Thursday, May 15, 2008

Thursday morning quick hits

What'll ya bet this gets made into a big damn deal, but McCain can berate young people, and all we heard were ***crickets***. Barack Obama has a habit of calling people "Sweetie" and has slipped up and done so a couple of times on the campaign trail. Most recently, at a campaign rally in Michigan, a female reporter shouted a question to him and he responded by saying "Hold on one second, sweetie." Later he called her answering machine and apologized for not answering her question and explained that he has a bad habit of calling people "sweetie" and added "I mean no disrespect, so I am duly chastened on that front."

Okay. Fine. No offense taken. Not by anyone with any sense anyway. But there have been instances recently where the media should have gotten their feathers in a ruffle over and they were pretty much laughed off. Both involved John McCain and young people and young voters. First was the incident when, asked about his age he called the kid asking the question a "little jerk" then added "you're drafted."

Just this month, when a 14-year-old girl asked him a substantive question about his missed vote and expressed opposition to the "Ledbetter fair pay act" - which he failed to vote on - he berated her. “If you eliminate the statutes of limitations, and you make it unending, you may be violating the rights of the individuals who are being sued, whether they’re a man or a woman,” the senator responded. “I don’t think you’re doing anything to help the rights of women, except maybe help trial lawyers and others in that profession.”

Yes, if McCain doesn't defend the glass ceiling, who will? Hmmm? And of course his answer is bullshit, of the undistilled variety. The law McCain failed to vote on and didn't support anyway would have given people who are discriminated against and unfairly compensated for their labor the opportunity to petition the courts for redress. As it stands now, with out courts packed full of sycophants with an overblown sense of corporate fealty, if a person who is underpaid (usually a woman or a minority) has a mere 180 days to sue - but most people don't even know they are being underpaid in such a timely manner, so they are just SoL.

But Barack Obama called someone "Sweetie" so I am sure that will be the anti-woman flavor of the week.

Oh this is rich! Speaking to the Israeli Parliament on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the modern state of Israel, the American president, a grandson of Nazi-appeasers and at least one overt collaborator - compared Democrats to Nazi appeasers. The mind boggles. “As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is – the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history,” he said - apparently with a straight face - completely forgetting that exercising the Trading With the Enemy Act was even necessary because his grandfather was Hitler's banker, and continued to do business with him for eleven months after Germany declared war on his country! The money Prescott made collaborating with Nazis was used to bankroll the Bush families Texas oil ventures, and the rest, as they say, is history. Some of us, like my esteemed co-blogger, actually opened the book when we took the classes, so we know this stuff that evades Der Chimpenfuhrer.

Petulance alert!
The marketing wizard who is charged with selling us an Apple III this November doesn't like it one little bit when the press doesn't fawn all over his loser candidate and kiss his wrinkly old ass. Newsweek had the temerity to attempt to practice journalism recently and highlight some of the tactics the GOP might use this fall against the Democratic nominee. Mark Salter, McCain's pit-bull, got pissed at the prospect that the Media Mancrush might be waning. Over the weekend, he fired off a three-page email to the editor of Newsweek slamming the newsmagazine for what he said was a "biased" cover story on Sen. Obama that "framed this race exactly as Sen. Obama wants it to be framed." He threatened to throw the magazine's reporters off the campaign bus and airplane, according to people familiar with the matter.

Wouldn't it have been great if Newsweek just recalled their reporters from the bus and said "Okay, fine." Then the next week, if they had run a cover story about being denied access and explaining that they would just not be covering McCain under those circumstances? Ah, used to mean something...But now? Not so much.

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