Gov. Sarah Palin Drops Bombshell, To Step Down, from Office by the End of July, is a Scandal Brewing?

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has dropped a bombshell — she’s stepping down from her office effective July 25, 2009. Okay, my first inclination is to say thank God, but there has to be more to this than meets the eye. She has had a myriad of problems since she went back to Alaska after the McCain/Palin team was roundly trounced in the presidential elections. She will transfer power to Lt. Governor Sean Parnell. Sorry, but I smell a rat. A saidGOP strategist said Palin’s ‘inept’ move could seem ’suspicious’ to many; BradBlog now suggests that Palin’s resignation was due to an upcoming Federal indictment for embezzlement and Max Blumenthal of the Daily Beast suggests the same line of reasoning. He said “one logical place to start looking is the affair that has Alaska political circles buzzing: an alleged scandal centered around a building contractor, Spenard Building Supplies, with close ties to Palin and her husband, Todd.

The announcement came on the same week that one of her top public health officials says she was forced out of office because Palin felt she wasn’t in step on social issues. Some people think that her latest move now allows her to avoid the difficult task of running for president while serving as governor. Hmmm. I don’t think so, but who knows. That’s entirely plausible. If President George W. Bush could serve as president for two terms, well, I guess it’s not entirely far-fetched and hilarious that Sarah Palin could entertain such lofty ambitions.

Todd Palin, the “shadow governor,” told their favorite news outlet, FOX News, that his wife will concentrate on “doing the things for Alaska and the country” that she is passionate about and can not do as governor with the limitation and constant opposition she deals with within the state. Right. There’s more to this than they are letting on. I could say good riddance, but knowing this woman, there’s more to this. If this is just a “cut and run” resignation, it speaks volumes about Sarah Palin’s character. You will remember that it took her five colleges in six years to finish her Bachelor’s degree. This speaks volumes that when the chips are down, Sarah Palin will run. So, for all those people who think she would make a good president of the United States, think again.

Some “memorable” Sarah Palin moments captured by the Hinterland Gazette

Five Colleges in Six Years for Bachelor’s degree
Gov. Sarah Palin’s Church Promotes “Pray Away the Gay” Conference
Gov. Palin Bills state of Alaska for work, although she was home
Did Barack Obama call Sarah Palin a “pig in lipstick?”
Gov. Palin linked electoral success to prayer from witchhunter Thomas Muthee
Sarah Palin’s memorable interview with ABC News’ Charlie Gibson

Pastor Ken Hutcherson Says President Barack Obama Has No Black Experience to Speak Of, After He Compared Gay Rights to Civil Rights

Can’t we all just learn to get along? Ken Hutcherson, the senior pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, Washington, said that he is highly offended that President Obama would compare the plight of homosexuals to that of blacks during the Civil Rights Era. You will recall that the president told a gathering of homosexuals at the White House that he is aware that many of them “don’t believe progress has come fast enough,” and compared their struggles to those of blacks during the Civil Rights Movement. So, the pastor had a point, until he made it personal. He said that the comments are especially disturbing from an individual who is supposed to be familiar with “the black experience.” Really pastor? Did you have to stoop so low to question this man’s “blackness?”

“But I guess we…have to ask, ‘Even though he is black because his father was, what is his “black experience”?’ He doesn’t have any. He was raised by a white mother and a white grandmother, so this man has about as much black experience as my Doberman Pinscher — and I guarantee [that] my Doberman Pinscher doesn’t have any,” he points out. “There is nothing, nothing that compares between what the Afro-Americans went through and what homosexuals are going through now.” Source: One News Now

He has also expressed some anger towards evangelical who still support President Obama despite his position on policies that are at odds with scriptures. I wonder who he supported? President George W. Bush perhaps? He said such individuals are part of the “evangellyfish” movement in America.

“A person can be as black as a piece of coal, [but] if he goes against God’s biblical views, I would not support him, I would not endorse him, I would not even give a smile in his direction so people could even think that I endorse him,” he states, “because God is my God, the Bible is my playbook, and I run it the way it is written.” Source: One News Now

Also evident in Pastor Hutcherson’s discourse is the issue of comparability to the civil rights struggle. The experiences are similar in some regards, but I have yet to see the widespread racism, including lynchings against many gays and lesbians. There have been isolated cases of hate crimes documented. There was widespread segregation in the United States during the Civil Rights struggle that is clearly absent from the struggles of gays and lesbians. Gays and lesbians aren’t being barred from attending schools, nor do they have to use separate facilities. Though the experience is different, the struggle for acceptance is the same and should be embraced. A person should not be discriminated against and denied basic rights because of their sexual orientation, creed or race.

During the speech, President Obama suggested that Christians who oppose homosexuality on biblical grounds hold to “worn arguments and old attitudes.” Well, that seems to be an issue for many Christians based on their interpretation of the Bible. Personally, I believe marriage should be between a man and a woman, however, it is not fair and right to deny them the rights and benefits they deserve. I think people have forgotten that the Bible is of an oral tradition and there are many instances in which some things held as Biblical truths have been disputed on this basis. The bigger issue for me is the hypocrisy in many pulpits across this country and a “do as I say and not as I do” mentality. It is so easy to criticize someone “blackness” rather than deal with the issues that confront us everyday. Let’s be fair, it is reprehensible for the military to dismiss someone who serves his or her country faithfully just because he or she has openly admitted being gay. The church role of the church is to unite, not to divide.

Cynthia McKinney Remains Imprisoned in Israel After Gaza-Bound Boat Is Seized

Cynthia McKinney was one politician who just got on my nerves as soon as she opened her mouth. The former U.S. lawmaker and Green Party presidential candidate may have just picked a fight with the wrong country. McKinney, along with several other human rights activists remain in an Israeli prison today after refusing to sign a deportation form they claim is self-incriminating. I understand her need to reach out and help people, but there are thousands, if not millions of people, in the United States, Africa and dare I say, Haiti, who would be better served by her assistance. There is more to her wandering all over Israel and the Gaza Strip than just meets the eye. As far as I am concerned, Cynthia McKinney isn’t an activist, she’s an instigator, who thinks it’s all about her. Sorry Cynthia, too bad folks are crying “free Cynthia.” Many are saying “good riddance.”

In a press release from the Green Party, McKinney said the form states that the Spirit of Humanity, a Greek-flagged relief boat carrying 21 activists, medical supplies, cement, olive trees and children’s toys en route to Gaza, was violating the Israeli blockade and trespassing the country’s territorial waters.

“We were in international waters on a boat delivering humanitarian aid to people in Gaza when the Israeli Navy ships surrounded us and illegally threatened us, dismantled our navigation equipment, boarded and confiscated the ship,” she said in a statement, adding that they were immediately taken into custody. “Immigration officials in Israel said they did not want to keep us, but we remain imprisoned,” she said. The Israeli military issued a statement Tuesday saying that the boat had attempted to break a blockade of Gaza and was forced to sail to an Israeli port after ignoring a radio message to stay out of waters around Gaza. Source: Fox News

The problem for Ms. McKinney is that most Americans don’t give a heck about her and her crusade, given her track record. She’s the last person the State Department and White House need to be concerned with. This isn’t the first time she has had problems in Israel, which leads me to believe that her actions are deliberate and she should sit in prison in Israel for a while. I hope she realizes that most people here aren’t exactly sounding the alarm over her plight. No one is screaming “free Cynthia McKinney,” especially people in her native state of Georgia.

RadarOnline: $25 Charge To Attend Michael Jackson Memorial at Staples Center July 7th

UPDATE

According to Fox News, fans wishing to attend singer Michael Jackson’s memorial service next week will have to register for the 11,000 free tickets. Details on how to register for the 10 a.m. (1 p.m. ET) service at the Staples Center, Tuesday are to be announced Friday. Still developing…..

It is being reported by RadarOnline.com that fans who wish to attend Michael Jackson’s star-studded memorial service at Staples Center will have to shell out $25 to sit in the stands. I find it hard to believe that they would charge a fee for this historic memorial. Family, friends and VIPS will have seats at no charge on the main floor for The Tuesday, July 7th Staples service, while the general public will be plucking down cash to sit in the stands, where they won’t be able to see much of anything without giant television screens.

Michael Jackson’s close friend Elizabeth Taylor is expected to attend, along with Diana Ross. T-shirts that were going to be sold on Michael’s upcoming “This Is It” tour will not go to waste. They will be sold outside Staples to people entering the service.

The service will be held between 10am PST and noon PST. Thousands of fans will be only too happy to pony up the $25. I would only hope this tackiness isn’t attributable to Joe Jackson. I know that Michael Jackson is one of the greatest entertainers who ever lived, but this is fast becoming a circus with no end in sight. This isn’t a concert. It’s a funeral and should be treated as such.

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