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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Sunday News Digest "Unbelievable!"

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The country is getting back to political normalcy, now that the Democratic and Republican convention-eers are going home. It has been unbelievably crazy, according to my blog friends. Two of them send me good stuff that I just need to share, regarding a number of facts, issues, Republican shennanigans and shameful things. I am posting the more complete items in more or less chrono order, newest first.

"Sarah Palin Would Hate Rosa Parks#," by Van Jones @ The Huffington Post (9/7/08). This post is about those of us who pursue the noble cause of community organizers and activists. To quote:

Sarah Palin and the GOP had great fun this week belittling Barack Obama's background as a community organizer. But in doing so, they were not just putting down one person.

They were attacking the (small "d") democratic traditions of the United States, itself.

"Alaskans Speak (In A Frightened Whisper): Palin Is “Racist, Sexist, Vindictive, And Mean#,” by Charley James @ The LA Progressive (9/5/08): To quote this revealing article's conclusion:

. . . [Palin's offensive racial slur deleted for this post] may be everyday language up in the bush. Whether it – and the outlook, politics and world view Palin reflects when she says such things in public – should be part of a presidential campaign is another thing altogether. The comment says as much about McCain as it does about Palin, and it says a lot of things about Americans who overlook such statements (as well as her record) and vote anyway for McCain.

"Investigation into Palin Now on Fast Track#" @ ABC News, 9/5/08: To quote:

ABC News has exclusively learned that Alaska Senator Hollis French will announce today that he is moving up the release date of his investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her office to get the Alaska public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, fired. The results of the investigation were originally scheduled for release Oct. 31 but will now come almost three weeks earlier, according to sources.

"Are Evangelicals Really Sold on Palin?#" @ Time Magazine, 9/5/08: To quote:

. . . To a degree, that's true. Palin's pro-life credentials are impeccable — she opposes abortion in all circumstances, even in cases of rape and incest, except when a delivery will result in death. And her strong, open religious faith will make her the perfect person to reach out to conservative Evangelicals, who still don't fully trust the Republican nominee. But McCain and his aides may not want to say hallelujah just yet. While Palin is inspiring rhapsodies from the lions of the Christian right, her appeal to more moderate and younger Evangelicals — as well as independent swing voters — may be limited.

Lost in the stampede of social conservatives to embrace Palin this past week is the fact that she is culturally outside the mainstream of Evangelicalism. Over the past few years, a growing number of Evangelicals have been consciously distancing themselves from the more extreme stands of the Christian right.

"Team McCain and the Trooper#," by Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball, @ Newsweek (9/5/08). It is sub-headed, "Nominee's ally moves to curb probe of Palin." Jon says about this story,"I had a feeling this would happen, because if she did intervene she will face indictment; game over. But what will happen will probably look like the '04 Fla. recount; attorneys everywhere." To quote (their links):

Key Alaska allies of John McCain are trying to derail a politically charged investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner in order to prevent a so-called "October surprise" that would produce embarrassing information about the vice presidential candidate on the eve of the election.

In a move endorsed by the McCain campaign Friday, John Coghill, the GOP chairman of the state House Rules Committee, wrote a letter seeking a meeting of Alaska's bipartisan Legislative Council in order to remove the Democratic state senator in charge of the so-called "troopergate" investigation.

"Palin's Stall*" an editorial at the Anchorage Daily News (9/5/08): To quote:

Gov. Sarah Palin is taking the wrong approach to Troopergate. She should be practicing the open and transparent, ethical and accountable government she promised when running for governor and boasts about now that she's on the national stage.

Instead, Gov. Palin has begun stonewalling the Legislature's attempt to get the bottom of allegations that she, her family or staff violated ethical or state personnel rules.

As a result, the Troopergate allegations hang over Palin's future and cloud her candidacy for vice president.


Tailor Made for the Bush administration*" @ Media Needle (9/3/08). "You can't make this up," says betmo. Quoted links:

Palin demands that the Independent Prosecutor stop investigating her.

Now she’s claiming Executive Privilege.

"About Sarah Palin: an e-mail from Wasilla#" By Anne Kilkenny @ Crosscut Seattle (9/2/08): It is absolutely fascinating and well worth the read. One very interesting section it called, "Claim vs fact." To quote:

A suburban Anchorage homemaker and activist — who once did battle with the Alaska governor when Palin was mayor — recounts what she knows of Palin's history.

Editor's note: The writer is a homemaker and education advocate in Wasilla, Alaska. Late last week, Anne Kilkenny penned an e-mail for her friends about vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, whom she personally knows, that has since circulated across comment forums and blogs nationwide. Here is her e-mail in its entirety, posted with her permission.

Quick Takes on the McCain-Palin buzz --

Miscellaneous news -- "Did a Mississippi raid protect right wing politicians?*"It is from (9/1/08). betmo asks poignantly,"where can i move where it's free? where can i move where it isn't corrupt?":

Reference key to links -- sent by my regular contributors, #Jon and *betmo.

View my current slide show about the Bush years -- "Millennium" -- at the bottom of this column.

My “creativity and dreaming” post today is at Making Good Mondays.

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