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101 Reasons to Not Vote For John McCain

As Tom said in one of his earlier post, I too come from the world of boxing, and we love lists in that world, especially in the press. We list everything. Top 10 southpaw lightweights from Montana? Give us a few days and we can probably do it. Well on www.billpressshow.com, the official website of the Bill Press Show, they’re coming up with 101 Reasons to Not Vote For John McCain… they’re working backwards and already up to #41, so I thought I would share this fine piece of listery.

Truly,

–Ryan

#41: John McCain showed poor judgement in his running mate choice. Sarah Palin does not have the qualifications to be Vice President of the United States.

#42: John McCain doesn’t know how many houses he owns.
He is so out of it, he can’t count how many houses he owns…does he belong in the White House?

#43: John McCain is an elitist with 10 homes.
He is out of touch with the American people because of his wealth, yet he attacks Obama for being elitist?

#44: John McCain cheats in church!
He KNEW the questions going into the Saddleback forum with Pastor Rick Warren – and was not in a cone of silence. If he cheats on that…would you want him as President?

#45: John McCain would gut Social Security as President.
His plan includes a higher retirement age, and he would cut benefits to moderate and higher income earners, plus, he would like to privatize Social Security as well.

#46: John McCain is in bed with Ralph Reed.
McCain is scheduled to attend a fundraiser with the Abramoff-scandal-involved man, and is ignoring calls to cancel his appearance.

#47: John McCain supported an extra tax on Tobacco before he opposed it.
He is now against a $1.10 tax that is aimed at cutting down on smoking.

#48: John McCain continues to lie to slam Barack Obama.
In a new ad out on August 8, he says Obama would raise taxes on anyone making over $42,000 a year – not true.

#49: John McCain is against giving proper health care to our nation’s veterans.
In 2006, he voted against a bill that would give $20 million to the VA for health care facilities. He also voted against a bill that would increase Veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion.

#50: John McCain mocks energy conservation.
Barack Obama worked hard highlighting little things like properly inflating tires to help conserve energy, and McCain made fun of it.

#51: John McCain thinks we are better off now than we were eight years ago.
Yes, his latest ad contradicts that, but in the Republican debate in January 2008, he said we were better off now than we were eight years ago. Fact is, inflation and unemployment rates are up.

#52: John McCain is in the pocket of big oil.
He has accepted over $2 million in contributions from big oil companies, and has offered tax breaks to them as well. Barack Obama highlights these bad ideas in a TV ad.

#53: John McCain opposes the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).
This plan would make it easier for American workers to decide if they wanted to unionize at their workplace, and McCain doesn’t support giving them that right.

#54: John McCain played the race card.
His ad featuring Paris Hilton and Britney Spears injected race into the campaign.

#55: John McCain promised a clean campaign, based on the issues – but has not stayed that course.
He has started running negative attack ads, after saying he had respect for Barack Obama.

#56: John McCain flip-flopped on taxes.
He once said he’d never raise taxes. Now – he’s open to raising Social Security taxes.

#57: John McCain flip-flopped on affirmative action.
He used support it…now he changed into the wrong direction and supports a measure on the ballot in AZ to end the policy.

#58: John McCain is two-faced on lobbyists.
He has constantly said he wants nothing to do with ‘big-moneyed special interests’…but he has taken in $181,000 in donations from lobbyists.

#59: John McCain’s priorities for health insurance companies are flawed.
He is all for them covering Viagra, but not birth control.

#60: John McCain is still fixated on the ‘surge.’
He doesn’t get that the surge is over – he believes it’s still going on.

#61: John McCain isn’t fit to be commander in chief.
He lost five Navy aircraft during his flying career.

#62: John McCain needs a geography lesson.
He brags he’s been to Iraq so many times, but he said Iraq borders Pakistan. Look at a map, John….there’s a little country called Iran in between.

#63: John McCain supports the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy in the military.
He believes the anti-gay policy is working.

#64: John McCain has slammed Obama for only attending one Afghanistan hearing…but McCain’s even more guilty!
The Arizona Senator has not attended any committee hearings on Afghanistan.

#65: John McCain says the war in Iraq is not related to the war in Afghanistan.
Barack Obama pointed out that the Senator from Arizona is dead wrong.

#66: John McCain’s top economic advisor thinks the poor economy is just a ‘mental recession.’
Phil Gramm called America a ‘nation of whiners.’

#67: John McCain’s Gas Tax Holiday is a joke.
Virtually every economist has shot down McCain’s idea of a gas tax holiday. It just won’t work!

#68: John McCain flip-flops on immigration.
First he applauded a clear route to citizenship, now he’s changed to a “fences-first” stance.

#69: John McCain gives us double-talk on Iraq.
He says on the one hand, we gotta keep it going with no timetable. Then, more recently, he says we’ll balance the budget by winning the war in Iraq and getting the troops home.

#70: John McCain represents the third term of Karl Rove.
Steve Schmidt is the latest person to be at the top of the campaign – another name involved with McCain who worked closely with Karl Rove.

#71: John McCain is taking money from Swift Boat veterans.
In 2004, he called them dishonest and dishonorable.

#72: John McCain flip-flopped on swiftboat veterans.
In 2004, he condemned the swiftboat veterans, now, he endorses them, with Bud Day back on the scene.

#73: John McCain is a tax cheater.
Cindy McCain failed to pay property taxes on time – that is not the type of responsibility that we want in the White House.

#74: John McCain is an opponent of helping rail transit.
When he chaired the Senate Commerce Committee, he opposed public financing of Amtrak – a service very important in this day of high fuel prices.

#75: John McCain’s healthcare plan would not help Americans.
It would tax your healthcare benefits and leave working families at the mercy of big insurance companies.

#76: John McCain is a fear monger.
Adviser Charlie Black suggested another terrorist attack would help McCain and the Republicans win.

#77: John McCain is more of a game show host than a candidate, offering up gimmick after gimmick.
First it was the gas tax holiday, but now – he wants taxpayers to give $300 million to whoever develops the next new electric battery. Too bad the Japanese are already five years ahead of the US in developing the next generation battery.

#78: John McCain does not have a good environmental record.
The League of Conservation Voters gave him a zero rating when it comes to pro-environment votes.

#79: Cindy McCain criticizes Michelle Obama for not “always” being proud of her country.
Guess what – John McCain said the same thing.

#80: John McCain graduated fifth from the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy.
Out of 899 graduates, he was ranked 894.

#81: John McCain uses scare tactics.
John McCain accuses Barack Obama of having a “September 10” mentality. We’ve heard this before from George W. Bush. Republicans have NO problem using September 11 for political gain.

#82: John McCain is in favor of offshore drilling for oil.
Of course, this is AFTER he was opposed to it. Drilling for oil off the shores of the United States WON’T ease the gas burden.

#83: John McCain was part of the Keating Five.
John McCain was part of the five Senators who were tied to dirty deal with Charles Keating.

#84: John McCain doesn’t support prisoner’s rights.
The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Gitmo detainees. John McCain says that the ruling “concerns” him.

#85: John McCain doesn’t care about women’s interests.
He wants to overturn Roe v. Wade (among other things) – Planned Parenthood gives him a zero lifetime voting record on women’s issues.

#86: John McCain won’t repeal George Bush’s tax cuts.
This is another issue that he has flip-flopped on, and his plan will continue to put this country into a deeper budget deficit.

#87: John McCain agrees with Bush’s illegal wiretapping policy outside of FISA.
At one point he did disagree with Bush on the subject, but he flip-flopped and now supports the President.

#88: John McCain doesn’t know anything about the economy.
He himself said he doesn’t know as much about it as he should.

#89: John McCain voted with George Bush 89% of the time through his administration.
Just more proof that if he’s elected, it’s more of the same.

#90: John McCain is a fake campaign finance reformer.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) presented this reason during his in-studio visit, and believes McCains back-room dealings need to be exposed.

#91: The Supreme Court.
John McCain himself has said he wants to appoint clones of Alito and Roberts to the high court. With that, Roe v. Wade and other important decisions will go right out the window.

#92: His bad “comb-over,” that he won’t admit to.
He won’t just be honest and admit he’s balding – what else won’t he be honest about?

#93: John McCain supports the war in Iraq.
He stated he would stay in Iraq for 100 years.

#94: John McCain will be nothing but a third term of George Bush.
He wants to continue the same policies that have failed for the last eight years, as Barack Obama pointed out.

#95: John McCain is too old to run the country.
He’ll be 72 this year. Back in 2000, he admitted to PBS’s Jim Lehrer he’s too old to be President!

#96: John McCain does not support the GI Bill.
He’s against giving our veterans full scholarships to college upon returning from service.

#97: John McCain has bad judgment related to the people he cozies up to.
He was endorsed by, and was good friends with John Hagee – it took him three months to reject the endorsement! What other type of people might he get close to when he’s president?

#98: John McCain doesn’t know Shiite from Shinola.
Even Joe Lieberman corrected him when he mixed up Shiites and Sunnis.

#99: John McCain doesn’t want to change anything about our relationship with Cuba.
He is attacking Barack Obama’s willingness to meet with Raul Castro.

#100: John McCain will try to stir up war with Iran.
We’ve seen this with his recent exchange with Barack Obama, saying we shouldn’t talk – we should just bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.

#101: John McCain’s connection with Lobbyists.
Special Interests, Special Interests. Ouch. The prime connection is Thomas Loeffler – who resigned from McCain’s campaign because of his lobbyist connections.

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How To Tell If You’re a Moron

I try to balance out the political stuff that Tom so expertly posts on here with entertainment showbiz blither and boxing talk. That’s my job. I’m the fluffer of this site, so to speak. However, today’s developments combined with this week’s Democratic National Convention have led me to a conclusion which I must share with you all.

If you were supporting Senator Hillary Clinton, and got cheesed off because Sen. Barack Obama got the nomination, that’s fine. You’re entitled to your opinion. If you watched the DNC and still feel cheesed off, that’s fine too. That’s rather stubborn, but I’m not telling you how to think.

If you were supporting Senator Hillary Clinton, got cheesed off because Sen. Barack Obama got the nomination, and now you’re looking at this Sen. John McCain-Governor Sarah Palin ticket and thinking, “Hmmm… this holds more appeal to me now than it did before,” you should have I AM A MORON stamped across your forehead in big bold letters.

You know, to warn the rest of us when you approach.

Truly,

Ryan

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My Climb to the Top Just Got A lot Harder…

Senator John McCan’t told Pastor Rick Warren that having $5,000,000 fit the bill as being “rich”. Senator Obama shot back correctly, “I guess if you’re making $3 million a year, you’re middle class”, in an event in New Mexico.

The real devil in the details and the secret about money and class in America is this: class is not a static destination.

There is no amount of money that definitely makes you “rich”. It’s an illusion. Certainly, a person with $5 in the bank is not rich, while I think most of us would say someone with $1,000,000 in the bank would be considered rich.

But all these things are relative.

If you live in some parts of eastern Ohio and pay $3,000 a month for your mortgage you would undoubtedly be considered rich by the locals as you can find places to rent or own there for $400-500 easily. However, try taking that $3000/month and finding a similiar home in Manhattan or downtown San Francisco. You’ll be able to live in both of those places for $3000/month, but your digs will be much more humble and cozy (aka small) and within a mile there will be people that own property worth several million. In fact, just the property tax for many places in New York City or San Francisco would be more than the $500 rent/mortgage payment in eastern Ohio.

Now consider the way markets change our worth.

If you are a home owner then you know what I am talking about. A $500,000 house of 3 years ago might only be worth $250,000 today. Assuming the house was paid for that is a reduction of half of what is likely to be the person’s major asset: their house. So is this person no longer “rich” or “upper middle class”? It could be.

Class and the worth of our money *IS* all relative.

That being said, McCan’t fucked up by putting a number on a value that changes. In a time when our real estate worth is down, gasoline (though slowly retreating downward) is high, the price to heat and cool our homes is high and the price of food is high, it was not wise for McCan’t to put $5,000,000 as the figure associated with being “rich”.

Why?

Because we Americans all want to be rich!

When most Americans see a person making $250,000 a year we believe they are wealthy. If they are not, then how will we (meaning the general population if skilled and unskilled workers) ever attain our dream of being rich?  We’ll never make $250,000/year.  Never.  Never ever.

Obama was smart to seize on the miscue. At the end of the day this alone will not mean anything, but it is a way to prop up Obama’s plan to raise taxes on those making $250,000/year and over, while also re-affirming that McCan’t is the rich man’s candidate.

Cheers,

Tom

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Primetime McCain

So *this* is the guy religious people want to vote in?

WWJD indeed.

And then he gets absolutely PWNED on Meet the Press…

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McCan’t Attacks Obama For Statements Written at the Holocaust Museum

I think the McCain campaign is terrified that this election might get away from them sooner rather than later. They are still relatively close as a recent Rasmussen poll had him down just 6%. This before picking a VP or the Republican National Convention bump. Yet this week he seems to be trying to throw everything possible at Obama as if his defeat is imminent.

From author Muzikal203 at the Daily Kos:

At the Holocaust memorial, Obama wore a white skullcap as he laid a wreath in memory of the victims of the Nazis.

Later, he said: “I am always taken back to sort of the core question of humanity that the Holocaust raises. That is, on the one hand, man’s great capacity for evil, and on the other hand, our ability to come together to stop evil.

He added, “So despite this record of monumental tragedy this ultimately is a place of hope because it reminds us of our obligations and responsibilities hopefully to raise a better future for our children and our grandchildren.” He said he hoped he could bring his two young daughters with him on his next trip.

In signing the guestbook, he wrote, “May we remember those who perished, not only as victims but also as individuals who hoped and loved and dreamed like us, and who have become symbols of the human spirit.

I’m looking for the full text of what Obama wrote in the guestbook, but have not found it online yet.  In the note he invokes the phrase “Never Again”.

McCan’ts people were quick to respond quoting that portion of the guestbook with this press release:

Obama on Genocide

Obama today at Yad Vashem:

“Let our children come here and know this history so they can add their voices to proclaim ‘never again.’ And may we remember those who perished, not only as victims but also as individuals who hoped and loved and dreamed like us and who have become symbols of the human spirit.”

Obama on July 20, 2007:

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there.

“Well, look, if that’s the criteria by which we are making decisions on the deployment of U.S. forces, then by that argument you would have 300,000 troops in the Congo right now — where millions have been slaughtered as a consequence of ethnic strife — which we haven’t done,” Obama said in an interview with The Associated Press.[1]

Unfortunately, for the McCan’t fact checkers, Obama has clearly been on record as wanting to keep a military response unit in Iraq to stop any such ethnic cleansing.  And it could be argued that Obama was stating that when considering US war policy it’s just not as simple as “there is a need”, we have to evaluate a whole stratum of things before we make the leap into war.  I know, you warmongers have been spoiled like children given chocolate for dinner with the current blood thirsty administration, so perhaps you don’t understand the decision to actually go to war and kill thousands of people should be one that is given the most sober of contemplation.

When asked to clarify their attack McCain aide Michael Goldfarb responded:

“Today he says ‘never again.’ A year ago stopping genocide wasn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces in Iraq. Doesn’t that strike you as inconsistent?”[2]

And as for the overall attack.  It is classless.  First of all, McCan’t point is dubious.  Secondly, Obama was at a place that some may find sacred.  It’s certainly a place people visit with a large amount of reverence and respect.  For him to be attacked for his words is jam droppingly bad politics for a man that touts himself as a straight shooter that is running a “clean” campaign.  How the fuck is this clean campaigning?  The thing that eases my mind on this is that McCan’t point didn’t score.  No one will vote based on this attack.  Yet this flub looks like another “oops” on the campaign trial and might be a catalyst to increasing his downhill slide into being the victim of an election rout.

:/

Tom

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John McCain’s Nuclear Dream

McCain is one of the people backing nuclear power as a way to fight energy prices and possible shortages. Somehow it seems a lot of people think this is a good idea.

It is not.

Nuclear power has *NEVER* come close to making a profit or breaking even- it has always been subsidized by tax payers, such as the $24 BILLION gift we gave the industry in December. And let’s not even get into the possible environmental catastrophes and leaks such as Chernobyl and the relatively small one France is dealing with right now– if you believe liquid contaminated with unenriched uranium spilling from a tank into the water supply causing a ban on drinking the water and using it on crops is no big deal. As far as Nuclear energy weening us off of fossil fuels, nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is you have to burn both coal and oil to produce enriched uranium, not to mention the transportation of the dangerous stuff to and from the site.

Speaking of “from” aka the waste, Harvey Wasserman writes, “Despite industry claims, VY’s high-level nuke waste is going nowhere. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Edward McGaffigan has told the New York Times he believes the Yucca Mountain waste repository cannot open for at least another 17-20 years, if ever.”

I oppose the use of more nuclear power.  At the very least we should find a way to make the current ones in service so efficient they come stop being supported by billion dollar gifts.  That’s OUR money people.  I know some of you oppose universal health care, but would you rather that money go to a proven energy loser that can lead to catastrophe or be given to the men and women that work every day in the country, keeping it running, but cannot afford to get sick?

The choice is clear in my book.  Investiment into solar and wind power along with the health of the nation.

To learn more about our energy options, check out Harvey Wasserman’s Solartopia site.

Cheers,

Tom

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While You Were Home Getting High John McCain Was…

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