After a long and eventful hiatus I have decided to grace you again with my savvy political commentary :). So lets start with the month that was..lets see there was the Beijing Olympics which was actually a success (surprise). Micheal Phelps broke numerous records for the Men's Swimming bringing home eight gold medals which is an all time high (no surprise here). Beijing now taunting London (site for 2012 Olympics), in essence saying, beat that! London not phased by the elaborate and lavish reception in Beijing, the Mayor of London promising to in fact beat Beijing.
Ooh and Russia invaded Georgia to flare up separitism in the South Ossetia provinvce. After a peacekeeping deal from the European Union (no help from the Americas), Russia decided to "withdraw" taking it's sweet, sweet time. Russian troops still continue to patrol the city of Poti.
August has also seen its fair share of history right here in the homeland, with the August Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention being the first in history to officially nominate an African American for president and a Republican woman for vice president, respectively. Lets not forget that the Democratic nomination of Geraldine Ferraro for vice president in the 80's was the first ever nomination of women for VP.
So lets talk politics. Who is this gun toting, hockey mom Gov. Sarah Palin? Would believe me if I said she was Mephistopheles in high heels? I didn't think so (wiki it). She has served two terms in city council, then two terms as mayor. In 2006 by being elected as Gov. of Alaska she became the first woman Gov. and the youngest person to hold that office. She used to go moose hunting with her father in high school and she was the captain of her basketball team. She finished second in the Miss Alaska Pageant and won the "Miss Congeniality" award. She admits to smoking marijuana but has reportedly said that she did not enjoy it..(riiiight). She also helped her husband in his fishing business. Now lets get to her policies: she's an oil and gas woman, pushing hard for drilling in Alaskan National Wildlife Refuges..you know the place set aside for endangered animals and wildlife...In 2007 she unsurprisingly allowed state biologists to hunt down and kill wolves by helicopters to increase Moose gaming population (what does she have against animals??) AND she doesn't want polar bears to be put on the endangered species list EVEN THOUGH it has long been studied that polar bear populations have declined by over 40% and will increase to do so with the melting of the Ice Shelf in the Arctics. And she's against protecting wales from oil drilling...hmm oil spills anyone? Now lets get into why she's under investigation by the Alaskan State. Palin dismissed the Public Safety Commissioner allegedly because of his refusal to fire her ex-brother in law during a bitter custody battle with her sister. Interestingly enough the investigator will make his public announcement on the matter on Oct 31, 4 days before the general election, smart really (sarcasm).
My whole issue with her is really not even about her, as McCain has said the job of Vice President is to ask after the health of the President and step in if something happens. She will really have no say in his administration- unless he dies but thats a completely different tangent. My problem is that Mccain on the eve of his decision was still strongly for Lieberman, only when he was sat down by his campaign staff and forcefully pushed into not picking Lieberman, did he choose Palin after a 15 minute conversation with her on the phone- he hadn't even met this woman. If they had vetted her I would bet my fall semester tuition ($4000) that Palin would never have been picked. This shows what a McCain presidency would look like: rash, risky decisions without the careful and necessary research. Sound familiar? I know everyone on the Democratic side is trying to make the point that he's voted with Bush 95% of the time, but I don't think people fully grasp what that means. Do you want an invasion of Iran? A nuclear war with Russia? A million North Korean soldiers declaring death to America? Lets not even get started on what could happen in Pakistan- lets not forget they've gone nuclear as well. These are trying and dangerous times, who do you want answering that red phone at 3 in the morning?
Oh and I guess I should mention that yesterday Coalition troops pursued Taliban fighters into Pakistan killing 7 (not confirmed how many deaths yet). The fighters escaped.
And on that note I shall sign off, forgive my long rant I just feel real passionate about this. SO with that, I hope you all take advantage of the blessings of this month and when you get hungry I hope you might reflect on those people who do not have the luxury of an iftar waiting for them.
May your lives be filled with the peace and blessings of Allah