Southern States Show Their Color

July 31, 2009 at 11:17 am | Posted in Miscellany | Leave a comment
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I don’t know where Steve Benen got this nice graph but it reflects the regional results of a Research 2000 poll conducted for Daily Kos.

My favorite part of the poll is realizing that 58% of the Republican Party is only 22% of the public in general.

Perhaps someone can explain to me why Congressional Democrats are allowing the Republicans to dictate policy.


“Drinking ourselves into a stupor waiting for the Bush presidency to end.”

July 24, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Posted in Department of Commerce | Leave a comment
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Invictus points out interesting data over at Blah3.

Alcoholic beverages purchased for off-premise consumption (booze we buy to drink wherever) — peaked right around the time of the presidential election and has declined dramatically since.

So, the question needs to be asked: Were we a nation just drinking ourselves into a stupor waiting for the Bush presidency to end, or is there some other explanation?

SOURCE: BEA Table 2.4.5U, Line 84

SOURCE: BEA Table 2.4.5U, Line 84

Watch out, Sarah! You have competition!

July 16, 2009 at 10:31 am | Posted in palin, politics straight up, public safety | Leave a comment
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Catherine Crabill, the Republican Party Nominee in the 99th House District of Virginia, tells her supporters on July 15, 2009 that if they don’t like election results, they are justified in engaging in armed insurrection.

“I swore to steadfastly and doggedly guard the interests of this great state like a grizzly with cubs”

July 15, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Posted in palin, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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White people with bear cub (Alaska) between c.1900 and 1930 (Library of Congress)

"White people with bear cub" (Alaska) between c.1900 and 1930 (Library of Congress)

In her State of the State Address on January 22, 2009, Sarah Palin said:

When I took my oath of office to serve as your Governor, remember, I swore to steadfastly and doggedly guard the interests of this great state like a grizzly with cubs, as a mother naturally guards her own. Alaska, as a statewide family, we’ve got to fight for each other, not against and not let external, sensationalized distractions draw us off course.

As an exciting year of unpredictable change begins, we, too, have our work cut out for us. And we’re all in this together. Just like our musk ox, they circle up to protect their future when they are challenged. We’ve got to do the same. So now, united, protecting and progressing under the great North Star, let’s get to work.

From Sarah Palin’s statement of resignation on July 3, 2009:

And so as I thought about this announcement that I wouldn’t run for re-election and what it means for Alaska, I thought about how much fun some governors have as lame ducks… travel around the state, to the Lower 48 (maybe), overseas on international trade – as so many politicians do. And then I thought – that’s what’s wrong – many just accept that lame duck status, hit the road, draw the paycheck, and “milk it”. I’m not putting Alaska through that – I promised efficiencies and effectiveness! ? That’s not how I am wired. I am not wired to operate under the same old “politics as usual.” I promised that four years ago – and I meant it.

Sarah Palin made a choice to quit as governor of Alaska without first finding out whether Joe Schmidt, who, as third in line, would be moved up to lieutenant governor, was willing to take on those responsibilities. Turns out he’s not. As a result, it’s going to cost the citizens of Alaska $125,000 (or more) to convene a special session to confirm her subsequent nominee. That’s money that could be used to rectify this appalling situation:

Eskimo medicine man and sick boy  between ca. 1900 and ca. 1930 (Library of Congress)

"Eskimo medicine man and sick boy" between ca. 1900 and ca. 1930 (Library of Congress)

(McClatchy) ANCHORAGE — State programs intended to help disabled and elderly Alaskans with daily life — taking a bath, eating dinner, getting to the bathroom — are so poorly managed, the state cannot assure the health and well-being of the people they are supposed to serve, a new federal review found.

The situation is so bad the federal government has forbidden the state to sign up new people until the state makes necessary improvements.

No other state in the nation is under such a moratorium, according to a spokeswoman for the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. [emphasis mine]

The crisis in the rural villages is as yet not even close to being resolved. And of course there is the problem of homelessness. “The discovery of seven dead men in woods, parks and illegal camps” is an indication of the difficulties facing the “nearly 3,000” homeless people in Alaska which one would expect a competent governor to recognize and address.

River and mountain scene  Nome, Alaska, c.1920 (Library of Congress)

"River and mountain scene" Nome, Alaska, c.1920 (Library of Congress)

The “big blobs of mystery goo floating off the Alaska coast” are also apparently of no interest to the almost-former Governor of Alaska.

She saw the choice as “having fun as a lame duck” or walking away from responsibilities which she asked the people of Alaska to give her.

Someone explain to me again why she’s considered a “serious” candidate for president?

Auto-Tune News #6: Kill Me Now.

July 11, 2009 at 6:29 pm | Posted in Reality Bites | Leave a comment

Palin Time Capsule: August 30, 2008

July 6, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Posted in palin | Leave a comment
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When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or, you know, maybe a sharper microscope put on her, i think, man, that doesn’t do us any good, women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country. I don’t think it bodes well for her, a statement like that, because, again, fair or unfair, it is there, I think that’s reality. And i think it’s a given. I think people can just accept that she is going to be under that sharper microscope. So be it. I mean, work harder, prove yourself to an even greater degree that you’re capable, that you’re going to be the best candidate. And that, of course, is what she wants us to believe at this point. It bothers me a little bit hearing her bring attention to herself on that level.

Sarah Palin, speaking to Karen Breslau, Newsweek San Francisco bureau chief, August 30, 2008

Happy Independence Day

July 4, 2009 at 11:46 am | Posted in Obama Speaks | Leave a comment
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“What most recommends the Palin boom is that she is … as celebrated by the GOP right wing as she is reviled by the Democratic left wing.”

July 4, 2009 at 2:27 am | Posted in palin, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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TITLE:  Birds. Turkey (gobblers head) I      Theodor Horydczak Collection (Library of Congress)

TITLE: Birds. Turkey (gobbler's head) I Theodor Horydczak Collection (Library of Congress)

Eight months after the election, the governor is as natural and gifted a presidential candidate as anyone since Huey Long. The farther she stays away from Washington and the longer she pushes away those sharpies clamoring for her to raise PAC money, to prepare gray-bearded policy positions, network at the barbecues in Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina (well, maybe not South Carolina right now), the more box-office irresistible she will be to Republican primary voters. What most recommends the Palin boom is that she is now, 40 months to the election, as celebrated by the GOP right wing as she is reviled by the Democratic left wing.

John Batchelor said that. It will be fun to follow his arc of disappointment.

What Batchelor expresses is what is fundamentally broken about Republicans and conservatives. He and his fellow travelers have no respect or consideration whatsoever for the people of this country or the Constitution. Bipartisanship? That was just bullshit when the Republicans were in the majority, that was just bullshit for the campaign season. What it’s always meant to that crowd is “do it my way or not at all.”

But how much do you have to hate your fellow Americans to choose as your candidate for the office of president the person who the other party “reviles.” People like Batchelor want total war at every level all the time. Chaos and confusion keep the political Ponzi scheme afloat.

I blame Survivor for giving these morons a lot of bad ideas.

I don’t think it is too far-fetched to worry about outbreaks of real violence if she and/or her husband do end up facing federal corruption charges. I sure hope it doesn’t get to that, but her lack of awareness of the effect her violent rhetoric has on her supporters scares the crap out of me. Right-wing commenters frequently suggest that President Obama should be assassinated. A patriot at Michelle Malkin’s blog reacted to the thought of an Obama second term with the comment: “You presuppose he will fill his first term…”

Knock Me Over With A Feather!

July 3, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Posted in palin, Reality Bites | 3 Comments
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Measuring height of grain on government farm, Fairbanks, Alaska.  c.1916 (Library of Congress)

Measuring height of grain on government farm, Fairbanks, Alaska. c.1916 (Library of Congress)

Sarah Palin announced today that she is resigning as governor of Alaska effective “in a couple of weeks.”

(MSNBC) “We know we can affect positive change outside government at this moment in time on another scale and actually make a difference,” she said, adding that politics had become a “superficial, wasteful bloodsport.”

According to the official statement (Alaska Governor’s Office website), she’s quitting because she doesn’t see any point hanging around as a lame duck. As far as she is concerned, she has completed her term as governor despite the fact she has only actually served for two and a half years of a four-year term.

And let the party begin …

Over at Michelle Malkin’s den of iniquity, commenters are making lists of people Palin should have in her future presidential administration:

My perfect ticket:

President Mitt Romney
(we need economic help)

Vice-President Sarah Palin
(she can run for President after two terms of Mitt)

Secretary of State Newt Gingrich

Secretary of Defense Ret. Gen. Norman (stormin’ Norman) Swarzkopf

Attorney General Ann Coulter

(Imaging the sleepless nights the Liberals will have [Because that, of course, is the most important consideration for any Republican presidential administration!].)

What a great idea! Do we have more suggestions? Why, yes, we do!

A possibility I hadn’t thought of, Tim. And I absolutely love it! Would give the ‘Cuda time to expand her foreign bonafides while Mitt puts the nation back on the right track.

Add Michele Bachmann somewhere and Jeri Thompson as press secretary. Now that’s a patriotic partial staff appropriate for this Independence Day weekend.

How excited are the Malkinites? How much confidence do they have in their Sarah?

I was watching her statement on Fox, and it did not seem she had to use a tele for what she was saying. Gosh, I hope she is running. Just keep the faith Sarah.

Potomac Electric Power Co.  Automatic toaster Theodor Horydczak Collection (Library of Congress)

Potomac Electric Power Co. Automatic toaster Theodor Horydczak Collection (Library of Congress)

In response to the suggestion that Palin running for president in 2012 would guarantee President Obama winning a second term, in keeping with their unabashed respect for the office of the President and the sanctity and preciousness of human life, one commenter suggests: “You presuppose he will fill his first term…”

What’s that smell?

I think it’s toast!

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The Mudflats is experiencing enormous traffic as a result of this surprise announcement and has been knocked offline.  You can, however, access The Mudflats through this link until the regular site comes back up if the regular site goes down again.

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Whoo! Video!  Listen to Palin explain how she is resigning so that Alaskans will not waste their money having her finish her first term!

Stinque has the full video.

Ongoing Supplements:

Andrew Halcro has a post detailing a multitude of significant problems Palin was facing.

Further explication of Palin’s looming problems.

For more on Sarah’s Great Adventure, visit Progressive Alaska.

Buckeye State has a link to a Christian Science Monitor article dated July 2, 2009 detailing some of Palin’s in-state woes. It turns out that quite a few people, both in Alaska and outside, are not at all surprised that she resigned. Modernsquire points out the irony that “Palin actually boasted about getting rid of junkets as Governor, and then resigned because she can’t travel as much as she wants if she stayed Governor. ” (See, Travelgate)

Here’s video of the entire unexpurgated press conference. It is must-watch TV. [Although this is the whole press conference, I think it has been condensed, Go here to watch what I now understand to be truly the entirety of it.]

After watching the trainwreck press conference, I have to say I think she inflicted more damage on herself with that press conference than the resignation itself.

Be careful and remove all liquids from the vicinity of your electronic equipment and refrain from eating or drinking while watching to prevent possible choking accidents. Sarah Palin has some serious mental health issues. My condolences to her family.

Her friends are delusional as well:

(CSM) John Schwochert, a Palin family friend, acknowledges that the governor’s in-state popularity has diminished, but that is probably because she has settled into her job. “Everybody here’s pretty satisfied with what she’s done for the state,” he says.

If Palin doesn’t run for the US Senate next year, she is a “shoo-in” for reelection and will rise from there, Mr. Schwochert predicts. “I’m really quite sure she’s being groomed for a higher office.” [ed: ba-doom!]

Max Blumethal over at The Daily Beast reports on “Housegate” as the possible reason for Palin’s sudden resignation:

Many political observers in Alaska are fixated on rumors that federal investigators have been seizing paperwork from SBS in recent months, searching for evidence that Palin and her husband Todd steered lucrative contracts to the well-connected company in exchange for gifts like the construction of their home on pristine Lake Lucille in 2002. The home was built just two months before Palin began campaigning for governor, a job which would have provided her enhanced power to grant building contracts in the wide-open state.

SBS has close ties to the Palins. The company has not only sponsored Todd Palin’s snowmobile team, according to the Village Voice’s Wayne Barrett, it hired Sarah Palin to do a statewide television commercial in 2004.

My prediction is that should the Palins be indicted on federal corruption charges, Todd will plead out in exchange for Sarah walking away. The question then will be whether she’s smart enough finally to do that or whether she then subjects the world to her continued martyrdom.

(Cross-posted at From Laurel Street)

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