The view, the new, and hate

Not that I actually watch the View on a daily basis, but I find the arguments rather entertaining. In this segment the topic of whether the latests political smears, by both campaigns, have any place in a fair and issue-based election.

Once again we see Elisabeth Hasselbeck making a right fool of herself and being none the wiser when called to task for her ignorance. Even Sherri Shepard stepped off of her Republican pedestal to admit that William Ayers is a non-issue for an attack on Obama. It is this sort of blind ignorance that really makes me ashamed of our culture.

My favorite part of this You Tube clip was found in the comments. There a user named utubeyonkers made the statement, “Patriotism is the new racism.” I must admit the statement seems to ring true. For those cowards who still harbor racist sentiments and can’t come out and say that they don’t want to support Obama because he is black, need only to call him a terrorist or unpatriotic. By doing so they show their prejudice and exhibit just how low we can sink as a culture.

When someone in the crowd yelled “terrorist” in response to McCain asking the question of who the “real” Obama is; we sunk another fathom deeper.  Here is the footage, listen closely at 3:14.

Why didn’t McCain correct the racist zombie in the audience?  His facial expression seemed to indicate that he heard it and didn’t know what to say in response.  Well silence and inaction are on the same level as condoning such ignorant hate speech.

At the Sarah Palin rally in Clearwater, FL a man in the audience yelled out “Kill Him” in response to the connection between once terrorist Bill Ayers and Barrack Obama.  Funny enough, Palin was quick to douse the flames of a heckler speaking ill of the Iraq war, but when someone suggests killing either a Senator or a respected college educator; well that’s just American. Gosh darn it.

This latest call and response hate mongering rally tactics are below McCain and are truly anti-American.  I guess history and social issues weren’t strong subjects for John McCain and Sarah Palin.  And Gov. Palin, just because you took time to read the New York Times article, doesn’t mean you comprehended it.  It seems like you highlighted a few buzz words to use in your speeches and forgot to do any research or real thought on the issues.



McCain resorts to Rovian Swift-boating

Well the time has finally come for the McCain camp to throw off the last shred of decency that once defined him.  In what will be the start of some of the worst campaign trail poisonous attacks, McCain has allowed Obama’s tenuous relations with Bill Ayers become the forefront of their attacks.  He even let the PitBull loose to make a comment about “pallin’ around with terrorists.” I guess math wasn’t her strong subject as Ayers is a single person (maybe the “s” fooled her) and has been diavowed to any connection to Obama by numerous investigators.  I suppose Palin would know about America-hating extremeists, being that she spoke at one of their conferences…

So what will the voters take from all of this?  With all the negativity coming from Washington and Wall Street, is it a good idea to start maliciously calling names and attacking loosely connected associates?  America needs solutions and leaders.  We have enough to be angry about from the past 7 years, why does John McCain think that giving America one more political ulcer will do anything more than hurt the so-called Maverick platform of “unity” and reform?  Seems to me that someone needs to tell the RNC that employing the same Rovian strategists that once cut down McCain in 2000, isn’t a mode of reform, it is actually near pathologically destructive behavior.  This sort of poor judgment is conceptually on par with John McCain hiring his North Vietnamese torturers to  head up his cabinet on interrogation reform.

You can’t call something reform if the form it takes is the same as before.

I am glad to see the Obama campaign calling the McCain camp on this series of attacks and hope to see them fight back with real leadership.  If the world has not yet seen how unimaginably unprepared Palin is to be a part of the national government, they need to step back and look again.  Now before someone lashes back at me about “her experience,”  I just want to say that I wouldn’t give a pair of scissors to my infant to run around with anymore than they should have supplied Palin with cutting words such as terrorist.

Linguistic Analysis of VP Debate

From a CNN article, it was stated that in the VP debate between Joe BIden and Sarah Palin; the levels of langauge usage were grade 7.8 for Biden and 9.9 for Palin.  This sort of analysis being almost as pointless as the “React-o-meter” used by CNN to gauge immediate audience response, I was amazed to see that Palin was out ahead of Biden from this scale.

So from this one would expect that Sarah Palin might have sounded more intellectual, but the flaw in their system is seen when looking at one of her closing sentences:

But higher grade level doesn’t necessarily mean better sentence, Payack said. He pointed to Palin’s second-to-last sentence in the debate, which the formula put at a grade level of 18.3:

“What I would do, also, if that were ever to happen, though, is to continue the good work he is so committed to of putting government back on the side of the people and get rid of the greed and corruption on Wall Street and in Washington,” Palin said.

“When she said it, it sounded good, but on paper it’s a completely different animal,” Payack said. “It’s like, what is that?”

I remember several other sentences. constructed by Palin, that cast a wide net over diverse and tenuously related topics.  So basically we have an analysis that has almost as much real intellectual value as the term “hockey mom” or by the findings of the Ig Noble scientists.

Somehow I am always reminded of Otto from A FIsh Called Wanda.  No this isn’t because of the co-starring role of Michael Palin, but instead of Otto’s insistance on appearing intelligent through publically reading and quoting lines from Nietzche.  Strangely enough, Palin also has the habit of harvesting lines from past politicians in order to make her lines look more eloquent than her points can support.  If the McCain campaign isn’t borrowing lines from Herbert Hoover, Teddy Roosevelt, or an anti-Semite activist who once called for the assassination of Robert Kennedy; and they are borrowing the campaign slogans of George W. Bush and even Barrack Obama, they might want to start looking for a place to crash come election day.

McCain points fingers at everyone but himself
September 29, 2008, 5:58 pm
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McCain calling Obama’s optimistic gaffe a lack of leadership.  Funny that coming from “knee jerk” McCain is like the Pot calling the Kettle…

…hey this isn’t a race comment is it.  I smell lipstick.

Teddy Roosevelt must be spinning in his  grave.  If I am not mistaken calling someone’s optimistic hope for a solution isn’t nearly as bad as running a premature ad for victory in a debate that hasn’t taken place yet.  Someone make the ad for “Pitbull takes a bit out of Biden.”  How bad COULD it go anyhow?

John McCain is the Leeroy Jenkins of Washington
September 29, 2008, 3:40 pm
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For those who don’t know who Leeroy Jenkins is, this YouTube internet meme spells out the incident.

This term comes from the World of Warcraft. In this MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) difficult tasks require careful planning and teamwork. Basically a Leeroy Jenkins now refers to an individual who races into a situation without thinking or planning.

So now we see a failed bailout plan and the McCain campaign calling Obama a failure for observing the situation without immediate action. I guess if you live your life following whims without thought, this would seem odd; but for those of us who observe and contemplate situations, planning is second nature. (Edit) I am already tired of hearing John McCain call himself a “Teddy Roosevelt” Republican. You aren’t charging into a battle here, sir.  You are trying to employ intellectual reasoning and forgo the saber rattling.

Just remember Sen. McCain, if this were World of Warcraft you would find yourself begging for a party after continuing on these annoying tirades. You ninja’d the credit for the failed bailout plan, left your Succubus on aggressive in a mob laden area, and still feel that your Night Elf Warrior should be the healer. (If you don’t get any of that, ask one of your dorky friends to explain those concepts to you, or Google them.)

John McCain FTL. Uber Noobage.

WTF 01: Mum
September 28, 2008, 10:50 pm
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I had an idea to start a new portion of this blog directed at responding to some of the more outrageous political ads found on the web and television.  These will be known as WTF’s or Wrongfully Twisted Facts.  Though I know that “spinning” the truth has become a tried and true tactic, which I know is different than a strategy Sen. McCain, the often short sighted views and notions portrayed need another pair of eyes for explaination.

To start off I was extremely disappointed when I saw this ad from the McCain/Palin campaign:

So basicaly we are to believe that it was John McCain who saved the country by forming the bailout plan, understanding the economy as it were, and leading his fellow Congressmen into the light of recovery?  But is that really the truth?

To add more slightly less than true statements to the fire, they go so far as to claim that Obama was “mum on the market crisis” and that the democratic majority leader, Harry Reid, had claimed that no one knew what to do.  Well that may have been fairly true for the week before the crisis came to a head, but when the warning sirens went off, it seems to be the case that Obama offered some suggestions on what should be done before McCain had settled how he should recover from the gaffes let loose by himself and Gov. Palin.  So for that line I think we can agree that McCain loses a point.

So how much help did Sen. McCain add to this process?  If you take into consideration that McCain jumped from ignoring the crisis, to wanting to fire the Secretary of the Treasury, to being melodramatic about his role, and then interrupting the prior work done by the bipartisan party committees; then I guess John McCain did do “something.”  Of course the guidelines being put forth, which were ironically suggested by Obama, have been stalled on several occasions by a small faction of Conservative Republicans.  Now I wonder who they back and asked for directions when he was in town?

There was even more damning evidence that McCain was the real “mum”mer, when those attending the photo-op meeting of the President, McCain, and Obama claimed that the only person consistently asking questions during that time was Obama.  McCain was curiously silent.  Too bad his press makers weren’t so keen on that fact.

So how thin is the ice one can jump on when talking about economic crusadership?  It’s amazing to see how far John McCain has come from not understanding the basics of economic policy to crafting the guidelines that could save the markets, your retirement, and that kitty in the tree over there (look out  your window.)  If you looked you might just have bought the ad from the start.  🙂

Can you call a time out in an election?
September 24, 2008, 3:41 pm
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John McCain just announced that he wants to cease his campaign in order to convene the political elites to find an economic crisis solution. (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, FOX) The effort, all edged to have been initiated by Barrack Obama, was to “to lead a bipartisan effort to solve this problem.”  That agreed upon tactic would work if one of the participants doesn’t haul off and release a nationally broadcast statement of their individual plans to solve this crisis.

Part of me sees this like when you are making too much noise in the back of the car and your parents turn around and say, “Knock it off or I’m am turning this car around and going home!” Or more appropriately, when you are playing a game against someone who doesn’t want to lose and they knock over the game table and cry foul!

The sentiment from McCain could be called into question but his timing is horrible. If he was such an economic savior, he should have called for this unison months ago. This unending flailing for some semblance of leadership only makes his campaign look like snake oil salesmen finding whatever pitch will grab their customers. I have resisted the further fiasco with Governor Palin having photo-ops to prover her “stature” among the leaders of the world.

When will they learn that a real leader doesn’t bend the people to their needs, but bends their abilities to the needs of their people. Further stalling of the debates won’t make people believe in you more, it will only serve to make them scratch their heads in disbelief.

McCain– as a self affirmed “non-expert” on the economy, please do not play America for a fool and muddy the murky economic crisis further.