Are bears really the #1 threat to America?
Sorry, Stephen T. Colbert. I think the real threat in the photograph below is the one in the skirt.
Sarah Palin, John McCain's so-called "hockey mom" pick for running mate, makes Hillary Clinton look like an altruistic saint. Nicknamed "The Killa from Wasilla" by environmental groups for her ties to big oil and her philosophy of "cut, kill, dig and drill," she is also an enormous threat to the separation of church and state and the integrity of science. She is a return to the intellectual Dark Age of the farthest right, which is exactly where McCain is steering himself in this campaign. Whatever "maverick" spirit he had left in him is dead. Here are a few things that anyone who calls this country home should be aware of (and unlike Palin's barbs slung at Obama on Wednesday, I am not pulling these out of my ass -- links have been provided so that you can check these out for yourself):
Sarah Palin has stated in a speech to her Pentecostal church that the Iraq War is "a task from God." She stated in the same speech that it is "God's will" to build a $30 billion natural gas pipeline in the wilderness of Alaska.
Sarah Palin believes in stunting the intellectual development of American children by teaching Creationism (the belief that god created the Earth in 6 days, less than 10,000 years ago) in schools. This is a teaching that is completely antithetical to everything we know about the world today. The U.S. is already woefully behind when it comes to preparing students to enter careers in the sciences. This will put an enormous roadblock in the way of rational scientific inquiry.
Sarah Palin does not believe in stem cell research or a woman's right to choose an abortion, even in the case of rape or incest. She backs abstinence-only education, which has been shown to be a completely failed approach to reducing teen pregnancies (it is so hard to refrain from mentioning a certain pregnant teenage member of Palin's family here - it's just the irony...). Palin is also against "explicit sex-ed programs."
Palin attempted to fire the city librarian when she became mayor of Wasilla, because the librarian said she would not remove "objectionable books" from the library if asked to do so by Palin. The reason given for firing the librarian was that she "did not fully support" Palin. Fahrenheit 451, anyone?
Palin is presently under investigation in Alaska for another abuse of power. Just what we need more of after W and Cheney get the boot...
Sarah Palin is a member of the now small fringe of people who deny climate change (aka global warming). Why should she believe thousands of credible scientists and peer-reviewed research studies? She has God personally telling her to build pipelines in the wilderness. Kassie Siegel, of the Centre for Biological Diversity, had this to say about Palin's views: “Even the Bush Administration cannot deny the reality of global warming. The Governor is aligning herself and the state of Alaska with the most discredited, fringe, extreme viewpoints by denying this. She is either grossly misinformed or intentionally misleading, and both are unbecoming. ”
Palin supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which would be environmentally disastrous for the area.
Sarah Palin supports aerial shooting of bears and wolves from helicopters, and used $400,000 of state money to fund a media campaign in support of it, EVEN THOUGH ALASKANS VOTED TWICE TO BAN THE PRACTICE. (Shooting bears and wolves from helicopters is inhumane, grievously injuring them more often than it kills them, and subjecting them to needless suffering. They are shot in large numbers and left to die). The reasons given for this practice are to protect caribou herds for human hunters, but it has been proven that wolves and bears make very little impact on caribou numbers, surviving mostly on smaller prey. Yet another example of unsound science. Palin also tried to get the state to give a $150 bounty to hunters for each wolf killed.
Hell, I would rather have a grizzly bear in office than Sarah Palin a breath away from it. The grizzly would probably demonstrate a much better aptitude for rational thinking and common sense. And Palin would make for a better rug.