Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The anti-Reagan

"Hope" is just way too weak a word for the anticipation that this might actually come to pass.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Epic Fail

Steven Benen on the politics of the failed bailout vote today. There's a lot about this mess I don't understand at all, but common sense tells me that when little Mr. Pissypants starts stamping his feet and screaming for something Now Now Now Now Now, it's not a bad idea to stop, take a deep breath, and look the situation over a little more carefully.

Special Prosecutor

Ask and ye shall receive.

August Evening

Saw this quiet little film this weekend and enjoyed it very much, though I'm ashamed to say that I recognized no part of my hometown, Boerne, in it. I did, however, recognize San Antonio and Gonzales. I found the user review at the IMDB to be spot-on; the pacing is quite slow but the characters are engaging and the story is poignant.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Oh no

no, no, no, no

Debate

I tried to watch it, I really did. I just lose my temper far too easily. That said, I have to admire the fortitude that I imagine it must take for Obama to stand up on that stage and subject himself to McBastard's smirks and lies (for, what, six hours? so it seemed) without striding across the stage and delivering a swift and well-deserved kick to the groin. I bet a lot of other lefties like me feel the same way and I wonder if that accounts for the predominance of this perception and the overall general consensus that Obama kept his cool and did very well. In what little of it that I did watch, I thought Obama looked tense and angry (was I projecting?). He gave good answers, but I would like to see him rattle McCain some more rather than allow himself to be rattled by him.

I'm actually really nervous about the Vice Presidential debates. Biden's a loose cannon, very subject to gaffes, and it would be far too easy for him to underestimate Palin. As a Cowboys and Spurs fan, I've seen it happen all too often that a star-power team gets trounced by the underdog because they went into the game overconfident. Palin's awful, of course, and we've seen no evidence whatsoever of her being the "quick study" she's reputed to be. And Biden's commercials and stump speeches have been great. But it's Biden, unscripted, that I'm worried about. He's very smart and experienced, though, and those are definitely two things she is not. So we'll see.

On Choices and Judgement

Our friend, Freewheel, makes this exact point in a comment to the "post turtle" post below, which just proves that old adage: Great minds think alike.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Texans love a good turn o' the phrase

And would you believe it took a non-Texan (Thanks Freewheel!) to send this one to me:
While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75-year old Texas rancher whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Sarah Palin and her bid to be a heartbeat away from being President. The old rancher said, 'Well, ya know, Palin is a post turtle.' Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a post turtle was. The old rancher said, 'When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle.' The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain. 'You know she didn't get up there by herself, she doesn't belong up there, she doesn't know what to do while she is up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put her up there to begin with.'
And Susan, over at Kiss My Big Blue Butt says that McCain "has it floored in neutral." Yup!

Washington Mutual

holds the mortgage on my house. Can I stop making payments now?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

"Convenience" this, asshole.

I hate the religious right. Hate them, period. I do not think that there has ever been an ideological movement that has been more broadly damaging to our country. Their leaders, such as the execrable James Dobson and Tony Perkins, are charlatans who have exploited people of genuine religious faith, encouraged and fostered ignornace, and pandered to the worst elements of human nature such as racism, xenophobia, and misogyny all while cloaking themselves with the phoniest and most thinly transparent sanctimony imaginable. I would, frankly, love to see a true spiritual Rennaissance occur in our country, with the Christian church being a leading agent, but as long as the religious right has as dominant a voice in our culture as they do, I don't see how it is possible. I believe they have done more to drive people away from the Church than the pedophile priest scandal did. It makes perfect sense that the criminal thugs who comprise the Cheney-led GOP, and who are now scrambling to get McCain elected (via Sarah Appalling), would make their bed with the religious right.

The two most prominent issues that bring the worst elements of the religious right into glaring view are, of course, abortion and gay rights. I know that a couple of my readers are aware that I recently engaged in a rather long exchange on the subject of abortion over at Donna's place, Happiness, Anyway, with a rightie named Mark who can usually be found trolling over at Mike's place - except when McCain's poll numbers are down, heh. I don't know that much of value was accomplished, and I'm not particularly proud of whatever neurosis it is that drives me to enter into these duels, but for some reason I find it impossible to refrain from responding to stupid, pernicious wingnut talking points on the subject of abortion so I was rather like a bull reacting to the waving red cape when I saw this today.

One of the most repugnant aspects of rightwing talking points on abortion is how blatantly dishonest they are. Of course they have to be, because they know perfectly well that they can't prevail honestly. Facts and basic human decency are not in their favor, so they lie. And what could be more illustrative of their overriding contempt for women than the despicable falsehood that the "majority" (???) of women who seek abortions do so for their "convenience"? As a woman, and as a mother, I simply can't imagine a more gut-wrenchingly painful dilemma than an unwanted pregnancy, a dilemma which can be made infinitely more painful by any number of all-too-common life factors and variables. What kind of moral and intellectual vacuity does it take to deride women who are in these situations?

There are two dimensions of the abortion debate, both of which can be approached with honesty, maturity, compassion and intellect. One is the religious or spiritual dimension that looks at the question of when life begins and whether or not it is ever moral to deliberately stop the life process prior to birth. The other is the civil dimension which considers questions of policy and government in a secular society. It's an important debate, with far reaching consequences for all of us, and it deserves more respect as an issue than the religious right has allowed so far.

McCain's Meltdown

The freakshow that is the McCain campaign has certainly drawn some howlingly funny commentary (e.g. Letterman) about the antics they have pulled since yesterday, and here is a pretty good summary. But I think my favorite has to be the picture that accompanies this article.

UPDATE: Uh oh. Greenwald issues a correction. I must say, as rife with comic possibility as this campaign is, Palin is no joke. And I would be enjoying the humor much more if the polls weren't so close and the stakes weren't so high.

UPDATE: Speaking of high stakes.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

McCain looks desperate

And, as usual, like a damn fool.

Meanwhile Obama, in comparison, looks cool as a cucumber (emphasis mine):
As we talked about earlier, McCain said yesterday he's looking for a variety of things in the bailout package before he makes up his mind, including "greater accountability," a "path for taxpayers to recover the money," "complete transparency," and a mechanism to prevent Wall Street executives from profiting from taxpayer money. Obama had expressed his own ideas on measures that the bailout package should include, 48 hours earlier, and the lists were nearly identical.

So, this morning, Obama called McCain with a straightforward idea: if both candidates supported similar provisions, the two sides could endorse a joint set of principles. McCain, this afternoon, agreed. Obama did this quietly, away from the media spotlight, and without leaking anything to the media. Just one candidate looking for a bipartisan solution with a rival candidate. Everyone was happy.

And almost immediately after an agreement was reached, McCain, in the middle of debate prep, decides it's time for a stunt. How very sad that McCain's desperation has become this transparent.

Details are a little sketchy at this point, but as I understand it, Obama still wants a debate on Friday, as planned, and does not plan to suspend his campaign, but we're supposed to get another statement on these developments from Obama very soon.

They are not "conservatives"

I can think of many things to call the gang of criminal thugs that currently hold sway over our government and the mouth-breathing morons that want to re-elect their carbon copy successors, but "conservative" is not among them. To be academic about it - and to avoid, if one must, profanity - the proper term for them is "radical rightwing reactionaries." We are in the throes of a revolution, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with "conservatism." I venture to say that a large percentage of Americans who currently label themselves "conservatives" have no idea what the term actually means, either in its current form or its more academically correct, historical form.

UPDATE: Also not "conservatives" (and not "Christians," however much they claim that mantle) are the "Christianists."

Much more like this please!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

How bad could it get?

Digby hits another one out of the ballpark:
This is a scary time. Bush is the lamest of ducks but he is still president for another four months and the damage he could do in that time is incalculable. It's a big chance to take. But the absolute most irresponsible thing that Democrats could do is allow the election of another Republican administration --- all else pales before the prospect of another four years of this kind of governance.

Everyone needs to keep in mind that in spite of everything, the biggest danger to the world economic system and the security of the planet in general is to elect John McCain and his successor, Sarah Palin to preside over the mess that that the conservatives have made of things. We might as well take out money and bury it in the backyard --- or get a boat and sail away.

Cheap Date

Steve Benen says:
For leaders like Weyrich and Dobson, they opposed McCain vehemently, but ultimately threw their support to him ... in exchange for practically nothing. McCain didn't have to work to earn their backing, he just had to become the Republican nominee.
Well, not quite "nothing." He gave them Palin. Of course he may have thought it was "nothing" when he made the choice, after being told that he couldn't have Lieberman. But, should he manage to win this election, of course the joke will be on all of us should he croak and Palin takes the office. Ha, ha!

How I woke up this morning

Listening to NPR:
President Bush Bids U.N. Farewell
by Michele Kelemen

Listen Now [3 min 35 sec] add to playlist

Morning Edition, September 23, 2008 · President Bush addresses the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday for the last time. In his speech, he'll portray himself as a multilateralist who wants to see the U.N. function better.
Just shoot me now.

Monday, September 22, 2008

"catastrophic failure of Republican governance"

Ugh, sickening:
Bush has been the most successful president for the aristocracy in American history. He opened up the federal treasury to his rich friends, and they looted it like a Bagdad museum for nearly eight long years. Now that it's been stripped bare to the point that its going to cost trillions to even stabilize the thing, the Village has decided it's time to sober up and stop all this profligate spending. How convenient.

This is very similar to the arguments that were made 16 years ago when once again the establishment decided that the bill for Republican malfeasance would come due during a Democratic administration, thus foreclosing the possibility of solving many of the long term systemic problems that plague ordinary Americans. Heads they win, tails you lose. It's quite a racket.

But, at the very least, can we hear no more from Republicans about fiscal responsibility? Is it too much to ask that every time they say such a thing, that every opponent gets right in their face and starts yelling about Bush and Cheney and the catastrophic failure of Republican governance? I suppose it is. But until they do that, over and over again, the Republicans will be allowed to spend the country into oblivion, reward their rich friends with all your hard earned money and then morph into fiscal scolds the minute the Democrats take power, thus denying the people any sort of normal first world safety net. That's the pattern and it looks to me as if it's highly likely to replay itself once again unless the Democrats learn how to play this game.
Does anyone besides me find the concept of a "golden parachute" to be just as pornographic as it sounds? And not in a good way!

Democratic Rally in France

Jeannette sends pictures:


She says she hasn't received her ballot yet and wonders what the Bush GOP is doing to screw up absentee voting.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Time to start hitting that speed-dial button

For inspiration before you start calling your congresscritter, go here, and here, and here:
And finally, I am confident that the American people will greatly benefit from this. Which American people? After 8 years of Bushism, you have to ask? Why, those who caused this crisis and who exploited this crisis, of course. They will slurp up the trillion dollars of our hard-earned money that's gonna be served up on a silver platter faster than you can say "Americans are suckers if they vote Republican."


Update from digby: I just have to add that when I heard Paulson say this bail out was actually going to make money for the government, I couldn't help but remember Paul Wolfowitz assuring us that the Iraq war would pay for itself.
And, of course, here:
Chutzpah shortage averted: republicans propose $700 billion no strings giveaway to whoever they want, warn Democrats not to overreach:

"Some Congressional Republicans warned Democrats not to overreach. “The administration has put forward a plan to help the American people, and it is now incumbent on Congress to work together to solve this crisis,” said Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the Republican leader.
Mr. Boehner added: “Efforts to exploit this crisis for political leverage or partisan quid pro quo will only delay the economic stability that families, seniors, and small businesses deserve.”
...Mindful of a potential political fight, Mr. Paulson and Mr. Bernanke held a series of conference calls with members of Congress on Friday to begin convincing them that action was needed not just to help Wall Street but everyday Americans as well."

seems a bit odd that the phrase "working through the weekend" when applied to administration officials and congress is afforded the same breathless seriousness as "sacrifice your first born child".

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Bad and the Beautiful

I'll leave it to my discerning readers to figure out which is which:






For those of you who need more clues, there is this.

An Excellent Suggestion

The company I work for is currently in the middle of its annual charity campaign and for the last several years I have targeted Planned Parenthood for my donation, so this idea fits in perfectly with those plans.

Contempt

I certainly share the outrage expressed in these two posts, but as I read about this story, something occurred to me that I hadn't seen discussed elsewhere: I wonder how Alaskans in general, but the Alaska State Senate in particular feel about having McCain's thugs come barrelling into their state and sidewinding this investigation which, by all accounts, was - prior to McCain's involvement - a universally agreed-upon process that, supposedly, everyone was fine with moving forward? Aren't Alaskans supposed to be a little more than usually suspicious of outsiders, or folks from "down below" or whatever. Greenwald points out that the Alaska State Legislature isn't supposed to convene until January, but I can't help but wonder if they might not be angry enough about this latest spit in the eye to just up and call themselves into a special session. Thoughts?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ronald McBush?

So, the question for voters this year is this: Is John McCain as dim a bulb as George W. Bush or is he in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease like Ronald Reagan, or perhaps some charming combination of both? Hilzoy has some observations about McFuddled's inability to recognize the Prime Minister of Spain:
In any case, however, this is a big gaffe. It's not like Bush's not knowing who the head of Pakistan was in 2000. In that case, Bush was asked a surprise question. In this case, McCain was being interviewed by Spanish media. If he wasn't briefed on Spain, including the name of its Prime Minister, before he sat down for that interview, then he has completely incompetent staff, who should be fired on the spot. (Avoiding mistakes like this is part of what they're paid for.) If he was briefed on that, then it's not just that he forgot, in the sense of not being able to recall the name when asked. That happens sometimes, but it's not what happened here. Here, he didn't recognize the name when someone else said it.

In my experience, that's a lot harder to do, if you know the name to start with, especially if you're in a context in which that person might be brought up in conversation. -- It sometimes happens to me that I fail to place someone when they appear in a completely unexpected context: when one of my students (in Baltimore) appears at the wedding of an old family friend (in Boston), for instance. But, again, this is not a context in which mentioning the Prime Minister of Spain is in any way unexpected.
UPDATE: Barbara O'Brien is having a great time with this, beginning with the title of her post. Be sure and check out her graphic. A couple of great headlines she found:

Time, The Pain in Spain Falls Mainly on McCain

The Guardian, Barack's Back (sub-head, "McCain's Spain brain-pain")

Comparisons

Freewheel sent me an email he received that describes the up-is-downism of today's Republican voter and I thought I would share with you:
I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....

* If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're 'exotic, different.'

* Grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, a quintessential American story.


* If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

* Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.


* Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.


* If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.

* If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.


* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.


* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

* If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you're very responsible.

* If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America 's.

* If you're husband is nicknamed 'First Dude', with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.
In related news, see this wonderful post over at Mike's place about a conservative who is planning to vote for Barack Obama.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

That's not feminism we can believe in, my friends!

You know, maybe she was planning to just offer a bounty and shoot them from airplanes. Don't miss the comments to this post!

Carly Chucklefest

We might as well laugh about SOMETHING! I bet you heard that Carly Fiorino, one of McMillionaire's many brilliant economic advisors, is being "disappeared" because of her ill-advised comments to the press recently about who can and who can't "run a large corporation" (she should know, right?). Best snarky responses:

TBogg

Mahablog

Atrios:
Now that the government is running the biggest insurance company in the world, shouldn't we elect a president who is qualified to run a large company?

Moral Hygiene

Amen to this:
Y'know, occasionally I catch some grief by saying I have come truly to despise Bush/McCain and their ideological cronies like Cheney, Addington, Rumsfeld, and so on. Here's why:

Because the Bush/McCain gang is so ignorant violent, mentally disturbed and powerful, they get hundreds of thousands innocent people killed. Sheer moral hygiene makes it imperative that this country say no to four more years of the same.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

Foreign Policy

Coals to Newcastle here but:

Two good posts.

Those two are examples of adult, thoughtful discussions of the very important issue of who we should elect to become President of our country.

This one should probably get more play for effectiveness, though.

John McCain, Liar

Anyone remember the 2000 narrative about Al Gore's problem with the truth?

Honor

Sorry to be so gloomy. Maybe this will help:

Maha points us to this very eloquent Kos diary on the topic of honor.

Could it actually get worse?

According to Krugman, it could, and he's right.

I don't think I'm prepared to face that possiblitiy. That probably says something not good about me, but there you are. I was flabbergasted when my country elected, twice, Ronald Effing Reagan, that phony snake oil salesman actor fer pete's sake. I was appalled at the shenanigans my country was willing to engage in and then ignore, resulting in the installation of George W. Bush in 2000, and I thought there was No WAY we would be stupid enough to re-elect him in 2004, which resulted in my breaking out in a full-body rash on the day after that election. "Stress" my doctor said. This one might put me in the hospital.

"Worse." Think about it.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Bracing for the storm

Ike is bearing down on the Texas coast and it looks like we inland folks in the hill country might even get some pretty heavy wind and rain, or so the current weather chatter holds. We shall see.

Kudos to Mike for deconstructing the old "socialist" tripe trope. Good job!

And as sick-to-death as I am of Palinapalooza, I must pass along this great link sent to me this morning by our good pal, heydave. Thanks heydave!

It's 9/11. I'm not much for Memorials, but I can't let the day pass without sending out heartfelt good wishes to all those who lost family and friends on this horrible day seven years ago. May all our fallen countrymen rest in peace, and may the world forgive us for our tragically misguided response in the years since. (H/T to Barbara O'Brien at Mahablog for that first link.)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

More of that McBush-style "restoring honor and integrity"

H/T Atrios:
One of the employees named in the investigation, Jimmy Mayberry, has already pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington to violations of conflict-of-interest laws. The Justice Department declined to prosecute Smith and former Associate Director of the Minerals Revenue Management program Lucy Querques Denett, who the report says manipulated contracts to ensure they were awarded to former Interior employees.

The findings are the latest sign of trouble at the Minerals Management Service, which has already been accused of mismanaging the collection of fees from oil companies and writing faulty contracts for drilling on government land and offshore. The charges also come as lawmakers and both presidential candidates weigh giving oil companies more access to federal lands, which would bring in more money to the federal government.

"This all shows the oil industry holds shocking sway over the administration and even key federal employees," said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. "This is why we must not allow Big Oil's agenda to be jammed through Congress."

While most government royalties for drilling on federal lands are paid in cash, the government in recent years has been receiving a greater share of its oil and gas royalties in the actual product. More of that oil is also being sold on the open market, versus being deposited in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the nation's emergency oil stockpile. Congress earlier this year passed a law halting deposits of oil to the reserve to alleviate high gasoline prices.

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, who was asked about the reports earlier in the day before they were given to him and congressional offices, said the investigation was prompted by a 2006 phone call from anemployee who said there were ethical lapses in the Denver office.

"I look forward to having the opportunity to review the inspector general's findings so we can take the appropriate actions," Kempthorne said.

Good little puppies

Joe Scarborough Explains How The "Liberal" MSNBC Works


Simple:

MATTHEWS: Now, it'll die, as we said, it'll jump the shark. Two days ago, no, we're all talking about -- you're waving the tabloids around, come on. Two days from now -- I want to ask you, what will we talk about two days from now?

SCARBOROUGH: Whatever the McCain campaign wants us to talk about, because the McCain campaign is assertive.



And there you are.


-Atrios 13:31

Not-Too-Deep Thought (Sorry Atrios)

She called herself a dog. I don't mind calling her a pig. If the shoe fits....

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Regional versus........

Some friends and I have rented a house in Galveston for the last week in September, a vacation like I haven't had since I don't know when. Yesterday I sent out email bemoaning the fact that Ike appears to be making a beeline for our getaway spot, and I wrote:
First Palin, now this!
And this morning I received a very apt response:
I guess the only consolation is that Ike may only be a regional disaster.
UPDATE: Come to think of it, "bounce" may have a subtext, too!

Republicans, Bush style

A tip o' the 10-gallon to Mike for this one:
So she lied. Baldly and repeatedly. McCain is now on a multistate tour, repeating the very same lies -- and for Republicans, they are applause lines. Huzzah to the "anti-pork" governor whose state is more dependent on pork than any other state. Hooray for the "anti-earmarks" candidate who made a name for herself as a champion of the earmark.

The question is: what of it?

There is absolutely no penalty for lying, in politics. None. Zip. Nada. Sarah Palin could stand atop a stage and declare herself moon-goddess of Endor, and it wouldn't make a bit of difference. Yes, the papers would correct her. There would be a few cable stories on how there was no prior record of her being declared a moon-goddess. In the end, however, it would not matter, and it would not matter because Republicans have decided that it does not.

For Republicans, there is no longer any moral taboo whatsoever against lying outright. The only relevant question is whether the lie is effective -- not whether it should have been done in the first place. Karl Rove can rail against the inexperienced nature of one vice presidential candidate -- a Democrat -- and without the slightest bit of explanation (or shame), but happily pipe up with praise for an unequivocally, plainly less experienced Republican pick. It is not expected that he be self-consistent in the slightest. Everyone understands from the outset that his role is to say bad things about Democrats, and good things about Republicans, and if the two things conflict spectacularly it is not considered a symbol of his dishonesty or evidence of a histrionic maliciousness towards factual discourse. It is merely spin. He can make a farce of his own prior arguments -- what does it matter? If he is comfortable with it, and the people who look to him for guidance rally behind it, then we can Newspeak our way into and out of any argument as neat as you please.

.....

This is why I consider the Republican Party to be, at this point, a wrecked party. There is no self-consistent philosophy other than the acquisition and protection of their own power: there are certainly no moral or ethical boundaries that the party will internally enforce. John Edwards, a Democrat, had his political career effectively terminated when news of an affair came to light; a Republican can visit a prostitute wearing a diaper, and find himself easily forgiven. You can lie, you can staff your government with morons and ideologues, you can give a speech saying one thing while doing the exact opposite (a Bush specialty, in his State of the Union speeches). We bemoan constantly the Democrats' failure to keep a unified front, in order to pass a more meaningful agenda -- but you would be hard pressed to find even a single, lone Republican in Washington willing to buck the moral collapse of their own party. Such people once existed: they were voted out of office. All that remain are "mavericks" like McCain, figures who will countermand every previous belief in order to regain the support of his own party.

Palin may be an unapologetic liar, but there isn't anything even slightly surprising about that.

Palinapalooza

Interviews! "Sarah Plain and Talltale" gives 'em.

Lies! She tells 'em.

Wolves! She shoots 'em. And wants to pay you to shoot 'em too!

Oh my.

AaaaaMEN!

This needs to be shouted from the rooftops! (H/T Atrios)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Thanks Donna!

For letting Mark and me duke it out over abortion at your place. I tried not to break any furniture.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

More McSame

It will be just like Groundhog Day where we're stuck in time, living the Bush years forever:
But Palin has gone beyond this. She is not just telling lies; she's telling lies that have been exposed as lies, and that have gotten a lot of attention. Assuming she does not actually want to lose, she must assume that her audience either doesn't know that she's lying, or doesn't care. In either case, it's deeply cynical, and deeply insulting.

I just hope she isn't right.
UPDATE: And this of course.

UPDATE: Not to mention (H/T TBogg):
“The GOP is kind of like organized crime up here,” an insurance agent in Anchorage who knows the Palin family, explained. “It’s corrupt and arrogant. They’re all rich because they do private sweetheart deals with the oil companies, and they can destroy anyone. And they will, if they have to.”

Saturday, September 6, 2008

McSame

Wants to give us four more years of "restoring honor and integrity" to Washington, Bush style.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Nixonland

A lot of folks are reading it. (H/T Atrios)

Shameless

You must read every single word of this post. It is absolutely perfect.

Hey, did you know that John McCain was a POW?

But he hates to talk about it.

Barbara O'Brien dozed through the speech. Best line:
I will never forgive the North Vietnamese for this. I hope they're watching.
But hilzoy is the one who hits it out of the ballpark with these two posts. That second one I'd like to dedicate to the little troll, Mark, who regularly regurgitates wingnut bile over at Mike's place.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Palinapalooza

I got email this morning that asked:
Did anyone catch Peggy Hill's speech last night?
Which prompted this response from someone else in the circle:
Don't slander Peggy Hill.
From Peggy Hill's Wiki page (Yes, she does, and it's LONG):
Peggy claims high intelligence, though she is often naive and impractical. Interestingly, Peggy's intelligence seems to vary with the situation and her judgment is frequently clouded by her ego.
So, I think my friend's comparison is pretty spot-on. Sorry Peggy!

I gave it about 5 minutes - that's all I could stand. Gosh, I dunno, there's just something about pursy-lipped moralistic scolds who lie their asses off that gets my goat. Maybe that's just me, though. Republicans sure do seem to like them. Anyway, here are some thoughts from people who actually watched her so I didn't have to:

Always good to start off with some fact checking.

Barbara O'Brien is not impressed with Palin's small-townsiness, and she thinks, like this guest poster at Obsidian Wings, that maybe - just, maybe - the Republicans may have finally overplayed their we're-jes-plain-folks-like-you hand (emphasis mine):
Now Obama has, like Clinton before him (Bill, not Hillary, who could never overcome her essential wonkishness), the gift of transcending his obvious intelligence, of making the listener respond more to his vision than to the actual proposals he has for achieving it. (As Hilzoy has pointed out, the latter are out there, in fairly impressive detail, but for most voters they simply don't matter.) And more power to him; much of the battle is going to have to be fought on the playing field of “character.”

But the Democrats will not succeed unless they can also, somehow get into the discourse about the Presidency and Vice-Presidency the concept that competence actually matters. Not everyone will listen, but the Democrats need to get through to enough voters to peel off a layer of the anti-intellectual majority that carried Bush to triumph.

If they do, we have won.

If not, I fear for the Republic.
D. Aristophanes goes all diplomatic, and still keeps his optimism.

Tristero gives the middle finger to diplomacy and calls this pig's ear what it is:
They are ignorant, nasty prigs, ever so eager to preach their divine virtue to the rest of us sinners. Worse, they are greedy, sadistic, ignorant, nasty prigs, ever so eager to make the less advantaged suffer so that they may prosper. If McCain and Palin are permitted to continue the odious Bush legacy, both the number and burdens of poor young mothers will dramatically increase and their options will shrink. Innocent children will die so that Sarah Palin can call herself a pitbull with lipstick* and wealthy white supporters can snort and snuffle their approval.

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*The phrase "pitbull with lipstick" means only one thing. So remember: Palin compared herself to a violent bitch, not Democrats, liberals, or progressives.
Heh. Indeed.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Take a Cha Cha Cha Chance!



I have always loved the Beatles' Birthday song. And here it is my birthday, so there! I was going to pick from the treasure trove of scandals du jour in the saga that is, from here on in these quarters to be known as Palinapalooza, but I am facing end-of-fiscal-year challenges in addition to other birthday distractions - SO, with that in mind, I've settled on this birthday present from our dear friends at Sadly, No! who kindly gave me a cheery thought to get me through my day!

UPDATE: Thanks to heydave, our friends at World O' Crap have given me a little something too! Awwww, thanks guys!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Be careful what you wish for...

So McCain wanted to upstage Barack Obama's fabulous acceptance speech and record-breaking Convention with a little media story of his own, right? So how's that working out? Idiot.

Mike has a good summary of all the latest bad news and speculates on how soon Palin will be dumped. Josh Marshall sums up the tight spot McCain has put himself in:
For what it's worth, even though I hinted that I thought we might be going there over the weekend, we should not underestimate the massive forces standing in the way of canning Palin.

The consequences of what I think everyone can now see was a bad decision are huge. The consequences of admitting it was a mistake are something like catastrophic. Much of the remainder of the campaign, I think, would devolve into a picking over of just what McCain was thinking. So while McCain's strategy is based on running on his purportedly superior judgment, much of the campaign coverage would focus on his demonstrably bad judgment.

Also, a very big deal, though not quite as big, would be the effect on conservative evangelicals. Putting Palin on the ticket seems to have finally brought many of them squarely into the McCain camp. Tossing her overboard could be lethal with this critical Republican constituency.

They're in a tight spot.
Needless to say, McCain's Tight Spot is pretty much flooding the humor gristmill, if you'll pardon the phrase. See the usual suspects for some prime examples.