McCain Campaign, Right-Wing Media Pushed Ugly, Race-Baiting Hoax

So you know that ugly, Fox/Drudge-whipped up story of the young female McCain volunteer who was allegedly mugged and mutilated (with a ‘B’ cut into her face) by a black man at a Pittsburgh-area ATM? Well — surprise, surprise — it was all a hoax. As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now. The woman, Ashley Todd, made it all up. (And now faces charges.) ********** Which should mean, according to FOX News VP John Moody, that “McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.” But this is an exaggeration. McCain’s quest may be over — but not because of its race-baiting and not because of this one ugly hoax. Moody alternative scenario it itself rather ugly. … Continue reading

Make Health Care Like Baseball

New York Times Op-Ed piece yesterday by the unusual triumvirate of Bill Beane, Newt Gingrich, and John Kerry analogized the obsessive nature of baseball statistics to where we should head with health care.  Baseball has left simple batting and earned run averages for a next generation of statistics including WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) and VORP (value over replacement player) and the writers propose medicine take a similar course to elevate its game. At the heart of what they are trying to get at is called evidence based medicine.  Traditionally medical students learned how to practice medicine based on what their mentors learned when they were students.  This is what is sometimes referred to as anecdotal medicine.  At one time in med … Continue reading

Credible? Incredible!

There are two astonishing liars out there. One of them lasted for 24 hours. The other remains America’s Sweetheart™. And one wonders: what has happened to the old concept of “truthfulness.” (And of “Truth” itself among the self-proclaimed moral mavens of the bloviating class.) “special” wardrobe needs Greg Mitchell, editor of Editor & Publisher (the newspaper industry’s trade magazine) writes on the Huffington Post: (slightly reformatted) by moi):

Republicans In Civil War?

There are many signs of a Republican revolt. It ranges from wide spread dissatisfaction or outright conversion to the Democratic nominee Barack Obama. Yesterday the was the defection of CC Goldwater and her siblings. Even Neo-Con Ken Adelmann has switched reportedly switched to Obama along with Susan Eisenhower , a former constitutional legal counsel to two Republican presidents Doug Kmiec ,former Congressman Jim Leach, former Senator Lincoln Chafee, Congressman Wayne Gilchrist and the list goes on. Now we find a comprehensive story about the apparent Republican civil war at the Politico. According to a dishy piece in the Politico, “One well-connected Republican in the private sector was shocked to get calls and resumes in the past few days from what … Continue reading

Bloodbath in the House?

The Republicans themselves seem to think it’s possible: An internal document circulating among House Republicans warns of an impending congressional bloodbath, listing 58 Republican-held House seats being at risk, and 11 already considered as good as gone. As many as 34 GOP-held seats are in serious jeopardy of swinging to Democrats, the assessment shows. What with the Senate also looking good for the Dems, and with Obama well ahead in the polls, I’m really, really, really trying to keep my quite rational exuberance under control.

Another Endorsement From An Unlikely Source

From the Huffington Post column written by the person who endorsed Barack Obama today. Nothing about the Republican ticket offers the hope America needs to regain it’s standing in the world, that’s why we’re going to support Barack Obama. I think that Obama has shown his ability and integrity. After the last eight years, there’s a lot of clean up do. Roll up your sleeves, Senators Obama and Biden, and we Goldwaters will roll ours up with you. A Goldwater.  C.C. Goldwater the filmmaker and Barry Goldwater’s granddaughter to be exact. Her endorsement also announced that her siblings as well as some cousins will vote for Obama. It’s a great column from someone who wants to protect the Constitution and … Continue reading

Barbiegate™ Pushes GOP Collapse

It isn’t often that you see Pat Buchanan and Rush Limbaugh flailing wildly, flecks of foam forming around their political pottymouths. But in the last 24 hours, that’s exactly what I’ve witnessed. The Party of Lincoln™ bears about as much resemblance TO Lincoln as a grubworm does to a supernova. It is all topsy-turvy: voter suppression, outrageous lies, character assassination, crimes against the Constitution and the vocal aiding and abetting those same crimes.