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Eli has a good graph

Posted by Charles II on September 13, 2008

Eli has a good graph

Click here to visit Eli.

Especially important because, as FactCheck.org says,

Palin claims Alaska “produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy.” That’s not true.

She missed by a factor of nearly 10. As did Republican liar-in-chief, John McCain.

But it’s particularly amazing that Palin doesn’t have the slightest clue how much oil or energy Alaska produced since she claims to have been chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Maybe she missed the parts where they talked about, ehhh… oil and gas.

Posted in John McCain, liars, Oil, Sarah Palin | 4 Comments »

They Couldn’t Possibly Be That Stupid, Could They?

Posted by MEC on September 13, 2008

The Busheviks couldn’t possibly be so stupid that they’d build a Level 4 biohazard lab on the Gulf Coast, a.k.a. Hurricane Country, could they?

I mean, they make decisions based strictly on greed and short-term political advantage, and “concern for the consequences” never enters into it, but even they have enough of a sense of self-preservation to avoid the risk of floodwaters carrying off deadly biological agents, yes?

Sadly, they are that stupid.

Level 4 means the “exotic and dangerous” agents that pose a high risk of infection, agents that cause severe to fatal diseases for which there are no vaccines or treatments. The bad stuff, like Ebola and SARS. And the Busheviks decided it was okay to store that stuff in a city that is regularly in the path of history-making hurricanes.

Galveston, Texas, as expected, is flooded by Hurricane Ike. We can only hope the biohazard lab and its contents are intact.

Heckuva job, Bushie.

Posted in madness of King George, Republicans as cancer, wrong way to go about it | 3 Comments »

Republicans: People of the Lie

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 13, 2008

George W. Bush lied us into war with Iraq, lied about taxes, and lies pretty much about everything of consequence and sometimes things that aren’t.

Just as John McCain’s been a rubber-stamp for Bush on Iraq and every issue of importance, he also lies just like Bush — a fact that the national media is only now starting to acknowledge.

But now, perhaps spurred by the realization that McCain’s bypassing Joe Lieberman for Sarah Palin confirms that the GOP is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the religio-racist right, the stories on the lies of McCain, Palin and other Republican figures are finally being published:

McCain Barbs Stirring Outcry as Distortions (New York Times)

Harsh advertisements and negative attacks are a staple of presidential campaigns, but Senator John McCain has drawn an avalanche of criticism this week from Democrats, independent groups and even some Republicans for regularly stretching the truth in attacking Senator Barack Obama’s record and positions…

McCain Wrong on Palin Earmarks (Los Angeles Times)

NEW YORK — John McCain got it wrong Friday when he asserted that his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, had not requested any earmarks, the spending directives lawmakers insert in spending bills that McCain has vowed to eliminate.

Palin, in fact, requested $198 million in federal earmarks in February, including such expenses as $487,000 to fight obesity in Alaska and $4 million to develop recreational trails.

McCain Lambasted for Inaccuracies (Seattle Times)

Sen. John McCain has drawn an avalanche of criticism this week from Democrats, independent groups and some Republicans for regularly stretching the truth in attacking Sen. Barack Obama’s record and positions.

Obama also has been accused of distortions, but McCain is under fire for two headline-grabbing attacks. First, the McCain campaign twisted Obama’s words to suggest he had compared GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin to a pig after Obama questioned McCain’s claim to be a change agent by saying, “You can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig.” (McCain has used the same expression to describe Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health plan.)

He then falsely claimed that Obama supported “comprehensive sex ed” for kindergartners. (Obama supported teaching them to be alert for inappropriate advances from adults.)

Palin, McCain Contradict Each Other on Spending (San Francisco Chronicle)

In a televised interview Friday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin defended her request for an estimated $200 million in federal projects from Congress – even as earlier in the day her GOP running mate John McCain insisted Palin had never sought money from Congress.

McCain Wraps Distortions Around One Truth (Washington Post)

THE AD

He was the world’s biggest celebrity, but his star’s fading. So they lashed out at Sarah Palin. Dismissed her as “good-looking.” That backfired, so they said she was doing “what she was told.” Then desperately called Sarah Palin a liar. How disrespectful. And how Governor Sarah Palin proves them wrong, every day.

ANALYSIS

This John McCain commercial, which contains two significant distortions, is part of a larger effort to rule criticism of his running mate out of bounds and to paint her as the victim of unfair attacks from both Democrats and the media.

Palin Reviews Are In, and Gibson Got a… (New York Times)

After taking in some of Charles Gibson’s interviews with the Republican vice-presidential nominee, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, Paul Begala sounded ready to cast his vote.

“I thought one person on my television screen looked ready to assume the presidency,” Mr. Begala, the CNN commentator, said by telephone on Friday. “It wasn’t Governor Palin.”

Fact Check: McCain on Palin and Earmarks (Dallas Morning News)

For more on John McCain’s incorrect claim that Sarah Palin has sought no earmarks as governor, click here. The Associated Press reports that Ms. Palin “asked for nearly $200 million in targeted spending for the 2009 fiscal year.”

Along the same lines, McClatchy declares a new Republican ad “out of bounds” for its claim that Ms. Palin “vetoed nearly half a billion dollars in wasteful spending and cut earmark requests by hundreds of millions of dollars.” While technically true, McClatchy says, the ad takes the remark out of context enough that its meaning is distorted.

They even lie about the size of the crowds at Sarah Palin events.  Oh, and when McCain says he won’t raise your taxes, he’s lying there, too.

They are, indeed, the People of the Lie.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, faith-based flim-flams, false prophets, family values, Fundies, John McCain, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 1 Comment »

The People of the McLie

Posted by Charles II on September 13, 2008

Fred Clarkson (Slacktivist) hit a home run today.

As you may know, Procter & Gamble has been the target of a bizarre campaign. Clarkson writes:

In my past life as an evangelical for social action, I had a much-photocopied dossier in my desk drawer from the Procter & Gamble corporation. This surreal document was the company’s sadly necessary response to the urban legend that the manufacturer of Tide, Crest and Dawn was some kind of satanic cult.

What he found was depressing:

I used to believe that maybe some people were that stupid. They were acting that stupid, so I went along. I believed that the people I was sending that dossier to were merely innocent dupes.

But in truth they were neither innocent nor dupes. …They are claiming to believe a foolish thing, but they are not guilty of foolishness. They are guilty of malice.

They are just plain guilty.

Now, it did have roots in greed:

The P&G rumor seems to have originated among rival soap-sellers — people affiliated with a giant multilevel marketing scheme with roots in the evangelical subculture (it rhymes with “Spam Ray”). Their marketing model is based on old-fashioned social networking, which partly accounts for why the rumor remains so widespread among American evangelicals.

But those who spread it did not have the same financial motives:

This story, as with the many others like it, is spread maliciously. The people spreading it are not fools. They are not suffering from a mental defect, but from a moral one. They have chosen to bear false witness, and they do so knowingly.

So money was one motive for those who first created and began to spread the P&G rumor. Theirs is the easiest case. Greed is relatively mundane and uncomplicated. But what of the others, what of those who pretend to believe this rumor and enthusiastically spread it to others without the possibility of financial benefit?

We’re going to have wait a few days for Clarkson’s answer.

But in watching the McCain campaign, I think we have an idea of what it will be. The kind of people who get caught up in campaigns of lies are people who want to feel that they are the virtuous ones, that their opponents are wicked. Their virtue entitles them to tell lies. Their opponents’ wickedness justifies any tactic. Consider:

The McCain campaign was the one that chose Charlie Gibson as Sarah Palin’s questioner. It was a staged event. When she got a question that she fumbled (the Bush Doctrine question), their supporters blamed “the liberal media”– that is, their own chosen stooge– for making her look bad!

The level of cynicism and dishonesty here is unusual, even for politics. And it’s just one more example in a campaign that has called a refueling stopover in Ireland foreign diplomacy, an oil pipeline “foreign policy experience,” and lied endlessly about Palin’s pork barrel politics. It is a campaign that has covertly circulated false rumors about Obama. And worst, they don’t seem to care. They enjoy openly telling lies–the more flagrant the better!

Like Clarkson, I’m an evangelical. These people are guilty, especially so when they call on the name of the Savior. I call on God to witness against them.

Posted in John McCain, liars | 11 Comments »

 
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