Category Archives: McCain – Palin

Going Rogue and Going Rouge: the coloring book – Can anyone tell the difference?

Sarah Palin’s memoir Going Rogue:  An American Tale Life is on bookshelves now.  David Letterman has offered a series of more enjoyable options to reading her story; like getting impaled by a rod and getting crushed by a dumpster. 

News sources have quickly begun fact checking her book and there are plenty.  Even John McCain’s camp has challenged a couple of points from the book.

Either way, it sits atop the best seller list.  I know many books have been ‘sold’ in bulk sales but still many, many people are lining up to purchase this book.  I’m certain her lemmings supporters will display this book proudly on their coffee tables and sit on every word written by ghostwriter Lynn Vincent (as told to her by Palin).

Meanwhile, her detractors are lining up to buy the book in order to rip it to shreds.

Regardless, it adds up to huge book sales for Palin – which is in no way a surprise.

Here is an invitation to a ‘Going Rogue’ Book Launch Social.  Doesn’t that seem like fun?

Fact #1:  I will not buy the book nor will I read the book.

Here is a wonderful alternative:  Going Rouge:  Sarah Palin An American Nightmare which is a collection of essays written by 23 collaborators and was the innovation of the editors of The Nation magazine.  Though the writing is probably right up my alley, I will not be able to sit for too long with this book nor would I be able to have this book displayed anywhere in my home. 

I suspect that her conservative base may mistakenly purchase Going Rouge: The Sarah Palin Rogue Coloring & Activity Book.

You betcha – it’s a coloring book.  😉

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Joe the Plumber heading to Israel

I think peace is now at hand.  Joe the Plumber is going to Israel. 

Thousands of years of fighting in a war that seemingly has no end.  Both sides say they’re right and outsiders have strong opinions one way or the other.

I have my opinions but have made a point to keep them clear from my blog.  As heated as the Republican – Democratic debates get this is nothing compared to religious differences that date back to the beginning of religion. 

The Christian right and Republicans blindly say that they support Israel and their right to defend themselves without fully understanding the conflict or why they support Israel.

The Democratic fringe argues that the Palestinians are right because Israel’s might dominates a people who solely want their freedom and they always side with the underdog of the moment.

Those in the middle fall on either side and stand behind their positions.

In college – more than 20 years ago – I took a fantastic course called The Israel – Palestinian conflict.  In it we studied both perspectives in historic and modern times.  And I still keep quiet on my position.

But Joe the Plumber who proudly proclaimed that a vote for Barack Obama was a vote for the death to Israel, is now off to the Holy Land in an attempt cover the war.

He’s a fake plumber without a license who claimed to be purchasing a business with money he didn’t have.  He became the central figure in the John McCain – Sarah Palin presidential campaign which should tell you all you need to about the McCain – Palin ticket. 

Samuel ‘Joe the Plumber’ Wurzelbacher is planning on spending 10 days in Israel covering the fighting.

The below Average Joe the Plumber is going to (attempt to) communicate Israel’s ‘Average Joe’ opinion. 

This next part plumber cracks me up:  He is going to be a war correspondent for the conservative web site pjtv.com.  (Pajamas TV)  

Joe the War Correspondent.

Political thoughts for the Day

Why would anyone think that John McCain would have any interest in working with Obama?  Speculation in the media is that he is once again becoming the maverick that lost his way during the general election cycle.  Really?  The man is endorsing Saxby Chambliss.  McCain said the ad run by Chambliss attacking Senator Max Cleland in 2002 – it’s worse than disgraceful – it’s reprehensible.”

The U.S. Senate Democrats have had no ‘stones’ whatsoever for 8 years.  They can verbally chastise Joe Lieberman all they want but the vote that will take place today is a closed ballot vote.  In other words, they can be tough in public and weak at the time of vote just like the last 8 years.  I suspect that Lieberman will receive nothing more than the verbal attacks he has already faced.  He will be permitted to keep his Democratic leadership with one caveat:  stay loyal to the party.  The problem here is that Joe only knows ‘whatever’s best for Joe.’ 

How is it possible that Alaska still has 24,000 uncounted ballots from the election 2 weeks ago?  Seriously, is one person counting the ballots?  I wonder if it is the same guy that examined the hanging chads in Florida in 2000.  I know all eyes are on the Begich – Stevens race, which Begich is building up a nice lead, but I am trying to figure out how Don Young is leading Ethan Berkowitz when Young trailed big on the final day of polls and Young is currently under FBI investigation. 

I thought I recently heard that Sarah Palin could not capitalize financially while holding elected office in Alaska.  I recall hearing that when it was rumored that she could land a talk show after the election.  I have yet to find anything in Alaskan law that stipulated that.  But if it is true, how is it she can sign this huge book deal?  I guess it is with a ‘wink’ and a nod.  Hmmmm. 

Palin: Cruel, Mean-Spirited, Immature, Unprofessional Jerks

Okay. This is the last time I write about Sarah Palin.

Let me start with the quote Palin gave CNN that set me off.

“That’s cruel. It’s mean-spirited. It’s immature. It’s unprofessional, and those guys are jerks if they came away with it, taking things out of context, and then tried to spread something on national news.”

I agree with Palin. Cruel’, ‘mean-spirited’, ‘immature’, ‘unprofessional’. Anyone who takes things out of context and publicly says them and tries to spread them on national news is a ‘jerk’.

So what cruel, mean-spirited, immature, unprofessional jerk said the following?

“This is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see America. We see America as the greatest force for good in this world….Our opponent though, is someone who sees America it seems as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.”

Palin tells us that President-elect Barack Obama sees America as SO imperfect that he pals around with (plural) terrorists. I have no idea how many times she has said ‘domestic terrorists.’ We’ve rehashed this one so many times, I won’t do it again.

And what cruel, mean-spirited, immature, unprofessional jerk said the following?

“Senator Obama said he wants to quote spread the wealth. What that means is he wants government to take your money and dole it out however a politician sees fit. Barack Obama calls it spreading the wealth. But Joe the Plumber and Ed the Dairy Man, I believe that they think that it sounds more like socialism. Friends, now is no time to experiment with socialism. To me our opponent’s plan sounds more like big government, which is the problem. Bigger government is not the solution. Whatever you call his tax plan and that redistribution of wealth it will destroy jobs. It will hurt our economy.”

She attributes the socialism smear to Joe the unlicensed Plumber and Ed the Dairy Man. But to her, it sounds like big government. I like how she can say ‘I never said he was a socialist.’ JTP and ETDM did. I said he wants to grow big government. We can see how large government grew AFTER George ‘still president’ Bush took office.

She incited ‘the base’ by misrepresenting Obama’s position on abortion. How about the McCain – Palin claim that Obama favored teaching sex ed to kindergarten children? Are these things taken out of context or just plain lies to incite anger amongst her base?

050120-N-1928O-285Secret Service reports indicated that the number of threats against Obama had increased after Palin began inciting the base with her rallies. How many rallies have you heard of where someone in the crowd yelled ‘treason’ about a candidate for the leader of a country?

And that really compares with the comments coming out of John McCain’s campaign where they say she didn’t know Africa was a continent or which countries made up NAFTA. It really compares with the more than $150,000 worth of clothes she purchased for a mere 10 weeks of campaigning and I’m not including the First Dudes duds. It reminds me of the reports that Palin bilked Alaska out of expense money while she stayed at home.

The hypocrisy is running rampant here. She would have been best served by releasing a statement and pulling a BillO. “The statements that I kept the clothes that the campaign wanted me to wear are false and I shall never speak of them again.”

Sarah Palin and daughter with a caribou she shot.  Man that head will look great on the wall - after we clean it up.

Sarah Palin and daughter with a caribou.

For some reason, I think we’ll continue hearing this.  Analysts will waste countless hours trying to determine why the McCain campaign is throwing Palin – who is highly regarded as the future of the party – under the preverbal bus.  Clearly, then the Republicans want nothing to do with the far right ‘religious’ fringe.  Maybe they’ll break into 2 parties.  We heard the same crap after the 2004 election after the Democrats ‘lost’.  I guess this nonsense is better than 24/7 attacks on Obama’s presidency which hasn’t even started yet.

This final note on Palin: She is a cruel, mean-spirited, immature, unprofessional jerk who still thinks she is the captain of her high school cheerleading squad. In 10 short weeks, I went from not knowing anything about this person to hoping I never have to hear about her again. And thanks to her, I will cringe every time I hear the name of Monty Python’s Michael Palin.

Monty Python's Michael Palin and cat

Monty Python's Michael Palin and cat

 

Alaska at the polls – The numbers don’t add up

It’s strange writing about the political scene in Alaska without the subject being about Sarah Palin.

At first I thought the foul smell coming from the 49th state was a rotting moose carcass shot from a helicopter or maybe the First Dude spent too much time in the tanning bed.

Alaskan politics and corruption are obviously synonymous. But something is seriously wrong with their election.

Incentive to Vote

Alaskan voters had more reason to vote in this election than in recent memory.

Republican Congressman Don Young recently celebrated 35 years in office. This election cycle was to be more difficult for Young as he is under federal investigation for corruption involving VECO Corporation. His challenger was former state House minority leader Ethan Berkowitz who led in every poll before Election Day.

Republican Senator Ted Stevens or should I say Convicted felon Ted Stevens also trailed in the polls to Democratic Mayor of Anchorage Mark Begich. Stevens has been in office 40 years. For those of you living under a slain caribou the last 10 days, Ted Stevens was convicted on all 7 felony charges of giving false statements regarding the investigation involving – you guessed it – VECO Corporation. {An aside: I am sure Stevens will be pardoned by Bush before he leaves office on January 20th.}

If that wasn’t enough to motivate you to vote, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was atop the ticket as the running mate for GOP Presidential candidate John McCain. Polling had McCain – Palin leading by a wide margin over Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

 

By the Numbers

Registration was up in Alaska as it was throughout the entire United States. There were 30 thousand new registered voters since 2006 with this number somewhat split between Republicans and Democrats. There are 50 thousand more registered Republicans than Democrats which would – with all things being normal – have meant a cakewalk for the Republicans at the voting booth.

Alaskans Registered by Party:

RECOGNIZED POLITICAL PARTIES


STATEWIDE
TOTALS

TOTAL

Alaskan

Independence

Party

Democratic

Party

Libertarian

Party

Republican

Party

Nov 4, 2008

496,828

13,828

77,036

6,926

127,446

Nov 6, 2006

466,887

13,412

66,636

8,787

115,397

Nov 5, 2004

473,927

15,581

71,506

7,258

118,008

 

POLITICAL GROUPS


STATEWIDE
TOTALS

TOTAL

No

Party

Affiliation

Undeclared

Green

Party

Republican

Moderate

Veterans

Party

Nov 4, 2008

496,828

77,582

185,320

2,926

3,842

1,922

Nov 6, 2006

466,887

73,081

177,686

3,620

4,752

2,026

Nov 5, 2004

473,927

70,615

179,374

4,470

4,459

But all things aren’t normal this year. All 3 statewide Republican candidates were mired in scandal (Palin is still linked to Troopergate) and the polls support the uphill battles faced by both Young and Stevens. You would figure that at least one of the 2 would have been defeated.

Based on the current results, 305,281 Alaskans voted (early voting, absentee ballots or on Election Day). This is over 8,000 lower than the number in 2004. Add to this, there are 23,000 additional registered voters.

McCain – Palin actually received about 50,000 FEWER votes than the 2004 Bush – Cheney ticket.

This is the second LOWEST turnout for a general election in Alaska behind the 1996 Bill Clinton / Bob Dole race. The other 49 states achieved higher turnouts. How is this possible?

So with 4,000 more early voters this year (a 30% increase) and longer lines at the polls on Election Day, one must wonder how turnout actually DROPPED.

What Could Have Happened?

Did some Democrats stay home on Election Day as the results started filing in hours before the polls closed in Alaska? Not likely since early voting was up this year. In fact, 30% higher than in 2004.

Could voters have decided that with the corruption hanging over their 3 main political figures it was better to stay home to demonstrate their outrage? Actually, apathy would keep the voters home. Anger drives them to the polls to vote for the opponent.

Could the Republican voters have actually remained in support of Stevens and Young and were angry at the witch hunt (Palin pun kind of intended) against the 2 long serving Congressmen?

“Given that interest in this election could not, under any circumstances, have ever been greater this year than it was in other years, it’s almost inconceivable to imagine that the number of votes cast would drop” from 2004.  “It smells to me like you had a really, really, really weird turnout where all the Palin mothers and all the Ted Stevens supporters came flooding en masse out of the woodwork to make a point, and the Dems somehow sat on their hands and enjoyed the presidential news as it filtered up from the Lower 48 through the day,” David Dittman, Alaska pollster said.

Dittman predicted as the polls closed that Begich would beat Stevens by 8 points while Berkowitz would beat Young by 7. Instead, both Begich and Berkowitz trail the incumbents nearly a week later. And Young’s lead over Berkowitz is quite large.

How could he have been so wrong? Dittman has been forecasting Alaskan elections for 38 years!

Afterward, you look at it and say, ‘Holy cow! How could I have seen this coming?” said Dittman.

“I thought it was a mistake on the screen. I was totally surprised. I thought the state had made a mistake and had the candidates reversed,” he said.

We’ve seen strange results in elections for a number of years starting with Florida in 2000. Saxby Chambliss beat incumbent Max Cleland 6 years ago with questionable results. And the John Kerry loss in 2004 is a strange one as well.

And if you weren’t totally convinced that something was afoul, Alaska ballots are counted by Diebold.

Palin has gone back to her governor’s office with whatever Neiman Marcus clothes she could hide – as long as it wasn’t the Michael Jackson Thriller jacket – but the nation will be watching what comes out of the Stevens and Young races.

For more information on the races in Alaska visit:

Shannyn Moore – an Alaskan blogger

Brad Friedman at BradBlog

And the Winner is . . . Democracy

The results aren’t in yet but that isn’t what I’ve been noticing. Eighty percent turnout is expected in Florida and Ohio. People are coming out to the polls in record numbers. They are calmly standing in multi-hour long lines in order to have their voices heard.

This tells me that our democracy is strong. Beginning tomorrow we can address the issues that will surely be identified from this election.

How do we shorten the wait times? How do we assure that everyone who wants to vote has the ability to do so? How do we make sure that all forms of fraud are eliminated? How do we make sure that the election remains in the hands of the American voters rather than in the hands of attorneys?

These are questions for a later time. Today is Election Day.

The polls are open and I have the Electoral tally at 234 for Barack Obama and 161 for John McCain.

 

McCain tally:

Alabama (9), Alaska (3), Arizona (10), Arkansas (6), Georgia (15), Idaho (4), Kansas (6), Kentucky (8), Louisiana (9), Mississippi (6), Montana (3), Nebraska (5), North Dakota (3), Oklahoma (7), South Carolina (8), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (11), Texas (34), Utah (3), West Virginia (5), Wyoming (3)

 

Obama tally:

California (55), Connecticut (7), Delaware (3), District of Columbia (3), Hawaii (4), Illinois (21), Iowa (7), Maine (4), Maryland (10), Massachusetts (12), Michigan (17), Minnesota (10), New Jersey (15), New York (31), Oregon (7), Rhode Island (4), Vermont (3), Washington (11), Wisconsin (10)

 

Toss-ups:

Colorado (9), Florida (27), Indiana (11), Missouri (11), Nevada (5), New Hampshire (4), New Mexico (5), North Carolina (15), Ohio (20), Pennsylvania (21), Virginia (13)

 

Obama needs to pick up 36 more electoral votes from the toss-up list and that is all she wrote. But here is the problem that John McCain faces. Pennsylvania has Obama up around double digits. Colorado, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Virginia all look like they’ll go for Obama.

Indiana is the first of the toss-up states to have their polls close. Part of the state closes at 6 with the rest by 7. Also at 7 are Florida, New Hampshire and Virginia. When the results start coming in from these 4 states, we will have a good idea of the direction the rest of the evening will take. I suspect New Hampshire will be declared a victory for Obama by 8 bringing him within 32 of the White House.

At 7:30 Ohio and North Carolina close followed by Missouri and Pennsylvania at 8. I suspect that Pennsylvania will declare quickly for Obama bringing him within 11.

At 9:00 Colorado and New Mexico close and those should put Obama over the top.

At 10:00 Nevada becomes the last toss-up to close their polls.

It is a good bet that by shortly after 7 pm we’ll have a really good idea at who will win this election.

Then again, the GOP is already warning us that the exit polls heavily favor the Democrats. Does that mean that we need to worry about the theft of another election? Exit polling is used as a benchmark to determine election fraud around the world. Why is this country the only place where exit polls are flawed?

And for good measure lawyers are positioning themselves in key locations around the country. Are they there to expect trouble or to cause trouble? I guess time will tell.

I will be keeping a close eye on those 11 states and just a glance to the other 40 contests in case there is a surprise – or a trend.

Regardless, today is Election Day in the United States of America. Turnout is very strong and clearly our democracy is great and I hope each of you voted.

Nudists can’t vote – in the nude

From the ‘I swear I’m not making this up’ file. I think I’ll be making this a feature now that the election is almost over.

There will be no special polling place for the residents at Caliente Resort tomorrow. It is doubtful that even by 2010 one would be approved.

What makes this request unusual and even quite amusing is that Caliente Resort is a clothing optional community and the residents wanted Pasco County, which is located north of Tampa, Florida, to approve a request allowing the nudists to have the ability of voting in a clothing-optional polling place.

Read the full story at the St. Petersburg Times.

It gives a whole new meaning to the term polling place.

Pasco County’s supervisor of elections, Brian Corley thinks Caliente is “just doing some marketing hype.” A nude publicity stunt? How clever?

My favorite line in the article:

Plus there are more practical considerations. Nothing in state law prohibits a nudist polling place, but how would the clerks and deputies wear their badges?

I can picture going to the nudist polling place trying hard to keep my eyes on my own ballot.

Wouldn’t you love to see the candidates come down to give a stump speech?

Currently, the Caliente Resort residents have to travel 2 miles to the clubhouse of another community to vote. In other words, they must keep it in their clothes.

County Commissioner Pat Mulieri, whose central Pasco district includes the resort, doubted the need for a new precinct. Creating a new one would cost money, so there would need to be a good reason to do it, she said.

“They can do absentees,” she said. “They can do early voting — I mean, they do leave the place.”

Mulieri had the right idea. It’s not like they go everywhere in the nude. Nudists do wear clothes.

As supportive as I am of nudist rights, I do have my limits. I don’t want them walking around the grocery store in the nude, or dining in a restaurant with me.

I do enjoy a good game of nude volleyball every now and then, but the thought of nude bowling makes me ill.

And I’m sure they won’t get too many takers on the Nudists for Obama buttons.

I have to give a h/t to Barbara Hijek who posted this in the Sun-Sentinel weirdflorida blog

Bet you were looking for pictures. Here is the link to Caliente Resorts.