Archive for August, 2008

Alaska on Palin

Aug 31, 2008 in Sarah Palin, The senility of John McCain

Here’s a good Alaskan blog reacting to Sarah Palin. Just about as dumbfounded as everybody actually from Alaska, except Ted Stevens. But she’s extreme on criminalizing abortion, doesn’t know anything about the world, and is neck-deep under investigation, so she’s A-OK with Republicans! But the Alaskan perspective is valuable:

Does she want to open ANWR? Yes. Every politician in Alaska wants to open ANWR. It’s basically a requirement if you ever hope to get elected for anything. Even Mark Begich, the progressive Democrat running against the indicted Senator and Alaskan institution Ted Stevens, is pro-drilling. That’s the sea we swim in up here. There are a few anti-drilling folks, but you have to look hard to find them, and work hard to have them admit it.

Also:

The progressive station has a mixture of callers who are amused, horrified, and bewildered. The conservative station has a mixture of callers who are amused, enthusiastic, horrified and bewildered. No one is really sure how this happened, or what to make of it. Citing the fact that she was the mayor of Wasilla 2 years ago in her list of “executive experience” doesn’t even pass the giggle test in Alaska. Palin does have many supporters here in the state, but even many of them are doubting whether she can cut it in the Veep slot. A few callers have said they feel sorry for her, because they like her but she’s obviously being “used” and is way over her head. Local politicians are fiercely divided. Those who like her are generally appointees who are locally referred to as “Palin-bots” and have drawn comparisons to George Bush’s idealogical croneys. Many, Democrats and Republicans, are fierce opponents.

I just don’t think reasonable people can honestly convince themselves Palin is more experienced than Obama, or that her experience is enough with only 2 months to look at her. And it’s simply undeniable that she’s an absolute beginner on foreign policy. The people who know her best, Alaskans, are apparently fairly shocked at the news. It’s like finding out your cousin just got picked…you’re excited because the person is familiar to you, but at the same time you’re completely perplexed that anybody would choose them, because you’re more familiar with your cousin than the people doing the picking.

-jb

Hurricane Gustav

Aug 31, 2008 in Uncategorized

Here’s hoping it…I don’t know, dammit, evaporates? Diminishes, anyway. The prospect of another Katrina so soon is sickeningly scary.

Regarding how this affects the Republican Convention, count me as disappointed. If it means no George W. and Dick Cheney at the convention, that’s a missed opportunity for Democrats as well. The truth is, it was going to suck anyway.

-jb

A foolish maneuver.

Aug 31, 2008 in Uncategorized

“I believe that someday we are going to have a woman president, possibly during my life, and I’ve often thought the best way to pave the way for this was to first nominate and elect a woman as vice-president. But I think Mondale made a serious mistake when he picked Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate. In my view, he guessed wrong in deciding to take a congresswoman that almost nobody had ever heard of and try to put her in line for the presidency … I don’t know who among the Democrats might have been a better choice, but it was obvious Mondale picked Geraldine Ferraro simply because he believed there was a ‘gender gap’ where I was concerned and she was a woman.”

- Ronald Reagan

I hear Sarah Palin’s birth certificate lists her name as Harriet Geraldine Clarence Thomas-Quayle. Said Harriet Quayle, when asked if she was ready to be an old man’s heartbeat away from the presidency, “Absolutely, yup yup!”

-jb

And she comes with her own ethics scandal!

Aug 30, 2008 in Politics, Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin only has 18 months experience as governor of the 47th smallest state population, but she sure got straight to the point: She’s currently under investigation for using her position to get her ex-brother-in-law who was a state trooper fired, and firing the state commissioner of public safety who wouldn’t do it. The former commissioner has evidence and is quite vocal, and all indications are that Palin has been caught red-handed.

The Republican defense, of course, has nothing to do with what is ethical or legal. The rule of law? Hell, GWB and Cheney made that so yesterday. The brother-in-law was a bad guy (um, but the commissioner wasn’t, fellaz)! The fact that Palin will use whatever power she gets to settle personal grudges is only a plus for the GOP base.

-jb

UPDATE: Damn, looks like she managed to fit some corruption into her mayoral career too!

“She’s not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?” said Green, a Republican (State Senate President) from Palin’s hometown of Wasilla. “Look at what she’s done to this state. What would she do to the nation?”

And the night became terror.

Aug 30, 2008 in We'll post whatever we goddamned want to, WTF?

I bring you, ladies and gentlemen, a true story:

Office star (Ricky) Gervais was recently hosting a series of press junkets for his new movie, Ghost Town, at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, but left in a hurry when spooky happenings scared him and his co-workers.

A terrified movie executive revealed that their work was disrupted by a string of supernatural occurrences.

The exec tells British newspaper the Daily Star, “We wanted the junkets at the Roosevelt because of its ghostly reputation. But we got so much more than we bargained for. A photoshoot we prepared was wrecked and two runners say they saw the figure of a lady in the full-length mirror.

“The final straw came when a production assistant stayed in the room earmarked for Ricky and claimed to have been freezing cold on the hottest day of the year. He said he woke up with someone whistling in his ear, even though he was alone, then heard a giggle before being pushed out of bed.”

It’s always cold when they’re around, isn’t it?

-jb

Chomsky. Obama. Sloganeering. etc.

Aug 30, 2008 in Uncategorized

-mg

Consistency is the Hobgoblin of Small Minds

Aug 29, 2008 in Uncategorized

Well, we’ve all enjoyed the McCain camp & RNC’s double-barreled insistence that Obama’s apparent celebrity is something we should deplore. A celebrity is a hollow thing, right – we want down-home people, real people, running for office. Not people who pose for Vogue.

-TT

Breaking: McCain Blinks

Aug 29, 2008 in Uncategorized

More LOL than we have a right to in one lifetime. You know that “but is he experienced?” line McCain’s been pushing all season? Guess that one’s out the window! You know the so-called “PUMA people” – purported HRC supporters so blinded by the thirst for a woman leader that they’d vote Republican just to spite the party that wouldn’t offer them one? Heads up, dude who doesn’t know how to use the internet: most of them are Republican trolls. They were on your side already. The votes you’re hoping to gain from starry-eyed feminists like Thomas Tallis aren’t likely to materialize, because Ms. Palin opposes the right of a woman to terminate a pregnancy if she so desires. I know that many Republicans (and, sad to say, Democrats) think that gender equity is so important to feminists that it surpasses all – and, to a certain point, it’s true; HRC was & is a center-right Democrat in deed, however stirring her words can be. But McCain’s strategists are even more out-of-touch that they seemed if they think women will flock in droves to the ticket that puts its desire to strip women of the right to self-determination right up-front for all to see.

Or, to put it more succinctly in re: McCain’s desperate attempt to win over disillusioned HRC supporters by picking a crazed Alaskan wingnut woman as his vice:

Nice work.
-TT

Palin.

Aug 29, 2008 in Uncategorized

So much for the experience argument.

-mg

Dittoheads: As thin skinned as ever.

Aug 29, 2008 in Uncategorized

Wingnut tears taste so sweet.

The Freepers and Cornerites have found a new reason to throw one of those Grand Hissy-Fits they revel in any time somebody punches them back. The Obama campaign is throwing a gear in the works of a 501 dedicated to adding legitimacy to a bunch of smears and innuendo about a professional relationship Barack Obama had with William Ayers. You see, Obama served on a couple of boards that William Ayers served on so this cherished peice of wingnut folklore proves without a doubt that Obama is therefore guilty of terrorism by association. Right-wing, smear-merchant, hack Stanley Kurtz is currently “investigating” the matter and has not, and most likely will not, find anything that would be considered incriminating beyond the idiotic standards set forth by the online devoted.

More please!

-mg

Ninja skills!

Aug 28, 2008 in Uncategorized

McCain’s ad gives Obama a shout-out.

-mg

Oh, and Stevie Wonder looks the same as he did twenty years ago.

Gallup: Obama-48%, McCain-42%

Aug 28, 2008 in Uncategorized

Obama up by 6 points.

-mg

ps…Or should I say Barack leads McCain amongst little old ladies that still have land line telephones.

Quote of the Day

Aug 28, 2008 in Uncategorized

Senator McCain vs. Candidate McCain:

“One of the things I’ve never tried to do is exploit my Vietnam service to my country because it would be totally inappropriate to do,” McCain once said (Free Ride, Page 9).

-jb

P.S. Runner-up:

Another non-story: McCain a shameless liar.

Aug 27, 2008 in Barack Obama, The senility of John McCain

Please, CNN, don’t think of touching this one, unless you make sure you play the ad, talk amongst yourselves, then ask no liberals or Obama surrogates while making sure that a Republican strategist gets to repeat talking points.

Via Sullivan, via via The Carpetbagger Report, Obama says this:

“Strong countries and strong Presidents talk to their adversaries. That’s what Kennedy did with Khrushchev. That’s what Reagan did with Gorbachev. That’s what Nixon did with Mao. I mean, think about it: Iran, Cuba, Venezuela — these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us. And yet we were willing to talk to the Soviet Union at the time when they were saying, ‘We’re going to wipe you off the planet.’ And ultimately, that direct engagement led to a series of measures that helped prevent nuclear war and over time allowed the kind of opening that brought down the Berlin Wall.”

If voters read that, they’d give it the thumb’s up. It’s nearly 100% fact supporting Obama’s opening thesis.

But McCain runs an ad, which I won’t grant space here, that puffs up Iran, and says “Obama says it’s not a threat!”

Headline News: Can America afford another deceptive warmonger?

-jb

Death of a narrative: Deployed Soldiers give 6:1 to Obama over McCain

Aug 27, 2008 in Barack Obama, Journamalism

What “everybody knows” is not true:

According to an analysis of campaign contributions by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Democrat Barack Obama has received nearly six times as much money from troops deployed overseas at the time of their contributions than has Republican John McCain, and the fiercely anti-war Ron Paul, though he suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination months ago, has received more than four times McCain’s haul.

Despite McCain’s status as a decorated veteran and a historically Republican bent among the military, members of the armed services overall — whether stationed overseas or at home — are also favoring Obama with their campaign contributions in 2008, by a $55,000 margin. Although 59 percent of federal contributions by military personnel has gone to Republicans this cycle, of money from the military to the presumed presidential nominees, 57 percent has gone to Obama.

File this under, “To be ignored by the media.” Interestingly, rightwingers are actually unable to maintain eye function long enough to complete reading the headline.

-jb

The depraved media.

Aug 27, 2008 in Beltway-itis, Chomsky, Journamalism, Politics

Brad at Sadly No! sums up our elite media’s attitude towards this election:

What’s been generally amazing to me about this convention is how much the talking heads focused on personality-based elements: “Have Barack and Hillary made up yet? Is Michelle Obama a scary, angry black woman, or is she a phony pretending not to be a scary, angry black woman? What do the Democrats have to do to prove that they don’t hate America?”

Absolutely nothing about policy, absolutely nothing about the disaster that the past eight years of right-wing rule have wrought upon the country and the world. It’s all one big soap opera for these assholes, and as long as they’re entertained, Rome can burn.

Funnily enough, like addicts, some in the media can even talk about their own depravity, even though they’re powerless to stop it:

Stephanopoulos stated bluntly, “it’s just not true that these issues are not being discussed.” He’s right, of course. They are being discussed, but in many cases, far from sight. Take the recent news out of Iraq, where withdrawal timetables are suddenly, plainly, a part of negotiations between the Bush and al Maliki governments. This development had its origins in a congressional hearing back in June, where Iraqi Parliamentarians began the steady push for U.S. withdrawal. To get that news, one had to turn to the Washington Independent. So far as I can recall, this story was not given much play in network or cable news. It was certainly never discussed on Sunday! But these hearings presciently bespoke the Iraq turning point we have arrived at today.

Can you imagine if Maliki had endorsed John McCain’s plan for endless occupation of Iraq? Bush moved to Obama’s position on Iraq qualitatively, with not much variance quantitatively (thoughts go out to the troops who will die that extra year, hopes that Obama will expedite the process). That should be an earthquake for journalists. It should be topic NUMERO F’ING UNO, the hot buzz, the big story about the ultimate vindication of what Barack Obama and the Democrats have been saying about Iraq for a long time, and…we’ve gotten pure gossip. We aren’t even treated to some blathering about how Bush taking Obama’s position and contradicting everything McCain has said about Iraq is really good for McCain. It happened, and it just failed to register. Not news. Iraq is so OVER! Let me show you some real news:

“Did you hear McCain talk smack about Obama? It was totally f’ed up! Is Obama gonna let him punk him like that?”

The media is completely uninterested in the election as a debate about policy and how to run the country. If they do care, they pretend they’re trapped in the system. They like to call themselves the fourth branch of government, but they don’t care. They’re selling advertising. A reminder of what we’re dealing with here:

(CHOMSKY:) So what we have in the first place is major corporations which are parts of even bigger conglomerates. Now, like any other corporation, they have a product which they sell to a market. The market is advertisers — that is, other businesses. What keeps the media functioning is not the audience. They make money from their advertisers. And remember, we’re talking about the elite media. So they’re trying to sell a good product, a product which raises advertising rates. And ask your friends in the advertising industry. That means that they want to adjust their audience to the more elite and affluent audience. That raises advertising rates. So what you have is institutions, corporations, big corporations, that are selling relatively privileged audiences to other businesses.

Well, what point of view would you expect to come out of this? I mean without any further assumptions, what you’d predict is that what comes out is a picture of the world, a perception of the world, that satisfies the needs and the interests and the perceptions of the sellers, the buyers and the product.

Now there are many other factors that press in the same direction. If people try to enter the system who don’t have that point of view they’re likely to be excluded somewhere along the way. After all, no institution is going to happily design a mechanism to self-destruct. It’s not the way institutions function. So they’ll work to exclude or marginalize or eliminate dissenting voices or alternative perspectives and so on because they’re dysfunctional, they’re dysfunctional to the institution itself.

Now there are other media too whose basic social role is quite different: it’s diversion. There’s the real mass media-the kinds that are aimed at, you know, Joe Six Pack — that kind. The purpose of those media is just to dull people’s brains.

The Republicans have found this system exceptionally advantageous to their needs, bitching about the “Librul media” aside. They do not have the public on their side when it comes to the issues, and so they need this distraction, these diversions from the issues. When the media gossips, Republicans do better because they’ve engineered their campaigns around avoiding the issues. The entire structure of their discourse is built around making sure no substantial conversation actually happens. Thirty second soundbites are good for advertisers, and the Republicans know their market, playing them like any amoral salesman would.

Have you ever worked in sales? People who have know it’s about figuring out how to game people, how to say exactly the right thing at the right time that will manipulate them to give the desired response. You may end up saying things that aren’t true, but it’s not your fault because you have bills to pay and you need that commission. And if you game them into signing what you want them to sign, you tell yourself, “I’m giving them what they want. I’m not culpable.” Our media behaves the same way, acting like journalists to the extent that it will drive headlines, ratings, revenue, and correspondingly their own star. They go through the motions of doing their job, but in their minds they always carry the lessons they’ve learned. They remember what got other journalists ahead, and what got them promoted. The barking from editors…about readers, editions sold, ad revenue. They don’t want to say their readers are stupid, but they will write stupid pieces and mutter to themselves, “This is what interests people.” The art of sales is to know people are able to be fooled, yet never admit you are fooling them, unless you have figured out a way to fool them still.

By understanding how our media works, we can better neutralize the damage they do and game them in return to give us what we want: for them to do their goddamned jobs. I have a simple wish for the election: that it be about substance and policy at least as much as it is about personal gossip and playing favorites. Is it so much to ask for the media to acknowledge that the Democrats are giving the people the policies they want? Or are they so threatened because, unlike them, we give with genuine intent?

-jb

P.S. Forgot to tell this tale of Beltway media incest! Did you help George W. Bush screw up America? You get a job, Sir!

Thank you, Hillary Clinton.

Aug 27, 2008 in Hillary Clinton, Politics

If she’d voted against the Iraq War and campaigned the way she spoke tonight from the beginning, she would be President-elect in November. Enough ifs for now though. I heard an expression the other day, can’t remember where, but I think it applies: If life gives you lemons, blow everybody’s mind and make orange juice. Tonight, Hillary Clinton made orange julius with a $50 bill at the bottom of the glass. Bruising primary campaign? Don’t remember. Was I there? Couldn’t have been that bad. Let’s rock it in November, baby!

-jb

UPDATE: Well, apparently there were some subtleties that gave some Obama folks cause to continue grumbling…Hillary didn’t want to give the GOP any talking points about reversing some of her harsher claims about Obama, so gave them talking points about those criticisms remaining valid.

And then Bill Clinton came on the second night and blew that shit straight out of the water. People can talk all they want about 2012, but I’m thinking you’ve got to be a pretty miserable son-of-a-bitch to let the Republicans win this election for personal ambition. I think it’s fair to say that the Clintons are doing their best to cope with their pride and put the Democratic Party and the country ahead of themselves. Obviously if McCain were to win, Hillary would take it in 2012, but as they’ve always said, you take things one election at a time. There’s no reason Hillary can’t take it in 2016.

Kudos to both.

Walking the walk.

Aug 25, 2008 in Barack Obama, Clueless Conservatives

While thrice-divorced and childless drug addict sex tourist Rush Limbaugh will have plenty to say tomorrow about Michelle Obama’s terrific speech, Sullivan reminds us of the reality:

There’s no question that if you judge the candidates on their actual lives, rather than mythologies, the Obamas are extremely mainstream and conservative. Married for life, great parents, very humble beginnings, driven meritocrats. No divorce or adultery – and regular religious attendance and faith. And yet they are tagged as elitists and radicals. Yes, they’re liberals in policy, although not radically so. But they’re conservatives in their lives.

*sigh* It’s a topsy-turvy world, folks.

-jb

Obamanomics

Aug 25, 2008 in Barack Obama, Economy

An excellent and straightforward look tracking the evolution of Obama’s thinking on economics, and the resulting plan that should make middle class Americans ecstatic. Compared to McCain’s admitted ignorance of economics and a plan that amounts to more of everything Bush did, it’s overwhelmingly superior in every respect except when it comes to the all important goal of making sure the top 1% do even better.

Republicans have no economic case, and no foreign policy case. Just fear. We can and must do better.

-jb

By the rich, for the rich.

Aug 25, 2008 in Economy, Uncategorized

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From Think Progress.

My God, we must make sure John McCain gets an extra $373K in his bank account!

-jb

Liberal positions make gains among the populace…SO WHAT?

Aug 25, 2008 in Disappointing Dems, Election crap, Politics

Further evidence that if presidential elections had anything to do with policies, Democrats would win every time.

Of course, our presidential elections have become Prom coronations. Republicans are no doubt overjoyed to see Hillary Clinton supporters defecting from Obama to McCain for absolutely no reason whatsoever, and are gladly stoking the fires. Even what Hillary herself says matters no more. The election is now in the hands of a tiny minority of “Democrats” consumed with senseless anger and completely deprived of logic, ready to vote against Hillary’s positions and advice, for John McCain who calls his wife a cunt in public and laughs when somebody calls Hillary a bitch. Are they going to be fooled into thinking that people like Bill Kristol are suddenly feminists who care what they think?

Just witnessed on CNN, Democrat at the convention vs. a Hillaryite ready to burn the house down:
“Democrats like you are the reason we lose elections!”
“Blame the Democrat party for picking losers!”

Well, Hillary lost, you fool. This should have been dead and buried already. By the end of this week, it had better be.

-jb

Who the hell cares about McCain’s VP pick now?

Aug 23, 2008 in Barack Obama, Politics

Ooh, what’s McCain going to do, pick plastic-boy space god Mitt Romney? Nobody cares. Even if you buy into the “Obama admits weaknesses by picking VP candidate who balances the ticket!” line (click to see media hypocrisy), Obama balanced the ticket. The result of Obama picking Biden is that the MSM Beltway Broderites are happy, the party is happy, blue collar folks are happy, old people are happy, Catholics are happy, and Republicans are pissing their pants. Rumors exist of a few diehard Hillaryites grumbling, but no sightings so far.

Is it a perfect choice? Ideologically, not so much. Biden expressed a lot of caution and said some smart things early on, but he did vote for Iraq. On the other hand, he’s been unequivocal about the clusterfuck Bush administration’s handling of everything since then. He’s also famous for voting for the credit card industry’s beloved bankruptcy bill, and for that, I give him one punch in the balls.

But I know a lot of ugly dudes sitting around waiting for a six-foot redhead bombshell who isn’t Dennis Kucinich’s wife to knock on their door and propose, and I know some liberals sitting around waiting for a perfect liberal ticket comprised of Dennis Kucinich and Noam Chomsky. It didn’t happen, and it isn’t going to happen without some victories. This morning, a lot of people are hearing about Biden and saying, “So it’s going to be President Obama after all, isn’t it?” I don’t want to count any chickens, but I’m elated to have a winning lineup going into this race. It’s a good feeling indeed.

And besides, no Democrat can begrudge the man who lopped Rudy Giuliani’s head off. This clip cannot be watched enough times:

Happy boy I be.

-jb

p.s. one more for good measure:

Broken Clock Right Twice Each Day

Aug 23, 2008 in Uncategorized

Hey, say what you like about McCain – that he never had a conviction he wouldn’t change for perceived political advantage; that his respect for the institution of marriage makes President Clinton look like Ned Flanders; that his understanding of the world in which we all live is so far out of date that Ted Stevens can fairly be said to grasp it better. But what the hell – at least he’s on the right side of the immigration issue. Nice to see you’ve all come around to seeing it our way, my conservative friends – belly up to the bar, the next round of Husseins is on me!
-TT

The End.

Aug 22, 2008 in Barack Obama, Iraq, Politics

The End of the Iraq War is apparently in sight. The Bush administration, it seems, has negotiated to remove all troops by 2011.

What’s interesting is that it should take longer than five seconds to figure out who this benefits more.

Let’s see…on one hand we have Barack Obama, who was against the war from the beginning and who has been attacked repeatedly for offering a plan almost exactly like this…

Or we have John McCain, who was for it all the way, lambasted Obama for wanting timetables, and who would have moved forward on permanent bases in Iraq.

Which viewpoint did the Bush administration succumb to? Who’s got a mouthful of crow now? McCain has no choice to bend his positions to Bush’s, which were molded on Obama’s. You’re going to vote against the guy who saw through the war in the beginning, who plotted a course to its end, and bent his opponents to his point of view through appropriate analysis of the facts and the brute force of reality?

What’s this mean for McCain? Free room to talk about who else he wants to go to war with? There is no debate here, this is a victory for Obama on the biggest issue of the decade.

-jb

Kerry + rich wife = gigolo. McCain + rich wife = pillar of conservative values.

Aug 22, 2008 in Uncategorized

Glenn Greenwald nails a point that shouldn’t go unmentioned:

What’s most notable about John McCain’s confusion over the number of homes he owns isn’t merely that it demonstrates that, after running his campaign based on depicting Barack Obama as an out-of-touch elitist and himself as the all-American Everyman, McCain lives a life that is about as far removed from the Average American as one can get, and has done so for decades. What’s notable is how McCain was able to live that way. McCain himself isn’t actually rich. He just lives off the inherited wealth of his much younger former mistress and now-second-wife — for whom he dumped his older and disfigured first wife — and who then used her family’s money to fund McCain’s political career and keep him living in extreme luxury (after insisting that he sign a prenuptial agreement, which would make McCain the first U.S. President to have one).

The article goes on to list a dozen instances of John Kerry being labeled as a kept man, or worse, a gigolo for marrying into a wealthy family. The usual suspects are all well represented. The thrice divorced and drug addicted Limbaugh had a hay-day with Kerry’s marital situation as did coke-head, horse-faced Ann Coulter and many others.

-mg

McCain’s houses and the whining wingers.

Aug 21, 2008 in Barack Obama, Clueless Conservatives, Election crap, Old Man McCain, Politics, Uncategorized

My favorite come back so far:

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said in response: “Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses? Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula and thinks regular people ‘cling’ to guns and religion in the face of economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans?”

ZING! See how loud they scream when you have the audacity to punch back?

Hawaii is now the destination of the ultra-rich elite and arugula, produce that can be found in even the shabbiest mixed bag of salad greens, graces the palates of kings!

Of course, air-headed, snark-meister Sharon and the Righteous Indignation Brigade are predictably clutching their collective pearls and decrying “LIBRUL HIPPOCRISY!!!” as if the damage hasn’t already been done. The amen corner can wave their arms about Rezko (a sound bite that the networks are already tired of “reporting” on) and try to muddy the waters but the one key bullet-point that voters are going to walk away with is that Obama owns one house and McCain owns enough houses that he doesn’t have the right to lecture anybody on being an out of touch elitist. He’s also a man who isn’t above hiding behind his wife’s skirt when he’s caught in a pinch.

-mg

PS – I don’t know whether you folks are aware of this but McCain was a POW! Who knew?

More on McCain’s out-of-touch rich ass.

Aug 21, 2008 in Barack Obama, Stupidity, The senility of John McCain

It’s hard to believe he’s this rich…he’s been playing a good game for some years, but there the facts are. Then again, it’s hard to believe his policies favor the rich as a matter of principle too. Here’s another good video on McCain’s mansions:

Well, voters, how about electing another rich guy who didn’t earn his own money who institutes policies to favor other spoiled babies like himself? Or are you going to be more offended by the fact that the guy trying to help you out has a few bucks he earned himself? It’s time to get serious, folks.

-jb

Oil up. A lot.

Aug 21, 2008 in Uncategorized

Oil prices rose sharply today. Economists are blaming the increase on the fact that George W. Bush has not recently said anything in regards to easing access to offshore drilling.

From today’s WSJ:

There is only one thing we can do to ease current prices at the pump and that is to begin extracting the miniscule amounts of petroleum found off of our shores ten years from now. Adding one million barrels of crude a day to the 25 million we are projected to consume in 2018 will alleviate the terrifying possibility of having to purchase a smaller car or alter our driving habits.

-mg

Yes, but does he clear brush?

Aug 21, 2008 in Uncategorized

McCain loses track of how many houses he owns:

More please.

-mg

PS…and he still collects Social Security.

The War Against Drugs Americans.

Aug 21, 2008 in Drugs, Politics, Straight-up madness, Stupidity

We already accept this as ordinary when done against our own citizens. Is there any wonder the Constitution hangs by a thread? Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan’s daughter, takes a look at the consequences of drug raids that target innocent people first and ask questions later.

Imagine being Georgia Porter, one minute cooking dinner, the next handcuffed on the kitchen floor, inches from the bloodied body of a dog who was part of her family. Imagine Cheye Calvo hearing the shots from upstairs, not knowing what was happening, and then finding himself handcuffed, helpless, forced to kneel in his underwear. Imagine Trinity Tomsic dealing with her defiled home–not only did the police slaughter their dogs, they tracked blood all over the house in a search that yielded nothing.

You need to imagine all these things because, in a way, we all live in that house. It’s called our country, and this is what’s starting to happen here.

Prince George’s official country Web site defines itself as “a county of livable communities.” That’s what we all wish for–a livable community, a home where we feel safe. We want to feel that if the bad guys come, we can call the police and they will be the good guys. We want to believe that if we’re innocent, armed men with government badges won’t handcuff us and shoot our pets and wave their weapons in our faces.

But more and more of us don’t believe that.

Politicians have been rendered impotent to advocate rationality in the face of things voters fear. If one stands up, they’re guaranteed an opponent who hammers them for not being “tough.” Under Bill Clinton the Drug War ratcheted up with almost no restraint, and under Bush all bets were off. Interestingly, the Bush administration went after marijuana with a special fervor (the case Davis cites was a marijuana raid). It seems that when a president smokes marijuana in his past, as Bush was recorded admitting, the country gets the lash even harder. Apparently, use of a drug doesn’t inspire empathy in a president, but rather overcompensation. Let’s pray that a President Obama breaks this pattern (abandon all hope if McCain gets in). Voters have grown tired of throwing people in jail and Gestapo-style home invasions destroying the lives of innocent people, especially over a recreational drug like marijuana which is exponentially safer than alcohol or tobacco. Those who take on the responsibility of voting need to responsibly address this issue.

Then again, they need to responsibly address a lot of issues. The human condition is not well.

-jb

Stupid is easy.

Aug 20, 2008 in Clueless Conservatives, Peak Oil, Politics

This is today’s GOP. Screw facts. Screw thought and depth. The fact that Newt Gingrich is what the rightwingers call a “thinker” is testimony enough. Crooks and Liars points to this chock-full-o-stupid video:

…and the Think Progress rebuttal. The idea that inflating your tires sends profits to Big Oil is purely imaginary, but Gingrich laps it up and Hannity chortles along.

But that’s not all. See, this is the kind of stupid that just shouldn’t happen from anybody with a college degree. Or a high school diploma, for that matter. Watch and listen to the video. Obama talked about good tire pressure as something that would deliver as much benefit as offshore drilling. Big Thinker Newt Gingrich counters that it wouldn’t offset ALL THE OIL WE IMPORT FROM ABROAD.

Hello? This is what talking with rightwingers is like. There is no logic. There is no sticking to the argument. There is no admission of wrong. Obama is right about tire pressure. But they laugh and point and make up shit because it sounds funny to their tiny brains. TP quotes Arnold Schwarzenegger today:

…you can reduce your fuel costs by more than 15%. And I am talking about simple things, like proper tire pressure, avoiding rapid starts and stops, and keeping your engine tuned.

You think we’re going to get an extra 15% out of offshore drilling?

-jb

UPDATE: ISCA still provides good nuggets:

Aug 17, 2008 07:58 from Lammam P Yrruf
Any flirtation I may have had with the Conservative movement took the last nail
in its coffin when every “conservative” I encountered began laughing and
mocking a politician for endorsing personal responsibility as an important
element of economic change.

p.s. Limekiller is still a chickenshit:)

If you hate teh gay, the Constitution is your enemy.

Aug 20, 2008 in Christian Right, teh gay

Orson Scott Card, via Sully (can’t help it):

If the Constitution is defined in such a way as to destroy the privileged position of marriage, it is that insane Constitution, not marriage, that will die,”

The more anti-gay activists realize that their wishes aren’t Constitutional, the happier I’ll be. Judges permitting gay marriage aren’t “activist” judges (9 out of 10 rightwingers can’t even explain what they mean by that term…actually, 10 out of 10, since I haven’t heard a coherent explanation yet), they’re simply recognizing the fact that the Constitution doesn’t permit the government to deny gay citizens their equality.

-jb

Putting 2 and 2 together (or, rather, Bush and McCain).

Aug 19, 2008 in Politics, The senility of John McCain

Yes, Andrew Sullivan is my favorite blogger, and his ability to put his finger on and elucidate things that only lurk in the nether regions of my consciousness is why. I had all the information necessary to ask the question, but he does it first: Does Bush think John McCain was tortured? What Republican does, in fact?

In all the discussion of John McCain’s recently recovered memory of a religious epiphany in Vietnam, one thing has been missing. The torture that was deployed against McCain emerges in all the various accounts. It involved sleep deprivation, the withholding of medical treatment, stress positions, long-time standing, and beating. Sound familiar?

According to the Bush administration’s definition of torture, McCain was therefore not tortured.

This, being irrefutable, is something you’ll only get silence or obfuscation from Republicans on. And a meme the media will never pick up and run with. Republicans are always given a handicap by the media because if they didn’t, fatal contradictions like this would disrupt their precious ratings-driving balanced dichotomy between Republicans and Democrats.

Sullivan drives the stake deeper:

And the techniques used are, according to the president, tools to extract accurate information. And so the false confessions that McCain was forced to make were, according to the logic of the Bush administration, as accurate as the “intelligence” we have procured from “interrogating” terror suspects. Feel safer?

Personally, it has been mystifying to me how anybody could have felt safer with George W. Bush at the wheel, and the prospect of hothead John McCain with his finger on the button is just as scary. He has no impulse control, no wisdom, and his honor is long gone:

Now the kicker: in the Military Commissions Act, McCain acquiesced to the use of these techniques against terror suspects by the CIA. And so the tortured became the enabler of torture. Someone somewhere cried out in pain for the same reasons McCain once did. And McCain let it continue.

A bankrupt candidate for a bankrupt party.

-jb

Houston, Texas – R.I.P.

Aug 19, 2008 in Uncategorized

Have they lost their minds?

The U.S. transportation secretary will announce “good news” regarding expanding transit in Houston Tuesday, a spokeswoman said. Metro has asked the agency to pay for half of two planned light rail lines.

Residents of Houston need to understand that problems with traffic congestion and rising energy prices can be easily solved by building more roads. Oh, and public transportation is just gay. [/sarcasm]

-mg

Quote of the day.

Aug 18, 2008 in Politics

The assumption of Obama’s critics is that a president should always reduce complex issues to simple black and white truisms, unfounded in reality. That’s why they supported Bush. And that’s why they’re supporting McCain.

-Andrew Sullivan

McCain’s economic plan is that taxes are bad, because America is so cool we don’t have to pay for anything. He plans to add nearly $5 trillion more to the deficit than Obama, but “Obama will raise your taxes!” Guess what, Americans? Each of you owes thirty grand. Have a child? That kid owes $30K too. Everybody. Obama’s tax plan is very generous towards the middle and lower class, but there’s still no reason for Americans to think they can get something for nothing, so much so that the very mention of taxes sends them into apoplectic fits.

-jb

Vacation time over.

Aug 16, 2008 in Uncategorized

All that blogging time missed while McCain’s campaign is getting stupider and stupider and the media is loving it more and more…but here’s a good antidote:

Of course, I come back home and the internets is on the blink again, as I’ve come to expect from AT&T. About every month Lil’ Miss Samari needs to “reset” the router, whatever the hell that means.

I’ll get up to full speed soon, but while I’m at it I’ll throw a question out there that will never be answered: Does all the lying, deceit, and fake stupidity ever interfere with your Christian consciences, “good” Republicans?

-jb

Volvo driving, latte’ drinking Wall Street is “in the tank” for Obama.

Aug 15, 2008 in Uncategorized

From Bloomberg:

Disdain for McCain is combined with enthusiasm for Obama in some quarters. Many of the brokers, bankers and traders in the securities industry, who contributed $9.2 million to Bush and $4.8 million to Kerry four years ago, are now Obama supporters, motivated by issues such as the Illinois senator’s opposition to the Iraq War. Obama has received $8.9 million and McCain $6.3 million from the industry from Jan. 1, 2007 through June 30 of this year, according to the center.

Their support comes even as Obama seeks higher taxes for wealthy Americans. He’s pushing a rollback of Bush’s income tax cuts for families making more than $250,000 a year. The average salary on Wall Street was $339,910 in 2006, according to the New York State Comptroller.

After reading the above it’s obvious to me that Bloomberg is part of the liberal media conspiracy and that Wall Street traders and bankers are a bunch of latte’ sipping liberals who hate America and have teamed up with them in order to advance their leftist agenda. What more proof do you need?

-mg

How’s that delegation to Georgia faring, McCain?

Aug 15, 2008 in Uncategorized

Any word on John McCain’s delegation team that was headed for Georgia? Have they saved the day? Will McCain personally vanquish our enemies? It’s situations like these that I thank God that there is no green cryptonite around to sully Saint McCain’s heroic efforts.

-mg

How many people……? updated

Aug 15, 2008 in Uncategorized

How many people have heard one talking head on cable news point out that Georgia was the first to invade South Ossetia, killing civilians and Russian peacekeepers (troops)? I certainly haven’t.

I don’t think that this situation should come as a shock to anyone. Georgia has been building up it’s military (under the direct tutelage of 100 American military trainers) along the borders of Russia since the fall of Eduard Schvernadze in 2002 and after our invasion of Iraq the West, led by the United States, is hardly in a position to question the morality of Russia’s decision.

While writing this I noticed that a cease-fire agreement had been signed by humiliated President Saakashvili. The draft of the document does not commit Russia to respecting Georgia’s “territorial integrity”, a concession they capitulated to before the conflict. Chalk up a win for the Russian bear.

-mg

Update:

Washington Post op-ed on the US media dutifully reporting the news as if Georgia was the helpless victim. Liberal media, indeed.

McCain put on the spot about politicizing Georgia.

Aug 14, 2008 in Uncategorized

DRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

-mg

More McCain gaffes.

Aug 14, 2008 in Uncategorized

Classic.

Speaking to reporters about the situation in Georgia, Sen. John McCain denounced the aggressive posture of Russia by claiming that:”in the 21st century nations don’t invade other nations.”

Will the Librul Media ™ risk being labeled as “in the tank” for Obama and have the audacity to point out the booming hypocrisy of this statement?

-mg

John McCain to personally liberate Georgia from the grip of Russia.

Aug 13, 2008 in Clueless Conservatives, Old Man McCain, Politics

This is classic:

“Yesterday, I heard Sen. McCain say, ‘We are all Georgians now,’” Saakashvili said on CNN’s American Morning. “Well, very nice, you know, very cheering for us to hear that, but OK, it’s time to pass from this. From words to deeds.”

McCain told a crowd in Pennsylvania yesterday that he had called Saakashvili to express solidarity with the people of Georgia, saying: “Today, we are all Georgians.”

McCain was strutting around in front of a wall of flags yesterday talking tough about Russian aggression in what I would call a very presumptuous fashion. The fact that McCain has been trying to act presidential has certianly garnered him a great deal of attention in the press especially in light of his recent badgering of Barack Obama for his “presumptuous” travels through Europe. What McCain plans on DOING besides making speeches is a point beautifully highlighted by the above comment made by Saakashvili. While the press is more interested in whether or not it is good politics to be making empty gestures it needs to be mentioned that this is a real countries that are fighting and John McCain’s hypothetical sabre-rattling is an insult to those that are caught in the middle and struggling to survive.

-mg

Saint McCain.

Aug 13, 2008 in Uncategorized

Remember the good old days (months ago) when talk of setting a timetable for troop withdrawal was a sign of TREASON and SURRENDER?

More McCain “flip flops”:

-mg

Terrific Russian-Georgian conflict blog.

Aug 12, 2008 in Uncategorized

James Sturcke of the Guardian pilots a blog dedicated to the Russian-Georgian conflict that is very informative.

I’ll have to do some surfing later to find out how the wingnuts are coming along in their blaming of The Librulz ™ for the invasion of Georgia by Russia. It must be rough going considering that Putin is using the exact same rhetoric as we did before our invasion of Iraq.

I see Dana is wasting no time in blaming NATO.

Shock.

This situation certainly highlights the lack of the Bush administration’s effectiveness in leveraging American foreign policy goals. All the man can do is look solemn and make empty gestures. And please realize folks that these are the actions of a true aggressor and not those of a bunch of Arabs trying to find reverse in a Russian tank in the desert. George Bush was glad-handing it at the Olympics while Vladamir Putin’s Red Army took control of 70% of Europe’s natural gas supply.

-mg

Please tell me this guy has a blog.

Aug 11, 2008 in Uncategorized

-mg

The McCain strategy.

Aug 11, 2008 in Uncategorized

Lie.

-mg

John Edwards to be pilloried at the behest of thrice divorced and drug addicted Rush Limbaugh.

Aug 10, 2008 in Uncategorized

Are the wingers done obsessing over a grown man’s dick yet?

-mg

What’s easier to believe?

Aug 09, 2008 in Uncategorized

That Obama, who has more substantive plans than McCain is “just like Paris and Britney,” or that McCain is a doddering old man past his prime and in no position to chart our nation’s future?

McCain’s got nothing. He’s got no choice but to go for Rovian bullshit-acular continuous lying.

-jb

Where’s Roy Moore?

Aug 08, 2008 in Uncategorized

All those traditionalists high on the ten commandments – why do they hide when something like this happens? Does their Exodus 23:9 read different from mine? How about Matthew 5:38-40, the only place in the whole book where you’ll find the words “an eye for an eye” – how we doin’ with that one?

-TT

Chuck Schumer lays the smack down.

Aug 08, 2008 in Uncategorized

Nicked from Atrios:

“They’re trying to say, ‘He’s not one of us,’” Schumer said.

“I would answer back hard. What do you mean he’s not one of us? It’s John McCain who wears $500 shoes, has six houses and comes from one of the richest families in his state,” Schumer said. “It’s Barack Obama who climbed up the hard way, and that’s why he wants middle-class tax cuts and better schools for our kids.”

The press narrative shall always be that Republicans are manly-men who clear brush and drink Busch Light while Democrats are limp-wristed, latte-drinking elitists. Liberal media indeed. Obama needs to get out in front of this and call out McCain for what he really is; a manicured and pampered Washington insider who has been a career politician for the last thirty years.

-mg