Friday, September 05, 2008

Top Ten Cloves: Reasons McCain Campaign Is Keeping Sarah Palin Away From The Media

News Item: McCain Campaign Plans To Keep Palin Away From The Press

10. She's holding out, for a $300K outfit, just like Cindy's

9. Unlike McCain, her yard isn't big enough to have a barbecue

8. Can't find the spare keys to the Straight Talk Express

7. Afraid she'll take some reporters hunting ... Afterall, when a VP goes hunting ...

6. Waiting for the "community organizer" smear to die down

5. Collecting names from reporters, to throw in a hat, who will be the first to bring her a box of donuts

4. Palin needs to clean up all the Earmark paperwork before she let's reporters in

3. Hasn't stonewalled or buried the Troopergate thing yet

2. Discovered she spells certain words just like Dan Quayle

1. Hockey Mom thing is too real - Staff thinks she smells like a locker room

Bonus McCain-Palin Flying Circus Riffs

EmptyWheel: “Holed Up”

Joe Sudbay: Sarah Palin is taking a "Timeout" -- to begin "the education of Sarah Palin"


Matthew DeLong: Palin to Talk To Voters, Not Media

BooMan: The Phantom Candidate

The 1,001 Points of Light

This Date ... On The Garlic

5 September 2007... On The Garlic

Top Ten Cloves: Reasons How Air Force Mistakenly Flew 5 Nuclear Warheads Across Country

5 September 2006... On The Garlic

Minced Garlic Redux! ... New Keith Olbermann Special Comment - 'Have you no sense of decency, sir?'

News In Brief: Pluto Move Won’t Change Standing With President Against Intergalactic-Fascists; Pluto Planning Run With Independent Solar System; Takes Cues From Lieberman, Who Says May Caucus With New Galaxy

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Legally Alaskan

Or: Base Hit

The more obvious (stated numerous time last evening) reference may be Reese Witherspoon's "Election", but I saw it more like Elle Woods all growed up.

Her early, narcissistic beauty-parlor life tossed away, fueled by the whiff of success, and imbued with ambition that even that Alaskan pipeline wouldn't be large enough to contain.

As the old saying goes, everyone gets 15-minutes of fame, and Sarah "Midnight Sun" Palin is not wasting hers, determined to make it the loudest, widest-screened, most enhanced technicolored 15-minutes your ever saw.

Ironically, back in 1972, Hunter S. Thompson noted that "the ego of a man running for president is equivalent of a moose in heat."

Perhaps, in the spirit of progress, the changing political landscape, and with Sarah "Midnight Sun" Palin in the race, that can be inclusive of vice-presidential candidates as well.

Is this the Republican Convention or a VFW jamboree?

Rather than bust, once-and-for-all, that ceiling with "18-million cracks", Moose Mommy went along reading, for her defining, national party debut, a man's speech, sprinkled with her up-from-the-snowshoe-straps Wasillian wahoo life, and doused with a Mount McKinley-sized dollop of Fly Boy's POW-POW-POW saga.

Speaker, after speaker have run the POW-POW-POW story to dizzying heights, akin to a fish tale, the catch getting larger-and-larger with each repetition.

The previous evening, boy, ol' pick-up truck Fred Thompson, he didn't just lather on the Aqua Velva, he also slathered the POW-POW-POW mantra, embellishing it with details.

I don't know if that was wise, as that certainly will raise the bar (which Palin happily picked up) on the Stumblin' Bumblin' McCain's daily use of it.

I'm a bit surprised he didn't take his over-acted line from 'The Hunt for Red October' to really scare the bejeezes out of the crowd;

"If we don't get behind John McCain, this election will get out of control. It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it"

Last evening Sarah Palin referred to it constantly, almost as if it were a break-point refrain in the speech.

Or that, if she didn't mention it enough, a giant red hook would yank her off stage.

The POW-POW-POW thing has been so marginalized, so watered down, no doubt, there has to be a few dittoheads out there, calling their travel agencies today, looking to see if they can use their Frequent Flyer Miles to book rooms at the Hanoi Hilton.

We're All Wasillians!

If McCain was rallying the NeoNitWits with his "We are all Georgians", than Sarah Palin mailed out the membership cards to the base that "We are all Wasillians".

The pundits are telling us today that she didn't need to talk about compassion and the middle class, just her being on stage last evening was the flashing neon billboard for that.

She highlighted her family with her hockey mom bona fides, to the point, I expected a campaign stump speech that she should be elected on the basis that she has a family.

"I have a husband ... I have children ... Elect me!"

She promised to be an "advocate" for children with disabilities once inside the White House, yet, offered not a single policy, action item or idea, let alone, branish evidence of anything she's done in Alaska.

Midnight Sun touted her lies of killing off the Bridge To Nowhere and boast of the reformer that she is (since her running mate believes middle class is people that earn $5-million-per-year, perhaps Moose Mommy has a similar threshold for reformers - that if you rake in $27-million in Earmarks, you can refer to yourself as a reformer - apparently the dividing line must come at $30-million, or more).

Eva Fairbanks, over on TNR;

Tonight, diminished expectations combined with Palin’s known-to-be-remarkable charisma made for the speech-making equivalent of putting a champ bowler two feet in front of a set of plastic duckpins.

It convinced me that she makes a good PTA mom, that she may make a fine mayor, that she hasn’t totally bombed as the essentially brand-new governor of the third-least-populous state in the Union, even that I might like to have a beer with her, or a glass of fermented whale milk or whatever one drinks with mooseburgers. But just because we’re a nation of a hundred thousand Wasillas doesn’t mean all those hundred thousand mayors ought to be in the White House. Tonight, she sounded for all the world like an unusually sharp version of those “regular people” they drag onstage at conventions to tell their stories in the off-primetime hours.

And her case for John McCain? Let’s just say I hope he has a better one for himself in store for tomorrow night. Extremely heavy on the POW material, it sounded less like an argument for a presidential nominee and more like the introduction to a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Her speech was three-pointed;

Wasilla - Bash Obama/Biden (and a significant portion of the country) for being leftist elitists - McCain POW-POW-POW

Who needs substance and solutions, when cheap hits and one-liners have the media drooling, with their tongues hanging out, ready to carry Palin off on their shoulders.

She hit it out of the park ...

The operative word, as pundits fanned themselves today, flush with equating Palin's speech with being cured at Lourdes, is that "she hit it out of the ballpark"


She hit, at best, a seeing-eye single, a feat bringing the home crowd to its' feet, much like a rookie being called up from Triple A, getting into a game late in the season, and having a successful first-at-bat.

Sarah Palin is the "new" maverick.

Perhaps, but that remains to be seen.

Her record certainly doesn't carry the fibers of the maverick suit (we will have to check that, to see if she hoovered up a earmark to purchase herself a maverick title)

It should also be said, that a 72-year-old, party-toeing, multi-presidential-race loser being called maverick is like calling a 72-year-old Willie Mays "slugger".

It's a affectionate moniker, tossed at days gone by.

And there's always something creepy about people who give themselves, or referring to themselves constantly, by a nickname.

The country doesn't need a "pit bull with lipstick"

For it would come to a flat-brained pit bull (with or without lipstick) to stick one of their paws in their mouth, not only dissing, but insulting community organizers.

People who give of themselves to aid, help, assist and better others.

Oh, wait a minute ... That's right, she's a Republican.

They don't have community organizers, they, as evidenced by the Bush Grindhouse, have "corporate organizers", always at the ready to hand out a no-bid contract to a crony company.

Al Giordano called it "The Rookie Mistake", while Barry Crimmins labeled it "Tonya Harding with a speechwriter", and Chris Hayes, over on The Nation delivered the knockout blow;
But this kind of hits me where I live, since my dad is a community organizer, so lemme spell this out: the difference between a community organizer and a politician is that a community organizer can't tell anyone what to do. They have to listen. So they can't order books banned from a library to indulge their own religious sensibilities. They can't fire someone because they didn't follow orders to fire an estranged family member. They can't ram through a $15 million dollar sports complex that leaves their local town groaning underneath the debt. Unlike politicians, they don't have any power other than the power of people who want to see something changed.

Decades ago, before the ADA and a raft of other legislation, schools had essentially no requirements to provide decent education for special needs children. Then a movement of parents, engaging in - gasp - community organizing changed that. And they continue to fight day in and day out for educational equity for children like Sarah Palin's.

Too bad Sarah Palin just spit in their faces.

Now, spitting in our faces, is that what candidates who put "Country First" do?

Bonus Mommy Moose

Will Bunch - Attytood: Palin's speech to nowhere

Gloria Steinem - Palin: wrong woman, wrong message; Sarah Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Hillary Clinton. She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger

Mark Kleiman: Palin v. Reality

Steve Benen: THE TRUMAN SHOW...

FiveThirtyEight: Cognitive Dissonance

The 1,001 Points of Light

Well, Well, Well ... We Found Those Republican Hats!

I knew they were out there, somewhere.

The other night, in your post "There Is No Greater Cause", we brought up the issue, raised by Laura Bush and Cindy McCain, of these nefarious "Republican Hats" they were talking about;

But this thing about hats ... WTF is up with that?

We have to have a "hat controversy" now.

Who knew, in the first place, that there were "Republican Hats"?

What do they look like? ... Where do you get them from?

Do Republicans wear these hats all the time, so, as indicated in the speech, to do something else, they have to take off the Republican Hat and put on whatever hat it is to get the job done, in this case, an "American Hat"

And where are they hiding these "American Hats"?

Is this a new "Lapel Flag" thing they're trying to cook up?

Will we soon see the Right Wing Freak Show start hammering Obama and Biden for the hats they wear?

Or don't wear.

I suppose, if either Obama or Biden went hatless yesterday or today, we'll see something from Michelle Malkin, that Biden must want the people of New Orleans to drown, because he wasn't wearing his "American Hat" (or "Democratic Hat", if there is such a thing).

Jonah "Prom Dress Boy Goldberg will have a 15-million word essay on how, Barack Obama going around hatless, means he's a fascist.

Or friend, Nick Zaino, over on The Optimistic Curmudgeon, found'em!
This is one of the most disturbing, Orwellian images I've seen in quite some time, coming from a story in today's New York Times. The image of the president, looming in a dark cave with hats that appear to be headless looking up at him. Are these the "American Hats" we're all supposed to be wearing now because the Republicans have decided to finally react to a potential crisis?

If ya got'em, wear'em ...

This Date ... On The Garlic

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Noonan Gives Palin, McCain A "Full Detroit"


A "Full Detroit", and then some ... 

No doubt the Stumblin' Bumblin' John McCain Campaign isn't going to be happy with this one ...

Especially coming on the day of the coronation of the new GOP royalty, the new princess, Her Highness Sarah Palin

Peggy Noonan, no doubt searching the Twin Cities, and convention floor for the ghost of her Ronnie, lowers the boom on the budding Republican VP, with her own style of vetting;

"It's over ...!"

Caught in an open mic, talking with, I believe, former Stumblin' Bumblin' Johnny enabler, Mike Murphy, and Chuck Todd, they are discussing the McCain-Palin situation, the on-going joke of the vetting done and you hear Noonan chime in with "It's over!", in that Noonanish, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. accent, that isn't foreign, but isn't American, either.

Then, to add a little icing to it, as she, Murphy and Todd are riffing, Noonan, in response to a comment about what McCain is doing with choosing Palin, levels;
"They went for, excuse me, the political bullshit narrative"
Now, since the Stumblin' Bumblin' McCain campaign is in the middle of blaming everyone else - the liberal media and blogs, the "angry left", Huffington Post, Daily Kos and MSNBC - for their troubles, it will be very interesting to how they handle this, coming from one of the Queen of the court Conservatives (though, they may cope out, and just throw mud at MSNBC again) ...

Check it out, it's a killer!

(H/T to Barry Crimmins for the "heads-up" on this)

Bonus Riffs

Top Ten Cloves: Things About Vetting Sarah Palin In One Day

  9.  McCain insists hearing Palin say, to his satisfaction, "We are all Georgians", over-and-over

  8.  Stench of the moose hanging around grosses out everyone

  7.  Since it would be a dealbreaker, Palin advised in vetting that she's never been involved in an Exorcism

  6.  McCain, being the "bad boy" annoys Steve Schmidt, shooting spitballs onto his bald head

  5.  Lost time, as McCain constantly interrupting vetting to to tell POW stories

  4.  Staff impressed Palin wasn't confused about about the Iraq-Pakistan Border

  3.  During the vetting, Meghan McCain knocks off another children's book, on Sarah Palin

  2.  Phil Gramm crashes the vetting, badgering Palin, asking if she's a whiner

  1.  Hours wasted, with staff standing around, watching as McCain attempts to the computer

Bonus McCain Palin Riffs

This Date ... On The Garlic

3 September 2007... On The Garlic

Photo Op Accomplished - Hooah!

Good Post Alert - Edward Copeland's Review of 'No End In Sight'

3 September 2006... On The Garlic

Weekend Special - Sautéed Cloves

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

There Is No Greater Cause ...

The GOP opened up, officially, last evening, in St.Paul, Minnesota (where they are road testing the new, 2009 Police State) though tonight is when the dwarfs, finks, phonies and frauds take the stage.

Other than legally, having to gavel the the thing open, perhaps the biggest feat achieved by Stumblin' Bumblin' John McCain was managing (on the third day of his VP choice setting off sparks like a radio thrown in a bathtub), keeping the chief occupants of the Bush Grindhouse away from the joint.

Hurricane Gustav is the credited saving grace, that, getting a second chance to act like they knew what they were doing, The Commander Guy and Darth Vader figured, even thought they be gone in a few months, they wouldn't get away with blowing off, again.

With the Labor Day news dominated by Gustav, on television, and Sarah "Midnight Sun" Palin (take your pick - A) Pregnancies, B) Vetting, or C) all of the above), on the World Wide Web, the Dead Campaign Express was taking fire from all sides, and the more they pushed back, the more fire would deluge them.

Check this out, as Campbell Brown, of CNN, toys with Stumblin' Bumblin' McCain Campaign mouthpiece, Tucker Bounds (oh, what a treat it would be if he named one of his children "Out Of"), who, either has a hearing problem, or he just couldn't go the distance in defending the Fly Boy's choice of Wing Chick.

(I suspect, by the time the Republican Convention ends, Sarah "Midnight Sun" Palin will have more "experience" that FDR, JFK, Ike and Patton - combined).

So, the opening night for the Grand Old Party had been pared down, and embued with just enough somberness (sans any black bunting) to get the suck-up from the media on "taking the right tone", with the hurricane lashing away at the friends and relatives of the Louisiana delegation.

In fact, it was announced that those fatback Republicans wanted to pitch in, do something for the victims of the storm.

And they came up with one of their snappy names, much like the horrendous branding of "Country First" (we wrote, previously, how it sounds like the name of a bank ... John McCain + Bank ... Keating Five!);

Cause Greater

Of course, you go out to the website and you get the full monty on it - "Serving A Cause Greater Than Self"

However it's a McCain website, so they have hanging over that "Country First" slogan, so, again, it looks like a bank is sponsoring this "Cause Greater" thing.

No generic agency, like the Red Cross, gets the nod ... No, you get pushed, via links, to programs in states controlled by Republicans, that may, or may not have, been hit by the hurricane.

And who do they get to make the sales pitch?

None other than First Lady Laura Bush, and Mrs. Stumblin' Bumblin' McCain, Cindy (who, no doubt, was on-line earlier in the day, seeing if she could lift any of Sarah "Midnight Sun" Palin's family recipes ... A, kind of, culinary vetting, if you will).

So, the two woman married to dolts put all the heart into it;

"Our first priority now - today - is to ensure the safety and well-being of those living in the Gulf Coast region," Bush said, adding that "our shared American ideals always transcend party politics."

"I would ask that each one of us commit to join together to aid those in need as quickly as possible. As John has been saying for the last several days, this is a time when we take off our Republican hats and put on our American hats," McCain added.

See how sly they are ... Cruising, so subtly, right into that "Serving A Cause Greater Than Self" thing.

But this thing about hats ... WTF is up with that?

We have to have a "hat controversy" now.

Who knew, in the first place, that there were "Republican Hats"?

What do they look like? ... Where do you get them from?

Do Republicans wear these hats all the time, so, as indicated in the speech, to do something else, they have to take off the Republican Hat and put on whatever hat it is to get the job done, in this case, an "American Hat"

And where are they hiding these "American Hats"?

Is this a new "Lapel Flag" thing they're trying to cook up?

Will we soon see the Right Wing Freak Show start hammering Obama and Biden for the hats they wear?

Or don't wear.

I suppose, if either Obama or Biden went hatless yesterday or today, we'll see something from Michelle Malkin, that Biden must want the people of New Orleans to drown, because he wasn't wearing his "American Hat" (or "Democratic Hat", if there is such a thing).

Jonah "Prom Dress Boy Goldberg will have a 15-million word essay on how, Barack Obama going around hatless, means he's a fascist.


They're trying to stir things up again ... Another false issue, another one of those "small things" Obama warned that this election doesn't need.

Now, I don't know if these guys were wearing any hats, whichever kind of hat, even if they owned whichever type of hat they were supposed to own.

But these guys, apparently, didn't get the memo on the "Serving A Cause Greater Than Self" thing.

Or, the one about the hats.

GOP parties as Gustav rages

Oh well ...

Bonus First Day GOP Riffs

Bob Cesca: Liveblogging the RNC - Day One

FiveThirtyEight: St. Paul, Kinda Day One

John Emerson - Police at Republican National Convention: links

Nicole Belle: Republicans Are Coming To Minneapolis…Quick! Hide The Bill of Rights!

Al Giordano - Addams Family Values: GOP Convention Make-Up Night Preview

Glenn Greenwald: Scenes from St. Paul -- Democracy Now's Amy Goodman arrested

Amy Goodman Arrested at RNC

H/T to Lisa Ballard, Via Barry Crimmins

This Date ... On The Garlic

2 September 2007... On The Garlic

Katie ... Now, Just Click Your Heels Together Three Times ...

Editor's Note - Another Mea Culpa For Absence and Low Posting

2 September 2002... On The Garlic

We Zigged, When We Should Have Zagged ... The Results - The Garlic's Weekly Poll

Monday, September 01, 2008

"I shot a moose once ..."

Well, it was Labor Day today, and despite the promise of this traditional day signaling the end-of summer being one of leisure, it was anything but that on the homefront.

So, we give in to the haunting refrain of "I shot a moose once ..."

That has been ringing in my ears, since mid-afternoon Friday, when Stumblin' Bumblin' John McCain chased his selection for vice president to the gates of the Arctic Circle, and all-but carried Sarah "Midnight Sun" Palin into Dayton, Ohio on a dog-pulled sled.

As we soon learned what the live-action-Marlin-Perkins-film the Governor of Alaska was ...

Snowmobiles ... Fishing ... Camping .... Hunting ...

And moose, as in moose burgers and moose stew.

Therefore, we go with a "Moose" post this evening, and kick it off with the aforementioned "I shot a moose once ..."

The Moose - Woody Allen

It's almost a shame, that the Bull Moose Party wasn't still around, that may have been mighty tempting to Midnight Sun (since she did have, at one time, an interest in another party).

But we digress ...

We came here to talk "moose" and "moose it will be, as in, after looking around, we did find some rather interesting "moose" links you may want to check out.

Sarah Palin Totally Eats ‘Moose Burger’

Alaska's Governor Is Tough, Young — and a Woman

Gov.Sarah Palin Moose Recipes Society

Sarah Palin’s Favorite Food is Moose

Sarah Palin And The 3am Moose Call

Five Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin

10 Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin

And, we would be remiss, not to pay homage to our all-time favorite moose, none other than Bullwinkle J. Moose, from the old Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.

To bad that wasn't still around ...

Fractured Fairy Tales would likely have a bonanza-of-a-field-day with Stumblin' Bumblin' Johnny and Midnight Sun.

This Date ... On The Garlic

1 September 2006... On The Garlic

Top Ten Cloves: Things That Could Go Wrong With The Pentagon Monitoring The Media In Iraq

Happy Labor Day!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

The "B" List

The Democratic National Convention wasn't all fun and big corporate parties, or battling MSNBC anchors.

Nor was it all up on gigantic jumbo screens, or in a big stadiums with tens-of-thousands screaming and cheering.

In an exclusive, The Garlic got a look at the work of the Secret Service, as they used the convention to practice, train and test codes for a possible Obama Administration.

The Secret Service as long employed fictitious names and, at times, colorful monikers, to presidents, and their families.

And, while perpetually making advance preparations, it is a bit unusual for the Secret Service to go to such lengths, before the election.

This year, according to our sources, presented "unusual" circumstances that the agency wanted to deal with early.

"You have two names with the "B" sound," said our Secret Service source.

"In fact, it can be a hard "B" sound, particularly if you are using the names frequently ... Obama and Biden, Biden and Obama ... We felt we needed to work on it a bit, get a head start, as it were."

For example, with the entire family of both candidates around, the call went out over Secret Service radios as "Barack, Biden and Beyond" ...

When either of the candidates are with their children, or, in Biden's case, grandchildren, the call goes out for "Bam Bam and Pebbles"

When either candidate was alone, the Secret Service tested;

Busby Berklee ... Big Bertha ... Big Bounce and, Bric-a-Brac
When Obama and Biden were together; The Bagboys

Over the course of the four nights of the convention, the Secret Service ran through a bevy (see how it is infectious) of code names, monitoring how well they sounded, the ease of agents pronouncing the names and retention of the names used.
Bed and Breakfast .. 'Bama and Bidee ... Bullets and Broadway ... Brains and Brawn ... Bells and Battery ... Backseat and Backlash ... Bigger and Better ... Beesting and Beeswax ... Barge and Blimp ... Brillant and Bedazzled ... Butter and Baloney ... Baffle and Belfry ...Ballots and Ballads ...Bamboo and Ballyhoo ...Banjo and Bank Shot ...Barber and Barbecue ...Bare-Assed and Barley ...Barium and Bargin ...Baseboard and Basement... Bath and Baste...Bowling and Bawling...
Beanball and Beanbag ..Beaver and Bedlam ...Bedsore and Bedpan ...Begrudge and Belabor ... Belgium and Belching ...Bellyflop and Bellboy ...Belvedere and Beluga ...Bereft and Beret ...Besotted and Bespangled ...Bevel and Bezel ...Bicker and Bidder ...Birdie and Biscuit ...Bit and Bitter ...Blahs and Blanch ...Blathering and Blaring ...Bleep and Bleet ...Blinks and Blight ...Bloated and Blizzard ...Bludgeon and Blotched ...Blunt and Blunder ...Boast and Bobbin ...Bogus and Boffin ... Bollock and Bombast ...Bon Bon and Bonehead ...Boomerang and Boondoggle ...Boudoir and Bouffant ...Bourgeois and Boring ...Boy Scout and Bracing ...
Brambling and Brainless ...Branch and Brash ...Brace and Bray ...Breech and Breezy ...Bridget and Brimless ...Bristle and Brioche ...Brittle and Broadax ...Broiled and Broken ...Brush and Browse ...Bubbler and Brutal ...Bucket and Buddy ...Bugged and Bugle ...Bullion and Bulletin ...Bummer and Bunco ...Bunt and Burden ...Bash and Burn ...Butch and Bustle ...Butler and Buttercup ... Bulk and Brassy ...Branch and Byway ...

Following now, through the election, the Secret Service will review the test results, listening to tapes and getting reports from the agents.

When asked if the Secret Service would be running a similar test at the Republican National Convention, our Secret Service gave a bemused look, and, without confirming or denying, stated "Yeah ...right ... "

Bonus Links

In The "Holy Cow" Dept; Denver Homeless Getting The Noonan "Full Detroit"

In Barry Crimmins Returns ... With An Admission!

3 Stooges teach the alphabet


As if almost to announce it, to highlight it, to call everyone's attention to it, Stumblin' Bumblin' John McCain, and his new sidekick, The Midnight Sun, want to give a public example of Barack Obama's charge that Stumblin' Bumblin' Johnny "doesn't get it".

McCain may deliver convention speech from disaster zone

McCain was scheduled to deliver his acceptance speech Thursday but now may do so from the devastation zone if the storm hits the U.S. coast with the ferocity feared by forecasters.
Oh, how wonderful it will be for "his friends".

What better remedy to going through a disaster than to have a hack politician giving a hack political speech ... Like bringing the Dead Campaign Express into a disaster zone, and giving his acceptance speech, is going to be some magic elixir ...

Wait a minute! ... I know what their up to ...

As Stumblin' Bumblin' Johnny prattles on with his acceptance speech, Cindy and Midnight Sun will be tossing food rations, and bottles of water to the crowd ... You know, like they toss the beads off of the floats during Mardi Gras ... They can make it one, big happy event, before they take off in Cindy's private jet, to any one of his seven houses.

And this article from Politico, "GOP sees potential redemption in Gustav", should be retitled to "McCain, GOP sees potential in exploiting Gustav"

With the Republicans cutting back on their convention, Stumblin' Bumblin' Johnny offered up this gem;
"It just wouldn't be appropriate to have a festive occasion while a near tragedy or a terrible challenge is presented in the form of a natural disaster. So we're monitoring it from day to day, and I'm saying a few prayers too," he told "Fox News Sunday."
Hmmm ... I guess, three-years ago, as people in New Orleans sat on roofs, waiting to be rescued, or the ones who waited for days, at the Convention Center, and nearly died of thirst and hunger, it wasn't necessary for The McSames to curtail the "festive occasion";

Let Them Eat Cake!

Hmmm ... If he does go the route of giving his acceptance speech from the hurricane area, what are the odds that Stumblin' Bumblin Johnny will be in simple blue dress shirt, sleeves rolled up, using the same set of lights that the Commander Guy did, and go to the same spot, in front of St. Louis Cathedral

Bonus RNC Riffs

Nicole Belle: Republicans Are Coming To Minneapolis…Quick! Hide The Bill of Rights!

Lindsay Beyerstein: Inside an RNC Raid

Glenn Greenwald: Massive police raids on suspected protestors in Minneapolis

The Bob Dole For The New Millennium

The Gift That Refuses To Stop Itself From Giving

Why Do You Think We've Been Calling Him "Stumblin' and Bumblin"?

This Date ... On The Garlic

31 August 2006... On The Garlic

Garlic Exclusive! New RNC/GOP Theme Song For Midterms