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Saturday, September 20, 2008

The View on the Obama Waffles Sold at the So-Called "Values Voters" Summit

These two youtubes have slightly different versions of the show.

All four hosts condemned this.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Norm Coleman Irritates Base

Andy from Residual Forces posts a rant.

Having seen the email exchange between the Senator and my friend, I’m ashamed of Norm. Look, I know Norm has staked out a position in the mushy middle of politics, but for some reason it just pains me to see him denigrate the brain functions of the Republican base.

Fact: The Gang of 20 is not a bill that will change the gridlock in Washington, it is the result of the partisan gridlock do nothing, drill nowhere Congress. Bush has pledged to veto it. All this wall balancing from Coleman and others in the Gang are a complete and total waste of time. And if somehow they do get it passed, it will set America’s energy supplies back generations.

Shame on you Norm. Shame on you for selling out the American people in order to save your career. It appears that you are ‘part of the problem with Washington’.

With an opponent as far to the fringe left flank of the Liberal wing of the Democrat Party, you had the perfect opportunity to explain to voters why being a real Republican, (brace yourself Norm, I’m going to use the ‘C’ word) a principled conservative.

Yes Norm you blew it, you wasted a perfect chance to educate Minnesotans on the drastic differences between red meat Progressive Democrats (in case you don’t know yourself: they are socialists) and principled conservative Republicans stand for (that’s limited Government, free markets, personal responsibility, and laizze faire policies.)

Shame on you Norm. No wait, shame on the Republican leaders who have staked all the resources and hitched all the wagons of the Republican party into getting you reelected. Seeing you flounder around like a jellyfish as you defend tragic liberal bills and your support of them makes me very upset.

The money to run just one of those nasty commercials attacking Franken could win back a Minnesota House seat. In case you didn’t know, we have a majority of Progressive Democrat socialist wealth redistributing big government nannystators who are assaulting freedom and prosperity here in Minnesota.

If, as I have feared since Chairman Carey was reelected, the Republican party follows the orders from the RNC and all it is supposed to care about is getting you reelected and holding onto the 3rd, and that leads us to even more losses in the Minnesota House, there will be plenty of (rhetorical) blood on hands to go around. I know that phrase gets a lot of people’s undies firmly in a bunch. It is a NOT violent claim or threat. It is a political expression to help shed light on how the Republican Party of Minnesota has been led astray and knowingly decides to support one statewide candidate at the expense of legislative races.

I'm sick of the ads that are pandering to the stupid vote on both sides.

Plumbing the Depths of the US Senate Race

While being a couch potato for a few hours on Thursday evening, I caught two TV ads from US Senate candidates.

The incumbent, Senator Coleman (with his gleaming white teeth) is promoting his constituent service... we heard testimony from a family for whom Senator Coleman provided assistance with an internatioal adoption.

That's all very nice, and I'm happy for the adoptive family, but does that make a case for re-election? That's like saying, 'I think more teenagers should have the opportunity to go to college.' Who would be against a statement like that?

The DFL challenger, Al Franken, showed me the ad (again) highlighting Senator Coleman's out of state travel as a Senator, presumably as a guest of lobbyists/special interests.

How about an ad that questions Al Franken's qualifications to be a US Senator? From where I sit, independent of a political philosphy, there is nothing on Al Franken's resume to suggest that he's a suitable choice for the World's Most Exclusive Club. Sorry, Al.... I can't hire you for this job.

Conversely, perhaps the Franken campaign could run an ad that makes the case for his qualifications to be Senator... because I don't know what they are.

Senator Chuck Hagel Speaks the Truth About Sarah Palin

Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel says it's a 'stretch' to call Palin qualified to be president
Associated Press

September 18, 2008

WASHINGTON - Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel said his party's vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, lacks foreign policy experience and called it a "stretch" to say she's qualified to be president.

"She doesn't have any foreign policy credentials," Hagel said in an interview published Thursday by the Omaha World-Herald. "You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don't know what you can say. You can't say anything."

Could Palin lead the country if GOP presidential nominee John McCain could not?

"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.

McCain and other Republicans have defended Palin's qualifications, citing Alaska's proximity to Russia. Palin told ABC News, "They're our next-door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska."

Hagel took issue with that argument. "I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, 'I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia,'" he said. "That kind of thing is insulting to the American people."

Hagel, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been a vocal critic of the Bush administration since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

I couldn't agree more re: the insulting assertion about proximity to Russia providing foreign policy experience. I'd also throw in the command of the Alaska National Guard. That's part of a governor's job, but it has nothing to do with being commander in chief of the US armed forces.

And yet - we keep hearing that it matters, as if saying it enough times will make it true.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sarah Palin's Town Charged Rape Victims for Forensic Exam Kits During Palin's Term as Mayor

Pioneer Press (McClatchy):

Speaking to a teleconference audience of reporters around the nation, former Gov. Tony Knowles and current Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein — both Democrats — accused Palin of misleading the public in her new role as the vice-presidential running mate of Arizona Sen. John McCain.

While some of their complaints have already been aired, Knowles broke new ground while answering a reporter's question on whether Wasilla forced rape victims to pay for their own forensic tests when Palin was mayor.

True, Knowles said.

Eight years ago, complaints about charging rape victims for medical exams in Wasilla prompted the Alaska legislature to pass a bill — signed into law by Knowles — that banned the practice statewide.

"There was one town in Alaska that was charging victims for this, and that was Wasilla," Knowles said.

A May 23, 2000, article in Wasilla's newspaper, The Frontiersman, noted that Alaska state troopers and most municipal police agencies regularly pay for such exams, which cost between $300 and $1,200 apiece.

"(But) the Wasilla Police Department does charge the victims of sexual assault for the tests," the newspaper reported.

It also quoted Wasilla Police Chief Charlie Fannon objecting to the law. Fannon was appointed to his position by Palin after her dismissal of the previous police chief. He said it would cost Wasilla $5,000 to $14,000 a year if the city had to foot the bill for rape exams.
"In the past we've charged the cost of exams to the victims' insurance company when possible," Fannon told the newspaper. "I just don't want to see any more burden put on the taxpayer."

An effort to reach Fannon by phone Wednesday was not successful.

Palin should get asked this one on the record.

Monday, September 15, 2008

McCain Campaign Disses Values Voters


CONTROVERSY BREWING – With Christian conservatives delighted about Alaska Gov. Palin, both she and Sen. John McCain are planning to skip the Family Research Council’s huge “Values Voters Summit” in Washington this weekend. David Brody of’s “The Brody File” reports that “the offer of a short video from vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin to folks at this weekend’s Value Voters Summit has been turned down by its president, Tony Perkins. A source inside John McCain’s campaign tells me that Palin was set to record the video Wednesday in Virginia before she left for Alaska. But when the McCain campaign approached Perkins about offering the video rather than a personal appearance Perkins said, according to numerous witnesses, ‘That’s not enough.' …

“According to multiple sources, Palin was set to appear in person at the Summit which is billed as the largest gathering of value voters in the country. But a McCain source says plans changed when they were alerted that she needed to go to Alaska Thursday to be with her son as he deployed to Iraq. The conservative conference is Friday and concludes Sunday morning. Palin is set to make a campaign stop in Nevada on Saturday. John McCain is in the Washington DC area that weekend with no scheduled public events but a source tells me he has a full day of campaign business to attend to.”

As I mentioned this weekend, the McCain/Palin campaign didn't want to be photographed with the fringe who attend this conference.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sarah Palin and Book Banning

The New York Times gets two people on the record stating she wanted to remove Daddy's Roommate from the Wasilla Public Library shelves.

New York Times:

The new mayor also tended carefully to her evangelical base. She appointed a pastor to the town planning board. And she began to eye the library. For years, social conservatives had pressed the library director to remove books they considered immoral.

“People would bring books back censored,” recalled former Mayor John Stein, Ms. Palin’s predecessor. “Pages would get marked up or torn out.”

Witnesses and contemporary news accounts say Ms. Palin asked the librarian about removing books from the shelves. The McCain-Palin presidential campaign says Ms. Palin never advocated censorship.

But in 1995, Ms. Palin, then a city councilwoman, told colleagues that she had noticed the book “Daddy’s Roommate” on the shelves and that it did not belong there, according to Ms. Chase and Mr. Stein. Ms. Chase read the book, which helps children understand homosexuality, and said it was inoffensive; she suggested that Ms. Palin read it.

“Sarah said she didn’t need to read that stuff,” Ms. Chase said. “It was disturbing that someone would be willing to remove a book from the library and she didn’t even read it.”

“I’m still proud of Sarah,” she added, “but she scares the bejeebers out of me.”