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A very Seinfeld-esque concept: hold an election about nothing, for no reason.

A 300 Million Dollar Election About Nothing, Held for No Reason | robhyndman.com

An election about nothing, held in a hurry to avoid the effect of a worsening war and a coming recession. Held in the hopes that it would earn Mr. Harper a majority just before the door to that possibility slammed shut for perhaps a very long time.

And what did it cost us? Apparently, 300 million dollars. An amount that, Iâ..m told, comes from an estimate of a million dollars per riding. That number is now leaking into the media, but strangely enough, not to object, but instead merely to describe. How tremulously Canadian. And it came from a Government that earned its stripes pretending that we donâ..t have millions of dollars to spend on needy projects.

No big surprise here, considering how McCain "pals around with terrorists".

John McCain 'endorsed by al-Qaeda supporters' - Telegraph

In an endorsement that will not be welcomed by Mr McCain's flagging campaign, the group said that if al-Qaeda wants to exhaust the USmilitarily and economically, the "impetuous" Republican presidential candidate is the better choice.

"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-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming elections so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush."

  McCain Zombies

Funny photoshop contest based on the now famous McCain zombie picture.

Here's the original (what the hell's up with this, anyway?):

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WFMU's Beware of the Blog: Photoshop contest!

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Hah! I miss Quantum Leap.

Scott Bakula Jumps Into McCain's Body Just Before Election | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

Witnesses said they first detected a difference in McCain's demeanor yesterday, when he paused suddenly in the middle of a speech about Obama's tax policies, shook his head and demanded to know what year it was. Others were reportedly confused when McCain abruptly left the stage to find a mirror and softly touched his face while whispering to himself, "Oh, boy. Who am I this time?"

A number of McCain supporters have said they hope Bakula, with the assistance of a cigar-chewing holographic projection known as Al, can help the Republican's chances by gaining ground in key battleground states, making love to his wife for the first time in ages, and staying up late baking a batch of his famous blondies for everyone on the trail. Bakula said he would try to tip the campaign into victory, but his main goal was to teach McCain about what's truly important in life.

  You are all on notice

I am not the only one upset with the voting fiasco last night. Not only did less than 60% of Canadians show up to vote, but a newbie CRAP candidate beat out our riding's incumbent by a mere 73 votes (why they aren't furiously demanding a recount, I don't know).

Canadian Cynic: The Morning After The Blight Before

Here's the deal Canadian politicians, you are all on notice. Fat Steve you and your gang do not have the confidence of Canadians. After two solid years of negative ads, belittling Dion, you could not win a majority. Why? Because we do not trust you with one. And let the sky bully save you if you think you can pull another snap election out of your ass. The record low turn out last night speaks to the general sense of contempt that our politicians have come to deserve in the last few years. Stephane Dion and the Liberals, you made Jason Cherniak cry. I hope you're happy. Listen up you determined losers, Bob Rae and Iggy are not, I repeat, not the future. They are oblivion. The Liberal task is now to remake the party from the bottom up. If you sad sack dinks ever hope to return to power you have to figure out how to run a campaign and deliver a leader with a team that Canadians see as a viable alternative to the Cons. You are a pack of passive goofs. Stephen Harper is the fat kid who pushed you around at recess.

Oh snap. And we hate those bastards that stifle free speech, don't we?

Stifled by Copyright, McCain Asks YouTube to Consider Fair Use | Threat Level from Wired.com

After seeings its videos repeatedly removed from YouTube, John McCain's campaign on Monday told the Google-owned video site that its copyright infringement policies are stringent to the point of stifling free speech, and that its lawyers need to revamp the way they evaluate copyright infringement claims.

The letter is notable both because YouTube and online video generally have become prime platforms for communicating political messages during the 2008 presidential campaign, and because this is one of the rare instances when a member of Congress is speaking out in favor of fair-use rights, after experiencing for themselves the onerous burden put on citizens using media to express ideas.

I think most Americans would agree that Saddam Hussein = terrorist.

How many are we at now? Huh. I think we'll stop here. This whole exercise is starting to get boring.

McCain Transition Chief Aided Saddam In Lobbying Effort

The Washington lobbyist John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime.

The two lobbyists who McCain aide William Timmons worked closely with over a five year period on the lobbying campaign later either pleaded guilty to or were convicted of federal criminal charges that they had acted as unregistered agents of Saddam Hussein's government.

I'd just like to point out that Andrew Telegdi, Liberal MP, Kitchener-Waterloo, is not on this list yet, whereas Cindy Jacobsen, New Democrat candidate, Kitchener-Waterloo, is.

Mr. Telegdi, get your ass in gear!

Michael Geist - The Copyright Candidates

  VoteForEnvironment.ca

Here's a cool website that shows up-to-date polls in your riding with suggestions on how to vote strategically.

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Vote For Environment / Voter Pour l'Environnement

Another member (chairman) of the Alaska Independence Party, Mark Chryson. Remember that McCain is inexorably tied to Sarah Palin for the duration, so her pals are his pals.

Sarah Palin's radical right-wing mentors | Salon News

Palin backed Chryson as he successfully advanced a host of anti-tax, pro-gun initiatives, including one that altered the state Constitutionâ..s language to better facilitate the formation of anti-government militias. She joined in their vendetta against several local officials they disliked, and listened to their advice about hiring. She attempted to name Stoll, a John Birch Society activist known in the Mat-Su Valley as â..Black Helicopter Steve,â. to an empty Wasilla City Council seat. â..Every time I showed up her door was open,â. said Chryson. â..And that policy continued when she became governor.â.

When Chryson first met Sarah Palin, however, he didnâ..t really trust her politically. It was the early 1990s, when he was a member of a local libertarian pressure group called SAGE, or Standing Against Government Excess. (SAGEâ..s founder, Tammy McGraw, was Palinâ..s birth coach.) Palin was a leader in a pro-sales-tax citizens group called WOW, or Watch Over Wasilla, earning a political credential before her 1992 campaign for City Council. Though he was impressed by her interpersonal skills, Chryson greeted Palinâ..s election warily, thinking she was too close to the Democrats on the council and too pro-tax.

But soon, Palin and Chryson discovered they could be useful to each other. Palin would be running for mayor, while Chryson was about to take over the chairmanship of the Alaska Independence Party, which at its peak in 1990 had managed to elect a governor.

And this one's a big one. Just to show how big, I've added some emphasis.

(Remember Vogler from #9)

The Palins' un-American activities | Salon

Voglerâ..s greatest moment of glory was to be his 1993 appearance before the United Nations to denounce United States â..tyrannyâ. before the entire world and to demand Alaskaâ..s freedom. The Alaska secessionist had persuaded the government of Iran to sponsor his anti-American harangue. Thatâ..s right â.¦ Iran. The Islamic dictatorship. The taker of American hostages. The rogue nation that McCain and Palin have excoriated Obama for suggesting we diplomatically engage. That Iran.

Oh, sure, you're probably thinking "But John Hagee's a fat blow-hard anti-Catholic who John McCain dropped like a hot, fetid potato." Sure, but he also sought out the endorsement of Hagee in the first place, then refused to drop him when it became evident that Hagee was a vitriol-spewing hate-bag.

Seriously, Hagee said that God would send terrorists to attack the U.S.A. Sounds like he's calling God a terrorist.

John Hagee's McCain Endorsement Sparks Uproar

Hagee on Hurricane Katrina "All hurricanes are acts of God because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God and they were recipients of the judgment of God for that." [NPR Fresh Air, 9/18/06]

Hagee on Islamic Beliefs
Fresh Air host Terry Gross asked if Hagee believed that "all Muslims have a mandate to kill Christians and Jews," to which Hagee replied, "Well, the Quran teaches that. Yes, it teaches that very clearly." [NPR Fresh Air, 9/18/06]

Hagee on African-Americans
The San Antonio Express-News reported that Hagee was going to "meet with black religious leaders privately at an unspecified future date to discuss comments he made in his newsletter about a 'slave sale,' an East Side minister said Wednesday." The Express-News reported:

"Hagee, pastor of the 16,000-member Cornerstone Church, last week had announced a 'slave sale' to raise funds for high school seniors in his church bulletin, 'The Cluster.'

"The item was introduced with the sentence 'Slavery in America is returning to Cornerstone" and ended with "Make plans to come and go home with a slave." [San Antonio Express-News 3/7/96]

Hagee on Catholicism
"Most readers will be shocked by the clear record of history linking Adolf Hitler and the Roman Catholic Church in a conspiracy to exterminate the Jews." [Jerusalem Countdown by John Hagee]

Hagee on Women
"Do you know the difference between a woman with PMS and a snarling Doberman pinscher? The answer is lipstick. Do you know the difference between a terrorist and a woman with PMS? You can negotiate with a terrorist." [God's Profits: Faith, Fraud and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, Sarah Posner]

"[T]he feminist movement today is throwing off authority in rebellion against God's pattern for the family." ["Bible Positions on Political Issues," John Hagee]

Hagee on LGBT Americans
"The newspaper carried the story in our local area that was not carried nationally that there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other Gay Pride parades. So I believe that the judgment of God is a very real thing. I know that there are people who demur from that, but I believe that the Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment sometimes before the day of judgment." [NPR Fresh Air, 9/18/06]

Hagee on Iran
"The coming nuclear showdown with Iran is a certainty," Hagee wrote [in 2006] in the Pentecostal magazine Charisma. "Israel and America must confront Iran's nuclear ability and willingness to destroy Israel with nuclear weapons. For Israel to wait is to risk committing national suicide." [The Nation, 8/8/2006]

Well, if it were in a former Soviet state, they might just call them "freedom fighters".

Sarah Palin's ties to Alaskan Independence Party are played down - Los Angeles Times

For all but two months from 1995 to 2002, the governor's husband was registered as an Alaskan Independence Party member, according to the Alaska Division of Elections.

With McCain's campaign emphasizing patriotism -- his latest slogan is "Country First" -- the Palins' links to a party founded by the late secessionist gold miner Joe Vogler could prove awkward.

"I'm an Alaskan, not an American," Vogler is quoted as saying elsewhere on the partyâ..s website. "I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."

Here's a whole bunch to consider.

Pensito Review - McCain Attended Fundraiser for Domestic Terrorist

...what about McCainâ..s fellow board members in the â..80s?

What about fellow board member, Anthony Bouscaren -- a veteran of the Pioneer Fund, a eugenics group researching white superiority? Or fellow board member, Jay Parker, a registered foreign agent for the apartheid government of South Africa in the late '70s?

And if board co-membership is so toxic, what about McCainâ..s list of endorsements today, including Leonore Annenberg, widow of philanthropist Walter Annenberg, who created the project on which both Ayers and Obama served?

... McCain attended a fund-raiser for the Oregon Citizens' Alliance. He can't claim he wasnâ..t warned going in 30 protestors picketed him for endorsing the anti-gay group.

Prior to McCain's appearance there, a Republican senator, a colleague of his, Mark Hatfield, warned Senator McCain not to do it. McCain's own staffers called it "The invitation from hell," the Oregonian newspaper reported. An Arizona newspaper column previewed the speech with this headline, quote, "Hate Group Finds Friend in McCain."

And yet, McCain went, sat silently, offered no rebuke during or after the remarks of this woman, Marilyn Shannon, who praised a local woman who had just shot a doctor less than two weeks earlier. A doctor who was a former Navy flight surgeon, a sonogram pioneer, was shot in both arms because he performed legal abortions.

Well, a "terrorist" as radical as Bill Ayers: David Ifshin, who denounced America on Radio Hanoi as McCain sat locked up as a POW. David Ifshin, who never renounced nor apologized for his youthful, radical past. David Ifshin, who -- just like Ayers -- moved into the American political mainstream.

Marc Cooper: McCain's Own 60's Radical Pal

As recently as two years ago, speaking at Columbia College, McCain affectionately and warmly recalled his relationship with Ifshin saying:

"We worked together in an organization dedicated to promoting human rights in the country where he and I had once come for different reasons. I came to admire him for his generosity, his passion for his ideals, for the largeness of his heart, and I realized he had not been my enemy, but my countryman . . . my countryman ...and later my friend. His friendship honored me. We disagreed over much. Our politics were often opposed, and we argued those disagreements. But we worked together for our shared ideals."

Well ... Nazis. He's like an Indiana Jones villian.

McCain linked to group in Iran-Contra affair - Yahoo! News

In the 1980s, McCain served on the advisory board to the U.S. chapter of an international group linked to ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America.

The U.S. Council for World Freedom aided rebels trying to overthrow the leftist government of Nicaragua. That landed the group in the middle of the Iran-Contra affair and in legal trouble with the Internal Revenue Service, which revoked the charitable organization's tax exemption.

The council created by retired Army Maj. Gen. John Singlaub was the U.S. chapter of the World Anti-Communist League, an international organization linked to former Nazi collaborators and ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America. After setting up the U.S. council, Singlaub served as the international league's chairman.

McCain's tie to Singlaub's council is undergoing renewed scrutiny after his campaign criticized Obama for his link to Ayers, a former radical who engaged in violent acts 40 years ago. Over the weekend, Democratic operative Paul Begala said on ABC's "This Week" that this "guilt by association" tactic could backfire on the McCain campaign by renewing discussion of McCain's service on the board of the U.S. Council for World Freedom, "an ultraconservative right-wing group."


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