In the land of Wingnuttia McCain Doesn’t Know Bush and the Rest of us Have Been Hypnotized

Cheney endorses His buddy McBush

Dick Cheney emerges from his bunker to help out his old pal, John McBush pretends like they were  never clowns in the same circus,

Obama’s really more like Cheney than McCain, they argued, and referenced something Obama used to joke about, the discovery that Obama’s and Cheney’s family trees are distantly linked. “Barack Obama and Dick Cheney aren’t just cousins, they’ve shared support for the Bush energy policy and the out-of-control spending that John McCain has fought to oppose,” said the response from McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds

We’ve been down this road countless times. McCain voted with Bush the vast majority of the time. Absurdly some McCain supporters are trying to make the case that since Bush signed off the three bills that Obama got enacted, Obama thus voted with Bush 100% of the time. Since its beyond doubt that Obama never sponsored a bill pushed by the opposition party’s administration, its more like Bush approved of Obama’s bills 100% of the time.

Part of Senator Obama’s reply,

I’d like to congratulate Senator McCain on this endorsement because he really earned it. That endorsement didn’t come easy. Senator McCain had to vote 90 percent of the time with George Bush and Dick Cheney to get it. He served as Washington’s biggest cheerleader for going to war in Iraq, and supports economic policies that are no different from the last eight years. So Senator McCain worked hard to get Dick Cheney’s support.

But here’s my question for you, Colorado: do you think Dick Cheney is delighted to support John McCain because he thinks John McCain’s going to bring change? Do you think John McCain and Dick Cheney have been talking about how to shake things up, and get rid of the lobbyists and the old boys club in Washington?

Glenn Greenwald takes a look at the Right’s upper escalon pundits and their attempts to portray Senator Obama as a Muslim without actually saying the M word. Which in today’s political climate is the same as trying to otherize Obama.

This came on the heels of one of the tough-guy Powerline warriors deciding (with National Review cheering) that the politician to whom Obama bears the closest substantive resemblance is Rep. Keith Ellison, an African-American who is also the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress.  This tactic is more pathetically desperate than it is anything else — it hasn’t worked yet and isn’t likely to

Maybe it is working with some low information voters – Barack Obama warns of last ditch ‘dirty tricks campaign’ to scare away supporters – on the other hand the Right might have reached its smear saturation point. Everyone that wants to believe Obama is whatever – fill in the blank – they are not going to convert anyone new to their flat earth-like theories at this point. One of the Conservative anti-Obama messages floating around the net is that Obama can’t get a security clearance because of his alleged radical associations. I guess that Bush and Cheney are in on the plot to cover up Obama’s Manchurian status, Obama receiving intel briefings

Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell told a public symposium in Nashville on Oct. 30 that the intelligence briefings for Sens. John McCain, R-AZ, and Barack Obama, D-Ill, have been part of an official transition process approved by the Bush administration that has also included briefings for their campaigns.

Should Senator Obama be declared president elect in a couple of days – which seems likely, Senator Obama will start to get excatly the same high level President’s Daily Briefing that Bush gets everyday. Hasn’t Bush heard that Obama has a fake birth certiftcate and pals around with terrorists.

From the experts on national security at the Republican site The Free Republic,

Barack Obama Denied National Security Clearance
Oct 2, 2008 … Barack Obama Denied National Security Clearance Aug.20, 2008 in General Barack Obama cannot be Trusted with Classified Information…

The always reliable American Spectator, who back in the 90s was big on the Clintons murdered Vince Foster conspiracy theory,

The American Spectator: Obama Couldn’t Be Cleared
Considering Barack Obama as a candidate for a top secret security clearance status with a full array of compartmented clearances, one has to be cognizant of …

When you worship at the alter of gutter politics you’re bound to get some major information wrong. While there are too still many people that buy into this stuff, the Right might have put on its Chicken-Little act one too many times. Latest GOP smear plot revealed: Professor paid to try to tie Ayers to Obama biography

The brother of a Republican congressman and a Republican businessman attempted to pay an professor in Oxford to use software he designed to “prove” that 1960s radical William Ayers helped write Sen. Barack Obama’s biography.

The professor, Dr. Peter Millican, teaches philosophy at Hertford College, Oxford. His software is designed to detect when works are by the same authors by comparing the use of similar words and phrases.

The offer was revealed Sunday in a British newspaper.

“He was entirely upfront about this,” the professor said of the Republican businessman (Robert Fox, a California GOP businessman) who made the offer. “He offered me $10,000 and sent me electronic versions of the text from both books.”

Millican said he took a preliminary look and found the charges that Ayers had had a hand in ghostwriting Obama’s book “very implausible.” A deal was agreed for “more detailed research,” the paper said, but when Millican “said the results had to be made public, even if no link to Ayers was proved, interest waned.”

The Republicans sought to allege similarities between Obama’s Dreams of My Father and Ayers’ Fugitive Days.

Que the Two Stooges, The GOP businessman Robert Fox is now trying to lay blame on his brother-in-law, Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT) who in turn is saying it was all Fox’s idea.

McCain’s campaign manager claims the race isn’t close. Nope McBush has made a comeback that will make the history books, John McCain: The Comeback Very Old Kid

“We believe, with the combination of our base states and the states we’ve been able to put into play this week, we can achieve 270.”

McCain would have to win every non-decided voter plus a few Democrats to win. He has a 2.8% chance of winning. I think, or hope this comment at the link is satire,

Obama’s use of hypnosis in speeches is why:
-nothing sticks to him
-the huge crowds
-the huge money contributions
-the mesmerized effect, especially in young people, who, because of their imaginations are more susceptible to hypnosis (read the document)
-the exorbitant election fraud, rule-breaking and bias in the media
-he gets away with changing every position
-people are calling him the “greatest leader of a generation” with no accomplishments

You have to read this document to understand how his hypnosis works. Logically and rationally, why not get to know this guy a little more before handing the world over to him? Why not wait?

The Mass Hypnosis Axiom. In the Netherland of Wingnuttia that probably does warrant further research. Notice that in keeping with the Axiom, Conservative tin-foil hats with the fold down visors would make them imperious to the Mass Hypnosis.

Obama is having a tough time getting the Jewish vote? Not really, Former World Jewish Congress chairman Edgar Bronfman endorses “tough idealist” Obama

Bronfman, a former head of the World Jewish Congress, wrote in the piece titled “Israel’s Best Interest is a Morally Strong America” that an honest broker was needed to push Israelis and Palestinians toward a two-state solution.

He said the Illinois senator could fill this role, being “a tough idealist who has the courage to imagine an America that may inspire hope, not fear, in the Middle East and around the world.”

Conversely, Bronfman scathingly criticized President George W. Bush’s policies in the region, which he said McCain would continue, as only increasing the dangers Israel faces from its enemies. The philanthropist said the most immediate of them was from a nuclear Iran, adding that, “Under the Bush administration, conversations with the Iranians began only at the end of May 2007 and have been badly mishandled.”

McCain’s Moral Courage, Palin’s UnAmerican Friends and Bush’s National Security Failure

The search for McCain’s moral courage

In Josh Marshall’s The Cowardice Issue he writes,

McCain’s moral cowardice has been one of the subtexts of this campaign ever since he wound up the nomination and turned his attention to Barack Obama. But I did not realize it would reveal itself in such a physical dimension.

The tell came this week as McCain unearthed the Ayers story which, for whatever its merits, was fully aired months ago and has no clear relation to the particulars of October other than McCain’s collapsing poll numbers. He’s on it. Palin’s on it.

[  ]…And now Obama can lightly taunt McCain with that very cowardice, his inability to just say it to his face. And if my take on the inner workings of McCain’s mind at the moment is right that should simply unhinge him even more.

To which a few Republican bloggers have made the NOUN, VERB…POW reply. Did McCain display some physical courage forty years ago. Certainly, in my view anyway, but that is not the point that Josh among others is making. Where is McCain’s moral courage. He has hidden behind Palin and his wife’s skirt, gotten the media to play his deranged attack ads for free, yet in the first debate couldn’t even make eye contact with Senator Obama. Second debate, McCain is a little condescending, but says nothing about his attempts at pure character assassination. Considering Palin’s very real issues of integrity in abusing her political powers to get public safety commissioner Walt Monegan to fire trooper Michael Wooten, it takes a high degree of narcissism and denial to go out on the political stomp claiming to be the country’s ethics savior. Palins Repeatedly Pressed Case Against Trooper

In all, the commissioner and his aides were contacted about Trooper Wooten three dozen times over 19 months by the governor, her husband and seven administration officials, interviews and documents show.

Lets suppose that Wooten is as awful as the Palins say. It doesn’t speak too well for Palin’s executive judgment that she and her husband seemed to handle the situation so badly, then lie and try and derail the investigation. Meet Sarah Palin’s radical right-wing pals

In Wasilla, the AIP became powerful by proxy — because of Chryson and Stoll’s alliance with Sarah Palin. Chryson and Stoll had found themselves in constant opposition to policies of Wasilla’s Democratic mayor, who started his three-term, nine-year tenure in 1987. By 1992, Chryson and Stoll had begun convening regular protests outside City Council. Their demonstrations invariably involved grievances against any and all forms of “socialist government,” from city planning to public education. Stoll shared Chryson’s conspiratorial views: “The rumor was that he had wrapped his guns in plastic and buried them in his yard so he could get them after the New World Order took over,” Stein told a reporter.

Palin and the first dude were and are much closer to people that think the Civil war was The War of Northern Aggression then Obama has to any radical groups.

Chryson and Stoll viewed Palin’s ascendancy as a vehicle for their own political ambitions. “She got support from these guys,” Stein remarked. “I think smart politicians never utter those kind of radical things, but they let other people do it for them. I never recall Sarah saying she supported the militia or taking a public stand like that. But these guys were definitely behind Sarah, thinking she was the more conservative choice.”

Some Democrat walks past a book store that sells some Marxist screed and the Right screams like its a three alarm fire. Conservatives are neck deep in neo-fascism, not a word. The media lets them get away with it because anything that remotely hints of socialism – Medicare, unemployment insurance – has been so thoroughly demonized, but soft fascism, like secession and weakening infrastructure, ain’t so bad.

Fear and loathing bubbling up at GOP events

A man stood up and said, “I’m mad. I’m really mad, and what’s going to surprise you, it’s not about the economy. It’s about the socialists taking over our country.”

“When you have Obama, Pelosi and the rest of the hooligans up there gonna run this country. We gotta have our head examined. It’s time that you two are representing us and we are mad. So go get ’em!”

The crowd erupted in “USA! USA! USA!” chants.

One of McCain’s pathetic replies was that Democrats have had a majority in Congress for two years. The reasoning must be that the House should have been able to repair the damage McCain and his party did the last ten years in two. The crowds at these rallies ar suffering either from denial or RADD -Republican Attention Deficit Disorder. A Republican administration moved to the defacto socialization of Wall Str while McCain alternately tried to take credit for, voted for it and then damned it. All in the course of a week. While Democrats have arguably been lacking in being more aggressive on some issues they still do not have a real majority in the Senate because of McCain’s buddy Joe Lieberman. Its not just the run of the mill rightie loons you can watch over at YouTube , its the so called movement Conservative intellectuals at the Corner (National Review), The Corner goes round the bend

As you know, Bob, The Corner is the bloggy opinion-mongering operation of National Review Online. Their fame recently spiked, not in a good way, when Rich Lowry wrote an infatuated review of Sarah Palin’s performance in the VP debates that earned him Keith Olbermann’s Worst Person of the Day award. The Corner was embarrassed enough to remove Lowry’s piece from their site, but you can still hear Olbermann read the whole thing verbatim on YouTube.*

They’ve continued their slide into bizarre behavior with their focus on Obama’s supposed (i.e., nonexistent) radicalism. In this, they’re taking their cues from the McCain campaign—which, with the country embroiled in the worst financial crisis since the Great Crash of 1929, has chosen to concentrate on Obama’s connections with Bill Ayers…

I’m a little tired of writing about the whole Ayers deal because it has so little substance. The entirety of the Right’s case as of today is two fold – why doesn’t Obama explain his ‘connection” and “questions” remain. One can almost imagine the haunting music score in the background as the camera pans over to the shadows. Actually that’s close to being one of McCain’s silly ads. There is no connection and much like the paper folds and seals on Obama’s birth certificate, for the Right questions will remain in their dull minds for years. If they put this much effort into investigating the wrong doing of Republican pols there would be dozen still holding public office.

Moment of Truth

The United States should have been in a much stronger position. And when Mr. Paulson announced his plan for a huge bailout, there was a temporary surge of optimism. But it soon became clear that the plan suffered from a fatal lack of intellectual clarity. Mr. Paulson proposed buying $700 billion worth of “troubled assets” — toxic mortgage-related securities — from banks, but he was never able to explain why this would resolve the crisis.

What he should have proposed instead, many economists agree, was direct injection of capital into financial firms: The U.S. government would provide financial institutions with the capital they need to do business, thereby halting the downward spiral, in return for partial ownership. When Congress modified the Paulson plan, it introduced provisions that made such a capital injection possible, but not mandatory. And until two days ago, Mr. Paulson remained resolutely opposed to doing the right thing.

But on Wednesday the British government, showing the kind of clear thinking that has been all too scarce on this side of the pond, announced a plan to provide banks with £50 billion in new capital — the equivalent, relative to the size of the economy, of a $500 billion program here — together with extensive guarantees for financial transactions between banks. And U.S. Treasury officials now say that they plan to do something similar, using the authority they didn’t want but Congress gave them anyway.

The question now is whether these moves are too little, too late. I don’t think so, but it will be very alarming if this weekend rolls by without a credible announcement of a new financial rescue plan, involving not just the United States but all the major players.

Why do we need international cooperation? Because we have a globalized financial system in which a crisis that began with a bubble in Florida condos and California McMansions has caused monetary catastrophe in Iceland. We’re all in this together, and need a shared solution.

There probably isn’t a solution that everyone will be happy with, but partial ownership by taxpayers would mean that, hopefully the economy will be stabilized short term. Then when the economy starts to pick up again that ownership just reverts back to the private sector.

And while we’re on the subject of socialism, this is more in the tradition of Stalin then Jefferson, FISA, Revisited

Despite pledges by President George W. Bush and American intelligence officials to the contrary, hundreds of US citizens overseas have been eavesdropped on as they called friends and family back home, according to two former military intercept operators who worked at the giant National Security Agency (NSA) center in Fort Gordon, Georgia. […]

“These were just really everyday, average, ordinary Americans who happened to be in the Middle East, in our area of intercept and happened to be making these phone calls on satellite phones,” said Adrienne Kinne, a 31-year old US Army Reserves Arab linguist assigned to a special military program at the NSA’s Back Hall at Fort Gordon from November 2001 to 2003.

Kinne described the contents of the calls as “personal, private things with Americans who are not in any way, shape or form associated with anything to do with terrorism.”

She said US military officers, American journalists and American aid workers were routinely intercepted and “collected on” as they called their offices or homes in the United States.

I wish i had a transcript, but on one of morning news programs one security expert said that data mining was frequently like looking for a needle in haystack. By including illegal search activity Bush created more hay, which in turn made the bad guys more difficult to find, thus damaging our national security .