Bedtime in Alaska – TrollStock & Brian is Not Pleased!

21 10 2008

I’m off to bed after a long evening of Trolling!  (The weary hunter recounts the tale)  For the most part, I actually like troll hunting.  It’s pretty easy, and I always win.  I like grabbing them by the scruff of their little post, and flinging them out into the mudflats.  The motion is kind of like throwing a discus, only there’s a long eeeeeeeeeeeee! sound, followed by a satisfying ~~~~~~~~~~~~~SPLAT! at the end.

And thanks to those of you who alert me via email.  You guys are on the ball!   It’s also fun to see where the trolls are coming from.  I’ve been keeping score, hoping to see a trend, but so far they are fairly evenly dispersed.  The only state with more than one troll so far is Arizona….Hmmm. 

Interesting to see what draws them here, too.  The ACORN post was like troll candy!!   Some of them even try to figure out how to get back once they’ve been flung.  It’s kind of sad/funny to watch them in the spam queue changing their screen names, and emails, trying to worm their way back in. 

I imagine them all now having a TrollStock together out in the Mudflats – the homophobe, the racist, the socialist-phobe, the woman who hates feminists, the one who sites Rush Limbaugh as a news source, the one that thinks “librails are marons”, just sitting around in the muck.

But the real news of the night is Brian!  There was a little kerfuffle today.  I can see a trail from my house, and today a guy with a dog was taking a little hike.  I recognized thd dog….it’s the one that always chases my car and makes me crazy!  All of a sudden the dog started barking and ran over to a large dark object in the bushes.  He spotted Brian.  This time of year, Brian is not fond of being tormented by dogs.  The weather has turned cold, there are no more succulent green things to eat, and his thoughts and hormones have turned to…love.  Dogs do not factor in to this equation.  The dog, however,  does not realize this.  All of a sudden Brian had had about enought of this annoying creature, started snorting, grunting, spinning around in circles with his antlers down….and charged.  So of course, the dog is now a little freaked out with this giant set of antlers heading straight at him, and decides the best thing to do is to hide behind the human’s legs.  The human is not pleased with this tactic.

As I’m watching this…much too far away to do anything, the group of three changes position and relocates behind some trees and shrubbery.  A moment later, out pops the human running as fast as his legs will carry him, arms flailing in an almost Monty Python-esque way.  Then comes the dog after him, likewise.  Fortunately, Brian did not follow, and disaster was averted.

Moral of the story:  If you’re hiking in the woods in Alaska during rutting season with a dog that likes to chase cars, keep it on a leash.

Night Mudflatters!


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21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Beautiful story, AKM. And have we added two more words to the Mudflats lexicon?

‘nite

21 10 2008
Sparky

Nice one, AKM. Brian, maybe like Obama in Florida, has his limits😉 and does not mind expressing his feelings…hmmm…kerfluffle would be a very good word.

I’m happy that you wrote of Brian. Why? I was hoping he or Brenda would show up for my Birthday today: October 21🙂 I think of their mention as a good sign for this day…a universal sign of Alaska, our challenges, love, support and HOPE.

Some saddness, heart-filled stories, stories of hate, but many strong rebuttals to that hate, polls for Obama/Biden very good…a busy day was yesterday and October 21 will provide much more. I’m ready.

So, thank you for detailing Brian’s kerfluffle…hear me smile. I’m off to write a card for Senator Barack Obama’s Grandmum.

G’night AKM, Brian, Brenda, and Mudpuppies. Yes we can.

“nox!”

21 10 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

you crack me up……….what a a story ….you really do make a icture with words……..no I did not say me first,……but almost …smile

21 10 2008
Sparky

hrrrumph…poopie Trolls😦

kerfluffle indeed

21 10 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

sorry…………..left out a p…. picture with words………..I can’t believe you are having snow already……….our rain is just starting in oregon….just think whatwe are all learning……….

21 10 2008
reveur1147 aka Hussein NOpalin Scorpio4Obama

Mornin’ Mudpups and Happy Birthday Sparky (mudhugs to you !) I will be sending well-wishes to Madeleine Denham, also, and love to Obama and his family. grrr Dan Rather running his mouth this a.m…Buchanan also, re: Biden’s commentsyesterday, calling them “an apocalyptic statement”.

21 10 2008
rubby

Looks like the English language is in need of a new word, something to denote “woman who hates feminists.” Hmm…

21 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

mhrt oregon”steve” (01:56:54) :

Was leaving the p off a way of indicating that you are p’d off with McCain?

21 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

rubby (02:15:22) :

autogynophobe – assuming that most women would be feminists or at least not anti-feminist.

21 10 2008
Sparky

Hey, thanks, reveur1147!

Were Biden’s comments out of line?
(my post went to Jupiter…ugh)

21 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

AKM “Moral of the story: If you’re hiking in the woods in Alaska during rutting season with a dog that likes to chase cars, keep it on a leash.”

It sounds like the same moral could apply to McCain and his pit bull.

21 10 2008
shoeho

LOL, a great early AM giggle, AKM. Dumb dog. Dumber human. Poor Brian, just lookin’ for love, gettin’ harassed. It’s a hard life for a moose. 14 more days, Mpuppies.

No, I don’t think Biden’s comments were out of line. If you read the whole thing he was more speaking to supporters. Obama is going to need THEIR help in a crisis. In other words, “Don’t go nuts and run for the exits the way D’s have a reputation of doing at the first sign of conflict!” I have a strong feeling that’s where Joe was going. Being Joe, he didn’t exactly express himself in the best way possible.

Poor Barry’s Grammy. Sad situation, tough time for this to happen, not that any time is good.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Finally, the new polls are in!

Obama lead over McCain widens to eight points, poll shows

The pollster John Zogby said: “Things clearly are moving in Obama’s direction.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/21/uselections2008-barackobama2

21 10 2008
Sparky

Perhaps Dan and Pat need to evaluate exactly what language and from whom should be considered poor, bad or supremely evil.

good grief! are they grasping?

21 10 2008
Sparky

Aussie Puck Mule Hussein (02:38:45) : Finally, the new polls are in!

In your face, McCain!

I will not become complacent…I will not become complacent…I will not become complacent

21 10 2008
MizKay [stuck in]Red Carolina

new name-distancing from SP…
A friend sent this & I hadn’t seen it here yet – enjoy!

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

McCain has only $47m left for final polling spurt

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/21/uselections2008-johnmccain
😀

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Sinking the boots in ….😉

Swing voters are bothered by John McCain’s temperament and his party

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-na-voters21-2008oct21,0,1757017.story

21 10 2008
Jamie, Floridian in Florida

I saw on CNN International this morning that the latest CNN Poll of Polls does show a tightening of the race, but Obama is back up to 51% (to Mc’s 46%) . Wasn’t it said that if he can stay around 50/51% it’s a win? And the undecideds were down to 3%.

60,000 people went to hear Obama/Clinton in Orlando yesterday! Yeah! But I am worried about that little map on the right which last week showed Florida a deep blue, now it is pale. Yipes! Any Floridians out there to let me know the way the wind is blowing? Thanks!

We can all pray that Obama’s grandma makes it through the year so she can see her grandson become President!

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Most believe McCain’s attacks on Obama unfair, poll finds

(CNN) — A growing number of Americans believe John McCain has attacked Barack Obama unfairly, a negative perception of the Arizona senator that could cost him at the polls on Election Day.

According to a new survey from CNN and the Opinion Research Corp., nearly six in 10 Americans believe McCain has unfairly gone negative in his bid for the White House. That percentage is significantly higher than it was in September, when just 42 percent thought the Republican presidential nominee was running an overly negative campaign.

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/20/poll.crisis/

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

McCain Concedes Colorado, Iowa, and New Mexico

CNN is reporting that McCain is making those tough decisions that politicians love to talk about. According to CNN, McCain is abandoning Colorado (9 EVs), Iowa (7 EVs) and New Mexico (5 Evs). If Obama wins these three he gets 21 EVs. Add these to the 252 EVs Kerry won and he has 273 and becomes President. McCain’s strategy at this point is to win Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Missouri, Nevada, and–get this–Pennsylvania. The first six are arguably swing states, but our three-poll average puts Obama 12 points ahead in Pennsylvania. McCain is effectively betting the farm on a state which looks like an Obama landslide. It is a strange choice. Colorado looks a lot easier than Pennsylvania. James Carville once famously said that Pennsylvania is Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama sandwiched in between. Maybe McCain is going to go all out to win the white working class men in the Alabama section of Pennsylvania. McCain can’t possibly do it on the economy. What’s left? Maybe run against the Wright/Ayers ticket? Any way you look at it, this has to be a desperation move.

21 10 2008
Bev

Bravo to Brian!
Went to the Obama rally in Orlando FL. People started camping out early in the morning even tho the event gates didn’t open until 3 and the event itself wasn’t scheduled to start until 6. Got there around 330 (had to work) and already the lines of folks were weaving around and around and around the Arena. Had to walk the lines to find the end of the line, but what a great time – and a chance to see the mix of folks supporting Obama. Seniors in wheelchairs (Great to see the arena security walking along and escorting these folks to the front), families, college kids, lots of women (Hillary was there too!), couples (straight and gay), men, hispanic, african americans, asian-americans, whites – the crowd was undeterred by the long wait because the reward was well worth it – HILLARY and OBAMA! Absolutely awesome. As Hillary said and Obama continued in his speech – the economy isn’t about “drill baby drill” but JOBS baby JOBS! And the crowd roared! The most wonderful thing – watching people passing little kids carefully up to the tallest people around so they could see – and to watch the crowd make places up front for several older african american couples – as one young woman said as she stepped from her prime viewing place for an older woman, “It’s more important for you to see Obama and Hillary. You helped bring them to us. . . ” I cried – I was so proud of these wondeful young people the Democrats have helped inspire.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Palin seeks campaign cash off ‘SNL’ appearance

In a “Dear Supporter” email, Sarah Palin is trying today to parlay her cameo on “Saturday Night Live” into more money for John McCain’s combined effort with the Republican National Committee.

“If you caught my guest appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend, you may have seen an ad or two (or twenty) from Senator Obama’s campaign,” Palin writes in the fund-raising appeal. “This barrage of advertising is adding up to the most expensive negative ad buy in political history. And these ads are funded with the nearly $200 million the Obama campaign and the DNC raised in September. With this new money, they’ll only step up their media buying efforts to flood every network with ads attacking our shared values. These ads are full of inaccurate information designed to mislead voters in key media markets.”

While McCain can’t raise campaign cash directly because he accepted $84 million in public money for the general election, supporters can give to the RNC fund that is helping McCain.

“The current media buying gap is a direct result of Senator Obama’s broken pledge to accept public financing. This summer, Senator Obama chose to break his promise to the American people by opting out of the public financing system. But, you can be sure that our entire team will honor all of the promises we make in this campaign because we are men and women of our word,” Palin says.

HA!😀

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Bev, I bet it was lovely to see Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama with their arms around each other.

21 10 2008
disenchanted tore

G’Morning fellow mudflats! So much to catch up on this morning (and so many chores piling up around me- sigh)!

AKM, I hope you’re enjoying a well deserved sleep after picking off the trolls. Many thanks for keeping the flats tidy (and for everything that you do). I suspect that in 5000 years, some archeologist will uncover inter-twined splat prints in the Mudflats, concluding that they must have been left behind by unsavory trolls trying to dance while getting tangled up in puppet strings.😉

My (rain) hat off to our fellow Juneau rallyers. Talk about determination and purpose! THAT’s what Obama is talking about- pulling together, weathering the storm! WTG!

My thoughts and prayers are with Obama, Grammy and family. The rest of the team will step up to the occasion to fill the void while he tends to a very personal priority.

LOL to another chapter in Brian’s story.
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eajphd Molten Contra Palin (02:33:56) :

AKM “Moral of the story: If you’re hiking in the woods in Alaska during rutting season with a dog that likes to chase cars, keep it on a leash.”

It sounds like the same moral could apply to McCain and his pit bull.
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…a muzzle wouldn’t hurt either.

Keep up the fight. Don’t crumble! Keep the FAITH!

21 10 2008
Tired of racism Mom

Say it ain’t so Joe! WTF was Joe thinkin? As a staunch supporter, I “think” I know what he meant, but will the undecideds? Joe needs to take a page from the repug playbook and spin, spin, spin! Help!!!

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Socialists: Obama no socialist

…… it’s tough these days because you’ve got politicians on the right, the same guys who just helped nationalize the banking system, derisively and inaccurately calling the presidential candidate on the left a socialist. That’s enough to make Karl Marx harumph in his grave.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-obama-chicago-socialist,0,4048540.story

(this story has a great punchline)

21 10 2008
Chin Trout Hussein (NJ)

Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Night- depending where you are and what your sleep patterns are!

I’m catching up on several posts this morning– all those from yesterday. The Mudflat gathering in Pittsburgh was such fun to read– Thank you for sharing! It’s wonderful on many levels– the support and camaraderie, putting faces to “names”, knowing the Obama campaign was part of the reunion, that the spirit of the group got the respect of the waiter (and his vote!). (What a contrast of Obama’s experience in the diner in NC where the church lady was yelling socialist and a customer refused to shake his hand- appalling!) Again, thank you for sharing and I hope there are many more gatherings of Mudpuppies!

AKM- thank you for sharing your troll hunt story! Wow! Thank you for keeping this site at the level it is. I can’t imagine the work you put into this! (Maybe that’s why your Bedtime posts are fresh when I am starting my day! That’s around 2:30 am in AK!)

I adore the Brian/Brenda stories— Love our mascot!

I’ll be thinking of the Obama family this week — sending good thoughts to Hawaii and to the family. I have so much respect for Mrs. Dunn.

Have a great day, everyone.

Obama/Biden ’08

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

The Joe Biden Gaffe Prevention System

Are you tired of being humiliated and embarrassed by the extraordinarily stupid words coming out of your mouth? Or maybe it’s not you, but your spouse, your children, or maybe even your vice presidential running mate who suffers from chronic Foot-in-Mouth Disease. If you have been searching for a way out of the nightmare of sophomoric slips, mangled misstatements, and God-awful gaffes, you need look no further! You need the Joe Biden Gaffe Prevention System!

http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Joe-Biden-Gaffe-Preven-by-JC-Garrett-081021-631.html

21 10 2008
disenchanted tore

MizKay [stuck in]Red Carolina (02:47:00) :

new name-distancing from SP…
A friend sent this & I hadn’t seen it here yet – enjoy!

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LOVE IT! I can sooo hear this being played at the remaining rallies!

21 10 2008
Jamie, Floridian in Florida

From the Chicago Tribune story :
“So, how do you know if you’re a socailist?

Generally, it involves espousing government control over a country’s basic industries, like transportation, communication and energy, while also allowing some government regulation of private industries.”

As one living ina socialist country, I have been so angry hearing those words being spewed out of McCain’s and (even more angry) Palin’s mouth. They have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. Bully for Obama by putting them straight and asking basically what is wrong with helping out the middle and working classes? Keep throwing the ball back in their court!

And I want to ask them, as I said as one living in socialist France, what is wrong with the security offered every citizen in the form of healthcare, and what is wrong with having a fabulous train system – beautiful trains, plenty of them in every direction, always on time, even if they are state owned? Send those two to France for a few months (now that Palin has her passport).

And thank you Bev for the wonderful story of the Obama/Clinton ralley in Orlando. I’m from the coast, where are you from?

21 10 2008
Scorpie

My heart goes out to Barack and the rest of the Obama family in this hour of sadness. Am hoping that the “other” side will lay off the campaign slurs during this time.

21 10 2008
Lil' Geese Whalebone Palin

Brian wins the day!!!!!

21 10 2008
Tired of racism Mom

Mornin’ Mudpuppies,

Don’t forget to send your get well wishes to BO’s grandmother:
Mrs. Madelyn Dunham
In care of: Obama for America
Honolulu Headquarters
1050 Ala Moana Blvd Ste D2690
Honolulu, HI 96814

It will be so good for BO to see the outpouring of love in the form of cards and letters for his grandmother, hopefully it will help him keep his spirits up.

Thanks again MizKay for the little ditty:

Loved it!

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@Jamie, Floridian in Florida (03:43:18) :

We were in Paris and my husband needed emergency dental treatment. With the insurance refund when we got home, the whole thing cost $15. And we were tourists!

And what can I say about the Métro, except it’s wonderful!

We should all be so lucky.

21 10 2008
ira2

ROFLMBO!!! What a great story – no, TWO of them! This is going to make me smile all day :o) Thanks, AKM!

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

I’m just worried that millenia from now, troll bones will be discovered alongside dinosaur bones in Alaska!😀

21 10 2008
Jamie, Floridian in Florida

Aussie Puck Mule Hussein (04:01:47) :

Wish I’da known you were in Paris! I just had 872€ of dental treatment and had to pay 80€ of it. My sons braces are entirely reimboursed. In-laws have been sick for 5 years and not only was all surgery free, the rest home where he stayed during treatment, all ambulances (brought them from Paris to Nantes once), but they reimbourse the nurses that came daily to his house, his physical therapy as well as checks they received monthly to pay for his daily care (getting washed and dressed) and someone to help clean and cook and do laundry. What a system!

I forgot about the metro – but the national train service is fabulous.

I love seeing Brian and Brenda – I grew up in the Florida heat seeing giant turtles and jellyfish and the occasional armadillo, but never meese (as we call the plural) and obviously never snow.

21 10 2008
Ripley_6 AKA Copper Hussein Catfish in CT

*ack* I went to bed early last night, to catch up on the sleep I have been losing by being here all night, every night…. and I MISSED 3 posts!!! Now I have like 500 comments to read! AT WORK!!! I think I can, I think I can…..:)

And WTG BRIAN!!! chase that car-chasin’ mutt!!! LOL @ the owner… he must have left a little something in his own undies… teehee

21 10 2008
Shove Maggot "That One" Hussein aka the problem child

OT, but there’s a new fun poll up at the Slate/ Doonesbury site. What should McCain do? The responses so far make me think well of the Doonesbury reader.
http://www.doonesbury.com/media/strawpoll/strawpoll.tt

21 10 2008
kate aka chin duststrap

I love the word kerfuffle-it’s so descriptive in so many situations. Great story.

My thoughts are with Obama today. Hope he gets back to Hawaii and that his grandmother recovers to see what a success he is, thanks in no small part to all her hard work.

21 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

About Biden’s comment, he said that Obama would be tested. He didn’t say he would fail. Any new President, especially a young one, say for example JFK with the Cuban missile crisis, will be tested. Passing the test is what counts. When McCain is tested what will happen? In Palin’s case you have to wonder as to whether she’d know where the “exam room” was, much less the contents of the test.

I think it was important for Biden to bring the point up before the whisper campaigners do. It shows that he and Obama are thinking about this, when it’s pretty obvious that McCain is not. It underlines the absurdity of selecting Palin.

21 10 2008
sauerkraut aka Palin Pity Party

rubby – do believe the word you are looking for is “palin.” Note the small letter “p.”

Down here in pennsyltucky, there are acres upon acres of state game lands. Yes, these are vast fields and woods of which purchase and maintenance is funded primarily thru fees for hunting licenses, and which are used for hunting things. Hunting season tends to be during the rut.

In areas nearest large population centers, ie, down towards Philly, the urbanites sometimes walk their dogs, sans leashes, during hunting season. And, some of the rural horse owners ride their beasts during hunting season.

The smarter of these breeds will put dayglo orange wraps around their pets, but too many do not.

Some hunters aren’t smart enough to tell the difference between a horse and a deer, or a dog and a deer. Other hunters know that it is legal to shoot a dog chasing deer on game lands.

Bang!

Buh-bye, dog.

The smart people know not to walk their dogs in the woods during the rut. Can’t really blame the car chaser for the encounter with Brian, but his human should have known better.

21 10 2008
avahome

AKM…thanks for sharing Brian and Brenda with us….and cold and snow…don’t have that here on Gulf coast in TX.

I took advantage of early voting yesterday here in Brazoria Cnty, TX.
I was surprised by the amount of people. There were two lines(that’s a big deal here in small town) and the fella minding the laptop was about as slow at data entry that I’d ever seen. The mood inside the polling place(library) was very somber. Seemed like it took forever to get into the booth. There were some young voters whose names were not in the database in line in front of me and they were turned over to a smiling supervisor. I hope things went well for them….. There was one instance where a person with a voter registration card was asked to show drivers license…..she was a blonde… A picture id is not required in TX.

Please vote early and take plenty of ID with you just in case.

21 10 2008
sauerkraut aka Palin Pity Party

Aussie – ain’t no way McCain is going to get pennsyltucky’s electoral votes. No way and no how. My adopted commonwealth might have the largest number of hate groups in the country but there ain’t no way McCain will garner the majority of votes here. No blessed way.

21 10 2008
Bobg

Washington Post poll this morning-52% of respondents say they would be less confident of McCain’s decisions with Plain as VP. Yes!!!!!!! My position has been vindicated. Palin was McCain’s worse decision!!!!

http://my.opera.com/cheapskate/blog/

21 10 2008
Tired of racism Mom

ROFLMAO!!!! Joe Biden Gaffe Prevention System!

Needed a good laugh this morning.

21 10 2008
Shove Maggot "That One" Hussein aka the problem child

sauerkraut aka Palin Pity Party (04:19:48) :

Down here in pennsyltucky, there are acres upon acres of state game lands. Yes, these are vast fields and woods of which purchase and maintenance is funded primarily thru fees for hunting licenses, and which are used for hunting things.

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Sounds kind of socialist to me. And that must be the Alabama part of the sandwich!

Warm thoughts going out the Mrs. Dunham. My grandmama is an inspiration to me and she is a loyal Democrat and community activist, too. I think I’ll take a page from Obama & give her a call to show some love!

21 10 2008
sauerkraut aka Palin Pity Party

I think yer right, Molten Contra. It was a point that needed to be said regardless of how the neocons spin it. Our country’s enemies will test whomever steps into office, just like they’ve been testing gw during the past 8 years. At least with Obama, we have someone who will think the situation thru instead of using that reflexive knee jerk reaction so favored by the McCain ticket.

Can you imagine Palin in that situation? She’ll probably push the button as her first option and then high-tail it for Alaska.

Obama is a significantly safer option under that scenario.

21 10 2008
sauerkraut aka Palin Pity Party

Speaking of socialism, Shove Maggot… let’s take a review of Sarah Palin’s method of funding her oil rebates.

Tax industry and then redistribute that wealth to the common masses.

Oooohhhh, my. Sure sounds like she runs a socialist government, don’t it?

21 10 2008
Proud Community OrganizerWA

Hey mudpuppies,

I see several comments about Senator Biden’s speech in Tacoma, WA over the weekend. I was there and what I took away from it was that Obama will be tested and don’t be surprised, but he has already shown a steady temprament and logical approach to crisis and he is the best possible choice for President to be at the helm if this happens.

I agree that Joe is not always great at expressing the point he is trying to make but there was no doubt in my mind that he was complimenting Obama and will be there to back him up all the way!

Love how Brian stood up to his little bully! LOL

Thanks for the Brian story this morning and the Troll slaying!

21 10 2008
sauerkraut aka Palin Pity Party

okay… day is getting long and a long drive awaits me. Time to head north and east to a Habitat house.

Still got a few units to help frame.

It’s a shame.

McCain and Palin.

Ain’t got no game.

have a good one, ya alls.

21 10 2008
Bobg

Re Biden’s statement-Ex-Sec. of State Eagleberger saying on MSNBC right now that of course a President is tested. It happens all the time.

21 10 2008
Barb In Knoxville, TN
21 10 2008
sami hussein hawaii

Happy Birthday Sparky – or as we say in Hawai’i “Hau’oli La Hanau” which means joyous day of birth!

AKM thanks for the funny troll hunting stories…us Librail Marons have to stick together…hahaha (try saying that with a Spanish accent Librrrrail Ma-RONs! Sounds good, no?

Would have been fun to watch the flailing man and dog running out of the brush…..

21 10 2008
Forty Watt Hussein

Coffee and a wonderful laugh at the trollstock image–a great start to the day. Sorry AKM, you’ve been sorely troll-tried.

Despite being a dog lover, I was so indignant that any little dog would even think about bothering our Brian. Doesn’t that dog know who Brian is, for heaven’s sake?

21 10 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

ACORN ACORN ACORN!!!!!
Sorry I couldn’t resist

Brave New Films
Pssssssst Do Something…

21 10 2008
Lil' Geese Whalebone Palin

Do you think they(trolls) turn into nice progressives if we kiss them!!!!!!!

……..forget I mentioned it!!!!

21 10 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

Lil’ Geese Whalebone Palin

ewwww, I threw up a little coffee on that.

21 10 2008
Lil' Geese Whalebone Palin

Sorry……. just a little early morning positive thinking…….

21 10 2008
Lindainboston

Thanks AKM for the troll hunting….I’m glad it satisfies you too, because it certainly is one of the major aspects leading to the quality of this blog. And, as always, thanks for everything else you have added to the larger world conversation.

21 10 2008
Forty Watt Hussein

@ Lil’ Geese Whalebone Palin (05:06:53) :

Do you think they(trolls) turn into nice progressives if we kiss them!!!!!!!

……..forget I mentioned it!!!!

++++++++++++++++++++++++++

You first, Lil’ Geese!

21 10 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

Hahahaha
I woke up this morning afraid to hear the news for some reason. Now I am wondering what today will bring and what deeds will expose themselves today.
Am I paranoid? Hahahahaha!

21 10 2008
Lil' Geese Whalebone Palin

EWWWW Troll breath!!!!!!

21 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

Lil’ Geese Whalebone Palin (05:06:53) :

Maybe but you’ll definitely get warts and you may even contract a case of incurable Wasilla or perhaps even AIP(S)

21 10 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

McCain Rally

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/video/103809/

I guess nothing should surprise me.

21 10 2008
WV Democrat

AKM, the dog was just being a dog. They chase things. It’s in their nature. It’s human was the stupid one. Imagine walking in the woods without a gun when there are rut-blind moose in there as well. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

This can be applied to the McCain/Palin campaign as well. With all their lies and vitriol, they are walking in the woods infested with Americans armed with the truth. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

21 10 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

OK I am NOT paranoid.

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/103840/

If you read the first comment, you will link to a news story about a drunk plowing into a crowd. Sadly the picture is real.
The “kill them” mentality seems to be growing. Watch your backs mudpuppies and watch your friends backs.

21 10 2008
Bobg

Watching MSNBC. I can see that the McAged campaign is settling in on its final strategy. That strategy is that if you vote for Obama you are voting for Socialism. Caribou Barbi especially brings this up every screeching, high-pitched, irritating speech. She doesn’t say it herself she says Joe The Plumber says it; but she tells it every speech. McCain, Sarah Palin cost you the election; there is no doubt in my mind. I feel that I am witnessing the end of Caribou Barbi’s political career. Who would want to have anything to do with her after costing the GOP the election?

21 10 2008
Proud Community OrganizerWA

Bobog in the weird alternate reality world of the conservative base, I would guarentee you that alot of them would say McCain was the drag on the ticket and Scaribou Barbie will be back in 2012.

I know but hey I have learned in this election that there are alot of uneducated people who seem to be off their meds!

21 10 2008
Susie in Jersey

Cross posting as I’d thought I was on this thread when I posted:

Tooting my own horn here. I posted a question on The Mudflats-Index this morning and got a response that really brightens my day, even at this early hour, as I hope it will yours:

http://www.themudflats.net/forum/index.php/topic,2598.msg22399/topicseen.html#new

AND

From today’s NY Times:

“Obama Appeal Rises in Poll; No Gains for McCain Ticket ”

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/21/us/politics/21poll.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

21 10 2008
megacephalus

AKM: Marvelous job of ‘community organizing’ and keeping the trolls under the bridges to nowhere!

My only blog of equivalent enjoyment is at TNR.com, where an established group is reliably there. Sort of a virtual form of the great visuals of “Mud-Meet-Ups”…

We had something similar here in the primary days of Spring with Obama rallies on bridges…

Now, with hope one can raise an opinion that’s worthy of at least consideration, and from this supporter and not-a-troll, as I posted on WaPo:

“Gen. Powell has been wrong before on choosing his wars, and, sadly again, he’s WRONG on this one. Read Samual K. Huntington of Harvard’s CLASH OF CULTURES, written before 9-11. Come here and observe the Muslim efforts, through THREATS OF VIOLENCE to censor our State Opera, our art galleries, our music… Or observe the destruction of the UK Common Law tradition, or elsewhere here in EUrabia of the Post-Enlightenment traditions of Western society. Sadly we MUST accept we are dealing with an 8th century mindset: forced marriage, child marriage, honor killing… the advancement incrementally of woman-hating Sharia. I realize this is no part of the accepted Western P.C. canon, but it is here in EUrabia the demonstrable truth that we who have not defended ourselves, and have capitulated, are slowly seeing our culture and rights slide away! Wake up while YOU in the US have time!”

And now I’ll ‘duck’ from the incoming, knee-jerk, ‘P.C.’ and unstudied responses!

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Todd Palin almost stumps in Destin

“Todd Palin, husband of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, wants Destin anglers to know that John McCain is a friend to fishermen.

He would have told the fleet that firsthand Wednesday, but he canceled after he was sent to Alaska on urgent business for the campaign.”

hmmmmm…….

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

First dud has cancelled gigs for an urgent return to Alaska.

21 10 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussien Shikago

AKM, I must admit, I am totally in love with Brian and Brenda. What wonderfully cute creatures. I can see that guy running from the trees. BnB add something to my morning coffee in Chicago thats better than cream n sugar. Thanks for the troll patrol you do so well everyday.

21 10 2008
Misfit

Yesterday (Monday) was our first day for Early Voting down here in Dallas Tx. I worked as a Poll Greeter. There has been alot of ‘misinformation’ going around as to how to vote a straight ticket (that mis-info instructs people to De-Select your presidential choice after choosing straight ticket) We wanted to make sure all the NEW voters were correctly informed on how to use the voting machines. We talked to alot of very nice people who appreciated our presence there. Many were ones that had been instructed incorrectly.

You could tell who was voting for McCreepy by the way they avoided us or wore that, oh so familiar, sour scowl on thier faces as they almost ran by us. They were few and far between. (at my location, at least)

Dallas’ record for first day early voting turnout was like 22,000…that was broken shortly after noon! The total turnout for our first day of voting was about 38,000!!!! People were lining up before the polls opened, all over town. People want to be HEARD this time around!!! NO STEALING THE ELECTION THIS TIME!!

It was cool to see so many youngsters (18) showing up at the polls. And all were democratic supporters. Hope this kind of turnout continues!!!

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

This is a great read! I’m bringing it over from the previous thread.

Obama: face to face with white America

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obama-face-to-face-with-white-america-967574.html

21 10 2008
disenchanted tore

Bobg (05:30:48) :

I feel that I am witnessing the end of Caribou Barbi’s political career. Who would want to have anything to do with her after costing the GOP the election?
—–

Ummm, here’s a sobering thought. Come November 5th and Barbie sleds back to AK, our Mudflats friends will STILL have to deal with her. They’ll need ALL of the love and support that we can muster!

Is the original Joe the Plumber still feeling the love? I was under the impression that he wanted to slink back under his rock and stay out of the limelight. Guess not. If he were smart enough (which we know he ain’t), he would’ve sold the rights to his name in exchange for payment to at least cover tax liens, mv violations, and schooling so he could grow up to be a REAL plumber.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@Misfit (05:51:27) :

What great news! And thanks for the report of (yet) another dirty trick! [scowly face emoticon]

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

McCain Crowdsources Joe the Plumber

“Having thoroughly milked the “real” Joe the Plumber for all he is worth, John McCain is now crowdsourcing a search for Joe the Poser.

Apparently the campaign believes that yes, you could be the one of the lucky “hardworking” ‘everyday Joes’ who understand the value of honest work and the American Dream,” the campaign says on its web site.”

http://blog.wired.com/business/2008/10/mccain-crowdsou.html

21 10 2008
Ladel Torque

Wow. I think I finally dried my monitor and keyboard (and desk and papers). The dog hiding behind the human did it. I need to remember to not be drinking anything when I read your schtuff. What a hoot! Yay for the moose!

21 10 2008
dsr

biden was probably right…it will be a test for either one who gets to be president, to other countries. he just said he’s ready to help and will be there.
i think mccain would have been better off, if he wouldn’t have used all the negative attacks that he used. also his picking palin was not a good choice.i beleive colin powell that obama will make a good president. isn’t that what we need after what we’ve had for 8 long years???

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

excerpt from msnbc

“Our enemies will test the new president early,” Lieberman said on “Face the Nation.” “Remember that the truck bombing of the World Trade Center happened in the first year of the Clinton administration. 9/11 happened in the first year of the Bush administration.”

Biden’s assessment would seem in line with Lieberman’s, but rather than evoking the potential for a crisis as evidence Obama was not ready, Biden raised the notion to argue precisely the opposite.

“They’re going to want to test him, just like they did young John Kennedy,” he said Saturday night in San Francisco.” They’re going to want to test him. And they’re going to find out this guy’s got steel in his spine.”

21 10 2008
antiAnti

Aussie Puck Mule Hussein (05:49:19) :

First dud has cancelled gigs for an urgent return to Alaska.
———-
Where was this reported? Can’t find a ref with google. Puzzled.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@disenchanted tore (05:55:01) :

I read today that some radio station had paid Joe-the-P’s taxes for him.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@antiAnti (06:18:09) :

The original post went to spam. I will look it up for you.

21 10 2008
Misfit

Colin Powell had it right when he said the VP’s job is to be ready (on day one) to be President. Obama made a good choice in Biden.

VP is NOT AN INTERNSHIP!!!! Whoever has to jump into those #1 shoes, needs to be ready to hit the ground running, and Sarah just DOES NOT HAVE ‘IT’…

McCain must have been thinking with a different head when he chose Palin. (sorry I couldn’t help that comment from slipping out) If people would just compare current pictures of John to those from a year ago, they would see his health is declining at a rapid pace. More than ever before, people need to consider who the VP choice is, when they decide who they want running our country!

21 10 2008
Halcrow

Aussie Puck Mule Hussein (05:49:19) :

First dud has cancelled gigs for an urgent return to Alaska.

Maybe his water broke?

The Republican traffic must be supporting the Alaskan aviation industry.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@antiAnti (06:18:09) :

thedestinlog.com

This was the second time I’d read it today.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@antiAnti (06:18:09) :

thedestinlog.com

This was the second time I’d read it today. He also cancelled a gig at Pensacola.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@Halcrow (06:21:12) :

Nah, Halcrow – water-breaking is not considered urgent, doncha know?😉

He’s studying his lines.

21 10 2008
antiAnti

“he was sent to Alaska on urgent business for the campaign.” thedestinlog.com

GAAK. The McCain has Todd Palin doing urgent business. And he’s not even VEEP-spouse yet.

Thanks, Aussie Puck Mule Hussein, for first chuckle of the day!

21 10 2008
antiAnti

Oops, of course, AKM’s excellent writing was the first chuckle and belly laugh. I have also seen non-wary people near moose. It’s both scary and laughable. You would think the sheer size of a moose would be a tip-off that it can be lethal, but, no, some people just think they are furry stuffed animals.

21 10 2008
Misfit

Aussie Puck Mule Hussein (05:49:19) :

First dud has cancelled gigs for an urgent return to Alaska.

Maybe the youngsters are rebelling against the shotgun wedding and need some.. .ummm reienforcement….?????

21 10 2008
White Agate

Hey, all, I was away on vaca (without kids) in the Bayfield, WI/Apostle Islands area. I didn’t see it but there was a moose in Bayfield 2 nights ago near the school there. There’s a park near it and there had been several sightings, usually at dusk. Lots of bear, deer and lynx activity on the trails, too, and some bear in town, which I guess is an ongoing issue, like in AK. So hello to Brian and Brenda from the moose of the Great North Woods/Lake Superior region.

If you haven’t been there, it is truly spectacular. The fall color was amazing, and the islands are great for boating and kayaking. As we drove around there was a lot of signage, I would say neck-in-neck for McCain/Palin and Obama/Biden. The difference was the size and home-made Obama signs. There were many that were made of plywood, painted by hand, large (4×8 or bigger) and anchored by rebar into the ground. Those signs weren’t going anywhere, unlike reports of other signs being removed from around the country, and of course the Obama sign-cam.

So much has happened in 5 days! I really liked Powell’s endorsement, I think he was saying what a lot of us have been feeling.

To those in MN, there was a posting the other day…I am in SE MN, Rochester, but child care is an issue for me. I’d like to get together but it really comes down to kids. Let me know if you come up with something…maybe after the election?

Good to be back, we had no Internet while on vacation which is a good thing but overall hard when the election is going on. Hope all are well.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@Misfit (06:34:53) :

Nope. He’s studyin’ up with Van Flea for his big date with Tim Petumenos – yoo betcha!!😀

21 10 2008
disenchanted tore

WHAT?? Todd left those poor fishermen hanging with no weighmaster??? Must have been really important business back at the ranch. Maybe he ran back to get important incriminating papers- errr, I mean Official Alaskan newspaper to lay the fish on. also.

21 10 2008
DuckDriver

Hello Mudpuppies!

I just found this YouTube video of SP getting her just desserts:

Enjoy.

21 10 2008
SanDiego Muslim Jew Christian Hindu Surfchick

Mccain never “chose” Palin. She was chosen for him. (if you believe the NYorker) That’s the ultimate fear I have– that he’s such a wuss bobblehead that he couldn’t even stand up to the repub machine.

What blissfully sweet irony. . . Palin discovered by a blogger who engineered her campaign for VP. And now she’s dismantled by one. Only our AKM, as is often true of Democrats vs Republicans, is smarter, funnier, better educated, a deviously stealth trollhunter, AND he’s clever enough to use metaphors.

God Bless America where every voice counts–

21 10 2008
janet

Can we start a movement to boycott sponsors/radio stations that carry Rush?
His racists comments cannot be tolerated and we need to hit him where it hurts, in his big, fat wallet.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@disenchanted tore (06:39:08) :

That, too. also.😀

21 10 2008
White Agate

Also congrats AKM for the Bloggie! Of course there was no real competition in my mind…;-)

21 10 2008
Bobg

I know that I’m preaching to the choir but…analyze this country and what it needs right now. Forget the candidates and all of the rhetoric and phony issues. The American public is stressed, confused and angry according to the polls asking what they are feeling. They want the country to start working again and they want a leader who will lead. They are tired or politics as usual, they are tired of being hated around the world and they are tired of programs that don’t work. They are willing to try new things and they are ready to support anyone that is willing to put the citizens first. They have seen that what we are doing so far is wrong or at least second best. Two people step up and say that they know what to do. One is old school and says that we have to continue to stay the course with a few modifications of the existing plan. The other is a relative neophyte who has ideas that the other person says are wrong. The second lacks experience but look where experience has gotten us so far. After analyzing the positions of each, you see that the first person says that if we favor the few the few will look out for everyone else. The second one says that we have to give to the poorer citizens to allow them to survive and then to succeed and to ask the more affluent to help out more than they have in the past. Studying the positions of the two reveals that the first one champions giving more to the persons now in control of our lives to encourage them to find solutions to our problems; at a profit of course. The second person says that we have to take an approach that we haven’t tried yet. The first person promises to attack our problems with the old solutions that have been tweaked a bit. The second person says that we need totally new approaches to our problems. The American citizen looks at the two people that say they know what to do. The first person says that we have to tread water for just a while longer until they solve the problems. The second says that won’t work; that we need change. The American citizen opts for change.

21 10 2008
West Virginian aka Halter Grasshopper Palin

Can anyone here give me an answer to something my Repub (maybe voting for Obama) spouse said to me this AM? He said that he heard that Obama had campaign contributions from “foreign countries” and “special interest groups”. I need a little help–I’m sitting in the Pittsburgh airport and don’t have time to do any research.

THANKS!!

21 10 2008
SanDiego Muslim Jew Christian Hindu Surfchick

What blissful irony! Palin “discovered” and promoted for VP by a blogger, and now, she’s being dismantled by one!

That’s because, as is often true about democrat vs. republican, our AKM is smarter, funnier, better educated, a stealthier (troll)hunter, and clever enough to wield a mean metaphor.

God Bless America where every voice counts!

PS: McCain didn’t pick Palin. Just one more mark against his sorry hide. He wasn’t man enough to stand up to the repub controllers and make his own choice. . .

21 10 2008
farmhouselady

i am absolutely CRAZY about your little flights of fancy like flinging the trolls out onto the mudflats! getting addicted to them, actually… i NEED those bellylaughs. i always wondered how the moderator thing works, now i know.

libral marons, indeed! i’m sure the remark that came from was taken very seriously!

you’ve got some imagination and some way with words. you are going to be a rich and famous author. mark my words.

21 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein Pro Popeyes Chicken

Whabs posted this before..:

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/video/103809/

It’s actually an interesting interplay with McGrumpy’s supporters and a few radical morons using the Muslim Crescent and the Commie Hammer and Sickle on an Obama bumper sticker being yelled at BY McGRUMPYs who would not buy into his hatred. I heard a few say they changed their minds and blamed him.. Changed to obama ?? Don’t know.. but it feeds into my theory..

McGrumpy’s will vote Obama on Nov 4 but aren’t admitting it.. Reverse Bradley? They are in DEEP RED areas, and everyone says McGrumpy is the only choice, but some didn’t drink the koolaid and actually have the ability to think on their own. They see what mcgrumpy’s doing, they see what failins doing and they listened to Colin Powell. They read the newspapers and see how many find Mcgrumpy not acceptable. they see that failin is failing every test to be POTUS and can’t see any scenario that she’d do well.

So, they tell their red momma and their red daddy and their red friends that they’re mcgrumpy, yes there are, golly gee.. dangit, they’re mcgrumpy all the way..

The problem is they aren’t.. They just can’t get into fights and arguments with EVERYONE.. They’re surrounded on all sides.. Easier to tread lightly, go to rally’s .. listen for ANY sign they can convince themselves that mcgrumpy won’t be bad, and they can’t find a sign. IT’s one negative after another. McGrumpy doesn’t sell his story to those people.

They go home and tell everyone red they thought he rocked.. yea mcgrumpy.. bumperstickers, lawn signs. the who shebang.

But, on nov 4, they go in the voting booth.. look at the screen and can’t do it.. they know, they are positive they are right in their own mind and alone, with out their budwieiser breath buddies looking over their shoulders, they know what they must do.

They press Barack Obama and leave the booth telling their friends YEA McCain’s my man.. He’s gonna be president. Inside, they smile and know they’re wrong and the world will be a better place.

21 10 2008
WV Democrat

@ janet (06:40:07) :

Can we start a movement to boycott sponsors/radio stations that carry Rush?
His racists comments cannot be tolerated and we need to hit him where it hurts, in his big, fat wallet.

_______________________________________________________________________

Rush’s EIB network is carried on Clear Channel stations. Boycott all their advertisers.

21 10 2008
Misfit

I spent a very sleepless night with my TV and trusty remote control. Flipping back and forth between CNN & MSNBC for most of the wee morning hours. That is when I heard what Rush Limbaugh had to say … I was so disgusted by his words I nearly had to grab my little trash can (I was afraid I would spew)!!

That man is so VILE, the very sound of his voice sickens me!!!!! How he continues to get away with spewing such putrid filth on our airways is beyond me!!

Rush’s little pea-brain is unable to grasp the fact that not all people are inbred, backwards racists like himself…

21 10 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago

Doesn`t the 1st dud still have his gubernatorial responsibilities to attend to?

21 10 2008
CoolObserverInMD

Bev,

I missed the Orlando rally but wish I could have been there…it’s my old stomping ground. I would love to see Clinton/Obama on the same stage. Thanks for those highlights.

21 10 2008
caligrl Hussein wolves eat Palin

Aussie Puck Mule Hussein (05:49:19) :

First dud has cancelled gigs for an urgent return to Alaska.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Geese? Wonder if it has anything to do with this reported on Mudflats “twitter” yesterday?:
Rep. Les Gara & AK State Troopers call for ind. investigator to look into potential criminal witness tampering in Troopergate by McC/Palin!
Speaking of SWWNBN, I had a dream about her and first dud! OMG! I told my husband and he said “She is just like a bad song you can’t get out of your head” He also bought a nice Obama T shirt at the mall yesterday😀
Poor Bri….Down here in Cali, Deer hunting is allowed during the “rut”, which is so unfair to them! I’m against it, and especially then, poor guys! AMK…do they allow hunting all year up there or just during rut?
I hope Brian stays safe!

Brian will be fine. No hunting allowed in my neck of the woods. And hunting season elsewhere is in September. So rest easy! Maybe there will be a baby Brian in the spring! AKM

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@West Virginian aka Halter Grasshopper Palin (06:44:31) :

The “foreign countries” crap is only a recent thing by McCain – predicated on the fact that the Obama campaign has squillions of donations under $200 (what a surprise!) – it’s one of McCain’s new accusations. That’s all it is – McCain vainly trying to figure out how come Obama raised so much money.

If your Repub wants to know the truth, he need only look at how much – and how often – our own Mudflatters have donated to the Obama campaign.

21 10 2008
WV Democrat

@ West Virginian aka Halter Grasshopper Palin (06:44:31) :

Can anyone here give me an answer to something my Repub (maybe voting for Obama) spouse said to me this AM? He said that he heard that Obama had campaign contributions from “foreign countries” and “special interest groups”.

________________________________________________________________________

The Rethugs are claiming that all those little under $200 donations that by federal law do not have to be disclosed (as in who donated) are in fact from foreign countries and private interest groups. The average donation was $86 I believe. It’s just another stupid smoke and mirrors trick from the RNC.

21 10 2008
responsiblecitizen08

Most of the Biden “gaffes” are manufactured by the media so they can keep the narrative of Biden that they want to spin and sell. He did not say anything that was untrue, nor damaging of Obama’s abilities. We will be tested no matter who becomes elected and he just wanted to put that out there ahead of time. If some international event occurs after the election and Obama wins, then people will say, ” See we aren’t safe because this happened because Obama is President.” By being realistic and letting people know that this will happen anyway, it neutralizes a knee-jerk reaction that this happened because of Obama.

I am an independent that supported Biden during the primaries. I have followed him closely and have heard him say this on many occasions, not just this past weekend. It is telling that they are just now trying to jump on this comment because they are grasping at straws. As always, they took his comment out of context and didn’t let the rest of it play out. He added that Obama has the judgment to pass any international crisis test. I am actually supporting Obama because of his pick of Biden as VP. They make a great team. Do not let the media spin machine make you think otherwise. Biden supports Obama and it is obvious. People need to be more analytical and not so reactionary.

21 10 2008
JT

Good morning…..haven’t read the comments yet, didn’t by AKM’s post seems you’ll had a visit from Trolls. And from my state, AZ?!?!?

I keep hoping the state goes blue.

One thing interesting, amongst my friends and people I see at work, no one seems to be talking politics. It is odd. I am the only one who speaks up, and they don’t really argue, or disagree…they are just silent.

I wonder if many of my AZ Republican friends don’t feel comfortable voting Dem, yet don’t feel good about McCain-Palin, so they aren’t speaking up.

Or maybe they are plotting behing my back…ACK!!!!

21 10 2008
BigPete

I got such a good laugh at the fact that “our Club” has such a good Bouncer, that I got an urge (Irrational exuberance?) to post (a Post).
Bad news………I got nuthin’
Good news…I’m recommending a sensational book from the ‘book section’
THE SHOCK DOCTRINE. Although Naomi Klein is an economist (…..I Know!)
the book reads like a Thriller, you’ll want to lend it, if you are a Socialist, to everybody you know…..it’s out in paperback….a mere 10 bucks!

21 10 2008
JT

didn’t=but

Opps!

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@Marty (VA) Hussein Pro Popeyes Chicken (06:51:25) :

They press Barack Obama and leave the booth telling their friends YEA McCain’s my man.. He’s gonna be president. Inside, they smile and know they’re wrong and the world will be a better place.

****************

It’s always – always – been my theory that what goes on in the voting booth stays in the voting booth.😉

21 10 2008
Lacy Lady

Thanks MIZKSAY for the great video—–It made this old woman want to get up and dance. I grew-up with this kind of music. Will never forget when Glenn Miller lost his life during WWII. Great guy and the troops loved him. I think music plays an important part in times like these. Lifts up the spirit!!!! Some people need to get the lead out of their pants, and get rid of this hate crap.
Palin sounds like TOYAKO ROSE!!!!!!!

21 10 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Here is a great response to Rush Limbaugh’s cries of “it is all about race” to Powell’s endorsement of Obama.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/10/21/6491/7750/376/637293

What a great collection of other Repubs/Conservatives who obviously endorsed Obama because of “race”.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago (06:56:28) :

Doesn`t the 1st dud still have his gubernatorial responsibilities to attend to?

***************

That must be it!.😀

Someone hazta run the great state of Alaska in this great pro-America nation also.

21 10 2008
Lacy Lady

Sorry——TOKYO Rose—need spell check!!!!!!!!

21 10 2008
ocliberal

Happy Birthday Sparky! It’s my birthday too so happy birthday from one Libra to another!

All my thoughts and prayers go out to Barack Obama and his grandmother today. I so hope she can hang on to see him become President. I urge anyone who hasn’t read Dreams from my Father yet to please get a copy and read it. You can read about Barack’s amazing grandmother and have an inkling why he turned out the way he did.

Polls are starting to turn back the right way again. The end is in sight and there is a bright, beautiful light at the end of the tunnel. But expect the repugs to really start smearing and spreading divisness and hate right up to the last desperate minute. Their buzzwords now are socialist, terrorist, welfare, plumbers and anyone named Joe.

McCain next speech will probably be something about Barack Obama, the socialist terrorist who wants to put all the plumbers and anyone named Joe on welfare.

Keep voting everyone! Early vote if you can. I voted last week.

21 10 2008
JT

I wanted to comment on Colin Powell’s endorsement.

In a way I do believe his endorsement was influenced by race…yet not how some on the right are spinning it.

If Obama was not up to the task, I do not believe Powell would endorse him, because I don’t believe Powell wants the first Black Pres to be a wacko or inferior to the job.

In the same way that I hold Palin’s gender against her …..As a woman I want the first Woman VP to be first rate. I don’t want the first woman VP to be views by history as a wacko.

I don’t believe for a minute Powell would endorse Obama if he felt he was not the best for the job. If anything, the fact that Obama was black would prevent him from doing so.

IMO

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@JT (07:03:24) :

Maybe those AZ Republican people are thinking to themselves, “what goes on in the voting booth stays in the voting booth”.

?

21 10 2008
Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA

Aussie Puck Mule,
I almost fell off my chair when you said the cited the Destin Log as a source for your information. Can’t imagine you reading it for any other reason than that you live there, is that the case? He may have cancelled a Pensacola thing because Micelle is there today.

21 10 2008
JT

Aussie Puck Mule Hussein ,

I’m sure they do…yet a few years ago many people around me were very vocal and open about their politics.

21 10 2008
Bea

West Virginian aka Halter Grasshopper Palin (06:44:31) :

Can anyone here give me an answer to something my Repub (maybe voting for Obama) spouse said to me this AM? He said that he heard that Obama had campaign contributions from “foreign countries” and “special interest groups”. I need a little help–I’m sitting in the Pittsburgh airport and don’t have time to do any research.
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http://fightthesmears.com/articles/25/FinanceTruth

And tell him McCain sent a letter soliciting a $5,000 donation from a Russian envoy. The recipient was probably a mistake, but what’s with the $5K donation when $2300 is the individual limit AND McCain is on public financing and ineleigible for private donations now?

21 10 2008
21 10 2008
MJC

@West Virginian aka Halter Grasshopper Palin:

Show your hubby these two articles from yesterday where the McCain Campaign sent a letter to Russian Ambassadors requesting a donation for $5000.

The McCain campaign are now saying that it was an error. Sounds fishy to me.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1008/McCain_camp_hits_up_Russian_ambassador.html?showall

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20081020/117842524.html

21 10 2008
Unalaska Yard Sign Toon

Oh my god I needed that! Trollstock just brings up the funniest picture in my head – all gathered around, slobbering, gnashing their teeth, eyes red from no sleep and from drinking Troly Water (yes I know). Eyes glowing (cause they can’t see very far, allowing them to hunt at night for Anti-Trolls ), adorned with torn US and Alaska flags sewn into pantsuits & little jackets with big buttons at the top. But wait – what will they do when they gather? They don’t have music, they don’t have comedy, they don’t have inspiration – and I don’t think they like the company of other trolls very well either. You know, some might be more Pro-Troll than others, and those will feed on the troll flesh of their neighbors when they hear a glimmer of doubt. Will they gather in Wasilla when the head troll returns? The fetchingly empty hockey rink ought to be about the right size for starters.

21 10 2008
SMR

West Virginia — Doesn’t everybody get donations from special interest groups? And aren’t foreign contributions illegal? The foreign contributions thing isn’t really somewhere the repubs want to go considering there was the letter to a Russian Diplomat from the McLame campaign asking for the max donation of $5000. That news was broken either yesterday or the day before. M/P campaign is just angry because they are using public funds and Obama isn’t and they are out of money and Obama isn’t and they won’t have enough to run hate ads 24/7 for the next 2 weeks, so now they are kitchen-sinking it.

If it helps you in your conversations with your husband, my husband and I were both registered republicans, but we did not vote for W the last time. This time I was for Obama, and my husband was all for Mc until he added Bible Spice to the ticket. I changed my voter registration to undeclared party the following week, my hubby elected to stay republican so that he can make a statement every time he votes against the republican candidate (he’s very stubborn). Bottom line is that we are pretty fiscally conservative, but liberal in every other way. We are oil company employees, but there are plenty of those with a conscience. Anyway, we are both more than a little horrified & dismayed with the direction that the repubs have taken, the pandering to religious fundies & neo-cons to get votes. As far as I’m concerned, if you have to get votes by doing that, why bother? Why not take a time-out and re-structure the republican party so that you can appeal on real issues that affect all citizens? I don’t think I’d ever consider going back to the party, not after how they have let so many down, but I think my husband would if they give the fundies & the neo-cons the boot, really I don’t think my husband could ever bear to call himself a democrat… Bottom line is that the republican party has alienated a lot of moderates, and plenty of conservatives, it is time for them to change, and if they win this election through sleaze tactics then where is the impetus for them to do so?

By the way, this Alaskan thinks Bible Spice is the lowest of the low, and always has, and her alleged great deeds in terms of the pipeline and taxes on the oil companies are all a house of cards soon to come tumbling down — you can tell your husband that is all yet more of the hype about her, nothing of substance, as Alaskans will find out several years down the road when there is still no sign of a pipeline, the price of oil has dropped and the state coffers are running dry and Alaskans are being forced to consider paying a personal income tax for the first time. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, as someone above noted, Alaska is a GREAT example of a socialist system!!! No personal income tax, low property tax, hand-out every year from oil companies, infrastructure paid for by everyone in the other states, what a great life!!!!

21 10 2008
Debbie aka Commando Coalfire Palin

Good morning mudpuppies ! Glad to hear Brain stood up for himself and taught the dog a thing or two. My experience is dogs unlike some people learn from their mistakes.
Happy Birthday Sparky, have a good birthday and a good year. Here’s hoping we all get President Obama as a birthday present.
My neighbor Bob is terribly excited, yesterday I brought home an old John Deere tractor with attachments! I swear Bob has heavy equipment radar he showed up before I even got it parked. He was here at 6 this morning ready to change the oil and belts and get it ready to fire up. (has been sitting for a few years). Now that Bob and I are actually on the same side of an election we have a new bond and he is really into my latest project.
I have decided, with the help of a group of people who support buying food locally and the local master gardeners, to fire up the farm and start feeding people who are having problems feeding themselves. Our food bank here has seen an unprecidented raise in requests at the same time their donations have dropped to nothing. The details are to involved for here but involve the master garders teaching people how they can grow their own food and so on. I was inspired to do this by listening to Barrack Obama when he was in Portland during the primary, he is correct when he says we the people have all the power. In truth we are the only ones who can do anything. So while we are all out trying to get out the vote (prefferably for Obama) please think about what skill, or time you might be able to contribute to the cause of setting our country on a new course and in a better direction, doesn’t matter how big or small that contribution is because every little bit will help. No matter who gets elected we will need to dig in and get to work.
Have a good day mudpuppies, I hear the JD running (guess I better order a muffler) time to wrest the tractor seat from Bob and start plowing in the 15 yards of donated chicken manure before I expire from the smell. get the cover crop planted for winter so we will be ready to roll come spring.

21 10 2008
White Agate

@bigPete (07:03:58) :
Good news…I’m recommending a sensational book from the ‘book section’
THE SHOCK DOCTRINE. Although Naomi Klein is an economist (…..I Know!)
the book reads like a Thriller, you’ll want to lend it, if you are a Socialist, to everybody you know…..it’s out in paperback….a mere 10 bucks!

This is indeed a must-read, you will never look at the world the same way again. Klein is getting a lot of criticism for it because, in my view, there’s a whole lotta truth in that book.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA (07:13:24) :

I live on the other side of the planet, Kat.

But while ya’ll are going to bed, it’s early evening the NEXT day for me, so I see stuff that gets lost in the shuffle.

As for FL – there is no way in h*ll the McCain campaign is going to willingly give up one spot – let alone two. They have way too much riding on it.

21 10 2008
justme

AKM you rock!!!

reading this Brian story has been the greatest thing in my morning

thanks a lot

21 10 2008
White Agate

@SMR (07:24:41) : ‘Bible Spice,’ hilarious!

21 10 2008
Jamie, Floridian in Florida

@MAussie Puck Mule Hussein (04:01:47) :
Oh Rush Limcrap and his disgusting friend Bill O’Reilly and the blond hussy what’s her name – they are so uninformed, so bigoted, so vile, so ignorant, are they for real? Sometimes when I am visiting my mom and she slips on Bill before I have a chance to realize it and I hear just one sentence, I run sceaming from the room pulling on my hair. “It’s all about race” shows you exactly what is on HIS mind. And everytime McCain says something snide about where Obama gets his donations from or who endorses him or anything you can see the sour grapes oozing out of his ears. Disgusting.

Could we hope that Todd is running back to prison???? Do not pass go, do not….

21 10 2008
White Agate

@Debbie aka Commando Coalfire Palin (07:25:17) : You go, girl! I don’t have a farm but I will definitely plant a row while I am putting in a new garden next spring.

21 10 2008
Let'sGetReal

Misfit (05:51:27) :

Yesterday (Monday) was our first day for Early Voting down here in Dallas Tx. I worked as a Poll Greeter. There has been alot of ‘misinformation’ going around as to how to vote a straight ticket (that mis-info instructs people to De-Select your presidential choice after choosing straight ticket) We wanted to make sure all the NEW voters were correctly informed on how to use the voting machines. We talked to alot of very nice people who appreciated our presence there. Many were ones that had been instructed incorrectly.

You could tell who was voting for McCreepy by the way they avoided us or wore that, oh so familiar, sour scowl on thier faces as they almost ran by us. They were few and far between. (at my location, at least)

Dallas’ record for first day early voting turnout was like 22,000…that was broken shortly after noon! The total turnout for our first day of voting was about 38,000!!!! People were lining up before the polls opened, all over town. People want to be HEARD this time around!!! NO STEALING THE ELECTION THIS TIME!!

It was cool to see so many youngsters (18) showing up at the polls. And all were democratic supporters. Hope this kind of turnout continues!!!

I’m in Rowlett TX. Keep up the good work. I have yet to hear anything from the Election Official about me volunteering at the polls during election day.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@White Agate (07:26:04) :

Naomi Klein might be insulted to be call an economist.

Q. What’s the definition of an economist?
A. Someone with too little personality to be an accounant.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naomi_Klein

Naomi Klein rules!😉

21 10 2008
Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA

Aussie Puck Mule,

Duh, guess the Aussie part should have clued me in. Was momentariy delighted with the possibility that a Mudflatter lived right here in my own little red town, I couldn’t type fast enough. Since the Destin Log isn’t exactly the NYTimes I jumped to the conclusion that you must be here if you read that paper. Frankly, I’m sure Todd Palin would fit right in around here and conversely I pray that Pensacola treats Michelle with the respect and decency she deserves, I am anxious to see how that goes.

21 10 2008
LibertyLover

I’m sorry for your troll infestation, especially the extra heaping helpings that you have gotten from the state where I live… Arizona… it’s not exactly a walk in the park living with the trolls either, I assure you.

I am continually amazed at the vitriol that gets spewed around here on a regular basis, but then again, we have a Maricopa County Sheriff that owns an army tank and rides in it in every New Year’s Day Parade. (How I would love to see that baby [ the tank ] on Ebay!!!)

Great post though, the image of trolls being stuck in the mud gives me great joy and a happy chuckle.

21 10 2008
Ripley_6 AKA Copper Hussein Catfish in CT

Re: Aussie Puck Mule Hussein from wayyyyy up thread:

“He’s studying his lines.”

Priceless.

21 10 2008
Ripley_6 AKA Copper Hussein Catfish in CT

OOps…. clearly I don’t know how to use that feature very well !!! LOL… you get my point

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Happy birthday to Sparky and ocliberal.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@Ripley_6 AKA Copper Hussein Catfish in CT (07:36:56) :

OOps…. clearly I don’t know how to use that feature very well !!! LOL… you get my point

EXCELLENT!😀

21 10 2008
Michele

Arggh! Multiple trollers from Arizona? Why am I not surprised? Moved here two+ years ago from Minnesota and am still suffering from culture shock. The education and health care systems out here are so bad (educational system ranks worst in the country. Yay! We’re number 1!) that the trolls probably are not able to get the meds they need for whatever condition it is they have. We do have early voting, though. I sent in my vote for Obama on a paper ballot with my name misspelled, courtesy of the Arizona Motor Vehicle Department.

21 10 2008
Jamie, Floridian in Florida

Just saw the report on cnn.com that all Florida counties that had problems with voting machine are now using the optical scanners :

“Floridians will mark their vote for president and other offices with a pen, by filling in an oval or by connecting a line on a paper ballot. The machines then use optical scanners to read the paper ballots, which are retained for verification purposes in the event of any problems.”

We still have a Repub governor but he is no longer a Bush, so apparently he has more sense. I think McCain is gonna regret not having chosen him… I believe that was already hinted at.

21 10 2008
Ripley_6 AKA Copper Hussein Catfish in CT

I just looked at a few pictures of Obama’s “Toot” (gramma)…. he has her smile! How wonderful for them to share that gift.

21 10 2008
Misfit

I wanted to share this warm and fuzzy with ya’ll….

While at ObamaDallas HQ for my Poll Greeter training, I learned a little more interesting and pleasing little tidbits, one that made a lasting impression.

The training was led by a young man (Matt) who was an intern to Obama when he first became a senator and a community organizer (Nancy) who has worked with him for years as well. Listening to these to people speak of Obama and thier first time meeting him was refreshing and reassuring!!! The respect and admiration in thier eyes and voices was REAL !!!

Most impressive to me was learning that Borak remembers and appreciates people: He can walk into any one of his campaign offices in any town and greet every person by name, remember when that person joined that office and what that person has done AND thanks them for it….

Being able to talk with people that have actually worked with him and see the honest respect and admiration they feel for him really goes a long way in erasing any lingering doubts I may have had about my choice.

Made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside 🙂

21 10 2008
SMR

I like this video! And I hate rap! But it’s pretty mellow & great message & sure to bring some young votes to the table!

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/10/taking-back-t-2.html

21 10 2008
Let'sGetReal

I got an email from care2.com. Didn’t know the following.

Senator mcCain cast a deciding vote against the federal employment non discrimination act.

He voted 3 times against expanding the federal hate crimes law to include sexual ortientation.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA (07:34:58)

That’s sweet.

I know FL is a big, wide-ranging homogeneous (long-word alert!) society, and it’s being fought tooth-and-nail – creating angst for everyone in it.

I have no doubt that Michele Obama will be received very politely wherever she goes in FL – it’s not her first time, and she definitely has a way about her.

In fact, Pensacola might be feeling very conflicted about McCain, J III. He may not actually be a world-champion POW War Hero to them.😉

21 10 2008
suchanut

Re: Toad Palin

Sarah is scheduled to speak at the Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Meeting on Thursday at 10:20 AM. It won’t go over so well if she completely disses the Native community – I suspect they are sending Toad to cover for her.

http://www.nativefederation.org/convention/documents/2008AFNConventionAgenda.pdf

21 10 2008
SMR

@West Virginia — Here’s a link from Andrew Sullivan’s blog that links to someone else’s and discusses the donation issue, making some very fine points…

http://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/2008/10/150-million-wor.html

21 10 2008
SMR

Ahhhh, the Native Federation gathering this week! And First Creep of AK being 1/8 native (so they say). The Natives are not impressed with Bible Spice, so I hope he gets a cool reception, and not just due to the weather here!

21 10 2008
Forty Watt Hussein

Debbie aka Commando Coalfire Palin (07:25:17) :
” My experience is dogs unlike some people learn from their mistakes.”

Except for Sarah the pitbull, yes?

Talking about learning and fear (I’m trying to find a flimsy segue here): I’ve been thinking a lot about the relationship between the two. I once has a student from Appalachia, who had never heard any other view of the world but that of the far-right fundamentalist. She had, however, made her way out of there and into college, but she was struggling. Everyday after class, she would talk to me about her difficulties dealing with what to her were very alien ideas.

I really thought I understood, but I was to find out I had no concept of the depth and breadth of her torment–and I use the word advisedly.

Half way through the semester, she came to tell me she had had “light bulb” moment. “I realized today, that I can listen to other people’s ideas and not be afraid I might believe them.”

Being afraid of even hearing is an awful lot of fear. That’s fear in every pore, every minute of every day. To her eternal credit, she hung out with her fear and opened her mind.

We tend only to see and hear the hate, which often masks the underlying fear. I’m not condoning the haters in any way. I do think, however, if we are to ever put this back together again, it’s helpful to develop as much understanding as possible. Not that that dictates what is to be done, but at some point someone has to make a move towards healing this country and those that are frozen in place can’t.

Rant over.

21 10 2008
Bea

GREAT post on DU in response to Rush Limbaugh’s vile “Colin Powell endorsed Obama b/c he’s black” trash:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=132×7543102

21 10 2008
Let'sGetReal for "ThatOne"

Don’t forget to keep Senator Obama’s Grandmother in your prayers! No matter what’s ahead. I’m sure things will work themselves out for the best!

21 10 2008
Sparky

responsiblecitizen08 (07:01:32)

Thanks responsible🙂

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@Suchanut and SMR:

The entire intertubes community has been regaled with Sarah Palin’s sins against Alaskan Natives, during the last few weeks. I expect the invitation was extended long ago.

Oh boy, given the real reason she will be in Alaska (otherwise she would blow them off), it’s going to be a very interesting time.😀

21 10 2008
JK Copper Catfish Hussein RefusetobePalin

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sparky and ocliberal!
If you strain your ears very hard you might just catch me singing it from far, far away! Though you probably don’t want to, I’m not what you’d call a natural musician😉

Hope both of you have a fabulous day today… and BTW ocliberal the dog in your picture is gorgeous!

21 10 2008
Sparky

ocliberal (07:10:49) :

Right on, Ocliberal! Waves from Sacramento. Thanks and backatcha: Happiest of birthdays. I see you have a little puppydog (Beagle?) as your Avatar…coolness abounds. I’m trying to get my Avatar up (Retriever doggie) when I bloody well find out how to do it. Working working…

“I hear it’s your birthday…It’s my birthday, too, yeah!” (Beatle Bugs😉 )

21 10 2008
Sparky

sorry for the OT, but “Brian Days” always bring out my happy fingers.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@Unalaska Yard Sign Toon (07:20:25) :

Marthaaaaaa, I’m helpless w/laughter!

21 10 2008
Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA

Aussie,
Reassuring words, thank you. This part of Fla is more like southern ALabama than FL, very deep south but with a huge military component. Hopefully, Powell’s endorsement and McCains vet record among the nine million other things will cause some people to examine their inner conflict and seek change.

I was out to lunch with my mother yesterday and we talked at length with our waitress, she was a young woman and said she couldn’t decide who to vote for (which just snapped my mind). She said she didn’t know much about the differences between the 2 candidates, so I told her all that I knew, basically I did a Colin Powell. By the way she did mention the one thing she had noticed and didn’t like was the nasty, negative ads by McCain, also she said SP “kind of creeped her out”. So you can see she was a smart girl! By the end of our meal I think I had her.

Anyway, I’m sure you are right and Michelle will get the spectacular welcome she deserves.

21 10 2008
Crunk Petrol Palin

Here is a great article on Sen. Stevens Testimony. His defense seems to be that gifts don’t count as gifts if he didn’t like them. (even though he still kept them.)

Does that mean that my income wasn’t income (and thus subject to tax) if I didn’t do the work I was supposed to do to earn it?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/20/AR2008102002545.html?nav=slate

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@ Debbie aka Commando Coalfire Palin (07:25:17)

I’m loving you and Bob “together”, and loving what you’re doing.

21 10 2008
GJ in Idaho

Happy Birthday Sparky. We share something in common, today is also my Birthday. To celebrate I’m going to donate my B-day money to all my favorite Swing State Democrats.

21 10 2008
Misfit

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sparky and Ocliberal!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!

AND MANY MOOOOOORE!!!!!

well.. what WAS left of my voice is gone now…I will be quiet the rest of the day.

21 10 2008
Sparky

Thanks for excellent posts to read first thing this morning. I actually have a job with significant respondibility (says here in fine print) am late (wanted to read Mudpuppy news and get updated information) so off I go!

Love to you all! Happy Birthday again fellow Libra OC.

21 10 2008
SMR

@Crunk Petrol Palin — Maybe if you don’t like your job your income doesn’t count? Or if you don’t like your employer it doesn’t count?

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA (08:07:20) :

Your post reminded me of the 24-year-old Texan nurse saying, “I don’t wanna spread the wealth, I wanna keep my money.”

How far does she think her $32,000 p.a. spreads?

We are up against a lot – and the key seems to be waiters and waitresses.

Eat out more, Kat!😀

21 10 2008
knikgoose HUSSEIN!! justaskin

suchanut (07:50:18) :

Re: Toad Palin

Sarah is scheduled to speak at the Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Meeting on Thursday at 10:20 AM. It won’t go over so well if she completely disses the Native community – I suspect they are sending Toad to cover for her.

Her non-appearance won’t be acceptable, since TP (yes, toilet paper) has no power to speak with them or make any comments re: clean water act, subsistence hunting and fishing, etc.,, the issues.

“But tribal leader Mike Williams of Akiak said he has been unable to schedule a meeting with Palin or get responses to his letters. Williams is chairman of the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council. He said tribes have been forced to look at her lawsuits to discern policy, lacking any clear policy statements from the governor.”
“But the normally reticent Kitka (AFN president) did step forward three weeks ago with a newspaper op-ed column defending the reputation of Monegan, whose firing by Palin led to the ongoing investigations known as Troopergate.

Kitka said Monegan had been a strong force for improving the justice system in rural Alaska, and she objected to complaints about his record from the McCain campaign.

“I cannot allow a fellow Alaska Native to have his reputation tarnished and used as a political football,” Kitka wrote.”

http://www.adn.com/politics/story/560714.html

21 10 2008
knikgoose HUSSEIN!! justaskin

Did I read that right? Did she say “Rose the teacher” is making more than $250K?

21 10 2008
lower48nik

Looking for more background on a few areas of ongoing interest to Alaskans even if not known to lower 48ers by 11/5:

1. During that “talk about Sarah” radio host-emcee’d event soon after Palin’s VP nomination, one guy said that she’d done something re: the residential building codes at start of her gov. tenure that affected whether or not AK or Wasilla residential homes were properly earthquake proofed. I think he said it related to the residential building code (maybe faiilure to adopt the updated IBC with improved/updated earthquake proofing requirements?). I did a lot of research on this topic which I will be happy to provide to mudflats (still haven’t found what he referenced but have the background resech) – if interested, if the mudflats website owner contacts me at my email address, I will forward all links/info I found. There IS a major fault line said to be 6-10 mi from Wasilla which blows every 700 years or so, and it’s been like about 650 years since the last Big One on that faultline. I can’t find an AK legislative action re: the codes, but the Palins own several properties in the area, and it would be nice to know of any action/inaction on her part and whether/how it impacted their own real estate holdings.

2. re: the Palin-driven hockeydrome in Wasilla, they started building BEFORE the land ownership was resolved (still in litigation to this day, as I understand it). Saw a feature story recently about a host family describing Track Palin’s spending time in Michigan to go to high school for several months until he injured himself — reason stated was that he wanted to be in a place where many hockey scouts came to check out players for potential scholarships. What was the big rush to build the arena and does it have anything to do with their aspirations for their son? There is just so much self focus in this candidate that it would be interesting to revisit this episode in her mayoral history.

3. And of course, the failure to release medical records … First the discrepancy in the local hospital records for the week Trig was born, and now no records released. Would they reopen the can of worms around Trig’s birth? I don’t much care if he’s her baby or not — it’s not too relevant to her candidacy — but I do care if it turns out she will go to great lengths and spin lies for her own personal reasons, gain, or fear of loss of reputation. Temperament, you know.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

GJ in Idaho (08:15:17) :

Happy birthday, GJ! Now that you’re getting some sleep, you’re looking younger than ever!😀

21 10 2008
sauerkraut aka Palin Pity Party

Ted Stevens didn’t want Allen to leave all those gifts… says Allen stole chairs in his cabin and replaced them with leather upgrades.

Stevens must think we are freekin’ schtupidt.

He kept the gifts without reporting them. Too bad for him that he got bagged.

21 10 2008
sauerkraut aka Palin Pity Party

No work at the house today due to low worker turnout and high winds, so I tried to get some tickets to go see McCain speak at The Forum in downton Harrisburg this afternoon.

No luck. Although the article on pennlive.com said tickets were available, they were all gone when I called. There will be live blogging thru the pennlive site, so if you want a blow-by-blow, go there. One of the reporters posted a campaign handout of McCain’s statements from a rally he had just outside Philly this morning; I won’t bore you with it here because you can also get that at the pennlive.com website.

Amazing that McCain is still hanging on to Joe the Plumber.

Fact is, Joe’s real name is Sam and he’s not even a full-fledged plumber.

He accosted Obama at a neighborhood canvass with a basketfull of falsehoods about how he was going to purchase his employer’s (Newell) plumbing business and how Obama’s tax proposals would cause him to pay more in taxes.

A 2-man plumber’s operation would result in “Joe” getting a smaller tax bill, not a larger one. Not that Joe appears to be all that concerned about paying his tax obligations to the State of Ohio.

Joe’s income isn’t nearly as high as he initially claimed. Nor does he appear to be financially capable of purchasing his boss’ plumbing business. Not that he could operate it in any case because he does not have the necessary state license. It appears that he’s not even supposed to be employed in his current capacity due to his lack of license and the Toledo-area newspapers reported that Newell is under investigation for employing the unlicensed Joe the Plumber.

All that is of no concern to the hyperbolic McCain. He is ignoring the facts about Joe the Plumber in the same fashion as he’s ignored the facts about his running mate, Sarah Palin.

When McCain complains about socialism and government “spreading the wealth around” he conveniently forgets how Palin increased a sales tax to fund a hockey arena that her son could use (while denying the police department full funding from that same tax increase).

When McCain complains about government taking money from individuals and entities, and then giving that money to others, he conveniently forgets how Palin funded the recent “oil rebate.”

Yes, dear readers, Palin runs the Alaskan government just like a socialist organization. But McCain would rather ignore that and hurl accusations against someone who’s not engaged in textbook socialism.

McCain’s forgotten and forgets lots of things.

But Americans are not going to forget his mistakes and his ugly statements. Come Nov. 4 Americans across this great nation are going to speak at the ballot box. On Nov. 5, John McCain will return to the Senate. And Sarah Palin will return to Alaska to face the music of the Republican chorus seeking answers to her misdeeds and unethical behavior there.

So, Toad (love that name) is rushing to Alaska, eh? Is his old man finally going to take him out back to the woodshed and teach him social manners? How come we never hear about Toad’s parents? Are they ashamed of him?

21 10 2008
ds55
21 10 2008
upnorth minnesota hose Hussein hotrod

Hey all! Good mornin’!
I’ve got to get a big project off my desk by tomorrow…so, sadly (she wipes the tears away), my time with muddies ’til Thursday will be limited.
But a coupla things.

I’m not one to ‘police’ what others do or say…far from it. But I have to be honest and say calling Barack “Barry” in this space doesn’t feel right to me. He’s long long since put that name on the shelf. Plus it’s what the repugs call him and they don’t mean it with respect. I humbly submit that we stick to Barack. Please???

@bobg — oh how I wish “socialism” were the last and worst thing they will throw Obama’s way. there are still two very, very long weeks…time enough for them to double or triple the depths to which they will sink, unfortunately. stay awake and stay vigilant folks!

sparky and ocliberal — happy birthday to you!!! may your day be full of joy and hope for the future.

hose Hussein hotrod

21 10 2008
More Light Than Heat

@ ocliberal & Sparky
Arms flapping in both directions from Palmdale waving happy b-day wishes your way.

@AKM
Trolls splatting into the Flats and Brian’s encounter with dog and human… what wonderful word pictures. Thanks for the delightful way to start my day.

@all
It’s so nice to see Michele Bachmann squirm…
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14777.html
“I never called ALL liberals anti-American. But when you can’t win on the issues, you steal the election with a couple of lies and $1 million worth of mud.” Guess she didn’t figure on the response to her hate-speech so she had to find ONE liberal who’s still a patriot in her mind. And that comment about not being able to win on the issues… WTF? Has she been listening to who’s talking the real issues and who’s spending millions on mud? I hope she goes down hard on 11/4. That would bring me almost as much joy as seeing Obama-Biden win in a landslide.

I’m so struck by the contrast between the crowds going into McCain-Palin rallies with their fear and hatred and the report of yesterday’s Obama rally in Orlando. Hope is a powerful thing.

21 10 2008
Lana, KY

My advice to all trolls & the GOP:

BUILD A BRIDGE . . . AND GET OVER IT !

21 10 2008
upnorth minnesota hose Hussein hotrod

oops. and happy, happy day to you too GJ in Idaho. Wow, Oct. 21st is a hoppin’ day on the Mudflats!
hHh

21 10 2008
jwa-Cheney Hussein Palin

Your description troll hunting kind of reminds me of the Harry Potter books where they are getting gnomes out of Mrs. Weasley’s garden.

I like the image of not giving the trolls more importance than they deserve. Unpleasant, nasty, mis-informed little beasts, but lacking any power unless we choose to give it to them.

One of the blessings of this blog is the sense of community and the civil tone to the discussion that is so lacking in other places. Thanks to all of you Muddies out there who help keep it that way.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

News outlets sweat over exit poll accuracy

Media outlets are preparing for the possibility that their Election Day surveys could be skewed because of overstated support for Barack Obama, largely because of the enthusiasm of his supporters.

While exit polling is a notoriously inexact science—early exit poll results suggested John Kerry would be elected president in 2004—the introduction of several new variables, ranging from the zeal of Obama’s supporters to his racial background to widespread early voting, is causing concerns among those charged with conducting the surveys and the networks that will be reporting them.

“It’s in some ways the flip side of non-cooperation,” said one pollster involved in preparations, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, “It’s over-cooperation by certain people.”

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14778.html

‘nite

21 10 2008
jwa-Cheney Hussein Palin

Aussie Puck Mule Hussein (07:48:55) :

I know FL is a big, wide-ranging homogeneous (long-word alert!) society, and it’s being fought tooth-and-nail – creating angst for everyone in it.

Just a polite note: I think the long word you are looking for is heterogeneous. Homogeneous means uniform, Hetero- means different🙂

21 10 2008
Carol(IL)

Watching Obama in FL and just love the way he is moderating this exchange of ideas.

21 10 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago

ds55 (08:29:33) :
What does a black bear cub have to do with Obama?
– – – – –

Campus police are still trying to answer that question. The cub was shoot through the head. 2 Obama signs were stapled together and placed over the head of the cub.

It is sometimes beyond comprehension to understand what goes through the minds of very evil righties. This story more than any other made me sick…

21 10 2008
Forty Watt Hussein

Funny article by Barbara Ehrenreich of HuffPo.

Concludes:

“Ah well, we socialists still have the election to look forward to. After months of studying the candidates’ economic plans, we have determined that one of them, and only one, can be relied on to complete the destruction of capitalism. With high hopes and great confidence, the Socialist International Conspiracy endorses John McCain!”

21 10 2008
Bea

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sparky AND ocliberal AND GJ in Idaho !

My goodness, what was going on nine months before today on all those different years and places to spawn so many little future Muddies????😉

21 10 2008
Ennealogic aka PumpBustHussein

Shout out to Brian – You go, moose!

Happy Birthday Libras! – I’m a Capricorn but I’ve been very close to a few wonderful Libras in my life. Hope your birthdays are specially double good!

Early Voting – If you can’t or don’t vote early, don’t worry. We need to make sure that the folks doing Exit Polling on November 4th don’t get their numbers skewed because we all voted early. Exit Polls are a primary indicator of a rigged vote — if the vote doesn’t match the Exit Polls pretty closely, we’ll know someone has been rigging the count.

New Music Videos – Relinking these fun and heartwarming videos already posted here today: Takin’ it Back with Barack is fantastic, go see it if you haven’t already. And MC Yogi’s rap from Andrew Sullivan’s page had me all watery-eyed and remembering again how incredible it’s going to be for us, and for the world, when we can say President Barack Obama for real.

21 10 2008
Bea

Aussie Puck Mule Hussein (08:39:30) :

While exit polling is a notoriously inexact science—early exit poll results suggested John Kerry would be elected president in 2004…

Kerry WAS elected President. Diebold stole the election for Bush.
And some VERY shady stuff went on with stopping exit polling in both the 2000 and 2004 elections. I am trying VERY hard to believe that massive turnout will make this one unstealable, but I have had some dark nights….

21 10 2008
knikgoose HUSSEIN!! justaskin

lower48nik

If you go back to page 15 of this blog, you’ll see a post called “For Hard-Core Addicts Only” and a link to a pdf file “palin-2006-vetting”
In it, you’ll find a lot of the dirty deeds,..I say a lot because I’m sure there are more no one knows about ‘cept Sarah.

Also, sure there’s a fault line! There are quakes all the time. Forget the 600 years, there was a big one in 1964. (Mind you, there can be a hefty shake in Anch, yet isn’t noticed on the far side of Wasilla)
One in November of 2002 that was a good one,…wrecked some roads and the runway at Northway.

Re: Hockeydrome,..there are a lot of hockey and skating buffs in Ak,..so, it was called for but perhaps not the add-ons, and the $600,000 kitchen (not kidding). Also, it’s a tad inconvenient for kids to get to- I mean, why would someone drive to the running/walking track? And pay to get in? Just go to the mall!
She also made it illegal to ride bicycles or skateboards anywhere , skateboards especially, except at the skateboard park (yes, illegal to ride a skateboard in your own driveway)
But it’s okay to ride your snowmachine on the sidewalk.

21 10 2008
Ennealogic aka PumpBustHussein

@ Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Be careful about Politico. It sounds to me like that exit poll story’s purpose is to try and set the stage for yet another major disparity between the reported vote and what people say as they leave the voting booth, such as we clearly saw in both 2000 and 2004.

When the exit polls in 2004 said that Kerry won, only the results were reversed in the count that got recorded, we heard this excuse: “…most likely due to Kerry voters participating in the exit polls at a higher rate than Bush voters.” Which was, of course, totally insupportable.

Exit polling is how every civilized country in the world is judged on the fairness of their elections. Except the US, of course, the last couple times.

21 10 2008
More Light Than Heat

@ GJ in Idaho
Birthday wishes coming your way, too.

Just saw a piece of tape from today’s Morning Joe.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/21/chuck-todd-mccains-got-no_n_136545.html
It fits in nicely with the other HuffPo piece that McCain’s folding his tent in IA, NM and CO. Looks like our guy’s hard work and that of all his millions of supporters are paying off. That said, I’ll be phoning voters in NM later today as part of the Calif call team effort. Take nothing for granted.

21 10 2008
WA Lifeisgood

re: earlier posts about donations to Obama’s campaign…I’ve never donated money to any campaign until September 2008. I made one donation and then purchased yard signs and car magnets (never sported those before either.)

And I’m talking very little money – I don’t have much to give but it was important enough to me to make the effort. I think there were many who felt the same way and every dollar counts…clearly, or McCain wouldn’t be making all that noise.

Prayers for Obama’s grandma, she should be so very proud of the man she raised. I hope she’s here in January to see him sworn in.

21 10 2008
Bea

Have you all read the op ed that got Joe Klein kicked off the Straight Smacktalk Express?:

John McCain had a fabulously loony weekend, flipping out charges and attacks like a mud tornado. The truly remarkable thing about McCain’s attacks, especially on Obama’s economic policies, is that McCain, in each case, is “guilty” of supporting some version of the policies he’s attacking:

http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/2008/10/incoherence_1.html

21 10 2008
Bea

Have you all read the op ed that got Joe Klein kicked off the Straight Smacktalk Express?:

John McCain had a fabulously loony weekend, flipping out charges and attacks like a mud tornado. The truly remarkable thing about McCain’s attacks, especially on Obama’s economic policies, is that McCain, in each case, is “guilty” of supporting some version of the policies he’s attacking:

http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/2008/10/incoherence_1.html

Hmmmm…. mud. Maybe McInsane has been hanging out at Trollfest?

21 10 2008
derDunkelRover

/name Texas_Hussein_Obamadillo
What happened to Obama Cam Sign???
Anyone???

21 10 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago

@Ennealogic aka PumpBustHussein (08:57:39) :

@ Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Be careful about Politico.
——–
I agree, my gut tells me to be very wary of Politico as well. I just sense writing between the lines that makes me unconfortable. This happened on so many occasions I no longer go to the sight. Just my opinion.

21 10 2008
ds55

@ WA Lifeisgood (09:05:49) : //Prayers for Obama’s grandma, she should be so very proud of the man she raised. I hope she’s here in January to see him sworn in.//

I trust she will see him sworn in, no matter what.

21 10 2008
Jamie, Floridian in France

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sparky AND ocliberal AND GJ in Idaho !

I just received a short sweet e-mail from my mom’s die-hard crazy Repub friend who sends her ALL the smear, lie-filled, vile e-mails about Obama. I started to send my mom e-mails telling the truth about Obama, McCain and Palin and some links to videos to counteract, so I sent a few in copy to this woman. Well she e-mailed me back and said

“I have no problem reading the other side and at this point I’m pretty sure your candidate is going to win and time will tell, Jamie.”

Well, did that make me smile!!!

More on socialism, I don’t get the ignorance of people who applaud when Obama is called a socialist. What do they think it means? Do they know? Does she know? And it never ceases to amaze me that all of those middle and working class Joes at Palin’s rallies are actually cheering her when she sneers at Obama’s idea of taking money from the rich in order to help THEM out! Will wonders never cease! Just goes to show how ignorant….

21 10 2008
Let'sGetReal for "ThatOne"

ds55 (08:29:33) :

What does a black bear cub have to do with Obama?

One of the posters on that site, asked….”What has this world come to?” The people have always had this in them….they hate the fact, that a African American man could/will be our next President….and they are just bringing to light what has been suppressed for a while!

21 10 2008
knikgoose HUSSEIN!! justaskin

A Moose Story
Once upon a time, Knikgoose had a ‘partner’ who liked shooting things -dead. He was one of those guys with 47 long guns and about 7 handguns stashed all over the house “just in case” (?????????)
Anyway, he had this moose ticket. I refused to get one. I don’t like shooting things-dead. Yes, I will eat them. But, if I had to kill them myself, I would surely be vegan in a week.
Instead, I used to take pics of them as I saw them (since he would go out day-after-day and never find them) just to taunt him. Anyway this isn’t about him.
Coming back to my house (little town) from the big city one day, since I like taking back-roads sometimes, I came across this humongous bullmoose with a huge rack. My kids yell “Stop, go take a pic!” Now, this guy is really huge, but I figured out that I could sneak up through the brush and position myself quite close behind an old beaver-mound. (This is my kind of hunting – partner used to get mad at the “shots” he missed!)
So, I’m about to take this shot when , out of nowhere, (and in the middle of nowhere) comes an SUV PACKED with Japanese tourists,..and another behind it. They screech to a halt and ALL 12 of them, barrel out and waddle up to “Brian”, laughing, waving their arms (as if to get him to say “cheese”) and conversing loudly in Japanese.
At this time, I am trying to wave at these folks so they’ll shut up and not be so bold. In the meantime, my 3 kids, who I told to “Stay in the car”, figure it’s okay to get out since there are so many people.
Well, wouldn’t you know it, Brian puts his head down, and starts with the “ga-honk”ing. I know what comes next,…he sets his sites on the biggest closest (about 10 feet) tourist , and tears off after him. All these Japanese people are running willy-nilly, arms a-waving, screaming Japanese obscenities (no doubt!), when I realize, (while I am dying laughing- about to pee) that my 3 kids are standing in the middle of the meadow. I wave wildly at them to head for the trees, but they head for the car instead, and while ‘Brian’ didn’t really chase them (he did a 7-step ‘lunge’, like a bull), they kept running for all they were worth, shrieking all the way.
So, now, they’re hiding behind the car, Brian is standing between me and the car (looking for love- NOT people) and I’m still laughing, (and need to pee).
I had to wait a good 15 minutes for Brian to wander off (having dug and ‘decorated’ himself a lovely rut-hole) before I could get back to the car, to tell them,..the next time a moose with a huge rack chases you, run into the woods, and run in circles.
Since then, my oldest is terrified of moose- so, we send her moose things.
And the ex was really not happy when he saw the size of that moose!
He was even more unhappy when he came home one day, soon after, to find that, while he was at work, his mother had sent some guy over to buy a couple of his guns from him, and I THOUGHT he said to sell ALL of his guns.
Oh gee.

21 10 2008
Unalaska Yard Sign Toon

Dear Lana, KY

“My advice to all trolls & the GOP:”

BUILD A BRIDGE . . . AND GET UNDER IT !
(I love your comment but had to change just one word)

It’s AWESOME to have so many states represented here – !

21 10 2008
Let'sGetReal for "ThatOne"

Ennealogic aka PumpBustHussein (08:57:39) :

@ Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Be careful about Politico. It sounds to me like that exit poll story’s purpose is to try and set the stage for yet another major disparity between the reported vote and what people say as they leave the voting booth, such as we clearly saw in both 2000 and 2004.

My thoughts exactly! When I first read this on Yahoo I said….aren’t they trying to set the stage of something fishy. When the rethugs try to steal the election…we want be surprised! This is what they are trying to implant in our minds. Shame on you Politico!!!

21 10 2008
sauer kraut

MN hotrod – I don’t recall anyone calling Obama “Barry” while he was in law school. It tends to be something his detractors call him as a way to mock him for connecting with the core of Americans.

As for trolls, cannot tell you how happy I am to see my comments stay! Over at The Effluence, they block anyone who isn’t willing to be bitter and lonely about Hillary’s loss to Obama in the primaries. I suspect their biggest readership comes from mccainiacs and palinistas.

21 10 2008
LA

Good morning pups,
Knikgoose,
I am just howling over your story. I can just picture all the tourists…not many Moose in Japan…teehee.
Many years ago when I lived in Fairbanks, we flew to Anchorage and did the road trip to Homer and Seward. Being a Cal girl, I had never seen a moose. So my main function was to yell from the back seat of the car….”Moose Moose” everytime I saw one and demand my spouse stop so I could take pics . After losing count of around 100 moose, and mostly pics of moose bottoms… the atitude in the car was getting a little strained.

21 10 2008
Rose in PA

McCain isn’t giving up on PA…he was in the Philly area again this morning. Apparently the McCain campaign still hasn’t gotten the hint about using the image of the Phillie Phanatic. Last week the Phillie Phanatic’s image made an appearance on the credentials issued to members of the press. The Phanatic was depicted wearing a McCain-Palin t-shirt in a photo that seemed to be a product of Photo Shop. On Friday, the Phillies issued a reminder that such use of the Phanatic’s image was unauthorized and that they weren’t supporting any candidate.

But this morning, the press credentials still had the same image of the Phanatic. This needs to stop! I don’t want any bad karma going the Phillies’ when the World Series starts tomorrow!🙂

21 10 2008
tblzr

Q: Brandon Garcia wants to know, “What does the Vice President do?”

PALIN: That’s something that Piper would ask me! … [T]hey’re in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom.

Psst….Gov. Palin, VPs aren’t actually in charge of the Senate.

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/10/21/palin-vp-senate/

21 10 2008
LA

Maybe she should go ask Cheney…he could certainly give her an earfull. I just can’t even listen to her anymore. She makes my stomach hurt and my eyes glaze over.

21 10 2008
Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA

tblzr,

You just beat me to it, I just finished reading that piece on HuffPo and I was howling. She thinks she gets to be in charge of the Senate and if she feels like it can “get in there” and make policy changes. OMG, has this woman not learned one thing in the last 7 weeks, it’s kind of surreal the elementary school level knowledge she still doesn’t grasp.

21 10 2008
LA

Why are we all surprised about her statement. After all her Foreign Policy experience is because “you can see Russia from Alaska” Oh SNORT!

21 10 2008
Shikago aka Chief Hussein Shikago

We can always count on Jon Stewart to cheer us up. He clarifies his Palin remarks.
2 clips here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/21/jon-stewart-clarifies-pal_n_136484.html

21 10 2008
Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA

I guess I think that anyone with ANY amount of intelligence at all would have picked up some facts, knowledge, insight while surrounded by tutors, advisors and handlers for 7 weeks. I guess she has been shopping and working on new hairdos when I, for instance, would have been cramming information into my brain every spare second.

21 10 2008
Denise ThatOneFromMSgaAZca

Thanks for the grin.

21 10 2008
Denise ThatOneFromMSgaAZca

Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA (10:13:59) :

I guess she [Palin] has been shopping and working on new hairdos when I, for instance, would have been cramming information into my brain every spare second.
++++++++++++++++

Dear thinking Kat, you are missing the point behind her nomination. It was never based on capability. It was based on the APPEARANCE of capability.

And MARKETING appeal. Gotta face it, Palin comes across the TV screen way sexier than Joe Lieberman, Mike Huckaby, Tom Ridge, and Mitt Romney all rolled into one. Ewwww on that unappetizing image.

And Palin was UNKNOWN, so easier to fabricate a myth to appeal to Repubs and undecideds.

Eternal thanks to the Mudflatters and Alaskans who have not let the real Palin remain hidden.

21 10 2008
Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA

Denise,

I really do know how naive I must sound, it’s just that by now if I were SP I would be so embarassed that, were I capable, I would actually try to know something the next time I opened my mouth. I need to stop thinking in terms of what I would think or do and concentrate on remembering that this woman is nothing like me or really anyone I know.

21 10 2008
SMR

To continue the Daily Show theme: take his quiz to determine whether or not you are a real American, and when finished for a great leaugh go to his story about the Wasilla that is Real America. Hilarious interview with current mayor…

http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=188637&title=quiz-are-you-a-real-american

21 10 2008
Shove Maggot "That One" Hussein aka the problem child

@ Ennealogic aka PumpBustHussein (08:57:39) :

@ Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

Be careful about Politico, Ennealogic.
————

I’m not sure that I agree on bias there. I think they have genuinely intelligent people (with a range of political ideas) writing for them, who are really well plugged in to what is going on in the campaigns. No comment on those who comment there. Not everyone has a troll patrol and an expert troll flinger like we do.

I went in a few minutes ago and found the following fun quote from the comments section, though:
“reality has such a liberal bias”
Tee hee.

21 10 2008
Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA

Denise,
I don’t think I put it correctly, I really do know all the reasons why she was selected in the first place. What I find difficult to understand is why she doesn’t care, and for that matter why her handlers don’t care, that she sounds so stupid all the time. I totally get that she doesn’t like hard work so there’s the answer, she didn’t want to do the work and figured she could wing it. Further, if she had hit the ground running and done the work (assuming she has a brain in there somewhere) it wouldn’t be so crystal clear to most people that they should be very worried about her capabilites so badly.

OMG, I justed talked myself through this, thank God she’s so lazy, it’s what’s going to save the country. Yay for her shallowness and lack of pride.

21 10 2008
Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA

Whoops on the so badly at the end of first paragraph, must proofread.

21 10 2008
Quezalcoatl

Love, love, love your presentation AKM./ Wonderful.

lower48nik (08:23:09) :
I can answer your #2 Q…re: hockeydrome
She organized a large building project to skim labour and material for her new house. Easier to hide, what with no permits required. Gag. Why a hick town of 5,000 drops this elephant miles from anyone smells like moose patties to me./ Unvarnished, no less.
How Local Teens Beat Sarah Palin In The Battle Of The Wasilla Skate Park A member of the band Portugal. The Man recalls a flap with then-Mayor Palin that took place 10 years ago.

Breath of Fresh Air, a short clip — Discrimination and what are they afraid of.

21 10 2008
mhrt oregon"steve"

this is a great article about obama and what a good man he is and how kind he has always been……..the other article that i read had copies of the letters…….i wish this one did

http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/25/654354

21 10 2008
SanDiego Muslim Jew Christian Hindu Surfchick

AKM, who is running the state of Alaska at this time? (I always wondered about that during elections when elected officials were busy campaigning, now I have someone to ask.) Thanks!

In this case, Lt. Governor Sean Parnell….so basically, nobody. AKM

21 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein Pro Popeyes Chicken

Joey B just makes me smile.

He’s talking and he’s just fun to listen to.

21 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein Pro Popeyes Chicken

Overheard at a MA (morons anonymous) meeting

Hello..

My Name Is Sarah, and I’m an idiot.

I’m such a moron, i actually think being VP means you’re in charge of the US Senate and can shake things up. Duh, I’m such a moron, i never bothered reading the Constitution.

Think I’ll go home to Alaska in a few weeks. I’m kinda tired.

21 10 2008
sauerkraut aka Palin Pity Party

Well, the good thing about Sarah Palin getting to be in charge of the US Senate is that when McCain returns, she can out him for all his sins. Maybe she’ll even go have a heart-to-heart chat with Larry Craig.

21 10 2008
SC Strike Chipper Hussein Palin

I had serious problems sleeping last night–woke up at 2 am and came here–didn’t even get sleepy until 4 am. (I have to be up by 6!) To make a short story long, I turned on the TV (no cable) and found many interesting things, but the best was an interview with some “Rednecks for Obama” in Ohio. They were great and they aren’t kidding, these guys are rednecks, for sure. They are also tired of how things have gone for the past 8 years and are working to convince everyone they know that Obama is the Change We Need.

You go, Rednecks!

21 10 2008
eajphd Molten Contra Palin

“WV Democrat (05:27:49) :
the dog was just being a dog. They chase things…. This can be applied to the McCain/Palin campaign as well.”

So you agree with the instinctual theory of pit bull behavior, too. The question though is, is there a responsible grown-up around to manage things? It seems that McCain is regressing to a hormonally driven early adolescence – he’s got the head cheerleader and he’s going to take to the prom. Wait till he opens his eyes on the morning after and sees that she’s a dpg – a pit bull. Talk about coyote ugly.

21 10 2008
LibertyLover

Unalaska Yard Sign Toon (09:23:22) :
Dear Lana, KY

“My advice to all trolls & the GOP:”

BUILD A BRIDGE . . . AND GET UNDER IT !
(I love your comment but had to change just one word)

It’s AWESOME to have so many states represented here –

——-

Would that perchance be a “Bridge to Nowhere”?

21 10 2008
Camie

Look, quick, SP is giving an interview on CNN talking about her executive experience and how they are going to cut taxes so that americans and small businessess can keep more of what they earn and hire more workers and how she has done that as mayor, manager and govenor in Alaska. Again with government needs to get out of the way and let the private sector do what it does best. So government should get out of the way except for when she wants to change the constitution. Again with the executive experience where she formed a cabinet in Alaska with Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Maverick, maverick, reach over the aisle. Where have I heard this before….

21 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein Pro Popeyes Chicken

Camie, did Barbie say she had PTA experience too?

21 10 2008
Camie

She is supposed to talk about Todd’s role in the Troopergage scandal when they air the rest of the interview. I will say they must have been prepping her pretty good because she doesn’t come off as a total air head. She sounds like she has some clue of what she is talking about, dramatic change from the Katie Couric Sarah Palin that we have all come to know and love.

I don’t know as this long process draws to a close I get more and more nervous. Especially if the McCain camp puts her out there more and more over the next two weeks and she is able to perform as she did in this interview. I worry that it might sway some Independents who saw her as a liability as not being all that bad and all that stupid or divisive. Thoughts….

21 10 2008
Camie

No, she didn’t mention the PTA today, but I am not sure if you guys are fans of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart but they had an interview with some people from Waisila that was pretty striking as she admitted that the town of Waisila doesn’t manage a fire dept., school system or any othe social service. When pressed to explain exactly what the mayor does on a day to day basis she answered that they have a staff meeting on Monday and she signs checks on Thursday. They also interviewed someone from the AIP who retorted that Todd Palin was a member of the AIP until recently. It was very striking. I will try to post it but I am not sure how.

21 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein Pro Popeyes Chicken

CM has the speech… she’s an idiot. She’s going to run the US Senate.. She’s in charge.. Alexander Haig musta taught her.

That clip is just too funny..! I sent it to CM, so it must be why they used it..

I’m sticking to that story.. hahaha

IF you guys missed it, check it out.. It’s sad she has no clue.

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/10/21/palin-vp-senate/

21 10 2008
Marty (VA) Hussein Pro Popeyes Chicken

Camie,.. they didn’t mention she spent $50,000 on her Wasilla OFFICE????

Really.. she did red flocked ‘bordello’ wallpaper.. What else could she spent that much on her office anyway?

Did they talk about their ice rink she built on land they didn’t own? Or the $650,000 kitchen she got in there. What kitchen costs that much? I’m pretty sure you can build an entire McD’s for that net construction cost and probably buy the land in a lot of communities. So, there’s money there that is funky..

When all is said and done, when Barbie goes home, the paid killers from McGrumpy and the GOP go home, and she’s left on her own, and McGrumpy changes his cell phone # so she can’t even call him, she’ll have to deal with all the moosecrap she’s done in Alaska and will certainly pay the Piper..

damn, didn’t intend that one, but it just fell in perfectly, didn’t it?🙂

21 10 2008
Regi

OMG 30 seconds in and she’s got ruffled feathers, maverick, patriot, media bashing, I can’t retain this crap, it’s like retaining a Britney Spears song.

21 10 2008
Regi

Drew Griffin is now drinking wine out of her shoe.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

jwa-Cheney Hussein Palin (08:43:57) :

Aussie Puck Mule Hussein (07:48:55) :

I know FL is a big, wide-ranging homogeneous (long-word alert!) society, and it’s being fought tooth-and-nail – creating angst for everyone in it.

Just a polite note: I think the long word you are looking for is heterogeneous. Homogeneous means uniform, Hetero- means different

OMG did I really write that?😀 The third glass of wine will do it every time! Still, it was a fun night – and the latest I’ve ever stayed up in my life (and I sure am regretting it now lol)

21 10 2008
Phnxrising Hussein

First: Happy Birthday to all you Libras out there!!!🙂

Second: Just a gentle remind that there are those of us from AZ who have been faithful mudpuppies from the word go…working the campaigning and financially pitching in wherever and however we can. We are acutely aware of just how ‘red’ Arizona is. In my household alone, one of us will not even place a sticker on a vehicle for fear of reprisals from a very right-wing Republican boss and the car that does have on remains in the garage for fear of possible vandalism.
I do know this much though….people are getting brave in their frustration with this whole way of living. As just this past weekend, there was an open protest signs and all in between Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona against both McCain and Bush of about 15 or so people which in this part of the country is truly, truly brave on a busy Friday night where heavy traffic passes by and will see your face!!!
Unfortunately, I have been ill and did not get out to get photos of it but did receive a phone call alerting me to said event taking place!

Believe, Arizona wants change but it will not come without great risk and potentially great cost to many!

21 10 2008
responsiblecitizen08

I hope the mudflatters celebrating birthdays have a wonderful day! May you have many joys and blessings in this new year of life for you. The best present for you and all of us is an Obama/Biden victory.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

To everyone who criticised the politico item I posted – are you sure you understood it?

I certainly didn’t.

21 10 2008
Aussie Puck Mule Hussein

@SC Strike Chipper Hussein Palin (12:24:44) :

I had serious problems sleeping last night–woke up at 2 am and came here–didn’t even get sleepy until 4 am. (I have to be up by 6!) To make a short story long, I turned on the TV (no cable) and found many interesting things, but the best was an interview with some “Rednecks for Obama” in Ohio. They were great and they aren’t kidding, these guys are rednecks, for sure. They are also tired of how things have gone for the past 8 years and are working to convince everyone they know that Obama is the Change We Need.

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This is so good to hear. I hope groups like them are able to play a major role in breaching the divide in the future.

21 10 2008
Judi B ADA Stepper Choke Palin

Coming back from Long Island today, Randy Rhodes played a bit of SP’s latest rant. Forget Joe the the Plumber, now we have ED THE DAIRYMAN. Could this be the guy from the Alaska “Diary Scandal”? My husband almost ran off the road when he heard that one!

21 10 2008
Denise ThatOneFromMSgaAZca

Kat Loves Wolves Hussein aka Kat in FLA (10:44:21) :

Denise,
I don’t think I put it correctly, I really do know all the reasons why she was selected in the first place. What I find difficult to understand is why she doesn’t care, and for that matter why her handlers don’t care, that she sounds so stupid all the time.
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Maybe she is starting to care, at least to the point of what others think of her as her numbers slide lower, and that is why her handlers have to guard against “depression.”

Yeah, I agree about not understanding. I used to strive to discuss issues with my Repub hubby. What a waste of time. Different things altogether matter to him. Some studies came out recently that said people who are Repub and Dem wired differently. I honestly have come to believe that. Facts do not matter, unless they support an existing point of view for my Repub hubby. If the facts don’t, then they are ignored or excused or twisted.

21 10 2008
futurexpat?

Ha, ha! Having seen the Mudflats, and knowing how dangerous they can be, I love the vision of trolls being flung out into it! I can just see them sinking into the muck, where the belong.

21 10 2008
Phnxrising Hussein

FYI….

Here is a good article on AZ in the Huffington Post dated 10/21:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-moglewer/personal-reflections-on-a_b_136472.html

21 10 2008
Baseball Hussein Daytona Palin (CT)

AKM, I can’t believe you didn’t shoot Brian. That’s what gov Palin would have done, from an airplane even!

21 10 2008
Krubozumo Nyankoye

lower48nik (08:23:09)

Re: Earthquakes

Mudflatters, southern Alaska and the Aleutian islands are major earthquake country. 44 years ago Alaska experienced the largest measured earthquake in recorded history, world wide. Revised estimates put it at magnitude 9.4 on the Richter scale. Something similar *will* happen again, perhaps not in our lifetimes, or perhaps tomorrow. Since that time the state’s population has more than tripled and it also now has a number of facilities that did not exist, specifically for the shipment and storage of petroleum products.

The effects of such large earthquakes are dependent on a number of factors the major ones being: the epicenter of the quake and its depth or hypocenter, the composition of the substrate at the surface where large amplitude seismic waves are propagated, i.e. if the substrate is rigid bedrock versus unconsolidated and water saturated glacial sediments, the type of failure on the fault where the earthquake occurs, and last but not least, the construction of structures affected by the ground motion. Rigid structures made of masonry and/or concrete do not fair well in severe earthquakes. Stick built wood and steel frame structures can endure more severe shaking but even they will fail when subjected to the forces involved in such large earthquakes. Coastal areas are also vulnerable to tsunamis if the major ground motion of the quake occurs under water. Mountainous slopes can be easily disrupted resulting in massive avalanches of rock debries into the downslope valleys.

A few small points that also might interest residents in S. Alaska. One of the key factors determining the effect of an earthquake on a conventional residential structure is the attachment to the foundation. If you have a stick built house resting on a concrete foundation with a crawl space and it becomes detached from that foundation, your house is totalled. Depending on state set standards, a certain amount of deformation of the house structure from normal (i.e. slanting roof or walls) or from rectilinear (i.e. out of square in plan) and your house is totalled. Liquefaction of substrate causes severe damage to structures. Most construction is done in areas that do not require significant grading and leveling, such as those composed of sediments. Most sediments in Alaska are recent and of glacial origin, hence usually saturated with ground water and subject to severe liquefaction. If such sediments reside on a gentle slope such as glacial terraces on the sides of valleys, the downslope gravity component during an earthquake will break up the slope into a series of rotated blocks. If your house is torn in two by such ground motion, it is totalled.

Another issue that arises is fire. In a strong earthquake, water mains and gas mains, break. Roads are rendered impassable by the collapse of bridges or by the disruption of the surface. A house subjected to only minor shaking might have its connection to the gas main, or its propane tank opened resulting in a leak, hours after the quake a fire could occur and it would be impossible to fight if roads and water mains are disrupted.

Earthquakes are a serious threat to the well being of any population that lives within their reach. I urge all Alaskans to consulte the USGS web sites for earthquake hazard maps and determine whether where you live is in at at risk zone. I also urge them to prepare for the event of an earthquake, make a kit for car and home that provides the bare essentials. There are numerous websites that provide guidance. And be prepared to subsist on your own for a few days in the event of a major quake.

I have to disclaim any particular expertise in this area, I am not professionally involved in any of the disciplines related to the things I have stated above, they are just part of my general educuation as a geologist and experience living in California and Oregon for 25+ years.

I will also limit the political side of my opinions here to this. Given the large amount of data that shows conclusivley that Alaska is at risk from earthquakes, it seems irresponsible to me that any government entity at any level would oppose setting reasonable standards for construction, insurability, and emergency planning.

Best wishes to all mudflatters, and especially the Alaskans who have come forth on this blog to reveal the counterpoint to the propaganda machine’s attempt to foist a Bush league ex-mayor, nee half baked governor, on all the people of the world as one of the most powerful people on earth.

May it never happen.

Zai jian,

22 10 2008
Toon Moene

The more I see of Brian, the less I can understand human beings who shoot these nice animals …

“The men who fired (on) the moose were fired.”

22 10 2008
Vifargent

Yes, AKM, trolls *are* irritating, but we cannot from that disprove the veracity of ‘librails are marons.’ I mean, maybe they are! Are you honestly certain they are not? It could also be the case that ‘conservators are genies’ – since I”ve never actually met a librail, a maron, a genie or even a conservator, I simply can’t say.

23 10 2008
tigerwine

“It is so naive and so dangerous for a presidential candidate to just proclaim that they would be willing to sit down with a leader like [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadenijad and just talk about the problems, the issues that are facing them,” Palin said.

Silly me – I thought it was the civilized thing to do! I guess I shall be prepared to be scared when Obama starts talking to world leaders.




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