Things That Make You Hate All Democrats

From Andrew Sullivan at the Atlantic Monthly:

Things That Make You Go Hmmm

Andrew Sullivan, 31 Aug 2008

Questions for the McCain-Palin campaign:

Where has Bristol Palin (far right, holding Trig, with a ring on her wedding finger) been for the past year? Has she been attending high school? Or was she absent because of infectious mononucleosis for between five and eight months, as is now being reported on the Internet?

Why would a 43 year old woman, on her fifth pregnancy, with a Down Syndrome child, after her amniotic fluid has started to leak, not go to the nearest hospital immediately, even if she was in Texas for a speech?

Why would she not only not go to the hospital in Texas, but take an eight-hour plane flight to Seattle and then Anchorage?



The Hive – Still Savoring Sarah Palin Pick

It seems like people can’t get enough of talking about Sarah Palin.

As always, please keep the discourse on a level you would not mind having your sainted mother read.



Competing Protesters March In Thailand

From Reuters:

Thai police shoot tear gas into anti-government protesters in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug. 29, 2008. Thai police muscled into crowds of anti-government protesters occupying the prime minister’s office compound Friday to deliver a court order demanding they leave, sparking scuffles that left several people with minor injuries.

Thai PM’s allies hit street as debate begins

By Vithoon Amorn Sun Aug 31

BANGKOK (Reuters) – More than 1,000 government supporters marched on Thailand’s parliament on Sunday as lawmakers began a special debate on street protests threatening to topple Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej.

The group avoided areas of Bangkok where anti-government protesters are massed, including thousands who have occupied Samak’s official compound since Tuesday and are vowing to stay until the prime minister quits.

Samak, who has said he would never bow to the demands of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), warned in his weekly radio address that his patience was wearing out.


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Ex-Syrian VP Is Sentenced To Hard Labor

From the Agence France-Pressee:

Former Syrian VP sentenced to hard labour: lawyer

DAMASCUS (AFP) — A military court in Damascus has sentenced former Syrian vice president turned opposition leader Abdel Halim Khaddam to hard labour for life, a lawyer involved in the case told AFP on Saturday.

“Judge Mohammed Kaddour Assad of the Damascus first military criminal court has handed Abdel Halim Khaddam 13 sentences, including hard labour for life,” lawyer Hossam Eddine al-Habash said.

The court has ordered that Khaddam, in his seventies, be stripped of his civil rights and prevented from residing in Damascus or Tartus, his native town, Habash said.

Khaddam, who resigned as Syria’s vice president in 2005 to join the opposition and now lives in Paris, is accused of “slandering the Syrian leadership and lying before an international tribunal regarding the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri,” according to the charge sheet obtained by AFP.


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NYT Now Blames Bush For Delaying Surge

From where else but the New York Times:

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Troop ‘Surge’ Took Place Amid Doubt and Debate

August 31, 2008

WASHINGTON — When President Bush speaks to the Republican convention on Monday, he is expected to tout the “surge” of forces in Iraq as one of his proudest achievements. But that decision, one of his most consequential as commander in chief, was made only after months of tumultuous debate within the administration, according to still-secret memorandums and interviews with a broad range of current and former officials.

In January 2007, at a time when the situation in Iraq appeared the bleakest, Mr. Bush chose a bold option that was at odds with what many of his civilian and military advisers, including his field commander, initially recommended.


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Women At ‘Moderate’ Mosque: Kill Gays

From the UK’s Times:

Women preachers at moderate mosque ‘urge faithful to kill gays’

Abul Taher

Women preachers are urging followers at one of Britain’s most influential mosques to kill homosexuals and view all non-Muslims as “vile”, according to a television documentary.

The London Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre, known as the Regent’s Park Mosque, is one of the most respected centres for moderate Islam in western Europe.

However, an undercover investigation by the Channel 4 Dispatches programme has found extremist preachers have held study circles there and are teaching followers a hardline version of the faith followed in Saudi Arabia, known as Wahhabism.

The documentary, to be broadcast tomorrow, is a follow-up to Undercover Mosque, which investigated a number of mosques and was made by the same team more than a year ago.



Top Dem Laughs About Gustav Hitting NO

In honor of the third anniversary of Katrina, Democrat National Committee Chairman Don Fowler laughs about the prospect of hurricane Gustav hitting New Orleans:

Luckily for New Orleans there is now a conservative Republican in the mix down there. In fact, all of the Gulf states now have Republican governors.

Why do you think that is, Don?



Obama Gals ‘Reach Across Aisle’ For Palin

From a “community blog” at the official Barack Obama website:

Mooseburgers for Everyone to Celebrate Palin, McCain’s VP Pick!

By Tracy DC ☮DC T☮ YesWeDid – Aug 30th, 2008

McCain chooses Sarah Palin for VP spot (after meeting her once) to woo disgruntled Hillraisers, to get financial support from his heretofore unexcited conservative base who was gonna vote for him anyway, as an attempt to reignite his fading image as a maverick, and because he fantasizes what the former beauty queen looks like when the hair comes down and the glasses come off.

Moreover, I’m sure McCain is trying to figure out if she can be paid less for being a VP than his other strung-along would-be male picks since he’s against equal pay for women.



NARAL: Palin Proves McCain Rigid, Extreme

A press release from NARAL:

McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate

August 29, 2008

Selection of anti-choice Palin shows just how extreme McCain presidency will be

Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said that Sen. John McCain’s selection today of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate is further evidence that a McCain presidency will be just another four years of the same old Bush-style anti-choice policies. Just like McCain, Palin opposes a woman’s right to choose. Palin has also stated her opposition to abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

“John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate proves just how rigid and extreme his administration would be when it comes to a woman’s right to choose,” Keenan said.



NOW Denounces Palin Pick As Cynical Ploy

A press release from the National Organization Of Women:

Not Every Woman Supports Women’s Rights

August 29, 2008

Statement of NOW PAC Chair Kim Gandy on the Selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s Vice Presidential Pick

Sen. John McCain’s choice of Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate is a cynical effort to appeal to disappointed Hillary Clinton voters and get them to vote, ultimately, against their own self-interest.

Gov. Palin may be the second woman vice-presidential candidate on a major party ticket, but she is not the right woman. Sadly, she is a woman who opposes women’s rights, just like John McCain.

The fact that Palin is a mother of five who has a 4-month-old baby, a woman who is juggling work and family responsibilities, will speak to many women.



Hillary’s War Room Says The Party’s Over

From the erstwhile “war room,” Hillary Is 44:

Funeral In Denver

Friday, August 29th, 2008

This is a shocking and brilliant choice by McCain. McCain/Palin announce in must-win OHIO. Stomps out the Obama funeral story.

If McCain does not run for re-election the 44 year old Palin will be the Republican nominee in 2012. If the Democrats can be bought back to life after they are destroyed in NOvember and in 2010 they will have to nominate a women to run against Palin in 2012.

Hillary. Yes, Hillary.

Palin will help win women around the country. Palin will help with women in the Philadelphia suburbs. Ohio and Michigan and Pennsylvania will likely go with NRA member and hunter Palin. The Republican Party is now 100% unified and not in a fake way.



McCain Picks Sarah Palin As Running Mate

From a conflicted Associated Press:

McCain picks Alaska gov as running mate.

By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer

DENVER – John McCain tapped little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate on Friday in a startling selection on the eve of the Republican National Convention.

Two senior campaign officials disclosed McCain’s decision a few hours before the Republican presidential nominee-to-be and his newly-minted running mate appeared at a rally in swing-state Ohio.

Palin, like McCain, is a conservative with a maverick streak who has shown a willingness to clash with others in her own party. A self-styled hockey mom and political reformer, she has been governor of her state less than two years.

Palin’s selection shocked numerous Republican officials.

At 44, Palin is a generation younger that Sen.



Russia Intends To ‘Absorb’ South Ossetia

From an elated Associated Press:

A South Ossetian woman walks near destroyed buildings in Tskhinvali. ...

A South Ossetian woman walks near destroyed buildings in Tskhinvali.

South Ossetia says Russia intends to absorb region

By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press Writer

TSKHINVALI, Georgia – Russia intends to eventually absorb Georgia’s breakaway province of South Ossetia, a South Ossetian official said Friday, three days after Moscow recognized the region as independent and drew criticism from the West.

Georgia, meanwhile, said it would recall all diplomatic staff from its embassy in Moscow on Saturday because of the Russian military presence in Georgia. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nestrenko criticized the move, saying it “will not benefit our bilateral relations,” Russian news agencies reported.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and the region’s leader, Eduard Kokoity, discussed the future of South Ossetia earlier this week in Moscow, South Ossetian parliamentary speaker Znaur Gassiyev said.



Biden Bill To Blame For Foreclosure Crisis

From the oft-surprising ABC News:

Should Biden Share Blame for Foreclosure Crisis?

Experts: Many Americans Lost Homes Due to a Bill Championed by Biden


August 28, 2008—Experts say hundreds of thousands of Americans may have lost their homes due to a bill championed by Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., Barack Obama’s vice-presidential running mate.

At least two studies have concluded that the United States’ foreclosure crisis was exacerbated by a 2005 law that overhauled the nation’s bankruptcy law. That conclusion is echoed by other experts, although the banking and credit industry disputes it.

Congressional Republicans drove the effort to pass the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) of 2005. But Biden who has enjoyed hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from credit industry executives endorsed the measure early on and worked to gather Democratic support for it.



Shocker: 2nd Growth Revised Up To 3.3%

From the cultists of recession at Reuters:

The U.S. economy expanded at a stronger-than-first-reported 3.3 percent annual rate in the second quarter, as consumer spending and net exports were more robust than initially estimated and inventories fell less sharply, a government report showed on Thursday.

Second quarter growth revised upward to 3.3 percent

By Mark Felsenthal Thu Aug 28

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.3 percent annual rate in the second quarter, much stronger than first thought, but many economists expect growth to flag as the year progresses.

The U.S. Commerce Department on Thursday said consumer spending and net exports were more robust that initially estimated and that inventories fell less sharply. A month ago, it had said U.S.



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