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OBAMA on LGBT people and Christianity: Last week, I posted about Obama's statements in Beaumont, Texas. Here's the video.

SUBWAY HARASSMENT: A man harassing a woman on the S-Bahn in Berlin is neutralized by a quick pantsing.

FROZEN TRAFALGAR SQUARE: A British response to this great Grand Central Station clip.

DAN SAVAGE: Visits a Barack Obama rally for last Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher.

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  1. Great Dan Savage clip. But he is misinformed to call out the guy about the "reforms on health care". Obama did tons in Illinois to improve health care. Sponsoring "Kid Care and Family Care that added 20,000 children to the state health insurance program" and cosponsoring the Senior Citizen Prescription Drug Discount.


    Posted by: Jake | Mar 3, 2008 6:32:46 PM

  2. I have a question for Dan Savage. Is he sorry now that he was such an ardent supporter of the invasion of Iraq?

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Mar 3, 2008 7:04:15 PM

  3. Obama didn't first discover two years ago the power of being "a blank slate on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views" when he was writing his book.

    This “New York Times" article from Jan. 28, 2007, describes what he was like 18 years ago after he had been elected president of the "Harvard Law Review" on the 19th ballot.

    “People had a way of hearing what they wanted in Mr. Obama’s words. Earlier, after a long, tortured discussion about whether it was better to be called ‘black’ or ‘African-American’, Mr. Obama dismissed the question, saying semantics did not matter as much as real-life issues [where have we heard that before? - MB], recalled Cassandra Butts, still a close friend. According to [Charles J. Ogletree Jr., another Harvard law professor and a mentor of Mr. Obama], students on each side of the debate thought he was endorsing their side. ‘Everyone was nodding, Oh, he agrees with me’, he said. ... His speeches, delivered in the oratorical manner of a Baptist minister, were more memorable for style than substance, Mr. Mack said. ‘It’s the inspiration of the speech rather than the specific content’, he said. ... [A] mouse infestation at the review office provoked a long exchange about rodent rights — as well as some uncertainty about what Mr. Obama himself thought about the issue at hand. ... In dozens of interviews, his friends said they could not remember his specific views from that era, beyond a general emphasis on diversity and social and economic justice.”

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Mar 3, 2008 7:26:09 PM

  4. Hey Bedwell

    Clinton Says She and McCain Offer Experience, Obama Offers Speeches

    FORT WORTH, TEXAS -- Hillary Clinton told reporters that both she and the presumtive Republican nominee John McCain offer the experience to be ready to tackle any crisis facing the country under their watch, but Barack Obama simply offers more rhetoric. “I think you'll be able to imagine many things Senator McCain will be able to say,” she said. “He’s never been the president, but he will put forth his lifetime of experience. I will put forth my lifetime of experience. Senator Obama will put forth a speech he made in 2002.” Clinton was referring to Obama’s anti-war speech he delivered in Chicago before entering the United States Senate.

    Criticism has been leveled towards Clinton as well, though, especially her claim that she is ready to be the commander-in-chief on "day one." When asked at the press conference if she could name a particular instance in her past that equips her to deal with a national security crisis, Clinton balked, saying, “Well, I was involved in a lot of the decisions that were made. Again, you are looking at it from the wrong perspective,” Clinton said. “You know, no one who hasn’t been president has done that, so that’s not the right question. The question is, what have you done over the course of that lifetime to equip you for that moment?”


    So I'm guessing you'll be taking Ms. Benedict Arnold's whole heartedly and voting for McCain if its Obama Vs McCain.

    Posted by: astonedtemple | Mar 3, 2008 8:19:46 PM

  5. Obama is a blank slate. I'm no Clinton fan by a long shot, but she's right. The guy is no substance, none, zero. The Democrats have shot themseleves in the foot again if they nominate either one of them. One loses to McCain because she's hated, the other loses because the elctorate in a general election aren't on the kool-aid like the Democratic primary voters. The real adults will out voting in November and Obama just comes up short, over and over.
    I watched interviews with life long Democrats in Ohio yesterday....of the 18 interviews I saw, Obama lost 11 of them because they felt he has no respect for this country and showed it by not placing his hand over his heart when the National anthem was played, and because he refuses to wear a USA lapel flag(the public see the pin as a sign of support for the troops, not a sign of support for the war). Those are the kind of voters who will abandon the Democrats in the fall and give McCain his victory.

    To many gays and liberal voters live in the larger cities and metropolitan areas and think that what they feel is how others around the country feel and it's just isn't so. People who vote, and quite often support Liberal candidates and live in medium to small cities and towns are quite proud of their country and really don't like those who bash it or treat it badly.
    Out in the countryside a lot of people were just plain flabbergasted that Michelle Obama said what she said about not being proud of her country until now. People saw a woman who had benifitted greatly by this countries domestic policies, that allowed her to go to Ivy League Universities and graduate with degrees that many can only dream of, then go on to make over 400 thousand dollars a year, send her kids to private schools, live in a 1.5 million dollar mansion and be the wife of a US Senator and possible Presidential candidate. They couldn't believe that she didn't have reason to be proud of being an American.

    A lot of liberals, especially gay ones are very possibly going to be in for a very rude awakening come this fall.

    Posted by: Joshua | Mar 3, 2008 8:46:22 PM

  6. Hillary Clinton still believes McCain The 100YR Vet is a better candidate.

    Fan of Hillary or not, she sees she's about to lose this thing and she plans to take Obama, along with the Democratic party down with her. That means more body bags coming from the middle east for 4 more years.

    Obama may be a blank slate. But Hillary is a black hole.

    Obama: America People- Clinton: Washington/Incumbent Party

    Posted by: astonedtemple | Mar 3, 2008 9:08:41 PM

  7. Per usual you're putting the ASS in ASStonedTemple.

    Dickhead, she's not endorsing McCain over the Dali Obama. Really, you Obama Zombies keep reaching farther and farther into the strastosphere of inanity to attempt to discredit her simply because your great "consensus builder" has taken so long to close the deal on the nomination.

    Sen. Clinton's comments are meant solely to convey to Democratic voters that she would be a better candidate in the general election against McCain because she has more experience credentials that Mr. I Just Woke Up This Morning & Thought It Would Be A Nice Day To Run For President. Just as Obama's hollow "I was against the war first [even tho I wasn't even in the US Senate then but voted to continue funding it once I was] claim is meant not just to attempt to discredit Sen. Clinton but to beat McCain in the general election with an electorate tired of the war he still supports.

    Actually, I believe that Obama has been running for President half his life. From at least the time in college when he ran to head the law review. To the time in his first run for office [Illinois Senate] when, as the "Chicago Tribune" put it, "The man now running for president on a message of giving a voice to the voiceless first entered public office not by leveling the playing field, but by clearing it—challenging [hundreds of signatures on their] petitions until every one of Obama’s four Democratic primary rivals was forced off the ballot.” To running for US Senate because he knew it would give him greater credibility as a Presidential candidate. [And he was so busy with that campaign that he couldn't stop long enough to simply sign his name as a cosponsor of the Illinois LGBT rights bill tho he later lied and said he did and even "passed" it when he actually was no longer around." To, upon election to the US Senate, promising he'd serve his first SIX-year term before running for President [he announced during his THIRD year] to his second book, published in 2006 which was nothing but an announcement that he was running without saying it explicitly.

    Damn he is going to be SOOOOO pissed when mommy er Michelle finally has to tell him that 1. Yes, he has to serve out his entire Presidential term because 2. there is no higher office to run for. What that will do to his insatiable ambition is anyone's guess.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Mar 3, 2008 9:15:07 PM

  8. Joshua,
    do you think those people will vote for McCain? The greater of two evils? I think you're the one in for a rude awakening. Obama may not have all the answers, though no candidate will show all their cards until January 09, but anything is better than McCain's 70 year old pack of lies. At this point I don't see the "Maverick" pulling in the votes. He's making himself into a joke!

    Posted by: ZwBush | Mar 3, 2008 9:15:29 PM

  9. Bedwell

    I stopped reading on your first sentence; more than I can say for Hillary, she didn't read the 02 NIE.

    Clinton/McCain 2008: Protecting the special interest groups and keeping robber barrons in power

    Posted by: astonedtemple | Mar 3, 2008 9:30:50 PM

  10. It appears hillry is endorsing McCain

    Hillary fans, would you really prefer McCain over Obama?

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Mar 3, 2008 9:53:31 PM

  11. Michael

    Maddow says that what Hilalry said is what a person says who wants to be Mccain's VP.

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Mar 3, 2008 9:56:29 PM

  12. Yeah, and Maddow's about as "Fair and Balanced" as Bill O'Reilly. She's basically taking some cheap parting shots at a campaign that's winding down anyway.

    Odds are Obama will become the nominee regardless. The momentum hasn't changed, and even if Hillary wins a couple states, she's not going to win by a large enough margin to change the outcome. So, comments like that are quite distasteful and unecessary.

    MS-NBC is also clearly positioning itself to become the liberal version of FOX. If Obama wins the presidency, it'll become the source for pro White House propaganda in the same way FOX was during the Bush years.

    Posted by: John | Mar 3, 2008 10:13:36 PM

  13. Any counter network against FoxNews is a good counter network.

    My one cent.

    Posted by: astonedtemple | Mar 3, 2008 10:24:12 PM

  14. John

    Maddow is an out and proud lesbian woman who has supported clinton. She has constantly stood up for cinton against the male brigade.

    Try again on your characterization of Maddow

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Mar 3, 2008 11:00:05 PM

  15. What does being an "out and proud" lesbian have to do with her disdain for Hillary? And what male brigade are you referring to?

    Anyone who has watched the MS-NBC coverage of this campaign knows that Dan Abrams is the only one who ever "stood up for Clinton."

    Posted by: John | Mar 4, 2008 1:08:56 AM

  16. I think the whole 'Frozen _____' performances are really boring and silly.

    Posted by: peterparker | Mar 4, 2008 4:59:13 AM

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