For those of you who like me, just can’t cough up $3.98 for Caribou Barbie’s mutilation of a tree (I have a weak stomach), “Going Rogue” there is hope. Mudflats is “tiptoeing through the Muck of Alaskan Politics”, one a page at a time. Here is a sample of their offerings.
Page 116- This piece of brilliance came from the Alaska Dispatch. And thank you Andrew Halcro for correcting what was an obvious unintentional blunder from Palin who said “Democrat governor” instead of “Democratic governor.” I’m glad you said it correctly, despite you being all effete and everything.
Halcro, “the Wasilla town crier” (Kilkenny) and “the falafel lady” Andree McLeod were considered credible sources by the national press. Imagine that! I wonder if they engaged in juvenile, petty bitter name-calling? That would be really lame, and people would find it hard to take them seriously. You know, like if they called you “the crazy lady” or “the Wasilla town whack job” or something.
There was a debate at a chamber of commerce luncheon. She chose to send Sean Parnell (the Lt. Governor nominee) to attend in her stead, and she went instead to visit with the troops who were about to be deployed because that was more important than a silly Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Irony Alert! The very same Sean Parnell (who became governor when she quit) decided it was more important to attend an Association of General Contractors luncheon than to meet the President who was stopping off 2 miles down the road to honor the troops last week. I just had to throw that out there.
Todd has an interesting Grandmother who is an Alaska Native.
Funny stuff especially after two or three bottles of wine - hiccup
Republican strategy is to paint Net neutrality as government ‘control’ of Internet
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced a bill in the Senate on Thursday that would effectively allow Internet service providers to slow down or block Internet content or applications of their choosing.
The move came the same day as the federal government decided to move forward on an official Net neutrality policy that would prevent ISPs from making those types of decisions.
The FCC’s new rules would prevent ISPs, for example, from blocking or slowing bandwidth-hogging Web traffic such as streaming video or other applications that put a strain on their networks or from charging different rates to users.
McCain’s bill, the Internet Freedom Act, would block the Federal Communications Commission from making Net neutrality the law of the land. The rule preventing ISPs from slowing down certain types of content would create “onerous federal regulation,” McCain argued in a written statement
According to a report at NetworkWorld, McCain “called the proposed Net neutrality rules a ‘government takeover’ of the Internet that will stifle innovation and depress an ‘already anemic’ job market in the US.”
Just when you thought the health reform debate in this country couldn’t get any more absurd. A group of Billionaireshad to come out of the closet and go stick their two cents into the debate, geez. Those lowly millionaire Republicans must feel a bit insignificant about right now, don’t ya think?
God bless em, Billionaires for Wealth Care are taking the high road when it comes to the “I can scream longer and louder than you” mentality of the party formerly known as the GOP. But most importantly they are having some fun mocking the teabaggers, birthers, deathers and whatever else they decide to pull out of their arse in the name of health care reform in the coming weeks.
Sadly though the rhetoric and tone of these rightwing fearmongers has reached new highs, bordering on sedition but clearly now their racial prejudice and hatred is in the forefront of their protest. Consider this account from East County Magazine, a nonprofit, nonpartisan community magazine that covers San Diego County.
Davis staffers passed out information on healthcare reform including answers to common questions—answers many in the crowd apparently had no inclination to read. Although the majority of the crowd seemed in favor of healthcare reform, those opposed were not content to wait their turn to be called upon to ask questions. Instead, many shouted out insults to the Congresswoman and some uttered racial slurs including “nigger” against President Barack Obama.
When Davis attempted to assure the crowd that Congress does not plan to take anybody’s healthcareaway(instead considering a public option for those who have no insurance or are dissatisfied with their coverage), booing ensued.
One protestor (photo, right) carried a sign reading “Healthcare=gas chamber for seniors and babies,” an apparent reference to claims that the bill’s provision offering coverage for end-of-life care and counseling would encourage euthanasia. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has issued a statement denouncing that claim as false.
One UCSD student, dismayed that anti-healthcare protesters prevented her from asking a serious healthcare question (regarding coverage for women’s reproductive health) posted her account of the town hall meeting here: Disruptive tactics by anti-healthcare reform protestors appear to be counterproductive. A new national poll conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons has found that 80% of those surveyed now support a public option.
The young woman at the Bitching BlogBites whose post “Town Hall Chaos”, East Country referred their readers to, is a good read. As it turns out the bitchingblog poster had a serious question she wished to ask but the town hall was a bit different than she expected. Put yourself in her place; you’re going to a town hall meeting, hoping that it won’t be boring and just maybe, you’d actually witness a little of the craziness you have been seeing play-out in the media for weeks. Then walking into this;
MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer handled John Ziegler with far more class than he deserved, wow what an class A, asshole. Nice to see he represents the GOP and Palin because with his mouth he will continue to get shutdown. ”Cut the Mic Please” !
Bush’s surprise trip to Iraq offered him more surprise than expected. During a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, an angery Iraqi television journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi stood up and shouted “this is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog,” as the first shoe hurled toward Bush then with his second shoe, which the president also managed to dodge, Mr Zaidi said: “This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq.” Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki never changed expressions. Al-Baghdadiya’s bureau chief reportedly told the Associated Press that he had no idea what prompted Mr Zaidi to attack President Bush, although reports say he was once kidnapped by a militia and beaten up.
Will this event represent a policy change in Iraq, a little ”shoe and awe” if you will or is Bush just being shooed away days before he leaves office?
All jokes aside when you consider how our invasion has affected the people of Iraq and the recent bi-partisan report detailing our use of torture released by the Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member John McCain (R-Ariz.). A shoe being thrown at Bush is the least of his worries. The report contained an executive summary and conclusions of the Committee’s report of its inquiry into the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody. In part;
A major focus of the Committee’s investigation was the influence of Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) training techniques on the interrogation of detainees in U.S. custody. SERE training is designed to teach our soldiers how to resist interrogation by enemies that refuse to follow the Geneva Conventions and international law. During SERE training, U.S. troops — in a controlled environment with great protections and caution — are exposed to harsh techniques such as stress positions, forced nudity, use of fear, sleep deprivation, and until recently, the waterboard. The SERE techniques were never intended to be used against detainees in U.S. custody. The Committee’s investigation found, however, that senior officials in the U.S. government decided to use some of these harsh techniques against detainees based on deeply flawed interpretations of U.S. and international law.
The Committee concluded that the authorization of aggressive interrogation techniques by senior officials was both a direct cause of detainee abuse and conveyed the message that it was okay to mistreat and degrade detainees in U.S. custody.
Chairman Levin also said: “The abuses at Abu Ghraib, GTMO and elsewhere cannot be chalked up to the actions of a few bad apples. Attempts by senior officials to pass the buck to low ranking soldiers while avoiding any responsibility for abuses are unconscionable. The message from top officials was clear; it was acceptable to use degrading and abusive techniques against detainees. Our investigation is an effort to set the record straight on this chapter in our history that has so damaged both America’s standing and our security. America needs to own up to its mistakes so that we can rebuild some of the good will that we have lost.”
In the course of its more than 18-month long investigation, the Committee reviewed hundreds of thousands of documents and conducted extensive interviews with more than 70 individuals.
Bush is so concerned about his legacy, I believe that can be summed up with two words “War Criminal“.
Surfing through the internets, right after I jokingly said to a goodfriend of mine, 2012 will consist of a Jeb Bush/ Sarah Palin ticket I found this, “ Jeb Bush: GOP ‘can’t be the old white guy party“, “Former Fla. gov says create ‘a shadow government,’ focus on policy”
Jeb Bush says the Republican Party needs to adapt in the wake of wide-ranging defeat in the election and move beyond its traditional position as the “old white guy party.”
The former Florida governor told Newsmax correspondent Ashley Martella that Republicans should create “a shadow government” to challenge Democrats on policy grounds.
“In Washington we need to show humility and be the loyal opposition. I actually think we need to organize ourselves in the form of a shadow government and make it based on policy and not on partisanship,” he said. “People are sick and tired of the partisanship, just for partisan sake, but they aren’t sick and tired of a loftier debate about policy.”
Given the fact ole’ Jeb is a signatory for the Project For the New American Century on their Statement of Principles. I think it is safe to say, he’s been there and done that already with the shadow government thing. How’d that turn-out? If you haven’t noticed things haven’t turned out so well for the U.S. with the NeoCons at the helm. In fact your NeoCon agenda has clearly set the U.S. back several decades. Specifically, we have gone from the most respected Nation to the least respected during your brother’s administration on all fronts. People are sick and tired of the NeoCon disaster capitalism which has served the Bush family, the Cheney Family and all other PNAC followers well at everyone else’s peril.
Doesn’t today feel a bit different than yesterday a little brighter and a lot less stressful? Yesterday I had to privilege of being a Poll observer in Granville County and I have to say it was an eye opening experience. The polling station I was at was in Providence and folks, those judges and volunteers went by the book, with a smile on their face the entire time. The interesting part of the day for me were the voters, everyone determined to cast their vote, make a difference and they did.
Did it surprise anyone that two GOP fat cats were bounced from their seats, Liddy Dole and Robin Hayes. Both candidate’s ran very nasty campaigns against their Democratic challengers and they lost in the end. It seems Obama may at last have succeeded in turning NC blue, at last count he was leading Mccain in NC by 12,000 and the race is still too close to call, yet.
I did run across a piece in the N&O that puzzlied me because it’s language seemed a little off base from the opening paragraph;
An unhappy and unsettled America picked an unlikely president Tuesday — Barack Obama, a young black lawmaker from Illinois who sparked a sweeping political movement withan eloquent promise of change and, most importantly, hope.
Who is unhappy and unsettled here? Not the majority that elected President Obama. We surely didn’t see this type of political rhetoric when half the county got stuck with Bush twice now did we?
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