For McCain and Republicans, Facts Remain Scary Things

For McCain and Republicans, facts remain scary things

A little satire from Bob the Banker who makes $280,000 a year, Bob the Banker speaks out

That leaves my taxable income at $213, 766 under Obama, $213,433 under McCain. Now we have to factor in the bracket cutoff, which for 2009 is $208,850. Anything below that figure for married couples filing jointly is taxed at the fourth tier, 28 percent. Any income above it, until you get up to near $400,000, is taxed at the fifth tier. And this is where the raving income-redistribution scheme of Barack Robespierre Obama kicks in.

As you can see, my taxable income is about $5,000 higher than the cutoff. McCain is going to tax that $5,000 at the current rate, which is 33 percent. But Obama’s crazed plan calls for raising that rate to — get ready for it — 35 percent.

And here’s what this means. Under McCain, my total tax bill would be $48,254. Under Obama, it would be $48,511.

That’s a difference of $257. I’ll say it again: Two hundred and fifty-seven dollars.

That’s not two hundred and fifty-seven dollars I, or America, can afford.

[   ]…Take my Jaguar. Do you have any idea how much it costs just to have that thing tuned up? It’s like a BMW repair bill on steroids. We’re talking $500 just to open the hood.

The hard times are taking a toll on my family life, too. My wife has had to completely cut out having her colors done, and her personal shopper is threatening to walk if we keep cutting back on her hours.

The attitude maybe satire, but the numbers are real. Between the bailout/rescue and America’s aging infrastructure that measly 257 dollars would be well spent or think of it as an investment, Is aging infrastructure slowing the U.S.?

For roughly a century, the United States has had the world’s biggest economy. One of its strengths has been its infrastructure, from the rails and telegraph lines laid in the 19th century to the airports and fiber-optic networks of today. But as the United States struggles to stay ahead of China, is its aging infrastructure slowing it down?

In almost every area – from waterworks to bridges and dams, highways to mass transit – many experts have answered “yes.” A report card by the American Society of Civil Engineers, issued in 2005, gave the nation C’s and D’s in 14 of 15 categories, with an “incomplete” added for security.

Some of these deficiencies have very real costs to economic growth. The poor condition of roads, the engineers estimated, costs $120 billion a year in repairs, operating costs and time wasted in traffic – that’s equivalent to a full percentage point of the economy.

“There’s a tremendous need,” said Larry Roth, a professional engineer who is deputy executive director of the engineers’ group. “Not only are we not keeping pace with growth, but we’re not keeping pace with the maintenance that’s required. As a result, our infrastructure is simply crumbling.”

The infrastructure crisis has something in common with the housing/financial crisis. It would costs about 800 billion over five years to get the nation up to where it should be. Only a billion more then the occupation of Iraq has cost. Though infrastructure expenditures aren’t a dead end quagmire like Iraq; well unless you’re Halliburton. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that for every billion dollars spent on infrastructure 47,000 jobs are created. I realize it would be close to political suicide for Obama to change his top end salary cut off at this point, but he really should have, considering the bottomless pit of debt we’re headed for, lowered it to no tax increases for those making over $170,000 rather then the $250,000 figure. Half of all American households, that’s households not individuals, make less then $56,000 a year.

Republicans – the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal is an extension of the Republican party – don’t even know or are lying about who pays payroll taxes, There They Go Again …Talk about being out of touch with working class America.

Conservativeve ostrich Ed Morrissey writing over at HotAir seems so ut of touch, so determined to shield himself from economic reality, one wonders if he didn’t send in this whimsical screed from another planet,

Video: Barney Frank wants more taxes, posted at 8:25 am on October 21, 2008 by Ed Morrissey,

Suddenly, with Barack Obama pitching almost a trillion dollars in new spending, leading Democrats see nothing wrong with deficit spending. Why? Because the rich will pay for it, silly!

Ed isn’t worried about Joe the Plumber, he’s worried that Bob the Banker will have to trade in the Jag for a Cadillac. In 2012 Ed hopes to be appointed Guardian of the Elite for the Palin administration.

These colors don’t run wallpaper – they don’t run from the facts.

The Right has quite an affirmativeve action program of is own. Every time you turn on the radio, watch Fox, read a editorial page you’ll find a Republican that has been convicted of something. The Republican good ol’boy network shows no shame in that. Don’t worry if, like Scooter Libby or G. Gordon Libby, if you betray your country they’ll find a nice cushy job for you somewhere. A tradition that John McCain also believes in, McCain Employing GOP Operative Accused Of Voter Registration Fraud

John McCain’s campaign has directed $175,000 to the firm of a Republican operative accused of massive voter registration fraud in several states.

According to campaign finance records, a joint committee of the McCain-Palin campaign, the RNC and the the California Republican Party, made a $175,000 payment to the group Lincoln Strategy in June for purposes of “registering voters.” The managing partner of that firm is Nathan Sproul, a renowned GOP operative who has been investigated on multiple occasions for suppressing Democratic voter turnout, throwing away registration forms and even spearheading efforts to get Ralph Nader on ballots to hinder the Democratic ticket.

In a letter to the Justice Department last October, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers said that that Sproul’s alleged activities “clearly suppress votes and violate the law.”

That Sproul would come under the employment umbrella of the McCain campaign — the Republican National Committee has also separately paid Lincoln Strategy at least $37,000 for voter registration efforts this cycle — is not terribly surprising. Sproul, who has donated nearly $30,000 to McCain’s campaign, has been in the good graces of GOP officials for the past decade despite charges of ethical and potentially legal wrongdoing.

Unlike ACORN who reports ethics violations, Republican operatives collect voter registrations, but just throw away the ones that register Democrat.

Ken Adelman, unlike the very Conservative Colin Powell, is a serious drinker of the hard Right kool-aid and even he can’t bring himself to vote for the reckless hothead McCain, First Colin Powell, Now…

When the economic crisis broke, I found John McCain bouncing all over the place. In those first few crisis days, he was impetuous, inconsistent, and imprudent; ending up just plain weird. Having worked with Ronald Reagan for seven years, and been with him in his critical three summits with Gorbachev, I’ve concluded that that’s no way a president can act under pressure.

Conservative Punditry – it Stinks, its Cheap and There’s Plenty

Freddie Mac Paid GOP Consulting Firm $2M To Kill Legislation

Freddie Mac secretly paid a Republican consulting firm $2 million to kill legislation that would have regulated and trimmed the mortgage finance giant and its sister company, Fannie Mae, three years before the government took control to prevent their collapse.

In the cross hairs of the campaign carried out by DCI of Washington were Republican senators and a regulatory overhaul bill sponsored by Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. DCI’s chief executive is Doug Goodyear, whom John McCain’s campaign later hired to manage the GOP convention in September.

Freddie Mac’s payments to DCI began shortly after the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee sent Hagel’s bill to the then GOP-run Senate on July 28, 2005. All GOP members of the committee supported it; all Democrats opposed it.

In the midst of DCI’s yearlong effort, Hagel and 25 other Republican senators pleaded unsuccessfully with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., to allow a vote.

McCain response, much like his confused and unfocused response to the Wall Str rescue once things started to fall apart was too little too late. McCain and his defenders keep insisting that he is the seasoned leader, his actions past and present suggest otherwise.

Rush Limbaugh, Conservative gadfly Pat Buchanan and George Will all accused former Bush Secretary of State and retired General Colin Powell of endorsing John McCain because he was white. Darn, I misunderstood, those pundits claim that Powell endorsed Obama just because he’s black. This must be true because as we know all Republican pundits are equipped with special x-ray vision combined with acute paranormal perception. When General Powell said of Mccain and his campaign,

Powell also told NBC’s Tom Brokaw that he was “troubled” by Republicans’ personal attacks on Obama, especially false intimations that Obama was Muslim and the recent focus on Obama’s alleged connections to William Ayers, a co-founder of the radical ’60 Weather Underground.

Stressing that Obama was a lifelong Christian, Powell denounced Republican tactics that he said were insulting not only to to Obama but also to Muslims.

“The really right answer is what if he is?” Powell said, praising the contributions of millions of Muslim citizens to American society.

“I look at these kind of approaches to the campaign, and they trouble me,” Powell said. “Over the last seven weeks, the approach of the Republican Party has become narrower and narrower.”

Those troubling campaign tactics are the same ones the Right has been using for years, they merely raised the shrillness level a little and thrown in some racism and domestic xenophobia – McCain and his supporters trying their best to make Obama into the scary unknown. Neat trick if they can manage to convince the electorate that Republicans and McCain have had nothing to do with the disastrous decisions and policies of the last eight years. McCain has tried to blame Democrats for the financial crisis – sure John – with a slight majority in the House of Representatives and an anti-regulation Bush in the White House, Democrats somehow managed to sabotage the economy – an accusation that reeks of desperation.

Limbaugh’s keen insights

Iraq is not a war. It is not something to win or lose. Calling it a war is shorthand for the Right’s horrendous recipe for supposedly stopping another 9-11 – the medical equivalent of putting a bandage on your nose after you break your leg. It didn’t make sense in 2003 and McCain’s Bush-like insistence that it is through some convoluted reasoning the front in the war on terror that must be won doesn’t make sense now. The Iraqis aren’t cooperating with McCain’s scenario. They continue to think it is best if troops are removed sooner, not later, Shiite Bloc’s Demands Stall U.S.-Iraq Pact

Key members of the Iraqi parliament’s largest political bloc have called for all American troops to leave this country in 2011 as a condition for allowing the U.S. military to stay here beyond year’s end, officials said Sunday.

[   ]…It was not immediately clear whether the U.S. side would accept the changes to the draft agreement. The document would provide legal authority for American troops to remain in Iraq after a U.N. mandate expires Dec. 31. If there is no accord or other legal cover for U.S. forces, they must leave.

Some of the hang ups for an agreement include Iraq’s right to prosecute U.S. soldiers accused of wrong doing while outside their bases and off-duty in Iraqi courts. Since U.S. troops are seldom off duty that’s not a very contiguous issue. Ironically Muhammad al-Haydari, who heads a group of independents also insisted,

In addition, he said, Iraq should have the right to search U.S. military shipments to ensure they do “not include any weapons of mass destruction that could threaten Iraq’s neighbors in the future.”

Main and Central seems to think that the failure for the various factions to agree at this point probably kills negotiations until after the U.S. elections. That smear about Barack Obama trying to delay U.S. troops withdrawals was resurrected again, by who else the original instigators, the Moonie Times, but CNN gave that story the smack down.

Conservative punditry

Another Republican pervert bites the dust.

It is ridiculous that there have been multiple exposes on Bill Ayers and his acquaintance of Senator Obama and at this point the only person in the media to bring up John McCain close ties to domestic terrorist G. Gordon Liddy has been David Letterman, Loose ends

The lack of media attention to the Liddy-McCain relationship is one of the clearest double standards in recent political history. McCain and the news media have devoted an extraordinary amount of attention to Barack Obama’s ties to Bill Ayers, yet until last night, McCain hadn’t been asked a single question* about his ties to Liddy, a convicted felon who has instructed his listeners on how best to shoot law-enforcement agents. Liddy has held a fundraiser for McCain at his home and describes the Arizona senator as an “old friend”; McCain has said he is “proud” of Liddy.

Imagine for a moment that Barack Obama had said he was “proud” of an “old friend” who urged people to shoot law-enforcement agents in the head. Do you think maybe he would have been asked a question or three about it? Do you think maybe there would have been more than the occasional passing mention in the news of the relationship? Of course there would have been.

Yet McCain hasn’t been questioned about Liddy. The media have largely ignored the relationship, even while working themselves into a frenzy about Obama and Ayers. McCain’s relationship with Liddy is obviously newsworthy in its own right, but coupled with his attacks on Obama over Ayers, it’s a textbook case of hypocrisy — exactly the sort of thing that political reporters supposedly drool over. But not when it’s John McCain. When it’s John McCain, the nation’s leading news organizations band together in what is, in effect, a blackout of information that could be damaging to their longtime favorite.

Until last night, when McCain was finally asked, point-blank, about his relationship to Liddy and the similarities between that relationship and the Obama-Ayers relationship he has attacked so harshly.

Who finally asked the question? The New York Times? The Washington Post? CNN’s “best political team on television”?

Nope.

David Letterman asked McCain about Liddy, putting the nation’s journalists to shame in the process.

For years, political professionals, academics, and media watchdogs have lamented the fact that some Americans get their news from late-night comedians and other entertainment. As it turns out, that might be a good thing.

Unfortunately, after Letterman broke the media’s embargo on questioning McCain’s relationship with Liddy, reporters quickly pretended it never happened — or, if they did mention it, downplayed the significance of the relationship. Time’s Mark Halperin described Letterman “hound[ing]” McCain over his Ayers attacks, adding, “The late-night host doesn’t let up on where the former Weather Underground leader fits into the campaign.” But, inexplicably, Halperin didn’t so much as mention that Letterman confronted McCain about his relationship with Liddy. Several news reports that did mention the Liddy exchange described him as a Watergate felon — omitting Liddy’s much more recent statements about shooting law enforcement personnel.

How difficult can this be. Senator McCain why are you proud of Liddy and value him as a friend. What values do you share with a felon who has advocated shooting federal law enforcment officials. Where is the front page expose.

The McCain-Palin Schizo Express

McCain’s schizo express

Palin: “I Know Obama Loves America”, Palin:“spread the wealth” was “a pretty socialist comment.” McCain:”I have to tell you. Sen. Obama is a decent person and a person you don’t have to be scared of as president of the United States,” Palin:”We believe that the best of America is in the small towns that we get to visit, and in the wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard-working, very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation,” McCain speaking about Ayers, “we need to know the full extent of that relationship.” I wonder if the American electorate can sue McCain and Palin for rhetorical whiplash. They have an agenda, its just littered with self contained contradictions. The Republican ticket claims to have corned the market on all things honorable and patriotic. That could only be true if honor and patriotism have been made such relative terms by the Right that they lay bludgeoned and bloody, near lifeless victims of Republican abuse. The only way an even marginally informed voter could see the McCain campaign as honorable is as the result of a severe head injury. Which some of the McCain supporters in this video seem to be suffering come. I take that back, since that would be making excuses for their behavior.

Since Palin thinks that only some small towns are patriotic could we bring home the troops from Iraq that are from Miami, Austin, New York, St. Louis, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Paul, Philadelphia, Detroit, Savannah, Louisville, Norfolk, etc. Palin, McCain and all the Republican Iraq quagmire cheerleaders on the net and at the campaign hate fests, would logically be pleased as pudd’n to take up the slack. Should We Support Troops From Slightly Less Patriotic Parts of our Country?

“I Am Joe The Plumber?” Well, Not Exactly

The Republican National Committee is sending around this Associated Press photo of overall-clad McCain supporters standing outside an Obama rally, clutching plungers and a sign proclaiming “I Am Joe The Plumber”

While I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a career in the military ( especially with our current economy) most Americans will never join the military and its great that Americans have that option, but College Republicans have been very vocal cheerleaders for the neocons and the decision to occupy Iraq. Though they continue, obviously, to find time to be pretend plumbers in addition to pretend patriots. Generation Chickenhawk: With The College Republicans

Max Blumenthal takes us on a hilarious and shocking tour of the College Republican National Convention, where the GOP’s next generation cheer on the war in Iraq, then make sorry excuses for why they can’t serve.

Sarah Palin’s patchwork of incoherent and bombastic statements about her ideology, her foggy accomplishments and general knowledge of world affairs sounds good to College Republicans because, as you can see in the video, they have a tendency not to hear the words coming out of their own mouths. We all know what a sound bite is. Republicans in general seem to mentally process what they’re about to say by ideological bites. Its as though they took hours of some old authoritarian propaganda films – the current generation seems to have borrowed from Stalin and Goebbels – and condensed them down to a few dozen platitudes. Then as the occasion demands they pull out, with a tiny alteration or two, the same platitudes over and over again.

16 Words: New Court Filing Suggests Manufactured Terror Threat in Bush’s 2002 State of the Union

A new court filing by the lawyers for Lakhdar Boumediene and five other Guantanamo detainees suggests that the Bush administration ordered the Bosnian government to arrest and hold the men after an exhaustive Bosnian investigation had found them innocent of any terrorism related activity and had ordered their release, in order to use them as props in Bush’s January 2002 State of the Union speech.

The filing–“Lakhdar Boumediene, et al., Petitioners, v. George W. Bush, President of the United States, et al., Respondents, Petitioners’ Public Traverse to the Government’s Return to the Petition for Habeas Corpus”–lays out the case that the Bush administration threatened at the highest levels to withdraw diplomatic and military aid to the Balkan nation if Bosnia released the men, which its own three-month investigation had found innocent of any terrorism charges in the days leading up to Bush’s January 2002 State of the Union.

Faced with the threats of the withdrawal of aid and that if it released the men, the White House would order NATO troops to detain them, Bosnia transferred the men under duress to the custody of the US government in January 2002, and the US transferred them to Guantanamo. Ten days later, in his 2002 State of the Union address, Bush used sixteen words to warn Americans that, in “cooperation” with the Bosnian government, it had captured terrorists who had planned to bomb the US embassy in Sarajevo: “Our soldiers, working with the Bosnian government, seized terrorists who were plotting to bomb our embassy,” Bush told the nation.

But, six years later, the detainees’ new petition says, after the US Supreme Court has sided with the detainees and ordered the US to give the detainees habeas corpus rights, the Bush administration has failed to repeat the embassy plot charges that Bush used in his State of the Union address, or to produce credible evidence of why the men should be held as enemy combatants.

(Bush also used 16 words to falsely claim in his 2003 State of the Union address that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein had sought yellowcake uranium from the African nation of Niger — a claim the White House had been previously repeatedly warned by the CIA was unfounded and which the White House later admitted Bush should not have said, months after the US invasion of Iraq).

Imprison innocent people, lie America into a war – all of which McCain supported – and the Right would claim this is American, this is patriotism.

McCain’s Vision for America: An old washed-up terrorist

McCain’s lack of honor shows in attack ads and robocalls

I’m still thinking about Mccain’s statement the other night about trying to connect Senator Obama to Bill Ayers and saying, “I don’t care about an old washed-up terrorist” especially in light of Mccain in partnership with the RNC has now automated the smear campaign by using robocalls, GOP launches calls attacking Obama on Ayers, national security

In Wednesday night’s presidential debate, McCain said he did not care about “an old washed-up terrorist” like Ayers.

Obama condemned Ayers’ actions of 40 years ago and said the former radical was not involved in his campaign and would not advise him as president.

Here is the text of the call referring to Ayers:

“Hello. I’m calling for John McCain and the RNC [Republican National Committee] because you need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge’s home and killed Americans. And Democrats will enact an extreme leftist agenda if they take control of Washington. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the judgment to lead our country. This call was paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee at 202-863-8500.”

Some bloggers have called it the new McCarthyism. That would an understatement. Even CNN, where this story is from repats a common error about Obama and the Annenberg Challenge. CNN says Ayers served on the board of the Annenberg challenge, but he never did. He came to meetings that were open to the general public. The economy, education, Medicare, Social Security, the environment, restoring the rule of law are all losing issues for McCain. Every time he and palin bring up Iraq the public is reminded that Mccain was one of the Senate’s and Bush’s most vocal echoes for those WMD that didn’t exist. He sounds like a complete fool when he tals about reform and has 107 lobbyists on his campaign staff, one of whom lobbyied for Saddam, one for Russia, one for Georgia and one for Fannie May. Its political slight of hand. Look at the imginary connection between Obama and what’s his name, don’t look at McCain the man and his utter lack of vision and character. McCain’s strategy, his vision for America’s future can be summed up in two words: Bill Ayers. Many Americans just got their shocking 401k statements, some have lost their homes or jobs, their health-care expenses out of control and they look at the TV set where McCain’s solution is an obsessesion with a guy that committed some crimes when Barack Obama was in third grade.

Sarah Palin has another soul mate, Lurita ‘Cookies On The Table’ Doan Challenges Waxman To A Duel: ‘I Can’t Wait’

Yesterday, the House Oversight Committee released a report concluding that the White House “used the political affairs office to orchestrate an aggressive strategy to use taxpayer-funded trips to help elect Republican candidates for public office.” One of the appointees aiding in this effort, according to the report, was then-General Services Administration (GSA) chief Lurita Doan.

Doan first gained notoriety for using a January 2007 government teleconference to “ask senior GSA officials to help ‘our candidates’ in the next elections.”

She’s completely innocent in the same way that when found to have violated the “Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act”, Palin stated in two different speeches after that finding by a panel with a Republican majority, she’s “very very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any hint of any kind of unethical activity there.” In a tag team event its the delusional Doan handing off to the narcissistic reality denier Palin. Doan went so far as to accuse Inspector General Brian D. Miller and his staff of the U.S. General Services Administration being terrorists, “There are two kinds of terrorism in the US: the external kind; and, internally, the IGs have terrorized the Regional Administrators.” If America is engaged in some kind of cultural war, war of ideas or war of values, McCain, Doan and Palin have stated their case. Disagree with anything they say and you’re a terrorist or at least hang out with them. In the war of ideas, substituting smears is the same as surrending.

The plumber guy that McCain decided to use in the debate is getting way too much attention. He is under a little too much scrutiny and his fifteen minutes of fame can’t end soon enough. That said the Right is trying to tie, through the usual twisted logic, Obama to the media’s inquires. That’s just more nut roots garbage. McCain is the one who didn’t bother to look into the guy’s background, Joe is the bald Sarah Palin.

More here, “Barack Obama’s involvement can be pared down to him answering a question from a citizen, which is what he’s supposed to do, and when John McCain used Joe as a prop in the debate”

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Rain Drops on Autumn Leaves wallpaper

McCain Doubles Down on Bush Policies, but He is Not Bush?

McCain the petulant grouch

Like every debate since forever, especially this late in the game where the vast majority of voters have seen the candidates and their ads ad nauseum, the only people to change their minds will be that few percent of undecideds. Everyone seems to be giving credit to McCain for starting off in grumpy attack mode. The problem with that when you’re behind as far as McCain and the stock market is so erratic, voters wonder if you’re the leader that will bring about the stability and make the carefully weighed decisions required to get us back on track. Someone must have advised Johnny to make eye contact. While better then avoiding it, McCain seemed a combination of fearful and angry at Obama. Which might have been part of the reason that McCain’s positives wore off as the debate progressed. It started to look like he was doing some mental anger control exercises. You almost expected him to jump up any minute and yell – this guy, over me, what are you people thinking. The comparison became striking, McCain arrogance versus Obama’s calm confidence.

The say it to my face moment – in police interrogations there’s frequently a feeling the interrogating officer gets, a moment when the perpetrator’s story sounds rehearsed and not very convincing – McCain had that perp moment. “I don’t care about an old washed-up terrorist,” McCain tells the officer. Then says “we need to know the full extent of that relationship.” This is the point in the show where’s there is a close-up of the perps eyes and the viewer sees that he’ll say anything to get what he wants. McCain says he isn’t up on using the internet so maybe he hasn’t checked the fact checking sites, he’s just reading the Rove Playbook. Fact-Checking the Ayers Allegations: So Wrong, It’s “Pants on Fire” Wrong

However, Ayers “was never on the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge,” and he “never made a decision programmatically or had a vote,” Rolling said.

“He (Ayers) was at board meetings — which, by the way, were open — as a guest,” Rolling said. “That is not anything near Bill Ayers and Barack Obama running the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.”

Let’s look at a few, starting with the funder. Annenberg was a lifelong Republican and former ambassador to the United Kingdom under President Richard Nixon. His widow, Leonore, has endorsed McCain. Kurtz might just as plausibly have accused Obama and the foundation of “translating Annenberg’s conservatism into practice.”

Among the other board members who served with Obama were: Stanley Ikenberry, former president of the University of Illinois; Arnold Weber, former president of Northwestern University and assistant secretary of labor in the Nixon administration; Scott Smith, then publisher of the Chicago Tribune; venture capitalist Edward Bottum; John McCarter, president of the Field Museum; Patricia Albjerg Graham, former dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Journalism, and a host of other mainstream folks.

“The whole idea of it being radical when it was this tie of blue-chip, white-collar, CEOs and civic leaders is just ridiculous,” said the foundation’s former development director, Marianne Philbin.

The foundation gave money to groups of public schools — usually three to 10 — who partnered with some sort of outside organization to improve their students’ achievement.

In every site, every political news story that takes comments on the web are the urban myths about Obama and Ayers. This was and obviously still is to the Right, their killer story, the one that is going to knock Obama out of the game. In their fetid little minds It’ll be a glorious repeat of the Swiftboating of John Kerry. Except regardless of how often they repeat their lies and leave that ominous reframe that “questions” remain, voters aren’t buying their garbage this time. They got fooled last time and ended up with four more years of Dubya – still stuck in Messo’potamia, an economy in the dumper and a laundry list of offenses against the rule of law that will probably take a generation to undue. McCain’s best line, or supposed zinger of the night was that he wasn’t Bush. Sure, he just voted with him 90% of the time in 2007 and 100% in 2008. McCain isn’t like Bush he just supports the polices that have brought America to where we are now, 81% Say U.S. On Wrong Track. Looking at where we are and back over the last eight years McCain wants people to believe that its as though he was a magical Republican snake that has changed its skin.

I’m not Bush

Some fact checks, McCain was dead wrong on school vouchers in D.C. A program that Bush and Republicans shoved down the district’s throat.

If McCain was in 6th grade and had to do a report on Obama’s heath-care plan, McCain would flunk.

McCain claimed that Sarah Delusional Palin “cut the size of government.” How many times does McCain have to violate the Naval Academy’s’ honor code before they yank his veteran’s benefits.

No surprise that Bob Schieffer did not ask Mcain what it is about domestic terrorist G. Gordon Liddy’s values that he admires.

I like Bob Schieffer, but the reality is that he has been part of the status quo Washington insiders press corp for years. That is one of the reasons that he went with asking about ACORN – a legitimate topic, but did not ask McCain about Republican efforts at voter suppression, Why Media Can’t See the Trees for the ACORNs

The media attention granted the right-wing attacks on ACORN begs the question:  why does it seem to be a greater sin to be suspected of voter registration mistakes than to publicly engage in voter suppression efforts?

[   ]…But it’s a fact that Karl Rove was the consultant to the incumbent Texas governor back then. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that county voter registrars received a list of 29,000 alleged felons to purge from the rolls. That got some coverage when it turned out a Democratic candidate for the state house who had no criminal record was on the list. But it didn’t stop the intimidation efforts. Signs reading “You Can Be Imprisoned” were posted at minority polling locations.

The Right is pushing this narrative pretty hard. There’s massive voter fraud going on. Only there isn’t. There have been a few people that have filled out multiple registration cards. That is not voter fraud. Very few cases of voter fraud have been documented because the perpetrator has to show up and try to vote multiple times. Which is very close to wearing a neon sign that says, arrest me. In a back askward way I agree with those Rightie sites that think the media should do more investigative work – when is the MSM going to do stories about this they rage – hey bring on the reportage. The more the public is educated about voter fraud versus voter suppression by the Right, the better.

The plumber story is already stale. The guy appear to be a low information voter, but Ezra Klein  noticed this,

the United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters was one of the first unions to endorse Obama:

To meet the challenges of clean water, he recognizes the need to replace and/or upgrade our water treatment and wastewater systems. His support of our position on all of these issues more than justifies our endorsement. We need to support Barack Obama because he provides more than lip service to our concerns.

We remain a bi-partisan organization. However, our best hope for clear direction and responsible change in our national government calls for our support of Barack Obama. The economic indicators show a weakening national economy and we need someone to both invigorate our economy and provide hope for our country.

Joe’s probably a relatively decent guy that works hard, its just that he doesn’t seem to know anything about progressive taxation. Its doubtful that he makes more then $250,000 grand a year. A reporter told him that he probably would get a tax break under Obama’s plan and he said something about not trusting him and Marxism. Just guessing, but his lack of knowledge combined with that bizarre opinion suggests he gets all his political opinions from AM radio wing-nuts.

The Irrational Electorate

In addition to assessing how well each individual voter’s choice matched his or her hypothetical “fully informed” choice, in “Uninformed Votes” I provided estimates of how well each overall election outcome matched what it would have been if every voter had been fully informed. The average discrepancy between the actual popular vote in each election and the hypothetical outcome if every voter had been fully informed amounted to three percentage ­points—­more than enough to swing a close election. In four cases—1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992—the differences between actual and hypothetical election outcomes were large enough to provide strong evidence that “errors” by millions of individual voters did not entirely cancel out. These departures from ­“fully ­informed” election outcomes revealed a systematic bias in favor of incumbents, who generally did substantially better than they would have if voters had been fully informed, and a smaller bias in favor of Democratic candidates. Clearly, the “miracle of aggregation” is not sufficiently miraculous to render voters’ ignorance politically ­irrelevant.

Other then the major media outlets doing marginally better in the fact checking department, which many voters seem to be using and gives reason for hope. We’ve also seem the Republicans run one of the sleaziest hate filled campaigns in the last forty years.

While he previously thought Bush’s tax cuts were irresponsible, McCain now worships at the alter of those same cuts. The reason is that those cuts put more money in the average American’s pocket, right? Not really, for those that got some extra money, it went in one pocket and out the other,

Health care premiums have increased by over 80 percent.  The cost of family health insurance has skyrocketed 80.8 percent since 2000.

Gas prices have climbed over $3 a gallon.  Prices at the gas pump have jumped 107 percent from $1.47 per gallon the week President Bush took office in January 2001

College education costs have risen by 44 percent.  Average tuition, fees, room, and board costs at four-year private universities have increased by $6,786 from $22,240 in the 2000-2001 academic year to $29,026 in the 2005-2006 academic year.

In addition, the Post reports that “[o]ne of every 92 U.S. households faced foreclosure last year and the number is expected to get larger.  Over the next two years, monthly payments on millions of loans will surge as their low introductory interest rates balloon by as much as 50 percent.  The nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending predicts that one in five subprime mortgages taken out in the past two years – those marketed to borrowers with poor credit histories and limited incomes – will end up in foreclosure.  The crisis may eventually cost as much as $164 billion ( Democrats released this info in 2007 – people like Bush and Mccain, not to mention all those Republican redistribution of income experts didn’t do a thing)

In the S. Con. Res. 21, the Fiscal Year 2008 Senate Budget Resolution, Senate Democrats increased funding for energy and environmental programs, which have sustained dramatic cuts during the Bush Administration.  Among many other cuts, the Bush Administration reduced funding for clean water, public lands, oceans, climate research, energy efficiency and conservation, and energy cost assistance for low-income Americans.  While the Administration has cut these important programs, the President, in his 2008 Budget Request, failed to repeal lucrative subsidies for oil and gas companies.

Conservatives Unhinged as Movement Falls Apart

Its my understanding that Clear Channel syndicates the Limbaugh radio program. If they have a drug testing program now might be the time to see if Limbaugh isn’t back on the Oxycontin, Rush Limbaugh Says Angry Blacks Are In 30 Year Plot To Train Black Children as Militants. A prominent Conservative spokesperson pulls a black ops helicopter out of his ass. Should we ask for pictures. What are rational people supposed to say to trash like that. Limbaugh says that for the last 30 years black Americans have been engaged in this huge plot. Could we have some statistics from a study. Should we step back and ring the little bell for the attendants to come and take him back to his room. There are two major schools of thought regarding public discourse with Conservatives like Limbaugh. One, you ignore them because they’re incoherent klowns. The other is to engage them and refute their argument. The later, as frustrating as that can be is the best course long term. Ignoring the unhinged doesn’t make them go away. On the other hand when they get to the point when they”re drooling and making unintelligible sounds, what is it exactly you’re left to enrage them in. The timing of Rush’s umpteenth breakdown is not coincidence. Its clearly connected to the real possibility that Senator Obama may be our next president. So if we take this black militant uprising conspiracy as seriously as Rush is taking it, that means that the scary dark skinned people would call off the uprising if Obama were not elected. That doesn’t make any more sense then bring on the angry uprising if Obama is elected. Limbaugh takes a lot of verbage to say it, but drags out the old Klan canard about Black Americans being lazy and unintelligent – for lazy stupid people they do an awful lot of conspiring and organizing. Ok, I tried to take Limbaugh seriously and make sense of it and it just doesn’t work. Call the attendants.

It must tough for the king of the Roman Empire Conservative movement see the kingdom that he took so much credit for, come crumpling down.

Court casts doubt on Ohio voter rolls

Late in the day – in a victory for Republicans – the full Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a decision made last week by three of its members. The result: Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner must create computer programs to cross check all new voter registrations so that county boards of elections can doublecheck new registrants.

Which just gives the ACORN conspiracy crowd one less reason to whine. Though it is likely this will result in eligible voters not being able to vote.

The average American investor. Many of which are invested in the market through their employers 401k have spoken, Record $65bn pulled out of mutual funds

In an extreme flight to safety, both retail and institutional investors were shifting their money to checking accounts and Treasury bonds, he said. Money market Government funds, which invest in Treasury bonds, have seen big inflows at the expense of money market prime funds, which invest in commercial paper.

GOP Strategist: McCain Put Country at Risk With Palin. We didn’t need yet another Republican to tell us how cynical and unserious Johnny’s pick was. i suspect a lot of what we’re hearing is the ground work for Mccain was right on the issues and would have won if it wasn’t for what’s her name. And the librul media of course. Conservatives are consistant about a couple of things. Looking in the mirror with a grim determination not to take responsibility for anything is one of them.

McCain Transition Chief Aided Saddam In Lobbying Effort

William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime.

Its tempting at this point to start my own conspiracy theory. No wait, its not a theory. Republicans actually have had more dealings with Saddam then Osama Bin laden.

Bulls, Bears, Donkeys and Elephants

As of Friday, a $10,000 investment in the S.& P. stock market index* would have grown to $11,733 if invested under Republican presidents only, although that would be $51,211 if we exclude Herbert Hoover’s presidency during the Great Depression. Invested under Democratic presidents only, $10,000 would have grown to $300,671 at a compound rate of 8.9 percent over nearly 40 years.

For graph and chart geeks there is a nice one at the link.

Bush and the neocons continue to do a heck of a job. We know this because the media reminds us everyday that they are the pros from Dover when it comes to national security, New intelligence report says Pakistan is ‘on the edge’

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Patriot Alert: Missing – Republicans That Respect Constitution

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According to some polling about the presidential candidates strengths the only area where McCain has a slight lead is national security. Weird since McCain has been wrong, keeps declaring how proud he is of being wrong and has plans to continue to be wrong. While McCain Backs Petraeus, General Sounds Notes That Harmonize With Democratic Nominee

In saying that, Petraeus implicitly allied with U.S. Army Gen. David McKiernan, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Last week, McKiernan rejected the idea of replicating the blend of counterinsurgency strategy employed in Iraq. “The word that I don’t use in Afghanistan is the word ’surge,’” McKiernan said,

The surge in Iraq benefited from some very lucky timing and the fact that between genocide and mass exodus of millions of Iraqis there were fewer people left to kill. The goal of the surge was political reconciliation, the current state of which McCain’s man Petraeus sees as “fragile”( New U.S. intelligence report warns ‘victory’ not certain in Iraq.) The multiple sides of the Iraqi government could decide to stop arguing and start shooting. If that happens will McCain still be trying to hog some undeserved credit. McCain has said that in speech after speech and in at least one ad that, shutter the thought, Senator Obama wants to have the possibility of talks on the table. Petraeus agrees with Obama, not McCain,

Petraeus said, “You have to talk to enemies.” He added that it was necessary to have a particular goal for discussion and to perform advance work to understand the motivations of his interlocutors.

[  ]…Yet Petraeus emphasized throughout his lecture that reaching out to insurgent groups — some “with our blood on their hands,” he said — was necessary to the ultimate goal of turning them against irreconcilable enemies like Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Petraeus favorably cited the example of one of his British deputies, who in a previous assignment had to negotiate with Martin McGuiness of the Irish Republican Army, responsible for killing some of the British commander’s troops. The British officer, Petraeus said, occasionally wanted to “reach across the table” and choke his former adversary but understood that such negotiations were key to ending a war.

McCain’s attempt to use Bill Ayers and the guilt by association game has an element of his foreign policy in it. McBush and his supporters think that merely speaking to someone makes you guilty of something. McCain feels on some level that, maybe talking is might give the other side an upper hand. That notion denotes a common insecurity among many of today’s Conservatives. As Bush’s recent negotiations with North Korea show they also end up eating some crow. Another four years of an administration that blusters and talks out both sides of its two faces is something the American people would be better off without.

Peak Wingnut? You. Have. No. Idea. As I was doing the daily news rounds and checking on a few reactions by blogtopia I saw the Righties flogging the tired old birth certificate story, still trying very hard to push that sleaze fest about terrorist friends. I completely ignored the root nuts rumor about Senator Obama not writing his own book. Now according to John Cole they’re pushing, but like you know, don’t mean to push a National Enquirer story about Obama having a gay affair when he was a child. That would be the same National Enquirer that just a couple weeks ago the same nut roots were calling a worthless rag – which it is – for printing rumors of Sarah Palin having had an extra-marital affair. Some people devout their lives to noble things, while the nut roots devouts their’s to exploring every part of the gutter. As The Poor Man points out if such a relationship occurred between an adult and a child its not gay sex, its pedophilia. Once again the Right’s suggestions and accusations don’t require any documentation, proof, facts or veracity. Except when they want proof of something like citizenship and birth certificates. Then when supplied with proof the states of Hawaii and Illinois plus the entire federal government are involved in a huge conspiracy to pull a fast one on America because the seal on Obama’s birth certificate looks funny to the self appointed seal experts.

The unofficial clock is running. Digby/tristero is also wondering when will McCain be asked about his connections to Liddy, The Liddy/McCain Connection

McCain went so far as to praise Liddy’s “principles and philosophies!” I’m with Carl on this:

McCain should be asked at the debate to tell the American people exactly which “principles and philosophies” Liddy holds that he agrees with.

They might also want to ask what Johnny has been drinking, New McCain stump: ‘We’ve got them just where we want them’. It’s all part of McCain’s secret strategy to have Obama-Biden up by  double digits and the Republican National Committe considering pushing money toward senate races rather then waste it on McCain.

Gosh I hope the freepers don’t here about this, Sen. McCain Stood With ACORN Rally In 2006

McCain had no trouble fraternizing with ACORN in 2006 when their political interests coincided with his. Now, his campaign is writing e-mails in his name bashing ACORN as a tool of the Obama machine.

McCain, man of inestimitable integity dumps the first wife to marry a wealthy heiress and now he’s dumping ACORN because that too plays into his political ambitions. Vote for Johnny, you can count on him to do what serves his rather sleazy self interests.

The comedy portion of our program from a blogger called the Vodkapundit: Fighting Words, Posted by Stephen Green on October 13, 2008 at 8:20 pm

P.S. For my hipster Libertarian friends out there, you need to get this through your thick skulls. Republicans, given the kind of power the Democrats are about to accrue, would maybe take away your right to get a completely totally naked chick to grind on your lap in a publicly licensed bar. The Democrats will do their damnedest to take away your right to speak. There’s the First Amendment, and then there’s the First Amendment. Be careful what you wish for.

What bunker have these guys been living in. Bush is listening in to intimate conversation, The Republican governor of Maryland spys on nuns and puts church groups on  domestic terror watch, Bush declared hapeas corpus irrelevant and by his use of signing Bush declared that his branch of government was more equal then laws passed by Congress and used the U.S. Department of Justice for Republican vote caging. Now in their lurid fantasies of what an Obama presidency might do, Republicans suddenly discover the importance of the Constitution and the rule of law.

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Conservative web sites are always putting up clocks as they wonder about this and that feigned outrage of the week. I wonder how long it will be before the media starts asking McCain about his very current connections to a domestic right-wing terrorist,

G. Gordon Liddy. Liddy served four and a half years in prison for his role in the break-ins at the Watergate and at Daniel Ellsberg’s psychologist’s office. He has acknowledged preparing to kill someone during the Ellsberg break-in “if necessary.” He plotted to kill journalist Jack Anderson. He plotted with a “gangland figure” to murder Howard Hunt in order to thwart an investigation. He plotted to firebomb the Brookings Institution. He used Nazi terminology to outline a plan to kidnap “leftist guerillas” at the 1972 GOP convention. And Liddy’s bad acts were not confined to the early 1970s. In the 1990s, he instructed his radio audience on how to shoot Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents (“Go for a head shot; they’re going to be wearing bulletproof vests.” In case anyone missed the subtlety of his point, Liddy also insisted: “Kill the sons of bitches.”) During Bill Clinton’s presidency, Liddy boasted that he named his shooting targets after the Clintons.

What does Liddy have to do with the presidential election? As Media Matters has noted:

Liddy has donated $5,000 to McCain’s campaigns since 1998, including $1,000 in February 2008. In addition, McCain has appeared on Liddy’s radio show during the presidential campaign, including as recently as May. An online video labeled, “John McCain On The G. Gordon Liddy Show 11/8/07,” includes a discussion between Liddy and McCain, whom Liddy described as an “old friend.” During the segment, McCain praised Liddy’s “adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great,” said he was “proud” of Liddy, and said that “it’s always a pleasure for me to come on your program.”

McCain even backed Liddy’s son’s congressional bid in 2000 — a campaign that relied heavily on the elder Liddy’s history.

To sum up: John McCain is “proud” of his “old friend” Gordon Liddy — an old friend who plotted to kill one of the most respected journalists in American history, and who urged listeners to kill federal agents and advised them on how to do so. McCain campaigned for Liddy’s son, and Liddy has even hosted a fundraiser for McCain at his home.

So McCain’s relationship with Liddy is pretty much a direct parallel to Obama’s relationship with Ayers. Except that McCain and Liddy have apparently spent time together more recently than Obama and Ayers. And Liddy’s extremist activities continued well into the 1990s, at least. And Liddy says he and McCain are “old friends,” while The New York Times says Obama and Ayers aren’t close. And Obama has never said Ayers adheres to “the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great.” Other than all that, it’s a direct parallel.

This is somewhat amazing considering the barrage of false attack ads that McCain continues to run, Obama Up by 10 Points as McCain Favorability Ratings Fall

With just over three weeks until Election Day, the two presidential nominees appear to be on opposite trajectories, with Sen. Barack Obama gaining momentum and Sen. John McCain stalled or losing ground on a range of issues and personal traits, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Overall, Obama is leading 53 percent to 43 percent among likely voters, and for the first time in the general-election campaign, voters gave the Democrat a clear edge on tax policy and providing strong leadership.

McCain has made little headway in his attempts to convince voters that Obama is too “risky” or too “liberal.” Rather, recent strategic shifts may have hurt the Republican nominee, who now has higher negative ratings than his rival and is seen as mostly attacking his opponent rather than addressing the issues that voters care about.

As bad as Bush was in 2000 and 2004, McCain took that same hateful approach and upped the shrillness by a few degrees. In doing so Johnny may have pushed voters to the point where they’re shaking their heads in disbelief. McCain has become the crazy crank that lives down the street, harmless enough as a neighbor, but not exactly someone they want leading the nation through the worse economic crisis sense the Great Depression. Palin isn’t helping much when asked about Bush’s recent agreements with North Korea she not only contradicted McCain, but obviously sounded like someone that was BS-ing her way through – a Mccain spokesperson latter reinterpreted her remarks for us-will Palin require an English interpreter when she’s VP. In a small town everyone can just shrug that nonsense off, doesn’t work too well as the commander-in-chief’s VP.

Congratulations to Paul Krugman for Winning the Economics Nobel. He seems determined to be modest. A rare thing in a culture that has been shown and told for eight plus years that arrogance is the new virtue.

He said that he does not expect his critics to let him off any easier because of his new accolade, though.

“I think we’ve learned this when we see Joe Stiglitz writing,” Mr. Krugman said, referring to the winner of the economics Nobel in 2001. “I haven’t noticed him getting an easy time. People just say, ‘Sure, he’s a great Nobel laureate and he’s very smart, but he still doesn’t know what he’s talking about in this situation.’ I’m sure I’ll get the same thing.”

In 1991 Mr. Krugman received the John Bates Clark medal, a prize given every two years to “that economist under forty who is adjudged to have made a significant contribution to economic knowledge.”

Speaking of the last debate McCain said, “After I whip his you know what in this debate, we’re going to be going out 24/7,”. Whether this is found offensive or not doesn’t matter as much as what it says about McCain’s view of himself, his campaign in general and his performance in the first two debates in particular. Was he holding back on solutions to the economic crisis, holding back on how to get us out of that half trillion dollar quigmire in Iraq. Now, Ok, last debate, I was tak’n it easy on ya, now things are seriiiooouss so watch out. I saw a tape of this and he’s starting to sound like Elmer Fudd.

McCain Stuck in Smear Circus of His Own Making

McCain calls on Obama to repudiate ‘shocking’ Lewis comments

“George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights. Because of this atmosphere of hate, four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama,” wrote the Democrat.

[   ]…But the Arizona senator blasted the congressman’s remarks, and called on Obama to repudiate them. “Congressman John Lewis’ comments represent a character attack against Governor Sarah Palin and me that is shocking and beyond the pale,” he said in a Saturday afternoon statement released by his campaign.

McCain, Palin and their supporters have accused Senator Obama of “paling” around with terrorists, but what Lewis said is “beyond the pale”. Conservative sensibilities and values are anything, but consistent. Obama has condemned what McCain sees as a direct comparison, even though that is not what Lewis did,

“Senator Obama does not believe that John McCain or his policy criticism is in any way comparable to George Wallace or his segregationist policies,” said Obama spokesman Bill Burton. “But John Lewis was right to condemn some of the hateful rhetoric that John McCain himself personally rebuked just last night, as well as the baseless and profoundly irresponsible charges from his own running mate that the Democratic nominee for President of the United States ‘pals around with terrorists.

Lewis’s point was clear enough. That some of the hate speech by the Republican candidates and their supporters evokes an atmosphere of hatred rather then discussion of the issues. No one expects highly partisan crowds at rallies to like the opposition or to be absent of insults – that’s politics as we know it for now. McCain’s idolaters have made rabid accusations of ‘terrorist’, ‘off with his head’ , ‘Arab’ -clearly meant as a racial epitaph, the always reliable ‘kill him’. One guy showed up with a monkey doll with an Obama bumper sticker wrapped around the head, looking very pleased with himself – if anyone believes all these incidents don’t add up to a George Wallace-like scene I have a sub-prime loan to sell you at full value. So far Obama has condemned Ayers multiple times and condemned Rev Wright’s speech. We’re all still waiting for McCain to condemn John Hagee, McCain “Proud” of Endorsement From John Hagee Who Calls Catholics “The Great Whore.” and radical right-wing Televangelist Rod Parsley who has said that Planned Parenthood are Nazis and people, ironically like McCain, that commit adultery should be thrown in jail.

The media’s enduring pro-McCain double standard

Let’s start with Bill Ayers, since the news media have spent much of the week obliging McCain’s efforts to make him the focus of the campaign. As an activist in the 1960s — when Barack Obama was a young child — Bill Ayers was a member of the Weathermen, a group of radical activists who launched a series of violent demonstrations and bombings in protest of the Vietnam War. Ayers is now a professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago and a school reform advocate. During Obama’s first campaign, Ayers hosted a coffee for him, and the two men have served together on the board of a school reform effort funded by a foundation chaired by Leonore Annenberg, who has endorsed John McCain. The New York Times concluded that Obama and Ayers “do not appear to have been close,” and Obama has denounced Ayers’ actions as a member of the Weathermen.

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The media has completely ignored the dark absurdity that the funding on which Ayers, Obama and a few Republicans received on the school reform project came from a Republican’s foundation. Walter Annenberg was friends with Nixon and Reagan, and the last presidential candidate he gave to was George W. Bush. The only major blog post I’ve seen is this one a Dkos, The Annenberg Foundation – McCain and Terrorist Financers. David Kearns, who currently works for the McCain camp education adviser to Annenberg Foundation was one of the Republicans that approved the grant from which Ayers benefited. If Obama “paled” around with Ayers, these Republicans financed it. So there’s something else can renounce at the renounce-athon, his crazy scurrilous attempts to link Senator Obama to someone who committed crimes when Obama was eight years old. Well, Ok FactCheck has finally gotten around to checking out the Ayers story, “He Lied” About Bill Ayers?

Other claims are seriously misleading. The education project described in the Web ad, far from being “radical,” had the support of the Republican governor and was run by a board that included prominent local leaders, including one Republican who has donated $1,500 to McCain’s campaign this year. The project is described by Education Week as reflecting “mainstream thinking” about school reform.

Despite the newly released records, there’s still no evidence of a deep or strong “friendship” with Ayers, a former radical anti-war protester whose actions in the 1960s and ’70s Obama has called “detestable” and “despicable.”

The other day Mccain said in reference to Obama, “He’s a decent family man with whom I happen to have some disagreements.” he seems to want to have it both ways or multiple ways. McCain’s campaign and his surrogates want to be free to launch libelous attacks at will, but not take responsibility for them. Day after day Democrats do not have to rise questions about John McCain’s integrity, he does a very good job of that himself. A tendency that would no doubt follow him into the Whitehouse. As of today the candidate whose campaign is supported by monkey doll carriers and people that have wet dreams about Obama’s death, is up to 131 lies.

Predictable, and tiresomely so that the hate spewers and apologists for McCain would drag out the, but they did it too defense, TNR’s Michael Crowley: McCain lynch mobs are no different than Bush critics

But as anyone with eyes can see, that’s not what is happening — not even close.  Crowley’s characteristic TNR need to receive “even-liberal-TNR-admits” praise from the Right (and the head pats are piling up already) leads him to assert some plainly false and just morally perverse equivalencies.

The mass accusations of “terrorist” and “Arab traitor” against Obama didn’t just get randomly blurted out by a few hard-core, isolated ideologues.  Rather, that is exactly the message being spewed systematically from McCain and Palin themselves (“pallin’ around with terrorists”), their parade of ads, and the coordinated efforts of opinion-leaders on the Right.  Even veteran campaign reporters for whom Balance is a religion have been acknowledging that the McCain/Palin rallies are unique in their mass-crowd vitriol and intense rage.

Can Crowley point to a single statement or ad from John Kerry and John Edwards in 2004, or a single Kerry/Edwards rally, that is remotely comparable to any of this?

As Glenn notes only the blindest of partisans would argue that both sides, each and every member is an angel every day. McCain, Palin and the McCain-Palin crowds have crossed way over the line. There are degrees of dislike and hate. The Right is way up in the unhinged zone.

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