Palin’s Christmas Kill

Palin Family Christmas Card

LAST MINUTE BUSH IDEAS

As The Tall Twin says, Bush and his thugs are pulling so much last minute atrocities that it’s hard to keep up. But Tall Twin is trying to hit some of the ones that hit her the hardest.  Hit all of us, really, since his attempt to do in the Clean Air Act (and a national park or two) is pretty hard to choke down.  Now, without further ado, here’s the Tall One:
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If you’re planning on visiting a national park or wilderness area you’d better do it now. It looks like a new rule that will relax air quality standards and weaken the Clean Air Act is on the way. The Environmental Protection Agency plans to make it easier to build coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and more near “Class 1 areas.” If the new rule is enacted it could ease the way for the construction of at least two dozen coal-fired utilities within 186 miles of 10 national parks.

Here’s how the rules work now. Pollution levels near national parks are measured over 3-hour and 24-hour periods so they can isolate emission spikes during peak energy demand. Those spikes are what might violate current law and they are what really need to be monitored. The new idea is to average emissions annually. This will mask those dreaded spikes. The EPA could issue the final rule as early as this week.

Many national parks already struggle with poor visibility shrouding otherwise spectacular vistas. For example, in the 1930s the view from Skyline Drive in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park was up to 70 miles. Now on some days it’s as little as one mile. Another issue is acid rain, which can pollute water and destroy trees (and even rock formations.)

Mark Wenzler, who directs clean-air programs for the National Parks Conservation Association said, “The administration’s staunch commitment to coal is so deep that they’re willing to sacrifice our national parks on the way out the door.”

It’s true that, as a nation, we need to make the best of our energy resources. Nonetheless, our national parks and wilderness areas are fragile. Decisions that concern their long term health and well being should not be made as a parting shot as the current administration leaves.

The Watchdog


In about two months the Obama administration will become a reality. Emotionally exhausted voters are trying to keep up with transition news, bailout updates, and Senate recounts and runoffs. In the meantime, the current administration is very very busy passing legislation, changing rules, and shifting political appointees to the ranks of career employees in a process called “burrowing. How cute. We thought it would be a good idea to at least try to keep track of a few last minute moves that aren’t making headlines. A threat to Oregon’s public old growth forests is outlined in the following letter provided by The Wilderness Society.

“The public forests of western Oregon provide enormous benefits to the American people. They are the sources of clean drinking water for many communities, provide hiking, fishing, camping, rafting, and other recreational opportunities not often found on private lands, and provide key habitat for a wide range of wildlife and fish species, especially wildlife that are threatened with extinction such as marbled murrelets, northern spotted owls, and wild Pacific salmon.
The plan proposed by BLM for western Oregon public forests will seriously reduce streamside protections, increase clearcuts, and diminish the careful balance of wildlife protections developed through the Northwest Forest Plan. Ancient Forests are scheduled to eventually be logged. The plan unrealistically includes a 43% increase in BLM’s budget, and also depends on the construction of over 1,300 miles of logging roads. The erroneous purpose of the plan is to dramatically increase logging levels. Logging should be focused on restoration projects, and in areas that would benefit by reducing fire threats to homes and property.”

Bush’s Parting Gift


Stop Wolf Slaughter in the Lower 48

There are only a few weeks left before Our President-elect becomes President of the United States. Many people are counting the days. For wolves those weeks are a matter of life and death. This administration is trying to rush through some last minute dsc_0336sbusiness that would lift the current protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states. They were removed from the Endangered Species list for a short time earlier in the year. Before a judge quickly reinstated them, more than 100 of these beautiful animals were slaughtered. District Court Judge Donald Molloy of Montana called the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to take the wolf off the list baseless and dangerous. There is no reason to remove wolves from the list. Ranchers are compensated when they lose any livestock to a wolf (which is rare), and “problem” wolves may be shot under the current law.
The introduction of Gray wolves to the ecosystem of Yellowstone has helped to improve the environment there. Wolves are a key predator species. When predators are removed, prey species weaken and are more susceptible to disease. When herbivores increase unchecked, they put tremendous pressure on resources such as water and plant life.
Some hunters complain that wolves decimate the deer population. The numbers refute this. A study by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources showed that wolves kill about 6,000 deer per year, while some 40,000 deer are hit by cars and nearly half a million more are shot by human hunters annually. Those deer killed by cars and hunters are often strong and healthy. Wolves usually cull old, sick and weak animals, which supports Nature’s grand plan of survival of the fittest.
If the wolves are de-listed, management of their populations will be turned over to the states themselves. Will ranchers and hunters seek to preserve viable predator/prey ratios or will they hunt the wolves back into extinction? Do we really want to find out?
The public will have until November 28, 2008, to submit their comments to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov or via U.S. mail or hand delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: RIN 1018-Au53; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.

http://www.nrdcactionfund.org/

See more at the link above.

The Seat of Power

large_ohman1106colorBy Jack Ohman, The Oregonian

The Results Are In

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The Wasilla Hillbillies

Strains Between McCain and Palin Aides Go Public

Report: Palin’s Wardrobe Is to Be Audited by GOP

By KATE SNOW

Nov. 6, 2008 —

Now that the defeated team of Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin have gone their separate ways, the knives are out and Palin is the one who is getting filleted.

Revelations from anonymous critics from within the McCain-Palin campaign suggest a number of complaints about the Alaskan governor:

Fox News reports that Palin didn’t know Africa was a continent and did not know the member nations of the North American Free Trade Agreement — the United States, Mexico and Canada — when she was picked for vice president.

The New York Times reports that McCain aides were outraged when Palin staffers scheduled her to speak with French President Nicholas Sarkozy, a conversation that turned out to be a radio station prank.

Newsweek reports that Palin spent far more than the previously reported $150,000 on clothes for herself and her family.

Several publications say she irked the McCain campaign by asking to make her own concession speech on election night.

The tension is likely to continue or get worse. Lawyers for the Republican National Committee are heading to Alaska to try to account for all the money that was spent on clothing, jewelry and luggage, according to The New York Times.

Reports of agitation between the two camps bubbled up in the final weeks of the campaign as Barack Obama began pulling away and the GOP duo was unable to regain the momentum.

But those reports are no longer in the rumor stage as McCain loyalists are now blasting away at the Alaska governor, who was a favorite of the Republican right during the campaign, but was cited in numerous polls as a reason why many Americans wouldn’t vote for the Arizona Republican.

Perhaps the most dangerous allegation for Palin are reports in The New York Times and Newsweek that when she was urged by McCain adviser Nicole Wallace to buy three suits for the Republican convention and three suits for the campaign trail, she went on the now-infamous shopping spree at swank stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

A Republican donor who agreed to foot a majority of the expenses was stunned when he received the bill, Newsweek reported. Both the Times and Newsweek report that the budget for the clothing was expected to be between $20,000 and $25,000. Instead, the amount reported by the Republican National Committee was $150,000.

That wasn’t the whole tab, however, according to Newsweek. The magazine claims that Palin leaned on some low-level staffers to put thousands of dollars of additional purchases on their credit cards. The national committee and McCain became aware of the extra expenditures, including clothes for husband Todd Palin, when the staffers sought reimbursement, Newsweek reported.

McCain Aide Calls Palin Family ‘Wasilla Hillbillies’

There is one comment in particular from a McCain aide that guaranteed to heighten friction between the two camps. The angry aide described the Palin family shopping spree to Newsweek as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast.”

It’s unclear how much McCain knew about the clothing debacle. Reports suggest that he was kept out of the loop for fear that he would not approve.

Both Newsweek and The New York Times say McCain and Palin had little contact with each other.

“I think it was a difficult relationship,” one top McCain official confided to The New York Times. But a high level McCain adviser told ABC News that the two had a good working relationship.

…Read the rest of this article here: ABC News Internet Ventures

VICTORY!!!

The Twins are celebrating today. Hope you are too!

By the way, have you checked Palin as President today?

Hey, Red AND Blue States, Listen Up!

This is a response to the internet letters from the Blue States to the Red States, and vice versa. The letters, meant to be humorous, are raising hackles and petty arguments in the current political atmosphere.

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Hey Red States and Blue States,

Hold it right there. I have something to say before you start breaking up this country. My name is Unknown and my remains are in a marble tomb near the center of Arlington National Cemetery. There are four of us in this tomb. We died in two World Wars, in Korea, and in Vietnam. We gave our lives for the land we loved and we each came home in a casket draped with the flag of this nation.

Our tomb is in Virginia. The marble for our memorial comes from Colorado, from the same mine that produced the marble for the Lincoln Memorial. We’re in good company here. This is the final resting place for more than 300,000 Americans including soldiers from the Battle of the Little Big Horn, the Civil War and just about every war since.  An eternal flame marks the final resting place of our 35th president John F. Kennedy.  Two astronauts who perished aboard the space shuttle Challenger, Richard Scobee (Washington) and Michael Smith (North Carolina), were laid to rest here. You’ll find the grave of Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, the American writer and activist who was born on a Yankton Sioux reservation. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes is buried here. He was born in Boston and he taught at Harvard. We share this place with innocents who died at the Pentagon and on American Flight 77 on 9/11. You’ll also find a memorial to the 259 American men, women and children from many states who died aboard PanAm flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

If you guys split up…who gets Arlington?

Blue States, are you really so ready to give up Ole Miss? That’s a 160 year-old institution. It was one of the South’s first universities to admit women, and the first to hire a female faculty member. James Meredith, a native of Mississippi, courageously endured a great deal of hateful treatment to become the university’s first black student. And what’s wrong with Alabama? It’s the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Harper Lee, Hank Aaron, Mia Hamm and Hank Williams. The folks down in Huntsville built the first rocket that put humans on the Moon.

Red States, what have you got against Rhode Island? If it wasn’t for that tiny state you might be having tea and crumpets every afternoon. It was the first of the thirteen original American colonies to declare independence from British rule. Providence is home to the First Baptist Church in America and the first NFL night game! It’s also the home state of George M. Cohan, H. P. Lovecraft, Eileen Farrell and Nelson Eddy.

Let’s be fair about big cities. They have some tough issues, but they are also famous for museums and parks, music, the arts and great sports teams. Miami is home to the Adrienne Arsht Center (the second-largest performing arts center in the nation) and Dolphin Stadium. Atlanta boasts Zoo Atlanta (which is helping to save some of the world’s most endangered species). Don’t forget that St Louis is the home of Anheuser-Busch Breweries (for that frosty mug of brew you talked about Red States). You’ll also find one of those elitist universities in St. Louis. The Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital operate the Siteman Cancer Center and the Genome Sequencing Center. In fact, universities in cities around the nation do cutting edge research in cancer, diabetes, heart disease, birth defects, nerve disorders and much more. And yes, stem cell research is incredibly promising in many of these areas. Think of how you might feel if your doctor were to say, “It’s malignant…but don’t worry. There’s an excellent new treatment from Stanford that can triple your chances of survival.” And for Blue Staters with rheumatoid arthritis…it was a guy from Alabama who first synthesized cortisone.

Why the rush to divvy up this land that includes Big Sur, Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Everglades, the Channel Islands, the Grand Canyon and so much more? Why can’t we all share and enjoy the country that gave us B. B. King, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Marian Anderson, Motown, Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, Lincoln Center, the Hollywood Bowl, and yes, Streisand? Who wouldn’t want a Philly cheese steak, a Maryland boiled crab dinner, Tex-Mex, gumbo or a slice of Boston cream pie?

In dark times we have always come through as a nation. Remember that after 9/11 Americans gathered from every corner of this land to help New York City. Firefighters from as far away as Montana trekked to California to fight huge blazes that threatened lives and property there. Rescue dog teams from California have mobilized in hours to help Midwestern victims of tornadoes and floods. After Katrina, as the government dropped the ball, trucks loaded with emergency supplies, and cars loaded with volunteers rolled out of San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and yes, Detroit. We are a nation of heroes ready to help our neighbors. We are a nation of liberal, conservative, and moderate soccer moms, doctors and chefs. Dedicated teachers, caring police officers, honest city officials and schools that achieve academic miracles are not unique to small towns or to big cities. And that volunteer military? The men and women who march into harm’s way to defend this country are from every corner of every state.

So before you start carving up these United States, remember that the spoils will have to include Arlington, and Lexington, Yorktown, Gettysburg, Wounded Knee, Pearl Harbor and every other inch of soil upon which American blood has been shed in our shared history. You’ll have to explain to the spirits of those who died why we can’t seem to muster the courage, the commitment and the respect for our fellow citizens to make this nation work.

Or can we?

Sincerely,

Unknown

The original  internet letters:

Dear Red States

Dear Blue States

Exclusive/original to Political Bunko

Please pass along or repost.

Quick Reminder

Debase and Degrade


“The most dangerous element of our political future in this country is candidates who debase and degrade the political process by straight-out lies and misleading spots on television. It’s a cancer to our system.”

Republican Senator Chuck Hagel

Barak Trivia


In Swahili “Baraka” is a common name meaning “blessing, prosperity, progress, gift.” There’s also a proverb in Swahili: “Haraka, haraka, haina baraka,” which translates to “haste brings no blessings,”  or “slow and steady wins the race.”

Michelle is to Sarah as Charm is to Whack-Job

Jay Leno’s interview, below, with Michelle Obama left me smiling.  Sarah Palin – maverick, rogue, whack-job – grabs all the headlines, but if you want to see an attractive woman who is also intelligent, warm, and witty, Michele Obama is the right choice.

Leno joked that no one will be dressing up as Sarah Palin for Halloween this year since her costume would cost $150,000, then asked Michelle Obama about her shopping habits. Here’s her reply, and a whole lot more.

The Brain has Nothing on Palin

As Timely Now as in 1950

“I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny — Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry and Smear.” Margaret Chase Smith, 1950 Declaration of Conscience

Say What?

A few years ago there was a television commercial in which a young man made a phone call to his mother. She complained that he never called and he responded, “But I am calling you!”

There’s just no pleasing some people.

To help to ease the sting of the mortgage crisis, Senator Obama introduced a plan to give tax relief to ten million homeowners who don’t itemize their taxes.

The McCain campaign said that the plan was essentially “welfare” because some of the homeowners that would be included are unemployed.

Although very few homeowners fell into that category, Obama addressed the issue by adding a work requirement for those who would receive the $500 credit.

The McCain campaign then criticized the plan for offering no help to the unemployed.

There’s just no pleasing some people.

The McCain criticism is off base anyway. Obama’s website lists several credible plans to create millions of new jobs and so decrease unemployment.

Happy Halloween!

Writers and Artists for Obama

Over 1,000 authors and illustrators speaking out to teachers,
librarians and parents and the nation. Read more.

Ellen DeGeneres Tells Sarah Palin Where to Stick It

Ellen has a little something to say to Sarah Palin.

Palin’s $150,000 Makeover, Obama’s Resoled Shoes

It’s been reported that Professor Higgins, er, the RNC has spent $150,000 on clothes and other items in their continued attempt to turn Sarah Palin into a socially acceptable Eliza Doolittle. Meanwhile, this photo of Obama was discovered in a great collection of campaign shots from Callie Shell).

Since taking to the campaign trail a year ago, Obama admits he’s already had them resoled once.  It’s a little thing, but it says volumes about the man.

Meanwhile, $150,000 can’t make a silk purse out of a polar bear’s ear.*

Obama's stumping shoes need a second resoling.

Obama's stumping shoes need a second resoling


*In an ironic twist, Defender’s is trying to raise $150,000 so they can show the ad in battleground states. Does that amount of money ring a bell?!

THE McPALINING

THE MCPALINING

Starring Danny Torrance as America and The Grady Twins as McCain and Palin

America:  Zoom, zoom, zoom, having fun, looking forward to a new and wonderful future without Dubya.

McPalin: Hi, America!  Come play with us!

America: Really?  You want to play with me?

McPalin: Absolutely! You’ve mandated us to be your leaders. We can’t wait to play with you!

America:  Wow, that’s neato! Let’s play with the financial problem, ‘kay?

America: WTF?

McPalin: America, America, don’t worry, that nasty old Obama didn’t get elected.

McPalin: We want to play with you America. First we’re going to pull off your personal rights, then your civil rights, then take your home and your little dog, too!

America: NO! NO! NO! Wake up, America, wake up!

America: Whew! It really was just a dream or my imagination or something!

JOBama: Don’t worry, America. It will only be a bad dream as long as you get out there and VOTE!

Don’t take an Obama-Biden win for granted! Make it a landslide!

Photos from The Shining (c) 1980 Warner Bros

Palin as President

Just go here and start clicking. This vision of Sarah Palin’s Oval Office has new tricks every day.

The Tootsie Pop from Hell

There’s so much that’s horrible and foul about Sarah Palin that should be discussed. So why is everyone fixated on Newsweek’s unretouched cover photo of her?  Zoom in, check her out. Oh, those horrid warts and hairs! You mean she’s not Caribou Barbie after all?

Palin Unretouched

Palin Unretouched

Nah, she’s still Caribou Barbie — please, even unretouched she looks good.  She’s all pretty candy on the outside and squirming maggots on the inside, like a Tootsie Pop from hell.  Let’s concentrate on the maggots, shall we? That’s what’s important. And scary.

“Sit Down, Boy!” — Sarah Palin, Bottom Feeder

by
The Tall Twin
In recent speeches, Governor Sarah Palin said about Senator Barack Obama, “This is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see America.” She adds that he, “sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.”

She used the comments to attack Obama for his association with William Ayers, former member of an anti-war group known for domestic terrorism in the sixties and seventies (when Obama was a child).

Palin Supporters

Palin Supporters

Here’s the background on the Ayers – Obama connection. Ayers, now in his sixties, is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Education. Obama met him when they lived in the same neighborhood. Ayres was one of three authors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge grant proposal for public school reform. In 1995 the project was given nearly fifty million dollars for public school grants. Obama was named to the Board of Directors that oversaw the distribution of grants in Chicago.

In 1995, Ayers hosted a “coffee” in his home so that State Senator Alice Palmer could introduce Obama to her supporters as he began his first run for office. In 1997, Ayers was named Chicago’s Citizen of the Year for his work on the Annenberg project.

From 2000 to 2002, Ayers and Obama both served on the board of the Woods Fund of Chicago, a community anti-poverty group. In April 2001, Ayers contributed $200 to Obama’s re-election fund to the Illinois State Senate.

Since 2002, there has been little linking Obama and Ayers, and Senator Obama has condemned the actions that Ayers took as a young man. Seriously, if Sarah Palin sees this as “palling around with terrorists” then she will have to accuse dozens of Chicago’s most prominent educators and philanthropists of the same thing.

Sit down, boy!

Now back to Palin’s recent speeches (and one given by McCain as well). During the speeches, some of the responses from the crowd were frightening. When McCain asked in a speech, “Who is Obama?” a member of the crowd yelled out “terrorist!” At a Florida rally a man yelled “kill him!” as Ms. Palin delivered her accusations about Obama. When Palin complained about the press, the crowd grew surly toward a nearby camera crew. Some shouted epithets at an African-American member of the crew as one man snarled, “Sit down, Boy.”

It is true that campaign rallies are meant to energize the crowd. It is also true that politicians use talking points that are less than accurate to sway opinion, but Palin is stepping over a very dangerous line. By saying that Obama is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see it, she is carelessly characterizing Senator Obama as “not us” but rather as “one of them.” This is a slippery slope that can lead to serious consequences if one crazy person with a warped view of “patriotism” takes this as a “call to act.”

Voltaire said, “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” This reckless and shameful brand of rhetoric has no place in American politics and Governor Palin should know that.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/06/AR2008100602935.html

John McCain Meets Sarah Palin

John McCain asking Sarah Palin to be his running mate, as re-enacted by a dinosaur and a doll. I’m not sure why, but I found it highly amusing.

Palin: Master Debater?

Sarah Palin Debate Flow Chart

Sarah Palin Debate Flow Chart

I’m Voting Republican

Reasons to vote Republican!  It’s a brilliant video.

Let’s Support Planned Parenthood – in Sarah Palin’s name!

Want to do some real good and, simultaneously, get a little sweet satisfaction at Sarah Palin’s expense?  Someone who shall remain nameless thought of this.  It’s viral marketing at its best.
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Instead of us all sending around emails about how horrible she is, let’s all make a donation to Planned Parenthood.

In Sarah Palin’s name.

And here’s the good part: when you make a donation to PP in her name, they’ll send her a card telling her that the donation has been made in her honor. Here’s the link to the Planned Parenthood website:

https://secure.ga0.org/02/pp10000_inhonor

You’ll need to fill in the address to let PP know where to send the ‘in Sarah Palin’s honor’ card. I suggest you use the address for the McCain campaign headquarters, which is:

McCain for President
1235 S. Clark Street
1st Floor
Arlington , VA 22202

PS make sure you use that link above or choose the pulldown of Donate–Honorary or Memorial Donations, not the regular ‘Donate Online’

Where Did the GOP Find Sarah Palin?

Yesterday, a car salesman told me he liked Sarah Palin because she was “nice to look at and doesn’t know anything about Washington.”  He thought that was refreshing.  Then he asked me what I thought.

I said, “She’s a narcissist and probably sociopathic.”

He just chuckled – probably because he was trying to sell me a car and had just realized he’d read me wrong –and told me that “little Sarah is just like Teddy Roosevelt, and no one can deny he’s a great man.”

While I was reeling my jaw up, he explained.  It was something about hunting bad guys and hunting animals and I had a lot of fun telling him I’d never buy a car from someone who supported a psycho because she was hot.

This salesman was at least 65 years old and he still thought with his dick.

And tonight an older woman who absolutely loves dogs — dotes on them, adores them — told me she thinks Sarah Palin would be a great Veep or Prez, that she’s totally qualified and that the ‘left-wing press has made up all those stories about shooting wolves.’

Palin’s Zombie Army is on the move.

Palin and Teddy Roosevelt have bears in common.

Palin and Teddy Roosevelt have bears in common.

The Big Three and You

Bush's Legacy. Er, Impala

Bush's Legacy. Er, Impala

“Prop 8 – The Musical”

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This is a grand little musical with a message, starring John C. Reilly and Jack Black.

Sarah Palin Pardons a Turkey

Aren’t you glad you aren’t having Thanksgiving at Sarah’s house?

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Neuter Your Children, er. . .

It’s the perfect PSA!