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August 2008 <== ==> October 2008

Barack Obama on John McCain 
September 27, 2008

From last night's first 2008 Presidential Debate, Barack Obama speaks on John McCain:

“I think Senator McCain’s absolutely right that we need more responsibility…”

“Senator McCain is absolutely right that the earmarks process has been abused…”

“He’s also right that oftentimes lobbyists and special interests are the ones that are introducing these…requests…”

“John mentioned the fact that business taxes on paper are high in this country, and he’s absolutely right…”

“John is right we have to make cuts…”

“Senator McCain is absolutely right that the violence has been reduced as a consequence of the extraordinary sacrifice of our troops and our military families…”

“John — you’re absolutely right that presidents have to be prudent in what they say…”

“Senator McCain is absolutely right, we cannot tolerate a nuclear Iran…”

I suppose that the tag line for the tv ad might be: I'm Barack Obama, and I approve of John McCain.


Rush Limbaugh: Obama is Stoking Racial Antagonism 
September 19, 2008

Following the release of a Spanish-language campaign ad, in which Obama falsely attempts to tie together alleged immigration policies of John McCain, with alleged "racist" remarks of Rush Limbaugh, Limbaugh, to utterly no surprise to those who know him, unloaded on Obama, and for several days successfully tarred and feather him as a blatant liar.  The Wall Street Journal then offered Rush 800 words in today's issue to talk about it, and he did it in only 700:

I understand the rough and tumble of politics. But Barack Obama -- the supposedly postpartisan, postracial candidate of hope and change -- has gone where few modern candidates have gone before.

Mr. Obama's campaign is now trafficking in prejudice of its own making. And in doing so, it is playing with political dynamite. What kind of potential president would let his campaign knowingly extract two incomplete, out-of-context lines from two radio parodies and build a framework of hate around them in order to exploit racial tensions? The segregationists of the 1950s and 1960s were famous for such vile fear-mongering.

Here's the relevant part of the Spanish-language television commercial Mr. Obama is running in Hispanic communities:

"They want us to forget the insults we've put up with . . . the intolerance . . . they made us feel marginalized in this country we love so much."

Then the commercial flashes two quotes from me: ". . . stupid and unskilled Mexicans" and "You shut your mouth or you get out!"

And then a voice says, "John McCain and his Republican friends have two faces. One that says lies just to get our vote . . . and another, even worse, that continues the policies of George Bush that put special interests ahead of working families. John McCain . . . more of the same old Republican tricks."

Much of the media that is uninterested in Mr. Obama's connections to unrepentant 1970s Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers and Rev. Jeremiah Wright have so far gone along with the attempt to tie me to Mr. McCain. But Mr. McCain and I have not agreed on how to address illegal immigration. While I am heartened by his willingness to start by securing the borders, it is no secret that we have fundamental differences on illegal immigration.

And more to the point, these sound bites are a deception, and Mr. Obama knows it. The first sound bite was extracted from a 1993 humorous monologue poking fun at the arguments against the North American Free Trade Agreement. Here's the context:

"If you are unskilled and uneducated, your job is going south. Skilled workers, educated people are going to do fine 'cause those are the kinds of jobs Nafta is going to create. If we are going to start rewarding no skills and stupid people, I'm serious, let the unskilled jobs that take absolutely no knowledge whatsoever to do -- let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work."

My point, which is obvious, was that the people who were criticizing Nafta were demeaning workers, particularly low-skilled workers. I was criticizing the mind-set of the protectionists who opposed the treaty. There was no racial connotation to it and no one thought there was at the time. I was demeaning the arguments of the opponents.

As for the second sound bite, I was mocking the Mexican government's double standard -- i.e., urging open borders in this country while imposing draconian immigration requirements within its own borders. Thus, I took the restrictions Mexico imposes on immigrants and appropriated them as my own suggestions for a new immigration law.

Here's the context for that sound bite: "And another thing: You don't have the right to protest. You're allowed no demonstrations, no foreign flag waving, no political organizing, no bad-mouthing our president or his policies. You're a foreigner: shut your mouth or get out! And if you come here illegally, you're going to jail."

At the time, I made abundantly clear that this was a parody on the Mexican government's hypocrisy and nobody took it otherwise.

The malignant aspect of this is that Mr. Obama and his advisers know exactly what they are doing. They had to listen to both monologues or read the transcripts. They then had to pick the particular excerpts they used in order to create a commercial of distortions. Their hoped-for result is to inflame racial tensions. In doing this, Mr. Obama and his advisers have demonstrated a pernicious contempt for American society.

We've made much racial progress in this country. Any candidate who employs the tactics of the old segregationists is unworthy of the presidency.

Here is a copy of the "Rush Morning Update" from April 6, 2006, from which Obama "extracted" one of the two alleged anti-Mexican "racist" comments:

Of course, as anyone with two neurons to rub together, can tell what Rush is doing in this bit: Poking "fun" at Mexican immigration law, as it compares to our own lax requirements.


Philly Race-Baiting: Under Investigation for Timecard Fraud, Councilman's Aid Accuses FOX-29 of Racism   
September 19, 2008

Its one of the oldest tricks in the book for politicians and staffers caught with their hands in the cookie jar, accuse your accuser of being racist.  In this case, top legislative aid to Philadelphia City Councilman, Wilson Goode, Jr., has been under investigation by local Philadelphia FOX station, Channel 29, and their report, Jeff Cole, for defrauding the city by putting in on her time card for many hours which she simply did not work. 

While hardly a national story — relatively small potatoes in comparison to the many federal political corruption prosecutions there in recent years, including the ongoing trial of State Senator Vincent Fumo — a recent twist in the story makes in a little more interesting: The aid to Councilman Goode, Latrice Bryant, in City Council's opening session yesterday, held up several handmade signs for the cameras, accusing FOX 29 of being racist.  But let FOX 29 and Jeff Cole tell the story:

Fox 29 Accused Of Racism In City Council
Goode Aide Shows Hand-Made, Accusatory Signs

Last Edited: Thursday, 18 Sep 2008, 10:31 PM EDT
Created: Thursday, 18 Sep 2008, 6:05 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA -- The opening session of Philadelphia's city council is often filled with warm wishes and good feelings for the days ahead.

But on Thursday, during the first meeting, a top aide to a city councilman accused this television station and its investigative reporter of racism.

The aide works for Councilman Wilson Goode, Jr. During the past several weeks, we've been asking her and the councilman questions about her work habits at city hall.

On Thursday morning, Fox 29's Jeff Cole tried again to get some answers, and that's when the hand-made, accusatory signs came out.

"Hey Latrice, can I talk to you real quickly? Latrice, before you run," Cole said to the aide.

Latrice Bryant is a top legislative aide to Goode. She's ducking questions we have about the amount of time she spends at city hall working for the councilman.

Here's why we're asking: during work weeks in June and July, Fox 29 Investigates kept an eye on Bryant as she made her way to and from her job at city hall.

We saw her -- time and time again -- showing up late while indicating on her time sheets that she started work, often, hours earlier.

Bryant, who has worked for Goode for nearly nine years, declined to be interviewed and told us to talk to her boss.

So, on Thursday we came to the opening session of city council to try to get some answers.

But after Bryant dodged us, she took a seat behind Goode in council chambers and held up hand-written signs accusing Fox 29 and Cole of racism.

Top legislative aid to Philadelphia City Councilman, Wilson Goode, Jr., yesterday, holding up a handwritten sign during the opening session of Council, with the name of FOX 29 reporter Jeff Cole along with "KKK"
Here, Bryant holds up a sign that reads "FOX 29 are racist."  Councilman Goode claims after that he did not see Bryant holding up the signs.
Latrice Bryant during yesterday's City Council session.

The accusations came moments after Goode reacted angrily to our attempts to question Bryant.

"Don't you ever disrespect a black woman like that again," Goode said.

After the session ended, we tried to speak with Goode about Bryant's work habits and her accusatory signs.

"What is racist about me asking you about your publicly-paid employee and her hours, sir?" Cole asked.

"I am going to send you a written response and I'm going to talk to them about whatever they want to talk about," Goode said.

In the response, Goode wrote that he won't dismiss Bryant's nine-year work track record based on possible "mistakes" on her time sheets.

He says he has tightened the sign-in process in his office but wouldn't answer questions about her work hours.

"But when someone signs timesheets a few days later and goes back it's, they're prone to make mistakes," Goode said.

"Councilman, how can somebody claim they're in at 8:30 whey they show up at 11:30?" Cole asked.

"Get out of my way," Goode said.

"I'm sorry, councilman. I'll get right out of your way," Cole said.

Goode said he didn't see Bryant's signs.

In his written statement, Goode wrote that it is impossible for him to go back in time to recollect an employees work hours. And he adds that time sheets in his office will now be filled-out on a daily basis.

Something else for the City of Brotherly Love to be proud of.

Will Councilman Goode take any action concerning Latrice Bryant's fraudulent timecard entries, or about her conduct during yesterday's City Council session.  Its doubtful, given the abysmal track record of City Council in addressing ethical problems among its own.


Obama: "Ready to lead?  No.  Ready to Smear?  Yes  
September 10, 2008

In the wake of Obama's latest personal slur on Sarah Palin, here is John McCain's latest tv ad:
Update:  Since originally released — as hosted on YouTube — snitty, snotty, snooty CBS News and Obama lap dog, Katie Couric, have demanded that YouTube take down the video.  So we've replaced it with a copy of our own.  Just click on the image below:


Obama Continues Racist Slimes: Against Himself  
September 5, 2008

Democrat Presidential candidate, Barack Obama, has once again interjected the race card into the presidential race, and has once again hurled a flurry of racist slimes against one of the candidates . . . Himself! 

See if any of this sounds familiar — from the "first post-racial candidate" speaking to executives at the Schott glass company, in Duryea, Pennsylvania:

I know that I’m not your typical presidential candidate, and I just want to be honest with you.  I know that.

And I know that the temptation is to say, ‘You know what? . . . The guy hasn’t been there that long in Washington,’ You know, ‘he’s got funny name,’ You know, ‘we’re not sure about him.'

And that’s what the Republicans, when they say, ‘This isn’t about issues, it’s about personalities,’ what they’re really saying is, ‘We’re going to try to scare people about Barack.

So we’re going to say that you know, maybe he’s got Muslim connections or we’re going to say that, you know, he hangs out with radicals or he’s not patriotic.

So, once again, Barack Obama has proven himself to be not the post-racial candidate, but the race-baiting and racist candidate.  This time, in the working class town of Duryea, Pennsylvania.  To endear himself to these good people, Obama has swept into town on his chariot, and essentially wagged his finger at them, and told them, "Listen up, you bunch of hicks," and as the Democrat talking point has been developed: "Vote for me, or you're a bunch of racists."

Lets have a look at Duryea:

Duryea is a small town of about 4,300 persons, located eight miles southwest of Scranton.  It is 53% female and 47% male, with a median age of 43 years.  The population is overwhelmingly white/non-hispanic (98.7%), of which less than 1% is foreign born.  80% of the adult population has a high school diploma, with 14% having undergraduate or higher degrees.  49% of Duryea's adult population is presently married, with less than 10% being either divorced or separated.

Duryea has a median household income of $35,500, and a median home value of $94,000.  Unemployment is about 4.3%.  Violent crime in Duryea is almost non-existent.  In 2002  (the most recent available date for these statistics), there were 0 murders, 0 rapes and 0 robberies, and only 17 assaults of all kinds reported.  The vote for President in 2004 was almost evenly divided between Democrat and Republican.

What was not reflected in the statistics, is the degree to which the residents of Duryea bitterly cling to their guns and religion.

I suppose Barack Obama is going to find out.


Opah - Dopah
September 5, 2008

Just another Leftist hack . . .

Guests on her show:  Barack Obama = Yes.  Sarah Palin = No.


Sarah, Sarah, . . . and More Sarah
September 5, 2008

Following is a collection of some of the more interesting videos and clips out there of Sarah Palin, for your enjoyment and easy access:

The Speech: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, nomination acceptance speech (September 3, 2008) Sarah Palin campaign bio video (Was to have accompanied her acceptance speech, on September 3, 2008) Address by Palin immediately following McCain's announcement of her selection as his VP (Dayton, Ohio - August 29, 2008)  
Palin on the stump with McCain (Cedarburg, Wisconsin - September 5, 2008)    


Pro-Dead Baby Lobby: Taking Exception at Not Aborting a Baby
September 4, 2008

As reported on LifeNews.com, former Planned non-Parenthood president, Gloria Feldt, has expressed her shock and disdain at the fact that the daughter of Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, 17-year-old Bristol Palin, will not be putting her unborn baby to death, in the manner which is religiously consecrated by such killers on the Left.

Feldt's comments give lie to the absurd notion that those in the pro-dead baby lobby have the slightest interest in either limiting or reducing the number of abortions which take place each year.  Their twisted, and sickening views become less and less subtle all the time, and their true agenda, of insuring that the maximum number of abortions are performed, has become crystal clear.  For such "people," the so-called Womens' Movement is constituted by a single issue: The "right" to kill one's unborn baby at any time, for any reason  (or no reason), without any scrutiny.  It is no wonder that Obama is their candidate.

Former Planned Parenthood President Says Sarah Palin Forcing Daughter to Keep Baby

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 3, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- As news of the pregnancy of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol makes the headlines, she is coming under attack from backers of pro-abortion candidate Barack Obama. But few have gone as far as former Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt, who suggested Palin is making her daughter keep the baby.

"She probably feels powerless right now," Feldt said on Tuesday responding to the news about Bristol Palin.

Feldt said Governor Palin’s pro-life views may have made it so she and her husband Todd prevented Bristol from getting an abortion.

"Because of her family's attitude she probably doesn't feel that she has a choice in terms of what will happen to her,” Feldt said.

Instead, the pro-abortion activist appears to say Palin wants her daughter to keep the baby to avoid the embarrassment and present a positive spin on the news in the media.

“Her mother is weaving a narrative that it's a heroic thing of course that she is going forward with the pregnancy, she's getting married and it will all be beautiful and rosy,” Feldt added.

LifeNews.com talked with Wendy Wright, the head of Concerned Women for America, who took strong exception to Feldt’s comments.

“In Gloria Feldt’s bizarre world, families that cherish children are toxic. If the goal is to reduce the number of abortions, surely the first step is to allow families to love and embrace their children, not reject the weak and inconvenient,” Wright said.

“She seems to hope that Bristol, who grew up in a Christian family that clearly cherishes children and even recently embraced a special needs child, would choose abortion and be proud of it,” Wright added. “It may be difficult for Gloria to understand that people could love an unexpected child, a welcome surprise. But to project her contempt for babies onto others, and refuse to allow that a teenager could want a baby is narcissistic.”

Wright said Feldt’s comments make Planned Parenthood’s agenda and mindset about women and children clear.

“Gloria’s condescension toward young pregnant women exposes the business model of Planned Parenthood. It is inconceivable to them that a woman would want an unexpected baby,” she said. “This narrow-minded approach should clang warning bells about how Planned Parenthood treats its clients as if they are people who need to be separated from their families and disabused of any desire to mother their baby.”

Wright said Feldt needs to understand that her comments could go the other way -- that parents could just as quickly force their daughters to have an abortion.

“Would Gloria as quickly agree that a teenager whose parents are pro-abortion may be coerced into an unwanted abortion? And, since everyone knows abortion is available but not all know that life-affirming help is available, would she agree that teenagers – especially those of pro-abortion parents – should have access to pro-life options?”

“Gov. Palin’s announcement noted that the road won’t be easy for Bristol. But Feldt refuses to acknowledge that abortion carries far more harmful consequences without the rewards and joys that children bring,” she concluded.


Detroit Flushes Its Toilet; Kwame Kilpatrick On His Way to Prison
September 4, 2008

Detroit's corrupt, slimy, criminal soon-to-be-Ex-Mayor, Democrat Kwame Kilpatrick, pled guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice by committing perjury, by the lies he told under oath in the Gary Brown whistleblower case.  Kilpatrick admitted that he acted to obstruct justice by lying about his relationship with his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty, and covering up their relationship in testimony during the civil trial brought by Gary Brown.

Faced with the potential of imprisonment for a maximum of in excess of 15-30 years, it is easy to see why Kilpatrick has agreed to the deal  (which must still be accepted and entered by the court)  in which he will spend only 120 days in jail, pay a $1 million fine, and lose his law license and city pension.  Oh, . . . and his have to step down as mayor.  (After all, this isn't Washington, D.C.)

Kilpatrick stated to the court, in pleading guilty: "I lied under oath in the case of Gary Brown and Harold Nelthrope versus the city of Detroit ... I did so with the intent to mislead the court and jury, to impede and obstruct the disposition of justice."  Kilpatrick's ex-Chief of Staff, Beatty (shown above, right), is not included in the plea deal.

Criminal assault charges against Kilpatrick, arising out of an attempt to serve a subpoena at his sister's home, remain pending.


Sarah Palin: Address to the Republican National Convention
September 3, 2008

Following is the text of Sarah Palin's speech to the Republican National Convention, as delivered on Wednesday evening:

Mr. Chairman, delegates, and fellow citizens, I will be honored to accept your nomination for vice president of the United States.

I accept the call to help our nominee for president to serve and defend America. And I accept the challenge of a tough fight in this election against confident opponents at a crucial hour for our country.

And I accept the privilege of serving with a man who has come through much harder missions, and met far graver challenges, and knows how tough fights are won, the next president of the United States, John S. McCain.

It was just a year ago when all the experts in Washington counted out our nominee because he refused to hedge his commitment to the security of the country he loves.

With their usual certitude, they told us that all was lost, there was no hope for this candidate, who said that he would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war. But the pollsters...

The pollsters and the pundits, they overlooked just one thing when they wrote him off. They overlooked the caliber of the man himself, the determination, and resolve, and the sheer guts of Senator John McCain.

The voters knew better, and maybe that's because they realized there's a time for politics and a time for leadership, a time to campaign and a time to put our country first.

Our nominee for president is a true profile in courage, and people like that are hard to come by. He's a man who wore the uniform of his country for 22 years and refused to break faith with those troops in Iraq who now have brought victory within sight.

And as the mother of one of those troops, that is exactly the kind of man I want as commander-in-chief.

I'm just one of many moms who will say an extra prayer each night for our sons and daughters going into harm's way. Our son, Track, is 19. And one week from tomorrow, September 11, he'll deploy to Iraq with the Army infantry in the service of his country.

My nephew, Casey, also enlisted and serves on a carrier in the Persian Gulf.

My family is so proud of both of them and of all the fine men and women serving the country in uniform.

So Track is the eldest of our five children. In our family, it's two boys and three girls in between, my strong and kind- hearted daughters, Bristol, and Willow, and Piper.

And we were so blessed in April. Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig.

You know, from the inside, no family ever seems typical, and that's how it is with us. Our family has the same ups and downs as any other, the same challenges and the same joys.

Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge. And children with special needs inspire a very, very special love. To the families of special-needs...

To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message for you: For years, you've sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. And I pledge to you that, if we're elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.

And Todd is a story all by himself. He's a lifelong commercial fisherman and a production operator in the oil fields of Alaska's North Slope, and a proud member of the United Steelworkers union. And Todd is a world champion snow machine racer.

Throw in his Yup'ik Eskimo ancestry, and it all makes for quite a package. And we met in high school. And two decades and five children later, he's still my guy.

My mom and dad both worked at the elementary school in our small town. And among the many things I owe them is a simple lesson that I've learned, that this is America, and every woman can walk through every door of opportunity.

And my parents are here tonight.

I am so proud to be the daughter of Chuck and Sally Heath.

Long ago, a young farmer and a haberdasher from Missouri, he followed an unlikely path -- he followed an unlikely path to the vice presidency. And a writer observed, "We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty and sincerity and dignity," and I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Truman.

I grew up with those people. They're the ones who do some of the hardest work in America, who grow our food, and run our factories, and fight our wars. They love their country in good times and bad, and they're always proud of America.

I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. I was just your average hockey mom and signed up for the PTA.

I love those hockey moms. You know, they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.

So I signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids' public education even better. And when I ran for city council, I didn't need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and I knew their families, too.

Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involved.

I guess -- I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.

I might add that, in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they're listening and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening.

No, we tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.

As for my running mate, you can be certain that wherever he goes and whoever is listening John McCain is the same man.

Well, I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I've learned quickly these last few days that, if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.

But -- now, here's a little newsflash. Here's a little newsflash for those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this great country.

Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reason and not just to mingle with the right people. Politics isn't just a game of clashing parties and competing interests. The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it.

No one expects us all to agree on everything, but we are expected to govern with integrity, and goodwill, and clear convictions, and a servant's heart.

And I pledge to all Americans that I will carry myself in this spirit as vice president of the United States.

This was the spirit that brought me to the governor's office when I took on the old politics as usual in Juneau, when I stood up to the special interests, and the lobbyists, and the Big Oil companies, and the good-old boys.

Suddenly, I realized that sudden and relentless reform never sits well with entrenched interests and power-brokers. That's why true reform is so hard to achieve.

But with the support of the citizens of Alaska, we shook things up. And in short order, we put the government of our state back on the side of the people.

I came to office promising major ethics reform to end the culture of self-dealing. And today, that ethics reform is a law.

While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for. That luxury jet was over-the-top.

I put it on eBay.

I love to drive myself to work. And I thought we could muddle through without the governor's personal chef, although I got to admit that sometimes my kids sure miss her.

I came to office promising to control spending, by request if possible, but by veto, if necessary.

Senator McCain also -- he promises to use the power of veto in defense of the public interest. And as a chief executive, I can assure you it works.

Our state budget is under control. We have a surplus. And I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending, nearly $500 million in vetoes.

We suspended the state fuel tax and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress, "Thanks, but no thanks," on that Bridge to Nowhere.

If our state wanted to build a bridge, we were going to build it ourselves.

When oil and gas prices went up dramatically and filled up the state treasury, I sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged: directly to the people of Alaska.

And despite fierce opposition from oil company lobbyists, who kind of liked things the way that they were, we broke their monopoly on power and resources. As governor, I insisted on competition and basic fairness to end their control of our state and return it to the people.

I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history. And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly $40 billion natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.

That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are open, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart.

The stakes for our nation could not be higher. When a hurricane strikes in the Gulf of Mexico, this country should not be so dependent on imported oil that we're forced to draw from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve. And families cannot throw more and more of their paychecks on gas and heating oil.

With Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucasus and to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon, we cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.

To confront the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of the world's energy supplies, or that terrorists might strike again at the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia, or that Venezuela might shut off its oil discoveries and its deliveries of that source, Americans, we need to produce more of our own oil and gas. And...

And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: We've got lots of both.

Our opponents say again and again that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems, as if we didn't know that already.

But the fact that drilling, though, won't solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.

Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we're going to lay more pipelines, and build more nuclear plants, and create jobs with clean coal, and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources. We need...

We need American sources of resources. We need American energy brought to you by American ingenuity and produced by American workers.

And now, I've noticed a pattern with our opponent, and maybe you have, too. We've all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers, and there is much to like and admire about our opponent.

But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or even a reform, not even in the State Senate.

This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting and never use the word "victory," except when he's talking about his own campaign.

But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed, when the roar of the crowd fades away, when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot...

When that happens, what exactly is our opponent's plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet?

The answer -- the answer is to make government bigger, and take more of your money, and give you more orders from Washington, and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world.

America needs more energy; our opponent is against producing it. Victory in Iraq is finally in sight, and he wants to forfeit. Terrorist states are seeking nuclear weapons without delay; he wants to meet them without preconditions.

Al Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America, and he's worried that someone won't read them their rights.

Government is too big; he wants to grow it. Congress spends too much money; he promises more. Taxes are too high, and he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan.

And let me be specific: The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, and raise payroll taxes, and raise investment income taxes, and raise the death tax, and raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.

My sister, Heather, and her husband, they just built a service station that's now open for business, like millions of others who run small businesses. How are they...

How are they going to be better off if taxes go up? Or maybe you are trying to keep your job at a plant in Michigan or in Ohio...

Or you're trying -- you're trying to create jobs from clean coal, from Pennsylvania or West Virginia.

You're trying to keep a small farm in the family right here in Minnesota.

How are you -- how are you going to be better off if our opponent adds a massive tax burden to the American economy?

Here's how I look at the choice Americans face in this election: In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers, and then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.

They are the ones whose names appear on laws and landmark reforms, not just on buttons and banners or on self-designed presidential seals.

Among politicians, there is the idealism of high-flown speech- making, in which crowds are stirringly summoned to support great things, and then there is the idealism of those leaders, like John McCain, who actually do great things.

They're the ones who are good for more than talk, the ones that we've always been able to count on to serve and to defend America.

Senator McCain's record of actual achievements and reform helps explain why so many special interests, and lobbyists, and comfortable committee chairmen in Congress have fought the prospect of a McCain presidency from the primary election of 2000 to this very day.

Our nominee doesn't run with the Washington herd. He's a man who's there to serve his country and not just his party, a leader who's not looking for a fight, but sure isn't afraid of one, either.

Harry Reid, the majority of the current do-nothing Senate ... he not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee. He said, quote, "I can't stand John McCain."

Ladies and gentlemen, perhaps no accolade we hear this week is better proof that we've chosen the right man.

Clearly, what the majority leader was driving at is that he can't stand up to John McCain and that is only...

... that's only one more reason to take the maverick out of the Senate, put him in the White House.

My fellow citizens, the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery.

This world of threats and dangers, it's not just a community and it doesn't just need an organizer. And though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they're always, quote, "fighting for you," let us face the matter squarely: There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you.

There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you in places where winning means survival and defeat means death. And that man is John McCain.

You know, in our day, politicians have readily shared much lesser tales of adversity than the nightmare world, the nightmare world in which this man and others equally brave served and suffered for their country.

And it's a long way from the fear, and pain, and squalor of a six-by-four cell in Hanoi to the Oval Office.

But if Senator McCain is elected president, that is the journey he will have made. It's the journey of an upright and honorable man, the kind of fellow whose name you will find on war memorials in small towns across this great country, only he was among those who came home.

To the most powerful office on Earth, he would bring the compassion that comes from having once been powerless, the wisdom that comes even to the captives by the grace of God, the special confidence of those who have seen evil and have seen how evil is overcome. A fellow...

A fellow prisoner of war, a man named Tom Moe of Lancaster, Ohio...

... Tom Moe recalls looking through a pinhole in his cell door as Lieutenant Commander John McCain was led down the hallway by the guards, day after day.

And the story is told, when McCain shuffled back from torturous interrogations, he would turn towards Moe's door, and he'd flash a grin and a thumbs up, as if to say, "We're going to pull through this."

My fellow Americans, that is the kind of man America needs to see us through the next four years.

For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words. But for a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds.

If character is the measure in this election, and hope the theme, and change the goal we share, then I ask you to join our cause. Join our cause and help America elect a great man as the next president of the United States.

Thank you, and God bless America. Thank you.


Us Magazine's Gutter Journalism: "Babies, Lies and Scandal"
September 3, 2008

Utter trash journalism is featured in this week's issue of Us magazine — a, believe it or not, lower class version of People magazine — in a cover story which is boldly emblazoned: "Babies, Lies and Scandal."  The coverage itself is little more than sleazy rumor-mongering in which the magazine collects the various internet trash that has been spewing for the previous several days.

The truly fascinating thing is the interview given by Us magazine's Senior Editor, Bradley Jacobs, to Fox News' Megyn Kelly, in which Jacobs explains  (with a straight face yet)  that the "Lies" to which the cover captions refers are lies being told about Sarah Palin, and not lies told by her or others on her behalf.  Huh?!  What a moron.  Jacobs tries to stick with his absurd claim that the story was "balanced" and that Us did not intend to mislead with its cover.  Little more needs to be said about this abject loser other than . . . watch the video:  (H/T Hot Air)


Newt Gingrich: Palin vs. Obama
September 3, 2008

Former Republican House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, took on PMS-NBC talking butt-hole, Ron Allen, Tuesday night on the floor of the GOP convention, who had accused Veep contender, Sarah Palin, of being unqualified.  Gingrich had had it with Allen, who has been one of the network's staunch Obama "volunteers," and who asserted that Palin's "resume is not something we're familiar seeing with presidential candidates."

Gingrich laid it our for Allen:

It's stronger than Barack Obama's.  I don't know why you guys walk around saying this baloney.  She has a stronger resume than Obama.  She's been a real mayor, he hasn't.  She has been a real governor, he hasn't.  She's been in charge of the Alaskan National Guard, he hasn't.  She was a whistleblower who defeated an incumbent mayor.  He has never once shown that kind of courage.  She's a whistleblower who turned in the chairman of her own party and got him fined $12,000.  I've never seen Obama do one thing like that.  She took on the incumbent governor of her own party and beat him, and then she took on a former Democratic governor and beat him in the election.  I don't know of a single thing Obama's done except talk and write.

Give 'em hell, Harry, . . . er, Newt.  (H/T NewsBusters)


NYT Elisabeth Bumiller: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
September 2, 2008

Bit-by-bit, inch-by-inch, step-by-step, the Mainstream Media continues to plod along attempting its pathetic best to smear Republican V.P. nominee-to-be, Sarah Palin.  And they will try anything, no matter how despicable, how deplorable, or how laughable.  And plausibility is no bar to the depths to which they will plumb.

Case in point:  The allegation that for two years, Sarah Palin, was registered something other than Republican.  Now, this wouldn't be such a hot assertion, were it not for part two of the claim; the part that is designed to make her seem like a nut:  It is claimed that Palin, for a couple of years, was a registered member of the Alaskan Independence Party.  According to the New York Times' Elisabeth Bumiller, based on nothing, certainly no source referenced by the Times hack:

Among other less attention-grabbing news of the day: it was learned that Ms. Palin . . . was a member for two years in the 1990s of the Alaska Independence Party, which has at times sought a vote on whether the state should secede.

Bumiller provides this tid-bit of information — as well as several others — in her story titled: "Palin Disclosures Raise Questions on Vetting," as if out of the blue, with no attribution, no support, and with reference to no sourcing whatsoever.  There is no reason to believe, from either Bumiller's own writing, or otherwise, that she did not simply pull this account out of that upon which she sits.  But who can be  (or should be)  surprised, when it comes to reporting from the New York Times?  This is typical for the Times' style of reportage; there is virtually no distinction between an Op-Ed in the Times, and an alleged piece of fact reporting.

Ostensibly, Ms. Bumiller's story was a piece of "fact reporting," but its just impossible to tell the difference in the Grayed-out Lady anymore.  In actuality, this type of reporting is particularly dishonest: Slander by simply "raising questions."  The "reporter" appears to "report" that someone, someone unknown, someone ethereal perhaps, has "raised" a question or questions, reports what the questions are, and attempts to sneak in made-up  (unattributed/unsourced)  bits of information that seems to answer the "questions raised."  Its slimy.  Its sleazy.  Its certainly dishonest.  Ms. Bumiller's story is a classic example.  And it is far too typical of dinosaurs like the Times.

If Bumiller had done any checking for her piece, she would have discovered that Sarah Palin has been a registered voter in Alaska since she was 18, in the year 1982, and has always been registered Republican.  Is that too much for the New York Times to manage?  Well, apparently, Ed Morrissey, at Hot Air  (a far finer purveyor of journalism that the Times), evidently had no trouble getting copies of all of Mrs. Palin's Alaska voter registration information.  Which, of course, confirms that she has never been registered as anything but a Republican, since her original registration, on May 5, 1982.  (Click on the thumbnails below, to see for yourself)

Would checking the voter registration records have been above your pay grade, Ms. Bumiller?  (I guess so . . .)

Update:  Less than 24-hours later, we learn in an unattributed correction in the Times, that the "source" for Bumiller's claim that Palin was a member of the Alaska Independence Party, was Lynette Clark, chairwoman of the Party.  The Times has now recanted the claim, again, based solely upon the assertion of Clark, who blames another member of the AIP for the bogus information.  But this in no way clears Ms. bumiller from her intentional journalistic malpractice: Again, the correction provides no basis for believing that Bumiller made any effort to corroborate the assertion from the looney leader of the looney fringe party whose sole purpose is to turn Alaska into a sovereign nation.  Bumiller and the Times could have easily checked with the states' voter registration division, but chose not to.  Even in making the correction, neither the Times nor Bumiller bothered to consult state officials about Palin's registration  (public information, by the way)  to determine the truth.


Mainstream Media Endorses Sarah Palin for V.P.: In Their Own Special Way
September 2, 2008

The words of the Mainstream Media's leading commentators on John McCain's choice for Veep say all that's necessary to illustrate just how scared spitless they are that their choices for President/Vice President, the team of Obambi-O'Biden, is going down in defeat.  Its enough just to collect their saged words of encouragement and endorsement to know how badly the Dems and their henchmen (and women) in the MSM believe the duo is going to do in November.

It is amazing just how anti-women's rights, and anti-women in the work force, and just plain anti-woman, the Democrats' co-conspirators in the media become . . . when it comes to assessing the candidacy of a woman who happens to be Republican and conservative.  Wherever the leaders of the so-called womens' movement might have thought the cause of womens' rights may have been, they should rest-assured that the cause is currently being set back a hundred years or so by these  (and other)  MSM slimers:  

Check back here for additions to these MSM recommendations:  
Susan Reimer, columnist,
     Baltimore Sun, September 1, 2008
[John McCain's] selection of Sarah Palin is insulting on so many levels that I am starting to feel like the Geico caveman.  . . .

You want to look good to the evangelicals? Choose a running mate with a Down syndrome child.  . . .

A woman who made the decision to carry to term a baby she knew to be developmentally disabled.

Sally Quinn, reporter,
     Washington Post, August 29, 2008
My first reaction was shock. Then anger. John McCain chose a running mate simply because she is a woman and one who appealed to the Republican's conservative evangelical base.  . . .

McCain's choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate is a cynical and calculated move. It is a choice made to try to win an election. It is a political gimmick. And it's very high risk. I find it insulting to women, to the Republican party, and to the country.  . . .

Not only do we have a woman with five children, including an infant with special needs, but a woman whose 17-year-old child will need her even more in the coming months. Not to mention the grandchild.

Jodi Kantor and Rachel L. Swarns, reporters,
     New York Times, September 2, 2008
Ms. Palin has set off a fierce argument among women about whether there are enough hours in the day for her to take on the vice presidency, and whether she is right to try. .  . . .

Mrs. Clinton and Ms. Ferraro ran for president and vice president when their children were grown, meaning they were survivors of — not combatants in — the bitter debates over whether and how to combine work with motherhood.  . . .

With Ms. Palin’s entry into the field, a younger generation of women have picked up that mirror, using her candidacy to address the question of just how demanding a job a mother with such intense family obligations should tackle.


Philly Daily News: Choose Class Warfare or Race War in November
September 2, 2008

The mainstream media has again invoked the doomsday "if the Republicans win" scenario, this time courtesy of the Philadelphia Daily News, and racist columnist, Fatimah Ali.  Situated in one of the nation's lesser-known, yet deeply-entrenched bastions of agonizing commie-liberality, the Philadelphia Daily News is certainly no stranger to the politics of race-baiting, although it does not always beat its twin sister-paper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, to the top of Mount Racism.  (Philadelphia, unfortunately, is a one-paper town, which occasionally tries to pretend that the Daily News and the Inquirer are separate entities.)

Ms. Ali spends most of her column spewing the usual class envy and honky-baiting nonsense: Particularly, the economy is crumbling due to the "Bush tax cuts" and that the "Obama tax cuts" will turn it around.  With not the slightest inkling of economics — a failing shared by most on the far Left — Ali cannot but ignore two facts: Under the Bush tax cuts, revenues to the treasury were massively increased; under Obama's plan, revenues to the treasury will plummet, necessitating (in order to continue to maintain and expand the operations of his "democratic"-socialist government) ever more massive tax increases, which will only end up being borne by the vaunted middle class.

Its so simple, even Ms. Simpleton Ali should be able to grasp it, but she cannot.  Like most on the far Left, she is incapable of understanding anything that is at variance with her skewed political views.  So, one more time: When taxes on the wealthiest are decreased, there is both more capital and more incentive to invest, to build business, to create jobs, and to grow the economy.  As a consequence, job are created, the economy does prosper and expand, and — to what should be the glee of spendaholics like the Obamites — the actual receipts from the lowered taxes increase tremendously.

However, when taxes as increased upon the wealthiest, the revenues drop dramatically — there is far less incentive to invest (because the capital to do so is much decreased, and the rewards for doing so are likewise much decreased), and therefore the economy does not prosper, rather, it tends to shrink, job creation is lessened and the total number of jobs  (particularly the kind of jobs which less-educated, poorer Americans might other wise fill) decreases, and (guess what?) tax receipts to the treasury fall precipitously.  This last  (given that the Obamites cannot conceived of cutting spending)  results in even more egregious tax increased which, no matter how targeted, ultimately fall upon the poorest, either through taxes paid (directly and indirectly), or though the increased costs of everything.

Oh, by the way, forget about Obama's promised dramatic decreases in taxes to the middle and lower middle class: Once you hit zero taxes, they cannot be further lowered.  Beyond that point, we are talking about giveaways, free money — something which fits in just perfectly with the nanny state and socialist cum communist state that the far Left desperately wants to achieve.

As for Ms. Ali: her intellectual abilities cannot rise above her own racist view of the world.  In her mind, if the first major African-American candidate for President is not elected  (the majority of Americans having determined that the color of his skin alone is not enough reason to elect him), then there will be racial hell-to-pay:

If McCain wins, look for a full-fledged race and class war, fueled by a deflated and depressed country, soaring crime, homelessness - and hopelessness!

Her own racist outlook blinds Ms. Ali to the possibility  (certainty)  that if Obama loses, he has lost because not enough people believed that there was a good reason to vote for him, and enough people felt that there were better reasons to vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin.  The hallmark of today's racists and classists, is their inability to think in non-classist and non-racist terms, and their tendency, displayed with clarity by Ms. Ali, to see racism where none exists.  I guess we'll have to look for Ms. Ali on the front lines of the upcoming "Obama was cheated out of his rightful place in the White House" race wars.


Biden to Israel: Iranian Nukes, Forget About It!
September 1, 2008

Sources at Israeli Army Radio today slammed Democrat Vice Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, for comments made on a visit to Israel several years ago, in which the Senator warned Israel that it would have to get used to Iran having nuclear weapons.  According to Army Radio, and reported in Haaretz, Biden told senior Israeli officials that "[i]t's doubtful if the economic sanctions will be effective, and I am against opening an additional military and diplomatic front."

Biden and the Obama campaign are in complete denial mode as to the Army Radio accounts of Biden's comments.


John Kerry: Another Illustration of Dems' Top-Down Incompetence
September 1, 2008

Failed 2004 Democrat Presidential candidate, John Kerry, has joined the ever-growing list of Party hacks who have set the standard for Presidential competence in a "top-down" mode.  Kerry has now echoed what so many others have been saying, that John McCain, in selecting Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, has chosen someone who is not ready to be President.

Ignoring, of course, the quite obvious question of whether she is ready to be Vice President, Kerry hypothesizes that she is not capable of "fill[ing] in tomorrow" as President.  However, he also ignores the question of how Palin stacks up against the Democratic nominees in terms of actually fulfilling the duties of the head of the Executive branch of government.  As neither Obama nor Biden have any executive experience, this is probably a question that the Dems are happy to avoid.  (Good thing, too, for them.)

Even more stunning in the Democrats' strategy of questioning Palin's experience to serve as V.P., is the obvious pitfall that it serves only to accentuate the question of experience, on a ticket (Obama-O'Biden) in which the Top of the ticket has virtually no relevant experience for the job, and no executive experience whatsoever.   The minor league nature of this campaign decision is beyond comprehension.


Daily Kos: Admitting to Its Own Stupidity
September 1, 2008

After jumping on the attack-Sarah-Palin Bandwagon — heck, after launching the bandwagon — Daily Kos has taken the unusual step of admitting to their own stupidity in "flogging this rumor"  (that Palin was never pregnant with her last child, that it was really her daughter's child, that she was the child's grandmother)  and "drop this crap now" lest "we look stupid pushing this rumor."  Now, never mind that it was never more than a sick, disgusting "rumor" to begin with, and never mind that there was never any evidence, . . . and even never mind that the facts, which even the sub-humans at DK could no longer ignore, they just didn't want to look stupid.

Too late.

What follows is the DK post in its entirety, not just because its so delicious, but poster "Red Pen" comes dangerously close to giving FreeRepublic a hat tip for the information debunking their "rumor."  Also, "Red Pen" adds a poll to his post that asks "Is this helping or should I delete it?" commenting "I thought this diary would help."  (So, given the dishonesty, and idiocy, of these people, best we preserve the post as an image for posterity, . . . er, in case it vanishes.)

Click here or on the image above for a full-sized version.  Despite the very compelling photographic evidence  (or perhaps, given the mentality of the average DK'er, because of it), the comments following this post a rife with denial, and desperate efforts to continue pushing all of this nonesense.  If you have the stomach for them, ... ah, never mind.  (I can't wait until the Obambi-O'Biden candidacy is beaten down into the dirt to see how badly the DKers' disintegrate.  They eat their own, you know.)

Oh, and while were in "preservationist" mode, here's a screen capture of Alan Colmes now-infamous slime of Sarah Palin, which he has attempted to "scrub" from the web by deleting form his blog, and which, hopefully, has earned him a one-way ticket out of FOXland.  When will they learn that everything is forever:

Update:  Michelle Malkin points to a first-hand account dated April 29, 2008, by a blogger, Ellizabeth Eubanks, who shared a flight with Governor Palin, out of Fairbanks, Alaska, prior to Palin's giving birth.  Ms. Eubanks shares her surprise at seeing the Governor of Alaska waiting for a commercial flight, and also notes her clearly visible pregnancy:

While delayed in the New Orleans Airport, I reflect back to my airport surprise when leaving Fairbanks after the PolarTREC Orientation in March.  I look around and wonder if I will see the Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal milling about and waiting to catch a flight.  Doubtful since most Governors travel via private aircraft at least around their own state.  Governor Jindal cruises Louisiana in a three million dollar state police helicopter.  This is not the case for Alaska’s Governor Sarah Palin.

There were several of us PolarTRECers waiting in the Fairbanks, AK airport to catch our planes home. We were chatting about all we had learned when Kristen Timm, ARCUS administrator said “Look, there is the Hottest Governor in the United States” as she has been publicly deemed by media and fans.

Of course I had to check out the “Hottest Governor in the US” and quickly turned to
see her pregnant (she has since had her baby) with bags and daughter in tote.  Then it struck me as odd.  Why is the Governor of Alaska in the airport and preparing to get onto my commercial flight?

I questioned PolarTRECer Craig Kasemodel an Alaskan resident.  He let me know that Governor Palin sold the corporate jet after securing her official Governor position.

Governor Pallin said she would sell the jet because it was impractical and that the Alaska state inventory would be relieved of this dept.  The jet was sold on EBay to Larry Reynolds for 2.1 million dollars.

Update 2:  Can there be anything left of this effort to slime Sarah Palin, now that she has revealed that daughter, Bristol, is at this very moment five months pregnant?  Of course, this must go down pretty hard with the Kos'ers and the DUmmies, who doubtless will find more and better ways of sliming our next Vice President.  (I wonder what Joe Biden would look like in a maternity gown.  Hmmm.)  

Update 3:  The NutRoot freakos over at DailyKos continue to find it impossible to let go of the Palin pregnancy slime; facts do not seem to have any effect upon the discussion.  A number of the endless commentors have expressed their "worry" and "concern" over Palin's decision, to fly home to Alaska from Texas, after giving a speech and after her water broke.  They are sooo concerned with Sarah Palin's decision to fly, what with being pregnant and all, and "having a DS kid," as the commentors are so kindly putting it.  They claims to be virtually outraged that a woman would take such an "extreme risk" as flying under such circumstances, and take the chance with the life of her baby.

Gee, DK Gang, we all thought that it was just a fetus until it was born.  We thought that it was the woman's right to make life and death decisions with her baby.  Do you mean to tell us that the like of the fetus should in some way be protected prior to birth.  We all thought it was just a conglomeration of cells and tissue, inconveniently obstructing a woman's insides.  Was that not correct?

Well, of course, as these things go, what they're all really upset about — assuming just for a moment that this not just another crass, "at all costs" political attack, which of course it is — is that Sarah Palin and her husband decided to keep her last baby, regardless of "complications."  The Left, particularly the far left, believe that to protect a woman's "right to choose" to kill her baby, all similarly situated women should also kill their babies.  Therein lies the true rationale for the demented attacks on Mrs. Palin.

Either that, or they're just scared s***less of her as McCain's Veep.

August 2008 <== ==> October 2008



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