The Thorn Papers

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

Just for posterity's sake. In roughly two and a half hours, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.

And here in Oxpatch, snow - SNOW! - is falling. It absolutely never snows here.


Monday, November 03, 2008

Roger Wicker Endorses Obama!

Well, either that or he's playing despicable Republican games, trying to deceive the electorate.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Something's Happening Here

This is shaping up to be a 1980-style map reshaping. Strange bedfellows and wide-ranging coalitions are the order of the day. Via HuffPost:
I spotted the large Obama sign in front of the confederate flag on my way to U.S. Representative Rick Boucher's luncheon in Pearisburg, Virginia, Saturday. As a longtime resident of Giles County, I am accustomed to seeing confederate signs dotting the countryside. One store has confederate flag pillows prominently displayed outside every summer. But, I must admit I was surprised to see the Obama sign with a confederate flag behind it so I stopped to ask about it.

Obama/Biden sign with Confederate flag behind it.

Pete Martin, Obama Supporter

"Well, it's about time for a change, don't you think?" asked Pete Martin, the owner of the store where the sign was prominently displayed. Pete sells produce, camouflage clothing, and of course, confederate flags. I answered "Yes, it is" while I inquired about the apples for sale, $7 for a bushel! I purchased my apples and drove into Pearisburg for the luncheon.

When I arrived, I encountered Willi Dean, a local African-American, who asked if I could get more large Obama/Biden signs. I have been ferrying carloads of these signs, just like the one in front of Pete's store, for several weeks for people to put up all around the county. Willi had been delivering them to African-American families but some were afraid to put up the large signs. "We don't want no trouble" Willi said. But, now, it seemed it was alright since many large signs were sprouting up all over the county.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Obama's On Xbox

Very interesting. Obama is advertising inside of an Xbox360 racing game:

Tommy's On the Hunt

Bernstein on Liddy-McCain

I'd written about this several months ago, but am glad to see it getting more visibility. Carl Bernstein returns to the disturbing relationship between John McCain and G. Gordon Liddy, and the former's admiration for the latter's "adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great." As Carl asks:
Which of Liddy's "principles and philosophies" was McCain referring to? Liddy's advocacy of break-ins? Firebombings? Assassinations? Kidnappings? Taking target practice with figures nicknamed Bill and Hillary?

During the same period that Bill Ayers was a member of the Weather Underground, Gordon Liddy was making plans to firebomb a Washington think tank, assassinate a prominent journalist, undertake the Watergate burglary, break into the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist, and kidnap anti-war protesters at the 1972 Republican convention.

Re: Liddy's "continued success and adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great:" Did McCain mean to include Liddy's instructions to listeners of his radio show in 1994 (around the time Ayres and Obama were on a board together discussing education programs and other plots) on how to shoot Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents (aim for the head)?
Seriously. How about some uproar and outrage over McCain's refusal to be candid with the American people about his relationship with a convicted felon and unrepentant terrorist? One whose support, we should remember, Sen. McCain actively sought.

In any case, if you were looking for some sort of objective understanding of John McCain's cowardice in not bringing up the mud slung at his rallies when face to face with the man he's smearing, this should help. It's probably not a subject he wants to get backed up against the wall on by Obama. Not with tens of millions of Americans watching.

And oh yeah, he's neither courageous enough nor principled enough to do so, even if it wouldn't blow up in his face.

Friday, October 10, 2008


This is funny.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Two Great Ads

Meant to cut the legs out of Angry McNasty's new shift to an all-negative, all-the-time campaign strategy. And they're both effective. First, Obama's:

And then this one, the better of the two, actually, from the DNC:

Monday, September 29, 2008

Dow Down Nearly 750

UPDATE: Make that 777. Yeesh a mighty.

And McCain wants the credit. From Politico:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his top aides took credit for building a winning bailout coalition – hours before the vote failed and stocks tanked.

The rush to claim he had engineered a victory now looks like a strategic blunder that will prolong the McCain’s campaign’s difficulty in finding a winning message on the economy.

Shortly before the vote, McCain had bragged about his involvement and mocked Sen. Barack Obama for staying on the sidelines.

I've never been afraid of stepping in to solve problems for the American people, and I'm not going to stop now,” McCain told a rally in Columbus, Ohio. “Senator Obama took a very different approach to the crisis our country faced. At first he didn't want to get involved. Then he was monitoring the situation.”
McCain, grinning, flashed a sarcastic thumbs-up.
John. Please. For the love of God. Stop now.

Holy Crap

I'd imagine some very serious drinking is about to commence at the Killarney Rose.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Horror Movies

I've been spending a lot of time lately revisiting the horror movies which gave me the willies in my youth (that's one of the benefits of being a father of a young son) and I'm sad, but not surprised, to say that most don't hold up, and the chilling nature I remembered as a boy is no where to be found. For what it's worth, my son's a tougher critic than I, and we've yet to find one that's actually scared him.

But today, I saw something that absolutely chilled me, to the bone. Hell, to the marrow. Icy, aching marrow.

That scares the ever loving shit out of me.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Stream the New Dylan Free

Y'all know I have an affinity for Bob Dylan. Well, imagine my happy surprise to learn that he'll be releasing his new album one week early and streaming it for free during that week on NPR. Fun begins at 12:01 AM EST on Tuesday. I'll update with a link when I find it.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

We Know He's Coming

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Letterman Cold Cocks McCain

UPDATE: Here's video.

And rightfully so, I'd say. By way of Politico (who got it from Sludge, to whom I won't link):
David Letterman tells audience that McCain called him today to tell him he had to rush back to DC to deal with the economy.

Then in the middle of the taping Dave got word that McCain was, in fact just down the street being interviewed by Katie Couric. Dave even cut over to the live video of the interview, and said, "Hey Senator, can I give you a ride home?"

Earlier in the show, Dave kept saying, "You don't suspend your campaign. This doesn't smell right. This isn't the way a tested hero behaves." And he joked: "I think someone's putting something in his metamucil."

"He can't run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sarah Palin. Where is she?"

"What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!"
Indeed. McCain can't focus on more than one thing at once, hardly the quality we'd want for the man who would have arguably one of the most demanding and complex jobs on the planet.

And I've said it before, and I'll keep saying it until his pasty face is sweating under the Ford Center lights, there is no more important time for the American public see these two candidates debate. The topic should obviously shift to the most pressing issue at hand, and it would be good that the two have been preparing for a foreign policy discussion. They'd have to think on their feet, and speak note from rote memorization, but from a thorough understanding of the issues. I have no doubt that Obama would excel in that situation, as I have little doubt McCain would flounder.

Hunter hits the nail on the head:
The debate simply is going to have to address on the economy, at least in part.

So fine -- let's change the focus of the debate to the economy. It would be a fine opportunity to see what the candidates can do without weeks of advance preparation with surrogates, talking points, and the like -- what better test of candidates then to simply ask them about these issues, and let them talk. Such a debate would be exactly what many of us have been waiting for, including, purportedly, John McCain himself -- a chance for a true spontaneous debate between the two candidates.

I don't think it should require much to just switch the topic of the debate and be done with it. John McCain has been in the Senate for 26 years. If he's not ready to talk about the economy now, he isn't ever going to be.

First Poll of Reaction to Latest McCain Stunt

SurveyUSA is out with a flash poll conducted immediately after McCain chickened out:
America's First Reaction: Friday's McCain-Obama Debate Should Still Be Held On Friday, But Perhaps with New Focus

Immediately after John McCain's announcement 3 pm ET today, Wednesday 09/24/08, that he was suspending his campaign and seeking to postpone Friday's schedule presidential debate, SurveyUSA interviewed 1,000 adults nationwide. Key findings:

A majority of Americans say the debate should be held. Just 10% say the debate should be postponed. A sizable percentage of Americans, 36%, think the focus of the debate should be modified to focus more on the economy. 3 of 4 Americans say the presidential campaign should continue. Just 14% say the presidential campaign should be suspended. If Friday's debate does not take place 46%, of Americans say that would be bad for America.

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