John McCain: The ‘Low-Information’ Candidate

I was requested to re-post this article that was written during his Presidential run against President Obama – VAC
30 October 2008

Weapons-grade contempt

One need not be detective or forensic scientist to determine the extent of the weapons-grade contempt emitting from John McCain.  The list of recipients is endless.  While the non-stop tirade begins and ends with the “media” it’s the other accusations that are startling reminders of John McCain’s profound lack of leadership skill, his shudderingly feckless statesmanship and his blatant and purposeful dishonesty in his campaign rhetoric.  McCain’s lead among low information voters is not only because he has pandered to them by appealing to the remnants of our National disgrace, but the fact that he is the ‘low-information’ candidate.

Meanwhile, moving in a consistent and progressive manner, Barack Obama does not respond to McCain’s routinely personally offensive talking points.  In fact, Obama never mentions Sara Palin, and only mentions McCain’s name when associating him with policies that he’s supported.   No personal attacks, no inferences of subversive activity.  Most surprisingly, McCain who has staggered through some very questionable professional relationships, has apparently not sobered up enough to realize that he has probably finished himself as an American statesman, period.

Lost the Media Friends

John McCain, of late, has complained about the press – something he didn’t generally do.  The problems between McCain and the press occurred in a number of events with different people that decided that it was time to ask John McCain real questions since he was waging a war against the survivor of the modern history’s longest Democratic race.  There was much more on the table and without question demonstrable differences between the candidates in demeanor, education, life experience and political experience.

Apparently though, John McCain’s witty remarks and warm gestures to junior and senior journalists, treating them like the neighbors puppies, was not going to sell this time around.  There was a public demanding information – and McCain had a endless stream of banalities, slogans and generalizations – but often his facts were wrong at the first, second and even third attempts and reexplaining himself.  Each juncture resulting in another journalist losing their seat on the McCain traveling press corps for asking a question that was not on the McCain preferred question list.  While there is no real list – one would surely realize when they asked a question that didn’t appear on the non-existent list as the Straight-Jacket Express would figuratively leave them sitting in the middle of nowhere while it sped away.

Not Mavericks – Desperadoes

The most remarkable example of how John McCain equates campaigning to war.  Most clearly he’s adopted a plan that isn’t from the ‘Dao of Strategy’ but only from the ‘Dao of War.’  In doing so he has conflated military actions with political campaigns and he and his minions have set their sights on destroying Barack Obama.  While it’s true, politics does use military terminology, including the word campaign, it is about ideas – not blood. The critical mistake he’s (McCain) made is that it is quite apparent that the American public does not aspire to be like John McCain, but are more attracted to the persona and temperament of Barack Obama.

This goes to one central point – that being the primary obligations of the next President.  Team builder, confidence builder, critical thinker, calm and careful consideration and a keen intellect.  With all due respect, as shamefully small as that amount may be – John McCain possesses none of these qualities.  Obama rises to all of them and it simply means there is no choice for the American electorate to make – John McCain has made that most emphatically clear.

Just Do It

It has been my pleasure to talk with readers, friends and loved ones. A very few in disagreemnet with my judgment, and to them I simply state – it’s time to give it up.  I heard the story about life-long Republican support, frankly there have been enough career politicians that are Republicans and supporting Obama to shatter your argument.  I’ve heard about silly ramblings about free-lunches.  Sadly, there is no shred of truth to equate Obama with free-lunches, that is a silly argument that Herbert Hoover will forever have as a legacy.  And lastly, it was a collective hubris that got us into this mess.  It was many of us thinking that we were more important than our neighbor and going to great lengths and expense to prove it – so much in fact that we’ve consumed ourselves into a very unhealthy state.  Our egos are long out of the reach of our economics and our faith in religions that preach about walled communities have created division where there was none.  It is time for us to act like intelligent beings that hope to heal society so that there is an equality in opporunity.  In that case our next discussion will be about personal responsibility – but now is not the time for that discussion to be the focus.  You know that the right thing to do – even if you have a lot invested in thinking otherwise.  Just do it and stop wasting your energy on your ego – just pitch in – we need to do this together.

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Barack vs. The Volcano (Redux)

The Candidate is the Campaign, Period

…inexplicable disassociation with current events, stunningly inadequate communication skills, dubious team building expertise and an endless stream of banalities…

McCain’s campaign deserves the ‘Ship of Fools’ moniker, and they prove it daily – not only in the fact that they defy reason in the overtly fictionalized representation of the Senator’s leadership skills, but with their flagrant disregard for facts.  The campaign’s message is confusing hot air and ash; noxious, dirty and deadly.  The representations of the future are in direct conflict to McCain’s past record. In fact, many of the conflicts have been navigated by McCain within a single news cycle – whereby he reverses course on his own comments within hours of his original.  We’ve said it before, McCain does more about-faces in a day than a Naval Drill Team and it is hardly understandable how he hasn’t screwed himself into the ground where he stands.

The McCain Volcano is replete with a cast of the ‘Usual Suspects’ that make Keyser Söze seem like Captain Kangaroo.  It’s not just that they  represent the ruling class that created the volcanic cone that is impacting America, but because their ideological scam has devalued the American worker and fleeced the National wealth.  A re-distribution of wealth that not only has devalued currency but has gambled the American legacy by decimating the US Military, inspired greater global terrorism in a manner most fiction writers wouldn’t have felt was believable and created the necessity of corporate welfare that is undeniable, yet is placed directly on the shoulders of an abused middle-class.

Yet, without skipping a beat, John McCain goes news cycle after news cycle displaying an excess of poor leadership style, inexplicable disassociation with current events, stunningly inadequate communication skills, dubious team building expertise and an endless stream of banalities, slogans and staggering contradictions.  However, the patented GOP response to what must be global observations of McCain is always preceded with an attack on Barack Obama.  This is the sensibility that riots are made of – not important political decisions.  The mere fact, that Phil Gramm (the birth parent of the Financial Services Modernization Act which abrogated Glass – Steagall) is an economic adviser and former co-chair of the McCain campaign should be reason enough for any reasonable human being from disregarding McCain as an option in November.  When punctuated with McCain’s stating that he’s not for the privatization of Social Security this week, after a decade of his vociferous support for privatization should shake even those that haven’t been paying attention to politics.

Even GPS Can’t Locate McCain positions

…it is unquestionable that John McCain is the Republican stooge who permitted his campaign to chose a VP running mate for him that was certain to distract the electorate…

“You can’t make this stuff up” was almost an appropriate sub-text for every McCain speech in the past week.  It was expressed by journalists, journo-tainers and the Obama campaign.  It was irresistable, as was the line that Obama worked into every speech declaring that the ‘Ole boy network was a McCain staff meeting.’  Truly, even those not enamored with shtick could resist broadly smiling each time it was repeated.

McCain would literally contradict himself within hours of taking a position. While great fodder for news / opinion / comedy – John McCain’s campaign activities are not just confined to the US airwaves but are making US Politics the laughing stock of the world we so desperately need to re-engage in a healthy way.  Imagine a President John McCain addressing the UN while the suspicious membership recall his attempts at detente by quipping ‘Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran’  Just think about a man who has claimed in a Nationally broadcast interview “I know how to win wars!” as though the empty words had value.  He, to this day, he has not been challenged by the corporate media with access to him to back up that claim.  It is not only a sad commentary on John McCain’s grip on reality, but a revealing glimpse of the corporate media’s dubious attempts to keep the game going as long as possible.

After the disgrace that was billed as the Republican Convention, not limited to but including highly questionable police activity and the jailing of credentialed US Press journalists and the vile words of the resentful bridesmaids – it is unquestionable that John McCain is the Republican stooge who permitted his campaign to chose a VP running mate for him that was certain to distract the electorate from the facts and potentially build support.

Skill with Hope, Faith and Charity

When the talking heads and paid political analysts (even the friendlies) called for him to get into the street fight – he acknowledged their concern but won their respect for not blackening his own eyes with his own knees

It is our opinion that the premiere qualification for a presidential candidate is their ability to lead.  The skills required are a nimble mind, an ability to assemble heroic teams and reduce complex problems to a series of actionable events.  This is commentary and not a campaign ad – but Obama detractors have engaged in propoganda that borders historic proportions in order to disavow his accomplishments and the McCain campaign has engaged in politics that rival the disinformation of the current Bush administration.  In fact, Bush political operatives have been engaged by the McCain campaign in successful recruiting effort that the US Army wishes it could accomplish.

Hope:  Barack Obama adopted the word ‘Hope’ as an operative tool over a decade ago – it wasn’t born of a campaign. While there have been numerous accounts of it’s importance and volumes written mocking the emblatic overtone – it is overwhelmingly apparent that this is a fundamental precept of what makes Obama tick.  In contrast the McCain campaign has posited that Hope is not enough – even though it is abundantly clear that the Obama campaign has admirably operated with a positive mental attitude throughout the campaign.  The importance of this is evidenced in the fact that the current presidential race has been observed by many as being pivotal in the history of the USA and the Democratic contender rose from the ranks with a grassroots political organization that has out-raised any US Politician in history and defeated the tenured Democratic political machine in accomplishing the Party’s nomination.

Faith:  While this is of the most personal individual freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution, Obama’s faith has been challenged continuously with disturbing allegations.  Some of these allegations still being hoisted by still employed yet hardly relevant paid propogandists posing as commentators, are offensive not only to Obama, but to many Americans that are not fundamentalist Christians.  There is no question that these businesses celebrating non-profit status have provided cover for political operatives intent on tainting Obama.  To his credit, Obama has run the gauntlet of incomprehensible assertions with aplomb.

Charity:  This is the most evident of all the attributes of the Obama campaign.  Even when the neophyte political activists, supporting Obama began to call for his head-on-a-stick, because of his skillful manuevering of positions placed in his path by a concerted effort of the Republicans in Congress – team Obama managed to get the activist leadership to focus on singular actionable event that was more important – that being winning the election.  He did it without creating huge or lasting divisions.

When the talking heads and paid political analysts (even the friendlies) called for him to get into the street fight – he acknowledged their concern but won their respect for not blackening his own eyes with his own knees and patiently permitted the opposition to choke on their own hubris.  He has repeated this throughout the campaign and his control under fire has stunned the McCain rioters.

John McCain : Maverick or Desperado ??

What a pain in the ASCII

Wait Mom!!  I'm reading The Almost Daily Binx !!

Wait Mom!! I'm reading The Almost Daily Binx !!

he hasn’t taken a 20 minute break in the last 10 years to understand the exponential reach of an Internet browser

While we take a few moments (very few indeed) to ponder the question of which cowboy nick-name is more suitable for Sen. John “Loop-hole” McCain, let’s also consider that in the year 2008, the Senator confesses that he actually does not have much experience in functioning on the Internet.  This, singularly, is one of the most astounding admissions conceivable.  It is the equivalent of a public official in the 1940’s not being familiar with ‘how to use a telephone.’

Interestingly enough, John McCain could really use the Internet, if nothing else, to put at his fingertips, information that has seemed to escape his reach.  Even if just used as a safe-guard against a bad memory or keeping up with current events, the tools available would likely prevent pandering gaffes such as when the

If I go out there they are going to ask me more questions.  Can't we go for ice cream?

If I go out there they are going to ask me more questions. Can't we go for ice cream?

confused Senator told a Pittsburgh CBS News Affiliate reporter that he told his North Vietnamese captors the names of the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line, when interrogated about the names of those in his unit. Of course, the surroundings may have been responsible for McCain’s error, or perhaps some confusion over Pittsburgh and Green Bay, Wisconsin, or perhaps John McCain’s desperation.  Nonetheless, there is ample evidence that McCain had, until that day in Pittsburgh, told the story differently – in fact – the offensive line of Green Bay. We’re not suggesting that Senator McCain is a liar, after all, his POW status alone apparently permits him to manipulate the truth, by-pass press scrutiny and claim super-veteran status over we mere veterans – but we are suggesting that he’s often … confused.

While the corporate media lines their articles and commentary with pillows for the elderly Senator – there is still no evidence forthcoming that John McCain has experience in team-building or capacity for leadership in any manner.  Simply stated, to the extent that he hasn’t taken a 20 minute break in the last 10 years to understand the exponential reach of an Internet browser, is mind-boggling.

Straight-talk ?

Binx101 ??  I hate him ... hate him !  Hrrrrrmph !   Ah !

Binx101 ?? I hate him ... hate him ! Hrrrrrmph ! Ah !

we plead for pedestrians to consider the McCain ‘ride’ the “Straight-Jacket Express.”

To quote ourselves, John McCain has more about faces than a Naval Drill Team.  His campaign ship-of-state is apparently structured in the same manner as a Jenga game and is routinely lying in ruins, though quickly reassembled to catch the breezes from the next news cycle. Sending out his aggressive surrogates to criticize Obama at all costs and to explain why Obama is wrong.  This practice has back-fired a number of times, but nonetheless, Team McCain’s commitment to developing the most despicable and shameful Presidential campaign in the history of the United States is apparently a goal they may have in the bag.

The only time that he seems somewhat competent is when he is mouthing the central points of scripts

The 2009 Straight Talk Express

The 2009 Straight Talk Express

provided by his handlers and confidants.  However, he appears to be most confident when he occasionally goes renegade and terrorizes the public with his alleged keen vision and commentary. Apparently his admirers appear to become nervous these days, as he flashes, what can only be described as a ‘creepy smile’ while he displays the same lack of statesmanship as his chief supporter, George W. Bush.

Senator McCain has now turned the political campaign gaffe into an art-form, considering that he has made them almost daily for the last 2 months.  While the corporate media is either ignoring, downplaying or in the case of CBS news interview with Katie Couric simply editing them out of the story – true excitement seems to fill the air when the sometimes feeble Senator gets things right.  This in itself may be a part of the GOP strategy of sensory overload.  But nothing is more thrilling, as an observer of human behavior, to experience John McCain master the George Bush technique of answering a different question than what was asked, be completely wrong in his assessment, or punctuate his answers with strange facial expressions or ill-timed creepy smiles.

We can only consider his departures from already hackneyed and uninspiring platitudes quite thrilling – in a morbidly curious sort of way – and we plead for beleaguered pedestrians to consider the McCain ‘ride’ the “Straight-Jacket Express” and a very dangerous option.  Dangerous in the sense that John McCain is desperate – his campaign is depserate – and – his party is desperate.  He is truly … a Desperado.

Obama – Not Biting on Town Halls

McCain – Not a Real Candidate

“… McCain’s uninspiring approach to public speaking, his inexplicable assortment of bewildering facial expressions …”

Although a most profound experiment in public theater, John McCain is no more a viable candidate for United States President than comedian Pat Paulsen was in his 1968, 1972, 1980, 1988, 1992, and 1996 Presidential runs.  While Paulsen’s dead-pan approach to the campaign, made for great comedy, John McCain’s candidacy of last resort rarely generates laughs, but excels in generating grimaces and glances askance.

The overall legitimacy of McCain’s run is rooted solely in his ability to generate financial interest in his presidency.  We feel very strongly that he offers many corporatists a solid investment and from this perspective – his lobbying capacity from the White House would represent an exponential leg up to privatization of the American Republic.  However, if one were to solely judge the next American president on his own words, John McCain’s attributions are confusing, contradictory and quite often conciliatory with those of George Bush.  While the upside is substantial, the downside to publicly visible support of John McCain by ‘the usual suspects’ might very well be punished by an American electorate withholding their commerce on principle.

Senator McCain represents the only candidate, other than Mike Huckabee, that was willing to shill for the party in an election year that is likely to severely punish the Republican brand.  This is further compounded by McCain’s uninspiring approach to public speaking, his inexplicable assortment of bewildering facial expressions and his most obvious lack of experience with reason and logic.

Attendance by Association – Few Debates Better than Many

“…John McCain has to pay his own way in organizing events and paying the piper for the observations of his patented “Straight Talk.”

Have you seen the attendance at McCain events, in which he is the only draw? It is clearly indicative that no one really cares what he says, nor is consistent from day to day.  Frankly speaking, Hillary Clinton made a tragic mistake during her campaign when she declared she had found her voice – six months into her campaign; but, John McCain has never declared his voice – and – the “Straight Talk” slogan has matured into a cue for witty repartee about flip-flopping

Barack Obama, has proven to be able to attract very large crowds of interested and engaged supporters. Even Hillary Clinton – perhaps the most widely known political woman in contemporary history – was not able to attract the numbers or investment that Obama has commanded from the masses.   John McCain, however, struggles to attract crowds, enthusiasm, and investment.

It is our opinion that Barack Obama’s presence will bring more attention to John McCain than John McCain, and this is the singular reason that McCain strategists filled his mouth with a challenge to engage in Town Hall meetings beginning in the double digits. McCain has everything to gain by the exposure that he otherwise, does not have the resources to garner.  With only five months left until we vote – McCain would actually be the beneficiary of riding Obama’s coattails in an environment and venue that is actually less likely to generate harsh press – in the spirit of fairly covering debate, that is to say.  Conversely, if the bulk of the press coverage leading to the election is comparative analysis of the candidates own vision as inspired by their own words in speeches – John McCain has to pay his own way in organizing events and paying the piper for the observations of his patented “Straight Talk.”

McCain – Republican Edsel – Wrong Man at Wrong Time

“… the match-up is the Republican’s Edsel.”

Not unlike the Ford Edsel, noted for being the largest business catastrophe of the 20th Century, John McCain represents a bewildering brand that diligently hoped he would be running against Hillary Clinton as opposed to Barack Obama.  With Clinton as his opponent, McCain would have been able to trawl for the anti-Clinton voters. The difference, of course, the Edsel had a chance of succeeding.

Ford’s research revealed that their Lincoln brand had slipped into competing with GM’s Oldsmobile, and the entire basis for the launch of Edsel was to assist in the company in diversifying its line and recreating the natural match-up of Lincoln competing with Cadillac.  But in doing so, they spent more attention to marketing channels than they did to product, and it’s identity continually changed in each of its three model years, to the extent, the name Edsel began to equate with a car that didn’t have a singular target customer because it’s concept kept changing.

We think the comparision to McCain speaks for itself.  Both Hillary and McCain exercised the same myopic judgment. Hillary’s though was in trying to captitalize in the odd lift she was getting from her eventual enemies.  Then they made the assumption that they would be competing against each other, while they mocked Obama in unison, as an insurance policy, defining themselves as collaborators, not opponents.  Nonetheless, the surviving competitive model is Obama and the match-up is the Republican’s Edsel.

Barack vs. The Oligarchy : Deal or No Deal?

22 April 08, The Almost Daily Binx, San Jose, CA, by Binx101

PA Primary Underway in America’s Family-rooms

“Abandon any thoughts that this is democracy in action.”

While it is assumed that only the popular vote statewide will reign accurate today, American homes will be lit up with the glow of TV’s carrying the coverage from a variety of sources.  Sports analogies ad nauseum will be hoisted as commentary and in-depth analysis will challenge consciousness.  Yet, the simple approach will be denied since “More = Wins  / Less = Loses” is not the vehicle that will inspire folks to buy a plethora of products that drive Corporate news profits.

While not a hard and fast rule – some info-tainers will use hockey allegory and others will make comparisons via baseball.  It’s all in the demographics provided by the analysts that no-one sees inside the infotainment HQ.  But, make no mistake – this is not about the USA, this is about the US currency that is the ultimate object drawing your viewership.  Abandon any thoughts that this is Democracy in action.  That will wait until after the election and will be relegated to the heady pages of the not so profitable periodicals, Web-life and Congressional reports.  A few radio outlets can be added to the list, but with very few exceptions – they are mostly entertainment and focus on listener consensus, lest they cannot survive.  Yes, there are exceptions but they are very limited.

The Power is Not in the Electorate

“coalition-of-the-shilling.”

What ???  Unfortunately this is, for the most part, true.  The power is in the hands of the Oligarchs that essentially tell the electorate how to vote.  How to cast their ballot based on political operatives that influence the community, churches and the above-mentioned smorgasbord of media outlets.

Take ABC the during last weeks faux-debate of the Democratic opponents.  By now, any interested American with an Internet connection or a TV knows there is considerable criticism of the manner in which the debate was handled.  Our own words on the subject can be found <here.>

After the article was written it was learned that the question that George Stephanopoulos posed to Barack Obama about Mr. Ayers was actually part of the list of talking points that were provided to Right Wing Activist Promoted – Sean Hannity – a Fox News info-tainer.  Hannity is known for his promotion of Right Wing extremism and his close relationship with Rush Limbaugh, Anne Coulter and a variety of the coalition-of-the-shilling.  Careful examination will reveal to anyone with the time that this is a widely deployed practice.  The talking points are unmistakable and reformed “Republican Conservative Hit-man” David Brock, routinely tracks the major disinformation of the American public at Media Matters.

You know that phrase, The Most Trusted Name in News?  Forget it for now.  It has deteriorated into oblivion since it was first flown as a flag – and we helped it with a collective fixation on ourselves.

The Power is in the Power

“…self importance is the fulcrum that political charlatans use to leverage their doctrine.”

It is political operatives (now reformed David Brock tells us) that move elections by moving people’s minds in a carefully plotted direction over a period of time.

It is brainwashing.

It is programming.

It is an American political reality.

It is as difficult to detect as a dose of arsenic in an almond flavored liqueur.

Many Americans obsessed with achieving social status, whether locally among a small rural crowd or in larger economically aggressive circles, are perfect subjects.  Why else, would any responsibly minded individual spend 50K on an SUV to negotiate the parking lot of the mall, that averages 13 miles to the gallon, in an era when energy, carbon foot-print and green initiatives abound.  It is because self importance is the fulcrum that political charlatans use to leverage their doctrine.

And the Power is the Oligarchy

“… the Nation has never been less secure, including the final months of the Revolutionary War.

A hand full of people are actually controlling the game.  Even after proving that the Ohio and Florida elections were essentially rigged in the 2000; even though miscreants such as Rep. Peter King -R, NY on a drunken tear described that “others” would see to the “counting” and declared a Republican win long before polls closed.  Follow his career and the careers of long list of political operatives with marching orders in Congress.  Parties that “we” the American people empowered with thoughtless votes because someone bought us a pulled pork sandwich, or got the zoning board to change a long-standing ruling that favored us, or got a friend’s friend’s friend’s son into Annapolis or West Point.  Great guy that Pete King !

Create a need and fill the gap.  We’re very simple. We say things that are truly indicative of the oldest social rules of society.  You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours – the mainstay of simpleton compromise.  The mainstay of political compromise. An unusually dangerous practice when a Nation is in peril, a currency is in terrible danger of further devaluation; and the Nation has never been less secure, and that includes the final months of the Revolutionary War.

Hillary Clinton Endorsed by the Man That Paid 24 Million to Destroy Her???

“What experience?  Certainly not being the President’s wife.”

Perhaps it’s all just coincidence or perhaps she agreed to pardon George Bush for war crimes that are certain to be charged; or perhaps it’s just a matter of magnanimously letting bygones-be-bygones; but, doesn’t it ring particularly peculiar that Richard Mellon Scaithe (you want to see power? – try to find a picture of him – go ahead, use the google !! )- the known financial backer of the “War on the Clintons” including Whitewater, Foster, Hubbell and the “intern,” felt compelled to give her a listen ???  Did you read  his interview as he expressed that he sorta-kinda was impressed by her??  As though one meeting with his board around a table was all it took to undo a decade and half of vitriol and warfare ???  (For anyone unconvinced of the dark workings afoot – we’ll be offering a series of $100 NYC bridges and  $25 Rolex watches for sale soon on our website, and forwarding the profits to offset health care expenses for the uninsured)

It would be hard to conceive that Hillary Clinton believes that the residents of Pennsylvania are so collectively stupid that they wouldn’t suspect something of on unsavory alliance.  Yet, the Corporate Media is with few exceptions – silent on the matter.  All fist pumping aside – wasn’t it a tad suspicious when Hillary Clinton began articulating that John McCain’s experience was superior to Barack Obama??  Yet to date, not one corporate media outlet has demanded that the Clinton campaign provide data relying to her repeated claims of experience.  What experience?  Certainly not being the President’s wife.  If that were a benchmark, wouldn’t the Republicans have been more encouraged to run Laura Bush instead of McCain, who is clearly out of his mind and in the pocket of Oligarchy’s Founders Club?

The Oligarchy Antidote – Americas Youth and their Revolutionary Spirit

“A pusillanimous pipsqueak of atomic proportions that appeared in a Cameo on a TV show that depicts his style of leadership. Deal or No Deal…”

There is truly on one thing our Nation can count on right now and that is to have faith in the youth of our Country.  A youth that is not so lazy and marred.  A youth that respectfully marches off to war, even when they don’t understand. Alas, many more didn’t march off to war and among this youth our Nation will rely to grab control of a runaway train.  They’ll seek the counsel of wisdom and experience from a dwindling yet less graft susceptible bench of experience in order to help temper our collective anger; and, to tamp our disgust at our appointed President.   Disgust at his utter disregard for the many crises he’s caused around the globe, dutifully following the orders of his handlers, defiantly wearing a smirk of incomprehension as though it were a handle-bar mustache.  Proud to defy our eyes and ears; George W. Bush describes a beautiful landscape while we stare in grief at the wreckage in his wake.

A pusillanimous pipsqueak of atomic proportions that appeared in a Cameo on  a TV show that depicts his style of leadership. Deal or No Deal, missing all but the neanderthal shrugging, raised eyebrow and indiscernible breathy utterance that traditionally follows in succession near feeding time.

Much more of our youth has witnessed the mind boggling performance of the Oligarchy’s latest virtuoso, and we trust they can see the difference between smoke and mirrors, and a chance to bring America to a rehab with public service, volunteerism and reasoned discourse; as well as, abolishing the “voodoo economics” that Ronald Reagan sold us with the same lack of understanding and unbridled enthusiasm as he sold us Borax when he hosted a TV series.   A time when theatre goers rejected him yet the Oligarchs mustered the resources to support his rise as Goverenor so they could appoint him as President while the voters went through the motions.

McCain – Republican Royalists Re-visited

The Loquacious Liaison League & Loyal Lobbyists

“We fear McCain is much more dangerous than more of the same.”

Clearly the U.S. Constitution provides for the lobbying of Congress, and to that point, the mjgramm.jpgprotection of  lobbying seems to have mystically transformed itself into protection of lobbyists. For instance, one of architects of the type of unbridled financial deregulation that has indisputably led to our national mortgage disgrace is former Senator Phil Gramm (R-Texas) Co-Chair of McCain’s presidential campaign. Read Politico here.

fiorina.jpgAdd to that mix, conferees such as Carly Fiorina, who last was scene riding the rails out of Silicon Valley with a boxcar full of dough after causing a revolution at HP that set the company back 10 years.  Not only did she manage to alienate the talent at acquired Compaq, Inc., she pleaded for patience with her branded value-added integrators while her henchman began violating non-compete agreements and offering the integrators customers cheaper deals if they did business directly with HP.

And just to add to the list of lobbyists that performed hawking acts for EADS (European hoover.jpgAeronautic and Defence Co.) and now strategically placed among the McCain election campaign.  (A recent article dicussing McCain’s role in the Pentagon’s choice of Airbus to displace US Based Boeing to build the next military tanker plane here) and we can see a seond coming of the Royalists that could spin FDR in his grave. John McCain, while not as lucid as Herbert Hoover, does share his lack of tact, as evidenced by his Gregorian chant speaking style which is compounded by his lackluster thinking style.  We fear McCain is much more dangerous than more of the same.

Ridiculous Comparisons – McCain and Clinton Share the Stage

“… claimed to misspeak, as opposed to being mistaken”

If you want to see the real John McCain – search the Internet for dialogues that can’t bemccainhat.jpg rehearsed and speeches that aren’t written by others – so that you can get a glimpse of the his lack of information, knowledge of history and feel for governance.  For instance, recently, although soft-balled by the corporate media, John McCain equated the occupation and invasion of Iraq with the continued US presence in Japan, Korea and Germany.

We were dumbstruck with the lack of critical challenge from the cowering corporate media in this barely conscious allegory, instead of the obvious comparison to Viet Nam.  A war that was not victorious, an occupation that remained bloody and a political battle that empowered the military industrial complex pricisely the way President Eisenhower warned in his farewell address.

hillwideeyed.jpgIt is also our opinion that the Democratic Party’s lack of unity and Hillary Clinton’s recent symbolic embrace of her friend John McCain’s leadership, was a dangerous and offensive slap in the face not to her intended victim, Barack Obama, but to the Democratic party at large.  It is the Clinton Campaign’s ‘anything goes’ / ‘kitchen sink’ styled attack that reveals a similar danger in Hillary Clinton’s leadership style.

Recent gaffes about Bosnia and mistakingly promoting that her landing party was under attack or taking sniper fire during a trip in the late 90’s was characterized as misspeaking.hillarybosnia.jpg We beg to differ.  Misspeaking is when one mispronounces someone’s name, or attributes the wrong person to a quote.  Both the person and the quote exist in fact.  Misremembering is something quite different and should be subject to every scrutiny on this matter and other matters where she has claimed to misspeak, as opposed to being mistaken. Mistaken is a mild way of characterizing a little girl and flowers as sniper fire.

No one has suggested that she has to have combat experience to be able to capably be our Nation’s civilian Command-in-Chief.  We do think this was an attempt to further her claims of being tested.  While we understand that her campaign thought the tag-line would be a good tool against Obama’s relative newness on the National political scene, it has yet to be substantiated.

Clinton / McCain: Blowing Smoke Up Your Eyes

Delta Force Farce Flap

“… an alarming self-aggrandizing memory lapse.”

By now everyone has heard or read the Hillary Clinton got a little confused about hillpenn.jpgsomething that she may have watched at the movies,  A simple review of the news accounts from the period showed Chelsea accompanying her as well as comedian / performer Sindbad, who coincidentally, contradicted her multiple accounts.  Fair enough, she misspoke about a flawed recollection and also embellished a little about it in her memoir.  Of and in itself, not really a big deal, although an alarming self-aggrandizing memory lapse.

  “… that McCain had solicited the endorsement had completely slipped John McCain’s mind.”

macainhagee.jpgSpeaking of memory lapse, John McCain recently suggested that he couldn’t see how Barack Obama could distance himself from the assertions of Rev. Wright, since he remained a member of Trinity Church; completely forgetting that after hugging the porcine Christo-Fascist Rev. Hagee,  he defended criticisms by invoking that he didn’t agree with many of Hagee’s beliefs and shouldn’t be held accountable for things the Pastor believes that he (McCain) does not believe.

About a week later, the revelation (pardon the expression) that McCain had solicited the endorsement had completely slipped John McCain’s mind, and although the portly Rev. Hagee has made numerous public statements affirming that McCain’s people sought his endorsement, McCain is still a little foggy.

 White House or Bust

“… Clinton is willing to completely polarize the Democratic Party …”

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What is a big deal though, is the harsh negativity and half truths that Team Hillary has introduced into this race for the Democratic nomination, that has many wondering to what end?  It’s as though the greater Team Clinton is willing to completely polarize the Democratic Party in order to win a Presidency that clearly does not appear to be within her legitimate grasp.

McCain and Hillary have much more in common than their memory lapses.  They both represent powerful interests that are bent on re-securing the power of the White House that has spiraled out of good public opinion. For McCain its the NeoCon empire of Right Wing extremists that he’s been willing to embrace in order that he can occupy the White House.

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McCain’s Hand at Fiction

“Unfit for commmand??  We believe he’s unfit to use a remote control.”

A week after John McCain has reported (just short of using the term swimmingly) that things are getting better in Iraq – Baghdad violence surges and no less than 2 major military agreements are in ruin.  Certainly he took no heed in the fact that the shopping trip he went on with 100 troops and two Blackhawk helicopters in tow last year was not possible this trip because of increased violence.  Yet, his words told us of improvement.

Unfit for command??  We believe he’s unfit to use a remote control.

Admittedly, McCain is not a brain surgeon.  He’s not an accountant, nor a Constitutional expert.  What then is he?  We’ll leave that to the electorate that are still cheering him regardless of the fact that he may be worse than more of the same.  If you’ve been here before, you know that we think that John McCain is nuts. Tin Foil Hat Nuts.  We’re not alone.  <How Insane is John McCain? – here>