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Image of the Day

Posted by Bill Nance on October 6, 2008

I saw this image and nearly fell out of my chair laughing.

Hat tip –RBC


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Debate reaction

Posted by Bill Nance on October 3, 2008

Short answer? Gimme a break. One candidate was serious and well informed, one managed not to make a complete idiot of themselves (or answer many of the actual questions asked) . You guess who who was which.

Palin didn’t stumble over herself completely. According to the Kool-Aid drinkers, that’s a great victory.

I read one blog which immediately claimed polls on the debate must be “biased” because after all, who could have watched that debate and not seen clearly how she won hands down?

The best line about the debate from the Republican side though explains a great deal about Palin’s continued popularity. From VodkaPundit:

8:17PM Hair down, hair up, Palin still has that Naughty Librarian thing going on. To be more specific, it looks like she’s wearing a nice little Ann Taylor number you’d really like to see rumpled on the floor.

Three words: In Vino Veritas

The top search engine hit for this blog remains “Sarah Palin Boobs.” That should explain a lot.

-Nuff said

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The question that Gwen Ifill won’t ask Sarah Palin (but should)

Posted by Bill Nance on October 2, 2008

IFILL: Governor Palin, you’ve twice welcomed the Alaska Independence Party, (who’s signature issue is secession from the United States) and wished them well at their convention. The last time was just this year in your official role as Governor.

Governor, If the American Nazi Party held their convention in Alaska would you also welcome them and wish them success in their convention? If not, Why?

We can dream can’t we?

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Obama shoud ask Gwen Ifill to bow out as debate moderator

Posted by Bill Nance on October 2, 2008

Apparently Gwen Ifill, who’s slated to moderate tonight’s Vice-Presidential debate, is working on a book tentatively entitled: “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”

Republicans are already starting the spin that she will be “mean” to poor little Sarah Palin, who’s too delicate to stand up to journalists. -As though someone aspiring to the VP slot shouldn’t be tough enough to manage a hostile journalist. pfft.

I won’t go into Ifill’s journalistic credentials, which are frankly beyond reproach. But the McCain campaign is claiming she failed to disclose the book.

This is a flat-out lie.

From the Washington Times, a newspaper I guarantee you the McCain campaign reads:

We have an awkward history about how to talk about race in the nation and in newsrooms,” says Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent for PBS’ “The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer” and author of “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,” slated for publication early next year.

The above was reported in the Times and picked up by the Associated Press on July 23rd. Weeks before Ifill’s selection.

Lies from the McCain campaign should surprise no one. But though Ifill has said the book is more of a historical perspective than anything else, and doesn’t dwell on Obama in particular, there’s no way in Hell the average American will be able to grasp that, especially when the McCain campaign will be shouting “media bias” from the roof-tops.

From a strictly partisan point of view, I would say this new lie is a big deal for the Obama team. No matter how badly Sarah Palin performs tonight, the Republicans will spin this as simply a result of Ifill’s “media bias.”

The Obama campaign should ask Ifill to step down and turn the moderator position over to Jim Lehrer. I doubt the Republicans will go for it, but I hope the attempt will be made. If the Republicans nix Lehrer after they already approved him as moderator, Democrats have a fairly powerful counter-spin.

Only one side in tonight’s debate has real reason to sweat. Joe Biden can manage well no matter who the moderator happens to be. If the Obama team calls for Ifill to step down in favor of Lehrer, they win on points no matter who the moderator turns out to be.

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Obama on the bailout and debates

Posted by Bill Nance on September 25, 2008

barack Obama had some things to say yesterday about the current bailout issue. The entire press conference can be seen below. But for my money the best line of the conference is this:

“A president needs to be able to do more than one thing at a time.”

If John McCain can’t manage to hold two thoughts in his head at the same time is he really ready to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

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The biggest lie yet of the McCain candidacy

Posted by Bill Nance on September 24, 2008

This is the biggest crock of horse manure I’ve heard in years:

“Republican presidential candidate John McCain announced Wednesday that he is suspending his campaign to return to Washington and focus on the “historic” crisis facing the U.S. economy.”

Why is this move both cynical and ridiculous?

  1. McCain has no clue about economics. He has said as much as that economics is not his strong point, this in spite of sitting as Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee for years. McCain can only do what his advisers recommend. He has no expertise in this arena and, indeed has been in lockstep with the Reaganite policy of de-regulation Uber-Alles. He’s not going to be the one fashioning a Republican counter proposal to the Bush plan, and any claim to the contrary is an outright lie. There are Republicans in the Senate a thousand times more qualified to deal with this issue and he knows it.
  2. The Democrats have a majority in both houses. McCain will not be needed for a tie-breaking vote, and if that was the case, tradition is to “pair” his vote with a Democrat, effectively zeroing the scale to account for an abscense. There will be no party-line vote during the debates on Friday. If there is a vote on Friday, both McCain and Obama can make sure the vote is taken in time for them to make the debate, either before or after.

Folks this is a move full of cynicism. McCain is in trouble. DEEP trouble according to the latest ABC news poll, in which he has lost 5-7 points over the last week due to the economy. He needs to distract the voters, get more time to hide Sarah Palin form the Press, quickly study up on current economic issues and find some way to sell the lie that he has been anything but an unabashed and consistent supporter of de-regulation of Wall Street.

This latest move, based on yet another lie, is nothing but an attempt to buy time in a failing political campaign.

Don’t fall for it.

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New polling numbers

Posted by Bill Nance on September 18, 2008

A new CBS/New York Times poll released today shows Barack Obama has gained some more traction among voters. I hate to sound pessimistic, but I’m unconvinced by the numbers. I think the real measure of opinion on Obama vs McCain won’t show until after the first debate. Right now it’s just a matter of who can run the most tv ads and who can do the best job at showing his opponent in a bad light (and lie his ass off in the case of John McCain). As I’ve written before, this is the kind of gutter politics at which the Republicans have both long practice and demonstrated skill.

But one metric I noticed was interesting: only 17% of American votes think Sarah Palin was picked because she was “well qualified,” while 75% think she was picked to help McCain win. The poll didn’t ask if voters thought the move was cynical, but maybe the American people aren’t as stupid as McCain had hoped.

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Sex Ed for five-year-olds? McCain’s lies keep catching up with him

Posted by Bill Nance on September 11, 2008

You may have seen a recent McCain campaign ad claiming Barack Obama supported “explicit sex education to kindergartners.”

First, this is really disgusting. It’s obviously not true and and it’s just the kind of slime McCain was crying foul over in the South Carolina primary in 2000, when Karl Rove engineered a whisper campaign that McCain’s Bangladeshi daughter was an illegitimate result of an affair with a black woman.

These tactics were disgusting then, and that McCain is using them now shows him to be a man utterly desperate to avoid talking about real issues.

It’s not like this is a credible story, primarily for one reason: If it were true, Alan Keyes would have won the 2003 Senate race, and you can bet your life Hillary would have been all over this earlier this year. Obama would have been finished before he ever got to the Senate, much less the nomination.

Folks, this is called critical thinking. When some breaking piece of information is released by a campaign that contains information that would be certain to destroy a candidacy, it better be a brand new event, or it’s almost certainly a lie or a distortion.

Well, sure enough, it was a lie. As revealed by the New York Times, who researched the story:

It is a misstatement of the bill’s purpose, therefore, to maintain, as the McCain campaign advertisement does, that Mr. Obama favored conventional sex education as a policy for 5-year-olds. Under the Illinois proposal, “medically accurate” education about more complicated topics, including intercourse, contraception and homosexuality, would have been reserved for older students in higher grades.

And by the way, Obama wasn’t the only supporter of this bill. So was the Illinois PTA.

The purpose of the bill was to get accurate information to kids about their own bodies. The only part which was aimed at very young children was in teaching them about the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching.

Ask yourself: Wouldn’t you want your kindergartner to know that it’s not Ok when the nice neighbor touches them in a “private place?” Seriously. Do you want your young children to have no idea that’s something they need to tell an adult about?

Speaking as a parent, If you answered No to that question, you shouldn’t be allowed to have children.

EDIT: I have received a comment on this topic that I deleted because it was deliberately misleading. Included in the comment was the link: I am appending this link to the story. It is unrelated directly to this story but is a fair statement of Obama’s position on sex ed.

For the record: This blog will allow any comment. You can disagree all you want. You can call the candidates any names you want. You can call ME any names you want. But you cannot deliberately lie or mislead. That’s the line in the sand. Cross it and get moderated.

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Obama pushes back

Posted by Bill Nance on September 10, 2008

Fighting lies with truth:

This ad hardly scratches the sheer volume of utter BS the McCain campaign has been trotting out. -But it’s a start.

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Lipstick on a pig?

Posted by Bill Nance on September 10, 2008

Let the whining begin!

Everyone who has the intellectual capacity to distinguish between substance and lies knew it was going to happen. Everyone who didn’t instantly take a look at Sarah Palin and decide to vote for her based upon Boobs and Guns knew it was going to happen.

In short, everyone who isn’t a bloody idiot knew it was going to happen.

The Republicans are whining to the media about the Obama campaign over sexism, and yes, you guessed it, low-blows.

To call these allegations laughable would be to give them far too much credit. Obscene I think, would be a more apt description.

In the First instance, Obama ridiculed McCain’s claim that he’s going to “reform Washington.” Speaking to a crowd Obama said:

“John McCain says he’s about change, too — except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics,” Mr. Obama told his supporters here. “That’s just calling the same thing something different.

“You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It’s still gonna stink.”

I realize of course that it is just a ridiculous and totally unfounded notion that someone might dare to question the veracity of the Republican’s claim that they are going to “clean up” the mess they themselves have created while controlling both houses of congress for 12 of the last 14 years and holding the White House for the last eight.

But using the word lipstick, is instantly sexist?  It turns out of course, that Senator Obama has been using this phrase for a long time. As in before anyone outside Alaska ever heard of Sarah Palin. But because Palin described herself as a “Pitbull in lipstick,”  Obama must of course be sexist when using the exact same phrase he has used for years. A Phrase which is common in the lexicon, and one which  JOHN MCCAIN has also used, when referring to Hillary Clinton’s health care proposal.

From the link above:

McCain criticized Democratic contenders for offering what he called costly universal health care proposals that require too much government regulation. While he said he had not studied Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s health-care plan, he said it was “eerily reminiscent” of the failed plan she offered as first lady in the early 1990s.

“I think they put some lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig,” he said of her proposal.

So let me get this straight. When John McCain uses the phrase to describe quite specifically a woman’s policy statement, it’s just hunkey dorey. But when a Democrat uses the exact same phrase to ridicule John McCain’s plans, he’s a sexist. Have I missed anything? Nope, didn’t think so.

And there’s more. Oh yes, the Republican lying machine is never at a loss to for horsepuckey, have no fear.

Yesterday, in a reference to Palin’s nomination speech, in which she assured families of disabled kids they would have “a friend and advocate in the White House,” Joe Biden asked the horrible question: If you care about it, why don’t you support stem cell research?”

Why, the very notion that Joe Biden would ask Sara Palin to explain why, with one hand she would “support” families with disabled kids and with the other hand sabotage the very research that might prevent such disabilities in the first place is an outrage!

People are actually buying this crap. There’s an old saying that goes “No one ever went broke underestimating the Intelligence of the American public.”

If ever there were a better example of this, I’m hard pressed to think of it at the moment.

EDIT: I added the full context of the remark, from this article.

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