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    Tuesday, September 30, 2008

    Obama Kids - complete with the "O" Greeting...

    Roger Simon posts about the hideous "Sunday afternoon" video of the Obama-Youth (with production credits to Jeff Zuckerman). If you can stand to watch it, they even do a variation on the Obama Salute.

    An edit my email readers will miss - at the next debate, Senator McCain needs to say, "Senator Obama, I saw that video of the kids singing for you, and I have to say, I appreciate inspiration and all that, but that video is just plain wierd and a little creepy."

    Read the comments and you'll die laughing, except for the horrible truthfulness of it all. I particularly like this one from Nahanni:

    "Anyone still doubt that the only thing that is democratic about the Democratic party is the name and that Obama is a totalitarian demagogue?

    "Unfortunately for all of us we will probably end up with the totalitarians in power because they have a very powerful propaganda machine that worships them and the fact that we have many ignorant people in the electorate that are lapping the swill from the Democratic party up like scum sucking dogs. Blogs, talk radio and certain media outlets are fighting the good fight trying to tell the people who and what the Democrats are but it is not enough.

    "Take some time out and read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, because by this time in 2012 neither document will be in effect in this country."

    Yes, it's going to be a Planet of the Apes moment for the rest of us...

    I command all my minions to watch this classic film clip, because not only is it the great Charleton Heston, we're all going to be muttering the same thing he says in just a few short years...

    Barack Obama - The Problem, not the Solution

    I have been mentioning ACORN in a lot of posts lately. In case you only get your news from the drive-by media, you wouldn't know too much about the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, except maybe that the original financial bailout plan included grants to them.

    But, if you consult a multitude of sources and not rely on liars (on the left, they don't monger fear, they outright lie), you'd discover that this was one of those organizations Barack Obama community organized for, and it's one of the reasons the housing crisis has occurred, and it's one of the pieces of the puzzle that links Democrats to groups like ACORN, and Freddie MAC and Fannie Mae. It's also a friend of Democrats since it excels at registering dead and imagined people to vote.

    Mona Charen has a column linked at realclearpolitics.com today that provides more insight into this group's tactics. Also, the site rotten acorn lists ACORN's many transgressions. A detailed 2006 report exposing ACORN as a left-wing, Democratic front group is available for all who care to read.

    Here's a short list of ACORN transgressions:

    • In 2006 ACORN registered 1,800 new voters in Washington. With the exception of six, all of the names submitted were fake. The secretary of state called it the "worst case of election fraud in our state's history. ACORN workers told state investigators that they went to the Seattle public library, sat at a table and filled out the voter registration forms. They made up names, addresses, and Social Security numbers and in some cases plucked names from the phone book. One worker said it was a lot of hard work making up all those names and another said he would sit at home, smoke marijuana and fill out the forms." Pretty good gig if you can get it!
    • ACORN members have been prosecuted for voter fraud in a number of states, see a list of ACORN's illegal activities here.
    • ACORN proudly touted "affirmative action" lending and pressured banks to make subprime loans. Madeline Talbott, a Chicago ACORN leader, boasted of "dragging banks kicking and screaming" into dubious loans.
    • ACORN attracted Barack Obama in his youthful community organizing days. Madeline Talbott hired him to train her staff -- the very people who would later descend on Chicago's banks as shakedown artists.
    • Obama later funneled money to ACORN through the Woods Fund, on whose board he sat, and through the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.
    • The Clinton Administration found that ACORN was misspending government grants designed to help counsel the poor.
    • ACORN sued the state of California to get out of paying its own employees the state minimum wage.
    The New York Times exposes fraud at ACORN and another community group and contrasts the way they dealt with it:
    • Acorn chose to treat the embezzlement of nearly $1 million eight years ago as an internal matter and did not even notify its board.
    • Dale Rathke remained on Acorn’s payroll until a month ago (June 2008), when disclosure of his theft by foundations and other donors forced the organization to dismiss him.
    • The fact that most of the handful of people who did not disclose the fraud when they learned of it eight years ago still work for Acorn or its affiliates concerns many of the group’s financial supporters
    So, Barack Obama has worked for, supported, and abetted an organization that has blackmailed banks into giving bad loans, has committed massive voter fraud, and that doesn't even follow its own alleged principles. If it didn't sound so much like the US Congress, I would almost hold him to task for it.


    Monday, September 29, 2008

    Bailout torpedoed

    The House rejected the big bailout today and the Dow responded by falling 700+ points.
    Most Americans are against this bailout, and that ought to be a warning to Democrats.
    Why, you say?  Isn't it Republicans who are responsible for this mess?
    I don't expect the average American to understand the cupability of the Democrats in the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac collapse, but I think they recognize that this bill places us firmly on the road to a government run financial system, with no checks and balances, and no discernable way out.  I think they also understand that the Democrats only see $700B and start dreaming of who they are going to be writing checks to, vice seeing it as $700B of the taxpayers money that they have to care for wisely and give back.
    Without some responsible, quasi-governmental oversight body, like the Resolution Trust Corporation from the S&L: disaster days, we will have little faith that Washington is protecting us.  Attempts to introduce checks into the legislation were at first rebuffed by Democrats, then, the legislation was treated as typical congressional fodder, with the Dems laying out gifts to contituents like ACORN.  The House GOP tried to introduce real market reforms into the bill, with slight success (and only, I might add, after McCain forced the Dems to listen to them).
    Finally, Nancy Pelosi just couldn't contain herself and blamed George Bush and the rest of the Republican party for a problem largely caused by Democrats and Clinton-era housing policies.The Dem story line now is that Republicans, in a fit of pique over the Pelosi speech, abandoned the bill.
    But, the good American people (and Democrats) now need to look at Nancy Pelosi as one of the most ineffective, and perhaps incompetent Speakers of the House in history.  Not only has the house failed to enact ANY significant legislation under her leadership, despite a 30-seat majority for Dems, they have massively failed when given the opportunity to pass bills that would have had huge bipartisan support, like an energy bill, and this bill today.  One has to ask, instead of whining about Republicans who abandoned the bill, what about the 50 or so Democrats who didn't tow the party line?  Why couldn't Pelosi and company get these guys on board?
    When the 111th Congress reconvenes, the Dems really need to consider whether Pelosi is up to the job.

    Profile Of Obama Supporters

    In this wierdest of election years, I have been wondering, what is the profile of some typical Obama voters, or who I expect to be typical Obama voters.  These groups, I expect Obama to win, in some cases, decisively.
    1. Most obviously, are blacks.  They have a legitimate right to be excited about Obama.  He is an historic candidate, and happens to also represent the views they have come to support (with little to show for it) over the years, that is, typical liberal democrat fare.  He's going to exceed the traditional 90/10 split for Dems.  What is important isn't so much the percentage (it might be 95% for O), as the actual numbers who vote.
    2. The intelligentsia (of all races) - this demo has been trending Dem for some time, and will remain a reliable voting bloc for Obama.  These people are setting more of the agenda for the Democrats these days, and they have become an integral part of the democratic war machine.  In case you're interested, Bill Ayers is in this demo.
    3. Hispanics - I expect we'll still see Hispanics vote in a majority bloc for Obama, but, they are a big question mark with Obama.  There is latent hostility between Hispanics and Blacks, and McCain has been much more friendly to Hispanics than most other Republicans would have been.  However, the immigration debate will hurt republicans with this demo this year, and the downscale demography favors Obama.  But, in what numbers will they vote?
    4. Youth seeking change - Expect Obama to rack up huge majorities in this demo. They want change, and because of their youth, they're largely too uninformed to realize that Obama isn't about change, he's about Liberalism.  Those that do know that - are either Democratic party activists, or Republicans. But, how many will actually vote?
    5. College educated whites, who are not part of the Intelligentsia - this is a group that in the past has been reliably Republican, but has begun trending dem anyway.  Barack gives this group a chance to assuage their white guilt, and they may be the demo that actually puts him over the top.

    I think Obama is going to get the same number of votes as Kerry in the Intellgentsia demo, and may fare about the same in Hispanics (but, I think the overall number will skew lower).  So,the big questions are how many more blacks are going to vote, how many more college students, and how do those guilty white people break.


    He's going to lose votes in some important demos - working class whites most notably..  I don't think there are actually enough of 1,4, and 5 to swing states like NC or FL, but their could be enough of 1 and 5 to switch VA.  However, his lack of connection to white working class voters will hurt him in OH, PA, MI - traditional Dem strongholds. Can Ed Rendell get out the vote and deliver PA?  Can the Detroit machine get out the vote in Michigan?


    I don't think the path is as easy as Barack's people think.






    Obama and Mass Emails

    Recently, a friend of mine got into some hot water because they forwarded an email of this vein about Barack Obama  being the Anti-Christ. 
    First off, let me say that if we think we can influence the coming of the Anti-Christ, we don't truly understand Divine (and not-so-Divine) power.  But, the Snopes article pretty much puts the lie to the specific line of reasoning.
    This blog offers plenty of reasons not to vote for Barack Obama.  In fact, if I were an Obama supporter, I might invite the comparisons to the Anti-Christ, to divert attention from these real-world associations:
    • Avowed terrorists and Pentagon bombers Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dorhn - who helped launch Barack Obama's political career and who worked with him in his community organizing days on the Chicago Annenberg Project
    • Convicted felon and Barack patron Tony Rezko -  who not only has funded much of Barack's early career, and who entered into a sweetheart land deal with Barack to enable the Obama's to buy their $1M Hyde Park home
    • That infamous patron of hate, Jeremiah Wright - in who's church Barack sat for 20 years, and somehow missed that this guy hated America  and preached the separatist Black Liberation Theology ("not God Bless America, God Damn America," on 9/11 "Our chickens have come home....to roost!", or "the U.S. of K.K.K.A").  This was a guy who he could no sooner disown than his own white grandmother (who he implied was racist) until it became politically too tough to keep him, then, that great leader and paragon of loyalty, Barack Obama, tossed Wright not just off the bus, but under it.
    • Fannie Mae executives Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson - You may remember Fannie Mae (and, if you're in the Real Estate business, I expect you do) - they are the Government Sponsored Entities that are at the genesis of our current financial mess, along with groups like ACORN (another blast from Obama's community organizing past, famous for using aggression and intimidation to force banks to lend to high-risk groups).  These two gentlemen have been Obama campaign advisors, despite Raines' leaving Fannie Mae in disgrace with a huge golden parachute (it's always ok to get one if you're a Dem!), and Johnson's raking in millions as Fannie CEO.  Furthermore, Obama managed to leap to the number 2 spot in Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac contributions in just 3 years, while it took number one man, Chris Dodd (D-CT) 10 years to get the number one spot.  You tell me who's holding the bag on the housing/lending mess?  It's not McCain, it's people like Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and Barack Obama, who have been in the tank for these GSE's.
    Barack Obama.  Change, if your idea of change is Chicago-style graft and corruption.

    I said enough. I didn't mean it.

    I know, I said enough on Sarah Palin, but there's so much more.

    One of my new discoveries, Libertarian Republican, has a couple of interesting Sarah Palin stories. I hadn't thought of Palin as a Libertarian (perhaps because she seems so obviously a social conservative, but, there is a symmetry in a personally socially conservative person being a politically libertarian person), but Eric makes a case for her, just as she's attacked for being a Libertarian.

    In other Palin news, Byron York (National Review) makes the argument that her handlers (former Bush operatives) have screwed up in how she was rushed out to face the drive-by media.

    Mona Charen has been reading this blog, apparently.

    And, finally, Mark Steyn, one of the best writers in the world, and a criminal in Canada, also shares my view, and of others, that Palin is best left unscripted.

    So, my final advice to Sarah Palin, and all those inept Bushies guiding her:

    1. Stop treating these interviews as job interviews. These people will not give you the job. They don't want you to have the job. They hate you. They hate what you stand for. In these interviews, you are speaking to the American people, to us. We don't care if you know John McCain's biography, or the president of East BFE. And, when these schmucks in the press ask those gotcha questions, we expect you to call them out on it, or use their stupid question to direct fire on the opposition. In fact, either of those approaches are fine with us. Use them.
    2. Be yourself, and, like Mona Charen, stop using the Alaska National Guard thing as foreign policy experience. No one cares, and, we just want to know that you understand the world and what you think the appropriate use of American power is. We want to be assured you realize the War on Terror is the seminal event of our time, and that, like McCain (and Bush), you're dedicated to victory in it, despite the cost.
    3. Attack, attack, attack. Your convention speech was a wonderful attack speech. Maybe you could have delivered any of those lines, because you are a good speech giver (sound familiar?), but I prefer to think that, based on your record, and the fact that you're a Republican, that you actually have some core beliefs and can speak to them. Do it. The Dems are wrong on the most important issue of our lifetime. Beat them over their head with it. Beat Joe Biden to a pulp with the fact that he supported the Iraq War (unlike Obama), and that he supported partitioning Iraq, instead of the surge.
    I am sure I'll think of more. And, McCain campaign, if you're going to want the wisdom of my advice more often, you're going to need to visit more often.


    Sunday, September 28, 2008

    Enough about Sarah Palin

    Kathleen Lopez says it all.


    Lindsay Graham - Are you really John McCain's Friend

    Lindsay Graham tried to blame his lack of sleep on his awful performance on McCain's behalf today on FNS.

    Against the biggest loser in American history (John Effing Kerry) he was awful and couldn't defend McCain, Palin, or himself. At one point, Chris Wallace nearly had to take on Kerry alone, after he bloviated and lied unchecked by Graham.

    I am tired of the Democrats trying to make Barack Obama seem the savior in the financial bailout negotiations. During the "disastrous" White House meeting last week, the Dems allowed Barack Obama to seem the lead negotiator for Democrats, basically by having him parrot a whole bunch of their talking points and positions as previously crafted by Dodd, Frank, et.al.

    Meanwhile, McCain rightly realized that House Republicans were the key to these negotiations, and that without them to provide political cover to the Democrats (who, let's face it, could have passed a bailout without any GOP support)nothing was going to happen, since the D's were spineless and unwilling to see a deal that was solely a Dem/Paulson plan go forward, without, apparently, about 100 votes from House Republicans.

    So, those House Republicans were/are key to getting a deal. McCain recognized this, and his plan and goal was to get that constituency heard, and enough of their concerns addressed to get them on board.

    While John Effing Kerry and the Dems are trying to laud the Chosen One's contribution to this as some great act of statesmanship and leadership (he read the talking points), Graham is ineffectively characterizing McCain's part in this, which was to ensure the House GOP was involved in negotiations, that their principles were considered and crafted into the legislation, and that Dem goodies being passed out to radical, Obama-supported groups like ACORN were removed.

    What we need to have our guys say about this is that "Leadership isn't about how much you talk. Obama is a great speaker. He's a great speaker who doesn't actually say anything. Leadership also means listening, and understanding who needs to be part of a solution, and get them on board. This is a classic case of leading by doing less, and John McCain did that, and THAT has led to this deal."

    That's my take.

    Saturday, September 27, 2008

    College Football Today

    11pm update:
    Georgia lost. LSU won. Virginia Tech is beating Nebraska, and NC State lost to USF. Michigan beat Wisconsin. So, 4 of the top 10 lost and 3 of the top 5. Look for Oklahoma to be number 1 tomorrow, LSU 2. Alabama will move up. Will any of those top 5 losers drop out of the top 10? Who will move in?

    8pm update:

    Wake lost to Navy. Go Navy! But, not good for the ACC.

    And, Alabama is ahead of Georgia, 7-0! Roll Tide (they're my second favorite team this weekend).

    It's only 5pm, and already, it's been a big college football weekend. Southern Cal has lost, Florida has lost, and in my home conference, UNC beat Miami (not an upset, really), Maryland beat Clemson (the most overrated team every season), and Navy is beating Wake Forest at halftime, 17-0. Tonight NC State plays South Florida and Virginia Tech will face Nebraska. Granted neither of those teams are all that good, but, the conference needs good performances and wins, to restore some of the luster lost by early season losses by Virginia to USC, Virginia Tech to ECU, Miami to Florida, and Clemson to Alabama. If Alabama can pull the upset on Number 1-in-waiting Georgia tonight, that might make that loss look less awful, and Ole Miss's victory over Florida adds some luster to Wakes victory over Ole Miss. And, of course, we restored some of that shine with NC State's victory over ECU (a team headed back to reality, though), Tech's shellacking of Mississippi State, and Maryland's win over then #23 California.

    I'm torn whenever Navy plays an ACC team. Conference loyalty requires me to pull for our conference teams, but, I like to see any service academy win, and especially, for obvious reasons, Navy. So, this is kind of a no lose situation.

    Anyway, I wonder, with Paul Johnson installing the triple option at Georgia Tech, will we see more ACC teams schedule Navy early in the season, so that they can get game experience against the triple option with a lesser-equipped team? If Wake loses, the answer will probably be no.

    Palin needs to improve

    Now that we have seen Sarah Palin perform in 3 national interviews (Gibson, Hannity, Couric), I think I can say that I still like her, I still think she is a good thing for the GOP and Conservatism, and she has certainly provided energy to the ticket.

    While I don't think Palin is an empty suit (pantsuit?), as I blogged about here, and here, in a recent article by conservative writer Kathleen Parker, at National Review Online, she calls for Palin to step aside. Like this writer, over at Redstate, I agree it is no time to get wobbly on Palin.

    But, and you knew this was coming, it is time for Palin to step up her game, or risk becoming the next Dan Quayle. Palin is clearly not used to the kind of media scrutiny and "gotcha-ism" of the national press. But, even in her interview with Hannity, about as friendly as you can get, I found her, while charming, and clearly a person of some conviction, not able to really express those opinions in a way that connects.

    To be effective, both in this campaign, and for her future, she needs to work on her answers to these journalists. Take this question from Couric, for example:

    While the submariner in me appreciates taking a lookup, the political side of me says "No, No, No!" Submarine training also tells us that, when presented with a casualty you don't know the immediate actions to, change it to one for which you do. The same is true of these questions. Even if she knew a couple of obvious answers (he voted for Sarbanes-Oxley, and he sponsored McCain-Feingold), we wouldn't want to remind anyone in the GOP about those votes.

    Regardless of whether she knew those easy answers, what McCain has done is immaterial. This was a golden opportunity to point out that John McCain and Sarah Palin were interested in solutions that worked for the American people, whether they needed new regulations or not, and that, in the current crisis, Obama was sullie by his connections with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. She has got to learn how to turn the tables on these kinds of gotcha interviews. I don't chalk this up to stupidity or vapidity on her part, I chalk it up to inexperience. She has never had to deal with this kind of questioning from the Alaskan press. She has got to get better to be an effective campaigner, and to keep whiners like Kathleen Parker off her back.

    She's not John McCain's biographer. There is no requirement that she know every bit of arcana about him. What she does need to know, though, is enough about the opposition to be able to attack them at will.

    Let's hope she improves, and soon.

    Dick Morris On the Debate; My thoughts on hitting Obama on the economy

    Whatever you think of the toe-sucking little cretin, Dick Morris is a pretty astute observer of the political scene and I recommend him to you.

    He has his take on the debate in the NY Post this morning. If you saw him on H&C last night, you heard this already, but, I think he's right on.

    I think he's right on this, "he sounded just like Obama in calling for a bipartisan approach. He did far too little to differentiate his position from Obama's. He did nothing to hammer home the fact that he's not going to use tax money but rather insurance and loans to finance the rescue package."

    And, he's right on the style, "McCain talked to moderator Jim Lehrer while Obama talked into the camera. So we viewers watched McCain debate and Obama speak directly to us. The stylistic difference left us with a sense that Obama is the more focused and compelling candidate."

    Morris has some other thoughts and I would like to add my thoughts on Republican candidates and the economy. I think these ideas can be used even more effectively by McCain, since he is viewed as a little outside the Republican mainstream, so he can use them effectively, but, in this year, with the focus on the economy, we have to blunt the Dems natural advantages with voters (please don't mistake a "natural advantage" to mean they are right on the issue - they are demonstrably wrong, and always have been).

    So, here are themes that need to be hit home in the remaining days vis a vis the economy:

    • Tax increases, especially in this time of economic distress, are an absolute horrible idea and will only server to worsen the economy. We need to hit Obama on his tax increases and the impact they will have to SMALL BUSINESS, and the impact to capital of his suggested increases in capital gains tax rates. Whenever McCain talks about Obama and taxes, he needs to reiterate that he will increase taxes on these two groups, and that this will kill any growth in the economy, which we are going to need to fund the huge bailout we are signing on for.
    • Corruption in the mortgage industry - McCain needs to make sure Obama is squarely labeled as the Senator from Fannie Mae. We need to see ads nonstop linking the contributions this senator received from Fannie/Freddie and the fact that he has as advisors two of the former executives from these failed GSE's. McCain needs to pitch his failed efforts in 2005 to reform these GSE's and whenever challenged, his stock answer needs to be, "Everyone agrees that the genesis of the problems we face is Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. While I was pushing for reform in the mortgage industry, Senator Obama (D-Fannie Mae) was becoming one of the top recipients of campaign contributions from them. You do the math." Rather than attack the greed on Wall Street, attack the corruption that stands before us, personified by Obama. While we're at it, let's weave in the two people less popular than Bush, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.
    • Middle Class Tax Cuts - Obama likes to say how his plan will give more to the Middle Class than John McCains. This is an argument where, on paper, Obama is correct, but all McCain has to point out is that "Every election year, Liberal politicians, to foool you, tell you they are going to give the middle class a tax cut. The one's that have been elected, have soon managed to back off that and tell us they've tried, but they just can't do it. I don't believe Obama is going to give you a tax cut, despite whathe says. He has voted over 90 times to increase taxes, and his actions prove what he is - a tax and spend liberal who just wants government to spend more of your money."
    • Spending Cuts - Obama showed in debate number 1 that he is not going to be cutting spending. When asked repeatedly to identify any area he'd cut spending, he couldn't. McCain does have a record on holding the line on spending. He tried, somewhat ineffectively, to drive that point home in debate number 1. He needs to refine his message and stick to it. The campaign needs to give him the 3 or 4 biggest programs that Obama is proposing, and have McCain drive those points home ad nauseum.
    • Energy - Obama has no desire to drill for more oil here in the US. This area is full of opportunities for McCain, and he needs to exploit them cogently. He needs to hit Obama on his opposition to offshore drilling. Ask him how close he would allow offshore drilling. Ask him if he would allow the states to decide where to drill. Ask him if he would allow revenue sharing between the feds and the states. Ask him if he would support the building of any nuclear plants. How many? Where? When? What would he do to assist the nuclear industry? If he's serious about the climate, this is the number one thing he can do for it. As him if he believes, like his running mate, that coal is ok for China, but not for us? Ask him if he really believes that wind and solar are a realistic part of removing our dependency on foreign oil in 10 years. If he says yes, he's either a liar or an idiot.

    McCain - hit this guy hard on the economy. He's a typical liberal politician on it, and nothing else, and the American people deserve to know it. There's no change here, except the packaging.

    Bailouts, Barack, and Babble

    Maybe this week was one of those historic weeks in the history of the United States. Maybe this will be one of those times in history that we point to the events that occurred, 30 years later, and say that this week helped define our future.

    Maybe. I'll leave that to the historians. As for me, I am a student of History and a current political observer, so, let's get to it!

    The Debate:
    This tumultuous week ended with the debate at Ole Miss. I admit, I only listened to the first hour, then, kids entered my car, and I had to listen to the same pop music that I hear 24/7.

    My initial, live, impression was much the same as my impression of Palin's convention speech, which I also listened to in the car. In neither case did I think McCain or Palin did very well. Last night, listening, I thought Barack was clear and articulate, and came off, listening, as the better debater. On substance, he is full of crap, but, the he was the better debater, better able to articulate his positions. McCain seemed a little stumbling and seemed to me, more obvious about driving home his talking points. Listening, my thought was, he's wiping the floor with McCain.

    That was listening.

    After I returned home, and got a chance to listen to some commentators, and see some snippets of the debate that I had only heard (and learn that the last 1/2 hour, which focused more squarely on foreign policy, clearly belonged to McCain), did I change my mind. Much as I did with the Palin speech. You really lose something in these things when you lose the visual, and I had lost that in both cases.

    Now, be that as it may, Barack OBama in this debate, only had to appear presidential, to give the impression to swing voters that "Yes, I can see that guy as president." I don't know if he did this, but that's actually a pretty low bar, and one of the reasons I do not like the "Not Ready to Lead" mantra of the McCain campaign. Once you pass that low threshold, what do you have?

    I have a suggestion for the McCain camp - use "Too liberal for America, Not Ready to Lead," or some such variation. Libs like to rail that Republicans always use that "Liberal" label, and Alan Colmes even claims it's misapplied in Obama's case. Well, it's not, and the GOP uses it, because 1)It's generally true, 2)You can almost always make the case that these candidates are liberals even if they skew moderate, and 3)It works.

    CNN has some early data on the debate from debate watchers. I know the link is from CNN, but this actually a pretty interesting article, and I think it's about where this debate will be. As with much from the Liberal media, it is truthful, but you have to read the WHOLE THING to get the whole truth. Bottom line - No knockout blow for McCain, and Obama may have helped move the needle on his "readiness." But, beware, as the CNN article points out, apparently more D's watched the debate, so, it's likely that their results are skewed somewhat. As they also point out, John Kerry did very well in polling following 2004's debates, and he lost ground. So, these debates don't really swing too many people unless they provide "gotcha" moments.

    Drudge's readers have it a 2-1 victory for McCain (but they skew right).

    Here is what I got from this debate:
    • Barack Obama is not going to cut a penny of federal spending. When pressed repeatedly, he continued to provide a laundry list of increased spending priorities.
    • John McCain doesn't like earmarks. I realize McCain doesn't want to single out a particular federal agency for extinction, because the Libs and the MSM will beat him over the head with it for the next 40 days, and that's politically smart. But, he needs to better articulate why earmarks lead to a culture of corruption, which is what he was trying to say, that the fact that we allow these earmarks spills over into everything else that gets appropriated. He's got something there, but he needs to figure out how to get that message across. I think perhaps we need Mr. McCain to suggest something bold - perhaps point out that the longer one spends in Washington, the bigger a porker you become, and we need to get Congressmen term-limited (and, in the ad supporting term limits, he can congratulate Obama on being such a quick study).
    • Both these guys want to see a bailout occur. I don't think either had great moments in this. McCain had the opportunity to say that he felt the House Republicans, who were the only people speaking for the taxpayer in this thing, were being shut out of the negotiations. He should have said he felt strongly that since they were the only group in this who were looking out for the working man, they needed to be heard and their ideas considered. He should have railed that we can't have the people that helped create this mess in Congress, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd (and Barack Obama), working with those who made these rotten decisions on Wall Street (embodied by Paulson) to craft the bailout.
    • On Iraq, McCain needs to get Obama off his high horse about how he was against it and that was the right decision. The proper reply needs to be, "Senator Obama, regardless of the reasons we went to war in Iraq, a war which was supported by your running mate, in case you don't recall, we are in Iraq, and it had become the central front in the War on Terror, and we must win there, and thanks to the surge strategy, we are winning there. If you want troops to come home sooner, as I do also, you will realize that committing to victory is the safest, fastest way to make that happen." Then he could use his line about Barack thinking we have to lose in Iraq to win in Afghanistan. As a bonus, he could add in, "You didn't even have to vote on the War in Iraq, from the safety of your ultra-liberal Chicago district in the Chicago Statehouse, it was actually a pretty gutless and politically calculating move to oppose the war. So, don't lecture me about tough decisions. You made a politically expedient one, and you haven't shut up about it yet, but that was a speech 6 years ago."
    • People still don't know that Barack Obama is the Senator from Fannie Mae. McCain had a perfect opportunity, when Obama was trying to lay the financial mess at the feet of 8 years of no regulations, to point out who the largest recipients of campaign cash from Fannie/Freddie are - Chris Dodd and Obama, and to point out that it was McCain who co-sponsored a Fannie/Freddie reform bill in 2005, that the Democrats managed to torpedo. He didn't and he should have, because the media will not do this for him.

    Tuesday, September 23, 2008

    Follower Feature

    Google has added a new tool for you bloggers, and blog readers. You can use the "Follower" feature, to essentially mark blogs you want to come back to, and to let your favorite bloggers know you're a "regular."

    I am going to experiment with it now, so, perhaps I'll have more to report later.


    Monday, September 22, 2008

    Sunday's Fact Free Cynthia Tucker Column - Talk about the Politics of Fear!

    Cynthia Tucker, mouthpiece of the Democrats and Obama Campaign, and part time Op-Ed page Editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution had a column this weekend comparing Sarah Palin to Dick Cheney. This is my response to her, repeated here for you, my readers.

    Note, she has never replied to my last complaint about her lying columns, so I don't expect one now.

    My reply to her (the op-ed is at the "writing fiction" link):

    As usual, your shilling for the Democratic party is humorous, and sickening at the same time. Perhaps because you write on the Op-Ed page, you think you are writing fiction.

    After the mainstream media and Democratic operaratives failed to paint Sarah Palin as the right's new bogeyman with lies about the genesis of her children and belittling of her career as a "small-town" mayor and governor, YOU have shifted to now characterizing her as someone who has "mastered the fine art of manipulation and mendacity" just like Dick Cheney (I am not sure what specific examples you have of Cheney doing this, but it seems an accepted fact on the Far Left).

    I really wish you Liberals would choose what the story is you want to tell about Palin. Is Sarah Palin a small town rube, dumber even than George W. Bush, or is she the female Machiavelli, "telling lie after lie to conceal her misdeeds from public view?" We used to hear this same storyline about Bush, too dumb to be President, yet somehow clever enough to fool an entire Congress, including John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden. Yes, the crafty, but dumber-than-dirt Bush tricked them all into voting for his personal war on Iraq for his robebr baron oil buddies. Now, only Obama stands in the way of a similar fate with Palin on the McCain ticket. Good thing the omniscient Obama foresaw Palin 19 months ago when he started his run for the Presidency!. (Note: That's what we call "sarcasm.")

    Cynthia, I am going to do something that may disturb you and the editors at the circulation-challenged AJC, I am going to inject FACTS into the debate and challenge you to prove some of the allegations you make in the Sept. 21 editorial.

    It is a fact that Palin supported a bridge between Gravina and the airport at Ketchikan when the Federal Government was going to pony up the money for it. But, need I remind you that Senator Obama, when presented with the opportunity in 2005 to shift the "Bridge" money to Katrina repairs, voted for the Bridge, and when presented with the opportunity to shift earmarks from Bicycle Paths to fixing other American bridges, voted for the bikes. I think the final word here can come from watchdog group, "Citizens Against Government Waste, who has spoken on the "Bridge to Nowhere, "The 2006 transportation appropriations bill allowed Alaska to decide whether or not to move forward. Governor Murkowski said yes; Governor Palin said no. Any discussion about the project should begin with facts."

    As Wasilla's mayor, she pursued earmarks, just as any mayor (and usually, governor) pursues federal dollars to be plowed into their disricts, cities, states. Shocking that should happen!

    However, it's funny you have to go back to her time as Wasilla's mayor to make this allegation. It's actually not funny, it's misleading (a common theme of this editorial) because during her tenure as Alaska's governor, she has reduced the number of earmarks coming to Alaska. If you knew how to use Google, you could have learned this in five minutes. I have to believe this failure to inform your readers is out of ignorance and not a mendacity of manipulation by witholding important facts - we know Cynthia Tucker and her editors at the AJC would never do that. (Note: more sarcasm.)

    From here, you launch into the story of Palin and the librarian she "ran off." This was pretty well debunked by factcheck.org. An easy reference to find, had you cared to look, or, share it with your readers. I don't know what you're using to support your characterization that she "didn't take kindly to the mayor's inquiries" or your assertion that Palin ran her off. If she "ran off:" she did it on her own, after working for Palin for 3 years.

    Your next line of attack is the revelation from last week's New York Times (a source as reputable as the AJC, when it comes to hit pieces on Republicans) that she had a city attorney fired after he placed a stop-order on a "home being built by one of her campaign supporters". Interesting how this morphed from a "builder" working on a "housing project" in the NYT article to your characterization. Can you please point me to your source that provides this level of detail, and something that makes the linkage you are making and that backs up your assertions? I'm sure the NYT would appreciate that source, too. Seriously, I looked. (All I could find on Google were repeats of the Times article, which I quote, and you misquote.)

    Since we're speaking of homes and favors, I should probably remind AJC readers (what's left of them) that it was Barack Obama who participated in a million dollar sweetheart deal with convicted felon and Obama supporter Tony Rezko to buy Obama's $2M Hyde Park home (isn't that kind of like Country Club of the South, without the former terrorists?). For the record, it is Senator Obama who is the second largest recipient of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac contributions in Congress (doing in three years what no other Senator, bar Chris Dodd, could do in ten. Guess he has accomplished something in the Senate!). Furthermore, to cement the linkage between Obama and the current mess (though the Obama campaign denies he was an "advisor") the former disgraced CEO of Fannie Mae, Franklin Raines, admitted he took calls from the Obama campaign to provide mortgage and housing industry advice. It's been a laugher watching the Washington Post call it's own reporting disreputable on this one.

    Next, you move on to the (I guess) current email bru-ha-ha, where, with ZERO evidence, you allege that Palin used a personal email account to "shield her official communications from public records." I feel quite certain that were that true, we'd have seen those emails all over the Internet by now, instead of the few boring, privacy-invading ones we have seen. It's interesting that five years ago, when the GOP was looking at "confidential" Democrat emails on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Liberals were concerned about the act of reading the emails, not the content of the emails, which showed a clear conspiracy between Dems on the Judiciary committee and Liberal special interest groups to tar GOP nominess.

    Then, you move on to the Alaska Commissioner of Public Safety's removal in the trooper issue. I guess we have to say the jury's still out on this one. We do know that Palin's office says he was removed from the Commissioner's job because of insubordination and going behind the governor's back on budgeting issues. (One of those things you can decide as Governor is who serves the public with you). They claim to have the "official" emails to prove it. And, even if he she did ask for the firing of a clearly violent and vindictive man who had tasered his pre-teenage son, threatened his father-in-law, and brandished weapons in public, that would not have been an ethics violation. It would have been a service to the people of Alaska. How hypocritical can you people get on the Left??? Here, we have a republican governor who wants to get a gun-toting nut off the state troopers, and you guys want to defend his right to carry a gun, but you won't defend mine! Wow!

    You're way off base Cynthia, and, once again, you lie and obfuscate the facts to suit your argument.

    You know, when O'Reilly's guys accosted you, I felt a twinge of pity for you. Not anymore. You actually deserve to have someone call you on your lies and smears.


    Sunday, September 21, 2008

    US Leads Ryder Cup

    So, the US is leading 9-7 going in to Sunday's Ryder Cup competition.

    What do you want to bet that 0bama is cheering for the Europeans?

    Saturday, September 20, 2008

    Dolphin Officially Turned Over to SD Museum

    The USS Dolphin, AGSS-555, was officially turned over this week to the Maritime Museum of San Diego (see if you can spot the error in the article, here's some help!).

    Let's keep those submarine memorials coming.

    And, if you need a link to all those great naval ship memorials in the US, remember this article.


    Palin Email, Liberal double-standard

    Remember the email glitch that allowed Republican staffers to see Democrat members of the Senate Judiciary Committee's emails?

    Apparently, no one in the media does, either.

    Although there was never anything illegal done, GOP Staffer Manuel Miranda (I don't make this stuff up) was reading the Dems emails, and passing them to right-leaning news outlets (The Washington Times most notably). These emails provided a smoking gun into the Dems tactics on Bush's Judicial nominees, and revealed some rather unflattering tactics the Dems planned to use (and did use). Things like painting nominees as racists, extremists, etc. You know, the usual stuff. All these emails did was prove it was a concerted, organized effort.

    Anyway, even Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said of Miranda's actions that they were “improper, unethical, and simply unacceptable.” Miranda resigned, and a criminal investigation of him was initiated. Of course, the criminal investigation went nowhere. Miranda was also the subject of a Senate investigation.

    Anyway, the Dems at the time were less concerned about the content of their memos, which showed just how in the tank they were with special interests groups, and much more interested in the "improper" reading and leaking of the emails.

    Funny, that now the talking points are all about Palin's use of private email for public business and little care about the hacking, which may very well violate federal law.


    Update on New Era energy bill

    Since the Gang of 20 has withdrawn their "New Era" energy bill, they are going to try again in the next Congress.

    Read Senator Chambliss' release, and realize that a couple of the R names are unlikely to be here next year.

    Goodbye to this bad bill. It was a shame to see Republicans putting their names on this and Senator Chambliss may have lucked out in November for my vote.


    NATO Needs Rapid Reaction Force. Huh?

    Sarah Palin raised some eyebrows when she indicated in the Charlie Gibson interview that she favored extending NATO membership to Georgia and Ukraine, and that an attack on either could lead to a NATO troop commitment to defend either country from a Russian attack under Article 5.

    Laying aside the fact that the Liberals excoriated her for correctly pointing out the consequences of NATO membership, while they excoriated her for needing clarification on the gotcha "Bush Doctrine" question, today, the US is suggesting a NATO Rapid Reaction Force be established to handle these contingencies.

    You see, the Eastern European countries, who know a thing or two about Russian aggression, are not so certain that NATO is really serious about their military commitment to them. I'd say judging by the woeful performance and downright wussiness of NATO nations in Afghanistan, in response to a real Article 5, these countries should be worried whether NATO would actually come to their defense, or would they only have the two strongest members of NATO as allies, the US and the UK (and, if I were them, I'd be very, very, very worried about the US commitment with Obama at the helm).

    But, wait, doesn't NATO already have a NATO Reaction Force, a concept that was first realized in 2002 and completely put into place in 2006.

    What's Gates talking about?


    Friday, September 19, 2008

    Senator From Fannie Mae Keeping Us Waiting

    So, the Senator from Fannie Mae (FM) has decided to let the Bush administration and Congress work out the current financial crises, before unveiling his own plan for us.

    How magnificent!

    Anyway, now that Obama has thrown disgraced former Fannie Mae CEO, Franklin Raines, under the bus as "not an advisor" to his campaign, despite Raines's own assertion that he provided advice to Obama in this Washington Post article, perhaps the delay is really because he is awaiting another advisor to tell him what to do.

    You know, if you've ever advised this guy, or been a controversial friend (Ayers) or preacher (J. Wright), you better get prepared to be thrown to the curb if anything controversial or bad ever happens.


    Note to McCain:

    Hey, McCain campaign, you have ceded the momentum in this race back to Obama. We understand the economy in this campaign is going to be a very tough issue for Republicans, but you need to do these things, and continue on them:

    1. Keep hitting Obama (even if it's below the belt - they are at their absolute worst when they are whining about tactics) on Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac - on the money he has taken from them and on his advisors. However, your ad must be better than the one you have out there. I'm also not enamored of the "Not ready to lead" theme so clearly stated. Because, once people decide he is ready, you've lost it. You need to hit him on his ideas, as "Bad for America" or "too liberal" or somesuch. Maybe it's the female narrator.
    2. Do as Dick Morris says and point out that his policies will harm an economy that needs an injection of capital. His capital gains tax increases will stifle investment and while the Feds are taking money out of the economy to shore up failing banks, and banks are tightening their lending policies, that's disastrous. It won't be hard to find economists and reasonable quotes on that one.
    3. Hit him as a tax and spender. Yes, this is always tried and true with Liberal Democrats, but it also happens to be true. He's going to raise taxes on the investor class, and small businesses, and that is also going to hurt the economy. Pound these themes home. Use the fact that you've been using on the campaign trail, that he has never opposed a tax increase, and pound it home. I think mixing ina clip of Bill Clinton saying he's tried but he just can't give the middle class a tax cut might be effective, to show that Dems will always tell us they're going to cut taxes, but when it comes to actually doing it, that's just business as usual
    4. Hit him on not being a reformer on economic issues. When presented with opportunities to reform Fannie/Freddie, he didn't act. Tie him to Reid/Pelosi on this, two people less popular than Bush.
    5. For yourself, you need to do as National Review and other conservative thinkers have suggested, and modify your own tax plan to increase significantly the child tax credit. This credit disproportionately favors the lower middle class, and you need those charts that show who gives more back to people in the 35-75k range, to be you. And, it's good policy.
    Most importantly, STAY ON THE OFFENSIVE. Economic issues are winners for Republicans if we don't ceded the high ground. We're right on the issues, as even Bill Clinton will attest, since he largely followed Republican economic policies as President (thanks to Newt).

    Wednesday, September 17, 2008

    Some advice to McCain/Palin in the foreign policy question

    I watched tonight a little of the McCain/Palin town hall in Michigan.

    I personally have little problem with Palin's experience in foreign affairs. Many other governors have entered the presidency with similar or less experience, and Obama barely has more than her (you have to count his senate trips overseas and his "life experience" as a child overseas). For me, I feel confident that her view of the world and our place in it is going to be much closer to mine than Barack Obama's (or any democrat outside of Joe Lieberman) will be.

    But, I am a little disappointed that, by now, Palin and McCain can't come up with better answers to the question about foreign policy experience than they do.

    Commander of the Alaska National Guard, sending a son off to war, and being an expert on energy policy are not what people are looking for when they ask this question. And, it's certainly NOT what Republicans are looking for.

    Because Gov. Palin is going to get asked this by every stupid network reporter, and even Sean Hannity, here is what I want to hear her say again and again:

    "You know, it is true I have not spent the last 35 years in the United States Senate becoming a self-styled expert [and gasbag] on foreign affairs, but, I want to remind people that Governors have traditionally made some of the best presidents in this nation's history. What Governors know how to do, to succeed, is to lead. We have to make hard decisions, and we have to get them executed, and we have to listen to our staffs, but ultimately, we have to take responsibility for our decisions, not just give speeches about it and pontificate on Sunday news shows. Ronald Reagan used to be made fun of by the media because they all thought he was a rube. Well, you know, like President Reagan, John McCain and I know what our core beliefs are and we know how and are not afraid to make decisions.

    "I'm proud to be standing by a man who risked his presidential aspirations on making the right decision in supporting the surge strategy, even though it was unpopular in bothparties and deemed a failure by Senator Obama and Reid and Speaker Pelosi even before it was tried. John McCain understood what General Petreus was planning, and it is that kind of principled, tested leadership we will bring to Washington, not a speech he gave in 2002. I'm proud to be a part of that."

    So, this hits the obnoxious Biden, weaves in Reagan, shows McCain as maverick, speaks to the strengths of governors, reminds people who's in charge in DC (the very unpopular Reid/Pelosi junta), and uses a Hillary line about 0's inexperience.

    McCain campaign, feel free to use, and if you contact me, I'll give you the replies to the follow-ups, too.

    Start using this daily ad nauseum and make it the only answer.

    Ok, McCainiacs, I'll give you a variation on the first sentence, modify it occasionally to say,

    "You know, I haven't been in the senate since I was 29 years old becoming a self-annointed expert on foreign affairs, without ever actually doing anything. I was a little busy raising a family, cutting people's taxes, and taking on the establishment in my home state." Then take off from the governor's part...

    And, when she's debating Biden, she needs to remind people over and over that this guy has been in the senate since he had hair. The guy's a dinosaur, and incapable of change, and that his plans for Iraq would have been a disaster....but, that's another line of attack...

    Tuesday, September 16, 2008

    Georgia Senators Sell Out GOP and Us on Energy

    Note: oil=oil and natural gas

    Both my Senators, one of whom, Saxby Chambliss, is running for re-election, are behind the bad policy, bad politics "New Energy Reform Act" of 2008 in the gang of (now) 20. Needless to say, I let Sen. Chambliss know in my reply that should he continue his support of this rottenness, I would not be pulling the lever for him this year. I'll just sit out the GA senate race, I guess.

    Marlo Lewis blogs over on NRO's Planet Gore why this is a rotten compromise, and I will add it is rotten politics, and saving the Democrats from themselves. The bill will be vetoed by President Bush, in effect getting NOTHING accomplished, but allowing Pelosi and the Dems to claim they did "something" and in a bi-partisan manner, to boot.

    Of course, my senators don't seem to really care that this is a bad idea. Senator Chambliss had the courtesy, at least, to send me the talking points on why this is a good thing. If I were interested in a bi-partisan compromise that might actually get signed into law, and if this bill would bring quick relief, I might favor it as a first step to breaking down some other barriers. But, as Lewis points out, the bill will be vetoed, thus point 1 is no good, and the bill will not being quick relief, because the only areas it makes accessible are >50 miles off-shore. In his reply to me, Sen. Chambliss points out that we can set rigs at 50 and drill inward, but that takes time and will provide no immediate relief, even if it were to happen.

    The bill, according to the Institute for Energy Research, most likely will add areas within 50 miles of Alaska's shoreline to the banned list (they are not today) and, it does not provide for revenue sharing with the Feds for those states that would be allowed to drill in the 50-100 mile range (NC, SC, VA, GA). So, little incentive for those states to support drilling offshore. The IER report concludes that this bill will open between 2-4B BBL of oil to exploration, but not the most easily accessible areas, and, makes the comparison that just opening 2000 acres of ANWR would yield 10B BBL of oil nearly immediately. When all is said and done, it looks like after this bill is done, more of the OCS areas will be banned than today.

    Senator Isakson, I guess not being up for re-election, saw no need to provide a detailed reply.

    Out of respect of the space on this blog, I am not posting Senator Chambliss's reply, nor my reply to him and Sen. Isakson. You'll have to settle for this as a summary.If you want to see those, comment me and I'll put in the comments.

    Breitbart defends the 1st Amendment

    Hollywood dimwit Matt Damon has inspired Internet news-aggregator Andrew Breitbart to say something about censorship in America, and how it's the Left that wants to censor movies and TV shows they don't like.

    They can't wait to censor political opinions they don't like either.

    It wasn't that long ago that John McCain (yes, that John McCain) was assisting the left by teaming with them (and President Bush) to pass the Incumbent Protection Act (oops, I mean the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform bill). Next, if they get the White House, look for them to shut down talk radio by re-imposing the Fairness Doctrine. Some have even stated a desire to apply the Fairness Doctrine to the Internet.

    Sarah Palin represents no threat to your first amendment rights, but these people do.

    Internet Extra! If you can stand Michael Savage, here is a rant from him about Damon and Palin (caution, if controversy disturbs you, don't listen):

    Barack and Gianna

    I can't imagine that anyone on the right has not seen this commercial, but if not, you should see it and understand that Barack Obama isn't interested in any reasonable restrictions on abortion (something we might reasonably expect from a doctrinaire liberal who wants to bring "change" to Washington), and never has been, and likely never will be, and this will flow into his litmus tests on judicial appointees.

    The commercial from the group bornalivetruth.org, is posted below:

    I heard Gianna on Hannity yesterday and on H&C last night. She's obviously a committed Christian and despite having CP, she is making her life an example of Godliness for all to see.

    While Colmes didn't really know how to handle her (inwardly, probably as an object of his scorn, as a failure of Liberal policies), he failed to get her to say that 0bama is for infanticide.

    Like many of 0bama's decisions (see post below), despite what may be his best intentions to satisfy his followers (in this case the abortion lobby), this one is another example of failure to see what the consequences of decisions he supports will be, and how heinous they can be.

    Whether it's not understanding your support of Senate Bill 99 would allow the teaching of sex education to kindergartners, or whether failure to pass a BIAPA in Illinois means the deaths of abortion survivors, with the approval of the state, I just don't think we can allow this kind of "judgement" in the White House, regardless of how correct he was in opposing the Iraq War from the beginning.

    As they say in Georgia, even a blind rat finds the cheese sometimes.

    Sex Ed to Kindergartners. Obama says...

    The latest McCain attack ad that has the 0 crowd all fired up is about 0bama's 2003 Illinois Senate views on sex education, particularly with respect to Kindergartners and Senate Bill 99.

    Byron York in National Review today weighs in that McCain is mostly right on this one, that the practical application of the bill is in teaching sex ed to kindergartners, not just to teach them about inappropriate touching. The list of people who won't speak to York on this issue is telling. What do these people have to fear from the truth? If the truth is as 0bama "remembers."

    0bama's support of the bill may have been that he wanted these youngsters warned about the dangers of this touching, but, York, having read the bill, and spoken to at least one of it's sponsors, is clear that the bill was intended to do more than teach about inappropriate touching, and, in fact, that touching was way down on the list of priorities for this bill.

    Sen. Iris Martinez, one of the bill's sponsors, was asked by York, "You didn’t see it[the bill] specifically as being about inappropriate touching?" She responded, "Absolutely not."

    We are left to conclude one of the following about 0bama:
    1. He didn't read the bill and didn't know what it actually said
    2. He is an ignoramus
    3. He is lying
    You take your pick, but I don't like any of these qualities in my presidential choice.


    Sunday, September 14, 2008

    In battle of pork, Obamessiah is the "Big" Winner

    Citizens Against Government Waste has spoken on the "Bridge to Nowhere." CCGAW President Tom Schatz said, “The 2006 transportation appropriations bill allowed Alaska to decide whether or not to move forward. Governor Murkowski said yes; Governor Palin said no. Any discussion about the project should begin with facts.”

    In my words, Dems, "Shut up," because you're out to lunch on this, and you do not want to get into an earmarks battle with John McCain.

    If you just check the 2008 CGAW "Pig" database, you will find the Obama and Biden combo sponsored over $200M in pork (0=$90M, Hairplugs=$120M), while McCain sponsored $0.

    In actual earmarks, Obama has requested over $300M of them in 2008, according to his own Senate site.

    This is a debate they do not want to have.

    Nothing represents business as usual in Washington like being a big spender. The only change in Obama is in how quickly he has learned this.


    Friday, September 12, 2008

    Carolina upholds ACC's honor

    I'm going to digress from politics for one post, and give a big shout out to the University of North Carolina football team, who upheld the tainted honor of the ACC by beating the crap out of Rutgers last night.

    With only Wake Forest beating a BCS conference school til last night (Ole Miss), the ACC was teetering on being laughable if they couldn't beat a Big East also ran. Of course, we have seen why those NC schools don't want to schedule East Carolina.

    When Georgia Tech (my alma mater) with a new coach, and new offensive scheme, is being discussed as a favorite for the Coastal Division championship, that should tell you how bad the ACC is in football this year. We'll know a lot more about that tomorrow, when Tech faces Virginia Tech on the road.

    So, kudos Tar Heels and prepare to lose November 8th.


    Dems are starting to worry

    With today's Gallup poll showing the generic Congressional ballot narrowing to a 48%-45% lead for Dems, you can bet a lot of Democrats are worrying that 0bama is going to be a drag on the ticket. Among likely voters, the generic vote has the Republican candidate leading 50% to 45%. That should be a warning for the 18% approved Congress.

    Since I'm in Virginia this weekend, I happened to just see a Jim Gilmore for Senate ad that is actually tying his opponent, Mark Warner, to Barack Obama. Now, this might be a bit of a long-shot for Gilmore, who trails Warner badly in the polls and in money (the NRSC is not giving him money, because he says they're broke, more likely because he's a lost cause), but, it indicates that Gilmore, at least, thinks 0bama is likely a liability for Warner in Virginia.

    How come in Virginia, with all the military population, we can't get better candidates than Gilmore? Or, is Warner just a phenomenon of the modern Democrat party -- rich guy who buys his way to power, and the easiest way to power these days is via the Democratic party?


    McCain is computer illiterate? Shocking![updated]

    Updated: New text in red bold italic

    Apparently, the 0bama campaign is writing off the over 65 vote. Today, they released this video, which slams McCain for being computer-illiterate.

    Well, so what, so here's a 72 year old guy and he's computer illiterate? So what? Did Barack Obama ever land a fighter on the deck of a pitching aircraft carrier? I didn't think so, that takes something Barack doesn't have.

    I have news for you, 0, I work in the I/T industry, and there are plenty of people under 65, and 55, and 45, and 35, who are computer loons. Believe me, I work with these people everyday. They're intelligent (mostly), sales reps (mostly), executives (nearly universally, unless they're in the tech industry), and they actually have better things to do than learn computers - like make money and decisions mostly.

    Sure, the 2-25 crowd is perfectly familiar with computers. So what? How many 14 year olds are you going to get to vote for you? McCain doesn't need to learn anything about a PC. He has staffers for that.

    Anyway, here's my idea for a rebuttal to the 0 ad, which starts "A lot has changed since 1982..."

    "A lot has changed since 1973...the year Joe Biden was sworn in for his first of six terms in the Senate (show picture of Biden and his hairplugs).

    "John McCain was released after 6 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, tortured so badly he can't lift his hands above his head to this day (video of McCain's release)...

    "A lot has changed since 1988, the year Barack Obama first sat down in this man's church (show picture of J. Wright saying 'God damn America')...

    "John McCain was establishing his conservative credentials pushing for fiscal responsibility in Congress (show some newspaper article of McCain supporting Gramm-Rudman).

    "A lot has changed since 1995, when Barack Obama was first meeting with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers (show great picture of Ayers and Dohrn in their hippie days)...

    "While John McCain was earning the 'maverick' level by supporting legislation that was unpopular in his own party (not sure we need to remind republicans that McCain-Feingold was going on here, LOL).

    "A lot has changed since 2005, when Barack Obama was getting a sweetheart land deal from indicted Chicago developer, Tony Rezko (insert sinister mugshot of Rezko here)

    "And John McCain was working to get Samuel Alito and John Roberts confirmed as Supreme Court justices.

    "A lot has changed in our world in the last 35 years. What hasn't changed is that John McCain will put this country first as he has done his entire life."

    Obama is Jesus?

    Wow! The Democrats are completely off their rockers!

    In a chorus of talking points, the last couple of days they have seized upon the idea of 0bama as "community organizer" just the same as Jesus.

    Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) put it best, when he said, "Madam Speaker, I know Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ is a personal friend of mine. Sen. Obama is no Jesus Christ." Here's another good analysis.

    I don't know what religion these guys are following, but to compare the Son of God, and Savior of Mankind to a "community organizer" should be something that Christians of all colors, genders, and sexual orientations should find insulting to their intelligence and faith.

    To complete their analogy, they liken Pontius Pilate to Governor Sarah Palin, with the talking point that Pilate was also a governor.

    Now, I don't know what Democrats suddenly have against governors, but I'd like to ask my democrat friends, how can democrat governors absolve themselves of their sins of governance? Is it enough for someone, as Evan Bayh, former governor of Indiana, has done, to be elected to the legislative branch? Is Senator Bayh now immune from future charges that he is Pilate? Or, does the governor tag stay with him his entire career, and now makes him ineligible for national office (at least for the VP or President's job).

    If the democrats really believe this, then I call on ALL democrat governors to immediately resign, so as to protect themselves from becoming Pontius Pilate's. Turn these jobs over to Republicans immediately, since we all know that republicans are evil, nasty people, who want to order the murder of our Lord.

    Could this be the hidden reason why 0bama passed over Tim Kaine, the aforementioned Evan Bayh, and Kathleen Sebelius?


    Biden. Brain dead?

    You have to wonder, reading this, is Joe Biden suffering from Alzheimer's or some other age-related affliction?

    Thursday, September 11, 2008

    My "Neighborly" Tax Plan

    0bama speaking to O'Reilly really hit the skids talking about socialism and "neighborliness" and telling the rich they need to give more to waitresses (I didn't realize the rich were such poor tippers!). See the video

    I have been pondering this tax idea for a while, but, since 0bama thinks we should be more "neighborly" I want to propose this modification to our tax tables to make them more "neighborly:"

    Whatever the tax bracket you're in, take the last 1/3 of the taxes you pay, and, instead of paying them to the Federal Government to redistribute, let the taxpayers themselves decide how to distribute them to charities of their choice.

    I suggest the United Way administer this program. That way, in our neighborliness, we could target the final 1/3 of our taxes to organizations that want to receive them, can receive them, and would put them to good use, frequently even in our own "neighborhoods." And, they would get more of the money to people who could use it than the redistributionists in Congress, and we might feel better about sending in our money to be redistributed, if we had some say in it.

    And, for those liberals, who feel that the Feds are the best positioned to apportion their money, they can choose the government, instead of the charity(ies) of their choice.

    The rich might not feel so bad giving all that extra money that way, since they do it anyway.

    Come on, 0bama, don't you think that is pretty darn neighborly?

    I even have a name for my bill: "The Mr. Rogers Tax Reform of 2009"

    Wednesday, September 10, 2008

    More on pigs and fish

    Ok, by now, you've all probably seen the internet ad, "Lipstick" that the McCain/Palin campaign put out in response to Barack 0's Pigs/Lipstick comments on Tuesday.

    The media are abuzz over whether Barack intended this as a slam on Palin, and Barack was even crying "Enough" over the uproar. When I first heard this, I thought it wasn't intended as a poke at Palin, and, I don't think he thought it would be perceived that way. However, there were two comparisons made, and only the Pig/Lipstick one is getting the outrage, but the second one was,

    "You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still gonna stink."

    These were prepared remarks, Obama didn't just pick these idioms out of thin air (he's not really capable of that in a speech).

    He meant the lipstick pig remark to apply to Palin, and he meant the "old fish" remark to apply to John McCain.

    So, Obamaniacs, let's be honest here with each other, 0bama has decided to get nasty, by taking gratuitous swipes at the female VP candidate and the Presidential candidate by calling him an "old" guy.

    This 0bama is really all about the politics of change, isn't he?

    My rebuttal to a rebuttal on energy plans

    From my co-worker who says he's a "moderate" in response to my energy policy comparison:

    "The good news is at least this topic is getting some serious attention. Our lack of a robust energy policy is not only short sighted it is a huge national security issue.

    "Some rebuttals:

    "Gov. Palin calls oil company “windfall profits” tax a “clear and equitable share” tax. Last year she gave Alaskans an extra $1200 due to increased oil revenues. I guess McCain will put a stop to this?"

    My reply:
    Actually, the extra $1200 was to offset higher oil prices. Alaskans have received money from the state’s oil royalties since oil was discovered in 1976 on the North Slope. McCain can’t put a stop to this, since it’s a state decision, not a federal one (and sharing mineral revenue with the population is in the Alaskan Constitution). I’m okay if Obama wants to give me $1000. I’m not sending it back, but I think this move on the federal level is pandering for votes. At least in Alaska, where it’s cold and home heating oil is expensive, they can make a rational argument for giving the people more, in a one-time payment. Plus, what Palin did really isn’t the same as what Obama is proposing, as the source of the money is not a “windfall profits tax.” My understanding of ACES is that the money is coming in anyway, due to a restructuring of the tax, and this $1200 is just going to the people of Alaska, vice the state treasury. My reading of the facts could be wrong, but I think this article gives some explanation. Also, you can look at the actual description of the "Alaska Clear and Equitable Share" tax program on the State of Alaska’s web site.

    He goes on:
    "Higher MPG standards will improve our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil and will reduce emissions"

    My reply:
    I think I agreed with that statement. I also posited that an unintended consequence of higher fuel mileage standards might be to cause the prices of smaller vehicles to increase and lead people to hold on to their less efficient cars longer. McCain says he wants to more effectively penalize automakers for failing to comply with existing CAFÉ standards. Sort of like immigration, what’s the point of new laws if we don’t enforce the existing ones?

    He continues:
    "McCain’s $300m prize is just a gimmick since many companies are already working on better batteries and they will make a bunch of money on a market hungry for this technology. But hey, go for it dude."

    My reply:
    And an extra incentive might not be enough to spur development by some new entrepreneur? This has worked in the past in the aviation industry, why not try it with battery technology? Sure, it’s a gimmick, but $300M is small gimmick.

    He says:
    "The issue with oil company land leases is why do you want more when you aren’t using the ones you have?"

    I say:
    Oil companies pay for these leases, if they can’t get oil out economically, or they find that the reserves on the leased land are not worth the effort, they don’t drill. Plus, the bigger problem is that much of the known oil reserves are not on those leased lands, and many of the leases are in deep water areas, while the oil companies would prefer to drill in shallower-water areas that are not available to them now (these are parts of the acreage being held back by Congress). 97% of offshore areas are not leased, and 94% of onshore areas. How much oil do those contain, and when can we tap it? The clock won’t start at all if the Feds don’t move on leases.

    Congress is welcome to say “Hey, Big Oil, you have leases that may be potentially valuable, but they will cost you more money than drilling in the other areas we’re holding back, but, hey, at $135/bbl, you can make it profitable, so go do it, pretend these other areas don’t exist.”

    Congress can say that, and they’re welcome to, but I don’t think it’s a politically sound judgement for them. But, hey, they’re democrats, they can do what they want.

    He says:
    "The whole “drill here, drill now” thing is another gimmick since: 1) It will be years before any new oil sources hit the market,"

    I say:
    The clock ticks with every passing day….but, if you believe that oil speculators have anything to do with the run-up in prices, then signaling an intent to drill , without even taking one bbl of oil out of the ground, would have an impact on speculators(and, indeed, it has). The fact that something takes time used as a reason NOT to act? Is this conversation at your house, Mama: “Honey, I want to have a baby.” Daddy: “Oh, honey, I’m sorry, but it takes 9 months, when they have the technology to deliver that baby tomorrow, then we’ll do it.”

    He says:
    "2) All the best estimates are the US has only a small fraction of the reserves compared to our demand"
    I reply:
    We don’t have to satisfy all our oil needs to have a measurable impact on the market. Granted, we have to add to the world market a significant amount of oil to move the price meter, but we don’t have to be self-sufficient, though it would be nice to be able to theoretically say we could supply all of our energy needs, which is what we’re shooting for anyway Why not get the oil that is recoverable out as soon as possible, while we pursue other avenues – cellulosic ethanol, natural gas, biodiesel? What’s the harm in that? Those technologies will not be widely exploited overnight, either.

    He says:
    "3) New US oil supplies will go on the open market to the highest bidder so US oil will not necessarily go into US cars."

    I say:
    The highest bid will be less with more supply. But, I agree (I think) with your point, the thought that we’re going to close the walls and be self-sufficient and charge $0.25/gal is idiocy. But, we can affect the price of oil by adding to the supply.

    Speaking of earmarks...and pigs...and lipstick...

    It didn't get much airplay, but the watchdog group, Citizens Against Government Waste, issued their report on top earmarkers a couple weeks ago. The results:

    • Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) 2007 rating was 10 percent, making his lifetime score 18 percent. The 2008 Congressional Pig Book contained 53 earmarks worth $97.4 million for Sen. Obama, including $1,648,850 for the Shedd Aquarium.
    • Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) received the worst possible rating in 2007 with 0 percent, while his lifetime rating is 22 percent. According to the Pig Book, Sen. Biden had 70 earmarks for a total of $119.7 million in fiscal year 2008, including $246,100 for the Grand Opera House in Wilmington.
    • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) received a score of 100 percent and has a lifetime rating of 88, has never requested nor received a single earmark, and has pledged to veto any spending bill that contains any earmarks. (Sen. McCain was only present for 11 of the 35 Senate votes that CCAGW tallied. Therefore, he was not eligible for the Taxpayer Super Hero Award)
    And, in case you missed it, 0bama got $3.4M in earmarks for Joe Biden's lobbyist son's clients.

    In this December 2007 article (so, before anyone could accuse her of posturing to be VP), the Seattle Times reports that the Alaska governor's office (that'd be Sarah Palin) was asking for far fewer earmarks to restore Alaska's image. Clearly, Sarah Palin was out ahead on this issue, despite the protestations of the pork-meisters in the Congressional delegation (all Republicans, by the way).

    You know, 0bama is right, no matter how much you put lipstick on it, it really is still a pig!

    Why the Left needs to fear the unscripted Palin

    By special request, I eased my derision of J-school graduates in this version.

    This weekend started the inevitable cry on the Left about when would Sarah Palin face the scrutiny of the MSM on their Sunday shows or their dumb press availabilities.

    The (all-knowing) Left thinks that because Sarah is a former small town mayor, and governor of a red, small, gun-loving, outdoorsperson-friendly state like Alaska, that she's an uneducated rube who won't be able to hold her own against the intellgentsia as embodied in the MSM's chattering class.

    As anyone who reads this blog knows, I am not a fan of the people who choose journalism as their careers. J-schools are made up of underachievers (with a few exceptions) and a few idealists who think they're going to change the world by joining the noble call of the 4th estate. They're indoctrinated by liberal professors into the the club and pretty soon they're all aglow with the righteous indignation they usually scoff at when presented by the religious (or the pious, as Cynthia Tucker might call them). At the national talking head level, we mix these folks who have come up through the ranks with refugees from politics (the Russerts, Snuffs, Kristols, Matthews, et.al.) and we have a bunch of egotistical blowhards who think they are smarter than any small-town mayor or little state governor.

    The reality is some of those blowhards are actually smart (and they'll tell you so, just like Joe Biden), but, most of those toiling a layer below these guys (the Cynthia Tucker's of the world), are not as smart as they want to believe.

    Anyway, they misunderestimate Sarah and the reason is the same one that led them to not get Ronald Reagan. People see in Palin that she stands for something, that she has honed her core beliefs, and she actually holds them dear to her.

    For her, answering questions from the MSM is not going to pose a problem. She will answer truthfully and her answers won't need scripting. She will answer from her core beliefs and she'll mean what she says. She won't have to stammer around wondering how it's going to sound, or what the "correct" answer is, because she already has the confidence that people know what her views are, largely share them, and she can just be herself, which is what we ask, just as we asked Reagan to just be himself.

    See, we knew who Reagan was. We knew his core, because we shared his core, and, when he spoke, he spoke from that core, and it was usually good to hear.

    I think Americans, and the conservative movement, sense that same core in Sarah Palin, and we're excited that she's one of us, and she will, I pray, and ask you to also, speak from her core and not fear the ramifications.

    This is something the average Liberal politician can't understand, nor can their sycophants in the MSM. It drove them nuts about Reagan, and it will drive them nuts about Palin. They'll say, "How can she say all these outrageous things against Liberal heterodoxy and get away with it?" and they'll be dumbfounded. Those that share her views will love her absolutely, and those that don't share all her views and aren't died-in-the-wool Kossacks, will respect a leader who speaks honestly and from the heart, and they'll decide, that despite the fact that they don't agree 100%, they want someone who speaks honestly to them, and brings their heart to the game.

    Libs, be very careful what you ask for.

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    Tuesday, September 9, 2008

    Too bad he didn't vote "Present"

    You know, Barack 0bama should think before he speaks.

    The latest DNC and 0 campaign talking point is that Sarah Palin was for the "Bridge to Nowhere" before she was against it.

    As has been detailed, Palin cancelled the "Bridge" project after Congress released the money to be spent as the state saw fit, vice as "earmarked" (get it?) for the bridge. She did this over the objections of the AK Congressional delegation and it is for that she's lauded - taking on Ted Stevens and the AK pork crew.

    Of course, when you're a Senator, as the other three candidates are, you have a record, and in this case, both 0bama and his running mate, Mr. Biden, voted FOR the bridge, twice. They voted for a bunch of other earmarks, as well.

    McCain, on the other hand, was voting against the bridge.

    So, on one hand, we have a Washington neophyte, schooled in the patronage ways of the Chicago political machine, passing some goodies to his Senate buddies; a lifetime Senator with hairplugs, doing the same, and on the other, we have McCain, opposing it, and Palin, taking her state's money, and spending it, instead of on the bridge, on more meaningful projects.

    You tell me who's for change in this picture.

    O'Reilly vs. Tucker, redux

    Dear Ms.Cynthia Tucker,

    Will you retract these statements about Sarah Palin in your 9/7/08 editorial in light of their clear falsity as spelled out at factcheck.org?

    You wrote these two proven falsehoods:
    “…she urged an Alaska librarian to ban books; she believes “creationism” should be taught in public schools;”
    Those statements are false, as debunked in this factcheck.org article.

    You wrote these statements which are either distortions or phrased to place her in the worst light (for your followers):

    “She opposes abortion, even in cases of rape and incest…”

    She has made it very public that her personal opinion is that abortion is only acceptable to her, in the case of the mother’s life being in jeopardy, even if it was her own daughter. As this Alaska Daily News article points out, she has not pushed that agenda as governor. It should be noted that under Alaska law, a 17 year old girl can get an abortion without her parent’s consent, though that is a law that Palin is trying to change.

    You wrote, “she asked ministry students at her former church to pray for a plan to build a $30 billion natural gas pipeline in the state, calling it ‘God’s will.’” Only, that’s not exactly what she said. What she said was, “I think God's will has to be done, in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that.” I know it’s a small distinction, but she’s asking these students to pray that God’s Will be done. If Palin was certain that God’s will was that the pipeline be built, why the need for prayer? Anyway, it’s certainly not outside the realm of Christian doctrine for people to pray for all manner of things and ask God to reveal His will. I realize attacking evangelical Christians is sport for Liberal Columnists, but, do so at your peril.

    On a different tack, it’s interesting that you rail at Bill O’Reilly for his double-standard in the Palin/Spears cases. It’s not hypocrisy as you suggested in his driveway “interview” with you. Double standard, sure, hypocrisy, no. While you’re at it, can you supply a definition for “Christianist?”

    Finally, you have no problem repeating proven falshehoods in your column and distorting other statements to serve your political views, which is par for the course for the AJC editorial page and why I no longer pay for this newspaper. I’d also suggest that if you want a little more truth and better context, instead of pulling your information from The Daily Kos, you use a search engine and look for some local Alaskan news sources, you’ll get more complete coverage there.

    While O’Reilly practices a journalistic double standard, you outright lie.

    I’m not surprised.