Saturday, October 25, 2008

Wow, they suck

#22 Northwestern (6-2) 19
Indiana (3-5) 21

Friday, October 24, 2008

Cratering economy? Who cares wiff dese innovations...

Notice their catch phrase: another blatant LoC rip-off...

These scumbags will stop at nothing...

Hoax: McCain volunteer admits to fabricating attack story

Ashley Todd, the McCain campaign volunteer who was robbed and allegedly beaten after the assailant spotted a McCain bumper sticker on her car, has admitted to police that she made the whole thing up. KDKA:
Police tell KDKA that a campaign volunteer has now confessed to making up a story that a mugger attacked her and cut the letter B in her face after seeing her McCain bumper sticker. Ashley Todd, 20, of Texas, initially told police that she was robbed at an ATM in Bloomfield and that the suspect became enraged and started beating her after seeing her GOP sticker on her car. Police investigating the alleged attack, however, began to notice some inconsistencies in her story and administered a polygraph test.This story was fishy from the start, and while it's sad that anyone would go to such lengths in order to fabricate a political story, I'm glad the truth has come out. This is probably the only time I'll ever say this, but kudos to
Michelle Malkin and the some of the more reasonable right-wingers out there who called foul from the very start. Another interesting facet of the story: John Moody, executive VP of FOX News, is on record saying that, if true, this story could sink Obama. If not, says Moody, McCain is done. We're awaiting your update, John. Jon Perr adds: "Joe the Plumber" has been replaced by "Ashley the Fraud." UPDATE: From Jamie:
MSNBC is now reporting that in a press conference with police Todd said she didn't know how she got the B, but she may have done it herself. They also say she has had mental problems in the past. So far she is being charged with filing a false police report and other charges may still follow.


McCain Campaign fed the Hoax Racist Assault Story to the media!

Big news just hit the fan for McCain. I knew this was a bogus story when it came out that she refused medical treatment for her wounds. I've been through enough these last few years and know the pain would have been incredible and anyone of us would have begged for a doctor immediately. Well, it looks like the McCain campaign has their fingers all over this phony volunteer attack story and that's big trouble for him.
John McCain's Pennsylvania communications director told reporters in the state an incendiary version of the hoax story about the attack on a McCain volunteer well before the facts of the case were known or established -- and even told reporters outright that the "B" carved into the victim's cheek stood for "Barack," according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions.
John Verrilli, the news director for KDKA in Pittsburgh, told TPM Election Central that McCain's Pennsylvania campaign communications director gave one of his reporters a detailed version of the attack that included a claim that the alleged attacker said, "You're with the McCain campaign? I'm going to teach you a lesson." Verrilli also told TPM that the McCain spokesperson had claimed that the "B" stood for Barack. According to Verrilli, the spokesperson also told KDKA that Sarah Palin had called the victim of the alleged attack, who has since admitted the story was a hoax...
read on
This should hurt McCain severely. As FOX's Executive VP, John Moody said:
If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.
For Pittsburgh, a city that has done so much to shape American history over the centuries, another moment of truth is at hand.
Bozell's operation ran with it and attacked the media. "Obama Supporter Maims McCain Volunteer, Will Media Care?"Now I ask the question. Since McCain's camp was involved in trying to promote this race baiting attack story against Obama, will the media care? Let's hope so.

sorry K-Mad, ya gotta wait...

McDonald's to hold the Angus burger -- for a year
If you're waiting for
McDonald's hefty new Angus burger, it appears you'll be waiting for at least another year -- and you can partly blame the economy for that. In March 2007, McDonald's began test-marketing its new Angus third-pound hamburger in Southern California and later in New York and Columbus, Ohio. This week, company executives told stock analysts that the Angus isn't likely to go national for at least a year, according to a research note Friday by Steve West, a stock analyst at Stifel Nicolaus. The company is pleased with the Angus' test market results, the report said.But McDonald's system is taxed enough with the recent introduction of Southern Style chicken sandwiches and breakfast biscuits, as well as the rollout of a big blitz into specialty coffee, a process that will go well into next year, West wrote.
Oh, and then there's that economy thing. "Management did not think it prudent to try and launch a premium burger at a $4 price point during a time when the U.S. consumer is under so much strain," West wrote.McDonald's could not be immediately reached for comment.


did Smiff write this?

FEY AS PALIN - "We are gonna get 'er done."

FERRELL AS BUSH - "My God you are folksy."

FEY AS PALIN - "Why thank you Mr. President. I like to think I'm one part practiced folksy, one part sassy and a little dash of high school bitchy."

FERRELL AS BUSH - "For a little while I was trying to be folksy but after a bit, it just came off douchey.

wouldn't it be easier to just blame k-mad?

Blago blames economy for his low popularity
(AP) — Gov. Rod Blagojevich is blaming his low approval rating on the nation's slumping economy.

The governor says his 13 percent job approval rating is unrelated to the federal corruption investigation that's been swirling around his administration.

Blagojevich contends that he'd easily win if he were running for governor in the upcoming election (if the Republican candidate was a squirrel... which wouldn't be as unlikely as it sounds... Ed...)...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

culture wars (cont'd) - Bubba getting his @ss kicked...

Automakers Apply Brakes to NASCAR

But with the Big Three U.S. automakers struggling to survive, they have begun to dramatically scale back their financial involvement in NASCAR, threatening the economic model that has driven the sport's popularity. Other corporate sponsors that helped transform stock-car racing from a workingman's pastime into the country's dominant form of auto racing also are scaling back their investment as a result of the sagging economy. Some companies may not renew their commitments -- many of which run more than $10 million -- when current contracts expire.

An open apology from Da Mare to LoC bitchers & whiners who complain about all that sucks in Chicago

Daley issues sarcastic apology for torture
Mayor Daley on Thursday issued a sarcastic blanket apology for the alleged torture of suspects by former Chicago Police Lt. Jon Burge. The best way is to say, 'Okay. I apologize to everybody [for] whatever happened to anybody in the city of Chicago.' So, I apologize to everybody. Whatever happened to them in the city of Chicago in the past, I apologize," Daley said.


I sure hope the Big Ten is better at polling than football...

AM Polls Show Surprisingly Large Leads for Obama

New polling this morning from the Big Ten polling consortium and Quinnipiac University present a view of what the world might look like if Barack Obama wins in a landslide. The Big Ten polls have Obama ahead by double digits in ten Midwestern states: he leads by 10 in Indiana, 11 in Pennsylvania, 12 in Ohio, 13 in Wisconsin and Iowa, 19 in Minnesota, 22 in Michigan, and 29 in Illinois....

With that said, the trendlines in these polls are interesting. Quinnipiac has had a slight (1-2 point) Democratic lean this election cycle, but only in the last month or so have they started to produce some of these "shock and awe" numbers for Obama. And when the first round of Big Ten polling was conducted in mid-September, it had not been particularly favorable to Obama.

the whole PUMA-pandering thing seems to have misfired

GOP corners the show-us-your-tits vote...

'Sarah Dude' population forms deep bonds with Palin

"There seem to be lots and lots of guys here," she said. "I'd guess 70-30, maybe 65-35, men to women. It's quite noticeable to me."

The men tend to make themselves noticed. "You tell 'em baby," a man yelled out at a rally Wednesday night on a high school football field in Salem, New Hampshire...

Her recent events drew scruffy high-schoolers in backward baseball caps, tank-topped bikers in bandanas and long-bearded veterans in berets. They crashed the rope line for photos and autographs. "Marry me, Sarah," a man implored in Weirs Beach while Palin held up a towheaded toddler and patted his little chest. She ignored, or didn't hear, the proposal, but signed the dude's ratty baseball cap.

Da Mare to Fung -- I got your bailout right here

The fix isn’t in for beleaguered Cook County homeowners struggling to pay rising property tax bills. But it might as well be.

Mayor Daley today urged homeowners to appeal their "illogical" assessments to the Cook County Board of Review — and commissioner Larry Rogers Jr. all but guaranteed those who do that adjustments will be made to reflect the downturn in the housing market.

clowns in the news (cont'd)

The Yes on 8 side began airing a commercial on dozens of Spanish television stations that warned that children would be taught about gay marriage if the proposition was not approved. The spot features a little girl whose class reads a fairy tale about a prince who can't find a princess to marry -- so instead he marries a prince. Campaign officials said the ad would begin airing in English soon too.

k-mad SUCKS

We hatesez him.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

da tarrists: wid McCain

In a message on an al Qaeda website, terrorists wrote of continuing the war in Iraq, "This requires presence of an impetuous American leader such as McCain, who pledged to continue the war till the last American soldier," the message said. "Then, al-Qaida will have to support McCain in the coming elections so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush."

So will Smiff

Agent John Boggs said Tuesday that Mark Prior (shoulder, the will to pitch) will be ready for spring training. Prior has started a throwing program following shoulder surgery and will be a free agent. "He said he feels good, that his shoulder has never felt better," Boggs said. It's possible that Prior could get an incentive-laden one-year deal with a team option for 2010, but he may only garner a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training at this point.

You Tell 'Em, McComrade

Daily Show Flashback: McCain is a "socialist", too!

McCain in 2000:

Audience member: "Why is it that someone like my father who goes to school for 13 years gets penalized in a huge tax bracket because he's a doctor."
McCain: "I think it's to some degree because we feel obviously that wealthy people can afford more."
Audience member: "Are we getting closer and closer to, like, socialism?"
McCain: "Here's what I really believe: That when you reach a certain level of comfort, there's nothing wrong with paying somewhat more."

Stewart: "That, of course, is the late socialist leader John McCain. I believe he passed away during the Republican primaries. He will be missed."


Fox News: where quality control isn't a problem

Braindead Media: Fox News Hires Disgraced Reporter Judith Miller

On Sept. 7, 2002, she and fellow New York Times reporter Michael Gordon reported that Iraq had "stepped up its quest for nuclear weapons and has embarked on a worldwide hunt for materials to make an atomic bomb." As proof, she cited unnamed "American intelligence experts" and unnamed "Bush administration officials." Subsequently, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, and Donald Rumsfeld all pointed to Miller’s story as justification for war. On April 22, 2003, she told PBS’s Newshour that WMD had already been found in Iraq: "Well, I think they found something more than a ’smoking gun.’"
. . . . .

"She has a very impressive résumé," says Senior Vice President John Moody. "We’ve all had stories that didn’t come out exactly as we had hoped..."

oh, whitey... (cont'd)

'Stunned' white supremacists keep low profile in campaign

"There's a real problem," White said in the interview last month, "in what's called the 'white movement.' One, there's a lot of people who are just mentally ill, and we deal with those a lot. No. 2, there are people who have serious sexual problems."

Sure, pick on the Republicans while they're down...

k-mad brings the entropy (cont'd)

March: To escape Chase, K-Mad opens WaMu account.

September: WaMu fails, is bought out by Chase. K-Mad opens ING account.

October: "Shares of ING fell more than 27 percent Friday in Amsterdam after the company said it expected to post a third-quarter loss of €500 million..."

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

"I believe that there is a special place in hell for people like those."
-- John McCain in 2000, about robocalls smearing McCain made by the Bush campaign, some of which were made by FLS-Connect, a company owned by Jeff Larson.

"You need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers..."
-- 2008 McCain campaign robocalls reportedly linked to a company owned by Larson.

we must fix the economy in time to secure the gains made by our Noble Plutocrats

Workers reap few benefits as U.S. productivity grows

Since the 2001 recession, the American work force has contributed to a robust 20 percent growth in productivity, as measured by the gross national product.

Yet seven years into this economic cycle, most middle-class American households (aka, the WHINERS... Ed.) have less inflation-adjusted income than they had when it started...

Particularly notable about the stagnant pay is that it affected not just the lowest-paid or least-skilled, but college-degreed, professional workers as well.

The exception in compensation gains was for the top 1 percent of earners, who have considerably widened the pay gap between themselves and other workers. (YAY! Ed.)

Obama sticks it to the liberal media

He's turning on them before they're even finished getting him elected...

Obama to media: pony up for election night access

(Crain’s) — The best-funded political campaign in American history says news organizations will have to pay—in some cases almost $2,000 each—if they want to cover Barack Obama’s election-night celebration in Chicago.

A memo sent to news organizations on Tuesday by the Obama campaign says credentials will cost $715 to $1,815, depending on whether electrical and phone lines are needed and whether an indoor or outdoor seat is requested for the event, which is expected to be held outside the evening of Nov. 4 in Grant Park.

You want to come in from the rain? That's an extra thousand. This also bears the faint whiff of chickens being counted early (see also: Smiff fantasy baseball drafts).
Did you catch that? "Celebration," my friends...

Does Chicago play them this year?

San Francisco in the Superbowl before or after Lovie Smith fired?

It's Over

Fung has voted. They let him, apparently. I expected hours & hours of waiting to change my address & plead my case & vote. Nope. In and out in like 20 minutes. Half of that time was spent voting. Mebbe I got there b4 the crunch. Who cares. Anyway, I think that means I can start watching movies & such since I can't be convinced to change anymore...

Monday, October 20, 2008

then again, he is a yoooge "@ss#ole"

My friends, I'm a "jackass."

This was the first time these presidential debates have touched Roe versus Wade. For a moment it seemed McCain would advance a centrist (if not entirely plausible) position, begging off the idea of a litmus test for Supreme Court judges. And then with a grimace and an eye roll he mocked the idea of granting women abortion exceptions for the health of the mother. "Health" he sneered, derisively, and made little air quotes with his fingers. And with that, he lost all those centrist, mildly, or avowedly, pro-choice women in America who, yes, care about the health of the mother.

yet annudder shocker

The liberal media LOVES Obama.

NEW YORK (figgers - Ed...) (Updated Monday) The Obama-Biden ticket maintains its strong lead in the race for daily newspaper endorsements, by 112 to 39, a than 3-1 margin, picking up 70 or more papers in the past three days...

In a real shocker, two solid Bush papers in 2004, the Houston Chronicle and Austin American-Statesman, also came out for Obama today...

For McCain: Las Vegas Review, Jackson (Miss.) Sun, Fargo (ND) Forum, Bakersfield (Ca.) Californian, Leaf-Chronicle of Clarksville, Tenn., The Daily Press of Hampton Roads, Va., several papers in Texas (Lubbock, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Longview, Wichita Falls), and the Nutter Fort (WV) Daily Wingnut and Tasty Squirrel.

Why couldn't I have had one of those jobs.

Chicago, the city that (doesn't) work.