"It's the public school system. Let's be honest--it's full of liberal loons."
- Dann Dalton, father of an 11-year-old Colorado boy who was suspended for wearing a T-shirt with the slogan OBAMA IS A TERRORIST'S BEST FRIEND
It's funny how all these "outraged" liberals still don't get that John McCain could care less what they think. And why should he, considering they're wrong on everything and that he's running against the most liberal senator in all of Congress for the big seat on Capitol Hill. Yet, liberals remain "outraged" at Senator McCain. After all, not too long they were all prepared for McCain to select Mitt Romney for VP (easy pickings for liberals who'd long done their homework on Romney's history of flip-flops as well as his controversial Mormon religion), but McCain throws them a slant and picks a relative unknown in Sarah Palin instead, which in turn galvanizes his base and leads to two weeks standing ahead of Obama in the polls. But "how dare he not pick the guy that would've most likely weakened his campaign and that we had the strongest argument against?" the "outraged" liberals seem to be thinking in unison all the while the "Inept" and "inexperienced" Palin continues to dominate their conversations.
After John McCain's bold decision to suspend his campaign, he has stunningly erased a three-point lead and now is tied with Barack Obama at 46-46 in Thursday's Gallup Poll.
The poll included interviews taken on Wednesday -- when McCain said he would fly to Washington to work on the bailout bill, suspend his presidential quest and possibly not appear at Friday's scheduled debate.
Those were bold decisions, and maybe Americans appreciated them.
On the other hand, the Gallup pollsters point out that McCain has been gaining on Obama for days. And interviews on Wednesday did not show any dramatic shift to McCain simply because of his campaign-related decisions.
All in all, this has been a great week for McCain in the polls. He has gained on Obama every day, despite the fact that Americans supposedly see Obama as being a better leader when it comes to the nation's economic problems.
Obama is not appearing presidential to enough Americans in this time of financial crisis.
Any wonder why the McCain-Palin camp wants nothing to do with all the Obamacrats in the press?
On September 22, it was CNN's turn to highlight the charge. CNN also pushed the false idea that out of all of Alaska's towns only Wasilla insisted on perpetrating this policy quoting former Democratic State Rep. Eric Croft to that effect.
Former state Rep. Eric Croft, a Democrat, sponsored a state law requiring cities to provide the examinations free of charge to victims. He said the only ongoing resistance he met was from Wasilla, where Palin was mayor from 1996 to 2002.
Farther down in the story, CNN does reveal that there are no records and no proof that Palin ever even knew about this charging the victim policy. CNN also finally mentions that Wasilla wasn't the only town in Alaska that had this policy.
So, the impression all these stories leave us with is that the town of Wasilla was a major impediment to passage of a bill in the state legislature that would end the policy of charging rape victims for their own rape kits being administered. We are told that "Palin charged rape victims" and we are told that she hired a new police chief because he also wanted to charge victims. One would think that if all this were true, Palin would have been all over Alaska's news in the year 2000 because of it. But, in reality, none of these charges can be found and Jim Geraghty of NRO has done a little investigative work to prove it.
Geraghty looked to see how often Wasilla and Palin were mentioned in the debates about the rape kit bill. But he finds that there is not one mention of the town of Wasilla in the hearings over the bill. Far from being the mayor that had "complaints about her administration's policy" (as the Chi Trib says) being the one forcing the state legislature to pass the law, Wasilla is not mentioned at all in the debates about the bill.
The Democratic sponsor of the legislation, Eric Croft, told USA Today recently that “the law was aimed in part at Wasilla, where now-Gov. Sarah Palin was mayor.” Yet in six committee meetings, Wasilla was never mentioned, even when the discussion turned to the specific topic of where victims were being charged.
Geraghty also could not find a single instance of a rape victim ever having been charged for her own rape kit.
To clarify: In preparation to attend a hearing and support the bill, one of the state’s top law-enforcement officials found no case of a rape victim ever being charged. And roughly a month after 30 Democratic lawyers, investigators, and opposition researchers, not to mention reporters from every major news agency in the country, landed in Alaska, we still have no instances to consider.
Additionally, Geraghty found that it was the hospitals in Alaska, not the police agencies, that were passing the bills on to the victims' insurance companies. And the idea that only Wasilla had such a policy is blasted out of the water by Geraghty who notes that Juneau also had the same policy of charging rape victims for their rape kits.
In fact, at a Finance Committee hearing, Representative Gail Phillips (R., Homer) “read for the record, a statement from a woman in Juneau who had experienced the charges as indicated.” Compare Juneau (population 30,711 in 2000) to Wasilla (population 5,469).
On top of all of that, there are no stories prior to Sarah Palin being offered the billet as VP by John McCain that makes the claim that Palin was informed of or involved in this policy of charging rape victims for rape kits. And, since there was only one rape reported in the city between 1996 and 2000 when the story first came to the papers, it's no wonder she wasn't aware of the policy. When would it ever have come up? Does anyone think that any given mayor of any American town is fully cognizant of every single policy or law in their city, especially if it is a law not in use because of a lack of situations to bring it to light?
For her part, Palin spokeswoman Maria Comella has said that the governor "does not believe, nor has she ever believed, that rape victims should have to pay for an evidence-gathering test."
After years of dodging questions, former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken will acknowledge he is a gay man in an interview with People magazine set to run on its Web site Wednesday, according to media reports.I can recall an old acquaintance telling me, she was a flight attendant at the time, how Aiken was on one her flights and threw big diva, hissy-fit when a couple of passengers asked for his autograph. That said, my feelings are that Clay Aiken chose homosexuality for an alternative lifestyle long before he auditioned for "American Idol", but kept it a "secret" because he was afraid it might cost him a shot at winning. Then too Aiken had to be smart enough to know that his doing so well on "Idol" was mostly due to the huge following he was gaining from the Christian conservative crowd who bought his quiet "Peter Pan" act hook, line and sinker. After finishing runner-up to Ruben Studdard in season two of "Idol", when Aiken went to pursue a professional music career, his Christian base stood by him, buying his records (in turn, making him rich), defending him against homosexual rumors (wish Aiken denied himself) as well as the gay mafia's wishes for him to "come out". All the while Aiken played coy with his religious beliefs while essentially becoming a "Christian" music artist as his many gospel songs can attest to.
Celebrity site Perezhilton.com on Tuesday published a photo of the cover of People magazine's upcoming issue on which Aiken cradles his new son, Parker Foster Aiken, in his arms.
The caption reads "Yes, I'm Gay," and underneath is a quote from Aiken on his decision to come out of the closet that says: "I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things."
In August this year, Aiken's friend, music producer Jaymes Foster, gave birth to the baby fathered by Aiken.
Despite saying she would accept the offer to be vice president, Hillary Clinton never really wanted to be Barack Obama's running mate, her husband former President Bill Clinton told ABC's The View.That "enjoys being senator" line is BS. Bottom line, accepting a No. 2 gig, when you feel the No. 1 spot was "owed" to you in the first place, is something Hillary Clinton would've had a hard a time dealing with. And let's not forget about all the animosity that arose between the Clinton and Obama camps during the primaries. Granted, when you consider that she got more votes than he did and beat him pretty soundly in the latter stages of the primaries, at the very least Barack Obama owed Hillary Clinton the chance to turn down an offer for the VP position. But then, even if Hillary had listened to many in her base and accepted the spot, she would've been a reluctant cheerleader at best, campaigning for a man she feels she's more qualified than for president. But Barack didn't pick Hillary for VP because he got to see the venom-inducing, shark-like, Billary machine for 18 months and didn't want to deal with anymore. Understandably so, especially when you consider the risks of the polarizing effect Hillary's last name has on Americans being even more prevalent on a presidential campaign trail. However, when Barack loses come November, you can bet the house that the "should've picked Hillary" cries will be the loudest cheers for why he lost.
"Not really, she didn't," Clinton said in response to a question from host Barbara Walters about whether Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. wanted to join her one-time opponent on the Democratic ticket.
In June, soon after conceding the primary to Obama, Sen. Clinton told New York lawmakers that she would accept the veep slot if it was offered.
"I'm open to it,' she told other New York lawmakers at the time.
President Clinton told The View that had Obama chosen his wife instead of Delaware Sen. Joe Biden it would have been "the best politically," and that his wife would have likely taken the job though she didn't want it.
"It's a very personal decision who should be vice president. I like Sen. Biden a lot. I think he was a good choice. [Hillary Clinton] would have been the best politically at least in the short run because of her enormous support in the country," he said.President Clinton said Sen. Clinton would have felt duty-bound to accept the offer, but that she enjoys being a senator.
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The FBI is stepping up its investigation into the possibility that a University of Tennessee student hacked into the personal e-mail of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
A person who identified himself as a witness tells 10 News that agents with the FBI served a federal search warrant at the Fort Sanders residence of David Kernell early Sunday morning. Kernell lives in the Commons apartment complex at 1115 Highland Ave.David Kernell is the son of Mike Kernell, a Democratic state representative from Memphis.A Department of Justice spokesperson confirmed there has been "investigatory activity" in Knoxville regarding the Palin case, but she said there are no publicly available search warrants, and no charges have been filed.
A separate law enforcement source confirmed to 10 News that a search warrant was served on Kernell's apartment.