McCain must not understand what “change” means

by lestro

Once again, Johnny Mac is flip-flopping. This time it is on one of his own ads.

Following the backlash to McCain’s over-the-top criticism of Barack Obama for using a phrase that McCain himself used when talking about Hillary, McCain has perhaps realized that his sanctimony is showing.

Could this be the gateway meme? Is this his admission that, like Karl Rove recently said, he’s gone too far?

Did Barack Obama really call Sarah Palin a pig, as a John McCain ad leads people to believe? “No,” McCain said Monday. The Republican presidential nominee defended the ad anyway, saying Obama “chooses his words very carefully.”

But that’s not what the ad said, Johnny. You remember the ad, the one you “approved” and was put out by your campaign the next day. The ad which has been pulled from YouTube because one of the quotes it used was taken so far out of context CBS threatened to sue.

The fact is that Johnny Mac and his campaign are full of crap and they were terrified that this lipstick slander aimed at Obama was such an obvious pile of bullshit that it may become the gateway meme and people may soon realize that damn near everything they say is doublespeak and hypocrisy.

For example, the whole reformer image they have given veep nom Sarah Palin, whose blatant lies about her position on the ‘bridge to nowhere’ and anti-earmark position are also a favorite in the ‘gateway meme’ odds. Especially since having a lie exposed doesn’t stop Johnny Mac from telling it again:

He was asked about nearly $200 million in congressional pet projects Palin requested for 2009 for her state, despite her boasts that she opposes such projects and his claim that she didn’t ask for any. McCain responded by criticizing Obama for seeking more than $900 million in these earmarks, by one count.

“That’s nearly a million every day, every working day he’s been in Congress,” McCain said. “And when you look at some of the planetariums and other foolishness that he asked for, he shouldn’t be saying anything about Governor Palin.”

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McCain means no more special interest giveaways

by lestro

Both campaigns are responding to this weekend’s fiscal crisis.

The Obama camp is reminding folks that John McCain has supported the president’s economic policies since they failed the first time around as Reagan’s economic policies and cost the current president’s dear old dad the big job.

(For the record, George H. W. Bush was not a party ideologue and actually tried to fix the economy instead of further pushing the country along the Reaganomic, trickle-down path, which he himself had dubbed “voodoo economics” in his campaign against the Gipper. Since Reagan’s spend spend spend ways had finally caught up, Bush was forced to raise taxes to help balance the budget, a unforgivable no-no among party ideologues.)

Meanwhile, the McCain camp is making sure that everyone knows that now that his friends are taken care of, there will be no more help for anyone:

The McCain-Palin campaign quickly released a new advertisement this morning, titled “Crisis” that focused on the troubled economy, citing foreclosures and job losses. It also repeated the candidate’s pronouncement that there would be no “special interest giveaways,” were the Republicans elected, as the site of Lehman Brothers in downtown Manhattan flashed upon the screen. In the ad, he promised to shore up protections for voters’ savings.

What friends? Why, the top-level Fannie and Freddie lobbyists he has working for him, of course. Now that their business has been saved by the government, screw these other folks.

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The Great Gig in the Sky

by lestro

Richard Wright, the keyboard player for the Pink Floyd, died today. He was 65.

I don’t know if you are a Floyd fan, but they are one of the bands that defined my high school and college years and remains not only a favorite, but a major cohesive force in the lives of my Idiot Friends.

Wright’s farfisa organ and Syd Barrett’s wild, wailing guitar were the soundtrack to many a night of adolescent debauchery as we too tried to achieve “Interstellar Overdrive.”

Wright is a founding member of the Floyd, formed in the mid 60s and along with Barrett (who died in 2006), Roger Waters and Nick Mason. Wright’s distinctive organ sound really helped define “the psychedelic sound” and helped the early Floyd become one of the most emulated sounds of the late-60s scene.

Wright contributed to the writing in many Floyd songs, as well as the vocal in ‘Astronomy Domine,’ but his most famous songs were probably “Great Gig in the Sky” and “Us and Them” from the Floyd masterpiece Dark Side of the Moon.

Great Gig” is the song that ends Side A. It is the one with the great orgasmic shrieks and no lyrics. It is a musical meditation on death, part of the album’s things that drive us to insanity motif.

After Roger Waters’ ego took over the band in the late 70s and early 80s, he and Wright clashed, which led to Wright being unceremoniously tossed from the band during the sessions for “The Wall.” After Waters left the Floyd, Gilmour (Barrett’s replacement) called him back into the fold for “Momentary Lapse of Reason” and “The Division Bell” as well as the ensuing tours for each album, the latter of which brought them to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse where a young Lestro sat pie-eyed in the worst seats in the house (they told us at one point to put our arms down because we were blocking the spotlight) for what is still today one of his favorite concert experiences ever.

Unfortunately, and selfishly, this officially means there will be no Pink Floyd reunion and tour.

However, if you’ve got some Floyd, especially old Floyd, now is the time…

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