Torture memo. Phoenix memo. Purged memos. Missing memos. Iraq. Katrina. Diebold. Halliburton. Abramoff. Ashcroft. DeLay. Rove. PATRIOT Act. Free Speech Zones. Wiretapping. Rendition. "Support the troops," but cut their pay. No solider left behind... at home. WMD jokes. FEMA. FOX. FCC. Enron. Exxon. Blackwater. Gitmo. Abu Ghraib. Walter Reed. Energy Task Force. Plamegate. Habeas corpus. Posse comitatus. 9/11. Profiteering. Election fraud. War. Treason. "Worth the sacrifice." "Heckuva job." "...just a goddamn piece of paper." "I'm the dictator." 

Lies. Stupidity. Arrogance. Cruelty.

For Gods' sake. 

What's it gonna take?




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10 things you should know about John McCain (but probably don't):

1. John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has "evolved," yet he's continued to oppose key civil rights laws.1

2. According to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq, Russia and China. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says McCain "will make Cheney look like Gandhi."2
3. His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but McCain voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, and then applauded President Bush for vetoing that ban.3

4. McCain opposes a woman's right to choose. He said, "I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned."4

5. The Children's Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children. He voted against the children's health care bill last year, then defended Bush's veto of the bill.5

6. He's one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires. The Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes! Yet McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a "second job" and skip their vacations.6

7. Many of McCain's fellow Republican senators say he's too reckless to be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: "The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He's erratic. He's hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."7

8. McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his campaign manager and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The government watchdog group Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates.8

9. McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent years. The pastor McCain calls his "spiritual guide," Rod Parsley, believes America's founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls a "false religion." McCain sought the political support of right-wing preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church "the Antichrist" and a "false cult."9

10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes, zero—from the League of Conservation Voters last year.10
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1. "The Complicated History of John McCain and MLK Day," ABC News, April 3, 2008

"McCain Facts,", April 4, 2008

2. "McCain More Hawkish Than Bush on Russia, China, Iraq," Bloomberg News, March 12, 2008

"Buchanan: John McCain 'Will Make Cheney Look Like Gandhi,'" ThinkProgress, February 6, 2008

3. "McCain Sides With Bush On Torture Again, Supports Veto Of Anti-Waterboarding Bill," ThinkProgress, February 20, 2008

4. "McCain says Roe v. Wade should be overturned," MSNBC, February 18, 2007

5. "2007 Children's Defense Fund Action Council® Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard," February 2008

"McCain: Bush right to veto kids health insurance expansion," CNN, October 3, 2007

6. "Beer Executive Could Be Next First Lady," Associated Press, April 3, 2008

"McCain Says Bank Bailout Should End `Systemic Risk,'" Bloomberg News, March 25, 2008

7. "Will McCain's Temper Be a Liability?," Associated Press, February 16, 2008

"Famed McCain temper is tamed," Boston Globe, January 27, 2008

8. "Black Claims McCain's Campaign Is Above Lobbyist Influence: 'I Don't Know What The Criticism Is,'" ThinkProgress, April 2, 2008

"McCain's Lobbyist Friends Rally 'Round Their Man," ABC News, January 29, 2008

9. "McCain's Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam," Mother Jones Magazine, March 12, 2008

"Will McCain Specifically 'Repudiate' Hagee's Anti-Gay Comments?," ThinkProgress, March 12, 2008

"McCain 'Very Honored' By Support Of Pastor Preaching 'End-Time Confrontation With Iran,'" ThinkProgress, February 28, 2008
10. "John McCain Gets a Zero Rating for His Environmental Record," Sierra Club, February 28, 2008

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Proof That "9/11" has Lost its Shelf Date...

...and that Republicans truly have lost all sense of shame.

In brief, former NYC police commissioner Bernard Kerik - under indictment for 16 counts of criminal behavior including Mob ties, illegal loans, and overall corruption - invoked 9/11 as a sympathy play. 

This isn't new behavior for Kerik. A close personal friend of both King Bush and "Prince of the City" Rudy Giuliani, Kerik has invoked the WTC dead as justification for the war in Iraq, as political endorsement, and even as his international calling card. But now, to use it 9/11 a sidelong defense against charges of the kinds of Mob corruption that Guliani made his sworn enemy, brings the degradation of September's dead - and the Republican Party - to a new low. 

Is there anything they won't try? Any defense they won't use? Any cheap play on 3000 innocent lives, that they won't exploit for an inch of power or salvation?

I've often said that the Founders need to rise from their graves, EC Comics-style, and rip every American politician limb from limb in an orgy of righteous undead wrath. It's beginning to look like the dead of 9/11 need to join them. And though the Democratic Party shouldn't be immune (see my post last week), the zombie massacre's "ground zero" ought to start at Republican Party headquarters.

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Faith-based initiative

Tony Perkins “darkly” warns that there’s always the option of “a third-party candidate for president” if both parties nominate someone unacceptable to the hardcore religious right. Well, that would suit us progressives just fine! Bout time y’all had a Ralph Nader. =) Seriously though, it’s great that Dems are continuing to court evangelicals on “issues we have in common” like Darfur, poverty, AIDS, genocide, protecting the environment – and immigration, with Latino evangelicals. To Howard Dean’s and the Dem candidates’ credit, progress is also being made on chipping away “pro-life” voters, stressing that preventing teen pregnancy and abortions is a priority with Dems. The core strategy though, should be simpler. Look at Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, who says many evangelical leaders are tired of being seen as an “appendage” of the GOP: “We want to be viewed as we are—people of faith—not a political bloc.”

Even in ordinary churches, attitudes have dramatically shifted. Many of these folks feel used by the GOP right now, and there are many reasons they should. But we’re not hearing much articulated about the most basic way the GOP has used them. And that is: convincing them that a political agenda at odds with bedrock Christian principals is in fact in their interest. Collapse )