Archive for September 10th, 2008

By- Suzie-Q @ 5:30 PM MST

Matt Damon terrified by the possibility of a President Palin

Raw Story- Nick Langewis and David Edwards
Published: Wednesday September 10, 2008

Screen star Matt Damon told the Associated Press that he considers the prospect of a President Palin to be a “really terrifying possibility.”

“I think there’s a really good chance that Sarah Palin could be president,” he said, “and I think that’s a really scary thing.”

Noting Palin’s relative youth in the political sphere as mayor of a small town in Alaska and the state’s governor for less than two years, “I think the pick was made for political purposes,” he added, “but, in terms of governance, it’s a disaster.”

“You do the actuary tables–there’s a one-out-of-three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn’t survive his first term, and it will be President Palin.”

“It’s like a really bad Disney movie,” he continued. “‘I’m just a hockey mom from Alaska,’ and she’s the President! And it’s like, she’s facing down Vladimir Putin using the…folks stuff she learned at the hockey rink. You know, it’s absurd.”

“The fact that we’ve gotten this far, and we’re that close to this being a reality, is crazy…I need to know if she really thinks dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago. That’s an important–I want to to know that, I really do, because she’s going to have the nuclear codes.”

The following clip is from the Associated Press, broadcast on September 10, 2008.

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Evening Jukebox… Obsession

By- Suzie-Q @ 5:25 PM MST

Animotion – Obsession (1984)

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Half-Truths And Lies: Is The McCain Campaign Burning Up??

By- Suzie-Q @ 3:30 PM MST

Gutter Politics: McCain Campaign Called Out For Half-Truths

Huffington Post- September 10, 2008 08:22 AM

The Washington Post has an article today on the repeated lies and lack of accountability in the presidential race:

From the moment Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin declared that she had opposed the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” critics, the news media and nonpartisan fact checkers have called it a fabrication or, at best, a half-truth. But yesterday in Lebanon, Ohio, and again in Lancaster, Pa., she crossed that bridge again.

“I told Congress: ‘Thanks but no thanks for that Bridge to Nowhere up in Alaska,’ ” Palin told the crowds at the “McCain Street USA” rallies. “If we wanted a bridge, we’ll build it ourselves.”

The New York Times looks into how Obama’s lipstick line was taken out of context:

A new character is making a debut at Senator Barack Obama’s campaign rallies: His name is John McCain.
It began quietly on Monday in Michigan, but grew in volume as Mr. Obama made his way from Flint to Farmington Hills, carrying over to a speech on Tuesday morning in Ohio. By the time he arrived for an evening stop in the southwestern tip of Virginia, Mr. Obama’s sales pitch contained nearly as many references to Senator McCain as to himself, suggesting how the McCain campaign has been driving the recent dialogue of the presidential race.

“John McCain says he’s about change, too — except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics,” Mr. Obama told his supporters here. “That’s just calling the same thing something different.”

With a laugh, he added: “You can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change; it’s still going to stink after eight years.”

In the latest sign of the campaign’s heightened intensity, Mr. McCain’s surrogates responded within minutes and called on Mr. Obama to apologize to Gov. Sarah Palin for the lipstick remark. But to those in the audience, it was clear that Mr. Obama was employing an age-old phrase — lipstick on a pig — and referring to Mr. McCain’s policies. He had not yet mentioned Ms. Palin at that point of his speech.

Here’s a list of more news sources that are calling foul on McCain’s campaign tactics:

The New Republic…
Mark Halperin… EJ Dionne… McClatchy Papers… Joe Klein… CBS… ABC’s Jake Tapper… Andrew Sullivan… MSNBC…
Paul Begala…
AP… David Corn… Atlanta Journal Constitution… Glenn Grenwald… Taylor Marsh… Chicago Tribune… Slate…
Politico’s Jonathan Martin…
Ruth Marcus…The American Prospect… Ari Melber…

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By- Suzie-Q @ 1:00 PM MST

Interior Department Probe Reveals Oil-Related Corruption, “Culture Of Substance Abuse And Promiscuity”

(Via: Huffington Post) DINA CAPPIELLO | September 10, 2008 02:35 PM EST | AP

WASHINGTON — Government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties engaged in illicit sex with employees of energy companies they were dealing with and received numerous gifts from them, federal investigators said Wednesday.

The alleged transgressions involve 13 Interior Department employees in Denver and Washington. Their alleged improprieties include rigging contracts, working part-time as private oil consultants, and having sexual relationships with _ and accepting golf and ski trips and dinners from _ oil company employees, according to three reports released Wednesday by the Interior Department’s inspector general.

The investigations reveal a “culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” by a small group of individuals “wholly lacking in acceptance of or adherence to government ethical standards,” wrote Inspector General Earl E. Devaney.

The reports describe a fraternity house atmosphere inside the Denver Minerals Management Service office responsible for marketing the oil and gas that energy companies barter to the government instead of making cash royalty payments for drilling on federal lands. The government received $4.3 billion in such Royalty-in-Kind payments last year. The oil is then resold to energy companies or put in the nation’s emergency stockpile.

Between 2002 and 2006, nearly a third of the 55-person staff in the Denver office received gifts and gratuities from oil and gas companies, the investigators found.

Devaney said the former head of the Denver Royalty-in-Kind office, Gregory W. Smith, used illegal drugs and had sex with subordinates. The report said Smith also steered government contracts to a consulting business that was employing him part-time.

Smith, contacted by e-mail by The Associated Press, said he had not seen the report and could not respond. He and nine other employees in the Denver office are mentioned in the reports.

The findings are the latest sign of trouble at the Minerals Management Service, which has already been accused of mismanaging the collection of fees from oil companies and writing faulty contracts for drilling on government land and offshore. The charges also come as lawmakers and both presidential candidates weigh giving oil companies more access to federal lands, which would bring in more money to the federal government.

“This all shows the oil industry holds shocking sway over the administration and even key federal employees,” said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. “This is why we must not allow big oil’s agenda to be jammed through Congress.”

While most government royalties for drilling on federal lands are paid in cash, the government in recent years has been receiving a greater share of its oil and gas royalties in actual product. More of that oil is also being sold on the open market, versus being deposited in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the nation’s emergency oil stockpile. Congress earlier this year passed a law halting deposits of oil to the reserve to alleviate high gasoline prices.

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, who was asked about the reports earlier in the day before they were given to him and congressional offices, said the investigation was prompted by a 2006 phone call from employee who said there were ethical lapses in the Denver office.

“I look forward to having the opportunity to review the inspector general’s findings so we can take the appropriate actions,” Kempthorne said.

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Palin: Hello? Calling Big Oil??

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:05 PM MST

Calling big oil…..hello

From: Andrew Halcro Blog

On Monday we reported that Governor Palin is attempting to reach out to the major oil producers who are necessary in order to build Alaska’s natural gas pipeline.

This morning in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, Robert Dillon reports that the calls are expected to cover a range of possible topics, including the state’s tax and royalty rates, state oversight of gas-field infrastructure, and the ongoing wrestling match over the fate of Point Thomson.

The participation of Exxon Mobil, BP and ConocoPhillips – which combined hold rights to roughly 90 percent of the proven gas reserves on the North Slope – is considered by everyone involved essential to the success of a pipeline project.

Palin is expected to ask the companies in the coming days what they need to get onboard with the state-backed TransCanada project.

This is where the issue becomes tricky for Palin.

For the last twenty months as governor, Palin has refused to hold any meaningful conversations with the oil & gas industry in Alaska. Instead she has adopted a “my way or the highway” approach.

In a widely reported letter to ConocoPhillips CEO Jim Mulva back in January, Palin struck the tone of a moody tenth grader while attempting to lecture the CEO of one of the largest oil & gas companies in the world about the economics of oil & gas.

In the letter Palin wrote, “The economic terms under which oil and gas is produced “upstream” and the construction of a pipeline should be independent”.

That’s like saying the cost of your house should be considered independently from your ability to pay the mortgage.

My favorite portion of the letter was when Palin suggests the CEO simply look at the response to her state sponsored gas line propoal to show just how out of bounds ConocoPhillips was to expect the state to negotiate tax and royalty terms.

“The state had several good-faith proposals to build a pipeline under AGIA without any requirements to first modify upstream tax and royalty obligations”, Palin wrote.

The fact is not one of those “good-faith proposals” had any gas reserves so they didn’t have any upstream tax or royalty obligations to modify. In addition, the company chosen to carry out Palin’s state sponsored proposal, TransCanada, is on record stating that without the agreement and support of Exxon, BP and ConocoPhillips the pipeline will not be built.

Her my way or the highway approach may have worked when she raised oil taxes to one of the highest marginal rates in the world last fall, but it doesn’t work when trying to attract commitments to build the largest and most expensive oil & gas project in the world.

Now that Palin is on the main stage, and already told Americans in her speech last week that a pipeline is on the way, she is up against the wall. The fact is that with the governor’s plan, this state is no closer to a gas pipeline than it was years ago under former Governor Frank Murkowski.

My sources tell me these companies are in no hurry to talk to the governor now that she has suddenly realized that all the tough talk on the stump about getting tough with big oil may play well in Pennsylvania, but it doesn’t get the pipeline built.

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The New Palin-McCain Campaign Poster!

The Pig and the Stinking Fish '08 - Because the last 8 years weren't bad enough!

The Pig and the Stinking Fish ’08 – Because the last 8 years just weren’t bad enough!

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Rep. McDermott Signs On To Impeach Bush (Video)

By- Suzie-Q @ 11:00 AM MST

Rep. McDermott signs on to impeachment resolution

Raw Story- Nick Langewis and David Edwards
Published: Tuesday September 9, 2008

Congressman Jim McDermott, representing Washington’s 7th district, stood up on the House floor to give his official support to efforts to impeach President Bush.

Video and transcript of his remarks appear below. The video was broadcast on C-SPAN on the morning of September 9, 2008.


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By- Suzie-Q @ 10:30 AM MST

Out of bounds! McCain misstates Obama sex-ed record

Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2008

WASHINGTON — Throw the flag against: The McCain-Palin campaign.

Call: Unsportsmanlike conduct.

What happened: A new 30-second TV ad attacks Barack Obama’s record on education, saying that Obama backed legislation to teach “‘comprehensive sex education’ to kindergartners.” The announcer then says, “Learning about sex before learning to read? Barack Obama. Wrong on education. Wrong for your family.”

Why that’s wrong: This is a deliberately misleading accusation. It came hours after the Obama campaign released a TV ad critical of McCain’s votes on public education. As a state senator in Illinois, Obama did vote for but was not a sponsor of legislation dealing with sex ed for grades K-12.

But the legislation allowed local school boards to teach “age-appropriate” sex education, not comprehensive lessons to kindergartners, and it gave schools the ability to warn young children about inappropriate touching and sexual predators.

Republican Alan Keyes tried to use Obama’s vote against him in the 2004 U.S. Senate race. At the time, Obama spoke about wanting to protect young children from abuse. He made clear then that he was not supporting teaching kindergartners about explicit details of sex.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton said Tuesday of McCain’s ad: “It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited political attack against a father of two young girls.”

Penalty: 15 yards for the McCain campaign’s deliberate low blow.

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McCain Calling Hillary Clinton A Pig (Video)

By- Suzie-Q @ 10:00 AM MST

(h/t to John at AMERICAblog)

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