From the monthly archives: August 2008

The first thing I noticed about McCain’s VP pick Sarah Palin was her flag pin.

It was big and shiny and appeared to be covered with diamonds.

It screamed I LOVE AMERICA MORE THAN YOU in the gaudy and garish way only an oversized American flag brooch can.

Well folks, here’s the rub: those aren’t diamonds- they’re Czech rhinestones. Actually, the whole pin was made in the Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia to John McCain).

This may explain why it only has seven stripes and nine stars.

They are still available on ebay. Buy It Now Price: $4.99.

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A few weeks back Stuart Shepard (Focus on the Family)
asked people to pray.

Specifically, he wanted them to pray for rain – “umbrella ain’t gonna help you”-type rain to be exact – and he wanted it for a very selfish and quite asshatish reason: to ruin Barack Obama’s planned outdoor convention speech.

The rain never came.

So now it’s the day before the Republican convention is supposed to start and, guess what… the rain is coming. This time in the form of a category 4 hurricane that is threatening to wipe New Orleans completely off the […]

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For a Democrat I definitely fall on the moderate side of gun rights. Hell, I’m even open to concealed carry permits assuming they involve training and background checks.

But unlike the far-right folks who think concealed weapons should be allowed everywhere (e.g. school, office, government buildings, amusement parks, etc.)- I think the rights of property owners trump those of the gun owner. The last thing we need is a bunch of gun-toting wackjobs getting drunk at Cedar Point and accidentally shooting the guy in the Snoopy suit.

The official Republican position is kind of vague on this topic. A […]

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Sarah Palin: Ready on Day 1,460

On August 31, 2008 By

From McCain’s advisor Charlie Black, trying to address concerns about Sarah Palin’s complete lack of national security experience:

“She’s going to learn national security at the foot of the master for the next four years, and most doctors think that he’ll be around at least that long.”

I guess the ‘3am’/’ready on day one’ attacks are officially over.

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I love YouTube

On August 31, 2008 By

You never know what you can find on there. Like Sarah Palin (nee Heath) doing the local sportscast. Nice burn on Lasorda!

Yeah, it doesn’t really tell us anything, unless you are one of those poeple who think being a local sportscaster is more relevant experience to being President or VP than being a community organizer, civil rights attorney, or president of the Harvard Law Review.

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With hurricane Gustav ready to smash into New Orleans during the Republican convention, McCain is thinking about changing plans for the convention.

Probably a good idea.

The last thing voters need to see is a bunch of Republicans having a party while NOLA is ravaged by a hurricane AGAIN- bringing back memories of Katrina and the crappy job Bush et al did handling that one.

Here’s my suggestion: cancel all of your lobbyist-sponsored parties and donate the money, food, liquor, etc. to hurricane relief organizations.

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This better just be a rope-a-dope:

“We should all be proud of Governor Sarah Palin’s historic nomination, and I congratulate her and Senator McCain. While their policies would take America in the wrong direction, Governor Palin will add an important new voice to the debate.”

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Beware TrooperGate!

On August 30, 2008 By

This could be fun. This is a pretty good overview of the trouble Sarah Palin may be in up in Alaska. Trouble that could indeed derail her as a VP candidate. If John McCain only ever met her once and talked to her on the phone once before picking her as his running mate, what are the chances they’ve fully vetted this matter?

It could get ugly:

John McCain’s choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential candidate is somewhat baffling given that Palin is currently the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Alaska state Legislature […]

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Meant to post this earlier but the whole McCain VP thing had me distracted.

According to the Nielsen ratings people:

Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was seen by more than 38 million people.

Nielsen Media Research said more people watched Obama speak than watched the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing, the final “American Idol” or the Academy Awards this year. Obama talked before a live audience of 80,000 people in Denver.

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The RNC will not have a moment like this. I was totally taken by surprise by how forceful he was. We were discussing in a live blog chat the The Chief Source that his speech could NOT be just like his other stump speeches. It was not:

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Paul Begala On Fire Re: Palin

On August 29, 2008 By

On fire:

John McCain needs what Kinky Friedman calls “a checkup from the neck up.”

In choosing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate, he is not thinking “outside the box,” as some have said. More like out of his mind.

Totally on fire:

Palin a first-term governor of a state with more reindeer than people, will have to put on a few pounds just to be a lightweight. Her personal story is impressive: former fisherman, mother of five. But that hardly qualifies her to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

For a man who […]

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