Friday, October 17, 2008

Quick, Maudie, Hide The Children!

So, ACORN, a voter registration outfit that hires folks to go stand in front of supermarkets and other places to get people registered to vote, was cheated by some of their employees who just made up phony names on their forms and turned them in. ACORN spotted many of those phony forms, turned them in to the proper authorties to be purged and helped prosecute the phony fillers-in for fraud.

Here’s what John McCain had to say about his minor scam: We’re “on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country.”

AW, MAH GAWD! We’re doomed. The greatest fraud in voter history!!!

Scary? Yes. It is, knowing the nuclear codes might end up in the hands of a guy who launched from a minor scam into full blown terror alert, based on . . . ?? What facts, exactly? Did his campaign crew do NO fact-checking before launching this piece of national silliness? Now, imagine this guy in the Oval Office when an ill-informed staffer rushes in with some garbled account of some minor tiff in Horsepuckistan. LAUNCH! LAUNCH! IT’S THE MOST DANGEROUS SIUATION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!

George Orwell Woulda Loved It!

According to a new film documentary on the late Lee Atwater, he was afraid of going to hell for what his political campaign techniques and philosophy had done to this country. He was right to fear God’s righteous wrath. His legacy is not only a win-at-all-cost mentality, but a conscious corruption of the language until the citizens cannot believe anything since words no longer mean anything. Lee’s spawn are to be found alive and well in Newt Gingrich’s GOPAC classes and is alive and well in his most appalling protégé – Karl Rove.

The infection showed up in the last Presidential Debate when John McCain (some of his campaign folks are the same folks who Bush used to trash him when he previously ran for Prez. McCain hired ‘em for his own campaign, which speaks volumes about “character.”) used the term “pro-abortion.” As in, you know, those pro-abortionist people over there in Planned Parenthood and etc?

Pro-Abortion? Is there a new national group only John McCain knows about? A group now running a national campaign encouraging women to get pregnant so they can abort their fetuses? Maybe offering premiums and prizes for those who go get the most abortions – after all, if you’re a Pro Abortionist, you can’t have too many of ‘em. Like this group is out giving toasters or a free month’s subscription to “US” magazine with every abortion? Like there’s billboards scattered around the country saying, “Have You Had Your Abortion Today? Why Not? It’s Good For You and Good For The Country!”

THAT “Pro-Abortion” group?

You see the problem? Pure Lee Atwater, pure Karl Rove. Change the frame slightly and the entire picture goes all phony while appearing real. It’s a technique that stops thought, eliminates anything so complex as nuance, turns meaning to mush and corrupts every “fact” until public discourse turns into jibberish and people just end up yelling pre-packaged mantras at each other – each incomprehensible to the other because they’re speaking in corrupted foreign tongues in a language that no longer has any objective meaning.

Joe! Joe! Say It Ain’t So, Joe!

But the worst thing to come out of the debates was Joe the Plumber, who, it turns out, isn’t a real, certified plumber, isn’t making $250,000 a year, which means his claims that Obama’s tax plan would cost him big bucks are pure hockey-puckey. And now the poor guy stands convicted in the public square, thanks to the media frenzy, as a deadbeat property tax shirker, a liar, and maybe even a “criminal” for working without the proper plumbing licenses and certifications & etc.

Aw, Joe, Joe, Joe. That’s what happens when you get served up as a Poster Boy, to be used as a national political tool for a phony populist ploy, instead a real human being.

The weird thing is Obama originally talked to Joe. But Obama wasn’t the one who dragged poor old Joe onto the national stage for this pony dog and pony show. McCain did that.

Thanks, Mr. Atwater. Thanks Karl. Thanks a lot!


Shark Inlet (a.k.a. Stiv Neener) said...

McCain should look closer to home for the greatest voter fraud in history.

If a state grows in size ... and if democrats register a whole bunch of additional people between two elections ... how can the number of registered Democrats go down? Republicans have been quite efficient (in some states) in getting names off the registered list ... but only in certain areas.

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck ... it is a fraud in vote rigging.

Churadogs said...

Interesting, isn't it, to see how often people accuse other people of doing the very thing they're doing.

Ron said...

Ann wrote:

"... Joe the Plumber, who, it turns out, isn’t a real, certified plumber, isn’t making $250,000 a year... "

Karl Rove seems to be getting lazy these. His camp doesn't vet anything anymore. First Palin, Now, Joe T.P.

MEMO TO KARL ROVE: You see, there's this thing called "Google" these days, and it lets you type in some words like, oh, I don't know, how 'bout -- "Sarah Palin" separatists -- and then you push a button, things like this show up:

"Separatist Sarah Palin appears live VIA satellite to address, praise, and endorse the 2008 Alaska Independence Party (AIP), a radical separatist movem."


Aye... what were they thinking? (That's the story I'm now interested in. Why Palin? What really happened behind the scenes with that selection. Weird.


"But Obama wasn’t the one who dragged poor old Joe onto the national stage for this pony dog and pony show. McCain did that.

Thanks, Mr. Atwater. Thanks Karl. Thanks a lot!"

McCain reminds me of that poor guy, Robin Grille, that trusted Steve Rein's "staggering" amount of fake "facts," and then was sued for libel, forced to "promptly" settle out of court, and had to apologize for trusting Rein's fake "facts," according web sites.

Both McCain and Grille fail to get their own primary sources. They rely on secondary sources, like Rove and Rein, and then trusting them. Big mistake.

I mean, who does stuff like that? I would never put my neck on the line just because someone like a Karl Rove or a Steve Rein told me to, and I'm not running for President... yet.

Shark Inlet (a.k.a. Stiv Neener) said...

Nice comment, Ann.

I trust you were not referring to me ... because after all, I am actually not doing anything that some folks (like Howie and Ron) accuse me of doing.

And Ron ... you know very little about Robin Grille and his ordeal. Anyone in your position would probably want to e-mail him for the full story before using his name and situation as somehow supporting your side. I encourage you to check in with him and see what he thinks about me.

But then again, that would be asking you too do too much. Getting the facts straight before forming an opinion is something that takes too much time and effort for a real journalist.

Howie said...

Rein bleats to Ann,

"I trust you were not referring to me ... because after all, I am actually not doing anything that some folks (like Howie and Ron) accuse me of doing."

Yeah, right, Rein, you never did what you did so you never have to change.

How convenient for you, how inconvenient for everyone else here who has to deal with you knowing what you're all about.

If denial is the psychological epidemic of the 21st century, then Preacher Rein is in critical condition on the spiritual operating table right now.

I'm not a brain surgeon, but I can do the operation -- I stayed at Holiday Express last night. So what if I make a few slips -- how much more damage could it do at this point?!

Most of us do share one thing in common with Rein, painful as that is to acknowledge: No one wants to admit to doing anything wrong for fear of (1) being sued, (2) losing his or her job, (3) losing face and having to apologize, and lastly, and most compellingly, (4) having to change.

Rein is the poster boy for this disease.

For example, Rein whines, "I am actually not doing anything ..."

Which is the "Richard Legros Defense": 'I haven't been arrested today, therefore I am innocent of all charges ever made against me by anyone who knows what I did. Just call my friend, the DA, and ask him.'

Rein: If you have to ask Ann if she is talking about you, take the next step and assume she is, and then proceed to tell her you haven't done anything to anybody ... at VCU, here or anywhere! ... without her even asking you if you did ... when there is voluminous online evidence of your extremist activities that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are a pathological liar, living in a perpetual state of denial ... then you don't have to wait for an answer.

GetRealOsos said...


What a right on post! ... love it!

Churadogs said...

Appropos of my comment, here's another old folk saying: Only one who has hidden under the bed himself thinks to look there.

McCain calls Obama a "socialist" for using the phrase, "spread the wealth around," while he himself is proposing the government buy up private mortgages and giving the homeowners a huge financial break (courtesy of the taxpayers) to lower the mortgage, and he himself approved the gazillion dollar take over of banks (ie socialize the banks, mortgage holders, and wall street firms & etc)

McCain/Palin holler about ACORN and the greatest vote fraud in american history while republicans in various states have and are still trying to cage recent voters and who knows what happened to the voting machines under republican control in various states wherein voting anomolies ran amok.

And so forth.

Part of this is pure hypocrisy, but part is also likely the result of a blind self-justifying sense of entitlement: Because I MOI ME am special and pure and right and good, I MOI ME get to do this stuff for the good of the nation, but you -- you know, YOU PEOPLE -- are evil frauders and liars and UnAmerican socialists, kill 'em!!!!!

And, of course, there's the old saying: If the shoe fits . . .