Courtesy of Sigmund, Carl, and Alfred
The choice of Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain’s Vice Presidential nominee is an absolute masterstroke. It truly is, and for a number of reasons.
Palin has been quoted as being tenacious. The senior pastor (Ed Kalnins) at Palin’s church, the Assembly of God, said of Palin: “Once she understands a truth, she bites down on it and won’t let go of the truth.” This tells me that a) she’ll research what she’s talking about, b) form her decision on the subject, and c) she’ll stick to her beliefs until step a) reveals more information, then she’ll re-evaluate. The United States could very well deal with that kind of skill and decision making, particularly as it’s something many on the Left side of politics say that neither the current President nor the current Vice President are capable of.
Palin is also unafraid to not pull the Republican party line. While mayor of Wasilla and later Governor of Alaska, she was unafraid to propose new projects and different ways of resolving issues facing her communities which were in contradiction of the proposals put forward by other Republicans in the party, and her stance on ethics was a major contributor to her being elected to Governor in a landslide against previous Republican Governor Frank Murkowski. While she has had her moments of being rather divisive, she also has a lot of talent for working in a team.
Who is Don Fowler, you ask? Why, Former DNC Chairman Don Fowler (laughs at New Orleans while talking to Congressman John Spratt of SC) That’s who.
“God is on our side”
Yeah, Don, that’s the problem right there: The guy who exposed you for the crapweasel you are is the one at fault. It’s called projection, Don – pro-jec-tion – which means YOU are the nutcase in this instance, scum-puppy.
I would guess that many of us who are pro-choice (loathe the tired “choice-life” terminology) were nonetheless moved by Sarah Palin’s heartfelt and principled decision not to abort her Down’s syndrome child, revealed to the world yesterday during her initial campaign appearance. It reminded me of something about which I have been ruminating for some time: The preeminent social issues – gay marriage and abortion – are quite separate. Lumping them together, as is often done by the media and by ideologues on both sides, is insulting to our intelligence.
For me, same-sex marriage is by far the simpler issue. I am one hundred percent for it on moral, civil rights and scientific grounds. (Sexual orientation is not elective.) And I am surprised so many of my fellow citizens would want to deny others a chance to experience a life of recognized love and commitment, something I have found, through hard experience, to be easily the most fulfilling and socially useful way to live. It would seem almost, dare I say it, unchristian.
Abortion is another matter entirely. I have had a personal experience in recent weeks. I became the grandfather of twin girls brought to our family by my son Raphael and his partner Phillip. These beautiful girls were conceived in vitro and carried by a birth mother. They emerged healthy and thriving. Staring at them brings tears to my eyes.
It is also a stark reminder of the obvious. The pro-life people are certainly right about one thing – life does begin at the moment of conception (when else?). Those of us who are pro-choice must wrestle with that uncomfortable fact even as we assert our political view. In nearly every abortion, a decision is being made between the life (or convenience) of the mother and an already growing and developing life with unique DNA. As much of a religious agnostic as I am, I am seriously disturbed by that.
Still, I remain pro-choice because I would prefer the government not be involved in these highly personal decisions. Also, as we all must acknowledge, if abortions become illegal, they will continue anyway and, once again, become more or less a privilege of the rich. Pretty repellent.
And yet, as I said, I am moved by Sarah Palin’s decision to have her fifth child. In this regard, her morals and her courage are impeccable. I wonder if I would have done the same.
September 1st, is also THEIR Labour Day. Have a great weekend, Canada.
BTW…Ramadan-a-ding-dong starts at sundown, Monday.
It refers to the hot, dry sensation of thirst during this month of fasting
Ramadan scorches out evil like the sun scorches the earth
Just as heat shapes and influences all matter — organic and inorganic — so does Ramadan shape and influence the believer
There seems to be a lot of evil, Ramadan misses. All it has to do, is turn inwards. It doesn’t. Why? Just as heat shapes and influences all matter — organic and inorganic — so does Ramadan shape and influence the believer
How do you classify a species that is incapable of self-reflective thought? Brutish, to be sure, but what if said species otherwise displays signs of sentience? No sub-human animal then, so what manner of creatures are incapable of seeing themselves as they are, rather than as they fancy themselves? And, what manner of creatures are incapable of pondering their own reflection in a mirror, physically and metaphorically?
Vampires. Vampires can’t see themselves in a mirror because they have no reflection, and with no soul or conscience, they can’t objectively ponder the harm that they do, the pain that they cause, or even their very existence. Vampires live to inflict their will and self upon others, solely for their own self-satisfaction, with no possibility of doubt, pity, or remorse. Driven by an insatiable blood-lust, vampires and leftists only superficially appear human, while under the skin lies Acheron beyond the Styx.
Leftists are vampires, only without the cool super-powers and eternal life.
That must suck (Pun intended).
School Buses, this time.
Before she was running against him, Sarah Palin—the governor of Alaska and now the Republican candidate for Vice-President of the United States—thought it was pretty neat that Barack Obama was edging ahead of John McCain in her usually solidly red state. After all, she said, Obama’s campaign was using the same sort of language that she had in her gubernatorial race. “The theme of our campaign was ‘new energy,’ ” she said recently. “It was no more status quo, no more politics as usual, it was all about change. So then to see that Obama—literally, part of his campaign uses those themes, even, new energy, change, all that, I think, O.K., well, we were a little bit ahead on that.” She also noted, “Something’s kind of changing here in Alaska, too, for being such a red state on the Presidential level. Obama’s doing just fine in polls up here, which is kind of wigging people out, because they’re saying, ‘This hasn’t happened for decades that in polls the D’ ”—the Democratic candidate—“ ‘is doing just fine.’ To me, that’s indicative, too. It’s the no-more-status-quo, it’s change.”
Nobody in Alaska seemed to take her seriously as a national prospect, and she had shrugged the whole thing off on television, telling CNBC’s Larry Kudlow that, before considering the job, she would want to know “what is it, exactly, that the V.P. does every day.” Now, at the statehouse, she sat, unattended by aides, curled up in a cardigan, and explained that what she had done every day since becoming governor was to stick her thumb in the eye of Alaska’s Republican Party establishment. “The G.O.P. leader of the state—we haven’t spoken since I got elected,” she said.
She went on, “I guess if you take the individual issues, two that I believe would be benchmarks showing whether you’re a hard-core Republican conservative or not, would be: I’m a lifetime member of the N.R.A.—but this is Alaska, who isn’t?—and I am pro-life, absolutely.” She continued, “I guess that puts me in a box of being hard-core Republican.” But she said she recognized that “the Democrats also preach individual freedoms and individual rights, capitalism, free market, let-it-do-its-thing-best, let people keep as much of their money that they earn as possible. And when it comes to, like, the Party machine, no one will accuse me of being partisan.”
So the possibility that Obama might win Alaska did not worry Palin: “Turning maybe purple in the state means, to me, it’s more independent, it’s not the obsessive partisanship that gets in the way of doing what’s right for this state, and I think on a national level that’s what we’re gonna see.” And she added, “That’s why McCain is the candidate for the G.O.P.—because he’s been known as the maverick, as the conduit for some change.” In the state’s Republican caucus, McCain came in fourth, trailing Ron Paul. “I always looked at Senator McCain just as a Joe Blow public member, looking from the outside in,” she said. “He’s been buttin’ heads with Republicans for years, and that’s a healthy place to be.” Then again, on McCain’s signature issue—the prosecution of the war in Iraq—she did not sound so gung-ho. Her son is a soldier, and she said, “I’m a mom, and my son is going to get deployed in September, and we better have a real clear plan for this war. And it better not have to do with oil and dependence on foreign energy.”
I’d strongly suggest that those looking for ‘bikini shots ‘ and ‘dirt‘, revamp their thinking and buying for ‘brass bras‘ and heavy duty ‘cups‘ to protect vital body parts.
You know, just’ sayin’.
Sarah Palin: What we know now
By ALEXANDER BURNS | 8/30/08 7:37 PM EST Text Size:
What’s in her passport?
As governor, Palin traveled to Kuwait to visit Alaska National Guard troops and stopped in Germany to visit wounded soldiers. She had to get a new passport before the trip.
Who pays the bills?
Palin draws a $125,000 annual salary as governor. Her husband made $93,000 last year through his work in fishing and oil production.
Does she believe in evolution?
In her 2006 race for governor, Palin dodged a question on evolution, saying: “I’m not going to pretend I know how all this came to be.”
She favors teaching both evolution and creationism in public schools, saying in a gubernatorial debate: “Teach both. You know, don’t be afraid of information. … Healthy debate is so important and it’s so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both.”
What’s her family life like?
We know Palin and her husband have five children, the oldest of whom is about to enter the Army and the youngest of whom was born this year with Down syndrome. Her sister has been involved in a messy divorce and custody battle; some have alleged that Palin tried to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from his job as a state trooper.
Has she been nice to people on the way up?
She’s made a few enemies, that’s for sure. Palin has made her reputation, in large part, by going after other Alaska Republicans — and some of them are now returning the favor. State Senate President Lyda Green has already responded to Palin’s nomination by declaring: “She’s not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?” The state House speaker was terse in responding to questions about her qualifications: “She’s old enough. … She’s a U.S. citizen.”
Jealousy and the hurt of getting ones ass kicked, is a terrible thing.
You mean they haven’t been? Wow.
Dubai is, um, a little different. They’re pandering to the New Religion, and the consequences are hilarious!
They’re now going to build an eco-pyramid, 4000 feet high and capable of housing 1,000,000 people. It will, of course, be carbon-neutral, and take up 2.3 square kilometres.
After all, who doesn’t want to live in a thing called a Ziggurat?
EDIT: My ham-fisted embed attempts have been deleted. LOL! – AD
I liked Heart when I was in college. Hot rock and roll babes. Yesss!
Angus, you are a seer, extraordinaire… :). All HAIL Angus.
Pawlenty says he’s not the pick, Romney says he’s not the pick, and Palin and her family hastily boarded a Gulfstream private jet and left Alaska at Zero Dark Thirty this morning.
Since The Drudge Report is my first surf stop when I get up in the morning, I was greeted by this:
Please let it be true!
Expect updates to this post.
UPDATE 1: LOL! Palin’s nickname in Alaska is Sarah Barracuda. Excellent. ~tents fingers~
UPDATE 2: ACK! Seems the report that the Palins left Alaska was bogus, and now all eyes have shifted to Leiberman. While I like Joe personally and respect his principles, I think he’d be the second worst pick behind Huckabee.
UPDATE 3: CONFIRMED! IT’S PALIN!!! Yay!
I suggested this was a good idea six months ago!
The Beef of God is One Happy Bull!
-Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd speaking to The 7:30 Report’s Kerry O’Brien, 28/08/08
UPDATE: Angus Dei provides some appropriate musical advice for Kevni
UPDATE 2: More accurate map of Australia here.
Vlad the Inhaler must be smoking some really, really good shit.
“SOCHI, Russia (CNN) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of orchestrating the conflict in Georgia to benefit one of its presidential election candidates.
In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Matthew Chance in the Black Sea city of Sochi Thursday, Putin said the U.S. had encouraged Georgia to attack the autonomous region of South Ossetia.
Putin told CNN his defense officials had told him it was done to benefit a presidential candidate — Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama are competing to succeed George W. Bush — although he presented no evidence to back it up.”
Bad Vlad must be feeling some heat.
“TBILISI, GEORGIA – Virtually everyone believes Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili foolishly provoked a Russian invasion on August 7, 2008, when he sent troops into the breakaway district of South Ossetia. “The warfare began Aug. 7 when Georgia launched a barrage targeting South Ossetia,” the Associated Press reported over the weekend in typical fashion.
Virtually everyone is wrong. Georgia didn’t start it on August 7, nor on any other date. The South Ossetian militia started it on August 6 when its fighters fired on Georgian peacekeepers and Georgian villages with weapons banned by the agreement hammered out between the two sides in 1994. “
Nice try, Sad Vlad.
It seems that Baghdad is stealing Melbourne’s idea of having a giant ferris wheel to see the sights of the city… which we stole from London.
Half of Melbourne is stolen from other cities!
Our main train station, Flinders Street Station (guess what street it’s on) was meant to be built in India, but some genius messed up the blueprints and neither they, nor their counterpart overseas, noticed until the building was half complete. *SNORT*
That is why it’s particularly troubling that the Obama campaign has filed a criminal complaint against the people behind an ad being run that links Obama to avowed terrorist William Ayers.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Bauer has called for criminal investigations and prosecutions into the donors to independent groups critical of Obama, including one supporting John Edwards and another supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton. His words did have the effect of scaring their donors and consultants, but haven’t yet appeared to result in any prosecution.
So it appears to be a standard strategy of the Obama team to threaten their political enemies with prison for being disrespectful of Obama. This is a tactic that is reminiscent of third world countries like the ones the Obama relatives are involved with in Africa.
Yep, you heard it here 24th…Vladimir Hussein Obama.
THAT’s what Obama meant by bringing people together. Listening to Obama once again…He didn’t say change, he said chains.
Mus’ab Hassan Yousef, Son of a West Bank Hamas Leader: Atrocities Committed by Hamas Led Me to Convert to Christianity
Hell, why not go all the way and watch the clip of a dead man, talking.
An Iranian cleric accused President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of betraying the people and called on reformers to unite to defeat him in next year’s elections, according to an interview in a German newspaper quoted by Reuters, Wednesday.
“Ahmadinejad is not complying with the will of the people,” The Financial Times Deutschland quoted Grand Ayatollah Bajat Sanjani as saying. “This is a major threat, a big danger,” the cleric added in an unusually direct personal attack.
The newspaper also said Sanjani accused Ahmadinejad’s government of breaking the law, seriously violating personal freedom and illegally empowering the Revolutionary Guard.
Ahmadinejad is expected to run for a second term in Iran’s next presidential election, slated to take place early in 2009. His reformist rivals are expected to attack him especially on his economic policies.
Iran suffers from a rising consumer price index, high percentage of unemployment and an inflation of 26 percent.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – La. Gov. Bobby Jindal declares emergency in advance of Gustav; activates National Guard.
NOT that dipstick, Louisiana had prior to Katrina.
“People of South Carolina, people of the world, this is our time, this is our moment,” Obama said before 72,000 supporters at the University of South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium. “That is, unless you live in apartment 3L at 1254 Holden St., you watched Money Train on TBS last night at 3 a.m., and your name is Nate Walsh.”
“I have always said that the change we seek will not come easy, that it will not come without its share of sacrifice and struggle,” Obama continued. “And the last thing we need is dead weight like Nate Walsh adding another 20 or 30 years to the process.”
Added Obama: “God bless the people of South Carolina, God bless America, and fuck you, Nate.”
Zombie, is an amazing person….I say this with all due respect, having known Zombie from early days at LGF…Part Chameleon/Part Human.
Just keep scrolling.
Live from DNC: It’s Zombietime! (Day 3)
Sure can Popeye…at least they have brains. What a dumb bitch. Can you imagine Pelosi and Biden reproduced as idiot and stupid? Instant stupid idiots, as offspring.