Tag Archives: John McCain

Good News

With the election drawing nearer, I’ve been paying more attention to the television than I usually do. I actually switched it on this is morning, which I rarely do. Between stories about Sarah Palin’s wardrobe, John McCain running a nasty campaign, Joe Biden being unprofessional and Barack Obama being a Marxist — all of which is beginning to wear just a bit, if I’m honest — I also heard a story that was very uplifting. We can all use good news once in a while, so I thought that sharing it here would be a nice way to kick off what might otherwise be just a crappy Monday.

Woman buys back foreclosed home for stranger, by Monika Diaz | WFAA-TV

While the misfortune of others lured hundreds of bargain hunters to the foreclosure auction, Tracy said she came to find closure. The mother took her seat among a sea of investors and strangers to say goodbye to her Pottsboro home, which is located just west of Denison.

[…]

“She was crying and I asked her what she was upset about,” said Marilyn Mock, of Rockwall.

When Tracy’s home, “Number 73,” came up for auction, Mock raised her hand and bid. With no picture of the property in the auction book, Mock had only Tracy’s word on the home’s worth.

[…]

It was a second chance given to Tracy by a stranger.

Texas Cable News

I’m all choked up again. Stories like this make me think that maybe the world isn’t as cold and hard as it sometimes seems to be.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Saturday Cartoons: Hailin’ Palin

What if, by some miracle, McCain actually wins the election? And what if, tragically, something were to happen to him, and Sarah Palin became President? Would Jesus be Palin’s VP? For the cold hard facts of one possible future (hey, if the Dobsonites can do it…) watch this cartoon:

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Funny side note: When I was adding tags, I accidentally typed “theocrazy” instead of “theocracy”. Hmmm….


Popularity Contest 2008?

Colin Powell did not betray his friendship with John McCain!

All over the internet, people are saying that Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama is a betrayal of his friendship with John McCain. Are these people serious? Or perhaps a better question would be: are these people adults?

Every time I come across someone making this juvenile claim, this is how it translates in my mind: OMG! He’s not voting for his BFF?! That is just, like, so totally not cool! OMG!

Grow the hell up, people! This is not a high school popularity contest, for crying out loud! This is one of the most critical Presidential elections in the recent history of the United States.

We are in extreme financial crisis and in the middle of a war that seems to have no definite end in sight. And that’s just for starters, as if that weren’t enough.

Colin Powell explained thoroughly and eloquently why he is voting for Barack Obama, and it’s certainly not part of a childish hissy fit like some people are having in response to his endorsement.

There are plenty of people I could enjoy having a beer with, both in politics and outside of it. That does not qualify any of them to be President of the United States. If you ask me, the adolescent mentality of voting for someone you might like, OMG!, rilly rilly enjoy hanging out with down at the mall is indicative of someone with a very loose and shaky grip on reality or the emotional maturity of a pre-teen.

Those who criticize Powell for not supporting his BFF OMG shine a spotlight on their own ignorance! They expose how shallow, uninformed and immature they are. They reveal their inability to think critically about the more serious issues, or to even comprehend that there are more serious things at stake. They exhibit a complete lack of understanding regarding the Presidency and the responsibility of voting.

Besides, shouldn’t John McCain and his supporters be praising Colin Powell for reaching across the aisle and stepping across party lines — for being a maverick? Or is that just a bunch of talk that flies out the window the minute it doesn’t work out for them?

If history is an indicator, I’m guessing the latter.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


November 5, 2008 — Palin Interview

After posting Sarah Palin’s Alternate Universe yesterday, I started wondering how she might respond to a landslide win for Barack Obama. The headline: Barack Obama Wins By Record Landslide. This is how I imagine an interview with Palin would go:

Reporter: Governor Palin, what do you think of Barack Obama’s landslide win?

Palin: Well, I’m just very, very pleased that, you know, that Joe six pack and hockey moms across this great nation were, uh, you know, able to make it out yesterday to the, uh, polling booths and cast their votes as God-fearing, patriotic Americans and I’m looking forward to working side by side with maverick President McCain and appreciating, just, tsk, ::sigh:: you know, just working really really hard at, uh… whatever Vice Presidents are supposed to do, doggonit.

Reporter: But, Governor Palin, you and John McCain didn’t win. Barack Obama and Joe Biden won by a record landslide. What do you expect to see happen over the next four years under an Obama Administration?

Palin: Oh, there’s no way any of us can know what’s going to happen over the next four years, but the important thing is that, you know, that John McCain and I have, you know, shown the American people that we were, um, able to, uh, you know, fight back against all the terrible and vicious attacks launched against us by Barack Hussein Obama’s terroristic campaign and still, uh, you know, uh, conduct a respectable campaign of our own that I think will live forever in the hearts and minds of god-fearing patriotic Americans, Joe six pack and hockey moms across this great nation who, uh, voted for us and made it possible for us to, you know, continue working hard together as mavericks, and I plan to do everything I’m told… eh… everything I can to, you know, serve God and the people of this great nation as, um, you know, uh, Vice President of the United States, God bless America!

Reporter: But you’re not going to be Vice President. It’s over. McCain lost. Obama won. By a landslide. Do you think he’ll make a good President?

Palin: You know, Katie, you’re really starting to annoy me, so, you know, I’m not going to answer anymore of your questions, and not because I don’t, you know, know the answers but because you won’t let me, uuhhh, say whatever I want to say without, you know, trying to, uuhh, you know, clobber me at every turn, so… energy reform hockey did you know I shot a moose once Joe?

Reporter: I’m not Katie, and you’re not the new Vice President but thank you for your time. I guess.

Palin: You betcha! Thanks so much for having me and, you know, I’d better head on back to Alaska now because we have a heckuvalot of packing to do and a few troopers to fire on my way out, so may God bless the god-fearing pro-America areas of this great nation and our new President, John McCain!

Reporter: 😯

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Which Train Would You Ride?

I saw this at Quarkscrew. It’s kinda funny but, like, for real…

Election Trains

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Dear McCain-Palin Supporters:

During the past few weeks, I’ve seen the most pathetic joke of a Presidential campaign in the history of the United States. Following that, I cannot possibly try to engage in another serious discussion with anyone who would still support the sideshow of McCain & Palin.

Many have charged —and I agree— that John McCain picked Sarah Palin because she is a woman. Others maintain that he chose her because he believes she is qualified and would be ready to take over the Presidency from day one. In either case, McCain’s choice is an insult to the intelligence of American voters and a piss-poor reflection on his own judgment.

After listening to Palin’s incoherent word salad, inability to name a single Supreme Court decision or even one news source that she reads regularly, her obvious ignorance of what the “Bush Doctrine” is, much less what it entails, her claim that being able to see Russia from Alaska gives her foreign policy experience, her statement that the bailout bill was about health care, and so on, if you still maintain that she is more prepared for the Presidency than Barack Obama, you are not firing on all cylinders.

I do not believe you can be reasoned with, and I will not waste any further time attempting to do so.

I’ve written this post so that I only have to say it once: I can no longer take any of you seriously, and will not attempt to do so for the remainder of this election. Hopefully, you’ll all regain your faculties in the days and weeks following Election Day, whatever the result.

Henceforth, I will simply link to this post any time a McCain supporter attempts to engage me using the same regurgitated rhetoric I’ve been hearing from the McCain campaign.

Thank you, and have a nice day.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Hey Sarah, You’re Not In Wasilla Anymore!

I bet she was wishing for a pair of ruby slippers last night, though.

I don’t have a lot of time, but if I don’t share a few thoughts about last night’s VP debates, I’ll be distracted by it all day long.

Sarah Palin first:

To begin with, if I had to watch her smile from ear to ear, crinkle her nose and wink into the camera like Elizabeth Montgomery doing Bewitched on speed one more time, I might well have thrown my television set out the window. Good thing she didn’t do that, as I have recently found a channel that plays repeats of Boston Legal (one of the few television programs I actually enjoy watching — I heart Alan Shore).

We are facing an extremely critical Presidential election, almost unprecedented in the history of the U.S., and Sarah Palin is acting like she was trying to sell scented candles for the PTA. To her credit, she obviously knows enough about foreign policy to hit top candle sales, though. She might even be able to sell a few to the Russians.

Palin was clearly reciting memorized lines, numbers and talking points. She was unable to speak, with any level of substance, on any of the issues. Even when asked about the Wall Street crisis, she reverted back to her comfort zone: energy. At one point, she even admitted that she may not answer questions the way Joe Biden or the moderator wanted her to (translation: not at all) but that she would “talk straight” to the American people.

I’m not sure if the wink following that statement was for us or for John McCain. I’m guessing it was for McCain, since she never did talk straight in the end. I felt slightly embarrassed for her, in fact. Her performance last night reminded me of the time I was being interviewed for a job in a doctor’s office and the only experience I had was being a patient. It was tense and embarrassing, and it was obvious to anyone with a lick of sense that I didn’t belong there.

But, hey! She spoke in complete (rehearsed) sentences most of the time, which is more than I had expected. And she didn’t puke, faint or bolt, which wouldn’t have surprised me a bit. If you compare it with her previous performances, it was a run-away success…

Next, Joe Biden:

I think his biggest flaw was the obvious amusement he was unable to conceal when Palin was speaking. It could be seen as arrogant, but he is human after all, and she was amusing.

I keep hearing how exceedingly well Biden performed. He was was definitely good; he’s a very skilled debater and he certainly knows what he’s talking about. But with all due respect to the Senator, I could have kicked Sarah Palin’s arse in that debate, and I wouldn’t have been as kind as Senator Biden was. He showed remarkable restraint and tact, while not allowing Palin’s misrepresentation of the facts and Obama’s record to go unchallenged.

No, I think that saying Joe Biden exceeded expectations last night is more of an insult than a compliment to the Senator.

I think Biden’s strongest moment was what some may consider his weakest, however. When Sarah Palin talked about being from “main street” and understanding the struggles of average middle class people, this was Joe Biden’s response:

That’s what I’m talking about! And Barack Obama and Joe Biden seem to be the only ones listening.

My son said yesterday, for the the first time, that he might like to run for President some day. I told him I thought that would be great. He then said, without my saying another word, “And even if I’m rich by then, I’ll never forget where I came from.”

Obama – Binden
2008


Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Sarah Palin: Out Of Her League

Kathleen Parker, who once supported Sarah Palin, now says that Palin is “clearly out of her league”:

Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

Townhall.com

I had a feeling we would start hearing that kind of thing from Palin supporters when the Republicans could now longer hide her from the media. I watched her interviews with Charlie Gibson and I actually felt a little sorry for her. As Kathleen Parker says, “she repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there”.

For example, she made the following statement to Sean Hannity:

Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we’re talking about today. And that’s something that John McCain, too, his track record, proving that he can work both sides of the aisle, he can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this.

What? I’ve made more coherent statements in my sleep after passing out drunk.

When Couric pointed to polls showing that the financial crisis had boosted Obama’s numbers, Palin blustered wordily: “I’m not looking at poll numbers. What I think Americans at the end of the day are going to be able to go back and look at track records and see who’s more apt to be talking about solutions and wishing for and hoping for solutions for some opportunity to change, and who’s actually done it?”

Um, did someone say something or do I hear flies buzzing? It may very well be flies, because we all know what flies are attracted to:

If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.

Indeed!

But while some McCain supporters are calling for Sarah Palin to step down for the good of her party and the United States, I’m saying, keep her! Please!

And, by all means, let her keep tossing her word salad at the press.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


The Lesser Known Obama

[Edited to correct opening sentence and title. There don’t seem to be “a lot” of McCain supporters talking about this, as I had originally stated. My apologies for the mistake.]

It seems that a few McCain supporters are jumping at the chance to use George Obama’s life in Kenya for the purpose of attacking Barack Obama’s character. How can he abandon his own brother, leaving him to suffer in poverty while he lives like a king? What a hypocrite, some are saying.

Some of the stories would lead the less skeptical among us to believe that Barack has turned his back on a starving man in poor health who has no-one; that George begged for help and Barack kicked him instead. Of course this isn’t what anyone is actually saying, but it’s the kind of picture some bloggers seem to be keen to paint.

Skeptic that I am, I had to see for myself, and here is some of what I found:

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Stupider And Stupider

Not only was Obama accused of sexism for using a common turn of phrase, he’s now being accused of attacking the disabled. Here’s why:

Yeah, according to some McCain supporters, Obama is mocking McCain’s disability:

As a matter of public record, John McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes.

Right. And as every 21st century cave-dweller knows, the inability to type on a keyboard renders a person completely incapable of sending email or even accessing the internet. It’s not because McCain just hasn’t bothered, and it’s not because he’s out of touch or behind the times. No, he can’t use a computer because he can’t type.

Listen up, McCainiacs: the notion that someone is incapable of sending an email or using the internet because he has a disability that prevents him from typing on a keyboard is what some people might find offensive. In fact, some of us might consider that to be the slur.

Have none of these people heard of voice recognition software? Some people who can’t type use it to write complete novels! And I’d be willing to bet that McCain has more money to buy the stuff than the people I know who use it. Yeah, he could have top-of-the-line!

And you will not convince me that the “journalists” who are spinning this enormous pile of steaming crap don’t know about voice recognition software. A lot of people who aren’t even disabled use it just because it’s cool or convenient or faster, or just because.

How dare these McCain supporters undermine the accomplishments of disabled people by suggesting that they’re helpless when it comes to modern technology? And just to score a few political points too! This not only shows their desperation, it shows how unscrupulous they are.

It’s shameful and disgusting, or it should be; I wonder if McCain and his lackeys are capable of feeling shame at this point.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On