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“Vertical Stripes” Are Supporting Barack in 2012

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I may not know much about traditional family values, but I’m guessing that there may be something of interest in the Huckabee Family Closets. 

Let’s play, ‘I Wonder What It Is…’

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December 11, 2008 Posted by | Commentary | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

God Says “NO!”

In a recent interview with Fox News, Sarah Palin describes a conversation she had with God regarding her 2012 plans.  View the complete transcript here!

Could the caption below explain it any better?

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November 12, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Did you know?, Funny, Politics, Rant | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DOES PALIN KNOW WHAT THE BUSH DOCTRINE IS?

Click here for the video. Let’s be real here, her not knowing is not necessarily a bad thing – I mean, I don’t think having a link to Bush is going to benefit any candidate.

September 13, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PALIN DENIES DENYING HUMAN ROLE IN GLOBAL WARMING

This woman is incredible, and not in a good way. NOTE: The picture to the left is unrelated to Sarah Palin.

Last year, she told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, “I’m not an Al Gore, doom-and-gloom environmentalist blaming the changes in our climate on human activity.” And in an interview Newmax magazine just released, which was conducted before she was selected as John McCain’s running mate, the Alaska governor said, “A changing climate will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.”

Click here for more on the double-talk.

September 13, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SEX, LIES, AND THE GOP CONVENTION

From Yahoo News:

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her Republican supporters held back little Wednesday as they issued dismissive attacks on Barack Obama and flattering praise on her credentials to be vice president. In some cases, the reproach and the praise stretched the truth.

Some examples:

PALIN: “I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending … and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress ‘thanks but no thanks’ for that Bridge to Nowhere.”

THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a “bridge to nowhere.”

PALIN: “There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state senate.”

THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.

PALIN: “The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.”

THE FACTS: The Tax Policy Center, a think tank run jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, concluded that Obama’s plan would increase after-tax income for middle-income taxpayers by about 5 percent by 2012, or nearly $2,200 annually. McCain’s plan, which cuts taxes across all income levels, would raise after tax-income for middle-income taxpayers by 3 percent, the center concluded.

Obama would provide $80 billion in tax breaks, mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credits for larger families.

He also would raise income taxes, capital gains and dividend taxes on the wealthiest. He would raise payroll taxes on taxpayers with incomes above $250,000, and he would raise corporate taxes. Small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year would see taxes rise.

MCCAIN: “She’s been governor of our largest state, in charge of 20 percent of America’s energy supply … She’s responsible for 20 percent of the nation’s energy supply. I’m entertained by the comparison and I hope we can keep making that comparison that running a political campaign is somehow comparable to being the executive of the largest state in America,” he said in an interview with ABC News’ Charles Gibson.

THE FACTS: McCain’s phrasing exaggerates both claims. Palin is governor of a state that ranks second nationally in crude oil production, but she’s no more “responsible” for that resource than President Bush was when he was governor of Texas, another oil-producing state. In fact, her primary power is the ability to tax oil, which she did in concert with the Alaska Legislature. And where Alaska is the largest state in America, McCain could as easily have called it the 47th largest state — by population.

MCCAIN: “She’s the commander of the Alaska National Guard. … She has been in charge, and she has had national security as one of her primary responsibilities,” he said on ABC.

THE FACTS: While governors are in charge of their state guard units, that authority ends whenever those units are called to actual military service. When guard units are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, for example, they assume those duties under “federal status,” which means they report to the Defense Department, not their governors. Alaska’s national guard units have a total of about 4,200 personnel, among the smallest of state guard organizations.

FORMER ARKANSAS GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE: Palin “got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States.”

THE FACTS: A whopper. Palin got 616 votes in the 1996 mayor’s election, and got 909 in her 1999 re-election race, for a total of 1,525. Biden dropped out of the race after the Iowa caucuses, but he still got 76,165 votes in 23 states and the District of Columbia where he was on the ballot during the 2008 presidential primaries.

FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOV. MITT ROMNEY: “We need change, all right — change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington — throw out the big-government liberals, and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin.”

THE FACTS: A Back-to-the-Future moment. George W. Bush, a conservative Republican, has been president for nearly eight years. And until last year, Republicans controlled Congress. Only since January 2007 have Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate.

September 4, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MY COMMENTARY ON PALIN’S SPEECH – SOMETIMES YOU JUST GOTTA LAUGH…

Here’s my commentary via text messaging with a friend during Sarah Palin’s speech. I tried to be funny to avoid being so pissed at the tone of her speech, but at the end I just got mad and diappointed and then shut it off:

Friend: You watching Palin?
Me: Uh, no. I hear she’s a bitch in this speech. OK, now I am.

Friend: Good to watch the enemy.
Me: She is a hag among a bunch of rich, smug people. Oh wow, Track (or whatever his name is) needs to use some eye cream stat! Isn’t he 19? 

Friend: McCain’s wife is holding her baby.
Me: Baby daddy spotted! Where’s Algebra? (Trig joke)

Friend: She named her kids after horses and brooms. 
Me: LOL. Cindy is dressed like a Christmas tree in Stepford. Sarah is going to prom right after this. Hey, I wonder what % of registered republicans vote versus registered dems? Oh, here we go: Country first, um, yeah. This country is in the shitter right now. 

Friend: Yeah, she’s small town America. Just like every one of you folks on welfare. 
Me: Karen Walker wants her hairpiece back. 

Friend: Yeah, beige on black, good look for TV. Whoops, who let the hippie in? (As she’s being led away) 
Me: McCain’s Mom thinks she’s in Disneyland right now. I don’t mind her (Palin) as much as I detest the smugness of the Republican party as a whole. Their smug asses. Oh, luxury jet on Ebay, the Republicans are laughing nervously now! 

Me: Power of veto is a term from Big Brother. Half of the laughter is very nervous laughter from the old school. Oh wait, promoting change is what McCain’s about even though he supported Bush over 90% of the time! 

September 4, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

UH-OH, SARAH PALIN HAS EVEN MORE ‘SPLAININ TO DO

Oh boy, this could sink McCain/Palin after all!

From CBS News: What may prove to be the single most damaging angle to Sarah Palin’s role on the Republican Party ticket? There are quite a few contenders (ethics scandal, earmarks, inexperience, outside-the-mainstream views), but following up on Hilzoy’s item from last night, Palin’s association with the Alaska Independence Party might be the most politically detrimental.

It’s practically impossible to make a “Country First” argument when your running mate is affiliated with a political party that puts country second.

Officials of the Alaskan Independence Party say that Palin was once so independent, she was once a member of their party, which since the 1970s has been pushing for a legal vote for Alaskans to decide whether or not residents of the 49th state can secede from the United States.And while McCain’s motto — as seen in a new TV ad — is “Country First,” the AIP’s motto is the exact opposite — “Alaska First — Alaska Always.”

Lynette Clark, the chairman of the AIP, tells ABC News that Palin and her husband Todd were members in 1994, even attending the 1994 statewide convention in Wasilla. Clark was AIP secretary at the time.

“We are a state’s rights party,” Clark — a self-employed goldminer — tells ABC News. The AIP has “a plank that challenges the legality of the Alaskan statehood vote as illegal and in violation of United Nations charter and international law.”

For all the talk about Barack and Michelle Obama’s patriotism, John McCain’s running mate was a member of a political party that liked the idea of seceding from the United States altogether. It’s the kind of idea that would have been more common in the 1850s.

Advocating secession is, practically by definition, un-American. How does the right go after Obama’s patriotism while supporting a ticket with a candidate who joined a secessionist party?

We are, after all, talking about a party founded by a man who said, “I’m an Alaskan, not an American. I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions.” The same man, AIP founder Joe Vogler, also said, “[T]he fires of Hell are glaciers compared to my hate for the American government.”

How is this any better than Jeremiah Wright? Why would Sarah Palin voluntarily join this man’s political party?

Complicating matters, Marc Ambinder has a video of a AIP leader explaining that party members “must ‘infiltrate’ — his words — the other two parties and push for the cause of Alaskan independence.”

I suspect McCain and his aides didn’t know about any of this. Indeed, they couldn’t have — they didn’t vet her. But now that this revelation has come to light, what’s the defense?

September 2, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MCCAIN CHOOSES A YOUNG-ISH WOMAN AS HIS RUNNING MATE

I’m curious to know how John McCain will justify how he could choose someone with so little political experience when much of his campaign has been about Obama not having enough experience. Now he has a running mate with even less experience, even if I personally think she seems like a good (and very wise) choice. We’ll see how it plays out!
Sen. John McCain has picked Alaska Gov. Sarah as his running mate, a senior McCain campaign official told CNN on Friday.

Palin, 44, who’s in her first term as governor, is a pioneering figure in Alaska, the first woman and the youngest person to hold the state’s top political job.

She catapulted to the post with a strong reputation as a political outsider, forged during her stint in local politics. She was mayor and a council member of the small town of Wasila and was chairman of the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates Alaska’s oil and gas resources, in 2003 and 2004.

The conservative Palin defeated two so-called political insiders to win the governor’s job — incumbent Gov. Frank Murkowski in the GOP primary and former two-term Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles in the 2006 general election.

Palin made her name in part by backing tough ethical standards for politicians. During the first legislative session after her election, her administration passed a state ethics law overhaul.

Palin’s term has not been without controversy. A legislative investigation is looking into allegations that Palin fired Alaska’s public safety commissioner because he refused to fire the governor’s former brother-in-law, a state trooper.

Palin acknowledged that a call was made by a member of her staff to a trooper in which the staffer suggested he was speaking for the governor.

Palin has acknowledged that the call could be interpreted as pressure to fire state trooper Mike Wooten, who was locked in a child-custody battle with Palin’s sister.

“I am truly disappointed and disturbed to learn that a member of this administration contacted the Department of Public Safety regarding Trooper Wooten,” Governor Palin said. “At no time did I authorize any member of my staff to do so.”

Palin suspended the staffer who made the call and the investigation is continuing.

Palin has been focused on energy and natural resource policy during her short stint in office, and is known for her support of drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, a position opposed by McCain but supported by many grass-roots Republicans.

Her biography on the state governor’s Web site says one of the two major pieces of legislation passed during her first legislative session was a competitive process to construct a gas pipeline.

Palin started Alaska’s Petroleum Systems Integrity Office — an oversight and maintenance agency for the state’s oil and gas equipment, facilities and infrastructure. She created the Climate Change Subcabinet that would forge a climate change strategy, according to the biography.

At present, Palin chairs the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, a multistate panel “that promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety and the environment,” the biography says.

She has been named chair of the National Governors Association’s Natural Resources Committee. That panel is focused on legislation to make sure that federal policies take state priorities into account in agriculture, energy, environmental protection and natural resource management.

She is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and takes part in two of Alaska’s popular pastimes — fishing and hunting.

The governor’s biography says Palin’s other priorities have been “education and workforce development, public health and safety, and transportation and infrastructure development.”

The biography touts other achievements during her time as governor — the investment of $5 billion in state savings, overhauling educational funding, and implementing a program to help low-income elderly Alaskans.

Born in Idaho, she is a longtime Alaskan and a Protestant. Her biography says she arrived in Alaska in 1964, “when her parents came to teach school in Skagway.”

She graduated from Wasila High School in 1982 and received a bachelor of science degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987.

Her husband is Todd Palin, who is a lifelong resident of the state and an oil production operator on Alaska’s North Slope. They have five children, including a son who enlisted in the Army last year.

Congressional Quarterly notes Palin’s other past occupations, including commercial fishing company owner; outdoor recreational equipment company owner; and sports reporter.

Palin also made an unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor in 2002, Congressional Quarterly said.

August 29, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ENDANGERED SPECIES LAW IN TROUBLE, THANKS TO BUSH

The countdown to January has begun, and the Bush administration is starting to roll out a long, foul list of last-minute policy changes. If its proposal to gut the Endangered Species Act is any indication of what it has in mind, we all have cause to be frightened of the next several months.

The proposal, which does not require congressional approval, would allow federal agencies to decide for themselves whether or not that highway, dam or mine they want to build would adversely impact any endangered species – instead of turning the matter over to independent government scientists in the Fish & Wildlife Service, the way that they’ve done for 35 years.

And if you don’t think that the Department of Transportation or the Office of Surface Mining or any other federal department is more interested in getting its own projects done than in the fate of a rare fish or snake or bird, well, how much would you like to pay for that bridge that is going to destroy them?

What adds the insult to this injury is the rationale this administration has offered for these changes. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne expressed the administration’s concern that the Endangered Species Act in its current form might be acting as a “back door” for federal agencies to assess the impact of greenhouse-gas emissions on protected species and their habitats. He added that the agency needed to “focus” on where it could “do the most good.”

Excuse us?

Federal agencies with the foresight to consider how greenhouse-gas emissions are affecting endangered species should be applauded and encouraged, not censored and shut down. Especially since so few of them have either the expertise or the inclination to consider the impact their projects have on endangered species – which is why those independent government science reviews came in handy.

According to Michael Bean, the director of wildlife conservation activities for the Environmental Defense Fund, tens of thousands of federal projects get scrutiny from the Fish & Wildlife Service every year. It’s inconceivable that we’d receive the same level of oversight if we just left the job up to each agency. And that, of course, is the point – for years, the Bush administration has sought ways to undermine the review process for habitat and protected species. In its own way, this move is breathtakingly brilliant: It allows the Bush administration to gut a law without having to answer for it to Congress, or, it turns out, to the public.

Of course, the Bush administration got some help: It has since emerged that this regulation was written in the Department of the Interior’s Solicitor’s Office. That makes sense – the administration was more interested in the opinions of lawyers than those of scientists about the real-world impact that this proposal will have. Their lawyers had better have a good explanation as to why there will be no public hearings on this issue and why the Fish & Wildlife Service is no longer accepting e-mail from the public during this 30-day “public comment” period.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and the chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works committee, called the proposed changes illegal. If the Bush administration manages to ram this through, we urge her to make sure that reversing it is one of her top priorities as soon as a new administration takes office.

Unfortunately, we fear that Boxer – and the rest of Congress – will have a lot to clean up once January comes around. If this proposal is any indication of what the Bush administration has in mind for its last-minute list, the next several months are going to bring a lot of pain for the environment, for animals, and for humans, too.

The Fish and Wildlife Service claims that you can still make your voice heard by going to the Federal Rulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov.

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August 17, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, Go green, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment