Palin straight “dissed” Obama at the Republican National Convention

September 3rd, 2008 Urban Conservative

Well, not really.  But I am sure most of you don’t even know what “dissed” means, so look it up.

The 2008 Republican National Convention tonight was quite awesome. No, Kanye West didn’t perform since he hates all white people; and the audience wasn’t filled with Hollywood liberals pretending to care about the world we live in. Well, I think maybe Jon Voight might have been there since he is one of the few conservatives in Hollywood who isn’t afraid to come out of the closet.

The spotlight tonight was on the Republican Vice Presidential Candidate and Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. And, let me tell you folks, she was in her element, on point and she impressed me with her “command presence” at the podium.  She was greeted by thunderous applause and came out with poise, confidence and charisma; and damn, she looked quite lovely. “I will be honored to accept the nomination for vice president of the United States” she said so eloquently. 

With those words, pandemonium erupted - and the flashes of thousands of cameras reflected off her glasses.  Palin gave an excellent speech while mildly attacking Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and what she called the “Washington elite” and also the main stream media. Here are some direct quotes:

“The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of ‘personal discovery.’ This world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn’t just need an organizer,”

And this was to the main stream media that is attacking her and her family:

But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion - I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people … I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better. When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too

And the most effective for me was:

And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in small towns, we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening.

This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word “victory” except when he’s talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed … when the roar of the crowd fades away … when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot - what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger … take more of your money … give you more orders from Washington … and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy … our opponent is against producing it.

Here is the complete excerpt of her speech.

I leave you with these words which are completely true: “for a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words. For a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds” - Sarah Palin

Tags: 2008 Republican National Convention, Governor Sarah Palin, Main Stream Media, hockey mom, Sarah palin, john mccain, vice presidential nominee

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  • Blind faith
    Sarah Palin is rising a jesus horse to power! ITS awesome someone is cool enought to be a sportscaster and vice president and read speeches real well!! She is a mother so she knows what being vice president is. McCain is prisoner from a war.

    Obama is islam. boo! And a hawaiian

  • Jack

    Concerning your comment:  "You conservatives are a real joke. You claim to be the only "TRUE" American's, and everyone else is crap."  I would like to know where you get the above thought?  i'm a republican and am not a joke and do not claim to be any more of a  "True" American than other folks.  However, i'm leaning toward agreeing with you that everyone else is crap lately (other than real republicans), but will do my best to withhold that JUDGEMENT until later.  In addition, your coment ("Yet you use lies and intimidation to subjugate the lesser masses. In this election we have seen such gross distortions of the truth, as to put the devil himself to shame.") is true for both sides.  where is the problem now?  Now the TRUTH really comes out, doesn't it?  it is an election year.  unless you have just entered the US for the first time, are not old enough to have experienced elections before or have been hiding under a rock, you should know it is a fact for both sides.  Every time either side talks about lying, i find it quite comical and sad at the same time because it happens in both parties.  THEY ARE POLITICIANS!  When evaluating Palin, I am looking for more than just Legislative issues and know that she would be the best VP in the running.  I would compare her to Biden instead of Obama because as of about 30 seconds ago, Biden is the selected VP for the democratic party.  However, I think that she is more qualified than Obama any day.  I couldn't even begin to list the reasons she is more qualified than both.  By the way, Biden is perfect example of a good ole boy.
  • YaFeelingLucky
    You conservative are a real joke. You claim to be the only "TRUE" American's, and everyone else is crap. Yet you fail to realize this is a democracy, and not some third world dictatorship. Or is it! The last 8 years has been witness to some of the most destructive, divisive, anti-democratic, and un-American politics since our nation began. The very nature of Democracy has been the free expression of different opinions, to make us a more perfect union. Yet you use lies and intimidation to subjugate the lesser masses. In this election we have seen such gross distortions of the truth, as to put the devil himself to shame. Take for example Barack's legislative record and experience. The fact is he has done far more than Palin ever can dream of, to advance this nation, and the just causes for ALL Americans. Don't believe me, here are the facts

    Below I summarize Senator Obama's legislative record in the US Senate. 
    First I list the bills he sponsored that have become law. 
    Next I summarize the bills that he has sponsored or cosponsored since he became a US Senator in 2005.
    I have only included major pieces of legislation and have not summarized continuing resolutions or naming post offices, for example.
    His record suggests several priorities and the bills he supports address many of our most pressing problems.
    Most of his legislative effort has been in the area of Energy Efficiency and Climate Change (25 bills), health care (21 bills) and public health (20 bills), consumer protection/labor (14 bills), the needs of Veterans and the Armed Forces (13 bills), Congressional Ethics and Accountability (12 bills), Foreign Policy (10 bills) Voting and Elections (9 bills), Education (7 bills), Hurricane Katrina Relief (6), the Environment (5 bills), Homeland Security (4 bills), and discrimination (4 bills). 
    Of the 15 bills Senator Obama sponsored or co-sponsored in 2005-7 that became law:
    Two addressed foreign policy:
    Promote relief, security and democracy in the Congo (2125)
    Develop democratic institutions in areas under Palestinian control (2370).
    Three addressed public health:
    Improve mine safety (2803)
    Increased breast cancer funding (597)
    Reduce preterm delivery and complications, reduce infant mortality (707).
    Two addressed openness and accountability in government:
    Strengthening the Freedom of Information Act (2488)
    Full disclosure of all entities receiving federal funds (2590)
    Two addressed national security
    Extend Terrorist Risk Insurance (467)
    Amend the Patriot Act (2167)
    One addressed the needs of the Armed Forces
    Wave passport fees to visit graves, attend memorials/funerals of veterans abroad (1184).
    Of the 570 bills Senator Obama introduced into the Senate during the 109th and 110th Congress  (Senate Bill numbers are in parentheses), they can be summarized as follows:
    25 addressed Energy Efficiency and Climate Change
    Suspend royalty relief for oil and gas (115)
    Reduce dependence on oil; use of alternative energy sources (133)
    Increase fuel economy standards for cars (767, 768)
    Auto industry incentives for fuel efficient vehicles (1151)
    Reduce green house gas emissions (1324)
    Establish at NSF a climate change education program (1389)
    Increase renewable content of gasoline (2202)
    Energy emergency relief for small businesses and farms (269)
    Strategic gasoline and fuel reserves (1794)
    Alternative diesel standards (3554)
    Coal to liquid fuel promotion (3623)
    Renewable diesel standards (1920)
    Reducing global warming pollution from vehicles (2555)
    Fuel security and consumer choice (1994, 2025)
    Alternative energy refueling system (2614)
    Climate change education (1389)
    Low income energy assistance (2405)
    Oil savings targets (339)
    Fuel economy reform (3694)
    Plug-in electric drive vehicles (1617)
    Nuclear release notice (2348)
    Passenger rail investment (294)
    Energy relief for low income families (2405)
    21 addressed Health Care
    Drug re-importation (334)
    Health information technology (1262, 1418)
    Discount drug prices (2347)
    Health care associated infections (2278)
    Hospital quality report cards (692, 1824)
    Medical error disclosure and compensation (1784)
    Emergency medical care and response (1873)
    Stem cell research (5)
    Medical Malpractice insurance (1525)
    Health centers renewal (901, 3771)
    Childrens health insurance (401)
    Home health care (2061)
    Medicare independent living (2103)
    Microbicides for HIV/AIDS (823)
    Ovarian cancer biomarker research (2569)
    Gynological cancers (1172)
    Access to personalized medicine through use of human genome (976)
    Paralysis research and care (1183)
    20 addressed Public Health:
    Violence against women (1197)
    Biodefense and pandemic preparedness and response (1821, 1880)
    Viral influenza control (969)
    End homelessness (1518)
    Reduce STDs/unintended pregnancy (1790)
    Smoking prevention and tobacco control (625)
    Minority health improvement and disparity elimination (4024)
    Nutrition and physical education in schools (2066)
    Health impact assessments (1067, 2506)
    Healthy communities (1068)
    Combat methamphetamines (2071)
    Paid sick leave (910)
    Prohibit mercury sales (833, 1818)
    Prohibit sale of lead products (1306, 2132)
    Lead exposure in children (1811, 2132)
    14 address Consumer Protection/Labor
    Stop unfair labor practices (842)
    Fair minimum wage (2, 1062, 2725, 3829)
    Internet freedom (2917)
    Credit card safety (2411)
    Media ownership (2332)
    Protecting taxpayer privacy (2484)
    Working family child assistance (218)
    Habeus Corpus Restoration (185)
    Bankruptcy protection for employees and retirees (2092)
    FAA fair labor management dispute resolution (2201)
    Working families flexibility (2419).
    13 addressed the Needs of Veterans and the Armed Forces:
    Improve Benefits (117)
    Suicide prevention (479)
    Needs of homeless veterans (1180)
    Homes for veterans (1084)
    GI Bill enhancement (43)
    Military job protection
    Dignity in care for wounded vets (713)
    Housing assistance for low income veterans (1084)
    Military children in public schools (2151)
    Military eye injury research and care (1999)
    Research physical/mental health needs from Iraq War (1271)
    Proper administration of discharge for personality disorder (1817, 1885)
    Security of personal data of veterans (3592)
    12 addressed Congressional Ethics and Accountability
    Lobbying and ethics reform (230)
    Stop fraud (2280)
    Legislative transparency and accountability (525)
    Open government (2180, 2488)
    Restoring fiscal discipline (10)
    Transparency and integrity in earmarks (2261)
    Accountability of conference committee deliberations and reports (2179)
    Federal funding accountability and transparency (2590)
    Accountability and oversight for private security functions under Federal
    contract (674)
    Accountability for contractors and personnel under federal contracts
    (2147) Resctrictions awarding government contracts (2519)
    10 addressed Foreign Policy:
    Iraq war de-escalation (313)
    US policy for Iraq (433),
    Divestiture from Iran (1430)
    Sudan divestment authorization (831)
    Millennium Development Goals (2433)
    Multilateral debt relief (1320)
    Development bank reform (1129)
    Nuclear nonproliferation (3131,977,2224).
    9 address Voting/Elections
    Prohibit deceptive practices in Federal elections (453)
    Voter access to polls and services in Federal elections (737)
    Voter intimidation and deceptive practices (1975)
    Senate campaign disclosure parity (185)
    Require reporting for bundled campaign contributions (2030)
    Election jamming prevention (4102)
    Campaign disclosure parity (223)
    Presidential funding (2412)
    Integrity of electronic voting systems (1487)
    11 addressed Education
    Increase access of low income African Americans to higher education (1513)
    Establish teaching residency programs (1574)
    Increase early intervention services (2111)
    Middle school curriculum improvements (2227)
    Public database of scholarships, fellowships and financial aid (2428)
    Summer learning programs (116)
    TANF financial education promotion (924)
    Higher education (1642)
    Build capacity at community colleges (379)
    Campus law enforcement in emergencies (1228)
    Support for teachers (2060).
    6 addressed Hurrican Katrina
    Hurricane Katrina recovery (2319)
    Emergency relief (1637)
    Bankruptcy relief and community protection (1647)
    Working family tax relief (2257)
    Fair wages for recovery workers (1749)
    Gulf coast infrastructure redevelopment (1836)
    5 addressed the Environment
    Drinking water security (218, 1426)
    Water resources development (728)
    Waste water treatment (1995)
    Combat illegal logging (1930)
    Spent nuclear fuel tracking and Acountability (1194)
    Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act (Introduced in Senate)[S.726.IS ]
    4 addressed Discrimination
    Claims for  civil class action based on discrimination (1989)
    Domestic partnership benefits (2521)
    Unresolved civil rights crimes (535)
    Equality or two parent families (2286)
    4 addressed Homeland Security
    Judicial review of FISA orders (2369)
    National emergency family locator (1630)
    Amend US Patriot Act (2167)
    Chemical security and safety (2486)

    This comes straight from the congressional record found at:

    A search under Obama's legislative record reveals
    Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 570 bills in the 109th and 110th Congress.
    Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 15 bills that have become LAW since he joined the Senate in 2005.
    Senator Obama has also introduced amendments to 50 bills, of which 16 were adopted by the Senate

    Now I really don't expect any of you to actually check the FACTS, as the history and records of conservatives is to ignore the truth, and instead place ideality ahead of country. So ask yourself, who are the real Americans.
  • David W. Walters
    "But in an announcement that has left his followers shaken, the Christ himself has come forward to announce that he is leaving Christianity, effective immediately. The reasoning: The 2008 Republican Platform. Reached for comment at a West Hollywood coffee shop, Christ said that he couldn’t deal with a world that so misinterpreted his words and actions."
  • David W. Walters
    Palin may have said “Thanks, but no thanks” on the Bridge to Nowhere, though not until Congress had pretty much killed it already. But that was a sharp turnaround from the position she took during her gubernatorial campaign, and the town where she was mayor received lots of earmarks during her tenure.

    To be a christian....she sure does lie!
  • tootired
    This woman is crazy!  Someone please teach her how to act like a true Christian...She opened her mouth and demons came flying out!  A true Christian would not use her tongue as a knife...
  • Rita Modrak
    Well, Karl, paying for a war I don't support, and paying for tax breaks for the wealthy is what I call wasteful spending and ineffective government. If that money was invested in education and health care, we'd be a more successful nation.
  • James
    I will make no bones about being in favor of the McCain/Palin ticket, but only because out of the group of unsavory apples this election year, they seem the least rotten.

    Even if I set aside my catholic duties of not voting for a radical abortionist, I simply would never entrust my vote to a man who spent 20 years at the knee of a mentor who is a racist. I could not do it. It is remarkably convenient to denounce the Rev. Wright only after 20 years have passed and you are in the middle of an election process. And one simply has to wonder how much of the pastor’s vitriol sunk in. Like the media itself, that unsavory creeping mist of information, I would imagine that quite a bit of Rev. Wright’s ideals belong to Mr. Obama no matter how much denouncing comes late in the fourth quarter. I simply can't understand how any Obama supporter can, with a straight face, bring up anyone else's truthfulness when this whole chapter in the Obama saga is riddled with lies.
  • Karl
    Actually Rita, National Security was put at risk because of intelligence and defense cuts by Clinton in the 90's that eventually led to the bombing of the embassies, the USS Cole and 9/11. Our intelligence community has improved but has still not recovered from Clinton's love of satellite surveillance in lieu of skilled global intelligence agents.

    In terms of helping you get health care or your kids going to college, your comments lead me to believe you never supported a Republican in your life. This is NOT supposed to be a nanny work, you plan, you prepare and you take care of your own. Voting to enlarge government leads to more wasteful spending and less effectiveness of what the government is really for (defense, law and infrastructure.) If you are sitting around waiting for the government to pay your bills, may I suggest Sweden or Canada? Their model is what you seek (and has also led to stagnation and 'brain drain' as highly skilled people from those countries move here for the advancement opportunities.
  • Rita Modrak
    Are we all so happy with what Bush's done in the past eight years that we're ready to vote for another Republican? I thought Bush understood my concerns, but this "straight-talking, average guy" is just a Yale-educated, New England raised millionaire who hasn't helped me get health benefits, hasn't helped my kids go to college, and has put our national security more at risk. McCain/Palin is more of the same. I've had enough. This time, I'm voting Democrat.
  • Bob1952
    This is sad. It's pretty pathetic how the liberals can't see through the media's lies. And Toe, there have been much more lies circulating about Palin than there have been about Obama. For example, USWeekly, a biased magazine, was recently breeding falsehoods about Sarah in their lates issue. The cover read "Babies, Lies, and Cover-ups". What?!?. It was then that I noticed how desperate the Far Left is to smear Palin's name in any way possible. Another misleading statement is how they mentioned Palin's husband, Todd, and his DUI arrest. What they didn't mention is that it was over 22 years ago, before he was even married! It's revolting...
  • David W. Walters
    Palin is just not being truthful........
  • David W. Walters
    in the October 22, 2006, Anchorage Daily News, then-gubernatorial candidate Palin answered the question, "Would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges?" by writing: "Yes. I would like to see Alaska's infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now -- while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist."
  • Angela
    A Bridge Too Far
    Palin claimed to have stood up to Congress on the subject of the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” the Gravina Island bridge in Ketchikan, Alaska, about which we wrote last November.
    Palin: I told the Congress, "Thanks, but no thanks," on that bridge to nowhere.
    This is not the first time Palin has cited her choice to kill the bridge in 2007 as an example of her anti-waste stance. It’s true that she did eventually nix the project. But the bridge was nearly dead already – Congress had removed the earmark, giving the requested money to the state but not marking it for any specific use. Palin unplugged its life support, declaring in 2007 that the funds would not be used for the Gravina bridge.
    When she was running for governor, however, Palin expressed a different position. In 2006, the Ketchikan Daily News quoted her expressing optimism and support for the bridge at a Ketchikan campaign stop.
    Palin, 2006: "People across the nation struggle with the idea of building a bridge because they’ve been under these misperceptions about the bridge and the purpose,” said Palin, who described the link as the Ketchikan area’s potential for expansion and growth. … Palin said Alaska’s congressional delegation worked hard to obtain funding for the bridge as part of a package deal and that she “would not stand in the way of the progress toward that bridge.”
    Palin also answered "yes" to an Anchorage Daily News poll question about whether she would continue to support state funding for the Gravina Island bridge if elected governor. "The window is now," she wrote, "while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist." It was only after she won the governorship that Palin shifted her position. And even then, it’s inaccurate to say that she “told the Congress ‘thanks, but no thanks.’” Palin accepted non-earmarked money from Congress that could have been used for the bridge if she so desired. That she opted to use it for other state transportation purposes doesn’t qualify as standing up to Congress.
    The bridge reversal is not the only matter throwing doubt on Palin’s credentials as a government waste reformer. Watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense has reported that the small town of Wasilla, Alaska, which had not previously received significant federal funds, hauled in almost $27 million in earmarks while Palin was mayor. (McCain has explicitly criticized several of the Wasilla earmarks in recent years.) To help obtain these earmarks, Palin had hired Steven Silver, the former chief of staff for recently indicted Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, as Wasilla’s lobbyist.

    And Palin continued to solicit federal funds as governor. A request form on Stevens’ Web site shows that she requested $160.5 million in earmarks for the state in 2008, and almost $198 million for 2009.
  • jason
    Every person who is considering voting in November MUST watch this video. It shows three things:  But, Before watching the video, read the literature below to get an idea about what the vidoe is about:
  • toe
    for those still in denial...
    just in:
    84,000 more jobs lost .
    unemployment @ 6.1%
    a 5-year high.
  • Kevin S. Willis
    "I don't want her or her policies on or in my body!  Fuckers."

    Wow, eloquently stated. Does anyone really believe there's going to be serious action on abortion under a McCain presidency? I don't. I think we're a lot more likely to get some sort of ass-backwards global warming legistlation.

    "You sure know how to throw a party for the Liberal Bloggers. I'm starting to get the feeling that the liberal blogger soldiers have invaded your site."

    Oh, they are everywhere. Check any conservative blog that allows comments, and you'll see the anti-Palin folks out in force. Concernted effort and concern trolling or spontaneous outpourning of hatred for strong, conservative women? You decide.
  • Bob1952
    You guys are so mislead...this whole charade about Palin is just another example of the liberal's iron grip on the media. Ever since she got picked, CNN and NBC and other networks that literally worship Obama have been blasting at her pregnant daughter and what would happen if McCain died in office(which he probably won't). But this time, they went too far. Already they're starting to feel the backlash, and boy does it hurt.
  • ML Smith
    McCain and Obama - The Economic Avoiders
    Neither of these two genuises has yet to comment on Bush's brainstorm to save the economy. I wonder, does this mean they simply have no clue?
    Pyramid of $$$$$
    I have never met George. I don’t want to, and I don’t like him. He doesn’t know this – at least I don’t think he does, although I sent him a letter last year. I assumed it never got to him, that it was trashed by his secretary. I don’t like her, either, even though I have no idea who she is, but I think her name is Elizabeth Cunningham. It sounds like a name a president’s secretary might have. I am certain that her name is not Ida Bustamento. I would bet my house on that. Any takers? Anyway, the letter was brief and to the point.
    “Dear George, I don’t like you, I never liked you and I never will like you.”
    That was it. I had to get it off my chest. But lately, I’ve been wondering if I should change my mind. I usually like people who give me money, and since George sent me a check, I think I could find it within me to like him – just a little. There is no way, though, that I will change my mind about Elizabeth Cunningham. She is not sending me any money, and I’ll tell you why. She’s a @*&#% , an upper case 28735. I think you get the idea.
    Since I received this check from George already, I figured a little shopping spree couldn’t hurt.; nothing outrageous, mind you, just a few things I don’t normally buy, like some Hagen Daaz, a bag or two of Starbuck’s coffee, and maybe a twin pack of the Rolls Royce of paper towels Bounty. You simply cannot find a better paper towel. When I shop, I select based on price. My method is simple and fast – I choose the most expensive item. This method has its downside, of course, since I can’t buy as much, but at least I know I am getting the best product. It’s a fairly reliable system. Occasionally, I am fooled, usually by some company that knows about my shopping method and prices their inferior product accordingly. But that doesn’t happen often. I have to tell you, I’ve seen people comparing four or five brands of coffee, and it takes them forever to make a decision. They probably spend a full day shopping for a week’s worth of groceries. I am in and out in 15 – 20 minutes, tops, which is good, because I hate grocery shopping, especially the check out lines. There are always problems.

    The one that sends me over the edge involves the guy who thinks food stamps can be used to purchase beer and cigarettes. Does he actually believe the state will pick up the tab for such things? Talk about passive recipients – holy cow!
    While I was racing through the store, it occurred to me that I didn’t know which economy George was trying to repair. Was it the one for people who have money, or was it the one for people who didn’t?  So I did some mathematical calculations. What I came up with is interesting. According to my calculations, George’s economic plan was nothing more than an elaborate pyramid scheme. Since all money works it way to the top eventually, his infusion of cash did nothing for our economy, but it did improve the economy of the 50 wealthiest people in the country. That’s how the pyramid works. 

                                             The Wealthiest
                                             Almost Wealthy 
                                   Rich But Not Almost Wealthy 
                          Upper Echelon Of The Upper Middle Class 
                       Typical Middle Class And Therefore Almost Poor
                      Lower Class – Closer To Poor Than The Middle Class
                    The Impoverished – Poorest People In the United States

    So it’s really quite simple, and very clear, that George didn’t really give a damn about the people who needed the money the most. It all travelled up the pyramid until it reached the people who want the money the most…all of it. It actually bordered on criminal, but the terminology the economists used made it all sound legal. “Economic Recovery by Monetary Infusion?” How about “Stealing by Creating Confusion?”                                                 

    The other problem with George’s plan is that it didn’t account for price increases that always occur when more money is in the system. So while people have little money to begin with, they will eventually wind up with less, as their buying power decreases.
    I am not the fool you think I am, George. I’ve haven’t changed my mind. I don’t like you. I'm just saddened to admit that your successor, whether it be the economic wizard John McCain, backed up by the fiscal genius of Sarah Palin, or the economic flyboy Barrack Obama and his running mate Joe Biden, are any less criminal minded than you are. ***
  • ML Smith
    If Ya' Got, Barrack, Come Wit' It

    Today, wisdom ranks right up there with the contents of a fortune cookie. In America, we now have young and ambitious presidential advisors who know a great deal about political strategy, public opinion and speechwriting, but lack historical perspective and conscience. They can pitch a full nine innings of political storyboard without blinking. Unfortunately, concepts like universal truth and human compassion are foreign to them. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that we are continuing to fight a war that has already been lost; that our monetary system is no longer influenced by sound economic principles; that our infrastructure is decaying exponentially in proportion to the gross negligence of those responsible and perhaps most tragically, that there is no longer any tangible evidence to support our claim to be a nation committed to the preservation of human rights and dignity.

    America had the potential to be the “great nation” our forefathers envisioned when they wrote the Constitution - a document so far ahead of its time that we are still not ready to accept the ideals it embodied.
    I have read it many times, and I can only say that it is the most beautifully and brilliantly conceived “rulebook” for humanity that has ever been written. It made the Ten Commandments look like a shopping list. Besides, they were written in stone and we needed something that could be edited to respond to the needs of the people. Men like Jefferson, Adams and others could never have imagined that the needs if the people would eventually be balled up and trashed.
    If, in fact, we were ever a truly “great” nation, the qualities implied by that word have been corroded, and there are signposts everywhere telling us that we are going in the wrong direction. Some stand out. Great nations do not deceive their people. Great nations do not downplay the damage done to those who have fought their wars. Great nations do not nickel and dime the needs of those who are damaged and cannot fend for themselves. The needs today are substantial. The deception is as old as war itself. We know too much already about the lies. More than 4000 soldiers have been killed in Iraq for a purpose that remains a mystery. The death toll does not include thousands whose lives have been ruined by psychological trauma
    in a war unlike any other - a war being fought against an enemy that embraces the thing we fear most - death.
    “Suicide bombers are everywhere,” a returnee told me, “and when they blow, you can’t strike back. It destroys your will to go on.” For many, it destroys more than that. They return psychologically damaged and unable to function. Their dreams and hopes for the future are gone - erased by unyielding stress and the unspeakable horrors they have seen. The damage is irreversible. Young men who joined the military to escape hopelessness and poverty had hopes and dreams of a better life that the Army promised. Most of them were kids, and they desperately wanted to believe in the American dream…you know; the white picket fence, the two beautiful daughters and maybe a boy they would take to ball games; and of course, the lovely young woman they would marry and love…forever. Many of these boys carried photos in their wallets. Between firefights, they shared those photos and their dreams with a friend, only to see him blown to bits the next day by an RPG.
    The collective wisdom of the Bush administration apparent in its decision to minimize the psychological damage done to these men who have fought for the lies they were told. The coordinator of a VA facility in Texas got the ball rolling, pressuring mental health clinicians to refrain from diagnosing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). She was up front with it, too, making them aware that this diagnosis qualifies veterans for lifetime psychiatric care. Oh yes, we are a great country, with the economic resources to plunder small countries and the minds of young men. But we will not care for those kids. They are nothing more than incidental casualties.

    The “lie” extends far beyond the reasons for the war. It encompasses the administration’s purported “humanitarian” principles; the ideals we were told we were fighting for in the first place. The contradiction is staggering and the mere fact of its existence is characteristic of the arrogance that created it. Perhaps we should send George Bush and all of his cabinet to Baghdad. Embed them with the troops for two or three months. Give them AK-47’s, grenades and helmets that don’t protect them from the effects of IED’s. (Improvised Explosive Devices) Let them read the graffiti of death on walls that have absorbed the bloodied remains of suicide bombers and their victims. No…it wouldn’t work. Lacking human compassion, they would not be traumatized by anything. I am sure the administration will put a spin on this anyway. Someone will say, “Well sure, there were 12,000 suicide attempts by our veterans last year, but that’s not so bad when you compare it to the number of attempts for the entire population.” It’s not so bad? Some heartless, ass kissing Yale grad, only recently diaper trained will put a spin on that? Sleep well, empty suit. Your day of reckoning will come. With or without the spin, it is obvious that this administration callously perpetuated a war that has incinerated the future for thousands of young men, stealing their aspirations, hopes and dreams. For some, the photographs they carry now are unrecognizable. For others, the colorful images of a life awaiting them are gone. Gray and distant memories are all that remain.
    The anger I harbor for the “lies” remains intact. My rage against the silence grows, as does the inescapable and overwhelming sadness that causes tears to run down my cheeks and splatter the newspaper like an afternoon shower when I read about the latest casualties. Any one of those men could have been my son, or yours. Is there anything we wouldn’t do for those beautiful children we created and loved more than life itself?
  • ML Smith
    A Reminder

    As a nation in crisis, hope is scarce and reality is dark and forbidding. Haunted by countless fears, we fervently wish for that storybook world we were introduced to as children. It was a magical world, filled with fantasy, hope, and happy endings. Perhaps that explains our reluctance to bring any real resolve to the problems we face today. We are waiting for a leader, a knight in shining armor,  to save us from the evils that threaten us. Why shouldn’t we? We had one…once upon a time.
    Now there are those of us who hope that John McCain will rescue us, and others who want to believe that Obama is the man. Neither can come close to meeting the needs of this nation - they are both defective when compared with the best, and the best is the absolute worst that we should settle for. Yet our choices are limited to two men of dubious background. One is a trigger happy "Bushman" offering more of the same and possibly some added touches that can bring history to a rapid close. The other is a man of unknown quantity and intentions. When Osama Bin Laden said "we will bring you to your knees, from within" was he referring to the likes of this man? 

    Paranoia and fear pervade our lives, as they did back in a time when we had a President who was both a true patriot and a man of unquestionnable political character. The threat of communism and the bomb hung over us like a dark cloud. The fairy tales of our childhood were replaced by air raid drills. We wouldn’t admit it to our friends, but we were scared, though there was a limit to how gullible we could be. We were old enough to know about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and we had seen the pictures. There were no children hiding under desks after those blasts. It was a frightening time to be a kid. Monsters like Khrushchev scared us. He was big, fat and evil – slamming his shoe on the desk at the U.N. Khrushchev was a constant reminder that our way of life was in jeopardy, and we had every reason to be afraid.
    Once upon a time, we had a knight in shining armor. His name was John F. Kennedy, and he was our president.
    The day that he was assassinated was arguably the saddest day in our history. No one was immune to it, and people wept openly, everywhere. It seemed as if the entire country cried for this remarkable man. The sense of loss and grief was overwhelming. I remember kids, like me, walking home from school in tears. We were only fourteen at the time, but we knew he was special. We have not had a president like him since, and the way things are shaping up, it’s not likely that we ever will. JFK was human (yes, he had his flaws) he was inspiring and passionate, yet he was always in control.
    During the tension filled days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy refused to be intimidated. He carried the weight of his responsibility for the nation with confidence and dignity; there were no emotional explosions or attacks on the media. But the characteristic I remember most clearly was his fearlessness. He may have even seemed reckless at times, but dammit’, he got those Russians to back down! I know of no other president who could have handled that situation better, and I know of many who would have crumbled under the pressure. JFK had complete command. His steady calm, his ability to make informed decisions under tremendous stress, and his intense resolve saved us from catastrophe. In the wake of his memory, the people campaigning now look like clowns. Sound judgment? Courage? Charisma? John F. Kennedy had it all, in spades.
    The problems we face today are potentially as threatening as the Cuban Missile Crisis, and they are abundant. Does anyone seriously think that Barrack Obama has the savvy, character and guts to deal with a crisis of such magnitude? Would you feel any safer with John McCain. Of the two aspirants to the Oval Office, can you see one that would willingly bear the enormous weight of responsibility and make sound decisions under intense pressure? I cannot. Neither is even remotely prepared to function at that level. As a society, are we so insignificant that we do not have the right to demand more? Must we settle for mediocrity? Why are we so easily satisfied with inferior candidates? We have been selecting them from the bottom of the barrel for 40 years. Now, there is no difference between the bottom and the top. Our political system has adjusted well to our low standards, allowing people of marginal ability to rise through the ranks. The result? Limited choices. We are encouraged to settle for the best of a bad lot. Presently, we are at the mercy of a lame duck president who has a demonstrated record of incompetence. Intellectually limited and lacking problem solving skills, he continues to compound the damage he has done to our country. We elected a man who is clearly unfit for the job. Are we that easily deceived? Maybe we ought to start comparing candidates to JFK early in their campaigns, before they even get to the primaries.
    Our fairy tale world is filled with threats, both from within and from the outside. Is there a true leader who has the courage to flush them out and set a new course for this country we love? Just a thought, mind you, but perhaps we need to speak up, and make it clear to our political parties of choice that we will no longer accept mediocre candidates like the ones we have now. Does anyone seriously believe that McCain and Palin, or Obama and Biden, can restore hope and prosperity to a country desecrated by a president who has more qualifications as a sociopath than he does as a leader? 

    Are we allowed to demand what we rightfully deserve – the best? If our political parties cannot provide that, then maybe we don’t need them anymore. If you read The Constitution, you will see that the founders of our country were clear about the right of the people… the obligation of the people, to demand change when their best interests are not attended to. Still, change will take time, because our system is slow to adjust and for too long, we have allowed ourselves to be perceived as gullible fools. Changing that perception will require us to make very clear demands, not wimpy requests. And blaming the government won’t get us what we need, either. It is our responsibility, and it always has been. We have lost our way, but we had better find it – quickly. If we don’t, there is no need to elucidate.
    Rome, as you know, is merely a city in Italy. Can you imagine a city named America?
  • Talavera
    “Palin” is the poster child of what a poor parent is!!!!
    There is absolutely no way “MY” daughter would be pregnant @ 17 if I was doing my job as a parent let alone the President of the USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    She can’t keep tabs on her 17 year old daughter & you think she could run a country?????
    Give me a break…I mean “Change”…
    Barack Obama – True “F R E S H - C H A N G E”….
  • Talavera
    Senator John McCain is a war “Hero”… That is where it all ends!!!!!!!!!!!! Just because he is a war hero…It does not make him a person who is in touch with the problems of “Today”… Let the record show he has voted in-line with Mr. Bush 91% of the time… Mr. McCain will give us more of the same crapp!!!!!! Tax breaks for the rich – nothing for the middle class & poor… We need true change – Barack Obama 2008 !!!!!!!!!
  • David W. Walters
  • David W. Walters
    the hypocrisy is the republican party.....
    Bob, tell me why Sarah Palin is so great.  Is it 'cause she's hot and shoots stuff?  We've had 8 yrs. of "experienced leadership" much more can we take?
  • toe
    Because the public stories came alongside the private, the sudden emergence of unpleasant details about Governor Palin's official habits allowed her to be cast as a victim of "the media." But the facts emerged the way they did only because the McCain campaign knew so little about their nominee; and thanks to the haste of the choice, the country scarcely knew more. Sarah Palin has the ingratiating, surprised and friendly air of someone used to being liked; but her self-image has nothing to do with the record of her service in Alaska, or with her obvious penchant for intrusiveness and petty displays of willfulness. This covers her experiment with mass resignation as a test of loyalty, and her quest for ad hoc powers to censor the holdings of a town library. Palin couldn't keep her hands off the progress of a case against an Alaska state trooper, a case from which, because of the family connection, any fair-minded magistrate would simply have recused herself.
    It is fair to concede that Governor Palin has had little time to develop. She herself can hardly know, yet, what is best and what is worst about her political character. But arming their well-placed nominee with the hunting license of the innocent and the persecuted, the McCain team took advantage of her first night before the nation to get in a low hit at Barack Obama. "I guess," they had her say, "a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities." The injury was none the subtler for being a slander of omission. With those two words, community organizer, they zeroed out Obama's eight years as state senator in Illinois.
    But there was more to it than that. Why did her words send the Republican crowd into an ecstasy of hoots and raucous laughter? For them, "community organizer" is code for rabble-rouser. The phrase, at one stroke, took down Obama from the legitimate world of Clarence Thomas and Thomas Sowell and put him back where they think he belongs, down there with the street scrappers and the demagogues, Sonny Carson, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson in the early days, all those hustlers. The idea of Obama as hustler had been tried earlier and with impunity by David Brooks, in a column that called him Fast Eddie Obama, after Fast Eddie Felson, the character played by Paul Newman in The Hustler.
    Race is in this election. It never was far away. And the election will be decided to a large extent by the number of non-political white people -- people who hate what George W. Bush has done to America, but for reasons they can't easily articulate to themselves -- who can rise above race and vote for a black man. Those are the numbers that the Rove-McCain machine are determined to keep low.
  • toe
    @multiname bob:

    "It's disgusting how hypocritical the liberals are in attacking prominent conservative figures such as Sarah Palin."

     hmmmm...let's see.
    Conservatives forwarded emails with LIES about  Obama - month after month after month after month - despite every respected news source and public records that showed these lies for what they were: LIES.
    Time Magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek, Every Major Newspaper in Alaska and MORE came forth with facts...FACTS concerning Palin that McCain failed to discover:
    Palin recently said that the war in Iraq is "God's task." She's even admitted she hasn't thought about the war much—just last year she was quoted saying, "I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq."
    Palin has actively sought the support of the fringe Alaska Independence Party. Six months ago, Palin told members of the group—who advocate for a vote on secession from the union—to "keep up the good work" and "wished the party luck on what she called its 'inspiring convention.'"
    Palin wants to teach creationism in public schools. She hasn't made clear whether she thinks evolution is a fact.
    Palin doesn't believe that humans contribute to global warming. Speaking about climate change, she said, "I'm not one though who would attribute it to being manmade." 
    Palin has close ties to Big Oil. Her inauguration was even sponsored by BP. 
    Palin is extremely anti-choice. She doesn't even support abortion in the case of rape or incest. 
    Palin opposes comprehensive sex-ed in public schools. She's said she will only support abstinence-only approaches.
    As mayor, Palin tried to ban books from the library. Palin asked the library how she might go about banning books because some had inappropriate language in them—shocking the librarian, Mary Ellen Baker. According to Time, "news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving "full support" to the mayor."
    She DID support the Bridge to Nowhere (before she opposed it). Palin claimed that she said "thanks, but no thanks" to the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. But in 2006, Palin supported the project repeatedly, saying that Alaska should take advantage of earmarks "while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist."
    She inherited a debt free town as mayor- after 6 years , when she left, it was $22 Million in DEBT.
    These are facts.  All are documented.  Unlike the lies that you have spread. 
    Tell me,  where is the hypocracy?
  • Bob1952
    It's the Toe's and Simone's of the world that are all ruffled up by this election
    The truth is they're simply apaplectic because they know that she's the perfect VP candidate, but they won't admit it.

    btw I'm the same person as above.
  • Bob
    It's disgusting how hypocritical the liberals are in attacking prominent conservative figures such as Sarah Palin. I personally think that she is a great, if unorthodox, choice for McCain's VP pick. Although she may not have a bounty of experience like McCain does, she offsets Obama's "New Age" aurora, and she also secures those ultra-conservative voters that were hesitant about voting for McCain. She appeals to working women, something that Obama has been in the lead for quite some time now, hey, Palin might even woo some uncertain post-Hillary voters who don't take to the idea of voting for Obama so kindly.
  • toe
    @Russell, you said:
    "What I don't understand is why it is ok for Obama and his 2 million donating supporters to talk trash, but nobody else. Anyone else questions the issues and they are "insulting" Barack. He and his people started it for crying out loud."
    Fact:  McCain failed to check the background of Ms Palin.
    Fact:  Individuals in the press did.  Dates, documents, videos, transcripts, included. Facts.    documented FACTS.
    Fact:  People have a right to know this information to make a reasoned choice.
    Fact:  The conservatives, right-wing talking heads and bloggers spent 1 1/2 years+ spreading, repeating, sending, forwarding, malicious lies about Obama.  LIES.
    Fact:  Obama is a gentleman and said he wanted no part in a campaign of slime and trash.
    Fact:  Despite numerous statements addressing EACH of these LIES for what they are, people like you continue to prefer the LIE instead of TRUTH.  People like the host of this site  have repeatedly misrepresented Obama's positions. 
    Don't claim to be innocent in your participation of this slime put out there on Obama.  Just what exactly are you afraid of?   What is your issue - your factual issue against Obama?  What has McCain accomplished?   Show me something.  Being a POW is not an accomplishment.
  • toe
    Being pro-choice means having the ability to either end life or give life...correct?
  • toe
    From large issues to small lies, it would be hard to detail all of them. Some of them were almost laughable, like Mitt Romney blaming the eight years of the Bush Administration on "liberals." And some were trivial, like Mike Huckabee saying that Sarah Palin got more votes in her first run for mayor of a town of 7,000 than the 84,000 votes Joe Biden got in his Presidential run.
     They continued the lies about taxes, when Barack Obama's tax policies are better than John McCain's for everyone but the folks as wealthy as John McCain.
    They lied about Barack Obama's energy plan, ignoring his comprehensive plan in favor of their 'drill baby, drill" chanting.
     They even smeared community organizing repeatedly, as if helping people organize to fight for their own rights is something to be mocked and denigrated.
     The Republicans have nothing to run on, nothing to offer. If we take away their smears, they have nothing.
  • simonesdad2008
    Couple things....

    When you compose a post, make sure you copy it before you click submit.  Like many things on this site, things don't always add up properly.  Yes 2+2 is 4 everywhere else in the world all of the time.  Here, only some of the time.  If you "fail" the challenge and you have copied it, you are a ctrl v from reposting it and it going through.  All you have to do is lose a long post once and you'll remember to copy it every time.

    More on sassy Sarah...
    That Daily Show clip that is making the rounds really puts things in perspective.  A couple of us have posted links to it in this string.  Ultimately, Sarah is good for this process.  Yes, I said it.  It will be very interesting to see what her impact is on this race.  Her first non Fox interview will be her first of many tests.  More importantly, she energizes your base which, in turn, energizes an already super charged democratic side.  It just got serious.  She has already overshadowed her running mate in one week.  One!  She effectively makes Romney a non-issue whether they win or lose.  I'm going to bet that Small Town Sarah will wilt in the national heat.
  • David W. Walters
    Thanx for showing that great report from The Best F**king News Team Ever!
    ..By O'Reilly's standards, Sarah Palin is a PINHEAD!
  • ML Smith
    Don't update me anymore on your stupid site and new comments. I put some guts into that little write up you so casually disappeared. I can find better places to spend my time.


    I dare you to print that, even if I proof the theory of relativity.
  • ML Smith
    Oh, now I see. What did you do with the long piece I wrote? Print it, pansy. Show some guts. Because I anwered your math quiz correctly. Print it!
    Or prove once and for all what you are truly all about. Nothing!
  • ML Smith
    I failed the challenge? What challenge was that? To write something palatable for your mindless fans? If 2+2 does not equal 4, than I am more correct than I thought.

    You too are in a stupor.
  • Trevor
    I realize that in this day and age of modern American politics, one side is going to constantly attack the other side on the issues-- both real and unreal. So, as much as I hate such tactics, I get it.

    However, the only thing I would ask for--and I assume the majority of Americans would hope for as well--is that the attacks are factual in nature and they are not hypocritical. The speeches and some of the commentary we heard Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention did not live up to those requests.

    In the words of Associated Press journalist, Jim Kuhnnenn, Sarah Palin and her Republican supporters "stretched the truth" in their reproach of Barack Obama and their praise of one another.

    As far as the hypocrisy is concerned, I think The Daily Show's Jon Stewart summed it up best:

    Again, I understand the relentless attacking of the other side, but those attacks, even if aimed towards my favored party, would carry much more weight with me if they were accurate and fair.

    I'm beginning to think, unfortunately, that such a request is far too much to ask in today's political forum, especially from conservatives.

    "dissed" means disrespected
  • JarrodM
    Very good point Brittany,

      One thing that I have found in most Liberals that I meet in the end they are very selfish, it is all about them and what they can get. Sara showed us last night, that a person should be about what they can do for others. It is true that we do not know much about here except for what she showed us lastnight, and from what we can find on the internet. I know for me that I have spent some time researching her, and even before I listened last night, I was finding my self liking her because of what she has done, and how she carries her self.

       To me she is an average American with an above average desire to better this country. The one thing that I find most facinating about her, is not only did she fight corruption in Alaska, she did it against her own party members. A bad apple is a bad apple no matter what color they are.  That and unlike McCain she knows how to tell a Joke.
  • Brittany Poullath
    I wonder: If liberals, like one of the commentators above, who mock our faith in Sarah Palin are just truly afraid of her. Why all the rude language? Why call republicans "Fu*kers"?

    There seems to be so much hate not just from Democrats but from liberals in general. Women argue that they don’t want anyone telling them what to do with their body. I argue that I don’t want anyone telling me I can’t smoke next to a none smoker or my children-I don't smoke but taking that away from smokers is a violation of their rights.
    But according to liberals its a health issue. Well to me abortion is a health issue for the woman and her child.
    I just want the world to be a better and clearer place but that can’t happen if people don’t learn that life is about sacrificing not being selfish.
    Please visit me. I’m just a nineteen year old girl trying to make a difference in the world.
  • The Man
    Palin hit Obama with about 15 right crosses across the chin.  And deservedly so.  Obama's "pie in the sky" speeches about "unity" and "change" are disgusting.  What's hidden underneath the surface is the same old tired liberal mantra: higher taxes, more welfare & gov't subsidies, and bad economic policy.  But, let's not let that get in the way of "change".

    And trust me, Palin is no Hillary (thank God!).  All of the dyke-pantsuits were already taken.  Palin is everything liberals hate in a woman: loving mother, caring wife, Christian, pro-life, conservative, good looking, and above all - HAPPY!
  • tomdest
    Actually it is funny and those such as Rove need to learn to choose their words more wisely..otherwise it'll come back to bite em.

    Now, let's talk about the left's problems with  Joe Plugs Biden and his plagerizing of folks such as Neil Kinnock, Obama critisizing small town folks for their desire to hold onto their religion and guns, and so on..... Hmmm, makes one think twice whether Plugs and Obama can actually think for themselves.

    BTW, did anyone notice the teleprompter failed half way thru Palin's speech so she had to wing the second half. Pretty strong public speaker if you ask me.

    Toe, have you had time to think about your response to that "hypocrisy" issue?
  • simonesdad2008
    This is funny and typical no matter who you support.  We do it too but this is laid out so beautifully:
  • tomdest
    hear..hear russell!!
  • Russell
    What I don't understand is why it is ok for Obama and his 2 million donating supporters to talk trash, but nobody else. Anyone else questions the issues and they are "insulting" Barack. He and his people started it for crying out loud.

    I think it is great that the most vocal of the opposition only has personal attacks as recourse. Their candidate has no substance and ergo it is kinda hard to talk issues with the people who do.
  • tomdest

    We Conservatives DON'T care if we insult Obama voters...they're moron lemmings that are intellectually dishonest with themselves and will soon go  off the cliff with Olbermann, Matthews, Biden et al. that continue to bash Palin.

    No doubt, Palin has energized our base in a much greater expansive manner than the Obama campaign and as you may not remember, the Conservative base stayed home in 2006....not this time.
  • simonesdad2008
    I love the conservatives warm embrace of a woman that , until last week, you have never heard of or ever heard speak if you did.  Chuck Todd said it best:  "The republicans have found their Obama"  Sort of ironic since you have been more committed to trashing him than supporting Old Man River.  I thought she was effective in speaking to that room.  The country is not that room though.  That room is scary and scared and as white as an albino mime.  They can't shield her from the press forever and sassy Sarah will have to answer for some things eventually.  What was really interesting was her so called "dissing" of Barack.  She's never met the man or been in the same room or probably even the same state as Barack.  The same is true of her and the entire republican establishment, BTW.  She came off as a child actor to me.  By that I mean that when we see 10 or 11 year olds in movies or on tv they are saying things that no normal 10 or 11 year olds say in real life.  It's great for the advancement of the plot but not realistic or authentic.  She was fed a bunch of attack lines and she delivered them fairly well.  Because she has no history with Barack or with anyone for that matter, they seemed contrived.  They advanced the storyline for that room but did not ring authentic to me.  Now of course I'm biased but I think time will bare me out.  I also was struck by the almost rabid enthusiasm for this unknown.  What does it say about the state of the republican party that someone who literally came along last week can generate more enthusiasm than someone who has been around the last 26 years.

    One last thing about Barack.  When you insult him as she did, you insult 18 million voters.  18 million Americans.  You insult 2 million supporters who have donated a quarter billion dollars to this man.  You can say whatever you want about community organizers but there wouldn't be a 40 hour work week without them.  Women and black people would not have the right to vote without them.  Everyone's civil rights would be trampled without them.  You can attack and you should attack.  It's part of the dance.  But in this day and age, your words live forever.  She may have very well set her own trap.  Or as we say in the hood:  Check yourself before you wreck yourself, sassy Sarah.
  • reddc
    As a republican, urban woman I found this speech offensive. I am tired of being told that because I live in a city not only am I not republican, but I am not a christian and I am a poor mother. The republican party may be losing a member . . .
  • michelle velasquez
    Oh, come on David. I am sure if she yelled, "free healthcare for all" and said, 
    "yeah, we as a family decided to have our daughter abort her baby", you'd be cheering her on.  

    Arlene - you have serious problems.  Just because she values life more than she does "inconvenience" doesn't make her a right wing sicko.  

    great article urban.
  • GK
    Facts are friendly and I believe as Americans we are smart and thoughtful enough to pay attention to the facts vs attacks:

    PALIN: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."

    THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a "bridge to nowhere."

    PALIN: "There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform _ not even in the state senate."

    THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more limited record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.

    PALIN: "The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars."

    THE FACTS: The Tax Policy Center, a think tank run jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, concluded that Obama's plan would increase after-tax income for middle-income taxpayers by about 5 percent by 2012, or nearly $2,200 annually. McCain's plan, which cuts taxes across all income levels, would raise after tax-income for middle-income taxpayers by 3 percent, the center concluded.
  • tomdest
    Being pro-choice means having the ability to either end life or give life...correct?
    If this is so, and you say "no one you know is against life" and are pro choice, isn't it hypocritical to "end life"?  If you're not "against" life, then you must be "for" life. When is it not hypocritical?

    I'm also concerned-as you-that our society takes a proactive position to reduce abortions, but to turn an issue so important (in my mind there is no issue more important than life) into an issue of a bit disturbing.
  • toe
    "tomdest"-  no one that i know of is "against life". 
    every conservative that i know of that oppose abortion, work their okoles off to derail every measure to decrease an unwanted, unplanned, or unexpected pregnancy. 
  • tomdest
    What sickens conservatives arlene v. is your choice against life...idiot!

    Additionally, no matter who McCain picked, the dipsh*tocrats wouldn't be happy because it's their [donks] nature to be negative, and for liberals to express their disappointment in Palin that she's not a Hillary look-a-like...NO SH*T! For us, it's about the "RIGHT WOMAN".

    Palin exemplifies Conservative  values and has already set the stage for probably the most competitive debate schedule in the history of politics...guaranteed!!
  • Russell
    I like the Gov all the more because she is not Hillary.

    I was impressed by the performance. Her poise and delivery were awesome. The points she made about Barack (some of you call them "attacks") were truthful, like them or not. And the most important part for me, I came away knowing her positions on issues. I won't question Obamas patriotism or his intelligence, but I have listened to him speak on many occasions and have never heard anything other than vagaries and grey areas.

    She is a great speaker, charismatic, and I know where she stands.

    Rock on Gov. Palin
  • JarrodM
    Amber you must have been watching something else or just be closed minded. She talked more about the issues in one speech then Barack has done this whole election. Also I don't know that I would call her points on Barack attacks when it is the truth. She is much more qualified for President then Barack is.
  • amber
    i thought she introduced herself, then her family, then attacked. this was clearly her intention, but she didnt say anything particularly inspiring it was almost totaly negative, more of vote for Obama than ayes vote for McCain.
  • sydney jane
    If this was just about finding a "replacement" for Hillary Clinton, McCain would have picked someone, well, more like Hillary Clinton...about the same age and experience level, and there are several Republican women who would have qualified.  But, he didn't.   True, Palin is no Hillary Clinton - but, is that a bad thing? 

    For those who consider Palin to be the token woman on the ticket, now you know how others feel about the "empty suit" at the top of the Democratic ticket who is there because of his race.  So, I guess both tickets have their tokens, but, on the Republican ticket, at least the person with the experience is at the top of the ticket.

    Truth is, neither of these tickets is worth getting excited about, and, again, most of us are faced with having to vote for the candidate we dislike the least.
  • JarrodM
    Wow UC,

       You sure know how to throw a party for the Liberal Bloggers. I'm starting to get the feeling that the liberal blogger soldiers have invaded your site.

       I don't care what anyone says, I think that she did great, and I believe that she is going to be a great VP. I don't ever recall a VP canadit that was more qualified then one of the Presidential Canadits.

       Let's face it she made the point very clear that she is much more qualified the Barack. You would think that the Liberal nut jobs that have been trying to paint Barack as a non Washington insider, would like Palin sine she is definetly not one, nor is she an old white dude. In fact Baracks VP is both those things.

       I'm now much more comfortable in voting for McCain and Palin. I believe if they hold to their word that Washington is going to be a much different place soon.
  • amber
    I watched about 30 minutes of the speech, and as a liberal, iexpected to be slightly offended and disturbed ,she didnt dissapoint. However my real curiosity  ls in what mainstream america and the undecided think.  I have spent the last 2 hour reading responses or blogs to articles that have been generaly positive or at least gave her the benefit of the doubt . i have been to the Ny times, Washington Post, cnn, fox news msnbc, newsvine, nbc the last five are all sort of branches of the same tree. To my delight the responses were overwelmingly negative. curiosly there were no rersponse to the articlse at fox even after l posted one.
  • David W. Walters

    UC.......i watched her for a while, she is just what this nation needs, a beauty queen to succeed a frat boy.

    So i switch'd over and watch'd the "Daily Show".  With Palin/McLame, John's writers will have no problem keeping me humored.
  • Michael (Hawaii)
    Senator McCain trotting out Gov Sarah "Pitbull in Lipstick" Palin as a replacement for Hilary Clinton is a fricken joke. Look I don't care if you choose not to direct your support to vote for Obama but please don't vote for McCain because he found a woman to sway discouraged Hilary voters. Palin is NO Hilary .. let's get real.


    The American Civil Rights Movement, the anti-war movements, the Chicano movement, the feminist movement, and the gay rights movement all influenced and were influenced by ideas of neighborhood organizing. Please copy, paste and send to McCain and Palin.
  • arlene v.
    you right wing republicans sicken me. You put all this faith in a woman from ALASKA who is pro life? I don't want her or her policies on or in my body!  Fuckers.
  • Guest
    I know most of you who read this blog don't care for Sarah Palin; but I think she was the right choice and really don't give a damn what you think.

    But go ahead and chime in.  I am sure David Walters has a few things to say.
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