Laura McGann on Palin’s Dog Whistle Anti-Abortion Message

Laura McGann at the Washington Independent gives us an excellent run-down on a side of the special needs issue Sarah Palin constantly brings up that the television media is either not noticing or not reporting: it is a way to signal her support for pro-life initiatives.  An interesting read.  Go check it out.


Oh, We Should Be Doing At LEAST That Good. . .

Remember when John McCain was running for president?  Gosh, it seems like a long time ago.  I think these days, he’s standing in for either Sacha Baron Cohen or Andy Kaufmann, I can’t tell which.

Here’s John’s deregulatory theory of Health Care reform, which he predicts will make it work at least as well as the banking industry.

We should hope.


How Deep is Your Regret?

Forgiveness for the Bee Gees reference, but it came to mind and I thought I’d share. . .

Pastor John Hagee has decided to endorse not only John “Agents of Intolerance” McCain, but “The Great Whore of Christianity,” we all know and love as “Catholicism.” I’ll betcha Catholics are thrilled to peaches:

Pastor to Catholics: ‘Great whore’ no more – Faith-

In a letter to William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights, Hagee wrote: “Out of a desire to advance a greater unity among Catholics and evangelicals in promoting the common good, I want to express my deep regret for any comments that Catholics have found hurtful.”

“Deep regret.” “Comments.” Hmm. . .

Forgiveness is an important and powerful thing, especially to people of faith, in all faiths. Forgiveness releases not just those forgiven but the those who forgive from a type of bondage. It is the only and necessary beginning of healing.

Having said all that, it’s important to note that one needs to forgive and ask forgiveness for the right thing, not simply the most convenient thing. To whit, if I was having a discussion with a friend of mine and inadvertently threw some “comment” out there that was taken as racist, sexist, or irreligious, I would ask forgiveness for my “comment.” I would beg their pardon for offending them, hoping that forgiveness could be returned. After all, intolerance and offense are often built out of just this type of benign ignorance. These things happen – even among friends, even in circles where people think they’re well-educated.

If, however, I’d brought along wall-sized timeline diagrams to prove my point and a film crew to broadcast it to the world, then I would think that rises above the level of a simple “comment.” I don’t personally need his forgiveness, not being a Catholic, but I would respectfully submit that perhaps this apology doesn’t quite go far enough. Maybe that’s just me.


The God Bomb

So, C&L has a story on McCain bashing Obama over Ayers but still sticking by his endorsement he solicited from Reverend Hagee, the man who called Catholicism “the Great Whore” of Christianity. So as far as that whole thing goes, I guess if George Snuffelupagus is going to continue sniffing panties and rooting through the trash, it’s probably good that he at least goes after McCain on the Hagee thing a little. Personally, I couldn’t watch This Week, er, this week, because all I saw when I tuned in was the Round Table falling all over itself to defend the reprehensible debate moderation of last week.

But in his answer, McCain touched on something I thought I’d ask about:

Crooks and Liars » McCain bashes Obama on Ayers but stands by his association with anti-Catholic pastor Hagee

STEPHANOPOULOS: So was it a mistake to solicit and accept his endorsement?

MCCAIN: Oh, probably, sure. But I admire and respect Dr. Hagee’s leadership of the — of his church. I admire and appreciate his advocacy for the state of Israel, the independence of the state of Israel.

Full stop.

His advocacy of Isreal? I’m sure that, for the political types in Israel, whatever support they get is good. But how must it feel to be an Israeli citizen and realize that the support you’re getting from America is from people who think you’re The God Bomb? From Evangelist pastors who see the war and death in The Holy Land as precipitating the coming of Jesus? That perpetual warfare in your back yard is a key foreign policy goal of a significant power block in the United States?

I’d have to think my answer would be “thanks, but no thanks.” But then, I’m not an Israeli. . .


Cavorting With the Enemy

Golly, I sure wish this whole Democratic primary thing would go away. I really would like to think that we could just settle on a candidate and get it over with before someone goes and does something underhanded. . .

But Hillary Clinton just keeps doing stuff to push her party away from her, and her supporters keep defending it. I’d like this all to go away, really I would, so why does she have to go and do stuff that’s just so anti-Democratic Party?

The latest is that she’s digging into the Wright controversy (which is soooo five minutes ago) by discussing it with the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, owned by none other than Richard Mellon Scaife, author of the “Hillary Clinton had Vince Foster whacked” controversy.

How’s that for scruples?  Get your Democratic opponent whacked by the same guy who ruined your reputation with half the country.  Anything, anything, anything to win, even if it means losing.


Johnny’s Evangelists

You thought Hagee was bad?  Aw, hell no, children, it gets worse!

John McCain’s endorser – whom he claims to be a “spiritual guide,” no less – openly declares it the birthright of America to destroy Islam.  David Corn reports in Mother Jones:

McCain’s Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam

Parsley is not shy about his desire to obliterate Islam. In Silent No More, he notes—approvingly—that Christopher Columbus shared the same goal: “It was to defeat Islam, among other dreams, that Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World in 1492…Columbus dreamed of defeating the armies of Islam with the armies of Europe made mighty by the wealth of the New World. It was this dream that, in part, began America.” He urges his readers to realize that a confrontation between Christianity and Islam is unavoidable: “We find now we have no choice. The time has come.”

Let’s set aside the fact that Christopher Columbus did not “sail to the new world”:  he sailed to India and got lost in the New World.  If Christopher Columbus’ goals in sailing from Europe are our obligations as citizens of the United States, logically, is it not also our duty to deliver the spices of India to Spain?  As far as I know, we’re a bit behind in our deliveries of late. . . .


Never, John? Why Don’t I Believe You?

John McCain has a big problem.

Stories about his alleged tryst with a lobbyist who lobbied his own Senate council are starting to leak out there. Now, a ten year old allegation, that’s not too much to worry about under normal circumstances. And the simple allegation, the singular NYT piece by itself, is not the problem.

Basic damage control spin is all that is required. It’s rudimentary politics. All you have to do is play it cool, stick with the program. And whatever you do, don’t lean to far forward and say something rash. Oops:

McCain Says Report on Lobbyist Not True –

“I’ve served this nation honorably for more than half a century,” said McCain, a four-term Arizona senator and former Navy pilot. “At no time have I ever done anything that would betray the public trust.”

So, I guess that whole Keating Five thing was no big deal, then. How quickly we forget when we’ve decided that we’re “The Maverick Senator.”

But this is clearly overreach. It’s a wild swing that tends to make me think there’s something here. Chuck Todd spoke on Keith Olbermann’s program and seemed to indicate that the story was probably a mere tip of the iceberg.

And I do wonder if this wasn’t the reason John McCain’s Straight Talk Express went so crooked during the 2004 election. Most of us who paid attention noticed an incredible about-face in 2003, when suddenly McCain was buddying up to the man he barely talked to after the 2000 election, George Bush. He seemed in the grip of some other force that made him suddenly support the war he’d criticized before; something that forced him onto the stage at Bob Jones University, home of those he’d previously referred to as “the agents of intolerance.” Was this it?

Or is there more we haven’t heard about yet? Because if there is, you can bet whatever deals with the devil he made four years ago are off now that the Hard Right has decided that he’s the enemy and Mike Huckabee is the savior.


Repubs Split on McCain Conservatism, Think He’s Too Old

Interesting polling data from People Press today.  In what has to be seen as a fairly harsh rebuke to both McCain and his Conservative detractors (Rush Limbaugh, I’m looking in your direction), People Press finds that not only are Republicans basically split on the question of McCain’s Conservative credentials, a hefty majority of Republicans aren’t even aware that there’s all that much opposition to him in Conservative talk radio circles.  And in any event, many of them think he’s just too damned old.

And yes, polls are a lot like assholes: everybody’s got at least one.  Indeed, the two are often found together, especially in Conservative circles, but that’s another story.  Still, if voting trend polls have not gotten their bearers their money’s worth this year, I still think that these sort of general impression trends are of value.


Just to be Clear. . .

There are some who believe that Iran’s Noo-Q-Lar program is a problem:



Subprime: This is Why Liberals Hate the WSJ

A group calling themselves the National Center for Policy Analysis reprints the findings of a study that “undoes” the “assumptions” that led to the government-led bailout situation. If you’ve any reason to doubt why Liberals hate the financial conservative types extra-extra, especially the Wall Street Journal, check out this douchebag statement:


Falling home prices in many areas provide a powerful incentive to default on the loan, live rent-free for many months, and then hand the keys to the bank.


So that’s what everybody’s doing then, is it? People bought homes they couldn’t afford, waited for the prices to drop, and are now living the good life, rent-free, until the ride is over?

Conservatives see “welfare mamas” everywhere the eye can see. But I don’t want to hear about what you think is happening, I want you to bring me the chicken-wing eatin’, crack smokin’, fat ass welfare mama that’s living in a $150,000 home rent free and loving it. Prove she exists. Bring her by the house, could ya?

What is particularly vexing about the outrage that seems to be moving though certain quarters of the Conservative financial community is that there really isn’t any reason they need be concerned: the government is not handing out loans or bailing out the banks. The president’s Treasury Dept. actually did what an executive branch department is supposed to do: it got the principle players together to work out a solution to their own problems.


The Visible Hand of the Marketplace

It’s been a remarkably busy day today, what with the holidays coming up, and all. One thing’s for certain: you will never find yourself with a lack of work as a web designer for a consumer product corporation around the holidays!

But I wanted to speak briefly about a particular theme of Republican and Conservative politics that deserves some exploration. This is also in relation to the theme of “Government as a Public Square” that I’ve been meaning to return to and haven’t.