Friday, October 31, 2008

Buchanan Thinks McCain White Chaotic. That's Reassuring.

Pat Buchanan has been a John McCain supporter for a while now, so I was surprised to see his take on what a McCain White House would be like. This is a supporter?

God (any God will do) help us all.

Luntz Stumped by Undecided Voters Reaction to Obama Infomercial. Stupid Comes to Mind.

If you watched the first part of the Fox News panel of undecided voters ust a few posts below, with Frank Luntz, here's the second part after Barack Obama's 30 minute infomercial. Guess what, the undecided dodo's still couldn't make up their minds.

Voter Field Trips for High Schoolers in Florida

I've got to hand it to Fox News, sometimes they hit on the right story, like this one on high school field trips to vote. Of course, because the high schools are in more Democratic districts, conservative parents suspect a plot by liberals to swing the vote to Obama. Hey, conservative districts have every right to do the same thing, if they truly want to teach their children to vote...

Oh my god, are we talking about voter suppression at home?

ACORN: According to the Daily Show and CBS News

ACORN is the target and winnable issue this election for the Republicans. If they can cast doubt on the electoral process, like they have over judicial picks and government competence, they can tear down everything the founding fathers put in place during the founding of our country.

That puts them in the drivers seat. If there is no one to turn to, because no one can be trusted, citizen insecurity will produce a compliant populace. Wasn't that easy?

In the video clip below, the Daily Show takes a look at ACORN and its Republican detractors, and a CBS report on ACORN and the Republican unsupported rhetoric over voter fraud (registration fraud really).

Poisoned Public Perceptions of Government Leave Public With No Where to Turn For Health Care

So how’s that Republican-trickle down, unregulated corporate economy going so far? According to the polls, around 90 percent of the people asked, say it’s going in the wrong direction.

But there’s one big problem: If people don’t trust government (and want to make it smaller), who’s going to make things better? Can we ask business, the ones who created this crisis, or rely on our vilified and incompetent government to rescue our country? Sorry, there are only two choices, unless you think we should all just fend for ourselves. The following researcher from the University of Wisconsin looked into these very questions.

UW Badger Poll on health care and the economy

Katherine Cramer Walsh, a University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor, an expert in how people form political opinions, has spent some of her time the last 18 months traveling the state and listening to Wisconsinites talking casually in their own terms, in their favorite spots and among people they usually meet. "Health care was one of the top three concerns for every group I spent time with," says Walsh, who is the faculty director of the University of Wisconsin Badger Poll. "When we talked about the changes people would like to see in the health care system, almost every group expressed skepticism toward state and federal government."

Walsh says that even those who supported a government organized, single-payer health care system expressed doubts about the government's ability to deliver and maintain such a system. Walsh used the responses to help craft questions in the latest UW Badger Poll on health care and the economy. "Among people on the lower end of the income scale, skepticism toward government was expressed as part of a worldview in which they were skeptical of a broad array of institutions of authority," she says, noting their wariness also extended to health maintenance organizations (HMOs), corporations and the university.

"Among upper-income people, however, skepticism toward government was voiced in terms of particular people," she adds. She encountered a "stark feeling of distance" from state government across many types of people. "It is clear that many Wisconsin citizens feel left out of the policy process," she says. "Even local public officials whom I listened to expressed skepticism toward the government. Those attitudes, often expressed over a cruller and washed down with coffee, Walsh says, "stand as a major challenge to support for government-centered health care reform."

My Response:

I agree with the research, but lament the lack of reasons for the public perception of government.

Through a massive conservative ad campaign, starting with Reagan, government is the unwelcome guest at the table even though it represents the people. The Joe averages out there have been convinced, through the constant drumbeat of waste and corrupt government officials, that it can't do a good job of managing our money. Instead of holding their representatives to a higher standard, they blame the supposed separate entity, "government," as responsible.

This negative campaign has succeeded in making people wary of government, just like the campaign of voter fraud is being pushed to call into question the results of our elections.

It's a marketing ploy used by other governments in the past, to create suspicion and division.

The proof, that a single payer system of health care can work, is ignored because of the negative influences of big business and small government advocates. The fact that all systems have flaws and weaknesses is no reason to believe that tweaks aren't ever necessary.

It appears the other side needs to convince people responsible government officials can get the job done. That's true representation.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Obama Rearview Mirror ad Surreal, Scary and True

Palin Going Rogue Has Nothing to Do with Run For Presidency in 2012. Right…!

Republicans are finding out that “creating your own reality” might be a bit harder to manage when you have the real world throwing it’s two cents in. So is Sarah Palin maneuvering to run for president in 2012? How dare we ask…!

Washington Post:
Sarah Palin's chief of staff blasted the press for distorting her comments during an ABC News interview.

ABC News had posted a partial transcript of Palin's interview with "20/20" anchor Elizabeth Vargas, in which Vargas asked the Alaska governor whether she had political aspirations in 2012 -- a question Palin deflected -- and whether she had been sufficiently demoralized by the attacks she had experienced that she would consider retreating from the national stage once the election was over.

"I think that, if I were to give up and wave a white flag of surrender against some of the political shots that we've taken, that... that would... bring this whole... I'm not doin' this for naught," Palin said in the interview.

Eskew said "ABC News made a mistake" in characterizing Palin's comments as a hint that she would consider running in 2012 -- an interpretation shared by other news organizations, such as CNN, which reported on her remarks as having stunned the McCain campaign.

Yes, the whole world of media is wrong about her actual words, and as usual, the Republican candidate is a victim. Like all Republicans are victims, of a bad economic policy and failed ideology, as well as being victimized by their own statements of fact. They are so misunderstood, aren’t they?

Republicans don’t even believe their own self criticisms.

Eskew went on to question the press coverage, saying the media is invested in promoting a narrative that brands Palin as running "a rogue campaign." That phrase originated with an anonymous "senior Republican who speaks to Palin," who told the Politico in a Saturday story, "I think she'd like to go more rogue."

Eskew said Palin remained "unbowed" by the media criticism of her personal life. "She has proven she can take some really hard shots."

Proving you can take hard shots does not discount the reality of those shots, or absolve her of her misstatements and ignorance of the issues.

Desperate Dole in N. Carolina Says: Opponent Doesn't Believe in God.

Warning: the video clip here features Brit Hume. Unfortunately, the story I'm featuring here appeared in his "news" broadcast.

The Senate race in N. Carolina is getting ugly, not because of the Democratic candidate Kay Hagan, but because of the incumbent Republican Elizabeth Dole. Doles ad ties Hagan to Godless in America, and implies she is an atheist and an enemy of "our Christian nation."

The ad includes a woman's voice shouting "there is no God," giving the impression that it was Hagan's actual audio (I fell for it myself), and not some hired production talent.

Candidate Kay Hagan has asked for a cease and desist order, and rightly so, but Dole refuses the pull the misleading ad voluntarily. After all, if you can't beat somebody on your positions, at least you can paint them as godless.

Republicans are desperately sick people (at least the ones running for office and/or attend McCain/Palin rallies).

Neocon Gaffney on Obama: His "Weakness Invites Aggression" from our Enemies

The crazy neocon loons never really go away, they just hang in the background until they're called upon to inject their venomous paranoia into to public dialog.

You might remember one of the more vocal war mongers, Frank Gaffney, the former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, who was a regular guest promoting war on CNN's canceled show "Crossfire" during the run-up to Iraq's invasion.

He has since turned up here and there, warning us how dangerous the world is, and how we must start wars before someone else does. In the video ad below, Gaffney's "non-partisan" views are enlisted by the zanily named nationalistic group "Let Freedom Ring USA," to convey this message:

Gaffney's trascripted message:

Gaffney: When we see candidates taking positions that unmistakedly convey a determination neither to use military power...they are conveying to our enemies-WEAKNESS. Weakness invites aggression."

If that were true, then I guess when George W. Bush took power, his weakness invited 9/11? Bush invited this act of "aggression" right Frank?

Gaffney never really got the concept of the double edged sword.

It's Confirmed: Tom Delay says Obama is a Marxist

Hardball's Chris Matthews for some reason likes Tom Delay. On his latest visit, Delay spread the "socialist" "Marxist" talking points about Barack Obama. He even agrees with Rep. Michele Bachmann's call to look into the socialist anti-America lawmakers in Washington.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz smacks down the "hammer" with his disgraceful exit from the hill and his corrupting influence of the political system in Congress.

Just How Dumb Are Undecided Voters? Frank Luntz and John Stossel Should Talk

This Fox News story takes irony to the outer limits. It starts with John Stossel dissing dumb voters again, saying they're doing more harm then good. It then moves onto an "undecideds" focus group, who agree with Stossel, that people who don't know the issues shouldn't be allowed to vote. HUH?

You mean, like the dumb undecided voters that still don't know what the candidates stand for?

Think about it. Not one of these group members thought to go to the candidates web site to read up on their positions and vision for the country. Not one of these people can differentiate between Republicans and Democrats yet? SARAH PALIN FOR VP for Gods sake? By the end of this clip, you might want to get drunk. Thank you Fox News for stories that only dumb voters can understand.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Palin Goes Rogue

The Daily Show put this weird strange nightmare, Sarah Palin, in perspective.

Failed Republican Ideologue Ed Rogers on Hardball: (Obama) He's Never Done One Hard Thing in His Life!

Chris Matthews grilled Fmr. Bush 41 Aide Ed Rogers on John McCain's economic policy, and got some startling answers from another free marketer who also doesn't seem to get it, that their ideology caused this mess. Bob Shrum near the end of the clip gets a shocker.

Here are just a few of my favorite exchanges:

Rogers: ...we nee to cut the corporate income tax..

Matthews: Is it better to borrow more money from China or raise taxes, you have to do one or the other.

Rogers: You can grow your way out of it.

Matthews: (Bush)he cut taxes, he did everything you said a Republican should do and this is where we're at.

Rogers: How Philosophical do you want to get?

Matthews: I'm just saying we're where we are at because of Republican policies. He (McCain) supports the Bush tax cuts..

Rogers: PLUS SOME! Plus some!

This is where Bob Shrum takes Rogers to task for throwing in a good old boy racial stereotype about Obama. I'm with Shrum on this.

Rogers: He's (Obama) never done one hard thing in his life.

Shrum: Somebody from the South shouldn't say that a black person running for president hasn't done a hard thing in their life.

Rogers: Come on, don't you even go there. Obama's never done one hard thing in his life and you know it. (angrily) WHAT?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

McCain, Palin and Joe the Plumber. What a Run For President.

This is an official press conference with...Joe the Plumber. And Fox News was there. The McCain campaign actually has this guy out there speaking for them, and the average guy, like the average guy Senator who married into money.

Joe thinks a Barack Obama presidency will mean the death of Israel. Off the charts.

Obama's Holes in his Shoes Elitist Hipness

Okay this a small point, and I know we've moved on past this topic, but let's talk about Palin's clothes again. She's the diva, getting heaps of expensive clothes thrown her way, and Barack Obama is the guy who is an elitist and celebrity. Keith Olberman points out the obvious. And maybe we both have got nothin' better to do than nit pik.

Saturday Night Live's Vision of the Obama Infomercial

I don't know about you, but I'm a little nervous about the Barack Obama infomercial Wednesday night at 7 pm central time, especially when he's ahead. It would be wise to reduce the amount of ammunition by hanging back.

But, Saturday Night Live was able to get me to laugh at their vision of the infomercial, while reminding me Obama can do any worse than this surreal presentation.

Christian Ministry in California Gets Kids to Bash Gays. So That's What Jesus Would Do

The Christian Ministry in California won't be happy until were stoning gay people to death. Who knows, maybe that's next with these sick fundamentalists. Hey, why not get kids who don't really get the whole thing and turn them against the homo's?

Drum roll please...

Daily Show Gives Us More of the Same Terrorist talk From Rally Goers

The Daily Shows Jon Oliver talked to a number of McCain/Palin rally followers, and got the same kind of responses we've in the "Sidewalk to nowhere" and other web videos. The Republicans have poisoned the political water for the next four years if Obama is elected.

Wall Street Bears Get the Gimmies, Give Up Free Market Capitalism in a BIG Way

I guess once the taxpayers broke open their piggy bank, the eyes of corporate power wanted more.

The American taxpayers are now suddenly expected to dole out the bucks to private and public industries that made big marketing and management mistakes so they can keep employing us.

This story really is the final nail in the “laissez-faire capitalism” coffin. Maybe now the Ayn Rand wanna be’s can let her and her idea’s R.I.P. The CBC put this sermon together:

Reuters: General Motors and Cerberus Capital Management, which owns Chrysler, have asked the U.S. government for around $10 billion US in an unprecedented rescue package to support a merger between the two car companies.

Separately, Canadian auto parts makers have asked the federal and Ontario governments for "immediate, short-term, low-interest loans" to survive the credit crunch. "Assistance is required immediately if our country has any hope of salvaging a once vibrant and prosperous industry," said the president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association Canad.

In Washington, the White House reiterated Tuesday that U.S. automakers may be eligible for the Treasury's $700 billion US financial rescue package.

Separately, the Associated Press reported that the $700 billion US financial bailout has become the biggest lobbying target in the U.S. capital.

Automakers, insurers, securities dealers and American subsidiaries of foreign banks all want the Treasury to cut them a piece of the largest government rescue in U.S. history, and the betting is that many will be successful amid faltering financial markets and predictions that the economy is heading into a deep recession, AP said.

A decision by the Bush administration to provide the government's first funding for the auto sector since the $1.5 billion US bailout of Chrysler in 1980 has been widely seen as the merger's best chance for success.

Now, in addition to taking a stake in what would be the world's largest automaker by volume, the U.S. government is also being asked to provide support by taking over some $3 billion in pension obligations, the first source said.

The final component of the proposed support would be a credit line that could include U.S. government purchases of commercial paper to relieve short-term pressure on liquidity.

The Little Girl Goes Negative on McCain-Onion

The Onion has outdone themselves with this little gem about a little 8 year old girl named Emily Anderson, and her negative self financed ad campaign against John McCain.

The sad fact is, all the informtion in the ad was true. After watching this, don't you wish Democrats had a little of Emily's courage?

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Claims Lying First Amendment Right In Campaigns

Republican orthodoxy dictates that all things are relative. Fabrications and lies have equal weight when compared with reality and the facts. Both arguments are part of the ideological battle of positions, taken by each side, and have equal weight. Boy, doesn’t that sound well thought out?

To show how “down the rabbit hole” this concept is, take a look at this pathetic partisan just elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as told by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

No other Wisconsin judge has faced the ethics violations now confronting Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman … no judge has ever faced Judicial Commission allegations that he or she made false statements about an opponent. The commission filed a complaint Oct. 7 alleging a campaign ad Gableman ran in March made false statements about his opponent, then-Justice Louis Butler.

Gableman has indicated he will fight the accusation on First Amendment grounds … If he maintains that position throughout the proceedings, that could mean he would have to answer questions under oath.

At issue is an ad by Gableman that said: "Louis Butler worked to put criminals on the street. Like Reuben Lee Mitchell, who raped an 11-year-old girl with learning disabilities. Butler found a loophole. Mitchell went on to molest another child." As a public defender, Butler won an appeal for Mitchell, but the state Supreme Court ruled that Mitchell had to stay in prison. He did not commit the subsequent crime until after he was paroled.

Gableman argues that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that political speech must be judged on its literal meaning, not on impressions Campaign consultant, Darrin Schmitz; "The allegation skips over the fact the plain language of the ad is truthful," Schmitz said in a statement. "This is an unprecedented attempt to punish someone for making a truthful statement, which sets a very dangerous precedent."

Did you get that? The disconnected statements are true if taken individually, but when they're put together, mean something completely different. And that's okay to Justice Gableman. Dr. Suess, here we come…

A 2002 U.S. Supreme Court decision appears to help Gableman … said a Minnesota judicial code could not preclude judges from publicly stating where they stand on controversial issues such as abortion … But New York University law professor Stephen Gillers, who has written on judicial ethics, said judicial disciplinary cases are not subject to the same First Amendment deference that other legal matters are. "There's no First Amendment right to lie to voters in a contested election," he said.

James Sample, counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, said one can argue the ad is true only "if you have no respect for the constitutional right to counsel."

Get ready now, here’s where we try to follow the Republicans “everything is relative, everything might be true” delusion through the looking glass:
Sean Parnell, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, said the government shouldn't judge campaign speech. The group fights campaign restrictions.

"A falsely flat statement in one person's eyes is a modest exaggeration in another person's eyes is the honest truth in yet a third person's eyes," he said.

Wouldn’t that make a great bumper sticker? As soon as I post this, I’m making a wall plaque so I can proudly display this mind numbing Republican “Mad Hatter” logic. God are they really this nuts?

Monday, October 27, 2008

McCain was, and May Still Be, A Secret Commie Socialist

It seems the McCain campaign can't cut a break, now that the Daily Show dug up this clip of the Republican maverick explaining to an audience member the virtues of spreading the wealth, much to the chagrin of the her and the audience.

Obama, get rid of the Bush hug, this is a gift that dissolves their socialist rhetoric.

So This is How You Run A Presidential Campaign: Your Opponent is a Terrorist?

Robert Greenwald's Brave New Films release shows just how methodical and dangerous the McCain campaign has been about redefining Barack Obama as a radical and possible terrorist. There are a lot of clips and "lame brain McCain" head comments.

Is McCain Suffering From: Maverick Personality Disorder?

Not only is the Maverick family angry with the John McCain bastardisation of the true meaning of maverick, but now it a possible mental disorder, humorously written up by Alan Lipman.

Dr. Alan J. Lipman’s “Maverick Personality Disorder 400.00 (Cluster B)”

Maverick Personality Disorder is defined by a tendency to make rash, impulsive decisions that are regarded as both bold and correct--even if the decision directly contradicts another "bold" and "correct" decision that has been made only moments before. This impulsively is to be distinguished from that seen in Borderline Personality Disorder in that in the latter disorder, self-destructive behavior is overt and intentional, whereas in Maverick Personality Disorder, the impulsive behavior is largely self-destructive, but the individual is rarely aware of it, instead thinking that they are acting "from their gut" in a reasonable fashion.

Sharp mood swings, dramatic gestures, and statements that reflect poor judgment and at times reduced perception of reality (e.g. "the fundamentals of the economy are sound") often occur in the disorder.

A. Three of the following symptoms, displayed in a persistent fashion over a period of 1 year, are necessary for the disorder:

a) Impulsive, rash thoughts and decision-making … The impulsive decisions are often justified by such statements as being a "courageous thinker", and by disavowing thought and deliberation as negative characteristics. Notably, despite repeated negative outcomes of this impulsive decision making, the individual still maintains that this behavioral style is correct … Ideas that are entirely at odds with each other may be seen concurrently, and such contradictions may be presented by the individual as entirely rational.

3) Extreme mood swings or changes in affect, from apparently happy, to extreme anger and rage. Often these emotions will occur simultaneously, as in the "angry grimacing smile."

5) "Going Rogue": The tendency to stray from previous professional, social and personal commitments in an effort to protect the self.

6) Dissociative Speech Disturbances: The marked tendency to speak for extensive period of time without any apparent linkage between speech centers and centers of actual thought. The individual may appear entirely confident in what they are saying, speaking at length without pause, without displaying any deliberation, cerebration, contemplation or any other forms of thought whatsoever. With these speech disturbances may occur various accompanying behaviors, such as winking, thumb-raising, etc.

7) Dissociative Changes in Ideation: The individual may disavow major aspects of what they claimed to be the center of their beliefs--e.g., the viability of major tax cuts for the wealthy.

8) Verbal Echolalia: The seemingly uncontrollable repetition of certain words and phrases, even when they appear to have ritualistic meaning or have little or no purpose, remaining utility, or underlying truth. E.g., "My friends", "Socialist", "Joe the Plumber".

B. These behaviors must cause marked impairment in one's professional activities or campaign, and are obsessively maintained even when their destructive impact is clear.

Who is Alan Lipman: I am a doctor, who over the past 20 years has practiced clinical psychology in Georgetown, as well as serving as a professor, author (represented by Dupree/Miller), & commentator on CNN, the BBC & NBC News. Also, as a graduate of Georgetown Law, I comment, teach, lecture & expert witness on issues that bear on both psychology & law

Voter Fraud: The Dead Continue To Show up to Vote

The next time your hear Republicans complain that dead people are registered to vote, think of the poor couple who found out that one of them was dead, her very alive husband.

John and Marge Jacoby are 40 year residents in Madison, who have never raised an election officials eye brow, until now.

According to AP: They went online earlier this month to verify their voter registrations, and they couldn't.

When Marge called the city clerk to investigate, she learned her problem was the records didn't include her date of birth. The problem with her husband's? He was listed as deceased.

John said, "They didn't have her birthday recorded, and with me, I was dead. They said it happens with common names, except I don't think I have a common name."

The City Clerk explained that computer access to the registration list requires the date of birth — even though people like the Jacobys who registered years ago weren't required to give that information.

This comment said it all for me:

A Fool says: Clearly this is why we need stricter voting restrictions. We cannot have all of these dead people rising from the grave and voting for Obama.

This video from the Onion may not be so far off.

McCain and Obama Dance Off Surreal

Here's more dancing, this time it's McCain v Obama Dance Off. Palin makes a surprise appearance. This is just weird to watch.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Bizarre Dancing with Obama & McCain, Bush & Gore

I don't know how they did it or who would have taken all the time to put these videos together, but I hope they keep 'em coming.

100,000 Commies Turn Out in Denver, Craving Socialist Agenda?

Pictures But No Stories...Obama, Clinton and Palin

Just a few pictures I've collected. Still haven't had a chance to insert any of them into a story. Gotta love the action figures.

NRA and Republican Racists Might Be a Wake- up Call?

An in-depth article from the Portland Press Herald on Oct. 23rd reported that a citizen in New Gloucester, Maine erected a large sign depicting Sen. Obama in a traditional Somali dress compared to an image of Sen. McCain in a Navy flight suit, on the right.

Below, as posted in Newsweek on Oct. 23rd, skewered the NRA's grossly misleading and blatantly false ad:
The new ad shows a terrified woman grabbing a gun after an intruder smashes his way into her home. It accuses Obama of voting repeatedly for a measure that would "make you the criminal" in such cases, and voting to "deny citizens the right of self-protection."

The NRA says the incident depicted is "a true story." Not quite.

The actual 2003 burglary didn't involve a woman, and it didn't become violent until the male homeowner went downstairs and started firing before calling police.
The ad fails to mention that the issue was a local handgun ban that made the homeowner's gun illegal to keep in the house.

What Obama voted for was not any general repeal of the right of self-defense, but to uphold enforcement of the local gun ban, a "petty offense" that carried a maximum penalty of a $750 fine.

Republicans Affraid of Total Democratic Control. Look What Happened to Them..

If you’re a Republicans, don’t you find it a little embarrassing to see your party grovel, desperately trying anything it can think of to get elected?

Washington Post:

On the defensive across the country and staring down an election that could see them reduced to an ineffective minority in the House and the Senate, congressional Republicans are offering a new argument to voters: the danger of single-party rule in the nation's capital.

You mean like the “dangerous” way the Republicans handled the Congress and White house over the previous 8 years? Do you really want to point out your party couldn’t handle the responsibility? And since Republicans screwed things up so badly, is that a good reason to elect the next president, just because? Or for that matter, a Congressperson or Senator? Just because? It appears so…

"If I lose this seat and one party has control across the board, then you'll see changes," Sen. Norm Coleman told voters last week in Minnesota. In North Carolina, imperiled Sen. Elizabeth Dole warns in a new television spot that Democrats will "get a blank check" if challenger Kay Hagan wins.

How can we forget high/lowlights: In 2004, Republicans widened their control of the House and the Senate, and Bush won a second term. Voters revolted, handing the GOP a defeat as punishment for worsening conditions in Iraq, the botched response to Hurricane Katrina and a spate of ethics scandals.

Now it’s time for the Democrats to show that they have learned something from being in the minority, and prove that government can work, if the right people take charge and responsibility for their actions.

My critical eye is hopeful, but ready hold them accountable as well.

Patrick Henry College Prices Many Out Of Heaven-Colbert Explains

Getting into heaven is free, you only have to be good etc.., but learning how to be good so you can get ahead in the line may price you out of the market.

Colbert dares to ask the obscure question to the Chancelor of Patrick Henry College, Michael Farris.

More Republican Slime: A Vote for Obama Like Events That Led Up to the Holocaust

I don't really know what else I can ad to this story, except to say it's incredibly sick.

Pennsylvania Republicans are disavowing an e-mail sent to Jewish voters that likens a vote for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to events that led up to the Holocaust. "Jewish Americans cannot afford to make the wrong decision on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008," the e-mail reads. "Many of our ancestors ignored the warning signs in the 1930s and 1940s and made a tragic mistake. Let's not make a similar one this year!"

A copy of the e-mail, provided by Democratic officials, says it was "Paid for by the Republican Federal Committee of PA - Victory 2008." The e-mail was sent Thursday morning to 75,000 Jewish voters.

Political consultant Bryan Rudnick was identified as the person responsible for it. Rudnick, reached Saturday night, confirmed that he no longer works for the party, which employed him a few weeks ago as a consultant to do outreach to Jewish voters. "I had authorization from party officials" to send the e-mail, Rudnick said, but he declined to say who had signed off on it. "I'm not looking to drag anyone else through the mud, so I'm not naming names right now," he said.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Palin and WFTV's West Say Outright Obama Socialist like Marx

The push by Republicans to portray the Democratic candidate for president as the second coming of Karl Marx would be almost laughable if they weren't so serious.

In the video clip below, the Huffington Post writes that "The Illinois Democrat, she hysterically suggested, would, through his proposals, create a country "where the people are not free." That's right, Obama wants to make the U.S. into a communist country were you don't own anything. She actually says that in her speech featured here. I follow Palin rant with Florida's WFTV anchor Barbara West, who must have pulled here questions right off a Republican push poll, by quoting Karl Marx and suggesting to Joe Biden that some think Obama will turn us into a socialist country like Sweden.

Note: Sweden is often mentioned by Republicans as the country the U.S. should most be like when it comes to the use of school vouchers for everyone. Damn it's hard to be consistent, isn't it?

Biden canceled the stations scheduled interview with his wife. After watching this Barbara West deliver some pretty accusatory, and less policy driven questions, you'll may think there really is now bar low enough for these foul dislikable people.

Ron Howard Brings Back Mayberry for Democrats

This is just fun to watch, and cool to see Andy Griffith.

Anti-Intellectual Republicans Like Palin Can do Without Science. Here's the Proof

Newsweek's Richard Wolffe stepped out on that limb we know as commentary, with a strong heart felt statement about Sarah Palin's unforgivable gaffe involving fruit fly research. Keith Olberman thank god brought the story up.

We had a similar situation in Wisconsin from a few Republican legislators who wanted to withdraw funding from the University of Wisconsin because of frivolous research on how students play video games. A statement released by those very researchers explained the importance of observing game playing, in order to develop video LEARNING software that students would enjoy using, while gaining vast amounts of information.

These people just don't get it.

Joe the Plumber to Fox News' Cavuto: You Guys are asking a Plumber?

Your World's Neil Cavuto interviewed Joe the plumber in what could be described as surreal, when you consider Cavuto asked Joe about the economy and what his feelings were on that.

I loved Joe's answer, "You've got a couple of hundred economist out there, and they don't know what to think. And you guys are asking a plumber what he thinks!"

Neil's comeback is so Republican.

McCain Advisor Tells David Gregory, that Obama is "Dangerous"

The McCain campaign economic advisor Douglas Holtz-Eakin stunned me with a comment about Barack Obama that MSNBC's David Gregory let pass like it might have been true. Eakin closed his comment with "...he is truly untest and DANGEROUS." Gregory response, "Doug, good seein' you."

Palin "not dealing with facts." She's a demagogue. With a Small d.

Is Sarah Palin Really qualified? NO.

Or so says former Palin staffer Larry Parsily, who exposes her and all the other Republican phonies, by openly admitting that she is "can really get people behind her without dealing with the facts." Chris Matthews follows that with the question "You're talking about a demagogue?"

Parsily agrees, "Yea, maybe a small d on demagogue. There's a bit there."

McCain Supporter Crazy Like All the Rest, Caught Lying Too

I'm not sure how many more crazy McCain supporters I can stand posting here. It's gotten so bad that Google ads on this page are all Republican or McCain sites. Here's just another one to talk about, Ashley Todd, and she's a repeat zanyist.

Here's Keith Olberman with the McCain campaign ties and Christopher Hitchens follow up opinion from Hardball.

Post Gazette:
Almost from the start, Pittsburgh police were skeptical about a young woman's claim that she had been mugged and a "B" carved into her cheek by an attacker who was provoked by the sight of a John McCain bumper sticker on her car. Ashley Todd quoted him as saying "You are going to be a Barack supporter," as he sat on her chest, pinning both of her hands down, and scratched the letter "B" on her right cheek. Her story quickly became political fodder, fueled by the presidential campaign and Ms. Todd's political connections as a field representative for the College Republican National Committee and McCain volunteer.

How thought out was this...

The day after the purported attack, both Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin called Ms. Todd, offering words of comfort.

On her MySpace profile, she references the title of a song by the group Panic at the Disco: "Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her cloths (sic) off," but adds to it "but its (sic) better if you do."

About a month earlier, he said, Ms. Todd sent an e-mail to the Ron Paul group saying her tires were slashed and that campaign paraphernalia had been stolen from her car because she supported Mr. Paul.

Joe McCain Calls 911 for Traffic Jam

So John McCain has a crazy brother huh? Keith Olberman begins the story of Joe McCain's call to 911 for a traffic jam, and Rachel Maddow continues that conversation with Joe's follow up calls to the dispatcher. That's right, he called 'em back to complain. The McCain's are crazy loco.

Racist Republican Story Number 4033... and Counting: Marcia Stirman Hate Muslims

Are we watching the Republican Party colapse before our very eyes in a hail of racial slurs and biggotry? This, from the Huffington Post and Keith Olberman:

In a letter to the editor printed Tuesday in the Alamogordo Daily News titled "Why I'm a Republican," Marcia Stirman, chairwoman of an Otero County Republican women's group, hits all the major (and some minor) talking points -- she believes in the death penalty, small government, spanking kids, gun rights, winning wars, etc. -- before calling out the "Muslim socialist" heading the Democratic party ticket.

In another case:

Bernalillo County Republican Party chairman Fernando C De Baca was forced to resign after saying "Hispanics consider themselves above blacks" and wouldn't vote for a black presidential candidate.

Friday, October 24, 2008

McCain's America: No Health Care, Retirement Benefits and Lots of Job Retraining

Upfront with Mike Gousha interviewed the McCain campaign economic advisor Doug Holtz-Eakin and scared the daylights out of me. If you've noticed, McCain doesn't have any detailed solutions to any of the nations problems, he just knows what to do.

Instead of stopping the outflow of jobs, Eakin wants to train the next generation, re-do unemployement and displaced worker programs.

That's retrain, not retain.

When Eakin said McCain laments losing jobs to India and China because of corporate tax rates, retirement benefits and health care, that's code for doing away with each of these employee safety nets. That's the McCain vision of America. Good luck suckers.

The Florida Republicans Hope of Long Lines NOT Discouraging Voters From Casting Ballots

The Republican legislature and former Gov. Bush made sure Florida voters had nice long lines and shorter voting hours in their bid to promote democracy.

I wonder how many Republican voters are also waiting? I guess they should have thought of that.

Oh yeah, we've got a few problems, according to CNN:

Forty-two percent of those surveyed in a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll said they were not confident that their votes could be "accurately cast and counted." That number is up 15 percentage points from a similar poll conducted four years ago.

In Broward County, 17 of approximately 300 polling places are open for early voting, which ends November 2. On Monday night, one Broward County polling site closed at 10:30 p.m., three hours past the scheduled time.

In West Virginia's Jackson County, there were some reports that voting machines were accidentally recording the wrong vote. "I went in there and pushed the Democrat ticket, and it jumped to the Republican ticket for president of the United States," said Calvin Thomas, an 81-year-old West Virginian.

The same thing happened to his daughter, Micki Clendenin, when she cast her ballot. In both cases, poll workers at the site had them touch the screen a few more times, and the voting machine changed their ballot to their candidate choice.

CNN's Brian Todd reported that at least five voters in two West Virginia counties said they encountered the same problem. State and local officials said that they were isolated cases and that poll workers fixed the problems so the correct vote was cast.

McCain is So Wrong About Socialism and "Spreading the Wealth." Cato Institute and Adam Smith Chime In

John McCain knows what his base wants, and he knows how to stir them up. Are they as curious about the factual nature of McCain’s talking point speeches as they are about having a mooseburger with Sarah Palin?

This section of speech taking a poke at Barack Obama’s statement about spreading the wealth, has so many flaws, a simple google search turned up a number of good arguments refuting McCain’s biggest issue. McCain talks about getting rid of the AMT. One problem: An opening for nlimited tax dodges for the wealthy, the very reason the AMT was established in the first place. How many people in the audience could have been affected by the alernative minimum tax. I doubt many.

Let’s start with author and the father of market capitalism Adam Smith:

The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. . . . The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. . . . It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.

AP: John McCain is pouncing on Barack Obama's call for shifting more wealth from richer Americans to poorer ones, likening it to socialism. His remarks win applause at campaign events. But they ignore the nation's long tradition of redistributing huge amounts of wealth through tax-and-spending policies. Placing a heavier burden on the wealthy has been a cornerstone of the federal income tax since its inception in 1913. Under its "progressive" formula, in which the wealthy pay higher tax rates, the richest 5 percent of Americans now pay well over half of all federal income taxes.

For most Americans, the biggest tax burden is the payroll tax that funds Social Security and Medicare. The tax rates are the same for everyone, and the Social Security levy does not apply to incomes above $102,000, a boon to the wealthy.

Moreover, Social Security benefits go to rich and poor retirees alike. That means low-income workers' payroll taxes are partly shifted to wealthier people, a reverse of the income tax's topdown construct.

Federal excise taxes on products including gasoline and cigarettes are more regressive still, as are sales taxes levied by many states.

For several years, a strong economy and social safety net programs helped many families avoid poverty.

Gov. Sarah Palin increased the tax on big oils profits and redistributed that wealth back to the citizens of Alaska.

American Public Radio: Commentator Will Wilkinson (The Cato Institute) said this in an interview:

Joe the plumber, did you, like John McCain but unlike Barack Obama, support the invasion and occupation of Iraq? Well, that's cost taxpayers over a trillion dollars so far, and has, like it or not, spread a whole lot of wealth to defense contractors.

What do you think of McCain's proposed $5,000 family health care tax credit? It might be a great idea, but it's not a way of not spreading wealth.

And if you're sniffing around for socialism, why not try Gov. Sarah Palin's Alaska, where every year the state pays residents equal shares of state-owned oil revenues? The one thing McCain and Obama seem enthusiastically to agree on, "energy independence," would spread wealth from consumers and taxpayers to politically favored energy firms. The big difference is which companies gets the subsidies.

One commentor added: Did farmers enjoy farm subsidies, or wealth redistribution?

At, this opinion by Tula Connell

Last week, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson mailed $150 billion in checks to the big banks. From that point forward, the CEOs and all the other top executives of these banks are now our dependents. They are living off the tax dollars of schoolteachers in Iowa, truck drivers in Montana and even Joe the Plumber. But, if redistribution from the rich to the rest of the country is socialist, what do you call the upward redistribution that Congress approved in the bailout package? It’s hard to justify taxing people who make $40,000 a year to benefit bankers who make more than 100 times as much.

Spreading the wealth—our wealth as taxpayers—through Wall Street socialism, means exacerbating the nation’s massive income inequality. Which, in turn, means an end to the American Dream of economic mobility. Just like in socialist countries.

Neo-liberal Trade a Failure too. It Seems Free Marketeers are Wrong Again

So I was right after all. Actually a lot of people were right, and criticized for supposedly blaming America first, when we called for a change in our trade policies. Bill Clinton admitted as much yesterday.

(AP) Today's global food crisis shows "we all blew it, including me when I was president," by treating food crops as commodities instead of as a vital right of the world's poor, Bill Clinton told a U.N. gathering on Thursday.

The former president also saluted U.S. President George W. Bush - "one thing he got right" - for pushing for a change in U.S. food-aid policy. He chided the bipartisan coalition in the U.S. Congress that killed the idea earlier this year.

Clinton took aim at decades of international policymaking by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and others, encouraged by the U.S. that pressured Africans in particular into dropping government subsidies for fertilizer, improved seed and other farm inputs, in economic "structural adjustments" required to win northern aid. Africa's food self-sufficiency subsequently declined and food imports rose.

Now skyrocketing prices in the international grain trade - on average more than doubling between 2006 and early 2008 - have pushed many in poor countries deeper into poverty.

"Food is not a commodity like others," Clinton said. "We should go back to a policy of maximum food self-sufficiency. It is crazy for us to think we can develop countries around the world without increasing their ability to feed themselves."

Canada, for example, requires that 50 percent of its aid go as cash - not as Canadian grain - to buy crops locally in Africa or other recipient countries. But U.S. law requires that almost all U.S. aid be American-grown food commodities, benefiting U.S. farmers.

Clinton also criticized the heavy U.S. reliance on a food crop, corn, to produce ethanol for fuel, which helped drive up grain prices worldwide. "If we're going to do biofuels, we ought to look at the more efficient kind," he said, referring, for example, to the jatropha shrub, a nonfood source that grows on land not suitable for grain.

The U.N. General Assembly president,
Nicaragua's Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, agreed, speaking of the "madness of converting crops into fuel."

Neo-liberal trade policy are about as practical as unregulated free markets.

Voter Fraud Suit Thrown Out of Court, But Partisan McCain co-Chair and AG Ignores Legal Ruling and HAVA Law Anyway

What can you say about an Attorney General who disregards the clear meaning of the federal HAVA law? It could mean he is carrying out the Republican Parties wishes to cast doubt on the election and push the voter fraud myth. In fact, watch the video, where AG J.B. Van Hollen pretty much admits that’s what he intends to do.

The circuit judges ruling reiterates the meaning of that law and uphold the Federal Supreme Courts decision that he has no standing bringing the suit.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal:

The decision by a Dane County circuit judge Thursday to toss out a lawsuit seeking to force the state to double-check voter registrations going back two years likely means a smoother Election Day, with fewer voters having to re-register at the polls and faster-moving lines, officials said.

But state McCain co-chair Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, who filed the suit against the state Government Accountability Board in September, said not doing the checks raises the odds of voter fraud, and he vowed to appeal. Van Hollen maintained the checks were needed to guard against fraud that could possibly sway the presidential election.

The lawsuit sought to force the accountability board to order local clerks to check hundreds of thousands of voter registrations since January 2006 against state driver, death and felon databases to ensure accuracy. The suit also sought to purge ineligible voters from the rolls.
Ruling 12 days before the election, Judge Maryann Sumi said Van Hollen failed to show that state or federal law was being violated.

1."Nothing in state or federal law requires that there be a data match as a condition on the right to vote.”
2. "HAVA does not supplant Wisconsin's constitutionally protected right to establish its own voter eligibility standards."
3. Van Hollen did not have standing to bring the lawsuit. The U.S. attorney general is charged with enforcing HAVA, she said.
4. Van Hollen failed to show that state or federal law was being violated. "Nothing in state or federal law requires that there be a data match as a condition on the right to vote. HAVA does not supplant Wisconsin's constitutionally protected right to establish its own voter eligibility standards."
5. Sumi also ruled that the state Republican Party has no standing to join the suit.

"We cannot lose sight of the goal of this lawsuit," Van Hollen said in a statement.

And that is to discourage worried voters that they might have a problem voting, and support the myth there is such a thing as voter fraud. Of course, that’s not what J.B. Van Hollen said:

"Wisconsin needs an accurate statewide voter list. Wisconsin needs to comply with state and federal laws designed to protect the right to vote. Looking the other way is not an option."

A check by the accountability board of voters who registered between Aug. 6 and Aug. 26 this year showed discrepancies in the information of 22 percent of the registrations. But most of those mismatches were due to transcription errors or names being recorded one way on a driver's license and another way on a voter registration card, officials said.

For voters, it means fewer of them will have to re-register on Election Day, fewer will have their eligibility challenged because of data mismatches, and voting lines will move more smoothly, some said.

To All Staunch Free Market Whiners: “I Still Do not Fully Understand Why It Happened!” Grovels Greenspan

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said a ``once-in-a-century credit tsunami'' has engulfed financial markets and conceded that his free-market ideology shunning regulation was flawed.

``Yes, I found a flaw,'' Greenspan said in response to a grilling from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. ``That is precisely the reason I was shocked because I'd been going for 40 yearsor more with very considerable evidence that it was working exceptionally well.'' -Bloomberg News

What I don’t understand is how right I was and how wrong a guy who supposedly has the cred turned out to be. Heck, most Democrats were right, except for those who were tempted by the free market mythology. Looking back…

In May 2005 speech, Greenspan said that ``private regulation generally has proved far better at constraining excessive risk-taking than has government

Greenspan reiterated his ``shocked disbelief'' that financial companies failed to execute sufficient ``surveillance'' on their trading counterparties to prevent surging losses. The ``breakdown'' was clearest in the market where securities firms packaged home mortgages into debt sold on to other investors, he said.

Wait a minute: Is Greenspan saying greedy free market investors only thought about short term gain and to hell the long range consequences? I’m shocked. What amazed me were the partisan Republicans who were still beating the "Democrats are the deregulators" drum. I thought Democrats never saw a regulation we didn’t like? For the record:

Greenspan opposed increasing financial supervision as Fed chairman from August 1987 to January 2006. Policy makers are now struggling to contain a financial crisis marked by record foreclosures, falling asset prices and almost $660 billion in write downs and losses tied to U.S. subprime mortgages.

Then there's this from AP:

Badgered by lawmakers, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan denied the nation's economic crisis was his fault.

Greenspan, 82, acknowledged under questioning that he had made a "mistake" in believing that banks, operating in their own self-interest, would do what was necessary to protect their shareholders and institutions. He said the current financial crisis had "turned out to be much broader than anything that I could have imagined." On the billions of dollars of losses suffered by financial institutions because of their investments in subprime mortgages, Greenspan said he had been shocked by the failure of banking officials to protect their shareholders from their bad loan decisions.

"A critical pillar to market competition and free markets did break down," Greenspan said. "I still do not fully understand why it happened."


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ferrell's Back as Bush, Fey's Back as Palin

It's alway good to see Will Ferrell's take on Bush, since Farrell has that similar distant blank look down cold. Tina Fey is Palin.

Fringe Group "Coalition of America's Families" Racist Ad Recruiter video Too?

The Capital Times online brought attention to an insanely racist ad paid for by one of those right wing fringe groups with the ultra patriotic name; The Coalition of America's Families. It's not a joke and I didn't make it up. These grand dragons against Latino's and Blacks ran this ad on two Madison, Wisconsin TV stations.

The Capital Times continues:

Madison's minority communities are incensed by a political ad being aired on two local TV stations that they say is "misleading" and "inflammatory."

The ad, sponsored by the Coalition for America's Families, depicts a young man standing beside a busy street, holding up a homemade sign with "Free Health Care for Illegal Aliens" written on it. "This is really good news for illegal aliens," the actor says. "They don't even have to live here, and health care is free. This is kind of like that idea of giving Wisconsin welfare checks to people from Illinois, only a lot better."

Deborah Speckmann, a member and officer of the NAACP Madison branch,
the reference to welfare checks in the ad "hits black people."

The current controversial ad seems to refer to Healthy Wisconsin, which sought to
guarantee health care to residents. It’s the primary target on the Coalition for
America's Families' Web site.
Clearly the group is dredging up racist resentment toward anything that reminds people of welfare, drawing the conclusion that health care for all is the same as “welfare,” and that Wisconsin will fill up with blacks and illegal aliens if everyone gets coverage.

The Coalition for America’s Families is a racist, bigoted hate group of extremists. Maybe their names should be listed as well…

As for the lies about Healthy Wisconsin, CAF writes:
The plan which passed the Wisconsin State Senate last year would cost more than $15 billion dollars in higher taxes. That means an average of $510 a month more for every Wisconsin worker, at a time when families are already hurting.

The first lie: The $510 a month replaces what workers pay now for health care, it is not added onto what workers are now paying in taxes. The deception continues...

In addition to placing an economic hardship on working families, the Healthy Wisconsin plan would provide free health care for non-residents, people who don’t work and even illegal immigrants. And the plan would provide tax payer funding for abortions.

This is just flat out racist. These groups are extremist fringers.

If Your saying Nasty Things about Pennsylvania, McCain will Agree

If you're a politician, never try to say this phrase, "I can't agree with him more..," because if rarely comes out right for some reason. John McCain tried and failed in such a bizarre way that I can't stop watching this clip. Just what is everyone in that crowd thinking? Or are they...?

John Public Forgets to Vote, McCain Wins Presidency! Campaign ad Slick has sent out one of the best "get out the vote" marketing ideas I've seen in a long time. You fill out the provided blanks with your name, and suddenly you're the subject of an Obama loss. Watch the video I put together that represents all of us here:

Here's the fake story copy next to the video, along with non-functional "video" stories relating to that lazy none voting John Public.

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 Gov. Palin: 'Lookit That—I'm The Second-Most Powerful Person In The World'
 Neighbor: 'John Always Seemed So Normal'
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Enter their names and email addresses to send them each a personalized version of this video with their name in it. Paid for by Political Action,

The Redistribution of Wealth: You Mean the System We Have in Place Now? Greed the Fatal Flaw

David Corn wipes the floor with conservative talk show Heidi Harris, rattling off example after example supporting the idea of income redistribution, and the hypocrisy of conservatives who advocate the same policies but call it something else.

Harris continues to float the unprovable and forever debatable idea that the founding fathers never intended the "people" to expand government. Her "not what we're founded on" repetition reveals the standard right wing ploy, where if you say it enough, people will start thinking it must be true.

Here's the clip from Hardball:

McCain/Palin: Joe the Plumber, John the Blogger, Sherry the Dairy Farmer, Spot the Dog, Smoky the Bear...

Why are they treating us like children? That's how the last eight years of the Bush administration has treated all of us, punishing critics for "bad behavior," and sternly sticking to their "father figure" guns. The stern parent.

So how would the party of authority, the Republicans, approach the voters in their run for the presidency? Stephen Colbert points out the obvious.

HBO's Section 60, the Weight of War on Families

Military personal killed in Iraq and Afganistan are eligible for burial in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery. Watch this short clip...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

McCain Camp Explains Why Al-Qaida Wants a McCain Presidency...Because they Don't?

So Al-Qaida is now supporting John McCain as our next president because he's "impetuous."

Since the terrorist organization had endorsed a Democratic president before, and it wasn't a ploy to make John Kerry look bad so George Bush could get re-elected , it should be interesting to hear the McCain campaigns explaination this time around.


Al-Qaida supporters suggested in a Web site message this week they would welcome a pre-election terror attack on the U.S. as a way to usher in a McCain presidency.

The message, posted Monday on the password-protected al-Hesbah Web site, said if al-Qaida wants to exhaust the United States militarily and economically, "impetuous" Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is the better choice because he is more likely to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "This requires presence of an impetuous American leader such as McCain, who pledged to continue the war till the last American soldier," the message said.

"Then, al-Qaida will have to support McCain in the coming elections so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush.""If al-Qaida carries out a big operation against American interests," the message said, "this act will be support of McCain because it will push the Americans deliberately to vote for McCain so that he takes revenge for them against al-Qaida. Al-Qaida then will succeed in exhausting America till its last year in it."

Mark Salter, a senior McCain adviser, said he had heard about the Web site chatter but had no immediate comment.
The McCain Campaign response:

Washington Post: Aides blasted a report published in today's Washington Post quoting commentary on an Islamic extremist Web site that "Al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election," saying that The Post had relied on a "blogger" whose connections to al-Qaeda were questionable. And the McCain team accused The Post of running an "inflammatory" headline while ignoring words of praise for Barack Obama from other Middle East leaders.

Randy Scheunemann, the campaign's top foreign policy adviser, read reporters several statements of praise for Obama from a leader of Hamas, the president of Iran and the leader of Libya.

Of course, they aren’t Al-Qaida, the ones responsible for attaching the U.S.
Former CIA director Jim Woolsey, also a McCain adviser, added: "It is ridiculous to believe that in its heart of hearts that al-Qaeda wants John McCain to be the president. It's ludicrous."

It seemed just as ludicrous when they endorsed John Kerry. Can these guys have it both ways?

Karl Rove Almost Captured Alive but Escapes to Wreak Havoc Again

Karl Rove, turd blossom, tracked down by slime trail was nearly arrested and handcuffed at the Mortgage Bankers Association Convention in San Francisco. God, this is so much fun to watch:

Karl of course is trying to create a new myth that Democrats are the deregulators and small government party. WOW! Nice try.

Sarah Palin: Elitist, Out of Touch with Mainstream America Not Your Average Shopper

This post has everything to do with getting your "just do," than anything of true relevance. My conservative friend used to wave the price of the John Edwards elitist haircut in my face all time, telling me how out of touch he was with average Americans. Well, back at you...

Politico: The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.

According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.

The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September.

The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in AugustThe business of primping and dressing on the campaign trail has become fraught with political risk in recent years as voters increasingly see an elite Washington out of touch with their values and lifestyles.

In 2000, Democrat Al Gore took heat for changing his clothing hues. And in 2006, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) was ribbed for two hair styling sessions that cost about $3,000.

Then, there was Democrat John Edwards’ $400 hair cuts in 2007 and Republican McCain’s $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes this year.

A review of similar records for the campaign of Democrat Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee turned up no similar spending.

But all the spending by other candidates pales in comparison to the GOP outlay for the Alaska governor whose expensive, designer outfits have been the topic of fashion pages and magazines. AMERICAblog points out the amount is just half of what the RNC spends on makeup for Sen. John McCain: The RNC shelled out $8,672.55 for McCain’s makeup in September, employing celebrity makeup artist Tifanie White.

Reaganomic Genius Laffer Has Solution to Economic Crisis: Cut Taxes in Half

Just when did the economic disaster begin, and who's brilliant idea was it that led us to this low point in history? Fox News' Neil Cavuto found him; Arthur Laffer (ironic), former Reagan economic advisor and author of "The End of Prosperity."

Cavuto unintentionally lays bare Laffer's twisted logic and convoluted vision. Without ever asking Laffer about how Reaganomics brought about our current crisis, Cavuto cheers on his blantant denial of reality, completely ignoring the actual loss of middle class income over the last 25 years. Laugher says, "Taxing rich people and give the money to poor people your going to have lots and lots of poor people and very few rich people." Watch the crazy man:

Cavuto: ...The Brains, the heart if you will, behind the Reagan tax cuts..

Arthur Laffer: If you tax rich people and give the money to poor people you're going to have lots and lots of poor people and very few rich people...

...the last 25 years we've had all groups who've increased their incomes substancialy, including the poor-the lowest group. Now it's true, the rich have gotten a lot richer, that's very true, but if you try to redistribute income, you'll just make the poor poorer...

...why don't you take the $700 billion package, which is about half of the personal income taxes for one year, and
just say, anyone who works and produces over the next year, your taxes are cut in half.

Cavuto: knoow, the wrong guy won the Nobel prize for economics...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Voter Suppression: Maddow Tells A Scary Tale From Rolling Stone Magazine

Rolling Stone has a nice feature on voter suppression by the Republican Party.

Rachel Maddow presented a little piece of the article that should surprise a lot of voters out there, voters who may not have thought about the issue much, but would be wise to be aware. It's short and surreal, so I've included it here.

Olberman: Palin Gives Wrong Answer to Third Grader About VP Job. Gets F

A short comment from Keith Olberman on Sarah Palin's wrong answer to a third graders question about VP duties.

The reason why I've included it here was Olberman's inclusion of every other time she gave pretty much the same answer, four times altogether, and how incredibly strange it is think she's really a part of the presidential ticket.

Matthews Grills Tom Ridge on Socialism and Tax Cuts

This is almost a daily thing now, but here's another grilling by Chris Matthews, taking aim at McCain co-chair Tom Ridge. Ridge had no answer to the McCain accusations that Barack Obama was a socialist, although his silence spoke volumes, and he thought the wealthy were already paying enough in our progressive tax system.

I've been saying all along that Republicans are the biggest freeloader, who want it all, but don't want to pay for it. Matthews asked Ridge about the last eight years of Republican borrowing and spending, and how we would ever pay our bills if taxes were cut even more. Yeah, how about that?

Palin: Unitary Executive in Waiting. VP in Control Of Senate..?

Sarah Palin is a one woman wrecking crew for John McCain. She must have been in private sessions with Dick Cheney about the power of the vice president. No one running second on the presidential ticket should be this wrong about her Constitutional duties.

Republican Economics: Eighty-something’s Back to work

Now on PBS took another look at the declining human condition in the U.S., it's problems with unemployment and the sad state of an ideologically driven trickle down, voodoo economic policy.

The following clip is a roller coaster ride of emotions, starting with a disillusioned Republican who's had enough of the spreading hopelessness.

Daily Show: Undecided Voters Exposed! Finally.

If your like me when it comes to undecided voters, it seems almost impossible to imagine that anyone could straddle the fence on the clearly defined issues between the parties, and not know what side they typically side with.

This Daily Show story from Jason Jones and Samantha Bee, proves we weren't nuts to think there was something really wrong with "undecided voters," and that they're walking among us in a state of constant confusion.

Powell Comments about Michele Bachmann Anti-American Hunt

Michelel Bachmann's attempt to divide the country with simplistic nationalistic fear mongering, like the McCain/Palin campaign, hasn't gone unnoticed by other Republicans.

That would include Colin Powell, who had a few things to say about the insane thought process of a Bachmann, an actual Congressperson who should know better.

Chris Matthews Exposes Rush Limbaugh's Comments About Powell as a ...Well, You be the Judge

Chris Matthew's knows when he's onto a good thing. This clip continues his grilling of right wing zealots, exposing the rhetoric filled, but substance free ideology.

He takes aim at Rush Limbaugh this time, and singles him out for declaring loudly into the microphone about Powell's decision to vote for Obama, "It's totally about race." Come on Chris, you can say it...!

What the hell, I'll say it, Rush Limbaugh is a racist.

The McCain Laugh and Palin Wink Campaign

Can these two get any weirder?

Read the whole thing...