Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I'll be honest. I don't really care what actual view McCain might have about the Confederate battle flag. I'm more interested in what he had to say afterwards when he was caught wanting it both ways. In a speech , McCain had this to say about the controversy about not giving an honest answer:
"As I admitted, I should have done this earlier, when an honest answer could have affected me personally. I did not do so for one reason alone. I feared that if I answered honestly, I could not win the South Carolina primary. So, I chose to compromise my principles. I broke my promise to always tell the truth. . . .
What do we learn from this?
1. McCain admits that he lies.
2. He'll compromise his principles.
3. He'll say whatever to get elected.
And that's the real McCain.
Monday, September 29, 2008
You have to hand it to McCain. When everything's good, he's for deregulation. When it goes bad, he switches over to being for regulation. We used to call that opportunism, but since McCain is a straight talker, hell, it's still opportunism.
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In the end, McCain had this to say:
"I was judged eventually, after three years, of using, quote, poor judgment, and I agree with that assessment."
Do you all get the feeling too that this wasn't the first and it probably won't be the last time that McCain used poor judgment.
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Sunday, September 28, 2008
Please watch this and tell me what the heck point McCain is trying to make. Obama agrees with McCain that we need more responsibility, and that's his big "Gotcha" moment? The earmarks process has been abused? That's controversial? McCain is upset that Obama realizes that the process has flaws and could use some tweaking, and you criticize him for that? Obama recognizes that at least on paper (I'll leave the whole discussion about effective tax rate for another day) business taxes are high, and that's a bad thing? That's at least three straws McCain is grasping at, I wonder how many more there will be.
But the end of the commercial is what gets me. "Is Barack Obama ready to lead? No." I am just going to be charitable and assume that no one in the McCain campaign ever took a logics class. So if someone agree with you on three things, they aren't ready to lead? But if you agree on those same three things, doesn't that mean you McCain are not ready to lead either? Or is McCain trying to make that unless Obama disagrees with him on everything (no matter how inconsequential), then he can't be president? Guess what McCain, mature adults can agree on some things and disagree on other things, and it has nothing to do with capacity to lead. Only an immature child would think otherwise. Don't believe me? Play this stupid game. "Hey McCain, Hitler says the sun is hot, ice is cold, and we need air to breathe. What, you agree with Hitler?" I am being absurd because McCain is being absurd. I've been watching political ads for a good two decades now, and this one probably has to be near the bottom for its lack of logic.
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I've been heavily criticized because I called for the resignation of the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Saturday, September 27, 2008
"To enhance the quality of life for uniformed services enlisted personnel, their families and survivors- including active components and all retirees; to stop the erosion of earned benefits through our legislative efforts, to maintain our esprit de corps, dedication and patriotism, and to continue our devotion and allegiance to God and Country."
In their latest rankings, they gave John McCain an 18 out of 100.
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"to ensure the enactment of policies that properly provide for our Troops & Veterans, keep our military strong, and guarantee our national security for the purpose of a stronger America. We uniquely empower Iraq & Afghanistan combat veterans to use their credibility and experiences to speak truth to power, shape public opinion, and place a priority on these issues."
In their latest rankings of members of Congress, they gave John McCain a D. They gave Obama a B+. Been awhile since I received a letter grade for a class, but I still remember that a B+ is much better than a D. So perhaps McCain does love veterans. They just don't love him in return.
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Today, we will start with the Disabled American Veterans. This is a non-partisan group chartered by Congress. They rank members of Congress based on their support of issues that concern the DAV. One would think that McCain would be up there near the top in the latest rankings. Maybe even a 100 out of 100. He's not. He gets a whopping 20 out of 100 from this veterans organization. Obama? He received an 80 out of 100. So if nothing else, Disabled American Veterans seems to have some pretty big issues with McCain's support of veterans.
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Friday, September 26, 2008
So when I get home tonight from work my wife already has the debate on. I don't particularly like debates because I don't find that much substantial comes out of them. But I sit down and watch for a bit anyways. What's the first thing I notice? Obama is wearing a flag lapel pin and McCain isn't. Since conservatives are so well known for their consistency, I can't wait to hear what they have to say about McCain's lack of patriotism.
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"It just proves his campaign is governed by tactics and not ideology," said Republican consultant Craig Shirley, who advised McCain earlier in this cycle. "In the end, he blinked and Obama did not. The 'steady hand in a storm' argument looks now to more favor Obama, not McCain."
Shirley added, "My guess is that plasma units are rushing to the McCain campaign as we speak to replace the blood flowing there from the fights among the staff."
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Thursday, September 25, 2008
You may have heard about this already. McCain called up Letterman and said he was racing back to D.C to take care of the economic problems and so he couldn't be on the show. The problem being is that he wasn't and Letterman was not too happy about it when he saw McCain being interviewed by Katie Couric when he was supposed to be on Letterman's show. Sheesh, the guy even lies to Letterman.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
There is a new documentary coming out and this is just a piece of it. Listening to it, I heard the names of many of my heroes. As a kid, I devoured books on American history. I later went on to get a graduate degree in American history. My political views, though a bit out of the mainstream, are uniquely American, and I see little difference in Eugene Debs leading the Pullman strikes and the Sons of Liberty dumping tea in the Boston Harbor. The Botto House in New Jersey sent as many shivers up my spine as when I visited Harper's Ferry and saw where John Brown led his raid. All of this is to say that we need to be careful about when we make statements about who is more patriotic or who loves their country the most. Johnny Cash was able to transcend so many of the divisions of America because he realized we were all uniquely American. My experience may not be the same as your experience but it doesn't make it any less part of the American experience. And reading the headlines, it looks like we are all going to be in the same boat together battling some rough seas. Pause for just a minute and enjoy the words of Cash.
It's somewhat amusing that the guy who has missed the most votes in this Congress due to his campaign now all of a sudden wants to suspend his campaign to do what we've been paying him to do all along. Guilty conscience for collecting a paycheck without showing up for work? Doubt it. Political ploy? You betcha.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Conservatives are making this big stink about how there is no common understanding of what the Bush Doctrine is, and so it was unfair to ask Palin what it was in a recent interview. However, McCain knows very well what the Bush Doctrine is. From this snippet of a documentary called "Why We Fight" made in 2005, he even uses the term. Maybe McCain should brief his running mate on what's been happening in the country in the last few years.
"His (Biden) son is a lobbyist for the credit card and banking industry,” Schmidt said.
Biden's son is indeed a lobbyist, but not for the credit card and banking industry.
When this was pointed out a McCain aide said that the reporter was “quibbling with ridiculously small details when the basic things are completely right.”
Ridiculously small details? The whole sentence is a lie. But here's a tip to the McCain campaign. If you are going to have a conference call where you talk about not liking being called liars, try this out out: don't tell lies during the conference call.
You may be wondering where this little gem comes from. I am sure McCain can tell you. It's his party's platform that that was just passed at the very convention where he accepted the nomination to be the Republicans' presidential candidate. So the Republicans are on record as being opposed to government bailouts, but who is telling us that this bailout is absolutely necessary. You read the same papers I do, it's Bush and McCain.
Monday, September 22, 2008
"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?"
Sunday, September 21, 2008
"Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation."
I have made it a point to be intellectually honest and not to curse in this blog, but golly gee hit me upside the head with a WTF stick, I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. So McCain is actually proposing that we do to the health care industry the exact same thing we have allowed to happen in the banking industry. I realize that the article was probably written months ago, but the timing is priceless. Which makes me wonder if the big guy upstairs is against McCain as well.
McCain said at a Town Hall meeting this week. What's funny is that Palin was by his side, and to the best of my knowledge, (meaning I have looked all over the Internet and can't find it) she didn't bother to correct him.
You see, Palin's son did deploy to Iraq on September 11, but he is in the regular Army and Palin has no authority over the regular Army. Let's hope that whatever understanding she has of national security challenges far exceeds McCain's lack of understanding regarding the structure of our military.
P.S. I was in the Army Reserves, and I can tell you that nothing would piss off someone more who is in the RA (Regular Army) than mistaking them for someone in the NG (National Guard, but NG in the Army also stands for "No Go," which is what you get when you fail a test.)
McCain has supported more regulation and the government bailouts this week. On Thursday he said, "We need strong and effective regulation." He also said "These actions stem from failed regulation, reckless management, and a casino culture on Wall Street that has crippled one of the most important companies in America," in regards to the bailouts this week. However, when interviewed today, as you can see in the video, he said he doesn't regret the deregulation that led us to the situation we now find ourselves in.
Now we have moved on to cars. According to this Newsweek article, Michelle and Barack Obama own one vehicle. And if you're into the whole green scene, you'll be glad to know it's a hybrid. John and Cindy McCain have a grand total of 13 vehicles. However, that's not what's making me mad. Instead, it's the is quote from McCain:
"I've bought American literally all my life and I'm proud," McCain said in the interview with Detroit's WXYZ-TV.
Except he hasn't. McCain and his wife own a Volkswagen and a Honda. And maybe a Toyota as there's a debate about who bought his daughter's car. And his wife's company car that she drives around is a Lexus. You see, McCain says one thing in public, and does another thing is his private life. I looked it up in the dictionary, and yep, that's called hypocrisy. I really could care less what kind of car he drives, but when panders to the American working class by saying how he buys American and doesn't, that just ain't right.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
"Commission members (Commission on Presidential Debates) wanted a relaxed format that included time for unpredictable questioning and challenges between the two vice-presidential candidates." Hey, that sounds just like what McCain wanted with his town hall style meetings.
So this article makes you wonder why McCain isn't so hip to the idea for Palin's debate with Biden. Don't fret though. I don't have to provide the analysis for you. The McCain campaign did it for us. Read on:
"At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.
McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive."
If nothing else, I give the McCain campaign credit for admitting that their candidate is not up to the task. Probably not something I would admit to if I was running a political campaign, but you have to respect their honesty.
So when the job of of director of the State Department of Agriculture came up, Plain had to make a choice who to give the job to. She decided it should go to one of her childhood friends, Franci Havemeister. Nothing evil in and of itself in that, especially if Ms. Havemeister had the qualifications for the position. Except she didn't. She was a real estate agent. So what was touted as her qualifications, other than being a friend of Palin. According to an article I found:
"Franci was fascinated with farms and particularly milk cows as a young person. After moving to the valley with her folks, she was immersed in a community filled with many farm families. Not surprisingly her fascination with cows and farms eventually introduced her to her future husband, the son of dairy farmers. "
So, let's get this straight. First, she likes cows. I like soccer, but I don't think that makes me qualified to he head of FIFA. Second, she lived somewhere where there were farm families. I live on a block fulls of cops, am I qualified to be the chief of police? Last, she married the son of dairy farmer. I married the daughter of Mexican immigrants, can I be the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement? Heck, I'm doubly qualified for that position, I also went through customs the last time I came back from visiting my wife's relatives in Mexico.
Hey wait a second. I shouldn't be talking all this smack about Palin. If McCain really does win, maybe she will get him to appoint me to head ICE since I am doubly qualified. Watch out D.C, I'm jumping on the gravy train.
Friday, September 19, 2008
HE HAS NO LEGAL AUTHORITY TO DO SO.
"The regulators were asleep, my friends," McCain said. "The chairman of the SEC serves at the appointment of the president, and in my view, has betrayed the public trust. If I were president today, I would fire him."
While the president does indeed appoint the SEC chairman, he has no legal authority to fire him. The Supreme Court has even made a ruling that such a move would be unconstitutional. But since McCain fancies himself a maverick, maybe he'll just ignore the Constitution and do it anyways. But I just thought of something. The Bush administration ignores the Constitution all the time, so I guess it's not really all that maverick of a thing to do for a Republican president.
Palin: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I'll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.
This was Palin's response to a questionnaire that she answered when she ran for governor of Alaska in 2006. As many people who know me will tell you, I find the Pledge of Allegiance and conservatives' adoration of it nothing short of amusing. You see, the founding fathers never heard of the pledge. It was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy. Bellamy was, and this is the best part, a socialist. And conservatives who say we have no right to change the pledge by removing the phrase "under god" are forgetting one tiny thing. That phrase was never in the original pledge, and it was conservatives who had no problem changing the pledge when it suited them by adding the phrase. Anyways, it appears McCain's pick for VP could use a history lesson.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
"Such a statement betrays the depth of Senator Obama's inexperience and reckless judgment. Those are very serious deficiencies for an American president to possess."
Hmnn. So who might have experience and good judgement? Does Madeleine Albright have it? Does Colin Powell, who served under a Republican president, have it? Does Warren Christopher, who also served under a Republican president, does he have it? How about James A. Baker III? Finally, politics aside, does Henry A. Kissinger have experience and judgement? Well, guess what? All five former secretaries of state this week said we should be talking to Iran. I'll let you read the article yourself, but it seems like even Kissinger thinks Obama has it right.
The next day, same thing. He passes by the guy and he's still selling his McCain puppies.
About a week goes by, and on this particular day, the guy notices something. The box no longer reads McCain puppies. It is now crossed out and it now reads Obama puppies. Thinking this was strange, he decided to ask the second guy what was going on.
"Oh nothing really, they've just finally opened their eyes."
And I found some comments by Sen. Chuck Hagel that demonstrate that Republicans can tell the truth. To be really fair and balanced, here's the link to the article from one other than Fox news. I can assure you that Hagel and myself rarely agree on anything, so it's not like I took the easy way out out here. Anyways, here's what Hagel said:
“She doesn’t have any foreign policy credentials. You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don’t know what you can say. You can’t say anything.”
“I think it’s a stretch to, in any way, to say that she’s got the experience to be president of the United States.”
“I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, ‘I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia. That kind of thing is insulting to the American people.”
The last line is where he screams the truth from the mountain top: it is indeed insulting to the American people.
Which leads us to this. How bad do your campaign ads have to be for Rove find them inappropriate. Apparently, we don't have to look to far because they are coming from someone in Rove's own party. Rove stated:
"McCain has gone in some of his ads -- similarly gone one step too far," he told Fox News, "and sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the '100 percent truth' test."
I am not sure what I find more unbelievable: Rove has a conscience or that he is willing to admit that McCain is going over the line.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
One U.N. diplomat joked that a visit to the United Nations in New York would add one more trip outside the United States to Palin's resume -- a reference to the fact that the U.N. compound is technically not on U.S. territory.
Now I understand why the McCain campaign doesn't talk about the issues. We shouldn't vote for someone because of whether their policies will help or hurt the country. No, we should vote for them because they make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and because they were a POW. I guess we are are supposed to feel alright getting screwed by a guy as long as we like his personality.
McCain defenders are claiming that Obama's new ad is wrong. They say that McCain doesn't use the Internet because of his war injuries. Yet he uses cell phones and Blackberries just fine, and those buttons are way smaller than the keys on your average size keyboard. In July, he said "I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself." In June his campaign manager said, "In fact, no reporter's Blackberry is safe from his prying eyes. He loves to tool around on the internet, he especially loves the videos that get produced that usually poke fun at him. I think that's his most entertaining part of the internet."
As a veteran myself, I am getting tired of McCain's military service being brought up as an excuse for everything. Face it, the guy can use a computer, he just doesn't want to. I get that, neither did my grandma, but don't try to make every little thing an excuse to remind us he was in a war.
Yep, that's what McCain's senior domestic policy adviser said today.
"Telecommunications of the United States, the premiere innovation in the past 15 years, comes right through the Commerce Committee. So you're looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create," said Douglas Holtz-Eakin as he was holding up a Blackberry.
I wish I could come up with something really clever to say, but this one leaves me pretty much speechless.
"Do you think [Palin] has the experience to run a major company, like Hewlett Packard?" Fiorina was asked on a St. Louis radio show.
"No, I don't," Fiorina said without further explanation.
Now I'll admit that Hewlett Packard is a pretty big company, but I think helping to run the country might just be a bit more complex. But if one of McCain's closest advisers thinks Palin's not ready, maybe we ought to listen to her.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
1. She asks what the vice president does on a daily basis. While since she might be in that position shortly, it would be nice for her to tell us what she thinks the VP does since we'll be paying her.
2. She wants to be sure that the VP position would be fruitful for Alaskans? What? Newsflash, you would be vice president of the United States, not of Alaska. How about thinking about the rest of us, you know, the ones you are supposed to be representing.
Watch McCain speak these very words as he accuses Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani of needing on-the-job training. Romney was Governor of Massachusetts (population a little north of 6 million) for 4 years. Giuliani was mayor of New York City (population a little bit over 8 million and coincidentally the largest city in the United States) for 8 years. I might add that Giuliani was the mayor during the attacks of September 11, and was consequently named by Time as "Person of the Year." However, McCain believe that they will need on-the-job training to be President.
Here's the punchline. McCain thinks Palin, who was mayor of a town of about 5,500 for 6 years, and governor of a state with about 700,000 for a year and a half, would be more ready to step in as president if anything should unfortunately happen to McCain. As I don't follow McCain logic, we'll need to ask him how this works.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
According to the Washington Post who tracks these things, McCain has missed 63.8% of the votes in the current Congress. Ok, you say, surely Obama is second. Nope. In second place is Sen. Tim Johnson. What makes this tragic is that Johnson had a brain aneurysm and was unable to show up for work for several months. And that guy still showed up for more votes than McCain. If I remember correctly, as a taxpayer I am paying McCain's salary. It would be nice if he showed up for work once in awhile.
Hard to believe that John McCain said that with a straight face, but he did. So any public repudiation of Palin's and Giuliani's speeches during the Republican convention? Nope.
John McCain had done the following:
He likes to joke about a teenage girl's looks. (Asking why Chelsea Clinton is so ugly)
When a supporter asked, "How do we beat the bitch? (referring to Clinton)," McCain did not condemn the statement, but instead called it an "excellent question."
He makes jokes about women being raped by gorillas and liking it.
He called his wife a "cunt" in public.
Offered up his wife for a topless beauty contest at a biker rally.
As for Obama, I don't know. If you know of anything, please let me know.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Net worth of delegates. Over 50% of the Republican delegates said they had a net worth of over $500,000. 34% say it is over $1,000,000. What's the US median net worth for a family? About $100,000. Not too many people from my block seem to have been in St. Paul.
94% of the delegates are non-Hispanic White, even though non-Hispanic Whites make up only 68% of the US population according to the Census Bureau. There was some controversy a little while ago because Dean said the Republicans were the White Party. Draw your own conclusions, but people of color were sorely lacking from the convention.
Women. 32% of the delegates were women at the Republican convention. I am sure you know that women are the majority in the US. I don't know why the Republicans would have twice as many men as women at their convention, but it would be interesting to ask them.
So the Republican convention is made of rich White men. And they want to say Obama is an elitist?
McCain's daughter actually said this on the Today Show. As a former soldier, I find this disgraceful. Surely Palin's family knows a thing or two about war as her son will soon be deployed. I am guessing that the families of the over 4000 who have died in Iraq know what war is like. Or the families of those who never came back from Vietnam. I realize that McCain wants to play up his whole military image, but this is a slap in the face to anyone who has ever worn the uniform of our country. Meghan probably had to hear the POW stories of her father so much that she actually believes her family is the only one who has suffered due to war. And that's a pity because it demonstrates yet again how out of touch the McCains are with the rest of America.