BoPL, now with more me!

So following the instructions here I’m now posting the things I share via Google Reader to this blog. This makes things much easier for me, so you’ll all be blessed with many more insights into how you should vote (if you can) in the upcoming US election (a clue: it rhymes with ‘gobama’). Aren’t you lucky?

New McCain royalty surrogate, Her Royal Highness Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, calls voters "rednecks"

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Look at this, another Obama proxy calling average people ‘bitter’. Really, the Dems need to get in touch with… what? She’s a McCain supporter? Ah, never mind.

“The people out, you know, who are the rednecks or whoever, are bitter.” – McCain surrogate Her Royal Highness Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, CNN, 9/17/08

Ah yes, nothing shows that John McCain understands the plight of working Americans like a woman with a royal title and $100 million referring to American voters as “rednecks” in the middle of an economic crisis. I’m thinking Her Royal Highness is about to join Carly Fiorina in a secret undisclosed location for the rest of the campaign.

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Flashback: Biden on 9/10/01 warned the ‘real threat’ may come in ‘the belly of a plane’

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The really scary part is that we’re *still* making the same mistake.

biden.jpgBefore 9/11, the Bush administration’s national security focus was on missile defense, not terrorism. In fact, on 9/11, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was set to deliver a speech that focused “largely on missile defense.” Writing at the Huffington Post, Joe Cirincione — president of the Ploughshares Fund — recalls this quote from Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) on Sept. 10, 2001, warning against the Bush administration’s approach:

We will have diverted all that money to address the least likely threat while the real threats come into this country in the hold of a ship, or the belly of a plane, or are smuggled into a city in the middle of the night in a vial in a backpack.

Cirincione writes, “If George Bush had listened to Joe Biden instead of Donald Rumsfeld, the history of the past seven years would have been very different. We might have prevented 9/11.”

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John McCain called Hillary Clinton "a pig"

Well, he did if you believe McCain’s latest lie – that Obama’s use of the “lipstick on a pig” expression is now sexist – then when McCain used the same “lipstick on a pig” expression to deride Hillary Clinton’s proposals McCain was, under his own logic, calling Hillary Clinton a pig too.

I want to know when John McCain is going to apologize to the women of American for calling Hillary Clinton a pig. That’s the question every reporter needs to ask McCain now. Why did McCain call Hillary Clinton a pig.

Then again, John McCain is familiar with sexism. He once joked that Chelsea Clinton was “ugly.” (I guess kids aren’t so off-limits after all to McCain.) Then there’s the time that McCain joked about a woman being raped and enjoying it so much she wanted to be raped again. So yes, let’s have a debate about John McCain and sexism. I hope every reporter is going to be asking McCain about why sexist jokes about other people’s kids are okay, and why jokes about rape are okay. Since McCain is now so big on women.

Oh, one more thing. Can you still be America’s greatest defender of women if you cheat on your first wife and call your second wife the c-word?

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Palin lied about Iraq visit to "battle zone"

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Being strict I wouldn’t count this as lying. But it’s symptomatic of the McCain campaign’s recognition that her experience is so thin as to be transparent on so many issues. That’s a criticism that can be levelled at Obama, so maybe he should try lying…I mean embellishing – apparently it’s a legitimate tactic.

Good grief, she lies repeatedly about everything. Then again, considering how flimsy her resume is, this is no surprise. Hey, I looked at China from the border in Laos so does that count as a visit to China? I changed planes at the airport in Seoul, so maybe that also counts as a visit according to Palin. I took a bus through Zambia for thirty minutes after rafting down the Zambezi River. Does that bus trip count as “on the ground experience” in Zambia? Does flying over Greenland count? I could see it from the plane window, after all.

Following her selection last month as John McCain’s running mate, aides said Palin had traveled to Ireland, Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq to meet with members of the Alaska National Guard. During that trip she was said to have visited a “military outpost” inside Iraq. The campaign has since repeated that Palin’s foreign travel included an excursion into the Iraq battle zone.

But in response to queries about the details of her trip, campaign aides and National Guard officials in Alaska said by telephone yesterday that she did not venture beyond the Kuwait-Iraq border when she visited Khabari Alawazem Crossing, also known as “K-Crossing,” on July 25, 2007.

Asked to clarify where she traveled in Iraq, Palin’s spokeswoman, Maria Comella, confirmed that “She visited a military outpost on the other side of the Kuwait-Iraq border.”

It was the second such clarification in as many weeks of the itinerary of what Palin has called “the trip of a lifetime.” Earlier, the campaign acknowledged that Palin made only a refueling stop in Ireland.

She took a few steps over the border to an outpost and thinks that was a battle zone? Does McCain honesty think this is valid experience for a v.p. candidate? Is he serious when he repeats the “she can see Russia” line? Even with that line, she has never even said that she personally saw Russia, only that it’s possible. What new lie are we going to discover next? When is the media going to quit calling her lies “clarifications” or “stretching the truth” or providing other excuses. A lie is a lie and Palin-McCain can’t stop themselves from lying.

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