Monday, September 29, 2008

South Carolina Mayor "Just Curious" If Obama is the Antichrist

Danny Funderburk, mayor of Fort Mill, South Carolina, said the only reason he forwarded on a chain letter asking if Barack Obama was the Antichrist was because he was "just curious."

He told the Charlotte Observer:
"I was just curious if there was any validity to it. I was trying to get documentation if there was any scripture to back it up."
He was probably also curious to see if sending on such a false claim could hurt Obama's chances. If he was really curious, why didn't he do what we are going to do (later) to debunk this?

The e-mail has circulated in the last six months since Obama secured the Democratic nomination. It claims the biblical book of Revelation says the Antichrist will be in his 40s and of Muslim ancestry.

For fact-checking, let's go to the place to check for such Internet insanity: Snopes.
According to the Book of Revelations the anti-christ is: The anti-christ will be a man, in his 40s, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with persuassive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal.... the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, will destory everything. Is it OBAMA??
The fact that the guy can't even spell "destroy" should lead to doubt. But anyway, Snopes says (in summary, after much analysis):
Nothing in the Bible --- in Revelation or elsewhere --- describes the anti-Christ as being "a man, in his 40s, of Muslim descent." In fact, since the book of Revelation was complete by the end of the second century, but the religion of Islam wasn't founded until about four hundred years later, the notion that Revelation would have mentioned a "Muslim" at all is rather far-fetched. (And even if it did, it couldn't be construed as a reference to Barack Obama, since Senator Obama isn't a Muslim).
Heavy sigh. Too many people in America read stuff and blindly believe it.

Fey As Palin: Frightening Similarities to the Real Thing

When a comedy skit uses much of your own words, some of it verbatim while not changing much of the rest, and at the same time pretty much echoing what you yourself said, what does that mean?

It means either you yourself were making a joke in the first place, or you're not the brightest person in the world when it comes to issues.

Such appears to be the case with Sarah Palin. Saturday night, Tina Fey returned to SNL to repeat her spot-on impression of Palin, with Amy Poehler as Katie Couric.

Previously I wrote about Paul Krugman and his view of Palin's grasp of economics ("totally incoherent"). She said, in an interview with Couric:
KATIE COURIC: Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with healthcare, housing, gas and groceries, allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy, instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

GOV. SARAH PALIN: That’s why I say, I, like every American I’m speaking with, we’re ill about this position that we have been put in, where it is the taxpayers looking to bailout. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the—oh, it’s got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So, healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we have—we’ve got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing, but one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today. We’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.
Watch the video below:



Meanwhile, check out Fey as Palin:
FEY AS PALIN: "Like every American I'm speaking with, we're ill about this. We're saying, 'Hey, why bail out Fanny and Freddie and not me?' But ultimately what the bailout does is, help those that are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy to help ... uh ... it's gotta be all about job creation, too. Also, too, shoring up our economy and putting Fannie and Freddy back on the right track and so healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reigning in spending ... 'cause Barack Obama, y'know ... has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans, also, having a dollar value meal at restaurants. That's gonna help. But one in five jobs being created today under the umbrella of job creation. That, you know ... Also ..."
The similarities are frightening. And let's not forget Palin's view of Russia in terms of foreign policy:
COURIC: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land-- boundary that we have with-- Canada. It-- it's funny that a comment like that was-- kind of made to-- cari-- I don't know, you know? Reporters--

COURIC: Mock?

PALIN: Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah.

COURIC: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.

PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our-- our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia--

COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We-- we do-- it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where-- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is-- from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to-- to our state.
And SNL's take:
POEHLER AS COURIC: "On foreign policy, I want to give you one more chance to explain your claim that you have foreign policy experience based on Alaska's proximity to Russia. What did you mean by that?"

FEY AS PALIN: "Well, Alaska and Russia are only separated by a narrow maritime border. (using her hands to illustrate) You got Alaska here, this right here is water, and this is Russia. So, we keep an eye on them."

POEHLER AS COURIC: "And how do you do that exactly?"

FEY AS PALIN: "Every morning, when Alaskans wake up, one of the first things they do, is look outside to see if there are any Russians hanging around. And if there are, you gotta go up to them and ask, 'What are you doing here?' and if they can't give you a good reason, it's our responsibility to say, you know, 'Shoo! Get back over there!'
Watch the whole video. While hilarious, it should also frighten anyone who compares it to her actual thoughts and thinks this woman might be a heartbeat from the presidency:

Sunday, September 28, 2008

McCain Smirks His Way Through the Debate

One thing for sure, McCain made his mark with those who watched the debate, but not necessarily in the right way. Many who watched the debate, and I'm not talking about pundits or analysts, noted the following:
  • McCain avoided looking at Obama (look at the above image when they shake hands; he's not even looking at him there --- and he's smirking)
  • McCain often smirked at Obama's comments
  • McCain was often contemptuous of Obama in terms of his facial expressions
  • McCain appeared angry at times ... not showing any respect for his opponent
Watch below, a clip put together by the Democrats. Ah, the beauty of YouTube. It shows McCain smirking while Obama gave his answers, unwilling to even look at Obama.



My wife is a psychologist, and thus, she analyzed the facial tics and body language of McCain during the debate. Her analysis?
His smirks, out-of-context smiles, and such are covering up a lot of hostility, anger and contempt towards Obama. Such expressions usually hide a difficult or ugly feeling that a person is trying not to express.

McCain Melanoma Ad Pulled

MSNBC halted the airing of an ad by the groups Democracy for America and Brave New PAC which noted John McCain's past bouts with skin cancer. The ad also demanded that he release his medical records to the public.

NBC spokeswoman Allison Gollust said,
"The ad had not been thoroughly vetted prior to air, and has since been removed from our commercial rotation."
CNN had already declined to run the ad, but MSNBC ran it several times Thursday evening and Friday morning before pulling it.

But why shouldn't Americans care about McCain's health? Why shouldn't he release his medical records? As I've previously said, his age make the choice of his Vice-Presidential running mate of prime importance. If you vote for him, you'd darn well better be sure you would want Sarah Palin in his place.

In fact, in April, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta wrote about McCain (emphasis mine):
From what we have gathered, McCain has Stage IIA melanoma, which carries an average 10-year survival rate of 66 percent. Dermatologists say McCain’s odds are better because the odds improve the longer you go without a recurrence. (Note that McCain might have just had a recurrence; he had another mole removed in July.)

If you see the pictures of his face, you will no doubt see a scar running down the left side and persistent puffiness of his left cheek. This is from the aggressive operation he had to remove the cancer as well as the lymph nodes in the area, as well as part of his parotid gland. When we show those pictures to independent doctors, some have told us an operation of that magnitude would’ve been done only for a much more serious and aggressive cancer than IIA melanoma. Other doctors disagree, saying McCain’s aggressive operation may have been done out of an abundance of caution, where doctors removed more lymph nodes and other tissue than is normally done, because he is, well, John McCain.
As the ad says:
Caption: John McCain is 72 years old and has had skin cancer 4 times.

Michael D. Fratkin, MD: The relevance of knowing the details of his course with melanoma are very important. Another bout of cancer for John McCain while he's President of the United States would profoundly impact his capacity to lead.

Noah Craft, MD, PhD: Melanoma in the deadliest of skin cancers and the chances of survival if you have melanoma spread through your body are very, very slim.

Caption: Why won't John McCain release his Medical Records?
It should be noted that Fratkin specializes in Emergency Medicine, but that Craft is a dematologist and his Harbor UCLA Medical Center Division of Dematology bio says (emphasis mine):
He completed his dermatology residency at UCLA in the STAR program. There, he completed his post-doctoral research in the laboratory of Jeffery F. Miller in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics at UCLA working on Listeria monocytogenes as a model to study host immunity against Leishmaniasis and melanoma.
Watch the ad:

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Krugman on Palin's Economics: "Totally Incoherent"

Paul Krugman joined Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! on Friday morning. Naturally much of the broadcast centered around the ongoing financial crisis. For those who don't know, Krugman is professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University and a columnist at the New York Times.

Goodman played an excerpt of Sarah Palin's recent interview with Katie Couric. Couric was in fact on CBS' The Early Show and introduced the clip. After watching it, Krugman commented (emphasis mine).
KATIE COURIC: She’s not always responsive when she’s asked questions and sometimes does slip back to her talking points, so it was a really interesting experience for me to interview her yesterday.

MAGGIE RODRIGUEZ: Let’s see if that’s the case here. We have an excerpt where you ask her about her opinion on the bailout.

COURIC: OK.

Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with healthcare, housing, gas and groceries, allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy, instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

GOV. SARAH PALIN: That’s why I say, I, like every American I’m speaking with, we’re ill about this position that we have been put in, where it is the taxpayers looking to bailout. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the—oh, it’s got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So, healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we have—we’ve got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing, but one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today. We’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.

AMY GOODMAN: Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin on CBS. Paul Krugman, your response?

PAUL KRUGMAN: You know, I’m sorry, but, you know, I am a college teacher, and that sounds like nothing so much as a freshman who hasn’t actually done any of the—read any of the readings and is confronted with an essay question on the exam, and so he throws in sort of random paragraphs of stuff that he thinks kind of sounds like economics. That was incredible. That was totally incoherent.
Look, I'm not an economist like Krugman, but even I could see that was totally rambling and made no sense. This is the person some want to be a heartbeat away from the presidency?

There is an MP3 version of the broadcast at Democracy Now!'s site; the clip is about 17:45 into the broadcast.

Friday, September 26, 2008

According to McCain, He Won the Debate --- Before Even Agreeing to Attend

Confidence, confidence. Despite the fact that until earlier today McCain hadn't even agreed to meet Obama tonight in Mississippi (he has since decided to attend the debate), a sharp-eyed Washington post reader spotted an ad in the online edition of the Wall Street Journal.

The ad was pretty clear: "McCain Wins Debate!," it said (above). Click the image to see the story and the ad together.

Another Washington Post reader spotted a similar ad, one whcih included a quote from McCain campaign manager Rick Davis declaring: "McCain won the debate-- hands down."

McCain isn't the only one releasing early press releases this week. Yesterday, China's official news agency Xinhua announced the success of their long-awaited space mission launch, hours before it happened.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

To Reduce Poverty, Legislator Proposes Sterilization for the Poor

Louisiana State Representative John LaBruzzo (R-Metairie) has a different idea for combating poverty. His idea: pay poor men and women to be sterilized. He would pay $1,000 to women to have their Fallopian tubes tied and $500 to poor men if they have a vasectomy.

LaBruzzo said:
“You have these people who are just fed up with working their buns off to try to provide for their own family and being forced by the government o provide for others’ families who just want to have unlimited kids.”
Archbishop of New Orleans Alfred Hughes blasted the idea. In a statement, he said:
“The Catholic Church has consistently taught that direct sterilization is seriously wrong. The recent proposal of Rep. LaBruzzo not only would make sterilization our public policy and require tax payers to pay for it, but would also constitute a form of eugenics that the Church and this country have always condemned as an egregious affront to those targeted and blatantly anti-life.”
The ACLU of Louisiana also spoke out about the idea. Majorie Esman, spokesperson for the ACLU said:
“The solution to figure out what they need, so they can improve their circumstances, not by the government dictating or influencing who should and who should not have children.”

McCain Prefers Couric to Letterman

We know that John McCain has suspended his campaign, purportedly because of the financial crisis (he apparently can't multitask). This included him cancelling his appearance on Late Night with David Letterman.

Of course, Letterman spoke about this on his, and he showed a clip of McCain, not in Washington, D.C., but sitting down with CBS’s Katie Couric for an interview at the same time he was supposed to be on Letterman's show.

As Letterman said (to Keith Olbermann, who appeared in McCain's place):
When John McCain, and he was nice enough to call me on the phone, and said he was racing back to Washington. And our people here were told, it's so serious he was getting on a plane immediately and racing back to Washington.

And now we've just been told, here, take a look. Do we have it on the thing? This is going live, there he is right there. Doesn't seem to be racing to the airport, now does he?
I have to admit Couric is cuter than Letterman, but still.

Watch the video:

Barack Obama Hung in Effigy at a Christian University

Racist "Obama Waffles" were on display at the 2008 Values Voters Summit, and it now appears that a Christian university has joined the racism crowd, with regards to the presidential election.

A cardboard effigy of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was found hanging from a treee at George Fox University, in Newberg, Oregon, which bills itself as "Oregon's Christian University since 1891."

The university posted a statement on its website, but referred to the event only as the "Sept. 23 campus incident."
The display has been condemned by the university board of trustees, the president and the student government. President Robin Baker addressed more than 1,200 students and staff on Wednesday morning. “We will not tolerate such displays and condemn it in the strongest terms,” he said. “George Fox University is committed to becoming a place that more broadly represents the Kingdom of God – a place where students from diverse backgrounds come together to live out the teachings of Jesus in our world. We are all created in the image of God and placed in this world to reflect the character of God.”
A sign reading "Act Six reject" was taped to the effigy. Act Six is a scholarship program run by the college granted to 10 student leaders from urban Portland. According to the statement, most of those in the program are ethnic minorities.

Ah, those Christian values. Now we know for sure racism is one of them. Ironically, George Fox was the founder of the Quakers.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hospital Workers Fired After Posting Patient Photos on MySpace

Either these hospital workers have a strange fetish or ... well, I actually can't think of an alternative. Two University of New Mexico Hospital employees were fired after it was discovered that they have been posting photos of patients' injuries to MySpace.

The workers were using their cell phone cameras. A hospital supervisor received an anonymous tip about them on Tuesday and launched an inquiry.

The MySpace page could only be accessed by the employee's MySpace friends, as the profile was set to private, a small measure of comfort. Additionally, the identifying features of the patients were omitted, so no one could be identified --- but neither could the hospital inform any of the victims of the incident.

Sam Giammo, a spokesman for the hospital said:
"This is the first time that something like this has ever happened that we are aware of. We've come down hard on the discipline, because we want people to know we won't tolerate it."
Besides the two who were fired, several other workers were disciplined for not reporting it.

N.M. GOP leader: Hispanics Think "They're Above Blacks," Won’t Vote for Obama

A recent AP - Yahoo! News poll indicated that Barack Obama may lose the election because of lingering negative views of blacks by white Democrats. It seems, based on this statement, that it's something the GOP is counting on as well.

A BBC reporter spoke to Fernando de Baca, the chairman of Bernalillo County (New Mexico) Republicans. Chairman since 2005, he offered a controversial reason why he believed John McCain would do well in New Mexico:
"The truth is that Hispanics came here as conquerors. African-Americans came here as slaves. Hispanics consider themselves above blacks. They won't vote for a black president."
McCain was pretty quick to distance himself from those comments, however, with McCain spokeswoman Ivette Barajas saying:
“Mr. C. de Baca’s comments are extremely offensive and insulting. We believe that Mr. C. de Baca’s comments in no way reflect the beliefs of New Mexico Hispanics. He has no affiliation with our campaign.”
You can watch a video report here:

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

In Terms of the Elite, It's 13 McCain Cars to One Obama Car

McCain, the man-of-the-people. The non-elite. But not only does he have so many McMansions he can't keep track of them, his wife wears a $300,000 outfit to the RNC. And this is the person who will understand the pain of the common man, in terms of the economy?

Let us not forget that McCain himself has said his knowledge of the economy is lacking.

Newsweek has a story up about McCain's McCars. And based on public vehicle-registration records, it's John and Cindy McCain: 13 automobiles; Barack and Michelle Obama: one.

The Obamas' lone vehicle is somewhat green, a 2008 Ford Escape hybrid. I say somewhat because it's better than most, but not great. But McCain's?
  • Cadillac CTS made by General Motors (US)
  • Volkswagen convertible (Germany)
  • Honda sedan (Japan)
  • Half-ton Ford pickup truck (US)
  • Willys Jeep (US)
  • Jeep Wrangler (US)
  • Lincoln (US)
  • GMC SUV (US)
  • Three NEV Gem electric vehicles - bubble-shaped cars popular in retirement communities (US)
  • Lexus - registered to Cindy McCain's family's beer business with MS BUD number plate (Japan)
  • Toyota Prius bought for daughter Meghan (Japan)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Bill Maher Wants to Save Levi Johnston

Bill Maher has taken pity on Levi Johnston, the young man who, ahem, impregnated Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol. He's even gone so far as to create a website dedicated to Levi's "rescue."

In this hilarious segment of New Rules, Maher pleads with Levi that he doesn’t have to go through with the shotgun wedding if he doesn’t want to, telling him that “this is the 21st century” (at least in the Blue States) and that he has options.

As he said on Friday night's Real Time with Bill Maher:
If we can’t, after all is said and done, make this election go the right way, at least we can save one man. I’m talking about young Master Levi Johnston. He’s the 18-year-old Alaskan hockey enthusiast who knocked up Sarah Palin’s daughter, and the National Enquirer describes him as “a boozing pot-smoker who doesn’t want to get married” – and John McCain thinks he found his soul mate!

We’ve all recently seen how evil henchman of the Republican party captured this poor innocent out of his natural habitat and forced him into a shotgun wedding, all so that their campaign narrative of fake family values could be upheld. When the 17-year-old daughter of the vice presidential candidate running on the Jesus ticket is “out to here,” it’s just better that Levi was introduced as the “fiancĂ©.” Looks a little less white trashy.

But that doesn’t change the fact that right now Levi is America’s number one political prisoner. But Levi, you don’t have to be – this is the 21st century, at least in the Blue States. We don’t have sharia law like in Saudi Arabia, or Alabama, and as much as the Bible thumpers would want it, we still don’t have arranged marriages in America. You don’t have to do this – you have options. You can pull a Juno – f*ck, you live in Juneau! Or you could do what most people do with an unwanted child: give it to Angelina Jolie.

And if you’re worried about the baby, don’t – let’s get real dude, the way you are at 18, a baby’s better off not being around you – you’ll wind up losing it, or shooting it, or it’ll be on the bottom of your skate or something – just let the Palin womenfolk look after it for a while, one more infant in that Mormon compound they call a house won’t bother anybody – they’ll barely notice another kid at the table, and soon they won’t even remember whose seed it was that produced young “Trink” or “Truck” or “Puck” or whatever f*cked up redneck name they give him.

In any event, we here at Real Time have taken the liberty of purchasing the website FreeLevi.org. And I will be happy to give the site over to you if you want to use it to get folks to contribute to some sort of liberty fund so you can get enough money to get out of that frozen meth lab they call a town. And even if the money doesn’t come in, listen to me, it’s not too late: just grab your skull bong, climb out the window, and get on the highway. I can’t actually come get you, or even let you stay at my place because I’m pretty sure you’d smoke all my weed, but just call me from a pay phone, I know of a safe house you can stay ‘til after the election, it’s like the witness protection program for baby-daddies.

And remember, Levi: California knows how to party. Trust me, the girls out here are going to love a big, high-sticking farm boy like you. If you play your cards right, in a couple weeks you could be screwing the lesbian right out of Lindsay Lohan.
Watch the video:

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Reporters Arrested at RNC See Charges Dropped

Over two dozen reporters who were arrested at the Republican National Convention in early September saw their charges dropped. Those arrested included Amy Goodman, host of Pacifica Radio's Democracy Now! program, which is also broadcast on cable TV stations such as LinkTV.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said Friday that the city attorney's office recommended against prosecuting reporters for the misdemeanor charge. He said:
"This decision reflects the values we have in St. Paul to protect and promote our First Amendment rights to freedom of the press. At the scene, the police did their duty in protecting public safety. In this decision, we are serving the public's interest to maintain the integrity of our democracy, system of justice and freedom of the press."
What? If you watch or listen to the footage provided by Democracy Now! in terms of Goodman's arrest as well as Democracy Now! producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, they were clearly wearing their Press badges, yet were shoved to the ground, bloodied, and even had their badges stripped from them.

In other words, what freedom of the press? It seems suspiciously like this was done strictly to reduce the publicity of the protests at the RNC. In a blog post at Democracy Now's site, Goodman said:
“It’s good that these false charges have finally been dropped, but we never should have been arrested to begin with. These violent and unlawful arrests disrupted our work and had a chilling effect on the reporting of dissent. Freedom of the press is also about the public’s right to know what is happening on their streets. There needs to be a full investigation of law enforcement activities during the convention.”
It's also interesting that St. Paul made the RNC buy insurance covering up to $10 million in lawsuits.

Watch the footage of Goodman's ridiculous arrest below:


Friday, September 19, 2008

George Allen, "Mr. Macaca," to Be Featured Speaker at Minority Outreach Rally

Does anyone remember George Allen? The former senator from Virginia pretty much lost the race in 2006 to Jim Webb when he referred to a young man, to S.R. Sidarth, who was filming a campaign event of Allen's as a "tracker" for the Webb campaign, as "macaca," which is a racial slur.

Macaca means "monkey."

Well, on Saturday, Northern Virginia Republicans will be staging a "unity" rally to "improve their appeal among the region’s large ethnic population." And one of their featured speakers will be the "Macaca Man" himself, George Allen.

Only the Republicans would call this a good idea.

After the "Macaca incident," allegations arose about racial slurs Allen used during college. He eventually lost the race to Webb, once again showing how easy it is to screw up your political career in the YouTube era.

In 2008, The Washington Post speculated that Allen would have been a strong candidate for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination --- if he hadn't blown it with "Macaca."

Watch the gaffe:


Thursday, September 18, 2008

McCain (Sort Of) Says Obama Didn't Call Palin a Pig

Previously I showed decisively, with video, that Barack Obama was not calling Sara Palin a pig when he talked about "lipstick on a pig," but was instead using a colloquialism. At the same time I showed a video of McCain making the same statement, which if the Democrats had chosen to do so, could have been twisted into an attack against him. But the Dems did not.

On Monday, John McCain said that Obama did not call Palin a pig. Sort of. Despite saying this, he still turned it into an attack. What he said after saying "no" to a question about the comment was the same argument he used on The View:
"No, I but know that he chooses his words carefully, and it was the wrong thing to say."
So what is McCain doing? He's saying that Obama didn't explicitly call Palin a pig, but was using an eloquent speech to do it underhandedly.

In other words, while saying Obama didn't call Palin a pig, he's saying ... he did.

It's this kind of "have it both ways" mentality that has suffused the McCain campaign. For example, Obama is a Muslim ... yet his pastor, Reverend Wright, is a source of contention. How can he have a Christian pastor if he's a Muslim? And yes, I realize that the McCain campaign itself has not made this statement, but the Right has, and McCain hasn't made an effort to debunk it, know it helps him.

There's also no way of knowing if the McCain camp is pushing these rumors under the table, as well.

So McCain, thanks for the sort of apology ... kind of.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

McCain Invented the Blackberry?

If Al Gore didn't invent the Internet, then maybe John McCain invented the Blackberry. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, McCain's senior domestic policy advisor, when pressed about McCain and the economy, pointed to his time on the Senate Commerce Committee.

When pressed further for something he did on the Commerce Committee that affected the economy, Holtz-Eakin held up his Blackberry, saying "He did this."
"Telecommunications of the United States, the premiere innovation in the past 15 years, comes right through the Commerce Committee. So you're looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create. And that's what he did. He both regulated and deregulated the industry."
It's an ironic claim, that McCain would have anything to do with technology, since McCain has himself stated thathis computer-illiterate.

He's not the first senator to have issues with technology. Sen. Ted Stevens once said the Internet was a "series of tubes." Further, he also said:
I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?
While McCain has little use for technology, Barack Obama has a Blackberry, and is frequently seen using it. A question that's been posed before is, should voters judge a senator or a president on their tech savvy? After all, with technology advancing as it is, shouldn't they understand it?

Monday, September 15, 2008

"Hockey Mom" with a Bronze Body: Palin's Tanning Bed

In another example of just who is elite in this campaign, it's been confirmed that Sarah Palin installed a private tanning bed in the Alaska governor's mansion. The report was first made by the Narco News Bulletin and confirmed by US Magazine.

While it's true that the governor paid for the bed with private funds, it's also true that the question of elitism has been brought up by the McCain camp during this election, despite the fact that it's really the McPalin ticket that has far more wealth than Obama.

Color Me Tan manager Erin Wiese told the Narco News that it is not at all typical in Alaska for individuals to install tanning beds in their homes.
“I don’t think it’s normal for people to have a tanning bed in their house. It’s expensive."
It should be noted that the governor's mansion was rewired after Palin moved in. However, according to Roger Wetherell, chief communications officer of Alaska's Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the electrical work was not prompted by the tanning bed, but was part of a project undertaken to bring the historic mansion’s wiring up to current building code.

If you believe that, I have a bridge (to Nowhere) to sell you.

And this revelation is nothing short of irony, since her running mate John McCain has had multiple bouts of skin cancer.

Hannity Blows His Stack Over Statement "U.S. Economy is in Dire Straits"

Sean Hannity, denying the obvious, which is that, as his co-host Alan Colmes says to start this segment, "in turmoil," blew his stack when a guest suggested the same. Robert Kuttner, of The American Prospect was the guest on Sunday.

Colmes and Kuttner were discussing the economy, and Hannity started to actually defame his guest.
HANNITY: Stop it. Stop it. This is — this is garbage you're spewing here.

KUTTNER: No name calling yet.

HANNITY: No, it's not name calling. But it's garbage you're spewing.

KUTTNER: He's the guy who's — he's the guy who's trying to be idealistic. And this is a — this is a cutthroat campaign.

HANNITY: He's hiding — he's hiding who he really is. You don't hang out with Pfleger and Ayers and Wright for 20 years and then just say, "I didn't hardly know these guys." If you want to believe that — that garbage, you go right ahead.

You are voting for Obama, by the way. This is a pro-Obama book. You are voting for Obama.

KUTTNER: But I'm not here to do Obama...

HANNITY: Stop it. You — when you say...

KUTTNER: I'm not here to be insulted either. You're doing RNC talking points, Sean.

HANNITY: Excuse me. I don't have RNC — these are Hannity talking points. I write the talking points.

KUTTNER: Right. Yes, yes. Where do you get them from?

HANNITY: Here's what we have. You say — you spew this line, DNC talking points.

KUTTNER: I don't spew any goddamn line.

HANNITY: You said the economy...

KUTTNER: Stop insulting me or I'm walking off the set.

HANNITY: Go ahead. Go. Good-bye. Walk off.

KUTTNER: Are you going to let me have my two minutes?

HANNITY: Please. I don't care. Go right ahead. Walk off. You aid the economy is in dire straits.

KUTTNER: It is in dire straits. You want to deny that, you fool?

HANNITY: You fool, you idiot.

KUTTNER: You're going to deny that the economy is in dire straits?

HANNITY: For the first time — sir, sir, unemployment in this country...

KUTTNER: Sir, sir, my butt.

HANNITY: ... has been lowest than in the last four decades. Economic growth in the last quarter was 3.4 percent.

(CROSSTALK)

KUTTNER: Lower in the last four decades?

HANNITY: Interest rates, inflation have been lower in the Bush years than they've been in the last three decades, and you are trying to convince the people of America that something is...

KUTTNER: Do you get a turn to talk?

HANNITY: Go ahead.

KUTTNER: Well, if you can persuade the American person that the average family is doing great, your guy deserves to win the election. But I don't think the American people are that stupid.

HANNITY: Yes, OK. So you're saying dire straits. You know what? Here's the position you Democrats are in. You've got to convince the American people the surge has failed, the war is lost...

KUTTNER: We're talking about the economy.

HANNITY: Excuse me. We had record unemployment compared to the last four decades, lower than the last four decades average, 3.4 percent gross - - growth, and you're using the term "dire." You've got to convince the American people the economy is in bad shape and the war is lost, and it's all based a lie. That's not true. Record unemployment? Because they stop tracking once people's unemployment runs out. And let's not forget the underemployed.

KUTTNER: Excuse me, it's based on people's own lives. People's health insurance are going up in smoke. People's pensions are going up in smoke. People's jobs are being exported to China. Unemployment is 6.1 percent and rising. The administration is bailing out Wall Street, because a Republican...

HANNITY: And we got out of the recession that Clinton and Gore gave us. And we got out of the negative impact on the economy on 9/11. Now we have made... There was no recession after Clinton and Gore left office. The recession we are now in began with Bush. In fact, the economy was in great shape when Clinton left office.

KUTTNER: If you think the economy is great, you campaign on that.

HANNITY: And Barack Obama wants to spend $1 trillion on new spending. A trillion dollars in new government spending on nationalized health care. Is that good for the economy? How about the trillions we are spending in Iraq?

KUTTNER: We probably need more than that. You talk...

HANNITY: Really?

KUTTNER: Yes. You talk about the average person about their insincerity of health care.

HANNITY: So you want the government to take care of all our problems?

KUTTNER: Well, the secretary in the treasury, Mr. Paulson, apparently does when it comes to bailing out Wall Street.

HANNITY: The same government that bankrupted Social Security? The same government that bankrupted Medicare? It's going bankrupt.

KUTTNER: Social Security is in much better shape than Citigroup or Morgan Stanley or — if most of the banks on Wall Street were in as good a shape as Social Security, this country would be in great shape.

HANNITY: You're dreaming.

KUTTNER: The election is going to turn on whether pocketbook issues...

I suppose Hannity hasn't noticed the subprime lending crisis, the bank failures, the bailout of Fannie and Freddie, the sale of Merrill Lynch to B of A, and the bankruptcy filing of Lehman Brothers. Watch the video:

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Racist "Obama Waffles" Appear at "Family Values" Conference

Family Values: a core --- at least advertised as such --- component of the GOP platform, now apparently includes racism. An exhibitor at the 2008 Value Voters Summit - sponsored by the Family Research Council has been selling seemingly racist anti-Obama waffles.

One need only think about Aunt Jemima and pancakes to know there's at least a hint of racism there. Additionally, besides one charicature of Obama with the tagline "Waffling the World Over," there is a second one of Obama in a turban with the words, "Point box toward Mecca for tastier waffles."

At the very least, the comment about Mecca is an out-and-out lie, as Obama is definitely not Muslim. It's strange how this keeps coming up as the scandal over Reverend Wright, a former pastor at Obama's then-church should show people he's not a Muslim, if he has a pastor. He's a Christian, in fact.

You can't have it both ways.

On the back of the box, Obama is pictured in stereotypical Mexican garb, including a sombrero. There's also a recipe for "Open Border Fiesta Waffles" that says it can serve "4 or more illegal aliens," with the tip "While waiting for these zesty treats to invade your home, why not learn a foreign language?"

Pope Benedict XVI Condemns "Pagan" Materialism

On Saturday, at an outdoor Mass in France attended by 250,000 people, Pope Benedict XVI condemned the world's love of power, possessions and money as a modern-day plague, comparing it to "paganism."

He said:
"Has not our modern world created its own idols? Has it not imitated, perhaps inadvertently, the pagans of antiquity, by diverting man from his true end, from the joy of living eternally with God? This is a question that all people, if they are honest with themselves, cannot help but ask."
While many would be unwilling to admit it, certainly one need only look to America, where as the country no longer manufacturers much of anything, the only contribution the country makes to the global economy --- it is clear --- is consumerism.

The pope continued on to Lourdes after the Mass, on a pilgrimage to the shrine there. Lourdes is where St. Bernadette, a peasant girl, said she had visions of the Virgin Mary in 1858.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

McCain Lies Further to Justify His "Lie Ads" on "The View"

McCain appeared on The View on Friday, and he was under fairly intense grilling by the hosts. In one segment --- well, basically McCain tried to justify the ads he's "approved" which are obvious lies. And to do so, he lied still further.
Joy Behar: "There are ads running from your campaign. One of them is saying that Obama when he said "you can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig" was talking about Sarah. There's another ad that says that Obama was interested in teaching sex education to kindergarteners. Now we know that those two ads are untrue, they're lies. And yet, you at the end of it say you approve these messages. Do you really approve these?"

McCain: Actually, they're not lies, and have you seen some of the ads running against me?
Actually, they are lies, and perhaps if your campaign stopped using negative ads the Democrats could as well. We should campaign on issues, not lies. And it's a blatant lie by McCain to say they are not.

This video clearly shows that Obama was not talking about Palin:



This video clearly shows the lies that McCain is spreading:



His lame justification? "Have you seen some of the ads running about me?"

Barbara Walters then interjected:
You, yourself, said the same thing about putting lipstick on a pig. You yourself used the same expression.

McCain: When I was talking about a health care plan.

Walters: Yeah, but he talked about change; he wasn't talking about Sarah Palin.

McCain: Sen. Obama chooses his words very carefully. He shouldn’t have said it. He shouldn’t have said it. He chooses his words very carefully. And this is a tough campaign.
So, now his justification is that because Obama gave them a sentence that they can misquote, out of context, it's OK to lie about it? And also, this is a tough campaign, so it's OK to lie about it?

In 2000, I might have voted for McCain. This is not the John McCain I knew. He is an out-and-out liar and will say anything to get elected. He will also do anything, per his choice of Sarah Palin, clearly unqualified, for VP, simply because she has one chromosome in common with Hillary Clinton.

Watch the clip:

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FDA Warns Against Chinese-Made Baby Formula

Certainly, it's been a while since the last major "made in China means dangerous" fiasco. You will probably recall the issues last year over toys a date rape drug, dog food with melamine (which killed several dogs), toys with lead paint, contaminated toothpaste, and on and on. Well, it appears it's time for our next problem product: baby formula.

Now, it should be noted that no baby formula approved for use in the USA is manufactured in China (wonder why).

"We want to reassure the public that there's no contamination in the domestic supply of infant formula," said Janice Oliver, deputy of operations at the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

The U.S.-approved makers of milk-based baby formula are Abbott Nutrition, Bristol-Myers Squibb unit MeadJohnson Nutritionals, Nestle USA, PBM Nutritionals and Solus Products; the FDA contacted them and none of them use Chinese ingredients, either.

However, in 2004 fake formula from China, which killed dozens of babies there, was found in at least one U.S. store. It was an Asian market, so that is what the FDA is concerned about this time.

Reports in the Chinese news media say that as many as 60 babies have been admitted to hospitals with kidney stones and that the illnesses have been linked to powdered formula made by the company Sanlu. At least one baby has died.

Melamine, if you'll recall from the pet food story from last year, can be used to increase the "perceived" protein content of something.

And why do we outsource so much to China? Oh, right, corporate greed as well as the need to get the lowest price at any cost.

Friday, September 12, 2008

McCain Said the Same Thing About Lipstick, Pigs, and Clinton

Well, here's a question. There's a big flap over Barack Obama's "lipstick" comment, which was totally taken out of context, as Obama was not speaking about Sarah Palin, but about John McCain and how his "change" wasn't change at all. Once again, not about Palin.
"You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig. You can wrap up an old fish in a piece of paper and call it change. It's still going to stink after eight years. We've had enough."
It's pretty obvious, because he says "eight years." Yet it's used as an attack.

Here's the question: what about John McCain? Watch the following video. Was he talking about Hillary Clinton? No. But the Democrats could have attacked if they had wanted. Perhaps this needs to be brought up again.

Unlike the GOP, I will be honest. McCain in Iowa on 10/11/2007 was referring to Hillary Clinton's health care plan as putting "lipstick on the pig, but it's still a pig."

Watch:

Thursday, September 11, 2008

President Palin a "Really Scary Thing": Damon

While I might agree with Matt Damon about the frightening prospect of someone who would govern seemingly based totally on religion (and it's hard to dispute that based on the YouTube video in which she said that the Iraq war was a task from God), it's strange that in this AP interview, he says he knows nothing about her.

That's what frightens me as well: I've heard feminists supporting her, yet if they took a look at her stance on abortion, they would turn tail and run. People need to do their research, and after they do, then make their choice.

Damon said:
I think there is a really good chance that Sarah Palin could president. And I think that's a really scary thing because I don't know anything about her. I don't think in eight weeks I'm going to know anything about her. I know that she was a mayor of a really, really small town. And she's governor of Alaska for less than two years. I just don't understand... I think the pick was made for political purposes but in terms of governance it's a disaster.

You do the actuary tables and there's a one out of three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn't survive his first term and it will be President Palin. And it really ... we were talking about it earlier ... it's like a really bad Disney movie. The hockey mom. "Oh, I'm just a hockey mom from Alaska." And she's the president. And it's like she's facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It's absurd. It's totally absurd. And I don't understand why more people aren't talking about how absurd it is. It's a really terrifying possibility. The fact that we've gotten this far and we're that close to this being a reality is crazy, crazy.

I need to know if she really thinks dinosaurs were here 4000 years ago, that's an important...I want to know that. I really do. Because she's going to have the nuclear codes. I want to know if she thinks dinosaurs were here 4000 years ago. Or if she banned books or tried to ban books. We can't have that.
Watch Damon:



Watch Palin's "task from God" speech (the whole thing, not the short piece):


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sarah Palin Action Figures Now Available

Yes, if you really, really think you want to see Sarah Palin's bare midriff, you can indeed via HeroBuilders.com. In the latest in their line of offbeat action figures, Sarah Palin can be purchased (and I don't mean via graft) for around $30, as either a "School Girl," "Superhero," or regular action figure.

BTW, why is there a school girl version which has her 40+ year old face on it? Makes no sense to me.

For those of you wondering, HeroBuilders is working on a Joe Biden figure, and the company already has Obama and McCain figures.

And, if you want to immortalize yourself, the company also creates custom figures which can be --- yes --- based on you.

Palin Billed Alaska for Nights Spent at Home

For someone billed as a reformer, this is a strange report. On the other hand, perhaps not so much for someone billed as a "maverick;" this certainly isn't something most would do --- I assume.

The Washington Post reports that Sarah Palin billed Alaska for several questionable things. As the Post reports:
During her speech at the Republican National Convention last week, Palin cast herself as a crusader for fiscal rectitude as Alaska's governor. She noted that she sold a state-owned plane used by the former governor. "While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for," she said to loud applause.
Despite this, Palin billed the state for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office. She charged the "per diem" allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business. Traveling expenses, not at home expenses.

The state was also billed about $25,000 for Palin's daughters' expenses and $19,000 for her husband's.

Asked Monday about the official policy on charging for children's travel expenses, Kim Garnero, Alaska state finance director said:
"We cover the expenses of anyone who's conducting state business. I can't imagine kids could be doing that."
More:
The family also charged for flights around the state, including trips to Alaska events such as the start of the Iditarod dog-sled race and the Iron Dog snowmobile race, a contest that Todd Palin won.
Wow, being the "first husband" has some really great perks.

It should also be noted that one trip by Palin to New York City in October of 2007 (accompanied by Bristol, though this would be egregious even without her), Palin spent 3 nights in a $707 / night hotel. The event was Newsweek's third annual Women and Leadership Conference.

Change? This sounds like politics as usual.

Monday, September 8, 2008

John McCain: Reformed Maverick

The Daily Show does it again. And as we know from a Pew Survey, viewers of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are more knowledgeable about current events than those who watch Bill O’Reilly, Lou Dobbs, Larry King, and the “average consumers of NBC, ABC, Fox News, CNN, C-SPAN and daily newspapers.”

The problem is, the viewers of those other shows believe what they are "fed," fallacious or not.

In this segment from his Sept. 5th show, Jon Stewart covers the many flip-flops of John McCain, showing us an amazing and undeniable video account of saying anything to get elected.
Everyone assumed this son and grandson of admirals would be a star at the Naval Academy. He showed 'em (pan to McCain's 894th ranking at the Naval Academy).

...

Part 2: Abandoning Everything He Always Stood For

2000: If we repealed Roe v. Wade tomorrow, thousands of young American women would be performing illegal and dangerous procedures.

2006: I do not support Roe v. Wade; it should be overturned.

(BTW, what people don't realize is that even if Roe v. Wade were overturned, abortion would not be illegal. Instead states would be able to define their own sets of rules.

2004: I would clearly support not extending those tax cuts.

2008: I'll make the Bush tax cuts permanent (otherwise known as tax cuts for the rich).

2002: I am very certain that this military engagement will not be very difficult.

2006: Many of us fully understood from the beginning (it) would be a very, very difficult undertaking.
More available on flip-flopping McCain:

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Federal Highway Fund Nearly Broke; Shows McCain's "Gas Tax Holiday" was a Bad Idea

The Federal Highway Fund is nearly broke, and this goes to show how foolish those who asked for a "Gas Tax Holiday," including John McCain, the GOP's Presidential candidate, truly were. Not only was it a foolish idea, it went against common sense, and Americans need to use their common sense when voting this year.

To the point, earlier this year, McCain, obviously pandering to Americans upset over the high cost of gasoline, said that he felt a three month gas tax holiday would help Americans. The fact that even without such a holiday the Federal Highway Fund is nearly out of money, shows that the idea was a great political move, but stupid public policy.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials said the average American would have saved $28. Additionally, that same press release said:
Our nation's transportation infrastructure is quite literally the platform of our economy, and it is already deteriorating at an alarming rate. Now is not the time to propose red herrings instead of real solutions. If anything, concerns over high energy costs should be dealt with through comprehensive energy policy, not sacrificing our transportation infrastructure.
Unlike emerging markets like China, our infrastructure, including but not isolated to the highway system, is aging. Why is the fund out of cash without a holiday? Because the high price of gasoline has resulted in Americans driving less, about 3.7% in May, for example.

Not only is it clear that a gas tax holiday was a stupid idea, but it's also clear that in fact --- wait for it --- we need to increase the tax rate. Oh, oh, those words, "tax increase" have immediately turned off anyone reading this.

The press release above says it all:
The current user fee of 18.4 cents per gallon has remained unchanged since October 1, 1993, despite inflation and the skyrocketing cost of construction.
Common sense should say that if the cost of rebuilding something has gone up, the Fund required to effect those repairs must have increased money as well. Therefore, if we want to keep our transportation system running, which, as said above is "quite literally the platform of our economy," despite the pain of the increased tax rates, a tax increase must be done.

Common sense, which many Americans like to ignore if it affects their wallets, says so.

On the other hand, John McCain has publicly stated that his economic knowledge isn't up to snuff:
The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should," McCain said. "I've got Greenspan's book."
McCain's tax plan if he becomes President includes income tax cuts. Unfortunately, the majority of those cuts are for the wealthy. Americans hear "tax cuts" and don't do their homework; McCain's plan, as outlined by the LA Times (linked above) clearly helps the wealthy; Obama's clearly help the middle class, but increases taxes on the wealthy. Ooooh, tax increases, but on the wealthy: as he said married Americans making under $250,000 would be unaffected.

Do the majority of Americans need to care about a tax increase under Obama? No.

Let's not forget that Obama was also against the gas tax holiday. But who was right in that call? Both Obama, and common sense.

Americans, do your homework. Don't hear the talking points and vote without thinking. And use some common sense, will you?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

McCain Runs Afoul of Copyright, Again

Earlier this year John McCain was forced to remove a YouTube video because it used the song "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, without permission. It appears he hasn't changed his stance on using music without copyright, as at the conclusion of the GOP convention on Thursday night, the campaign played the song “Barracuda” by Heart. Sarah Palin's high school nickname was reportedly "Sarah Barracuda." Whatever.

Anyway, Heart wasn't too happy about this. A Heart spokesperson said:
"The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission. We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We hope our wishes will be honored."
In addition to the two infringements of copyright already presented, ThinkProgress has more:
In August, singer Jackson Browne sued the McCain campaign and the Ohio Republican Party for copyright infringement because his song “Running on Empty” was used in an ad by the state party. Browne’s lawyers said that “McCain and his campaign were well aware of” this fact.

In August, the McCain campaign re-cut a web ad after comedian Mike Myers’s publicist complained about the use of footage of Myers and fellow Saturday Night Live alum Dana Carvey’s “Wayne’s World” characters.

Earlier this year, the copyright owners for the “Rocky” theme song “telephoned the McCain campaign to politely complain it was being used without permission.”
And earlier this year, McCain defended his adoration of ABBA, but he's managed to stay away from their songs.

Hmmm, maybe the RIAA and MPAA had better ask McCain how he really feels about P2P and music downloading, eh?

Friday, September 5, 2008

Who's Elite? Cindy McCain and Her $300,000 Outfit

Despite persistent attacks against Obama over "elitism," one need only look at a few things, such as the number of houses (too many for him to recall) McCain owns, the multi-million dollar empire that Cindy McCain oversees, and the fact that Barack Obama was brought up by a single mother, to know who is really elite.

But here's more evidence.

Vanity Fair analyzed Cindy McCain's Tuesday night outfit, and estimated its worth, comparing it to Laura Bush's expensive but not outrageously so outfit on the same night:
Laura Bush
Oscar de la Renta suit: $2,500
Stuart Weitzman heels: $325
Pearl stud earrings: $600–$1,500
Total: Between $3,425 and $4,325

Cindy McCain
Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000
Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500
Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000
Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000–$25,000
Shoes, designer unknown: $600

Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100
VF says it's "just an estimate," but it's not like it's off by an order of magnitude.

At the same time, remember that dress that Michelle Obama wore on The View that became a fave? $148.

Who's elite?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Reagan Speechwriter Peggy Noonan on Palin: "It's Over"

Gotta watch those open mikes, guys.

Here's an interesting video. Peggy Noonan, former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan, dishes on what she really thinks of Sarah Palin in an open mike, with fellow conservatives Mike Murphy and Chuck Todd. This shows what GOP pundits really think of the GOP's VP candidate.
Chuck Todd: Mike Murphy, Peggy Noonan, lots of free advice; we’ll see if Steve Schmidt and the boys were watching. We’ll find out on your blackberry. Tonight voters will get their chance to hear from Sarah Palin and she will get the chance to show voters she’s the right woman for the job. Up next, one man who’s already convinced and he’ll us why Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Open Mike:

Peggy Noonan: Yeah.

Mike Murphy: You know, because I come out of the blue swing state governor world: Engler, Whitman, Tommy Thompson, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush. I mean, these guys — this is how you win a Texas race, just run it up. And it’s not gonna work. And ... but ...

Noonan: It’s over.

Murphy: Yeah. Still McCain can give a version of the Lieberman speech to do himself some good.

Todd: I also think the Palin pick is insulting to Kay Bailey Hutchinson, too.

Noonan: Saw Kay this morning.

Todd: Yeah, she’s never looked comfortable about this ...

Murphy: They’re all bummed out.

Todd: Yeah, I mean is she really the most qualified woman they could have turned to?

Noonan: The most qualified? No. I think they went for this — excuse me– political bullsh*t about narratives –

Todd: Yeah, they went to a narrative.

Murphy: I totally agree.

Noonan: Every time the Republicans do that, because that’s not where they live and it’s not what they’re good at, they blow it.

Murphy: You know what’s really the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism, and this is cynical.

Todd: This is cynical, and as you called it, gimmicky.

Murphy: Yeah.

Todd: Thanks, guys.
Nice to hear honesty. This is what they really think, not the spin and brave faces they put up in public.

Watch and listen:



Palin's Husband Was Secessionist Party Member

Earlier, reports from ABC News said that members of the "Alaska Independence Party" had indicated that McCain's GOP running-mate Sarah Palin was a member of their organization in the 1990s. This group has been striving for a vote for Alaskan secession from the U.S. since the 1970s.

While it was Lynette Clark, the chairman of the AIP who made this statement, according to records, Sarah Palin was never a member. However, what is true, and backed by Alaskan voting records, is that Palin's husband Todd twice registered as a member of that party, in 1995 and 2000, as indicated by Gail Fenumiai, director of the Alaska Division of Elections.

That AIP's goal, as per their web site, is:
The Alaskan Independence Party's goal is the vote we were entitled to in 1958, one choice from among the following four alternatives:
  1. Remain a Territory.
  2. Become a separate and Independent Nation.
  3. Accept Commonwealth status.
  4. Become a State.
Sarah Palin did address the AIP's convention earlier this year, by video, saying:
"Your party plays an important role in our state's politics. I've always said that competition is so good, and that applies to political parties as well."
You can see Palin's address below:


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

"Any Person Who Can Help Raise 5 Children Can Be VP" - Fox News

During a discussion on Fox & Friends Monday about Sarah Palin, host Steve Doocy, who had previously noted Alaska's proximity to Russia as reason to assume she has foreign policy experience, emphasized motherhood as a reason to consider her capable of being VP.
"And plus she’s a mother of five. And we were out at the state fair and somebody said, 'Look, any person who can help raise five children, any mother who can raise five children … certainly could be vice-president of the United States.' Because, they said, being a mom is tougher than being vice-president."

Freudian slip there? The part about "help raise five children" (per the weekend rumors about her last child)?
This could either be an accolade for being a mom, or a mocking of the responsibility of being VP. Based on the amount of influence Cheney exerted during the Bush administration, I think it's supposed to be an accolade for being a mother.

But based on this, shouldn't Michelle Duggar, mother of 17 with 18 on the way, have been McCain's pick?

At any rate, what we should really worry about is whether a mother of 5, two-year governor of a state who's population is smaller than that of 16 cities in America, whose only other experience was as mayor of a village of 8,500 (from which she was nearly recalled), is capable of being president.

Because as VP, she's a heartbeat away from that, and with John McCain being 72 and having been treated for melanoma more than once, is that someone we want to take a chance on?

What do you think would happen if she met with Vladimir Putin? He would destroy her.

Watch the video, from Fox & Friends, broadcast September 1, 2008.

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