No, I’m not kidding. These guys are so idiotic that they requested earmarks that they rail against yet now say they will vote against them? The only people more idiotic are those who sent more Republican Teabaggers to Washington. What, you think the new ones will be any less elitist than to tell Republican Teabagger voters one thing and then do the opposite once elected? Classic.
Republicans have said that they’re more patriotic than Democrats for years. That claim intensified after 9/11/2001. The McCain campaign lied after the DNC in Denver, CO that Republicans had “rescued U.S. flags” from being thrown away. Given all of this, wouldn’t you expect Republicans to treat the U.S. flag better than this? When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. Looks like those uber-patriots need a refresher course in flaq etiquette.
The RNC bought Sarah Palin’s family $150,000 worth of clothing and makeup since being selected as McCain’s running mate. That’s $2,500 of clothes per day from Nieman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. The “average hockey mom” image is such b.s. Millions of Americans are shopping at discount stores as the economy collapses. Palin got more clothes in one month than the average American household buys in 80 years. The campaign’s response that there are more important issues? Give me a break. McCain has been talking about nothing but Ayers and ACORN for weeks now. And Palin will change Washington?
Should pharmacists be allowed to not sell birth control because of their personal beliefs? It’s happening more and more across the country. The pro-fetus crowd wants to tell women what they can and cannot do with their own bodies. It’s all about control over women. It’s all about moving society back 150 years, when women were property of the men in their lives. It’s immoral. If a woman and her doctor agree on a prescription, no one should have the power to alter that agreement. Maybe men need to be denied prescriptions – see how they like it.
There isn’t a Scientists for Obama group. That’s kind of depressing.
Check out Keith Olbermann’s 9/11 TM Special Comment. Yes, Senator McCain, if you know right now how to capture Osama bin Laden, you should go tell some responsible party that incredible information. Otherwise, you are aiding and abetting bin Laden. You are either assisting terrorists or you are using the events of seven years ago to get elected President. That. Is. Sick.
Well, well, well. As quite a few Americans have figured out (but not nearly enough, obviously), the “drill, drill, drill” mantra from the Republicans is based on … lies. Hoping to score cheap politial points this election season, Republicans have maintained a non-stop drill everywhere (but their back yard) campaign, lying to the American public that Democrats are doing nothing to bring down prices at the pump, natural gas prices, etc. Public lands off the coast of America have to be opened up for leasing by fuel corporations immediately, we’ve been told. In a bold move of hypocrisy, the U.S. Department of Energy issued and affirmed an order to export 98.1 billion cubic feet of Alaskan natural gas to Japan and other Pacific Rim countries. That much natural gas could be used instead by 1.4 million Americans in the span of one entire year. So you tell me where Republican interests lie: with Americans suffering from high fuel prices or with foreign countries. Because selling that natural gas overseas keeps domestic prices propped up. Thank goodness a Democrat is calling Republicans on their b.s.
If Republicans were proud of their party and proud of the ideology that generates their policies, would they be trying to hide a Senate race at the bottom of the ticket (against the law, btw) or would they be trying to remove their candidates’ party affiliation from the ballot? I don’t think so. They’ll talk mad game to the media, then run around like cowards trying to fool people into voting for their candidates. So sad.
The Colorado Governor’s Energy Office announced that it was selected to receive a $397,700 grant from the DoE. The GEO will use the grant to develop technical, financial and policy framworks to construct an additional 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity into the state’s grid. 1,000MW of energy can power over 300,000 homes.
If we’re winning the “War on terror,” why hasn’t the color-coded terror alert level changed from Yellow to Green or Blue in 2,382 days? Another good BiPM question.
John McCain voted against legislation that stopped the practice of charging rape victims for sexual assault exams. Ironically, the legislation, known as the Violence Against Women Act, was pushed through Congress by Sen. Joe Biden, who is this year’s Democratic Vice Presidential nominee. Let that sink in for a minute. The Republican nominee for President voted to keep charging rape victims for their assault tests. That vote took place in 1994. And before anybody brings up the silly argument that that was then and this is now, Sen. McCain voted against funding the program … last year. McCain’s views on this demonstrate that he is too much of an extremist to be our President. Need more proof? His choice for Vice-President kept charging rape victims for the exams while mayor in Wasilla, Alaska. Her extremist view point on the subject matches his and was illegal at the time to boot.
Colorado Representative Christine Scanlan (D-Summit County) went to Washington D.C. with Jeff Jahnke, the director of the Colorado State Forest Service, to impress upon Colorado Congresspersons that the lodgepole pine beetle problem is continuing with minimal federal resources to help deal with it. My comments on this below.
George Bush decided not to change the number of troops holding down our occupation of Iraq for the remainder of his time in office. Like the courageous visionary he is, he’s leaving the decision to the next President.
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission staff recommended the elimination of the proposed 90-days drilling restriction in some wildlife areas. Imagine if instead of spending millions on lobbying, fuel corporations spent that money on developing new technologies. Imagine if their actions were responsible and moral.
Why won’t John McCain sign the GI Bill? Must be that mavericky thing the corporate media crows so much about.
Sarah Palin billed taxpayers to stay in her own home. $16,951 by herself; $43,490 for her husband (the secessionist) and daughters. Fiscal conservatism in action.
Sarah Palin’s Alaska is a welfare state. In 2005 (the most recent figures), according to the Tax Foundation, Alaska ranked 18th in federal taxes paid per resident ($5,434) but first in federal spending received per resident ($13,950). Where does all that money come from to spend on each resident? The rest of the country’s taxpayers. Leeches! The last paragraph sums up the situation very nicely (emphasis in bold is mine):
Why is a windfall-profits tax good for Alaska but not for the U.S.? Well, it’s obvious, isn’t it? People in Alaska are better than people in the rest of the U.S. They’re more American. Although there are small towns and farms and high school hockey teams in the lower 48, there are fewer down here, per capita, than in Alaska. And there are many more journalists and pollsters and city dwellers [and community organizers] and other undesirables who might benefit if every American had the same right to leech off the government as do the good citizens of Sarah Palin’s Alaska.
Corporate media commentators are trying to deflect questions about Sarah Palin’s non-existent qualifications to requestioning Barack Obama’s qualifications. Let me provide one, simple answer to that ridiculous comparison:
Over 18,000,000 voters decided Barack Obama had the qualifications to be President. Only 1 person decided Sarah Palin did. Those 18+ million voters listened to every argument for and against Obama over a period of months as they made their decisions. McCain approved Palin based on a single, 15-minute meeting. McCain made that decision in no small part because he is so much older than Obama.
A little more about Mrs. Palin: she slashed funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live. She also opposes funding to prevent teen pregnancies. Not every teen mother has the benefit of being the daughter of a Governor. But that didn’t matter to “pro-family values” Sarah Palin. The rest of us are on our own. In the meantime, Palin will make sure her family and supporters are well taken care of. As DemFromCT says:
So if abstinence doesn’t work, and teens get pregnant, and you don’t support them (policy-wise) before or after, what’s that called?
Another disgusting display of Republican hypocrisy in action: Bill O’Reilly trashed Jamie Lynn Spears’ integrity (as well as that of her parents) for the exact same offense that Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol committed. Has O’Reilly similarly trashed Bristol or her parents? Of course not!
[Update]: a commenter tried to argue that since Palin approved less money than the AK legislature approved of for Passage House’s planned expansion, she didn’t really “slash funding”. Ummm, okay. Slash … reduce … approve less … whatever. The fact remains that Passage House will have less funds to move and expand services in the near-term. That will have actual effects on the community. This argument really falls apart when the source argues that “Palin cut the figure back to $3.9 million” but “calling a a one-time infusion of $3.9 million added by the state on top of normal operating expenses a “cut” only makes sense if you can’t do math”. Okay, so the writer can’t do math.