Thursday Night News Roundup

John McChickenshit couldn’t tell Obama to his face how he really feels about him,

OBAMA: Well, I am surprised that, you know, we’ve been seeing some pretty over-the-top attacks coming out of the McCain campaign over the last several days that he wasn’t willing to say it to my face.

Pallin’ around with domestic terrorists? Huh Sarah?

  • That Gov. Palin, when a Wasilla city council member, formed an alliance with some of the more radical far-right citizens in Wasilla and vicinity, particularly members of the secessionist Alaskan Independence Party who were allied with local John Birch Society activists. These activists played an important role in her election as Wasilla mayor in 1996.
  • Once mayor, one of Mrs. Palin’s first acts was to attempt to appoint one of these extremists (a man named Steve Stoll) to her own seat on the city council. This was a man with a history of disrupting city council meetings with intimidating behavior. She was blocked by a single city council member.
  • Afterward, Mrs. Palin fired the city’s museum director at the behest of this faction.
  • She fomented an ultimately successful effort to derail a piece of local gun-control legislation which would simply have prohibited the open carry of firearms into schools, liquor stores, libraries, courthouses and the like. The people recruited to shout this ordinance down included these same figures, notably the local AIP representative (who became the AIP’s chairman that same year).
  • She remained associated politically with the local AIP/Birch faction throughout her tenure as mayor on other issues, particularly a successful effort to amend the Alaska Constitution to prohibit local governments from issuing any local gun-control ordinances.

Will Obama be immune to the Bradley Effect?

This was on Rachel Maddow’s show last night and on her radio program. Interestingly they are saying the Bradley Effect worked in reverse on Obama in the primaries.


#1 Mike Stollenwerk on 10.10.08 at 7:52 am

Why is supporting open carry in public places “radical”? Open carry is the constititonal right, not concealed carry. In fact, in most states, folks can open carry handguns in public places like libraries and liquor stores without any license required. See map at

#2 l3wis on 10.10.08 at 7:54 am

So you think people of the John Birch Society are not RADICAL either?

Uh, OK.

#3 l3wis on 10.10.08 at 8:04 am

and BTW, I’m a second amendment supporter, that legislation wouldn’t have taken your guns from you are prevented you from owning a gun.

#4 Ghost of Dude on 10.10.08 at 9:48 am

I think I’ll sling my duck gun over my shoulder when I go for a walk on the bike trail. Should make for some interesting 911 calls.