Churches + Politics = Theocracy

Evangelical Churches across the nation are wading into politics with pastors endorsing candidates from the pulpit. While they risk losing their tax-exempt status, they are gambling on a McCain/Palin victory which would, they hope, repeal the prohibition against political speech by tax-exempt organizations.

The Alliance Defense Fund has been promoting this movement here.

CNN has a video here: CNN Video

While they do have an argument under “freedom of speech,” it loses force when they argue that not only are they free to endorse political candidates (as opposed to social issues) but they should also continue to be taxpayer subsidized through their special tax-exempt status. More and more, evangelical christians are acting like the radical mullahs they so passionately fear.

In the battle of “Who’s God is THE God,” we, the people, always lose.

Palin On Pakistan And Bailout – Be Very Afraid

Every time Sarah Palin opens her mouth, I’m finding it more and more, scary that John McCain picked her. With so many other women-who are more qualified-McCain wasn’t thinking about our best interest-only winning the election. Her absurd answers in the form of multiple talking points crammed together, tells us, she not only doesn’t understand the question, also, she will be of no help finding a solution.

Sarah Palin fielded a couple of questions in south Philadelphia last night. This is going to cause the McCain Campaign to have a Pakistan problem. All because a local student asked about foreign policy.

“How about the Pakistan situation?” asked Rovito, who said he was not a Palin supporter. “What’s your thoughts about that?”

“In Pakistan?” she asked, looking surprised. “What’s going on over there, like Waziristan?”

“It’s working with [Pakistani president] Zardari to make sure that we’re all working together to stop the guys from coming in over the border,” she told him. “And we’ll go from there.”

Rovito wasn’t finished. “Waziristan is blowing up!” he said. “Yeah it is,” Palin said, “and the economy there is blowing up too.”

“So we do cross border, like from Afghanistan to Pakistan you think?” Rovito asked.

“If that’s what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should,” Palin responded, before moving on to greet other voters.

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Alaskans For Truth rally for Colberg removal & recall Palin

It looks like there is civil unrest in Sarah Palin’s home state of Alaska. It seems that 1,000 protesters are gathered in downtown Anchorage park to protest the manner in which the Attorney General is dealing with “Troopergate”.

A protest slamming Gov. Sarah Palin’s handling of the state’s so-called Troopergate investigation — and calling for the attorney general to lose his job — drew more than 1,000 people to the Delaney Park Strip in Anchorage on Saturday.

Protesters chanted “recall Palin!” as organizers told the crowd to push state legislators to keep after their investigation into the governor’s firing of her top cop. An investigator hired by the lawmakers is scheduled to present his report on Oct. 10.

“This report needs to be released. Not just for us … it needs to be released for all those people in the Lower 48 who are going to make a decision on Nov. 4,” Democratic blogger Linda Kellen Biegel told hundreds of protesters gathered on the Park Strip grass.

As to be expected, the McCain Campaign is dismissing this protest as a political stunt by loyal Obama supporters. The protest was organized by Alaskans for Truth.

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SNL spoofs Palin interview with Couric

Raw Story:

Tina Fey reprised her role as vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, mocking the governor’s recent interview with Katie Couric of CBS.

When Amy Poehler, this time acting as a pregnant Couric, asked Fey’s Palin for a specific example of how she would spread democracy abroad, Fey said, “Katie, I’d like to use one of my lifelines. … I want to phone a friend.”

McCain Campaign Has Ties to Gambling Industry

The New York Times

The New York Times outdid themselves with their beat down of John McCain and his campaign. They have put out an excellent article about McCain and Team and their ties to the Gambling Industry. Here are some excerpts.

Senator John McCain was on a roll. In a room reserved for high-stakes gamblers at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, he tossed $100 chips around a hot craps table. When the marathon session ended around 2:30 a.m., the Arizona senator and his entourage emerged with thousands of dollars in winnings.

A lifelong gambler, Mr. McCain takes risks, both on and off the craps table. He was throwing dice that night not long after his failed 2000 presidential bid, in which he was skewered by the Republican Party’s evangelical base, opponents of gambling. Mr. McCain was betting at a casino he oversaw as a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and he was doing so with the lobbyist who represents that casino, according to three associates of Mr. McCain.

This spellbinding piece talks about Indian gambling, its history, and the lobbying that went on.

The visit had been arranged by the lobbyist, Scott Reed, who works for the Mashantucket Pequot, a tribe that has contributed heavily to Mr. McCain’s campaigns and built Foxwoods into the world’s second-largest casino. Joining them was Rick Davis, Mr. McCain’s current campaign manager. Their night of good fortune epitomized not just Mr. McCain’s affection for gambling, but also the close relationship he has built with the gambling industry and its lobbyists during his 25-year career in Congress.

As a two-time chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, Mr. McCain has done more than any other member of Congress to shape the laws governing America’s casinos, helping to transform the once-sleepy Indian gambling business into a $26-billion-a-year behemoth with 423 casinos across the country. He has won praise as a champion of economic development and self-governance on reservations.

“One of the founding fathers of Indian gaming” is what Steven Light, a University of North Dakota professor and a leading Indian gambling expert, called Mr. McCain.

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From a distance: English Sunday papers on the debate

The financial crisis bailout talks (negotiations, cabal, whatever you’d like to call it) are having the headlines in England. They have their own debacle, too and closely watch developments in Washington therefore. But there are impressions from the debate as well, so here we go:

The Times’ Simon Jenkins writes:

Since McCain, above all, could not afford to lose, but had come to seem an old and uncertain man, “a conviction politician without convictions”, he emerged from the event, in my view, with his standing enhanced. Obama was the Obama we know: smooth, responsible but slightly ponderous, almost an elder statesman before his time.

But the debate is not Simon Jenkins’ main concern, he goes on:

For all this, watching the debate was like asking Mrs Lincoln about the play. Outside the chamber, a politically existential event was unfolding. Never was globalisation more vividly on show than in pictures of world stock markets hanging on every intonation and nuance of the inquiry into the $700 billion rescue package for American banking.(read more)

The Independent’s Rupert Cornwell, seems to have enjoyed the show:

It was the debate that was almost swept away by a financial tempest. But when John McCain and Barack Obama did square up to each other on Friday night, they produced one of the best, and almost certainly the most watched, presidential debates ever. How many minds they changed is another matter. In this battle pitting age against youth, experience against promise, the two clashed on the economy, Iraq, al-Qa’ida and Iran. But there was no knock-out blow.

and he conludes:

On Friday in Mississippi, the 20th century was pitted against the 21st. Which man will Americans prefer? In 37 days’ time, the answer will be known. (read more)

The Telegraph’s Phil Sherwell also points to the generational gap:

Mr McCain ran through his record on a series of foreign policy crises from 1983, alluded to his time in Vietnam, mentioned his 35-year friendship with Henry Kissinger and cited the experience of General Dwight D Eisenhower on the eve of the Normandy landings in 1944.

Mr Obama by contrast promised voters the chance to study the federal budget on a “Google for government” and criticised Mr McCain for his “20th century mindset” – arguably a harsh charge when we are only eight years into the 21st. (read more)

The Guardian’s Dan Kennedy runs through a round-up of press reactions and concludes:

Obama, though, was steadier still. Like Nixon 48 years ago, McCain demonstrated that he knows his stuff, perhaps to a greater extent than his opponent. But like Kennedy, Obama proved that he can hold his own – and that may be more important in the end. (read more)

The Economist reports that both candidates did rather well:

The biggest difference between the two men was in the tone that each used. Mr McCain repeatedly offered some version of the phrase “Senator Obama doesn’t understand”. He presumably hoped to emphasise that Mr Obama lacks foreign-policy experience. He may have scored points by criticising Russia while emphasising his longstanding support for Georgia. But he sometimes seemed to sneer. Mr Obama, although he sharpened his tone from the Democratic debates, was the calmer of the two. When he felt criticised unfairly, he would often smile. He gently needled Mr McCain but he did not savagely lay into his opponent. Mr Obama is an articulate advocate of his foreign-policy views, in command of detail. That he avoided any gaffes may have been enough to reassure many voters. But foreign policy is generally considered a strength for the more experienced Mr McCain. (read more)

As things are with Washington and the opening of the Asian markets only a few hours away, it is well possible that this debate will soon be pushed aside by more pressing matters in people’s minds.

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FDA Warning: U.S. Instant Coffee From China Melamine Tainted

George W. Bush who hates regulations has fought against it with the food and drugs since he has been in office. So you know it has to be really adverse to your health when the FDA finally is issuing a warning. That means check your coffee and get rid of it fast. I have the list of coffees that are going to be pulled from the grocery stores across the US.

U.S. regulators warned the public on Friday not to consume seven Mr. Brown instant coffee and milk tea products that were made in China because of concerns they may be contaminated with melamine. The Food and Drug Administration said the products were recalled by King Car Food Industrial Co Ltd “due to possible contamination with melamine.”

Infant formula tainted with the industrial chemical has resulted in hospitalization for thousands of Chinese babies with painful kidney stones. Four have died.

Here are the coffee and tea products that are being recalled:

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