Archive for September 24th, 2008

Witch Hunter Thomas Muthee Anoints Palin (VIDEO)

By- Suzie-Q @ 8:00 PM MST

The Witch Fighter Anoints Palin

From:  Max Blumenthal

Posted by Max in September 24th 2008

On September 20 and 21, I attended services at the church Sarah Palin belonged to since she was an adolescent, the Wasilla Assembly of God. Though Palin officially left the church in 2002, she is listed on its website as “a friend,” and spoke there as recently as June 8 of this year.

I went specifically to see a pastor visiting from Kiambu, Kenya named Thomas Muthee. Muthee gained fame within Pentecostal circles by claiming that he defeated a local witch, Mama Jane, in a great spiritual battle, thus liberating his town from sin and opening its people to the spirit of Jesus.

Muthee’s mounting stardom took him to Wasilla Assembly of God in May, 2005, where he prayed over Palin and called upon Jesus to propel her into the governor’s mansion — and beyond. Muthee also implored Jesus to protect Palin from “the spirit of witchcraft.” The video archive of that startling sermon was scrubbed from Wasilla Assembly of God’s website, but now it has reappeared.

The Youtube version is below (Palin appears after about 7:30):

Since Palin was nominated as vice president, Wasilla Assembly of God has taken a draconian line with reporters. The church now forbids members of the media from filming, taking notes, or bringing voice recorders to its services. I was able to record Muthee’s recent sermons only by deploying an array of tiny cameras and hidden microphones. Though the quality and comprehensiveness of my footage was severely compromised by the church’s closed door policy to the press, I was not going to be deterred.

By the end of the second day of Muthee’s sermons, the church had been tipped off about me, the liberal media member in its midst. An associate pastor told me he had received an email from an anonymous source warning him about me. When I tried to interview members of the congregation in the church parking lot, my questions were either met with silence or open hostility. I strongly suspect the McCain campaign has mobilized the Wasilla Assembly of God against perceived threats from the media.

But they hardly needed encouragement. On the first night of services, Muthee implored his audience to wage “spiritual warfare” against “the enemy.” As I filmed, a nervous church staffer approached from behind and told me to put my camera away. I acceded to his demand, but as Muthee urged the church to crush “the python spirit” of the unbeliever enemies by stomping on their necks, I pulled out a smaller camera and filmed from a more discreet position. Now, church members were in deep prayer, speaking in tongues and raising their hands. Muthee exclaimed, “We come against the spirit of witchcraft! We come against the python spirits!” Then, a local pastor took the mic from Muthee and added, “We stomp on the heads of the enemy!”

Behind the Christian right’s enthusiasm for Palin’s conservative credentials is a visceral sense that that she has come from them, not to them. Some right-wing evangelicals even believe she has messianic potential. As former Christian Broadcasting Network vice president Jim Bramlett wrote, “Sarah is that standard God has raised up to stop the flood. She has the anointing.”

The Christian right’s analysis is accurate to a certain degree. While Palin may not be The One, she is certainly one of them. Her social policy views, from her rejection of scientific evidence on global warming to her opposition to publicly funding emergency contraception for rape victims, are explicitly influenced by the sectarian theology she has subscribed to since she was a teenager. There is no better evidence of the depth of Palin’s radical convictions than her startling encounter with the witch-hunter, Bishop Muthee.

Next week, I will post an exclusive video documentary here that will shed further light on Palin’s relationship with Muthee and the religious right in Alaska. Stay tuned.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 7:00 PM MST

John McCain Cancels Letterman Appearance, Keith Olbermann To Fill In

Huffington Post |   September 24, 2008 03:56 PM

Update: Drudge reports that Letterman mocked McCain during the show’s taping Wednesday afternoon.

“In the middle of the taping Dave got word that McCain was, in fact just down the street being interviewed by Katie Couric. Dave even cut over to the live video of the interview, and said, “Hey Senator, can I give you a ride home?”
Earlier in the show, Dave kept saying, “You don’t suspend your campaign. This doesn’t smell right. This isn’t the way a tested hero behaves.” And he joked: “I think someone’s putting something in his metamucil.”
“He can’t run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sarah Palin. Where is she?”
“What are you going to do if you’re elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We’ve got a guy like that now!”

The comments will air Wednesday evening. Watch a preview below — the best material starts at about 5:00:

Original Post: John McCain canceled a scheduled appearance on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” mere hours before he was slated to tape the show Wednesday as part of the suspension of his campaign, MSNBC reported on air Wednesday afternoon. Keith Olbermann will appear on Wednesday’s “Late Show” in McCain’s place.

Olbermann appeared on Letterman’s show in April, when the “Countdown” host said that most people in news are not smart enough for analysis and Letterman joked about Olbermann’s size.

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McCain Wants To Postpone VP Debate

By- Suzie-Q @ 6:00 PM MST

McCain Camp Wants To Postpone VP Debate

Huffington Post- Nico Pitney

September 24, 2008 06:59 PM

John McCain’s campaign now wants to suspend the VP debate?

CNN’s Dana Bash reports that McCain officials are “trying to negotiate with the Obama campaign and the presidential debate commission” to change next Thursday’s planned vice presidential debate into a McCain-Obama affair. The VP debate would be postponed to another date.

“That is what they are proposing,” Bash reported. “[McCain officials] understand very well that both the Obama campaign and the debate commission have no intention of delaying Friday’s debate, but…if there is no bailout deal by Friday, McCain has no plan to go to debate.”

Watch it:

Update: ABC News confirms the plan.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 2:30 PM MST

FROM: National Enquirer

In a world exclusive The NATIONAL ENQUIRER names GOP VP Candidate Sarah Palin’s secret lover!

No less than three members of the man’s family including one by sworn affidavit have claimed that Sarah Palin engaged in an extramarital affair with hus­band Todd’s former business partner, Brad Hanson.

These sources have named Hanson as Palin’s secret love, and say their affair nearly wrecked both their marriages.

Hanson owned a snowmobile dealership with Palin’s husband Todd, who immediately dissolved the partnership after he heard stories about the affair, which occurred around 1996, according to the sources.  At the time, Palin was mayor of Wasilla.

Palin has vehemently de­nied cheating on her hus­band, and Hanson insisted to The NATIONAL ENQUIRER that he was never romantically in­volved with the 44-year-old Republican vice presiden­tial candidate.

However, Hanson family insider, Jim Burdett, has gone on the record and passed a rigorous polygraph test, revealing de­tails of the affair to The NATIONAL ENQUIRER in a world exclusive interview.

Burdett is a former brother-in-law of Hanson’s estranged wife Carolyn‘s brother, Craig Batton, and still speaks with many family members.

“I’ve known about Brad having had an affair for a long time, but it wasn’t until just recently that I learned his affair was with Sarah Palin,” Burdett told The NATIONAL ENQUIRER.

“Sarah was elected mayor of Wasilla, Brad became a city council member in the nearby town of Palmer, and they started an affair.

“Todd found out about the affair and was so mad he broke up their partnership at the snowmobile dealership,” Burdett claimed.

Another source, who preferred to remain anonymous for fear of repercussions, provided The NATIONAL ENQUIRER with a sworn affidavit attesting to the Palin-Hanson story.

“Todd was away on business a lot and Sarah felt lonely. Brad was a good listener, and Sarah talked to him at length. Eventually, she real­ized she was falling in love with him,” one insider divulged.

“When Todd got back from one of his trips, Sarah told him that she had begun to have feelings for Brad.”

For the full story and exclusive details of the shocking allegations of Sarah Palin’s affair pick up the latest issue of the NATIONAL ENQUIRER!

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McCain’s Economic Plan: Blurt Out Random Crap

By- Bob Cesca @ 3:48 PM EST

There are several reasons why Senator Obama is enjoying a double-digit lead in “honesty and trustworthiness” (47 percent to 36 percent according the new ABC News/Washington Post poll). First, Senator Obama doesn’t, you know, lie to the American people every damn day. Second, Senator Obama didn’t vote with the dishonest, corrupt Bush administration 90 percent of the time.

But one of the main reasons why the nation appears to be lining up against Senator McCain’s insanely obvious lack of integrity could be because his very serious and mavericky campaign strategy can be described in four simple words:

Blurt Out Random Crap.

“Crap,” in this context, is defined as everything from lies to weasel-words to inexplicably weird nonsense. And it seems like Senator McCain does this a lot. So much so that we can only conclude that it’s intentional.

The goal: Get McCain on record saying something no matter how ridiculous. This way, he can hit the stump later and boast that he said something with regards to scary stuff in the news. I said something [that didn’t make any sense and was probably a lie] and Senator Obama didn’t say anything [also a lie]! And whenever he’s accused of routinely blurting out random crap, Senator McCain trucks out the old punishment theorem: If Senator Obama had only agreed to the town halls, I wouldn’t be selling-out the last shreds of my honor or integrity just to get elected. Can’t you see? Senator Obama turned me into a hack, dammit!

First thing that pops into his head. Is it truthful? Doesn’t matter. Sex education for kindergarteners, for instance. “Palin sold her jet on eBay,” for instance. Does it even make sense or is it just a bunch of words strung together to form a sentence? Who cares. “President Putin of Germany,” for instance. “Delivering bottled hot water to dehydrated babies,” for instance.


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McCain’s Keating Five Problem (VIDEO)

By- Suzie-Q @ 1:15 PM MST

John McCain’s Keating Five Problem In 97 Seconds (VIDEO)

Huffington Post- Jed Lewiston

September 24, 2008 11:25 AM

Here’s a new video taking a look at John McCain’s Keating Five problem in just 97 seconds.

The video combines archival footage of CBS and NBC News (including a report from Andrea Mitchell!) with reporting by CNN’s John King aired just last month.

The bottom-line is that two decades after his role in the savings and loan crisis, John McCain is still the same old guy, more focused on deregulation than on delivering the sensible protections we need.

Video edited by Jed Lewison for The Huffington Post.

UPDATE: ThinkProgress catches McCain being asked about the Keating Five scandal yesterday by a local Ohio reporter.

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McCain Wants To Postpone Friday Debate Due To Bailout Crisis

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:45 PM MST

McCain to ‘Suspend’ Campaign Amid Crisis, Return to D.C.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2008, 3:32 P.M. ET

NEW YORK — Sen. John McCain said he will “suspend” his presidential campaign on Thursday and will return to Washington to focus on the unfolding economic crisis. In the meantime, he called for a delay in the presidential debate scheduled for Friday night in Mississippi.

Sen. McCain also called on his Democratic rival Barack Obama to join him back in the capital.

“It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the administration’s proposal. I do not believe that the plan on the table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time,” the Arizona senator said in statement issued by the campaign. “Tomorrow morning, I will suspend my campaign and return to Washington.”

He also called on the Commission on Presidential Debates to delay Friday’s debate, the first of three scheduled, and he asked President Bush to convene a meeting with congressional leadership, including both himself and Sen. Obama.


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