What a wonderful day for change, but foremost in my mind is the return of the United States from being an international joke.
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Obama wins both Hart’s Location, and Dixville Notch (in my wonderful New Hampshire). The ballot tally in Hart’s Location was 17-10 for Senator Obama. Dixville Notch gave Senator Obama a greater victory, 15-6!
The tally now stands at 32-16
John McCain is not expected to overcome this 16 vote deficit.
She is now officially the dumbest politician on the national stage.
It’s dangerous for her to be anywhere close to any public office in the US. Mayor is too much for an idiot of this magnitude.
Testimonials of vote flipping
And here’s the ‘problem’
And some nasty voter registration challenges in Missouri (‘caging’, a violation of the Voting Rights Act)
Vote caging exposé
Sen. Whitehouse (isn’t that the best name for a politician?) on vote caging
This was a great day, and one that makes us also realize that there are elements in this nation that will fight against us every step of the way. I’m not talking about fighting against Democrats, or Republicans, but all of us, our freedoms and our democracy. There were the skinheads found, arrested, and taken out of action from outrageous plans of killing simply because of melanin levels in their proposed victims, and then there was Ted Stevens, the senior Senator from Alaska. Stevens was found guilty of all seven charges relating to his cabin’s refurbishment, and his relationship with Veco, an oil services company.
Both of these elements are a destructive force on our landscape. One outwardly spouts hate, and proposes a ‘cleansing’ of those people that they find don’t fit their perception of what America is, attacking democracy from the outside in; the other works quietly, behind closed doors, eroding democracy from the inside out. Both are heinous and devoid of redeemable qualities, but both are now stopped (at least for the time being) from doing anymore damage than they already have.
Outward from these individuals, however, are people and events that still need to be understood. A corrupt politician is nothing without the means to be so, and radical planners of hate crimes did not get their ideas from the ether. These people are interconnected with all sorts of other people and ideas, and the following is an example of the interconnectedness of Ted Stevens with someone else you may recognize:
There are legitimate questions about the running mate of John McCain. Here, on this blog, I briefly examined her house, and the similarities its building has to Ted Stevens’ cabin situation. They shared the same building supply company, and they both were massive improvements done in strange manners. When Governor Palin was Mayor, she made sure that building codes were not put in place before she built her house. Todd says he built the immaculate home with a ‘couple of buddies’. There were events going on down a short road from the Palin’s house construction site, though, that make the situation so strange. The Wasilla Sports Complex was being erected, and the same building supply company supplied both with their material–the same exact building supply company that was involved in the Ted Stevens’ cabin refurbishing. Oh, and did I mention, that building supply company seems to be a big Republican donor?
There they were, all too familiar with each other. Ted Stevens and Sarah Palin, mucking it up and making nice on camera. A show of support from Sarah Palin to a Senator who, at the time, had been indicted for the crimes he has now been convicted of. Governor Palin is so close to Ted Stevens that she headed up a PAC for him. A political Action committee that gave her the state stage from which to introduce herself to the Alaskan state Republican party. Before that she was a small town mayor. A former Alaska Independence Party member who switch to become a Republican in order to run for mayor. She was already scheming her way up the ladder, and Ted Stevens gave her that ladder. So what gives with her making nice in front of the cameras with a man about to be taken down with national media attention. It’s a risky move for a governor who, from what I’ve been hearing, was already lobbying to be the VP nominee.
I view the meeting and make nice session as a capitulation by Palin to Stevens. The embattled cannot dictate terms, especially something so major as a sit-down in front of news cameras without something to negotiate with. Stevens plays hardball. Not typical hardball, but hardball even by Washington standards. This is a class A, 100 percent certified bastard of a politician. The man was indicted on seven counts of corruption, and he still gets Palin, the sitting governor of the state with VP aspirations (and more) to defend him. He has something on her–something bigger than what can be passed off with a sleight of hand.
They both have ties to the oil industry that have been questioned. In Palin’s case, she negotiated a pipeline deal that favored only one company. That company happened to have an inside player, the head of Palin’s pipeline team had been hired as a lobbyist for the winning company. With Ted Stevens, he is now known to have taken over $250,000 worth of goods and services from an oil company. These events may seem disconnected, but they stem from the same attitude, the same inner circle, and from the same ethos and teachings that Stevens passed onto Palin when he groomed her for bigger things. Now the end game is afoot, and the lessons to be learned will haunt them both.
Sarah Palin apparently doesn’t understand a couple of very basic concepts about Israel. It is not a Jewish state, no more so than Canada or Britain are Christian states. Israel is a secular government, just like the one here in the United States. Jewish isn’t a nationality, and Israel is not ‘Jewish’. This is such a very basic concept that I can’t even begin to fathom the depth of her ignorance.
Perhaps in the church where people speak in tongues, the congregants speak of the quickly approaching end times, and the certainty of dinosaurs and man living at the same time right after the earth was created (a mere 6,000 years ago) this type of thinking is encouraged. These radical evangelicals spout nonsense about Antichrists and demons, witches and angels, all the while claiming a false appreciation for Israel, contrived from the mistaken conception that the ‘apocolypse’ is coming any day now. They feign their friendship because Israel controls the ‘Holy’ land, and these radical, far right Christians need to imagine having access to that area.
As foreign relations gaffes go, this would be on par with calling up the Archbishop of Canterbury to negotiate a treaty between Britain and the US. It’s just that idiotic. What could her reaction be when she’s told that Israel is not a ‘Jewish’ state?
“Oh, gosh golly, you must be mistaken there fella, I know fer certain that those people wear those beanies!”
To say, direct to the face of the Israeli Ambassador, “We look forward to … working with your Jewish agency,” is not only an affront to Israel, it’s an affront to all of those knowledgeable potential running mates of John McCain. To think that Sarah Palin, a governor embroiled in an ethics probe, completely lacking any understanding of the Bush Doctrine (the driving philosophical force behind this administration’s foreign relations), and closely connected to a secessionist group would be picked over…well, anyone, is unbelievable. But this–this very basic mistake of Sarah Palin’s may be the most telling. Israel isn’t a nation to her, it’s a religion.
Edit: There is a misconception among some because of the statement “Hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in the land of Israel to be known as the State of Israel.” in the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel. Israel, however, has universal suffrage, and is not theocratic. This precludes the language appearing in the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel, in that it is the law of the land, and is direct contradiction to the previous statement. It is much like the United States being considered a nation that has legal slavery, even though the practice is now unconstitutional.
Another case made for Israel being a Jewish nation is contained within the Balfour Declaration, which is just silliness.Israel does not even have a state religion, negating the concept of ‘Jewish State’ referring to the religion, but rather pointing to a cultural usage of ‘Jewish’.
According to Daniel Elazar, of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs:
As understood by the Knesset and the Israeli Supreme Court, religious law stands in relationship to the secular law of Israel roughly as state law stands in relationship to federal law in a federation with a dual legal system. That is to say, it is distinct, tends to be exclusive in its sphere, but is held to certain national tests in its application…
It is important to understand that the government of Israel does not control or try to control the religious establishment…
As I pointed out exactly one month ago today, John McCain has ties to the gambling industry that seem strange, at best. His contributors are the upper management of casinos, indicating an expectation of gambling expansion with his support. A watchdog group, called ‘Campaign Money Watch’ has released a new ad exploring the McCain/gambling industry connection.
The following is a list I compiled last month of just Winn casino (and closely affiliated entities) employees that donated to John McCain and the RNC from April to July of this year. That’s right, this amount of money from only one casino operation in just three months:
|Early, Peter L||5/7/2008||$28,500||Republican National Cmte (R)|
|Schorr, Marc||5/7/2008||$28,500||Republican National Cmte (R)|
|Wynn, Elaine||5/7/2008||$28,500||Republican National Cmte (R)|
|Maddox, Matt||5/7/2008||$7,700||Republican National Cmte (R)|
|Peterson, Scott E||5/7/2008||$7,700||Republican National Cmte (R)|
|BUTLER, DE RUYTER O||5/2/2008||$3,000||Republican National Cmte (R)|
|Sinatra, Kimmarie||5/29/2008||$2,900||Republican National Cmte (R)|
|Wooden, Maurice L||5/7/2008||$2,700||Republican National Cmte (R)|
|EARLY, PETER L MR||4/28/2008||$2,300||McCain, John (R)|
|KRAMER, RONALD J MR||7/31/2008||$2,300||McCain, John (R)|
|MADDOX, MATT MR||5/9/2008||$2,300||McCain, John (R)|
|NADY, LAURIE B MRS||4/28/2008||$2,300||McCain, John (R)|
|OSELAND, ROBERT L MR II||5/9/2008||$2,300||McCain, John (R)|
|PETERSON, SCOTT E MR||5/9/2008||$2,300||McCain, John (R)|
|SCHORR, MARC D MR||5/2/2008||$2,300||McCain, John (R)|
|SINATRA, KIMMARIE MRS||5/31/2008||$2,300||McCain, John (R)|
|SINATRA, KIMMARIE MRS||5/31/2008||$2,300||McCain, John (R)|
|Thomas, Roger||5/7/2008||$2,300||Republican National Cmte (R)|
|THOMAS, ROGER MR||5/9/2008||$2,300||McCain, John (R)|
|WOODEN, MAURICE L MR||5/9/2008||$2,300||McCain, John (R)|
|WYNN, ELAINE MRS||4/30/2008||$2,300||McCain, John (R)|
|ALLISON, WESLEY MR||5/9/2008||$1,000||McCain, John (R)|
|SCHALL, JASON M MR||5/9/2008||$1,000||McCain, John (R)|
|TOUREK, KEVIN JAMES MR||5/9/2008||$1,000||McCain, John (R)|
|Oseland, Robert L II||5/7/2008||$200||Republican National Cmte (R)|
Information gathered from FEC reports through opensecrets.org
Something’s wrong with this picture. Why so much money, in such a short time from just one of the casino operations? Surely they’re getting something if McCain wins, and I doubt it’s any sort of oversight. You see, John McCain is a gambling man. He freely admits it. He plays craps, he gambles massive amounts of money. He’s been spotting gambling in high rollers rooms, not just run of the mill ones. This is a guy who doesn’t understand probability, someone who thinks that, for some reason, they are above certain mathematical truths.
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