300 reasons I would vote for used gym socks if it would keep John McCain out of office

September 23, 2008

Reason #107

Filed under: Foreign Policy,Palin — btboondoggle @ 2:24 am

Everyone’s saying that Sarah Palin has no foreign policy experience.  Now hold on a minute!!  She spent several semesters in Moscow while in college!

Oh…  wait, that’s Moscow, Idaho.  Home of the University of Idaho.

My bad.

But you can see Russia from Alaska!

On a more serious note, Sarah Palin hasn’t been anywhere requiring a passport until last year.  Are we sure that we want her next in line to be president behind a 72 year old cancer survivor?  Even this GOP senator doubts her experience.


September 19, 2008

Reason #103

Filed under: Anti-Semitic,Palin — 300reasons @ 6:09 pm

I’m a little late on it, but this post from Thoughts From A Rabbi is worth reading in its entirety.

Apparently Sarah Palin was present when her church recently had the director of Jews for Jesus speak there.

Some of you may be unfamiliar with Jews for Jesus, so I’ll summarize. They’re a bunch of anti-Semitic Christians who go around trying to convert Jews to fundamentalist Christianity, primarily through deceptive advertising and overly aggressive pamphleteers. I don’t know about the Jewish voting bloc in (ahem, swing state) Florida, but my Jewish friends are not what I would call fans of the JFJ approach.

Palin did not walk out or protest when the speaker said the following:

Our Father in heaven, We stand before You as a people who’ve experienced Your grace, and we acknowledge that that grace was first extended to our people through Your people, the Jews; that there is not a one here in this room who would know Jesus and serve Him if there had not been a Jew, generations ago, that spoke Jesus’ name to our people. Father, that comes full circle and we wish to extend Your grace back to Your people. And we pray and we ask that as a result of this time here, and as a result of this offering, there will be people among the Jews today who come to say the name “Jesus” with faith. In His glorious name we pray, amen.

Okay, so she thinks Jewish people (and probably all non-Christians) are going to hell and need to be converted to Christianity in order to be saved. That’s not a big deal, right? I can’t imagine a belief like that have any impact on her policy decisions. Nothing to worry about!

She also remained silent and still when the speaker went on to say:

But what we see in Israel, the conflict that is spilled out throughout the Middle East, really which is all about Jerusalem, is an ongoing reflection of the fact that there is judgment. There is judgment that is going on in the land, and that’s the other part of this Jerusalem Dilemma.

In other words, G-d created the violence in Israel as judgment for Jewish peoples’ failure to be Christian.

Personally, I would march my ass out of church if someone said such a thing in the pulpit.

So why didn’t she?

September 14, 2008

Reason #101

From The Curvature comes a great analysis of Sarah Palin’s involvement in charging rape victims in Wasilla for their own rape investigations, and her subsequent lying about that involvement:

You’ve probably read just about everywhere by now that while Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, the city billed rape victims the $1200 fee for their rape kits. Of course, Palin has tried to sidestep the question and insinuate that she had nothing, nothing at all, to do with this mess. This was clearly bullshit from day one, since the mayor of such a small town (my town is tiny and still has 2,500 more people in it than Wasilla) really has no excuse for not knowing what the fuck is going on in it.

(emphasis mine) 

As I’ve noted before, Wasilla is the same size as Bumpass, Virginia. One would assume that the mayor of such a tiny town would know what was going on there.

Considering that fact, it was already clear that Sarah Palin was lying about her involvement in charging rape victims for their rape kits (in case you’ve never heard of them, a rape kit is a kit used to collect evidence for prosecution after a sexual assault), but now we have proof. There is now a paper trail proving that Sarah Palin actively signed off on the switch from having the town cover rape investigations to the new policy of charging victims, and her claims to the contrary are outright lies.

Unfortunately, I don’t think a lot of men in politics understand what a big deal this could be for women voters (yep, even evangelical women).  I am afraid men who understand that John McCain=FAIL will miss an opportunity on this issue, because they don’t understand how visceral women’s feelings about sexual violence are.  This decision by Sarah Palin speaks to a lack of empathy on her part–it takes away from her false image as a woman “just like us,” and shows her to be quite a bit nastier than most women would be.  Further, the fact that she is lying about her involvement in this decision speaks even more to the fact that she and John McCain are liars. I hope people don’t stop talking about this.

September 12, 2008

Reason #99

Filed under: Animal Welfare,Palin,The Environment — 300reasons @ 4:45 pm

More to come soon on Sarah Palin’s environmental record.  For now:

September 11, 2008

Reason #98

Oh, how I love Katha Pollitt.

I love her questions for Sarah Palin even more. An excerpt:

§ Suppose your 14-year-old daughter Willow is brutally raped in her bedroom by an intruder. She becomes pregnant and wants an abortion. Could you tell the parents of America why you think your child and their children should be forced by law to have their rapists’ babies?

§ You say you don’t believe global warming is man-made. Could you tell us what scientists you’ve spoken with or read who have led you to that conclusion? What do you think the 2,500 scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are getting wrong?

§ If you didn’t try to fire Wasilla librarian Mary Ellen Baker over her refusal to consider censoring books, why did you try to fire her?

§ What is the European Union, and how does it function?

§ Forty-seven million Americans lack health insurance. John Goodman, who has advised McCain on healthcare, has proposed redefining them as covered because, he says, anyone can get care at an ER. Do you agree with him?

§ What is the function of the Federal Reserve?

§ McCain says cutting earmarks and waste will make up for revenues lost by making the tax cuts permanent. Experts say that won’t wash. Balancing the Bush tax cuts plus new ones proposed by McCain would most likely mean cutting Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. Which would you cut?

§ You’ve suggested that God approves of the Iraq War and the Alaska pipeline. How do you know?

If we could get just one journalist to ask Sarah Palin these questions in a context where she has to answer them. Just one.

Charlie Gibson? No?

Well, I suppose questions about mooseburgers are more important than questions about whether my teenage sister should be forced to have a child if, God forbid, she is raped. I don’t really care about that anyway. Lipstick!

By the way, in case anyone was wondering, the Violence Against Women Office? It’s part of the Department of Justice. Which is part of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. That means the President gets to make the appointments that determine what kind of work the VAWO does.

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say I think Sarah Palin’s views on sexual violence (she also made rape victims pay for their own rape kits when she was mayor) might just be relevant to her decisions about appointments.

Oh, nevermind. Lipstick!

September 9, 2008

Reason #96

Filed under: Crazypants,Mortgage Crisis,Palin — 300reasons @ 3:24 am

Okay, here’s the thing. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were privately owned and run companies that found themselves in financial trouble because failure to regulate (primarily by Republicans in power) allowed them to guarantee more loans than was financially safe.

Until yesterday, these companies received no federal aid. The reason the Bush Administration has been forced to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to avoid total economic collapse is because these companies were completely unregulated and unsupported by the federal government, with the checks and balances that give its programs financial protection.

In other words, Palin is either lying, or she lacks a basic understanding of the mortgage crisis.

Say, do you think our next president might have to somehow address the mortgage crisis?

H/T Huff Post

September 7, 2008

Reason #95

Filed under: Mayors of Towns Bigger Than Wasilla,Palin — 300reasons @ 11:34 pm

Bumpass, Virginia

According to 2000 census numbers, Bumpass had a larger population than Wasilla, Alaska (where Sarah Palin was mayor) in 2000. Assuming their populations grew at the same rate, Bumpass is probably still about the same size as Wasilla, or bigger.

Now unlike Plattsburgh, New York and Montrose, Colorado, Bumpass doesn’t actually technically have a mayor, let alone a mayor prepared to handle global warming or our national health care crisis. But somehow it seems that this thriving metropolis has managed to avoid falling into total anarchy. Amazing.

Reason #93

Filed under: Crazypants,Ethics Problems,Palin — 300reasons @ 10:10 pm

The google is the best vetting process ever!

Reason #91

Filed under: Mayors of Towns Bigger Than Wasilla,Palin — 300reasons @ 4:42 pm

Meet Donald Kasprzak.

He’s the mayor of Plattsburgh, New York. Plattsburgh has a population more than twice that of Wasilla, Alaska, where McCain’s VP pick Sarah Palin was mayor (the most powerful elected office she held prior to becoming Alaska’s Governor just a year and a half ago).

As you can imagine, governing a city the size of Plattsburgh requires a tremendous understanding of foreign policy (it’s right next to Canada!), troop deployments in Iraq, and national health care legislation. And road salt.

Yep. Donald Kasprzak is qualified to hold the most powerful office in the world, no question about it.

Reason #90

Filed under: Mayors of Towns Bigger Than Wasilla,Palin — 300reasons @ 4:11 pm

Meet Erica Lewis Kennedy (center).

Erica is the mayor of the majestic Montrose, Colorado.

Montrose is almost twice the size of Wasilla, Alaska, where McCain’s Vice Presidential pick Sarah Palin was mayor (The office Palin held before becoming governor of Alaska a year and a half ago). So as you can imagine, Montrose is HUGE! And I would trust Erica to take the reins of the biggest nuclear superpower in the world any day. Negotiations with Putin? No problem! Just look at how masterfully she’s handled the annual preschooler Halloween costume contest!

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