From the Blog

…And that’s coming from the owner of a web design company.

The Washington Post is my favorite online news source for national politics. I read the article about Dr. Sanjay Gupta being appointed to the office of Surgeon General. Interesting pick, interesting article.

Then I indulged myself and took a peek at the comments. Here is the comment I left.

Every now and then I scroll down to look at the comments. I have the impression that comments are usually offensive, partisan, anti-intelligent rantings a decent person would never say to another person’s face.

I have the impression that anonymity does not simply reveal the worst, it encourages it.

Thanks for confirming my impression.

This article is a great summary of what I’ve seen in this campaign…especially since Palin came into the picture, but admittedly with my candidate Barack as well. Impression over truth.
Obama will raise taxes
“Palin and John McCain, the GOP presidential nominee, have been more aggressive in recent days in repeating what their opponents say are outright lies. Almost every day, for instance, McCain says rival Barack Obama would raise everyone’s taxes, even though the Democrat’s tax plan exempts families that earn less than $250,000.”
“For now, there appears to be little political reason to back down. A Washington Post-ABC News poll taken Sept. 5 to Sept. 7 found that 51 percent of voters think Obama would raise their taxes, even though his plan would actually cut taxes for the overwhelming majority of Americans.”
…Bridge to nowhere
“Palin’s position on the bridge that would have linked Ketchikan to Gravina Island is one example of a candidate staying on message even when that message has been publicly discredited. Palin has continued to say she opposed a project she once campaigned for — then killed later, only after support for it had collapsed in Congress. “
“Obama and the Democratic National Committee asserted for months that McCain wanted to keep U.S. troops fighting in Iraq for 100 years, when, in fact, the context of McCain’s 100-year statement was a comparison to U.S. bases in Japan and Germany. McCain explicitly said the troops would be there only if the country was at peace and there were no casualties associated with their presence.”
A McCain quote Obama has often used — that the economy is fundamentally sound — is months old. Since he said that, McCain has said almost daily that the economy is struggling. As for exaggerations, Obama said yesterday that he had supported a measure in the Illinois Senate to double the number of charter schools in Chicago. In fact, he was one of 14 state senators co-sponsoring a non-controversial measure that passed unanimously. “

Brian Rants

Posted by brianrants at 5:22 pm

Ok after yesterday's post I've decided I need to settle down. Getting
too emotionally involved

The virus of 24 hour news is infecting my mind. The fact is, with
stories like Hillary's sniper gaffe and Obama's bitter gaffe, the 24-
hour-news culture NEEDS there to be a story.

The beauty of newspapers is everything is slightly behind. It gives
time for reflection and analysis. With internet news, it is all just
knee-jerk reactions to what may or may not really be a big deal. I
read Obama's statement, and you can disagree with it, but it was just
not the controversial watershed comment they need it to be.

So I'm going to ration my viewing of internet news. Stick to op-ed's
on washington post, etc. A little more reflection and analysis put
into those.

As it stands now…
1. Barack Obama
2. John McCain
3. Hillary Clinton

There probably isn't anything they can say in the primary season to
change that current stance.