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Joe Biden: Patriotic Duty = Pay More Taxes

Posted by Ryan on September 18, 2008

Like any lefty joe Biden believes paying more taxes is the patriotic duty of wealthier Americans!  Of course they have such selfish government-centered worldview which views the quality of citizenship from the top-down, but rarely do they ever say it so clearly. 

Maybe O’Biden is really trying to get Obama to replace him sometime in October with She Who Must Not Be Named.  If he keeps this up, it might be prudent!

Historically speaking, just check out the Constitution for another perspective on Democrats and taxes:  the Feds got into your wallet before allowing us to elect Senators directly… and seven years before women could vote!  Remember it was also the Dems that created the ridiculously Marxist-sounding “Undistributed Profits Tax” (1936) during the Great Depression; a period which Obama desperately wants to emulate in order to get votes.  I wouldn’t put it past these two to come up with clever ways to screw us for the appearance of populist zeal.

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Posted by Sal on September 17, 2008

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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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I Never Liked Astroturf

Posted by Mike on September 16, 2008

Most Rush Limbaugh fans are familiar with the concept of seminar calling. That’s when a liberal phones in to a conservative radio show and pretends to be lifelong conservative before parroting Democrat talking points on the issue of the day. The left has been doing it for years.

This year, David Axelrod and the Obama campaign has taken the concept of seminar calling to the internet with a tactic called “astroturfing.” According to Ace of Spades, the formula is always the same:

The script–

1. The Pledge: I’m a conservative/I’m a Christian/I’m a conservative Christian

2. The Turn: My heart is with you guys, really… but I have these concerns

3. The Prestige: I hear all these great things about Obama and/or did you hear this horrible stuff about Palin?

And of course the simple whitebread, just-plain-folks psuedonym.

It has to be formulaic out of necessity. The Obama-supporting lefty is usually an unemployed MSNBC-watching pothead with a keyboard. They have to keep it simple for the stupid.

Unfortunately for the libs, inventions like Site Meter ensure that the tactic isn’t foolproof. One example Ace cites is a Patterico troll who claims to be a Wasilla, Alaska resident with inside dirt on Sarah Plain. The trouble is, Site Meter tracked the “Wasilla resident” to Chicago. Thankfully, astroturfing libs are about as intelligent as they think conservatives are. In the end, all they’re doing is wasting their own time that would otherwise be spent on Dungeons and Dragons or Magic the Gathering.

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The Financial Mess

Posted by Sal on September 16, 2008

With the collapse of Lehman Brothers to Bankruptcy, and with Merrill Lynch being absorbed by Bank of America, our financial system is foremost on many people’s minds this week.  Add to that the federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac last week, and the Bear Sternes collapse earlier this year, and we have a financial mess.  All of this primarily has to do with the collapse of the mortgage market, as Bear Sternes, Merryll Lynch, and Lehman Brothers all had significant holdings in mortgage-backed securities that have sharply dropped in value.  Both McCain and Obamaare calling for reform and increased government involvement and regulation into the financial sector.  This is precisely the wrong prescription. 

The problems we are seeing in the current mortgage crisis have very little to do with the free market, and more to do with government regulation.  In a free-market system, there is risk and reward.  It is natural that if a company is not run right, that company will fail, so there is every incentive to run the company correctly.  Since Frannie Mae and Freddy Mac were government-backed, in the sense that there was always an understanding that the mortgage under-writings were backed by the U.S. government.  In addition, the Federal Government, beginning with Bill Clinton and continuing with Bush, began mandating increased loans for low-income home buyers, creating the sub-prime industry that created billions of dollars in loans that people could not afford.  (This is also to say nothing of the corruption and back-scratching between Fannie and Freddy and various Democrats.)  It is because of this government intervention that we are in the crisis we are in.  The Freddy and Fannie takeover was necessary, but as Larry Kudlow reports, it is a good thing that the government did not bail out Lehman Brothers.  The concept of risk/reward has to remain in our free-market system, no matter what the short-term pain is. 

We are in a financial mess — one that will take some time to resolve.  It is not a crisis, depression, or recession.  It will resolve itself, as the fiscal crisis’ of the past always have.  The question is, are we going to make things worse with increased regulation, or are we going to reform, put sensible regulation where needed, but deregulate the mandates and allow the free market to work.

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Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

Posted by Ryan on September 15, 2008

Perfect actress for Saraccuda by the way.

Palin’s people responded:   “[Palin] thought it was quite funny, particularly because she once dressed up as Tina Fey for Halloween!”

Awesome.

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Barack Obama, Meet Gianna Jessen

Posted by Ryan on September 15, 2008

Gianna Jessen, survivor of a botched saline abortion on April 6, 1977, and her story are showcased in the recently launched “Born Alive Truth” website with the help of Jill Stanek

The site and the campaign are highlighting Obama’s horrid position on the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which he did NOT support — that’s beyond pro-choice and into just plain sick. 

I heard an ad on the Sean Hannity Show  today, along with his interview with Gianna Jessen herself.  Both were very powerful and really brings this point home.  She’ll be interviewed on Hannity and Colmes tonight as well.

UPDATE:  Here’s the ad mentioned above:

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Looking Bad for Obama

Posted by Sal on September 15, 2008

It is beginning to look bad for Barack Obama.  The last three days of Rasmussen polling have John McCain at 49-50% for the first time since Obama became the presumptive Democrat nominee.  The Rasmussen poll is a 3-day rolling tracking poll of Likely voters, and the polling occured after the Sarah Palin interviews with Charlie Gibson.  As most political scientists will tell you, when a candidate is at/over 50%, it spells trouble for the opposition.  Most other polls show the race either tied or with a McCain lead.  John McCain, in the last 2+ weeks, has turned this election upside down with the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin.  Whether this holds or not is still undetermined, but as of right now, team Obama has an uphill battle to climb. 

McCain is also polling well in most of the battleground states.  McCain is showing a consistant lead in Ohio, Florida, and Virginia, although trailing in Colorado and showing razor-thin leads in recent polling in New Mexico and Nevada.

Even more worrisome to Obama than the national polls and the battleground states, however, are a recent round of state polling that puts what are otherwise traditionally blue states in-play, such as Michican, Peensylvania, Minnesota, Wisconson, and Washington State.  There’s even some anecdotal chatter about the liberal bastion of New York State! If Obama loses even one of these states, it is likely that he will lose the election. 

Although the election results are far from certain, and anything can happen in the next 50+ days, the trend is towards McCain/Palin.  Team Obama will have to do some serious work to reverse that trend.

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Update: McCain and E-Mail

Posted by Sal on September 15, 2008

Last week, I wrote on the Obama Campaign’s reprehensible (or just plain stupid) ad attacking John McCain for not using a computer, which he cannot do easily due to war injuries.  ABC’s Jake Tapper has done a good piece documenting this, and it is worth the read. 

Another post of interest, Michael Graham, a local Boston-area talk show host and contributor to National Reveiw Online, recently published on his blog a devastating email he wrote to the Obama campaign on this subject.  This story has legs, and it is going to be very problematic to team Obama.

UPDATE:  Michelle Malkin has picked up on Michael Graham’s email, and suggested that more people send emails such as this one.

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Who’s Out of Touch?

Posted by Sal on September 13, 2008

The Obama campaign released an ad last night declaring McCain to be out-of-touch, attacking him for supposedly not knowing how to use a computer or how to send an email. 

The Obama campaign also looked like it was beginning this line of attack with its surrogates, as outlined in the AP.  In the last 24 hours, however, several facts have come to light on the blogosphere, beginning with Jonah Goldberg over at The Corner.  Jonah has found several articles, dating back to 2000, showing that McCain cannot use a keyboard due to his war injuries.  It is primarily this reason that he did not for a while learn to use his computer.  Forbes Magazine as well touched on his war injuries, and the things he could not do because of these injuries.  Since the time that the articles were written, however, HotAir has found a New York Times story from this past July outlining McCain’s familiarity with many sites and blogs on the Internet;  he may not be able to type or use the computer heavily himself because of his injuries, but he does go on many websites (including his daughter’s blog) with the assistance of Cindy. 

So Obama is either cruel and insensitive in regards to McCain’s war injuries, a liar for not reporting the facts correctly, or clueless for not being able to find this basic information.  If anyone is out of touch, it’s the Obama campaign for not knowing how to do a simple Google or Lexus Nexus search.

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Real American Heroes Are For McCain

Posted by Sal on September 12, 2008

Joe Cook is a veteran of the Iraq war who supports McCain (note this was an independent ad put together by Joe Cook, and not in any way affiliated with the McCain campaign.)  The ad is very powerful, especially the end.  Rather than go into detail, I will let Joe Cook speak for himself.

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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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Vice-Presidential Qualifications

Posted by Sal on September 11, 2008

There has been much talk of experience and qualifications in regards to Sarah Palin and the VP slot.  While one looks at the person of Sarah Palin, both as a person and from her experience, one finds that she : 

  • is young (under 45)
  • has a reputation as a Republican Reformer
  • has taken on Republican Party Establishment
  • has a large family with many children
  • is a lover of outdoor sports
  • is a Hunter
  • was chosen as VP Candidate with less than 2 years experience as Governor

While this describes Sarah Palin, it also describes Teddy Roosevelt.  Roosevelt was Vice President for one year when William McKinley died.  Yet with a similar resume to Palin’s, he became one of the most influential Presidents in American history.  Leadership is not about any kind of Government experience, it’s about having the right ideals and philosophy, and having those intangible characteristics to lead.  Truth is, one can never be sure who will be a good or great President and who will be a disappointment, but it is ideology and worldview that help give the best indication.  President George H.W. Bush was probably one of the most qualified presidents in history, but he did not perform in a way that made him one of the greats.  Lincoln was probably one of the more “unqualified” men to ever occupy the White House, but was arguably one of the greatest, if not the greatest, President.  Palin’s Washington “experience” may not match that of Biden and McCain’s, but she has the right ideology, and at least so far, she appears to exhibit that intangible leadership quality that can effect real change in government. 

(The above bullet points are a paraphrase of an item that is all over the Internet in various forms).

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Zero Tax Relief From Obama

Posted by Mike on September 10, 2008

Even though there isn’t a soul in America that believes him, Barack Obama has been running around the country claiming to support a tax cut for the overwhelming majority of Americans. With that in mind, I was happy to see this piece by Newt Gingrich and Peter Ferrara in the Weekly Standard on taxes.

Gingrich and Ferrara argue that most of Obama’s “tax cuts” are for people who don’t actually pay taxes thanks to the low tax policies of President Reagan, President Bush, and Gingrich’s Congress.

The merits of Obama’s plan are of course debatable even though the plan is misguided, but what people need to be aware of is that Obama’s plan does not reduce the amount of money taxpayers are forced to send to the government.  Under Obama’s plan, those who actually pay taxes will continue to pay through the nose while those who don’t will receive even more money they did not earn.  You could call it lipstick on a pig, but I’d rather call it That 70s Show.

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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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Seriously Obama, “Lipstick on a Pig?”

Posted by Ryan on September 9, 2008

This guy looks like a complete ass.  Here’s what we know:

We know Obama believes his own hype. 

We also know that his messianic complex has taken a beating over the last week or so based on Obama’s shrinking poll numbers. 

We also know, like everyone else, that Sarah Palin’s ad libbed joke from her spectacular RNC speech about “the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull?  Lipstick,” was one of the most memorable lines of either convention, and clearly any inference to “lipstick” will be associated with her either intentional or not.

We know what he said today: “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.  You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change; it’s still going to stink after 8 years.”

Hence, my hypothesis is that Obama knew exactly what he was saying in this instance.  This is more than an accidental gaffe, this is desperate, mean-spirited politics.  Sure McCain inferred something similar about She Who Must Not Be Named (well c’mon it’s SWMNBN — that’s too easy!), but McCain was not running against SWMNBN at the time and SWMNBN did not just enter national politics as a certified, poll-tested game-changer two weeks ago.  Obama needs to jazz up his base, so he gave them a little red meat.  Either that or Obama’s just a rube since the potential for this gaffe to backfire is immense.

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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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“Time For Some Campaigning”

Posted by Ryan on September 6, 2008

I was reading an email link a friend sent me as I sit through what’s left of Tropical Storm Hanna and got a good laugh.  Though it’s been around for a month, I just saw it and would like to share.  So, here’s a little “Jib Jab” fun for your Saturday afternoon.

WARNING: She Who Must Not Be Named cameo in the video.

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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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Close The Door

Posted by Mike on September 3, 2008

Barack Obama’s ties to terrorist William Ayres is fair game and should have been the subject of a thousand media questions over the last year and a half.  Obama’s prior cocaine use however, should not. Not unless liberals open the door that is. If left wing blogs and the mainstream media (a distinction without a difference?) can mention Todd Palin’s 22 year old DUI conviction, then they’ve opened the door. Last night, Newt Gingrich walked through the door.

The left opened a door that should remain closed, but here we are.

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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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Bristol Palin’s Having a Baby

Posted by Ryan on September 1, 2008

She’s 17 and has got a lot of growing up to do! 

Bristol Palin is having a baby and will do the right thing and shortly marry the father.  Sarah and Todd have indicated that the press should respect the historical privacy of the candidate’s children and stay out of this ordeal.  The One agrees.  The Palins have a positive attitude and will be supportive of their oldest daughter and her soon-to-be-husband… given Sarah Palin’s history with guns, this gives new meaning to the term “shotgun wedding.”

Elated Libs just don’t get it.  Some of the conspiracy theories and allegations on the blogosphere are terrible and I will not post a link to them out of respect and tact. 

To be frank just because Bristol is pregnant, doesn’t mean Conservatives will abandon her mom, nor does it mean Palin’s not Conservative, nor will Conservatives lose respect for her.  That Bristol is getting married, keeping the baby, and is still embraced by her parents are all things consistent with Conservative values.  Remember, the Family Values crowd also believes that we’re all sinners and need the guidance of Jesus’ teachings to help us through life’s tribulations.  This whole issue doesn’t exemplify model behavior, but given the situation, this shows the Palins are ready to face life’s challenges, while showing themselves to be good people dealt a difficult hand.

Reuters photo.

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Palin v. Obama on Experience

Posted by Ryan on September 1, 2008

Gerard Baker penned this quick comparison of Sarah Palin and Barack Obama.   The contrasts could not be more clear and could not be more indicative that a Palin-type character is much more desirable in high office than an Obama-type politician. 

Young and ambitious, Obama has followed a typical political corsus, yet rising much too fast to accumulate wisdom and take true responsibility for his political decisions without hiding behind or within the votes of others.  Young and driven, Palin has worked in the private sector, the public sector, and has held local and state offices that force her to be where the “buck stops” on numerous issues, accelerating her wisdom and forcing her to take sole responsibility for her actions.

I know that this election is McCain v. Obama (which on experience isn’t even close), but if the Dems are going to whine about Palin’s lack of experience, then their own candidate needs to look in the mirror and do some thinking about whether or not the Dems really want to go there.

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Sarah Palin Facts

Posted by Mike on August 31, 2008

Even though we could see the website coming a mile away, it’s still an entertaining read.  Chuck Norris was the first person to have this shtick, Tim Tebow and Cole Hamels also gave it a shot, but Sarah Palin is the first person who can actually back it up. Come to think of it, I have heard the rumor that Superman wears Sarah Palin pajamas.

Reuters photo

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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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