Samstag, 30. August 2008

Risky Palin Pick Raises Questions About McCain

Peter Wallsten, The Los Angeles Times: "For a candidate known to possess a quick temper and an unpredictable political streak, the decision raises questions about how McCain would lead -- whether his decisions would flow from careful deliberations or gut checks in which short-term considerations or feelings outweigh the long view."

Long-Standing Feud in Alaska Embroils Palin

James V. Grimaldi and Kimberly Kindy, The Washington Post: "For the past several years, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate, has been embroiled in a bitter family feud that has drawn in the state police, the attorney general, the governor's office and the state legislature."

McCain Running Mate Sarah Palin Misled GOP

Alex Spillius, The Telegraph UK: "The Governor of Alaska gave a misleading version of events over a controversial bridge project in her home state when she made her maiden speech as the presumptive nominee. Mrs. Palin told a cheering audience in Ohio that she had turned down an offer from the US Congress to build the so-called 'Bridge to Nowhere', which would have connected Gravina Island with Ketchikan International, an airport in Alaska's southeast serving just 200,000 passengers a year. Mr. McCain routinely cites the $100 million project as a symbol of wasteful central government spending."

Disclosures on Palin Raise Questions on Vetting Process

Elisabeth Bumiller, The New York Times: "A series of disclosures about Gov. Sarah Palin, Senator John McCain's choice as running mate, called into question on Monday how thoroughly Mr. McCain had examined her background before putting her on the Republican presidential ticket. On Monday morning, Ms. Palin and her husband, Todd, issued a statement saying that their 17-year-old unmarried daughter, Bristol, was five months pregnant and that she intended to marry the father. Among other less attention-grabbing news of the day: it was learned that Ms. Palin now has a private lawyer in a legislative ethics investigation in Alaska into whether she abused her power in dismissing the state's public safety commissioner; that she was a member for two years in the 1990s of the Alaska Independence Party, which has at times sought a vote on whether the state should secede; and that Mr. Palin was arrested 22 years ago on a drunken-driving charge."

Palin Faces Laundry List of Complications

Matt Apuzzo, The Associated Press: "GOP vice presidential pick Sarah Palin accepted at least $4,500 in campaign contributions in the same fundraising scheme at the center of a public corruption scandal that led to the indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens. The contributions, made during Palin's failed 2002 bid to become Alaska's lieutenant governor, were not illegal for her to accept. But they show how Palin, a self-proclaimed reformer who has bucked Stevens and his allies, is nonetheless a product of a political system in Alaska now under the cloud of an ongoing FBI investigation."

Candidate McCain's Big Decision

Editorial, The New York Times: "More often than not, the role of a vice president is a minor one, unless some tragedy occurs. But a presidential nominee's choice of a running mate is vitally important. It is his first executive decision and offers an important insight into how that nominee would lead the nation. If John McCain wants voters to conclude, as he argues, that he has more independence and experience and better judgment than Barack Obama, he made a bad start by choosing Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska."


Sarah Palin as Stalking Horse

Sarah Palin's Career Ends in Tragedy

Palin and the Beltway Pundits


Chief Fired by Palin Speaks Out

Washington Post

The July firing of Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan by Gov. Sarah Palin, who was announced as John McCain's running mate on Friday, has unearthed a stream of soap-opera-like details about Palin, her husband, her family and top state appointees. The controversy has also cut against Palin's reputation for holding an ethical line and standing up to colleagues in the Republican Party over matters of principle.

Ultra-Secretive Right-Wing Group Met In Minn. To Vet Palin

Last week, while the media focused almost obsessively on the DNC's spectacle in Denver, the country's most influential conservatives met quietly at a hotel in downtown Minneapolis to get to know Sarah Palin. The assembled were members of the Council for National Policy, an ultra-secretive cabal that networks wealthy right-wing donors together with top conservative operatives to plan long-term movement strategy.

Palin's Church May Have Shaped Controversial Worldview

By Nico Pitney and Sam Stein

Speaking before the Pentecostal church, Palin painted the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which the United States could act out the will of the Lord.

From Information Clearing House


Sarah Palin, wrong woman for the job

The Nation
by Katha Pollitt


John McCain’s choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as running mate shows how desperate he is to distract attention from the fact that he is a cranky old man with nothing to offer but more of the same. Palin is a blatant pander for the women’s vote. He must think we have the collective IQ of a Tampax. Sure, Palin is cool — she’s pretty and vivacious and athletic, a former beauty queen who runs marathons, hunts, fishes and eats mooseburgers, plus she’s got five kids with unusual names like Willow and Track, including a newborn with Down’s syndrome. … And if life were a Lifetime movie, Palin would do just fine running the country should McCain keel over. Girls can do anything! and look great doing it! But seriously. Vice President? … She makes Obama’s resume look as thick as Winston Churchill’s...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Palin was for 'Bridge to Nowhere'

McCain's VP did not reject Congressional funds for infrastructure projects in Alaska.

McCain, Palin and the Iraq War

Scott Ritter and Ray McGovern on Palin and what McCain knew about false info that led to Iraq war.

Palin comes out punching


The Palin Choice: The Reality of the Political Mind

Rovian Politics Chose Sarah Palin


Palin's connection to 'big oil'

Informant: Duane Roberts

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Ohio County Joins Voting-Machine Suit

Amber Ellis, The Cincinnati Enquirer: "Butler County still plans to use its controversial touchscreen voting machines in the November election - even though it joined the lawsuit Thursday against the manufacturer. Officials plan to deploy the machines even though the board voted unanimously to join a legal action against the manufacturer, Premier Election Solutions Inc., a unit of North Canton-based Diebold Inc."

Schäuble plant zentrale ÜberwachungäubleÜberwachung

Britain has failed US detainees

Britain has failed in its duty to stop the US from committing "shameful acts" in the treatment of suspects detained during the war on terror, one of America's most respected intellectuals warns today.

From Information Clearing House


Amnesty International USA: U.K. Government Must Provide Information About Rendition, Disappearance and Torture, Urges Amnesty International

Russia mulls oil cut over sanctions

Russia is reportedly preparing to cut oil supplies to Poland and Germany in response to threatened EU sanctions over the Georgia conflict.

From Information Clearing House

Super Imperialism

Mike Whitney Interviews Michael Hudson

"Dollar hegemony enables the US to own indirectly but essentially the entire global economy by requiring its wealth to be denominated in fiat dollars that the US can print at will with little in the way of monetary penalties.


28 August 2008


AS children across the city prepare to head back for the new term, one local school is so concerned about the possible health affects of the Wi-Fi network - a way of connecting computers to the internet without cables - it has decided not to use the system.


Informant: Martin Weatherall

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The Never-Ending War on American Freedom

Does the Existence of the State Cause Conflicts of Interest?


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