McBushed! A head-shaking week (Part 1)

Too many contradictions. I can’t handle anymore! Can anybody stop him?

We need to sit John McFlipFlop down and play some tapes for him. He’ll say one thing one day and change it the next. Then’ll he’ll argue either that he never said this or he doesn’t recall that. AND THE MEDIA LETS HIM GET AWAY WITH IT!!!!!!!!

In my homage to Keith Olbermann’s nightly segment Bushed! which exposes the lies and scandals from the Bush administration we have McBushed!. Since John McCain is running for Bush’s third term and inserts his foot nearly every time he opens his mouth, we need to discuss these easily verifiable missteps. The count continues to mount. The last week has provided a plethora of choices. Let’s start with these.

Vet Question-gate

Last Monday (July 7), John McCain held a town hall in Denver. We’ve been distracted by Carol Kreck and her ‘McCain = Bush’ sign but the real story in Denver was the unscripted question by a vet. He challenged McCain’s voting record and as expected, he lied his way out of it.

“I’ve received every award from every major veteran’s organization in America. … The reason why I have a perfect voting record from organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and all the other veterans service organizations is because of my support of them”

When the Veteran challenged McCain further, McCain got a little testy:

“I’ve been endorsed in every election by every veterans organization that do that, I’ve been supported by them, and I’ve received their highest awards from all of those organizations. So I guess they don’t know something you know.”

“I’d be glad to examine what your version of my record is.”

McCain’s support for the troops:

Refused to support the GI Bill (sponsored by Jim Webb) and was a no-show the day of the vote. (June 2008)

Voted NAY on a 2006 Amendment that provided $20 billion to the VA’s medical facilities.

Voted NAY on a 2006 Amendment that provided $430 million to the VA for outpatient care.

Voted NAY for a 2006 Amendment to increase VA funding by $1.5 billing by closing corporate loopholes. (Mr. ‘Let’s eliminate all pork’ was against this bill.)

Voted NAY for a 2004 Amendment to increase VA funding by $1.8 billion by ending “abusive tax loopholes.”

McCain’s perfect record:

Received a ‘D’ from The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Received a 20% rating from the Disabled Veterans of America

Vietnam Veterans of America noted that McCain had “voted against us” in 15 “key votes.”

 

Since the facts don’t lie that leaves only 2 options for McCain – Lie or Senior Moment?

How much play did this get in the media? Very little.

[VA Sourcing:  http://www.vetvoice.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=1566]

 

 

 

NFL-Gate

Are you ready for some football? Can you name the 1967 Pittsburgh Steelers starting Defensive line?

In 1967, the Steelers finished 4-9-1. In 1966, they were 5-8-1. I just looked at the names of the starters on http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ and I still can’t name them.

Why is this important?

Last week, John McCain was pandering campaigning in Pittsburgh and was involved in an exchange when a reporter asked him what comes to his mind when he thinks of Pittsburgh.

McCain: “Tthe Steelers. I was a mediocre high school athlete but I loved and adored the sports but the Steelers really made a huge impression on me particularly in my early years. When I was first interrogated and really had to give some information because of the pressures, physical pressures on me, I named the starting lineup, defensive line of the Pittsburgh Steelers as my squadron mates.”

Reporter: “Did you really?”

McCain: Yes,”

Reporter: “In your POW camp?”

McCain: “Yes,”

Reporter: “Could you do it today?”

McCain: “No, unfortunately,”

Of course he couldn’t. No one could. The Steelers sucked. But that isn’t the reason why McCain couldn’t name the starting defensive line for the 1967 Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s because it never happened. For proof, we only have to read his 1999 memoir “Faith of My Fathers”. McCain writes:

“Once my condition had stabilized, my interrogators resumed their work. Demands for military information were accompanied by threats to terminate my medical treatment if I did not cooperate. Eventually, I gave them my ship’s name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant. Pressed for more useful information, I gave the names of the Green Bay Packers offensive line, and said they were members of my squadron. When asked to identify future targets, I simply recited the names of a number of North Vietnamese cities that had already been bombed.”

Not enough to convince you. In 2005, A&E ran a movie version of “Faith of My Fathers.”

The actor playing McCain, asked to name the men in his squadron, says:

“Starr; Greg; McGee; Davis; Adderly; Brown; Ringo; Wood.”

During a CNN interview discussing this clip, McCain was asked: For those who don’t know the story, were those NFL football players?”

McCain: “That was the starting lineup of the Green Bay Packers, the first Super Bowl champions, yes. But it’s — it was the best I could think of at the time.”

So was it the Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive line (years before they were a good team) or The Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers Offense? I would lean toward the latter.  Don’t be surprised if he said he named Murderer’s Row (the 1927 New York Yankees powerful batting order) while campaigning in New York. 

So what do we call this? Pandering? Lying? Another ‘Senior Moment?’ Seriously, how many of these do we have to take before the media starts picking up on them and how long before the media begins questioning whether or not he capable of being Commander in Chief?

These are just 2 examples – IN THE LAST WEEK!!!!  And there were more – FROM LAST WEEK ALONE!!!!   Don’t ask McCain to talk about the current state of Czechoslovakia while you’re at it.  Just yesterday, McCain kicked off the week saying he was concerned that the Russian government would reduce “the energy supplies to Czechoslovakia.”  Of course, Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia more than 15 years ago. 

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