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The McCain-Palin Bunch Greet McCain at Airport


Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) greets the family of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, including her children Track (L), Piper (2nd L), Willow, baby son Trig, Bristol (R) and Bristo['s fiance Levi Johnston, at the airport in Minneapolis, Minn., September 3, 2008. (Reuters/John Gress)

By Robert Barnes

MINNEAPOLIS -- It was an (extended) family reunion for Sen. John McCain when he finally arrived in the city where he will realize his long-held dream of accepting the Republican presidential nomination.

Not only were Cindy McCain and all seven McCain children waiting at the bottom of the stairs, so was the family of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her intended new son-in-law.

There were hugs and kisses all around, but McCain paid special attention to the two young people who have been receiving so much attention in recent days -- 17-year-old Bristol Palin,who is five months pregnant, and her boyfriend, Levi Johnston. The two held hands as McCain approached, then the senator hugged Bristol and talked to her at length. Reporters could not hear the conversation. He then greeted Johnston, 18, and put his arms around both of them.

Another new addition to the brood not previously seen was Palin's son Track, 19, who is in the Army and, according to Palin, will be deployed to Iraq on Sept. 11. McCain greeted him warmly, then called over his own sons Jack, 22, who is in his fourth year at the Naval Academy, and Jimmy, 20, a Marine private.

The families made quite a receiving line for McCain. Besides Cindy McCain, wearing a bright red dress, there were McCain's three children from his first marriage, Doug, Andrew and Sydney; his four children with Cindy, Meghan, Jack, Jim and Bridget; Palin and her husband Todd; Bristol and Levi; and the other Palin children, Track, Willow, Piper and infant Trig.

Campaign instinct took over when McCain got to Trig, who was held by Willow. He kissed him on the forehead.

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laplumelefirmament:

Regardless, I am still voting McCain-Palin.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

SARAH PALIN LISTENS TO HATE SPEECH AND ANTI-SEMITIC RANTS AGAINST JEWS IN CHURCH!!!


Andrew Sullivan at the Atlantic uncovered a shocking detail about Sarah Palin (one of the now many shocking details link :http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/09/anti-jewish-ter.html), in which she sat in a meeting at the Wasilla Bible Church.

VIDEO HERE of the "Jerusalem Dilemma": http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=%22David+Brickner%22&hl=en&emb=0#q=%22David%20Brickner%22%20Jerusalem&hl=en&emb=0


The meeting was headed by David Brickner, the executive director of Jews for Jesus, and here's what he said:

Brickner also described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgment of unbelief" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity.

"Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It's very real. When [Brickner's son] was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment — you can't miss it."

Palin was in church that day, Kroon said, though he cautioned against attributing Brickner’s views to her.

John McCain now has a serious Jewish problem, thanks to Sarah Palin's extremist creationist views, which may cost him Florida, and several other states when these views, supported by Sarah Palin, become very well known.

Sarah Palin is no friend to the Jewish community, and neither is John McCain, in having picked this Dominionist as his Vice-President.

Edit: Here's the audio of the sermon at Wasilla Bible Church. link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-fvg6Q_TyE

Here's some of the transcript from Brickner's speech (Click on that link and save the transcript because it'll be soon gone when they scrub this site):

And the Bible tells us the entire generation of Israelites perished in the wilderness because of unbelief. And that has characterized the ministry of the prophets. They’ve all experienced that rejection.

And so Jesus, now coming in fulfillment of all the hope and all the promise of all the prophets, is not taken off guard by that. He is likely, obviously, to experience...and will soon experience...that same unbelief, full force, in His own body. And I’ve heard people talk about this reality of history, and talk about the ‘stiff-necked Jews’. Have you heard that phrase before? The stiff-necked Jews... Well, God was the one who first used that about Israel, and He can get away with it. But my mother always told me, "Be careful when you point a finger at somebody else, because there’s some pointing back at you." And really, Israel has not cornered the market on unbelief. Israel is an example of what all humanity has been saying to God since the beginning of time, shaking its fists at the heavens and saying, ‘You’ll not rule over us.’

And so all of the controversy that we see swirling in Jerusalem is really a mirror that the world looks in to see the controversy within. The Jerusalem Dilemma is the Wasilla Dilemma; it’s the dilemma of the human heart. And so it’s important for us to notice, then, Jesus’ response to this unbelief, this rejection.


WE MUST FIGHT AGAINST THOSE ANTI-SEMITES. THAT IS DISGUSTING.

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | September 3, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

SARAH PALIN LISTENS TO HATE SPEECH AND ANTI-SEMITIC RANTS AGAINST JEWS IN CHURCH!!!


Andrew Sullivan at the Atlantic uncovered a shocking detail about Sarah Palin (one of the now many shocking details link :http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/09/anti-jewish-ter.html), in which she sat in a meeting at the Wasilla Bible Church.

VIDEO HERE of the "Jerusalem Dilemma": http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=%22David+Brickner%22&hl=en&emb=0#q=%22David%20Brickner%22%20Jerusalem&hl=en&emb=0


The meeting was headed by David Brickner, the executive director of Jews for Jesus, and here's what he said:

Brickner also described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgment of unbelief" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity.

"Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It's very real. When [Brickner's son] was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment — you can't miss it."

Palin was in church that day, Kroon said, though he cautioned against attributing Brickner’s views to her.

John McCain now has a serious Jewish problem, thanks to Sarah Palin's extremist creationist views, which may cost him Florida, and several other states when these views, supported by Sarah Palin, become very well known.

Sarah Palin is no friend to the Jewish community, and neither is John McCain, in having picked this Dominionist as his Vice-President.

Edit: Here's the audio of the sermon at Wasilla Bible Church. link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-fvg6Q_TyE

Here's some of the transcript from Brickner's speech (Click on that link and save the transcript because it'll be soon gone when they scrub this site):

And the Bible tells us the entire generation of Israelites perished in the wilderness because of unbelief. And that has characterized the ministry of the prophets. They’ve all experienced that rejection.

And so Jesus, now coming in fulfillment of all the hope and all the promise of all the prophets, is not taken off guard by that. He is likely, obviously, to experience...and will soon experience...that same unbelief, full force, in His own body. And I’ve heard people talk about this reality of history, and talk about the ‘stiff-necked Jews’. Have you heard that phrase before? The stiff-necked Jews... Well, God was the one who first used that about Israel, and He can get away with it. But my mother always told me, "Be careful when you point a finger at somebody else, because there’s some pointing back at you." And really, Israel has not cornered the market on unbelief. Israel is an example of what all humanity has been saying to God since the beginning of time, shaking its fists at the heavens and saying, ‘You’ll not rule over us.’

And so all of the controversy that we see swirling in Jerusalem is really a mirror that the world looks in to see the controversy within. The Jerusalem Dilemma is the Wasilla Dilemma; it’s the dilemma of the human heart. And so it’s important for us to notice, then, Jesus’ response to this unbelief, this rejection.


WE MUST FIGHT AGAINST THOSE ANTI-SEMITES. THAT IS DISGUSTING.

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | September 3, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm for Obama through and through, but I have to say I LOVE the energy Sarah Palin brings to her appearances. And, the Repubs are right, the more Sarah Palin gets bashed, the more it becomes a question of us vs. them and women vs. men and right vs. wrong ... and the issues get left on the sidelines, while we knee-jerk our way into a decision based on pure, raw, I'll-get-back-at-you emotion.

I don't know Sarah Palin. Her appearances suggest dynamism and energy. If she's made decisions stick in Alaska, that ROCKS.

My worry goes in a different direction. The world has changed dramatically. And, no, I'm not talking about the continuing strife and wars. I'm talking about technology, about instant communication, about money moving at internet speeds, about WHO does WHAT, WHERE and WHEN for WHOM. This new way of working and getting paid for it is STILL BEING CREATED as we speak.

The problem is that since this is so new, no-one truly understands it. AND NO ONE PERSON HAS THE ANSWER because the QUESTIONS haven't yet been framed correctly.

That's why I'm worried that McCain is not the answer. I think he relies too much on his own gut. That's why I'm worried about Palin - I don't know enough about her so that's one risk; and what I do hear tends to be about effectiveness around business-as-usual, but not about complex issues.

That's why I AM for Obama. As I've watched over the last year or so, I've seen him inspiring people, raising issues, coming up with ideas, listening and adjusting his positions as he learns more about different sides of complex issues. That's why I was impressed when he chose Biden. He'll need insights into not only the issues, but the existing decision making processes (read how Congress works) to BE effective.

Bill Gates had no experience but look at Microsoft. Look at the guys who are building Google. These are SMART people who recognize the world is changing, and have found ways to be effective.

Today we need a smart person, who can ask the right questions, and inspire people to come up with answers and implement them. He also needs SUPPORT from experience: a person like Biden who knows how things work, and HOW those can be changed to meet our new challenges.

We are in the process of CREATING the next set of deep values for our families, for the families of global citizens, and for the preservation of our planet.

Posted by: mandeepsingh | September 3, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Must have been like old times for McCain. Drunken, pregnant teenage girls, his speciality before he became the "war hero" for killing more Americans than North Vietnamese.

Posted by: mnjam | September 3, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Palin unleashed?

But will she ever be unmuzzled?

Allowed to grant interviews. Allowed to write her own speeches. You know, stuff like that?

Posted by: mnjam | September 3, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have replaced family values, with oil futures.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Palin's church says Jews deserve to be victims of terrorism!

Brickner, [Palin's church leader] also described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgment of unbelief" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity. Palin was in church that day and did nothing.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Photo ops provide all the answers, not media Q&As which McCain and his minions are avoiding. The message distortions are being carried by an army of surrogates who are making wild and outrageous distortions of Obama and Biden. And, its the media's fault for all the Palin fuss; not McCain's selection of a very unqualified individual which is the real basis of the fuss. For sure, McCain is an extension of Bush when it comes to there low road tactics.

Posted by: Lou R | September 3, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

To: Women of America

Ladies, you can look at the whole Palin news cycle as what it is, an unknown person running for Vice President of the United States that is being scrutinized because they are unknown...

or,

You can become fanatical like Lilian who sees the whole thing as somekind of conspiracy against women...

Is Lilian a Republican operative trying to spread this kind of viscious mindset to throw votes McCain's way? About as outrageous a comment as saying there is a pre-mediated attack being set into motion for the simple fact that Palin is a woman.

Wow.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

If we are not supposed to criticize Palin for the fact that her daughter is now pregnant, why does she always use her daughter and her other children as campaign props?

Posted by: mjames2 | September 3, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Here is the biggest flaw. Everybody you see excited was already voting for Mccain. A poll done this morning has 82% of those polled think it is a wrong pick. This doesn't get them one more vote then they already had as Obama chips and chips and chips away getting further and further ahead. It also took a lot of the attention off Obama that has been critical it seems. He and Biden are now free to just campaign as Mccain has to play wet nurse to Palin.

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McCain’s choice of Alaska’s Sarah Palin shows that, by attempting to think outside the box, McCain has found a previously undiscovered way to lose a no-win situation. Seriously, choosing Palin is utterly ridiculous. Here are just a few reasons that I thought of without really trying:


1. Completely undercuts one of McCain’s main arguments against Barack Obama — that Obama lacks the experience to be president. If Obama isn’t experienced enough, what the hell is Palin? Should be hilarious to watch McCain and the republicans try to answer that one.

2. Introduces an issue that has not gotten nearly as much attention as it should — McCain’s age and health. It’s clear that McCain’s brain is already deteriorating, and with his advanced age, Palin is less than a heartbeat away from being president — it’s more like a half beat. Does anyone, including republicans, feel secure with the prospect of president Palin?

3. Alaska is already a republican state. No votes to pick up there.

4. McCain’s pick shows that he has essentially bought his own propaganda, believing that there are scads of Hillary Clinton supporters who won’t back Obama and need a reason to vote for McCain. While McCain and the corporate media spent all week talking about this phantom demographic, I think there are only a tiny number of such women who were given a disproportionately loud voice by the McCain campaign and the media trying to stir up trouble. If there are such women, my guess is that they were mostly disgusted republicans who were willing to cross party lines to see a woman become president. If there were any more, Hillary’s strong statements at the DNC will have left no doubt what supporting Hillary really means — voting with the democrats.

5. This is sure to infuriate the very powerful sexist wing of the republican party. I can’t imagine Rush Limbaugh supporting a woman president of any party.

6. Palin is in the middle of an investigation over whether she used her influence to get her former brother-in-law, State Trooper Mike Wooten, fired. When Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan refused to fire Wooten, Monegan was suddenly fired. Palin and her administration forcefully claimed they had nothing to do with it, but they had to reverse that stance when a tape surfaced of a call with one of her staff saying that Palin wanted Wooten fired. Firing dedicated public servants (a state trooper, no less), for political/personal reasons? DOJ attorney scandal, anyone?

7. Soon to be a YouTube sensation, Palin said in a CNBC interview that she doesn’t want to entertain the notion of being vice president until “someone answers for me what is it exactly the VP does everyday?” Why can’t she find out for herself? Don’t they have books and the internet in Alaska? If someone said I might be chosen as VP, I would find out myself what the VP does, not wait for someone to explain it to me. Maybe, like McCain and Bush, Palin is still learning how to use “a Google”.

8. Palin was the chairwoman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which “oversees oil and gas drilling, development and production, reservoir depletion and metering operations on all lands subject to the state's police powers”. Just the change America needs — another VP looking to enrich the oil industry. Totally undercuts McCain’s claim that he bucks the repubs by being more green and is not in the pocket of Big Oil.


9. Zero foreign policy experience. McCain attacked Obama for not visiting Iraq enough while Palin has never gone. The only possible concern in a Biden/Palin debate is that Biden crushes her so badly that she starts crying and people feel sorry for her.

10. Does McCain have any relationship at all with Palin? What in their “history” convinced him that she should be president? Does even McCain know?

11. Obama and Biden seem like a team — two smart men with different specialties who can advise each other and play off each other’s strengths, much like Bill Clinton and Al Gore. What does Palin bring to the table? What advice will McCain seek from her?

12. Palin thinks creationism should be taught in schools. Enough said.

13. Palin is anti-choice. While this might make the 10% of Americans who want all abortions outlawed happy, it will alienate the vast majority of Americans. Not everyone knows that McCain wants Roe vs. Wade overturned and will do so if he can get more Supreme Court justices, and when they find that out, they run from McCain. Now they have one more person to run from.

14. Palin doesn’t think humans have caused climate change. Another knock on McCain’s attempts at greenwashing.

15. If Palin became president, do you really think the Cheneys and Rumsfelds of the world would let her do anything? They'd send her to a quiet corner while the big boys took care of things. She’d just be another oil/corporate stooge, just like Bush.

16. Palin becoming president would do for women what Alberto Gonzales has done for Latinos and what Condoleeza Rice has done for black women — set them back a decade or more.

17. This is an example of McCain’s superior judgment?

18. Just try imagining a McCain/Palin in 2008 poster. Yeah, neither can I. And when I do, I get a hearty chuckle.

19. If McCain truly thinks that America is facing enormous challenges and dire threats from terrorists, Iran, Russia, China, and a crippled economy, why would he pick Palin to possibly be the leader of the free world?

20. The Alaska republican party is in tatters as it attempts to handle multiple corruption scandals.

21. President Palin, leader of the free world. Just say it aloud. Everyone feel safer?


I’m sure this list will continue to grow and grow. Palin and the McCain campaign just ran into a buzzsaw of their own creation.

http://bravenewfilms.org/blog/51016-21-reasons-why-mccain-s-vp-pick-is-hilarious-a-work-in-progress

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Ahh the poster Redneck family. Doesn't it just warm your Christian heart? Get real!
We don't have to put up with as Americans.Vote no to phony "family values".

Posted by: Mary Mc | September 3, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain’s choice of Alaska’s Sarah Palin shows that, by attempting to think outside the box, McCain has found a previously undiscovered way to lose a no-win situation. Seriously, choosing Palin is utterly ridiculous. Here are just a few reasons that I thought of without really trying:


1. Completely undercuts one of McCain’s main arguments against Barack Obama — that Obama lacks the experience to be president. If Obama isn’t experienced enough, what the hell is Palin? Should be hilarious to watch McCain and the republicans try to answer that one.

2. Introduces an issue that has not gotten nearly as much attention as it should — McCain’s age and health. It’s clear that McCain’s brain is already deteriorating, and with his advanced age, Palin is less than a heartbeat away from being president — it’s more like a half beat. Does anyone, including republicans, feel secure with the prospect of president Palin?

3. Alaska is already a republican state. No votes to pick up there.

4. McCain’s pick shows that he has essentially bought his own propaganda, believing that there are scads of Hillary Clinton supporters who won’t back Obama and need a reason to vote for McCain. While McCain and the corporate media spent all week talking about this phantom demographic, I think there are only a tiny number of such women who were given a disproportionately loud voice by the McCain campaign and the media trying to stir up trouble. If there are such women, my guess is that they were mostly disgusted republicans who were willing to cross party lines to see a woman become president. If there were any more, Hillary’s strong statements at the DNC will have left no doubt what supporting Hillary really means — voting with the democrats.

5. This is sure to infuriate the very powerful sexist wing of the republican party. I can’t imagine Rush Limbaugh supporting a woman president of any party.

6. Palin is in the middle of an investigation over whether she used her influence to get her former brother-in-law, State Trooper Mike Wooten, fired. When Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan refused to fire Wooten, Monegan was suddenly fired. Palin and her administration forcefully claimed they had nothing to do with it, but they had to reverse that stance when a tape surfaced of a call with one of her staff saying that Palin wanted Wooten fired. Firing dedicated public servants (a state trooper, no less), for political/personal reasons? DOJ attorney scandal, anyone?

7. Soon to be a YouTube sensation, Palin said in a CNBC interview that she doesn’t want to entertain the notion of being vice president until “someone answers for me what is it exactly the VP does everyday?” Why can’t she find out for herself? Don’t they have books and the internet in Alaska? If someone said I might be chosen as VP, I would find out myself what the VP does, not wait for someone to explain it to me. Maybe, like McCain and Bush, Palin is still learning how to use “a Google”.

8. Palin was the chairwoman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which “oversees oil and gas drilling, development and production, reservoir depletion and metering operations on all lands subject to the state's police powers”. Just the change America needs — another VP looking to enrich the oil industry. Totally undercuts McCain’s claim that he bucks the repubs by being more green and is not in the pocket of Big Oil.


9. Zero foreign policy experience. McCain attacked Obama for not visiting Iraq enough while Palin has never gone. The only possible concern in a Biden/Palin debate is that Biden crushes her so badly that she starts crying and people feel sorry for her.

10. Does McCain have any relationship at all with Palin? What in their “history” convinced him that she should be president? Does even McCain know?

11. Obama and Biden seem like a team — two smart men with different specialties who can advise each other and play off each other’s strengths, much like Bill Clinton and Al Gore. What does Palin bring to the table? What advice will McCain seek from her?

12. Palin thinks creationism should be taught in schools. Enough said.

13. Palin is anti-choice. While this might make the 10% of Americans who want all abortions outlawed happy, it will alienate the vast majority of Americans. Not everyone knows that McCain wants Roe vs. Wade overturned and will do so if he can get more Supreme Court justices, and when they find that out, they run from McCain. Now they have one more person to run from.

14. Palin doesn’t think humans have caused climate change. Another knock on McCain’s attempts at greenwashing.

15. If Palin became president, do you really think the Cheneys and Rumsfelds of the world would let her do anything? They'd send her to a quiet corner while the big boys took care of things. She’d just be another oil/corporate stooge, just like Bush.

16. Palin becoming president would do for women what Alberto Gonzales has done for Latinos and what Condoleeza Rice has done for black women — set them back a decade or more.

17. This is an example of McCain’s superior judgment?

18. Just try imagining a McCain/Palin in 2008 poster. Yeah, neither can I. And when I do, I get a hearty chuckle.

19. If McCain truly thinks that America is facing enormous challenges and dire threats from terrorists, Iran, Russia, China, and a crippled economy, why would he pick Palin to possibly be the leader of the free world?

20. The Alaska republican party is in tatters as it attempts to handle multiple corruption scandals.

21. President Palin, leader of the free world. Just say it aloud. Everyone feel safer?


I’m sure this list will continue to grow and grow. Palin and the McCain campaign just ran into a buzzsaw of their own creation.

http://bravenewfilms.org/blog/51016-21-reasons-why-mccain-s-vp-pick-is-hilarious-a-work-in-progress

Posted by: astral99 | September 3, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

To: Women of America, and Women all over the world who seek to be Free from the oppression that defines the way certain men in media and in power continue to treat women.

Ladies, if you take a look at the situation in today's media you will find a commonality.

Something just under the surface will tug at your conscience as if to say "this is strikingly familiar", and the pale and gruesome reality is that IT IS!

Remember when Hillary, a stellar candidate for the Presidential nomination, was at the height of her contest for the primary? Well do you remember what the media and bloggers did to her? It wasn't pretty, and more painfully, it WASN'T RIGHT!!!

IT'S HAPPENING AGAIN!!

Certain bloggers/reporters/so-called-media constituents are at it again. They are making up stories about another woman candidate, solely for the purpose of SMEARING THAT CANDIDATE BECAUSE SHE'S A WOMAN!!

LADIES, YOU MUST NOT STAND FOR THIS DISRESPECTFUL AND UNEQUIVOCATED TREATMENT OF THE WOMEN CANDIDATES!! THIS MUST STOP!! THE TIME IS NOW!!

Whether you think Governor Palin should be the VP or not, YOU MUST DEMAND EQUAL TREATMENT FOR HER!! STAND UP FOR WOMEN!!

Barack Obama and the media DESTROYED Hillary.

Don't let the media and B.O. do the same thing to another woman candidate!! STAND UP AND FIGHT!! SARAH PALIN WOULD!!

Posted by: Lilian | September 3, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

If Palin's "executive experience" makes her more qualified to be President than Obama, it alos makes her more qualified than McCain.

Her experience is a joke. A year and 1/2 as govenor of Alaska has no relevance to the job of President.

Posted by: bgjd1979 | September 3, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

This scam on the American public will last about a week like it did with Geraldine Ferraro. After two weeks and the novelty wore off you could hear Geraldine Ferraro implode in all 50 states.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

It all comes down to Judgment. Palin had such unbridled ambition that she went after the running mate nod knowing her daughter's situation would come out and that her daughter would be subjected to this media frenzy. McCain picked Palin knowing this, also.

With all this baggage, with her total lack of either experience or apparently interest, in international or national issues, and finally with her hard-right views on the environment and social issues, Palin is unfit to be a heart beat away form the Presidency.

The most important test of a candidate's decision-making process prior to the election is the choice of running mate. Obama passed the test, McCain failed.

Posted by: bgjd1979 | September 3, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

jim syar:

Here in California, our Governor has to make tough budget choices too. It's all part of that EXECUTIVE experience that neither Obama nor Biden have.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous:

You never watched the Brady Bunch on TV? TV is this invention, back in the 1950s it was only in black and white, where talking pictures were broadcast around the nation.

thebob.bob:

Sarah LOUISE and Todd MITCHELL Palin are the biological parents of Trig PAXSON VAN Palin.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin Slashed Special Needs Education by 62%


For those of you who seem so enamored with Gov. Sarah Palin, it might be worth noting that she oversees the budget for the Department of Education and Early Development Special Schools in Alaska.
These funds provide supplementary educational services to students with severe disabling conditions and the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy. The resident school where the child would normally be placed does not have the resources to provide an adequate educational program. Without the supplementary services the child's needs would not be met by the local school district in most cases.
The following programs are included within this component:
Special Education Service Agency (SESA)

The Annual budget for 2007, which preceded Gov. Palin was $8,265,300.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/08_OMB/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf

The Annual budget for 2008, enacted by Gov. Palin is $3,156,000.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/08_OMB/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf

The Annual budget for 2009, enacted by Gov. Palin is $3,156,000.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/09_omb/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf


This is a cut in special needs services to children in Alaska of 5,109,300 , or 62%.

So, as the Alaska State Budget description states, "Without the supplementary services the child's needs would not be met by the local school district in most cases."

Did 62% of all of the special needs children in Alaska stop having needs once Gov. Palin took office?

Before we get so excited about Gov. Palin bring her "Reformer" agenda to Washington, perhaps we should get to know a little more about what exactly that means to our children, and the opportunities that she would "Reform".

If you ask me, a 62% cut in these funds, which we all know are so desperately scarce, and for which we all have to fight tooth and nail for our children, is a disgrace.

Just a thought...

Posted by: jim syar | September 3, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

If you were pregnant with a down's syndrome baby and your water broke prematurely, would you go right to the hospital? Or would you get on a plane in Texas, fly to Seattle, change planes,fly to Anchorage and then drive to a small town hospital that doesn't have preemie care??

Palin says it's because she wanted her baby to be 'Alaskan Born' (important because of her secessionist beliefs). IF that's true, why not deliver the baby in Anchorage??

Something doesn't add up here. Who's the father?

This women wasn't vetted worth a damn. This reckless and impulsive decision is a sign of desperation from a failed candidate from a failed Party. Keep these folks away from nuclear weapons...please!!

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 3, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

OH AND LITTLE SARAH LOVES TO BURN BOOKS, BET THAT JUST MAKES TEACHES WANT TO SCREAM!

Posted by: Andrea D | September 3, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I thought she did not want Bristol in the public eye -- seems strange to invite the baby daddy to the party. The GOP sucks. Imagine if this was a black family -- we would never hear the end of the criticism from the family values crowd.

Posted by: CR | September 3, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

SEND HER BACK TO ONE OF THE 10 HOMES YOU MCSAME AND PALIN HAVE COMBINED, WE DON'T WANT HER.
SHE IS A MEMBER OF THE AIP, SHE WANTS YOUR TAX DOLLARS BUT WANTS TO SEPARATE FROM THE U.S., WHY DOES SARAH HATE AMERICA SO MUCH!

SHE IS THE ANTI CHRIST!

Posted by: Andrea D | September 3, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Mccain himself won't give an interview on Palin. He himself will be the biggest gaff machine when it comes to this. He already flew off the handle with CNN. This is just the beginning.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

PALIN,, WHITE TRASH NATZI

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The Washington Independent reported on Monday that another Sarah Palin firing scandal had been overlooked:

Early in her tenure as mayor, the city council threatened to recall her over accusations that she fired the city's police chief, Irl Stambaugh, and the library director, Mary Ellen Emmons, without warning. She accused them in a letter saying: "I do not feel I have your full support in my efforts to govern the city of Wasilla. Therefore I intend to terminate your employment ..." (The Anchorage Daily News, via nexis)

Ultimately, Palin let the library director have her job back; though Stambaugh's position was not returned. The police chief took the matter to court, where a judge sided with Palin, saying city law allows the mayor to fire the police chief without cause.

ABC News today gives more information on this scandal. The police chief says he was fired because her campaign contributors, including bars and the NRA, didn't like his work:

After taking over as Mayor of the small town of Wasilla, Palin fired the longtime local police chief. The former police chief, Irl Stambaugh says he was fired because he stepped on the toes of Palin's campaign contributors, including bar owners and the National Rifle Association.

Stambaugh's lawyer, William Jermain, says the chief tried to move up the closing hours of local bars from 5 a.m. to two a.m. after a spurt of drunk driving accidents and arrests.

"His crackdown on that practice by the bars was not appreciated by her and that was one reason she terminated Irl," said Jermain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

What's with the rumors coming from associates of the Palin clan in Alaska that Track Palin enlisted not out of a sense of patriotism, but only as a means to avoid jail time? Any truth to this or just another rumor?

Posted by: Anon | September 3, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin being the storyline - and in a very unflattering way - is far from what the Republicans needed after the Dem's flawless convention. The dialogue of his campaign has been hijacked.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | September 3, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are laboring under the illusion that their party is still relevant. It's not. It is entirely fitting that the headliner for this masquerade is a feeble looking 72-year-old white guy who doesn't know how many homes he owns. ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Republicans stand to be turned out of office at every level---from the U.S. Congress to governors' mansions and state legislatures. Republicans who remain in office will be rendered impotent by their shrinking numbers.

Republicans under George W. Bush have done a lot of damage to this country in the last eight years---but they have done more damage to themselves. It will take a good long while and a great deal of soul searching before their brand returns to the shelves in good standing. Don't look for it to happen in St. Paul, Minnesota. This week, Republicans will be happy in the land of make believe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg
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Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | September 3, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Once Palin accepts the VP nod, McCain is stuck with her unless the GOP leaders choose to ditch her. McCain has gambled and lost with his Palin pick. Palin may be an attractive popular governor from Alaska he ideological views are vastly different from McCain. But sense Palin is more popular within the Republican Party, McCain will have to move farther to the extreme-right. This will alienate the Independents and conservative Democrats.

If McCain tries to ditch Palin after the convention, the conservative base will have a backlash against McCain.

Obama knows that this presidential race is for all the marbles and he won't let up on McCain (or Palin if she starts going after Obama).

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 3, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Ahwwww! What a nice family tableau. It was overheard that McCain told Bristol to "keep her knickers on" during the convention. Apparently she replied "Too late Grampy."

Posted by: :-) | September 3, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, care to explain?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

What did Obama have to do with Gwatney's murder?
http://freemenow.wordpress.com/2008/08/16/what-really-happened-in-arkansas/

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see Todd carry the load more and the Palin children less. Show some leadership John, remind Todd Palin who has the primary responsibility for Trig. The kids should help out but carrying the full load is a bit much.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 3, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

As in the Brady "Bunch"? What has happened to all the real WaPo "reporters"? Is this "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" all over again?

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

SARAH PALIN LISTENS TO HATE SPEECH AND ANTI-SEMITIC RANTS AGAINST JEWS IN CHURCH!!!


Andrew Sullivan at the Atlantic uncovered a shocking detail about Sarah Palin (one of the now many shocking details link :http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/09/anti-jewish-ter.html), in which she sat in a meeting at the Wasilla Bible Church.

VIDEO HERE of the "Jerusalem Dilemma": http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=%22David+Brickner%22&hl=en&emb=0#q=%22David%20Brickner%22%20Jerusalem&hl=en&emb=0


The meeting was headed by David Brickner, the executive director of Jews for Jesus, and here's what he said:

Brickner also described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgment of unbelief" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity.

"Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It's very real. When [Brickner's son] was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment — you can't miss it."

Palin was in church that day, Kroon said, though he cautioned against attributing Brickner’s views to her.

John McCain now has a serious Jewish problem, thanks to Sarah Palin's extremist creationist views, which may cost him Florida, and several other states when these views, supported by Sarah Palin, become very well known.

Sarah Palin is no friend to the Jewish community, and neither is John McCain, in having picked this Dominionist as his Vice-President.

Edit: Here's the audio of the sermon at Wasilla Bible Church. link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-fvg6Q_TyE

Here's some of the transcript from Brickner's speech (Click on that link and save the transcript because it'll be soon gone when they scrub this site):

And the Bible tells us the entire generation of Israelites perished in the wilderness because of unbelief. And that has characterized the ministry of the prophets. They’ve all experienced that rejection.

And so Jesus, now coming in fulfillment of all the hope and all the promise of all the prophets, is not taken off guard by that. He is likely, obviously, to experience...and will soon experience...that same unbelief, full force, in His own body. And I’ve heard people talk about this reality of history, and talk about the ‘stiff-necked Jews’. Have you heard that phrase before? The stiff-necked Jews... Well, God was the one who first used that about Israel, and He can get away with it. But my mother always told me, "Be careful when you point a finger at somebody else, because there’s some pointing back at you." And really, Israel has not cornered the market on unbelief. Israel is an example of what all humanity has been saying to God since the beginning of time, shaking its fists at the heavens and saying, ‘You’ll not rule over us.’

And so all of the controversy that we see swirling in Jerusalem is really a mirror that the world looks in to see the controversy within. The Jerusalem Dilemma is the Wasilla Dilemma; it’s the dilemma of the human heart. And so it’s important for us to notice, then, Jesus’ response to this unbelief, this rejection.


WE MUST FIGHT AGAINST THOSE ANTI-SEMITES. THAT IS DISGUSTING.

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