November 10, 2008

Sorry, Joe the Plumber

The Kirsten Wiig thing? That came from a big-time hoaxer. I fell for it. Sorry, Joe. Although as rumors go...

Posted by Jim Treacher at 02:14 PM

November 08, 2008

Just to put things in perspective

It has been 21 months since Barack Obama announced his candidacy for President of the United States.

It has been four weeks since Joe Wurzelbacher asked Barack Obama about his tax plan.

Which man do you know more about?

Posted by Jim Treacher at 09:18 PM

November 07, 2008

Now does he get to ask questions about them?

Our long national nightmare is over: Joe the Plumber just paid off his tax lien.

Oh, and the government functionary who abused her power in order to investigate him has been put on paid leave. Congratulations, taxpayers of Ohio. Your inquisitors can be assured of a soft landing. On your dime.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 03:21 PM

Still no apologies to Joe the Plumber over at Ze Frank

Demanding forgiveness without acknowledging your wrongdoing is just another way of suppressing dissent, as far as I'm concerned.

But I did like this one:

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It's labeled _funny_jackassery.jpg. I'm not sure if the submitter labeled it that way. If not, maybe "funny" is the conciliatory part.

Speaking of standards of human decency so basic that it depresses me to even need to explain them: It's great that Obama told his supporters not to boo McCain. But I'd be much more impressed if he'd told them not to investigate and defame Joe the Plumber. As a great man once said: "History is made at night. Character is what you do in the dark." When it came to standing up for one of his future constituents, even though the guy had the nerve to ask an honest question, Obama voted Present.

P.S. And my two comments at Ze Frank's blog don't seem to be going through. Which is his prerogative, of course. Maybe he's got a filter set for "plumber"?

P.P.S. And now Ze Frank has taken down the above pic. Again, his prerogative. Just seems worth noting.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 09:36 AM

November 03, 2008

They've finally given me a good reason to hate Joe the Plumber

No, not because his first name is Sam. No, not because he owes some taxes he didn't know about until Obama's oppo researchers went after him. No, not because of any of the other stuff they've thrown at him to try to distract from The One's publicly avowed socialist beliefs.

I think I hate him now because he might have become close friends with this SNL cast member:

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Lucky (allegedly) bastard! Well, he made Obama show his ass, so why couldn't he make Kristen Wiig show hers?

Posted by Jim Treacher at 01:02 PM

November 02, 2008

Josh the Choker

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Oof. Tipping your hand there, Josh, don't you think? Well, pressure makes people do strange things. Such as telling the truth in public about their socialistic views.

BTW, I screencapped the whole post so I couldn't be accused of taking Josh out of context.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 08:53 PM

October 30, 2008

How about Joe the Plaintiff?

Checks on Joe the Plumber more extensive than first acknowledged

Ask a question, and the government will retaliate. With the eager cooperation of the press. This is the future these guys want.

Question for Obama voters: How do you rationalize away all the evidence that your hero has done more to suppress free speech in the last 2 months than Bush has done in the last 8 years?

Followup: Is the cognitive dissonance making you crazier than you already were, or is your preexisting craziness helping you escape the reality of your own debasement?

Posted by Jim Treacher at 10:31 AM

Introducing: Li'l Obama!

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The great Batton Lash does it again (with a little help from yours truly). After the jump:

If you enjoyed this cartoon, you're a r-- Well, you know.

Previous Batton fun here, here, and here. And check out his fine comicky goodness at exhibitapress.com!

P.S. Feel free to post this on your own blog, but please don't hotlink it.

P.P.S. I totally forgot: Happy Birthday, Batton!

P.P.P.S. "I'm not quite sure if this is just crass or racist or both." Well, it's about Obama's own public statements. So of course it's crass! And it's drawn to resemble him. So of course it's racist!

Posted by Jim Treacher at 12:10 AM

October 25, 2008

From cop-killer to cop-caller

I don't like Bill O'Reilly. Usually I can't watch him for more than a few minutes unless he puts Mary Katherine Ham on the screen with him. (Sometimes he even lets her finish a sentence!) But he is to be commended for being the first guy to even look for William Ayers:

What does Joe the Plumber do when you stick a microphone in his face? He acknowledges you. He answers your questions.

Because he hasn't done anything wrong.

They've all gone after a guy who fixes pipes to distract us from the guy who used them to blow stuff up. Before he realized he could do a lot more damage to America with a stealth bomb wrapped in a $1,500 suit and remote-controlled by a teleprompter.

Time to defuse it.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 02:56 PM

October 24, 2008

How to prove Barack Obama is not a socialist in 5 easy steps

  1. Give a dictionary definition of socialism.
  2. Ignore how Obama's uncharacteristically honest answer to Joe the Plumber (whoops, no teleprompter!) dovetails with The One's well-documented longtime friendships and working relationships with a bunch of radical socialists.
  3. "A Republican did something that could be called socialist, which means Obama isn't an even bigger one."
  4. Point to a phony poll and claim the message isn't connecting with voters.
  5. Hit Send.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 08:55 AM

October 23, 2008

Obama is not a Democrat just because he says he is, anymore than a wolf is your grandma just because he’s wearing her bonnet

Something to remember the next time one of these Axelturfers says you're accusing all Democrats of being socialists. No, just the ones who espouse socialism.

Look: Obama was asked a simple question that he wasn't adequately prepared to answer falsely. And it confirmed what we'd already suspected from his long history with William Ayers and Saul Alinsky and ACORN and the other socialists who've shaped his view of the world. Deal with it.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 03:56 PM

October 22, 2008

You bet I am

And if Obama gets elected and you stand in his way, or so much as refuse to avert your eyes, you'll be Joe the Plumber too.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 05:44 AM

October 21, 2008

Speaking of Obama's clothes...

The great Batton Lash weighs in on our new friend Joe the Plumber, who had no idea a mere 10 days ago that he'd ever plumb the depths of the media's shamelessness:

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If you think there should be a fourth panel where Obama says something to try to stop it, you must know something the rest of us don't.

Previous Batton: Hope!

P.S. If you post this cartoon, please link to Batton's site, exhibitapress.com. He does some cool comics.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 10:51 PM

Josh the Whiner

If these crybabies act like this when a construction worker has the unmitigated gall to question their infallibility, just think how they'll feel in 2 weeks when the whole country does.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 05:19 PM

It's a bit awkward, but "pickpocket" would be [the R-word]

Palin dubs Obama: 'Barack the Wealth Spender'

But fine, I'll say it, for Google purposes: Barack the Pickpocket. Hey, if they're going to call you a racist no matter what, why not tell the truth?

Posted by Jim Treacher at 03:57 PM

What are the first three words of the Constitution?

We the Politicians?
We the Reporters?
We the Pundits?
We the Pollsters?
We the Academics?
We the Actors?
We the Comedians?
We the Worms?
We the Shadowy Left-Wing Billionaires with Unnerving Accents?

Okay, that last one was way too many words, but you get the idea. This crap isn't working on me, and the harder they try to get me to stay home on Nov. 4, the harder I circle my calendar.

And on that note, please enjoy David "Indigestible Waste" Corn getting schooled by a Colombian-born construction worker and McCain voter named Tito Munoz. You can skip the first 80 seconds of Obamanchurian boilerplate if you want to get to the good stuff. And note how the still image they used was one of the wackjobs selling those stupid bumper stickers, who got clowned for it by McCain supporters:

Go, Tito, go! And here's something even more humiliating to Corn that he left out of his report, but Byron York didn't:

"Let me talk," Munoz said to Corn. "I know the Constitution, and I know my First Amendment -- "

"I'm not the state," Corn said. "I can't take that right away from you."

"No, no," Munoz shot back. "Even the state, the state cannot take that right away."

"Right, right," Corn quickly agreed.

"Nobody can take that away," Munoz said.

Yet.

Having a camera pointed at you or a desk in a newsroom does not make you a genius, and having a hard hat and a toolbelt does not make you a dummy. These guys still don't get that, which is why they're going to blow it.

Obama wanted to whip up a class war, but somehow I don't think this was what he had in mind.

(thx, john)

Posted by Jim Treacher at 02:05 PM

In which I give Obama a bad rap

A little over a month ago -- time flies! -- I shared a rap I wrote for Obama to help him remind America that John McCain is a war hero with crippling torture injuries. Apparently the Obama campaign has dropped that tactic for some reason, but given all the events since then, I thought I'd have another go at helping him out.

Barry, please feel free to spit this educational rhyme at your next speech, rally, or Black Liberation Theology reading group:

Well! My! Name is Barack and I'm gonna raise your taxes
Intimidated media won't tell ya what the facts is

That plumber was a bummer when his question caused a schism
'Tween the folks who like their paychecks and the fans of socialism

I hung out with a terrorist for 10 or 20 years
But don't you bring it up, or I'll holla "Fight the Smears!"

You racists try to stop me with your bigotry and hate
Just because my bestest buddies used to laugh at Sharon Tate

I've spent a half a billion on an advertising blitz
But according to the polls I worship, it ain't doin' $#!+

I'm getting mad donations and I'm gonna get some mo'
From my man Good Will and my buddy Doodad Pro

My campaign calls your house all day and bugs you while you're eatin'
And ACORN ain't about to stop the unrepentant cheatin'

I smirk, I'm a jerk, and I work within the system
To bring about a class war that will crush capitalism

Alinsky is a prophet and I think you oughta listen
I'll send an "Action Wire" if you even try to diss him

It's only a coincidence I'm going into hidin'
After weeks of harsh attacks by an imbecile named Biden

So don't you mess with me or I'll vet ya till you're quiet
And if I'm not elected, then there's gonna be a riot

PEACE!!

What. They did it to Palin. Was mine as good?

Posted by Jim Treacher at 02:22 AM

October 20, 2008

How did he manage to liquify 2 or 3 episodes of St. Elsewhere?

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Via Lileks, who also wonders why Joe the Plumber is under so much more media scrutiny than Bill the Bomber. Sure, Ayers did some mischievous things 20-40 years ago, and his deep, longtime friendship with Obama only reinforces the whole socialism thing. But Wurzelbacher's van was parked in a handicapped spot while he ran inside to pick up his pizza last month. Why don't you talk about the issues that affect us today, instead of living in the past? Quit trying to change the subject, wingnuts!

Posted by Jim Treacher at 02:33 PM

You heard it here first

Wurzelbacher/Munoz '24!

"But Jim," you're saying, "Tito Munoz would be constitutionally ineligible because he's not a natural-born citizen." Well, when has that ever stopped anybody?

P.S. Here's the original article. Tito rules, and David Corn proves why he's named after a vegetable commonly embedded in feces.

Shorter Corn: "How dare that guy ask about taxes, when he's got a property tax lien he didn't even know about until Obama's oppo researchers dug it up? Er, I mean the media. Anyway, let's talk about anything but Obama's socialist worldview."

Posted by Jim Treacher at 11:18 AM

Is mentioning that Obama wants to raise your taxes a distraction from the economy?

I admit, I don't really understand the whole Freddie & Fannie thing. I know it has to do with people being encouraged to buy mortgages they couldn't afford, and that the politicians who made that possible are now telling me they're the only ones who can fix it. And I know it's causing big problems with the economy, with lots of huge numbers being thrown around. But it's all a bit abstract.

Having to pay taxes? That I understand. Being told I should pay more so that somebody who's even lazier than I am can get a handout? That I understand.

And I understand not wanting to be crucified for asking about it.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 10:05 AM

October 19, 2008

"Spread the wealth around"

Just a reminder that those are the four words Obama wants you to forget he ever said.

Hang in there, Joe. And get some rest, guys. Stay sharp.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 10:41 PM

"We speak truth to plumber"

Steyn!

One correction: Joe wasn't on a rope line. He didn't go out of his way to accidentally expose Obama's big secret. Well, one of his big secrets. Obama quite literally came to Joe. And now David Axelrod is atoning for his very, very serious mistake -- letting Obama wander around in public without a script -- by sending his astroturfing kiddies all over the Internet to defame Joe and distract us all from Obama's publicly admitted socialism. Then those lies and half-truths and rumors get funnelled from the left-wing blogs to the "news." The exact same process they used, and are still using, to try to derail Palin.

I'm not the only one who can see this, right?

Posted by Jim Treacher at 06:18 PM

I'm starting to think we should just cancel the Internet and go back to CB radio

According to David Burge, some dimwit has set up a Cafe Press store selling crap with that "I Am Joe" banner. They're trying to make money off this guy who might just lose his job, and definitely has lost any sense of privacy, for talking to a politician. Every time I think people can't disappoint and disgust me more, they prove me wrong.

Sounds like Burge is trying to put a stop to it, but in the meantime, if you see anybody selling stuff with this logo on it:

None of the money is going to Joe. So don't buy anything with that logo. Whoever's selling it is a... I'm really trying not to curse these days... a stupid, incompetent, or detestable person. That about covers it.

P.S. Nicely done. I'm really starting to wonder if Obama hired Dr. Evil and he's zapping us all with a space-based mind-control ray. Except even less funny.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 10:23 AM

They are sweeping Obama's socialist answer to Joe Wurzelbacher's question under the rug

The Associated Press has a story about Joe's appearance on Mike Huckabee's new show on Fox News last night. Apparently Joe talked about how much fun he's not having as these rabid media freaks try to tear him apart. But the story totally skips over why they're trying to tear him apart:

Wurzelbacher became famous after he met Obama and said the Democrat's tax proposal could keep him from buying the two-man plumbing company where he works. However, reports of Wurzelbacher's annual earnings suggest he would receive a tax cut rather than an increase under Obama's plan.

Who's doing the suggesting? Beats me. Must have been suggested in the hourly instructions they get from the Obama campaign.

More importantly, there is no indication whatsoever of how Obama replied to the question. In case you missed it, this is what he said:

"It's not that I want to punish your success. I want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance for success, too. My attitude is that if the economy's good for folks from the bottom up, it's gonna be good for everybody. I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."

They can't repeat that, of course. They can't risk even more people finding out that Obama is a socialist. Even though it's the only real reason we're still even talking about Joe the Plumber.

It is completely bizarre. There's no stated explanation in the AP story why Joe's the target of this media assault. They're attacking him, you see, because they're attacking him.

Yeah, McCain mentioned him in the debate, fine. That doesn't explain why they're treating Joe like this. Is he the first person McCain's ever mentioned in a debate? Is he the first person who's ever asked a politician about taxes?

No. He's under assault because he happened to be there when Obama was caught without a teleprompter and started babbling about socialism in front of a TV camera.

We need to get in their faces. We need to say, "Why are you doing this?" We need to get them to admit it.

info@ap.org

P.S. Here's the interview (thx, michele). Huckabee gets it:


Posted by Jim Treacher at 06:00 AM

October 18, 2008

My letter to Jodi Kantor of the New York Times

From: Me
To: kantor@nytimes.com
Re: I've got a hot tip on Cindy McCain

jodikantor.jpgShe's got really pretty eyes. Do you think you can use that?

Well, it was worth a shot. In any case, thanks for trying to trick a teenage girl into helping you with your hatchet piece on her friend's mom by pretending to be friendly to her. All's fair, right?

I'm assuming you guys have time before the election to do a followup story on Cindy's surreptitious nosepicking or something. Unless you're still busy "vetting" Joe the Plumber's parking tickets, overdue DVD rentals, and whatever else you can dig up to distract us from Barack Obama's now-revealed radical socialism. Not to mention all the various other unsavory aspects of Obama's character and record that might prevent him from taking office if you weren't suppressing them. Good thing you guys did pinky swears!

Just kidding. A lot of people say that you folks know you're not going to be in business for much longer, so this might be your last chance to throw an election. They say you'll go to any lengths to protect the Democrat. Especially since he's a Democrat you can point to and say, "There. See? This proves I'm not a racist!" But I don't believe a word of it. You're just doing what you know in your heart is right.

Hey, did you know that the guy who has befriended and mentored Obama for decades, and even babysat his kids, is also responsible for the death of several cops? And he's still pretty pumped about it? Yawn!

Why don't you go ahead and have a great day.

Your pal,
Jim Treacher
http://jimtreacher.com

Posted by Jim Treacher at 11:05 PM

Obama is a socialist, and the press is going after Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher as a way of distracting us from that

I don't have anything to add to it that I haven't said already. Just thought it was worth putting in big bold letters.

Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher... sounds like a pro wrestler! And can you prove he's not one, you wingnuts?

Posted by Jim Treacher at 06:24 PM

My letter to Time Magazine

From: Me
To: letters@time.com
Re: Thank you for exposing the truth about Joe the Plumber

Does this mean Obama isn't really a socialist?

It's almost like you guys are digging through this ordinary working man's life to distract us from how Obama answered a simple, honest question about his tax plan. But why in the world would you do that? It's not like it would hurt Obama's chances if you focused on how, in his own words, he wants to take my money -- on top of what I'm paying to the government already -- and hand it to people who haven't earned it. And I don't get to choose how much he takes, or who it goes to. Because otherwise, Obama says, life isn't fair.

AKA socialism.

But no, this plumber is the real problem. Get him!

You guys had better buy a bigger coffee machine for your subscriptions department, if you can still afford it. They are going to be working overtime on this one.

Jim Treacher
http://jimtreacher.com

Posted by Jim Treacher at 03:10 PM

And the week's biggest victim of a hostile media is:

Barack Obama!

"I am convinced that if there were no Fox News, I might be two or three points higher in the polls. If I were watching Fox News, I wouldn't vote for me, right?

"Because the way I'm portrayed 24/7 is as a freak! I am the latte-sipping, New York Times-reading, Volvo-driving, no-gun-owning, effete, politically correct, arrogant liberal. Who wants somebody like that?"

I would've guessed cappuccino.

It's not enough that he has the overwhelming majority of the media -- not to mention the left-wing blogs that are apparently their main source of information -- in his pocket. He can brook no disagreement whatsoever. Want to go on the radio to talk about his past? You must be stopped. Want to put out ads about his positions on the issues? You must be stopped. Want to ask him a question when he descends from the heavens into your neighborhood while you're playing football with your kid? You must be stopped.

Obama is the victim, no matter what. That really is how he sees himself. Vote for President Princess!

Why do you think Palin knocked him for a loop in the first round? Because she mocked his behavior. She got big laughs by repeating his rhetoric. She saw his biggest weakness, his huge, easily bruised ego, and zeroed in on it. He's learned from that -- note his amazingly genuine laughter at McCain's home-hitting zingers the other night -- but not soon enough.

And obviously not completely enough. We can see you, Barack. Keep whining about how mean the meanies are.

If you vote for this narcissist, then you'd better be prepared for at least 4 years of agreeing with every single thing he says and does. Keep your mouth shut, racist. Or he'll get his guys to shut it for you.

P.S. You want to see Joe's license to question Obama? Dig up his birth certificate. Joe's, I mean. Obama's is off-limits.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 10:34 AM

Obama's answer to Joe's question

I just realized that I haven't actually quoted him, assuming that you already know exactly what he said. You probably do. But that's why they're going after Joe for asking a question about Obama's tax plan, to distract us from Obama's answer. So it can't hurt to repeat it:

"It's not that I want to punish your success. I want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance for success, too. My attitude is that if the economy's good for folks from the bottom up, it's gonna be good for everybody. I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."

Obama doesn't want to punish your success; he just wants to take the fruits of your labor and give them to people who haven't earned them. He wants to force you to give the amount of his choice to the charity of his choice. Don't worry about it, he'll take care of the whole thing.

Obama is a socialist. Pass it on.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 09:42 AM

Maybe I haven't been looking, but in the media frenzy to destroy Joe the Plumber, here's a quote I haven't seen much since Wednesday

This exchange from the debate is very revealing:

"Nobody likes taxes. Let's not raise anybody's taxes."

"Well, I don't mind paying a little more."

I'll let you guess which one said which. Hint: The second guy is now trying to crush a plumber from Ohio for asking a question. Or at the very least isn't speaking out against ruining the man's life.

"I don't mind paying a little more." Well, good for you. I sure as hell do.

If "it's the economy, stupid," aren't higher taxes part of the discussion? I'm no economist, but I do know that every dollar I give to the government is a dollar I can't put into the economy. One campaign is saying they want to lower my taxes, and the other campaign is questioning my patriotism if I complain about higher taxes. And millionaires like Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric are backing up the latter. I would suggest that they find the nearest large body of water and hurl themselves in.

And don't give me that "95%" crap. Why doesn't Obama just go all-out and promise that 110% of Americans will get a tax cut? (Oddly enough, that's the same percentage of Americans who've registered to vote.)

If we're going to plunge headlong into outright socialism, then I want some of what George Clooney's got. You're a big Obama backer, right, George? Well then, put your money where your wagging, chiseled chin is. It's not fair that you've got so much more than I do. I'll take one of your houses and one of your cast-off girlfriends. Doesn't have to be one of the good ones in either category. Whatever you can spare, genius.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 09:12 AM

What Burge said

I am Joe.

Are you a Joe? Say it proud. Leave it on every goddamn newspaper comment section and online forum. Let these pressroom and online thugs know you won't stay silent when they try to destroy the life of a private citizen for speaking his mind -- because for every one of them, there are a million Joe Wurzelbachers. And for that we should all be thankful.

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Posted by Jim Treacher at 12:04 AM

October 17, 2008

You down with JTP? Yeah, you know me!

According to Rand Simberg, the Obama camp is actually complaining that McCain didn't -- and this is real, they're actually saying this -- that McCain didn't vet Joe Wurzelbacher.

Remember: Obama is supposed to be the frontrunner.

One of Rand's commenters tries to imagine what this vetting process might entail:

McCain Rep: Excuse me, sir, but I need to ask you a few questions.

Joe the Plumber: Why? Are you the police?

MR: No, sir, I'm with the McCain campaign. I need to ask you a few questions, on the off chance that you are playing football in your front yard when Senator Obama decides to make an unscheduled stop to try to talk you into voting for him.

Read the rest, as they say.

P.S. Another reason these media creeps hate Joe is the same reason they hate bloggers. He embarrassed them by doing the job they used to do. Without even asking permission.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 03:33 PM

Here's how to respond to the trolls and Axelturfers defaming Joe Wurzelbacher in a comment thread near you

"Joe didn't pay his taxes!"

"Joe isn't licensed to own a wrench!"

"Joe's balding and he shaves his head to hide it!"

Or whatever else they're throwing at him by the time you read this. Looks like David Axelrod's industrious little astroturfing creeps are out in force, having taken a brief sabbatical after their thorough failure to destroy Sarah Palin. Now they're trying to ruin a plumber from Ohio because not only didn't he genuflect in Obama's presence, but he accidentally managed to do something almost nobody else has done, or even bothered to try: He made Obama tell the truth.

Well, here's how to stop these Joe-viators in their tracks. Here's what they can't answer:

"Well spotted, my friend. So let's say, for the sake of argument, that you're right. What have you proven? How does that change Obama's answer to Joe's question? What do you hope to achieve with this?"

The truth, of course, is that Obama outed himself as a socialist in front of the whole world, McCain called him on it, and now Obama's supporters are terrified because they know most Americans don't want a socialist president. So they're lashing out at Joe. It really is a Two Minutes Hate, except Obama hasn't given them a time limit.

But they can't actually say any of that. They have to come up with some kind of excuse that their dim little minds perceive as plausible. So have some fun. Toy with their cognitive dissonance.

Enjoy.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 01:01 PM

I don't normally do "fisking," but in this case I'll make an exception

larryrohter.jpgThe New York Times lives up to its glorious reputation today with a hard-hitting investigative piece by Larry Rohter (pictured) on Joe "Enemy of the State" Wurzelbacher:

One week ago, Joe Wurzelbacher was just another working man living in a modest house outside Toledo, Ohio, and thinking about how to buy the plumbing business where he works. But when he stopped Senator Barack Obama during a visit to his block last weekend to complain about taxes, he set himself on a path to becoming America’s newest media celebrity — and as such suddenly found himself facing celebrity-level scrutiny.

Yep, that's why he's being covered in the NYT: Because he complained about taxes. I'm pretty sure he's the first person in American history to do so, but keep in mind that fact-checking isn't really my cup of tea.

Joe's question is what's newsworthy. Their interest in the story has very little to do with Obama's answer.

As it turns out, Joe the Plumber, as he became nationally known when Senator John McCain made him a theme at Wednesday’s final presidential debate, may work in the plumbing business, but he is not a licensed plumber.

Did you get that, America? And he dares to call himself a plumber! Of course, it's unclear at this point whether he actually needs a license to do the sort of work he does in Ohio. Or what it has to do with, well, anything. But still. Hey, isn't this how they caught the Unabomber?

By the way, let's set the record straight: He didn't become known as Joe the Plumber because McCain brought him up in the debate. He became known as Joe the Plumber because Obama couldn't remember his last name after McCain had just said it. (Yeah, McCain mispronounced it, but at least he made the attempt. It's kind of an unusual name.)

His full name is Samuel J. Wurzelbacher. And he owes back taxes, too, public records show. The premise of his complaint to Mr. Obama about taxes may also be flawed, according to tax analysts. Contrary to what Mr. Wurzelbacher asserted and Mr. McCain echoed, neither his personal taxes nor those of the business where he works are likely to rise if Mr. Obama’s tax plan were to go into effect, they said.

"Tax analysts." Do they have names? Credentials? Ahhh, who cares!

Also note that at this point in the story, the NYT has done a more thorough job investigating Joe Wurzelbacher than they've done with William Ayers.

None of that is likely to matter to those who see Mr. Wurzelbacher as a symbol of the entrepreneurial spirit they hope to foster with tax cuts, but even Mr. Wurzelbacher said he was shocked by all the attention.

"None of that," meaning the opinions of these anonymous tax analysts who say Joe has nothing to worry about. Anonymous tax analysts have feelings too, you dirty right-wingers.

And Joe may or may not be a symbol of entrepreneurial spirit. Sure, he says he wants to start his own business in the field he's spent years making a career in, but what does that really prove? The NYT wouldn't want to express an opinion on it one way or another.

Just five days ago, Mr. Wurzelbacher, 34, lived in anonymity in Holland, Ohio, a single father who, as he said on national television, worked all day and came home to fix dinner and help his son, 13, with his homework.

But he became the hero of conservatives and Republicans when he stopped Mr. Obama, who was campaigning on his street, and asked whether he believed in the American dream. Mr. Wurzelbacher said he was concerned about having to pay higher taxes as an owner of a small business.

He stopped Obama in the street? Holy racism, he tried to mug Obama!

No, actually, Obama approached him. The One was gracing The Many with his presence by going around door to door in Joe's neighborhood. Because Obama is A Man Of The People (Who Do Not Displease Him With Their Effrontery). Joe was in his yard playing football with his kid, and Obama saw a photo op. Whoops. So get it straight: Joe was visited by the Messiah, not the other way around.

"I'm getting ready to buy a company that makes $250,000 to $280,000 a year," he told Mr. Obama. "Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?"

That encounter wound up on YouTube and led to appearances on the Fox News Channel, interviews with conservative bloggers and a New York Post editorial, all of whom seized on a small part of Mr. Obama’s long reply. "I think that when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody," Mr. Obama had said.

See, they didn't quote the whole thing! They just focused on the "spread the wealth" part, and the "I want to take your money and give it to people who are less successful than you because otherwise it's not fair" part. As if it's somehow relevant that Obama revealed to the whole world that he's a socialist. Who cares that he looked one of his inferiors in the eye and told the peasant he doesn't deserve the money he earns?

No, those Faux Noise creeps took Obama out of context. Namely: He's a boring socialist.

There's more -- almost 1,000 words in all, because it's just that big of a story -- but you get the idea. Cut to the big finish:

In his interview with Ms. Couric, Mr. Wurzelbacher, who voted Republican in Ohio's March primary

Say, how did Couric vote in the New York primary?

said that his encounter with Mr. Obama had been prompted by his desire "to ask one of these guys a question, and really corner them and get them to answer a question for once instead of tap dancing around it. And unfortunately I asked the question, but I still got a tap dance."

He added, "He was almost as good as Sammy Davis Jr."

Get the picture, America? That's right: Joe the Plumber just called Obama a Jew.

Best NYT story since Jayson Blair left to pursue other opportunities. Clear some shelf space for your Pulitzer, Larry.

P.S. It might be presumptuous, but I hereby propose we change "fisking" to "Rohter-rooting."

P.P.S. The whole "He's not a licensed plumber!" non sequitur is really fantastic. So, if you happen to be standing in front of Obama when he publicly reveals his socialism, what does the media do? Demands to see your papers. That's just delicious, is what that is.

P.P.P.S. Thanks to Mr. Steyn for the mention.

Joe Wurzelbacher, American Hero!

Posted by Jim Treacher at 05:06 AM

October 16, 2008

My favorite comment from the Daily Kos post where they give out Joe Wurzelbacher's home address

I only skimmed the gazillion comments, so it's possible they're not all dimwitted fascists. But this one grabbed me (and no, I'm not linking to the thread; if you need Joe's address, find it yourself):

Get this crap off of here. You've got the ex-wife's address.

Let's get just a little smart folks.

by briefer on Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 10:11:11

Note that the problem isn't posting a private citizen's personal info as part of a politically motivated harassment campaign. No, the problem is that it might not be the right address. Although who knows, maybe Joe's ex-wife is an enemy of the state too? Better dig up a little dirt on her as well, just to be on the safe side. That would be the smart thing to do.

Here's my second favorite:

I am sick and f****** tired of being told that, because I live in California (used to be SF), that I am somehow LESS of an American than these "average Joe" types.

Every time you scratch the surface of one of these media stereotypes in real life, they are scum.

I am a patriotic American who loves the Constitution, ideals of freedom and succeeding on merit.

And I'm sick, as an educated, gay, urban-dwelling American, of being unfavorably compared to these fake, lying, wife-beating, tax-cheating, racist, immigrant-hating frauds.

F*** him. F*** them. It's my America, too.

by Penman on Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 10:23:51 AM PDT

Yet another reason not to vote for Obama: If he wins, it'll make these "citizen journalists" angry, insane idiots happy for a day or two.

P.S. In the comments at Patterico, Perfect Sense lives up to his or her name:

The "newsmen" who have been "exposing" Joe the Plumber must be even greater frauds and liars [than he is, purportedly] as none of them have "journalism licenses" and none are recognized by any state or federal agency as journalists. Some may work for companies with a business license, but I doubt if any individuals practicing journalism have licenses. Just think, the state and lefties expect higher standards from a plumber than a journalist.
Posted by Jim Treacher at 10:21 PM

Hey, what happens if you ask Obama an honest question and he accidentally gives you an honest answer?

First Obama makes fun of you and calls you a liar:

(thx, ace)

And then his supporters try to get you fired:

Wurzelbacher registered as an apprentice with the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council in November 2003, according to Dennis Evans, spokesman with the Department of Job and Family Services. Records show his training, which was sponsored by A & W Newell Co. of Toledo, should have been wrapped last year.

“We don’t have a record of completion,” Evans said. “All we know is that he registered in the program and has gone through to the point where we should have record of completion, but we don’t.”

And that’s not the only record that’s missing from Wurzelbacher’s file. He doesn’t have a plumbing license required by the city of Toledo to practice, according to a staffer with the Toledo Division of Building Inspection. Wurzelbacher, who now works for Newell Plumbing & Heating Co., said the owner, Al Newell, has a plumbing license and that “because he works for someone else, he doesn’t need a license.”

But even that’s not true, according to the Toledo Division of Building Inspection. Wurzelbacher can’t legally do plumbing work without a license, regardless of his boss’s certification.

A staff person with the Toledo Division of Building Inspection told On Call this afternoon that her division will contact Wurzelbacher to notify him that he can’t work without a license.

“We’re trying to track him down,” she said.

(thx, jimmie)

Is it just me, or have we seen more vetting of an Ohio plumber in the last 2 days than we've seen of Obama's mentor William Ayers all year? (Not to mention Obama himself!) Both Bill and Joe are embarrassing to Obama because they've given us glimpses of his true nature, and yet only one of them is being put through the wringer. Only one of them has to fear for his job. Weird, huh?

Let that be a lesson to you, America. Got something to say about Obama? Want to ask him a question he's not really ready for? You'd better keep your mouth shut, you racists. Unless you like being "vetted" by an angry mob. And Obama will in turn question your integrity in front of the whole world, while denying any responsibility for the consequences.

Keep it to yourself. Or else.

It was bad enough when they went after Sarah Palin's family. Now they're going after an ordinary citizen who isn't even running for office, just because he had the nerve to look Obama in the eye and say, "I'd like an explanation." Without kissing his feet even once.

These people are insane. We have to stand up to their seething hatred, their complete lack of scruples, their need to win at all costs. And we have to vote against the guy who they're so desperate to elect that they'll try to ruin a hard-working, tax-paying American just for asking truth of power.

P.S. If you have any doubt that John McCain is a fundamentally decent man, however you may disagree with him, then consider this. When he taped Letterman tonight -- and thank God that baby finally got his bottle! -- McCain actually apologized to Joe for what's happening to him, even though it's not McCain's fault. He said sorry on behalf of Obama and Obama's supporters, in the media and on the Internet and in the local government of Toledo, who are trying to destroy Joe because their savior screwed up in front of him.

John McCain truly does reach across the aisle, even to those who deserve it least.

McCain/Palin '08.

P.P.S. And no, I'm not smiling right now. When you go after a man's livelihood for asking Obama a question, I lose my sense of humor about your miserable desperation.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 08:07 PM

I'm sick of polls, as you might have guessed

I'm done letting them affect my opinion of the campaign one way or another. But as a public service -- if you're ready to throw yourself out a window because of how McCain's been polling, or if you're a super-genius who screams at me, "How can you ignore the polls, you dummy?" -- look at this. It doesn't make me any more happy than the bad poll results make me sad, but I know a lot of you have different religious beliefs and I respect that. If you live or die by the polls, you can come down off the ledge for one more day. Or, if you're on the other side, feel free to go out there.

And if you're still depressed about McCain or, on the other side, seething with rage at my "intellectual dishonesty," look at this.

Me? I'm fine. Optimistic, even. No matter what the polls say. I do feel bad for Joe, having to go through this "vetting proccess" because he asked a politician a question and got an uncharacteristically honest answer. But if Obama's such a shoo-in, why do they have to go after a plumber? Why do they sound so... concerned?

Nothing lifts your spirits quite like the stench of your opponent's fear. And right now I'm smiling.

P.S. Let me put it this way: If the polls are making you so discouraged that you're planning on staying home on election day, you shouldn't let them. You should do what you think is right, even if a bunch of Axelturfers tell you it's futile. But if good poll numbers make you feel better, keep you from giving up, that's awesome. That's the main thing. One way or the other, don't give up.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 02:52 PM

Which is a worse pronunciation?

"Wurzelberger" or "Theplumber"? At least McCain tried to remember Joe's last name. Obama doesn't care, as long as it's spelled right on Joe's tax return.

I get the feeling that the character assassination Joe's about to endure will rival or surpass what they've done to Palin. He has to pay, because he scares them.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 12:51 PM

Did Diane Sawyer really just say she's fine with paying more taxes?

Sounds like it to me:

"Well if people making $250,000 should not be taxed additionally — by the way, it's 3% from 36% to 39% under Senator Obama's plan. If those people should not be taxed additionally, even though they're in the top 5% of America, what about people who make $1 million? Or $5 million?"

Or $12 million? You first, Diane.

The millionaires don't think the plumbers are paying enough taxes.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 12:21 PM

Maybe he's been watching the news all these months and thought it was futile because they all say Obama's going to win Leftosphere talking point strangled in its crib

(Update: Joe is indeed registered to vote. The diligent truth-seekers who are digging up dirt on a plumber from Ohio didn't find him on the voter rolls because there was a typo in his last name. But don't take it so hard, guys: you can still safely discount his opinion because of his party affiliation.)

Is Joe Wurzelbacher -- or as Obama calls him because he can't remember the guy's last name, Joe the Plumber -- registered to vote? Maybe not. But he's still allowed to ask questions of our leaders, and the people who want to be our leaders. And he sure will have to pay higher taxes if Obama gets what he wants.

Is it now okay to dig through voter records and see if Letterman is registered? Matt Damon? Four-fifths of The View? The cast of Gossip Girl? Hell, all but like 12 people in Hollywood who can't shut up about how great Obama is? Yeah, I'm sure somebody will get right on that.

Sneak peek at an Obama administration: If you're a working guy who dares to ask The One a direct, honest question about an issue that directly affects your life, and his answer causes problems for him because it accidentally reveals the beliefs he's trying to hide from America -- in this case, outright socialism -- look out. His oppo researchers and the media (pardon the redundancy) will do whatever they can to hurt you. To shut you up.

You will be assimilated.

P.S. The more I think about it... Yeah, if this is the new standard, then I want to know the registration status of anybody who criticizes or so much as questions McCain and Palin. That should be the first followup question: "Are you registered to vote?" And if not: "Then why should anybody care about your opinion?"

Posted by Jim Treacher at 10:06 AM

October 15, 2008

Here's what you should say when Katie Couric asks how you're going to vote:

"You go first."

Joe probably didn't think of it until after.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 09:12 PM

Okay, so can you stop saying McCain doesn't want to win?

Thanks in advance.

P.S. If Obama had dropped trou and sprayed arugula juice all over the stage, his poll numbers would've gone up. What are you going to believe, a poll, or your own eyes and ears and mind?

I just ran a poll of one: Me. And I just asked a pundit to analyze it: Me. I saw what I saw, and McCain won on the issues. He won on character. He won on not letting the Obama campaign's cynical accusations of racism go unremarked. Most of all, he won on being present in the room, unlike the remote-controlled, talking-point-powered smirkbot.

McCain won this debate. Will it help him? Not if the people who are desperate to see him fail, AKA the Deathbed Media, have anything to say about it. You already knew what they were going to say even before the debate. (Hell, they should have leaked their talking points.) It doesn't change what I saw tonight. McCain was focused, he was specific, he called Obama on his crap. He was engaged.

He got inside Obama's head, you could tell. And unlike when Palin did the same thing six weeks ago today, we got to watch Obama's reaction on live TV. By the end of the debate, only one of them was smiling.

And it wasn't The One.

P.P.S. Almost forgot! In the liveblog I promised to keep a count of Obama's annoying facial tics, which were more or less pronounced depending on how big the truth he was hearing from McCain. It's not a complete count, since I was typing away and approving clever comments and such, but I tallied: 8 smirks, 2 smirks with chuckle chasers, 2 sarcastic smiles, 1 smirk with headshake, 1 not-quite-a-smirk (by a nerve ending or two), 1 Clintonesque frown, and a plumber in a pear tree. McCain got a bit smirky himself toward the end, but Obama clearly won on that front. It's kind of appropriate that the debate stage looked like a set from Star Trek, because Obama was Capt. Smirk.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 07:32 PM

It's appropriate that Obama got tripped up by a plumber*

If you're trying to win a guy's vote, why would you tell him he doesn't deserve the money he's earned?

Why should our friend Joe, who works hard and takes risks (in an entrepreneurial sense) and accepts responsibility for his own life, have to subsidize people who don't? Shouldn't he be able to decide whether or not he wants to give to charity? Shouldn't he be able to decide which ones to give it to? Who does Obama think he is to tell Joe how to run his life?

Can we please stop pretending that the second-greatest community organizer in history isn't a socialist?

*'Cause he's the dirtiest presidential candidate since Nixon.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 03:10 AM