Category Archives: Qualifications to be President

Deciding Who Can Fix the Mess

So we had our Black Monday, two major investment banks gone – one filing for bankruptcy and the other being absorbed by a giant, real bank – you know, a bank with actual deposits and real, genuine money on hand. … Continue reading

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On Being Played for Fools

Saturday, September 13 – and the giant hurricane has passed through Texas causing less damage than expected and the last of the bodies has been pulled from the horrendous Los Angeles train wreck, and whatever will happen with Lehman Brothers … Continue reading

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She Never Blinks

Friday night, September 12 – and no one released awful news after the press shut down for the weekend and the second string shuffled into the news studios. Hurricane Ike, bearing down on Texas, was the big story – not … Continue reading

Posted in McCain's Palin Gamble, Palin Unqualified, Preemptive War, Qualifications to be President, The Bush Doctrine, The Palin Interview | 2 Comments

Pretending the Press Is What You Think It Should Be

It is probably right to assume that those who work in the news business – the folks at the Associated Press and Reuters, in broadcast and cable news, and the few remaining people who work for newspapers – refer to … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy Journalism, Attack Politics, Blaming the Press, Deference and Lying, Journalism, Lipstick on a Pig, Lying to Win, McCain's Sleazy Campaign Ads, Obama Too Cool, Objective Journalism, Palin Under Wraps, Palin Unqualified, Press Bias, Press Objectivity, Qualifications to be President, Sarah Palin, The Duty of the Press, The Role of the Press | 2 Comments

Obama and his Day of Pigs

In April, 1961, President Kennedy had that Bay of Pigs disaster – a half-assed amateurish invasion of Cuba which failed spectacularly. You might remember it – if you’re an old geezer. CIA director Allen Dulles, deputy CIA director Charles Cabell, … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Attacks on Obama, Exploiting Resentment, Lipstick on a Pig, Lying to Win, McCain Lies About Obama, McCain's Lost Honor, McCain's Sleazy Campaign Ads, Obama, Obama on Sex Education, Palin Under Wraps, Palin Unqualified, Playing Victim, Qualifications to be President, Race and Politics, Sarah Palin, Sex and Politics, Sexism, Values Voters | 1 Comment

The Bailout as Seen from Boston, Paris, Atlanta and Los Angeles

The fallout continues from Sarah Palin claiming she opposed that famous bridge to nowhere, and that new McCain-Palin ad – the Original Mavericks – where the claim is that “she stopped the bridge to nowhere.” She did, all by herself, … Continue reading

Posted in Amtrak, Blaming the Press, Charlie Black, Complexity, Economic Issues, Economic Meltdown, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Home Ownership, Journalism, McCain's Palin Gamble, Palin Lies, Palin Under Wraps, Palin Unqualified, Qualifications to be President, The Bridge to Nowhere | 2 Comments

The Joy of Not Knowing Things When No One Else Does Either

If politicians know one thing, they know this. Explaining things that you yourself don’t understand can get you in trouble – explaining economics, for example.   People listen politely, then someone in the back, sensing that they’re hearing nonsense, smiles. … Continue reading

Posted in Character, Complexity, Economic Issues, Economic Meltdown, Elitism, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Lying to Win, McCain's Authenticity, Obama, Obama Too Cool, Palin Lies, Palin Unqualified, Qualifications to be President, Sarah Palin | Leave a comment