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For McCain, a Cappuccino Run with the Entourage


Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), center, leaves a Starbucks coffee shop, Aug. 22, 2008, in Sedona, Ariz. (AP/Mary Altaffer)

Updated 1:55 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
SEDONA, Ariz. -- For the second day in a row, Sen. John McCain wanted his morning cup of Joe.

So he gathered his staff, his drivers and his Secret Service agents. He alerted the media to stand by. The bomb sniffing dog was woken up. He put on his sunglasses and baseball cap and headed out.

The six-car caravan (two silver minivans, two tan SUVs and two white 15-passenger vans for the press) left his cabin retreat at just before eight in the morning. Eleven minutes later, the caravan pulled into the parking lot of a Safeway, where a sign proclaimed the presence of a Starbucks.

Cindy McCain, clad in a light pink shirt, khaki shorts and flip flops, paced in front of the Safeway, talking on her phone for a few minutes, her hair pulled into a pony tail. A bit later, she went inside the Safeway and emerged with a coffee cup in hand. A staffer
was seen coming out of the Safeway with two cups of coffee and some drycleaning.

The motorcade pulled out after about 20 minutes and headed back to the cabin.

It was the second time in two days that McCain's media and security entourage made the trek to the Safeway. On Thursday, McCain was seen heading into the Starbucks with one of his top advisers, Charlie Black, and his aide-de-camp, Brooke Buchanan.

To be sure, McCain is not alone in this kind of travel. His rival, Sen. Barack Obama, often makes an early-morning trip to the gym to work out, often traveling a short distance from his hotel or home to the gym in a motorcade with Secret Service and press.

Buchanan later said McCain ordered a cappuccino. No word on whether it was skim or two-percent.

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Let's Recap What We Found Out About The Real John McCain This Week:


>> He doesn’t remember how many houses he owns, and even the press can't figure out if it's 7, 8, 9, 10 or 12


>> He needs a 9-car motorcade to buy a Cappuccino at Starbucks


>> He needs to look at notecards to "remember" the price of milk


>> His household budget includes $273,000 for servants


>> He thinks $5 million is the line between the middle class and the rich


>> He thinks our economy is basically sound


>> He doesn’t think anyone would accept an offer to pick lettuce for $50 an hour


>> He plans to announce his running mate with balloons and cake on August 29 while the rest of the country is mourning the victims of hurricane Katrina on the third anniversary of its arrival


A real man of the people---the top 0.01%percent of them, anyway.


Is it possible the Republican party has found someone more clueless than George W. Bush? Now that's what I call finding a needle in a haystack.


HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, WINGNUTS!

Posted by: ExxonMcCain | August 22, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this right - the story is about how McCain drinks good coffee in the morning. Starbucks? Implication - McCain is rich. Of course he is. They are all rich. Senators aren't poor or middle class. I couldn't afford Obama's house in Chicago, could you? Obama made 4 million dollars last year, his wife makes over 300 grand. He spends 12k/yr on his daughters' dance and music lessons and supplements. They both probably buy their entire groceries from Central Market or Whole Foods. More power to both of them. Now let's talk about stuff that really matters.

Posted by: David | August 22, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

My friends, guess what I'm drinking right now?

A Tazo Chai from Starbucks!

I'm such a maverick. Country first. Vote John McCain.

Posted by: The Real McCain | August 22, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN THE RACIST:

MCCAIN ABOUT ASIANS: "I HATE THE GOOKS, I WILL HATE THEM ALL MY LIFE"

MCCAIN ABOUT BLACKS: "I VOTED AGAINST MLK DAY BECAUSE THIS MAN MADE NEGROES STAY DEPENDENT OF WELFARE" (1979)

MCCAIN'S PASTOR HAGGEE ABOUT JEWS: "GOD SENT HITLER TO SLAUGHTER THOSE DIRTY JEWS AND HE DID US A GREAT FAVOR"(~2000)

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

When one has a head injury or comes out of a coma they ask you questions like "what is your name" Do you know where you are" and things like that. The question "How many houses do you own" and he stumbles over the answer is more then just he doesn't know. It is the beginning of "Mccain is old and senile and we are going to prove it" It will be effective because it is based in reality and what many people already think.

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Is this newsworthy or another free publicity for team McCain?

Posted by: Deano | August 22, 2008 5:53 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it, but 3-term Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) is actually well-qualified to be President (too bad he's not on the top of the ticket ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

It goes well beyond the Keating Five

By: Steve Benen

When considering John McCain’s history of unethical behavior, the list usually starts (and ends) with the Keating Five scandal in the 1980s, for which McCain was rebuked by the Senate Ethics Committee for having shown, at a minimum, poor judgment. In the aftermath, McCain helped improve his public image, and bury the scandal, by becoming an advocate of campaign-finance reform.
But the notion that McCain cleaned up his act may not be entirely true. Take, for example, Donald Diamond, a wealthy Arizona real estate developer and generous McCain contributor, who wanted some coastal land in California freed up by an Army base closing.
When Mr. Diamond wanted to buy land at the base, Fort Ord, Mr. McCain assigned an aide who set up a meeting at the Pentagon and later stepped in again to help speed up the sale, according to people involved and a deposition Mr. Diamond gave for a related lawsuit. When he appealed to a nearby city for the right to develop other property at the former base, Mr. Diamond submitted Mr. McCain’s endorsement as “a close personal friend.”
Writing to officials in the city, Seaside, Calif., the senator said, “You will find him as honorable and committed as I have.”
Courting local officials and potential partners, Mr. Diamond’s team promised that he could “help get through some of the red tape in dealing with the Department of the Army” because Mr. Diamond “has been very active with Senator McCain,” a partner said in a deposition.
For Mr. McCain, the Arizona Republican who has staked two presidential campaigns on pledges to avoid even the appearance of dispensing an official favor for a donor, Mr. Diamond is the kind of friend who can pose a test.
Ya think? The closer one looks at this, the worse it appears.
In California, the McCain aide’s assistance with the Army helped Mr. Diamond complete a purchase in 1999 that he soon turned over for a $20 million profit. And Mr. McCain’s letter of recommendation reinforced Mr. Diamond’s selling point about his McCain connections as he pursued — and won in 2005 — a potentially much more lucrative deal to develop a resort hotel and luxury housing.
In Arizona, Mr. McCain has helped Mr. Diamond with matters as small as forwarding a complaint in a regulatory skirmish over the endangered pygmy owl, and as large as introducing legislation remapping public lands. In 1991 and 1994, Mr. McCain sponsored two laws sought by Mr. Diamond that resulted in providing him millions of dollars and thousands of acres in exchange for adding some of his properties to national parks. The Arizona senator co-sponsored a third similar bill now before the Senate. […]
For the California projects, the campaign said the McCain aide arranged the introduction to an Army official for Mr. Diamond’s team as “a constituent matter.”
Oh, is that what the kids are calling it these days?
McCain helped a wealthy and generous donor buy land from the Army — complete with special water rights — for a quarter of a million dollars, which McCain’s buddy then sold two years later for $20 million. There’s a term for this — it’s called “influence peddling,” and it’s exactly the kind of thing McCain swears he never gets involved with.

Posted by: Don | August 22, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

The lavishly-furnished custom Boeing 727 airliner (727PX) which ferried Senator John McCain on four occasions during his Presidential run in 2000 also flew Saudi Royals out of the U.S. right after 9/11, carrying an entourage of Saudi Royals from Las Vegas to London six days after the 9/11 attack in a controversial operation later scrutinized by the 9/11 Commission. The 727 figures in the current tempest over his relationship with female lobbyist Vicki Iseman, who provided and flew with McCain on the plane. With hundreds of air charter companies and airliners to choose from, the Saudis chose a company that owns "Worship Ministries" and Christian Network, Inc., turning to Paxson Communications, a "Christian broadcaster" which owned the plane, to make its corporate jet available to spirit the Saudi princes and their entourage out of the U.S. six days after 9/11. The Saudi Royal party made good their escape from Las Vegas on an airliner sporting a Christian symbol of peace, a dove, on it's tail, an intriguing detail and compelling human interest story?Muslims flying Air Jesus?that has to date been reported nowhere but in the MadCowMorningNews. Go figure.At the time, the controversial evacuation of rich Saudis prompted charges of special treatment and inadequate screening of passengers by the FBI.The FBI, of course, denied it, but in uncharacteristically colorful language. "I say baloney to any inference we red-carpeted any of this entourage," an FBI official wrote in a 2003 internal note. "Red-carpeting the entourage" may be the least of it.The McCain lobbying scandal has been called as "silly as a blonde joke," and an "assault on working women," although the nature of the 'work' being engaged in by the working women under assault was left unspecified. But it may not be as silly as it appears on the surface. You can learn a lot about the players in political scandals these days by remembering the catch phrase from the old TV show Fantasy Island, which each week had an improbably-dressed midget in a tuxedo calling out: "De plane, boss! De plane!" Lobbyist Vicki Iseman, McCain's very own "Campaign Suicide" Blonde, nestled cozily beside Big John McCain on a 727 tricked out to suit the garish tastes of Saudi Royal Princes. A year later this same plane will become one of six flying Saudi evacuation flights which would be scrutinized by the 9/11 Commission.The connection between the Saudi Royal Family and a company that owns "Worship Ministries" and Christian Network, Inc. is not immediately apparent.

Posted by: Don | August 22, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 22, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

JUDGEMENT......


an act or instance of judging.
the ability to judge, make a decision, or form an opinion objectively, authoritatively, and wisely, esp. in matters affecting action; good sense; discretion: a man of sound judgment.
the demonstration or exercise of such ability or capacity: The major was decorated for the judgment he showed under fire.
4. the forming of an opinion, estimate, notion, or conclusion, as from circumstances presented to the mind: Our judgment as to the cause of his failure must rest on the evidence.

I just wanted to shift the conversation for a moment and call into question Senator John Sydney 'McShame McSame McBush' McCain's judgement. Yes it's only fair right? I mean he calls Senator Obama's judgement....er excuse me..I mean the Puppet McCain, is used by the RNC (Marionette)to call Senator Obama's judgment into question. I said this because I want to make it clear as Randy Rhodes so masterfully pointed out ,yesterday, '..we are not hearing John McCain anymore..', his will is completely submited to the GOP and RNC's will. He is their willing servant and living Talking point Puppet.

So let's move away, for a moment, from this ELITIST talk of Cappucino's with the boys.

The RNC PUPPET McCain's judgement is completely IMPAIRED. Even before he SUBMITTED his WILL to the RNC, and long before this campaign McCain demonstrated this, with his vote to engage our military in this war and OCCUPATION of Iraq....

Tue Jul 8, 1:56 AM Pacific
John McCain's Floor Speech Advocating Preemptive Iraq War
Following is John McCain's Senate floor speech on the Authorization for the Use of Military Force in Iraq Resolution, delivered on October 10, 2002 (source: mccain.senate.gov):


In the history of nations, greatness is forged, or opportunity squandered, not by natural evolution or by the hand of mysterious Fate, but by decisions leaders make in times of potential or imminent peril. A common view in America is that these decisions are thrust on us - the world wars, Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, the attacks of September 11th - and we find meaning, and honor, in our response. As Americans, that response is guided by faith in our founding principles, in our love of freedom, and the blessings of justice.

Yet leaders always have choices, and history teaches that hard choices deferred - appeasing Hitler, choosing not to deter Saddam Hussein in 1990, failing to act sooner against al Qaeda - often bring about the very circumstances we wished to avoid by deferring action, requiring us to react in freedom's defense.

America's leaders today have a choice. It will determine whether our people live in fear behind walls that have already been breeched, as our enemies plan our defeat in time we have given them to do it. It will answer the fundamental question about America's purpose in the world - whether we perceive our beliefs to be uniquely American principles or universal values, for if they are so dear to us that we believe all people have the right to enjoy them, we should be willing to stand up for them, wherever they are threatened..

It will reveal whether we are brave, and wise, or reluctant, self-doubting, and in retreat from a world that still, in its cruelest corners, possesses a merciless hostility to our values and interests. It will test us, as did September 11th - except that we can choose to engage the enemy on our terms rather than wait for the battle to be brought to us.

Our choice is whether to assume history's burden to make the world safe from a megalomaniacal tyrant whose cruelty and offense to the norms of civilization are infamous, or whether to wait for this man, armed with the world's worst weapons and willing and able to use them, to make history for us.

It is a question of whether preemptive action to defeat an adversary whose designs would imperil our vital interests is not only appropriate but moral - and whether our morality and security give us cause to fire the first shot in this battle. It will help determine whether the greater Middle East will progress toward possession of the values Americans hold to be universal, or whether the Arab and Islamic worlds will be further influenced by a tyrant whose intent is to breed his own virulent anti-Americanism in all who fall under his influence, and use that influence to hurt us gravely.

The government of Saddam Hussein is a clear and present danger to the United States of America. Would that he were just another Arab dictator, pumping oil and repressing his people but satisfied with his personal circumstances within the confines of his country's borders. That situation alone would offend our sense of justice and compel us to militate for a regime change, but by means short of preemptive military action. But Saddam Hussein has shown he has greater ambitions.

His ambitions lie not in Baghdad, or Tikrit, or Basra, but in the deserts of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. They lie in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, where he sponsors suicide bombings by Palestinians he calls "martyrs" and the civilized world calls terrorists, using murder by proxy to advance his aspirations to lead the Arab world and fan hatred of Israel, America, and the universal ideal of freedom. These ambitions have led him to attack his sovereign neighbors - Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Iran, and Bahrain. His will to power has so affected his judgment that he has started two major wars and lost them, each time imperiling his own grip on power.

His moral code is so spare that he has gassed his own people - horror the world thought it had left behind at Auschwitz and Treblinka. We are told that he enjoys watching video of his opponents being tortured, for fun. He kills not just his political opponents but their families, cruelly.

He has developed stocks of germs and toxins in sufficient quantities to kill the entire population of the Earth multiple times. He has placed weapons laden with these poisons on alert to fire at his neighbors within minutes, not hours, and has devolved authority to fire them to subordinates. He develops nuclear weapons with which he would hold his neighbors and us hostage.

No, this is not just another self-serving, oil-rich potentate. He is the worst kind of modern-day tyrant - a conscienceless murderer who aspires to omnipotence who has repeatedly committed irrational acts since seizing power. Given this reality, containment and deterrence and international inspections will work no better than the Maginot Line did 62 years ago.

He has unrepentantly violated sixteen United Nations Security Council resolutions, defying the will of the international community so consistently, so compulsively, so completely that no leader who professes allegiance to the values the United Nations was formed to uphold can sanction his audacity. His defiance, if not ended, is a threat to every nation that claims membership in the civilized world by virtue of its respect for law and fundamental human values.

Because Saddam Hussein respects neither law nor values, advocating inspections of his weapons facilities as an alternative to war posits a false choice between ending the threat he poses peaceably or by force of arms. His character, his ambition, and his record make clear that he will never accept the intrusive inspections that, by depriving him of his arsenal of dangerous weapons, would deprive him of his power. This power gives him international stature, feeds his fantasy of being a Saladin for our time, and sustains his ability to repress his people and thus remain the ruler of Iraq.

Saddam Hussein is on a crash course to construct a nuclear weapon - as he was in 1981 when Israel preemptively destroyed his reactor at Osirak, enabling U.S. forces to go into Iraq a decade later without the threat of nuclear attack, and as he was in 1990, when he thought development of such a weapon, if completed in time, would have deterred American military action against him, allowing him to secure his control over his neighbors and dominate the region.

Saddam has masterfully manipulated the international weapons inspections regime over the course of a decade, enabling him to remain in power with his weapons of mass destruction intact, and growing in lethality. He knows how to play for time, and how to exploit divisions within the international community, greased by the prospect of oil contracts for friendly foreign powers.

His calculated ambiguity about his willingness to accept a new inspections regime are intended to stave off military attack until such time as he is able to deter it through deployment of an Iraqi nuclear weapon. He is using opponents of war in America, including well-intentioned individuals who honestly believe inspections represent an alternative to war, to advance his own ends, sowing divisions within our ranks that encourage reasonable people to believe he may be sincere.

He is not. He has had ten years to prove otherwise, and he has transparently failed. His regime would be secure if he would only acquiesce to the international community's demands to disarm, but he has not. It is Saddam Hussein who puts his own regime at risk by developing these weapons. The burden is not on America to justify going to war. The burden is Saddam Hussein's, to justify why his regime should continue to exist as long as its continuing existence threatens the world.

Giving peace a chance only gives Saddam Hussein more time to prepare for war - on his terms, at a time of his choosing, in pursuit of ambitions that will only grow as his power to achieve them grows. American credibility, American security, and the future of the United Nations Security Council rest on the will of the United States to enforce the legitimate demands of the international community for Iraq's disarmament, by means that match the menace posed by his ambitions.

Saddam Hussein's regime cannot be contained, deterred, or accommodated. Containment has failed. It failed to halt Saddam's attacks on five sovereign nations. The sanctions regime has collapsed. As long as Saddam remains in power, he will be able to deceive, bribe, intimidate, and attack his way out of any containment scheme.

Some say we can deter Saddam Hussein - even though deterrence has failed utterly in the past. I fail to see how waiting for some unspecified period of time, allowing Saddam's nuclear ambitions to grow unchecked, will ever result in a stable deterrence regime. Not only would deterrence condemn the Iraqi people to more unspeakable tyranny, it would condemn Saddam's neighbors to perpetual instability. And once Iraq's nuclear ambitions are realized, no serious person could expect the Iraqi threat to diminish.

As for accommodation, I am reminded of Winston Churchill's characterization of appeasement: continually feeding the alligator in the hope that he will eat you last.

I do not believe the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's regime will be eliminated until he is removed from power. Congress made the same point in 1998 when we passed the Iraq Liberation Act, which made regime change in Baghdad a priority of American policy.

Our regional allies who oppose using force against Saddam Hussein warn of uncontrollable popular hostility to an American attack on Iraq. But what would really be the effect on Arab populations of seeing other Arabs liberated from oppression? Most Iraqi soldiers will not willingly die for Saddam Hussein. Far from fighting to the last Iraqi, the people of that tortured society will surely dance on the regime's grave.

"I wish the Bush Administration and its predecessor had given more serious support to internal and external Iraqi opposition than has been the case. But it's a safe assumption that Iraqis will be grateful to whoever is responsible for securing their freedom. Perhaps that is what truly concerns some of our Gulf War allies: that among the consequences of regime change in Iraq might be a stronger demand for self-determination from their own people.

I commend the President for making a strong case for bringing Iraq into compliance with its international obligations to the United Nations..."

This is just a portion of this INSANE WAR MONGERS diatribe...for a moment I would like to focus on the last paragraph...

McCain states, "I commend the president for making a strong case..."

Well as we now ALL know the presidents case was full of holes and full of hot air and MOST NOTABLE FULL OF LIES. There were no weapons of mass destruction...It was just a LIE. iT HAS COST US NEARLY 2 TRILLION DOLLARS, over 2 MILLION Iraqi lives (women, men , children, babies and elderly), over 8,000 US and Coalition force lives...Yet, John McCain doesn't want us to remember this he doesn't want us to remember he said this, 5 years ago, '....We have achieved victory with very little loss of lives.."

He was obviously IMPAIRED in his judgement when he stated this, either that or he was DRUNK. His argument for this statement was this, "...Well, they have a banner on a ship and it say's mission accomplished..."
we all know that that statement along with the entire argument for this war and OCCUPATION was COMPLETELY BOGUS.

The RNC through POLITICAL PUPPET John McCain, argues as if the war started when the surge started. He ommits the fact in this argument that the "SUNNI UPRISING' happened before the surge took place and that without these brave men arising and coming over to the COALITIONS side we'd still be dying in this quagmire over there.

JOHN MCCAIN FOR POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY USES THE SURGE AS IF IT WAS WHEN THIS WAR STARTED, TO ARGUE THAT....

Senator Obama's judgement is impaired and not really his own. The 'RELIABLES' HAVE BOUGHT THIS LIE hook line and sinker. you know, 'THE RELIABLES', that hardworking, uneducated, poor, rural hardworking white constituency that lives in the woods of our nation. Those that are looking for an even FALSE, seeming legitimate, argument to vote AGAINST Senator Obama (because he is black)yet have their SEARED CONSCEINCES somehow relieved because they SUPPORT a FOOL because, well let's just be blunt, because he is WHITE.

The RNC continues to demonstrate their IMPAIRED DRUNKEN judgement through the POLITICAL PUPPET John McCain on a daily basis......

JUDGEMENT....

The ability to make a decision wisely with prudenc and discretion...Does the RNC DEMONSTRATE THIS THROUGH THEIR political puppets??

You be the judge.....John McShame more BUSH more RNC irresponsibility and drunkeness


Posted by: need4trth | August 22, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Is this newsworthy or another free publicity for team McCain?

Posted by: Deano | August 22, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain lives in a bubble where private jets, beachfront condos, mountain estates, $500 loafers, wining and dining are the NORM. And, there is nothing wrong with that if that is what you aspire to.


BUT IF YOU ASPIRE TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND WANT TO BE IN CHARGE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL ECONOMY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD YOU HAD BETTER CARE ABOUT HOW THAT ECONOMY AFFECTS YOUR CONSTITUENTS!!!


Pardon my yelling. And the numerous examples of McCain being clueless about this, from McCain's economic adviser Phil Gramm calling Americans whiners, to suggesting Americans are experiencing a mental recession, to the statement that the economy is fundamentally strong, to the fact he admits he doesn't know much about the economy, to the fact that he says he is not your guy if your issue is housing, to the fact that he can't remember or does not want to admit how many houses he has, to the fact that he often forgets important information on everything from the price of a gallon of gas to world geography and ethnic groups, all add up to create the TRUTH:


McCain has lived in a wealth sheltered bubble that has grown to larger and larger proportions and it has detached him from the REAL PAIN THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE EXPERIENCING

Posted by: Johnny Rotten | August 22, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't McCain just buy a Starbucks for each one of his 100 homes? I think Starbucks has some extra stores they might even sell cheap (not like the price would matter to McCain!).

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

P.S. Coffee in America is superior to the coffee in Hanoi, where I was a POW for five years.

Posted by: Mac is Back! | August 22, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I love my coffee without sugar John McCain!

I thank George Bush for sending I $600 for free that I used to pay off my school loan. My brother got $3,000 for his children. I hope John McCain continues this republican legacy.

A question I would like to ask John McCain is, if he was the president on 9/11... what would he have done right away? I remember my opening my eyes watching television and seeing a pizza guy stuck on the side of the freeway once. Then seeing a lot of lights be fired across the sky in green color. Right away that war was won that week I believe around 1988-1990 or something. I wouldn't be surprised if this criminals attacked the son of the father who won this war.

Posted by: Amado Castaneda | August 22, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

McLame is trying to look more like McSame... average guy in a tshirt getting a morning cup o' joe... and in case you missed it yesterday, no, really, I'm just a regular guy in a tshirt getting my morning cup o'joe. Great image to counter the elitist accusations. His new strategists are that good.

Reality: He has enough homes to have his own retirement community... he just doesn't know it (a hint that he just might be better in a retirement community).

Posted by: Don Julio | August 22, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

My friends, a message for those of you wondering why I'd make the trek for coffee with this big an entourage: Good butlers are hard to find in this rotten economy -- our housekeeping budget has gone up to almost $275,000 -- and Cindy and I have little recourse but to fetch the coffee ourselves. Rest assured that none of us ordered lattes like liberals in San Francisco.

Posted by: Mac is Back! | August 22, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Even McCain likes it Black.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to Cindy's beer bucks McCain has homes on tap --- most of the time you associate numbers with beer, it's the numbers of beers you can't remember.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | August 22, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!


Posted by: Franky | August 22, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Hyman Roth: "If I could only live to see it, to be there with you. What I wouldn't give for twenty more years! Here we are, protected, free to make our profits without Kefauver, the goddamn Justice Department and the F.B.I. ninety miles away, in partnership with a friendly government. Ninety miles! It's nothing! Just one small step, looking for a man who wants to be President of the United States, and having the **cash** to make it possible. Michael, we're bigger than U.S. Steel." -- Hyman Roth (Meyer Lansky), Godfather II

Posted by: John's my Hero | August 22, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Don Bolles. Dean Tully.

John McCain. Cindy Hensley.

Murdered Arizona Republic reporter.

Posted by: kravitz | August 22, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That's my dream, it's my nightmare. Crawling, slipping along the edge of a straight razor and surviving....But we must kill them, we must incinerate them, pig after pig, cow after cow, village after village, army after army, and they call me an assassin. What do you call it when the assassins accuse the assassin? They lie. They lie and we have to be merciful for those who lie, for those nabobs. I hate them. I do hate them." -- Col. Kurtz, Apocalypse Now

Posted by: John's my Hero | August 22, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

It's just like pumping gas...He used to make it himself but now, with the Secret Service, he hasn't done it in a while. Hey John, what does a pound of coffee cost??

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 22, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

by Col. David H. Hackworth

John McCain is being hailed by the press as a "genuine war hero." But is he a war hero in the conventional sense like Audie Murphy and John Glenn?
Or is his "war hero" status the creation of a very slick publicity campaign that plays on flag, duty, honor and country?
For sure, McCain has the fruitsalad a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit for Valor, a Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars , two Commendation medals plus two Purple Hearts and a dozen service gongs.
On a purely medal count basis, he outweighs Murphy and Glenn, who both for years repeatedly performed extraordinary deeds on the ground or in the air against an armed enemy.
McCain's valor awards are based on what happened in 1967, when during his 23d mission over Vietnam, he was shot down, seriously injured, captured and then spent 5 1/2 brutal years as a POW.
In an attempt to find out exactly what the man did to earn these many hero awards, I asked his Senate office three times to provide copies of the narratives for each medal. I'm still waiting.
I next went to the Pentagon. Within a week, I received a recap of his medals and many of the narratives that give the details of what he did.
None of the awards, less the DFC, were for heroism over the battlefield where he spent no more than 20 hours. Two Naval officers described the awards as "boilerplate" and "part of an SOP medal package given to repatriated (Vietnamera) POWs."
McCain's Silver Star narrative for the period 27 October 1967 the day after he was shot down to 8 December 1968 reads: "His captors… subjected him to extreme mental and physical cruelties in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes. Through his resistance to those brutalities, he contributed significantly towards the eventual abandonment…" of such harsh treatment by the North Vietnamese.
Yet in McCain's own words just four days after being captured, he admits he violated the U.S. Code of Conduct by telling his captors "O.K, I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital."
A Vietnam vet detractor says, "He received the nation's third highest award, the Silver Star, for treason. He provided aid and comfort to the enemy!"
The rest of his valor awards issued automatically every year while he was a POW read much like the Silver Star. More boilerplate often repeating the exact same words. An example: "By his heroic endeavors, exceptional skill, and devotion to duty, he reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces."
Yet McCain's conduct while a POW negates these glowing comments. The facts are that he signed a confession and declared himself a "black criminal who performed deeds of an air pirate." This statement and other interviews he gave to the Communist press press were used as propaganda to fan the flames of the antiwar movement.
Accounts by McCain and other writers tell of the horror he endured: relentlessly beatings, torture, broken limbs. All inflicted during savage interrogations. Yet no other POW was a witness to these accounts. 
A former POW says "No man witnessed another man during interrogations… We relied on each other to tell the truth when a man was returned to his cell."
The U.S. Navy says two eyewitnesses are required for any award of heroism. But for the valor awards McCain received, there are no eyewitnesses, less himself and his captors. And they're not talking.
Our POWs in Vietnam were treated appallingly. The Viets would either break a POW or kill him. POWs provided info beyond name, rank and serial number or they didn't come back.
Based on these stalwart men's horrific experiences, the Code of Conduct has been changed. A POW says, "Now the training is to give them something… don't risk permanent damage to health, mind or body." 
McCain refused an early release. An act of valor? Three former POWs told me he was ordered to turn it down by his U.S. POW commander and he "just followed orders."
McCain certainly doesn't appear to be a war hero by conventional standards, but rather a tough survivor whose handlers are overplaying the war hero card.
David H. Hackworth died in June 2005, he was a much-decorated and highly unconventional former career Army officer who became a combat legend in Vietnam. Col. Hackworth received 78 combat awards — including a Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and eight Purple Hearts — during his 25-year military career which spanned the Korean and Vietnam wars..

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Did you know John McCain was a POW? He spent five years not having a cup of coffee.
Posted by: Steve | August 22, 2008 4:11 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

The Haves, The Have Mores and John McCain


Eight years ago, then Governor George W. Bush revealingly joked about his backers at the 2000 Al Smith Dinner. "This is an impressive crowd - the haves and the have-mores," Bush said, adding, "Some people call you the elites; I call you my base." With his own quip Saturday night that "$5 million" is his definition of "rich," John McCain made no mistake that he is Bush's natural heir.


Now, there is nothing wrong with being happily rich and utterly detached. Nothing, that is, unless you make criticizing your political opponent as "elitist" and "out of touch" a centerpiece of your campaign. Rick Davis, speaking on behalf of his $100 million man John McCain, earlier this month offered the latest formulation of Barack Obama as an effete, aloof denizen of the upper class:

"Only celebrities like Barack Obama go to the gym three times a day, demand 'MET-RX chocolate roasted-peanut protein bars and bottles of a hard-to-find organic brew - Black Forest Berry Honest Tea' and worry about the price of arugula."
Of course, Davis' "arugula war" is just another attempt at misdirection. After all, John McCain's $5 million threshold where "you move from middle class to rich" is just the latest episode of his enduring disconnect from the real lives of the American people.


For starters, McCain in April declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, was back with the campaign last week.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay.


McCain's shocking tone-deafness may just be a matter of perspective. When you're as well off as he is, anything below a $5 million income (a figure exceeding that earned on average by the top 0.1% of Americans) seems middle class.


-The $100 Million Man:
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) The second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.


-The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership:
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.


-The Anheuser-Busch Windfall:
As it turns out, the beauty of globalization is in the eye of the beholder. While John McCain apparently played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock. Amazingly, while Missouri's politicians of both parties lined up to try to block the sale, John McCain held a fundraiser in the Show Me State even as the In Bev deal was being finalized.


-McCain's $370,000 Personal Tax Break: Earlier this year, the Center for American Progress analyzed John McCain's tax proposals. The conclusion? McCain's plan is radically more regressive than even that of President Bush, delivering 58% of its benefits to the wealthiest 1% of American taxpayers. McCain's born-again support for the Bush tax cuts for the rich has one additional bonus for Mr. Straight Talk: the McCains would save an estimated $373,000 a year.


-Paying Off $225,000 Credit Card Debt: Priceless. That massive windfall from his own tax plan will come in handy for John McCain. As was reported in June, the McCains were carrying over $225,000 in credit card debt. The American Express card - don't leave your homes without it.


-Charity Begins at Home:
The McCains are true believers in the old saying that charity begins at home:
Between 2001 and 2006, McCain contributed roughly $950,000 to [their] foundation. That accounted for all of its listed income other than for $100 that came from an anonymous donor. During that same period, the McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids' private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.
Ironically, the McCain campaign last week blasted Barack Obama for having attended a private school in Hawaii on scholarship. That attack came just weeks after John McCain held an event at his old prep school, Episcopal High, an institution where fees now top $38,000 a year.


-Private Jet Setters:
As the New York Times detailed back in April, John McCain enjoyed the use of his wife's private jet for his campaign, courtesy of election law loopholes he helped craft. Despite the controversy, McCain continued to use Cindy's corporate jet. For her part, Cindy McCain says that even with skyrocketing fuel costs, "in Arizona the only way to get around the state is by small private plane."


-Help on the Homefront:
In these tough economic times, the McCains are able to stretch their household budget. As the AP reported in April, "McCain reported paying $136,572 in wages to household employees in 2007. Aides say the McCains pay for a caretaker for a cabin in Sedona, Ariz., child care for their teenage daughter, and a personal assistant for Cindy McCain."


-Well-Heeled in $520 Shoes:
If clothes make the man, then John McCain has it made. As Huffington Post noted in July, "He has worn a pair of $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes on every recent campaign stop - from a news conference with the Dalai Lama to a supermarket visit in Bethlehem, PA." It is altogether fitting that McCain wore the golden loafers during a golf outing with President George H.W. Bush in which he rode around in cart displaying the sign, "Property of Bush #41. Hands Off."


And so it goes. John McCain proclaims $5 million finally makes you rich. Meanwhile, ABC's Charlie Gibson thinks a $200,000 income makes you middle class. And his colleague Cokie Roberts claims Barack Obama's vacation to his home state of Hawaii was "exotic."


Here's some more "Straight-Talk"...my friends:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEmPZoRVRII&eurl=http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/14/105528/983/690/567807
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Posted by: ace mcfunkenstein | August 22, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Did you know John McCain was a POW? He spent five years not having a cup of coffee.

Posted by: Steve | August 22, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

This was why Republicans are so uncomfortable with McCain. They can't defend him because they are not 100% with him. Deep down they really wish they chose someone else because the Wingnuts know this is not going to be their election year.

Here's some Latte Sipping Elitists...my friends:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjJGudkju0g&eurl=http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2008/8/14/105528/983/199
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Posted by: ZappoDave | August 22, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't the mainstream media talking about John McCain and the Keating Five Savings and Loan corruption in 1989?

Everybody needs to wake up!

Posted by: Tom from Va. | August 22, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

So, tell us about this "cabin" of McCains'...does it count as one of his eight homes? Is the "cabin" seven bedroom/eight bath with servant quarters, formal dining room and separate library and collectibles room? How big is the pool? How many holes in its private golf course? How do the guest amenities there compare to McCains' seven OTHER "cabins" spread between the California beach to his high-rise "cabin" in suburban Virginia? How many Mexican servants at sub-minimum wage does Cindy have to hire to run all of those places? And did they buy large Italian (foreign high-end) cappuccinos for all the homeless people swarming around that Sedona Safeway, or did they just pass out 50-cent-off coupons for mere American COFFEE so they wouldn't have to smell them? Did Cindy offer any advice to any ailing homeowners about what they can do to stave off foreclosure while she was waiting in the check-out line to pay for her cappuccino? Real Americans want to know...maybe she even priced arugula with her hubby while they browsed the aisles, rubbing elbows with the unclean masses who don't make $5 million a year??

Posted by: Dean | August 22, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Pundits And Writers Start Hitting McCain For Non-Stop P.O.W. References
By Greg Sargent - August 22, 2008, 10:55AM
As all you regulars know, the McCain camp's constant evocation of his P.O.W. past as an all-purpose shield against any and all criticism is a singular obsession of this blog.

So it's gratifying to see that pundits and writers at the news orgs are really starting to turn the screws on McCain over this.

Newsweek's Howard Fineman, for instance, says that the McCain camp is in danger of "trivializing" McCain's sacrifice.

"I think they are going to it way too many times," Fineman told MSNBC, adding that "you can't help but have admiration and respect for the guy" but that "it's become a crutch in the campaign."

"I think he is in danger of trivializing it," Fineman continued. "By the time they get to the convention in St. Paul, there might not be much of it left to use."

Ouch. Time magazine's Ana Marie Cox was even harsher, writing that the constant P.O.W.-past spewing is "weird" and "bordering on irrational."

"It's a head-spinning non sequitur, designed to distract us from something mildly troubling with the assertion of something impressive," Cox wrote of the McCain team's use of the P.O.W. stuff to deflect criticism of the houses gaffe.

"It does seem like they're flirting with Giuliani/9-11 territory here," opined Politico's Ben Smith, "in which a subject that seems utterly immune to humor, used as a first resort, suddenly becomes a running joke among your political enemies and your late night comic friends."

Another way to put this is that if you print too much currency, it devalues it. The McCain campaign is cranking out all these bills with a little "McCain as P.O.W." logo on it and is trying to use them to buy their way out of every controversy that comes along. Pretty soon the McCain team's money won't be good anywhere.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain's trips for coffee are simply typical of someone who has more money than sense.
I guess his second wife Cindy (ex-rodeo queen and beer empire heiress) doesn't known how to make coffee and neither does McCain.
Well, McCain was born with a silver spoon in his mouth (his father was an admiral) and Cindy obviously never had to worry about making coffee with all her parents' money.
I guess none of your many homes has a coffee maker. Try it the way some poor folks make coffee.... Hot water and cheap instant coffee.
My question is this: who is paying for the secret service to follow him while he goes to get his coffee? We, the American taxpayers, that's who.
He has no clue how an average American lives, and especially no idea of how the poor folks manage.

Posted by: abby0802 | August 22, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN THE RACIST:

MCCAIN ABOUT ASIANS: "I HATE THE GOOKS, I WILL HATE THEM ALL MY LIFE"

MCCAIN ABOUT BLACKS: "I VOTED AGAINST MLK DAY BECAUSE THIS MAN MADE NEGROES STAY DEPENDENT OF WELFARE" (1979)

MCCAIN'S PASTOR HAGGEE ABOUT JEWS: "GOD SENT HITLER TO SLAUGHTER THOSE DIRTY JEWS AND HE DID US A GREAT FAVOR"(~2000)

Posted by: JACK | August 22, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Russia is not our enemy and have no desire to be. This whole thing we can deal with it in a very rational diplomatic way.
Russia are practically capitalists now.
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They are not our enemies, but they are also not our friends. And they have wanted to be real friends and real partners- or so they say. Either we don't trust them (either for good or no good reason) or we are being wreckless and greedy with our geopolitical (which I guess is another name for energy/big oil) politics.

The Taliban were also willing to be friends and partners, until the Bush people got greedy and tried to scrw them on the pipelines.

So what if McCain is drinking Starbucks coffee- is he coherent or is he losing it? We don't need a President having senior moments and making stupid decisions and then saying, truthfully and under oath, "I don't recall."

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 22, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

From factcheck.org

You might as well know what actually happened so you can make up your own mind without the lies.
If you are interested read below.

Q: Does Obama have a real estate problem?

A political patron from whom he bought a strip of land is under federal indictment, but there's no evidence Obama did anything improper.
Here’s what happened: In 2005, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, bid $1.65 million for a house on the south side of Chicago. According to newspaper reports, the owner was also trying to sell an undeveloped parcel of land adjacent to the property Obama was buying, and he wanted the sales of the two to close on the same day. Obama has said that he mentioned he was buying the house to a longtime political patron, Antoin (Tony) Rezko, a developer. Rezko’s wife wound up buying the lot adjacent to Obama’s. At the request of the Obamas, who were seeking a bit more space for their yard, she later sold them a 10-foot wide strip, or about one-sixth, of her land. The Obamas paid $104,500 for it, or about one-sixth of what Mrs. Rezko had paid for the entire property.

Obama doesn’t appear to have reaped any financial advantages from the transactions. The reason the deal has received a good bit of attention is that Tony Rezko – whose political contributions to Illinois’ former governor, Obama and others totaled in the hundreds of thousands of dollars – was known to be under federal investigation at the time the Obamas were purchasing their home. In 2006, Rezko was indicted in three federal cases: Two involved fraud schemes in which he allegedly demanded payments from firms wanting work from the enormous Illinois teachers’ pension fund and from those wanting favorable rulings from a state board that regulates the building of new hospital facilities. In the third, he was charged with fraudulently obtaining more than $10 million in loans for a pizza restaurant business; in December 2007, prosecutors added more fraud counts to that indictment.

Obama has a relationship with Rezko that dates back many years, but there’s no indication Obama did anything improper. Shortly after finishing law school, Obama, who had turned down a job offer from the developer, went to work at a law firm where he represented some community groups that partnered with Rezko to apply for housing rehabilitation loans. As a state legislator, he wrote letters to city and state officials in support of Rezko’s efforts to build apartments for the elderly with government money; the senator asserts that this was a project the community wanted. Obama got together with Rezko a couple of times a year, he has said.

Obama has donated campaign contributions from Rezko and his associates to charity, and he said in 2006, when the real estate transaction was reported by the press, that he made a “boneheaded” mistake by participating in the deal when it was known that Rezko was being investigated. “I regret it,” Obama said. “I’m going to make sure from this point on I don’t even come close to the line.”

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Obama the protege of Rev Wright does a land deal with Rezko when Rezko is under investigation by the U.S attorney's office.

Rezko had been in the chicago papers as a crook going back to 2003.

Rezko was under investigation and before several grand juries.

So what does Obama do. He gets a sweetheart land deal from him.


Obama gave contracts to the employer of his wife. She had her salary doubled.

Her colleague at the hospital on the board also helped Obama get a great deal on a loan for his home.

Posted by: Dan | August 22, 2008 2:37 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: jack | August 22, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Russia is not our enemy and have no desire to be. This whole thing we can deal with it in a very rational diplomatic way.
Russia are practically capitalists now.
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The larger story this week - yes, even larger than that McCain is a Starbucks freak - is that our foreign policy is crumbling as rapidly as our economy.

Iraq looks set to devolve back into Civil War. The Bush-McCain lies are apparent: it wasn't the surge in troops that decreased the violence, it was the surge in bribes we paid coupled with the fact that the ethic bloodletting in Baghdad ran its course. We've not going to give 100,000 Sunnis each $300/month forever. Yes, folks, $30m a month to Al Qaeda Sunni's. I wonder what they are gonna use that money for...

And Russia.. don't even get me started. We need their help with Iran and loose nukes and we are scrwing with them in their backyard. We should just partner with them, properly, and get on with the real notion of *national security*.

If Islamic Extremists are successful in a terrorist plot and it turns out that we didn't get access to Russian intel because Bush and McCain are too concerned looking manly and winning an election there will be blood on their hands and hell to pay.

The WaPo needs to report on that- not coffee.
Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 22, 2008 2:57 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

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Text POW to 622246 in order to be reminded that Republican Presumptive nominee John McCain was once A PRISONER OF WAR FOR FIVE YEARS.

Text STOP in order to not have this message sent to you every six minutes, but this will not take effect until at least nine weeks AFTER election day.


Text STAFF to 622246 in order to be the first to help Senator McCain answer simple questions like, "Is your shirt green?", "What's your middle name?", and "Who just farted?"


Text MITTENS to 622242 in order to be the first to see Mit Romney walking Senator McCain's dog, shampooing Senator McCain's carpet, and listening to Cindy McCain complain about poor people in the hopes of becoming Senator McCain's Vice Presidential Nominee.


Text PIMP MI HOWZ! to 622246 in order to find out in which of John McCain's four... er six... um seven... well, eight houses the Senator will be sleeping in this evening.

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Posted by: jack | August 22, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain needed room for his mobile torture cell. Never know when that can be handy!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

The larger story this week - yes, even larger than that McCain is a Starbucks freak - is that our foreign policy is crumbling as rapidly as our economy.

Iraq looks set to devolve back into Civil War. The Bush-McCain lies are apparent: it wasn't the surge in troops that decreased the violence, it was the surge in bribes we paid coupled with the fact that the ethic bloodletting in Baghdad ran its course. We've not going to give 100,000 Sunnis each $300/month forever. Yes, folks, $30m a month to Al Qaeda Sunni's. I wonder what they are gonna use that money for...

And Russia.. don't even get me started. We need their help with Iran and loose nukes and we are scrwing with them in their backyard. We should just partner with them, properly, and get on with the real notion of *national security*.

If Islamic Extremists are successful in a terrorist plot and it turns out that we didn't get access to Russian intel because Bush and McCain are too concerned looking manly and winning an election there will be blood on their hands and hell to pay.

The WaPo needs to report on that- not coffee.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 22, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

To: Dan | August 22, 2008 2:38 PM

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LOL - you're too funny!

"McCain is a lot more average than Obama.

McCain raised two sons to join the military."

Are you talking about his two sons from the wife that he cheated on and dumped before running away with a rich girl?

Is that really all you have to base you "average man" statement on? What a joke!

Why not just say that McCain is more average, because his Butler told you so!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Stop with the jokes about the 'elitist' McCain. He was being modest and ecologically responsible this morning. Usually he uses his private jet to go get his cup of coffee, as is common for the middle class in Arizona. Besides, he was a POW.

Posted by: Why oh why | August 22, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Lou R said....
More campaign damage control to show McCain being an average (multimillion dollar) guy.
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I'm assuming sarcasm? Should we all chip in to buy poor John a coffeemaker! I hate for the McCains and their entourage to have to burn all that oil going to Starbucks for a $4 cuppa joe.

Posted by: one cappuccino...hold the arugula | August 22, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Man! supporters of the Country Club republican and his "let them eat cake" economic plan are flipping out.

Prissy? John McCain is supported by his wife. He married her for money and power. He is a real house wife of orange county(SHE own some homes there). I wonder if he has to ask permission to go shopping. This pathetic kept man.

Posted by: TexDem | August 22, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

To: Dan | August 22, 2008 2:37 PM

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LOL - You do realize that McCain himself may be investigated for pushing threw legislation in Arizon for a land deal that will give valuable US owned land to one of McCain's top presidential campaign fundraisers?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama is so worried about his shades, his tan, his suits, his arugala, his mansion deal with rezko.

There is no one more prissy that Obama.


Obama never served in the military. He is a prissy coward.

Posted by: Dan | August 22, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a lot more average than Obama.

McCain raised two sons to join the military. His 19 year old son just came back from a tour overseas.

Some elitist who raised his sons to join the military.


Obama calls Father Pleger his moral compass.

Obama nodded his head as Wright bashed America.


Obama is a joke. Clinton got more votes than Obama. The people rejected that loser.

Posted by: Dan | August 22, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

How much more Elitest can McCain get?

* He's got so many houses, he can't even count them!

* He's got so much money, that to him, if you make under $5mil a year, you're a poor person.

* The McCains spends more on clothes per year, than most people make in their lives.

* The McCain have an army of servants to attend to their needs.

* John McCain doesn't work more than 3 days a week (except during his 5 months of vacations, in which he does not work.)

* McCain dumped his first wife to get married to a one of the most elitists woman in the world.

Posted by: McCain's for $ucker$ | August 22, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama the protege of Rev Wright does a land deal with Rezko when Rezko is under investigation by the U.S attorney's office.

Rezko had been in the chicago papers as a crook going back to 2003.

Rezko was under investigation and before several grand juries.

So what does Obama do. He gets a sweetheart land deal from him.


Obama gave contracts to the employer of his wife. She had her salary doubled.

Her colleague at the hospital on the board also helped Obama get a great deal on a loan for his home.

Posted by: Dan | August 22, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

More campaign damage control to show McCain being an average (multimillion dollar) guy. Why else would Cindy, who has been on the campaign trail this week, spend a day off the trail visiting Safeway/Starbucks at 8 am. Black and a campaign aide, motorcade and van for the media, this is totally a media event.

Posted by: Lou R | August 22, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Franky | August 22, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain's morning = Cup of stimulants.
Obama's morning = Working out.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama can't even give any money to his brother living in a hut in Kenya who makes a dollar a year.

What an elitist.

Posted by: Dan | August 22, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama did a land deal with rezko while he was under investigation.

Obama was the one playing golf in hawaii.

McCain can't even lift up his arms.

Obama was the one saying small town middle class americans were racists, anti trade, anti immigrant, cling to guns and religion and antipathy for people that don't look like them.

Obama at a billionaires's san francisco fundraiser looked down at middle class america.

Posted by: Jeff | August 22, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"Obviously, the most important question is: Is this person ready to be president?" Obama told "The Early Show" on CBS this morning. Second, he said, was: "Can this person help me govern? Are they going to be an effective partner in creating the kind of economic opportunity here at home and guiding us through some dangerous waters internationally?"

And, he added: "I want somebody who is going to be able to challenge my thinking and not simply be a 'yes person' when it comes to policymaking."

WHAT HAPPENED TO "The next time I talk about VP will be to announce the name?"

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow, well I'm just glad he's a good American cappuccino-sipping elitist and not -- shudder -- a latte- or tea-sipping elitist like Obama.

Posted by: drossless | August 22, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I think they may be giving to his campaign. You always see Mccain without his Starbucks cup with the name facing the camera. I think it is called product placement.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps he should buy some coffee makers for those 8 houses he owns . . .

Posted by: Chris | August 22, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Here's something most people with family budgets don't have to worry about, either:


"The McCains increased their budget for household employees from $184,000 in 2006 to $273,000 in 2007, according to John McCain’s tax returns."

http://nitpicker.blogspot.com/2008/08/who-says-john-mccain-is-out-of-touch.html
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That's right. The McCains pay $270,000 per year for butlers and maids--that's $50,000 more than the median value of an American home.

http://www.realestateabc.com/outlook/overall.htm
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Ohhhh, Johnny! A quarter million on servants?!?!

Posted by: Agent Orange | August 22, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

The campaign coverage leading up to the VP announcements is riveting.

http://www.politicswithagrin.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Kristen | August 22, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"To be sure, McCain is not alone in this kind of travel. His rival, Sen. Barack Obama, often makes an early-morning trip to the gym to work out, often traveling a short distance from his hotel or home to the gym in a motorcade with Secret Service and press."

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

McCains is Clueless old fart and elitist
does he shop at Wal-mart? nooooooooooooooo
McCain is more of a war monger than Bush
He is a born and raised hot-head, trigger-happy, beligerant, arrogant.
The change we need is foe America to stop being strong and mean. John McCain would not bring that change and he is proud of it,Cindy McCain forged her father's will (she and McCain) over and over again until the actual signatures aren't legible. Cindy's half sister can't afford an attorney so she can't even fight the wicked step sister, Cindy...So all those billions and many mansions owned by the McGrunts are stolen from other siblings and tied up from the mafia which is how Cindy and John McGooball made their money! So Obama's camp should throw some ice on the old grunt with the sources to back up the McFool's crime ties. I know McCain's folks or the Red faced Bubba...I actually HATE the Clintons don't want to go there on the crimminal stories...(it's ashame what seems to be happening to a couple of her supporters, though...hmmmm....I guess God don't like ugly).McCrane got his foot in his mount, first he did not know the price of milk, well we can cut him some slack that he does not go shopping (i dont go shopping too, my wife does). But not remembering how many homes he owns? there seems to be a pattern in here,,,, what else, does he remember how many children he has from both wives (or is it one wife by his memory...) McCrane needs to get down from his high crane...
McCain is a dumb coward! Time to go to the potty...Mr. McGoo....he can't even read his cards...The campaign should have given him the cards with a pt 50 font! LMAO!!!

He is such a puppet on a string for the rethugs...the same way he was a puppet on the string during the Nam war...he was a snitch...snitches wears stiches....shameful warmonger...Send Clepto maniac Cindy to Russia to figh

I heard McCain forgot to wear his fake teeth in a meeting.. IS this true? haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Uh Gov. Pawlenty, the whole issue came about when you and your buddies start calling Obama "Out of Touch". It's hard to convince the average American like myself that John McCain is just "a regular guy". Now do I care that he has 13 cribs, no not really. Do I care that he married a rich chick, no not really. Heck if I could, I would have also. The reason why we clown McCain is he and his staff are trying to paint this "all American regular guy" image and trying to paint Obama as and out of touch elitist. We know Obama has money just like McCain. What you are pissed about is you, the Repubs, started this nonsense and now you look like fools. I really like the fact how Obama is chosing not to play this game, although, he is on boderline of stupidity for even jumping this issue. And now with your silly new ad, it makes you look more of a fool. Mr. McCain I have been tradtionally a moderate Independent and I was happy when you won the nomination but you have serverly disappointed me and I just can't see myself supporting you. I lke the idea of a new and fresh view of governement that Obama is pledging, he has my vote.

Posted by: mohamed | August 22, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I really wish the media would stop calling it his "cabin retreat". It's not a cabin. It's a multi-million dollar villa.

Posted by: CJ | August 22, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

The 'two-fer' Clintons are pathetic liars.
They cannot tell the "truth from fantasy."
Hillary lies and Bill believes it


ugaas_janagel9@yahoo.com dayniilenews@yahoo.com.

Reboot printer and adjusted tray 4.

McCains is Clueless old fart and elitist
does he shop at Wal-mart? nooooooooooooooo
McCain is more of a war monger than Bush
He is a born and raised hot-head, trigger-happy, beligerant, arrogant.
The change we need is foe America to stop being strong and mean. John McCain would not bring that change and he is proud of it,Cindy McCain forged her father's will (she and McCain) over and over again until the actual signatures aren't legible. Cindy's half sister can't afford an attorney so she can't even fight the wicked step sister, Cindy...So all those billions and many mansions owned by the McGrunts are stolen from other siblings and tied up from the mafia which is how Cindy and John McGooball made their money! So Obama's camp should throw some ice on the old grunt with the sources to back up the McFool's crime ties. I know McCain's folks or the Red faced Bubba...I actually HATE the Clintons don't want to go there on the crimminal stories...(it's ashame what seems to be happening to a couple of her supporters, though...hmmmm....I guess God don't like ugly).McCrane got his foot in his mount, first he did not know the price of milk, well we can cut him some slack that he does not go shopping (i dont go shopping too, my wife does). But not remembering how many homes he owns? there seems to be a pattern in here,,,, what else, does he remember how many children he has from both wives (or is it one wife by his memory...) McCrane needs to get down from his high crane...
McCain is a dumb coward! Time to go to the potty...Mr. McGoo....he can't even read his cards...The campaign should have given him the cards with a pt 50 font! LMAO!!!

He is such a puppet on a string for the rethugs...the same way he was a puppet on the string during the Nam war...he was a snitch...snitches wears stiches....shameful warmonger...Send Clepto maniac Cindy to Russia to figh

I heard McCain forgot to wear his fake teeth in a meeting.. IS this true? haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Uh Gov. Pawlenty, the whole issue came about when you and your buddies start calling Obama "Out of Touch". It's hard to convince the average American like myself that John McCain is just "a regular guy". Now do I care that he has 13 cribs, no not really. Do I care that he married a rich chick, no not really. Heck if I could, I would have also. The reason why we clown McCain is he and his staff are trying to paint this "all American regular guy" image and trying to paint Obama as and out of touch elitist. We know Obama has money just like McCain. What you are pissed about is you, the Repubs, started this nonsense and now you look like fools. I really like the fact how Obama is chosing not to play this game, although, he is on boderline of stupidity for even jumping this issue. And now with your silly new ad, it makes you look more of a fool. Mr. McCain I have been tradtionally a moderate Independent and I was happy when you won the nomination but you have serverly disappointed me and I just can't see myself supporting you. I lke the idea of a new and fresh view of governement that Obama is pledging, he has my vote.

Posted by: mohamed | August 22, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Latte Sipping, Elitist John McCain:

"American's won't work jobs that only pay $50/hr"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpB9OoOU02M&eurl=http://www.jedreport.com/

Posted by: astral99 | August 22, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Why don't one of the Rovebots campaign flunkies in McBush's campaign just drive one car to Starbucks and bring latte-sipping John McBush his precious elitist beverage? Nine cars? And we're supposed to put Fuely John McWaste-erson in charge of our energy policy???


Posted by: Bu$h Wacked | August 22, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Not the kind of story that will move the meter at http://www.bop-o-rama.com but kind of a nice break from all the high tech suspense. I hope all of Obama's supporters can get text messages. I am still confused by this logic. He can't just hold a press conference? Or maybe he will. Maybe before he takes any questions he could tex away the name of his VP choice. I can't stand it anymore. Please Please, the suspense is killing me. I think I am going to have to get a cup of Joe.

Posted by: acarponzor | August 22, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Exactly! Stephen Colbert had TWO Starbucks under his desk ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

A six-car caravan to get a cappuccino? doesn't one of his homes have an espresso maker?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Before you satire-deficient McCain fans start complaining, the guy is clearly having fun with the story. Lighten up.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | August 22, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain and his fellow latte sipping elisit wealthy Republicans see the middle and lower class as their " worker ants" We are the pool that they take the income from to support their lavish life styles. The move our jobs out of the country. They give themselves huge tax breaks.Vote down any health plan that would cover all Americans. Want to control our private lives and own our bodies, strip us of our constitutional rights

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP-0pedQeGw&eurl=http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2008/8/22/0515/04723/10
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Posted by: McCain = Bush | August 22, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Its always refreshing to have a cup of joe, before declaring that the 1922 Colorado River compact should be renegotiated to screw over Colorado and help Arizona.

What a clear thinker McCain is...not.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey cool,

Free advertising for Safeway.

Even though Safeway is almost finished rolling out their new format of upscale stores, I don't think they actually sell Arugula there.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 22, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

So, Michael, you are covering this "story", but not the rumors that McCain has selected MITT Romney as his VP nominee?

Posted by: JakeD | August 22, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

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