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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tina Fey As Sarah Palin: Katie Couric SNL Skit

Palin's Witch Hunting Pastor

Op-Ed Columnist - McCain’s Suspension Bridge to Nowhere

Op-Ed Columnist
McCain’s Suspension Bridge to Nowhere

Published: September 27, 2008

WHAT we learned last week is that the man who always puts his “country first” will take the country down with him if that’s what it takes to get to the White House.

For all the focus on Friday night’s deadlocked debate, it still can’t obscure what preceded it: When John McCain gratuitously parachuted into Washington on Thursday, he didn’t care if his grandstanding might precipitate an even deeper economic collapse. All he cared about was whether he might save his campaign. George Bush put more deliberation into invading Iraq than McCain did into his own reckless invasion of the delicate Congressional negotiations on the bailout plan.

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(Note: This editorial is at The New York Times which may require a login to read. Lots of people don't like creating accounts like this because they require you to give a valid email address. I have only one word to say about that . . . gmail . . . or maybe hotmail . . . or maybe even yahoo!mail. I have a junk account with gmail I use for these kinds of registrations. I recommend getting a junk account to everyone.)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Palin Problem

September 26, 2008, 0:00 a.m.

Palin Problem
She’s out of her league.

By Kathleen Parker

Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I’ve been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted.

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Palin should step down, conservative commentator says

September 26, 2008

Palin should step down, conservative commentator says

Posted: 06:20 PM ET

From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

(CNN) – Prominent conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, an early supporter of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, said Friday recent interviews have shown the Alaska governor is "out of her league" and should leave the GOP presidential ticket for the good of the party.

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She talks, we cringe

One-On-One With Sarah Palin
CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric Interviews Alaska's Governor On The Ailing Economy

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I'm back!

The Prodigal Son is fine. The cats are fine. I'm fine. The house is probably fine.

I got home last Monday. I went to work on Tuesday. Tomorrow will be the first day I can work on getting the mess on the house cleared up - assuming I can find someone who will answer the phone or return my call when I leave a message.

Since a picture speaks a thousand words, here's the mess I have to deal with:

Tree branches laying on my roof after Ike
Deadwood hanging over my entry way to the house

I don't know yet what kind of damage might be under the deadwood, but I don't think it is anything significant.

All in all, we fared well this time.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

We be OK

I'm at the Best Friend's house using her 'net connection to make this post. I am still staying with my parents since the homestead still doesn't have any electricity. The Prodigal Son and the cats weathered the storm really well. So did the ol' homestead, as a matter of fact. The only damage the Prodigal reported was several branches falling on the roof and part of our fence laying in the neighbor's yard.

I don't know when I'll return home. I've lived without electricity in the past so I know I don't want to go through that again. I've already shot off an email to the Boss to let him know I haven't returned to the area and I won't be in to work in the morning - assuming the office will even be open.

I also don't know when I'll be able to post again, but I did want everyone to know we are all alright.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

McCain criticized Wasilla earmarks in 2001

From Randi Kaye
CNN Correspondent

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) -- Republican presidential candidate John McCain criticized two of his future running mate's hometown projects in broadsides in 2001 against congressional "pork-barrel" spending, records from the Arizona senator's office show.

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Obama accuses McCain camp of lies, phony outrage

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer
Thu Sep 11, 1:25 AM ET

NORFOLK, Va. - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Wednesday accused Republican John McCain's campaign of using "lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics" in claiming he used a sexist comment against vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Calling it "the latest made-up controversy by the John McCain campaign," Obama responded to the Republicans' charge that he was referring to Palin when he used the phrase "lipstick on a pig" at a campaign stop Tuesday.

"I don't care what they say about me. But I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and Swift-boat politics. Enough is enough," he said.

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Olbermann: Republicans have hijacked 9/11

An American tragedy made into a political commodity

By Keith Olbermann
Anchor, 'Countdown'
updated 8:20 p.m. CT, Wed., Sept. 10, 2008

As promised, a Special Comment about our sad anniversary tomorrow.

Or, more correctly, what our sad anniversary tomorrow has been turned into by the presidential administration, and the current Republican candidates for President and Vice President.

. . . continue reading or listen to it instead . . .

Women Against Sarah Palin

This is a text of an email I sent to

Sarah Palin opposes the issues I support. She does not speak for me nor does she represent who I am, what I think, or how I feel. I honestly believe she was chosen by the Republicans as a token to assuage the Clinton supporters and to attract more of the kind of voters who have helped the Republicans run this country into the ground. The Democrats showed how far this country has come by having both a black man and a woman vying for the highest elected office of the land. The Republicans had nothing to counter that except another tired old white man who is all for more of the same so they attempted to baffle us with bullsh*t by dangling a fresh young white woman, who is also all for more of the same, in front of us. In my case, it didn't work. Being a Texan, I know bullsh*t when I step in it.


That bad boy is heading straight for me - as of the last update anyway. I want to leave but the Prodigal Son wants to stay because we can't pack up all the cats and take them with us. At this point, I don't know if I'm going somewhere else or not. If I decide to leave, which will likely be this afternoon, I won't have computer access since I will go to my parents who still haven't embraced the 'net. If I stay, we will likely lose power if Ike really does make a beeline for us. That could happen Saturday or Sunday and last who knows how long. I will try to post later to let folks know what I've decided.

Regardless, hold good thoughts for the Gulf Coast area. We're going to need them.

(The last hurricane that bothered this area was in 1983 - Alicia. The Prodigal Son was about 7 months old at the time. We stayed here during that one.)

Which Palin would you rather have?

This is me tomorrow

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Monday, September 01, 2008

Land of the free, part three | Federal government involved in raids on protesters
As the police attacks on protesters in Minnesota continue -- see this video of the police swarming a bus transporting members of Earth Justice, seizing the bus and leaving the group members stranded on the side of the highway -- it appears increasingly clear that it is the Federal Government that is directing this intimidation campaign. Minnesota Public Radio reported yesterday that "the searches were led by the Ramsey County Sheriff's office. Deputies coordinated searches with the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation."