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Friday’s Political Roundup

Posted by thelanetrain on October 24, 2008

Hah, this actually happened last week (I think) after Sen. John McCain mistakenly walked off the stage in the wrong direction (and not, according to popular belief, by trying to initiate a game of grabass with Sen. Obama).  But aside from this attention grabbing (pun intended) picture, two very important political items occurred this week, one local and one bizarre.  Details after the jump.

After The Jump: A mayor for life and a Hockey Mom goes to Neiman?

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Gawker Totally Pwns Palin Family

Posted by thelanetrain on September 18, 2008

If there was any doubt that the editors over at Gawker have an agenda in this political election, we clearly know who they’re rooting for (or rather, who they’re rooting against).  Aside from the daily headlines slamming McCain and the MILF, the NY-bassed Gossip and Media rag came out on the offensive against the Palin Clan, and in particular, their pleasantly pregnant daughter Bristol.  First, they reported that B-Pal (I love that name) smoked pot on camera while smiling (damn how I wish they had a funny video to go along with that) and was apparently dubbed “the makeout queen” of her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska.  Then, they later got a hold of Bristol’s private voicemail greeting (not so scandalous, but more like, how the hell did they get that?).

But the big story?  Somebody hacked into Sarah Palin’s personal Yahoo account and exposed all of her private emails.  Awesome.  Vultures need not be interested though, as the post contains mostly benign email messages, and silly pictures of family members being all goofy with Trig, the Downs Syndrome Baby.  Although the government did react violently and call the leak a huge breach of privacy, which I guess it is.  But you know what else is a huge breach of privacy?  This thing (which a lot of GOP members support, like this guy).  I mean, as long as she has nothing to hide, what does it matter.  She’s not a terrorist, right?  Right?

For all those still wondering, they changed her password like totes ASAP so nobody could read her private emails anymore.  I don’t know about you, but I’d be lookin’ out for her, Dubya.  She’s suspicious…

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So Much for Family Values

Posted by thelanetrain on September 1, 2008

Sarah Palin, the former Alaskan beauty pageant, local politician, and ladyperson that John McCain asked to be his potential VP, is now at the center of a family values hypocrisy.  Srsly.  It turns out that one of her five glorious children is preggers with a child OUT OF WEDLOCK and is only 17, which would make Palin one young grandmama (following in the footsteps of the Spears clan).  But, the daughter has promised that not only is she going to keep her child (just like mom), but will marry the dude that knocked her up too.  Isn’t abstinence wonderful?

I can’t wait for some sort of awkward comment from the Bush camp about the latest gaffe in Republicans not being able to stick to their values.

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Hurricane Gustav Creates Rain, Media Storm

Posted by thelanetrain on September 1, 2008

Well it finally happened today.  That clusterfuck of a hurricane dubiously known as Gustav hit the Lousiana coastline this morning, and luckily, just west of New Orleans.  Taking a page from Katrina, the residents in the area seemed to be prepared.  The City of New Orleans was evacuated, levees were scrutinized and ready, and for the most part, while the damage is still underway, nothing too tragic has happened (yet).  Hell, even President Bush and FEMA are like, totally preparing with how to deal with this natural disaster and the potential aftermath!  Yee-haw!

But the greatest tragedy this hurricane is bringing is the massive media storm that comes along with it.  All the major networks PLUS all the cable news networks (MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, CNN, Fox Business (WHATTTTTTTT??????)) are having nonstop weather coverage and tracking the storm millisecond by millisecond.  On my way out I caught a roundtable discussion on CNBC about how the storm will affect the price of crude oil (it’s dropping, beeteedubs), and whether or not economists are going to have a hard time predicting oil prices after the storm.  FUCK THAT SHIT.  We should be more concerned about people’s homes being wiped off the map!  Who gives a rats ass about an economists’s ability to predict oil when Mr. and Mrs. American Voter are gonna be decimated?

And speaking of gigantic storms that happen on September 1st…

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So….Who is Sarah Palin?

Posted by thelanetrain on August 29, 2008


As I reported earlier today, Republican hopeful John McCain picked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.  But aside from being female (read: the GOP is more than just a bunch of stodgy old conservative white guys) and a representative of one of America’s least populous states, who is this woman on the verge of becoming America’s second most powerful politician?  The Lane Train investigates the trials and tribulations of the Lady of the Last Frontier.

After The Jump:  Deconstructing Sarah Palin

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Well, No Matter What Happens, We’ll Make History

Posted by thelanetrain on August 29, 2008

Last week, Democratic hopeful Barack Obama picked Delware Senator Joe Biden, an aging white male (but he has foreign policy experience!) as his running mate.  So in a bold move that is sure to shake up the presidential race this fall, Republican hopeful John McCain picked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be on the GOP’s ticket.  According to ABC News, Palin has mutiple claims to fame as Alaska’s youngest governor, a reformer (whatever that means), and owner of the nickname “Sarah Barracuda”.  This is also the first time that the GOP has ever nominated a woman for the VP office.

And somewhere in the Rayburn office building, Hillary Clinton is slowly, slowly weeping…

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Double Feature: Olympics and DNC Wrap-Up

Posted by thelanetrain on August 28, 2008

Oh man, what a whirlwind few weeks it’s been.  The Beijing Olympics wrapped up this past Sunday and right after that, some crazy party got underway in Denver.  China won a slew of gold medals, had underage gymnasts, and was embarassed when it got caught for forging the opening ceremonies and when its star sprinter got injured and withdrew.  Then Barack Obama like, totally text messaged everyone that his VP was going to be the spokesman for Bosley Hair Club for Men.  All this led up to a loud, wild, screaming throng of Democrats who unanimously showed support for the junior Illinois senator to be their man in the contest for the Oval Office.  Ladies and Gentlemen, the race is on.  Meow.

After the Jump:  Final thoughts on the Olympics, plus thoughts on the DNC

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Breaking News: She Still Ain’t Givin’ Up Yet, Folks

Posted by thelanetrain on August 14, 2008

According to the L.A. Times, Hillary Clinton has submitted her name for nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Denver later this month.  Said candidate Barack Obama:

“I am convinced that honoring Sen. Clinton’s historic campaign in this way will help us celebrate this defining moment in our history and bring the party together in a strong, united fashion.”

After making said statement, Obama immediately called for double security and demanded that any known staffers of the Clinton campaign, including the ex-contender herself to be monitored at all times.  Lord knows we don’t want another one of these fiascoes happening.

Also, according to this week’s issue of Rolling Stone, the Clintonistas have already snapped up the internet domain  I think we know who she’s voting for come November…

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Yes! A New Jib Jab Cartoon!

Posted by thelanetrain on July 17, 2008

The brilliant minds over at Jib Jab have made a brand new cartoon for the upcoming election (screencap above is from an earlier cartoon, but hey, who doesn’t love makin’ fun of Dubya?).  It’s got all your favorite characters:  Obama, Hillary, McCain, Dubya, and the rest!  Please, for the love of our country and for two and a half minutes of pure political parody, watch it here.

It also has, in my opinion, the best Bill Clinton joke I’ve heard in years.

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Republicans: What Will They Think Of Next?

Posted by thelanetrain on July 15, 2008

We’ve all seen way too much coverage about the oh so controversial New Yorker cover of fist jabbing terrorists Barack and Michelle Obama, and I’m still trying to digest/analyze the whole thing (although truth be told, my opinion will be moot when I finally get the courage to post something about it here).  However, I found this picture on Gawker today before heading home, and I can’t wait to see if there’s a similar internet shitstorm that’s generated because of it:

George W. Bush is probably putting one hand on his heart and the other on a wad of cash going towards the McCain campaign as we speak, and somewhere, Dick Cheney is quietly smiling in his bunker.

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