Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Of course, this begs the question - uhhh, why didn't he pick one of them? It's moot now, because he lost, but McCain's response is a slap in the face. Not necessarily a slap in the face to Palin (only an idiot would proclaim support for her now). Rather, is is a slap in the face to the voters whom he steadfastly claimed should vote for him because she was the best candidate for the vice presidency. Sure, no one actually believed him. But that's beside the point. The fact remains that he expected the American people to vote for Palin-McCain, when he apparently didn't really think that much of her. I'd expect more from a "maverick." Perhaps the real mavericky thing to do would have been to admit that she wasn't really qualified and that he blew it by picking her.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Specifically, Fox News reported that Palin didn't know Africa was a continent and did not know the member nations of the North American Free Trade Agreement -- the United States, Mexico and Canada -- when she was picked for vice president.
In addition, Newsweek reported that Palin spent far more than the previously reported $150,000 on clothes for herself and her family. Apparently Palin leaned on some low-level staffers to put thousands of dollars of additional purchases on their credit cards. The national committee and McCain became aware of the extra expenditures, including clothes for husband Todd Palin, when the staffers sought reimbursement. A McCain aide described the Palin family shopping spree to Newsweek as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast."
But that's not the funny part. The funny part is "longtime Palin staffer" Meg Stapleton's attempt to defend Palin. Stapleton told ABC:
"[T]he Fox News report on Africa and NAFTA was taken out of context. She explained that during a briefing session, someone asked Palin to explain the McCain-Palin stance on an issue, and as she was responding, "in the middle, she said 'country of Africa' and somebody instantly wrote it down and said, 'Oh, my God, she thinks it's a country... But "she knows it's a continent," Stapleton said. "It was just a human mistake.'"
That doesn't even make sense. Either the statement was taken out of context (in which case, it was the reporter's mistake, not Palin's) or she made a mistake, but it was just a 'human' mistake. It can't be both. And for that matter, what exactly is a 'human mistake'? Is there any other kind of mistake someone can make? Is Palin's next gaffe going to be a robot mistake? Or a computer mistake?
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Con: Predator 2 used the same alien that they used in Predator. This clearly shows that keeping the same bad guy can backfire ... big time. Then again, that may be more a result of swapping Arnold out for Danny Glover.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
“Why is the audio tape just now surfacing?,” Palin asked. “This interview was given to San Francisco folks many, many months ago. You should have known about this, so that you would have better decision-making information as you go into the voting booth.”
There's one problem with her liberal conspiracy theory. It's false. Contrary to her attempts to portray a media cover-up, audio and video recordings of Obama’s January 17 sit-down with the Chronicle editorial board have been freely available online for more than nine months.
Oh, and there's another problem. John McCain also supports a market-based cap-and-trade proposal to reduce carbon emissions. Source: CNN
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Of course, Palin has claimed extensive experience as a Russia and Canada specialist, given her proximity to those countries. Thankfully, she was able to flex her foreign policy knowledge of Canada. During the call, the prankster refers to Canadian singer Steph Carse as Canada's prime minister, Palin replies: "Well, he's doing fine and yeah, when you come into a position underestimated it gives you an opportunity to prove the pundits and the critics wrong. You work that much harder." Canada's prime minister is Stephen Harper.
You can listen to the clip on YouTube HERE - it's kind of scary how long it took someone running for vice president to figure out she was getting punked.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
However, apparently a Palin run sounds like a great idea to some. Yahoo reports: Sarah Palin “has absolutely earned a right to run in 2012,” says Greg Mueller, who was a senior aide in the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan and Steve Forbes. Mueller says Palin has given conservatives “hope” and “something to believe in.”
Is this Greg Mueller guy serious? Anyone who thinks Palin has earned the right to run in 2012 is either an idiot or a person who has never seen her interviewed on television. Mr. Mueller's enthusiasm for Palin had me puzzled and confused. To the extent McCain is fading in the polls, it seems that Palin is the one who is dragging him down. Out of the four candidates (McCain, Obama, Biden and Palin), Palin is the only one with a negative approval rating. Even Republicans are saying she was a bad choice.
And then I realized that Greg Mueller was a senior aide to the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan and Steve Forbes. Steve Forbes? The only skill that dude seems to have is how to work as a senior advisor for the biggest loser running for president. Using that criteria, Mueller's pick of Palin seems quite appropriate.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
If there is a worse person to put in charge of those positions, let me know.
Maybe I'm just stupid, but why would we turn to the Governor of the a state that has a SURPLUS of oil to shape our energy policy? She's the one person who has absolutely no experience with the energy crisis. What incentive does Alaska have to conserve energy or use alternative energy sources? If we stop using oil, Alaksa loses its cash cow. Shouldn't we pick someone from a state that has no oil? Now that would be someone who could tell us how to be energy independent.
Putting Palin in charge of energy is like putting Kenneth Lay and Enron in charge of corporate regulation.
To top it off, the Associated Press reports that Palin charged Alaska "for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business." The AP reports:
"The charges included costs for hotel and commercial flights for three daughters to join Palin to watch their father in a snowmobile race, and a trip to New York, where the governor attended a five-hour conference and stayed with 17-year-old Bristol for five days and four nights in a luxury hotel. In all, Palin has charged the state $21,012 for her three daughters' 64 one-way and 12 round-trip commercial flights since she took office in December 2006. In some other cases, she has charged the state for hotel rooms for the girls."
Charging Alaska for her children's travel to events they weren't even invited to is bad enough. But Palin compounded her bad judgment when she ordered the records to be altered: "On Aug. 6 ... after Alaska reporters asked for the records, Palin ordered changes to previously filed expense reports for her daughters' travel."
Putting Palin in charge of reforming government is like putting Tom Noe in charge of ethics.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
$150,000 for clothes, hair and make-up? Are you kidding me? That’s more than Joe the Plumber makes in an entire year. Now, to be fair, the RNC is paying for this ‘extreme makeover’ so the taxpayers aren’t getting directly hosed this time. But it should still concern us on many levels.
First, Palin claims to be a regular old hockey mom. How many hockey moms could blow $150,000 on clothes, hair, and makeup in such a short time? How many would even want to, when they had ice rink time, skates, and gas to pay for?
Second, this is clearly money that was flushed down the toilet. If she was ugly and poorly dressed before she became the nominee, one could argue that these were necessary expenses. Think Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries. But here’s the problem: Palin was pretty hot before. She’s pretty hot now. Nothing much has changed. I don’t think anyone has said: “Wow, she’s sure cleaned up since the convention. Kinda reminds me of those movies where the cool guy dares his buddy to date the ugliest girl in school, but then she takes off her glasses and she’s hot!” If she’s willing to blow $150,000 on something so trivial as her appearance I would at least hope she’d get a noticeable improvement for her investment. If she can spend $150,000 without making any improvement, can she really be trusted with our nation’s budget?
Finally, even though the GOP is footing the bill for the clothes, the American taxpayers are still getting a raw deal. If someone gave you $150,000 in clothes, makeup, and hair care you would have to pay taxes on that. But Palin is no average person. She’s come up with the brilliant argument that the clothes aren’t hers – they are the Republican National Committee’s clothes! As a result, she refuses to pay income taxes on those clothes. Does this mean after the election, the clothes will be circulated around the GOP for people to wear? Is Rudy Guiliani wearing one of Palin’s old blouses while he makes those robocalls? Can we expect to see Mitt Romney in a red leather jacket? What about Mike Huckabee in a skirt? If I were someone who has been questioned about my ethics in scandals ranging from Troopergate, to charging Alaska for my children to hang out in New York, to charging Alaska for travel expenses when I was staying at home, I’d go out of my way to pay the taxes on the nifty duds I was given, even if I could come up with a reason not to. After all, if you are going to claim you are one of us, you should pay the same taxes that we do.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
"Barack the wealth spender doesn't even makes sense. "Wealth Spender" isn't a job, making it a pretty weak wordplay. And for that matter, isn't a "wealth spender" anyone who buys something? Aren't we all spending our wealth every day? What would be the opposite of "wealth spender"... poverty spender?
Here are top five ten potential "Joe the plumber" nicknames for Palin:
1. Sarah the Russia Watcher
2. Sarah the Governor Who Abused Her Power During "Troopergate"
3. Sarah the Librarian (because she reads every magazine and newspaper, and tried to ban books when she was mayor)
4. Sarah the Hate Mongering Smear Campaigner
5. Sarah the Person Just Like Tina Fey, Only Dumber
Sunday, October 19, 2008
"We believe that the best of America is in the small towns that we get to visit, and in the wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard-working, very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation," she said. "This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans," Palin added.
Finally, someone had the courage to hold up a mirror to the American People's face, and what they saw was a lazy, unpatriotic, mean, and cowardly person who lived in a city (unless they happened to be one of the lucky few who lived in one of those wonderful little pockets of real America, in which case they saw an awesome person). Rather than getting mad at Palin, people in cities should look inward at what is wrong with them. Palin's speech serves as a wake up call to the city dwelling scum who have been dragging down the wonderful little pockets pro-American patriots: You can complain about Sarah Palin all you want, but it won't make you any more of an American until you change your unpatriotic, cowardly ways and start reminding Sarah Palin of home by wearing steel toed boots and an NRA hat.
Note: If you haven't undergone this journey of self-discovery yet, I suggest you use this website to look up where you live. If you live in a city, you suck. If you live in a town, village, or 'place' you are cool.
The next day, Palin clarified her comments: "It's all pro-America. I was just reinforcing the fact that there, where I was, there's good patriotic people there in these rallies, so excited about positive change and reform of government that's coming that they are so appreciative of hearing our message, hearing our plan. Not any one area of America is more pro-America patriotically than others."
I wish she would have told me that before I went out and bought a pair of steel toed boots and joined the National Realtors' Association.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
We should give her some credit. At least she said something nice about her fans this time. In Richmond, she mistook her fans for hecklers. When the fans started chanting 'louder, louder' because they couldn't hear, she stopped speaking and chastised them, saying ""I hope those protesters have the courage and honor to give veterans thanks for their right to protest." If this is how she regards her supporters, one can only wonder what she'll do when she comes across someone who doesn't agree with her. Maybe that's why she's been ducking interviews from the major media outlets.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Palin: "Well, first, McClellan did not say definitively the surge principles would not work in Afghanistan. Certainly, accounting for different conditions in that different country and conditions are certainly different. We have NATO allies helping us for one and even the geographic differences are huge but the counterinsurgency principles could work in Afghanistan. McClellan didn't say anything opposite of that. The counterinsurgency strategy going into Afghanistan, clearing, holding, rebuilding, the civil society and the infrastructure can work in Afghanistan. And those leaders who are over there, who have also been advising George Bush on this have not said anything different but that." Source: CNN.
The liberal media has taken this answer and spun it to say that "she called David McKiernan, the commanding general in Afghanistan, 'McClellan' (emphasis added)." When taken in context, it may seem that Palin didn't know who David McKeirnan and is clueless about foreign affairs. But the reality is, she was simply showcasing her vast historical knowledge of the Civil War and using it to make a brilliant allegory about herself. It turns out that George Brinton McClellan was a major general during the American Civil War. Palin was clearly using her reference to him to point out some similarities between the General McClellan and herself:
Military Command: George McClellan organized the famous Army of the Potmac and served briefly as commander in chief of the Union Army. Sarah Palin was commander in chief of Alaska's famous national guard.
Meticulous Preparation: According to Wikipedia, although McClellan was meticulous in his planning and preparations, these attributes may have hampered his ability to challenge aggressive opponents in a fast-moving battlefield environment. Similarly, although Palin is meticulous in her review of countless newspapers and magazines, that breadth of knowledge may have hampered her ability to answer basic questions asked by aggressive reporters in fast moving interview environments.
Leadership: McClellan's leadership skills during battles were questioned by President Lincoln. Despite this, he was the most popular of that army's commanders with its soldiers, who felt that he had their morale and well-being as paramount concerns. Palin's leadership is questioned by pretty much everybody, and yet, somehow, she is still popular among social conservatives.
Snappy Dressers: As the picture indicates, both General McClellan and Palin are snappy dressers.
Middle Names: General McClellan has a cool middle name - "Brinton." Sarah Palin also has a middle name.So, is the "McClellan" name-drop just another example of Palin screwing up? Heck no! It is 100% true that General McClellan didn't say definitively the surge principles would not work because he's been dead since 1885. For those of you who don't share Palin's encyclopedic knowledge base, that is way before we ever sent troops to Afghanistan. Isn't it ironic? The one time Palin says something that is true, and she gets criticized for it!
Some people might question why Sarah Palin would make such a sly reference to General McClellan in an answer about Afghanistan, given the fact that he has been dead even longer than Dan Quayle's career. She wisely anticipated this critique and addressed it during the debate: "And I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I'm going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also." Just in case the liberal elites didn't understand that explanation, she reminded us repeatedly that she is a maverick.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Couric: And when it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?Palin: I've read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.
Couric: What, specifically?
Palin: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.
Couric: Can you name a few?
Palin: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too. Alaska isn't a foreign country, where it's kind of suggested, "Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?" Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.
I for one, have no doubts that Sarah Palin regularly reads all newspapers and magazines. The results of her intensive preparation are on display each time she conducts an interview. Of course, this also means that she regularly reads Hustler, Penthouse, Juggs, Barely Legal, and Playboy, which are magazines that would fit into the category of "all of them." So now the question becomes, is America ready to support a Vice Presidential candidate who reads so much hardcore porn?
Source: CBS News (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/30/eveningnews/main4490618.shtml)
Monday, September 29, 2008
3. Ringo Starr: As you can see, none other than Ringo Starr is photographed with a pterodactyl in the movie "Caveman". Sure, cavemen are often used as evidence of evolution, but in this case, Ringo star is a human playing a caveman, so it still counts. And technically, pterosaurs are not dinosaurs, but we say close enough - we're talking about a memver of the Beatles here!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Sarah Palin: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and, on our other side, the land-boundry that we have with Canada. It's funny that a comment like that was kinda made to … I don't know, you know … reporters. Couric: Mocked? Palin: Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah.
Sarah Palin's lame defense of her foreign policy experience in her interview with Katie Couric shows that either she's a complete and total moron or she thinks we are. Not only does she try to claim that being next to Russia amounts to foreign policy experience, but she expresses surprise that this stance has been mocked.
Katie Couric: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?
Couric: Well, explain to me why that enhances your foreign-policy credentials. Palin: Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of. And there…
Couric: Have you ever been involved in any negotiations, for example, with the Russians? Palin: We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It's very important when you consider even national-security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right next to, they are right next to our state.
When she says this stuff, does she actually think it sounds like a good answer? Saying that being next to a country amounts to foreign policy experience is like claiming you had sex with someone because you stood in line behind them in the grocery store checkout line.
Source: CBS News (http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/09/25/couricandco/entry4478088.shtml)
Couric: You've said, quote, "John McCain will reform the way Wall Street does business." Other than supporting stricter regulations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago, can you give us any more example of his leading the charge for more oversight?
This is the place where I'd put in my snappy commentary about how stupid her answers were and why. But I think in this case, the text of the interview speaks for itself. I encourage you to click on the CBS link to read more of her answers. They don't get any better.
Source: CBS (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/24/eveningnews/main4476173.shtml)
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Why Would I Know What's Going On In My City? I'm Only The Mayor! Even though she hasn't exactly proven herself to be entirely trustworthy, I'm willing to take her claims of ignorance as being true ... which leads to a bigger problem: How could a mayor of a town of only 7,000 people NOT know about the practice? It's not like it was a secret. After all, Rep. Eric Croft knew about it. He sponsored a state law requiring cities to provide the examinations free of charge to victims. The town's police chief, who apparently was a strong supporter of the practice, opposed the bill in the legislature. So now, Palin didn't know that rape victims were being charged for exams AND that her police chief was vocally opposing statewide legislation.
Rape and Murder Capital of America? But even more disturbing is this statistic provided by CNN: "For years, Alaska has had the worst record of any state in rape and in murder of women by men. The rape rate in Alaska is 2.5 times the national average." Two and a half times is an awful lot. If you went to McDonald's to buy a hamburger on the dollar menu, and they charged you $2.50, you'd be pretty mad ... unless you were so rich that you didn't care how much food cost ... but if you were that rich, odds are, you'd be eating somewhere better than McDonald's (cue angry comments from wealthy people who are insulted because they eat McDonald's). No wonder Palin is such a gun advocate - if you're a woman in Alaska, you apparently need a gun to keep someone from raping and murdering you.
Rightly or wrongly, people who tout their 'executive experience' are judged by the things that happen under their watch as executive. And at least in this area, Alaska's performance is pretty poor.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Steve Urkel: He's certainly as diverse as Palin and being a genius certainly doesn't hurt. Much like Palin's glasses have brought on a sea of copycats, were Urkel to become VP, people would be hitching up their pants above their bellybuttons.
Screech: Like Urkel, Screech is smart. Unlike Urkel, Screech has managed to hang out with the cool kids (Zach, Slater, Kelly Kapowski). And, as an assistant principal in Saved By The Bell: The New Class, Screech is uniquely qualified to speak on education issues. However, he did star in a crappy porn movie, so that kinda hurts the family values thing.
Grimace: Perhaps the darkhorse candidate of the three (or is it purple-horse?), Grimace enjoys universal approval and name recognition. However, like Palin, people don't know where he stands on the issues. Heck, they don't even know WHAT he is.
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