Sunday, October 12, 2008

Headlines - Sunday

Should Palin forgive Bill Ayers? Isn't that what a real christian would do?
Bush on financial crisis: It's a good thing I'm in charge."
Keating Connection - The Sequel
Cindy McCain and her father continued a lucrative business partnership with disgraced financier Charles ('till death do us part) Keating Jr. for 11 years after John McCain ended his close friendship with Keating in March 1987.
h/t Dick - more good news on Cerberus
I'm anxious to see how they will be effected by the various bailout plans.  Keep in mind their CEO is ex Treasury Secy. John W. Snow.  Also, keep in mind they are a private equity firm.
From FiveThirtyEight: Does McCain have cooties? More and more Republicans seem to think so.


In Jesus' name, vote McCain
At a McCain rally, an invocation:
"I would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god — whether it's Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons," [Pastor] Conrad said.
"And Lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation, because they're going to think that their god is bigger than you, if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name with all that happens between now and Election Day."
Prop 8 in California is a religious right/Mormon initiative that would repeal the marriages of thousands of gay couples in that state. 
It seems the Mormon Church is butting its nose into a gay civil rights debate in a state that isn't Utah. It's amazing how many times the Mormon Church has dumped its money into a state not-its-own in order to bash gays and lesbians. It's a very nasty church.



"As nearly as possible, no nationalist ever thinks, talks, or writes about anything except the superiority of his own power unit. It is difficult if not impossible for any nationalist to conceal his allegiance. The smallest slur upon his own unit, or any implied praise of a rival organization, fills him with uneasiness which he can relieve only by making some sharp retort" - George Orwell


"As a Senator, I've seen the corrupt ways of Washington and wasteful spending and other abuses of power, and its corruption. We now have former members of Congress residing in federal prison. That's how bad it's gotten. As President, I'm going to end these abuses whatever it takes." McCain yesterday in Davenport, Iowa.

Note to John: you might want to check out what Steve Benen has to say

The McCain/Palin ticket is the first in American history in which both candidates were found to have violated ethics standards before a national election.

McCain, of course, was
admonished by Senate Ethics Committee "for exercising 'poor judgment' for intervening" with federal regulators on behalf of Charles Keating, as part of the infamous Keating Five scandal. (and he wasn't found guilty of anything else because he did the things he did while he was in the House and the Senate refused to investigate)

And now McCain's running mate has also been found to have
violated state ethics laws and abused the powers of her office, as part of the "Troopergate" scandal.
So, it is a truly historic ticket!
CBS News:

As the crowd cheered at a Sarah Palin rally this morning in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a man in the audience grinned as he held up a stuffed monkey doll with a Barack Obama bumper sticker wrapped across its forehead.

After Palin finished her remarks this morning, the man holding the stuffed monkey seemed to notice that a video camera was pointed at him, at which point he removed the Obama sticker from the doll's head and crumpling it up in his hand. He then handed the doll to a young boy who was watching the rally from his father's shoulders. The boy's parents later told CBS News that they weren't acquainted with the man who gave their son the stuffed monkey.

This is an extension of the psychotic behavior being injected into our society from right wing talk shows, Malkinite bloggers and movement conservatives. Sadly, it'll only get worse during the closing weeks of the campaign and will continue onward and upward after the election.


And in a related story...

Obama Parking Lot

The pure racist hatred John McCain and Sarah Palin inspire at their political rallies is starting to drive some of their frothing supporters over the edge. You can't see this man's hood, but rest assured, he's wearing it on the inside. These people are so driven by blind hatred that they are no longer able to hide or control it. Lot owner Tim Henderson had this to say:

"I don't know how many ways you can interpret it. If you're an Obama supporter, you've got an Obama sticker on your car, you're not welcome to park here," says Henderson.

I think I know how to interpret this.

In the annals of government abuse of power, Sarah Palin's sins are minor. On a human level, her infatuation with getting her ex-brother-in-law fired is even understandable. But that doesn't mean that Sarah Palin and her husband acted in a legal or ethical manner.

As governor, she was within her rights to fire the public safety commissioner, but it isn't the decision to fire him that is most troubling. The troubling history here is that she and her husband repeatedly encouraged government employees to act in an unethical manner. Over and over again, their underlings had to remind them about privacy laws and standard procedures and conflicts of interest. Think of it as somewhat akin to Dick Cheney and Scooter Libby's pre-war visits to the CIA, where they applied subtle, but unethical, pressure on analysts to provide the answers they wanted to hear. Pressuring an analyst to provide false analysis is pressuring them to violate their code of ethics.

On top of this, Sarah Palin brazenly lied to the people of Alaska and the state legislature about their role in Troopergate.

John McCain should have vetted his running-mate. I don't think the people are in the mood for another eight years with a vice-president that doesn't understand ethics or have a decent respect for the truth and the law.

Mr. Palin seems to have quite a habit of sticking his nose in state business:
Will the real governor of Alaska please stand up?
"In times like these with wars and financial crisis, I know that it may be easy to forget even as deep and abiding a concern as the right to life, and it seems that our opponent kind of hopes you will forget that." Sarah Palin yesterday in Pennsylvania.
No need to worry about your 401k, with a Palin administration you can be sure women will be forced to keep and give birth to their rapists' babies (after we make them pay for their rape kits). After all, isn't that what really matters right now?
The most horrifying story of the day
A homeless man in doused with gas and set ablaze an LA neighborhood where he'd lived for more than a decade:,0,3809136.story

The Republicans claim that government welfare programs can be replaced with charity - which is pretty rich coming from people who don't have any. But the trouble with private charity is that it dries up pretty fast when the givers become the needy.


Apparently never having heard of separation of church and state, Palin billed Alaska for family church outings:

h/t Robin
Dear Red States... 
We've decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue States with us. 
In case you aren't aware, that includes Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country of New California. 
To sum up briefly: You get  Texas, Oklahoma, and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get Elliot Spitzer. You get Ken Lay. 
We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood. 
We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom. 
We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss. 
We get 85 percent of  America 's venture capital and entrepreneurs. 
You get  Alabama . 
We get two-thirds of the tax revenue, you get to make the red states pay their fair share. 
Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms. 
Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we're going to want all our citizens back from  Iraq at once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they're apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and they don't care if you don't show pictures of their children's caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq, and hope that the WMDs turn up, but we're not willing to spend our resources in Bush's Quagmire. 
With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80 percent of the country's fresh water, more than 90 percent of the pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation's fresh fruit, 95 percent of America's quality wines (you can serve French wines at state dinners) 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools, plus Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT. 
With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 
88 percent of all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100 percent of the tornadoes, 90 percent of the hurricanes, 99 percent of all Southern 
Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh,
Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia. 
We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you. 
Additionally, 38 percent of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62 percent believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44 percent
say that evolution is only a theory, 53 percent that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61 percent of you crazy b ** ***ds believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties. 
By the way, we're taking the good pot, too. You can have that dirt weed they grow in Mexico .

Peace out, Blue States 


When asked who the three wisest people he knew were, John McCain responded with: Meg Whitman, General David Petraeus, and Rep. John Lewis. 
Paging John Lewis: 
As one who was a victim of violence and hate during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, I am deeply disturbed by the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign. What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse.

Poor George. He's trying so hard to leave something behind that makes him look good less awful:

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration announced Saturday that it had removed North Korea from a list of state sponsors of terrorism in a bid to salvage a fragile nuclear deal that seemed on the verge of collapse.

Sean McCormack, the State Department spokesman, said that the United States made the decision after North Korea agreed to resume disabling a plutonium plant and to allow some inspections to verify that it had halted its nuclear program as promised months earlier.

The deal, which the Bush administration had portrayed as a major foreign policy achievement, began slipping away in recent weeks in a dispute over the verification program. Just days ago, North Korea barred international inspectors from the plant.

They barr inspectors and get their name removed from the list of evildoers? What kind of message does that send to Iran and others?


Karzai offers Taliban role in governing Afghanistan


4,181 soldiers killed in Iraq; 611 in Afghanistan.

Military deaths in Afghanistan - it's getting a lot worse:

Year US Other Total
2008 136 102 238
2007 117 115 232
2006 98 93 191
2005 99 31 130
2004 52 6 58
2003 48 9 57
2002 49 20 69
2001 12 0 12
Total 611 376 987

But much better in Iraq:


Newest wingnut paranoid extravaganza: Bill Ayers wrote Barack Obama's memoir. Keep it up, nutjobs!




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