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The Vine’s Top 40 November 5th, 2008 U.S. Presidential Election Newspaper Covers

  1. Birmingham, Alabama

    Birmingham, Alabama

  2. Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

  3. Brisbane, Australia

    Brisbane, Australia

  4. Brussels, Belgium

    Brussels, Belgium

  5. Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Sao Paulo, Brazil

  6. Los Angeles, CA

    Los Angeles, CA

  7. Vancouver, Canada

    Vancouver, Canada

  8. Toronto, Canada

    Toronto, Canada

  9. Winnipeg, Canada

    Winnipeg, Canada

  10. Shanghai, China

    Shanghai, China

  11. Denver, CO

    Denver, CO

  12. Prague, Czech Republic

    Prague, Czech Republic

  13. Washington, DC

    Washington, DC

  14. Cuito, Ecuador

    Cuito, Ecuador

  15. St. Petersburg, FL

    St. Petersburg, FL

  16. Paris, France

    Paris, France

  17. Macon, GA

    Macon, GA

  18. Sioux City, IA

    Sioux City, IA

  19. Chicago, IL

    Chicago, IL

  20. Calcutta, India

    Calcutta, India

  21. Cork, Ireland

    Cork, Ireland

  22. Torino, Italy

    Torino, Italy

  23. New Orleans, LA

    New Orleans, LA

  24. Beirut, Lebanon

    Beirut, Lebanon

  25. Baltimore, MD

    Baltimore, MD

  26. Asheville, NC

    Asheville, NC

  27. Raleigh, NC

    Raleigh, NC

  28. Las Vegas, NV

    Las Vegas, NV

  29. New York, NY

    New York, NY

  30. Philadelphia, PA

    Philadelphia, PA

  31. Porto, Portugal

    Porto, Portugal

  32. Johannesburg, South Africa

    Johannesburg, South Africa

  33. Columbia, SC

    Columbia, SC

  34. Madrid, Spain

    Madrid, Spain

  35. Taipei, Taiwan

    Taipei, Taiwan

  36. Mcallen, TX

    Mcallen, TX

  37. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  38. Staunton, VA

    Staunton, VA

  39. Caracas, Venezuela

    Caracas, Venezuela

  40. Milwaukee, WI

    Milwaukee, WI

More Stupidity From Sarah Palin

The Republican Vice Presidential candidate has been a busy bee this week. Not satisfied with the fact that the majority of Americans think that she’s an idiot, she’s been trying her best to get out there and prove it to us. Check out her latest foibles.

Sarah Palin Doesn’t Know What the 1st Amendment Is

Despite the fact that Sarah Palin was a journalism major and worked as a short time as a reporter, she seems to have no clue that the 1st Amendment protects the media’s right to criticize politicians and government. I guess now we know exactly why it took Sarah so many years and so many colleges to graduate.

Not even the McCain camp has a good excuse for her shameful ignorance:

Now we know why you can’t name a single news publication that you’ve reviewed in the last few years, Sarah. You apparently don’t read.

Sarah Palin Thinks We’re at War With Iran

Not satisfied with just shooting wolves from her helicopter, Sarah Palin has now taken it upon herself to declare war with Iran on behalf of the American people. ‘Cause, you know, $10,000,000,000 a month in Iraq just isn’t enough. Oh, and because God told her to.

Sarah Palin Gullible Enough to be Pranked With Fake French President

“Oui, oui–I love the killing of the animals.”

This prank was truly frightening, as it reveals Palin’s plan of running for president in 12 years. God help us all.

Hopefully, after tomorrow, this hateful, ignorant woman will fade into obscurity.

Sarah, we’lll miss the laughs. We just won’t miss you.

No Candy for Obama Kids: My Letter to the Halloween Scrooge

Michigan Republican delegate, Shirley Nagel, denied candy to small children of Obama supporters Halloween night, while using the holiday as a means to campaign–to kids.

Dear Shirley Nagel,

I recently viewed the news clip in which you are interviewed for not giving Halloween candy to children of Obama supporters. In light of that interview, I must say that you are an unmitigated pig.

Shirley Nagel, Michigan Delegate and all-around mean person.

Shirley Nagel, Michigan Delegate and all-around mean person.

When told that you are making small chidren cry, you reply, “Oh well”. Congratulations. You have just demonstrated that you should not be allowed around small children, ever.

I do hope that you don’t affiliate yourself with the Christian right, because, if so, you’d have to be the most sorry example of Christianity I have ever had the misfortune to lay eyes on. Christianity does not teach selfishness. It does not teach cruelty to innocent children. It does not teach you to make an ass of yourself at every opportunity. Shame on you.

Why the hell would you hold children to a political affiliation? Are you that petty? Wait–don’t answer. You have already demonstrated that, indeed, you are.

Perhaps, in that tiny, shriveled-by-meanness  brain you have, you do not realize exactly what you have done. You have, in fact, guaranteed that quite a few children now associate your chosen candidates, and most likely your chosen party, with evil, nasty, vile behavior. You have guaranteed that they will carry this association into their adulthood. You have suceeded in eventually increasing the ranks of those that oppose people like you, and with your views/associations, foolish creature that you are. Ruminate on that for awhile, if you will.

And in the meantime, consider trying to become a decent human being.

You betcha I’m sincere,

Kudzumaster

Joe Biden: McCain and Palin–Mavericks or Sidekicks?

“You cannot call yourself a maverick when all you’ve been for the last eight years is a sidekick.”

“We need not accept things the way they are. We can change them. They’re within our power to change them.”

You go, Joe.

The Carnival of Political Humor and Commentary #3: Anti-Americans, Gay Americans, and Godless Americans

Laugh and/or thought provoking reads for the weekend before the election.

Pro-America vs. Anti-America

from Jon Swift

“Many Americans are still unclear as to what is pro-America and what is anti-America, so I have made a handy chart that will give you some examples.”

Very amusing blog post, and well written. At first, I thought this was serious, but instead it has a rather dry humor that eerily touches on some of the stereotypes that democrats and liberals have found themselves facing, especially during recent months in this election.

Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss.

by DWSUWF

” I, for one, welcome our new Democratic Party overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trusted independent blogger, I can be helpful in soliciting more fat cat donors, and rounding up others to toil in their “mandatory volunteer service corps.”

I don’t really agree with the viewpoints expressed in this blog entry, but I must admit that I found the writing clever and entertaining.

The Abomination of Government Marriage

from Alli, at The Smoking Argus

“With Election Day less than one week away, voters in 3 states, Florida, California, and Arizona will again be voting on whether same sex couples should be allowed to “marry”. The debate regarding whom can marry is yet another example of politicians creating and fostering a wedge between Americans.”

Serious commentary concerning the gay marriage legislation on the table in several states.

Also from Alli:

The Fairness Doctrine: Internet Censorship Coming Soon to a Web Page Near You

“In past conversations with colleagues and friends, I have often commented that some day soon the internet our generation has come to know, the wealth of information available via the click of a mouse, will cease to exist. That in the place of this unfiltered and uncensored access to information, will come a government controlled, censored version of the world wide web under the auspices of the FCC or some other bloated failure of a bureaucracy.”

Confusing Voting Ballots

from Phil for Humanity

“I recently received my official sample ballot for the General Elections. And once again, I can only scratch my head when reading the new proposed laws that I am suppose to vote for.”

Phil writes about a serious problem that many American voters face.

Lifestyles, Child Rearing Differ Based on Politics

from Dr. Alan Singer

“Just in time for election day: Red States have more divorce, blue states have smaller families…Don’t forget to Vote”

Dr. Alan Singer posts a very thorough essay on the differences in family issues between Republicans and Democrats.

Yid With Lid: Exclusive: Joe Biden Bans Yid With Lid

from Yid With Lid

“It was an overreaction said the Yid, as soon as I mentioned Marx he flipped out. I wasn’t even talking about Karl Marx. I just asked him what his favorite Marx brothers movie was and he got all huffy.”

I’m a ‘Godless America’ and Proud of It

from GrrlScientist

“At one time, I respected — note the past tense of the word — Elizabeth Dole, but after seeing this astonishing ad that her campaign aired in NC against her political opponent, Kay Hagen, I am disgusted. At the end of the ad, there is a picture of Hagen and a voice-over saying “there is no god” — the implication being that Hagen, a christian, actually said this.”

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The Carnival of Political Humor and Commentary Issue #2: The Sarah Palin Comedy Special

Welcome to Issue #2 of the Carnival of Political Humor and Commentary! This issue is devoted to the Political Queen of Gaffes, Sarah Palin, and we have some great articles to tickle your funny bone, make you think, and scare the pants off you at the thought of the country in her gun-totin’, moose skinnin’ hands.

The Lyin’, the Witch, and The Wardrobe–An Alaskan Tale

Mudflats has written one of the best metaphorical articles on the subject I have seen, served up with a heaping helping of well written wit. An excellent read for the Halloween season, as it is a bone-chilling comparison to current Palin-tics. Excerpt:

“Even though she’s wearing a $3000 polar bear fur jacket and $400 designer snow boots, under all that, she’s really just like us.

Palin Launches Flea Market Tour

Absolutely hilarious, must-read satirical depiction of Ms. Palin’s campaign to be ‘just like us’, by diggityK. Excerpt:

“In her latest attempt to portray herself as a “real American” hockey mom who supports average joes such as Six Pack and the Plumber, Governor Palin is now bargain hunting with the masses.”

Sarah Palin and Those Alaskan Thrift Store Jeans

4WRD THNKN Dad brings us a short but amusing article on Sarah Palin’s latest fashion choice. Excerpt:

“She divorced herself from the $150,000 wardrobe and put on some Alaskan thrift store jeans. Now the hunt will be on to find out who was the original owner of the jeans.”

Palin Sorta Like the 4 Yorkshire Men

Another short but funny bit, citing Monty Python’s Flying Circus, on the Palin Clothing Fiasco ’08, by Politicalamity.

Palin’s Wardrobe Saga…Can We Vote Now?

The Backchannel Blog brings us another clever commentary on the much talked about clothing of the republican VP pick. Excerpt:

At this point, criticizing Sarah Palin is like beating a dead moose.”

And that’s it for this issue. Happy reading!

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Sarah Palin in Asheville: A Redneck Woman, Spin, and the Same Old Thing All Over Again

Sarah Palin appeared in the Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina tonight–my hometown–for a rally with a crowd of 11,000 people (less than half the attendance of Obama’s rally in Asheville earlier this month, which attracted 28,000 supporters). There were a couple hundred protesters outside the event, carrying signs and exchanging shouts with the crowd, but no violence, although reports are that a couple of isolated shoving matches did occur. No word as to who started what or why. A few protesters were also escorted from the inside of the Civic Center shortly after the doors opened. Some protesters said they were enraged by a “KKK for Palin” sign displayed in a window near the venue.

Palin entered the event wearing jeans and a blouse, singing along with Gretchen Wilson to the song “Redneck Woman”, which she has apparently adopted as ‘her’ song. The irony of this is a mind blowing thing, especially if you consider the lyrics:

“Victoria’s Secret, well their stuff’s real nice
Oh, But I can buy the same damn thing on a Wal-Mart shelf half price
And still look sexy, just as sexy as those models on TV
No I don’t need no designer tag to make my man want me”

Maybe not your man, Sarah, but I guess you think you need those designer tags to court the American people. Lovely. And how nice of you to condescend to us hillbilly folk by ‘dressing down’, because, of course, a pair of jeans is all it takes to convince us that you’re just like us.

The crowd inside appeared festive, occasionally breaking out into the expected chants of “Sarah!” and “USA!”

Palin’s speech was nothing new–basically the same tired stump speech, complete with the usual negative attacks aimed at Obama. No surprises, really. However, I will share a few of Palin’s words with you, along with my thoughts on what she had to say.

“And that means harvesting alternative sources, like wind, and solar, and biomass…geothermal…those sources that God has so richly blessed this land with…and we will develop clean coal technology…and we will drill for the billions of barrels of oil we have underground–we’ll drill here, and drill now!” –Sarah Palin

I don’t know about anyone else, but it sickens me a little bit to hear the ‘drill baby drill’ chant. It’s as if focus is not really on alternative fuel sources that might truly help us along to energy independence–as if she’s just giving those things a quick lip service on her way to her true obective: big (American) oil, and our best interests (and the environment) be damned. It also bugs me that she seems to think that Good is rooting for us to process crude. WTF? Surely He has purer things to support than whether or not we get to rape wildlife preserves to make the next big magnate a billionaire.

“We will drill, baby, drill and mine, baby, mine.” –Sarah Palin

Excuse me while I vomit. Are people really buying into this crap?

“We need a leader with experience and good judgment, and truthfulness and courage. North Carolina, we need that leader who is ready on day one because we are a nation at war, and we need someone who talks about the wars that America is fighting and isn’t afraid to use the word ‘victory’.” –Sarah Palin

  • Good judgment? I don’t think so, Sarah. After all, our faith in McCain’s good judgment was destroyed the day he picked you to become his running mate.
  • Truthfulness? Hardly. One only has to look at the lies, half-truths, and spin produced on this campaign to know better. Then there is also the fact that we are dealing with a womanizer, an adulterer, a man who misrepresents his own record, and, of course, a man who has dealings such as the Keating 5 and the Libby fiasco to discredit him. Barring that, how about his lies calling Obama’s market run health plan a socialist government-run health system? How about his claims that Obama opposes offshore oil-drilling and building new nuclear-power plants, when 38,000,000 Americans clearly heard Obama say he was open to both? Or even the smears, innuendo, and less than truthful dirty politics he has used against his opponent? Should we simply overlook those things and call McCain an honest man just because you said so in your perky, country ensemble?
  • Oh hell. Here comes the drumming up of the pseudo-patriotic fervor by invoking the war–a war, I might add, that was built on lies. Notice that Sarah mentions ‘wars’ in the plural sense. Yes, Sarah–we are spending billions on fighting wars while our own people hover on the brink of financial ruin. Nice of you to imply that McCain and yourself intend to continue the fighting until the bitter end, while many of us wind up on the street. Lets ignore the fact that the majority of the people you claim to represent are opposed to this war. That just wouldn’t fit into your handy-dandy rhetoric, would it? And one of your own children are fighting that war–what the hell are you thinking? Or maybe you don’t think of that so much,–and forgive me for saying so, as I believe the child is simply an unfortunate victim of his upbringing–since the child in question is a potential embarrassment to the wholesome, down-home super-mom image you’ve worked so hard to maintain.

“It’s a close race, and it’s gonna come down to what we believe in, and what John McCain and I believe in is what Ronald Reagan believed in.” –Sarah Palin

And what is that, Sarah? Iran-Contra? Creating another Taliban? Leaving us with an even larger deficit? Trickle Down Economics? Medicaid cuts? Withdrawing funding from federal education programs? Reducing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency? Helping create a new Savings and Loan Crisis? Helping create another stock market crash? Raising the national debt by billions? Recreating the Cold War? Having another ‘agressive, imperialistic, and warmongering’ foreign policy? Sounds like more of the same to me–and more of the same that began this mess in the first place, even before Papa Bush came along and asked us to read his lips, then lied to us about no new taxes.

But at least she finally had the sense to admit that it is, indeed, a ‘close’ race.

“Those of you who run our factories, and grow our food, and teach our children, and who fight our wars–this is where the courage and the goodness, the best of America is. It’s in these areas where you love…you have never been not proud to be an American. You are proud to be an American.” –Sarah Palin

  • Here we go again. Trying to single out who is a proud American and who is not, based on whether or not you support her ticket, I suppose. She came dangerously close to implying that many of us hate America, but managed to catch herself at the last moment. Very telling of your mindset, Sarah. Very telling about what we might face if your ticket is elected to office–perhaps a few McCarthy-esque witch hunts to ferret out which ones of us you don’t deem patriotic enough? Is Asheville ‘real’ America, Sarah? If you lose this state, will you deem us to be ‘fake’ America, and punish us accordingly? How hypocritical of you, as if that were something new, considering that your ‘real America’ consists of ties to a party that wants to wash its hands of America, by whatever means necessary.
  • If the blue collar workers, the farmers, the teachers are the best of America, why are you opposed to the pittance tax cuts that Obama has offered us? Could it be that you are just preaching to the crowd what the crowd wants to hear, or are you so ignorant that you don’t understand the issues, either?

“I do thank God that we have a man who is ready and worthy to lead, a man who inspires us with heroic and trustworthy deeds, not just words.” –Sarah Palin

Again, like Libby? Like Keating? Like the way he treated his first wife in his hurry to run off with his heiress? Those kinds of trustworthy deeds?

Yeah, you probably guessed it. It was just another evening of the same old, tired, hackneyed lines that the republican candidates have been feeding us for the last 20 years. No more of the same. Bring us change, and save our country. No to McCain/Palin 2008.

Palin left to the tune of, “Rock This Town”. Hopefully she wont rock us anymore than we already have been–I don’t think we can handle it. We’re rocked enough already, thanks to the policies of politicians just like her.