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Let Them Eat Moose
Friday, 12 September 2008 01:00
by Jayne Lyn Stahl

After eight years of the wild west, one would think we'd had enough of cowboys. Enter Alaska's answer to Annie Oakley to walk everybody's favorite, if ambivalent, maverick down the yellow brick road.

And, what better day than today, when we pay tribute to the contributions of the working man and woman of this country, to think about just who will be entrusted with a return to economic sanity. Arguably, Ma Barker would do a better job of this than Ma Palin.

When running for president, in 1960, John F. Kennedy suggested, in a campaign speech, that Republicans only think about labor one day a year. Well, that's not true of Gov. Sarah Palin. Palin thinks about labor every time her water is about to break.

If blue collar, Bible-thumping, gun-slingers think they've found an advocate for the rights of working people in this country, rest assured: she may have married union, but she is 100% management. Moreover, she's not just interested in managing the human race, but the animal kingdom, too.

Yes, we can sleep a little better knowing, when that 3 a.m. phone call comes, we have a vice president who will be out shooting moose, and one who, curiously, has "right to life" as her motto. Wonder what the moose thinks about her idea of "right to life?"

Wonder what Alaska wildlife, including wolves who have been subjected, for the past 18 months of her governship, to aerial hunting, being gunned down from helicopters and airplanes, and Alaska's polar bears, think of their governor's right to life position? Whose life anyway? The lives of the unborn over those of the polar bear?

Amazing, isn't it, how Palin, and other members of her Rapture gang, support the notion of hierarchy of being How can anyone claim to believe in life and, at the same time, boast of shooting moose, and skinning them to make moose burgers? Are humans endowed by their creator with a great right to survive than animals? And, by extension, are some humans more worthy of saving than others? One has only to look at the demographics of the infant mortality rate, in this country, as well as that of death row, to see the hypocrisy inherent in the McCain/Palin notion of a "Christian nation."

Ms. Palin shows it's possible to be a Dominionist and dominitrix at the same time, but she confines her domination to the animal kingdom, to those who are hunted, and don't hunt back, to those who don't have a lexicon for acts of terror, but only for survival.

If the governor, and her fellow Dominionists, see divinity as the deregulation of nature, they're bound to put the human race on the endangered species list.

We're already on the endangered "specious" list. Better not think about what Europe will say with a vice president, lifetime member of the NRA, whose claim to leadership experience is that she was elected of a small, red neck town of under 9,000, serving as governor for less than 2 years, and the contention that she's more prepared to handle delicate developments with Russia because Alaska is the state closest to Russia?

Selecting an obscure, obscurantist, governor whose years as a PTA member outnumber her years in elected office by a margin of 2 to 1 shows that John McCain is serious about who's going to be boss in his administration. He's confident that he'll stay on top because he picked a running mate who is guaranteed to stick to the bottom of the pan. Look on the bright side, he didn't choose another Cheney, though her credentials as a neo-conservative might make him blush. Palin is Cheney's idea of having the last laugh.

Lots has been made of McCain's VP pick, and her adamant anti-choice stances, her "Big Oil" energy policies, her defense of fossil fuels, and that she sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as endangered species.

We wouldn't want a little thing like wildlife to interfere with more drilling for oil (read "bucks"), but what we don't know about Alaska's answer to Annie Oakley is that she hides behind being a woman in much the same way that some people hide behind the American flag. Palin has as much concern for women's issues like equal pay, childcare, choice, and equal opportunity as she has for the wolves she shoots from 20,000 feet.

While Palin will, undoubtedly, know her place in the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by a presumptive, and presumptuous, presidential candidate who "ordered" the Republican Convention all but cancelled, any attempts to portray her as dumb will backfire. Sarah Palin is dumb all the way to the bank.

She knows the right buttons to push, heaven help us, and if she ever becomes our next commander-in-chief, there won't be any question about that. She may stumble over the word "nuclear," but she'll point that firearm as if she were shooting at a rambling deer, and push us over the edge which is, after all, what the Rapture folks want.

Any comparisons to Dan Quayle are ludicrous. Dan Quayle was benign, and didn't work to exploit his gender to gain leverage in a close presidential race. That Sarah Palin would play the Hillary Clinton card shows that she may well be Karl Rove in a dress.

The thought that this woman could someday be our next president is more terrifying than the prospect of a dozen bin Ladens marching down Broadway. Institutionalized incompetence, and mismanagement, pose a far greater threat to the average American than Al Qaeda ever could.
The kind of incompetence that thinks human actions have nothing to do with global warming, and that there's a place for creationism in the public school curriculum. But, if there were such a thing as "intelligent design," there'd be no need for this discussion.

If there were such a thing as intelligent design, the past eight years would have been the subject of an X rated horror movie, and not relegated to the overworked annals of history.

When the press corps does its job, Annie Oakley will be back home watching "Easy Rider," and we will have a president for whom Labor Day means something 365 days a year.
 

 
 
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RALPH said:

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FREEDOM NOW!!!!!

AMERICA NEEDS SARAH PALIN!!!!!
 
September 12, 2008
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Aural said:

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McCain / Palin = Bush/Cheney = More years of war, corruption and the decline of America
From The Washington Post

An intelligence forecast being prepared for the next president on future global risks envisions a steady decline in U.S. dominance in the coming decades, as the world is reshaped by globalization, battered by climate change, and destabilized by regional upheavals over shortages of food, water and energy.


The report, previewed in a speech by Thomas Fingar, the U.S. intelligence community's top analyst, also concludes that the one key area of continued U.S. superiority -- military power -- will "be the least significant" asset in the increasingly competitive world of the future, because "nobody is going to attack us with massive conventional force." . . .


"The U.S. will remain the preeminent power, but that American dominance will be much diminished," Fingar said, according to a transcript of the Thursday speech. He saw U.S. leadership eroding "at an accelerating pace" in "political, economic and arguably, cultural arenas" . . . .


As described by Fingar, the intelligence community's long-term outlook has darkened somewhat since the last report in 2004, which also focused on the impact of globalization but was more upbeat about its consequences for the United States. The new view is in line with that of prominent economists and other global thinkers who have argued that America's influence is shrinking as economic powerhouses such as China assert themselves on the global stage.
 
September 12, 2008
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Joan said:

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Down With Palin
I was sitting on the fence about the Presidential Election until McCain lost his mind and joined up with Sarah Palin. My decision has been made to vote for Obama, mostly as a vote to keep this Annie Oakley wannabe from being a hair away from the Presidency. If McCain in his dotage thinks he's going to get the womens' vote, he made a gross mistake. I wouldn't hire this woman to work on a garbage truck. She's diabolical and completely consumed with her own importance. Whoever heard of this nitwit before McCain found her in the wilds of Alaska?
 
September 13, 2008
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Marilyn said:

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I was on the fence too...
...and McCain helped me decide to VOTE OBAMA. Aside from the fact that she would be frighteningly close to the Presidency... If McCain is crazy enough to pick this woman as a running mate than there is no way he is smart enough or deserving enough to run this country. Her ideas and beliefs belong in the Middle Ages. Her nomination a feather in woman's rights cap??? Not if she opposes Roe verses Wade. Intelligent design??? Pray away the gay??? What is she going to do next advocate bringing back the Spanish Inquisition??? Don't forget, by persecuting the intelligent free thinkers the Spanish Inquisition stunted all aspects of science and humanities... McCain/Palin is most definitely two steps back!
 
September 14, 2008
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skippy said:

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A gun toting, kick rear, red neck is just what we need in the good ole USA. Maybe she's being brought on board to put the radical animal rights people in there PLACE.
 
September 15, 2008
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