Philly ADA's 64 Days of McCain

In support of Philly for Change's "Philly Against McCain" campaign, the Philly ADA will each day for until the November 4th election publish one fact that we believe should give pause to any voter considering voting for McCain-Palin.

The ADA is currently on day three of the campaign. While we're sure that 64 days is more than enough time for McCain to give us many more reasons why voting for him is a terrible mistake, at present, the ADA only has enough facts to get through the first 30 or so days.

If we are going to make it all the way to election day, we are going to need the help to come up with additional reasons why McCain-Palin is not only wrong for Southeastern Pennsylvania, but also wrong for our country.

So, if you have a reason you would like to have published as part of Philly ADA's 64 Days of McCain, please email it to

Secessionist Sarah: Fringe Rightist Group Claims Palin Was Member in 90s

Yup. The hits just keep on coming, as we find out more of what John McCain should already have known about his apparently un-vetted or poorly-vetted Far Right-Wing running mate.

What we're really finding out, of course, is what poor judgement McCain has, and what a dangerously impulsive president he would be.

Here ABC News' Senior National Correspondent Jake Tapper (whose name makes him sound like a character in a novel, btw) reports that the fringe Right Wing Alaska Independence Party, whose members' famously advocate the state's seceding from the U.S., claim Sarah Palin was a member right up until quitting to run for Mayor of Wasilla in 1996.

Giving the members' claims credibility is a video attached to the story, which Palin recorded for the 2008 (!) Alaska Independence Party convention.

For more on AIP's conspiratorial agenda, including plots to infiltrate the major parties and associating itself with the Right-Wing wacko Free State Project, check out Liz Arnett's extensive post on Daily Kos.

It's Palin's fault that she's a Right-Wing nut, but it's not her fault that she's the Republican Party's Vice Presidential nominee.

The real fault is only McCain's.

The Gulf Between Words & Action: McCain & Katrina

The Big Talk/Poor Judgement Express may have landed for its shameless photo-op with Bobby Jindal, using Gustav as a backdrop (and an excuse to 86 President and Vice President Albatross from the convention), but ace web reporter Bob Geiger has not forgotten McCain's actual record of opposing Senate bills to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, one authored by Joe Biden that offered necessary relief to children and the victims of sexual abuse at shelters, and one by Hillary Clinton and co-sponsored by Barack Obama that would have established a bi-partisan commission "to examine the Federal, State, and local response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.. and make immediate corrective measures to improve such responses in the future."

In those Republican Majority days before the 2006 Election, both bills failed.

And Big Talk McCain toed the Party Line and voted against both.

Crises like these not only bring out the best in ordinary Americans. They also expose the utter social failure and moral bankrupted-ness of Conservative ideology.

Citizen Palin: Alaska's Top 2 Newspapers & Republicans Weigh In

Since we in the Lower 48 don't know Sarah Palin very well, Huffington Post's Greg Mitchell asks the Alaskans who do to comment on her readiness to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. He collects answers from the state's top two newspapers and two highest ranking state legislators.

Here's a preview of the legislative opinion.

Note this: both the speakers are REPUBLICANS.

The view from the Senate:

"She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?" said Lyda Green, the president of the State Senate, a Republican from Palin's hometown of Wasilla. "Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"

From the House:

Another top Republican, John Harris, the speaker of the House, when asked about her qualifications for Veep, replied with this: "She's old enough. She's a U.S. citizen."

Rosenbach seeking banned book-themed art - deadline Tuesday!

Seeking Banned Book-themed Book Art
Submission Deadline: Tuesay, September 2, 2008

The Philadelphia Center for the Book and the Rosenbach invite you to submit artist's books for an exhibition in conjunction with Banned Books Week. Books on themes related to banned books, censorship, and control will be considered for the juried exhibition. Selected books will be exhibited at the Rosenbach from September 22 to October 5, 2008. Artists will receive an honorarium of $100 for each book selected for the exhibition!

An opening reception will take place on Friday, October 3, 5:00-7:30pm. The evening event will feature public readings from banned books in the Rosenbach's collection and a complementary exhibition of selected banned books culled from the collection. Please email if you are interested in signing up as a reader.

After the Rosenbach, the exhibition will be on view in the second-floor cases outside of the Print & Picture Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia from October 14 to December 5, 2008. Due to the size restraints of the cases at both venues, especially large books should not be submitted. Items that cannot be brought into the museum and library including living plant materials, food, and liquid, should not be used. All entrants must be (or become!) Philadelphia Center for the Book members.

Deadline for Submission: Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Books should be dropped off at the Rosenbach at 2008 Delancey Place between 10:00am and 5:00pm.
Attention: Judy Guston.

Please be sure your books are packaged in a protective container or box. Artists who cannot drop off at this time should email to make alternate arrangements.

Please include the following information with your submission. Please submit a hard copy with your book and email a digital copy to

Artist's Name, object name
Materials, separated by commas
Location of origin, year of creations
Text describing your book and its relation to the theme of the exhibition. Maximum 100 words.
Can your book be handled?
Click here for information of the Philadelphia Center for the Book.

Image: Jean de Bosche?re, drawing for The history of Don Quixote de La Mancha, ca. 1922. Rosenbach Museum & Library 2005.210.

Hate Crime Against Councilman Clarke

See here.

Maybe We Should Just Hope the Republicans Win This Thing

More by Dave Lindorff, author of the 'Loserville' post below.

YPP Dominance of the Metro Continues

Pretty soon, Jennifer will be named editor-in-chief.

I call sports!

Anyway, I was in the Metro today, talking about the Mayor, and his staff and the controversy over going to the convention, and who is paying.

Comcast to Slow Down the Internet

What a company. Comcast, who does things like refuses to let certain political ads be shown on cable TV, is now going to slow down the internet for people who use it too much. Nice.

READ THIS: Obama's Economic Policy & New Democratic Consensus

Read it, forward it, get excited about the Convention.

Fairness makes a comeback (and it's electable)!


Jack Kelly's Chief of Staff on Unpaid Leave

So, Jack Kelly's Chief of Staff is now on unpaid leave, as he awaits trial in his corruption case. I think though, the tougher questions now have to be asked about Kelly: What did federal prosecutors ask you in January? If they asked about things like... your chief of staff and parking garages, for example, what steps did you take to make sure your office was not furthering bribery and corruption?

If he cannot or will not answer those questions, he should resign.

TOMORROW! "The Crisis in Organized Labor" author talk at Wooden Shoe

Free ticket to Stu Bykofsky Candidates Comedy Night

I have a free ticket to Stu Bykofsky's candidates comedy night, which is going down tonight at Finnigan’s Wake in Northern Liberties. I was originally going to use the ticket for myself, but I'm not going to be able to make it tonight.

Let me know if you're interested by shooting me an e-mail-- waxmanb(at) You can pick it up at the Daily News or we can figure something else out.

Ray, Dewitt, Greg Heller in the Metro

It is a real who's who of internet savvy, Philly youngsters in this weeks reformer's roundtable at the Metro, talking about parking and congestion. All around, I thought the answers were solid. OK, except the idea from one respondent (who is on the planning commission) that we shouldn't regulate parking. I think that sounded a little strange.

However, I am wondering how many people did and did not get this joke from DeWitt, when asked about congestion pricing:

Congestion? We're talking about congestion? How silly is that?

Ray didn't get it.

Have you seen Jack Kelly?