What is Up with CNN’s Carol Costello? She Owes Us More on the “Daddy’s Roommate” Story or Owes Ed Koch an Apology

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In this interview with former New York Mayor Ed Koch, CNN anchor Carol Costello goes after Koch and the New York Times on the story that then Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin sought ways to possibly ban books at the local public library.
Costello says that CNN has disproved the story and that the New York Times was wrong. Was Costello up to date on the latest?
This was from a page one profile of Palin by Jo Becker, Peter S. Goodman and Michael Powell in yesterday’s New York Times:

The new mayor also tended carefully to her evangelical base. She appointed a pastor to the town planning board. And she began to eye the library. For years, social conservatives had pressed the library director to remove books they considered immoral.
“People would bring books back censored,” recalled former Mayor John Stein, Ms. Palin’s predecessor. “Pages would get marked up or torn out.”
Witnesses and contemporary news accounts say Ms. Palin asked the librarian about removing books from the shelves. The McCain-Palin presidential campaign says Ms. Palin never advocated censorship.
But in 1995, Ms. Palin, then a city councilwoman, told colleagues that she had noticed the book “Daddy’s Roommate” on the shelves and that it did not belong there, according to Ms. Chase and Mr. Stein. Ms. Chase read the book, which helps children understand homosexuality, and said it was inoffensive; she suggested that Ms. Palin read it.
“Sarah said she didn’t need to read that stuff,” Ms. Chase said. “It was disturbing that someone would be willing to remove a book from the library and she didn’t even read it.”
“I’m still proud of Sarah,” she added, “but she scares the bejeebers out of me.”

CNN can’t just diss a story and say it’s not true in an offhand way interviewing Ed Koch.
Where is the CNN story stating that the pressure that Palin allegedly exerted to have Daddy’s Roommate removed from the shelves of the Wasilla Public Library was fabricated?
The New York Time offered witnesses. Is CNN saying that they are lying? Do they communicate this through a chatty response to Ed Koch?
Carol Costello said that CNN found that story to be false — but I find nothing in CNN’s archives to show that that is the case.
New York Times correspondent Michael Powell is not a fabricator or spin artist. Ironically, the last time I saw Michael Powell was in CNN’s Grill in Denver.
Carol Costello needs to give us an update. She spent a lot of time knocking back Koch for his take on the New York Times piece.
She either owes us more of the story from CNN — or she owes Koch and the rest of us an apology.
— Steve Clemons

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69 comments on “What is Up with CNN’s Carol Costello? She Owes Us More on the “Daddy’s Roommate” Story or Owes Ed Koch an Apology

  1. Concord Man says:

    Carol Costello is the worst news anchor EVER !! Shes conceited and unwatchable. She is uninformed, unintelligent and watching her is painful. It is like she is is looking in the mirror and saying how great she is every second of the day. No wonder CNN ratings are in the tank.

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  2. Concord Man says:

    Carol Costello is the worst news anchor EVER !! Shes conceited and unwatchable. She is uninformed, unintelligent and watching her is painful. It is like she is is looking in the mirror and saying how great she is every second of the day. No wonder CNN ratings are in the tank.

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  3. Concord Man says:

    Carol Costello is the worst news anchor EVER !! Shes conceited and unwatchable. She is uninformed, unintelligent and watching her is painful. It is like she is is looking in the mirror and saying how great she is every second of the day. No wonder CNN ratings are in the tank.

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  4. John Richards says:

    regarding the dealing with law run amuck,
    It may have had its start in the middle east, but it has migrated to Europe and then to the US. LAW without grace. The end justifies the means.
    The law, the Jesuits Lawyers, the COIFs of England have moved in full force to a state, West Virginia, Bohemia, translvania, Hapsburgs, etc. It is so out of control, if you want money, just change your name, use 3 letter names, to transfer any assets at a wim, and have the United States Government pay the tag, for the robery of the American people. It was little, but because no one seems to care or are willing to act, it has moved from millions of dollars to billions and trillions. It is how to sell paper that is worth just about nothing for a fortune, but when the men come to claim their awards, it is gone, a bit like Bernie Made-off-with out money. It is a matter of a beast orginization who really doesn’t care but acts for greed. A lot of devils in the state of West Virginia, not just a few, it is the Labor Law MOB. You don’t have to look too far to find it.

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  5. WigWag says:

    CNBC reporting tonight that Morgan Stanley is thinking of selling itself to a Chinese Bank controlled by the Chinese Government. What a tragedy that would be. Morgan Stanley is the quintesentially American Investment Bank. It is financially healthy. They reported earnings yesterday that were far better than expected.
    The only reason Morgan Stanley (and even Lehman and AIG)failed is because of incredibly stupid decisions made by the Bush Administration. It’s not just Glass-Steiegel which was repealed by a Republican Congress (led by Phil Gramm)during the Clinton Administration. (1999)
    It’s absurd short selling rules implemented by the Bush led SEC.
    It’s the Bush Administration’s failure to consider intelligent and prudent financial legislation proposed by one of the smartest members of Congress, Barney Frank.
    It’s the mark to market accounting rules implemented since Bush became President that are stupid and counter productive.
    George Bush is literally presiding over the destruction of the American financial industry. This will make all Americans poorer. And it doesn’t have to happen.
    And where is Bush right now? Have you heard anything for him at all?

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  6. WigWag says:

    Great news for Obama. This financial collapse may be just what the doctor ordered for his campaign. It looks like slowly but surely, the polls are turning brighter for him again. CNN now has a poll out showing him leading in Ohio. Obama is keeping it close in Virginia. If Obama can win Ohio, Pennsy;vania and Virginia, he is in very good shape.
    So maybe there is a silver lining to all this.
    Wow!

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  7. WigWag says:

    So belatedly the SEC, under the truly clueless Chairman Cox, changes various rules for short selling that, if they had been changed last week, might have preserved Lehman and avoided the need for a federal takeover of AIG.
    But still, the SEC has not reinstated the uptick rule. The uptick rule was put in place in 1937 to reduce market volatility and it worked perfectly for 70 years. In July, 2007, Cox revoked the uptick rule.
    How has that worked out?
    ps: It has just been announced that Robert B. Willumstad who has been at AIG for less than three months and presided over the destruction of the largest and most profitable insurance company in the world will get a golden parachute of $7 million.
    It’s a great country, isn’t it?

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  8. pauline says:

    More on Mrs. Gramm from the late Sherman Skolnick in 2001 —
    “The real operators of Enron Corporation are, to some, great sorcerers. They have waved their magic wand, and turned paper promises into black gold and vice versa. Sort of latter day alchemists. Later in this series we will explore the role of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush. Now just look at some of the other names.
    A Director of Enron has been Wendy Gramm, wife of U.S. Senator Phil Gramm [R., Texas]. A former Professor, supposedly adept in economics and banking, Senator Gramm has been the Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, and member of the Budget and the Finance Committees. He has blocked laws against money laundering. Convenient to the Enron mess, he decided ahead of time not to run for re-election.
    For some twelve years during the Reagan/Daddy Bush Administrations, Wendy was Chairperson of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. As a highly corrupt federal regulatory agency, CFTC wields great power and influence over markets, often little understood by common Americans.
    Spreading out in the 1980s worldwide was the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, BCCI. Some called them, with their hundreds of branches round the world, the Bank of Crooks and Criminals International. They were actually a huge money laundry for political assassination and dirty tricks funding, as well as espionage proprietaries, for the American CIA, British MI-6, French CIA, and The Mossad of Israel.
    BCCI had or were planning some five branches in the U.S. For their U.S. agenda, they needed to put the arm on the U.S. government. Elsewhere in the world, BCCI had already honed the real world specialty of buying and bribing public officials.
    BCCI as a foreign entity not only dealt in secret transactions in banking but were a highly mostly covert player on the world markets, particularly the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board of Trade, and on markets such as LIFFE in London. Through six La Salle Street brokers, BCCI bribed and blackmailed its way into the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Key law-makers were invited to come to Chicago, all expenses paid, to supposedly give a speech for the CME, or “Merc” as some call it, and the CBOT. While in the Windy City, the law-makers were informed that their hosts, the market honchos, were opening “courtesy” accounts for them. And, that they would be informed of the good results that developed. In some instances, the so-called “courtesy” account was not told to the Representatives and Senators, but was set up in their name anyway as a blackmail device on the date of their Chicago visit.
    Through a hocus-pocus series of transactions, the Chicago accounts showed a supposed loss while the London acounts showed a huge profit. In the lingo of the markets, it was called a “straddle”. The Senators and Congressmen themselves, or most often their known agents, from time to time personally picked up the huge profits in London. On other occasions, someone identifying themselves with credentials as their known agents, likewise picked up the heavy profits from the “courtesy” accounts, in the British money center. It was either a direct provable bribery payment to the law-makers or verifiable record-kept blackmail. Either way, twenty five per cent of both houses of the American legislature were “hooked”.
    By the time BCCI supposedly collapsed in the summer of 1991, some five billion dollars had disappeared. It was used in great part to buy, that is, to bribe, 28 U.S. Senators and 108 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Bank of England, by a series of circumstances, became the kingpin in supervising and overseeing the supposed demise of BCCI.”
    from —
    http://www.cloakanddagger.de/skolnick/tebm1.html

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  9. WigWag says:

    And Pauline, let’s not forget the Phil Gramms’s wife was on the Board of Enron.
    Yep, quite a family!

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  10. pauline says:

    “Who’s to blame for the biggest financial catastrophe of our time? There are plenty of culprits, but one candidate for lead perp is former Sen. Phil Gramm. Eight years ago, as part of a decades-long anti-regulatory crusade, Gramm pulled a sly legislative maneuver that greased the way to the multibillion-dollar subprime meltdown. Yet has Gramm been banished from the corridors of power? Reviled as the villain who bankrupted Middle America? Hardly. Now a well-paid executive at a Swiss bank, Gramm cochairs Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign and advises the Republican candidate on economic matters. He’s been mentioned as a possible Treasury secretary should McCain win. That’s right: A guy who helped screw up the global financial system could end up in charge of US economic policy. Talk about a market failure.”
    see —
    http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2008/07/foreclosure-phil.html

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  11. Linda says:

    Wigwag,
    Good point–and Chris Cox has a very interesting career, both in private sector and as a conservative Republican Congressman. See Wikipedia on him.
    Robert Scheer has an excellent column on much of this. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/16/EDKB12VBBP.DTL

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  12. WigWag says:

    Financial deregulation is a big part of the problem but it’s not the whole problem. New short selling rules approved by Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox contributed to the demise of both Lehman and AIG.
    At the very least, had these new short selling rules not been in place, AIG might have escaped its fate (nationalization). AIG was planning to announce a restructuring plan at the end of September which would have allowed it to sell sufficient assets to meet its collateral obligations. Or it could have raised capital by issuing stock.
    The shorts came in a destroyed the stock price before either of these options could be carried out. Under the short selling rules in effect when George W. Bush came into office, this would not have occurred. AIG would have been able to “rescue” itself.

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  13. Linda says:

    Mrs. KB,
    Thanks so much for the correction! The only Democrat in the Senate who voted for it was Hollings.
    I don’t really recall the legislative history of the bill, and now I’m wondering why Clinton didn’t veto it.
    Almost every bubble/abuse/crash/economic pain/bailout of the past quarter century can be linked rather closely to deregulation. I’m surely no expert, but the pattern is very clear to me.
    It would be very difficult to get this into stump speeches or TV ads, but I think they need to try to do this–and at least try to use it in debates. And make McCain explain his vote as well as ask Palin about Gramm-Leach-Biley and even Glass-Steagall.
    And, of course, Leach spoke for Obama at DNC; so it would be interesting if he came forth and said that legislation was a mistake. And it would be nice if the electorate voted with their brains and were better educated on the issues and their own interests—and if only somewhere over the rainbow……

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  14. Mrs. K8 says:

    Linda —
    Perhaps you made the same mistake the WSJ writer did — he looked at the vote on the conference report on the bill — which happened six months AFTER the bill passed the Senate. That was almost unanimous.
    The actual bill was pretty close, and it passed pretty much along party lines. You can find the vote on the bill itself here —
    http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=106&session=1&vote=00105
    The result was 55 yea, 44 nay.
    Biden voted “nay.”

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  15. bangzoom14 says:

    Not for anything and I really don’t mean to be disrespectful and it’s just a mere curiosity on my part, but from what planet did they find Sarah Palin? This is the republican’s idea of a vice presidential candidate?? Are they freakin’ kidding me? It’s like another Agnew or Quayle all over again. Talk about lightweights. Sheesh.

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  16. Paul Norheim says:

    From what I`ve seen, both candidates are extremely vague in
    their responses to the financial meltdown: the usual campaign
    slogans with a couple of phrases added for the occation.
    WigWag, your comment about the prominent AIG board members
    illustrates the depressive situation.
    As well as the article pauline quoted: The absurdity of a country
    insisting on global hegemony, financed by the foreign powers
    they want to dominate.

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  17. WigWag says:

    “(And how will Sarah Palin handle all of this?)”
    Like the moron that she is!

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  18. Paul Norheim says:

    “The rescue of AIG – which has a trillion dollars in assets and
    insures bank loans around the world – prompted a shares rally in
    Asia, with Japan’s market up 2% in early trading.” (BBC)
    Markets will probably go up everywhere tomorrow. And perhaps
    the US media will return to the lipstick-on-a-pig discussions –
    until Mutual or some other institution collapses?

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  19. Paul Norheim says:

    Thanks for the info, WigWag.
    Here, the banks, the finance minister, as well as the newspapers
    claim that everything is fine (at least until Lehmann fell). I don`t
    see any reason to trust them.
    Some Norwegian banks were actually exposed to Lehman. Our
    Pension Fund, the oil fund (more than $400 billion I think) is
    exposed everywhere (spread in 7000 companies on the planet,
    as far as I remember), but nobody knows yet what is lost in sub
    prime/hedge fund related stuff. In any case, we have no reason
    to complain, compared to US citizens, and some European
    countries – like Spain, and I would guess also UK in the months
    to come (finance, house prices).
    One of the big questions: Asia.
    I would guess that there are bubbles in the Chinese stock
    marked, as well as house prices, and that the growth will not be
    as strong as we`ve seen. Americans, as well as Europeans will
    buy less from them in the years to come. Result: less Chinese
    hunger for energy and raw material – i.e. less inflation.
    (And how will Sarah Palin handle all of this?)

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  20. WigWag says:

    You might be interested to know that AIG is actually one of the largest insurers in Norway and that Norwegian and other Scandanavian Banks had significant exposure if AIG defaulted on credit default swaps that it issued to banks in the region.
    This for your information:
    “AIG United Guaranty is helping mortgage lenders in Denmark and Norway to expand home ownership in their market through mortgage credit protection – with the same level of quality its affiliates have provided in the U.S. market for more than 40 years.
    Mortgage insurance protects lenders against losses due to borrower default and foreclosure. Using mortgage insurance to reduce the risk associated with high loan-to-value ratios (HLTV), banks can extend affordable mortgage financing to homeowners with limited down payment funds, enabling them afford home ownership.
    Other lender benefits include:
    The security, expertise, services and financial strength available from AIG United Guaranty’s mortgage insurance for first- and second-lien mortgages (HEL and HELOC).
    Capital relief associated with MI coverage,
    Better international ratings for mortgage-backed securities.
    Coverage for existing mortgage portfolios, as well as newly originated loans.
    As a member company of American International Group, the world’s leading international insurance and financial services organization, AIG United Guaranty can also rely on the expertise and broader capabilities of our parent company, providing access to other
    related insurance products from AIG including payment protection, financial lines,
    and other financial and risk management tools.”

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  21. Paul Norheim says:

    Washington Post and NYT just reported that the Fed rescued AIG
    with a $85 billion loan.

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  22. pauline says:

    US Economy: Rudderless and Reeling From Direct Hits
    By Paul Craig Roberts
    September 15, 2008
    We were promised a “New Economy” of high-tech tradable services to take the place of the offshored manufacturing economy. Wondering what had become of the “New Economy,” Duke University’s Offshoring Research Network searched for it and located it offshore. Yes, the activities of the “New Economy” are also outsourced offshore.
    Call centers, IT operations, back-office operations, and manufacturing have long been moved offshore. Now high-value-added proprietary activities such as research and development, engineering, product development, and analytical services are being sent offshore. All that’s left is finance, and it is crumbling before our eyes.
    Independent broker-dealers are disappearing: Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers. These venerable institutions were too thinly capitalized for the risks that they took. Merrill Lynch is now part of the Bank of America, and Lehman Brothers is history.
    Ill-advised financial deregulation led to financial concentration and not to more efficient markets. Independent local banks, which focused on financing local businesses, and Saving and Loan Associations, which knew the local housing market, have been replaced with large institutions that package unanalyzed risks and sell them worldwide.
    Regulation over-reached. The pendulum swung. Deregulation became an ideology and a facilitator of greed.
    Deregulating electric power gave us Enron.
    Deregulating the airlines destroyed famous American brand names such as Pan Am, shrank the number of companies, and caused a decline in service. When airlines were regulated, they could afford standby equipment, and cancelled flights were rare. Today, the bottom line prohibits standby equipment, and mechanical problems result in cancelled flights. When economists calculated the benefits of deregulation, they left out many of its costs.
    There are no longer any blue chip companies, which means that investing for retirement has become a crapshoot. People realize this; thus, the privatization of Social Security has no support.
    If we look realistically at the US economy, we see that what is not moved offshore is being bailed out. Last year, the US Department of Energy was authorized to make $25 billion in loans to auto manufacturing firms and suppliers of automotive parts. Last week the Secretary of the Treasury took $5 trillion dollars in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac home mortgages under its wing.
    The Congressional Budget Office says this action by the Treasury means “that the operations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be directly incorporated into the federal budget.” Their revenues would be treated as federal revenues, and their expenditures as federal expenditures. If the former were greater than the latter, there would be no reason for the takeover.
    The open question is: what do these new liabilities do to the Treasury’s own credit standing?
    For now, this question is submerged. The traditional practice of fleeing to the US dollar and US Treasury bonds during periods of financial stress and uncertainty has boosted the dollar and kept interest rates low. But sooner or later the large US budget deficit, worsened by recession and bailouts, and the large trade deficit, which requires constant recycling of dollars held by foreigners into US financial and real assets, will result in renewed effort on the part of foreigners to lighten their dollar holdings.
    When this time arrives, US interest rates will have to rise in order for the government to be able to continue to rely on foreigners to recycle the dollars acquired in trade to finance the US government’s annual budget deficit.
    The current financial problems have pushed into the background the larger problems of the US budget and trade deficits. Goods and services for American markets that US corporations outsource offshore return as imports, which widen the US trade deficit. Moving production offshore reduces US GDP and employment and increases foreign GDP and employment. Moving production offshore reduces the export capacity of the US economy while raising the import bill.
    Therefore, how is the trade deficit to be closed? One way is through the dollar’s loss in exchange value, which would reduce American consumers’ real incomes and leave them too poor to purchase the offshored goods and services.
    How is the budget deficit to be closed when jobs are disappearing and GDP (tax base) is being relocated offshore?
    Not by higher taxes. Higher taxes are problematic for a recessionary economy in which unemployment, properly measured, is already in double digits (www.shadowstats.com).
    Some people have speculated that the budget deficit will be closed by dismantling entitlement programs such as Medicare. However, considering the cost of medical insurance, this would be catastrophic for tens of millions of older Americans.
    The more likely avenue will be a raid on private pensions. The Clinton administration’s appointee, Alicia Munnell, as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy argued that private pensions should face a capital levy to make up for the fact that their accumulation was tax free. I expect that the federal government, faced with its own bankruptcy, will resurrect this argument, as it will be preferable to printing money like a banana republic or Weimar Germany.
    In the 21st century, the US economy has been kept going by debt expansion, not by real income growth. Economists have hyped US productivity growth, but there is no sign that increased productivity has raised family incomes, an indication that there is a problem with the productivity statistics. With consumers overloaded with debt and the value of their most important asset–housing–falling, the American consumer will not be leading a recovery.
    A country that had intelligent leaders would recognize its dire straits, stop its gratuitous wars, and slash its massive military budget, which exceeds that of the rest of the world combined. But a country whose foreign policy goal is world hegemony will continue on the path to destruction until the rest of the world ceases to finance its existence.
    Most Americans, including the presidential candidates and the media, are unaware that the US government today, now at this minute, is unable to finance its day to day operations and must rely on foreigners to purchase its bonds. The government pays the interest to foreigners by selling more bonds, and when the bonds come due, the government redeems the bonds by selling new bonds. The day the foreigners do not buy is the day the American people and their government are brought to reality.
    This is not the financial position of a superpower.
    Will what happened to Lehman Brothers today be America’s fate tomorrow?

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  23. PissedOffAmerican says:

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/
    Source: Sex Assault Program Cited in Monegan Firing Targeted Child Abusers
    By Zachary Roth – September 16, 2008, 4:58PM
    So Sarah Palin’s latest explanation for why she fired Walt Monegan is that he had gone over her head in seeking federal money for an initiative to combat sexual assault crimes, before she had approved the program.
    But it now appears that the program in question is one that most elected officials would be wary of admitting they hadn’t strongly backed. According to Peggy Brown, who heads the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Monegan wanted to use the federal money to hire retired troopers and law enforcement officials, and assign them to investigate the most egregious cases of sexual assault — including those against children.
    In other words, if Palin’s new story is true, she fired Monegan for being too aggressive in going after child molesters.
    ABC News reported yesterday that, although Alaska leads the nation in reported rapes per capita, Palin hasn’t made the issue a priority as governor.
    Monegan, however, appeared eager to change that. “He seemed to get the issue and really took it seriously,” Brown told TPMmuckraker.
    According to the Palin camp, too seriously.

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  24. WigWag says:

    Richard Holbrooke is on the AIG Board of Directors. So is William Cohen, former Senator from Maine and former Secretary of Defense. So is Martin S. Felstein, former Chair of the George H.W. Bush Council of Economic Advisors. So is Carla Hills, former United States Trade Representative under George H.W. Bush. So is Michael H. Sutton, former Chief Accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission under several Presidents.
    The Board is full of Democrats and Republicans; foreign policy luminaries and domestic policy luminaries.
    Collectively they have ruined the largest insurance company in the world and one of the best American companies in the world.
    And these are the types of people who will play leading roles in either the next McCain or Obama administrations.
    Makes you feel great, doesn’t it?

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  25. Linda says:

    Problem is that on Wall Street they don’t let anybody read their true spreadsheets and can’t even read them themselves.
    Now they don’t even know what “assets” they own–so they don’t know what they are worth. At least with Enron the crooks knew that they were creating phony assets and illegal schemes.
    So companies in the financial and insurance sector are worrying about “to be or not to be.”

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  26. WigWag says:

    Shakespeare had all this figured out in 1603:
    Hamlet”, Act 1 scene 3
    Polonius to his son Laertes:
    “Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
    For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
    And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
    This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
    I guess they don’t read much Shakespeare on Wall Street.

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  27. Linda says:

    Carroll,
    Could not agree with you more except for the last line about burning Washington to the ground and starting over.
    Deregulation started with Reagan, and it was very much there in Clinton Administration in 1999 with Gramm-Leach-Biley repeals of Glass-Steagall–so next administration is going to have to go back to the future, i.e., like 1933 and re-regulate the economy.
    I just checked Thomas, and it passed the Senate by unanimous consent–so I am assuming both McCain and Biden were for it. Obama and Palin weren’t there. Obama already had been in IL State Senate and re-elected at the end of 1999 when Gramm-Leach-Biley was passed. Sarah Palin had been mayor of Wasilla for three years.
    The choice was better in 1932 because both FDR and Hoover were very intelligent and experienced public servants. However, I want the best and brightest available in this election.
    None of the best and brightest in finance and economics can predict what will happen because there is only opacity and no transparency in our financial markets, i.e., nobody knows how deep the problems really are.
    I’ve always said that I didn’t understand why anyone would want to be President in 2009 as he/she would inherit a real mess. I think Obama-Biden would be better choice to try to fix it.
    But if things don’t go as well as they can between now and January 20, and aren’t stablilzed by a year from now, lots of angry people will be marching on Washington!

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  28. Carroll says:

    I see some have noticed the AIG meltdown….funny thing is, this has been predicted for almost 2 years….first the hedge funds would go, then the mortage companies would go, then the mortage insurers would go…volia!..at least one mission is complete.
    But let’s not pretend that the deregulation that caused all this started with Bush…no…it started way back and has been supported by a do nothing but satisfy their campaign contributors congress.
    Someone else asked ‘what do we do’?
    Well, I got out my “V for Vendetta” copy tonight and played it twice to get in the mood… so here’s my same old political position….
    BURN WASHINGTON TO THE GROUND AND START OVER

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  29. Billy says:

    Dude, OPEC does not have the power to lower the price of oil on their say so; the market, supply and demand, does that. And, dude, OPEC has recently announce a cut-back in production to support higher prices. So dude, the “drill baby drill” chants have and will never have any effect on the price of oil in the short term. Nothing, nada, dude. Spread the word, dude, you got some education today from a fellow yokel.

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  30. ToddinHB says:

    I think OPEC overheard the chants of “Drill here, drill now” and lowered the price of oil.

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  31. questions says:

    Or maybe, DonS, because N. Va is a suburb of DC and is more northern than the rest of the state. But whatever… I am ever hopeful that Obama will pick up in the polls. And after a 500 point loss on the Dow perhaps Palin will be so last week.

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  32. DonS says:

    Questions,democrats have done remarably well in Virginia in the past few cycles, perhaps in spite of themselves, because many Virginians are thoroughly fed up with rubber stamp republicans. There remain many enclaves of solid r.w. conservatism, but the equation has been inexorably changing.

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  33. Bil says:

    Maybe an explanation/apology. Because if that was her personal
    opinion she does not belong on air.
    I thought Koch did a GREAT job disrespecting her politely and CNN
    as a “news source” that he would not accept her POV until he saw it
    in a GOOD Newspaper.
    Questions. I saw that on Kos also but can we take a KOS survey as
    anything less biased than a Fox survey?

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  34. questions says:

    In an election for President of the United States in Virginia today, 09/15/08, 7 weeks till votes are counted, Democrat Barack Obama defeats Republican John McCain 50% to 46%, according to this latest SurveyUSA poll conducted for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, WJLA-TV in Washington DC, WTVR-TV in Richmond, and WJHL-TV in the Tri-Cities. Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll released one week ago, immediately following the Republican National Convention, Obama is up 3 points; McCain is down 3. The movement solidifies Virginia place as America’s 2008 battleground.
    One week ago, McCain led among men by 11 points. Today, McCain and Obama tie. One week ago, McCain led among voters age 50+ by 14 points. Today, McCain leads by 1. One week ago, Obama led among lower income voters by 6 points. Today, Obama leads by 20. One week ago, McCain led among Independents by 21 points. Today, McCain leads by 4. 17% of Republicans today crossover to vote Democrat, up from 11% last week and 7% last month. 12% of Democrats cross over to vote Republican, compared with 10% in the two previous polls. Strikingly: week-on-week movement in the DC suburbs was to McCain; movement in the Shenandoah and Central VA was to Obama.
    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/9/15/122857/348/537/599503
    Here are Sarah Palin’s daily approval numbers from the Daily Kos/Research 2000 tracking poll:
    Approve Disapprove No Opinion
    9/11: 52 35 13 +17
    9/12: 51 37 12 +14
    9/13: 49 40 11 +9
    9/14: 47 42 11 +5
    9/15: 47 43 10 +4
    In the span of five days, Palin has gone from +17 to +4 — a statistically significant shift. This includes the Gibson interview as well as the media’s sudden focus late last week on the Palin/McCain lies. In comparison, Biden is at 48/32/20, Obama is at 54/38/8, and McCain is at 51/45/4.
    So Palin may not be the least popular of the four — McCain is, but she is certainly the least liked of the four candidates, and given that both Obama and Biden are at +16 favorability, McCain’s +6 and and Palin’s +4 point to a fundamental weakness that will likely play a role moving forward.
    How about McCain in that time period?
    Approve Disapprove No Opinion
    9/11: 55 44 1 +11
    9/12: 56 43 1 +13
    9/13: 55 43 2 +12
    9/14: 53 44 3 +9
    9/15: 51 45 4 +6
    Direct from Kos himself.
    All of this w/o today’s stock market info. Don’t count anyone out for a while!
    (the previous version of this note disappeared into cyberspace)

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  35. ........ says:

    I DO NOT want to have anything to do with the issue concerning gay books being made available to pre-schoolers through public libraries. God!, if the right-wing ever picks up on this issue we are screwed and we can forget turning any of the states that Bush won into Obama states in November.
    You can whine about the censorship angle all you want, but Gay+Kids stomps that.
    So best to just STFU about the whole thing, let sleeping dogs lie, the word is mum, and all that rot, and just pray this lethal issue is not exploited by ..shhhhhh… you know who.
    PS: Let me add an Egads and Yikes for good measure.

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  36. Linda says:

    I don’t think book censorship or homosexuality are going to be top issues with the voters that need to be persuaded to vote for Obama. There are more important lies and distortions out there.
    Bob Greenwald and production company out of LA has a great ad, but at 3:30 long only useful to send about on www.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH0xzsogzAk
    Obama campaign should get it and split it into TV length ads about each “distortion.”

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  37. Sweetness says:

    Bob W. nails it.
    This WHOLE thing is about abuse of power and censorship.
    The gay angle is only tangential to the core issue.

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  38. Bob W. says:

    Palin and the McCain campaign claim that Palin’s inquiry about book banning was hypothetical.
    The only problems with that “lie to nowhere” are:
    1. she inquired 3 times. Could the McCain campaign explain that. Did she simply not understand the answer the first two times?
    2. she later fired the librarian, whom she was forced to rehire after a public outcry.
    In part, the real story here is that it is a precursor to Troopergate. She repeatedly tried to pressure someone to do something, and when rebuffed, she fired the person, only to claim the firing was unrelated to her inappropriate requests.

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  39. Sweetness says:

    Wigwag, questions, ej…all great posts. I’m with you entirely. Some
    days it really does feels like we’re in free fall with no way to create
    a soft landing.

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  40. Bill R. says:

    It appears that the media is now repulsed by the McCain smear campaign and even Fox News smacked around a McCain surrogate for lies about Obama’s tax policy. Here’s some good pushback by Obama:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK3Y1KPzW9k
    This morning the Wall Street meltdown and catastrophe of the deregulation of the financial markets may overshadow anything else.

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  41. ej says:

    I agree with those outaged over how this election is turning once again into dangerous inanities with dire consequences.
    I agree with those who express their outrage over the incompetent or even complicit media.
    I agree with with those who are outraged over the degree of outright cynical lying that the McCain campaign is doing.
    And, I agree with those who have expressed their outrage and disappointment with an electorate too ignorant or unsophisticated to see the dangerous ground they are treading on in embracing Palin and McCain, ignoring or rationalizing the lying, and embracing the “wedge” issues that seem to energize those with myopic vision and endanger all of us by focusing too narrowly and personally on what is important – missing the forest for the trees so to speak.
    Having said that, it appears we are still facing the possibilites that all of these immoral, ignorant, myopic, or selfish people could actually have an affect on the election and consequently the direction this country takes and in turn how the world will be affected.
    I’m at a loss as to what needs to be done to counteract this. No amount of reason or pointing to the truth, or attempts at education seem to have an effect on those “hell bent” on taking the world into a nose dive back to the “dark ages” or maybe the stone age.
    I can’t believe this is happening again, and each time it gets worse.
    What do we do?

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  42. questions says:

    From the Chi. Trib:
    But U.S. Rep. John Culberson, a Republican who represents the western part of Houston, excoriated FEMA for failing to supply even police and other first responders who were assisting in the hurricane disaster. At a staging center for first responders in his district, Culberson said, police were out of food and water, and he appealed to area residents to donate provisions from their own depleted pantries.
    He also noted that phone repair crews from AT&T were sitting idle at the staging center because they had run out of fuel for their trucks.
    “It’s just outrageous,” Culberson told a radio interviewer. “I think it’s inexcusable. I was horrified to discover that our first responders needed our help.”
    In the absence of any FEMA help, two truckloads of ice and bottled water did make it into the city—thanks to Houston radio station KTRH, which arranged for the delivery from its sister stations elsewhere in Texas.
    ——
    I guess our first responders need prior-responders….
    ——
    Meanwhile, oil industry officials began tallying the hurricane’s toll on the nation’s strategic energy facilities. At least 10 offshore oil platforms were destroyed in the storm, officials said, and the Houston-area oil refineries that produce 20 percent of the nation’s gasoline remained shuttered and offline. It was unclear how soon they would be brought back into production—and how big the impact would be on the nation’s gasoline supplies—but prices at the pump soared to $5 a gallon in some cities.
    ——
    DRILL HERE DRILL NOW/ OFFSHORE DRILLING…
    Oh my.
    ——
    Officials of the three private utility companies that supply electricity to the Houston metropolitan region said it could take them a month to restore power to everyone—a potentially debilitating delay to the area’s economy, which supplies energy, aerospace and medical services to the entire nation.
    “The future of America depends on a state like Texas and a city like Houston to get back on its feet as soon as it can,” Perry said at a news conference in Galveston. “That is the reason we are going to be adamant in our requests for [federal] help to get the power back on. Not only is it the right thing to do for your citizens, it’s the right thing to do for your country.”
    ——-
    Nothing like those small town values — who needs stupid cities with their stupid elites.
    Anyone think Texas will blame Republicans for the disaster — and REMEMBER the lesson in November?
    But then, probably NO ONE could have imagined the extent of the damage.
    ——-
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-ike_ledeall_finalsep15,0,6747201.story

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  43. hollace henry says:

    thank you for putting into words alot better than i did sat.am. in note to cnn.
    she jumped at E.K.
    really insulting . H.H.

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  44. WigWag says:

    From the NY Times
    In Frantic Day, Wall Street Banks Teeter
    In one of the most dramatic days in Wall Street’s history, Merrill Lynch agreed to sell itself to Bank of America for roughly $50 billion to avert a deepening financial crisis, while another prominent securities firm, Lehman Brothers, hurtled toward liquidation after it failed to find a buyer.
    The humbling moves, which reshape the landscape of American finance, mark the latest chapter in a tumultuous year in which once-proud financial institutions have been brought to their knees as a result of hundreds of billions of dollars in losses because of bad mortgage finance and real estate investments.
    But even as the fates of Lehman and Merrill hung in the balance Sunday night, another crisis loomed as the insurance giant American International Group appeared to teeter. A.I.G. sought a $40 billion lifeline from the Federal Reserve, without which the company may have only days to survive.
    The stunning series of events culminated a weekend of frantic around-the-clock negotiations, as Wall Street bankers huddled in meetings at the behest of Bush administration officials to try to avoid a downward spiral in the markets stemming from a crisis of confidence.
    “My goodness. I’ve been in the business 35 years, and these are the most extraordinary events I’ve ever seen,” said Peter G. Peterson, co-founder of the private equity firm the Blackstone Group, who was head of Lehman in the 1970s and a secretary of commerce in the Nixon administration.
    It remains to be seen whether the sale of Merrill, which was worth more than $100 billion during the last year, and the controlled demise of Lehman will be enough to finally turn the tide in the yearlong financial crisis that has crippled Wall Street and threatened the broader economy.
    Questions remain about how the market will react Monday, particularly to Lehman’s plan to wind down its trading operations, and whether other companies, like A.I.G. and Washington Mutual, the nation’s largest savings and loan, might falter.
    Indeed, in a move that echoed Wall Street’s rescue of a big hedge fund a decade ago this week, 10 major banks agreed to create an emergency fund of $70 billion to $100 billion that financial institutions can use to protect themselves from the fallout of Lehman’s expected failure.
    The Fed, meantime, broadened the terms of its emergency loan program for Wall Street banks, a move that could ultimately put taxpayers’ money at risk.
    Though the government took control of the troubled mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac only a week ago, investors have become increasingly nervous about whether major financial institutions can recover from their losses.
    How things play out could affect the broader economy, which has been weakening steadily as the financial crisis has deepened over the last year, with unemployment increasing as the nation’s growth rate has slowed.
    What will happen to Merrill’s 60,000 employees or Lehman’s 25,000 employees remains unclear. Worried about the unfolding crisis and its potential impact on New York City’s economy, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg canceled a trip to California to meet with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Instead, aides said, Mr. Bloomberg spent much of the weekend working the phones, talking to federal officials and bank executives in an effort to gauge the severity of the crisis.
    The weekend that humbled Lehman and Merrill Lynch and rewarded Bank of America, based in Charlotte, N.C., began at 6 p.m. Friday in the first of a series of emergency meetings at the Federal Reserve building in Downtown Manhattan.

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  45. WigWag says:

    So I don’t know if anyone is following what is happening tonight, but it’s historic in nature. There hasn’t been anything like it since 1929.
    Lehman Brothers has failed. They will declare bankruptcy on Monday. Merrill Lynch was about to fail and was saved only after it was purchased by Bank of American for $29.00 per share. The New York Times is reporting that AIG, the second largest insurer in the United States and the fifth largest insurer in the world reports will be insolvent within 48 hours if the Federal Reserve doesn’t guarantee $40 billion of their bad debt (which they incurred as a result of insuring the collatorlized debt obligations that are at the center of the current financial difficulties.) Washington Mutual and Wachovia have been widely reported to be teetering.
    The dollar is plummeting and stock markets all over the world are falling. When the U.S. stock market opens tomorrow, it will undoubtedly plunge.
    The fault for all of this can be placed squarely at the feet of two people; Alan Greenspan (who was Fed Chairman when the speculation in housing was at its height) and George W. Bush (who’s philosophy of financial deregulation has been proven disasterous.
    This is a financial version of Hurricane Katrina. It proves that the United States is becoming a far poorer county and that if we continue on this path, we’re headed for third
    world status.
    If McCain is elected things will get even worse. The only safe path will be to buy gold and Euros.

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  46. Davis says:

    What the hell does teaching children about the existence of homosexuality through well written books have to do with “Get the hell out of America’s bedrooms. What the American people do behind closed doors is none of your business.” ?
    And who the hell here is “nurturing bigotry”? Did you have some bigoted thoughts enter your own mind?
    Yes, it is a difficult subject, and it makes for raw nerves.
    Anybody who really believes the issue presented by Steve was merely about the media’s treatment of the subject is sadly mistaken.
    The kernel of this whole episode comes down to whether one thinks Sarah Palin was correct as mayor of Wasilla to question a librarian in the employ of her town whether a book explaining homosexuality to children was appropriate for the children of their town. It’s a political opinion whether these type of books are appropriate or not, and Palin is a politician that has strong views on the subject as do thousands of other pols and many millions Americans.
    What the hell is the problem with getting down to the actual controversy instead of some ho-hum quibbling over what some CNN interviewer said?

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  47. PissedOffAmerican says:

    At The Gate…
    Rereading your post, it occurs to me that I may have jumped the gun on deriding your motives, and suspecting subterfuge in your comment. If so, I apologize.

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  48. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Do not worry, correct thinking will win out in this coming reckoning about children being taught about homosexuality”
    Behind your sacharin and patronizing facade of open mindedness, I suspect your definition of “correct thinking” would hardly be charitable to the gay community.
    It is interesting how you people slithered aboard, and turned a discussion about censorship and media responsibility into one about homosexuality, and how the issue can possibly affect the two campaigns.
    Oh yes, I have no doubt that you will take Palin’s attempted abuse of power and morph it into a springboard for your religious bigotries. Its what you zealots do best, and this thread is a graphic example of that.
    Get the hell out of America’s bedrooms. What the American people do behind closed doors is none of your business.
    And stop nurturing bigotry. Your children deserve better.

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  49. At the gate says:

    DonS,
    Very good answer, but still the debate is needed and the People will need to come down on one side of the issue or the other, the same as Black/White marriage worked its way through to be accepted by the courts in VA. If the People are persuaded that books expressly written to introduce children to homosexuality should be available to them in libraries, then good for us. We then as a nation have come a long way, and I do not think there should be any fear in having this discussion here, or in this national campaign. The quicker these issues are resolved the quicker we can bury conservatism and get the country on the right track for a good long while.
    There were also people in VA who did not want to bring up Black/White marriages and nothing would have changed if they had their way. It was the courageous that went into the teeth of the issue and won the day to the great enrichment of us all. Do not worry, correct thinking will win out in this coming reckoning about children being taught about homosexuality. Have faith, Don.

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  50. DonS says:

    that would be small town “mayor”. She’s still whacko.

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  51. DonS says:

    Gail, whoever you are, you’ve go a point. Nevermind that its the wrong question, or the wrong forum, the repub sleaze machine, all sleaze, all controversy, all the time, grinds on.
    Seems like Carol Costello is a charter member. I wonder who gave her the talking points?
    Suddenly the moralistic fetish of some whacko small town may is extrapolated into the realm of constitutional question. Sometimes I wish Americans were more sophistocated. No, make that all the time.

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  52. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “You’re a very entertaining mewler, by the way. I like your style.”
    And your “style” is barely coherent.
    Rewrite the paragraph so that it is almost intelligible, and perhaps I’ll comment.
    And look up the word “mewling”. I am many things, most of them probably irritating.
    But “mewling”?
    You really think so?
    I’m crushed.
    (THATS mewling)

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  53. arthurdecco says:

    Amen, POA, Amen!

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  54. Gail says:

    But PissedOffAmerican, what if Sarah Palin does say in her next speech that, Yes she did question the appropriateness of having books teaching young children about homosexuality in her small town library and that she still does question books about homosexuality being available to pre-schoolers. That would be called a home-run, and after that say Thanks, but No Thanks in a different context. The whole thing is that the jinn is out of the bottle if McCain and his vile campaign can segue gracefully into it. The Obama/Kindergarten/Sex ad sort of sets the stage for this debate. If the Rovians are all they are cracked up to be a Kids/Homosexuality controversy is coming down the pike this week. Your current mewling about the media can’t hold a candle to wall to wall coverage about homosexuality and kids; then you’ll have something to mewl about. (You’re a very entertaining mewler, by the way. I like your style.)

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  55. DonS says:

    At the gate, whoever you are, there is no “resolving” issues of homosexuality within this or any other politcial debate. There is merely hewing to one prejudice or another for political gain.
    The debate that we ought to be having is how far we want the intrusive and increasingly invasive Federal Government in our business.
    Wasn’t that long ago here in Virginia that it was a crime for a MARRIED black and white couple to cohabit. What do you think about that!
    This is an issue, governmet intrusion into moral affairs, that should offend all Americans, but unfortunately the ones who take it to the bank, in the effort to restrict freedom and the right of privacy, are religous fundamentalists.
    Are you one of those? Fine. But stay out of my rights.

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  56. YY says:

    CNN should retract and maybe try to stay up to date in their news cycles. Many in the fourth estate are getting the initial debunking of early speculative reports confused with the later refined versions of the story. Similar stuff is happening with the Palin association with the AIP.

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  57. PissedOffAmerican says:

    How does a thread about media honesty turn into a forum for petty little small minded homophobes?
    Well, the answer is really quite simple, by singling out one book as being the focus of Palin’s small minded idiocy, instead of focusing on the full gambit of her fanaticism. Are we to believe Palin, if allowed, would exclusively ban books on homosexuality, while allowing books about evolution or birth control?
    Yes, these jackasses and ginnies that have now cantered their way into the discussion would have you believe that homosexuality is the issue here, and not a politician’s abuse of power and attempts to exercise censorship based on religious ideologies and beliefs.
    Never mind that citizens such as myself do not want this small minded vindictive bitch dictating what me or mine can read in our libraries, no matter what kinds of books she seeks to save us from.
    Listen, there is no need to mince words here. Anyone that supports this woman is a fuckin’ idiot. It is inexcusable that perverted partisan loyalties facilitate endorsing such an obviously unsuitable and undesireable person for such a high seat in our government. The fact that this woman is actually being considered for such a position is a condemning statement about the state of the union, the absence of a responsible Fourth Estate, and the abject stupidity of a huge segment of our population.
    And yes, Ingrid would rather her children grew up as I did, learning that there were nasty perverted faggots hiding behind every dark bush, easgerly waiting to get their hands on my little boy parts. It takes a good portion of a lifetime to shed those implanted bigotries, and God damn the ignorant yahoos that think we need pass this kind of crap onto yet one more generation.
    Enough already.

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  58. At the gate says:

    DonS, it is you that I address above, sir.

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  59. At the gate says:

    Tell me why “culture war” is a distraction. It is one of the three legs of the conservative stool in this country, and voters are mobilized every day, liberal and conservative, by the issues of the ongoing culture war. It is central to our politics and would only be considered a distraction to someone who is afraid of broaching the issues involved. Let’s not kid ourselves, homosexuality is still a major issue in American society for many people, and it would be good for the country to resolve as many issues concerning it as possible, including whether we would like pre-school children to be aware of homosexuality. It’s a good debate to have, now that the subject has come to light within the context of one of the VP candidates.

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  60. Ingrid Svenson says:

    Liberals have no problem having young children told about homosexuality because it gives the child options later in life if they feel they are interested in fooling around with those of their own gender. Liberals like all options for sexual expression open if it does not physically or psychologically harm any participant or onlooker. And you all know how conservatives think about sex, some even against dancing.
    I believe if Obama explained freedom of expression through sex in a coherent and rational way, as he is very capable of doing, then independants will flock to his side, and it looks as if the Left is going to have to explain themselves if, as harbinger says “McCain plays his cards right” and “Rove is on the ball.”
    It would be very exciting to see this debate which may very well turn the election one way or the other.
    Viva Revolution Sexual !! We can DO IT; yes we can!

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  61. DonS says:

    Harbinger, another “culture war” distraction, where the US govt has no place sticking it’s nose. The Nazis would have loved your reasoning.

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  62. harbinger says:

    Well, I think the American people should decide whether they want books teaching homosexuality to be available to children under 9. Let the candidates each address to the issue. My guess is McCain/Palin would say NO, and Obama/Biden would be wishy-washy. This could very well be the issue that decides the election if McCain plays his cards right. We will be voting this November on whether homosexuality should be introduced to young children, or not, if Rove is on the ball. The library book banning backlash from hell.

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  63. questions says:

    Link for videos from Brave New Films w/a fellow POW not in love with McCain and reminding us that he’s not really well-tempered for the job…. There’s a short version and a long one.
    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/9/14/182351/691/216/598807

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  64. Safi says:

    Crud. No HTML tags allowed.
    Here’s the link to the original Wasilla newspaper article.
    http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2008/09/06/breaking_news/doc48c1c8a60d6d9379155484.txt

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  65. Safi says:

    How about a link to the original Wasilla newspaper article?
    Palin: Library censorship inquiries ‘Rhetorical’
    In the wake of strong reactions from the city’s library director to inquiries about censorship, Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin on Monday was taking pains to explain her questions about censoring library material were “rhetorical.”
    Library Director Mary Ellen Emmons last week said Palin broached the subject with her on two occasions in October – once Palin was elected mayor Oct. 1 but before she took office on Oct. 14, and again in more detail on Monday, Oct. 28. Besides heading the Wasilla City Library, Emmons is also president of the Alaska Library Association.
    The issue became public last Wednesday, when Palin brought it up during an interview about the now-defunct Liquor task Force. Palin used the library topic as an example of discussions with her department heads about understanding and following administration agendas. Palin said she asked Emmons how she would respond to censorship.

    Emmons drew a clear distinction Saturday between the nature of Palin’s inquiries and an established book-challenge policy in place in Wasilla, and in most public libraries.
    “I’m not trying to suppress anyone’s views,” Emmons said. “But I told her (Palin) clearly, I will fight anyone who tries to dictate what books can go on the library shelves.”

    But on Monday, Oct. 28, Emmons said Palin asked her outright if she could live with censorship of library books. This was during a weak when Palin was requesting resignations from all the city’s department heads as a way of expressing loyalty.

    There’s more from the Anchorage Daily News as well. This article illustrates that she walked into her Mayoral duties and wanted to censor the library.

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  66. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “That rotten Costello is only trying to heighten the exposure to this story by claiming it to be false”
    Yeah, thats it, its all an insidious plot, an exercise in reverse psychology. Egads, how do some of you dream this shit up?
    The issue here has nothing to do with homosexuality, teaching kids about homosexuality, or what effect it will have on either of the two campaigns.
    The issue is black and white, and has to do with the honesty of our Fourth Estate. Did Palin broach the subject of banning books from the Wasilla library or not? And did CNN disprove this allegation, or not?
    Frankly, I don’t give a shit whether Costello’s actions and comments affect either campaign. What I DO give a shit about is honest reporting. Its what you should care about too. The motives behind dishonest reporting are irrelevent. A lie is a lie, whether it is told to benefit McCain, or Obama.
    The truth? If Costello lied, she oughta find her ass out on the street, fired in disgrace. The fact that our media giants refuse to thusly police themselves robs them of all credibility.
    And hey, RonK…
    Do you have any doubts that Palin, if allowed to, would have banned books?

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  67. RonK says:

    Steve —
    Koch referred to Palin’s actions as Mayor. Allegations of attempted book-banning in that context are discredited.
    [No books were banned in Mary Ellen (Emmons) Baker’s 35-month tenure as Library Director under Mayor Palin, nor were any books banned under the 37-month tenure of her replacement (appointed by Palin). One book was challenged (but not banned) over Palin’s two terms as Mayor, and that challenge was brought by a private citizen.]
    The later NYT piece refers to Palin’s sentiments expressed earlier as citizen and as councilmember.

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  68. Bluece says:

    That rotten Costello is only trying to heighten the exposure to this story by claiming it to be false. Very few people will be outraged and vote for Obama because Sarah is banning children’s books about homosexuals. The more exposure this story gets more people will be driven into the McCain camp. In this country whoever is against children’s books about homosexuals wins that issue hands down. Costello is fanning the flames, and Obama cannot win this issue; best say nothing. Trap.

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  69. PissedOffAmerican says:

    ROFLMAO!!!!
    Gads, Steve. Yes, Costello is apparently lyin’ her ass off. But an apology???? Come on man, when have these irresponsible and propaganda pushing members of the “Fourth Estate” ever apologized for feeding us a line of shit?
    If these pukes were prone to apologizing, the New York Times would be sending apology cards to the families of over a million dead Iraqi non-combatants.
    CNN is no better that Fox News, and the Times is no better than CNN. They all have deserted their obligation to the truth.

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