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Palin’s Personal Email Hacked

Posted by Ryan on September 17, 2008

Word has come out and verified that Sarah Palin’s personal email account was hacked around 3-4am this morning.  The nut-job perps posted personal pictures, her children’s email addresses, and other email addresses.  Not only is this completely out of bounds, it’s also very illegal to invade someone else’s private email account. 

The nut-jobs involved in this illegal activity have apparently justified their position by saying that perhaps some public communications were made from her personal email account that could be used in the increasingly ridiculous and blatantly partisan Troopergate non-scandal. 

Even if all the allegations were completely true, what these nut-jobs did was illegal and hopefully arrests will be made and perp-walks will abound.  This kind of thing needs to stop (notice Obama, McCain nor Biden had to deal with this kind of personal invasion).

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Palin Does Well — ABC Misfires

Posted by Sal on September 12, 2008

Sarah Palin

I had taped Sarah Palin’s interview with Charlie Gibson last night, and didn’t watch it until much later in the evening.  I had already read various opinions on blogs and news outlets, so I was intrigued at what I would find.  I thought that Gov. Palin did well for her first national interview.  She appeared a bit nervous, but answered all the questions well, did not make any major gaffes, articulated conservative principles well, and came across as a real person, one of her major appeals. 

Gibson, on the other hand, appeared condescending, especially on the question asking her if she agreed with the Bush Doctrine, which the media is now all over Sarah Palin for not knowing exactly what that is.  Gibson even, after her initial answer, stated what he thought the Bush Doctrine was, the doctrine of preemptive attacks.  The problem for Gibson is that there is a wide variety of opinion on exactly what the Bush Doctrine is.  It is mostly a Washington-insider generated term.  In two separate Boston Globe articles, the Bush Doctrine is defined differently;  once as preemption and once as the concept that state sponsors of terrorism are to be treated the same as the terrorists themselves.  You can bet if Obama had answered this question this way that the media would not be all over him about it. 

The editing job on the interview was horrible — it was often obvious that they edited her mid-sentence, and it appeared as if GIbson was often interrupting her.  It would be interesting to see the full interview, as that would give a better idea of what she really said rather than press reports. 

Finally, Gibson also misquoted Palin in an attempt to paint her as a religious zealot, asking her why she felt that the we were engaged in a holy war and if she really felt that we were doing God’s work.  In the process, Gibson showed his ignorance of religion and people of faith.  A close examination of the actual quote (which he left ou the beginning of when asking her) shows that she was praying that what we were doing WAS the will of God, and that it WAS according to God’s plan.  She wasn’t stating that fact, she was asking that God guide us to do what is right according to His plan — something that all practicing Christians can relate to. 

Overall, Sarah Palin did not do herself any harm, and even exceeded the interviewing skills of a certain Democrat candidate (I did not here one “Umm..well..uhh..Charlie…uhhhh” throughout the entire interview).  After she gets a few of these under her belt, she will probably excel at them.  Overall, Palin 1, Drive-by-Media 0.

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Rasmussen: People are Seeing the Bias

Posted by Ryan on September 10, 2008

New numbers from Scott Rasmussen indicate that a full 51% of Likely Voters believe that the media is trying to hurt Sarah Palin, while only 5% think the MSM is trying to help her.  Only 35% think that the MSM has been providing unbiased coverage (wonder who they are voting for?).

It is pretty obvious what’s been happening in the MSM’s nearly open advocacy for Obama, especially to those of us who follow these developments closely, but it seems like the average likely voter is also seeing the bias.  At the end of the day, the impression that Palin is being mistreated only helps her amongst important voter groups, like independent women.

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McCain Leads in the Polls: A Bounce or a Surge?

Posted by Ryan on September 8, 2008

Real Clear Politics has, for the first time all summer, McCain beating Obama by 2.9% when all major polls are averaged together.  Some outliers even have McCain up by as much as 10 points!

However, this is the important question for me at this juncture: is this just a typical convention bounce of about 6-8 points which is destined to moderate, or is this a post-Convention surge which propels this election into a new, more positive direction for McCain-Palin now that the “folks” have started paying attention? 

Of course, I’d like to believe that when the polls settle down later this week that McCain will still be up by a few.  I’d also like McCain to at least hit and maintain 50% or higher for a few days.  It would make me feel better about November.  Regardless, the Friday-Sunday polling data is pretty cool and I’ll enjoy basking in these numbers for the time being.  Truth is, however, the numbers just mean more work needs to be done to repel Obama’s predictably persistent counter attacks.

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Snapshot Polls Post-RNC

Posted by Ryan on September 7, 2008

Things must have been really bad for the Dems last week: some are beginning to bring up race as the reason why Obama might lose again.  The latest Gallup Poll has McCain up by three (48-45%), which includes Palin’s speech.  Obama’s still up by 0.8% in the RCP average, but that includes a few ridiculous pro-Obama outliers.

Tomorrow all the three-day rolling polls will include McCain’s address and show us the true bounce that came out of the RNC.  I hope it’s about +4 in the “Likely Voter” polls — “Registered Voters” and “Adults” won’t tell us as much, especially the latter.

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McCain’s Address

Posted by Ryan on September 5, 2008

Last night I watched John McCain give his acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention; watching along with more people than saw The One, himself, a week earlier, discounting PBS (McCain was on fewer networks, however).  With Pain solidifying the Right, and positioning himself in the “non-ideological center,” McCain set himself up well for garnering wide electoral appeal in the Poppin’ Fresh General Election.

I thought the speech was OK.  It was John McCain being John McCain; he was true to himself.  I was with him 80% of the time and wanted to throw something at the TV 20% of the time.  But, that’s exactly the John McCain we nominated — he’s not fully Conservative, nor a reliable Republican.  The speech dragged in the middle, but ended with a great, passionate crescendo that wooed many of my Democrat colleagues at work today — you know, the people who know nothing about politics but are told by the Union which lever to pull and loyally oblige. 

They were generally impressed.  In fact, one of them was an Obama supporter until she saw Palin’s speech and heard for the first time about McCain’s brutal Vietnam War experience last night after watching the Giants game coverage meld into the RNC speech (the timing of the game actually worked out well!).  I know she’s not alone.  The Kool-Aid Lefties at work were on the defensive today worse than I’ve seen since the testimony of David Petraeus last September indicating the success of the Surge.  It must be serious out there!

One more note: some anti-war fascists disrupted McCain’s speech a few times over a ten-minute period.  Republicans, learning from their 2004 experience with these folks, chanted “U.S.A.” to drown them out. Finally McCain had a great appropriate line: “Americans want us to stop yelling at each other…”, which drew laughs and applause.  In fact if you add up the amount of time disrupted from the 2004 Bush speech and 2008 McCain speech, that’s more speech suppression from these anti-war rubes than any free speech the Patriot Act ever squelched!  At the end of the day these anti-war crazies hurt themselves more than help, but they just might be crazy enough to hurt someone one day, so I don’t condone their self-destructive Black Shirt behavior.

AP photo.

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RNC– Day 3: Sarah, Rudy, Mike and Mitt

Posted by Ryan on September 4, 2008

Last night’s Republican line-up was awesome!  When Republicans fight back and articulate our basic winning principles in such a fashion as last night, we’re very hard to beat.  After 9pm EDT the activities began in earnest:

Mitt Romney’s speech was pretty good.  I thought he started slow but really gained momentum when he articulated conservative principles in his call to “throw out the liberal government in Washington” saying “Republicans prefer straight talk to politically correct talk.”

Mike Huckabee’s speech, however, was excellent. Huckabee had many great lines including: “I’m not a Republican because I grew up rich. I’m a Republican because I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life poor, waiting for the government to rescue me.”  He went on to tell a story about a teacher giving a lesson about the importance of veteran’s sacrifices in the service of our country.  It was great speech-making and hit home.

At 10pm EDT Rudy Giuliani showed up and ripped the Dems a new one!  It was absolutely awesome, with so  many good points, I can’t write them all here!  In my opinion, the line which may be one of the strongest to undecideds was about reading the resume of the two candidates for President while blanking out their names and parties.  It’s not even close who should be President.  Giuliani also filled the speech with tons of red meat, tearing Obama limb from limb!

Then came Sarah Palin

Actually, her speech was similar to her first speech last Friday, but the stage was completely different: so big, so important, everyone watching.  With only six networks showing Sarah Palin’s speech at about 10:30pm (compared to Obama’s 10), she still managed to pull 37 million viewers (just 1.1 million short of The One’s speech).  Good thing, too, she knocked this one out of the park and the MSM doesn’t know what to do with itself!  From suggesting that she didn’t write her speech, to that she shares nothing but a chromosome  with She Who Must Not Be Named and so forth, the Dems and their campaign wing, the Mainstream Media, are completely miffed and grasping at straws that will come back to bite them. 

The energy was electric and the moment historic.  Even the adorable little Piper Palin, Sarah’s youngest daughter, waving at her mom and the crowd with the excitement of a seven-year-old who’s never seen so many people clapping for her Mom, was perfect. 

10 out of 10 as far as I’m concerned. 

If I were Barack Obama, I’d be a worried today.  Very worried.

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Atlantis, Alaska, Azkaban

Posted by Mike on September 3, 2008

It’s a sad day when there’s about a 50 percent chance that some MSM outlet will run with this satirical piece by Jim Treacher thinking its reality, or at least thinking they can trick people into thinking its reality.

Link via Hot Air

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Petraeus: Iraq “Spiraling Upwards”

Posted by Ryan on September 3, 2008

David Petraeus indicated today that a pullout of MNF (Multi-National Forces) around the Baghdad area is probably possible by next summer due to conditions on the ground.  He also said that the area is “‘spiraling upwards’ towards normal conditions” and “it gives Iraq new hope.”  What great news from a straight-shooter and American hero who’s shown he would not deceive us for political reasons!

Before the Palin pick, General Petraeus and the increasing dividends of the successful “Surge” strategy were McCain’s best-friend and an issue I hope they return to in earnest once the Convention fever wears out sometime late next week. 

Both O’Biden and Obama were dead wrong on this issue.  And will someone in the McCain campaign please bring up O’Biden’s advocacy of the worst-thought-out foreign policy concept in a generation: splitting Iraq into a weak confederacy of three weak parts?  It wouldn’t take five minutes for civil war, regional conflict with the Kurds, Iran, and al Qaeda to plunge the region into an apocalyptic scorched-earth dead zone.  It would have truly been war without end.  Luckily, Biden wasn’t in a position to see his plan work.  Let’s keep it that way.

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Republican National Convention, Day 2

Posted by Mike on September 2, 2008

Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman seemed subdued to me as they delivered the major speeches at tonight’s session of the Republican National Convention. Normally, that isn’t the demeanor one projects when delivering a political speech, especially at a political convention; but somehow, it worked. What other demeanor would be appropriate when explaining the details of John McCain’s ordeal in a North Vietnamese prison? From Fred’s speech:

We hear a lot of talk about hope. John McCain knows about hope. That’s all he had to survive on. For propaganda purposes, his captors offered to let him go home. John McCain refused. He refused to leave ahead of men who’d been there longer. He refused to abandon his conscience and his honor, even for his freedom. He refused, even though his captors warned him, “It will be very bad for you.” They were right. It was. The guards cracked ribs, broke teeth off at the gums. They cinched a rope around his arms and painfully drew his shoulders back. Over four days, every two to three hours, the beatings resumed. During one especially fierce beating, he fell, again breaking his arm. John was beaten for communicating with other prisoners. He was beaten for NOT communicating with so-called “peace delegations.” He was beaten for not giving information during interrogations. When his captors wanted the names of other pilots in his squadron, John gave them the names of the offensive line of the Green Bay Packers. Whenever John was returned to his cell — walking if he could, dragged if he couldn’t — as he passed his fellow POWs, he would call out to them. He’d smile … and give them a thumbs-up. For five-and-a-half years this went on. John McCain’s bones may have been broken but his spirit never was.

Subdued, but effective.

Also effective was the “red meat,” at least from Fred.

To deal with these challenges the Democrats present a history making nominee for president. History making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for President. Apparently they believe that he would match up well with the history making, Democrat controlled Congress. History making because it’s the least accomplished and most unpopular Congress in our nation’s history.

That got the crowd excited.

Overall Fred and JoeMentum seemed subdued, but that was appropriate on this first night of major speeches because they used it to lay a foundation Obama and Biden cannot match. Fred was especially good at it and the MSM knows this. That’s why the three blind mice didn’t cover it. They are terrified.

As effective as tonight was, subdued won’t cut tomorrow. Palin needs to rip The One a new one.

AP photo

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Let the Smears Begin!

Posted by Ryan on September 2, 2008

It began today in earnest:  the MSM onslaught against the McCain-Palin ticket is in full force after using the Labor Day holiday to figure out a way to attack McCain-Palin.  It’s been tricky.

Drudge has a good balance of the smearing on his site, including McCain’s response to what’s been going on since Friday at around 12:50 pm EDT: race and class war if Obama loses; pandering to women who feel sorry for Palin the Victim; and of course, McCain’s deep political calculation and cynicism.

All of it further demonstrates the MSM’s double standards, as well as their fear that the McCain-Palin ticket might pull it off. If they weren’t such a big deal, they wouldn’t care so much, nor would they get so personal.  It makes sense though.  Many MSM members suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome, which has carried over to the republican name-brand.  If a Republican wins in the Fall, they might as well cash it in.  They MUST do what they have to do to prevent that, even if it means handicapping the race in favor of Obama, then they’ll see to it with passion.  It’s going to be a rough 63 days.

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In Love with Gustav

Posted by Ryan on August 31, 2008

Reason #314 why I will not be voting for a Democrat any time soon:  former DNC Chairman, Don Fowler was giddy with the notion that the deadly Category 4 Hurricane Gustav (as of this writing anyway– it could go up to Cat 5 by landfall) is timed so well with the Republican National Convention that it just “demonstrates that God’s on [their] side.”  Comic Book Guy himself, Michael Moore has echoed these statements too, saying that this is proof there is a God.  But we except as much from him, plus Moore’s not a political leader.

Both links have videos which made me angry given that it is a certainty that lives will be lost, people are already displaced, and suffering will ensue despite whatever political ramifications the Dems think this will all have.

If you’re going to bring up God, here’s a letter which in my opinion has its heart in the right place.  Yet, why do these Dems become so unabashed about invoking God when a deadly hurricane destined to take some lives and destroy homes coincides in what they think is great political theater?  They must have quite a warped view of God (but that’s reason #26 why I won’t be voting for a Democrat any time soon).  The balloons not dropping on cue when Kerry finished his 2004 acceptance speech was great political theater, but cheering a deadly monster storm is just sick.  I’m waiting for the McCain campaign to tactfully pounce on this one.

Map from NOAA.

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Obama Preaches to His Choir

Posted by Ryan on August 29, 2008

Last night, Barack Obama accepted his nomination for President and gave “The American Promise” speech.  No ceiling could tame this monster, but perhaps 85,000 mind-numbed rubes at the oddly phallic Invesco Field Obamapolis would suffice!

The speech was well delivered, but I’ve seen him better.  Its content was remarkably average for a “hope and change” candidate.  He wrecked on Ronald the Great and tried to write an epitaph for Conservatism.  He challenged McCain to a debate (though McCain challenged him to 10 in June), had the audacity to use the phrase “brother’s keeper” twice, and promised to end our pain and solve life’s problems for the masses.  By the way, it’s “never been about [Obama]….”  Right.

Typical liberal bilge and run-of-the-mill convention-style red meat, but two things really bothered me about the speech: 

Firstly, his mention of Martin Luther King Jr. and the 45th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech seemed muted and down right obligatory.  Obama was in a unique situation to evoke the power of the message Dr. King gave that day, without comparing himself to King while bringing home Obama’s place in history.  Yet, he blew it.  I’m not rooting for Obama, but that’s a powerful card he should have played respectfully.  Or perhaps he just couldn’t have pulled it off.

Secondly, the Obama Nation and the Obamapolis.  The tears were obnoxious.  In contrast, back in 2004 Bush evoked his conversation with a mother of a fallen soldier, tears welled up and should have — powerful mental images, powerful example in consequential times.  The Obama Nation are simply swept up in the power of the European-style personality cult which surrounds The One.  Nothing in the substance of the speech last night, under normal circumstances, should have created a deluge of tears like what we saw.  Plus, when the speech ended, the fireworks display, the intense music coupled with the cult-worship of the Empty Suit seriously reminded me of something out of Nuremberg in the 1930s. 

AP photo.

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The Obamapolis

Posted by Ryan on August 28, 2008

Obama and his people are so obnoxious!  Even though the Temple of Obama was planned months ago, before it was evident that the Euro trip was going to backfire, it was designed by Britney Spears’ stage manager, and plays into the whole “The One”-messianic tone of Obama’s obtuse political delusions of himself.  They had time to reevaluate, which some Dems believe they should have, but we’ll see if this will come off as over the top.

NY Post  photo.

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McCain Up 5 in Latest Zogby Poll

Posted by Ryan on August 20, 2008

Up 46%-41% over The One, John McCain finally has the lead in a national poll!  What’s special about this poll is not simply that McCain is up, but unlike many of the polls which have this race tied, the new Reuters-Zogby poll is of 1,089 “likely voters”, rather than the weaker “registered voters” or the worst “adults” in its sampling.  McCain’s even up 5 points when you add in Barr and Nader!

However, with a +/- 3 point margin of error, it’s still pretty much a tie in the worst case scenario, and like Obama, McCain has still not cracked 50%, but this outlier and its trends are a good sign going into the DNC early next week.

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McCain Slams Daily Kos

Posted by Mike on August 18, 2008

Not wanting to be outdone by the NBC “News” parroting the Obama campaign’s false claim that McCain cheated at the Saddleback forum, Daily Kos stepped up to the plate and accused McCain of plagiarizing Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn when he told the story of his Vietnamese prison guard who drew a cross in the sand.

Ryan posted on the McCain campaign’s excellent response to NBC, so I thought I’d quote the best part of the McCain campaign’s stinging and hilariously accurate response to the Daily Kos smear:

It may be typical of the pro-Obama Dungeons & Dragons crowd to disparage a fellow countryman’s memory of war from the comfort of mom’s basement, but most Americans have the humility and gratitude to respect and learn from the memories of men who suffered on behalf of others. John McCain has often said he witnessed a thousand acts of bravery while he was imprisoned, and though not every one has been submitted into the public record, they are remembered by the men who were there (one such only recently reported by Karl Rove though it escaped mention in any of Senator McCain’s books). But as Swindle said, this is a “desperate group of people trying to make something out of nothing.”

Heh. Say what you will about John McCain, but this is not the Dole campaign.

Hat tip:  The Corner

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McCain Slams NBC’s Bias

Posted by Ryan on August 18, 2008

I was wondering when McCain’s campaign was going to take the obvious pro-Obama MSM bias out of the realm of humor and into the realm of substance.  Well, his campaign finally took the worst of the bunch, NBC, to task, sending a letter to the President of NBC, Steve Capus!

I was flipping through the morning talk yesterday and I heard Andrea Mitchell (Greenspan) actually accuse McCain of having a heads-up on the Saddleback Church forum since McCain answered the questions so quickly.  It couldn’t be because McCain knows what he believes and can articulate it succinctly, he must have cheated!  I accepted the bias, but the McCain camp did not… and good for them!

Here’s an excerpt from the letter:

Mitchell: “The Obama people must feel that he didn’t do quite as well as they might have wanted to in that context, because what they are putting out privately is that McCain may not have been in the cone of silence and may have had some ability to overhear what the questions were to Obama. He seemed so well-prepared.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 8/17/08 )

Make no mistake: This is a serious charge. Andrea Mitchell is repeating, uncritically, a completely unsubstantiated Obama campaign claim that John McCain somehow cheated in last night’s forum at Saddleback Church.

This isn’t whining on the part of the McCain campaign, it’s a legitimate gripe.  It’s the Obama folks that are whining about the fact that their guy lost this round, this time with NBC parroting the Obama campaign’s dictates.

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Pinkerton: Divided Government Means McCain Wins

Posted by Ryan on August 10, 2008

Jim Pinkerton from “The American Conservative” has a new artcile on the Fox Forum which lays out his idea about why he thinks McCain will win in November.  His thought: because the Dems are slated to sweep Congress, McCain will be elected President so that the “divided government” concept since World War II will be continued.

I have a problem with this thesis:  the numbers don’t look good for Republicans and winning Congress will be a tough slog, but I’ve heard that every election year except 2002 — there were serious tectonic forces at work in 1994, but aside from Michael Barone few people even noticed.  So, this idea that the Republicans have no shot is nothing new and lately has been wrong most of the time.  Plus, if the Republicans actually run against the socialist Democrat agenda (rather than as Democrat-lite) then I believe this year won’t be the apocalypse some think it will be. 

With Congressional approval ratings at historic lows, why wouldn’t there be a possibility for a Republican resurgence, especially in Blue-Dog districts?  Take back those seats and the Reps have the House.  The Senate’s another issue since only 1/3 are up this year, not all in safe states.  Yet, with energy being the #1 issue for voters and the Iraq War turning the corner, Republican ideas on war and the economy are actually and substantively being vindicated less than three months before Election Day. 

In the end, I suppose the moral of this election could be either: if you think you’re going to lose, you will; or win the battle in the arena of ideas and the victory is yours.

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John Edwards Can’t Hide Behind His Wife This Time

Posted by Mike on August 6, 2008

Do you ever get the feeling that John “Polly Prissy Pants” Edwards is Ann Coulter’s favorite target? I don’t if that has anything to do with the fact that the former Democrat Vice Presidential nominee is also one of the easiest targets out there, but she sure does seem to enjoy herself when he is the topic.

Today’s Coulter column is of course about the mainstream media’s silence over the story about John Edwards cheating on his cancer-stricken wife compared to their reactions to conservative scandals. According to Annie C., the media’s burning to desire to cover for the Silkster has caused them to refrain from reporting anything about the possible future Cabinet member. She even goes as far to proclaim:

Do you know what this means? At this precise moment in time, I could call Edwards a name that would send me to rehab, and the media wouldn’t be able to report it!

This woman is a genius. On the one hand, the media can’t report anything about Edwards because that would make him newsworthy again, thereby making it more difficult for them to ignore the obvious. On the other hand, here they have Ann Coulter hurling a politically incorrect insult at one of their favorite politicians. Now there’s a dilemma that won’t send a thrill up Chris Matthews’ leg.

This isn’t the first time Ann Coulter has battled John Edwards, but something tells me John won’t be able to hide behind his wife this time.

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Moqtada al Sadr Ready to Stand Down

Posted by Ryan on August 6, 2008

Little “Mullah Atari” himself, Moqtada al Sadr, has signaled that the various factions of Sadr’s Madhi Army will put down their guns and become glorified “community organizers” who will help rebuild Iraq when (or if) he issues his dictates this Friday.

Something that the above article brings home is the flood of good news out of Iraq lately:  most senior AQI (al Qaeda in Iraq) members have fled to Pakistan, US troop casualties dropped to the lowest level of the war last month, troop deployments have shrank from 15 to 12 months, Iran’s influence in the South is diminishing, and we’ll get a SOF (status-of-forces) agreement before Bush leaves office.  Add the collapse of AQI across Iraq this year and now the potential capitulation of Sadr’s Mahdi Army and at this moment the US, Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces “no longer faces any significant organized military foe in [Iraq].”

It could all change tomorrow, but for now it seems like victory is no longer an illusion, but a certainty in due course.  When looked at another point of view, the Surge has brought about the speediest and most significant tide-turning of any major military conflict since American entry into World War I ninety years ago. 

AP photo.

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Where O Where will Dick Cheney Be?

Posted by Ryan on August 5, 2008

Word is buzzing that Dick Cheney may not be invited to speak at the Republican National Convention.  A sitting two-term Vice President has never been snubbed by the incumbent party’s convention that I can think of in modern times.  I know that if Cheney doesn’t go it’ll be spun as his “choice” to help McCain, but McCain’s people are probably spearheading the effort to snub him — McCain’s camp has not seemed to care about Conservative sympathies anyway.

Regardless, I know the McCain people are iffy about having the divisive liberal lightning rod, Dick Cheney, speak at the Convention, but c’mon! 

I suggest giving Cheney a spot introducing McCain on September 4!  I mean, no one is going to watch McCain’s acceptance speech since most Americans watching TV that night will catch the opening game of the 2008 NFL season as division rivals Washington Redskins play the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants instead! 

At this rate, I may be watching football too.

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Obama’s “The One”

Posted by Ryan on August 3, 2008

The McCain campaign has been awesome this week, tightening the polls while going on offense!  I wasn’t too keen on the “Celeb” ad, but this new spot, “The One” is perfect.  It uses Obama’s own words against him, making him sound delusional in a fun way which will really grind the “geahs” of Obama’s people:

Obama’s people called this ad simply “juvenile antics.”  It is a well-known anecdotal fact that Libs do not have a sense of humor.   It’s more likely that Obama’s people probably didn’t get the gag. 

It’s also known that certain substances can make one feel like they’re on top of the world and can do anything.  Remember, he was once a self-professed “junkie” who now can lower sea-levels by his mere presence…hmm.  I’m just sayin’.

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Obama and This Week’s Race Issue

Posted by Ryan on August 1, 2008

We knew this would happen sooner or later:  Barack Obama said the following at at least two different campaign stops Wednesday:

“So what they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, he’s not patriotic enough. He’s got a funny name. You know, he doesn’t look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He’s risky. That’s essentially the argument they’re making.”

Whether this was innocent or not, it reeks of racial politics.  What could he have possibly meant by that?  How could that bold statement have been taken any other way than to infer that McCain’s campaign is going to use race as an issue in this campaign? 

Of course, Obama commits this inappropriate racial remark and all that anyone can talk about is the Britney/Paris ad that the McCain camp released the other day! (Well, if the MSM and Obama people can’t get over the ad, then maybe it’s working the way it’s supposed to — notice most critiques are about how petty it is, not that it’s wrong on the issues.)  But already we know who the MSM is voting for.  I don’t like the ad, but the Obama-as-Diva theme definitely should have been brought up by surrogates at some point.

However, all is not perfect in Obamaland.  Even some African Americans are getting a little impatient with Obama, as a small protest in Florida got reported today.  Obama isn’t used to dissent at his functions and handled it so-so.  I completely disagree with people shouting and disrupting Q&A sessions for anyone involved in politics (it’s reminiscent of Fascist Black Shirt tactics of silencing opponents through fear, intimidation and — as it turns out — shouting them down at rallies so the opposition candidates could not speak). 

It hasn’t been such a great week for Obama: Sunday he was up by 9 points in the Gallup Poll, six days later it’s tied at 44%!

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“He Ventured Forth…”

Posted by Ryan on July 25, 2008

The latest piece from Times Online editor, American Gerard Baker, first came to my attention about an hour ago and it’s a doozy! 

His latest op-ed is absolutely awesome.  Baker takes the media’s open desire to make Barack Obama the Savior/Messiah and completely pokes fun at those who have this view (he also calls Gordon Brown, Gordon the Leper!) through colorful and biblical-style language.  I don’t think the New Yorker crowd will misunderstand this satire, but one never knows.  Here’s a sample from the beginning:

“And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.

The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow.”

I wish Obama would have “ventured forth” to the wounded troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, but that would have seemed “too political.”  The Pentagon simply told him not to bring his media and campaign troglodytes, but he could go as an elected official, rather than a candidate.  He chose not to go.  However, he made it to the gym though.

AP photo.

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Too Soon for McCain’s Veep Pick?

Posted by Ryan on July 23, 2008

Word leaked out the other day from Robert Novak, that McCain may make public his selection for his Vice Presidential candidate this week. 

I believe this would be a bad idea if McCain goes through with it:  he wants to make a choice which counters Obama’s pick to ensure the strongest Republican ticket; with Obama overseas and the Olympics in less than two weeks, the story would get completely buried when it is designed to boost McCain; and waiting to select McCain’s Veep a day after Obama makes his choice would strategically stymie the “bounce” Obama would historically get from choosing his own Veep — we all know that Obama cannot sustain a bounce and is a very bad closer.

Some names that have been thrown around range from Mitt Romney, Tom Ridge, Jim Pawlenty, Bobby Jindal (no dice on that one), to Joe Lieberman.  There are others, but I think once we know the Democrat ticket, then a better choice can be made by McCain to counter that ticket.  In my opinion, it’s simply too early for McCain to announce his selection!

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We’re Not an Obama Nation Yet, But Try Telling That to His Campaign!

Posted by Ryan on July 22, 2008

One of the major themes of Obama’s trip abroad has been trying to make him look Presidential.  In all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the trip, Obama’s people sometimes forget that he, in fact, is not yet President.  Also, sometimes they have to be reminded of that little detail a second time on the same day.

What I’ve taken from Obama’s trip thus far is that it is just an elaborate campaign event, he openly disagrees with Petraeus which makes Obama on the record being on the wrong side of history, and he’s endorsed President Bush’s and John McCain’s plan to have a phased withdrawal based loosely on benchmarks and that we need to increase US troop presence in Afghanistan.  Of course, that’s not how it’s being spun, since Obama adds the 16 month caveat, which he can rescind the moment he’s in office.  He wants to have it both ways so he doesn’t have to take any real position at all that he’ll need to stand behind — very brave, Barry, but unless you decide to cancel this Fall’s debates, you’re going to be toast.

I certainly hope there’s some kind of noticable backlash to all of this trip’s media bias and Obama’s arrogant, presumptive behavior.  He is naive, just plain wrong or elusive about national security, and isn’t good on his toes.  This man thinks he’s President already.  As they say the more inflated one’s ego, the harder the fall.

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Shock: New York Times Snubs McCain!

Posted by Ryan on July 21, 2008

I’m absolutely shocked about the New York Slimes’ double standard when dealing with this  year’s Presidential candidates! 

Well, not really anymore.  Obama gets an op-ed printed with ease last week, but McCain’s gets rejected with suggestions for improvement, including a suggestion to “mirror” Obama’s piece!!!  Here’s an excerpt from the response letter sent to McCain:

“I’d be very eager to publish the senator on the op-ed page. However, I’m not going to be able to accept this piece as currently written. I’d be pleased, though, to look at another draft. Let me suggest an approach….

It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama’s piece….”

This was written to the campaign of a distinguished Senator and militarily decorated man running for President, not an 11th grader submitting a rough draft to his/her Social Studies teacher!  This is a huge insult that the McCain campaign should completely take advantage of.  They are getting some press over this, but I think they need to keep the drum beating until they pressure the Slimes to print the opinion editorial as is.

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Movie Review: The Dark Knight

Posted by Ryan on July 20, 2008

WARNING: No true spoilers, just a lot of “insider baseball” in regards to the fantasy genre. 

Thus far, Christopher Nolan’s take on Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One series is leaps and bounds better than any of those goofy Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney movies, which all seemed too comic-like to be taken seriously.  I never liked any of them because (this may sound strange) they seemed too much like I was watching a comic book movie. 

But Batman Begins was entirely different from my point of view — it had heart, an interesting and deliberately developing storyline, characters you care about, and great action which didn’t strain the “plausible impossible” too too much, as some of the earlier versions of Batman could (think of Batman jumping out of a missile with Robin after ducking Mr. Freeze’s trap before reengaging the chase after dropping six miles on sky-surfing blades without a scratch in Batman and Robin:  a little ridiculous even for fantasy!).

Nolan continues the series about a year after Batman Begins. The Dark Knight lives up to and surpasses its predecessor in terms of action and an intricately weaved storyline that leaves you with a sense of real danger for our heroes.  I’m not ready to say that this movie was the best thing ever, as some have said, but it’s the best movie I’ve seen this year by far.  Heath Ledger’s Joker is worth the price of admission; he’s both more creepy and lucid than Jack Nicholson’s rendition back in 1989 — they aren’t even on the same planet.  Oscar-worthy?  They’d give one of those things to anybody these days, so the late Heath Ledger will probably get one just for having died (that’s not to say his performance wasn’t worth an award, he was great, but the Academy is mostly out of touch with their audience and the insiders will demand the award be given to him nonetheless… plus think of the viewership at next year’s Oscars).

Comic books are really just morality tales, including “graphic novels” (the 21st Century way of describing a “comic book”).  So, in Batman Begins we are treated to a tale about how to conquer our fears and using our strengths to do and be better than what we think we’re capable of.  My take is that The Dark Knight simply continues that theme with an extended lesson.  The enemies in Batman Begins were sinister but had rules: Ra’s Al Ghul and his minions had a shrewd but ancient warrior code, the Mobsters had one’s basic code about not messing with the Big-Guy, and the Scarecrow functioned in the real world as a psychiatrist and crony and let go of those rules only when with the psychotic inmates or his victims.  Ledger’s Joker has no rules.  Give such recklessness, the question is: how far will the good people go to defeat such evil?  The Dark Knight explores this concept from everyone’s point of view.  We’re beyond fear in this movie — it’s what to do now that good people are afraid: ally with the evil for a temporary benefit, bend the rules to slow the evil down, or become like the evil thing itself.  No one in Gotham City can come to grips with the Joker:  even the Mob looks weak and impotent next to the Joker’s recklessness.  Our heroes need to look inside to defeat this menace, and not everything there is peachy or easy.  That’s what makes this movie stay true to the magic of the original — it’s not about the car crash, it’s about handling the ride.

I also love sagas when they introduce the insidious third party.  Like The Matrix series had the Merovingian and his crew of tertiary programs floating between the world of men and the machines, The Dark Knight’s Joker is a tertiary interest between the Cops and the typical Bad Guys who, unlike the Merovingian, is not just floating — he’s destroying everything on both sides (like the viral Agent Smith in this The Matrix analogy)!  He’s destroying it for its own sake, not for any common reason like power or favor which normal people could understand.  Sometimes that’s the problem with evil — there isn’t any understanding it, no matter how hard we may try.

I give this movie a solid A+/A (like a 96%) for entertainment value, storyline, and morality.  You should see it, especially if you liked the first one or want to forget about those ridiculous ones from the 1980s and 1990s.

Pic from Movie Web.

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Obama’s Media Darlings to Follow Him on Trip

Posted by Ryan on July 18, 2008

As if there was any doubt about the MSM’s Big Three network’s bias towards Barack Obama, this removes all suggestion to the contrary.  Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams, and Katie Couric are all going along on the trip!  John McCain’s been to Iraq three times since campaigning began last year (that sound you hear is crickets), and eight times total since the war began.  The MSM isn’t even trying to hide the bias anymore!

Yet, Obama hasn’t been to Iraq since January 2006 and has never visited the “real war” in Afghanistan, so all Big Three anchors will follow their clinically narcissistic and vain Good Shepherd around Europe and the Mideast, drooling, fawning, basking.  I guess that it should be big news that Obama was guilted and cornered into taking this trip… by John McCain of all people!  No mention of that in front of the Savior.  In fact, some in the MSM are blaming the McCain camp for making this a bigger story than it otherwise would have been!  So, McCain controls the media now?  Hmm.

This trip will strain one’s objective credulity worse than Greta Van Susteran’s hanging out in Aruba for months looking for Natalee Holloway — what a hard assignment that must have been: very few breaks in the story but lots and lots of sunshine!  It’ll be like watching the Big Three have spontaneous orgasms every night on TV, as they swoon over their chosen savior.  Get your V-Chips ready!  Good thing I don’t watch those networks.  I honestly don’t know anyone under 50 who does watch them more than once a week.  I’ll hear what’s going on when Brit Hume lets me know. 

What makes this whole affair worse is that Obama’s trip to Europe, Iraq and Afghanistan will probably be paid for by the taxpayers since the trip is being billed as a “fact-finding mission.”  Belonging to a Union I know what it feels like to have your money going to a campaign of someone you do not like and would never vote for.  I hope people take notice of this:  that, in the words of Rush fill-in Jed Babbin, the MSM has become a very large and very powerful “527” in Obama’s favor.

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Finishing the “Real War” in Iraq

Posted by Ryan on July 17, 2008

There’s this story going around the AP this morning which indicates that some soldiers are longing to go to the “real war” in Afghanistan, as Iraq is becoming the more quiet of the two battlefields lately.  With violence against Coalition troops in Iraq on pace to be the lowest in years and the Dems even having to accept the Surge’s success, this story reveals two major points in my opinion: 

1.  Our soldiers are awesome, ready for a fight wherever they happen to be sent, even longing for a chance to kill the bad guys.  As professional soldiers, soldiering is their job, so I’m very glad they take pride and have enthusiasm for their work. 

2.  The AP and the MSM are essentially embracing the Democrat’s position on Iraq, that the “real” bad guys are in Afghanistan and that the fight there should be escalated quickly.  This has been their narrative for five years, stating that Iraq was a distraction from the real War on Terror, even though Bin Laden himself believes that Iraq was the central front in the War on Terror.  What does he know, right?  Nonetheless, it’s a position designed to attack Bush and the Republicans on their strongest electoral issue historically, dealing with terrorism, and it’s obviously transparent and won’t work with flip-flop Obama as their spokesman.

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