Showing posts from September, 2008

Sarah Palin: How much more will they take?

I want it to be said I was first to say it. I was amazed that two days after the announcement of Miss Congeniality that she hadn’t been asked to step down as I noted in the post, “She still hasn’t resigned?”

Finally after all the hype about her “energizing the base”, GOP mouth pieces are calling for her to “step down”. McCain seems unmoved. The polls are getting to the point that they are overwhelming. Sarah Palin has become the Laughing stock of the media. The SNL team has a winner in Tina Fey who makes it hard to tell who the real VP nominee is. Yeah he is a "maverick" alright. If you mean that junky Ford car from the 70's that was known for rusting out quickly and breaking down often.

This week was highlighted by a comedy of errors by the campaign. First, there was the trip to the U.N. that was more like speed dating then an actually diplomatic event. Pakistan’s president was even quoted as saying Sarah was “gorgeous”.

Then she stopped by Kati…

Before We Give Away Money

Ah, finally some time to sit down and write. Been a busy week indeed.

For this post I would like to address how we got here. The best way to decide if the bailout is a good thing is to first figure out what happened and why it happened. If we don't know that, how can we make an informed and logical decision on what to do next. So, how did we get here.

It could get deep and hard to understand but I will do what I can to present something I only loosely grasp in plain English. The hard stuff first. There are these entities called government sponsored enterprise (GSE). They come with no money alloted guarantees, but many are implied. They get a fair amount of tax breaks though. They also take a fair amount of input from the federal government on their business practices. Then there were insurance companies like AIG that helped spread out the risk associated with the lending industry. By “risk” I mean there are people out there who will not be willing or able to pay off their loans. Len…

The Good, Bad, And Ugly About Bail Out Fest ‘08

I have been struggling to first come to grips with what the impact of the decisions of the weeks events really mean to “you and me”, the American worker with boots on the ground in this war against poverty. I kind of grasp it, but would take a very long post to explain it in words most of us could understand. I am trying to avoid those these days. So I am working on the best way to break the concepts down. But before we even bother with that, there are some points that are missing on all of the news networks.

“The Good”.

Of all the people who will really feel the impact of the Banking and credit collaps, the "classically poor" people will feel it the least. The people that already live off government assistance, don’t have a job, are never sure if they are going to have a place to live next week, and send their kids to school more as a form of daycare then for an education are not going to be negatively effected. Their environment isn't going to get any worse. They can'…

Voting To Fix The System, Not For A Person Or Party

Bear with me. I wrote this post to exemplify a fact that changing the country means changing the policies. To do that effectively, you may find that you have strange bedfellows in politics. I used the abortion issues because to make the point.

I got into a debate with a friend. As a set up, he is your typical NRA supporting, ex-marine, who occasionally goes to church. He said to me, “If you believe that abortion is killing and so wrong, how can you vote for a candidate that is pro-choice?” I explained to him that I do not vote for a man or a party but an effect on the system. I said, “because while the Republicans mostly represent ‘pro-life’, their policies of ‘no sex-ed in school’ and ‘abstinence only’ has lead to no change and a net increase in abortions over the past 8 years.” There has actually been a slight increase in teen pregnancies over the last 4 years even as funding for the “abstinence only” programs has seen an increase. One place it didn’t work was in the Palin household.…

Comparing Apples To Oranges.

I often hear, Obama’s mother was 17 when she got pregnant with Obama. Here is the difference.

Obamas Mom: He was born to a white mom, who had a black baby during the Jim Crow years. She was hated by both races. Women didn’t even have the right to vote yet. After you leave a school where you are not taught at the level of your mail piers, your only option is to start a family. That is what was before you.

Bristol Palin: A snotty nosed little tramp, raised in an all white state where here mother was the leader of the PTA. You can guarantee that she got the best treatment possible. Classroom sizes in her little school max out at about 10 per teacher. Her mother was mayor, then governor, and not VP nominee. Her options were as wide open as her legs.

Think this is harsh!? Don’t insult my intelligence by running this unqualified secretary with a souped up resume and try to tell me she is the greatest. This is my families and my security you are dealing with. I know more about…

Palin’s Speech Full of Lies And Exaggerations Because….

Beacause that is all she has got. It does make her the Perfec candidate for the GOP though, because that is all they got. For 8 years that is all they have had.

Let us check out some facts.

Palin: “Our son Track is 19.”

Fact: Tell him to keep the seat warm, Delaware Democrat personally has added a compelling twist to his case. On Oct. 3, Biden's son, Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III. Since it has nothing to do with being VP or president, and since he had so much more to offer he didn’t mention it. His son was there, and anybody who wanted to know could look it up. He is in the National Guard. You know the people supposed to be guarding our national borders.

Palin: And children with special needs inspire a special love.
To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters.

Fact: I am surrounded by “special needs” Children. I grew up one. I have…

Palin: Chasing Two Rabbits

This is actually a favorite pass time of the ignorant and self delusional of our era. I have a friend in the ether that calls them “narcissistic.” The old adage goes, “He who chases two rabbits catches neither.”
What we have heard from the Campaign of John McCain is that, “Sarah Palin is both a dedicated leader and a good mother.” The problem is that her record and current situations says she is neither.

As a leader she has been a dim witted fumbling version of a real politician since her rise to runner up in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant. As mayor of a town of 6,000 she was asked to not hand off duties to people who know how to do them. Once governor she waffled like a lamp post in a hurricane. Her conspiracies and hypocrisies were more thinly veiled then the enthusiasm of a cheerleader at a chess tournament. Could it be that she might have made a decent politician if it weren’t for her attempts to also be a “good mother”?

Then again let us look at the “mother” Sarah P…

Trying Not To Take Palin Seriously?

Alright, I didn’t want to have to do this. I didn’t want to have to take her seriously. But, It seems that Sarah Palin is not going to withdraw. Here is what you need to know about the Republican spin on issues they are claiming make her a Maverick.

First- Sarah Palin vetoed a bill that would have banned “gay rights”. The following is a link to a “gay” website, but it turns out if you are going to research gay issues, you will find the most perspective relative views from the gay community. Palin's reluctant pro-gay veto, Part 1. If you don’t want to go the main quote is this.

The Associated Press reports that the governor said she rejected the bill
despite her disagreement with a state Supreme Court order directing the state to
offer benefits to same-sex partners of state employees.

Palin said in a media statement that she vetoed the bill on the advice of
her new attorney general who said it is unconstitutional." Signing this bill
would be in direct violation of my oath …

Palin Sill Hasn’t Resigned?

Day 4 and already McCain’s little sex kitten VP pick Sarah Palin is out with another scandal. Turns out that she has a 17 year old daughter who is pregnant. The conspiracy theories were abound that her daughter (Bristol, you got to look up the names of these kids. They got the NASCAR vote) had the baby and Ms. Palin and her husband took it as there own. This rumor was enough for Palin to come out and set the record straight.

So here is the record. She has been governor for a year and a half. Palin was Officially inaugurated in January of ’07. So quick math here, Jan to Dec is 12 to August is 8, that equals 20 months in office. Did I mention it was a job that she had been trying for 2 previous elections to get unsuccessfully, and finally she got it. Yet 12 months ago, 8 months into her new governorship, with 4 kids already, at the age of 44 she goes and gets knocked up. . We can be a little honest about biology here I hope. If a man did this it would be despicable. A wo…