Daily Archives: September 23, 2008

Oh, SNAP!

So there I was, stumbling around the net and sort of half watching Chris Matthews interview John McCain’s press secretary about the economic mess and the $700B bailout put before congress, and you will never guess what was said. The exact quote was:

“John McCain was fighting for regulation from the floor of the senate five years ago! John McCain NEVER wanted deregulation….”

Oh. You. Lying. WHORE!

Riddle me this, Batman….who’s in the video repeating “less regulation” over and over if it isn’t John McCain? Who was the senator to whom the journalist was referring when he spoke of a bill to deregulate back in 1999 if it wasn’t John McCain? Why do these idiots continue to believe their lies will not be caught within the space of ten minutes?

Oh, that’s right. Their boss knows nothing about teh intarwebs.

Texas Supreme Court Tells Libertarian Candidate to Sit Down and Shut his Piehole.

As reported at this site, Bob Barr, the presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, has filed an injunction claiming that neither John McCain nor Barack Obama had submitted the necessary paperwork to be considered as candidates for President of the United States, and demanding that they be removed from Texas ballots, thus putting into question the status of Texas’ 34 electoral votes.

And as predicted, the Supreme Court of the state of Texas has told Barr to shut the hell up.

[But}…the Democratic and Republican state parties had filed official documents with the Secretary of State stating their presumed presidential candidates. The Democrats threw in Joe Biden’s name and the Republicans said they would report back with the name of their vice presidential contender, which they did.

Apparently, the Supreme Court felt that was sufficient, especially in light of the catastrophic alientation of voters if neither of the major party candidates could appear on the November ballot.

C’mon. Let us be honest. It’s not surprising, sure, but it isn’t about the “alienation of voters” nearly as much as it’s about the fact that McCain can’t win without Texas. He needs us BAD, as badly as Obama needs California. I don’t doubt, though, stubborn as the citizens of my adopted state seem to be, they still would’ve shown up, and still would’ve written McCain’s name in on the ballot if such was necessary.

5th Grader Suspended for Political TShirt

Don’t you just love irony? Is it not delicious and tingly and affirming? Let me tell you a rather ironic little story.

Some time back, during Alberto Gonzales’ speech addressing several hundred people at Georgetown University, several students stood and raised a sign bearing the slogan “Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither,” a classic quote of Benjamin Franklin. Conservatives, right wing bloggers and pundits at Faux News were outraged (you can read Bill O’really’s righteously indignant comments here.)

Fast forward three years to a Colorado grade school. A fifth grade student, Dax Dalton (where DO conservatives get these interesting names for their children?) wore a Tshirt he had hand-decorated. The slogan? “Obama: A terrorist’s best friend.” At least it was spelled and punctuated correctly. Interestingly (at least to me), the same Faux news crew that was so horrified and outraged by the group of students who DARED speak out against a member of our government are now (okay, predictably) horrified and outraged that the grade school the 5th grader attends had the gall to ask the boy to either turn his shirt inside out or be suspended.

Ah, sweet irony…. D’you think if we keep pointing out the hypocrisy of these self-appointed protectors of all things American, they’ll eventually just shut up? We can but hope they’ll keep going…. how else would we know what NOT to do?

And just like that….the tide turns.

According to a recent San Francisco Chronicle article, opposition to Prop 8 is growing.

The poll found that just 38 percent of likely voters support the measure, while 55 percent intend to vote no. That compares with 42 percent in support and 51 percent opposed in July.

Prop 8 supporters have tried to sue to block the modification of the wording of the bill, but let’s face it… it now correctly reflects what that proposition is really about. “Eliminates the right of same-sex couples to marry.” Those same sex couples now have that right, thanks to the California Supreme Court, and proponents of Prop 8 are trying to take it away. Californians aren’t big on removing rights.

It’s too early to relax; we STILL need everyone to turn out to vote against it. But it now looks as though it’s got a better than even chance of failing.

John “Moody” McCain and the Very Bad, No Good Week.

I have an intense girl-crush on Rachel Maddow. I’m woman enough to admit this publicly. She’s smart, she gets politics better than quite a few of her male counterparts, she does irony very well…all these things add up to one savvy, sexy lady. Last Friday night, she summed up Sen. McCain’s bad week very succinctly:

From “The fundamentals of our economy are strong,” to Carla Fiorino, to asserting he would fire the SEC chairman if he were president (Constitutionally impossible), to Sarah Palin calling it a Palin/McCain administration to his handlers saying John McCain invented the Blackberry …. the John McCain camp just couldn’t seem to open their mouths without their feet jumping up into them.

This has to be frustrating for the senator from Arizona. He was FINALLY getting some love from the evangelicals, Barack Obama was finally on the defensive, and the base was PUMPED, BABY! Republican bloggers were claiming victory, life was sweet. And then….

What happened, John? Can ya tell us? “Stupid economy. Stupid George f*%$in’ Bush. Stupid congress. Can’t keep the damn country running til November. Now I have to actually talk ISSUES, instead of just pointing at my babe-alicious running mate and calling liberals stupid. This election may actually be work.” John failed to grumble, but was probably thinking.

Poor guy. Gotta feel for him. On the other hand….I’m not an heiress. I don’t own 7 houses. And I work for a living. For now.

See, the thing is…no matter WHO ends up in the White House come January 23rd 2009…we’re in trouble. We better stop caring about the distractions and start caring about what’s really important fairly soon. And from what I’ve seen so far this past week? John McCain isn’t prepared to deal with it. This past week is what our next president will be dealing with for probably their entire administration. How can we trust a man whose first response is not “how do we fix it?” but “who can I fire for it?”