McCain-Palin’s Conservative Wisdom

Palin:’I Don’t Know’ If Abortion Clinic Bombers Are Terrorists. That moral relaitivity brought to you courtesy the Conservative mind. Every terrorist since forever thinks their terrorism is justified – see McCain’s buddy G. Gordon Liddy. Palin’s Trajectory to National Prominence Powered by her Anti-Environmentalis

*  Palin explained that environmentalists had invoked the Clean Water Act to oppose a plan by a mining company, Coeur Alaska, to dump waste from the extraction of gold into a pristine lake in the Tongass National Forest. Palin rejected the environmentalists’ claims.

* She opposed a requirement that schools give parents 48 hours notice before a school was to be sprayed with pesticides and other toxic chemicals.

* Palin allowed oil companies to move forward with a toxic-dumping plan in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, making it the only coastal fishery in the nation where toxic dumping is permitted — putting America’s food supply at risk. Running for governor, she was opposed to the proposed Pebble Mine, but once elected she helped the mining industry defeat a citizen initiative that would have controlled toxic run-off from the mine. And Palin refused to help local communities get the U.S. military to clean up the toxic waste mess it left behind at Alaska bases.

Palin probably thinks she’s caring person and a patriot. She would not be the first Republican to have self perceptions that are completely at odds with the stands they take on issues. As students of history know Stalin and his successors in the old Soviet Union didn’t care too much about the environment and toxic waste.

Western observers have echoed these sweeping denouncements of the Soviet government’s environmental management (3). For example, US News and World Report reported that “decades of recklessness and stupidity have left dozens of environmental horror stories” (10 Feb. 1992, pp. 46–47). In Ecocide in the USSR, Feshbach and Friendly write that “When historians finally conduct an autopsy of the Soviet Union and Soviet Communism, they may reach the verdict of death by ecocide…. No other great industrial civilization so systematically and so long poisoned its land, air, water, and people” (4).

Curious how Pail and others keep tossing around the word socialism in their infantile smears, yet time and again we find that Republicans have far more in common with extreme authriitatrians on the Left and Right then American liberals. Year after year the drive for deregulation has done for America’s health and safety what financial deregualtion has done for Main Street America.

Conservative Wisdom

Either McCain Is Lying Or He Doesn’t Know What Socialism Is

Start with the very idea of taxation. All taxation is redistribution of wealth. The government takes our money, then uses it as it sees fit for the betterment of our lives. The decision was made long ago that the free market could not adequately provide everything we need: defense, police, firefighters, bridges, roads, etc., So the government takes money from individuals and spreads it around society. McCain is proposing a tax break for rich people and a tax refund as part of his health insurance plan. Palin pushed for a windfall tax on oil companies that she then redistributed to the people of Alaska. So, while they attack Obama for proposing a tax cut for the middle class, they are both for redistribution of wealth.

Anyone notice that tiny little bailout that President Bush spearheaded a few weeks ago? The one where the government committed $700 billion to buy up chunks of American companies? The one that both McCain and Obama supported? Yeah, some socialism in that one.

It would be great if we could get away from those old and relatively useless ideas and terms about Left and Right. The rescue wasn’t really socialism in the sense of permanent entrenhed ownership of business/production. This, like some of the actions taken during the Great Depression are stop gap measures to get us through a rough time. Republicans from Wall Street to mom amd pop Republicans down the block support these measures as distasteful as many of us might find them. Its a huge lie for Palina and Mccain to go around pretending that many of the policies they have supported and are promoting do not have some element of what they are, out of one side of their two faces, calling socialism. Some bloggers have already brought up the McCarthyism meme. Much like every other smear that Republicans are throwing at Obama and Democrats in general is composed of equal parts hypocrisy and lies.

I feel sorry for the girl involved. She seems to have some personal issues that I hope she is able to work out, but McCain’s involvement and promotion of the story is another matter, McCain Communications Director Gave Reporters Incendiary Version Of “Carved B” Story Before Facts Were Known

John McCain’s Pennsylvania communications director told reporters in the state an incendiary version of the hoax story about the attack on a McCain volunteer well before the facts of the case were known or established — and even told reporters outright that the “B” carved into the victim’s cheek stood for “Barack,” according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions.

John Verrilli, the news director for KDKA in Pittsburgh, told TPM Election Central that McCain’s Pennsylvania campaign communications director gave one of his reporters a detailed version of the attack that included a claim that the alleged attacker said, “You’re with the McCain campaign? I’m going to teach you a lesson.”

Verrilli also told TPM that the McCain spokesperson had claimed that the “B” stood for Barack. According to Verrilli, the spokesperson also told KDKA that Sarah Palin had called the victim of the alleged attack, who has since admitted the story was a hoax.

There might be some folks that hate Sarah Palin, I don’t. Its just that day after day we learn another reason that maybe she should go back to running a snowmoblie business, Republicans vs. Science by tristero

The subject is government funding of scientific research:

(Palin speech)Where does a lot of that earmark money end up anyway? […] You’ve heard about some of these pet projects they really don’t make a whole lot of sense and sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not.

If you know anything at all about science in the 21st century, then you know that the study of fruit flies (aka Drosophilia melanogaster) has led to some of the most important discoveries in biology, genetics, and related topics. Why is that?

Embryogenesis in Drosophila has been extensively studied, as its small size, short generation time, and large brood size makes it ideal for genetic studies.

The fruit fly’s utility in genetic research, in and of itself, is enough to justify its study. Basic science, like the arts, is a worthy end that deserves federal support.

We’re still using good old easy to extract E. coli DNA for basic science research. This is the human brain on Conservatism. Don’t think, just blather. Palin, or rather the McCain campaign staff thought this speech would go over well with “real” America. Cut the runaway spending on fundamental science research, that’s the McBush ticket to the erasing the national debt. Hard to believe there is part of America that is anti-research into Parkinson’s disease and pro suffering.

Those wacky Republicans Hugh Hewitt and Stanley Kurtz are looking for a third Stooge, then they’ll take their Convoluted Conservative Conspiracy band on a road tour, The Truth About Barack Obama and the New Party

Right-wing hatchet man and conspiracy theorist, Stanley Kurtz is pushing a new crackpot smear against Barack falsely claiming he was a member of something called the New Party.

But the truth is Barack has been a member of only one political party, the Democratic Party. In all six primary campaigns of his career, Barack has has run as a Democrat. The New Party did support Barack once in 1996, but he was the only candidate on the ballot in his race and never solicited the endorsement.

Let’s use the right-wing standards of guilt for McCain. McCain must be affiliated with Al-Qaida since they just gave him their endorsement.