Friday, August 29, 2008
As you drive from the Larry Craig Memorial Airport
Quote of the Day
It is only by ejecting the Republicans from the White House that American voters can send the message that they are still in charge of their country and that gross government incompetence will not go unpunished. Accountability - not personality or rhetoric or colour or age or gender - should be the overriding issue in this election.Anatole Kaletsky, in the London Times, explaining why it is vitally necessary to kick Republican ass on Election Day.
A polished gem
The Old Fart has all the experience
Ooops, I almost forgot
Happy Birthday John McCain
72 years old and you earned every tic on that clock.
At last report John McCain was still trying to get 12,000 fannies to fill the seats in the arena where he intends to announce his VP choice.
Sounds like they are running neck and neck.
Karl Rove says Republicans can't catch a break
You see, Mr. Goodman’s assertion that lack of health insurance is no problem precisely echoed what President Bush said a year ago: “I mean, people have access to health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency room.” That’s because both men — like Mr. Gramm — were just saying in public what modern Republicans say when they talk to each other. Despite attempts to feign sympathy, the leaders of today’s G.O.P. fundamentally feel that Americans complaining about their economic and health care difficulties are, well, just a bunch of whiners.In a perfect world, the Republican Party would be broken into millions of little pieces.
And that, ultimately, even more than their policy proposals, is what defines the difference between the parties.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Having turned a new page in history in Denver
Dvorak - New World Symphony - 4th Movement
Are the Republicans finally right about something??
"Never trust a man who poses in front of columns."
The Big Dog was in fine form last night
The DOJ likes this canary's song.
TurdBlossom tries to kill Lieberschmuck
Republican strategist Karl Rove called Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) late last week and urged him to contact Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to withdraw his name from vice presidential consideration, according to three sources familiar with the conversation.From this side of the reality divide, it is hard to see which choice could be worse for the Old Fart.
Lieberman dismissed the request, these sources agreed.
Lieberman “laughed at the suggestion and certainly did not call [McCain] on it,” said one source familiar with the details.
“Rove called Lieberman,” recounted a second source. “Lieberman told him he would not make that call.”
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Wake Up, America!
Dennis fires up the crowd.
Quote of the Day
A woman voting for John McCain would be like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood and daughter of the late Gov. Anne Richards.
AmericaBlog has this under Coming Attractions
No way! No how! No McCain!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Quote of the Day
McCain is not an unknown quantity - he is a highly excitable politician with a notoriously short temper, who would bring his impetuous and confrontational style into American foreign policy. With the world entering a global economic slump, and old enmities raging in Europe, John McCain as President would be like a flamethrower in a fireworks factory.Iain McWhirter of the Glasgow Herald, displaying the amazing ability of Europeans to see things that Americans could not have beaten into their heads in a month of Sundays.
The Bathos of an Old Man
"I spent 5 1/2 years in a prison cell without -- I didn't have a house. I didn't have a kitchen table. I didn't have a table. I didn't have a chair," he said.The only answer he knows, POW, POW, POW.
"I spent those 5 1/2 years ... not because I wanted to get a house when I got out."
Can you say McSame?
I knew you could.
McCain takes Ambien
Do you really want to know the answer?
Monday, August 25, 2008
The NY Times hangs out some laundry
The McCains laundry, to be specific. Going back to James Hensley, the Times reveals the source of the Hensley family fortune, how it grew and how well Cindy is maintaining the family business (hint,Anheuser-Busch considers Cindy an absentee owner). This is pretty much a warts and all resume, including the mob connection that Corsi made so much of and Cindy's little drug problem, laid out in a straight forward manner.
This ain't your standard campaign bio and should bring out the wrath of McCain and all his campaign stooges. No barbecue for its reporter David M. Halbfinger.
Are you better off than you were 4 or 8 years ago?
Iraq says agreement to have troops out by 2011
TPM Muckraker has a good roundup of the various sources.
Another from Tom Terrific
McCain campaign whining again`
If I say Boo will you say Hoo for the poor little Republicans?
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Monday Music Blogging
"Blackjack" - Johnny Copeland, Bobby Cray, Albert Collins
From the pen of Jim Morin
Let us put the POW card behind us
Quote of the Day
Obama's proposals would raise his own taxes by hundreds of thousands of dollars, in order to cut the taxes of people who are less fortunate than he is. McCain would cut his own taxes even further than they've already been reduced. And that's everything a voter needs to know about these two men.TPM reader's perceptive observation of the candidates different tax positions.
Republican campaign strategy
The state campaign headquarters for Sen. Barack Obama was vandalized early this morning in St. Paul.No hakenkreuz yet.
According to St. Paul Police:
Officers got a call of property damage in the 700 block of Raymond Avenue at about 1:15 a.m. When they arrived, they found two big plate glass windows and a glass door smashed, and paint splattered on the building's exterior and interior.
Joe says Hello!
And the Old Fart, well all you can say is paraphrase of Ronald Reagan, "There he goes again". Seems he can't stop lying. And like a dog that got in the henhouse, you will never break him of the habit once he got a taste.
Well slap my ass and call me Sally!
According to conservative commentator and former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, Sen. John McCain's chief foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann is a 'dual loyalist,' 'neocon warmonger' involved in activities that 'none dare call treason.'McCain has a pocketful of snakes working for him and for themselves. The one thing they won't work for is our country, no money in that.
Scheunemann's former employer, Orion Strategies, is a lobbying firm with strong ties to Mikheil Saakashvili's administration in Georgia.
Since Georgia attempted to retake South Ossetia by force, triggering a sharp, violent rebuke by Russian forces, Sen. McCain has been by far the most strident advocate of US support for the former Soviet state. And his top adviser, says Buchanan, may well be the next Henry Kissinger or Zbigniew Brzezinski.
"He is a dual loyalist, a foreign agent whose assignment is to get America committed to spilling the blood of her sons for client regimes who have made this moral mercenary a rich man," he wrote.
Mar Halperin puts head up own ass
"My hunch is that is gonna be one of the worst moments in the entire campaign for one of the candidates, but it's Barack Obama," he said.Like the Old Fart needs an excuse to throw another pile of slime. Somebody should point out to Little George Stephanopoulos that the Halperin fellow is simply too stupid to be allowed on TV.
Halperin thinks McCain's inability to remember that he owns seven homes actually hurts his opponent.
Halperin said that the Obama campaign's willingness to run ads about McCain's ignorance of his own properties has "opened the door" for the McCain campaign to launch harsher ads of its own.
It's hard to believe he did it for free
A two-year-old letter by Vice President Dick Cheney that pushed a controversial Alaska natural-gas pipeline bill is getting renewed scrutiny because of recently disclosed evidence in the Justice Department's corruption case against Sen. Ted Stevens. In a conversation secretly tape-recorded by the FBI on June 25, 2006, Stevens discussed ways to get a pipeline bill through the Alaska Legislature with Bill Allen, an oil-services executive accused of providing the senator with about $250,000 in undisclosed financial benefits. According to a Justice motion, Stevens told Allen, "I'm gonna try to see if I can get some bigwigs from back here and say, 'Look … you gotta get this done'." Two days later, Cheney wrote a letter to the Alaska Legislature urging members to "promptly enact" a bill to build the pipeline. The letter was considered unusual because the White House rarely contacts state lawmakers about pending legislative matters. It also angered state Democrats, who accused Cheney of pushing oil-company interests. The former executive director of Cheney's energy task force had gone to work as a lobbyist for British Petroleum, one of three firms slated to build the pipeline.It's hard to believe Cheney did it from the goodness of his heart, he would need a heart to do that.
The evil that men do lives after them
Immigrants seeking asylum in the United States have been disproportionately rejected by judges whom the Bush administration chose using a conservative political litmus test, according to an analysis of Justice Department data.All of which has given rise to a study that came to a sad conclusion.
The analysis suggests that the effects of a patronage-style selection process for immigration judges — used for three years before it was abandoned as illegal — are still being felt by scores of immigrants whose fates are determined by the judges installed in that period.
The data focuses on 16 judges who were vetted for political affiliation before being hired and have since ruled on at least 100 cases each.
Comparison of their records to others in the same cities shows that as a group they ruled against asylum-seekers significantly more often than colleagues who were appointed, as the law requires, under politically neutral rules.
the facts of a case may be less important in determining whether someone is deported than which judge hears the case.Life and death as a crap shoot, brilliant!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
As we knew all along
Keith and Gene have some fun with the Old Fart
From the pen of Ben Sargent
He'll have to worry about which of the 7 kitchen tables to sit at
Ohio Republicans bitching about law they passed.
NATIONALLY and in Ohio, the Republican Party has a long and shameful history of suppressing the vote to gain partisan advantage in elections, mostly by targeting minorities. Now they're at it again, with complaints about a law written, ironically, by GOP operatives in the General Assembly.God forbid US citizens should be allowed to vote, especially if they aren't going to vote Republican. But, as the Blade points out, this is just another attempt in a long history of Republican skulduggery.
The law, which took effect at the beginning of 2006, created a five-day window at the end of September during which Ohioans will be able to register to vote, then immediately cast their ballot under provisions that allow both "no fault" absentee voting along with early voting, starting 35 days before the traditional Nov. 4 Election Day.
Republicans now claim the statute constitutes an "illegal loophole" that raises the threat of election fraud. But the law was in use in 2006 without problems and it wasn't an issue until Democrat Barack Obama's presidential campaign announced a push to take advantage of it among the state's 470,000 college students.
Suppressing the vote harks back to the poll taxes and faux citizenship tests in the post-Civil War era that were employed to prevent newly enfranchised blacks from voting.With a Democrat as Secretary of State this year, the good people of Ohio have a chance at an honest election this year.
In more recent times, another tactic was to spread the ominous word in black precincts before Election Day that anyone showing up to vote just might risk arrest if they happen to have any outstanding warrants.
The latest versions of vote suppression have the same goal but utilize less-blatant devices. They include legalization of practices aimed at thwarting certain groups that might not vote Republican; unnecessarily confusing directives on registration and voting like the ones issued in 2004 by then-Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican, and lawsuits, which GOP functionaries in Columbus are threatening now.
A mutual admiration society
"I have carefully avoided situations that might even tangentially be construed as a less than proper use of my office," he wrote in his memoir, "Worth the Fighting For" (Random House, 2002).Ooo! Those big boys play rough.
McCain once publicly criticized Diamond as lobbying too hard for his own financial interests. In 1995, McCain called it "unheard of" that Diamond had hired a Washington lobbyist to try to block construction of a U.S. government building in Tucson that threatened to take away some of his rental income. "I didn't talk to him for one year," Diamond said of McCain. "I was annoyed."
O tempora o mores!
Obama picks Biden for VP
Once a Republican, always a Republican
Congressional candidate Jack Davis, in a speech earlier this year, warned that increasing immigration from Mexico could lead to a new civil war between northern states and Mexican-influenced Southern states that may want to secede from the United States.And like a true Republican, Jack thinks a great big wall will solve all our problems. And what makes this special? Jacks campaign style does not include going out to meet the people, Jack does not often speak in public. This must be very important to that old Republican for him to have done so. The upcoming New York primary is an important time for Democrats to tell the old Republican where to go, and DC ain't the place.
“In the latter part of this century or the next, Mexicans will be a majority in many of the states and could therefore take control of the state government using the democratic process,” Davis said in the speech. “They could then secede from the United States, and then we might have another civil war.”
John Powers is running against the old crank, give him a hand.
Friday, August 22, 2008
What do you get with a nine car motorcade?
Out of Touch
You are what you eat
They found that one-fourth of the fish samples with identifiable DNA were mislabeled. A piece of sushi sold as the luxury treat white tuna turned out to be Mozambique tilapia, a much cheaper fish that is often raised by farming. Roe supposedly from flying fish was actually from smelt. Seven of nine samples that were called red snapper were mislabeled, and they turned out to be anything from Atlantic cod to Acadian redfish, an endangered species.So if you think something is fishy about your fish you may be right.
The only numbers you need to know
McCain would get a $300,000 tax break if his proposals were enacted, middle class Americans would save only $319.'Nuff said!
Not really, Krugman has more, if you need details.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
McClatchy hears a hoot
Can Obama win over journalists who find him uppity and arrogant?Certainly cheaper than a congressman.
If McCain can buy them with a free sandwiches and beer....how much does it cost to buy you guys?
Quote of the Day
I don't think we should be out there pointing fingers in peoples' faces and calling them racist. Instead we need to educate them that if they care about holding onto their jobs, their health care, their pensions, and their homes. If they care about creating good jobs with clean energy, child care, pay equity for women workers, there's only going to be one candidate on the ballot this fall who's on our side, only one candidate who's going to stand up for our families, only one candidate who's earned our votes...and his name is Barack Obama!Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer, reminding union members why their best interest will be served by Barack Obama.
Do you think John McCain will do these things for America?
When John McCain has a housing crisis
It is about which house to use this week. Sure, the one in Virginia, if he is making an appearance in the Senate, or the one in Sedona, when he throws a barbecue for his base, is easy, but what about the other 51 weeks in a year?
From The Real John McCain
The Democratic response
Tom Toles Thursday
The Office of the Vice President
one politician who was the vice-presidential nominee for both parties. We would speak of it with awe, like that story about the two-headed turtle in Brooklyn.Or this
Lieberman is certainly capable of dumping everything he has ever believed in and assuring the anti-choice, anti-union, anti-government folk that he is on their team. But then the magic fades and all you’ve got is a conservative Republican who likes the environment teamed with a guy who will do anything to move up.Enjoy.
R.I.P. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Holy Cow! McCain wasn't tortured!
In all the discussion of John McCain's recently recovered memory of a religious epiphany in Vietnam, one thing has been missing. The torture that was deployed against McCain emerges in all the various accounts. It involved sleep deprivation, the withholding of medical treatment, stress positions, long-time standing, and beating. Sound familiar?Now ain't that just a kick in the nuts. But Andrew closes his piece in The Atlantic with the piece de resistance,
According to the Bush administration's definition of torture, McCain was therefore not tortured.
Cheney denies that McCain was tortured; as does Bush. So do John Yoo and David Addington and George Tenet.
in the Military Commissions Act, McCain acquiesced to the use of these techniques against terror suspects by the CIA. And so the tortured became the enabler of torture. Someone somewhere cried out in pain for the same reasons McCain once did. And McCain let it continue.Is there no position that John McCain will not turn his back on?
Thanks to AmericaBlog and The Great Orange Stan
Another good ad
Joe Lieberschmuck commits to the Dark Side
In a normal world, the real reason the Old Fart keeps him around would be obvious to Judas Joe. Standing next to Lieberschmuck the Old Fart looks younger.
PS The AP did not let Ms. Prickler write this report.
And back in Iraq
Iraqi forces raided the provincial government compound in Diyala Province in a chaotic operation early Tuesday, killing the governor's secretary and seizing computers and cars before local police engaged them in a two-hour gun battle, police and local officials said.This is just a taste of what many are expecting after the US leaves, but leave we must. Even a stay of a hundred years would not change the dynamic behind this action.
Four policemen were wounded, according to a local police official. Local police and government officials claimed the raiders had U.S. support, but U.S. spokesmen said the U.S. military was unaware of the raid and provided no assistance. Iraq's Interior Ministry said the raid is being investigated.
The Iraqi forces arrested Hussein al Zubaidi, provincial council member and head of the provincial security committee. A nearby raid conducted almost simultaneously by unidentified armed forces arrested the president of Diyala University.
A spokesman for the Iraqi Diyala Operations Center told McClatchy the raiding party was a "special unit" of the Iraqi Army, which works closely with U.S. forces. Diyala governor Raad Rashid told McClatchy the troops wore U.S. fatigues and carried U.S.-issued equipment.
Tom Toles today
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Another great DNC ad.
Pat Oliphant sees the real McCain
Click image to enlarge.
And if Pat can't convince you, how's about Jack Cafferty?
Come September 9 o'clock is the time, MSNBC is the place!
Dan we hardly knew ye, which was your problem,
Quote of the Day
His top contenders are said to include Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Less traditional choices mentioned include former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, an abortion-rights supporter, and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential prick in 2000 who now is an independent.Associated Press, from the original (my highlighting). And I thought Nedra Pickler was one of their writers.
Monday, August 18, 2008
A fellow POW speaks out
I furthermore believe that having been a POW is no special qualification for being President of the United States. The two jobs are not the same, and POW experience is not, in my opinion, something I would look for in a presidential candidate.We all got a chance to see how eager he was to fight the Russkis for his client, Georgia.
Most of us who survived that experience are now in our late 60's and 70's. Sadly, we have died and are dying off at a greater rate than our non-POW contemporaries. We experienced injuries and malnutrition that are coming home to roost. So I believe John's age (73) and survival expectation are not good for being elected to serve as our President for 4 or more years.
I can verify that John has an infamous reputation for being a hot head. He has a quick and explosive temper that many have experienced first hand. Folks, quite honestly that is not the finger I want next to that red button.
The New York Times looks at The Daily Show
When Americans were asked in a 2007 poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press to name the journalist they most admired, Mr. Stewart, the fake news anchor, came in at No. 4, tied with the real news anchors Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw of NBC, Dan Rather of CBS and Anderson Cooper of CNN. And a study this year from the center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism concluded that “ ‘The Daily Show’ is clearly impacting American dialogue” and “getting people to think critically about the public square.”Life is not all beer and skittles for the crew though. Sometimes reality steals their best lines.
Given a daily reality in which “over-the-top parodies come to fruition,” Mr. Stewart said, satire like “Dr. Strangelove” becomes “very difficult to make.” “The absurdity of what you imagine to be the dark heart of conspiracy theorists’ wet dreams far too frequently turns out to be true,” he observed. “You go: I know what I’ll do, I’ll create a character who, when hiring people to rebuild the nation we invaded, says the only question I’ll ask is, ‘What do you think of ‘Roe v. Wade?’ It’ll be hilarious. Then you read that book about the Green Zone in Iraq” — “Imperial Life in the Emerald City” by Rajiv Chandrasekaran — “and you go, ‘Oh, they did that.’ I mean, how do you take things to the next level?”Come what may, it is a much needed part of our Daily Lives.
Mushy is now toast
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Monday Music Blogging
Republicans respect property rights
Obviously they don't understand the Republican stand on property rights, "What's mine is mine and what's yours is mine, until you catch me".
Quote of the Day
The guys with McCain stuff say it isn't selling. Even if people are going to vote for him, they aren't going to buy his apparel.Scott Jefferson, talking about the growing market for Obama merchandise
The Old Fart was for the Bush Doctrine before Bush was
Whether through ideology or instinct, though, Mr. McCain began making his case for invading Iraq to the public more than six months before the White House began to do the same. He drew on principles he learned growing up in a military family and on conclusions he formed as a prisoner in North Vietnam. He also returned to a conviction about “the common identity” of dangerous autocracies as far-flung as Serbia and North Korea that he had developed consulting with hawkish foreign policy thinkers to help sharpen the themes of his 2000 presidential campaign.Or as one Republican put it,"He doesn’t listen carefully to people and make reasoned judgments." And even if the doctrine worked, after 7 years of Bush futility in Iraq we no longer have a military to back it up. The Old Fart goes beyond being the same as Our Little Prince, he is worse.
While pushing to take on Saddam Hussein, Mr. McCain also made arguments and statements that he may no longer wish to recall. He lauded the war planners he would later criticize, including Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney. (Mr. McCain even volunteered that he would have given the same job to Mr. Cheney.) He urged support for the later-discredited Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi’s opposition group, the Iraqi National Congress, and echoed some of its suspect accusations in the national media. And he advanced misleading assertions not only about Mr. Hussein’s supposed weapons programs but also about his possible ties to international terrorists, Al Qaeda and the Sept. 11 attacks.
Target letters for Blackwater mercenaries
Will the real John McCain ever stand up?
I wonder if the Old Fart will keep a sense of humor when this gets beyond the wingnut sphere of blogtopia.
Some of those who know McCain best — Republicans — are tougher on him than the press is. Rita Hauser, who was a Bush financial chairwoman in New York in 2000 and served on the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in the administration’s first term, joined other players in the G.O.P. establishment in forming Republicans for Obama last week. Why? The leadership qualities she admires in Obama — temperament, sustained judgment, the ability to play well with others — are missing in McCain. “He doesn’t listen carefully to people and make reasoned judgments,” Hauser told me. “If John says ‘I’m going with so and so,’ you can’t count on that the next morning,” she complained, adding, “That’s not the man we want for president.”
McCain has even prompted alarms from the right’s own favorite hit man du jour: Jerome Corsi, who Swift-boated John Kerry as co-author of “Unfit to Command” in 2004 and who is trying to do the same to Obama in his newly minted best seller, “The Obama Nation.”
Corsi’s writings have been repeatedly promoted by Sean Hannity on Fox News; Corsi’s publisher, Mary Matalin, has praised her author’s “scholarship.” If Republican warriors like Hannity and Matalin think so highly of Corsi’s research into Obama, then perhaps we should take seriously Corsi’s scholarship about McCain. In recent articles at worldnetdaily.com, Corsi has claimed (among other charges) that the McCain campaign received “strong” financial support from a “group tied to Al Qaeda” and that “McCain’s personal fortune traces back to organized crime in Arizona.”
Saturday, August 16, 2008
MoDo is picking on Li'l Georgie
He has spent 469 days of his presidency kicking back at his ranch, and 450 days cavorting at Camp David. And there’s still time to mountain-bike through another historic disaster.That's our Bush!
As Russian troops continued to manhandle parts of Georgia on Friday, President Bush chastised Russian leaders that “bullying and intimidation are not acceptable ways to conduct foreign policy in the 21st century” — and then flew off to Crawford.
His words might have carried more weight if he, Cheney and Rummy had not kicked off the 21st century with a ham-fisted display of global bullying and intimidation modeled after Sherman’s march through the other Georgia.
Just in case Barry needs some help
Do it here.
So you think you know what's up in Georgia
Andrew J Bacevich on Bill Moyers
Update on the late Michael Ledeen
Can you say "Police State"?
The Justice Department has proposed a new domestic spying measure that would make it easier for state and local police to collect intelligence about Americans, share the sensitive data with federal agencies and retain it for at least 10 years.It is curious that the executive orders establishing this intrusion on personal liberty are accused of being issued to "lock in policies for Bush's successor and to enshrine controversial post-Sept. 11 approaches that some say have fed the greatest expansion of executive authority since the Watergate era." What is established by executive order can be rescinded by executive order, but it probably won't be. It is easier to get comfortable with these intrusions than to respect the Constitution. After all, the Constitution is almost as old as McCain.
The proposed changes would revise the federal government's rules for police intelligence-gathering for the first time since 1993 and would apply to any of the nation's 18,000 state and local police agencies that receive roughly $1.6 billion each year in federal grants.
Quietly unveiled late last month, the proposal is part of a flurry of domestic intelligence changes issued and planned by the Bush administration in its waning months. They include a recent executive order that guides the reorganization of federal spy agencies and a pending Justice Department overhaul of FBI procedures for gathering intelligence and investigating terrorism cases within U.S. borders.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Somebody's dream ticket
Well, they do seem to have a certain chemistry,
Galloway on George and Georgia
Things have truly come to a sorry pass when both our military and our diplomatic threats are as empty as our national treasury, and the Russians of all people can afford to laugh them off.From America the Beautiful to America the Third World.
Bush and Cheney seven and a half years ago inherited control of the world's only reigning superpower, and in that short time they've squandered our military power, our international good name and our national treasury.
The only sadder sight in a week full of sad sights was a John McCain op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal with the headline: "We Are All Georgians."
Not really, senator. As campaign slogans go, "Ich bin ein Georgian" just doesn’t cut it.
And the saddest part, some Georgians still think the US military will arrive to save the day.
The WaPo wonders if McCain was a little uppity
English is a beautiful language
Angell was right to describe the belief that conquest pays as a great illusion. But the belief that economic rationality always prevents war is an equally great illusion. And today’s high degree of global economic interdependence, which can be sustained only if all major governments act sensibly, is more fragile than we imagine.Which is a very good reason why the President should be someone whose mouth is hardwired to his brain with fail-safe circuits and not some shoot from the lip septuagenarian.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Another Quote of the Day
"The problem with international law for a superpower is that it is a constraint on overweening ambition. Its virtue is that it constrains the aggressive ambitions of others. Bush gutted it because he thought the United States would not need it anytime soon. But Russia is now demonstrating that the Bush doctrine can just as easily be the Putin doctrine. And that leaves America less secure in a world of vigilante powers that spout rhetoric about high ideals to justify their unchecked military interventions. It is the world that Bush has helped build."Juan Cole, clarifying how well the Bush Doctrine, a key element in the Bush legacy, works.
Social Security 73 years old today
Still going strong and only 1 year older than John McCain, who receives $24,000 a year in SSI payments..
Quote of the Day
But there is no excuse for what the McCain campaign is doing on the "putting America first" front. There is no way to balance it, or explain it other than as evidence of a severe character defect on the part of the candidate who allows it to be used.Joe Klein, referring to the latest wave of slime coming from the Old Fart and the Republicans. Character flaw is being way too nice. Hysteria better describes the McCain atmosphere.
John McCain is no Teddy Roosevelt
From nearly every perspective, the John McCain of 2008 is no Teddy Roosevelt.Both had their images created in war, but where Johnny never met a war he didn't want to start, Teddy knew the value of real diplomacy. And it was Teddy who used the phrase “malefactors of great wealth”, it is Johnny and Cindy who qualify for that title.
You start with the obvious: Roosevelt was the youngest man to become president, sworn into office in 1901 at the age of 42, after McKinley was shot. McCain, if elected, would be the oldest at 72.
McCain has attacked Barack Obama for his popularity, on the advice of Karl Rove acolytes in his camp who think that being a global celebrity is a bad thing.
You want celebrity? As the most popular American in the dawning decade of the American Century, Teddy Roosevelt was a global superstar — “the most popular human being that has ever existed in the United States,” as Mark Twain wrote.
In no way of any substance can John McCain be favorably compared to Teddy Roosevelt. If you don't believe me, consider this little known fact that Mr Egan reveals.
McCain sidles up to Big Oil and calls for more drilling, whereas Roosevelt went after the resource monopolies. When Standard Oil donated $100,000 to his campaign, he requested that it be sent back.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Jane Mayer gets a Colbert Bump
Are Afghanistan and Iraq US territories?
Known associate of convicted felon raising money for McCain
The Height of Presumption
Some one should shorten up his leash before he damages the US position further.
Rachel explains Georgia
PS Notice the sitting ovation for Joe Lieberscmucks remarks.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
19 Miles to Baghdad
Lizzie West and The White Buffalo
Mike Mukasey was a respected judge, once upon a time
Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Tuesday rejected the idea of criminally prosecuting former Justice Department employees who improperly used political litmus tests in hiring decisions, saying he had already taken strong internal steps in response to a “painful” episode.He has taken steps so that the next time we won't know about it.
The Ballad of Exxon John
Music for a "maverick"
Thanks again to AmericaBlog
EXTRA GOODIES: The Jed Report is making some fine videos these days.
Is this why the Republicans wanted to downsize the military?
The Pentagon’s reliance on outside contractors in Iraq is proportionately far larger than in any previous conflict, and it has fueled charges that this outsourcing has led to overbilling, fraud and shoddy and unsafe work that has endangered and even killed American troops. The role of armed security contractors has also raised new legal and political questions about whether the United States has become too dependent on private armed forces on the 21st-century battlefield...From the beginning the Bushoviks were intent on minimizing the Army role to maximize the profit for their friends. Remember that when a Republican says privitization, he only wants to privitize public money into his pocket.
Dina L. Rasor, an author and independent expert on contracting fraud, said she believed that the $100 billion cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office might be low, since there were virtually no reliable audits of or controls on spending during the first years of the war. “It is a shocking number, but I still don’t think it is the full cost,” Ms. Rasor said. “I don’t think there have been any credible cost numbers for the Iraq war. There was so much money spent at the beginning of the war, and nobody knows where it went.”
Peter W. Singer, a defense contracting expert at the Brookings Institution, said the biggest problem was that the administration contracted out so much work in Iraq, almost no thought had been given to an overall strategy to determine which jobs and functions should be handled by the government, and which could be turned over to private companies without damaging the military effort.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Celebrate Barack's new ad
And one from the DNC
Michael Moore has some advice for Democrats
After the debacles of Iraq, Katrina, gas prices, home foreclosures, our standing in the world, the failure to capture Bin Laden, and revealing the identity of a CIA agent in an act of revenge, it would seem that Barack Obama should be on a cakewalk to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The man should be able to sleep his way through the rest of the campaign season.I don't know about you, but I'm not that crazy about pizza.
Ha! Think again. How many Democrats does it take to lose the most easily winnable election in American history? Not many. Just a few "close advisers" to Barack Obama who tell him a bunch of asinine stuff and he ends up listening to them instead of his own heart. As the party hacks in the past two elections have proven, once they get the candidate's ear, the rest of us might just as well order pizza and stay inside for the next four years.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Monday Music Blogging
R.I.P. Isaac Hayes
What a (slim) majority of Americans don't want to believe
Oh, and about those royalties?
Thanx be to AmericaBlog for the vid
We don't need no stinking accountability
It was when Roy Barnes started talking about accountability that the Feds began marching into Georgia. Barnes found himself besieged by lobbyists from major banks and national regulators—as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored mortgage issuers whose mandate is to help people obtain affordable homes at fair prices; today, Fannie and Freddie are so financially fragile that the government has agreed to bail them out if necessary.So Roy Barnes was right and Freddie and Fannie are in line for a federal bailout with no requirement that they reform or make any effort to clean up their acts.
The major mortgage issuers hinted that they would turn Georgia into a financial pariah if the state made them liable. They let Barnes know in no uncertain terms that he was something of a "country bumpkin" when it came to banking, says his legislative aide, Chris Carpenter. As Barnes recalls, "They would say—and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were part of it—'This is a complex global market. If you start interfering with the free flow of money, then Georgia will become an island that has no credit'. I kept telling them, 'You're in for a crash here'."
Regulation is bad, em-kay?
The President of the United States
Some Ben Sargent for Sunday
Lieberschmuck tries to buy his seat
A reminder to women voters
When it comes to his rough public treatment of women, McCain and his apologists have the excuse at hand that he's an early-'60s, martini-and-mistress Mad Men kind of guy, an image not without its retro charm. One of the fascinations of the series is the way it allows us to see the open culture of sexism at work. It doesn't happen like that anymore, so it's a little like a CGI effect, comparable to seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger sit up after a shotgun blast to the chest in Terminator. (And like the Mad Men lead, Don Draper, McCain is a war hero, a status that wipes clean all slates, including Draper stealing a dead soldier's name and McCain's cheating on his first wife with Cindy.)Come November, do something good for yourself.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
If this is the way he runs his campaign
Senator John McCain is so quick to pick up his gold-colored cellphone to solicit advice — from senators, campaign consultants, even the stray former deputy press secretary — that aides, concerned about his tendency to adopt the last opinion he has heard, have tried to cut back on the time he has to make calls.If you thought the current pinchwit in the White House was bad, imagine how fucked this country would be under the Old Fart's style of leadership. His ego would never let his VP run the show for him.
Mr. McCain is known to sign off on big campaign decisions and then to march off his own reservation. Two weeks ago, he publicly disagreed with his own spokeswoman, Jill Hazelbaker, after she used a line of attack against Senator Barack Obama that he had approved after careful strategizing within his campaign. Ms. Hazelbaker raced out of the Virginia campaign headquarters and refused to take Mr. McCain’s calls of apology, aides said, and a plan to have Republican members of Congress use the same critical line about Mr. Obama’s foreign trip fell apart.
Out of his hearing, Mr. McCain is called the White Tornado by some people who have worked for him over the years. Throughout his presidential campaign, he has been the overseer of a kingdom of dissenting camps, unclear lines of command and an unsettled atmosphere that keeps aides constantly on edge.
First Paris, now Obama
Support the USO
The Republican fall back position
The Democratic Party headquarters for Vernon and Crawford counties in downtown Viroqua was vandalized Thursday with a racial slur spray-painted over a sign promoting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.This is the lowest of the low and probably where more than a few Republicans feel most comfortable.
It is the second time in recent weeks that the office’s front windows were defaced with spray paint. On July 15, at midday, vandals spray-painted the words “McCain: He’s a vet” on the front windows, in addition to other messages.
The most recent incident included a racial slur about the Illinois senator’s run for the White House. The presumptive Democratic nominee is black.
Or as Mel Brooks so eloquently put it.
Stephen Colbert knew the truth back in 2006
Another McCain solution
Just another day in Iraq
The death toll from a blast in a market in the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar rose to 25 on Saturday, after four of the six dozen people injured died from their wounds, a security official said.And the coalition of the paid was diminshed slightly as Georgia began the withdrawal of their 2000 troops more urgently needed at home.
The official, who was familiar with the police investigation, said the blast was carried out by a lone Sunni Turkoman suicide bomber from Tal Afar, whose identity was established after forensic tests on his remains. The bomber had been released from detention four months ago under an amnesty passed by parliament earlier this year, he added...
In scattered violence Saturday, a bodyguard who works for Youth and Sports minister Jassim Mohammed Ja'afar was gunned down outside his home near the city of Kirkuk, according to a police source who did not want to be named because he is not authorized to disclose the information.
Also in northern Iraq, unidentified gunmen shot dead a 50-year-old woman outside her home in the al-Maamoun district in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad.
Meanwhile, Georgia -- the third largest contributor to the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq -- said it's pulling out its 2,000-strong contingent from Iraq to join the fighting in the breakaway province of South Ossetia.
Col. Bondo Maisuradze, commander of the Georgia brigade, told The Associated Press that all his troops would be leaving, but he couldn't say when because transportation arrangements had not been finalized. ''All the Georgian guys will be leaving for the homeland,'' he said.
Friday, August 08, 2008
And back in Iraq, you remember Iraq, don't you?
Khalaf acknowledged that the evidence was scant. No explosives were found in the house, no residue on their hands. A list of women and their phone numbers could be a list of friends just as easily as a recruiter's manifest of possible bombers.Let us never forget how much Li'l Georgie's Glorious War has improved life in Iraq, especially women.
The family could be deeply involved in recruiting suicide bombers. Or they could be three women living alone in a neighborhood that al Qaida in Iraq once completely controlled.
Maybe someone with a grudge put them on a list and told security forces that they were bad.
Everything is just a maybe. More than 400 people have been detained since the security operation began, Khalaf said.
He ordered in lunch. The officers whispered to one another when Asmaa wouldn't eat. This was a sign that she might be al Qaida.
"I swear it isn't," she said. "I'm too frightened to eat. If you want me to show you I'm not al Qaida I'll eat all of these dishes."
She picked up a spoon and a tear fell from her face to the plate.
Republican family values never get better.
Missouri state Rep. Scott Muschany, R-Frontenac, was indicted today in connection with a reported sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl on May 17, the day after this year’s Legislative session ended.This guy was also licensed as a foster parent in Missouri. Soon to be labeled a known sex offender in all 50 states. You can't get any more Republican than that.
The alleged victim is the daughter of a state employee. The girl’s mother and Muschany -– who is married and has two children -- were romantically involved, the woman said.
A Cole County grand jury returned an indictment today charging Muschany with the Class C felony of "deviate sexual assault." The indictment identifies the victim only by initials. It says that on May 17, Muschany "had deviate sexual intercourse" with the girl, "knowing that he did so without" her consent.
Meet the Real McCain
I've been a writer and editor at New Times for 15 years. For much of that time, I wrote about Arizona politics, which is to say that I wrote about John McCain. It's still odd to see the guy in the spotlight, because for quite a while, I was pretty much the only one covering him.That's the part that most of us should remember, there is much more.
I never did fall for him in the way reporters fall for politicians, probably because he wasn't much to fall for back in the early 1990s. In those days, McCain was still rehabilitating the image he'd later sell to the national media. He was known then for cavorting in the Bahamas with Charlie Keating, rather than for fighting for campaign finance reform and limited government spending.
No one seems to remember Keating much, anymore. Amazing. McCain and his fellow Arizonan, Democrat Dennis DeConcini, were hauled before the Senate Ethics Committee along with three other senators to explain their actions on behalf of Keating's Lincoln Savings and Loan.
Keating gave the senators hefty campaign contributions, then called on them to meet with bank regulators to pressure them to go soft on an investigation of Lincoln. There were two infamous meetings. McCain attended both.
From the pen of Tom Toles
Quote of the Day
And the debate on energy policy has helped me find the words for something I’ve been thinking about for a while. Republicans, once hailed as the “party of ideas,” have become the party of stupid.Paul Krugman, examining the Republican Party embrace of "Know-Nothingism"
Thursday, August 07, 2008
China tells Bush to STFU
R.I.P. Lou Teicher
Ferrante & Teicher Highlights From Borodin
Can you spell K-A-N-G-A-R-O-O
That is friendship
Many in his circle appear to have little affection for Mr. McCain but said they gave mostly as a favor to Mr. Abdullah.A friend indeed.
Abdullah Makhlouf, the owner of a discount stereo store who is one of Mr. Abdullah’s closest friends, and his wife contributed $9,200.
“He’s like a worse copy than Bush,” Mr. Makhlouf said of Mr. McCain.
When a reporter initially contacted Mr. Makhlouf, he denied giving to the McCain campaign.
After eventually admitting to the donation, Mr. Makhlouf added, “I’m still not going to vote for him.”
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Holy Shit, they are trying to impeach him
Pakistan’s embattled president Musharraf has abruptly cancelled his planned visit to China, as opponents in the ruling coalition move to impeach him.And this was a guy who seized power in a military coup. All coups are military in Pakistan because that is where the power is. Somebody want to mention this to Pelosi after she finishes Ron Suskinds new book.
He was to attend opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics and meet Chinese leaders during his two day visit.
Mohammed Sadiq, a Pakistan foreign ministry spokesman confirmed that the visit was called off, but did not give any reason. The announcement came as the president's opponents met in Islamabad to decide on his impeachment.
Hamdan found guilty
Maverick? Where's James Garner
If the Oil cos. want it, it must be good.
The Oil Executives Told Me So
Oh look honey, a pot of gold in the garden
In January, Norman Hsu, a top Clinton bundler, was indicted in part on charges of circumventing legal giving limits by routing contributions though "straw donors." Earlier this week, McCain drew questions about more than $60,000 in donations that were made this year to the Republican National Committee and his campaign by an office manager with the Hess oil company and her husband, an Amtrak track foreman. In that case, the couple said they used their own money.Got to be careful with straw, it burns easily.
Some of the most prolific givers in Sargeant's network live in modest homes in Southern California's Inland Empire. Most had never given a political contribution before being contacted by Sargeant or his associates. Most said they have never voiced much interest in politics. And in several instances, they had never registered to vote. And yet, records show, some families have ponied up as much as $18,400 for various candidates between December and March.
Both Sargeant and the donors were vague when asked to explain how Sargeant persuaded them to give away so much money.
"I have a lot of Arab business partners. I do a lot of business in the Middle East. I've got a lot of friends," Sargeant said in a telephone interview yesterday.
From the pen of Tom Toles
Is Paris burning?
Thanks wrinkly white haired guy.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
While we wait for the Old Fart
Junior Brown - My Wife Thinks You're Dead
No link but Keith had it in his Best Persons segment.
KO gives some more explanation at The Great Orange Stan
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