Saturday, September 20, 2008
(not sure websites can be measured that way)dark roasted blend brings us some AMAZING, STRANGE, BEAUTIFUL, BIZARRE photographs
Jewelled Butterfly, by Peter Garvanovic
Friday, September 19, 2008
to be honest? don't we owe them the truth? don't we owe them THAT MUCH? especially if they gave their lives for their country
The Associated Press retracted two government-issued photographs last night after a photographer in Texas alerted the agency that the photos in question appeared to be doctored.
Bob Owen, chief photographer of the San Antonio Express-News, notified the AP that the photos of two deceased soldiers, who died in Iraq on Sept. 14, were nearly identical. Upon examining the photos, Owens noticed that everything except for the soldier’s face, name, and rank was the same. The most glaring similarity, Owen told CJR, was that the camouflage patterns of the two uniforms were “perfectly identical.”
After inspecting the photographs, the AP confirmed that the images were, indeed, Photoshopped, and issued eliminations on the two photos......
he's just too scared to say the black part
During the "Obama Chronicles" segment of the September 16 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly stated of Michelle Obama: "Now I have a lot of people who call me on the radio and say she looks angry. And I have to say there's some validity to that. She looks like an angry woman."
During the segment, O'Reilly asked Vogue magazine contributing editor Rebecca Johnson: "The perception is that she's angry in some quarters. Valid?" Johnson began her response by stating: "Well -- they say she looks angry because of maybe of the cast of her eyebrows or something like that. But, no, I don't find her to be angry. I think what happens is that we expect women to be cheerful and happy all the time in that kind of television personality kind of way. And she's not like that. She's a thoughtful person." He later asked Human Events columnist Michelle Oddis: "Now, did you find out about the angry woman thing, Rebecca? I'm sorry, Michelle? Did you -- is there any validity to that? Or is that an urban myth?" Oddis responded: "I wouldn't say it's an urban myth. I think we all can tell just by appearances and speeches and the way that Michelle has personified herself that she's not warm and fuzzy. We know that about her."
O'Reilly has described the "Obama Chronicles" as an "extensive 25-part series" on Sen. Barack Obama. The September 16 segment constituted part two of the series...........
(i sure as shite don't want 'it')
This video from a Palin event today catches the vice presidential nominee putting herself before John McCain on the ticket. Check out the video and read more here from ABC News. .....
Is President Bush AWOL?By ROGER SIMON
Where’s George? The president, I mean.
You remember him. Dubya. No. 43. Won a second term a few years ago. It was in all the papers.
But where has he been lately? Where has he been during America’s worst financial crisis since the Great Depression?
Nowhere. AWOL. Every now and then, when the stock market takes yet another sickening plunge, a few words issue forth from the presidential lips. A very few words. Delivered with the greatest reluctance.
“I will continue to closely monitor the situation in our financial markets and consult with my economic advisers,” President Bush said Thursday in a two-minute address from the Rose Garden.
That’s right, two minutes. Delivered, according to the official White House transcript, from 10:15 a.m. EDT to 10:17 a.m. EDT. Maybe you missed it. Maybe you were at work. Maybe the president doesn’t care.
Maybe that’s the problem.
George W. Bush will continue to draw a paycheck until noon on Jan. 20, 2009. (If there is still any money left in the U.S. Treasury to pay him, that is.) But what has he been doing to earn his pay lately? Not calming fears among his fellow citizens about their life savings, that’s for sure..........
FEMA Says No to Ice For Hurricane Survivors
Under New Policy, FEMA Says Ice is Not Its ResponsibilityMEGAN CHUCHMACH
Hurricane survivors are being put at risk in Texas and other hot weather states because the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is no longer providing ice in relief situations, say watchdogs, relief workers and local leaders in Hurricane Alley.
"It's frustrating that the government can deliver $85 billion to bail out AIG, and they can't deliver ice in Texas," said Ben Smilowitz, executive director of the Disaster Accountability Project (DAP), a nonpartisan organization that monitors the nation's disaster response system.
In fact, while the federal government can deliver ice to disaster areas, it's chosen not to, under newly-revised FEMA rules. Instead, individual states and local governments are now tasked with purchasing, delivering and storing ice, even though they face tough logistical challenges in doing so, according to critics of the new policy.
"FEMA is effectively saying we can't guarantee you ice," said Mike Womack, director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency......
so why is sen hagel one of the ONLY ones who's pointing it out (on the republican side that is). they ALL have to know sarevil palevil has to be THE worse choice there ever is was and shall be. they HAVE to know she is in NO position to run this country (should it ever come to that, goddess forbid.)
please someone explain to me HOW ANYONE can think sarevil could possibly do the job of vice president? please. i want to understand
In an interview with the Omaha World-Herald, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) questioned whether John McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, has the experience to be president of the United States:
“I do think in a world that is so complicated, so interconnected and so combustible, you really got to have some people in charge that have some sense of the bigger scope of the world,” Hagel said. “I think that’s just a requirement.”
So is Palin qualified to be president?
“I think it’s a stretch to, in any way, to say that she’s got the experience to be president of the United States,” Hagel said.
In a recent interview with ABC News, Palin explained her national security credentials by claiming, “You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.” Hagel said that such answers are “insulting to the American people”:..........
sgt peralta was NOT even an american citizen. he got his green card the day after he enlisted in the marine corps. he gave his LIFE for his adopted country.
to the family and friends and especially those whose lives sgt peralta saved, i am so very sorry for your loss
to those people and our whole country sgt peralta WAS A HERO of the HIGHEST ORDER
(where is king george? can't he make one of those executive decisions he's famous for? get sgt peralta the medal he RIGHTLY deserves - well his family. of course sgt peralta GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY)
Marine Denied Medal of Honor
Sergeant Took Grenade's Blast in Fallujah, Was Lauded by Bush
According to the secretary of the Navy, Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta gave his life to save his comrades in the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004, grabbing a hostile grenade, pulling it to his body and absorbing the brunt of the blast. President Bush later praised Peralta as a hero.
But a decision by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates not to recommend him for the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor, stirred an outcry yesterday by his family and Marines whose lives he saved.
Peralta instead will be posthumously awarded the second-highest award for valor in combat, the Navy Cross, the military announced Tuesday.
Peralta's family members said they could not understand the decision, which was delivered to Peralta's mother, Rosa, by a Marine general on Tuesday.......
Thursday, September 18, 2008
could "use" this - we'd be ALL set!
Posted by David Pescovitz,
The use of causal reasoning to solve problems was previously thought to be something only humans can do. But new research suggests that crows are capable of it too. University of Auckland cognitive scientist Alex Taylor and his colleagues devised an experiment to test New Caledonian crows' causal reasoning. Turns out, they were able to succeed where even chimps fail. I, for one, welcome our new feathered overlords.................
how come i've not seen the following on every front page of every publication?
and how sad is this?
to the families of staff sgt dawson and sgt durbin, my thoughts and prayers are with you
Shocking Iraq Incident: 2 U.S. Soldiers Killed by Another
By Greg Mitchell and The Associated Press
NEW YORK The Pentagon has announced, but the media not yet covered (beyond the basic facts, and usually not that) a shocking incident in Iraq. Two U.S. soldiers -- a staff sergeant and a sergeant -- were killed Sunday morning in a "non-hostile incident."
What was it? The military explains, "A U.S. Soldier is in custody in connection with the shooting deaths. He is being held in custody pending review by a military magistrate." All that was known for some time was that the unnamed soldier "opened fire" on his "superiors."
The two victims are: Staff Sgt. Darris J. Dawson, 24, of Pensacola, Fla., and Sgt. Wesley R. Durbin, 26, of Hurst, Texas. They were "victims of an early morning shooting incident at their patrol base near Iskandariyah, Iraq."
Sergeants Dawson and Durbin were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.........
NBC fact-checks Sarah Palin
In the midst of "Palinmania," a major media outlet has aired a "fact check" segment two weeks after the Republican National Convention debut of Sarah Palin, Alaska's governor and Senator McCain's running mate.
NBC has addressed inaccurate claims on international travel, Alaska's true energy production, foreign policy credentials, the infamous "Bridge(s) to Nowhere," and the subsequent backtracking by the McCain campaign as a result.
Especially noted is Palin's eagerness to claim that she told Congress "Thanks, but no thanks, to that 'Bridge to Nowhere,'" a line she unveiled on September 3, despite the fact that she supported it until Congress no longer did and kept the federal funds nonetheless. Plans for a bridge, using federal money, are still in the works.............
we're up shite's creek and king george took our paddle
Markets in Disarray as Lending Locks Up
Federal Intervention Fails to Stem Crisis of Confidence on Wall St.
The flow of money through critical parts of the financial system all but stopped yesterday, prompting the stock market to plunge again as banks lost faith in one another and investors rushed to U.S. government securities to protect their savings.
In one of the most tumultuous days ever for financial markets, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 449 points, or 4 percent, and so much money fled into safe U.S. debt that buyers were at one point willing to accept interest rates for Treasury bills of only 0.2 percent, the lowest since World War II.The financial toll continued to mount despite a series of escalating steps taken by the government in recent weeks. .............
McCain Attacks Wall Street Greed—While 83 Wall Street Lobbyists Work for His CampaignDavid Corn, Jonathan Stein, and Nick Baumann
In the past few days, as the economic crisis has deepened, Senator John McCain has been decrying the excesses of Wall Street. At a campaign rally in Tampa on Tuesday, he vowed that he and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, if elected, "are going to put an end to the reckless conduct, corruption, and unbridled greed that have caused a crisis on Wall Street." He noted that the "foundation of our economy...has been put at risk by the greed and mismanagement of Wall Street and Washington."
He blasted CEOs who "seem to escape the consequences." He denounced Wall Streeters who "dreamed up investment schemes that they themselves don't even understand" and who used "derivatives, credit default swaps, and mortgage-backed securities" to try "to make their own rules." He excoriated Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for gaming the system. And he slammed financial industry lobbyists for misguiding members of Congress. "I can promise you the days of dealing and special favors will soon be over in Washington." On Wednesday morning, after the federal government committed $85 billion to prevent the collapse of the American International Group (AIG) insurance conglomerate, McCain again assailed irresponsible corporate executives. "We need to change the way Washington and Wall Street does business," he proclaimed.
McCain has been quick with fiery, populist-tinged speeches. But one thing has been missing: any acknowledgment that McCain's own campaign has been loaded with the type of people he's been denouncing. (The McCain campaign did not respond to a request for comment; we will update the post if they do.) As Mother Jones previously reported, former Senator Phil Gramm, McCain's onetime campaign chairman, used a backroom maneuver in late 2000 to slip into law a bill that kept credit default swaps unregulated. These financial instruments greased the way to the subprime meltdown that has led to today's economic crisis. Several of McCain's most senior campaign aides have lobbied for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And the Democratic National Committee, using publicly available records, has identified 177 lobbyists working for the McCain campaign as either aides, policy advisers, or fundraisers................
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
ok, we'll put everything else aside...
SHE FUCKING SHOOTS WOLVES FROM HELICOPTERS AND PAYS $150.00 TO ANYONE ELSE WHO BRINGS IN A WOLF PAW
what sort of person could actually shoot a wolf from a helicopter (and i'm not talking about a wolf that is attacking your firstborn either)?
Sarah Palin's Shocking Animal Cruelty
By Michael Markarian, Humane Society Legislative Fund.
GOP conventioneers were officially introduced to their vice presidential candidate who is, as Fred Thompson said, "the only nominee in the history of either party who knows how to properly field dress a moose."
But it's not Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's personal love of hunting or appetite for moose venison that should strike fear in the heart of every animal advocate in the nation--it's her retrograde policies on animal welfare and conservation that have led to an all-out war on the state's wolves and other creatures.
Her record is so extreme that she has perhaps done more harm to animals than any other current governor in the United States -- and that's a difficult distinction to achieve among our 22 Republican and 28 Democratic chief executives. Voters of both political parties who care about the humane treatment of animals must unite to make sure that the nation's worst governor doesn't end up just a heartbeat away from the nation's most important job.
Palin is not only a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, but is also a close ally of Safari Club International. These radical groups don't represent rank-and-file hunters, but instead lobby on behalf of their elitist, wealthy members to defend despicable and unsporting practices such as captive trophy hunts, bear baiting, and steel-jawed legold traps -- practices that real hunters agree are inhumane and unacceptable........
thought this was of interest (well it is to me)
This is exactly why we send astronauts to risk their life to service Hubble: in a paper published last week in the Astrophysical Journal, scientists detail the discovery of a new unidentified object in the middle of nowhere. I don't know about you, but when a research paper conclusion says "We suggest that the transient may be one of a new class" I get a chill of oooh-aaahness down my spine. Especially when after a hundred days of observation, it disappeared from the sky with no explanation. Get your tinfoil hats out, because it gets even weirder.
The object also appeared out of nowhere. It just wasn't there before. In fact, they don't even know where it is exactly located because it didn't behave like anything they know. Apparently, it can't be closer than 130 light-years but it can be as far as 11 billion light-years away. It's not in any known galaxy either. And they have ruled out a supernova too. It's something that they have never encountered before. In other words: they don't have a single clue about where or what the heck this thing is..........
here's the paper (in pdf form)
K. Barbary2,3, K. S. Dawson3, K. Tokita4, G. Aldering3, R. Amanullah5, N. V. Connolly6, M. Doi4, L. Faccioli7,
V. Fadeyev8, A. S. Fruchter9, G. Goldhaber2,3, A. Goobar5, A. Gude2, X. Huang2, Y. Ihara4, K. Konishi10,
M. Kowalski11, C. Lidman12, J. Meyers2,3, T. Morokuma4,13, P. Nugent3, S. Perlmutter2,3, D. Rubin2,3,
D. Schlegel3, A. L. Spadafora3, N. Suzuki3, H. K. Swift2,3, N. Takanashi4, R. C. Thomas3,14, N. Yasuda10 (The
Supernova Cosmology Project)
Accepted to ApJ: September 8, 2008
(not to worry, it's rather like saying you have foreign heads of state experience 'cause you can see russia from your kitchen window whilst you were washin' dishes)
Gov. Sarah Palin "knows more about energy than probably anyone in the United States of America." --John McCain, ABC interview, Sept. 11, 2008.
"My job has been to oversee nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of oil and gas." --Gov. Sarah Palin, Campaign event in Golden, Colorado, Sept. 15, 2008.
The woman touted by John McCain as the most knowledgable person in America on energy issues has been having a lot of trouble getting her basic energy statistics straight. Last week, Sarah Palin told Charlie Gibson of ABC News that her state, Alaska, produced "nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy." Yesterday, she told a campaign rally in Golden, Colorado, that she had been responsible for overseeing "nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of oil and gas." Both claims are way off............
|State||Total production||Percent of U.S. Total|
|Texas||10,829 Trillion Btu||15.6|
for the past few days i have been reading she will in no way shape or form cooperate. seems like now her little henchmen and henchwomen won't cooperate either.
i can only assume sen. hollis french will be impartial in his investigation. all eyes are upon him, how could he not be (then again all eyes are on mccain/palevil and they are being FAR FROM HONEST)
why NOT cooperate and get your name CLEARED is what i'm thinkin' here....
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Alaska's investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power, a potentially damaging distraction for John McCain's presidential campaign, ran into intensified resistance Tuesday when the attorney general said state employees would refuse to honor subpoenas in the case.
In a letter to state Sen. Hollis French, the Democrat overseeing the investigation, Republican Attorney General Talis Colberg asked that the subpoenas be withdrawn. He also said the employees would refuse to appear unless either the full state Senate or the entire Legislature votes to compel their testimony.
Colberg, who was appointed by Palin, said the employees are caught between their respect for the Legislature and their loyalty to the governor, who initially agreed to cooperate with the inquiry but has increasingly opposed it since McCain chose her as his running mate................
whoops, just found this 'un too
JUNEAU, Alaska (The Associated Press) - Five Republican state lawmakers filed suit Tuesday to end the bipartisan investigation into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of the public safety commissioner even though the vice presidential candidate once said she welcomed the probe into allegations of abuse of power.
The lawsuit called the investigation "unlawful, biased, partial and partisan." None of the lawmakers who filed the suit in Anchorage Superior Court serves on the bipartisan Legislative Council that unanimously approved the investigation..............
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
that is not only immoral and ugly and evil, it is something that should never, in any way shape or form be accepted.
if i had sarevil's phone number in my possession or even king george's i would NEVER publish it. a work number (if it was a public type job. government and the like), address, email address YES but personal NO NO AND NO
(and even if i had asshole eddie burke's cell number, i would NOT give it out, mad as i am even).
oh one more thing... last i heard this was AMERICA. we have the right to protest. isn't that why
Radio host Burke suspended for a weekBy JULIA O'MALLEY | firstname.lastname@example.org
Anchorage AM radio host Eddie Burke was been suspended after broadcasting the phone numbers of women involved in organizing a protest rally against Sarah Palin over the weekend, his station manager said today.
In a statement, KBYR-AM 700 station manager Justin McDonald said broadcasting the numbers last week was "breaking station policy." Burke will be suspended for one week without pay, he said.
"Though I do not agree with some of the comments he made, as a licensee, we attempt to respect everyone's First Amendment rights, including Eddie Burke's, our listeners' and our nonlisteners'," McDonald's statement said. "That does not mean I condone inciting violence or harm in any way to people wanting to voice their opinions with peaceful protest."
Last week Burke, host of a conservative daily talk show, called rally organizers Charla Sterne and Ilona Bessenyey "socialist, baby-killing maggots," read their phone numbers on the air and encouraged listeners to call them. The women said their voice-mail quickly filled with angry, profane messages, some of them threatening.........
it appears she paid for it herself BUT those bad boys are EXPENSIVE. REALLY expensive. she bought hers used but STILL
Palin’s Private Tanning Bed in the Alaska Governor’s Mansion
One of Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin’s First Actions as Alaska Governor Was to Equip the State Building with a Tanning Bed
By Al Giordano and Bill Conroy.............
Special to The Narco News Bulletin
The Republican nominee for vice president, Governor Sarah Palin, it turns out, is a pioneer of the Great Indoors:
“The governor did have a tanning bed put in the Governor’s Mansion,” Roger Wetherell, chief communications officer of Alaska’s Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, confirmed to this newspaper. “It was done shortly after she took office [in early 2007] and moved into the mansion.”
The home tanning bed in the Governor’s Mansion in Juneau adds a trivial fact among the many, big and small, coming to light about the right-wing’s latest celebrity, McCain’s gamble to try and wrestle the election away from Democrat Barack Obama, but one that – tug the thread – leads to other questions about elitism, ethics, public health and the insufferable phoniness that plagues politics and politicians............
According to Wetherell, it was paid for with her own money and purchased used from a health club.
Tanning beds can cost up to $35,000 to install in a home -- not including parts, Alaska-based Color Me Tan manager Erin Weise told the Narco News. Weise added, "I don't think it's normal for people to have a tanning bed in their house. It's expensive."
Palin's running mate, John McCain, battled skin cancer in 1993 and 2000 and has admitted to being a regular wearer of SPF 30, long sleeves and a hat in the sun. Bet he won't be in favor of her installing one of these babies.
The irony here is that Palin declared May 2007 to be Skin Cancer Awareness Month in Alaska. In the press release, it read, "Skin cancer is caused, overwhelmingly, by over-exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun and from tanning beds.”...........
(the view peeps the VIEW????????????)
cv rick sent me this link
and there are so very many more. i just can't list them all. but i'm NOT exaggerating. they ARE everywhere
here is something from today's wapo
The Ugly New McCain
By Richard Cohen
Following his loss to George W. Bush in the 2000 South Carolina primary, John McCain did something extraordinary: He confessed to lying about how he felt about the Confederate battle flag, which he actually abhorred. "I broke my promise to always tell the truth," McCain said. Now he has broken that promise so completely that the John McCain of old is unrecognizable. He has become the sort of politician he once despised.
The precise moment of McCain's abasement came, would you believe, not at some news conference or on one of the Sunday shows but on "The View," the daytime TV show created by Barbara Walters. Last week, one of the co-hosts, Joy Behar, took McCain to task for some of the ads his campaign has been running. One deliberately mischaracterized what Barack Obama had said about putting lipstick on a pig -- an Americanism that McCain himself has used. The other asserted that Obama supported teaching sex education to kindergarteners...........
........McCain has turned ugly. His dishonesty would be unacceptable in any politician, but McCain has always set his own bar higher than most. He has contempt for most of his colleagues for that very reason: They lie...........
Monday, September 15, 2008
holy shite! is hell freezing over? faux news shoots AND SCORES (one)
McCain Loses Fox News: Megyn Kelly Rips McCain Flack For Claiming Obama Would Raise Middle Class Taxes»
On Fox News today, host Megyn Kelly called out McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds for the campaign’s lies about Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) tax proposals. “I want to hold you accountable for what McCain is doing,” said Kelly. “Has your candidate gone too far, has he stretched the truth with the voters?”
Bounds initially attempted to dismiss her question, claiming that McCain has simply “gone to great lengths to discuss Barack Obama’s record.” “It is true that during a struggling economy, he proposes raising taxes,” declared Bounds.
“Not on the middle class,” shot back Kelly, noting that “virtually every independent analyst” has said that the McCain campaign is lying:
KELLY: But you guys have suggested he’s going to raise taxes on the middle class and virtually every independent analyst who took a look at that claim said that’s not true. He’ll raise it on people making $200,000 or $250,000, but not the middle class.
Bounds tried to push back by saying that Obama had voted to raise taxes in the past, but Kelly kept pushing Bounds to admit the McCain campaign was lying. “If that’s false, why would John McCain do that, Tucker? Why wouldn’t he just level with the voters?” asked Kelly: ............
(via america blog)
Gay attack swept under the shrug
Denver Post Columnist
It was his tight, white jeans, snakeskin shoes and the fairy that Nima Daivari wore on a chain around his neck that prompted a stranger to call him a faggot and attack him.
And it was Daivari's boxing training that led him to pound back at his assailant, headlocking him until police arrived at the scene on the 16th Street Mall.
What happened next is tougher to explain.
A Denver cop not only refused to press charges, but he wouldn't investigate the hate crime or even bother to take the attacker's name.
In the end, the bad guy slipped away, the officer was slapped on the wrist and now Daivari has lost his civil-rights case because the city says Daivari, as a gay man, has no constitutional right to require an arrest.
Something is wrong with this story.
"So basically anyone can walk up, assault a gay man on a crowded street and Denver essentially ignores it. That's messed up, and people there should know it," says Daivari, 26, a recent law school graduate in New York City.
On St. Patrick's Day 2007, he was on his first and only visit to Denver when he, his cousin and her boyfriend were walking home from dinner at a 16th Street eatery.
"What may be the most embarrassing thing is that I have to admit to everyone that I actually ate at the Cheesecake Factory," Daivari quips..........
now think of this, if she has SO MUCH TO HIDE AS GOVERNOR OF ALASKA, HOW MUCH IS SHE GOING TO HIDE AS VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES? do YOU want YET ANOTHER LYIN' WEASEL? i don't
Before VP nomination, Palin faced questions over e-mail
By Lisa Demer | Anchorage Daily News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Moments after Gov. Sarah Palin's first speech as Republican John McCain's running mate, she sat with her kids backstage, thumbing one of the two BlackBerrys that are always with her. You can see them in photographs from that day on the campaign blog of one of McCain's daughters.
The tech-savvy governor has one of the devices (which allow users to read and send e-mails) for state business and another for personal matters, but those worlds intertwine.
Palin routinely uses a private Yahoo e-mail account to conduct state business. Others in the governor's office sometimes use personal e-mail accounts, too.
The practice raises questions about backdoor secrecy in an administration that vowed during the 2006 campaign to be "open and transparent."
Even before the McCain campaign plucked Palin from Alaska, a controversy was brewing over e-mails in the governor's office. Was the administration trying to get around the public records law through broad exemptions or private e-mail accounts?
Activists, still fighting to obtain hundreds of e-mails that were withheld from public records requests earlier this year, say that's what it looks like.
The governor's Yahoo account is "the most nonsensical, inane thing I've ever heard of," said Andree McLeod, who is appealing the administration's decision to withhold e-mails......
granted, it's only a law SCHOOL, but it's a START
(note, of course it's no longer SUNDAY - IT'S NOW MONDAY)
Andover law school convenes Bush War Crimes Conference - WATCH LIVE
Stephen C. Webster
Saturday morning, the dean of Massachusetts School of Law at Andover will convene a two day planning session with a single focus: To arrest, put to trial and carry out sentence on criminals in the Bush Administration.
The conference, arranged by Lawrence Vevel, cofounder of the Andover school, will focus on which of Bush's officials and members of Congress could be charged with war crimes. The plan also calls for "necessary organizational structures" to be established, with the purpose of pursuing the guilty "to the ends of the Earth."
"For Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Yoo to spend years in jail or go to the gallows for their crimes would be a powerful lesson to future American leaders," Velvel said in a media advisory.
In a published document entitled "The Long Term View" (PDF link), Vevel argues, at the very least, "there is no question" George W. Bush is guilty of conspiracy to commit torture, a war crime.
"He is a former drunk, was a serial failure in business who had to repeatedly be bailed out by daddy's friends and wanna-be-friends, was unable to speak articulately despite the finest education(s) that money and influence can buy, has a dislike of reading, so that 100-page memos have to be boiled down to one page for him, is heedless of facts and evidence, and appears not even to know the meaning of truth," said Vevel...........
giant piles o' steamin' shite
claiming ageism and sexism and all sorts of shite, when the shoe is on THEIR foot
Senator: Gov. Palin an 'earmark queen'
Nick Langewis and David Edwards
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that she was still uncomfortable with the possibility of a person who is "in line to be Vice President to 'one of the oldest presidents we've ever had that has never met a world leader'."
"I think what's really important here is that we begin to have a real dose of the truth about the presidential candidate and the vice presidential candidate on the Republican side," Sen. McCaskill said, "in terms of this image of reform."
"Sarah Palin," she continued, "has taken more in federal earmarks per person than any governor in the history of the planet... While John McCain was making fun of DNA earmarks for bears, she was asking for a DNA earmark for seals almost at the identical moment."
McCain's age, McCaskill added, is a real issue, along with who is going to be "one heartbeat away" from taking his place should he become President and die in office.
(and crisis? crisis? WHO CREATED THE 'CRISIS'?)
This is the second of two stories adapted from "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency," to be published Tuesday by Penguin Press.
Vice President Cheney convened a meeting in the Situation Room at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, 2004, with just one day left before the warrantless domestic surveillance program was set to expire. Around him were National Security Agency Director Michael V. Hayden, White House counsel Alberto R. Gonzales and the Gang of Eight -- the four ranking members of the House and the Senate, and the chairmen and vice chairmen of the intelligence committees.
With a nod from Cheney, Hayden walked through the program's vital mission. Gonzales said top lawyers at the NSA and Justice had green-lighted the program from the beginning. Now Attorney General John D. Ashcroft was in the hospital, and James B. Comey, Ashcroft's deputy, refused to certify that the surveillance was legal.........
do we REALLY want a person running this country whose ONLY experience is building an ice rink (one that went over budget and had some legal type problems at that)?
hell NO we don't.
and think about this. if the democrats had chosen a sarah palin (and sometimes the democrats have made VERY bad decisions indeed but never quite as bad as sarEVIL palin), what would the wingnuts be saying? you KNOW what they'd be saying. they would be saying everything i am saying times a MILLION
why won't any of them grow a set and speak up? why won't they say sarevil palin is a DISASTEROUS CHOICE?
As Mayor of Wasilla, Palin Cut Own Duties, Left Trail of Bad Blood
WASILLA, Alaska -- On Sept. 24, 2001, Mayor Sarah Palin and the City Council held their first meeting after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The council condemned the attacks and approved a $5,000 gift to a disaster relief fund. Palin said she would try to obtain materials from both attack sites to include in the town's "Honor Garden." And then the council and mayor returned to their normal business: approving funds to upgrade the public well, issuing a restaurant permit and taking up a measure forbidding residents from operating bed-and-breakfasts in their homes. After a lively debate, the bed-and-breakfast measure lost, 4 to 1............
Firefighting and schools, two of the main elements of local governance, are handled by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the regional government for a huge swath of central Alaska. The state has jurisdiction over social services and environmental regulations such as stormwater management for building projects.
With so many government services in the state subsidized by oil revenue, and with no need to provide for local schools, Wasilla has also made do with a very low property tax rate -- cut altogether by Palin's successor -- sparing it from the tax battles that localities elsewhere must deal with. Instead, the city collects a 2 percent sales tax, the bulk of which is paid by people who live outside town and shop at its big-box stores.
The mayor oversees a police department created three years before Palin took office; the public works department; the parks and recreation department; a planning office; a library; and a small history museum. Council meetings are in the low-ceilinged basement of the town hall, a former school, and often the only residents who show up to testify are two gadflies. When Palin was mayor, the population was just 5,500.
Palin limited her duties further by hiring a deputy administrator to handle much of the town's day-to-day management. Her top achievement as mayor was the construction of an ice rink, a project that landed in the courts and cost the city more than expected............
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I will catch you up on my adventures in DC in a separate entry, because I am so livid I can barely type. My hands are shaking and I am crying because I have never in my life seen so much hate congregated together, so much plotting the unthinkable and so much encouragement of total derangement as though rabid nationalism coupled with lunacy were somehow a good thing.
Onwards then. I went back to the Hinckley last night, which I will explain in more detail in a separate post. Suffice it to stay that I stayed overnight and snuck into the festivities of the KKK cloaked in "values" convention and all of its obscene pornography of hate. Now, I was not allowed to take pictures of the racist, hateful, misogynistic items on display in the exhibit hall because only "authorized" people were allowed to take pictures and record a public event in a public hotel. I did manage, however, to purchase one of the best selling products of this confederacy and using my cell phone, took pictures of the box. Forgive me for how blurry the pictures are. The fuzziness is the result of both my shaking hands and my cell phone's shitty camera.
The first picture below is the front of the waffle box and it is startling in its overt racism. I asked the "chef" of this ugly version of reality if he was at all concerned that this might be viewed as a white man putting a black man into a frying pan and he laughed and said "I hope so."..................
...I sat down to look at the waffle box near the deli outside of the exhibit and I overheard two women discussing the notion - frightening to them - that if Obama were to become president there would be more black babies in America............
i think someone ought to put the crack pipe down and back away slowly. i think they ought to stop dropping that bad acid. i think they ought to stop drinking that poison laced kool aid
now i don't know how much of this mumbo jumbo hoodoo voodoo sarevil palin actually believes. i don't know if she thinks she can channel jesus on her cell phone. i don't know if she shakes like she's having a seizure when she thinks jesus is entering her soul. i don't know if she speaks in tongues. i don't know how much of her money she turns over to these 'preachers' and churches. i DO know she goes to these churches. i do know she thinks the iraq war is a gift from god. i do know i don't like her ONE BIT. NOT ONE BIT
anyway, the videos (at the story link below) are fascinating. they're hard to watch, but you can't stop
Palin's 'Heretical' Church: Censored Video the McCain Campaign Doesn't Want you to See:
Posted by Bruce Wilson
Sarah Palin was baptized at Wasilla Assembly of God and attended the church for over two and a half decades, and she has been publicly blessed by a number of pastors and religious leaders employed by and associated with that church.
Last Sunday our research team released a video, a ten-minute mini-documentary, focusing on the Wasilla Assemblies of God and the video seemed on the verge of a massive "viral" breakthrough when YouTube pulled it down, citing "inappropriate content".
At the point the video was censored by YouTube it had been viewed by almost 160,000 people. The short of it is that YouTube has censored a video documentary that appeared to be close to having an effect on a hard fought and contentious American presidential election.......
Feisty ladies of The View grill McCain on campaign claims
(and believe me, i didn't chose the story title. it's rather offensive to me. 'feisty ladies'????????????)
David Edwards and Diane Sweet
Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain faced possibly his toughest media grilling of the campaign season by the hosts of ABC's The View yesterday, when he appeared accompanied by wife Cindy McCain.
McCain began explaining his choice of running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by saying that she would help to reform Washington, specifically cited curbing federal spending for earmarks. When pressed about Palin's record of requesting and accepting such money for Alaska by host Barbara Walters, McCain ignored the record and said, "Not as governor she didn't."
The show's feisty female hosts took McCain to task regarding two recently debunked campaign ads attacking Senator Barack Obama, and erroneous claims that running mate Sarah Palin never sought money for lawmakers' pet projects as Alaska governor. Palin has sought nearly $200 million in earmarks this year alone.
Co-host Joy Behar asked McCain, "There are ads running from your campaign. Now we know that those two ads are untrue, they are lies. And yet, you say at the end of it say you approve these messages. Do you really approve these?"............
Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes
This article is by Jo Becker, Peter S. Goodman and Michael Powell.
WASILLA, Alaska — Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.
So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.
Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five schoolmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages.
When Ms. Palin had to cut her first state budget, she avoided the legion of frustrated legislators and mayors. Instead, she huddled with her budget director and her husband, Todd, an oil field worker who is not a state employee, and vetoed millions of dollars of legislative projects.
And four months ago, a Wasilla blogger, Sherry Whitstine, who chronicles the governor’s career with an astringent eye, answered her phone to hear an assistant to the governor on the line, she said.
“You should be ashamed!” Ivy Frye, the assistant, told her. “Stop blogging. Stop blogging right now!”
Ms. Palin walks the national stage as a small-town foe of “good old boy” politics and a champion of ethics reform. The charismatic 44-year-old governor draws enthusiastic audiences and high approval ratings. And as the Republican vice-presidential nominee, she points to her management experience while deriding her Democratic rivals, Senators Barack Obama and Joseph R. Biden Jr., as speechmakers who never have run anything.
But an examination of her swift rise and record as mayor of Wasilla and then governor finds that her visceral style and penchant for attacking critics — she sometimes calls local opponents “haters” — contrasts with her carefully crafted public image........