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August 20, 2008

pain in the mccain

pain in the mccain
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it’s hard to imagine loathing someone more than i loathe dubya bush, but i’m almost there with john mccain. i’ve written before about what a pandering, lying, self-serving pathetic shell of a man he is—and that was in a letter written directly to the man. mccain’s mendacity is really no secret to anyone who does even a modicum of digging into “the real mccain.” but his actions and words of late are enough to make you wonder: just who are the idiots out there who would consider electing this man our president?

a few recent mccain highlights:

sometimes it feels as if we’re down the rabbit hole when it comes to mccain. what is so obvious to anyone with a brain just doesn’t seem to register with nearly 40 percent of americans. that’s partly due to the abdication of responsible reporting by the traditional media. but it’s also apparently due to the fact that we really are a nation of idiots.

andrew sullivan, who apparently has grown very very tired of trying to defend any of his fellow conservatives, wrote a brilliant piece in the atlantic yesterday. here’s an excerpt, but please read the whole post. his logic is infallible. his points are devastating. and his apparent loathing of mccain very nearly matches mine.

In all the discussion of John McCain’s recently recovered memory of a religious epiphany in Vietnam, one thing has been missing. The torture that was deployed against McCain emerges in all the various accounts. It involved sleep deprivation, the withholding of medical treatment, stress positions, long-time standing, and beating. Sound familiar?

According to the Bush administration’s definition of torture, McCain was therefore not tortured.

Cheney denies that McCain was tortured; as does Bush. So do John Yoo and David Addington and George Tenet.


so, since mccain agrees with bush/cheney on torture, can we please stop talking about mccain’s time as a POW? according to the man himself, what he endured wasn’t really torture after all. what is torturous, however, is watching mccain’s sorry excuse for a campaign. hell, at least one of his fellow POWs thinks he’d make a horrible president.

Posted in: politics
July 1, 2008

oh FISA, dear FISA

oh FISA, dear FISA
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as disappointing as some of obama’s recent moves to the middle have been, none is as galling as the decision to support the FISA bill currently in the senate. i understand the political expedience of shoring up against that faux "he’s not tough on national security" argument the idiots across the aisle are determined to gin up should obama vote against the bill. i get it.. i really do.

but i just wish that the one candidate we have who represents even a modicum of honesty and integrity (and obama clearly has more than that) would just stand up and tell it like it is. bush broke the law and has been spying on us. with the help of the telecom companies. who have, in turn, given lots of money to elected representatives to keep their mouths shut. and the american people deserve to find out exactly what has transpired over the past seven years. period. paragraph.

no bill gets passed until bush is out of office and the facts can be brought into the sunlight. that’s it. no compromise. skip the speeches on patriotism and the mild smackdowns of truthtellers like wes clark. save the discussion of faith-based initiatives for another day. stand up (and bring russ feingold with you) and tell us that truth and honesty still mean something. anything. even in a quixotic situation that, may they burn in hell for it, democrats have enabled.

barring the unlikely scenario of the above unfolding, olbermann seems to have taken in at least some of glenn greenwald’s points and internalized them into a pretty compelling if/then/else statement. you can see it here:

May 21, 2008

keith olbermann is a big meany! waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

keith olbermann is a big meany! waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
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if you haven’t seen steve doocy—one of fox news’ talking douchebags (or is that doochebags?)—in action before, this should serve as a wonderful introduction. i enjoy dashing a letter off now and then and felt inspired to write after seeing the clip below. enamored as i am with my own deliciousness, i have decided to share said letter with my loyal big micro readers. (the original keith ‘worst person’ clip that doocy finds so offensive—oh my!—follows the letter text below. happy wednesday.


dearest fox friends:

i’ve seen the clip of little peter doocy and his sad, smirk-laden attempt at ‘reporting.’ apparently peter is an apt pupil when it comes to aping his father’s dubious ‘journalistic’ style. the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree when it comes to regurgitating GOP talking points and framing questions in that oh-so-familiar faux news manner.

doocy senior should be less concerned with what olbermann thinks and says about his son and pay a bit more attention to his own parenting responsibilities. after all, it was daddy that set up his kid for ridicule and then had the subsequent effrontery to get his panties in a bunch when the inevitable ridicule occurred. peter is certainly entitled to act like an idiot; it’s de rigeur for many college-aged kids. but dressing up that idiocy as “youth-oriented commentary” under the guise of objectivity deserves to be called out for what it is: a transparent act of nepotistic parroting. and papa doocy’s outrage would be merely laughable if it weren’t so pathetic in its tin-ear shrillness.

here’s a fact (and i realize that facts don’t have much currency over there): olbermann’s comments were far more fair and balanced than peter’s ‘broadcasting’ debut or steve’s ongoing parade of blowhard punditry. as long as nepotism and/or cronyism remain the guiding principles for both faux news and the bush administration, doocy shouldn’t be surprised when incompetence and spin are identified as such. if steve doesn’t want someone to “pick on his kid,” then he shouldn’t be putting that kid on the airwaves.

certainly there’s an element of schadenfreude for those of us out here in the reality-based community in watching the murdoch lemmings get apoplectic as the propaganda machine becomes more and more exposed for what it is. but protestations like doocy’s are what generate the real belly laughs and guffaws.

keep it up. you’ve helped to create the dire situation in which this country finds itself; you owe us a few laughs at the very least.


and here’s keith’s ‘worst person in the world’ segment honoring smirky pete.

Posted in: politics
March 19, 2008

war is peace

war is peace
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freedom is slavery.

ignorance is strength.

most of us know, instinctively, that these three statements are absurd. yet these are all things republicans believe. how else can one explain the past five years of war in iraq? the bush administration would like you to believe that through war, we can achieve peace and ‘democracy’ in the middle east. they’d like you to think that freedom in this country will be protected by making us all slaves to the watchful eyes and ears of data-devouring, privacy-eviscerating government ‘security’ programs. and they want you to put those goddamn stubborn facts aside and just trust them to ensure america stays strong in the face of grave threats ‘out there’. truth be damned; dogma be praised.

eric blair was more than eerily prescient when he wrote 1984 back in 1949—he was keenly observant. blair had just lived through world war II and had seen the ugly face of totalitarianism up close. and though ‘democracy’ carried the day to defeat hitler and those who had rallied around him, it wasn’t too hard to extrapolate a future in which a more insidious form of fascism could take root underneath the fertile ground of post-war prosperity.

fast-forward to 2008. today marks the fifth anniversary of the iraq invasion and occupation. as many others have written, this military disaster has gone on longer than world war I, world war II and the civil war. it has cost us dearly in human life, dollars, reputation and our ability to make sound judgments as a nation. it has been, arguably, the single greatest foreign policy disaster in our history. and we’re nowhere near close to ending it. that pathetic shell of a man, mccain, wants to keep us there for another 100 years. he claims it’s inevitable. the only thing that’s inevitable about iraq is that it will take us decades to recover from our blunders there.

it didn’t have to be this way. and it better not be this way in the future. because if we can’t learn from this colossal mistake, then we are truly ignorant. truly slaves to immoral so-called leaders. and truly locked in a never-ending war—with ourselves.

March 19 Iraq War Blogswarm

Posted in: politics
March 18, 2008

this is what leadership looks like

this is what leadership looks like
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Posted in: politics