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Are You F***ing Kidding Me?


Todd Craighead started life with one hand behind his back – literally. Arthrogryposis, a condition resulting from restricted movement in the womb, had stiffened his joints and left him with poorly developed muscles and bones. Weighing a mite four pounds, his feet were deformed, hands cupped, his right hip was out of socket and right arm was twisted back up behind his head.

My premise has been that there is literally no bottom to the GOP barrel. And now, ladies and gentlemen, hot on the heels of the last week's nauseating displays, we have what may be the ultimate proof of the moral vacuity and intellectual dishonesty that characterize the brain dead former party of ideas.

Once again, I link to the jaw-dropping apologists at Stubborn Facts. Here's the backstory: Obama runs a (badly produced) ad alleging that McCain is out of touch and cannot even use a computer.

The reaction? You will honestly not believe it. John McCain can't use a computer because . . . wait for it . . . he was a POW. He can't type because he was a POW, and because he can't type he can't use a computer.

McCain can't use a computer because he can't type? I can't type, geniuses. I've written 150 books with two fingers. 40,000 pages with two fingers. Are you people high? Are you drunk? McCain can't use a computer because he can't type? My son was using a computer when he was four and couldn't handle a pair of scissors. He couldn't reliably get a spoon into his mouth but he could use a computer. Are you out of your sad little say-anything-to-win minds?

here's me typing with one finger. Here's me typing with my big toe and a piece of stale Italian bread.

Lemme ask you something, boys: can McCain use a phone? Because I'm betting he can. And you know what? If he can punch a teeny, tiny little telephone button, I'm betting he can punch a keyboard key or hold a mouse.

These guys seem to manage:


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  1. Blogger Pastor_Jeff Says:

    I can't type, geniuses

    Oh my, Lord. You actually endured torture in a POW camp for 5 years?

    This is a new low, even for you, Michael. You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. You're a medical expert? You've seen McCain's records? You know what his physical limitations are? And now you're criticizing a decorated veteran who endured brutal torture for not working harder at his computer skills?

    You've bemoaned all the BS issues in this campaign. And now you're eagerly pushing Obama's puerile attack that being able to type on (or even use) a computer has a single thing to do with being President?!?

    At least when Biden mistakenly told a guy in a wheelchair to get up, he recognized his error and apologized. But Michael Reynolds knows that John McCain's just lazy and/or faking.

    Un-freaking-believable.

    Yeah, the Democrats are the party of compassion.

  2. Blogger Michael Reynolds Says:

    So, let me get this straight. He is using a computer, but he cannot use a computer because he was a POW. Is and is not. At the same time.

    And I'm an asshole for not believing this transparently bullshit excuse for his not doing the thing you now claim he is doing?

    But you, of course, you're not an idiuot for buying an excuse for McCain not doing something he apparently is doing. Nah.

  3. Blogger Pastor_Jeff Says:

    He dictates emails to his wife.

    Yeah, that's a blatant contradiction.

    You know, you could google things instead of posturing and making crap up. The NYT, Slate, and the Boston Globe all have talked about McCain's understanding of computers, the internet, his work on telecom issues through the commerce committee, and the tech-savvy campaign he ran in 2000 -- as well as noting why he physically can't use a PC himself. I guess they're making stuff up for McCain, too.

    You're really shameless, Michael. Yeah, let's automatically assume a crippled veteran is lying about his disability.

  4. Blogger Michael Reynolds Says:

    Leaving us right back at the point where he can't use a computer and yet does.

    So, he does use a computer. Only he doesn't. So the accusation that he's computer illiterate is both true and untrue.

    Which explains why you're so angry. Because I called bullshit on an excuse which by your rationale should never have been made in the first place.

    See, the honest answer (if we're to believe McCain) was, "Hey, he's online like anyone else, but he prefers not to type himself because his fingers still hurt from POW days."

    Right?

    Instead what we got was, "Sweet Lord, how can he possibly be expected to know computers? His fingers! His tortured fingers! You Democrat beasts!"

    Which is the bullshit you tried to peddle to me.

    And now you're pissy because I'm laughing at this latest attempt to gin up phony outrage for political reasons. Spare me. You don't have enough hot air to re-float this balloon.

    You and your ilk tried once again to score political points with a dishonest cheap shot. You got caught.

    Oh, and one other thing your GOP friends maybe ought to think through? The phony outrage doesn't really work very well when the net effect is to magnify your opponent's message. In this case, "McCain is old and out of touch."

    See, the right answer was to say, as I did above, "Sure he's online . . ." Instead you all got your lying little panties in a twist and ended up making sure everyone in the country heard about McCain not knowing Facebook from Wikipedia.

    One of those rare cases where honesty would have been the best policy. Maybe you could a sermon on that.

    Now, personally, I think even this answer is bullshit. I don't think McCain uses computers. And I don't think it's because he was a POW. I think it's because he's 72, a powerful Senator who can have everything done for him, and a multimillionaire. He's powerful and rich, as well as being old and out of touch.

    I think Obama's ad was true. And thanks for helping to magnify its message.

  5. Blogger Pastor_Jeff Says:

    You've made it abundantly clear that Obamaphilia has destroyed whatever was left of your sense and decency.

    Let me spell it out for you, r e a l slowly...

    McCain knows what a computer is. He's not physically able to use one because of his war injuries (which also prevent him from tying his shoes, combing his hair, or raising his arms above his shoulders). So his wife and others help him use the computer by writing emails for him and puling up websites.

    Other than ugly partisan hatred, I'm at a loss for a reason why you would automatically assume McCain's lying about his war injuries, especially since their extent and the limitations he lives with from them are a matter of public record, as I pointed out.

    Your only response is to mock his handicaps and parade your soulless idiocy by insisting that McCain simply chooses not to use a computer because he's an old, selfish, rich bastard.

    You have no basis for doing so (and plenty of counter evidence), but no power on earth will get you to question your narrative.

    What a sad and pathetic world you inhabit. You and Obama are welcome to it.

  6. Blogger Michael Reynolds Says:

    Go take your rage issues somewhere else, Jeff.

    Sorry you're having a bad life, or whatever the fuck your problem is, but don't waste my time playing 3rd grade verbal games with me.

  7. Blogger Michael Reynolds Says:

    Go take your rage issues somewhere else, Jeff.

    Sorry you're having a bad life, or whatever the fuck your problem is, but don't waste my time playing 3rd grade verbal games with me.

  8. Anonymous MiM Says:

    Don't be so hard on McCain. You can't expect someone well past retirement age, who's cognitive powers are clearly receding, to keep up with the fast pace of the information age. Besides, who cares about McCain when we have a new celebrity du jour in Sarah "What is it exactly that the VP does every day?" Palin.