Sunday, September 28, 2008

What caused the Credit Crisis?

Listen to this special program on This American Life about the housing crisis that was produced in a special collaboration with NPR News. What does the housing crisis have to do with the turmoil on Wall Street? Why did banks make half-million dollar loans to people without jobs or income? And why is everyone talking so much about the 1930s? It all comes back to the Giant Pool of Money.

Go to This American Life, Chicago Public Radio web site, to listen to the show.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Register to Vote

Click on this site to register to vote. Pass this link along to your friends just in case they haven't yet registered to vote.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Truth about Sarah Palin

It is time to look past Sarah Palins' attractiveness and to look at the facts about Sarah Palin and why her beliefs and leadership style do not qualify her to be vice president of the United States.

Her hiring and firing shows a pattern of an abuse of power which we are all too familiar within the Bush administration. "Heck of a job, Brownie" Bush said to the head of FEMA while the Katrina debacle was unfolding. As it turned out Brownie had no experience running anything close to what FEMA required. The parallel with Palin is that she hired a high school classmate to run the State Division of Agriculture. Her only qualifications were that she was a former real estate agent who professed a childhood love of cows. Go to the link to read the entire article about this: Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends, Lashed Foes.

When Palin asked the local librarian what the procedure was to get certain books banned from the library the librarian let her know that she was 'aghast' at the thought and would never do that
. After that Palin fired her but had to reinstate her because it caused such an uproar. Anne Kilkenny was a vocal critic of this attempted firing. She has known Sarah Palin since 1992 and had attended many city council meetings during the time when Palin was mayor. Recently, she felt impelled to write a letter describing how the Palin mayoral administration functioned because she believes that "Bad things happen when good people stay silent". Read the letter that has been circulating the internet about Sarah Palin.

Not only is she anti-abortion, pro-creationism, and does not believe people have affected climate change, she is uninformed about the Bush doctrine and she believes that Iraq and Saddam Hussein were connected to the 911 terrorist attacks. She alluded to this in her speech at her sons' deployment to Iraq ceremony. Recently, even Bush, admitted that there was no connection.

Considering the debt, the financial crisis, the "war", and the poor standing that our country now has with the rest of the world, this presidency will be faced with enormous problems that only extraordinary people will be able to solve. Based on this information it is obvious that McCain and Palin will not be up to the job because they just represent more of the same. We have had eight years to get into this mess and four more will only be catastrophic. These times require global experience and diplomacy which is something very different from what has been the status quo.

Read the op-ed article by Bob Herbert where he summarizes why Palin is just not ready to serve in the position of vice president which, by the way, is just a heartbeat away from the presidency. Read the article here.

Below are links to opinions about Sarah Palin:

Gloria Steinem
wrote a great article called Palin: Wrong Woman, Wrong Message.

To read blog entries by women who are not sympathetic to Palin go to the blog,
Women Against Sarah Palin. If you are against Palin it is a great place to express your thoughts.

Here is a video made by a woman who is expressing how she feels about Palin:
A View of Palin...

View the SNL skit where Tina Fey is Sarah Palin: