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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Canada's Looking Better and Better

I wasn't one tiny bit surprised to read that Sara Palin charged Wasilla rape victims to pay for their own rape kits. To me, making victims pay up to $1200 to gather medical evidence against their own attackers seems to be par for the course with this woman. She did, after all, grossly fail to address the epidemic of sex crimes in Alaska, which is what led to Walt Monegan to plan a trip to Washington to seek federal funding. A trip she and McCain thwarted:

WASHINGTON (AP)
...The last straw, the McCain campaign said, was in July, when Monegan planned to travel to Washington to seek federal money for a plan to assign troopers, judges and prosecutors who could exclusively handle sexual assault cases -- one of the state's most intractable crime problems.

In a July 7 e-mail, John Katz, the governor's special counsel, noted two problems with the trip: The governor hadn't agreed the money should be sought, and the request was "out of sequence with our other appropriations requests and could put a strain on the evolving relationship between the Governor and Sen. (Ted) Stevens."

Adding insult to injury here is the fact that under Palin policy, women would not only be required to cough up the money for their own rape kits, but should they turn up pregnant from said rape, she doesn't even believe they should be granted the right to an abortion. The hipocrisy of Sarah Palin is that she so adamantly and blatantly pushes policies that are hurtful, even oppressive toward women, yet calls herself a feminist. But again, that just seems to be appropriate for the party she's affiliated with. There's the hipocrisy of John McCain, calling Barack Obama an elitist, while McCain himself owns at least 9 quite luxurious homes. Then there's this McCain ad thats talking about McCain's energy policy and his innovative energy inititive, but it was McCain who has been absent, therefore, rendering a no vote, on key energy bills nine times since December of 2007. See here and here.

And now McCain is pulling out the Willie Horton style punches, according to the associated press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative nonprofit group with a past link to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign wants to spend $2.8 million on an ad questioning Democrat Barack Obama's relationship to a founder of the 1960s radical group Weather Underground.

The ad, which is expected to begin airing Thursday in Michigan and Friday in Ohio, focuses on William Ayers, whose Weatherman organization took credit for a series of bombings, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol four decades ago.

American Issues Project, the sponsor of the ad, is a nonprofit 501(c)4 organization. One of its board members, Ed Failor Jr., was a paid consultant for McCain's campaign in Iowa last year. The campaign paid his firm $50,000 until July 2007. American Issues Project spokesman Christian Pinkston said Failor has no connection to the McCain campaign now.

OOH, that sounds bad, huh? Except the ad won't mention that it was fourty years ago, when Obama was about six years old. And it sure won't mention that Ayers is now a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He and Obama live in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood and served together on the board of the Woods Fund, a Chicago-based charity that develops community groups to help the poor. Or that Obama left the board in December 2002. Nor will it highlight Obama's Fox News interview from April 2008, in which he said "Mr. Ayers is a 60-plus-year-old individual who lives in my neighborhood, who did something that I deplore 40 years ago when I was 6 or 7 years old," continuing, "By the time I met him, he is a professor of education at the University of Illinois. We served on a board together that had Republicans, bankers, lawyers, focused on education."
Where is that Christian attitude of forgiveness and redemption that I keep hearing about from the right?
And if we're going to talk about what happened fourty years ago, lets take a moment to remember back to the '80, when McCain was a member of the Keating five. Anyone remember that? Let me remind you.

Charles Keating was convicted of fraud and racketeering at both state and federal courts, after his Linclon Savings & Loan Collapsed. The cost of that calamity to taxpayers? $3.4 BILLION. McCain was never convicted, but he did intervene on behalf of Keating, after Keating gave McCain at least $112,000 in contributions. Their relationship goes back to the mid 1980's, in fact, when McCain made at least nine trips on Keaty's airplanes, three of which were to vacation at Keating's Bahamas retreat, a luxurious personal little get away. McCain's wife and father in law had some ties to Keating too, investing $350,000.00 in one of his shopping centers.
McCain is the only one of the Keating 5 who has remained in the Senate after they each were accused of attempting to intimidate regulators on behalf of Keating.
Oh, and this Keating Savings and Loan that the Keating 5 were defending and protecting...it sold worthless, high risk junk bonds. Many of its 23,000 investors were elderly customers who didn't even know that their investment was not even federally insured. Now that's classy. Many of them were left destitute in the wake while Keating and Co. reaped the rewards and lived a lavish lifestyle.
I say it's time for the Dem's to stop playing nice and dish it back, in equal portions.

10 cookies cracked:

Kathy T. said...

Maybe together as neighbors we can start a website "This is Canada."

Jay said...

Palin keeps insisting that rape victims didn't have to pay for their own rape kits, but all of the documented evidence says they did.

BadBadIvy said...

The addition of Palin made the McCain ticket go from frightening to downright scary. Ugh.

Tink said...

I'm with badbadivy. Ugh.

fiwa said...

This campaign has been an eye opener for me. Every time I think I have it figured out, why anyone would vote for McCain/Palin, someone comes up with a new rationale that just blows my mind.

Irish Goddess said...

Wonderful post!

gary rith said...

middle finger SALUTE to McCain-Palin!

Anndi said...

That a woman would put forth that kind of policy churns my stomach.

Reb said...

Sounds like she is just the same sort of misogynistic dinosaur that McCain is. We have our own election coming soon, unfortunately we don't have our own version of Obama.

Fortune Cookies said...

Kathy- Ha! I think that's a wonderful idea! We'll start a Green Canada, too ;)


jay- I have a feeling that documented evidence will be Palin's biggest nightmare

badbadivy-at first I laughed, now I tremble...I know in my heart of hearts that she will implode,I just hope that it happens before the elections

tink- what I told badbadivy... look up there ;)

fiwa-each election is an eyeopener for me. Each time I think it couldn't possibly be any dirtier, and each time I'm proven oh so wrong.

irish goddess- Thanks! And thanks for stopping by, hope to see you back again!

gary- I would second that emotion, but I am trying to rise above...

anndi- you and me both, girl, you and me both.

reb-"misogynistic dinosaur" ah, yah, that about sums it up. I hope your elections are smoother than ours.