Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Highly Debatable


Republican John McCain says he’s directing his staff to work with Barack Obama’s campaign and the debate commission to delay Friday’s debate because of the economic crisis.

In a statement, McCain says he will stop campaigning after addressing former President Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative session on Thursday and return to Washington to focus on the nation’s financial problems.

McCain also said he wants President Bush to convene a leadership meeting in Washington. Both he and Obama would attend the session.

I really hope the Obama camp (or Barack himself) finds a way call bullshit on this.  McCain is pretending that he wants to “focus on the nation’s financial problems,” but not until after he speaks at Clinton’s session.  Are you fucking kidding me? And a “leadership meeting”?  What is this, junior high? Is it going to occur before or after the chess club meeting?

[via a tip from iceberg wedge]

UPDATE: Right out of the gate, the cable chatterers weren’t buying it (lots of references to “multi-tasking” and “chewing gum and walking at the same time”) and then Obama nailed it…

Bravo. Now it’s back in the court of the one-ball juggler. [PLEASE NOTE: I thought his exchange with the press is where he “nailed it.” The above video is just his initial statement. You can find the entire press conference posted below. He starts taking questions at about 4:15 in part one.]

MORE: David Letterman sticks and twists. Ouch.

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Posted by Kevin K. on 09/24/08 at 02:19 PM

CNN’s Campbell Brown: “Free Sarah Palin”

The massive crush I used to have on Campbell Brown (which was utterly destroyed when she married Dan Senor) has been fully restored.

Between this and the WaPo/ABC poll, I’m really starting to like today.

[originally found here—video via The Jed Report]

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/24/08 at 08:20 AM

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As a Point of Comparison


More voters trust Obama to deal with the economy, and he currently has a big edge as the candidate who is more in tune with the economic problems Americans now face. He also has a double-digit advantage on handling the current problems on Wall Street, and as a result, there has been a rise in his overall support. The poll found that, among likely voters, Obama now leads McCain by 52 percent to 43 percent. Two weeks ago, in the days immediately following the Republican National Convention, the race was essentially even, with McCain at 49 percent and Obama at 47 percent.

As a point of comparison, neither of the last two Democratic nominees—John F. Kerry in 2004 or Al Gore in 2000—recorded support above 50 percent in a pre-election poll by the Post and ABC News.

WaPo article with full poll data here.

Suck it, Riverchucky.

MORE: Fucking whiners. I’m seriously confused as to how the McCain camp thinks complaining about everything the media does is getting them anywhere.

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/24/08 at 07:31 AM

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I’m on fake radio tonight

No, it won’t be during a broadcast of Radio Rumproast. That fell by the wayside this week, but should be back next week.  I’ll be a guest on my pal Denise Williams’  Unusable Signal show at 10PM ET. Please tune in. I’m feeling rather peeved and snarky, so buckle up.

p.s. Denise blogs at AOL’s Political Machine.

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/23/08 at 06:33 PM

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Joe and Noah as Charlie Gibson: The Two-Headed Sarah Palin Interview

Read Betty Cracker’s latest post about Sarah Palin, then watch this…

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/23/08 at 12:21 PM

“Not subject to discussion”

This is how democracies hold elections? Even Queen Elizabeth II holds press conferences. But not Sarah Palin. Hell, she won’t even allow reporters to accompany her to the UN:

NEW YORK - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who has not [never] held a press conference in nearly four weeks of campaigning [fixed!—ed.], on Tuesday banned reporters from her first meetings with world leaders, allowing access only to photographers and a television crew.

CNN, which was providing the television coverage for news organizations, decided to pull its TV crew, effectively denying Palin the high visibility she had sought.

Palin planned to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe in New York on Tuesday as the United Nations General Assembly convenes this week. She also was expected to meet with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger…

At least two news organizations, including The Associated Press, objected and were told that the decision was not subject to discussion.

Now why on earth would the McCain campaign ban reporters from Palin’s meeting with world leaders? Are they afraid the press would report it if Palin tells Karzai how much she admires his country’s quaint blanket crocheting industry? Do they fear an embarrassing slip-up with Uribe about the Ivy League elitists who infest “Colombia” University? Are they worried Palin will greet Kissinger with, “Duuuuuude! I thought you died when I was, like, in second grade!”?

Well, good for CNN for refusing to play along with this fucking travesty. And shame on any media lapdogs who show up for the pageant photos.

This woman could conceivably be president in January if McCain wins and takes an early dirt nap, which is not a stretch by actuarial standards. And aside from revealing the astonishing vastness of her ignorance in a tame chat with Charlie Gibson and failing to distinguish herself even during a toe-sucking session with servile toady Sean Hannity, she has had no press exposure. It’s fucking outrageous. I hereby propose we change the GOP’s official name to “The Banana Republican Party.”

[Cross-posted at Betty Cracker]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 09/23/08 at 11:34 AM

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Chris Rock rips into Bill Clinton and Sarah Palin on Letterman

Chris Rock came out following Bill Clinton last night on the Late Show with David Letterman and tore the joint up…

Chris Rock is right about Bill. Between yesterday’s McCain love fest on The View and his weird “celebration” of the Palin clan, he’s been atrocious lately when it comes to “supporting” Obama. Now excuse me while I go chew through my tongue instead of writing what I want to now…

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/23/08 at 08:20 AM

Rolling Stone: “Mad Dog Palin” by Matt Taibbi

Rolling Stone hasn’t put it online yet, but Matt Taibbi’s new gutting of Sarah Palin is already kicking up well-deserved accolades online.  Here’s a taste from JAZZ from HELL:

Here’s the thing about Americans. You can send their kids off by the thousands to get their balls blown off in foreign lands for no reason at all, saddle them with billions in debt year after congressional year while they spend their winters cheerfully watching game shows and football, pull the rug out from under their mortgages, and leave them living off their credit cards and their Wal-Mart salaries while you move their jobs to China and Bangalore.

And none of it matters, so long as you remember a few months before Election Day to offer them a two-bit caricature culled from some cutting-room-floor episode of Roseanne as part of your presidential ticket. And if she’s a good enough likeness of a loudmouthed Middle American archetype, as Sarah Palin is, John Q. Public will drop his giant sized bag of Doritos in gratitude, wipe the sizzlin’ picante dust from his lips and rush to the booth to vote for her. Not because it makes sense, or because it has a chance of improving his life or anyone else’s, but simply because it appeals to the low-humming narcissism that substitutes for his personality, because that image on TV reminds him of the mean brainless slob he sees in the mirror every morning.

Sarah Palin is a symbol of everything that is wrong with the modern United States. As a representative of our political system, she’s a new low in reptilian villainy, the ultimate cynical masterwork of puppeteers like Karl Rove. But more than that, she is a horrifying symbol of how little we ask for in return for the total surrender of our political power. Not only is Sarah Palin a fraud, she’s the tawdriest, most half-assed fraud imaginable, 20 floors below the lowest common denominator, a character too dumb even for daytime TV – and this country is going to eat her up, cheering every step of the way. All because most Americans no longer have the energy to do anything but lie back and allow ourselves to be jacked off by the calculating thieves who run this grasping consumer paradise we call a nation.

If you’d like to read the entire column, you can check out a “bootleg” version transcribed by a pot head here. [link via Democratic Underground, I swear. ;)]

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Posted by Kevin K. on 09/23/08 at 07:55 AM

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Monday, September 22, 2008

When and should

Pajamas Media co-founder Roger L. Magoo, writing about Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden declining to speak at the anti-Iran rally at the UN,  proves once again that he is a dull-witted, insufferable twat:

No, those Democrats thought of themselves and their party first, the citizens of this country and the world later. When Republicans behave in a similar reprehensible manner, we should condemn them with all ferocity.

Never mind that in the seven plus years since Roger bailed on the Democrats due to intense bedwetting he hasn’t found one thing the Republicans have done to be worthy of his ferocious condemnation, he’s laying down the law now.  Luckily for the GOP, watchdog Rog won’t have a lot of time to monitor their performance in the near future; he’s going to be too busy working on his next big internet project: Magoogle, a search engine that won’t find anything you’re pretending to look for.

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/22/08 at 04:45 PM

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Why I never read Drudge

Easily explained.  This is currently featured in the top left column at Drudge Report:

Matt Drudge is an idiot

The top link goes to this article and the bottom link goes to a picture from August 26th of Obama boarding his campaign airplane by himself. What a show off!

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/22/08 at 09:07 AM

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Palin Works the Base

Palin Works the Base

Thanks, you’ve been a great audience.  I’ll be here all week.  Don’t forget to tip the bartenders. [photo via Orlando Sentinel]

RELATED: It looks like every wingnut simpleton in the blogosphere is crowing about this article from The News-Press that claims 60,000 people turned out to hear Palin speak at The Villages in Florida. Never mind that the McCain camp and Republicans have been expending a tremendous amount of effort over the last several months dismissing Obama’s large turnouts, but I guarantee that 60k number, allegedly estimated by a “fire chief,” came through McCain’s people ... and we all know how accurate they’ve been lately when it comes to providing crowd numbers.

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Posted by Kevin K. on 09/22/08 at 08:05 AM

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Sunday Selector: September 21st, 2008

Haven’t done a Sunday Selector in a good, long time….

Chad VanGaalen—“Molten Light”
(warning: somewhat disturbing imagery)

  • John McCain Released From a California Psychiatric Hospital: It’s true because I read it on the internets (or saw it in a McCain ad).
  • Fish & Roses EP—Organ-fueled, long-out-of-print underground art skronk from ‘87 ripped from vinyl for your enjoyment. “Booth” is just plain beautiful, “Screwed’s Crude, Screwed” is a blazing jazzbo stomp, and off-kilter oddities like “Have A Nice Day And Fried Rice” are as smile-inducing as they are aurally lopsided. Bonus points: One of the best live songs I’ve ever seen in my life occurred when Fish & Roses joined Yo La Tengo on stage in a strip mall bar in Naugatuck, CT (home of Naugahyde) and utterly blew the Velvet Underground’s “What Goes On” through the roof and up into the stars. I wish you all could have been there.
  • Get Your War On—“Sarah Palin and the Rape Kits”  ... biting satire done right.
  • The BigO’s Bootlegs—The navigation’s a little screwy on this site from Singapore, but check out the left sidebar for some great free bootleg downloads of everyone from Bob Dylan to Elvis Costello to Neil Young to underrated sax master David Murray to Pink Floyd.
  • Sarah Palin’s Debates Made Easy 101—“At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.”

If anything else is floating your boat this Sunday, drop a link in the comments.  Now excuse me while I go convince my lovely wife Chris what a colossally bad idea it would be to go to Ikea this afternoon.  Pray for me.

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/21/08 at 09:48 AM

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Your daily dose of cute

[via gtnoah]

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/20/08 at 07:06 PM

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Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Jesus-y Enough

The beginning only hints at all of the heavenliness that’s headed your way about 1:45 into this…

Posted by Kevin K. on 09/20/08 at 02:03 PM

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Bucket of Stuff

Sorry, been busy with important stuff and not-so-important stuff (emptying the contents of my jammed-up DVR into my eye ‘n’ ear holes*).

Here are a few things to check out before I tear myself away from the World Wide Magnet again…

And this is probably the best review (comment #16) of David Zucker’s upcoming, sure-to-be-horrible/unsuccessful wanknut “satire” An American Carol you’re likely to read:

Sweet, Bill O’Reilly in a comedic role. People getting slapped. Gary Coleman talking about bacon. I feel like someone took a shit into my ass.

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Posted by Kevin K. on 09/19/08 at 12:40 PM

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