Archive for September 17th, 2008

More Like This, Please.

ABC’s David Wright shreds McCain on the economy.  Even George Will gets in on it.

DAVID WRIGHT: John McCain was against the government bailout of AIG, before he was reluctantly for it. Here he was yesterday on “Today.”

JOHN MCCAIN: We cannot bail AIG or anybody else. We have to work through it.

WRIGHT: Asked about the same topic today on “Good Morning America” –

MCCAIN: I don’t think anybody I know wanted to do that. But there are literally millions of people whose retirement, whose investments, whose insurance were at risk here. And they were going to have their lives destroyed.

WRIGHT: Senator McCain appears to have changed his tune on regulation in a fundamental way. Today on the stump, he’s a champion of reigning in Wall Street with tough regulations.

MCCAIN: We’re going to put an end to the reckless conduct, corruption and greed that have caused a crisis on Wall Street.

WRIGHT: But for more than 25 years in the Senate, McCain has fashioned himself as a champion of smaller government, less regulation.

MCCAIN: I am less government, less regulation, lower taxes, et cetera.

WRIGHT: In the mid 1990s, he supported a measure to ban all new government regulations. McCain supported legislation a decade ago that broke down the firewalls between commercial and investment banks and insurance companies — the very rules companies like AIG exploited to get in the current mess. And as recently as March of this year, after the collapse of Bear Stearns, McCain was all for deregulating Wall Street.

MCCAIN: Our financial market approach should include encouraging increased capital in financial institutions by removing regulatory, accounting and tax impediments to raising capital.

GEORGE WILL: When the deregulation was the wave through Washington, he surfed that wave. Now it’s not, and the populist inside John McCain is out.

WRIGHT: Today, the Wall Street Journal accused McCain of selling out his free market ideals. Said today’s top editorial — “denouncing greed and Wall Street, isn’t a growth agenda,”

WILL: It’s a conversion of convenience, some will say.

Ouch.  Wright actually links McCain’s votes to the subprime meltdown.  That tends to kind of weaken his credibility as a potential reformer, when he’s one of the people who enabled the disaster in the first place.  (I don’t think a promise to convene a “blue-ribbon commission” to figure out the problem is impressing anyone either.)

If Obama can make the case that McCain, Gramm, and McCain’s 83 Wall Street lobbyists are personally responsible for the financial crisis, then I think he could potentially flip Ohio and other economically depressed states into the blue column for a decisive win in November.  That’s what I’m hoping for, anyway…

September 17th, 2008 at 10:51pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Elections,McCain,Media,Politics

San Diego Air & Space Skylight Photoblogging

I dunno what it is, but I just really like buildings with circular domes and skylights.

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September 17th, 2008 at 07:38pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging – Election Edition

Their election coverage is really good this year.  I think shutting down their print operation has made them a lot more responsive and nimble.

Palin Bags A Bigfoot

Records and eyewitnesses have come to light that prior to announcing her candidacy for the Vice Presidency; Sarah Palin shot a Bigfoot from a helicopter.

A government helicopter was seen flying low over the Chugach National Park with what witnesses described as “a sexy librarian shooting out the side.” Employees at a local bait shop report seeing a similar woman only hours before carrying an infant in a camouflage Baby Bjorn.

The Bigfoot, or Sasquatch as it is known in scientific circles, was found dead on the outskirts of the park, just south of Wasilla, Alaska.  Preliminary forensics reports confirm that an adult male Sasquatch was shot in the face with Palin’s trademark 5mm M4 Carbine Assault Rifle.

Environmental groups are in an uproar at the hunting death of a rare and notoriously reclusive species.  Efforts to have the Sasquatch placed on the endangered species list have met with repeated opposition from state legislature, since protecting the ‘Missing Link’ could be seen as validating evolution.

Conservatives have immediately rallied to their party’s new star, citing that gun ownership and hunting are indelible parts of American culture.  Indeed this point is hard to argue, as John Adams was notorious for having captured what he called a “Skunk Ape” and killing it with his bare hands on the White House lawn in front of a paying audience.

McCain Challenges Obama To A Duel

Presidential nominee John McCain wants fellow nominee Barack Obama to put his campaign ads away and instead settle the election like gentlemen—by having a duel!

The bold challenge, publicly issued by McCain’s feisty Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, would spare the American people from the typical smear campaigns and save millions of dollars in citizens’ donations, according to McCain.

“In this way we are protecting all the American people: Democrats, Republicans and Independents,” Palin told Associated Press Television Network in an interview.

As conceived by McCain, the duel would be held in a neutral “purple” state such as Pennsylvania, with NBC News’ Tom Brokaw as the referee. Each leader would be allowed to bring along just two “seconds” to aide him in the man-to-man confrontation.

The combatants would use one previously agreed-upon weapon, “with president against president, vice president against vice president and first lady against first lady in a duel,” Palin proposed.

So, while Obama battled McCain, Vice Presidential nominee Joe Biden would take on Palin, and Michelle Obama would rumble with Cindy McCain.

The Republicans haven’t proposed a specific weapon — pistols, swords, knives, battle axes, etc. That choice would be up to the Obama campaign.

Publicly, Obama’s team scoffed at McCain’s proposal. Campaign spokesperson Robert Gibbs said it did not warrant “a serious response.”

Behind the scenes, however, some Obama aides are toying with the idea.

“We have no doubt that Barack could take McCain — he jogs every day and is in tip-top condition,” said a campaign source.

“We are considering proposing a sword fight in which Barack’s long arms would have a significant advantage.”

I’m not clear exactly what would happen with a mixed outcome; I like the Obamas’ chances, but I’m not so sure about Biden.

September 17th, 2008 at 11:36am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

The Resemblance Continues To Be Uncanny

Another day, another page Palin pulls from the Bush/Cheney playbook.

She now subscribes to the subpoenas-are-optional-and-whatcha-gonna-do-about-it? legal doctrine.

Oh yeah, this is just the sort of person we need in charge if something happens to 72-year-old Captain Melanoma.

September 17th, 2008 at 07:05am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Palin,Republicans

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