Obama Stepping Up – Bush Falling Down – Media Doing Schtick

A Cultural Smorgasbord

Not for nothin’ but …

this dialectical delight has traveled the world

This column is going to employ a timeless and original piece of Brooklyn linguistics as an expressive literary device.  It may, in fact, be the only etymological tool of its kind.  One that expresses dismay, disbelief and amazement – imbued with sarcasm yet in the form of an interrogative.  Indeed, this expression has siblings, but in the truest Brooklyn traditions, this dialectical delight has traveled the world and the world has traveled to it – and although in its spoken form, it is generally accompanied by a raised eyebrow and half puckered smirk …  I am confident that it is the only expression in English language use that can accomplish it’s goal in written form, without relying on the inclusion of profanity.

Team Obama, Low Grade Fanfare – Team Bush, Weapons-Grade System Gaming

by further rendering the Constitution a comedy sketch.

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Not for nothin’ but …. even the usual suspects have opted for silence while the Obama team plans the transfer of power – fully engaged – and driven by actual data.  Meanwhile, George W. Bush has a team with the singular task of selling a huge “Nah !!” to the American public, with the goal of transmuting responsibility for the Iraq catastrophe, Bushonomics and the shredding of the US Constitution to Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Democrats.  Considering that this has been a script written by Newt Gingrich and adapted for screen by Karl Rove – the corporate media may in fact have a field day by having a puppet theatre revival.

Apparently it’s begun with endless playing of more unearthed Nixon tapes.  While engaging as an historical reminder of dangerous personalities, while one of the most dangerous in history is still living in the White House and still signing dangerous orders that will create hurdles for years to come by further rendering the Constitution a comedy sketch.

kristolWilliam Kristol and the Body Politique Snatchers

his broadcasts are taking on the unmistakable sounds of desperation.

Not for nothin’ but … why do these people still have jobs?  Who are the people that continue to invest money and encourage these folks to continue in their roles as propagandists, long after the little dog has pulled the curtain open.  The Conservative Media Industrial Complex has begun to feed on itself in recent weeks, because their circular logic has driven their ratings into a nose-dive.  It apparently requires more than drug abuser Rush Limbaugh, or harangued fast-food aficionado Glenn Beck or even Roger Ailes’ Frankenstein-ish monster Sean Hannity can do in order to hold on to their disillusioned listeners.  These are quite often folks that invest in such tasteful decolletage as ‘truck nuts’, US Flags flying from poles bolted to the beds of pick-up trucks and inexplicable battles with skin disorders.

Is there actually still a market for neo-conservative political graffiti?  One would think that after 8 years of the deconstruction of the US Constitution, the neutering of the US Military and the largest re-distribution of wealth since the Roman Empire, some of the cheerleaders would fear for their lives – but alas, they apparently have made an industry, overnight, of re-writing history and attributing that last eight years of malfeasance to President-elect Barack Obama and his yet to be confirmed / installed Cabinet and team of advisers.  It is nightmarish world of make-believe that is subsidized by advertising dollars from companies that want your business, and just like gas prices that plummeted because the US population has fractionally reduced fuel consumption – these advertisers will react when we stop watching and listening to industrial propagandists.

George Will has been reduced to being corrected on air, continuously, while appearing in his weekly gig with George Stephanopoulos. Much of the legitimate Conservative establishment has taken to begging forgiveness from the public by covering Obama fairly, reminding folks that they predicted he would win and had sufficiently kicked dust in McCain’s eye’s before the election.  (Even though they didn’t actually do it until it was clear McCain was a goner.)

Most curious though, is the porker Limbaugh, who apparently has determined that no matter how bad thelimbaugh-pig1 situation is – as long as he makes the news a few times a week, it is better for him in the long run.  So with reckless abandon, the corpulent radio political satirist goes into overdrive and with a penchant of the absurd, has begun contradicting himself on daily basis.  So much, in fact, his broadcasts are taking on the unmistakable sounds of desperation.

tableAnd the Corporate Media

round table of journalists that are made even more uncomfortable by the mention of Nate Silver

Not for nothin’ but … I’ve seen more investigative journalism from Pravda during my time on the ground in the former USSR.  The news, news-talk and talking head cable streams have become a caricature of themselves with talking boxes, spinning circles and the latest and greatest gadgetry in order to distract viewers from noticing there is absolutely no substance whatsoever to the dialog.  Merely a series of ponderings, strung together with the same 20 film clips – snippets from competitive news programing, and, the ever irrelevant round table of journalists that are made even more uncomfortable by the mention of Nate Silver who out predicted the Beltway punditry so badly, a select group of disgraced pundits became unusually unavailable for nearly a week after the election.  But fear not … the newly re-relaxed hand-gun laws in DC notwithstanding, no one is fearing mass suicide.

Night after night, more of the rotating self-aggrandizing league of political know-it-alls, sit across from the former journalists, former speech writers and plethora of TV personalities that begs inquiry as to how they may have been hired – in endless provocative dialogs that have emerged as a new fiction art form.  Some consider it info-tainment, others classify it as commentary  My preference is to  classify it as Horror / Sci-fi and opt out of any further viewing.  There simply too many fine books to read to waste that much time sitting still while people I don’t like, say things – they don’t even understand.  An art form  perfected by DC’s favorite lunatic and possibly treasonist – Bob Novak.

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Campaigns are Presidential Auditions – McCain Struggling

It was an unscheduled quick stop for the Bill Clinton campaign.  Cellphone service was terrible and the quick bathroom break for the bus occupants and the 20 minutes of rapid exchanges on pay phones would suit nicely as the traveling press was otherwise cut-off.  As the traveling team assembled the name Jennifer Flowers began circulating the stale air of the bus.  By the time cell service was available, everyone on the bus knew what everyone else knew and in what appeared to be a riot – reporters fought to get  information to their editors.

Not much time passed before there was a news wave worthy of a surfing competition; and, not long after that Bill Clinton’s denials had won over evidence.  There was no doubt in any ones mind that Clinton had engaged Flowers, but the Flowers promoters were not handling their end very well and the relationship appeared to be more of a professional engagement than it did an affair of the heart.  An apology to Mario Cuomo by Clinton was delivered because of a disparaging remark Clinton made on one of the tapes that Flowers secretly recorded of their phone calls as Rush Limbaugh became a household word badgering Clinton by playing the tapes on a loop.

Why the story?  Simple. This was a Presidential campaign that was led with extraordinary leadership  While the dynamics of the team may have been closer to tobacco auction with James Carville’s Tommy Gun Talking with Bayou Bullets – there is no doubt that Bill Clinton was calm, cool and collected.  He was all that one would expect of a world leader.  Calm, collected, thoughtful and nearly immune to shame.  While Clinton may have misplaced some requisite humility, it was clear to many Americans that anyone who could run a campaign with the hired guns of the media ground force pummeling him, as Limbaugh did daily, he was a natural leader.  His propensity for womanizing seemed to be more palatable to voters than four more years of the testosterone challenged George H. W. Bush, who ultimately managed to lose an election after winning a war, which sent bookies in Ireland reeling.  Perhaps the nation was tired of being talked to as though they were children by someone who they knew couldn’t give rat’s ass about their circumstances, and did it sounding like Mr. Rogers

Now fast forward to end of the Clinton Presidency – George W. Bush is in contention for the Republican Nomination – the Democratic convention is strictly pro forma, Gore is the de  facto nominee.  The neoconservative movement has become emboldened with each failed Clinton scandal.  Flowers, Jones, White-water, Vince Foster’s suicide – while ignoring some important facts – budget balanced, budget surplus (although is a total BS accounting term that means we actually owe less), unemployment down and every military engagement on Clinton’s watch was brief and successful.  The conflict in eight state-nations formerly known as Yugoslavia was brought to the beginning of an end.  Africa is still a distant drum, but even the political parisans are not going to challenge Clinton for limited or non-engagement.  The Clinton score sheet is excellent, NAFTA and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell hadn’t yet been rejected by the body politique as abysmal failures.

George W Bush comes out swinging, in fact, quite impressive.  He mows down his opponents and makes a rag doll out of John McCain.  This same John McCain, hero, maverick, but, there was not enough distance between the Keating 5 scandal and McCain yet.  The accusations of McCain fathering a black child, were merely a warning – the neocons were going to have him for lunch – and they did.  Meanwhile, back at the phony ranch of the Connecticut Prep school and Yale educated Howdy Doody of presidents – it wasn’t George Bush’s impressive leadership that out stepped McCain – it was McCain’s campaign and leadership skills in 2000. The fact that he didn’t actually win the election is another matter.

McCain’s lack of focus wasn’t apparent when he was told his dream of furthering the family legacy of his father and grandfather would not come to pass and that he would not be considered again for Flag rank in the Navy.  Decisively, he rowed the lifeboat to Arizona and immediately cashed in his chips and was all but handed a Congressional seat in the US House.  More public service and a new career.  What could be more admirable.  It was, he was. Irrespective of his politics or changing views he was effective.

But in the campaign against George W. Bush, the neocons were pushing their agenda and McCain was no neocon.  Not that he wouldn’t drink their scotch and smoke their cigars, but he wasn’t going to join their club.  He didn’t see the reason to do it – he had powerful group of supporters, although not any longer the compassionate Goldwater Republicans, they were Republican’s.  The insidious influence of Richard Perle, William Krystol and the “think tanks” they touted hadn’t yet coursed through all the arteries of the Republican Party until George W. Bush, day-dreaming of his legacy, propped the door open for them like an unconscious drunk on a bender.

McCain in 2000 though, brandished his expertise, and no one challenged that; after all, half the people in his gunsights had tickets to Canada ready while he was doing time in the Hanoi Hilton.  But even McCain’s patriotism and prisoner of war scars were no match for the Joe Six-pack crowd and the Bush jingoistic gymnastics.  A most baffling anomaly – John McCain, son of an Admiral, a former prisoner-of-war and decorated Viet Nam Vet, married to the Chairman of the largest Budweiser distributorship in the country – loses the nomination to the son of a President, delinquent Air Guardsman whom red-necks favored 4-1 for best drinking buddy.

They say you can’t teach old dogs new tricks, but that may not be true, although they may not learn them well.  John McCain lacks more skill now than when he was thrown out of the ring by Bush.  He adopted new tricks to compensate, hired the a cadre of impressive lobbyists (a force with whom McCain casually cavorts) and by the time the Republican National Committee realized that their own candidate was accidentally going to be McCain – they brought all the fireworks and operatives that created the Bush presidency to McCain, Rove included.  Under McCain’s own leadership, he is essentially no match for the Obama organizational style in a fair fight.  To his detriment he has taken to lying.  Not the political overstatement or understatement that many are comfortable with, but rather, outright lies. More lies (2 videos).

While style is only an element of candidates campaign / leadership skill, it is abundantly clear that John McCain has a propensity for the unusual and that his campaign is more about marketing than governance.  What else could explain the pick of Sarah Palin as VP.  The obvious fact that she is a woman and considerably younger than McCain in order to deflect voter’s fears of McCain’s age were a marketing decision by his campaign seems to be imploding.  With more reversals than a high school foot-ball game, McCain’s weak grasp on economics and cadre of banker-advisers that  are reminiscent of a  Washington Mutual television ad, speaks volumes.   The McCain’s foolish move on Monday of airing a commercial trying to fix blame on the economic leadership of Obama was intolerable and dishonorable, much as we fear the disease inside the McCain campaign has metastasized and the audition is not going very well.

McCain Convention : Political Police ??

The Terrorists at Home

Goodwin et al, who were reporting on the anti-war protests as well as the convention in general.

In what seems to be a plot ripped from the Diary of Ann Frank, the security detail of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul Minnesota decided that journalists carrying on the business of the Free Press was unlawful and  in broad day-light arrested Democracy Now Host Amy Goodman even as she pleaded with them that she was Press, her credentials visibly hanging from a lanyard around her neck.  She was arrested while questioning the unlawful arrest her two colleagues – Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar.  AP Story here. That scene was also replete with cries of ‘Press’ and the conspicuous display of Press credentials, RNC correspondent credentials and in Kouddous’ case – an additional security pass that permitted him on the delegate floor.  As the Democracy Now Web Site’s article and video interview of the three explains – a plainclothes individual was permitted to steal the credentials form Kouddous without interference by the police. He has yet to be identified.

We expect to hear more on this story regarding the motivation for singling out Goodman et al, who were reporting on the anti-war protests as well as the convention in general.

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Unnecessary Political Police Force

Memories of Kent State were irrepressible, inasmuch as the police displayed complete disregard…

While the corporate media plays down this affair, the general public will have to rely on the very same ‘corporate-free-press’ to deliver details surrounding the arrest and alleged excessively rough handling of the Democracy Now journalists, including the ‘pincer movement’ used by riot gear clad St. Paul police.  Here’s what the Police Chief John Harrington had to say.

In fairness to the police – it would seem reasonable to plan accordingly since the party of the least popular President in U.S. History – might inspire some vociferous and tightly wound protests; and,  contingencies to quell violence would be expected police procedure.  However, after considerable analysis of the actual occurances in St. Paul, it appears that the strategy and tactics deployed by the police were inconsistent with the preservation of public safety and yielded the trademark disregard for the U.S. Constitution and public safety that distinguishes contemporary American enemies. Memories of Kent State were irrepressible, inasmuch as the police displayed complete disregard for the actuality of the humanity in which was entrusted to their authority.

It is hardly unreasonalbe to assume that the Police leadership was politically inspired.  The presumption is further endorsed by the President’s hurling of political epithets, breaking tradition with long standing protocol of not issuing scathing partisan commentary from the White House, in his address to the RNC Convention, of which he was manuevered away from attending by Party powers.

Obama vs. McCain, Hillary Supporters and the Right Wing Conspiracy

The Players

…his slow thinking style and weakened command of facts to the point that his own people explained that he (McCain) doesn’t speak for the campaign.

First and foremost, the presumptive Democratic nominee – Barack Obama.  Certainly, with the flourish of a well executed marketing campaign – Barack Obama came onto the National scene when he gave a very moving speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention.  He, and a few million supporters have agreed that he has what it takes to be President.  A very well run campaign, Obama presided over a national shrug as we watched the Democratic Dinosaur, Hillary Clinton, slay herself by exhibiting a profound lack of leadership skill and continually changing campaign message.

Clinton’s campaign was replete with cadre of K Street operatives and possibly the worst blend of political promoters since the “New Deal Party System” evolved into its current form.  These are the muck-rakers; the manure harvesters and throwers; the laconic liars that transformed forced a dangerous rebellion in the Democratic Party – instead of a transition that could have been a balm for their hubris and a ‘save’ for their egg covered faces.  Instead, they chose political suicide and irrelevance.

John McCain, the Senator, former POW and current presumptive Republican nominee is a myth.  A Frankenstein candidate that continues to evolve from a patch quilt ideals of the Neo-con body politique that doesn’t always operate smoothly or rationally – very much like the original Frankenstein.  The similarities are not limited to inexplicable facial expressions or terse spurts of distemper – but are highlighted further by his cavernous lack of knowledge and most obvious struggle discerning fact from fiction. His slow speaking style most clearly reveals his slow thinking style and weakened command of facts to the point that his own people explained that he (McCain) doesn’t speak for the campaign.

-We’ll wait while you finish shaking your head and re-reading the last sentence –

The Plot

Rumors of a Hillary coup at the convention have been widely circulated by Right Wing talk radio and has been all the buzz among a growing group of people that often speak from little boxes on television screens but are otherwise, unemployable.

Barack Obama is challenged to unite the country, or at least an operating majority in such a way that a synergistic team develops around the nation.  This team will investigate, debate and legislate in a manner to repair severe damage the United States has endured under the current coup figurehead, George Bush.  The task is daunting, since the Bush Administration placed operatives throughout the bowels of government; many who will likely be facing legal challenge as to the propriety of their engagement.  Other’s who will, no doubt, be facing legal challenge directly relating to the constitutionality of their deeds, although the current US Attorney General and Neo-con political operative, Mukasey, has thus far refused to act according to his oath by blocking Justice Department action against his ideological brethren.

McCain is challenged with the Molotov plan of political arson in order to hopefully seize power.  His objective, as evidenced by his tender yet obscure campaign dialogs with Sen Hillary Clinton’s campaign, is to continually criticize Barack Obama and the Obama campaign – even – when that criticism is in direct conflict with the truth.  Even – when the criticism is in conflict with common sense. Even – when the criticism is in direct conflict with Senator McCain’s own previous statements.  The underlying rationale is that McCain generally doesn’t make sense, and since he is continually in edification mode – the electorate should hardly notice.  Apparently he has made it difficult for the corporate media to keep straight faces when reporting on McCain events.  However, business units at most major networks have made very clear that it is very important for the news machinery to portray McCain as a viable candidate in order meet projected sales of ad time right up until election day. It seems sometimes that McCain is barely cooperating.  His competence is questionable and his grasp of gravity is unclear – so we’ll just call him Curly because of his penchant for being in pickles.

Meanwhile, Sen Clinton’s Campaign is doing the Bunny Hop from NYC to Denver in the gleeful March-for-a-Miracle.  While Senator Clinton has apparently distanced herself from previous comments that she would not place her name in nomination – the Obama campaign has agreed to the traditional practice – and Clinton now wishes to be recognized on the convention ballot in order to lose – officially, thereby indelibly placing her loss in the annuls of the Democratic Party and delivering her a plot in the graveyard of history.  Rumors of a Hillary coup at the convention have been widely circulated by Right Wing talk radio and has been all the buzz among a growing group of people that often speak from little boxes on television screens but are otherwise, unemployable.  Naturally, confusion and disclarity are the fundamental trademarks of our last character, and that’s why Hillary is our Larry.

The Sequel ??

A Spine - Rarely used by Congressional Democrats since 2006.

A Spine - Rarely used by Congressional Democrats since 2006.

Perhaps pretending there is Unity in order to get through the election process successfully, isn’t such a bad idea while working for a broader consensus of Americans.

As most Americans probably know, despite the fact that McCain campaign insinuated that Hawaii is un-American, Barack Obama will be returning soon from America’s 50th state after visiting family and friends and enjoying some time with family, close allies and 5,000 people from the press corps spying from perches in dunes and beach grass subsisting on plate lunches while they stalk the Senator … more debates will be in order.  Not the McCain kind whereby stupid people ask questions – but rather, the more traditional kind where one person asks stupid questions.

Meanwhile, on the periphery of sanity, groups such as Puma Pac and other Hillary Clinton for President groups persist – even though it is reported that they do not have the endorsement of Clinton.  They have also purportedly, misrepresented their funds raised by stating 6 million in support vs. the 50K they actually raised.  There are many, including me, that believe that while these are actually Democrats, this organization and others like it, designed to support Hillary Clinton, even though she has not acknowledged them, were in actuality created by Karl Rove operatives in fulfillment of a task to breed acrimony among Democrats and create controversy to distract voters.  This is further evidenced by vociferous leaders of groups stating withouth blinking that they will vote for John McCain if Obama is the Democratic nominee.

Considering the likelihood of a Democratic victory in November, it is Democrats currently in office that should expect a more demanding constituency in the coming election cycle.  While holding steady in order to deliver a Democratic victory, many constituents are dangerously unhappy with many sitting Democratic leaders and many are hopeful that by ending the neo-con coup of American National Government, the next target will be ending the dinosaur patronage coup of the Democratic Party.  Perhaps pretending there is Unity in order to get through the election process successfully, isn’t such a bad idea while working for a broader consensus of Americans.

Obama / McCain : ‘Survivor – D.C.’

Challenge One:  The American Polls

"I like to do this with my thumbs"

"I like to do this with my thumbs"

the ‘Top-Gun’ accolade, Maverick, has many people believing that John McCain is actually Tom Cruise, and they don’t realize that he’s really the old guy on the TV News

Generally, polls across the country reveal Senator Barack Obama trending ahead of John McCain, despite some of the peculiar polling techniques.  By peculiar, we mean those polls that are designed to influence the outcome by employing the Socratic method of deduction.  Remember, telephone polling has the additional advantage of directing ones answer by the vocal inflection of the questioner.  Think we’re fooling? – take a few of those polls the next time you find yourself dodging your caller-ID as though you were dashing through the defense on the way to goal line.  Sooner than later you’ll get a list of questions that appears to have the answers built-in.

Even in the face of some less than truthful pollsters – Obama’s surge (pardon the expression) is evident and has the long-toothed McCain elders in a huddle in order to throw as much cold water on Obama-mania as they can.  The plans, as we have observed, include heavily quoting the Republican demographic that is largely influenced by political street-money, that is to say, those that vote in order to receive the pancake breakfast, bus ride and the day-trip to the Casino, including buffet vouchers.  Traditionally this is the voting demographic that has put McCain ahead of Obama polls querying military leadership and terrorism management.

Of course, the McCain fictional depictions, while not exhibiting the chutzpah of the current Commander-

"Call me Mav"

"Call me Mav"

in-Chief’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ aircraft carrier one act stage play, are still propaganda of the highest order.  While retired General Wes Clark got hammered for explaining that John McCain has no bonafides when it comes to military knowledge or experience, we’re still forced to ask the questions:

Wouldn’t a pilot that wasn’t shot down be a more likely celebrated authority?

Why does being a prisoner of war, as horrifying and breath-taking a sacrifice as that may be, denote military knowledge or diplomatic skill??

We’re still convinced that the lifting of the ‘Top-Gun’ accolade ‘Maverick has many low-information individuals confusing John McCain with Tom Cruise, and they don’t realize that he’s really the old guy on the TV News that appears to be a little dazed when asked questions at news conferences.

Challenge Two: Keeping McCain Looking Viable to Meet Ad Sales Projections

the case of John McCain, it’s more like ‘Week-end at Bernies’ since eventually, McCain will never stand up on his own.

This is not as complicated as it may appear.  Briefly speaking, the corporate media machine is hungry for their share of the political booty.  Even if there has already been a trend to permit anti-trust activities and a monopolistic seizure of our national news trust, despite the actual mission of the FCC – the corporate media machine has a voracious appetite and aggressive accountants.  They’ve planned on a field day for Ad sales and profits, so don’t get so baffled when you don’t understand why the corporate media doesn’t squish McCain with a hammer of his own arrogance.

Consider this – a  trendy restaurant is located in the middle of a block in an industrial neighborhood in Any City, USA.  Right next door is a commercial  parking lot, privately owned.  Since most of the area is devoted to small factories, the occupants generally travel by public transportation.  Half of the parking lot revenue is now from the restaurant.  The owner of the parking lot knows that the owner of the restaurant is a creep.  He lies.  He serves substandard food and has paid-off all the health department officials.  Would it be in the parking lot owner’s best interest to publicly demonstrate against the restaurant??  Is it likely he would put signs on the entrance to his parking lot encouraging business to go elsewhere?  Is it likely that he would voluntarily give up 50% of his business?  Just set it on fire ??

Of course not.  Now you know why the media doesn’t challenge John McCain.  Even if it were Mike Huckabee or Andy Dick in the other slot, we’re perfectly confident that the corporate media would create an oxygen rich environment and a series of ‘good-days’ creating an illusion of collusion. Although in the case of John McCain, it’s more like ‘Week-end at Bernies’ since eventually, McCain will never stand up on his own.

Challenge Three:  Spinning Without Getting Dizzy

"Who's the Maverick - You're the Maverick ! ... You're the Maverick !"

"Who's the Maverick - You're the Maverick ! ... You're the Maverick !"

the corporate media newsters are feasting like hummingbirds in a nectar rich garden; or, a food fight at the local reformatory, depending upon one’s broadcast preferences.

Many have heard the sonic boom of talking point volleys, mostly promoted by the corporate media machine, in which opposing political analysts engage in fictional arguments by decrying official knowledge of their candidates’ inner-most thoughts and reasoning.  The campaign of John McCain, not unlike the President’s staff, is characterized by its spring-loaded snarking arrogance, while the Obama team is generally characterized by shrugged shoulders and ever-so-slight grimaces as they painfully endure re-purposed platitudes that require a Sherpa in order to find an relevant talking point.

In the past few weeks McCain challenged Obama to visit Iraq, Obama plans trip, McCain camp accuses Obama of grandstanding, McCain criticizes Obama, then criticizes his own people then criticizes Obama … then adopts Obama’s Iraq strategy and claims original title to it, without breaking stride or changing the dyspeptic look on the collective McCain mask.

Confidantes have revealed that the McCain collective had to throw together some ill-fitting talking points when Obama derailed their war plan by re-assessing his stance on the FISA bill and then opted to take heat from his own side of the aisle rather than to permit John McCain to paint his opposition with a broad brush that was sure to include quotes from Stalin and Hugo Chavez as part of a smear campaign.  In fact, just recently, trying out new lines … McCain implied that Obama was a Socialist by inference, and then when asked directly about it, responded “I don’t know.”  So deep in the bowels of the McCain brain-trust, the mill wheels are turning, refining the wholesome flour in order to bake cakes from the Cindy McCain recipe collection – in the shape of monkey wrenches to hurl at Obama at periodic intervals.  While it’s not the Food Network – the corporate media newsters are feasting like hummingbirds in a nectar rich garden; or, a food fight at the local reformatory, depending upon one’s broadcast preferences.

Challenge Four: Dinosaur vs. Elders

"Light me dude ?"

"Light me dude ?"

They have no ideological differences, although they are very playful in front of reporters and often taunt each other with a wink and a nod.

The Democratic symbol may as well have been the dinosaur since the Clinton administration held the door open while Republican’s cleaned House and grappled a majority in Congress.  Very adept business professionals of the Democratic persuasion figured how they could co-exist, not unlike the manner in which the Vichy co-existed with the Nazis.  Sorry it isn’t pretty but its true.  We refer to these Vichy-crats as dinosaurs, because they are lumbering, nearly extinct and serve no purpose other than to impose themselves and threaten with their largesse.   This is the nearly extinct and panicked wing of the Democratic party that has threatened Obama.  They have done so because they stand a better chance of group success if the Democratic Party remains the way it is – as opposed to being infused with youth, couth and truth.  They share a common DNA thread with their collaborative counterparts of the Republican persuasion – political patronage. Obama is not beholden to them, and as such, poses an ideological / fiscal impasse of life-threatening proportions.  There is a substantial amount of expended ‘Quid’ that will likely not receive its promised ‘Quo’ and the Dinosaurs would sooner collude with the Grand Ole’ Pachyderms than miss on cashing in at all.  The problem is, they ate all their cover so they likely may be taking their lumps or lose

Richard Perle, architect of Iraq invasion and neocon chieftan

Richard Perle, architect of Iraq invasion and neocon chieftan

even more.  These are the people that quietly made millions on welfare spending.

Of course, their counterparts, a group of neoconservative cowardly oligarchs that have as much to do with freedom as the first slave traders that ever set up shop on shores of Ivory Coast.  This group of miscreants developed liver spots on their pasty skin when they were in grammar school as their own physiology was repulsed by the damage they could cause humanity.  This is the group of Americans that refer to their employees as their people – not because its trendy – but because they own them, or at least believe they do.  The play very well with the Dinosaurs because they  consider themselves ‘special needs’ of a pedigree, even if it is not the same pedigree.   They have no ideological differences, although they are very playful in front of reporters and often taunt each other with a wink and a nod.  These are the people that vociferously protest the departure of American forces from Iraq, because of the billions of dollars at risk if they aren’t able to secure their portion of the oil booty – and – how complicated it all becomes if the American taxpayer won’t provide 100 years of security forces in order to protect their (the oligarchs) wealth in the region.

UPDATE:

Challenge Five: Making Confidential Plans for State Visits to Foreign Lands Without John McCain Leaking Them

McCain may have subconciously been trying to go for a more complete cancellation

As though ripped from an old Twilight Zone episode – earlier today – it was reported that John McCain was publicly discussing the confidential plans of Obama and other members of the US Senate and their expected visit to Iraq.  Obviously, not eager to have Obama receive the lion’s share of the press while making an historic visit to the region that American lives are threatened daily, and the region of a conflict central to his campaign for President, John McCain had a senior moment and revealed details of the trip publicly in a most sophomoric display featuring his trademark poor judgment and loquaciousness.

Apparently, panic has consumed the McCain campaign as they scurry to divert attention from the national press and corporate media in covering the European and Iraq visits by Obama.  While the White House was unsuccessful in getting Obama’s Brandenburg Gate gig cancelled – McCain may have subconciously been trying to go for a more complete cancellation by revealing facts that had not been shared publicly about the timing of the Obama contingent’s itinerary.  There was no response avialble from the Obama camp at the time of this article.

President Bush : How Do You Think That Went ?

Original Artwork Courtesy of Stephen Pitt -

Original Artwork Courtesy of Stephen Pitt -

Mr. Bush narrated to the American public,  a tale that the most daring science-fiction writer would not have attempted

Today, President George Bush presided over one of the most peculiar press conferences in modern history.  It was a queer presser under any circumstances, yet it appears the President was not performing under duress, even as he struggled with simple sentences and fundamental concepts, but rather was enthusiastic about speaking very publicly about subjects he has little understanding.  It required nerves of steel and passive restraints to not fly out of one’s chair as the President struggled to explain to the American public about the psychology of world diplomacy and currency valuation of petro-dollars.

In what seemed like hours, George Bush, unwittingly, made the case for stem cell research and elder care as he stumbled through answers to reporters questions.  In his widely imitable style, he punctuated sentences with his trademarked smirk and head bobbing, lending a tropical-punk-avian air to the televised mass sedative.  On our quiet residential street in the City of San Jose, windows ajar as the cool morning fog was lifting from Silicon Valley; one could actually hear yelps and stifled screams of citizens in their homes with the frequency and ferocity of a battery of waves against nearby Pacific coastline.

Highlights included his mis-understanding and voo-doo description of the psychological impact of domestic

Original Artwork Courtesy of Stephen Pitt

Original Artwork Courtesy of Stephen Pitt

oil drilling.  Despite the natural and logical anticipated market response, that is to say that oil prices would likely double from here, Mr. Bush narrated to the American public,  a tale that the most daring science-fiction writer would not have attempted, removing all the circumstantial concern and redefining the implied threat to the supply.  In other words, how does one get from here to there (approximately 18 years) without getting exponentially hammered by the purveyors of the existing ready oil supply?

Then he responded to questions regarding the FDIC seizure of Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the privately held Indy Mac banks.  In an otherwise alarming series of facial expressions and shoulder ticks, President Bush stumbled through an explanation of the FDIC coverage, which was not quite accurate, while dodging a question about socializing losses to taxpayers.  Then he repeated the answer three times as though it were part of the same explanation and new information was included each time he repeated himself.  It did not require careful observation to realize the President was simply repeating almost verbatim, the same words three times.  Had there been no audio on the television, it would have appeared there was considerable detail in his answer.  Sadly, the sound was working perfectly as Mr. Bush very poorly explained FDIC’s role in insuring deposits up to $100K, while he managed to insult most sentient life with his assault on the English language.

As though the President had been making an appeal to Bush impersonators around the world,  George Bush reprieved some of his famous gaffes that sent one imagining themselves listening to a CD infomercial with a running scroll of the artists most memorable numbers:

  1. Magic Wand (Don’t Have One or I’d Wave It)
  2. Oil Reshjerves
  3. Let Me Exshplain It to the Amercanjs Who Don’t Undershtand
  4. Heh-heh
  5. Heh-heh-heh
  6. The Democrats Aren’t Responsible
  7. The Democrats Aren’t Doin’ Their Job
  8. The Conomy is Stronger Than You Think
  9. We’re Exshporting More Goods (Don’t Ashk Me More Than What)
  10. I Exshpected the Bill on My Desk (Now They’ll Get Detention)
  11. Heh-heh-heh-heh (Phhhmmp Phhmmp)


The only good news after today’s press conference was the confirmation that the collective American spirit is resillient and in tact – even after the abuses of our cerebrically diminutive leader.  The simple fact that millions of Americans will be heading to voting booths, a few short months away has apparently quelled the more visceral response of running on the White House in the same manner in which many ran on Indy Mac.  Most incredibly, the scene was devoid of ambulances or white coated attendants at the close of the press conference and reporters appeared to be a large gathering posing for a portrait, if not for the slow, sullen and side-ways head shaking that could be noticed upon closer examination.