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“John McCain does not use a computer because he was a POW.”

Posted on September 13th, 2008 at 23:40 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008


And the Doughy Pantload comes through with the most awesomest spin of the campaign so far. I will paraphrase:

“John McCain does not use a computer because he was a POW.”

Right now you probably think I am kidding. Take it away, Jonah:

Does anyone know why McCain doesn’t use a computer or email? As a couple readers suggested to me, it might be because his injuries prevent it. I mean he can’t lift his arms much higher than his chest and it looks like he has all sorts of other mobility problems with them. Maybe he can’t type or use something like a blackberry. I don’t know. But I hope the Obama campaign found out before they played the granpa Simpson card on McCain. I’d hate for Obama to be mocking a veteran’s disability to score cheap points.

Umm, Jonah?

John McCain, using his blackberry.

This is officially the stupidest fucking election ever.

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Posted on September 13th, 2008 at 23:37 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008, Pastafarian News


Bob Jones is enormously respected by the network of Christian authors, speakers and radio hosts who make up the Worldview Weekend movement, which organizes seminars and conferences across America urging RTCs to take up arms in what it calls “the Worldview War Between Christians and the Secular Left.” The group also has its own publishing imprint, selling titles such as Christian Worldview for Students and Christian Worldview for Children.

This again isn’t a mainstream evangelical group. The kids raised on Christian Worldview for Children are homeschooled, and they don’t go off to college to places like Wheaton, Messiah or Calvin College. Those types of schools are viewed by this crowd as suspiciously liberal and insufficiently committed to a comprehensive biblical worldview.

Are you getting a sense yet of the connotations of that word, “worldview,” and what its repeated use signals?


Need more examples? Here’s “The American Vision: Restoring America’s Biblical Foundation from Genesis to Revelation.” They publish Biblical Worldview magazine.

Or spend some time clicking around at Christianworldview.net, which says “The purpose of our Christian Apologetics ministry is to equip people to think and live with a consistent and cohesive biblical worldview.

Or check out WorldviewMatters or the Biblical Worldview Institute or Worldview Academy or AllAboutWorldview.org.

Surf around. Get a feel for the connotations of the word and what its use signals.

Got it?

OK. Now watch this:

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  1. Come on now, that seems just a big a stretch as claiming that the lipstick on a pig referred to Palin.

McCain Issues A Challenge: ‘Nobody Can Name’ An Issue I Have Flip-Flopped On

Posted on September 13th, 2008 at 18:49 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008


On ABC’s The View today, host Joy Behar complained to John McCain that “you used to be more of the Maverick, then you sort of turned.” “In what way?” McCain asked. “You became much more lockstep, I think, with your party, with George Bush’s policies,” Behar answered, adding, “I don’t see the old John McCain. … I understand why — you want to get elected.” McCain issued this challenge in his defense:

I’ve been through this litany before, where I say, “ok, what specific area have I quote changed?” Nobody can name it. … I am the same person and I have the same principles.

McCain argued that on issues — “whether it be spending, whether it be climate change, whether it be the conduct of the war in Iraq, whether it be torture of prisoners” — he is “the same guy.” Watch it:

ThinkProgress has gladly taken up the McCain challenge. We’ve compiled a document that lists the policy areas on which McCain has changed his position.

Currently, they list 42 Flip-Flops.

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Posted on September 13th, 2008 at 18:44 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008

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McCain Admits He’s “Divorced” From Reality

Posted on September 13th, 2008 at 18:32 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008


“I think John McCain is right about John McCain,” said Rep. Rahm Emanuel, a fellow Chicagoan known for his brass-knuckled politics. “He has been there so long that is why he has voted 90 percent of the time with George Bush and that why his staff is bogged down by lobbyists that represent special interests.”

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“Last Gasp of a Doomed Currency”

Posted on September 13th, 2008 at 18:29 by John Sinteur in category: News


By transforming $5.5 trillion of suspect mortgage-backed securities into seemingly bullet-proof Treasury bonds, the move has sparked a relief rally in the dollar as foreign investors no longer have to worry about defaults or markdowns. In fact, to holders of Fannie and Freddie debt, it no longer matters what happens to the housing market. Home prices can drop another 50%, every single homeowner can default on their mortgage, and bond holders will not lose one dime. This has emboldened foreign investors, and temporarily increased demand for both dollars and Freddie and Fannie debt.

Had the government done the right thing and not guaranteed Freddie and Fannie debt, I believe we would now be experiencing an outright financial crisis. The dollar would be falling sharply along with real estate prices, gold would be soaring and the recession would be deepening. However, by nationalizing Freddie and Fannie, the government has merely delayed the crisis. The borrowed time will cost us dearly, as the day of reckoning will now likely involve much steeper losses for our currency.


Also, there is no reason to believe that the bailout merry-go-round will end with Fannie and Freddie. Faltering investment bank Lehman Bros. is now positioned to receive the kind of Federal backstop that smoothed the purchase of Bear Stearns back in March. Bailouts of automotive and airline companies can’t be long in coming. Once the market perceives a Federal magic wand, it becomes politically impossible to stop waving it.


When the dust settles, the Federal government will be left with staggering liabilities that will be impossible to repay with legitimate means (taxation or borrowing). To make good, they must rely on the printing press to create money out of thin air. The rapid expansion in money supply will push the dollar down mercilessly.

Right now every asset on the planet is being sold except the U.S. dollar. To me this rally looks like the last gasp of a dying currency. Just like a toy rocket ship, once the dollar runs out of fuel it will crash back down to Earth.

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So what is this Higgs particle, then?

Posted on September 13th, 2008 at 17:51 by John Sinteur in category: News

In 1993, the UK Science Minister, William Waldegrave, challenged
physicists to produce an answer that would fit on one page to the
question ‘What is the Higgs boson, and why do we
want to find it?’

The winning entries taken from Physics World Volume 6 Number 9, were by:

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Ta dah!

Posted on September 13th, 2008 at 17:40 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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  1. Nice, except for a few minor things: man and woman was not created with original sin. When the snake made them eat from that blasted tree, they commited the sin – god told them not to, right?
    That sin has been – along with a lot of other sins – paid off in the deluge which only Noah and his family survived.
    Men kept on doing stupid things like killing and all. Then came Jesus – has nothing to do with the original sin – a man carrying a lot of godly presence in himself – and who pointed out that every man does the same.

    But the sacrifice part was a tad bit harsh. Actually, if you think about it, it was the good old “get a scapegoat, write the sins of the tribe on it and send it in the desert” show revived.

    So it’s not a bad poster, but the creator clearly did not read the Bible on which he tried to make a joke.

  2. It’s not a defense of the religion and habits itself, just trying to make a point that these things would be better if the guy knew what he is talking about.

  3. As if that has ever stopped anybody when talking about religion…. you’re right, of course..

Fake Fail: BSoD Repeatedly Strikes Nine Inch Nails Concerts

Posted on September 13th, 2008 at 17:32 by John Sinteur in category: News


BSoDs have been plaguing NIN on their current tour. In fact, one has been popping up on the giant display behind them at just about every concert. So what’s the deal? Will Trent be forced to fire his tech guy? Hardly. The truth is that it is all part of the act.

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  1. So Nine Inch Nails is just a bunch of smearing liars, who publicly misrepresent a product. I wonder if someone played something like this with them, would they sue?

iTunes 8 translation into Dutch

Posted on September 13th, 2008 at 15:53 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Funny!

Hoeveel gratis heb jij nog?

(thanks, Arno)

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Late Night Snarks

Posted on September 13th, 2008 at 10:12 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008

“Well, it’s a very strange political campaign. I mean, out on the campaign trail, John McCain and Sarah Palin are talking about how they stood up to the Republican party, they fought the Republican establishment, and they battled Republicans. Their message: vote Republican.”

—Jay Leno

“Sarah Palin has been getting briefed on what she needs to know to be John McCain’s vice president. The first thing they taught her was CPR.”

—Conan O’Brien

“New Rule: Republicans must stop saying Obama is an elitist and just admit you don’t like him because of something he can’t help, something that’s a result of the way he was born. Admit it—you’re not voting for him because he’s smarter than you.”

—Bill Maher

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All You Need To Know About Foreign Policy, GOP-Style

Posted on September 13th, 2008 at 10:04 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008


Pressed about what insights into recent Russian actions she gained by living in Alaska, Palin told Gibson, “They’re our next-door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.”


So, I’m to understand that Sarah Palin is an expert in foreign policy, because Alaska is so close to Russia.


That’s so sweet. It’s true, too. So let’s have a look at the Diomede Islands, apparently the key to understanding the complexities of international relations in today’s world.
What she’s talking about are the Diomede Islands, a pair of small islands way, way north in the Arctic Circle, right smack in the middle of the Bering Straits.  Here are a couple of satellite closeups:



The island on the right, Little Diomede, is in Alaska.  The island on the left, Big Diomede, is in Russia.  Little Diomede is approximately 1 mile wide and 2 miles tall.  Big Diomede is about 2×5.  The international date line runs right between them, and they are about 2.5 miles apart.

Backing up a bit, here’s the same image from a little farther away.  That’s the very westernmost edge of Alaska on the right, and the very easternmost edge of Russia on the left.

Diomede Far

So right off, we can see that this claim stretches logic just a little bit.  You can’t see mainland Russia from mainland Alaska.  You can only see the one tiny, barely inhabited island from another tiny, barely inhabited island.

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McCain Taps Lobbyist for Transition

Posted on September 13th, 2008 at 9:57 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008


A prominent Washington lobbyist who has worked for every Republican President since Richard Nixon has been tapped by the McCain campaign to conduct a study in preparation for the presidential transition should John McCain win the election, according to sources familiar with the process.

William E. Timmons Sr. is a Washington institution, having worked in the Nixon and Ford administrations as an aide for congressional relations and having assisted the transition teams of both Ronald Reagan in 1980 and George W. Bush in 2000. He was also a senior adviser to both Vice President George Bush in 1988 and Senator Bob Dole in 1996.

Timmons is the chairman emeritus of Timmons and Company, a small but influential lobbying firm he founded in 1975 shortly after leaving the White House. According to Senate records, he registered to lobby in 2008 for a wide range of companies and trade groups, including the American Petroleum Institute, the American Medical Association, Chrysler, Freddie Mac, Visa USA and Anheuser-Busch.

So that‘s the change McCain is bringing to Washington?

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Fokke & Sukke

Posted on September 13th, 2008 at 9:39 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Posted on September 13th, 2008 at 8:45 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008


In the wake of John McCain’s ‘pig’ ploy scandal, I wanted to draw attention to a new frame that is taking shape at break neck speed in the debate.

I call this the ‘Solve Real Problems’ frame and it has the potential to set the stage for Democrats to win the election.

Sometimes, people think of framing in Presidential elections as a tug of war. We set our frame, they set theirs–whichever side pulls the hardest wins.

In fact, the more accurate metaphor is that of a chess game. Each side sets out to establish a broad, opening frame, but through a series of middle ground debates, the election ultimately arrives at an end frame–a final, compelling way to re-establish one side’s opening frame, and which ultimately captures enough people’s imagination to win the most votes.

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Les Misbarack

Posted on September 13th, 2008 at 8:39 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008

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Fraser Speirs – App Store: I’m out.

Posted on September 13th, 2008 at 8:19 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Free Software


Apple’s current practice of rejecting certain applications at the final hurdle – submission to the App Store – is disastrous for investor confidence. Developers are investing time and resources in the App Store marketplace and, if developers aren’t confident, they won’t invest in it. If developers – and serious developers at that – don’t invest, what’s the point?

You have to wonder if Apple wants the App Store to be a museum of poorly-designed nibware written by dilettante Mac OS X/iPhone OS switcher-developers and hobbyist students. That’s what will happen if companies who intend to invest serious resources in bringing an original idea to the App Store are denied a reasonable level of confidence in their expectation of profit.


That said, Apple is now selecting for anti-competitive reasons. It came to light today that an app that will deliver a capability I really, really want was rejected by Apple because it replaces a feature in Apple’s own software. The app is called Podcaster and it would allow one to update podcasts directly on the device over wifi. I sync my iPhone to my Mac Pro – should I have to go home to put a new episode on my iPhone? I’d buy that app in a heartbeat.

Do you want a store in which every app in the “Productivity” category is a to-do list manager? That’s exactly what you’re going to get because, without some a priori assurance that your idea will be accepted, the only way to know what Apple likes and dislikes is to look at what’s already on the store. Clearly Apple can’t get themselves enough of those ticky boxes, so why not do “your take” on a list of text cells and checkmarks? Much safer bet than inventing something new.

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