September 06, 2008
Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid
Excuse Me Madame President Redneck, May I Have a Word WIth You?
Once that happens you may want to know that your President Palin tried to start a business called "Redneck." Given everything else you know so far, are you surprised?
On April 3, 2007, the state went further and issued a "certificate of involuntary dissolution" because of the car wash's failure to file its report and pay state licensing fees.
Palin's gubernatorial disclosure filings also reveal her involvement in another failed startup -- a marketing business which was to go by the name Rouge Cou, which evidently is a literal French translation of "red neck." On the 2005 form, Palin describes the firm as one for which she secured a license but did not conduct any business.
oh same article - she broke the law and stuff.
How's that vetting process working for you so far, McC?
Palin's Pastor Problem
Mr. Kalnins [[her pastor]] is an enthusiastic supporter of "Governor Sarah," as he calls her, and of President George W. Bush, who, he believes, was put in office by the hand of the divine. "I believe criticisms come from hell. God has placed this man in authority. ... You criticize the authority, you're literally bringing in hell with the criticism."
"bringing in hell with criticism."
Why the Religious Right Needs to Win in November
The Conservative Extremist movement is not concerned about the war on terror, although they tell you and themselves that they are. That is a smoke screen.
The war they are waging is for dominance of the judicial branch of the American government. They fight this war for one purpose and one purpose only: so that they can do God's highest will and save the unborn from murder.
You have to admire their sharp focus and twisted strategy: Use a mouthy woman to convince other women to put in power leaders who will appoint justices that will institute further control over women. Sneaky eh?
The most important American citizens to Conservative Extremists like Palin are the unborn. Followed by the unsaved.
Regardless of your view on Roe v. Wade, consider the fact that this election for the GOP is about abortion at the expense of everything else. Because this is the election that decides the makeup of the supreme court for years to come.
That the Presidency and Judicial branch of our government are being manipulated over a single issue based on skewed terror tactics from a marginalized but powerful group is, to say the least, alarming.
Comments can also be jewels from God.
Put your heart into it.
SUE THEM LADIES!!
Thursday afternoon, Heart e-mailed out a statement regarding vice-presidential candidate Sarah "Barracuda" Palin's use of their similarly monikered song at the Republican National Convention: "The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission," it read. "We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We hope our wishes will be honored."
But after McCain finished his speech accepting the GOP's presidential nomination tonight, Palin joined him on stage, and the song was used again: Heart's "Barracuda" played as balloons fell. With that elephant in the room, Heart's Nancy Wilson felt compelled to personally respond. "I think it's completely unfair to be so misrepresented," she said in a phone call to EW.com after the speech. "I feel completely f---ed over." She and sister Ann Wilson then e-mailed the following exclusive statement:
"Sarah Palin's views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song 'Barracuda' no longer be used to promote her image. The song 'Barracuda' was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The 'barracuda' represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there's irony in Republican strategists' choice to make use of it there."
Cult Church Takes Down Sermons - Hrrrmmm.
Web Site With Speeches and Sermons From Palin's Former Church Shuts Down as Religious Views of Candidate Face Scrutiny
September 03, 2008 12:38 PMOfficials of Gov. Sarah Palin's former church, Wasilla Assembly of God, in Alaska, shut down part of their Web site Wednesday, stating that their server could not handle the higher-than-normal traffic.
The part of the Web site no longer functioning appears to be the section where the sermons of senior Pastor Ed Kalnins were available, including one from 2004 -- after Palin left the church -- where he suggested heaven wasn't necessarilyin the cards for anyone who voted for Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
Also no longer available is the video of a speech Palin delivered in June at the graduation service for the church's School of Ministry.
"WasillaAG.net was never intended to handle the traffic it has received in the last few days," says a message on the church Web site. "Due to technical limitations, WasillaAG.net will be unavailable for the immediate future."
I WONDER WHY? Gee did Obama's former church take down IT'S sermon videos?
Wonder what the neocon fundies are so afraid of??
I know I'm afraid.
Jesus, Build Us a Pipeline.
Holy Freak Fest.
"A red-headed Sasquatch for Jesus!"
September 05, 2008
the base is base
Sarah Palin: Book Banner, Liar.
Palin asked librarian Mary Ellin Baker to remove certain volumes due to objectionable language and when Baker balked, the mayor tried to get the librarian herself removed from her post. The Origin of Species was presumably on the list of offensive tomes, since Palin, a fierce sceptic vis-à-vis "the theory" of evolution, supports the teaching of creationism in the schools.
Whatever else she may be, Sarah Palin is an old-school fundamentalist Christian Republican who makes Mitt Romney look like a left-wing extremist, which is why the Republican right has finally come around to support McCain's candidacy. Whether her hockey-mom shtick can obscure the fact that her beliefs are far to the right of the swing voters McCain needs remains to be seen.
But anyone who hoped McCain's campaign would repudiate the kind of race baiting that has long been a staple of Republican politics had to wonder about the racial subtext of the now infamous "bimbo ad" which the McCain campaign ran after Obama's return from Europe. "He's the biggest celebrity in the world," a voiceover declares, alternating images of Obama being mobbed by fans with similar images of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Many felt that the juxtaposition of blond women with black man was entirely intentional.
Klan Rally 2008: GOP
Read these lines.
Last night, while listening to first Giuliani and then Palin sneer at Obama for being a "community organizer," I nearly lost my everloving shit with fury -- not just because, on its face, it shows a deep contempt for an engaged citizenry (back to treating activist like a dirty word again), but because, beneath its surface, it was an ugly racist dog whistle.
Ezra succinctly explains the subtext:
When Giuliani sneered about community organizers on the "South side" of Chicago, it's pretty clear what he's saying: Barack Obama spent his time rabble-rousing among black people. It's no different then when the RNC called him a "street organizer." It's fairly clear what they're trying to evoke. No reason anyone should help them mask it. A community organizer can be a PTA member or a Christian Coalition lieutenant. But that's really not what Palin and Giuliani are getting at. Obama organized poor black people. That's change you can fear.Not just change you can fear, but change you should fear, if you're a white American with any sense. Not only are there Arabs trying to kill us, Mexicans trying to invade us, and Chinese trying to take over the world, but now there's a goddamned black community organizer from the South Side of Chicago who wants to run the country; it wasn't enough we were getting it from all sides -- now we've got an inside problem, too!
why they don't want palin to answer any questions
--Sarah Palin on news of Obama's win over Hillary Clinton.
“Palin is a conniving, manipulative, a**hole,” someone who thinks these are positive traits in a governor told me, summing up Palin’s tenure in Alaska state and local politics.
“She’s a bigot, a racist, and a liar,” is the more blunt assessment of Arnold Gerstheimer who lived in Alaska until two years ago and is now a businessman in Idaho.
“Juneau is a small town; everybody knows everyone else,” he adds. “These stories about what she calls blacks and Eskimos, well, anyone not white and good looking actually, were around long before she became a glint in John McCain’s rheumy eyes. Why do I know they’re true? Because everyone who isn’t aboriginal or Indian in Alaska talks that way.”
“Sambo beat the bitch” may be everyday language up in the bush. Whether it – and the outlook, politics and worldview Palin reflects when she says such things in public – should be part of a presidential campaign is another thing altogether. The comment says as much about McCain as it does about Palin, and it says a lot of things about Americans who overlook such statements (as well as her record) and vote anyway for McCain.
by Charley James
Charley James is an American journalist, author and essayist who lives in Toronto.
Reprinted from The Progressive Curmudgeon
give unto ceasar
-- Jonathan Martin, quoting a commentor
via Tony AKA Shakespierce.
If you haven't guessed....
September 04, 2008
If you had any doubt, the Republicans, super-charged by wingnut manic mother of the year (not) Palin, are feeling their racist oats!
The Hill reports that today, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) used the racially-loaded term “uppity” to describe Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL):
You heard it here first, from me, in April.
Westmoreland was discussing vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s speech with reporters outside the House chamber and was asked to compare her with Michelle Obama.
“Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they’re a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they’re uppity,” Westmoreland said.
Asked to clarify that he used the word “uppity,” Westmoreland said, “Uppity, yeah.”
It's not elite to wear a $300,000 outfit to a Klan rally though.
You Know Its the Sign of the Apocalypse....
When a pregnant 17-year-old girl and her baby daddy represent "Family Values" and are featured prominently at the Republican National Convention.
Who's yer Brittney Spears now?
Is Palin Lying?
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 02, 2008
across the hall POW
And all this time I thought he picked her because she was a woman. Dumb. Me.
In Praise of Spam
It's like the death penalty spam is - i can't kill everything because the cost of one innocent is too much to pay. that's why i rarely report spam.
tonight I'm glad of my weird proclivity to spam. Because lorenzo from Italy popped into my skype.
he said this:
I hope I don’t disturb you. I find your address on the Skype directory.
My name is Lorenzo Pescini and I’m Italian, 40 and I’m a "new classic" compositor.
I’ve just written a new piece of romantic music with the name “Dietro la luna – Behind the moon”.
You can listen it on youtube.
In the video you will see a selection of nice paintings of Francesco Nesi, a famous Italian painter, with my piano solo music….
The address is:
I would like to let it know to the people because we have worked hard for it and for free!
Please if you enjoyed it, write your comments on the site, add it to your prefers, rate it and let know my video to your friends!
Your opinion is very important for me!
Go listen to Lorenzo's music, and behold his friend's art. I'm glad I did. Thanks, Lorenzo.
September 01, 2008
leaving the kids out of it... (pass if you're tired of palin)
including Levi with either willow or bristol or the same friend who thinks Trig is her brother? [[zoom in to see the captions and comments]] - whatever the christian conservative kid, i'm thinkin they shouldn't be drinkin at 16, 17, .... (legal age in alaska?)
any other day, any other race, these would be just kids. But lies are lies are lies. and none of the lies are the fault of the kids.
social network kids - the new reporters.
maybe the governor should take off work more than 3 days after popping out a baby.
one of my favorites still
August 31, 2008
Not again - keeping tabs on gustav
- streaming local nola tv: http://www.wwltv.com/video/?
- online prep page: http://gustav08.ning.com/
- join gustv info yourself: http://gustav08.ning.com/
- the wiki: http://gustavwiki.com/wiki/
- follow twitter tweets: @nola.com @gustavalerts and @littlemee
And it doesn't hurt to pray.