Friday, September 12, 2008

DEPEND ON OLD DADDY McCAIN

I just can't believe that old daddy McCain is now ahead in the polls. I mean, who the hell wants four more years of Bush and Republican rule? It baffles the mind.


10 comments:

BERTHA FROM VEGAS said...

What do you think of that slutty Palin, her knocked up kid? her anti gay stance, her wanting to drill away alaska? should we move to europe?

Anonymous said...

honey, i'm thinking about it - just think if old daddy mccain kicks the bucket - we will have anita bryant as president - very scary.

Anonymous said...

The inmates have taken control of the prison,no one will be safe from there Salem witch hunt! Starting with the Sarah Palin book burnings! susan g

Anonymous said...

why is america so stupid?

Baxter said...

Actually, America isn't stupid. It's just the frantic, liberal fringe that gives us that image.

BERTHA FROM VEGAS said...

I was reading my big dykes Rosie's floppin tits blog on sarah Palin....You know, she really is the anti-christ...Ive had a couple abortions, in my younger stupid years.....what whould she have done with me!? Sarah Palin will be the death of this Country...What do you think MM?

THE ORAL REPORTER said...

Sarah Palin is this generations anti-christ - she tried to ban books about gay tolerance in Alaska libraries and takes contributions/bribes - there is a great article about her in the Minnesota Star/Tribune - read below.

How Palin governs
A look at Sarah Palin's swift rise in Alaskan politics and record as mayor and governor reveals a premium on loyalty and secrecy, and a blurring of the line between the personal and the political.

WASILLA, ALASKA - Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.
So when there was a vacancy at the top of the state Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year job. A former real estate agent, Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as one qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.
She was one of at least five high school classmates Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages.
When Palin had to cut the 2007 state budget, she avoided the legion of frustrated legislators and mayors. Instead, she huddled with her budget director and her husband, Todd, who is not a state employee, and vetoed millions of dollars of legislative projects.
Last May, a Wasilla blogger, Sherry Whitstine, who chronicles the governor's career with an astringent eye, answered her phone and an assistant to the governor was on the line, she said. "You should be ashamed!" Ivy Frye, the assistant, told her. "Stop blogging. Stop blogging right now."
Palin walks the national stage as a small-town foe of "old-boy" politics and a champion for ethics reform. She draws enthusiastic audiences and has an 80 percent approval rating in Alaska. As the GOP vice presidential nominee, she points to her management experience while deriding her Democratic rivals, Sens. Barack Obama and Joseph Biden, as speechmakers who have never run anything.
But an examination of her swift rise and record as mayor of Wasilla and then governor finds that her visceral style and penchant for attacking critics -- she sometimes calls local opponents "haters" -- contrasts with her carefully crafted public image.
Throughout her career, she has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and sometimes blurred the line between government and personal grievance, according to a review of public records and interviews with 60 Republican and Democratic legislators and local officials.






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Still, Palin has many supporters. As mayor, she paved roads and built an ice rink, and as governor, she has pushed through higher taxes on the oil companies that dominate one-third of the state's economy. She stirs deep emotions.
"She is bright and has unfailing political instincts," said Steve Haycox, a University of Alaska history professor. "She taps very directly into anxieties about the economic future.
"But," he added, "her governing style raises a lot of hard questions."
Loyalty and secrecy
Palin declined to grant an interview for this article, and she did not respond to written questions. The McCain-Palin campaign responded to some questions on her behalf and that of her husband, while referring others to the governor's spokespeople, who did not respond.
Interviews show that Palin runs an administration that puts a premium on loyalty and secrecy. The governor and her top officials sometimes use personal e-mail accounts for state business; dozens of e-mail messages obtained by the New York Times show that her staff members studied whether that could allow them to circumvent subpoenas seeking public records.
Rick Steiner, a University of Alaska professor, sought the e-mail messages of state scientists who had examined the effect of global warming on polar bears. (Palin said the scientists had found no ill effects, and she has sued the federal government to block the listing of the bears as endangered.) An administration official told Steiner that it would cost $468,784 to process his request.
When Steiner finally obtained the e-mails, through a federal records request, he discovered that state scientists had in fact agreed that the bears were in trouble, records show.
"Their secrecy is off the charts," Steiner said.
Legislators are currently investigating accusations that Palin and her husband pressured officials to fire a state trooper who had gone through a messy divorce with her sister. The governor denies the accusation. But interviews make clear that the Palins draw few distinctions between the personal and the political.







Last summer, state Rep. John Harris, GOP speaker of the House, got a call from Todd Palin. The governor's husband sounded edgy. Todd Palin wanted to know why Harris had hired John Bitney as his chief of staff. Bitney was a high school classmate of the Palins and had worked for Palin. But she fired Bitney after learning that he had fallen in love with another longtime friend.
"I understood from the call that Todd wasn't happy with me hiring John and he'd like to see him not there," Harris said.
"The Palin family gets upset at personal issues," he added. "And at our level, they want to strike back."
Laura Chase, the campaign manager during Palin's first run for mayor in 1996, recalled the night the two women chatted about her ambitions.
"I said, 'You know, Sarah, within 10 years you could be governor,'" Chase recalled. "She replied, 'I want to be president.'"
As mayor of Wasilla, Palin presided over a city rapidly outgrowing itself. Septic tanks had begun to pollute lakes, and residential lots were carved willy-nilly out of the woods. She passed a road and sewer bond, cut property taxes but raised the sales tax, and loosened the reins on enforcing zoning laws.
And, her supporters say, she cleaned out the municipal closet, firing veteran officials to make way for her own team.
But there was a human cost. The mayor quickly fired the town's museum director, John Cooper, saying she was eliminating the job. Later, she sent an aide to the museum. "He told us they only wanted two," recalled Esther West, one of three employees, "and we had to pick who was going to be laid off."
The three women quit as one.
Days later, Cooper recalled, a vocal conservative, Steven Stoll, sidled up to him. Stoll had supported Palin and had a long-running feud with Cooper. "He said: 'Gotcha, Cooper. And it only cost me a campaign contribution,'" Cooper said.
Stoll did not recall that conversation, although he said he did contribute to Palin's campaign and was pleased that she fired Cooper.
Palin, meanwhile, imposed a gag order on city employees, demanding that they not talk to the press. And she used city money to buy a white Suburban for the mayor's use -- employees sarcastically called it the mayor-mobile.


The new mayor also tended carefully to her evangelical base. She appointed a pastor to the town planning board. And she began to eye the library. Witnesses and news accounts state that Palin asked the librarian whether she would take books off the shelves. The McCain-Palin presidential campaign says Palin never advocated censorship.
In 1995, Palin, then a councilwoman, told colleagues that she had noticed the book "Daddy's Roommate" on the shelves and that it did not belong there, according to Chase, then on the council, and Stein, who was mayor at the time. Chase read the book, which helps children understand homosexuality, and said it was inoffensive; she suggested that Palin read it.
"Sarah said she didn't need to read that stuff," recalled Chase, who has become disenchanted with Palin.
Reform crucible
Restless ambition defined Palin in the early years of this decade. She finished second in the 2002 GOP primary for lieutenant governor and applied to fill the seat of U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski when he ran for governor.
Murkowski appointed his own daughter, but as a consolation prize he gave Palin the $125,000-a-year chairmanship of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which oversees oil and gas drilling.
Palin discovered that state Republican leader Randy Ruedrich, a board member, was conducting party business on state time and favoring regulated companies. When Murkowski failed to act on her complaints, she quit and went public.
The Republican establishment shunned her. But her break with the oil producers catapulted her into the public eye.
"She was honest and forthright," said Jay Kerttula, a former state senator from Palmer and a Democrat.
Palin entered the 2006 gubernatorial primary as a formidable candidate.
In the middle of the primary, a conservative columnist, Paul Jenkins, unearthed e-mails showing that Palin had conducted campaign business from her mayor's office. Palin handled the crisis like a street fighter.
"I told her it looks like she did the same thing that Randy Ruedrich did," the columnist recalled. "And she said 'yeah, what I did was wrong.'"
Jenkins hung up and decided to forgo writing about it. His phone rang soon after.





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A reporter from Fairbanks, reading from a Palin news release, demanded to know why Jenkins was "smearing" her. "Now I look at her and think: 'Man, you're slick,'" he said.
She won the primary.
Not deeply versed in policy, she skipped some candidate forums in the general election campaign; at others, she flipped through handwritten color coded index cards strategically placed behind her name tag.
Her showman's instincts rarely failed.
"She was fresh and she was tomorrow," said Michael Carey, a former editorial page editor for the Anchorage Daily News. "She just floated along like Mary Poppins."
New pattern in governing style
As governor, she assembled her Cabinet and made other appointments, those with insider credentials were now on the outs. But a new pattern became clear: She surrounded herself with figures drawn from her personal life -- former high school classmates, people she had known since grade school and fellow churchgoers. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell praised Palin's appointments. "The people she hires are competent, qualified, top-notch people," he said.
She tapped a local borough assemblyman, Talis Colberg, as her attorney general, provoking from Alaska's legal world a bewildered question: "Who?"
The Wasilla High School yearbook archive now doubles as a veritable directory of state government. Palin appointed Bitney, her former junior high bandmate, as her legislative director and tapped another classmate, Joe Austerman, to manage the office of economic development. Previously he established an Alaska franchise area for Mailboxes Etc.
To her supporters, Palin has lifted Alaska out of a mire of corruption. She gained passage of a bill that tightens the rules covering lobbyists. And she rewrote the tax code to capture a greater share of oil and gas sale proceeds.
Yet scandals have eroded the governor's reform credentials. In addition to the trooper investigation, lawmakers from both parties in April accused the governor of improperly culling thousands of e-mail addresses from a state database for a mass mailing to rally support for a policy initiative.
While Palin came into office promising a more open government, her administration has battled to keep information secret. The governor's inner circle discussed the benefit of using private Web mail addresses. An assistant told the governor it appeared such e-mails sent to a private address on a "personal device," like a BlackBerry, "would be confidential and not subject to subpoena."
On Feb. 7, Frank Bailey, a high-level aide, wrote to Palin at her official state e-mail address to discuss appointments. Another aide fired back to Bailey: "Frank, this is not the governor's personal account."
Bailey sheepishly responded: "Whoops!"
Bailey was placed on paid leave; he has emerged as a key figure in the trooper investigation.
Absentee administrator
Many lawmakers contend that Palin is overly reliant on a tiny inner circle that leaves her isolated. She is often described by Democrats and Republicans alike as a leader missing in action. Since taking office in 2007, Palin has spent 312 nights at her Wasilla home, some 600 miles north of the governor's mansion in Juneau, state records show.
As legislators debated one of her pressing priorities, some legislators became so frustrated with her absences that they took to wearing yellow "Where's Sarah?" pins.
As Palin's star ascends, the McCain campaign staff, as often happens, has moved to control the words of those who know her well. Last Tuesday, an official with the Wasilla Chamber of Commerce stood up and asked its members to refer all calls from reporters to the governor's office. Councilwoman Diane Woodruff sat in the audience and shook her head.
"I was thinking, I don't remember giving up my First Amendment rights."

THE ORAL REPORTER said...

America is stupid- most Americans don't even read the newspaper or educate themselves on the facts.

For example: Why would any American vote for old daddy McCain when he intends to keep Bush's tax cuts for the rich??? Does that make any sense? It's Bush's tax cuts to the rich etc...that has caused this recession - not to mention the cost of the stupid and insane war.

Furthermore, old daddy McCain has gone on record many times stating that he will appoint conservative judges to the supreme court that will take away the rights for anyone that doesn't see eye to eye with the Christian Right.

Baxter said...

I love this! You moronic libs are more worried about the VP candidate than the one who's actually gonna run the nation for the next four years. Yet you've failed to understand the depths to which your "annointed" muslim-boy will go to undermine your true American, God-given liberties.

Pull your heads out. Dynasties do fall, and they've fallen before. Has anyone reading this ever heard of the Roman Empire? They were indeed strong, but liberalism overtook that theocracy. THAT was the true cause of the "Fall of the Roman Empire"; I shit you not. This might be the most important election you've ever witnessed.

The election of George W. Bush saved us from imminent doom in 2000, and 2004, but this time it's up to the citizens of America to save us. Anyone with a brain can see the left wants to reduce the USA to a third world country with the election of a muslim, so we as a nation must rise above the bigotry and vote McCain in Novenber.

I know I ain't exactly "preachin' to the choir" here, so wise up.

THE ORAL REPORTER said...

Poor Baxter -he needs help. Try not to laugh at him too hard.