Archive for August, 2008

By- Suzie-Q @ 9:30 PM MST

Gulf Coast Braces For Hurricane Gustav

STACEY PLAISANCE and BECKY BOHRER | August 31, 2008 11:34 PM EST | AP

NEW ORLEANS — With a historic evacuation of nearly 2 million people from the Louisiana coast complete, gun-toting police and National Guardsmen stood watch as rain started to fall on this city’s empty streets Sunday night _ and even presidential politics took a back seat as the nation waited to see if Hurricane Gustav would be another Katrina.

The storm was set to crash ashore late Monday morning with frightful force, testing the three years of planning and rebuilding that followed Katrina’s devastating blow to the Gulf Coast. The storm has already killed at least 94 people on its path through the Caribbean.

Painfully aware of the failings that led to more than 1,600 deaths during Katrina, this time officials moved beyond merely insisting tourists and residents leave south Louisiana. They threatened to put looters behind bars, loaded thousands onto buses and warned that anyone who remained behind would not be rescued.



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McCain Ready To Vet Palin Now??

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:45 PM MST

John McCain: Ready to Vet on Day Three

Sun Aug 31, 2008 at 05:42:29 PM PDT


From Andrew Halcro, who was one of the Republicans who ran against Palin in 2006.

The campaign of John McCain has sent a staff of eight people into Alaska to conduct background checks and vetting on Governor Sarah Palin.

Word is they have have eight rooms reserved at a Wasilla hotel.

HT: John Cole.

Absolutely stunning. It is clear they did next to no vetting whatsoever:

The McCain campaign has gone to great lengths to present the selection of Sarah Palin as one made after a careful, meticulous vetting process. But evidence continues to suggest that the Arizona Republican made his VP choice with surprising haste.

On Saturday, a Democrat tasked with opposition research contacted the Huffington Post with this piece of information: as of this weekend, the McCain campaign had not gone through old newspaper articles from the Valley Frontiersman, Palin’s hometown newspaper.

How does he know? The paper’s (massive) archives are not online. And when he went to research past content, he was told he was the first to inquire.

“No one else had requested access before,” said the source. “It’s unbelievable. We were the only people to do that, which means the McCain camp didn’t.”

McCain’s judgment on this pick is so outrageous that it should disqualify him from being within 50 miles of the White House. They should revoke his ability to even tour the place.


Per a suggestion in the comments, here are some people we should email this to:


Keith Olberman (subscribes to kos)

Chris Matthews


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McCain Vetting His VP Choice??

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:20 PM MST

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BabyGate: Explosive Details?? (Photos+Video)

By- Suzie-Q @ 6:00 PM MST

BabyGate: Explosive Details [Photos+Video]

Sun Aug 31, 2008 at 04:39:54 PM PDT

Yesterday, the nation at large was introduced to Sarah Palin’s fraudulent claims of maternity by numerous photographs, video, and a timeline that made even those accepting of the ‘official’ story turn their heads in confusion.

The revelation that had been whispered among the Alaskan legislature was explosive. Sarah Palin is not the mother of Trig Palin. Her daughter is the mother. Scarce if any refutations to the contrary have come forward, and now damning incidents and evidence has come to light.

Mothers of the world have reeled back in disgust and horror at Sarah’s dangerous and possibly fatal story of flying 4000 miles even as she was supposedly in the process of entering labor a month early. Sarah needs to honestly answer for her lies, promptly.

As evidenced in the original diary, Sarah has been photographed during her surprise ‘pregnancy’ as trim, fit, and altogether non-pregnant. Once again presenting Sarah at seven months ‘pregnant’:

And now newly juxtaposed to Sarah pregnant with her son, Track Palin, in 1989 (right):

The disparity is shocking. Any mother of more than one child will tell you that a female body does not become fitter with each pregnancy, but instead the exact opposite, gaining more and more weight quickly with each successive pregnancy (in Sarah’s case, four). Sarah is a perfectly healthy woman, but is far from a petite size, and would not be able to hide a second trimester pregnancy from anyone with a set of eyeballs.

bloggerinterrupted has culled together news videos from the time of the original announcement (seven months into the surprise ‘pregnancy’), which reveals no protruding belly line, and the total shock of fellow Alaskans:

Of note, the Newsweek conference at the end was entitled “Newsweek: Women & Leadership”. Sarah would issue the statement on her pregnancy the next day (she didn’t mention pregnancy once during the presentation), and Newsweek host Karen Breslau was as surprised as anyone:

At the time, I didn’t know that Palin, clad in a loose, dark dress, was seven months pregnant with her fifth child. An aide called me the next day to tell me that Palin would be announcing the pregnancy at home in Alaska and that she had wanted me to know as a courtesy. She was sorry she hadn’t mentioned it the night before.

A convenient reasoning, allowing Sarah to deftly avoid questioning of any sort before, during, or after the presentation in Los Angeles. This isn’t the first time Sarah has fooled someone on video.
In yesterday’s diary, a video of Sarah hiking around Juneau, Alaska (and standing in high heels at six months ‘pregnant’) was presented by Alaska HDTV. They have since issued a statement:

Regarding her pregnancy, all I can say is that it was not obvious to the three of us who were there during the filming. At this time she would be somewhere in her 7th month of pregnancy, which could be hidden with clever clothing, jackets, etc.

In addition, these videos also mark stark contrasts to another video of Sarah’s career as a Sports News Journalist, taped here when she was pregnant with child. Her facial features are altered, a common effect of pregnancy that Sarah miraculously avoided during her fifth with Trig.


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question of the day

by betmo @ 5:34 PM EDT

how much truth can we handle?

i used to rail against people who were happily in denial. you know the folks who are still rah, rah for america and who believe that we are a democracy spreading democracy around the world. i am beginning to think i should let them be. the truth seekers have lost. most folks believe that this upcoming ‘election’ in america will be about change. i don’t believe it will be. everything i thought i knew about america; everything i learned in my history and social studies classes- was lies. lies and propaganda. i thought i was beyond caring about that these days but apparently, i am not.

knowing that america fought in world war 2 against hitler’s brutality and torture- and hirohito’s brutality and torture- and then came home and was a part of that very brutality and torture in other countries- makes me so unbelievably sad. the realization dawning on me that the cold war was indeed about differing ideologies- but it had more to do with corporate interests and less about human rights- makes me so unbelievably sad. the fact that our country spawned the likes of milton friedman and the chicago school of economics that partnered with the right wing to cause do very much misery and suffering around the globe in the mid 20th century- and the same players are doing the same thing today in indonesia, south america (again) and now the middle east- makes me so unbelievably sad.

the fact that the tactics used then and now around the globe- the police state tactics- are being used here in america- well, the realization of that has brought me low. i know what’s coming. these people don’t have independent thought- they recycle from the past and what has worked for them- and the techniques that worked in indonesia and latin america- are being put into play in the middle east and now here- on the streets of america. people don’t want to believe that. they want to believe that we can change it through our votes. and we can’t. the corporations worked with the cia during the kennedy administration- covertly. he was killed because he couldn’t be bought. it wasn’t the mafia- it was big corporate interests. they came into their own under nixon- that era spawned the seeds for what we see today. and if you think things ended well for the left wing during that time period- well, i have swampland to sell ya.

make no mistake- these databases and whatnot are not for security. at least not in the sense that they are being touted. they are keeping tabs on the people who are most likely to try and fight back- rage against the machine. these folks will be rounded up in raids or with a knock on the door- and spirited away to be tortured with drugs and shock therapy at the very least. many will die. and the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer and the earth will finally have enough. whether big corporate likes it or not- their gravy train of profits will end. global climate change is real.

so, i picked the scab off the old wound of grieving for a country that never actually existed. go an dread naomi klein’s ‘the shock doctrine’- if you haven’t already.

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Palin Could Be Deposed In Investigation

By- Suzie-Q @ 1:30 PM MST

Palin Could Be Deposed in Probe

Former State Official Claims He Was Pressured to Fire Gov.’s Former Brother-in-Law

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain’s surprise vice-presidential pick, is the subject of a legislative probe into claims that she abused her office by trying to get her former brother-in-law fired from his job as an Alaska state trooper.

Palin is likely to be deposed soon in the case, according to State Sen. Hollis French, who leads the state Senate’s Legislative Counsel Committee.

French’s committee unanimously authorized an investigation into the dismissal of the state’s public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, who claims he balked at pressure to remove Trooper Mike Wooten, who had an acrimonious divorce from Palin’s sister.

“I saw e-mails from [independent investigator Stephen] Branchflower two days ago to the Department of Law saying it’s time to schedule a deposition of the governor, her chief of staff and the attorney general who had some contact with the case,” French tells ABCNews.com.

While Palin was being introduced to the world at a rally in Dayton, Ohio, today, thousands of miles away in an Anchorage office, Branchflower was preparing to interview principals in the case, French said.

Branchflower did not return calls for comment.

Palin’s press secretary Bill McAlister says that the governor denies that she pressured Monegan, attributing his dismissal to “other issues with the public safety commission as to how he was doing his job.”

McAlister says that Palin only discussed Wooten once with Monegan, at a routine security briefing shortly after she won election in 2006 when she cited her former brother-in-law as someone she was concerned about as a security threat.


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By- Suzie-Q @ 12:30 PM MST

Dmitry Medvedev
©AFP/RIA – Vladimir Rodionov

Russia ready to hit back at sanctions: Medvedev

AFP- 31/08/2008 17h19

MOSCOW (AFP) – President Dmitry Medvedev warned Sunday that Russia was ready to retaliate against sanctions, on the eve of European Union summit called to agree on a response to the Georgia conflict.

EU leaders are expected to call for a reappraisal of relations with Russia at their Brussels summit and agree on a series of measures to pile pressure on Moscow to withdraw all of its troops from Georgia.

“We are not advocates of sanctions and consider them to be a last resort,” Medvedev said in an interview to Russian television.

Imposing sanctions requires the adoption of special laws, he said.

“If needed, we also can adopt such special laws,” the president warned.

The French EU presidency has said sanctions were not being considered, but Russian leaders have nevertheless sought to quash appeals for drastic measures.

Medvedev also served notice that there was “no turning back” from his decision to recognise two Georgian secessionist regions as independent states, a move fiercely condemned by the West.

“I have taken this decision and there is no turning back,” he said.

Russia is to sign agreements with Abkhazia and South Ossetia this week allowing Moscow to set up military bases and detail areas of cooperation.

“In these international accords we will define our obligations to provide aid: economic, social, humanitarian and military,” Medvedev said.

Russian troops entered Georgia on August 8 to push back a Georgian offensive to retake the rebel enclave of South Ossetia, which broke away from Tbilisi in the 1990s with Moscow’s backing.

A boy looks at a Russian warship berthed in the port city of Sukhumi

Russian troops continue to hold positions in western Georgia, serving in what Moscow describes as a peacekeeping mission. Tbilisi has labelled them an occupation force.

Georgia is hoping that EU leaders will take a firm stance against Russian leaders following the military intervention this month in the former Soviet republic.


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The latest Blonde Joke – Gives new meaning to the term

Posted By- Basheert @ 10:34 AM MST

From Amanda @ Think Progress –

Cindy McCain: Palin knows foreign policy because ‘Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia.’

Today on ABC’s This Week, Cindy McCain tried to rebut the criticism that Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) has no national experience by taking a talking point from Fox’s Steve Doocy. McCain pointed to the fact that Palin’s state is near Russia:

STEPHANOPOULOS: But she has no national security experience.

McCAIN: You know, the experience that she comes from is what she’s done in government, and remember, Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. It’s not as if she doesn’t understand what’s at stake here.

It doesn’t appear that Palin has ever even traveled to Russia, despite her state’s proximity. In fact, she didn’t even have a passport until 2007, when she visited troops stationed in Kuwait and Germany. She has also visited Ireland.

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A few questions about Palin?

Posted by Basheert @ 9:46 AM MST

Having been considering the possible particulars as to why John McCain picked someone who might be considered to be the least qualified candidate for Vice President on this planet, indeed maybe even the entire universe, I have come to one conclusion:  It’s her decorating skills.

Recent photos have appeared of Pallid Palin sitting on her couch with what appears to be either a very relaxed or perhaps even DEAD Alaskan Brown Bear/Kodiak.  My thoughts ranged to “did she actually shoot this lovely yet large creature” or perhaps, she used her previously unknown immense powers of persuasion and convinced this icon of Alaskan wildlife  to  crawl up onto the back of her couch and pose for photographs before she demanded that it die right there?

This brought me to another quandry.  How does one decorate “around”  a dead Kodiak Bear in your living room?  Do you color coordinate?  Perhaps track lighting to emphasize it’s lovely coat?  Or perhaps use a plant to emphasize the fact that you are so vapid as to consider DEAD ANIMALS to be  “decoration”??

Thinking further brought me to another problem.  Mrs. Palin (Punk ’em Palin) apparently evidently adores the simple outdoor life – interacting with nature.  She not only wants to kill bears, she thinks the cubs should be killed too.  Along with that apparent compassion, she is a strong supporter of aerial helicopter wolf hunting as well as drowning polar bears and slaughtering any other furry creature she comes across.

Hypothetically speaking, if you kill either a wolf, or get lucky and kill several, how do you display the carcass (carcassi???) in your living room with the dead bear?   This obviously raises huge feng shui issue that must be addressed.  Is it appropriate for the Vice President of the United States to live in a house that has the charmingly endearing characteristics of Norman Bates’ back room in Psycho?

Perhaps instead of running of public office, she might want to take a course in Interior Design?   Can you just imagine what she might do to our White House?


NOTE to Basheert:

I think someone should give her some tips on Fashion as well!


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Posted by Basheert @ 9:45 AM MST

From BoBo2020 @ Daily Kos

UPDATED: 43. She’s part of Feminists for Life and is AGAINST BIRTH CONTROL.  It would be awesome if someone asked her McCain’s now famous “should insurance companies cover viagra/birth control” question.

  1. Undecideds apparently don’t like the Palin pick.  Thanks marabout40!
  1. More environmental problems – She fighting to prevent Belugas from being listed as endangered. Thanks again Terre!
  1. In addition to polar bears, belugas, and wolves, for the first time in Alaskan history she is supporting hunting black bear sows and cubs.  Thank you for the information Bodean.
  1. She’s either going to be distracted by being deposed soon or she is going to draw negative attention by trying to avoid being deposed.
  1. There have been discussion of witness tampering and possible impeachment hearings related to charges of her abuse of power
  1. MEME: Palin’s selection provides a clear example of John McCain’s hasty decision-making and poor judgement on important issues (like who would be best qualified to take his place if he could not complete his term).

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