September 14, 2008

That's Rich -- The Associated Press tells us that "Republicans fault both campaigns for negative ads." The Republicans are such brilliant prevaricators. They have an unmatched talent for twisting things. McCain and Palin have been just outright lying, reducing the debate to trivialities, being pure nasty with no substance, so now suddenly both campaigns are negative, according to the masters of political lying and cheating. Anyone who is not paying attention, or is a little dull-witted, would be fooled by this crap. That's what the Republicans count on. Yeah, both sides are worthless scum, no reason to vote at all. The fewer people go to the polls, the better Republicans like it. Scum rises, apparently. At least in the U.S. media system.

September 17, 2008

While America Sleeps -- Bob Herbert, a sane voice in a mad crowd, reminds us that while the TV news gabs away about lipstick on pigs and so forth, McCain is proposing a healthcare plan that will make healthcare in the U.S. even worse than it is for people who, unlike McCain, are not millionaires. Herbert says, "A study coming out Tuesday from scholars at Columbia, Harvard, Purdue and Michigan projects that 20 million Americans who have employment-based health insurance would lose it under the McCain plan... For starters, the McCain health plan would treat employer-paid health benefits as income that employees would have to pay taxes on." This will not be like the last eight years. It will be worse. It will be a 1984 world where the nation is always at war, the people are impoverished, history is constantly destroyed and remanufactured to suit Big Brother.
  • A Hometown View -- Alaska school principal Pete Hauschka assesses Palin: "Personally, I'd never vote for her. She has an extremely simple view of the world. I don't even think she has ever been abroad. (She did go on-base to Iraq to visit our homesick AK National Guard troops which was a nice gesture, but I do not believe she has experienced another culture besides Native Alaskan cultures even as a vacationer.) As governor she has repeatedly shown us that she is unable to grasp the demands of leadership. She is very prone to cronyism of the worst kind. Most important cabinet level political appointment she has made, (for example, our State commissioner of Education), she has over-ridden suggestions of our state advisory boards, and instead promoted those who had granted her direct political favors. Not that other politicians don't do this, they do, but most of them are able to balance their appointments to ensure that at least a few people with real skill and experience are running big state agencies. Some of the people she has appointed are just doofuses...even by Alaskan standards; and we have a high tolerance for doofuses here." silent3

    September 18, 2008

    No Change McCain -- According to the NY Times, "Polls taken after the Republican convention suggested that Mr. McCain had enjoyed a surge of support -- particularly among white women after his selection of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate -- but the latest poll indicates 'the Palin effect' was, at least so far, a limited burst of interest." According to polls, "McCain is seen by voters as far less likely to bring change to Washington than Senator Barack Obama. Mr. McCain is widely viewed as a 'typical Republican' who would continue or expand President Bush's policies."

    September 19, 2008

    Palin On Top -- Scary Sarah has decided it will be a Palin-McCain administration.
  • The New Royalty -- In "Under the Thumb of the Corporations", Kevin Gosztola writes, "How do you grapple with the Dow falling 500 points in one day? How do you comprehend the largest bankruptcy in American history? And how do you even begin to understand the implications of the Bank of America's buyout of Merrill Lynch or the implications of the nationalization or quasi-socialization of banks as the government bails out banks whose board of directors conducted operations like gamblers at a casino?" More discussion of legalized robbery, or "deregulation" at
  • And Now, World War III -- One can always hope it's not true. One who signs himself Lord Stirling writes at that "As the World Focuses on the Imploding Global Economy Bush Agrees to War on Iran." The U.S., according to the article, "has agreed to sell to Israel 1,000 of the very advanced bunker buster GBU-39 bombs. This is a major development as the Bush Administration had denied previous recent Israeli requests for large numbers of this weapon system." This signals an impending attack by Israel on Iran's nuclear facilities. As Israel's Prime Minister Olmert steps down, he is being succeeded by superhawk Netanyahu, who is itching to go forward with a pre-emptive attack to eliminate Iran's chances of becoming a nuclear power. Stirling writes, "An effective attack on the Iranian nuclear program and likely hidden sites will require a massive number of air strikes over the Iranian land mass. Iran will respond with missile attacks from its territory on Israel and with rocket and missile attacks from Lebanon and Gaza and the West Bank. Israel has tried very hard to convince Syria to part company with Iran but has had little success. Syria has a large number of guided missiles that can reach virtually all parts of Israel." The possibilities of chain reactions proceeding from this move are not predictable. With recent antagonisms with Russia set off by the Bush administration's belligerence toward Russia's response to being attacked by Georgia, there is little stability left in the "world community" in which this conflagration is set to take place.
  • Sarah Holy Roller -- Sarah Barracuda says she no longer attends the Assembly of God church.
  • Pure Sarah -- Sarah Palin research site: Find out about the future vice president/president. Who will be running the country?

    September 20, 2008

    The General on Palin -- US Army Brigadier General (retired) Janis L. Karpinski writes on Sarah Palin on Truthout. This woman can speak with some authority. As an Army Brigadier General and as a woman, she is in a position to say things no one else can, and she does, as when she refers to Palin's "come hither look". Whew! " Men want to screw her, literally - it is a fantasy of many men, particularly those in the high power, high profile assignments, and she knows it. She uses her sexuality, and men's vulnerability, to intimidate them and expose their weaknesses. They imagine what she is like in bed; they fantasize about screwing the vice president of the United States because they have never had this chance. They imagine what she is like as a sex object and they drool over possibilities, not necessarily thinking the fantasies will come to fruition, instead focusing on four years of possibilities. She projects the willingness to let them fantasize. She is not businesslike, rather power hungry and control-like, offering, subtly and directly, suggestions of her feistiness and daring men to try and conquer her. Somewhere in the mix, she attempts to say something noteworthy to demonstrate her readiness and capabilities to serve as the vice president of the United States. She wants to be seen as a sexual object because she has a track record of success using the same techniques at increasing levels of responsibilities." In regard to Palin's attempts to horn in on Hillary Clinton's success at nearly winning the nomination, Karpinski is disgusted. "Her personal comparisons to Hillary Clinton are insulting to Clinton. Senator Clinton did not stoop to use of her sexuality as a means of attracting votes or attention. She is articulate and stays on message, whether in the primaries or campaigning for Obama. Hillary's supporters, men and women, accepted her for her experience, her credentials and her qualifications, deservedly so, unlike Palin who is trying to steal mileage on the shirttails of Hillary. You can easily recollect memorable events of Hillary's campaign, but you will not remember her parading about or flirting with her supporters or the media. She did not behave in such a manner. Her wardrobe aside, Hillary Clinton was competing on a level playing field and behaved accordingly, like an intelligent, confident and capable candidate. This is what women hope for and seek to achieve. Sarah Palin's behavior sets our progress back by decades and encourages the fashionable use of sexuality as the tool to measure success."
  • Earth Calling McCain -- "Does John McCain know that Zapatero is the Spanish prime minister, and that Spain is in Europe?" Hard to tell from his answer to questions by a Spanish journalist.


    September 21, 2008

    We're All Socialists Now -- So said Newsweek's Jonathan Alter on Friday's Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Now that the Bush administration has moved to nationalize the housing industry, seeking a trillion dollars from Congress to avert an economic cataclysm, it is a blatant, undeniable acknowledgement that the market cannot regulate itself. The Priests of Free Market Ideology are discredited. Free Market Fundamentalism is dead. Yes, the market has dynamics of its own, but no, it cannot self-regulate, self correct at every turn. It must have regulation and supervision. There must be laws and standards that must be followed. Free market anarchy leads to runaway corruption. Now that the Bush administration has acknowledged the fact in action, will it be acknowledged, or will they just pretend that nothing happened? And where do we go from here? New York Times
  • Women: Don't Be Fooled -- Cynthia Boaz on Truthout, writes, "Given that Palin's positions on "women's issues," from reproductive rights to health care, are 180 degrees from the mainstream feminist base, one can only conclude that for many women, sharing a piece of anatomy is a more powerful source of solidarity than shared beliefs, values or principles. With all due respect to my fellow fairer-sex sisters, those of you for whom the idea of a woman in office is more exciting than good public policy are doing all of us a disservice. Palin, no matter how you slice it, will not represent us when it comes to the issues that feminists from every stripe and for every decade have worked to promote. And to add insult to injury, it could not be more obvious that Sarah Palin is being used by the men in her own party to galvanize disgruntled female voters. Is there anyone out there who could argue with a straight face that Palin would have been picked if she'd been a man?" And Boaz points out, this is the woman who said that the war in Iraq was "a task from God," a woman whose main foreign policy credentials (according to her own party) consist of living in a state that borders Russia, and, ask the right wing base, "By adding her to the ticket, McCain the Maverick moved himself ten clicks to the right."
  • Whistleblowers on Rove Election Rigging -- Progress on the investigation into the rigging of elections and Karl Rove's place in the scheme. See "We are working with Ohio election attorneys, Cliff Arnebeck, Bob Fitrakis and Henry Eckhart to find out the truth about recent information indicating that Karl Rove architected and directed a strategy to manipulate elections through the use of computers. Rove's Cyber Guru, Michael Connell, has worked for the Bush family for over 20 years and helped Bush Sr., Jeb and Bush Jr. "win" their elections using his computer skills. Whistleblowers, including Republicans, say that several of these and other national elections have been rigged through various invisible and illegal means, including vote tabulation manipulation, improper partisan use of the Justice Department to target Democrats and uncooperative US Attorneys, and the laundering of hundreds of millions of corporate dollars funneled into fake advocacy groups directed against Democratic candidates running for public office. Ex-Alabama Governor Don Siegelman has stated publicly that Rove was the person who directed the rigging of the governor's race and the criminal prosecution of Siegleman. Here GOP cyber sleuth Stephen Spoonamore has stated publicly that the leadership of the GOP has been "lying and stealing elections" and doing so through computers. According to the attorneys, Rove's goal with this strategy is to establish a unitary Executive Branch with a supportive judiciary, a weak legislature and a fearful press. Corporate sponsors of this strategy, such as tobacco, energy, telecom, and pharmaceutical companies are rewarded with hands off government: deregulated oversight, stringent limits on class-action damages, the stacking of high courts with pro-business/anti-consumer Justices etc."
  • Seeking Light on Election Swindles -- Attorneys in Ohio are battling to bring their case to court showing how the Rove team has been stealing elections and plans to steal this one. Maybe eventually if enough evidence comes forward, Americans will wake up. Hopefully it will be while something of the Constitutional republic is still intact. According to OhioNewsBureau, "Ohio attorneys pushing to convince a federal judge to lift the stay on a case alleging Republicans and Bush loyalists cyber-rigged the vote in certain Ohio counties in 2004, filed affidavits on Wednesday from two experts in the fields of data security and academic research on voting they hope will convince the court to lift a stay on their case and allow them to issue subpeonas to Karl Rove, President Bush's political adviser and master Republican strategist and Mike Connell, a long-time information technology handyman who worked in both Ohio and Florida, who they say can blow the whistle on how democracy was compromised in Ohio and other states, like Florida, where he was given the keys to the castle of cyber systems." How many more elections do we have to lose to cheaters before attention is paid to this issue?
  • How Republicans Rig Elections -- "How the GOP Wired Ohio's 2004 Vote Count for Bush to Win" at
  • Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told FBI Director Robert Mueller that he doesn't believe the FBI's claim that the anthrax letters of 2001, of which he was one of the recipients, were sent by Bruce E. Ivins, who died in July, and that Ivins worked alone. "If he is the one who sent the letter, I do not believe in any way, shape or manner that he is the only person involved in this attack on Congress and the American people," said Leahy. "I believe there are others involved, either as access" New York Times
  • Bailout: The Gigantic Swindle -- Greider on the bailout: "Financial-market wise guys, who had been seized with fear, are suddenly drunk with hope. They are rallying explosively because they think they have successfully stampeded Washington into accepting the Wall Street Journal solution to the crisis: dump it all on the taxpayers.... If Wall Street gets away with this, it will represent an historic swindle of the American public--all sugar for the villains, lasting pain and damage for the victims. My advice to Washington politicians: Stop, take a deep breath and examine what you are being told to do by so-called "responsible opinion." If this deal succeeds, I predict it will become a transforming event in American politics--exposing the deep deformities in our democracy and launching a tidal wave of righteous anger and popular rebellion. As I have been saying for several months, this crisis has the potential to bring down one or both political parties." The Nation

    September 24, 2008

    Victory is Impossible -- when your opponent controls the voting machines and the voting process. How much of a margin are elections won by? Usually a few percent. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. points out that the Republicans have maybe 30 different schemes to wipe Democratic voters off rolls, alter machine tallies, deny voters their right to vote. In Colorado, just one of these schemes has wiped 25 percent of voters off the rolls. Twenty-five percent! That's enough to swing almost any election. And the Repugs have many other schemes working simultaneously. The game is over. The good guys lost. Unless the voting issue is addressed. And even defining that is going to be a big battle. The Republicans are churning up a campaign against what they call "voter fraud", which means people voting twice, the opposite of what is really the problem, people's votes being eliminated from the process. So get used to it, another term of an unelected "president" stooge of the big power brokers, more of a corporatist, militarist, Orwellian, happy face fascism. All of this election campaign rigamarole is useless, a futile exercise, unless the election process issues are addressed. These guys are the power brokers of the world. They rule and they have for a long time. Bush and Cheney are on stage, the real rulers are behind. It's going to take a lot more to dislodge them than this carefully fenced-in election game we are now engaged in.

    September 24, 2008

    Victory and Blah Blah Blah -- The Republicans like to talk about "victory" in Iraq. They like the sound of the word and hope it will get the masses stirred up. They conveniently forget everything leading up to this point, and hope the people do too. Talking about victory in Iraq is about as relevant as talking about victory in a burglary. Bush gave so many different excuses for invading Iraq no one even remembers what they finally settled on, or if they settled on anything. Lately they're trying to slip back to the "getting the guys who attacked us on 9/11" bit. How can you achieve victory when no one knows what the objective is? How do you achieve victory in a crime?
  • George Will, the arch conservative, does not have kind things to say about McCain, or Bush, for that matter. "The political left always aims to expand the permeation of economic life by politics," writes Will. "Today, the efficient means to that end is government control of capital. So, is not McCain's party now conducting the most leftist administration in American history? The New Deal never acted so precipitously on such a scale." And furthermore, "Conservatives who insist that electing McCain is crucial usually start, and increasingly end, by saying he would make excellent judicial selections. But the more one sees of his impulsive, intensely personal reactions to people and events, the less confidence one has that he would select judges by calm reflection and clear principles, having neither patience nor aptitude for either. It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency. It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?"
  • Republican Vote Scams -- Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: "There are about 30 scams the republicans are deliberately using, particularly in the swing states to get democatic voters off the rolls. These scams originate in the so-called Help America Vote Act which was passed after the Florida debacle in the year 2000. It was originally suggested by democrats and republicans but it was passed by a republican congress with a republican senate and a republican president. And instead of reforming what happened in Florida it basically institutionalized all the problems that happened in Florida. And institutionalized a series of impediments that make it very difficult for democrats to register, for democrats to vote and then for democrats to have their vote counted." Ring of Fire
  • Bush Fairy Tales -- Mark Crispin Miller reports that the Bushies are now propagating the rumor that if McCain wins the election, there will be race riots. The idea is that when they steal the election through the 30 or so vote suppression scams RFK Jr. refers to above, and people protest, they already have a story line set up that can classify the protests as "terrorism" and authorize them to bring the hammer down hard. They think of everything.

    September 26, 2008

    Not Helping -- A note to Bill Clinton from Paul Slansky: "Given that we would never have had the odious George W. Bush in the White House in the first place if it wasn't for your blow jobs, Bill, it seems obvious that you owe it to the people of this country, and especially to the parents whose kids died in the Iraq War that Gore would never have started, and to all the parents whose kids would be killed in the WarFest that would be a McCain/Palin -- sorry, Palin/McCain -- administration to do everything in your power to get Barack Obama elected."
  • Naomi Klein: "Now Is the Time to Resist Wall Street's Shock Doctrine" Klein warns, "It would be a grave mistake to underestimate the right's ability to use this crisis -- created by deregulation and privatization -- to demand more of the same. Don't forget that Newt Gingrich's 527 organization, American Solutions for Winning the Future, is still riding the wave of success from its offshore drilling campaign, "Drill Here, Drill Now!" Just four months ago, offshore drilling was not even on the political radar and now the U.S. House of Representatives has passed supportive legislation. Gingrich is holding an event this Saturday, September 27 that will be broadcast on satellite television to shore up public support for these controversial policies. What Gingrich's wish list tells us is that the dumping of private debt into the public coffers is only stage one of the current shock. The second comes when the debt crisis currently being created by this bailout becomes the excuse to privatize social security, lower corporate taxes and cut spending on the poor. A President McCain would embrace these policies willingly. A President Obama would come under huge pressure from the think tanks and the corporate media to abandon his campaign promises and embrace austerity and 'free-market stimulus.'"
  • The Bloom Off Sarah's Rose -- Rolling Stone on "The Truth About Sarah Palin" According to Tim Dickinson, "Sarah Palin's credentials as a 'reformer' are nothing but spin. She has sided with Big Oil, lobbied to increase pork spending and abused her public power to carry out personal vendettas. Here's a guide to separating myth from fact."

    September 26, 2008

    Mad John Spins Again -- The debate is on -- it's off -- it's on. Brave John McCain has decided to face the young Barack Obama after all. At least until further notice. The weary old heavyweight lifts his gloves one more time. Washington Post.
  • Heroes in the Seaweed -- In fact it seems that McCain's campaign has now gone really full circle and is hitting the tank, back where it was all last year when McCain couldn't even get arrested the world was so indifferent to his existence. Here's my speculative take on it all. It may be wrong, but it may also be right. Back in 2000 when the Rovians slandered him, put much of the largest campaign chest ever amassed up to that time and all the Rovian dirty tricks to work to convince South Carolinians that he was crazy, he had an illegitimate black child, and so forth. After McCain had beaten Bush, the fore-ordained frontrunner, in the New Hampshire primary 49 to 30 percent, he was brought down by the dirty tricks of the Rove-Bush machine. Bush won South Carolina, and with his superior financial backing, kept the momentum and left McCain behind, securing the nomination. For a while Mccain would not speak to Bush. But then they had a summit and when they came out, McCain pledged his support to Bush. And during the next eight years, as we know, he supported Bush more than 90 percent of the time. There are famous pictures of him embracing Bush deferentially, as if to say, "You are my God", while Bush beams proudly as the conquerer, the alpha dog. It seems as if the Bush machine made a deal with McCain at that point. You play nice with us, and we'll make you president. We can do it because we control the voting machines in the swing states.

    So after eight years, McCain was the anointed one, designated by Bush to follow him, to make sure Bush's crimes would never be prosecuted. McCain announced his presidency, and no one cared. He trailed in the polls throughout 2007. He had sold his soul to George Bush. He was damaged goods. Hardly anyone wanted him for president. He'd lost his credibility. But then, surprisingly, when the voting machines started to click, he suddenly came to the front of the pack. There were oddities in the tallies and my suspicion is he had some help from Rove and company with the voting machines. So he became the nominee, but his support was always tepid, lackluster. He's uncharismatic. His reputation as a prisoner of war only goes so far in convincing that he's qualified to be president.

    Then he grabbed flashy Sarah Palin and for a while that was enough to distract attention from him and his dullness and his devotion to Bush, the war in Iraq and practically everything. Now about three weeks after that decision, faith in Palin is rapidly going down the toilet and McCain seeks more distrations. He tried to use the economic bailout crisis as an excuse to avoid debating Obama, because he knows he does not even have the vocabulary to address economic issues, which are on everyone's minds now. He made a bold stand: I will put my campaign on hold and not resume it until the crisis in Washington is solved! He went to Washington, did no good, had no effect and no one seemed to even want to play along with his theater. What is McCain doing here? they asked. So now he is saying, yes, we will go ahead with the debate, though yesterday I claimed it was a matter of patriotic principle that I not do the debate. Apparently his decision to duck the debate was looking like it would be more harmful than the worst possible performance in it. So John is on. The debate will roll. McCain changes course yet again.

    A guy who, when talking straight admitted he had little knowledge of economics, must now try to discuss it credibly, to present himself as the leader who can pull the country out of the economic disaster of the Bush looting of America. A guy who just last week reversed himself on practically everything he said about the economic situation once or twice, must now try to present an image of solidity to the public. As a political thinker he has no substance. He just parrots ideological platitudes and creates drama, as Chris Matthews put it, razzle dazzle.

    Even the Republicans in Congress do not see him as a leader. He's a phony, trumped up leader, not supported by a popular base, but only by the fraudulent Rovian machine. They didn't rally behind him when he dropped in on the disaster negotiations at the 11th hour. All these dramas are very Rovian. And they are effective in the short term. But the country has been swindled by Rovian politics for eight years now and is wearying of it. It may all be catching up to McCain. He's got to try to outrun it for 40 more days or so, to avoid being revealed under his mask as a fraud. But where can he run?

  • Memories -- The banking collapse reminds people of McCains involvement in another one, the S&L Crisis of the 80s under another corrupt Republican administration, when McCain was reprimanded as one of the Keating Five. CNN

  • The Ultra Rich Dig Recession -- Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune and the creator of the documentary film "Born Rich" wrote in the Huffington Post, that the super rich welcome the economic meltdown. It makes things easier for them, thins the ranks of the elite, reduces competition for elite services.
  • Crack Pilot -- McCain, who wrecked several planes as a flyboy, is similar as a politician. According to the LA Times, McCain is "making it up on the fly". According to the Times, "It is a seat-of-the-pants, adrenalin-charged style that McCain, once an aircraft carrier pilot, apparently enjoys. Or doesn't mind. But it is a far cry from the carefully scripted, well-planned schedules that most presidential campaigns, not to mention the White House, typically employ and the traveling press corps is accustomed to."

    September 27, 2008

    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to Wall Street for which it stands, one dollar, ungettable ...

    -- Woody Guthrie

    I guess there are reasons why Obama let McCain get away with so much bullshit during the debate. McCain went on and on about some $3 million grant to study the DNA of bears in Montana as his big example of earmark spending and how he wants to cut the government's excess spending. And Obama let himself get put on the defensive over this bullshit. I wanted to leap onstage and say, "What about your lousy war, McCain, the one you supported and still support and said should go on 100 years? What are we dropping there, $10 billion a month?. That's ten thousand million every single week! And you're bellyaching about a single one-time expenditure of $3 million. (see the transcript) Maybe it's a dumb expense as you imply, maybe it's not. But let's get serious. That ten thousand million a week doesn't even count Afghanistan. And McCain is rattling his saber at Iran, Russia, North Korea. There's no war he doesn't love.

    And what's all this crap about "the surge worked"? Worked to accomplish what? To slightly diminish the hemorrhaging of an incalculable ongoing catastrophe. We're still droppiong $10 billion a week there. For what? What are your objectives? Besides making Halliburton and the oil companies rich? You said it would be easy. You said it would be short. You were full of shit. And you are full of shit because you are still pushing it, saying we need to stay there until we secure "victory". Iraq is a megacrime. There is no victory. The best we can do is to end it, somehow.

    But the public discourse in America is so distorted by the brainwashing media of the corporate warfare state, so twisted, that not only does McCain get away with sputtering nonsense, it's actually virtually impossible to get anywhere near reality in the debate. If you tried to talk about reality they'd throw you off the stage, or into a lunatic asylum. You can't get through a debate without saying, "America is the greatest country in the world!" and "Israel is our stalwart ally" (therefore we have to go to war against Iran), and did you notice that Obama now wears a flag in his lapel?

    Obama was such a gentleman, letting McCain get away with such massive distortions, omissions. Saying, "John was right" over and over. And of course the Rovians grabbed those clips and ran them in an ad saying that because Obama said McCain was right on several occasions, that means by logical inference that of course McCain is right about everything. Surely no one buys that logic, though his followers can go, "Yeah, gotcha. Go McCain!" Even they know that's not what Obama was saying.

    But then right after the debate we heard echoing throughout the punditsphere that Obama "won". That polls of viewers and of reporters gave him a huge edge. So maybe he was right to be such a gentleman. The pundits all parrot the same few lines, of course, and one of them was how McCain never looked at Obama. Never mind the omission of the cost of the war when they were talking budgeting, what really counts is that he didn't look at Obama. It all seems arbitrary to me. I would just as easily expect them to babble on about how bad it was that Obama looked at McCain. It would make as much sense. Of course I'm happy to hear McCain get panned, but it would be more enjoyable if it made sense.

    September 29, 2008

    Mad McCain -- E.J. Dionne in the Washington Post, writes that a month that began as McCain's ended as Obama's. "The post-Labor Day period has thus brought the campaign to an unexpected point. McCain, once the candidate of tested experience, must now battle the perception that he has become the riskier choice, a man too given to rash moves under pressure. Obama, whose very newness promised change but also raised doubts, has emerged as the cool and unruffled candidate who moves calmly but steadily forward."
  • Demand Justice -- Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin introduced a bill to investigate and prosecute Bush-Cheney Crimes. See
  • Hypocrite -- John McCain, who lies with great ease, claimed during the debate to be against torture, but he voted to allow waterboarding.
  • Drowning -- "McCain's Flailing Panic" by Glenn Greenwald

    -- David Cogswell

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