Saturday, May 31, 2008

Half & Half ; What's Good Enough For Florida Is Good Enough For Michigan

Sources once again are saying that a deal is close on seating the Michigan delegates in pretty much the same way as the Florida delegates.

The day-long DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee meeting is to seat the Michigan delegates, giving them each half a vote, just like the Florida solution. No word yet though on how the delegates are going to be awarded between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Tell The Truthiness ; In the future, will today's goings on be referred to as The Florida Solution/The Michigan Solution? Guess it depends on how it's received by party members, democrats and the voters.

BREAKING NEWS GUESS? ; Michigan To Take All Day?

The DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee's decision on Michigan, compared to the decision just made on Florida, is a whole other kettle of fish.

The idea of splitting the delegation in half between Clinton and Obama has been rejected by the Clinton camp. To make matters more confused, Senator Carl Levin is due to speak at the meeting on behalf of Michigan and demand the seating all the delegates and full votes for them.

Tell The Truthiness ; Florida, piece of cake. Michigan, this could take all night. Should we ring for a pizza?

BREAKING NEWS ; Florida Delegates To Be Seated At Half A Vote Each

Sources inside the discussions on what to do about the Florida and Michigan delegates have said that an agreement has been reached for the Sunshine State.

Floridian delegates will be seated at the Denver Convention, with half a vote each, this gives Hillary Clinton a gain of twelve delegates.

There is no mention of the superdelegates, or yet, on what the plan is for Michigan.

Tell The Truthiness ; We'll update you as it happens.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

MSNBC Gets It From The Left & The Right

Here's an interesting report on MSNBC being accused of bias in coverage of the race for the white house and the bush administration.

It's interesting to point out that for the last few years Keith Olbermann has defended himself from being called liberal by saying that when he covered the Monica Lewinsky story he wasn't accused of being right wing.

Here's a Bill Moyers interview, in three parts, with Keith Olbermann. The second part begins with Keith talking about that moment in the Bill Clinton presidency.

Part 1 ;

Part 2 ;

Part 3 ;

Tell The Truthiness ; When things are skewed to one side, you have to create a rebalance by moving across to the other side of the spectrum. That's what's happening in US media and politics right now. It's a natural rebalance.

Holding Them To Account 13 ; Bush Whacked On Iraq By Former Press Secretary

Excerpts from former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's book have been published and they slam the President's case for war with Iraq. He talks about Bush using propaganda to push the case for war and the media going easy on the administration in its justification for the invasion.

Tell The Truthiness ; Well done Scott McClellan on revealing the truth from someone who was on the inside.

The Big 3 Stand Up To The Big C (And Other Things)

All three US networks are going to come together for a one hour, commercial-free fundraiser on 5th of September.

Here's the three anchors on the NBC Today Show.

We would have a video here of them appearing on the CBS Early Show, but there's a problem with the embedded code, so click here to go to it on their page.

Click here to watch them talking about the fundraiser on the ABCs Good Morning America with Robin Roberts.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Saunter To The White House 74 ; 7 Days Left, What's In Store?

Just seven days is the duration left before the primary season ends for the Democrats.

June 3rd is the date that Howard Dean said he wanted to see the nomination contest finish.

Tell The Truthiness ; Over a year has been a long contest, but a week is a long time in politics and who knows just what these next seven days will reveal... if only Hillary had a flux capacitor and a DeLorean.

Saunter To The White House 73 ; Obama Plans The Endgame With Superdelegates

With the primaries entering the last three contests, Barack Obama is lining up endorsements from superdelegates from those states to bring the nomination to a close.

Tell The Truthiness ; What is Hillary Clinton going to do and how is she going to do it? A dignified speech or a last grasp at power?

Silverstein, Merrill Lynch & The Murky Goings On At Ground Zero

The inability to get anything built on the World Trade Center site in New York has become the story of the city. Now, the leaseholder, Larry Silverstein is planning to delay, yet again, the work.

He is hoping to get Merrill Lynch as a tenant in the new tower three.

Tell The Truthiness ; Yet another delay? Just get something on the site and quickly.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Special Comment On Clinton's RFK Remarks

Here is Keith Olbermann's Special Comment from last week about Hillary Clinton's RFK remarks.

Saunter To The White House 72 ; Obama 'Too Many Supporters' To Be Proccessed

The Federal Election Commission is struggling to cope with the number of supporters that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that have donated money to the campaigns.

A sense of how big and different the Obama campaign is and has been was shown when their fundraising report wasn't able to be processed by the 'off-the-shelf' applications such as Microsoft Excel.

Tell The Truthiness ; An amazing case where the current governments functions and methods of operation are being made outdated by the future government. We are seeing history in the making.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Saunter To The White House 71 ; Clinton's Assassination Reference, The End For Her?

Hillary Clinton has got herself into a bottomless pit by invoking the notion that 'anything can happen' including the assassination of a candidate the race for nomination.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama's campaign and the certainty of his nomination has become clearer with him gaining five superdelegates, while Hillary Clinton lost one.

Tell The Truthiness ; When is someone in the Hillary Clinton camp going to step-up and tell her it's over?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Saunter To The White House 70 ; 65 Is The Magic Number

65 delegates is the number that Barack Obama needs to reach the 2,026 to get the democratic nomination for President after last night's primaries.

Yes Clinton won Kentucky, as everyone expected, but the number of delegates she got, once again for her, are practically pointless.

Tell The Truthiness ; 65 delegates, that's all it takes and Puerto Rico's next.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Senator Ted Kennedy Has Malignant Brain Tumour

Such terrible news for a man who is the nearest person US politics has to a founding father.

Here he is in fine form in January with the Kennedy's Obama endorsement and that almost prophetic phrase, "I feel CHANGE in the air, what about you?!"

We are thinking of you Ted.

Saunter To The White House 69 ; Teetering On The Brink Of Certainty

Today, it's predicted that Barack Obama will get a majority of pledged delegates in this long race to the democratic nomination.

Oregon is expected to go heavily for Obama, while Kentucky goes for Clinton. But the number count for Obama will not yet hit the nomination number.

Tell The Truthiness ; How close will Obama get to the number and how much more a hint does Clinton need? Perhaps 80,000 hints?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

War On Reality Part 91 ; Bush Compares Obama To Nazi Appeasers

Yes, you read it right. Despite the fact President Bush refused to get drawn into the race to find his replacement, he changed that today when talking about his favourite subject, terrorism and how to deal with it.

Tell The Truthiness ; After recent revelations about the President's opinion of playing golf and how that relates to war in a distant country, executed by him, this news should be dismissed as the chatter of an irrelevant man.

The post-Bush era has already arrived.

Saunter To The White House 68 ; Clinton's Nightly News Interview

This a fifteen minute long interview Hillary Clinton did with NBC's Brian Williams

Saunter To The White House 67 ; Edwards Endorsement Video

Holding Them To Account 12 ; Special Comment On Bush, The War & Golf

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Keith Olbermann Special Comment Tonight

There's going to be a Special Comment on Countdown With Keith Olbermann tonight at 8pm Eastern for those of you in the US.

Tell The Truthiness ; No clue at the moment what it will be about, but no doubt a must-see.

Saunter To The White House 66 ; Edwards Endorses Obama OFFICIAL

The Obama campaign has confirmed that tonight's 7pm endorsement of the Senator will be from former Presidential candidate John Edwards.

Saunter To The White House 65 ; Clinton West Virginia Win Is Too Little & Late

Yes, Hillary Clinton won the state of West Virginia by 67%, but at this point in the race, is practically unusable.

If Senator Clinton had been winning the early states at the start of the year, by this majority and with the consistency that Barack Obama had, then she wouldn't be deluding herself right now.

Tell The Truthiness ; There's a point at which it's brave to stay in the race and there's a point where it simply becomes cringing to stay in. Hillary Clinton is baring down on the latter with the force of a train racing round a bend far too fast.

She's about to jump the tracks.

Saunter To The White House 64 ; Edwards To Endorse Obama, Tonight?

There will be a "major national endorsement" for Barack Obama tonight at 7pm Eastern.

John Edwards has been dropping hints, such as his use of the word, well, "him", in this video.

You could skip to 9 minutes 45 seconds, where he drops the word, if you're that impatient.

Tell The Truthiness ; Is this going to be the final act in Hillary Clinton's campaign if it is a John Edwards endorsement?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Saunter To The White House 63 ; By How Much Will Clinton Win West Virginia? Not THAT Much!

Some Clinton supporter didn't do the Senator any favours when they got rather excited at a rally and said she'd win West Virginia by "80-20".

It got worse, they then went right over the top and said "or 90-10".

Tell The Truthiness ; Some reality came out of the campaign after that when they rebuffed the prediction with, "we appreciate his exuberance, but we're pretty sure this race is going to be much closer than that.”

Now if only they'd been realistic like that back in January Hillary's future might have been different.

Saunter To The White House 62 ; The Top Ten Reasons Obama Beat Clinton To The Nomination

Here's an interesting analysis of the reasons Barack Obama fought so well against Hillary Clinton and is now certainly the nominee.

Tell The Truthiness ; How will the results in West Virginia today reflect his presumptive nominee status?

Monday, May 12, 2008

Saunter To The White House 61 ; But There Is A Slightly Ironic Silver Lining For Clinton

Hillary Clinton can dismiss the news about the campaign debt by feeling consoled at the polls which show her ahead in tomorrow's West Virginia primary.

Tell The Truthiness ; It's called the Bradley Effect, which there is debate about, because it may be 'reversing' during this primary season, it's an interesting subject to read about.

Saunter To The White House 60 ; Clinton Has Big Debts

The Hillary Clinton campaign is faced with a debt of $20 million according to reports.

Meanwhile numerous rumours continue that even more money may be lent to the campaign by Senator Clinton.

Tell The Truthiness ; How's this money going to be repaid?

Daily Show Goes After Dick Cheney's Open 'Childcatcher' House

This is great ;

Tell The Truthiness ; We'll never see bathrobes in the same light again, urrgghh.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Saunter To The White House 59 ; Hillary Gets SNL-ed

Here is last night's Saturday Night Live take on the latest doings in the democratic campaign for nominee.

Tell The Truthiness ; Amy Poehler's impression has to keep going for a while, regardless of when she drops out of the race. This impression is just gold!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Saunter To The White House 58 ; Obama Takes More Superdelegates

In another numbers story (well, an election really comes down to just the numbers in the end), Barack Obama has overtaken Hillary Clinton in the number of committed Superdelegates.

The above video gives a good description of the maths, but isn't specifically about the superdelgates, however, it's great seeing simple whiteboards to explain this mammoth contest. Well done Tim Russert!

The Illinois senator now has 267 to the New York senator's 265 after the support of an additional three superdelgates was announced since this weeks primaries.

Tell The Truthiness ; Three for none, it's a good score.

War On Reality Part 90 ; Talk About Delayed Reaction

The US government has finally removed all terrorist and terrorism references to Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC) party on databases.

Even having been released from prison in 1990 and elected to office in 1994, Nelson Mandela and fellow members of the ANC had to obtain a special waiver to allow access to the US.

Tell The Truthiness ; Well done to Condoleezza Rice for pushing for this to be finally changed, but if this is the way the administration treats democratically elected leaders, it makes you shudder to think how they treat everyone else.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Saunter To The White House 57 ; Daily Show's Take On Primary Night, Don't Miss!

Tell The Truthiness ; Just great!

Saunter To The White House 56 ; How Might The Campaign Be Fought?

Some insight into how McCain may campaign against Obama.

But doesn't this interview show Mrs McCain saying that this will not be a negative campaign?

Tell The Truthiness ; So, what is McCain planning on doing?

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Saunter To The White House 55 ; Obama Is The Nominee In All But Name

After the dramatic twists of last night, it really is over for Hillary Clinton.

Obama won North Carolina big and came within a few points of drawing level with Clinton in Indiana.

Tell The Truthiness ; Talk about an historic evening.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Saunter To The White House 52 ; Obama's Today Show Interview

Saunter To The White House 51 ; Kerry Slaps Down The Media On Wright

Sick, as everyone is of the constant spinning of Reverend Wright, former Presidential nominee John Kerry slapped down MSNBC.

Tell The Truthiness ; Lets talk about the numbers people! That's what matters.

War On Reality Part 89 ; How To Hold A President To Account, Olbermann Style

Saunter To The White House 50 ; Obama Goes Late Night

Tell The Truthiness ; We agree with all ten and really like number four.

Saunter To The White House 49 ; Drip, Drip Of Superdelegates To Obama

The Reverend Wright story seems to lose any sort of effect when, just hours afterwards, more superdelegates move for Obama. This shows just how much, as the primaries rumble on, that the numbers are what it is all coming down to.

Tell The Truthiness ; As the delegate count is tipped in Obama's favour, so the same is happening for the superdelegate count.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

War On Reality Part 88 ; Five Years Later From Mission Accomplished

This date marks five years since President Bush stood beneath a huge banner emblazoned with the legend Mission Accomplished. He said that major combat operations had finished in the country and that the US had won.

How wrong he was and how wrong he has been continually ever since. Some people rally against the critics of the current government headed by a guy who would be out of his depth in a puddle, but they forget to see the bigger picture. In decades, in centuries to come, historians and students will analyse this period in our history and say one thing.

"What the hell were the people doing to stop him and hold him to account?"

Tell The Truthiness ; President Bush is still the President and will be until January, as such, our current obsession over the presidential campaigns should not make Mr Bush any less accountable for his actions, whether they are from five days or five years ago.
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