Sarah Palin’s 9 Most Disturbing Beliefs

From Alternet:

2. Sarah Palin believes the U.S. Army is on a mission from God.

In June, Palin gave a speech at the Wasilla Assembly of God, her former church, in which she exhorted ministry students to pray for American soldiers in Iraq. “Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God,” she told them. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God’s plan.”

And there’s video of that one:

Hurricanes, as Seen From Orbit

From The Big Picture (of course):

Hurricane Ike just rolled across Cuba, and soaked parts of Haiti – both regions still reeling from recent Hurricane Gustav. Ike appears to be weakening now, but is headed tward the Gulf Coast of the U.S., and may yet strengthen. The crew aboard the International Space Station was able to take a photo of Ike from 220 miles overhead last Thursday – one in a long series of great NASA photographs of hurricanes from space.

I’m Only Going to Say this Once

I get email:

Re: Unsolicited comment from the peanut gallery

Dear Chris,

I enjoy your blog and, hey, it’s your blog so do with it as you will… just thought I’d give you feedback that I’m among those who think it’s gotten too political lately. There are a billion political blogs out there and to turn yours into another one dilutes what was so grand about it. Yours was/is unique and a different animal and I hope you’ll return to what made it so special before this election campaign cycle began.

Best regards,
Steve

My response:

Dear Steve,

Fuck off.

Best,
Chris

No seriously Steve. Fuck off. Stop visiting this blog. You’re sucking up bandwidth and I’m sick of paying thousands of dollars a year for Steve’s entertainment. I checked his email address to see how often he contributed or commented to this site and wasn’t surprised to find one comment. It’s always the people who contribute the least who are the ones that complain the most. I get complaints like this all the time. Dear Chris, I think your blog has too many videos… Dear Chris, I think your blog has too many pictures of cats… Dear Chris, you post too much about atheism etc etc.

This blog has always been and always will remain a reflection of what interests me at any given day. Is that self-indulgent? Of course it is. It’s a blog! I’m not going to cease posting what interests me because some asshat thinks he’s entitled to have a blog catered to his whims.

Update:

And I’m not the only blogger getting these types of emails.

Palin Makes Her First Gaffe

From HuffPo:

Gov. Sarah Palin made her first potentially major gaffe during her time on the national scene while discussing the developments of the perilous housing market this past weekend.

Speaking before voters in Colorado Springs, the Republican vice presidential nominee claimed that lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had “gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers.” The companies, as McClatchy reported, “aren’t taxpayer funded but operate as private companies. The takeover may result in a taxpayer bailout during reorganization.”

Economists and analysts pounced on the misstatement, saying it demonstrated a lack of understanding about one of the key economic issues likely to face the next administration.

“You would like to think that someone who is going to be vice president and conceivable president would know what Fannie and Freddie do,” said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. “These are huge institutions and they are absolutely central to our country’s mortgage debt. To not have a clue what they do doesn’t speak well for her, I’d say.”

Added Andrew Jakabovics, an economic analysts for the progressive think tank, Center for American Progress: “It is somewhat nonsensical because up until yesterday there was sort of no public funding there. Even today they haven’t drawn down any of the credit line they have given to Treasury. ‘Gotten too big and too expensive’ are two separate things. The too big has been a conservative mantra for a while and there is something to be said of that in that they hold about half of the mortgage guarantees that are out there. And in the last year they have been responsible for roughly 80 percent out there. The ‘too expensive to tax payers,’ I don’t know where that comes from.”