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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Fellow Alaskans on Sarah Palin

On a more practical level, many people in Alaska, and particularly Wasilla, are reluctant to speak or be quoted by name because they’re afraid of her as well as the state Republican Party machine. Apparently, the power elite are as mean as the winters.

“The GOP is kind of like organized crime up here,” an insurance agent in Anchorage who knows the Palin family, explained. “It’s corrupt and arrogant. They’re all rich because they do private sweetheart deals with the oil companies, and they can destroy anyone. And they will, if they have to.”

“Once Palin became mayor,” he continued, “She became part of that inner circle.”

Alaskans Speak (In A Frightened Whisper): Palin Is “Racist, Sexist, Vindictive, And Mean”, Charley James, LA Progressive, September 5, 2008

This author has never been to Alaska and knows little about that state. But to him this sounds completely believable and that is, to put it mildly, disturbing.

No, no, they can't do that!

Speaking to a group of business and political leaders in Italy, Cheney faulted Russia for invading the former Soviet republic, killing civilians and displacing thousands of Georgians, and failing to abide by a ceasefire agreement from the European Union.

"This chain of aggressive moves and diplomatic reversals has only intensified the concern that many have about Russia's larger objectives," he said. "For brutality against a neighbor is simply the latest in a succession of troublesome and unhelpful actions by the Russian government."

Cheney bashes Russia for 'brutality' in Georgia, CNN, September 6, 2008

Some news is just hard to comment on... I mean, sure, war is brutal business. And by war I mean... well, invading Iraq in 2003, for instance. But even if the Russians acted as brutally in Georgia as Mr Cheney says - why would the Vice President for Torture have a problem with that?

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