In re: Campaign suspension only a ploy?

There was no suspension of his campaign. His surrogates and ads remained on television. Huffington Post bloggers, working the phones, couldn’t find a single McCain campaign office that had gone on hiatus. This “suspension” ruse was an exact replay of McCain’s self-righteous “suspension” of the G.O.P. convention as Hurricane Gustav arrived on Labor Day. “We will put aside our political hats and put on our American hats,” he declared then, solemnly pledging that conventioneers would help those in need. But as anyone in the Twin Cities could see, the assembled put on their party hats instead, piling into the lobbyists’ bacchanals earlier than scheduled, albeit on the down-low.

Op-Ed Columnist – McCain’s Suspension Bridge to Nowhere – Op-Ed – NYTimes.com.

It appears that McCain’s concern over the economy and his insistence that he needed to stop campaigning and return to Washington to right the ship may have been showmanship and politics.  (I mean what could McCain seriously do about the economy, who is self professed as ignorant on most economic issues)  Despite all that and the fact many presidents have campaigned through much worse, including Lincoln in the Civil War and FDR in WWII McCain may have needed to try and stop the flood gates of a slipping campaign.  This is at least according to an Op-Ed (link following the opening quote above) in the NY Times that mentions that “As recently as Tuesday he had not yet even read the two-and-a-half-page bailout proposal first circulated by Hank Paulson last weekend. “I have not had a chance to see it in writing,” he explained.”

Either way, as someone who once really respected McCain (2000 election cycle) I am now amazed at the transformation he has undergone all in the name of getting elected.

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In re: USC goes down already?

Well it wasn’t long that USC held the number one spot. Oregon St. did what Ohio St couldn’t despite being the huge underdog. Leaves the season wide open and who knows rematch at the Rose Bowl anyone? We can hope…

In re: has McCain worked to hide POW information?

An interesting article in The Nation that follows John McCain’s efforts to keep information concerning POWs that were left behind in Vietnam from reaching the light of day.  The information concerns among other issues the fact that the US may have hundreds of POWs behind in Vietnam who were likely eventually executed as both the US and Vietnam chose to ignore the issue.  The article mentions many pieces of evidence of the alive POWs including the fact that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) received more than 1,600 firsthand reports of sightings of live American prisoners and nearly 14,000 secondhand accounts following our exit from Vietnam.

John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents.

See the article in The Nation McCain and the POW Cover-up by Sydney H. Schanberg

In re: Miles of Aisles for a Gallon of Milk?

“After years of building bigger stores — many larger than a football field and carrying 60,000 items — retailers are experimenting with radically smaller grocery stores that emphasize prepared meals, fresh produce and grab-and-go drinks.”

Miles of Aisles for a Gallon of Milk? Not Here – NYTimes.com.

I’ve long liked small grocery stores, the Giant Eagle in my neighborhood (Short North) is small (but crappy – in that their selection tends towards low quality products, although they have expanded their organic selection).  Small grocery stores allow more frequent small shopping trips, which is the way I prefer to do it.  I hear they plan to close the Neil Ave GE and open a new ‘large’ one just south of the 670 bridge there in the arena district.  I hope something like Trade Joes comes in (unlikely  I know) but I find I can get pretty much all my needs there when combined with veggies/fruit from the farmers market.  Anyway, interesting article, I was excited to see Tesco (UK) grocer enter the US market (out west) mainly because they were planning to open small shops and compete in urban areas, I bet a Tesco is downtown Columbus that had prepared foods would do well with a lunch time crowd as well as the growing number of residents.

In re: Jon Stewart on Sarah Palin’s backers in the media

Worth checking out… if only to hear Karl Roves insanity and Bill ‘Papa Bear’ Orielly act like a fool (again).

http://ccinsider.comedycentral.com/cc_insider/2008/09/jon-stewart-ann.html

In re: McCain Retaliates Against CNN For Asking Tough Questions

I can’t say I really ever watch any of the cable news channels unless I am prepared with a trash can to catch my vomit.  Every now and then I do catch a good clip that breaks the mold of weak journalism that enforces the idea that we don’t really need 24 hour news channels.  One example of actual questioning and failure to buy into the bs answers was shown in an interview with a McCain rep by CNN’s Campbell Brown (some seem to think she was being unfair), but apparently she was ‘too tough’ and now McCain doesn’t want anything to do with CNN and is pulling out of an interview with the ultimate cupcake Larry King.

McCain Retaliates Against CNN For Asking Tough Questions

On a side note, I think that this Sarah Palin choice for VP is going to go down as a horrible decision, and the campaigns idea to defend her as having foreign policy experience and being a tough reformer and a great mom is going to be remembered as a great debacle, if somehow they win and she is a VP I am going to pretty fearful for our country if anything happens to McCain, not that I have anything per se against creationist believers who choose to keep their heads in the sand but I think that this person who chose to go back to work 3 days after she gave birth to a baby and decided that being a VP candidate while raising this baby was a good idea isn’t much for family values, nor is a mother who would put her unmarried pregnant 17 year old daughter through the pain of the national spotlight isn’t who I want running the show either.  Ugh…

In re: Indians end triple-A deal with Buffalo

The Cleveland Indians informed Major League Baseball yesterday of their desire to terminate their player development contract with triple-A Buffalo, ending a 14-year partnership with the Bisons.

The Indians’ decision appears to clear the way for the club to move its top minor-league affiliate to Columbus to play in new Huntington Park next season. Cleveland already has three minor-league teams — Akron, Lake County and Mahoning Valley — in Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch : Indians end triple-A deal with Buffalo.

While I was already excited about the new stadium in Columbus that is going in a mile from my house in the Arena District, I am now 10X as excited as it looks like a deal to be the Indians AAA farm team is getting closer to being a done deal.  The setup for Cleveland and Columbus is perfect, already you have a lot of Indians fans here and the Indians have the TV infrastructure here already (STO) to do a lot of clippers broadcasts and help grow that brand here and also get the broadcasts up to Cleveland where people can see the future players.  I will be going to a bunch of games and not just dime a dog nights.