Eden Hill Journal

Comments, dreams, stories, and rantings from a middle-aged native of Maine living on a shoestring and a prayer in the woods of Maine. My portion of the family farm is to be known as Eden Hill Farm just because I want to call it that and because that's the closest thing to the truth that I could come up with. If you enjoy what I write, email me or make a comment. If you enjoy Eden Hill, come visit.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Low Blow

I stumbled on a YouTube video yesterday that's hilarious. It's hard to imagine this being doctored footage but who knows anymore. Anything's possible. The way Cindy McCain's expression changes and she shifts on her feet and looks aside makes me think she knows what she's dealing with here.
Have a look.
John McCain's Wandering Eyes
Running mate or playmate? It doesn't look to me like Sarah is all that turned on about McCain's softer side.

Friday, September 12, 2008

War the First Option

I didn't watch the Charlie Gibson interview with Sarah Palin but I've read and watched excerpts of it. This exchange caught my attention:
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GIBSON: Do we have the right to be making cross-border attacks into Pakistan from Afghanistan, with or without the approval of the Pakistani government?PALIN: Now, as for our right to invade, we're going to work with these countries, building new relationships, working with existing allies, but forging new, also, in order to, Charlie, get to a point in this world where war is not going to be a first option. In fact, war has got to be, a military strike, a last option.
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Palin has the appearance of being a yellow-ribbon "Support the Troops" ditto head of Rush Limbaugh and George W. Bush but on this one point she seems to be on a plank of her own. The way she framed her answer where she says we need to "get to the point... where war is not going to be the first option" would seem to imply that we aren't at that point now. We are not now at the point where war is not the first option. To phrase it without the double negative, we are currently at a point where war is a first option. We need to work toward changing this, but this is where it stands right now.
This stands in sharp contrast to what the Bush administration has been saying for the past six years. The Bush gang has been assuring us that war has to be the last option. Even Obama agrees on that point. But Palin says we aren't there now. Palin says we have to work with our allies and work on building new relationships before we can reach that point, that in fact as it now stands war is our first option.
I wonder if anyone else picked up on Palin's comment. Did she misspeak or is this how she actually frames the issue in her mind? And if this really is how she thinks about this, is she right? Is war the first option under Bush?

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Evidence

I have been following the rumors that have been circulating around the Internet suggesting that Sarah Palin lied about giving birth to Trig, that Trig is instead Bristol's baby. All speculation on this seemed to end when Bristol's parents and the McCain campaign announced that Bristol is herself now pregnant, five months along, making it impossible for her to be Trig's mother. For most, that was evidence enough, but for me, that was campaign related and furthermore relied on the honesty of the one whose honesty was in question, circular reasoning.
I've been keeping my eyes open for any evidence that might help settle this question. The evidence would need to come from an independent source, not from Palin herself and not from the McCain campaign. So what is this evidence? It isn't strong but it certainly seems to be real and independent. It is a letter from a Wasilla resident Anne Kilkenny. Snopes.com confirms Kilkenny's letter.