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Palin: Good Speech Needed a Good Fact Check

Category: Sarah Palin
Posted: 09/04/08 12:15

by Dave Mindeman

Sorry to continue on Sarah Palin, but she is the topic of the moment. Again, she gave a very good speech and, as I said in the last post...game on.

However, as I listened to her speech last night, I kept muttering to myself... "but that's not true". And this morning, the Fact Checkers indeed were on the ball.

Here is one report, from the Associated Press, you need to check out:

Attacks, Praise Stretch Truth at GOP Convention

Some of the highlights:

PALIN: "I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."

FACT CHECK: While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a "bridge to nowhere."

PALIN: "There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform ? not even in the state senate."

FACT CHECK: "...he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.

Personally, I also found it a little disturbing that she demeaned community organizing as if it was a joke. Without community organizers, the poor and disadvantaged would have no voice at all.

The article also discusses some of the claims made by other speeches. The Fact Checkers are going to be very busy.....

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Sarah Palin's Speech: Game On!

Category: Sarah Palin
Posted: 09/03/08 23:52

by Dave Mindeman

Well, Sarah Palin can give a good speech. And she actually did get one thing right -- the only difference between this hockey mom and a pit bull, is lipstick....lots of lipstick.

So much for a civil campaign and an end to the partisan divide. I would assume that all questions about her past are all fair game, and will now intensify.

Game on.
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Thank Goodness She Was Vetted!

Category: Sarah Palin
Posted: 09/03/08 20:11

by Roxanne Mindeman

Well, lets see. He picked her on Saturday, August 29th. Introduction - independent, anti corruption, anti-earmark, family values...yadda, yadda,yadda...... sweetheart of the religious right, beauty queen, gun rights with no limitations, anti abortion even in the case of rape or incest, in denial about global warming - and lets get those damn pesky polar bears off the Endangered Species List!

Saturday August 30th - "Troopergate" investigation, funded to the tune of $100,000 by the Alaska legislature, looking into the Governors intervention to fire a state employee who refused to fire her brother-in law, who was being divorced from her sister.

Sunday, August 31st - Husband's DUI History.

Monday, Sept 2 - 17 yr old unmarried daughter, 5 months pregnant - and engaged to marry the baby's father, who on his Myspace page declares himself to be "....a f***ing Redneck" who ".......doesn't want kids".

Overnight - What? Not a Republican? Apparently she has an Independence Party/Buchanan history as recently as the mid to late 1990s. She and McCain are busy denying it but Buchanan says "yes"...... And late 1990s media says "yes".....

Tuesday, Sept 3 - VP on the anti-earmark ticket hired a law firm connected to Alaska's senior Republican Senator and Representative, to loby Congress for - God only knows what - but she got $27 Million dollars for Wasilla, the city of about 7,000 residents, of which she was mayor. Earmarked funds included $500,000 for a youth shelter, $1.9 million for a transportation hub, $900,000 for sewer repairs, and $500,000 for a mental health center, $500,000 for the purchase of federal land and $450,000 to rehabilitate an agricultural processing facility. Then there was the $15 million rail project, intended to connect Wasilla with the town of Girdwood, where Stevens has a house (But at least she knew he had it - and where it was!).
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