Friday, September 12, 2008
Viet Nam Veterans and North Vietnamese call McCain ‘Songbird” because he ‘sang’ like one while while a POW in Viet Nam. How does that qualify him to lead the US into war against people who had absolutely NOTHING to do with 911? It doesn’t. McCain, like Giuliani before him, must be desperate. McCain is running on Giuliani’s tried and failed mantra –911, 911, 911, 911. McCain has said that he knows how to ‘win’ the war against Iraq –a war that the US ought not to have begun, a war for which there is no military ‘win’, a war for which the GOP must mount an offensive –a PR offensive! McCain has proven himself just another lying Republican willing –like Giuliani before –to exploit a national tragedy, in fact, one of the most heinous crimes in world history. McCain will do this for his own selfish political motives, self-aggrandizement, and profit! Has anyone checked lately the amount of money McCain has gotten from the big corporations, many of whom depend upon the killing of ‘foreigners’ for their living? Is it fair to to expose McCain’s ‘mis-characterization’ of his life as a POW? A better question is: is it fair that the GOP continues to exploit 911, especially when there is not a shred of evidence that anything said by Bush about 911 is true? In fact, McCain is the ‘exploitation’ candidate, having ‘made hay of his POW status’ and now resurrecting the specter of another 911-type attack. Is it fair to call him ‘Songbird’ McCain? Only if he really was one! My position is this: any Republican —be it Bush, Giuliani, or McCain –who continues to lie about the events of 911 –an inside job –deserves to be both prosecuted and pilloried! So –McCain!!! Are you listening! When the MSM begins openly referring to you as ‘Songbird’, don’t whine unless you have a perfect pitch and tenor!
A former Vietnam veteran with top secret clearance says he has personally spoken to numerous POW’s who dispute John McCain’s claim that he refused to provide information after he was captured and tortured in Hanoi, saying that in fact McCain’s code-name was “Songbird” because of his willingness to tell all to avoid torture.Jack McLamb served nine years in secret operations in Cambodia and other nations before going on to become one of the most highly decorated police officer’s in Phoenix history, winning police officer of the year twice before taking a role as a hostage negotiator for the FBI.”I know a lot of Vietnam veterans and a few POW’s and all the POW’s that I’ve talked to over the years say that John McCain is a lying skunk,” McLamb told the Alex Jones Show.”He never was tortured – they were there in the camp with him and then when he came in….he immediately started spilling his guts about everything because he didn’t want to get tortured,” said McLamb, contradicting the official story that McCain only offered his name, rank, serial number, and date of birth.”The Vietnamese Communists called him the Songbird, that’s his code name, Songbird McCain, because he just came into the camp singing and telling them everything they wanted to know,” said McLamb.McLamb said the POW’s told him that McCain had sustained two broken arms and a leg injury from not pulling his arms in when he bailed out of his A-4 Skyhawk that was shot down over the Truc Bach Lake in Hanoi.The POW’s said that McCain made 32 propaganda videos for the communist North Vietnamese in which he denounced America for what they were doing in Vietnam.”They have these sealed now, our government has these sealed, we can’t get to it, they have it classified,” said McLamb, adding that in truth “the POW’s hate John McCain.”It is commonly accepted that McCain was treated better than other POW’s and afforded medical care immediately after the North Vietnamese discovered that his father was a top admiral.Several Vietnam veterans groups do solely exist to expose McCain’s abandonment of veteran’s interests as well as his lies about being tortured, including Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain and US Veteran Dispatch.Doubts over McCain’s alleged war hero status and his support to curtail efforts to look for missing POW’s contributed to torpedoing his presidential campaign in 2000 and those same questions will undoubtedly surface again should the Senator win the Republican nomination.–‘Songbird’ McCain
According to a fellow POW, John McCain sustained some injures after ejecting over North Vietnam, but was never tortured or mistreated. Speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of what the new Republican Nazi Party, my party, might do to him and his family, he said, “Hell, they didn’t have to torture McCain. He talked incessantly. We didn’t nickname him “Songbird” because he was cute or had a pleasant voice…”I’ve known McCain for years and while he’s a lot of things, a straight talker he is not. Even though I was shot down twice in Vietnam, I wasn’t captured. The records show that most pilots did their very best to avoid being captured, and those who were, carried out their orders according the United States Military Code of Conduct, especially Article III. There is no record of John McCain trying to escape or aiding others in their attempt to escape. I also know that like me, McCain is one sick old man. He’s eaten up with PTSD and hate, and it’s not the North Vietnamese, North Koreans or even the Taliban he hates. He hates Americans for leaving him to rot in a POW camp. Evidently, the Pentagon didn’t believe McCain warranted being rescued to the degree that McCain believed.
After Bush wiped the floor with McCain in 2004, it was as if Merlin the Magician had waved his magic wand over McCain and said some magic words; McCain instantly became Bush’s butt boy.
“John McCain voted against veterans in 2004, ’05, ’06 and ’07,” says Jeffrey David Cox, who spent twenty-two years as a VA nurse before moving to the American Federation of Government Employees, where he serves as secretary-treasurer (AFGE represents employees of several federal agencies, including the VA).Sen. James Webb (D-Va.), a former Marine who served in Vietnam and who was President Reagan’s Navy secretary, has made restoring the GI Bill education benefits one of his signature issues. It was his bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), that cleared the Senate over McCain’s and Bush’s opposition. In April 2006, John “Songbird” McCain, was one of 13 Senate Republicans who voted against an amendment to provide $430 million for veterans outpatient care.Washington June 17 – AP – Notably absent from the hearing Tuesday was the Senate’s biggest champion of detainee rights and the top Republican on the committee, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. A former prisoner of war, McCain has become less visible on the issue of detainee treatment since becoming a presidential candidate. And the list goes on and on and on.–Bob Miller, McCain Not Tortured as POW
Some instances in which McCain has tried to exploit his “POW” image:
A few of Mccain’s more strained attempts to “weave” his POW experience into his public image include:
Raising his POW experience to justify not remembering how many houses he owns. “Could I just mention to you Jay, that in a moment of seriousness, I spent five and a half years in a prison cell, I didn’t have a house, I didn’t have a kitchen table, I didn’t have a table, I didn’t have a chair,” McCain said to Jay Leno in response to a question about his housing gaffe.
Raising his POW experience to justify his love of the song ‘Take a Chance on Me’ by Abba. “A lot of my taste in music stopped about the time I impacted a surface to air missile with my own airplane,” McCain said to Walter Issacson at the Aspen Institute. (In fact, Abba began recording years after he was shot down.)
Raising his POW experience to justify his opposition to universal healthcare. “I did have a period of time where I didn’t have very good healthcare, I had it from another government. Look, I know what it’s like not to have healthcare,” McCain said on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
Raising his POW experience to attack political opponents. “Senator Clinton tried to spend $1 million on the Woodstock concert museum. Now, my friends, I wasn’t there…I was tied up at the time,’” McCain said during a primary debate.
Indeed, Carter’s suggestion that McCain views his POW experience as politically advantageous is nothing if not the opinion of McCain himself. As McCain wrote in his 2002 book Worth Fighting For, “Thanks to my prisoner of war experience, I had, as they say in politics, a good first story to sell.”
It is fashionable, of late, to say that Democrats are just as bad as are Goppers! Bullshit! Let’s look at the record. In response to Pearl Harbor, FDR and Congress declared war on the ‘Empire of Japan’ and on HItler’s ‘Third Reich’! The date of Pearl Harbor was December 7, 1941. VJ day was September 2, 1945 –about half as long as we’ve been mired in Iraq. There is NO end in sight. McCain is the candidate of ‘stay the course’. There is NO course to stay. In response to 911, the GOP regime of George W. Bush has yet to tell a single truth about either 911 or Iraq. He has, instead, demagogued 911 in order to wage a perpetual war, assume dictatorial powers, crackdown on dissent, charge his political opponents with being ‘terrorists’, shredding the Bill of Rights, the separation of powers, habeas corpus and other defining characteristics of ‘Democracy’. He has created a dictatorship and, by law, merely pointing that out, probably makes me a terrorist. In my defense, Bush was a TRAITOR first! And he remains a traitor! Not only is Bush a traitor to this nation, not only has Bush ‘waged war’ upon the people of the US, he had literally exported terrorism and made it worse world wide. This should have been expected. Terrorism is, in fact, always worse under GOP regimes. GOP regimes cause terrorism. According to FBI stats, terrorism has been worse under GOP regimes at least since 1980. Over the period of time in which Ronald Reagan waged a great “War on Terrorism”, terrorist attacks against the United States increased. [Source: Total Acts of Terrorism in the US 1980-98, America’s Response to Terrorism, The Brookings Institution (Based on FBI Statistics)] There is a reason for that. The GOP needs both war and terrorism in order to prop up its utterly failed regimes. And by ‘failed’, I mean that they are failed by my standards and standards that should be yours as well. I hardly call policies that enrich the already rich ‘successful’. I am not interested in sophistry that makes of Bush a ‘success’ because he enriched his crooked base. That’s not success. That’s corruption. For example, Foreign Affairs magazine recently stated that the war in Iraq has made terrorism worse and America more vulnerable to another terrorist attack. The Bush administration can be depended upon to cite this as a reason to stay in Iraq. In the GOP bizarro world, truth is whatever you can spin and success means ‘just keep on doing whatever makes you sick! Of course the Bush, his GOP base and now the GOP puppet du jour, John McCain, are all owned by oil barons and defense contractors. At this point, that’s a given. I am concerned now with rounding up and prosecuting to the letter of the law the ‘ususual suspects’. That means charging George W. Bush and his complicit minions with the capital crimes that they most certainly committed. Will McCain restore the US Constitution? NO! Will McCain undo Bush’s illegal re-write of the Constitution. No! Will McCain withdraw American troops from a country they have no business in? No! Will McCain tell you the truth about Iraq? No! Will McCAin ‘win’ in Iraq! No, McCain cannot win in Iraq because the presumed ‘enemy’ –al Qaeda –was NEVER in Iraq to begin with! Let me repeat that: al Qaeda was never in Iraq to begin with; Iraq had NOTHING whatsoever to do with 911; Iraq NEVER had WMD! Bush lied to you. The GOP has lied to you! ‘Your’ government has lied to you and continues to lie to you. And now –John McCain is lying to you about his ‘war record’, about Iraq, and about 911! The US government, under the administration of the traitor and war criminal George W. Bush, continues to betray you and subvert OUR Constitution! The Bush regime is, therefore, illegitimate. It will continue to be illegitimate because McCain has never bothered to address the issue.
King Charles I was beheaded for much less egregious offenses against the people of England than George Bush has perpetrated against the sovereign people of the United States! Bush’s ‘third term’ –a John McCain ‘presidency’ –will not bother to address the issue. McCain will never restore habeas corpus. McCain will not restore the rule of law. McCain will not undo the harms done to the US Constitution by Bush. Rather –McCain hopes to exploit them, perhaps expand them, take up where Bush left off. McCain hopes that Bush has, rather, blazed the trail.
That John McCain is now, like Giuliani (that other failed GOP crook and liar) the specter of 911, indicates to me that his campaign is in trouble, the kind of trouble that does not show up on a poll. Bush lied to you and McCain has just picked up the mantra.
I mused recently that terrorism may be the GOP’s last redoubt. The GOP is nothing without a bogeyman. The GOP exploited fear of communism, drugs, porn and –now –terrorism. Exploitation is what the GOP is all about! When you understand that, then you understand the GOP. Giuliani was among the worst practitioners of it because he was so bloody transparent, overtly evil and despicable. McCain, by contrast, has until recently gotten away with hiding behind the ‘honest John’ persona. It’s bullshit! John is another goddamned lying Republican. It’s fashionable these days to say that the Democrats are not any better. That’s just not true. Let’s take a look at the record. Let’s take a look at the history before it gets re-written:
- Any Democratic President has presided over greater economic growth and job creation than any Republican President since World War II.
- When Bush Jr took office, job creation was worst under a Republican, Bush Sr, at 0.6% per year and best under a Democrat, Johnson, at 3.8% per year.
- Economic growth under President Carter was far greater than under Reagan or Bush Sr. In fact, economic growth in general was greater under Johnson, Kennedy, Carter, and Clinton than under Reagan or Bush. Democrats always outperform a failed party: the GOP!
- The job creation rate under Clinton was 2.4% significantly higher than Ronald Reagan’s 2.1% per year.
- The “top performing Presidents” by this standard, in order from best down, were Johnson, Carter, Clinton, and Kennedy. The “worst” (in descending order) were Nixon, Reagan, Bush.
- Half of jobs created under Reagan were in the public sector–some 2 million jobs added to the Federal Bureaucracy. Hadn’t he promised to reduce that bureaucracy?
- Reagan, though promising to reduce government and spending, tripled the national debt and left huge deficits to his successor. Bush Jr’s record will be even worse.
- By contrast, most of the jobs created on Clinton’s watch were in the private sector.
- Put another way: any Democratic President beats any Republican President since World War II.
Everything posted above is based upon official, government stats from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CBO, and BEA among others.
Meanwhile, Paul Krugman exposes the pest hole of lies, half-truths, no truths, and bullshit that make up the McCain/Palin crusade to finish the GOP destruction of America.
Did you hear about how Barack Obama wants to have sex education in kindergarten, and called Sarah Palin a pig? Did you hear about how Ms. Palin told Congress, “Thanks, but no thanks” when it wanted to buy Alaska a Bridge to Nowhere?These stories have two things in common: they’re all claims recently made by the McCain campaign — and they’re all out-and-out lies.Dishonesty is nothing new in politics. I spent much of 2000 — my first year at The Times — trying to alert readers to the blatant dishonesty of the Bush campaign’s claims about taxes, spending and Social Security.-Paul Krugman, Blizzard of Lies
Obama doesn’t have to bother calling Palin a ‘pig’. That’s OUR job!
Addendum from the Department of Endless BULLSHIT:
Scientists can finally explain why the Twin Towers collapsed on September 11, despite the temperature of the fires being well below the 1,500C melting point of the steel girders holding up the buildings.
The discovery that unusual magnetic forces within the girders made them weak at temperatures of about 500C explains away the conspiracy theories that have spread like wildfire since the disaster.
“Yeah, yeah, sure, sure. That’s it. Unusual Magnetic Forces. Yeah, yeah, sure, sure. Just because no building ever collapsed before or since from Unusual Magnetic Forces doesn;t mean anyhting. It was Unusual Magnetic Forces that did it. Unusual Magnetic Forces. Yeah. Unusual Magnetic Forces. Sure, sure. Unusual Magnetic Forces melted right through those beams on a sharp diagonal line that made it LOOK like thermite cutter charges. Sure, sure.” — Official White Horse Souse
- McCain Got Prostitutes –NOT Prison!
- “Songbird” McCain got sex, drugs and cigs from his North Vietnamese captors. All he had to do was talk
- Bush’s Disrepect for International Law
- Call to Investigate Alleged Capital Crimes Committed by Bush Administration.
- Blackwater: Hired Guns, Above the Law
- Bush Should Stand Trial for Capital Crimes, War Crimes
- Bush’s “Christian” Blood Cult
- Nuremberg Trials