Why the long face?

November 3, 2006 at 11:57 pm (Uncategorized)

dafoe.jpgAh, “Platoon.” An Oliver Stone classic. I have it cued up in the DVD player ready to go. You got your Berringer, your Sheen and your William “Jaw” Dafoe. You got your gunfights, your moral atrocities and your betrayals. What more do you want in a Vietnam movie? Throw in some classic 60’s tunes, Stone’s mastery of human behavior and that’s a good movie night.

But anyway. Vietnam, huh? I think of it only because of John “Jaw” Kerry’s latest blunder. Here’s a guy who fought the good fight in ‘nam only to repeatedly stumble when trying to parlay wartime heroics into political clout. Last year, it was accusations of lies about his performance on the web-bday-kerry.JPGSwift Boat. Now it’s an offhand remark about solidering and class partitions that threaten his 2008 bid for the White House. To review, Kerry said this: “Education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

As blunders go, is it a huge one? To me, it doesn’t rise up (or sink down) to the level of Gary Hart and his sexual prowess on Monkey Business. But of course, Michael Dukakis simply rode a tank clumsily across the campaign trail and it ruined him. Ed Muskie dripped what appeared to be a tear and voters threw up their hands in disgust. Primal scream Dean let go one good shriek and he was labeled a lunatic.

Good thing I’m not running for office. You people would surely reveal that… thing that you know about me.

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62 Comments

  1. Mainetarr said,

    Holy horse-face John Kerry!! Jaysus! Yeah, it was a pretty good “blunder” as he calls it, however, I don’t think it was really a blunder. It’s just another arrogant asshole running his mouth before thinking. Too much money (thanks to his wife) and time on his hands. I am not going to get into all of the asshats we are forced to watch make fools of themselves (Hillary “my husband cheats but I am a power hungry beeotch so I put up with it and make all women look stupid” Clinton, Howard “louder is better” Dean, Mark “where are the boys?” Foley, George “nucler, nukeler, nuclear” Bush, etc…). Both sides of the aisle has their fair share of morons. Poeple have to look at the candidates and do their homework on the issues and where they stand on them. Yeah, I support President Bush, but I certainly don’t agree with him on every decision he makes. But personally, I would rather have had him in office during 9-11 that Al Gore. That was my personal choice. Am I happy we are still in Iraq? No, but when the election for a new president comes around, I will vote for who I think will do a good job protecting this country, regardless of his/her party affiliation. Do these blunders effect the way I vote? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Sometimes it just makes you think. Look at our choices for Governor here in Maine. I was 100% behind Chandler Woodcock, not because he is a FANTASTIC candidate, to me there are slim pickins in the election. Then a story breaks about how he had multiple liens put on his property for failure to pay taxes. Makes me wonder, if that had happened once, I wouldn’t of given it a second thought. Living on a teachers salary is difficult enough, I have been paycheck to paycheck on multiple occassions. But having it happen MULTIPLE times??? If he can’t manage to run a household, can he run a state? John “socialist” Baldacchi is going to destroy healthcare in Maine if not stopped. Pat LaMarche? Barbara Merrill? The other guy? (kidding) See what I mean? Slim pickins. I am writing my own name in this year. To hell with it, I know I can do a better job than any of those running. I may even run for president on the “sick of the bullshit” ticket. Can I count on your support?

  2. science newsflash said,

    New Element on Periodic Table
    A major research institution has just announced the
    discovery of the densest element yet known to science.
    The new element has been named “Bushcronium.”
    Bushcronium has one neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75
    deputy neutrons, and 224 assistant deputy neutrons,
    giving it an atomic mass of 311. These particles are
    held together by dark forces called morons, which are
    surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles
    called peons. The symbol for Bushcronium is “W”.
    Bushcronium’s mass actually increases over time, as
    morons randomly interact with various elements in the
    atmosphere and become assistant deputy neutrons in a
    Bushcronium molecule, forming isodopes. This
    characteristic of moron-promotion leads some
    scientists to believe that Bushcronium is formed
    whenever morons reach a certain quantity in
    concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred
    to as “Critical Morass”. When catalyzed with money,
    Bushcronium activates Foxnewsium, an element that
    radiates orders of magnitude more energy, albeit as
    incoherent noise, since it has 1/2 as many peons but
    twice as many morons.

  3. K2 said,

    MT, I agree with a lot of what you wrote, it’s just that I’m on the other side of the isle, as a liberal independent, albeit with conservative strains. There are essentially no good candidates, and we really only have ourselves to blame. We’re the ones consuming media that exposes every candidate’s dark side. We can blame the media, but they’re really only selling us what we want to buy. Just like violence on TV. We decry the networks, but the shit sells.

    Until there’s a paradigm shift in the way we evaluate our candidates (really, is one stupid line by a painfully loquacious Kerry more signifigant than the clusterfuck of Iraq?!?), we’ll only get ego- and megalomaniacs, minus the occasional altruist, like, well, I’ll get back to you on that one.

  4. LaFlamme said,

    The Sun Journal declined to endorse a candidate this year, which I understand is a rarity. I’m breaking rank by endorsing somebody in Sunday’s B section.

  5. LaFlamme said,

    I never did understand the ruckus over Dean’s primal scream. I like a leader who screams. Fuggin robots, the lot of them.

  6. Mr. Ed said,

    Actually, it has only been recently that the SJ even made endorsements. For years it was content to inform us and let us make up our own minds. Alas, they even failed to do even that. The brohuahua over the late information about Woodcock’s liens actually failed to consider one aspect: WHY didn’t we find out sooner? After someone showed me how easily you can find out such information on the net, I wondered why the SJ didn’t do a cursory investigation on all candidates for Governor. Seems like something a responsible newspaper would do; keep the public informed.

  7. David Burke said,

    I’m running for Auburn City Council. Seriously. But I don’t scream.

    Can I have the “Screaming Room” endorsement? I believe I’m the only candidate that reads this blog. (and willing to admit it)

    Thanks for your support.

    LAmaine.com will be back on-line in a couple weeks.

  8. LaFlamme said,

    I’ll have to gather the board of bloggers in accordance with our charter, discuss the matter with them and see what they… Ah, screw it. It’s Saturday. You’ve got the endorsement. Burke for city council!

  9. LaFlamme said,

    As for the timing of the Woodcock lien story, I have no idea. Occasionally, I’m asked to look into a person’s criminal history, but I’ve never been asked to explore financial background. Probably because I’m stupid.

  10. Bobbie said,

    Actually, it was Willy Horton who brought Michael Dukakis down, not the clumsy tank driving.

    Here’s a thought for you, MT-if Gore had been in the White House, would we have had 9/11 in the first place? We might have been in worse shape with Gore in the White House, but I don’t think that we would have had 9/11 or anything else that we’ve had with Bush.

    Anyone check out the new laws that Bush has signed into law recently? Bush now has the ability to use the National Guard in any situation that he wants and if the governor of a state objects, screw ’em and give ’em the finger. Bush now also has the power to round anyone up that he wants and hold them indefinitely. You object to what he’s doing in Iraq? You can now be labeled a terrorist/enemy of the state and be picked up, at the very least. And because you have been classified as a terorist/enemy of the state, they don’t have to show you the evidence that they “may” have against you that led to your detention in the first place.

    And did anyone complain when Bush made a joke about not finding any WMD at the 60th annual Radio and Television Correspondents Association? Or when he flipped a finger to the families of the soldiers who didn’t come home? Bush can be-and is-stupid with his offhand remarks and failed “jokes”, but no one calls him on it. It seems that the majority of the American people have blinders on when it comes to him and that will be their downfall.

  11. K2 said,

    Yeah, Dean got hosed for having a spunky personality. It’s okay if you’re a football coach, but not a politician.

    David, if I didn’t live in Lisbon, I’d vote for ya.

    How about the military newspapers calling for Rumsfailed’s resignaton — AGAIN. Come on, Richie, tell me how Rumsfailed is doing a heckuva job.

  12. K2 said,

    Oh, and LaFlamme, you ready for this: Florians has Delirium Tremens. Just bought a bottle earlier today — $7.99.

  13. K2 said,

    Testify, Bobbie, testify!!!

  14. K2 said,

    Although I think 9/11 would have happened no matter who was president. The real problem was the lack of proper data flow in the CIA.

  15. Bobbie said,

    Just calling it as I see it, K2. It’s going to be interesting to see if the Democrat’s will impeach Bush if they get the majority in either house. Remember, if they actually have the votes to boot him out of office, who does that leave us with?

  16. Bobbie said,

    K2, Just remember the ploy that Roosevelt used to get us into WWII like he did.

  17. LaFlamme said,

    Are you friggin kidding me? When I was on DT quest in the spring, I was told it was illegal in Maine. I went to Florian’s, too. Damn, man. Enjoy that hooch, anyway.

  18. Mainetarr said,

    Yeah, I agree with you K2, 9-11 would have happened eventually, just happened to fall when GW was in charge. The FBI and CIA were all fucked up from previous administrations and they didn’t know what the hell was going on. You know, if there was a viable candidate that ran as a Democrat, I would vote for them in a heartbeat. I even liked Joe Lieberman, a lot. But these John Kerry douchebags just kill me. I think what I dont like about Howard Dean, screaming aside, is the psychotic look on his face every time he opens his mouth. Kinda like Rosey O”Donnell. All twisted and freaky looking. Drives me nuts. I am with you guys on the war, though, 100%. Enough already. And Bobby, the left wing mainstream media never gives republicans a break. Look at Dan Rather for example. It’s bullshit. Only now that there is Fox News do we see what’s going on on the right and left and both sides are repeatedly taking a beating. What Sean Hannity does for the right, Alan Colms (sp) does for the left. CNN is all left, all the time, much like regular network television.

  19. LaFlamme said,

    I got a personal note from some politician in Lewiston. He’s the one who knocked on my door in August and after asking if I was Mark LaFlamme from the paper, said: “What? That’s impossible. Mark LaFlamme is young and handsome.”

  20. K2 said,

    It’s a brand-new addition, man. Wasn’t there just two weeks ago. I had to pick one up. A total impulse buy. (I spent like $25 on a twelver of exotic stuff in the walk-in cooler. Still cheaper than going to the bar, I guess. And safer.)

    Bobbie, you’re not a Pearl Harbor conspiracy theorist, are you? (Please say no, please say no. . . .)

    Right now I like dark-horse candidates: Guiliani or Bloomberg. Both Republicans, but more liberal on social issues.

    McCain’s ass-kissing of Bush has really turned me off. He had my vote awhile back, but no longer.

    Hillary’s a carpet bagger, and as a native of NY, me no like. Still, she’s far more moderate than the right-wingers want to acknowledge.

    I do like Joe Biden, but he’s too acerbic to be a good president.

    Fuck it, Willie Nelson for President in ’08!

  21. K2 said,

    And MT, Dean does have a whacky look to him — that goofy-ass, face-contorting smile.

    Dut he is a doctor. Oh, wait, so is Bill Frist. Oof. Never mind.

    I tell you, I would’ve rather lost with Dean than Kerry. Whatever that means. I’m not auite sure, but it makes perfect sense. Somehow.

  22. Bobbie said,

    Why do you want me to say no, K2? All I’m saying is that if a president is looking for a way to further their agenda by either allowing something to happen or by twisting the truth about an event (like the Gulf of Tonkin incident with Johnson or when the Maine exploded), they’re going to do it.

    Roosevelt ran (and was elected) on the promise that he wouldn’t send our boys to war, even though he wanted us in the thick of it. It worked to his benefit that he couldn’t tip off the Japanese to the fact that we had broken their codes.

    Conspiracy theorist? I wouldn’t call myself that simply because I don’t believe everything that the government tells me is actually the truth. If things don’t add up for me, I look at both sides, dig a little deeper and then make up my mind about it. I’ll give you and MT the fact that 9/11 could have happened on anyone elses watch as well as Bush’s, but some things just don’t add up for me. The yellow cake dust from Nigeria comes to mind, along with the Downing Street memos that stated both Blair and Bush knew that WMDs wouldn’t be found in Iraq, but they kept pushing that line. Remember, if a lie is repeated often enough, people believe it and then it becomes truth.

  23. Bobbie said,

    Who in their right nind would want to have Dean as their doctor? I agree with both of you that he is one creepy looking dude.

  24. Bobbie said,

    And I wouldn’t vote for Hillary if she was the last candidate on earth. Is it better to stick with the devil that you know or the devil you don’t know? Something about the lesser of two evils also comes to mind when I start to think of just who I will have to choose from in the next presidential election.

  25. K2 said,

    You skirted around Pearl Harbor, Bobbie. Was it all a Roosevelt conspiracy? Goodness knows it was merely an egregious attack by the Japanese that demanded our entering The Big One.

    Also, Wilson didn’t want to enter WWI, but he reluctantly took us to war, arguably later than he should have.

    Was FDR wrong for entering WWII, regardless of what he said years prior to get elected? I take it you would have prefered the whole of Europe speaking Deutsch and Hitler with The Bomb?

  26. K2 said,

    I take back the ‘merely’; call it a John Kerry moment.

  27. Bobbie said,

    Just for you, K2.

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    “The design of the underwear, separates and lifts. The fabric cup protrudes everything out in front instead of down toward the ground,” said “Wonderjock” designer Sean Ashby.

    “There is no padding, rings or strings,” said Ashby, a co-founder of the Internet-based AussieBum firm.

    Ashby said the idea for the “Wonderjock” was the result of online feedback from customers who expressed an interest in looking bigger, just like women using the “Wonderbra.”

    “When you go to a department store to buy underwear you usually get a grandmother serving, which is not the ideal way to get feedback,” said Ashby. “Our customers give us feedback. We didn’t realize that big is better

  28. AO said,

    K2, I’d vote for Willie. I think he’d make one hell of a President. He’d probably make marijuana legal. Let’s start a “buzz”. Willie Nelson for President.

  29. K2 said,

    Bobbie, you’re not answering the Pearl Harbor question.

  30. K2 said,

    If Willie wins, I hope I’m appointed to the Dept. of Agriculture, AO.

  31. Bobbie said,

    I didn’t skirt around the Pearl Harbor issue at all, K2. All I said is that Roosevelt took advantage of the situation to get what he wanted and that was to have us enter WWII, not that he was behind everything that led up to Pearl Harbor. I don’t think that Roosevelt was wrong for entering WWII when he did.

    As to your assumption that I would have prefered that Hitler had the bomb and that Europe was speaking Deutsch is reaching. What does this-or Wilson’s reluctance to get us involved in WWI-have to do with Roosevelt’s decision to take advantage of a situation?

  32. Bobbie said,

    K2, for reasons known only to a few, sometimes it takes me longer than you to answer a post. In case you were wondering, I came across the news article and decided to post it before I read your comments. As you were typing that I was avoiding the Pearl Harbor question, I was typing my response to you.

  33. Bobbie said,

    Who would be Willy’s running mate?

  34. K2 said,

    I guess I don’t see how FDR took advantage of anything (other than the rights of Japanese-Americans, which he rounded up like cattle; stigmas applied to Germans too, especially in WWI), considering Japan was a dedicated ally of Germany, and Japan attacked us for no good reason at all. Japan would not have gone it alone without Hitler. Thus, we were forced beyond any doubt to respond as we did, and as history shows, we kicked some mother-fucking ass.

  35. K2 said,

    VP: Ziggy Marley

  36. AO said,

    Good question, Bobbie. I guess whatever old pot smoking hippy still living would do. I mean, the VP doesn’t really do that much anyway. Look at the Dick.

  37. Linda said,

    How about Dave Burke for president? if you can spare him from the city council.

  38. AO said,

    Too bad Waylon Jennings died. He’d have made a good running mate. Willie and Waylon in ’08!

  39. AO said,

    I plan on voting for David Burke. I read his profile in the Urinal the other day.

  40. LaFlamme said,

    What about TABOR? How do we feel about that? Somebody answer me before Tuesday.

  41. K2 said,

    Read Angus King’s piece in the SJ today on TABOR. He hits the nail on the head: You can’t simply maintain education and infrastructure; you have to invest in both for the future.

    And Peter Mills, the moderate Republican candidate who would have probably beaten Baldacci, is against TABOR too. Mills was The Man, and registered Rs blew it in the primary, big time. Now we’re all gonna be stuck with a spineless, yet socially reasonable, Baldacci.

  42. AO said,

    I personally think that TABOR would be a huge mistake. But, that’s just my feelings. I also think that Baldi stinks.Then again, just my personal feelings.

  43. Linda said,

    I already voted. No, not “vote early and often” — I decided to beat the rush at the WIlton town offices on voting day.

  44. David Burke said,

    Thanks for the support, Linda. I”ll pass on the Presidency, though. Ever notice how badly people age when they are President? Yikes.

    This is my first attempt at an elected office since Student Council at Mexico High School in 1980. (I won)

    I have some basic goals of having an open, honest government and making decisions based upon facts. I’ve accepted zero campaign contributions, thus, I have no favors to pay back.

  45. David Burke said,

    K2 – you got it right.

    I actually enrolled as a Republican to vote for Mills in the Primary. He had a plan.

    Just for my conscience, I’ve voted (via absentee ballot) for Barbara Merrill. She doesn’t stand a chance of winning, but I couldn’t vote for Baldacci or Woodcock.

    TABOR? While I don’t disagree with the concept, this bill is just too murky and has too many unanswered questions to support.

  46. LaFlamme said,

    And friendliness with the press, let’s not forget that. Take my calls, for gawd’s sake!
    Actually, most of the city leaders are good about that. I call, they agree to talk, and then I realize I don’t have any actual questions for them. It’s very baffling.

  47. David Burke said,

    AO – how about a Willie Nelson/Kinky Friedman ticket?

    And thanks for the support!

  48. Linda said,

    Hey Dave, did you say your site is coming back soon? I hope so. It’s still sitting in my favorites, ever hopeful. I read so much crap about everywhere under the sun, the more local stuff the better.

  49. LaFlamme said,

    Wow! Actual human beings up after midnight. Or… are you? *cue chilling music*

  50. David Burke said,

    Yeah – I had a nasty database corruption thing occur, and am in the process of rebuilding.

    I’m also gonna ditch the concept of it being a “community” blog. Nobody else was interesting in writing for it, so it will return as personal blog, with occasional “special guests”, much like this one.

    Stay tuned.

  51. Linda said,

    Yeah, I’m in that too tired to sleep state. The week in Massachusetts wound me up, I’m so glad to be home I don’t want to miss a minute of it by sleeping.

  52. Linda said,

    Dave the world is full of lazy slugs I guess. As a rule most of us would rather be entertained than have to stir ourselves and think a topic up. Well, except for Mark, he’s seething with topics.

  53. LaFlamme said,

    I got nuthin.

  54. AO said,

    Well, that’s a first.

  55. AO said,

    SMOOCH!

  56. jarheaddoc said,

    Kerry’s remarks were taken out of context, what else is new: do your homework and you won’t end up in trouble. Kinda hypocritical, in a hindsight kinda way.

    However, it does go to show just how much the Republicans fear losing control of the government. I do know that I am not pleased with Bush for essentially taking away our fourth amendment rights and he needs to go, but unfortunately, we’re stuck with him for two more years, unless congress grows the ‘nards to impeach him. This could conceivably happen if the Dems win big.

  57. Linda said,

    I think the Dems are being pretty optimistic. Can’t see them winning that big.

  58. Linda said,

    “The important thing with democracy – and this has always been the case – is that the citizens a) Believe the election result is based on the common sense and voting rights of the citizens, and b) Have enough handguns to wax any politicians who gets too seriously out of line (also known as a “check and balance”).”

    I thought that quote was nice because it covers both elections and guns.

    It’s from: http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2006/10/electronic_voti.html

  59. jarheaddoc said,

    I don’t see it happening, either, Linda. I am sick to death of the political system and the manipulated sound bite and the double-triple-quadruple speak.

    I say impreach Bush if you’re going to and stop yammering and posturing. I think that all this posturing is just one more tactic for people to stay in office and little else. These are also the people who are giving Mr. bush whatever he wants in the form of laws, then complainign about that, but they also have the power to stop any abuse of power by the president but they won’t.

    Slick Willy got impeached for getting a knobber in the White House and lied about it and W. has been proven to have lied about WMD’s. Which is worse? Guess it depends on whether or you’re being blown or blown up

  60. Linda said,

    Yes, good point.

  61. K2 said,

  62. Richie said,

    Rolling Chunder brought this line of discussion to my attention. I read through it; at first thinking about writing a response. But, you know; I’m not going to waste my time. I don’t bother posting on democratic underground; and this place carries the same sort of taint. Nothing I say is going to convince any one of anything; nor is lies about “not finding WMD’s” going to convince me. If people read a social blog for hard facts about what’s going on in the world, or for information as to how they might vote tomorrow, well then, there’s no hope for them.

    Arguing with K2 over Rumsfelds leadership qualities is like arguing with a small child wether Santa Claus could play 3rd base for the Patriots or as a Quarterback for the Yankees. Yah. A totally non-sensical argument full of non-sequiturs and one-liners as K2 attempts witty badinage in response to measured discussion. No, that’ll just make me needlessly angry.

    Let’s get something really straight here. We are at war with Islamic Fascism. We can fight them on their ground, or fight them on ours; but we will be fighting them. I thank God every day that Gore didn’t get elected. It was a close run thing there; but we made it. Would 9/11 have occurred ? I think so. It was already in the works and on the way no matter who got elected.

    Clinton did a lot more than merely have sex in the oval office, and then lie about it (although that by itseldf is bad enough). You might actually have to read some books and research it; which I rather suspect is way beyond the ken of most of you here. (You know who you are, feel free to name yourselves if you like; I’ll not call you out). Of course, “Bush Derangement Syndrome” will prevent you from learning anything contrary to your cherished beliefs; the usual “Bush lied . . .” mantra’s & such.

    Here’s a news flash for you too: Kerry was NOT taken out of context. He said exactly what he meant, to the crowd he meant to hear it. It wasn’t addressed to me, or my kids (who served in the military) or my youngest son currently in the Navy. It was addressed to future democrats who have pretensions of elitism and of being “smarter” than others (you, and me and pretty much anyone other than them). When called on it he had to back pedal. Of COURSE he’s going to say he was taken out of context; what else could he say ? And then he tried the Moral Immunity Defense of having also served in the military (this defense supposedly renders him immune to evil conservative counter-attack). In the end he had to eat it; because he had said what he meant and meant what he said.

    Do you REALLY want to know what’s going on ? (Registered democrats are exempt
    and may insert insulting / attempt-at-humourous quip here).

    Here are some very good, very informative websites.
    1. http://www.blackfive.net/main/
    2. http://michaelyon.blogspot.com/
    3. http://www.discoverthenetwork.org/
    4. http://www.michellemalkin.com/
    5. http://www.clarityandresolve.com/
    Read this & know the nature of the enemy we are fighting.
    6. http://patterico.com/2006/10/02/5156/pattericos-exclusive-interview-with-a-man-who-has-spoken-to-the-terrorists-at-guantanamo-part-one-introduction/

    There are quite a lot more than these out there. Take a serious look at these. Then we can try and talk.

    Thank you for coming by, and please wipe your feet.

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