Monday, September 29, 2008

Headlines - Monday

h/t Rachel
"The prospect that Sarah Palin, a self-confessed creationist, may one day have at her disposal the firing button to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles is quite terrifying. She will, however, have to reconfigure the missiles, as they have presumably been set on the mistaken premise that the earth is spherical, whereas everybody knows that it is flat." Roger Marsh
MCCAIN: But there's also the issue of responsibility. You've mentioned President Dwight David Eisenhower. President Eisenhower, on the night before the Normandy invasion, went into his room, and he wrote out two letters. One of them was a letter congratulating the great members of the military and Allies that had conducted and succeeded in the greatest invasion in history -- still, to this day, and forever. And he wrote out another letter, and that was a letter of resignation from the United States Army for the failure of the landings at Normandy. Somehow we've lost that accountability.
I've been heavily criticized because I called for the resignation of the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. We've got to start also holding people accountable, and we've got to reward people who succeed.
McCain, presidential debate 9/26/08.
This is how John McCain kicked off the first debate, with two big lies. 
First of all, here is the second and thankfully unnecessary letter that General Eisenhower wrote on the eve of D-Day. As you can probably see, it concludes with the words, "If any blame is found attached to the attempt, it is mine alone." In other words, he never offered to resign. Where McCain got that idea from, I have no idea. Wasn't that remark prepared in advance?
Of course, the funny thing is that he didn't really call for the SEC chairman to resign either. He said that if he were the president, he would fire him - even though it came out that the president doesn't really have the authority to fire to SEC chairman. He never called for the chairman (Christopher Cox) to resign.
I would agree with one thing, that we've got to start holding people accountable. John McCain, I hold you accountable...for being a big fat liar. 
"What is shocking about the presentation by Bush -- and the deal that is unfolding -- is that we don't see any acceptance of responsibility for the failure of his team's stewardship of the economy. We didn't hear acknowledgment that the compulsive deregulation mantra of Bush's political and economic allies created a massive bubble where lots of billionaires were created and now tens of millions of less fortunate Americans are holding the bill. We didn't hear Bush say that..."  Steve Clemmons,  Link
So if we're going to lose this anyway, if we're going to have to cave in and bail them out, can't we at least make Bush say, "My tax cuts caused these problems" - then we write the check? 
Racism is alive and well

Another conservative arguing that the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act is responsible for our ills today takes it one step further:

The pressure to make more loans to minorities (read: to borrowers with weak credit histories) became relentless.

To paraphrase McCain from the debate, isn't that pretty much something "you don't say out loud"?

I guess we've entered an era where even the pretense of civility is gone.


Motivational Poster -- Corporate Welfare

John McCain on Sarah Palin's statement that invading Pakistan if there was actionable intelligence was a good idea:

"She would not…she understands and has stated repeatedly that we're not going to do anything except in America's national security interest," McCain told ABC's George Stephanopoulos of Palin. "In all due respect, people going around and… sticking a microphone while conversations are being held, and then all of a sudden that's—that's a person's position… This is a free country, but I don't think most Americans think that that's a definitve policy statement made by Governor Palin."

So when the Governor answers a question, we aren't supposed to believe that's her position. And when she makes a statement about a foreign policy position we are supposed to think it's just idle chit chat. Thanks for clearing that up, John.


Katie Couric/Palin interview SNL:

I hope Sarah watched this one with the sound turned on.

Almost funnier is this:


A Shattering Moment in America's Fall From Power

The global financial crisis will see the US falter in the same way the Soviet Union did when the Berlin Wall came down. The era of American dominance is over


Motivational Poster -- Stunt


In yesterday's editorial, the Stockton Record, an arch-conservative Republican mouthpiece in northern California, unanimously picked Obama over McCain as the more prudent and inspirational choice.

The last time they endorsed a Democrat for president was at the height of the Depression, in 1936, when they came out for the re-election of Franklin Roosevelt. 

Republican presidential victories are built on endorsements from local papers like the Stockton Record. If newspapers like it in Colorado, Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Indiana and other battleground states start flipping to Obama, McCain could drag the GOP down to the historic defeat they have earned.


Soon after Sarah Palin was elected mayor of Wasilla, she startled a local music teacher by insisting in casual conversation that men and dinosaurs coexisted on an Earth created 6,000 years ago - about 65 million years after scientists say most dinosaurs became extinct - the teacher said.


Newsweek's Sam Harris: When Atheists Attack - h/t Dave


Motivational Poster -- Wrapped In The Flag


Carl Hiassen and the Sarah Rules:


The US of A is not now and never has been a "christian" nation


Today's chuckle from Phyllis Schlafly

China Poisons Its Infant Formula

The China infant milk scandal, even though it has so far not damaged any American babies, has exposed a major defect in the concept of free trade. It's dangerous to buy products from a nation whose economy is not based on Judeo-Christian morality.

Yeah, take that, Japan, with your dangerous, non-Christian Honda Accords and your shoddy, non-Judeo electronics!

The American private enterprise system depends on honesty as normal and accepted behavior. We don't have or want a policeman on every corner, or an army of government officials to inspect every bottle of baby formula or tube of toothpaste.We do have regulations and random checks, but the majority of producers and sellers are restrained from criminality by adherence to the Judeo-Christian ethic. 

It's nice to know that the 108-year-old Phyllis is just as sharp as she's ever been.


There has been another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. It was committed by Americans after "Obsession" DVD hits Ohio.


Tom Brokaw sucks:


Yesterday in Iraq: at least 51 Iraqis killed and 138 wounded.

4,174 soldiers killed in Iraq; 605 in Afghanistan.


Oh look - there is a new National Intelligence Estimate that calls the situation in Afghanistan "grim." .

Of course, that NIE officially won't see the light of day.

At this point, I don't see how Bush's Afghan Adventure can end in a good way. We do not have the troops, whether our own or allied, to pour into there. We do not have the money to do a serious rebuilding of the nation, not when we are spending hundreds of billions of dollars a year in Iraq and now to bail out those greedy schmucks in the financial sector.

Heckuvajob, Chimpy.


No Rescue For the Hungry

Our country has been told that a gargantuan government rescue of the private sector is necessary because the collapse of major financial institutions would lead to unthinkable outcomes for society. Almost as if by magic, our nation's leaders conjure up vast sums to respond to this crisis.

Yet when advocates point out that our nation is facing an altogether different kind of crisis, one of soaring hunger and homelessness, and that a large-scale bailout is needed to prevent social service providers nationwide from buckling under the increasing load, we are told that the money these agencies need just doesn't exist.

In 2006, fully 35.5 million Americans, 4 million more than in 1999, lived in households that couldn't afford enough food, according to the Agriculture Department. Those households included more than 4 million children. ...

The state slashed funding for community-based feeding agencies 16 percent in April and an additional 6 percent in August, after having ruled out a plan to avoid these and other cuts in social services by restoring previous levels of taxation on New Yorkers who earn more than $1 million per year. Other states are making similar budget choices.

We're told to simply accept these cuts because everyone is suffering. But that's just not true. According to Forbes, there are 64 billionaires in New York City with a combined net worth of $344 billion, a staggering 469 percent more than the collective worth of the city's billionaires two years ago.

Meanwhile, automakers get $25 billion:




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