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Doesn’t get much funnier than this!  Apparently Sarah Palin has never seen Russia from Alaska ?  So what does that say about her Foreign Policy experience? 

Apparently no Governor has ever visited Little Diomede, which is the area of Alaska from which you can see Russia.  There are no roads to this part of Alaska, the only way to get there is by helicopter and it’s population is 150, there are no hospitals, and the poverty rate is above 40%.  The only person who has visited this small area of Alaska is Senator Ted Stevens.  Check out this link to read more.

The WaPo:

“McCain’s transgressions, though, are of a different magnitude. His whoppers are bigger; there are more of them. He — the easy out would be to say “his campaign” — has been misleading, and at times has outright lied, about his opponent. He has misrepresented — that’s the charitable verb — his vice presidential nominee’s record. Called on these fouls, he has denied and repeated them.

The most outrageous of McCain’s distortions involve Obama on taxes. He asserts that Obama’s new taxes could “break your family budget,” and that an Obama presidency would inflict “painful tax increases on working American families.” Hardly. Obama would lower taxes for most households, and lower them more than McCain would. The only “painful tax increases on working American families” would be on working families making more than $250,000.

Likewise, the McCain campaign has its story about Sarah Palin, and it’s sticking with it — facts be damned. She said “thanks but no thanks” to that “Bridge to Nowhere,” except that she didn’t: She backed the bridge until it was unpopular, then scooped up the money and used it for other projects. More than a year after McCain began railing against the bridge, Palin, then a gubernatorial candidate, said the state should build it “now — while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.”

Palin sold the gubernatorial jet, on eBay and for a profit — except that she didn’t. She didn’t take earmarks as governor — except for the $256 million she sought last year, and the $197 million wish list for 2008.”

Mrs. Marcus is spot on about this.  Trying to align symmetrical equivalence to the transgressions of Obama’s campaign compared to McCain’s is, at best, intellectual dishonesty.  It’s about time somebody has weighed, measured, and found wanting, in McCain’s propaganda tour. 

The lies have to end.  The press needs to do it’s job.  Lives are ruined and destroyed (see Iraq) when the media fails us.

Despite what Sarah Palin said in her speech about telling Congress, “thanks, but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere,” and Fox News’ attempts to try to tell us otherwise, it appears Sarah Palin was for The Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it. 

According to the Boston Herald, “the Alaska governor campaigned in 2006 on a build-the-bridge platform, telling Ketchikan residents she felt their pain when politicians called them “nowhere.” They’re still feeling pain today in Ketchikan, over Palin’s subsequent decision to use the bridge funds for other projects – and over the timing of her announcement, which they say came in a pre-dawn press release that seemed aimed at national news deadlines.” 

One has to wonder if the flip flop is because McCain can’t have a Veep who participates in the very earmarks and pork barrel spending that he has publicly denounced.  Now to be fair, Sarah Palin is not the only pork barrel spender, however she is the one that is running for the second most powerful position in the free world.  If you’ll lie about pork barrel spending, what else will you lie to us about?