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If you think it highly unlikely that Palin — the GOP’s female answer to George W. Bush and Dan Qualye rolled into one — might become president if she’s elected Vice President, think again:

If John McCain is elected and goes on to win a second term, there’s as much as a one-in-four chance America could see its first female president — Sarah Palin.

It’s actuarial math.

The odds highly favor either McCain or Barack Obama completing a first term in good health. After that, McCain’s odds are still fairly solid, but his chances of dying go up faster than Obama’s, mainly because of his age…

Something to consider the next time (and there will be a next time, just not with Katie Couric) that Sarah Palin takes potshots at Joe Biden’s age (despite Biden being six years younger than John McCain).

Of course, the actuaries are assuming that McCain will die of old age, when most of us know that he will be assassinated by a fundamentalist Christian who wants to indirectly install Sarah Palin as the POTUS.

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The Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund has started a campaign to persuade churches to break the law:

During sermons this Sunday, some 35 pastors across the country will tell their congregations which presidential candidate they should vote for, “according to the Scriptures.”

Their endorsements represent a direct challenge to federal tax law, which prohibits tax-exempt organizations from engaging in partisan political activity.

The clergy have embraced that risk, hoping their actions will trigger an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, which would then enable a Christian legal advocacy group to take the IRS to court and challenge the constitutionality of the ban.

The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a conservative legal group based in Arizona, recruited the pastors for “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” to press their claim that the IRS tax code violates the free speech of religious leaders.

“I have a First Amendment right to say whatever I want to say, and I’ve never thought it was appropriate that as a pastor I could not share my political concerns with the congregation,” says the Rev. Gus Booth, pastor at Warroad Community Church in Warroad, Minn.

Oh really? The First Amendment affords everyone the right to say whatever they want to say?

Since that’s the case, let me share with everyone a holy revelation that came to me from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: The ADF’s founders (Bill Bright, Larry Burkett, James Dobson, D. James Kennedy, Marlin Maddoux, and Donald Wildmon), both living and dead, are and were servants of the anti-Christ guilty of sodomizing each other, of committing bestiality, and of raping their own children and the children of others.

Meanwhile, four American Talibaners on the Texas state Board of Education (Terri Leo, Barbara Cargill, Cynthia Dunbar, and Gail Lowe — all guilty of practicing witchcraft and fornication with children) are trying to expand their illegal, immoral, and anti-American “Bible-based” agenda to the rest of the state’s school districts.

These theocrats are no better than the 9/11 terrorists; these are the people that gave us Timothy McVeigh, Eric Rudolph and David Koresh. We can no longer allow these false prophets, these servants of the Beast and their followers, the Constitutional freedoms they are so eager to deny others… and the truth of my words can be found in Scripture.

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You know things are bad when even a right-wing whack job like Kathleen Parker wants Palin to drop out of the race:

As we’ve seen and heard more from John McCain’s running mate, it is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem. Quick study or not, she doesn’t know enough about economics and foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion…

I’ve been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted.

Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there…

Parker follows that bit with a two quotes from Palin that are nonsensical, pointless, and graceless collection of fragmentary thoughts that could easily be mistaken for one of Bush’s inane statements.

Unsurprisingly, Parker misses that and instead draws a parallel to Joe Biden’s speaking style. Also unsurprising, Parker fails to point out how poorly McCain’s choice reflects upon himself and his candidacy, calling on Palin to save McCain by dropping out rather than demanding that McCain grow a spine and cut Palin loose.

Oh well, at least Parker is taking baby steps in the right (instead of right-wing) direction. I guess that’s the best we can hope for from infantile Republicans like her.

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Aunt Sarah doesn’t understand the Bush Doctrine (or church-state separation, or evolution), but she’s sure familiar with (and no doubt a fan of) the right-wing lunacy of the John Birch Society, as this picture shows. She’s also an aficionado of the Bill Gothard cult, whose teachings she utilized as mayor of Wasilla.

As if those facts weren’t disturbing enough, the church (read cult) she belongs to has strong ties to Joel’s Army, a fundamentalist Christian militia group advocating the overthrow of the very government Palin wants to preside over as Vice President. Here’s a piece — with video — from the Southern Poverty Law Center with more information on the violent practices of Joel’s Army.

Sarah Palin shouldn’t be a head of state, she should be a ward of the state.

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One of the Radical Reich’s favorite piñatas, Juan Cole of Informed Comment, has a scathing piece up at Salon showing how much Aunt Sarah and her fellow quasi-Dominionists have in common with Islamic Fundamentalists.

An oldie but a goodie from 2003 in the same vein is “God’s Warrior Twins: Christian & Islamic Fundamentalism have a lot in common,” an article written by Kimberly Blaker. And if you’re not familiar with Frederick Clarkson of Talk to Action, you might want to take a gander at his work detailing the dangers that American Talibaners like Palin and her ilk pose to America.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Where some people see The Handmaid’s Tale as a dystopian warning, monsters like Palin see it as a blueprint.

(Juan Cole link via Mary at The Left Coaster.)

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