Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.
|Sunday, 14 September 2008 at 17h 41m 18s|
The New York Times piece on Sarah Palin
You need to read the entire piece, but here is a snippet ...
when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci
Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows
as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.
Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five schoolmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages.
When Ms. Palin had to cut her first state budget, she avoided the legion of frustrated legislators and mayors. Instead, she huddled
with her budget director and her husband, Todd, an oil field worker who is not a state employee, and vetoed millions of dollars of
Ms. Palin walks the national stage as a small-town foe of “good old boy” politics and a champion of ethics reform....
But an examination of her swift rise and record as mayor of Wasilla and then governor finds that her visceral style and penchant
for attacking critics — she sometimes calls local opponents “haters” — contrasts with her carefully crafted public image.
Throughout her political career, she has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and sometimes blurred the line
between government and personal grievance, according to a review of public records and interviews with 60 Republican and
Democratic legislators and local officials.
[SOURCE: Jo Becker, Peter S. Goodman and Michael
Powell. | | 14 September 2008]
|Saturday, 13 September 2008 at 9h 2m 21s|
Sarah Palin's pipeline
“I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history and when that deal was
struck, we began a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.”
-Sarah Palin in an address to Republican delegates, Sept. 3, 2008
Anyone listening to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin at the recent U.S. Republican convention would believe that TransCanada
workers are poised, shovels at the ready, to start construction of a 2,760-kilometre pipeline bringing natural gas from Alaska
through Canada to the lower 48 states. They would be wrong.
[SOURCE: Madelaine Drohan | Globe and Mail | 12
Because the project was initiated 30 years ago and is not even completed yet. And furthermore ...
given that both pipelines have experienced 30 years of delays, it is not too much of a stretch to imagine that construction on the
first would still be ongoing when the second is due to start. That would lead to competition for workers, equipment and
materials, forcing the price of all three up, perhaps to the point where the project no longer made economic sense.
If they lie, they steal.
|Saturday, 13 September 2008 at 8h 49m 25s|
McCain ruled by corporate lobbyists
So McCain is gonna bring "real change" eh?
Politico reports today that “at least 16” of Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) former Senate staffers have gone on to careers in lobbying,
according to an analysis of federal lobbying records. In some cases, McCain staffers have gone to K Street and then returned to
In many cases, they went to work for clients whose issues the staffers dealt with in the Senate. … Still, during McCain’s nearly 25
years in Congress, the revolving door has remained open. As his aides have moved downtown from Capitol Hill, they’ve drawn from
their experience on the senator’s personal staff or on his key committees: Armed Services, Commerce and Indian Affairs
[SOURCE: Thinkprogress.org | 11 September 2008]
If they lie, they steal.
|Saturday, 13 September 2008 at 8h 43m 53s|
Republican election year voting games
It was a mainstay of Jim Crow segregation: for 100 years after the Civil War, Southern white Democrats kept eligible blacks from
voting with poll taxes, literacy tests and property requirements. Starting in the 1960s, the U.S. Supreme Court declared these
assaults on the heart of American democracy unconstitutional.
Now, with the help of a 2008 Supreme Court decision, Crawford vs. Marion County (Indiana) Election Board, white Republicans in
some areas will keep eligible blacks from voting by requiring driver's licenses. Not only is this new-fangled discrimination
constitutional, it's spreading.
GOP proponents of the move say they are merely trying to reduce voter fraud. But while occasional efforts to stuff ballot boxes
through phony absentee voting still surface, the incidence of individual vote fraud—voting when you aren't eligible—is virtually
non-existent, as "The Truth About Vote Fraud," a study by the
Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, clearly shows. In other words, the problem Republicans claim they want to
combat with increased ID requirements doesn't exist. Meanwhile, those ID hurdles facing individuals do nothing to stop the
organized insiders who still try to game the system.
In Crawford, the court upheld an Indiana law essentially requiring a passport or driver's license in order to vote. But more than
two thirds of Indiana adults have no passports and nearly 15 percent have no driver's licenses. These eligible voters,
disproportionately African-American, will need to take a bus or catch a ride from a friend down to the motor vehicles bureau to
make sure they obtain a nondriver photo ID. Otherwise, they cannot vote in Indiana this year.
Alter | Newsweek | ]
That, my friends, is how the Republicans support Democracy. In order to prevent maybe 100 cases of potential voter fraud, they
deny 50,000 voters the right to vote.
Click on the NYU study link and read how much of a sham this "voter fraud" issue really is.
If they lie, they steal.
|Saturday, 13 September 2008 at 8h 34m 34s|
Breaking the truce, and then lying
The two presidential campaigns had declared a truce for the anniversary of 9/11. Traditional campaigning, especially of the
negative sort, was supposed to be put on hold. But John McCain's campaign, it's now clear, broke that truce -- and did so with an
ad that nonpartisan watchdog FactCheck.org calls "particularly egregious" for its distortions.
[SOURCE: Salon.com | 12 September 2008]
According to The non-partisan
The McCain-Palin campaign has released a new TV ad that distorts quotes from the Obama campaign. It takes words out of
context to make it sound as though the Democratic ticket is belittling Palin:
- The ad says "they said she was doing 'what she was told.' " But the Obama adviser who's being quoted didn't accuse Palin of
meekly following orders. What he actually said is that she made a false claim about Obama's legislative record and added, "maybe
that's what she was told."
- It says "they lashed out at Sarah Palin; dismissed her as 'good looking,' " But "they" didn't lash out at all. Obama – who is the
one pictured – didn't say anything like that. The only one the McCain campaign quotes is Obama's running mate, Biden, and he
actually offered the remark as a compliment. Biden said the "obvious" difference between Palin and himself is "she's good
- The ad says Obama was "disrespectful" when he accused Palin of "lying" about her record. But the truth is Palin's claim to
have "said no" to the "bridge to nowhere" is indeed a dubious one, as we and many have pointed out.
If they lie, they steal.
|Saturday, 13 September 2008 at 8h 6m 57s|
Palin lies profusely
Uhk-ummm, I mean making a "clarification".
WASHINGTON - Sarah Palin's visit to Iraq in 2007 consisted of a brief stop at a border crossing between Iraq and Kuwait, the vice
presidential candidate's campaign said yesterday, in the second official revision of her only trip outside North America.
Following her selection last month as John McCain's running mate, aides said Palin had traveled to Ireland, Germany, Kuwait, and
Iraq to meet with members of the Alaska National Guard. During that trip she was said to have visited a "military outpost" inside
Iraq. The campaign has since repeated that Palin's foreign travel included an excursion into the Iraq battle zone.
But in response to queries about the details of her trip, campaign aides and National Guard officials in Alaska said by telephone
yesterday that she did not venture beyond the Kuwait-Iraq border when she visited Khabari Alawazem Crossing, also known as
"K-Crossing," on July 25, 2007.
Asked to clarify where she traveled in Iraq, Palin's spokeswoman, Maria Comella, confirmed that "She visited a military outpost on
the other side of the Kuwait-Iraq border."
It was the second such clarification in as many weeks of the itinerary of what Palin has called "the trip of a lifetime." Earlier, the
campaign acknowledged that Palin made only a refueling stop in Ireland.
In her interview with ABC News Thursday night, Palin did not mention Iraq in describing the visit, saying only that she went to
Kuwait and Germany to meet with US forces.
[SOURCE: Bryan Bender | Boston Globe | 13
If she lies so much about the little stuff, can you trust her to be honest on anything?
Let us count.
- Charging rape victims $300 or more for the rape kits the police use to gather evidence
- Refusing to admit she ever supported the "bridge to nowhere" during her campaign to be governor
- Saying she was against pork earmarks when she asked for more per capita than any other governor in the USA
- During the ABC interview "When Gibson noted she had requested funding to study the mating habits of crabs and other
small-bore projects that typically draw John McCain's ire, Palin said the specific requests had come through universities and other
public entities. She also said they weren't worked out by lobbyists behind closed doors.."[SOURCE: Yahoo | 12 September 2008] -- notice she admits that its not always
big bad lobbyists stealing the people's money for selfish special interests.
- She said she did not personally get involved in trying to fire the ex-husband state trooper of her sister; then the emails
In other words, when Republicans deny and say something isn't true -- that means it is not only true, but it's also probably much
worse than you realize.
If they lie, they steal.
Lipstick on a pig. Lipstick on a pig. Lipstick on a pig.
|Thursday, 11 September 2008 at 17h 59m 18s|
Because they can't win a fair election
The chairman of the Republican Party in Macomb County Michigan, a key swing county in a key swing state, is planning to use a
list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election as part of the state GOP’s effort to challenge some
voters on Election Day.
“We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren’t voting from those addresses,” party chairman James
Carabelli told Michigan Messenger in a telephone interview earlier this week. He said the local party wanted to make sure that
proper electoral procedures were followed....
“You can’t challenge people without a factual basis for doing so,” said J. Gerald Hebert, a former voting rights litigator for the
U.S. Justice Department who now runs the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington D.C.-based public-interest law firm. “I don’t
think a foreclosure notice is sufficient basis for a challenge, because people often remain in their homes after foreclosure begins
and sometimes are able to negotiate and refinance.”
[SOURCE: EARTHA JANE MELZER | Michigan Messenger | 9
Here is the Republican tactic. Challenge as many voters as possible by using various lists. Force the challenged voters to vote on
provisional ballots that won't get counted. During the 2004 presidential elections: in Ohio, more than 300,000 provisional ballots
were thrown away before ever being
counted. In Colorado, more than 100,000 ... in New Mexico, more than 50,000.
Or how about throwing away voter ballots because ... they were mistaken for trash.
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL -- Are the 3,478 missing ballots inside of a landfill?
Were they inadvertently thrown out by elections officials who thought they were trash? NewsChannel 5 has exclusively learned
that is the leading theory on officials' minds. We've learned that the ballots in question, likely came from a precinct in Boynton
They were collected, as all the ballots in the county were, and the put in zippered bank-like bags.
For safety they are then loaded into duffel bags for delivery to the board of elections. We've learned that at this particular
precinct elections workers ‘ran out’ of duffel bags, and black plastic garbage bags were instead used.
Our sources tell us a sheriff’s deputy assigned to deliver the ballots shuttled the plastic bag, or bags, with the ballots in them to
the Board of Elections and handed them over. His job was done and the ballots were safely delivered.
What happened next is under investigation, but a reliable law enforcement source tells us it is believed the garbage bag was
thrown out, mistaken for trash on a very busy night.
[SOURCE: Tom Malloy | WPTV | 11 September]
From West Palm Beach, of all places ... remember the place of confusing Butterfly ballots of 2000, when thousands of older Jewish
voters mistakenly voted for anti-zionist Pat Buchanan because they were confused by the ballots?
The Republican party is a bunch of anti-democratic despots. They have only three principles: lie, cheat, and steal
|Sunday, 7 September 2008 at 10h 13m 46s|
Factcheck spots a few lies
Click here for the
non-partisan FactCheck.org's analysis of the Republican convention speech dishonesty.
In 2006, the Ketchikan Daily News quoted her expressing optimism and support for the bridge at a Ketchikan campaign stop.
Palin, 2006: "People across the nation struggle with the idea of building a bridge because they’ve been under these
misperceptions about the bridge and the purpose,” said Palin, who described the link as the Ketchikan area’s potential for
expansion and growth. … Palin said Alaska’s congressional delegation worked hard to obtain funding for the bridge as part of a
package deal and that she “would not stand in the way of the progress toward that bridge.”
Palin actually ran for governor saying she was offended at the media calling it a "bridge to nowhere". She abruptly turned about face
after elected when it became a hot political issue, calling it "a bridge to nowhere" herself.
Republicans love to promote lying, hypocrites.
|Sunday, 7 September 2008 at 10h 3m 35s|
The scope of the Fannie and Freddie problem
|Sunday, 7 September 2008 at 9h 25m 12s|
The shotgun marriage between a lying ruthless woman and a dishonest old man
SARAH PALIN makes John McCain look even older than he is. And he seemed more than willing to play that part on Thursday
By the time he slogged through his nearly 50-minute acceptance speech — longer even than Barack Obama’s — you half-
some brazen younger Republican (Mitt Romney, perhaps?) to dash onstage to give him a gold watch and the bum’s rush.
Still, attention must be paid. McCain’s address, though largely a repetitive slew of stump-speech lines and worn G.O.P.
reminded us of what we once liked about the guy: his aspirations to bipartisanship, his heroic service in Vietnam, his twinkle. He
took his (often inaccurate) swipes at Obama, but, in winning contrast to Palin and Rudy Giuliani, he wasn’t smug or nasty.
The only problem, of course, is that the entire thing was a sham.
In his 26 years in Washington, most of it with a Republican in the White House
and roughly half of it with Republicans in charge of Congress, he was better at lecturing his party about reform than leading a
reform movement. G.O.P. corruption and governmental dysfunction only grew. So did his cynical flip-flops on the most
destructive policies of the president who remained nameless Thursday night....
[Governor Sarah Palin] didn’t say “no thanks” to the “Bridge to Nowhere” until
after Congress had already abandoned it but given Alaska a blank check for $223 million in taxpayers’ money anyway. Far from
rejecting federal pork, she hired lobbyists to secure her town a disproportionate share of earmarks ($1,000 per resident in 2002,
20 times the per capita average in other states). Though McCain claimed “she has had national security as one of her primary
responsibilities,” she has never issued a single command as head of the Alaska National Guard. As for her “executive experience”
as mayor, she told her hometown paper in Wasilla, Alaska, in 1996, the year of her election: “It’s not rocket science. It’s $6
million and 53 employees.” Her much-advertised crusade against officials abusing their office is now compromised by a
bipartisan ethics investigation into charges that she did the same.
[SOURCE: Frank Rich | NewYorkTimes | 7 September
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