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Palin's List of Foreign-Leader Meetings Expands

By Juliet Eilperin
The list of foreign leaders GOP vice president Sarah Palin will meet this week in New York just keeps getting longer.

In addition to having private sessions with Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Colombian president Alvaro Uribe scheduled for Tuesday, the Alaska governor now has a more elaborate list of heads of state lined up for Wednesday.

According to the campaign, she will meet Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili; Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko; Iraqi President Jalal Talabani; Pakistani President Asif Ali Zadari; and Indian Prime Minister Manhoman Singh in a single day.

And Wednesday offers Palin a tete-a-tete with another category of globe trotter: she'll also be meeting with U2 frontman Bono, whose work with the ONE Campaign has earned frequent plaudits from GOP presidential nominee John McCain on the campaign trail.

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can you imagine what each of those leaders will be thinking after their meetings with her?! ("WTF?!")

Posted by: ucan'thandlethetruth | September 22, 2008 9:01 PM
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Here is what they think
http://in.news.yahoo.com/139/20080925/888/twl-palin-leaves-manmohan-singh-speechle.html

Posted by: varghese_jinu | September 25, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Why should Palin meet with leaders and ambassadors from Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, China, England, China, etc. She cannot see these countries from Alaska.

Posted by: Larry Linn | September 23, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

After reading your blog, thought you would be interested in this...

CNBC goes inside the oil debate with an in-depth hour featuring the presidential candidates and a revealing interview with Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Before Friday's presidential debate, this is one hour you can't afford to miss. "The Hunt For Black Gold" premieres Wednesday at 9p ET on CNBC. For web extras, visit http://www.cnbc.com/id/26334704?__source=vty|huntforblackgold|&par=vty.

Posted by: iluvamerica | September 23, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

"Palin says she'll work with Personnel Board probe

TROOPERGATE: The governor picks the agency's members.

Less than a week after balking at the Legislature's investigation into her alleged abuse of power, Gov. Sarah Palin on Monday indicated she will cooperate with a separate probe run by people she can fire.

Palin attorney Thomas Van Flein said in an e-mail that information on who will be interviewed and when will be known on Tuesday. He said additional coordination meetings with the investigator, Anchorage attorney Timothy Petumenos, are likely."

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/21/palins_list_of_foreign-leader.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

As governor, Sarah Palin...

Proposed paying a $150 bounty for the left foreleg of each dead wolf.

Approved a $400,000 state-funded propaganda campaign to promote aerial hunting.

Introduced legislation to make it even easier to use aircraft to hunt wolves and bears.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

PLEASE EMAIL WEBSITES, NEWSPAPERS, AND TV STATIONS TO STOP REPORTING ANY NEWS ABOUT PALIN. STOP COVERING OR BROADCASTING ANY OF HER EVENTS. DO NOT PRINT ANY GOP NEWS THAT INCLUDES HER NAME. IF THIS ALMOST WOMEN REFUSES TO HAVE A NEWS CONFERENCE, OR ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE PRESS WHY SHOULD SHE BE ALLOWED TO HAVE ANY COVERAGE OF HER SPEECHES OR COMMENTS. SHE REFUSES TO HAVE A 2 WAY CONVERSATION WITH AMERICA, SO BLACK LIST HER. WHY WOULDN'T SHE WANT US TO KNOW JUST HOW SMART SHE IS REGARDING THE ISSUES THAT BIDDEN, BARRACK AND MCCAIN ARE WILLING TO ANSWER. HELL SHE WENT TO 6 COLLEGES TO GET HER 4 YEAR DEGREE SO SHE MUST BE AS SHARP AS A TACK

Posted by: Sacto | September 23, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

can you imagine what each of those leaders will be thinking after their meetings with her?! ("WTF?!")

Posted by: ucan'thandlethetruth | September 22, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

mcaine pick hottie obama pick guy so macaine has to win she has safety goggles and beehive so hot she be good for war with country who dont do as we say she bomb to stoneage and we torture if they dont say uncle cause we the usa and we have biggest hottie for president when palling win she also build bridge to nothing and no pork and can win beauty contest if she wants she is so butiful i definitly vote palling she great

Posted by: D Miner | September 22, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Hi Hemi,

Yes, I agree the polls are not done moving, but I heard the results in rural America are not as good as the GOP is hoping for. They say they are on track to improve it by the election, but we have a lot of variables like the debates, economic crisis, anything that comes out of Alaska, etc.

Lots of potential volatility.

Good to see you again btw.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Polls continue to swing for Obama

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/us/general_election_mccain_vs_obama-225.html

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 5:52

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It might say that now but it won't take long before they swing it back to McCain. I've been following this thing every day, and every time McCain gets in trouble with his big mouth the media put out headlines saying he's climbing in the polls. I knew they would do it today, and they sure as hell did. Only this time their not pushing it because McCain got whipped last week. Today they did the rural voters for McCain poll. Give it a few more days and things will be back to a neck and neck tie. They want to make this thing seem close as possible so people won't flip the hell out when Bush's clowns rig the election. I know for a fact that Obama is blowing McCain away. Those polls don't even count people that use cell phones, which is Obama's largest base.

Posted by: Hemi | September 22, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

For the person who posted this crap below, FYI both McCain and Sarah Palin are going to tell foreign leaders where to get off. They have no right to ask Palin questions in fact at meetings with US leaders, they're there to listen not to talk. It's disgusting that you would even propose that foreign leaders should ask her questions when Americans themselves are not allowed to ask questions at this particular moment. The audacity of your comment!!!!


Perhaps one of those foreign leaders will ask Gov. Palin a few questions. It is ridiculous that the McCain campaign is shielding her from reporters, and even from questions from skeptical voters (only from screened crowds in GOP-friendly places). Who is Sarah Palin? What is she like when she's not reading from a script? Outside of folks in Alaska, the people of this country do not know much about her. Maybe she'll agree to meet a few non-Republican voters while she's in New York.

Posted by: HarrisCo | September 22, 2008 3:07 PM

Posted by: MCain Palin 08 | September 22, 2008

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McCain does the same thing. He plays the wounded duck, but the truth is, he keeps reporters as far away as possible. When a reporter asked him where he stands on contraception, he said let me get with my staff to find out where I stand on that. He's a total moron. Does he really think he can get away with hiding Palin away until election day. This is the biggest scam ever played on the American people. I know their gonna steal this election.

Posted by: Hemi | September 22, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Abraham Lincoln: 18 months of schooling (formal education), largely self-educated.

Posted by: American | September 22, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama Another Dukakis?
Why is Obama so vapid, hesitant, and gutless?
By Christopher Hitchens
Updated Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, Slate

"...I ran into a rather clever Republican operative at the airport last week, who pointed out to me that this ought by rights to be a Democratic Party year across the board, from the White House to the Congress to the gubernatorial races. But there was a crucial energy leak, and it came from the very top. More people doubted Obama's qualifications for the presidency in September than had told the pollsters they had doubted these credentials in July. "So what he ought to do," smiled this man, "is spend his time closing that gap and less time attacking McCain." Obama's party hacks, increasingly white and even green about the gills, are telling him to do the opposite. I suppose this could even mean that Sarah Palin, down the road, will end up holding the door open for Hillary Clinton. Such joy!"

Posted by: Scott | September 22, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Pooh! If Sarah is going to EFFECTIVELY follow in the footsteps of Dick Cheney she has to start learning to be like a shadow. And that means: NO QUESTIONS!!!!!


"Alaskans angered that Palin is off-limits

"Why did the McCain campaign take over the governor's office?" the Anchorage Daily News demanded in an editorial Saturday. "Is it too much to ask that Alaska's governor speak for herself, directly to Alaskans, about her actions as Alaska's governor?"

Posted by: pooh bear | September 22, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I think its perfectly OK for the governor Palin to let the McCain campaign take over all her PR and public affairs for the state of Alaska. It is a kind and decent thing for them to do.

And for those of you who like to belittle that Sarah Palin doesn't know anything about foreign affairs let me ask you something-how did you learn anything in your life were you born with it?

Sarah is a serious student on everything. She took 6 years to get her college degree because she was determined not to let any fact or figure get past her.

Compared to Barack Obama, you can just tell that Sarah Palin is the real intellectual in the group, in fact the most intelligent and thinking person out of all 4 of the contestants.

Posted by: Anonymous | September

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Where are you living, in La La land. She's as green as they come. She don't even know what a VP does and she's gonna be President if something happens to McCain. I love the way you defend her without a care in the world for the rest of the people in this country. And now it's OK for her to refuse to testify. We already got two clowns in the White House making up their own laws as they go along, and look where it got us. I don't mean to be nasty, but I don't know if you realize how stupid you sound when you say that Palin is most intelligent person of all four candidates. Then you say she took 6 years to get her college degree because she was determined not to let any fact or figure get past her. Are you kidding me! This has to be a joke right. Why don't you take a good look at Obama's resume before you start calling him dumb. If anyone is the smartest of all of them, it's Obama. http://obamasresume.org/

Posted by: Hemi | September 22, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Boneheads!!!

Under the 5th Ammendment, Sarah Palin has every right NOT to answer questions!!!

Get that thru yur thick skulls.

Posted by: BLT | September 22, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Sarah will teach obama how to shoot, or bait a hook.

Posted by: Paul | September 22, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

For the person who posted this crap below, FYI both McCain and Sarah Palin are going to tell foreign leaders where to get off. They have no right to ask Palin questions in fact at meetings with US leaders, they're there to listen not to talk. It's disgusting that you would even propose that foreign leaders should ask her questions when Americans themselves are not allowed to ask questions at this particular moment. The audacity of your comment!!!!

Perhaps one of those foreign leaders will ask Gov. Palin a few questions. It is ridiculous that the McCain campaign is shielding her from reporters, and even from questions from skeptical voters (only from screened crowds in GOP-friendly places). Who is Sarah Palin? What is she like when she's not reading from a script? Outside of folks in Alaska, the people of this country do not know much about her. Maybe she'll agree to meet a few non-Republican voters while she's in New York.

Posted by: HarrisCo | September 22, 2008 3:07 PM

Posted by: MCain Palin 08 | September 22, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I think its perfectly OK for the governor Palin to let the McCain campaign take over all her PR and public affairs for the state of Alaska. It is a kind and decent thing for them to do.

And for those of you who like to belittle that Sarah Palin doesn't know anything about foreign affairs let me ask you something-how did you learn anything in your life were you born with it?

Sarah is a serious student on everything. She took 6 years to get her college degree because she was determined not to let any fact or figure get past her.

Compared to Barack Obama, you can just tell that Sarah Palin is the real intellectual in the group, in fact the most intelligent and thinking person out of all 4 of the contestants.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

LOOK AT IT AS IF SARAH HAS GONE OVERSEAS TO SOME UNIVERSITY FOR A SHORT COURSE - A COURSE IN 'RUNNING THE COUNTRY'.

I cannot believe all of these people will be taking time out of their busy schedules to tutor her on foreign affairs.

This is all so embarrassing. This country is doomed if Ellie May is the VP. We cannot let this happen. Can not.

Posted by: Susan | September 22, 2008 3:58 PM

Posted by: LMAO | September 22, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Palin's rape kit story finally breaks.


http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/21/palin.rape.exams/index.html


Spin it anyway you want its sick.

Mayor didn't know about it in such a small town--mmm what was she doing.

Mayor signs off on it---mmm what was she doing.

Mayor had nothing to do with it---mmm what was she doing.

Or she knew about it and didn't care---mmm what was she doing

No self-respecting woman or man should vote for her.

Have to work, but will be sure to send info with her signature signing off on this measure.

sick

Posted by: Bring it on | September 22, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

The big differences between the inexperienced Obama and the inexperienced Palin are:

- Obama answers questions; Palin avoids them.

- Obama, in a conversation, comes off as a thinker, whereas Palin, in a conversation, sounds full of rhtetoric and talking points, but no indication that she thinks anything through.

Dinosaurs on earth only 4,000 years ago? That's what creationist Sarah Palin thinks!

Fortunately, she may be able to finally name a few world leaders after her debutante ball at the UN.

Posted by: Harold | September 22, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe all of these people will be taking time out of their busy schedules to tutor her on foreign affairs.

This is all so embarrassing. This country is doomed if Ellie May is the VP. We cannot let this happen. Can not.

Posted by: Susan | September 22, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Dbw, you are again practicing the age-old Republican practice of misdirection. We have long ago stipulated Obama does not have much foreign policy experience. However, since the Republicans keep saying McCain and Palin have foreign policy experience, it is legitimate to ask; “what experience”. Deflecting the question by continuing to ask about Obama’s foreign policy experience is disingenuous at best. Your answer is to simply agree Palin, like Obama, has very little foreign policy experience, then list McCain’s experience, if he has any.

Posted by: GabsDad | September 22, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Look here is a simple graphical device to represent the candidates foreign policy experience, distance is proportional.

#1, Biden
#2, McCain

#3, Obama
#4, Palin

Posted by: DCDave | September 22, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

"The Obama and McCain campaigns have agreed to an unusual free-flowing format for the three televised presidential debates, which begin Friday, but the McCain camp fought for and won a much more structured approach for the questioning at the vice-presidential debate, advisers to both campaigns said Saturday.

McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/21/us/politics/21debate.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous said:
"dbw, I guess any media coverage Palin gets now is the liberal elitist media only.
Bitter old ladies? Pretty sexist for a member of the PTS."

I noted that you have nothing to offer in defense to my debunking of your false book-banning smear-story of Palin? So either you don't know any 'facts', or don't care about 'facts'.

By the way, how is it sexist to call two old bitter ladies, uhhhh, "two old bitter ladies"? They are old. They are bitter. That's factual. I know you have a hard time distinguishing my 'facts' from the 'lies' you prefer to post, but it's not like I called Sarah Palin a pig. Now THAT would be sexist!

By the way, you don't have to use your name, but initials, a nickname, a number...something other than "Anonymous" would help us keep track of your nonsensical posts...unless you are afraid to have us know how many of these dumb "Anonymous" posts are really all from your keyboard.

Posted by: dbw | September 22, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"Exclusive: New Doubts Over Palin's Troopergate Claims
Internal Government Document Contradicts Sarah Palin, Campaign

An internal government document obtained by ABC News appears to contradict Sarah Palin's most recent explanation for why she fired her public safety chief, the move which prompted the now-contested state probe into "Troopergate.""

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=5844710&page=1

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

USA3 said:
"So tell me what foreign policy experience McCain has for that matter."

Is this a serious question? You really want to compare Obama's 'foreign policy experience' to John McCains? This should be fun! You start compiling the list of Obama's accomplishments; should only take a few seconds. After you post all of Obama's 'foreign policy credentials', I'll compile a list of McCains experience for you since you obviously must not read anything other than liberal blogs.

Besides, you obviously miss the point. Several Obama-ites on here keep dissing Sarah Palin's foreign policy experience....while ignoring the challenge to present even a single qualification in foreign policy for Obama. You, USA3, succeeded in matching their failure.

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

"Alaskans angered that Palin is off-limits

"Why did the McCain campaign take over the governor's office?" the Anchorage Daily News demanded in an editorial Saturday. "Is it too much to ask that Alaska's governor speak for herself, directly to Alaskans, about her actions as Alaska's governor?"

"Is this going to dilute her image as a maverick who will clean out the rascals from their perches of power, when she herself cannot tolerate questions into her behavior, investigations into the firing of a public safety commissioner?" said Gerald McBeath, political science professor at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks

""Is this going to dilute her image as a maverick who will clean out the rascals from their perches of power, when she herself cannot tolerate questions into her behavior, investigations into the firing of a public safety commissioner?" said Gerald McBeath, political science professor at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks"

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-troopergate21-2008sep21,0,2158301.story

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"Lawmakers: Politics 'hijacked' Alaska
Top legislators say McCain campaign effort an attempt to stifle state Troopergate investigation

The presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin has taken effective charge of the Alaska state government's response to the legislative investigation into abuse of power allegations against Palin.

An investigation that began on a bipartisan basis with several pledges from Palin to participate, is now being manipulated to protect Palin by campaign attorneys who appear to be directing the Palin administration's response, top legislators say.

"The state of Alaska and the Alaska Attorney General's Office don't need any help from a national campaign," said Sen. President Lyda Green, R-Wasilla.

Green said the Palin administration's response seems more geared to help the McCain campaign by shutting down the investigation that's become known as "Troopergate" than informing the Alaska public. "

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/092108/sta_334953142.shtml

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

all them bigwigs gonna love palling super hottie she got beehive hairdo and safety goggles and can shoot if they dont watch it so vote pallinng macaine knows how to pick a hottie when he see one so what if she build bridge to nothing she get payback on democrats for saying bush cant torture if he wants he can do anything he wants cause we the usa and best in world and wil get even for countrys not do what we tell them bom france russia irak iran and maybe cuba after that they better do what we say ha ha we best country in whole world vote palling macaine he is mavareck whatever that is but i think it must be good cause he says so and bush says so

Posted by: d miner | September 22, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

dbw, I guess any media coverage Palin gets now is the liberal elitist media only.

Bitter old ladies? Pretty sexist for a member of the PTS.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps one of those foreign leaders will ask Gov. Palin a few questions. It is ridiculous that the McCain campaign is shielding her from reporters, and even from questions from skeptical voters (only from screened crowds in GOP-friendly places). Who is Sarah Palin? What is she like when she's not reading from a script? Outside of folks in Alaska, the people of this country do not know much about her. Maybe she'll agree to meet a few non-Republican voters while she's in New York.

Posted by: HarrisCo | September 22, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Oh brave-one, "Anonymous", poster of the banned-books article. You can't be serious....

That article was based on the verbal testimony of two avowed enemies of Palin, one who Palin fired (no axe to grind there, I'm sure), and Kilkenny, an old bitter local nemesis of Palin's in Wasilla who has fed the willing media schlepps with all sorts of misinformation about Palin.

If you are so convinced of this 'book-banning' story, you might note that the only two 'sources' in the story have not one shred of evidence to back their story other than their verbal accounts of conversations. No memo's. No letters. No transcripts of meetings. Nothing.

Is that what you liberals accept for "facts" these days? Just take the word of bitter old ladies and run with it as 'fact'?

Posted by: dbw | September 22, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"So far every other Obama-follower on here has passed on trying to defend Obama's lack of foreign policy experience as they criticize Palin. Will you pass too, "Anonymous"?"

Posted by: dbw

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So tell me what foreign policy experience McCain has for that matter.

Posted by: usa3 | September 22, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Palin Used Part of the City’s Funds from the Alaska Revenue Sharing Fund to Fund Anti-Abortion Center. In 1997, Palin signed an ordinance appropriating $2,354 in funds to the Valley Crisis Pregnancy Center from the State of Alaska Revenue Sharing fund. The Valley Crisis Pregnancy Center lists itself as an “abortion alternative” in the Yellow Pages. [Ordinance 97-23, 4/14/1997; AlaskaYellowPages.com]

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Are Known To Give Misleading and Often Inaccurate Information. A recent government investigation of pregnancy crisis centers found that “The centers provided false and misleading information about a link between abortion and breast cancer;” “The centers provided false and misleading information about the effect of abortion on future fertility;” “The centers provided false and misleading information about the mental health effects of abortion.” Planned Parenthood also says the centers offer free pregnancy tests but give ambiguous answers about the results, show shocking films or slide shows while patients wait for pregnancy results, make exaggerated promises of financial assistance, medical treatment, prenatal and postpartum care and refuse or fail to provide contraceptive information. [Committee on Government Reform, “False And Misleading Health Information Provided By Federally Funded Pregnancy Resource Centers,” 7/06; Planned Parenthood]

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"Palin pressured Wasilla librarian

TOWN MAYOR: She wanted to know if books would be pulled."

"Back in 1996, when she first became mayor, Sarah Palin asked the city librarian if she would be all right with censoring library books should she be asked to do so."

"ccording to news coverage at the time, the librarian said she would definitely not be all right with it. A few months later, the librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, got a letter from Palin telling her she was going to be fired. The censorship issue was not mentioned as a reason for the firing. The letter just said the new mayor felt Emmons didn't fully support her and had to go.

Emmons had been city librarian for seven years and was well liked. After a wave of public support for her, Palin relented and let Emmons keep her job."

"Four days before the exchange at the City Council, Emmons got a letter from Palin asking for her resignation. Similar letters went to police chief Irl Stambaugh, public works director Jack Felton and finance director Duane Dvorak. John Cooper, a fifth director, resigned after Palin eliminated his job overseeing the city museum.

Palin told the Daily News back then the letters were just a test of loyalty as she took on the mayor's job, which she'd won from three-term mayor John Stein in a hard-fought election. Stein had hired many of the department heads. Both Emmons and Stambaugh had publicly supported him against Palin.

Emmons survived the loyalty test and a second one a few months later. She resigned in August 1999, two months before Palin was voted in for a second mayoral term."

http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/story/515512.html

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

She either didn't know it was going on, which is hard to believe, or despite increasing her budget could not find the money to pay for them.

"The Alaska Legislature agreed. The bill passed unanimously with the support of the Alaska Department of Public Safety, the Alaska Peace Officers Association and more than two dozen co-sponsors.

After it became law, Wasilla's police chief told the local paper, The Frontiersman, that it would cost the city $5,000 to $14,000 a year -- money that he'd have to find.

"In the past, we've charged the cost of the exams to the victim's insurance company when possible," Fannon was quoted as saying. "I just don't want to see any more burden on the taxpayer."

He suggested the criminals should pay as restitution if and when they're convicted. Repeated attempts to reach Fannon for comment were unsuccessful."

"She[Judy Patrick] does recall Palin going through the budget in detail. She said Palin would review each department's budget line by line and send it back to department heads with her changes."

" Those who fought the policy are unconvinced.

"It's incomprehensible to me that this could be a rogue police chief and not a policy decision. It lasted too long and it was too high-profile," Croft said."

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/21/palin.rape.exams/?iref=hpmostpop

"Government Administrative Spending Increased 48 Percent Under Palin. In fiscal 2003—the last fiscal year Palin approved the budget—the expenditures of the general government of Wasilla were
$1,899,275. In fiscal 1996—the year before Palin took control of the budget—the expenditures were $1,286,594. The increase was 48 percent. “General government expenditures” covers administration, city
council, administrative and management systems. [Wasilla Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2003, Table 1]"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's foreign policy experience includes graduating from Columbia University with a degree in political science with an emphasis on international relations. In the U.S. Senate Obama is unique among Senators in that he serves on three of the four Senate Committees dealing with foreign policy issues including the Foreign Relations; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and Veterans' Affairs committees and is the Chair of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Relations which is responsible fore U.S. relations with European countries, the European Union, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (i.e., NATO). When comparing Obama's foreign policy experience with other candidates for President you have Democrat Joseph Biden who is Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Democrat Hillary Clinton who is a member of the Armed Services Committee and John McCain who is the Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee yet there is no Senator except for Barack Obama who serves on three of the four committees that deal with foreign policy.

Foreign Relations Committee

Obama service on the Foreign Relations committee has placed him in an unique position in that he is the Chair of the Subcommittee on European Relations and serves on the Subcommittees on African Affairs; East Asia and Pacific Affairs; and International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection. This cross-section of subcommittees places Obama in a unique position of having knowledge about Asian, African and European issues. The only other member of the Foreign Relations committee who is running for President is Democrat Joseph Biden who is Chairman of the full Foreign Relations Committee yet unlike Obama he does not serve on any of the other foreign policy committees and his experience is limited to foreign policy issues covered by the Foreign Relations Committee.

Obama has also traveled extensively in his capacity as a member of the Foreign Relations Committee and has visited Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan in Asia; Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, and the Palestinian Territories in the Middle East; and Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa in Africa. Obama has also co-sponsored the "Lugar-Obama Act" with Republican Senator Richard Lugar who was Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations at the time. This act was a bi-partisan effort to increase U.S. security in terms of the elimination of conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction. This legislation came out of Obama's trip with Senator Richard Lugar to Russia, the Ukraine and Azerbaijan.

Obama has also sponsored legislation such as the "Democratic Republic of Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act" which was signed into law by President Bush on December 22, 2006. Obama has co-sponsored immigration related bills related to his service on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee including the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act. His extensive foreign policy experience exceeds that of every other Presidential candidate including his trips abroad in the performance of his official duties as a member of committees dealing with foreign relation issues.

While some have criticized Obama's foreign travel claiming that he is the most traveled freshman Senator in doing so they often fail to mention that as a result of his extensive trips abroad is legislation such as the Lugar-Obama Act instead preferring to make the political connection between his travels abroad to his run for President yet others will recognize the experience he has gained as a result of his foreign trips and recognize that as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he is expected to travel extensively and that his travels often were with the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

Among the three top freshman who have received attention along with Obama in terms of foreign travel you have Barack Obama who serves on three committees dealing with foreign policy, Republican Richard Burr who serves on the Select Committee on Intelligence and Republican Tom Coburn who serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and it must be noted that such travel was part of an official delegation and was approved and paid for by the Senate.

Veterans' Affairs Committee

As a member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, Senator Obama has fought to help Illinois veterans get the disability pay they were promised, while working to prepare the VA for the return of the thousands of veterans who will need care after Iraq and Afghanistan. Recognizing the terrorist threat posed by weapons of mass destruction, he traveled to Russia with Republican Dick Lugar to begin a new generation of non-proliferation efforts designed to find and secure deadly weapons around the world. And knowing the threat we face to our economy and our security from America's addiction to oil, he's working to bring auto companies, unions, farmers, businesses and politicians of both parties together to promote the greater use of alternative fuels and higher fuel standards in our cars."

http://www.obamapedia.org/page/Does+Barack+Obama+have+enough+experience+to+be+president%3F?t=anon

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

"The DEMOCRAT state rep cited in the article said hmiself, not once but twice, that the decision to make women pay for the test kits was made by the Wasilla police chief. All his communication was with the police chief. He had no communication with Palin, nothing at all to tie her to this decision, or even a shred of evidence to imply she even knew about it."

You people in the lower 48 are such suckers. This was all over up here and the only way she couldn't have known was if she were out shooting wolves from the Piker for six months. This is typical Palin, get others to take the fall.

Posted by: NorthSlope | September 22, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The ever-brave "Anonymous" posted the Rape test-kit story, trying to impute blame on Sarah Palin for making rape victims pay for the test kits used by law enforcement. However, apparantly this hardy 'anonymous' soul didn't bother to actually read it, nor listen to the story as reported on CNN this morning.

I watched the CNN report on tv this morning, and CNN, that bastion of conservative spin, completely debunked the alledged Sarah Palins ties to the 'rape test-kit' story.

The DEMOCRAT state rep cited in the article said hmiself, not once but twice, that the decision to make women pay for the test kits was made by the Wasilla police chief. All his communication was with the police chief. He had no communication with Palin, nothing at all to tie her to this decision, or even a shred of evidence to imply she even knew about it.

Oh, one other minor point.....the test kits were always paid for by the STATE, and the Wasilla police chief was among many in other communities who balked when state legislators wanted to pass the costs of these kits to the local law enforcement offices without providing the funding for them that the state originally was responsible for.

So anonymous, any other lies you want to spread? Next think I know you'll post that ridiculous "Palin-tried-to-ban-library-books" story that was a complete fabrication of liberal blogs....

Posted by: dbw | September 22, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous said:
"Palin is going to meet with Foreign leaders- that's nice but that doesn't do anything for FP experience. She still doesn't have any."

'Anonymous', maybe you would like to take up where 'MIMI' has fallen short. If you want to poke at Palin's lack of foreign policy experience, then the least you could do is entertain us with a defense of Obama's foreign policy credentials.

So far every other Obama-follower on here has passed on trying to defend Obama's lack of foreign policy experience as they criticize Palin. Will you pass too, "Anonymous"?

Posted by: dbw | September 22, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Why doe tis forum block, Looong copy and paste information that we all can judge by our selves??

Posted by: justada55+ | September 22, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

MIMI, you are quickly becoming laughable.

Just read your ridiculous post about John Harris/Todd Palin, and just had to wonder: what did you think about meddling "spouses" and affairs when Bill & Hillary were in the White House?

Posted by: dbw | September 22, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

TIM:

If you are going to throw out ludicrous accusations against McCain, you might try actually citing your source. Otherwise you appear to be as credible as the tabloids I passed going through the grocery checkout.

Posted by: dbw | September 22, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Palin is going to meet with Foreign leaders- that nice put that doesn'T do anything for FP experience.She still doesn't have any.

Posted by: anonymous | September 22, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Not only does McCain admit to Adultery, apparently he was doing it with a lobbyist recently and he called his wife the C word while in the presence of journalist.
A true Moral Giant.

Posted by: TIM | September 22, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

As a Catholic, I am disgusted with the immorality of the Republican Party- ADULTERERS and Pedophiles. Obama and biden don't seem to have those disgusting personal habits.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Another tidbit from the First Dude article...

"He did step in when KTUU-TV, the dominant broadcast station in Alaska, aired a segment describing the many personnel complaints the Palins had brought against Wooten. Todd Palin called to complain. The segment's producer, John Herbst, later resigned after he was reprimanded for failing to treat elected officials with "respect." "

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

People up ther in Alaska sure have funny priorities-
"John Harris, the Republican speaker of the Alaska House, said he had never been called by the spouse of a governor before the two calls he got from Todd Palin. One was to argue for moving the state capital to Anchorage. The other was to ask Harris to "keep an eye" on a key aide who had an affair with the wife of one of Todd's best friends."

There seems to be alot of adultery and premaritial sex eminating from the Republicans. Did McSame leave his wife for an heiress?

Posted by: mimi | September 22, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"'First Dude' Todd Palin Illustrates Alaska's Blend of Private and Public"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/21/AR2008092102546.html?hpid=topnews

Next thing you know the GOP will be trying to let the "First Dude" take the stage with Palin in the debate.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I wondr if Sarah Palin would like her daughter topay for her own rape kit?

Posted by: anonymous | September 22, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I also thinking there is something fishy about the Trig story. My son was one month premature and there is no way he looked that big at 5 month. I wanna see the birth certificate.

Posted by: emily | September 22, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Would this apply?

"Alaska statutory rape laws declare that anyone who is 18 years old or older who has sex with a person who is 16 or 17, or who is at least three years younger than the offender, can be charged with sexual abuse in the third degree. This is also a felony."
http://blog.laborlawtalk.com/2006/10/18/alaska-statutory-rape-laws/


"System faulted for high Alaska Native rape rate

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Report says 1 in 3 women will fall victim to the crime and government is to blame."
http://dwb.adn.com/news/alaska/crime/story/8825231p-8726532c.html

Maybe some of that $741 million oil tax windfall would have been better spent on rape prevention programs, rather than a $1200 handout to every Alaska resident.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I saw a picture of Trig Pain and he sure looks alot bigger than 5 months, on the growth curve he looks like he's 9months, even though he was premature.
I hope the investigative journalist at Natonal Enquirer are looking into this.

Posted by: TIM | September 22, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

MIMI said:
"Further, Factcheck.org has found that after 26 years in Congress he has sponsored approximately the same amount of bills that Senator Obama has in 4 years -- a total of 4 (possibly 5) bills TOTAL!"

MIMI, now we know why you are so unable to defend Obama. Apparantly you don't have very good sources.

McCain has sponsored 473 bills over the past 15 years, and co-sponsored another 809 bills. Thirty of the bills he sponsored were enacted.

Number of bills sponsored by Obama that have been enacted? Two.

Any other lies you would like me to debunk for you, MIMI?

Posted by: dbw | September 22, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

anonymous
"If McCain wins- will we have an offic of Creationist, Office for the Advancemnent of Pediophilia- lead by Foley and Craig, and the Officed of Adulterers- MCCAin and Gingrich"

You forgot the Office Of Abstinance Sex Education - Bristol can head that one

Posted by: bimbo | September 22, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Tim- There is no question who the mental migdits are- Can you say MCSame/Palin

Posted by: Emily | September 22, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Rape- should somebody be investigating statutory rape charges performed against her daughter.

Posted by: anonymous | September 22, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Like Matt Damon, I am terrified that she may get the "nuclar" codes. besides being a creationist she belongs to the alaska Independence Party. A real winner.

Posted by: mark | September 22, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Palin rape kit story finally broke.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/21/palin.rape.exams/index.html

She herself said she was a hands on mayor, she signed off on the budget.

All women should know this. Spin it anyway you want reps--its still shameful.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I would rather trust the President of the Harvard review than triust somebody that belongs to the Alaska Independence Party.

How about you?

Posted by: TIM | September 22, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

MImi - you go girl !
"John McSame record- abysmal
You will see that he as missed 412 votes in the current congress including key votes for veterans. For someone who plays up his POW captivity at every opportunity -- his records towards veterans is SHAMEFULL.

Further, Factcheck.org has found that after 26 years in Congress he has sponsored approximately the same amount of bills that Senator Obama has in 4 years -- a total of 4 (possibly 5) bills TOTAL!

John McCain talks about his bipartisan credentials in working across the aisle, but further investigation will show that his typical MO is to VOTE AGAINST or NOT VOTE for the very same bills that he stated that he worked across party lines.

McSame is a total loser, besides being an adulterer, and one of Keating Five, He picks an uttererly incompetent VP. Is this the change we need"

Posted by: Brian | September 22, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Can we triust somebody that belongs to the Alaska Independence Party? Why doesn'T antbody answer this?

Posted by: Aonymous | September 22, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

More from the NBC News Pennsylvania Poll
9-22-08 46/44 Obama 2 % Lead

Support by party affiliation, among Democrats: Obama 72, McCain 17

Support by party affiliation, among Republicans: McCain 80, Obama 11

(17% of Pa. Democrats support McCain- Wow!)

Posted by: Scott | September 22, 2008 12:07 PM

Scott,

Did you see that 11% of the Republicans are voting for Obama WOW!

Posted by: RM | September 22, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Mimi- you scared them off- or are they working in the stalls?

Posted by: Brian | September 22, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

McCain "I don't know anything about economics" and his sidekick Gramm "americans are whiner" will continue to ruin the economy- we are seeing the depression. ENOUGH of Idiotes in they WH

Posted by: TIM | September 22, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

while she is in NY - could somebody take her to Natural history museum to see the dinosaurs. SHE ACTUALLY THINKS Dinosaurs on earth only 4,000 years ago? That's what creationist Sarah Palin thinks. WOW - let the kindergardeners in NY city set her straight

Posted by: anonymous | September 22, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

If McCain wins- will we have an offic of Creationist, Office for the Advancemnent of Pediophilia- lead by Foley and Craig, and the Officed of Adulterers- MCCAin and Gingrich?

Posted by: anonymous | September 22, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

dwb
"Huh? I don't understand what "synapses" has to do with anything"

AND THAT SAYS IT ALL, just another Republican Troll

Posted by: MIMI | September 22, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

John McSame record- abysmal
You will see that he as missed 412 votes in the current congress including key votes for veterans. For someone who plays up his POW captivity at every opportunity -- his records towards veterans is SHAMEFULL.

Further, Factcheck.org has found that after 26 years in Congress he has sponsored approximately the same amount of bills that Senator Obama has in 4 years -- a total of 4 (possibly 5) bills TOTAL!

John McCain talks about his bipartisan credentials in working across the aisle, but further investigation will show that his typical MO is to VOTE AGAINST or NOT VOTE for the very same bills that he stated that he worked across party lines.

McSame is a total loser, besides being an adulterer, and one of Keating Five, He picks an uttererly incompetent VP. Is this the change we need.

Posted by: MIMI | September 22, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

John McSame record- abysmal
You will see that he as missed 412 votes in the current congress including key votes for veterans. For someone who plays up his POW captivity at every opportunity -- his records towards veterans is SHAMEFULL.

Further, Factcheck.org has found that after 26 years in Congress he has sponsored approximately the same amount of bills that Senator Obama has in 4 years -- a total of 4 (possibly 5) bills TOTAL!

John McCain talks about his bipartisan credentials in working across the aisle, but further investigation will show that his typical MO is to VOTE AGAINST or NOT VOTE for the very same bills that he stated that he worked across party lines.

McSame is a total loser, besides being an adulterer, and one of Keating Five, He picks an uttererly incompetent VP. Is this the change we need.

Posted by: MIMI | September 22, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

More from the NBC News Pennsylvania Poll
9-22-08 46/44 Obama 2 % Lead

Support by party affiliation, among Democrats: Obama 72, McCain 17

Support by party affiliation, among Republicans: McCain 80, Obama 11

(17% of Pa. Democrats support McCain- Wow!)

Posted by: Scott | September 22, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

THE MOST MEANINGFUL NEWS OF THIS ENTIRE ELECTION IS RIGHT HERE TO READ. IT SUMS IT UP BEST.

How the Democrats Created the Financial Crisis: Kevin Hassett Sept. 22 (Bloomberg)
The financial crisis of the past year has provided a number of surprising twists and turns, and from Bear Stearns Cos. to American International Group Inc., ambiguity has been a big part of the story.
Why did Bear Stearns fail, and how does that relate to AIG? It all seems so complex.
But really, it isn't. Enough cards on this table have been turned over that the story is now clear. The economic history books will describe this episode in simple and understandable terms: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exploded, and many bystanders were injured in the blast, some fatally.
Fannie and Freddie did this by becoming a key enabler of the mortgage crisis. They fueled Wall Street's efforts to securitize subprime loans by becoming the primary customer of all AAA-rated subprime-mortgage pools. In addition, they held an enormous portfolio of mortgages themselves.
In the times that Fannie and Freddie couldn't make the market, they became the market. Over the years, it added up to an enormous obligation. As of last June, Fannie alone owned or guaranteed more than $388 billion in high-risk mortgage investments. Their large presence created an environment within which even mortgage-backed securities assembled by others could find a ready home.
The problem was that the trillions of dollars in play were only low-risk investments if real estate prices continued to rise. Once they began to fall, the entire house of cards came down with them.
Turning Point
Take away Fannie and Freddie, or regulate them more wisely, and it's hard to imagine how these highly liquid markets would ever have emerged. This whole mess would never have happened.
It is easy to identify the historical turning point that marked the beginning of the end.
Back in 2005, Fannie and Freddie were, after years of dominating Washington, on the ropes. They were enmeshed in accounting scandals that led to turnover at the top. At one telling moment in late 2004, captured in an article by my American Enterprise Institute colleague Peter Wallison, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s chief accountant told disgraced Fannie Mae chief Franklin Raines that Fannie's position on the relevant accounting issue was not even ``on the page'' of allowable interpretations.
Then legislative momentum emerged for an attempt to create a ``world-class regulator'' that would oversee the pair more like banks, imposing strict requirements on their ability to take excessive risks. Politicians who previously had associated themselves proudly with the two accounting miscreants were less eager to be associated with them. The time was ripe.
Greenspan's Warning
The clear gravity of the situation pushed the legislation forward. Some might say the current mess couldn't be foreseen, yet in 2005 Alan Greenspan told Congress how urgent it was for it to act in the clearest possible terms: If Fannie and Freddie ``continue to grow, continue to have the low capital that they have, continue to engage in the dynamic hedging of their portfolios, which they need to do for interest rate risk aversion, they potentially create ever-growing potential systemic risk down the road,'' he said. ``We are placing the total financial system of the future at a substantial risk.''
What happened next was extraordinary. For the first time in history, a serious Fannie and Freddie reform bill was passed by the Senate Banking Committee. The bill gave a regulator power to crack down, and would have required the companies to eliminate their investments in risky assets.
Different World
If that bill had become law, then the world today would be different. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, a blizzard of terrible mortgage paper fluttered out of the Fannie and Freddie clouds, burying many of our oldest and most venerable institutions. Without their checkbooks keeping the market liquid and buying up excess supply, the market would likely have not existed.
But the bill didn't become law, for a simple reason: Democrats opposed it on a party-line vote in the committee, signaling that this would be a partisan issue. Republicans, tied in knots by the tight Democratic opposition, couldn't even get the Senate to vote on the matter.
That such a reckless political stand could have been taken by the Democrats was obscene even then. Wallison wrote at the time: ``It is a classic case of socializing the risk while privatizing the profit. The Democrats and the few Republicans who oppose portfolio limitations could not possibly do so if their constituents understood what they were doing.''
Mounds of Materials
Now that the collapse has occurred, the roadblock built by Senate Democrats in 2005 is unforgivable. Many who opposed the bill doubtlessly did so for honorable reasons. Fannie and Freddie provided mounds of materials defending their practices. Perhaps some found their propaganda convincing.
But we now know that many of the senators who protected Fannie and Freddie, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Christopher Dodd, have received mind-boggling levels of financial support from them over the years.
Throughout his political career, Obama has gotten more than $125,000 in campaign contributions from employees and political action committees of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, second only to Dodd, the Senate Banking Committee chairman, who received more than $165,000.
Clinton, the 12th-ranked recipient of Fannie and Freddie PAC and employee contributions, has received more than $75,000 from the two enterprises and their employees. The private profit found its way back to the senators who killed the fix.
There has been a lot of talk about who is to blame for this crisis. A look back at the story of 2005 makes the answer pretty clear.
Oh, and there is one little footnote to the story that's worth keeping in mind while Democrats point fingers between now and Nov. 4: Senator John McCain was one of the three cosponsors of S.190, the bill that would have averted this mess.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 22, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

How the Democrats Created the Financial Crisis: Kevin Hassett Sept. 22 (Bloomberg)
The financial crisis of the past year has provided a number of surprising twists and turns, and from Bear Stearns Cos. to American International Group Inc., ambiguity has been a big part of the story.
Why did Bear Stearns fail, and how does that relate to AIG? It all seems so complex.
But really, it isn't. Enough cards on this table have been turned over that the story is now clear. The economic history books will describe this episode in simple and understandable terms: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exploded, and many bystanders were injured in the blast, some fatally.
Fannie and Freddie did this by becoming a key enabler of the mortgage crisis. They fueled Wall Street's efforts to securitize subprime loans by becoming the primary customer of all AAA-rated subprime-mortgage pools. In addition, they held an enormous portfolio of mortgages themselves.
In the times that Fannie and Freddie couldn't make the market, they became the market. Over the years, it added up to an enormous obligation. As of last June, Fannie alone owned or guaranteed more than $388 billion in high-risk mortgage investments. Their large presence created an environment within which even mortgage-backed securities assembled by others could find a ready home.
The problem was that the trillions of dollars in play were only low-risk investments if real estate prices continued to rise. Once they began to fall, the entire house of cards came down with them.
Turning Point
Take away Fannie and Freddie, or regulate them more wisely, and it's hard to imagine how these highly liquid markets would ever have emerged. This whole mess would never have happened.
It is easy to identify the historical turning point that marked the beginning of the end.
Back in 2005, Fannie and Freddie were, after years of dominating Washington, on the ropes. They were enmeshed in accounting scandals that led to turnover at the top. At one telling moment in late 2004, captured in an article by my American Enterprise Institute colleague Peter Wallison, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s chief accountant told disgraced Fannie Mae chief Franklin Raines that Fannie's position on the relevant accounting issue was not even ``on the page'' of allowable interpretations.
Then legislative momentum emerged for an attempt to create a ``world-class regulator'' that would oversee the pair more like banks, imposing strict requirements on their ability to take excessive risks. Politicians who previously had associated themselves proudly with the two accounting miscreants were less eager to be associated with them. The time was ripe.
Greenspan's Warning
The clear gravity of the situation pushed the legislation forward. Some might say the current mess couldn't be foreseen, yet in 2005 Alan Greenspan told Congress how urgent it was for it to act in the clearest possible terms: If Fannie and Freddie ``continue to grow, continue to have the low capital that they have, continue to engage in the dynamic hedging of their portfolios, which they need to do for interest rate risk aversion, they potentially create ever-growing potential systemic risk down the road,'' he said. ``We are placing the total financial system of the future at a substantial risk.''
What happened next was extraordinary. For the first time in history, a serious Fannie and Freddie reform bill was passed by the Senate Banking Committee. The bill gave a regulator power to crack down, and would have required the companies to eliminate their investments in risky assets.
Different World
If that bill had become law, then the world today would be different. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, a blizzard of terrible mortgage paper fluttered out of the Fannie and Freddie clouds, burying many of our oldest and most venerable institutions. Without their checkbooks keeping the market liquid and buying up excess supply, the market would likely have not existed.
But the bill didn't become law, for a simple reason: Democrats opposed it on a party-line vote in the committee, signaling that this would be a partisan issue. Republicans, tied in knots by the tight Democratic opposition, couldn't even get the Senate to vote on the matter.
That such a reckless political stand could have been taken by the Democrats was obscene even then. Wallison wrote at the time: ``It is a classic case of socializing the risk while privatizing the profit. The Democrats and the few Republicans who oppose portfolio limitations could not possibly do so if their constituents understood what they were doing.''
Mounds of Materials
Now that the collapse has occurred, the roadblock built by Senate Democrats in 2005 is unforgivable. Many who opposed the bill doubtlessly did so for honorable reasons. Fannie and Freddie provided mounds of materials defending their practices. Perhaps some found their propaganda convincing.
But we now know that many of the senators who protected Fannie and Freddie, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Christopher Dodd, have received mind-boggling levels of financial support from them over the years.
Throughout his political career, Obama has gotten more than $125,000 in campaign contributions from employees and political action committees of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, second only to Dodd, the Senate Banking Committee chairman, who received more than $165,000.
Clinton, the 12th-ranked recipient of Fannie and Freddie PAC and employee contributions, has received more than $75,000 from the two enterprises and their employees. The private profit found its way back to the senators who killed the fix.
There has been a lot of talk about who is to blame for this crisis. A look back at the story of 2005 makes the answer pretty clear.
Oh, and there is one little footnote to the story that's worth keeping in mind while Democrats point fingers between now and Nov. 4: Senator John McCain was one of the three cosponsors of S.190, the bill that would have averted this mess.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 22, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

THE MOST MEANINGFUL NEWS OF THIS ENTIRE ELECTION IS RIGHT HERE TO READ. IT SUMS IT UP BEST.

How the Democrats Created the Financial Crisis: Kevin Hassett Sept. 22 (Bloomberg)
The financial crisis of the past year has provided a number of surprising twists and turns, and from Bear Stearns Cos. to American International Group Inc., ambiguity has been a big part of the story.
Why did Bear Stearns fail, and how does that relate to AIG? It all seems so complex.
But really, it isn't. Enough cards on this table have been turned over that the story is now clear. The economic history books will describe this episode in simple and understandable terms: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exploded, and many bystanders were injured in the blast, some fatally.
Fannie and Freddie did this by becoming a key enabler of the mortgage crisis. They fueled Wall Street's efforts to securitize subprime loans by becoming the primary customer of all AAA-rated subprime-mortgage pools. In addition, they held an enormous portfolio of mortgages themselves.
In the times that Fannie and Freddie couldn't make the market, they became the market. Over the years, it added up to an enormous obligation. As of last June, Fannie alone owned or guaranteed more than $388 billion in high-risk mortgage investments. Their large presence created an environment within which even mortgage-backed securities assembled by others could find a ready home.
The problem was that the trillions of dollars in play were only low-risk investments if real estate prices continued to rise. Once they began to fall, the entire house of cards came down with them.
Turning Point
Take away Fannie and Freddie, or regulate them more wisely, and it's hard to imagine how these highly liquid markets would ever have emerged. This whole mess would never have happened.
It is easy to identify the historical turning point that marked the beginning of the end.
Back in 2005, Fannie and Freddie were, after years of dominating Washington, on the ropes. They were enmeshed in accounting scandals that led to turnover at the top. At one telling moment in late 2004, captured in an article by my American Enterprise Institute colleague Peter Wallison, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s chief accountant told disgraced Fannie Mae chief Franklin Raines that Fannie's position on the relevant accounting issue was not even ``on the page'' of allowable interpretations.
Then legislative momentum emerged for an attempt to create a ``world-class regulator'' that would oversee the pair more like banks, imposing strict requirements on their ability to take excessive risks. Politicians who previously had associated themselves proudly with the two accounting miscreants were less eager to be associated with them. The time was ripe.
Greenspan's Warning
The clear gravity of the situation pushed the legislation forward. Some might say the current mess couldn't be foreseen, yet in 2005 Alan Greenspan told Congress how urgent it was for it to act in the clearest possible terms: If Fannie and Freddie ``continue to grow, continue to have the low capital that they have, continue to engage in the dynamic hedging of their portfolios, which they need to do for interest rate risk aversion, they potentially create ever-growing potential systemic risk down the road,'' he said. ``We are placing the total financial system of the future at a substantial risk.''
What happened next was extraordinary. For the first time in history, a serious Fannie and Freddie reform bill was passed by the Senate Banking Committee. The bill gave a regulator power to crack down, and would have required the companies to eliminate their investments in risky assets.
Different World
If that bill had become law, then the world today would be different. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, a blizzard of terrible mortgage paper fluttered out of the Fannie and Freddie clouds, burying many of our oldest and most venerable institutions. Without their checkbooks keeping the market liquid and buying up excess supply, the market would likely have not existed.
But the bill didn't become law, for a simple reason: Democrats opposed it on a party-line vote in the committee, signaling that this would be a partisan issue. Republicans, tied in knots by the tight Democratic opposition, couldn't even get the Senate to vote on the matter.
That such a reckless political stand could have been taken by the Democrats was obscene even then. Wallison wrote at the time: ``It is a classic case of socializing the risk while privatizing the profit. The Democrats and the few Republicans who oppose portfolio limitations could not possibly do so if their constituents understood what they were doing.''
Mounds of Materials
Now that the collapse has occurred, the roadblock built by Senate Democrats in 2005 is unforgivable. Many who opposed the bill doubtlessly did so for honorable reasons. Fannie and Freddie provided mounds of materials defending their practices. Perhaps some found their propaganda convincing.
But we now know that many of the senators who protected Fannie and Freddie, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Christopher Dodd, have received mind-boggling levels of financial support from them over the years.
Throughout his political career, Obama has gotten more than $125,000 in campaign contributions from employees and political action committees of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, second only to Dodd, the Senate Banking Committee chairman, who received more than $165,000.
Clinton, the 12th-ranked recipient of Fannie and Freddie PAC and employee contributions, has received more than $75,000 from the two enterprises and their employees. The private profit found its way back to the senators who killed the fix.
There has been a lot of talk about who is to blame for this crisis. A look back at the story of 2005 makes the answer pretty clear.
Oh, and there is one little footnote to the story that's worth keeping in mind while Democrats point fingers between now and Nov. 4: Senator John McCain was one of the three cosponsors of S.190, the bill that would have averted this mess.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 22, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The big differences between the inexperienced Obama and the inexperienced Palin are:

- Obama answers questions; Palin avoids them.

- Obama, in a conversation, comes off as a thinker, whereas Palin, in a conversation, sounds full of rhtetoric and talking points, but no indication that she thinks anything through.

Dinosaurs on earth only 4,000 years ago? That's what creationist Sarah Palin thinks!

Fortunately, she may be able to finally name a few world leaders after her debutante ball at the UN.

Posted by: Harold | September 22, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The big differences between the inexperienced Obama and the inexperienced Palin are:

- Obama answers questions; Palin avoids them.

- Obama, in a conversation, comes off as a thinker, whereas Palin, in a conversation, sounds full of rhtetoric and talking points, but no indication that she thinks anything through.

Dinosaurs on earth only 4,000 years ago? That's what creationist Sarah Palin thinks!

Fortunately, she may be able to finally name a few world leaders after her debutante ball at the UN.

Posted by: Harold | September 22, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Nothing like on the job training!

http://www.politicswithagrin.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Kristen | September 22, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The latest polls have Obama gaining in North Carolina and Indiana and McCain staying very close in Michigan, in what looks like it will be a mad rush to the finish line. Full roundup: http://campaigndiaries.com/2008/09/21/poll-watch-dead-heats-in-mi-fl-as-nc-poll-finds-second-tie-ever-hagan-leads/

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The big differences between the inexperienced Obama and the inexperienced Palin are:

- Obama answers questions; Palin avoids them.

- Obama, in a conversation, comes off as a thinker, whereas Palin, in a conversation, sounds full of rhtetoric and talking points, but no indication that she thinks anything through.

Dinosaurs on earth only 4,000 years ago? That's what creationist Sarah Palin thinks!

Fortunately, she may be able to finally name a few world leaders after her debutante ball at the UN.

Posted by: Harold | September 22, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

How the Democrats Created the Financial Crisis: Kevin Hassett Sept. 22 (Bloomberg)
The financial crisis of the past year has provided a number of surprising twists and turns, and from Bear Stearns Cos. to American International Group Inc., ambiguity has been a big part of the story.
Why did Bear Stearns fail, and how does that relate to AIG? It all seems so complex.
But really, it isn't. Enough cards on this table have been turned over that the story is now clear. The economic history books will describe this episode in simple and understandable terms: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exploded, and many bystanders were injured in the blast, some fatally.
Fannie and Freddie did this by becoming a key enabler of the mortgage crisis. They fueled Wall Street's efforts to securitize subprime loans by becoming the primary customer of all AAA-rated subprime-mortgage pools. In addition, they held an enormous portfolio of mortgages themselves.
In the times that Fannie and Freddie couldn't make the market, they became the market. Over the years, it added up to an enormous obligation. As of last June, Fannie alone owned or guaranteed more than $388 billion in high-risk mortgage investments. Their large presence created an environment within which even mortgage-backed securities assembled by others could find a ready home.
The problem was that the trillions of dollars in play were only low-risk investments if real estate prices continued to rise. Once they began to fall, the entire house of cards came down with them.
Turning Point
Take away Fannie and Freddie, or regulate them more wisely, and it's hard to imagine how these highly liquid markets would ever have emerged. This whole mess would never have happened.
It is easy to identify the historical turning point that marked the beginning of the end.
Back in 2005, Fannie and Freddie were, after years of dominating Washington, on the ropes. They were enmeshed in accounting scandals that led to turnover at the top. At one telling moment in late 2004, captured in an article by my American Enterprise Institute colleague Peter Wallison, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s chief accountant told disgraced Fannie Mae chief Franklin Raines that Fannie's position on the relevant accounting issue was not even ``on the page'' of allowable interpretations.
Then legislative momentum emerged for an attempt to create a ``world-class regulator'' that would oversee the pair more like banks, imposing strict requirements on their ability to take excessive risks. Politicians who previously had associated themselves proudly with the two accounting miscreants were less eager to be associated with them. The time was ripe.
Greenspan's Warning
The clear gravity of the situation pushed the legislation forward. Some might say the current mess couldn't be foreseen, yet in 2005 Alan Greenspan told Congress how urgent it was for it to act in the clearest possible terms: If Fannie and Freddie ``continue to grow, continue to have the low capital that they have, continue to engage in the dynamic hedging of their portfolios, which they need to do for interest rate risk aversion, they potentially create ever-growing potential systemic risk down the road,'' he said. ``We are placing the total financial system of the future at a substantial risk.''
What happened next was extraordinary. For the first time in history, a serious Fannie and Freddie reform bill was passed by the Senate Banking Committee. The bill gave a regulator power to crack down, and would have required the companies to eliminate their investments in risky assets.
Different World
If that bill had become law, then the world today would be different. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, a blizzard of terrible mortgage paper fluttered out of the Fannie and Freddie clouds, burying many of our oldest and most venerable institutions. Without their checkbooks keeping the market liquid and buying up excess supply, the market would likely have not existed.
But the bill didn't become law, for a simple reason: Democrats opposed it on a party-line vote in the committee, signaling that this would be a partisan issue. Republicans, tied in knots by the tight Democratic opposition, couldn't even get the Senate to vote on the matter.
That such a reckless political stand could have been taken by the Democrats was obscene even then. Wallison wrote at the time: ``It is a classic case of socializing the risk while privatizing the profit. The Democrats and the few Republicans who oppose portfolio limitations could not possibly do so if their constituents understood what they were doing.''
Mounds of Materials
Now that the collapse has occurred, the roadblock built by Senate Democrats in 2005 is unforgivable. Many who opposed the bill doubtlessly did so for honorable reasons. Fannie and Freddie provided mounds of materials defending their practices. Perhaps some found their propaganda convincing.
But we now know that many of the senators who protected Fannie and Freddie, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Christopher Dodd, have received mind-boggling levels of financial support from them over the years.
Throughout his political career, Obama has gotten more than $125,000 in campaign contributions from employees and political action committees of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, second only to Dodd, the Senate Banking Committee chairman, who received more than $165,000.
Clinton, the 12th-ranked recipient of Fannie and Freddie PAC and employee contributions, has received more than $75,000 from the two enterprises and their employees. The private profit found its way back to the senators who killed the fix.
There has been a lot of talk about who is to blame for this crisis. A look back at the story of 2005 makes the answer pretty clear.
Oh, and there is one little footnote to the story that's worth keeping in mind while Democrats point fingers between now and Nov. 4: Senator John McCain was one of the three cosponsors of S.190, the bill that would have averted this mess.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 22, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is very experienced, mayor of a town of 9,000 then governor for 20 months
she went to 5 colleges in 6 years,
lived in a Alaskan Independence Part household.
And she knows the struggles of the
creationist first hand-
VOTE FOR the Village IDIOT"

Posted by: mm | September 22, 2008 10:03 AM

Uuuhhh, we already did that twice; the village idiot from Crawford, TX?? Remember?? And look at where it got the country? No! Vote for the smart people this time!! Obama/Biden in forty-one days!!!

Posted by: NoPalin | September 22, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

MIMI said:
"I have synapses, Bud- Do You?"

Huh? I don't understand what "synapses" has to do with anything, but I do understand that you (and other Obama followers) refuse to even attempt to defend Obama's lack of foreign policy experience while you criticize Sarah Palin for the same thing.

And frankly, I can't blame you for not defending Obama, since you have so little to work with.

Posted by: dbw | September 22, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Guess that ends the blog, unless I am banned.

Posted by: justadad55+ | September 22, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Obama/Biden 08

Posted by: DinahS | September 22, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 11:14 AM
stop being a no one.

Posted by: justadad55= | September 22, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin '08

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

"Misleading Mailers Descend on Swing States

Short on detail or just plain wrong, mailings with GOP return addresses are sowing confusion on voting status with fewer than two months before the big day."

http://www.miller-mccune.com/article/705

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94818483

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

SIcka Palin, cmon Alaska shares a border with the US of A, doesn't it?

I mean you can see the US from Alaska.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Forgot, we were hoping for Hillary, but Bills mistake that we all have made in different ways buggered everything. Come on our American friends. Change, the first change that is, not Miss gutter and the dude. Sorry, lot's of young and old dudes and younger mavericks still around and hopefully will vote. I count on the young of voting age to make change happen.

Posted by: justadad%%= | September 22, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

And don't forget why she said Americans can't find the USA on a world map is because not everyone can afford a map...and then she put on her lipstick

Posted by: SIcka Palin | September 22, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

"Exclusive: New Doubts Over Palin's Troopergate Claims
Internal Government Document Contradicts Sarah Palin, Campaign

The McCain-Palin campaign echoed the charge in a press release it distributed Monday, concurrent with Palin's legal filing. "Mr. Monegan persisted in planning to make the unauthorized lobbying trip to D.C.," the release stated.

But the governor's staff authorized the trip, according to an internal travel document from the Department of Public Safety, released Friday in response to an open records request."

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=5844710&page=1

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Please explain for I live in an igloo in Canada, also 56+ now. To all Clintinites, yes Hillary would have won, but even Democrats were ready to Impeach Bill for his lies.
So , why are you following Miss Palin and her lies. Lies are lies, but you can not take much more as a Country of Power. Hillary can still come back in 4 years. From a 56 year DUDE who skinned his cat and mounted him. Didn't even use my BB gun. Man to beast . Now am I a dude or not. Just kidding. love my pets, but read into my point. Must tell you, some of you Americans must like the beating your getting, an you an't seen nothing yet. Yep, I am a dude so my wife tells me of 37 years. My equal, my partner. Good enough for me.

Posted by: justadad55+ | September 22, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Video surfaces of Barack Obama admitting he doesn’t understand the Stock Market

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 10:48 AM

Hey Anonymous, where is the video of McCain frozen like a dear looking into headlights when he was being interviewed about his understanding of the economy? I'm sure there are at least 100 of those floating around.....

Posted by: RM | September 22, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

For those of you who was to point to Obama's inexperience and short term in the Senate -- you really need to look at John McCain's official voting/sponorship record in Congress. You will see that he as missed 412 votes in the current congress including key votes for veterans. For someone who plays up his POW captivity at every opportunity -- his records towards veterans is shameful.

Further, Factcheck.org has found that after 26 years in Congress he has sponsored approximately the same amount of bills that Senator Obama has in 4 years -- a total of 4 (possibly 5) bills TOTAL!

John McCain talks about his bipartisan credentials in working across the aisle, but further investigation will show that his typical MO is to VOTE AGAINST or NOT VOTE for the very same bills that he stated that he worked across party lines for.

Check you facts people. Obama may not be the ideal candidate but John McCain is no saint either.

Check this link: http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/m000303/

Posted by: swat68 | September 22, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

"At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.

McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/21/us/politics/21debate.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Maybe we could give each foreign leader one of the questions Palin is not answering for the press? Karzai can lead off with Troopergate.

Seriously I hope the press will interview these leaders and get their Palin impressions, since we can assume she will not be giving any interviews.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

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

Video surfaces of Barack Obama admitting he doesn’t understand the Stock Market

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Palin is the Anti-Christ. Palin-McCain will win easily in November because it is preordained.

Posted by: usa3 | September 22, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Palin is the Anti-Christ. Palin-McCain will win easily in November because it is preordained.

Posted by: usa3 | September 22, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Palin is the Anti-Christ. Palin-McCain will win easily in November because it is preordained.

Posted by: usa3 | September 22, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Amazing that so many people were up in the middle of the night bashing each other! Any of you who criticize Obama/Biden for supporting the increase of taxes for families making $250,000 or more forget that they will be increasing their own taxes! Looks like McCain and Cindy are trying to protect their fortune to me. Talking about self serving. If anyone still plans to vote the Palin/McCain ticket after McCain said our economy is strong, must be as out of touch as he is. Poor things. God help the working class if they get a handle on our social security and health insurance.

Posted by: RM | September 22, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

DBW-
"wonder you don't have the courage to"

I have synapses, Bud- Do You?

Posted by: MIMI | September 22, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I guess she is not going to meet the spanish PM...

Posted by: BZK | September 22, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I don't know abou you all but,

"Let's see: a Senator who's an adulterer, graduated 894/899, was a Keating Five and a Governor who believes in Creationism, Abstinence sex education, Bannning Books, graduated 6 years after 5 colleges

-Versus-

The President of the Harvard Law Review,a Constitional Professor and Senator for 35 years.

I think I go with OBAMA/Biden

Posted by: tim | September 22, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

mimi said:
"Please check the internet for their resumes- I have."

I have too, so it's no wonder you don't have the courage to talk about Obama's lack of experience here on the board. Simply put, there's no foreign policy experience he has that you can post here!

Guess you should just revert to name-calling....that's about all you have in a debate about Obama's experience vs Sarah Palin.

Posted by: dbw | September 22, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Speed dating! I love that expression, and that is exactly what she is going to do! let's be serious!

Posted by: BZK | September 22, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

martha, mimi, obama-junkie, etc:

You guys are hilarious. You keep falling into the trap of criticizing Sarah Palin's experience and readiness to be 'a heartbeat from the Presidency'.

Meanwhile, undecided voters are left wondering why you insist on engaging in an "Experience Debate" about the Republicans VICE-PRESIDENT nominee, when they look at your party and see who you want to be PRESIDENT!

Obama will lose on each and every argument about Sarah Palin's experience, no matter the issue.
- Obama TALKS tax cuts? Palin has done it.
- Obama TALKS energy independence? Palin is doing it.
- Obama TALKS 'change' and 'reform'? Palin has done it.

Why do you think Obama is trying to steer as clear as he can from talking about Palin (like in his 60 Minutes interview last night)?

Because Obama knows what voters see when people keep arguing Palin's resume vs his resume....a HUGE gap between himself and John McCain.

Posted by: dbw | September 22, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

If she really meet Bono, I am throwing away all my U2 collection! Damn it !

Posted by: BZK | September 22, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Mary-TX @ 10:07 PM

YES- This exactly the impression I had Palin will be speed dating foreign leaders, then she will have the audacity to claim a personal "Relationship" with each of them.

But then this should not surprise us; she's cast from the same mold as Bush, who looked into Putin's eyes, saw his soul and approved (shudder). Palin also claims to be totally prepared to be commander in Chief because "you can see Russia from Alaska" (not anywhere near where she ever is in Alaska - just from some very remote ice covered islands btw)

Posted by: Fred | September 22, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

right on!
IF you believe the USA should be a second rate power-
VOTE McSame.
If you think rich people should pay No taxes- Vote for McSame.
If you think idiots should run the government.
Vote McSame.

Posted by: tim | September 22, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

" please demonstate how Barack Obama is more prepa red to deal with foreign policy than Sarah (I see Russia from my window ) Palin"

Please check the internet for their resumes- I have.


Posted by: mimi | September 22, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Chris said:
"Why does this seem like the campaign is finally catching up with a belated to-do list item?
Foreign policy credentials? CHECK!
Photo op with foreign leaders? CHECK!
Meet with another celebrity who dabbles in politics? CHECK!"

Give them a break, Chris. I mean, they are only 3 months behind the Obama campaigns effort to do the same for their PRESIDENTIAL candidate on his round-the-world campaign swing with a plane full of reporters and cameras in tow.

Just give them a week, and Sarah Palin will have as much foreign policy experience on her resume as Obama has on his!

Posted by: dbw | September 22, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Ditto That!
Palin is very experienced, mayor of a town of 9,000 then governor for 20 months
she went to 5 colleges in 6 years,
lived in a Alaskan Independence Part household.
And she knows the struggles of the
creationist first hand-
VOTE FOR the Village IDIOT

Posted by: mm | September 22, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Larry Craig For Secretary of Airport Stalls
Mark Foley For Secretary of house Interns

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

mimi:

I know Obama followers have a hard time accepting their leaders woefully inadequate resume to be President, but do you have to fall back on the typical liberal response and resort to name-calling when you have no facts to turn to?

By all means, please demonstate how Barack Obama is more prepared to deal with foreign policy than Sarah Palin. Bullet point his foreign policy credentials for us.

Or, perhaps like your candidate, you rely more on speeches and rhetoric than actual facts and records....

Posted by: dbw | September 22, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

if you believe 95% of americans will
get a taxcut,
oh, wait,
you are already voting
for a ONE TERM freshman senator,
you are that stupid!

Posted by: usa3 | September 22, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Wonder if she will give any backrubs like Bush has done. This has got to be a joke - no amount of tutoring in a small amount of time will enable her to speak intelligently to foreign leaders.

Posted by: AZrebel | September 22, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Palin is very experienced, mayor of a town of 9,000 then governor for 20 months
she went to 5 colleges in 6 years,
lived in a Alaskan Independence Part household.
And she knows the struggles of the
creationist first hand-
VOTE FOR the Village IDIOT

Posted by: USA3 | September 22, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Obama is has friends that are crooks and radicals, like Ayers/Wright/Rezko/Kilpatrick
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ0cq4Nytu8

Posted by: kip | September 22, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

i mean, come on'
iran is not a threat to america'

obama been hitting the pipe, again.

Posted by: usa3 | September 22, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

IF you believe the USA should be a second rate power-
VOTE McSame.
If you think rich people should pay No taxes- Vote for McSame.
If you think idiots should run the government.
Vote McSame.

Posted by: USA3 | September 22, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Obama is very experienced,
he went to a muslim school,
lived in a muslim household.
he knows the struggles of the
jihadist first hand.

Posted by: usa3 | September 22, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Does this mean that Bush is trying to send her a list of problems with these guys? They again will require money to their weak policies.

Posted by: Slav | September 22, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Ditto That!
Let's see: a Senator who's an adulterer, graduated 894/899, was a Keating Five and a Governor who believes in Creationism, Abstinence sex education, Bannning Books, graduated 6 years after 5 colleges

-Versus-

The President of the Harvard Law Review,a Constitional Professor and Senator for 35 years.

Gosh. NOT a Toughie- unless your an idiot

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

if your views are extremely LIBERAL,
vote for obama.
if you feel paying taxes is patriotic,
vote for obama.
if you are afraid of being called racist,
vote for obama.

Posted by: simonsays | September 22, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

To all the 'intellectuals' on the board deriding Sarah Palin's foreign policy experience, let's hear what a fellow Senator said about Barack Obama's claim to be "as prepared as anyone" to lead in foreign policy:

"I’m speechless. Making an assertion like that belies the facts and the record. That is kind of hard to square with his failure to ever have a single policy hearing on the only responsibility he was ever given, chairing the European and NATO subcommittee of the foreign relations committee."
- Sen. Hillary Clinton

The Democrat leaders of the Senate turned over a key subcommittee (Europe & NATO) to Barack Obama, trying to give him something to polish his foreign policy resume. And even though a NATO-led war has been going on in Afghanistan, which falls under Obama's committee, Barack never held a single hearing....none.

I guess he was just too busy with campaigning to actually try doing his job as a Senator. And only when his campaign decided it was time for some photo-op footage for fall campaign ads did Obama make his first trip as a Senator to Afghanistan.

And you criticize the preparedness of Sarah Palin, a VICE-Presidential nominee? Look at the fella you guys want to be PRESIDENT!

Posted by: dbw | September 22, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Ditto that!
WOW! Palin will become a foreign policy expert in just one day! I shook their hand therefor I am ready, I am an expert and I will not blink

Posted by: anonymous | September 22, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

The leaders who are meeting with Palin,
seem to be the ones who would most need
our help. Maybe obama will meet with
the crazy Iranian president, they are
both intellectuals; and seem to share
a lot of the same policies.

Posted by: usa3 | September 22, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

The world according to idiots:
"Sarah Palin will have had more contact with foreign leaders than Obama."

Wow, we are in retardo land

Posted by: mimi | September 22, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Let's see: a Senator who's an adultere, graduated 894/899, was a Keating Five and a Governor who believes in Creationism, Abstinence sex education, Bannning Books, graduated 6 years after 5 colleges

-Versus-

The Preident of the harvard Law Review, Constitional Professor and Senator for 35 years.

Gosh. NOT a Toughie

Posted by: mimi | September 22, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Emily and Cara Prado:

You are too funny. Doing your best to degrade Sarah Palin, all the while just illustrating how inexperienced in foreign policy is your own preferred PRESIDENTIAL candidate, Barack Obama.

By the end of this week Sarah Palin will have had more contact with foreign leaders than Obama, even though Obama has sat on the Foreign Relations committee for 3 years. In addition, she's only a couple globe-trotting campaign stops....errrr, I mean "fact-finding" trips from outstripping Obama on foreign policy credentials altogether.

So keep attacking Palin....it just makes people think even more about the woeful experience of your own PRESIDENTIAL candidate in comparison!

Posted by: dbw | September 22, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

This is straight from the book, FOREIGN POLICY FOR DUMMIES!

Chapter 1: Surround yourself with as many foreign heads of state in one day to look important.

GIVE ME A BREAK!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 22, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Does McCain think that just by introducing Palin to foreign politicians she will start knowing more about foreing politics ? You can not just get this by handshakes, you need a lot of reading, interest, studying, etc. All what we have seen or heard from Palin disproves that she is an intelligent person, curious to learn. You can not repeat these classes, or go to another school - you have to be ready immediately which Palin is certainly not. And this also proves the point about McCain; either he is somewhat stupid himself or he is doing anything to win, even if it is against US interests.

Posted by: martha | September 22, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Hillary is beauful,and pretty,sarah
is a mole1 i agree with Bullwinkle.
something is not right up there.

Obama/Biden

Posted by: james | September 22, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

We think that the wrong questions are asked about WAR. Bush has done a shell game - and the American public bought it. .................
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/09/22/the-iraq-surge-has-not-worked/

Posted by: Ohg Rea Tone | September 22, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

who is Tood (1st dude paplin)why is he
beening afforded executive priveges,like
he's Bush or cheney! who do he thinks that
he is karlRove or somebody,this crook is
been summons to testify on troopergate
and oilgate,and he's refuse to testify,
but his tail,never miss a photo opt,with McSongbird,or Sarah! I think the Democrats need to send a Federal Attorney from the
dept. of Justice,I do not trust,this Dude
he reminds me of a second story buglar
We dems,must sent help to Alaska,it almost slip by us,thank you sen.songbird for enlighing us.the great prankster,mccain
screws it up again with them phoney,hey
Dude your about to get the curtains raise on you! I dare the Repugs,try to get you and your secessist near our democracy
I feel a con job is to be pull on america
What is the relationship,that these people
have with Sen.Ted Stevens and Norm Coleman
if these two are involve you bet that
there is a Rat somewere let not be distraction,them crooks are already giving themselves and big oil land deeds and water
rights in Alaska,the second Gold rush is
happening right now wall street is serious
but the riche's of Alaska is bountiful
Mr. french do not SURRENDER! SAVE YOUR
COUNTRY FROM THIS CONSPIRACY,HELP IS ON THE WAY, WHO IS THE CHIEF NATIVE THERE?
DO NOT TRUST MUSCLE MAN TODD,WHY CAN'T
HE SAY SOMETHING TO AMERICA,WE KNOW SARAH
IS AN TOOL,BUT TODD BEWARE YOU ARE GOING TO JAIL WITH TED,NORM,BUDDY!MCFOOL DON'T
HAVE A CLUE ABOUT THE GREAT HEIST!!
THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO PULL ON AMERICA
AND THE POLITAL HACK OF AN ATTORNEY
GENERAL SHOULD DISQUALIFY HIMSELF,ALASKA
IS AMERICA,ABOUT BUSH LET THE FEDS INTERVINE NOW WITH THIS TROOPERGATE DEMOCRATICS STAND UP,DON'T GRAB ON TO OBAMA COATTAILS ON THIS ONE!

cc: All democratics and friends .
i'm BULLWINKLE J. MOOSE AND I APPROVE OF THIS MESSAGE! NOTE ALSAKA HAS HIDDEN GOLD
POCKETS TOO!

Posted by: BULLWINKLE J. MOOSE | September 22, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Here is a useful resource related to Gov. Sarah Palin - the most comprehensive page of information on her record available on the Net. It includes videos of her saying her proposed $30 billion natural gas pipeline is the “will of God,” her saying a month ago she doesn’t know what the VP of the U.S. does, and her complaining four months ago that Hillary Clinton was whining about “sexist” coverage -

http://dailysource.org/palin

It has in-depth research, audio clips, videos, excerpts and links to hundreds of articles, including many from papers and TV stations in Alaska. It has rare footage, including her telling the 2008 convention of the Alaska Independence Party, whose goal is to give Alaska a vote on seceding from the U.S. to “keep up the good work.”

The level of research is unparalleled. The site’s editors include an Emmy-award winning CNN reporter, the former operating editor of the Christian Science Monitor’s web site, the former head of NPRs News Blog and the Executive Director of the Online News Association. Check it out here -

http://dailysource.org/

Please spread the word about this Palin info to anyone who might want to know more.

Posted by: The Daily Source | September 22, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

July 06, 2006 RC Politics
Political Video of the Day
Mid last month, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) made the following unfortunate remark to an Indian-American supporter:

"You CANNOT go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent ... I'm not joking."


Posted by: Scott | September 22, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

From Xuan Thai and Ted Barrett
CNN Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Joe Biden planned to spend Wednesday focusing on his official announcement that he was running for president, but the Delaware Democrat instead found himself defending remarks he made to the New York Observer about his Democratic opponents.

In the article published Wednesday, Biden is quoted evaluating presidential rivals Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois. His remarks about Obama, the only African-American serving in the Senate, drew the most scrutiny.

"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," Biden said. "I mean, that's a storybook, man."


Posted by: Scott | September 22, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Speaking to members of the University of Delaware football team Friday morning, the Democratic VP candidate said he thinks the Fightin Blue Hens (1-1 this season) could thrash a certain team from Ohio.

"I was out in Ohio," he said while fiddling with a football in his hands. "I told the folks in Ohio that we'd kick Ohio State's ass!" -CNN

Posted by: Scott | September 22, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the Palin bounce has finally run out of steam, that or the countless scandals surrounding her have finally caught up with the voter. http://www.veeppeek.com

Or maybe people are just tired of the same old red necks running the country.
http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

I didn't hear any of you Obama-fans scoffing at Baracks whirlwind-tour around the globe, meeting a leader for an hour or two then rushing to meet the next one, and next one, and next one...

How is THAT foreign-experience?

Posted by: Urgon | September 22, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/palin-soft-preparedness-of-lowered.html


Monday, September 22, 2008
Palin: The Soft Preparedness of Lowered Expectations

In all seriousness, expect the following from Palin's "meetings" with leaders on Tuesday and Wednesday:

-A series of serious-sounding quotes, direct from her days of preparation, that cannot possibly indicate her actual knowledge on the issues, data and risks facing each and with regard to each nation. Quotes, not knowledge, happen in days.

-A bevy of positive statements from each leader--after all, that's why they were chosen--all being nations seeking U.S. favor, and having nothing to lose and potentially much to gain by doing so.

-A rush of "surprised" reactions from media at "how seriously she was taken", ready, as so often, to grasp the superfically new.

-An attempt by the McCain camp to drive through her supposed preparedness as a result, as quickly as possible, before the debates.

-Still no in-depth, free-form, extensive challenging interviews from this prospective President.

Don't buy it.

Remember: A few days ago, she was ready to invade Russia (which she could see from her border).

A series of rehearsed quotes does not a President make.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/palin-soft-preparedness-of-lowered.html

Posted by: Cara Prado | September 22, 2008 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Yikes!

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-meets-with-afghani.html

Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sarah Palin Meets with Afghan President Karzai (Transcript)

"Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will meet next week with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in New York, on the sidelines of the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, according to Afghan officials in Washington."--Washington Post

TRANSCRIPT:

Palin: Oh, Mr. President, it is such a pleasure to meet you, you're the first head of state that I have had the opportunity to meet--which is more than many Vice Presidents--and I'm so glad that my first one is an Afghani.

You know, in Trig's class there was a little Afghani? He was the child of one of the oil executives, and he was so cute, with his little turban runnin' around, everyone just loved him, and felt for him...

Karzai: Yes.

Palin: And everyone knew that we just had to defend him and keep him free and that's why I think that with a Palin/McCain...

Palin Aide: (looking up from clipboard) McCain/Palin.

Palin: ...McCain/Palin ticket, we can make sure of that, if we have to attack Russia, even, I mean, to keep people free at home, just like we want to keep our people free. We have so much in common! I know you have the problem with the poppies, and I understand because we have the same problem with the crystal meth in Wasilla? And I said "Look, we've got to shake this up!" and then that's exactly what I said: 'Look, let's just see what we have in common with these guys!" And that's just what you could do with the Taliban, Mr. Karzai. They've already so moral, and they want people to live by the straight and narrow, and they've got the newspapers sayin' and the schools doin' lots of the right things. They just need to get some of the right ideas, and pray to the right Lord. And, if they don't understand, we still have the weapons left over from Iraq, and then we can't blink, we can't blink, can we, Mr. Karzai?

Karzai: (Looks at Palin silently without moving his head. Pauses.). Blink?

Palin: Right. The thing is, we just have to hit the ground runnin', Mr. Karzai. That's what I do. A few weeks ago I didn't even know what a Vice President does! That's why I put a clock on my wall--do you have the same clocks as we do in Afghanistan? With the twelve numbers? (points in air to numbers on air clock)--Anyway, I said "I'm gonna measure just how much time I have left here" and that's what you could do, I think, with the war, Mr. Karzai, is to put up a clock so you know just how much time you have left until you finish it. I tell you, Mr. Karzai, it's such a motivating influence on my staff, the good ones, anyway, they know what they're supposed to finish and when, they hear me sayin' "Look at the clock, people, look at the clock, and know what you have left to finish..."

Karzai: Yes.

Palin: And so I said to my husband, Todd--I call him the "First Dude"--Do you have that word 'Dude' there in Afghanistan?--maybe it's like "Khan" or "Emir" or somethin'?--I said to him, 'Todd, we have to take a look at what's happenin' in Afghanistan--before McCain called or any other thing happened--' cause I saw that Russia was right across from us and then right next to that you have all the Stans (counts cross fingers) Kyrgyzstan, oh, what's the others?--well, you are aware of them, of course, Mr. Karzai (laughs)...

Karzai: (Nods)

Palin: And if we don't let other people know of what I'm aware of, then the world won't change, Mr. Karzai. I know we have the same goals even if we don't have the same God yet...(aide touches Palin on shoulder, whispers). 'Even', not 'yet', I meant 'same God even', Mr. Karzai. And my point is, we can't let others stop our choice, which is freedom for those who deserve it, and that's why I know a Palin/McCain...

Palin Aide: (reaching over to touch shoulder)

Palin: Stop! (brushing aide's hand off)...McCain/Palin ticket will do just what you want, Mr. Karzai...

Second Palin Aide Approaches: It's time for your next appointment, Gov. Palin.

Palin: It was so good meeting you, President Karzai, and all of your other people, it was so good meeting you too! Shalom! (waves, exits)

Karzai: (to his aide, in Pashto): She makes the last one look like the Grand Mufti.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-meets-with-afghani.html

Posted by: Emily | September 22, 2008 5:56 AM | Report abuse

Let's see: a Senator who bucked his Party the whole of his career, and a reformer Governor who bucked hers, both of whom embody the spirit of America.

-Versus-

The 1st and 3rd most Liberal politicians in the Senate.

Gosh. Toughie.

Posted by: Victoria | September 22, 2008 4:46 AM | Report abuse

Katie,
In her interview with Sean Hannity, he asked her about it and she said that it's not true. She said that she's always been a Republican. Just another false rumor that people are stirring up.

Posted by: Sam | September 22, 2008 3:18 AM | Report abuse

1. Sarah Palin loves this country?
-then why did she join the Alaska Independence party who want Alaska SEPARATED from America
- her husband was a member of this party from 1997-2002
- the motto of the party is "Alaska first" NOT country first
- the leader of the party has said that "the fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for America"
- her husband refers to ALASKAN families, as being separate from AMERICAN families

Loves this country? Give me a break!

Posted by: Katie | September 22, 2008 3:00 AM | Report abuse

The Dude will fix you all up big time. Foolish foolish people.
Not one good unscripted debate with Ms pretty. You are no longer the world leaders, the party is over. Must give you all credit. You sure know how to take a beating. Yes the world is watching the down fall pf America.

Posted by: justadad55+ | September 22, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

I can only say, I saw Bono in concert a long time ago in NYC. Not like the concerts of my youth where the air was filled with pot smoke and the concert "guards" were not wearing uniforms. But I love his activism and desire to have both sides of the aisle working with him. Bono for President? Unfortunately, we have to change the constitution.

http://www.boppoll.com

Posted by: You've got to LUV Bono! | September 22, 2008 2:39 AM | Report abuse

I'd say the comment below is very true. Both political main parties are hopelessly corrupted to special interests. They don't look after our interests. They survive only because it's so easy to convince the majority of Americans - very foolish people - to blindly follow and not ask to many probing questions. Dems and Repugs, they all come from the same sewer.

bemused,

You can just as easily and probably just as incorrectly say the same about McCain. You offer no proof, so you are one for two.

Posted by: Oh brother! | September 22, 2008 2:29 AM

Posted by: Independent thinker | September 22, 2008 2:35 AM | Report abuse

Answer: John McCain teaches Dip n Run Levi Johnston how to avoid answering questions.

Question: What do you think John McCain is teaching Palin shotgun wedding son Levi Johnston, about his foreign affairs experience?

http://www.nypost.com/pagesixmag/issues/20080914/images/Buzz/discuss/2.jpg

Posted by: ronpaul | September 22, 2008 2:31 AM | Report abuse

bemused,

You can just as easily and probably just as incorrectly say the same about McCain. You offer no proof, so you are one for two.

Posted by: Oh brother! | September 22, 2008 2:29 AM | Report abuse

American partisan zombie weirdo comments that have no factual backing are now permeating the blog...time to move on--can't argue with stupid tonight.

Posted by: A Better Truth | September 22, 2008 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Question: What do you think John McCain is teaching Palin shotgun wedding son Levi Johnston, about his foreign affairs experience?

http://www.nypost.com/pagesixmag/issues/20080914/images/Buzz/discuss/2.jpg

Posted by: ? | September 22, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

bemused,

Touche'.

Posted by: Oh brother! | September 22, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

Sorry guys correction:


The RepublicanT weirdo comments that have no factual backing are now permeating the blog...time to move on--can't argue with stupid tonight.

Posted by: Saddened | September 22, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

Support our troops and bring them home alive. End this war. Our troops are best supported if we have no wars, ever. The next time Bin Laden or Al Qaeda attack America, we should keep our troops safe and sound at home. In fact, they never should have been sent to foreign lands to endanger their lives after the 9/11 attack. It's just not right to endanger the lives of soldiers under any circumstances.

Posted by: No more war! | September 22, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

The democrat weirdo comments that have no factual backing are now permeating the blog...time to move on--can't argue with stupid tonight.

Posted by: saddened | September 22, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Support our troops and bring them home alive. End this war.

Posted by: Peace | September 22, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

Q: "I would have to believe that Barack Obama loves this country exceedingly, why else would anyone subject himself to the abuse, slander and lies he has subjected to the past 18 months?"

A: Power. Money. Prestige.

Posted by: bemused | September 22, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

A TELLING STATMENT FROM A LIB:

"Barrack Obama is no more a Muslim than I am and what if he was?"

Posted by: bemused | September 22, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

The republican weirdo comments that have no factual backing are now permeating the blog...time to move on--can't argue with stupid tonight.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

All true patriots, like Sarah Palin, proudly displayed "Support Our Troops" bumper stickers on their SUVs.

THAT is more than enough to show that you love your country and sacrificing on its behalf.

Posted by: true conservative | September 22, 2008 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Q: What gives you the right to say Barrack Obama and Joe Biden do not love their counrty?

A: The First Ammendment

Posted by: bemused | September 22, 2008 2:14 AM | Report abuse


yes, that's me, tj...a big, fat traitor.

...and before i trample the flag on the way to my bed, cursing all that is wondrous about this land, allow me to vent my spleen and say that with christians and patriots like those i've witnessed tonight, i intend to pray heartily for divine intervention.

Posted by: jazzgrrrl25 | September 22, 2008 2:14 AM | Report abuse

I've decided to vote for mccain and palin cuz this is going to be more entertaning than billy carter and billy beer ever was. What a gas!!!! Americas first honest to goodness redneck family occupying the executive office bldg I can hardly wait to hear about the weekly escapades of Levi Johnston and company!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: chuckles the clown | September 22, 2008 2:13 AM | Report abuse

Don Welsh,

With all due respect I think you have that backwards, the love of God should know no border. Every Boy Scout knows and says "...to do my duty, to God and my country." Maybe your weren't a Boy Scout. In the Pledge of Allegiance it is "One Nation Under God...", not above.

As for BigFoot, a flag pin doesn't make you a patriot, my father, a decorated WWII Purple Heart recipient wounded in combat felt, and I agree with him, wearing a flag pin means nothing. Many a thief and scoundrel has worn a flag pin.

Now how about a quote from Mark Twain on patriotism:

"We have a bastard Patriotism, a sarcasm, a burlesque; but we have no such thing as a public conscience. Politically we are just a joke."

What gives you the right to say Barrack Obama and Joe Biden do not love their counrty? Why do you insist on slandering someone claiming they are something they are not? Barrack Obama is no more a Muslim than I am and what if he was? This country is founded on the principle of freedom of religion. That doesn't mean only YOUR religion. Maybe we could substitute Catholic, or Buddhist or Quaker or anything you are not. Does it matter? Does it make someone less likely to love their country? How easily we stomp on and gleefully grind into the earth the very principles this country was founded upon. It is shameful.

I would have to believe that Barack Obama loves this country exceedingly, why else would anyone subject himself to the abuse, slander and lies he has subjected to the past 18 months?

The only people who I would question if they love their country are you sir and the other fool BigFoot who would rather believe falsehoods for the sake of convenience.

Posted by: Oh brother! | September 22, 2008 2:12 AM | Report abuse

It was a good move for John McCain to welcome Levi Johnston to the stage. Levi is about to become a member of Sarah Palin's family whether he wants to or not. McCain's gesture sends a signal to all teens who get pregnant out of wedlock that they should marry and that the man should assume responsibility and if they don't, they'll be threatened with a shotgun until they agree that they're not going to thrust and run.

I hope that Levi as well as all of Sarah's daughters are being brought in to meet the foreign leaders so they can get a head start on becoming foreign affair experts. Think of our future, our children.

Posted by: Diane | September 22, 2008 2:11 AM | Report abuse

Yes 1 day to brush up on foreign affairs--now she should be leader of the entire planet.

Life, politics and countries are a bit more complex, maybe you should get a passport.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Only traitors feel that it's "out of bounds to question someone's patriotism"

Posted by: TJ | September 22, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

What an impressive list of foreign leaders!

Afghan president Hamid Karzai
Colombian president Alvaro Uribe
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko Iraqi President Jalal Talabani
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zadari
Indian Prime Minister Manhoman Singh

This lady is going to be pretty well versed in foreign affairs by the time she's left the UN. I also think that the Iron Lady (as Palin is now being called by many, following the nickname of the original Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher) will have a thing or to to advise these world leaders about where they're going wrong with the problems they face in their own lands.

Go Sarah!

Posted by: Becky (former Hillary supporter) | September 22, 2008 2:04 AM | Report abuse


respectfully, mr. welsh...what are you, stupid?...can you really in good, christian, patriotic conscience, say such things, about a candidate, that have absolutely no basis?

...really?

i'm no democrat, but it is out of bounds to question someone's patriotism, based on small-minded, rumor mongering, muckraking sources that neglect to share the complete content and context.

and, by the by, bigfoot, it was the "star spangled banner" to which obama kept his hand down...totally appropriate for a man wearing no hat...certainly not disrespectful.

Posted by: jazzgrrrl25 | September 22, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

I can see Russia from window.

I can see Russia from window.

I can see Russia from window.

I can see Russia from window.

I read a script by written by Bush's speech writer at almost every campaign rally.

I read a script by written by Bush's speech writer at almost every campaign rally.

I read a script by written by Bush's speech writer at almost every campaign rally.

YOU REALLY HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYTHING FROM ME UNSCRIPTED, BUT VOTE FOR ME!!!!!!!

YOU REALLY HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYTHING FROM ME UNSCRIPTED, BUT VOTE FOR ME!!!!!!!


This is politics, talking about the your version of God or your version of hope in the name of America makes you sound exactly like George Bush---and now your voting for McSame---coincidence I think not.

ha ha ha

Posted by: Baaa baaa | September 22, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

it would be "lazy", as you say, to not suss out as much info as possible...we have a moral obligation to our nation to find out what in hell we're getting into and she, in turn has the same obligation to share her character, her thoughts on policy and examples of her ability.

Posted by: jazzgrrrl25 | September 22, 2008 1:36 AM


THIS SHOWS THE KIND OF ATTITUDE OF LIBS. GOD BROUGHT US SARAH PALIN AND WE SHOULD FEEL CONFIDENT TO TRUST THAT GOD HAS MADE A GOOD CHOICE FOR US. OF COURSE LIBS ARE GOD HATERS SO THAT'S WHY THEY'RE SO EAGER TO QUESTION SARAH PALIN.

Posted by: Why does thou question the Lord? | September 22, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has proven herself to be a quick understudy in other situations. She may look dumb as S**t, but I guarantee you that all she has to do is meet these foreign leaders who are being drug in front of her and you'll see her blossom like a rose in her foreign affairs capabilities. That added to her impressive resume of economic knowledge... which adds to the even more impressive economic knowledge of John McCain.

Posted by: VOTE MCCAIN | September 22, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Like Bigfoot, I've always thought that the highest qualification to be President (or VP for that matter) is to love one's country. Secondly, the qualification is to love one's God and trust that they're guiding your hand at all times, no matter what decisions you make.

John McCain and Sarah Palin, unlike Obama and Biden, are country-loving, God-fearing candidates who we should trust. Whether they do or they don't know anything about economics, and whether or not John McCain is prone to flying off the handle even at meetings with foreign dignitaries is really beside the point. The point is that they love the USA, they love God, and whatever they do, God will make it right.

Obama hates his country and may be a closet Muslim so it really doesn't matter what his views or critical analysis abilities are, he shouldn't be given the chance to lead us. It would be like Satan leading our country.

Don Welsh

Posted by: Don Welsh | September 22, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

I can see Russia from window.

I can see Russia from window.

I can see Russia from window.

I can see Russia from window.

I read a script by written by Bush's speech writer at almost every campaign rally.

I read a script by written by Bush's speech writer at almost every campaign rally.

I read a script by written by Bush's speech writer at almost every campaign rally.

YOU REALLY HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYTHING FROM ME UNSCRIPTED, BUT VOTE FOR ME!!!!!!!

YOU REALLY HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYTHING FROM ME UNSCRIPTED, BUT VOTE FOR ME!!!!!!!

Posted by: Baaa baaa | September 22, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse


there is nothing like a broad stroke to cover up inaccuracies.

Posted by: jazzgrrrl25 | September 22, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

If I make a list of qualifications for someone to be president of this country, near the top would be that he or she love this country. Sarah Palin loves her country. Barack Obama does not love his country: after careful thought he decides not to put his hand over his heart and recite the Pledge. After much consideration he decides that it's uncool to wear a flag pin. He tolerates the damnation of his country be his preacher. His wife is not proud of us. Barack obama is one of those who think love of country is an intellectual exercise, and that if taken seriously it would be dangerous for world peace.
I learned how much I love my country on 9/11. I always said I did, but the reality of took me by surprise. It happened to some people and it didn't to others. It isn't something you think up and decide, it's part of who you are. Barack shows that he doesn't have it. Fine, he can be a citizen as long as he obeys the laws. But he isn't qualified to be President.
Everyone knows of course that John McCain loves his country, and is otherwise abundantly qualified. Let Sarah Palin, who is a governor, be Vice President and his understudy. Let Barack Obama be a senator as long as the people of Illinois want him. Maybe he loves Illinois.

Posted by: Bigfoot | September 22, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse


Both these candidates deserve some privacy you know? There is no law that says Sarah Palin has to answer any questions about anything. She has the right to decide which questions to answer... or answer none of them.

Posted by: Beth from Colorado | September 22, 2008 1:28 AM

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this isn't about liberal, conservative, independent...a month ago we knew nothing about this woman.

...and, now, she may very well be next in line to run the free world.

it would be "lazy", as you say, to not suss out as much info as possible...we have a moral obligation to our nation to find out what in hell we're getting into and she, in turn has the same obligation to share her character, her thoughts on policy and examples of her ability.

Posted by: jazzgrrrl25 | September 22, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

The way Sarah Palin was able to successfully pressure that redneck Levi Johnston into a shotgun wedding with her pregnant daughter should be proof enough for you doubters out there that THIS IS A WOMAN OF ACTION!

Vote McCain and Palin.

Posted by: TLK | September 22, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

We ARE a nation of jackasses, and the candidates (and political parties) that recognize this first are usually the ones that win. They learn to appeal to stupidity because the majority of us are pretty stupid when it comes to critically analysing candidates.

Most of us are sheep, fast to swallow whatever talking points our favourite candidates throw out, and repeating those talking points endlessly.... endlessly... BBBAAAAAAAAAA.... BBBBAAAAAAAAAAAA.... BBBBAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Blind sheep = the American public !!!

Posted by: Non-partisan and luvin' it | September 22, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it just like the dems to think that reporters of the driveby media should be allowed to ask whatever questions they want of John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Listen up, you lazy liberals. Both these candidates deserve some privacy you know? There is no law that says Sarah Palin has to answer any questions about anything. She has the right to decide which questions to answer... or answer none of them.

Those of you who think the upcoming debate is going to be a time of grilling either candidate over the coals have another thing coming. The candidates don't HAVE to share information that they believe is in the public's bigger interest to keep secret.

That's why Sarah Palin maintained the Yahoo accounts for conducting certain official government business. She understands that sometimes it's better that the public doesn't know what's going on behind the scenes.

So just get it out of your heads, dems, that you'll be able to see any opportunity too see these candidates embarrassed in public.

Posted by: Beth from Colorado | September 22, 2008 1:28 AM | Report abuse

i am so done with this bloody "emperor's clothes" madness...we look like, and may very well be, a nation of jackasses.

that she is even in this game is untenable,and, yet, here she is...and to think that she will play debutante for a day or two at the u.n. is downright embarrassing...

no doubt, mccain will immediately spin this as her having more foreign policy experience than his opponent...and, given what we've seen of late, there are millions of idiots in this grand ol' u.s. of a. that will buy it.

the woman has no proper education and no intellectual curiosity for this gig...her husband is a high school graduate...they have a full dance card with their numerous "jerry springer" moments...pregnant teenage daughters, self-professed "redneck" kinda-sorta son-in-laws, drug abusing son, nepotism, troopergate,and on and on and on.

this is unacceptable for the white house and if one reads any of the foreign papers, one will see that our nation is already fodder for having chosen her above all others...no one out there on this big, blue ball takes her seriously. we have become a deserved joke.


Posted by: jazzgrrrl25 | September 22, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is honestly the best VP candidate we've had in many years. With her outlook and smile, she would be ready to step into the president's shoes on day 1 if (God forbid) it was necessary. She is the ideal complement to John McCain. McCain professes little interest in economics but is a staunch foreign policy guru, always looking to see what the next potential enemy of the USA might be and unafraid to move proactively to cut them off at the knees before they can even THINK about attacking us.

Sarah Palin, in contrast, brings great economic experience to the ticket. She's the kind of person I would trust to simply come up with a viable economic plan to keep our nation's economic framework from collapse.

Both John McCain and Sarah Palin are rightly known as real mavericks. Just as we were shocked when McCain chose Sarah as his running mate, I can guarantee you that you'll be in for another, even bigger shock when you find out the creative ways the McCain/Palin ticket will spontaneously decide to deal with our US economic crisis.

Mavericks for crisis situations, that's what we need. McCain and Palin really fit the bill.

Vote John McCain and Sarah Palin in November. You'll join a ride that we'll long remember!

McCain Palin 08

Posted by: McCain Palin 08 | September 22, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Now McCain Campaign is asking for rules for Palin's debate with Biden.
Rules for Sarah - include scripted interviews, not turning in tax returns, not showing up for troopergate.
Tom Brokaw, Bob Schieffer and Jim Lehrer - we are counting on you to do your job like Charlie Gibson did. There are no rules when someone is running for VP. There were none for Hillary or anyone else.
People lets just call this what it is - a farce. McCain is putting himself first not the country - don't let him fool you.
This is a sad day in America

Posted by: Terri | September 22, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

THE ONE!!!!!

Sarah Palin is THE ONE!!!!!

Palin draws crowd of 60,000 in The Villages

By Bill Cotterell • news-press.com capital bureau • September 21, 2008

THE VILLAGES -- Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin told wildly cheering, flag-waving, chanting supporters that John McCain is "the only great man in this race" and promised Sunday he will fix the nation's economy if voters give the GOP four more years in the White House.

Posted by: McCain/Palin 2008!!!!!!!! | September 22, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse

At least the lady will be meeting with the leaders of countries that are involved in current foreign affairs problems, in contrast to the Germany, France UK shuck and jive numbers by one of her opponents, following a tax supported juncket with his supporter from Nebraska

Posted by: reformthesystem | September 22, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Give me a break...So if I go meet the mayor of my city that makes me an expert on running our city? I think not! She is a joke as for as the experience. I believe between Palin and Obama experience is solved through the higher education, intelligence and vision of Obama scoring very high...Obama and Biden have answered tough questions from the Media....where is Palin and McCain on answering the tough questions....they are too busy building Smoke n Mirror false images that people are buying into....stupid people

Posted by: vrp.tx for Obama | September 22, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Elections should be about ending failed policies and immoral practices.

Palin shows no signs of diverting from disastrous Bush policies that have wrecked the ecomony.

And punishing political enemies (Troopergate) is right out of the Bush playbook.

Bush doesn't deserve a third term, and McCain/Palin don't deserve his third term, either!

Obama in '08!

Posted by: Nick K. | September 22, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

HOW much time has Palin spent answering questions from the American public? IF I were stupid enough to vote for someone who won't speak to the media( w/o a SCRIPT) or answer questions from her voters, I would have some serious misgivings.

She can only talk to the "important" people i.e. UN officials...who is elitist now?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

This is preparation for her debate with Biden. She will be able to say, when I meet with _____ (fill in the blank). If nothing else it will give great pleasure to those who wish to foist this incompetent on the American people, knowing she is unfit but taking pleasure in successfully deceiving the public.

Posted by: RG | September 22, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

It shows that they want to get to know her as much as she wants to get to know them, a sign that they believe her chances are VERY good that she will be the VP soon!

Posted by: tmacioszek

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No, it means they want to keep their foreign aid money. Get real.

Posted by: john5750 | September 22, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Great stuff. You Go Sarah!.. Iv got the Fork, Ive Got the Knife and we should be able to turn of the burners soon, cause 0bama will be Done Soon!

Posted by: derrek michigan | September 22, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Sam,

I've seen it and I also read his remarks in the Fairbanks and Anchorage papers. He said an aide to the governor sign the request, not her since she wasn't available.

You believe what you want to believe, but share what your taking why don't you. We could all use an escape from reality from this circus. I would have voted for McCain, but not with Palin on the ticket. They need to send her back here so she can answer the questions about Troopergate like she promised to do before she went off to Broadway. She isn't making people happy here by letting the McCain campaign strong arm Alaskan politics. Whether they believe she has nothing to hide or not, we don't need these people telling us what to do.

Posted by: NorthSlope | September 22, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

All Photo-Ops! No substance! The McCain campaign spin will promote otherwise.

Posted by: Lou R | September 22, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Now that's a funny post I just ready on here... "she will meet with heads of state but not the media?"

Think about it... world leaders are at least willing to give the lady a chance! The media is only interested in tearing her apart because they are in the bed as Obama when it comes to his Chicago-based puppet masters. She's entirely too smart to get sucked into that. Plus, why should she??? She has had two major interviews, and a third on the way, and STILL gets more attention that BO and JB combined! Genius.

http://community.mccainspace.com/TMACIOSZEK

MCCAIN/PALIN 2008, 2012!

Posted by: tmacioszek | September 21, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama's experience in foreign policy !
Obama cites his ties to relatives in poor villages in Kenya and the years he spent growing up in Indonesia. and a trip to Pakistan while a college student.

Not having experience is better than not knowing what it is.

Posted by: Jayashiel Kakileti | September 21, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

The Dude will fix everything, so stop panicking.
Never seen America look so lost.

Posted by: justada55+ | September 21, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

She'll probably need a cue card for the correct way to pronounce Bono, as well as the more complicated names she'll be meeting next week.

Posted by: Kathleen Hussein in Maine | September 21, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

What a great pick Sen.McCain has in Gov. Palin. She thinks on her feet and does not get rattled like some other people have been since she joined our team McCain.
The excitement in our base is wonderful and it is imperative that we drive home the homerun with a big win on Nov. 4th. McCain/Palin will certainly be a refreshing change in Washington Politics and that reaching across the aisle will be difficult for some but not for McCain/Palin. They already know how, so we will have to teach the others how to work together to make great things happen.
McCain/Palin 2008

Posted by: flyovercountry51 | September 21, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

She wants to meet all these heads of state but still will not meet w/the press??? Maybe Karzai will join her in a game of stump the VP...

Posted by: lirbro | September 21, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

brock101: I'm not stupid, haha! I dig Ron Paul, and Sarah does too!:
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=-YglP4clX0A

Posted by: Sam | September 21, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Sam

don't be stupid. If you are a real conservative vote http://bobbarr2008.com

Posted by: brock101 | September 21, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I feel sorry for these 'heads of states'. They know full well how they are being used and a few of them must feel quite humiliated. And Bono ... what an honour! He is sure to have a great time when he is back in Dublin, seeing how popular and respected Palin is here in Ireland.

Posted by: Maria | September 21, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

The Palin/McCain campaign is taking some risks here. Maybe one of the leaders she meets will give the press an honest assessment of her. McCain will have a hard time painting that as partisan politics.

Posted by: Danger zone | September 21, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Sillier and sillier. Palin tea-partied while Wall Street burned.

Posted by: Crazy | September 21, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

You can only imagine what must be going through the minds of the world leaders forced to meet her. Another blow to American credibility and respect around the world. Who does the McCain people think they are fooling. She'd be better off cheerleading the evangelicals -- "the world is 7000 years old and Sarah Palin is a good VP pick" crowd.

Posted by: LOL | September 21, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

NorthSlope: Here is an interview with the Major General of the Alaska National Guard, and he says that the C-17 deployment was "under the deployment direction of the Governor", among many other positive things regarding her leadership:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnppt9gnLVQ

Posted by: Sam | September 21, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone notice how many people gathered here in Florida today to see the great govenor of Alaska speak? Over 60,000! I was so close to going myself, she was only an hour from me. I hear from a lot of people that managed to get there that they were thrilled to see her! Now reading that she is going to be meeting all these very important leaders is inspiring. It shows that they want to get to know her as much as she wants to get to know them, a sign that they believe her chances are VERY good that she will be the VP soon!

http://community.mccainspace.com/TMACIOSZEK

Posted by: tmacioszek | September 21, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many world leaders Obama met before his World Tour?

Posted by: info | September 21, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Go Sarah. May you break that glass ceiling once and for all. It is amazing to see how negative the Obama supporters are with their comments , I guess they are going through a temper tantrum.
MCCain Palin 2008

Posted by: Fred | September 21, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

FINANCIAL TERRORISM?
SOCIAL DARWINISM?

TARGETING OF U.S. CITIZENS BY GOVT AGENCIES A ROOT CAUSE OF FINANCIAL MELTDOWN?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/targeting-u-s-citizens-govt-agencies-root-cause-wall-street-financial-crisis

OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener | September 21, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED

Is the day that it was announced that Bono is meeting with Sarah Palin

Posted by: Don McLean | September 21, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

This whole thing is getting silly. To rush Sarah Palin around and introducing her to heads of state and thinking that is going to give her credibility as a foreign policy expert. This shows how much respect the Republican machine has for the voter.
Actually who cares if a VP knows anything-EXCEPT this VP has a higher chance of being President. This is then a serious issue. Again compare the facts-Palin 5 colleges in the Northwest for a jounalism degree. PTA,and mayor of a town of 5000. Governor for 18 months in a very small population state. Obama. Columbia Univ. with degree and Harvard Law degree.President of the Law review.Passed Boards first time.Community organizer 3 years. 8 years Illinois legislator,4 years US senator. 12 years Law professor. Served 4 years on foreign relations committee. There is no contest in who has the best background.
I realize this will not change the Republican base but these are the facts for the rest of we voters to look at .

Posted by: RHead | September 21, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/media-alert-palin-meeting-diversion.html

Sunday, September 21, 2008
Ignore the Shiny, Everything Has Changed: Palin Meeting Diversion

Washington Post:

The list of foreign leaders GOP vice president Sarah Palin will meet this week in New York just keeps getting longer.

In addition to having private sessions with Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Colombian president Alvaro Uribe scheduled for Tuesday, the Alaska governor now has a more elaborate list of heads of state lined up for Wednesday.

According to the campaign, she will meet Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili; Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko; Iraqi President Jalal Talabani; Pakistani President Asif Ali Zadari; and Indian Prime Minister Manhoman Singh in a single day.

And Wednesday offers Palin a tete-a-tete with another category of globe trotter: she'll also be meeting with U2 frontman Bono, whose work with the ONE Campaign has earned frequent plaudits from GOP presidential nominee John McCain on the campaign trail.

This is clearly an attempt by the McCain campaign to change the subject from the economy (which, for the party in executive power, is a sure loser when the economy is bad) back to Palin.

The hope here is that media will be irresistibly drawn to the lure of an absurd number of meetings on one day--including the most irresistible media lure, Bono. Even if there is conflict about the meetings, they wager, they win--the subject is changed back to whether Palin is/is not qualified, rather than what is now the most important, relevant, and most salient topic: the economy.

Ignore the shiny bauble. As they say, everything has changed.

Don't fall for it. Stay with the economy.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/media-alert-palin-meeting-diversion.html

Posted by: Cara Prado | September 21, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

O.K. does anyone else find this desperate and scary? Palin will be speed dating foreign leaders to increase her knowledge on foreign policy. YIKES

Posted by: Mary-TX | September 21, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Why does this seem like the campaign is finally catching up with a belated to-do list item?

Foreign policy credentials? CHECK!
Photo op with foreign leaders? CHECK!
Meet with another celebrity who dabbles in politics? CHECK!

Give me a break.

Posted by: Chris | September 21, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Well...err Sam, from what I understand an aide signed off on the C-17 because Palin wasn't available. And according to the Major General of Alaska's National Guard, Palin never had to call the Guard out for anything and the Pentagon has complete control when they are called up to serve for a national purpose. So her experience is as a figurehead.

Her oil and gas experience comes from 8 months as a political appointee as a consolation prize from Murkowski and the tax and pipeline deals were other people's work and she actually had very little involvement. Oh, but wait! Todd does work for BP so that must count, just like being able to see Russia.

Oh yeah, the ethics reform, correct me if I'm wrong, but that was a democratic initiative and she basically just sign the bill they drafted.

Not all Alaskans are stooges.

Posted by: NorthSlope | September 21, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's experience:

Sarah Palin on Economics:

Sarah is the Governor of the State of Alaska, a U.S. State with the population of approximately 700,000 people. Under Sarah's leadership, this year, each Alaskan will receive an Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend (from Alaska's oil wealth) of approximately $2000. On top of that, because of the high gas prices, each Alaskan will receive an energy rebate of $1200. In 2003, she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. She knows what needs to be done to balance energy resources and a budget. She has an 80% approval rating as Governor of Alaska, so the citizens are on her side and she is on their side.

In 1973, Joe Biden voted against the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System was constructed, and since then, the pipeline has supplied 15 billion barrels of oil to the U.S.

Sarah Palin on Foreign Relations:

Here are photos of Sarah Palin visiting her Alaska National Guard troops in the Middle East:

http://asecondhandconjecture.com/index.php/2008/08/30/sarah-palin-kuwait-gallery/

Her troops get sent to Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Kosovo, and she gets briefed constantly on their mission, well being, and what is going on in that region that could affect her troops.
With Canada, she has to deal with immigration/customs issues at the border.
Her troops train Mongolian troops every year.
Alaska is home to 2 major U.S. Air Force bases: Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, and Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage. Russia is a few miles from Alaska's coast. U.S. Air Force planes intercept Russian planes all of the time.
Alaska has an enormous coast line and foreign boats cruise around the waters all of the time, which can turn into an international situation. If an emergency arises, she has to know what is going on not only in her state but around it.
The Missile Defense system that her troops run protects the U.S. from a nuclear attack.
As the Governor of Alaska and the Alaska National Guard Commander and Chief, she is ultimately responsible for anti-terrorism measures in Alaska. When they found pics of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System in a cave in Afghanistan, they sent Alaska Army Guard troops to guard it and train in anti-terrorism measures. A man was recently sentenced to 13 years in prison for plotting to blow up the pipeline.
She sent a C-17 plane with Alaska National Guard troops to help with the Hurricane Gustav response effort, which included troops available for search-and-rescue missions.

To summarize, Sarah Palin has years of executive experience in economics, the oil industry within the U.S., and U.S. National Defense. She knows first hand about teamwork, and is ready to lead our country.

George Washington: "We take the stars from Heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing Liberty."
Obama: “I won't wear that pin on my chest”.

Posted by: Sam | September 21, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Obviously an attempt by the McCain camp to change the conversation from the economy (a loser for him) back to Palin--which is now also a loser given the change in the economy. You won't hear anything from me.

Posted by: Susan D'Addario | September 21, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Palin will become a foreign policy expert in just one day! I shook their hand therefor I am ready, I am an expert and I will not blink.

Posted by: Oh brother! | September 21, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

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