notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Competence

I couldn't bring myself to watch McCain's speech last night because I had exceeded my capacity for bullshit the night before. So I watched my DVR'd World Series of Poker instead, but got occasional glimpses of the convention throughout the night. I noticed that when McCain was giving his acceptance speech there was a hideous looking green background behind him (not the first time they've chosen such a background). But then when they pulled back for a wide angle shot of the stage I saw that the green background was really the lawn of some kind of mansion that they were projecting onto the gigantic screen behind him. Odd, I thought, given McCain's unfortunate inability to answer the question of how many houses he owns, that they would put a picture of a mansion on the screen behind him as he gave his speech. But whatever, Republicans are weird like that. Who ever really knows what the hell they're thinking? So I didn't pay it all that much mind.

Well.

Turns out that the picture is actually a picture of Walter Reed Middle School in California. Okaaay. But why would McCain want to speak in front of a gigantic picture of Walter Reed Middle School? Well, he probably wouldn't. But he might have wanted to speak in front of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and so he might have told someone to get a picture of "Walter Reed" and put it on the screen behind him. Somebody, it seems, may have screwed the pooch on this one.



I mean, really. Are the Republicans even really trying this year? Unbelievable. More here.
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Update: The McCain campaign is now claiming that this wasn't a mistake at all, that they fully intended to show a picture of some random middle school during the speech and that it just happened to be called Walter Reed:
“The changing image-screen was linked to the American thematics of the speech and the public school was simply part of it,” Mr. Bounds said, adding that during the speech, Mr. McCain “called for public education reforms that empower parents and students before bureaucrats and labor unions.”
Absurd. Must they lie about everything?