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More Stupidity From Sarah Palin

The Republican Vice Presidential candidate has been a busy bee this week. Not satisfied with the fact that the majority of Americans think that she’s an idiot, she’s been trying her best to get out there and prove it to us. Check out her latest foibles.

Sarah Palin Doesn’t Know What the 1st Amendment Is

Despite the fact that Sarah Palin was a journalism major and worked as a short time as a reporter, she seems to have no clue that the 1st Amendment protects the media’s right to criticize politicians and government. I guess now we know exactly why it took Sarah so many years and so many colleges to graduate.

Not even the McCain camp has a good excuse for her shameful ignorance:

Now we know why you can’t name a single news publication that you’ve reviewed in the last few years, Sarah. You apparently don’t read.

Sarah Palin Thinks We’re at War With Iran

Not satisfied with just shooting wolves from her helicopter, Sarah Palin has now taken it upon herself to declare war with Iran on behalf of the American people. ‘Cause, you know, $10,000,000,000 a month in Iraq just isn’t enough. Oh, and because God told her to.

Sarah Palin Gullible Enough to be Pranked With Fake French President

“Oui, oui–I love the killing of the animals.”

This prank was truly frightening, as it reveals Palin’s plan of running for president in 12 years. God help us all.

Hopefully, after tomorrow, this hateful, ignorant woman will fade into obscurity.

Sarah, we’lll miss the laughs. We just won’t miss you.

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Joe Biden: McCain and Palin–Mavericks or Sidekicks?

“You cannot call yourself a maverick when all you’ve been for the last eight years is a sidekick.”

“We need not accept things the way they are. We can change them. They’re within our power to change them.”

You go, Joe.

The Carnival of Political Humor and Commentary #3: Anti-Americans, Gay Americans, and Godless Americans

Laugh and/or thought provoking reads for the weekend before the election.

Pro-America vs. Anti-America

from Jon Swift

“Many Americans are still unclear as to what is pro-America and what is anti-America, so I have made a handy chart that will give you some examples.”

Very amusing blog post, and well written. At first, I thought this was serious, but instead it has a rather dry humor that eerily touches on some of the stereotypes that democrats and liberals have found themselves facing, especially during recent months in this election.

Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss.

by DWSUWF

” I, for one, welcome our new Democratic Party overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trusted independent blogger, I can be helpful in soliciting more fat cat donors, and rounding up others to toil in their “mandatory volunteer service corps.”

I don’t really agree with the viewpoints expressed in this blog entry, but I must admit that I found the writing clever and entertaining.

The Abomination of Government Marriage

from Alli, at The Smoking Argus

“With Election Day less than one week away, voters in 3 states, Florida, California, and Arizona will again be voting on whether same sex couples should be allowed to “marry”. The debate regarding whom can marry is yet another example of politicians creating and fostering a wedge between Americans.”

Serious commentary concerning the gay marriage legislation on the table in several states.

Also from Alli:

The Fairness Doctrine: Internet Censorship Coming Soon to a Web Page Near You

“In past conversations with colleagues and friends, I have often commented that some day soon the internet our generation has come to know, the wealth of information available via the click of a mouse, will cease to exist. That in the place of this unfiltered and uncensored access to information, will come a government controlled, censored version of the world wide web under the auspices of the FCC or some other bloated failure of a bureaucracy.”

Confusing Voting Ballots

from Phil for Humanity

“I recently received my official sample ballot for the General Elections. And once again, I can only scratch my head when reading the new proposed laws that I am suppose to vote for.”

Phil writes about a serious problem that many American voters face.

Lifestyles, Child Rearing Differ Based on Politics

from Dr. Alan Singer

“Just in time for election day: Red States have more divorce, blue states have smaller families…Don’t forget to Vote”

Dr. Alan Singer posts a very thorough essay on the differences in family issues between Republicans and Democrats.

Yid With Lid: Exclusive: Joe Biden Bans Yid With Lid

from Yid With Lid

“It was an overreaction said the Yid, as soon as I mentioned Marx he flipped out. I wasn’t even talking about Karl Marx. I just asked him what his favorite Marx brothers movie was and he got all huffy.”

I’m a ‘Godless America’ and Proud of It

from GrrlScientist

“At one time, I respected — note the past tense of the word — Elizabeth Dole, but after seeing this astonishing ad that her campaign aired in NC against her political opponent, Kay Hagen, I am disgusted. At the end of the ad, there is a picture of Hagen and a voice-over saying “there is no god” — the implication being that Hagen, a christian, actually said this.”

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The Carnival of Political Humor and Commentary Issue #1

Welcome to the very first official issue of The Carnival of Political Humor and Commentary. When I first started this carnival, I simply linked to each submission directly from the carnival page, but politics have suddenly become rather exciting, and I received enough submissions to constitute an actual issue. Politics are serious business, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find the humor in the political headlines. This carnival aims to poke fun at all politics, no matter the political slant (I may not agree with ’em, but I support their right to share their views), and to make you think. However, we also enjoy more serious commentary, as quite a bit of the politics in our nation have been anything but funny. Without further ado, here are the latest submissions.


I Get Email

GrrlScientist gives us a bit of biting humor. “The Blue States want to secede from the Union, and leave the Red States to their own devices. Here’s the official letter from the Blue States to the Red States.”

Ode To John “Air-Quotes” McCain

A humorous ditty from Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

A little clever commentary from the right, courtesy of Donklephant. ” It looks like Barack Obama will indeed succeed in uniting the left with the far left and maybe even bring in the moderate left, leaving only fiscal conservatives, libertarians and limited government advocates without a voice or any practical representation in Washington. But that is ok, since we will certainly get new taxes without that representation. Kind of nostalgic.”

Grown Ass People: Dissecting abortion and crayfish

Dan Blustein delivers well-written commentary, using one of the most unique metaphors I’ve ever seen injected into a political discussion. “Insights into abortion and Sarah Palin by dissecting crayfish.”

Confessions of an X republican

A few thoughts from Buddha of Hollywood on why he went independent.

Do Not Vote

Monopoly on Reason gives us a controversial commentary on the democratic process.

Why the Republican Party needs to Split

Phil for Humanity writes, “Traditionally, conservative meant fiscal responsibility, small government, support of old fashion values, and support of small businesses.”

A Reality Check For the Wall Street Journal About the Bush-McCain Tax Cuts

Disillusioned Words offers commentary on tax and spend: past, present, and potential future.

The Law of Unintended Consequences Part III—Something for Nothing

Brought to us by Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket, this insightful commentary will make you think. Excellent post, highly recommended. It is very long, but worth the read.

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Sarah Palin: Unqualified, Unbelievable, and Unacceptable

The decision of who to vote for was rather difficult for me at the beginning of this race. I was tired of the leadership that we had experienced from the republican president we have had for the last eight years, which made me want to lean toward the democratic nominee, yet I also had a great deal of respect for Senator John McCain. However, in the last few months that respect was destroyed by the Senator himself, but the final nail in his coffin, for me at least, was his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate. “Why?” you might ask, “She will just be the vice president, not the leader of the country.” I have a two-fold answer. One, look at Dick Cheney (who more than lives up to his name–too bad we didn’t have outcries against it, as the conservatives have harped upon the moniker ‘Hussein’; we might have avoided a great deal of truama)–and tell me that the choice of vice president doesn’t matter. Second, she might very well end up being our president. The vice president is the first runner up, after all.

I absolutely hate the term used in conjunction with criticism towards Vice Presidential hopeful, Sarah Palin, “One heartbeat away from the presidency”. However, no matter how much I hate the phrase, it is true. If McCain is elected to president, both his age and his health make it reasonably likely that the office of president will fall to the hands of the much talked about governor of Alaska. As such, she is, and rightfully so, subject to a great deal of scrutiny. My own observations have led me to believe that she is unqualified, unbelievable, and unacceptable. Why? Let’s examine these assertations.

Why Sarah Palin is Unqualified, Unbelievable, and Unacceptable

1. She has no idea of the job duties of Vice President of the United States. Not only did she have to ask “What does the Vice President do,” when first chosen to be McCain’s running mate, she still hasn’t gotten it right. She seems to believe that the Vice President ‘runs the senate, getting in there with the senators and making policy changes’, when, in fact The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided. In other words, it’s a figurehead position–a last ditch tie-breaker role, if you will.

Gov Palin needs to re-read or perhaps read for the first time the Constitution. While the Vice President presides over the Senate, he or she is not in charge of it. Article 1 says The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided.

The Senate is part of a co-equal branch of the federal government. –Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

2. McCain’s campaign claims that being Mayor of Wasilla and Governor of Alaska more than qualifies Palin to be Vice President of one of the most predominant leaders of the free world. How on earth did they come to that conclusion? Running a state with a population lower than almost any other state in the country suddenly qualifies you to help run this large nation? If so, running my household qualifies me to be the CEO of Microsoft. Mr. Gates: Call me. We’ll talk.

And what about her mayoral role of good ole’ Wasilla? Let’s take a look at her mayoral duties there, as outlined by the current mayor of Wasilla, Dianne Keller.

Watch the full interview on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show. Interview appears in second segment of show.

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So Sarah Palin believes that being mayor of Wasilla is “kind of like being a community organizer” of Chicago, population 2,800,000+, compared to Wasilla, population 9700+ (and that actually makes it the fourth largest town in Alaska, believe it or not), “except that you have actual responsibilites”. Sure, Sarah. Weighty responsibilities like making sure the coffee is hot for the Monday morning staff meeting, and choosing a good pen to sign checks with on Thursday. Give me a break.

3. Sarah Palin lies. I know what you’re thinking–all politicians lie. I pretty much agree with you. However, Palin’s lies are obvious, numerous, and, to put it bluntly, stupid.

“I stood up to the special interests, and the lobbyists.” –Sarah Palin

In actuality, Governor Palin hired a Washington lobbyist while she was mayor of Wasilla. In fact, she was the first Wasilla mayor to do so.

“I championed reform to end earmark spending in congress” –Sarah Palin

While governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has demanded over $400,000,000 in earmark spending from Congress.

“I told the congress, ‘thanks but no thanks'” –Sarah Palin, regarding the Alaska ‘Bridge to Nowhere’

She supported the Bridge to Nowhere, until it was clear that it was hurting her approval rating, and, far from telling congress, ‘no thanks’, Palin took the earmark money. She just spent it on other things, instead.

4. Sarah Palin presumably thinks rape victims should pay for their own rape kits–or at least, it doesn’t bother her enough to do anything about it. Yes, you read that right. She thinks it’s okay to take taxpayer money to fund useless bridges, and Alaska only projects, but draws the line at providing the necessary tools to bring rapists to justice, shunting the cost to the victim, instead–in a state with one of the highest percentages of rape crimes in the country.

Read about it.

And while there is no proof that Palin instituted this policy personally, the very fact that she let it go on unchecked is proof enough to me that her irresponsibility while in a lower office would simply transfer itself to a larger scale irresponsibility if Vice President of this nation. What else would she let slip through the cracks?

5. Sarah Palin is out of touch with the much touted ‘Joe the Plumber’. Do you think that your typical Joe the Plumber has enough funds to squander them on a $150,000 dollar wardrobe for himself and his family? Sarah Palin probably doesn’t, either, but she is not above squandering campaign money, given to her in good faith by contributors to help senator McCain’s campaign, at Macy’s and Sax 5th Avenue, at a time when many Americans are having trouble keeping their homes and putting food on the table. Way to show concern for the little guy suffering during troubled economic times, Sarah.

Read about it.

6. Sarah Palin squandered taxpayer money to pay for unnecessary trips for herself and her family (later doctoring the expense reports when she realized that she would be caught, to put it bluntly, stealing from the taxpayer), as well as to pay herself travel expenses on nights that she actually stayed at home. What a mavericky reformer she is!

7. Sarah Palin hypocritically harps on the alleged Obama connection to radical Will Ayers, all the while ignoring her own ties to a group that wants to disassociate itself from America completely–the Alaskan Independence Party. This is a group whose founder has advocated violent resistance to U.S. officials, and can only be described as radical, themselves.

Would you like to hear a little of the views of the founder of the Alaskan Independence Party, Joe Vogler, a party that Sarah has pandered to, and a party that her husband was a member of? Check this out:

And yet, she wants us to worry about Obama sitting on an education board with a man who committed whatever it is she’s accusing him of committing when Obama was eight years old? Sure, Sarah, your smoke and mirrors has us all fooled.

And that’s just a limited gist of why Ms. Palin has destroyed any chance of me voting for the McCain ticket. Her ignorance, her hypocrisy, her dishonesty, her unacceptable behavior, her inexperience, her irresponsibility–all of these things and more have made a mockery of this election. Do the research, do the math, and do the right thing–get out there and vote to make sure that America is not saddled with this travesty of a Vice Presidential candidate.

“We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. … We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation.” –Sarah Palin

“As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?” –Sarah Palin

“[T]hey’re in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom.” –Sarah Palin

“I told the Congress, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ on that Bridge to Nowhere.” –Sarah Palin

“I’m the mayor, I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can’t.'” –Sarah Palin

“I’m very, very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing … any hint of any kind of unethical activity there. Very pleased to be cleared of any of that.” –Sarah Palin, after an Alaska legislative report found she had broken the state’s ethics law and abused her power in the Troopergate scandal.

Freddie Mac a Democrat Stronghold? Think Again.

Contrary to what most republicans would have you believe, no party walks away from the financial mortgage crisis with clean hands.

Check this out.


Freddie Mac secretly paid a Republican consulting firm $2 million to kill legislation that would have regulated and trimmed the mortgage finance giant and its sister company, Fannie Mae, three years before the government took control to prevent their collapse.


McCain’s campaign manager, Rick Davis, or his lobbying firm has taken more than $2 million from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac dating to 2000. In December, Freddie Mac contributed $250,000 to last month’s GOP convention.


Before 2004, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were Democratic strongholds. After 2004, Republicans ran their political operations.

Now don’t get me wrong–the democrats didn’t do enough to stop the impending crisis. However, neither were the republicans walking across water to save us. In truth, it seemed that the entire thing was business as usual in Washington: greased palms, hand-rubbing lobbyists, blind eyes, and a failure to act in the best interests of the people. It is evident that McCain thinks the constituents are fools, shouting, “Democrats are crooks!”, while an oily campaign manager sneaks off to deposit his ill gotten gains as soon as we are distracted by the rhetoric.

To add insult to injury, check out this clip of McCain lying about the money changing hands:

Shame on Washington. Shame on us for being so gullible. Let’s not let it happen again, shall we? Let’s all make it a point to pay attention to what these employees of ours (because that’s ultimately the function they are supposed to be performing, isn’t it–as our employees?) are doing. Don’t just listen to the party lines–dig up the facts. It’s our right, and our responsibility.

Michele Bachmann and her Anti-American Paranoia

Oh yeah, she’s crazy. Moreover, she may just be a threat to America, herself. I certainly can’t find any benefits to having her in any sort of leadership position. Of course, common sense tells me that she’s such an obvious idiot that no one would listen to her, but then reality kicks me in the face and reminds me that, for some inexplicable reason, a bunch of people actually voted for her. WTF were they thinking?

In case you don’t know why I’m ranting about this woman that you’ve probably never heard of before today, check out this video:

To summarize: “Palin is great…blah blah blah…Obama is a terrorist…blah blah blah…Democrats and Liberals are anti-American…blah blah blah…Congress should be investigated to find the secret anti-Americans…blah blah blah…Long live McCarthy…blah blah blah…Where is my tinfoil hat…something…something…something…Dark Side.”

A lot of us think that the country is in trouble. A lot of us aren’t pleased with the job that the government has been doing. A lot of us think that radical change needs to take place. So I guess you think that a lot of us are anti-American, don’t you Michele? Was Martin Luther King, Jr. anti-American, Michele? For that matter, were you anti-American when you were leading protests in order to foster change in this country that you felt strongly about? I know what my answer would be when asked any of those questions–“No”. However, ask me if I think that your ignorance, your partisanship, your fearmongering, your resistance to recognizing the very principles that make this country great (one of which is our right to think that the country is not-so-great) make you the actual definition of anti-American.

But enough of that. I’m pretty sure that most thinking people (and I mean people that actually think–not blindly spew the repetitive bile that is fed to them by others with no real understanding) know that the very act of going around calling people anti-American is, well (no way to avoid the hypocrisy here, unfortunately) anti-American. However, this whole surreal episode has led me to the question, “Who is this strange and ignorant person?” A quick web search gave me a few answers.

First, lets take a quick look at her voting record.

  • No to expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
  • Yes to warrantless wiretapping.
  • No to repealing tax breaks for big oil companies to fund renewable energy sources.
  • No to lowering interest rates on student loans.
  • No to lower pharmaceutical prices for medicare recipients.
  • No to increasing the minimum wage.

Darn it, I’m about to sound like a political ad and I hate it, but it begs to be said. Do we really need to listen to the views of a woman that seems to be against any kind of common sense, against freedom, against the majority of America, on what is or is not anti-American?

Okay, time for a little more research, this time to Wikipedia. First thing I notice is that she used to be a democrat, and that she once campaigned for Jimmy Carter. She also came from a democratic family. I wonder if she disowned them for being anti-American? Hmmm…

I also enjoyed the appropriateness of a direct quote from Michele, “I must be a nutcase.” I think she hit the nail on the head with that one.

Reading further, I learned that she is former political activist. More anti-American activity, by her definition, from Ms. Bachmann. Mmmm…I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning.

I was then enlightened as to her problems separating church and state, as well as stumbling across more evidence of her paranoia (and a spectacular case of flip-flopping):

From Wikipedia:

During an interview with St. Cloud Times reporter Lawrence Schumacher on February 10, 2007, Bachmann claimed to know of a plan, already worked out with a line drawn on the map, for the partition of Iraq in which Iran will control half of the country and set it up as a “a terrorist safe haven zone” and a staging area for attacks around the Middle East and on the United States, to be called “the Iraq State of Islam, something like that”.[50] In a subsequent interview with the Associated Press, Bachmann retracted and said that she knew of no actual plan to divide Iraq with Iran to create a new “terrorist safe haven” state.

Uh-huh. Okay, Michele.

Down a few paragraphs, I caught an instance of Michele telling a bald-faced lie to protect her own interests (a lying politician–le gasp!):

In February 2008, Bachmann voted against an extension of the Protect America Act.[56] Later in March, she submitted an op-ed to the Star Tribune arguing that the PAA ought to have been passed and faulting House Democrats for its failure to do so.[57] The extension had been proposed and overwhelmingly supported by Democrats.

Of course, to her credit, she did fight the good and honorable fight to save the incandescent light bulb. Maybe she’s mavericky like Palin, too. </sarcasm>

Next stop, YouTube, because I love good video as much as the next guy, and there’s nothing like getting it direct from the horse’s mouth (or at least the horse’s mouth caught on tape).

First, I enjoyed Michele’s views on global warming (I also enjoyed her big, Mod Squad hair, but that’s a story for another blog):

Okay, I understand that she doesn’t believe in global warming. Many people don’t, and aren’t ready to make up their minds either way. However, she should at least get her facts straight, or, at the very least, try a little harder to not sound so foolish. (To summarize the above link, I’ll post the very excellent graphic found therein):

Next up, a lovely little vid in which Bachmann hems and haws, backpedals and contradicts herself, and makes no sense whatsoever, in the end coming across as an opportunistic liar and mild schizophrenic:

Go on over to YouTube and do a search for Michele Bachmann videos yourself. You should be mildly entertained. She’s a strange woman. The most notable thing I noticed, aside from what I’ve posted here, is that she seems to get laughed at by her co-workers and peers quite often, presumably for constantly saying such stupid things (or for hiding in the bushes at gay rallies). I feel sorry for her constituents.

“Literally, if we took away the minimum wage—if conceivably it was gone—we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.” —Michele Bachmann

“Many teenagers that come in should be paying the employer because of broken dishes or whatever occurs during that period of time. But you know what? After six months, that teenager is going to be a fabulous employee and is going to go on a trajectory where he’s going to be making so much money, we’ll be borrowing money from him.” —Michele Bachmann, 1/26/05, explaining why teenagers should pay employers for the privilege of working instead of receiving minimum wage.

“If raising the minimum wage to $7.00 an hour is a good idea, that why dont we just raise it to $20.00 an hour, that must be even better.” —Michele Bachmann

“It isn’t that some gay will get some rights. It’s that everyone else in our state will lose rights. For instance, parents will lose the right to protect and direct the upbringing of their children. Because our K-12 public school system, of which ninety per cent of all youth are in the public school system, they will be required to learn that homosexuality is normal, equal and perhaps you should try it. And that will occur immediately, that all schools will begin teaching homosexuality.”Michele Bachmann

(On gay marriage) “This is a very serious matter, because it is our children who are the prize for this community, they are specifically targeting our children.”Michele Bachmann

“The sex curriculum will be essentially by taught by the local gay community.” Michele Bachmann

“If you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement.” Michele Bachmann

“They aren’t just kind of gay-friendly, they are gay advocates at Proctor and Gamble… Here’s just a few other companies that support the pro-homosexual agenda. They include Levi-Strauss, American Airlines, Sarah Lee Bakery, Jaguar and LandRover.”Michele Bachmann

“You have a teacher talking about his gayness. (The elementary school student) goes home then and says “Mom! What’s gayness? We had a teacher talking about this today.” The mother says “Well, that’s when a man likes other men, and they don’t like girls.” The boy’s eight. He’s thinking, “Hmm. I don’t like girls. I like boys. Maybe I’m gay.” And you think, “Oh, that’s, that’s way out there. The kid isn’t gonna think that.” Are you kidding? That happens all the time. You don’t think that this is intentional, the message that’s being given to these kids? That’s child abuse.” Michele Bachmann

“I am so proud to be from the state of Minnesota. We’re the workingest state in the country, and the reason why we are, we have more people that are working longer hours, we have people that are working two jobs.”Michele Bachmann

God help us all if anyone ever actually listens to her.