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Monday, May 14, 2007

"Maniac Monday's - Crazy Conservatives!"

Okay this is getting way to easy now...I don't have to go very far or read through a lot of stuff to find some crazy ass Gop'er saying or doing something stupid..They are literally falling over themselves to say or do something stupid...

I am starting to feel bad for some of them but if you keep putting yourself out there by saying or doing something stupid it's my job to report it...Which brings us to the Senator from Arizona, John McCain...The man that wants to be your next Rethugliclan President...I used to like the man and had some respect for him but the more I see him now and hear the things he is saying it really makes me kind of sad...Almost...He is running for the top job in the US and that puts him under extra scrutiny...As it should be...

Yesterday McCain was on with Timmeh and the highlight of the show, was when Timmeh went to the videotape on McCain's ass...A couple of times...The first thing that caught my attention was this:

MR. RUSSERT: Let me show you the kinds of things that are often said when soldiers are overseas, like this: "There's no reason for the United States to remain. The American people want them home. I believe the majority of Congress wants them home. Our continued military presence allows another situation to rise, which could then lead to the wounding, killing or capture of American fighting men and women. We should do all in our power to avoid that. What should be the criteria is our immediate, orderly withdrawal. And if we do not do that and other Americans die then I" "say that the responsibilities for that lie with the Congress who did not exercise their authority under the Constitution. For us to get into nation-building, law and order, etc., I think, is a tragic and terrible mistake."

You hear those kinds of words, right?

SEN. McCAIN: Sure I do. Americans are frustrated and saddened by the enormous sacrifice we've made and the gross mismanagement of the war. Now, my response to that statement is and what happens after we leave? Listen to all of the experts who will tell you that we can have a situation in the region which will, in, in the long run, entail far greater casualties, far greater dislocation, far greater threats to our national security than trying to give this an opportunity to succeed. That's what the--my response to that heartfelt statement is.

MR. RUSSERT: Well, those are your words from 1993 about Somalia.

First things first...The only people that have been making sacrifices for real are the soldiers and there families...Back home here you would never know there was an Occupation going on Iraqnam especially if you count on the "Liberal" MSM for your information...The Decider Dude" told us all to go shopping...The only time the repugs bring up the soldiers is when they need a photo-op...The next thing that struck me as surreal about all of this was McCain's assertions that although the Iraqi parliment has recently asked for withdrawal timetables, along with the American People, and most of the Dems and rethugs with any sense left, that he knows better than everyone else...Maybe he really is trying out to be the new Commander Guy or Decider...A 26%'er! The more he talked Sunday with Timmeh the more the conclusions seemed foregone...

Then we come to the "Stroll Through The Market" incident...Now big bad John says he didn't need no stinking security and that he would go back to Baghdad and walk through the Market without his own personal army...He talked about how he talked to all these people that were telling him how much safer (not safe) they were and
how much they appreciate and blah, blah, blah...

MR. RUSSERT: You made a lot of news back in April when you went to Iraq. You went on a radio show and said never--had a news conference, "never been able to go out in the city as I was today." And then later these photographs were released, where we saw--(clears throat) excuse me--John McCain in the marketplace, surrounded, wearing a flack jacket. The next day the papers said that, "A day after members of an American congressional delegation led by Senator John McCain pointed to their brief visit" in "Baghdad's central Market as evidence that the new security plan for the city was working, the merchants were incredulous about" "Americans' conclusions. `What are they talking about?'" "the owner of an electrical supply shop said. `The security procedures were abnormal.' The delegation arrived at the market" "more than 100 soldiers in armored humvees--the equivalent of an entire company," "attack helicopters circled overhead, a senior" "military official in Baghdad said. The soldiers redirected traffic from the area" "restricted access to the American." "The congressmen wore bulletproof vests" through the hour-long visit. `They paralyzed the market when they came,'" "`This was only for the media.'"

SEN. McCAIN: Well, I don't...

MR. RUSSERT: Wasn't that...

SEN. McCAIN: ...I don't know who Mr. Faiyad is, and I'm sorry that I didn't see him. I talked with many, many of the merchants. We stayed there for more, more than an hour. That same place was not a functioning market a short time before. A bomb had gone off in that area and killed many, many people. There, there was a group of people that I talked to, as I traveled--walked around that, that shopping area for over an hour who said, "I'm glad to see you. Things are better." They--some--a guy came and complained about a sniper that, that they'd had problems with, and the police chief we talked to about that.

My point is the neighborhoods are safer. They are not safe. That's why we have to continue what we're doing. We have a new strategy that, that can succeed. I was glad to walk through that market. I will go walk through a market as often as I can. It was not allowed to go through a market a short time before that.

MR. RUSSERT: But, senator, you had an armed escort.

SEN. McCAIN: I had an armed escort because, because that's what General Petraeus thought we ought to have. I was glad to go outside of Baghdad and have over an hour opportunity to talk to the people that I talked to. Now, they are very different from the people that, that you are quoting here and others. They said, "I'm glad to see you. Things are better here. We have, we have seen improvement." That's what I was told, and that's what the other two members of Congress were told when we were there. You can find a lot of difference of opinion if you want to, but I believe that it's important for me to go out and meet those people if I can and be around them. I didn't call for the kind of, quote, "protection" that was around me. But I am not afraid, and I'm glad to go any place that I can to talk to the people of Iraq and tell them of my commitment to see that they have a free, democratic government where they don't have to face the bombs going off and the suicide bombers and the--and can start leading normal lives. And I'll do that every chance I get.

MR. RUSSERT: But the military felt you needed that protection, and the number of suicide bombers has gone up since the surge began.

From Crooks & Liars:

mccain-baghdad-mtp.jpg After his photo-op went terrible wrong in Baghdad, McCain the straight talker is now blaming Gen. Petraeus for making him take a military escort into the marketplace where Lindsay Graham bought a few rugs. (The now infamous Baghdad Stroll.) By the way, Russert forgot to point out that the same market place was targeted as soon as he left and McCain was like, "Mr. Faiyad, who?"

MR. RUSSERT: But, Senator, you had an armed escort…

SEN. McCAIN: I had an armed escort because, because that's what General Petraeus thought we ought to have.—I didn't call for the kind of, quote, protection that was around me…

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McCain just dissed the man that he and the administration are hailing as the savior of Iraq.

…And I'll be glad to go back to that market with or without military protection and, and humvees, etc. MORE!

I don't know maybe Big John is tougher than he looks...I mean he is getting up in age...Can anyone say age limits for the presidency? Or maybe he will be ok without a combat unit I mean he is St. McCain, right?! The reality is that they would probably take pity on his old senile ass...Like they do most elderly and feeble minded people...They will give him a couple of rugs and let him work in the market kind of like a Wal-Mart greeter...SMH!

I don't want to forget about McCain's partner in that little stroll through the Baghdad market...Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina...Not only is this conservative Senator crazy (got a great deal on rugs that day) he is a cheap bastard and haggled the rug merchant down to 5 bucks for three rugs...It also goes without saying that the Senator is also a liar...It's a shame he represents my favorite vacation spot South Carolina...Anyway his claim to fame this Monday is this...From Crooks:

LE-Boxer-Losers On Sunday's "Late Edition" Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) amid the flurry of RNC talking points, tells an outright lie, saying that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called the troops "losers." As you'll see from the video, Rep. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) wastes no time putting Graham in his place.

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BOXER: I don't know anyone who opposes this war that ever said our troops are losers. Our troopers are winners.

GRAHAM: Harry Reid did.

BOXER: Excuse me. He never said our troops are losers. Now, Lindsey, just be careful what you say. The bottom line here is, the losers are the ones who have, you know, engineered this war, made a huge mistake, Dick Cheney, we're in the last throes, the war will last six months, and all of you who have supported this escalation and have turned us away from fighting al Qaida into putting us in the middle of a civil war.

Boxer: "The loser is the Commander in Chief who has not lead our country well."

Update: Amato: Memo to CNN: Graham is not a (D)—I'm just saying…And Lindsey will always back up his brother in arms—John McCain…He makes no move unless cleared by the Sainted One…

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I wish Barbara Boxer would have called him what he is and that is a Fucking Liar, but that is why she is in the Senate and I just write about them...These people have no souls and no conscience...

I got one more item that really struck me as odd this weekend and that was this little story...From CNN:

News site outsources local journalism
POSTED: 9:03 p.m. EDT, May 10, 2007
Story Highlights
• Editor of California news site hired reporters based in India to cover local news
• Job ad was posted on craigslist.org
• Editor says reporters can watch local council meetings online
• James Macpherson's Web site gets about 45,000 unique readers per month

PASADENA, California (AP) -- The job posting was a head-scratcher: "We seek a newspaper journalist based in India to report on the city government and political scene of Pasadena, California, USA."

A reporter half a world away covering local street-light contracts and sewer repairs? A reporter who has never gotten closer to Pasadena than the telecast of the Rose Bowl parade?

Outsourcing first claimed manufacturing jobs, then hit services such as technical support, airline reservations and tax preparation. Now comes the next frontier: local journalism. MORE!

And you thought the media was bad before! There was no one in Pasadena California that could do that job?! Sure there was...Just not as cheaply as they do in India!

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