“Joe the Plumber”: Dad is Son-In-Law of Charles Keating! | Huffington Post…….

Here is my question.  Is the corporate press willingly passing on McCain propaganda?

It took the blogosphere less than twenty-four hours to vet this guy, but the media, with all its available resources, never bothered to make a few phone calls to see if “Joe the Plumber” was legit.

Pathetic.

Anyway, back to Robert Wurzelbacher, Joe the Plumber’s father. You see, Robert Wurzelbacher was an executive of American Continental Corporation, the parent company of Charles Keating’s Lincoln Savings. That’s the bank which caused citizens to lose their life savings and cost U.S. taxpayers $3.4 billion. As part of that scandal, Robert Wurzelbacher pleaded guilty to three counts of misapplying $14 million and served 40 months in prison.

And now, Lincoln Savings, Robert Wurzelbacher and Joe the Plumber are back with John McCain.

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McCain’s Blackberry Moment…….

This is just too easy. 

One of McCain’s economic advisors, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, has now made the outlandish claim that McCain is responsible for the miracle known as the Blackberry. 

Who knew a 72 year old man and self proclaimed computer illiterate possessed such raw technological genius?  It boggles the mind on so many levels.

Oh, and wasn’t I just shooting my mouth off about how Al Gore got labeled a habitual liar when the corporate press decided to twist his words and push the story  that Gore thought he had invented the internet.

I guess the corporate media will start labeling McCain a power hungry liar, just like they did to Gore in 2000.  After all, fair is fair.

AT&T Thanks The Blue Dog Democrats With A Lavish Party | Glenn Greenwald…….

Would someone nominate Glenn Greenwald for a Pulitzer Prize.  (P.S.  I’m totally serious.)

 It was really the perfect symbol for how the Beltway political system functions — those who dictate the nation’s laws (the largest corporations and their lobbyists) cavorting in total secrecy with those who are elected to write those laws (members of Congress), while completely prohibiting the public from having any access to and knowledge of — let alone involvement in — what they are doing. And all of this was arranged by the corporation — AT&T — that is paying for a substantial part of the Democratic National Convention with millions upon millions of dollars, which just received an extraordinary gift of retroactive amnesty from the Congress controlled by that party, whose logo is splattered throughout the city wherever the DNC logo appears — virtually attached to it — all taking place next to the stadium where the Democratic presidential nominee, claiming he will cleanse the Beltway of corporate and lobbying influences, will accept the nomination on Thursday night.

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The Candidate We Still Don’t Know | Frank Rich…….

Nope

Ignorance is bliss for the McCain campaign.  Frank Rich breaks it down:

What is widely known is the skin-deep, out-of-date McCain image. As this fairy tale has it, the hero who survived the Hanoi Hilton has stood up as rebelliously in Washington as he did to his Vietnamese captors. He strenuously opposed the execution of the Iraq war; he slammed the president’s response to Katrina; he fought the “agents of intolerance” of the religious right; he crusaded against the G.O.P. House leader Tom DeLay, the criminal lobbyist Jack Abramoff and their coterie of influence-peddlers.

With the exception of McCain’s imprisonment in Vietnam, every aspect of this profile in courage is inaccurate or defunct.

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Accountability Now/Strange Bedfellows Money Bomb | Glenn Greenwald…….

This is the time and place to start making a difference.  Moneybombs away!

Rather than investigate and punish violations of the Constitution and other laws, our political class conceals those crimes for as long as it can, endorses them when they are disclosed, and then acts to protect the lawbreakers. Public opinion is steadfastly ignored, rendered virtually irrelevant. Congress has deliberately made itself completely impotent, while the sprawling Executive enjoys virtual omnipotence and freedom from any real accountability. Laws are written not just for, but literally by, the largest corporations and their lobbyists — even including, as we recently witnessed, laws that have no purpose other than to immunize them from consequences when they are caught deliberately breaking our laws.

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McCain: It’s ‘Ambiguous’ if Bush’s Wiretapping Was Illegal | Think Progress…….

Stop the Spying!

McCain my not want to be seen in public with Bush, but, if elected, McCain is more than willing to continue Bush’s illegal activities as the next President.

The only ambiguity about the legality of Bush’s spying has been manufactured by the Bush administration, their enablers in the Democratic party, and a deferential national press corps.  Think Progress has the low down:

It’s not ambiguous as to whether spying on Americans without a warrant is illegal. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 specifically states that the President can authorize spying without a court order only if:

–”There is no substantial likelihood that the surveillance will acquire the contents of any communication to which a United States person is a party

– “The acquisition of the contents of communications transmitted by means of communications used exclusively between or among foreign powers

In contrast, Bush’s warrantless spy program, as the New York Times explained in December 2005, authorized “warrantless eavesdropping on those inside the United States – including American citizens.”

In fact, in August 2006, U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor declared the program unconstitutional, as it “violates the separation of powers doctrine, the Administrative Procedures Act, the First and Fourth amendments to the United States Constitution, the FISA and Title III.” Taylor added that “the president of the United States…has undisputedly violated the Fourth [amendment] in failing to procure judicial orders.”

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