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Sarah Palin is to Republicans What Joe Lieberman is to Democrats

Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman appear with former Governor Sarah Palin on Septmber 22, 2008 in Media, Penn.

Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman appeared with former Governor Sarah Palin on Septmber 22, 2008 in Media, Pennsylvania.

Senator Joe Lieberman was on Fox News Sunday this week speaking on the Ft. Hood tragedy proclaiming his committee was going to “investigate” what he believes is “the most destructive terrorist act to be committed on American soil since 9/11.” So, instead of what would usually and regretfully be called a “fragging” or “friendly fire” or some other euphemism, Lieberman used the Republican Party line to define our two wars as Holy Wars. Any act by a Muslim is a terrorist act. We are in a crusade against evil. Therefore Muslims are evil. We’re good, they’re bad.

Then the Senator from the great state of Connecticut is asked about the Health Care Reform bill. Lieberman brushes up against yet another GOP talking point and says, “The public option plan is unnecessary. It has been put forward, I’m convinced, by people who really want the government to take over all of health insurance.” Government takeover of health care. Raise taxes. More debt. You lie.

As I was watching the interview, I thought to myself, ”Wow this schmuck came dangerously close to being one heartbeat away from the presidency.”

Then it occurred to me: Joe Lieberman is the Left’s Sarah Palin.

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“We Can’t Afford To Wait” (VIDEO)

An R.E.M. song provides the soundtrack for a new video from MoveOn.org in support of health care reform. The ad, which uses personal stories to make a case for a public option, uses the slogan “We Can’t Afford To Wait” to emphasize the urgency for far-reaching reform. MoveOn members from all walks of life hold up handmade signs explaining how their medical conditions or those of loved ones rendered them out of money and almost out of hope. The series of images is touching and plays towards an emotional reaction, which is only enhanced by the strained pleading of Michael Stipe’s vocals over a lonely mandolin.

Julian Hattem
The Huffington Post

Sarah Palin, Meet Hippocrates

Palin on Obama's Death Panels

Palin on Obama's Death Panels

As if you hadn’t heard, a gaggle of American conservatives is stridently charging that pending health care reform legislation will institute a mechanism for euthanizing selected members of the handicapped and elderly populations–that it would, in Sarah Palin’s formulation, establish “death panels.” It’s true that H.R. 3200, the bill that will eventually come before the House of Representatives, is still a work in progress. It has already been amended by three separate House committees, while two Senate committees are working on drafts of their own. All of the provisions to be included in the final bill are not yet known, but one thing is certain: There is not a single statement in the voluminous number of pages under study that contains the slightest consideration, no matter its remoteness, of death panels, euthanasia, or any such fearsome concept.

In reality, the legislation simply calls for the reimbursement of physicians who counsel patients on end-of-life decision-making–counseling that is already required by a 1990 law and that is now covered by many insurance plans. But the specifics of the present bill are irrelevant to the loony conversation the right has sparked during the August recess. After all, even if there were some provision before Congress that could conceivably be interpreted as establishing a “death panel,” centuries, if not millennia, of established medical ethics (in addition to existing U.S. law) would prevent its actualization. In the midst of this crucial debate on the future of health care, somehow, the proponents of the euthanasia talking point seem to have forgotten everything we know about the practice of medicine in America.

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What’s Ahead For Gov. Palin? Seven Challenges

Gov. Sarah Palin, back from the campaign trail, faces a changed landscape in Alaska.

Gov. Sarah Palin, back from the campaign trail, faces a changed landscape in Alaska.

It appears that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will probably be back on the national scene in two years campaigning as the Republican candidate in the 2012 presidential election.  We here at the Sarah Palin Truth Squad have decided to continue posting information about Governor Palin in anticipation of that race.  Today the Anchorage Daily News published the following article by Tom Kizzia on the political future of Gov. Palin.

For two months she basked — and sizzled — in the world’s hottest celebrity spotlight. Now Sarah Palin has come home to begin the last two years of her term as governor of Alaska.

Everything has changed: Palin’s personal horizon, her relations with the state’s other elected officials, the public’s sense of who she is.

Palin returned to her office Friday amid a brutal crossfire between detractors and defenders in the McCain camp. At the same time, however, a new national poll said 64 percent of Republicans consider her their top choice to run for president in 2012.

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McCain Led Republican Group Had Ties to Blackwater, Lehman Bros., Lobbying Groups & Big Oil Companies

International Republican Institute

International Republican Institute

According to an Associated Press article from October 2007, Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s time as chairman of the International Republican Institute connected him to a wide range of international interests.  We now know this included Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi, whom the McCain-Palin campaign is smearing in the press in an attempt to dissuade Americans from voting for presidential candidate Barack Obama.  Additionally, McCain and the IRI had a long list of corporate donors, including Blackwater USA, the paramilitary security firm responsible for killing 11 innocent Iraqi civilians, investment bank Lehman Bros., corporate lobbying firms and big oil companies such as Chevron, ExxonMobil and BP.

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Naomi Wolf Warns of Fascist Police State Tactics Used AGAINST American Citizens (Videos)

Author Naomi Wolf at the 2008 Brooklyn Book Festival

Author Naomi Wolf at the 2008 Brooklyn Book Festival

Below is a three-part video interview with American political consultant Naomi Wolf, author of “Give Me Liberty” and “the Beauty Myth,” given October 4, 2008 on Mind Over Matters, KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle.  The accusations Ms. Wolf raises are extremely disturbing and presented here for the American public to consider and personally investigate.  Hopefully, if we have a fair presidential election with a positive outcome the ominous concerns Naomi Wolf warns of will never come to pass and that any transgressions on America’s liberties which have occurred with the Bush administration will be corrected during the new presidential administration.  Just additional issues for Americans to consider when they go to vote … do we really want four more years of the same?

Also included is the video of Rep. Brad Sherman speaking before Congress referred to in the first segment.

Video of journalist Amy Goodman being arrested at the Republican National Convention, even though she was wearing her Republican Press Pass to attend the Convention, and the video of the subsequent press conference by St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington, with questions from Amy Goodman of Democracy Now.

Here below is a CNN News video on blockage of an $11 billion Senate Bill which would have benefited thousands of Americans, yet we have $10 billion a month to spend on the Iraq war?  It’s amazing to think of all the good which could have done right here at home for the American taxpayers, instead of wasting that money on the Iraq war.

Memo To Sarah Palin: Fruit Fly Research Has Led To Advances In Understanding Autism (Video)

Fruit flies are used in scientific research, including the study of autism

Fruit flies are used in scientific research, including the study of autism at the University of North Carolina.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, whose youngest son Trig, has Down Syndrome, is said to be a great champion for special needs children and their families.  Today Gov. Palin gave her first address on Congressional policy should she and John McCain be elected November 4th.  During her presentation she mocked the scientific study of fruit flies in Paris, France.  However, fruit flies are used by researchers to study the origins of autism, one of the special needs afflicting some of the very children Gov. Palin was discussing in her speech.

This morning, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) gave her first policy speech urging the federal government to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), “a law ensuring services to children with disabilitiesthroughout the nation.” In the speech, Palin cited the need to do more for children with disabilities such as autism:

For many parents of children with disabilities, the most valuable thing of all is information. Early identification of a cognitive or other disorder, especially autism, can make a life-changing difference.

Palin claimed that the amount that Congress spends on earmarks “is more than the shortfall to fully fund IDEA.” She then ridiculed some of the projects – such as “fruit fly research” – saying they have little or no value:

Where does a lot of that earmark money end up anyway? […] You’ve heard about some of these pet projects they really don’t make a whole lot of sense and sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not.

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Palin did not specify what fruit fly research earmark she was referring to (presumably a grant for olive fruit fly research), but she is apparently unaware that scientific research with fruit flies has led to valuable discoveries that have boosted autism research, as a study at the University of North Carolina demonstrated last year:

[S]cientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have shown that a protein called neurexin is required for..nerve cell connections to form and function correctly.

The discovery, made in Drosophila fruit flies may lead to advances in understanding autism spectrum disorders, as recently, human neurexins have been identified as a genetic risk factor for autism.

The study of fruit flies has also been used for other autism research and “revolutionize[d]” the study of birth defects.