Time to haul my fanny back over here to blog.  This extremely important election is no time for me to sit back, relax on the writing, and not do my best to make sure our country takes that MUCH NEEDED turn toward change.  Mind you, I can be pretty lazy on my days off, so I’ll just start this trek copying today’s email from MoveOn.  Also have to share one of the great quotes to come out of some fantastic speeches at the Democratic National Convention.

“John McCain may pay hundreds of dollars for his shoes, but we’re the ones who’ll pay for his flip-flops.”  ~Gov. Bill Richardson

 Dear MoveOn member,
Yesterday was John McCain’s 72nd birthday. If elected, he’d be the oldest
 president ever inaugurated. And after months of slamming Barack Obama for
 “inexperience,” here’s who John McCain has chosen to be one heartbeat away
 from the presidency: a right-wing religious conservative with no foreign
 policy experience, who until recently was mayor of a town of 9,000 people.
Who is Sarah Palin? Here’s some basic background:
   * She was elected Alaska’s governor a little over a year and a half ago.
     Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside
     Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.1
   * Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of
     rape or incest.2
   * She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000.
   * Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.4
   * She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change.5
   * She’s solidly in line with John McCain’s “Big Oil first” energy
     policy. She’s pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables
     won’t be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for
     listing polar bears as an endangered species–she was worried it would
     interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.6
   * How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once
     at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called
     her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.7
This is information the American people need to see. Please take a moment
 to forward this email to your friends and family.
We also asked Alaska MoveOn members what the rest of us should know about
 their governor. The response was striking. Here’s a sample:
She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has
 been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and
 international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person
 taking that 3AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could
 potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international
 scene that exists today.
–Rose M., Fairbanks, AK
She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She’s a hunter and
 fisherwoman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on
 ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges
 involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO experience
 beyond Alaska.
–Christine B., Denali Park, AK
As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement.
 Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the reformer she claims to be.

 –Karen L., Anchorage, AK
Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of the nation. She
 is doing well running our State, but is totally inexperienced on the
 national level, and very much unequipped to run the nation, if it came to
 that. She is as far right as one can get, which has already been
 communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees (dems,
 republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels she is ready for the
 V.P. position.–
Sherry C., Anchorage, AK
She’s vehemently anti-choice and doesn’t care about protecting our natural
 resources, even though she has worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to
 pick up the Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary.
–Marina L., Juneau,
I think she’s far too inexperienced to be in this position. I’m all for a
 woman in the White House, but not one who hasn’t done anything to deserve
 it. There are far many other women who have worked their way up and have
 much more experience that would have been better choices. This is a
 patronizing decision on John McCain’s part- and insulting to females
 everywhere that he would assume he’ll get our vote by putting “A Woman” in
 that position.–
Jennifer M., Anchorage, AK
So Governor Palin is a staunch anti-choice religious conservative. She’s a
 global warming denier who shares John McCain’s commitment to Big Oil. And
 she’s dramatically inexperienced.
In picking Sarah Palin, John McCain has made the religious right very
 happy. And he’s made a very dangerous decision for our country.
In the next few days, many Americans will be wondering what McCain’s
 vice-presidential choice means. Please pass this information along to your
 friends and family.
Thanks for all you do.
–Ilyse, Noah, Justin, Karin and the rest of the team
1. “Sarah Palin,” Wikipedia, Accessed August 29, 2008
2. “McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate,” NARAL
 Pro-Choice America, August 29, 2008
3. “Sarah Palin, Buchananite,” The Nation, August 29, 2008
4. “‘Creation science’ enters the race,” Anchorage Daily News, October 27,
5. “Palin buys climate denial PR spin–ignores science,” Huffington Post,
 August 29, 2008
6. “McCain VP Pick Completes Shift to Bush Energy Policy,” Sierra Club,
 August 29, 2008
“Choice of Palin Promises Failed Energy Policies of the Past,” League of
 Conservation Voters, August 29, 2008
“Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor,”
 The Times of London, May 23, 2008
7. “McCain met Palin once before yesterday,” MSNBC, August 29, 2008
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