by wrb, Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 07:03:52 AM EST
by wrb, Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 10:57:50 AM EDT
I thought this series of comments quite powerful when taken together, and potentially useful
I have been disturbed about the choice from the start, as you know. And I have not seen any reason to feel less disturbed ... She really could be president! And here's where my fellow conservatives really worry me. They are so attracted by the symbolism of the selection that they show no concern -- never mind for her executive competence -- even for her views.
by wrb, Tue Sep 09, 2008 at 01:56:57 PM EDT
A blogger from Alaska shares some important, and amazing personal knowledge of the woman McCain judges most fit to be in charge of the most destructive arsenal in history.
I first met Alaska Governor and GOP Vice Presidential aspirant Sarah Palin when she was on the City of Wasilla Planning Commission. I appeared at one of their meetings, along with my boss at that time, now-convicted ex-Allvest CEO, Bill Weimer. We were presenting a proposal Allvest was working on, in conjunction with a Wasilla-based mental health clinic, to open a community corrections project there, and needed a facility permit.
At that time, I remembered her, because she seemed to be the only person on the commission who had actually read our proposal. It was obvious from her questions.
Of the encounters I've since had with Sarah Palin, two that brought up her faith, have become important, in light of the possibility that she might someday soon be in charge of thousands of thermonuclear weapons.
In June 1997, both Palin and I had responsibilities at the graduation ceremony of a small group of Wasilla area home schoolers. I directed the Mat-Su College Community Band, which played music, and she gave the commencement address. It was held at her church, the Wasilla Assembly of God.
Palin had recently become Wasilla mayor, beating her earliest mentor, John Stein, the then-incumbent mayor. A large part of her campaign had been to enlist fundamentalist Christian groups, and invoke evangelical buzzwords into her talks and literature.
As the ceremony concluded, I bumped into her in a hall away from other people. I congratulated her on her victory, and took her aside to ask about her faith. Among other things, she declared that she was a young earth creationist, accepting both that the world was about 6,000-plus years old, and that humans and dinosaurs walked the earth at the same time.
I asked how she felt about the second coming and the end times. She responded that she fully believed that the signs of Jesus returning soon "during MY lifetime," were obvious. "I can see that, maybe you can't - but it guides me every day."
Our next discussion about religion was after she had switched to the less strict Wasilla Bible Church. She was speaking at, I was performing bugle, at a Veterans ceremony between Wasilla and Palmer. At this time, people were beginning to encourage her to run for Governor.
Once again, we found ourselves being able to talk privately. I reminded her of the earlier conversation, asking her if her views had changed. She was no longer "necessarily" a young earth creationist, she told me. But she strongly reiterated her belief that "The Lord is coming soon." I was trying to get her to tell me what she felt the signs were, when she had to move on.
by wrb, Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 04:29:22 PM EDT
Christina of Yes to Democracy & Tommy Christopher of AOL seem to have done some seriously major journalism & exposed very troubling things about PUMA. The linked pages speak for themselves.
Then go here
then watch the other clips
by wrb, Tue Aug 26, 2008 at 04:06:29 PM EDT
Chelsea ending her introduction like this:
"I'd like to end with a personal message for John McCain.
Janet Reno is not my father.
And I'm not ugly.
And we're going to beat your ass"
by wrb, Tue Aug 19, 2008 at 06:29:08 AM EDT
I think I'll refrain from commenting on this. I've generally come to believe that PUMAs should be ignored but this shouldn't be.
Yesterday's PUMA prowl was sending letters to the editor praising swiftboater Corsi's "exposure " of Obama. And these are Democrats?
Today PUMApac blog features this announcement of "exterminate jew power" Andy Martin's new organization.
When Andy was photographed at the secret PUMA convention, some PUMAs claimed he infiltrated it. Guess not
by wrb, Fri Aug 01, 2008 at 10:02:00 AM EDT
This diary is just to flag an exceptionally interesting article about Obama's teaching career. Sorry for the lack of analysis- I'm due at a meeting.
It directly addresses some of the more common libels.
I suggest you read the whole thing
At the school, Mr. Obama taught three courses, ascending to senior lecturer, a title otherwise carried only by a few federal judges. His most traditional course was in the due process and equal protection areas of constitutional law. His voting rights class traced the evolution of election law, from the disenfranchisement of blacks to contemporary debates over districting and campaign finance. Mr. Obama was so interested in the subject that he helped Richard Pildes, a professor at New York University, develop a leading casebook in the field.
His most original course, a historical and political seminar as much as a legal one, was on racism and law. Mr. Obama improvised his own textbook, including classic cases like Brown v. Board of Education, and essays by Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Dubois, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, as well as conservative thinkers like Robert H. Bork.
Mr. Obama was especially eager for his charges to understand the horrors of the past, students say. He assigned a 1919 catalog of lynching victims, including some who were first raped or stripped of their ears and fingers, others who were pregnant or lynched with their children, and some whose charred bodies were sold off, bone fragment by bone fragment, to gawkers.