Monday, September 08, 2008

And I Take Your Money

Check out the super sweet new header that Ms. Jenn created for moi's birthday. Best b-day present ever!

Be on the look out for some different version.

AAW is becoming a big boy blog!


V-PILF is suppose to hide in Cheney's bunker after she's elected, not before.

She's playing hide and seek with the electorate and that can't be good.

Much more of the McSame.

Not Training Wheels We Can Believe In:

"Sarah Palin could be the President of the United States in four and a half months. We tend to think of this as an abstraction; but it's true. And yet today she's so unprepared and knows so little about the challenges and tasks facing the country that she can't even give a softball interview.

That's really all we need to know. Yes, she's off being prepped at some undisclosed location. And I've little doubt that by the time her debate rolls around she'll be sufficiently pumped full of slogans and bromides to make a show of it. But now, this moment, is the one that tells us all we need to know.

As is so often the case, Palin is the incarnation of the Republican slurs. The darling of the hard-right; she gives a stem-winding speeches. She pushes all their buttons. But she's such a lightweight, they can't risk letting her answer a few questions. Not even on Fox. They know she's not ready and probably never will be. But they think the politics might work for them."

Uh, oh looks like someone has ADD. Not good when you're negotiating with Putin.

What's she running from?

Palin Attended 5 Colleges In 6 Years:

"POKANE, Wash. - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin attended five colleges in six years before graduating from the University of Idaho in 1987.

Federal privacy laws prohibit the schools from disclosing her grades, and none of the schools contacted by The Associated Press could say why she transferred. There was no indication any of them were contacted as part of the background investigation of Palin by presidential candidate John McCain's campaign.

'Our office was not contacted by anyone,' said Tania Thompson, spokeswoman for the University of Idaho in Moscow."

Super Sarah was for earmarks before she was against them.

Sarah Palin, John McCain, and Earmarks:

"The Seattle Times reported yesterday that she submitted 31 earmark requests totaling $197 million in the current (FY2009) budget cycle. According to that paper, it was “more, per person, than any other state.”

The Washington Post reports that in 2000, Palin took an extraordinary step as the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, a town that had fewer than 5,500 residents—she hired a Washington lobbyist to seek congressional earmarks. According to the Post, she won a total of $6.1 million in earmarks for the city of Wasilla in 2002."

Both numbers need to be placed in some perspective. Fiscal year 2008 was the first year for which there was a complete listing of all earmarks contained in all appropriation bills. That information was loaded into several databases, including the one developed by Taxpayers for Common Sense. According to that data, the average state got about $50 per person in earmarked funds in 2008. Alaska, represented by Ted Stevens, the Senate’s earmarker-in-chief, got $506 per person—about 10 times the national average. Wasilla between 2000 and 2003 was getting well over $1,000 per person—twice the Alaska state average in 2008.

But the mean ol' new media needs to stop trying to ask her questions. Just shut up and parrot whatever the McSame campaign tells you to say. Haven't you learned anything over the past 8 years.

Why the media should apologize - Roger Simon -

"ST. PAUL, Minn. — On behalf of the media, I would like to say we are sorry.

On behalf of the elite media, I would like to say we are very sorry.

We have asked questions this week that we should never have asked.

We have asked pathetic questions like: Who is Sarah Palin? What is her record? Where does she stand on the issues? And is she is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency?

We have asked mean questions like: How well did John McCain know her before he selected her? How well did his campaign vet her? And was she his first choice?

Bad questions. Bad media. Bad.

It is not our job to ask questions. Or it shouldn’t be. To hear from the pols at the Republican National Convention this week, our job is to endorse and support the decisions of the pols."

Hopefully the putzs in the traditional media will do their damn job this time around.

Not holding my breath, though.

Angry Amateurs - Swampland - TIME:

"The second thing is more insidious: Steve Schmidt has decided, for tactical reasons, to slime the press. He wants the public to believe that there is an unfair--sexist (you gotta love it)--personal assault going on against Palin and her family. This is a smokescreen, intended to divert attention from the very real and responsible vetting that is taking place in the media--about the substance of Palin's record as mayor and governor."

There is a tendency in the media to kick ourselves, cringe and withdraw, when we are criticized. But I hope my colleagues stand strong in this case: it is important for the public to know that Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the local library and thinks the war in Iraq is "a task from God." The attempts by the McCain campaign to bully us into not reporting such things are not only stupidly aggressive, but unprofessional in the extreme.

Whenever I think of V-PILF this song pops into my head...


OK, some funny....

If They IM'd: the Republican VP losers - 236 - News



Anonymous said...

Hey Jason,
Congrats on three years of AAW.
Love the 'Knuckle Sammich" header, Ms. Jenn does some sweet work.
Keep up the good work.
Looking forward to celebrating an Obama Victory at the Fillmore in Novemeber.
Peter G.

JPW said...

Thanks, Peter!

Either we celebrate the election of Obama at the Fillmore in November or it will be my own 'going away' party. ESL career, here I come!