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Sarah Palin: Still An Embarrassment? You Betcha…


And so it makes three…..

After Republican Sen. John Ensign, NV, declaring one week, that he indeed did ‘have sex with that woman,’  his staffer, it was Republican Gov. Mark Sanford’s, SC, turn.  And he is still talking as I am writing this…  Erotic confessions about his Latin lover’s tan lines and breasts, and lines he may or may not have crossed completely with other women, and about hiking in Appalachia, or having sex in Argentina, or both…  And he’s still talking, to the point where one of his Republican brothers in SC wished in an interview, that he would just  ‘SHUT UP!’ Now, who could top both of those stories?  Of course, there’s always the  ‘ Sarah Freak Show,’  topping everything else!  And she didn’t disappoint.

And that makes three…  🙂

On a Friday afternoon, at the beginning of a long 4th of July weekend, probably hoping, it would somehow get buried in that news cycle, here was good old Sarah with her never ending Freak Show, announcing that she would not run for a second term as Governor of Alaska.  Okay, most people expected that.  But wait!  There’s more!  She announced that she would also abandon the governorship by resigning at the end of this month.  WOW!

I literally had to force myself to listen to the entire 18 or so minutes of her incoherent, badly delivered, rambling speech.  It was pure torture!  Republicans will have to decide if they want to continue to be associated with this darling of the know-nothing, loony wing of their party.  It’s pretty telling, when Republican strategists comment that it’s a bad sign for any politician, after giving a high-profile speech, if people wonder whether you still have a future in politics. Probably not a very successful speech…  Out of pure self interest, though, I hope she stays in politics and in the news for a long time to come…  🙂

As for the reasons?  I’m sure, we will find out soon what prompted this erratic behavior, whether it be a multi-million-dollar book deal, or a radio/TV show, or a brewing scandal.  We’ll hear about it, believe me…  over and over and over again…

Because there’s just no end to the  ‘Sarah Freak Show’ …..   🙂

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Sarah And Joe: The Poster Children Of The GOP

‘Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.’ — Abraham Lincoln

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….. Of the ‘Know-Nothing, Nutjob, Racist, Ignorant, Religious-Right, Extremist’ wing of the Republican Party.  After  getting only a short break in the aftermath of the election not being bombarded with them on TV, here they are back again, making ‘news.’

Sarah, Sweetheart, grow up and take responsibility for your own ignorance and inaptitude instead of whining and blaming others.  Everybody knows by now that you were completely unqualified for the position you were seeking and actually quite scary with your extremist views.  It didn’t have to take the media to point that out, you did a pretty good job yourself.

And Joe The Plumber ….. What can be said about you that hasn’t been pointed out already?  Just like Sarah, you have become a comic character.  When I heard that the conservative website ‘Pajamas News’ hired you as a ‘War Correspondent’ going to Israel, I laughed so hard, almost fell off my chair.

But it was nothing compared to the nonsense coming from you, yet again, when being interviewed about it.  Among other things, you obviously don’t feel in danger when you’re in the middle of an escalating conflict because you, as a Christian, have ‘special protection’ from GOD.  I urge you to make that statement repeatedly in the middle of Jewish and Muslim people while you’re over there, I’m sure they’ll appreciate speaking with somebody with ‘special protection.’  I mean, you can’t make this stuff up!  If it wasn’t so sad, it would be comical!

The ‘Religious and Loony Right’ has finally found their perfect poster children:  Sarah and Joe.  At this point I’m thinking, maybe I should suffer a little seeing them on TV, hopefully for a long time to come, out of pure self-interest.  The ‘Know-Nothing’ wing will feel empowered and make it very difficult for the normal Conservatives to rebuild a shattered party.

And that’s a good thing ….. It will ensure Democratic victories for a long time to come …..

So, keep it up, Sarah and Joe!

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The Merchants Of Hate Are Dead !!!

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Well, you ought to think that the right-wing hate machine would stop for at least a second, reflect on the election, do some soul searching, and find ways to get the Republican party eventually out of the wilderness.  But no, disregarding the entirety of Bush’s presidency, they blamed everything that went wrong over the past eight years up to November 3rd (and the list is long, and there’s still time left …..) on, you guessed it, Bill Clinton.  And with the election victory by Barack Obama, starting on November 4th, they have already started blaming him for everything going wrong from now on, before he’s even sworn in.

And without letting themselves being interrupted by inconvenient facts like the complete failure of Republican policies, Bush’s incompetence, and the resulting disastrous situation the country finds itself in, they have focused their hateful rhetoric on Barack Obama.  Okay, let me lay it out for you in simple terms:


….. Your negativity, fear-mongering and hateful diatribes have been completely rejected.  Nobody else, besides your fringe right-wing nutjob supporters, is interested in listening to your BS.  The problems we are facing are just too enormous to mess around right now.  We have to pull together to find common sense solutions and all you try to do is continue to divide us.

Here’s the bottom line:  Until Barack Obama lies us into an unnecessary war, tramples on the constitution, condones torture, crashes the economy, doesn’t respond adequately to natural disasters (….. and on and on and on — the list is endless …..), we don’t want to hear from you.  It’s one thing to be the loyal opposition but that’s not what you’re interested in.  You’re just out to ‘divide and conquer’ with your fear-mongering and hatred.


And here’s a reality check for you:  Barack Obama had the highest pre-election favorability of any presidential candidate since that question was asked in 1992 at 62%.  His favorability right now, a few days after the election is at 72%, and 65% believe the country will be better off four years from now and that he will be very successful.  So, I guess you’re not as powerful as you think you are.  So sorry!


We know it’s killing you.   🙂 ….. And that’s a good thing!!!

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Message From WORLD: ‘We Are All Obamas Now!’

‘Voters said no to incompetence and divisiveness and elbowed their way past the blight of racism that has been such a barrier to progress for so long.  Barack Obama won the state of North Carolina, for crying out loud.  The nation deserves to take a bow.  This is not the same place it used to be.’ — Bob Herbert, Columnist

By illustrator Patrick Moberg, as seen on 

‘Obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts, like me.’   🙂  —  Barack Obama discussing which dog to get for his two girls.

Don’t you also feel the calm that has set in since election day?  A lot of people seem to have smiles on their faces, no matter how bad their personal situation is, because now there’s hope.  Or as Jon Stewart joked on the ‘Daily Show:’  ‘People walking around in New York, smiling and trying to make eye contact, are making me nervous.’   🙂

By now, most everybody here has probably seen the expressions of joy at Obama’s victory from people all over the world and realized that most everybody in other countries hoped for an Obama victory as well.  Everybody just wants America to return to the promise of being a beacon of hope again.

The following is very personal anecdotal evidence of how things have started to change in an instant on election night.  My friend M. has been traveling to Europe for business pretty frequently over the past decade or so and found himself overseas on election day as well (of course he voted early   🙂 ).  I remember him telling me of situations after Bush got elected in 2000 and even worse, after he got re-elected in 2004, where he found himself being questioned by people overseas like this ‘How in the world could America have elected such an idiot?’  M., after trying to explain that about half of America, including himself, did not vote for Bush, finally gave up, frankly, because he was tired of trying to explain the unexplainable. So he took the easy way out most of the time and answered when asked whether he was American ‘No, I’m Canadian,’ and with that avoiding heated discussions.

Now, M. was of course aware that most all of Europe, as the rest of the world, was wishing for an Obama victory and he told me of amazing scenes where Europeans celebrated Obama’s victory as much as people did in the streets of America.  What really impressed him, though, were his personal experiences.  He told me about the woman behind the counter in a little bakery, who after he took a chance when asked whether he was American by saying ‘Yes, I am.  And proud of it today!’ coming around to him, embracing him, and giving him a kiss on his forehead with the words ‘We’re so proud of you and Obama!’  And he mentioned quite a few instances like that and ended his email with this


….. Ditto!   🙂

Over the past few days I have read numerous stories like that from Americans overseas and have seen people from all continents, with very diverse backgrounds and faiths, being overjoyed by what has happened in America and we all should be very proud!

You know what was missing?  I didn’t see anybody burning American flags anywhere ….. And that’s a good thing!   🙂


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Sarah Palin: An Even Bigger Moron Than We Thought?

Moron? — You betcha! Also.

So, I was driving through a pretty much Republican neighborhood with McCain/Palin yard signs left and right when I drove by one that at first looked the same as the others, but then I almost hit my breaks, and thought I didn’t see right.  Don’t you know, they had cut in half a regular McCain yard sign and put the bottom (PALIN) half on top and stapled it together somehow.


I thought ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!’  Well, by that time I had passed the house I was looking for, so I ended up turning around by pulling into their driveway and looked straight at the back of their minivan sporting a hateful religious bumper sticker.  I guess for the ‘Religious Right’ it was always Palin/McCain, once he picked her.  Sarah is just one of them.  I can imagine droves of them now praying for the souls of the misguided Obama supporters.


….. Because that woman could have been within one inch of the presidency.  As we already know and has been documented extensively, she is completely unqualified for the position she was seeking and Thank God, a lot of people not only expressed that openly, but also took it under consideration when voting.  But that a person who lacks basic understanding of civics, geography, history, ….. Heck, everything, can even come close to the presidency, is truly unbelievable.

Now, of course, as with every losing campaign, we see a lot of finger pointing and it will be an ongoing soap opera for a while.  Among the stories coming out now, which had been kept under wraps until after the election, just a few examples that tell you everything you need to know about her ‘intellectual curiosity.’

Evidently, she was not aware that Africa is a continent but thought it was a country, and didn’t know the countries belonging to North America (Canada, US, Mexico), which are signatories to NAFTA (a major campaign issue).

Further, it was leaked that the $150,000 hockey mom actually ended up spending thousands more than we already knew about.  One angry McCain aide’s characterization:


At this point, most everybody (besides the ‘Religious Right’) just wants her to disappear and not come back.  Sorry, lady, you only get one chance to make a first impression.  And frankly, we’re not impressed.

Of course, the much larger point reflects on the total recklessness of the McCain campaign and the candidate himself for picking this complete farce of a VP candidate, obviously without vetting her.  For somebody whose motto was ‘Country First,’ he certainly didn’t do it when he picked her.  Quite a scary situation, really, if you think about it!

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Boy, Will I miss Bush! :-)



German paper ‘Hamburger Morgenpost’ celebrating Obama’s victory with this headline:

‘Bye-bye, Bush!  The end of insanity.
Starting today, there will be hope again in America —
And the world breathes a sigh of relief.’

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Sorry, I Don’t Do Republicans!

So, how about this little post-election humorous anecdote?  As I was sitting at a stop light, I noticed that the guy in the car in front of me was trying to flirt, looking back and forth between his rear view and side mirrors.  After not getting the response he was looking for, don’t you know, he got out of his car, came over to me and motioned for me to open my window which I did.  As the light was about to change, he just handed me his card and told me ‘Call me, I would love to take you out to dinner!’  You can imagine that I was a little surprised by that and without thinking too much, I took his card.  He was about to return back to his car, when I noticed this little sticker on his bumper, staring right at me:


And, of course, there was only one possible answer for me:


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No Words Necessary :-)

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Colin Powell Is ‘Palling Around’ With Barack Obama!

‘Barack Obama is ‘palling around’ with terrorists!’ — Sarah Palin


Now we have one of the most distinguished military figures and admired statesmen, Colin Powell, and one of the best financial wizards, Warren Buffett, both endorsing Barack Obama and answering John McCain’s and Sarah Palin’s burning question ‘Who is Barack Obama?’ with a resounding ‘The man we think should be the next president!’


And what a powerful endorsement it was!  He made the best case to date for an Obama presidency and clearly left no doubt about how disgusted he is with the state of today’s Republican party and by extension the McCain campaign.  Even though he offered kind words for McCain himself, he offered a scathing indictment of his negative campaign focusing on narrow and unimportant issues (Bill Ayers) and therefore narrowing the party; McCain’s lack of judgment in picking Sarah Palin as VP, calling her completely unqualified to be vice president or president; the sharp turn of the Republican party to the extreme right; his anxiety about two more conservative judges on the Supreme Court; and the ugliness of trying to divide this country, yet again.


I think the most powerful part came (and everybody should take notice), when he talked about the smears against Barack Obama, especially calling him a ‘Muslim’ and therefore implying that ‘Muslim = Terrorist.’  In Powell’s words, the correct answer would be ‘He’s not a Muslim.  He’s a Christian.  The right answer, however, should be ‘What if he was a Muslim?’ ‘  And then he described a photo of a mother grieving at her son’s headstone at Arlington Cemetery.  Her son, just twenty years old, died in Iraq, and above his Muslim name was the crescent with the star, and he was an American, born in New Jersey, dying for his country.  I was sitting there with tears in my eyes listening to him.


And his case for an Obama presidency was equally as eloquent as his critique of the McCain campaign and the Republican party as a whole.  Colin Powell believes that Barack Obama possesses the style and substance to be a transformational figure and an exceptional president who will surround himself with great minds and capable people to tackle the mess this country will be in when he takes office.  He praised Obama’s choice of VP who he said is ready to be president and spoke in very admiring terms about a man who has not only inspired people but has broadened his appeal across party, racial and generational lines.  He also mentioned that Obama will present a completely different picture of America to the world as well, frankly, an America that the rest of the world admires, is desperately waiting for, and wants to see taking global leadership again.  You could just see in his eyes and hear in his voice that the current bad image of America around the world is very bothersome to this great statesman, as it should be to all of us.


Message to Sarah:  Go ahead, accuse General Colin Powell of being unpatriotic as well!  

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‘Rednecks’ For Obama !!!

So, it’s apparent that Obama seems to be making gains with groups that were a little reluctant to embrace him at first (white working-class, seniors, Jewish, etc.) and he is on target to garner the highest percentage of the ‘white vote’ of any Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter in 1976.  Quite amazing if you think about it!  After some anecdotal evidence, I think there’s one group that has been overlooked so far and should be included in his ever expanding base.

While driving through a ‘redneckish’ part of town, I looked at a homemade sign in somebody’s yard, right next to a pickup truck and instantly laughed out loud.  The sign?  ‘Rednecks For Obama.’  Naturally, it was homemade, because I don’t think there are pre-printed versions (like ‘Women For Obama’ or ‘Veterans For Obama’  🙂 ).  It seems to me that some members of the self-described ‘Rednecks’ just recently warmed up to Obama.  If the prospect of losing your job/health care/house tops racism in this election, I think we’ve already made a small step in the right direction.   🙂 

This little incident was compounded by a field report from two Obama volunteers I read about a few days ago.  When knocking on doors in the rural western part of Pennsylvania, they ran into this situation:  White older woman opens the door and after giving her some info about Obama, they asked her whether she already knew who she was voting for.  She turned around and yelled at her husband in the next room ‘Hey, who we gonna vote for?’  ‘We’re voting for the N***er!’  And she turned around, facing the two volunteers and repeated as cool as can be ‘You heard it, we’re voting for the N***er!’

Now, when I first read the story, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry about this (I guess a little of both  🙂 ).  It definitely made me go ‘Huh?’  But, as I said, we might take a few baby steps in the right direction with some people in this election and that might just be a foundation we can build on.

Of course, then there’s this:

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