Liberalscum Buster

April 30, 2008

John McCain and GW Bush have a lot in common.

McCain flew 23 combat missions over Vietnam. The average Air force pilot flew about 100. Many naval pilots flew over 300.

McCain’s service was certainly honorable and commendable but I question his hero status unless you consider everyone who put their lives on the line in Nam to be war heroes.

McCain got into and through the Naval Academy and flight school because he had a father and grandfather who were four star admirals. He lost a total of 5 planes. At least 3 of the accidents were probably his own fault.

Put that together with his place at the bottom of his class at the USNA , his superstitiousness and his temper and I do not see McCain as the person that I would like to see in the Presidency.

John McCain is another version of GW Bush.
Both men had very smart, multitalented successful fathers and grandfathers. Both men got into and through prestigious universities as legacies. Both men had advantages that many would kill for.

George W. Bush’ talent has been to fail gracefully with style and aplomb. At Yale he was the go-to guy to hang out with for his more cerebral classmates when they wanted to rest heir intellectual neurons. He was a drifter with a drinking problem until he was 40. He failed gracefully in a succession of businesses until the Neocons propped him up as their front and got him into the largely ceremonial post of Texas Governor.

McCains nickname in high school was “McNasty”. His belligerance gave him the image as a warrior and served him well in the Navy and in Congress. Belligerant people who can make “nice-nice” can do well. McCain’s father was an admiral and his mother was a wealthy oil heiress. She was known as the “Auntie Mame of the Navy”.

Neither GW Bush nor McCain is stupid but neither of them is very cerebral. McCain was more energetic than Bush and a credible jock in his younger days. McCain’ s bluster and Bush’s likeable cheerleader image are their main stocks in trade respectively.

Both of them were born on third base but strut around as if they had hit triples.

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April 29, 2008

Obama is ripping Rev. Wright a new one even as we speak

Filed under: BARACK OBAMA, Bush, hillary clinton, John McCain, life, mideast, news, politics, war — gasdocpol @ 6:01 pm

(well not quite) but he is clarifying things in very strong terms.

This obviously was not a prepared speech and you can see the wheels going around in his head. He is less cool and more emotional than I have ever seen him.

Barack is PISSED OFF!

NEOCONSERVATIVE INFLUENCE ON McCAIN IS MUCH MORE WORRISOME THAN REV. WRIGHT INFLUENCE ON OBAMA

Filed under: BARACK OBAMA, Bush, hillary clinton, John McCain, life, mideast, news, politics, war — gasdocpol @ 11:26 am

PROJECT FOR THE NEW AMERICAN CENTURY IS NOW DEFUNCT BUT YOU CAN STILL GOOGLE THE WEBSITE

Some of the members of that that Neoconservative think tank that was responsible for much of the Bush/Cheney foreign policy are now gathering around McCain.

GOP Moderates Concerned McCain Is Under Sway Of Neocons
New York Times | April 10, 2008 10:28 AM

Senator John McCain has long made his decades of experience in foreign policy and national security the centerpiece of his political identity, and suggests he would bring to the White House a fully formed view of the world.

But now one component of the fractious Republican Party foreign policy establishment — the so-called pragmatists, some of whom have come to view the Iraq war or its execution as a mistake — is expressing concern that Mr. McCain might be coming under increased influence from a competing camp, the neoconservatives, whose thinking dominated President Bush’s first term and played a pivotal role in building the case for war.

The concerns have emerged in the weeks since Mr. McCain became his party’s presumptive nominee and began more formally assembling a list of foreign policy advisers. Among those on the list are several prominent neoconservatives, including Robert Kagan, an author who helped write much of the foreign policy speech that Mr. McCain delivered in Los Angeles on March 26, in which he described himself as “a realistic idealist.” Others include the security analyst Max Boot and a former United Nations ambassador, John R. Bolton.

AT LAST THE GOP IS BACKING AWAY FROM THE NEOCONS WHO HAVE POLLUTED THE PARTY SINCE 2000.

OBAMA AND WRIGHT SEEM LIKE VERY DIFFERENT PEOPLE

Filed under: BARACK OBAMA, Bush, hillary clinton, John McCain, life, mideast, news, politics, war — gasdocpol @ 11:09 am

THE PROJECT FOR THE NEW AMERICAN CENTURY (PNAC)WEBSITE AND THE POLICY OF THE BUSH/CHENEY WHITE HOUSE SEEM VERY SIMILAR. And of course it would not be surprising because the members of that Neoconservative think tank included all of the top advisors of the initial GW Bush White House. As the agenda of PNAC went sour , Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Perle, Libby, Bolton and Feith were all thrown under the bus so that now only Cheney remains.

The PNAC is now defunct but former members like Kagan and Bolton are now gathering around John McCain. This is further explaination of why McCain insists on continuing the iraq fiasco indefinately.

SOME OF WHAT REV. WRIGHT SAID MADE SENSE AND SOME OF IT WAS FROM ANOTHER PLANET

Filed under: BARACK OBAMA, Bush, hillary clinton, John McCain, life, mideast, news, politics, war — gasdocpol @ 10:51 am

IT WAS TOTALLY ABSURD FOR REV WRIGHT TO SUGGEST THAT AIDS WAS CREATED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO KILL BLACK PEOPLE

BUT

A. For forty years between 1932 and 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) conducted The Tuskeegee Experiment on 399 black men in the late stages of syphilis. These men, for the most part illiterate sharecroppers from one of the poorest counties in Alabama, were never told what disease they were suffering from or of its seriousness. Informed that they were being treated for “bad blood,”1 their doctors had no intention of curing them of syphilis at all. The data for the experiment was to be collected from autopsies of the men, and they were thus deliberately left to degenerate under the ravages of tertiary syphilis—which can include tumors, heart disease, paralysis, blindness, insanity, and death. “As I see it,” one of the doctors involved explained, “we have no further interest in these patients until they die.”

AND
B. The poison gas that Saddam used on the Kurds was sold to him by the USA.

SO
C. The USA is capable of doing such a thing as creating AIDS for the purpous stated by Wright. Which makes what Wright said a little less absurd.

2. The 9/11 hijackers were motivated, RIGHTLY OR WRONGLY, by US Mideast policy. It is far better to consider that than to blindly accept the explaination of GW Bush that “They hate us because of our freedom”

BARACK OBAMA IS A SMART GUY AND IS CAPABLE OF IDENTIFYING RELAVANT FACTS JUST AS HE DID IN OPPOSING THE 2003 IRAQ INVASION AND DISTINQUISH THE BABY FROM THE WASHWATER.

I SEE SOME BIG DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OBAMA AND WRIGHT.

I SEE VERY LITTLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT I SAW AT THE PNAC WEBSITE AND THE POLICY OF THE BUCH/CHENEY WHITE HOUSE.

Obama backs away from Wright

Filed under: BARACK OBAMA, Bush, hillary clinton, John McCain, life, mideast, news, politics, war — gasdocpol @ 10:13 am

CAMPAIGN 2008 | Senator says he too was offended by some of former pastor’s remarks

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LYNN SWEET blogs.suntimes.com/sweet
WASHINGTON — In March, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) went to great lengths not to “disown” his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, after fiery videotaped comments from sermons surfaced. In return, an unapologetic Wright launched a speaking tour, ending Monday, drawing outsized coverage on the hot-button issues of God and race days before crucial votes in Indiana and North Carolina, threatening Obama’s presidential bid.

As coverage swelled, the situation was so serious that Obama, late Monday at a hastily arranged availability on the tarmac at an airport in Wilmington, N.C., said of Wright, “I have said before and I will repeat again that what some of the comments that Rev. Wright had made offend me, and I understand why they have offended the American people.

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Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ and former pastor of Sen. Barack Obama, addresses a breakfast gathering in Washington on Monday.
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“He does not speak for me. He does not speak for the campaign.”

On Monday morning, Wright packed the ballroom at the National Press Club, picking a venue that guaranteed Wright would get tough questions and international coverage about his sermons, patriotism and Obama, who used the title of one of Wright’s sermons to name his second book, The Audacity of Hope. Wright married Obama and baptized his daughters.

Some in the Obama camp were stunned that Wright did not realize the potential harm he could do to Obama’s candidacy by reviving stories about Obama’s relationship with his pastor.

This is a critical time in Obama’s quest for the Democratic nomination — Indiana and North Carolina vote May 6. Instead of keeping low, Wright is seeking the spotlight as he wraps up 36 years as senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s South Side.

Wright has dominated the political news since Friday, when an interview with Bill Moyers was broadcast on PBS, followed by two sermons at a South Dallas megachurch on Sunday and a Sunday night keynote address to the Detroit NAACP.

Obama chief strategist David Axelrod told Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” that Wright’s appearances are not helpful. ”I don’t think it is necessarily meant to be helpful. I don’t think it is about Obama. Rev. Wright is out there speaking for Rev. Wright. . . . It is unfortunate from our perspective.”

Obama’s key challenge in Indiana is wresting blue-collar white voters from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).

One Obama adviser, who declined to be identified in order to speak candidly, said Wright has become a “huge distraction. At a time when Obama is trying to appeal to blue-collar and working-class voters, Jeremiah Wright is dragging this campaign into a conversation about race . . . and that’s not what white voters want to hear.”

Wright, the adviser said, making an “intervention into presidential politics at this critical moment could have potentially devastating implications for the remaining nine contests.”

Wright was in Washington for a conference on black churches, and much of the audience at the breakfast consisted of friends, family and supporters, with working press in the balcony and in the back.

Wright pretty much kept to the text of his speech at the Press Club, where he touched on the history of the African-American church in the U.S., black liberation theology, the differences between black and “European-American” preaching and reconciliation and racial healing.

But a stormy question-and-answer session came after the speech where Wright was at times combative, even chiding the moderator, Donna Leinwand, the vice president of the club and a reporter at USA Today.

Asked why he was speaking out now, Wright said, “This is not an attack on Jeremiah Wright. It has nothing to do with Senator Obama. It is an attack on the black church launched by people who know nothing about the African-American religious tradition.”

Obama delivered a highly regarded speech on race relations and Wright in Philadelphia, where he distanced himself from Wright’s comments — but not the man.

Obama has been campaigning as a new kind of politician, and Wright potentially damaged Obama when he said that Obama “had to distance himself, because he’s a politician,” implying that perhaps Obama did not mean what he said.

Wright earned applause from the non-reporters in the audience, when he said, in response to a question about his patriotism that “I served six years in the military. Does that make me patriotic? How many years did Cheney serve?”

April 28, 2008

McCAIN ONLY COOPERATED WITH HIS NORTH VIETMANESE CAPTORS A LITTLE ?

Filed under: BARACK OBAMA, Bush, hillary clinton, John McCain, life, mideast, news, politics, war — gasdocpol @ 8:54 pm

What Really Happened When McCain Was a POW?

Alexander Cockburn
Counterpunch
April 19, 2008

John McCain’s been getting kid-glove treatment from the press for years, ever since he wriggled free of the Keating scandal and his profitable association – another collaboration, you might say — with the nation’s top bank swindler in the 1980s. But nothing equals the astounding tact with which his claque on the press bus avoids the topic of McCain’s collaborating with his Vietnamese captors after he’d been shot down.

How McCain behaved when he was a prisoner is key. McCain is probably the most unstable man ever to have got this close to the White House. He’s one election away from it. Republican senator Thad Cochrane has openly said he trembles at the thought of an unstable McCain in the Oval Office with his finger on the nuclear trigger.

What if a private memory of years of collaboration in his prison camp gnaws at McCain, and bursts out in his paroxysms of uncontrollable fury, his rantings about “gooks” and his terrifying commitment to a hundred years of war in Iraq. What if “the hero” knows he’s a phony?
Doug Valentine has written the definitive history of the Phoenix Program in Vietnam. He knows about the POW experience. His dad, an Army man, was captured by the Japanese and sent to a POW camp in the Philippines for forced labor. Many of his mates died. Doug wrote a marvelous book about it, The Hotel Tacloban.

Now Valentine has picked up the unexploded bomb lying on McCain’s campaign trail this year. As he points out, he’s not the first. Rumors and charges have long swirled around McCain’s conduct as a prisoner. Fellow prisoners have given the lie to McCain’s claims. But Valentine has assembled the dossier. It’s devastating. We’re running it in our current CounterPunch newsletter and we strongly urge you to subscribe.

Some excerpts from Valentine’s indictment.

“War is one thing, collaborating with the enemy is another; it is a legitimate campaign issue that strikes at the heart of McCain’s character. . .or lack thereof. In occupied countries like Iraq, or France in World War II, collaboration to that extent spells an automatic death sentence.. . .The question is: What kind of collaborator was John McCain, the admitted war criminal who will hate the Vietnamese for the rest of his life?

“Put it another way: how psychologically twisted is McCain? And what actually happened to him in his POW camp that twisted him? Was it abuse, as he claims, or was it the fact that he collaborated and has to cover up? Covering-up can take a lot of energy. The truth is lurking there in his subconscious, waiting to explode. ”

“McCain had a unique POW experience. Initially, he was taken to the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison camp, where he was interrogated. By McCain’s own account, after three or four days he cracked. He promised his Vietnamese captors, “I’ll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital …

“His Vietnamese captors soon realized their POW, John Sidney McCain III, came from a well-bred line in the American military elite. . .The Vietnamese realized, this poor stooge has propaganda value. The admiral’s boy was used to special treatment, and his captors knew that. They were working him.”

“. . .two weeks into his stay at the Vietnamese hospital, the Hanoi press began quoting him. It was not ‘name rank and serial number, or kill me’. as specified by the military code of conduct. McCain divulged specific military information: he gave the name of the aircraft carrier on which he was based, the number of U.S. pilots that had been lost, the number of aircraft in his flight formation, as well as information about the location of rescue ships.”

“…McCain was held for five and half years. The first two weeks’ behavior might have been pragmatism, but McCain soon became North Vietnam’s go-to collaborator…..McCain cooperated with the North Vietnamese for a period of three years. His situation isn’t as innocuous as that of the French barber who cuts the hair of the German occupier. McCain was repaying his captors for their kindness and mercy.

“This is the lesson of McCain’s experience as a POW: a true politician, a hollow man, his only allegiance is to power. The Vietnamese, like McCain’s campaign contributors today, protected and promoted him, and, in return, he danced to their tune. . .”

EVEN IF HE ONLY GAVE HIS NAME, RANK AND SERIAL NUMBER (AND HE HAS ADMITTED TO HAVE GIVEN MORE THAN THAT) DOES THAT QUALIFY HIM TO BE PRESIDENT?

REV. WRIGHT IS NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT BUT JOHN McCAIN IS

Filed under: BARACK OBAMA, Bush, hillary clinton, John McCain, life, mideast, news, politics, war — gasdocpol @ 4:26 pm

McCAIN’S FOUL-MOUTHED OUTBURSTS PUT REV. JEREMIAH TO SHAME . TOO BAD THEY HAVE NOT BEEN TAPED.
Globe Staff / January 27, 2008
WASHINGTON – Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who has known Senator John McCain for more than three decades, on Wednesday endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

Thad Cochran said in the past he has seen McCain’s temper fly too often in committee hearings

or on the Senate floor.

TEMPERAMENT QUESTIONED
more stories like thisCochran said his choice was prompted partly by his fear of how McCain might behave in the Oval Office.

“The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine,” Cochran said about McCain by phone. “He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”

McCain’s run-ins with other Republican senators are legendary. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa said in an interview that he was so upset by a McCain tirade that he didn’t speak to him for two years. Grassley, who said he will make no endorsement, nonetheless says McCain is the most qualified among the five GOP candidates to be president.

Two other senators, both of them backing McCain, said that McCain’s anger is directed at trying to change Washington, and that they had no concerns about his temperament.

McCain is the first to admit that he has been unpopular with some senators, saying, “I didn’t win Miss Congeniality.” From McCain’s perspective, however, the disdain for him is a result of his determination to eliminate billions in farm and ethanol subsidies and ending what he calls “pork barrel” spending.

McCain supporters say the senator more recently has tamed his temper as well as his political style. For example, they note that while McCain in 2000 said some religious conservative leaders were “agents of intolerance,” the senator made a point of courting some of the same leaders in this campaign.

But questions about McCain’s temper continue to be raised. In Thursday’s debate, McCain was asked whether his temper was an “impediment” to being president.

“I don’t,” McCain said, pretending to be angry before breaking into a grin. “I’ve been able not only to make close friendships and warm ones over the years, but also across the aisle” with Democrats.

Earlier last week, explaining his relationship with some senators, McCain said emotions can run hot when he takes on proposals from Republicans such as the “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska.

“Is [the Senate] a club where we’re all pals and friends? No,” McCain said on his campaign bus. “But it is a club where they’re used to kind of helping each other out.” By going after his colleagues’ spending proposals, “you’re going to earn enmity, no doubt about that,” he said.

While Cochran disagrees with McCain about cutting farm programs, he said his concern about McCain is “not about subsidies” but temperament. Cochran said that he has known the McCain family from the days when they lived in Mississippi and got to know McCain well in the 1970s when Cochran served in the US House and McCain served as a naval liaison in Congress. He said he has seen McCain’s temper fly too often in committee hearings or on the Senate floor, although he said he hasn’t seen an example in the last several years.

During McCain’s 2000 campaign, his hometown newspaper, The Arizona Republic, published an editorial saying that the country should be warned about McCain’s “volcanic” temper.

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Thad Cochran said in the past he has seen McCain’s temper fly too often in committee hearings

or on the Senate floor.

TEMPERAMENT QUESTIONED
more stories like thisIn his memoir, “Worth the Fighting For,” McCain provided what appears to be his fullest explanation of the subject, acknowledging his temper but writing that he sometimes uses it strategically.

“My temper has often been both a matter of public speculation and personal concern,” McCain wrote. “I have a temper, to state the obvious, which I have tried to control with varying degrees of success because it does not always serve my interest or the public’s. I have regretted losing my temper on many occasions. But there are things worth getting angry about in politics, and I have at times tried to use my anger to incite public outrage. I make no apologies for that. . . . When public servants lose their capacity for outrage over practices injurious to the national interest, they have outlived their usefulness to the country.”

Grassley, the Iowa Republican, has often tangled with McCain over ethanol subsidies, which Grassley views as crucial and McCain has said he sees as wasteful. But the hottest disagreement took place when the two got into a heated argument in 1992 over McCain’s contention that a former prisoner of war in Vietnam had been a traitor. McCain peered closely into Grassley’s face as he shouted an obscenity at his Iowa colleague, according to reports published over the years.

Grassley, asked whether the reports were accurate, acknowledged the feud and said: “We didn’t speak for a couple of years. Then, one time, he came up to me and said, ‘Chuck, we need to talk,’ and we have had friendly conversations ever since.”

Despite the past tensions and the disagreement over ethanol, Grassley said he has deep respect for McCain’s military background.

“I might have concerns [about McCain] but as I look at five [Republicans] still running for president, even though McCain and I have disagreements . . . McCain is the most qualified to be president,” Grassley said, while stressing he was not making an endorsement. “I say that because I know him.”

McCain’s feuds with other senators have surfaced regularly. McCain has written about how he screamed at Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama an inch away from his face after Shelby voted against the 1989 nomination of John Tower as defense secretary. “I was madder than hell when I accosted him . . . and the incident is one of the occasions when my temper lived up to its much exaggerated legend.”

While that encounter happened years ago, the Washington Post reported a similar outburst by McCain last year when he shouted an obscenity during a confrontation with Senator John Cornyn, the Texas Republican, over an immigration bill.

In addition to irking some senators in his fights against farm subsidies and earmarks, McCain has upset many conservatives by his support for campaign finance laws that place limits on special interest money. McCain’s investigation of Indian gaming practices helped land tribal lobbyist Jack Abramoff in jail and also presented information that proved embarrassing for a number of Republicans.

McCain often notes that his early complaints about the way former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld handled the Iraq war earned him rebukes from Republicans, but his view became accepted and Rumsfeld resigned.

Senator Susan M. Collins, a moderate Maine Republican, said she decided to support McCain based on his character even though she disagreed with him on some issues.

“People tend to feel very strongly about John both ways,” Collins said. “Those of us who admire and like him stand by him 100 percent and think so highly of him. . . . Those whom he has tangled with in the past, some of those people bear grudges and feel strongly against him in the opposite direction.”

Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, the Connecticut independent who has endorsed McCain, said, “I always tell him he reminds me of an uncle of mine. You could get into an argument with him, then you’d see him a half-hour later and it was like nothing happened.”

Lieberman stressed that “it is not the kind of anger that is a loss of control. He is a very controlled person.”

THAT IS LIEBERMAN’S OPINION. LIEBERMAN SUPPORTS McCAIN BECUASE THE THINKS THAT THE IRAQ WAR IS GOOD FOR ISREAL AND LIEBERMAN IS MORE LOYAL TO ISREAL THAN THE USA.

JOHN McCAIN HAS HAD ONE YEAR OF EXPERIENCE 26 TIMES

Filed under: BARACK OBAMA, Bush, hillary clinton, John McCain, life, mideast, news, politics, war — gasdocpol @ 2:49 pm

AFTER THOSE 26 YEARS IN THE SENATE, McCAIN CANNOT EVEN IDENTIFY THE IMPORTANT TOPICS TO BECOME INFORMED ON INCLUDING MIDEAST POLITICS AND ECONOMICS.(MUCH LESS MASTERING THEM)

He has repeatedly confused Sunnis, Shiites and Al Qaeda. He does not even know who are the players much less their politics.

In an interview with Cooper anderson he has, lamely, spoken of a very good economy and prosperity.
He has admitted that he does not understand economics.

IF OBAMA CAN GET ON THE SAME WAVELENGTH AS MOST OF THE WORLD

Filed under: BARACK OBAMA, Bush, hillary clinton, John McCain, life, mideast, news, politics, war — gasdocpol @ 2:16 pm

THE COLLEGE EDUCATED SOY LATTE SIPPING INTELLECTUALS AND THE BLACK CHURCH…

Maybe he can get on the same wavelength of the rest of world ,including Arabs, and straighten out the mess that the Neoconservatives have created.

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