Sunday, November 30, 2008

Palin Supports a Veteran Basher- Again!

Bad Sarah's choice to leave her Alaskan duties behind, where her services surely are needed, to fly to Georgia and campaign hard for Chambliss highlights the raw deal veterans ACTUALLY get from Republican politicians, even as said politicians wrap themselves in the glory of Old Glory and declare themselves real, proud Americans supporting veterans who have fought their wars. Neither Chambliss nor McCain have a record to be proud of when it comes to vets, and veterans were some of the most hard core activists against McCain, which few people seem to have heard about during the last election. First we'll start with Matt Zencey's (Alaska Daily News) well-documented editorial on the Palin/Chambliss love fest, then move onto some info posted on Veteran's sites regarding McCain's dismal record. Red Monster hypocrisy towards the very warriors they use as campaign props manages through these politicians to reach heights that defy gravity and reason, and BS Palin seems to always be right there and ready for the party. (Click on "Palin Supports..etc" for original Zencey post.) UPDATE: The original Zencey post has been taken down, so the link now just goes to the Alaska Daily News. That is why I started this site, because important, factual information seems to disappear faster than the public can become aware of it. Here it is:

Alaska Notebook: Palin's Georgia Pal

Posted by Matt Zencey, editorial page editor November 28, 2008 - 4:38 pm. -
This Alaska notebook will appear in Saturday's print edition, on the editorial page.

Gov. Sarah Palin is putting her conservative Republican fame to work in Georgia, stumping for Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is in a tough runoff for re-election.
I wonder if she knows the true measure of the man she is eagerly helping.
Chambliss was elected to the Senate in 2002 by running one of the most reprehensible campaigns of modern times. He was up against incumbent Democrat Sen. Max Cleland, a Vietnam War veteran who lost both legs and his right arm to a grenade during that conflict.
Chambliss avoided serving in Vietnam. He got four student draft deferments, and when his number finally came up, he was medically disqualified with knee troubles.
In the best Karl Rove fashion, Chambliss the draft-evader attacked Cleland the war hero for being soft on terrorism. Distorting Cleland’s votes about workplace rules for the new Homeland Security Department employees, Chambliss portrayed him as a tool of terrorists like Osama bin Laden.
Here’s how the Almanac of American Politics (2006) described it:
“Chambliss ran an ad, much attacked in the press, showing pictures of Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and Max Cleland, and saying that Cleland 'voted against the President’s vital homeland security efforts 11 times.’” (Those “vital homeland security efforts” Cleland opposed were intended to strip homeland security employees of union rights and other workplace protections.)
The man who couldn’t bring himself to serve in the military said a man who left three limbs behind in war was a weakling who would turn the country over to terrorists.
Chambliss was a congressman during the 9-11 attacks. Congressional Quarterly’s “Politics in America 2006” noted that Congressman Chambliss “quipped that one route to security would be for local sheriffs to 'arrest every Muslim that comes across the state line.’” So there you have the fine American that Palin is trying to re-elect to the U.S. Senate.
Gov. Palin’s eldest joined the Army and has been deployed to Iraq. As a justifiably proud military mom, she might ask herself why she is using her conservative star power to support such a reprehensible Republican chicken hawk.
— Matt Zencey

The well researched article below and further mind blowing reading on the subject may be found at the Veterans For Common Sense website: Veterans saw McCain as the "Real Manchurian Candidate" and were put off by his history of adultery, scandal, gambling and corruption. Oh, and they are pissed about his record on Iraq too ~

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - Since everyone is at least a bit familiar with John McCain’s record when it comes to strolling through a market in Baghdad with hundreds of his closest guards, or how he wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years (except when he flip flops on that).

But not that many really, truly know just how horrific his voting record is when it comes to the troops. And it is pretty consistent – whether it is for armor and equipment, for veteran’s health care, for adequate troop rest or anything that actually, you know, supports our troops.

This is chock full of links to the roll call votes, and the roll call votes have links to the actual underlying bills and amendments. I present this so that there is support and things that can be rattled off when saying that McCain is not a friend of the military. Feel free to use it as you want, but this can be tied into the "Double Talk Express". But here is a very quick statement - John McCain skipped close to a dozen votes on Iraq, and on at least another 10 occasions, he voted against arming and equipping the troops, providing adequate rest for the troops between deployments and for health care or other benefits for veterans.

In mid 2007, Senator Reid noted that McCain missed 10 of the past 14 votes on Iraq. However, here is a summary of a dozen votes (two that he missed and ten that he voted against) with respect to Iraq, funding for veterans or for troops, including equipment and armor. I have also included other snippets related to the time period when the vote occurred.

September 2007: McCain voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments. At the time, nearly 65% of people polled in a CNN poll indicted that "things are going either moderately badly or very badly in Iraq.

July 2007: McCain voted against a plan to drawdown troop levels in Iraq. At the time, an ABC poll found that 63% thought the invasion was not worth it, and a CBS News poll found that 72% of respondents wanted troops out within 2 years.

March 2007: McCain was too busy to vote on a bill that would require the start of a drawdown in troop levels within 120 days with a goal of withdrawing nearly all combat troops within one year. Around this time, an NBC News poll found that 55% of respondents indicated that the US goal of achieving victory in Iraq is not possible. This number has not moved significantly since then.

February 2007: For such a strong supporter of the escalation, McCain didn’t even bother to show up and vote against a resolution condemning it. However, at the time a CNN poll found that only 16% of respondents wanted to send more troops to Iraq (that number has since declined to around 10%), while 60% said that some or all should be withdrawn. This number has since gone up to around 70%.

June 2006: McCain voted against a resolution that Bush start withdrawing troops but with no timeline to do so.

May 2006: McCain voted against an amendment that would provide $20 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care facilities.

April 2006: McCain was one of only 13 Senators to vote against $430,000,000 for the Department of Veteran Affairs for Medical Services for outpatient care and treatment for veterans.

March 2006: McCain voted against increasing Veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion in FY 2007 to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.

March 2004: McCain once again voted for abusive tax loopholes over veterans when he voted against creating a reserve fund to allow for an increase in Veterans' medical care by $1.8 billion by eliminating abusive tax loopholes. Jeez, McCain really loves those tax loopholes for corporations, since he voted for them over our veterans' needs.

October 2003: McCain voted to table an amendment by Senator Dodd that called for an additional $322,000,000 for safety equipment for United States forces in Iraq and to reduce the amount provided for reconstruction in Iraq by $322,000,000.

April 2003: McCain urged other Senate members to table a vote (which never passed) to provide more than $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment in Iraq related to a shortage of helmets, tents, bullet-proof inserts, and tactical vests.

August 2001: McCain voted against increasing the amount available for medical care for veterans by $650,000,000. To his credit, he also voted against the 2001 Bush tax cuts, which he now supports making permanent, despite the dire financial condition this country is in, and despite the fact that he indicated in 2001 that these tax cuts unfairly benefited the very wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

So there it is. John McCain is yet another republican former military veteran who likes to talk a big game when it comes to having the support of the military. Yet, time and time again, he has gone out of his way to vote against the needs of those who are serving in our military. If he can’t even see his way to actually doing what the troops want, or what the veterans need, and he doesn’t have the support of veterans, then how can he be a credible commander in chief?

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The Red Monster Self-Cannibalizes On Palin

The "Country of Africa" story and the nasty backstage GOP infighting that spawned it is an embarrassment for the Repubs and the media outlets concerned. Except O'Reilly, who isn't fazed in the least, as it was from one of his legitmate McCain campaign sources, and of course he doesn't really understand embarrassment anyway. The whole ugly episode is a glimpse into the wrecked soul of the malevolent Red Monster ravenous for denied power.

Once again, while the media reports that Palin's ignorance regarding Africa was a media hoax, the same report mentions that Fox reporter Carl Cameron (who broke the story on O'Reilly) did NOT get the same information from the hoaxers. In fact, FOX news reporter Carl Cameron and O'Reilly NEVER RETRACTED THE STORY even when all other media outlets did. This is O'Reilly we are talking about. Under ordinary circumstances he would have ranted for days and weeks about how unfair everybody was to the poor Republican, talked on and on about liberal media bias, etc , etc...

But the truth is there were some sore and angry Republican players after the election was lost, and many of them were especially angry with/at Palin. And O'Reilly was more than happy to broadcast a story that he received from a legitimate source from within the McCain campaign.

Notice the last line in this report from today's Huff Post ~

Filmmakers Behind Fake McCain Adviser Discuss Tricking The Media (VIDEO)
Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | November 30, 2008 12:27 PM

">Dan Mirvish and Eitan Gorlin appeared on CNN's Reliable Sources to discuss how they tricked the media by creating a fake McCain adviser named Martin Eisenstadt. The duo were able to fool such reputable news organizations as The New York Times, The New Republic, and, most famously, MSNBC, whose anchor David Schuster reported live on air that Martin Eisenstadt had been identified as the McCain adviser who leaked that Sarah Palin was unaware Africa is a continent. Schuster quickly retracted the report. (Fox News' Carl Cameron was the first to report on the Palin-Africa story, and he has said that his source was not the phony Eisenstadt.)

FOX not retract or vilify a story that insults a top Republican candidate and party member?

A logical conclusion to draw is that subsequently calling this damaging story a "hoax" was a carefully planned cover up - ordered at the highest ranks because the whole fracas made the party look really really bad - "Fix it!" somebody yelled (Rove, Cheney?) and somebody had to figure out how. Check out today's Doonesbury and you'll see the strip talking about being "thrown under the bus" if you are in the position that Palin was in - a political surrogate who gaffed, bucked the handlers and went "rogue".

End Result: Either it was true that Palin was this ignorant, and one of Palin's handlers loathed her so much they leaked it to reliable crony O'Reilly (I tend towards this view), or someone inside McCain's camp (handler, McCain himself) loathed her so much that they leaked it to destroy/insult Palin and take some type of revenge on her. Perhaps it was done to show her that if she didn't toe the line, she could be "unmade" as quickly as she was "made." Either way, the leak DID happen and the "hoax" is a hoax.

Some people might say who cares about this latest chapter in "The Palin Reality Show," but I think it has importance. First of all it is actually possible to believe that the Republican's 2008 VP candidate could be that uneducated - this is a permanent stain on the face of the GOP. For that fact alone, the story is important. Secondly, it illustrates the unprecedented level of internal dissension in the party, and third it is a textbook example of the kind of despicable politics they toss off like lawn tennis.

It's as though the Red Monster suddenly ran out of it's usual prey post-election, and turned on itself to feed.