Bill Maher: Palin, Politics & Truth

Bill Maher Show with Janeane Garofalo and Salmon Rushdie. They Eviscerate John Fund a Wall Street Journal Columnist and his defense of Palin. Fund comes up with Palin Derangement Syndrome?

Bill Maher on Sarah Palin and her deer in the headlights look when asked about the Bush Doctrine.

A Russian Perspective

By Timothy BANCROFT-HINCHEY
PRAVDA.Ru

Palin – the Devil in disguise

The candidate for the Vice Presidency of the United States of America, whose experience in small town politics, mothers´day dos and the local hockey club is her claim to fame, threatened to open the gates of Hell by attacking Russia in the event of another invasion of Georgia in a televised interview on ABC (shown today). One question for this self-opinionated upstart: Do you know what a nuclear holocaust is?

… suppose you shut up and allowed real politicians and diplomats to do their work? Threatening Russia with a war is perhaps the most irresponsible thing anyone could do at this moment in time. Have you any idea what a nuclear holocaust is? Have you any notion of the power of Russia’s armed forces? Did you know that Russia has enough missiles to destroy any target anywhere on Earth in seconds?

And have you not forgotten, you pith-headed little bimbo from the back of beyond, that small detail about the slaughter of Russian citizens by Georgians, which started the whole debacle?

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Hillary Backing Obama With Gusto

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Ever since Barack Obama beat her to become the Democratic nominee, Clinton said she will do what it takes to help him win in November. I don’t think for a second Hillary is going to allow Sarah Palin to become the first female Vice-President.

Vanquished primary candidates usually go home to rest and ponder the high points and lows of their failed effort. Clinton, in contrast, raised more than $4 million for the Obama campaign and repeatedly urged her supporters to campaign for Obama and contribute to his cause. She hosted a reception in Denver for 250 of her donors and is scheduled to be in Chicago tonight for another fund-raising event. She has another fund-raising event scheduled for Sept. 22 in New York City, with the goal of raising $500,000.

In fact, Hillary’s advisors told the New York Times she would do everything she can to contribute.

Mrs. Clinton’s friends said she was galled that Ms. Palin might try to capitalize on a movement that Mrs. Clinton built among women in the primaries. Guy Cecil, the former political director of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, said it was “insulting” for Republicans to compare Ms. Palin to Mrs. Clinton.

He was very outspoken about Sarah Palin’s inexperience for Vice-President.

Mr. Cecil said he believed that the McCain-Palin ticket might initially intrigue some Clinton supporters, but that they would ultimately choose Mr. Obama. “It is insulting to compare Hillary’s lifetime of service and her commitment to progressive causes with that of a novice, right-wing governor,” Mr. Cecil said.

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Listen up America! This means YOU!

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HT: Big Blue

The Late, Late Show host Craig Ferguson goes off on the failure of the Mainstream (Corporate) Media to do their job when it comes to covering the presidential candidates (and VP candidates..).

He has plenty of criticism for both sides, and then he hits hard by speaking directly to the American people, telling them to do their duty when it comes to learning about the issues and the candidates – and ends by telling them to go out there and VOTE!

On this Sept. 10th edition of The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, this new American citizen preparing to vote in his first US election asks, “Are we so lost we have to be sold our own democratic right!?”

[..] “If you don’t vote, you’re a moron” [..]

He says it straight, he hits the nail ON THE HEAD, and then hits the ball right out of the park!!
This kind of honesty is just so darned refreshing..

MoreOn Sarah Palin

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Ready from day one?

Here’s from someone who knows Sarah:

“She’s a quick study,” said Don Shiesl, who took over public works in 1998. “She’s a heck of a public speaker and she works her magic on people. Give her four years, with some training, and she’ll be up to snuff. She’s not dumb, she’ll be able to catch on to stuff real quick.”

And that’s from a supporter!

Sunday Morning News Line-Up

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Obsessed? Addicted? It’s politics

When you close your eyes at night, do the colors of CNN’s “magic” electoral map dance in your head like red and blue sugarplums? When you get in your car and hear the same talk-radio personalities saying the same things they said the last time you got in the car, do you wonder what day it is?

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Metrolink officials say trains crashed after their engineer drove through red light

Federal transportation officials say it’s too early to determine what caused the crash that has killed at least 25 people and left 135 more injured, 40 of them critically.

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Weakened Ike moves on after battering Gulf coast

Rescuers made their way through piles of debris and water-filled streets in Texas seaside towns on Sunday after Hurricane Ike flooded hundreds of miles of U.S. coastline, cut power to millions and pummeled the oil hub of Houston.

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 Ohio Secretary of State Prevents Vote Caging

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner won plaudits from voting rights activists by issuing a directive that they say will protect the ability of millions of registered voters to cast ballots on Election Day.

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Hockey moms speak up

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From Daily Kos: Alaska Women Reject Sarah Palin Rally

Despite overcast skies and a forecast for rain, there was a rally here today.  Oh man, was there!  In fact, it was by most accounts the largest protest rally in the history of Alaska. The Anchorage Daily News wrote that the rally drew an “estimated” 1500 people.  Let me be clear: the organizers used a hand-clicker and counted at least 1,483 Alaskans, mostly women, who showed up to say that Sarah Palin does not speak for them. They also counted 93 McCain/Palin supporters. The national media loves to say that Sarah Palin enjoys an “80% popularity rating” in Alaska. Do the math on todays rally, and you’d need a faith-based calculator to get 80%. This was grassroots activism at its best – Alaskans coming out to speak their minds on a host of issues.

There isn’t a lot of text with the article, but lots of photos and lots of enthusiasm from the Alaskans in attendance.

As one might expect, Mudflats (Alaska’s most popular blog!) has a lot to say about the rally.

The rally was organized by a small group of women, talking over coffee.  It made me wonder what other things have started with small groups of women talking over coffee.  It’s probably an impressive list.  These women hatched the plan, printed up flyers, posted them around town, and sent notices to local media outlets.  One of those media outlets was KBYR radio, home of Eddie Burke, a long-time uber-conservative Anchorage talk show host.  Turns out that Eddie Burke not only announced the rally, but called the people who planned to attend the rally “a bunch of socialist baby-killing maggots”, and read the home phone numbers of the organizers aloud over the air, urging listeners to call and tell them what they thought.  The women, of course, received many nasty,  harassing and threatening messages.

And he’s got lots of pictures himself.

Eddie Burke, mentioned above, and his own picket sign:

So I Told the Senator, Thanks, But No Thanks, on That Vice Presidential Pick from Nowhere

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Below is an actual message I sent to Senator John McCain, via his contact form. Aren’t the Internets fun?

Dear Senator McCain,

Thanks, but no thanks, on that Vice Presidential Pick from Nowhere. I keep asking myself if you could have picked a worse running mate if you had chosen from among the Republicans you beat to win the nomination. And while I would not have wanted any of them to become president any more than I want you to, Continue reading

28 Million Dollar Ford CEO Deserves Government Bailout?

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Struggling Ford Motor Co., which posted a record $12.7 billion net loss in 2006, and posted a $2.7 billion net loss in 2007, think they merit receiving federal loans. Why should we bail out a fiscally irresponsible automobile maker that continued to make gas guzzling trucks and SUV’s? After posting the largest record loss in company history in 2006, what did Ford do to bounce back from such a devastating loss?  They hired a new CEO Alan Mulally and paid him a record setting 28 million for 4 months of work. In the same year, Ford moves ahead with plans to close plants and cut more than 30,000 hourly positions from the company in an effort to stem losses.

Well that brainstorm apparently didn’t pay off–if that same CEO is asking the government for a bailout. This is exactly why I don’t believe in government loans, in the form of bailouts, all of the CEO’s get these multi-million dollar deals which is more money than 95% of us will ever make in a lifetime. Only in America do we reward complete incompetence at a CEO level.

On top of that, these executives have accumulated so much wealth off the backs of people like you and I through cutbacks and layoffs. So what was the first task of importance to Mulally when he was hired? Oh, the company had disclosed in a footnote buried on page 228 of an earlier filing with SEC that Mulally saw the value of his stock bonuses increase to $6 million from the originally agreed upon $5 million “after reviewing the company’s 2006 performance results and Mr. Mulally’s leadership role in progressing his key priorities.” But, most salaried workers and supervisors received a modest bonus between $300 to $800, depending on their location and rank in the company that same year.

Recently, Ford initiated an ad campaign that makes the statement, “Ford’s quality is now equal to Toyota’s.” Unfortunately, this ad campaign may not be as effective for Ford as it is for Toyota. It implies two things- that Ford quality has been poor and that Toyota quality is the standard of excellence to reach. Toyota has been the most profitable car company in the world for a long time. Last year, it officially passed GM to become number one in worldwide sales; and it has passed Ford to become number two in US sales.

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Tina Fey As Sarah Palin On SNL

From The Huffington Post

Former cast member Tina Fey, now the star of “30 Rock,” returned to Saturday Night Live to play Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin for the premiere of the show’s new season. Fey bears a striking resemblance to Palin and nailed the candidate’s distinctive accent. Fey and Amy Poehler opened the show with a joint appearance as Palin and Hillary Clinton. The two politicians addressed the ugly issue of sexism in the campaign.