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National debt and Bush’s impact on it

When Jimmy Carter arrived at the White House: $660 billion.

Added during Carter’s four years: $337 billion.

Added during Ronald Reagan’s eight years: $1.6 trillion.

Added during George H. W. Bush’s four years: $1.6 trillion.

Added during Bill Clinton’s eight years: $1.5 trillion.

Added during George W. Bush’s seven years, nine months: $4.5 trillion.

Portion of the $9.5 trillion added to the national debt during the past 31 years and seven months that came during Republican presidencies: $7.7 trillion.

Percentage of that $7.7 trillion added during George W. Bush’s two terms: 58%.

Could somebody explain again what “fiscal conservative” means?

From DailyKos

October 13, 2008 Posted by | general, news, politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Why it is unlikely that McCain would win on Nov 4

Purpose.

Thats the simple answer.

Obama has a purpose, has a vision for America. McCain has none. Obama’s supporters have a purpose. They understand how crucial this election is. The moment McCain goes up in polls, the Obama base gears up with a higher sense of urgency. They knock on doors, rally on streets, call up their neighbors and feel ever more responsible for putting Obama in the White House.

What happens when Obama goes up in polls? The McCain voters get worried and dejected. Most of them have given up the hope of winning the White House. The only solution they see is bringing doen Obama by destroying his character, and muddying his background. This anxiety is because McCain has laid out no vision for America. He has no purpose in going to the White House other than being the powerful President. No specific plans, no specific goals, no sense of urgency.

I feel ever more confident now that Obama is going to the White House. Even if McCain launches his sly tirade against Obama’s character. He has been really successful in tapping the latent power of the people. That is exactly what democracy is about. Obama and his campaign has become like that “Punch-Me” bob. The more you hit it on its nose, the more wildly will it swing up and hit you back.

Watch out!

October 8, 2008 Posted by | general, news, politics | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Michigan Republican: McCain pulling “dumbass stunt”

I saw this around on WordPress on this nice blog:

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Not all Michigan Republicans are thrilled with John McCain:

“If you are going to end visits to the state by McCain/ Palin, do it,” urged Jack Waldvogel, Chairman of the Emmet County GOP in a message obtained by Politico.  “Just don’t formally announce that you are ‘pulling out’ of Michigan, and then come back two days later asking the base core of support to ‘keep working.’  What a slap in the face to all the thousands of people who have been energized by the addition of Sarah Palin to the ticket. I’ve been involved in County Party politics and organization for 40 years, and this is the biggest dumbass stunt I have ever seen.”

Waldvogel added later in the message: “He has given up on our State? What a total and complete crock of crap. Again, I think McCain owes the Republicans and the People of Michigan a HUGE APOLOGY. SOON!”

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October 6, 2008 Posted by | general, news, politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bloggers! Gear up for the next wave of dirty McCain attacks!

We did it the first time, when McCain made a purely political choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate. More than energising the Republican base, Palin’s selection motivated the Obama base even more. We put up latest news, blew whistles on false McCain ads, called Palin’s bluff and pointed out her ineptitude to lead this country everytime we got the chance. Bloggers all around the web got geared up, energised and did all we could to get Obama back in the polls. In just one week, Obama’s numbers went from -5% to +5% in national polls, and he reclaimed several battleground states. Experts attribute exclusively to the failing economy, but I dont see it that way. The role of the blog world cannot be diminished.

Now is the time for more action once again. Amidst reports by Washington Post that McCain campaign is readying for the next wave of negative campaign ads, Palin continued her critiscism of Obama by calling him reckless and unpatriotic. The same charges, trying to scare folks all over. This is what she said at a fundraiser in Colorado today:

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“Our opponent … is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.” She also said, “This is not a man who sees America as you see America and as I see America.”

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Other statements from the McCain campaign point to a broader strategy to Swift-Boat Obama and get away with it. Like this one by the idiot Tucker Bounds, a spokesman for McCain campaign.

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“On a day when new reports have surfaced about Barack Obama’s long association with a domestic terrorist, our Democratic opponent had the audacity to call John McCain’s health care plan ‘radical.’ The American people know radical when they hear it, and John McCain is not the candidate in this election they should be concerned about,”

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Its time for us to gear up and start out a guerilla campaign once again. Here’s a list of some liberal blogs that I feel everyone should check every day to get new updates about the political scene. Bookmark them. Spread the word as much as possible.

Huffington Post

Daily Kos

Talking Points Memo

Liberal Oasis

AmericaBlog

Also, here is a site that should help you make some fast Fact Checks:

Fact Check

Fight the Smears

Here’s a list of some conservative blogs:

Best 25 conservative blogs

The attack is coming. Get ready!

October 5, 2008 Posted by | general, news, politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Top 10 reasons why Sarah Palin turned me off in yesterday’s debate

10) Her saying “Gotcha” and “Betcha” made me wonder whether she’d talk like that with the Prime Minister of Spain…or would she?

9) That “Joe-6 pack” thing…Well, I’d really have someone with half a brain than six packs…look where those Joe 6-packs of this administration have landed America in the last eight years!

8) That dumb woman criticized Obama’s policies.

7) Was she reading out of her prepared notes? Well, that was a down-turner….duh!

6) Her repeated use of the word MAVERICKS. We saw how a maverick (read: McCain) behaves, in the last two months. Choosing a completely inexperienced, ignorant woman to be the next President, gambling with the economy by politicizing the issue to the highest extent and just acting plain stupid on several occasions. A maverick is just a pretty word for being irresponsible, gut (rather than brain) reactive and completely intolerant of other’s opinion, with a firm fixation on one’s own.

5) Her suggestion over the past few weeks that her being the governor of Alaska for one and half years makes her an expert on energy. That is outrageous. Its like saying I have a heart, so I am a heart surgeon. Ridiculous! She wouldn’t even be able to name the crops used for biofuel production (NOT EVEN CORN!!, despite being so corny)

4) Her blatant affirmation of Dick Cheney’s correctness on the role and the power of the Vice-President. Beware guys, here comes the next Cheney!

3) She did not answer the healthcare point raised by Biden. Would McCain be really taxing my healthcare? If thats the case, oh hell!

2) She never gave any specifics…the answers were too general. I “betcha” she did not know half a thing of what she was talking. Her handlers have successfully converted her into a chirping parrot. She says the “key words” and hopes that people will trust America and the world to be safe in her hands. Someone please stop her!

and the top reason why she turned me off…

1) She is on ticket with John McCain!!!!!!!!!!!!

(For more information on who John McCain REALLLLY is, please go down and take a look at some of the videos on my blog…)

Obama ’08!!

October 4, 2008 Posted by | general, humor, news, politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

61 Nobel Laureates endorse Obama

According to a news article on Nature, 61 Nobel prize winners have endorsed Obama and his vision for science – the largest scientific endorsement in any presidential election so far. In 2004, John Kerry got endorsed from 48 Nobel laureates. An excerpt from the article follows:

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As political and financial leaders in the United States struggled on Thursday to contain the meltdown on Wall Street, presidential contender Barack Obama released an 11-page “plan for science and innovation” that outlined aggressive investments in science and technology. The proposal includes a doubling of funding over ten years at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Obama supporters range from James Watson, a 1962 Nobel prize winner in physiology or medicine, to two of last year’s winners in physiology or medicine, Mario Capecchi and Oliver Smithies. In an “open letter to the American people,” they write: “The country urgently needs a visionary leader who can ensure the future of our traditional strengths in science and technology and who can harness those strengths to address many of our greatest problems: energy, disease, climate change, security, and economic competitiveness. We are convinced that Senator Barack Obama is such a leader.”

The Obama plan contains more specific details on science policies than had been released previously (see the questions he answered for Nature on related topics here: http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080903/full/455446a.html). For instance, he plans to restore the presidential science advisor to a position that reports directly to the president; details a “fast track” system to permit international students who study at US universities to begin working in the United States without having to return home first; emphasizes research into “smart grids” to improve efficiency in the nation’s electrical distribution system; and talks of strengthening the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon’s hub for cutting-edge research.

Besides the NIH, agencies that would benefit from funding increases would include the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. As a senator, John McCain has voted in favour of such increases in the physical sciences, under the rubric of the popular America COMPETES Act.

Some of the Nobelists supporting Obama say they did so because they want change after eight years of President George W. Bush’s administration, during which researchers have complained of manipulation of science for political ends. “We need new and visionary leadership,” says Bob Horvitz, a biologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. “Senator Obama will engage top scientists in our nation’s great challenges.”

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September 30, 2008 Posted by | general, news, politics, Science and Technology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Realtime Poll: Was McCain campaign suspension politically motivated?

September 25, 2008 Posted by | general, news, politics | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Video: McCain’s “Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran” song…too good!

+1 bonus as usual

September 22, 2008 Posted by | general, humor, news, politics, videos | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

McCain’s voting record far from being “green”

The lies being spread by McCain and his campaign for getting elected speaks a lot about how he would run the country. Adding one more lie to the already piling up list is his claim of being green, and that he would go out of the way to save the environment. His Senate voting record gives a completely different picture.

Recently the Associated Press noted that “McCain has not shown up for eight Senate votes last year and this year to extend [renewable energy] tax credits, which expire at the end of this year. The last such vote was July 30.” Yet at an Aspen Institute meeting in August, when McCain was asked about those missed votes, he simply lied to the audience.

“I have a long record of that support of alternate energy,” McCain said. “I come from a state where we have sunshine 360 days a year … I’ve always been for all of those and I have not missed any crucial vote.”

Here’s what Daily Kos learnt…

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By the Way, McCain Lies About Being Green, Too

Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 10:49:26 AM PDT

When McCain did bother to show up and vote on renewable energy funding and the renewable portfolio standard (RPS), which would set the percentage of U.S. energy derived from renewables, here is how he cast his ballots:

Tax credits for clean energy R&D (2001) Nay (The green vote: Yea.)
Require a 20 percent RPS where utilities buy 20 percent clean energy (’02) Nay (The green vote: Yea.)
Reduce 20 percent RPS requirement (’02) Yea (The green vote: Nay)
Waive 20 percent RPS if utilities balk (’02) Yea (The green vote: Nay.)
Increase clean energy R&D funding (’05) Nay (The green vote: Yea.)
Clean energy incentives (’05) Nay (The green vote: Yea.)
An RPS to require utilities [to] buy some clean energy (’05) Nay (The green vote: Yea.)
Tax oil companies windfall profits to fund clean energy (’05) Nay (The green vote: Yea.)

Although it wasn’t on the Senate floor, McCain cast another vote against the environment on his birthday three weeks ago. That’s when he chose as his running mate Sarah Palin, a person who, like Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, doesn’t believe global warming is being caused by human behavior.

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There you go…he’s probably more concerned about winning the war in Iraq than the one at home…

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September 20, 2008 Posted by | general, news, politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Video: The world waits for Obama

As Thomas Friedman said, the world wouldnt forgive America if it didnt elect Obama as the President. I am an Indian by nationality, and that is certainly my feeling. Its not just the US, the whole world, left in shambles by Bush and his cronies, needs change, and this is the time…

September 19, 2008 Posted by | general, inspirational, news, politics, videos | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Planned Parenthood picks up arms against McCain

September 13, 2008 Posted by | general, news, politics, videos | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The mystery of McCain’s green screen at RNC last night

Found this article at Daily Kos

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Green Screen Mystery Solved

Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 09:15:38 AM PDT

A lot of RNCC viewers were perplexed last night when McCain appeared from the light of the Obama logo, strolled to the podium, and began his lackluster speech before an enormous green screen.  We’d seen that lime green screen before and thought McGrinch had learned his lesson — it was not a good look for McCain and was widely panned by pundits and the public alike.  So, why would he choose that hideous background for the biggest speech of his very long political career?

It turns out the green screen was only part of the story.  The close-up at the podium made it appear to be a giant green screen, but the arena audience was treated to a much different image. [Image: Talking Points Memo]

Aaahhhhhh….much different.  McCain standing in front of a grand building, not a green screen.  And what building could possibly deserve such a prominent role as the main backdrop of McCain’s nomination speech? According to TPM Readers, , it is Walter Reed.  As in Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, California.

Wait, what?  Did they mean to have an image of Walter Reed Medical Center (an army hospital)? Ouch. If only they were a little better at “the google”, they might have recognized their mistake. Here is the Walter Reed Medical Center:

ABC News says says the McCain camp isn’t commenting. If they meant for the image to be Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, I’m sure we’d all love to hear why that fine school was selected for such an honor.

Between the lack of vetting on Sarah Palin and the botched presentation this decade week to the American people, the McCain camp would be well-advised to “do the google” a little more often. Let’s hope they have plenty of time to explore the world wide web in November and beyond.

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Go McCain-Palin ’08!!

September 5, 2008 Posted by | general, humor, news, politics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Real Sarah Palin (in the words of a Wasilla resident)

I found this letter written in response to an article in The Washington Independent, and am reproducing it word-to-word.

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Dear friends,

So many people have asked me about what I know about Sarah Palin in the
last 2 days that I decided to write something up . . .

Basically, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have only 2 things in
common: their gender and their good looks. 🙂

You have my permission to forward this to your friends/email contacts
with my name and email address attached, but please do not post it on
any websites, as there are too many kooks out there . . .

Thanks,
Anne

ABOUT SARAH PALIN

I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992.
Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a
first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her
father was my child’s favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a
first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more
City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the
residents of the city.

She is enormously popular; in every way she’s like the most popular
girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and
won’t vote for her can’t quit smiling when talking about her because
she is a “babe”.

It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She
kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents
for seven months.

She is “pro-life”. She recently gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby.
There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby.

She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.

She is savvy. She doesn’t take positions; she just “puts things out
there” and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.

Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a
champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin’s kind of job is highly
sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his
work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or
so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their
major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything
like that of native Alaskans.

Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters.

She’s smart.

Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000
(at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about
670,000 residents.

During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running
this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been
pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had
gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had
given rise to a recall campaign.

Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a “fiscal conservative”. During her 6
years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over
33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the
City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation
(1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a
regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she
promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they
benefited residents.

The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration
weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed
money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it
with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage
the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said
she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a
new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a
multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece
of property that the City didn’t even have clear title to, that was
still in litigation 7 yrs later–to the delight of the lawyers
involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the
community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it
would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that
could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.

While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office
redecorated more than once.

These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.

As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus
in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will
make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she
proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.

In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she
recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while
she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today’s
surplus, borrow for needs.

She’s not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas
or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren’t generated by
her or her staff. Ideas weren’t evaluated on their merits, but on the
basis of who proposed them.

While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected
City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from
the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents
rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin’s
attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew
her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the
Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.

Sarah complained about the “old boy’s club” when she first ran for
Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of “old boys”. Palin
fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as
Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people,
creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally
grateful and fiercely loyal–loyal to the point of abusing their power
to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the
case of pressuring the State’s top cop (see below).

As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla’s Police Chief because he “intimidated”
her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska’s top
cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure
and she had every legal right to fire him, but it’s pretty clear that
an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn’t
fire her sister’s ex-husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation
for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen
contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she
later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to
replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded
for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew
her support.

She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in
help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town
introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council
became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She
abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn’t
like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.

Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything
publicly about her.

When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got
the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one
of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no
background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great
job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the
high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the
structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this
Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party)
engaged in unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some
undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all
her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and
garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a
gutsy fighter against the “old boys’ club” when she dramatically quit,
exposing this man’s ethics violations (for which he was fined).

As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from
Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel
politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the “bridge to
nowhere” after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.

As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget
guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing
projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative
action restored most of these projects–which had been vetoed simply
because she was not aware of their importance–but with the unobservant
she had gained a reputation as “anti-pork”.

She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party
leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated
them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a
fiscal conservative.

Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah.
They call her “Sarah Barracuda” because of her unbridled ambition and
predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly
stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made
point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah’s
mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and
experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.

As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package
of legislation known as “AGIA” that forced the oil companies to march
to the beat of her drum.

Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to
global warming. She campaigned “as a private citizen” against a state
initiaitive that would have either a) protected salmon streams from
pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the
state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State’s
lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior’s decision to list polar
bears as threatened species.

McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a
heartbeat away from being President.

There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more
knowledgeable and experienced than she.

However, there’s a lot of people who have underestimated her and are
regretting it.

CLAIM VS FACT
•“Hockey mom”: true for a few years
•“PTA mom”: true years ago when her first-born was in elementary
school, not since
•“NRA supporter”: absolutely true
•social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill
that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships
(said she did this because it was unconsitutional).
•pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to
promote it.
•“Pro-life”: mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby
BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life
legislation
•“Experienced”: Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has
residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska.
No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on
supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city
administrator to run town of about 5,000.
•political maverick: not at all
•gutsy: absolutely!
•open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at
explaining actions.
•has a developed philosophy of public policy: no
•”a Greenie”: no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores
and disconnected parking lots. Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR.
•fiscal conservative: not by my definition!
•pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city
without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built
streets to early 20th century standards.
•pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on
residents
•pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city
government in Wasilla’s history.
•pro-labor/pro-union. No. Just because her husband works union
doesn’t make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim
that she is pro-labor/pro-union.

WHY AM I WRITING THIS?

First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed
voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting
programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny +
Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local
government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.

Secondly, I’ve always operated in the belief that “Bad things happen
when good people stay silent”. Few people know as much as I do because
few have gone to as many City Council meetings.

Third, I am just a housewife. I don’t have a job she can bump me out
of. I don’t belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no
fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will
cost me somehow in the future: that’s life.

Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100
or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah’s
attempt at censorship.

Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to
say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.

CAVEATS
I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in
spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor)
from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of
Wasilla, and I can’t recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust
for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible
for a private person to get any info out of City Hall–they are
swamped. So I can’t verify my numbers.

You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the
population of Wasilla, ranging from my “about 5,000”, up to 9,000. The
day Palin’s selection was announced a city official told me that the
current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was
5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to
2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90’s.

Anne Kilkenny
annekilkenny@hotmail.com
August 31, 2008

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Dunno if Anne Kilkenny is real or not, but if what she says is true, I am sure the investigative reporters out in Alaska will uncover all of this in no time.

September 5, 2008 Posted by | general, news, politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Amazing video…back flipping dog!

September 4, 2008 Posted by | amazing videos, general, humor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Michael Phelps at a very young age – rare pic!

August 29, 2008 Posted by | general, humor, news | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment