Archive for September 15th, 2008

By- Suzie-Q @ 10:30 PM MST

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Sarah Palin’s Reading List

By- Suzie-Q @ 10:00 PM MST

Governor Palin’s Reading List

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Huffington Post- Posted September 15, 2008 | 11:27 AM (EST)

Fascist writer Westbrook Pegler, an avowed racist who Sarah Palin approvingly quoted in her acceptance speech for the moral superiority of small town values, expressed his fervent hope about my father, Robert F. Kennedy, as he contemplated his own run for the presidency in 1965, that “some white patriot of the Southern tier will spatter his spoonful of brains in public premises before the snow flies.”

It might be worth asking Governor Palin for a tally of the other favorites from her reading list.

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Troopergate: Does Palin Have To Release Husband’s Emails??

By- Suzie-Q @ 7:00 PM MST

Palin Asked To Release Husband’s Emails

Huffington Post |   September 15, 2008 08:51 AM

The Juneau Empire reports:

Can Gov. Sarah Palin legally keep e-mails between her husband and her administration from being released to the public?That’s the question the lawyer of Andree McLeod, a self-described Republican watchdog, put to the governor last week in an appeal to disclose e-mails between her administration and her husband, Todd.

Those e-mails could shed light on how Gov. Palin, the Republican vice-presidential candidate, runs the state. And they could also help reveal what role Todd Palin, who the state Legislature’s special investigator called a “central figure” in the governor’s firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, played in his wife’s administration.

In redacting or denying the request for e-mails, the governor’s office mostly cited Gov. Palin’s right to a “deliberative process privilege,” a law designed to let public officials receive candid advice from their staff and consultants regarding matters of the state without fear of that advice going public.

But McLeod’s lawyer, Donald Mitchell, said Gov. Palin waived that privilege when Todd Palin was included in her staff’s e-mails. Documents released to one member of the public have to be available to all members of the public, he said.

The Anchorage Daily News delves into how Palin uses a private email account (and two BlackBerrys) to keep some work emails private.

Moments after Gov. Sarah Palin’s first speech as Republican John McCain’s running mate, she sat with her kids backstage, thumbing one of the two BlackBerrys that are always with her. You can see them in photographs from that day on the campaign blog of one of McCain’s daughters.The tech-savvy governor has one of the devices (which allow users to read and send e-mails) for state business, another for personal matters, but those worlds intertwine.

Palin routinely uses a private Yahoo e-mail account to conduct state business. Others in the governor’s office sometimes use personal e-mail accounts too.

The practice raises questions about backdoor secrecy in an administration that vowed during the 2006 campaign to be “open and transparent.”

Sound familiar?

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Bayer CropScience to Pay $112,500 in Fines To EPA!

GEF @ 9:58 PM ET

What a twisted web they weave when they practice to deceive!!

Bayer Plant

Bayer to pay $112,500 in EPA settlement
By Ken Ward Jr.
Staff writer

INSTITUTE, W.Va. — Bayer CropScience announced this morning that it will pay $112,500 in fines to resolve violations cited in a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inspection. Bayer issued a statement to announce the deal, and details were not immediately available from EPA.

Bayer said it worked out the deal to resolve issues identified during an EPA inspection in 2001, when the plant was owned and operated by Aventis CorpScience. Bayer bought the facility in June 2002, and said it “has taken corrective action to address the matters raised” by EPA inspectors.

“The agreement culminates nearly four years of discussions with the EPA and incorporates recommendations made to the EPA by Bayer CropScience for supplemental environmental projects, or SEPs,” Bayer said in its statement. “The SEP program encourages companies to reinvest in environmental and public safety projects in their communities.”

Projects included in the settlement are funding for a breathing air system for the Kanawha Valley Emergency Preparedness Center, equipment for the St. Albans, Jefferson and Institute fire departments, training courses for local emergency responders, and “enhancements for emissions dispersion modeling programs for the Metro 911 center,” Bayer said.

“Bayer CropScience is pleased to be able to work with the EPA to fund these worthwhile projects,” said Nick Crosby, site manager. “I hope they will improve emergency response capabilities across the Kanawha Valley.”

Also, Bayer will install new equipment to better identify pollutants discharged to the facility’s wastewater treatment system, as well as additional pollution control equipment.

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Making Out At Lehman Brothers

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Troopergate- Walt Monegan: Sarah Palin Lied To ABC

By- Suzie-Q @ 5:00 PM MST

Official at Center of Trooper Gate: Sarah Palin Lied to ABC

Former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, whose firing is at the center of Trooper-Gate, says the Sarah Palin lied in her interview with ABC when she told Charlie Gibson that she dismissed Monegan based on poor job performance and said she “never pressured him to hire or fire anybody.”

“She’s not telling the truth when she told ABC neither she nor her husband pressured me to fire Trooper Wooten,” Monegan told ABCNews.com, “And she’s not telling the truth to the media about her reasons for firing me.”

According to Monegan, he met with Todd Palin in December of 2006, just two months after Palin had been elected to office.

From ABCNews.com:

“I was called to her Anchorage formal Governor’s office to talk with Todd Palin about an issue that was a private family matter,” recounted Monegan. Todd became “upset,” Monegan recalled, when told the allegations had already been investigated and the case would not be re-opened.”When Sarah later called to tell me the same thing, I thought to myself, ‘I may not be long for this job.'” But, Monegan said, he stood by his position. “I held the public trust. As Chief, I was responsible.”

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Finding The Truth About the Economic Fundamentals..

GEF @ 6:58 PM ET



“Bush’s largest gains in 8 years have been with inflation, oil and food prices, debt, trade deficits, bankruptcies, foreclosures, and healthcare costs

Inflation is out of control
Gasoline has had the biggest rise since Bush has been in office
Food Prices have left orbit with no controls
National as well as Personal debt has skyrocketed to keep up with Govt spending and bad decisions
Trade deficits are so lopsided that you can drive a supertanker through them
Bankruptcies, Foreclosures and Health care cost have risen the most since Bush took office

On top of all this the Republicans want you to believe that the last 8 years of GOP control was the Democrats fault. Although I must blame the Democrat Congress for enabling Bush crazy schemes since 2006.

The DOW Fell over 500 Points in 1 day people. They’re calling it a Train Wreck.

Conclusion = McCain is lying again!

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By- Suzie-Q @ 3:00 PM MST

Barack Obama on Change in Grand Junction, CO- September 15, 2008

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GEF @ 4:48 PM ET


Addington signed Gonzales’ name to re-authorize warrantless wiretapping program.

addington.jpgIn 2004, after top Justice Department lawyers refused to re-certify the legality of President Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program, the Bush administration re-authorized the program anyway without the Justice Department’s approval. Previous accounts of the program’s re-authorization reported that the “line for the attorney general’s signature remained blank.” But in the Washington Post today, Barton Gellman reports that Vice President Cheney’s lawyer, David Addington, actually signed then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales’s name to the document:

Addington opened the code-word-classified file on his computer. He had a presidential directive to rewrite.

It has been widely reported that Bush executed the March 11 order with a blank space over the attorney general’s signature line. That is not correct [15]. For reasons both symbolic and practical, the vice president’s lawyer could not tolerate an empty spot where a mutinous subordinate should have signed. Addington typed a substitute signature line: “Alberto R. Gonzales.”

Gellman writes that “Only Richard M. Nixon, in an interview after leaving the White House in disgrace, claimed authority so nearly unlimited” as the authority Addington claimed for the president in the document he signed with Gonzales’ name.

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ABC News: What Does Palin’s Faith Mean For U.S.??

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:30 PM MST

ABC: What does Palin’s faith mean for US?

Raw Story- David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Monday September 15, 2008

Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s long association with a non-mainstream Christian denomination has raised concerns about to what extent the church’s beliefs might influence her own public policies.

Palin was a member of an Assemblies of God church in Wasilla from the age of ten until 2002, and she still appears to maintain close relations with that church, having spoken there as recently as last June. The Assemblies of God is a Pentecostal denomination, and if elected Palin — who continues to attend a Pentecostal church in the state capital of Juneau — would be the most highly-placed Pentecostal ever to hold public office.

ABC, which was the first network to be granted an interview by Palin after her nomination, offered a story on Sunday which promised to examine the significance of her Pentecostal background. However, what ABC actually presented appeared designed primarily to allay potential criticism of some of Pentecostals’ more exotic practices and did not probe deeply into their beliefs or interview any of Palin’s critics.

“Pentecostalism has been described as the evangelical experience on steroids,” ABC’s Dan Harris began. “Like evangelicals, Pentecostals believe the Bible is the literal word of God and that the end times are near. But Pentecostals also believe that the Holy Spirit can give you gifts, like speaking in tongues, prophecy, and divine healing.”

One Pentecostal told Harris, “Speaking in tongues is a heavenly language,” while another explained, “It’s almost as if I am able to tap into God’s heart and what he wants.”

Pentecostals are sometimes derisively called “Holy Rollers” for the unrestrained physicality of their worship services, but Sarah Palin’s former pastor, Tim McGraw, told ABC, “Christianity can become awful, intellectualized and cerebral, and Pentecostalism also involves physical demonstrations, emotional connection with God.”

However, there are more serious concerns, not addressed by ABC, which have to do with whether Palin’s Pentecostalism would lead her to conflate her personal policy objectives with what she takes to be God’s will.

When Palin spoke at the Assembly of God in Wasilla last June, she described her own campaign for a natural gas pipeline by saying, “God’s will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built.” She also suggested that the Iraq war should be seen as “a task that is from God.”

According to expert Margaret Poloma, Pentecostals tend to see American foreign policy in terms of “a cosmic battle between the forces of good and evil” and to regard Islam as a “diabolical religion.”

In those same remarks, Palin indicated the source of her own self-assurance when she told the young Assembly of God missionaries, “God’s going to tell you what is going on, and what is going to go on, and you guys are going to have that within you.”

A Pentecostal professor of religion who spoke to ABC News implied that Palin might have no doubts about her readiness to run for vice-president because she believes she is the instrument of God’s will. “Sarah Palin, if she was just a plain evangelical woman, would have a tough time thinking that she should be VP,” Anthea Butler explained. “But a Pentecostal woman is saying, ‘God’s calling me, I’m going to answer that call.'”

Palin insists that she would not allow her religious beliefs to shape public policy. However, Pastor McGraw acknowledges that although “it’s not like she’s going to be in a governmental meeting quoting Bible verses … privately, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sarah’s walking down the street and offering a prayer to God for help or guidance.”

This video is from ABC’s World News, broadcast September 14, 2008.

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