Palin finally grants Alaskans their Independence


In the most patriotic gesture ever enacted on Independence Day weekend, Governor Sarah Palin announces that she will not seek another term as Governor of Alaska (thereby granting Alaskans their Independence from her).  Further, she is stepping down immediately as the Governor of Alaska.  Well, she’s stepping down in a few weeks but it may as well be tomorrow.

Irony was not lost on Palin’s almost incoherent, Sanford-esque press conference.  And this was a prepared statement.  On the banks of the lake in Wasilla where the Palins live, there were two ducks frolicking in the water behind her.  (Go ahead, check the video tape, I kid you not).  It almost appeared as if they were fighting, or playing, it was hard to tell, but after a little while the two ducks gave up and just sat there.  Lame ducks?  You be the judge.

Alaskans were seen parading in the streets with flags, banners, and streamers, celebrating their independence from the right-wing, uneducated, Jesus-freak, slutty-librarian governor.  Ironically, since Governor Palin doesn’t read newspapers, she’ll never see it in black and white in the local paper, or the New York Times, for that matter.  Hopefully, one of her children will cut out the article for her, and scotch tape it to the fridge.  Sarah is very good at learning from pictures.  It’s all those words that confuse her.

What greater gift could be bestowed upon the citizens of Alaska than Sarah Palin stepping down, and away, and out of the picture?  Once considered America’s most popular Governor, she recently came in dead last in a Gallup poll.

So is she going away?  Don’t bet on it.  She’s been in a bit of hot water lately, as more and more truth comes out regarding her run for the Vice Presidency, and many accusations are arising about her ethics violations.  Additionally, her husband’s loyalty to the Alaska Secession movement can’t be denied anymore because there is too much proof of it.

All of this can only lead to one conclusion.  Either there is one hell of a scandal coming down the pike for which she does not want to be in office at the time, or she thinks that if she resigns now, and pretends to go into hiding for a while, and pretends to do some book learnin’ about government, democracy, foreign policy, economics, health care, and any host of things that she can try and fake her way through later, she can run for President in 2012.  At some point she really, really wants to be able to yell out “They like me!!!   They really like me!!”   But who is going to back a candidate who quit her first term as governor because, in her words “it wasn’t fun anymore”.  If political office were supposed to be fun, everyone would be doing it.

What is sad for most of America, and a feather in the cap of right wing extremists, is that she’ll probably end up on the Fox Network hosting her own talk show.  She has to figure out some way to pay off half a million dollars in legal fees debt.  She’ll get great ratings, mostly because America can’t help but enjoy watching a good train wreck.  And there is no train wreck better to watch than Sarah Palin. You betcha!

Right America Feeling Wronged


In Alexandra Pelosi’s new documentary “Right America Feeling Wronged” she does to radical, right-wing, evangelical America what family and friends would do to an addict at an intervention; she holds a symbolic mirror up to their faces and asks them to take a good, hard look at themselves. 

Like all interventions, if things go well, the addict will see the error of their ways, begin to take responsibility for their actions, and begin down the road of recovery, all with the support of those who intervened in the first place.  If things don’t go well, the the addict will continue to lie, cheat, steal, and fool themselves into thinking they are OK and not doing anything wrong.  Meanwhile, the addict spirals out of control once again.

Below is an exceprt from “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC where Rachel is interviewed filmaker Alexandra Pelosi and show some brief clips from the documentary.  While these two liberals don’t always have the same views on “middle America”, the certainly agree about shedding some much needed light on some real problems.

 I will admit right here, right now.  I recorded this documentary on my DVR and when I sat down to watch it, I had to turn it off after about 5 minutes.  Why?  Because I was truly freightened.  Some of this clips that I found freightening are those included in the very brief film trailer leading into the MSNBC interview.

As I switched channels and sat back for a bit watching something else, I just had to do it.  I turned it back on.  Once I again I wretched in disbelief and had to turn it off.  To me it was like watching a grotesque surgical operation.  You are curious and want to see it, but you sort of look through your fingers that are half-covering your face.  And when the really bad parts come, you look away and say “OOOH, GEEEEEEZ!!!

As I watched “Right America Feeling Wronged” a few thoughts came to mind.  First, it seemed to me that every person showcased in this movie had a glazed-over, blank-but-hate-filled look in their eyes.  Or maybe it was blank with fear.  Or both.

I encourage everyone who’s interested in what the Evangelical crowd is doing and thinking to see this documentary.  This is not a narrated documentary where you might be led down a certain path of opinion based on what the filmaker dictates.  This movie leaves the character development up to the characters themselves.  They reveal a great deal about themselves on their own without prodding from anyone.

While I know that the hatred exposed in this film is real and still exists, I can’t help but think what would have happened if McCain got elected.  What I saw in this film was what I have always seen in Republicans; they don’t tell you what they are “for” but hey will certainly tell you what they are “against”.  In fact at one point a woman was asked what all McCain supporters have in common and she said “We don’t want Obama to win”.  To this radical group the 2008 Presidential Election wasn’t about standing behind a candidate, it was about standing in front of an adversary.   To them Barack Obama became the enemy; out of fear, ignorance, hate, misinformation, and and outright lies by the Right Wing conservatives of the party.

I hope you watch the interview above but hope even more that you watch the entire documentary.  If you do watch to film and don’t see why Barack Obama should fear for his life, then you weren’t listening; play it again.

Obama Wins and it’s a new game in town


I know I should be a gracious winner.  As gracious and incsive as Barack Obama was in his victory speech and as gracious as John McCain tried to be in is concession speech.  I say “tried” because he still refused to stop the booing when he mentioned Obama’s win.   McCain couldn’t muster up the decency to tell the crowd that booing is not acceptable.

But there is a part of me that needs to vent.  I just need to say:

So long Hannity and O’Reilly and the rest of the knuckleheads at Fox.  You make me sick and your team LOST.  You are irrelevant.

So long to Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sarah Palin.  Your talking points memos have no place in this world except maybe to line bird cages.  You are both irrelevant.

And to the blow hard, politically abusive Rush Limbaugh, your tactics didn’t work, your lies didn’t work, you are irrelevant.

To people like Mary Matalin, Mitt Romney, Rudy “9/11” Giuliani, and Tucker Bounds, it’s time for you to just SHUT UP and I would prefer also that you GO AWAY.  You are irrelevant.

And especially to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney whom I believe should rot in hell for the crimes they have committed against the American people and against the U.S. Constitution; you and your cronies are irrelevant.

All of the people mentioned above will pay the price.  Looking back, these people could not think of one nice thing to say about Barack Obama, who is, by any measure, an intelligent, thoughtful, inclusive man deserving of at minimum an inferred compliment.  But no, they just couldn’t bring yourselves to do it.  And so they will pay the price by being considered “out of the loop”, and “on the wrong track” and nobody will want to hear your opinion anymore.  Not even the new Republican Party that will emerge from the muck as something new and different; or perhaps old and familiar, back to their roots, so to speak.

The Presidential Election of 2008 was not just an election and was not just about politics.  The Obama campaign was a movement.  As defined by Random House a “movement” in this context means: “a diffusely organized or heterogeneous group of people or organizations tending toward or favoring a generalized common goal”.  That is exactly what President Elect Obama tied to do through his entire campaign.  And he stayed on topic for almost 2 years.  None of the people mentioned above in this post, and many, many people not mentioned in this post, ever recognized the difference between an election campaign and a movement.  They missed the boat and missed the historical significance of what happened on November 4th2008.  Americans stoop up to be counted and stood up to say “We’re not going to take it anymore”.  The Republican tactics of fear don’t work and were not appreciated by the electorate based on exit polls.  Every negative ad, every mangling of the truth, or outright lie convinced a few more Independents and Republicans to vote Democrat

I’m sure you saw the people around this country who gathered in predetermined locations to await and then celebrate the victory of Barack Obama.  But did you see the hoards of Americans who gathered spontaneously in town squares to do the same thing.  You probably caught this phenomenon on television but did you also notice people from countries all over the WORLD who gather to celebrate America’s huge step forward.  The American Dream is an experiment that has so far lasted 232 years.  And when times are tough, like they are now, Americans can unite for the greater good.  And Americans can think for themselves independently, they can analyze the conditions set before them, and they have the ability to think and look forward instead of backwards to what used to be.  I don’t care how it sounds but for the first time in my life I am truly proud to be American.  That doesn’t mean I wasn’t proud before; it means I am MORE proud.

So when have Americans ever poured into the streets to celebrate and support the newly elected President of the United States.  For that matter when have Americans ever done this to celebrate anything, political or otherwise.  One on-air personality from a cable TV show said that it was possible that the first moon landing/walk may be the only other event in history that created this level of pride and exuberance.  I don’t know because I was too young to remember, but that sounds accurate to me.  And we’re talking about GOOD NEWS celebrations not bad news vigils.

The political torch is being passed to a new generation and a new philosophy.  I am at the cusp (the older side, unfortunately) of a generation who doesn’t see color, religion, sexual orientation, and more as divisive issues.  We doesn’t see differences, but rather similarities.

The right-wing cancer on the American phsyche is finally in remission.  Those of us with clearer, more mature heads have been waiting for this day since it all went wrong when Ronald Reagan took office in January of 1981.  Since that time we have been on a course, either stemming from the President himself or the Republican-controlled Congress, that grew progressively more extreme in its Evangelical values.  For whatever reason, a large group still believes in this philosophy; they believe in subscribing to culture wars.  They believe in “us versus them”.  They believe in exclusion over inclusion.  If you ever watched the critically acclaimed televisionshow called “Jericho” which was about the aftermath of a large scale terrorist attach on the United States, you would have seen the not-so-subtle overtones of what it is like under the Bush Administration or under Republican rule in general.  Americans pitted against Americans instead of Americans helping other Americans.  We are nothing if not generous with our time, money, and support of those in trouble or less fortunate than ourselves.  But the fundamental idea of America’s generosity was swept out when Reagan was swept into power in 1981.  I am overjoyed that America’s self-esteem and its zest for inclusion has returned with gusto.

As for Barack Obama I hear people, including myself, refer to him (before today) as “Senator Obama”, “Barack Obama”, or “Mr. Obama”, or just plain “Obama”.  He has earned the right to be called “President Elect” and/or “President”.  But for some reason, my admiration for him and the fact that he makes me feel included, makes we want to call him “Barack”.  Just plain Barack.  He is the only political figure in my life that I have ever wanted to meet and the only one with whom I ever wanted to sit down and have a chat.

In closing I want to say that I have only recently involved myself in politics.  Barack’s speech at the DNC in 2004 started it all for me and then I began my own personal grass roots movement through communicating with friends and family, acquaintances, and visitors to my Blog.  Prior to this election I voted in every election for President, Governor, and/or Senator.  However, this is the first time I truly “fell” for a candidate.  If it is possible to love somebody that you have never met, then that’s what happened to me.  Love comes in many forms.  In my case my love for Barack comes in the form of respect and admiration.  He makes me want to be a better person; a better American.

I look forward to the future of America and the World.  Maybe someday I’ll forgive myself for not being as gracious as I could have been.

Election Season 2008 Update


I can’t believe how long it has been since I blogged anything substantial.  In some ways I have checked out mentally from this election.  I am so tired of Palin and McCain and the ridiculousness of it all.  I’m tired of Bill Ayers, and irate republican rally attendees, and Sarah Palin’s clothing budget, and Joe the plumber.  Stick a fork in me, I’m done.

And I can just sit back now without guilt anyway.  I’ve done all I can.  I’ve written all I can.  I have already voted.  I’m going to spend some time writing my election night blog post ahead of time; one if Obama wins and one if McCain wins, and I’ll just publish one of them that night.   Unless of course there is a tie and a long drawn out process.  Or god forbid we have another Florida 2000; I don’t think I can handle that again.

In my final analysis, as much as I hate to say it as to jinx it, I believe Obama will win by a landslide.  We have not used that word in the country for politics in quite some time.   But an Obama landslide would make me proud.  Proud of us.  Proud of us Americans.  Proud of America.  Even if Obama were to win by the smallest of margins I would feel that pride.  But for whatever reason, I want the BIG win. 

After 18 months of being unemployed, I finally have a job.  I did not think I would survive the ordeal but somehow I hung in there and things worked out OK.  I have a huge financial hole to dig out of but at least now I can start digging.  It is strange now because I am on a full-time work schedule and have far less time to write about current events, politics, and pop culture.  I spend far fewer hours thinking about and watching TV about politics.  I think this is a good thing because it was becoming all-consuming.  I was watching cable TV News all day and night.  And I would get angry and I would write on my blog.  And when I wasn’t doing that I was worrying day and night about how I was going to survive another day.  Survival at its basic elements is an ugly thing.  How will I eat?  How do I get to an interview now that my car has been repossessed?  How can I afford to buy decent clothing to wear to an interview or a job?  How in the world, with my failing health, am I ever going to even hold down a job?  All of this was on my mind 24 hours a day. 

I am feeling better these days.  Tired, but it’s a good tired.  I really like my new job and its only a few miles from home.  In Maine, that’s almost unheard of.  People here commute long distances.  So even if gas were to go to $4.00 or more a gallon again, a tank of gas will last me more than a week.  My life taking a turn for the better has made my health take a turn for the better as well.

Things are looking up.  After 18 months I actually went to Target to splurge on a pair of jeans, some cargo pants, and a few shirts.  I have changed so much since going through a job loss.  I’ve always known what’s really important in life, but living as I did really brought that point home.  Friends and family are really all there is in the end.  And I was blessed in so many ways by people who reached out to help me during my time of need.  You can’t even make some of this stuff up.  People are truly kind deep down.  There’s so much bitterness and hate in the world and that is what is shown on TV every day.  But in reality, the kindness of strangers has at times amazed me.

That’s it for now.  Eleven days left and unless something major happens, I’m going to lay low until election day.  I should write about what a complete idiot Elisabeth Hasselbeck is and how I’d like to smack her, open-handed, right across her mouth and then back it up with a smack upside the back of her head.  But she’s not worth it.  In my opinion, let her leave and go have her own show on Fox Noise.  It’s only a short step from there to obscurity.  Hey, that would be a great name for her show:  “From here to obscurity”, get it!  And I still get the giggles when Hasselbeck shows up in spell check with a suggestion of “horseback”.

Anyway, Ciao folks.  See ya’ soon.

AND DON’T FORGET:  VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE., VOTE (not more than once, just go vote).

The Sarah Palin week in review


She started the week by saying Obama was “palling around with terrorists”.   “Palling” isn’t a word; I believe she meant to say “hanging around in a friendly way like you would with your best pal”.  As a result of these statements, Palin and McCain supporters started yelling things like “off with his head” and “kill him” in reference to Barack Obama.  And when the ground swell was out of control she did nothing to stop it.  I finally found something that Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin have in common.  They both wanted Barack Obama assassinated at one time or another so that they could move into a position of power.  Clinton mentioned it in passing in June of 08 when she said the race wasn’t over yet because it was only early June.  And Bobby Kennedy was murdered in June during his 1968 run for the Presidency, so she still had time.

Next, because of Palin’s remarks, a woman at a McCain rally said she didn’t trust Obama because “he’s an Arab”.  Well first of all, if he was Arab he wouldn’t be allowed to run for President.  You have to be born an American citizen to be President.  What scares me is that one woman spoke out loud, in public, about show she was afraid of Obama because he was an Arab, and one man at another rally said that he was afrad of Obama being President because Obamais a terrorist.  If two people think it, that means a whole lot of people think it, too.  There should be a few simple questions asked of a voter to prove they have the faculties to cast a vote.  Start with “Can you spell you own name?” and then move on to difficult questions like “Do you have to be born in the USA to be President?  YES or NO”.  If you can’t answer these, you don’t deserve to vote.  When did acts of violence against American Presidents or Presidential Candidates become part of our culture.  Well, there were those “unfortunate incidents” but it’s not like it’s commonplace.

Next, I’ll take Abuse of Power for $200 Alex.

Check out this transcript of Palin’sconference call with reporters on Friday, October 10th, after the report of her “abuse of power” case was released.  It is all-telling and frankly, scary.  I still can not tell if she is dumb or clever. 

Here’s what the commission said:

“For the reasons explained in section IV of the report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.11(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. 

“The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.”

Here’s what Palin said on Friday after the above report summary was release:

I’m very very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing … any hint of any kind of unethical activity there. Very pleased to be cleared of any of that.

Here is a transcript of part of the Palin conference call with the press

http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/10/12/through-the-looking-glass-with-sarah-palin/

If you want to see the whole interview (with audio), click here.

Lastly, for fun, try the Sarah PalinBaby Name Generator.  With offspring named Track and Trigg, don’tcha wanna know what yer name would be if you were her child:
http://politsk.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah_13.html

Have a nice day and I hope your next Sarah Week is as good as you last.

The Implosion of McCain


John McCain claims that Obama has no experience, or not enough, or he’s “green behind the ears”, or whatever it is he says.  On the other hand, during the debate he was blaming Obama for something and referred to Obama “and his cronies”.  Well, you can’t have it both ways.  He’s either “too new” or has “cronies”.  It can’t be both by mere definition.  It’s just more of the same unintelligible rhetoric from the McPalin campaign.

And now both Sarah and Cindy are calling Barack Obama a terrorist, and unpatriotic, and allow audience members to say things like “kill him” (meaning Obama) without any attempt to put that crowd in its place and not allow such hateful anger to be spewed.  They don’t stop it because they invite it.  The McPalin campaign has become THAT desperate.  They have no more ideas, no platform to speak of, and their support system is waning.  All that is left for McPalin is hate-mongering and inciting violence.

Candidates that run against each other are opponents, not enemies.  Barack Obama and John McCain are fellow Americans.  They have different opinions on what should happen next in this country and they should discuss those opinions openly so that Americans can decide for themselves who they agree with more.  That is what we call democracy.  But to try and make Americans believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim (not that there is anything wrong with that but they know Americans are afraid of Muslims), or worse, that Obama is an actual terrorist, is simply going too far.  You can’t tell me that McCain and his surrogates can’t hear the hate speech eminating from the audiences that attend their “hate sessions”.  You can’t tell me that they don’t hear audience members yelling out “Hussein!” when yelling out something hateful about Barack.

As for Cindy McCain, she should simply be taken out back and shot.   To stand there and say a chill went down her spine, or was it up her spine, when Barack Obama voted against funding for HER SON as a soldier in Iraq.  She never did say that her own husband, John McCain, voted against that very same war finding bill.  How big was the chill when she learned that her own husband didn’t support her son.  This is how desperate the McPalin crew is.  Obama is an unpatriotic, Muslim terrorist who was somehow involved in 9/11 because  he’s a mamber of the sleeper cell in Chicago.  Didn’t you know that?

I don’t know if this country can stomach any more of this bullshit.  I don’t know if Americans will stand for this stuff for another 27 days.  It’s time for America to tune out, or speak up.   I’ve decided to speak up.  Enough is enough.   

There was a hate-monger at a McCain event who said “Can you imagine waking up on November 5th with a President named Barack HUSSEIN Obama.  Let me answer that, please.  Yes, I can.

Thanks but no thanks to that campaign to nowhere


McCain has pulled out of Michigan.  McCain/Palin is doubling back to campaign in perennial red states like Nebraska.  McCain/Palin have lost serious ground in the polls in all 50 states.  And finally, McCain/Palin have nothing left but character attacks on Barack Obama.

If all of this doesn’t look like a political campaign that has already lost, what does?

Across the Republican landscape, and that includes right wing talk radio, Obama is being skewered with lies and half truths relating to his background.  Republicans are dredging up old topics that have already been addressed like Reverend Wright and William Ayers.  Most people know about the Reverend because he was covered by every news organization out there.  The William Ayers thing is a bit more obscure so the Republicans think they can get away with slanderous statements because they think the voters will listen to them enough to question whether or not it is true.

Well, to set the record straight, Obama was on the board of a school committee.  Mr. Ayers happened to be on that same committee. Ayers ended up donating to Obama’s Illinois State Campaign.  That’s it. That’s all there is.  Obama and Ayers were not friends, or buddies.  They didn’t hang around together, go to dinner, have play dates, etc.   Their relationship is the equivalent of being in the same homeroom in high school.  Yes, you are somewhat in the same area at the same time.  Yes, you may be involved in some activities together for whatever reason.  But you are not scampering around together, at night, dressed all in black with black wool caps, plotting to blow up buildings together.

But McPalin would have you think differently saying that Obama was an associate of Ayers.  There’s vague word: “associate”.  What the hell does that even mean?

I can only hope that Obama, Biden, their supporters, and those on the fence but leaning their way can hold out long enough to keep things in perspective.  Question everything you hear.  A desperate campaign will do desperate things.  You will begin to hear to truly terrible things about Barack Obama and Joe Biden.  But don’t fall for it.  They did the same thing to John Kerry in 2004.  Can you say “Swift Boat”?  It is now a verb.

McCain’s run for the presidency is over.  And those that think Sarah Palin is perfectly set up for 2012, think again.  What people will remember about her is how negative she was against the other side, how she turned into an attack dog in the final days of the campaign, and the Katie Couric interviews that will haunt her forever.  Let’s face it, simply not screwing up too badly in the VP debate isn’t enough to make you a star in politics.  And McCain will be close to 80 years old by then.  Their best bet is to pick a Republican Moderate next time around.  America is sick of extremist anything, including our own political parties.

Palin is a lying manipulative Republican whore


Today, Palin said it was time to take the gloves off.  OK, Sarah, you want to take the gloves off, mine are off too.  You are a bigger Republican whore than talk show host Laura Ingraham.  If the Republican Party was a whore house, Palin would be the madam.  Anything for a price.

Palin finally admitted that she read a newspaper, once.  She read the New York Times.  And this particular newspaper, in Palin’s opinion, said that Barack Obama is “palling around with” Terrorists.  “Palling” is not even a word, like so many others that come out of her mouth.  And I believe she said pallin’ with no “g”.  She doesn’t finish her words, her sentences, or her thoughts.

Again, I wrote about desperation previously, but this has got to be the limit.  Does McPalin really think that they are going to convince the American public that Barack Obama is having coffee and going to the movies and having play dates with terrorists? 

This domestic terrorist to which Palin is referring is now a college professor.  Yes, he was involved with some unsightly activities back in the early 1970’s.  But so was half the world.  

McPalin and their supporters are nervous; like a feral cat caught in a corner.  They are scratching and clawing at anything they can to survive.  They continue to attempt feats of distraction; slight of hand, if you will.  Obama wants to talk about issues.  The horrible condition of our economy.  Jobs. Foreclosures. the war in Afghanistan.  McPalin wants to talk about who Obama had lunch with or even more importantly, what he had for lunch.  If there were bean sprouts on his sandwich, then he is an elitist domestic terrorist.  Yes, that makes perfect sense.  I think I’ll vote for McPalin now.

Have you noticed that Palin can’t say NUCLEAR.  And who is the other famous world leader that says “NUK-YA-LUR” instead.  Yes, George W. Bush.   If there is one thing that will tell you that there won’t be any changes in Washington if McPalin is elected, it should be that she can’t even bother to pronounce words correctly,  just like Bush.  I find it truly offensive, and embarrassing that the leader of my country is illiterate.  And the next Republican team standing in line to take over will embarrass me EVEN MORE than Bush.  I never ever thought it was possible.  But I was wrong.

Let’s talk about health care.  I think Barack Obama said it best.  McCain wants to tax you on the health care benefits that your employer provides, if you are lucky enough to have an employer that provides them.  So if you make $40,000 and your employer spends $10,000 on health care for you, you will pay tax on $50,000 because McCain will count those benefits as income.  Furthermore, McCain wants to give you a tax credit of $5,000 so you can buy your own health care if you don’t have it through your employer.  First of all, you can’t buy health care for $5,000 a year.  It’s more like $10,000 – $12,000.  AND, since it is through a tax credit that means you have to pay for it yourself first, then at the end of the year you can deduct if from your taxes.   I don’t have $12,000 up front to pay for health care, do you?  And if you do, you’ll only get $5,000 back for your $12,000 of expenses.  How is this a universal health care plan?  Thanks but no thanks.

Barack’s plan is simpler.  If you have insurance, keep it.  If you don’t you can buy into universal health care even if you have a pre-existing condition.  Simple, yet logical.

So, like McPalin, I got off topic so I’ll just restate it.  Palin is a lying manipulative whore.

McCain and Palin – Desperate times call for desperate measures


Desperation is the name of the game for the next month leading up to election day.  McCain and Palin are trotting out hideous, hateful attacks against Barack Obama.  They are trying to send messages to the American public like “be very afraid of this Obama guy, he hangs out with terrorists”.  

Are you kidding me?  The see themselves slipping in the polls.  They are losing this election.  They will lose this election.  But in a last ditch effort to convince themselves they could actually win they are launching fear at the public.  Just wait.  McPalin is going to bring up Reverend Wright again.  The Republican Talking Points memo is circulating as we speak to right wing talk radio heads.  I don’t advocate listening to them but if you wanted to check, you could channel surf on your AM radio dial to Lush Windbag, Glenn Peckerhead, Laura Ingraham – REPUBLICAN WHORE, Yawn Hannity, and the rest and you would not know, I bet, which show you were listening to if you could not discern the voice because they are all going to say the EXACT SAME THING.  It really, really is as if they are all reading from some daily fax or email they get from the Wizard.  And by Wizard I mean Karl Rove.

Over the past month or so, it has been more noticeable, although I have noticed it right along.  And that is when the world starts spinning out of control McCain spins right along with it.  Obama, on the other hand, is clam, steady, and logical.  The Republicans are betting on calamity.  They want white noise to cloud up the real issues to that they can slip in unnoticed.  But America is too smart for that, I hope anyway.  As they may have learned with Bush, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.  McPalin’s campaign is based on smoke and mirrors.  They are not saying anything yet they continue to do a lot of talking.  The is one desperate campaign, full of anger.  And the one thing I am sure of is America doesn’t vote for angry people.

McCain and Palin – The Mavericks?


I wrote a piece back in June that outlined the real meaning of the word “maverick”.  That was before Sarah Palin came on the scene.  But after last night’s debate where Ms. Palin (or as I call her, “Palin-comparison) referred to herself and John McCain as “mavericks” so many times, I thought it was time to revisit and repost my original piece.  I wrote this so long ago that I forgot about it until a recent visitor commented on it.  So I want to thank “Laura” for reminding me of this post.  Here’s the original, edited for content and to include Palin:

I honestly don’t know if John McCain associated himself with the word “maverick” or if it was the Press, or some other person or group.  But what I do know is that whenever John McCain is discussed on TV News, or Talk Shows, radio or television, his supporters (which I think at this point are limited to”Fox News”) refer to him as a “maverick”.  I decided to dig a little bit deeper into what “maverick” really means.

In the southwestern United States (including, obviously, Arizona from which John McCain hails as one of two U.S. Senators) the word “maverick” means an unbranded range animal (especially a stray calf) that belongs to the first person who puts a brand on it (see American Heritage Dictionary).  Or, in other words “a bullock or heifer that has not yet been branded, and is unclaimed or wild” (according to Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary).

In an alternative definition from Dictionary.com, which refers to politicians specifically, the definition is “a politician, who takes an independent stand apart from his or her associates”. 

Well, John McCain servers the public (his constituency) just as all of the other U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives in the Legislative branch of the government do.  It is their collective duty to have open, robust discussions; entertaining ideas and solutions from a broad range of perspectives and then make decisions, as a collective unit, about how to move forward.  In our two party system, there is obvious disagreement among the Legislators of the Land.  But, they must operate a a cohesive group, even with all of the disagreements, to pass any legislation.  Therefore, they are all his associates.  So how could McCain be a political maverick when any one of his supposed independent views is certainly in line with at least one other Senator or Congressperson, whether Republican, Democrat, or unaffiliated.  You can’t be a maverick when other people agree with you, even if the people agreeing are not the ones you want to agree with you.

So what we have left, for possible appropriate definitions of “maverick”, is an “unbranded range animal … that belongs to the first person who puts a brand on it”.  So in the State of Arizona which John McCain represents in Congress, a “maverick” is defined as “someone who has not been officially affiliated with any one person or group, but is available to the first bidder, or highest bidder”. Since Palin has also resorted to referring to herself as a “maverick”, the definition applies to her, too.

I”m just saying….