Friday, October 03, 2008

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Imagine that--John McCain going negative.
"George W. Palin"
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You know what's really scary? If you photoshop Shrub's eyes into the morph, it ends up looking A LOT like Donald Rumsfeld. I swear.
Governor Palin: The Fundamentals of Our Economy are Sound
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Governor Schwarzeneggar begs to differ.
A Couple of Things

Some quick impressions of last night's debate--since it's another busy morning, and y'all know where to go for further analysis and transcrips, I'll dispense with any links...

First, Sarah Perky Palin, with her "just grin and forget about the last eight years" demonstrated that she doesn't represent the State of Alaska but the State of Denial:

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And second, I could only tolerate an absolute minimum of post-debate punditry, particuarly after listening to the always odious Pat Buchanan...Buchanan didn't jump the shark last night as much as fucked the goat.

Update: at least Buchanan got a goat. Rich Lowry?...just his imagination, running away with him.

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Anyway...for those who might feel the need for a columnist who, unlike Buchanan, doesn't insult their intelligence, there's always Krugman, though today's message is more than a little grim...

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Houston, We Have a Heckuva Job
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As an FYI, there are still about 4,000 people in the Houston area without electricity, that is, about 4,000 people with habitable homes minus that, ahem, small convenience. I'd guess the number is a bit higher when you consider the large number of houses blown to bits in and around the region.

I've been checking the online Chronicle regularly for updates...but the national media seems to have dumped it as a story, despite the appalling loss of life and extensive damage to the region (including Southwest Louisiana.)

Yes, storms happen, and yes, it will always be dice roll living in a coastal or subtropical region (the use of "or" is deliberate: the Atlantic seaboard is also vulnerable.) However, it's astonishing, and not in a good way, to note the low level of concern and low priority for resources/recovery...even though it's Shrub's own region.

Maybe we really are just a banana republic with nukes.
Mission Accomplished Yet Again
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Baghdad--twenty killed, dozens more injured in two suicide bombings.

Guess they don't know that the surge worked.
Sorry, Senator--Snake Eyes
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John McCain finally suspends his Michigan.

And not for any altruistic nonsense--he's giving up because all indications are he can't win there.


Meanwhile, Wall Street continued the roller coaster ride.

OK, I've got some real work (sigh) to do at the office today, so I'll summarize what I posted over at First Draft, to wit, it's pretty astonishing that this ticket somehow pulls 40 percent or so support:

Governor Palin is ready for her closeup

Senator McCain meets the press

Back later...

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

McCain Campaign Attacks Candidate's Own Shadow
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Claims McCain's shadow isn't "change we can believe in."

OK, so maybe I sort of made that up.

On the other hand, this Rolling Stone profile of candidate McCain really does make me wonder--if he somehow gets elected, we might well be feeling nostalgic for the days of George W. Bush.
The Delphic Moosylvanic Oracle
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This at least in part explains McCain's Bizarro World statements re: foreign policy:

NPR: Given what you’ve said Senator, is there an occasion where you could imagine turning to Governor Palin for advice in a foreign policy crisis.

MCCAIN: I’ve turned to her advice many times in the past, I can’t imagine turning to Senator Obama or Senator Biden because they’ve been wrong. They were wrong about Iraq, wrong about Russia --

NPR: But would you turn to Governor Palin?

MCCAIN: I certainly wouldn’t turn to them, and I’ve already turned to Governor Palin particularly on energy issues and I’ve appreciated her background and knowledge on that and many other issues.

Lord help us...
Ain't Nothing But a House Party
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If you wonder why we've got such a crappy-assed major media:

- Ron Brownstein, LA Times, married to Eileen McMenamin, John McCain’s communications director.

- NBC’s David Gregory, married to Beth Wilkinson, general counsel for Fannie Mae.

- Time’s Matthew Cooper, married to Mandy Grunwald, ad guru for Hillary Clinton.

- Campbell Brown, anchor for the weekend edition of NBC’s Today Show, married to Dan Senor, GOP operative and former head of the Coalition Provisional Authority.

- Jim VandeHei, former Washington Post reporter and founder of The Politico, married to former Tom DeLay staffer Autumn Hanna VandeHei.

- National Review writer Kate O’Beirne, married to WH staffer Jim O’Beirne.

- Robert Kagan, op-ed writer, married to Victoria Nuland, current ambassador to NATO.

Keeping it real has an entirely different meaning to full-time Villagers.
Another Revelation of His Inner Shrub
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Johnny Mac expresses a fondness for government by personal decree, as did a certain failed businessman turned politician just a couple of years back.

Maybe it's time to elect someone who expresses RESPECT for the law instead of contempt for it.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

It's Dunce Day in America

Low information voters are one thing...low information political, um, for lack of a better word, leaders, are quite another.

And these are by no means the only dingbats out there. Hell, over the last few days a case could easily be made that at least two if not all three branches of the federal government are the embodiment of Moron Junction for the most part...that said, these three really took the cake for me today.

Let's begin on the "left" side of the aisle, with Ned Lamont:

Greenwich, Connecticut is a rich enclave of hedge fund managers- and thus is feeling the pain of the current financial crisis like a ton of bricks. Ned Lamont, a Greenwich resident who ran for Senate in 2006, says, 'This is our Katrina.'

Um, nope:

If this was really your Katrina, then you would feel more pain than not being able to donate $200,000 to charities. You'd be looking to charities to feed you. Your kids would not be going to public schools, because there wouldn't be any more public schools. You wouldn't be looking at downsizing your house, your house would be gone, you would be unemployed and homeless and still making payments on a mold-infested wreck while your insurer ass-raped you and Congress and the President didn't think your problems were worth more than a few floor speeches, never mind a special session to hand out $700 billion to you and your friends.

If this was really your Katrina, I would feel for you, man. Because you would be facing such total destruction and demoralization, and you would have to face it without being able to take solace in brass bands or real food or Mardi Gras, because when all is said and done, you still live in a shithole called Connecticut.

Try again, Ned.

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Meanwhile, John McCain campaign spokesperson Tucker Bounds can't resist a levees failed analogy of his own:

"...our next president can't wait until after the levees break to start making phone calls."

Tucker, if I was you, I'd avoid references to failed levees. Just sayin':

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And finally, there's Sarah Palin. Ah, where to begin? She flat-out lies again, then you've the bizarre specter of having to literally be chaperoned in meeting with the press, lest there be embarrassing silence...or smug ugliness.

You know, it'd be one thing if Governor Palin displayed, oh, I don't know, a bit of embarrassment if not shame at her distinct lack of qualification for high office. But instead, at least in her public comportment, she displays what amounts to a measure of pride if not arrogance in being ignorant.

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And she makes snike remarks about Joe Biden's age...

Similarly, Palin sneered at Barack Obama's work as a community organizer, making mocking comparisons to her own work as a "small town mayor," without evincing any degree of regret for her own fiscal irresponsibility or just plain vicious treatment of crime victims. That sort of callousness is George W. Bush-like.

In fact, all three of these examples embody a smug ignorance that in many respects defines the modern wingnut movement (ahem, so Ned, if I was you, I'd consider an apology, and I mean that not as a political retort, but as an appeal to your humanity...Palin and Bounds, well...wingnut's gotta be a dipshit, I guess.) And no, we can't muddle through four more--or, heaven forbid eight more--years of this kind of stoopid. We're already on the precipice of "banana republic with nukes," that is, if we haven't gone over.

Because citizens down here are getting a real lesson in the practical elements of 'banana republic' as we speak.
The March of the Cheeto Twins
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Jeez--Goldberg and Beck make Nero look like Charlemagne.
Busy Morning

Will be back this afternoon.

Monday, September 29, 2008

John McCain: NOT Phoning It In
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Old Faithful

Few things in life are more guaranteed than the eventuality of a John Boehner temper tantrum.

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Update: this is what 'caused' Boehner's hissy fit. Oh, what a delicate little flower he is.

You don't want to trust this guy with a trillion or so of your tax dollars?
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Inspired by...
Because We All Remember James Buchanan so Fondly
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Just plain delusional. I mean, c'mon--along with everything else--the anti-Midas everything-turns-to-shit touch, a VP who's the epitome of vicious evil AND stumblebum stupidity, two pointless wars that have bogged down into bloody stalemates, an entire region of the county ravaged by disaster, natural and not-so-natural (a region that's strategically vital, by the way), a financial meltdown brought about in large part by their expressed policies...then you've got the torture regime, the trampling of the Constitution, the habitual-to-the-point-of- pathological lying about literally everything...and a fading from the scene that's every bit the equal of his 19th century equivalent, James Buchanan (also, interestingly, Shrub is related, via Babs, to another 19th century cellar dweller CIC, Buchanan's predecessor Franklin Pierce)...but Stanley Fish thinks we'll look upon his tenure in office fondly?

Good grief.

Only if things really turn to shit in the next decade or so...and we forget what brought it about.