Monday, September 08, 2008

Monday September 8 - The Hypocrisy of Sarah Palin and the right

Click here to listen to this episode of Radio Or Not (runs 38:31)

Today, in honor of Ike giving us a break here on the Southeast corner of Florida, our music is Ike Turner's "BiPolar"....

I had a number of brainstorms over the weekend with regard to how to make this transition to the web work. It will take your participation... Please, if there's an issue that you think needs to be covered on Radio Or Not, email me with your suggestions.

Now that you are my only boss, the topics we can cover are wide open! And since there are no more local progressive voices on the South Florida airwaves, I'm going to do everything I can to make this the place for our voices.

There's been a lot going on in our town over the past couple of weeks... But we also had the two conventions going on, which I chose to cover... you know I couldn't stay silent with all of that happening!

But now that it's officially general election season, there are a lot of races and issues to cover. Luckily for us, the court last week struck down the most offensive of the constitutional amendments that the bogus Taxation and Budget Reform Commission attempted to get on the ballot. But we have a few very important Congressional races that we must follow, as well as races for the Florida Legislature.

If we have any hope of turning this state around, the make-up of the Legislature must be seriously altered! So, we have a lot of territory to cover over the next 7 weeks... and we will. Again, send in your suggestions if you have a candidate or an issue that I should look into or interview.

This morning I spoke with Dr. Sorah Dubitsky. I met her because she was a listener of the radio show and called and email frequently. She sent me this email over the weekend:

Hi Nicole, I'm tired of right-wing hypocrisy, especially about sex. Here's some info and a link to my blog about it: Bristol Palin’s pregnancy offers us an opportunity to have an honest, heartfelt national dialog about sexuality. The Bible says “by their fruits shall you know them.” What fruits have our current abstinence-only policies created?

The piece is controversial. I think that Sarah Palin's daughter's pregnancy needs to be discussed as part of a national conversation about sex education. Clearly, what's being communicated to young people is not creating the desired results.

Read Dr. Sorah' blog at http://www.religionandspirituality.com/ and see the archives at
http://www.religionandspirituality.com/view/profile/Sorah_Dubitsky/12066321192007/ .

She also sent me the links to the Republican Party's official platform, as well as the Democratic Party's platform. Click on the links to read them for yourself, and see the stark differences between the two.

More to come soon. Check back later today, as I hope to have updates for you on the Dade and Broward teachers situations, as well as the latest on Dr. Rudy Crew....

Click here to listen to this episode of Radio Or Not (runs 38:31)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nicole, your blog today regarding the Doctor's view on Sarah Palin is right on. But it goes so much further than that. It's kind of scary and very Karl Rovish, or maybe I'm just reading something into it that's not there, but this morning the Buzzflash site had the full letter of Wasila, Alaska resident Anne Kilkenny, with a lengthy list of citations at the end of the letter as to the facts regarding Sarah Palin. And now it's no where to be found on their site. When you google Anne Kilkenny's letter on the internet, there's a bunch of things on there about "is it a hoax," etc. Does this remind you of what happened with Dan Rather and the Bush National Guard incident that cost Mr. Rather his job? Also, apparently Keith Olbermann's election news program with Chris Matthews has been right-wing tooled, where Keith Olbermann is now being replaced with David Gregory. I'm not sure if Chris Matthews is going to still be involved or not. They're not even trying to hide systematically silencing the progressive "truth-tellers" until after the election. I tried finding a contact e-mail address/phone number to protest MSNBC's decision and none is available. And the GOP has the nerve to call it the "liberal" media. If they succeed in stealing another election, how long do you think it will be before the internet is silenced? No matter what political party you belong to, unless you are one of the extremist right-wing zealots, this should frighten you very much as far as what a McCain/Palin administration is going to entail. One last sidenote for today from me. (I have to do some work.) I briefly read, in an article by Mr. John Dean, that all it will take, heaven forbid, for Pres. McCain to be forced to step down is basically a decision made by VP Palin and a majority of the cabinet members. Any Republicans, Independents, or undecided Democrats visiting this site, please think seriously about what is going to basically be the last nail on the coffin for democracy in this country if Obama/Biden don't get in. D.R.

MikeEmm said...

I find it interesting about Track Palin. A prankster I would say...letting the air out of school bus tires and well cutting the brake lines. I know I know boys will be boys of course. His buddy seems to have been stopped driving away from the scene as som fled on foot. Just drunk driving but nothing to worry about there the same quality we have seen from the Palin household already.

Yes Track went off to MI for the year since I guess his Mom and Dad didn't have time for him but returned to be place under arrest and make a deal to go in the military so he could avoid jail.

Mike from Ft. Lauderedale

Anonymous said...

Nicole, I do hope you attract a wide audience. Because you tell it like it is. You speak for all of us. But further, I can't believe that people are seriously thinking of voting the republicans in for another 4 years. I can't watch any of the MSM anymore. I keep my tv off until its time to watch KO and now RM. I hear a lot of people saying that Barack needs to do this and that, and I ask them what are they doing to help.......and the answer always is nothing. We can all do something....talk to people, help with voter registration, make calls, and donate....even $1

Anonymous said...

These republicans are devious, but they know how a certain segment of the electorate thinks. They figured out that their base and the people who don't want a black man in the white house wanted someone they could idolized......so they gave them an attractive woman with a not so perfect family. Now the GOP have their rock star. But this election will prove one of two things....Americans have had enough of the lies and the subterfuge if they elect Barack....or that we are a glutton for punishment and really, really stupid and brainwashed if we elect McCain.

Anonymous said...

I'm watching the Rachel Maddow show right now and they're showing clips of Sarah Palin and John McCain at one of their stumps. She looks like she's already president - as McCain stays a couple feet behind her, still twirling his wedding band around his finger. He really should watch his back, if and when he's elected. Now, there's a great clip on of Sarah at her Wasila church and they're talking about God saying Alaska will be the refuge for hundreds of thousands during the "end days." I hope a lot of people are tuned into Rachel's first show, seeing this. - oh, that buzzflash site article about letter by Anne Kilkenny and Sarah Palin is still on the site, but way towards the bottom. "This is the One fully Authenticated ...."

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JT said...

what is next?

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Christy said...

I found this letter very interesting I think you will too.

Published on Reproductive Health | RHRealityCheck.org (http://www.rhrealitycheck.org)
An Open Letter to Gov. Palin on Women's Rights
By Lynn Paltrow

Dear Governor Sarah Palin:

Many Americans agree with your position regarding abortion -- they do this as a matter of faith, ethics, personal experience and sometimes politics. I am just wondering though, if you have thought about what would happen if you succeeded in getting your position -- that fetuses have a right to life -- established as the law of the land? Did you know that it not only threatens the lives, health and freedom of women who might want or need someday to end their pregnancies, it would also give the government the power to control the lives of women -- like you -- who go to term?

Your last pregnancy, the one that has become the topic of widespread discussion and speculation, provides an important opportunity to demonstrate how this could be true.

According to press reports, your water broke while you were giving a keynote speech in Texas at the Republican Governors' Energy Conference. You did not immediately go to the hospital -- instead you gave your speech and then waited at least 11 hours to get to a hospital. You evaluated the risks, made a choice, and were able to carry on your life without state interference. Texas Governor Rick Perry worried about your pregnancy but didn't stop you from speaking or take you into custody to protect the rights of the fetus.

After Ayesha Madyun's water broke, she went to the hospital where she hoped and planned to have a vaginal birth. When she didn't give birth in a time-frame comfortable to her doctors, they argued that she should have a C-section. The doctors asserted that the fetus faced a 50-75 percent chance of infection if not delivered surgically. (Risks of infection are believed by some health care providers to increase with each hour after a woman's water has broken and she hasn't delivered.)

The court, believing like you that fetuses have a right to life, said, "[a]ll that stood between the Madyun fetus and its independent existence, separate from its mother, was put simply, a doctor's scalpel." With that, the court granted the order and the scalpel sliced through Ms. Madyun's flesh, the muscles of her abdominal wall, and her uterus. The core principle justifying an end to legal abortion in the U.S. provided the same grounds used to deprive this pregnant and laboring woman of her rights to due process, bodily integrity, and physical liberty. When the procedure was done, there was no evidence of infection.

According to the press reports, instead of going straight to a hospital you chose to get on a long airplane flight back to Alaska.

When Pamela Rae Stewart, allegedly, didn't get to the hospital quickly enough on the day of her delivery, she was arrested in California on the theory that she had violated the rights of her fetus.

When Laura Pemberton chose to give birth at home in Florida, a Sheriff came to her house. Doctors believed that she was posing a risk to the life of her unborn child by having a vaginal birth after having had a previous c-section and were in the process of getting a court order to force her to have a c-section. The sheriff took her into custody during active labor, strapped her legs together and forced her to go to a hospital where an emergency hearing was taking place to determine the rights of her fetus. She was "allowed" to represent herself. A lawyer was appointed for the fetus. This woman, who vehemently opposes abortion, nevertheless believed in her right to evaluate medical risks and benefits to herself and her unborn child. She was forced to have the unnecessary surgery and when she later sued for violations of her civil rights, was told fetal rights outweighed hers.

You chose to continue working throughout your pregnancy -- even during your labor. Until 1991 women who worked in high paying blue color jobs that provided health benefits were being fired based on "fetal rights" policies that claimed if the woman became pregnant she would expose the unborn child to workplace health risks. Eventually, the Supreme Court said employers covered by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (the PDA) could not do this. But, millions of American women work part time or for small employers who are not covered by the PDA. If your political position on abortion is accepted -- all of these women could be forced to give up their jobs because an employer, family member, or state agent believed it necessary to ensure the health and rights of their unborn child.

Governor Palin, you have led an extraordinary life, balancing work and family, public service and private family obligations. We hope you know though that your freedom relies on exactly the same legal principals that guarantee that American women can choose to have an abortion when they need and want one.

Sixty one percent of women who have abortions are already mothers. Eighty-four percent of these will be mothers by the time they are in their forties. We hope that, as a proud mother of five beautiful children, you will recognize that the issue isn't abortion -- it is ensuring the lives, dignity and freedom of all pregnant women and their families.

Lynn Paltrow

Executive Director, National Advocates for Pregnant Women

BEKME said...

Get Real

Kieth Oberman!!

And Leave the KIDS OUT OF POLITICS

"This morning I spoke with Dr. Sorah Dubitsky. I met her because she was a listener of the radio show and called and email frequently. She sent me this email over the weekend:

Hi Nicole, I'm tired of right-wing hypocrisy, especially about sex. Here's some info and a link to my blog about it: Bristol Palin's pregnancy offers us an opportunity to have an honest, heartfelt national dialog about sexuality. The Bible says "by their fruits shall you know them." What fruits have our current abstinence-only policies created?

The piece is controversial. I think that Sarah Palin's daughter's pregnancy needs to be discussed as part of a national conversation about sex education. Clearly, what's being communicated to young people is not creating the desired results."


W L York, Maine