Obama to Release Documentary on McCain Keating Five Scandal

Hitting back hard at John McCain's last-minute smears and lies, Barack Obama's campaign is releasing a documentary detailing John McCain's involvement in the Keating Five scandal.

From the AP: "Rep. Rahm Emanuel, a Chicago Democrat and Obama supporter, warned against McCain's strategy. 'If we are going to go down this road, you know, Barack Obama was eight years old, somehow responsible for Bill Ayers,' he said. 'At 58, John McCain was associating with Charles Keating.'"

Emanuel is known as Rahmbo for his aggressive style that vis a vis Karl Rove uses facts against his political enemies.

These guys fight back. To paraphrase Sidney Blumenthal: Barack is from the toughest neighborhood in New York: Chicago.

On McCain's Negative Campaign, Or, Oh No You Didn't

Apparently feeling there’s no other way to win, the McCain campaign is now trying to “go negative” in an effort to make Obama unelectable.

Obama has tried to stay above that sort of thing...and while Obama may be a better human being than that...I’m not.

We will divert away from the usual high minded conversation about issues today—and we will instead lay out a few unpleasant facts John McCain would rather you forget about.

Some of today’s discussion reveals McCain’s financial corruption...then there’s McCain giving “aid and comfort to the enemy” back in his Vietnam days...and for those who may have forgotten, a few words about ugly divorces and near-bigamy and the ending of McCain’s friendship with Ronald Reagan.

“I was a U.S. airman engaged in the crimes against the Vietnamese country and people. I had bombed their cities, towns, and villages and caused more injury even death for the people of Vietnam. After I was captured I was taken from a hospital in (?Da Nang) where I received very good medical treatment. I was given an operation on my leg, which allowed me to walk again, and a cast for my right arm which was badly broken in three rpt three places. The doctors were very good and they knew a great deal about the practice of medicine.

We Were Told of Potential Crises Beforehand

Before the bailout crisis dominated the political and financial news, a high-circulation political newsletter, CounterPunch, continued its breaking analyses and exclusives on its free website, sounding alarms to which we all should have listened.

Prominent among CounterPunch writers is Paul Craig Roberts, former assistant secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page, and former contributing editor of National Review.

Roberts has been warning for years that America is hollowing out its labor force, and is in clear and present danger of a market crash with clearly dangerous ramifications vectoring like a killer virus.

Writes Roberts:

Parties In Vote Suppression Case Revealing

The attempted voter suppression by the Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is interesting in that those encouraging voter participation in our democracy are on one side, and those with a sordid history of voter suppression are lining up on the other side of this case.

On the encouraging-voter-participation side we see the League of Women Voters, the NAACP, the Democratic Party, teachers, unions, and civil rights groups including the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, The Brennan Center for Justice, the Campaign Legal Center, and Fair Elections Wisconsin.

On the other side: McCain's co-chair and the Republican Party.

I guess today's GOP is a traditional values party; the problem is that the values being promoted are the southern strategy, and naked voter obstruction ridiculing civil rights.

Change We May (or May Not) Survive: Competing Approaches to Health Care Reform

Now that McCain and Palin have draped themselves in Obama’s mantle of change, the crucial question has become: change to what? Obama, Biden, McCain and Palin all claim to feel the pain of hard working Americans who seem to be falling behind rather than getting ahead. All envision a bright tomorrow in which every American will be safe and prosperous. But there is a stark contrast between the Obama-Biden and the McCain-Palin vision for America. And nowhere is this contrast starker than in their competing plans for health care reform.

It’s easy for candidates to advocate a “free market” for health insurance, but my background as a cardiologist, the founder of a small but quite successful national consulting firm, a recognized expert on measuring clinical quality and cost-effectiveness, a developer of analytic tools to support coordinated, effective, efficient health care markets, and a Medicare beneficiary who once enjoyed rather good private health insurance permits me to look under the hoods and see how the engines will run, where they will take us, and what they tell us about two very different visions of America’s future.

On The View From Egypt, Part One, Or, How Professionals Rig Elections

It has been but a few hours since Sarah Palin took the stage to have a conversation with Joe Biden, and of course the Nation has a ton of questions.

What will happen now?
How will we view all this in a few days?
How will it affect McCain and Obama?

I don’t know...and I’m not even going to try to figure it out right this minute.

Instead, we’re going to take a trip halfway across the world to a country that has been essential to understanding the Middle Eastern story, has been at the center of international conflicts time and time again...and has lessons to teach us that, if we learn them well, could make us a much smarter “Foreign Policy Nation” than we are today.

The country? Egypt.

So grab your virtual passport...and after we arrive, there are a few people I want you to meet.

Why is the Wall Street bailout package packed with pork?

WTF is going on? Seriously!

The Wall Street bailout legislation passed by the Senate has $1.7 billion in tax breaks for shit like this:

  • Manufacturers of kids' wooden arrows - $6 million.
  • Puerto Rican and Virgin Islands rum producers - $192 million.
  • Wool research.
  • Auto-racing tracks - $128 million.
  • Corporations operating in American Samoa - $33 million.
  • Small- to medium-budget film and television productions - $10 million.

NASCAR is being subsidized in this taxpayer bailout of Wall Street? Do the people who represent us know what's going on in this country? Do they know healthcare and education systems are broken? Do they know bridges are collapsing? Do they know unemployment is at its highest levels in years?

WTF alternate universe are these people living in? Does anyone know?

Palin Bingo for Tonight's Festivities

Get your Palin_Bingo_here! Concerned that tonight's debate party might get a bit hard to take? No worries now--play along with the debate and distract yourself.

On a more serious note down here in the Kickapoo Valley we have a great organization working for all the candidates. The State Senate and Assembly seats (currently Republican incumbents) are being challenged with great candidates, Tara Johnson and Dale Klemme.

In our efforts to bring their issues to the fore we are highlighting them on the cvdems_website. The "c" and "v" in the website name stands for Crawford and Vernon Counties that in collaboration pack a punch. At least we are trying to make that Wisconsin difference.

McCain pulling out of Michigan to boost Wisconsin campaign

It's being reported that McCain is conceding Michigan and transferring staff to more competitive states like Wisconsin. This is a huge development.

Man, he was getting his hat handed to him in Michigan. Way to show McCain the door, you good Midwesterners!

Things here in Scony are a little tighter ... but not by as much as you might think.

Wisconsinites put Obama at 49 percent to McCain's 40 percent when it comes to who's strategic vision for America we trust more (and yeah polls are an iffy way to moderate what's going on. Ya can't depend solely on them, I know).

Where did the myth of Republican fiscal responsibility come from?

Did you know Wisconsin Republicans Jim Sensenbrenner, Paul Ryan, and Tom Petri voted for the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999 which is what led to the current financial meltdown? What a joke it is that these guys are now doing hilarious CYA moves to trick the people of Wisconsin into thinking they have any leadership when it comes to fiscal responsibility. 

Journalist John Nichols wrote a good article about this recently.

And nevermind that the Bush Administration added $4 trillion to the U.S. debt in the last eight years. Oh, and that doesn't count the current Wall Street bailout.

And this Doonesbury strip says it all. 90 percent of the U.S. national debt was created under three Republican presidents. Enjoy!



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