Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Headlines - Tuesday

Wow, they're not even trying to hide it anymore

This following graphic was taken from http://www.politicalbyline.com/, a right-wing pro-McCain website that John McCain's campaign advertises on. They've removed it, but here it is in all its glory: 

Registered voters by a 24-point margin, 59-35 percent, now say McCain is more focused on attacking his opponent rather than addressing the issues. That's grown from a roughly even 48-45 percent split on this question in late August.
There's far less criticism of the tone of Obama's campaign: Registered voters by 68-26 percent say he's mainly addressing the issues, not attacking his opponent, a slightly more positive rating than in August.
"I'm not a fundamentalist hoping for the end of the world, a raving lunatic unclear on the concept of science, or a certified moron who claims to read every newspaper in the country but reads and knows essentially nothing. In other words, I'm not Sarah Palin...I'd be the last to question the moronicity of George W. Bush, but Sarah Palin is substantially dumber, bizarrely crazier, and dangerously and arrogantly less aware of her own shortcomings." David Swanson, speaking for 76% of America Link 
Now that the financial system is imploding as we all knew that it would, it's time to get serious about solving the problem that has plagued our nation for almost 200 years - the private central banking system. It's time to let it go. It's time to do what Andrew Jackson tried to do a very long time ago. The truth of his Bank Veto Message of July 10, 1832 is as relevant now as it was then.

You can read it here: http://odur.let.rug.nl/%7Eusa/P/aj7/writings/veto.htm 

Wow. Just think. A Democrat was warning of this back in 1832. 


Wise and godly nuns for Obama 

A 106-year-old American nun living in a convent in Rome could well be one of the oldest voters to cast a ballot in the 2008 US Presidential election.

Sister Cecilia Gaudette, who last voted for President Eisenhower in 1952, has registered to vote and says she will vote for Democrat Barack Obama.

Although hard of hearing, she keeps herself informed by reading newspapers and watching TV at the convent.
"I'm encouraged by Senator Obama," she says.

"I've never met him, but he seems to be a good man with a good private life. That's the first thing. Then he must be able to govern," she adds.

Sitting in her modest office in the convent where she has lived for the past 50 years, the diminutive nun appears uninterested in the row inside the American Catholic church over Senator Obama's support for pro-choice policies on abortion.

Asked about her hopes for the US under an Obama presidency, she says: "Peace abroad. I don't worry about the Iraq war because I can't do anything about it. Lord knows how it will end."

Now that the pitbull has decided to screech about Obama's views on abortion, it's time to talk about......
What the bible says about abortion
Here's a game you can play with any member of the religious right. Tell them for every verse they can tell you where Jesus speaks against abortion you can give a verse where Jesus speaks against the evils of riches. Then say, "I'll go first, 'It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God' (Matthew 19:24)."

Then wait for their response. If they try to give you a verse from anywhere but one of the four gospels, emphasize, "But what did Jesus have to say about abortion?" This is a rhetorical question for the answer is Jesus had nothing to say about abortion.

Keep reading:
Dr. William Ayers
John McCain
Angry Presidential Candidate

Dear Sen. McCain,

According to the Washington Post, the angry racial tirades you and Sarah Palin deliver at rallies are often
accompanied by polka music. I like that. It's a shame you don't do more to publicize it. Maybe that's why your crowds are so much smaller than Obama's.

I'm enclosing an ad I made to help you draw better crowds to your angry racist polka fests. Please, feel free to use it.

Heterosexually yours,

Gen. JC Christian, patriot
Here it is:
The right-wing noise machine is shamelessly using ACORN's work registering low-income voters as both a character attack on Obama, and as a means to justify acts of voter suppression in swing states.
But not only are the accusations a lie, they're flatly hypocritical coming from McCain.
Behold the Republican nominee back in March of 2006, attending an ACORN co-sponsored event that McCain himself headlined. He's sitting right next to Rep. Meek:
ACORN's Bertha Lewis on the photo (via Politico):
"We are sure that the extremists he is trying to get into a froth will be even more excited to learn that John McCain stood shoulder to shoulder with ACORN, at an ACORN co-sponsored event, to promote immigration reform."
So make no mistake: the right-wing efforts to demonize ACORN is pure political desperation. Don't let rumors of an indictment in Ohio fool you. It's bull.
Wow, a new poll out of North Dakota has the state at Obama 45%, McCain 43%.
"We love McCain!"
Great jazz song: "Takin' it Back With Barack/Jack!" 
Yesterday, Pretzeldunce was busy hosting Silvio Berlusconi, who actually said this: "And I'm a hundred percent sure and positive that history will tell -- will say that George W. Bush has been a great, very great President of the United States of America." Nothing even George Bush might say could be as stupid as that.


Henry Paulson thinks CEO's of the places they ran into the ground should be exempt from executive pay restrictions: 
Uh huh
McCain says people at Obama rallies yell out the same things hateful things about him:
Nice of Dana to challenge him on that lie.
Eugene Robinson, as always, is completely right:  
Time to be Outward Bound
Since George W. Bush became president, the Republican Party has presided over massive, out-of-control government spending, converted a federal budget surplus into a half-trillion-dollar deficit, and looked the other way while Wall Street's greed and stupidity turned the hallowed free market into scorched earth. Now the party has to watch as a Republican president orchestrates the biggest government intervention in the workings of the private sector since the New Deal.

Can any Republican candidate claim with a straight face to represent the party of small government? For that matter, can any Republican candidate plausibly explain what the party is supposed to stand for these days?


Republicans and ACORN: http://oxdown.firedoglake.com/diary/707


If George W. Bush can say the U.S. does not torture, even though there is photographic evidence that we do, then spare me the vapors on the right over this claim by the Hanoi prison guard who held John McCain captive that he wasn't tortured either.

Only Tran and McCain know whether there was torture or not, and torture is in the eye of the beholder. I could argue that being sixty years old and watching your savings disappear because of bunch of greedy Wall Streeters decided to package bad loans as "investments" is a form of psychological torture. But when John McCain has staked his claim to entitlement to the presidency as payback for his treatment in a Hanoi prison, dissenting views of what happened there deserve to be heard.


Occasionally, Democrats can be creepy too

Rep. Tim Mahoney replaced Republicon Mark Foley after that incident with the White House pages. He is running on the slogan "Restoring America's Values Begins at Home." Let's see how that's going.

Hint: he agreed to a $121,000 payment to a former mistress who worked on his staff and was threatening to sue him. Mahoney, who is married, also promised the woman a $50,000 a year job for 2 years at the agency that handles his campaign advertising. 

Might as well take that slogan out back and shoot it in the head. The best that can be said is that he wasn't shacking up with underage boys.

Mahoney (who refuses to back Obama) calls himself a Blue Dog Democrat. Some Dems think he's just a dog. Bye, Tim.

Next up, we've got a global warming denier in our crowd! Democratic Bob Conley (who's challenging Lindsey Graham), firmly proclaimed his denial of global warming science. Wow, he sounds just like a Republican.

Oh wait: Conley was a Republican like about 5 minutes ago. He supported Ron Paul, and was a member of the Horry County Republican executive committee before seeking the Democratic nomination for Graham's seat. 

Well those 2 Democrats have worked out nicely. But still, the Dems are still far in arrears in the scandal department and they have some serious catching up to do.


Socialism is popular with capitalists

The Treasury Department, in its boldest move yet, is expected to announce a plan on Tuesday to invest up to $250 billion in banks, according to officials. ... The Dow Jones industrial average gained 936 points, or 11 percent, the largest single-day percentage gain in the American stock market since the 1930s.

While it's easy to blame George and Greenspan for much of the economic turmoil going on, they merely amplified the policies of Ronald Reagan, the father of "run up the deficits, nobody give a bleep."

The Federal deficit when Reagan came in was roughly a trillion dollars. By the time Chimpy leaves office, it will be eleven trillion dollars. That debt has to be repaid eventually. The debt service is eleven times higher now.

30 year t-bills have a 4.5% interest rate. 11 trillion means that we have to pay $55,740,000,000 in debt service each month. That is almost five times as much as we are paying for Chimpy's Wars and is roughly double what we had to pay before Emperor Disgustus began his Most Excellent Adventures. Sure, we'll refinance a lot of that, but we still have to pay it down.


From Distributor Cap NY:

George W. Bush is a complete failure as a businessman, as a decider, as an executive, as a leader, and as a human. He will not be vindicated - no matter what happens in Iraq. The economic meltdown has insured that. Bush was given an incredible gift - the Presidency of a nation that is capable of accomplishing great things for the good of the planet. Instead of using this gift to instill prosperity, peace and intellectual growth, he has run this place into the proverbial ground. The price this country and the planet will pay for the abuses, incompetence and evil of George W. Bush shall be felt for decades. That and the $11 trillion dollars of debt he is bequeathing.


Iceland - a nation of terrorists

Great Britain used anti-terrorist legislation to seize Icelandic assets.

Anyone see the irony in the Brits using anti-terrorism powers in an economic dispute between NATO nations?

Here is the view of an Icelandic citizen, with the money paragraph quoted below:
When the Republic of Iceland ran into the greatest troubles in its young life (it gained independence in 1944) and asked for help, none of our so-called friends stood up. The people of Iceland are paralysed by the lack of help and the destructive attack by the British [Prime Minister]. Iceland is an active participant in European cooperation and a founding member of Nato, but in the end, it seems Russia is Iceland's only friend. Brown's insult to Iceland will be remembered long after this £100m debt has been repaid.
Toljaso, folks.


"If she wins, I'm done. I can't do that for four years. And by 'I'm done,' I mean I'm leaving Earth."—Tina Fey, on the prospect of playing Sarah Palin if the McCain-Palin ticket wins the election.


John McCain yesterday, disqualifying himself: "The next President won't have time to get used to the office. He won't have the luxury of studying up on the issues before he acts."

"I'm going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated." 11/26/05]

"The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should…I've got Greenspan's book." 12/18/07

"In the interest of full disclosure, I didn't pay nearly the attention to those issues in the past…I was probably a 'supply-sider' based on the fact that I really didn't jump into the issue." 1/31/00


Number of newspapers that endorsed Sen. Obama on Sunday: 15
Number of newspapers that endorsed McSame: 0
Number of those newspapers Caribou Barbie has read: 0

So far this year Obama leads McCain 26-11 and has already picked up at least three papers that endorsed Bush in 2004. Bonus: the Sunday Parade, which is read by millions, highlighted that most people would save more and pay less taxes or none at all with Obama -- completely contradicting the lies by Grandpappy McKeating and his "horrific pick of a running mate."


A few debate questions from Richard Cohen: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/13/AR2008101302171.html



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