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 Post subject: Make-Believe Maverick
PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:27 pm 
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Make-Believe Maverick : A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty

At Fort McNair, an army base located along the Potomac River in the nation's capital, a chance reunion takes place one day between two former POWs. It's the spring of 1974, and Navy commander John Sidney McCain III has returned home from the experience in Hanoi that, according to legend, transformed him from a callow and reckless youth into a serious man of patriotism and purpose. Walking along the grounds at Fort McNair, McCain runs into John Dramesi, an Air Force lieutenant colonel who was also imprisoned and tortured in Vietnam.

McCain is studying at the National War College, a prestigious graduate program he had to pull strings with the Secretary of the Navy to get into. Dramesi is enrolled, on his own merit, at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in the building next door.

There's a distance between the two men that belies their shared experience in North Vietnam — call it an honor gap. Like many American POWs, McCain broke down under torture and offered a "confession" to his North Vietnamese captors. Dramesi, in contrast, attempted two daring escapes. For the second he was brutalized for a month with daily torture sessions that nearly killed him. His partner in the escape, Lt. Col. Ed Atterberry, didn't survive the mistreatment. But Dramesi never said a disloyal word, and for his heroism was awarded two Air Force Crosses, one of the service's highest distinctions. McCain would later hail him as "one of the toughest guys I've ever met."

On the grounds between the two brick colleges, the chitchat between the scion of four-star admirals and the son of a prizefighter turns to their academic travels; both colleges sponsor a trip abroad for young officers to network with military and political leaders in a distant corner of the globe.

"I'm going to the Middle East," Dramesi says. "Turkey, Kuwait, Lebanon, Iran."

"Why are you going to the Middle East?" McCain asks, dismissively.

"It's a place we're probably going to have some problems," Dramesi says.

"Why? Where are you going to, John?"

"Oh, I'm going to Rio."

"What the hell are you going to Rio for?"

McCain, a married father of three, shrugs.

"I got a better chance of getting laid
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McCAIN FIRST

This is the story of the real John McCain, the one who has been hiding in plain sight. It is the story of a man who has consistently put his own advancement above all else, a man willing to say and do anything to achieve his ultimate ambition: to become commander in chief, ascending to the one position that would finally enable him to outrank his four-star father and grandfather.

In its broad strokes, McCain's life story is oddly similar to that of the current occupant of the White House. John Sidney McCain III and George Walker Bush both represent the third generation of American dynasties. Both were born into positions of privilege against which they rebelled into mediocrity. Both developed an uncanny social intelligence that allowed them to skate by with a minimum of mental exertion. Both struggled with booze and loutish behavior. At each step, with the aid of their fathers' powerful friends, both failed upward. And both shed their skins as Episcopalian members of the Washington elite to build political careers as self-styled, ranch-inhabiting Westerners who pray to Jesus in their wives' evangelical churches.

In one vital respect, however, the comparison is deeply unfair to the current president: George W. Bush was a much better pilot.


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 Post subject: THE DOUBLE TALK EXPRESS
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THE DOUBLE TALK EXPRESS

From tax cuts to torture, John McCain has flip-flopped on a host of issues - including his own immigration bill

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Mad Dog Palin

The scariest thing about John McCain's running mate isn't how unqualified she is - it's what her candidacy says about America

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The Bridge To Nowhere Lie Returns

After the talking point was thoroughly debunked, the McCain campaign slowly backed away from the claim that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said “thank but no thanks” to the Bridge to Nowhere. But in Wisconsin today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) brought the line back, claiming that Palin “stood up against” the project:

MCCAIN: Let me mention to you one more time, the earmarks and pork-barrel spending very quickly because, because, it is so important because it is not only gotten out of control, but it’s end up with members of Congress residing in federal prison cause it’s corrupting and it’s your money and they think it’s their’s. They think it’s their money, not yours. And we’ve had a Bridge to Nowhere, $233 million bridge in Alaska, which I’m glad, happy to say, this governor stood up against.

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As ThinkProgress has noted, when Palin ran for governor, she supported the project and defended it against “the spinmeisters” who wanted to turn it “into something that’s so negative.” When she finally redirected funds away from the bridge, she lamented the fact that Congress had “little interest in spending any more money” on the project.

McCain’s claim today is at least the 37th time his campaign has lied about Palin and the bridge:

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 Post subject: Re: Make-Believe Maverick
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:48 am 
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Why would the guy pick a person he's criticized in the past for earmarks?

McCain had criticized earmarks from Palin
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Three times in recent years, the Arizona senator's lists of 'objectionable' pork spending have included earmarks requested by his new running mate.

By Tom Hamburger, Richard Simon and Janet Hook, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers September 3, 2008

WASILLA, ALASKA -- For much of his long career in Washington, John McCain has been throwing darts at the special spending system known as earmarking, through which powerful members of Congress can deliver federal cash for pet projects back home with little or no public scrutiny. He's even gone so far as to publish "pork lists" detailing these financial favors.

Three times in recent years, McCain's catalogs of "objectionable" spending have included earmarks for this small Alaska town, requested by its mayor at the time -- Sarah Palin.
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$27M worth.
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... when Palin served as mayor of her hometown of Wasilla, outside Anchorage, she obtained about $27 million in federal "earmarks" during her last four years in office, according to the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense.

In a 2001 statement opposing a transportation spending bill McCain singled out for criticism about $3 million worth of those projects. McCain's list of "objectionable" spending included a $2.5 million road project for the town that then had a population of 5,500, as well as a $450,000 appropriation for an agricultural processing plant there.

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 Post subject: Re: Make-Believe Maverick
PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:22 pm 
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I see now why those who support McCain are called "McCainiacs."

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I saw this picture before but couldn't quite place my finger on the problem with it until now. The guy in the front row forgot his "Depends" and is sitting there sleeping in his urine soaked jeans.

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I think you're right! Maybe that's why it's called McCainiacs...they won't stop praying long enough to take a potty break!

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Has Sarah Palin ever knocked Alaska representative Don Young for his fondness for earmarks and such?

Oh yeah, knock Mr. Obama, but what the stuff that goes on under your own nose, there, Sarah?

Earmarks, favors: Young used position for funds and his donors' projects
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BY GREG GORDON AND ERIKA BOLSTAD • McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS | Published: November 11, 2007 | Last Modified: November 11, 2007 at 06:42 AM
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Young has plenty of company in Congress when it comes to parlaying federal contracts and grants into campaign donations. But few have taken richer advantage of a controversial process called "earmarking."

During his six years as chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Young transformed the massive 2005 highway spending bill by dramatically increasing the use of earmarks, which set aside billions in federal money for pet projects.

With Young in charge, the number of earmarks more than tripled -- from 1,850 projects worth $9.35 billion in 1998 to 6,371 projects valued at $24.2 billion in 2005. Federal auditors have found that thousands of these new earmarks weren't priorities for state transportation officials.

A McClatchy Newspapers investigation has found just how lucrative Young's earmarks were:

• Of the $6.5 million in contributions that Young collected -- $5.5 million for his campaign and $1 million for his leadership political action committee, or PAC -- about 85 percent came from people who didn't live in Alaska and couldn't vote for him.

• While the number of donors who got earmarks is hard to determine, an analysis of Young's campaign finance reports show that beneficiaries of just seven earmarks with a total price of $259 million gave the veteran congressman at least $575,000. None of the projects was in Alaska.

• As hundreds of lobbyists sought to influence the massive highway-spending bill from 2003 to 2005, Young accepted at least 20 trips aboard private aircraft provided by corporations currying favor with the powerful congressman. He also stayed at such luxury hotels and resorts as the posh Four Seasons hotel in Newport Beach, Calif., MGM's five-diamond Bellagio casino in Las Vegas and the Lodge and Ranch at Chama, N.M., which offers pricey hunting and fly-fishing excursions.
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Interesting difference in how the Republican candidates for president and vice president left Phoenix after their defeat.

Palin left the Arizona Biltmore hotel Wednesday afternoon in a motorcade stretching more than a dozen vehicles, flanked by a dozen more cops on motorcycles. She was joined by some 18 family members and friends who had made the trip from Alaska to Phoenix to watch Election Night returns.

In contrast, John McCain drove himself in his own gold Toyota Sequoia SUV -- with friend and Senate colleague Lindsey Graham riding shotgun -- from his condo in Phoenix to his secluded compound in Sedona for a few days of rest there.


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