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Sarah Palin: Good for the Jews?

By Michelle Boorstein
American Jewish organizations and Jewish bloggers are lit up over Gov. Sarah Palin's little-known record on Israel and other key Jewish issues.

Online, much of the chatter has focused on the fact that, a few weeks ago, Palin sat in her Alaska church as her minister glowingly introduced the head of Jews for Jesus, a group of mostly evangelical Christians who aim to convert Jews to Christianity. In the talk, group Executive Director David Brickner blamed Middle East violence in part on Israeli Jews who didn't accept Jesus.

A spokesman for the McCain campaign said earlier this week that Palin did not know Brickner would be speaking that day and did not share his views. "Governor Palin does not share the views he expressed, and she and her family would not have been sitting in the pews of this church for the last seven years if his remarks were even remotely typical," Michael Goldfarb wrote in an e-mail to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

But that didn't stop the National Jewish Democratic Council from slamming Palin as "a poor choice" in a statement yesterday.

"We in the Jewish community have to question McCain's judgment for choosing a right-wing religious conservative with absolutely no foreign policy experience and a brewing scandal which is being investigated by the Alaska state legislature," the group said, calling Palin "totally out of step with Jewish public opinion" on everything from abortion to climate change to creationism, which she says should be taught in school along with evolution.

Group chairman Marc R. Stanley also wrote an op-ed in The Jerusalem Post, posted online Wednesday, calling Palin "an exceedingly odd choice for a party which has spent the better part of the past year loudly exclaiming that it was reaching out to Jewish voters."

The Anti-Defamation League said it had no problem with Palin's attending a church that also hosted the Jews for Jesus leader. The ADL has in the past has accused Jews for Jesus of deception.

The ADL's national director, Abraham Foxman, told JTA that Protestants evangelizing to Jews was entirely different from Catholics praying for Jewish conversion, which the ADL has sharply criticized.

"They did not have the Inquisition. They did not go on a Crusade. They did not kill Jews for 2,000 years," he said. "They have a belief; they're entitled to their belief."

Steve Waldman, the Jewish founder of popular faith blog BeliefNet, wrote this week that the Palin pick may "end up scaring some Jews" and boost the Obama-Biden ticket among a group that is already heavily Democratic.

The Jewish Week Web site quoted Fred Zeidman, co-chair of Jewish outreach for the McCain campaign, as saying the Palin pick had worried some potential Jewish McCain supporters. "There has been a lot of consternation all day," admitted Zeidman, when asked about the impact of Palin's selection on Jewish voters.

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When Jesus comes back and the Jews dont apologize and convert, what happens to the Jews then? Christians who claim to support Israel just want a landing pad for Jesus. These Christians really believe the current Jews are incredibly stupid for rejecting Jesus on his first visit.

Posted by: Thane of Towson | September 9, 2008 10:47 PM

Come -on say you disagree with Jews for Jesus but calling them anti-Semitic just because you don't agree with them .Give me a break.

I've heard David Brickner may times. He is proud of his Jewish roots and extreely pro-Israel

It's funny but you can be Jewish and believe in all kinds of new age stuff but if you believe that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah suddenly you are anti-semitic

Posted by: cathyk | September 9, 2008 9:18 PM

Her way of thinking is racist. If any other person was in a church that had a kkk talk, they would be run out of office.

Also, she had heard this type of talk before. I bet there are racist jokes, too.

The lin eneeds to de drawn some where.

Posted by: john | September 9, 2008 1:54 AM

The Jews for Jesus event was well publicized on the church website and bulletin - they are still bragging about the appearance, by the way. I sort of doubt it was a surprise to most of the folks in the congregation, and it doesn't seem like she or anyone else expressed any problem with the presentation. Wasn't that what everyone said Obama had to do to prove he was patriotic - publicly denounce what was said by others in his church (and in his case, outside of his presence)?

Similarly, the pastor of the church she went to until she was 38 (the same one she told had to work to make sure Alaska was "right with God") spoke after her and expressed his fervent belief that we are in the end of days, that Alaska will be a "refuge" for people fleeing the Beast, and that therefore the state has to be prepared for it by making the way ready. Again, no comment then or later from Palin on whether or not this is her belief. Shouldn't we demand the same kind of distancing and declaration of seperation from extremist views that conservatives wanted from Obama? Or does it only flow one way?

Not saying she believes what either group does, just that if you attribute Wright to Obama you better attribute the Wasi

Posted by: Stop it already | September 8, 2008 1:27 PM

Get rid of Condeliza Rice and stop the compromise. Christians love Israel more than many American Jews.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2008 8:25 PM

American Jew

Was haShem confused when He wrote 6 days? Does the Creator need more than a second to create? Hashem created the world in 6 days to give us the eternal Sabbath.

Biblical creationism is absolutely defendant upon Genesis. We are all sons of Adam (and Noah).

Posted by: JimH in Colorado | September 7, 2008 8:23 PM

To any thinking Jew

Obama doesn't even think Iran is a threat! That's as dumb as Jimmy (worst prez ever) Carter thinking that the Ayatolah was the next Ghandi. I can't say lol because that cost millions of lives. Liberalism is anti-Torah at every turn.

Posted by: JimH in Colorado | September 7, 2008 8:20 PM

American Jews are OPPOSED to students learning about creation? And here I thought that creation was taught in the Torah...

Have students learn about evolution, as well as creationism, and mixtures thereof.

Posted by: DP | September 7, 2008 4:20 AM
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The Jewish reading of Genesis, a book written by Jews for Jews, has nothing in common with the Christian reading. Evolutionism is Biblical creationism -- not to be confused with the Platonism that is "Creationism" from a Christian point of view.

Posted by: American Jew | September 7, 2008 4:46 PM

With the nomination of Sarah Palin, every Jew in this country would be well advised to (1) have a valid passport and (2) whatever documentation is necessary to qualify to immigration into Israel under the "law of return." Palin is a hard-core Zionists dream: proof that all Jews should move to live in Israel.

Posted by: American Jew | September 7, 2008 4:42 PM

Obama was giving us insight as to how he plans to make the military. He would make it just as strong as those styrofoam pillars and the depth of his education. You can't call a timeout in real life with the enemy at the door and thousands already inside the house.

Posted by: JimH in Colorado | September 7, 2008 3:56 PM

OBAMA LIES ABOUT OUTSOURCING TO FOREIGN SOIL!

Barack and Howard Dean are using a company called Donor Services Group in Los Angeles that has an outsource call center in Manila, Philippines to handle their fund raising efforts. This isn't the only company they are using that is open about sending American Jobs to foreign soil. Both Obama and Dean know this but they are getting great rates on with low wages and this works in their efforts to mislead the public on jobs.

Donor Services Group is a minimum wage company that does not pay a fair wage to nearly 150 staffers and refuses to pay for all hours worked and makes WalMart look like a very generous company!

Both DNC and Barack know this and don't care that the company uses harsh tactics on the staff to get money raised.

Posted by: Corwin | September 7, 2008 2:19 PM

"Oh and all you idiots dumping on Obama for having "styrofoam pillars" like what the hell would have been acceptable to you, maybe a slave shanty?"
-voting Dems
*************

Hey Voting Dems-

You miss the point- The styrofoam columns and hairplugs just represent lies and feelings of UNREALISTIC SELFIMPORTANCE- you know, like Obama -Greek Emperor (with no clothes) or Young Biden- whose lies are getting really sad by now-
case in point:

"...The New York Times reported the 2007 crowd at the University of Iowa grew silent as Biden gave his version of what happened that day.

"Let me tell you a little story," The newspaper quoted Biden as saying. "I got elected when I was 29, and I got elected November the 7th. And on Dec. 18 of that year, my wife and three kids were Christmas shopping for a Christmas tree. A tractor-trailer, a guy who allegedly -- and I never pursued it -- drank his lunch instead of eating his lunch, broadsided my family and killed my wife instantly, and killed my daughter instantly, and hospitalized my two sons, with what were thought to be at the time permanent, fundamental injuries....
"Even before Obama asked Biden to join his campaign, political observers said the senator's gaffes could be a liability in a contest where every word will be scrutinized. Biden's first presidential campaign 20 years ago was undone by charges he plagiarized parts of a speech by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock....

"The rumor about alcohol being involved by either party, especially the truck driver, is incorrect," said Jerome O. Herlihy, a Delaware Superior Court judge who was chief deputy attorney general and worked with crash investigators in 1972.

By RACHEL KIPP • The News Journal • September 4, 2008

Posted by: Scott | September 7, 2008 12:51 PM

American Jews are OPPOSED to students learning about creation? And here I thought that creation was taught in the Torah...

Have students learn about evolution, as well as creationism, and mixtures thereof.

Posted by: DP | September 7, 2008 4:20 AM

Simple solution. Kill the rapists; not the babies!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2008 3:54 AM

justadad55+

Yes the UN will stand back and let Moslem countries rape, pillage and burn certain Christian countries. Kofe Anan took the weapons away from the Christians in Rwanda and then let then get slaughtered without intervention or any help.

If Israel gives away the Temple Mount and the Golan Heights; sudden destruction will follow for the whole world. Ezekiel 35 - 38.

Posted by: JimH in Colorado | September 7, 2008 3:29 AM

Ira

Are you a total idiot? Obama is a close and personal friend with Farrakhan and Bashar al Assad. He is a true Moslem. They actually hate you and me and make no secret of it.

This clown Obama doesn't think Iran is worthy of our attention. When Iran sends the first nukes towards Israel, he'll call for a security counsel meeting. That'll take days and the UN has not make a pro-Israel ruling since 1948.

Nobama and no Mr. always on the wrong side Joe.

Posted by: JimH in Colorado | September 7, 2008 3:22 AM

Scared

Change your name to "scary" and get your prescription refilled.

The facts are that sick greedy doctors and selfcentered people use abortion as birth control. Abortion is a process where babies are burned with salt and then ripped to pieces. That's a fact; a terrible but true fact. This practice will only survive in the dark bolstered by lies and misinformation.

Posted by: JimH in Colorado | September 7, 2008 3:18 AM

A vote for McCain/Palin is a vote for incest babies and back alley abortions. If your 12-year-old daughter was raped and impregnated, that's "God's will" to Sarah Palin. McCain/Palin will shape the judiciary for years to come, forcing your daughter to carry that rape baby.

Posted by: Scared | September 7, 2008 2:51 AM

I could care less what women voters do., this male is a Palin Guy. I am glad to . It wouldnt change my opionion though, I think Sarah Palin Should be the GOP nominee., not McCain. The Republicans are much more excited about palin then mccain., The new most famous person in the world.

This site has the inside scoop about the Palin Dui Secret, http://www.duihelpguide.com Why hasnt the news covered this?

This site has background info on sarah Palin Bio, Pics, Videos, Alot of Polls like how many people actually think that she is attractive? http://www.theveep.com

This site has everything about her scandals, Levi the Boy Friend, what really happen with ebay plane. http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2008 1:40 AM

Sarah Palin will not support Israel. She's part of a church that wants to convert all Jews to Christianity. Myself and all of my Hebrew brethren will be voting for Obama. He at least understands the plight of the Jewish people being a minority himself.

Posted by: Ira | September 7, 2008 12:46 AM

"...The New York Times reported the 2007 crowd at the University of Iowa grew silent as Biden gave his version of what happened that day.

"Let me tell you a little story," The newspaper quoted Biden as saying. "I got elected when I was 29, and I got elected November the 7th. And on Dec. 18 of that year, my wife and three kids were Christmas shopping for a Christmas tree. A tractor-trailer, a guy who allegedly -- and I never pursued it -- drank his lunch instead of eating his lunch, broadsided my family and killed my wife instantly, and killed my daughter instantly, and hospitalized my two sons, with what were thought to be at the time permanent, fundamental injuries....
"Even before Obama asked Biden to join his campaign, political observers said the senator's gaffes could be a liability in a contest where every word will be scrutinized. Biden's first presidential campaign 20 years ago was undone by charges he plagiarized parts of a speech by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock....

"The rumor about alcohol being involved by either party, especially the truck driver, is incorrect," said Jerome O. Herlihy, a Delaware Superior Court judge who was chief deputy attorney general and worked with crash investigators in 1972.

By RACHEL KIPP • The News Journal • September 4, 2008

"The voters will never accept a candidate like that" Wylie D

Posted by: Scott | September 7, 2008 12:34 AM

WylieD

Great post. The hypocrisy of these people is undeniable.

Its all about selfishness and class envy.

People get off your tails and follow your dream. This is the only country in the world that offers opportunity like that.

Where else could a person (Obama) who has done none, but feed from the state nipple rise to the top?

This guy has done nothing that was supported by any dollar except that redistributed from hard working Americans and he can't even bear to put his hand on his heart during the pledge or our anthem. He should relocate to Kenya and help his brother overthrow Moslem extremists. That's where the real abuses are.


Posted by: JimH in Colorado | September 6, 2008 10:43 PM


So let me get this straight:

- This Jews for Jesus guy was Palin's spiritual advisor for 20 years?

- He performed the wedding ceremony for Sarah and her husband?

- He baptized their children?

- When Palin was considering accepting McCain's offer to be his choice for VP, she consulted with Jews for Jesus?

- Palin used the title of a Jews for Jesus sermon as the title of her book?

The critics are right. The voters of this nation will never accept a candidate like that.

Posted by: WylieD | September 6, 2008 6:05 PM


So let me get this straight:

- This Jews for Jesus guy was Palin's spiritual advisor for 20 years?

- He performed the wedding ceremony for Sarah and her husband?

- He baptized their children?

- When Palin was considering accepting McCain's offer to be his choice for VP, she consulted with Jews for Jesus?

- Palin used the title of a Jews for Jesus sermon as the title of her book?

The critics are right. Palin is so toast.

Posted by: WylieD | September 6, 2008 6:02 PM

Sarah Palin is great for Israel, to hell with the rest. I have no pity for Israel for they are doing now what Hitler did. The Republicans and Democrats made them a power house, much like your government did. Do you really think the world will stand back and let only certain countries defend themselves. How simple minded your government is. WOW. Get out of Iraq and times will change faster than you think. Sarah is toast once she is on her own against The democrats VP.

Posted by: justadad55+ | September 6, 2008 5:07 PM

So it's OK for Palin to attend a church that approves of violence against Jews, but it's not OK for Obama to attend a church that disapproves of violence against African-Americans?????????

Posted by: barbara campbell | September 6, 2008 5:06 PM

Half true about the library. If you look into the librarian story you will find that the Librarian has ties to Lynda Green, a well known adversary of Ms. Palin and old-guard republican who was affected by Palin's reform leadership.

She never actually requested that books be banned. And when you are making personnel cuts in small government, there's no telling who will be let go.

The smears of the left are being debunked time after time:
http://explorations.chasrmartin.com/2008/09/06/palin-rumors/


Posted by: Belle | September 6, 2008 4:44 PM

The Anchorage Daily News ran an interesting article on September 4th about Sarah Palin that I think all voters should read because it gives you a VERY good clue as to who she is. When Sarah Palin was elected mayor of Wasilla., the city librarian was asked to remove certain books from the library. When she refused, she received a letter that she would be fired.
It is disturbing that a person who chooses to ban reading material approved by the National Library Assoc., in promoting her religious views is being considered as VP of USA.
We can not allow this to happen.

Posted by: pbg333 | September 6, 2008 3:36 PM

"Good for Jews?" How about "good for Americans?" Why do we always have to play the race, gender, color, religion, et al card and not, as most Americans demand, focus instead on the issues of the day?

The coverage of Sarah Palin in the MSM has been nothing short of disgusting.

http://www.stoptheattacks.org

Americans deserve better.

Posted by: StopTheAttacks | September 6, 2008 2:26 PM

you people are idiots. palin is far better than barack hussein obama.

Posted by: jonathan weiss | September 6, 2008 1:21 PM

Also of note on Palin...

"Sarah Palin's church is promoting a conference that promises to convert gays into hetrosexuals throught the power of prayer."

"You'll be encouraged by the power of God's love and His desire to transformthe lives of those impacted by homsexuality"

This is all according to the insert int eh bulletin of the Wasilla Bible Church, where Palin has prayed for six years.

I believe further scrutiny should be applied to Palin and her church - you know, just as it was for Obama. All's fair.

Posted by: Julianne | September 6, 2008 11:54 AM

Oh Yeah, Evangelicals and Jews go hand and hand. Specially those penticostals. Ive been to many penticostal churches usually under the American Flag they have the Israili flag.
Sarah Palin Should be the GOP nominee!! not McCain. The Republicans are much more excited about palin then mccain., The new most famous person in the world. Uh Oh, Wonder if she is a Muslim too? Or worse, the anti-christ?

This site has the inside scoop about the Palin Dui Secret, http://www.duihelpguide.com Why hasnt the news covered this?

This site has background info on sarah Palin Bio, Pics, Videos, Alot of Polls like how many people actually think that she is attractive? http://www.theveep.com

This site has everything about her scandals, Levi the Boy Friend, what really happen with ebay plane. http://www.hotpres.com

Despite all of this, and her lack of experiance she would probably make a much better president then McCain., Because like Obama she hasnt been corrupted by washington yet.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 6, 2008 11:24 AM

"Obama had 38 MILLION viewers for his acceptance speech. Any guesses on what McCain will pull in?

If you go by past examples, McCain will be lucky to get 2 Million people to tune in.

Posted by: Tim | September 4, 2008 4:13 PM"
**************

THIRTY NINE MILLION TIM!!!!!!

Hey Camp Obama- Keep underestimating McCain- Your candidate's novelty has worn off- Palin's hasn't and her presence on the ticket merely highlights Obama's realtive inexperience (you know, executive- he's running to be the next Warren Harding)....makes people feel that they should be debating as VP candidates, while the adults top the ticket....by the way, who IS running for dem. VP? Oh, yeah Joe Biden, who's newest gaff is really sleazy- he's on the trail looking for sympathy by telling audiences that the truck driver involved in his family's fatal accident was driving drunk: the man was tested at the time an was exonerated of alcohol, drugs, and all wrongdoing. The man's family and a superior court judge in Delaware who was the ADA on the case are speaking out against Biden....keep it up Joe- I'm glad You'll be debating Palin!!!

On Israel-

Obama folded like a house of cards one day after declaring to AIPAC that Jerusalem should remain undivided, AFTER Abbas called him out on his position!!!!!


McCain has been a rock on Israel for 26 years in the Senate- any Jew keeping up on Israeli matters knows this and will vote for him on his record and his championing of the DEFEAT OF ISLAMIC EXTREMISM.

Posted by: Scott | September 6, 2008 9:41 AM

Obama-Junkie

Your post is pure ignorant hypocrisy. Is fantasy all you guys have on her?

I'll bet you think its ok if he turns his back to the flag and praises Farrakhan. That's not fantasy, that history. His wife spoke his heart.

Name 1 place on this planet with more to offer to any person of any race!

Posted by: JimH in Colorado | September 6, 2008 3:43 AM

Jackie

The Arkansas flue was in back of his mind. Not a good idea to be the only thing between Hillary and her goal.

Posted by: JimH in Colorado | September 6, 2008 3:33 AM

"No We Can't" (break the glass ceiling that is)

That's what Obama has made REALITY by not choosing the best Democrat to be his VP, Hillary Clinton! How could he mop the floor with her, pimp her out for his campaign, and then not even put her on the ticket? Was it arrogance, was it fear, was it spite? How about all of the above?

The Biden choice was one made out of fear and inexperience.

So here's how to fix the problem:
Vote for McCain / Palin this round. Why not? Lots of other women will!

Here's why:
Once you smash the glass ceiling by voting in Gov. Palin as your VP, the ticket for 2012 will most surely look like this:
Hillary vs. Palin vs. Napalitano vs. ?

Give Hillary a chance, sooner! Vote McCain / Palin 2008!

Posted by: Jackie | September 6, 2008 3:08 AM

jews ain't gona vote for mccain cause palin a shiksa!

Posted by: schullman | September 6, 2008 2:05 AM

Issues? No. The Palin family soap opera? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!

This is a huge distraction from the important issues. War, Health Insurance Social Security, War, the environment, global warming, energy independence.

If the election turns on a pregnant 17yo from Alaska, that's crazy. America is lost!

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 6, 2008 1:35 AM

I messed up the first post.

Listening to Jews for Jesus leadership does not make you believe everything they say. They do have a wonderful singing group. Liberated Wiling Wall They are pretty unique in the Messianic movement. Most Messianics are 100% pro Israel. As Avi Lipkin says "Christians are not Israels best friend, they are Israel's only friend."

http://jewsforjesus.org/programs/lww
http://www.vicmord.com/

Posted by: JimH in Colorado | September 6, 2008 12:21 AM

Listening to Jews for Jesus leadership does not make you believe everything they say. They are pretty unique in the Messianic movement. Most Messianics are 10% pro Israel. As Avi Lipkin says "Christians are not Israels best friend, they are Israel's only friend."

Posted by: JimH in Colorado | September 6, 2008 12:18 AM

Try this website out if you can handle a little truth.

http://www.profoundprophecy.com/

Posted by: JimH in Colorado | September 6, 2008 12:15 AM

Instead of stirring up scandal, Michelle, perhaps you should do a little googling instead:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1018326.html

Posted by: info | September 5, 2008 8:13 PM

This is what happens when you pick a candidate to appeal to your hardcore Christian right: you lose everyone else. The religious right no longer has any excuses when its ideal candidate/ticket loses; its strident ideology is political poison for the Republican Party as a whole. How long before Republicans wake up and adjust? As long as it took Democrats?

Posted by: Peter | September 5, 2008 7:28 PM

Here's the truth about the new 'reformer' McCain

"With the exception of economic policy, and energy policy and social issues and tax policy and foreign policy and supreme court appointments and Rove style politics ...we are coming in to really shake Washington UP!"

from the WP's own Tom Toles

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/opinions/cartoonsandvideos/toles_main.html?name=Toles&date=09052008

Posted by: Maverick Myth Buster | September 5, 2008 4:51 PM

The Palin family soap opera should be theirs, not ours. I'm sure there's a LOT more to it than we are hearing about, and I'm sure that a LOT more will come out: a lot of the stuff just doesn't have the ring of truth to it. What 44yr old woman in her right mind, while knowingly 36 weeks pregnant with a Downs Syndrome baby, flies to Texas for a speech, then has a her water break and instead of heading to the nearest NICU in Texas, boards a plane for Alaska, then has a stopover in Seatte, then doesn't even have her physician meet her at the NICU in Anchorage? But drives an extra hour to have the baby in a small town? It just doesn't make sense. That's why people thought Bristol had to be Trig's mother: who in their right mind would do that?

Why is McCain putting us through this? I'm glad that Obama helped us avoid the Clinton family drama. Hopefully he can help us avoid the Palin family drama. Politics should be about policies.

Posted by: Deep Blue | September 5, 2008 4:51 PM

Sarah Palin good for the Jews? Sarah Palin needs to put family first.

It just dawned on me after seeing her son, Track, that he looks like he is about 19 years old. This means at 44 years of age, Palin had Track at 25 years of age. But she married at 24 years of age. Interesting enough Sarah had eloped with her now husband back on August 29, 1989. Track Palin is stated to be born on April 20, 1989 which means Sarah Palin was two months pregnant with Track before she eloped!

Now we can see a pattern developing with her own daughter pregnant at 17 and "supposedly" getting married.

Gotta love those evangelical Republican Family Values?!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 5, 2008 4:12 PM

The ladies of Heart have contacted the McCain/Palin campaign and asked them to immediately cease and desist from using their song "Barracuda".

A portion of the statement from Ann and Nancy Wilson:

"Sarah Palin's views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song 'Barracuda' no longer be used to promote her image. The song 'Barracuda' was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The 'barracuda' represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there's irony in Republican strategists' choice to make use of it there."
http://www.boston.com/ae/music/blog/2008/09/heart_to_mccain.html?s_campaign=8315


When will the Republicans and the McCain campaign begin respecting artists and copyright laws? How many artists have to threaten and/or sue them before they stop ripping off their work? I'd say it is time for them to "band" together and put a stop to it once and for all.

Posted by: Bush + Cheney = McCain | September 5, 2008 4:03 PM

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling rapidly.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Franky | September 5, 2008 3:58 PM


European newspapers are not really impressed by the McCain/Palin ticket, the Guardian explicitly titled "Kissing the Jewish Vote Goodbye" If they are right, there goes Florida for John McCain.

More:

http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/09/05/from-a-distance-not-impressed/

Posted by: old_europe | September 5, 2008 3:57 PM

Everyone knows about McCain's explosive temper. Everyone knows the risk this man poses to our nation. How McCain got in the position of power is beyond me. But the powers that be see something in this man that we don't. McCain had to prove to them that he will do everything they tell him, that he's willing to "stay in Iraq for 100 years, a million"-or be willing to annihalate Iran "bomb bomb Iran" if they tell him to!


In short, McCain sold his soul to the rightwing lunitic fringe fascists, and sold us all out for the neocon regional and world hegemonic agenda of pre-emptive, perpetual war. He may or may not be a manchurian candidate as some claim, but is it worth taking the risk for us to find out the hard way?
I for one am not fooled or convinced by their Wingnut propaganda and lies. McCain-Palin is supremely unfit to run this nation. The mere thought of McCain deciding to take a permanent dirt nap and being replaced by an unknown(to us) quantity like Palin is enough to scare the pants off me.


Who are these people anyway? We better find out with a quickness, and we've only got two more months to do it in!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg
.

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | September 5, 2008 3:55 PM

I have read some postings suggesting McCain planned this Palin fiasco.

You all must be kidding. McCain is a "crazy old coot". McCain was reckless in his younger years and proves he is just as reckless in his senior years.

Make no mistake about it. McCain wants to be president. Not for all this service B.S., but for his own ego! Anybody who runs for President over a 10 year period, really, really wants to be president for themselves. Heck their was talk of McCain being a VP pick for GHW Bush back in 1988. Ever since then, McCain has had visions of being President.

But not this time, not this year!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 5, 2008 3:43 PM

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by Anton Chaitkin

September 5, 2008--Civilization is in danger from the globalist financial system blowing apart, with the present U.S. administration lurching towards new British-guided war adventures, and the two U.S. Presidential nominees detached from the reality of the crisis and floating towards catastrophe. The Democratic Party, which should lead the way out towards national survival, has been taken over and bound head to foot by a British coup led by Foreign Office agent George Soros.

The billionaire speculator and his London sponsors created the time-bomb regimes on the borders of Russia, that are now detonating a potential world war with Dick Cheney's gleeful encouragement.

With the slimiest money-conduiting political assets inside the United States paralleling those in Georgia and Eastern Europe, George Soros is running an illegal foreign intervention into the U.S. Presidential elections, on behalf of the British Crown.

The world financial system began to visibly disintegrate in summer, 2007. Working people losing their jobs and homes would surely back a Democratic Party committed to defend their lives. The front-running Hillary Clinton could unite a large majority, the lower 80% of income brackets, white, black and Hispanic, behind a return to Frankiln Roosevelt policies and a successful war against the power of British-Wall Street financier axis. London knew she was tough enough to chew and spit out potential opponent Republican rightists who spout populist sophistry.

To destroy these prospects, George Soros has employed a titanic money-channeling apparatus whose operatives are under investigation for wholesale looting, partners of the worst mortgage swindler-bankers. The Soros combination of anonymous financiers and deployable street forces went berserk against Hillary and Bill Clinton. They concentrated on splitting black and white voters, with Soros-owned Democratic chairman Howard Dean and Soros-owned Moveon.org working on severing the remaining ties of the Party to labor voters.

— How the Foreign Agency Works —

The core Soros apparatus inside the U.S., now boasting itself an "alternative" to the ruined Democratic Party, starts at the top with the secretive offshore unregulated hedge funds through which the British have awarded billions to Soros personally — the Caribbean-based Quantum Group of Funds, overseen by Soros Fund Management; and the tax-exempt Open Society Institute, where Soros dispenses $300 million a year to rig the political system.

In that fateful pre-Presidential-race spring and summer of 2007, British imperial strategist Sir Mark Malloch Brown was vice president of both Soros Fund Management and the New York-based Open Society Institute. The Queen made him Baron Malloch-Brown in July, 2007, after he became Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Foreign Office chief for Asia, Africa and the United Nations.

Under Soros management are four core elements functioning as a single integrated foreign agency:

** The Democracy Alliance. a private billionaires' political club founded by Soros in 2004-2005;

** The 2-million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), led by Soros servants Andy Stern and Anna Burger. They broke up America's AFL-CIO Labor Federation in 2005, and their clique is under Congressional and federal criminal investigation;

** The Tides Foundation, a tax-exempt channel for political funding ($80 million per year) from anonymous wealthy donors;

** The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — ACORN — a vast street-level corps created in the 1970s as a neo-fascist "New Left" control mechanism over the black ghetto, used since 2004 as the primary political agency for Obama campaigns. Built up as a covert grouping of private and tax-exempt entities, ACORN is now imploding from scandals of theft and sleaze.

There is a startling, shameless interlock between the treasuries of these political units, and these relationships deserve careful scrutiny from the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Election Commission and the Department of Justice.

Drummond Pike is Treasurer of the Democracy Alliance, and permanent chief executive of Tides Foundation.

SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger is vice chairman of Democracy Alliance (and chairman of the "Change to Win Federation" which broke millions of members away from the AFL-CIO).

Prior to July, 2008, Wade Rathke was permanent chief executive of ACORN; chairman of the board of the Tides Center, the link between Tides Foundation's anonymous wealthy donors and their targeted "radical politic causes"; and chief executive of the Texas/Louisiana/Arkansas region for SEIU. Rathke quit Tides and quit as ACORN's sole boss after it was revealed that his brother stole $948,000 from the ACORN group's commingled funds. The embezzlement was kept quiet for eight years. In August, 2008, the New York Times exposed a secret arrangement (with $700,000 paid in by Tides chief Drummond Pike) to keep law enforcement away.

— Soros Chooses Obama —

The combination carrying out the present British electoral intervention was put together five years ago.

Barack Obama came under special Soros sponsorship in the 2004 U.S. Senate race, Obama's first successful run for national office. Then a state senator, Obama had been deeply involved for over a decade with the ACORN apparatus that Soros was just then, in 2003-2004, incorporating into his national political machine.

George Soros raised $60,000 for the 2004 Obama U.S. Senate campaign. Obama was reportedly the only candidate with whom Soros met personally (in March) during the 2004 election cycle, and Obama was in Soros' New York home for a July 27 fundraising event.

To put this Soros sponsorship into perspective, note that simultaneously in 2003-2004, Mikhail Saakashvili was installed as Georgia's President thanks to $40 million from Soros for the "Rose Revolution." A few weeks before Soros first met with Obama, Soros, Sir Mark Malloch Brown and Saakashvili held a Switzerland press conference to announce that Soros and the UN Development Progamme which Malloch Brown then headed would be financing the Saakashvili government, paying the prime minister and police salaries. The Georgia Open Society Institute executive director who distributed that Soros money, Alexander Lomaia, is now (in 2008) head of the National Security Council of Georgia and supervised the attack against South Ossetia that brought on the brutal conflict with Russia.

On December 4, 2006, two years after getting into the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama went to Soros' New York office to be interviewed for higher office. Soros then took Obama into a conference room for other, politically subordinate billionaires, to speak with Obama after the Soros approval. With money and connections assured, Obama announced for the Presidency soon afterwards.

Soros put behind the Obama candidacy — and into the savage attacks against Hillary Clinton — his Democracy Alliance and Tides billionaires, with funds passed as legal "bundlers" and otherwise, together with his SEIU and ACORN street-managers.

— London's U.S. Election Squad —

The street units that British Foreign Office agent George Soros is deploying to rig the 2008 election are herded by Rathke's ACORN and the Andy Stern/Anna Burger SEIU leadership, a clique shaped since the 1960s as a covert action project of the London-New York axis. With all its vaunted power, this clique is now in a deepening legal and political crisis.

It began with the methods and networks of Saul Alinsky (1909-1972), the anti-Franklin Roosevelt professional radical employed, through cutouts in Washington and New York, by strategists based at London's Tavistock Clinic and Psychiatric Institute.

Alinsky's 1930s experimental "community organizing" in the Chicago slums at last bore its sick fruit in the post-Kennedy, late 1960s sex/drugs culture, when Alinsky trainees and front groups got financier and government backing to control the poor and divide working people.

This false-flag Community Organizing, leading neighborhoods into militancy around strictly local concerns, was identified as a variant of the earlier Mussolini syndicalist-fascism by Lyndon LaRouche in his 1968 article, "The new left, Local Control and Fascism (Campaigner magazine, Sept. 1968): "Legions of black and white radical judas goats are being bankrolled by the Ford Foundation, the [Office of Economic Opportunity, and other ruling class agencies to spread the gospel of 'community control' in the black ghetto and elsewhere....It is the syndicalist's role as a conscious saboteur of every effort to bridge the ... separation of black and white workers, of workers and students ... which is syndicalism's most poisonous feature ... leading directly to fascism."

In 1972, the Alinsky-trained Washington operative Margery Tabankin and her assistant Drummond Pike took control of Wade Rathke and his then-two-year-old ACORN enterprise. Tabankin and Pike moved Rathke around the country and incorporated him into their Alinskyite arrangement known as ARF, for "Associated Rich Folks"! Among other financiers, the Bagley family, a wing of the London Imperial Tobacco-controlled R.J. Reynolds family, were counterinsurgency projects for lower income people.

It was this Drummond Pike, together with Ms. Tabankin's Bagley sponsors, who created the Tides Foundation in 1976, bringing Wade Rathke in as the first Tides director. Immediately afterwards, Margery Tabankin became Director of the United States federal agency, Volunteers in Service to America. In September, 1977, Tabankin's federal agency paid out $470,475 to supply 80 free organizers to ACORN, enormously expanding its scope. As a Bagley family member chaired the Tides Foundation, and Tabankin herself ran the Bagley family's ARCA Foundation, high-level protection and unaccountable millions of dollars were channeled into the ACORN project.

Government support continued on until, in the Bush-Cheney years of 2003-2006, government grants provided at least $10,035,479 to ACORN (counting only two of Rathke's dozens of operations, ACORN Institute and ACORN Housing Corporation, according to their IRS filings).

The biggest banks, that are now sinking in the global credit meltdown, Bank of America (which ate the toxic Countrywide)), J.P. Morgan Chase and many others, have given ACORN millions. They have officially engaged ACORN as "radical" partners in marketing new mortgages, and as counselors to prior predatory lending victims on How To Cope without touching the bankers' power.

— Obama, and the Crackup —

Barack Obama got into this picture in 1985-1988, directing the Saul Alinsky spin-off, Developing Communities Project, for Chicago slum residents self-help and local-issue confrontations. He went onto the board of the Alinsky-legacy Woods Fund, that had paid for his Project, and then funded ACORN. He ran ACORN's 1992 "Project Vote" Chicago registration drive.

Obama was the lawyer for ACORN's 1995 election law suit against Illinois Governor Jim Edgar; and his law firm ran the 2002-2003 law suit resulting in the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC) paying ACORN huge sums on the pretext that ACORN would counsel predatory lending victims.

For at least the years 1995-2004, according to ACORN officer Toni Foulkes (Social Policy magazine, Winter 2003/Spring 2004), Barack Obama led ACORN training sessions on political power, building up a cadre of ACORN leadership around himself. Alongside the new ACORN overlord, George Soros, ACORN thus employed street forces, paid and volunteer, to win for Obama the 2004 Democratic primary election for U.S. Senator.

On February 22, 2008, an ambiguously-identified "ACORN Political Action Committee" formally endorsed Barack Obama against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. They were already in action against Clinton in the field, on the Web, on the radio, paying and otherwise herding thousands of operatives in combination with the SEIU and other Soros elements.

The July, 2008 resignation of ACORN chief and SEIU regional boss Wade Rathke in the 2008 embezzlement and cover-up scandal has been followed by other shocks deepening the public disgrace of ACORN and SEIU.

Since ACORN is the Soros/Obama street machine, ACORN's earlier cases of election fraud have now spilled into public view. In 2004, four ACORN employees in Ohio were indicted by a federal grand jury for submitting false voter registration forms. In January, 2005, two Colorado ACORN workers were convicted of submitting false voter registrations. On November 1, 2006, four ACORN employees were indicted in Kansas City, Mo., for voter registration fraud, in part of a national criminal investigation. In 2006, ACORN was investigated for submitting false voter registrations in St. Louis, with 1,492 fraudulent registrations identified. In 2007, five Washington state ACORN workers were sentenced to jail, and ACORN agreed to pay King County $25,000 for investigative costs.

Now the House Education and Labor Committee, chaired by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the U.S. Labor Department, and the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles are each investigating possible criminal misconduct by Tyrone Freeman, the head of the SEIU branch in Los Angeles. The Soros stooges, SEIU President Andy Stern and SEIU/Democracy Alliance official Anna Burger, gave Freeman control of the California section of the union in a power struggle against California-based opponents of their leadership.

Freeman has resigned, and Freeman's former chief of staff, Rickman Jackson, has also left his present post as head of an SEIU local in Michigan. SEIU executive vice president Annelle Grajeda, a top California operative of Stern and Burger, has also stepped down amid separate allegations of illegal payments.

Stern and Burger reorganized their California region in an attempt to crush a rebellion led by Oakland-based SEIU leader Sal Rosselli, who has fought against Stern and Burger's sweetheart deals with anti-patient, anti-worker health-care operators, and dirty arrangements with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The vast ocean of money flowing through SEIU, ACORN and affiliated Soros agent enterprises, has proved to be a dangerous temptation.

A series in the Los Angeles Times has reported that Tyrone Freeman's local paid almost $178,000 to a video firm owned by Freeman's wife, $16,000 to Freeman's brother-in-law's basketball team, $219,000 to a Freeman's close friend's company, hundreds of thousands (from a union charity) to Freeman's mother-in-law's day-care service, and almost $300,000 to a golf tournament, a steakhouse, a cigar club and a talent agency. Freeman's unopposed 2002 election as an SEIU local president is under investigation, as are complaints of thug tactics against Feeman's members.

Annelle Grajeda, the SEIU's international executive vice president and an aide to President Andy Stern, has left her posts amidst complaints of union payments to her former boyfriend after he ceased being an SEIU officer. Grajeda heads the SEIU's California state council, which runs the union's lobbying efforts with Governor Schwarzenegger and the legislature, and which oversees get-out-the-vote drives overlapping with the entire Soros apparatus.

Desperately counterattacking, Stern and Burger have demanded the rebellious, whistle-blowing Oakland SEIU local be put into receivership, provoking public rallies of the union membership against those operatives who have put the union at the service of London's George Soros.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 3:25 PM

If you think this whole Palin was planned then you must also believe that we have no free will and that life is pre-determined.

McCain is nuts. Like a fighter pilot, he makes quick, irrational decisions, decisions that often end up in planes - or, in this case, a campaign - crashing and burning.

He wanted Lieberman. The Republican Establishment told him 'no' and that he should take Romney. McCain threw a hissy fit and picked Palin before she was fully vetted.

He is reckless. He had seven months to make this one pick...

Posted by: Deep Blue | September 5, 2008 3:15 PM

Who’s Your Messiah Now?
Sarah Palin’s rapid elevation from small town mayor to candidate for national office to revered deity, has got me asking if conservatives aren’t taking a bit too much of the savior in mass (or smoking crack). The hyperbole exceeds satire.

The Sarah Palin phenomenon is truly a product of the post-media age. A woman, of whom nothing is known, has become in the minds of a significant percentage of Americans a messianic figure. Based on what? Looks, gender, and a baby with Down’s Syndrome.

That’s it.

She is the true Paris Hilton of politicians. She’s famous for being famous. Especially among conservatives. But the inside-the-beltway hysteria of GOP coastal elites and wealthy Christian Conservatives - as expressed by the staffs of the Weekly Standard, National Review, and Fox News (in New York!), among others - is a soirée in a samovar.

Outside of their gay and prosperous precincts, Americans are still wondering who the hell this woman is. The GOP is gravely misreading the national mood and the general appeal of their VP candidate. No one who wasn’t already going to vote for her will now do so because she eats mooseburger and gives a snarky speech. Better enjoy that celebration because prognostications aside - she’s the 2012 nominee (they assume either a loss or McCain’s death, whichever comes first), she’s the future of the party, she’s come to save us from imminent defeat - Sarah Palin has a long, tough, and I’m guessing, scandal-filled road ahead of her.

Who’s your messiah now? Sarah Palin. And you better pray she’s studying hard and paying off the townies back home, or she just might be a false prophet.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 3:11 PM

I have a feeling she would share that "a stinking corpse" opinion.

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Talk about a red-herring! Here we are all worried about the "threat" that Christians sharing their faith pose to Jews. Should we rather then elect for our president a man who will sit down without preconditions with the Head of State who refers to Israel as "a stinking corpse" and has "reached the end like a dead rat"? Are we really that blinded by the MSM and liberal elites?

Posted by: Jeff from Colorado | September 5, 2008 2:21 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 3:08 PM

With the pick of Palin, McCain's told the world he's more conservative than anyone feared, and if he wins, he'll do everything he can to appoint Supreme Court justices in the mold of Scalia and Thomas, overturn Roe v Wade and restart the culture wars and re-fight the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, and by the sound of the speech last night any other war he can get his hands on. He wants a base election not because he believes in it, but because he will do anything, anything, to win, including sell his soul on live television to the religious right. This is a man that puts ambition over country and over family, and it was as plain as the humorless and mean-spirited speeches throughout the convention.


McCain didn't have the guts to choose Joe Lieberman, the guy he wanted, so he took the Governor of Alaska?, who has done nothing to prove her qualifications to stand next in line to a 72 year old who doesn't radiate health. In doing so, he's appeased the social conservatives and exposed his naked ambition. People know that. The voters understand it. The party of Lincoln can't fool all of the people all of the time.


McCain, who has been a creature in and of Washington for decades, who voted with Bush 95% of the time, who supported him on Iraq and on the economy, now wants to convince the country that the problem is Republicans (yes, we know that, Senator), and so therefore the solution is - wait for it - Republicans. Riiight. That will go over well with the country. Easy sell.

Posted by: Bluto | September 5, 2008 2:47 PM

I believe they did Vet her and knew she was a bomb waiting to go off. Some one planned this. Why I am not sure, but you best believe these very intelligent and shrewed men knew all about Ms. Sarah Palin!

Posted by: Angellight | September 5, 2008 2:46 PM

Gov. Palin represents the intellectually shallow right wing Republicans.

People who will drill for oil using science, but won't use that same science to clean up their mess.

Jewish people, on average, are very well educated and see through both Sen. McCain's stupidity and Gov. Palin's callow fundamentalist Christian shtick.

Posted by: Deep Blue | September 5, 2008 2:42 PM

Folks, do we really want to open the door to revisiting questions about ministers and churches? I don't think we do.

Posted by: ezr1 | September 5, 2008 2:40 PM

President Palin would likely stop all funding to Israel. Afterwards, she's likely get a war started in the region to weaken the Jews even more, then just take over Isreal "For their own good".

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 2:40 PM

To: Kathleen H

With Palin in office, you would find out very quickly. Palin's hate for jews is well known.

What are you basing your prediction on?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 2:36 PM

Palin is good for Jews because she wants them converted to her way of thinking and belief.

And just look how gosh darn happy she is!

Posted by: Popeye | September 5, 2008 2:34 PM

If Obama is elected, the relationship between US and Israel will diminish. Obama is far left and the far left are more sympathetic to the Palestinian people. I question whether Israel can survice without full support of the US government. Perhaps we may find out.

Posted by: Kathleen H | September 5, 2008 2:30 PM

Posted by: scrivener | September 5, 2008 2:22 PM

Talk about a red-herring! Here we are all worried about the "threat" that Christians sharing their faith pose to Jews. Should we rather then elect for our president a man who will sit down without preconditions with the Head of State who refers to Israel as "a stinking corpse" and has "reached the end like a dead rat"? Are we really that blinded by the MSM and liberal elites?

Posted by: Jeff from Colorado | September 5, 2008 2:21 PM

This is just too hilarious! So Obama is raked over the coals for the views and words of another man (Rev. Wright) while Palin actually sat in the pews while some guy preached the need for Jews to convert to Christianity and Israelis are being punished because they don't accept Jesus.

It seems ever so evident that McCain did not fully vet Palin, and felt after seeing how well organized and united the Democratic Convention was, just picked Palin on a whilm (and because she's cute).

McCain went right versus going towards the middle. This will partially negate the GOP from throwing Rev. Wright out in the middle of October.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 5, 2008 2:13 PM

No, she's not good for the Jews, but shes great for the Democrats!

Sarah Palin ’s speech to the convention Wednesday night energized conservatives and inspired excited Republicans to donate a cool $1 million to the RNC's effort to elect John McCain. Bloomberg reported that Palin’s speech was even better for Democrats who now have over $11 million in donations since Wednesday!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 2:13 PM

My understanding is that she's an anti-Semite and that her church promotes anti-Jewish sentiment.

This probably warrants more investigation.

Posted by: Pupster | September 5, 2008 1:58 PM

Sarah Palin seems to love being the worlds biggest celebrity!

Maybe all her worshippers will build her a temple for her new kingdom of lies.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 1:49 PM

Palin /= Lieberman.

Palin is a strict creationism christian that belives evolution is a Jewish Conspiracy.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 1:47 PM

a few weeks ago, Palin sat in her Alaska church as her minister glowingly introduced the head of Jews for Jesus, a group of mostly evangelical Christians who aim to convert Jews to Christianity. In the talk, group executive director David Brickner blamed Middle East violence in part on Israeli Jews who didn't accept Jesus.

'Nuff said.

Posted by: JakeD | September 5, 2008 1:38 PM

Posted by: ES | September 5, 2008 1:36 PM

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