September 2008 Archives

McCain Suspends Campaign | Views | TheRoot.com:

"In the after-swirl of John McCain's campaign-suspension gambit Wednesday, one analyst offered this assessment: 'It's the longest Hail Mary pass in the history of either football or Marys.'

Okay, it was just a Facebook status update from a declared liberal in Pennsylvania, but in a very real way it captures the desperation that seemed to envolope Camp McCain yesterday. Now that we know the chronology of the day's events, it seems that a more apt football analogy for McCain's move would have been 'intentional grounding,' a deliberate attempt to look like you're making a play when in fact you're just getting rid of the ball to avoid an imminent and costly loss of yards, known in the parlance as getting sacked."

(Via The Root.)

More McCoward? Looks so.

Obama rebuffs McCain's call to delay debate - Yahoo! News:

"'This is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who, in approximately 40 days, will be responsible for dealing with this mess,' Obama said in Clearwater, Fla. 'It's going to be part of the president's job to deal with more than one thing at once.'"

(Via Yahoo! News.)

Priceless. A friend called McCain "McCoward" for this. Harsh, but true.

YouTube - CBS Sarah Palin interview

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YouTube - CBS Sarah Palin interview:

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(Via YouTube.)

Now I know why they ban reporters from questioning her. Embarrassment.

FactCheck.org: Energetically Wrong

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FactCheck.org: Energetically Wrong:

"Palin claims Alaska 'produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy.' That's not true.

Alaska did produce 14 percent of all the oil from U.S. wells last year, but that's a far cry from all the 'energy' produced in the U.S.

Alaska's share of domestic energy production was 3.5 percent, according to the official figures kept by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

And if by 'supply' Palin meant all the energy consumed in the U.S., and not just produced here, then Alaska's production accounted for only 2.4 percent."

(Via FactCheck.org.)

I sure hope Obama gets his a$$ in gear and stops letting these people get away with public bald faced lies. The media is impotent in the face of it.

YouTube - Matt Damon Rips Sarah Palin

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YouTube - Matt Damon Rips Sarah Palin:

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(Via YouTube.)

And that's why you get the government you deserve.

Almerica Blog: Podcaster rejeceted because it duplicates iTunes functionality:

"That's right folks, it duplicates the functionality of the desktop version of iTunes. Therefore, it was denied from sale in the app store. "

(Via Almerica Blog.)

Apple better wake up before it sees a repeat of the 90's. Idiot move. Big time.

FactCheck.org: Off Base on Sex Ed

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FactCheck.org: Off Base on Sex Ed:

"A McCain-Palin campaign ad claims Obama's 'one accomplishment' in the area of education was 'legislation to teach 'comprehensive sex education' to kindergarteners.' But the claim is simply false, and it dates back to Alan Keyes' failed race against Obama for an open Senate seat in 2004."

(Via FactCheck.org.)

It's getting to the point where I'm having trouble keeping up. It seems obvious to me that the McCain has little of fact to support it's campaign. Here's an important quote from Obama when debating Keyes:

We have a existing law that mandates sex education in the schools. We want to make sure that it's medically accurate and age-appropriate. Now, I'll give you an example, because I have a six-year-old daughter and a three-year-old daughter, and one of the things my wife and I talked to our daughter about is the possibility of somebody touching them inappropriately, and what that might mean. And that was included specifically in the law, so that kindergarteners are able to exercise some possible protection against abuse, because I have family members as well as friends who suffered abuse at that age. So, that's the kind of stuff that I was talking about in that piece of legislation.

Damn right I would want that taught to my child. It's getting so, that I'm cussin'!

Palin’s Pipeline Is Years From Being a Reality - NYTimes.com:

"The pipeline exists only on paper. The first section has yet to be laid, federal approvals are years away and the pipeline will not be completed for at least a decade. In fact, although it is the centerpiece of Ms. Palin’s relatively brief record as governor, the pipeline might never be built, and under a worst-case scenario, the state could lose up to $500 million it committed to defray regulatory and other costs.

Contributing to the project’s uncertainty is Ms. Palin’s antagonistic relationship with the major oil companies that control Alaska’s untapped gas reserves."

(Via NY Times.)

Palin trying to get it coming and going I guess. Pun intended.

I have a question for the GOP: Instead of making bogus claims about Palin as a reformer on earmarks, why not play this up? It fits the image. Methinks, Big Oil has something to do with that.

FactCheck.org: McCain-Palin Distorts Our Finding:

"A McCain-Palin ad has FactCheck.org calling Obama's attacks on Palin 'absolutely false' and 'misleading.' That's what we said, but it wasn't about Obama.

Our article criticized anonymous e-mail falsehoods and bogus claims about Palin posted around the Internet. We have no evidence that any of the claims we found to be false came from the Obama campaign.

The McCain-Palin ad also twists a quote from a Wall Street Journal columnist. He said the Obama camp had sent a team to Alaska to 'dig into her record and background.' The ad quotes the WSJ as saying the team was sent to 'dig dirt.'

Update, Sept. 10: Furthermore, the Obama campaign insists that no researchers have been sent to Alaska and that the Journal owes them a correction."

(Via FactCheck.org.)

If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, then blind them with ...

Community is the Opposite of Poverty

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CNA - Documents:

"Someone once said that the opposite of poverty is not property. Rather, the opposite of both poverty and property is community."

(Via Catholic News Agency.)

At the recommendation of a friend, I read this homily. Pass it on to the hardhearted.

How the GOP Does Choice

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Skip to Jon's question on Bristol's "decision" at 4:05. Outrageous.

Presidential candidate Barack Obama once spoke to CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo about the economy. Bartiromo made the usual comments an ideologically minded supply-sider might make, and Obama true to form, struck his usual centrist tone:

The one thing you can be assured of is I'm not going to be making these [economic] decisions based on ideology. I'm not a dogmatist...I believe in the market. I believe in entrepreneurship. I believe in opportunity. I believe in capitalism. And I want to do what works, but what I want to make sure of is it works for all America and not just a small sliver of America.

Obama does have quite the plan. It is a mixed bag to be sure, as anything political would be, but it is both a sound and refreshingly moral plan to help this economy work for all Americans. Instead of government spending per se, it consists of government investment, a key distinction from leftist ideological choices. It provides for targeted tax relief to the engines of our economy: the consumer and the more importantly small business. As a progressive he includes union protection, but departs from political pandering and opts for sensible regulation. See a pattern? I've said to my progressive/liberal friends that if they don't get a pro-business, pro-growth policy that expresses their ideals and values, they might was well pack it in to conservatives whose policies smack of trickle down, faith based "economics." No government in a free economy creates jobs. Businesses do and they don't do so out of charity or good will. They do so out of necessity or incentive. So there has to be a system of carrots and sticks, that forces them to, as Taylor put it, "share in the surplus." So to create jobs, you have to be pro-business in some way, and refreshingly Obama does not disappoint. More on this later.

Op-Ed Columnist - Palin and McCain’s Shotgun Marriage - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com:

"Still, attention must be paid. McCain’s address, though largely a repetitive slew of stump-speech lines and worn G.O.P. orthodoxy, reminded us of what we once liked about the guy: his aspirations to bipartisanship, his heroic service in Vietnam, his twinkle. He took his (often inaccurate) swipes at Obama, but, in winning contrast to Palin and Rudy Giuliani, he wasn’t smug or nasty.

The only problem, of course, is that the entire thing was a sham."

(Via NY Times.)

Ouch.

msnbc.com video: Biden on the Iraqi surge

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msnbc.com video: Biden on the Iraqi surge:

(Via MSNBC.com.)

Now I know why he picked this guy, whoa. Zero hesitation and command of the details. Ideology? Nope.

msnbc.com video: Biden on religion, abortion:

(Via MSNBC.com.)

Good answer. I wonder if the bishop would deny leadership to those pro-death penalty Republicans? The Church teaches against that too. I have no love for that hypocrisy.

After a Night of Drunken Partying...

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Mom flashes the lights!

Bush III

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4 more years anyone?

Why I Stopped Supporting McCain

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(Via The Daily Show.)

Sellout? They report. You decide!

FactCheck.org: GOP Convention Spin, Part II:

"The bridge reversal is not the only matter throwing doubt on Palin’s credentials as a government waste reformer. Watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense has reported that the small town of Wasilla, Alaska, which had not previously received significant federal funds, hauled in almost $27 million in earmarks while Palin was mayor. (McCain has explicitly criticized several of the Wasilla earmarks in recent years.) To help obtain these earmarks, Palin had hired Steven Silver, the former chief of staff for recently indicted Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, as Wasilla’s lobbyist.

And Palin continued to solicit federal funds as governor. A request form on Stevens’ Web site shows that she requested $160.5 million in earmarks for the state in 2008, and almost $198 million for 2009. "

(Via FactCheck.org.)

Not quite the reformer we though she was. Oh well, she's done in my book if that's all she's got backing her story.

Sarah Palin Gender Card | The Daily Show | Comedy Central:

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(Via The Daily Show.)

To quote a friend: "The Greatness that is the Daily Show." I agree.

As Mayor, Palin Used Funding Ploy She Now Decries : NPR:

"Under Gov. Palin, the state's quest for federal earmarks has not slackened.

Also, during her tenure as mayor of Wasilla, the city hired its first Washington lobbyist to get earmarks."

(Via NPR.)

As more details emerge, one wonders if this candidate was given an even cursory vetting. At a minimum, you shouldn't flip flop on trademark issues. Wow.

Top G.O.P. Pundits Fault Palin Selection - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com:

"‘The most qualified? No. I think they went for the — excuse me — political (expletive) about narratives. … Every time the Republicans do that, because that’s not where they live and that’s not what they’re good at, they blow it.’"

(Via The Caucus.)

Ouch.

Palin: Iraq war 'a task that is from God' - Yahoo! News:

"ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a 'task that is from God.'

In an address last June, the Republican vice presidential candidate also urged ministry students to pray for a plan to build a $30 billion natural gas pipeline in the state, calling it 'God's will.'"


(Via Yahoo! News.)

I love God too, but last I checked, pipelines and war weren't among his top priorities.

I Guess He's Proud of His Country Now...

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Political Punch:

"So the facts are: Gov. Palin was not a member of this third-party ('Alaska First -- Alaska Always') that wants Alaskans to get a vote on whether or not the state can secede from the U.S. But her husband was a long-time member, and at least two AIP officials recall her attending the 1994 convention, though she says she did not attend."

(Via Political Punch.)

ROFLMAO. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.

Video - Breaking News Videos from CNN.com:

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(Via CNN.)

Frankly, whether CNN was fair or not doesn't matter. Can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen. If you a make experience a selling point, give an example!

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A Product Transition: Giving MacBooks the iPhone Touch — RoughlyDrafted Magazine:

"That gives Apple the opportunity to blow away users with a feature that would clearly differentiate its mobile line for years, more closely associate its Macs with the iPhone brand, and jump from today’s 8 to 10% of the US market to a figure closer to 30% within just a year. We already know Apple has 66% of the consumer-oriented retail market for machines above $1000 in the US; why not take the rest?"

(Via RoughlyDrafted Magazine.)

The idea is crazy enough to be true.

FactCheck.org: A New Stitch in a Bad Pattern

FactCheck.org: A New Stitch in a Bad Pattern:

"McCain's new ad puts another stitch in what we've called his pattern of deceit on Obama's tax plan. This one claims Obama and congressional Democrats plan to push forward 'painful tax increases on working American families' and that they will bring about 'years of deficits,' 'no balanced budgets' and 'billions in new government spending.' 

The ad is plain wrong about higher taxes on working families. In fact, Obama's economic plan would produce a tax cut for the majority of American households, with middle-income earners benefiting most. As for 'years of deficits,' exactly the same claim could be made about McCain's program. It's unlikely either Obama or McCain would balance the budget, and both are projected to increase the debt by trillions."

(Via FactCheck.org.)

I guess McCain learned Bush's lesson political campaigns. He said in an interview, "If you tell a lie often enough, people will start to believe it."