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Did Obama want sex-ed for kindergartners or not? Here is the bill read it for yourself.

Posted by iusbvision on September 14, 2008

UPDATED! – See Below

Once and for all lets settle the Obama wanted sex-ed for kindergartners issue.

McCain says its true and Obama supporters says that it isn’t. However when Obama ran against Alen Keyes he said that teaching sex-ed to kindergartners was the right thing to do.

So what is the truth?

I looked up the bill and HERE is the link to it. The parts crossed out are parts that were removed by amendment that had to be voted for – read them CAREFULLY. The parts underlined were added by amendment. As you can see, the bill was originally for grades 6-12 but an amendment changed the bill to make it K-12. 

Bottom line – you have the bill. Click to enlarge it. Read it and tell me McCain is a liar…. 

Here is a video of Mitt Romney during a debate talking about it. So what sex-ed is appropriate to a kindergartner?

SB-0099 Sex Ed Bill Click to enlarge

SB-0099 Sex Ed Bill Click to enlarge

UPDATE: Byron York at National Review confirms the IUSB Vision’s take on the bill!
It’s about time guys. Media pundits form both sides got this wrong, even Bill O’Reilly totally got this wrong with his comments on his show Sept 15th. All they had to do was read the bill. McCain was right and we were among the first to say so.

While O’Reilly didn’t get this wrong on purpose, this is what happens when you listen to the elite media and dont just hunker down and look for yourself. That is what Limbaugh did and why he got it right. Obama was not the bills sponsor, the bill did not pass, but he did vote FOR ot when he voted “present” on 130 other votes. It speaks volumes about state of mind and priorities.

Elite Media ???

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RASMUSSEN POLL: McCain 50 – Obama 47 – Minnesota now in tossup

Posted by iusbvision on September 14, 2008

Here is the lastest 3 day tracking poll.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

Hotair APHotair Morrissey

ZOGBY – Florida and PA breaKing for McCain

Updated: 9/13/2008

PA Summary:
McCain – 49.1%
Obama – 44.3%
Not Sure/Other – 6.6%

McCain at 52.1% in Florida and 10 poinst ahead of Obama

Hotair:

As if the Barack Obama needed any more bad news, the St. Petersburg Times and Zogby both deliver cause for pessimism at Team O.   Florida polling shows that despite spending millions in advertising in the Sunshine State and a delay in advertising for McCain, Obama is in worse position that John Kerry at the same time in 2004.  Zogby has new polling that shows Obama now trails in Pennsylvania, a must-hold state for the Democrats.

 

Indiana –

Updated: 7/8/2008

Summary:
McCain – 40%
Obama – 39%
Barr – 7%
Nader – < 1%

Granted Indiana has not been updated in a while, but look at Bob Barr (former republican now libertarian) at 7%. If the election is close many of those will break or McCain if they havent already with Palin on the ticket. Indiana will very likely go McCain.

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WOW – This is the most effective political ad I have ever seen – and it was done by a regular Joe on a home PC.

Posted by iusbvision on September 14, 2008

Here at the IUSB Vision we have catalogued almost very flip/flop, reversal, and lie mentioned in this ad. Just click the Campaign 2008 and go back a few months. Or just search for the term Obama and start going back a few months. We have them listed, sourced and include youtube video evidence when available.

This post HERE features an article from the Times of London that pits Obama the Speechmaker vs. Obama the Politician.

Botton Line – show this video to the country and it’s all over.

Here is another ad from the same “Joe”

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Politico gets it wrong on Palin again. Published the $27 million earmark lie (From the Washington Post) after bloggers and ABC News wire debunked the story.

Posted by iusbvision on September 14, 2008

Politico, while more reliable than the NYT and Washington Post, still manages to get it wrong half the time it seems. Today they published another Palin hit piece that was devoid of any serious journalism or fact checking. They just took the attacks made against her by Democrats and the Washington Post as if they were true…again.

Here is the link to the hit piece and the excerpt below is an example:

Palin, in fact, requested $453 million worth of earmarks as governor. In her previous position as mayor of Wasilla, she hired a lobbyist to procure $27 million for the Anchorage exurb.

“If you sit through her Cabinet meeting, she’s driving down the number of earmarks that Alaska is requesting,” said Parnell. “The prior administration asked for 63 earmarks. It’s down to 31 this year. We’re driving those numbers down and working to bring reform to Alaska. This is not something you can just turn the switch on overnight and change.”

The $27 million number is totally bogus as several sites including this one have proved. ABC News even posted a piece on their wire showing it. But you won’t see it in the elite media. The link below has all the evidence.   

https://iusbvision.wordpress.com/2008/09/13/another-palin-smear-debunked-27-million-in-earmarks-the-press-and-democrats-say/

The $453 million number seems pretty bad does’t it? Keep in mind that Biden and Obama voted for all of them, but it gets better…They also have nothing to say about Obama’s $935.7 million in earmarks he spent including $1 million for the hospital his wife works at. If Palin had gotten a $1 million earmark for her husband, would we ever hear the end of it from the elite media and the smear outfits like HuffPost and DailyKOS and Alan Colmes?

And Illinois has another Senator, Dick Durbin, who rakes up $350 million in earmarks a year.

And here they are attacking Sarah Palin who used the power of the line item veto to cut earmarks in Alaska in HALF. This is exactly the message Palin delivered in a March 5th newspaper column HERE. Click and learn. Here is an excerpt:

I recognize that Congress, which exercises the power of the purse, has the constitutional responsibility to put its mark on the federal budget, including adding funds that the president has not proposed.

Accordingly, my administration has recommended funding for specific projects and programs when there is an important federal purpose and strong citizen support.

This year, we have requested 31 earmarks, down from 54 in 2007. Of these, 27 involve continuing or previous appropriations and four are new requests. The total dollar amount of these requests has been reduced from approximately $550 million in the previous year to just less than $200 million.

Of course, Senate Democrats opposed the House Republican’s attempt to get earmark reform anyways… and they paint HER as the abuser….

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The Times of London: Obama the Speechmaker vs. Obama the Politician and why Palin is so popular.

Posted by iusbvision on September 14, 2008

 

The Australian and British PRINT Press has been unusually clear minded and shown great powers of intellectual and dispassionate observation in their coverage of the US elections since Governor Palin came onto the political scene. They understand that they don’t have much of a dog in this hunt so they have examined the American media and politics with amusement and in same cases amazement at what they have seen. Here is the link to the complete article. Excerpt:

Barack Obama the speechmaker is being rumbled

There is a yawning gulf between what the Democratic candidate says and how he has acted. That’s why the race is so close

Gerard Baker
September 12, 2008

The essential problem coming to light is a profound disconnect between the Barack Obama of the candidate’s speeches, and the Barack Obama who has actually been in politics for the past decade or so.

Speechmaker Obama has built his campaign on the promise of reform, the need to change the culture of American political life, to take on the special interests that undermine government’s effectiveness and erode trust in the system itself,

Politician Obama rose through a Chicago machine that is notoriously the most corrupt in the country. As David Freddoso writes in a brilliantly cogent and measured book, The Case Against Barack Obama, the angel of deliverance from the old politics functioned like an old-time Democratic pol in Illinois. He refused repeatedly to side with those lonely voices that sought to challenge the old corrupt ways of the ruling party.

Speechmaker Obama talks about an era of bipartisanship, He speaks powerfully about the destructive politics of red and blue states.

Politician Obama has toed his party’s line more reliably than almost any other Democrat in US politics. He has a near-perfect record of voting with his side. He has the most solidly left-wing voting history in the Senate. His one act of bipartisanship, a transparency bill co-sponsored with a Republican senator, was backed by everybody on both sides of the aisle. He has never challenged his party’s line on any issue of substance.

Speechmaker Obama talks a lot about finding ways to move beyond the bloody battlegrounds of the “culture wars” in America; the urgent need to establish consensus on the emotive issue of abortion.

Politician Obama’s support for abortion rights is the most extreme of any Democratic senator. In the Illinois legislature he refused to join Democrats and Republicans in supporting a Bill that would require doctors to provide medical care for babies who survived abortions. No one in the Senate – not the arch feminist Hillary Clinton nor the superliberal Edward Kennedy – opposed this same humane measure.

Here’s the real problem with Mr Obama: the jarring gap between his promises of change and his status quo performance. There are just too many contradictions between the eloquent poetry of the man’s stirring rhetoric and the dull, familiar prose of his political record.

The fact is that a vote for Mr Obama demands uncritical subservience to the irrational, anti-empirical proposition that the past holds no clues about the future, that promise is wholly detached from experience. The second-greatest story ever told, perhaps.

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USA Today: Palin ‘governed from the center,’ went after big oil

Posted by iusbvision on September 14, 2008

USA Today has engaged in a series of lies and distortions about Governor Palin and we have cataloged that lousy reporting, which was easy to fact-check and debunk, right here on this web site.

Sometimes the media moves to regain it’s credibility and puts out a piece of serious journalism; perhaps so that sometimes so after a long string of junk activist reporting, they have one good article to throw in everyones face and say “see see we are totally unbiased and fair” ….

Whatever reason USA Today had to publish this story, the television media, with the exception of Fox, has left this story alone for the most part.

Enough of my yapping. Here is the link to the story. Excerpts:

Palin ‘governed from the center,’ went after big oil

By Ken Dilanian, USA TODAY
ANCHORAGE – Weeks after taking office as Alaska’s governor in December 2006, Sarah Palin vetoed a bill that sought to ban benefits for the same-sex partners of state workers. It was unconstitutional, she said.

This year, she rebuffed religious conservatives who wanted her to add two abortion restriction measures to a special legislative session on oil and gas policy, even though she supported the bills. Former aide Larry Persily said she didn’t want to risk offending Democrats, whose votes she needed on energy legislation.

INTERVIEW: Palin says she’ll prod McCain on drilling in Alaska wilderness

Since Republican presidential candidate John McCain picked Palin as his running mate, much attention has been focused on her deeply conservative social views – including her opposition to abortion even in cases of rape and incest and her attendance at a church that promotes the “transformation” of homosexuals through prayer.

But in her 21 months as governor, Palin has taken few steps to advance culturally conservative causes. Instead, after she knocked off an incumbent amid an influence-peddling scandal linked to the oil industry, Palin pursued a populist agenda that toughened ethics rules and raised taxes on oil and gas companies.

And she did so while relying on Democratic votes in the Legislature.

“She has governed from the center,” says Rebecca Braun, author of Alaska Budget Report, a non-partisan political newsletter. “She has in some small ways supported her religious views – for example, proposing money to continue the office of faith-based and community initiatives – but she has actually been conspicuously absent on social issues. She came in with a big oil and gas agenda, which really required Democratic allies to get through.”

John Bitney, who was Palin’s issues adviser during the 2006 campaign and later worked as her legislative liaison before she fired him, says, “She’s a very devout Christian. That’s a part of her core. But we never put those issues forward in the campaign. She takes the positions she takes because that’s who she is, but when she came into office, that wasn’t her agenda.”

Hotair.com commented on this story from USA Today HERE.

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Australia Herald-Sun Slams Elite Media and Democrats Reaction to Palin Interview.

Posted by iusbvision on September 14, 2008

You saw it HERE. The elite media’s and Democrats reaction to Charles Gibson’s Sarah Palin interview where they claim that Palin was “sabre rattling” and took an overly aggressive stance on foriegn policy.

The reaction has a real problem though and the Herald-Sun blows them out of the water by showing just how biased and dishonest they are.

Enjoy:

Which candidate is the dangerous one?

By Andrew Bolt

Friday, September 12, 2008 at 08:12pm  

Sarah Palin has given her first interview since being picked as the Republican’s vice-presidential candidate. The media has scrabbled for evidence of fumbles, and evidence that a shootin’, cussin’ redneck is about to plunge the world into war.

And away they go. From the Toronto Globe and Mail:

Shooting from the hip on foreign policy, Palin raises spectre of war with Russia

Indeed, 3AW’s Neil Mitchell this morning scoffed that a President Palin would have already started “four wars”, to judge by the interview.

Really? Let’s check.

The first war a President Palin would allegedly start was with Pakistan, by invading it in the hunt for terrorists, and perhaps from the transcript you might agree the words are indeed naive and alarming:

We should start with the premise that the United States, like all sovereign nations, has the unilateral right to defend itself against attack. As such, our campaign to take out Al Qaeda base camps and the Taliban regime that harbored them was entirely justified… (I)f we’ve got (Osama bin Laden) in our sites, we should ask for Pakistan’s cooperation, we should ask Pakistan to take him out. But if they don’t, we shouldn’t need permission to go after folks that killed 3,000 Americans.

Oops, sorry. That was actually Barack Obama. This is Palin:

ABC News Anchor Gibson also asked Palin several times whether or not U.S. forces have the right to make cross-border attacks into Pakistan with or without the approval of the Pakistani government…

“In order to stop Islamic extremists, those terrorists, who would seek to destroy America and our allies, we must do whatever it takes, and we must not blink…”

The other war a President Palin would start, according to Mitchell, was with Russia over Georgia (should Georgia be a NATO member, which it isn’t). Again, the transcript might sound alarming:

I would also argue that we have the right to take unilateral military action to eliminate an imminent threat to our security- so long as an imminent threat is understood to be a nation, group, or individual that is actively preparing to strike U.S. targets (or allies with which the United States has mutual defense agreements)…

And those allies should include Georgia:

I have consistently called for deepening relations between Georgia and transatlantic institutions, including a Membership Action Plan for NATO

Oops. Again, that’s Obama. Here is Palin:

Asked whether the United States would have to go to war with Russia if it invaded Georgia, and the country was part of NATO, Palin said: “Perhaps so.”

“I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help,” she said.

Pressed on the question, Palin responded: “What I think is that smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power is something for us to be vigilant against … We have got to show the support, in this case, for Georgia. The support that we can show is economic sanctions perhaps against Russia, if this is what it leads to.”

War three, fretted Mitchell, would be one with Iran, now seeking nuclear weapons, according to most assessments. Go to the scary transcript:

(T)he global community should offer “big sticks and big carrots” to persuade Iran to halt its nuclear programme.

“A nuclear Iran would pose a grave threat and the world must prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon…”

Damn, that’s Obama again. Here is Palin:


PALIN: No, no. I agree with John McCain that nuclear weapons in the hands of those who would seek to destroy our allies, in this case, we’re talking about Israel, we’re talking about Ahmadinejad’s comment about Israel being the “stinking corpse, should be wiped off the face of the earth,” that’s atrocious. That’s unacceptable.

GIBSON: So what do you do about a nuclear Iran?

PALIN: We have got to make sure that these weapons of mass destruction, that nuclear weapons are not given to those hands of Ahmadinejad, not that he would use them, but that he would allow terrorists to be able to use them. So we have got to put the pressure on Iran and we have got to count on our allies to help us, diplomatic pressure.

And the fourth war? Over Israel. To the transcript:

I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally, Israel.

You guessed it. Obama again. Here is Palin:

GIBSON: What if Israel decided it felt threatened and needed to take out the Iranian nuclear facilities?

PALIN: Well, first, we are friends with Israel and I don’t think that we should second guess the measures that Israel has to take to defend themselves and for their security.

If Mitchell is alarmed by Palin, running for vice president, he should be terrified by Obama, running for president. Either that, or he should accept that nothing Palin said was particularly bellicose, extreme or unreasonable. He’s just fallen for the Palin=redneck spin of the Left.

In fact, when you read the transcript of Palin’s discussion with reporter Charlie Gibson on foreign affairs, you realise how the gotcha cherry-picking of quotes from it, and the spin given to it, completely misrepresents Palin’s general ease with the subject. The Left dreamed of her making a fool of herself – “er, who’s Putin?” – but she most certainly did not.

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CNN Asks Democrat Strategist “How should we respond to Republican Attacks” – Atlantic Monthly Photog. Brags About Doctoring Photo’s to Make McCain Look “Devilish”…

Posted by iusbvision on September 14, 2008

Never underestimate how entrenched the elite media is with the Democratic Party – the same goes for many liberal arts professors.

Mona Charen

Friday, September 12, 2008

Calling Dr. Freud

John Roberts interviewing Paul Begala on CNN just now slipped and said “we” when asking how Democrats should respond to Republican attacks.

The Atlantic Monthly Magazine has a photographer named Jill Greenberg. Greenberg BRAGGED ON HER BLOG (which portion she has now taken down) of how she used photographic tricks to make McCain look as awful as possible. Here is the story in the New York Post. Her blog, aptly named is called the Manipulator.

Excerpts:

Controversial celebrity photographer Jill Greenberg, a self-professed “hard-core Dem,” deliberately took a series of unflattering shots of Republican nominee John McCain for the current cover of The Atlantic – and then bragged about it on a blog.

“I left his eyes red and his skin looking bad,” she boasted.

Greenberg also crowed that she had tricked McCain into standing over a strobe light placed on the floor – turning the septuagenarian’s face into a horror show of shadows.

Asking McCain to “please come over here” for a final shot, Greenberg pretended to be using a standard modeling light.

The resulting photos depict McCain as devilish, with bulging brows and washed-out skin.

“He had no idea he was being lit from below,” Greenberg said, adding that none of his entourage picked up on the light switch either. “I guess they’re not very sophisticated,” she said.

UPDATE: Special thanks to the Instapundit, Dr. Glen Reynolds for a heads up on THIS video, in which Andrew Brietbart explains how the democratic machine and the elite media are one in the same. Dr. Reynolds also warns us HERE and HERE to always bring your own video camera to any interview. The press is not your friend and cannot be trusted he argues. Click the link and learn.

UPDATE II: Holy smokes has Michelle Malkin got the goods on Jill Greenberg. I know she is bad but this women is truly psychotic as the evidence shows.

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Newsbusters Slams ABC and Gibson for Editing Out Key Portions of Palin’s Statements (that made her look good).

Posted by iusbvision on September 14, 2008

We covered this HERE, but Newsbusters also ads some analysis with the parts of the transcript that ABC/Charles Gibson cut out.

Follow the link below and read carefully. It’s very informative.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/09/13/abc-news-edited-out-key-parts-sarah-palin-interview

UPDATE: Newsbusters post about the Gibson interview with John Edwards – enlightening to say the least.

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Newsbusters Mocks Washington Post’s Biased and Ridiculous Palin/Biden Coverage

Posted by iusbvision on September 14, 2008

HERE is our post debunking the Washington Post’s expenses story on Palin, which only took minutes to prove wrong.

HERE is the Newsbusters story. The key excerpt is below. Good job Newsbusters:

60% of Washington Post’s Biden Tax Story Devoted to Palin

By Brent Baker Created 2008-09-14 06:04

Democratic VP nominee Joe Biden’s Friday release of his tax returns embarrassingly revealed, according to a Bloomberg item in Saturday’s Boston Globe, that Biden and his wife have, over the past ten years, donated a piddling “two-tenths of 1 percent” of their income to charities, but Saturday’s Washington Post article didn’t mention that and instead allocated six of ten paragraphs to how “progressive groups…want to determine whether [Sarah] Palin skirted tax obligations.” (In the middle of a paragraph deep into its story, Saturday’s New York Times reported the mere “$995 in gifts to charities” by the Bidens in 2007, but made no further note of it.)  
        
In the Post article, “Biden Releases His Tax Returns[1],” reporters Lyndsey Layton and Matthew Mosk pointed out how Biden is the “poorest” U.S. Senator, and then pivoted to Palin:

The disclosure came as Democrats tried to put increasing pressure on the Republican vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, to release her returns. Progressive groups said they want to determine whether Palin skirted tax obligations on about $17,000 in per diem payments she received as part of an arrangement that paid her extra for the nights she stayed in her home in Wasilla instead of the governor’s mansion in Juneau, 600 miles away…. 

The tenth and last paragraph of the Post story, one I counted as one of the four of the ten about Biden, related Biden back to Palin:

Biden also prefers to sleep in his own bed at night. When the Senate is in session, Biden famously commutes by train between Washington and Delaware. But members of Congress do not receive a per diem. 

The Post gave those “progressive groups” their hook with a very overplayed Tuesday, September 9 front page article, “Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home: Taxpayers Also Funded Family’s Travel [2].” In a Saturday Post “Free for All[3]” section letter (not online), Matthew Raehl of Manassas, Virginia properly mocked the story:

I’d like to propose some alternatives to your sensationalistic headline, “Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home”: “Palin Saves Alaska Tens of Thousands”

“Palin Flies Coach”

“Palin Claimed Less Per Diem than Allowed”

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Clinton Political Strategist Mark Penn on Biased/Sexist Palin Coverage: ” Media on very dangerous ground” – Slams Media for Going Over Palin’s Daily Expense Reports While Not Doing So on Other Candidates!

Posted by iusbvision on September 14, 2008

Mark Penn was a chief political strategist for the Clinton Campaign. Penn is another of a growing list of Clinton advisers and supporters who are taking issue with the elite media coverage of Palin and how the Obama campaign is reacting to her.

The story in full can be found HERE. Excerpts:

I think the people themselves saw unfair media coverage of Senator Clinton. I think if you go back, the polls reflected very clearly what “Saturday Night Live” crystallized in one of their mock debates about what was happening with the press.

I think here the media is on very dangerous ground. I think that when you see them going through every single expense report that Governor Palin ever filed, if they don’t do that for all four of the candidates, they’re on very dangerous ground.

I think the media so far has been the biggest loser in this race. And they continue to have growing credibility problems.

And I think that that’s a real problem growing out of this election. The media now, all of the media – not just Fox News, that was perceived as highly partisan – but all of the media is now being viewed as partisan in one way or another. And that is an unfortunate development.

CBSNews.com: (So does the strategist, who had his own complaints about sexism in media coverage about Sen. Clinton) So you think the media is being uniquely tough on Palin now?

Mark Penn: Well, I think that the media is doing the kinds of stories on Palin that they’re not doing on the other candidates. And that’s going to subject them to people concluding that they’re giving her a tougher time.

“What happened here very clearly is that the controversy over Palin led to 37 million Americans tuning into a vice-presidential speech — something that is unprecedented — because they wanted to see for themselves,” Penn adds. “This is an election in which the voters are going to decide for themselves. The media has lost credibility with them.”

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Dear Chicago Sun-Times: Why do you have hate merchants like Mary Mitchell, who don’t fact-check, on your pay roll?

Posted by iusbvision on September 14, 2008

The McCain Campaign needs to start aggressively debunking this stuff on their web site so people can see it. I wish everyone could come here and while we get plenty of hits, we know everyone doesn’t see this information.

This time it is Mary Mitchell in the Chicago Sun-Times and in her column she uses the word “HATE” three times and “SICK” four times in describing the Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. This is an obvious case of what is becoming known as PDS or Palin Derangement Syndrome. Like most Americans, I see what these people say and I just laugh at them.

First it starts out with your basic, run of the mill statements of hate:

 
BY Mary Mitchell Sun-Times Columnist

September 13, 2008

Sarah Palin makes me sick. I hate that she was able to steal Barack Obama’s mojo just by showing up wearing rimless glasses and a skirt.

I hate that she makes Joe Biden look like John McCain and John McCain look like the maverick he is not.
I hate that Palin reminds me of Susan Sarandon’s feisty character in “Thelma & Louise.” I loved Sarandon in that movie, yet I couldn’t stand Palin’s feistiness at the Republican National Convention.

Sarah Palin makes me sick — not because she may speak in tongues — but because she is a fast talker.

Then it moves into a list of allegations like these:

Palin’s practice of billing the state for expenses incurred while staying in her own home.

[Debunked HERE]

Revelations that as mayor of Wasilla, she hired a Washington lobbyist to help her bring $27 million in earmarks to the small town.

[Debunked HERE]

Of course, we need the sexist attacks on being a working mother, which after a short time they realized that they needed to wheel out nutty far left women to make these attacks for them:

As for “hockey-mommin,” that’s a stretch, too.

Palin is the governor of Alaska. Granted, Alaska is a sparsely populated state, but being governor of any state has to be a full-time job.

Even with a supportive husband, I doubt seriously that Palin has time to be a hockey mom unless she is making a personal appearance on a campaign trail.

And while 7-year-old Piper Palin gave the world a fuzzy moment on stage at the convention when she licked her hand and smoothed her baby brother’s hair, and when Bristol, 17 and pregnant, held Trig against her chest while her mother shook the hands of adoring fans, I couldn’t help but wonder what it’s really like for these kids.

Keep talkin’. Every normal everyday American who sees this stuff is another vote for Palin.

Granted, the on the pay-roll part in the title is an assumption on my part. Mitchell may be a volunteer columnist, but if she isn’t getting paid to put this foolishness on display, that would mean that there may be more to my “nutty” comment than meets the eye.

How do newspapers and universities find these people? (… I know the answer to the question, it was just rhetorical:-)

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