Thursday, September 11, 2008

Bunch of links

I running out of steam so here's some stuff worth reading that I won't get around to blogging.

They're having a wild time at the Dept of Interior in the oil oversight division. Sounds like a quite a party.

Video of McCain stepping out from behind Sarah's skirt. As Steve Benen said, "Stepping back, it's striking that McCain still, even now, can't answer obvious questions about his own running mate." It's pathetic really. McCain has become just a hapless old sad sack standing in the shadow of his shiny new veep.

I run hot and cold with Gail Collins myself, but she's right on here. Don't panic. It's early and McCain didn't really get much of a bounce from his Sarah 'surprise' as it would appear in the media coverage of her winger fan club that sprang up like a mushroom out of the rotting wood of the GOP.

This is a good list for future reference. McCain by the numbers. My favorites are: 164 lobbyists- McCain enlisted to set policy and raise money for his campaign, 29 lobbyists - from the oil and gas industry tied to McCain’s campaign, $930 million - amount Sen. John McCain’s lobbyist bundlers, advisors and staff members collected from domestic clients over the past decade. Lots more at the link.

And finally, I found this while I was looking for something else. A new reason marijuana is good medicine.

[More posts daily at The Newshoggers and The Detroit News.]

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Blogger Swampcracker said...

Libby, here is a tip worthy of a story or two or more …
Did McCain Tamper with the Drug Enforcement Agency to protect his career?

A whistleblower is coming forth against John and Cindy McCain, and the picture he is painting is not a pretty one. You've probably heard about Cindy McCain stealing prescription drugs from her charity in the 1990s. Today, Tom Gosinski, her former employee and a close friend of the McCain's, came out on the record about the entire sordid episode. And it appears that McCain used his Senate staff and resources to cover up Cindy's drug use, and potentially to prevent the Drug Enforcement Agency from investigating his wife's theft of illegal prescription drugs. John McCain certainly used his political connections to begin a campaign of intimidation against Gosinski, because at the time - this was after the Keating 5 scandal - another major scandal would have derailed his career. Gosinski stayed quiet out of fear until today; a recent fight with cancer has strengthened his resolve.

And there is more:

Concerns that Cindy McCain is unnecessarily drugging her children appear again in a July 31 entry -- "Cari (Cindy's adopted daughter) told the three that she fears Cindy gives the kids prescription drugs they do not need," Gosinski wrote.

As summer turns toward autumn, the charity becomes an outgrowth of John McCain's senate re-election campaign, with travel and scheduling coordinated by aides on his campaign and senate staffs, Gosinski writes.

"I have never been so aware of the amount of insincerity behind a political campaign as I am now with John McCain's reelection campaign," he writes on Sept. 3, 1992. "Everything Cindy McCain does is politically motivated and driven by the almighty 'photo op.' I am convinced that Cindy McCain could give a rat's ass about the citizens of the third world countries or the victims of natural disasters."

9:57:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Hey SC. I covered the Open Left post below.

10:54:00 AM  
Blogger Swampcracker said...

Apologies, I see it. Maybe an election changer if the MSM picks up the story. What do you think?

11:36:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

The WaPo picked it up but it was kind of screwy in that they had something up, scrubbed it and then put up something new. I haven't seen the new piece yet.

11:44:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

The New Yorker scooped everyone about the Cindy's multiple felonies and the old man's attempt to intimidate the DEA.

Ariel Levy's article displays some very dirty laundry and some very creepy things about Cindy, such as declaring herself an only child at her father's funeral while her two sisters sat by and sobbed. She took the entire inheritance and never contacted them again.

The story about Mother Theresa asking her to adopt a baby is one of her favorites, but of course it never happened.

There's much more.

These aren't good people, unless you think crooks and liars are good people.

3:55:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

It's the brazeness with which they're lying that's so breathtaking. They really do think all the people are stupid. I hope they're wrong about enough of us.

4:57:00 PM  

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