Tuesday, September 30, 2008
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Monday, September 29, 2008
While the Democrats' crazy scheme was being propagated, Republicans warned of the dangers and tried to enact regulatory legislation over Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to try to prevent a financial crisis. They were successfully opposed by the Democrats who prevented any corrective legislation from being passed.
What is true, of course, isn't important. The great majority of Americans don't know the truth and don't want to do the work to find out. They will simply display a knee-jerk reaction and punish the party in power -- even though the other party is the guilty one.
Now that the financial crisis has come, Democrats are lying their asses off about who is responsible. Nancy Pelosi, the biggest airhead and most shallow member of Congress in 200 years, gave a nasty speech to Congress yesterday blaming the crisis on the Bush administation. Say what you will about Bush, he did try to prevent the crisis early on in his term. Pelosi is a disgrace to Congress, a shameless liar.
The polls show Obama increasing his lead over John McCain, and without a doubt the current crisis is the reason. The American people, learning that there is a chicken crisis, have opted to buy foxes to guard the hen houses.
Get ready for another Jimmy Carter style Presidency in Barack Obama. Unless something radical happens to change public perception, we Republicans are toast. John McCain needs to stop posturing as a fine gentleman and start telling the truth about the Democrats and how they caused this mess. Sarah Palin debates Joe Biden on Thursday and she needs to hit a home run. If she does, it may help. But don't count on it.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Enjoy the rhythms and the romance! Note especially the flamenco guitar which adds so much to the music.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
It's simple. Democrats lowered lending standards for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae so that minorities and poor people could buy homes without meeting the usual standards of income and down payments. This caused a run on home buying, pushing the prices of homes through the stratosphere. When the new buyers couldn't afford to pay the mortgages, they began to default in record numbers. Suddenly there were many more home sellers than there were buyers and home prices plummeted. Financial institutions who invested in or insured these mortgages went bankrupt as a result. The Democrats caused this mess by interfering with the free market and we are all paying the price today in the form of a weakened economy.
Yes, if you want to put the fox into the hen house to cure the chicken shortage, do vote for Democrats and Barack Obama. That'll fix it for sure.
You can get the embed code for this video here. Do it. Spread the word.
John McCain certainly appeared more knowledgeable and comfortable with foreign policy than did Obama and won that part of the debate, though it was by no means a knock-out. Obama was smooth and spoke well and even somewhat knowledgeably on the issues, though his major premises were often wrong. His belief that we must "be respected" by the socialist/pacifist governments of Europe as essential to foreign policy successes being a case in point. Those governments are well on the way to self-extinction and I do not want the United States to follow them into the dust-bin of history.
McCain was comfortable, smooth and self-assured, but not particularly aggressive on the issues. As Pamela Geller points out today, one the biggest problems she (and I) have with McCain is his refusal to go for the jugular and press his advantage when the opportunity appears.
I really liked McCain's suggestion that we replace the United Nations with a League of Democracies, a kind of U.N. with only democratic countries represented. Those countries could then apply economic and other kinds of pressure on rogue states like Russia when they commit aggression. The U.N. is effectively toothless because the inmates are in charge of the asylum.
McCain certainly did himself no damage in this first debate, but that's not enough to impress the public. He needs to make a clearer distinction between himself and Obama. He needs to go for the knock-out punch. Hopefully he will do so in later debates.
Friday, September 26, 2008
My honest conclusion: the debate was a draw and that hurts McCain. He gained no ground tonight. McCain made me groan when he repeated some of his zingers from the Saddleback forum. They were funny and effective then, but being repeated now made him sound stale and scripted. He repeated the comment, twice, that he "didn't win Miss Congeniality" as a member of the Senate. He also repeated the now stale joke about the earmark for studying bears' DNA: was it for determining the bears' criminality or paternity? Ha ha. So funny. ZZZZZZ.
A very disappointing debate. McCain will have to do much better if he is to overtake Obama in the polls.
According to Power Line, the militant homosexual known as Andrew Sullivan found it and posted it on YouTube in an effort to denigrate Sarah Palin. Sullivan hates Sarah Palin, probably because she's so wholesome and normal and attractive and he's not. She got to walk down the aisle in a white, gauzy wedding dress; Sullivan is terminally pissed because he can't do the same. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, hey Andrew?
News flash to Sullivan: Yes, Sarah Palin was and is a babe. We like that. We aren't ashamed of her for being NORMAL and BEAUTIFUL and CONSERVATIVE.
Here's the vid. Enjoy.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
This lady never ceases to amaze me. I suspect one of these days I will see a YouTube video titled "Atlas Shrugs Interviews God." It will go something like this:
God: Welcome to Mt. Sinai, Pamela. I read your blog daily and it keeps me informed.We'll leave the interview at this point and allow you to see Pamela's interview of Geert Wilders. It's embedded below.
PG: Thank you! I'm so pleased to be here with "The Deity," the Man Upstairs, the Big Man in the Sky, the Star Boss, commonly known to many as simply "God."
God: Please, please, just call me Yahweh, all my friends do. But don't call me "Allah" unless you like lightning bolts, heh heh! A little humor there.
PG: Thanks Yahweh, tell me now, is it tougher being God today? I mean with Islamic barbarity being committed in your name and all? Is it harder to communicate your will to your real followers with all this spam from Buddhist prayer wheels and Democrat talking points?
God: Yes, it's somewhat more challenging being God these days. Of course, we have the internet, which beats the hell out of stone tablets any day of the week, or even disembodied hands writing on someone's wall. Less dramatic perhaps, but much more efficient. As for Islamic barbarity, yes, I am shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, that anyone would believe they are going to heaven for murdering a lot of strangers, even when done in my name -- what's the world coming to? And why are these people covering my most beautiful creation, women, in ugly black sacks? I think they call them Burquas.
PG: Well O Holy One, can't you do something about the barbarity? Blow a whistle and call a time out or something?
God: Well I did send Geert Wilders you know. Geert is THE MAN baby, he is kicking ass and taking names...In fact, I just told him to contact you when he gets to New York and to grant you an interview.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Rush concluded that the poll was intended to affect the vote rather than reflect it.
The Rasmussen tracking poll has Obama up by only 2 points.
Nice try, Washington Post.
A Partisan Paper of Record Today the New York Times launched its latest attack on this campaign in its capacity as an Obama advocacy organization. Let us be clear about what this story alleges: The New York Times charges that McCain-Palin 2008 campaign manager Rick Davis was paid by Freddie Mac until last month, contrary to previous reporting, as well as statements by this campaign and by Mr. Davis himself.
In fact, the allegation is demonstrably false. As has been previously reported, Mr. Davis separated from his consulting firm, Davis Manafort, in 2006. As has been previously reported, Mr. Davis has seen no income from Davis Manafort since 2006. Zero. Mr. Davis has received no salary or compensation since 2006. Mr. Davis has received no profit or partner distributions from that firm on any basis -- weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual -- since 2006. Again, zero. Neither has Mr. Davis received any equity in the firm based on profits derived since his financial separation from Davis Manafort in 2006.
Further, and missing from the Times' reporting, Mr. Davis has never -- never -- been a lobbyist for either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Mr. Davis has not served as a registered lobbyist since 2005.
Though these facts are a matter of public record, the New York Times, in what can only be explained as a willful disregard of the truth, failed to research this story or present any semblance of a fairminded treatment of the facts closely at hand. The paper did manage to report one interesting but irrelevant fact: Mr. Davis did participate in a roundtable discussion on the political scene with...Paul Begala.
Again, let us be clear: The New York Times -- in the absence of any supporting evidence -- has insinuated some kind of impropriety on the part of Senator McCain and Rick Davis. But entirely missing from the story is any significant mention of Senator McCain's long advocacy for, and co-sponsorship of legislation to enact, stricter oversight and regulation of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- dating back to 2006. Please see the attached floor statement on this issue by Senator McCain from 2006.
To the central point our campaign has made in the last 48 hours: The New York Times has never published a single investigative piece, factually correct or otherwise, examining the relationship between Obama campaign chief strategist David Axelrod, his consulting and lobbying clients, and Senator Obama. Likewise, the New York Times never published an investigative report, factually correct or otherwise, examining the relationship between Former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson and Senator Obama, who appointed Johnson head of his VP search committee, until the writing was on the wall and Johnson was under fire following reports from actual news organizations that he had received preferential loans from predatory mortgage lender Countrywide.
Therefore this "report" from the New York Times must be evaluated in the context of its intent and purpose. It is a partisan attack falsely labeled as objective news. And its most serious allegations are based entirely on the claims of anonymous sources, a familiar yet regretful tactic for the paper.
We all understand that partisan attacks are part of the political process in this country. The debate that stems from these grand and sometimes unruly conversations is what makes this country so exceptional. Indeed, our nation has a long and proud tradition of news organizations that are ideological and partisan in nature, the Huffington Post and the New York Times being two such publications. We celebrate their contribution to the political fabric of America. But while the Huffington Post is utterly transparent, the New York Times obscures its true intentions -- to undermine the candidacy of John McCain and boost the candidacy of Barack Obama -- under the cloak of objective journalism.
The New York Times is trying to fill an ideological niche. It is a business decision, and one made under economic duress, as the New York Times is a failing business. But the paper's reporting on Senator McCain, his campaign, and his staff should be clearly understood by the American people for what it is: a partisan assault aimed at promoting that paper’s preferred candidate, Barack Obama.
Statement by Senator John McCain, May 25, 2006:
Mr. President, this week Fannie Mae's regulator reported that the company's quarterly reports of profit growth over the past few years were "illusions deliberately and systematically created" by the company's senior management, which resulted in a $10.6 billion accounting scandal.
The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight's report goes on to say that Fannie Mae employees deliberately and intentionally manipulated financial reports to hit earnings targets in order to trigger bonuses for senior executives. In the case of Franklin Raines, Fannie Mae's former chief executive officer, OFHEO's report shows that over half of Mr. Raines' compensation for the 6 years through 2003 was directly tied to meeting earnings targets. The report of financial misconduct at Fannie Mae echoes the deeply troubling $5 billion profit restatement at Freddie Mac.
The OFHEO report also states that Fannie Mae used its political power to lobby Congress in an effort to interfere with the regulator's examination of the company's accounting problems. This report comes some weeks after Freddie Mac paid a record $3.8 million fine in a settlement with the Federal Election Commission and restated lobbying disclosure reports from 2004 to 2005. These are entities that have demonstrated over and over again that they are deeply in need of reform.
For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac--known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs--and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO's report this week does nothing to ease these concerns. In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO's report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay.
I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.
I urge my colleagues to support swift action on this GSE reform legislation.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Rusty zeroed in on a You-Tube video that introduced the false claim that Palin was a member of an Alaskan secessionist group. He was able to identify the voice-over artist who narrated the video, tying him to a pro-Obama PR firm. Specifically, the artist was one Ethan S. Winner of the Democrat PR firm of Winner and Associates. Winner foolishly uploaded the video to YouTube under his own name.
Within an hour after Rusty posted his expose, Winner removed the video from YouTube and erased his account, apparently in an attempt to cover his tracks. GOTCHA ETHAN!
Rusty's conclusions about the matter appear sound:
This suggests that false rumors and outright lies about Sarah Palin and
John McCain being spread on the internet are being orchestrated by political
partisans and are not an organic grassroots phenomenon led by the left wing
Read all about it at Michelle Malkin's site.
UPDATE: Ethan Winner has admitted making the video.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
We wish him well in his new endeavors and are sure his new comedy act will be even funnier than his stint on Saturday Night Live.
Of course, his believability might be enhanced if he could learn to stop sucking his thumb.
Atlantic Monthly runs an article on John McCain. A photographer, Jill Greenberg, takes pictures of McCain for the piece. She deliberately takes awful photographs, using her skill as a professional to make the senator look as offensive as possible. Charlie Gibson, given the chance to help Americans to get to know the most interesting political figure in decades, uses that opportunity to score cheap political points to demean her instead. These are two perfect examples of the Leftist bias of the media.Read it all here.
But what is it, really, that offends us so much about this bias? What bothers us about bias in the mainstream media is that the Left lies about its bias. It pretends to be an objective collegial body of neutral professionals. It conceals its opinions and pretends instead to be an honest umpire of the facts. It tries to trick us.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Okay, so a leftist expresses ugliness, profanity and hate -- what's newsworthy about that? Nothing really -- it's sort of like saying chickens lay eggs and cows give milk. Duh! And the sun rises in the east. Tell us something we don't know.
I was, however, intrigued by Sandra Bernhard's face in the video. Damn, she's downright ugly. Nature may have shortchanged her on breast size, but it overcompensated by giving her a really big mouth. Seriously, the last time I saw a mouth like that it was on the end of a hook. I threw it back.
Now Stogie, you may be saying, one's looks are not so important as what's inside the person. Yes, I agree; however, with Bernhard you not only get someone who is butt-ugly on the outside, but someone who equally ugly on the inside. Now that's really ugly.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
A state investigation previously disclosed that the brother in law, trooper Mike Wooten, was caught driving drunk in his police car, that he tasered Palin's eleven year old nephew, and that he threatened to kill Palin's father. Those are pretty good reasons to fire Wooten, and Palin would certainly be within her rights to fire the Safety Commissioner for keeping Wooten on. However, that's not what happened. Wooten still has his job, even under a new Safety Commissioner.
The Weekly Standard reports that Palin released records showing that the Safety Commissioner was fired for insubordination, for going over Palin's head to seek the state legislature's approval of a project without submitting it to Palin first; for issuing public statements of his disagreement with Palin on budget issues, and for refusing to carry out other of Palin's directives. The State Safety Commissioner serves at the discretion of the Governor and may be fired by the Governor for any reason. This guy was begging to be fired and finally got his wish.
Ed Morrissey usefully outlines Monegan's record of insubordination:
Not surprisingly, the head of the committee investigating Palin, state senator Hollis French, is an ardent pro-Obama Democrat. It isn't difficult to see that the so-called investigation is a fraud, designed to engender public distrust of Palin and paint her with an undeserved aura of wrong-doing. Naturally, the main stream media assists in the smear by reporting on Palin's "vendetta" and point out, often, that Palin is the "target of an ethics investigation."
* 12/9/07: Monegan holds a press conference with Hollis French to push his own
1/29/08: Palin’s staffers have to rework their procedures to keep
Monegan from bypassing normal channels for budget requests.*
February 2008: Monegan publicly releases a letter he wrote to Palin supporting a project she vetoed.*
June 26, 2008: Monegan bypassed the governor’s office entirely and
contacted Alaska’s Congressional delegation to gain funding for a project.
This smear technique is nothing new to the Democrats. U.S. Congressional Democrats tried the very same thing on President Bush for firing several federal prosecutors. Bush didn't like their performance so he replaced them. The Dems in Congress attempted to stage an "ethics investigation" of Bush, claiming that the firings were improper, hoping to taint him, and other Republicans by association, with the stench of unethical behavior. Such "investigations" are deliberately dragged on as long as possible to generate maximum negative publicity for their intended targets.
The Dems attempted to subpoena Bush and other Bush Administration officials, to be grilled in their Kangaroo Court. Bush and the other officials refused to obey the subpoenas or to cooperate with the staged stunt. Like the Alaskan Safety Commissioner, federal prosecutors serve at the pleasure of the chief executive. Bush has the legal right to fire any prosecutor at any time and for any reason, and it is none of the business of Congressional Democrats. Palin's option of firing Monegan is in the same category of legal, permissible actions by the chief executive.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Read it all here.
The Pentagon has approved the sale of 1,000 bunker-busting smart bombs to Israel, a deal worth $77 million. According to Haaretz.com, the bombs could be used to penetrate heavily fortified targets, such as suspected nuclear sites located in underground bunkers.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the Pentagon department responsible for evaluating foreign military sales, notified Congress over the weekend about the pending sale. Congress now has 30 days to voice its objections.
Watch the videos here.
Read it all here.
Not being a pollster I have little to lose by predicting the race, and of
course there's a lot of water yet to pass under the bridge -- events, debates,
revised strategies etc. But right now I don't see this as a close race. If the
present trend holds, McCain-Palin will win 331 electoral votes to 203 for
I think it's already evident that the current toss-up, lean-McCain
and lean-Obama states likely to fall to McCain include Florida, Nevada, New
Mexico, Pennsylvania, Virgnia, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington, Montana, North
Dakota, Colorado, and Ohio. If you add Michigan, the above total becomes
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Scene was generated with Bryce 6.; foreground, moose and grass added with Photoshop CS3.
Use for wallpaper if you desire.
Click on image to see it full size - it's big!
Under the forum "This and That" they have a Photoshop section where bikers can request Photoshops of pics that they submit. One of them requested a picture of Sarah Palin sitting on his Harley. I rose to the challenge and the result is posted on the left. Enjoy.
If you have a Harley or other bike and want a Photoshop of Palin on your bike, email me the pic. It should be a sideview of the bike with enough head room and feet room for Sarah to fit.
The skit is somewhat derogatory of Sarah Palin but probably slimes Hillary Clinton just as much. Tina Fey, with her glasses and upswept hairdo, looks amazingly like Sarah Palin in this skit.
At right is a screen capture of the video. Tina Fey looks a lot like Palin, but the Hillary character just doesn't cut it.
A nurse describes one such incident like this:
I happened to walk into a ‘‘soiled utility room’’ and saw, lying on the metal counter, a fetus, naked, exposed and breathing, moving its arms and legs. The fetus was visibly alive, and was gasping for breath. I left to find the nurse who was caring for the patient and this fetus. When I asked her about the fetus, she said that she was so busy with the mother that she didn’t have time to wrap and place the fetus in a warmer, and she asked if I would do that for her. Later I found out that the fetus was 22 weeks old, and had undergone a therapeutic abortion because it had been diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. I did wrap the fetus and place him in a warmer and for 2 1⁄2hours he maintained a heartbeat, and then finally expired.Poor little children. This is the procedure that Barack Obama supported. He opposed the Born Alive Protection Act that requires doctors and nurses to provide medical care to infants who survive abortion. His extreme opposition to any curbs on abortion have earned him the nickname of "Senator Infanticide."
Read all of the nurse testimony of aborted babies born alive at the Corner.
There's no part of Hell deep enough......
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Throughout her political career, she has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and sometimes blurred the line between government and personal grievance, according to a review of public records and interviews with 60 Republican and Democratic legislators and local officials.The article that follows, however, fails to support the opening paragraph with other than the thinnest of argumentation. The Times admits that Sarah Palin, as Governor, was both effective and accessible.
So she fired some people and stepped on their toes: that's what we like about her! Get rid of the dead wood, the leeches and the incompetent. Do we expect them so say nice things about her now? No. So she hired "friends," otherwise known as loyal people whose work and character she knows and trusts. GOOD LORD, stop the presses!
The Times, it should be remembered, is a Democrat newspaper that has steadfastly failed to do any analysis on Barack Obama and his radical associations. Hit pieces are reserved for Republicans. Maybe that's why the New York Times' fortunes are in the descent, with loss of advertising revenues and layoffs. We're onto you, Times.
Read the whole story at Commentary Magazine. Hat tip to Mark Hemingway at the Corner.
Yeah, until the Times goes bankrupt. I can hardly wait.
But again, the whole thing is just appalling. The New York Times hasn't begun to investigate Obama's deeply problematic background, nor have they run anything about him that has such an obvious and cringe inducing negative slant. Alas, it's just par for the course at the Times.
Look at Joe Cook's left leg as he walks away at the end of the video.
Gibson also asked Palin a simple question about a complex subject. He asked "Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine"? He gave no context in which an answer could be framed. The Bush Doctrine about "No Child Left Behind"? The "Bush Doctrine" as defined by the Democrat Party, i.e. starve the poor, impose a Christian theocracy, fight wars for oil, carry out massive conspiracy theories, etc. ?
She finally got Gibson to clarify the very broad and ambiguous question and she gave an informed and reasonable answer. But an answer isn't what Gibson really wanted, he wanted her to look confused, uninformed and unprepared. What better way to do that than with an overly-broad, ambiguous question?
The Jawa Report, however, has posted Charlie Gibson's softball questions to Democrats, showing the difference in how the MSM treats Democrats as opposed to Republicans.
Some possible questions for Charlie to use on subsequent interviews of Palin:
Some expected questions that Charlie may use on subsequent interviews of Obama:
1. What do you think of Newton's Third Law of Gravitation? Provide an algebraic formula that expresses the concept. Support your answer with footnote citations from Grey's Anatomy, particularly with reference to Chaos Theory.
2. Explain Calhoun's policy of nullification before the Civil War and how it relates to the Monroe Doctrine. Provide a table that cross references cotton production in the Old South with the rate of manumission and its implication for the ex post facto law of the 14th Amendment. Provide a graph that relates the judicial ramifications as a factor of Abraham Lincoln's hat size.
3. Describe the evolutionary path of a baby harp seal as it was influenced by the gravitational pull of the moon and its impact on the price of tea in China with expected fall out from Mt. Vesuvius during periods of global warming.
1. Is the smiley face icon the proper shade of yellow? Should be it more orange?Don't worry, Sarah Palin will be ready. I'm not so sure about Obama. What if the teleprompter breaks?
2. What's better, fuzzy warm puppies or fluffy white bunnies?
3. Do you enjoy tucking your little girls into bed at night? Do you prefer cheek or
forehead goodnight kisses? Is it difficult to decide on bedtime stories?
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Since 9/11, we have not been hit with further terrorist attacks, though a number of plots have been discovered and stopped. Muslim immigrants continue to pour into the West, particularly Europe, where they practice the quiet jihad of explosive birth rates and growing populations. Sharia continues to creep across the landscape, making small but steady inroads into eventually replacing Western democracy. The Muslims are patient and look to the long term for our eventual defeat and displacement.
The war on terror has only just begun and we have not yet won it, not by any means. This, in spite of the fact that Al-Qaeda has been decimated in Iraq and thousands of terrorists sent to collect their virgins.
Meanwhile, somnolent Westerners continue to divert their attention to grand hoaxes like Global Warming, deceiving themselves that Jihadis are just people too, and if we only show enough concern and compassion, they will leave us alone.
Although our efforts at awakening the West to the threat will involve many kinds of effort, there is one thing we can do now to further the goal of Western survival: elect Republicans. Vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin and contribute money to their campaign.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Barack Obama drew the ire of Republicans today when he stated that McCain's version of change was false. "You can't put lipstick on a pig," he said. "You've still just got a pig."
Was he making a crude allustion to Sarah Palin's speech in which she stated that "the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick."
Obama's audience seemed to think so, as they cheered loudly and enthusiastically at this point in his speech.
A lot of conservative pundits thought so too and were doing a slow burn.
Monday, September 08, 2008
1. Palin cut funding for special needs children. FALSE
2. Palin demanded a long list of books be banned from the Wasilia library. FALSE
3. Palin was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party that wants to secede from the Union. FALSE
4. Palin supported or endorsed Pat Buchanan for president. FALSE
5. Palin pushed to have creationism taught in schools. FALSE
Find out the true facts here.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
However, when I followed the link to the USA Today poll, the story did not back up the 10% claim -- likely voters were not discussed. The poll did say that McCain is up 4% over Obama however, and had this good news to relate:
McCain leads Democrat Barack Obama by 50%-46% among registered voters, the Republican's biggest advantage since January and a turnaround from the USA TODAY poll taken just before the convention opened in St. Paul. Then, he lagged by 7 percentage points. The convention bounce has helped not only McCain but also attitudes toward Republican congressional candidates and the GOP in general.
Tell that to Charles Krauthammer.
Palin fatally undermines this entire line of attack. This is through no fault of her own. It is simply a function of her rookie status. The vice president’s only constitutional duty of any significance is to become president at a moment’s notice. Palin is not ready. Nor is Obama. But with Palin, the case against Obama evaporates.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
The photo at the right was run by the Denver Post, showing the flags that were saved from the trash bin.
Fox News reports:
McCain supporters, claiming they rescued 12,000 miniature American flags from the site of Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech last Thursday, redistributed the orphan flags to audience members ahead of a McCain rally in Colorado Springs on Saturday.
McCain supporters said the flags were discovered by a vendor at Denver’s Invesco Field after the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention. The vendor supposedly found trash bags full of flags in and near garbage bins, and turned them over to the McCain campaign.
The GOP will use the still-new flags in its rallies and fund-raisers. Thanks Democrats!
Well, I am not surprised. As someone who HAD enjoyed everything Oprah for years I had become very disappointed in some of her decisions on the political front and this one is not exception.You have Obama on not once but TWICE during this current race, openly campaigned for him on your show and we now have another "historical" candidate in this race and for this one you REFUSE to have HER on!How very disappointing, how sexist, how very partisan and political on your part!I sure hope you and your staff change your mind but I won't hold my breath.All this decision does is reinforce my decision from a year or so ago to..1) stop watching your show2) stop "drinking the Oprah kool-aid" on all things in the world3) stopped reading my Oprah magazine and when it was time to renew a year ago I did not. Each and every time I get a renewal form for it in the mail I not only not renew, I write a letter and give the exact reasons why I will NEVER renew the magazine!!!How dissapointing you would choose YOUR personal political views on this race and YOUR candidate and not on this race as a whole....MaryCincinnati
This is very dissapointing Oprah. I was a huge fan of yours for the longest time. We had pictures taken with you after the Chicago Marathon a number of years back. Our group of girlfriends thought you were "the bomb". I wish you had decided to stay out of the political spotlight. Why are so many celebrity types liberals? Some of my favorite singers and actors always come out for the democrats. It's weird to me. And why does the media want Obama so badly? Oprah, you've had the support of women, strong conservative women who have helped to make you the huge success you've become. I think you owe us a show with Sarah Palin. And not after all this is over. It's pertinent now. You know that. If your candidate is truly the best, then you have nothing to fear. But so many viewers will respect you more, if you give time to this interesting, strong, and captivating woman. That's what you have always applauded. You've empowered so many of us over the years with that message. I hope you will rethink your decision to wait until after the election to invite her to the show. Thank you.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Seems the publishers of Us Weekly thought they could get away with such an obvious hit job and not be affected by it. They were wrong.
Drudge has a report today of how Oprah Winfrey refuses to invite Sarah Palin to be interviewed on her show, in spite of requests by her viewers and the obvious spike in viewers this would bring, not to mention the high-paying advertisers. Should Winfrey be required to interview Palin? Hell no! That would be a version of the fairness doctrine, which we conservatives oppose. If you can force Winfrey to host politicians she doesn't agree with, you can also force Rush Limbaugh to do the same. Yes, Oprah Winfrey is biased, but she never pretended to be otherwise so I am not offended by her decision.
However, you don't have to watch her show, which has lost many viewers this year due to her politicking for Obama. My wife told me she won't be watching Oprah anymore. She is one of many.
Tread lightly, liberal media, if you wish to avoid alienating half of your readers and viewers.
Financial revenge is the best revenge.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
A photo is shown of the McCain's adopted daughter from Bangladesh -- a black girl who is now 17. It is refreshingly ironic that, in a campaign where he opposes the first black candidate, that McCain has a daughter who is also black. The McCains adopted her as an infant.
McCain looks happy and refreshed and looks over the crowd with a smile.
After expressing his admiration and respect for Obama and Biden, a Code Pink protestor attempts to raise a banner and has it snatched from her hands. She rushes down the aisle opening her coat to reveal a pink shirt with a slogan, but I couldn't see what it says. The noise dies down after a minute or two, and McCain says "Don't be distracted by the noise and the static." Laughter. The protestor and and a cohort are escorted from the hall.
Returning to his prepared remarks, McCain now praises Sarah Palin. He says he loved introducing her to the country, "but I can't wait to introduce her to Washington." Then he says to Washington, "Change is coming!"
Now he pledges to fight special interests and says he will veto the first pork spending bill that comes before him.
Now he lambasts those Republicans who lost the trust of the American people through corruption and big government spending, resulting in Republican losses in the Congressional elections. "We're going to change that," he says.
"We believe in faith, work, service. We believe in a culture of life. We respect judges 'who don't legislate from the bench.'"
Now he is comparing his policies to those of Barack Obama. He will lower taxes where his opponent will raise them.
He says that cutting taxes for small businesses will help raise employment and allow businesses to compete.
He talks about replacing failed schools by introducing competition and allowing parents choice in the schools their children attend. He says "We will encourage bad teachers to find another line of work."
Now he refers to his energy policy, saying "We're going to stop sending 700 billion dollars a year to countries who don't even like us. We're going to drill more wells and we're going to drill offshore. We'll build more power plants. We'll use more clean coal."
"Senator Obama thinks we can create more power without drilling more wells and building more power plants. But Americans know better than that."
He now turns to the subject of American security. He talks about the rise of Iran, the biggest exporter of terrorism worldwide. He talks of Russia's new aggression. He understands the military, what it can do, what it can do better, and what it ought not to do. He pledges to work to create an enduring peace, noting that he knows war, that he hates war and wants to prevent it.
McCain now discusses how the culture of Washington must change, to end bitter partisanship, which he says is caused by people serving themselves rather than the country. He says instead of rejecting good ideas because someone else thought of them first, let's use the best ideas from both parties. Instead of worrying about who gets the credit, let's share it.
He now tells of his experiences as a POW, which did much to end his personal selfishness, after he had been dumped into a cell with two other POWs to die. With two broken arms and a broken leg, he couldn't even feed himself. The other POW's did it for them and saved his life. One of the other POWs told him, through taps on his cell wall, that "No man can always stand alone." He came to realize that "I was no longer my own man. I was my country's."
He calls for public service, saying "That you can serve no greater cause than to serve a cause greater than yourself."
"Fight with me. Fight for our country. Fight for our future. Stand up and fight! Nothing is inevitable. We're Americans. We never quit. We don't give up in the face of history, we make history. Thank you and God bless America!"
The speech is finished; John Rich is singing "Raisin' McCain." The crowd is on its feed, applauding and dancing to the music.
A fine speech. Did it exceed that of Sarah Palin? No, but it wasn't half bad.
Obama has his work cut out for him.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
The story, my campaign source told me, is “materially false.” Gov. Palin, the strategist said, was subjected to a “complete vet.” “That included her filling out a 70-question questionnaire that was highly intrusive and personal. She was then interviewed for more than three hours by A.B. Culvahouse. There were multiple follow-up interviews.” (I asked precisely how many follow-ups there were, but my source stuck with “multiple.”) “There was a thorough interview process,” the strategist continued. “There was a public records search and political vet. There was a private life and financial vet. Everything that has come out was known by the campaign through the vetting process.”
“Every aspect of her political record is known to us. These people [McCain’s opponents] are desperate.”2. The "Troopergate" Issue: Did Sarah Palin fire the commissioner of public safety because he wouldn't fire Palin's brother-in-law from the Alaska Troopers?
“Of course this issue came up in the vetting, and this is what we discovered,” the source said. “The man who was fired has said on the record that he was never pressured by the governor or the governor’s husband on the issue of firing Trooper Wooten. The governor had a vision for how she wanted that department to be run. The commissioner had a different vision.”
“The reason that members of the Palin family were having discussions with the head of the state police about this state trooper, who was her ex-brother-in-law, was because he had made threats against the family. He threatened to kill the governor's daughter, her father, and her sister. He tasered her 11-year-old stepson. And that is why the Palin family was concerned about this trooper.”
When Al Gore’s son was arrested on narcotics and speeding charges in 2007, moreover, the national press was a model of sympathetic restraint. The muted coverage was devoid of calls for a national “teaching moment” on drug abuse or responsible driving. The message was plain and correct: No news here, move along.
The Republican base and other people of good will are angry over this grotesque display. It is obvious what the media and Democrats are up to here. They want to define Sarah Palin as a failure before she even has a chance to succeed. Hence the speculation that McCain will dump her from the ticket. How absurd. All we know about Palin’s performance as a candidate so far is that she gave polished performances at her unveiling in Ohio and at a rally the next day in Pennsylvania. The supposed embarrassments — about her alleged membership in the fringe Alaskan Independence Party and her woefully incomplete vetting — are concoctions of a media stumbling over itself to prove a conclusion it has already reached.
So far, it is the press that has embarrassed itself, not the governor from Alaska.
So far they have dropped cement bags on two busses, surrounded a bus carrying Cub Scouts to the convention, rocking the bus and terrifying the children; punctured a tire of a limousine and dented the car with a board; set fire to a trash bin and attacked Republicans on the street. They also smashed the windows of a police car and have wreaked damage on private property.
They are utter scum, the very dregs of humanity.
Monday, September 01, 2008
York wonders why the leftwing bloggers didn't make even a single phone call to a man like Carey before writing such scurrilous trash.
Duh! The leftwing bloggers didn't care one fig if the story were true. They just wanted to trash Palin and weaken her effect on the coming election.
That's change you can believe in.
Here are York's actual remarks:
Palin and the Bloggers [Byron York]
Here in St. Paul, I was on NPR this evening with a man named Michael Carey, who is a columnist and former editorial page editor for the Anchorage Daily News. We started talking, of course, about the day's Palin news — the fake baby story and the real baby story. As far as the fake baby story was concerned, Carey told me that the rumors were going around in Alaska a few months ago, not long after the birth of Sarah Palin's fifth child. He told me that Daily News reporters and editors explored the story quite extensively, and, as Carey said on NPR, "could find no basis for it except that people who didn't like Sarah Palin believed it." He told me that Daily News reporters talked at length to the Palins about it — Carey said the Palins were actually eager to talk about the rumor because they knew how much it had spread around Alaska. He also said Daily News reporters looked into the medical angle of the rumor, which included talking to at least one doctor involved, and again found nothing to support the story.
In the end, Carey told me, the newspaper became "convinced that it was not true." What is amazing about all this is how making just one phone call to a man like Carey could have given some of the bloggers at The Atlantic and DailyKos pause before they wrote so extensively about it. Why didn't they do that?
Meanwhile, our brave Republican leaders have risen to the occasion, put country ahead of party and did the right thing. They were there to show concern. Wonderful.
With any luck, we may be able to resume the RNC National Convention soon. C'mon guys, we have an election to win.
MONROE, Mich. Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama Monday afternoon issued a strong statement to "back off" reports of Bristol Palin's pregnancy, telling reporters families — and especially children — are off limits in this presidential campaign.
Mr. Obama, campaigning here, also noted that his own mother was 18 when she gave birth to him.
"People's families are off limits," he said. "People's children are especially off limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin's performance as a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. "
"I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories," he added. "That shouldn't be a topic in our politics."
"We don't go after people's families. Our people are not involved in any way," he said.
That is exactly the right and principled stand. As I recall, Barack Obama himself was conceived out of wedlock by his then 17 year old mother. That is certainly no reflection on him and should not be a source of shame to him, and I said so in an earlier post in this blog.
Back when Bill Clinton was in office, I told many friends and colleagues that Chelsea Clinton was "off limits" and not a valid topic for scoring political points. She was just a little girl and some things, like someone's daughter, are sacred.
It should be noted that Bristol Palin conceived five months ago, or around April of this year -- the same month baby Trig was born to her mother.
ST. PAUL (Reuters) - The 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said on Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child. Bristol Palin, one of Alaska Gov. Palin's five children with her husband, Todd, is about five months pregnant and is going to keep the child and marry the father, the Palins said in a statement released by the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
Senior McCain campaign officials said McCain knew of the daughter's pregnancy when he selected Palin last week as his vice presidential running mate, deciding that it did not disqualify the 44-year-old governor in any way.
McCain officials said the news of the daughter's pregnancy was being released to rebut what one aide called "mud-slinging and lies" circulating on liberal blog sites.
This is the final, definitive proof that Bristol Palin could not possibly be the mother of Trig Palin.
Of course, we can now expect Bristol's real and actual pregnancy to become a new source of hateful, vicious and salacious cruelty by the radicals at the Daily Kos and Democratic Underground.