Is there ANYTHING this woman actually understands? She's incorrectly stated the job of the Vice President four separate times, and now is claiming that the media is threatening her First Amendment rights by criticizing her. I shit you not...

ABC News' Steven Portnoy reports: In a conservative radio interview that aired in Washington, D.C. Friday morning, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin said she fears her First Amendment rights may be threatened by "attacks" from reporters who suggest she is engaging in a negative campaign against Barack Obama.

Palin told WMAL-AM that her criticism of Obama's associations, like those with 1960s radical Bill Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, should not be considered negative attacks. Rather, for reporters or columnists to suggest that it is going negative may constitute an attack that threatens a candidate's free speech rights under the Constitution, Palin said.

"If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations," Palin told host Chris Plante, "then I don't know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media."

Are you batshit insane, woman?! The First Amendment has absolutely NOTHING to do with you getting asked questions and "attacked" by the media. It's about giving you the right of free speech, which you use waaaaaaaaaay more than you should. You're an embarrassment to us all.

But...there is the other part of me that almost wants her around for the next four years, just to hear what incredible nonsensical bullshit she thinks up next. Maybe Obama can hire her as his Press Secretary?!


That liberal, Marxist, Commie magazine, THE ECONOMIST just endorsed his "Let's spread the wealth" ass.

...what's that? They're actually heavily interested in free trade and free markets?! But...but...that doesn't make any sense?! Why wouldn't they endorse that capitalistic mother fucker John McCain?!

Best part of the endorsement:

If only the real John McCain had been running

That, however, was Senator McCain; the Candidate McCain of the past six months has too often seemed the victim of political sorcery, his good features magically inverted, his bad ones exaggerated. The fiscal conservative who once tackled Mr Bush over his unaffordable tax cuts now proposes not just to keep the cuts, but to deepen them. The man who denounced the religious right as “agents of intolerance” now embraces theocratic culture warriors. The campaigner against ethanol subsidies (who had a better record on global warming than most Democrats) came out in favour of a petrol-tax holiday. It has not all disappeared: his support for free trade has never wavered. Yet rather than heading towards the centre after he won the nomination, Mr McCain moved to the right.

Meanwhile his temperament, always perhaps his weak spot, has been found wanting. Sometimes the seat-of-the-pants method still works: his gut reaction over Georgia—to warn Russia off immediately—was the right one. Yet on the great issue of the campaign, the financial crisis, he has seemed all at sea, emitting panic and indecision. Mr McCain has never been particularly interested in economics, but, unlike Mr Obama, he has made little effort to catch up or to bring in good advisers (Doug Holtz-Eakin being the impressive exception).

The choice of Sarah Palin epitomised the sloppiness. It is not just that she is an unconvincing stand-in, nor even that she seems to have been chosen partly for her views on divisive social issues, notably abortion. Mr McCain made his most important appointment having met her just twice.

Ironically, given that he first won over so many independents by speaking his mind, the case for Mr McCain comes down to a piece of artifice: vote for him on the assumption that he does not believe a word of what he has been saying. Once he reaches the White House, runs this argument, he will put Mrs Palin back in her box, throw away his unrealistic tax plan and begin negotiations with the Democratic Congress. That is plausible; but it is a long way from the convincing case that Mr McCain could have made. Had he become president in 2000 instead of Mr Bush, the world might have had fewer problems. But this time it is beset by problems, and Mr McCain has not proved that he knows how to deal with them.



Dammit...it seemed like such a sure thing three days ago...

Then my best friend Jon emailed me this:

This seriously might hurt him worse than the William Ayers bullshit. I mean, what the fuck happens in the middle of this video?! Are they fighting or hugging? And does voting for Obama make you go insane to the point that wearing a dolphin hat seems like a good idea?!

Maybe voting for McCain isn't such a bad idea afterall...



St. Louis.
100,000 people.

Kansas City.
75,000 people.

100,000 people.

McCain and Palin couldn't attract these many supporters if they tried. Their biggest crowds topped out around 23,000.

You can't gather a lot of supporters when you're busy dividing them apart.



With 10 days remaining, polls not showing a likely victory, that pesky Electoral College showing it's not even going to be close, the McCain advisers are starting the finger pointing...and it's all directed at Sarah "Hockey Lipstick Beauty Pitbull" Palin.

Who DIDN'T see this coming?!

McCain sources say Palin has gone off-message several times, and they privately wonder whether the incidents were deliberate. They cited an instance in which she labeled robocalls -- recorded messages often used to attack a candidate's opponent -- "irritating" even as the campaign defended their use. Also, they pointed to her telling reporters she disagreed with the campaign's decision to pull out of Michigan.

A second McCain source says she appears to be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.

"She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone," said this McCain adviser. "She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else.

"Also, she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: Divas trust only unto themselves, as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom."



She now admitted it was complete bullshit. To think that McCain and Palin actually CALLED this girl, ran with this story, attempted to make it a political issue. They should all be ashamed of themselves. Their race-baiting tactics and getting their supporters wrapped up in paranoid schemes. Is it any wonder she tried this? It NEARLY worked!

This story broke late last night, and at the time, Drudge had it above the headline, attempting to make it TEH BIGGEST STORY EVAR!!!

And hey, with a photo like this, it's no wonder the AP ran with it, hours later:

A knife-wielding man robbed a McCain-Palin campaign volunteer and etched a "B" into her face after he saw a McCain bumper sticker on her car, the woman told Pittsburgh police.

Todd told police she handed the man $60 she had in her pocket and stepped away from him. The man then noticed the bumper sticker on her car, which was parked in front of the ATM, and became angry, she told police.

He made comments to Todd about Republican presidential candidate John McCain and punched her in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground, police said Todd told them.

"He continued to kick and punch her repeatedly and said he would teach her a lesson for supporting John McCain," said police Chief Nate Harper.

The man scratched a backward "B" onto Todd's right cheek, she told police. Todd, who isn't familiar with the area, drove to a friend's house nearby. She told her friend she wasn't sure of the exact location the robbery happened but remembered a green sign above the ATM.

The friend called police and an officer met them at his house. They drove along Liberty Avenue until Todd saw a Citizens Bank ATM that looked familiar, police said.

Police said Todd declined medical treatment at the scene. Her friend, a law student at University of Pittsburgh, said he took her to UPMC Shadyside for treatment.

Police said she described the attacker as black, about 6-foot-4, and said he was wearing dark-colored jeans and a black tank top. She said he had a knife with a 5-inch blade and ran from the scene on foot, Harper said.

But, too much of this "attack" doesn't add up. Luckily, many on the internet are putting together pieces that don't fit together, and the police are giving her a lie detector, so the truth will be revealed shortly.

* The "B" carved into her face is backwards, (although that might have appeared correctly in a mirror?!) and never breaks the skin. What kind of knife did he use? Plastic?!

* You're going to rob someone at 9pm, get the cash, and stick around for another 10 minutes to carve a letter into someone's face? Allowing potential witnesses to see you and for your victim to struggle and make more of a scene? All to make a political statement?! Does that make any sense?

* After this horrible ordeal, she REFUSES medical treatment. Instead, she updates her Twitter account?!

It's a shame that shit like this spreads like wildfire so easily. A white McCain supporter gets assaulted by a black Obama supporter. Who needs anything else? That mother fucker is guilty...even if he doesn't actually exist.



Well, at least he USED to be...back when John McCain was John McCain and not the "change my mind every other day depending on if it might win me an election" Man he is now.

The bottom line is how utterly absurd this "Obama is a Socialist" talking point has become. Along with the notion that tax cuts for 95% of the American workers is somehow "welfare." We've tried it the other way for too long. Giving tax credits and corporate "welfare" to the top didn't trickle down shit. The wealthy got more wealthy and the poor got more poor. It's time we got our priorities in order and looked out for those in the middle. Focus on the average plumbers, not the ones making $250,000 a year.

And by the way, I was curious just how "massive" this tax raise was going to be for those individuals making OVER $250,000, so I looked it up. I dunno about you, but from all the panic and fear that Republicans had been spewing, I figured it was going to be insanely high. Turns out, it simply goes back to the level it was under Clinton.

It's now at 36%, and Obama's going to raise it to 39%


I really feel for those rich bastards.



(My wife mentioned this to me the other day and I totally forgot to blog about it!)

Street Guerrilla Artist BANSKY opened a Pet Store (and Grill) in New York recently. Check it out if you live nearby.

Some highlights:



Be there or go fuck yourself.
(Sorry, just saw "W" and can't quit quoting Cheney.)



This video was what I saw first, a couple days ago, taken by the CBS News team covering the rally.

He's all smiles, holding onto his Curious George doll around with an Obama 08 bumper sticker wrapped around it's head...until he notices the camera crew staring up at him. He quickly rips the sticker off, stands there like a sweating doofus, looking back and forth, eventually hands the doll to the boy in front of him. It was creepy and send chills down my spine.

...that was until I came across ANOTHER video of this same asshole!!! This time, taken on his way into the Town Hall, and he's talking to the camera and waving it around, as proud as he can be...

This has gotten out of control.



Here's the problem with going nasty with fierce attack ads...they work. They get people riled up and angry, because they're already desperate for an easy target to lay their worries and fears upon.

So, after spending the better part of two weeks asking questions like, "Who IS Barack Obama?" and attempting to make him best friends with "terrorists," John McCain faced the difficult challenge of trying to correct his audience.

McCain was responding to a town hall attendee who claimed he was concerned about raising a child under a president who "cohorts with domestic terrorists such as [Bill] Ayers." Despite the fact that McCain and his campaign have repeatedly used Ayers to hammer Obama in recent days, the Arizona Senator tried to calm the man.

"[Senator Obama] is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared about as President of the United States," he said, before adding: "If I didn't think I would be one heck of a better president I wouldn't be running."

The crowd groaned with disapproval.


"I don't trust Obama," a woman said. "I have read about him. He's an Arab."

"No, ma'am," McCain said several times, shaking his head in disagreement. "He's a decent, family man, [a] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign is all about."

Gee, John, I wonder why she'd get a crazy idea like that?! Maybe she didn't see all those television ads where you talked about Obama being a "decent, family man?!"

Oh, that's right, because you chose to make him appear scary and dangerous instead...



This supposedly went through 3 sets of "proof readers" and still ended up on hundreds of official ballots in New York State’s Rensselaer County.

Somebody needs to be fired over this shit. How can it be a "typo" when the S and B keys aren't even near each other on the keyboard?!


...and apparently, he CAN sink lower:

Here's the reason this ad is beyond the pale. John McCain said basically the EXACT SAME THING back in 2000, about the Kosovo air raids...

And that line about "Liberals voting against funding the troops" leaves out that McCain did the very same thing, because he didn't agree with "timetables for withdrawl." Not to mention that none of those bills ever passed.

But that's just silly ol' me trying to interject "facts" into a campaign that feeds on lies and smears. Who needs truth when your favorite Republican talking point is "The Liberals hate the troops!!" It works too, right?!

What's that?

The polls are actually showing that this constant negative campaigning is HURTING McCain with Independents? Especially women? But...I thought those bitches knew their place once he picked Palin?!


The best part of watching this ad air in between the commercial breaks for The Office tonight was hearing Molly's reaction. She's hardly the political junkie I am, and much more "down the middle" than a furious Liberal bleeding heart freak like me. After John McCain's creepy, glowing smiling face comes on there with his, "I approve this message" quote, she shakes her head in disgust and says, "He should be ashamed of himself."

Truer words have never been spoken.



This is it. This is all he has. One last chance to scare the American public into thinking that Obama is dangerous, has terrorist "friends," and is somehow hiding his "true agenda."

It's a 1:30 ad called "Ayers" and is the same old bullshit everyone's heard for months now...only with a bitchy woman's voice added for effect:

And for anyone (one of you) who thinks this is the kind of thing that McCain NEEDS to do with less than a month away from the election, check out this clip of a guy asking questions before a McCain-Palin rally in Ohio. The people come out and say that Obama is a terrorist, in a manner that it's somehow just assumed at this point. Like, "Duh! His name is Muslim, what else you need to know?!"

And before you act like these are random people and they don't speak for the campaign...who do you think these ads are trying to preach to? They're nothing but red meat for these kind of paranoid, creepy, borderline racist nutjobs.

It boils down to this...

Do you want to lift people up, have them come together for the greater good, bringing out the best of us, in an attempt to get America back on track?

Or do you want to divide us into hating one another with fear and paranoia, bringing out the worst in us, just so you can win an election?

It's that simple.



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A nice read, if you have the time, of why this is such a bullshit issue.

A few examples of the silliness they're attempting to scare voters with:

LIE: "Barack Obama is friends with Ayers, defending him as quote 'respectable and mainstream.'"(American Issues Project ad, August 2008)

TRUTH: David Axelrod described them as "friendly," not friends. Obama didn't call Ayers respectable and mainstream (although Ayers now is); Obama's campaign on his website posted an op-ed in the press that described Ayers that way.


LIE: "They live half a mile from William Ayers, the unrepentant terrorist" and "Just a half a mile from those homes is Louis Farrakhan."(Hannity's America, October 5, 2008, "Obama and His Friends: History of Radicalism")

TRUTH: It's true, of course, that Obama lives in this same neighborhood, as do tens of thousands of other people who presumably are also guilty by geographical association. The logic of this argument would be, if you live half a mile from a sex offender, then you agree with child molesters.



Here's a new low for the McCain campaign. This William Ayers-Weather Underground shit was weak from the beginning, but for Sarah Palin to suddenly bring it up again now, a month before the election?! And to question Obama's patriotism a few lines before it?! It's so pathetic and laughable.

Just admit it, you Republican fucks, you simply want people to be afraid of Obama. You're going to rely on fear once again, in hopes of scaring enough people into voting for your candidate. It would be shameful if it would actually work. But not this time, not this year.

Citizens across this great land have had enough of your tactics. They see through this, they realize it's nothing more than a distraction. That's why Jeremiah Wright didn't make that much of an impact. It's the reason this Weather Underground bullshit never stuck. The reason the "he doesn't wear a flag pin" and "not putting his hand over his heart" emails simply faded away after a couple of months.

Because in the end, none of that helps us move this country forward. None of that matters. It's Gay Marriage all over again. A non-issue that doesn't help get anyone a job, health insurance, a helping hand when they're in times of need.

It's just red meat for the kind of people that think chanting "USA USA USA!" proves you love America more than the rest of us.

Well, I have news for you, you don't.

I love this country so much, that I don't need to showcase it. I don't need to act like the troops are on my side, or that God is either. No magnetic ribbon on my car is needed. America isn't my Mother, I don't need to kiss it's ass. I'm secure enough to point out it's flaws, to attempt to make it better, and above all, realize that it doesn't need to be perfect.

So, and I'm really honest here, I hope McCain and his Hockey Mom keep this up. Keep trying to make Obama out to be that "creepy Black guy with a funny name and evil terrorist friends." Go ahead. Run on nothing but negitivity and scare tactics. Give the Amercian people a clear choice on November 4th.

Hope vs. Fear

I like them odds.



I loved this segment, especially watching John McCain go back and forth on why the bailout bill sucked and then why he ultimately voted for it...

And am I alone in thinking, Kristen Schaal needs to join the team permanently?




That's what I want to know. Watching this response from her was jaw-droppingly stupid.

My favorite moment of the night was watching Joe Biden go off on her for talking talking talking, but not answering anything. She bitched about "Pointing fingers towards the past" but did nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to seperate her and McCain from George W. Bush and these past 8 years.

Will someone explain to her that "being a Maverick" isn't a policy?! This was so painful to watch. She's so overly coached, so mismanaged and handled by the McCain campaign that they might as well just have had a soundboard of various clips and let Gwen Ifil press them from time to time to hear "McCain's viewpoint."

It's a disgrace to allow her to continue on and you Conservatives know it. She's in way over her head and it's a shame that the McCain campaign let it go this far.

"Country First" my ass.



This is when things start getting interesting. Only 4 weeks until the election, and the campaigns realize that some states are no longer "toss-ups." Well, today the McCain campaign took Michigan off the table. No more advertising, no more campaign stops, it's over.

I'm sure it's just the beginning of the end now. With 3 HUGELY competitive states now swinging in Obama's favor, McCain better hope there's nothing else that could derail his Straight Talk Express.

...oh, except for his Hockey Mom going before a national audience tonight during the VP debate. What's the worst that could happen?!

The good thing is that she reads every newspaper and magazine out there. Yes, ALL of them:

She also thought it would be funny to mention that Joe Biden has been in the Senate for a loooooong time, even though she's running with a 72 year old Grandpa:

And don't get me started on her idea of what we should do with women that have been victims of rape or incest:

She is truly a gift that keeps on giving.



This is what happens when your campaign starts falling apart. You get pissy and dismissive at the media...who are recording you...and it ends up all over the internet and evening news...and your poll numbers continue to drop...and...


I just saw a screening of Religulous last night, and while I can't really talk about it until my review hits Friday, I think you all probably know I'm a huge fan of Bill Maher. He's been doing a lot of press lately, and I caught this segment of him on The View yesterday:

It gets pretty testy and proves that religion is something a lot of people simply do not want to discuss. (much like politics, which is why I'm lame for constantly bringing up both!)


Wow. This was just brutal to watch.

He's never come out swinging like this before an election before...to my memory anyway. I think McCain seriously pissed him off a couple weeks ago.