Archive for April 7th, 2008

McChivalry

For those of you who want a president who will uphold the same kind of standards of class and professionalism as the White House’s current denizen, John McCain is your man:

John McCain’s temper is well documented. He’s called opponents and colleagues “shitheads,” “assholes” and in at least one case “a fucking jerk.”

But a new book on the presumptive Republican nominee will air perhaps the most shocking angry exchange to date.

The Real McCain by Cliff Schecter, which will arrive in bookstores next month, reports an angry exchange between McCain and his wife that happened in full view of aides and reporters during a 1992 campaign stop. An advance copy of the book was obtained by RAW STORY.

Three reporters from Arizona, on the condition of anonymity, also let me in on another incident involving McCain’s intemperateness. In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain’s hair and said, “You’re getting a little thin up there.” McCain’s face reddened, and he responded, “At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.” McCain’s excuse was that it had been a long day. If elected president of the United States, McCain would have many long days.

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The exchange between McCain and his wife was not reported anywhere when it happened, Schecter said (a LexisNexis database search confirms this). In 1992, McCain’s mention in the national media revolved mostly around his involvement in the Keating Five scandal, and only local reporters closely followed his re-election bid.

Awesome.  This is just what the country needs – another volatile, immature hothead in the White House with no respect for other people.

Hey, I wonder how he feels about cellphones.

April 7th, 2008 at 08:54pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,McCain,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Huzzah! The Troops Are Saved!!!

Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry has taken down the YouTube video where he helpfully tells the Iraqi insurgents about what kind of damage their mortar attack on the Green Zone inflicted!  Now it can never be used against our troops!  Hooray!

As Brandon Friedman’s post points out, Patrick McHenry is very gung-ho about the importance of security and protecting sensitive information.

April 7th, 2008 at 07:54pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Iraq,Republicans,Wankers,War

And Yet Still More B&W Post-Implosion Photoblogging

Some more post-implosion fun.

No parking, baby.  No parking on the wreckage of the dance floor…

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April 7th, 2008 at 05:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Monday Media Blogging – Stupid Human Tricks

Watch a guy put himself through a tennis racket.  Just wrong.

I’ve never been entirely sure if it’s just the one guy who can pull his bottom lip over his nose, or a whole bunch of them.  So this is either The Guy, or one of them.

I especially like the freaky breakdancing zombie kid around the halfway mark.

2 comments April 7th, 2008 at 11:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Stop Him Before He Supports Our Troops Again

As if it wasn’t bad enough that Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry called one of our troops in Iraq a “two-bit security guard” for not allowing him into the gym without proper authorization, now he’s actually helping the insurgents:

Only two days after McHenry promoted a video of himself in the Green Zone describing in detail the effectiveness of the rocket attacks on Easter Sunday, the area was hit with a barrage that killed two U.S. soldiers and wounded 17 others.  It was the deadliest attack on the Green Zone so far this year.

The information McHenry divulged in a video on his official Congressional website on Friday was critical for a number of reasons.  Here it is, along with the transcript below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUkqdiKj0Zo

McHENRY: Good morning.  You see, right over my back here (points), there was a rocket attack this morning.  According to our folks here, there were eleven rockets, uh, one hit just over my head, another hit a parking lot, and another hit the gym.  Well, interestingly enough, I wasn’t able to get into the gym this morning because I didn’t have an ID that was appropriate.  And so I was escorted back to the room and just a few minutes later, that’s when the rocket attacks occurred.  So, uh, small wonders. . .what a small blessing. . .a big blessing on Easter Sunday morning.  So, thanks so much.

This quote, coupled with McHenry’s comment about the “two-bit security guard” on March 29th, is not good.  The bottom line is that whoever launched that strike could take the information McHenry provided and use it to kill Americans in the Green Zone.  This is why professionals operating in a combat zone are trained not to reveal any battle damage after an attack.  You never want the enemy to know whether or not he’s been successful.  In this case, Congressman McHenry very clearly broke “operations security” (OPSEC) by revealing “critical information” as defined in Army regulations.

On Saturday, I communicated with one military officer currently in the Green Zone who stated that this was “undoubtedly a violation of OPSEC.”  On Sunday evening, I spoke with a senior intelligence official in Washington who seemed dumbfounded by McHenry’s remarks.  Asked whether he considered this a breach of operations security, the official shouted over the phone at me, “Of course!  He’s helping to dial them in.”  He meant the people firing the rockets.

Unfortunately, only two days after the bellicose, yet clueless, Congressman McHenry posted the video, more rockets rained down on the Green Zone–this time killing two U.S. soldiers and wounding 17 in the most damaging attack on U.S. forces in the Green Zone since last year.

Awesome.  Way to go, Pat.  I’m sure the troops are real grateful for your little visit.

April 7th, 2008 at 07:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Iraq,Republicans,Wankers,War


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