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Sarah Palin: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The alternative press are, as usual, giving us the thoughtful coverage that we ought to be getting from the mainstream media.  In this piece, by Randy Shaw in BeyondChron, we have some insight into aspects of the Palin candidacy that no one else seems to be noticing at all.

One of the least covered aspects of Sarah Palin is that she almost exclusively appears before crowds of far-right voters in communities that are solidly Republican. The New York Times finally addressed this on October 7, describing how those attending Palin’s Florida rallies were among the less than 25% of the population that thinks George W. Bush is doing a good job.

Palin is rallying this conservative base not to elect McCain, which even she knows is now a lost cause, but to position herself and her ideology at the center of a newly constituted Republican Party. This explains her increasingly incendiary attacks on Obama, which hurt McCain but help position Palin at the center of the post-2008 Republican Party. …

BeyondChron: San Francisco’s Alternative Online Daily News » Sarah Palin: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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Alaska and Aerial Killing of Wolves

WoodMoor Village Zendo has the following remarks about La Sarah’s wolf-killing hobby, along with a chilling video.

I don’t know where other Buddhist bloggers stand on this issue, but it seems a clear one to me even without a disposition toward Buddhist ethics. It doesn’t seem to me that Alaska would be a place where such indiscriminate killing of wolves would be the least necessary to either control their population (an argument often made for other animals), or to protect human interests (property, livestock, etc.). Moreover, the methods used are cruel in the extreme:

WoodMoor Village Zendo: Alaska and Aerial Killing of Wolves

I stopped hunting many years ago, and it’s been a long time since I unnecessarily and knowingly killed any living thing with a face.  Even when I was into blood sports, however, I knew what every conservationist worth his Eddie Bauer vest knows today: predators are absolutely necessary to the chain of life, and it’s really rare for the predator/prey balance to be so disturbed that it is necessary to take out the guys at the top of the food chain.  On the rare occasions when that occurs, the predators usually starve and the prey survives in sufficient numbers to reproduce when conditions are right.

Except for humans.  We seem well on the way to doing a good job of offing ourselves, but it seems we’re also quite likely to take a lot of the rest of the planet with us.  Ah, well.  Maybe the cockroaches will do a better job.

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Palin V.P. Nomination Puts Pentecostalism in the Spotlight

From the time she was a teenager until 2002, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin attended a church affiliated with the Assemblies of God, the largest Pentecostal Christian denomination in the U.S.

Pentecostalism emphasizes such practices as speaking in tongues, prophesying, divine healing and other miraculous signs of the Holy Spirit, which it believes are as valid today as they were in the early Christian church. Prominent Democrats, including CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee Leah Daughtry and Director of Religious Affairs for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign Joshua Dubois, also are associated with Pentecostal Christianity.

The Pew Forum’s U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, conducted in the summer of 2007, makes it possible to examine the demographic, religious and political characteristics of Pentecostals in the U.S.

Pew Forum: Palin V.P. Nomination Puts Pentecostalism in the Spotlight