October 31, 2008
October 30, 2008
McCain gets completely dissed by his favorite prop:
The look on Cindy's face is classic. You know she's thinking, "God, you're really fucking this up, old man."
October 29, 2008
A short film by Errol Morris:
And then, there are the "Undecideds" as explained by David Sedaris:
I don’t know that it was always this way, but, for as long as I can remember, just as we move into the final weeks of the Presidential campaign the focus shifts to the undecided voters. “Who are they?” the news anchors ask. “And how might they determine the outcome of this election?”Click the link to read the entire essay.
Then you’ll see this man or woman— someone, I always think, who looks very happy to be on TV. “Well, Charlie,” they say, “I’ve gone back and forth on the issues and whatnot, but I just can’t seem to make up my mind!” Some insist that there’s very little difference between candidate A and candidate B. Others claim that they’re with A on defense and health care but are leaning toward B when it comes to the economy.
I look at these people and can’t quite believe that they exist. Are they professional actors? I wonder. Or are they simply laymen who want a lot of attention?
To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. “Can I interest you in the chicken?” she asks. “Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?”
October 27, 2008
Coldcut vs. TV Sheriff make sure the Revolution Will Be Televised:
"A drum+bass powered all-out AV assault on an American media machine now in psychotic overdrive for the Presidential election. A 10000-frame crash edit comedy celebration of the blatant corruption, warmongering, florid insanity and plain good old smelly bullshit that characterises the cultural landscape of the world's most confused country. 21st century satire is alive and well."More here.
(h/t reader Bob who summed up this video with one word: whoa!)
Check out this unbelievable interview in which a local Florida newswoman grills Joe Biden with ridiculous Republican talking points:
Turns out this "professional" newswoman is married to Wade West, a political and media consultant for Republican politicians.
Joe more than held his own, at one point even asking, "Is this a joke?"
(h/t Daily Kos)
October 22, 2008
Therefore, she's just as qualified to be Preznit as John McCain (possibly even more qualified):
Gosh, can she rattle off talking points like there's no tomorrow. Actually, she sucks at it.
October 21, 2008
October 20, 2008
October 16, 2008
- The next President of the United States, Barack Obama:
One of these men is presidential. The other is as presidential as the clown we currently have in office:
Game. Set. Match.
One of these men is presidential. The other is as presidential as the clown we currently have in office:
Game. Set. Match.
October 15, 2008
People have been asking us how Steve is progressing. Fortunately, he no longer uses the apartment for a toilet and has become pretty comfortable with his crate. He still has some non-aggressive biting issues, but that could be because he's still growing:
(Photo representation might not be 100% accurate)
From Fafblog!, via BoingBoing:
FACT! Barack Obama and sixties radical Bill Ayers were both associated with the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a radical education foundation whose radical goal is to radically educate black children by educating them... while they are still black.
FACT! Barack Obama spent twenty years in the same church as radically black pastor Jeremiah Wright, who has been known to make such incendiary claims as "white people enslaved black people" and "white people killed Native Americans." Is Barack Obama part of the international black conspiracy to trick white people into thinking about racism? Answer: maybe.
FACT! Barack Obama has been friends with Rashid Khalidi, an openly Arab Arab who is so Arab he writes about other Arabs. Is Barack Obama part of the international Arab conspiracy to trick white people into thinking about Arabs? Answer: also maybe.
FACT! Barack Obama talks about his white mother and his white grandparents and the white half of his family that is white, but did you know that half of his family is also black? In fact, half his family is so black that Obama keeps them hidden away on a whole other continent where they speak in a strange, otherworldly code which is not even English. What is Obama trying to hide? Possibly something black. BONUS FACT! Barack Obama may be half-white and half-black, but he married a woman who is completely black. In a way, doesn't that make him three-quarters black? Math doesn't lie, people!
FACT! "Obama" is an ancient Muslim name meaning "He Who Deceives the White Man with his Telegenic Charisma, Angular Good Looks, and Deceptively Conservative Policy Proposals." Coincidence? Or co-bama?
FACT! The previous fact was made up. But doesn't the fact that it was so easily made up prove that a kernel of truth must exist within the lie, and doesn't the existence of that kernel of truth prove that the lie is, in fact, true? Think about it! But not very hard!
FACT! Barack Obama was a community organizer. ACORN is made of community organizers. Acorns come from oak trees. Oak trees belong to the genus Quercus, which includes Quercus faginea, the Portuguese oak. The prime minister of Portugal is José Sócrates, whose last name looks like Socrates, who lived in Athens, which is also a city in Georgia, whose state fruit is the peach, which is native to China, which is exactly what Osama bin Laden was eating off of while he was plotting to destroy the Twin Towers. It's all connected, people - they just don't want you to know! And they could be black.
"Sen. McCain, your supporters, at your events, are calling Obama a terrorist and traitor and are calling for him to be killed. And yet you keep bringing back these same rabid Right Wing nuts to deliberately stir these crowds into frenzies. And then you take offense when somebody who remembers the violence in our political past, calls you on it. You, sir, are responsible for a phalanx of individuals who are shouting fire in a crowded theatre. There are some things to respect and honor about you, Sen. McCain.
"But on this, you’re not only a fraud, Senator but you are tacitly inciting lunatics to violence. If you want to again grand-stand and suspend your campaign here’s your big chance. Suspend your campaign now, until you, or somebody else, gets some control over it and it ceases to be a clear and present danger to the peace of this nation."
October 11, 2008
And watch what happens when McCain actually says something nice about Obama:
To paraphrase "W": Is Are "Adults" Learning? I wonder if anyone has done a study to determine how many IQ points one risks losing by watching Fox "News"...
UPDATE: Here's more of McCain's townhall meeting'. What a mess he's gotten himself into: He goes all negative, fans the flames of hatred, get's pummeled for it in the polls and then tries to make nice. It appears to be too late:
October 09, 2008
"There was nothing radical about Ayers. He did not talk about radical political beliefs in the class. He was a reformer, not a revolutionary. He didn’t say anything anti-American. In fact, he didn’t mention the government or economics or anything that didn’t have to do with research and education.
“He never brought up his past. He did not talk about his radical days. I’d say 95% of the students didn’t know anything about him other than he was a great professor. Students were told by other students to take him. They raved about him. And he was a brilliant, smart guy. A captivating teacher. We were in awe of him, of his charisma, and we just sat there listening to him talk about his teaching experiences and research. He filled the room.”- former University of Illinois student of “terrorist” Professor Bill Ayers
Have you crapped your pants yet, America?
TBogg chimes in:
So, basically, the faltering, chugging, tailspinning, going down in McFlames campaign is running against the sixties which makes perfect sense since John McCain spent a lot of time crashing planes during that era.
(quotes via The Rude Pundit)
Warning: The following video might make you sick to your stomach.
Mr. and Mrs. John McCain discuss Barack Obama's "associations" with the unhinged, right wing nutjob Sean Hannity.
Palin says this goes to "the candidate's judgment and who he choose (sic) to associate himself with in the past, perhaps the present..." Notice how all three avoid John McCain's association with Charles Keating who caused the Savings & Loan crisis that cost taxpayers $2 billion dollars. Or John McCain's association with the U.S. Council for World Freedom of which John McCain was a board member:
The USCWF was founded in Phoenix, Arizona in November 1981 as an offshoot of the World Anti-Communist League. The group was, from the onset, saddled with the disreputable reputation of its parent group. The WACL had ties to ultra-right figures and Latin American death squads. Roger Pearson, the chairman of the WACL, was expelled from the group in 1980 under allegations that he was a member of a neo-Nazi organization.There's also no mention of Sarah Palin's association with anti-semite and Jews for Jesus founder David Brickner who said (in front of Palin at her house of worship) that terrorist attacks on Israelis is God's "judgment of unbelief" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity. And, curiously, there was no mention of Sarah and Todd Palin's association with the Alaska Independence Party which wants Alaska to secede from the United States of America (talk about "Country First").
But the real shocker of this interview is the very last word Palin says to Sean Hannity. Oh, the vulgarity...
October 08, 2008
October 06, 2008
This is getting ugly:
"An angry barrage of insults?" Coming from the Obama campaign? Are you fucking kidding me. This coming from a guy who laughs off a deranged follower who calls Obama a terrorist?
Well, my friends, that's okay. Because people are starting to learn the truth about John McSame. First of all, he ain't no maverick:
There’s that word again: maverick. In Thursday’s vice-presidential debate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, the Republican candidate, used it to describe herself and her running mate, Senator John McCain, no fewer than six times, at one point calling him “the consummate maverick.”
But to those who know the history of the word, applying it to Mr. McCain is a bit of a stretch — and to one Texas family in particular it is even a bit offensive.
“I’m just enraged that McCain calls himself a maverick,” said Terrellita Maverick, 82, a San Antonio native who proudly carries the name of a family that has been known for its progressive politics since the 1600s, when an early ancestor in Boston got into trouble with the law over his agitation for the rights of indentured servants.
In the 1800s, Samuel Augustus Maverick went to Texas and became known for not branding his cattle. He was more interested in keeping track of the land he owned than the livestock on it, Ms. Maverick said; unbranded cattle, then, were called “Maverick’s.” The name came to mean anyone who didn’t bear another’s brand...
Considering the family’s long history of association with liberalism and progressive ideals, it should come as no surprise that Ms. Maverick insists that John McCain, who has voted so often with his party, “is in no way a maverick, in uppercase or lowercase.”
“It’s just incredible — the nerve! — to suggest that he’s not part of that Republican herd. Every time we hear it, all my children and I and all my family shrink a little and say, ‘Oh, my God, he said it again.’ ”
“He’s a Republican,” she said. “He’s branded.”
Second of all, he's reckless and dishonest:
...McCain was not only a lousy student, he had his father's taste for drink and a darkly misogynistic streak. The summer after his sophomore year, cruising with a friend near Arlington, McCain tried to pick up a pair of young women. When they laughed at him, he cursed them so vilely that he was hauled into court on a profanity charge.There's more, a lot more.
McCain's admittance to Annapolis was preordained by his bloodline. But martial discipline did not seem to have much of an impact on his character. By his own account, McCain was a lazy, incurious student; he squeaked by only by prevailing upon his buddies to help him cram for exams. He continued to get sauced and treat girls badly. Before meeting a girlfriend's parents for the first time, McCain got so shitfaced that he literally crashed through the screen door when he showed up in his white midshipman's uniform...
When McCain was not shown the pampering to which he was accustomed, he grew petulant — even abusive. He repeatedly blew up in the face of his commanding officer. It was the kind of insubordination that would have gotten any other midshipman kicked out of Annapolis. But his classmates soon realized that McCain was untouchable. Midway though his final year, McCain faced expulsion, about to "bilge out" because of excessive demerits. After his mother intervened, however, the academy's commandant stepped in. Calling McCain "spoiled" to his face, he nonetheless issued a reprieve, scaling back the demerits. McCain dodged expulsion a second time by convincing another midshipman to take the fall after McCain was caught with contraband...
In the air, the hard-partying McCain had a knack for stalling out his planes in midflight. He was still in training, in Texas, when he crashed his first plane into Corpus Christi Bay during a routine practice landing. The plane stalled, and McCain was knocked cold on impact. When he came to, the plane was underwater, and he had to swim to the surface to be rescued. Some might take such a near-death experience as a wake-up call: McCain took some painkillers and a nap, and then went out carousing that night.
John K. Wilson refutes 30 lies spread by the McCain campaign about Barack Obama's "relationship" with "terrorist" Bill Ayers (most recently by Sarah Palin who quoted from her copy of The New York Times, no less). Here are a couple:
LIE: "Bill Ayers is an unrepentant terrorist."
TRUTH: Bill Ayers is not, and apparently never was, a terrorist. The conventional definition of a terrorist is someone who tries to kill innocent people for political purposes. As Factcheck.org noted, In fact, nobody died as a result of bombings in which Ayers said he participated as part of the Weather Underground. (Factcheck.org)
LIE: "I'm sure he's very patriotic, but his relationship with Mr. Ayers is open to question....Because, if you're going to associate and have as a friend and serve on a board and have a guy kick off your campaign that says he's unrepentant, that he wished he'd bombed more. And then, the worst thing of all, that I think really indicates Senator Obama's attitude, is he had the incredible statement that he compared Mr. Ayers, an unrepentant terrorist -- an unrepentant terrorist, with Senator Tom Coburn. Senator Coburn, a physician who goes to Oklahoma on the weekends and brings babies into life.' (John McCain, April 20, 2008, ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos)
TRUTH: Obama was not friends with Ayers. Ayers did not kick off Obama's campaign. And Obama was not comparing Ayers' actions with Coburn. Obama was pointing out that he works with people even when he disagrees with them.
October 05, 2008
October 03, 2008
"You know what? Forget it. The Rude Pundit's disgusted talking about this nothing, this nobody, this perfect amalgamation of Machiavelli and Chauncey Gardiner. She's sound and fury, motherfuckers, sound and fury with a funny accent. If she's the future of American politics, then we are goddamned. Biden wiped the floor with her. Facts trump bullshit folksiness. Don't let anyone tell you different."Amen, brother.
Oh, but wait, Gramps has one more thing to say about America's favorite hockey mom:
IFILL: Next question, Gov. Palin, still on the economy. Last year, Congress passed a bill that would make it more difficult for debt-strapped mortgage-holders to declare bankruptcy, to get out from under that debt. This is something that John McCain supported. Would you have?
PALIN: Yes, I would have. But here, again, there have -- there have been so many changes in the conditions of our economy in just even these past weeks that there has been more and more revelation made aware now to Americans about the corruption and the greed on Wall Street.
We need to look back, even two years ago, and we need to be appreciative of John McCain's call for reform with Fannie Mae, with Freddie Mac, with the mortgage-lenders, too, who were starting to really kind of rear that head of abuse.
And the colleagues in the Senate weren't going to go there with him. So we have John McCain to thank for at least warning people. And we also have John McCain to thank for bringing in a bipartisan effort people to the table so that we can start putting politics aside, even putting a campaign aside, and just do what's right to fix this economic problem that we are in.
It is a crisis. It's a toxic mess, really, on Main Street that's affecting Wall Street (Bold emphasis mine). And now we have to be ever vigilant and also making sure that credit markets don't seize up. That's where the Main Streeters like me, that's where we would really feel the effects.
I guess we can add that one to her greatest hits:
"In the end, the debate did not change the essential truth of Ms. Palin’s candidacy: Mr. McCain made a wildly irresponsible choice that shattered the image he created for himself as the honest, seasoned, experienced man of principle and judgment. It was either an act of incredible cynicism or appallingly bad judgment."
October 02, 2008
Dave won't let up (and why should he?)
October 01, 2008
Watch John McCain lie about Barack Obama "supporting" sex education for children; get completely caught off-guard after a question about his personal government-paid healthcare (diffusing the question with the weirdest non sequitur of his campaign...so far) and become flip and defensive when Sarah Palin's qualifications are called into question:
This man should not be allowed anywhere near our nuclear launch codes. Nor should this clueless woman (who can't even list one newspaper or magazine she's ever read):
Doncha love that she brought daughter Willow along for a prop? Shameless. I sure hope Willow was listening to her Mom's comments about contraception.
And, didya know that one of Sarah's best friends is gay? Now that's Mavericky...