Saturday, August 16, 2008

McCain: Maverick (if "maverick" means "sack of shit")

This is part one of a two (or more?) part series examining the 2008 U.S. presidential candidates and why they are terrible.

John McCain, Republican

If I said there was a young black man and an old white guy and I asked you which of them was more likely to have spent over five years in prison, you would probably pick the black guy. Well you racist jackass, John McCain is the one that spent nearly six years as a prisoner of war. He was given the opportunity to leave his captors, but he chose to stick around with his fellow P.O.W.s instead of saving at least one person (himself). While in prison, he made anti-American propaganda videos for the enemy, and while that could have been excused given the circumstances, when you consider the fact that McCain thinks torture was okay, he is most definitely on the hook for his treasonous actions.

When he eventually returned to the United States, he hooked up with an heiress to a beer company, left his first wife, and married the wealthy chick he was now fucking. Marrying into money is similar to being born into money, but with the added benefit of making it look like you earned your place in the world. Unfortunately for McCain, as president he can't go and marry the United States to the United Arab Emirates.

McCain has comfortably surrounded himself with people as corrupt and self-serving as he is. He made Phil Gramm his chief economic advisor and Randy Scheunemann his chief foreign policy advisor. Gramm attributes America's economic problems to whining, while Scheunemann is bought and paid for by a foreign government.

In case it isn't clear, McCain is clueless both on economics and foreign policy, not to mention various other issues that will have to be ignored due to space and time constraints. Although he is rich, McCain still collects a disability pension from the navy, although he never misses an opportunity to stick it to other veterans. The Lettuce Baron also has disdain for the working man, having infamously told union workers that they didn't have the balls to do real work. Abroad, McCain prefers to keep the United States in Iraq until either all of our military has been killed or every Iraqi citizen has been blown up. Apparently, McCain was too busy getting bamboo chutes up his dick hole during a futile and costly war to see what a waste it is to stay involved in a futile and costly war.

Just to top it off, Buffalo's "The Beast" newspaper declared McCain the #1 Most Loathsome Person in America in 2006:
The most consistently mischaracterized politician in the country, even McCain's most nakedly self-serving machinations are universally hailed as the bold moves of an independent maverick who really, really, like, cares, man. By virtue of his five-year stay at the Hanoi Hilton and a completely ineffectual campaign finance reform bill (which was itself only PR damage control for his long-forgotten role in the Keating Five), McCain has so successfully snowed America that he could go around kicking puppies all day and he'd be applauded for his authenticity. In reality, McCain is as phony as slimeballs come, having reversed his positions on Roe v. Wade, Bush's tax cuts, the gay marriage amendment and Jerry Falwell in the last year alone, while the mainstream press looked away and whistled nonchalantly. Keeps changing the number of additional troops he thinks should be sent to Iraq, in hopes of extending the disaster beyond the next presidential election, so his decorated veteran status will still be relevant.

Friday, August 15, 2008

The audacity to waste paper

Nedra Pickler, AP:
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama hit back Thursday with a 40-page rebuttal to the best-selling book "The Obama Nation," arguing the author is a fringe bigot peddling rehashed lies.

Jerome Corsi's anti-Obama book, "The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality," claims the Illinois senator is a dangerous, radical candidate for president. The book is a compilation of all the innuendo and false rumors against Obama — that he was raised a Muslim, attended a radical, black church and secretly has a "black rage" hidden beneath the surface.

In fact, Obama is a Christian who attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
Uh oh, sounds like the Associated Press is part of the evil liberal media.
Obama's campaign says the book is full of factual inaccuracies that include the wrong date for the Obamas' marriage. Corsi also writes that Obama left much of his family background out of his autobiographies — his father's polygamy and alcoholism, his sister's birth in Indonesia and that his then-fiance Michelle accompanied him on a visit to Kenya — but the campaign points out page numbers from "Dreams From My Father" where Obama discussed all those things.

In "The Obama Nation" — the title is a twist on the word abomination — Corsi catalogs various allegations that have haunted Obama on right-wing blogs and anonymous e-mails.

Corsi suggests, without a shred of proof, that Obama may be using drugs today. Obama has acknowledged using marijuana and cocaine as a teenager but says he quit when he went to college and hasn't used drugs since.
Okay, so the book is a piece of shit not even fit for the National Review Online blog. It should fade away, then?
Corsi's book is off to a swift start and is No. 1 on The New York Times' hardcover nonfiction best-seller list, even though Obama's campaign would argue the book should be listed as fiction.
Americans, even those that read, are stupid.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

There is no life on mars

I just saw a commercial for the new ABC series, Life on Mars, based on one of my favorite shows of the same name, via the BBC. You know how some people will say the BBC Office is better than the American one? That will more than likely be me with this show. I just looked up a trailer on YouTube. Here we go:

They should have changed the character's name from "Sam Tyler" to "Nick Tyler" and called it In the Nick of Time! The acting seems a bit flat, and Sam looks a bit jock-ish and boring. Jason O'Hara, from what I saw, doesn't have anything on John Simm. There's a real chance I've jerked off to Grethen Mol before, but Liz White was amazing. All that said, I won't judge it just from a roughly 150 second trailer, and I will watch the premiere (if I remember). After all, while I loved Philip Glenister, Harvey Keitel is a pretty decent actor.

I am not optimistic, but I'm not writing it off yet.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What the Iraq war is really about

Kimberly Hefling, AP:
WASHINGTON - Military contracts in the Iraq theater have cost taxpayers at least $85 billion, and when it comes to providing security, they might not be any cheaper than using military personnel, according to a report released Tuesday.

The Congressional Budget Office report comes on the heels of increased scrutiny of contractors in the last year, some of whom have been investigated in connection with shooting deaths of Iraqis and the accidental electrocutions of U.S. troops.

The United States has relied more heavily on contractors in Iraq than in any other war to provide services ranging from food service to guarding diplomats. About 20 percent of funding for operations in Iraq has gone to contractors, the report said.

Currently, there are at least 190,000 contractors in Iraq, a ratio of about one contractor per U.S. service member, the report says.

The study does not include monetary figures for 2008, so the total paid to contractors for work in the Iraq theater since the invasion of Iraq in 2003 is probably much higher. If spending for contractors continues at about the same rate, by the end of the year, an estimated $100 billion will have been paid to military contractors for operations in Iraq.

Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., chairman of the Senate budget committee, which requested the CBO review, said the Bush administration's reliance on military contractors has set a dangerous precedent.
Many people have argued that the war in Iraq was essentially a war for oil. That may or may not be true. What the war is definitely about, however, is making money for the President's friends and associates. Contracting was the real cash cow. These companies were able to fleece the American public, and only at the expense of our economy, our unity, and our troops.

Naturally, I would have preferred our attention and resources spent towards building up ethernet capabilities in the middle east. You want to stop terrorism? Give people the ability to download music, movies and porn at lightning speeds. The terrorists will be too busy on YouTube to mobilize against us.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A man-child of a country

Gary D. Robertson, AP:
John Edwards lost a prime-time speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention. He likely blew a chance at a possible Cabinet post in a Barack Obama administration. And he may very well have lost any hope of being the voice for America's poor and forgotten.

Edwards' infidelity to his cancer-stricken wife and the lies leading up to his confession have sent him into the political wilderness, delaying, if not destroying, any chance of regaining a place on the political stage.

"No one in the Democratic Party would want to be publicly associated with him," said Merle Black, a political science professor at Emory University in Atlanta. "Edwards is really damaged goods at this point."
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It already appears to be silencing his own voice in the Democratic Party and has drained good will and trust among some activists, many of whom gave their heart and soul to him and his cause.

Many people are disappointed in Edwards. I'm not. He's not my husband and he didn't owe me anything except what he's delivered - being an advocate for issues I believe in. He was the far better candidate than Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama, so naturally he received less votes than either of them in the primary. He's talking about issues that the American people should be listening to, but because he stuck his dick in some woman he's not contractually obligated to, he and everything he stands for is being swept under the rug.

The media tries to set the agenda rather than report on it. Is Edwards really out of favor with the American public, or are the people in power trying to make it that way? Keep in mind, I know Edwards is part of the elite. All politicians are. However, he's more dangerous than most for the simple fact that he is more progressive than the establishment. Silence him and you help stunt the growth of progress.

If, by some chance, Americans are turned off to Edwards because he had an affair, then it is further proof that the United States is populated by simpletons and nitwits. If you disagree with Edwards based on his policy preferences, then sir, we disagree, but I can respect that. Disliking Edwards because he has nice hair or he was an attorney or he cheated on his wife? That's stupid, and so are you.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Metal Masters thoughts and critiques

It turns out I don't have much to add beyond what I already wrote. Sometimes, succinct is best.

The show I caught was the first leg of the tour, and there were a few kinks here and there (Iommi's guitars seemed very low on Heaven & Hell's opening The Mob Rules, but the issue was fixed), but overall, I am still buzzing over what an amazing show it was. It was cool to see Motorhead and Lemmy, although to be honest I was even more interested to see Mikkey Dee, who has not only been Motorhead's drummer for over fifteen years, but also lent his skills to Helloween and King Diamond. Motorhead's Sacrifice album has a special place in my heart, so to see the same line-up was pretty cool.

Heaven and Hell was absolutely incredible last year, and they were still tops this year. I would gladly see them again. There is really nothing in the Dio/Sabbath catalog that I wouldn't want to hear. There were some new tunes added and some subtracted. There were some songs I was disappointed not to hear (many people are bitching that they didn't play Neon Knights), but the show was outstanding. As I mentioned previously, they were so excellent, I really thought they were going to upstage Judas Priest.

That Priest came out and blew the doors off of the venue after the doors had already been cracked and blistered was just about all anyone could ask for. This was my third time seeing Priest, and it may well have been my favorite. It was really an audio massacre. Heads were banging, fists were flying, feet were stomping, guitars were crunching, drums were crashing, voices were shouting, it was intense. JP has gone the way of Maiden and have been flooding the market with live CDs and DVDs, but if there's one show they need to release in some format, it's some night from this tour. There are not enough pleasant adjectives that can fulfill my need to express how happy the performance made me.

The Metal Masters tour may have been the most enjoyable concert I've ever been to.