Saturday, October 11, 2008

Headlines - Saturday

You have to see this video. You'll be glad you did:
Today I learned from WorldNut Daily that Obama's BFF William Ayers forced a girl into his college dorm room forty years ago and forced her to have sex with a NEGRO!
And also that a gay porn kingpin is linked to Obama!

Palin Dangles Red Meat To Heated Wisconsin Crowd 

McCain and Palin were about halfway through a town hall meeting here when a man in the audience rose to be heard. "I'm mad! I'm really mad!" he shouted. "And what's gonna surprise you, it's not the economy. It's the Socialists taking over our country." The crowd of several thousand erupted in hunderous cheers, as if many of their most underlying concerns had finally been verbalized.

Keep it up, Sarah. A month from now, you're back in Alaska, reduced to a Trivial Pursuit question.
If you only read one story this week about the financial crisis, read Peter Goodman's extraordinary take down of Alan Greenspan (Mr. Andrea Mitchell) in the New York Times.
Sarah Palin, McCain's so-called expert on energy, seemed to have problems Thursday explaining whether the government bans oil exports — especially from her state's North Slope fields.
From Jurist: military officers knew Gitmo prisoners were being abused mentally.

Rotten bastards. AP has more.


The Truth About ACORN's Voter Registration Drive


Sex, lies, and pointless wiretapping:


Morford: Licking the Zeitgeist

Go ahead, let the Obamafied optimism wash over you. For now.


Will John McCain suspend his campaign to investigate Obama's past?


The Sidewalk to Nowhere. This makes me proud to be an American:


Charles London has covered some of the violence and unrest in Kenya and Rwanda. And the tone and tenor of the Presidential election here coming from the McCain campaign remind him a great deal of both of those situations, which of course turned tragic. 

One of the first things that the Hutu Power movement did in Rwanda was to broadcast a message over and over again that the Tutsis were foreigners and traitors … Once that envrionment had been created, all it took was one national tragedy … to set off a paroxysm of violence. 

Do give this whole piece a read.


Unlike Reaganomics, the fear and hate McCain and Palin have been spreading is definitely trickling down.  

McCain and Palin's base have picked up on the message they have been sent, and now McCain is being forced to defend Obama at rallies. And he gets booed when he does it:

McCain looks like he's ready to blow as he is forcd to do the bare minimum to try and control the pitchfork wavers he created. Let's hope it works and nothing horrible happens.


I just love this charming tale:

In an upstate New York county, hundreds of voters have been sent absentee ballots in which they could vote for "Barack Osama."

…The elections office faxed a statement in which the two commissioners, Democrat Edward McDonough and Republican Larry Bugbee, said they regret the error but never acknowledge what the error was.

"It's human error, it's very unfortunate, it's an embarrassment to our office, obviously," McDonough said in a later phone interview. "We wish we could turn back the clock, but we can't."

Sure. Easy mistake to make.

McCain responds to "say it to my face"
I positively can't wait to see McCain prove his "passion" and "courage" by tacitly calling Obama a terrorist on national television. Yes, show us your passion and courage—and your abysmal lack of integrity and honor, to boot. Thrill your bloodthirsty base, and show every undecided voter in the nation what an ignoble scoundrel you really are. And always have been.

President Bush will be in Miami today for a fundraiser for local Republicans.

Except that the three local Republican members of the House of Representatives,
Mario and Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, all have "previous commitments" and won't be able to make it.


Martti Ahtisaari, the former Finnish president and United Nations envoy, has been awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a mediator in international conflicts.


Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Friday praised Ted Stevens' sense of honor at his trial on corruption charges, calling his reputation for honesty and integrity "sterling" in the quarter-century they've known each other. "As we say in the infantry, this is a guy you take on a long patrol," said the retired four-star Army general and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

I don't think Mr. Powell is the best judge of character when it comes to honor and integrity.

Colin Powell holding a model vial of anthrax while giving a presentation to the United Nations Security Council


Friday night newsdump, Alaska style

The McCain team response to the determination that Sarah Palin abused her office in TrooperGate is one for the ages:

Today's report shows that the Governor acted within her proper and lawful authority in the reassignment of Walt Monegan. The report also illustrates what we've known all along: this was a partisan led inquiry run by Obama supporters and the Palins were completely justified in their concern regarding Trooper Wooten given his violent and rogue behavior. Lacking evidence to support the original Monegan allegation, the Legislative Council seriously overreached, making a tortured argument to find fault without basis in law or fact. The Governor is looking forward to cooperating with the Personnel Board and continuing her conversation with the American people regarding the important issues facing the country.

The other finding, again:

For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides

The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.

That was released by a unanimous vote of 12-0, with the group composed of eight Republicans and four Democrats. Two Republicans were absent, or it would have been 14-0 with ten Republicans.

In other words, they can't read, because the report actually finds she abused her office. They can not count, because eight Republicans and four Democrats is most assuredly not a "partisan" inquiry. And finally, those important issues she wants to get back to, the ones she spent the entire week on up until now? That would be Bill Ayers, and McCain just put the kaibosh on that earlier today because the pitchforks were starting to scare him.

It really doesn't matter that the report states that firing Monegan was within her constitutional right as governor. Not with this flood of ethics violations. This is the icing on a very rancid cake. Sarah Palin is manifestly unfit to serve in public office, and the McCain campaign will suffer for having chosen her as their #2. They'll really suffer for that stupid stunt of pre-emptively releasing their own foolish report exonerating her in the face of this.

Most of us are still sane. We're not going to accept another four years of lawless, selfish, religious nutcases in the White House. 


David Letterman  continues his assault on McCain: "I just don't know if we can trust him."


Here's some chutzpah for you. Eric Umansky and Sharona Coutts report that AIG --- your AIG --- is still lobbying:

Earlier today, we wondered whether AIG is still lobbying the federal government. After all, taxpayers have lent the failing insurance giant roughly $120 billion and now own 80 percent of the company.

We spent days ringing AIG, the Fed and Department of Treasury, none of them could give us an answer.

Well, we finally have one. An AIG spokesman, Joseph Norton, told us via e-mail a few minutes ago: "We are not a GSE [government-sponsored entity] and are therefore not restricted. We remain a share-holder owned entity and continue advocacy activities."

In other words, AIG is going to keep lobbying. By contrast Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac immediately shut down their lobbying after the government took them over.

Can you believe it? The government is paying lobbyists to lobby itself.

We shouldn't be surprised.
They treated themselves to spa treatments on the government dime after the bailout, so they haven't exactly reconciled themselves to their new reality. They think they are still a high flying insurance company making huge bucks for the Big Money Boyz. They haven't reckoned with the fact that they are now civil servants.

I know there is a certain sense of surreality about all this and that people haven't really had a chance to catch their breaths and all. But the financial sector had better get a grip right now and recognize that the country has almost no patience with them at the moment and they will be rolling out the metaphorical guillotine if they don't get some humility right now. I know it's hard for former masters of the universe to accept that they have lost their magical powers, but well... they finally have.


It's called "nationalism", comrade Paulson

Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. said Friday that the government would move ahead with a plan to buy stock in financial institutions.
George Bush, John McCain, Phil Gramm and Alan Greenspan gave the bankers and the stockbrokers and the hedge fund "masters of the universe" all the rope they ever wanted. They hung themselves with it and they have risked the stability of the world's economy in order to become insanely wealthy.

So now we have to buy them out. Chimpy couldn't spend a few billion to pay for health care for children, that was "too costly," but he is throwing a trillion dollars at the financial sector to bail those scumbags out of their misdeeds and prevent their greed from causing a depression.
Palin's tenure in Alaska filled with pet projects:
Yesterday, Dear Leader gave an 8 minute speech on the economy, which was meant to reassure the markets. "This is an anxious time," said Bush. "But the American people can be confident in our economic future."
However, ABC News notes that during those eight minutes, the Dow Jones dropped another 107 points. The Dow was down 78.70 at the beginning of Bush's address, but at 185.66 by the end.

Scott Horton is puzzled by the Palin e-mail hacker case:

Generally the Department has not acted in cases in which the result of the intrusion is merely to embarrass the target, for a fairly obvious reason. At best we're only talking about a misdemeanor. The Palin email hacking case quite plainly falls into this category. So what is going on?

The Justice Department seems to be setting one of its amazing new rules. When a Republican political figure is damaged in her expectation of being elected to office, it is telling us, that's a felony. And why is that the case here? Because the hacker helped establish something important: Sarah Palin has been systematically violating the Open Records Act. As David Corn has noted at Mother Jones, Palin relied heavily on private email accounts for improper purposes. As governor of Alaska, she was obligated to maintain as public records her communications with respect to her discharge of official duties. Palin skirted this obligation by turning to private email accounts for government related dealings. In fact, the hacker in question helped flush out Palin's violations. The hacker also helped establish a motive for the illegal conduct: Palin regularly involved her husband in official business, and it's easy to understand why she did not want to leave behind evidence of her husband's involvement.


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