A Question of Credibility

Who are you going to believe when it comes to the possible impacts of the Liberals’ proposed Green Shift on farmers?

Jason Kenney, a junior minister responsible for “Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity” (*snort*), with no real-world business experience or academic qualifications whatsoever, who’s only job outside of elected office was the head of two right-wing political advocacy organizations and who is now “acting as the human incarnation of Oily the Splot” to quote Kady O’Malley.

Or… Canadian Federation of Agriculture President Bob Friesen, the new Liberal candidate for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia, a man who’s served in numerous executive and advisory capacities within the agricultural industry over the last twenty years and who also, until just recently, ran a turkey and hog farm outside of Winnipeg.

Seems like a no-brainer to me.

Some Mic it Hot*

What a difference between the candid opinions of Republican shills and their on-air blather. Here’s Mike Murphy and Peggy Noonan talking with NBC political director Chuck Todd about McCain’s veep pick after they think they’re off the air. Now that’s what you call “straight talk.”

*Shamelessly ripped off from Fantod. He’s got the transcript too!

Leave Sarah Alone!

Sen. John McCain’s top campaign strategist Steve Schmidt channels the distraught Britney Spears fan in an “extraordinary and emotional” interview with Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post today.

Yeah Steve, our hearts are just aching in sympathy after having watched you and other cold-blooded GOP operatives ruthlessly assassinate the characters of various liberal politicians over the years through a series of manufactured “feeding frenzies” and bogus shitstorms relentlessly hammered away by the right-wing noise machine. Now quit your pathetic, hypocritical whining and get back to your regularly scheduled program of lying and smearing.


When Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin gives her address to the RNC tonight, it might be an idea to keep this video in mind. Watching this rootin’ tootin’ wingnut natter on before a group of divinity students at her Assembly of God church about “what’s goin’ on in Alaska” (something to do with Jesus being heavily involved in the business of mineral extraction and natural gas transmission, apparently), and talking about the war in Iraq as “a task that is from God” ought to, as PZ Myers says, make any rational human being ill.

But here’s the scary part:

The truly frightening prospect, and the thing that we must not forget lest we underestimate Palin, is that huge numbers of people in this country will find that blithering speech uplifting and wonderful. We atheists view it with alarmed horror, that an idiot like that could be considered vice-presidential material, but there are people in your neighborhood right now who will watch that and say that she is obviously a good person, they will identify with her, and they will vote for her.

All quite depressingly true, I’m afraid.

Update: In light of the above, I guess this shouldn’t come as a surprise. As the Mayor of Wasilla, she threatened to fire the town librarian for not giving her “full support” in having books banned because “some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them.” I wonder if that had anything to do with her subsequently cutting funds to the library (and the local museum too).

GOP Hurricane Reaction: Par-tay!

“This is an overwhelming thing. Let’s hope and pray that it’s not going to be so severe,” McCain said on NBC’s Today program yesterday. Acknowledging that he felt some frustration, he added: “This is just one of those moments in history where you have to put America first.” Indeed.