Palin’s Definitely Pa-Lyin’

August 31, 2008

From Crooks and Liars:

What does it say about Sarah Palin that in her first big appearance before a national audience – her introduction as McCain’s running mate – she decided to flat out lie about her accomplishments?

I told Congress – I told Congress, “Thanks, but no thanks,” on that bridge to nowhere.

Sarah, Sarah, collagen’s on fire!

When told that Congress had stripped funding for the bridge, she said she was still in favor of Congressional assistance for that and other Alaskan projects.

Read the entire bit from C&L.  If you had anything other than utter contempt for her, her plastic face and her plastic family prior to reading it, that will change once you do.

Generic Non-Political Post: Iowa 46 – Maine 3

August 31, 2008

I won’t even mention the fact that the Bush Crime Family is not from Texas, but from Maine (and Connecticut and wherever else is convenient in any given election.)





 What can I say?  My brother-in-law has season tickets and was otherwise occupied Saturday – so me and my spouse hung out at Kinnick until we were sufficiently sunburned.

Iowa 46 – Maine 3.

‘Nuff said.

Amy, Catherine…You’re Both Not Much Better Than Cindy

August 31, 2008

From ‘Ask Amy’, in the Winston-Salem Journal:

Dear Amy: Recently, I was in a public restroom at a large convention center in an area where no one else was around. Upon entering the restroom, a gentleman came out of the stall. I was rather uncomfortable and was about to blurt out, “Excuse me, but this is a ladies room.”

But then it occurred to me that this person might be very masculine looking. He or she was wearing a baseball cap and very manly clothing.

I stopped myself because I did not want to be insulting, but I was also uncomfortable and nervous. I don’t care if the person was transsexual, but if it was in fact a man, I would have felt very unsafe.

What should I do if such a thing happens again in the future? — Catherine in Chicago

From Amy’s response:

If you think a man is in the ladies room, you should tell security personnel. If the person is in fact a woman, a security person can face the consequences of the misunderstanding.

And if the security personnel doesn’t believe that the person is a woman even if the person’s ID says female?  Then you have unjustifiably subjected the person to machinations of the criminal (in)justice system – outing the person (if stealth) and burning up what little money the person might have in savings.

And that’s all in addition to the very real dangers of rape and other life-threatening physical horror that the person will face if incarcerated with men for even five minutes.

Still, I’m more interested in Catherine’s purported concern: “if it was in fact a man, I would have felt very unsafe.”

Catherine, you say that you wouldn’t have cared if the person was a transsexual.  However, either the person was a danger to you or the person wasn’t.  Either you felt unsafe or you didn’t.  In such a situation, taking time to determine whether or not the person may have – or may have once had – a penis exponentially increases the magnitude of any danger that actually might have been present.

Being a Moron: Its Not Just for Steve Doocy Anymore

August 31, 2008

Holy shit! They’re not leaving Steve Doocy to stew alone in the ‘happening to be governor, for 18 months, of a state 150 miles away from a remote area of Russia is sufficient foreign policy experience to be vice president’ pot.

Cindy McBushCain has decided to join him:

“And, also, remember, Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. So it’s not as if she doesn’t understand what’s at stake here.”

As Nicole Belle at C&L writes:

Good God, the Republican Party takes the second highest office in the land very seriously, don’t they?

As seriously as it takes the lives and liberties of its citizens.

Yeh…that seriously.

OK – Aravosis Actually Has an Interesting Post About Palin

August 31, 2008

The John has an interesting post calculating that Palin’s first child may have been conceived out-of-wedlock.

Yes, its something that shouldn’t matter – but when the Gov. Collagen Palin in question is someone who believe that the government has the right to criminalize not only pre-marital sex but pretty much everything else even remotely related to human sexuality, it does matter.

Granted, by The John’s calculations it may have been a month pre-marital – and that assumes the average gestation period.  But, according to the official narrative, her youngest child (the one with Down Syndrome) is a preemie, which, if its true, at least lends credence to the possibility that she may have had another preemie.

But is it true?

Is there more to this – not as to the oldest child, but the youngest one and the next-to-oldest one?

I’m going to post in full two comments to The John’s piece simply because I haven’t seen anything elsewhere about this (though the commenters indicate there is at least some other chatter about it.)  Here is the first one:

I find it curious that not only this blog, but all of the other significant liberal blogs, have either downplayed or outright censored the story of Sarah Palin’s coverup of her daughter’s pregnancy. This is an obvious set of lies. There is NO WAY that Sarah Palin is the mother of Trig Palin.

Just look at the story: A 44-year-old woman is pregnant with her fifth child, who she knows will be born with Down Syndrome. In her eighth month, she flies to a business meeting via commercially scheduled airlines. While at the meeting, her water breaks.

She stays at the meeting, and delivers a half-hour speech. Then she goes to the airport, and makes a trip from Texas to Alaska, involving more than seven hours of flights and one airport layover, for a total of more than nine hours. When she gets to Anchorage, where does this woman, who is a high-risk pregnancy by any definition you can imagine, go?

To the best and closest local hospital? Nope. She has her husband drive her another 45 minutes to some backwoods community hospital, where she delivers a 6 pound, 2 ounce child a month premature.

Come on, John. I realize that you’re not familiar with childbirth and the mechanics, or at least I don’t think you are. Neither am I. So, just to be sure, I went and asked some of my female friends who are. Every single one of them said that story is a crock. Yet, neither AmericaBlog, nor DailyKos, nor HuffingtonPost, etc., will talk much about this. When they do, the discussion is buried.

I find this phenomenal. Talk about being divorced from the public. The circumstances of Trig Palin’s birth has been a fertile ground for gossip and speculation in Alaska since the moment it was announced. John, you were an aide to Ted Stevens. Did they keep you in a cage in Washington, or did you ever go to Alaska? Did you make any connection there? If you did, you’d know what I’m talking about.

So tell me, why is this topic so suddenly taboo on the websites of the left?

Not taboo here.  I’m kinda ashamed of myself that I hadn’t heard it until I wandered over to Americablog.

Now, here’s another comment:

I read this story on several sites now and I’m really torn about it. I don’t want to be like one of those idiots that reads the moronic rumors about Obama and blindly believes them. This could be something like that.

HOWEVER… there are some really interesting things surrounding that last child. So far, no one has produced a photo of Sarah Palin where she is really physically showing. The photos of her at the 6-month point really don’t show any sign of pregnancy. Her oldest daughter was out of school for 4 to 5 months with a supposed severe case of mono that just happened to last through the pregnancy. Palin didn’t actually announce the pregnancy until the 7th month, but how the heck could she hide such a thing especially since she’s normally a slender woman?

Now if any of this gets debunked or someone can produce a picture of a very pregnant Sarah Palin during her last pregnancy, I’ll dismiss these rumors as nonsense. But until then, something just sounds a bit fishy….

Conspiracy theory? 

Well, I’ve always been a bit angry over the ability to dismiss virtually anything by simply calling it a ‘conspiracy theory.’

The word ‘conspiracy’ exists for a reason.

The criminal charge of conspiracy exists for a reason.

Yet another Americablog commenter points to a photo on the Anchorage Daily News website that the commenter says was taken “6 or so weeks” before the youngest child was born, followed by a question as to “who looks 7+ months pregnant.”

Well, if the child was a preemie, then Sarah Palin wouldn’t have been 7+ months along; she would have been something less than that (how much? I haven’t heard how premature the child was; still – do the math.)  As for the daughter who may actually have been pregnant:

wow, Palin does NoT appear preggers,

Kinda hard to tell with the vest.  Of course, she does have that same, singular collagen-botox expression that I’ve seen in every image of her thus far.

but that teen girl of hers—yes, that’s a bloated uterus!!!

And on young girls, pregnancy doesn’t show as much, so this would be realistic… But why wouldn’t she cover up with a big fluffy sweater?

I’m sure there’s not much to do in Wasilla, other than screw around!

As for Palin’s fertility, she’s obviously quite able, BUT at age 44 when she’s devoted to her ambitions? Odd.

Odd indeed (though, IMHO, not as odd as why anyone would name a child Trig.  Were there too many Algebras in the village already?)  Still – are you paying attention, MSM?

What The Republicans Want Us To Think They’re Not Capable Of

August 31, 2008

From the Swamp, a Chicago Tribune blog:

Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh boosted Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s pro-life position and mocked Barack Obama on his radio show yesterday with a make-believe riff in which Obama asked Palin “When you found out your baby would be born with Down syndrome, did you consider killing it before or after the due date?”

Limbaugh’s “humor” caught the fancy of the Republican National Committee, which, in an internal e-mail, proposed using the bit in a YouTube clip.

The e-mail, which was sent to RNC Communications Director Danny Diaz, and mistakenly to a Tribune reporter, was titled “wow…good YouTube potential…”

If you don’t believe it, here’s the full e-mail (PDF).  According to Andrew Zajac, Palin

has been on Limbaugh’s radar screen in the veepstakes since February, when he noted that she was on the right side of the issues and “a babe” besides.

In a statement, an RNC spokesman said, “A staffer with separate responsibilities made a poor recommendation that was not heeded. The individual has been spoken to and this will not occur again.”

The staffer who wrote the message said the obvious — that it was sent to the wrong person — but otherwise declined to discuss it.

Diaz asked The Swamp not to post the message and said the RNC had not and would not act on the suggestion, but otherwise declined to talk about it on the record.

There’s a time to honor requests to disregard misdirected email, but this isn’t one of them.

Translation: They’re sorry they got caught.  Kudos to an MSM outlet for not playing along, instead offering the public “a good illustration of how campaigns really work,” one which “helps to explain why many people think the national political discourse is noxious.”

That’s an understatement.

BTW – since the drug-addled gasbag is on record as having a virtual hard-on for Gov. Collagen Palin, I think an investigation is in order to see where their itineraries have or even may have) crossed paths over the years.  As we all know, oxycontin isn’t the only drug that the gasbag has a fondness for.

Make the Meme Stick: Palin Has an Edifice Complex

August 31, 2008

From NotionsCapital, analysis showing that Sarah Palin’s path to the Alaska governor’s hut has something in common with the building where she’ll officially be given a position that no honest, rational person can assert that she deserves or has done anything to earn (She’s qualifed?  The best qualified?.  That’s what I recall the christianist party saying about Clarence Thomas.)  Back in 2002, Nahm Coleman rode into the U.S. Senate not only on the assassination of Paul Wellstone but also on the Excel Energy Center itself – and, of course, as his completely-used daughter whined in commercials – the hockey team its home to, a team that her daddy promised to bring to St. Paul just like he promises to bring her ice cream.

The perfect executive experience to balance the Republican Presidential ticket: the mayor of a town of 5500, with 1979 occupied housing units, who couldn’t even get that right.

The legacy Mayor Sarah Palin left Wasilla, Alaska: the Wasilla Multi-Use Sports Complex, with an NHL-size ice arena, an indoor artificial turf court, and millions of dollars in debts and hundreds of thousands more in lawsuit expenses.

Mayor Sarah Palin bungled the land acquisition, had to pay legal bills for a heavy-handed attempt to “eminent-domain” the property (aren’t Republicans supposed to be for property rights?), and ended up paying $1.7 million for land that Wasilla could have bought for $125,000.

The $14.7 million sports facility is partally financed by a raise in sales taxes.

As NotionsCapital asks regarding Gov. Collagen Palin:

An elderly heartbeat away from the Presidency of the United States of America?

If it does happen, I think I’m finally outta here.

I Had Wondered Who Would Make This Argument FOR Palin

August 30, 2008

As soon as I heard the specifics of Sarah Palin’s lack of foreign policy any experience, the thought occurred to me that someone, somewhere would try to spin the fact that part of Alaska is only 150 miles or so from the easternmost chunk of Russia as being something in favor of the notion that Gov. Palin has the type of foreign policy gravitas that someone in line for the presidency of any country, much less the United States, might aspire to, much less actually have.

And, of course, it happened on FOX.

And the spinmeister was Steve Doofuscy.  Crooks and Liars has the video, but here’s something I had truly wondered if anyone would actually try to use to spin away the fact that someone whose government resume consists of 18 months as governor of the least populous state and a few years as mayor and council member in what is probably one of its least populous cities has less foreign policy experience than any hair on Barack Obama’s head.

But the other thing about her – she does know about international relations because she is right up there in Alaska, right next door to Russia.

Jon Stewart’s rather restrained – and incredibly tasteful considering just how ridiculous the assertion was – critique of this ‘analysis’?

You’re a moron.






Suck-up to the Colorado Springs Christianist Cabal.


Clearly, Palin is a Perfect Match for McTimeBomb

August 30, 2008

That’s not to say that neither Ann Coulter nor Laura Ingraham nor Rick Santorum would also be perfect, given what the Governor of Alaska has proven herself capable of doing.

From the Anchorage Daily News of Jan. 27, 2008:

The governor’s appearance on KWHL’s “The Bob and Mark Show” last week is plain and simple one of the most unprofessional, childish and inexcusable performances I’ve ever seen from a politician.

Anchorage DJ Bob Lester unleashed a vicious, mean-spirited, poisonous attack on Senate President Lyda Green last week while our governor was live on the air with him.

When we played the tape on my show the day after it happened, we received 130 calls. Even some Palinbots were disgusted.

What was Don Fagan referring to?

Early on in the conversation before Palin started to crack up, Lester referred to Sen. Green as a jealous woman and a cancer. Palin, who knows full well Lyda Green is a cancer survivor, didn’t do what any decent person would do, say, “Bob, that’s going too far.”

But as the conversation moved on, Lester intensified his attack on Green.

Lester questioned Green’s motherhood, asking Palin if the senator cares about her own kids. Palin laughs.

Then Lester clearly sets the stage for what he is about to say by warning his large audience and Palin. He says, “Governor you can’t say this but I will, Lyda Green is a cancer and a b—-.” Palin laughs for the second time.

What were teenage boys thinking when they heard the governor laugh at someone being called a b—-? How about the teenage girls who look up to Palin. What did they think when they heard her laugh?

But there is more. Lester then describes Green’s chair as big and cushy. A clear reference to the senator’s weight. Palin laughs a third time. She’s just having a grand old time.

Palin was clearly enjoying every second of Lester’s vicious attack on her political rival.

But it gets worse.

How much so?

Lester asks Palin point blank: “Do you have any idea of what you did, to make Lyda Green dislike you, hate you?” How does Palin respond? Does she do the right thing? What you would expect from a mature leader, a governor and say, “Bob, Lyda doesn’t hate me.”

No, she responds like a 13-year-old and says, “Um, you know once and a while I try to figure that out but I can’t figure that out.”

OK – before I go any further, I’ll ask: During the introduction ceremony on Friday, did she ever not sound like a 13-year-old?  But I digress…

The Palin camp says the governor did call Green and apologize. That was the right thing to do. But the governor’s statement shows the apology a half-hearted one.

The statement in part reads: “The Governor called Senator Green to explain that she does not condone name-calling in any way and apologized if there was a perception that the comment was attributed to the Governor.”

But there’s strong evidence Palin did condone Lester’s name-calling. At the end of Lester making fun of Green as a mother, calling her a cancer, twice, and saying she has to go; after calling the senator a b—-, making fun of her weight, and accusing Green of being jealous and hateful; after all of that, Lester ends the conversation offering to visit Palin.

How does Palin respond? “I’d be honored to have you.”

The statement released by the governor’s office also called Palin’s action bad judgment.

But bad judgment is when you stay up late the night before a big test, order steak at a Chinese restaurant or wear blue jeans to a black tie affair.

What the governor did was wrong.

As was what Sen. McBush, er…, McAdulterer, er…, McCuntslinger, er…, McFlipFlopper, er…McCain did on Friday by telling every woman (and man for that matter) that what Sarah Palin has done in her 43+ years is worthy of being second-in-command to a 72-year-old leader of the most powerful country in the world.

Who’s Going to do a ‘Heckuva Job’ This Time? Gov. Exorcist?

August 30, 2008

First Katrina…

Now Gustav?

 Hurricane tracking map


What’re you going to do this time Dubya?  Give McAdulterer a belated trophy-veepbirthday cake?  Or will you try to wane nostalgic for 9/11 by re-reading My Pet Goat as the levees give way again?