Remember, Teaching English Is Not On Her Resume…

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Sarah Palin, answering a question about the government bailout of insurance broker AIG:

“Dissapointed that taxpayers are called upon to bailout another one,” she said. “Certainly AIG though with the construction bonds that they’re holding and with the insurance that they are holding very, very impactful to Americans so you know the shot that has been called by the Feds its understandable but very, very disappointing that taxpayers are called upon for another one.”

OK. the sentence sucks. but did the press leave out a comma or two?

I do love this line in the story:

Though she has been on the campaign trail for nearly three weeks, Palin has yet to hold a press conference, and this morning’s stop marked the first time she answered a question from the press on the fly, prompting concerned looks from staffers.

Ah, gotta love the handlers. Come on guys, lighten up! We’ve just been through eight years of presidential verbal stumbles and bumbles and syntaxical gymnastics, do you really think more would be that much of a shock?

Biden has it so much easier. It’s a surprize when he doesn’t put a foot or two in his mouth. Actually, the most shocking moment of the campaign came from Biden during the primaries. When asked a question in one of the debates, the compulsivly long winded Biden simply said…. “No”. Expecting a lecture, he audience actually laughed at Bidens abrupt answer.

MSM Embarrassment – The Story The Press Isn't Talking About

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“Troopergate” came to light almost as soon as Sarah Palin was announced as the VP pick for John McCain. Here is the Washington Post article that came out on Aug. 30. I looks pretty damming toward the Palin’s. Ah, but yesterday some news broke – Walt Morgan was operating behind Palin and the administrations back to get funding for something not in the budget. This is easily ground for termination. Here are more details. He was fired for insubordination.

OK, my first thought was – “Wait, this smells fishy. Why weren’t these details known or released before now. This looks like it is made-up to try and get Palin off the hook”. Hey, it’s a tight political race, and you know politicians. And I wouldn’t put it past either team to pull a stunt like this. This was to be the point of my post. That this new evidence is phony. But while looking for the story that was released yesterday, I found THIS, a blog saying the exact same thing, but dated Aug 30th. It is a must read. Contains all sorts of details the Washinton Post didn’t / wouldn’t tell you. And the author of the blog is using info and links published BEFORE Palin was ever chosen to be VP.

OK, I still have to ask why the Palins didn’t make this info more widely known from the get go. Would have avoided the appearance of guilt. I suspect the McCain legal team didn’t want her to mention it at all since it is still being investigated, and being investigated, even if you’re not guilty, doesn’t look good to the general public. Yes, Palin may have had issues with the ex-brother-in-law, which may have played a part in the firing of Walt Morgan. But it appears she had plenty of reason to fire Morgan regardless. And this information has been out there for a long time. Now we know the MSM is either incompetent, hates conservatives, is in the tank for Obama, or a combination of all three. Either way, the coverage of this non-story is inexcusable. Oh, and can you, the MSM,  please get more information about the Obama / Ayers connection…. Nevermind, you’ve already shown you’re not capable of doing so.

PS. Just so you know, I’m not voting for the Republican ticket, so don’t accuse me of being biased. I’m either going to vote for Ralph Nader, based purely on this Parrot ad, or I’m writing in Paris Hilton.


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Butterflies Are Free To Fly…

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This one just doesn’t seem to want to at the moment.

The Red Guitar

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I had meant to post this two months ago, but fell behind due to politics. Other than the forthcoming Presidential Experience history to match the one for VP’s, I will be blogging music stuff this next week.

Here are my two axes.

The green thing is a Yamaha 5 string bass. It was purchased for my birthday in March of 2000. at  the end of that year, while I was at Lego Land in Carlsbad, our house was burgled and this bass, along with my beloved Peavey Dynabass, were among the items stolen. How is it that it is right now hanging upon my wall? Well, a year and a half later, a friend was walking around in downtown Fresno and saw a bass that looked just like my stolen one, hanging in a pawn shop window.  He called me right away. I went to the pawn shop and confirm that it was indeed my stolen bass. Even though I was able to prove ownership, it still took another year to get the bass back. Bureaucracy.  Though my Black Dynabass is still out in the wild somewhere, I did get the green monster back, and it hs been my workhorse ever since.

I have been playing bass for twenty-two years, but swor that I would someday learn to play guitar. Well, that day is finally at hand.The red Fender Strat is the latest addition to my stable of music stuff. I bought it from my Li’l bro for seventy five bucks while I was visiting him in San Diego in July. It has new tuning keys, and a new Seymour-Duncan bridge pickup. The neck was making noise due to a loose trus rod, and the springs on the tremolo bar needed adjusting, but it is a nice playing guitar. With the help of Cliff, my great friend and guitarist in my San Diego band Rareform, I was able to fix the guitar up and have been practicing on it for a couple of months. Though I am still having a hard time playing with a pick (I use my fingers to pluck the strings when I play bass), and  remembering which chords are which, AND switching from one chord to another, I’m making progress.

My next post will include some of my first primative recordings made with the red guitar.

9/11 – Have We reached The Tipping Point?

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A wise man once wrote:

They say time heals all wounds
They stop bleeding
But never neatly
Not completely

OK, I wrote it, so never mind. These are the lyrics to a song I wrote a very long time ago, And though this was written long long before the events of 9/11, they now hold some meaning. I was surfing the web, noticing a lot of tributes, and noticed something interesting. This year it seems that a great many tributes I have seen are reprints of thought and rememberences from years past. Heck, I was going to do the same thing before I decided to write this.

I wonder, have we come to the point where the pain and sorrow that lingers from that sad day is so distant that we, without realizing it, are moving on? Perhaps it was a sign when Rudy Giuliani, the candidate who based his campaign on the 9/11 created image of “America’s Mayor”, failed to get his party’s nomination. That would not have happened four years ago if he were to run. Driving around today, I haven’t noticed very many flags hanging from houses. Have we, as Americans, forgotten the horrors of that day? I don’t think so. Even though we may still feel the pain of that horrific terrorist attack, maybe we are far enough away from the event that we, as a society are no longer overwhelmed by the event.

We have not been attacked since that day. That may show that Al Queda was not as strong or pervasive as we first thought. It may also show that, whether or not you agree with the actions of our government, their actions have at least slowed the progress and ability of terrorists to strike against us. It may be mostly the former, the latter, or a combination of both. But I believe it is time to reassess or actions and find out what works and what doesn’t. I am not suggesting that we drop our guard or give up the fight against terrorism. But maybe now, without the the emotional weight pressing down on us, we can take an honest look at the changes we have allowed our politicians to make concerning our rights, and the broadening of poweres of our government, and assess some of the choices we have made to try and keep our country safe.

OK. One Agency Down….

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35,476 to go.

Obama / Hillary????

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Is Biden giving a hint he’s prepared to step aside for Hillary??? I won’t speculate. But it seems the Palin pick has really shaken things up on BOTH sides of the political isle.

The VP's Of The Last 100 Years – Rebuttal Against The Experience Snobs.

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Even before Sarah Palin became John McCain’s Vice Presidential pick, the issue of experience has been swirling around Barack Obama due to his lack of executive experience and his short stint in the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, my friend Zach at “Sire Says” compiled a list of recent Vice Presidential nominees and how long it took for them to undergo their first interview. While looking at the list of V.P candidates, I realizes that an awful lot of them had been in the House of Representatives and / or in the Senate before they became candidates for the Vice Presidency. I got curious about the history of the modern Vice Presidents and the experience they brought to the office, and how they compare to candidate Sarah Palin. Read more »

The Palin Lockdown – A Rebuttal.

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Andrew Sullivan, Sire Says and I have made a bit of a stink concerning the radio silence surrounding Sarah Palin. The McCain campaign will not let her do any interviews until she is up to speed on foreign policy issues and McCain’s stand on the issues. As  Jim Lindgren has pointed out, just because you are talking to the media doesn’t mean that you’re giving full access. He has some advise to us critics:

…observers should not get too worked up about this issue, given the Obama campaign’s long history of struggles with the press over access to Obama, intermittent refusals to hold regular press conferences with the reporters following him (favoring instead short interviews with local and national press less up on the issues), and the habit of punishing any reporters who probe too deeply, especially about his carefully crafted personal history.

He then details various struggles the press and political rivals have had getting info from the Obama camp. Once again, Kudos to the gang over at “The Volokh Conspiracy”, who seem to be doing a better job of covering this election and the candidates than the MSM.