McCain, as his first executive act, nominated for vice-president, someone who would succeed, in the event of vacancy or even temporary incapacity (like PTSD stemming from his vaunted 5 years in Hanoi), someone who not all doctors agree will be around four whole years (only “most doctors,” even according to a campaign spokesman) — nevermind the possibility of impeachment or resignation — a clueless Fundamentalist* chosen only to shore-up his party’s political base, seduce non-Republican women voters, and some men by her physical appearance.
While we’re questioning Sarah Palin’s qualifications for vice-president or president, let’s question McCain’s too.
(*–Not that all Fundamentalists are clueless, or as clueless as Palin.)
How did our and the world’s economy become so dependent on gambling on bad debt generated by deceptive, predatory lending?
Can we declare the Reagan Revolution over and restore some sanity to our economic and financial relations with one another??
That’s the U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision – which I didn’t know was still around after the ’80s S&L crisis cleanup – near the bottom of this AP piece.
…by the Portland, Oregon, area Indian Health Board, due to rising gasoline costs and the distances impoverished Indians have to go for care from the federal Indian Health Service (hinted at in the classic “Bureau of Caucasian Affairs” treaty bit). The vote has no legal effect like a settler-government disaster declaration, but it’s hoped it’ll draw attention to the problem … and dollars.
I’m surprised nobody else has jumped on this, after her People interview. Maybe The Man Called FLINTSTONE (as it happens, being released in time for Xmas!) made more of an impression on me than generally!
The Man Called FLINTSTONE was a feature-length Flintstones cartoon spoof of James Bond and similar movies. “The Man” comes from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (as it happens, supposedly being released in stores as we speak!). (In fact a couple of us remembered the title as The Man from F.L.I.N.T.S.T.O.N.E.!) One of the perplexing characters in the movie for Fred and Barney was a mysterious, hypnotic, Russian-sounding woman whose name was evocative of Doctor No from Bond, “Madame Yes” (and whose hat, of Secret Squirrel and Cosby Kid Dumb Donald*!).
In the same way, Sarah Palin seems to have hypnotized the Right and the MSM. As if we won’t mind more stolen elections and fascist dictatorship if we have Her Hotness to gaze upon for the next 16 years or more!
(*–Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids gave the rest of the world the “They should call you” put-downs, hence my headline. Today of course we have the “Your mama so” put-downs.)
So argues this talk (PDF). Try and stick through what seems like gratuitous anti-psychiatry, Tom-Cruise-style, because it builds toward some fascinating, even moving, ideas. I might even borrow the book he’s selling!
These last few Native-related things come via the Native Studies program at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick.
Interesting (briefly-)detailed history (PDF) of New Brunswick’s Loyalist American settlement, illegitimate growth of corporations’ power, politicians’ conflicts-of-interest, and how all of the above left the province’s Natives destitute, as they largely remain. A newspaper commentary by Professor Bear Nicholas.
Good Classical Conservatives respect and honor servicemen and women who serve with honor, in spite of the politics around different wars and other military activities. It goes back to Monarchies and service under the command of the Sovereign.
However, should The Pentagon Channel be available on U.S. territory? The same law that forbade the Bushies from paying domestic journalists (and pseudo-journalists) and pundits for favorable coverage (for which they have not been prosecuted to my knowledge), also forbids them from directly broadcasting domestically (which is why we can’t listen over the air to Voice of America Radio, FWIU a classy, relatively-independent and professional source of U.S. and international news and cultural broadcasting). The United States government is not permitted to disseminate propaganda internally, ie, to propagandize its own citizens. The government as such is not allowed to attempt to influence internal political views one way or another (though politicians and officeholders of course are). That would put government and taxpayer dollars flagrantly at the service of the party or persons in power. Of course, so does the Congressional franking privilege, ie, free postage to constituents, usually maximized during reelection campaigns! But theoretically that’s not its purpose.
They’re now sending out letters to voters who switched their registration to Democratic* to please come back for no other reason than the need for a two-party system instead of one-party d/Democratic rule, not for anything the Grand Oil Party supposedly stands for. I LOL’ed when I saw it! It read like their heart wasn’t even really in it. But we can’t get complacent, because they’ll probably steal it again anyway….
(*–Yes, I know voter reg is public information, but still, it feels Big Brotherish!)
Recently got the following in a mass-email from national Democratic chairman, Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.:
John McCain is running the sleaziest and most negative presidential campaign we’ve ever seen — his campaign is setting new lows with their lies and desperate personal attacks.
Even Karl Rove, the mastermind of George W. Bush’s slash and burn politics, admitted that McCain’s attacks have gone “too far.”
…The McCain campaign has defended and repeated their lies, even after news outlets and independent watchdogs called them “shamelessly misleading,” “thoroughly dishonest,” and “a toxic mix of lies and double-speak.”
The Republicans even lied about the crowd size at one of Sarah Palin’s rallies — they reported 23,000 attendees when there were only 8,000.
These tactics are just more of the same culture of the dishonesty and division that has hurt America so badly the last eight years.
And John McCain is fighting for another four years of the same. Last week, he hired a Washington super-lobbyist to handpick potential White House staff. Apparently he wants to run our government the same way he runs his campaign — surrounded by lobbyists.
Then how come it’s still the way it’s been since 1980?!!! McCain didn’t change Washington. “That’s not a maverick, that’s a sidekick!”
Only after vigorously supporting it, and all kinds of other pork-barrel spending for Alaska, till it became a joke in the rest of the country!
Like Palin owns the word “lipstick” now, just like Fox News Channel owns “fair and balanced” (NOT!). “Lipstick on a pig” is an old rural American expression, far older I’m sure than “lipstick on a pit bull” or whatever it is she said … especially considering how young the institution of “hockey mom” is in this country. (And what, all women have to go back to wearing lipstick in Palin’s America now?)
Haven’t we had enough trouble with hot interns in the White House?!!!
That’s the assessment of at least one paramedical professional with cancer experience and knowledge.
A very reasonable concern, as illustrated here.
Great open with help from “Tina Fey glasses“!!! “Sexy librarian thing”!!!!
(How come Palin has a Chicago-Milwaukee accent, anyway?!)
Nice how the Repugs try to turn their original blindly-irrational “Clinton Haters” status on anyone who disagrees with them, as “Bush Haters,” “Palin Haters,” etc. I said long ago that most of us don’t care enough about W. to hate him – Palin neither – we’re just concerned that they do or could have their finger on The Button and aren’t qualified. We may yet have WW3 before 1/20/09, if not before Election Day, the way the Bushies are talking. But anyone who disagrees with them can’t possibly be rational, right?!!!
They leave the field to the Fox/ABC/NBC Normal/CBS/CNN Conglomerate. So much for the So-Called Liberal Media (SCLM)! LOL!
One of my all-time fave bands, I mustn’t have been listening when the Repugs played “Barracuda” for Palin at the convention. (In fact, I wasn’t listening much at all!) That’s the problem when musicians “sell out.” I guess they gotta eat too. Though their royalties are being donated to the Obama campaign, so it’s not a total waste-product….
Actually, Palin reminds me more of another Amazon fish!
So, Stephen “Fixed Election Date” Harper decides going on like he has with his heavily-indulged theocon minority government in Canada is no longer to his liking? Hypocrite — typical theocon. Trash constitutional law tradition until it suits them to fall back on it. Not that Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition should’ve let him go on this long either….
One never knows what to make of something like this, but it paints a much darker picture of Sarah Palin than we’re being allowed through the MSM. This purports to be from someone who knows her well in Wasilla. It seems to echo some bits and pieces I’ve glimpsed elsewhere, as well as alot I have not. So, for what it’s worth….
Something else I remember from college politics majors (like she was – well, a minor – along with her journalism major): Some of them were really nasty. Coups d’etat in the Politics Club?!! Some others were two-faced. “Politicians,” IOW, in the bad sense. But not all.
(And apologies to Paul Harvey. Good day!)
Sort of. In February I discovered what appears to have been initial published research from Egypt regarding bringing Irritable Bowel Syndrome under control with the help of a temporarily-implanted electrical stimulation device – in your abdomen, not up your butt! – similar to traditional heart pacemakers, more recently also being applied to the brain. That article was published in January 2003.
Today I located what appears to be the follow-up research they indicated, published at the end of ’04, sharpening and confirming their technique, and now recommending it for treatment “when other measures have failed to cure the condition.” (Why wait?!!! I’ve had this going on 20 years!!!)
This is the latest which leading IBS patient-expert Heather Van Vorous has on it there, so again one wonders, did something derail this, or is it making its way through regulatory approvals in Europe or something? I don’t have access to their full article, so if there’s info there, I don’t have it.
Echoing an Obama promise from the Spring, Biden says if elected they’ll end the stonewalling against criminal prosecution of Bush administration officials where warranted, so no one is above the law.
(Too bad we had to go to British media to learn about it….)
Is it possible they picked Palin precisely because of the questions she and her family and Alaska would provoke, as a means of (further) energizing their “base” (in both senses of the word) – see how they turned tonight into “Avoid the Issues / Bash the Media Night” – as well as producing a tail-between-the-legs repentance in the fearful, McCain-adoring MSM? Enough that they’ll “pay no attention to the man behind that curtain” fiddling with the voting machine come November?
Some have noted how they threw poor Bristol to the wolves (not the ones shot from helicopters either). If someone asks you, “Are you really the mother of Trig?” a logical answer isn’t, “My single teenage daughter’s pregnant,” it’s, “I’m not even going to dignify that bizarre question with a response.” Is this the way Bristol’s real mom would respond?!!
I don’t say “Well played, Rove,” because for us not to raise these questions would be irresponsible. If you can’t stand the heat, don’t keep dragging your kids and their lovers into the kitchen kicking and screaming – or onto the airport tarmac – while continuing to preach “family values” and privacy! Maybe journalists play softball up in the 49th (-most-populous) State, although the top two newspapers there question her readiness too (and also her inflated – ie, lying – popularity rating).
If this is all a cynical ploy, it shows their disrespect for the White House they covet so. Of course, the real decisions are made by the Ruling Class elsewhere, but the White House can slow their plans and ambitions if in the “wrong” hands. Note I said slow; have they ever been stopped?
It also shows their disrespect for their “conservative” constituency, as well as that constituency’s willingness to be used so. “What Would Jesus Do?”
Did somebody “get to” the Palin aide who was to be a key voluntary witness and who proved Palin lied when she said none of her staff were involved? Looks suspicious. Just like how Abramoff fallout was going to bring down dozens of GOP Congresscritters … and what’s happened there? “Challenging jurisdiction”? Yeah, that’s real open, real change, real “maverick / reformer”! If she has nothing to hide, she should go back to the Legislature freely, yes with lawyer if necessary … can’t do anything without lawyers anymore. (And don’t let me hear them go on their “trial lawyer” tear now too!) But by gosh, get them under oath, under pain of perjury, no Cheney / Gonzales special deals where they can lie again through their perfect teeth. Sounds like she had a deal: no subpoena embarrassment. For someone “not part of the Washington establishment,” she’s learning pretty quick! “That’s not a maverick, that’s a sidekick!!”
Over 240 square miles of Canadian Arctic ice shelf. Gone. This. Year.
That’s GOPal Warming – and the Repugs’ Canadian agent, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, wants to expand it … not like Canada is short on oil these days, with the Oil Sands and all.
Oh my gosh, I can hardly bear to listen to Palin give her sermon, er, speech, at the Convention! That squeaky, contemptuous, self-righteous, bitchy, smart-assy, pretentious, pursed-lipped delivery – wow, is that what her family, Wasilla, and Alaska have been putting up with? – reminds me of nothing less than Dana Carvey’s “Church Lady” from those old Saturday Night Live “Church Chat” bits. “We like ourselves, don’t we. We think we’re just a liiiiittle bit superior. Who could’ve put that idea into our heads, hm?: SATAN?!” They’ve got to have him/her back for their season premiere on Sept. 13.
Palin turns out to be one of those “hot” girls you just want nothing to do with. Y’know, sometimes you got the idea that you wouldn’t mind “having a beer” with The Church Lady after all was said and done … but not this one! If she shakes that finger at us one more time, it’s gonna fly off!
Look, my only concern is that they’re gonna steal this election like the last few, then McCain croaks or goes PTSD something, and she’ll have her finger on the button, that itchy NRA / Millenialist trigger finger. Her own Alaska fellow-Republicans don’t consider her ready to govern the 49th most populous state in the Union, with fewer people (and services, is my impression) than many Lower 48 cities and counties, let alone the whole Nation! Could Obama turn chilly Alaska Blue?!!
And her much-anticipated speech wasn’t even personal, just boilerplate “masculine,” mostly pre-written for her by the campaign? Not knowing her, I want to hope so, but “conservative” women can get pretty nasty just the same – though not all.
And the McCain campaign is hiding her from news interviews … leaving journalists no choice but to mine her past. Who’s being “combative” now? Look, a political convention is offered to the media as a “feeding frenzy”: if you don’t throw them something, they’ll find something!
I don’t mind Obama/Biden having to run against McCain/Palin, because it’s a slam dunk. Like I say, I’m just concerned about what’s probably gonna happen: either the polls will “mysteriously” “surge” Red in the last week of the campaign, or there’ll be a “mysterious” post-survey Red swing in the election “results” … with massive vote suppression / Jim Crow tactics, “mysterious” e-voting techs messing around the machines, “voter-fraud fraud,” media Red spin, “mysterious” media and survey changes, all the stuff we’ve gotten used to since 2000. Maybe even another unConstitutional federal court intervention … except this time the bench ruling will be 6-3 instead of 5-4, thanks to Bush’s GOP partisan appointees. (And remember, it was Bush who went to court, not President Gore, hence “Bush v. Gore,” not “Gore v. Bush.”)
PS: Isn’t it funny how the Republicans are now the Reds, what with them calling us Communist all those years? I think somebody did that on purpose….
Why do some denominations in America try to legislate their version of personal morality on the rest of us?
I’m something of a theological social ethicist, and I think it’s because either their churches don’t do a good enough job of regulating their own members (as Stanley Hauerwas opined), or because most Americans don’t belong to their denomination (whatever it may be) to begin with. Or both.
Putting it another way, religious pluralism (the second reason above) inspires some religious Americans to try to force persons who don’t believe as they do to act as though they do. You don’t see this so much anywhere else in the world except maybe the post-Communist Orthodox countries, also coping with a pluralistic situation, recovering from generations of state-sponsored militant atheism. This is because these are the most religiously pluralistic countries in the world, where no one sect is all-powerful or very influential. As if to prove the point, we’re starting to see this Europe-wide, as Catholics, conservative Protestants, and some Orthodox Christians get together against perceived secularization, even though each European Union country itself has a state or dominant-cultural religion / sect, witness recent controversies over “God” in their proposed constitution, homosexuality, abortion, etc.
If they can’t get us to join their sect through “evangelism” / proselytism, they’ll try to impose their views politically and/or socially. (Or they’ll seek the state’s help in enforcing even with their own members, though at least this latter option has a long history in religion worldwide!) Alcohol Prohibition or limitations, adultery or (consensual) sodomy as crimes, Gay adoption prohibition, Blue Laws, government support for religion, “God/Christianity” in the Constitution, censorship, etc. – nothing ever presented seriously with true public policy implications, mostly religious or “for your own good.” (*I* have some good public-policy, not-explicitly-religious reasons for Blue Laws, but that’s for another post!)
Cynics say there’s a third reason: that the effort isn’t sincere at all, just a “wedge issue” to energize particular religious-political constituencies. And one has to wonder, when formerly-reasonable-seeming Republican politicians from the ’80s and before, turn into Bible-thumping censors in more recent years: Are they for real, or just playing politics? And when some of them get caught with their pants down etc.
As if a Black man can only get diverse votes in America if he’s a football or basketball player, a TV or movie star, a network TV newsman, a singer or an author. This from the man – McCain – who’s been on Leno no fewer than 13 times, as many as Jennifer Love Hewitt! They say Obama’s the media’s darling, but really it’s McCain, Leno’s “good friend.”
Here’s what I’ve been reading at or from Huffington Post:
This one has two points IMHO:
The amazing transcontinental birth of poor little Trig – not to be believed! Judgment? (So, does his birth certificate say Texas, Washington State, British Columbia, AND Alaska?!! Obama has nothing on this kid!!)
“8 Reasons Sarah Palin is More Qualified than Barack Obama” (satire, but filled with facts and flipflopping!)
And on a related story, a couple thoughtful pieces about single teen pregnancy, approaching it, and preventing it: familial male non-sexual affection, hypersexualizing culture, caring parents and teachers, comprehensive education about sexuality, supportiveness and open communication, and meaning and goals in life, among many other things.
And a few other thoughts from yours truly on the same side-topic:
(*–Including out-of-town cops?!!!)
(**–As opposed to social ethics.)