Friday, August 29, 2008

Wake Up America

I had all sorts of troubles with this blog. I am not going to write it over because it was about the Democrat's convention and that is now history.

Instead I am going to write my comments about Sarah Palin. I have heard the talking heads bloviate on McSame's choice both pro and con. It seems to me that the pros who are trying to play up her strengths have very slim pickings to go on. It boils down to two positives that I can recognize. 1) She cancelled the 'bridge to nowhere" and 2) She gave birth to a baby with Down's Syndrome even though she could have aborted the fetus when she knew there would be a disadvantaged baby.

Both are commendable and I will only make the comment that I wonder who is taking care of that baby while she is off politicking.

The bad news is that she was not properly vetted and John McSame, who wanted Liebeman, was told by the right wing that "he couldn't have the other Joe". So, having met her but once, he threw away any credibility he might have had on not being beholden to the Christian conservatives and chose her instead.

Sarah Palin will win the support of the NRA, the Christian right, and the Right to Life crowd. But if McSame thinks he will get the disgruntled Hillary backers with this far right Christian Fundamentalist gal I think he made a big mistake.

She will attract a lot of men who like guns and pretty women, but she will turn off just as many women who don't like agressive and gun totin' Mols.

I guess only time will prove me right or wrong, but it is inconceivable to me that the voters will look at the person who is only one heart beat away from the presidency and not find her extremely thin qualifications very scary.

Following is the letter I received on Sarah Palin's environmental record. It's enough to make Gore want to run again.

Dear Darlene,

A few hours ago, the news broke that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been selected by Sen. John McCain as the vice presidential candidate for the Republican ticket.

As a Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund supporter, you are no doubt aware of Governor Palin’s dismal record, from her staunch support for special interests and Big Oil to her terrible assault on wolves and other wildlife.

As much of the nation wonders just who Sarah Palin is, I wanted to pass along my statement that I've just released.

Please read it and pass it along to everyone you know.

Thanks for your continued support,
Rodger Signature

August 29, 2008

Shocking Choice by John McCain

WASHINGTON-- Senator John McCain just announced his choice for running mate: Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. To follow is a statement by Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.

Senator McCain’s choice for a running mate is beyond belief. By choosing Sarah Palin, McCain has clearly made a decision to continue the Bush legacy of destructive environmental policies.

“Sarah Palin, whose husband works for BP (formerly British Petroleum), has repeatedly put special interests first when it comes to the environment. In her scant two years as governor, she has lobbied aggressively to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, pushed for more drilling off of Alaska’s coasts, and put special interests above science. Ms. Palin has made it clear through her actions that she is unwilling to do even as much as the Bush administration to address the impacts of global warming. Her most recent effort has been to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the polar bear from the endangered species list, putting Big Oil before sound science. As unbelievable as this may sound, this actually puts her to the right of the Bush administration.

“This is Senator McCain’s first significant choice in building his executive team and it’s a bad one. It has to raise serious doubts in the minds of voters about John McCain’s commitment to conservation, to addressing the impacts of global warming and to ensuring our country ends its dependency on oil.”


Nancy said...


Sorry but the post is still not readable but the letter from Rodger is there and very clear.

Now, here's the funny thing. When you get to the next page to comment, if you click on "HIDE ORIGINAL POST", your post WAKE UP AMERICA appears as clear as a bell and you can read the whole text starting with the comments about the convention speeches. But, not on the front page of your blog, there it is symbols and things.

One Woman's Journey said...

Darlene, thanks for the compliment.
Took a lot of patience (almost ran out) to get a good picture. I deleted a number of blurred ones.
Hope your blog problem is soon a thing of the past. I enjoy your sharing so much and you do not need technical problems!!!!

Rinkly Rimes said...

Although I couldn't read your main message (it looked pretty though!) I was certainly interested in the article which followed. I find the American election fascinating! For one thing, it seems, to an Australian, more like Show Biz!! My worry is that the disaffected Hillary supporters will choose the party that has a woman as Vice President! I hate to think that my own sex could have such a narrow outlook (feminism before common sense!). I wish Obama had chosen Hillary as his Vice but I believe he was worried about having Bill looking over his shoulder.

There! I bet you don't know that much about OUR politics!!! Did you know our Prime Minister speaks fluent Chinese (Mandarin)?

It's lovely to meet you, Darlene. And I hope we meet again in cyberspace.

Darlene said...

I hope everyone can read my blog now. It seems that I have to have both Internet Explorer and Foxfire installed so that those who use different servers can read this. If it it still just a bunch of meaningless symbols I apologize. At least I tried.

Alice said...

Everything comes through loud and clear, Darlene, at least on this Firefox browser! Gosh, I know more about Palin now that I've read your post and Rodger's letter and article, and I confess it scares the beejeesus out of me to think of a McCain/Palin victory this election. We all have to whatever we can to prevent that!

gyma said...


I agree with you wholeheartedly! I saw a video today about Alaska's aerial killing of wolves, something Gov. Palin approves.

It literally made me cry.

I also read that the press, etc. have descended on Alaska, so who knows what they will turn up in the next week or so. Could be she doesn't make it beyond a few days or weeks.

At least she has a reason for dropping out - wanting to spend more time with her family.

Nancy said...


As Professor Henry Higgins sang," She's got it, I really think she's got it."

Your text today is perfect. Not only that ,but it is interesting,informative and to the point.

I had never heard of Governor Palin before, so your description of some of her activities as Governor of Alaska is welcome information.


kenju said...

Darlene, I agree with you on every point!

Thanks for the visit. Re: your comment - the only reason I didn't jump in that pool is that the ride home (in my boss's car) would have been very wet!