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Old 07-31-2008, 07:45 PM   #121
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What does Obama like about him?
Musical talent?

Remember when Elton John defended Eminem and performed with him?
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I don't recall Elton John being a U S Presidential Candidate?

or the father of two little girls that complained about misogynistic music
and then went on to say it's on my iPod
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a vote for Nader is a vote for McCain.


The same philosophy that led the Democrats to illegally keep Nader off of various state ballots in 2004. But I guess it's so right to vote for the party that manipulates the democratic process because they're the lesser of two evils.

A vote for Nader (or McKinney for that matter) is a vote against corporate tyranny, a vote against the world's largest prison (a.k.a. Israel's illegal holding of millions of Palestinians), it's a vote against wasting all of our money on the military budget, it's a vote against allowing a two party monarchy to control ballot access and the debates. It's a vote absolutely in support of the working class and of unions. It's a vote for the environment.

Sorry, but I don't like to sell out my beliefs to the person the corporations are sponsoring this year.
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I don't recall Elton John being a U S Presidential Candidate?

or the father of two little girls that complained about misogynistic music
and then went on to say it's on my iPod
I guess McCain should cancel his subscription to Playboy, burn his disco records, and well I guess he can't do much about cheating on his wives...
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Old 08-01-2008, 01:36 AM   #125
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Really? Is everything so black and white with you?
Sometimes you have to call a spade a spade. Though you may not like it and you may try to make excuses for it, there are some things in the world that are either right or wrong, good or evil, acceptable or unacceptable, and this is one of them. I still don't understand how Obama can believe that many rap songs (and certainly Ludacris is included) are dangerous and violent, yet at the same time appear to like the stuff. The response issued by his campaign said the Obama song "is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear." Why, then, does Obama apparently listen to songs that are no doubt much worse than even that despicable song? Where's the consistency?


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So you agree with all of U2's politics?
If U2 used language and hate a fraction of the extent to which Ludacris and much rap does, I would not be listening to them. And I wouldn't call "Hillary's a bitch" or "McCain should be paralyzed" or any of the other garbage in his lyrics "politics."


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Simple. Someone made me a cd with a bunch of different artists on it. I rip it to iTunes, and then it goes on my iPod. I may not be a fan of all the songs on it, but - GASP! - there it is on my iPod.

Edit - an even more appropriate example: I have Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf on cd. I ripped it to iTunes, but really only have 3 songs on there that I like. The others I'm either indifferent about or don't like. Do I think they're talented? Yes - No One Knows is a great song. But I think the cd as a whole isn't really my style. And yet (dun dun dunnn), it's on my iPod.
Yes, technically that could be a justification. But when someone asks what is on your iPod, one would assume that the first names you mention are the artists which you especially enjoy. I think you're explanation is being awfully generous.


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WHAT?! Who said he's listening to Ludacris in front of his kids? Where do these tangents come from?
No, no. I'm asking you. Would you ever use profanity in front of your kids? Since apparently it is okay for Obama to listen to Ludacris but not for his children to, I'm giving you a hypothetical scenario.


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So music is only about lyrics?
So you think by "a great talent" Obama was referring to the "music" and not the lyrics? That's a stretch, but ok...

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Tell me, how many of Ludacris's songs have you actually listened to? Or are you stereotyping his entire output based only on snippets you've heard?
Actually, I've spent some time today and yesterday reading his lyrics online.


Trying to get back on topic here, I think this story demonstrates another emerging flaw for Obama- that he does things out of political expediency and sometimes seems to show no signs of having any deep values or convictions. Even in the denouncement of the Ludacris song (which I'm wondering why was issued by a staffer and not Obama himself), it still calls him "talented" when they should be condemning him. Obama is trying to have it both ways. Same with the "they're going to say I don't look like a dollar bill" nonsense. He's supposed to be this post-racial candidate, yet it's the Democrats and his campaign bringing race into the presidential race much more than the McCain campaign. Obama talks about how he wants to talk issues and avoid childish distractions. Talking about "funny names" and dollar bills isn't a distraction? I think the Obama campaign is tremendously frustrated right now. Obama spent last week traveling the world meeting foreign leaders, and McCain spent last week at a sausage restaurant and a supermarket. And you know what? The polls are closer than ever. Gallup is at 45-44, McCain has made big leads in swing states, and Obama's numbers have been falling while McCain's have been rising.
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Old 08-01-2008, 02:13 AM   #126
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Sometimes you have to call a spade a spade. Though you may not like it and you may try to make excuses for it, there are some things in the world that are either right or wrong, good or evil, acceptable or unacceptable, and this is one of them. I still don't understand how Obama can believe that many rap songs (and certainly Ludacris is included) are dangerous and violent, yet at the same time appear to like the stuff. The response issued by his campaign said the Obama song "is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear." Why, then, does Obama apparently listen to songs that are no doubt much worse than even that despicable song? Where's the consistency?
Who says he listens to all of Ludacris? I have plenty of songs on my iPod from artist where a lot of their material is questionable, but I really love that one song. I think 'Janie's Got a Gun' is the only one of two redeemable Aerosmith songs, should I be criticized for having it on my iPod?

For you to attack Obama on this you must be consistant. You can't watch, listen, or play anything that is violent or offensive to anyone.


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If U2 used language and hate a fraction of the extent to which Ludacris and much rap does, I would not be listening to them. And I wouldn't call "Hillary's a bitch" or "McCain should be paralyzed" or any of the other garbage in his lyrics "politics."
You are avoiding my point. Earlier you were confused by how someone could find them to be a great talent but disagree with what they were saying. You obviously think U2 are talented, and I'm willing to bet the farm you disagree with some of the things they say.



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No, no. I'm asking you. Would you ever use profanity in front of your kids? Since apparently it is okay for Obama to listen to Ludacris but not for his children to, I'm giving you a hypothetical scenario.
Well this doesn't make sense. Are you reading what you are asking? Do you not think adults speak differently in front of other adults then they would their kids? Do they not watch different movies? So why can't they listen to different music?

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So you think by "a great talent" Obama was referring to the "music" and not the lyrics? That's a stretch, but ok...
He may have good flow, write great beats, I don't know... You are missing the point. Look, I understand what he's saying, there are a lot of artists, movie makers, and a lot of bands out there that I think are truly talented but I wish they were a little more optimistic, or they didn't hold this belief, or they didn't feel like they always had to please this certain crowd, etc etc but at the end of the day I find something that's true. But it doesn't mean I'll recommend it to all my friends, parents, or children for some won't understand or appreciate it.



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Trying to get back on topic here, I think this story demonstrates another emerging flaw for Obama- that he does things out of political expediency and sometimes seems to show no signs of having any deep values or convictions. Even in the denouncement of the Ludacris song (which I'm wondering why was issued by a staffer and not Obama himself), it still calls him "talented" when they should be condemning him. Obama is trying to have it both ways. Same with the "they're going to say I don't look like a dollar bill" nonsense. He's supposed to be this post-racial candidate, yet it's the Democrats and his campaign bringing race into the presidential race much more than the McCain campaign. Obama talks about how he wants to talk issues and avoid childish distractions. Talking about "funny names" and dollar bills isn't a distraction? I think the Obama campaign is tremendously frustrated right now. Obama spent last week traveling the world meeting foreign leaders, and McCain spent last week at a sausage restaurant and a supermarket. And you know what? The polls are closer than ever. Gallup is at 45-44, McCain has made big leads in swing states, and Obama's numbers have been falling while McCain's have been rising.
Now I know you've been listening to right radio far too long, "political expediency" is their favorite catch phrase. Too bad you can't recognise they are doing exactly what they accuse everyone else of doing.

Who cares if you think the Obama campaign is frustrated? If you ask anyone outside of the right radio crowd they'll say McCain looks frustrated, why is he making so many insignificant personal attacks, is he jealous of Obama's "celebrity"?

At the end of the day none of this matters. It was a slow week, gas prices went down, so right radio didn't have anything to blame liberals for so Ludacris became an issue.

Really, Ludacris??!! In order to avoid all puns, it's just ridiculous and somewhat amusing how low some "pundits" will go.
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Old 08-01-2008, 08:12 AM   #127
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I don't recall Elton John being a U S Presidential Candidate?
That's not the point-the point is that he admired his musical talent and acknowledged his freedom of expression. Even though Eminem had some lyrics that many people considered homophobic. Elton wasn't calling for a boycott of him and/or protesting him. If Elton had kids I doubt he would want them listening to Eminem.
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And I wouldn't call "Hillary's a bitch" or "McCain should be paralyzed" or any of the other garbage in his lyrics "politics"
Well she was called a bitch outright here and subjected to many sexist posts and remarks. Where was your outrage/comment about that? Maybe you did and I just don't remember, I apologize if that's the case. After a certain point I stopped reading all of that, it was too offensive. Legitimate criticism isn't-that was.
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Speaking to donors at a San Diego fund-raiser last month, Barack Obama reassured the crowd that he wouldn't give in to Republican tactics to throw his candidacy off track.

"Listen, I'm skinny but I'm tough," Sen. Obama said.

But in a nation in which 66% of the voting-age population is overweight and 32% is obese, could Sen. Obama's skinniness be a liability? Despite his visits to waffle houses, ice-cream parlors and greasy-spoon diners around the country, his slim physique just might have some Americans wondering whether he is truly like them.

The candidate has been criticized by opponents for appearing elitist or out of touch with average Americans. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted in July shows Sen. Obama still lags behind Republican John McCain among white men and suburban women who say they can't relate to his background or perceived values.

"He's too new ... and he needs to put some meat on his bones," says Diana Koenig, 42, a housewife in Corpus Christi, Texas, who says she voted for Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary.
This truly boggles the mind.
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Now he's too skinny to be President?

Good thing he doesn't look like a male model. Hey he's cute and all, but THAT could really be a problem. Too hot to be President.
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So we can add one more to the list.

He's going to convert us to Muslim, force his black agenda, make us socialist, oh and now make us all lose weight...
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This truly boggles the mind.

That's ok

Obama and the Democratic party have one more chance to win them over at the convention


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The push for the plank in the party's statement of principles reflects a lingering unhappiness over Clinton's treatment during the Democratic primary, and over what her supporters say was an inadequate response from party leaders.

Some Clinton supporters have complained of jibes against the New York senator by TV talk show hosts, off-color novelty items and incidents such as the time when hecklers yelled "Iron my shirt!" at a Clinton rally.

A Democratic committee devoted to writing the platform is to meet today in Cleveland to hear presentations from policy advocates, then draft the document.

"There were so many examples in the media of sexist comments where we never heard from the party leadership or Barack Obama," said Stacy Mason, executive director of a political action committee called WomenCount, which claims thousands of members. The group ran newspaper ads in the spring urging Clinton to stay in the contest.

"We're focused on why the Democratic leadership was so silent about it during the campaign," Mason said. "It was their obligation to come to the defense of one of their own primary candidates, and they didn't. They stayed silent during the campaign, and that's not OK."


If the Democratic Party will not take a stand against sexism, who will?
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"Please be in favor of offshore production," Steve Hilton, a retired federal government worker in Lebanon, Mo., implored Obama during a tour of a diner there Wednesday.

"I'm in favor of solving problems," Obama responded. "What I don't want to do is say something because it sounds good politically."
Well, what happened on FISA? (we had a nice little flip there)

Could this issue keep Obama out of the Whitehouse?

Is he flopping, when he should be flipping?

He could couch it in "States should decide for themselves" not the Federal Government?
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