Palin is a Barracuda

Governor Sarah Palin is a great actress. She just gave a heck of a reading for her Vice Presidential acceptance speech. She didn’t write it, after all. There will a full transcript break down coming from various sources: some will praise it and others will skewer it. The bottom line I take away is that she is attractive and articulate. If you ignore everything she says she sounded really good. Except half of the speech was an attack on Obama and the other half was lying about hers and McCain’s voting record and what the Rethugs will do when they’re in office. She specifically mentioned how special needs children will have a voice in the White House except that she cut funding for those very same programs down to the quick. For those children as well as pregnant homeless teens. So talk is cheap, baby. But she looked good standing on stage lying through her teeth. I sincerely hope that people look at voting records, program funding (and lack thereof) and be critical thinkers. This cannot be about not voting for the colored dude. The Democrats need to come up with a counter argument and fast. She comes across as very believable. I sincerely didn’t think we could get a worse administration than Bush/Cheney but it’s staring at us right in the face. Since historically every superpower falls from prominence and implodes on itself I wonder which direction this nation will take? We are dancing on the pin of a needle and it could go either way. I shudder to think what will happen if McCain ‘wins’ by hook or by crook. I do NOT want Sarah Palin anywhere near the button. Criticizing her has nothing to do with sexism. She is a Trojan horse. 

St. Paul Police Recreate Police State

So what is up with the militarism mindset of the police with riot gear pushing, tackling and dragging reporters with visible credentials who identify themselves as such and are ignored and bloodied? What crime has been committed? Is this the Amerikka or Georgia? 

Demonstrating is NOT a crime. Here Amy Goodman discusses her arrest. 
Sign the petition denouncing press intimidation on the Free Press website.  
***Update 1142pm
I’d be remiss in not mentioning that the police got overly aggressive with some protesters and reporters at the DNC last week, but it by no way compares to the volume of harassment and abuse going on at the RNC. Big surprise! Per brownfemipower’s blog, people can Twitter Cold Snap Legal or call (651) 356-8635 for assistance and they are keeping tabs on all the violations, including the police separating people with ‘foreign’-sounding names.  This goes waaaay above and beyond ‘regular’ abuse of power to rendition style overkill by this gov’t. That sucks. 

With Friends like Joe LIEberman the Dems Don’t Need More Enemies

Remember the good old days, back in 2000 when Al Gore (stupidly) chose LIEberman as his VP running mate to prove he was no Clinton? See how that stuff backfires? Obvious Joe liked being a ‘Conservative’ Democrat which is just avoiding calling yourself Republican-like in my book. Ever since the citizens of Connecticut and some of the biggest liberal bloggers have suffered for their folly by not voting for/supporting Ned Lamont, ol’ Joe has been twisting the knife in a little deeper ever since. And loving it.

“But we need Joe to maintain our tenuous lead when voting in the Senate.” According to many Joe being registered Independent and voting with the ‘Dumbocrats’ instead of the ‘Rethugs’ is the only thing keeping ‘us’ from getting rid of him for good. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Let’s not forget all the Blue Dog Dems who vote for Bush every time. Nancy Pelosi took impeachment off the table because of the number of Dems who rubber-stamped everything Bush put in front of them. There’s no moral high ground here to take on this one.

Joe pulled a classic Republican move when he ran his reelection and saw the tea leaves. He switched parties, forced a run-off and with more than two candidates he got re-elected. Devious? Yes. Smart? Very. And the Dems have been paying for it ever since. Even Barack once supported LIEberman – which just goes to show us voters how unfocused the Dems can be compared to the Rethugs. 

They are like automatons, marched in lock-step reading from the same page. Look at how all the pundits on the teevee praise Gov. Palin’s selection. Anyone who doesn’t actually believe it does NOT get to speak. The Democrats could learn a thing or two about how to WIN an election from them. I didn’t think it could get worse than Bush/Cheney but the idea of McCain/Palin has me seriously contemplating buying that citizenship to Dominica. 

So LIEberman did his best Judas move by supporting McCain, attending the Rethug funeral, er Convention and trashing his ‘friend’ Obama. I guess that talking to didn’t work. There’s gonna be hell to pay

Joe has made his full conversion to the Dark Side, but Cheney doesn’t trust him. Once a traitor always a traitor? I found a video on the interenets where he actually praised Obama. See when your religion is power you will do and say anything to get it, even contradict yourself years later.

Schadenfreude or Comeuppance?

One means pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. One means punishment or retribution one deserves. Flip side of the same coin? For all the crap Obama has received since he started winning primaries (once he took Iowa he was always ahead) it’s time the opposition gets a taste of their own medicine. The Rethugs are like the school yard bully who runs to cry for mommy when the smaller kid stands up to them and kicks their butt.

John McCain refused an interview with CNN in response to this exchange between his lying mouthpiece Tucker Bounds and reporter Campbell Brown who for once was being impartial and asking questions – you know – what a reporter is supposed to do. I will remind people what he said before , “…. Selecting the vice presidential nominee is the most important decision a presidential candidate can make ….”. I may write this in every post until November 4th even if I’m writing about the Season premiere of Prison Break. That was way more entertaining than watching the Rethug Convention.

The choice of Gov. Palin is akin to an appearance on the Jerry Springer show. Again, I personally don’t make any judgements of the Palin children just the lack of judgement of McCain in choosing a candidate who clearly does not hold a candle to Sen. Joe Biden. I am now even thinking Obama made a good call by picking him. I’d trust Biden’s judgement in a time of need over Palin’s any day. This is just the tip of the iceberg I got from a quick internet search.

– Ties to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Ambramoff
– Ties to an Alaskan secession group
– Illegal attempts to fire her brother-in-law
– Questions surrounding the birth of Trig still unanswered
– $27M in Earmarks set aside
– Reduced funding to Covenant House which has a homeless teen pregnancy program

There is some speculation amongst us liberal bloggers – that’s a dirty word to the Rethugs right now – that Palin is a Trojan Horse candidate and McCain will pull a bait and switch on the public. He really wants Lieberman but the religious fakesters said, “No, no no!” Who knows. Who cares. This is a joke – except it’s not. This is the election which is 9 weeks away. McCain wants to distract us by talking about lifestyle choices instead of issues. If we talk about abortion will we stop thinking about the price of gas? Are we that easily led astray? I don’t think so. Not this time. Too much is at stake to fall for such duplicity again. At least I hope so.

The Republican National Convention continued it’s snoozefest tonight. I think there were as many as 20 Black people in attendance, coincidentally the same number who attended NetRoots Nation. It’s not that Black people couldn’t attend if they wanted to though….but you know…where’s the incentive? There was also a Bridget McCain sighting but that may have been a mirage.

Hypocrisy for $500 Please

Republican Vice Presidential Nominee and current Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s 17 y.o. unmarried daughter Bristol has been revealed to be pregnant. Shotgun wedding anyone? How often do those marriages work out in the long run? This isn’t about a teenager getting pregnant. Life throws us many curveballs and unexpected events do not have to derail our purpose in life. Bristol is one of the luckier teens in this situation in that her family has enough money to not be financially burdened by this and adequate health insurance and emotional support. At least in public. So why do I care? Because according to Mama Palin having an abortion is out of the question – under any circumstance including rape. Let’s not forget that Fake News had the gall to refer to Mrs. Michelle Obama as a baby mama less than 3 months ago.

So who’s the baby mama now!

Remember when a member of the Obama VP vetting team had to get rid of one of the vetters due to a favorable loan rate he’d received? This was the response from the McCain campaign:

“Jim Johnson’s resignation raises serious questions about Barack Obama’s judgment. Selecting the vice presidential nominee is the most important decision a presidential candidate can make and one even Barack Obama has said will ‘signal how I want to operate my presidency.’ By entrusting this process to a man who has now been forced to step down because of questionable loans, the American people have reason to question the judgment of a candidate who has shown he will only make the right call when under pressure from the news media. America can’t afford a president who flip-flops on key questions in the course of 24 hours. That’s not change we can believe in.” —McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds

Remember Bill O’Reilly trashing the Spears family when Britney’s little sis announced her pregnancy? He referred to it as a morality failure on the mother’s part for not teaching some to her daughter AND she was setting a poor example. So what’s good for one mom applies to the other then, heh?

Why are people of color held to a completely different set of standards and are automatically thought to be loose and lacking morality? If this had been one of the Obama daughters would there be this public call for ‘family privacy’? Nooooooooo.

Obama told his supporters to stand down in attacking Palin and her children. I agree on personal attacks, but when you as a candidate put yourself smack dab in the middle of the culture wars and claim to be SUPERIOR then you have the right to be evaluated. I recall a verse from the Bible – you know that religious text these spiritual perpetrators who wouldn’t know Jesus if he walked up and smacked them on the head claim to be intimately acquainted with:

John 8:1-11 New Living Translation

Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

“No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

Then there’s all those Republicans that say being gay is an abomination, enact legislation opposing gay marriage and get busted for having sex with male prostitutes or trolling public spaces for sex.

NOLA residents dodged a bullet as Hurricane Gustav passed through and was reclassified as a much less deadly tropical storm. Yet those levees are barely holding. Have the Republicans learned anything in the three years since Katrina? NOPE! Bush and McCain were enjoying cake on a landing strip and Condi Rice was shoe shopping and saw Spamalot while people were dying.

In order to deflect attention at the funeral, er Republican National Convention and the lack of attendance by, well Republicans, Bush & Cheney claim they wanted to stay close to the White House in case they needed to react quickly to a crisis. Yeah….right. There won’t be any kudos for the lame duck unqualified appointee of FEMA this time!

If there is one reason why the Republicans should be relegated to a fringe element of politics FOREVER it is the lack of response and total disdain from the Federal Government to its poorest citizens during and after Katrina. I know Republicans have such disdain for it they’d prefer to abolish the Federal Gov’t and replace it with their own policies. Except…isn’t that pretty much what they’ve done…and FAILED MISERABLY AT IT!!!!??

Innocent people were targeted in masse and jailed without charge or legal counsel for months and years. People have been tortured and murdered. How many said, “It wasn’t me that did it”. As horrible an administration it has been it’s the people in this country who really need to make a long, hard and detailed examination of themselves, their thoughts and motivations for putting this administration within reach to steal the election in the first place. Then once Bush got in office and started messing it up where was the outcry? And by the way we’ll be seeing more bank failures and bailouts in the coming months once Bush’s reign of terror ends. Is stopping gay marriage more important than your company shipping your job to China?

Zen philosophy has us all interconnected. We are the sum of many parts. If half of our body is diseased we will not survive. When will we take equal responsibility for each other? If children don’t have drinking water in another country you must look into the policies of your own much wealthier country to question why. It isn’t about throwing money at a problem – it’s about getting to the real source and fixing it. I may have many questions about the validity of religious texts in the way they were interpreted to follow the social mores of the time but I come back to this verse time and again to remind me of what’s most important:

Mark 12:28-31 New Living Translation

One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

So here we have this election. It’s so much more than choosing a political party. If we are to believe the polls this race is very close. How can that be? Certainly it isn’t due to the belief in the superiority of McCain’s candidacy that is fueling this closeness. Funny I don’t remember the country being in such dire straits a few terms ago. This is about those who wish to maintain white male patriarchy and they’re gonna take us all down with them if we let them.

Do you see the forest for the trees?


Update: Democracy Now reporter Amy Goodman and several other producers and journalists have been strong-armed and jailed trying to report from the RNC. She was accused of being a rioter and has since been released. When white women get attacked you know the ish has hit the fan! Now I don’t know if people realize all the Rethugs doing recon at the DNC last week, fanning the PUMA flames and taking notes and they weren’t arrested. Do we really want 4-8 more years of this?

It’s already up on YouTube.