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Questions Journalists Should Ask Sarah Palin

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As Mayor, why did you ask your librarian how to ban books from the library?

Is your husband still a member of the secessionist Alaska Independence party and do you approve of its objectives?

Is it true that you have a love affair with earmarks and that you once favored the famous pork barrel project, “the Bridge to Nowhere”?

Why did you reduce funding for Covenant House Alaska by more than 20 percent, cutting funds from $5 million to $3.9 million. Covenant House is a mix of programs and shelters for troubled youths, including Passage House, which is a transitional home for teenage mothers.

Do you believe that God is on the side of the US in Iraq?

Do you believe in equal pay for equal work?

Do you believe in a woman’s right to choose?

Do you believe that Hillary Clinton supporters would favor your positions on guns, choice and equal pay?

Can you describe the difficulties you had running a car wash in Anchorage when you were Mayor of Wasilla? In particular, its consistent failure to file reports and pay state licensing fees?

You were said to have visited Ireland. Can you describe that visit?

Do you support gunning down wolves from planes?

Do you favor drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

Do you oppose efforts to protect beluga whales in the Cook Inlet (whose numbers have dropped to just 375) because it might adversely affect the oil and gas industries?

Do you believe human activities have contributed to global warming?

Do you staunchly oppose abortion, even in cases of rape and incest

Do you continue to support abstinence-only programs that have been shown to be ineffective?

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Peter Brown Spins His Own Poll Wrong

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As Nate predicted, the latest Quinnipiac poll has been spun wrong in the media (MSNBC). In this case by the character who did the poll!

A salient excerpt:

Quinnipiac’s Peter Brown implies that the movement in the polls reflects a negative reaction to Barack Obama’s overseas trip:

“The $64,000 question is whether Sen. John McCain’s surge is a result of Sen. Obama’s much-publicized Middle Eastern and European trip, or just a coincidence that it occurred while Sen. Obama was abroad,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“While Obama was on tour, trying to show voters he could handle world affairs, voters were home trying to fill their gas tanks,” Brown added.

This might be a perfectly valid point of view — if Quinnipiac had conducted polling 10-14 days ago, immediately before Barack Obama embarked on his trip to Europe and the Middle East. But it didn’t; the last time the Quinnipiac polls were in the field was six weeks ago. In the period intervening mid-June and Obama’s Iraq trip, a number of different things happened: Obama took a lot of criticism for flip-flopping, the McCain campaign began to champion offshore drilling as a wedge issue … the campaigns really picked up their advertising spending. Our model sees some decline in Obama’s numbers over this period. But it also thinks that the decline has halted — and has possibly begun to reverse itself — since that time

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Rose World News is an experiment. If the traffic increases I will keep it up. It is a single page with a continuously updated feed of the latest significant news and most salient opinion I can find. It is a time-consuming effort and I do not have the income or help of sites that do somewhat the same thing with considerably less alacrity or scope. Monetizing blogs is not easy and the future of the Web depends on the capacity of independent voices to generate some form of compensation for hard work and passionate sharing of ideas. I believe eventually that a system of compensation based on a combination of significance and traffic will be the preferred solution. Please visit this new site and let me know if you think it is worth continuing. If you like it, please help by recommending it to others.

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There Was A Man Named John McCain

UPDATE — If I redid this it would be to suggest that McCain continues to rave.

There Was A Man Named John McCain — A Sea Chanty that is sung in the environs of Sedona in this year of our Lord 2010.

There was a man named John McCain
A name once bathed in honor
And now this man named John McCain
Is close to being a goner

This man we knew as John McCain
Was hardly perfect — my no
He cursed his spouse and gambled hard
But no one wondered — why so

That’s John they said
That’s John McCain
A hero and a good guy
That’s John they cried
We love him well
If he should change don’t ask why

But change he did ambition grew
The White House in the offing
He battled Bush and he got bashed
His steel began to soften

And then by chance or happenstance
The prize seemed his for taking
Oh but Barack was on the scene
And he proved John’s unmaking

That’s John they said
That’s John McCain
A hero and a good guy
That’s John they cried
We love him well
If he should change don’t ask why

The Devil came to John McCain
And made a little bargain
We’ll smash this man they call Barack
Give me your soul and we’ll win

John sold his soul but was betrayed
The Devil could not save him
Barack marched on to victory
And John gave up his raving

That’s John they said
That’s John McCain
A hero and a good guy
That’s John they cried
We love him well
If he should change don’t ask why

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Dana Milbank Needs A Wake Up Call

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Sooner or later, a pundit (talking head) moves from reasonable analysis to complete idiocy. Since the MSM universe is forgiving, these idiot moments are generally passed over.

But Dana Milbank is one of the smiling faces on Keith Olbermann, playing the semi-wise guy with this and that bit of repartee.

This Washington Post column in which he refers to Barack as President Obama is a more serious aberration than when Bob Herbert throws a fit about Obama. It is a harmful abdication of journalistic responsibility.

Millbank’s column not far removed from the latest McCain ad, which attaches outright lies to a montage which focuses on Obama’s celebrity.

You can find the offensive McCain video here.

Here is a chunk of the Milbank screed.

(Obama) traveled in a bubble more insulating than the actual president’s. Traffic was shut down for him as he zoomed about town in a long, presidential-style motorcade, while the public and most of the press were kept in the dark about his activities, which included a fundraiser at the Mayflower where donors paid $10,000 or more to have photos taken with him. His schedule for the day, announced Monday night, would have made Dick Cheney envious:

11:00 a.m.: En route TBA.

12:05 p.m.: En route TBA.

1:45 p.m.: En route TBA.

2:55 p.m.: En route TBA.

5:20 p.m.: En route TBA.

The 5:20 TBA turned out to be his adoration session with lawmakers in the Cannon Caucus Room, where even committee chairmen arrived early, as if for the State of the Union. Capitol Police cleared the halls — just as they do for the actual president. The Secret Service hustled him in through a side door — just as they do for the actual president.

Inside, according to a witness, he told the House members, “This is the moment . . . that the world is waiting for,” adding: “I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions.”
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Milbank’s witness did NOT tell him the whole context, so Dana has joined Mayhill Fowler in transgressing rules of journalism in order to rush out with an account which is damaging if not understood in context.

Barack’s “I have become a symbol” was preceded by a general statement about the world waiting for an indication that our country is embarking on a new course.

Here is what Milbank ignored reported by Greg Sargent

“His entire point of that riff was that the campaign IS NOT about him. The Post left out the important first half of the sentence, which was something along the lines of: ‘It has become increasingly clear in my travel, the campaign, that the crowds, the enthusiasm, 200,000 people in Berlin, is not about me at all. It’s about America. I have just become a symbol … .”

In addition:

By faulting Obama for using what looks like excessive protection, Milbank is simply not acknowledging reality. Nowhere more than in Europe is the assumption more rife that Barack is in danger. There is material on the Obama blog today about a supporter in Virginia who is experiencing hate activity directed at Obama campaign signs.

Milbank has falllen into the McCain mindset. It is beneath him in the same way people like Hagel find McCain’s current behavior beneath him.

I imagine this blog it too low on the totem pole to warrant a read from Dana. I can guarantee you I would have written the same thing were I blessed with a column in the Washington Post.

I hope Keith elicits from Milbank one of those sheepish achnowledgements that Milbank seems to specialize in. In the case of his current column, he is not merely out of line. He is misconstruing Barack seriously and doing him damage.

Here is an excellent and thoughtful look at all this.

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McCain Daily LIE-athon Continues

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On the day they announced that McCain’s skin fragment was not malignant, the malignancy that is the McCain campaign continued to lie with impunity. It is really a divergence from the past Republican attack politics. This is actually comical. Pretty soon even the MSM will have to acknowledge, daily, that the McCain campaign can do nothing but launch attacks on Obama based on falsehoods and innuendos — but mainly on outright lies. And without even the shield of a 527.

These are certified, approved John McCain lies. The sort of stuff David Gergen has called unworthy. That Church Hagel has said are not the John McCain he knows.

Watch the following. If you have any question about the lying nature of the ad, consult Obama’s actual, verbatim positions which are conveniently itemized, whith direct links, below.

On the simplest level, Barack is FOR the oil companies drilling on land already available to them for drilling. He also favors a long-term comprehensive plan that would actually lead to energy independence. The only explicit tax that Obama would raise would result from a repeal of the Bush tax cuts for households earning over $250,000 annually.

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McCain — Getting To Know Him (Viral Video)

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McCain — Getting To Know Him (Viral Video)

DIGG it here so the McCain Sinkers will come here to get educated regarding their candidate. His militarism. His gambling. His lying. His temper. His assaults. His record on women’s issues. Or just watch the Real McCain (version three) unfold.

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Schweitzer, Not Kaine

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Can a lonely blog cut ice with a campaign that is increasingly moving into insular mode? Not as insular as the norm, mind you, but insular to efforts to have a say from a lonely perch.

Nonetheless, words are important. They are said to have existed simultaneously with the deity. So here goes.

Tim Kaine is given high enough marks by people who know him, but almost universally the same people say this popular Virginian should not move.

Kaine’s extraction from Virginia would have such a negative political effect that it would be viewed as a negative action and a political decision lacking in serious smarts.

A second reason is that Kaine would be a fine veep but is not successor material. This is more debatable than the first point.

Do not befoul Virginia politics with a Kaine choice.

Aside from a few encounters on the record, I have no idea whether Barack Obama has communed with the irascible Brian Schweitzer, whether the men disliked each other on the spot, or what. I do know that Brian would probably rattle the cages of Caroline Kennedy and Eric Holder. I do know Brian is not on any pundit’s short list.

But my strong counsel is to consider Schweitzer over Kaine. You can win VA without Kaine as veep. You can win Montana and two or three other Western states with Schweitzer holding down the slot

Type Brian Schweitzer into the Blog Search for this site and you will find more reasons. I have even managed to get my Western Strategy thoughts over on Huff Post.

The main reason I am doing this post is on the off chance that it will float beneath the noses of the established folk in the campaign.

This campaign is already DIRTY. John McCain has made a pact with the very jaws of hell and the jaws are working overtime to refine Republican Big Lie tricks that have worked for twenty years to prevent this country from making the progress it needs to overcome deep structural flaws which are creating more than two societies (Kerner) but the possibility of a decline from being a democracy and a reputable leader among nations.

To combat this lethal force we need more than Barack’s high bar. We need a person who can bring a Mark Twain sensibility and a Will Rogers flair to the political arena and DISSECT what the Republicans are doing so that even an NRA junkie or an Appalachian racist will see the point.

This is the kind of mentality that has won Schweitzer an 80 percent popularity rating in RED Montana.

Schweitzer is an OUTSIDER who squares with Barack on the essentials and is independent enough to say he had to DECIDE on Obama. His choice of Obama was NOT automatic.

If Barack is to defeat the GOP juggernaut, he will need the votes of those who DECIDED and whose choice was NOT automatic.

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