Monday, April 27, 2009
Monday, November 03, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
A much more age-appropriate (and hot, yeah I said it. and I'll say it again. hot.) video this time. although, I'm not sure their wives and children would agree, but whatever. really though, this is so much fun, this nkotb come back. personally.. well, and publically, I guess, I love it. the songs are fun and dancy and weirdly drrty. all said, not. bad. I love it even if it makes me feel funny inside.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
McCain criticized Wasilla earmarks in 2001
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) -- Republican presidential candidate John McCain criticized two of his future running mate's hometown projects in broadsides in 2001 against congressional "pork-barrel" spending, records from the Arizona senator's office show.
McCain and running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have criticized such spending as a central part of their campaign for the White House. McCain has made pork-busting a centerpiece of his maverick pitch for years.
But when Palin served as mayor of her hometown of Wasilla, outside Anchorage, she obtained about $27 million in federal "earmarks" during her last four years in office, according to the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense.
In a 2001 statement opposing a transportation spending bill McCain singled out for criticism about $3 million worth of those projects. McCain's list of "objectionable" spending included a $2.5 million road project for the town that then had a population of 5,500, as well as a $450,000 appropriation for an agricultural processing plant there.
McCain's campaign responded Wednesday by saying the record on pork-barrel spending "is one we are eager to discuss."
"As mayor of Wasilla, Gov. Palin was forced to work within the current system to obtain critical funding for a growing city," the campaign said in a statement. By comparison, it said, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama "has consciously attempted to manipulate the system by requesting nearly $1 million every working day he has been in the Senate."
Palin already has been facing questions about her stump-speech claim to have said " 'Thanks, but no thanks' for that bridge to nowhere up in Alaska." Palin originally supported construction of the infamous bridge from Ketchikan to its airport on sparsely populated Gravina Island, but canceled work on the span in 2007 after the price tag increased from about $200 million to nearly $400 million and it became a symbol of congressional excess.
The governor hasn't faced reporters since August 29, when McCain tapped her as his running mate. But her lieutenant governor, Sean Parnell, said Palin has reversed her support for earmarked spending projects because "I think she saw what they were."
"As you're in office longer, you see the cumulative effect from Wasilla to Pensacola, and you see the corruption that can come from those," Parnell said, referring to earmarks.
Parnell is now locked in a still-unresolved GOP primary with "Bridge to Nowhere" advocate Don Young, the state's sole congressman for more than 30 years. Palin backed his challenge to Young in the Republican contest.
But longtime Alaska journalist and former Palin staffer Larry Persily said the governor "is telling only half the story, as far as the earmarks."
"She was hungry for funding from the federal government that could help her community," Persily said.
Palin not only sought money from Alaska's congressional delegation, but she hired the former chief of staff to veteran Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens -- now under indictment in a wide-ranging corruption probe -- for help. The result was that Wasilla won $600,000 for a new bus facility, $1.75 million to upgrade its dispatch center and $2.4 million to improve water and sewer facilities.
"We did well," Palin scrawled in the margins of a City Council memo on federal funds from 1999.
Since becoming governor, she has cut the amount of money her vast, oil-rich state asks for from the federal government. But for the 2008 budget year, Alaska had more earmark requests per capita than any other state -- $500 for every resident.
Palin sought about $450 million in earmarks during her first two years in state office, according to federal records. They include nearly $8 million to improve a remote airport in the Aleutian Islands, a former Navy airfield that handles eight scheduled flights a month; $4 million to research sea crab stocks; and $2 million to research rockfish.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
not only was that "great" speech one of the more smug, sarcastic, condescending, ear-splitting,hypocritical, full-o-shit things I've listened to since that time I accidentally turned on Fox News, but it was FULL of lies. straight up, big fat lies that were nothing short of laughable.
for example... does anyone really think that if she would have sold that private plane on e-bay that we wouldn't have heard about it when it happened? please. that's just the folksy crap the press would have been all over. fuck it, Perez would have blogged it and KARE11 would have Extra'd it.
the truth is that she did indeed list the plane(okay, definitely ballsy and a little funny), but did not sell it on e-bay. she listed it three times and it didn't sell. she finally sold it, AT A LOSS, thru a broker.
that's just one example and, I know, I know a rather silly one. however, it makes my point about how this crap is SCARY. it scares me because people seem to be eating it up. it's cheeseball and it's bullshit.
she also lied about Obama raising taxes.
she also lied about Obama not authoring one "single major law or reform" and not reaching across the aisle (or whatever she said while she was mocking democrats, state legislators and community organizers). from the AP (you know, that notoriously elite, left-wing media outlet):
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 meager 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.
I guess I just keep thinking... well, besides that she is a hypocritical, lying, creationist who thinks the war in Iraq is a mission from god. I just keep thinking... who the fuck does she think she is? she wants to attack Obama for having nothing more than big speeches and hopeful rhetoric? seriously? and she has... uh, a big speech and negative rhetoric? she was hand picked for purely political purposes and to energize the sketchy base neo-con support for McCain. fine, I understand the evangelicals are going to embrace and lurve her... but what about everyone else? well, that's what's worrying me.
I guess they way they are hiding her away (probably programming her on foreign policy 24/7, so she can stand a chance against Biden) and insulating her from the big, mean bullies in the press is pretty telling. right? I should find hope in that - - and in that will most likely backfire on them. right?
okay, I'll settle down. there's a lot of time left-- a lot of time for the buzz to die down and the dust to settle and people to start asking legitimate questions about her record and her lies (keep reminding people that she took that 'bridge to nowhere money and she kept it), which just has to come back and haunt her.
o, and, seriously, what is the deal with attacking the community organizers? I didn't even know that was a thing. oh, pew, I've always hated those habitat for humanity ass holes. and those church groups who feed starving people? and those M.A.D.D bitches? single-handedly responsible for the housing crisis. I've always wanted to say that.