Thursday, July 31, 2008
You coulda timed it a little better Larry, say, if you scheduled it for a week earlier, for instance. Then you coulda taken a cab from the convention center to the courthouse. It woulda saved you a trip to Minnesota.
Just a suggestion.
By the way, with all those Republicans landing in St. Paul, you gotta know the Airport Police is gonna be on Red Alert.
UPDATE: It is wingnut vs. wingnut, albeit in a polite manner, on the comment board with a fair number of commenters suggesting its a frivolous use of Religion to refer to a candidate as the devil and thus inappropriate. But Wingnut in Chief Erik Erickson posits that:
Well, I figured this was a fun way of mocking the whole Obamessiah thing, coupled with the fact that he is the left's GWB.Ya. Bush coulda been the editor of the Harvard Law Review. But worse yet this wingnut's been shamelessly shilling for Bush to the point merging his credibility (such as it is) with Bush's. What's that say about him?
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Headline of the Day: McCain vs. Lincoln on Technology
Now this one really rocks. McCain and Lincoln, are they different or similar? Well they both have relied upon the telegraph for communication. So score one for John McCain! However put in proper context, this ain’t a similarity that McCain should crow about.
It seems that Abraham Lincoln was what is referred to as an “Early Adopter” of technology. Back in the day,
You see, information and the ability to communicate in real time over large areas can be powerful.
Now this critique is not leveled at McCain because he is old. It is rather a commentary on his mind set. It’s the way he sees the world that is at issue or rather the way he misses what’s going on in the world today. For example, when John starts prattling on about
So back to the point of the story, McCain vs.
UPDATE: Apparently, the geniuses at the WSJ have a different view and pick McCain over Lincoln by arguing Computer illiteracy is a good thing to look for in a President. Go figure.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Aw Shit. Not again.
I am gonna have to issue a full scale Wingnut End of the World Red Alert. This threat is way beyond Codes Lavender and Chartreuse (reserved for the radical homosexual agenda such as gay marriage in even numbered years). No this threat is at top of the Charts. This is a Code Red Squared Alert.
First from a headline titled
Now first if you are not a wingnut then you don’t now why this is frightening. Allow me to translate. It was on or near this date in history (using the Islamic Calendar, which is 11 days shorter than the common calendar) in 2006 that
Just why was Ahmadinejad planning to destroy the world on this date two year ago, you may ask.
Well back in the day with
Now among the counter-terrorism crowd talk of August 22nd sets off bells. That’s because August 22, 2006 coincided with 27th day of the month of Rajab of the year 1427 on the Islamic Calendar and is an Islamic Holy Day. Now it’s good to have experts on the job and ready to respond to potential threats. But with mention of August 22nd, clever wingnuts were off and running, too. Fortunately it was none other than Bernard Lewis who breathlessly informed the world of the significance of Ahmadinejad’s statement: Ahmadinejad would destroy the Earth on August 22nd. You take the 27th day of the month of Rajab plus Ahmadinejad and this equals no more Earth. So there you go ipso facto boom-o.
And this leads us back to the sobering news today. With
And by the way, just how Ahmadinejad was going to pull this feat off in 2006, Lewis did not elaborate. Perhaps he intended a series of 100 Billion coordinated Truck bombs strategically placed around the world or maybe by launching three or four of
Moral of the story (continuing): beware of those who try to manipulate the public will using fear. Sometimes you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Since I am fluent in wingnutese, I generally laugh.
Takeaway of the Day:
“if John McCain was right about the surge, he’s in the best position to determine the future of
Rebutting wingnut spin on the Surge, i.e., Admit the Surge worked and praise it in all its glories or you are unfit for leadership. If you read this blog you know that several factors led to the decreased daily violence in Iraq in addition to the escalated troop presence.
So there you go. John McCain knows what’s best going forward in
Stay the Course. A Third Bush Term. George Bush and John McCain are the McSame.
Internet use in China surpasses the USA. Maybe McCain may be surprised, but there is no surprise here. This is a matter of math and a growing economy.
China's booming Internet population has surpassed the to become the world's biggest, with 253 million people online despite government controls on Web use, according to government data reported Friday. United States
The latest figure on web use at the end of June is a 56 percent increase from a year ago, the
said. It said the share of the Chinese public using the internet is still just 19.1 percent, leaving more room for rapid growth. China Internet Network Information Center
had an estimated 223.1 million Internet users in June, according to Nielsen Online, a research firm. The Pew Internet and American Life Project puts United States online penetration at 71 percent. US
I take it John McCain is not one of the 71% using the internet, even though he is reportedly aware of it. It is a series of tubes.
Back up the Buss and Hold the Press. This just in: Willard Romney may not be likable.
Prominent evangelical leaders are warning that a full scale retreat to the hills will be ordered if McCain picks Williard Romney as Veep. The reason is not Mormonism, fundamentalist Author Tim LaHaye, assures us. But get this, Flip-Flopping is perfectly understandable if you are trying to win elections in Blue states, but the rank and file just won’t get it.
Maybe Willard should give another religion speech. After all, the last one was such a hit.
Headline of the day: "
If we find out that the next act of terrorism was planned in Berlin instead of Baghdad, who do we bomb? What country do we invade? What if the act of terrorism was planned not from Tehran, but Texas. What happens then?
Your questions for the day.
Headline of the Day: Census reports more unmarried couples living togetherJust like the High Gas Prices this, too, is Barack Obama's fault..... unless its Bill Clinton’s Fault, probably, maybe.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Reports indicate some acted heroically:
"Greg McKendry was a very large gentleman, one of those people you might describe as a refrigerator with a head," said church member Schera Chadwick. "He looked like a football player. He did obviously stand up and put himself in between the shooter and the congregation."McKendry died on the scene.
Police today say that the Jim David Adkisson entered the Church with the intention of shooting church goers until he himself was shot down by Police. Some church members speculated that the shooting was in reaction to a new sign saying "Gays Welcome." Reports indicate that Adkinson targeted the Church because he had become offended by the whole "Liberal Movement" and other reports indicate that Adkinson was offended by the Church's Liberal Views.
First, thoughts and sympathy go to those affected by the shooting. Now for moral of the story. Many children were attendance and performing a play at the time. Obviously these kids will need some time and understanding as they cope with this experience.
Second, this guy was a nut with a grudge that will probably wind up on death row. He was not a terrorist.
Third, if and when a nut named Mohamed or Ali, instead of Adkisson, does something stoopid as experts predict, and innocents are harmed, use this as context. Remember, terrorism is a tactic defined by the response of its viewers. If you are not terrorized, it does not work.
And lastly, this event will most likely go unnoticed by the wingnutosphere.
UPDATE: More information is coming in that Adkisson had a grudge against all liberals and was consumer of infotainment from Savage, Hannity, et all. This is not relevant. This guy is a nut and nuts sometimes do stupid things with tragic results.
Breaking News. Report: Al Qaeda Leader Killed.
Was killed by missile strike in
No word on whether McCain will condemn the attack, like most surely he will if American involvement can be established.
Ramesh Ponurru, author of “The Party of Death, The Democrats, the Courts, the Teachers’ Unions, Blah Blah, Blah” engages in some wingnuttery today. Apparently, Ramesh favors staying in Irak for 100 years to fight’em over there so we don’t have to fight’em elsewhere, like say…….. where they actually are. Ya know -
Ramesh – we’ve been in Irak for going on six years and the Taliban and Bin Laden haven’t taken you up on the offer to move to Irak and mix it up there. Which BTW, may have been McCain’s plan – i.e., wait until Bin Laden came to him in Irak.
Remember alotta these wingnuts were not born dumb, it’s just a life style choice for them.
Just how screwed up is the Bush Administration?
Here is another example of a heckuva job brownie run amok: Monica Goodling. Today the DOJ released a report fingering Goodling for hiring federal prosecutors and judges based upon political considerations, which BTW, is a no no. From the report:
“Goodling improperly subjected candidates for certain career positions to the same politically based evaluation she used on candidates for political positions,” the report concludes. In one instance, Justice investigators found, Goodling objected to hiring an assistant prosecutor in
because “judging from his resume, he appeared to be a liberal Democrat.” Washington
And in another instance, she rejected an experienced terror prosecutor to work on counterterror issues at a Justice Department headquarters office “because of his wife’s political affiliations…”
Got that. It is a time of war, matter of fact the war is called “The War on Terror” by the Bush Administration and an experienced prosecutor is turned away from enlisting in the fight in favor of a lesser qualified, but politically acceptable, candidate.
And we also learn that Goodling also tried to block a career Justice Department lawyer from getting another job because of rumors that this lawyer was gay. So she’s not just an incompetent hack, she’s also malevolent. January 20th can’t come fast enough.
Heckuva Job Junior.
Just how screwed up is the Bush Administration? Here’s another example.
This is fucked up: an EPA order to employees to STFU.
I understand chain of command in communications and all. But here we have an EPA e-mail asking its employees not to talk to congressional investigators, reporters and even the agency's own inspector general.
EPA to the Congress: we’re not talking.
EPA to the press: we’re not talking.
EPA to the EPA: we’re not talking.
This has got to get cleaned up. We gotta bunch of heckuva job Brownies running round thinking that the purpose of the government is to serve their own special interests. But in reality, it is rather the bureaucrat that is there to work for the public interest as expressed through the will of Congress. Memo to Washington: if you are a political appointee at EPA and are responsible for, say, enforcing the Clean Air Act, which is the law of the land, ENFORCE THE CLEAN AIR ACT or get outta the way.
Along with the guy keeping assigned to keep Congressmen out of trouble while at the
Let me get this straight.
Wanna know why “main stream” republicans seem willing to give Obama a fair look. You can start here. GWB and Congressional Republicans have squandered the GOP's reputation for fiscal responsiblity just as they have squandered our country’s resources.
Heckuva Job Junior
Wingnuts in general and neo-cons in particular use fear quite a lot in attempts to manipulate the public will.
It may be that these types are generally prone to experience fear thus feel the need to warn others. I don’t know. But here is something else to keep some members of wingnuttia up at night.
Evidence of Abominable Snowman may have been discovered. Hair samples found in remote parts of northeast
Oxford Brookes Universityon hairs said to be from a Yeti in have failed to link the strands with any known species. India
Ape expert Ian Redmond, who is leading the research, said: "The hairs are the most positive evidence yet that a Yeti might possibly exist.
Wingnuts are often practitioners of “The One-Percent Doctrine.” Practitioners of this Doctrine hold that if there is a One Percent Chance of an occurrence of a particular risk (Real or Imagined), it is appropriate to act as if the risk is a virtually certainty.So wingnuts be warned 10 foot tall ape men may exist. Here is something else to be afraid of. Boo!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Link of the day: Next president to find limited military options.
If we're going to fault Bush-Cheney on grand strategic terms, we will need to divide our criticism between two points: the opportunity costs involved and the strategic overhang created.
Strategic overhang: the mess that Bush is handing off to the next president. The substantial “institutional ‘healing time’ involved for the Army and Marines, after Bush’s reckless consumption of “so much of America's military force during these seven long years of non-stop, high tempo, high rotation action ...," for example. The mess in Iraq and the ongoing operation in Afghanistan after years of neglect, fit here. What is the verdict?
"Whether it's simply winding down
Heckuva job Bush.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Now, I give a lot of credit to American commanders for supporting this opportunity, and believe me, there's been so much bad luck inJust pointing it out, now that McCain is crediting the increased number of troops for reduced violence in Iraq. But it isn't the only reason. The surge was aided by a truce declared by Shia Militias and a change in alliance by Sunni insurgents.
it's good that there's some good luck for a change. But we need to keep in mind that this momentum towards tribal cooperation started before the surge and is causally not directly related to the surge. In a sense, I think this is good news because it suggests that perhaps this can be sustained at lower levels of American forces, which is, of course, what we all hope for. Iraq
A Good Bargain? Former Sunni insurgents, aka Concerned Local Citizen’s (CLC’s) or Son’s of
Instead of fighting American troops, CLC’s are providing security in Sunni dominated areas of
The additional 17,500
I know John McCain says that economics ain't his thing. But does the Dood have issues with math, too.
Friday, July 25, 2008
"Number one, FEMA-gate. With the emergency agency guilty of having given victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita house trailers containing dangerous levels of Formaldehyde, the 21st century equivalent of the story of giving the smallpox infected blankets to the Indians..."Michael Brown and FEMA didn't do a heckuva job. But rather the screw-ups were due to George Bush-style incompetence. Pretty sure it was not venal. So it goes.
We've got John McCain on the Death Star surrounded on all sides but valiantly battling his sworn enemy.......the media. Yes the media. And if and when McCain wins the presidency, McCain/Skywalker will have torn down a wall. Not the wishy washy walls Obama talked about in Berlin that separate people of different nationalities, ethnicity, tribe or religions. McCain/Skywalker will torn down the Wall the Media has built to keep John Q. Public from seeing the truth.
And don't leave George Junior out. He's Batman and Dark Night is a conservative movie about the war on terror that is a:
"a paean of praise to the fortitude and moral courage that has been shown by George W. Bush in this time of terror and war"Now I haven't seen "Dark Knight." But I did listen to an interview with Christian in Jail Bale and Christopher Nolan and neither of those doodz mentioned GWB or "The War on Terror" as an inspiration for the movie. These heroic pronouncements all kinda takes me back to another blast from the past. And since RedState is pondering about Walls how about this one:
You want the truth? You can't haaaaandle the truth. The Truth is that you waaant George Bush up there on that wall. You neeeed George Bush up there on that wall. And Hollywood better acknowledge that it damn sure needs George Bush up there on that wall, too......(my translation to wingnutese)Too, bad he is utterly incompetent. Oh and btw, he ain't Batman either, minor points I know. But back to the WSJ's wingnuttery:
"........ And when our artistic community is ready to show that sometimes men must kill in order to preserve life; that sometimes they must violate their values in order to maintain those values; and that while movie stars may strut in the bright light of our adulation for pretending to be heroes, true heroes often must slink in the shadows, slump-shouldered and despised -- then and only then will we be able to pay President Bush his due and make good and true films about the war on terror.Apparently "The Man" is holding the poor Conservative Film Maker down. And when this ends and only then, will the public get it.
Perhaps that's when Hollywood conservatives will be able to take off their masks and speak plainly in the light of day."
You just can't make this stuff up. More here.
And of course every wingnut knows that Ronald Reagan is Superman. That is, unless Fred Thompson is in the room.
Now here is a “surge” that may yield unwelcome news for John McCain. It is a surge in young voters registering to vote Virginia.
A new electorate in the Making? “In the 29 states (plus the
“Of those who registered to vote in
A Bass Whupping in store? More insiders seem to feel comfortable saying things look good for Barrack and bad for the GOP. Brookings got a piece titled “The Myth of a Close Election” where some scholars are predicting a big break for Obama.
"It is no exaggeration to say that the political environment this year is one of the worst for a party in the White House in the past sixty years. You have to go all the way back to 1952 to find an election involving the combination of an unpopular president, an unpopular war, and an economy teetering on the brink of recession. 1952 was also the last time the party in power wasn't represented by either the incumbent president or the incumbent vice-president. But the fact that Democrat Harry Truman wasn't on the ballot didn't stop Republican Dwight Eisenhower from inflicting a crushing defeat on Truman's would-be successor, Adlai Stevenson.
Barack Obama is not a national hero like Dwight Eisenhower, and George Bush is certainly no Harry Truman. But if history is any guide, and absent a dramatic change in election fundamentals or an utter collapse of the Obama candidacy, John McCain is likely to suffer the same fate as Adlai Stevenson."
And Even the Party Bosses are getting bold enough to predict big win in November as Dems get ready to do the Wave. But beware of complacency they say.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
She's on Hardball right now criticizing Obama's speech in Germany today. You know the one that drew 200,000 people during the overseas trip that McCain said he needed to take. No doubt Heather has her issues. She's actually saying the transatlantic relationship during the last seven year is rocking. Its bettah than ever and get this, Europeans don't gotta problem with Bush. They love him.
If C-SPAN gets their feed fixed, it has Heather's Surge Speech on file. Heather, who represents a 50-50 swing district in a 50-50 state, was actually against the Surge so she said, but she also couldn't oppose it either. She's one Hardcore Weasel. If C-SPAN fixes its feed, you can see why.
Wingnuttery is flourishing today in the darker corners of the series of tubes known as the internets.
It is seemingly hard for some residents of Lesser Wingnuttia to understand that Obama just may well be a shrewd, intelligent and appealing politician. He's drawing interest from around the Globe. You may not agree with him but reasonable folks sometimes differ. But alas not for this Wingnut who labels Obama a creation of the media, an empty suit, a Chauncey Gardiner.
I’m a guessin that this fellow wasn’t born stupid, but rather made that choice somewhere down the road. Poor dumb Wingnut. I made fun of this same wingnut yesterday, too. And why not!
UPDATE: If you are a wingnut, and label Obama an empty suit, what does that make The Decider? See Pix/Vid in post below.
Or checkout this classic from the Onion circa January 2001 - Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare of Peace and Prosperity is finally over'
"Bush also promised to bring an end to the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton, assuring citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years.Solid prediction or satire?
'You better believe we're going to mix it up with somebody at some point during my administration," said Bush, who plans a 250 percent boost in military spending. "Unlike my predecessor, I am fully committed to putting soldiers in battle situations. Otherwise, what is the point of even having a military?.......''.......We as a people must stand united, banding together to tear this nation in two," Bush said. "Much work lies ahead of us: The gap between the rich and the poor may be wide, be there's much more widening left to do. We must squander our nation's hard-won budget surplus on tax breaks for the wealthiest 15 percent. And, on the foreign front, we must find an enemy and defeat it.'...."
UPDATE: On NPR this morning: "We are witnessing the complete intellectual collapse of the Bush Administration." So says Walrus McBolton. Um ya........Duh, we know. It has been a long burn.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The current strategy in
As daily violence in Irak has decreased in the past year, we can look to four factors to explain the decrease: “The Truce,” “The Flip,” “The Cleansing” and “The Surge.”
- The Truce occurred in late 2006, when Shia leader Al Sadr issued a temporary order to his faction and its militia, the al-Mahdi army, to stand down and cease attacks on US Troops and Sunni civilians.
- The Flip occurred during the same time frame, when Sunni Leaders agreed to ally their Factions with
forces against AQI and stop attacking US Troops and Shia civilians. And we pay them too, $173M and counting as of March 1st from one estimate. U.S.
- The Cleansing refers to the exodus of millions of refugees from their homes and the partitioning of
into sectarian and sometimes walled off enclaves. Essentially formerly heterogenous neighborhoods have been violently pushed toward becoming Homogeneous neighborhoods. There are 2 Million externally displaced Iraqi civilians and another 2 Million internally displaced Iraqis. Baghdad
- The Surge started in February 2007, was geared up by June 2007 and recently ended. On this page "The Surge" refers both to a shift in tactics, i.e., implementing counterinsurgency doctrine (i.e., COIN), along with the additional troop presence to bolster security at the village and neighborhood level.
Now as violence has fallen near to what President Bush refers to as “acceptable levels of violence,” we see that all the four factors are, in part, responsible for the decrease. The additional troops presence has been beneficial, but would it have yielded the same results in the absence of a change in tactics to COIN, The Flip, The Truce and The ethnic Cleansing?
Most likely not. But the decrease in violence has improved the conditions required to, say, conduct an orderly redeployment or a 100 year occupation.
So there you go.
UPDATE: Cross posted here.
Focus group data supposedly shows one of Obama's top vulnerabilities is his record of voting "present" 100+ times in the
state senate—blue collar voters expect senators to work, not straddle. Sleeper issue is Obama's Induced Birth Infant Liability Act vote. Almost nobody knows about it but when informed the reaction is nearly always the same: momentary incredulity followed by revulsion. (Emphasis Mine). Illinois
Translation: Well nobody knows Obama position on this bill or anything about it, but we are damned sure gonna twist, distort and hype it up until everyone within within view of our pixels is hopping mad.
Further Translation: According to a well placed wingnut, this bill did not make it out committee in the Illinois Senate and it was ALL Obama’s fault.Further Translation: I wonder if this is the same type of focus group that Fox put together before the
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
“How Many Lives Lost and Americans Dead With Obama in the White House?”I kid you not. They got themselves some hardcore wingnuts at RedState by raising the specter of mass casualties, soldiers and civilians alike, arising from the election of Obama. Seems that Obama's foreign policy would be so un-Bush like that alotta people would be hurt as a consequence of his un-Bush like judgment, Erik posits.
“How much blood on Barack Obama's hands should he become President of the
?” United States
I bet the propeller was whirling supersonic as Erik typed the post. And I bet he has a slide ruler, too.
Here's one for Erik, if Obama is a "fool or ignoramus" as Erik states, what does that make "The Decider" or any idiot that shamelessly pumped up "The Decider" as he was fucking up in Iraq?
I'd say if you were the guy pumping up The Decider, then maybe your judgment ain't the sharpest. And in that case maybe you shouldn't be the one doing judging but rather STFU. Just saying. Anyway Erik may win himself wingnut of the year. He's sure to get alotta consideration.
UPDATE - Heather Wilson (R-NM), a slicker version of Willard Romney, is also playing along with today's apparent GOP talking point noting Obama is “frighteningly inexperienced” when it comes to foreign affairs and national security policy. Maybe she's auditioning for the Veep since she's soon to be outta work. Too bad.
Quote of the Day:
There is …”.diversity within in Islamic world, speaking of Arabs, Persians, Africans, Southeast Asians, Shiites and Sunnis, all of whom have their own interests and agendas” – Fareed Zakaria
Often times on the internet and airwaves we see politicians and talking heads proclaiming that the world is simply divided between us and them. And further you may hear the same sort blurring the distinctions between "the terrorists" and other political factions competing for power and influence in parts of the Islamic world. But combining disparate groups of Muslims into a single group called “the enemy” is counterproductive and actually plays into the hands of “the terrorists.” And it is especially counterproductive if the speaker refers to all Muslims as "the enemy." When you hear or see someone engaged in this practice, this is a good indication that this person is either:
(a) infected with the stoopid; or
(b) trying to manipulate you by the use of fear.
These are the only two choices you get.
By separating “the terrorists” from the larger Islamic world, one de-legitimizes any claim of “the terrorists” of representing all of Islam. Seventh Century Islamic Fundamentalists living in caves, Chechen separatists and other local groups of radicals and misfits are not one step away from taking control of the larger Islamic world. Ditto the political factions in Iraq competing for power and influence within that country.
You see, a political ideology grounded in the 7th century or based on a local political dispute just are not compelling banners for diverse groups of Muslims around the world to rally and set aside their interests, agendas and natural diversity. And in any event combing diverse groups into a single threatening category, rather than focusing on their distinctions is just plain foolish.
That’s the lesson for the day. And as the election draws nearer, no doubt the fear mongers will be checking in more frequently as we saw the other day from a McCain surrogate advocating the possibility that "the terrorists" could conquer America.
Its gotta be Mittens, right?
UPDATE: There are more reports that Willard Romney is near the top of a very short list for VP. Mittens is currently out of the country right now (probably in
Monday, July 21, 2008
is Rudy Guliani just a really stoopid version of Mitt Romney + 9/11?
George Bush's Overall Job Approval Drops to 21%. Disapproval at 72% with 7% undecided.When it comes to the economy, the Decider does decidedly worse with just 18% of registered voters approving of the way Bush is handling the economy and 77% disapproving.
Apparently people still think that Bush Sux.
In related news the McCain Campaign issued a clarification as to what role George Bush would play in the McCain Campaign. Apparently it is George Bush the Elder that they meant.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
High Oil Prices threaten China and emerging economies in drastic ways. If you thought high oil prices are tough to deal with in the
's factories "were not built with current energy levels in mind", said Mr Jen. The outcome will be "non-linear". My translation: China is at risk of blowing up. China
Seems that Bush’s steely resolve alone forced oil prices down about 9 buck a barrel the other day (it couldn’t have anything to do with a speculation bubble now could it). The price after Bush’s feat of strength was then $136. This is the same Kudlow, think Thurston Howell the Third with a lisp, that excoriated the Clinton-Gore administration in 2000 for allowing the price of oil to rise to ….. get this…. near $25 a barrel. $25 a barrel is sounding good bout now.
There's a lot going on with Oil Prices that people don’t quite understand. But one thing I understand is that George Bush does not force prices down by will alone. Like I said, Kudlow is a hardcore Wingnut.
Speaking of Wingnuts. Swift Boat Activist and McCain supporter Bud Day warns that the Muslims are gonna kill us all. Said Day: "The Muslims have said either we kneel or they're going to kill us.'' Bud Day survived as a prisoner of war, but is now afraid that the “Muslims” whether it be a particular Muslim or group of Muslims I am not sure, are gonna conquer the
And we can't forget this one: US and Iraq agree to set Timetables. I bet Bush is gonna be pissed when he learns that he is "waiving the white flag of surrender." McCain has said that timetable equal capitulation. Will he REBUKE BUSH?
Friday, July 18, 2008
Check this Horsey Cartoon out. We have a run on the Bank circa "It's a Wonderful Life" meets the McCain/Gramm deregulatory banking system.
As Phil Gramm would all have you believe, a deregulated banking industry is super fantastic and those who have failed to reep its benefits and those who think we can do better are just whiners. Horsey may draw the cartoon but Phil Gramm was its Architect. No wonder McCain took the path of expediency and canned Gramm today.
If you haven't checked out Horsey yet he does awesome work. His stuff on the 2000 and 2004 elections is classic.
Anyway here is Gramm style economics for dummies.
She thinks Willard’s opposition to gay adoption (in Even Numbered Years, mind you) is yet another reason for McCain to pick Willard Romney as the Veep. And so does Hugh Hewitt who has a serious mancrush on Mittens. Hewitt thinks that:
“Romney's "Ms"--the message on the economy, his and his supporters' money, the Mormons and the enthusiasm they would bring to the campaign, especially in Mormon-heavy states like
But Hewitt has been pumping up Mittens from the start if I’m not mistaken. Ditto K-Lo.
Basically Kagan outlines a world that has returned to the dark power politics of the 19th century. Now you may think "Freedom is on the March," but you'd be wrong. Freedom and liberal democracy are not on the March, but rather face a pending death struggle with the rising forces of autocracy. Now I have posted on this topic here and here so this is not new.
However it is an important topic that needs to be beaten to death in the coming months. And this topic is John McCain's world view. So here it goes again:
Though some thought that with the fall of Soviet Communism, European Nations would capitalize on a peace dividend and turn away from the pursuit and practice of hard power and toward the use of cooperative soft power through the European Union and International Law and Institutions.
would be invited into the European Order and would be co-opted to eventually join it. Russia Chinaand would benefit from globalization and increasing connectivity with the New World Order. In this unipolar world with India as the sole benevolent super power preserving the peace and with growing economic connectivity the world would get smaller, it would flatten and War among Great Powers would become a thing of the past. America
But this was all an illusion.
You see what was old is now once again new.Might Makes right. Power is law, Power creates order, and the Powerful seek the Permanent Perpetuation of their Power. The world has become divided into the forces of Liberal Democracy and those of Autocracy. Great Powers, democracies and autocracies, exist and new ones are rising and will seek places of respect in the new international order.
would still be a super power but will be challenged by other Great Powers through a system of secret treaties and alliances akin to the Great Power Politics of the 19th century. What was old, hyper nationalism for instance, would become new again. And the dreams for a new world order, a peaceful order, Emmanuel Kant's dreams, have been shattered. America
The year is now 1914.
So as we follow McCain's foreign policy pronouncements and read the words of his intimates, we see that the world we knew though the 1990s was as good as it gets, so they'd say. We can do no better, we can be no more secure than what we were in the PAST. And a long slow decline, a collapse, or more favorably treading water is the way of the future as the Western Liberal Democracies will constantly be challenged the Great Autocratic Powers for dominion.
In this world today, once more it is time to chose sides. Are you with us or are you against us. History, you see, has returned and the days of Dreams of creating a world that could someday know peace have faded to black..... in John McCain's world view.
"You know, God bless him, bless his heart, president of the United States, a total failure, losing all credibility with the American people on the economy, on the war, on energy, you name the subject...."Not just a put down, but the phrase "bless his heart" can indicate sympathy toward the subject in some parts of the country. Ya know like, "bless is heart, he tried his hardest and did his best but still finished the race in last place." Maybe some democrats may have move past feeling anger at Bush to just feel pity for this miserable failure of a guy.
Nancy Pelosi on The Decider.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I thought Bush warned the World that this was wrong. Appeasing Iran really does not make any sense. Iran's defense spending is 1/110th of defense spending in the US of A. Why would Bush give in to Iran? I can't believe he is afraid of Iran.
I starting to wonder if Bush actually knows this is going. Maybe nobody told him.
UPDATE: Yep. Bush is losing another step and he was already several steps to slow. Here is another story with the goods on Bush's Appeasement Strategy confirming our earlier scoop about the plan to station Diplomats in Iran for diplomacy and other squishy appeasement like things.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
First Condi Rice starts talking about opening up an embassy type office in Tehran now Bush has dispatched a diplomat to nuclear discussions. And get this, the diplomat is there just to listen instead of Lecture. I mean if you are gonna open an embassy type office and send diplomats to discussions, diplomacy may break out. And we can't have this. Bush has said so himself.
Looks like Bush is losing another step.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
With reports that there up to 1 Million people on the terrorism watch list, I guess this is should not be an unexpected occurrence. What'd be reeeally funny is someone like Doug Feith, Wolfowitz or Abu Gonz getting added to the list and shaken down at a security check point.
That'd be rich.
Maybe he could tell us just what measures were planned and then taken to enable Irak was to become a liberal democracy after Baghdad fell. After all the democratization piece of plan belonged to him or was residing in the brains of Doug Feith and Paul Wolfowitz. But he can't.
Today TFSGOTFOTE will be called on to talk about how torture is not torture if you change the definition of the word "torture." Congressmen will grandstand, others will play dumb and dumber and we will learn nothing.
Seriously, today the TFSGOTFOTE will try to justify torture.
Less than 190 days and counting.
Monday, July 14, 2008
UPDATE: Berkman is totally screwed. ESPN's Camera just showed that Rudy Guliani is at the derby. No doubt he made a note of the fist bumps. I'd hate to be Berkman next time he tries to get aboard an Airplane. Hell be on the terrorist watchlist for sure.
LATER UPDATE: Josh Hamilton is absolutely tearing it up passing the recond of 24. 26 big flies and counting passing Berkman's 8. Maybe Rudy will forget to call in the 9-11 alert on Berkman. But Berkman still has Round 2 to come.
Compare RedState’s electoral forecast for 2008 and candor describing some of the reasons why the GOP Sux and why the GOP will lose 15 to 30 seat in the House with K-Lo channeling Limbaugh promoting the belief that the GOP can ride high gas prices to congressional VICTORY in the same election.
The difference is that Limbaugh has an added incentive to mislead his listeners with at least the allusion of victory at the polls. If the faithful give up on hope of success, then dittohead turnout goes down and potentially could affect down ballot races around the margins. So you do what you need to do to get your peeps to the polls even if it involves deception.
And of course, poor K-Lo can’t tell the difference. Because GWB would so make an awesome High School History Teacher for the young and impressionable.
Now it has been said that John McCain does not know much about the economy. In fact it was said by John McCain.
But we have since learned that this is, in fact, not true. If there is one thing John McCain knows, said John McCain recently, it is Economics, unless it is not, and then it is National Security. But in that case it would still be Economics, too. So in that event there would be actually two things that John McCain would know: National Security and Economics.
Economics has to do with Supply and Demand. Everyone knows this, including and especially John McCain. He said so much recently. However, in the past, as noted above, John McCain has said he did not know much about Economics. Now you would think that positions are probably untrue. Either John McCain knows about Economics as he said recently, or he does not know about Economics as he has said previously.
But now we have another problem John McCain wants to raise your taxes, unless, that is, he doesn’t.
You hear that John McCain is promising Billions in new spending and Billions in new tax cuts, all while shoring up Social Security and Balancing the Budget at the same time. So quite logically one would think John McCain would support some way to pay for all the new spending and all the new tax cuts, if in fact he was gonna balance the budget. His Economic Advisor, Carly Fiorina, did.
But apparently, John McCain who was against new spending and new tax cuts is now for new spending and new tax cuts instead of against them. Note to Carly he has flopped back yet, or if he has, he don’t want you talking about in public. I wonder if she’ll get kicked to the curb like his last Senior Economic Advisor, Phil Gramm, who said tough economic times were a figure of everyone’s imagination.
It is becoming pretty clear that Economics is John McCain’s thing. And in any event, It’d be a good bet that McCain will continue to be for and against the economic policies of his Economic Advisors……the very same Economic advisors that McCain has hired to help him understand economics in the first place.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
At the G-8 summit where pollution reduction was the topic of discussion President Bush proudly:
"ended a private meeting with the words: "Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter."
He then punched the air while grinning widely, as the rest of those present including Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy looked on in shock."
Now I know I'm not the only one to fine this odd. But seriously, this guy is the president of the United States of America and was even elected once, too. Not setting a good example, I'd say.
One official who witnessed the extraordinary scene said afterwards: "Everyone was very surprised that he was making a joke about America's record on pollution."Less than 195 days left.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Wedge Issue, Arizona Style Now here’s a split between GOP factions. Is it employer amnesty to change the Arizona Employer Sanctions Law that whacks employers who hire illegal aliens; or is Chamber of Commerce Style Good Sense to reduce burdens on local businesses? Either way it puts factions of the GOP at war with each other.
And following on this intramural battle, we see prediction that the GOP is Losing the Latino Vote.
“…the right continues to distrust McCain, and championing immigration reform won't do anything to allay that distrust. Look for McCain to mention immigration as little as possible, and to emphasize border security when he does. Which means the issue has been ceded to Obama--and with it the Latino vote.”
From the mouths of Babes. Last night my daughter wondered aloud, why there aren’t solar powered cars. Well, guess what. Today
The Steelers are on Sale. Can be yours for $1.2B.
And it looks like Wal-mart gets nailed again. Settles an