It seems that life these days begins and ends with Sarah Palin, the energizer bunny of the Redumplicans. Never was a candidate so beloved who, if elected, will be be seen so little. But for those still needing reasons for NOT voting for the moose gutting Alaskan, take a trip over to AlterNet and view the record of her troubling views on any number of issues. Some should curl your nose hairs a bit.
Another good article from Alternet about John McCain’s record vis-a-vis women’s issues, especially working women is located here. It’s worth your time to take a look.
American Street has a good explanation of the polls and how to assess their reliability. I can sure say, they are worrying me plenty, but have to recall that bounces are bounces for a reason as the Street informs us. What comes up, comes down, and we still have the all important debates to do. If McCain does as poorly on them as he gives speeches, we are still hopefully in fine shape.
Given that we seem to be racing through fall directly into winter these days in Iowa, I found this lovely recipe for Cream of Cauliflower Soup and thought it was perfect. I have about half a head and may just make a smaller version tomorrow. The recipe is from Baking Delights. Note: Adding bacon or sausage to the soup makes it hearty indeed.
If you don’t think we are well on our way to a police state, brought to us by the Republican party, travel no further than Michael Winship’s report on what happened to the media at the St. Paul conventionlast week. It is enough to make you very scared indeed. Bloggers were especially targeted it seems, many held for more than a day without charges. Thanks to the Bill Moyers Journal for this article.
Before you go off and threaten to leave the country over this Palin crap, stop by Distributorcap NY and get the sense beat back into you. DC is crazy as a fox and has the right take I believe. This is but a phase and reality will shudder back into place and we will win this thing!
Fran I Am is irreverent, and she is wise, and witty, and worth reading every day. But do take a look at her Monday entry on hypocrisy. It’s a real head nodder you bet it is. I’m just giving you the main site because most everything she writes is worth the trip, so keep scrolling down and enjoy. Oh and a great post on Joe Biden and abortion is the second post for 09/07. Don’t miss that one either.
Not good news. Newsweekrecently interviewed Randy Scheunemann, foreign policy “expert” and McCain super advisor. Seems Randy thinks that Russia and China are not alliesand well, let the sabres rattle away. For those of us tired of war and the threat of war, Mr. Scheunemann, who we assume represents Mr. McCain, does nothing to reassure us that Mr. McCain doesn’t intend the same fist shaking mentality to prevail in his hoped for administration. Scary indeed.
Nothing much changes in the McCain slime war. Lies and more lies as FactCheck.org says. They are taking to having to repeat themselves a lot these days, as McCain refuses to retrack lies from his ads when advised that they are lies. They just put them in the next one. This one about Obama voting for billions for oil subsidiesis just more lie. Further, McCain ads cherry picks quotes about Palin’s maverick status and being a reformer, when in fact such “quotes” can’t even be found in the AP report, and leaves out of course the AP statement that “she is less experienced and casts an ethical shadow on the party.”
I think I’m back in the corner where the Dems can pretty much leave Palin alone. She seems about to self-distruct with her out and out lies and the increasing media anger that she is being kept under wraps. Certainly they are reinforced in that decision when little Sarah demonstrated a clear lack of understanding of how Fannie and Freddie worked in the real world of economics. Even the Wall Street Journal is calling her on her lies, so McCain and his band of misfits can’t continue to scream “liberal media bias” forever. Thanks to Michael Tomasky’s Blog for this one.
For a terrific article on the Catholic vote, go over to the History News Network. What Catholics don’t do it seems, is follow the Church. Much as that must pain the ultra right in the church, Catholics like others, have a little more to them than blind allegiance to the Vatican.
The question becomes is John McCain just a douchebag or a monster? Oh I didn’t make that up. Kevin Drum did, and If I Ran the Zoo reported it. But I do think it sums up John Sidney quite well. His life pattern is simply that of a person who is not very nice, and gets what he wants, and doesn’t care who he cuts off at the knees to accomplish that.
If you need ammunition for friends, family or coworkers on what Obama has done as a junior Senator from Illinois, then It’s My Right to be Left, has a nice rundown of the 500+ pieces of legislation that Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored since he was elected. Pretty impressive I’d say.
I don’t know about you, but I was pleasantly surprised to wake up this morning. What with that big atom smasher thingie, I was expecting to wink out of existence at any moment. I suspect I wouldn’t have expected anything, just winked and been gone. Actually we might be in an alternate universe, and not know it. Anyone check the stars? Or would they be the same? My head is now spinning. Check out Live Science and they will explain all this to you, and me hopefully. But just in case, keep your vacuum handing in case a black hole floats by. Suck that baby up and put it out in the trash if you catch one.
We welcomeLotsa ‘Splainin’ 2 Do. And we send you there to learn about pi, for reasons we don’t even understand. I believe they do lots of other good stuff there politically speaking as well. So take a look and be a new fan. They will be added to the next update of the blogroll, but it’s not there yet!
Judith Warner has an excellent piece in the NYTimes this week. It’s about Sarah and how she is a disservice to women across America. It’s about more things than that, and it’s worth the three minutes it will take to read it. Do so, or, I’ll oh leave something nasty in your mailbox or somethin. LOL. And there is a terrific editorial calling on Mr. McCain to stop the culture war and begin talking civilly about issues. Don’t miss it.
This week’s On Faith at the Washington Post, is apropos. Are candidates religious views troubling to you?They sure are to me. Ms. Palin spends entirely too much time, IMO, telling us that God is for the things she proposed as Governor of Alaska. I sure don’t want that kind of nonsense in the presidency. Haven’t we had enough of “God’s” leadership in George Dubya?
This one is just thrown in for fun. Wednesday I posted about the extreme form of lying that is going on in the McCain campaign. Steve Benen from Washington Monthly‘s Political Animal, has a tongue in cheek request that, since the Democrats can’t bring themselves down to this level, readers should create their own lying ads. Read the comments and have fun. It’s all in good fun, and hey, you might learn a thing or two you actually didn’t know yet about old John Sidney.
We all know of course, that this lying campaign drivel goes on simply because the media not only permits it, but encourages it. It’s easy, no work political coverage for them. Glenn Greenwald has an excellent piece on the media. It is sickening to be sure, and what we can do about it is left unanswered.
Paul Waldman gives a drippingly sarcastic look at the Politics of Contempt which is how he views the Republicans this year. Gone is any semblance of issues or integrity, this is about painting all Democrats as elites and not “us” he claims. And I agree. A fine piece.
I must say, this report from the Huffington Post really shocked me. I was well aware of McCain’s less than enthusiastic support for the Webb GI Bill, and how he fought it for a long time, but this run down of McCain’s position regarding GI and Veterans issues is truly appalling.McCain has long considered it absolutely wrong for anyone to question his “creds” with veterans, citing all the awards he has received from veterans groups. But we can now see why he brooks no discussion. His record is simply disgusting as are most Republicans. Read it and learn the facts.
If you want talking points for all the flip flopping McCain has done go by Urantian Sojourn and take a look at their list compiled by the Carpetbagger. There are 76 in all.
And of course, it wouldn’t be Friday without our fix. Yes. The Angry African is at it again, and today there are two posts that you MUST ready. The first is a Dear John Letter to JSM, and the second, (be still my fluttering heart) is to a Dear Sarah letter. Oh they are deliciously good, so read them. I’m beginning to think AA is Garrison Keillor in disguise from South Africa. G’wan and read ’em. You know you want to.