Friday, October 31, 2008

Clueless Cornyn

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Holy Cow! Houston Chronicle Endorses Rick Roriega

As a former Houstonian, Howling Latina likes to keep apprised of folks from her old stomping grounds; and besides, her daughter now lives in Houston.

In that context, she'd previously written about the great Democratic candidate running against one of the most idiotic Republican senators. No small glory. And even though this is Texas, it's a doable pick-up state. In fact, Hill and Bill recently headlined a few shindigs to help Noriega win.

The Houston Chronicle fullly agrees with the howler. Noriega is absolutely the best candidate and they've now officially endorsed him.

Come January, the halls of Congress will likely be populated by strengthened Democratic majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Texas will need able representation in all arenas in that shifting legislative environment.

It will be especially important for Texans to have a strong, respected voice inside the expected Democratic majority in the Senate. Rick Noriega offers such a voice, with a distinctive Lone Star tone and perspective. The Chronicle endorses Noriega for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican John Cornyn.

Noriega, a Houstonian, describes himself as a Texas Democrat. That term, once common currency in the state's political conversation, seems to have fallen out of favor over the past several Republican-dominated years. But it resonates once more in this season of voter discontent with partisanship uber alles. Some old-fashioned moderate bipartisanship, Texas style, should be much welcomed in the Washington debate, particularly on overheated topics such as energy and immigration. Rick Noriega can provide it.

The howler will have to keep her eyes and ears open to see if other newspapers have already endorsed him or will follow suit. As she predicted way back in June 2007, Noriega was to be the Dem candidate and then on Election Day, he would go on to give The Cornman more than he ever expected to handle.

Like Fighting Dem Jim Webb, Noriega is the real deal; and here's why.
Noriega is exactly the right candidate to run against John Cornyn. Noriega spent a year in Afghanistan on the front lines of the "war on terror". He's also been deployed to the Texas border to train National Guardsmen on matters of border security. What are the two biggest issues these days? John Cornyn can talk about these things. Rick Noriega has actually been there and done them.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Howling Latina watched the long tiresome movie on Friday and was quite underwhelmed.

If you're a news junkie in need of a fix, go watch it; if not, save your $$$.

The movie rehashed Junior's Oedipal relationship with Poppy as well as his destructive callow conduct as a youth and president.

Truth be told, "W" was way too kind to Bush, painting him as easily pliant and compliant to sweet words uttered by Darth Cheney and his evil cronies instead of a leading cheerleader in the axis of shame that became his administration.

As to how faithful the movie was to truth, Anne Schroeder of Politico has done the honors with a link.

Powell Endorses Obama

Saturday, October 18, 2008

McCain Disses Black Cousins -- but Brother Joe Doesn't

Although Sen. John McCain has claimed in the past that his family never, ever owned slaves, it seems he might've misspoken a tad.

You see, not only did his forebears own a few slaves in Mississippi but he has quite a few cousins as a result.

South Florida Times explains.

[T]he ancestors of Sen. John McCain owned enslaved Africans on a plantation [and] black, white and mixed-race family members unite every two years for their Coming Home Reunion...on the land where the plantation operated.
Isn't that nice; everyone shows up in unity and harmony; everyone, that is, except dear Cousin John who is not a racist.

Perhaps this is what the whispering campaign in 2000 in South Carolina was actually referring never knows. But like Black Political Thought writes, "Isn't it funny how [McCain] could beam with joy at his adopted daughter from Bangladesh, but yet he has turned his back on his own black family members."

Yes, isn't it funny? Puts the howler to mind of another Republican would-be president who didn't want anyone to know about his ancestry. Does President George Macaca ring a bell, anyone??

H/T Shakesville.

More Hatred at a Palin Rally in Johnstown, PA

Powell to Endorse Obama on MTP

But we knew Powell would endorse the Democratic presidential candidate as far back as June 2007, didn't we...?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Horrific News

To the infinite dismay of everything that is equitable and just, yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene in the case of an innocent man sentenced to die in Georgia.

That's right, Troy Davis will be executed for a crime he didn't commit as the the rusty wheels of injustice continue to chug along.
The court's one-sentence ruling paves the way for the state of Georgia to put the 39-year-old Davis to death, nearly two decades after he was found guilty of killing a police officer outside a fast-food restaurant.
Less than two weeks ago, Mr. Davis was slated to be executed but the Supreme Court stepped in only hours before Georgia carried out the venal deed. Here's a recap of the outrage from previous posts by the howler.

Bill Clinton to Campaign for Rick Noriega

One of Howling Latina's favorite candidate is getting a little help from Bill Clinton.

The Houston Chronicle reports that "[f]ormer president Bill Clinton is headlining a rally tonight for Senate candidate Rick Noriega in Dallas." Noriega is running against the idiotic Sen. John "Corndog" Cornyn.
Mr. Noriega hopes that Mr. Clinton and others can help him pull big vote totals out of Dallas County, an area that’s been rapidly trending blue since 2006, when Democrats swept every local contest they entered.
Noriega is a state representative with a totally awesome resume who deserves to win.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Obama, Biden Get Boost From Clintons

The howler has been missing in action for the last few days. Here's a nice video to make up for it.

Bill Clinton in Roanoke

Big Dawg drew an enthusiastic crowd in Roanoke. Speaking to nearly 3500 supporters, Clinton used the occasion to remind the good folks that Obama will win if everyone does their part. That is, remind every person they meet how horrific the last eight years have been under Republican rule and how sweet it was under his administration.
Clinton said that when he was President, nearly eight million people moved from poverty line to middle class, and added that during the Republican regime, “five and a half million moved from the middle class back into poverty almost all of them while they were working full time.”
Enough said; the last few weeks have shown that even if Obama is not your cup of tea, McCain and Palin would be lethal to nation.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Is al Qaeda Trying to Influence U.S. Elections???

If America gets a little tape from al Qaeda a few days before Election Day, well, can we safely state that yes, they're trying to influence election results...??

And what if they don't?? Is that a wily tactic as well...?

Virginians Heart Gov. Tim Kaine

In spite of the mess in Richmond, Virginians don't blame Gov. Tim Kaine and still heart him.

The Roanoke Times reports.

A majority of Virginia voters approve of Gov. Tim Kaine's job performance despite looming state budget problems and a legislative stalemate over transportation funding, according to a new poll conducted for The Roanoke Times.

In a survey by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, 54 percent rat-ed Kaine's job performance as "excellent" or "good" while 11 percent gave the Democratic governor a "poor" rating. The results come from a telephone survey of 625 registered voters conducted Monday through Wednesday. The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

Howling Latina is mighty glad to hear this bit of good news; her pet peeve against Kaine was his early support of Obama; otherwise, she's always loved him.

Hillary Campaigning with Noriega

Texas State Rep. Rick Noriega is running against moronic Sen. John "Corndog" Cornyn. Now Texas is a super red state but that's not stopping Hillary from trying to get out the vote for Noriega.

Howling Latina has written several posts on why Noriega is an awesome candidate and what a huge improvement he would be over rabid wingnut Corndog. Noriega has a great biography -- very similar to Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia -- a war veteran with a strong record of public service.

Dallas News reported that Hillary flew to the Rio Grande Valley where she is a rock star and asked supporters to help send Noriega to Congress.

Clinton, who enjoys immense popularity...emphasized Noriega's military background — even calling him "lieutenant colonel" at one point — and said, "we need his leadership and his experience."

Meanwhile, Cornyn has a new ad out falsely claiming that he tried to warn everybody about the looming financial meltdown but gosh darn it, no one would listen to him...

"It shouldn't have happened," Cornyn said in the ad. Washington only got to work when the answer was too late and too expensive. We need to hold the guilty parties responsible."
Hmmm, what do you mean we, pale face?? This is all on you and your Republican buddies who for decades railed against any government oversight and foolishly believed free markets would take care of everything. Now you've reaped what you so joyfully and wrecklessly sowed.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

McCain's Path to Victory Narrows

Reuters writes that "McCain's path to victory" substantially narrowed during the last few days as the Wall Street meltdown and Congressional bailout plan played out in front of voters.

McCain is fighting to hold several states won by President George W. Bush in 2004, including highly contested Florida and Ohio, and is playing defense against a surging Obama in traditionally Republican states like Indiana and North Carolina.


Recent polls show McCain in a dogfight in Ohio, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado, Missouri and Indiana. All were won by Bush in 2004 and McCain cannot afford to lose them as he tries to piece together the 270 electoral votes needed to capture the White House.

Add Virginia to the mix as well.

The deepening economic crisis and prolonged negotiations on a $700 billion bailout of U.S. financial institutions have played to Obama's perceived strengths on the economy, helping the Illinois senator gain a solid lead in national opinion polls and pick up steam over the last few weeks.
Looks like Barack Obama has a four-leaf clover up his butt.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Proof of Bush Presidency Failure

Think Progressive has a post that nicely sums up how America is so much worst off today than they were when Bush took office.

Here are a few items of note in January 2001:

DOW January 19, 2001: 10,587.59

DOW September 29, 2008: 10,365.45

NASDAQ Jan 19, 2001 = 2770.38

NASDAQ September 29, 2008 = 1983.73

CPI, January 19, 2001: 175

CPI, September 29, 2008: 219

Dollar exchange with Euro, January 19, 2001: 1.068

Dollar exchange with Euro, September 29, 008: .695

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