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Where I Figure out Palin

Okay. We are past absurdity. Something is going on...

When asked what magazines and newspapers she reads to stay informed, Palin gave an absurd run around avoidance answer that suggests she does not read anything.

"I've read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media," she said at first. Couric responded, "What, specifically?"

"Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years."

"Can you name a few?"

"I have a vast variety of source where we get our news," Palin said. "Alaska isn't a foreign country, where it's kind of suggested, 'wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?' Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America."

Keep in mind that Palin got a degree in journalism (notice, I did not say "earned" because the evidence suggests she did not). At this point, I started to get suspicious. And then I had my "AHA" moment.

Perhaps Palin was picked by someone looking to redeem the current President. Palin appears to be the least qualified person for the White House ever - having even less intellectual curiosity than Bush. So theoretically, if she became President, Bush might not go down in history as the worst President ever.

I'm not sure why McCain is trying to save Bush's legacy, but that is the only reason I can figure for why he is pushing Palin. Although - Palin was not his choice... he wanted Lieberman (ugh, glad that goonitard didn't get it) ... so his advisors must have pushed Palin. Maybe their loyalty is not clear?

Obama Economics

Before the most recent Wall Street disaster, a friend sent me a link to a very in-depth NY Times article about Obama's economics views. I recommend it highly - it shows his depth of knowledge, but perhaps more importantly, his depth of thinking about these things.

One of the reasons I really like Obama is that he seems to be beyond partisanship in many cases. He certainly makes partisan points at times, but read the following passage for an example of something I would not hear many Dems say right now.

Earlier this year, when I interviewed Obama during the primaries, he was careful to say that he didn’t think President Bush deserved all that much blame for the stagnant incomes of the current decade. Income growth for most families began to slow in the 1970s, and the causes of the great pay slowdown were complex. Obama didn’t name them all, but a decent list would look something like this: new technologies that have made some blue-collar work obsolete; a slowing in the nation’s educational attainment; the shriveling of labor unions; the increase in one-parent families, which are far less economically secure; and the rise of other countries that have huge low-wage work forces.

In case you only care about taxes and rich people - here is the meat:

He would then pay for the cuts, at least in part, by raising taxes on the affluent to a point where they would eventually be slightly higher than they were under Clinton. For these upper-income families, the Tax Policy Center’s comparisons with McCain are even starker. McCain, by continuing the basic thrust of Bush’s tax policies and adding a few new wrinkles, would cut taxes for the top 0.1 percent of earners — those making an average of $9.1 million — by another $190,000 a year, on top of the Bush reductions. Obama would raise taxes on this top 0.1 percent by an average of $800,000 a year.

It’s hard not to look at that figure and be a little stunned. It would represent a huge tax increase on the wealthy families. But it’s also worth putting the number in some context. The bulk of Obama’s tax increases on the wealthy — about $500,000 of that $800,000 — would simply take away Bush’s tax cuts. The remaining $300,000 wouldn’t nearly reverse their pretax income gains in recent years. Since the mid-1990s, their inflation-adjusted pretax income has roughly doubled.

VP Palin

Hat tip to daddYman

White Privilege

I have long admired Tim Wise - a writer who should be more widely known than he is. I have excerpted the beginning of a provocative piece he recently wrote regarding the role of white privilege and the Presidential contest. Much of it is right on the mark, though I would dispute that some of the jabs are white privilege versus the bullshit of the right-wingers who masquerade as people of principle when many of them merely want to get in line behind their guy regardless of what he does.

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you'll “kick their fuckin' ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.

White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don’t all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you’re “untested.”


Reformed Maverick

Thank you Daily Show. Thank you.

Palin

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet Palin!

Once Again, Thank you Daily Show

Police Raid in St. Paul

I was one of the earliest people on the scene at this raid on Saturday and watched it unfold throughout. This video explains what happened:

To clear up potential confusion, I did not make this video. I'm just putting it up as an explanation for those who are interested because MPR and the local papers are not covering anything other than destruction and some police activities.

Oh, What the Huckabee...

This is a great interview. Huckabee actually speaks honestly, not just trying to make partisan points. And he makes sense. Refreshing.

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