Tuesday, September 30, 2008
This is from the November/December 1998 issue of Mother Jones magazine:
Mother Jones: You not only have had combat experience in Vietnam, but you were also a prisoner of war. When you look at terrorism right now, with people like Osama bin Laden, do you have any reservations about watching strikes like that?
McCain: You could say, Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted? Most of us have never heard of him before. And where there is a parallel with Vietnam is: What's plan B? What do we do next? We sent our troops into Vietnam to protect the bases. Lyndon Johnson said, Only to protect the bases. Next thing you know.... Well, we've declared to the terrorists that we're going to strike them wherever they live. That's fine. But what's next? That's where there might be some comparison.
Sarah Palin is no wilting flower. She is a politician who took the national stage and sneered at the work of community activists. She boldly tries to pass off incuriosity and lassitude as regular-people qualities, thereby doing a disservice to all those Americans who also work two jobs and do not come from families that hand out passports and backpacking trips, yet still manage to pick up a paper and read about their government and seek out experience and knowledge.
When you stage a train wreck of this magnitude -- trying to pass one underqualified chick off as another highly qualified chick with the lame hope that no one will notice -- well, then, I don't feel bad for you.
When you treat women as your toys, as gullible and insensate pawns in your Big Fat Presidential Bid -- or in Palin's case, in your Big Fat Chance to Be the First Woman Vice President Thanks to All the Cracks Hillary Put in the Ceiling -- I don't feel bad for you.
Monday, September 29, 2008
- Daniel Larison
All that Obama needs to win is to hold the Kerry states and keep his leads in Iowa, Colorado and New Mexico. That seems the most likely scenario.
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-- Mitt Romney, NBC's Today show, 9/29/08
Sunday, September 28, 2008
'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life
Trying to make ends meet
You're a slave to money then you die
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places
where all the veins meet yeah. . .
Friday, September 26, 2008
I am a lifelong ( 51 years old) "rock-ribbed" conservative.... What an eye opener this week has been! I now realize what a blowhard Newt truly is by advocating the GOP bail on the Paulson Plan. As a professional money manager I can tell you I am shocked, dismayed and depressed that the Speaker would excoriate the GOP to abandon this plan which is URGENT and necessary to avoid a financial catastrophe that once commenced may be irreversible. The level of ignorance of financial and economic reality displayed by the Speaker , Rep. Boehner, Sen. Shelby , et al, has been frightening and sad. I thought the GOP had a better grasp of such matters than the Dems. Apparently not. And if this has been pure election gamesmanship as I suspect? The willingness to play politics with the U.S. financial markets is appalling and disgusting.
I am a huge Reagan fan and admirer.I have voted GOP every election since 1976. Until now. Today. September 25, 2008. As soon as I finish this email I am going to try and get my $1000 McCain/Palin credit card donation back as I will not be voting GOP this year after watching this circus and the theatres passing as leadership displayed by the GOP. I am embarrassed to have been an erstwhile supporter of this gaggle of self-serving jerks. I hope the GOP lose their asses come November. They shall deserve it.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
"The GOP loyalist response to McCain’s stunt has been predictable (right down to Gingrich’s Romneyesque call for a “workout, not a bailout”), and it says a great deal about what these people think constitutes leadership: opportunism, trying to hog the credit for other people’s work and, above all, a mindless dedication to taking action. No doubt, if these were what made for great leaders McCain would be the new Augustus.
Laughably, Gingrich likens this to Eisenhower’s “I will go to Korea,” but unlike Eisenhower and the Korean war McCain has no credibility concerning the crisis he is supposedly addressing. In the end, knowing when you can contribute something and knowing when to avoid complicating an already difficult situation by intruding on ongoing negotiations is what separates grandstanding from leadership. It is what separates the simple egomaniacs from the ambitious pols who nonetheless have some idea what public service is. McCain’s belief that he is indispensable in a time of crisis is the surest sign that he is unfit for any office in republican government, much less the chief magistracy of the Republic"
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
- - 700 billion: proposed Wall St. bailout
-- $695.4 billion: GDP of Taiwan. If the bailout were a country it would be the 21st largest GDP, larger than most nations.
-- $653 billion: cost of Iraq war (so far)
-- $515.4 billion: proposed 2009 Pentagon budget
-- $315 billion: McCain's nuclear energy plan
-- $295 billion: amount Pentagon overspent original budgets by.
-- $150 billion: Obama's energy plan
-- $50-$65 billion: Obama's health care plan, per year
-- $59.2 billion: proposed 2009 U.S. education budget
-- $10 billion: McCain health care proposals, per year
-- $38 million: Hank Paulson's post-2004 salary as Chairman, CEO of Goldman Sachs
-- 16.1 million: number of median Ohio household incomes ($43,371 as of 2004) that would add up to the bailout -- or about THREE Ohios.
For McCain, by contrast, the two prime areas of weakness are his judgment and temperament—both of which Obama singled out for criticism at the convention. “What Obama needs to make clear in the debate is McCain has no larger strategic vision, that he responds viscerally to every immediate situation with the same level of anxiety,” says a Democratic strategist. “Georgia-Russia is only the most recent example. He said that was the first serious crisis since the Cold War. Really? What happened to 9/11? The threat of Muslim extremism? He usually says that is the most significant issue since World War II! So? Which is it? The guy can’t distinguish between the moderately serious (Georgia is such a case, just a classic big-power landgrab), the important, and the world-changing. He’s just a hotheaded fighter pilot: a nicer but still pointed way should be found for Obama to say that, right in his face.”
“The public is giving McCain some credit for it, but they still want to get the fuck out of Iraq, and with him, that’s no sure thing. The surge is a book, but it’s a book we’ve read. Obama needs to turn the page.”
= GOP Operative
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
"Security moms, soccer moms, white moms, moms with sons at war, moms with bastard sons, moms with sons going to college, now Wal-Mart moms, moms. Just pick a mom. "I wonder if this kind of effort went into to profiling Egyptian moms what are the pseudo labels we would come up with…?" she asks.
Zeinab, another member of the Egyptian blogging team, is amazed by what she calls the "media mind-twisting" that American voters are being exposed to.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Settler Rabbi Endorses… Obama?
September 19th, 2008 by ck
I know… not what you’d expect right? But here it is - Rabbi Menachem Frohman, one of the founders of the Zionist settler movement in Israel and the Chief Rabbi of the settlement of Tekoa stating that he believes Barack Obama is the only hope for peace in the Middle East…
Mr. Biden’s venues are, in many cases, economically challenged areas of swing states. His crowds are up-and-down in number and enthusiasm — some loud and in the thousands, others sleepier and small. But his reviews are generally good from voters, some who came in unconvinced about Mr. Obama.
“Biden is a guy who I really believe, who really seems like he is going to help us out,” said Sheryl Kline, a loader for the United Parcel Service who attended a rally in Maumee, Ohio. “He sounds like someone who knows how we’re struggling.”
OK, a correspondent directs me to John McCain’s article, Better Health Care at Lower Cost for Every American, in the Sept./Oct. issue of Contingencies, the magazine of the American Academy of Actuaries. You might want to be seated before reading this.
Here’s what McCain has to say about the wonders of market-based health reform:
Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.
So McCain, who now poses as the scourge of Wall Street, was praising financial deregulation like 10 seconds ago — and promising that if we marketize health care, it will perform as well as the financial industry!
Independent voter Bill Chever, 56, another Air Force veteran from St. Petersburg, said he has voted Republican four times and Democrat three times in the last seven presidential races. He likes and trusts Obama but not Obama's party. Democrats have done nothing of consequence while controlling Congress, Chever said, but he's particularly bothered that the Palins are not cooperating in the "Troopergate" investigation into whether she fired the state police chief for not firing her former brother-in-law from the Alaska state police.
"Here we go with Dick Cheney and his group that's not going to talk to anybody," Chever said. "She is Dick Cheney with a dress on."
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
No more upset mornings
No more trying evenings
This American Dream I am disbelieving
When the gas in my tank feels like money in the bank
Gonna blow it all this time, take me one last ride
For the lights of this city, they only look good when I'm speeding
I wanna leave em all behind me cause this time I'm gone
This time I'm letting go of it all
This time I'm gone
If nothing is everything
If nothing is everything I'll have it all
If nothing is everything then I will have it all
Andrew Sullivan makes a very good point. I hope Obama is listening!
From his blog: Andrew Romano makes an important point about the economic crisis:
Now that the press and the public are finally paying attention, Obama can't just say that McCain is out of touch and call it a day. He has to explain what he would do differently--and better. He has to sell his plan for righting an economy still reeling from the real estate and mortgage crises--something he shied away from doing today, preferring instead to rely on the "same vague... pitc[h] he has sounded over the past few months for fixing what ails the country.”
My advice: give a speech offering concrete solutions followed by a press conference. I think Obama and Biden should be giving many more press conferences. It is bizarre, to my mind, that one vice-presidential candidate has never given a national one - and we have only six weeks to go. More than bizarre: outrageous.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sedgewick's son reminded me of our kids who will one day read about the last eight years of American history. And we'll be confronted by them with questions that will be easy to understand: ABU GHRAIB, HALIBURTON, CLIMATE CHANGE, BLACKWATER, EXECUTIVE POWER, BODY ARMOR, KATRINA, GUANTANAMO, WATER BOARDING, MILTARY TRIBUNALS, KYOTO, THREAT LEVEL-ORANGE, RECOUNT, REDEPLOYMENT, 5 MILLION MISSING EMAILS, WARRANTLESS WIRETAPPING, TORA BORA, PAT TILLMAN, HABEAS CORPUS, DOWNING STREET MEMO, FEMA TRAILERS, PLUMMETTING DOLLAR, THE PET GOAT, GAS PRICES, VALERIE PLAME, BUDGET DEFICIT, ROLLING BLACKOUTS, UNILATERALISM, SWIFT BOAT, WAR PROFITEERING, RUBBER STAMP CONGRESS, IRAQ STUDY GROUP, and of course CURVEBALL. The next question will be, "After eight years of that, how did John McCain become president?" And I will be as honest as I can be, "America, my son, lost its soul."
Sunday, September 14, 2008
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN (New York Times Columnist)
Imagine for a minute that attending the Republican convention in St. Paul, sitting in a skybox overlooking the convention floor, were observers from Russia, Iran and Venezuela. And imagine for a minute what these observers would have been doing when Rudy Giuliani led the delegates in a chant of “drill, baby, drill!”
I’ll tell you what they would have been doing: the Russian, Iranian and Venezuelan observers would have been up out of their seats, exchanging high-fives and joining in the chant louder than anyone in the hall — “Yes! Yes! Drill, America, drill!” — because an America that is focused first and foremost on drilling for oil is an America more focused on feeding its oil habit than kicking it.
Why would Republicans, the party of business, want to focus our country on breathing life into a 19th-century technology — fossil fuels — rather than giving birth to a 21st-century technology — renewable energy? As I have argued before, it reminds me of someone who, on the eve of the I.T. revolution — on the eve of PCs and the Internet — is pounding the table for America to make more I.B.M. typewriters and carbon paper. “Typewriters, baby, typewriters.”
PLEASE READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE:
Atomictata emailed me this editorial. Thanks!
Editorial (New York Times)
Gov. Palin’s Worldview
This nation has suffered through eight years of an ill-prepared and unblinkingly obstinate president. One who didn’t pause to think before he started a disastrous war of choice in Iraq. One who blithely looked the other way as the Taliban and Al Qaeda regrouped in Afghanistan. One who obstinately cut taxes and undercut all efforts at regulation, unleashing today’s profound economic crisis.
In a dangerous world, Americans need a president who knows that real strength requires serious thought and preparation.
You can find the rest of the editorial here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/13/opinion/13sat1.html?_r=1&ei=5070&emc=eta1&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin
Thursday, September 11, 2008
BUSH, THE CANDIDATE, EXPLAINS THE BUSH DOCTRINE IN 2000. GO TO 1:30 MARK.
GO TO THE 3:30 MARK! WE'VE BEEN WARNED. . .
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
-John McCain (August 19, 1999)
Monday, September 8, 2008
"Kansas, Michigan and Louisiana are purging their voter lists.
Colorado dumped ONE FIFTH of all voter registrations -- the largest in history
Florida is refusing to accept 85,000 new registrants -- overwhelmingly blacks.
New Mexico: purged half of the democrats in Mora county (Hispanics) and 600.000 mailers were returned
Ohio & Nevada are scrubbing tens of 1000s of voters who lost their homes to foreclosures (Kerry lost by a mere 10-votes per district in Ohio)
We have got to get this information out. To all of the folks distracted by the she-devil, get your head out of Palin's ass and help us alert the media and everyone we know.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
That doesn’t mean, however, that it is sexist to raise them. Instead, it points to the very heart of the problem: From a Catholic understanding of the complementarity of the sexes, should a woman ever find herself in the position where she has to choose between her vocation as a wife and mother and political service? Even considering this a choice that needs to be made implies that, at best, motherhood and political service are of equal value.
But they aren’t—not in the eyes of the Church. That is not to demean wives and mothers, but to raise their vocation to its proper dignity—a dignity that dwarfs any that may once have been attached to politics.
Thomas Fleming of the Chronicles Magazine makes an interesting point. It raises some interesting questions for Christians who are drinking the "Palin" kool-aide:
If Ms. Palin is a truly a Christian conservative, she is
certainly not a conservative Christian. Christians are supposed to understand the implications of “male and female created He them” and, at the very least, realize that a mother’s primary obligation is not to the taxpayers but to her children and husband. It is all very well to celebrate her prowess as a politician and moose-hunter, but I do not recall these as feminine qualities in the Scriptures. I or we are not saying that we cannot vote for a woman who did not stay home to take care of her family, but only that this decision is incompatible with traditional Christian morality.
Daniel Larson gets it:
During his completely forgettable acceptance speech, McCain said:
I fight to restore the pride and principles of our party. We [Republicans] were elected to change Washington, and we let Washington change us.In other words, it was the same reform mantra that you are hearing today that was used to propel his party into power, whereupon the party mostly failed to do any of the things the voters expected it to do and instead ushered in an era of corruption, government expansion, unnecessary war and subversion of constitutional liberties, so we should give them another chance to do all of it to us again. I am not sure that we can endure another such era of reform and restoration.
MCCAIN - REFORMED MAVERICK
MCCAIN'S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Sarah Palin is the new fundraising weapon -- for the good guys.
Update: The GOP raised $1 million after the speech.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The one moment that stays with me tonight, oddly enough, was not Palin's speech. It was a line from Giuliani, a New York mayor with a young third wife and gay friends, mocking a "cosmopolitan" who was brought up by a single mother. It was that Barack Obama's rise could "only happen in America." And it was designed to mock him, the first African-American candidate for the presidency of the United States.
I won't forget that.
11.10 pm. Reality television has become our politics.
11.06 pm. Both Huckabee and Palin have used the t-word. Of course, they are not criminally liable, as Bush is.
11.05 pm. Every time the camera pans to McCain's mother, she seems mortified. I don't really blame her. Can you imagine what she was thinking as a tiny special needs baby is passed from person to person for the cable news.
11.03 pm. However admirable it is to be a mayor, is it really necessary to drip contempt for people who work as community organizers? It seems to me that Palin doesn't quite have the stature to be putting down someone who has won millions of people's votes. This is a much more partisan speech than I was expecting.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
By Paul Kane (WASHINGTONPOST.COM)
ST. PAUL -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican
vice-presidential nominee who revealed Monday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, earlier this year used her line-item veto to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live.
HERE'S THE REST OF THE ARTICLE: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/02/palin_slashed_funding_to_help.html
Monday, September 1, 2008
AND THE BY THE WAY, SECESSION IS THE MAIN REASON WE FOUGHT THE CIVIL WAR. LOOK IT UP . . .
COMMENT AND VIDEO IS FROM THE JEDREPORT:
So it turns out that in the 1990s, Sarah Palin was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party whose primary objective is to secure a vote on whether Alaska should secede from the United States. Their party's motto? "Alaska First - Alaska First Always."
I'm sure McCain will eventually have to comment, but according to Marc Ambinder: "A McCain spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment." I'll guarantee you that we know more about Sarah Palin than does McCain or his campaign.
For more background, see Jake Tapper and Marc Ambinder, as well as this post and this post at Daily Kos.
Update (5:06PM): Here's a video of Palin, when she was governor, addressing the Alaskan Independence Party convention. By this point, she was a Republican, but it's not often you hear of a member of one political party addressing members of another political party, is it? She emphasizes what they have in common, including her vision for a "self-sufficient" Alaska, which surely sounds like a code word for secession, does it not?
From Marc Ambinder's blog:
At the AIP's meeting, the AIP's vice chairman, Dexter Carter, extols Gov. Palin's virtues. He recalls Palin's service as a member of the party at about six minutes in to this clip.
Mr, Carter says that AIP members must "infiltrate" -- his words -- the other two parties and push for the cause of Alaskan independence.