Another Classic Blunder From McCain

The McCain camp goes third grade with their latest attack ad that tries to mock Barack Obama and his perceived Paris Hilton/Brittany Spears like celebrification.

And all he accomplishes is pissing off some of his largest donors, none other than Paris’s grandfather, William Barron Hilton, and a few other folks with Hilton surnames. Smooth move Senator ex-lax…

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Not Sure What To Say About This

10 year old rats out his mom

A Bakersfield woman faces charges that she counterfeited money and identification cards after her 10-year-old son turned her in to authorities.

According to Kern County Superior Court records, the boy gave sheriff’s deputies phony money last month that his mother created. The child told investigators she also had a computer that makes fake ID cards.

Deputies executing a search warrant seized computer disks, scanners and printers.

The thirty-year-old woman is due in court Friday. She faces several charges, including possessing equipment to commit forgery.

Deputies said she was arrested July 4 and posted $50,000 bail the same day.

Feel free to insert your own punchline.

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The Hypocrisy Of The AFA

I know that saying that the AFA (American Family Association) isn’t homophobic is like saying the Ku Klux Klan isn’t racist but their stated reasons about what is and isn’t behind their latest boycott attempt of McDonald’s is almost comical.

From the AFA’s McDonald’s boycott site:

What the boycott of McDonald’s IS about

It is about McDonald’s, as a corporation, refusing to remain neutral in the culture wars. McDonald’s has chosen not to remain neutral but to give the full weight of their corporation to promoting the homosexual agenda, including homosexual marriage.

What the boycott of McDonald’s IS NOT about

  • This boycott is not about hiring homosexuals.
  • It is not about homosexuals eating at McDonald’s.
  • It is not about how homosexual employees are treated.

So the boycott isn’t about the above stated bullet points but is instead about McDonald’s promoting the homosexual agenda? Isn’t their ability to work where they want, eat what they want, and be treated like everyone else the homosexual agenda? Isn’t that the agenda of every human being?

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When Is A Crime Not Really A Crime?

In Washington the answer to that question would seem to be, when it is committed by someone in the Bush Administration and when prosecution would depend on the Democrats going forward with charges.

When President Clinton got a hummer in the oval office, the Republican’s had no problem trying to punish him at every turn but when our current executive branch approves illegal spying on US citizens, the Democrats instead give those responsible a “get out of jail free card”. When Rep Dennis Kucinich tried to get hearings for impeachment going in the House, he is instead given a few minutes to vent in an “Executive Power and Constitutional Limitations” hearing with no chance of it making it to the House floor for a vote (not that it would have gone anywhere anyways).

The latest case of contempt revolves around former Bush puppeteer Karl Rove’s blowing off of a congressional subpoena to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee. Instead of showing up like he was legally bound to do, the committee stared at an empty chair with Rove’s nameplate in front of it while Rove hopped on a plane for a trip overseas.

So here we sit again with the ball in the court of the Democrats. The House Judiciary Committee recommended 20-14 to hold Rove in contempt but has not themselves cited him for contempt, instead recommending that the House bring it to a floor vote. Nancy Pelosi apparently has not decided whether or not she would even allow it to come to a vote but if she did it would probably never go anywhere because the Democrats have allowed the Bush Administration to gather so much power they could quash it anyway.

What will happen next is unclear. The next step usually would be a vote by the full House of Representatives, but the House is scheduled to adjourn for its August recess this week, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not confirmed that she will bring up the citation for a vote. Even if she did, and even if the full House voted to hold Rove in contempt, the next step would not be clear either. Once the full House approves a citation, the U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., is supposed to bring it to a grand jury, but President Bush has already directed the U.S. attorney not to do so in a case in which executive privilege has been invoked. (emphasis mine)

If anyone wants to tag the current Democrat led Congress with anything, not doing something to take back some of the powers grabbed by the executive branch during the past 7 years would have to top the list. Bush and his cronies have done more to blur the Constitutional line drawn between the branches of government than anyone in our lifetime and because the Democrats have no backbone, they will likely end up getting away with it.

Quite a legacy for all involved…

UPDATE: Well knock me over with a feather. A District judge has ruled that the “Untouchables” in the Bush Administration aren’t as immune to subpoenas as they claimed. What will the Democrats do next?

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'W': In A Theater Near You Soon

Posting will be light today as I am on the road in Aberdeen and Watertown so while I’m gone I thought I would post the trailer to the latest Oliver Stone bio-pic titled “W” for you viewing pleasure.

Stone’s latest stars Josh Brolin as George W. and is scheduled to hit theaters in October just in time to see before the November elections. Raw Story reports that the movie appears to focus “on George W. Bush’s transition from youthful drunken lout to President of the United States“.

Of course this is all based on a 2 minute trailer but there has to be a reason that Stone rushed this to completion so that it would air before the election right? And I’ll bet it isn’t to help the GOP’s chances either but that’s just me talkin’…

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Won't Win You Friends

This item, while funny to those that aren’t sitting (if you know what I mean) when they discover it, probably won’t win you new friends unless of course they have a very good sense of humor.

To gain access to the toliet paper you’ll have to work out how to undo the puzzle first. Just make sure you know how to undo the Don’t Pee Me Off before you feel the need to go.

(h/t – Gizmodo)

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Do Ya Think?

In an obvious case of no s*** polling, Alaska pollsters think that Ted “bridge to nowhere” Stevens might have a hard time winning the Republican Senate primary in Alaska. Why you ask? Well it could have something to do with the seven count felony indictment that was handed down today:

The seven-count indictment charges Stevens with making false statements by failing to disclose “things of value” he received from Veco Corp., the now-defunct Alaska-based oil services and construction company, and from its chairman, Bill Allen, over an eight-year period.
At the same time, according to the indictment, Stevens received solicitations for official actions from Allen and other Veco employees, and used his office on behalf of Veco.

But then that would just be a guess on my part…

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Social Media And Congress

Todd Epp touched on this during our Blognic this past weekend when he talked to us about the social media phenomenon known as Twitter. He has a person he follows, Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), that that “tweets” right from the House floor despite rules that prohibit such actions and co-incidentally it seems, that is becoming an issue that the House is now looking to address with a rule change proposal by Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-MA).

Current House rules prohibit members from posting any House content outside of the environment and with the explosion of such new media services like Youtube and Twitter, many of the more technically inclined House members want to be able to use these services to communicate with their constituents. Capuano’s proposal would address the main concerns of those that have issues with the practice, possibilities that the information would be posted alongside political or commercial advertising, by suggesting that Congress work with the media sites to develop advertising free channels that would allow members to “tweet” ad free.

Now if you thought all is right within the halls of Congress now that Capuano has sought to bring our government into the 21st century, you would be wrong. Rep Culberson, whom is the most active user of social media, looks at the proposal as an attempt at partisan censorship and in good social media fashion, he announced his opposition in a “tweet

“I just learned the Dems are trying to censor Congressmen’s ability to use Twitter Qik YouTube Utterz etc – outrageous and I will fight them”

While I won’t go as far as Culberson and liberal blogger Matt Stoller who contends that Capuano’s proposal would amount to an outright ban on Congress using the Internet, something will need to be done sooner or later.

Culberson wants totally open communication similar to what they already have when dealing with traditional media and Capuano wants to ensure that we aren’t fighting through Viagra ads so hopefully something in between ends up getting agreed to.

In the mean time there are several House members currently breaking the rules besides Rep. Culberson including Speaker Nancy Pelosi so feel free to seek them out and follow their “tweets” as to be honest I can’t think of a better way for us to communicate with our elected officials. How cool would it be to have updates on important issues delivered directly to you from your elected officials as they happen?

And speaking of Twitter, if you are a member, click here if you would like to follow the escapades of this new Twitter user and go here if you want to follow the movement to “Let Our Congress Tweet”. And finally, if you have no idea what I am talking about, here is an explanation of what Twitter is.

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John McCain: Webster's Definition of Hypocrisy

Soon after I moved my blogging efforts from my old site to this one, I had a few people ask me why I switched. Besides the fact that I felt the definition of a moderate in South Dakota had changed so much it no longer applied to me, my 3 year run digging deeply into the political process had opened my eyes to just how much hypocrisy was being displayed by politicians and that realization gave me a whole new direction to follow. That position was further solidified when something wonderful happened, John McCain won the GOP primary.

Almost daily McCain gives me fodder for the blog, you know the Obama attack ad that blamed him for the high gas prices where one can only intimate that it is because in his mind Congress was to blame which by extension meant that the 2 year Senator from Illinois was also at fault. This claim was made despite the fact that McCain was a member of that same legislative body, FOR 30 YEARS!

And who could forget McCain’s taking credit for the passage of the updated Webb GI Bill. You know the one that he constantly spoke out against, and then decided that he wouldn’t even bother showing up to vote for. There is no hypocrisy there.

And now, McCain’s latest attack on his opponent revolves around Obama canceling his visit last week to a US Army hospital in Germany to visit wounded soldiers. Obama canceled the trip after Army officials said that he shouldn’t visit because it could be politicized and that the former General he had planned to attend with wouldn’t be allowed to accompany him because he was part of the Obama campaign staff.

Admittedly, Obama should have probably went to the hospital in Germany by himself if for anything else just to avoid this whole dust up but what you won’t hear from McCain or his surrogates is that Obama had been to Walter Reed earlier in the week visiting the wounded troops and to make the attack even funnier is the footage of Obama the McCain ad uses to criticize Obama’s commitment to our troops shows Obama playing basketball, with US troops!

And who exactly is more troop friendly anyways? 1 guess and you’d probably be wrong.

UPDATE: McCain: Oops I did it again

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Pro-Choice Group Opening Rapid City Office

From the Rapid City Journal:

The South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families will open its office at 1315 Haines Ave., Suite C with an open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

“South Dakota’s families don’t need big Government telling them what they can and can’t do,” Republican and former State Representative Jan Nicolay, co-chairwoman of the Campaign for Healthy Families, said in a news release. “Families know their own circumstances best, but this ban would strip families of a private, moral decision. And a woman would be forced to carry a pregnancy to term even in the fetus couldn’t survive on its own after delivery.”

On a related note, Madville Times drills down the proposed abortion ban otherwise known as IM11 to it’s lowest common denominator and it isn’t pretty.

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