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McCain Throws Kitchen Sink at Self

This week the media finally acknowledged that John McCain is running a horrible campaign. As if they didn’t know this all along. Even John McCain knows it. In fact, he has been trying to lose. The man might be crazy, but he ain’t dumb. $700 billion in Wall Street buyouts with much more in the pipeline is a great reason for a presidential candidate to start calling people with suntans Macaca and then posting it on the front page of his campaign’s website. McCain even went so far as to name that rube Palin his running mate, but the liberal media just played it off as some genius move and then worked it into their elaborate and concerted effort to railroad McCain into the White House.

For his part, Barack Obama has done a genius job of pretending to want the job too, figuring that McCain and the media would stay true to form. Obama fell right into McCain’s trap.

Now the media is changing it’s tune at the last minute and Obama is totally screwed. He’s actually going to have to be President. The terrible fate that John Kerry was spared in 2004, will now befall Obama in 2008. It won’t go fast either. After four long, brutal years of trying to run a somewhat responsible economy and a coherent foreign policy, Obama will stress human rights, the environment and peace and he will subsequently be Jimmy Carter-ed out of existence. The next Ronald Reagan–Jeb! Bush–will take office in 2012 and it will suddenly be morning in America again.

The fact that the conservatives are so close to accomplishing this fiendish plan just goes to show how effective a political operator John McCain really is. He’s throwing the kitchen sink at himself. Sarah Palin–genius. His campaign won’t even rule out Phil Gramm as a potential Treasury secretary. This is ruthless, in-it-to-lose-it politics.

Iraqi Contractors Ignored Electrical Hazards

Considering the track record of U.S. contractors in Iraq, it comes as no surprise that Iraq is simply not wired right. Power remains erratic in much of Iraq, resulting in spiderwebs of wires running from homes to generators all over the country.

Like these:
Poor electrical work by contractors in Iraq is also plaguing our troops. New York Times writer James Risen reports, “Shoddy electrical work by private contractors on United States military bases in Iraq is widespread and dangerous, causing more deaths and injuries from fires and shocks than the Pentagon has acknowledged, according to internal Army documents.” When challenged by it’s few qualified electricians that were concerned about shoddy work, contractors often told them “it’s a war zone.”

Even though village idiot Brian Kilmeade doesn’t want to hear it, according to Army Times, 11 service members and two U.S. civilians have been killed because Halliburton and KBR “improperly installed electrical wiring or failed to fix known electrical hazards”.

Raw Story has more.

There is a bright side to the electrical nightmare in Iraq. In certain areas they’re converting to solar with some measure of success.

“Today We Have 50 Saddams”

Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of the statue of Saddam Hussein falling in Iraq.

Five years ago William Shawcross wrote this in the Wall Street Journal (h/t Rachel Maddow):

April 9th–Liberation Day! What a wonderful, magnificent, emotional occasion–one that will live in legend like the fall of the Bastille, V-E Day or the fall of the Berlin Wall. Watching the tearing down of Saddam Hussein’s towering statue in Baghdad was a true Ozymandias moment.

It slowly tumbled and, with perfect symbolism, just two rusty pipes were left sticking up from the boots. In the BBC’s London studio an Iraqi dissident said though tears, “April 9 is not just spring, it is for Iraqis eternal spring.”

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Well done Shawcross, you idiot. Read the rest of that article it’s really effed up. It’ll bring back some old memories.

Ibrahim Khalil, an Iraqi mechanic, took part in toppling that statue. He told AFP that he deeply regrets that. “If history can take me back,” he said, “I will kiss the statue of Saddam Hussein which I helped pull down.” He went on to tell AFP, “Now I realize that the day Baghdad fell was in fact a black day. Saddam’s days were better. I ask Bush: ‘Where are your promises of making Iraq a better country?’ These days when we go out we have to carry a pistol. In Saddam’s regime, we were safe. We got rid of one Saddam, but today we have 50 Saddams.”

60 Minutes to Finally Air Story on Siegelman

The Young Turks preview the coverage of Rove’s viscous railroading of former Alabama Governor turned political prisoner Don Siegelman.

Key line from Cenk: “They went to go get him with U.S. Attorneys that were tainted.”

By the way something, CBS is running the story on the episode of 60 minutes that happens to run while the Oscars are on. I guess they missed the opportunity to break the Sibel Edmonds story opposite the Super Bowl.

Here’s a part of 60 minutes report.