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More Layoffs

WASHINGTON – It’s already been a lousy year for workers less than a month into 2009 and there’s no relief in sight. Tens of thousands of fresh layoffs were announced Monday and more companies are expected to cut payrolls in the months ahead.

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The recession, which started in December 2007, and is expected to stretch into this year, has been a job killer. The economy lost 2.6 million jobs last year, the most since 1945. The unemployment rate jumped to 7.2 percent in December, the highest in 16 years, and is expected to keep climbing.

Associated Press

General Motors will lay off 2,000 employees in Michigan and Ohio and halt production at nine U.S. plants over the next six months.

NEW YORK – Pfizer Inc. is buying rival drugmaker Wyeth in a $68 billion deal that will increase its revenue by 50 percent, solidify its No. 1 rank in the troubled industry and transform it from a pure pharmaceutical company into a diversified health care giant.

At the same time, Pfizer announced cost cuts that include slashing more than 8,000 jobs as it prepares for an expected revenue crash when its cholesterol drug Lipitor — the world’s top-selling medicine and source of one-quarter of Pfizer’s revenue — loses patent protection in November 2011.

Associate Press

A word from President Obama:

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says the nation can’t afford “distractions” or “delays” when it comes to the economic stimulus plan working its way through Congress.

Obama pointed to job cuts taking place at companies including Microsoft, Intel, United Airlines and Home Depot. And he said it means more working men and women “whose families have been disrupted and whose dreams have been put on hold.”

Obama told reporters Monday the government owes it to “every American” to act with a “sense of urgency” and “common purpose.”


Talk Me Down!

Barack Obama has chosen Pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.

WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday defended his choice of a popular evangelical minister to deliver the invocation at his inauguration, rejecting criticism that it slights gays. The selection of Pastor Rick Warren brought objections from gay rights advocates, who strongly supported Obama during the election campaign. The advocates are angry over Warren’s backing of a California ballot initiative banning gay marriage. That measure was approved by voters last month.

Associated Press

Did you hear that? It was the sound of my heart dropping.

Why this pastor? Just because he invited Obama to speak at his church? I don’t think that’s a good reason at all.

Pastor Warren, while enjoying a reputation as a moderate based on his affable personality and his church’s engagement on issues like AIDS in Africa, has said that the real difference between James Dobson and himself is one of tone rather than substance. He has recently compared marriage by loving and committed same-sex couples to incest and pedophilia. He has repeated the Religious Right’s big lie that supporters of equality for gay Americans are out to silence pastors. He has called Christians who advance a social gospel Marxists. He is adamantly opposed to women having a legal right to choose an abortion.

People for the American Way

I understand that Obama wants to bring people together and create an atmosphere in which we can disagree without being disagreeable. I want that too! But Warren is not a person who respectfully disagrees with the views and opinions of others. He has compared gay marriage to incest and pedophilia for crying out loud! He has compared abortion to the Holocaust! He supports, promotes and actively campaigns for legalized discrimination and against civil rights. He has made a career of being divisive and he believes that his religious beliefs are the only way to gauge right and wrong, good and bad, moral and immoral.

Rick Warren does not represent unity in any way, shape or form, or by any stretch of the imagination. I am confused and even offended by Obama’s decision to have this man deliver the invocation at his inauguration.

Can anyone talk me down? Should I be talked down?

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Powell: Obama Is Not Muslim

Accusations by McCain supporters that Obama is Muslim have always bothered me, not only because they’re blatantly false, but because of the implication that there is something wrong with being Muslim. Colin Powell’s response reflects my own thoughts on the subject:

“I’m also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the [Republican] Party say… such things as ‘Well, you know that Mr Obama is a Muslim’.

“Well the correct answer is, ‘He’s not a Muslim, he’s a Christian, he’s always been a Christian’. But the really right answer is, “What if he is?’ Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is ‘No’, that’s not America.”

BBC News

Actually, I don’t think Obama was always a Christian. Obama is a Christian whose religious views have evolved in his adult life. In The Audacity of Hope, Obama writes that he “was not raised in a religious household.”

But that’s not the point, is it? The important point made by Colin Powell here is that it shouldn’t matter, and I agree. Those who think it does or should, and who use the term “Muslim” as a slur or insult, only reveal their own ignorance, prejudice and bigotry.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Colin Powell Endorses Obama

This is major!

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Sunday that he will be voting for Sen. Barack Obama, citing the Democrat’s “ability to inspire” and the “inclusive nature of his campaign.”

“He has both style and substance. I think he is a transformational figure,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“Obama displayed a steadiness. Showed intellectual vigor. He has a definitive way of doing business that will do us well,” Powell said.

Powell, a retired U.S. general and a Republican, was once seen as a possible presidential candidate himself.

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Powell served as secretary of state under President Bush from 2001 to 2005.

CNN Politics

I think this is really good news for Obama!


Obama’s Potentate Flag

This is absolutely priceless!

Bob Grant, the so-called King of Talk Radio, wins the prize for making the all-time stupidest comment about Barack Obama:

[D]id you notice Obama is not content with just having several American flags, plain old American flags with the 50 states represented by 50 stars? He has the ‘O’ flag. And that’s what that ‘O’ is. That’s what that ‘O’ is. Just like he did with the plane he was using. He had the flag painted over, and the ‘O’ for Obama. Now, these are symptom — these things are symptomatic of a person who would like to be a potentate — a dictator

Air America Radio

Now this is symptomatic of the desperate and pathetic scrambling to vilify Obama which currently appears to be a hallmark of the right.

Hey, Bob! He was in Ohio, and standing in front of the Ohio state flag.

I wonder if Bob has sense enough to be embarrassed, and I wonder if he’ll apologize.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Lipstick Smears

Boy, the Obama haters are getting desperate!

Obama says, “You can put lipstick on a pig and it’s still a pig.”

This is obviously a sexist remark directed at Sarah Palin. What else could it possibly be?

I’m actually starting to feel embarrassed for these people. They’re grasping at straws here. The phrase “lipstick on a pig” is probably older than Obama and Palin combined (although possibly not McCain). It’s a common turn of phrase used by politicians of all varieties. As a matter of fact, John McCain spoke those exact same words when referring to Hillary Clinton’s health care plan:

There was one glaring problem with the argument: McCain himself used the exact same phrase to describe Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health care plan just last year. “I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” McCain said in October of 2007, describing Clinton’s universal health care plan when she was running in the Democratic primary. He also, in February 2007, used the phrase to describe conflict over a resolution on the Iraq War. “It gets down to whether you support what is being done in this new strategy or you don’t,” McCain said at the time. “You can put lipstick on a pig, [but] it’s still a pig, in my view.”

Washington Post — The Trail

Did any of these same people cry sexism then? Of course not. The words were uttered by someone they’re in love with and directed at someone they despise. And that means that it can’t possibly be sexist or wrong in any way.

Doublethink at its finest.

It’s sad to watch. The Obama haters don’t even seem to realize how pathetic and desperate they look. Their favorite smears have been debunked, so now they’re desperately clinging to a metaphorical tube of lipstick like a drowning man to a life preserver.

Why would they keep repeating the same old debunked smears over and over again anyway? It’s almost as if they don’t have any legitimate dirt on Obama. I’m not saying Obama’s perfect; it’s just very curious.

So, back to the typical right-wing double standard: John McCain uses a particular turn of phrase and it’s fine and dandy. Barack Obama uses the exact same turn of phrase and it makes him a sexist.

And the phrase is a common one, so much so that Torie Clarke, the former Pentagon communications director in the Bush administration — a Republican and a woman — named her book “Lipstick on a Pig: Winning in a No-Spin Era by Someone Who Knows the Game.”

Washington Post — The Trail

One of the stupidest responses I’ve seen to Obama’s alleged sexism was by someone who said, “[…] anyone who hasn’t been living in a cave knows that the ‘lipstick’ line is directly associated with Palin.”

Sorry, Cavewoman, but anyone who hasn’t been living in a cave knows that the “lipstick line” predates Palin by several generations at least.

But the funniest and most ironic response I’ve seen was by another woman suggesting that “ALL WOMEN SEND OBAMA OUR LIPSTICK!!!!” to send a message. Yeah, because assuming that all women even wear lipstick isn’t sexist at all.

Geniuses, the lot.

And while we’re on the subject of sexism, I wonder what the Obama haters think about John McCain calling his own wife a trollop (in reference to her makeup) and a cunt?

[…] Cindy playfully twirled McCain’s hair and said, “You’re getting a little thin up there.” McCain’s face reddened, and he responded, “At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.” McCain’s excuse was that it had been a long day. If elected president of the United States, McCain would have many long days.

Drudge Retort

I’ve been wondering, for quite some time, what McCain supporters think of this. I keep asking, but they won’t tell me. It’s almost as if they were in denial or something.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Hillary Supporters For McCain

One quarter of Bay State Hillary Clinton supporters are undecided in the general election, but Sen. Barack Obama still has a comfortable lead in blue-state Massachusetts, according to a new poll.

In addition, 20 percent of Massachusetts Clinton supporters have switched sides and now say they’ll cast a vote for Republican John McCain in the November election, according to a Suffolk University/WHDH (Channel 7) poll released yesterday.

Boston Herald.com

What kind of sense does this make? Did Hillary’s defeat give her supporters brain damage? If Hillary supporters are now prepared to vote for McCain, I can’t help wondering why they supported Hillary in the first place. If they supported her based on the issues, surely they would get behind Obama now!

I’m almost at a loss for words. It’s mind-boggling!

Hillary herself supports Obama now! Those of her supporters who turn around and vote for McCain might as well spit in Hillary’s face and take an enormous crap on their own agendas.

Unless, of course, their agendas were never really the same as Hillary’s to begin with.