From my belly dancing friend:
Subject: Ok, now Sara Palin is really scaring me!
I never thought we would ever see a politician as dumb as GW Bush
gain power again, but Sara Palin’s latest interview with CBS’s Katie
Couric proved she is now the turkey to Dan’s Quayle. Her star has
pretty much faded. It is turning into a Black Hole. She is not what
she is made out to be, nor is she what she appears to be. In fact,
she is just a curvaceous hood ornament. Please! This is not the time
for an Airhead Barbie to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
When Couric questioned her in her trademark sympathetic style. It
didn’t help. When asked how living in the state closest to Russia
gave her foreign-policy experience, Palin responded thus:
“It’s very important when you consider even national-security issues
with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of
the United States of America. Where It’s just right over the border. It is
from Alaska that we send those
out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful
nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to<
to our state.”
There is, of course, the sheer absurdity of the premise. Two weeks
ago I flew to Tokyo, crossing over the North Pole. Does that make me
an expert on Santa Claus? (Thanks, Jon Stewart.) But even beyond
that, read the rest of her response. “It is from Alaska that we send
out those S” What does this mean? This is not an isolated example.
Palin has been given a set of talking points by campaign advisers,
simple ideological mantras that she repeats and repeats as long as
she can. (“We mustn’t blink.”) But if forced off those rehearsed
lines, what she has to say is often, quite frankly, gibberish.
Couric asked her a smart question about the proposed $700 billion
bailout of the American financial sector. Here’s the entire exchange:
COURIC: Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion
helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care,
housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more
money into the economy instead of helping these big financial
institutions that played a role in creating this mess?
PALIN: That’s why I say I, like every American I’m speaking with,
were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the
taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does
is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is
needed to help shore up our economy, helping the about job creation, too,
shoring up our economy and putting it back
on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and
reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax
relief for Americans. And trade, we’ve got to see trade as
opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs
being created in the trade sector today, we’ve got to look at that as
more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job
creation. This bailout is a part of that.
DOES ANYONE UNDERSTAND THAT PARAGRAPH?Politics | Comment (0)
To: Peaceful People of Hawaii,
Paula Donovan lives over on the far side. She sent this message:
There are fewer than three months until the election, an election that will decide the next President of the United States. The person elected will be the president of all Americans, not just the Democrats or the Republicans.
To show our solidarity as Americans, let’s all get together and show each other our support for the candidate of our choice. It’s time that we come together, Democrats and Republicans alike.
If you support the policies and character of Senator Obama, please drive with your headlights on during the day.
If you support John McCain, please drive with your headlights off at night.
Thank you for your participation.
Phoenix received these photos in the mail of a little boy named Manoj in Davanghe, India. When I inquired about them he told me he sponsored an operation to fix a cleft palate through a charity called The Smile Train. According to their website, “Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly. Aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job, and face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache.” If you feel inclined, you can donate here.Uncategorized | Comment (0)
At this time in history when we are facing our evolutionary final exam (PeterRussell.com), what can I say?
Rather than being depressed about the national debt increasing by $700 billion, we can look at this doom-filled reality as the death of comsumerism and the birth of…what? Self sustainability? Consicous community? Private lending banks?
At this point we can only guess where this Greatest Depression will lead us and hope that something positive will emerge.
In the meantime, we still have internet, energy and the pretense that everything is fine. Let’s enjoy it!Uncategorized | Tags: Add new tag | Comment (0)