Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Erin's breakfast buffet

The AIG buyout is another brush stroke that ironically paints the Bush administration as one of the most socialist in history.

Michelle Obama will be one fine first lady.

McPalin is acting like someone who has something to hide.

John McCain's house of cards is falling apart.

When you boil down the economic crisis, you have people who bought things they could not afford (mainly houses) from greedy creditors, all of which was allowed and encouraged by the Republican deregulation.

What's the difference between Sarah Palin and George Bush? Lipstick.

Me right now with no lipstick or any other make up:

This is a good polling site. Don't worry, we'll turn it back around.

The remnants of Ike blew through Ohio and gave me renewed sympathy for those who live in Hurricane Alley. My mom's still without power. She's on pump-pressured well water, so no power means no water for Mom. "I can't flush my toilet, but at least I still have one," she said yesterday over coffee at my place, "Unlike the poor people in Galveston." I made her a fried egg sandwich.

I make a pretty good fried egg sandwich.

Obama's profound internal drive got him past the Clintons in a tough but fair fight. That same drive is what will get him past John McCain.

I am writing a new book. You can't write a book unless you have a profound drive. Erin know a thing or two about drive.

Vietnam POW Philip Butler attended the Naval Academy with McCain and said recently on KCRW's To The Point that he believes, "John was able to graduate because of his heritage--his father and grandfather." McCain graduated fifth from the bottom in his class. Of McCain's campaign, Butler says, "The Media has exploited John's POW experience as a way of bringing him up as a hero to the American public so that he could be elected for president and I do take umbrage and issue with that."

Meet Butler for yourself (not part of the To The Point interview):

Couric bagged interview #2 with Palin.

Off to have a conjugal visit with the Goat.


hoosierboy said...

Did you go over to Youngstown to see the big McCain/Palin rally? hahahaha

That is OK, I did not go the four blocks to see President Clinton when he spoke in my town this summer.

Anonymous said...

Erin, in an earlier post or comment you wrote McCain graduated 5th in his class--which is actually not bad at all. I meant to correct that, but you've done it here. He was fifth FROM THE BOTTOM of his class. Now that is brilliance.
Or nepotism.
Sometimes the line gets blurred, ya know.

Anonymous said...

I don't think we accomplish a whole lot by attacking McCains character. It's an issue but I think the policy differences speak for themselves. Given my checkered past I guess I'm projecting a little. Somewhere in that broken old body is a reasonably decent human being. He just seems to be caught up in the power trip, winning at any cost.


deleted said...

"Subpoena? What subpoena? We're just conflicted about our loyalty to Gov. Palin, so conflicted that we are above the law."


Anonymous said...

"deleted" is me, Timothy Gager.

Erin O'Brien said...

Hoosier: Back in 1976, Reagan campaigned in the park next to our house. Dad sat in the front row.

The Secret Service guys thought he looked suspicious. They collected him from the audience and held him until Reagan was long gone.

Swine: This is a one-woman show here. I am writer, editor, proofer and publisher. I need all the help I can get. Correct away!

RJ: True, but I posted about Butler because he is credible and I think he deserves to be heard. He is no swiftboater. He is the genuine article.

Erin O'Brien said...

Hi Tim,

They must really be in trouble with this to be acting so irrationally.

Will Republicans swallow this whole too? Fucking hell!

Mone said...

hahaha, fifth from the bottom, I crack up!!!!

PS: Glad to hear that Ike didnt get to bad near you.

Erin O'Brien said...

Hey Mone,

Ike was scary even as a tropical depression. My heart goes out to the folks on the Gulf Coast ....

The Fool said...

We don't need a president who is going to be fifth from the bottom. Uh-uh.

Glad to hear you're working on another book. I look forward to it!

Erin O'Brien said...

15,000 words and counting, Fool. I'm 1/4 of the way there!

hoosierboy said...

I planned to keep my two pennies to myself today, but the "swiftboat" verb annoys me to no end. It has come to me a smear campaign to certain people.

Just what facts presented by the Swiftboat Veterans were ever proven false? Even Kerry only claimed the attacks were unfair. Of course if Kerry would just release his military records as he promised 4 years ago...

Erin O'Brien said...

Sometimes, hooierboy, your humble hostess is not very mature.

"swiftboat swiftboat swiftboat!"

Anonymous said...

Don't want to confuse you with facts, but AIG has been donating to Dems by a 66-34% margin this year.

Oh, and since you mentioned academics, any idea why St. Obama won't release his Columbia transcript or his senior thesis?

hoosierboy said...

its OK, I like to respond that way on occasion myself. I did not really expect a response.

Anonymous said...

(I've gotta get a life)

Hey Hoosier,

"Claim: John Kerry's Vietnam War service medals (Bronze Star, Silver Star, 3 Purple Hearts) were earned under "fishy" circumstances.

Status: False

Until recently the IT guy at my office was a 28 year veteran of the Army who served in Vietnam and every other soiree of the U.S. military thru Desert Storm. He told me about the amount of documentation required before the awarding of medals. It would have taken a conspiracy of epic proportions to fake that stuff. (I bet our friend Al would also confirm this)


Anonymous said...

Anonymous Confused Facts,

The Dems would have never waivered about the AIG bailout. It's the fricking hypocracy of you free market types that is the issue blockhead.

Obama hasn't released the thesis because he figures the only people that could read it wouldn't care anyway.

OK, I've resorted to name calling. You guys have a good day.


Goat said...

Hey !! Forget about politics. You have plenty of time before the election.

What about my conjugal visit ??


Geoff Schutt said...

Erin -- the line that "Eleanor" (me too)liked best -- you're writing a new book. And we are rooting you on, with as much positive energy as we can muster, with creative vibes aplenty .... Needless to say, we can't wait, and that said -- take all the time you need to make it a masterpiece.

Geoff, hanging out at "This Side of Paradise"

hoosierboy said...

yes how about the Christmas raid in Cambodia, and the rest of it, BTW, sinetimes Snopes needs a snopes. It is like qote Wikipedia.

Why not just release the records. Oh, and re your friend at work -- an anecdote is not a fact.

Erin O'Brien said...

St. Anon: No idea. Thanks for the link and see RJ for more answers.

RJ and Hoosier. Good lord what I'd do to have you two at a cocktail party.

Geoff, it is one great project too. I'm jazzed.

Erin O'Brien said...

oh yes ... one more thing ...

Goat? Baby? Let's keep the party polite.


Helen Mansfield said...

AIG may have been donating to the Dems, but Merrill Lynch has been giving buckets of money to McCain for a number of years. Now, he's asking for regulation over the industry. Merrill must be PISSED.

Anonymous said...

Butler is wrong. No one graduates from one of our military academies without meeting standards, regardless of family origin. That McCain graduated fifth from the bottom (as claimed) speaks volumes. If he had such a "heritage" as Butler claims, he would have graduated higher in his class, no? Read McCain's "Faith of My Fathers" to learn more about his academy experience. By his own admission, he hated the rigidity he faced, and spent many punishment tours as a result. Hardly a perk of "heritage" that Butler would have us believe.


P.S. George S. Patton, one of our greatest military leaders, flunked math at West Point his first year. He ended up being held back. U.S. Grant was at the bottom of his West Point class as well. Wesley Clark was at the top of his, as was William Westmoreland of Vietnam fame.

Anonymous said...

BTW, COL Bud Day, USAF Ret, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, supports John McCain. Why? He was one of those who helped nurse him back to health in prison in Vietnam. In other words, he was in the same cell with him, day in and day out, and can more than attest to his character. I don't think Mr. Butler, based on his interaction with John McCain at the Naval Academy can make the same claim. Completely different circumstances.



Anonymous said...

And I respect Mr. Butler's service, BTW. We owe him a debt we can never repay.