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These were some very good pieces that are must-reads! I threw in the one on Al Franken because I was just so happy for him..
“What’s the Difference Between Palin and Muslim Fundamentalists? Lipstick – A theocrat is a theocrat, whether Muslim or Christian” by Juan Cole (CommonDreams):
John McCain announced that he was running for president to confront the “transcendent challenge” of the 21st century, “radical Islamic extremism,” contrasting it with “stability, tolerance and democracy.” But the values of his handpicked running mate, Sarah Palin, more resemble those of Muslim fundamentalists than they do those of the Founding Fathers. On censorship, the teaching of creationism in schools, reproductive rights, attributing government policy to God’s will and climate change, Palin agrees with Hamas and Saudi Arabia rather than supporting tolerance and democratic precepts. What is the difference between Palin and a Muslim fundamentalist? Lipstick…
“Palin Get Olbermann Censored, Bask in Media Double Standard“ by Elliot D. Cohen (BuzzFlash):
On September 7, The New York Times printed a story titled, “MSNBC Takes Incendiary Hosts from Anchor Seat.” The “incendiary” hosts in question were Countdown’s Keith Olbermann and Hardball’s Chris Matthews, and the anchor seat referred to was that of the upcoming presidential debates as well as election night. According to the Times, the McCain/Palin campaign had filed letters of complaint to NBC about the coverage these pundits were giving the McCain campaign. Unfortunately, the climate of media hypocrisy and censorship that now feeds this campaign may be a predictor of its intolerance for healthy, reciprocal disagreement, and freedom of the press should it ascend on the White House in 2009…
“My Alaskan soul sister is an empty vessel” by Mary Mullin (TheIrishTimes):
[..] I won’t be voting for Sarah Palin, even though she makes John McCain look better than he looked without her. She is dead wrong on all the issues and is way, way, way too insular.
In addition to our almost nationalistic love for Alaska, Sarah Palin and I are both proud mothers of a child with Down syndrome.
My daughter Lily was born in Galway 10 years ago. It may be hard to believe, but the early childhood services in Ireland are better than they are in Alaska for people with Down syndrome.
When Sarah Palin gave birth to Trig, her son with Down syndrome, I hoped that she would beef up services for Alaska’s disabled population. She could have done so overnight – but “social conservatives”, especially tough super-moms like Sarah Palin, don’t do that sort of thing.
It’s the Democrats who care about single mothers and people with Down syndrome. It’s the Democrats who designed community programmes for early intervention; it’s the Democrats who instituted programmes for integration and it’s the Democrats who fought for and passed the law that gives people with disabilities the right to a free and appropriate education in America’s public schools.
And now, Sarah Palin and her darling baby, Trig, are being held in the bosom of right-wing Christian fundamentalists who are delighted with themselves. But they have done nothing for people with disabilities. Nothing. [..]