credit Union route. #
  • @antibullshit Sadly, some (especially Black folks) are so afraid of critiquing Obama that nuances of his policies (not rhetoric) get ignored #
  • @nezua c-span.org? #
  • non-TV people can watch the debate online courtesy of @theyoungturks http://www.theyoungturks.com. #
  • @ruby I got that text just now. What’s with the CNN endorsement? #
  • Wow. WaMu CEO, on the job a mere 17 days before the bank failed, got $20M golden parachute. http://is.gd/3b4g (yes, that is a FOX News link) #
  • Customers thought putting $ under the bed was safer than in a WaMu account. People withdrew $16.7B since 17 Sep, speeding up the meltdown. #
  • @barackobama just sent me a new text message saying that I could watch the debate on whatever channel I want. I feel so liberated. #
  • Why is no one in the #bailout debate talking about regulating ratings agencies that blessed those worthless mortgage-backed securities? #

SuperSpade Quick Notes Summary for 2008-09-25

  • Let’s talk reparations. We should have at least $300B to pay restitution for slavery, right? I mean, we got $700B just idly sitting around ♠ #
  • @randomdeanna Support the Progressive. Businesses with solid politics need all the biz they can get. #

Financial madness

First off I want to say Happy Birthday to my partner in crime…Mr. Garlin Gilchrist II.

This current crisis reminds me of something Bill Maher said, (I am paraphrasing) “Conservatives have the easiest job in the world because when they mess up doing things like governing, they can claim that government itself is the problem and whatever they planned to do wasn’t supposed to work anyways.” So now you have Democrats bending over backwards to make this deal work with House Republicans posturing against the bill.

And here is the problem, people keep saying that this bill is going to end up with a nice return for taxpayers right? If that was the case, then shouldn’t someone in the free market see this gem and buy it up so that taxpayers don’t have endure this socialism for the rich? What’s more is that if Obama said he wanted to invest $100 billion in education, conservatives would cry, “We already spent $700 billion on bailing out Wall Street and we can’t just throw away taxpayer money.” And a bold Democrat would respond by saying, “Wait, you just robbed taxpayers of a trillion dollars because businesses were too big to fail but we can definitely afford to let our children down in the form of disinvesting in education. And if money is not the cure all for whatever the issue, why does this logic apply to Wall St. and not education?”

Seriously, if there was ever anything that would prove a guaranteed return on investment, wouldn’t it be investing in education? Your money is where your heart is.

Stay up fam,

Brandon Q.

SuperSpade Quick Notes Summary for 2008-09-24

  • http://twitpic.com/cwl4 – Now, this is what I think of when I hear the phrase "Welfare Queen". #
  • Sadly, all the Democrats that voted for the Bankruptcy Bill a couple years ago are going to vote for this bailout proposal. #
  • This economic drama now has Obama up 5 points in MI. He can ride this to the White House if he stands his ground. #
  • @nezua Peep, I took a step towards that, creating BETTER Talking Points http://is.gd/34EJ so we can talk like Progressives without fear. #
  • Rtwt @betterpoints: BETTER Talking Points (BTP) is live at http://www.bettertalkingpoints.com Start talking like a real Progressive. #
  • @nezua That’s all me man. Well, technically it’s all my company, @optech. Thanks for the love. Spread the word for me! #
  • @nezua Don’t spread the word for OpTech; spread the word for @betterpoints. We both want liberal/progressive ideas to be shared w/o fear. #
  • @slanttruth Thanks my friend. Tell your folks to follow @betterpoints and visit the site! http://www.bettertalkingpoints.com #

SuperSpade Quick Notes Summary for 2008-09-23

  • Senator Bernie Sanders: “Institutions that are too big to fail are too big to exist.” Amen. #
  • New post at The SuperSpade: My thoughts on the financial meltdown ( http://tinyurl.com/4fhnkq ) #
  • New post at The SuperSpade: Debunking the racism survey ( http://tinyurl.com/46ykfr ) #
  • Obama must go to DC & tell these cowardly Dems to stand tall against this bailout bullsh!t & that he’ll back them. Otherwise, they’ll cave. #
  • New post at The SuperSpade: More thoughts on the financial crisis ( http://tinyurl.com/3r8rcs ) #
  • New post at The SuperSpade: My thoughts on the financial meltdown ( http://tinyurl.com/4fhnkq ) #
  • What farm is this bailout money being grown on? Oh, right, the same one in China where we grow all the rest of our money. #
  • We knew Conservatives hated government enough to take it over & break it. We can now say the same about their approach to financial … #
  • Sign Senator Bernie Sanders’ petition to protect everyday our interests, not those of incompetent banking institutions. http://is.gd/31GU #
  • Does anyone have a link to text/audio (translated) from Ahmadinejad’s UN address? #
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