Saturday, October 25, 2008

No More Geezer/Dingbat

I can't stand to look at them any more. I refuse to watch any interviews they might make, or quite frankly, to give them much attention at all.

At least for the time being.

So, now some humor...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I Can't Stop Whistling That Tune Now!

See more Ron Howard videos at Funny or Die

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Frum Here to Eternity

David Frum came on the Rachel Maddow Show last night and thought he could walk all over her with oblique insults. I transcribed some of the exchange below, but it was beautiful to watch her politely confront him and then watch him retreat from his words as he grew increasingly uncomfortable (notice how he bizarrely starts leaning in toward the camera near the end).

Maddow: You said, "Those who press this William Ayers line of attack are whipping Republicans and conservatives into a fury that's going to be very hard to calm after November."

What do you mean by that in that word "fury"?

Frum: I think you were talking through much of the show about the matter of tone in our politics. And yet we are seeing an intensification of some of the ugliness in tone that has been a feature of American politics in the past eight years and the show unfortunately is itself an example of that problem with its heavy sarcasm and its sneering and disregard for a lot of the substantive issues that are important. I'd hate to see the Republican Party continue this cycle...[blah blah blah...something about doing some serious rebuilding of the GOP in an intelligent way]...and we're all going to have to do better than we've been doing, including in the last forty minutes.

Maddow:Do you think that my tone on this show is equivalent to people calling Barack Obama someone who pals around with terrorists, people yelling from the audience from McCain/Palin rallies "Bomb Obama!", "Kill him!", "Off with his head!", "Traitor!" — are you accusing me of an equivalence in tone?

Frum:I don't think that's an important question.

Setting aside the ludicrous claim that Rachel's show has heavy sarcasm and a sneering disregard of substantive issues, I find it kind of fascinating that Frum does indeed make the false equivalence between Rachel and the McCain campaign (remember, Frum said they were whipping people into a fury —does that really sound like Rachel Maddow?), then tries to sort of worm out of it, even going so far as to admit that she had "brought up a good point" earlier in the show. I think Rachel's argument would have been stronger if she hadn't focused on what rally attendees have said (although her point is perfectly valid), and simply used the absolute smears coming from the McCain campaign itself.

Interesting, isn't it, that a former Bush 43 speech writer is suddenly concerned with the tone of politics in America now that a Democrat is poised to win the White House? Can you say crocodile tears? I knew you could.

Monday, October 13, 2008

A Nutty Claim

I find the whole ACORN brouhaha a big ol' yawner of a non-issue, propagated by a pathetic McCain campaign in its final death throes; however, there were a couple of interesting tidbits recently I thought might be worth saving (emphasis added)...

The facts about ACORN are worth getting out. ACORN is an organization that, among other things, registers low-income people to vote. One of the ways they do this is to hire door-to-door canvassers from the neighborhoods they are working in. This sort of work is tightly regulated. So, when one of the thousands of people they give jobs to doesn't do their work right and brings back bogus or phony voter registration cards, the law REQUIRES that ACORN turn the forms in to the voter registration office. The law, rightly, doesn't want anybody throwing out voter registration forms for any reason.

But ACORN goes a step farther. They have people assigned to do quality control on all the cards--calling people on the forms after they fill them out. When they find bad information on the cards they attach a cover sheet to the card but, as mentioned above, they turn in the cards as required by law. The effect is that a few bad canvassers or a poorly run office will mean that bad cards are submitted as part of the normal process. But ACORN has done everything possible to make sure voting officials know to check the forms.

The sad fact is that in at least one state--Nevada--the voting officials disregarded ACORN's cover sheets flagging the voter registration forms. That should have never happened. The resulting blowup was a scandal in search of a scandal.

The stunning con of this whole thing is the assumption that bad voter registration cards being submitted will lead to vote fraud. If somebody submits a card for Mickey Mouse it isn't like Mr. Mouse is going to show up to vote. There is no voter fraud if nobody votes.


The beleaguered Democratic-leaning community group Acorn sends over this photograph: John McCain, in March of 2006, sitting beside Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek at an event Acorn co-sponsored in Florida.

The immigration event, which other photos show was packed with red-shirted Acorn member, was co-sponsored by the local Catholic Archdiocese, the SEIU, and other groups.

McCain, still spiting much of his party on immigration at the time, was the headliner.

Bertha Lewis, Acorn's chief organizer, said in a statement that came with the photo, “It has deeply saddened us to see Senator McCain abandon his historic support for ACORN and our efforts to support the goals of low-income Americans."

”We are sure that the extremists he is trying to get into a froth will be even more excited to learn that John McCain stood shoulder to shoulder with ACORN, at an ACORN co-sponsored event, to promote immigration reform," she said.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Another Musical Interlude

Takin' It Back With Barack, Jack!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

That One

Some Good News

I think I might have just gained a scoash of respect for John McCain. He really needs to be much more forceful in condemning the vitriol being spewed by his own supporters at Obama, but this is a step in the right direction.

And interestingly, Obama predicted the Repugnantcans' tactics months ago.

For good measure...

Fact Check on Obama and Ayers

Barack Obama Never Organized with ACORN

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

A Little Levity (of Sorts)

And from Zina Saunders:

The Ayers of Their Ways Part II

Olbermann's Special Comment: The (W)heels Have Come Off.

John McCain's Domestic Terrorism Problem:

A short, concise video on Palin pallin' with secessionists:

Why McCain's Time With Council Of World Freedom Matters

And now the Repugs' ratched-up rhetoric is having its (un?)intended consequences:
Obama Hatred At McCain-Palin Rallies: "Terrorist!" "Kill Him!"

Case in point:

McCain: "Who is the real Barack Obama?"

Man in audience: "Terrorist!"

McCain: [grimaces]

Monday, October 06, 2008

The Ayers of Their Ways

Since Sarah Palin over the last couple of days has repeated an exaggerated relationship between Barack Obama and William Ayers, I feel it's time for a little "embarrassing association" roundup. Sarah Palin's address to the Alaska Independence Party just this year:

Or her husband's membership in the AIP, whose founder said, "I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions." Heh. Country first, indeed.

And then there is, of course, Sarah Palin's batshit crazy church, and the time she was prayed over by a literal witch hunter.

But that's just the Rapethepublican's VP pick. What about John McCain? Well, it seems he sat on the board of the US Council for World Freedom, a subsidiary of the World Anti-Communist League, an organization the Anti-Defamation League called "a gathering place for extremists, racists and anti-Semites."

The Chicago Tribune asks this provocative question:

Can a presidential candidate justify a long and friendly relationship with someone who, back in the 1970s, extolled violence and committed crimes in the name of a radical ideology -- and who has never shown remorse or admitted error?

Surprise! It appears that G. Gordon Liddy and John McCain are thick as thieves. But that hardly explains McCain's "howling hypocrisy," as Steve Chapman puts it.

And since we're taking a little stroll through history, here are Five Myths About John McCain.

But perhaps it is possible to learn something about a person by looking back at past acts, like in this story:

Mary was a newlywed and ready to move to Norway, but was stopped at the airport because she didn’t have enough money for the trip. Then a stranger turned up and paid for her.

Credit Default Swaps: The Shadow Economy

John McCain & The Making of a Financial Crisis

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Hey Sarah Palin

Just because I can see the moon
Doesn't make me an astronaut, you loon

Eleventh Hour Trailer

Friday, October 03, 2008

Biden vs Palin

No, not the debate.

Palin vs Palin:

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Gee, I Wonder if the IRS Will Do Anything?

Oh, that's right. This is the Bush administration. So I guess the answer is no.