October 3rd, 2008

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Good Morning!!

My mind is still with the debate. I thought Biden did a superb job and we saw the importance of experience, hard work, and compassion.

Palin still seems to think she can get away with not answering the question and using the word Maverick over and over again. I think Biden took care of that.

Here is a wonderful look at the debate.


It's the fourth post down right now, titled Live Blogging the VP Debate.

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I’m glad I didn't have to fight in any war. I'm glad I didn't have to pick up a gun. I'm glad I didn't get killed or kill somebody. I hope my kids enjoy the same lack of manhood.

- Tom Hanks


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on reflection -

The exclaiming over Palin because she walked out with a smile and spouted without fainting reminds me of Bush and how the bar is set so low that just their showing up brings praise.   I agree with Joan Walsh in Salon.com that Biden was talking to everyone and I'm not sure who Palin was talking to at this point.

I think everyone in the world is aware of the current financial crisis.  I am unable to figure out a truly safe and comfortable place to put our savings.  Even Treasury bills will be worthless if the U.S. economy collapses.  Also, health care IS an issue that people are facing, so when Palin presents McCain's proposal,  I think most people are thinking, "Huh, $5000.00 - what is that in current health care costs, and how is that going to help me?"

The situation is dire, and the American people know it and when it comes time to vote, all the rhetoric isn't going to really matter.  They are going to look for intelligence, leadership, and compassion and I think those qualities are best seen in Obama-Biden.

It is a new world, and any security blanket that we may have thought was there is collapsing.   For Palin-McCain, the world is small.  I note that both McCain and Palin own more than one piece of property.   Also, each has a private plane.  Who is elitist and out of touch and no matter how well coached Palin was for the debate, she still doesn't read, even the news.   I think, in the voting booth, that counts.

From Salon.com

How Sarah Palin blew it

- Joan Walsh

Joe Biden and Sarah Palin were talking to two different Americas Thursday night. Actually, that's unfair to Joe Biden; he was trying to talk to everyone. I can say for certain, though, that Sarah Palin was talking to -- and winking at -- her own private Idaho, and for long stretches of the debate, it was an unnerving experience.

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A change of pace -

We all know those cute little computer symbols called 'emoticons,' where:

:) means a smile and

:( is a frown.

Sometimes these are represented by



Well, how about some 'ASSICONS?'
Here goes:

(_!_) a regular ass

(__!__) a fat ass

(!) a tight ass

(_*_) a sore ass

{_!_} a swishy ass

(_o_) an ass that's been around

(_x_) kiss my ass

(_X_) leave my ass alone

(_zzz_) a tired ass

(_$_) Money coming out of his ass

(_?_) Dumb Ass

(_E=mc2_) a smart ass

You have just been e-mooned!

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Palin on Fox News -

Some people might be embarrassed that they couldn't name a news source.  Not Sarah Palin.    She is again on the attack.   She doesn't seem to understand that she will be serving us, all of us.  Also, the Palin tax returns reveal that the Palin's are not very charitable.  No tithing for them.  

from The Huffington Post:

Appearing on a friendlier news outlet, Fox News, Gov. Sarah Palin said she was "annoyed" with the way Katie Couric handled their interview and complained that the CBS Evening News host failed to give her the opportunity to take a proverbial axe to Barack Obama.

In a portion of her sit-down with Fox News correspondent Carl Cameron, Palin claimed that Couric's questions -- which produced a series of staggeringly embarrassing responses -- put her in a lose-lose position.

"The Sarah Palin in those interviews was a little bit annoyed," she said. "It's like, man, no matter what you say, you are going to get clobbered. If you choose to answer a question, you are going to get clobbered on the answer. If you choose to try to pivot and go to another subject that you believe that Americans want to hear about, you get clobbered for that too."

For the record, Couric asked her, among other things, what type of news sources she turns to for information, which Supreme Court decisions she disagreed with, why Alaska's proximity to Russia gave her foreign policy experience, her opinion of the bailout package for Wall Street, and where she thought Vice President Dick Cheney erred. Which one of those questions was designed to trip her up (as opposed to, say, give viewers a better sense of her character and views) is tough to ascertain.

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Palin tax returns -

The Palin percentage rate seems low for amount of income.  Then, again, they have all those children as deductions, but when I check online, an income of married, filing jointly and making between 131,450 and 200,300 pays 28%.    Also, does the Alaska gift from the oil companies count as income?  It would appear not from what is being reported here.

Palin's Tax Return Mystery: Where Are The Per Diems?

In typical news-dump fashion, the McCain campaign put out the last two years of Sarah Palin's tax returns late Friday afternoon.

The information contained a few interesting revelations in what was, otherwise, a fairly mundane filing. Palin, it appears, did not pay taxes on the more than $60,000 of travel reimbursements that she and her family members reportedly billed the state during her 18 months as governor. There is a fairly wonky debate over whether she should have been charged for these trips or whether it was accounted for in her salary. John Bogdanski, a tax professor at the Lewis and Clark Law School, told the Huffington Post's Seth Colter Walls that they did qualify as taxable income.

It does not appear that such deductions would have been allowable for any amounts attributable to travel by her husband and children. Section 274(m)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code strictly forbids deductions for bringing spouses and dependents along on business travel unless the spouses and dependents (a) are employees of the taxpayer (here, the taxpayer is the governor), (b) are traveling for a bona fide business purpose, and (c) would otherwise be entitled to deduct the travel on their own tax returns. Unless Palin's spouse and kids are also her employees and she can show that they were away on their own businesses, their expenses would not be deductible by the governor. And therefore she cannot exclude from income any per diems attributable to any of them. (By the way, since she's the employee, the income would be required to be reported on her own return, not her kids'.)

Overall, the Palins reported a gross income of $127,869 in 2006, and paid taxes amounting to $11,944 (an effective rate of 9.3 percent). In 2007, the family reported earning a gross income of $166,080 ($107,987.00 of which came from Gov. Palin) and paid taxes totaling $24,738, for a rate of 14.9 percent.

But there is some discrepancy with the latter number. According to an accompanying 2007 personal financial disclosure report, Palin's "income" as governor of Alaska was $196,531.50, well above the $107,987.00 that was noted on her W2 form from that same year. An email was sent to the McCain campaign for clarification. And this story will be updated should aides reply.

Palin's personal financial disclosure form also showed a moderate amount of assets. The family has ownership or interest in several properties, including tracts on several Alaska fishing spots. And Todd made between $50,000 and $100,000 from British Petroleum's retirement plan.

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It's time for a press conference -

Since Sarah Palin whines that Katie Couric was too hard on her, I think it is time for a press conference.  Let's show her what the job entails, and that is two-way communication, and the press should take off the kid gloves.  It seems Ms. Palin has gotten a bit too big for her britches.  Of course, she only wears skirts, so we can admire her legs, and be distracted enough to give her a break, but that time is over.  Let her answer the questions that are asked, and let her realize there actually are "real people"  listening with a logical mind to what she does or does not say.

To say that Katie Couric is at fault for asking her how she gets her news, when in truth, she doesn't, is absolutely unbelievable gall.   She does not even have the grace to be embarrassed.  Everything is someone else's fault.   All we need is a victim for president and one who will more than use and abuse her power.  

A press conference should be given by Ms. Palin now.   Let her find out how it works for others, and let's hope the media actually quizzes her as a candidate in her position deserves to be quizzed.    The games and winks are over.  We want to know how she thinks.   Yes, we are willing to go there, to try and enter the arrogant altar of her mind.