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an emergence of a political force is growing larger after each new election cycle...something aye pointed out back in 2004 with the republican-lite elected into the democrat party fold {they are the one's who kept debate alive with regard to "medical insurance reform"}...independent conservatives...they have been calling the shots for a decade...and the liberals are being voted out by the conservative democrats...this November we may see Barbara Boxer and Russ Feingold lose their seats...perhaps wishful thinking since they are very dug in and have corrupted washington souls...but it COULD happen... 8)


Palin Woos Women and Stirs Up Foes


By LUISITA LOPEZ TORREGROSA


Published: August 31, 2010

 
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 NEW YORK — Ever since Sarah Palin appropriated the feminist banner as her own, introducing her potent Mama Grizzly video and setting off a firestorm among liberal advocates of abortion rights, the battle has raged over female voters, who outnumber registered male voters in the United States in this upset-minded election year.

On the campaign trail and the cable news talk shows, on the blogosphere and in chatter on Facebook and Twitter, women are — purportedly, at least — at the heart of the matter.

The Mama Grizzly video — Ms. Palin is shown with various groups of women, exhorting them to “take back” America and claiming, “You don’t wanna mess with the Mama Grizzlies!” — ignited the battle that took a more explosive turn in August when the feminist fund-raising group Emily’s List, which supports only Democratic female candidates who favor abortion rights, issued a video mocking Ms. Palin and the 49 candidates (men and women) she has so far endorsed.

The video was called “Sarah Doesn’t Speak for Me” and showed women dressed in bear costumes poking fun at the Mama Grizzlies. “Today, Emily’s List is calling on women — and men! — to let their voices be heard and to reject Palin’s reactionary candidates and backward-looking agenda,” said the group’s president, Stephanie Schriock.

Taking to her Facebook page, Ms. Palin referred to the Aug. 26 anniversary of the date the 19th Amendment went into effect, granting women the right to vote. “Really,” she wrote, “lying about a sister while wearing a Ewok outfit is no way to honor our foremothers on the eve of the 90th anniversary of their victory.” Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, said, “Emily’s List is running scared.”

The battle of the videos provoked the predictable jokes about cat fights and, more seriously, reflected the divide between women — even within the anti-Palin bloc. The leftist Mother Jones magazine, for instance, said: “By fixating on Palin, there’s a danger that she and the other loudmouth Republicans will still control the terms of the debate. Though Emily’s List tries to turn the ‘Mama Grizzly’ symbol on its head, the ad ends up sticking with the bear-as-common-woman theme that Palin pioneered, ultimately staying with Palin’s own political mythology.”

Meanwhile, Arianna Huffington, no supporter of Ms. Palin, called the Mama Grizzly video “the most important political ad of 2010.”

The videos certainly prompted closer examination of the star power of the ex-Alaska governor turned political pundit and her appeal to professional, independent female voters and “soccer moms” who in the past have voted for Democrats.

Ms. Palin is batting around .500 with her endorsements. She has produced surprise winners like Nikki Haley in South Carolina, a Republican of Indian ancestry who beat the odds to win the gubernatorial nomination and who is favored to win in November. Just last week, the former vice-presidential candidate was close to pulling off one of the biggest upsets yet. On her home turf, Alaska, the Republican establishment candidate, Senator Lisa Murkowski, was trailing Ms. Palin’s candidate, a former judge and political unknown named Joe Miller.

But it is the marquee race in California between Senator Barbara Boxer, a three-term Democrat and longtime feminist, and Carly Fiorina, the anti-abortion former Hewlett-Packard executive endorsed by Ms. Palin, that will most rigidly test who holds sway: Sarah Palin or Emily’s List.

The latest Rasmussen poll, conducted on Aug. 24, showed the race a tossup, 44 percent for Ms. Boxer and 43 percent for Ms. Fiorina. A Boxer loss in November would signal a major shift in the liberal-conservative equation in the nation’s most populous state.

While neither the California election nor other contests hinge on women’s issues or loyalties alone, women’s support is critical to the success of any and all candidates because women are now the majority of voters in the United States.

Women are divided but not by gender — the old saw that women must stick together doesn’t work anymore, if it ever did — nor necessarily split by party. They are polarized, like the nation, between the growing conservative-independent camp and the liberal-progressive bloc led by the political classes — or more simply, between insiders and outsiders. And this is the time for the outsiders.

Columnists, political analysts and commentators seem as split as female voters, although giving the edge right now to Ms. Palin as a charismatic and powerful campaigner. She is credited with injecting new enthusiasm among conservative female voters and for the record number of Republican women running for Congress.

For sure, Ms. Palin has had low moments — for instance when she recently defended the radio personality Laura Schlessinger, who repeatedly used the “n” word on the air. The soap opera that is Ms. Palin’s family life feeds gossip addicts, and liberals don’t miss a chance to mock her — her beauty queen looks, her starlet celebrity and her dim-bulb reputation.

Yet the former vice-presidential candidate is being taken so seriously that Ms. Huffington, whose Huffington Post Web site trashes Ms. Palin regularly, has invoked Carl Jung in trying to explain what makes Sarah tick.

“Why is somebody who so rarely deals in policy fixes so popular? It’s because Palin’s message operates on a level deeper than policy statements. Palin’s use of symbols like Mama Grizzlies is straight out of Jung’s ‘collective unconscious,”’ Ms. Huffington wrote.

“What’s more, Palin not only has the ability to tap into archetypes, she also has a variety of social tools ready to help her do so,” Ms. Huffington wrote, alluding to Facebook and Twitter. “Palin is using them to speak directly to her audience, going around the filter of the mainstream media.” Finally, in what seems a warning to her liberal followers, Ms. Huffington favorably compares Ms. Palin to the great communicator himself, Ronald Reagan.

Whatever her standing among women — she ranks No. 1 among potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates in the most recent Gallup poll — Ms. Palin is fashioning a new style of feminism built around professional, anti-abortion and politically independent women and offering a triumphalist message of spirited hope and fight that seems to be finding a growing audience.

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super ad libs russ feingold and barbara boxer are heading for a beating...and one or both could be on the unemployment line...

Democrats, Republicans gather to watch Senate candidates Boxer and Fiorina debate
By Tony Castro, Staff Writer





 
Boxer, Fiorina tussle over economy in first debate.
Fitting for an election year of multimillion-dollar TV ad campaigns, both Republican and Democratic faithful in the San Fernando Valley were glued to large TV screens watching the debate between U.S. Senate candidates Wednesday night.

"It is ironic that politics in California can't get away from television - the candidates pour large amounts of money into it to get known, and we have television viewing parties when they debate," said Democratic activist Marilyn Grunwald, who attended a gathering at her party's Valley headquarters in Van Nuys.

The first debate between incumbent Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer and her Republican challenger, former Hewlett-Packard boss Carly Fiorina, was telecast live from St.Mary's College in the Bay Area.

The hour-long forum focused primarily on who is best suited to help the economy out of the recession, but other topics included abortion, immigration and gay marriage.

Seeking her fourth term, Boxer holds a substantial fundraising advantage over her challenger, but is still seen as facing a tough battle because the economy has left voters in an anti-incumbent mood.

The crowd at the Valley Democratic viewing party was obviously partisan, but its numbers - perhaps three dozen when the debate began - paled in comparison to the 200 or so who gathered at the local Republican bash held at Galpin Ford in North Hills.

"It's Carly hands down," Republican Kurt Schroeder declared halfway through


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watching the debate amid a packed second-floor conference room at the car dealership.
"The question for Mrs. Boxer - pardon me, Senator Boxer - is where are the jobs? And that's what Carly has hammered her on. We have 13 percent unemployment in California. It's probably 20 percent here in Southern California. People are hurting, and it's time for a change in Washington.

"And Carly's shown it should be her and not Barbara Boxer."

Each crowd cheered loudly for points made in the debate by their respective candidate, with the expected guffawing of the opponents.

At the Democratic party, held at a now-defunct Hollywood Video store, Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, possibly underscored the challenge facing Boxer in what polls suggest to be a close race.

"Barbara Boxer will not win without a big turnout of the voters in the San Fernando Valley," he told viewers.

Those at the Galpin Ford party got a special treat after the debate when Fiorina addressed her followers on a special Internet connection.

For Nancy Spero of Tarzana, Fiorina's candidacy, along with that of GOP gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman, has given her hope for strong Republican women emerging to lead the state. "It's a very exciting campaign, and I'm looking forward to the next two months of it," said Spero, the state executive vice president of the California Republican League, the moderate arm of the GOP.

Among Democrats there was clear concern at the amount of money the wealthy Fiorina was pouring into her own campaign.

"The money has no doubt leveled the playing field," said Grunwald. "We'll just have to have more volunteers than they have dollars."


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General Off-Topic Board / I R A Q .....George W. Bush's success!!!!!
« on: August 23, 2010, 10:45:43 PM »
 iraq is a success and the desert has been won with the aide of the us servicemen and women...the enigmatic "w" accomplished the mission...HA!...

.looks like some were forced to stand up from their chairs...as it was kicked over by a mighty foot.

John 2 14-16

 "He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, 13 as well as the money-changers seated there. 
He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables,
and to those who sold doves he said, "Take these out of here, and stop making my Father's house a marketplace."


the usa resolve in iraq was a success...the kurds are empowered with their own land and saved from saddam hussein, his sons, the baath regime and genocide...allow the healing to continue...

...now those who sold doves have been put in their place...


...go home "dove-seller"...you loser...you coward...your table is turned over...you have been belittled and beaten...you can sell no more your "false doves of peace" masquerading as peaceful gesture...

...you know not what we on court st. and other associates have done and what we men and women in the usa armed services have done...we are all noble and we serve with pride...our mission in mesopoetamia has been a success and will continue to be a success as we empower the kurds...and the people of mesopoetamia...no tyrants to rule them...this is thanks to the noble warriors and the commander in chief who put american security in the middle east in answer to a tyrants murdering ways...and brought liberty to the people of mesopoetamia...

we will maintain our resolve in iraq...


noble to the end...







...Semper Fidelis...


    ...can't touch this...

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what are your thoughts on the thriving kurds in northern mesopoetamia?  Did you know that 10 years ago they were a subjugated people and now are on a socio-economic development treadmill moving only slightly slower than dubai development....


amazing things happen when subjugation and oppressive tyrannical murderous regimes are eliminated...

power to the people.

aye laugh at the dipwads, miggershites and bumbleclots who don't understand that the history books will have bush as the liberator of mesopoetamia...that thought alone makes me smile wide...

HA HA! the power of the enigmatic "w"...


px out rasta

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General Off-Topic Board / Earthquake Tracker...
« on: May 09, 2010, 10:21:34 PM »
...so there was anotherone which was in the ocean and had brushes with jakarta...

...check it?

...CA? 5/11

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...DRILL BABY DRILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Obama to allow oil drilling off Virginia
President will also reject some new sites planned in Alaska
By PHILIP ELLIOTT
Associated Press Writer

updated 2 hours, 16 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - In a reversal of a long-standing ban on most offshore drilling, President Barack Obama is allowing oil drilling 50 miles off Virginia's shorelines. At the same time, he is rejecting some new drilling sites that had been planned in Alaska.

Obama's plan offers few concessions to environmentalists, who have been strident in their opposition to more oil platforms off the nation's shores. Hinted at for months, the plan modifies a ban that for more than 20 years has limited drilling along coastal areas other than the Gulf of Mexico.

Obama was set to announce the new drilling policy Wednesday at Andrews air base in Maryland. White House officials pitched the changes as ways to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil and create jobs — both politically popular ideas — but the president's decisions also could help secure support for a climate change bill languishing in Congress.


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"While the legislation as written maintains current law, the executive order provides additional safeguards to ensure that the status quo is upheld and enforced, and that the health care legislation’s restrictions against the public funding of abortions cannot be circumvented."



...obama, we hardly knew you...but thank you.... ;)

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News Discussion / see indigos message in general
« on: March 21, 2010, 10:51:25 PM »
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...Obama is using a sublime approach as he fulfills the role of "good cop" with regard to islamist paramilitary thugs in afghanistan and pakistan...as we indigos predicted the bush agenda/doctrine is staying the course with regard to the operations against "crescenting guerrillas"....more drones are being deployed as operations continue in waziristan and the surrounding region...

aye am laughing at how the dovesellers are quiet now that bush is out of power...but in reality...obama is taking over where bush did the heavy lifting...



oh...and for the dovesellers...the kurdish people are thriving in northern iraq now that the military dictator saddam hussein and his cruel sons are dead...now folks are starting to realize why mesopoetamia was so important...bush was right...





Evolving US strategy widens assault on terrorists


 
By MATT APUZZO
The Associated Press
Friday, February 12, 2010; 9:36 AM

WASHINGTON -- In the early months of his presidency, President Barack Obama's national security team singled out one man from its list of most-wanted terrorists, Baitullah Mehsud, the ruthless leader of the Pakistani Taliban. He was to be eliminated.

Mehsud was Pakistan's public enemy No. 1 and its most feared militant, responsible for a string of bombings and assassination attempts. But while Mehsud carried out strikes against U.S. forces overseas and had a $5 million bounty on his head, he had never been the top priority for U.S. airstrikes, something that at times rankled Pakistan.

"The decision was made to find him, to get him and to kill him," a senior U.S. intelligence official said, recalling weeks and months of "very tedious, painstaking focus" before an unmanned CIA aircraft killed Mehsud in August at his father-in-law's house near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan.

It was not the first airstrike on Obama's watch, but it marked the first major victory in his war on terrorism, a campaign the administration believes can be waged even more aggressively than its predecessor's. Long before he went on the defensive in Washington for his handling of the failed Christmas Day airline bombing, Obama had widened the list of U.S. targets abroad and stepped up the pace of airstrikes.

Advances in spy plane technology have made that easier, as has an ever-improving spy network that helped locate Mehsud and other terrorists. These would have been available to any new president. But Obama's counterterrorism campaign also relies on two sharp reversals from his predecessor, both of which were political gambles at home.

Obama's national security team believed that the president's campaign promise to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq would have a side benefit: freeing up manpower and resources to hunt terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Intelligence officials, lawmakers and analysts say that approach is showing signs of success.


Obama also has sought to reach out to Islamic allies and tone down U.S. rhetoric, a language shift that critics have argued revealed a weakness, in an effort to win more cooperation from countries like Yemen and Pakistan.

For example, though Pakistan officially objects to U.S. airstrikes within its border, following the Mehsud strike, the U.S. has seen an increase in information sharing from Pakistani officials, which has helped lead to other strikes, according to the senior law enforcement official. He and other current and former officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive security matters.

Pakistan's cooperation is key to U.S. counterterrorism efforts because much of the best intelligence still comes from Pakistan's intelligence agency. Ensuring that cooperation has been a struggle for years, in part because Pakistan wants greater control over the drone strikes and its own fleet of aircraft, two things the U.S. has not allowed.

"The efforts overseas are bearing fruit," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a strident critic of Obama's domestic counterterrorism policies who said Obama has at times shown himself even more aggressive than Bush in his use of force overseas. "I give them generally high marks for their efforts to capture and kill terrorists in Pakistan, and they're pushing the envelope in Yemen."

CIA drones, the remote-controlled spy planes that can hunt terrorists from miles overhead, are responsible for many of the deaths. Drone strikes began increasing in the final months of the Bush administration, thanks in part to expanded use of the Reaper, a newer generation aircraft with better targeting systems and greater, more accurate firepower.

Obama has increased their use even further. A month after Mehsud's death, drone strikes in Pakistan killed Najmiddin Jalolov, whose Islamic Jihad Union claimed responsibility for bombings in 2004 at U.S. and Israeli embassies in Uzbekistan. Senior al-Qaida operatives Saleh al-Somali and Abdallah Sa'id were killed in airstrikes in December. And Mehsud's successor at the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, died following an attack last month.

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