October 29, 2008

Keith calls 'em out

Socialist! Socialist! “Redistributionist-in-chief.” Celebrity.

Oh, GOP. Keith calls you out on your double-standards. Swoon.

September 15, 2008

"Epidemic" rates of domestic violence in "Pro-Woman" Palin's Home State

Yes, one day soon I will blog on someone besides Palin. Right now, though, it is too important not to.

“Evangelicals and social conservatives have embraced McCain’s vice presidential pick for what they call her “pro-family,” “pro-woman” values. But in Alaska, critics say Gov. Sarah Palin has not addressed the rampant sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence and murder that make her state one of the most dangerous places in the country for women and children.

Alaska leads the nation in reported forcible rapes per capita, according to the FBI, with a rate two and a half times the national average – a ranking it has held for many years. Children are no safer: Public safety experts believe that the prevalence of rape and sexual assault of minors in Alaska makes the state’s record one of the worst in the U.S. And while solid statistics on domestic violence are hard to come by, most – including Gov. Palin – agree it is an “epidemic.”

For the complete article, read here.

September 14, 2008

Palin's 80% approval? Uh, not so much.

Carly directed me to a beam of light at the Daily Kos (additional coverage here).

As I posted on September 10, the media’s claims that the McCain/Palin ticket is taking the lead over Obama is a statistical claim that needs to be seriously questioned before it is swallowed whole-heartedly.

After reading today’s post at the Daily Kos and watching the accompanying clip from a rally that was held in Alaska yesterdy, it is evident that the claim that Palin has an 80% approval rating is another “fact” that must be called into question.

The women’s rally that was organized and held in Anchorage yesterday was clearly a threat to the image that has been constructed for Palin as the beloved female crusader that is committed to women because she will represent  all women’s interests when she “shatter (s) that glass ceiling once and for all.”

“An anonymous caller contacted the local media on Friday afternoon and told them they were one of the organizers, and the rally had been cancelled. Someone even faxed forged a document saying the Secret Service had cancelled the permit for the rally, even though no permit is required.  Some people were putting an awful lot of effort in to making sure no dissent would be heard from Alaska.”

Recalling Hillary Clinton’s message at the DNC to move forth in the face of resistance, the women came together and made it clear that not all women will vote for another woman just because she is  a woman…even in Palin’s home state.