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Palin Defends 'Bridge to Nowhere' Claims


Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) listens to vice-presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, speak at a campaign event at the historic Golden Lamb September 9, 2008, in Lebanon, Ohio. (J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)

Updated 7:05 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
LEBANON, Ohio -- Facing increasing criticism of her claim about opposing the "Bridge to Nowhere," Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin refused to back down, repeating for a soggy but boisterous crowd of several thousand her claim to have stopped the project.

"I told Congress thanks but no thanks for that bridge to nowhere up in Alaska," Palin said at the "McCain Street USA" rally here. "If we wanted a bridge we'll build it ourselves."

That claim -- a central part of her claim to be a political maverick in the image of her new benefactor, Sen. John McCain -- is under withering fire from Democrats and some media organizations, who say she has a record of supporting the project.

The Wall Street Journal, in a story today, wrote that "She endorsed the multimillion dollar project during her gubernatorial race in 2006. And while she did take part in stopping the project after it became a national scandal, she did not return the federal money. She just allocated it elsewhere." And the Associated Press wrote yesterday that "McCain and Palin together have told a broader story about the bridge that is misleading."

Democrats, too, are attacking Palin for refusing to back down on the issue. In a statement issued moments after the rally here, Sen. Barack Obama's spokesman chided here for repeating what he called a "debunked" claim.

"On the same day that dozens of news organizations have exposed Governor Palin's phony Bridge to Nowhere claim as a 'naked lie,' she and John McCain continue to repeat the claim in their stump speeches. Maybe tomorrow she'll tell us she sold it on eBay," said Obama
campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor.

There are some who are coming to her defense. As reported by the Post's Paul Kane, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, one of the biggest backers of the bridge and a man now under indictment for bribery, said he never thought Palin was a supporter of the bridge.

"She was never really behind this," Stevens said today, reminding reporters of his impassioned defense of the project in 2005: "I defended it in the Senate. She did not support that. She did not support that."

And ABC's Jake Tapper reported on his blog that Alaska Democrats once credited Palin for stopping the bridge. During the 2006 election, they wrote: "Gov. Palin recently cancelled the Gravina Island Bridge near Ketchikan that would have connected the Alaska mainland with
Gravina Island (population: 50)."

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The real bridge to no where is her support for the lie that myth is truth. A leader who supports the lie that myth is truth is ill equipped to deal with fraud and extortion operations based on the lie that myth is truth nested within a shakedown of epic proportions some call a global war on terror.

Posted by: Kevin M | September 13, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why everyone is so up in arms....the change Barack Obama seeks is the change from a Republican Administration to a Democratic Administration. Otherwise, his policies are nothing more than the same tax and spend, intrusive , socialist government programs that the Democratic Party has been advocating for the last 40 years...the only change this election year from the Democrat's is the person regurgitating the message.

McCain/Palin '08

Posted by: Mark | September 10, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Now, even the Wall Street Journal is calling Palin's claims out.

Are the brainwashed Republicans going to start calling the WSJ the 'liberal media?'

Posted by: VAreader | September 10, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

From Today's Wall Street Journal!

Yes, Palin Did Stop That Bridge
By JIM DEMINT
September 10, 2008

"But, you know, when you've been taking all these earmarks when it's convenient, and then suddenly you're the champion anti-earmark person, that's not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can't just make stuff up." -- Barack Obama, Sept. 6, 2008

In politics, words are cheap. What really counts are actions. Democrats and Republicans have talked about fiscal responsibility for years. In reality, both parties have a shameful record of wasting hundreds of billions of tax dollars on pork-barrel projects.

My Senate colleague Barack Obama is now attacking Gov. Sarah Palin over earmarks. Having worked with both John McCain and Mr. Obama on earmarks, and as a recovering earmarker myself, I can tell you that Mrs. Palin's leadership and record of reform stands well above that of Mr. Obama.

Let's compare.

Mrs. Palin used her veto pen to slash more local projects than any other governor in the state's history. She cut nearly 10% of Alaska's budget this year, saving state residents $268 million. This included vetoing a $30,000 van for Campfire USA and $200,000 for a tennis court irrigation system. She succinctly justified these cuts by saying they were "not a state responsibility."

Meanwhile in Washington, Mr. Obama voted for numerous wasteful earmarks last year, including: $12 million for bicycle paths, $450,000 for the International Peace Museum, $500,000 for a baseball stadium and $392,000 for a visitor's center in Louisiana.

Mrs. Palin cut Alaska's federal earmark requests in half last year, one of the strongest moves against earmarks by any governor. It took real leadership to buck Alaska's decades-long earmark addiction.

Mr. Obama delivered over $100 million in earmarks to Illinois last year and has requested nearly a billion dollars in pet projects since 2005. His running mate, Joe Biden, is still indulging in earmarks, securing over $90 million worth this year.

Mrs. Palin also killed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in her own state. Yes, she once supported the project: But after witnessing the problems created by earmarks for her state and for the nation's budget, she did what others like me have done: She changed her position and saved taxpayers millions. Even the Alaska Democratic Party credits her with killing the bridge.

When the Senate had its chance to stop the Bridge to Nowhere and transfer the money to Katrina rebuilding, Messrs. Obama and Biden voted for the $223 million earmark, siding with the old boys' club in the Senate. And to date, they still have not publicly renounced their support for the infamous earmark.

Mrs. Palin has proven courageous by taking on big spenders in her own party. In March of this year, the Anchorage Daily News reported that, "Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is aggravated about what he sees as Gov. Sarah Palin's antagonism toward the earmarks he uses to steer federal money to the state."

Mr. Obama had a chance to take on his party when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered a sham ethics bill, which was widely criticized by watchdog groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste for shielding earmarks from pubic scrutiny. But instead of standing with taxpayers, Mr. Obama voted for the bill. Today, he claims he helped write the bill that failed to clean up Washington.

Mr. Obama has shown little restraint on earmarks until this year, when he decided to co-sponsor an earmark moratorium authored by Mr. McCain and myself. Mr. Obama is vulnerable on this issue, and he knows it. That is why he is lashing out at Mrs. Palin and trying to hide his own record.

Mrs. Palin is one of the strongest antiearmark governors in America. If more governors around the country would do what she has done, we would be much closer to fixing our nation's fiscal problems than we are.

Mrs. Palin's record here is solid and inspiring. She will help Mr. McCain shut down the congressional favor factory, and she has a record to prove it. Actions mean something. You can't just make stuff up.

Mr. DeMint, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from South Carolina.

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

When in the heck are you people going to demand answers to your failing econemy. You amase me that one so called pibull can make you forget the mess you are in. Elect Mcain and I'm not sure even Hillary will beable to clean up the finacial mess the Rebublicans have put you in if they get another 4 years. Enough already, you don't even know her, or should I call her Maggie Thatcher Junior. What a ticket. Get the debates going ,face to face. Don't fall for the same old. Hillary will be back all the wiser in four years, but give the Dems a chance now. Time is running out fast

Posted by: justadad55+ | September 10, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

FACT CHECK PLEASE!

How could the Dems make any claim about "Governor Palin" in 2006 when she wasn't governor until 2007? She was "Mayor Palin" during the 2006 elections and had no way to stop the bridge. Furthermore she went on the record during the debates that year (thank you C-Span) supporting the bridge! The truth is that Congress stopped the bridge earmark in Nov. 2005. Alaska was still able to get hundreds of millions of unearmarked funding that initially was going to go to the bridge until Palin realized how politically unpopular it has become. SHE KEPT THE MONEY ANYWAY; no thanks but no thanks. PALIN AND MCCAIN ARE LYING ABOUT THIS!!

Posted by: Peninsula Matt | September 10, 2008 6:05 AM | Report abuse

Remember Top of the Ticket Issues People?

Two Embarrasingly indefensible Obama Issues-

1. Corn Ethanol
-leads to global warming using one unit of petroleum for every unit replaced
-raises food prices
-7x less efficient than sugar cane ethanol (which McCain favors)
(BUT great for Illinois farmers!)

2. Infant Protection Act

-Opposes medical attention for infants who survive LEGAL abortions, not making them illegal
-Obama lied about wording of the Illinois law, later admitting that it was the same wording as in the federal bill
**********
Obama- shows no shame in pandering to farmers and more radical than abortion advocates.

Comments Obama More Pro-Choice Than NARAL

HumanEvents.com

12/26/2006
Sen. Barack Obama (D.-Ill.) portrays himself as a thoughtful Democrat who carefully considers both sides of controversial issues, but his radical stance on abortion puts him further left on that issue than even NARAL Pro-Choice America.

In 2002, as an Illinois legislator, Obama voted against the Induced Infant Liability Act, which would have protected babies that survived late-term abortions. That same year a similar federal law, the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, was signed by President Bush. Only 15 members of the U.S. House opposed it, and it passed the Senate unanimously on a voice vote.

Both the Illinois and the federal bill sought equal treatment for babies who survived premature inducement for the purpose of abortion and wanted babies who were born prematurely and given live-saving medical attention.

When the federal bill was being debated, NARAL Pro-Choice America released a statement that said, “Consistent with our position last year, NARAL does not oppose passage of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act ... floor debate served to clarify the bill’s intent and assure us that it is not targeted at Roe v. Wade or a woman’s right to choose.”

But Obama voted against this bill in the Illinois senate and killed it in committee. Twice, the Induced Infant Liability Act came up in the Judiciary Committee on which he served. At its first reading he voted “present.” At the second he voted “no.”

The bill was then referred to the senate’s Health and Human Services Committee, which Obama chaired after the Illinois Senate went Democratic in 2003. As chairman, he never called the bill up for a vote.

Jill Stanek, a registered delivery-ward nurse who was the prime mover behind the legislation after she witnessed aborted babies’ being born alive and left to die, testified twice before Obama in support of the Induced Infant Liability Act bills. She also testified before the U.S. Congress in support of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.

Stanek told me her testimony “did not faze” Obama.

In the second hearing, Stanek said, “I brought pictures in and presented them to the committee of very premature babies from my neonatal resuscitation book from the American Pediatric Association, trying to show them unwanted babies were being cast aside. Babies the same age were being treated if they were wanted!”

“And those pictures didn’t faze him [Obama] at all,” she said.

At the end of the hearing, according to the official records of the Illinois State senate, Obama thanked Stanek for being “very clear and forthright,” but said his concern was that Stanek had suggested “doctors really don’t care about children who are being born with a reasonable prospect of life because they are so locked into their pro-abortion views that they would watch an infant that is viable die.” He told her, “That may be your assessment, and I don’t see any evidence of that. What we are doing here is to create one more burden on a woman and I can’t support that.”

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Palin is a liar just like those skanks that try to make a pass on your man and then deny it to your face! Lies lies lies...

Posted by: Kim | September 9, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

A Time Magazine Article

http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20080909/us_time/sarahpalinsalaskonomics;_ylt=Auf8gRfLGmhtC2_lrbkOg4Ks0NUE

Sarah Palin's Alaskonomics By MICHAEL KINSLEY Tue Sep 9, 2:55 AM ET

Sarah Palin thinks she is a better American than you because she comes from a small town, and a superior human being because she isn't a journalist and never lived in Washington and likes to watch her kids play hockey. Although Palin praised John McCain in her acceptance speech as a man who puts the good of his country ahead of partisan politics, McCain pretty much proved the opposite with his selection of a running mate whose main asset is her ability to reignite the culture wars. So maybe Governor Palin does represent everything that is good and fine about America, as she herself maintains.

But spare us, please, any talk about how she is a tough fiscal conservative.Palin has continued to repeat the already exposed lie that she said, "No, thanks," to the famous "bridge to nowhere" (McCain's favorite example of wasteful federal spending). In fact, she said, "Yes, please," until this project became a symbol and political albatross.

Back to reality. Of the 50 states, Alaska ranks No. 1 in taxes per resident and No. 1 in spending per resident. Its tax burden per resident is 2 1/2 times the national average; its spending, more than double. The trick is that Alaska's government spends money on its own citizens and taxes the rest of us to pay for it.

Although Palin, like McCain, talks about liberating ourselves from dependence on foreign oil, there is no evidence that being dependent on Alaskan oil would be any more pleasant to the pocketbook.

Alaska is, in essence, an adjunct member of OPEC. It has four different taxes on oil, which produce more than 89% of the state's unrestricted revenue. On average, three-quarters of the value of a barrel of oil is taken by the state government before that oil is permitted to leave the state.

Alaska residents each get a yearly check for about $2,000 from oil revenues, plus an additional $1,200 pushed through by Palin last year to take advantage of rising oil prices. Any sympathy the governor of Alaska expresses for folks in the lower 48 who are suffering from high gas prices or can't afford to heat their homes is strictly crocodile tears.

As if it couldn't support itself, Alaska also ranks No. 1, year after year, in money it sucks in from Washington. In 2005 (the most recent figures), according to the Tax Foundation, Alaska ranked 18th in federal taxes paid per resident ($5,434) but first in federal spending received per resident ($13,950). Its ratio of federal spending received to federal taxes paid ranks third among the 50 states, and in the absolute amount it receives from Washington over and above the amount it sends to Washington, Alaska ranks No. 1.

Under the state constitution, the governor of Alaska has unusually strong powers to shape the state budget. At the Republican Convention, Palin bragged that she had vetoed "nearly $500 million" in state spending during her two years as governor. This amounts to less than 2% of the proposed budget. That's how much this warrior for you, the people, against it, the government, could find in wasteful spending under her control.One thing Barack Obama and McCain disagree on is an oil windfall-profits tax. McCain is against it, on the theory that it is a tax and therefore bad and also on the theory that it would discourage domestic production. Obama is for it, on the theory that if oil companies can make a nice profit when oil sells for $50 per bbl., they can still make a nice profit when it sells at more than $100, even if the government takes a bit and spreads the money around to those who are hurting from higher oil prices.

Although Palin's words side with McCain in this dispute, her actions side with Obama.

Her major legislative accomplishment has been to revamp Alaska's windfall-profits tax in order to increase the state's take. Alaska calls it a "clear and equitable share" tax. The state assumes that extracting oil from the tundra costs about $25 per bbl. and takes as much as 75% of the difference between that and the sale price.Why is a windfall-profits tax good for Alaska but not for the U.S.? Well, it's obvious, isn't it? People in Alaska are better than people in the rest of the U.S. They're more American. Although there are small towns and farms and high school hockey teams in the lower 48, there are fewer down here, per capita, than in Alaska. And there are many more journalists and pollsters and city dwellers and other undesirables who might benefit if every American had the same right to leech off the government as do the good citizens of Sarah Palin's Alaska.

View this article on Time.com

The Broad's a LIAR! McShame and Palin really believe Americans are stupid. Facts speak for themselves.

If America votes them in, we really are stupid.

Posted by: SueMVet | September 9, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Using GOP logic, Palin is more qualified for open-heart surgery then for VP. Palin’s credentials: She cut the heart out of a moose so she must be a great surgeon. The Republicans destroyed our economy. Don’t let Palin/McCain operate on America. We can’t afford it anymore.

Posted by: lol | September 9, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

We are forced to believe Palin than nasty lying biased press. So voting McCain and Palin to be safe and secure in this country.

Obama is not ready for the job - Biden
Obama has a speech no experience - Hillary
When is the last time we elected a president based on 1 year in senat? - Bill

We trust these leader but not Obama with questionable Character and radical associations with racist pastor wright, rezko, kilpatrick

Posted by: kim | September 9, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

So, do you recall the scene in The Godfather when Clemenza asks Tessio, "What's with all the new faces?" and Abe responds, "we're gonna need all we can get, Sonny just hit Bruno Tattaglia"...well, Obama's gonna need all the money he can raise, Joe Biden's at it again- today fresh from his false drunk driver claim, he tried to tell family's with disabled children that McCain was
against stem cell research- I guess he had Palin on his mind, everyone else in this country does- she's against embryonic stem cell research- McCain isn't. His position for embryonic stem cell research is one real distinction between McCain and Bush and is one reason the far Right was lukewarm on his candidacy.....Come on Joe, keep it up- we want at least 4 more gaffes before the debate! MCain is nearly tied with Obama with women voters and leads with white women voters as of today, but Joe can really put us over the top when we pull out the Anita Hill hearings....remember? Call Clemenza!

Hey Anonymous, are you the Democratic Blogger quoted in the story who criticized Gov Palin for "stopping the Gravina Island Bridge"????!!!!!!!! WOW

Posted by: Scott | September 9, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Saying McCain is a War Hero and deserves the presidency just tells me that you are likely to vote for Micheal Phelps for President since he won 8 gold medals.

While I am interested in what he did. I am more interested in what he is going to do, which he doesn't really talk about.

Right now all it looks like he is going to do is flush the country down the toilet with his economic plan. He should probably throw Palin in there with it, since the Sarah the baracuda is obvious a fish out of water.

Vote on the issues.

Posted by: Pacino | September 9, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

And how come we never hear about Money going to Arizona, or does McCains Wife Finance the states projects so the state is indebted to her and Johnny???
I totally agree earmarks have gone way over board, unfortunately, by the GOP mantra of smaller Government, separation of Federal and State funding, its the only way a State can get federal money for improvements, road work, infrastructure, the back bones of our societies that keep buisness growth here in America, for American Jobs.
Obviously, some states take way more advantage of it than others (look at ALASKA for christs sake) and what they are doing with their money.

Palins latest earmark draw: Millions of dollars for a new pipeline through Alaska, So the state can absorb the cost of it and the upkeep of it for the OIL INDUSTRY thats making RECORD PROFITS AS IT IS.Build an oil pipeline, so they can get the oil down to the southern 48 and charge us for oil they pumped out of our land, GOVERNMNT OWNED LAND.WE have been laughed at by the world for electing idiots into the highest offices in the land , people. And MCCAIN /PALIN will be 4 more of the same, no matter how much lipstick they put on it,

Posted by: Again | September 9, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I really think Obama needs to Snap somebody's head off about the " SURGE" in Iraq.
WHY DID IT TAKE 4000 more dead american soldiers before anybody decided it was time for a new strategy.

Why were the American forces subjected to a Iraq CIVIL WAR that was inevitable once we Knocked Sadaam out of power.

Why are we, the American People subject to taking on OVER A TRILLION DOLLARS OF DEBT to rebuild Iraq, when were struggling to fill our gas tanks and they are sitting on the third largest reserve on the planet.

GET A CLUE if you think the surge worked.It has been so successful, the TALIBAN in AFGHANISTAN have tripled their insurgence against the United States, and we once again are loosing AMERICAN SOLDIERS over someone elses screwed up country, and a WAR THAT NEVER SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED.
OBAMA is a little timid about this issue, shy of alienating voters.I say, take the gloves off BARRY, and start swingin,,The GOP hasnt let up since McCant became the nominee, so its time to stop ducking jabs and get a few shots in of our own.

OBAMA/BIDEN 08'

Posted by: For Real | September 9, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

PhilHart-

Further, McCain has the gall to complain about Obama's earmarks for Illinois. Even if you accept the $1 billion fugure over three years, that comes out to about $28 per capita for Illinois (below the national average), compared to over $500.00 for Alaska.

Palin is without doubt the Earmark Queen.

Posted by: bgjd1979 | September 9, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I wish Obama would say that he was wrong on the surge not being successful! tommyz

Dear tommyz,

I guess you missed the Bill O'Reilly show on Friday in which Senator Obama said the "surge" was successful in bringing down the horrible daily violence in Iraq. He further stated that the purpose of the "surge" has not been accomplished- and that was to help the Iraqi government achieve political reconcialiation between Sunni, Shia, and the Kurdish populations.

When you send in 30,000 policemen into a city- of course you are going to reduce the violence. But when you remove them and the root cause of the violence still remains- then it will start up all over again.

Baghdad is still considered to be the most dangerous city in the world. Iraq's infrastructure has been totally destroyed, and their is still day to day suicide bombings. Our troops are in harm's way when not bunkered down in the Green Zone.

No, the "surge" did not accomplish it's objective. It was a bandaid applied to a massive wound.

Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq - Monday 8 September 2008

The daily Iraqi violence report is compiled by McClatchy Newspapers Special Correspondents in Baghdad from police, military and medical reports. This is not a comprehensive list of all violence in Iraq, much of which goes unreported. It’s posted without editing as transmitted to McClatchy’s Washington Bureau.

Baghdad

Eleven civilians were injured by a roadside bomb in al Shabaka intersection in Palestine Street in east Baghdad around 7:00 a.m.

Around 7:45 a.m. Gunmen In New Baghdad neighborhood in east Baghdad opened fire targeting a vehicle for the ministry of displaced people migrants injuring four employees (3 females employees and the driver of the vehicle).

The guards of the minister of displaced people and migrants opened fire randomly in al Muthanna airport Street in downtown Baghdad killing a woman and inuring six civilians.

A civilian was killed and two people (a civilian and a policeman) were injured by an IED that targeted a police vehicle in al Wathiq intersection in Karrada neighborhood in downtown Baghdad around 8:30 a.m.

Two civilians were injured by an adhesive bomb that was attached to a vehicle of the emergency battalion in Palestine Street around 2:00 p.m.

Gunmen threw a grenade towards a sedan car in Qahtan intersection in west Baghdad injuring two civilians who were in the car.

Police found one unidentified body in Sadr city.

Nineveh

On Sunday evening; a parked car bomb exploded in Qaiyara area south of Mosul targeting the commander of Hammam al Aleel training camp Colonel Yaseen Majeed. Majeed was injured with another two companions.

Two policemen were injured by an IED in Dorat al Yarmouk neighborhood in Mosul city on Sunday evening.

Gunmen opened fire upon the house of the deputy of Mosul governor Khisro Koran (Kurdish politician from the PDK Party) in al Faisaliyah neighborhood in east Mosul city. No casualties were reported.

A member of Rabi’a Sahwa council in of west of Mosul was injured by an adhesive bomb that was attached to his car on Sunday evening.

Gunmen killed a traffic police near his house in al Hadba’a neighborhood in west Mosul on Monday morning

A policeman was killed and four civilians were injured by a parked car bomb that targeted a police patrol in Bab Sinjar area west of Mosul city around 12:00 p.m. ten cars were damaged by the explosion.

Policemen opened fire upon a suicide car bomber who tried to attack a police check point in Um al Rabiain area west of Mosul city around 1:00 p.m.

Diyala

Gunmen attacked the house of Raad Rasheed; the Sahwa leader in Shirween area north of Baquba on Monday morning. The gunmen kidnapped Rasheed. While the patrols from the Iraqi army were chasing the kidnappers, a roadside bomb exploded. Three Iraqi soldiers were injured.

A civilian was killed by US army when he came from a bystreet driving his car towards US forces in downtown Baquba around 11:30. US military confirmed the incident.

Salahuddin

Two people were killed and four others were injured when a suicide car bomber attacked a police checkpoint in Biji city north of Tikrit city around 4:30 p.m.

Basra

A civilian was injured by a roadside bomb that targeted a convoy of the MNF in Baghdad Street in west Basra around 9:00 p.m."

2008 mcClatchy Newspapers


Posted by: Zeke | September 9, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

She wants to kill Bullwinkle J Moose and make stew out of him.

Protect the Moose- Palin for President. The moose will be safer with her in the oval office, and away from Wasilla.

"I just want someone to answer for me- just what does a Vice President do?" Sarah on the Larry Kudlow show.

We'll, they usually don't get to jump on a helicopter and shoot wolves with a shotgun.

Not this time

The Moose.

Posted by: Anonymoose. | September 9, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Next she'll tell us again how she's an earmark-busting change agent. Hahaha! Good one, Sarah!

Palin loves earmarks for her town and state:

Annual federal earmark spending per capita nationwide: less than $50.

Federal earmark spending in Alaska per capita: $500.

Federal earmark spending per capita for Wasilla, 2002 (when Palin was mayor): $1,000.

That's no pit bull. That's Palin the Porker! Oink oink!

Posted by: PhilHart | September 9, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

go libby go......shrill and venemous just like your origins..the 12 year girls wanting to be popular..please, please, just like us.

you dont get it, you were out played.....again.

Posted by: deport_the_libs | September 9, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

It is beyond dispute that the USA is a country where being below average is a prized social value. We are being our own undoing. We have met the enemy and he is us.

Posted by: PleaseFindMeAnotherCountry | September 9, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

It is beyond dispute that the USA is a country where being below average is a prized social value. We are being our own undoing. We have met the enemy and he is us.

Posted by: PleaseFindMeAnotherCountry | September 9, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey wonderbra, may be she got a boob job....shweeeeeeeeeeet!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

This is pathetic behavior on her part. But blame McCain -- the campaign went all in on her claim before they knew the truth. Must have been part of that thorough vetting they gave her!

"So, to boil it all down, Congress pulled the plug on the Bridge to Nowhere in 2005. Palin was still for it in 2006. And when she finally ended the project because Congress had cut off funding, instead of saying 'No Thanks' she actually said 'Thanks!' because instead of sending the money back to Washington she kept it all in Juneau."

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/215092.php


Posted by: PhilHart | September 9, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Tommyz, you are just priceless. I wish I could keep you in a little box and take you out to break awkward social situations, or maybe just to give everyone a good laugh after something sad, like another military funeral.

GOD FORBID John McCain die as president, because then Palin would be in charge; and she makes McCain look GOOD by comparison. Perhaps this is YOUR wishful thinking? I think this is the point where you say something about God's plan, and how it coincidentally coincides with your own, and then shout slogans and talking points at me; you can spare me because I've heard it all before from the likes of Bush, Cheney, Rove, Hannity, Kristol, Kavuto, Robertson et.al., and even that crazy guy on the corner who told me that being in college made me a hellbound sinner.

There's your reaction, bud, now tell your handlers you're done playing and go back to your padded room.

After 8 years of GOP rule, you don't have a leg to stand on.

Posted by: Terrorfied | September 9, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Cindy McCain = empty head, drug addict, thief, harlot, cu$nt, rich, slimey and blond dumbell, and elitist. Looks extremely stupid standing blindly and dumbfounded behind John McCain. McCain and Palin keeps stepping on her feet while they are trying to get past her. It keeps me cracking up, though.

Michelle Obama = intelligent, ivy league education, articulate, slamming beautiful athletic body, pretty, sexy and a strong proud black nubian woman! We love you Shelly!! Keep pushing girl, You got these crackers going! lol!!!

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 9, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: lol | September 9, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

After having five kids, I doubt that Caribou Barbie has nice boobs. More like a good support bra.

Posted by: WonderBra | September 9, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: lol | September 9, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Cindy McCain = empty head, drug addict, thief, harlot, cu$nt, rich, slimey and blond dumbell, and elitist. Looks extremely stupid standing blindly and dumbfounded behind John McCain. McCain and Palin keeps stepping on her feet while they are trying to get past her. It keeps me cracking up, though.

Michelle Obama = intelligent, ivy league education, articulate, slamming beautiful athletic body, pretty, sexy and a strong proud black nubian woman! We love you Shelly!! Keep pushing girl, You got these crackers going! lol!!!

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 9, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Cindy McCain = empty head, drug addict, thief, harlot, cu$nt, rich, slimey and blond dumbell, and elitist. Looks extremely stupid standing blindly and dumbfounded behind John McCain. McCain and Palin keeps stepping on her feet while they are trying to get past her. It keeps me cracking up, though.

Michelle Obama = intelligent, ivy league education, articulate, slamming beautiful athletic body, pretty, sexy and a strong proud black nubian woman! We love you Shelly!! Keep pushing girl, You got these crackers going! lol!!!

Posted by: Michelle Obama | September 9, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

In the hisory of the United States there have only been white Presidents, some okay and some not so okay. We have just witnessed a REAL DUMB white President for the past eight years! My God, the U.S.A. is a laughing pot to the entire World. We have been recognized as being one of the dumbest countries. When GWB won, the world was quoted as saying "One thing is clear, 51% of America is dumb (those who voted the jackass$ in office again) and 49% was smart (those who didn't vote the retarded idiot back into office)!

FACT: CAN'T BLAME THE BLACK MAN FOR SCREWING UP THE COUNTRY...BUT IT WILL DEFINITELY TAKE A BLACK MAN TO FIX THE SCREWED UP COUNTRY.

Posted by: Bridge to nowhere! | September 9, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

McKnob/Pain in the Arse 08 = Bridge to Nowhere!

Posted by: Bridge where? | September 9, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

In the hisory of the United States there have only been white Presidents, some okay and some not so okay. We have just witnessed a REAL DUMB white President for the past eight years! My God, the U.S.A. is a laughing pot to the entire World. We have been recognized as being one of the dumbest countries. When GWB won, the world was quoted as saying "One thing is clear, 51% of America is dumb (those who voted the jackass$ in office again) and 49% was smart (those who didn't vote the retarded idiot back into office)!

FACT: CAN'T BLAME THE BLACK MAN FOR SCREWING UP THE COUNTRY...BUT IT WILL DEFINITELY TAKE A BLACK MAN TO FIX THE SCREWED UP COUNTRY.

Posted by: The Brige to nowhere! | September 9, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"I wish Obama would say that he was wrong on the surge not being successful! tommyz

Dear tommyz,

I guess you missed the Bill O'Reilly show on Friday in which Senator Obama said the "surge" was successful in bringing down the horrible daily violence in Iraq. He further stated that the purpose of the "surge" has not been accomplished- and that was to help the Iraqi government achieve political reconcialiation between Sunni, Shia, and the Kurdish populations.

When you send in 30,000 policemen into a city- of course you are going to reduce the violence. But when you remove them and the root cause of the violence still remains- then it will start up all over again.

Baghdad is still considered to be the most dangerous city in the world. Iraq's infrastructure has been totally destroyed, and their is still day to day suicide bombings. Our troops are in harm's way when not bunkered down in the Green Zone.

No, the "surge" did not accomplish it's objective. It was a bandaid applied to a massive wound.

Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq - Monday 8 September 2008

The daily Iraqi violence report is compiled by McClatchy Newspapers Special Correspondents in Baghdad from police, military and medical reports. This is not a comprehensive list of all violence in Iraq, much of which goes unreported. It’s posted without editing as transmitted to McClatchy’s Washington Bureau.

Baghdad

Eleven civilians were injured by a roadside bomb in al Shabaka intersection in Palestine Street in east Baghdad around 7:00 a.m.

Around 7:45 a.m. Gunmen In New Baghdad neighborhood in east Baghdad opened fire targeting a vehicle for the ministry of displaced people migrants injuring four employees (3 females employees and the driver of the vehicle).

The guards of the minister of displaced people and migrants opened fire randomly in al Muthanna airport Street in downtown Baghdad killing a woman and inuring six civilians.

A civilian was killed and two people (a civilian and a policeman) were injured by an IED that targeted a police vehicle in al Wathiq intersection in Karrada neighborhood in downtown Baghdad around 8:30 a.m.

Two civilians were injured by an adhesive bomb that was attached to a vehicle of the emergency battalion in Palestine Street around 2:00 p.m.

Gunmen threw a grenade towards a sedan car in Qahtan intersection in west Baghdad injuring two civilians who were in the car.

Police found one unidentified body in Sadr city.

Nineveh

On Sunday evening; a parked car bomb exploded in Qaiyara area south of Mosul targeting the commander of Hammam al Aleel training camp Colonel Yaseen Majeed. Majeed was injured with another two companions.

Two policemen were injured by an IED in Dorat al Yarmouk neighborhood in Mosul city on Sunday evening.

Gunmen opened fire upon the house of the deputy of Mosul governor Khisro Koran (Kurdish politician from the PDK Party) in al Faisaliyah neighborhood in east Mosul city. No casualties were reported.

A member of Rabi’a Sahwa council in of west of Mosul was injured by an adhesive bomb that was attached to his car on Sunday evening.

Gunmen killed a traffic police near his house in al Hadba’a neighborhood in west Mosul on Monday morning

A policeman was killed and four civilians were injured by a parked car bomb that targeted a police patrol in Bab Sinjar area west of Mosul city around 12:00 p.m. ten cars were damaged by the explosion.

Policemen opened fire upon a suicide car bomber who tried to attack a police check point in Um al Rabiain area west of Mosul city around 1:00 p.m.

Diyala

Gunmen attacked the house of Raad Rasheed; the Sahwa leader in Shirween area north of Baquba on Monday morning. The gunmen kidnapped Rasheed. While the patrols from the Iraqi army were chasing the kidnappers, a roadside bomb exploded. Three Iraqi soldiers were injured.

A civilian was killed by US army when he came from a bystreet driving his car towards US forces in downtown Baquba around 11:30. US military confirmed the incident.

Salahuddin

Two people were killed and four others were injured when a suicide car bomber attacked a police checkpoint in Biji city north of Tikrit city around 4:30 p.m.

Basra

A civilian was injured by a roadside bomb that targeted a convoy of the MNF in Baghdad Street in west Basra around 9:00 p.m."

2008 mcClatchy Newspapers

Posted by: Zeke | September 9, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I like Pres. Bush. The more you compare McCain to Bush the more you will get the 30% of all americans that approve of him to vote for McCain. You have just firmed up the conservative base. Dems you fell right into the trap.

Posted by: ByTheWay | September 9, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Let's run the facts, some numbers, and shatter the ridiculous idea of a glass ceiling once and for all. There is now a woman very close to the highest office in our country. If the all women voted for Sarah, she would carry approx 50% of the overall vote. Throw in the male conservatives, and she now has a landslide. Same with Hillary. Add all the women, plus the liberal men, and you get a landslide. No male dominated anything can stop that. If anything, it's women who are creating the glass ceiling. If they would only vote for the woman (as they're supposed to) there would be nothing but women running the country and no one could stop it. I wonder how many liberal "glass ceiling" women will be voting for Sarah. Probably none. Oh, now all of the sudden they can't vote for Sarah because of issues. Glass ceiling NOT. Bottom line, there’s no glass ceiling. Women and men vote for the best candidate, not gender. Only the fringe “glass ceiling” folks vote on gender. Get over it, there’s no glass ceiling.

Posted by: SignUp | September 9, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

FRANK, GO TO SCHOOL!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

hey don't count W out yet, he could bomb Iran and accelerate Armageddon, I bet the Mooseburger would like some rapture...LOL

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

YOUR ECONOMY IS WHERE YOU WORK AT.ECONONY GIVE ME A BREAK.ARE YOU QUESTIONING WHETHER I AM RIGHT I WILL TELL YOU YES I AM. DON'T LET THE TRUTH HURT.DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT VOTE FOR WHAT THIS COUNTRY SUPPOSE TO STAND FOR.EQUALITY FOR EVERYONE.PROVE ME WRONG

Posted by: FRANK | September 9, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

YOUR ECONOMY IS WHERE YOU WORK AT.ECONONY GIVE ME A BREAK.ARE YOU QUESTIONING WHETER I AM RIGHT I WILL TELL YOU YES I AM. DON'T LET THE TRUTH HURT.DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT VOTE FOR WHAT THIS COUNTRY SUPPOSE TO STAND FOR.EQUALITY FOR EVERYONE.PROVE ME WRONG

Posted by: FRANK | September 9, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Cindy McCain = passionate advocate for children, and against those land mines.

Michelle Obama = angry ex-lawyer and PR lady.

Both good moms, though. SEE, liberal blogger. You can be NICE to the other side once in awhile.

Posted by: tommyz | September 9, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Yeah right GOP, get lost! 407 $ million deficit!
ENOUGH of you!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain = Hero. Obama = Organizer.

McCain = Experience. Obama = Smiling Face.

LIBERAL BLOGGER: "You can't use the experience excuse anymore with Sarah on the ticket." OH YES I CAN! First, I'm FREE. Second, Sarah Palin is NOT running for President. And stop saying "God forbid John McCain died." One, you don't believe in God, liberal blogger. Two, you secretly hope something happens to John. Yes, you do. Admit it.

Posted by: tommyz | September 9, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Barracuda has the Brain of a Fish

lol

Posted by: lol | September 9, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Man, she got nice boobs, that must be what got old man John's attention didn't he pick up Cindy at a bar while he was still married?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

"GIVE US ONE MORE CHANCE, THIS TIME WE WON'T F*** IT UP!"

Posted by: GOP 2008 | September 9, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Any way you want to frame it, you lose. We don't CARE what you say, liberal blogger. We only care that for ONCE in the last six years or so, someone is standing up for conservative values. You won't get but a few rises out of your BS. We KNOW what you're doing with your fearmongering.

"oohhh, Sarah Palin will make the world come to an end." You said the same thing about George Bush and yet here we are!

Obama is the darling of Moammar Qaddafi, better known as "Daffy Qaddafi" of Libya. Look it up!

Obama took almost 1 BILLION in earmarks for Illinois. Where is the outcry? COME ON LIBERAL WIMP, admit it! Obama took earmarks galore!

Posted by: tommyz | September 9, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Old Comedy - "Throw Momma from the Train"

New Comedy - "Throw Palin off the Bridge"

lol

Posted by: lol | September 9, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

FRANK>>>go to school!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

To those saying Obama and Biden voted for the Bridge to Nowhere:

They did not. They voted against an amendment that would have changed the earmark. John McCain also voted this way- Senators very rarely intercede to kill or change other Senators ear marks.

It was attached to a mammoth transportation bill. That's how earmarks work -- they get piled on to bills that are important. They're also called riders... because they ride through congress attached to bigger, more important issues.

It was not its own bill, therefore it was impossible to vote against the bridge without also voting against the entire transportation bill. Earmarks, by the way make up a nearly insignificant fraction of federal spending. And McCain is not opposed to all earmarks. When confronted with specific earmarks that are clearly worthy, he often backs down on his anti-earmark stance. So don't think for even an instant that vetoing every bill with an earmark is going to pay for all his proposals. Not even close.

Here's Sarah Palin's endorsement of the bill:

In Gov. Palin's own words:

"And our congressional delegation, God bless 'em. They do a great job for us," she said at the forum hosted by the Alaska Professional Design Council.

"Representative Don Young, especially God bless him, with transportation -- Alaska did so well under the very basic provisions of the transportation act that he wrote just a couple of years ago. We had a nice bump there.

We're very, very fortunate to receive the largesse that Don Young was able to put together for Alaska." "We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that's so negative."

Looks like she was for that bridge and anything else she could get, before she was against it. Reformers and agents of change??? Give me a break. Trusting Republicans to change the mess they've created in the last eight years is like shipping lettuce by rabbit. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Not this time- save the moose.

Posted by: Anonymoose | September 9, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

WOW. What a revelation! Obama is black. It will NEVER be enough for the weepy liberals and those blacks who can only be angry. There are SO many blacks who are NOT angry and SO cool to be around. Oh my, did I just faux pas?

Racism, racism. Oh, are you threatening riots if Obama doesn't win? Is THAT a threat?

Sarah had no affair. Sarah banned no books. Sarah told no lies. Sarah is scaring the HELL out of you with her conservative views. You thought Conservatism was DEAD but you were WRONG! Look at all the conservative enthusiasm. You can't handle the truth.

Posted by: tommyz | September 9, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

MacBush and the Mooseburger need to explain what they are going to change and changes from what? If I remember right the Republicans are in the White House as we speak.

Posted by: color blind | September 9, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'm real curious about Palin's bra size, but wouldn't vote for McCain regardless of the answer. Knowing the scant bits we do, I can't see how Palin can swing the votes of any thinking person. I'm embarrassed at us American's sometimes. Voting for president because of arm candy. I wish someone would interview McCain's first (deserted) wife, and compare her to his current arm candy wife and VP con job.

Posted by: James | September 9, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

The nomination of Sarah Palin is a slap in the face to the Womens' movement. She is a political tool in the most literal sense. Her nomination embodies the objectification of women. What's even sadder is that those on the right do not appear even mildly offended by such an insult to their intelligence, but instead feel relieved because now there's an evangelical on the ticket. If that's all it takes to win you people over, your party has you pegged correctly.

Lord forgive me for this post, I promise to repent and befriend an evangelical if you will just give me a cush editing job at WaPo...

Nah, nevermind, this approach probably doesn't work on questioning people who require relevant work experience and a background check.

Posted by: Terrorfied | September 9, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh my gosh! You liberal have no sense of humor. Of COURSE I'm not for secession. And it was her HUSBAND who was for it. And it's a pretty COOL radical thing to be part of. Since when do LIBERALS want a solid United States? You people are so INCREDIBLY two-faced.

You say gays have rights, but you mean only to agree with your decision that they should remain gay.

You say women have rights but only to be pro-abortion.

You say Obama works across party lines but all I see are CONSERVATIVES who try to reach out to liberals with sense and are KICKED for it.

Bunch of liars.

Posted by: tommyz | September 9, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

YOUR RIGHT IT HAS ALOT TO DO WITH THE COLOR OF THERE SKIN.MY FRIEND THIS ELECTION IS BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE I AM JUST TELLING YOU LIKE IT IS.I WILL PERSONALY APOLOGIZE TO YOU IF SARAH LOSE THIS ELECTION PRESS RELEASE.MY THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHERE YOU LIVE AT OK.PICKING SARAH HAS MADE THIS A BLACK AND WHITE THING .THE REPUB PARTY IS WICKED.THIS IS THE ISSUE AT HAND DO YOU WANT A BLACK PRES OR WHITE VP CUT AND DRY AND IF YOU THINK ITS ABOUT ANY THING ELSE YOU ARE STUPID.

Posted by: FRANK | September 9, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Harping on "Reverend Wright" still = I am not voting for Obama because hes black

Admit it!

Posted by: Bill | September 9, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Now thats real Maverick Behavior right there. Straight talk.!! Thats how washington outsiders do things.

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 the inside scoop about the alledged Palin affair.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

"SO funny! I myself am for Alaska seceding from the union! Then I'll move there so I don't have to be associated with this LIBERAL IDIOT people anymore.

God punishes those who vote for John Kerry. Just look at 'em!

We need to convert gays to heterosexuals, but only if they want to. WHY not pro-choice on the gay thing? You damn hypocrites of the Left!

Obama voted FOR the Bridge to Nowhere, taking funds from New Orleans in the wake of Katrina. Hypocrite!

Jews for Jesus? Come on.... This is news?"


This is what scares me about America.

1) bon voyage
2) ??? are insults all you are capable of?
3) one is free to choose their preference. You are the one that wants to control others.
4) the bridge was one of MANY add-ons to a larger bill. No one took anything FROM New Orleans, they just didn't reasign it. No one stopped them from starting a new bill.
5) ??? again...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

MORE NEWS FLASH!!!!
The governor also has charged the state for travel expenses to take her children on official out-of-town missions. And her husband, Todd, has billed the state for expenses and a daily allowance for trips he makes on official business for his wife.

Posted by: an observer | September 9, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

She kept the money, but what did she do with it? Something good or something bad? It MATTERS! I hate you all with no sense! She is PRESENTING herself. Get to know her. She's got it going on.

Joe Biden. Plagiarist. Racist remarks. Oh, and he owns 4 homes, and he went to work in Washington after his wife died (that's a GOOD thing!).

Oh, you dummies. Obama is not an "all of the above" candidate. He is AGAINST oil, natural gas, and even wind. The liberals won't let the wind transmission lines pass over the wilderness. O my GAWD!!!

Posted by: tommyz | September 9, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

The Obama camps says it's not true and sends out emails telling the press to push his desire to debunk it. So the blogs repeat the story over and over. Great journalistic ethics you got there WP.

Bottom line...

The bridge earmark was shot down, but the money was still given to Alaska anyway. If she had wanted to still use it towards the bridge the she most certainly could have.

The fact that she used it on other transportation projects backs up her statement.

She states she told congress thanks but no thanks on the bridge...if Alaska wanted to build the bridge they would build it themselves. She didn't say that she wouldn't use any money given to her state for better suited projects. So where is the lie?

All I see is continuation of liberal media bias so much so, that you no longer even try to hide it.

Why don't you just come out and be honest and say you are supporting Obama? It would be the first honest thing I have read by the WP in the last year.

Posted by: dan | September 9, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

The Media seems Scared!

I have never seen such one sided media coverage. When reporting "Obama" they use kid gloves.

I am undecided on who to vote for, I won't vote for the media!

Posted by: Jumpingjosh | September 9, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

The point of discussion is whatever I want it to be! Liberals are always shutting down freedom of speech. Hypocrites!

Obama voted FOR the Bridge to Nowhere. Sarah was for it before she figured out it was no good, then was against it. It means she's not perfect, but she changed her mind to the right side. I wish Obama would say that he was wrong on the surge not being successful!

Obama. Glib socialist.

Posted by: tommyz | September 9, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I really don't understand what is happening to our country? Are most people really this partisan? It seems like most care more for a party than they do the truth and their country.

I have never in my life seen such defenders of an obvious liar. Where are our values? This is not politics as usual...the exaggerations of accomplishments, etc. Instead, this is bold and arrogant beyond typical. If you were caught lying and misleading someone, would you continue to proclaim the lie? Would you have the gall? I know I would not.

This is not about her supporting pork. This is about her proclaiming that she is anti-pork and this is the example. She kept our money Americans. Let me say that again, she kept our money.

What has happened to my country? What has happened to critical thinking? What has happened to holding peoples' feet to the fire? What has happened to objectivity?

I could not be sadder.

Posted by: Susan | September 9, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

This is a bridge to a non-story. If it were a story I would be all over it. But there are so many other scandals that we could be talking about when it comes to Sarah Palin. A possible Affair, Trooper Gate http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Reverend Wright.

William Ayers.

FISA.

Said the surge would cause more unrest in Iraq.

Joe Biden instead of Hillary Clinton.

Goes to Germany to campaign.

Reneges on promise to use campaign finance.

Is supposed to be against war but wants to go to Afghanistan and Pakistan SO badly.

Slings mud but says he's against "old politics."

Posted by: tommyz | September 9, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH FROM Washington Post:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a "per diem" allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.

Posted by: an observer | September 9, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

The point of discussion is not who voted for the bridge! It's that Palin uses the line as if she is some sort of maverick, when she's not!! One thing's for sure, the hockey moms and soccer moms I know are honest people who take care of their children.

Posted by: TexasWillBeBlue | September 9, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin = the bridge to nowhere

Posted by: Terri | September 9, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Thursday, September 4, 2008
The Difference Between a Moose and a Hockey Mom? Integrity.

Just to let you all know, Palin raised sales taxes in Wasilla to pay for a sports complex, a "pet project" of hers - likely for her hockey-playing kids. She is NOT the cost-cutter and tax-lowerer she says she is, but she IS a hockey mom working on a hockey-related agenda. Why else would a town of less than 10,000 people need a million and a half dollar sports complex?

Additionally, the cuts Palin did make to the Wasilla budget came out of the local museum and library, while she made a populist move to cut property taxes. Since she had a ridiculous amount of revenue from the taxes levied on the big box stores she brought in, why couldn't she leave the library funding intact? Could it be because the librarian wouldn't ban books she found objectionable?


Ms. Palin brought up the idea of banning some books at one [town council] meeting. “They were somehow morally or socially objectionable to her,” Ms. Kilkenny said.

The librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, pledged to “resist all efforts at censorship,” Ms. Kilkenny recalled. Ms. Palin fired Ms. Emmons shortly after taking office but changed course after residents made a strong show of support

A longer article on Palin's career as a tax-cutter is available at the Anchorage Daily News.

A moose fighting against the McCain-Palin soap opera campaign.

This Moose Is Mad - And Isn't Going To Take It Anymore.

Posted by: Anonymoose | September 9, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me McCain is playing the whole “celebrity thing “ for all it’s worth, after mocking Obama for it. Americans are so shallow that they eat up this stuff, without really making a intelligent decision about what is best for the country. Wise up, we just had eight years of the worst administration ever, and McCain is using ex-Bushies whenever he can. He will probably put Gramm and Fiorina in charge of the economy, and all they are interested in doing is lining the pockets of big business. The bottom line on Palin is she has already been shown to be a liar over several issues, and is a far-right loonie as well. If you are going to vote for this ticket, and are’t already a millionaire, bend over and grab your ankles, cause your going to get what you deserve!

Posted by: Michael | September 9, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Like Ted Kennedy said, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Posted by: The Rodentman | September 9, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

SO funny! I myself am for Alaska seceding from the union! Then I'll move there so I don't have to be associated with this LIBERAL IDIOT people anymore.

God punishes those who vote for John Kerry. Just look at 'em!

We need to convert gays to heterosexuals, but only if they want to. WHY not pro-choice on the gay thing? You damn hypocrites of the Left!

Obama voted FOR the Bridge to Nowhere, taking funds from New Orleans in the wake of Katrina. Hypocrite!

Jews for Jesus? Come on.... This is news?

Posted by: tommyz | September 9, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

nothing like a ringing endorsement from indicted senator ted stevens!

Posted by: doc | September 9, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama is such a hypocrite.

OBAMA VOTED FOR THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE.

PALIN KILLED IT.

Now Obama has the gall to attack Palin on this issue. He's desperate, folks.

Posted by: AJ | September 9, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"Did Sarah Palin wrongfully push to have her ex-brother-in law fired? Was she really against the "Bridge to Nowhere?" Did she really sell Alaska's plane on eBay, or just list it on eBay? Did she actually have any substantial duties commanding the Alaska National Guard?

The correct answer to all these questions is: who cares? Which isn't to say these aren't valid questions, or that Palin and the McCain camp aren't playing it fast, loose, and coy with each of them. The point is that Palin, and the circus she's brought to town, are simply a bountiful collection of small lies deliberately designed to distract the country from one big truth: the havoc that George Bush and the Republican Party have wrought, and that John McCain is committed to continuing.

Every second of this campaign not spent talking about the Republican Party's record, and John McCain's role in that record, is a victory for John McCain.

Her critics like to say that Palin hasn't accomplished anything. I disagree: in the space of ten days she's succeeded in distracting the entire country from the horrific Bush record -- and McCain's complicity in it. My friends, that's accomplishment we can believe in.

Just look at the problem John McCain faced. George Bush has a disastrous record, and the country knows it. John McCain -- the current one, not the one who vanished eight years ago -- has no major disagreements with George Bush (and I'm sorry, wanting to fire Donald Rumsfeld a bit sooner doesn't qualify) and wants to continue his incredibly unpopular policies for another four years. The solution? Enter Sarah Palin, a Trojan Moose carrying four more years of disaster.

And the plan has worked beautifully. Just look at what's being discussed just 57 days before the election. Is it the highest unemployment rate in five years? The bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? The suicide bombing yesterday in Iraq that killed six people and wounded 54 -- in the same market where last month a bomb killed 28 people and wounded 72? That the political reconciliation that was supposedly the point of "the surge" is nowhere near happening? That Iraq's Shiite government is now rounding up the American-backed Sunni leaders of the Awakening? That the reason 8,000 soldiers may be leaving Iraq soon is so more can be deployed to Afghanistan where the Taliban is steadily retaking the country?

No. We're talking about whether Sarah Palin was or was not a good mayor, whether she was or was not a good mother, whether her skirts are too short and her zingers too sarcastic.

Contrary to what we're hearing 24/7 in the media, the next few weeks are not a test of Sarah Palin. The next few weeks are a test of Barack Obama.

He needs to dramatically redirect this election back to a discussion over the issues that really matter -- the issues that will impact the future of this country. A presidential campaign is a battle and this is the time for Obama to show some commander-in-chief skills. I'm not talking about calling Palin out for lying about his record and demeaning community organizing. I'm talking about grabbing the political debate by the throat. The country is already angry about what's happened over the last seven-plus years -- he shouldn't be afraid to give voice to that anger. Obama has spent years adopting a non-threatening persona; but he can't let his fear that appearing like an "angry Black man" (a stereotype not-too-subtly fueled by Fox News) will turn off swing voters keep him from channeling the disgust and outrage felt by so many voters --swing and otherwise.

McCain's team, in an effort to distract, is going to keep doing what they're doing -- diverting voters and the media with a tantalizing combination of personal trivia and small lies. It doesn't matter if they're caught in them -- in fact, all the better. Because they know there is no way in hell they can win if this election is about the big truth of the Bush years.

McCain's real running mate is George Bush and the failed policies of the Republican Party. Even if they are dressed up in a skirt, lipstick, and Tina Fey glasses."

Arianna Huffington

Posted by: Anonymoose | September 9, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

"Palin may not be perfect but looks like she is better than anti-Americans any day!" Anonymous

Dear Anonymoose,

glad you like her looks. I find her constant coyness and sarcasm annoying.

One thing you might considersince you are so pro American- as is Senator Obama- is that Todd Palin is a card carrying member of the Alaska Independence Party which has as it's main goal the succession of Alaska from The United States of America.

In a video available at youtube Sarah Palin wishes the party "good luck" at the opening of their convention.

Oil and gas bring in 85% of Alaska's revenue. Her husband works for BP. Do you really think that she is not their candidate?

She admitted on the Larry Kudlow show that she had no idea what a Vice President does- and that she would only be interested in the job if it directly benefitted Alaskans. So much for being an American.

Not this time.

Posted by: Lucas | September 9, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

If you want to know who is on a bridge to nowhere? Barack Obama, he's trying to cross and he just can't keep his momentum to cross over, he has only 50 some days left to get there and the reason it is so tough is he has nowhere to go.

Posted by: tcdaver | September 9, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Our country is near financial ruin. We need a NEW "New Deal", not more BS...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Ok. Frank. I do agree that the good ole' USA has a lot to make up to the african-american population. However, electing someone to president strictly because of their race is not the answer. Don't get me wrong. I'm an Obama supporter. But it has nothing to do with the color of his skin.

Posted by: Press Release | September 9, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

STOP THE BULL CRAP THIS ABOUT A WHITE VP AND A BLACK PRES NOTHING ELSE NOTHING ELSE.WAKE UP .OK LISTEN ITS THIS SIMPLE DO YOU WANT A BLACK PRES OR A WHITE LADY VP.THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH JOHN NOTHING AT ALL AMERICAN PEOPLE STOP BEING SO STUPID.FOR 200 HUNDRED YEARS ITS BEEN WHITE THEY THINK ITS A TRADITION.AND THE WHITES WHO IS NOT WHITE ENOUGH THEY CARE LESS ABOUT YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT IN THE MAJORITY.JOE LIB ALL THESE YEARS SPYING FOR THEM THE WHITE REPUB.VOTE BI RACIAL ITS WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS MADE OF.

Posted by: FRANK | September 9, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse



"The Wall Street Journal reports on another Sarah Palin firing -- one that sheds light on the way she mingled personal and political business:

Sarah Palin and John Bitney go way back. They were in the same junior-high band class. Mr. Bitney was a key aide in Gov. Palin's 2006 gubernatorial campaign. When she took office, she gave Mr. Bitney a job as her legislative director, and a few months later stood beside him at a news conference and praised his work.

"Whatever you did, you did it right," she told Mr. Bitney and his team.

Seven weeks later she fired Mr. Bitney for what her spokeswoman now describes as "poor job performance."

What happened in between? According to Mr. Bitney, Gov. Palin got a call from another old friend, Scott Richter, informing her that his wife, Debbie Richter, and Mr. Bitney were having an affair. Mr. Bitney had kept that secret from the governor, even as he told her of his divorce, he said.

When Gov. Palin was notified by Mr. Richter in July 2007, she called Mr. Bitney into her office. She already knew he was going through a divorce, and, Mr. Bitney said, he had "led her to believe there weren't going to be any more surprises."

Mr. Bitney said the governor "indicated to me that she was hurt, disappointed and upset, and that she didn't know what she wanted to do."

A few days later, Gov. Palin's chief of staff "indicated to me that I needed to leave the governor's office," Mr. Bitney said.


The Politico has more:

While Palin's office framed the departure as an "amicable" mutual decision, Bitney told Politico that Sarah and Todd Palin "were upset with me about my divorce and who I was dating, and they didn't want that in the governor's office. I wanted to stay with the governor and support the governor -- we're talking about someone who's been a friend for 30 years -- but I understood it, and I have no ax to grind over the whole thing."

Still, Bitney took a line from the "Seinfeld" character Elaine, deeming Palin "a bad breaker-upper."


Palin also fired, according to the Politico, "a campaign adviser whose mother-in-law fought Palin's legislative agenda, a local political mentor who she felt represented the "old boys' network," a police chief who she said tried to intimidate her with "stern look[s]" and a state commissioner who refused to fire her sister's ex-husband."

Posted by: Todd | September 9, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Palin may not be perfect but looks like she is better than anti-Americans any day!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Palin is just a distraction to keep people's attention away from how the Republicans have run our great nation into the ground the last 8 years. McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time.

From now on when Sarah gets discussed I'm going to simply say this:

Do you feel America is better today than it was 8 years ago? Then vote McCain.

Do you feel America is worse today than it was 8 years ago? Then vote Obama.

End of story.

Posted by: droog42zero | September 9, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse


Palin canceled the project so she isn't lieing.

Obama is just trashing Palin becaues he isn't man enough to take on McCain.

Posted by: liberals steal | September 9, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

This is a bridge to a non-story. If it were a story I would be all over it. But there are so many other scandals that we could be talking about when it comes to Sarah Palin. A possible Affair, Trooper Gate http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Richard,

I'm sure "your" interstate WENT somewhere. Just because "your" town wasn't there at the time, doesn't mean it was spending money for the sake of spending money. Towns tend to pop up around existing infrastructure.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Where we live in the sixties?

Posted by: Press Release | September 9, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain is more the same of the BS crap that we have had for the last eight years. More Iraq like wars, more deficit spending and more tax cuts for the rich. More more more of the same.

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

Posted by: Bush + McCain = "W"orthless | September 9, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Uneducated, maybe...diluted, yes

Posted by: Press Release | September 9, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

dear anonymous, looks like you are the one that needs to do more research. The money for the bridge was actually Alaska's share of that 18 cents a gallon tax on gas we like so much. That money had strings attached to it to spend on transportation infrastructure projects. Although a road might have built to go to somewhere that has not been built yet. Kind of like a interstate highway that was built where we live in the sixties. Now there is nowhere to build another damn thing and land there is sold by the square inch. What you need to do is to be a little more objective about things and get your head out of Obama's rear end and think about the big picture.

Posted by: Richard | September 9, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Only in this f#cked up country would someone who started with disadvantages, got a good education, worked his way up from nowhere, and has succeeded in helping working people, be called an elitist, while someone whose father and grandfather were admirals, who went to the Naval Academy, married a multi-millionairess, has more houses than he keeps track of, and has lived in the halls of privilege for the past 25 years be considered a champion of the common people. This country is truly f#cked up. And it's because so many of our citizens are uneducated, undereducated, or just plain ignorant or obstinate. "My mind is made up; don't f#cking bother me with the facts!" Go ahead McCain supporters, f#ck yourselves over like you did in '04. Even a cat will eventually stay away from the garbage if you kick it enough times. Not you idiots though.

Posted by: UpFromNowhereGotEducatedNowI'mElite | September 9, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

FOLKS LISTEN AT ME WHITE REPUB PARTY.IF THEY ARE WHAT AMERICA STANDS FOR ITS NO WONDER WE HATE SO MUCH.VOTE BI RACIAL EVERY AMERICAN WILL BE REPRESENTED NOT A CHOSEN FEW.JOHN IS WON OF THEM HE IS AN AMERICAN WHEN HE WANTS YOUR VOTE AND ONE OF THEM ANY OTHER TIME.JOHN SAYS PEOPLE I WILL REACH MY HAND OUT TO THOSE PEOPLE I WILL PUT SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE IN MY CABINET.YEAH LIKE CONDI.RICE OR GONZALEZ.WAKE UP PEOPLE.ABAMA PLAY THE RACE CARD THEY CANNOT DEAL WILL YOU ON THAT ISSUE.VOTE FOR THE MAKE UP OF THIS COUNTRY.VOTE BI RACIAL.

Posted by: FRANK | September 9, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Do an internet search on "McCain" "Keating", McSame was one of the infamous Keating 5 senators who accepted campaign donations from convicted felon Keating and then tried to block the feds from prosecuting him.


Do an internet search on "McCain", "campaign" and "lobbyist". McSame currently has over 70 lobbyists working on his campaign, Obama has ZERO!! McSAME is no agent of change.


John McBush may very well be dumber than Republican President Shrub is.
Listen to how little he knows about the economy...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcdLO3jKkPo

Posted by: huh? | September 9, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin: A Trojan Moose Concealing Four More Years of George Bush. Say it ain't so, Joe Lieberman

"Gov. Sarah Palin made her first potentially major gaffe during her time on the national scene while discussing the developments of the perilous housing market this past weekend.

Speaking before voters in Colorado Springs, the Republican vice presidential nominee claimed that lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had "gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers." The companies, as McClatchy reported, "aren't taxpayer funded but operate as private companies. The takeover may result in a taxpayer bailout during reorganization."

Economists and analysts pounced on the misstatement, which came before the government had spent funds bailing the two entities out, saying it demonstrated a lack of understanding about one of the key economic issues likely to face the next administration.

"You would like to think that someone who is going to be vice president and conceivable president would know what Fannie and Freddie do," said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. "These are huge institutions and they are absolutely central to our country's mortgage debt. To not have a clue what they do doesn't speak well for her, I'd say."

Added Andrew Jakabovics, an economic analyst for the progressive think tank, Center for American Progress: "It is somewhat nonsensical because up until yesterday there was sort of no public funding there. Even today they haven't drawn down any of the credit line they have given to Treasury. 'Gotten too big and too expensive' are two separate things. The too big has been a conservative mantra for a while and there is something to be said of that in that they hold about half of the mortgage guarantees that are out there. And in the last year they have been responsible for roughly 80 percent out there. The 'too expensive to tax payers,' I don't know where that comes from."

Even conservative analysts acknowledged that the statement simply did not hold true.

"Heretofore, if the treasury had a balance sheet there would have been a liability but there was never a taxpayer payment before [the bailout]," said Gerald P. O'Driscoll, an economist with the Cato Institute. "[Fannie and Freddie] were not taxpayer funded. They had taxpayer guarantee, which is worth something, especially in the stock market..."

The Palin misstatement comes as Fannie and Freddie are set to be placed under control of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, created by President Bush in late July to help regulate the two housing giants. Both presidential candidates have been critical of Fannie and Freddie but neither is opposed to the government's plans for the companies. The treasury is hoping that the government's role will help stabilize credit markets and incentive more mortgage lending.

"With the takeover they will be taxpayer funded," said O'Driscoll. "As I understand it they get to withdraw funds with permission going forward."

How politically significant a "gaffe" it is remains to be seen. The major concern about Palin's position on the ticket is that she lacks the economic and foreign policy wherewithal to serve as vice president. This certainly doesn't help on that front. At the same time, the remark went almost entirely unnoticed over the weekend and discussions on the developments of the housing market can be difficult to process for even the most attuned voter.

There are varying explanations that could be offered for Palin's defense. As O'Driscoll noted, both Fannie and Freddie "were hybrid institutions because they had private ownership but... an implicit government guarantee which people thought at the end of the day was explicit." Meanwhile, as Baker noted, as of July the two lenders were being offered low market interest rates by the fed again, theoretically, at the taxpayer's expense. But, he added, "I kind of doubt she had any sense of that."

www.huffingtonpost.com

Posted by: Tim | September 9, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama elitist? Everytime he opens his mouth he it trying to teach us all something. Just answer our questions. You are interviewing for a job, we are not your students.

Posted by: Walter Festoon | September 9, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing wrong with being happily stinking rich and utterly detached like McCain is. Nothing, that is, unless you make criticizing your political opponent as "elitist" and "out of touch" a centerpiece of your campaign. Rick Davis, speaking on behalf of his $100 million man John McCain, earlier this month offered the latest formulation of Barack Obama as an effete, aloof denizen of the upper class:

"Only celebrities like Barack Obama go to the gym three times a day, demand 'MET-RX chocolate roasted-peanut protein bars and bottles of a hard-to-find organic brew - Black Forest Berry Honest Tea' and worry about the price of arugula."

Of course, Davis' "arugula war" is just another attempt at misdirection. After all, John McCain's $5 million threshold where "you move from middle class to rich" is just the latest episode of his enduring disconnect from the real lives of the American people.


For starters, McCain in April declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, was back with the campaign last week.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay.


In his defense, McCain's shocking tone-deafness may just be a matter of perspective. When you're as well off as he is, anything below a $5 million income (a figure exceeding that earned on average by the top 0.1% of Americans) seems middle class.


*The $100 Million Man*
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.


*The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership*
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.


*The Anheuser-Busch Windfall*
As it turns out, the beauty of globalization is in the eye of the beholder. While John McCain apparently played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock. Amazingly, while Missouri's politicians of both parties lined up to try to block the sale, John McCain held a fundraiser in the Show Me State even as the In Bev deal was being finalized.


*McCain's $370,000 Personal Tax Break*
Earlier this year, the Center for American Progress analyzed John McCain's tax proposals. The conclusion? McCain's plan is radically more regressive than even that of President Bush, delivering 58% of its benefits to the wealthiest 1% of American taxpayers. McCain's born-again support for the Bush tax cuts has one additional bonus for Mr. Straight Talk: the McCains would save an estimated $373,000 a year.


*Paying Off $225,000 Credit Card Debt - Priceless*
That massive windfall from his own tax plan will come in handy for John McCain. As was reported in June, the McCains were carrying over $225,000 in credit card debt. The American Express card - don't leave your homes without it.


*Charity Begins at Home*
As Harpers documented earlier this year, the McCains are true believers in the old saying that charity begins at home:

Between 2001 and 2006, McCain contributed roughly $950,000 to [their] foundation. That accounted for all of its listed income other than for $100 that came from an anonymous donor. During that same period, the McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids' private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.

Ironically, the McCain campaign last week blasted Barack Obama for having attended a private school in Hawaii on scholarship. That attack came just weeks after John McCain held an event at his old prep school, Episcopal High, an institution where fees now top $38,000 a year.


*Private Jet Setters*
As the New York Times detailed back in April, John McCain enjoyed the use of his wife's private jet for his campaign, courtesy of election law loopholes he helped craft. Despite the controversy, McCain continued to use Cindy's corporate jet. For her part, Cindy McCain says that even with skyrocketing fuel costs, "in Arizona the only way to get around the state is by small private plane."

*Help on the Homefront*
In these tough economic times, the McCains are able to stretch their household budget. As the AP reported in April, "McCain reported paying $136,572 in wages to household employees in 2007. Aides say the McCains pay for a caretaker for a cabin in Sedona, Ariz., child care for their teenage daughter, and a personal assistant for Cindy McCain."


*Well-Heeled in $520 Shoes*
If clothes make the man, then John McCain has it made. As Huffington Post noted in July, "He has worn a pair of $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes on every recent campaign stop - from a news conference with the Dalai Lama to a supermarket visit in Bethlehem, PA." It is altogether fitting that McCain wore the golden loafers during a golf outing with President George H.W. Bush in which he rode around in cart displaying the sign, "Property of Bush #41. Hands Off."


And so it goes. John McCain proclaims $5 million finally makes you rich. Meanwhile, ABC's Charlie Gibson thinks a $200,000 income makes you middle class. And his colleague Cokie Roberts claims Barack Obama's vacation to his home state of Hawaii was "exotic."

Posted by: "I can't remember how many houses I own, I'll have to check on that" - McCain | September 9, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

How can Americans trust a man who is disloyal to his own party -- when it suits his ambitions? John McCain was a big backer of Bush while it was popular. But now that Bush's failures are obvious, John McCain turns his back on his own party's President. He was overjoyed when he didn't have to invite Bush to speak at his convention. What kind of man is that? How can we trust someone who doesn't even have the guts to stand up for the party to which he has belonged for 23 years?

Posted by: gpbrown | September 9, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Well, it worked. McCain was trying to get attention from the media and dag-nab-it he done it! Let's face it folks - the only reasons that Palin is in is because of the drama and the fact that she's a woman. McCain gets a two-fer: some of Obama's coveted press and wayward Hillary supporters. I'm sorry, but this country's election process has long been a media circus. And due to the under-informed, and perhaps blissfully ignorant, the presidential election is nothing more than a popularity contest. I wish there was a solution to this problem. Any ideas?

Posted by: Press Release | September 9, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin's Logic: If you repeat it enough times it becomes true.

We've seen that before.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"Did Sarah Palin wrongfully push to have her ex-brother-in law fired? Was she really against the "Bridge to Nowhere?" Did she really sell Alaska's plane on eBay, or just list it on eBay? Did she actually have any substantial duties commanding the Alaska National Guard?

The correct answer to all these questions is: who cares? Which isn't to say these aren't valid questions, or that Palin and the McCain camp aren't playing it fast, loose, and coy with each of them. The point is that Palin, and the circus she's brought to town, are simply a bountiful collection of small lies deliberately designed to distract the country from one big truth: the havoc that George Bush and the Republican Party have wrought, and that John McCain is committed to continuing.

Every second of this campaign not spent talking about the Republican Party's record, and John McCain's role in that record, is a victory for John McCain.

Her critics like to say that Palin hasn't accomplished anything. I disagree: in the space of ten days she's succeeded in distracting the entire country from the horrific Bush record -- and McCain's complicity in it. My friends, that's accomplishment we can believe in.

Just look at the problem John McCain faced. George Bush has a disastrous record, and the country knows it. John McCain -- the current one, not the one who vanished eight years ago -- has no major disagreements with George Bush (and I'm sorry, wanting to fire Donald Rumsfeld a bit sooner doesn't qualify) and wants to continue his incredibly unpopular policies for another four years. The solution? Enter Sarah Palin, a Trojan Moose carrying four more years of disaster.

And the plan has worked beautifully. Just look at what's being discussed just 57 days before the election. Is it the highest unemployment rate in five years? The bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? The suicide bombing yesterday in Iraq that killed six people and wounded 54 -- in the same market where last month a bomb killed 28 people and wounded 72? That the political reconciliation that was supposedly the point of "the surge" is nowhere near happening? That Iraq's Shiite government is now rounding up the American-backed Sunni leaders of the Awakening? That the reason 8,000 soldiers may be leaving Iraq soon is so more can be deployed to Afghanistan where the Taliban is steadily retaking the country?

No. We're talking about whether Sarah Palin was or was not a good mayor, whether she was or was not a good mother, whether her skirts are too short and her zingers too sarcastic.

Contrary to what we're hearing 24/7 in the media, the next few weeks are not a test of Sarah Palin. The next few weeks are a test of Barack Obama.

He needs to dramatically redirect this election back to a discussion over the issues that really matter -- the issues that will impact the future of this country. A presidential campaign is a battle and this is the time for Obama to show some commander-in-chief skills. I'm not talking about calling Palin out for lying about his record and demeaning community organizing. I'm talking about grabbing the political debate by the throat. The country is already angry about what's happened over the last seven-plus years -- he shouldn't be afraid to give voice to that anger. Obama has spent years adopting a non-threatening persona; but he can't let his fear that appearing like an "angry Black man" (a stereotype not-too-subtly fueled by Fox News) will turn off swing voters keep him from channeling the disgust and outrage felt by so many voters --swing and otherwise.

McCain's team, in an effort to distract, is going to keep doing what they're doing -- diverting voters and the media with a tantalizing combination of personal trivia and small lies. It doesn't matter if they're caught in them -- in fact, all the better. Because they know there is no way in hell they can win if this election is about the big truth of the Bush years.

McCain's real running mate is George Bush and the failed policies of the Republican Party. Even if they are dressed up in a skirt, lipstick, and Tina Fey glasses."

Arianna Huffington

Posted by: Julie | September 9, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin 08 = The bridge to ABSOLUTELY nowhere! lol

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"Shall I remind you of the old joke, "what do you get when you assume?"

I said nothing about education. My point is that anyone with the audacity to stand on a soapbox and proclaim their superiority due to a degree and in IQ number is a complete buffoon.

And, despite your elite-minded self indulgent assumption, I have an undergrad degree, two grad degrees, and do just fine financially, so no, I will not be living off the government teet. But thanks for playing."

So I assumed that you didn't understand the definition of elitist. You don't. The president of the united states should be smarter then most Americans, therefore he should be and elitist. I assumed that you were an idiot because you did not understand that calling someone "elitist" is like calling someone "intellegent."

Posted by: Tim | September 9, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"And, despite your elite-minded self indulgent assumption, I have an undergrad degree, two grad degrees, and do just fine financially, so no, I will not be living off the government teet. But thanks for playing."

Uh, okay... You were saying about claiming superiority?

So, I must be living off the "government teet" by your reasoning?

I cannot make heads or tails of any of your arguments...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

In recent weeks, John McCain and the Republican party have blatantly and without any shame adopted the Democratic campaign theme of “change”. It should be evident to an objective observer that Bush 43 and now McCain and Pailin are mere puppets to the true Republican national party leaders who control their strings. Cheney is one of the few of that inner cabal that have been calling the shots since the Nixon administration. They are in fact a continuation of the Nixon and Ford presidencies with only a disruption during the Carter and Clinton years. Bush 41( Head of the RNC during Nixon,former head of the CIA,VP to Reagan, and president is probably the real leader of this political Cosa Nostra if not a equal partner of this power sharing musical chairs game. His right and left hands have been Dick Cheney(former Sec.of Defense of Bush 41, former White House Chief of staff for Ford) and the other is Donald Rumsfeld(former Sec. of Defense for Ford and Bush 43,former special envoy to the Middle East during Reagan). Another member of this group, more likely a captain if not a full blown boss himself is James Baker (former C.O.S of Reagan, former Under Sec. of Commerce for Ford, former C.O.S and Sec of State for Bush 41, former Sec. of Treasury for Reagan, former chief legal advisor to Bush 43). Another captain or free lance enforcer is Karl Rove a college drop out and campaign manager for both Bush 41 and 43, also for Phil Gram who is McCain’s economic advisor.
Lets look at McCain’s staff of change.
On July 2, 2008, Steve Schmidt was given "full operational control" of McCain's campaign. Steve Schmidt prior to this was a top aide to Dick Cheney and a protégé to Karl Rove. Another advisor is Charles R. Black worked for Ronald Reagan's two Presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 and he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 re-election campaign of George H.W. Bush. Another advisor is Randy Scheunemann. He was project director for the Project for the New American Century. A neo-conservative think tank founded by non other than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol and others in 1996. Other signatories to this group reads like a who’s who of the last 8 years of the republican administration. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_American_Century.
These people have never cared about small town america or “values” All they care about is war profiteering. Many of the signatories have never served in the military. Cheney and Rove both dodged the draft. Look at the statement of principles by the PNAC. Rumsfeld was a good friend of Saddam Huessin in the 80’s Cheney didn’t want Nelson Mandela free. These are the real puppet masters, they throw out the talking points about the left of being elitist and not caring about middle america and these same guys other than Rove have advanced degrees and are worth no less than 10 million dollars. People who support them need to extricate their heads out of Limbaugh and Hannity’s asses and see what is really happening to them. McCain is not his own man he confuses stories of his real life with a book he read “The Gulag Archipelago", in which a fellow prisoner - not a guard - silently drew a cross in the dirt with a stick.” An ironic twist to all this is Eliot A. Cohen, a signatory to the PNAC "Statement of Principles", responded in The Washington Post: "There is no evidence that generals as a class make wiser national security policymakers than civilians. George C. Marshall, our greatest soldier statesman after George Washington, opposed shipping arms to Britain in 1940. His boss, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with nary a day in uniform, thought otherwise. Whose judgment looks better?"[
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2581086/John-McCain-accused-of-plagiarising-Wikipedia-for-speeches.html. Even if you don’t like Obama there is no-way a sane person can want this continued blatant fleecing of our Nation.

Thes are all verifiable facts and can be found just with a google search and wikipedia.

Other than the ultra affluent, how can anyone support the Republican party? When will small town America realize that they are being duped into supporting the ultra-affluent agenda. The talking points of the right are so hypocritical that it becomes laughable. The red meat of the right is the so called Main stream Media as if Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. are not part of it. They demean celebrity status, however they tout one of their greatest presidents(Reagan) was an actor. They say they are the party of patriotism, yet many of the upper echelon of the party have never served, i.e. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Baker, Reagan. They say that they care about "Main Street" USA but only bail out the Whales of Wall Street. Yet small town America eat this tripe every year. They don't care about relgion unless it can be used to stir up the base, nor science or technology unless there is a buck to be made. Small town America takes pride on its freedom but yet don't realize that over time we are becoming less free, ie wire tapping and other forms of domestic survelliance. They demean people of intelligence because they know many people of small town America don't have degrees and use it at a fake issue and call people who spent time in academia as elitist when many on the right serve on university boards and have part-time professorships. They say they are against affirmitive action but yet celebrate mediocrity, Bush43 and McCain graduating at the bottom of their classes. Who both came from already well established families and had all the opportunities and connections to excel. Why does small town America believes this is the party for them? Christian conservatives seem to the be the first ones who want to go to war and bomb someone before any diplomacy is tried. Why can't small town America and Christian conservatives realize they are being used as pawns just as much the Islamic fundamentalist are. Islamic fundamentalist come from small town Middle East and given the same kind of talking points as the evangalicals. They want prayer in school, no choice available to women, and believe to the core that their ideas about worship and country are the best. Wake up small town America you are being duped.

Talking about who is more patriotic, symbols, and wearing pins are nothing more than distractions to the real issue of how a few select group of people have held power almost continously for over 30 years. Yes the left has thier own political power groups but none have been so effective at pushing forward an agenda that is fundamentally bad for the U.S. and in a larger view the entire world. I stress again the now defunct PNAC and the AIPAC have been slowly pushing us closer to another World War. Bush41 and et al have been doing this and no one calls them on it. Every Republican admistration has basically the same people recycled since Nixon. Just do a little research and you will see that these people are just pushing this agenda of some kind of Pax Americana and not taking into account that maybe other nations of the world might not like that and if not bomb them.
Many people who support the Republican party, really need to read "1984" by George Orwell and see how we as nation have been inching closer to that type of society. People think this story is about a communist society, but it is more about how a society is kept in a constant state of fear in order for the ruling class to stay in control. Doublespeak, patriotism to the point of frenzy, censhorship, erosion of civil liberties (not respecting the constitution) is happening right in front of us. The cosilidation of government (the executive branch has never been more powerful than ever). No real independent journalism. Cameras on street corners. This may sound like delusional conspiracy stuff, but I implore people to research for themselves to really see what is happening to them. People think this could never happen here in the U.S. but all this has already happening, slowly, icrementally all under the guise of "keeping America safe"

I posted thes comments on other political blogs and I send them to you to use them or do with them as you please. I truly hope that Senator Obama will be able to stem this tide of facism and break this cycle of fear that has beem slowly eroding the American dream.

Posted by: IronComments | September 9, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

In recent weeks, John McCain and the Republican party have blatantly and without any shame adopted the Democratic campaign theme of “change”. It should be evident to an objective observer that Bush 43 and now McCain and Pailin are mere puppets to the true Republican national party leaders who control their strings. Cheney is one of the few of that inner cabal that have been calling the shots since the Nixon administration. They are in fact a continuation of the Nixon and Ford presidencies with only a disruption during the Carter and Clinton years. Bush 41( Head of the RNC during Nixon,former head of the CIA,VP to Reagan, and president is probably the real leader of this political Cosa Nostra if not a equal partner of this power sharing musical chairs game. His right and left hands have been Dick Cheney(former Sec.of Defense of Bush 41, former White House Chief of staff for Ford) and the other is Donald Rumsfeld(former Sec. of Defense for Ford and Bush 43,former special envoy to the Middle East during Reagan). Another member of this group, more likely a captain if not a full blown boss himself is James Baker (former C.O.S of Reagan, former Under Sec. of Commerce for Ford, former C.O.S and Sec of State for Bush 41, former Sec. of Treasury for Reagan, former chief legal advisor to Bush 43). Another captain or free lance enforcer is Karl Rove a college drop out and campaign manager for both Bush 41 and 43, also for Phil Gram who is McCain’s economic advisor.
Lets look at McCain’s staff of change.
On July 2, 2008, Steve Schmidt was given "full operational control" of McCain's campaign. Steve Schmidt prior to this was a top aide to Dick Cheney and a protégé to Karl Rove. Another advisor is Charles R. Black worked for Ronald Reagan's two Presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 and he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 re-election campaign of George H.W. Bush. Another advisor is Randy Scheunemann. He was project director for the Project for the New American Century. A neo-conservative think tank founded by non other than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol and others in 1996. Other signatories to this group reads like a who’s who of the last 8 years of the republican administration. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_American_Century.
These people have never cared about small town america or “values” All they care about is war profiteering. Many of the signatories have never served in the military. Cheney and Rove both dodged the draft. Look at the statement of principles by the PNAC. Rumsfeld was a good friend of Saddam Huessin in the 80’s Cheney didn’t want Nelson Mandela free. These are the real puppet masters, they throw out the talking points about the left of being elitist and not caring about middle america and these same guys other than Rove have advanced degrees and are worth no less than 10 million dollars. People who support them need to extricate their heads out of Limbaugh and Hannity’s asses and see what is really happening to them. McCain is not his own man he confuses stories of his real life with a book he read “The Gulag Archipelago", in which a fellow prisoner - not a guard - silently drew a cross in the dirt with a stick.” An ironic twist to all this is Eliot A. Cohen, a signatory to the PNAC "Statement of Principles", responded in The Washington Post: "There is no evidence that generals as a class make wiser national security policymakers than civilians. George C. Marshall, our greatest soldier statesman after George Washington, opposed shipping arms to Britain in 1940. His boss, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with nary a day in uniform, thought otherwise. Whose judgment looks better?"[
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2581086/John-McCain-accused-of-plagiarising-Wikipedia-for-speeches.html. Even if you don’t like Obama there is no-way a sane person can want this continued blatant fleecing of our Nation.

Thes are all verifiable facts and can be found just with a google search and wikipedia.

Other than the ultra affluent, how can anyone support the Republican party? When will small town America realize that they are being duped into supporting the ultra-affluent agenda. The talking points of the right are so hypocritical that it becomes laughable. The red meat of the right is the so called Main stream Media as if Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. are not part of it. They demean celebrity status, however they tout one of their greatest presidents(Reagan) was an actor. They say they are the party of patriotism, yet many of the upper echelon of the party have never served, i.e. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Baker, Reagan. They say that they care about "Main Street" USA but only bail out the Whales of Wall Street. Yet small town America eat this tripe every year. They don't care about relgion unless it can be used to stir up the base, nor science or technology unless there is a buck to be made. Small town America takes pride on its freedom but yet don't realize that over time we are becoming less free, ie wire tapping and other forms of domestic survelliance. They demean people of intelligence because they know many people of small town America don't have degrees and use it at a fake issue and call people who spent time in academia as elitist when many on the right serve on university boards and have part-time professorships. They say they are against affirmitive action but yet celebrate mediocrity, Bush43 and McCain graduating at the bottom of their classes. Who both came from already well established families and had all the opportunities and connections to excel. Why does small town America believes this is the party for them? Christian conservatives seem to the be the first ones who want to go to war and bomb someone before any diplomacy is tried. Why can't small town America and Christian conservatives realize they are being used as pawns just as much the Islamic fundamentalist are. Islamic fundamentalist come from small town Middle East and given the same kind of talking points as the evangalicals. They want prayer in school, no choice available to women, and believe to the core that their ideas about worship and country are the best. Wake up small town America you are being duped.

Talking about who is more patriotic, symbols, and wearing pins are nothing more than distractions to the real issue of how a few select group of people have held power almost continously for over 30 years. Yes the left has thier own political power groups but none have been so effective at pushing forward an agenda that is fundamentally bad for the U.S. and in a larger view the entire world. I stress again the now defunct PNAC and the AIPAC have been slowly pushing us closer to another World War. Bush41 and et al have been doing this and no one calls them on it. Every Republican admistration has basically the same people recycled since Nixon. Just do a little research and you will see that these people are just pushing this agenda of some kind of Pax Americana and not taking into account that maybe other nations of the world might not like that and if not bomb them.
Many people who support the Republican party, really need to read "1984" by George Orwell and see how we as nation have been inching closer to that type of society. People think this story is about a communist society, but it is more about how a society is kept in a constant state of fear in order for the ruling class to stay in control. Doublespeak, patriotism to the point of frenzy, censhorship, erosion of civil liberties (not respecting the constitution) is happening right in front of us. The cosilidation of government (the executive branch has never been more powerful than ever). No real independent journalism. Cameras on street corners. This may sound like delusional conspiracy stuff, but I implore people to research for themselves to really see what is happening to them. People think this could never happen here in the U.S. but all this has already happening, slowly, icrementally all under the guise of "keeping America safe"

I posted thes comments on other political blogs and I send them to you to use them or do with them as you please. I truly hope that Senator Obama will be able to stem this tide of facism and break this cycle of fear that has beem slowly eroding the American dream.

Posted by: IronComments | September 9, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Frank.....you are so corecto!!! In the hisory of the United States there have only been white Presidents, some okay and some not so okay. We have just witnessed a REAL DUMB white President for the past eight years! My God, the U.S.A. is a laughing pot to the entire World. We have been recognized as being one of the dumbest countries. When GWB won, the world was quoted as saying "One thing is clear, 51% of America is dumb (those who voted the jackass$ in office again) and 49% was smart (those who didn't vote the retarded idiot back into office)!

FACT: CAN'T BLAME THE BLACK MAN FOR SCREWING UP THE COUNTRY...BUT IT WILL DEFINITELY TAKE A BLACK MAN TO FIX THE SCREWED UP COUNTRY.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin IS the bridge to nowhere!

Posted by: Ben | September 9, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

This is a bridge to a non-story. If it were a story I would be all over it. But there are so many other scandals that we could be talking about when it comes to Sarah Palin. A possible Affair, Trooper Gate http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Go to www.gregpalast.com to stop the Karl Rove voter disenfranchisement that stole the last two presidential elections.

It's happening again.

"In swing-state Colorado, the Republican Secretary of State conducted the biggest purge of voters in history, dumping a fifth of all registrations. Guess their color.

In swing-state Florida, the state is refusing to accept about 85,000 new registrations from voter drives – overwhelming Black voters.

In swing state New Mexico, HALF of the Democrats of Mora, a dirt poor and overwhelmingly Hispanic county, found their registrations disappeared this year, courtesy of a Republican voting contractor.

In swing states Ohio and Nevada, new federal law is knocking out tens of thousands of voters who lost their homes to foreclosure.


My investigations partner spoke directly to Barack Obama about it. (When your partner is Robert F. Kennedy Jr., candidates take your phone call.) The cool, cool Senator Obama told Kennedy he was “concerned” about the integrity of the vote in the Southwest in particular.

He’s concerned. I’m sweating.

It’s time SOMEBODY raised the alarm about these missing voters; not to save Obama’s candidacy – journalists should stay the heck away from partisan endorsements - but raise the alarm to save our sick democracy."

Not this time. Get involved.

Posted by: Tim | September 9, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Who claimed superiority?

Someone suggested I had a low IQ. I simply stated the facts...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

ALASKA STILL GOT THE MONEY...

The damage was done, no matter how you try to spin it. They STILL got the earmark. How is that reform?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"LOL....and dems can't figure out why some observe Obama to be an elitist. You certainly would never know it to listen to the claims of his minions."

Ok so elite means educated right?

And education is...bad?

Another reason why Obama needs to step in and fix the school system. Why is it cool to be stupid?

You can be stupid and cool, I'll be educated rich, and I'll help you dispite your coolness and hate towards me. That is called, "being the better man."

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Shall I remind you of the old joke, "what do you get when you assume?"

I said nothing about education. My point is that anyone with the audacity to stand on a soapbox and proclaim their superiority due to a degree and in IQ number is a complete buffoon.

And, despite your elite-minded self indulgent assumption, I have an undergrad degree, two grad degrees, and do just fine financially, so no, I will not be living off the government teet. But thanks for playing.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

So McCain and Palin are concerned about wasteful spending all of the sudden? Then why has McCain been so gungho on the Iraq quagmire that had nothing to do with 9/11 or WMD and everything to do with shoveling our tax dollars to Republican-connected defense contractors and serving the interests of oil companies (that are currently gouging us at the pump -- Obama would put a windfall tax on that)?

The Iraq occupation represents more than $500 billion in wasted taxpayer money, and will be into the trillions when all the damage is accounted for. And Palin could care less about the waste as well, since she thinks Iraq is a "task from God" (direct quote).

Obama, however, put country first when he raised his voice about this collosal strategic blunder and outright criminal act -- back before it started when it was unpopular to do so, on October 2, 2002.

Posted by: Joe | September 9, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

You guys are too much. There is no bridge. "It was never built. Who cares if she once supported it or not. In the end, she killed it. That's all that really matters, that in the end she did the right thing. If this kind of crap is the biggest bullets the dems have in their gun, well, you guys better settle in for a looooooong and disappointing election night. Your not going to bring down Palin with stupid cries of hypocrisy."

PLEASE ARGUE THIS LOGIC, I WANT TO GET A LAUGH:

Palin succeded in stopping the "bridge to nowhere," by failing to get the funds to build it.

Just like:

Hitler succeded in stopping the nazi's in WWII, by failing to defend Normandy.

Just like:

John McCain saved the lives of Vietnamese children, by crashing his plane before he could drop the bombs.

Posted by: Tim | September 9, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

FACTS: THE ONE THING WE CAN'T DO IS BLAME A BLACK PRESIDENT FOR RUINNING THIS COUNTRY.

Posted by: FRANK | September 9, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"LOL....and dems can't figure out why some observe Obama to be an elitist. You certainly would never know it to listen to the claims of his minions."

Look what we got with the last C student President....

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"LOL....and dems can't figure out why some observe Obama to be an elitist. You certainly would never know it to listen to the claims of his minions."

Ok so elite means educated right?

And education is...bad?

Another reason why Obama needs to step in and fix the school system. Why is it cool to be stupid?

You can be stupid and cool, I'll be educated rich, and I'll help you dispite your coolness and hate towards me. That is called, "being the better man."

Posted by: Tim | September 9, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"LOL....and dems can't figure out why some observe Obama to be an elitist. You certainly would never know it to listen to the claims of his minions."

Ok so elite means educated right?

And education is...bad?

Another reason why Obama needs to step in and fix the school system. Why is it cool to be stupid?

You can be stupid and cool, I'll be educated rich, and I'll help you dispite your coolness and hate towards me. That is called, "being the better man."

Posted by: Tim | September 9, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

You guys are too much. There is no bridge. It was never built. Who cares if she once supported it or not. In the end, she killed it. That's all that really matters, that in the end she did the right thing. If this kind of crap is the biggest bullets the dems have in their gun, well, you guys better settle in for a looooooong and disappointing election night. Your not going to bring down Palin with stupid cries of hypocrisy.

Posted by: nevermind | September 9, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Interesting, I have seen Palin twice on TV today and heard her repeat the line regarding the bridge "Thanks but no thanks" This used to be a big applause line. It was almost silent at both events when she said it. People are getting the message and no it is BS. I hope Obama's people are noticing this and keep pounding Mccain and Palin on their lies. It is getting through even to the republicans.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama wants to spend, spend, spend. Read his answers to questions, his plans. Every answer he gives is about creating a government entity or increasing funding. Where is all of the money for this going to come from? His socialist leaning...government controls all ideals & ideas are not for me. I personally don't want to foot the bill for people who are too lazy to work (most of the welfare folks out there) anymore. Do you really want going to the doctors office to be an experience like the DMV? Crazy, just absolute insanity. We don't need more government programs that allow people to be dependent & irresponsible, what we need is a government that encourages individual responsibility.

Posted by: repudiate | September 9, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

On the other hand, I am voting for Obama because he seems to think rationally. AT least he doesn't lie to get my vote, and when he realizes he made a mistake he is responsible enough to try and correct it.

And examples of Obama's "rational thinking" would be??

And I am even more curious to see examples of Obama owning up to a mistake. That appears to be one of the toughest things for him to do. He can be shown that he is blatantly wrong and will not admit it.

As far as telling lies to get votes, they all do it. If you doubt me, please refer to www.factcheck.org.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Two heads of the same corporate funded snake.
Plenty of reasons to vote Nader, at least he won't lie to maintain / attain office.
Vote Sanity, Vote Nader.

Posted by: dairyworms | September 9, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse


"I’m guessing it was excessive exposure to either radiation or George Bush, but Senator John McCain’s comments from inside a nuclear power plant in Michigan are so cracked-brained that I fear some loose gamma rays are doing to McCain’s gray matter what they did to Homer Simpson’s.

On Tuesday, the presumptive Republican candidate descended into the colon of a nuke to declare we need to build 45 new nuclear plants - that this is the way out of our energy crisis. Nuclear power, declared the senator, is a “safe, efficient [and] inexpensive” alternative to oil.


Really? We can argue all day about whether nuclear plants are safe (they aren’t –period). But there can be no argument whatsoever that these giant radioactive tea-kettles are breathtakingly expensive.

Nuclear plants are cheap until you actually try to build one. Not one of the last 49 nuclear plants cost less than $2 billion apiece. I’m looking down the road at the remainders of the Shoreham nuclear plant which took nearly 20 years to build at a cost of $8 billion – or close to $7,000 per customer it was supposed to supply. When I say “supposed to,” it was closed for safety reasons after operating just one single day.

We’re told that the new generation of plants will be different. Just like an alcoholic child-beater, the nuclear plant builders promise us that, “This time it will be different.” Sure. And McCain believes them.

I don’t. Maybe that’s because I headed the government racketeering investigation of the Shoreham nuclear plant’s builders. Stone & Webster Engineering and its partner paid hundreds of millions of dollars to settle the civil racketeering claim over the evidence we found of fraud and perjury. Now Stone & Webster (a division of Shaw Group Inc.) will cash in big-time under Plan McCain.

The other big builder which will hit the jackpot under the McCain scheme is KBR, the one-time subsidiary of Halliburton, whose best known project is the rebuilding of Iraq. (Halliburton dumped KBR last year. Can’t blame them.) KBR has built many nukes –not one within a mile of its promised cost.

But that doesn’t bother McCain. So who is McCain getting his energy advice from? I’m looking at a photo of the perplexed senator inside the control room, looking like Homer without a donut, getting a lecture on the wonders of nuclear energy from a power company CEO, one Tony Early. Early is the former President of LILCO, the very corporation the Feds and State of New York charged with civil racketeering. (We did not name Early as a co-conspirator. When the government got him on the witness stand, it was clear the guy was too clueless to recognize he was in the midst of a billion-dollar swindle. McCain’s got quite some team.)

McCain’s ready to spend a hundred billion dollars on nuclear power, no questions asked. But Barack Obama puts a crucial condition on his approval for building new nukes: an affordable method of disposing the new plants’ radioactive waste.

That’s not small stuff. While The New York Times reporters following McCain repeated his line about “inexpensive” nuclear power without question, a buried wire story on the same day noted that the Energy Department is putting the unfunded bill for disposing nuclear plant waste at $96.2 billion – nearly a billion dollars per plant operating today. And no one even knows exactly how to do it, or where. Obama has the audacity to ask about the nuclear waste’s cost. “Can we deal with the expense?” he said on Meet the Press.

McCain’s plan to spend endless billions on nuclear plants without a waste disposal system in place is like building a massive hotel without toilets. D'oh! I suppose you can always tell the guests to poop in buckets until someone comes up with a plan for plumbing. But the stuff piles up. And unlike the fecal droppings of tourists, nuclear waste will stay hot and dangerous for a thousand generations.

So there you have our election in a nutshell. We have two candidates who rise above their parties - only to agree on a ludicrous pro-nukes energy plan.

But at least Senator Obama, when confronted with an economic question, doesn’t have to take off his shoes to add up the facts.

www.gregpalast.com


Posted by: Sara | September 9, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

"My IQ is 165 and I have a college degree.

Funny that the more educated tend to be more liberal, huh? Wonder why that is?"

My IQ is 160 and I have a engineering degree. I firmly stay Independent because I belive all politicians are shady.

On the other hand, I am voting for Obama because he seems to think rationally. AT least he doesn't lie to get my vote, and when he realizes he made a mistake he is responsible enough to try and correct it.

Posted by: Tim | September 9, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I have voted with old Georgie Boy...that is the current retard, idiot of a Prez, Georgie Boy Bushie 90% of the time, I voted against more money and help for the vets, although I cried like a coward chicken during the Vietnam war and wear my fake arse earned stars on my chest because I know that there are a lot of dumb, uneducated, gun toting rednecks that will believe anything I say because they want to blame minority groups for their failures and poor living and moral standards. I voted against universal healthcare, I LOVE lobbyist, as a matter of fact I sleep with them every chance that I get. I don't have much morals, I was able to get rid of that old cripple wife waiting for me when I returned my coward arse back from the war so that I could marry my current clueless, dried up tomato, but rich c$unt! I love spending her money..she has many problems, specifically stealing and drugs....but I was able to successfully sweep that under the rug and the news media knows not to p$iss me off and report any of this crap...they better stay on Obama and continue to give me an my new c$unt, Sarah a free ride! By the way, I can't wait to do Sarah, you know she is an undercover freak who cheats on her husband with his best friend whose wife later divorced him. Well back to the issues, or lack thereof, I love war and look forward to killing another 4,000 or more soldiers in a useless war, just so long as me and my rich cronies...the rethuglican base continues to make millions with the big oil companies. You know something...hmmm...I don't think that most of my redneck base even know what a lobbyist really is! Well, I could care less about clean air, hell$ I voted against that bill every chance I got. Plus Sarah, said that God is in charge of the climate and he is the reason why the Jews keep getting murdered because God has a vendetta against them. You know something I like throwing religion into this politics thing cause religious folks (well the evangelicals - (redneck religion folk) can't seperate the church from the government...Well I am John McCain and I approve this message. Hey isn't that what I am suppose to say...You's didn't give me my memory medicine....I thought you's were going to wait till I became the president to declare me senile so that Sarah could step in....well anyway, I'm signing off now....Bomb, Bomb, Bomb away!!!
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This is hilarious! I can't stop cracking up!! ROFLMAO!!!

Posted by: John McCain | September 9, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"Has any member of Obama's News Media Fan Club EVER asked the Messiah what exactly is a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER and HOW does that even remotely qualify anyone for President of the United States. Oh, and what about the 143 days the Messiah actually showed up at The Senate in the 3 SHORT YEARS he has been there! GIVE ME A BREAK, this guy isn't qualified to be an Assistant Public Defender in Chicago's night court!!"

Community Organizers = stupid people who are try to improve their neighborhoods and the well being of the members of their community. See also "elitists"...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

My IQ is 165 and I have a college degree.

Funny that the more educated tend to be more liberal, huh? Wonder why that is?


LOL....and dems can't figure out why some observe Obama to be an elitist. You certainly would never know it to listen to the claims of his minions.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Contrary to the headline, she isn't "defending" her claim, she's simply repeating it -- and repeating it -- and repeating it. I guess she, too, subscribes to the Karl Rove principle that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will start to believe it. -- Or she wants to play 'victim' when the press and others keep repeating, as they must, "that's a lie." --- Sickening! -- Questions I'd like to see her asked: "Gov. Palin, when you say that you said 'thanks, but no thanks' when Congress voted money for the Bridge to Nowhere, does that mean that Alaska never received the actual money or that you returned it?" The true answer, of course, is: "Alaska received it and when I decided we wouldn't use it for the Bridge (because mean old Congress wouldn't give us more, actually wanted US Alsakans to pay for part of it!), we kept the money and spent it for other things. Well, we were going to have to return some of it because it had to be used for a road leading to the bridge but of course we wouldn't want to return anything to the Federal taxpayers, so we went ahead and built the road ..... it just goes to an empty beach, but by gum that money stayed in Alaska." ---- Sickening!! Both that John McCain, whom I'd always admired, would select her and that America might elect them.

Posted by: Elizabeth | September 9, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Ok so perhaps Palin spun her stance on Alaska's infamous bridge. is anybody surprised by politicians' spin? BUT, does no one see the flaw in character this issue brings to light? a mayor who supports this earmark then goes on to oppose it once she gains executive power? Can you trust someone who changes their stance based on relative political power? It appears that George Bush has renovated Nixon's Alamo with McCain/Palin playing the part of Davey Crockett.

Posted by: RadicalIndependent | September 9, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Do you know what they spent it on? They built a road to no where, as well as a road to some property owned by Ted Stevens. that had no access. Do your research, it is as big a joke as the bridge was.

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One must remember that Sarah Palin was governor of Alaska at the time that this bridge was to be funded. As governor she actually did her job which is to secure funding for any infrastructure for her state. When the bridge was not built and the funding continued that was a big windfall for the state. What a deal for them a bunch of money and the ability to put it to use where it was needed most. Maybe she should of offered to send the money back but why, they did not ask for it. She did her job well for Alaskan interest by getting money to build stuff they need. If you really dig into this you might find that some congressman owned property on this island and wanted to develop it for profit at tax payers expense. This has happened before and will again.

Posted by: Richard | September 9, 2008 3:50 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye America!!! The once Great Nation is going down the Drain if this numb nut (McCain) gets in office, what the f#ck is this world coming to, and people will still vote for him, I dont get it America my own people f#cking this country up.
Why?...Why?!?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2kyXN4ZVQg

Posted by: astral99 | September 9, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"Did Sarah Palin wrongfully push to have her ex-brother-in law fired? Was she really against the "Bridge to Nowhere?" Did she really sell Alaska's plane on eBay, or just list it on eBay? Did she actually have any substantial duties commanding the Alaska National Guard?

The correct answer to all these questions is: who cares? Which isn't to say these aren't valid questions, or that Palin and the McCain camp aren't playing it fast, loose, and coy with each of them. The point is that Palin, and the circus she's brought to town, are simply a bountiful collection of small lies deliberately designed to distract the country from one big truth: the havoc that George Bush and the Republican Party have wrought, and that John McCain is committed to continuing.

Every second of this campaign not spent talking about the Republican Party's record, and John McCain's role in that record, is a victory for John McCain.

Her critics like to say that Palin hasn't accomplished anything. I disagree: in the space of ten days she's succeeded in distracting the entire country from the horrific Bush record -- and McCain's complicity in it. My friends, that's accomplishment we can believe in.

Just look at the problem John McCain faced. George Bush has a disastrous record, and the country knows it. John McCain -- the current one, not the one who vanished eight years ago -- has no major disagreements with George Bush (and I'm sorry, wanting to fire Donald Rumsfeld a bit sooner doesn't qualify) and wants to continue his incredibly unpopular policies for another four years. The solution? Enter Sarah Palin, a Trojan Moose carrying four more years of disaster.

And the plan has worked beautifully. Just look at what's being discussed just 57 days before the election. Is it the highest unemployment rate in five years? The bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? The suicide bombing yesterday in Iraq that killed six people and wounded 54 -- in the same market where last month a bomb killed 28 people and wounded 72? That the political reconciliation that was supposedly the point of "the surge" is nowhere near happening? That Iraq's Shiite government is now rounding up the American-backed Sunni leaders of the Awakening? That the reason 8,000 soldiers may be leaving Iraq soon is so more can be deployed to Afghanistan where the Taliban is steadily retaking the country?

No. We're talking about whether Sarah Palin was or was not a good mayor, whether she was or was not a good mother, whether her skirts are too short and her zingers too sarcastic.

Contrary to what we're hearing 24/7 in the media, the next few weeks are not a test of Sarah Palin. The next few weeks are a test of Barack Obama.

He needs to dramatically redirect this election back to a discussion over the issues that really matter -- the issues that will impact the future of this country. A presidential campaign is a battle and this is the time for Obama to show some commander-in-chief skills. I'm not talking about calling Palin out for lying about his record and demeaning community organizing. I'm talking about grabbing the political debate by the throat. The country is already angry about what's happened over the last seven-plus years -- he shouldn't be afraid to give voice to that anger. Obama has spent years adopting a non-threatening persona; but he can't let his fear that appearing like an "angry Black man" (a stereotype not-too-subtly fueled by Fox News) will turn off swing voters keep him from channeling the disgust and outrage felt by so many voters --swing and otherwise.

McCain's team, in an effort to distract, is going to keep doing what they're doing -- diverting voters and the media with a tantalizing combination of personal trivia and small lies. It doesn't matter if they're caught in them -- in fact, all the better. Because they know there is no way in hell they can win if this election is about the big truth of the Bush years.

McCain's real running mate is George Bush and the failed policies of the Republican Party. Even if they are dressed up in a skirt, lipstick, and Tina Fey glasses."

Arianna Huffington

Posted by: Julie | September 9, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin -- Finally bringing Sweet Puss[y] to the White House after 232 years! Way to John! You will be rewarded!

Posted by: Sarah'sCuuntEater | September 9, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

You don't know? That who that guy was who brought you sandwich this morning by your cardboard box and will help you find a job.

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Has any member of Obama's News Media Fan Club EVER asked the Messiah what exactly is a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER and HOW does that even remotely qualify anyone for President of the United States. Oh, and what about the 143 days the Messiah actually showed up at The Senate in the 3 SHORT YEARS he has been there! GIVE ME A BREAK, this guy isn't qualified to be an Assistant Public Defender in Chicago's night court!!

Posted by: Boca Bob | September 9, 2008 1:39 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

CONGRATULATE America!
Today
1/4 are racists
1/4 are stupid
1/4 are shameless
1/4 are liar

Only one God left (Obama)
and bunch of doG left (extreme liberals)

Posted by: jy2008 | September 9, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Palin supported the 'Bridge To Nowhere.' She is on public record as stating her support for it. There are also pictures of her in a 'Build the Bridge' T-shirt.

After it became politically inconvenient to support the bridge, she used the 'bridge to nowhere' money for other pork barrel spending in Alaska.

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

On Sunday, McClatchy Newspapers published a story on Sen. John McCain's oft-discussed temper, detailing one incident in which McCain allegedly pushed a woman in a wheelchair.

According to McClatchy's report, in 1996, McCain was met in the Senate office halls by a group of family members of POW-MIAs who had been pressing him to pursue more information on their relatives.

Six people present have written statements describing what they saw. According to the accounts, McCain waved his hand to shoo away Jeannette Jenkins, whose cousin was last seen in South Vietnam in 1970, causing her to hit a wall.

As McCain continued walking, Jane Duke Gaylor, the mother of another missing serviceman, approached the senator. Gaylor, in a wheelchair equipped with portable oxygen, stretched her arms toward McCain.

"McCain stopped, glared at her, raised his left arm ready to strike her, composed himself and pushed the wheelchair away from him," according to Eleanor Apodaca, the sister of an Air Force captain missing since 1967.

McCain's staff wouldn't respond to requests for comment about specific incidents.

McCain's hot-streak is a legitimate campaign issue that should dissuade voters from electing him commander in chief.

"Just listen to what some of his Republican friends have said about him," "Thad Cochran, a Republican conservative senator from Mississippi says the thought of John McCain in the White House sends cold chills down his spine.

Posted by: Horace | September 9, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

One must remember that Sarah Palin was governor of Alaska at the time that this bridge was to be funded. As governor she actually did her job which is to secure funding for any infrastructure for her state. When the bridge was not built and the funding continued that was a big windfall for the state. What a deal for them a bunch of money and the ability to put it to use where it was needed most. Maybe she should of offered to send the money back but why, they did not ask for it. She did her job well for Alaskan interest by getting money to build stuff they need. If you really dig into this you might find that some congressman owned property on this island and wanted to develop it for profit at tax payers expense. This has happened before and will again.

Posted by: Richard | September 9, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

My IQ is 165 and I have a college degree.

Funny that the more educated tend to be more liberal, huh? Wonder why that is?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin continues to lie about the Bridge to Nowhere, that's why people are calling her out on it, not because of some liberal left-wing media conspiracy.

When she ran for Governor of Alaska she supported the congressional earmarks set aside for the Bridge to Nowhere, then, when it became a political liability, she turned around and said she was against it. That's the facts.

In addition she kept the money that was earmarked for the Bridge to Nowhere and spent it on other projects in Alaska.

So when she says "I told Congress thanks but no thanks for that bridge to nowhere up in Alaska" she is stretching the truth, and at worst, telling an outright lie.

Best think twice, Instant Karma's gonna get you Sarah honey.

Posted by: Fact Checker, Ohio | September 9, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Can you picture those friggin redneck Hillbillies in the whitehouse! Sarah doing McCain in between diaper changes! Cindy doing the republican Senators, Levi doing meth and smack while sleeping with Bristols little sister! Hell$, he might even sleep with the little retarded one!

Posted by: Bristol | September 9, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Managerial and Leadership is listed all over the requiremnts..Get your facts straight. Dude.

Posted by: rottnkid | September 9, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

She didn't have to "return the money". Earmarked money is already allocated money. When it's "earmarked", it means that allocated money is tagged for a special purpose. So the money was already in the federal budget for some road or highway purpose probably, just in general funds when it was "earmarked" for that particular bridge.

This whole debate is ridiculous. By the time the money was delivered, it was obvious that we had reached the top of what some people were calling a "real estate bubble" and that oil prices were rising. It was obvious that we were headed for some financial troubles.

Something that might have been something she mentioned support for while on the trail in 2005 (she didn't do anything to fight for the bridge money), can very quickly turn into something that is too wasteful a year and a half later when the project is funded and the economy is headed to a crash.

Anyways, in going from a local-stage politician to a national-stage politician, professionals grow in their perspective and mature in their awareness of the national impact of their local programs. Sarah Palin would be an idiot if she underwent no opinion changes regarding every single national budget item, as she moved from local state money as a major to national funding and international agreements as a governor.

If Obama had any real responsibility on his record, you would see similar developmental changes.

Only in a person who never really takes stands, and doesn't own the decision-making made around them as they rise, do you no evolution of their positions.

The fact that Obama voted "present" 130 times as a state senator, so as to avoid (as he claims) taking stands on votes that would be controversial, shows that he was consciously maintaining professional "grey areas" so he wouldn't be held responsible for positions he wanted to take.

As an executive, Sarah Palin HAD to take positions, and not choose to just be "present" on issues.

That is why her experience is more relevant than Obama's, and why a state senator's experience is so much less qualifying than a local or state executive's experience. She wasn't just "present" -- she was the decider and the maker or unmaker of events.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 9, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Has any member of Obama's News Media Fan Club EVER asked the Messiah what exactly is a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER and HOW does that even remotely qualify anyone for President of the United States. Oh, and what about the 143 days the Messiah actually showed up at The Senate in the 3 SHORT YEARS he has been there! GIVE ME A BREAK, this guy isn't qualified to be an Assistant Public Defender in Chicago's night court!!

Posted by: Boca Bob | September 9, 2008 1:39 PM

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This is what is is dumb arse:

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The Organizer will engage diverse groups of those who live and/or work in the neighborhoods to:
# Identify and engage community leaders and build necessary leadership skills
# Identify neighborhood level-issues of interest and concern
# Identify and strengthen existing assets and resources
# Develop a shared understanding of and a plan to address the social, environmental, economic, and behavioral factors and policies that influence health

This position is responsible for assisting the coordinator and manager in:
# Planning and implementing community engagement activities that may include door-to-door, one-on-one meetings, literature drops, neighborhood canvassing; school PTO involvement, neighborhood association outreach; coalition-building among various stakeholders
# Training community leaders to assist in the activities listed above.
# Establishing and maintaining effective mechanisms, including a geographic database system, for collecting and sharing information and relationships that are developed through organizing activities.

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# Assist with community outreach aimed at discovering community assets, strengths and resources, both at the individual and institutional levels
# Assist with development of an implementation plan and scripting to effectively conduct community outreach
# Assist with training community leaders to gather data, conduct outreach
# Conduct door-to-door, business-to-business, agency-to-agency and elected official outreach, with partners, according to the implementation plan and strategic directives of SJCH programs


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# Enter data in a user-friendly GIS database
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# Continuously assess the implementation progress and provide feedback to SJCH team for adjustments
# Participate in the continuous evaluation and planning of the process and the outcomes of the resource organizing activities

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Huh? You guys sure like to make BOLD statements that MEAN nothing and have NO facts to back them.

Palin reduced earmarks? Great. Alaska still gets the most earmarks per capita of any state. Her little town got MILLIONS while she was mayor. Furthermore, the only issue being addressed her was THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE.

She valiantly stopped the waste of taxpayer money by using it how SHE saw fit...

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Now, if you actually read and researched anything as opposed to listening to Dem talking points, you would know that the money that was INITIALLY discussed to be used on the "bridge to nowhere" was ultimately given to Alaska (with the yes votes of both Obama and Biden, by the way) by the federal government with NO defined use or specific purpose. So, she was not required to use it on the bridge, saw the limited benefit to a huge expense, and chose to use it for projects providing more benefit to the citizens of Alaska.

I love the defense that Obama's track record of earmarks should not be discussed, since that was not the focal point of the article. If Obama is going to attack Palin on the earmark issue, he opens himself up to scrutiny on the same topic. Ignoring it is nothing more than hiding your head in the sand. Just because you choose not to look at it does not mean it isn't there.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"Racist and stupid is no way to live your life.


Posted by: Tim | September 9, 2008 3:34 PM
*****

Suck my cock Tim."


Your intellegence, or lack of it, continues to amaze me. You obviously know nothing about the policies of the candidates. You obviously have no arguement.

Please, keep insulting me, I love ignorant it makes you look.

Posted by: Tim | September 9, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

All that praise, heaped upon Sarah by Thompson, Rudy, Mitt et al. You'd praise her too if she went down on you before your speech! Go Sarah! WE WANT HEAD '08

Posted by: OpenUpSarahHereICome | September 9, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"They also dont mention that Bill Clinton, their last President, came from the pluralistic, diverse, densly populated, economic capital of the world of the state of Arkansas.

What is in Arkansas aside from Walmart HQ? Cows?"

How about 3 million people? Four times as many people as Alaska and about the same as the city of Chicago...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"Don't you mess with me, I am a pit bull.....excuse me I am George Bush with lipstick on! "

As long as the lipstick is around my johnson....

Posted by: Gunny | September 9, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I have voted with old Georgie Boy...that is the current retard, idiot of a Prez, Georgie Boy Bushie 90% of the time, I voted against more money and help for the vets, although I cried like a coward chicken during the Vietnam war and wear my fake arse earned stars on my chest because I know that there are a lot of dumb, uneducated, gun toting rednecks that will believe anything I say because they want to blame minority groups for their failures and poor living and moral standards. I voted against universal healthcare, I LOVE lobbyist, as a matter of fact I sleep with them every chance that I get. I don't have much morals, I was able to get rid of that old cripple wife waiting for me when I returned my coward arse back from the war so that I could marry my current clueless, dried up tomato, but rich c$unt! I love spending her money..she has many problems, specifically stealing and drugs....but I was able to successfully sweep that under the rug and the news media knows not to p$iss me off and report any of this crap...they better stay on Obama and continue to give me an my new c$unt, Sarah a free ride! By the way, I can't wait to do Sarah, you know she is an undercover freak who cheats on her husband with his best friend whose wife later divorced him. Well back to the issues, or lack thereof, I love war and look forward to killing another 4,000 or more soldiers in a useless war, just so long as me and my rich cronies...the rethuglican base continues to make millions with the big oil companies. You know something...hmmm...I don't think that most of my redneck base even know what a lobbyist really is! Well, I could care less about clean air, hell$ I voted against that bill every chance I got. Plus Sarah, said that God is in charge of the climate and he is the reason why the Jews keep getting murdered because God has a vendetta against them. You know something I like throwing religion into this politics thing cause religious folks (well the evangelicals - (redneck religion folk) can't seperate the church from the government...Well I am John McCain and I approve this message. Hey isn't that what I am suppose to say...You's didn't give me my memory medicine....I thought you's were going to wait till I became the president to declare me senile so that Sarah could step in....well anyway, I'm signing off now....Bomb, Bomb, Bomb away!!!

Posted by: John McCain | September 9, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

What is the difference between Anonymous and Barack Obama?

None. Because BO has his cock way up Anonymous's ass.

Posted by: ABORT-OBAMA | September 9, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

And Sarah probably give good head. McCain is pretty smart for choosing her.

Posted by: ItOnlyTakesAMinute | September 9, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

What is the difference between a mentally handicaped person and Anonymous on here?

The mentally handicapped has a higher IQ.

Posted by: Insults? | September 9, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I heard she has a flat head so Mccain will have a place to put his beer glass. Lieberman has already called sloppy seconds.

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Come on people, give McCain a break. I'd pick Palin too if I though I had a shot at fuucking her in the White House!

Posted by: WantingToDoSarah | September 9, 2008 3:36 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"Did Sarah Palin wrongfully push to have her ex-brother-in law fired? Was she really against the "Bridge to Nowhere?" Did she really sell Alaska's plane on eBay, or just list it on eBay? Did she actually have any substantial duties commanding the Alaska National Guard?

The correct answer to all these questions is: who cares? Which isn't to say these aren't valid questions, or that Palin and the McCain camp aren't playing it fast, loose, and coy with each of them. The point is that Palin, and the circus she's brought to town, are simply a bountiful collection of small lies deliberately designed to distract the country from one big truth: the havoc that George Bush and the Republican Party have wrought, and that John McCain is committed to continuing.

Every second of this campaign not spent talking about the Republican Party's record, and John McCain's role in that record, is a victory for John McCain.

Her critics like to say that Palin hasn't accomplished anything. I disagree: in the space of ten days she's succeeded in distracting the entire country from the horrific Bush record -- and McCain's complicity in it. My friends, that's accomplishment we can believe in.

Just look at the problem John McCain faced. George Bush has a disastrous record, and the country knows it. John McCain -- the current one, not the one who vanished eight years ago -- has no major disagreements with George Bush (and I'm sorry, wanting to fire Donald Rumsfeld a bit sooner doesn't qualify) and wants to continue his incredibly unpopular policies for another four years. The solution? Enter Sarah Palin, a Trojan Moose carrying four more years of disaster.

And the plan has worked beautifully. Just look at what's being discussed just 57 days before the election. Is it the highest unemployment rate in five years? The bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? The suicide bombing yesterday in Iraq that killed six people and wounded 54 -- in the same market where last month a bomb killed 28 people and wounded 72? That the political reconciliation that was supposedly the point of "the surge" is nowhere near happening? That Iraq's Shiite government is now rounding up the American-backed Sunni leaders of the Awakening? That the reason 8,000 soldiers may be leaving Iraq soon is so more can be deployed to Afghanistan where the Taliban is steadily retaking the country?

No. We're talking about whether Sarah Palin was or was not a good mayor, whether she was or was not a good mother, whether her skirts are too short and her zingers too sarcastic.

Contrary to what we're hearing 24/7 in the media, the next few weeks are not a test of Sarah Palin. The next few weeks are a test of Barack Obama.

He needs to dramatically redirect this election back to a discussion over the issues that really matter -- the issues that will impact the future of this country. A presidential campaign is a battle and this is the time for Obama to show some commander-in-chief skills. I'm not talking about calling Palin out for lying about his record and demeaning community organizing. I'm talking about grabbing the political debate by the throat. The country is already angry about what's happened over the last seven-plus years -- he shouldn't be afraid to give voice to that anger. Obama has spent years adopting a non-threatening persona; but he can't let his fear that appearing like an "angry Black man" (a stereotype not-too-subtly fueled by Fox News) will turn off swing voters keep him from channeling the disgust and outrage felt by so many voters --swing and otherwise.

McCain's team, in an effort to distract, is going to keep doing what they're doing -- diverting voters and the media with a tantalizing combination of personal trivia and small lies. It doesn't matter if they're caught in them -- in fact, all the better. Because they know there is no way in hell they can win if this election is about the big truth of the Bush years.

McCain's real running mate is George Bush and the failed policies of the Republican Party. Even if they are dressed up in a skirt, lipstick, and Tina Fey glasses."

Arianna Huffington

Posted by: Julie | September 9, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

What is the difference between Obama and a racist?

NONE. THEY ARE ONE OF THE SAME.

Posted by: 761-091 | September 9, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse


"....never mentioning that a state that is bigger than Texas, California, and FRANCE put together..."

cerebral_but_STILL A DULLARD IN MATH: It not bigger than those three combined. It's actually 36,650 SqMi smaller.

Typical right wing logic, spit out some half-truth talking points and let the smart people sort em out. Meanwhile, the dullards never question.

Like the Nascar race the redneck republicans love, you just go round and round in circles. It's nearly impossible to get you to understand.

Posted by: DPS50 | September 9, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

OMG, I am a retarded b1tch.

Obama still has over 1billion in earmarks, yet it is OK for him to ask for them and not anyone else.

OMG! Stop criticizing my semi-God Obama. He can ask me to suck his cok and I would do it no questions asked. OMG!!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

You are right it is just a matter of when she peaks if she hasn't already . After all the hoop la and excitement they have only pretty much gotten back to even. Obama is just coasting doing what he has been doing all along. Now Obama is on the road, Biden is on the road, Hillary is on the road, next week Bill will be on the road along with several top Democratic women. What is Mcain doing? He is standing 5 feet from Palin twisting his hands praying she doesn't screw up. Have you watched any of their events? He just stares at her looking scared to death, his body language practically screams. He has a running mate who can't even campaign on her own she needs him to nurse maid her. By the way, where are the top republicans who should be on the road for Mccain? They are all missing in action, not even his buddies Graham and Lieberman are campaigning for him. Romney is already exploring his run in 2012, he was talking about it the other day. As many people as it seems Mccain is drawing now, and that will die off. They will be out campaigned 10 to 1 as this heads to the finish line. Obama knows what he is doing. Mccain is making it up as they go along with no long range plan other then hope.

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Palin's popularity is temporary. It's going to be a delight and pleasure watching her go down, as she certainly will.

Posted by: JustAMatterOfTime | September 9, 2008 3:18 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

"OK....this is pretty humorous. Obama is defended for a pretty aggressive list of earmark requests in a very short term in office. Yet Palin, in a state that has been historically much higher than the rest of the country in terms of earmarks, goes in and REDUCES earmarks during her year and a half in office, and is evil.

Luuuuuccccyyyyyyyy.......you have some 'splaining to dooooooo......."


Huh? You guys sure like to make BOLD statements that MEAN nothing and have NO facts to back them.

Palin reduced earmarks? Great. Alaska still gets the most earmarks per capita of any state. Her little town got MILLIONS while she was mayor. Furthermore, the only issue being addressed her was THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE.

She valiantly stopped the waste of taxpayer money by using it how SHE saw fit...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

A client gave me $2000 to build a company logo for them. After receiving payment I told them thanks but no thanks, and spent the money on some radio ads instead. For some reason they didnt think I was fair, they must be some far left whackos or something.

Posted by: ottonomus maximus | September 9, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"
What's the difference between a Republican and a Republican moron? Nothing. The second one is redundant.
"

What the difference between Obama and clinton? Nothing (in policy). The former becomes God and reformer and the later becomes racist and liar.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Come on people, give McCain a break. I'd pick Palin too if I though I had a shot at fuucking her in the White House!

Posted by: WantingToDoSarah | September 9, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Racist and stupid is no way to live your life.


Posted by: Tim | September 9, 2008 3:34 PM
*****

Suck my cock Tim.

Posted by: No comparison | September 9, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Bridge to nowhere? Wow what a scandal. Really scrapping the bottom of the barrel people.

What's next, she fixed a traffic ticket. OMG how disgusting...

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No she did better, she tried to get her sister's TROOPER husband fired, abusing her official role.. Now do me a favor - GTFOH!

Posted by: rottnkid | September 9, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Gee I guess she really is kinda like Hillary.

Posted by: Sparky | September 9, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Figures lie and liars figure. I note the media referring to Palin as governor of the 'least densely populated state'. Can't say 'lowest population' state because it isn't, and won't say 'largest', so that's what they're left with. And they make hay of the fact that a lot is spent on taxes and infrastructure 'per capita', never mentioning that a state that is bigger than Texas, California, and FRANCE put together, and 'least densely populated' might have a tad bit of infrastructure to support 'per capita'

Posted by: cerebral_but | September 9, 2008 3:28 PM
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They also dont mention that Bill Clinton, their last President, came from the pluralistic, diverse, densly populated, economic capital of the world of the state of Arkansas.

What is in Arkansas aside from Walmart HQ? Cows?

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"Whats the difference between Obama and members of a communist party?

None. Execept commies actually have to show up for meetings, serve in the army, and do something productive, unlike the useless black ass of barack."

Racist and stupid is no way to live your life.

Posted by: Tim | September 9, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Terrorist Fist bumps---we have seen white people everywhere doing this for several years now at every sports gathering in the free world. Learned from watching professional black atheletes on TV.

And the Swiftboaters attempted to spin the story Obama and Michelle were giving each other terrorist gang signs by doing this?

Is America a beautiful country or what??? Except for the Swiftboaters.

I can't decide who to vote for. The guy who is willing to go to war with Iran or the guy who gives his wife terrorist fists bumps. Agony. Wringing my hands. How to decide? What to do????

Posted by: High 5's to everyone | September 9, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Palin supported the 'Bridge To Nowhere.' She is on public record as stating her support for it. There are also pictures of her in a 'Build the Bridge' T-shirt.

After it became politically inconvenient to support the bridge, she used the 'bridge to nowhere' money for other pork barrel spending in Alaska.

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I am Sarah Palin and I have a problem with telling the truth and if you call me on it, I am going to scream "sexism" and then threatened to get you fired! Don't you mess with me, I am a pit bull.....excuse me I am George Bush with lipstick on!

I am Sarah Palin and I approve this message! Yes, I do! I am not lying! This is the truth! Stop it! This is true! Believe me! I am a liar! I have a problem...Is there a lying annomous program somewhere?!! I lie just lie George Bush...you know the retarded Prez!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Figures the "liberal media" like the Wall Street Journal would be behind such "lies" :)

Face it, facts are facts. The McCain camp had to know this would come out... unless they really didn't do such a good job of vetting her.

Either way, it was pretty dumb of the McCain camp to make such a big deal of this - practically making her stand against the bridge her biggest achievement - when they knew it wasn't 100% true. And, in fact, it was only politically true (after the world ridiculed the bridge, she decided not to back it)

Posted by: Gary | September 9, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Whats the difference between Obama and members of a communist party?

None. Execept commies actually have to show up for meetings, serve in the army, and do something productive, unlike the useless black ass of barack.

Posted by: No comparison | September 9, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"
McCain/Palin are playing 3 card monte with us. They have the bridge money hidden under one of the three cards and they are daring us to tell them under which card is the money is hidden.

Hey they are politicians. It's their job!!
"

Exactly, Uncle Wright is right: he has to say what he has to say (but does not have to do what he needs to do).

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"I am Barack Obama and I approve this message.

In the roughly 1,000 days I've been a Senator, in which I've missed over 2/3 of the votes, I have requested over 1 BILLION of your tax dollars to go to my state for some RETARDED projects, including my wifes employer who after getting their earmark promoted my wife so we could afford our 4mill dolla' house.

A full list of all my earmarks from 06-07 can be found here:
http://answercenter.barackobama.com/cgi-bin/barackobama.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=172&p_created=1205426026&p_sid=TNlxoC-i&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MSwxJnBfcHJvZHM9JnBfY2F0cz

CHANGE you can believe me. I will end all earmarks that do not go to the State of Illinois.

I am Barack Obama and I approve this message."


You are an idiot.

Obama is a Senator for Illinois. Does your state ever request federal money or do they just levy huge taxes on you, like here in New York?

Have you even read the list?

-Research and development funds for AGRICULTURE. (who needs to eat?)
-Public centers for the poor and elderly. (the ones Jesus told us to shun)
-Education. (the evil liberalization process)
-Defense. (we're still at TC yellow after all)

Reading.... It's not just a town in Pennsylvania.

OK....this is pretty humorous. Obama is defended for a pretty aggressive list of earmark requests in a very short term in office. Yet Palin, in a state that has been historically much higher than the rest of the country in terms of earmarks, goes in and REDUCES earmarks during her year and a half in office, and is evil.

Luuuuuccccyyyyyyyy.......you have some 'splaining to dooooooo.......

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

TomB, you've got to be kidding. McCain is THE MOST PANDERING politician of our time. His Sarah Palin pick proves it.

Posted by: Bob Wolfe | September 9, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama = elitist half white guy
Biden = old cranky white guy

Posted by: 761-091 | September 9, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

What's the difference between a Republican and a Republican moron? Nothing. The second one is redundant.

Posted by: GOP (Grand Old P[u]ssies) | September 9, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Figures lie and liars figure. I note the media referring to Palin as governor of the 'least densely populated state'. Can't say 'lowest population' state because it isn't, and won't say 'largest', so that's what they're left with. And they make hay of the fact that a lot is spent on taxes and infrastructure 'per capita', never mentioning that a state that is bigger than Texas, California, and FRANCE put together, and 'least densely populated' might have a tad bit of infrastructure to support 'per capita'

Posted by: cerebral_but | September 9, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Re: McCain just isn't McCain anymore. That's the problem. If he had put Joe Lieberman on his ticket, I think I would have voted for him. I think a lot of moderates would have voted for him. That would have been a real bipartisan change from politics as usual.

Palin isn't the devil. She is for change and hse gets things done. Lieberman is a great guy and I like him too, but what we really need is for the govt to change and we need someone from the "outside" to shake things up a bit. I've always had a love-hate relationship with McCain ( and for Hillary for that matter )but given our choices or him or Obama I'd pick McCain every time. Obama is more of someone who says what he has to say to be popular and not what needs to be done.

Posted by: TomB | September 9, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin are playing 3 card monte with us. They have the bridge money hidden under one of the three cards and they are daring us to tell them under which card is the money is hidden.

Hey they are politicians. It's their job!!

Posted by: Are you feeling lucky today? | September 9, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

So Mr. Stevens, what have you been promised?

Posted by: tom | September 9, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I get all my unbiased news from fox.I love sean hannity,baba o'reily,and terrorist fist bumps.

Posted by: billy bob | September 9, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"Now I remember why I don't live in or around DC. Just a bunch of liberal elitist govt. workers who feel guilty for their success ( or lack thereof ) and want to punish corporations and wealthy people. Who do you think employs us? Tax them to hell and we lose our job or don't get that promotion or pay raise. I guess we can all work for the Govt one day.. wait a minute.. that's communism.. but Baraack loves that! all for the common good. "


WRONG, see if you can follow Obama's logic:

1) Increase corporate taxes on those companies that ship jobs over sees, and the corporations that use loopholes to PAY ZERO TAXES.

2) Give tax incentives to corporations that start new, and corporations that keep American labor inside of the US.

3) When corporations try to pass the tax onto Americans, they will raise the prices of their products, which will make it easy for the new companies to take over.

Americans will buy from the most competitive corporation therefore they CAN NOT pass the taxes onto us.

Example: Toyota charges 10% more for each car. "Hippity hop" (a new car company) can now compete with Toyota by lower prices and stealing their business. And the economy goes on, only the corporations pay their fair share of taxes instead of using loopholes to get out free.

Posted by: Tim | September 9, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

i just thought about this idea. I love it. They only really make up about 8% of the population. but if you get rid of them, a huge amount of 'entitlement' spending goes away, putting more money in all our pockets !

think about it, no more frivolous lawsuits, no more printing crap in spanish, no more '1 foot in' and we're stuck with all your bills for a lifetime.

good greif, we have tons of wealth and options open to us if we just get rid of the libs !!

Posted by: deport_the_libs | September 9, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I will no longer be posting on this thread. If you want to discuss this topic further, please see:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/09/sarah_palin_and_the_bridge_to.html

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin supported the bridge and then KEPT THE MONEY!!! Where's the fiscal responsibility and political maverick-i-ness in that?

Posted by: john | September 9, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a cuunt. If she wasn't hot, no one would pay any attention to her.

Posted by: George Carlin | September 9, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

What Palin essentially did was take the funding for this bridge, that was supposedly a huge waste of taxpayer money, and used it on "earmarks" of HER choosing...

How is that a "noble" deed? That is like stopping a robbery only to pocket the money yourself. Would you call that "heroism"?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

ive decided to vote this year ive never voted before and it is getting easyer as i read about how the dem convention went so well they got rid of all the homeless people around the city now at the rep convention cars were burned old people were injured fire bombs made ive decided just by what ive seen and i think the dem party of hate does not get my vote

Posted by: wtobias | September 9, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

There is no surprise.
You have heard racist everywhere.
You now hear liar everywhere.

This Obama machine and media gay group will kill everything except their own change.

But have people seen tiny bit of change since 2004 (in Chicago and nation wide)?

No wonder MSNBC concludes,
Bush is worse
Congress is worser
Media is worst

Obama? He is God, need do nothing and never wrong.

Posted by: jy2008 | September 9, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Can you quit with the broken record of "just like Bush" it really is getting old. It used to be before this that Dems loved McCain becuase he stood up and voted against Reps quite often. It was you who gave him the name MAVERICK. not the Reps.

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McCain just isn't McCain anymore. That's the problem. If he had put Joe Lieberman on his ticket, I think I would have voted for him. I think a lot of moderates would have voted for him. That would have been a real bipartisan change from politics as usual.

But only the old McCain would have ever done that. The new McCain picked up an extremist, not because he believes in what she says or because she adds valuable experience to the ticket, but because she picks up votes for his party. If old McCain were here today, he would kick new McCain right in the teeth for doing that. And new McCain wouldn't be able to do anything about it, because old McCain is 6 years younger and way faster.

Posted by: Joe | September 9, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Palin's popularity is temporary. It's going to be a delight and pleasure watching her go down, as she certainly will.

Posted by: JustAMatterOfTime | September 9, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Now I remember why I don't live in or around DC. Just a bunch of liberal elitist govt. workers who feel guilty for their success ( or lack thereof ) and want to punish corporations and wealthy people. Who do you think employs us? Tax them to hell and we lose our job or don't get that promotion or pay raise. I guess we can all work for the Govt one day.. wait a minute.. that's communism.. but Baraack loves that! all for the common good.

Posted by: SmallTownUSA | September 9, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"I am Barack Obama and I approve this message.

In the roughly 1,000 days I've been a Senator, in which I've missed over 2/3 of the votes, I have requested over 1 BILLION of your tax dollars to go to my state for some RETARDED projects, including my wifes employer who after getting their earmark promoted my wife so we could afford our 4mill dolla' house.

A full list of all my earmarks from 06-07 can be found here:
http://answercenter.barackobama.com/cgi-bin/barackobama.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=172&p_created=1205426026&p_sid=TNlxoC-i&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MSwxJnBfcHJvZHM9JnBfY2F0cz

CHANGE you can believe me. I will end all earmarks that do not go to the State of Illinois.

I am Barack Obama and I approve this message."


You are an idiot.

Obama is a Senator for Illinois. Does your state ever request federal money or do they just levy huge taxes on you, like here in New York?

Have you even read the list?

-Research and development funds for AGRICULTURE. (who needs to eat?)
-Public centers for the poor and elderly. (the ones Jesus told us to shun)
-Education. (the evil liberalization process)
-Defense. (we're still at TC yellow after all)

Reading.... It's not just a town in Pennsylvania.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party -- A party that the wealthy & privileged have tricked the stupid among the poor and working class into joining, thereby garnering enough votes to take an election. The Republican Party does its best, through its neglectful policies, to assure a continuously increasing supply of stupid and ignorant working class and poor people so that the party can be assured of maintaining its numbers. Another reason for Republicans' staunch antiabortion stance: let them be born into poverty to grow up stupid and join the Republican Party.

Posted by: Thomas Jefferson | September 9, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Palin 'defends' her claim??? Nowhere in the article to I see any evidence of her defending the claim. Since when does simply repeating a claim count as DEFENSE of that claim??

Is this journalism?

Posted by: Huh? | September 9, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Ask a Repub why Palin supported the "bridge to nowhere" and you will get the answer, "She doesn't, she stopped it. I was never built right?"

Palin stopped the bridge from being built just like Hilter stopped the Germans from taking over the world.

Palin felt stupid because everyone hated the idea, so she abandoned it. Hilter failed to defend normandy, and eventually killed himself.

If I am carrying a bomb across a bridge to blow up a building, and I accidently drop the bomb into the water, does that mean that I saved the building from blowing up?

I guess we should honor failed terrorists. After all, they prevented people from being blown up by being bad at blowing things up.

Be careful, logic may explode your brain.

Posted by: Tim | September 9, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Obama supporters are pissed. You dorks throw a creationism, abstinence toting, moose shooting, far far far right winger who's bereft of any veep experience into the ring, without vetting the lying liar and you bet on the stupidity of the electorate at large to succeed with this charade. You pin heads got away with it the last 8 years. ENOUGH.

Posted by: Bob Wolfe | September 9, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

@laughing at the dems

actually, I already left. so I don't give a rat's ass who wins the election. frankly, I'll have a good laugh if you get McCain. It'll serve you all right.

Greetings from Europe. Please don't visit.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Of the 50 states, Alaska ranks No. 1 in taxes per resident and No. 1 in spending per resident. Its tax burden per resident is 21/2 times the national average; its spending, more than double. The trick is that Alaska's government spends money on its own citizens and taxes the rest of us to pay for it. Although Palin, like McCain, talks about liberating ourselves from dependence on foreign oil, there is no evidence that being dependent on Alaskan oil would be any more pleasant to the pocketbook.
1. Alaska is, in essence, an adjunct member of OPEC. It has four different taxes on oil, which produce more than 89% of the state's unrestricted revenue. On average, three-quarters of the value of a barrel of oil is taken by the state government before that oil is permitted to leave the state. Alaska residents each get a yearly check for about $2,000 from oil revenues, plus an additional $1,200 pushed through by Palin last year to take advantage of rising oil prices. Any sympathy the governor of Alaska expresses for folks in the lower 48 who are suffering from high gas prices or can't afford to heat their homes is strictly crocodile tears.

Looks alot like an middle east sheikdom don't it??

Tough budget you were handling Governor -
"Lets see, Income = oil revenue (we charge the other 49 states as if they were foreign countries) and Expense = sending most of the profit to Alaska residents.!"

...ehh...is that a form of welfare/socialism?

Posted by: toritto | September 9, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh so Ted Stevens is backing her claim. Like he's any more credible than she is. Puhleese!

State records show that she took $27 million from the project. How does that jive with her 'Thanks but No thanks' statement. She is simply using standard Republican tactics - if you repeat your LIE enough times, people will believe you (or at least the press will just stop asking questions). Sadly, this works quite well.

The Republicans recognised a long time ago that our democracy is broken and they have become masters at working the system and our foolish public. The Democrats however, naively think that you can still win elections in America with ideas.

Posted by: MAD AS HELL | September 9, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

John McCain and Sarah Palin are like the Joker (McCain) and Riddler (Palin), from Batman. John McCain shoots down Barack Obamas theme and ideas, then steals them. McCain is now stealing Barack's campaign theme of 'Change'. McCain thinks everything is a joke. Palin's life is a riddle. Can you figure out the riddle of which Sarah Palin is the real Sarah Palin? She supported a bridge, then denied it, a complete 180. She stated in her biography that she attended a college in Hawaii. The Associated Press found out that she never attended any colleges in Hawaii. There are so many riddles. I do not want John McCain to make a joke out of the U.S. economy or my life. I do not trust a person who makes her life a riddle. I will not support the dishonest Joker and Riddler. I will keep my support behind Barack Obama.

Posted by: RadianChalant | September 9, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it amazing how this country was built on people wanting to get away from the taxation of British rule, and such and now here we are hundreds of years later, and our society would fall apart if we took all taxes away.

Well I don't really believe that. Just that our government has gotten bigger than our people, though the people outnumber those in Politics.

You know that old addage, divided we shall fall. Well people, we are falling. All the words in the world can't heal what we've lost in this country.

Trust and God.

Why is the media and all those haters worryied about a bridge to nowhere. This country has been on that bridge for a long time. Once they actually open their eyes, and see what is happening to this once great country, then shall we realize the bridge that we've built throughout the years is about to fall for it actually goes nowhere.

Posted by: Frank P. Atwood | September 9, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA = CHANGE
BIDEN = male HRC
MCCAIN = 0.9BUSH
PALIN = BUSHETTE

Posted by: McOld is Well Old | September 9, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

In the movie Excalibur, when Arthur asks Merlin what is the most important virtue of a knight, Merlin responded thusly:

"Alright then, truth, that's it, yes, it must be truth, above all, when a man lies he murders part of the world."

A politician that lies so boldly is a danger to our nation.

Posted by: JTS | September 9, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

hewwwooooo . . .is anyone out there?

I am Joe Biden an I'm mothafoogin' insane!

VOTe FOR ME 'Tards!

anyoone listening to me? hewoooo . . .

Posted by: Joseph Biden | September 9, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Do you really want Levi doing meth in the WH?

Posted by: Smack in Wasilla | September 9, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Now let me go get my hit of smack . . .

Posted by: No comparison | September 9, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN = 0.9BUSH
PALIN = BUSHETTE

Posted by: U SHOW UR RTRDNESS | September 9, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA, right on the war, right on Afghanistan, right on Pakistan, right on Iran, right on Health Care, right on taxes, right on economy

McCain, POW, irrelevant

Posted by: No comparison | September 9, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama = half white guy with no clue
Biden = crossdresser

Posted by: w00tness | September 9, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

this is better than fireworks on 4th of July, a tradition long given up by erudite socialist, but fun just same

your poor kool-aid drinkers really thought you were going to put someone named Hussein in the white house.....thats why we're always 'laughing at the dems'

dont worry ladies, socialism is coming.....just not yet, you have just a few to many whitey's still breathing, but rest assured, you will get to turn the USA into a 3rd world garbage heap soon.

Posted by: laughing at the dems | September 9, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

fake JakeD at 2:42 PM

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I think both parties are a joke but Palin to me represents everything that is wrong with the Republican Party. I love McCain but she has tainted the ticket for me.

Anyway this is what I found amusing

"Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, one of the biggest backers of the bridge and a man now under indictment for bribery, said he never thought Palin was a supporter of the bridge."

Is that the best they could get to defend her claim?

Posted by: Undecided Voter | September 9, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN = 0.9BUSH
PALIN = BUSHETTE

Posted by: YOU MAKE OUT W YOUR MOM | September 9, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

We do forget that "Obama the Savior" has never changed his mind on anything. The last time I recall someone who never changed his mind ( because they were perfect ) was crucified on a cross. I guess that is what they are trying to do to her.. although she has never stated she was perfect.

Everyone has the right to examine an issue and sometimes change their mind on a position after they know all the facts.

I guess when you either don't vote on an issue ( because it may be devissive ) or you vote "present" it is hard to make a wrong vote or decision. However, sometimes making NO decision is worse than making one.

Can you quit with the broken record of "just like Bush" it really is getting old. It used to be before this that Dems loved McCain becuase he stood up and voted against Reps quite often. It was you who gave him the name MAVERICK. not the Reps.

Posted by: TomB | September 9, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Apparently there has been a measurable shift of support among white women to the McLame / McDame ticket.

Please tell me there aren't enough stupid people to actually put these two hacks into office..

Posted by: kang | September 9, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Wasilla is the meth capital of Alaska. Now is it any wonder there are a bunch of rubes there named Levi, Track, Bristol, Piper, Pepper, Postum, Possum, Boo, Hurl, Chum, Nostril, Flannel, Fudge and Pepsi

Posted by: Want some Meth? | September 9, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Palin Tell the People of Ketchikan, Alaska,"think we’re going to make a good team as we progress that bridge project."
and "The window is now, while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist." And then flip flopped after it became the unpopular thing to do. I thought "Mavericks" stood up for their principles, even when they aren't popular.
That is just a testament to how full of poppycrock (yes I said poppycrock)these people are. It's an insult to our intellegence. Doesn't she know that anything she says or does is going to be part of public record? Why deny it....There's a damn picture of her holding up a "Nowhere Alaska 99901" for anyone who wishes to google the true! McCain and Palin must really think the american public is as out of touch with reality as they are.

Posted by: e.d.lebadose | September 9, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama = racist m'fugger
Biden = white guy

Posted by: Its about RACE stupid | September 9, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

This election has nothing to do with issues or popularity polls but rather the actual candidate that bumps off a mutual opponent wins in November.

Apparently this mutual opponent exposed corruption within both parties and is now targeted to be bumped off.

The questions are...

1. Will the GOP use Guiliani-like mob-ties like his protege Bernard Kerik who may be doing 140 years of jail time for it?

2. Will the DEMS use an OJ Simpson-like person with a record and may be doing jail time in near future?

3. Will both parties engage in sweetheart exchange deals where these convicted felons do the actual dirty work of bumping off mutual opponent in exchange for lesser jail time and candidates/parties are never suspected in public?

4. Given that this truth is revealed, should we begin to worry about the general safety of our families where ever we are in public or private? For example, do we have to worry about traveling on Port Authority buses from NJ to NYC tonight? Or tomorrow?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Man,can you see yourself saluting her?
I mean I will have to go AWOL, before
i serve another day in this country
MARINE CORPS. She with her hate speech $
Nasty mouth,could never lead me,even if
she is the POTUS because lets face it
McPain don't have that much time left,
so he going to cornated bimp bow to
run the USA! Damm even Huckberrie,are
Crazy Mitt, would have did a better job,
but McPain threw them under the bus,
for the lonely heart clubs votes,Sir
have you no shame!

Posted by: Cpl. Harris. USMC. | September 9, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I find it revealing that 90% of the comments here are from liberals supporting Obama - yet all the polls show at best a 50/50 split with McCain in November.

My take is that that the mainstream media is pretty much writing articles for their shrinking audience, which is becoming more and more liberal and less representative of the country as a whole. In the meantime the other half the country has gone to other less biased sources to get their news.

So with that in mind it isn't surprising that the Washington Post would put 90% of their investigative efforts into going through Palin's expense reports and college transcripts while completely ignoring Obama's close ties with a corrupt slum lord (Rezco), a racist minister (Wright) and a convicted terrorist (Ayers).

Not surprising that old-guard newspapers like the Washington Post and NYT are dying a slow death..

Posted by: CMHSanJose | September 9, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I am Joe Biden . . LOOK AT ME!!!!

uga, uga, uga, woof, woof, meow .. . uga, uga, uga . .. (does moonwalk dressed in womens panties) . . .uga, uga . . .IS ANYONE PAYING ATTENTION TO ME YET?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

uga . . .uga . . .uga. . .

Posted by: Joseph Biden | September 9, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse


This headline is false and misleading. Where in the article does it say that Paline actually defended her statements? Simply repeating a lie is not a defense of that lie, it's merely -- repeating it!

Palin may be lying, but why does the Washington Post have to lie for her?
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So repeating a lie is not defending, it's just repeating the lie? Is that what you're saying?

She is a out and out liar - about the Bridge and so many other claims that the townsfolk of her small town are now speaking up about.

Posted by: cjw3 | September 9, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Notice how whenever a Republican supporter has to defend something that can't be defended, the response is alway what about the other guy. the answer to The bridge to nowhere (Look at Obama's church, or look at Rezco). What are we children?? If that is your only defense, don't bother responding.

Posted by: Ross | September 9, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN = 0.9BUSH
PALIN = BUSHETTE

Posted by: YOU LIVE W/ YOUR MOTHER | September 9, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama = Clinton v. -1,000,000,000,000,000
Biden = I have no clue where this joker is

Posted by: Obama in'16 | September 9, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

The NObama supporters are confused, mad and foaming at the mouth at the sight of Sara Palin, the reformist chosen by the Maverick!

The grave mistake Barack made choosing an old Washington politician Joe Biden over the popular Hillary Clinton has sentenced his campaign to defeat in the November elections.

Sarah Palin has reinvigorated and added excitement to the Republican ticket and it has also given hope for our country to all the 18 million Hillary supporters who were rejected and ignored by NObama.

Former Hillary supporters are now considering putting our country first and vote for the McCain/Palin ticket as a way to recognize women as equal partners in governance.

COUNTRY FIRST!
Democrats for MCCAIN/PALIN!

Posted by: Manolete | September 9, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Bob Wolfe -- the answer to your question is contained in Adolph's post at 2:51 p.m.

Posted by: Go Obama! | September 9, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

In all seriousness. Its a great thing that McCain wants to cut down on the pork. Obama does as well. What is clear is just like Hillary taking an irrational position on the health care mandates (albeit an admirable goal of health care for all), Obama displayed the kind of presence we want in the leader of ALL Americans in declaring why fight the same old fights? McCain doesn't realize the world has turned since he was relevant. Him pulling out his trusty vetoin' pen is a laugh. Obama should pull out his Blackberry and explain that perhaps if Cindy's carpal tunnel isnt too bad she can google all the earmarks, because Obama knows how to use all available tools to get the job done and created transparency by posting all the earmarks. McCain wants to fight a dead guy on this one. For reality sake, earmarks aren't bad themselves (kind of like guns by themselves aren't bad) but they get used to people's advantage and that what Obama actually did something about to stop. McCain's rhetoric basically is saying that on day one he will try to get rid of the "currency" of compromise in the Congress and the way YOUR REPRESENTATIVES work to get some of your taxes back in your state instead of sending them to Palin and the Bridge to Nowhere. Assuming McCain does this he will stop Congress and basically draw them out on ideological lines, which we know is deadlock. That definitely is not change that works for YOU.

Posted by: Louise, CO | September 9, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

What's the difference between the gop's position on abortion and the position of the taliban on abortion?

Nothing.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

there is no bridge it was never built and if you want earmarks in bills look at the dem run congress the promise of transparency of change now thats a a big lie

Posted by: wtobias | September 9, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama = Crack-smack-meth-head
Biden = crossdresser

Posted by: Tim | September 9, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN = 0.9BUSH
PALIN = BUSHETTE

Posted by: YOU ARE A LOSER | September 9, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Palin was for the bridge before she was for it, then after congress killed it she scraped the carcass of the road like roadkil and served it to her state ... where did that money go?

Posted by: Lying Sack | September 9, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama = FAIL
Biden = fail before he even got started

Posted by: Longtime DC Resident | September 9, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Commander and Chief? Gimmie a break, you act like she has been fighting the thousand year war with Canada up there.

The most experienced in "Energy Information"? Again, she ain't no rhodes scholar. Just because I live near houston doesn't make me an oil expert either.

Get a clue. Peggy Hill is nothing but window dressing, hollow and vapid. Once a pageant girl, always a pageant girl.

Posted by: DPS50 | September 9, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Re: "Sarah Palin has genital warts."

Seriously folks, this is supposed to be a political comment section, not grade school. Besides, we all know she has herpes, not warts.

Posted by: Jack Nelson, Jr. | September 9, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Ok let me get this straight first she supported it during her gubernatorial race in 2006. A paper trail supports this.

Then she backed away from it but kept the money.

Now Senator Ted Stevens has thrown in his two cents because he wants to beat Mark Begich. Ted said he never thought? There is no paper trail to Ted's Thought. There is a paper trail to Palin's actions.

I rest my case.

Posted by: Paul | September 9, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Please, no more liars in the white house. No more C- students.

No McCain/Palin.

This election is more than a beauty contest - it's the economy stupid!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin may have originally supported the bridge to nowhere, but given a second chance told Congress "thanks but no thanks". I respect this. Obama and Biden both voted for HR 3058 that included this pork but when given a second chance by Tom Coburn on senate amendment 2165 to change the earmark from Alaska to New Orleans to help Katrina victims, they both voted against the change. A change in heart is not a bad thing.

Posted by: Alan | September 9, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

"'She was never really behind this,' Stevens said today..."

Aside from the idiocy of believing anything Stevens says, how the heck does he know what she was thinking? Did he gaze into her eyes and see her 'soul?' Not clear that she has one.

Why do R's have so much trouble comprehending the fact that she TOOK the money? She NEVER really said "No thanks." The money is being spent, not on the bridge, but it IS being spent around the bridge site in AK. How dumb do you have to be to believe that she said "No thanks?" when the money never came back to the taxpayers. It's gone, G-O-N-E. Palin grabbed it and spent it. Her continued lies about saying "no thanks" just provide more proof that she's not a Christian. And the GOP goobers continue to lap up her BS.

Posted by: lpdrjk | September 9, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Here she is telling the voters she spports it...and earmarks in general.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ttqv_0y0R4

Posted by: dallas mike | September 9, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN = 0.9BUSH + 0.1GEEZER
PALIN = BUSHETTE

Posted by: TRUTH HURTS | September 9, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Muad'dib says: "... because ultimately, they want to completely disarm America."

Not sure where you get this, unless it's some republican talking points. Complete and utter nonsense.

"... his stance on my firearms rights is just the icing on the cake."

Please provide links to relevant documents/details.

"How convenient to simply drop it like a hot potato when the country learned that his church is anti-America, anti-white and separatist."

Please point out relevant facts as to the declaration that "his church is anti-America, anti-White and separatist."

You all can't just regurgitate this stuff without challenge.

"That church is about as racist as it gets."

And you know this based on ...?

"Putting a racist man in the White House is not the best way to unite the country."

Racist man?? David Dukes, is that you?!

Posted by: Fallen | September 9, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

It appears as though the same exact block of the electorate that was continuously duped by George W. Bush, are easily being duped all over again by one Sarah Palin. Why in God's name, should anyone trust the judgment of the radical right wing of the republican party and the religious right who got it so wrong last time around???

Posted by: Bob Wolfe | September 9, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama has herpes.

Posted by: Nikita Khrushchev | September 9, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

How stupid do you have to be to not think that this woman is a liar. I just heard someone from the McCain campaign hint that Obama'a attacks against this bridge to nowhere claim was dirty politics. What? How is calling out a lie dirty politics. Everything that comes out of Palin's mouth is dirty politics. How can she just lie all the time? Palin= book burner, liar, right wing lunitic and her Husband= Alaskan Seperatist. Did God tell her to lie and strech the truth or maybe she is talking in tongues. I wish some journalist would ask her about her plan to protect us when the rapture comes. Dumb, Dumb, Dumb

Posted by: Sarah | September 9, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama = Karl Marx
Biden = who the hell is Biden?

Posted by: Truth | September 9, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has genital warts.

Posted by: joseph c | September 9, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

23 skidoo -- We Republicans don't give a flying fuuck how silly our VP selection is. As long as there are enough dumbasses and idiots who we can trick into voting for John & Sarah('04 proves there are), we will win. Hitler relied on such ignorant dumbasses to ascend to power, and we know our history! McCain/McC[u]nt '08!

Posted by: Adolph the Republican | September 9, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

In all seriousness. Its a great thing that McCain wants to cut down on the pork. Obama does as well. What is clear is just like Hillary taking an irrational position on the health care mandates (albeit an admirable goal of health care for all), Obama displayed the kind of presence we want in the leader of ALL Americans in declaring why fight the same old fights? McCain doesn't realize the world has turned since he was relevant. Him pulling out his trusty vetoin' pen is a laugh. Obama should pull out his Blackberry and explain that perhaps if Cindy's carpal tunnel isnt too bad she can google all the earmarks, because Obama knows how to use all available tools to get the job done and created transparency by posting all the earmarks. McCain wants to fight a dead guy on this one. For reality sake, earmarks aren't bad themselves (kind of like guns by themselves aren't bad) but they get used to people's advantage and that what Obama actually did something about to stop. McCain's rhetoric basically is saying that on day one he will try to get rid of the "currency" of compromise in the Congress and the way YOUR REPRESENTATIVES work to get some of your taxes back in your state instead of sending them to Palin and the Bridge to Nowhere. Assuming McCain does this he will stop Congress and basically draw them out on ideological lines, which we know is deadlock. That definitely is not change that works for YOU.

Posted by: Loopy Louise | September 9, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I think this video soundly exemplifies the kind of man Obama is. I believe the repubs should take heed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG4fe9GlWS8

Posted by: Pondog | September 9, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

On the bridge issue as with the Iraq War, McCain and Palin remind me of the kid who burned his parents home down while smoking crack, but then wanted to be praised for using a garden hose to put out the fire that had spread to his car.

Americans are sick if they buy into Republican arguments.

Posted by: sick of it | September 9, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

While Obama was a community organizer (in this 20's, not 10 years ago), Palin was flip-floppin around colleges/universities, several times, until she graduated.

Comm. organizing is community service, something not to dissed. I daresay his skills at community organizing led him to beat the most powerful political couple in history (that would be the Clintons) and he was able to raise apx. 10 mil in funds w/in 24 hours after Palin's speech last week.

Palin needs to step up and let us know where she is on the issues that matter--

Posted by: Ash12 | September 9, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Actually, we are still suffering many of the infringements to our rights to keep and bear arms - rights that were infringed upon by the Clinton administration. Bush didn't life the waiting period for handguns because there is nothing wrong with that - we still get to buy them. However, during the Bush administration the Assault Weapon Ban did not get renewed. Obama would put it back in place. No thanks.

Jeremiah Wright is every bit as racist as Hannity wants us to believe. If you took the 10 tenets of that church and substituted the word "white" for the word "black", it would absolutely be considered racist. Oh - that's right, racism is only supposed to be one direction, isn't it - I keep forgetting.

Posted by: Muad'dib | September 9, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse


The Bridge to nowhere should be a metaphore for Obama's campaign. There are much bigger scandals than this., What about Palins alledged affair? http://www.hotpres.com

Dont forget about those. Seems to me Hillary clinton didnt have nearly this much baggage.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

What is the difference between Barack Obama and RuPaul? Lipstick!

I am Joe Biden and I endorse this message.

Posted by: Biden | September 9, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Comparing Obama's ability to speak well to Hitler is just down right ridiculous. Comparing Bush to Hitler on the other hand might be more close to the truth.

But to the point of the article. Palin is a liar, a panderer, a down and out malicious and ridiculous person. She may be great for Alaska, but she has a bit to learn about America.... and rest of the great big world.

Whoever votes for McCain/Palin: you deserve what you get.

Posted by: SLR | September 9, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

This is wonderful. Go ahead keep piling on her. I wish they would keep on doing this because it's making people like her even more. News, blogger's, internet comments please keep on ripping her for the next 2 months don't let up the nastier the better and get McCain Palin ticket win.

Posted by: Job | September 9, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama bucked everyone when he came out against the WAR ... put that in your corn cob pipe and smoke it


OBAMA = REAL CHANGE
MCCAIN = 0.9xBUSH

Posted by: FiFo Feefins | September 9, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been ramping up the attack machine against Palin., He is even starting
to attack her on personal issues. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is missing the point about all this by arguing if she flip-flopped or not.

The cold, hard fact is she said "thanks, but no thanks" BUT SHE KEPT THE MONEY!!!

How can you defend this "reformer" on this contradiction?

(silence, crickets chirping)

Posted by: droog42zero | September 9, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

laughing at the dems -- leaving is a great idea, since we won't be able to stomach living among you idiots. You can continue your descent to nothingness on your own.

Posted by: Oh Canada! | September 9, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Palin is NOT DEFENDING her misrepresentations about "The Bridge To Nowhere," she's continuing to BLATANTLY LIE about it.

Posted by: GOP08_DOA | September 9, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

What? Obama requested 1 billion dollars in earmarks in only 3 years in the Senate, and he has voted with the democrats 97% of the time!!!??

That's not change we can believe in!

Posted by: Latasha McDougle | September 9, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I dislike false rumors as much as anyone, but can a member of the press please confirm why Sara Plain is not at least 7 months pregnant in this public, unaltered Governors photo taken with President Bush in February 2008? Her baby was supposedly born on April 18, 2008.

http://www.subnet.nga.org/centennial/2008Meeting.htm from Feb, 2008 (click text link "View Larger Photo")

This photo is from March 14th 2008, where she clearly is not 7 months pregnant:

http://www.daylife.com/photo/0fcQ5EM7gafd9

Finally, she is also on the cover of December issue of Vogue which was taken December 12, 2007. She should have been 4-5 months preganant. Clearly shes not.

Reportedly, her water broke the day before or hours before she gave birth in Texas and flew 8 hour to Alaska in labor? Would a doctor/the airline allow this?

Why did she supposedly announce she was pregnant after 7 months?

There are claims she didn't look pregnant from public video interviews about the annoucement.

Why are there no photos/evidence supporting this?

Something isn't adding up?

Posted by: Mike | September 9, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Change!! (McCain's depends)

You now RNC is like the dentist in Seinfeld, they look for "joke immunity" ... POW, chic, special needs child ...

Posted by: John McWhoopsIwetmyself | September 9, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

It appears from the turn in the polls that the American populace is dumber than shiit.

Posted by: USA going down | September 9, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

i keep hearing the vocal minority say they are leaving the USA if MCCain is elected, because you know you get him for 8, and God bless that charcoal you call a heart, possible more with Palin

here is what I want to know, where can get a list going of lib's going on record they are leaving ? Because when McCain wins the only thing that has kept you afloat these last 40 years, the court is about to dramatically change. Then there will be no cool gray 'what if' 'yea but' 'if only' and the best 'your mean spirited' area which you have turned into cancer on the body politic, left to survive and feed your twisted lil brains.

how about www.helpalibmove.org ??

anyone ? anyone ?

Posted by: laughing at the dems | September 9, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Bert | September 9, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

could one of you republican morons post something about how Alaska being between Canada and Russia gives Palin "foreign policy" experience? I mean, I get a chuckle from how you defend the ridiculous "Bridge to Nowhere" lie (and yes, headliner-writer, she didn't "defend" the statement, only repeated it. you're a bit of a moron, as well) and how you turn a thread about that lie into an argument about Obama, but nothing splits my side like the Alaska-Canada-Russia thing. C'mon, somebody?

Posted by: 23skidoo | September 9, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Of course Palin supported the 'Bridge To Nowhere' initially. She is on public record as stating her supporting for it. There are also pictures of her in a 'Build the Bridge' T-shirt.


The fact remains that Palin canceled the "Bridge To Nowhere" after Congress canceled federal funding of the project.

I mean come on. How stupid and ignorant do you have to be?

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Women: *Please* Email this to 5 women that you know:


From:
Head of State
http://tinyurl.com/65qxee

Sunday, September 07, 2008

10 Ways in Which Sarah Palin Is *Exactly* Like George W. Bush

1) Like Bush, she is completely against a woman's right to choose (in fact, she exceeds Bush in that she is against a woman's right to choose even in cases of rape or incest;

2) Like Bush, she opposes stem cell research to prevent fatal diseases in men, women and children;

3) Like Bush, supports the teaching of Creationism alongside Evolution in public schools;

4) Like Bush, does not believe that Global Warming is man made;

5) Like Bush, has supported abstinence-only sex education methods that have proven ineffective;

6) Like Bush, has virtually no foreign policy experience prior to running for national office--(in Palin's case, despite a 72-year old, chronically ill running mate)

7) Like Bush, has engaged in conduct that has resulted in current government investigation of her actions;

8) Like Bush, has made statements which indicate lack of knowledge of basic elements of the office they are running for (Palin, July 2008: "What exactly does the Vice President do everyday?");

9) Like Bush, has been sequestered to prevent her being asked questions that she has not yet been prepared to answer;

10) Like Bush, talks like a reformer--yet in her actions (i.e., relying on lobbying, supporting the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it) acts in the most typical, all-too-familiar fashion.


H/T: On The Issues

Cite:
Head of State
http://tinyurl.com/65qxee

Posted by: Cara Prado | September 9, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

That's not backing down . . . that's just repeating an inaccurate message over and over="if I say it often enough, they'll buy it."

I want to see her hold up on this when she is actually questioned by a reporter, or during debate--how will she defend it then?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Next comes the Gonzales defense, "I was there, but I don't know what I said."

Or the fiscal approach, "I said I wanted the pork, but knew I didn't want The Bridge, so I kept the money for my babysitting fund."

Or the Orwellian approach, "Don't bother me with the facts, I'm too busy screaming my lies."

Posted by: ed in chapel hill | September 9, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain = 0.9xBush
Palin = Bushette

Nice try compy cat, just like McOld is now change agent? CHange? His pants ,...

Posted by: Foo Man Jew | September 9, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Ooh, oh my, Obama will take our guns away!
I'm sick, and tired of hearing the same old b.s. spew coming from the nra, and their minions.
Noboby is going to take your precious guns away.
The same poster mentioned Obama's church of 20 years-
The pastor that basically was putting the truth out there concerning America's social problems is considered un-patriotic? Aside from the AIDS comments, Rev wright isn't anti-american as hannity would like you to beleive. Again, ooh, he said something bad about our precious country-usa usa usa!
MORONS!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

yep. you religious nuts won't be happy until jesus comes galloping down from the sky on a white horse. go away bible thumpers and take sarah palin with you. i'll be the first to tell you that the bible is a storybook and that jesus was just a regular person who lived then died. global warming is real, republicans spend and borrow, and being an a%&hole is not synonymous with conservative.

Posted by: spaghettimonster | September 9, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Jeff in Orlando -- "rational people will not buy into that stupidity. As for Palin, the left must destroy her because the American people have sensed she is the kind of leader we have been seeking." Hence, a majority of Americans are not rationale (we knew that from '04). Palin our "leader." Don't make me laugh. The true imbeciles apparently are now coming out in numbers. "America: Where Mediocrity Rules!"

Posted by: Trig Palin's real father | September 9, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I am Joseph Biden, and I approve this message.

Just where the flying fvck am I? I think I have been swallowed up by a friggin' black hole or something!!!

No one listens to me. In fact, right now, you have a better chance of finding Waldo than my whereabouts. Hell, I am so lost, I dont even know where I am.

I am Joseph Biden and I approve this message.

Posted by: Joseph Biden | September 9, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Palin = Bimbo to Nowhere

Posted by: FiFo Feefins | September 9, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama = Jimmy Carter v 2.0
Biden = swallowed up by a black hole

Posted by: Obama = Putin | September 9, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I notice we just continually go round and round on innuendo as we read articles that would score an F in a basic college english class. It would be nice if you would do a better job of annotating sources over a he said she said. I personally like to examine facts and you have given a very fuzzy report on where to track these down. For example take this quote , "On the same day that dozens of news organizations have exposed Governor Palin's phony Bridge to Nowhere claim as a 'naked lie,' ," said Obama
campaign spokesman. Supposedly Im just going to take Tommy's word for it because Dozens have done this. No facts just hey its truth. The same dozens report Obama is really attending a Black supremacist church or he is a muslim. I mean come on Can we not make statements on real true things other than so and so believes this and it must be true. You are engaging in Slander rather than exposing what is there...and the American public is tired of spins. Lets lay the facts on the table Im a big girl I can deal with that. Its poor journalism to engage in this. Im frankly tired of it.

Posted by: Texasgal | September 9, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Muad'dib

"...they want to completely disarm America..." Tell me, During the 8 years of Clinton, did they "Disarm America?" Remember Democrats had the house and senate for most those years too and no one came after our guns did they? There's a waiting period for handguns and Bush didn't even change that. Please pay attention to real issues and positions and don't let this emotional "wedge" issue cloud your judgment into voting so completely against your own interests in so many ways. Obama's not going to disarm anybody unless they're trying to make a dirty bomb with loose nuclear material in the former Soviet Union.

Posted by: sw | September 9, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Palin didn't kick the bridge deal when it was already dead, she scraped it off the road and ate it like the moose road kill she serves at her house. She still cashed the check.

Posted by: Lofton, Kenny | September 9, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

This headline is false and misleading. Where in the article does it say that Paline actually defended her statements? Simply repeating a lie is not a defense of that lie, it's merely -- repeating it!

Palin may be lying, but why does the Washington Post have to lie for her?

Posted by: Truth in Headlines | September 9, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

John McBush absolutely terrifies me.


I mean that. I'm scared sh#tless of what this psycho will do if he wins.


If my options are concern or terror, I'll take the former. McCain is a monster waiting to be unleashed.

http://www.youtube.com/swf/l.swf?video_id=PdJUCU1UH2w&rel=0&eurl=http%3A//
.

Posted by: McCain is a psychopath | September 9, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

McCAIN: LEADER OR MADMAN
Is there a third choice? How about McCAIN: KNEE-JERK OR JUST A JERK
McCain can't be bothered to think things through so instead just goes with "Attack first, ask questions later". This approach sounds familiar and has led us to nothing but death and destruction.
Or a fourth choice... McCAIN: BUSH CLONE

Posted by: kate | September 9, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

MSNBC aired audio today of Palin from the 2006 Alaska Gubernatorial Debate in which she approved of the project. I'm sure that any reporter can find this on You Tube. Morning Joe: 7-8am hour.

She said "Thanks"!

She did not say "No thanks."

That she later changed her mind--and nonetheless kept millions from the boondoggle for the state--is hardly the act of a reformer.

From:
Head of State
http://tinyurl.com/55atsk


Monday, September 08, 2008
Fear and the Result of Our Decisions: Media, Palin and Iraq

I recall keenly the days of the run-up to the Iraq war. How many journalists--including those I knew and admired--drew back from criticism of obvious gaps and flaws in the logic leading to the conflict; who, despite stories of critical importance for the future of the nation hanging before them, left them hanging in the group-reinforced fear that they would be accused of a lack of patriotism if they were to report them.

And so they were left to be reported long after--in books looking back at the clear issues, landmark errors, and trail of missed opportunities that has led to the fatal outcomes we now see before us.

The issues were there at the time. To be reported.

They were not.

Today, they are again being cowed, by an equally powerful fear of unnecessary intimidation and restraint, the consequences of which stretch far beyond those that we have seen in Iraq.

At a time when we are at war, the economy in shambles, when today Fannie and Freddie Mac are, for the first time in their history, in effect being nationalized, we are being swept by emotion and fear--career fear--into ignoring a situation that would likely send us tumbling into the unknown.

For the short-term fear that each journalist feels, in being perceived as "unpatriotic" to vague, manifest threats regarding gender--they fail to report issues that have nothing to do with gender: the preparedness of a candidate for Vice President of the United States, running alongside an elderly and chronically ill Presidential candidate.

Instead--just as in the run-up to Iraq--each is making the easier choice--to join the risk-averse chorus of personality pieces, each, in the same diffusion of responsibility that had such a major role in leading us into the war in Iraq, taking the route that leads away from fact, regardless of gender.

As in Iraq, reporting fact--regardless of pressure for a mindless conformity and silence--represented actual patriotism, providing the nation with the information it needed to make a reliable and authentic decision, so reporting the facts here--regardless of pressure for an unthinking conformity represents a true balance, a true equality, a true lack of bias.

This is a time of difficult decisions. However, those decisions--your decisions--matter. We have seen this.

Report it. Don't be cowed.

Cite:
Head of State
http://tinyurl.com/55atsk

Posted by: Robert Hewson | September 9, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE how the Obama supporters are doing their best to take down the SECOND person on the Republican ticket. Seriously, it comes off as nothing but desperate.

In the next few weeks we'll start to see more articles such as the one found here:

http://www.beyondchron.org/articles/The_Obama_Craze_Count_Me_Out_5413.html

If you're open minded enough to take a look, you'll see why Obama's message of "hope and change" is a complete fairytale, and his record exposes just that. The media has yet to share with the electorate the multiple incidents of Obama promising one thing on the trail, and doing the EXACT opposite when it comes down to his votes. Forget about his associations in his past. His record alone will be more than enough to bring him down.

When the media finally starts doing it's job, (and they will) the Obama supporters will only then discover the meaning of an up-hill battle.
Good luck!

Posted by: wileynash | September 9, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Tell Palin/McCain for President
- "Thanks but no Thanks"

Posted by: lol | September 9, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Of the 50 states, Alaska ranks No. 1 in taxes per resident and No. 1 in spending per resident. Its tax burden per resident is 21/2 times the national average; its spending, more than double. The trick is that Alaska's government spends money on its own citizens and taxes the rest of us to pay for it. Although Palin, like McCain, talks about liberating ourselves from dependence on foreign oil, there is no evidence that being dependent on Alaskan oil would be any more pleasant to the pocketbook.

Alaska is, in essence, an adjunct member of OPEC. It has four different taxes on oil, which produce more than 89% of the state's unrestricted revenue. On average, three-quarters of the value of a barrel of oil is taken by the state government before that oil is permitted to leave the state. Alaska residents each get a yearly check for about $2,000 from oil revenues, plus an additional $1,200 pushed through by Palin last year to take advantage of rising oil prices. Any sympathy the governor of Alaska expresses for folks in the lower 48 who are suffering from high gas prices or can't afford to heat their homes is strictly crocodile tears.


:-)

Posted by: toritto | September 9, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

At the City Council Meeting in the small town of Midville GA last night my daughter a city council person made a stand for what turned out to be the right thing.
One of the councilmen stated to the council that "she is our Sarah Palin"
My daughter took that as a great compliment.

Stories like this are circulating everywhere. I am an older man and have not ever seen so much excitement about a political canditate.

Thank You sarah Palin
tHANK YOU FOR BRINGING MILITARY EXPERIENCE TO THE CAMPAGHIN (COMMANDER IN CHEIF OF THE ALASKA NATIONAL GUARD)
THANK YOU FOR BRINGING "ENERGY INFORMATION" TO THE CAMPAGIN YOU POSSIBLY KNOW MORE ABOUT ENERGY THAN ANYONE IN AMERICA.
THANK YOU FOR BRINGING COMMON SENSE AS PART OF YOUR EXPERIENCE.
My question is "shy would you want to talk to the liberal news media. You are doing fine without them.

thanks,
jjsjr.

Posted by: joseoh | September 9, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Who killed what? It sounds like Palin just gave it a kick after it was already dead.

""People are learning that she pandered to us by saying, I'm for this' ... and then when she found it was politically advantageous for her nationally, abruptly she starts using the very term that she said was insulting," Weinstein said.

Palin's spokeswoman in Alaska was not immediately available to comment.

National fury over the bridge caused Congress to remove the earmark designation, but Alaska was still granted an equivalent amount of transportation money to be used at its own discretion. "
http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed7/idUSN3125537020080901

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Empty headed Robert.The most important question is who is your teacher?Obama's teacher is rev Right-black ideology extremist-and Obama is the best student of rev Right out there

Posted by: Mike | September 9, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

All of us on the right have noticed when Democrats lose an argument or they are challenged, they then resort to name calling and inuendo. The Hitler charge is the worst I've heard yet. Nice try, but rational people will not buy into that stupidity. As for Palin, the left must destroy her because the American people have sensed she is the kind of leader we have been seeking. One who has a proven record as an administrator and a defender of the people's money. We've heard Obama for 19 months. Next to Palin, he sounds weak. Those of you who live and breath for a Palin disaster, stay tuned; it might happen. If not, get used to the phrase The McCain-Palin Administration.

Posted by: Jeff in Orlando | September 9, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Let's send the 'Babe' and her bridge back to nowhere.
What great choices we have -- again.

Posted by: awenshok'08 | September 9, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is a sell-out and exposed he is just a typical Republican politician by picking Palin. He picked her to appease his base and poach Hillary votes. While maybe being a fine public servant, she wasn’t the best or most qualified, it’s because he knew she would be popular. How is that being a "maverick"? I’ll say it again John McCain is a sell-out.

The most important metric for picking a VP is they are ready to step in from day one. His judgment is reckless and he gambled at our expense. The mere fact Palin is being taught foreign policy is fact she wasn’t prepared on day one.

I lost all my respect for John McCain. He's not the hero today he was 35 years ago. McCain is nothing without Palin.

What does it say about a campaign that has to "mimic" what and who Obama is, not to mention hijack Obama’s core message of Change from day one just to poach votes? Is that all they view Obama as, a "product" a "formula", a “personality”? I makes McCain look weak.

Now all these puppets are willing to just get behind her without even knowing anything about her and try to convince the American public she is prepared to be VP or President while they gave Obama hell for 20 months straight? Not even uncertain objectiveness, caution, pause or question just because she has an "R" in front of her name? How can anyone make a clear determination reasonably in less than 60 days?

Bravo America! We look like complete idiots once again while the world watches. I am truly embarrassed of my country. I guess all isn’t lost, at least many will have Palin’s eye glass frames while our country crumbles economically. We are such tools.

Posted by: Big Mike | September 9, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I dislike false rumors as much as anyone, but can a member of the press please confirm why Sara Plain is not at least 7 months pregnant in this public, unaltered Governors photo taken with President Bush in February 2008? Her baby was supposedly born on April 18, 2008.

http://www.subnet.nga.org/centennial/2008Meeting.htm from Feb, 2008 (click text link "View Larger Photo")

This photo is from March 14th 2008, where she clearly is not 7 months pregnant:

http://www.daylife.com/photo/0fcQ5EM7gafd9

Finally, she is also on the cover of December issue of Vogue which was taken December 12, 2007. She should have been 4-5 months preganant. Clearly shes not.

Reportedly, her water broke the day before or hours before she gave birth in Texas and flew 8 hour to Alaska in labor? Would a doctor/the airline allow this?

Why did she supposedly announce she was pregnant after 7 months?

There are claims she didn't look pregnant from public video interviews about the annoucement.

Why are there no photos/evidence supporting this?

Something isn't adding up?

Posted by: Dana | September 9, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a hottie. What other reason do u stupid people need to vote? In fact, just stay home and let God pick. Palin represents all women. She stands behind the teaching of morality. She believes those little tramps that get themselves pregnant have no “choice” at that point on what to do with the gift of life in their wombs! And that includes those that tease and get raped or have incestous relationships. She knows her place, and will follow McCain’s lead, just as McCain will follow the enlighten polocies of George Bush!

Posted by: Palin! | September 9, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a cuunt. If she wasn't hot, no one would pay any attention to her.

Posted by: George Carlin | September 9, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Too bad she's never lied. She says she killed the bridge project. The record shows that she did. Period. No lie from Palin here. Did she support the bridge at one time? Possibly. No lie yet, as she still killed it. Did she kill it? Yep. Still no lie. Did she use the funds elsewhere, as non-earmarked funds? Yep. Still no lie - she didn't say she sent the money back, only that she killed the bridge and didn't waste the money on it. What exactly did she lie about, Sentator Obama?

Seems the only lie involved is in Obama's and his media puppets saying she lied about it, when clearly, she did not. There's nothing more disingenuous here than in Obama's claims of 'bipartisanship' on a couple of trivial bills, for instance. Lies would include the claims of some in the press that she reduced funding for special needs children, when in fact she raised it dramatically. That she advocated teaching creationism. That she lied about the bridge. Supposed rumors of an affair that there's no evidence ever happened. THAT list goes on, and grows daily.

It's quite funny to watch Obama's camp, the press, and his minions in full panic mode as The One continues his summer slide into the fall. And yet, most of you still don't get it. These trumped-up, baseless claims only serve to make Obama look more and more like just another politician, as he really is, completely destroying his claims of "changing the tone" and bringing "a new kind of politics to Washington". Instead, we get more vicious lies, smears, and childish name-calling of Gov. Palin.

Posted by: Reality | September 9, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain = 0.9xBush
Palin = Bushette

Posted by: Lone McCain Blogger | September 9, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Follow the $.

why can't the MSM complete the story?
1) she did NOT oppose the bridge AND
2) she took the $.

Posted by: The Anti-thesis | September 9, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

The USA has become the fuucking wild west. Republicans don't give a fuuck if their candidates are lawless. Their attitude, spoken to Sen. Patrick Leahy by Dick Cheney on the floor of the U.S. Senate: Go fuuck yourself! Those are the type of excuses for people that stupid Americans vote for and call "leaders." George Carlin said it best: "Someone is getting fuucked in the aassss!"

Posted by: George Carlin | September 9, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The GOP loves two-faced liers, so what's the problem?

Posted by: frank burns | September 9, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Your headline is misleading. According to the text of the article, Palin didn't "defend" her false bridge to nowhere claim. She simply repeated it.

Why do you guys insist on writing as if this is a matter of he said/she said? There is a fact of the matter here and, the denials of one indicted and self-interested Senator aside, all objective documentary evidence demonstrates that Palin and McCain are lying.

Facts are facts and should be reported as such. Do your job.

Posted by: anymouse | September 9, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama speaks like his teacher rev Right-Hitler and clearly has the same views

Posted by: Mike | September 9, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Amazing that Palin said "thank but no thanks" yet KEPT THE MONEY!! so her words before were as useless as her words today. As for the genius Mike who compares Hitler to Obama....have you no shame or decency? anyhow Palin is appealing to the "base" which is nothing more than simple minded folks that get excited with shiny objects. The right wing of America is the equivalent to the Radicals of Iran...just like the Iranians mindless chants, the right wing marches behind any Trojan Moose.

Posted by: Ken | September 9, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse


JOHN MCCAIN LEADER OR MADMAN
YOU BE THE JUDGE.

WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain arrived late at his Senate office on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just after the first plane hit the World Trade Center. “This is war,” he murmured to his aides. The sound of scrambling fighter planes rattled the windows, sending a tremor of panic through the room.


Erik Jacobs for The New York Times
John McCain said he had consulted Henry A. Kissinger on foreign policy before and after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Within hours, Mr. McCain, the Vietnam War hero and famed straight talker of the 2000 Republican primary, had taken on a new role: the leading advocate of taking the American retaliation against Al Qaeda far beyond Afghanistan. In a marathon of television and radio appearances, Mr. McCain recited a short list of other countries said to support terrorism, invariably including Iraq, Iran and Syria.

“There is a system out there or network, and that network is going to have to be attacked,” Mr. McCain said the next morning on ABC News. “It isn’t just Afghanistan,” he added, on MSNBC. “I don’t think if you got bin Laden tomorrow that the threat has disappeared,” he said on CBS, pointing toward other countries in the Middle East.

Within a month he made clear his priority. “Very obviously Iraq is the first country,” he declared on CNN. By Jan. 2, Mr. McCain was on the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in the Arabian Sea, yelling to a crowd of sailors and airmen: “Next up, Baghdad!”

Now, as Mr. McCain prepares to accept the Republican presidential nomination, his response to the attacks of Sept. 11 opens a window onto how he might approach the gravest responsibilities of a potential commander in chief. Like many, he immediately recalibrated his assessment of the unseen risks to America’s security. But he also began to suggest that he saw a new “opportunity” to deter other potential foes by punishing not only Al Qaeda but also Iraq.

“Just as Sept. 11 revolutionized our resolve to defeat our enemies, so has it brought into focus the opportunities we now have to secure and expand our freedom,” Mr. McCain told a NATO conference in Munich in early 2002, urging the Europeans to join what he portrayed as an all but certain assault on Saddam Hussein. “A better world is already emerging from the rubble.”

To his admirers, Mr. McCain’s tough response to Sept. 11 is at the heart of his appeal. They argue that he displayed the same decisiveness again last week in his swift calls to penalize Russia for its incursion into Georgia, in part by sending peacekeepers to police its border.

His critics charge that the emotion of Sept. 11 overwhelmed his former cool-eyed caution about deploying American troops without a clear national interest and a well-defined exit, turning him into a tool of the Bush administration in its push for a war to transform the region.

“He has the personality of a fighter pilot: when somebody stings you, you want to strike out,” said retired Gen. John H. Johns, a former friend and supporter of Mr. McCain who turned against him over the Iraq war. “Just like the American people, his reaction was: show me somebody to hit.”

Whether through ideology or instinct, though, Mr. McCain began making his case for invading Iraq to the public more than six months before the White House began to do the same. He drew on principles he learned growing up in a military family and on conclusions he formed as a prisoner in North Vietnam. He also returned to a conviction about “the common identity” of dangerous autocracies as far-flung as Serbia and North Korea that he had developed consulting with hawkish foreign policy thinkers to help sharpen the themes of his 2000 presidential campaign.

While pushing to take on Saddam Hussein, Mr. McCain also made arguments and statements that he may no longer wish to recall. He lauded the war planners he would later criticize, including Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney. (Mr. McCain even volunteered that he would have given the same job to Mr. Cheney.) He urged support for the later-discredited Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi’s opposition group, the Iraqi National Congress, and echoed some of its suspect accusations in the national media. And he advanced misleading assertions not only about Mr. Hussein’s supposed weapons programs but also about his possible ties to international terrorists, Al Qaeda and the Sept. 11 attacks.

Five years after the invasion of Iraq, Mr. McCain’s supporters note that he became an early critic of the administration’s execution of the occupation, and they credit him with pushing the troop “surge” that helped bring stability. Mr. McCain, though, stands by his support for the war and expresses no regrets about his advocacy.

In written answers to questions, he blamed “Iraq’s opacity under Saddam” for any misleading remarks he made about the peril it posed.

The Sept. 11 attacks “demonstrated the grave threat posed by a hostile regime, possessing weapons of mass destruction, and with reported ties to terrorists,” Mr. McCain wrote in an e-mail message on Friday. Given Mr. Hussein’s history of pursuing illegal weapons and his avowed hostility to the United States, “his regime posed a threat we had to take seriously.” The attacks were still a reminder, Mr. McCain added, of the importance of international action “to prevent outlaw states — like Iran today — from developing weapons of mass destruction.”

Formative Years

Mr. McCain has been debating questions about the use of military force far longer than most. He grew up in a family that had sent a son to every American war since 1776, and international relations were a staple of the McCain family dinner table. Mr. McCain grew up listening to his father, Adm. John S. McCain Jr., deliver lectures on “The Four Ocean Navy and the Soviet Threat,” closing with a slide of an image he considered the ultimate factor in the balance of power: a soldier marching through a rice paddy with a rifle at his shoulder.

“To quote Sherman, war is all hell and we need to fight it out and get it over with and that is when the killing stops,” recalled Joe McCain, Senator McCain’s younger brother.

Vietnam, for Senator McCain, reinforced those lessons. He has often said he blamed the Johnson administration’s pause in bombing for prolonging the war, and he credited President Richard M. Nixon’s renewed attacks with securing his release from a North Vietnamese prison. He has made the principle that the exercise of military power sets the bargaining table for international relations a consistent theme of his career ever since, and in his 2002 memoir he wrote that one of his lifelong convictions was “the imperative that American power never retreat in response to an inferior adversary’s provocation.”


But Mr. McCain also took away from Vietnam a second, restraining lesson: the necessity for broad domestic support for any military action. For years he opposed a string of interventions — in Lebanon, Haiti, Somalia, and, for a time, the Balkans — on the grounds that the public would balk at the loss of life without clear national interests. “The Vietnam thing,” he recently said.

In the late 1990s, however, while he was beginning to consider his 2000 presidential race, he started rebalancing his view of the needs to project American strength and to sustain public support. The 1995 massacre of 5,000 unarmed Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica under NATO’s watch struck at his conscience, he has said, and in addition to America’s strategic national interests — in that case, the future and credibility of NATO — Mr. McCain began to speak more expansively about America’s moral obligations as the only remaining superpower.

His aides say he later described the American air strikes in Bosnia in 1996 and in Kosovo in 1999 as a parable of political leadership: Mr. McCain, Senator Bob Dole and others had rallied Congressional support for the strikes despite widespread public opposition, then watched approval soar after the intervention helped to bring peace.

“Americans elect their leaders to make these kinds of judgments,” Mr. McCain said in the e-mail message.

It was during the Balkan wars that Mr. McCain and his advisers read a 1997 article on the Wall Street Journal editorial page by William Kristol and David Brooks of The Weekly Standard — both now Op-Ed page columnists at The New York Times — promoting the idea of “national greatness” conservatism, defined by a more activist agenda at home and a more muscular role in the world.

“I wouldn’t call it a ‘eureka’ moment, but there was a sense that this is where we are headed and this is what we are trying to articulate and they have already done a lot of the work,” said John Weaver, a former McCain political adviser. “And, quite frankly, from a crass political point of view, we were in the making-friends business. The Weekly Standard represented a part of the primary electorate that we could get.”

Soon Mr. McCain and his aides were consulting regularly with the circle of hawkish foreign policy thinkers sometimes referred to as neoconservatives — including Mr. Kristol, Robert Kagan and Randy Scheunemann, a former aide to Mr. Dole who became a McCain campaign adviser — to develop the senator’s foreign policy ideas and instincts into the broad themes of a presidential campaign. (In his e-mail message, Mr. McCain noted that he had also consulted with friends like Henry A. Kissinger, known for a narrower view of American interests.)

One result was a series of speeches in which Mr. McCain called for “rogue state rollback.” He argued that disparate regional troublemakers, including Iraq, North Korea and Serbia, bore a common stamp: they were all autocracies. And as such, he contended, they were more likely to export terrorism, spread dangerous weapons, or start ethnic conflicts. In an early outline of what would become his initial response to the Sept. 11 attacks, Mr. McCain argued that “swift and sure” retribution against any one of the rogue states was an essential deterrent to any of the others. But Mr. McCain’s advisers and aides say his “rogue state” speeches stopped short of the most sweeping international agenda put forth by Mr. Kristol, Mr. Kagan and their allies. Mr. McCain explicitly disavowed direct military action merely to advance American values, foreswearing any “global crusade” of interventions in favor of relying on covert and financial support for internal opposition groups.

As an example, he could point to his 1998 sponsorship of the Iraqi Liberation Act, which sought to direct nearly $100 million to Iraqis who hoped to overthrow Saddam Hussein. The bill, signed by President Bill Clinton, also endorsed the ouster of Mr. Hussein.

Mr. McCain said then that he doubted the United States could muster the political will to use ground troops to remove the Iraqi dictator any time soon. “It was much easier when Saddam Hussein was occupying Kuwait and threatening Saudi Arabia,” the senator told Fox News in November 1998. “We’d have to convince the American people that it’s worth again the sacrifice of American lives, because that would also be part of the price.”

Hard Calls

Mr. McCain spent the afternoon of Sept. 11 in a young aide’s studio apartment near the Capitol. There was no cable television, nothing but water in the kitchen, and the hallway reminded him of an old boxing gym. Evacuated from his office but stranded by traffic, he could not resist imagining himself at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. “There are not enough Secret Service agents in the world to keep me away from Washington and New York at a time like this,” Mr. McCain told an adviser.


Over the next days and weeks, however, Mr. McCain became almost as visible as he would have been as president. Broadcasters rushed to him as a patriotic icon and reassuring voice, and for weeks he was ubiquitous on the morning news programs, Sunday talk shows, cable news networks, and even late-night comedy shows.

In the spotlight, he pushed rogue state rollback one step further, arguing that the United States should go on the offensive as a warning to any other country that might condone such an attack. “These networks are well-embedded in some of these countries,” Mr. McCain said on Sept. 12, listing Iraq, Iran and Syria as potential targets of United States pressure. “We’re going to have to prove to them that we are very serious, and the price that they will pay will not only be for punishment but also deterrence.”

Although he had campaigned for President Bush during the 2000 general election, he was still largely frozen out of the White House because of animosities left over from the Republican primary. But after Mr. Bush declared he would hold responsible any country condoning terrorism, Mr. McCain called his leadership “magnificent” and his national security team the strongest “that has ever been assembled.” A few weeks later, Larry King of CNN asked whether he would have named Mr. Rumsfeld and Colin L. Powell to a McCain cabinet. “Oh, yes, and Cheney,” Mr. McCain answered, saying he, too, would have offered Mr. Cheney the vice presidency.

Even during the heat of the war in Afghanistan, Mr. McCain kept an eye on Iraq. To Jay Leno in mid-September, Mr. McCain said he believed “some other countries” had assisted Osama bin Laden, going on to suggest Iraq, Syria and Iran as potential suspects. In October 2001, when an Op-Ed page column in The New York Times speculated that Iraq, Russia or some other country might bear responsibility for that month’s anthrax mailings, Mr. McCain interrupted a question about Afghanistan from David Letterman on that night’s “Late Show.” “The second phase is Iraq,” Mr. McCain said, adding, “Some of this anthrax may — and I emphasize may — have come from Iraq.” (The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it came from a federal government laboratory in Maryland.) By October, United States and foreign intelligence agencies had said publicly that they doubted any cooperation between Mr. Hussein and Al Qaeda, noting Al Qaeda’s opposition to such secular nationalists. American intelligence officials soon declared that Mr. Hussein had not supported international terrorism for nearly a decade.

But when the Czech government said that before the attacks, one of the 9/11 hijackers had met in Prague with an Iraqi intelligence official, Mr. McCain seized the report as something close to a smoking gun. “The evidence is very clear,” he said three days later, in an Oct. 29 television interview. (Intelligence agencies quickly cast doubt on the meeting.)

Frustrated by the dearth of American intelligence about Iraq, Mr. McCain’s aides say, he had long sought to learn as much as he could from Iraqi opposition figures in exile, including Mr. Chalabi of the Iraqi National Congress. Over the years, Mr. McCain often urged support for the group, saying it had “significant support, in my view, inside Iraq.”

After Sept. 11, Mr. Chalabi’s group said an Iraqi emissary had once met with Osama bin Laden, and brought forward two Iraqi defectors who described terrorist training camps and biological weapons efforts. At times, Mr. McCain seemed to echo their accusations, citing the “two defectors” in a television interview and attesting to “credible reports of involvement between Iraqi administration officials, Iraqi officials and the terrorists.”

Growing Impatient

But United States intelligence officials had doubts about Mr. Chalabi at the time and have since discredited his group. In 2006, Mr. McCain acknowledged to The New Republic that he had been “too enamored with the I.N.C.” In his e-mail message, though, he said he never relied on the group for information about Iraq’s weapons program.

At a European security conference in February 2002, when the Bush administration still publicly maintained that it had made no decision about moving against Iraq, Mr. McCain described an invasion as all but certain. “A terrorist resides in Baghdad,” he said, adding, “A day of reckoning is approaching.”

Regime change in Iraq in addition to Afghanistan, he argued, would compel other sponsors of terrorism to mend their ways, “accomplishing by example what we would otherwise have to pursue through force of arms.”

Finally, as American troops massed in the Persian Gulf in early 2003, Mr. McCain grew impatient, his aides say, concerned that the White House was failing to act as the hot desert summer neared. Waiting, he warned in a speech in Washington, risked squandering the public and international support aroused by Sept. 11. “Does anyone really believe that the world’s will to contain Saddam won’t eventually collapse as utterly as it did in the 1990s?” Mr. McCain asked.

In retrospect, some of Mr. McCain’s critics now accuse him of looking for a pretext to justify the war. “McCain was hell-bent for leather: ‘Saddam Hussein is a bad guy, we have got to teach him, let’s send a message to the other people in the Middle East,’ ” said Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts.

But Mr. McCain, in his e-mail message, said the reason he had supported the war was the evolving threat from Mr. Hussein.

“I believe voters elect their leaders based on their experience and judgment — their ability to make hard calls, for instance, on matters of war and peace,” he wrote. “It’s important to get them right.”

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Mike,

Your same empty headed comment could be made about Ronald Regan. Heck, he was a much better speaker than Obama. Does any good speaker compare to Hitler then? Good grief, bring something more intelligent than your Hitler dribble...

Posted by: Robert | September 9, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

From factcheck.org

You might as well know what actually happened so you can make up your own mind without the lies.
If you are interested read below.

Q: Does Obama have a real estate problem?

A political patron from whom he bought a strip of land is under federal indictment, but there's no evidence Obama did anything improper.
Here’s what happened: In 2005, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, bid $1.65 million for a house on the south side of Chicago. According to newspaper reports, the owner was also trying to sell an undeveloped parcel of land adjacent to the property Obama was buying, and he wanted the sales of the two to close on the same day. Obama has said that he mentioned he was buying the house to a longtime political patron, Antoin (Tony) Rezko, a developer. Rezko’s wife wound up buying the lot adjacent to Obama’s. At the request of the Obamas, who were seeking a bit more space for their yard, she later sold them a 10-foot wide strip, or about one-sixth, of her land. The Obamas paid $104,500 for it, or about one-sixth of what Mrs. Rezko had paid for the entire property.

Obama doesn’t appear to have reaped any financial advantages from the transactions. The reason the deal has received a good bit of attention is that Tony Rezko – whose political contributions to Illinois’ former governor, Obama and others totaled in the hundreds of thousands of dollars – was known to be under federal investigation at the time the Obamas were purchasing their home. In 2006, Rezko was indicted in three federal cases: Two involved fraud schemes in which he allegedly demanded payments from firms wanting work from the enormous Illinois teachers’ pension fund and from those wanting favorable rulings from a state board that regulates the building of new hospital facilities. In the third, he was charged with fraudulently obtaining more than $10 million in loans for a pizza restaurant business; in December 2007, prosecutors added more fraud counts to that indictment.

Obama has a relationship with Rezko that dates back many years, but there’s no indication Obama did anything improper. Shortly after finishing law school, Obama, who had turned down a job offer from the developer, went to work at a law firm where he represented some community groups that partnered with Rezko to apply for housing rehabilitation loans. As a state legislator, he wrote letters to city and state officials in support of Rezko’s efforts to build apartments for the elderly with government money; the senator asserts that this was a project the community wanted. Obama got together with Rezko a couple of times a year, he has said.

Obama has donated campaign contributions from Rezko and his associates to charity, and he said in 2006, when the real estate transaction was reported by the press, that he made a “boneheaded” mistake by participating in the deal when it was known that Rezko was being investigated. “I regret it,” Obama said. “I’m going to make sure from this point on I don’t even come close to the line.”

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Byt most important that Obama broke the law when he bought his house from REZKO.Would you need president like that?

Posted by: Mike | September 9, 2008 2:20 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Mamacita - if you hunt, I can't fathom why you would support Obama because ultimately, they want to completely disarm America. As a gun owner, I can't give Obama the nod. I was looking at him pretty closely for a while too, but there are so many things that just don't sit well with me where he is concerned and his stance on my firearms rights is just the icing on the cake.

Flip flop? How about Obama's stance on the church he attended for 20 years. How convenient to simply drop it like a hot potato when the country learned that his church is anti-America, anti-white and separatist. That church is about as racist as it gets. Putting a racist man in the White House is not the best way to unite the country.

Posted by: Muad'dib | September 9, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin-drome flip-flopped on a $233M bridge for political profile, not because of any change in fact or her own ethics.

Switching from supporting the war to being against it is understandable, since the "facts" about the war actually did change, when the WMD's the President swore were in Iraq and the yellow-cake from Nigeria proved to have been completely made up.

When the mission switched to "bringing democracy" to Iraq (i.e. nation building in an oil-rich region), the validity of the war and the reason for supporting disappeared.

Believing that the surge (the clean-up effort to fix the colossal bungle the Bush pushed us into through lies and deceit) equals victory and mission accomplished proves that McCain never got it, doesn't get it now, and never will.

Posted by: 7 years war | September 9, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

The whole issue of "not" being a lie is comparable to BYU students having anal intercourse because they technically remain "virgins". It is ridiculous. This isn't the same as bush not wanting to comment on his cocaine use or alcoholism. Palin is intentionally misleading the public. I am a republican and I want McCain to win, but I am tired of the indecency and misdirection that has become a political standard.

Posted by: bcs | September 9, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Mr Magoo didn't vet Ms Caribou. The attraction there is clear enough: she's an ex-model who, in the best traditions of Republicans, is know for lying, cheating and stealing. A person who is so intellectually vacuous that she supports science when it comes to oil companies finding oil, but not to make them clean up their mess; she supports science when it comes to her body, but not our planet.

The truth will come out about her. It always does.

Mr. Magoo made a stupid, reckless, cynical, crap shoot of a pick in Palin, one that shows just how horribly he makes decisions.

Posted by: Deep Blue | September 9, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Byt most important that Obama broke the law when he bought his house from REZKO.Would you need president like that?

Posted by: Mike | September 9, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I am Barack Obama and I approve this message.

In the roughly 1,000 days I've been a Senator, in which I've missed over 2/3 of the votes, I have requested over 1 BILLION of your tax dollars to go to my state for some RETARDED projects, including my wifes employer who after getting their earmark promoted my wife so we could afford our 4mill dolla' house.

A full list of all my earmarks from 06-07 can be found here:
http://answercenter.barackobama.com/cgi-bin/barackobama.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=172&p_created=1205426026&p_sid=TNlxoC-i&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MSwxJnBfcHJvZHM9JnBfY2F0cz

CHANGE you can believe me. I will end all earmarks that do not go to the State of Illinois.

I am Barack Obama and I approve this message.

Posted by: Barack Obama | September 9, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Lets talk about Hitler.Obama has the same oratoric appeal like Hitler had.We all know whats happened to Germany.Obama took his oratoric lessons from rev Right.Can you imagine what could happen to our country

Posted by: Mike | September 9, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm not that worried about Palin's lie about the bridge (YES she is lying when she claims she said "No Thanks" to Washington). I'm much more worried about the fact that she does not believe in evolution, thinks dinosaurs lived and died only 4000 years ago and wants kids to learn Biblical Creationism in SCIENCE class and threatens to overturn Roe v. Wade ...at the same time she's telling the press to "respect our family's CHOICE" when it comes to her pregnant daughter. There is a much more dangerous hypocracy in Sara Palin than flip-flopping on the bridge to nowhere. Let's examine the issues that really matter.

Posted by: Female Voter | September 9, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I love it how Ted Stevens is coming to her defense. Like, we should BELIEVE anything that old fraudster has to say?

The more he talks about her, the worse she looks.

All these headlines she's making, and she STILL hasn't given an unscripted interview with ANYONE.

And as far as white women supporting her: I am about as white as it gets, and about as female as it gets, and I CANNOT STAND this woman. I'm a fourth-generation Montanan. I hunt and fish and ride horses. She doesn't impress ME much. The lies, and the remarks about the community organizers, and her position on abortion.... that did it for me.

But mostly I hate her because she STOLE my hairstyle!!!

OBAMA all the way!!

Posted by: mamacita | September 9, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

To quote George Costanza, "Remember Jerry, it's not a lie if you believe it."

Posted by: PZ | September 9, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Benjamin, it's not a flip flop unless you flip back to the previously held position - Sarah Palin has not done that. During the 2004 election it was important to note that Kerry did flip flop and waffle all over the place, depending on what his party wanted because let's face it, Kerry completely toed the party line. McCain does not always toe the party line, and Sarah Palin most definitely doesn't toe that line either. But Obama does, and so does Biden.

Posted by: Muad'dib | September 9, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Yup, it worked for Hitler. You saw that republican convention, it looked like a gathering of the Nazi party. Signs wit "Country first" and all the speeches in the effect of "You are either with us or you are not real americans or patriots"

Another good quote from the Nazi's that applies to the republicans is:

“…it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. … All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.”

- Hermann Goering, founder of the Gestapo and one of the main architects of Nazi Germany.

See anything familiar?


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The GOP and the "Big Lie" strategy:

A propaganda tactic utilized by fascist regimes of various stripes who put it to chillingly effective use during their tenure. It's also a favorite strategy amongst Republican political strategists of the Karl Rove sort.

In a nutshell, the Big Lie involves two components: One, you tell such a whopper of a lie that it gives people pause – i.e., would/could authority figures really lie about something important like this?

Two, you repeat the lie over and over again until finally, the skeptical start believing it, and the unsuspecting simply assume it's true because they've heard it so much.
Posted by: theo | September 9, 2008 1:43 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes, Ted Stevens...some high praise there...

Posted by: Rose | September 9, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Fake JakeD at 2:06pm.

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Look, people, I'm not defending Palin on flip-floping (she obviously did) or not returning the funds (she didn't). There is NO LIE though. That's all I am pointing out.

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden was "for" the war in Iraq before he was "against" it, and a lot of you are jacked up about a bridge?

Posted by: Just Wondering | September 9, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama divorce?

Posted by: JakeeD | September 9, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Muad'dib - You're calling the Obama camp on that? It's the republican party who is the first to call "flip flop" and not let people change their mind. they built Bush's entire re-election campaign on that and now they(you) want to cry about that standard your party already set? Too late.
A flip flop is a flip flop. Changing your mind because it's become politically expedient to do so is not reform, that's politics as usual.
312 nights spent at home that she billed the state for. That's reform? That's fiscal restraint? That's pit bull sh** is what it is.

Posted by: Benjamin | September 9, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Boca Bob - Oh please, he was a community organizer years ago. Since then he's served in both the state senate of Illinois and in the United States congress.
You want to talk about whose fit to do what... Look at education and experience of Palin, McCainn, then Obama's. Who would be given hiring preference in the private sector? Obama easily. Superior education and a demonstrateable track record of achieving goals he set for himself. What has palin achieved? 316 paid nights at home, courtesy of the Alaskan people? Nice. A bridge to nowhere she was for, before she was against? Nice. Hiring a professional lobbiest for her hometown to secure earmarks and now she's against them? nice.

Palin is a fraud and a phony. One only has to look at the fact that the republican establishment, the folks who brought you the train wreck that has been 8 years of Bush, hand picked her. She's just another example of McCain's complete lack of honesty and ethics. The guy has a history of a washington insider, securing earmarks for his home state, supporting Bush and the trainwreck he's made of the economy, and now we're supposed to believe HE's going to reform it? He's been part of the problem and part of the solution is not just NOT voting for McCain for president, but getting him out of congress as well.

People tout his war hero and POW status, but that was 40 years ago. People also forget that Benedict Arnold, the most famous traitor in American history was once a hero too, who did heroic things. Ultimately though, he would betray us. McCain has betrayed America and has a course set for us to lose our lead in science, education, health care, etc... He has no solutions at all, except to keep cutting taxes and running up the debt. He has no clue at all where this is heading and he's admitted he has no clue on economics. No clue, no plan, only a gimmick called Sarah Palin.
The republican party has betrayed all of America, they can not be rewarded for that. The claims about Sarah Palin and her maverick status are as valid as that other famous republican claim "Iraq has weapons of mass destruction". It's all BS. Or in this case, it's Pit BS.

Posted by: Benjamin | September 9, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Something I find to be interesting here is the idea that is coming from the Democrats and the Obama campaign that seems to indicate that a person is not allowed to learn or change their minds - essentially that what they know and the positions they hold when they come into office must ALWAYS be the positions they hold.

My take on the situation is that Palin came to office with certain agendas and beliefs, but altered that viewpoint after learning more about what was going on. The Obama camp is calling her out for taking earmarks, but let's call it for what it is - the state can't just automatically turn off the flow of money, but it can reduce the amount of earmarks taken over time. Sarah Palin was on that track, reducing the amount of congressional earmarks coming into the state. No matter how you look at it, that is reform in action - unlike Obama who took and spent almost a billion dollars in congressional earmarks with no indication that he was ever going to stop or reform the process.

Posted by: Muad'dib | September 9, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

liar,liar,liar, pants on fire. every time mccain & palin open their mouth to speak more lies, i feel sick to my stomach...

Posted by: kay | September 9, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

For all you Sarah worshippers, The Conservative Wall Street Journal states she campaigned for the bridge and when the bridge came under fire and was scraped, she turned against it. What is more important is that since Sarah Palin has been governor, she has requested $750 billion in earmarks for Alaska; Obama for the same 2 year period, asked for $311 million for a state with a much larger population. Alaska has the largest per capita request in the country! These are hard, cold facts, folks. The largest per capita request for earmarks in the country. This is your tax dollars. And when the bridge didn't go through, why didn't the reformer Sarah give the money back??

Posted by: cillann | September 9, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by Jake D:
"Of course she had a record of supporting the project -- then in Sept. 2007 she told Congress "Thanks, but no thanks" -- why is that so difficult to understand?"

"You actually have to prove a "lie" first."

Jake, you're just pushing what's, in essence, a semantic argument.

Palin's comments can be considered as "messaging" the truth. Sure, she ultimately said no to the project, but she's doing so in a misleading way, making it sound like she never thought it was a good idea. She's leaving out the fact that she apparently thought it was fine (I won't claim that she was some kind of gung-ho booster) until the deal got bad press and she realized it would cost Alaska a lot of money too.

Is that a lie? Depends on who you talk to. Yes, her comment is technically true, but in (and I stress this word) knowingly omitting facts to misrepresent the situation she's walking a very fine line. To a lot of folks, that equals lying.

If we check Websters definition of lie...

1 a: an assertion of something known or believed by the speaker to be untrue with intent to deceive b: an untrue or inaccurate statement that may or may not be believed true by the speaker
2: something that misleads or deceives

Personally, I have to say that Palin's omissions here are misleading hence...

Posted by: DougB | September 9, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

She is a very skilled politician, and my hat goes off to her. Lets face it: while it's definitely misleading, and while you may be able to call it 'a white lie of omission.' she is technically not outright lying.

As much as I disagree with her politics, I gotta admit, this woman is slicker than slick Willy Clinton.

Here's how it goes:
First she said: "Thanks"

Then it becomes hugely unpopular

For a while she still supported it. Check the Wikipedia Article About it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravina_Island_Bridge
With a picture of her "Rocking" the T-Shirt:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Palin_nowhere.jpg

Then, when it went from 'unpopular' to 'an exposed National Embarrassment', and she was the only person in a position to cancel it, only then did she say "No Thanks".

But no matter how you slice it, she said "Thanks, but no thanks"... All the facts are just details.


So she got it both ways. She ran for governor promising that bridge, she got elected, and when she already had the office, she did the Politically Expedient thing. Will america buy it, hook, line, and stinker? Maybe.

Kudos Mrs. Palin! I may not agree with anything you say, but in a world where politicians can twist the truth up more crooked than a barrel of snakes without lying, you may have just set the record for the biggest "Whopper of Omission".


I'm sincerely impressed.
RC

Posted by: Ryan Churches | September 9, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

The GOP and the "Big Lie" strategy:

A propaganda tactic utilized by fascist regimes of various stripes who put it to chillingly effective use during their tenure. It's also a favorite strategy amongst Republican political strategists of the Karl Rove sort.

In a nutshell, the Big Lie involves two components: One, you tell such a whopper of a lie that it gives people pause – i.e., would/could authority figures really lie about something important like this?

Two, you repeat the lie over and over again until finally, the skeptical start believing it, and the unsuspecting simply assume it's true because they've heard it so much.

Posted by: theo | September 9, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen where Palin couldnt even quote the Amendments, http://www.theveep.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey JakeD,
If she really does not support the bridge, then let's get the money back. She can say what she wants but she took the money. In my view, that is NOT putting Country First - what a joke that is!

Posted by: Richard | September 9, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I guess the critics of Sarah Palin's actions can't tolerate the idea that she had an open mind about it -- after all there are some benefits to any construction like this, and she was running for Governor, and had to be positive. So, what is the big deal?

She reflected on it and said no. So what? Is this a big problem, no. The critics are insane with anger over her, and they are really stretching hard to find a problem here.

It is disgusting, actually.

Posted by: Arthur Lemay | September 9, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey JakeD

"Of course she had a record of supporting the project -- then in Sept. 2007 she told Congress "Thanks, but no thanks" -- why is that so difficult to understand?"

Whats wrong with it? Well first lets start with all of the flip flopper attacks the republicans have been using in this election. Either she was for it or against it. You can't have it both ways if you've accused people of flip flopping on any issue. I for one don't have a problem with someone changing their mind if they get new information to support such a change, but again this isn't the way of the GOP.

Posted by: Lewis | September 9, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Has any member of Obama's News Media Fan Club EVER asked the Messiah what exactly is a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER and HOW does that even remotely qualify anyone for President of the United States. Oh, and what about the 143 days the Messiah actually showed up at The Senate in the 3 SHORT YEARS he has been there! GIVE ME A BREAK, this guy isn't qualified to be an Assistant Public Defender in Chicago's night court!!

Posted by: Boca Bob | September 9, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Bridge to nowhere? Wow what a scandal. Really scrapping the bottom of the barrel people.

What's next, she fixed a traffic ticket. OMG how disgusting...

Posted by: xbt | September 9, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Ted Stevens defending Sarah Palin is like one crook defending another crook.

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

John McSame picked an ethics challenged creationist cheerleader (Palin) as his running-mate and now Palin won't talk to the press (and we all know why) yet she gets up and makes some dumbass speech everyday where she's calling out Democrats, Obama, Biden etc....and the freaking corporate media runs with it?!?!

Where the hell does she get off calling out ANYONE when she's to damn afraid of having to go off script (Charlie Gibson?...pleeeease) and answer some questions from the media? And there are a LOT of questions she needs to answer to...

I know in these tough economic times it's sometimes hard to remember how many houses you own but C'mon Corporate Media, Do Your Damn Job For Once

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: McCain + Palin = Bush's third term | September 9, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

All I can say about anonymous comment about Palin's alleged affair is, "Who cares."

Posted by: xbt | September 9, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Mcain and Palin are the true "Bridge to Nowhere".

Posted by: Michael | September 9, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Mike:

Congress specifically authorized Alaska to keep the money for other projects. There's no doubt that Gov. Palin took the final, fatal shot -- she killed this bridge project -- by refusing to allocate $329 million to fully fund it. She, in effect, told Congress "Thanks, but no thanks." What is wrong with that?!

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone else read this story about a possible Affair Sarah Palin had? That is just one of the Scandals listed at this site. http://www.hotpres.com
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

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Pit Bull Palin, "Madame Bit*h" as she is better known amongst her fellow canines, is perfect for the GOP...lie, lie, lie and hope the questioners give up and go away....Not a chance.....

By the way sarah, how's that abstinance only thing working out up there in alaska??

Posted by: pj451 | September 9, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse


WHY PAID "DISINFO" AGENTS "MOB" WA-PO BLOGS...

Earlier today, a poster to either the Fix or the Trail remarked that the site was being "mobbed."

That is a gang-stalking term for descending upon the environs of the "targets" of their harassment, whether it be a public place like a store or a web site in cyberspace.

The lingo kind of tell us something...

The paid disinformation specialists fear the First Amendment and the free expression of ideas, which is why they are "mobbing" the WaPo blogs.

So Cillizza, Kornblut, Shear, Balz, Broder, et. al. -- keep up the good work!

Posted by: Outside the Box | September 9, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Wait, she TOOK THE MONEY, then said "Thanks but no thanks." Isn't that the WORST thing you could do with a project deemed to be a pork barrel project? Take the money and then run?

Posted by: Mike | September 9, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

She speaks only through spokesmen. Can she speak herself? If it is not true what they are saying about her, doesn't she want to defend herself? Yea, right, this moron stooge the republicans have found themselves will say or do what ever they tell her. She is so deep over her head in lies now, she will have to take the 5th if she ever does an interview. I don't see how she can ever do an interview. All you will ever get are statements released by spokesman that they wrote. She just keeps her mouth shut like the good little "STOOGE" she is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Dawn and Dave:

You actually have to prove a "lie" first.

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm not usually a media watchdog/nitpicker, but the story here doesn't seem to support the claim made by the headline. Nowhere in the story is Palin quoted as "defending" her claims that she opposed the Ketchikan bridge. Instead, it appears that she is merely repeating the claim, without responding directly to the extensive evidence that this claim is untrue. The only person arguably quoted "defending" the claim is indicted Senator Ted Stevens.

Posted by: infirm | September 9, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin is an outright LIAR!!!!!
And worse yet, she may actually believe her own lies - just like Bush.

Posted by: Dave | September 9, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Now it's time to call her what she is: A pathalogical liar.

Posted by: Dawn | September 9, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Of course she had a record of supporting the project -- then in Sept. 2007 she told Congress "Thanks, but no thanks" -- why is that so difficult to understand?

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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