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Roll Call Vote at the Democrat National Convention

Posted by Mike on August 14, 2008

The 2008 Democrat National Convention will feature something that hasn’t been seen at a major party convention since 1992, a roll call vote. Still fuming over the cancellation of their candidate’s coronation, supporters of Obama’s primary opponent, She Who Must Not Be Named, will now have the opportunity to put their PUMA credentials on full display during a state-by-state roll call vote at the Democrat Convention.

Conventions used to always have roll call votes, and almost always more than one, because nominations were won or lost at the conventions. Ever since the primary process emerged as the candidate-selection process, party conventions morphed into showcases of party unity. With all 57 states (who am I to question “The One?”) dividing their votes between Obama and SWMNBN, there will be no illusion of Democrat unity this year. Not unless Obama puts the witch on his ticket.

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Dominoes Are So Last Century

Posted by Mike on August 14, 2008

There were discussions.  There were negotiations.  They lasted years.  For some reason, today is the day Donald Tusk agreed to allow American-made missile interceptors on Polish soil.  In exchange, the United States will provide assistance to Poland so that they can strengthen their military. The timing of today’s agreement is obviously anything but a coincidence.

Having a long history with Russia that includes partition and Communist occupation, few nations have more knowledge of Russia’s national pastime than Poland.  Having experienced firsthand brutal occupation by both Germany and the Soviet Union during the 20th Century and now having witnessed Russia’s forceful return into the “near abroad” within the last week, Poland has decided that teaming up with the United States to strengthen its own forces and to help protect freedom-loving nations around them is in everyone’s best interest.

Free Poland is a country that suffered for too long to turn its back on liberty now.  Today’s agreement is another example of the resolute pride that has sustained Poland throughout its all too interesting history. Kocham Polske!

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A Pro-Choice Republican Veep

Posted by Ryan on August 14, 2008

Well, John McCain said he was open to the prospect today, as rumors still fly that he is closer to picking Joe Lieberman as his Veep in the coming weeks.

Veeps don’t really make all the difference in the voting booth.  My choice is fundamentally between voting against McCain or Obama — I didn’t vote for Bush because of Cheney, nor did I vote for Dole because of Kemp.  But, the Veep says a lot about the candidate himself, his relationship with the party, and his deeper views.  In essence it is the first true consequential decision a President will make — it says a lot about him.

McCain has staked his chances on getting moderates and some disaffected Dems to vote for him, but a pro-choice or even an Independent-Democrat Veep is going a bit too far: he’ll lure the Center, but sacrifice the Right.  A lot of Republicans stayed home in 2006.

I can’t vote for Bob Barr (his checkered ethics in the past, plus the Libertarian Party plank is very liberal on social issues) nor can I stay home.  I have to vote against Obama… and I have to repeat that to myself everytime I watch the six o’clock news.

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Sweet “Sixteen”?

Posted by Ryan on August 14, 2008

I’ve been watching some of the Olympic coverage on part of Obama’s media network, NBC.  All the human interest stories make me puke so I tend to flip around between “Family Guy” reruns and “Hannity and Colmes” before finally settling on the Olympics, which had the US Women’s Gymnastics team going up against China and Russia the other night.  So I watched.

Now, we have some young-looking girls on our team (Shawn Johnson, for example, looks about 12, but is really 16).  So I heard with interest that one has to be at least 16 during the year the Olympics take place in order to compete.  OK, teaching 16 year olds, I know some look very young, but when the Chinese girls got up there I was absolutely shocked that they weren’t all 13. 

Well, some of them might be!

One girl was actually listed as 13 last year.  Suddenly, when pressed, her new birthday is January 1, 1992, making her 16 years old this year!  I didn’t know China was such an amazing place that time had special rules!  In reality, our team should have performed better (obviously having more experience than some of their opponents).  But, it is a legitimate gripe — if China cheated, they should face the consequences.

AP photo.

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