Palin Will Continue to Steal Cookies, She Says.

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A newly released interview of Sarah Palin by KTUU and the Anchorage Daily News has left me speechless. I had to listen to it twice before I could really believe it. It’s a little over nine minutes, but it’s so filled with red meat, it’s going to keep me busy all day.

Here’s the first installment:

Remember “per diem gate”? It was one of Sarah’s many “gates” that came to light shortly after her nomination, and was revealed at the same time as “travel gate,” both of which were discovered by the Washington Post back in early September. It was a little embarrassing that we needed the Washington Post to discover our governor’s dirty little financial secrets, but it was better to know than not know. This one may not have incensed the average voter in the rest of the country, but up here, the implications were huge.

Alaskans are not pleased by fiscal shenanigans. We are a frugal people and wasteful spending is not going to win you fans. Fiscal conservatism is the mantra that gets people into office. Remember former Governor Murkowski and his spendy private jet? Part of Palin’s fiscal conservative label came from selling that jet, which had become a symbol of outrageous spending that a sitting governor charged to the state. Here’s the background:

http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/11/10/palin-will-continue-to-steal-cookies-she-says/

Back Home, Palin Finds a New Landscape

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“Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Many in Alaska said they did not know what to expect from Gov. Sarah Palin, shown Tuesday in a stop at a local coffee shop, now that she was back in the state.

Published: November 8, 2008

ANCHORAGE — Gov. Sarah Palin has returned to Alaska fully recast and amplified.

Adored by many national conservatives, Ms. Palin is a prospect for a presidential run in 2012, supporters say. Caricatured by opponents, she is a candidate for political oblivion, say others.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/09/us/politics/09palin.html?ref=us

Watch for Mccain/PALIN DIRTY TRICKS TODAY AND TOMORROW

Hi Constant Readers,

I don’t endorse candidates, but I do provide material, to am informed voter, can make her or his mind up, with correct information.

This next article is just one of the many DIRTY TRICKS, McCain/Palin are pulling out at last call. If It was true, it would have been brought out much earlier in the election season.

Some candidates think that’s it still Halloween and are using scare tactics to influence voters, Come on, the sheep have already voted and many are in the barn (can’t let them out to eat grass in the fields today, they might hear some truth.

STOP!!!

THINK!!!

WHO AM I VOTING FOR AND WHY?

iF YOU have not made up your mind do not let anything you hear today or tomorrow, make up your mind.

Be honest for your children and your life partner (wife or other, you don’t have to be married to have a life partner, of either sex)

What do you really want. Look in the mirror and into your heart and soul. you know where you stand and vote accordingly.  The election have been top news stories for months. Use the knowledge you gained during that time period and the behavior of your candidates (local and national) to decide. Just because Sarah Palin was pranked by a radio in Canada  station to think, she was talking to the French President. Don’t let that be the deciding factor. Wonder why her campaign office’s were not on top of things.

Did you know that according to Republican lead tactics, Joe the plumber, would have lost his RIGHT TO VOTE, as is signature looked suspicious ( he did not close the “o” on his real name.

This election is about your children or if you don;t have any, it about the children of the wordl and their chance to grow up under a leadership. that you get to choose.

CHOOSE WISELY, a lot can change in four years, look back on the last two fours year periods and look at all the changes. Remember when you could take a bottle of baby formula through the airport to feed you infant, during a long flight. Remember when shampoo or batteries were common carry on items. A lot has changed and a lot will change in the next four years.

Especially if you are part of the youth, don’t let us older(I’m 62, believing that I am 23) get to chose just because we are the majority. That you, youth will be spending all the monies to take care of our health needs, for the next 15-30 years. Look out for your self.

VOTE WISELY, FROM THE HEART AND WITH THE CONSCIOUSLY OF AN INFORMED MIND,PLEASE

Thanks for reading,

Kind,Regards,

gregor,Blog editor

McCain Dirty Trick time, How low can you go & it’s a robocall-Not the Truth

Robocall: Senator Clinton Endorsing Senator McCain?

I heard that recorded calls were going to be made  ….the recorded calls have tape with Senator Clinton praising Senator McCain (from the primary season??) Apparently, from the email below, it is happening:

From:
Sent: Sun Nov 02 13:50:41 2008
Subject: Hillary Endorses McCain

I just received a recorded message from Hillary Clinton endorsing John McCain.

Sue
Eldon Missouri

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UPDATE 5:26pm / Sunday


Republican Committee Uses Hillary Criticism of Obama in Latest Robocall
Republican robocalls being targeted in swing states in the final days of the election feature Hillary Clinton’s primary season criticism of Barack Obama, much to her dismay.

FOXNews.com
Sunday, 2008-02-307

Hillary Clinton may be campaigning for Barack Obama but to hear automatic calls being used in battleground states, one would think she’s working for the Republican National Committee.

The RNC has been sending out robocalls that feature the New York senator and one-time opponent to Obama. The script of the call asks listeners to hear a remark by Clinton made during the Democratic primary campaign.

“In the White House there is no time for speeches and on-the-job training. Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience to the campaign and Senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002. I think that is a significant difference,” the voice of Clinton is heard saying.

McCain has frequently pushed the idea that he doesn’t need any time to get used to the office while Obama is unqualified to be president.

Obama and McCain were in Ohio and Pennsylvania, respectively, on Sunday as the two battle it out for electoral votes from the strategically important states. McCain appeared at the University of Scranton Field House, which was Clinton territory during the Democratic primary, when she demolished Obama 70 to 30 percent in Lackawanna County. The area is also home to the nation’s largest chapter of “Democrats for McCain.”

But Clinton’s spokeswoman says the senator is clearly not supporting McCain.

“Senator Hillary Clinton does not approve this message, and as she crisscrosses the country, she has said time and again that the choice in this election could not be more clear. The McCain/Palin ticket offers only more of the same failed policies while the Obama/Biden ticket offers the vision, leadership and positive solutions we need. I wonder why the Republicans aren’t using those words,” spokeswoman Kathleen Strand said in a statement on behalf of Clinton.

FOX News’ Mosheh Oinounou contributed to this report.

http://gretawire.foxnews.com/2008/11/02/senator-clinton-endorsing-senator-mccain/

U.S. Nuclear Weapons in Europe

U.S. Nuclear Weapons in Europe

Ebook Military
A Review of Post-Cold War Policy, Force Levels, and War PlanningU.S. Nuclear Weapons in Europe: A Review of Post-Cold War Policy, Force Levels, and War Planning

Piecing together evidence from an array of sources, the Natural Resources Defense Council has determined that the United States is still deploying 4801 nuclear weapons in Europe. That should come as a surprise. Until now, most observers believed that there were no more than half of those weapons still left on the continent.

Declassified documents obtained under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, military literature, the media, non-governmental organizations, and other sources show that the 480 bombs are stored at eight air bases in six NATO countries – a formidable arsenal larger than the entire Chinese nuclear stockpile.

The military and political justifications given by the United States and NATO for U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe are both obsolete and vague. Long-range weapons in the United States and Britain supplant the unique role the weapons once had in continental Europe, yet it seems NATO officials have been unwilling or unable to give them up.

The deployment irritates efforts to improve relations with Russia and undercuts global efforts – and those of the United States and Europe – to persuade rogue nations from developing nuclear weapons. The Bush administration and the NATO alliance should address this issue as a matter of global nuclear security, and the United States should withdraw all of its nuclear weapons from Europe. …

About the Author
Hans M. Kristensen is an independent nuclear weapons policy analyst who has spent the last 20 years researching nuclear weapons policy and operations.

http://www.asiaing.com/u.s.-nuclear-weapons-in-europe.html

The Making of a US President a.k.a the Great American Pep Rally

The Making of a US President a.k.a the Great American Pep Rally
Sun, 02 Nov 2008 14:02:39 GMT
By Tahereh Ghanaati

A’screamin’ and a’shoutin’ and a’dancin’ in the aisles – Brother, can’t you feel the power! Amen! Lordy, lordy, we’re in Beulah Land! Bring in the rattlers; it’s revival time!

Screaming, shouting, and ecstatically swooning – a vast multitude, caught in the throes of worship and adoration, mindlessly chanting the same empty slogans again and again, ad infinitum; Americans have caught the wave.

What is this – a tent revival, a rock concert or a pep rally?

If you have chosen any of the above, you are off base, my friend, because the answer is ‘none’. It is a US presidential campaign – a mania that sweeps the nation once every four years.

Granted, this year, the craze is much wider spread than during any election in the past, but despite all the spin, it is not a new phenomenon. It was a long time coming. This year’s election fever is simply the culmination of a trend that began in the United States back during the Kennedy/Nixon race – nearly half a century ago.

Foreign observers might very well wonder where all the thinkers have gone, for it appears – except for a few lonely ‘Voices in the Wilderness’ – as if American intellectuals must have flown South for the winter. Indeed, if the shallow, mindlessness gripping the devoted fans at the rock concerts – oops, presidential rallies are any indication, the American IQ, as a whole, must have dropped lower than that of one Laguna Beach airhead.

And when one considers the fact that these airheads are choosing the next person to occupy the single most powerful post in the world that they are choosing an individual who will have access to a vast arsenal of deadly weapons, any one of which could annihilate all life on the planet – the conclusion is horrifying.

However, the moot question is: how could otherwise intelligent, reasonable people be reduced to such a state of brainlessness at election time? And when they are in this condition, do they really understand what the presidential election is all about? Are they consciously choosing a president, an executive to guide and lead the country, or are they choosing a rock star – or perhaps a god?
To find the answers to these questions, we need look no further than their actions.

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Muslim, Arab, South Asian Men Rounded Up Post-9/11 Based on Racial, Religious Profiling With Knowledge of Ashcroft, Others

Muslim, Arab, South Asian Men Rounded Up Post-9/11 Based on Racial, Religious Profiling With Knowledge of Ashcroft, Others

Filing Discloses Previously Protected Details from Discovery and Depositions,

Supreme Court to Weigh Special Immunity for High-Level Officials

NEW YORK – October 31 – Muslim, Arab, and South Asian men were targeted solely based on race, country of origin, and religion in post-9/11 immigration sweeps with the knowledge of former Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller, according to a brief filed today with the Supreme Court by plaintiffs in Turkmen v. Ashcroft, Center for Constitutional Rights’s (CCR) class action challenge. The amicus brief contains information previously under a protective order and not made public until today, including the exact tips that led to the arrest of CCR’s clients and evidence of daily briefings that went up the chain of command.

The Turkmen plaintiffs filed the brief in the Koob & Magoolaghan’s case, Ashcroft v. Iqbal, a companion case that will be heard by the Supreme Court this December. The Supreme Court is to consider whether Iqbal can hold high-level officials accountable for violations of his right to equal protection-as allowed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

“The government is claiming high-level officials deserve some kind of extra-special high-level immunity by virtue of their office,” said CCR attorney Rachel Meeropol. “Plenty of protections already exist for officials doing their job. If their actions fall outside the law, they should be held accountable like everybody else.”

CCR’s brief argues that the level of detail Mueller and Ashcroft would require before allowing a case to proceed to discovery would effectively bar victims of governmental discrimination from ever holding high-ranking officials accountable for their wrongful acts. The process of discovery is precisely what allows plaintiffs to trace involvement up the chain of command. The brief offers examples of documents and depositions obtained in discovery in Turkmen that support that argument.

The brief describes the tips that led to targeting of each of the Turkmen plaintiffs and attaches the original FBI documents, previously barred from disclosure by a protective order:

  • Ashraf Ibrahim was described as one of “three males, who appeared to be Arabs,” who sought to purchase a used truck to carry water and gave “vague” answers to questions about what kind of containers the water would be carried in and whom they would deliver it to.
  • Baloch was “a male, possibly Arab,” with a fake Social Security card.
  • Sachdeva was said to have been speaking in Arabic (although in fact he is a Hindu from India), and to have talked about “flying and flight simulators.”
  • Saffi, a Pakis¬tani by birth, appears to have been arrested solely because he had been refused admission to Canada.
  • There was nothing to show a reason for suspicion of Turkmen in the FBI file produced by the United States except a tip concerning three other Turkish men, apparently based on their being Turkish.

The Turkmen plaintiffs argue that Ashcroft and Mueller must be held accountable for this discrimination, as documents uncovered through discovery indicate they were provided detailed daily briefings and information about who was being arrested, and why. The brief also provides quotes from interviews of Ashcroft, Mueller, and their subordinates taken in the course of the Office of the Inspector General’s investigation of the 9/11 detentions.”If the government applied the rule Ashcroft now wants to itself, major investigations would never get off the ground,” said co-counsel Michael Winger of the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP. “How are Mafia bosses caught? By starting at street level and working up the chain of command.”

CCR’s class action, Turkmen v. Ashcroft, was filed in September 2002 to challenge the arbitrary detention and mistreatment of immigration detainees by prison guards and high level Bush administration officials in the wake of 9/11. With no evidence of any connection to terrorism, hundreds of Muslim, Arab, and South Asian men were rounded up on the basis of racial and religious profiling and subject to unlawful detention and abuse at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, NY.

All of the men were eventually deported, though several of the plaintiffs returned to New York under strict conditions to participate in depositions for their case against the government in early 2006.

The suit names as defendants then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller, former INS Commissioner James Ziglar, and officials at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where the plaintiffs were held. The plaintiffs include Muslim men from Pakistan and Egypt who were detained at the MDC, along with others held at Passaic County Jail in New Jersey. Despite the fact that the government never charged any of the plaintiffs with a terrorism-related offense, the INS kept them in detention for between four to nine months, long past the resolution of their immigration cases.

The suit further charges that some of these detainees were improperly assigned to the Administrative Maximum Special Housing Unit (ADMAX SHU); kept in solitary confinement with the lights on 24 hours a day; placed under a communications blackout so that they could not seek the assistance of their attorneys, families, and friends; subjected to physical and verbal abuse; forced to endure inhumane conditions of confinement; and obstructed in their efforts to practice their religion. Some of the abuse includes severe beatings and sleep deprivation. The allegations of inhumane and degrading treatment have been substantiated by two reports of the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, and several defendants in the case have recently been convicted on federal charges of beatings and cover-ups of other prisoners around the same time period.

For more information on the case and to read related documents, click here.

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The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2008/10/31-11

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER RUNS THE BEST PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER RUNS THE BEST PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

Where will you be November 4th? I don’t understand anyone who will not vote this year. I don’t understand how stupid some people are. Some people don’t want to know the truth. They just want to make up the truth and call it truth. Truth doesn’t lie.

Barack Obama has run a superb campaign. Superior to anyone else. George W Bush had his Rove brain to be his axis of evil architect. Barack has used a different style. But no one can say that Barack Obama has no new ideas, is sloppy on details or the long view, hasn’t shown true grit and fortitude, can’t stand up to his own party (consider the stand he took on when he ran against the Clinton team) ~ this is a fantastic use of “community” organizing only on a national scale. His new ideas are shown in his various policies and his broad view of how to take this country forward into the 21st century although we are down and not quite out – but the new ideas of how to run a Presidential campaign are overflowing and they have worked quite well.

I am hoping and praying that this is all in God’s plan. I question God’s plan when I have to continually learn of the horrendous treatment of human beings by other human beings here and in other countries, of the lies we have been putting up with in this land of faux democratic government, tapping our phone lines, reading our emails, and torturing all in “the name” of what’s best for the USA, helping corporate USA at the expense of the middle class and the poor, trashing habeas corpus… If God has a plan, then we need to help God implement the optimum plan. Otherwise, we get the same pool of Republicans to fill positions that have been filling those positions for the Bush years. With an unimaginable national debt, jobs lost on the rise with no end foreseeable, crumbling roads and bridges, many school buildings not fit to be open, health care causing people to file bankruptcy, foster children languishing in a system that is broken and under-funded, it is time to consider we have left this administration to go unchecked, unheeded and blindly trusted beyond a reasonable amount of time and chances to redeem themselves.

Time to wake up or die sleeping at the metaphorical wheel.

Stepping down from my soapbox for the night.


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Sarah Palin is a Socialist, and She Can’t Buy My Vote.

Sarah Palin is a Socialist, and She Can’t Buy My Vote.

30 10 2008

Oh, how quickly they forget. While watching John McCain, and Sarah Palin decrying Obama for his “socialist” tendencies, I have found myself becoming increasingly amused. One of the things that defined Sarah Palin’s pre-VP candidate career in Alaska was the fact that nobody seemed to know what to make of her. I refer you to my comments on this, back in the beginning of June, 2008 titled “McCain’s a Greenie. Palin’s a Socialist. Hillary’s the President.”

I’m holding my sides laughing about the Newsweek article that has Alaskan’s all a-twitter, comparing Sarah Palin to Hugo Chavez. Having claimed my staunch neutrality about Sarah Palin, I’m enjoying standing in the middle of the swirling tornado that has become the Palin phenomenon and enjoying my popcorn. Is she a crazy creationist wingnut? A big business-hating, free-gas-doling socialist? A maverick hockey mom? The next Vice President? No one seems to know.

Obviously to regular readers, my “staunch neutrality” about Palin has gone the way of the Steller’s Sea Cow. (For you non-Alaskans; it’s extinct). I did not vote for Palin, but was willing to give her a shot. I like to think I’m open-minded. So, knowing what I know, and  all the recent “socialist talk” made me look up this old post, and I was amused.

I got my $1200 energy rebate check from Sarah Palin a couple weeks ago, and so did every other human being in Alaska.  This money, which came from the wealth of oil companies doing business in Alaska, got spread around by the Governor to help Alaskans defray the rising costs of energy that made the oil companies profitable enough to provide Alaska with the money for the rebate check that defrays the cost of energy…..(you get the circular idea).

At the Alaska Women Reject Palin rally here in Anchorage, a woman drove by as I was returning to my car. She leaned out of her window and said, “Are you going to get a $1200 check this year?” “You mean the rebate check? Yes,” I said. “So how can you hate Sarah Palin!?!” she quipped, looking angry and smug at the same time. “Are you going to SPEND it???” she spat. I said the first thing that came to mind, “Yes, I’ll probably donate it to the Obama campaign.” She screeched away. And I didn’t tell her the whole truth. I’ve actually spread my wealth around to lots of good progressive candidates, both in Alaska and outside.

It was an interesting exchange, though, and I’ve thought about it many times. I’ve heard other people use this logic, although not quite as directly. The basic question is “How can you vote against someone who hands you cash?” It’s really very startling. It presupposes not only that cash-in-hand is the ultimate goal we humans seek, but also that I am not making good on my end of this deal. I’ve been paid for my services, and now I’m not willing to deliver. Does this make anyone in Alaska who votes for Obama, a political prostitute who gets paid in advance, and then takes off with the cash without delivering the vote, thereby breaking some kind of implied, perverse, money-for-votes pact?  To the woman in the red car, apparently it does.

I’ve seen a few references in the mainstream media to Palin’s socialist tendencies, which is good. The fact that in a society that has public education, fire departments, public libraries, police service, Medicaire, and Social Security,  it seems odd to be having the conversation at all. But if Sarah Palin is going to use the term to cut down Barack Obama, she needs to be reminded that 12 weeks ago, she was being compared to Hugo Chavez by her own party, in her own state. And anyone in Alaska who IS voting for Palin because of that $1200 for every man, woman and child in the state, needs to come to terms and make peace with their “inner Socialist.”

http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/sarah-palin-is-a-socialist-and-she-cant-buy-my-vote/

A Heart Beat Away

Backup of an advertisement claiming that Sarah Palin is an anti-American radical.

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