Thursday, September 4, 2008

BREVITAS

OUTLYING PRECINCTS

Radar-
[There was the] bizarre spectacle of hired attack dog Rudy Giuliani, the thrice-married multimillionaire and former New York City mayor and current Chicago businessman sent to the RNC to decry the "cosmopolitan" tastes of Barack Obama while a picture of the New York City skyline waves behind him.

Two weeks ago
our new Christian role model Sarah Palin was in her church listening to David Brickner of Jews for Jesus as he described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgment of unbelief " in Christianity.

Noam Scheiber, New Republic - First Fred Thompson rails against politicians who feel at home on the Washington cocktail party circuit. ("Ahem," as Fred would say.). . . Then Mitt Romney rails against East Coast elites. . . Now Rudy is making fun of Obama for prefering flashy, cosmopolitan cities to rural, out-of-the-way towns. And for his insensitivity to religious people. . . Good stuff. . . Sure to come: Sarah Palin accuses Barack Obama of lacking experience. Oh wait. . .

Same Facts - Palin said she would beg to disagree with candidate who said we can't drill our way out of our problem. Asked by Invester's Business Daily "Some politicians and presidential candidates say we can't drill our way out of our energy problem and that drilling in ANWR will have no effect. What's your best guess of the impact on prices?" Palin responded, "I beg to disagree with any candidate who would say we can't drill our way out of our problem or that more supply won't ultimately affect prices. Of course it will affect prices. Energy being a global market, it's impossible to venture a guess on (specific) prices."

Washington Post - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the running mate for GOP presidential candidate John McCain, wrote e-mails that harshly criticized Alaska state troopers for failing to fire her former brother-in-law and ridiculed an internal affairs investigation into his conduct. The e-mails were shown to The Washington Post by a former public safety commissioner, Walter Monegan, who was fired by Palin in July. Monegan has given copies of the e-mails to state ethics investigators to support his contention that he was dismissed for failing to fire Trooper Mike Wooten, who at the time was feuding with Palin's family. "This trooper is still out on the street, in fact he's been promoted," said a Feb. 7, 2007, e-mail sent from Palin's personal Yahoo account and written to give Monegan permission to speak on a violent-crime bill before the state legislature. "It was a joke, the whole year long 'investigation' of him," the e-mail said. "This is the same trooper who's out there today telling people the new administration is going to destroy the trooper organization, and that he'd 'never work for that b****', Palin'.)" Asked about the e-mails, Palin's campaign spokeswoman, Maria Comella, said that Palin was merely alerting officials to potential threats to her family and that there is no evidence that Palin ever ordered Wooten to be fired.

National Enquirer - Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin attempted to quietly have her daughter Bristol get married before news of her pregnancy leaked out, the National Enquirer is reporting exclusively in its new issue. Palin planned for the wedding to take place right after the Republican National Convention and then she was going to announce the pregnancy. But Bristol, 17, refused to go along with the plan and that sparked a mother-daughter showdown over the failed coverup. The ultra-conservative governor's announcement about her daughter's pregnancy came hours after The Enquirer informed her representatives and family members of Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol's child, that we were aware of the pregnancy and were going to break the news. . . The Enquirer has also learned that Palin's family is embroiled in a vicious war that is now exposing her darkest secrets, threatening to destroy her political career. Palin's ongoing war with her ex brother-in-law Mike Wooten, a state trooper, has caused multiple sources to come forward with shocking allegations about the governor.

US News - Two University of Kentucky student photographers and a Kentucky Kernel photo adviser were released from police custody after being arrested Monday afternoon in St. Paul, Minn., while taking photos of protests outside the Republican National Convention, the Kernel reports. The two students were charged with felony rioting, while the adviser was charged with rioting. The police continue to investigate the preliminary charges, although no formal charges have been filed so far. Including the three, police arrested 286 people Monday as protesting outside the convention turned to rioting that required officers to use pepper spray and rubber bullets to contain the crowd. Both student photographers work for the Kernel but weren't there on newspaper business. If convicted, the three would receive a minimum sentence of one year in jail and a minimum fine of $3,000.

LA Times - For much of his long career in Washington, John McCain has been throwing darts at the special spending system known as earmarking, through which powerful members of Congress can deliver federal cash for pet projects back home with little or no public scrutiny. He's even gone so far as to publish "pork lists" detailing these financial favors. Three times in recent years, McCain's catalogs of "objectionable" spending have included earmarks for this small Alaska town, requested by its mayor at the time -- Sarah Palin. . . This year, Palin, who has been governor for nearly 22 months, defended earmarking as a vital part of the legislative system. "The federal budget, in its various manifestations, is incredibly important to us, and congressional earmarks are one aspect of this relationship," she wrote in a newspaper column.

Political Wire - The Morning Call reports Hardball host Chris Matthews visited the Pennsylvania delegation at the Democratic convention last week and says that if it "was an attempt to work the state's political heavy hitters, it appeared to work." The speculation is that Matthews wants to run against Sen. Arlen Specter in 2010. When asked repeatedly if he was considering a run for Senate, Matthews responded: "You know what I do for a living. I have this job." Of course, the contract for that job expires in 2009

MONEY & WORK

Sacramento Business Journal
- A survey of 7,192 by online job-search Web site CareerBuilder.com shows 47 percent of working Americans claim they always or usually live paycheck to paycheck just to make ends meet. This marks a jump from 43 percent in 2007. About 21 percent with salaries of $100,000 or more reported they also live paycheck to paycheck, the survey noted. A quarter of workers said they don't put any money aside for savings each month. Of those who do save, 34 percent set aside less than $100 a month for savings, and 18 percent save $50 or less.

JUSTICE & CIVIL LIBERTIES

Reason -
In California, the law is copyrighted. Meaning copying and distribution are limited. Openness crusader Carl Malamud is displeased by this. So he's trying to get sued. On Labor Day, he posted the entire 38-volume California Code of Regulations, which includes all of the state's regulations from health care and insurance to motor vehicles and investment. To purchase a digital copy of the California code costs $1,556, or $2,315 for a printed version. The state generates about $880,000 annually by selling its laws, according to the California Office of Administrative Law.

FURTHERMORE. . .

Wired -
The Department of Homeland Security should not use the user-generated Wikipedia to decide whether an asylum seeker can enter the United States, a federal appeals court ruled.

WSB - There's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the NASCAR Museum. Now the Waffle House Museum has opened in metro Atlanta. A ribbon cutting for the new museum was held at the site of the original Waffle House which opened on East College Avenue in Avondale Estates some 53 years ago.
On hand were the two founders, Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner, both neighbors in Avondale who decided to go into business together. . . The original restaurant closed in 1973 and became home to various other restaurants, even a tire store. Waffle House purchased the property again to turn it into a museum that includes original menus, uniforms, and other memorabilia. It also includes a replica of the original counter, stools, and kitchen.

10 Comments:

At September 4, 2008 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting, too, was the image of the Liberty Bell displayed on the background screen during Sarah Palin's speech.
An appeal to the Ron Paul/Bob Barr crowd?

 
At September 4, 2008 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An appeal to the Ron Paul/Bob Barr crowd?

No, a crass invocation of imagery for propaganda purposes. As if the image of the Liberty Bell somehow erases the Republican's shredding of the Constitution.

 
At September 5, 2008 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bigger issue for me is Palin's subscription to the doomsday cult strain of Christianity. Of course the Dumbocrats would rather talk about tabloid trash and minor scandals because they don't offer a real alternative.
Under McCain/Palin we'll be bombing heathens for Jesus. With Obama/Biden we'll be bombing them for 'human rights'.

 
At September 5, 2008 9:39 AM, Anonymous progress is our most important product? said...

Re:" An appeal to the Ron Paul/Bob Barr crowd?"
Ron Paul proposed recalling al US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, closing all US overseas bases , slashing DOD's budget, freeing all nonviolent federal drug prisoners and eliminating the Federal banking system. Apparently a progressive is someone who doesn't know what a libertarian, a conservative OR a liberal is.

 
At September 5, 2008 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that you're posting here proves not everyone who does so is progressive. Why do you assume the poster you are criticizing must be?

 
At September 5, 2008 1:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron Paul/Bob Barr are both Libertarians.
The Libertarian movement contains many factions and subdivisions. Granted, Paul trends more towards the Lew Rockwell lunacy, nevertheless, for purposes of general discussion he is a Libertarian.
Setting aside strict ideological definitions for the moment, the original comment was more a reflection on the long range strategies of the campaign.
Conventional wisdom has been that both parties would win over their bases then trend towards the center.
Obama has certainly done so, and, in my opinion with disastrous results. McCain had been gravitating towards the center, as well, hoping to cull away disgruntled followers of Senator Mrs Slick.
I am suggesting that it appears that the Republicans have reevaluated their plan, in part because the feminist crossover hasn't materialized to the extent hoped for, and also because of the very real fears of a massive Libertarian and Evangelical fallout from the party. So, instead of tracking towards the center, McCain is now headed hard to the right.
Both of the acceptance speeches were filled with all the right buzz words. The camera pans of the very white crowd certainly were intended to convey a message---gone was the attempted display of diversity we saw in 2000 and 2004. Mix in the big wet kiss to the NRA and there's no mistaking the target audience of this convention. All points to mollify Lew Rockwell's League of the South following, many of whom have no real issue with the war---hell, It's more likely they welcome the opportunity to seek employment with Blackwater.
and on it continues...
cheers

 
At September 5, 2008 4:15 PM, Anonymous robbie said...

Chris Matthews will be a perfect politician. He already knows full-well how to talk out of both sides of his mouth.

As for Commenter 9:39... You are quick to generate labels, but perhaps a better answer to perceived ignorance would be to explain those differences as they relate to the question originally posed.

 
At September 5, 2008 5:13 PM, Anonymous progress is our most important product? said... said...

In the last two presidential elections, I've been forced to write in Ralph Nader .This time, I would like to have voted for Ron Paul as I thought his platform was substantive and beneficial to most US residents.(Ron Paul proposed recalling alL US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, closing all US overseas bases , slashing DOD's budget, freeing all nonviolent federal drug prisoners and eliminating the Federal Reserve banking system.) It doesn't matter to me that a writer employed tangenitally by a publication remotely aligned with some of his supporters is accused of authoring vaguely "racist" comments twenty years ago. It doesn't bother me that Ron Paul is anti- abortion , although I believe In reproductive choice as a basic constitutionally protected right. I can vote for someone I disagree with on important matters if there is some benefit for the electorate and IF I trust that person to be honest and well intentioned. I don't believe that about either John McCain or Barack Obama. I don't believe John McCain is sane let alone ethical, and Barack Obama proves to be another bad actor seeking celebrity without care for the lives that will be lost during eight more years of war against any of the world's people who dare to object to US hegemony . While I have confined myself to judging the candidates by their platforms, most people have made their choice based on some political label. You can laugh at my writing in Nader again, but I've hung juries before ( the Mo. law was modeled on a Nebraska law since declared unconstitutional) and I'd do it again.

 
At September 5, 2008 6:09 PM, Anonymous typo said...

tangentially

 
At September 5, 2008 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...what "Moving to the Center," means is: moving towards power and money.

"Moving to the Center" is not a move to where the center of public opinion is, but it is a move to the center of where elite consensus is. Once the boundaries of that elite consensus are understood, then we can comprehend the limits of our public choices and more importantly what will be allowed within the confines of our electoral system.

 

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