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Read this — the whole thing.  For once, somebody shouting at the Geezer is actually making some sense.

John McCain: If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as “not one of us,” I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of potentially instigating violence.

At a Sarah Palin rally, someone called out, “Kill him!” At one of your rallies, someone called out, “Terrorist!” Neither was answered or denounced by you or your running mate, as the crowd laughed and cheered. At your campaign event Wednesday in Bethlehem, Pa., the crowd was seething with hatred for the Democratic nominee – an attitude encouraged in speeches there by you, your running mate, your wife and the local Republican chairman.


John McCain: In 2000, as a lifelong Republican, I worked to get you elected instead of George W. Bush. In return, you wrote an endorsement of one of my books about military service. You seemed to be a man who put principle ahead of mere political gain.

You have changed. You have a choice: Go down in history as a decent senator and an honorable military man with many successes, or go down in history as the latest abettor of right-wing extremist hate.

John McCain, you are no fool, and you understand the depths of hatred that surround the issue of race in this country. You also know that, post-9/11, to call someone a friend of a terrorist is a very serious matter. You also know we are a bitterly divided country on many other issues. You know that, sadly, in America, violence is always just a moment away. You know that there are plenty of crazy people out there.

Stop! Think! Your rallies are beginning to look, sound, feel and smell like lynch mobs.

John McCain, you’re walking a perilous line. If you do not stand up for all that is good in America and declare that Senator Obama is a patriot, fit for office, and denounce your hate-filled supporters when they scream out “Terrorist” or “Kill him,” history will hold you responsible for all that follows.

John McCain and Sarah Palin, you are playing with fire, and you know it. You are unleashing the monster of American hatred and prejudice, to the peril of all of us. You are doing this in wartime. You are doing this as our economy collapses. You are doing this in a country with a history of assassinations.

Change the atmosphere of your campaign. Talk about the issues at hand. Make your case. But stop stirring up the lunatic fringe of haters, or risk suffering the judgment of history and the loathing of the American people – forever.

We will hold you responsible.

I motherfucking second that. Frank Schaeffer FTW.


I hate to sound all naively morally indignant, and screaming “McCarthyism” is right up their with the old Hitler analogies in the annals of stereotypical hystericism, but still, you gotta see what Psychogeezer is saying out there, the language is the same used by McCarthy:

McCain is blaming the financial meltdown on Obama. OK, thats an absurd lie to begin with, but it then gets much worse. He is not saying it was bad policy, he is saying IT WAS A CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY. He is saying he’s gonna investigate and prosecute those responsible, and he is gonna “name names.” McCarthy; a criminal conspiracy, I have the names.

There is a disaster occurring, and McCain is out there telling people that the muslim socialist terrorist Obama conspired to make it happen.

This is dangerous shit. This is “the jews poisoned the well” shit. Its no longer a matter of it being ungentlemanly and hypocritical, or even merely libelous and lying, no, its crossed into the arena of real evil. And its making the confused and stupid crazies totally lose their shit.

There will be blood. This is looking like Bob Roberts, what next?

Too late. The Geezer has gone to the Dark Side, and you don’t come back from there. And of course, if some nutjob takes a shot at Barry, he’ll be the one bad apple. Or we’ll get that Condi “nobody could have predicted” nonsense. Nothing will change, guaranteed.

@Prommie: Didn’t see what you wrote before I wrote, but I’d have agreed with you had I seen it. MSM needs to ask a few follow-up questions.

I’ve been seeing some comparisons to Yitzhak Rabin the past few days — assassinated after the political heat in Israel was raised more than a few notches. This is some really ugly shit McCain’s putting across.

Hold on, David Gergen on the line…

Ah. McCain’s still an honorable man, but he’s let that bully Steve Schmidt run his campaign for him. McCain would never pull this shit on his own. Nope. Uh-uh.

Cognitive Dissonance While U Watch. Home delivery in thirty minutes or less!

/TJ Meanwhile, Boston wants to make us giggle like middle-schoolers.

Too bad they already gave out the Nobel Peace Prize. Well said, Frank.
I was discussing with a friend last night the apparent futility of putting any money in a retirement account right now, and I — good little bleeding heart liberal that I am — suggested we might want to purchase guns instead for the coming dark times.
Prommie, I share your fears of falling into the abyss, and the only way I can deal is to concentrate on the fact that, for today, I have food, shelter, a job, and decent health. I’m not going to think about tomorrow — tomorrow is another day. Sort of a Scarlett O’Hara/Buddhist mindset. Well, that, and celexa and xanax. And wine, duh.

@blogenfreude: I agree with Prom. With the economy in the tank, we’ll reap the whirlwind should the election go down badly or the unspoken happen. Detroit, Newark, Wasilla: all up in flames before the year is out.

@Mistress Cynica: Do you know if its OK to mix xanax and ritalin? The one thing I will not google is medical information, if I read about it, I have it, I just cannot go there, so I rely on rumor and random strangers for drug interaction information. I ain’t giving up my ritalin, but I need some xanax about now.

Agree with Prommie.

Swiftboat shithead T. Boone Pickens and potential stealer of Great Lakes Water is a little upset with the remains of Lehman.

By the way, stinkers, remember one more thing; there will be a terror attack before the election. Cheney is already in the bunker, there was an alert about an al queda effort to bomb a public building earlier this week, and after 8 years, we are suddenly going after Bin Laden in Pakistan. If we get Bin Laden, his minions among us, you can be sure, will commit suicide in spectacular fashion, trying to take out as many as possible. If not, Bush will make a terror attack happen.

And McCain will blame that on Obama and all Democrats, and the pigfuckers might well come after all of us.

@nojo: Just heard something along similar lines from Juan Williams on NPR while fetching lunch. Claiming there were competing factions within the Geez campaign, with Talibunny and even Cryptkeeper urging balls-out riot incitement and only McCain himself applying some brake pressure.

I don’t believe it for a second. We all must remember, Psychogeezer has wanted the presidency for a long, long time, and this is his last shot at it. And he’s been the underdog before and rallied back with astonishing speed.

At this point I don’t really believe the ultimate powers-that-be really want a McCain presidency, but I would never put it past his neocon support factions to stir up more shit with a well-engineered suicide bomb or three.

@Mistress Cynica: I knew I shoulda gotten a federal firearms dealer license back in the 80s when all you had to do was basically send in a post card. I could have marketed to libs, progressives, teh gayz, wimmins, fellow long haired Indian guys . . .

If your serious about getting a heater, you can’t go wrong with a Ruger SP 101 in .357 mag. The .357 round is hard to handle in such a little gun, but you can shoot .38 specials out of it, which is what I do in my much larger Ruger GP-100. I recommend a .357 revolver because (a) ammo is quite common and not that expensive; (b) a .357 revolver will shoot .38 special and .38 + P (a high power round) ammo also; and, (c) like a simple digital camera, it’s just point and shoot – there’s not a lot of safeties, magazine releases, etc to keep track of as with a semi auto pistol. You can do most of your target practice with .38s and fire enough .357s to get used to it. The Ruger or a Taurus 605 will be my next gun, which I plan to score in the next week or so with my slush fund.

RFK Jr is in town today at Santa Fe’s south side Obama office (we have two) that serves the Hispanic community and is conveniently located near a Lowe’s home center. I’m tiling the office at my house this weekend.


Damn, you are hardcore.

Maybe I should get myself armed, tho….

@Prommie: Dont’ you fucking people fucking get it? They are raising Adkisson Brigades to besiege the Democratic Administration. You think this crowd will admit the voice of the people has been heard? No fucking way, in part, because the puppetmasters know that if an Obama gets a calm minute to look at the books and what records remain these guys are all going to end up strapped to gurneys with sodium chloride being pumped into them, This is the beginning of the post-election strategy. Complete destabilization of the US and finally, its garrisoning by regulars and mercenaries who have done their training in Baghdad and who will have unwritten standing orders to join on the side of the pigfuckers.

@redmanlaw: I hear a shotgun is a good all-around defensive weapon; any recomendations there?

@Prommie: Not according to one of my fave medical websites, whichi checks for interactions between drugs and with food/alcohol,
They show no interaction between xanax and ritalin, but advise against adding alcohol to the mix (although I will take my .5 mg xanax after 3 glasses of wine, and haven’t died yet — I tend to interpret “don’t take with alcohol” to mean “don’t wash the pill down with alcohol”).

@Pedonator: Yup. Utter bullshit. McCain could end it in an instant — just gather round the press corps. “The things being done in my name, my friends, have no place in my campaign.” But he won’t, because they’re trying to play good cop/bad cop.

And Barry’s calling him on it: “Say it to my face, Senator.” Picture Laurence Fishburne doing that little finger move.

The neocons have been bailing — or at least slowly edging away — for a couple weeks now. I’m looking for indications that down-ticket candidates are running away from the top, but I haven’t seen any yet.

@ManchuCandidate: Oklahoma State University is pretty upset too, as almost all of the “money” Pickens has donated, as well as a sizeable amount of OSU endowment funds, was in those energy funds he’s suing over. I knew that shit was gonna blow up in their face. I remember that bastard from his corporate raider days in the 80s, whenhe was a client of the lawyers I worked for.

@Tommmcatt Yet Again: To get even more pervy about it, you could also reload your own ammo. I’m out of my roll your owns right now but I still have a little less than 100 rounds of factory .357, .38 and +Ps on hand in my range bag.

@FlyingChainSaw: You’ll recall the early rap against Bubba: “No mandate,” since he didn’t win a popular-vote majority.

That won’t work this time, but they’ll figure out something else quickly enough. All I can say is, nobody wants to be the Secret Service agent who didn’t spot Hinckley.

@redmanlaw: Just emailed your recommendations to myself to have convenient for when I finally get serious about bearing arms. Of course the investment of time into learning to use them properly means it’s probably already too late, and my tendency to, shall we say, not be completely sober all the time may persuade me it’s not such a good idea after all.

But if those chingacabras come after this commie-pinko-homo, his husband, or, especially, his doggy, there’s gonna be some mouthbreather blood spilled in Sandy Eggo.

I have about 1/2 cord of wood in the garage, which can be sharpened into spikes; and I could probably rig a few murder-holes through the patio overhangs of my townhouse.

Holy shit, this shit scares me. Thank FSM someone is starting to say something. I’m seriously terrified of the next three weeks. Please, please please let this just all go OK. Please.

@Prommie: For pussies. Here’s the real deal in self-defense technologies. A 20″ chainsaw lashed to a 6 foot piece of chain. Swing it briskly overhead and enjoy the protection of a homebrew pigfucker sweeper.

@Prommie: According to “the experts,” a handgun is better for home defense than a shotgun cuz you need two hands to operate a shotgun and it’s harder to maneuver in tight spaces such as a hall way. With a revolver you can have a flashlight or wireless/cell phone in the other hand. That being said, I am totally happy with my pump action Mossberg 500 shotgun that I use for turkey and bird hunting. It’s well balanced and comes up to the shoulder fast with immediate sight acquisition. Recoil with an aftermarket slip on rubber pad is not bad even when shooting magnum turkey loads. You can get one for $350 or so if you shop around. I got a 20 gauge, but 12 gauge ammo is easier to come by.

My buddy likes his Remington 870 pump action shotgun, but if I were buying a new shotgun today, I’d get a Benelli Nova pump action, which runs about $400 or less.

@nojo: Acorn. They are creating a myth of massive voter fraud (racism threaded through it, you know, its Acorn, that group that registers the negros) by Acorn and similar groups. No matter how implausible, this will be their cause, to avenge the stolen election.

Ya know, Jung has an explanation for hypocrisy, it was fascinating, it made me understand, completely, why hypocrisy is so rampant, but I forgot it.

Krugman (today):

The crisis isn’t the only scary thing going on. Something very ugly is taking shape on the political scene: as McCain’s chances fade, the crowds at his rallies are, by all accounts, increasingly gripped by insane rage. It’s not just a mob phenomenon — it’s visible in the right-wing media, and to some extent in the speeches of McCain and Palin.

We’ve seen this before. One thing that has been sort of written out of the mainstream history of politics is the sheer insanity of the attacks on the Clintons — they were drug smugglers, they murdered Vince Foster (and lots of other people), they were in league with foreign powers. And this stuff didn’t just show up in fringe publications — it was discussed in Congress, given props by the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, and so on.

What it came down to was that a significant fraction of the American population, backed by a lot of money and political influence, simply does not consider government by liberals (even very moderate liberals) legitimate. Ronald Reagan was supposed to have settled that once and for all.

What happens when Obama is elected? It will be even worse than it was in the Clinton years. For sure there will be crazy accusations, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some violence.

The next few years are going to be very, very tough.

@blogenfreude: The Adkisson Brigades are real and Taligeezer and the neocon/CheneyCo cabal are mustering them now to destroy the Obama administration. They consider the possibility a criminal deception that leaves the country in the hands of diabolical Marxists. A black cab driver was going to dump me off on the 14th street bridge in DC during my last gig in town, raving about Obama’s obvious plans to plunge America in a dark age of totalitarian communism.

They’ve been whipped into a frenzy of howling hate and violent fantasies by 28 years of non-stop demonization of everything to the left of Vlad the Impaler. Cult conditioning at its best.

Plan B is mobilizing Adkisson Brigades of fanatic meth-crazed suicidal Jesufascists to bring down the Obama administration and deliver America into the hands of a garrison government of permanent military rule – or at least as long as the country can be looted.

@Prommie: I’m a Freudian, not a Jungian, but a very smart colleague of mine once used Freud’s “kettle logic” axiom [referring to how dreams frequently lay out mutually exclusive parallel arguments that all speak to the same desire on the part of the dreamer] to talk about the Japanese extreme-right wing’s arguments justifying and discrediting the extent of WWII atrocities done in the Emperor’s name (in other words, dream up a fantasy of a Japan without a history of atrocity), which could be used to deal with McCain’s hypocrisy here.

Freud’s axiom: (1) I never borrowed your kettle; (2) it was in perfect condition when I gave it back to you; (3) it already had those holes in the bottom when I borrowed it.

As applied to the Japanese right wing’s argument re: WWII atrocities: (1) Photos of the atrocities are spurious – we didn’t commit any atrocities; (2) Our atrocities are no worse than anyone else’s; (3) They were performed during a war, so they are not atrocities.

I think you can see how this would apply to both McCain’s current campaign of disavowal and subterfuge [(1) I never said anything to spur assassination and hatred based on allegations that he’s a terrorist; (2) My insinuation that he’s a terrorist due to assoc. with Ayers is no worse than his insinuation that my and Sarah’s assoc. are also suspect; (3) It’s not my fault that my opponent is a terrorist, and it’s regrettable but natural that he’d die by violence – but all I did was point out the ‘facts’]

(PS: it applies even better to the Bush administration’s “stance” on torture – (1) We don’t torture prisoners; (2) Everyone commits torture, all the time – we’re no worse than anyone; (3) these acts are just a part of the exceptional circumstances of a war on terror, and therefore are not torture)


strapped to gurneys with sodium chloride being pumped into them

Table salt? Talk about a fucked up way to die.


Will I seem stupid if I don’t know what an Adkisson Brigade is?

Well, Chris Buckley cracked. McCain may have 25 years of (unmerited) good will stored up, but consensus is slowly moving toward the “fomenting assassination” line.

Perhaps the Secret Service should call in Psychogeezer for questioning.


1)Nobody could have predicted insane lending/borrowing practices would lead to an economic catastrophe;

2)Everyone knew real estate could only go up;

3)The Chicken Littles predicting this crisis years ago had no mainstream credibility

@FlyingChainSaw: Five or six months ago, during the primary, I hailed a cab to GWU to check out a language class, and suffered through a blistering personal attack because, at the cab driver’s insistence, I admitted greatly favoring Obama to Clinton. At the end of the ride, as I went to hand him the fare, I told him that he shouldn’t treat paying customers that way, and he said, “Fine, don’t pay.” I love that DC cabbies are as likely to be listening to NPR or WTOP as music, but it seems to make some of them predisposed to go off on hysterical political rants.

@nojo: Perhaps the Secret Service should call in Psychogeezer for questioning.

Can’t the Unicorn’s agents just get the scoop from the Pyschogeezer’s agents through those earpiece thingies? I mean, the Secret Service is all on one side, right? I mean, the US American people’s side?

@mellbell: What I Got Out Of That Story: Sweet! Free cab ride!

@mellbell: Can you bring your genius system of affordable public transportation to SoCal?

@Pedonator: The Geez and The Glasses just issued a report clearing themselves of any hatemongering.

@redmanlaw: Oh well, that clears it right up then!

@Pedonator: We must prepare sleeper cells of well-trained Homofascist Army sleeper cells. Now.

@rptrcub: Oh count me in, especially if we have stylish uniforms that can hide a bit of middle-aged gut. Besides, I’m pretty good at sleeping!

@rptrcub: That would be one fierce army.

Oh, how clever I am with pop-culture references I know nothing about…

@nojo: That’s so last season. Now everything is “[blank]-licious.” Except not, because that line is an utter atrocity.

@mellbell: Well, there you go. Until Homofascist liveblogs it, I’m lost in retro.

@mellbell: I’m in a state of panic: Is the PR finale actually going to conflict with the last debate?

@Mistress Cynica: I’m in a state of panic: Is the PR finale actually going to conflict with the last debate?

I wouldn’t put anything past those bitter bastards at Bravo who don’t want to see PR go off to Lifetime.

Well, we are looking at 9 p.m. Wednesday. Might end up with Dueling Liveblogs.

I’m still not caught up on PR. Damned job. When I was home all day all crazy like, I could watch all the shows I wanted on my lovely computer. But real-world pressures come to bear, and I’m really, really sick of eating PB&J. Sick I tell you.

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