Tag: President McCain

Out of My Mind for 4 August 2009

Why we’re doomed: $100,000,000.00 in lobbying $$$ to doom or corrupt or, I should say, pervert health reform. Much more on the slow (and inexcuseable) death of true reform here.

I don’t know what kind of idiot she is: Kay Bailey Hutchinson and, maybe, the most insane campasign website ever. I dunno, maybe she wants to be the new Palin…?

Asshole and cretin: Prodigy wingnut and the Times’ new loony, Ross Douthat.

Assholes and scumbags: The GOP was for Medicare rationing until it became opposed to a non-existent plan for Medicare rationing.

Wow, does Obama actually give a shit about this country?? If so, where’s the proof, other than lip?

Asshole: President John Sidney McCain III. Again. Clearly a cunt, hence his selection of Palin.

So we couldn’t trust GE to screw around with news coverage after all. What a surprise…. Corporate journalism: who needs it?

Asshole: Rush Limbaugh. Of course.

Oooh, Obama has a Kenyan birth certificate! Watch and learn:

Sick fuck savages: The wingnuts. They’re all crazed, aren’t they?

The nightmare that is the Florida housing market, a tribute to the bubble. (How come Obama doesn’t want that bubble re-inflated?)

Hell on earth.

Hack parking meters, park for free??

Experiment on yourself.

Micro$oft innovation: closed open standards. Innovating crap….

Was Tenenbaum a putz?

(About that last video.)

(More about that last video here.)

(About that last video here.)

Personally, I don’t believe he has nuts to hit or, at least, is so easy a target…:

Does this make you horny?


As Always, Truth! Out of My Mind for 23 June 2009

Ain’t this the truth? If a crime is big enough, there’s no punishment, just rewards (or in Bernie’s case, insufficient punishment):

“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” — Aesop   

“Women will forgive anything. Otherwise, the race would have died out long ago.” — Robert Heinlein

Beaten for taking approved photos.

The Iranian elections: What happened. And the story of Neda, the martyr, starts here. And apparently, our Neocons’ BFFs are involved in the unrest. Innocent lives are at stake but our Neocons love playing their games….

The healthcare public option: It just doesn’t know yet it’s dead. Speaking about which, that monkey scary-looking creep, David Gregory, lies about the issue. Wotta surprise! And more here about the Dem traitors: They’re bigger whores than you thought.

Another sick fuck heard from. Shame on whoever gives the National Review for giving him a platform. Oh wait, he’s clearly sponsored by people who despise this nation….

Did inherited wealth save Ford? When you rely on a company for long-term health for long-term wealth…. But then, there are the former owners of the Wall Street Journal. But, of course, they lost faith… and may yet get the last laugh….

Wanna be free? This is what you need to know: How.

Now, have some laffs!


One of the good guys: Paul Krassner profiled!

Awww, Kodachrome is dead!

11 gorgeous train stations lost....

(More about that here.)

Twitter 1935

Beeezarre: A Texas strip club hires a 14 year old??

Google fails, can lead to death.

No comment, but it's Gaga. 'Nuff said.

Leadership that was Ours for the Taking!

John Sidney McCain III and President Palin’s fine operation:

Private information at bargain prices.  It was a high-tech flub at the McCain-Palin campaign headquarters in Arlington when Fox 5’s Investigative Reporter Tisha Thompson bought a Blackberry device containing confidential campaign information.

It started with a snippet we read on page A23 in Thursday’s Washington Post.  The McCain-Palin campaign was going to sell its used office inventory at low prices.

But when we got there, it didn’t look like we were going to get much.  It was lunchtime and most of the good stuff was gone, picked over by early birds looking for deals on file cabinets, white boards, sofas– anything headquarters could sell to get back some of their campaign dough.

We saw laptops ranging between $400 and $600 with logins like “WARROOM08.”  We couldn’t log on without a password, but staffers assured us the hard drive would be zapped before it was sold, and the computer would probably work.

The hottest item?  Blackberry phones at $20 a piece.  There were only 10 left.  All of the batteries had died.  There were no chargers for sale.  But people were snatching them up.  So, we bought a couple.

And ended up with a lot more than we bargained for.

When we charged them up in the newsroom, we found one of the $20 Blackberry phones contained more than 50 phone numbers for people connected with the McCain-Palin campaign, as well as hundreds of emails from early September until a few days after election night.  

We traced the Blackberry back to a staffer who worked for “Citizens for McCain,” a group of democrats who threw their support behind the Republican nominee.  The emails contain an insider’s look at how grassroots operations work, full of scheduling questions and rallying cries for support.

But most of the numbers were private cell phones for campaign leaders, politicians, lobbyists and journalists.

We called some of the numbers.

“Somebody made a mistake,” one owner told us.  “People’s numbers and addresses were supposed to be erased.”  

“They should have wiped that stuff out,” another said.  But he added, “Given the way the campaign was run, this is not a surprise.”

We called the McCain-Palin campaign, who says, “it was an unfortunate staff error and procedures are being put in place to ensure all information is secure.” Link.


The point isn’t whether these backdoor contributions or questionable gifts but the incredible sum to make these self-avowed everyday people look… what? Ordinary? Extraordinary.

Nah, the point is all the money spent on the bullshit. Gold-plated shit is still shit….

In just a little over two months, John McCain’s campaign and the Republican National Committee together spent a total of almost $340,000 on Sarah Palin’s appearance, including clothes for her and her family.

The final total comes in the wake of disclosure reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday. First, there was the $150,000 on clothes for the Palin family that sparked the initial interest and controversy in this spending. On top of that, the disclosures show that, overall, Palin’s makeup artist was paid $68,400, while her hair stylist got more than $42,000. Her fashion stylist recieved $54,900. In addition to that, as previously reported, there are new charges for clothing for the vice-presidential candidate and her family, which come out to about $23,000.

Politico says those latest charges come from stores including “Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Limited, Foot Locker, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Victoria’s Secret” as well as major department stores and “Brooks Brothers, the Gap, Express and J.C. Penney.” According to Politico, the disclosure filed by the RNC’s joint expenditure committee with the McCain campaign also shows money spent at salons and spas, “including $350 at Escape Skin Care and Day Spa in New York.”


A GM liquidation could cost $200 billion? Bloomberg says so. In a spasm of journalistic malpractice, overlooked are the questions: Why liquidate and not recapitalize, restructure, etc. (like consumers are not often made to do)? And if GM restructures, what would the cost of that be to the taxpayer? Still waiting for those answers.

How the wingnuts react to losing.

What Obama believed in before he ran for president. Interesting read. (I didn’t put two and two together and realize that Obama beat Jeri Ryan to get to the Senate!)

Our Leaders’ description of their government (long version; I don’t vouch for its accuracy).

Crazed ravings:

Republican congressman from Georgia said Monday he fears that President-elect Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship.

“It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he’s the one who proposed this national security force,” Rep. Paul Broun said of Obama in an interview Monday with The Associated Press. “I’m just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may — may not, I hope not — but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism.”

Broun cited a July speech by Obama that has circulated on the Internet in which the then-Democratic presidential candidate called for a civilian force to take some of the national security burden off the military.

“That’s exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it’s exactly what the Soviet Union did,” Broun said. “When he’s proposing to have a national security force that’s answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he’s showing me signs of being Marxist.”

Obama’s comments about a national security force came during a speech in Colorado in which he called for expanding the nation’s foreign service.

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set,” Obama said in July. “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

The Obama transition team declined to comment on Broun’s remarks. But spokesman Tommy Vietor said Obama was referring in the speech to a proposal for a civilian reserve corps that could handle postwar reconstruction efforts such as rebuilding infrastructure — an idea endorsed by the Bush administration.

Broun said he believes Obama would move to ban gun ownership if he does build a national security force.

Obama has said he respects the Second Amendment right to bear arms and favors “common sense” gun laws. Gun rights advocates interpret that as meaning he’ll at least enact curbs on ownership of assault weapons and concealed weapons. As an Illinois state lawmaker, Obama supported a ban on semiautomatic weapons and tighter restrictions on firearms generally.

“We can’t be lulled into complacency,” Broun said. “You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I’m not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I’m saying is there is the potential of going down that road.”


Aww. The Times screws up.

Another delusional explanation from a wingnut for John Sidney McCain III’s defeat: same theme, slightly different arrangement.


Dodd sez it isn’t going to happen in this Congress for the auto makers.

While I have mixed feelings about such a thing generally, it’s pretty interesting that we’re propping up the fake economy and letting the real economy wither.

Good news times: Thomas Friedman realizes how full of crap he is, quits.