Islamicizing Obama


If Obama was a Muslim, who cares? I mean really. Khaled Hosseini has written an interesting op-ed for Sunday’s Washington Post about the McCain/Palin idiotic tactics which now apparently include denigrating Arabs and Muslims. Ironically (or really not so ironically), the guilt by association angle and the constant inciting of the jeering crowd is somewhat reminiscent of the fringe radical Muslims that McCain wants so badly to “hunt down” and protect everybody from. Here’s an excerpt:

The real affront is the lack of firm response from either McCain or Palin. Neither has had the moral courage, when taking the stage, to grasp the microphone, turn to the presenter and, right then and there, denounce the use of Obama’s middle name as an insult. Instead, they have simply delivered their stump speeches, lacing into Obama as if nothing out-of-bounds had just happened. The McCain-Palin ticket has given toxic speeches accusing Obama of being a friend of terrorists, then released short, meek repudiations of some of the rough stuff, including McCain’s call Friday to “be respectful.” Back in February, the Arizona senator apologized for the “disparaging remarks” from a talk-radio host who sneered repeatedly about “Barack Hussein Obama” before a McCain rally. “We will have a respectful debate,” McCain insisted afterward. But pretending to douse flames that you are busy fanning does not qualify as straight talk. Continue reading

How To Lie Well: Doing A John McCain.


Finally the newspapers are paying the tribute to the real hero of political lying – check out this New York Times piece:

During the first presidential debate, when the moderator, Jim Lehrer, noted that Mr. Kerry had repeatedly accused President Bush “essentially of lying” about his Iraq war strategy, Mr. Kerry instantly demurred.

“I’ve never, ever used the harshest word as you did just then, and I try not to,” he said, before going on to argue that Mr. Bush “had not been candid” and had “misled” voters, and to assert that “it is important to tell the truth to the American people.”

Ah, euphemisms: So 2004. So quaint.

So, NYT writes, we should stop dancing around and call it what it is – lying… Continue reading

Your Publication Is Taking Too Long? Be Glad You’re Not John McCain


So sad, he can’t catch a break, can he? John McCain published an essay [PDF] on the deregulation of the health care system in the new issue of Contingencies – I’m sure when he (or whoever is responsible for this writing thing is his campaign) submitted it for publication, his arguments about how solid our financial system was awesome, but now – go figure…

How To Lie Well: Moral Superiority Trump Card.


Clearly politics and the upcoming elections are on my mind so hopefully we’re not going to lose that audience that daily comes to our blog in search of information about “colon” or is desperately looking for nude pictures of Karita Mattila (today’s popular search terms). Hearing all the talk about McCain’s lies on TV and in the blogosphere, my initial reaction was and continues to be the following: McCain’s lies are a problem because he does not understand the basic premise of lying that goes back to Plato’s Republic – it is better to lie and do whatever one pleases while appearing to tell the truth and being a generally decent human being. [Socrates, of course, attacks this premise and spends a long time trying to argue that it is profitable to live a decent life].  In other words, McCain needs to learn to lie well, i.e. lie like a real politician – if I were a voting member of the public with Republican sensibilities, I would not vote for McCain simply because he is a bad liar and therefore would make a horrible president. But don’t just trust me on this one, read this piece from The American Conservative: Continue reading

The McCain Campaign’s Not So Straight Talk


Since Mikhail has been on a Sarah Palin fact finding mission over the holiday weekend, I thought I’d do some fact finding of my own and bring back the whole McCain campaign into the conversation. Plus, on an unrelated note it also appers that hack CT senator/panderer/lover of Hagee Joe Leiberman will be parading around at the RNC.  Overall, not a very good product the GOP has put out there it seems to me, and really, that’s forgetting about the packaging.  Anyway, here’s some McCain related idiocy from J Street:

John McCain’s campaign and the right-wing smear machine has set their sights on former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Obama adviser Daniel Kurtzer. His sin? Encouraging Syria to accelerate peace negotiations with Israel.   Apparently, to the McCain campaign, visiting Damascus and talking about peace with Syrians is just shy of treason.  Said McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb cynically: “If one of Senator Obama’s advisers has been to Damascus, we just wonder how many have been to Tehran.”  Continue reading

Vet Thyself


It’s kind of scary how much suspicious stuff can come out on a seemingly regular person over a weekend – just because McCain is not a knower of the internets doesn’t mean that people around him are not – in any case, according to the all-knowing Wikipedia, vetting is…

…is a process of examination and evaluation. Specifically, vetting often refers to performing a background check on someone before offering them employment. In addition, in intelligence gatheringassets are vetted to determine their usefulness.

So how do I know that I am properly vetted myself? What if I have a teenage daughter who is pregnant or my mother is actually my grandmother? What if I am being secretly supported by oil companies? And that dude at 7/11 is giving me weird looks – what if he is my real father? Must learn more about vetting, but clearly not from John McCain

Lieberman and Hagee: Best Friends Forever


Joe Lieberman is at it again.  He can’t help himself!  Lieberman is scheduled to be a featured speaker and honored guest of none other than Pastor John Hagee next week. If you don’t recall, Hagee’s the same delightful guy that said in public that God sent Hitler. Even McCain had the smarts to renounce Hagee’s endorsement in June, and common sense would have figured that Lieberman would do the same. Yet, they are, to use tweener vernacular, BFF!  Lieberman has called Hagee a “eesh elokim like Moses” even though Hagee (among many other things) has spouted such tolerant and fair-minded judgments, whether calling the Catholic Church a “great whore,” blaming Hurricane Katrina on the gay community of New Orleans, or repeatedly declaring that “all Muslims have a mandate to kill Christians and Jews,” Hagee knows just how to sweet talk Joe Lieberman.

Now, whenever people point this out to Joe he likes to gesture to Hagee’s pro-Israel record.  Now, last time I checked Hagee supports such counterproductive measures like the construction of more settlements and has advocated for going to war with Iran, but most troubling is this whole apocalyptic, Armageddon, Christian Zionism nonsense, by which I mean that Hagee and his traveling circus believe (see this article) that

before the Second Coming of Jesus, Jews will return to Israel for a final confrontation with Iran, which will cause all the Arab nations to unite under Russia’s leadership, and lead to an “inferno [that] will explode across the Middle East, plunging the world toward Armageddon.

Seriously Joe, what the fuck?  Good grief! I wonder if Joe Lieberman got arressted, sent to Rikers and was then raped in the shower he’d put his rapist on the payroll as his very own proctologist.  Just saying, you know?

John Hagee: Lunatic, Friend to our Politicians


I’ve been watching McCain and Lieberman dance their way around their respective connections with John Hagee over the last few months and now I just can’t resist any longer. Not so latent reactionary Joe Lieberman recently described his good friend John Hagee as an eesh elokim like Moses (eesh elokin literally means “man of God,” but it also can mean prophet, clearly the intent here–yikes).  Wow, way to go Joe!  A new low!  I guess that if you bring together lots and lots of those creepy “pro-Israel” Christians in order to lobby for a war with Iran in the hopes that Israel can be wiped out in order to fulfill God’s wishes you’re ok with Joe Lieberman. But hey, it’s ok, Joe just figures that this has to happen. Why? Well, it’s simple, because Hagee told him that what God wants. Hagee and company needs all those stiff Jewish bodies to get into the Kingdom–a last minute conversion for Lieberman? Yeah, Christian Zionism is great for Israel. Let’s not forget that this is the very same John Hagee who believes (and has even said publicly) that the Antichrist will be “a blasphemer and a homosexual” who is “at least partly Jewish, as was Adolf Hitler, as was Karl Marx.” Nice one! From the Huffington Post:

In his 2006 book “Jerusalem Countdown”, Hagee proposed the theory that “anti-Semitism, and thus the Holocaust, was the fault of Jews themselves — the result of an age old divine curse incurred by the ancient Hebrews through worshiping idols and passed, down the ages, to all Jews now alive.” He also wrote that “Most readers will be shocked by the clear record of history linking Adolf Hitler and the Roman Catholic Church in a conspiracy to exterminate the Jews.

Antisemitism just isn’t what it used to be, maybe a pogrom in Crown Heights would get everyone’s attention. Don’t worry though, Hagee is equal opportunity! He also hates Muslims because they are “mindless murderers that are mandated by the Koran to kill Jews and Christians.” Not only that, he hates Harry Potter:

As millions of people anticipate the release of the latest Harry Potter book and film, we’re reminded once again of Satan’s ongoing attempt to deceive and destroy. The whole purpose of the Potter books is to desensitize readers and introduce them to the occult.

Since I could spend the rest of the day listing all the crazy things Hagee says, here’s a clip: Continue reading