Just another one of Cindy's 5,000 mansions.Your editor’s sort-of relative teaches at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood! We knew she taught in the Valley but did not know where, exactly — and she is right there, at the heart of the failure of the John McCain Campaign and its weird attempt to put some kind of picture related to Walter Reed Army Hospital behind McCain’s head during his big acceptance speech about his plane crash 40 years ago, even if all most of you saw, on the teevee, was yet another dumb “green screen” behind his bald skull, just waiting for web geeks to fill that vapid void with dancing hobbits, furry porn or Abu Ghraib photographs. Anyway ….

The teacher writes:

Did you watch McCain’s speech? Evidently, the school where I work ended up making its way into the Republican Convention. It seems that there should have been a picture of Walter Reed Hospital (related to McCain’s release as a POW), but Walter Reed Middle School was used in the background.

It was so funny that a lot of reporters had nothing better to do on Friday. (I guess that’s actually good news — there must have been very little bad news if they had time to get to this story.) The poor office staff and principal had to keep answering phone calls and just saying it was a mistake. I saw reporters after school — interviewing people (parents?) and taking photos.

The McCain campaign, instead of simply copping to a screwup, as it sort of did originally, is now claiming that the random use of this school picture was, er, intentional. LAT’s Top of the Ticket blog reports:

Eventually, the McCain camp today issued a statement insisting that that no mistake had been made. “The changing image-screen was linked to the American thematics of the speech and the public school was simply part of it,” said spokesman Tucker Bounds.

Our teacher-in-law’s principal is repulsed by the whole thing, becoming the latest in an endless line of performers, writers and institutions disgusted and appalled by the McCain Campaign’s illegal and amoral use of images, songs and words created by good people:

It has been brought to the school’s attention that a picture of the front of our school, Walter Reed Middle School, was used as a backdrop at the Republican National Convention. Permission to use the front of our school for the Republican National Convention was not given by our school nor is the use of our school’s picture an endorsement of any political party or view.

Meanwhile, Sarah Palin has purchased this entire school, with government earmark money, to instruct her 7,000 children how to ride exhaust-belching snowmobiles around the trailer park instead of working, and how dinosaurs never existed.

EARLIER: Green Screen Behind McCain Actually Lawn of, Uh, Middle School In, Uh, North Hollywood

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  1. This reminds me of Woody Allen short story about the life of this German philosopher. He was at the opera, in the balcony, and leaned over so far to see the stage that he fell out of box and landed in a tuba in the orchestra pit. And so, to make the point that it wasn’t clumsiness on his part, he goes to the opera every night thereafter and falls out of the balcony into the tuba.

    But of course John McCain would never perpetuate a mistake just to avoid admitting he was wrong. Which is why he’s for change — such as making the tax cuts permanent and staying in Iraq.

  2. Do you really have to wonder how we invade the wrong country or bomb civilian targets when we can’t gather enough intelligence to distinguish between a school and a military hospital 3000 miles away from each other?

  3. This story is so perfect as a hilarious self-inflicted insult to the McCain/Palin administration, all I have to do is point that out and I don’t need to even try to be creative. PERFECT!!

  4. It’s actually a very ‘special school’ which has a wonderful bio-aquatic program for those beloved yet challenged children– ‘Learn to Handle Barracuda, Piranha, and other Political Predators’.

  5. McCain’s house #23, also known as Jurassic Park, was going to be used
    but all the beer trucks parked outside were seen to be a problem.
    It would take about FIVE AND A HALF YEARS to move them, and John’s
    life expectancy wasn’t expected to make the stretch. Since Sarah
    would then be president, she wanted to use her trailer park space, but
    the snowmobiles were in the shop, so they used the secret hideout where
    Cindy kept her drug supply and where a Hummer wasn’t just a gas hog.

  6. [re=87964]KittyKatMan[/re]: If he got Bristol pregnant (okay, both of them got Bristol pregnant, but whatever) over the summer, then she’s only a month or two along. Which means we get to see a twelve-month gestation. This should be interesting.

  7. [re=87977]SayItWithWookies[/re]: yep, it will be very interesting.
    thanks to McCain, he brought the Jerry Springer effect into the pres. campaign.

  8. Bristol is kept in a locked womb and fed baby pills all day. This would explain her ‘mama overload despondence’ demeanor at the RNC.

    …”I don’t like it, but I gotta marry that redneck dick! We got ourselves a DS baby, but sheet.. Mama might be movin’ us to the Lower 48!” eeeyore

  9. Changing thematics? That speech had thematics? Who knew?

    Does this have something to do with how education is “the civil rights struggle of the 21st century?,” and can anybody explain WTF that even means, because I still can’t figure that one out?

  10. …another Saturday night and I ain’t got nobody…

    ‘cept you guys!


    [re=87964]KittyKatMan[/re]: Oh, BOY, I hope Bristol goes on Maury Povich Show to find out who the real father of her baby is!

    “Levi Johnston, you are… NOT the father!”

    “Track Palin, you are… NOT the father!”

    “John McCain…”

  11. [re=87987]foog[/re]: Of course, I meant to type “Altering their stories to SEEM less like etc”

    No, Wait a minute! I intended to type it as it read originally. It wasn’t a fuck-up, but rather a stunning and Maverick indictment of illiteracy – no, scratch that, I mean it was a demonstration of what can happen when people drink and do drugs when posting comments online… erm, no, wait! It’s… errr…

    Fuck me, I wish Wonkette had an “edit comment” feature.

  12. The National Review and WSJ editors and Billy Kristol ask why this Walter Reed Middle School teacher hates our America so much.
    I have no answer. Perhaps if I could interview Teach in Abu Graib once the electrodes are removed? Just asking.

  13. Walter Reed Middle School has begun its transformation.
    The library is being cleaned of scientific books, and a Gideon’s Bible will be placed in each locker.
    Students will learn how to gut and clean fish… how to shoot and field-dress a caribou.
    They will learn to abstain from sex or they will be forced to join the hockey team if they didn’t abstain successfully.

    Wake up America. The change has begun.

  14. [re=88008]vaginacheney[/re]: If this is for real, then what’s sad is that there’s going to be a lot of psychological destruction raining down on some innocent people. On the other hand, Sarah Palin is looking more and more like ten pounds of crazy in a five-pound bag, even without this. As Peggy Noonan’s evil twin so perspicatiously noted, the Republicans are trying to sell the narrative. Unfortunately, this fits into that narrative.

  15. when will you deemocratics learn, education don’t be mattering, xpecially middle skool. alls you needs to do is be praying fir a solution from jeebus. the loard will give us the answers fir how to solve the irakis and the eeconimy

  16. im starting to see a pattern here, they didnt vet palin properly, they didnt vet this picture properly, i have a feeling McCain would have the worst cabnet and supreme court appointments ever. he probably will just draw names out of a hat.

  17. [re=88017]freppish[/re]: Should the worst happen and McCain get to choose the next Supreme Court justice, I hope he will draw names out of a hat, so long as the slips in the hat are provided either by me or by a consortium of liberals/progressives chosen by me.

  18. The “maverick” is looking more and more like a sidekick…merely going along with the powers that be…he says and does whatever he thinks his champions want to hear. Just like calling lobbyists ‘birds of prey’ which is a total contradiction to what his true ties with these unnecessary evils in Washington are.

  19. [re=88021]llyn[/re]: If the worst did happen, McCain would choose someone and send them to Mao’s mausoleum in Beijing, thinking that he was nominating someone to the Supreme Corpse.

    I can’t decide if the GOP problem is hearing aids, dyslexia or both.

  20. [re=87965]SayItWithWookies[/re]: but he’s for free trade and against the frick and frack bailout ..i mean mac and frack. nevermind. he’s againt bailouts (wink,wink).
    i’m sorry that,yesterday, i inferred that he was like clyde barrow. i was wrong. mccain is not an admitted bank robber.

  21. Sooner or later the Republicans are going to set up a Palin “truth” web site like Obama has and it’s going to read like the National Enquirer after a 2 month meth binge. Can’t wait.

  22. Biden was just on Meet the Press… kicked ass, of course. Best answer I’ve ever heard from a politician on abortion. I couldn’t help but think how serious and heavyweight he was, and how frivolous Palin is by comparison. If I believed that Americans chose the best and most qualified candidates, I wouldn’t have anything to worry about….

    Anyone know anything about good spots in Spain or Portugal?

  23. I finally get to ask, with relevanc, my favorite Steely Dan question: At the delivery of Bristol’s baby, a collective gasp and then “semi mojo! WHo’s this kinky so- and-so?!?!

  24. [re=88029]bitchincamaro[/re]:
    What are the odds of a black guy (4% of Alaska is black) impregnating the daughter of the governor? He also said his uncle was working on the pipeline….an obvious cliche’ about Alaska. I would have said my uncle was working for BP as a contractor or something.

  25. [re=88044]grendel[/re]: I agree. Biden gave a very nuanced answer to a difficult question. Well done.

    Meanwhile, over with Stephanopoulos (I was switching channels), Obama made an unfortunate slip. The topic was Muslim accusations.

    Obama: They’re questioning my Muslim faith and I..
    George: Um, you mean your Christian faith.
    Obama: Exactly. My Christian faith.

    I really hate how certain people are going to spin that as a Freudian slip. Sigh.

  26. Back to the picture: Walter Reed School vs. Walter Reed Hospital? Common mistake I suppose. But should Grampy and Milfy McMooseburger be elected and start the bombing wargasm they have planned, I might be in considerable danger. Seems I live about halfway between two towns called Moscow and Cuba!!!

  27. Well, since you have an inside contact, would you please ask about the source of the image? It can’t be googled. I love the thought of the McBlunder’s flying someone to Cali to film the middle school.

  28. NPR Last week interviewed the leader of the North Vietnamese anti aircraft missile battery that shot John McCain down on his thoughts about the American Presidential election. He said that he thought McCain was too old to lead America and was giving to making decisions intemperately.

    I was struck by the thought that if this commie’s aim had been a little off all those many years ago, maybe this knucklehead wouldn’t be threatening us with the idea of him being President. Then I remembered what a shitty pilot he was and that he would have eventually just got drunk and crashed his plane anyway.

  29. [re=88059]trophy(forparticipation)wife[/re]: Thats like my spacey former boss who told his new secretary he had to fly out to give a talk at “Berkeley” for some reason or another. As usual, he simply assumed that everyone knew what he was talking about and she proceded to book him on a flight to Los Angeles. He realized the problem at the airport, because he naturally never bothered to take a close look at the tickets until he was about to board the plane.

    We had always thought it would have been even funnier if he had taken the flight, picked up his rental car, asked for directions to Berkeley and then wondered why the campus was suddenly several hundred miles further from the airport.

  30. Were it intentional, the fascists would never have used a public school. They’re for vouchers, you know, which are tax write-offs for private tuition. They want to destroy anything reading “public,” and they’ve succeeded very well thus far.

  31. [re=88053]Cogito Ergo Bibo[/re]: I heard that and was hoping he would say, well fuck, yeah you caught me George. I knew what he meant but right you are, here come the dildos.

  32. Speaking of America’s Answer To Benazir Bhutto:

    All Todd “The Package” Palin has to do is get her into a Land Rover, then sit back and wait to clean up:

    Pakistani lawmakers have elected Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of Benazir Bhutto, as the country’s next president. Zardari, known locally as “Mr. Ten Percent” for allegedly taking millions of dollars in kickbacks during his wife’s two terms as prime minister, won by a wide margin; he pledged to usher in a new era of democratic stability and to strengthen Pakistan’s national parliament.

    Best of all, when Sarah goes, the Wonketteers will boo-hoo along with him!

  33. Shout it from the rooftops…the Anchorage Daily News is the BEST of the media elite! Should be required reading!! (although this is via the HuffPost. I’m not sure where to put it in the pantheon of media elite)

    Here, for example, is a quote from an Anchorage Daily News editorial written during the 2006 governor’s race: “Ms. Palin has undeniable charisma and outsider appeal, but she has little statewide experience and a weak command of the issues she would need to master as governor — a flaw she conceals by routinely skipping campaign forums with her opponents.” Another story from the same paper reported, “Palin missed a few scheduled events and, at others, came off as unprepared or over her head. After an education forum last week, she was mocked by her opponents for submitting a folksy three-year-old essay about her schoolteacher father instead of a plan for improving schools.

  34. Bush=McCain.

    Apologies for changing the subject, but I’m compelled to wonder if any fire and brimstone preachers have informed their flocks that Ike has arrived to spread his wrath because we didn’t heed his warnings about the “military industrial complex,” since I mean, it’s all around us now. No? Hm. Pity. Seems pretty obvious.

    Of course he could be coming to note his disapproval of Barbie the Pseudo-feminist.


  35. [re=88089]Sonic Former Youth[/re]: Ugh. On one of the talk shows today (I think I watched parts of all of them, so I sincerely cannot remember who said this or where), a panelist said that he had talked to one of the folks helping tutor Caribou Barbie in whatever undergound educational bunker she is currently residing. The insider said that Palin is quite disciplined, hardworking and realizes that this is THE moment in her life. Of course he also said that she takes breaks to catch a little MSNBC and to call her daughter (presumably, Bristol) to tell her not to watch the news. But the point is, they portray Palin as self-aware with regard to her short-comings and in earnest. The bar is exceedingly low for her. She could very well emerge with enough folksy, pseudo-intelligent witticisms to win over far more people than she ought to. You don’t train a possible president with a two-week crash course in policy, any more than you’d trust a lawyer who skipped law school and studied two weeks for the bar.

  36. A debt-ridden mayor from Wasilla,
    And a septuagenarian of Manilla,
    Ask for your approbation
    Of their administration,
    But deserve not a single scintilla.

  37. Hey Wonkette Exec Branch why no religion story? They’re going nuts over the AOG fire and cellphone annointing over at huffpo.

    And why does Tucker Bound?

  38. Ooo. Interesting. ABC to get the first crack at Palin, presumably late this week, in Alaska. Charlie Gibson to do the honors:

    Guess they’re caving to the fact that the 2 weeks is too long to wait, when there are only 60 days until the election. Still would have rather seen her eviscerated in a softly lit interview with Katie Couric, quietly and politely questioning Palin into the dirt.

  39. All I can say is if they aren’t lying (yeah, right) then I understand why they used this school. That’s the nicest public school I’ve ever seen. They should have used the one down the street from my house. It would have been more representative, and cememnted their bases’ believe that they should get tax breaks to send their kids to private school.

  40. [re=88093]Cogito Ergo Bibo[/re]: I don’t trust the American people for much, b ut I think even the lowliest trailer park resident wiill wonder how someone can be predident with less training than they had to work a shift at McDonalds.

  41. Ooh, do you think Charlie will have the chops to call her on her bullshit? I mean, I don’t want to see kid gloves heee; if it had been Lieberman, Huckabee, or Romney, he’d be tough. But godforbid you ask a woman a tough question- you’re being mean. So she can either be treated differently in her favor, which she would not object to…or treated as if she were a man, which is then called sexist. Sheesh.

  42. [re=88089]Sonic Former Youth[/re]: I think you missed the McCain’s campaign response to that editorial, that real people who live in small towns don’t have command of the issues and that’s only something demanded by the media elite and that she missed a few meetings and forums because she was too busy raising her family and to criticize her for it is sexist.

  43. [re=88017]freppish[/re]: and he didn’t vett the music properly either, unless he really thought Heart was so washed up they wouldn’t care and Republicans now like Satanic Devil Music that will send them straight to the gates of hell (along with Obami bin Badman)

  44. [re=88107]Hooray For Anything[/re]: Thanks for pointing me to that. They also said her “folksy three-year-old essay about her schoolteacher father” (instead of a plan for improving schools) showed showed her strong commitment to family, and heh heh heh…wouldn’t YOU like to be her daddy…

  45. [re=88105]irisheyes[/re]:
    I don’t see how anyone will discredit Palin, not in a meaningful way. She is there to energize the wingnuts. And they are utterly impervious to critical thought. Investigations, MSM interviews, even snarking about Mooselini all have the affect of making her stock go up with the people who may decide this election. Logical reasoning is appropriate for Demtards, but the wingnuts look at this as “elitism.” What works for these people is hearing and seeing how committed they are, how impassioned they are about their beliefs. Rick Davis has said blatantly “this election is not about issues.” As infuriating as this statement is, he is making it plain they plan to flood the conversation with hot air and hollowness: e.g. images and statements of passion for service people (Remember GHWB 41 & wrapping himself in the flag?). It’s inane, but for their base this will work. The Dems cannot buy into the fact the MSM will be distracted (both blamed AND sucked into her personality/ photogenic quality). They have to go after the old guy who made a hasty, cynical decision about VP and scare the bejesus out of the electorate that this is an example of how he will govern: impulsively, erratically, myopically, selfishly, just like the last 8 years.

  46. This list is somewhat long, but I think we need to know.

    List of books Sarah Palin requested to be banned from her library

    More things to learn about Sarah Palin….
    For those of you who think that all of the opposition to Sarah Palin is from “leftwing” nuts; the following is a list of books that she tried to get banned when she was mayor of Wasilla. I am not sure that Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, Maya Angelou and Geoffrey Chaucer would be considered dangerous to children. Judy Blume give me a break.
    Harry Potter, who is kidding who. I also fail to see how Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff should be banned.
    This information is taken from the official minutes of the Wasilla Library Board. When the librarian refused, Palin tried to get her fired as she did with the Safety Director of the State who refused to fire a trooper who was getting a vicious divorce from her sister.
    She also told her Assembly of God Church in June 2008 that it is “God’s Will” that the federal government contribute to the expansion of the Alaska pipeline.
    (Must have been talking to George Bush). She sounds like
    one of those lawyers Bush put into the justice department.

    This is the list of books Palin tried to have banned. As many of you will notice it is a hit parade for book burners.

    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
    Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
    Blubber by Judy Blume
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
    Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
    Carrie by Stephen King
    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    Christine by Stephen King
    Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Cujo by Stephen King
    Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
    Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
    Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
    Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    Decameron by Boccaccio
    East of Eden by John Steinbeck
    Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
    Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by J ohn Cleland
    Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    Forever by Judy Blume
    Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
    Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
    Have to Go by Robert Munsch
    Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
    How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
    Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    Impressions edited by Jack Booth
    In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
    It’s Okay if You Don’t Love Me by Norma Klein
    James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
    Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
    Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
    Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein
    Lysistrata by Aristophanes
    More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
    My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
    My House by Nikki Giovanni
    My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
    Night Chills by Dean Koontz
    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
    One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Ordinary People by Judith Guest
    Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Collective
    Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
    Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
    Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
    Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
    Separate Peace by John Knowles
    Silas Marner by George Eliot
    Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
    Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    The Bastard by John Jakes
    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
    The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
    The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder
    The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
    The Living Bible by William C. Bower
    The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
    The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman
    The Pigman by Paul Zindel
    The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders
    The Shining by Stephen King
    The Witches by Roald Dahl
    The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder
    Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
    Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff
    Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth

  47. [re=88116]rubybuckaroo[/re]:

    I’d just ban the bible. Dumping just that one work of science fiction
    would save a lot of time scanning long lists of quality literature.

    I’m sure this might piss off a few people, but when you want to
    make an omelette, you have to break a few jerkoffs.

  48. I believe karinoll is correct. I, too, was ready to lambast her as an evil agent of Voldemort but alas, as with Palin family pregnancies, the dates don’t add up.

  49. [re=88116]rubybuckaroo[/re]:

    I kinda get “Bridge to Terabithia”, it’s close enough to “Bridge to nowhere”
    where it might remind people of the money hole that Dickless Nixon (AKA
    Sarah Palin) was against, before she was for it.

  50. [re=88116]rubybuckaroo[/re]: Before I have a nervous breakdown, I need to see some serious backup on this. I don’t think getting behind silly internet conspiracy threads (fake babygate, etc.) is the answer at this point. It hurts our mission. This list is too broad and too literate to be true. But if it is, my head will explode.

    When McCain finally cans Tucker Bounds (name of the year) I want to hire him to be my personal butt boy and boot licker. Then fire him too after a week, because he’s inadequate.

  51. “Our Bodies, Ourselves” by Boston Women’s Health Collective, is on the list.

    God forbid an Alaskan woman finds her vagina before her husband does.

  52. [re=88124]kellygrrrl[/re]: That was HILARIOUS. Whomever did the McCain voice definitely has him down. Thanks for posting that!

    Oh, and the update on the Charlie Gibson interview is that he’ll had “access” for 2 days, including some “golly, let’s walk around the city together” time. It’s a feature, in other words. Don’t expect any real reporting to occur.

  53. [re=88141]Itsjustme[/re]: I’m still wishing it were Katie Couric (with extremely indignant ovaries on display). However the mean girl in me wants Rachel Maddow. Either way, Caribou Barbie should have to answer to the gender she’s betraying/embarrassing.

  54. Before we all jump out of our skins, please recall that she REQUESTED books to be banned. Evidently she didn’t follow through after asking the librarian if she had a problem with the list. The librarian said that she would definitely not be all right with it.

    Better info at this link:

    Maybe I need to retract some of the ‘heat’ in my post, but Palin’s intentions are worrisome at best.

  55. [re=88143]rubybuckaroo[/re]: The alleged Palin banned books list is extraordinarily weird. I’ve never heard of any challenges to Shakespeare or Chaucer before this. Also who bans Silias Marner by George Eliot? There is nothing more dull and moral than that book. I’m not sure if that makes the list more believable or less.

  56. TheIncomparableTinyValdez: You are too kind. I’m just the proud owner of many pairs of soiled underpants from thoughts of any more time spent with the Repubsmuts running things. Me gots plenty o’ snark. Me supporting green use. And as for winning, I am a jovial loser. Thanks for noticing.

  57. [re=88139]Cogito Ergo Bibo[/re]: Yes, I imagine the questions to be along the following lines:

    1. How DO you manage to work, be a mother & basically, have it all!
    2. Are you comfortable, Governor? Can I get you a softer chair? (Thanks SNL)
    3. What makes your moose stew recipe stand out?
    4. What’s makes you happier, being a mother or the thought of being a grandmother?
    5. Your Alaska secession pin is gorgeous. Can you tell me where I can pick one up?
    6. How do you handle all the sexist media coverage you’ve received?
    7. Just between you, me and 2 million of your adoring fans, is Todd a boxer or brief guy?

    I’m not watching it, because those are 10 minutes of my life I’ll never get back!

  58. [re=88116]rubybuckaroo[/re]: What a fucking nut. What a dangerous one. Book burnings, newspaper banning and Krystallnacht for Indian newsstand and deli owners are next.

  59. [re=88150]tunamelt[/re]: head-splody for sure.
    Still tracking down a reported comment overheard by a waitress at a Palin entourage dinner. Think it was discussed on another Wonkette thread. I found a reference, but not sure of the veracity. I did email TPM, but have not had a response.
    Can anyone else verify that Palin said: “Well, Sambo beat the Bitch!”?

  60. This was no “wrong Walter Reed Picture” foul-up, no “we are trying to go Hollywood with TV-show related image” plot. No, ladies and gentlemen, this is something far more nefarious!

    The whole point of using the school image and the flag video was to put John McCain in front of a blue screen and a green screen to give Stephen Colbert another chance to run a “Make John McCain more exciting” green-screen challenge. With Mccain now limited in his funds, he must use every bit of free publicity that he can, and he (being old fashioned) believes in that old adage “there is no such thing as bad press”. That and the fact that McCain’s folks just can;t make Johnny-McCarpetbagger exciting by himself.

  61. Sorry for the off topic post, but cspan is airing the 2006 Alaskan gubernatorial debate featuring on Road to the White House 2008 if anyone is interested in seeing the Caribou Barbies debating skills.

  62. [re=88146]rubybuckaroo[/re]: It looks like the truth may be somewhere in between. The list you posted and the rumor debunked on truthorfiction is a recent false addition, in most reporting I’ve read from credible sources there were never specific books or authors mentioned. The discussion was dismissed by Palin as a rhetorical exercise, to see where the librarian stood on censorship. However, two different articles I have read mentioned that (then) Mayor Palin issued a termination letter to the librarian a few weeks later, which was withdrawn only after the librarian received overwhelming support from the community in the form of a petition to save her job. So if the discussion about pulling books from the library was only a test, it would seem that the librarian failed…

  63. Well, a North Hollywood public school teacher. One of the worst systems in the worst school district in the nation said it, so all liberal nut jobs must find it so. Must listen to their leaders. Hahahahahahahahaha.

  64. [re=88159]joegop[/re]:
    So, now we put down teachers that choose to work in tough schools. So much for that whole “service to your country” bit from the RNC last week.

  65. [re=88161]tennessee Jed clampett[/re]: thanks tennessee Jed clampett.
    I checked that one out, but not sure about their veracity.

    If this comment was truly made, a whole lotta heads will go splody!

  66. Drudge alert:

    MSNBC drops Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews from anchor chair… David Gregory will anchor news coverage of the coming debates and election night…. Developing…

  67. [re=88171]jimh[/re]: But those 36% thought they were referring to her experience “field dressing a moose” or whatever foghorn leghorn said the other night.

  68. Tucker is so out of bounds. The McCain campaign’s original intent was to “highlight the American thematics” by showing Donna Reed, not Walter, but they ran into intellectual difficulties.

  69. [re=88116]rubybuckaroo[/re]: Is this the Palin equivalent of the Obama email?

    1. Palin’s alleged racist statement will never be verified unless the waitress was wired.
    2. I watched the church speech and Palin’s words have been misrepresented. She asked that people pray for the troops in Iraq and that we were doing God’s will. This is a little different than saying that the war is God’s will. It actually could be interpreted as an expression of doubt about the decision.
    3. She said something like, “Oh and the pipeline, we should pray for that.”
    4. As far as the librarian and the trooper story are concerned- there are two sides to every story. She is innocent until proven guilty. There is an investigation.
    5. I will believe the book banning rumor when I see the minutes by way of a link to the Wasilla records.

    That said, I think that she is one of the worst VP choices in history.

    Keeping it real.

  70. [re=88143]rubybuckaroo[/re]: And, to add to what jimh just wrote, Anne Kilkenny claims that those who came to that librarian’s (who’s too frightened to speak to the media herself, presumably) defense are high on Nehemiah Scu.. err… Sarah Palin’s shit list to this day.

  71. At the beginning of today, I might have written a comment saying at least Obama could win today.

    I watched the ABC interview where he was forced over and over to say something detrimental. That’s when he made is “my Muslim faith” gaffe.

    Maybe it’s not in his nature, but he has to walk into these interviews ready to tear the head off the interviewer and shit down his neck. From what I see, he thinks he can float over these situations with nuanced answers that are smart, but dumb politics.

    At the end of this day, it looks like he will lose.

    You think Palin is stupid? Obama is the dumbest person on this planet if he loses. It was his election to lose and he is losing it.

    I hope he wises up. He is our best hope on policy, but he is now officially scary on politics.

    And, I hate to say it, this does open the question on his judgment. If he doesn’t have the judgment to smash their heads into the concrete…

  72. [re=88169]accidental_tourist[/re]: I will never forgive David Gregory for dancing on a stage with “MC Rove”. Permanent douchebag. But nice to see MSNBC getting back into lockstep form with the GOP!
    [re=88156]chemicalbob[/re]: I have had this on for 30 minutes or so and I have learned 2 things:
    1. Alaska hates Washington D.C. and wants to secede
    2. Sarah Palin has nothing to say, but she is hot compared to the other dudes, and therefore she is now governor of Alaska
    McCain has lost his mind. He may never be capable of this level of thought again. Sad. This is the type of thought I can imagine coming soon on his death bed, hopefully as loser of the 08 presidential election so we don’t have to face President Mooseburger.

  73. [re=88178]KittyKatMan[/re]: Wow, thanks for that video… the matter of fact way he mentions that Sarah Palin was a member is very convincing, IMO, and should at least merit a line of questioning to her and further investigation.

  74. [re=88184]Delicious[/re]: I agree… He also needs a better answer on the surge. I understand what he’s saying, but he needs something more concrete. He needs to get passages from Woodward’s book and explain how all of the top military brass were against the surge and how the Iraqi government and Bush administration are now playing by the Obama playbook on getting us out. He needs to be willing to go bare knuckle boxing, ’cause this is not going to be the gentlemanly and civilized campaign he’d like to run.

  75. I take that back. His next sentence was, “Well, what I’m saying is that he hasn’t suggested that I’m a Muslim.” He shouldn’t have corrected himself and said, “Christianity”. He should have just clarified. This is not going to be good for him.

  76. [re=88176]grendel[/re]: Well, McCain was expected to get a bounce after his VP pick and convention, right? It’ll dissipate. RIGHT?!

    And this is the part where I hyperventilate.

  77. Actually, this is the school where they sent Sarah Palin so she can learn the same basic US history that any 6th grader knows. That way she won’t look like a moron and say something stupid, like the founding fathers said the pledge of allegiance, when she’s getting out-debated by Joe Biden.

    It could also be an indication that the Army will consolidate the two buildings to cut corners. Since the original hospital is falling apart, they’ll ship all the patients to the nice, clean middle school. That way they can get provide free care for the soldiers in return for free nursing school for a bunch of kids. Oh wait, it’s in North Hollywood? Nevermind. Republicans will never go for free education if there’s a chance that an immigrant child might attend.

  78. I think I need to take a break from politics for a few days. It’s just too upsetting to watch Obama make the same mistakes Dukakis made- namely, overestimating the intelligence of the American public. We need something big to come out this week; either the MSM puts on its big girl panties and exposes Sara Fuckface for what she really is, or another scandal to erupt that’s too big to ignore.

    By the way, what happens if McCain dies before the election? I don’t recall it ever happening before, and I don’t know the protocol for the fallout. Anybody?

  79. [re=88195]itgetter[/re]: Sweet jeebus I hope so.
    This country is so fickle, it turns on a dime. All the media has to say now is “OMG this just in Obama is a negro” and it’s all over. The next 60 days does not look good for the old blood pressure.

  80. [re=88188]grendel[/re]:

    No problem. I sent emails to the MSM outlets. I can hear David Gregory and Wolf Blitzer cackling and the sound of emails going to into the recycle bin already.

  81. [re=88202]lilblackcorvette[/re]: You are, as always, right. My beloved Eagles posted a huge win today, and I gotta have faith that Hopey, who has made countless right choices thus far, will make it happen. Thanks.

  82. Seriously I have heartburn from the stress. The greatest comfort I can come up with here is that I’ve already lived through eight years of Bush. And I survived, and am still able to forage food and keep Malaria-free. I still have potable water sources. More or less sanitary conditions. I still have access to basic necessities. We’ll live, guys. We’ll live.

  83. [re=88116]rubybuckaroo[/re]: 12th night, seriously? why?

    [re=88181]trophy(forparticipation)wife[/re]: yeah, worst choice in modern history SOOOOO exciting the base. WTF?

  84. [re=88205]Rielle Hunter[/re]: Yeah, that’s kind of where I’m at, too. Screw it; we get the government we obviously deserve if Walnuts wins. Who knows–maybe he will revert to maverickness…. I just hope he doesn’t croak in office. (Still hoping for a major Palin scandal, though!)

    I wish we did have the two America’s John Edwards kept going on about. Obama could be the president for the elite, college-educated, tree huggers. Walnuts could be president of the rednecks & dumb asses. Win/Win for everyone, right?

  85. This is all becoming toooooo reminiscent of 2007 when I was a strong Ron Paul supporter and hated that it was ruined by 9/11 Truthers and bored college kids. But hey, in a free country, you’re not supposed to tell people to STFU and sit down, right? Kinda like when I worked for Hoyt Axton. A song he’d written called “Greenback Dollar” became a hit and the publishing company robbed him blind. But how could he really complain when the hook line of the whole damned song was, “Well I don’t give a hoot about a greenbacked dollar.” Dear God just put the two candidate’s names in a hat and draw one and get this madness over and done with.

    My wounds are still too raw from the Ron Paul experience to jump into another nerve-wracking experience. Whoever said turn off the TV till the first debates in October – spot on. See y’all then, and please take care.

  86. And if it’s any consolation, the other side has just as much stress and heartburn.

    Hmm…it’s a conspiracy to kill us all so they don’t have to pay social security…LOLZ and all that
    ; )

  87. ok. my favorite meme. stop me if you’ve heard it already: the differnece between beernutz and reindeer nutz is beer nutz are 1.59. reindeernutz are under a buck.

  88. i stole that from a regular poster. I wanna give him credit but I forgot who it was. Is there copyright infringement on here like it was on Napster? That was pretty, letme tellya!1!!!

  89. [re=88207]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: Who gets the nukes?

    Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck. The last 48 hours have just been Hell on my sensibilites. That McCain is now winning in the polls is fucking killing me.

  90. [re=88214]grendel[/re]: That’s likely voters…which doesn’t include young people…so we just need to make sure the younguns vote…this was kinda heartening:

    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a national unknown before McCain chose her for the ticket 10 days ago, draws a strong reaction from voters on both sides. Now, 29% say she makes them more likely to vote for McCain, 21% less likely.

    The 29% are the nutwads…hopey needs to latch onto the 21%

  91. [re=88216]mookworthjwilson[/re]: No, he needs to educate the other 50% why Walnuts and Mooselini are so fucking frightening. He could just screen “Idiocracy” as a cautionary tale of the path they’d take us down.

    Seriously… Pro-life, pro-gun, pro-creationism, pro-censorship… are these mainstream ideas? How is this not being called out as the extreme fringe nutjobbery it is? I get the sense that the Repugs have taken the gloves off, but Obama doesn’t want to play rough… that’s going to get him killed.

  92. [re=88217]naveed[/re]: Well, Obama needs to start using that huge war chest to carpet bomb the airwaves and hire as many private investigators as he can find to send to Alaska.

    dear republican voter,
    i am so pleased that you have reinforced my view of the world. when i was three years old i noticed that most people including my alleged parents were moronic in many aspects of their lives. even phds can be deeply crazy and/or stupid. so, onward republicans. heaven awaits.

    thank you,
    signed: flatearthpastyfacedwhiteeuropean.

  94. [re=88219]grendel[/re]: Given the Obama campaign’s competence so far, in contrast to the McCain campaigns “interesting” choices – – I am thinking they’re on it. Also, this is still very heartening –

    EVs on this day in 2004 Kerry 237, Bush 275
    EVs on this day in 2008 Obama 301, McCain 224

    It’s still a bigger win this time than it was a loss last time.

  95. [re=87964]KittyKatMan[/re]: Really? The whole time I was waiting for the punchline, especially after I went to his Myspace page.
    Can this shit get any weirder. It’s simple Vegas odds that as more of these things bubble up about this family, that one of them is gonna hit.

  96. [re=88211]lilblackcorvette[/re]:

    Ce moi, merci. And strange that I didn’t notice it but if Beernutz was
    Cindy, and Reindeer Nutz was the evil snowbitch, the joke takes on a
    whole new angle. Imagine McFossil as a “Buck” and e.snowbitchy was
    under him, I’m already puking with laughter. She’d ride him like a dog.

  97. Good gravy, what’s everyone freaking out about? Take a deep breath. Smoke a bowl. Fondle your significant other. Or your significant self, if you don’t have an other.

    Alright. Better now? Hopey’s not going to curl up and die just because he said “muslim.” The real issues are still the real issues. Palin’s afraid to talk to the media. McCain and Palin will, if elected, be in charge of nominating Supreme Court justices. Of deciding whether or not the real record of the Bush/Cheney administration get released to the public. Of deciding whether the Gitmo inmates — or you and I — get to have the rights accorded to us under the Constitution.

    They get to decide whether we spend $10 billion a month in Iraq, or whether we decide every disagreement is a potential military conflict. McCain thinks that Pakistan borders Iraq, and Palin couldn’t find it on a map. Obama and Biden could both deliver a one-hour lecture off the cuff about the place. Obama and Biden approach foreign policy issues without fear. Fear is all McCain and Palin have to win the electorate over. And the reason they can use fear is that the ineptness they promise to continue has made our situation worse in the world, not better.

    Apparently both sets of candidates are running on change. One can tell us what they’ll change, because they have a long list. The other can’t tell us squat about what they’ll change, because they’re lying, and they’ll keep everything the same. They got nothing. Tell your friends.

  98. jesus fuckin crist you guys really went to hell while i was a smokin’ and a drinkin’! I was appalled to see what the sunday night/ monday morning Heroin only crowd has to say.
    Shared the shit out of me!
    Fuck you guys. Its way too early in the race to be doing this.

  99. being realistic, that slip yesterday was a moderately serious error. he choked up. hopefully not as serious as branca’s home run ball or mickey owen’s dropped third strike.

  100. [re=88226]SayItWithWookies[/re]: I would certainly like to agree with you, but as long as the MSM waxes poetically about Palin’s Down’s child (see & refers to her as someone everyone can relate to, no one is focusing on the issues you mentioned.

    Gibson’s interview will be a freaking joke, but as long as she doesn’t birth another baby on live teevee, everyone will say she nailed it & is absolutely ready if Walnuts croaks. As long as the media continues to be cowed by (P)Rick Davis (see MSNBC canning Matthews & Olbermann for election/debate coverage, no one is going to ask her any questions.

    I am not as optimistic that people care about what they should care about, but I would love to be proven wrong.

  101. I’ll worry about the polls if McCain’s lead keeps growing and he is still ahead in a week or two. Meanwhile I’m feeling like Gallup’s latest effort overreported McCain’s support.

  102. [re=88226]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Agreed, but Texan Bulldoggette has a point. The MSM are beginning to put their tails between their legs: fear from them is a-brewing. They would like nothing better than to run story after story of Mooselini and her Down child. $100 says they are on the cover of scores of mags in the coming week. They could stretch this story till the election: Baby Palin looks up, Baby Palin eats food, Baby Palin tries to stand up.

    Of course the Repubgeeks got plenty o’ nothing. Nothing is plenty for them. They run against the Dems because they see them as evil, something to be defeated. The Dems want to talk issues. Haven’t they learned that time after time Tom 6-pack will vote against his own political interest?

    The Dems have to do something they’ve only lightly done in the past: go after the jerks directly, with constant heat, not platitudes and “positions.” They have to say these guys are wrong, just like the last guys were wrong, unapologetically, with no “well we remember his 5 1/2 years” hooey.

  103. What do you think would happen if Barry just kept repeating “They think you’re stupid!”[re=88226][re=88226]SayItWithWookies[/re]: WHen he said that I was like “Exactalacly”!

  104. [re=88231]Larry Fine[/re]: They need to show him at country fairs/diners/barbecues/cookouts eating pork. 24/7. Preferrably with the snout attached so there can be no question. He’s healthy, his cardiovascular system can heal after the election.

  105. [re=88116]rubybuckaroo[/re]: thank you for this list, i have been wanting to know which books she tried to ban. mark twain? i guess that’s not surprising from somebody who hates america …

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