This will be a short post. Mainly to get this riveting and well written piece by award-winning Ohio journalist, Pete Kotz, out in the conversation: Mitt Romney, American Parasite.
It struck me as I sat munching my low budget meal at the Burgermaster that Romney's cheap one liners about "saving" America were an astonishing proposal to it's citizens. Especially since he has been proposing to us that he will "save America" when in fact, it's his behavior along with his company Bain Capital which has helped to destroy our country and it's workers.
I know that you are thinking you already knew this but as I read Kotz' piece I realized we mostly assume that Romney was dealing with shakey companies. Not true.
We can vote by mail here in Seattle and I want my vote to be one of the first cast for Obama. I can hardly believe how exciting it is to think that Obama and Biden may be our leaders soon. Powell finally endorsed Obama this morning, and in a later press conference pointed out how dangerous Obama's opponents are making it for American's to be seen around the world as pointing at anti-American behavior as Congressman Bachman did a few days ago.
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At the encouragement of a few posters here (tell us more about trade missions, please), I will try and flesh out the current outrageous assertion that Palin has made. This time she choose to assert that her foreign experience was, in part, based on ongoing trade missions between Russia and Alaska, which she was part of.
COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?
PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We -- 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 -- where do they go?
When I first heard that comment during the Couric interview, it seemed plausible and I forgot about it. For me, Palin is way out of her league, however popular now, and destined to find herself hung out to dry soon.
Palin-McCain (I know, I know but this is how she describes the ticket now) has won a real award. Unlike the kudos that she and McCain have invented for themselves this one is real! An acknowledgement of the true record of their efforts. Well, it's actually only going to one of them, Sarah Palin. It seems that the governor of the great state of Alaska has more to do than get tan. She's worked hard to help destroy the environment more than anyone else this year!
Sarah!, as her supporters like to call her, has waged a war against the planet, polar bears, scientists--the list goes on. At least according the Center for Biological Diversity.
Last Friday night I signed up as a Neighborhood Leader for the Obama campaign. I am volunteering to help keep in touch with my neighborhood precinct and get out the vote in November. Today, I knocked on doors and registered folks I met who weren't registered as I went.
I didn't find too many folks home today. But I wanted to walk the precinct and just see what challenges or opportunities I could find. I talked to the workers at my favorite small market about registering voters there. I found churches I didn't know were there--one hispanic church so I plan on going back to talk to the pastor along with looking for someone who speaks Spanish better than I do. Also, an Asian church--I think it was Baptist.
McCain-Palin threatens to take America back to the 19th century when it comes to the environment. Their combined lack of talent for complex thinking and shared ideological grasp of global and domestic forces is simply staggering in the potential for harm. Whether McCain opposes ANWAR today is irrelevant since it seems that he is ready to surrender all (except his war drums) in his desperate last ditch effort for the big prize.
Alaskan professor Rick Steiner, weighed in this week in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on the potential impact of the election on the environment. Steiner is noteable as one of the first people on the scene at Exxon Valdez oil spill and a marine conservationist.
The pattern is clear. On the environment, Sarah Palin is essentially George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and perhaps James Watt rolled into one, but with a more pleasant demeanor.
We only have weeks to go now. Every vote counts and the deep blue of Seattle combined with the crimson of the eastern part of the state makes us light blue in Washington. I have been phone banking this past week and It seems like everyone I talk to here is already for Obama--But that is not a reason not to work with gusto. It puts you square in touch with what folks are thinking and every vote really will make a difference.
I don't need to mention her name again. I do believe that we are spending too much time on the prospective vp. And then I took a peek at docudharma and found a link to this post:
"Governor Palin needs to take a close look at wildlife management practice in her state and restore the use of sound science," concludes Banks. "She said would heed the will of the public, but it's increasingly clear she's only listening to that segment that is willing to sacrifice Alaska's natural heritage for the benefit of a few."
Like many I sat stunned before the teevee this a.m. as I witnessed one of the most cynical political ploys in memory. As Palin read through her talking points, and we discovered that the Republicans miraculously became feminists while the rest of us slept, I struggled to find a shiny light.
The teevee flashed pictures of the woman in question holding a very large weapon, in military uniforms and later, as the day wore on, the mainstream media began to report over and over that her favorite food was moose stew.
Today I peeked in my local online rag to find William Kristol busy attacking the MoveOn ad which featured a woman and her baby. Kristol, the neocon who manages a spot on the New York Times editorial pages and appearances on cable news, keeps himself busy these days mostly shilling for John McCain and the Republican party. The former Bush speechwriter's "I am so smart" chatter is loaded with big neon flagwaving and blithe references -- Jon Stewart has a lot of fun with him. One suspects dog-eared talking points rather than authentic thought with Kristol. But is easier that way I suppose.