Saturday, September 20, 2008



In a CBS 2 HD exclusive interview, Rep. Rangel called Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin "disabled."

The question was simple: Why are the Democrats so afraid of Palin and her popularity?

The answer was astonishing.

"You got to be kind to the disabled," Rangel said.

That's right. The chairman of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee called Palin disabled -- even when CBS 2 HD called him on it.

CBS 2 HD: "You got to be kind to the disabled?"

Rangel: "Yes."

CBS 2 HD: "She's disabled?"

Rangel: "There's no question about it politically. It's a nightmare to think that a person's foreign policy is based on their ability to look at Russia from where they live."

But then, alas:

Later Friday, Rangel issued a statement saying "disabled" wasn't the word he meant to use.

"Governor Palin is an obviously healthy person who in no way fits the description of disabled. I meant to say then, and I am saying now, that she entered the campaign with a disadvantage in the area of foreign policy," Rangel said in a statement.

Why is Rangel lying? Palin is very obviously not "an obviously healthy person." 

come for the fishin', stay for the rape 

Yet Another 

This is the kind of shit Obama needs to be slamming him on.

Friday, September 19, 2008

McCain Is Totally Like, "Oh Shit!" 

I hear McCain's new big zinger is something like, "That's not country first. . . That's Obama first! Oh, snap!"

Who does he hope to reach with this? People unaware of the fact that Obama (like McCain) desires to be president?

I think he's cracking. This "Obama first" stuff is like George Bush Sr. with the "ghouls and goblins" speech and that "Ozone man" thing.

McHutchence vs Greeley III 

A parable for our time!

like sands in the hourglass 

Looks like the McCain/Palin post-convention bounce is over. We can now return to our pre-convention, pre-VP announcements status quo ante.

Preacher man 

Meet the leader who is really going to fire up the base this November...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thursday Cat Blogging: Mouse Hunters 

For the second time (that I know of) in their careers, the Ape and the President have "achieved success" by successfully hunting a mouse.

Those of you familiar with the characteristic behaviors of these animals won't be surprised to learn that the President (left) did most of the actual "hunting" work; then, when the mouse was pretty much finished off, the Ape (right) swooped in and instantaneously consumed it.

nothing to do with the election 

just thought it was funny:

Paging Jeremiah Wright 

The Rev. Wright ad that you know McCain and the RNC already have in the can is almost certain to drop in the next few days, don't you think?

McCain's penis falls off in public 

This is it!! The great gaffe! Is it going to get the coverage it deserves?????

I told you this would come. Now the media's gotta get on the TRAIN!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Fairsley Difference 

A parable for our time!

Less of this, please. 

I don't care that Obama raised money from Hollywood and I can't believe anyone in the McCain / GOP side really expects anything to come from calling attention to it. The event netted him $9 million in a single night, which might be the real reason why the Republicans are so mad about it.

OK, but I really don't like this line from Obama:

''The reason I'm calm ... is I've got confidence in the American people,'' he said. ''I really think they want to see us do better.'' Standing in the courtyard of the palatial estate, he said his campaign was dedicated to people who need jobs and health care and worry about their pensions and sending children to college.

''It's about those who will never see the inside of a building like this,'' Obama said.
Can everyone on the left please agree to never, ever frame the issue in this way ever again?

Instead, when standing in the courtyard of the palatial estate, please say that your cause is about giving more people the chance not only to see the inside of a building like this, but to live in and own buildings like this.

I mean, have you heard? People want to get rich.

Remember how everyone agreed that George Bush, Jr. was a spoiled and ignorant little prick who got filthy rich for nothing, didn't deserve any of the luxuries he enjoyed, and basically behaved like a poor white trash lottery winner-type asshole -- and yet, remember how it turned out that, like, zillions of Americans desperately wanted to BE that asshole?

You've got to pivot from showing people you understand their struggles to showing them that you also understand and (importantly) validate their most cherished ambition: to be the exact same person they always were, except filthy rich. Not just to pay for Mary's college tuition or whatever but to be rich.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Black-Berry Speaking Mail Device 

From Americablog

Bob MF'in Herbert 

For any of those who still think it doesn't matter if Obama loses because he's not ready to usher in revolution...

The DSM in History 

MMI has a new site with all the old Prez campaign ads. As Gawker points out, its a good guide to the decline and fall. This video for example, is a perfect illustration of why Obama needs to respond to GOP negativity with strong arguments for his policies and a vision for America's Future.

Old and angry 

Apparently a very small buy though--kind of a test run to see how it works.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Personality Cult Slogan FAIL 

courtesy PunditKitchen

not bad 


Here's Jake Tapper of ABC behaving much less skeptically than usual:

Assuredly McCain isn't comfortable talking about this -- and the McCain campaign discouraged me from writing about this -- but the reason the aged Arizonan doesn't use a computer or send email is because of his war wounds.

I realize some of the nastier liberals in the blogosphere will see this as McCain once again "playing the POW card," but it's simply a fact: typing on a regular keyboard for any sustained period of time bothers McCain physically.He can type, he occasionally does type, but in general the injuries he sustained as a POW -- ones that make it impossible for him to raise his arms high enough to comb his hair -- mean that small tasks make his shoulders ache, so he tries to avoid any repetitive exercise.

So, OK, I guess I'm one of those "nastier" liberals. But you have to be kidding me with this. I mean, first of all, the McCain campaign totally played Tapper with their big show of anguished "discouragement," but whatever.

The key point is, have you heard? People with physical disabilities far more severe than McCain's are using computers every day. There are friggin QUADRIPLEGICS using computers!

(Computer user Michael Goldhammer, an Oregon man who has no use of his arms and legs, and who is not married to a $100 million beer heiress and therefore has to work for a living)

As you can see, this person, Michael Goldhammer of Oregon, has no use of his arms or legs whatsoever and is still using a computer -- perhaps even sending off an e-mail! -- by manipulating the keyboard and trackball mouse with a sort of pipe or stick he grips in his mouth. You truly have to admire Mr. Goldhammer.

So, sorry kids, but is McCain really complaining that his shoulders "ache"? Hey dude, at least you can, like, feel your shoulders!

Also, what about the thousands of workers who suffer from the "aches" of carpal tunnel syndrome but have to keep on using computers, despite intense pain, so that they can, like, you know, make a living and shit?

Sorry, McCain. Go get yourself a helper monkey. And stop trying to blame all of your blunders, shortcomings, foolish notions, self-satisfied ignorance and perverted lies on Charlie.

Don't look now... 

Today is looking like a doozy...

A potential boon to Obama, who would then face a challenge: running a broke country of broke assholes.

Actual action 

From my friend who is a lawyer for the Obama campaign... currently based in Wisconsin...

So, you know, you're needed in all the usual suspects -- ohio, pennsylvania. virginia could use your help. and chuck todd says it's all coming down to michigan and wisconsin (yours truly). you'd be more than welcome to come knock on doors with me in lovely wausau, wisconsin!

as for pa, just call any of the numbers here:

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Distaff Bush 

As if anyone needs more evidence that Sarah Palin is bad news, the Times has come out with the definitive profile of her career in public office. Too many nausea-inducing passages to cite here, but in short, her administrations sound exactly like those of George W. Bush, in microcosm: corruption, cronyism, ignorance, isolation, paranoia, vendettas. I’m surprised, not that this stuff went on, but by the degree to which she was/is so Machiavellian.


‘I could use a quality laugh right now, Dark,’ I said.
‘You too?’

--Infinite Jest, 1996


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