May 2010


Joe McGuinniss is, by trade, an expose writer. His steadfast ability to dig the truth from a pile of political dung has shed light on the truths driving such figureheads as Richard M. Nixon and Ted Kennedy. He’s written behind the scenes stories of sports figures and murderers alike and each work has shown respect to his subject while proffering a gripping honesty for his readers to digest. It is little wonder the man is such a success at his chosen profession.

Enter Sarah Palin.

Joe McGuinness is writing a book about Sarah’s 2008 bid for the White House. And like he’s done with each of his other works, Joe’s physically moved close to his subject.

But this is Sarah… and paranoia runs deep in Palin veins. So when she discovered who had moved into the rental house next door, she auto-rallied her troops on Facebook…

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AKM tells the full story
at The Mudflats here

The Immoral Minority
adds Glenn Becks take here

Palingates adds a photo 
composition here


What I’d like to offer are these:

FB comments deliberately elicited by the snarling Mz. Palin as she bared her teeth to show her new neighbour exactly who the alpha dog is on Lake Lucille.

It’s not enough for Mz. Palin to lie about historical events, current events, current politicians, global warming and dinosaurs… I could live with the lies actually. It’s the unwarranted fear and hate she instills in her followers that I can do without. 

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To listen to Sarah’s followers – Joe McGuinniss is  stalker, pedophile and overall danger to the community who needs to be arrested, jailed, shot at and become the victim of a household accident.

Last time I looked, it was the right of any American citizen to live in any state, in any city, on any street of choice.  There was nothing unAmerican or sinister about Mr. McGuinniss renting the house next to the Palins.

It’s not his fault, after all,that while the Palins now, certainly have enough money to do so, none were smart enough to purchase the properties on either side of their compound to ensure their familial privacy.

And quite frankly, if privacy was the Palin’s main concern, they should never have nested between two adjacent houses and on the edge of a common lake.

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Been distracted with flu – enjoy the link – OzMud

Clarke & Dawe ask the million $ question [click here for video]

Made ya laugh 🙂

Sarah Palin is busily promoting Carly Fiorina to Republican voters of California as ‘the face of commonsense government’. Her Tea Party backers have inundated her Facebook appraisal of Carly with complaints and criticism because they have already selected someone to represent their needs in this years election – one Chuck DeVore – and are more than just disappointed that Sarah didn’t get behind their pick – **they’re downright pissed.

Enter the California Democrats:

Wapo has the whole story here.

**Please note: A handful of Sarah’s FB-Bots have begn to counter the posted criticisms with comments of praise, expressing faith in her wisdom and judgement. Two things – first, I’m betting they aren’t California voters but fans from C4P and second – scroll down about a dozen or so comments and you’ll find the ‘real’ responses to her FB push for Carly.

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Here’s the original Carly Fiorina ad:

The youtube comments on both clips are worth the read. Just click on either video to reach the youtube site.

 

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Contest details and links to the Monterey Bay Aquarium can be found here.

Yes, yes, it’s true, You caught me. I am a closet supporter of California’s Montery Bay Aquarium. I secretly (well not anymore I suppose) adore their monthly emails which feature beautiful photos of playful wildlife and love their fresh ‘green’ seafood recipe ideas.

When I lived in California my kids and I were no strangers to the museums, aquariums, arboretums, zoos and planetariums. The San Francisco Bay Area specifically is alive with old marble buildings which house so many exhibits one could not possibly see them all in a day. And that’s before you discover Golden Gate Park. As a child I used ride my bike through the park just to get to the Aquarium to throw pennies into the watery pit at the entrance, trying to land one on the back of the crocodile who greeted all the new arrivals. I strolled bravely by the glass cages, home to tarantulas and various lizards pretending I wasn’t the least bit afraid. I visited so often I could have been a guide to the below sea level walkway which was lined with huge aquatic tanks filled with sharks, turtles and octopi and the big, completely ugly groupers and smiling moray eels.

So today my emailbag had this gift – which I’ve decided, in this harsh political atmosphere of stressing over the future of the gulf, our shorelines, our precious wildlife, to share with all of you. It’s appropriate, I think, to take a few moments to reflect on what is at stake in the battles ahead. And what better way to do that than to share photos we’ve all got tucked away in an album or archived on the computer. Better still, if you live anywhere near the ocean, grab your digital and go take some photos- then pick one and submit it to the link above. But be quick! The deadline is just days away.

Clean-up of the gulf is going to be horrendous. Anyone who’s lived through it can tell you it’s disappointing, disheartening, smelly. back-breaking work that seems to never end, and the best of efforts never give us back our pristine beaches. Only nature and time can restore them. Too much time. More than we have.

But maybe today we could take a few minutes and indulge in a small celebration of sorts.  By sharing with each other, images of that which seems to survive in spite of our hubris, we can perhaps remind ourselves why the hard work ahead has to be done. By looking into the faces of those wonderful creatures who inhabit our shores, we can renew our comitment to fight the looming uphill battle against future oil spills and the corporate poluters intent on destroying our collective home. Earth.

Enjoy the link – enjoy the site – sign up for your own monthly email indulgence  🙂

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Condensed from a post (30 Apr 2010) on The Immoral Minority blog (full story here)  and combined with a post at Palingates of the same date (full story here).

27 April 2010
Sarah Palin, contributor for Fox News and defender of their alleged fair and balanced reporting, appears on an edition of Hannity. The following transcription of Sarah’s own words follows a comment to Sean Hannity in which she describes normal news outlets as ‘lamestream media’ and accuses them of posting a [truly ridiculous] banner at the bottom of the screen during a news broadcast on Arizona’s new immigration law.

Quote: “One of the media outlets the other day just uh… it’s killin’ me on this one Sean where they had a caption across their screen which said this Arizona law will make it… will make it illegal to be an illegal immigrant some, some bizarre type of headline like that, it was just this illustration that they just don’t get it and that they are trying to turn this into something that it’s not…”

Oh dear… could Ms. Palin have meant this lamestream media? You know, the same fair and balanced folks at Fox News Channel who write her cheques?

(Screenshot lovingly lifted sans per mezzo from Gryphen’s post.)

Well it’s a good thing Fox News has that reputation for being fair and balanced, eh? It takes a special brand of generosity to overlook being mocked on one’s own network by one’s own protege. Especially a protege who’s being paid somewhere in the neighbourhood of a million bucks a year to make the mentor look good…

The question now is will Fox Execs respond or just let it go? Let’s have a sticky beak shall we?

Three days later…

From Fox News website:
30 April 2010

A Tennessee jury on Friday convicted the man who hacked Sarah Palin’s e-mail account on two of four charges — computer fraud and obstruction of justice. The panel did not find David Kernall guilty guilty [sic] of wire fraud. It deadlocked on an identity theft charge…

…Palin and her daughter Bristol testified during the trial, which lasted just a few days. Bristol Palin said she was distressed to find pictures of her newborn son in the public eye after her mother’s e-mail was hacked. Defense attorneys argued Kernall, the son of a Democratic state lawmaker, was just committing a college prank.

Oops.  Can’t you just hear someone at Fox whispering sorry, mybad!

In case you’ve missed the subtlety of this particular comment reported by a FNC reporter on the FNC website, let me take you back in time:

Reuters:
01 September 2008

The 17-year-old unmarried daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said on Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child.

Bristol Palin, one of Alaska Gov. Palin’s five children with her husband Todd, is about five months pregnant and is going to keep the child and marry the father, according to aides of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

Bristol Palin made the decision on her own to keep the baby, the aides said.

The Palins, in a statement released by the McCain campaign, said Bristol “came to us with news that we as parents knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned” and that their daughter “has our unconditional love and support.”

“We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates,” their statement said.

Senior McCain campaign officials said McCain knew of the daughter’s pregnancy when he selected Palin last week as his vice presidential running mate, deciding that it did not disqualify the 44-year-old governor in any way.

McCain officials said the news of the daughter’s pregnancy was being released to rebut what one aide called “mud-slinging and lies” that have circulated on liberal blog sites.

According to these rumors, Sarah Palin had faked a pregnancy and pretended to have given birth in April to her fifth child, a son named Trig who has Down syndrome. The rumor was that Trig was actually Bristol Palin’s child and that Sarah Palin was the grandmother

 It’s difficult to imagine how, just one week later, on 08 Sept 2008, Bristol Palin was deeply embarrassed and disturbed about seeing photos of her newborn baby online… you know, the one that hadn’t been born yet?

Now a lot of other bloggers are talking about this and the consensus of opinion from all of us is that we’ll just have to wait for the actual transcripts of the trial to be entered into public record to see if this is an accurate portrayal of Bristol’s testimony. But if this isn’t an accurate statement on the part of the reporter,  it is a bit odd that Fox News would be the group to print such a huge gaffe.

If Bristol actually said this on the witness stand, under oath, she’s just outed her mother in perhaps the biggest political hoax of this century.

If it isn’t an accurate accounting of what the young mother said on the stand, then Fox News, through pure hearsay,  has just made a huge donation to the cause against Sarah Palin ever becoming a legitimate public figure – because that post has already been up for over 24 hours. Even if they retract it somewhere down the road, they are the ones who put it out there and left it out there – unchallenged – for people to think about.

And here’s an additional perspective: If the reporter at FNC who ran this story is telling the truth, it’s entirely possible this ‘leak’ was Fox News Channels way of pulling the plug on their ungrateful, insolent Rogue Star.

If it isn’t, the inaccurate story could be Fox Execs subtle way of letting Sarah know they are still in charge. 

After all, big corporations don’t give you gobs of money without expecting a little something in return. Like maybe not bitch-slapping them around on their own airways, perhaps.

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I’ve never heard of Nola.com, but when it landed in my google hits this morning I was impressed with the visual coverage they’ve devoted to this one story – the off-shore drilling explosion of 20 April 2010 and it’s consequences to the southern US shoreline.

With  the amount of attention today’s journos have given the idiocy of Arizona’s making it now illegal for illegal aliens to be illegally in the country, on top of ferreting out the nocturnal breeding patterns of golfers, it’s nice to see some paying attention to what is slowly emerging as the biggest environmental crisis to hit our precious oceans since the Exxon Valdez  oil crisis of 21 years ago.

The Washington Post has a four-page spread outlining the federal plans for cleanup of this spill, investigation into the cause of the explosion and Pres. Obama’s measures to prevent future explosions/spills, but Nola.com has the best video footage by far. I’m guessing it will be our best source of up-to-date photos as the spill advances towards the shore.

Bad weather, including high waves and flood waters are predicted for the gulf this coming weekend, and could wreak havoc on the foam barriers already in place. The President has okayed the use of chemical dispersements on the slick, but the weather could change those plans.   

The oil-soaked bird at the top is an omen of things to come and if anyone can empathasize with what the citizens of the gulf coastal states will be facing in the next several weeks, surely it is our friends in Alaska.

If anyone closer to the area has updates I’d love to hear from you.

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