Monday, September 29, 2008
On the other side of the aisle, once again, no leadership. Yes, the libs produced their part of the bargain, 50% of the required vote tally. Whereas the Republicans had 2/3rds of their representative vote no, Pelosi failed to lead 14 of her closest friends, allies and committee chairs. This made a huge difference. The names are like a who's who of the Pelosi House stronghold....Conyers, Philner, Green, Wolsey, 2 Sanchez sisters (both Californian), Ortiz, Stark, Fazio, Clay, Costello....she couldn't even get her fellow Californian Barbara Lee to follow her leadership.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Neither the CRA nor its implementing regulation gives specific criteria for rating the performance of depository institutions. Rather, the law indicates that the evaluation process should accommodate an institution's individual circumstances. Nor does the law require institutions to make high-risk loans that jeopardize their safety. To the contrary, the law makes it clear that an institution's CRA activities should be undertaken in a safe and sound manner.
Obviously, this act must be reviewed carefully in examining our current mortgage crisis, however, if you are looking for a scapegoat, you need to look further. While there is a current fever pitch to blame less affluent borrowers, and the CRA which encouraged it, or the President who reached out to these communities with the act, we must remember that this act has survived over thirty years, through congressional, and Presidential terms controlled by both parties.
- Over half of the loans currently in default, were made by smaller, independent financial institutions, who had no obligations to make loans to the poorer communities, and basically had little or no CRA oversight whatsoever.
- For every one sub-prime loan made by a CRA institution, two were made by a non-CRA overseen institution.
So, the next time you hear talk about "big government," and deregulation, picture in your minds what will be the inevitable result of a completely free, open and unfettered financial industry upon the American citizens.
Add to this the possibility, although still somewhat rare, of people over the age of 65 exhibiting signs of Alzheimer's, a form of dementia, a condition contracted by former President Ronald Reagan. In fact, some historians claim to this day, that former President Reagan showed signs of early onset Alzheimer's prior to his leaving office.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Inside John McCain’s campaign the expectation is growing that there will be a popularity boosting pre-election wedding in Alaska between Bristol Palin, 17, and Levi Johnston, 18, her schoolmate and father of her baby. “It would be fantastic,” said a McCain insider. “You would have every TV camera there. The entire country would be watching. It would shut down the race for a week.”
There is already some urgency to the wedding as Bristol, who is six months pregnant, may not want to walk down the aisle too close to her date of delivery. She turns 18 on October 18, a respectable age for a bride — and the same age as Barack Obama’s pregnant mother when she married his Kenyan father. The Democrat has already declared Bristol’s private life off-limits as far as his campaign is concerned.
The selection of Palin, 44, the moose-hunting governor of Alaska, as his running mate was one of McCain’s biggest gambles. It paid off handsomely at first, but she could benefit from a fresh injection of homespun authenticity, the hallmark of her style, provided by her daughter’s wedding after appearing out of depth away from her home state.
David Letterman, the late-night television chat show host, joked that Palin’s meetings with world leaders at the United Nations in New York looked like “take your daughter to work day”.
In a series of heavily criticised interviews with Katie Couric of CBS News, she fumbled her points about Alaska’s proximity to Russia and sounded like an over-crammed, under-informed student. Palin was stumped when Couric asked her to provide examples of McCain’s proposals for reforming the banking industry. “I’ll try to find some and I’ll bring them to you,” she said eventually. Republicans are quailing in advance of one of her biggest tests of the election, her televised debate with Joe Biden, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, on Thursday in St Louis, Missouri.
The conservative commentator Kathleen Parker, an early admirer, shocked McCain supporters late last week by calling on Palin to withdraw. “My cringe reflex is exhausted,” she wrote in National Review Online, a conservative journal. “Palin’s recent interviews . . . all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out of Her League.”
Parker advised Palin to “save McCain, her party and the country she loves” by announcing that she wanted to spend more time with Trig, her five-month-old Down’s syndrome baby: “No one would criticise a mother who puts her family first.”
THE FACTS: No one bought the jet online. It was eventually sold through an aircraft broker — at a loss to taxpayers of nearly $600,000.
THE MYTH: "I told the Congress 'Thanks, but no thanks' on that Bridge to Nowhere." — Sarah Palin, convention speech
THE FACTS: Supported the infamous pork project in her 2006 run for governor, even after Congress had killed the bridge; derided its opponents as "spinmeisters." Reversed her stance a year later — but kept the money, doling out the $223 million in federal funds to other pork projects throughout the state.
THE MYTH: "We ... championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress." — Sarah Palin, convention speech
THE FACTS: As mayor, employed a lobbyist who also worked for Jack Abramoff to secure $27 million in pork spending for Wasilla — more than $4,000 per resident. In her two years as governor, requested $453 million in earmarks. Alaska ranks first in the nation for pork, raking in seven times the national average.
THE MYTH: "I found ... someone who stopped government from wasting taxpayers' money." — John McCain, introducing Palin
THE FACTS: Signature accomplishment as mayor: building a $15 million hockey arena that plunged the city into debt. Broke ground on the project without finalizing the city's purchase of the land; the resulting fiasco cost Wasilla $1.3 million — roughly $200 per resident.
THE MYTH: "Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems — as if we didn't know that already." — Sarah Palin, convention speech
THE FACTS: "I beg to disagree with any candidate who would say we can't drill our way out of our problem." — Sarah Palin, July 2008
THE MYTH: "We began a nearly $40 billion natural-gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence." — Sarah Palin, convention speech
THE FACTS: With federal approval years away, not a single section of the pipeline has been laid. State could end up paying the pipeline's contractor $500 million — even if it never breaks ground on the project.
THE MYTH: "She's fought oil companies." — John McCain, introducing Palin
THE FACTS: Collected $13,000 in campaign contributions from oil and gas lobbyists, including Exxon, BP, Shell and Chevron. BP was a sponsor of her inaugural ball.
THE MYTH: "She's been to Kuwait. She's been over there. She has been with her troops. The National Guard that she commands, who have been over there and had the experience." — John McCain, highlighting Palin's national-security credentials
THE FACTS: Never had a passport before 2007, when she made a brief photo-op trip to visit troops in Germany and Kuwait. Has never been to Iraq, and has not met a single foreign head of state.
THE MYTH: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending." — Sarah Palin, convention speech
THE FACTS: As governor, sought travel reimbursement for 312 nights she spent in her own home.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
* If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."
* Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.
* Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
2. Thou shalt attack opponents personally when you can’t win on policies or integrity.
3. Thou shalt call yourself pro-life, but be in favor of the death penalty.
4. Thou shalt call yourself pro-life, and put guns in the hands of school children.
5. Thou shalt give lip service to democracy while taking away civil liberties.
6. Profit is the Lord Thy God, thou shalt not put the people’s interest above those of your corporate contributors or self serving neoconservative agenda.
7. Thou shalt make sure fetuses have health coverage, but leave children and babies behind.
8. Thou shalt bear false witness against your opponents and liberals, and demonize them along with truth and facts.
9. Thou shalt run on a moderate platform, then enact right-wing policies as soon as possible.
10. Thou shalt call the media liberal, so that people forget that the media is owned by corporations with a conservative fiscal agenda.
1. Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
"The last straw," her lawyer argued, came when he planned a trip to Washington, D.C., to seek federal funds for an aggressive anti-sexual-violence program. The project, expected to cost from $10 million to $20 million a year for five years, would have been the first of its kind in Alaska, which leads the nation in reported forcible rape.
The McCain-Palin campaign echoed the charge in a press release it distributed Monday, concurrent with Palin's legal filing. "Mr. Monegan persisted in planning to make the unauthorized lobbying trip to D.C.," the release stated.
Rove said both candidates need to "be careful" about their attacks on each other. "They ought to -- there ought to be an adult who says, 'Do we really need to go that far in this ad? Don't we make our point and won't we get broader acceptance and deny the opposition an opportunity to attack us if we don't include that one little last tweak in the ad?' " he said.
The Obama campaign shot back and accused McCain of "cynically running the sleaziest and least honorable campaign in modern presidential campaign history."
OBAMA THE MUSLIM ANTICHRIST RUMOR STILL SWIRLING AROUND THE TOILET BOWL THAT IS THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE AMERICAN MASSES
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
As the economic issue weakened, a large set of less comprehensive issues emerged. Civil rights, street crime, school prayer, and welfare dependency were among the earliest of these issues, which were followed by others including abortion, the environment, education, and global trade. All were important, but they intersected with each other in confounding ways. And none had the reach or the endurance of the economic issue. The emergence of the so called religious right have changed this somewhat, as religious conservatives may completely base their Presidential votes based one two issues, and two issues alone....abortion rights and gay marriages.
During any given election cycle, there is a myriad of small to medium sized issues being debated, but the issues were too crosscutting and too numerous for either party to combine them in a way that could easily satisfy a following.
By the 1970s, self-described independents accounted for a third of the electorate. People also found it increasingly difficult to think and talk about the parties. Americans were better educated than they had been in the 1950s, but they had a harder time saying what the parties represented. In the 1950s, less than one in ten had nothing to say when asked in polls what they liked and disliked about the parties. By the 1970s, three in ten had nothing to say. This has brought on a large spectrum of platforms and beliefs in the republican party alone, from the Religious conservatives at the far right, to the moderate conservatives at the left of their party. In order to attract the support necessary for election (and more and more, that means independent voters), it is very common for a candidate to soften, or abandon their core principles altogether and go running to the political center. No more proof of this is needed than the creation of the term "flip flop," which is widely bandied about in today's media.
Americans who today have a party loyalty and an awareness of the parties have a voting rate more than twice that of those who call themselves independents and who cannot find words with which to describe the parties. The change in party politics helps to explain why, disproportionately, the decline in participation has been concentrated among Americans of low income. Although a class bias in turnout has been a persistent feature of U.S. elections, the gap has widened to a chasm. The voting rate among those at the bottom of the income ladder is only half that of those at the top. And as their willingness to actually vote recedes, so does their political power, thus politicians today need only pay a momentary lip service to the issues which are crippling them, and resulting in a feeling of despair, and a lack of hope.
The change in party politics also helps to explain why candidates now have trouble crafting messages that voters find compelling. Candidates have never had so many communication weapons at their disposal, yet they have never found it so hard to frame their message. Campaign messages today are strikingly different in the wide range of issues they address, the contradictions they contain, the speed with which they turn over, and the small percentage of voters with whom they resonate. But how do you craft a platform and message, let alone a public perception of a candidate given the 30 second demands of today's media availability, and the anemic attention span and political tolerance of the American electorate?
Today's quick sound byte mentality also feeds the very poison that infects American politics today, the propagation of half-truths and lies in order to frame a public opinion of a candidate, no matter how untrue or factually baseless it may prove to be. Witness the complete failure of the Obama campaign to dispel the rumors surrounding him up to today that he is a practicing Muslim.
And, as this political culture we have so skillfully crafted over the course of the last five generations perpetuates itself, more and more voters will abandon the political party system, feel increasingly more disenfranchised from the system, which will perpetuate in lower and lower turnout.
It has been statistically proven that the changing demographic of the American voters is such that we may have only 6 or 7 additional Presidential primaries in which the majorities are comprised of whites. Needless to say, any future hopes of either party for a sustainable future depends entirely on the recruiting and including of minority members, and the Democrats have perennially succeeded to do so.
However, will this changing demographic so radically alter each party that we may be heading towards a three or four party system such as in Great Britain? I hope so. For as with diversity comes an inability of the two major parties to dominate, and in fact, drown out any hopes of a tertiary party's hope for mainstream attention by the media, as now demonstrated by our public debating process.
Now more than at any time in our history, we need to reexamine our entire political process, and the manner in which we elect our representatives at every level. And that means media communication, the electoral college, the manner in which we register new voters, right down to the process we use to cast votes. We simply cannot go any longer with a disinterested, apathetic electorate, which will almost certainly be a breeding ground for political corruption, lies, and half-truths. This is more than a call to correct our political process, it is a call to cure the symptoms that may adversely change our democratic system itself........ if you care.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
You have squandered a fairly large lead over a Republican candidate that struggled just to beat the likes of Mike Huckabee and Rudy Guiliani. They have taken over your core message of change, and are forcing you to respond to one of the dirtiest campaigns in modern day history. What is worse, you stopped playing to win, and have overcautiously started playing not to lose.
2. Forget trying to force the electorate into the realization that John McCain is a liar.
They already know that. They think you are all inherently dishonest. We know their campaign is spreading the shit like a tractor in Iowa. Get over it. Didn't you learn anything from the primaries?
3. Admit that Joe Biden was a stupid fucking mistake.
He has added nothing to your ticket, and you got absolutely no bump in the polls as a result of it. Sending him out on the road in an attempt to whip up your supporters isn't working, and if you continue to keep him out there, it will only be a matter of time before he says something really, really dumb. Reel him in. This is the price you will have to pay for your foolish pride. You knew Hillary was your only choice, but you let your testicles override your brain. Smooth move, Senator.
4. Realize your campaign people are really stinking up the joint.
I don't know who you've been listening to, but one minute you are Mr. Clean, and the next minute you are jumping into the mud and slinging it with the worst of them. By getting down into the dirt with McCain, you have shown the country that the person you portrayed throughout the primary was....just that, a portrayal, and not who you really are. The American people have no idea who you are any more. You have to stop changing your message, and your positions. Stick with them, even if they are wrong. Nobody expects you to stick to them in January, anyway.
5. You need to ask for help from someone who knows how to get elected, and that means either Jimmy friggin' Carter, or it means getting down on your hands and knees and asking for help from the married couple pictured below.
They know how to win. Sure, you kicked their ass with all of that messianic bullshit, but that ship has sailed. The Clintons know more about American politics than any two people alive. It won't be pretty, but they can get you into the White House. The question is, can Bill forget that the only respect you have shown him is three phone calls, and a recent lunch since the primaries?
The second question is, do they even want you to get elected? If its McCain in four years, Hillary will be running against four years of ineptitude, and you. And besides, the houses will be Democratically controlled, so there will be an absolute deadlock / stalemate against getting anything done.
Five things to do, with an emphasis on number five. Suck it up and do it, or your failure will singlehandedly insure that there will be no minority candidates for the next 3+ election cycles. You will have proven the Bradley effect is alive and in full force when it comes to Presidential elections (whether that will play out as the ultimate reason for your failure, or not). How's that for a legacy?
And that is The World.........The World According to Kimba. Thanks for reading.
- Bush's tax cuts for the rich have reduced annual tax revenue available for public needs by $300 billion each year.
- Bush Cheney's occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq has cost $700 billion, according to the Congressional Research Service. That's about $400 million a day. Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says the tab is well over $2 trillion when you add rehabilitation for injured vets, replacement of military hardware, and the value of things we could have produced (but didn't) with that money over the past seven years.
- Bushites have finished off the deregulation of banking that began in earnest during Bill Clinton's presidency. This ideological madness has caused the collapse of investment funds, banks, and the stock value of corporations that depend on them (which is to say most of Wall Street and much of the financial world), as well as a steep decline in the value of most homes in America and a sharp rise in the cost of living in them.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
But then again, it is 9-10-2008 today, so lets get a little political, especially when it is the latest Keith Olbermann rant in regards to the blatant use of the victims of 9/11 for their own political gain. The video is 6 minutes long, and worth listening to.
Sometimes politics has the uncanny effect of mirroring the national psyche even when nobody intended to do that. This is perfectly illustrated by the rousing effect that Gov. Sarah Palin had on the Republican convention in Minneapolis this week. On the surface, she outdoes former Vice President Dan Quayle as an unlikely choice, given her negligent parochial expertise in the complex affairs of governing. Her state of Alaska has less than 700,000 residents, which reduces the job of governor to the scale of running one-tenth of New York City. By comparison, Rudy Giuliani is a towering international figure. Palin’s pluck has been admired, and her forthrightness, but her real appeal goes deeper.
She is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his idealism and turning negativity into a cause for pride. In psychological terms the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight, countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of "the other." For millions of Americans, Obama triggers those feelings, but they don’t want to express them. He is calling for us to reach for our higher selves, and frankly, that stirs up hidden reactions of an unsavory kind. (Just to be perfectly clear, I am not making a verbal play out of the fact that Sen. Obama is black. The shadow is a metaphor widely in use before his arrival on the scene.) I recognize that psychological analysis of politics is usually not welcome by the public, but I believe such a perspective can be helpful here to understand Palin’s message. In her acceptance speech Gov. Palin sent a rousing call to those who want to celebrate their resistance to change and a higher vision
Look at what she stands for:
Small town values — a nostalgic return to simpler times disguises a denial of America’s global role, a return to petty, small-minded parochialism. Ignorance of world affairs — a repudiation of the need to repair America’s image abroad. Family values — a code for walling out anybody who makes a claim for social justice. Such strangers, being outside the family, don’t need to be needed. Rigid stands on guns and abortion — a scornful repudiation that these issues can be negotiated with those who disagree. Patriotism — the usual fallback in a failed war. "Reform" — an italicized term, since in addition to cleaning out corruption and excessive spending, one also throws out anyone who doesn’t fit your ideology. Palin reinforces the overall message of the reactionary right, which has been in play since 1980, that social justice is liberal-radical, that minorities and immigrants, being different from "us" pure American types, can be ignored, that progressivism takes too much effort and globalism is a foreign threat. The radical right marches under the banners of "I’m all right, Jack," and "Why change? Everything’s OK as it is." The irony, of course, is that Gov. Palin is a woman and a reactionary at the same time. She can add mom to apple pie on her resume, while blithely reversing forty years of feminist progress. The irony is superficial; there are millions of women who stand on the side of conservatism, however obviously they are voting against their own good. The Republicans have won multiple national elections by raising shadow issues based on fear, rejection, hostility to change, and narrow-mindedness.
Obama’s call for higher ideals in politics can’t be seen in a vacuum. The shadow is real; it was bound to respond. Not just conservatives possess a shadow — we all do. So what comes next is a contest between the two forces of progress and inertia. Will the shadow win again, or has its furtive appeal become exhausted? No one can predict. The best thing about Gov. Palin is that she brought this conflict to light, which makes the upcoming debate honest. It would be a shame to elect another Reagan, whose smiling persona was a stalking horse for the reactionary forces that have brought us to the demoralized state we are in. We deserve to see what we are getting, without disguise.
Monday, September 8, 2008
We had several hundred people attend that convention and nothing of noteworthy status took place outside of nominating the most conservative candidate up to that date to ever run for Governor of Alaska. That candidate was the sitting Lt. Governor, Jack Coghill. This man was one of the authors and signers of the Constitution of the State of Alaska."
Sunday, September 7, 2008
The problem is the inherent oddity of the incumbent party running on a desire to change the very government they have controlled for nearly a decade. Here are Republicans, the party that controlled the White House for eight years and both houses of Congress for five, wildly cheering the promise to take on Washington. I don't mean to be impolite, but who's controlled Washington this decade?
Moreover, McCain was giving up his home turf of readiness to challenge Obama on his home turf of change. Can that possibly be pulled off? The calculation was to choose demographics over thematics. Palin's selection negates the theme of readiness. But she does bring important constituencies. She has the unique potential of energizing the base while at the same time appealing to independents. In short, she may pull Clinton supporters and quiet the far right base of the party, and that means evangelicals, "my friends."
Saturday, September 6, 2008
- Claimed to have been an anti-corruption crusader, actually ran Ted Stevens' political action committee and made appearances with him even after he was accused of corruption.
- Palin's 17 Year old daughter is pregnant, but she personally slashed funding for teen pregnancy organization with a line-item veto.
- She also has a child with Down's Syndrome, but she slashed school funding for special needs children by 62% despite a$5 billion Alaskan budget surplus due to rising oil pric
- Palin attended convention for Alaskan Independence Party, which is devoted to ensuring that Alaska secedes from the union. Addressed the party convention this year.
- For all of their talk about her successful mayorship experience, the truth is, Palin left Wasilla mired with $20 million in debt
- Palin pressured a librarian to ban unspecified books, and threatened to fire her
- Claimed she was against Bridge to Nowhere, was actually for it
- Believes that a 14 year old child who was impregnated by rape or incest must carry the child full term under the law thus penalizing the victim.
- Under investigation for abuse of power for firing a top official for refusing to terminate her ex-brother in law from the police force. The complaint further alleges that the governor or her staff may have have improperly disclosed information from Wooten's personnel records.
- Despite McCain's straight talk against earmarking and the promise to veto pork barrel spending, his VP candidate has requested about $198 million—$295 per person this year alone—which is the highest amount per-capita in the country, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense. And when she was the mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired an Anchorage-based firm to secure $27 million in federal earmarks for the town.
- For all of their talk of her quote, unquote "experience", the fact remains that there is so little to do in Alaskan politics that their legislature only meets 90 days per year.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Wow! No wonder McCain has so many houses: his wife has the price of a Scottsdale split-level hanging from her ears.
I have been following politics since college (1974), and I have seen a ton of dirty, low class politics employed since that time. But I have never seen an opposing candidate experience the ridicule and composite laughter of an entire convention exhibited by the GOP in Saint Paul. And for what? Because Obama spent time after college going back into a depressed area of Chicago, and giving back to his community? Because they hate community organizers? Full on laughter. Guiliani made it a joke, and the quasi religious sheep of the GOP brethren laughed along.
The Democratic party would never do that to an opposing candidate even if their pick for VP on their ticket took a job as a television sports announcer, parlaying her looks and plumbing to get ahead, rather than doing community service, or relying on her intellect at all.
The fact is, it was a joke in their eyes to do community service on the streets with the people who needed it most, that is why they do not favor any social program to any extent. Makes them weak is their mantra. The truth is, they do not like minorities. If Barack went to help whites in the Hamptons, they would value it. If Katrina had severly hurt the population of Sag Harbor, they would have been Johnny on the spot. This is why they ridicule community organizing in Chicago, and this is why you couldn't find a non-white face in the convention crowd....well, almost at all. At all. Rudy Guiliani put a face on the campaign McCain wants to run...an all white face.
Rudy Giuliani laughed out loud while noting Barack Obama's deep experience as a "community organizer." Sarah Palin cracked: "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities." Both Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin specifically mocked Barack's experience as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago more than two decades ago, where he worked with people who had lost jobs and been left behind when the local steel plants closed. Let's clarify something for them right now. Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies."
And oh, by the way, you seemed to completely skip the part of Obama's resume which told of his tenure teaching constitutional law to university students. Guess not even that is as good as being a sportscaster or mayor of Podunk, Alaska, or being for the infamous "Bridge leading to nowhere" (which Palin supported....until she didn't anymore).
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Only 36 of the 2,380 delegates seated on the convention floor are black, the lowest number since the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies began tracking diversity at political conventions 40 years ago. Each night, the overwhelmingly white audience watches a series of white politicians step to the lectern–a visual reminder that no black Republican has served as a governor, U.S. senator, or U.S. representative in the past six years.
- Her diet is "heavy in wild Alaskan seafood, moose, caribou and fresh fruit."
- Palin's first-born son, Track, was born on April 20, 1989, almost eight months to the day after she eloped and married her husband, Todd, on August 29, 1988.
- She does believe in climate change, but she has expressed doubts that human activity is to blame.
- Palin has said she is "as pro-life as any candidate can be and called abortion "an atrocity." She has supported mandatory parental consent, and while she is pro-contraception, has also indicated her preference for abstinence education over "explicit sex-ed programs." She would permit abortion in cases where the mother's life was endangered, but not in the case of rape or incest.
- Palin said in a 2006 debate that she supports teaching creationism alongside evolution in public schools on the grounds that "healthy debate is so important."
- Palin on Iraq: "I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq. I heard on the news about the new deployments, and while I support our president, Condoleezza Rice and the administration, I want to know that we have an exit plan in place."
- Palin asked the Wasilla library "how she could go about banning books" with offensive language. It's not clear whether any book was ever banned.
- When she was running for governor in 2006, Palin said she supported a $223 million federal earmark for the Gravina Island Bridge. Congress eventually killed the earmark after it became a symbol of pork-barrel spending, but Alaska was given the same amount of money to spend on other projects. She lied about it last night in her speech.
- The Alaska governor has no command role with National Guard troops engaged in combat operations or with the 49th Missile Defense Battalion, which is stationed in Alaska. She does command the National Guard when it comes to natural disasters and homeland security. These issues are handled by a member of her cabinet, Maj. Gen. Craig.
- Cindy McCain and others have asserted that Alaska's proximity to Russia has contributed to Palin's foreign-policy knowledge. This is a bold faced lie, she has never been to Russia.
- Sarah Palin fired former Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, who said the governor pressured him to fire an Alaska state trooper who happened to be getting divorced from Palin's sister. Palin has denied these allegations. Alaska's state legislature voted in July to get an independent investigator to look into the firing.
- The environmental Web site Grist.org has reported that she objected to listing polar bears or beluga whales as endangered in Alaska, fearing it might affect Alaskan drilling projects. She also voted against a proposition to limit mining where runoff would threaten salmon populations.
- Alaska has long been the recipient of astounding amounts of federal funding. While Palin slashed pork requests in half during her tenure, the state still requested $550 million in Palin's first year in office. This year she has requested about $198 million—$295 per person—which is still the highest amount per-capita in the country, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense. And when she was the mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired an Anchorage-based firm to secure $27 million in federal earmarks for the town.