ANYTHING THEY CAN DO, PALIN CAN DO DUMBER.... If there's one thing elected officials in Alaska know how to do, perhaps better than anyone else in the country, it's accepting federal dollars for state programs. It was curious, then, to see a certain Alaskan governor decide she'd like to reject economic recovery funds.
Gov. Sarah Palin is refusing to accept more than 30 percent of the federal economic stimulus money being offered to Alaska, including dollars for schools, energy assistance and social services.Early reports suggested Palin would turn down half the stimulus allotment for Alaska, but Palin "later conceded that does not count the Medicaid money she is accepting. That brings down what she's refusing to 31 percent of what the state government could get."
The news Thursday drew anger from those who accused Palin of putting her national political aspirations ahead of the state's interests, and admiration from others who say she has courage to turn down money that would expand government. The state Legislature will have an opportunity to override her decision.
Palin is not taking about $288 million of the $930.7 million that Alaska is due in the federal stimulus. Palin said she is accepting the federal stimulus money that would go for construction projects, but not funding directed at government operations.
Of the $288 million that Palin doesn't want, $170 million would go to education, including money that "would go for programs to help economically disadvantaged and special needs students." Other programs affected include "weatherization, energy efficiency grants, immunizations, air quality grants, emergency food assistance, homeless grants, senior meals, child care development grants, nutrition programs, homeless grants, arts, unemployment services, air quality, and justice assistance grants."MORE
They have a vision. They have a dream. They know what shape they want America to take. And they have formed an "organization inspired by the principles of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and the Evangelical and Christian Reconstruction movements". And completely oblivious to the irony, with no hint that they understand the associations it will inspire, they have named this organization…the PALIBAN.
I would like to hit John McCain with a heavy rock for EVER thinking that introducing this woman to America was a good idea. And it would be very interesting to see how mainstream media treats this. Of course, since a black preacher saying "Goddamn America" for her crimes against many and varied peoples is cause for mass fainting and having of the vapours, while a woman whose husband belonged to a secessionist party is somehow immune from questions of her patriotism, I am not going to be surprised if there is little to nothing said about an organization that uses a word rather close to the "Taliban" in order ot endorse beliefs to are somewhat... disturbing for the rest of us. By this time there would be renewed questions about Obama's Christianity running about, and his closeness to terrorists. But then, white extremism is much more tolerated than minority deviance away from the so-called mainstream. And the craziest white religious nunbskulls are apparently still more Christian than black churchgoers.
EDIT:It has been suggested that this is a joke. I sincerely hope it is.
- An applicant lacking even basic job skills
HR sent me another Palin for the marketing manager job.
- Someone supremely un-self-aware or lacking any relative sense of what he/she does or doesn't know.
Tom, a devout vegan, palined when he consumed a happy meal solely to obtain the collectible toy it contained.
- to abandon one's principles for short term gain
- Pejorative term that refers to an incompetent, impractical, irrelevant or incapable person who has been appointed to a position of great importance.
- A person who holds authority disproportionate to his or her requisite ethics and qualifications. Derived from John McCain's controversial 2008 Vice Presidential pick, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
John was recently made principal, but everybody thinks he's a Palin who can't do the job.
My new boss is such a Palin - he took my deserved place because the CEO is
his personal friend.
Vai Daily Kos
The McCain camp seems rather invested in making sure that Gov. Palin goes down with the ship. But holy jesus, if this is true...Jesus Lord, we dodged a bullet
Cameron: I wish I could have told you more at the time but all of it was put off the record until after the election. There was great concern in the McCain campaign that Sarah Palin lack the degree of knowledgeability necessary to be a running mate, a vice president, and a heartbeat away from the presidency. We're told by folks that she didn't know what countries that were in NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, that being the Canada, the US, and Mexico. We're told she didn't understand that Africa was a continent rather than a country just in itself ... a whole host of questions that caused serious problems about her knowledgeability. She got very angry at staff, thought that she was mishandled.....was particularly angry about the way the Katie Couric interview went. She didn't accept preparation for that interview when the aides say that that was part of the problem. And that there were times that she was hard to control emotionally there's talk of temper tantrums at bad news clippings...MORE
Did you get that? Its not only that she didn't know that Africa was a continent, SHE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND TEH CONCEPT OF THE WORD "CONTINENT"????? SHE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT COUNTRIES WERE IN NAFTA????????????? WHUT.
WTF was McCain THINKING? And how the HELL did we manage to elect such an profoundly ignorant person governor? Also, she really didn't read newspapers, did she?
Consider, for example, Gov. Palin's version of Christianity
And chuckel gently at the stupidity of ppl calling Rev Wright radical because of the colour of his skin and his calls for justice, while the real danger, clothed in white skin and a sweet folksy charm, passes by right under their noses.
Mr. McCain's surprising choice of Governor Palin was another example of his brand of politics by personal instinct. The Alaska Governor has fired up the GOP base, and as a candidate she has been less embarrassing by far than Joe Biden. But it is also true that her performance in early interviews gave the media a chance to assail Mr. McCain's judgment and has diminished her own political standing. The campaign -- and Mr. McCain -- should have been better prepared for the media assault that always hits a GOP unknown.
WHUT??? She's been convicted of BREAKING THE LAW IN ALASKA!!! She doesn't understand the role of Vice President! She is IGNORANT of the Constitution!!! She's married to a husband who was part of a party that wanted to secede from the US! (Try that if you're a Democrat!) She is IGNORANT of foreign policy! has NO CLUE about the economy. Don't know much about geography either. What do you MEAN, she's less embarrassing than Joe Biden? Which gaffe has Joe committed in all his years in public life that compares to her inability to NAME A SINGLE NEWSPAPER THAT SHE READS!!!!!?????
Oh. My. God.
I swear to god that with Republicans like these, our country will be headed down the road to Idiocracy in NO time. And we have nuclear bombs *hides*
And I will not even BEGIN to consider why the hell the notion of "honor" applies to John McCain now.
Balloon Juice reports:
The thing that immediately stuck out to me about Palin’s bizarre 1st Amendment comments yesterday was that this didn’t seem like the first time I had her say something like that. It turns out it was not.Here she is a few weeks ago saying something equal parts incoherent and creepy:As we send our young men and women overseas in a war zone to fight for democracy and freedoms, including freedom of the press, we’ve really got to have a mutually beneficial relationship here with those fighting the freedom of the press, and then the press, though not taking advantage and exploiting a situation, perhaps they would want to capture and abuse the privilege. We just want truth, we want fairness, we want balance.And here she is yesterday:
“If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations,” Palin told host Chris Plante, “then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.”
Glenn Greenwald clarifies:
The First Amendment is actually not that complicated. It can be read from start to finish in about 10 seconds. It bars the Government from abridging free speech rights. It doesn't have anything to do with whether you're free to say things without being criticized, or whether you can comment on blogs without being edited, or whether people can bar you from their private planes because they don't like what you've said.
If anything, Palin has this exactly backwards, since one thing that the First Amendment does actually guarantee is a free press. Thus, when the press criticizes a political candidate and a Governor such as Palin, that is a classic example of First Amendment rights being exercised, not abridged.
This isn't only about profound ignorance regarding our basic liberties, though it is obviously that. Palin here is also giving voice to the standard right-wing grievance instinct: that it's inherently unfair when they're criticized. And now, apparently, it's even unconstitutional. MORE
Someone else pointed out that this BS was equivalent to a bully, having beaten up someone for a while, complaining bitterly when a teacher notices and upbraids him for his actions. See, Palin lies about and smears Obama (and while we are trying to wrap her mind around the constitution can we include Bible Studies as well? Cause I seem to remember a prohibition on LYING somewhere in there, and I am DAMN sure that Jesus would have had caustic things to say about her behaviour) and then complains when people tell her that she is lying about and smearing Obama. Much as I HATE the religion, I am really not sure it deserves her and her fundamentalist Republican friends.
She says it more trenchantly than I
Let's unpack this a bit.She isn't the only one.
If I understand her correctly -- and with Palin, it's sometimes tough to understand her general incoherence -- the governor believes she should make scurrilous, dishonest, and personal attacks against Democrats. She's afraid, however, that reporters might tell voters she's making scurrilous, dishonest, and personal attacks, and worse, that voters might recoil from her vicious style of campaigning.
And if that happens, politicians in the future might hesitate before launching scurrilous, dishonest, and personal attacks of their own. What a brutal "chilling effect" that would be.The entire point of the First Amendment is to allow ideas to either flourish or perish in the open air, on their own merits. If your speech has no merit, it dies an entirely natural and well-deserved death. The First Amendment allows Sarah Palin to spew poison. It also allows news outlets, other politicians, and informed citizens to bash her enthusiastically over spewing said poison.
Nothing in the First Amendment claims that you're to be free from people rejecting the things you say. It's so simple a simpleton can understand it, but it's beyond Sarah Palin's grasp. This says all we need to know about her.
It seems to me they may be a little confused about the terms "maverick" and "reformer." That's not surprising, since they're also confused about the term "domestic terrorist:"
In her interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said that Bill Ayers is “no question” a terrorist because he sought to destroy the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon. Palin, however, refused to apply the same label to abortion clinic bombers:Q: Is an abortion clinic bomber a terrorist, under this definition, governor?
PALIN: (Sigh). There’s no question that Bill Ayers via his own admittance was one who sought to destroy our U.S. Capitol and our Pentagon. That is a domestic terrorist. There’s no question there. Now, others who would want to engage in harming innocent Americans or facilities that uh, it would be unacceptable. I don’t know if you’re going to use the word terrorist there.Steve Benen helps them out:Of course. Republicons believe that terrorists either must be brown or leftist. Right-wing white people cannot possibly be terrorists. Neither would William Ayers, if he'd donated to the McCain campaign.
I was curious about the dictionary definition of the word: "The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons." Sounds about right.
Given this, we have an organized group of activists who feel justified killing American physicians and bombing hundreds of doctors' offices on U.S. soil because they don't like a legal, medical procedure. "I don't know if you're gonna use the word 'terrorist' there." Why, pray tell, not? And does John McCain, who sat silently during the exchange, agree with this?
Actually, he might. ThinkProgress noted a couple of weeks ago that McCain has "repeatedly voted against protecting Americans from domestic terrorists carrying out violence at abortion clinics."
There's a striking disconnect here. Obama has denounced Ayers' crimes, and labeled Ayers' acts "terrorism." The Republican ticket, however, is reluctant to do the same when it comes to a different kind of domestic terrorism.
For many parents of children with disabilities, the most valuable thing of all is information. Early identification of a cognitive or other disorder, especially autism, can make a life-changing difference.Damn those earmarks! Wasting good money on fruit fly research:
Palin claimed that the amount that Congress spends on earmarks "is more than the shortfall to fully fund IDEA." She then ridiculed some of the projects — such as "fruit fly research" — saying they have little or no value:Where does a lot of that earmark money end up anyway? [...] You’ve heard about some of these pet projects they really don’t make a whole lot of sense and sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not.
[S]cientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have shown that a protein called neurexin is required for..nerve cell connections to form and function correctly.Oh. Never mind.
The discovery, made in Drosophila fruit flies may lead to advances in understanding autism spectrum disorders, as recently, human neurexins have been identified as a genetic risk factor for autism.
Do you understand now why we know Creationists are complete dumplings?
Karma might juussstttt be a bitch
Some weeks ago, the McCain team devised a plan to have Palin file an ethics complaint against herself with the State Personnel Board, arguing that it alone was capable of conducting a fair, nonpartisan inquiry into whether she fired Monegan because he refused to fire Wooten, who had been involved in a messy custody battle with her sister. Some Democrats ridiculed the move, noting that the personnel board answered to Palin. But the board ended up hiring an aggressive Anchorage trial lawyer, Timothy Petumenos, as an independent counsel. McCain aides were chagrined to discover that Petumenos was a Democrat who had contributed to Palin’s 2006 opponent for governor, Tony Knowles. Palin is now scheduled to be questioned next week, and the counsel’s report could be released soon after. “We took a gamble when we went to the personnel board,” said a McCain aide who asked not to be identified…..
Oh dear. Um. *snickers*
My fav bits:
Oh page 44 a guy from Palin's security detail says he met with the Palins right after the election to go over arrangements and asked them about anything like, you know, a crazy ex-brother-in-law threatening to kill all the Palins he might need to know about. They said they couldn't think of anything. A couple of months later, all of a sudden there's this crazy brother-in-law threatening to kill all the Palins and no evidence to support this or anything, just Todd Palin's word for it. And Todd Palin calls the guy several times after to make sure he's all warned up about this threat. Over the same time, Sarah Palin cuts her security detail by half and pretty much stops taking security along anyplace with her. Which is mostly around home. (You know, the whole "I'm not only not going to work in the capital with everybody else, I'm going to collect per deim year round for sleeping and eating at my house" thing.) Which is also where Mike Wooten still lives and works.
Palin's sister got less of a community property split than she wanted and less spousal support because the judge was concerned that her ex-husband was going to lose his job any day now due to pressure from her and her family and thus would likely be unable to pay at his current assessed income level. Nelson "HA-HA" to that.
Seriously, there's many a snorfle, snicker and jaw drop to be had.
And then when you have finished, here are a couple of interesting analysis' :
( On ethical behaviour and how to fuck up your subordinates by pushing them to do things you and they know are illegal )
He now wants everyone to be respectful:
Someone needs to send the memo to Sarah Palin:
In making her remarks, Ms. Palin cited a disputed report in The Washington Times today that said Mr. Obama, on a trip to Iraq with other members of the Senate, had encouraged an Iraqi official to delay an agreement that would extend the presence of American troops in Iraq. Mr. Obama’s campaign denied that claim, as did other attendees on the trip.
Ms. Palin portrayed the events in a darker light. “We learned this morning that Iraqi officials are saying Senator Obama tried to make a secret deal with the Iraqi government,” she said at a fund-raiser outside Cincinnati, although the article in The Washington Times does not make that specific claim.
“Obama apparently tried to undermine our government’s official efforts to reduce troops in Iraq,” Ms. Palin said. “If this is true, again, it is a stunning example of putting ambition above country.”
She repeated the attack line at a fund-raiser later in the afternoon in Cleveland, where the accusation was met with rumblings in the audience. “He tried to influence negotiations with Iraqi leaders in a way that would set back America’s cause there while advancing his campaign here,” she said. At both events, she described the allegations as “stunning.”
The Obama campaign, which faced these allegations in mid-September, reiterated its denials today. It called them categorically untrue, citing spokesmen for other senators who attended, including Chuck Hagel, Republican of Nebraska, and Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island, who agree that Mr. Obama informed the Iraqis at the beginning of the meeting that the United States spoke with one voice on foreign policy and he would not contradict the Bush administration.
“It’s not negative and it’s not mean-spirited to be out there bringing to light the other candidate’s record and the other candidate’s associations, which are very very troubling for America,” she said in
Cleveland, where she spoke in a formal ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton. “And it’s not negative to talk about those things, and to also ask that the media do its job too, of asking the questions of Barack
Obama, especially of those associations.”
Is it another "I suspended my campaign but not quite bit" of political theatre?
Can we please beat this woman silly in the election and send her back to Alaska, and can they PLEASE impeach her as soon as she sets foot in the state?
EDIT: Late but something that still sticks in my craw. Sarah Palin wants to extend the powers of the VP I have NO tolerance for MORE Dick Cheney types, thanks.
Inciting to hate
At the very least, these most recent efforts to debase political discourse in America feed a pernicious partisanship. Deliberately stoking a sense of bitter alienation from fellow Americans, trading in racial epithet and innuendo, openly challenging the patriotism of one's opponent: John McCain and Sarah Palin, the self-described mavericks "known" for reaching across party lines, are nurturing hateful impulses in a segment of the population that already harbors an outsize persecution complex.
These are chaotic forces to attempt to manipulate for short term political gain. One way or another, this will not end well. Country first? Farthest thing from it. http://obsidianwings.blogs.com/
Slow release poison
This is upsetting. John McCain and Sarah W. Palin know that Barack Obama is not a terrorist (well, maybe Palin doesn't ... she's Queen of the tribe that believes this crap) and yet they are purposefully inciting people who are obviously dumb enough to believe it.
I think this is dangerous stuff and far beyond the pale. We saw what happened in Tennessee recently. It was the act of a mentally disturbed person, for sure. But it was also explicitly political --- he had been trained to blame liberals for his woes and so when he went out searching for someone to shoot, he knew who to target. He'd been reading books which claimed liberals are treasonous and unAmerican, written by people who are treated as being perfectly respectable on television and are welcomed into the highest circles of power. His act was his own responsibility, but those who turn normal political differences into bloodsport for personal profit contributed to the madness.MORE
Long term strategy?