Palin Abused Powers

It’s official…. “A legislative investigation” in Alaska “has concluded that Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power in pushing for the firing of an Alaska state trooper who was once married to her sister, or by failing to prevent her husband Todd from doing so.” The report by investigator Steve Branchflower was made public late this afternoon by a bipartisan 12-0 vote of the Legislative Council, which authorized the investigation. Branchflower’s report contains four findings. The first concludes that Palin violated the state’s executive branch ethics act, which says that “each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.”   The Troopergate investigation … Continue reading

McCain Trading In His Character To Chase The News Cycle

That headline comes from a communications professional, Kimberly Krautter, publisher of The Body Politic. “When the chips are down for a candidate, he often cries foul when his opponent airs an ad that challenges his record and turns the candidate’s words or votes against him. Frankly, in the world of advertising and marketing, that’s considered fair play. Think about the famous “Pepsi Taste Challenge” from the 1980s. While the tone of such an ad might be “contrary”, it’s not truly “negative.” A negative ad/attack ad is one that gets nasty and personal and takes the discourse away from the issues and fails to promote the platform – the advertiser candidate’s vision for the future should he be elected. Over the … Continue reading

Financial Chaos Sweeping the World

Well folks, as you sit down with your morning cup of coffee and you prepare to delve into the financial headlines you might want to pour a stiff shot of something to sweeten that coffee, that is if you can afford the price of a good bottle of liquor. Here’s a round of the early morning financial news… It’s not pretty: Houston Chronicle: Stocks are on track for their worst year since 1937 NY Times: Nations Weighing Global Approach as Chaos Spreads IHT: Iceland is all but officially bankrupt Guardian UK: Gordon Brown considers legal action against Iceland Nouriel Roubini: The world is at severe risk of a global systemic financial meltdown and a severe global depression Paul Krugman: Moment of … Continue reading

GOP Trainwreck Waiting to Happen

If the predictions are on the money, the signs are all there for a trainwreck for the GOP, come November… Chris Cillizza has pieced it all together on The Fix, noting “a column from Stu Rothenberg who, along with former Fix boss Charlie Cook stands atop the congressional handicapping game in Washington, in which Stu declares that the GOP stands on the precipice of an electoral “bloodbath.”” Cillizza also says:

‘Rednecks for Obama’ Making News

Rednecks for Obama are back in the news again today. I wrote about them back in late August. Here’s the latest: Tony Viessman, 74, and Les Spencer, 60, got politically active last year when it occurred to them there must be other lower income, rural, beer-drinking, gun-loving, NASCAR race enthusiasts fed up with business as usual in Washington. Viessman had a red, white and blue “Rednecks for Obama” banner made, and began causing a stir in Missouri, which has emerged as a key battleground in the run-up to the November 4 presidential election. “I didn’t expect it would get as much steam and attention as it’s gotten,” Spencer told AFP on the campus of Washington University in Saint Louis, the … Continue reading

Biden Puts The Challenge Directly In McCain’s Face

“In my neighborhood, when you’ve got something to say to a guy, you look him in the eye and you say it to him.” — Sen. Joe Biden, quoted by NBC News, pressing Sen. Barack Obama’s challenge to Sen. John McCain for next week’s debate.  Biden added a “personal touch to the idea that McCain wasn’t willing” to make attacks on Obama “in person.” H/T Political Wire.

The Real News Of The Economy

The Dow closed at a loss of 678 points. The pain may have just started. While the markets continue to correct based on the days trading 401K’s and other retirement accounts continue to shrink. People are fearful. When will it stop? Jim Cramer of Mad Money on CNBC has advised on The Today Show and Hardball with Chris Matthews that if someone needs their money within 5 years to find a way to move to cash and do it right now. If you find yourself suddenly watching the market it may be good advice. The satirical Economist cover may be an exaggeration but not by a helluva lot.

Loretta Sanchez and Linda Sanchez , CA-48 and CA-39, Lose Brother in Boating Accident

The sister’s Sanchez have had days of waiting as their brother and his companion were missing. Today the Los Angeles Times has the story of his boat being found and both bodies being on-board. I’ve met Loretta Sanchez. She’s a strong willed person who will stand up to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Yet think of the horror of this event to both her and her sister. No one can stand up to this event without sorrow and grief. I hope we all can take the time to send physical or email condolence cards to both Loretta and Linda at their district offices.