Hypocrites, Pit Bulls and Republican B.S.

"What I said is not necessarily what I meant."

I understand the issues, I understand and appreciate the enormity of the challenge we face from radical Islamic extremism. I am prepared. I am prepared. I need no on-the-job training. I wasn’t a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn’t a governor for a short period of time.

~ John McCain 10/21/07

McCain was talking about Mitt Romney then.  He’s talking about Sarah Palin now.

Something else I was thinking about this morning.

Republicans have damn near wetting themselves over Sarah Palin.  She’s pro-life but she hunts and kills animals (huh?).  She’s a gun nut.  She’s a member of the NRA.  She’s not some namby-pamby prissy-ass Democrat.  She’s a rough, tough, polar bear kilin’ “pitbull with lipstick.”

Anybody wanna try and put some lipstick on me?

"Anybody wanna try and put some lipstick on me?"

Is that really a flattering comparison?

Pit bulls kill a 4 month old

Two pit bulls have mauled a 4-month-old girl in her north Las Vegas home.

Police say the child’s grandmother was baby-sitting at the time. The grandmother was hospitalized with injuries she received, as she tried to protect her granddaughter.

Police say the dogs were in the backyard and entered the home by bursting through a screen door. Officers shot and killed both animals. link


Deputies kill 2 pit bulls mauling Wash. woman

SEATAC, Wash. —King County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed two pit bull dogs that were mauling a 71-year-old woman in Seatac.

The sheriff’s office says the woman was still being mauled in a driveway Monday when a deputy arrived and quickly pulled his gun. The other dog had run off but was shot by another deputy.

The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with bite wounds from her legs to her head. Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart says the woman is listed in serious condition.

The attack happened several blocks from where the dogs lived. Animal Control officers talked to the owner and confiscated two other pit bulls from the home. link


Girl, 4, critically hurt by pit bull on Northwest Side

A 4-year-old girl is listed in critical condition in Children’s Memorial Hospital after being mauled by a pit bull on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

The girl was playing with the dog in the backyard of an apartment building in the 3500 Block of West Cortland Street at about 7:30 p.m. Friday. The pit bull suddenly attacked the girl and bit her several times for unknown reasons, said Amina Greer, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department.

The dog and the girl both live at the building, but the girl’s parents are not the owners, police said. link

Man mauled by 3 pit bulls in suburban Rochester


CHILI, N.Y. – Three pit bulls attacked a 70-year-old pedestrian in a Rochester suburb early Friday, knocking him over, biting him around the head and forcing passing motorists to use their vehicles to shield him from further harm.

The victim, Thomas Tziatzou, needed surgery for wounds to his face, had an ear bitten off and suffered other injuries to his neck, arms and legs, said sheriff’s spokesman Cpl. John Helfer. He was listed in satisfactory condition at a hospital.

Tziatzou was attacked while walking along a street in the suburb of Chili at about 5 a.m. A motorist told police he initially thought the dogs were pulling a garbage bag from the curb, then realized it was a person, Helfer said. link

Staten Island Man, Mauled by Pit Bulls, Dies

Henry Piotrowski, the 90-year-old man who was mauled by a neighbor’s pit bulls on Staten Island last month, died on Sunday. The Advance reports his death “means prosecutors are almost certain to pursue more serious criminal charges against the dogs’ owners, and has spurred renewed calls for a ban on the breed. ” Neighbors had apparently called to complain about the dogs before, and one who witnessed the attack said Piotrowski was essentially being “eaten alive.” The niece of the victim, a World War II veteran who spent the past six weeks in intensive care and had his leg amputated, said, “Uncle Hank’s legacy is whatever changes to the law happen because of this. I understand the police are busy. But when people call over five months saying there’s a problem, something should be done.” link

I don’t think pit bulls are cute. With or without lipstick. Trying to make a joke of a breed of dog that has its share of “issues” isn’t all that funny.

I couldn’t find any news accounts of pigs with or without lipstick mauling or killing anyone.

Piggies.

In every presidential campaign we get a phony outrage.  One side or the other huffs and puffs and blows away all the real issues with a long, drawn-out and totally meaningless discussion over a stupid incident that doesn’t feed one hungry person, get us any closer to the end of the war in Iraq or provide any health care for the millions of citizens who can’t afford any.

Who SAYS you cant put lipstick on a pig?

Who SAYS you can't put lipstick on a pig?

This time we’re wasting time over whether or not when Barack Obama said, “You can’t put lipstick on a pig”  he was taking a cheap shot at Sarah Palin, the self-described “pit bull with lipstick.”    Palin’s running mate (who’s zooming who?)  John McCain hurriedly released a commercial blasting Obama and later appeared on The View where he was roughed up by Whoopi Goldberg,  Joy Behar and even Barbara Walters.

Of course the right-wingers on radio and television and in the blogs are swearing up and down, “Oooh! Oooh!  Obama dissed Palin.  He called her a pig!  Oooh!”

Which according to Factcheck.org, an impartial site that monitors the ads and statements of both campaigns for truthfulness, accuracy and spin, couldn’t be farther from reality.

Let’s start with what the ad gets right. It does seem to be true that Republican v.p. candidate Sarah Palin wears lipstick. And it’s true that she mentioned this particular cosmetic choice at the convention, when she joked that lipstick is the only difference between a hockey mom and pit bull, as the ad shows before it goes completely off the rails. If this were a CoverGirl commercial, we’d be all set.

But it’s not; it’s a political ad. And it goes on to imply that Obama made a personal dig at Palin, calling her a “pig,” and that commentators decried his sexism for derailing the campaign. This is bunk. link

A simple thing like facts isn’t slowing down the false indignation of right-wingers who have never given a damn about sexism or women’s issues until Palin got in the race.

When it comes to “lipstick on pigs” John McCain was way ahead of Obama:

In Iowa on Oct. 11, 2007, McCain panned Sen. Hillary Clinton’s health care plan, calling it “eerily reminiscent” of the plan that failed during Bill Clinton’s administration, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

“I think they put some lipstick on a pig,” McCain said, “but it’s still a pig.”

On Feb. 1, 2007, McCain blasted a Senate resolution that would have criticized President Bush’s strategy in Iraq. Some had praised the resolution as a compromise measure, but McCain disagreed. “It gets down to whether you support what is being done in this new strategy or you don’t,” McCain said. “You can put lipstick on a pig, [but] it’s still a pig, in my view.”

It is simply impossible to view the complete remarks by Obama and conclude that he’s making a veiled and unsavory reference to Palin. Her name never is used in the preceding sentence. In fact, it’s hard to see how one could interpret Obama’s lipstick-on-a-pig remark as referring directly to McCain, either. We think it’s very clear that Obama was saying McCain’s effort to call himself the “candidate of change” is like putting lipstick on a pig, trying to dress up a bad idea to look better. Agree or disagree with Obama’s point, but his remark wasn’t the smear that McCain’s people have tried to make it.

If anyone’s doing any smearing, it’s the McCain campaign and its outrageous attempt to distort the facts. Did Obama call Palin a pig? No, and saying so is Pants on Fire wrong. link

We have reached a low watermark in this campaign when gas prices are spiking back up, financial insitutions are crumbling (Lehman Brothers) or requiring a federal bail-out (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), the Cold War is heating back up, over 40 million Americans have no health insurance, and McCain and the right-wing want to play semantics over pigs and lipstick.

You know you’ve crossed from merely being absurd to downright idiocy when even Karl Rove has no love for your negative advertising.

“McCain has gone in his ads one step too far, and sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the 100-percent-truth test,” said Rove. “Both campaigns ought to be careful about… there ought to be an adult who says: ‘Do we really need to go that far in this ad? Don’t we make our point and get broader acceptance and deny the opposition an opportunity to attack us if we don’t include that one little last tweak in the ad?'”

McCain once said he would rather lose an election than a war. He seems to have modified that to he would rather lose his honor than a election.

I love how the Republicans have gone from almost total disinterest in the presidential campaign to complete confidence they have got this thing in the bag since Palin made the scene.

Sure Palin has revitalized a Republican base that was lurching around like zombies in a George Romero flick, but I’ve yet to read even ONE suddenly cocky right-winger that has considered, “What if Palin has woken up overconfident Democrats that thought they had this in the bag?”