A brief blurb and videos first:
Something tells me that people would be a lot less apathetic, a lot less pessimistic, a lot less divided, and more involved in the electoral process if the majority of candidates' interactions were held in this spirit. These are speeches, more in the form of "roasts", given by each presidential candidate. They poke fun at themselves, their running mates, their opponents, and most anyone else that's been mentioned in association with the election in the last few months. They also spend time praising one another and addressing more pressing issues, all with a touch of much needed reality (as Victor Mancini would say, "It's not the right word, but it's the first that comes to mind".) Please watch them, if even merely for entertainment. Feel free to pass them on!
If you've still got a few minutes to spare, I implore you to visit FactCheck
at any time prior to November 4th. It's 100% nonpartisan, if you know otherwise please inform me. I only ask that you educate yourself on not only who you are voting for, but who you are voting against. If your vote is educated, it's assuredly not wasted.
Ah, the political season is starting to really roll and of course I feel the need to look into McCain's unexpected VP pick, Sarah Palin (Gov. Alaska). I will be posting the "Palin: Pros and cons" article found on MSNBC's website. Anyone that kept up with me the last election season knows I enjoy a good debate, discussion, or whatever you decide to call it. Are there any registered, voting Republicans on here anymore? Before my next portion, I just want to make it clear that I really don't care WHO you are voting for. I care that you KNOW WHY you are voting for that person. Honest.
With that, I am going to TRY to lay down some ground rules this year.
1: I swear to god, if you use the "argument" that any of my references are from "liberal news sources", you will be nullified as a competent debater.
2: Feel free to cite Fox News if you must. No source will be excluded, just keep in mind that I will check other sources to validate all ...claims, arguments, points of interest, etc.
3: There are some arguments that will never be won. They will forever be stalemates. I honestly try to base the majority of my decisions and views on fact, science, logic, etc. If you base your reality in something other than these things, chances are we will probably never see eye to eye.
4: This outline subject to change at anytime. More may be added, some may be tweaked, maybe I decide to ditch them and go all willy nilly with politics this year...
With all of that being said, here is the article on Palin. It's pretty basic information but, let me know what you think of her!
...and for those who don't like to copy and paste:
Palin: Pros and cons
Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 11:55 AM by Domenico Montanaro
Filed Under: 2008, McCain
From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
The pick of Sarah Palin caught almost everyone by surprise. Most signs last night seemed to point to Pawlenty, but McCain camp proved it can keep a secret REALLY well.
This was a bold move in this historic election, and a play for those Clinton supporters. Palin is a social conservative, and her views on abortion won't play well with most Democratic women. But this election has been a case study in identity politics. We'll see if she peels away some women.
The potential to grab some of those women voters is perhaps the best asset Palin brings to a McCain ticket. She also reinforces McCain's maverick image. She bucked her own party, launching an ethics investigation into the state party chairman with regard to his dealings with oil companies in the state. And being from Alaska, she's the ultimate outsider. She also also reinforces McCain's drilling message -- though she's for drilling in ANWR; McCain is not. She also represents the next generation of Republican leaders -- she's a fresh face.
But there are some potential pitfalls as well. Palin is currently under legislative investigation herself, accused of firing the state's public safety commissioner for not firing her former brother-in-law.
"A legislative panel has launched a $100,000 investigation to determine if Palin dismissed Alaska's public safety commissioner because he would not fire the trooper, Mike Wooten," the AP wrote earlier this month. "Wooten went through a messy divorce from Palin's sister. Palin has denied the commissioner's dismissal had anything to do with her former brother-in-law. And she denied orchestrating the dozens of telephone calls made by her husband and members of her administration to Wooten's bosses. Palin said she welcomes the investigation: 'Hold me accountable.'"
Although she's not linked to them, Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young are facing legal/ethical troubles. In fact, Stevens' trial will start in late September, so the Alaska Republican Party is a mess. And Palin's trooper trouble could play into that.
It will be interesting to see which story line catches on: "Palin, the reformer/maverick", or "Palin, under investigation?"
Ironically, Republicans have hit Obama on not being ready to be president, not ready to be commander in chief, because of his limited national experience. But Palin has only been governor of Alaska for less than two years and will surely face questions of whether she would be ready to step in as president. Of course, Republicans will point out that the difference is McCain and his experience are at the TOP of the ticket.
Additionally, it's not clear she would give any geographical advantage. Alaska has been solidly red -- it's only gone Democratic once (1964) since it became a state. Does she help in the West? It's not clear.
On the issues, she is anti-abortion rights and is a hunter and fisher. In fact, she's a card-carrying lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
The 44-year-old, Idaho-born Palin is Alaska's first woman governor and the state's youngest governor as well. Palin, a graduate of the University of Idaho (majored in political science and journalism), was elected mayor of the town of Wasilla when she was 32. After she lost a bid to be lieutenant governor in 2002 -- by less than 2,000 votes, raising her statewide profile -- she went into the private sector, becoming chairwoman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
Before getting into politics, she help run her husband's family commercial fishing business, according to the Almanac of American Politics. She also did work as a TV sports reporter.
She was described by the Anchorage Press as "a small-town, angel-faced mother of four, an avid hunter and a fisher with a killer smile who wears designer glasses and heels, and hair like modern sculpture, who's taking it to the boys every so softly."
On the personal side, she played high school basketball and her team won the state championship in 1982. She was nicknamed "Sarah Barracuda." According to the Almanac, she was Miss Wasilla in 1984 and competed in the Miss Alaska contest. She eloped with her high school boyfriend.
So, let the replies begin! (hopefully)
PS - I think I'm going to dig up that old post about the 14 characteristics of fascism and see how that applies today, four years later.
I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner! So, I would like to make the move to Oregon in, let's say, the next year/year and a half. I'm overwhelmed trying to find which city would best suit my needs. Here are my limitations: it has to be in a low precipitation area with fairly stable climate. (Anything better than Nebraska's apparent range of approximately -2.24 degrees Fahrenheit to 100ish degrees Fahrenheit). I would prefer to be able to walk most necessary places. I have medical issues that interfere with driving. I'm looking toward more central Oregon just based on the precipitation and temperature information I've found so far. I don't really have a size or population preference to speak of. Although I assume that larger cities are a bit more pricey in the real estate area, but maybe not in gas, groceries etc ??
Also, I would like to continue my education in art (photography, graphic design) so any input on good colleges/universities in the state would be a great help. The school information doesn't need to correspond to the location information, I'm just trying to gather as much as I can and kind of piece it together from there. Once I feel better about narrowing it down to a few cities then I can start planning visits and feeling like this is a tangible goal. Thanks!
it had been so long since i posted! perhaps i will return with an update... or a much needed rant.
i finally finished this morning. what did you (those of you that care and have finished reading also) think?
depending on if anyone replies there may or may not be SPOILERS in the replies. so just a fair warning.
Why are democrats so much better at attacking eachother than they are at attacking actual opposing candidates?
IS WICKED RETAHDED! that is all
My latest news is that rplash and I got a kitten!! Her name is Tilly. She is 4 months and a dilute tortie. We adopted her from the local humane society and she is surprisingly healthy for being couped up with all of those other kitties and being a stray. We are so excited!! I will post pics later when I have more time and am not so tired. I hope everyone's doing well!!
Is any other Omahaan on here attending the Bright Eyes benefit concert for the Bemis Center on Dec. 15? Or The Faint and Tilly and the Wall on Dec. 17? Just curious. Lemme know!