Sunday, February 21, 2010

Join A Virtual March On Washington, DC and Invite Others

Daily Kos is serving as a clearing house for a Virtual March on Washington, DC. Read about it here and pass the information on to others who will join us. Let Washington know that we care and that we support Health Care Reform NOW!

Join Us For The 1,000,000 Voices Virtual Health March!

by slinkerwink

Our campaign has picked up such great momentum since, HCAN, DFA, and SEIU joined aboard. In just a week, thousands of people have joined our Facebook group, and thousands have joined us in support of telling Congress in a very loud voice----FINISH YOUR JOB ON HEALTH CARE REFORM!

We still need more people ready to make those phone calls on February 24th, because we need ALL HANDS ON DECK for this momentous event, so today, can you please ask your friends to join you in making phone calls to Congress?

You can sign up to make the calls here.

Friday, February 19, 2010

In Response To Sarah Palin's Latest FB Note - How To Handle Climate Change Deniers At Work (video)

Sarah Palin's note writer on Facebook was at it again today, but it wasn't about retards or Down's Syndrome, it was about how global warming is a big hoax and how we should laugh at all those silly scientists and drill, baby, drill.

I think this video offers a reasonable response to those who won't educate themselves about the relationship between the phenomenon of global warming and the most recent abnormal snow storms across the country. Thank you Second City...

Monday, February 15, 2010

One of the Best Palin Put-down Packages Yet!

Imagine my surprise today to find out that a Fox News Producer, Kara Vallow, sent Sarah Palin a Valentine....unfortunately it wasn't all hearts and flowers.

Just a warning - you might want to grab your hazmat's kinda bloody here....

Happy Palintine's Day! A Love Letter From Me To Sarah.
by Kara Vallow

Hi Sarah!
I thought I really ought to send you a Valentine's Day greeting today, because I fear that next year you will be forgotten by all but your most rabid and demented fans. The more we learn about you, the less impressed (and more shocked and often nauseated) we are, the more we harden our suspicion that you really ARE an empty vessel, a vacuous, amoral small-town grifter with an eye for nothing beyond the main chance, the next pay-day and the next photo-op. Sunlight, they say, is the best disinfectant, and they're not wrong. But for you, the one most sorely in need of disinfecting, sunlight has the same effect it does on vampires. It eats away at you little by little, rotting you until nothing is left. The next time I address you it won't be in the form of a Valentine's Day greeting - it'll be an anti-panegyric preached over the coffin of your political ambitions.

I will miss you when you're gone. Your entertainment-value quotient is off the charts, especially for "over educated", cultural-elitist snobs like me. There's the maddening little sing-song delivery of your speeches, with those weird, unmotivated upticks and misplaced emphases that suggest you are literally reading "your own words" for the very first time. For anyone who appreciates real oratorical skills, like those of Churchill, MLK or Pliny the Elder (you can google all these names, sweetie), it's like having knitting-needles kicked into one's ears over and over again. There's your matchless ability to grind grammar and syntax into a non-intelligible word-pulp containing the odd sharp, indigestible fragment of John Birch ("Bomb Iran!") or Jesus-Freak ("More Divine Intervention!") insanity, the frequent cheap slurs against your political enemies - who, I can't help noticing, are sprouting up even in the madder precincts at your own end of the political spectrum - and the usual genuflections towards Boy Jesus and Saint Ronnie (who I bet wouldn't touch your ass with a forty-foot pole). And then there's your sorry history of climbing towards the top over the corpses of the people who helped get you into office in the first place. It's like a pathology you can't seem to conquer. I don't think there's a step you've taken on your long (albeit short) march to infamy that hasn't featured the wholesale betrayal of the most recent tier of your erstwhile political mentors - the corpses of the disgruntled and thrown-over now surely make up a substantial percentage of the Alaskan electorate. No wonder you quit your job.

And I love your unmatched ability to pick fights with almost anyone, especially your own team members and handlers during last year's election. There's enough resentment and loathing among that group to guarantee you'll have a hard, nasty ride in the primaries come 2012 - except I don't for one minute believe you will run for President. Deep in your cold, flinty little excuse for a heart, you know as well as anyone else that you're not fit to boss a taco truck, let alone hold the reins of state. Your Nixonian hatreds and resentments are part of the public record - remind me what your state-trooper brother-in-law's name was, or the name of that guy you fired for not breaking the law and firing the bro-in-law for you? - and sooner or later, even your least discriminating, most intoxicated aficionados will take note of them and feel their gorges rising - as no doubt they have whilst watching your yoga-like, pretzel-bending exertions in re: Rush Limbaugh and "Retarded".

And talking of aficionados and all that "Run, Sarah Run!" jive, did you happen to notice that the room you addressed last Saturday was only half-full, with a mere 600 souls gathered there - for the price of $549 dollars a pop - to hymn, laud and exalt you? They were the ones devoted enough to pay to hear you speak, who didn't care about the massive speaker's fee you pocketed (with vague promises of using it to support Tea Party-ish candidates - promises you'll soon break, like all the other promises you make), the folks who really are dumb enough to believe that "someone just like me" is capable of running the country, the ones who laughed at the "TelePrompTer" joke even as you used a TelePrompTer of your own, and the ones who think that scrawling a cheat-sheet on your palm is a sign of genius and guts (and not a primitive, pre-digital version of a TelePrompTer - irony not being one of their/your strong suits).

The polls are starting to reflect a growing weariness with all your white-bread, small-town scams and poisonous airhead utterances. Last week a republicans-only poll of likely contenders for 2012 showed you in a distant second place to robotic Thunderbirds puppet Mitt Romney. He has spent billions of his own ill-gotten buckage to secure the princely figure of, oooh, 14 percent support for his putative presidential bid. You on the other hand, limped into second place with seven percent of the tally, barely beating out all the other scurrilous, ice-hearted has-beens and never-will-bes on the list (Huckabee, Gingrich et al). And another poll showed unfavorables towards you that should put paid to any presidential ambitions you might harbor - and here I reiterate my certainty that you will find the note-perfect, "I'm too pure for this" rationale for NOT running, and instead resuming your role as right-wing America's pallidly-pigmented equivalent of Oprah.

Given that your insatiable, almost neurotic appetite for ink, flashbulbs and headlines hasn't flagged for one second since you were plucked from the frigid tundra 18 months ago, it seems that the more we get to know you, the less we want to know.

Americans are finally waking up to your game, girl, and fewer and fewer of them display any inclination to play it. Happy Palintine's Day, Sarah, there won't be another.


Published in Huffington Post, February 15, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Scientists Invent Wafer-Thin Plastic That Can Store Electricity

British scientists have consigned the battery to the dustbin of history. It is a breakthrough that could revolutionise the way people use phones, drive cars and even wear clothes.

For the exciting details of this revolutionary breakthrough...go here.
The article appeared in the February 9, 2010 issue of the daily mail. Find it here:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Check out SnowBilly's Blog For Uplifting Videos This Morning...

My fellow Palin blogger SnowBilly has compiled a nice 1, 2, 3 punch this morning on his website Palin's Q&A + Fun. Feel free to go check out his blog, I have sunshine today, so I'm outta here!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Hopey-Changey Stuff: Jeff Schweitzer on Sarah Palin

Jeff Schweitzer writes on Huffington Post today...

"The country has become divided into people who find Palin's question flesh-crawling creepy, and those who do not. That division has become too wide to bridge; the gulf is permanent, the abyss impassable. You are on one side or the other. You either believe that Palin's question is nothing but pseudo-populism and fake folksy or differently that the question to be evidence she is a woman of the people.

Palin is the Fort Sumter of a new Civil War. As in the previous engagement between the North and South, we have split into two Americas beyond bridging our differences with conversation."

Enjoy the read, it gets even better...

Do You Know Any Of These People?

The Daily Kos ran this story on February 2 commenting on the 2010 Comprehensive Research 2,000 Poll of Self-Identified Republicans. It was quite a large poll with over 2,000 self-identified Republicans answering a series of questions by Research 2000, an independent pollster firm.

Let's get right to the heart of the matter. Here are some of the questions and answers. Do you know some of these people? Who are they? Where do your thoughts fall?

Should Barack Obama be impeached, or not?
Yes 30
No 32
Not Sure 29

Do you think Barack Obama is a socialist?
Yes 63
No 21
Not Sure 16

Do you think Barack Obama was born in the United states, or not?
Yes 42
No 36
Not Sure 22

Do you believe that Barack Obama wants the terrorists to win?
Yes 24
No 43
Not Sure 33

Do you believe Sarah Palin is more qualified to be President than Barack Obama?
Yes 53
No 14
Not Sure 33

Do you believe Barack Obama is a racist who hates White people?
Yes 31
No 36
Not Sure 33

Do you believe your state should secede from the United States?
Yes 23
No 58
Not Sure 19

Would you favor or oppose giving illegal immigrants now living in the United States the right to live here legally if they pay a fine and learn English?
Favor 26
Oppose 59
Not Sure 15

Do you support the death penalty?
Yes 91
No 4
Not Sure 5

Should openly gay men and women be allowed to serve in the military?
Yes 26
No 55
Not Sure 19

Should same sex couples be allowed to marry?
Yes 7
No 55
Not Sure 16

Should gay couples receive any state or federal benefits?
Yes 11
No 68
Not Sure 21

Should openly gay men and women be allowed to teach in public schools?
Yes 8
No 73
Not Sure 19

Should sex education be taught in the public schools?
Yes 42
No 51
Not Sure 7

Should public school students be taught that the book of Genesis in the Bible explains how God created the world?
Yes 77
No 15
Not Sure 8

Should contraceptive use be outlawed?
Yes 31
No 56
Not Sure 13

Do you believe the birth control pill is abortion?
Yes 34
No 48
Not Sure 18

Do you consider abortion to be murder?
Yes 76
No 8
Not Sure 16

Do you believe that the only way for an individual to go to heaven is through Jesus Christ, or can one make it to heaven through another faith?
Christ 67
Other 15
Not Sure 18

Friday, February 5, 2010

Emails From Palin Administration Implicate "First Dude" As Shadow Governor - UPDATED!

This just might be the mother lode we've been waiting for. Today MSNBC reported that they have received 3,000 pages of emails from the Palin Administration that show "First Dude" Todd Palin as intimately involved in the day to day governing of the state of Alaska. These emails leave no doubt that Todd Palin sat in on meetings, was privy to confidential information and that he was basically involved in all aspects of the Alaskan state government.

MSNBC reporter, Bill Dedman, speaks of what he has found in this video...

As usual, Keith Olbermann follows up later in the day and sums it up very nicely here...

And we can't forget the hard working Alaskan bloggers and their faithful readers who continue to sift through the emails for shiny nuggets of clarity in the murky waters that was the Alaskan Governor's half-term. The Immoral Minority, Bree Palin (with over 600 comments) and Palingates (with nearly 1,000 comments) are three of my favorites.

UPDATE: This is what Sarah said Sunday morning (Feb.7) on Fox News regarding the emails and Todd's involvement in her governance...

"He was forwarding on emails. And here's another thing. Todd and I being, in some cases, thousands of miles apart, if I emailed him about being, say, outside traveling, Todd's home, he's there, there, as a desktop, and I'm telling Todd, "Hey! Todd! Print this off for me, I'm going to grab it on my way home, because I work off a Blackberry, constantly, for practical reasons, it helped too. Todd helped as Alaska's "First Dude" with no staff. with no office, being thousands of miles away during a lot of times, with his job in Prudhomme Bay on the North Slope and commercial fishing. He helped with workforce development issues, issues that meant a lot to him and people out there, IN THE REAL WORLD. With carhearts, and steeltoed boots and hardhats trying to build this country. Todd helped in that respect. He never got into the minutiae of the politics, Todd's too good for that, he hates this kind of periphery political bull-stuff that we go through. He's not a part of any of that and, no, more power to Todd for being a good adviser and being a good practical person with common sense solutions."


Who is Sarah Palin?

When John McCain named Sarah Palin as his running mate, I took to the internet and dug up everything I could on her. I was convinced within the first few hours that nobody had vetted this woman. Surely, someone must have known what her record was in Alaska. Surely, someone had to know that she left her little hometown of Wasilla in debt. Surely, someone had to know that she was being questioned about her ethical behavior in the firing of her former brother in law? Surely, someone would question the whole "wild ride" story of the birth of her youngest child?

Well, here it is more than a year later and the stories just keep coming...we are still learning who Sarah Palin is. But just for nostalgic reasons, let's look back at the early hints...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Republicans Ignore Facts And Continue to Block Progress

Lest we forget what President Obama was left with when he took over the Presidency from George W. Bush. Read it here as posted on Huffington Post.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Alaskan Blogger Blows The Lid Off Palin's Hypocrisy

“The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity”

Alaskan blogger, AKMuckraker from The Mudflats, has revealed on Huffington Post that Sarah and Todd Palin are several years behind on payment of their property taxes on two parcels located near a lake in a remote area of Alaska.

The hypocrisy comes in when one considers that Palin refused to endorse a fellow politician because he had been found to be deliquent on his property taxes.

"In 2004, it came to light that Republican Rep. Vic Kohring owed the borough $2,277 in unpaid property taxes on property he owns off Knik-Goose Bay Road, according to borough records. “That bothered former Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin enough that she declined a campaign request to do a pro-Kohring TV commercial. As a former mayor, Palin said, it made her uncomfortable to back someone with unpaid taxes when the city relies on property taxes.” [Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), 10/28/04]"

President Obama Blasts Filabuster, Reminds Senate Dems Of Their 59-41 Majority

The Daily Kos posted this clip of President Obama as he spoke to Senate Democrats this morning.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Real Reasons That Palin Called Out Rahm Emanuel

It sounds like someone has been reading the Alaskan blogs. Keith Olbermann comments on Sarah's latest Facebook rant about Rahm Emanuel and his "retarded" comment a few months ago.

Then Andrew Sullivan, already an Alaska Blogger fan, follows up this morning with his take on the smoke screen that Sarah Palin hopes she can hide behind. When is someone going to take this woman out of the picture?