Unfit For Office!!1!!1! McCain Can't Tie His Shoes

A few more thoughts about what Rob and Proof have said earlier about Obama's new ad going after McCain for not using email.

FDR won WWII without AOL.

Reagan didn't use email . . . are you saying Reagan sucked, you pinko ratfink loser?

McCain is absolutely fair game. He has taken the low road against Obama (which, frankly, I am all for and hope he is saving the best for last) so McCain is open to taunts that he is old, that he is rich and out-of-touch, the consumate Washington insider, who chooses an alaskan amazon to be his veep.

But isn't it a bit of a low blow to say we should laugh at the guy because he can't use his hands very well? Because they were CRUSHED BY HIS COMMIE TORTURERS no less?

Is this a fruitful tack for the Obamanids to take? Will it play at the VFW?

Barack Obama should leave the Isotoners on - he just isn't good at playing the bully (he doesn't have a knack for it, to his credit) and he doesn't do his research: the claim by McCain that he can't use email because his captors ruined his hands isn't just some ad hoc campaign response. From 2004:

McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes.

Update: Ouch - "I think they spent months trying to figure out how they can position Obama as better qualified than McCain, and basically came up with the fact that Obama can type."

Update: Double Ouch - "In a similar vein I guess it’s an outrage that the blind governor of New York David Patterson doesn’t know how to drive a car. After all, transportation issues are pretty important. How dare he serve as governor while being ignorant of what it’s like to navigate New York’s highways."

Update: Doh! - “In certain ways, McCain was a natural Web candidate. Chairman of the Senate Telecommunications Subcommittee and regarded as the U.S. Senate’s savviest technologist, McCain is an inveterate devotee of email. His nightly ritual is to read his email together with his wife, Cindy. The injuries he incurred as a Vietnam POW make it painful for McCain to type. Instead, he dictates responses that his wife types on a laptop. “She’s a whiz on the keyboard, and I’m so laborious,” McCain admits.”

Kim Jong-Il Really Is Ill: Plus, The Norks Have A Nifty New Missile Base

When Kim Jong-Il failed to appear for the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, it gave impetus to the rumors that he was ill.

Now, the North Koreans have confirmed that Kim had a stroke. He probably underwent surgery.

That same news article quoted a Nork diplomat employing the usual communist veracity as saying that reports about Kim are

"worthless" and a "conspiracy plot," adding that Western media "have reported falsehoods before"

meaning of course that everything the West has reported thus far is most likely true and that Kim's condition is far more serious than they are letting on.

This comes on the heels of a serious debate about whether Kim Jong-Il is actually alive at all. Toshimitsu Shigemura of Waseda University in Japan has posited that Kim died in 2003, and that body doubles have taken his place ever since. This would sound like a ridiculous theory about anyone else; but we are talking here about North Korea, a hermit kingdom of potemkin villages, paranoia and intense secrecy.

Meanwhile, more good news:

WASHINGTON - North Korea has quietly built a long-range missile base that is larger and more capable than an older and well-known launch pad for intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to independent analysts relying on new satellite images of the site and other data. Analysts provided images of the previously secret site to The Associated Press.

Construction on the site on North Korea's west coast began at least eight years ago, according to Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., senior analyst with Jane's Information Group, and Tim Brown with Talent-keyhole.com, a private satellite imagery analysis company. Bermudez first located the site in early spring and they have tracked its construction using commercial and unclassified satellite imagery.

"The primary purpose of the facility is to test," Bermudez told The Associated Press in an interview last week. A base capable of a long-range test could obviously be used in wartime to launch a missile that carried a warhead.