In case you missed them..

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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. [..]

“Franken, Shaheen Win Democratic Senate Nominations” by Bob Geiger (BobGeiger):

Former “Saturday Night Live” star and author Al Franken captured the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Minnesota on Tuesday and will go up against incumbent Republican Norm Coleman on November 4.

Franken won the Democratic primary with 65 percent of the vote with his closest challenger, attorney Priscilla Lord Faris, garnering only 30 percent. This sets up the showdown with Coleman that Franken has been talking about for a long time — and this will be a good one to watch…

“She’s Clueless, He’s Worse” by Robert Scheer (Truthdig):

Ignorance is bliss, which perhaps explains Gov. Sarah Palin being so confidently wrong about the root cause of the federalization of most of the nation’s mortgage market. But what is Sen. John McCain’s excuse? Both act as if the financial meltdown of the U.S. economy has nothing to do with the policies of the political party they represent—but she at least may not know any better.

Distracted momentarily from her campaign revelries of maverick opposition to the “bridge to nowhere,” which she had supported until it became a public relations debacle, and congressional earmarks for which she, as a small-town mayor, had hustled piggishly at the federal trough, Palin made the mistake of dealing with an unscripted subject.

Referring to the government’s bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Palin opined that the two had “gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers,” displaying abysmal ignorance of the fact that only now will those privately owned banks become a huge taxpayer obligation, as the federal government takes them over. Nor can the meltdown of home values be traced to those two beleaguered institutions, because they did not make the original subprime mortgage commitments.

The housing bubble was the result of the Ponzi-scheme antics of those other financial entities: commercial banks, stockbrokers and hedge funds, which were allowed in a GOP-deregulated market to get into the “swap” business. Through the rampant reselling of loans, the obligation to collect on a loan was divorced from the act of selling it in the first place, so who cared if the recipient of the loan was not at all qualified or the appraisal of the property value was inflated, as long as the paper was traded away, or insured, before the moment of foreclosure?….

“UC Computer Scientists Release Video on How to Hack a Sequoia Touch-Screen Voting Machine” by Brad Friedman (BradBlog):

The Computer Security Group at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) has released a short, chilling video demonstrating how a single person can hack an election on a touch-screen voting system — even one with a so-called “Voter Verifiable Paper Trail” (VVPAT) added to it — in such a way that it is highly unlikely that the manipulation would ever be detected by either the public or election officials…

And lastly..

“New heights of stupidity” by Glenn Greenwald (Salon):

We’re fighting multiple wars; our oldest and most established financial institutions are on the verge of collapse; we’ve fundamentally transformed and then dismantled our constitutional framework over the last eight years, etc. etc. But the Right and their media partners are striving to ensure that our election this year is going to be dominated and determined by whether John Kerry looks stupid in wind-surfing tights Barack Obama called Sarah Palin a “pig” when he invoked a meaningless cliché…

22 thoughts on “In case you missed them..

  1. What is the difference between Palin and Muslim Fundamentalists?

    She has not tried to make her personal views law?

    She did not fire a Librarian over the supposed book banning.

    She did sign into law benifits for same sex couples, even though she opposes same sex marriage.

    Facts are a funny thing.

  2. 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. [..]

    Except tripling spending for special needs education.

  3. From what I heard this morning on the radio, she cut spending for disabled children by more than 60%.

    She also cut proven programs for kids dropping out of high school completely.

  4. Loyalty tests, HB.

    How do you feel about that? Kind of fascist, isn’t it?

    You support that? Is that what you’re in the military to uphold?

  5. hb, I am currently reading up on the fact check claims. In one instance they are wrong. I will let them know. Don’t be so quick to jump to the rescue of Palin. She might be your commander in chief soon and you might find out that’s not so hot.

    I love this quote from Howard Kurtz:

    “Iraq may be a quagmire, a new cold war may be looming, the economy may be tanking and the world may be heading toward environmental doom, but the presidential race may be decided by the perceived doability of the governor of Alaska.”

    Some like it hot, it seems. But letting the lower body parts take over voting is not a good idea.

  6. I’ve always voted with my willy. It’s hard to hold a pen that’s all…. or is that holding a pen while it’s… oh never mind.

  7. Actually, Z, not really fascist at all. And, they are apparently constitutional. Look at California, they require loyalty oaths for all public employees.

    Before you say “because they have a republican gov.”, it has been part of the California State Constitution since 1952. And if I am not mistaken (and I could be), a state Constitution can be MORE restrictive than the Federal Constitution, but not LESS.

  8. Whatever you can live with, HB. Personally, I’ve never liked CA’s loyalty oath thing either — I’m from CA, and I don’t care who’s asking people to sign a loyalty oath, it’s wrong.

    Go on and vote for McCain/Palin. You won’t be convinced by anything but your own mistake.

    I’ve got homework to do.

  9. Z,

    Try convincing me with facts and not emotions. Rumors and re-running the same 5 stories ain’t gonna cut it.

    And I have not decided who will get my vote, the real race just started. But looking at the FACTS, it ain’t looking to good for the Dems. Too many inconsistencies on Obama’s side.

  10. Here’s a thought, HB. Go out and convince yourself.

    Start with McCain’s record on Veteran’s issues. We’ve even got a post about it here on the Zoo, but don’t take our word for it. Go out and find it for yourself — like we do.

    Convince yourself.

  11. I’m not sure at what point it became our mission to educate you. Take responsibility for your own knowledge.

    We provide information.

    If you want to vote for someone who is for more war, less of anything for American people, who admittedly knows little about our economy – which is in perilous condition right now, that is your decision. I personally think it is a bad decision, but that is your call.

    I do not, however, feel that I, or anyone here, is responsible for your knowledge, or lack thereof.

  12. I wonder whether McCain has considered that he his being manipulated by the conservative neocons. They convinced him to take on this woman VP who flatters his ego (just look at his face when she is talking), even though she stands for many things he once claimed to be against. They realize that McCain is so eager to be President that he will do anything to get there. But what if Palin proves to be more submissive to their wishes? Will he be alert enough to catch on to what goes on behind his back? McCain better be watching his back!

  13. Vote for the candidate of your choice HB. You don’t have to answer to us, we’re not your children. You can already explain to them why you voted for Bush twice.

  14. Shayne,

    I didn’t. I voted for Bush once, in 2000. In fact I voted for McCain in that primary. (I think we’ve had this conversation before.) I didn’t like any of the choices in 2004, so I withheld my vote.

  15. HB, the fact is that people inclined to vote for the Republican ticket will see exactly what you see, because it reinforces their existing thinking. The same is true on the other side. I certainly see many more alarming things about McCain/Palin than I do about Obama/Biden, but I’m perfectly comfortable admitting that it is my inclination to do so.

    What really matters is this: (1) which ticket has expressed the VISION and the STRATEGIC POSITIONING that you want to see for the future of the country and the world, and (2) which regime is likely to cause the least damage to the country and the world.

    For me, there is absolutely no doubt about the answers to these questions. Those two questions are so important that everything else pales in comparison. Tit-for-tatting on comparatively minor issues of who stretched the truth more is just a waste of time. How will they approach the key issues facing us all? What is their philosophical direction and how much does it align with your own?

    The evidence is all out there about how Obama/Biden views the world versus how McCain/Palin views the world. It should be fairly easy to know which is the closer mapping to your own world view.

    I’m an independent, but I’ve made up my mind and I’ve never been more sure of anything (politically speaking) in my entire life. The philosophical contrast is as stark as any during my lifetime, and as importantly, the damage of the last eight years needs to be reversed, which itself would push me to Obama/Biden even if the contrast wasn’t so stark.

    You’ve indicated you haven’t made up your mind yet. That’s hard to believe, but I’ll take your word for it. I hope you come to the right conclusion, but it’s still a free country.

  16. Factcheck is speaking up and saying that some of the things the McCain camp is saying they said are false. Maybe you should go back to that site. There seems to be way more discrepancies on McCain than there are on Obama.

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