Posted by Ray, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jan 9, 2009 at 8:40 am
"Tena had sent a note to Gov. Palin saying that she was sending this in recognition of how poorly the left wing press and others had treated her in the recent presidential campaign. "
HA!!!! Hey Doug, perhaps Tena should have named the blanket "Sour Grapes" or "I watch too much Fox News". Maybe Palin can use the blanket to collect the remains of the wolves she shot from her helicopter. As always, you can count on a Doug Christison letter to forward right-wing propaganda.
Posted by Mike, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jan 9, 2009 at 3:38 pm
At least she sent a thank you note. Most local politicians would not even do that. I think its nice.
And how does shooting wolves from a helicopter have to do with a blanket? Hunting is a very enjoyable and educating sport. Its necessary to maintaining stable ecosystems. Don't scrutinize her just because she does something you don't understand.
Posted by Janna, a resident of the Mission Park neighborhood, on Jan 12, 2009 at 9:47 am
Oh poor Sarah Palin, victimized by that nasty press!
Please! She went out there and outright lied over and over about PE Obama's so-called connections to terrorists. She is a despicable person! You reap what you sow. She deserved every bit of scorn she received for her disgusting little performances. Thank the universe they exposed her for idiot she is. She would've been just as embarrassing, if not more so than Bush as a representative of our country. Good riddance!
Posted by Ann, a resident of the Val Vista neighborhood, on Jan 12, 2009 at 1:28 pm
What a nice thing to write in about... "gratitude". Be careful Pleasanton, to remember a little gratitude isn't something to make nasty comments on. What would your community turn into without the hometown feeling that I grew up with (since 1969)? Name calling, and false labeling only shows a lack of that once prevalent hometown feeling that Pleasanton has always had.
Posted by Janna, a resident of the Mission Park neighborhood, on Jan 12, 2009 at 4:57 pm
You say false labeling, I say, shedding light on a room full of cockroaches. Oh, and Pleasanton (after almost 8 years living here) will no longer be my community after January 31st. Because of this terrible economy led by Bushie at the helm, I am forced to move my whole family to my in-laws house, while my husband searches high and low for a decent paying job, along with a million other people. Sarah Palin and her whining can K.M.A.
Posted by Mark, a member of the Vintage Hills Elementary School community, on Jan 13, 2009 at 10:50 am
Good for you, Tena! And thanks for sharing the story, Doug.
It's disappointing to hear the continued hatred being spewed by those that disagree with Palin's views and even even more so that these people live in Pleasanton - most likely recent transplants from those caring liberal cities with lousy public schools and high crime rates.
What is even more disturbing though is all the hate Bush, hate Republican responses coming from such a simple and nice story. Very sad indeed for Pleasanton.
To Janna and the people like her, I suggest moving to SF to find work and live around others that need to have your views.
Posted by Ray, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jan 13, 2009 at 11:06 am
Hey Mark, the "simple and nice story" isn't so simple and nice when it makes sure to bash the "left wing". Maybe you should move to Bakersfield, so you can be around simple minded conservatives. It's clear your mind is shaped by the likes of Fox (Faux) News, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the far-right crew. You just have sour grapes because Obama killed your republicans in election. Eat crow!
Posted by Janna, a resident of the Mission Park neighborhood, on Jan 13, 2009 at 11:36 am
Exactly which people like me are you referring to? Liberals? Democrats? The homeless? The unemployed? Those that can see that Bush took our country to hell in a hand-basket during his eight years of republican rule? Those of us who are happy as hell that Sarah Palin and John McCain were voted into obscurity right where they belong? FYI, I don't need to be near people who think like me, just near smart people. Anyone who voted for republicans in the last election does not fit into that category nor does anyone who thinks that Sarah Palin was poorly treated by the media. Please go Cheney yourself, sincerely.
"Once partisans had come to completely biased conclusions — essentially finding ways to ignore information that could not be rationally discounted — not only did circuits that mediate negative emotions like sadness and disgust turn off, but subjects got a blast of activation in circuits involved in reward — similar to what addicts receive when they get their fix, Westen explains."
"Behavioral data showed a pattern of emotionally biased reasoning: partisans denied obvious contradictions for their own candidate that they had no difficulty detecting in the opposing candidate."
[Bush] particularly became indignant when asked about America's bruised image overseas.
"I disagree with this assessment that, you know, that people view America in a dim light," he said. "It may be damaged amongst some of the elite. But people still understand America stands for freedom."
Oh yea, "damaged amongst some of the elite". Who are these "elite" he's referring to? Intellectuals who can see through the partisan spin? And who are "people"? The uneducated?
Posted by Grace, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Jan 13, 2009 at 5:39 pm
Here, here Jana, I am with you. I can't beleive how much whining I have heard from republicans since the election. You lost, badly, get over it. The voters did not get it wrong and it wasn't even close.
Food for thought..... What would have happened if the Obamas had paraded their pregnant, unmarried, teenage daughter accross the stage?????
Posted by sueme, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 14, 2009 at 10:20 am
Grace, You are right. The Obama's would never have "paraded their pregnant, unmarried teenage daughter across" anything. The child, that innocent beating heart, would have been aborted. Having morals and values and sticking by them, even when it is tough, says very positive things to me about the Palin family and daughter. How sad that the "winners" in this election still feel the need to spew vitriol. Perhaps it explains the poor sportsmanship found on our fields of play.
Posted by Ray, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jan 14, 2009 at 10:53 am
HAA!!!! Sueme, I love how flexible conservative "morals" are when the need arises. All of the sudden it’s wonderful to have pregnant teenager daughter and inbred, redneck son-in-law as long as she keeps the baby and goes into marriage against her will. How ideal! It's funny how much conservatives whine about saving a fetus and aren't willing to pay one red cent for public schools and programs after the kid is born. I guess fetuses are more important than living kids. Thanks again for showing conservative hypocrisy and how they will forget their “morals” at the drop of a hat.
Posted by Sueme, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 14, 2009 at 1:26 pm
My dear Stacy, Yes, I do in fact know that Barack Obama is pro-abortion. In 2007, Obama told the Planned Parenthood Action Fund that the Freedom of Choice Act would be the first piece of legislation that he would sign as president. The act would not only codify Roe v. Wade, but wipe out all current federal, state and local restrictions on abortion that pass muster under Roe, including the Hyde Amendment prohibiting federal funding of abortion. This is not the legislative priority of a man keenly attuned to the moral implications of abortion. Obama opposed the partial-birth bill that passed the House and the Senate, 281-142 and 64-34 respectively, and has criticized the Supreme Court for upholding the law. Finally, Obama received a 100% rating from NARAL for his pro-abortion voting record in 2005, 2006 and 2007. So to answer your question, no I do not equate democrat with abortionist. I prefer to look at the facts.
Posted by Sueme, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 14, 2009 at 1:53 pm
Dear Ray, I never said it was wonderful to have a pregnant teenage daughter. In fact, I said "having morals and sticking by them even when it is tough" is admirable. There is nothing hypocritical there, just the opposite. I am not sure how you jumped to conservatives don't support the child after birth or give money for them. In fact, the average conservative-headed household gives 30 percent more money to charity than the average liberal-headed one ($1,600 compared with $1,227), despite earning 6 percent less annually. As for the rest of your illogical babble and name calling, would you be offended if I said, "Typical liberal"?
Posted by Sueme, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 15, 2009 at 8:34 am
Dear Stacy, I notice that when exposed as factually incorrect regarding Obama's stand on abortion, you drop that conversation. Well done. The quote on charitable donations came from a book "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth about Compassionate Conservatism" by Arthur C. Brooks. Your other comment is too infantile to require a response.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jan 15, 2009 at 8:46 am
Let me put it this way then...
I see you have no ability to discern political stance with personal beliefs and actions and can readily make vast mental leaps. Factually incorrect is a term I would use to describe your characterization of what the Obamas would do if they theoretically had a pregnant unwed teenage daughter in direct contradiction to statements Mr. Obama has made about his personal opinion on abortion. Thank goodness there are still politicians out there who see value in the classical liberalism values enshrined within the Bill of Rights and the Constitution and abhor the idea of enforcing their personal beliefs upon everyone else.
Posted by Sueme, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 15, 2009 at 12:39 pm
Dear Stacy, Obama's statment about he "would do if they theoretically had a pregnant unwed teenage daughter" is as follows: "I've got two daughters...if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby." This was said in Johnstown, PA on March 31, 2008 at a campaign stop. It was televised live on CNN. Once again you are correct that Obama has made his opinion on abortion quite clear. Unfortunately, you seem to have missed it. Finally, if you actually read my posts you will see that I did not inflict anything, I just admired someone who stuck by their morals in a difficult time.
SNOW: Welcome back to CNN's edition of BALLOT BOWL. This is a chance for you to hear directly from the candidates. I'm Mary Snow in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where Senator Barack Obama is holding a town hall meeting right now, taking questions from the audience. Let's go to straight to Senator Barack Obama. He just was asked a question about how his administration, if he's elected, would deal with the issue of HIV and AIDS and also sexually transmitted diseases with young girls. Here's Senator Barack Obama.
OBAMA: -- or we give them really expensive surgery and we don't spend money on the front end keeping people healthy in the first place. So when it comes specifically to HIV/AIDS, the most important prevention is education, which should include -- which should include abstinence education and teaching the children -- teaching children, you know, that sex is not something casual. But it should also include -- it should also include other, you know, information about contraception because, look, I've got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals.
But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby. I don't want them punished with an STD at the age of 16. You know, so it doesn't make sense to not give them information. You still want to teach them the morals and the values to make good decisions. That will be important, number one. Then we're still going to have to provide better treatment for those who do have -- who do contract HIV/AIDS because it's no longer a death sentence, if, in fact, you get the proper cocktails. It's expensive. That's why we want to prevent as much as possible.