September 2, 2008

Our bodies break
And the blood just spills and spills



Bridget Riley, Red with Red 1, 2007

* How well was Palin vetted. excerpt:

"In Alaska, several state leaders and local officials said they knew of no efforts by the McCain campaign to find out more information about Ms. Palin before the announcement of her selection, Although campaigns are typically discreet when they make inquiries into potential running mates, officials in Alaska said Monday they thought it was peculiar that no one in the state had the slightest hint that Ms. Palin might be under consideration.

"'They didn’t speak to anyone in the Legislature, they didn’t speak to anyone in the business community,' said Lyda Green, the State Senate president, who lives in Wasilla, where Ms. Palin served as mayor.

"Representative Gail Phillips, a Republican and former speaker of the State House, said the widespread surprise in Alaska when Ms. Palin was named to the ticket made her wonder how intensively the McCain campaign had vetted her.

"'I started calling around and asking, and I have not been able to find one person that was called,' Ms. Phillips said. 'I called 30 to 40 people, political leaders, business leaders, community leaders. Not one of them had heard. Alaska is a very small community, we know people all over, but I haven’t found anybody who was asked anything.'

"The current mayor of Wasilla, Dianne M. Keller, said she had not heard of any efforts to look into Ms. Palin’s background. And Randy Ruedrich, the state Republican Party chairman, said he knew nothing of any vetting that had been conducted.

"State Senator Hollis French, a Democrat who is directing the ethics investigation, said that no one asked him about the allegations. 'I heard not a word, not a single contact,' he said.

"Mr. French, a former prosecutor, said that he was knowledgeable about background checks and that, he, too, was surprised that the campaign had not reached out to state legislative leaders."

* McCain keeps his eyes on his VP.

* Silver Jews setlist from Columbus, Ohio.

* "Whether I'm painting or not, I have this overweening interest in humanity. Even if I'm not working, I'm still analyzing people." -- Alice Neel

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