Archive for September 15th, 2008

Sarah Palin’s Latest Qualification

Hey, did you hear the one about the rich elitist politician who installed a tanning bed in her official government residence?

“The governor did have a tanning bed put in the Governor’s Mansion,” Roger Wetherell, chief communications officer of Alaska’s Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, confirmed to this newspaper. “It was done shortly after she took office [in early 2007] and moved into the mansion.”

The home tanning bed in the Governor’s Mansion in Juneau adds a trivial fact among the many, big and small, coming to light about the right-wing’s latest celebrity, McCain’s gamble to try and wrestle the election away from Democrat Barack Obama, but one that – tug the thread – leads to other questions about elitism, ethics, public health and the insufferable phoniness that plagues politics and politicians.

The good news is: According to McCain campaign logic, this makes Sarah Palin the country’s foremost expert on solar power.

September 15th, 2008 at 11:28pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Energy,Environment,McCain,Palin,Politics,Republicans

Palin’s Priorities

As with most things Palin, appalling but somehow not surprising:

Once in office, Governor Palin decided to continue litigation that seeks to overturn every subsistence fishing determination the federal government has ever made in Alaska. (State of Alaska v. Norton, 3:05-cv-0158-HRH (D. Ak).) In pressing this case, Palin decided against using the Attorney General (which usually handles State litigation) and instead continued contracting with Senator Ted Stevens’ brother-in-law’s law firm (Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot).

The goal of Palin’s law suit is to invalidate all the subsistence fishing regulations the federal government has issued to date to protect Native fishing, and to force the courts instead to take over the role of setting subsistence regulations. Palin’s law suit seeks to diminish subsistence fishing rights in order to expand sport and commercial fishing.


In both hunting and fishing matters, Palin has continued uninterrupted the policies initiated by the former Governor Frank Murkowski Administration, challenging hunting and fishing protections that Native people depend upon for their subsistence way of life in order to enhance sport fishing and hunting opportunities. Palin’s lawsuits are a direct attack on the core way of life of Native Tribes in rural Alaska.

…And then there’s this:

The reason Gov. Palin, the Board of Game and our Legislature continue to push for aerial hunting is because the commercial hunting industry is quite powerful in Alaska. This small special interest group would love to eliminate nature’s predators in order to artificially inflate moose and caribou numbers so they can continue to cater to the wealthy, out-of-state hunters seeking a trophy.

I think I’m seeing a trend here.  I guess Sarah Palin doesn’t want anything to interfere with recreational hunting and fishing, which is obviously much more lucrative important than subsistence hunting and fishing.

The Alaskan natives should probably consider themselves lucky that Palin isn’t shooting at them from helicopters.

3 comments September 15th, 2008 at 09:27pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Environment,Palin,Politics,Republicans

Racism At “Fox Faith” And “Values Voter Summit”

In case you missed the repulsive “Obama Waffles” being peddled at the Values Voter Summit for right-wing Christians:

Activists at a conservative political forum snapped up boxes of waffle mix depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a racial stereotype on its front and wearing Arab-like headdress on its top flap.

Values Voter Summit organizers cut off sales of Obama Waffles boxes on Saturday, saying they had not realized the boxes displayed “offensive material.” The summit and the exhibit hall where the boxes were sold had been open since Thursday afternoon.

The box was meant as political satire, said Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss, two writers from Franklin, Tenn., who created the mix. They sold it for $10 a box from a rented booth at the summit sponsored by the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council.

David Nammo, executive director of the lobbying group FRC Action, said summit organizers were told the boxes were a parody of Obama’s policy positions but had not examined them closely.

Republican Party stalwarts Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney were among speakers at the forum, which officials said drew 2,100 activists from 44 states.

While Obama Waffles takes aim at Obama’s politics by poking fun at his public remarks and positions on issues, it also plays off the old image of the pancake-mix icon Aunt Jemima, which has been widely criticized as a demeaning stereotype. Obama is portrayed with popping eyes and big, thick lips as he stares at a plate of waffles and smiles broadly.

Now here’s the punchline, courtesy of Julia:

Bob DeMoss founded a division for religious publisher Thomas Nelson, a religious publisher which describes as “the nation’s first Christian conglomerate, with interests in television, music, book and magazine publishing, home shopping and radio.” Previously, he worked for Focus on the Family. He writes books with Tim LaHaye. [Note: FRC is a division of Focus on the Family]. Whitlock also worked for Focus on the Family, as well as Thomas Nelson. These days, though, Whitlock works for Fox. Fox Faith, yet (if you get a password screen, just hit cancel). Yep, one of the minds which brought you Obama waffles is teaching our children about God for Rupert Murdoch.

Beautiful.  Why, if I didn’t know any better, I would almost think that there’s a racist undercurrent running through Fox, the religious right, and the Republican Party.  But surely that’s impossible.

Oh, and I especially like when the waffle wankers explain, without even attempting to maintain straight faces, that Obama is wearing a turban because he’s “on a safari.”

(Cartoon by Married To The Sea)

September 15th, 2008 at 07:47pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Obama,Politics,Racism,Religion,Republicans,Wankers


Just imagine how bad it would be if the fundamentals weren’t strong.

September 15th, 2008 at 06:47pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Elections,McCain

More B&W San Diego Air & Space Photoblogging

Yep, I’m back to all-B&W, and this time I’m giving you no say in the matter.

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September 15th, 2008 at 11:36am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Monday Media Blogging – Inexplicable Hitachi Marketing Edition

Hitachi + Mr. T = QUALITY!

Stop your shouting
The network’s for routing
You gotta be wise
So virtualize!

You need a company you can trust – like your momma.

Not Mr. T – just psychedelic and insane.

September 15th, 2008 at 07:32am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

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