Excerpts from the Charlie Gibson Interview

Wow, just wow.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

GIBSON: What insight does that give you into what they’re doing in Georgia?

PALIN: Well, I’m giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia. We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

Yes, I can tell what my neighbors are doing because I can see their house from mine.

There’s a lot to the interview and some answers are just scary:

GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn’t we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?

PALIN: Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help.

Palin’s ABC Interview: Stumped On Bush Doctrine, Seems To Contradict McCain On Pakistan (VIDEO)

It’s like watching a student answer a question they don’t know on a test by slapping down a bunch of bullshit hoping to at least get partial credit. She’s quick on her feet though. I hope Biden doesn’t underestimate her going into the debates.

In her first major interview as the Republican vice presidential nominee, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was stumped when asked about the so-called “Bush Doctrine,” unable to answer whether she agreed with the six-year-old U.S. policy of military preemption.

Asked by ABC News’ Charlie Gibson whether she supported the Bush Doctrine, Palin stared blankly for a moment before turning the question back on Gibson. “In what respect?”

The ABC anchor responded, “Well, what do you interpret it to be?” clearly testing her knowledge of the policy that has been in place since September 2002, before the Iraq war.

Palin couldn’t say, offering an answer that didn’t even mention preemption.


A longer clip is on YouTube:

Anathem Impressions

I just started it on the train ride in. This is going to be difficult reading on my commute. The book is heavy which means it’s difficult to hold up (halfway through my forearms should start looking like Popeye’s) and I have to keep turning to the glossary at the end which makes it feel almost like I’m reading a choose your own adventure story. Especially when I look up a word in the glossary only to find the definition containing several other words that need to be looked up. I’m thinking about photocopying the glossary so I don’t have to keep flipping back and forth.

I just finished Stephen King/Peter Straub’s Talisman and was easily able to read about 75 pages per train ride. I managed to get through a dozen of Anathem’s pages through the same train ride. It isn’t easy reading. And a dozen pages isn’t enough to say if I like it or not but it does grab me right away. The beginning definitely has a Canticle for Leibowitz feel to it.


Screw this. I photocopied the glossary and shrunk it down (Hat tip to the Critic for that suggestion) so that I don’t have to scour the back of the book every time I run into NealSpeak. (Which, in the beginning, is about every fourteenth word)

McCain Speechwriter Trying To Write Lines That Don’t Lead To Creepy Smile


PHOENIX, AZ—According to campaign sources, Joseph Chappel, a 38-year-old speechwriter for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), has spent the last two weeks attempting to combine words and phrases in such a way as to not provoke a tight-jawed, dead-eyed smile from the presidential hopeful. Dreading a repeat of last month’s speech to a group of businesswomen in Ohio, during which McCain followed a mention of his wife with an awkward and eerie smirk, Chappel has avoided personal anecdotes for the new speech, omitted any mention of “God” or “this great nation,” and cut several phrases that had the potential to draw the 72-year-old candidate’s mouth open in a horrifying display of teeth and gums.

“I’ve managed to make two out of every three sentences a question, but I’m not sure that will help,” Chappel said shortly after deleting an introductory paragraph in which McCain welcomes the crowd. “Jesus, that [smile] makes me feel cold inside.”

(via Balloon Juice)

See the Cat? See the Cradle?

From Think Progress:

Tomorrow marks the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. In a press conference today, a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Dana Perino about the administration’s ongoing efforts to find Osama bin Laden, calling him the “mastermind” of 9/11. Perino interrupted the reporter, claiming bin Laden was not the true “mastermind” of the attacks:

Q But Osama bin Laden is the one that — you keep talking about his lieutenants, and, yes, they are very important, but Osama bin Laden was the mastermind of 9/11 –

PERINO: No, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was the mastermind of 9/11, and he’s sitting in jail right now.