Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I'm donating $1 for every lie Sarah Palin tells
WHERE will I give the money? I don't know yet. Maybe to the Obama campaign, maybe to my local NPR station, or maybe to the poor guys at Lehman Bros., down the block from my office (maybe not LB, considering what they did to my Neuberger Berman portfolio).
Yes, $1 per lie is a lot less than Olbermann is giving, but with Governor Palin's help and yours, if we all give what we can afford every time she tells a lie, we can spend this economy back to good times.
PS: After the jump, another lie from the Governor.
I may count a few more lies than Olberman. Although Governor Palin has convinced many that she didn't try to ban any books at the Wasilla library, I don't believe that, because of the Salon story The Pastor Who Clashed With Palin.
The last paragraph of the story says,
"And after she became mayor of Wasilla, according to Bess, Sarah Palin tried to get rid of his book from the local library. Palin now denies that she wanted to censor library books, but Bess insists that his book was on a 'hit list' targeted by Palin. 'I'm as certain of that as I am that I'm sitting here. This is a small town, we all know each other. People in city government have confirmed to me what Sarah was trying to do.'"
Olbermann mentioned the pastor in a slightly different context, and didn't count Palin's book banning denials.
BTW, the pastor's son is a friend of mine, and a well known New Urbanist who writes for conservative publications like First Things.
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Posted by: Dave Reid at Sep 23, 2008 4:42:33 PM
What's the current count? Anyone up to matching your donation??
Posted by: Jess at Sep 23, 2008 4:59:12 PM
I heard today from a friend of Sarah that she had an abortion in college. How sad.
Posted by: Jordon at Sep 23, 2008 7:30:25 PM
I used to check into your blog regularly every morning for an interesting insight into traditional design and urbanism. I've encouraged my employees to do so as well.
Now that your blog is no longer a design blog, but has become yet another of the many standard partisan political hit-blogs, I'm going to have to take a break. Will programming return to normal after the election? Or does that depend on who is elected? :)
Posted by: EKE at Sep 24, 2008 1:35:53 PM
Dave, Jordan, Jess -- Join in! Start your own donations.
EKE - Sometimes there are things more important than architecture. I hope you noticed that You can lead a bore to culture, but you can't make her think is about more than politics.
Posted by: john at Sep 24, 2008 4:05:53 PM
Your points about McCain, Palin et. al. are largely valid, but you're blind if you think that the BS is coming from just one side of the aisle. All the bailout brouhaha has revealed that the entire political establishment is an emperor with no clothes. The only sane choice is "none of the above."
And I'm with EKE. This stuff is not why I come here. (Though I'm used to suffering through paroxysms about the Yankees this time of the year.) I guess I'll have to return on Nov. 5 for the usual diet of trad-architecture and urbanism.
Posted by: Reid Davis at Sep 26, 2008 1:28:51 AM
Sorry you feel that way.
"Both sides of the aisle"? In this case, I'm not talking about Republican versus Democrat, but Obama / Biden versus McCain / Palin. I believe this is the most important election in my life time.
For me, McCain's choice of Palin was a turning point when I lost a lot of respect for him. Yes, in the short term it looked like a smart political decision, but now it looks like it's hurting him more than helping him.
A few months ago, I was not against McCain, but I have been so turned off by his campaign that I now believe having him in the White House would be a disaster, and having Palin a heartbeat away would be an even bigger disaster. That's not a matter of experience, but of character and judgement. She is a smug, arrogant, lightweight making assertive, naive assertions.
Posted by: john at Sep 26, 2008 10:14:10 AM
John, I love your blog. Don't change a thing. I don't care an iota about the Yankees, but I don't write in and ask you to stop. Blogs that never veer off topic are boring and rarely visited.
And by the way, there are threads connecting baseball, architecture and politics.
Posted by: Citykin at Sep 26, 2008 10:35:03 AM
Thanks Citykin. Tell your friends!
I didn't know your blog until now, but I just took a look. I think Cincinnatti is great, and I'll be going back to take a look at the blog this weekend.
Posted by: john at Sep 26, 2008 10:42:38 AM
Keep your blog as it is, John.
I'm in medicine. I read a few blogs that deal with medicine and public health but for the most part, it's politics. I don't define myself solely by my occupation. It's more about my interests. I love architecture! Don't know the jargon, the 'ins & outs' but I know what appeals to me and my interests. I come to your blog to go beyond that what I know.
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